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Game 91. Arrow? No. Teix message? Yes. Yanks beat Seattle, 2-1.


I can’t stand Fernando Rodney and that bow and arrow routine he does. I hate hotdogging. You never saw Mariano Rivera show up an opponent.

Which is why today’s 2-1 Yankees win was so sweet. Mark Teixeira sent a “Teix message”, HR #23 of the season (#386 of his career) off of Rodney in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win the game. With the win, the Yanks go to 50-41 on the season and their AL East lead is increased to 4 games.

It was a pitcher’s duel between CC Sabathia and “King” Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. Seattle scored a run in the top of the fifth courtesy of two ex-Yankees farmhands, as Austin Jackson singled in Jesus Montero.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Carlos Beltran. Earlier in the day, Beltran was activated off the DL and Rob Refsnyder returned to AAA.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Teix sent one further than any of Rodney’s imaginary arrows could go. Teix had three of the Yankees’ six hits in the game.

Sabathia 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.25. Maybe the best game he’s pitched this year.

Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.65.

Betances (W 6-2, 1.47) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (20th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Update. A-Rod had a hit, and #3023 tied Lou Brock on the all-time list.

Game 58. Drew, Tanaka lead Yanks to 7th straight win, 6-1.


For six-plus innings, this was everything it was hyped to be. A great pitching duel, Tanaka vs. Scherzer.

In the end, Tanaka got the best of it, the Yanks won their seventh straight game, and opened up a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 33-25 record.

Stephen Drew had 2 HR. The first came in the bottom of the third, and gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

Tanaka then coughed up a HR to Bryce Harper in the top of the fourth to tie the game. I thought it would be a long fly ball, but it just kept carrying.

Then I saw a couple of mistakes. In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks had first and third and one out. Beltran hit a liner to CF. The Nats CF tried for a shoestring catch but trapped the ball. He still got a force on McCann on second. However, Teix was caught in no man’s land and instead of just staying on the bag, then coming home no matter what happened, he was stuck on third. They did not score. Ugh.

But then Bryce Harper of Washington pulled what I thought was a bad play. In the top of the seventh, Harper, leading off, had two strikes on him. He had homered off Tanaka earlier, his 20th HR of the season. With two strikes on him, he tried to bunt, fouled it off, and that was strike three. In a close ballgame you want him swinging the bat. Break for the Yankees.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a break. With men on first and second, and two out, A-Rod sent one toward the hole. Washington’s SS tried to get a force at third, but the throw hit the runner, Ramon Flores, and ricocheted into the dugout to advance the runners and give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. But (and the most important thing) is that they tacked on. Brian McCann singled in two, and Beltran singled in another one to make it 5-1.

In the 8th, Drew hit his second HR of the game (and the second 2-HR game from him in less than a week) to make it 6-1. Drew now has just 31 hits on the year and a .175 batting average, but he does have 9 HR. He is on course for about 25 HR. Yes, .175 stinks, but 25 HR for a second baseman? I’ll take that. Sometimes batting average is overrated. I am not saying .175 is good, but hey, as long as the hits he does get are extra base hits (9 HR), I’ll take it. .175 or not, he is tied with McCann as far as HR, and only Teix and A-Rod have more. .175 but 25 HR? Ok, I’ll accept that. Not ideal, but…

McCann had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Flores, a rookie in the majors for what, 3 weeks now? had three hits and two were off Scherzer, one of the best pitchers in the game. Go figure.

McCann is hot, raising his average to .266.

Tanaka (W, 4-1, 2.48) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.28.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk, and 0 K. 2.16
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 1.03.

Washington drafted Mariano Rivera’s son, Mariano Rivera III, in the fourth round of the draft today.

The Giants got a no-no from one of their pitchers for the fourth straight year today. After Cain (PG), and Lincecum twice, Chris Heston no-hit the Mets today.


Game 139. Unearned run leads to 1-0 Yanks’ loss.

Michael Pineda has started nine games for the Yanks this season. He’s missed about nineteen starts due to the pine-tar incident and to injury.

In those nine starts, he’s been excellent. His ERA is 1.80.

He is also 3-4, because in three of those nine starts, the Yankees have been shut out.

Last night (Friday), Pineda gave up only one run, and that was unearned. But the Yanks didn’t score for him and lost 1-0 to KC.

There were only six hits in the game, three by each side.

With one out in the third, Chase Headley—Thursday night’s hero—made a two-base error. Nori Aoki of KC then singled in the only run of the game.

Pineda went 7, 1 R, (unearned), 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K. The Yanks have scored just 20 runs in his 8 starts, and 8 of those came in one game. 12 in the other 8 starts. 12/8 is 1.5. Less support than Pineda’s excellent ERA of 1.80.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.43. He now has 124 K on the season, and is just six behind Mariano Rivera’s Yankee relief record of 130 set in 1996 (when Mo set up John Wetteland).

