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Game 95. Yanks lose, 10-1.


Ex-Yank Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins snapped the Yanks’ four-game winning streak last night, 10-1. The loss drops the Yanks to 53-42, but they maintain a 5 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Michael Pineda seems to be a guy that is either very hot or very cold, and he was cold last night, giving up 5 runs in 5 2/3 IP.

Mark Teixeira had three hits for the Yanks, and Didi Gregorius and Stephen Drew had two each.

There isn’t much else to write about with this one.

Pineda (L, 9-7, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP , 5 R, 8 H, 0 H, 4 K.

Pinder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 H, 1 K. 2.92.

Capuano 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.64.

Game 93. Teix, Alex lead Yanks. 4-3.


Except for one blip, Ivan Nova pitched a great game, and was backed by homers by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over Baltimore Wednesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 52-41, and opens up their AL East division lead to 5 1/2 over Toronto. The Yanks have an afternoon game today (getaway day).

In the first, Ellsbury doubled, Gardner singled him home and after A-Rod made an out, Teixeira homered (24) to make it 3-0.  It was Teixeira’s 387th career HR

Nova gave up a 2-run HR in the third, but otherwise was great.

A-Rod hit a 453 ft. bomb in the fifth to make it 4-2. Funny, but in the old, old, stadium, that would have been a one-hopper off the wall for a triple. It was 457 to the old Stadium (1973 and earlier). The HR was #20 of the season for Alex, and #674 of his career.

Andrew Miller had a blip, giving up a HR in the ninth, but held on for the 4-3 win.

Nova (W, 2-3, 3.34) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 Walks, 3 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 k. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, o R, 0 h, o walks and 2 K. 1.40
Miller (22nd save) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.62

Game 91. Arrow? No. Teix message? Yes. Yanks beat Seattle, 2-1.


I can’t stand Fernando Rodney and that bow and arrow routine he does. I hate hotdogging. You never saw Mariano Rivera show up an opponent.

Which is why today’s 2-1 Yankees win was so sweet. Mark Teixeira sent a “Teix message”, HR #23 of the season (#386 of his career) off of Rodney in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win the game. With the win, the Yanks go to 50-41 on the season and their AL East lead is increased to 4 games.

It was a pitcher’s duel between CC Sabathia and “King” Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. Seattle scored a run in the top of the fifth courtesy of two ex-Yankees farmhands, as Austin Jackson singled in Jesus Montero.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Carlos Beltran. Earlier in the day, Beltran was activated off the DL and Rob Refsnyder returned to AAA.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Teix sent one further than any of Rodney’s imaginary arrows could go. Teix had three of the Yankees’ six hits in the game.

Sabathia 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.25. Maybe the best game he’s pitched this year.

Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.65.

Betances (W 6-2, 1.47) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (20th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Update. A-Rod had a hit, and #3023 tied Lou Brock on the all-time list.

AL wins ASG, 6-3. Will have WS home-field advantage.

The AL will have WS home field advantage this year after beating the NL 6-3 in the All-Star Game. Of course, that didn’t help KC last year when they lost Game 7 at home to the SF Giants.

Mike Trout was the MVP, repeating his MVP of the 2014 All Star Game. He accomplished a rare feat. In 2012, in his first at bat of the ASG, he singled. In 2013, he doubled. Last year he tripled in his first at bat. Tonight? He led off the game with a HR.

Prince Fielder drove in two runs. Lorenzo Cain had 2 hits and an RBI.

As for the Yanks, Dellin Betances had a scoreless inning. Brett Gardner was 0 for 2, both strikeouts. Mark Teixeira was o for 2, one strikeout and a groundout that moved a runner up that would later score on an SF (a productive out).

The AL won despite striking out 15 times.

They had a promotion for the “Franchise Four” and the Four greatest living players.

As far as the four greatest living players, they were Aaron, Mays, Koufax and Bench. Um, ok.

I’m not so sure about Bench. Greatest CATCHER ever? Probably (I am partial to Yogi) but Bench as one of the top four greatest living PLAYERS over say, Frank Robinson? Ken Griffey, Jr.? Some guys are off the list because of being steroid guys, but…   But hey, the ASG was in Cincy and….

Speaking of steroid guys, the Mets “Franchise Four” were Seaver, Piazza, Keith Hernandez(?…. better in St. Louis) and David Wright. Note no Gooden or Strawberry (and Piazza has suspicions).

Fans that voted amaze me. I don’t want to sound elitist, but here is an example.

The Phillies’ “Franchise Four”: Schmidt, Carlton, Roberts and Ashburn. The first 3, yeah, ok. even though Roberts wasn’t the same after age 29… but people don’t know history. Nothing against Ashburn, who was a singles hitting .306 career hitter (no power… Chuck Klein may have been a better choice, or Dick Allen or Del Ennis), but Grover Cleveland Alexander, “Old Pete” was better than BOTH Carlton and Roberts, or Ashburn, Klein or Ennis. Alexander, who pitched for the Phils 1911-1917, won 373 games in his career (tied for 3rd all-time), including 30 or more in three CONSECUTIVE years for the Phils. He did it in a bandbox, the Baker Bowl, that was 290 down the RF line and 320 to RCF. To picture that, move the current RF fence in Philly in about 40 feet, and ask the righty pitcher to have ERAs under 2.00 and win 30 games in a season.

Really, fans have NO sense of history. Alexander was the best Phillies’ pitcher ever, period.

