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Game 112. Yanks edged in 12, 4-3.

For the 16th game in a row, the margin of victory in a Yankees’ game was only one or two runs.

The Yanks lost to Detroit, 4-3, in 12 innings.

Today the Yanks face their third CYA winner in a row when they face Justin Verlander. Fox Sports states on Twitter that the Yanks did the same thing in June of 2001 when the Braves came to the Stadium and tossed Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux at the Yanks.

The Yanks got off to a 3-1 lead in this one, but couldn’t hold it. They couldn’t score after the fifth.

Detroit got a run in the first off Hiroki Kuroda but the Yanks tied it in the second on a Brian McCann HR (12) off of David Price.

The Yanks got a run in the third on doubles by Ryan and Ellsbury, and another in the fifth on a HR by Martin Prado, his first as a Yankee and seventh overall.

Kuroda gave up a HR in the sixth to make it 3-2, then a trio of Tiger singles in the seventh tied the game.

Kuroda 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 3.97.
Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.46. One HBP of Torii Hunter took Hunter out of the game.
Betances now has 100 K in 67 2/3.

Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.22
Huff 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.89.
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 5.84.
Hill 1 batter, HBP. 0 IP, 0 R, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 K. First MLB batter this year. ERA infinity.

Matt Daley (0-1, 5.02) 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.02. He gave up a HR to Alex Avila in the top of the 12th that won the game for the Tigers.

Derek Jeter got one hit to put him at 3428, two behind Honus Wagner for sixth all-time.

Just wondering…. in the bottom of the 9th, Carlos Beltran led the inning off with a single. McCann came up. The shift was on. A bunt down the third base line was an easy hit. McCann McCan’t bunt. Didn’t try to. He did try to go the other way and flied to left. Two strikeouts followed. I’m just wondering if Cervelli should have gone up there at that time (after all, Price was still pitching, a lefty) and if Cervelli should have tried the bunt to move Beltran over. In the end, it didn’t matter because the next two hitters struck out anyway.

Did you see the beard on Joba now that he is a Tiger? Looks more like a lions’ mane.

Tanaka threw again yesterday. More pitches from flat ground. 50 at 60 feet. Said he felt fine. Hopefully the rehab continues to go well.

Earlier in the day, the Nationals claimed Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yanks. The Yanks called up Rich Hill. Daley was the callup when Phelps was DL’d for 15 days with elbow inflammation. The guys to really watch are Tyler Webb, who was just promoted recently to AAA and Jacob Lindgren, who was just promoted to AA.

Webb, 24, is 1-6, 3.45 in three levels (A+, AA and AAA) and who has 11 saves and 81 K in 57 1/3 IP.

Lindgren, 21, was the Yanks’ first pick (2nd round) in this year’s draft. He’s pitched in just 13 1/3 minor league innings since then but has already been fast-tracked to AA. Of his 40 outs, 30 are by strikeout. He’s given up 2 runs, just one earned, for an ERA of 0.68.

The loss puts the Yanks at 58-54, six behind Baltimore in the AL East. 3rd place. They remain one behind Toronto for the final wild card spot. Toronto has the final wild card spot, KC is 1/2 game back, the Yanks and Seattle each one back.

Game 111. Yanks edge Tigers, 2-1.

First, some trivia.

Each of the Yankees’ last 15 games has been decided by only one or two runs.

Last night (Monday), the Yanks went up against Max Scherzer, who won the 2013 AL CYA. Tonight, they face the 2012 AL CYA winner in David Price (recently dealt to Detroit from Tampa Bay) and tomorrow night they face 2011 AL CYA and MVP Justin Verlander. Each of the AL’s last three CYA winners in three consecutive games.

Last night the Yanks got the better of Scherzer, winning 2-1.

Suzuki, Gardner and Jeter opened the third with singles. Carrera made a great catch to rob Ellsbury of at least a bases-clearing double. The SF scored Suzuki. McCann then singled in a run.

The Tigers got an unearned run in the fifth, but that was all.

Brandon McCarthy went 5 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 5 H, 2 walks and 8 K. (W, 7-10, 4.37). As a Yankee, he is 4-0, 2.08 in five starts.

Matt Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.55.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.27.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.28.

David Robertson picked up his 30th save of the season. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.68.

David Phelps was put on the 15-day DL with elbow inflammation. Masahiro Tanaka threw for the first time since being put on the DL. 25 tosses at 60 feet from flat ground and he said he felt good. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed. It wasn’t tossing off the mound, or hard, just a catch. So there is a long way to go, yet.

