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Game 130. Yanks lose to Boston 4-3, fail to gain ground on Toronto.


The Yankees were edged by Boston last night 4-3 and failed to gain ground on Toronto, who lost to Cleveland. The 72-58 Yanks remain 1 1/2 behind the Blue Jays as we head into September. The Yanks still have a comfortable lead for the wild card.

After scoring 15 Friday against the Braves and 20 Sunday against the Braves, the Yanks stranded 14. They just couldn’t get the big hit.

Didi Gregorius’ bases-loaded drive with two out in the top of the ninth fell just short, and was caught on the warning track. Prior to making the last out, Didi had gone 4 for 4. He has raised his batting average to .269.

The Yanks stranded 14 in the game. They had their chances. In the first, they loaded the bases with one out but got only one run out of it on a Carlos Beltran SF.

Mookie Betts hit a 2-run HR for Boston in the third to put them up 2-1.

In the fourth, the Yanks once again loaded the bases with no one out and got just one run out of it on a Didi Gregorius’ single. The inning ended when Greg Bird was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an Ellsbury line out to left. Bad send by the third base coach? Bird was out by plenty.

Ivan Nova gave up a HR to Yankee killer David Ortiz (#495 of his career) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2 Boston. I have said this time and time again. How come no one dusts Ortiz off? They let him dig in. Think Gibson or Drysdale back in the day would let him dig in? No. They would have dusted him off the plate. I NEVER see any pitcher dust him off. Why not? Grow a pair and dust him off. It’s called pitching. It’s part of the game. Not headhunting, I don’t go for that, but aim one at his front hip. Make him move. No one ever does that. Yes, it bothers me. Pitchers need to grow a pair. Establish that inside corner and back him off. Heck Ortiz just missed a second HR off of Nova later in the game.

The Yanks had bases loaded, two out in the fifth. Bird struck out. A-Rod stranded two in the sixth.

Boston tacked on a run in the seventh to make it 4-2.

1st and 3rd, one out in the 8th, Ellsbury GIDP.

In the ninth, Drew singled and A-Rod walked. Murphy PR for Alex. Beltran struck out. McCann walked to load the bases with one out. Headley walked to force in a run and make it 4-3, bases loaded, one out. Bird struck out, then Didi hit the long flyout to end the game. In Yankee Stadium, it’s a grand slam. In Fenway, wrong part of the ballpark.

Nova (L, 5-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R, 7 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.26
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 1.89.

Teixeira won’t be with the team in Boston. He went back to NY for more tests on that bone bruise in his leg.

Today is September 1. We see who comes up now that rosters expand.

Game 125. Yanks fall one game out of first after a 15-1 loss.


When your backup SS (Brendan Ryan) is your best pitcher of the night, that is not good. Combine that with your offense getting one run and four hits and it’s not good either.

The Yanks were thrashed 15-1 by the Astros Tuesday night and dropped one game out of first place because Toronto rallied late to beat Texas.

Carlos Gomez of Houston, who was a jackass years ago in Milwaukee and who had a confrontation with Brian McCann (then with Atlanta) a few years back, had a confrontation with Joe Girardi and John Ryan Murphy during the game Tuesday night. The guy is a clown.

Not much to say about this one except to get to the pitching line.

As for Capuano, who has been DFA’d and brought back 3x, what can you say? I just wonder how many of his 9 cat lives he has used up.

Teixeira played, but was pulled early when the game got out of hand.

Nova (L, 5-6, 4,50) 4 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 4 walks and 1 K.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.79.
Capuano 2 IP, 6 R, 3 H, 4 walks, 1 K. 7.71.
Ryan 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H,  0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Game 120. Indians edge Yanks, 3-2.


Ivan Nova wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t sharp and the Yanks’ offense wasn’t on either as the Yanks were edged by Cleveland Thursday evening, 3-2.

Nova gave up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and lasted just five innings.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were having trouble getting hits.

The Yanks broke through in the fourth when A-Rod hit his 26th HR of the year, #680 of his career, to make it 3-1.

But that was it until the bottom of the ninth. The Yanks staged a rally, getting it to 3-2. A-Rod singled, stole second and scored on a one-out Beltran single. Bird walked. Two on, one out. Headley grounded out, both runners moving up. Tying run on third, winning run on second. But Didi flied out to end the game.

The Yanks got just five hits in the game.

The loss puts the Yanks at 67-53, and cut the Yanks lead in the AL East down to 1 1/2.

Nova (L, 5-5, 3.72) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R  , 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.19
Capuano 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 6.55

Game 114. Beltran’s Belt regains 1st place for the Yankees.


Never, ever, underestimate the power of the law of averages.

Toronto entered the game with an eleven-game winning streak. They were due to lose sometime.

Toronto had an 3-0 lead going into the top of the eighth. Nova had pitched well, but Price was better.

