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Game 80. McCann’s walk-off saves Yanks, puts them in first.

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Down 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 12th, the Yankees got an RBI single by Mark Teixeira and a walk-off 3-run HR by Brian McCann (13) to beat Tampa Bay 7-5 last night.

The win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, put the Yanks alone in first place with a 43-37 record. Game 81 today marks the halfway point of the season.

Tampa Bay and Toronto are both two back, Boston seven back.

Masahiro Tanaka had a rough start to the game, giving up two runs only four batters in, but settled in to give up just one more run after that. Not a great outing but ok after a couple of bad ones.

The Yanks however, were trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 20th HR of the season, a 3-run shot, tied the game. The homer, #383 of his career, tied Larry Walker on the all-time list.

Tampa Bay scored two in the top of the 12th before the Yanks got four in the bottom half on a  leadoff walk to Gardner, a one-out single by A-Rod, Teix’s RBI single and the McCann walkoff HR.

Tanaka 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. 3.94
Capuano 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.00
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.11
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.14
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.52
Shreve (W 6-1, 1.87) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 2 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks put Carlos Beltran on the 15-day DL (rib cage) and called up Ramon Flores. They sent back Taylor Dugas and called up Gregorio Petit.

A-Rod is now at 3014 hits, six behind Rafael Palmeiro.

Game 79. Yanks edge Angels, 3-1.

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It isn’t pretty sometimes, but Nathan Eovaldi is 8-2. The ERA is still 4.52 and sometimes he doesn’t go as deep in games as you may like, but I’ll take the 8-2.

He pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings yesterday to gain the win as the Yanks beat the Angels 3-1.

The Yanks scored in the third on a single by Gregorius, a sac bunt by Drew and an RBI single by Headley.

Garret Jones homered (5) in the sixth to make it 2-0.

Chasen Shreve got out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the sixth to keep it 2-0. Mark Teixeira helped with some fine defense.

With one out in the top of the eighth, McCann singled, Jones walked and Young singled to load the bases. Gregorius’ single made it 3-0.

Mike Trout homered in the bottom of the eighth to make it 3-1, the final score.

Eovaldi (W, 8-2, 4.52) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.64. He’s been great.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.21.
Betances (7th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.13.

Headley had 3 hits and an rbi. 2 hits for Young (red hot) and 2 hits and an RBI for Gregorius.

The Yanks are off today. They are back home and have a big weekend series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll see if Ellsbury returns to the Yanks this weekend.

The standings. Four AL East teams within one game.

Baltimore 42-36 —
YANKEES 42-37  – 1/2
Tampa Bay  42-38  -1
Toronto 42-38  -1
Boston 36-44  -7

Taylor Dugas, who  between AA and AAA, was only hitting .198-0-13, got a callup. Why Dugas, a lefty-hitting OF and not someone else? I’ll let the LOHUD Yankees blog explain. This was written before yesterday’s game. The Yanks didn’t need Dugas or Beltran in yesterday’s game.

Clearly this is an unusual situation. If the Yankees knew Beltran’s injury were going to require a disabled list stint, they surely would have recalled Ramon Flores, but Flores can’t come up yet without putting someone on the DL, and the Yankees aren’t sure they need to do that with Beltran. Basically, they need an extra position player to fill out the bench for a game or two, and Dugas fits the role, despite his ugly numbers in the minors and the fact he wasn’t even invited to big league camp.

“We paid attention,” Joe Girardi said. “He had a tremendous year last year, a guy who really grinds out at-bats and plays hard. We knew who he was.”

This call-up might last only a game. If Beltran’s legitimately hurt, Flores will surely return, and there’s a solid chance Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready by Friday. Right now, the Yankees are hoping Beltran will also be available on Friday. Beltran said he’s ready to test his ribcage/oblique mid-game to see if he’s available to pinch hit, but Girardi said he’ll only ask Beltran to do that if absolutely necessary.

Ideally, the Yankees would like to give Beltran tonight and tomorrow off, then reevaluate the situation.

“Today I woke up feeling better,” Beltran said. “We do some tests, movement. I just feel like tight, but I don’t feel the pain I feel when I took the swing. Of course, I have to go to the cage and test it out.”

For now, the Yankees have their extra outfielder. On Friday, they’ll figure out if they need something more than a temporary placeholder.

“That’s a good sign that (Beltran) doesn’t wake up and feel really sore,” Girardi said. “So we won’t make any move concerning him, and we’ll see what happens in a couple days when we get back.”

• To make room on the roster — both the 25-man and the 40-man — Esmil Rogers has once against been outrighted to Triple-A. He’s off the 40-man again, which is surely good news for Bryan Mitchell and Nick Rumbelow, who get to stick around at least a little longer.

