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Game 126. Judge’s 49th drives in all 3 runs in 3-2 win.

Aaron Judge’s 49th HR, a 3-run, 427-ft. blast to dead center, was all the runs the Yankees (78-48) scored in a 3-2 win at Oakland Friday night.

The win reduces the Yankees’ magic # for winning the AL East to 29. They are 2 1/2 behind Houston for best record in the AL. Forget about best record in the majors. The Dodgers are 10 ahead of the Yankees there.

The blast in the top of the fifth came off of J.P. Sears, who had started the season with the Yankees but was dealt at the trade deadline to Oakland. It broke up a scoreless tie. Sears took his first MLB loss after a 5-0 start to his career.

Oswaldo Cabrera, who had three hits on the night, singled to start the inning, and D.J. LeMahieu followed with a single before Judge’s HR.

Gerrit Cole pitched into the eighth, giving up just a HR to Jonah (Here Comes the) Bride in the seventh. It was Bride’s first MLB HR.

With one out in the ninth, Wandy Peralta gave up a double and single that cut the score to 3-2 before striking out the next two hitters to finish the game and get the save.

Judge 3-run HR (49) Was walked 3x
Cabrera 3 hits.

Cole (W, 10-6) 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 11 K. gave up 1 HR. 3.31
Loaisiga (H, 8) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.64
Peralta (S, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.57

Judge numbers.
Leads MLB in R (101), HR (49), RBI (109), Slug % (.665), OPS (1.063), OPS+ (199) and total bases (302).
Leads AL in walks (73).

Yanks land starter in Montas, give up 4 prospects.

There will surely be another deal, like dumping Joey Gallo, but Brian Cashman just completed his major objectives. Get an OF upgrade (Benintendi), get a reliever (see previous post on Effross) and get a starter.

The starter deal just went through. The Yanks got their man (after losing out on Castillo) in Frankie Montas of Oakland. They also get reliever Lou Trivino. For the pair, the Yanks give up #5 prospect Ken Waldichuk (who I really liked, but you have to give to get), #10 prospect Luis Medina, #20 prospect J.P. Sears, and #21 prospect Cooper Bowman.

A look at each.


Montas. 29 years old. RHP Arbitration eligible 2023, Free agent 2024. RHP. Only 4-9, but a 3.18 ERA (ERA+ 118) for a bad A’s team. Last year he was 13-9, 3.37, ERA+ 122 and finished 6th in CYA voting. For his career, 35-32, 3.73, ERA+ 110. (100 is average).

Trivino. 30. RHP. I am not sold on this one, but it may have been an if you want A, you got to take B kind of thing. Trivino is having a bad year for Oakland, 1-6, 6.47, ERA+ 59 with 10 saves. He had a good 2021, going 7-8, 3.18 with 22 saves. His career has been like that. Good, bad, good, bad. For example, in his rookie year, he was 8-3, 2.92 in 2018. ERA+ 143. But in 2019 he was 4-6, 5.25. ERA+ 82. Hot and cold. For his career, he is 20-23, 4.04, ERA+ 103. Arbitration eligible 2023, Free agent 2025.


#5 prospect Ken Waldichuk. 24. LHP. 6-3, 2.71 between AA/AAA this year. I have been following him since last year. Liked what I saw. You got to give to get, though. 12-8, 3.00 in minor league career, 50 games, 48 starts. 328 K in 215 2/3 IP.

#10 prospect Luis Medina. RHP. 23. 4-3, 3.38 at AA this year. 14-20, 4.46 in minor league career, 86 games, 84 starts.

#20 prospect J.P. Sears. LHP, 26. Pitched in 7 games for Yanks this year, 2 starts. 3-0, 2.05, ERA+ 190. Was 1-1, 1.67 at AAA this year. Did very well in brief time in majors this year.

#21 prospect Cooper Bowman. 2B/SS. 22. Righty bat. .217-8-35 with 35 SB at High A this year. In 111 minor league games, .227-12-58 with 48 SB.

Seeing what the Mariners got for Castillo (they gave up 4 prospects, including their 1, 3 and 5) you knew that Montas would not come cheap. At least the Yanks gave up one of the top 4 prospects they had. But 3 top 10’s go today, as well as Sears.

I’ll have to update the prospect list.

Minor League action from 7-27-22.

