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Yankees trade Nuno for McCarthy

The Yankees traded Vidal Nuno to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy turns 31 tomorrow and is a big righty (6’7″) who has pitched for the White Sox, Rangers, A’s and Diamondbacks in his career. For Arizona this year, he was 3-10, 5.01, ERA+ 75 and led the league with 18 starts.

McCarthy has had trouble staying healthy in his career. He’s never had more than 25 starts in a season, and only once has thrown more than 135 innings in a season. For his career, he is 45-60, 4.21, ERA+ 99.

Nuno, who turns 27 at the end of this month, was 2-5, 5.42 for the Yanks this year, ERA+ 74. He’s 3-7, 4.78, ERA+ 84 in his big league career, all with the Yanks.

Bruce Billings is back with the Yanks, no word as to who was sent down (Jim Mlller?). Billings will probably be a long man, and pitched in one game earlier this year for the Yanks, giving up four runs in four innings. Between AA/AAA he was 4-5, 5.22. He’s 0-0, 9.82 in his MLB career in five games.

Game 83. Yanks fall below .500 with 6-3 loss.

Not the way to end a homestand, losing five in a row.

Maybe the road will do them some good.

The Yanks lost to the Rays today 6-3. Tampa sweeps the three game set at the Stadium.

Vidal Nuno was, well, Vidal Nuno. He drops to 2-5, 5.42 after going 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He faced one batter in the sixth after giving up 3 R, 2 earned.

Shawn Kelley, struggling since coming off the DL, let that inherited runner score, and another, by giving up a HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.63.

The game got off on a good foot, when Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a HR (8). He tied his career high with that HR.

The Rays got a run in the third to tie it up, but Brian McCann Hit a HR in the bottom of the third (10) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Tampa Bay tied it in the top of the fourth off of Nuno, then the Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on a Gardner single. Gardner had 3 hits and 2 rbi in the game. He also threw a runner out at the plate.

But then Nuno gave up a run in the fifth and Kelley the 2-run HR in the sixth. Tampa Bay tacked on another run in the ninth.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.82.

Huff 1 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 0 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 4.73.

The Yanks were 1 for 9 with RISP.

The loss drops the Yanks under .500 to 41-42 and 4 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. They are still in 3rd, but 3 back of the 2nd place Orioles. They are five out of the last wild card spot.

Some A-Rod news coming from SI. Apparently he was approved by MLB to take some testosterone and some other strong PEDs in various years, including his MVP year of 2007. Rumors are he’s been using PEDs since his junior year in high school.

The Yanks are going big in the international market. Apparently five of the top 10 young international stars will be signing contracts with the Yanks and as many as 11 of the top 18. Now if just half pan out…

Game 78. Yanks blank Bosox 6-0.

The Yanks hit 3 HR tonight, inc. back-to-back HR by Johnson & Gardner, in beating Boston 6-0.

Vidal Nuno turned out (surprisingly?) his best outing of the year. He, along with a few relievers, tossed a combined 3-hit shutout.

The Yanks jumped out right away in the first when with one out Jeter singled, Ellsbury doubled and Teix hit a SF.

In the fourth, Johnson and Gardner hit back-to-back HR (Johnson’s a 2-run HR) to make it 4-0. For Johnson, HR #5 and for Gardner, HR #7.

Nuno went 5 2/3, (W, 2-4, 5.42). 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 5 K.

Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.39.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.79.

Thornton the 9th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and a 1K. 2.70.

Brian McCann did provide an extra cushion in the 8th with a 2-run HR (9).

Derek Jeter’s two hits put him at 3390 career.

Game 73. O’s snap Yanks 4-game win streak, 6-1.

There’s been talk that Vidal Nuno is pitching to keep his spot in the rotation. He didn’t do anything to help himself on Saturday.

The Yanks offense didn’t do anything to help Nuno either, as the Yanks lost 6-1. The loss snapped the Yanks four-game winning streak.

