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Game 124. Yanks tied for first after 1-0 win.


Carlos Beltran’s SF in the bottom of the 9th broke a scoreless tie and gave the Yanks a 1-0 win over the Houston Astros tonight.

With the win, the Yanks are in a dead tie for first place in the AL East with Toronto. Both teams are 69-55.

CC Sabathia was placed on the DL before the game. He may be done for the year. Chris (I am a cat with 9 lives) Capuano was brought back…. again.

Nathan Eovaldi was great tonight. He should change his name to Eo-VOLVING. For he is evolving from a thrower into a pitcher. Just 25, he came to the Yanks with great promise but just a 15-35 record. He needed to evolve into a pitcher. He is doing that. Even though he didn’t get the win tonight due to a lack of run support, you can see him improving.

Both teams blew some scoring opportunites. In the third, A-Rod flied out with men on 2nd and 3rd with two out.

In the sixth, Houston had 2nd and 3rd, one out and 1B Greg Bird of the Yanks made a nice play to keep the runner at third and get the runner out at second.

In the seventh, the Yanks had 1st and 3rd, no one out but Bird struck out. Headley lined out and McCann was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up. That was ugly. The ball bounced three times before getting to the catcher and McCann, slow because he is a catcher, still was thrown out. I got to question the third base coach on that send.

In the ninth, the Yanks won it without a hit. Three walks and Beltran’s SF.

Eovaldi 8 IP, 0 R, 4, 3 walks and 7 K. 4.00
Miller (W, 2-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

McCann was 3 for 3 with a walk, and threw out a runner trying to steal.

Headley made a throwing error, his 20th E of the season, but fortunately it did not haunt them.

Game 123. Yanks lose 4-3, fall out of 1st, CC injured.


On the day the Yanks retired #46 for Andy Pettitte, the Yanks fell out of first place, and CC Sabathia left the game in the third inning with a knee injury.

CC went for an MRI, but appears headed to the DL. The Yanks’ plans for a six-man rotation down the stretch are in jeopardy. In any case, Michael Pineda’s return on Wednesday comes at the right time.

I was there with a brother and two nephews, as well as other members of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, as CC gave up a double to the second batter of the game and a 2-run HR to the fourth. Right away the Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second and Gardner walked. After a flyout that moved Ellsbury up, Gardner stole second. A throwing error by the catcher enabled Ellsbury to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

But the Yanks’ bats were cold on Sunday, striking out eleven times, and Yankees’ pitchers were walking too many batters (ten for the game). A bases-loaded walk in the fifth made it 3-1 Cleveland.

Meanwhile the Yanks got just five hits in the game—1/2 the total of walks Cleveland received.

Carlos Beltran’s 2-run bloop double to left tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but in the top of the eighth Dellin Betances gave up a HR and Cleveland won 4-3.

With the loss, the 68-55 Yanks dropped out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 walks, 1 K. 5.27
Rumbelow 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 Walk, 0 K. 2.08.
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2.79
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.99
Betances (L, 6-3, 1.36) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.13

Game 118. Alex slams Twins, 8-4.


Alex Rodriguez was in a slump. The Yanks were down 4-1 in the seventh. Then the all-time leader in hitting grand slams added on to his record, putting the Yanks in front 5-4 on their way to an 8-4 win over the Twins Tuesday night.

Before the game, the Yanks put Bryan Mitchell on the 7-day concussion DL with a small nasal fracture  after he took that liner to his face on Monday night. They also sent Caleb Cotham back down after the innings he threw on Monday night. They brought back up Capuano and Rumbelow. For Capuano, he must be part cat. Nine lives. For twice he was DFA’d, cleared waivers, sent down to AAA and recalled shortly thereafter. All in the last month.

Greg Bird was the word in the fourth inning, putting the Yanks up 1-0 with an RBI single, his first MLB rbi. The Twins tied it in the fifth.

CC was pitching very well until the seventh, when he gave up a walk and a 2-run HR to start the inning. Minnesota tacked on another run and it was 4-1 Twins. With the Blue Jays winning in Philadelphia, it looked like the Yanks would fall into a tie for first.

But in the bottom of the seventh, PH Chase Headley singled (he has been doing very well with the pinch hits lately), Brendan Ryan walked, and after a flyout, Brett Gardner walked. A-Rod then hit his 25th HR of the season, which also happened to be his 25th career grand slam, extending his grand slam record. Career HR #679 put the Yanks up 5-4.

The Yanks added three insurance runs in the eighth. Bird and Gregorius singled and Headley doubled them both home. After a sac bunt by Ryan, Ellsbury singled in Headley for the final tally of 8-4.

For Nick Rumbelow, his first MLB win.

Sabathia 6 2/3, 4 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 5.24
Rumbelow (W, 1-0, 1.59) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.66
Miller (27th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.08

The Yanks are 66-52, and remain one game ahead of Toronto in the AL East.

