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Game 99.Yanks edge Astros after trading Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees are three games over .500 for the first time this year after beating Houston 2-1 on Monday night. They are 51-48.

Michael Pineda pitched seven strong innings after giving up a first-pitch HR, and Andrew Miller got the save after getting his closer job back because of the trade of Aroldis Chapman earlier in the day.

Down 1-0 in the fifth, the Yanks tied the game when with two out, Didi Gregorius doubled and was singled home by Chase Headley.

In the eighth, Headley singled and was doubled home by Austin Romine.

Miller escaped a jam in the ninth, a jam partly created by Starlin Castro pulling a rock and failing to touch second in trying to turn the DP. He did on the next batter, the DP was made and the game was won.

Because of bad numbers off of Dallas Keuchel, A-Rod sat again, even against a lefty. It came down to who do you want in RF, Beltran or Hicks, and Hicks defense won out, even though he isn’t hitting. Then you still want Beltran’s bat in the lineup because he has been far and away their best hitter this year, so he DHs. So Alex sits.

Pineda (w, 5-9, 5.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Gave up HR.
Betances (H, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 3 K. 2.52
Miller (S, 8 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.42.

Earlier in the day, Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs. In return, the Yanks get:

Gleyber Torres, SS, 19, who will go to High A Tampa, the Cubs #1 prospect.
Adam Warren, RHP, who returns to the Yanks after spending three full seasons (2013-2015) there. He’ll join the Yanks as a setup man/middle reliever.
OF Billy McKinney, who’ll go to AA Trenton.
OF Rashard Crawford, who’ll go to High A Tampa.

Chapman, 28, was 3-0, 2.01, 20 saves for the Yanks this year. He is a free agent at the end of the year, enjoyed NY and could come back. Since the Yanks traded him mid-season, the Yanks would NOT lose a draft pick if the re-sign him.

Torres is considered the key to the deal. Just 19, he is hitting .275-9-47 with 19 SB at High A. The Yanks already have Jorge Mateo there. They also have Tyler Wade at AA Trenton and Kyle Holder at Low A Charleston. Of course, Didi is at SS for the Yanks and having a good year. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one of these young shortstops flipped in a major deal for a starting pitcher (for example, Chris Sale? Don’t worry Chris, the Yanks are much more traditional in their uniform styles). Either that, or some may be learning other positions.

Warren has been having a terrible year for the Cubs, 3-2, 5.91. He’ll be 29 soon, and in three full seasons with the Yanks, 2013-2015, was 13-15, 3.23. The Yanks hope returning to NY returns him to what he was.

McKinney, who’ll be 22 soon, is a lefty-hitting OF (why can’t the Yanks get a righty hitting one to go with Judge (who is on the DL)? They have enough lefty hitting ones (Mason Williams, Jake Cave, Dustin Fowler, Ben Gamel!) You can tell I am not a fan of Hicks. Just my humble opinion, but Hicks has been hitting below .200 all year. Forgive me if I am tired of his offensive ineptitude). A former first-round draft pick by Oakland, McKinney was hitting .252-1-31 at AA.

Crawford is 22, and also a lefty hitting OF. At High A, he was hitting .255-3-30, with 22 SB.

Game 94. Yanks shutout Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since they were 4-2, the Yanks are two games above .500 this season after they shutout the Orioles 5-0 Wednesday night.

The Yanks jumped on the board right away. Brett Gardner tripled leading off the bottom of the first and scored on a SF by Carlos Beltran.

Mark Teixeira’s 8th HR of the year, #402 of his career, made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth.

Teix walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes, playing 3rd because Chase Headley was a last minute scratch to due personal issues (hope all is OK), tripled, and scored on a Gardner SF.

Beltran finished the scoring in the eighth, when he hit his 20th HR of the season. Career HR #412 tied Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Pineda (W, 4-9, 5.25) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K.
Betances (H, 24) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2.49.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.32.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,   0 walks, 2 K. 4.30.



Game 89. Yanks fall, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Once again, the Yanks get to .500 only to fall back. Michael Pineda gave up three home runs in a 5-3 loss to Boston Friday night in the first game after the All-Star break. The loss dropped the Yanks to 44-45.

Boston’s Ryan Hanigan hit a solo HR in the third, Travis Shaw a 2-run HR in the fifth, and  Xander Bogaerts a 2-run HR in the sixth to put Boston up 5-0.