With the trade of two of the top 30 prospects to KC for Benintendi, I’ll update the prospect rankings soon.

AAA: SWB (47-48) won 7-4.
LF Miguel Andujar 3-run HR (10)
RF Jake Bauers 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (8)

Sears 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1.67 Hoping Yanks bring him back up soon. #23 prospect
M. Gomez 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.35
Zach Greene (W, 7-0) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Cordero (H, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.18
Weissert (S, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 2.11

AA: Somerset (57-34; won 1st half division crown) won 6-0.
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits. #10 prospect .227
C Austin Wells 3-run HR (2nd in AA). #4 prospect
RF Elijah Dunham 2 hits. #26 prospect .253
2B Jesus Bastidas solo HR (11)

Medina (W, 4-3) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1 WP 3.38 #11 prospect
Loseke (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.46
Ernst (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.50
Minnick (S, 2) 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.65

High A: Hudson Valley (49-42) lost 6-2.
3B Tyler Hardman 2 hits.

Castano 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 4 K. 3.62
Miller (L, 1-3) 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 3 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.04
Milam 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP 6.75
Correa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.01

Low A: Tampa (44-46) swept a DH.
Game 1: Won 3-2.
SS Alexander Vargas solo HR (7) #16 prospect

Yulie 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. 4.04
Cortijo (W, 2-1) 1 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP 4.24
van Zijll (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.11

Game 2: Won 7-1.
C Ben Rice 2-run HR (5)
3B Luis Santos 2 hits, 2 RBI

Y. Castro 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.19
Dees (W, 3-2) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.78

Game 95. Yanks win (7-6) over Orioles is costly. King injured, done for season.

The Yankees (65-30) win over the Orioles, 7-6 last night, came at a very high cost.

Reliever Michael King, who has been superb in his setup role this season, fractured his right elbow making a pitch, and is done for the season.

Expect GM Brian Cashman to make a move to help the bullpen as we near the trade deadline. King joins Chad Green and Miguel Castro as bullpen pieces on the injured list. Ron Marinaccio just started rehab so he is still a little ways away from rejoining the team. Ryan Weber was just DFA’d, maybe they can get him back. J.P. Sears was sent to AAA after his outing on Thursday. Because of the injury, maybe he can be recalled sooner than teh usual time, but he did pitch 3 innings Thursday so even at that, he wouldn’t be available for a while.

Besides a trade and making other moves, the injury to King also means two other relievers who have been struggling all season and who struggled last night, Jonathan Loaisiga and Aroldis Chapman, need to get back to their former selves. Both were not good last evening, forcing King to come into the game, where he got injured.

On top of THAT, the Yankees are probably looking for a starter since Luis Severino is out for a while on the injured list, Domingo German did not do well in his start (first appearance of the season) on Thursday, and last night’s starter, Jameson Taillon, has been struggling for a while and struggled again last night.

Expect Brian Cashman to be very busy in the next ten days, even though the Yanks are 65-30.

In the game, Aaron Judge homered twice, and Joey Gallo added a homer as the Yanks squeaked out a 7-6 win.

With two out in the top of the third, Gallo walked, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Judge hit a 3-run HR, his first of the game, to put the Yanks up 3-0. The HR went 436 ft. That was nothing compared to what was to come.

Taillon gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the third and was knocked out of the game. He had escaped an earlier jam in the first inning.

In the top of the fourth, with one out, the Yanks got back-to-back doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino to take a 4-2 lead.

Judge hit his second HR of the game, a 465-ft. blast, #36 on the season, in the top of the fifth to put the Yanks up 5-2.

A one-out double by Donaldson, followed by a two-out single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, put the Yanks up 6-2 in the top of the sixth.

But here is where Loaisiga and Chapman need to step it up. Loaisiga gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3.

In the top of the seventh, Gallo homered (12) to put the Yanks up 7-3.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Chapman struggled, throwing a couple of wild pitches, then giving up a 3-run HR that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-6, necessitating the call for King. In his last ten innings, Chapman has given up 13 runs on 13 hits, ten walks, and 4 HR. With the King injury, he needs to get straightened out.

King’s injury forced Clay Holmes to get a five-out save.