Nuno gave up 3 HR in falling to 1-4, 5.88. He went 6 1/3, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H (3 of which were HR) 2 walks and 4 K.

Jose Ramirez shows promise, but is raw. Hopefully he develops. He did give up a run (HR) in his 2 2/3 IP, but also struck out 4.

2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 HBP and 4 K. 5.63.

The Yanks only run came on a HR by Teixeira (12, 353 career).

Before the game, Tino Martinez was honored with a plaque in Monument Park. The Yanks will honor Goose Gossage with a plaque tomorrow (Sunday) on Old-Timers’ Day.

As for Nuno, we’ll have to wait and see. Although he hasn’t done well, the Yanks don’t exactly have a ready replacement for what really is the #8 starter (3 of what were supposed to be in the rotation are on the DL—-CC, Pineda and Nova).

You wonder if a trade is brewing, who would go and who may come to replace Nuno in the rotation.

Jeter got one hit. 3386.

Because I’ll be heading up to the Stadium early tomorrow morning for the game, there will be no minor league report on the games of today.

Game 68. A’s paste Yanks, 10-5.

The Yanks have been trying to get by while three of their starters are on the DL. Nova is out for the year, CC out for another month and Pineda out for two more months. In their place, the Yanks have Chase Whitley, David Phelps and Vidal Nuno.

Based on performance, it would appear that the first one of the three who would lose his starting position would be Nuno—either when CC comes back, or if the Yanks make a deal to bolster the rotation.

Nuno gave up a three-run HR in the first, another in the second, and couldn’t get out of the fourth, giving up eight runs in 3+ innings as the Yanks lost 10-5 Sunday in Oakland. His ERA ballooned to 5.90.

Nuno (3+ IP, 8 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 2 K. L, 1-3, 5.90).

Jose Ramirez came in and the rookie was ineffective. 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K and one scary HBP when he hitter a batter in the head. 5.06.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.71.

Adam Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 2.19.

Matt Thornton 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walk and 1 K. 3.38.

It was ugly fast as the Yanks were down 10-0 after four innings.

The Yanks got one in the sixth when Jeter (hit #3380) and Teix doubled.

They got two in the seventh on a HR by Beltran (6, 364 career) and SF by Jeter.

Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR in the 9th for the final tally.

The Yanks are off today (Monday) and have the first-place Blue Jays in tomorrow. Tanaka pitching.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 35-33. They are still tied for 2nd in the AL East, and are 4 1/2 behind Toronto. They are one game behind KC for the 2nd WC spot.

The Yanks granted Brian Gordon his release from AAA. Wade LeBlanc refused assignment to AAA and became a free agent.

Game 63. Yanks edge Seattle, 3-2.

Derek Jeter got 2 hits (3372) and scored two runs, and Jacoby Ellsbury not only got the GW hit, but made a couple of fine defensive plays as the Yanks edged Seattle 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Yanks broke out early, scoring two in the first when Jeter singled, Teixeira singled, Beltran doubled in one and McCann singled in another.

Starter Vidal Nuno gave one back in the bottom of the first.

Nuno went 5 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 2 K in lowering his ERA to 4.97. Nuno picked up a no-decision, because for the 11th consecutive game, the Yanks scored 4 or fewer runs. Sometimes when that happens, the offensive breakout occurs when you don’t need it. For example, Tanaka pitches tonight.

Nuno got help from his D. Ellsbury made two superb catches and Ichiro made a superb catch of his own.

Seattle tied the game in the seventh off of Betances.

Betances 1 1/3 IP, (W, 4-0, 1.69) 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He hurt himself with a HBP and WP, but picked up the win.

In the eighth, Jeter got his first XBH in a while, a one-out double, and scored on Ellsbury’s single.

Warren and Robertson then shut down Seattle.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.31.

Robertson (15th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and he struck out the side. 3 K. 3.68.

The win puts the Yanks back over .500 at 32-31 and into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Baltimore, 5 1/2 back of Toronto.