The Yanks got three in the sixth on a 2-run bases-loaded single by Carlos Beltran and an RBI groundout by Brian McCann. The first 14 Yankees went down in order, and the Yanks manaaged just four hits.

The game was the first of a tough 10-game homestand in which the Yanks face Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco.It very well may determine the Yanks’ season. There are rumors that there is division in the front office about whether the Yanks should be buyers or sellers. The rumors have Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine as buyers but everyone else as wanting to be sellers. Personally, I think they should be sellers.

Pineda (L, 3-9, 5.56) 5+ IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 6 K. 3 of the 5 hits given up were HR.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.50
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.70.
Eovaldi 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.11
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.39

Yanks hit break at .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks hit the All-Star break at .500 (44-44) after an 11-7 win on Sunday.

They got four in the second on a error and a 3-run HR (4) by Jacoby Ellsbury.

After Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the bottom of the second, the Yanks opened it up.

Another Indians’ error led to an RBI groundout by Gardner in the fourth, then the Yanks exploded with six in the fifth to go up 11-1.

With the bases loaded and none out, another Cleveland error made it 7-1. A SF by Romine made it 8-1. Another SF, this time by Gardner, made it 9-1. Beltran’s single made it 10-1 and Teixeira’s single made it 11-1.

Easy with Tanaka on the mound, right?


Tanaka couldn’t get through the fifth, giving up six runs, four unearned, and had to be pulled one out short of qualifying for the win.

Tanaka 4 2/3 IP, 7 R,  3 ER, 10 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.23
Eovaldi (W, 7-6, 5.18) 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 walks, 3 K.

After the break, the Yanks will have a 10-game homestand vs. Boston, Baltimore and the Giants. I will be heading up July 23rd for the Giants game. But it’ll be a tough homestand.The first three starters after the break will be Pineda, CC and Tanaka.

Game 84. Yanks blanked, 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For whatever reason, Michael Pineda this year has had trouble getting the last out of an inning. The White Sox got only five hits last night against the Yanks, but four of them came in the second inning after Pineda retired the first two batters. Those four hits, combined with a walk and a passed ball, led to four White Sox runs in a 5-0 White Sox victory.

It’s something we’ve seen from Pineda all year. He gets the first two outs of an inning, then doesn’t close the deal.

A walk, single and RBI groundout gave the White Sox another run in the sixth.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius had three hits each, but the rest of the lineup combined only mustered two more. The Yanks fall to 41-43.

Pineda (L, 3-8, 5.38) 6 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 3 walks, 5 K.
Eovaldi 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.42.

Game 78. Another walkoff win gets Yanks back to .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chase Headley scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the 9th and the Yanks are back at .500 (39-39) after a 2-1 win over Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The Yanks now undertake a 10-game road trip, beginning in San Diego, that ends with the All-Star break.

Michael Pineda continued his resurgence after a terrible start to this season with perhaps his best outing of the year. After giving up a HR to lead off the game, he only gave up one more hit after that and struck out 12.

Didi Gregorius tied the game with a HR (8) in the fifth.

In the ninth, Headley walked, moved up to second on a sac bunt by Didi, and then Aaron Hicks walked. Both runners moved up on a groundout, then came the passed ball.

Pineda 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 12 K. 5.24. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R,  1 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 2.82
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.30
Chapman (w, 2-0, 3.00) 1 IP. 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

Combined, the Yanks struck out 16 Rangers.

Games 71-73. Yanks win 3 in a row.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This will be quick. I apologize for no recent recaps, but I didn’t have home internet access. Something with Verizon and DSL lines.

Game 71. The Yanks got 3 HR, inc. a walkoff from Starlin Castro (10), to beat the Rockies 9-8. Chase Headley (4) had a grand slam, and Carlos Beltran hit his 19th HR,#411 career, to put him one behind Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list. Beltran’s HR was huge, as it cut an 8-4 Colorado lead down to 8-7 late in that game. Didi Gregorius then tied it with a single. Aroldis Chapman got the win.

Game 72. Rob Refsnyder got the GW RBI single, and Aaron Hicks hit his 3rd HR of the year in a 5-3 Yankees’ win. Tanaka (5-2, 3.01) with the win.

Game 73. The Yanks go over .500 to 37-36 with a 2-1 win. It was the best game Pineda pitched all year. RBI single for Beltran, and the winning run scored in the bottom of the eighth on an error. Once again, no runs DMC does the job. Teixiera returned to the lineup.

Pineda 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 8 K. Gave up HR. 5.51
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.97.
Miller (W, 5-0, 1.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.70.