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CC done for year. Checks into rehab.


Even if the Yanks win tonight’s wild card showdown in the Bronx against the Astros, their rotation for the ALDS vs. KC took a huge hit.

CC Sabathia checked himself into an alcohol rehab center on Monday and is done for the season.

We can only hope for the best. As Yankee GM Brian Cashman stated, this is a life issue.

CC had a bad season, 6-10, 4.73, ERA+ 84, but with Nathan Eovaldi having missed a few weeks with elbow inflammation, was needed to be a starter in the postseason. Not only that, but since wearing the knee brace, CC was pitching better lately. Add in the fact that CC did have prior postseason experience to bring to the table…

Should the Yanks somehow find a way to win and beat Dallas Keuchel tonight, Masahiro Tanaka, tonight’s starter, most likely wouldn’t be ready again until at least Game 3 of the ALDS. Luis Severino would probably start Game 1 against KC.  Besides those two, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova would now probably be the other two starters, Adam Warren staying in the bullpen to provide help there in middle relief.

Nova, however, has been awful lately, going 2-8, 6.58 in his last 10 starts. He probably would have been passed over for a postseason start if this didn’t happen.

Of course, any talk about the ALDS becomes a moot point if the Yanks lose tonight.

Go Tanaka and go Yankees.

Game 159. Yanks clinch playoff spot with 4-1 win. Win is #10000 in franchise history.


The Yanks won the 10000th game in franchise history, and the win put the Yanks into the 2015 postseason. They had missed the postseason the previous two seasons.

The 4-1 win over Boston put them into the postseason. One Yankees win or one Houston loss will ensure that Tuesday night’s wild card play-in game will be played in the Bronx.

CC Sabathia, Adam Warren and Dellin Betances combined for the win, and the Yanks used three homers for the offense. Two of the homers were by rookies.

The Yanks got two in the second on a HR by Carlos Beltran (19, #392 career) and after a couple of walks, a single by Brendan Ryan.

Boston got a run in the fifth, but the Yanks got some late insurance when Greg Bird hit a HR (11) in the seventh and Rob Refsnyder hit one (2) in the eighth.

Sabathia (W, 6-10, 4.73) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 3.29
Betances (9th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.41.

Now for a little rest, see what the weather does this weekend, and get ready for Tuesday.

Game 153. White Sox 5, Yanks 2


The Yanks grounded into four DPs Friday night in losing to the White Sox, 5-2.

The Yanks fell four behind Toronto in the AL East with nine to play. It’s safe to say the Yanks should concentrate on being the home team in the wild card game and forget about the division. Even though there is still a chance for the division, that chance is very slim. You won’t hear the Yanks conceding, but…

The Yanks are 84-69, and still have a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1. They have a 5 game lead over the Angels for WC 2. The magic # to just get into the wild card game remains at 5.


One more quick note on Masahiro Tanaka. He said that he still felt the hamstring strain slightly during his bullpen today, but he doesn’t think it will prevent him from pitching. Girardi indicated pregame that they’d like to start him next week, but nothing is set in stone. “We didn’t expect him to be 100 percent today,” Girardi said. “We wanted to have him throw a bullpen to keep things going. I really think you have to see how he feels the next couple of days and the decision is, do you have him do another bullpen before he starts? Or do you think that he’s ready to start a game.”

If Tanaka can start Tuesday or Wednesday, he can start that wild card game on about a week’s rest. You wonder about the rust after missing a start. If Tanaka can’t start the WC game, then who? Would you trust the rookie, Severino? Would you go with Pineda?

Both Yankee runs Friday night were driven in by Gregorius in the fourth. It tied the game 2-2 at that point, but when CC gave up two solo HRs in the seventh, that decided it.

Sabathia (L 5-10, 4.82) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K.
Bailey 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 6.14
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.11
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.65
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.79

Game 148. Yanks magic #8 for playoff spot after routing Mets 11-2.


