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Game 130. Yanks lose to Boston 4-3, fail to gain ground on Toronto.


The Yankees were edged by Boston last night 4-3 and failed to gain ground on Toronto, who lost to Cleveland. The 72-58 Yanks remain 1 1/2 behind the Blue Jays as we head into September. The Yanks still have a comfortable lead for the wild card.

After scoring 15 Friday against the Braves and 20 Sunday against the Braves, the Yanks stranded 14. They just couldn’t get the big hit.

Didi Gregorius’ bases-loaded drive with two out in the top of the ninth fell just short, and was caught on the warning track. Prior to making the last out, Didi had gone 4 for 4. He has raised his batting average to .269.

The Yanks stranded 14 in the game. They had their chances. In the first, they loaded the bases with one out but got only one run out of it on a Carlos Beltran SF.

Mookie Betts hit a 2-run HR for Boston in the third to put them up 2-1.

In the fourth, the Yanks once again loaded the bases with no one out and got just one run out of it on a Didi Gregorius’ single. The inning ended when Greg Bird was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an Ellsbury line out to left. Bad send by the third base coach? Bird was out by plenty.

Ivan Nova gave up a HR to Yankee killer David Ortiz (#495 of his career) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2 Boston. I have said this time and time again. How come no one dusts Ortiz off? They let him dig in. Think Gibson or Drysdale back in the day would let him dig in? No. They would have dusted him off the plate. I NEVER see any pitcher dust him off. Why not? Grow a pair and dust him off. It’s called pitching. It’s part of the game. Not headhunting, I don’t go for that, but aim one at his front hip. Make him move. No one ever does that. Yes, it bothers me. Pitchers need to grow a pair. Establish that inside corner and back him off. Heck Ortiz just missed a second HR off of Nova later in the game.

The Yanks had bases loaded, two out in the fifth. Bird struck out. A-Rod stranded two in the sixth.

Boston tacked on a run in the seventh to make it 4-2.

1st and 3rd, one out in the 8th, Ellsbury GIDP.

In the ninth, Drew singled and A-Rod walked. Murphy PR for Alex. Beltran struck out. McCann walked to load the bases with one out. Headley walked to force in a run and make it 4-3, bases loaded, one out. Bird struck out, then Didi hit the long flyout to end the game. In Yankee Stadium, it’s a grand slam. In Fenway, wrong part of the ballpark.

Nova (L, 5-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R, 7 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.26
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 1.89.

Teixeira won’t be with the team in Boston. He went back to NY for more tests on that bone bruise in his leg.

Today is September 1. We see who comes up now that rosters expand.

Game 126. Yanks 2 back after 6-2 loss.


The Yanks lost to Houston Wednesday afternoon, and coupled with Toronto’s blowout of Texas later that night, fell two games behind Toronto in the AL East, at 69-57. The Yanks still are one of the AL Wild Card teams as of now.

While Toronto’s offense has been clicking, the Yanks’ offense has been sputtering (see some stats below). With the 6-2 loss to Houston, the Yanks scored just four runs in the three games vs. Houston.

Michael Pineda, in his return from an injury, was ok for the first four innings, giving up just one run, but imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs.

The only runs the Yanks got were on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (6) in the seventh. The Yanks got just five hits.

Pineda (L, 9-8, 4.19) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.97
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.53
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.21
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70

Before the game, Goody was brought up and Pineda activated. Rumbelow was sent down and Capuano was DFAd for the fourth time in a month. Goody was sent back down after the game, but I see no corresponding move.

Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore hip from trying to make a diving catch the other night. He missed this game. Teix is still sore with that bone bruise in his leg.

Some slumping Yankees need to revive themselves for the stretch run.

After striking out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day this year, Pineda was 5-0, 2.72. Since then he is 4-8, 5.09. That won’t get it done. Pineda is an enigma. So much talent, but….

The Yanks are off today. They are in Atlanta this weekend, meaning no DH and no A-Rod. Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod has been slumping, hitting just .181. Since June 23, Brian McCann has been hitting .205.

A-Rod and the 35-year-old Teixeira had carried the team most of the year. With Alex slumping (age? Dog Days of August?) and Teixeira nursing that bone bruise, the rest of the offense needs to pick it up, especially since Alex won’t be available this weekend except for PH duties.

Some people are calling for Aaron Judge to be brought up, but the 23-year-old prospect is hitting under .240 at AAA after starting the year hitting .284 at AA. Let him hit in AAA first before bringing him up. Besides, where would he play? RF? Beltran is one of the guys hitting right now. LF for the slumping Gardner (.197 in his last 34 games)? I don’t see it.

Some guys just have to pick it up, and these guys have multi-year deals, meaning they are here next year and in some cases, beyond.

Hopefully they get hot in September.

Game 119. Yanks 4, Twins 3. Bird is the Word.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgBack in the mid-1960s, I believe 1964, the Trashmen had a hit called “Surfin’ Bird” in which the lyrics went “Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word.”

Greg Bird was the word today in the Bronx, as the rookie first baseman, filling in while Mark Teixeira is injured, belted two two-run HRs today as the Yanks beat the Twins 4-3. They were the first two HRs of Bird’s career.

The Yanks may need this. Word is that Teixeira’s injury is much worse than originally expected.

Nathan Eovaldi started, and retired the first sixteen batters he faced.

Up 2-0 on Bird’s first two-run HR of the game, hit in the fourth inning, Eovaldi faltered in the sixth, giving up three runs, but Bird’s second two-run HR of the game, hit in the bottom of the sixth, put the Yanks up 4-3.