The Yanks final 4 was easy. Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio and Mantle. Some people were bitching about that, saying Jeter should be above Dimaggio. Um, as much as I love Jeter, no. Don’t give me that Jeter had over 1000 more hits than Joe D. Dimaggio lost 3 full years to WWII. He hit .325 to Jeter’s .310. He had 361 HR (in 13 seasons) to Jeter’s 260 (in 20). Dimaggio played in the OLD Yankee Stadium, where the LCF and CF fences were some 60 feet farther away than the Stadium Jeter played in. There is a REASON that Joe D., in 1969 was named Baseball’s Greatest Living Player.

Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle are the top 4.

The next 4? How about Jeter, Mo, Yogi and Whitey. Any team would take Jeter, Rivera, Berra and Ford as their TOP 4.

After Pete Rose’s appearance, people are clamoring for him to be admitted to the HOF (Rose was one of Cincy’s “Franchise Four” along with Bench, Morgan and Larkin…. I kind of wonder about Frank Robinson (1956-1965 with Reds, 586 HR, almost 3000 hits)…. if the Reds hadn’t traded him to Baltimore, shouldn’t he be one of the Reds’ “Franchise Four”?) . I disagree. I mean, when are we going to hold people accountable and responsible for their actions? To me, that is something that has gone wrong in this country. We don’t hold people responsible or accountable for their actions anymore.

This being baseball’s showcase, most of the minors had off. For example, the Yanks’ AAA, AA and High A teams all were off.  Charleston’s Low A game was ppd.

Game 85. Yanks lead AL East by 3 after 6-2 win.


Before today’s game, some moves. The Yanks brought up infielder Cole Figueroa from SWB and sent down Jose Pirela. They DFA’d Taylor Dugas.

Figueroa, a 28 year old lefty hitter,  was hitting .317-3-36 for AAA SWB this season. He is 28, a lefty hitter and was .233-0-6 in 43 at bats for Tampa Bay last year. He played 3B today and went 2 for 4, both doubles.

The Yanks won 6-2 and increased their AL East lead to 3 games over Baltimore. Toronto is 3 1/2 back, the Rays 4 1/2, Boston 5 1/2 back. Hopefully this weekend the Yanks help to bury Boston.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up 2 doubles and 2 runs in the second, but those were the only hits and runs he gave up.

In the first, Brett Gardner, named to the All-Star team to replace injured KC OF Alex Gordon, homered (10) to put the Yanks up 1-0. Gardner had three hits in the game. Tanaka then gave up the 2 runs in the top of the second.

Mark Teixeira’s RBI single in the third tied the game, and Jacoby Ellsbury singled in two in the fourth to make it 4-2.

In the eighth, Ellsbury reached an a throwing error that let two runs score and made it 6-2.

Tanaka (W, 5-3, 3.63) 7 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H,  1 walk, 6 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.04.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1k. 3.46

Game 84. Yanks edge A’s 5-4.


I was a bit concerned when the Yanks brought Andrew Miller off the DL after just one rehab outing of one inning. I thought he needed a few more outings. My concerns were justified as Miller almost blew a 5-2 9th inning lead last night. Almost. Thankfully the Yanks held on to win 5-4 over the A’s and with the win, increased their AL East lead to 2 1/2 games.

Orioles 43-42  – 2 1/2
Blue Jays 44-43  – 2 1/2
Rays          43-44  -3 1/2
Red Sox    41-45   -5

It was the Mark Teixeira show last night as Teix hit 2 HR and made a number of great defensive plays in the game.

After CC gave up 2 in the top of the second, a Didi Gregorius RBI double cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the fourth on Teix’s first HR of the game (21) and a SF by Jose Pirela.

Teix’s second HR of the game (22) made it 4-2 in the sixth. The two HRs jumped Teix from 383 to 385 career, and here is a sample of where he is on the all-time list.

390 Graig Nettles
389 Johnny Bench
385 Dwight Evans and Mark Teixeira
384 Harold Baines
383 Larry Walker

Stephen Drew made it 5-2 in the 8th with his 12th HR of the season. Drew is having a strange year. He is hitting just .179, has just 43 hits, but 12 are HR and 23 of the 43 are for extra bases.

Miller gave up a 2-run HR in the ninth to cut it to 5-4, and a two-0ut, two-base error by Petit put the tying run on second before Miller got the final out of the game.

Sabathia (W, 4-8, 5.47) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.24
Wilson 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.87
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.61
Miller (18th save) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.65

Before the game, Ramon Flores and Nick Rumbelow were sent down to make room for Ellsbury and Miller to return.

The Minors. Ellsbury back Wednesday, will Miller return then also?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacoby Ellsbury will be returning to the Yanks on Wednesday. Andrew Miller, who pitched tonight for AAA SWB, may be returning then as well.

More MLB news. As of now, the Yanks All-Star representatives are Betances and Teixeira. Gardner is one of those five “last man” that the fans vote on.

AAA: SWB lost 6-2. Miller pitched one inning, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3B Cole Figueroa (.320) 2 hits. Solo HR 2B Rob Refsnyder. 1B Greg Bird is now here at AAA.

AA: Trenton lost 6-4. DH Rob Segedin (sent down when Bird went up) solo HR. RF Mark Payton 2 rbi. (You’ll see a lot of movement now).

High A: Tampa won 7-6. CF Dustin Fowler (.395) 3 h, rbi. SS/3b Abiatal Avelino 2h. RF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) 2 hits, RBI.

A: Charleston lost 1-0 on an unearned run.