The Yankees used a couple of three-run HRs, a Matt Harvey pitch-count limit, and some sloppy Mets’ fielding to whip the Mets, 11-2, on Sunday night.

With the win and a Blue Jays loss, the Yanks are 2 1/2 games behind Toronto as the two teams start a three game series tonight in Toronto.

Masahiro Tanaka will NOT be pitching the Wednesday game, however. He’ll miss a start because of a strained hamstring. I would guess that the Yanks will line him up for a wild-card game start. Ivan Nova will start Wednesday against Toronto instead.

The Yanks magic # to get into that wild-card game is now 8. They have a four-game lead over Houston for WC spot #1 and a 6 1/2 game lead over both the Angels and Twins for WC spot #2. The Yanks are 82-66 with 14 games to go.

CC Sabathia continued his recent resurgence with a strong effort. After wearing a sleeve on his knee and holding back for much of the year, CC has gone to a brace and is going all out and the difference is noticeable. He’s gone from a pitcher who looked done to looking like the old CC again. Let’s hope it continues.

CC gave up back-to-back doubles and a run to start the game but then settled down. Meanwhile the Yanks were doing nothing against Matt Harvey.

But Harvey, coming off Tommy John surgery, is on an innings limit, especially with the Mets playoff-bound. The Mets pulled him after five innings and the Yanks beat up on the Mets’ relievers, scoring five in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth.

Dustin Ackley hit a three-run HR (8) in the sixth to key that inning, and Greg Bird a three-run HR (8) in the eighth to key that inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury broke out of his recent funk with three hits. Carlos Beltran got the Yanks’ scoring started with a two-run double.

The Mets made four errors.

Sabathia (W, 5-9, 4.80) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 7 K.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.68
Capuano 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.94
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93

Game 143. Cum On Feel the Noize! Slade wins it for Yanks in 9th, 4-1


CC Sabathia had pitched perhaps his best game since 2012 (maybe he should have worn the brace all year instead of being stubborn and wearing a sleeve instead?), but the Yanks were one out away from losing 1-0 on a two-hit shutout.  Ouch. Heck the Yanks did not get their first hit until the eighth inning. 

In the ninth, PH Dustin Ackley singled to start the inning (just the Yanks’ second hit of the game) but was erased when the slumping Jacoby Ellsbury GIDP. One out away from a heartbreaking loss, Gardner walked on four pitches,

and A-Rod doubled to tie the game. Hit #3060 tied Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list at #21.

Now if you remember, for the last couple of days I have advocated giving the slumping Ellsbury (1 for his last what, 29 now? Down to .254) a day off and to play Slade Heathcott. Well, Ellsbury started the game…




Heathcott got into the game. After Beltran got the first Yankee hit of the game in the eighth, he was PR for by Rico Noel. The Yanks didn’t score, but Heathcott went out to RF, replacing Noel.

So after A-Rod’s double tied the game in the ninth, and Brian McCann was intentionally walked, guess who came up to bat?

Slade Heathcott, who promptly hit a 3-run HR (2) to win the game.

Ummm…. sometimes I DO know what I am talking about. Vindication is sweet.

Caleb Cotham got his first MLB win. Usually sure-handed defensive whiz Brendan Ryan made two errors (Chase Headley made another one).

But the Yanks won to go to 79-64, and they cut the Jays’ margin to 3 games. They also reduced their magic # to just get into that wild card game.

Every win now is huge.

Maybe tomorrow night Girardi takes my FULL advice and gives Ellsbury a day off and starts Heathcott. We’ll see. It couldn’t hurt, could it? After all, the other guy IS 1 for his last 29 or so. Why not?

Nice to see some of the old CC tonight, too.

Sabathia 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 4.93 (nice to see it get under 5.00)
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K 3.23
Cotham (W, 1-0) 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.50
Miller (33rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.83.

Game 138. Yanks miss chance to gain ground, lose 5-3.


When you see the team you are trying to gain ground on getting spanked, you have to capitalize on the opportunity. Tonight the Yanks didn’t, as they lost 5-3 to the Orioles.