Game 78. Yanks’ O-woes continue in 2-1 loss.

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The Yanks got only two hits last night in losing 2-1 to the Angels. It was their third loss in a row, and in their last four losses, they have scored a total of three runs.  (0, 1, 1, 1).

Ivan Nova was great, pitching shutout ball until he gave up back-to-back HRs to Albert Pujols (#544 of his career) and Manny Aybar leading off the sixth. Adam Warren made his first relief appearance of the season.

The only Yankees’ run came on a second inning HR by Mark Teixeira. Teix’s 19th HR of the season was #382 of his career, tying Frank Howard and Jim Rice on the all-time list.

Nova (L, 1-1, 1.50) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 7 K.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.  3.48

The Yanks end June at 41-37 and in third place in the AL East, 1/2 game behind the Orioles and Rays. Toronto is in fourth, just one game behind the leaders. The Yanks are now 1/2 out of the last wild card spot.

Hopefully the bats heat up soon.

Carlos Beltran is feeling a tightness and pinch in his rib cage. We’ll see what develops.

Game 75. Yanks top Astros, 9-6.

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Such is the nature of Masahiro Tanaka and his injury that every time he has a bad outing, you wonder about that elbow that has a partially torn ligament. If he has two bad outings in a row, you really wonder.

On Saturday, the Yanks gave Tanaka an early 6-0 cushion, watched him cough it up, then rallied late for a 9-6 win over Houston.

I just hope Tanaka is ok. But with that injury, you will always wonder, until it blows and he needs TJ surgery. But it’s not like Tanaka to give up 3 HR in a game in consecutive games. Hopefully it isn’t acting up or he’s hiding anything.

Brian McCann hit a grand slam (HR #12) in the first and the red-hot Chris Young homered (10) in the second to give the Yanks a 6-0 lead.

But Tanaka gave up two in the second and one in the fourth. Heading into the fifth, I had a bad feeling. I was thinking, “Get him out of there, Joe.” You know when a pitcher is struggling, and you see that the manager is trying to squeeze five out of him for the win, and no matter how hard he squeezes, the pitcher can’t do it? That is what happened yesterday. Tanaka gave up three in the fifth. 6-0 became 6-6. Sometimes the pitcher just can’t get that extra out or three.

The Yanks’ bullpen was brilliant in keeping it where it was. Chasen Shreve, in particular, has been a great pickup for the Yanks this year, and rookie Bryan Mitchell is starting to hit his stride. Maybe Mitchell will stay in the bullpen for now and help to stabilize and improve it. He can be switched back to a starting role later.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run double in the 8th was the game-winner (he leads the AL with 53 RBI) , and Chase Headley added insurance in the 9th with a HR, his eighth.

Brett Gardner has been red-hot. Just a couple of weeks ago, his average had fallen to .262. His three-hit game put him at .300.

A-Rod is still one hit behind Wade Boggs on the all-time list with 3009.

The win keeps the Yanks 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay, at 41-34. They lead the WC race.

With the rough outing by Tanaka, guess which Yankees starter has the lowest ERA? Yup, the one who may be pegged to the bullpen, now that Nova has arrived. Adam Warren.

Tanaka 5 IP, 6 R,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. 3 HR. 3.88
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 1.59
Shreve (W, 5-1, 1.72) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.96
Betances (6th save) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.17.

 

 

Game 72. Welcome back, Nova! Yanks top Phils, 10-2.

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Well, at least the Phillie fans were I live (and there are many in the Lehigh Valley) won’t be smacking me with any brooms.

The Yanks avoided getting swept by the worst team in baseball by winning the finale of the three game series, 10-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the Yanks placed Brendan Ryan on the DL with a strained back. This was the move in order to activate Ivan Nova. Nova, who missed most of last year and all of this year to date due to Tommy John surgery, made his season debut, and it was a very good one. He outdueled Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels. Nova pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Also, before the game the Yanks DFA’d Jose De Paula.

The Yanks scored two in the second on an error. Pirela credited with one RBI.

They got three in the fourth on an RBI single by Gardner, an RBI double by Headley and an RBI single by Teixeira.

Chris Young singled a run in in the sixth.

Four in the seventh made it 10-0. Pirela doubled in one, A-Rod singled in two, and Teixeira, back in the lineup after missing a couple of games with a sore neck, singled in one. Teixiera had received a cortisone shot for the sore neck.

The Phils got two in the ninth for the final tally of 10-2.

The win moves the Yanks to one game behind the Rays in the AL East. Toronto is two back and Baltimore is 2 1/2 back in the tight race. The Yanks are 39-33 and now head to Houston.