With the win, the Yanks go to 58-53, still 3rd in the AL East. 5 back of Baltimore, but they are now just one game behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.

Derek Jeter got one hit to go to 3427 for his career, three behind Honus Wagner for sixth all-time.

Game 108. Yanks fall short, 4-3.

Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter homered but the Yanks fell short in Fenway Friday night, 4-3.

The loss drops the Yanks to 55-53 at the 2/3 mark of the season. They are still in 3rd place in the AL East, but now six back of the first-place Orioles. They are just 2 1/2 ahead of the hard-charging but now Price-less (sorry, couldn’t help but throw in the pun) Rays. As for the second wild-card spot, the Yanks are 3 1/2 back. The Yanks need to turn it around. They have lost five of their last six and are losing ground.

Chris Capuano (L, 1-2, 4.50) started and gave up 4 R in 6 1/3. 8 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

He gave up two in the third, then Beltran’s 13th HR (371 career) made it 2-1 in the top of the fourth.

Boston went up 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, then Beltran singled in a run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 3-2.

Boston went up 4-2 in the seventh, then Jeter hit his third HR of the year (259 career) in the eighth to cut it to 4-3 but the Yanks couldn’t tie the game or go ahead.

Jeter’s HR was hit #3423 of his career. He is now seven hits behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list.

Jeter’s postseason hits aren’t included in the total. He has exactly 200 of them.

Shawn Kelley faced one batter and gave up a run-scoring hit. 3.51.

Matt Thornton 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks 0 K. 2.59.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 3.19.

Stephen Drew and Martin Prado made their Yankees’ debuts.

Game 105. Jeter passes Yaz but Yanks lose, 4-2.

Brett Gardner hit two solo HRs, and Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Texas Monday night, 4-2.

The loss knocks the Yanks down to 54-51, 4 1/2 behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are in third place, two behind the second-place Blue Jays. The Blue Jays hold the second wild-card spot as of now.

Gardner’s 2 HR gave him 12 for the season, by far the most he’s had in a year. Can you believe he is tied with Beltran for second on the team in HR and leads the team in OPS?

Jeter’s three hits gave him 3420 for his career, one ahead of Yaz. He is now just 10 hits short of Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list.

Unfortunately for the Yanks, despite 11 hits, six by Gardner and Jeter, they couldn’t score outside of Gardner’s two solo blasts.

David Phelps pitched well, but lost it in the fifth, when he gave up all four of Texas’ runs. I have to question some thinking here.

With two out, the score tied, and the bases loaded, Phelps threw three straight fastballs to Arencibia, a .150 hitter. On an 0-2 pitch, Arencibia laced a two-run single—on the third straight fastball—for what proved to be the game-winning hit. Why give a good pitch on 0-2 to a .150 hitter? Why not a slider or a curve in the dirt to make him chase? Why didn’t they work on him?

I know… second-guessing. But between that, McCann making some misplays at first (and yes, the front office SHOULD have got someone who is a legit backup 1B instead of throwing inexperienced people like McCann, Cervelli or Johnson out there), Betances giving a run away on an errant pickoff throw Sunday and Robertson not holding the runner on on Sunday, thus enabling that runner to get into scoring position from which he then did score the game-winning run, there has been some bad thinking out there in the last two games that cost the Yankees two games. You can’t do that. Maybe Girardi has to give a wake-up call. You have to play heads-up baseball, and we haven’t seen that in the last three games, which is why the Yanks have lost three in a row.

The Yanks should get Teix back in the lineup today. They brought up Almonte yesterday and DFA’d Jeff Francis.

I’m hoping the Yanks make a deal for a righty-hitting power-hitting RF soon. Ichiro, 40, is starting to show some age and seems to be running out of gas. It was never the Yanks’ intention to play him everyday, but he is. As a result, he is down to .269, and in 36 games since June 15, has been hitting just .214. Playing everyday is wearing him down. He needs to backup/platoon. The Yanks need to find someone at the trade deadline, here.

Phelps 6 IP, 4 R, 8 h, 1 walk and 3 K. He falls to 5-5, 3.89.

Kelley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. 3.51.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.66.

Game 103. Yanks lose to Jays, 6-4.

As the song and album states, All Things Must Pass.

After 17 consecutive home wins against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees finally lost at home to them on Saturday, 6-4.