They did it in many ways. Defensively, Stephen Drew botched one play that led to a run in the first. His two-0ut, two-run error later in the fifth also hurt. The offense got only four hits all game. The player who drove in all three Yankees’ runs and had two of the four hits seemed to take a bad route to a ball in the 9th. The bullpen couldn’t hold Baltimore.

Brett Gardner pinch-hit but didn’t start because of the shoulder issue. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury is down to .267. The Yanks need the table setters.

Baltimore got a run in the first. Maybe if Drew can start the 4-6-3 DP instead of having to settle for a 4-3 out (with the runner moving up), the O’s don’t score.

Beltran tied the game with an opposite-field homer in the bottom of the first. HR #15 was #388 of Beltran’s career.

Beltran put the Yanks up 3-1 in the third with a two-run single. After that, it was all downhill.

With two out and two on in the fifth, CC hit a batter to load the bases and Warren came in. He got a ground ball to Headley, who lollypopped a throw to second. Yes, the throw should have had a little more zip, but Drew has to catch the ball. He didn’t and two runs scored on what should have been an inning-ending groundout. Tie game.

In the eighth, Warren gave up a HR to Steve Pearce to put the O’s up 4-3. The O’s added an insurance run in the 9th on a double by Chris Davis. I don’t know if Beltran could have got it, but in looking at the video, it did appear as if he got a bad read and took a bad route to the ball.

As mentioned, the Yanks got just four hits in the game, two by Beltran. Jacoby Ellsbury, as mentioned above, is down to .267 and Brett Gardner has missed a few games with a bum shoulder. It would be beneficial if both could play, get hot and set the table.

So now the Yanks start a big four-game series vs. Toronto tomorrow night 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the AL East lead. Since Toronto was spanked by Boston tonight, it would have been nice to win this one to cut that lead to 1/2 game. It wasn’t to be.

The Yanks are 77-61, 1 1/2 back. As for the WC, they still have a  3 1/2 game lead for WC#1 as of this writing, and a 6 game lead for WC#2. The magic # to make the playoffs, even as the second wild card, is 19.

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 5.16
Warren (L, 6-6, 3.29) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.18
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 0 K. 0.00
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.44.

Game 136. Bird is the word in Yanks win, but Eovaldi out for 2 weeks.


Greg Bird’s three-run HR in the seventh broke a 5-5 tie as the Yanks beat Baltimore Monday afternoon to get to 1/2 game behind Toronto (who lost to Boston), but the good news about the win was tempered by the fact that the Yanks are shutting down Nathan Eovaldi (elbow inflammation) for two weeks.

The Yanks got a gift run in the first when a two-out Chris Young popup was misplayed into an RBI single.

Michael Pineda then gave up four runs, three on a HR, in the second. To his credit, he settled down after that.

Young doubled in a run in the third to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth. A-Rod’s 29th HR (683 career) made it 4-3. Hit #3054 passed Rod Carew on the all-time hit list and put him one behind Rickey Henderson. Later in the inning, John Ryan Murphy put the Yanks up 5-4 with a 2-run HR (3).

With one more HR, A-Rod, who last had a 30 HR season in 2010, would have his fifteenth 30 HR season, a feat accomplished only by Henry Aaron.

The Yanks are 10 victories away from 10000 in their history.

Justin Wilson gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the seventh, but Bird’s fifth HR of the season put the Yanks up 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the ninth for the final tally of 8-6.

Dellin Betances made the Yankees fans squirm in the eighth when he walked two, struck out two, gave up another walk to load the bases but then got another strikeout.

Pineda 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.15
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.20
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 1.38
Miller (32nd save) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.94.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks brought back Chris Capuano from SWB. The guy has nine lives…

Hopefully Eovaldi is OK, but he’ll be shut down for two weeks. Guess CC is coming back at the right time. He comes back, Eovaldi shut down. So much for that six-man rotation….

The Yanks magic # to reach at least the wild card game is 20.