In other Yankees news:

Shawn Kelley should be back tomorrow. I’d expect Jose Ramirez to be sent down.
Johnny Damon & Hideki Matsui will be attending Old-Timer Day ceremonies on June 22.
2b Robert Refsnyder was promoted from AA to AAA.

Game 58. Yanks fall to .500 with fourth straight loss, 7-4.

Before the game, the Yanks shook up their bullpen, DFA-ing Aceves, calling up Jose Ramirez from AAA, sending Preston Claiborne down, and putting just picked up Wade LeBlanc on the team.

Ramirez and LeBlanc got in the game, to mixed results, as the Yanks lost 7-4 to the A’s. It was the Yanks’ fourth straight loss and dropped them to .500 (29-29). The Yanks are in third in the AL East, six back of Toronto.

The Yanks actually got off to a 4-0 lead on an RBI single by Jeter (hit 3368) and a 3-run HR (3) by Ellsbury. Stat from Twitter: It was just the Yanks’ third 3-run HR all year long. 36 of their 50 HR have been solo shots.

But the Yanks never tacked on. All four runs came in the same inning.

Nuno went 4 2/3, 2 R, 6 h, 1 walk and 5 K. One problem with he and Whitley…. neither are providing length right now. You worry about the bullpen being used up. 5.33. Both are more long-man than starters, but with CC, Pineda and Nova out…

Daley 2/3 IP. 2 R, 1 ER, 1 h, no walks or K. Cespedes hit 2 HR in this game for the A’s, one off Daley, and I don’t know how Cespedes hit that one. It was a good pitch, Cespedes seemed to hit it off the bat to the opposite field, and it made the front row of the porch. 4.50. I don’t blame Daley on that one. I’m still shaking my head as to how Cespedes got that one.

Thornton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.75.

Ramirez then made his MLB debut. The righty is 24. (L, 0-1, 4.50). 2 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 2 K. An inauspicious debut since he took the loss, but hopefully the youngster got his feet wet and will be good from here on out.

LeBlanc then made his Yankees’ debut. 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 7.36.

The stopper and ace, Tanaka, goes this afternoon. Thankfully. He needs to nip this losing streak in the bud.

Game 53. Yanks lose, 6-1.

Not much to write about regarding this one. Even after winning this game, Ricky Nolasco of the Twins has a 5.70 ERA but the Yanks didn’t do anything with him while losing 6-1.

Vidal Nuno went 6 2/3 and gave up 3 HR. He gave up 4 runs total, 7 h, 0 walks and 6 K. He falls to 1-2, 5.48. The way Phelps, Whitley and Nuno have pitched, I would guess it would be Nuno who is shoved out of the rotation whenever Michael Pineda is ready to come back.

Preston Claiborne went 1 1/3, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 3 K. 3.71.

Matt Daley a scoreless 9th. 3.09.

Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the Yanks’ only run. Twice the Yanks had hits that you thought might score a run, but no. Roberts was thrown out at the plate on one, and Gardner was held up on another, only to see Jeter hung up. After a rundown, Gardner was out. Jeter got hit #3364.

With the loss, the Yanks stay 2 1/2 back of Toronto. The Yanks fall to 28-25. Saturday marks the 1/3 mark of the schedule. Tanaka goes.

Game 48. Yanks “steal” one, 4-3 in 10.

The Yanks were thisclose to falling to .500, 24-24. Vidal Nuno had given up 3 in the first, thanks to giving up hits to the first three batters he faced.

To his credit, he settled in after that three-batter, three-hits and eventually three-run inning to not give up any more runs. 7 ip, 3 r, 9 h , 1 walk and 5 K. ERA still a high 5.49.

The problem was, while Nuno settled in, the offense wasn’t doing anything. They got just one hit in the first seven innings of the game.

They got two hits in the eighth but entered the top of the ninth down 3-0. Ellsbury got a hit in the 9th but was on first base with two out. Things looked bleak.

Whereupon Soriano doubled for a run, Solarte singled for another, and Ichiro walked. McCann, PH-ing for Murphy, blooped in a hit to tie the game.