A-Rod, of course, tied Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list when he got #3000, and then passed him. Yesterday, A-Rod’s single that drove in two was hit #3008, passing Al Kaline. Next up is Wade Boggs at 3010. Alex now has 2013 RBI, 1961 runs scored, 669 HR. You wonder why…

After the game, more moves. Diego Moreno and Brandon Pinder were sent back to AAA, and Stephen Drew is back off the paternity list.

Alex was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Teix had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Pirela had two hits and 2 RBI.

The pitching line:

Nova (W, 1-0, 0.o0)  6 2/3 IP, o R, 3 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.08.
Moreno 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 9.00 (sent down after the game).

Game 67. A-Rod’s 3000th is a HR as Yanks win 7-2.

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Alex Rodriguez joined the 3000 hit club in style, becoming the third player to have his 3000th hit be a home run, following Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter.

Meanwhile, Adam Warren made a strong statement to stay in the rotation. The Yanks will have a difficult decision to make when Ivan Nova is ready to come back. How do you pull your #3 starter and send him to the bullpen?

Before the game, the Yanks made some moves. They DL’d Sergio Santos after just two appearances as a Yankee with elbow inflammation. They also sent Chris Martin down to AAA. To replace them, they brought back Brandon Pinder (poor guy has been a yo-yo this season) and brought up Bryan Mitchell.

The Yanks beat Detroit 7-2, went to 37-30 on the season and stayed one game behind the surprising and resilient Rays.

A-Rod hit the first pitch he saw last night for a home run to RCF. Hit #3000 was HR #13 on the season and #667 of his career.

Warren gave up two runs in the second to put the Tigers up 2-1, but Didi Gregorius tied it in the bottom of the second with a HR (3).

In the bottom of the fifth, Brett Gardner’s two-run HR (7) put the Yanks up 4-2. Gardner went 4 for 5 for the evening, scored two runs and drove in three.

A nice play by John Ryan Murphy on a tag at the plate saved the Yanks a run.

The Yanks broke it open late,. scoring two in the seventh on a WP (the ball didn’t get far away, and Gardner’s speed let him score, great play by Gardy) and a Teixeira single.

Gardner’s single in the eighth made it 7-2, the final score.

Warren pitched 8 strong innings. It’ll be hard to remove him from the rotation. Should they?

Also, considering the way Pinder has pitched, maybe he should stay instead of being yo-yo’d?

Warren 8 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 7 K. (W, 5-4, 3.62)
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93.

Today’s game is a night game. It’s Old-Timer’s Day and the Yankees will be honoring Willie Randolph with a plaque in Monument Park.

Game 63. Yanks fall from first after 2-1 loss.

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If the Yanks do make the WS, they need to look at last night’s game. For perhaps no other AL team may be hurt as much as the Yankees when playing in an NL park where you lose the DH.

With A-Rod limited to a PH appearance (he made the last out of the game), and Jacoby Ellsbury still on the DL, the Yanks’ offense managed just three hits and wasted another typically good Tanaka effort in losing 2-1 to the Marlins.

Without the DH, the Yanks lineup from 6-9 went like this: #6, Drew, now hitting .175. #7  Didi, at .236 (Didi did have two of the Yanks’ three hits. The other was Teixeira’s solo HR (18) in the second inning for the Yanks’ only run.) #8 Mason Williams, playing in just his fourth MLB game and who is now just 1 (HR) for 11, and #9 the pitcher. Getting Ellsbury back would help a little, but that bottom of the lineup is something that would need to be addressed should the Yanks make the WS this year. It is something that may need to be addressed between now and the trade deadline as far as the other games the Yanks will have in NL parks this year. (I am definitely thinking Citi Field vs. the Mets in September—games that look now as if they will be important to EACH team as far as making the playoffs).

With the 2-1 loss, the Yanks dropped out of first. They are now in second, one game behind the Rays. Toronto is in third, two back and Baltimore in fourth, three back. The Yanks are 34-29. With everyone (except Boston) bunched up like that, it truly looks as if every game counts.

Teixeira’s HR was #381 of his career, tying Albert Belle on the all-time list.

Tanaka gave up a run in the second, and a solo HR in the seventh that doomed him.

After Jose Ramirez loaded the bases with no out in the eighth, Sergio Santos got out of the inning giving up no runs. That was a great job to keep the game at 2-1 and give the Yanks a chance.

Tanaka (L, 4-2, 2.49) 7 IP, 2 R,  9 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Ramirez 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K, 1 HBP. 36.00. 3 batters, 3 baserunners.
Santos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.96.

Nathan Eovaldi vs. David Phelps tonight. Two guys traded for each other last offseason.

We’ll see how the lack of the DH affects the Yanks tonight. You can’t win with half a lineup. People, especially in the lower half, will need to step up with Alex out.  Let’s hope they do it.