Eovaldi (W, 13-2, 4.24) 7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 8 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 2 K. 2.05
Betances (8th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.13.

Now to see if the Phillies can help out the Yanks by beating Toronto tonight.

Game 117. Mitchell escapes serious injury in Yanks’ 8-7, 10-inning win.


In the second inning, Bryan Mitchell took a liner off his face and sustained  a small nasal fracture. Thank goodness it wasn’t worse.

Having to go to the bullpen early and often, the Yankees persevered for an 8-7, 10-inning win over the Twins that put them one game up on the idle Blue Jays. The Yanks are 65-52, Toronto is 65-54.

Brian McCann homered, drove in five runs, and threw out three base runners. He got the ball rolling with a 3-run HR (21) in the first.

The Twins got one back in the second on ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez’ liner that knocked Mitchell out of the game with the injury.

Caleb Cotham came in and replaced Mitchell. He gave up three in the third, two on a Miguel Sano HR, to put the Twins up 4-3.

The Yanks came back in the bottom of the third with two on a single by McCann.

Cotham gave it right back on an Aaron Hicks HR in the fourth, then Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Trevor Plouffe in the fifth. 6-5 Twins.

Plouffe singled in a run in the sixth off of Justin Wilson. 7-5 Twins.

The red-hot Carlos Beltran homered for the third time in his last four games to tie the game in the sixth. It was Beltran’s 13th HR of the season and #386 of his career. Pinch-runner Greg Bird scored before Beltran. Bird replaced Mark Teixeira, who walked. In the course of Teixeira’s at bat, he fouled a ball off of his shin. X-rays were negative, just a bruise, and he is listed as day-to-day. We’ll hear from Bird later.

The Yanks missed out on a scoring chance in the seventh, but Bird led off the bottom of the tenth with a double.

McCann doubled, but the ball appeared as if it might be caught, and Bird had to tag up. He only made it to third. Beltran was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brendan Ryan PR for Bird. Chase Headley’s sharp grounder off Nunez, with the Twins deploying five infielders, scored Ryan for the game-winning run.

Thank goodness Mitchell wasn’t hurt worse, and hopefully some ice can get Teix in the lineup.

There may have to be some moves today. Because of Mitchell’s injury and short outing, the Yanks had to burn their bullpen.

Mitchell 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 3.86
Cotham 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 7.36
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2.09
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.70
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.25
Betances 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.14
Miller (W, 1-2, 2.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Game 115. Tanaka tames Blue Jays, 4-1.


Last weekend, the Toronto Blue Jays were rude guests at Yankee Stadium, sweeping the Yankees in their own home.

Today, the Yankees have a chance to return the favor.

Masahiro Tanaka threw a CG 5-hitter, and got HR support by Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira as the Yankees won their third straight game, beating Toronto 4-1.

The win increased the Yanks’ AL East leading margin to a game and a half.

Beltran followed his Friday heroics by homering in the first inning Saturday to put the Yanks up 1-0. His 12th HR of this season was #385 of his career, tying Dwight “Dewey” Evans on the all-time list.

In the fifth, Tanaka got out of a bases-loaded, no-0ut jam by yielding only one run. Game tied.

Teixeira untied it in the sixth. HR #31 of the season was #394 of Teix’s career.

Teixeira singled in a run in the top of the eighth to make it 3-1, and Ellsbury’s RBI single in the ninth made it 4-1.

Today, rookie Luis Severino makes his third MLB start, looking for his first MLB victory.

Hopefully the Yanks get the brooms out.

Tanaka (W, 9-5, 3.56) 9 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 8 K.

Game 108. Yankees edged in 10, 2-1.


For the third straight game, the score was 2-1, and for the second time, the Yankees lost. Also for the second time in that span, the Yanks lost to a knuckleballer (even though this particular knuckleballer did not get the decision).

Nathan Eovaldi was great for the Yanks, as he and Toronto’s R.J. Dickey had a pitching duel. Betances and Dickey were scoreless as usual, but rookie Brandon Pinder gave up a tenth inning HR to Jose Bautista and the Yanks’ lead in the AL East has shrunk to 3 1/2.

Josh Donaldson, the second batter of the game, homered in the first for the Blue Jays. After a review overturned the call, Mark Teixeira tied it up for the Yanks with a HR of his won (30, 393 career) in the second. #393 tied Jim Edmonds on the all-time list.

That was all the scoring until Pinder gave up Bautista’s HR in the top of the tenth.

Hopefully the Yankees’ bats get hot again and they start a winning streak that will open the lead up again.

One thing I really wish is that Ellsbury and Gardner start running again. It’s like the Yankees speed game has been completely shut down. Yes, Alex and Teix hit HR and you don’t want to get thrown out stealing in front of them. However Alex and Teix also are not fast runners, and by starting the runner, you may be keeping out of the DP, if not actually getting a SB.

There was a good article in the NY Post recently about how little the Yanks have been running recently.

So, a little more “littleball” may be necessary?

Eovaldi 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 4.15
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.52 (just one batter, a strikeout)
Betances 1 1/3 IP 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.26
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.66
Pinder (L, 0-1, 2.87) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks have hit the 2/3 point of the season at 61-47, a pace for 91 or 92 wins this year. Hopefully they keep or pick up the pace.

Yankees 61-47  —
Toronto 59-52 – 3 1/2  (at least it is 5 in the loss column)
Baltimore   55-53  -6
Tampa Bay 54-56   -8
Boston 49-61    -13

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


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.