The Yanks had not scored against Toronto in some 33+ innings. 

In the last three games the Yanks had faced Toronto, they lost 2-1 in ten innings, 6-0 and 2-0. The pitching held up, the hitters did not. One stinking run.

Law of averages: sooner or later, the Yanks would score against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were due to lose. Eventually the Yankees would score against Toronto.    

So going into the top of the eighth, the Yanks were down 3-0.

Then the law of averages struck for the benefit of the Yankees and against Toronto.

In the top of the eighth, with one out, Teix & McCann singled. Headley doubled in a run. Beltran PH for Young and belted a 3-run HR. 4-3 Yanks.

It was HR #11 of the season for Beltran, #384 of his career, tying him with Harold Baines on the all-time list.

In the bottom of the 9th, with two out and men on second and third, Andrew Miller struck out Troy Tulowitzki to end the game. This, after about 12 pitches. Epic at bat and finish.

Dramatic ending.

Nova (W, 5-4, 3.57) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Betances 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.19.
Miller (26th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.20.

Game 109. Yanks blanked, 6-0.


Ivan Nova was cruising along into the sixth inning with a two-hit shutout, but he was getting no support from his teammates, who got three hits all day. Then in the space of four batters, he lost it and the Yankees lost the game 6-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

With one out in the sixth, Nova gave up a walk, single and walk. Those were his only two walks of the game. Manager Joe Girardi seemed to want to pull him then but left him in.

Mistake. Grand slam. It looked worse when Adam Warren came in after the grand slam and struck out the two batters he faced.

It may have made no difference anyway. The suddenly cold Yankees bats managed just three hits and have scored just four runs in their last four games.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 61-48 and their lead over Toronto was shaved to 2 1/2 games. It is five over Baltimore.

Bryan Mitchell gave up a HR in the seventh and Toronto tacked on an unearned run in the eighth.

Nova (L, 4-4, 3.52) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R,  4 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.38
Mitchell 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.41.

Game 104. Yanks bomb White Sox, 12-3.


The Yanks jumped all over the White Sox today with a 12-3 win that increased their AL East lead to six games.

Before the game, the Yanks had to DL Diego Moreno with an elbow strain and bring back Brandon Pinder.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a HR (4).

In the fourth, they scored five runs. Didi Gregorius drove in two with a single, Ellsbury drove one in with a SF and Gardner singled in two.

A couple of months ago, I mentioned on one blog that if we could only get Didi to .250 or so, and if he gave us good defense, we’d take it. I was criticized, one person asking how I thought Didi would hit .250… I responded that he’s only 25, give the coaches time to work with him, and be patient. He is now hitting .260. I wonder how the crow tastes?

The red-hot Mark Teixeira homered (29) in the fifth to make it 7-0. It was #392 of his career. Stephen Drew doubled in two more later in the inning to make it 9-0.

After Chicago got a run in the sixth, Drew tripled in two in the top of the seventh to make it 11-1. Drew is still below the Mendoza line at .199, but he does have 13 HR and with the 4-RBI day today, 32 RBI.

A groundout by Ellsbury (3 RBI) made it 12-1 before a couple of late White Sox homers made the final score 12-3.

Nova (W,4-3, 3.10) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP. 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.18

Pinder 1 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.63.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.75.

Game 98. Yanks open up 7-game lead with a 6-2 win.


Didi Gregorius drove in four runs with a 2-run HR and a two-run single as the Yanks beat Texas 6-2 on Monday night.

With the win, the Yanks have opened up a seven-game lead in the AL East with a 56-42 record. Meanwhile, a couple of their division opponents made moves. Boston, 13 out now, traded Shane Victorino to the Angels, and Toronto, 7 out, traded Jose Reyes to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki.

There was news yesterday that the Yankees were interested in Cole Hamels of the Phillies, but the Yanks have four “untouchables” they refuse to trade: RHP Luis Severino, 1B/DH Greg Bird, OF Aaron Judge (all at AAA) and SS Jorge Mateo (at Low A).

In the game, Ivan Nova struggled, giving up two runs in the second, and being in trouble a lot, going just the minimum five for the win, but he did get the win.

Down 2-0 in the third, Gregorius tied the game with a two-run HR (5). Brendan Ryan then tripled and scored on a Chris Young SF to put the Yanks up 3-2.

In the sixth, Alex Rodriguez, celebrating his 40th birthday, homered (24, #678 career) to put the Yanks up 4-2. A-Rod became the fourth player to HR as a teenager and also at 40 or over (Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub, Gary Sheffield).

Gregorius’ two-run single in the seventh accounted for the final margin of 6-2.He had three hits in the game, as did Chase Headley.

Nova (W, 3-3, 3.38) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 3 K.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0H, 1 walk, 4 k. 1.79.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.50
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.35

Chris Capuano will make Tuesday’s start to give everyone in the rotation an extra day off.