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Game 84. Yanks win 6-2 behind 3 HR, but lose Gleyber to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks kept pace with Boston, staying one game back (56-28, .667 winning pct., the Red Sox are 59-29, .670; with four less games, the Yanks would have to go 3-1 in those for a tie) by beating Atlanta 6-2, but had to put rookie sensation Gleyber Torres on the 10 day DL. The expectation and hope is that Gleyber comes back for the Subway Series against the Mets starting July 20.

It’s a hip injury.

Neil Walker and maybe Brandon Drury will man second base until Gleyber returns. Time for Walker (.188) to step up and earn his keep. He was close to a DFA before this. Tyler Wade will most likely be called from from SWB. Ronald Torreyes is away from SWB dealing with personal, family, issues.

We’ll see what happens. The Yanks were 10-9 when Gleyber made his MLB debut, and have gone 46-19 since he arrived. Some of the mediocre start you can blame on really cold weather, but you can also see the impact Gleyber had.

The Yanks got a run in the second on a double by Didi and a single by Bird.

In the third, Giancarlo Stanton hit HR #21, a 3-run shot, to make it 4-0.

Kyle Higashioka is 3 for 34 in his MLB career, but he become only the second Yankee (Alfonso Soriano) to have each of his first 3 hits be homers. HR #3 made it 5-0 in the third.

CC Sabathia gave up a run in the fifth and a solo HR in the sixth, but that was all the Braves would get on the day.

Aaron Judge closed out the scoring with HR #24 in the seventh.

6-2 Yanks.

Judge solo HR.
Stanton 3-Run HR.
Didi 2 hits.
Higashioka solo HR.

CC’s 243rd career win ties Juan Marichal on the all-time list.

Sabathia (W, 6-3, 3.02) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. 2 HBP. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.96
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.63
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.83


Game 94. Yanks shutout Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since they were 4-2, the Yanks are two games above .500 this season after they shutout the Orioles 5-0 Wednesday night.

The Yanks jumped on the board right away. Brett Gardner tripled leading off the bottom of the first and scored on a SF by Carlos Beltran.

Mark Teixeira’s 8th HR of the year, #402 of his career, made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth.

Teix walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes, playing 3rd because Chase Headley was a last minute scratch to due personal issues (hope all is OK), tripled, and scored on a Gardner SF.

Beltran finished the scoring in the eighth, when he hit his 20th HR of the season. Career HR #412 tied Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Pineda (W, 4-9, 5.25) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K.
Betances (H, 24) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2.49.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.32.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,   0 walks, 2 K. 4.30.



Games 71-73. Yanks win 3 in a row.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This will be quick. I apologize for no recent recaps, but I didn’t have home internet access. Something with Verizon and DSL lines.

Game 71. The Yanks got 3 HR, inc. a walkoff from Starlin Castro (10), to beat the Rockies 9-8. Chase Headley (4) had a grand slam, and Carlos Beltran hit his 19th HR,#411 career, to put him one behind Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list. Beltran’s HR was huge, as it cut an 8-4 Colorado lead down to 8-7 late in that game. Didi Gregorius then tied it with a single. Aroldis Chapman got the win.

Game 72. Rob Refsnyder got the GW RBI single, and Aaron Hicks hit his 3rd HR of the year in a 5-3 Yankees’ win. Tanaka (5-2, 3.01) with the win.

Game 73. The Yanks go over .500 to 37-36 with a 2-1 win. It was the best game Pineda pitched all year. RBI single for Beltran, and the winning run scored in the bottom of the eighth on an error. Once again, no runs DMC does the job. Teixiera returned to the lineup.

Pineda 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 8 K. Gave up HR. 5.51
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.97.
Miller (W, 5-0, 1.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.70.

Games 67 & 68. Yanks back at .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I spent a few hours in the emergency room of the hospital yesterday, and have two kidney stones which I still have to pass, so that is the reason for no reports yesterday.