Judge 2 hits. Both HR (36). 4 RBI
Donaldson 2 hits, both doubles.
Gallo Solo HR (12)

Taillon 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.93
Luetge (W, 3-3) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.88
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.52
Chapman 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 5.75 (He and Loaisiga need to get right)
King (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29 Fractured pitching elbow ends his season.
Holmes (S, 17) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.26

Given the Yanks’ pitching woes, let’s hope today’s starter, Gerrit Cole, can go DEEP into today’s game (I’d wish for a complete game, but with the heat wave on the East coast, that would probably be too much to ask for).

Games 93 and 94. Yanks lose both games of DH in Houston.

With Houston, the Yanks have a problem.

The Astros ended the Yanks’ season in 2015, 2017 and 2019. This season the Yanks lost 5 of the 7 games against them, and never led in any game except for the two walk-off wins, where Aaron Judge both times got the GW hit.

In losing both games of a doubleheader in Houston yesterday, the Yanks (64-30) (record corrected from first draft) lead over Houston for best record in the league dropped to just 2 1/2 games. The Yanks lead the AL East by 12 games. But from here on in the Yanks’ schedule is tougher than Houston’s. The Yanks’ division is tougher than Houston’s. Not only that, if both teams finish with the same record, Houston gets home field advantage in a playoff series due to the head-to-head record.

So, it would behoove the Yanks to finish ahead of Houston in the standings, and also to find a way to beat them. To hit Houston pitching. For the Astros are the biggest roadblock to the Yankees’ World Series aspirations.

Game 1: Lost 3-2.

The Yanks wasted a good outing by Jordan Montgomery. Houston nicked Monty for a run in the first inning and another in the second to take a 2-0 lead. They used back-to-back bunt singles in the first to build that run that inning.

In the top of the third, the Yanks loaded the bases with no outs, but didn’t score. Matt Carpenter hit a line drive, but the Astro 1B caught it and caught Judge too far off the bag for a DP.

D.J. LeMahieu homered (9) in the top of the fifth to cut Houston’s lead to 2-1.

In the top of the ninth, Aaron Hicks singled with one out. He moved to second on a groundout, then Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a PH single to tie the game.

But Michael King gave up a single and double to start the bottom of the ninth for Houston. After a strikeout and intentional walk, King got a strikeout, but then an infield single won the game for Houston.

The Yanks have lost five walk offs this year, and ironically, Montgomery was the starting pitcher in each of those games. Once again, the Yanks had trouble hitting Cristian Javier. Javier was the pitcher who threw seven no-hit innings against the Yanks June 25th, when the Yanks fell victim to a combined no-hitter by Houston. This time, in five innings, the Yanks only got two hits off him.

LeMahieu solo HR (9)
Hicks 2 hits
Kiner-Falefa PH RBI single with two out in 9th which at the time tied the game

Montgomery 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.24
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.13 (Combined ERA for 3 teams)
King (L, 6-3) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.34

Game 2: Lost 7-5.

Domingo German replaced the injured Luis Severino in the rotation, and it was German’s first appearance of the season, as he was just activated off of the injured list. Ryan Weber was DFA’d.

For the DH, J.P. Sears was brought up to be the 27th man. Based on how Sears has pitched this season in his limited appearances, I and others wondered why he didn’t get the start instead of German.

German didn’t have it, as in the first inning, with two out, he gave up back-to-back HR to Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman. Astros up 2-0 right away.

German then gave up three more runs in the second–once again, all with two out–and Houston was up 5-0.

In the top of the third, Judge walked, and Gleyber Torres homered (15) to cut Houston’s lead to 5-2.

Sears relieved German and didn’t do too badly, but he gave up a 2-run HR in the sixth to Chas McCormick. Houston up 7-2.

In the top of the ninth, Kiner-Falefa and LeMahieu singled, and after an out, Judge homered (34) to make it 7-5, but Houston then held on to win.

Judge 3 run HR (34)
Torres 2 hits, 2-run HR (15)
Donaldson 2 hits.

German (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 Balk. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR. 15.00
Sears 3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 2.05
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.45

Game 89. Yanks fall in 10, 7-6.

The cumulative effects of the week, and especially Luis Severino’s early departure came back to bite the Yanks (62-27) Thursday night as they lost in 10 innings to Cincinnati, 7-6.

The game was the third extra-innings game in their last five games (they have lost four of those five games) which taxes the bullpen.