Game 112. Yanks bats stay cold, and they fall out of first with another one-run loss.


The Yanks’ bats stayed cold last night, and it cost them first place as they lost 2-1 in Cleveland.

It is their sixth loss in the last seven games, and their fifth in a row. Four of those six losses have been by one run, and another was 2-0. Three of the losses were by 2-1 scores. One 2-1 loss was in 10 innings, another (a 5-4 loss) in 16. In the last seven games, the Yanks have scored just nine runs.That is 1.29 per game in that stretch, and remember, one game was 10 and another 16 innings.

If only for one big hit.

They are now 61-51, and 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Toronto 63-52 —
Yankees 61-51  – 1/2
Tampa Bay 58-56  -4 1/2
Baltimore 57-56   -5
Boston 50-64  -12 1/2

The Yanks managed only four hits last night, their sole run coming in the second on a Brian McCann HR (19). They had chances, like 2nd and 3rd, one out, and couldn’t score with Didi and Young at bat. A-Rod grounded into double plays twice. The Yanks struck out 11x.

Hopefully the bats wake up soon.

CC Sabathia pitched well, as have most of the Yankees’ pitchers in this stretch, but as this recent stretch has gone, received little support. He gave up solo runs in the fifth and sixth.

Sabathia (L, 4-9, 5.23) 6 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.97
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.86.

Because of the 16 inning game on Tuesday night, the Yanks needed pitching help, and brought back Chris Capuano and Nick Goody. Capuano had cleared waivers after being DFA’d and was back at AAA. To make room for the two, the Yanks sent Brandon Pinder back down to AAA and DFA’d Garrett Jones again. Jones was DFA’d just a couple weeks ago, cleared waivers and re-signed with the Yanks when Dustin Ackley got hurt. I doubt if Jones will come back this time.

Game 107. Jake jacks one! Yanks win 2-1.


Jacoby Ellsbury broke open a 1-1 tie with a seventh-inning HR (5) as the Yanks edged Boston tonight, 2-1.

With the win, the 61-46 Yanks stay 4 1/2 up on Toronto. The two teams have a big three-game series in the Bronx this weekend. Hopefully the Yanks take two of three or sweep.

For the struggling CC Sabathia, a great night. He didn’t get a decision, but in the midst of a difficult year for him, he came up big tonight. 1 R in 6 IP.

The Yanks could really use that down the stretch.

The Yanks broke on top in the third when Gardner singled and scored on an A-Rod double.

CC gave one back in the fifth, when a couple of hits barely eluded Didi Gregorius (game of inches). CC, after giving up one run, got out of a bases loaded jam by striking out Ortiz.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks got singles by Ryan and Ellsbury, and Gardner bunted them over. After an intentional walk to A-Rod, Teix and Chris Young both popped up. Opportunity wasted.

But in the seventh, Ellsbury’s fifth HR of the year was the game winner.

Sabathia 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 walks and 8 K. 5.34
Wilson (W, 4-0, 2.54) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.29
Miller (24th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.70

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 96. Alex (3 HR) and Murphy spark Yanks to comeback win.


Down 5-0 after three innings, the Yanks stormed back to defeat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Saturday night, getting four in the top of the ninth to cap things off.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 54-42.

Alex Rodriguez became the fifth oldest player to hit three home runs in a game. A-Rod turns 40 on Monday. The oldest was Stan Musial (41 yrs., 229 days) who did it against the 1962 Mets at the old Polo Grounds.

CC Sabathia fell behind 2-0 only five pitches into the game by giving up a single and a HR to the first two batters. He gave up a 3-run HR to Torii Hunter in the third.

Then A-Rod went to work, hitting a bomb for a solo HR in the fourth. The other day at Yankee Stadium, he hit a 453′ HR. Well, this one went into the third deck in LCF at Target Stadium. (Update: the 3 HRs were measured at 452, 422 and 424 feet).

In the seventh, A-Rod cut the Twins’ lead to 5-3 with a two-run HR. The Yanks tacked on another run when Teixeira doubled, moved to third on a line out and scored on a SF by Headley.

Still, the Yanks were down 5-4 entering the top of the ninth when A-Rod did it AGAIN. His third HR of the game, #23 of the season and #677 of his career, was another long HR, this one just to the left of straightaway CF, to tie the game.

Teixeira then singled and Beltran grounded into a force. Headley singled and John Ryan Murphy hit a 3-run HR to make the comeback complete and give the Yanks an 8-5 win. It was the first HR of the year for Murphy.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 5.38
Warren (W, 6-5, 3.51) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Miller (23rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.57.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Pinder down, brought up Nick Goody, and DFA’d Gregorio Petit.

Elsewhere in baseball, Cole Hamels threw a no-no for the Phillies, and with them needing help as the trade deadline looms, you wonder if Hamels no-no happened in what could be his last Phillies’ game. Ironically, one of the teams looking to trade for him is the team he threw the no-hitter against—-the Cubs.