The loss knocks the Yanks back into a virtual second-place tie at 54-49 with Toronto, three games behind the Orioles. Both teams are in a virtual tie for the final wild-card spot, 1/2 a game ahead of Seattle and a game ahead of KC. It looks like a wild (pardon the pun) ride for the last two months.

The Yanks jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Brian McCann’s 11th HR of the season.

Toronto tied it in the fifth.

Chris Capuano, in his Yankees debut, started and pitched well. 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 4 K. His overall ERA (Bos/NYY) goes to 4.30.

Shawn Kelley took the loss for the Yanks, giving up a run in the seventh. He wasn’t helped by the defense, or for that matter, the front office. The Yanks have been playing all year without a legitimate first base backup to Mark Teixeira, and we’ve seen the results when someone other than Teix is at first base, be it Kelly Johnson or yesterday, Brian McCann. McCann helped to botch two plays in the seventh. If he makes the plays, maybe Toronto doesn’t score that inning. We’ve seen Johnson botch a few plays this year, too. Why the team doesn’t get a legitimate backup 1B to the fragile Teix, I don’t know. But the failure to do so could cost a game or two and maybe a playoff spot.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.69. (L, 1-3).

Thornton 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.70.

The game got away from the Yanks in the 9th, when Jeff Francis relieved Chase Whitley with two men on and promptly gave up a 3-run HR to put Toronto up 6-2. Carlos Beltran hit his 12th HR, a two-run shot, to make the final score 6-4. For Beltran, it was career HR #370, tying Gil Hodges on the all-time list.

Whitley 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.87.

Francis 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 5.85.

Derek Jeter got two hits and is at 3416, three behind Yaz for seventh all-time.

Chris LeRoux was DFA’d when the Yanks got Capuano. The DFA’d Bruce Billings accepted assignment to SWB.

The Hall-of-Fame has reduced the number of years a player could stay on the ballot from 15 to 10. Some recent Hall-of-Famers who got in on tries 11 to 15 include Duke Snider, Jim Rice, Bert Blyleven, Bob Lemon and Ralph Kiner. I really think this is going to hurt some guys who have been on a few years but who, even though nothing was proven, have steroid accusations against them.

Game 101. Yanks win 4-2.

A change of scenery has done Brandon McCarthy some good so far. When the Yanks traded for McCarthy, he was 3-10, 5.01 for Arizona. In three starts as a Yankee, he is 2-0, 1.45.

Thursday afternoon McCarthy pitched six innings, 1 R, 4 h, 2 walks and 5 K as he improved to an overall record of 5-10, 4.49.

Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 2.77.

Matt Thornton 1/3 ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 2.91.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.49.

David Robertson with his 25th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.39.

After Texas got a run in the third, the Yanks tied it in the fourth when Gardner doubled and two outs later scored on a single by another newly-acquired Yankee, Chase Headley.

The Yanks went ahead for good in the fifth. Ichiro walked and Cervelli doubled him home. After a sac bunt and a walk, Gardner’s SF made it 3-1.

Warren gave up a solo HR in the seventh, but the Yanks got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Beltran singled and McCann doubled him in.

The win puts the Yanks at 53-48, three behind Baltimore in the AL East. However the win also puts the Yanks in a virtual 3-way tie for the second wild card spot with Toronto, with Seattle a 1/2 game back. The Yanks play Toronto at the Stadium this weekend.

Also, the Yanks picked up lefty Chris Capuano for cash considerations yesterday from the Rockies. Capuano will be 36 soon. He has been used solely in relief this year, going 1-1, 4.55, ERA+ 87 for Boston. Boston released him July first, and Capuano was picked up by Colorado on the 4th of July, but he didn’t pitch for the Rockies. Last year he was 4-7, 4.26 in 24 games for the Dodgers, with 20 starts. For is career, Capuano is 74-84, 4.28, ERA+ 96. His best year was in 2005 for Milwaukee, when he won 18 games. He was an All-Star in 2006. Although he has mostly been a starter in his career, he has only pitched in 31 2/3 innings this year in 28 games.

One note I saw. SS Tom Veryzer, who played mostly for the Tigers and Indians in the 1970s, passed away at the age of 61 on July 8th. He was a .241 hitter with an OPS+ of 61.

Game 99. Yanks make a deal, and the new guy wins the game, 2-1 in 14.

–The Yanks traded Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego today for 3B Chase Headley.

Headley got on a plane to NY and wound up getting the game winning hit in a 2-1, 14-inning Yankees win.

