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Game 105. 9-run seventh keys Yanks 13-3 win.

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Brian McCann and Chris Young each had 3-run homers in a 9-run Yankees seventh inning as the Yanks beat Boston 13-3 on Tuesday night.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 60-45. Toronto (coming into the Stadium this weekend) is in second place. Baltimore is in third, 6 1/2 back. Tampa Bay is 7 1/2 out and Boston is in last, 14 out.

Chris Young singled, A-Rod walked, and Mark Teixeira singled in a run in the first to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the fifth.

The Yanks regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.  Young singled, A-Rod doubled, and Teix singled in a run to tie the game. McCann (4 RBI in the game) then doubled in a run to put the Yanks up 3-2 and Beltran’s RBI groundout made it 4-2.

After Tanaka gave up a HR to Sandoval in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, the Yanks put the game away with nine in the bottom of the seventh.

Ellsbury reached on an error, Young walked, and A-Rod singled to make it 5-3. After Teixeira struck out, McCann hit a 3-run HR (18) to make it 8-3.

Beltran and Headley then had back-to-back doubles to make it 9-3. Gregorius flied out for the second out. Ryan walked. Ellsbury’s single made it 10-3.

Young then hit a 3-run HR (13) to cap the scoring at 13-3.

Tanaka (W, 8-4, 3.84) 6 IP,3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.61
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.45
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.69.

Before the game, Dustin Ackley was DL’d with a herniated disk. He apparently did not have it or complain of it before the trade with Seattle last week, so there was no shenanigans there when the Yanks traded Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez for him. He will be out 20-30 days and could be done for the year. He had an epidural. For now, the Yanks replaced the utility man with pitcher Caleb Cotham.

GM Brian Cashman also stated that we should not see Michael Pineda until September.

In the game, Young was 3 for 4, had the 3-run HR, and scored four runs. He is at .268-13-36, OPS+ over 120.

On another blog, one poster was complaining for months about the Yanks not keeping Ichiro and holding on to Young. He kept complaining even after it was pointed out to him that the Yanks needed a righty bat (Young), that Ichiro, being a lefty bat didn’t fit because of Gardner and Ellsbury, and that Ichiro’s lack of power and age (41) were hindrances. It got annoying hearing him b***h about Ichiro all the time.

Now, I like Ichiro. But it was time for him to go. How is Ichiro doing? .244-1-15, OPS+ 63. 9 for 14 in SB. He has a TOTAL of 6 extra base hits. Young’s OPS+ is twice that of Ichiro’s, and Young’s 13 HR means he has twice as many HR as Ichiro has extra base hits.

I hope that guy has finally shut up.

Tonight Luis Severino starts for the Yanks. The top prospect, 21 years old, will be making his MLB debut.

Game 89. Yanks edge M’s 4-3.

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Alex Rodriguez broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 7th with a HR (19, 673 career) and the Yanks beat Seattle 4-3 in their first game after the All-Star break. The hit, #3022 of his career, puts him one behind Lou Brock on the all-time list. The win puts the Yanks at 49-40 and 4 1/2 games in front in the AL East.

Chris Young opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. His 11th HR of the year put the Yanks up 1-0.

Kyle Seager hit two HRs off of Masahiro Tanaka tonight. His first tied the game in the third. After the Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a Chase Headley single, Seager’s second HR of the game put the Mariners up 3-2 in the top of the fifth.

Brian McCann’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth tied it up and set the stage for A-Rod’s GW HR in the seventh.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Gregorio Petit and brought back Brendan Ryan, who was on rehab.

Tanaka (W, 6-3, 3.65) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 7 K. Nice game except for Seager.

Betances 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.50

Miller (19th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.48.

Update: This is the most HR A-Rod has had in a season since he hit 30 in 2010.

Also, I remember on another blog, one poster who kept complaining that the Yanks didn’t keep Ichiro. He kept bitching and moaning about this forever. It seemed like every time he made a comment, it was about Ichiro. Well, the Yanks already had speedy hitting lefty outfielders in Gardner and Ellsbury, both of whom have more power than Ichiro, who is 41. He was complaining about the Yanks keeping Chris Young (who the Yanks kept for balance. The Yanks needed a righty hitting backup/platoon OF for balance, something Ichiro wouldn’t give, being a lefty hitter.) So, let’s compare where they are right now.

Ichiro. 84 g. 186 AB. More than I would have expected. .253-1-11. 7 of 11 in SB. OPS+ 67, 33% below league average. Only three XBH out of 47 hits. 