In the top of the 10th, Ellsbury HR’d (2) to give the Yanks a 4-3 win.

After Nuno left, Daley went 2/3, 0 R, H, walks and K. 3.72.

Thornton 1/3. A K. 5.00.

Betances (3-0, 1.59) got the win. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

D-Rob the save. Nice to see after he blew Friday’s game. Get right back out there and get them. Save #10. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and struck out the side.

The win puts the Yankees at 25-23, keeps them at 2 back of Toronto. It moves them into second place, but Toronto looks like a team that could (with Buehrle/Dickey and Encarnacion/Bautista) take over the division.

Hopefully the win helps start the Yanks on a streak. Tanaka is up next.

Games 42 and 43. Yanks split.

Game 42. 1st game of DH.

The Yanks hung on to win 4-3. Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks came back in the bottom of the first with three runs. Teixiera had a two-run single, and McCann drove in the other. They made it 4-1 in the second on an RBI double by Gardner.

Kuroda went 6, giving up 3 runs (two in the fifth), 5 h, 2 walks and 7 K. He gave up 2 HR.

Daley 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 6.00

Thornton 1/3. He struck out the only batter he faced. 5.14

Warren 2/3, 0 R, 1 h. 0 walks and K. 1.44

Robertson the four-out save. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K for his 8th save.

Jeter got hit #3352. He got #3353 in Game 2 as a PH.

Game 43 2nd game of DH.

I like how Girardi builds a bullpen. I don’t like the fact that he never squeezes. In the first inning, Gardner got a leadoff triple. Roberts didn’t squeeze, but grounded out, Gardner having to hold at third. Ex-Yankee C Chris Stewart picked Gardner off third, then drove in a run with a single in the top of the second (a run aided by two Yankees’ errors. Stewart hurt the Yanks in this game. He had a SF later.). With Gerritt Cole pitching for the Pirates, and the Yanks resting people and using a diminished lineup (Gardner, Roberts, Teix DH, Kelly Johnson?! 1B (Johnson cleanup?), Solarte, Almonte, Suzuki, Murphy and Ryan) which had McCann, Jeter, Ellsbury and Soriano all out of the lineup (all ph later, Jeter getting that hit), you aren’t trying to squeeze in a run? Yes, he is playing for the big inning, especially early in the game, but with Cole out there, that big inning may not come. I give Cole his due and try to squeeze a run home there. Nuno vs. Cole? I try to get a run and help out Nuno a bit.

But what happens in the bottom of the second? Finally, a squeeze! … and the Yanks get a run. Solarte singled to open the inning, and then after two out, Murphy came through again with a single (which, at the time, put him at .429!). A two-base error on the play enabled Solarte to score and Murphy to go to third. Ryan then bunted for a hit (which, at the time, made the weak-hitting, good defensive SS 3 for 3 for the season) and RBI and went to second on the error. I can’t remember the last time the Yanks squeezed a run home. Hooray!

The Pirates had a man on, two out in the fifth. Double, but the runner stopped at third while the batter kept going. Oops. A great break for the Yankees.

Nuno went into the sixth, the longest he’s gone all year. For 5 2/3, all he gave up was one unearned run. But then with two out in the sixth, he gave up a 2-run HR. Nuno 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 walk and 5 K. 5.82. He did pitch well in this one.

Solarte tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 5th HR.

But Aceves gave it right back. Aceves pitched great in his first outing since returning to the Yanks, but not so well in three outings since. He gave up a HR and took the loss. 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Loss, 0-2, 6.35.

Thornton 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87. I don’t know what to think of Thornton yet. Part of me wishes Boone Logan were still here instead of Thornton.

Claiborne 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.19.

The Yanks now head to Chicago for a whole week. They are off Monday but then play the Cubs Tuesday and Wednesday and the White Sox Thursday through Sunday.

The Yanks are now 23-20, and in first place by half a game over Baltimore.

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