David Robertson 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.87.

One of the Yanks’ three hits was by Derek Jeter. #3449 of his career.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 72-67 and stay in 2nd place in the AL East, 9 1/2 behind Baltimore (let’s face it, the division is over). In the more important playoff push, they are 4 1/2 out of the final playoff spot with just 23 games to go. Realistically speaking, the Yanks may need to do 17-6 in their last 23 games to make it.

It is possible, but not probable.

A-Rod decision soon?

Now that the HOF inductees have been announced, we wait for the decision on A-Rod, which could come as early as today. There are reports that Alex may accept a suspension if it’s less than 100 games, to which I say, wouldn’t that be an admission of guilt? Why fight as he has, if he IS guilty? Besides, after his 2009 mea culpa of using while with Texas, how stupid is he to go back on the stuff? Really, I wish he’d just go away.

The Tampa Bay Rays signed ex-Yankee utility IF Jayson Nix. Reports are that ex-Yankee A.J. Burnett may retire.

The BBWAA suspended that writer who sold his ballot to Deadspin.com for one year and that writer won’t ever be allowed to vote for the HOF anymore. It’s too bad that they also didn’t do that for other writers, like the one who voted for Jack Morris and only Jack Morris, or the one who voted for Armando Benitez. Armando Benitez? Really?

Or, for that matter, kick off all 16 writers who did not vote for the winningest living pitcher, Greg Maddux. Maddux won 355 games, and never a whiff of PEDs. To find an MLB pitcher who won more games than Maddux over the course of their career, you need to visit a cemetery.

But then, 23 idiots did NOT vote for Willie Mays in 1979. TWENTY-THREE.

There will be someone who won’t vote for Mariano Rivera in 2019. I only wish we could identify that jackass now so that said jackass could have his ballot stripped from him NOW.

Needed: New bullpen coach

Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News tweets that the Yanks will be looking for a new bullpen coach. Mike Harkey is leaving to become the pitching coach for the Diamondbacks.

If only Mo would take the job. (I can dream, can’t I?)

Baseball news.

From Lohud, with my comments:

• The Yankees first significant signing of the winter — if you call it that — could be shortstop Brendan Ryan. The team is said to be “close” to a deal that would bring Ryan back as infield insurance. He’s an elite defender, and he had his moments with the bat during his brief Yankees tenure this season.

My thought? Ryan is a great defensive SS who can’t hit. It may be time to get Jeter off of SS and to DH him much more often (the same can be said for A-Rod and 3B if he comes back).  

• Knowing the Yankees are in the market for a shortstop, Derek Jeter spoke at Joe Torre’s foundation gala and said he still fully expects to be the Yankees everyday player at the position next season. Jeter has started his offseason workout and said he feels good. He expects to be 100 percent healthy in 2014.

• Brian Cashman made it clear that the Yankees will tender a contract to Francisco Cervelli, meaning Cervelli will be back in some capacity next season. Chris Stewart might not be back.

My thoughts? Let Cervelli go. Let Stewart go too. Get someone like McCann or go for Pierzynski on a one-year deal to let Romine, Murphy and/or Sanchez develop. I’m down on Cervelli what with that suspension. Stewart, although good defensively, can’t hit a lick.

• The Arizona Fall League season came to an end. Vidal Nuno probably had the most impressive numbers of all the Yankees prospects assigned to the league. The numbers from Peter O’Brien and Mason Williams showed a mix of good and bad, while the most significant Yankees news coming out of Arizona was the early decision to pull Tyler Austin because of ongoing wrist issues.

I liked Nuno. He had a good spring training, is a lefty (needed since Andy retired) and was 1-2, 2.25 in 20 IP (5 g., 3 starts) for the Yanks last season. His season came to a quick end. I’d like to see more of him. Does he have what it takes to be successful over a full season?    

• Nothing official yet, but it certainly sounds like the Yankees are going to play two exhibition games in Panama next season. The trip would be a sort of gesture of thanks to Mariano Rivera, who’s from Panama and would, presumably, make the trip.

Yankees give qualifying offers to 3

Mariano Rivera was named the A.L. Comeback Player of the Year today. Meanwhile, the Yanks gave qualifying offers to 3 players: Cano, Kuroda and Granderson. Should they sign elsewhere, the Yanks get a compensatory draft pick.

Cano is expected to refuse, since he can get over $14.1MM in free agency. Kuroda is anyone’s guess. It would be a $900K decrease from last year. With Kuroda, will he come back, retire, become a free agent or go back to Japan?

Granderson is iffy. Will he accept it? He did miss 100 games due to two broken bones (HBP twice) last season. Will he accept the offer and attempt to rebuild his value? Or will he take free agency instead? We’ll see.