Young: 82 games, some 214 AB. .252-11-27. 25 extra base hits. OPS+ around a 110.

A no-brainer. I hope the guy has finally shut up.

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, dies at 83.

Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, died at the age of 83. He would have turned 84 on January 31st.

Banks hit 512 HR in his career, all with the Chicago Cubs, that lasted from 1953-1971. He has the record for most games played without ever playing in the postseason. From 1953-1966, Banks played on only one team that had a winning record, and that team was 82-80.

Nevertheless, Banks became the first NL player to win back-to-back MVPs when he did so in 1958 and 1959. While mostly known as a SS, Banks moved to 1B in 1961 and played more games at 1B than SS.

Banks hit 40 HR or more in five of the six seasons from 1955-1960. He led the majors in HR in 1958 and 1960 and in RBI in 1958 and 1959.

Meanwhile, a couple Yankee-related news items. Eury Perez, DFA’d by the Yanks, signed with Atlanta. He had a “cup of tea” with the Yanks last year, going 2 for 10.

Ichiro Suzuki, 41, signed a one-year deal with the Marlins to be a backup OF.

Yankees re-sign OF Chris Young

Well, there goes my hope in the Yanks maybe going after Michael Morse for corner OF/backup 1B/ backup DH.

The Yanks re-signed Chris Young to be their 4th OF. The righty-hitting Young started last year with the Mets and finished it with the Yanks. He gets a one-year deal for $2.5 MM.

Young hit .222-11-38 combined last year, OPS+95. His 162 g. average is .234-23-71 with 19 SB. OPS+ 94. Has power and speed, but low batting average and averages 143 strikeouts a year.

Mostly a CF, he can play all 3 OF positions, and hit 32 HR in 2007 for Arizona. In 2010, he was an All-Star, when he hit 27 HR and had 28 SB for the D-Backs.

While Ichiro Suzuki, who just turned 41, still wants to play in the majors next year, the signing of Young probably means Ichiro is done with the Yankees. The Yanks have Gardner, Ellsbury and Beltran in the outfield, two lefty hitters and a switch-hitter, and now have Young, a righty batter, to back them up. Ichiro, of course, is a lefty hitter.

Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez isn’t only being talked about as perhaps the Yanks next hitting coach, but he also is a finalist for the Rays’ open managerial position now that Joe Maddon has gone to manage the Cubs.

New Twins manager: HOF Paul Molitor.

 

 

 

Game 162. Yanks win season/Jeter’s finale, 9-5.

The Yankees got off to a 9-0 lead and held on to win the season finale—also the last game of Derek Jeter’s career—9-5 on Sunday.

With the win, the Yankees ended the season at 84-78 and all alone in second place in the AL East (Toronto lost to Baltimore in their season finale and finished 83-79). The Yankees finished 12 back of Baltimore in the division, and 4 out of the final wild card spot.

In 2013, the Yanks finished tied for 3rd, but with 85 wins. So this year they finished better in the division, but with one less win. It was their worst record since 1992.

With the offseason moves (and lots of spending) on Ellsbury, McCann, Beltran, Tanaka, as well as the returns of Jeter and Teixeira, it was a disappointing season after a hopeful offseason.

Derek Jeter got an RBI infield single on a Baltimore chop in his last at bat to retire with 3465 hits (sixth all-time) and a .310 lifetime batting average. It was his 50th RBI of the season. He had lined to SS in the first. He was pinch-run for after his hit and finished his final game 1 for 2. His final season: .256-4-50 with 10 SB in 12 attempts. OPS+ 75.

The Yanks got four in the third on a two-run triple by Ichiro, Jeter’s single, and a SF by Teixeira.

They got five in the seventh on a two-run double by Jose Pirela, single by John Ryan Murphy, double by Austin Romine and single by Chase Headley.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was cruising. After he was pulled, the bullpen made things a bit sloppy by giving up five to Boston in the bottom of the seventh.

Pineda had an ERA of 1.89 this year. Too bad he only started 13 games and the Yanks didn’t give him much run support.

Pineda (W, 5-5, 1.89) 6 1/3, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 10 K.

Rogers 1/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K. Overall ERA 5.72.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.97.

Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.38.

The postseason now begins for 10 teams. In the AL Oakland (who barely held on to make the postseason) will be at KC for the wild-card playoff game, winner gets the Angels. The other ALDS has Detroit vs. Baltimore.

