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Game 81. Another walkoff win increases Yanks AL East lead to 2.


The Yanks ended the first half at 44-37 (pace, 88-74) with another walk0ff win over the Rays today, 3-2. The win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, upped the Yanks AL East lead to two games.

Michael Pineda was brilliant, but got a no decision.

The Yanks scored two in the first on singles by Gardner, Headley and A-Rod (RBI) and a SF by Teixeira.

So it stood until the 9th, when Dellin Betances slipped up and gave up a game-tying two-run HR.

But in the bottom of the 9th, Teixeira doubled and was replaced by Jose Pirela as a pinch-runner. Chris Young, down 0-2, worked out a walk and Ramon Flores put down a sac bunt. The pitcher made a bad throw and the ball didn’t get too far away but it was far enough for Pirela to make the turn at third, charge home, and score the winning run.

Pineda 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 10 K. 3.79.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3,07
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Win, 5-1, 1.50.

Game 76. Yanks lose to Houston, 3-1.


Before the game, the Yanks brought back Esmiel Rogers and sent Gregorio Petit down to AAA.

The move was to get a fresh arm. The Yanks had Shreve, Wilson and Betances unavailable due to recent workload.

The bullpen wasn’t needed. The good Michael Pineda showed up and pitched eight strong innings, but he got no help from his offense or defense as the Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday in Houston.

The Yanks managed only two hits in the game, the only run coming in the third on a walk, WP and Brett Gardner single.

Garrett Jones and Brett Gardner messed up a fly ball in the fourth. It was Gardner’s ball, as the CF should take everything he can get. Jones got too close to Gardner, the ball fell in for a double, then was kicked around and the batter came all the way around to score. Ugly.

Pineda gave up runs in the seventh and eighth. Meanwhile the only other Yankees hit was by A-Rod, #3010 of his career, tying Wade Boggs on the all-time list.

Pineda 8 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. (L, 8-5, 4.08).

With the loss, the Yanks stayed 1/2 game out of first, but dropped to 3rd place in the division.

Baltimore 41-34  —
Tampa Bay 42-35  —-
YANKEES 41-35  -1/2
Toronto 41-36   – 1
Boston 34-43  -8

It doesn’t get much tighter than that. The Yanks have a 1/2 game lead for the last wild card slot.

Long way to go. Who will get separation?

Kind of feel sorry for Ryne Sandberg, who resigned as Phils’ manager a few days ago. As my grandpa used to sometimes say, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s**t.

Update: Ellsbury could start rehab games tonight (Monday) and rejoin the Yanks this weekend. Miller continues to throw, but no rehab games yet.

Game 70. Phils beat Yanks, 11-8.


Michael Pineda, 8-3 and pitching at an All-Star pace vs. a team that is 24-47, with a Team OPS+ of 79. (21% below league average). Mismatch, right? After all, didn’t this guy strike out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day? Didn’t the Orioles just beat the Phillies 19-3?

It was a mismatch. But not the way we expected. You’d expect Pineda to dominate the Phillies, but it was the other way around last night as the Yanks lost, 11-8.

That’s baseball. You just don’t know.

The Yanks stay one game out of first in the AL East, at 38-32.

Pineda was knocked out in the fourth, giving up eight runs.

The Phils pounded out 18 hits, Maikel Franco getting 4 of them, hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs.

For the Yanks, Brett Gardner was 4 for 4 with a 3-run HR (8). Brian McCann also homered, his 11th of the season.

Diego Moreno made his MLB debut.

With the loss, the Yanks’ ERA+ dropped to 98, slightly below league average. Let’s hope the pitching gets better soon (the OPS+ is 109 for the hitters…. good). Of course, what has really hurt has been some recent outings where Eovaldi, Pineda and even Tanaka had short outings. Let’s hope CC rights the ship.

Ivan Nova will come off the DL and start Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be the 26th pitcher the Yanks will have used this year… .in less than 1/2 a season.

Pineda (L, 8-4, 4.25) 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Capuano 2 2/3 IP, 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.32
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.88
Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.61.

Sad news. Ex-major leaguer Darryl Hamilton the victim of a murder-suicide. Hamilton played for several teams, including for the Mets against the Yanks in the 2000 Subway Series.

…and in other news, apparently there is now evidence that in 1986, while still a player, Pete Rose bet on baseball. Before the evidence was only as a manager….

Game 65. Yanks edge Marlins, 2-1.


Michael Pineda had a no-hitter through six innings, and the Yanks survived a couple of Marlins’ threats (one with the help of instant replay) to beat the Marlins 2-1 last night.

