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The minors.

OF Thomas Neal was picked up by the Cubs. He was DFA’d by the Yanks a few days ago.

AAA: SWB won the completion of a suspended game from July 12th, 7-6 in 13 innings.

In the reg. sched. game, SWB lost 3-2. They fall to 56-61 on the season. David Huff (4-6, 3.52) 3 R in 5 IP. Melky Mesa 2-Run Hr. DH Randy Ruiz 3 hits.

AA:  Ttrenton (59-56) lost 3-2. Nik Turley 1 r in 5 ip. C Gary Sanchez double, rbi.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (61-52) lost 1-0. Brett Gerritse (8-6, 3.69) 1 R in 6 IP. LF Ericson Leonora 2 hits.

Update: LoHud blog reporting Phelps to be shut down 2 weeks, Pineda 10 days and Nuno most likely done for the year.

The minors. A-Rod’s Last HR?

No suspensions announced yet. With a suspension apparently due anyday for Alex Rodriguez, you wonder if each HR he hits now could be the last one.

AAA: OF Thomas Neal was DFA’d. A shame. He was hitting .325 for SWB. 3-2 loss for SWB (55-58). Michael Pineda 2 scoreless IP. Solo HR 1B Dan Johnson. 2 hits, rbi David Adams.

AA: Trenton won 6-2. A-Rod walked, hit a 2-run HR and struck out. Mikey O’Brien 2 R in 6 IP. CF Slade Heathcott 2 for 2, 2 SB. DH Kyle Roller double, HR, 3 RBI.

High A: 2-1 win for Tampa. Scottie Allen 1 R in 4 IP, 8 K. Branden Pinder 3 1/3 scoreless IP, 5 K. 2B Rob Refsnyder 3 h, 2 RBI.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-0.     Dan Camarena 1 R, 5 Ip, 6K.

The minors.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 in 12. Caleb Cotham 6 IP, 1 R. 2 1/3 scoreless for Dellin Betances (3.09). David Adams 3 for 6, rbi (now do it in the majors, Adams!). Mustelier and Johnson 2 h each, Neal w/3.

AA: 3-1 loss for Trenton. Jeremy Bleich 1 UE in 4 IP (2.72). Tommy Kahnle 2 scoreless IP (2.31). Word is the Yanks offered Kahnle to the Phils for Michael Young and offered to accept all of Young’s contract and the Phils turned it down. Don’t ask me why. The Phils’ BP sucks. They have an up-and-coming 3B in Asche. They get BP help which they need (Pimplebutt blew another save for them last night) and the Yanks would have assumed Young’s salary. Kahnle is 1-2, 2.31 at Trenton. So now we can only hope Kahnle develops and the Phils rue their decision.

High A: Tampa lost 10-4. Dietrich Enns gave up 8 R in just 2 IP. 3B Pete O’Brien solo HR. 1B Saxon Butler 2 H, 2 RBI.

Low A: Charleston completed a game started 7/7. They lost that one 2-0 despite getting 10 hits. They lost the regularly scheduled game 5-4. Brett Gerritse 4 R, 1 ER in 5 IP.  

Good article in USA Today. Is today D-Day for A-Rod? But the article states how Yankee fans may want to celebrate A-Rod’s suspension. Should he be banned, the Yanks do NOT have to pay his salary, the get under the cap for 2014 and their clock is reset to zero. Meaning they can spend like the Yankees again in 2015. … and some teams don’t like that. They feel as if the Yanks will actually be rewarded for Alex’s misdeeds. Which they very well could be.      

Today’s minors.

Adams going down. Nix coming back Tuesday.

AAA: SWB won 9-2. Pineda 4 IP, 2 R. LF Adonis Garcia 2 H, 2 RBI. DH Randy Ruiz 3-run HR. RF Thomas Neal 3 hits. Catcher J.R. Murphy 2 hits.

AA: Trenton split a DH.

Game 1: 1-0 win. 4-hit combined shutout w/12 K.

Game 2: 6-1 loss. Trenton got just two hits. CF Slade Heathcott solo HR.

High A:  Tampa lost 8-2. DH Curtis Granderson 0 for 4, struck out twice.

Low A: Charleston lost 8-3.  1B Rey Nunez 2 rbi.

Saturday’s minors.

AAA: 4-3 win for SWB. 1B Dan Johnson 3 H, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. 3B Brendan Harris and LF Ronnier Mustelier each had 2 H, rbi. RF Thomas Neal, just sent back down, 2 hits.

AA:  ppd.

High A: 11-6 loss for Tampa. 3b Nix (expected back Monday) 0 for 4 w/strikeout. LF Granderson 2 for 4, both singles. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 H, solo HR. RF Taylor Dugas 2 H, 2 RBI. 2 H (double, triple) and rbi SS Ali Castillo.

Low A: 3-2 win for Charleston. Brett Gerritse (8-5, 4.03)  1 R in 5 IP. CF Jake Cave, LF Dan Aldrich and DH Rey Nunez 2 hits each.

Game 103. CC disappoints again…

The addition of Alfonso Soriano, who batted cleanup and played LF for the Yanks last night, won’t mean anything if CC Sabathia isn’t straightened out, and fast.