In the NL, SF will be at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game with the winner getting Washington. The other NLDS will be the Cardinals vs. the Dodgers.

 

Game 158. Farewells forthcoming as Yanks are eliminated, 9-5

Cue Sinatra. “… and now, the end is near…”

The Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention with a 9-5 loss on Wednesday afternoon. Tonight’s (Thursday) game vs. Baltimore will be the final home game of Derek Jeter’s career. It also will probably be the final game of Hiroki Kuroda’s career, and probably the final game for Ichiro Suzuki as a Yankee in Yankee Stadium. As for David Robertson, who knows?

(Trivia: the Yanks, despite 27 World Series Championships, have never won a WS in a year ending in a 4 or 5).

Jeter, of course, is retiring at the end of the year and tonight will be the Yankees’ last home game of 2014. Ichiro most likely will not be a Yankee in 2015 and with him turning 41, you wonder who’d pick him up. Kuroda, 39, may be retiring.

One big question is when tonight’s game would start, and if it will start or be rained out. You know the Yanks will do everything in their power to play the game, for it is Jeter’s home farewell. Rain is in the forecast all day, and the question is, when will it be over. There is a chance tonight’s game starts after a delay.

As for yesterday, Shane Greene took a 3-0 lead into the third inning, but the O’s knocked him out of the box in the fourth with six runs on their way to defeating the Yanks 9-5.

The Yanks had scored a run in the first on a Teixeira double, another in the second on a Drew HR (overall 7), and one in the third on a Headley HR (overall 13).

Greene (L, 5-4, 3.78) went 3 2/3, 6 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.

Huff 2 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.36 (1.85 as NYY).

Whitley 1 1/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.38.

Phelps 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.42.

Claiborne 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.05.

The O’s got 3 in the eighth to make it 9-3, and Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (22, 363 career) in the bottom of the 8th to bring the Yanks to 9-5, the final score.

Tonight should be dramatic. The ovation(s) for Jeter should be huge. You wonder if and how Jeter will show his emotions.

It will be less so for Kuroda and Ichiro, but it could be their home Yankee farewells as well.

And what about David Robertson, who is a free agent after the year? Is this is last home game as a Yankee as well?

Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 in the loss, keeping his total hit total at 3461. His average dropped to .253. (.309 career)

The loss dropped the Yanks to 81-77 and into a second-place tie with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.

Game 154. Banged-up Bronx Bombers beaten, 6-3.

At this stage, you wonder who’ll be left for Game 162 besides Derek Jeter.

Mark Teixeira was removed in the middle of the game due to a sore wrist, Carlos Beltran wasn’t available due to his elbow issues (which will require surgery after the season) and Jacoby Ellsbury wasn’t available due to a strained hammy which may finish him for the season. Of course, Martin Prado is out for the year after his emergency appendectomy.

Chris Capuano pitched well for five innings on Saturday, but the wheels fell off in the sixth and the Yanks lost 6-3.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 79-75 with eight games to go. They have a one-game lead over Toronto for second place in the AL East. As for that last playoff spot, they are 4 1/2 out with 8 to go.

Toronto scored first on a first-inning double by Eduardo Encarnacion. The Yanks tied it in the third on a Jeter single (hit #3456), WP and RBI single by McCann.

The Yanks went up 2-1 an inning later on an RBI single by Cervelli.

Toronto, however, got three in the sixth, one in the seventh and another in the ninth.

A Derek Jeter RBI double in the ninth (hit #3457) made it 6-3. Jeter’s RBI put him #100 on the all-time list. The run scored by Jeter in the third put him temporarily into the top 10 all-time in runs scored (he passed A-Rod, who will most likely return the favor next year).

Today,  Sunday, Masahiro Tanaka returns and tests out that elbow. He has been out the last ten weeks.

Besides Jeter most likely playing his last home game on Thursday, two other players may be in their final week. The next start for Hiroki Kuroda could be his last. It could be Wednesday, or…. if the Yanks stay in rotation after Tanaka today, and go Pineda, McCarthy, Greene, Kuroda’s last game of his career could be Thursday—in Jeter’s final home game.

Not only that, Ichiro most likely won’t be back with the Yanks next year. It would remain to be seen who might pick up the soon-to-be 41-year-old.

The pitching line:
Capuano (L, 2-4, overall ERA 4.67) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 2 K.
Whitley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Overall ERA 5.11.
Huff 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 3.47
Phelps 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 4.39.