A brief recap of Friday night’s game. The Yanks scored four in the first, keyed by a 2-run HR by Carlos Beltran (17/ 409 career) and that was all Masahiro Tanaka needed as he cruised to a 8-2 win. Tanaka is now 4-2, 2.91.

As for yesterday, the Yanks were down 4-0 in the top of the seventh when A-Rod homered (8, 695 career) to make it 4-2. Beltran tied it in the eighth with a 2-run shot (18, 410) and the Yanks got three in the ninth to go up 7-4. Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run single being the key ninth inning hit.

Aroldis Chapman gave us a scare. With two out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to cut the lead to 7-6 before getting a groundout to end the game.

The Yanks are back at .500 at 34-34. Beltran needs two HR to tie Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Once again, Pineda was giving up runs with two out. Sometimes with two out and two strikes. He’s had trouble closing out innings this year.

Pineda   5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.82
Swarzak 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.84
Miller (w, 4-0, 1.21) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR, 3.18.

I have to admit. Sometimes I wonder if it should be Chapman setting up Miller.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 2-1 in the completion of the suspended game from yesterday. Bryan Mitchell 4 Ip, 1 R. Diego Moreno (W) 3 scoreless innings, 2.01. Chris Martin , on rehab, one scoreless IP.   CF Mason “Classical Gas” Williams 2 h, rbi, 2 hits for SS Cole Figueroa.

Other game: 5-1 win. Jaron Long 5 IP, 1 R. C Austin Romine 2, 2 RBI. CF Mason Williams 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton got just 3 hits in a 3-2 loss.

High A: Tampa lost 6-2. Gregorio Petit 1 for 4 on rehab. DH Dante Bichette, Jr. just sent down to High A from AA, 3 hits. RBI.

A: Charleston lost 5-2. OF Dustin Fowler 2 hits.

The Yanks signed Sergio Santos to a minor league deal. He is a righty reliever, 7-12, 3.95 in his MLB career, ERA 3.95. Soon to be 32. Worth a gamble, he saved 30 for the 2011 White Sox.

The Cubs signed Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal.

Robertson gone to White Sox

It wasn’t the four years and $50MM he wanted, but it was close, at four years and $46MM, and as a result, David Robertson is now an ex-Yankee.

Robertson signed a deal with the White Sox late last night.

Robertson was 4-5, 39 saves and an ERA of 3.08 (ERA+ 126) last year for the Yanks as he took over the closer role from the retired Mariano Rivera. In his time with the Yankees (2008-2014), Robertson was 25-19, 47 saves and an ERA of 2.81 (ERA+ 150). His 162 g. average was 4-3, 2.81, ERA+ 150 with 8 saves (most of his career was as a setup man to Mo).

So the Yankees have to decide which way they will now go. Have Betances and the newly acquired Andrew Miller share the closer role, or get someone in and have a three-headed monster? Jason Grilli, 38, is a free agent. Grilli was 0-2, 2.70, with 33 saves for the Pirates in 2013. Grilli went 1-5, 4.00 with 12 saves for the Pirates and Angels in 2014.

The Yanks could also go “back to the future” by bringing back Rafael Soriano. Soriano turns 35 next week. Soriano stepped in as the Yanks closer in 2012, saving 42 games that year after Mariano Rivera went down with a torn ACL. Soriano was 2-3, 4.12 and had 2 saves as Mo’s setup man in 2011, then went 2-1, 2.26 and 42 saves in 2012 after Mo got hurt. Soriano finished 20th in MVP balloting in 2012.

Soriano in 2014 went 4-1, 3.19 with 32 saves for Washington.

The Yanks may also look to make a trade. Time will tell if they stand pat, get Grilli or Soriano off the free agent market, or make a trade.

Another move. Yankees DFA Alfonso Soriano.

The Yanks DFA’d Alfonso Soriano today. the 38 year old veteran was hitting just .221-6-23 for the Yanks this year, and his OPS+ was only 68. He drew just six walks and struck out 71 times.

Soriano is a .270 career hitter with 412 career HR, of which 121 came in two stints with the Yankees.