Solarte, a rookie, hit great for the Yanks for the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off after that and at the time of the trade was at .254-6-31, OPS+ 100. De Paula was 6-5, 4.15 at High A Tampa this year. De Paula is 23 and is projected by most to be an MLB reliever. He has struck out 335 in 264 minor league innings.

As for Headley, you only wonder if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. Headley, 30, is a switch-hitting 3b who in 2012 had an excellent season, hitting .286-31-115, OPS+ 145, finishing 5th in MVP voting, and winning the Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He led the NL in RBI that year. Heck, I’d take 2/3 of that. This year he was at .229-7-32, OPS+ 88 before the trade. Nothing to write home about, but Petco in SD is a bad place for hitters. Hopefully Yankee Stadium helps him. His 162 g. average is .266-16-72, OPS+ 113 and 13 steals. If he can just do that… but he does strike out a lot. 151 times is his 162 game average.

For much of this game, this was like Chinese water torture. Worse than soccer (sorry, soccer fans). Neither team could score.

Chase Whitley (we have Chase Whitley and Chase Headley… could Chase Utley be next in a deal?) went 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. ERA to 4.60.

Thornton 1 batter, 1 out on a K. Strikeout. Foul ball trying to bunt with two out. 2.95.

Warren. 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.63.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.52.

Robertson 2 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.48.

In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and the game still scoreless, Jeter doubled. Hit #3413 (6 behind Yaz on the all-time list for 7th) was double #535 of Jeter’s career, making him the all-time Yankees’ doubles leader, passing Gehrig.

Ellsbury was walked, but Beltran GIDP.

Even though the Yankees won, if I were the manager, I’d fine Francisco Cervelli $250 for what happened in the bottom of the 12th, for he almost cost the Yankees the ballgame. If Girardi didn’t put on a take sign, then Girardi should fine himself.

Beltran singled, then there was a WP. McCann popped a single, similar to what happened Sunday, but Beltran couldn’t advance. Ichiro bunted the runners over. Roberts was intentionally walked to bring up Cervelli.

Scoreless game. Bases loaded. One out. A walk wins the game. Cervelli has a 3-0 count on him. He (correctly) takes a strike.

But instead of taking a SECOND strike, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch. I fine his ass for that. You take the SECOND strike as well there. The pitch after that could be ball four which wins the game. With two strikes, you might foul off a couple pitches. Make him throw strike three. Instead, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch and lined out. To me, that is just stupidity. You must make the pitcher throw strikes there. You take BOTH the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches. You make him throw a strike and not ball four which would win the game. Why help the pitcher there?

In the top of the 13th, Arencibia homered off of Huff and it looked like Cervelli would be the goat.

Huff 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 4.20.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the 13th. Gardner doubled, Jeter bunted him over and Ellsbury singled him in to tie the game.

Jeff Francis, just acquired, made HIS Yankees debut in the 14th and got the win.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall, 1-2, 5.59.

With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Roberts doubled. Cervelli redeemed himself somewhat with a single, sending Roberts to third. The new guy, Headley, singled in the game-winning run.

The win puts the Yanks at 51-48.

Deals may not be done. Word is that the Yanks are in on White Sox lefty John Danks.

Game 91. Bullpen fails Yanks in 9-3 loss. Also, Injury updates.

David Phelps threw six shutout innings, but the Yankees’ bullpen let him and the team down in a 9-3 loss Thursday night.

The Yanks got two in the fourth on a HR by Zelous Wheeler (2) and went up 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Yangervis Solarte.

In the seventh, Phelps gave up hits to the first two batters in the inning, and the Yanks brought in Matt Thornton. That’s when things unraveled. A single, bases-loaded triple and SF put the Indians up 4-3.

Jim Miller was terrible in the eighth inning, giving up five runs on 2 HR.

Phelps 6+, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 3.94.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 h, 0 walks, 0 K. (L, 0-3, 3.10).

Miller 1 2/3, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 20.25.

Derek Jeter got two hits to take his career total to 3405.

It turns out Carlos Beltran got more than bruises in that freak batting practice accident the other day. Two minor fractures in his nose and a concussion force him to the 7-day DL.

The news on Masahiro Tanaka isn’t good. It could be worse, and personally, I have my fears. There is a slight tear in a ligament in his pitching elbow. Surgery is not recommended at this time (good) but platelets are to be injected and he is to then start a throwing program. The hope is that after six weeks of rehab (late August), he will be ready to pitch down the stretch.