Yes, all the injuries this season have been disappointing, and without Jeter, Teixeira, Granderson, Youkilis and/or A-Rod and without a catcher who could hit with power like Posada and Martin were capable of, it appears as if the Yanks are playing with 1/2 or 1/3 of a lineup most of the time.

But the most disappointing thing about the Yanks this year could be Sabathia. The $23MM man isn’t pitching like an ace. After last night’s debacle, his record is 9-9, 4.65. His ERA+ falls to 87.

To put that into perspective, consider this: his ERA is now higher than that of Phil Hughes (who is criticized heavily) (4.33) and of Andy Pettitte (4.39). It’s also higher than Ivan Nova’s (3.66). We know that Kuroda, at 2.51, is the real ace this season.

CC is 33, and maybe he needs to adjust. This isn’t the CC we expect. You expect CC to be 13-5 right now, now 9-9. The Yanks are seven out, and even with all the injuries, if CC were the CC he is supposed to be, that four game difference, 13-5 vs. 9-9, is huge. Three games out as opposed to seven games out.

You expect an ERA of about 3.40 from CC, not 4.65.

He gave up six runs in the second inning to basically take the Yanks out of the game right there and then. He went 5, 7 R, 9 H, 3 walks and 6 K.

Five of the six runs he gave up in the second were with two out. It could have been more except that Soriano threw a runner out at second for out #3.

Adam Warren came in and gave up a 3-run dinger. 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 walks and 2 K. He’s been struggling a bit lately as his ERA climbs to 3.54.

The bats didn’t get things going until late, when Girardi rested some regulars and some scrubbinis chipped in to give the Yanks two in the eighth and three in the ninth to make the score respectable. Still, a 10-6 loss to the Rays.

If you haven’t noticed, the Rays are now in first. Yup, Joe Maddon (one of the best managers in baseball), is doing it again with his batch of mostly no-names.

Non-starters Melky Mesa entered the game and went 2 for 2 with an RBI. David Adams entered and went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI. Chris Stewart had a hit and an RBI.

Thomas Neal was sent down to make room for Soriano.

The Yanks still have NOT hit a HR since the All-Star break. Perhaps they get Jeter back today and the lineup, with Jeter and Soriano added on, starts to resemble a MLB lineup.

But without CC being CC….

Game 96. Yanks lose, another to DL. How will Yankees handle critical week?

The Yanks lost 4-2 to Boston Friday night, dropping them 7 back of Boston in the division chase. Another starter goes on the D.L. The position players on the field at the end of the game was pathetic. Two more players are coming up from SWB. With a chance to tie the game in the 8th,  realistically you knew the Yanks wouldn’t do it. The schedule has tonight’s game and the next two in Boston, then four in Texas then they come home to face the Rays. These games could be the season.

If the Yanks go, say 2-8 in these 10 games, then guess what. Season over.

Andy Pettitte started tonight and once again was shaky early on. The first batter he faced hit a HR off him. In the second, he gave up a 2-run HR. With this poor Yankees’ offense, you can’t get in a 3-0 hole after just two innings.

Andy did straighten himself out, and I give credit for that, but in 6 1/3 gave up 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 4 K and 2 HR in falling to 7-7, 4.47.

From Lohud’s blog:

Pettitte has now allowed four runs or more in seven straight starts, tied for the longest such streak of his career. He’s 4-7 with a 5.14 ERA in his last 14 starts.

That’s a problem. 4-7, 5.14 in his last 14 starts. As much as Yankees fans are bitching about Phil Hughes, I hate to tell them that in the last two months that Pettitte is as much of a problem as Hughes is. But Pettitte, because of his track record and him being an iconic figure in Yankees’ history, gets a pass where Hughes would not. But do you see what I see in Andy? I see someone running on fumes (at age 41) who has little left. Someone who should retire at the end of the year. Someone, who, frankly, if he wasn’t Andy Pettitte, might be replaced in the rotation by a Michael Pineda right now if Pineda was ready.

But the Yanks won’t embarrass Pettitte by doing that. He’s too much of an icon in Yankees history.

Still in all, we have to admit to ourselves that Andy, at age 41, seems to be running on fumes.

Brett Gardner created a run in the game on no hits. He walked, stole second and third and scored when while stealing third, the catcher made a throwing error.

Chris Stewart’s double drove in the other Yankees’ run.

But at the end of the game, down 4-2, the Yanks had a shot in the eighth. They had men on second and third with one out. A single may tie the game. But they had Vernon Wells and Luis Cruz up. You just knew it wouldn’t get done and it wasn’t done. Wells hasn’t hit a HR in over two months.

Brett Gardner was thrown out of the game for arguing a strikeout, and Zoilo Almonte was put on the DL after he sprained an ankle in this game. The position players at the end of the game were Stewart at catcher, an infield of Overbay, Cano, Nunez and Cruz, and an OF of Alberto Gonzalez, Ichiro and Brett Lillibridge. Not inspiring. Two utility infielders in the corners. The Yanks had just five hits in the game.

Thomas Neal and Melky Mesa are coming up from SWB.

Shawn Kelley went 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.63.

Boone Logan 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.13.

Preston Claiborne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.35.