Not only that, because of heavy bullpen usage and the injury to Severino (more on that later), manager Aaron Boone had his hands tied as far as the bullpen last night. Certain guys were unavailable.

Severino was placed on the 15-day IL due to a strained lateral muscle in his shoulder. J.P. Sears, who had to come on early Wednesday night in relief of Severino would not be available after his 3+ inning stint so he was sent back to AAA. As a result, Ryan Weber rejoined the team, as did Jonathan Loaisiga. In Loaisiga’s case, he was coming off the IL and off of rehab. Loaisiga, so good last year, has had an awful 2022, and that continued last night.

The game started out as a pitcher’s duel. Two all-stars, Nestor Cortes, Jr. of the Yankees and Luis Castillo (who could be a Yankees trade target) went at it for seven innings. The Reds got a run off of Cortes in the fifth, when Cortes didn’t help himself with a walk and a HBP. The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when with one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo doubled for the Yanks’ first hit of the game and Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI groundout.

After seven great innings from Cortes, Loaisiga came in and his bad 2022 continued. He gave up three runs and couldn’t get out of the inning.

The Yanks came back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth. Judge led off the inning with his 31st HR of the season to cut the Reds’ lead to 4-2. Two outs later, Matt Carpenter walked, and Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (14) to tie the game. The Yanks loaded the bases after that but D.J. LeMahieu struck out.

The game went into extra innings with that ghost runner rule I hate. Lucas Luetge came in for the Yanks and didn’t have it, giving up three runs to make it 7-4 Reds.

The Yanks didn’t give up. In the bottom of the tenth, with Stanton starting the inning as the ghost runner, Carpenter homered (11) to cut the Reds’ lead to 7-6. The Yanks eventually put two runners on after that, but LeMahieu lined out, ending the game.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay is 13 games. They have a three-game series against Boston this weekend before the All-Star break.

The Yanks traded with the Angels and got Tyler Wade back for a player to be named later or cash. Wade will go to AAA.

Judge solo HR (31)
Carpenter 2-run HR (11)
Torres 2-run HR (14)

Cortes 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.63
Loaisiga 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.31
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 2.28 (combined 3-team ERA)
Luetge (L, 2-3) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.19

Game 88. 2 WP in 10th help Yanks to 7-6 win.

For a team that started the year 3-22, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the Yankees (62-26) tough.

The Yankees needed two wild pitches to pull out a 7-6, come-from-behind, 10-inning win over the Reds Wednesday night. In so doing, the Yankees have to worry about Luis Severino, who took himself out of the game after two innings due to shoulder tightness.

Severino’s velocity was down from the beginning. He gave up a run in the first inning and started the second inning by giving up three consecutive home runs. After two innings the Yankees were down 4-0.

The Yanks came back to take the lead in the third inning. Joey Gallo led off with a walk, and D.J. LeMahieu, celebrating his 34th birthday, singled Gallo to third. After the slumping Aaron Judge struck out, Anthony Rizzo reached on a fielder’s choice, Gallo scoring, D.J. to second, on an error. After a flyout by Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres singled to cut the Reds’ lead to 4-2. Josh Donaldson walked to load the bases, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled in all three runners to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead.

Cincinnati scored two runs off of J.P. Sears in the top of the fifth, keyed by a double by future HOF Joey Votto, to take a 6-5 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Stanton homered (23) to tie the game at six.

To extra innings and that (ugh) ghost runner. Michael King pitched out of trouble, getting a key inning-ending DP in the top of the tenth. In the bottom of the tenth, LeMahieu was the ghost runner for the Yanks and Judge struck out again. The Reds intentionally walked Rizzo to set up what they hoped would be an inning-ending DP, but two wild pitches enabled LeMahieu to score and for the Yankees to win the game.

The Yanks won despite striking out 16x.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Stanton solo HR (23)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, 3 RBI

Severino 2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 3 consecutive HR. 3.45 Pulled himself from game. Shoulder.
Sears 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1.42
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.42 (Combined 3-team ERA)
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.41
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.50
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.34
King (W, 6-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.23

I don’t see a corresponding move yet, but after the game the Yanks optioned Sears to AAA because of the seven pitchers they used and also that Sears won’t be available for a while because of pitching last evening.