The win puts the Yanks at 35-30 and keeps them one game behind the Rays in the AL East. Both Baltimore and Toronto are one game behind the Yanks. Four teams are within two games of each other.

A-Rod got two hits to increase his career total to 2997.

In the first, with one out, Headley was HBP, moved to second on a groundout and scored on an A-Rod single.

The Yanks made it 2-0 in the fifth. With one out, Headley singled, with two out A-Rod singled, Jones walked and Beltran singled in Headley. A-Rod was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the play as well.

Pineda took his no-no into the seventh, but gave up a HR to the first batter in the seventh, Christian Yelich, that broke up the no-no and the shutout.

In the eighth, a play at the plate where the runner was originally called safe tied the game for the Marlins, but the Yanks challenged the call and the call was overturned,  the runner was out, keeping the score at 2-1. The Marlins stranded two that inning and also in the ninth.

Pineda (W 8-3, 3.54) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 9 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.03. K’d the only batter he faced.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.47
Betances (4th save) 1 2/3, 0 H, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.26


Game 60. O’s beat Yanks, 11-3.


This promises to be a wild year in the AL East. With the Yanks’ loss to Baltimore last night, 11-3, their lead is down to one in the division over the Rays. The Yanks have lost two in a row after a seven-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Baltimore, now three back and in fourth place, has won five in a row. The third place team? Toronto, two back, who has won nine in a row and is rumored to be after Jonathan Papelbon of the Phillies. The last place team, Boston, is seven back and has a four game losing streak.

It appears as if this will be the case. Streaky teams, and no one can take control yet. Who will gain the consistency to win the division? Will a big mid-season trade make the difference? (I think back to 2000 and the Yanks picking up David Justice, for instance. Justice hit 20 HR, 60 RBI for the Yanks after the trade, was the ALCS MVP and helped the Yanks win their third straight WS. Without him, the Yanks may not have won.)  Maybe a rookie, a mid-season call-up from the minors, may put a team over the top.

In the long run, the decision to skip Michael Pineda’s turn in the rotation may prove to be a good one. In the short term, Pineda was off his game and out of rhythm last night, pitching on 10 days rest.

After the Yanks had a bases-loaded, no out situation in the first but did not score, Pineda gave up a run in the first, and the Yanks tied it in the third on an RBI single by A-Rod, his 1999th RBI. He had two hits in the game to take him to 2994 in his career.

But Pineda gave up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the fourth, Mason “Classical Gas” Williams, making his MLB debut, hit a 2-run HR in his 2nd MLB at bat to cut the lead to 5-3, but Pineda gave up another run in the bottom of the inning, and things snowballed from there into an 11-3 loss.

Chase Headley made his 14th error of the season during the game and that’s too many.  It hit him in the … well, you know. He had to be pulled from the game, but is ok. But any guy can relate. Williams took a bad route to one ball. Another fly ball dropped between Gardner and Beltran in the OF. Meanwhile, Mark Teixiera made his first error in 110 games.  Jacob Lindgren, who never allowed a HR in the minors, gave up his third in his seventh MLB appearance. It was that kind of night.

After the game, the Yanks outrighted Esmiel Rogers. He can accept the assignment to AAA or become a free agent. He has already cleared waivers.

According to the LOHUD Yankees blog:

Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes tweeted earlier tonight that Sergio Santos is in the Baltimore area and could be a candidate for activation. The former White Sox closer, who also pitched well with the Blue Jays in 2013 recently signed a minor league deal with the Yankees. Although he was good in 2013, Santos really struggled in 2014, and he was pretty inconsistent earlier this season with the Dodgers.

Pineda (L, 7-3, 3.74) 4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Lindgren (He’ll be ok, but I’m wondering if he needs more seasoning)
2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.14
Rogers 2 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 H,  0 walks and 2 K. 6.27
Capuano 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.29.

Hopefully CC gets them tonight. Game is the FOX Saturday night game. The Yanks are now 33-27 on the season.

Game 55. Yanks escape with 8-7 win.


It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Yankees drove their fans crazy in the ninth inning last night before escaping with an 8-7 win over the Angels. They maintained their 1/2 game lead in the AL East in the process. They are 30-25 on the season.

They entered the top of the ninth with what seemed to be a comfortable 8-1 lead. When the inning ended, it was 8-7, and the Angels had the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first. Dellin Betances, who Joe Girardi would have wanted to have the night off, had to be rushed in to finish the game. In the process, he struggled and finally gave up his first earned run of the year (you knew it would happen sometime).

