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Yanks bring back Rothschild; Dodgers, Cubs go 1-up, Texas and Boston down 0-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees announced that they are bringing back pitching coach Larry Rothschild for 2017.

In the AL, Texas and Boston are one loss away from being eliminated.

Toronto hit 4 HR, 3 in one inning, to beat Texas 5-3.

Cleveland shut out Boston 6-0. David Price’s postseason troubles continue.

Toronto and Cleveland are both up 2 games to none in the best-of-five.

In the NL, the Dodgers beat Washington 4-3 to win Game 1 of that series.

The Cubs got an 8th inning HR from Javier Baez and beat the Giants 1-0 in Game 1 of that series.



Nothing new.

I’ve been busy working a lot of OT and getting over a month of bronchitis. Meanwhile, nothing new on the Yankees’ front. Shelby Miller has been dangled by the Braves, but the asking price is Luis Severino.

The Yanks are remaining adamant in retaining Severino, Bird and Judge (the Phils asked for Judge last year in a possible Hamels transaction).

Meanwhile, Boston signed David Price to a $217MM/7 yr deal. $31MM per. What if he blows out his elbow in season 2 and needs TJ surgery?

Jordan Zimmerman went to the Tigers.

The winter meetings are next week. We’ll see what free agent signings and trades are made.

Mark McGwire is now a bench coach in SD and Barry Bonds may join Don Mattingly in Miami as a hitting coach.

KC goes 2 Up, Mets take Game 1.

The Toronto Blue Jays rallied from down 0-2 to win their Division Series against Texas. In order to make the World Series, they’ll have to do the same against KC. KC scored five in he seventh in rallying to a 6-3 win over Toronto to take Game 2 of their ALCS on Saturday afternoon. Amazingly, David Price is now 0-7 as a starter in his postseason career. He took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but lost it thanks to miscues by 2B Ryan Goins.

The Mets took Game 1 of their NLCS with the Cubs, 4-2. Daniel Murphy, who homered three times in the Divisional Series against the Dodgers, stayed hot by hitting another HR. Game 2 is tonight.

Cubs going to NLCS, eliminate Cards. Dodgers force Game 5. Both ALDS series to be decided today.

The Cubs are the first team in the final four of baseball, eliminating the Cardinals 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the NLCS. It’ll be the Cubs first trip to the NLCS since 2003…. and Bartman.

Meanwhile the Dodgers staved off elimination by beating the Mets last night 3-1. Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings of three-hit ball. The fifth and deciding Game 5 will be in LA Thursday night.

Today sees two deciding games to decide who goes to the ALCS. The early game at 4 will be Texas to Toronto. I have to wonder why Toronto manager John Gibbons used David Price in relief in the Game 4 victory with a 7-1 lead instead of saving him for today and Game 5.

The night game features Houston at KC.

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 101. Yanks lose in 9th, 7-6. Pineda to DL, CC to hospital, Yanks make minor deal.


Before the game, the Yanks traded OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez to Seattle for utility man Dustin Ackley. Mostly a 2b/lf, Ackley can also play 1B, CF and RF. Ackley, 27, was hitting .215-6-19, OPS+ 79, for Seattle this year. His 162 g. average is .243-12-56, OPS+ 92. His versatility means that Garrett Jones could be gone.

Also before the game, Michael Pineda was scratched from his start and placed on the DL with a forearm strain. CC Sabathia, on normal rest, started instead. After the game, CC showed signs of dehydration, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Yanks brought up Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody before the game. Caleb Cotham was sent back to AAA.

Meanwhile, the Yanks saw Toronto get David Price, and one Yankees’ target, Cincy’s Mike Leake, was dealt to SF. The trade deadline is this afternoon.

As for the game, the Yanks were edged 7-6 on a Josh Hamilton walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks’ lead is now six over Baltimore and the refurbished (Tulo and Price) Toronto. The Yanks are 57-44.

In the first, the Yanks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an Ellsbury triple, a SF by Gardner, a solo HR (25) by Teixeira and a single by McCann, walk to Beltran and RBI single by Headley.

But CC gave it right back on a 3-run HR by Hamilton. Then in the second,he gave up the lead on a HR by Choo.

The Yanks took back the lead in the top of the third on a 2-run HR (16) by McCann. 5-4 Yanks.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury missed trying to make a diving catch and Ryan Rua had an inside-the-park HR to tie up the game for Texas.

The Yanks went back up, 6-5, in the seventh when Teixeira did a Texas two-step with his second HR of the game. #26 of the season was #389 of his career, tying Johnny Bench on the all-time list and placing Teix one behind Graig Nettles.

The Yanks couldn’t hold the lead again, though, as Texas got one in the seventh to tie before Hamilton’s walkoff single in the 9th.

The Yanks had a chance to score a run in the 8th, Beltran singled to start the inning, but Headley GIDP. They still managed to load the bases after that, but Gardner struck out.

Nick Goody made his MLB debut in the game.

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R,  9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 5.54
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.65
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.32
Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.   27.00
Miller  (L, 0-2, 1.54) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Game 100. Yanks fall, 5-2.


Masahiro Tanaka struggled through six innings, and the Yanks’ four-game winning streak was snapped in Texas last night, 5-2.

After 100 games, the Yanks are 57-43, and six games in the lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored their two runs in the top of the second. Carlos Beltran homered, #8 of the season and #381 of his career (tying him with Albert Belle). Two out singles by Gregorius, Drew and Ellsbury plated another run to make it 2-0 but that was all the Yanks would get.

Tanaka gave three runs back in the bottom of the second, and Texas tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Chris Capuano, and brought up Caleb Cotham, who made his MLB debut in this game.

Tanaka (L, 7-4, 3.80) 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.77
Cotham 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 0.00

Cole Hamels is going to Texas. David Price may still be out there to be had by the Yanks, but the Yanks don’t want to give up any of these four in any trade: Severino, Bird, Judge and Mateo.