As much as I would like the Yanks to add KC’s Andrew Benintendi at the trade deadline, a development came up that will probably not let the Yankees acquire him, and that is that Benintendi is not vaxxed, rendering him unavailable then for when the Yankees would go into Toronto (don’t get me started on Trudeau). It doesn’t appear likely that the Yanks would deal for someone who wouldn’t be available for big inter-divisional games in Toronto. That probably rules out Michael Taylor of KC as an option as well.

Game 80. Yanks get 0 runs, only 1 hit in loss to Cleveland, 2-0.

Before the game, some moves. Ron Marinaccio to the IL, J.P. Sears brought up. Manny Banuelos traded to Pittsburgh for cash. In a minor league move, C Josh Breaux moves up from AA to AAA.

Jordan Montgomery made one mistake, and Sears finally gave up his first MLB run, but they were enough to doom the Yankees (58-22) to a 2-0 loss.

D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge were given the day off, although both pinch-hit late in the game. Unfortunately, it seemed like the whole Yankees’ offense took the day off, because besides getting no runs, they only got one hit.

Montgomery gave up a fourth inning HR to Franmil Reyes, and the Guardians (I wanted to write Indians) got another run off of Sears in the eighth, Reyes again with the RBI, and it was all they needed.

It’s funny to have a 4th of July without the Yanks playing. They didn’t play on Memorial Day either.

Montgomery (L, 3-2) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.19
Sears 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.59 First MLB run he’s given up.
Abreu 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.55 (Combined 3-team ERA)

Game 76. Judge and Stanton power Yanks past A’s, 5-3.

It looked shaky, because Yankees starter Jameson Taillon gave up 3 runs in the first inning and had to escape jams in the second and third innings. But Taillon got through five innings and got the win as homeruns by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton paved the way.

The Yanks (56-20) completed a three-game sweep of Oakland with a 5-3 win Wednesday afternoon.

After Oakland got those three runs in the top of the first, D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a single, and Judge hit a 2-run 429 ft. HR (29) to cut the A’s lead to 3-2.

In the bottom of the third, with one out, LeMahieu singled again, and Judge walked. After Josh Donaldson flied out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a 391 ft. 3-run HR (19) to give the Yanks a 5-3 lead. There was no further scoring in the game.

J.P. Sears was optioned back to AAA after last night’s game, and Ryan Weber brought up. Weber probably won’t be up long, because Aroldis Chapman is due back any day now.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2-run HR (MLB leading 29th)
Stanton 3-run HR (19)

Taillon (W, 9-1) 5 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K. 1 HBP 3.32
Luetge (H, 6) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.38
Castro (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.51
Holmes (S, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.49

Game 75. Yanks edge A’s, 2-1.

With a huge lead (now 12 1/2 games), and facing the worst team in the league, the Yanks decided to bring up J.P. Sears to make a start, and to give their regular guys in the rotation an extra day off.

The move looks like a stroke of genius after Sears pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and got the win as the Yanks (55-20) beat Oakland, 2-1, Tuesday night.

To make room on the roster for Sears, Manny Banuelos was DFA’d.

Sears has now pitched in four MLB games, starting two, and is 3-0. He has not given up a run in 12 2/3 innings.

The Yankees sent Sears back to SWB after the game, as Aroldis Chapman is ready to come off of his rehab.

The Yanks got a run in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu led off with a walk. Two outs later, Josh Donaldson doubled D.J. to third. Jose Trevino’s single scored LeMahieu, but Donaldson was thrown out at home for the third out.

Marwin Gonzalez homered (3) in the second to put the Yankees up 2-0.

Oakland got an unearned run in the ninth inning off of Clay Holmes, with help from a catcher’s interference call on Trevino.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes. It’s the same thing we’ve seen for years. A lousy, lazy home plate umpire who doesn’t adjust his strike zone. Aaron Judge is 6 feet, 7 inches tall. His knees aren’t where, say, my knees (I am about 5’8 1/2″) are. What is a strike to me is below the knees for Judge. But umpires keep calling the low strike on Judge that isn’t a strike. Boone was sticking up for his guy. I wish Boone would just come out of the dugout, bring Judge over and point to where Judge’s knees are—in front of the whole stadium.

Gonzalez 2 hits, Solo HR (3)

Sears (W, 3-0) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Marinaccio (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.60 Bunch of scoreless outings lately.
Peralta (H, 7) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.20
King (H, 12) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.38
Holmes (S, 13) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.50