Stephen Drew got the Yanks on the board in the second inning with the first of his two homers on the night, a 2-run shot. 2-0.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot, #17 (#380 career) in the third. We just passed the 1/3 point of the season, and Teix has 17 HR. Forget his batting average and look at how valuable he has been to the Yanks so far this season. The V in MVP stands for valuable. MVP doesn’t necessary mean Player of the Year or Best Player in the League. It’s Most VALUABLE Player, and if the season ended today, Teix would have to be in the consideration. If he did win with a .240 batting average, it would be the lowest by a non-pitcher ever. Marty Marion of the Cardinals hit just .267 in 1944 (a WWII year, and today as I write this is D-Day) to have the lowest batting average by a non-pitcher MVP. The AL record? Roger Maris hit .269 in 1961 when he hit 61 HR. Forget the .240 Teix has. Look at what his 17 HR means to the team.

In the fifth, Gardner tripled and A-Rod singled him in to make it 5-0. A-Rod had four hits on the night to move him to 2991 for his career, just nine short of 3000. The RBI was #1997, passing Barry Bonds on the all-time list. 3 short of 2000. Unofficially, only three men have hit 2000 RBI. Aaron, Ruth and Anson, and MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau only recognize Aaron (the RBI became an official stat in 1920, eliminating some 222 Ruth RBI (they credit him with 1992) and Anson played 1871-1897).

Up 5-0, Eovaldi had to be replaced in the sixth. You wish he could have given more length than 5 1/3, but he did get the win. The Angels did get one run in the sixth but the Yanks got two back in the bottom of the inning on a McCann double, move up on a groundout, Gregorius SF and Drew’s second HR of the game (7). 7-1 Yanks.

Chris Young singled in a run in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Then came the top of the ninth. Hmm. I saw the game the night Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and in that game, Jose Pirela made some defensive mistakes. In the top of the ninth, with Headley having moved 3B to 1B, Drew moved to 3B from 2B and Pirela inserted at 2B (most likely to give Teix a rest with the big lead), a popup fell between Headley and Pirela. Maybe in retrospect, Pirela should have just steered clear of Headley who had it all lined up to catch. Brendan Ryan has played a couple of rehab games now. I wonder if this could be a trigger to send Pirela down and call Ryan back up. After that botched popup, if the Boss were alive and in his prime, Pirela may be on his way down.

Anyway, Esmiel Rogers started the ninth and couldn’t pitch around that mishap. (It was ruled a hit because no one touched the ball. Really, someone should have been given an error on the easy pop up). Rogers faced five batters, gave up four hits and a walk and all five batters scored.

Betances came in and gave up a run. Next thing you know it’s 8-7, fans like me are pulling their hair out (no wonder I have a big bald spot), and Betances has to escape with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first. I am sure, as Bob Costas stated on MLB, that manager Girardi and pitching coach Rothschild weren’t happy that Betances had to be used. After yesterday’s off-day, they wanted two consecutive days off for both Betances and Miller. Now Betances is most likely unavailable tonight after having thrown 33 pitches last night.

Eovaldi (W, 5-1, 4.16) 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.22
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.38
Rogers 0 IP (5 batters) 5 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 6.39
Betances (2nd save) 1 Ip, 1 R (first ER of season), 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.30.

Meanwhile, in order to save Michael Pineda’s arm, the Yanks are skipping his next start and giving him some extra rest. Instead of starting Sunday, he’ll make his next start on Friday.


Game 52. Teix “slams” King Felix, Yanks win 7-2.


Facing “King” Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners is a challenging task. After all, he is one of the best pitchers in baseball. For three innings, he appeared on his game, retiring the first nine Yankees in order. A pitcher has to be on his own game against him.

But even great pitchers have off nights, and in the fourth inning, the King cracked. In the fourth and fifth innings, Hernandez gave up six hits, a wild pitch and five walks for seven runs, the capper being a grand slam by Mark Teixeira as the Yanks won 7-2 to take a one game lead in the AL East at 27-25.

The Yanks got two in the fourth on singles by Gardner and Headley, a wild pitch that brought one run in,and after two walks, a DP ball on which another run scored.

They knocked out Hernandez in the fifth. A walk, single, walk and Headley’s SF  brought in one run. Another walk by Hernandez, now uncharacteristically wild, loaded up the bases and Teixeira’s 15th HR of the season (#378 career) made it 7-0.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was holding his own, going six innings to gain the victory.

A-Rod got one hit, #2987. He is now 13 away from 3000.

Pineda (W, 7-2, 3.33) 6+ IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 9 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.49.