That is the hope. The fear is Tommy John surgery that would take Tanaka out until 2016. The fear I have is that the Mets tried this same procedure with Matt Harvey. It didn’t work and Harvey needed the surgery.

It is a devastating blow for the Yanks, who now have four of the five starters from the Opening Day rotation on the DL. CC is most likely done for the year, and may need microfracture surgery—his career is in jeopardy. Nova TJ surgery, done for the year and most of 2015. Pineda is still trying to come back from a strained shoulder muscle and there is no guarantee he’ll be back this year. Now Tanaka. Just devastating. You can’t go far when you are dipping down into your #9 starter.

It begs the question. Trade for help now to try to save the season, or become sellers at the deadline, acknowledge the devastating blow losing Tanaka is, and build for the future.

But as someone wrote somewhere, are you going to be the one to tell the retiring Derek Jeter that you are throwing in the towel on his final season?

The tease is that in this division, anything may happen yet. The Yanks are only 46-45, and just four out. In a normal season, they would be 8-10 out. The division is still there for the taking, and it may be easier to win the division this year than to get any of the wild card spots.

The Yanks have some major decisions to make at the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, we hope and pray that Tanaka avoids the TJ surgery.

Game 90. Yanks win in 14, Tanaka to DL

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the top of the 14th, and the Yanks beat Cleveland 5-4 Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks got news which they are praying is minor and not major. Ace Masahiro Tanaka was put on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. The Yanks await results from an MRI. He’ll miss two starts, hopefully no more. If he is lost for a considerable amount of time, ….

As for the game, Brandon McCarthy, just acquired for Vidal Nuno, made his Yankees’ debut. After giving up four hits and three unearned runs in the first inning, McCarthy settled in and gave the Yanks 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA (AZ/NYY) 4.80.

The Yanks got a run back in the fourth on a solo HR by Teixiera, who was making up for his error that helped allow those runs in the first to score. #16.

In the fifth, Ellsbury doubled with one out and Jeter singled him to third. McCann hit a SF to cut the lead to 3-2, then Teix hit his second HR of the game, a two-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-3. Teix’s 17th HR was #358 of his career, tying Yogi Berra on the all-time list.

Jeter had two hits to take him to 3403 for his career. 16 short of tying Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place all-time.

Cleveland tied the game in the bottom of the fifth but Yankees relievers kept the Indians off the board, setting the stage for Ellsbury’s HR in the 14th.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.25.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.52.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.63.

Huff 0 IP, 0 R 0 H, 3 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.46. He walked all three batters he faced.

Kelley 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He replaced Huff in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out and got a K and a groundout. Great job. 3.86.

Whitley (W, 4-2, 4.94) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Robertson (22nd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.84.

DH Carlos Beltran was victim of a freak accident in BP. A ball he hit ricocheted off the top of the cage back at Beltran and hit him in the face, bruising him. He was removed from the starting lineup and as a result, Brian Roberts, of all people, had to bat fifth.

The win puts the Yanks at 46-44, and three back of Baltimore in the AL East. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto for 2nd. They are 2 1/2 out of the final WC spot.

Game 89. Tribe torches Tanaka, 5-3.

Masahiro Tanaka can use the all-star break. He appears a bit gassed right now.

A friend whose viewpoints I respect texted me that Tanaka appeared a bit “gassed” tonight. That he was using the slider to set up the split instead of the fastball, and that his body language seemed to state frustration at lack of run support. Also that his fastball was 2-3 mph less and harder to keep down in the zone.

Maybe, maybe not. But as I write, my friend knows his stuff and I respect his opinion.

All we do know is this: that after 16 quality starts to begin the season, the last two by Tanaka have not been quality starts. Tonight Tanaka could not hold on to a 3-1 lead and lost 5-3.

Hey, no one is perfect.

Tanaka 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 10 h, 1 walk, 5 K. He gave up 2 HR. (L, 12-4, 2.51). In his last couple of starts, the ERA has gone from 1.99 to 2.51. Still great, but you wonder if some fatigue is setting in. After all, in Japan he didn’t pitch as often.

The Yanks scored two in the first on a single by Teix and an error on a double steal by Ellsbury and Teix. Tanaka, who is subject to slow starts, gave up a run in the bottom of the first.

The Yanks went up 3-1 in the second on a Gardner groundout. But nothing after that since the Yanks managed four hits all game long.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth and a 2-run HR to Swisher in the sixth. He gave up another HR in the seventh.

Matt Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.29.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.10.

The loss drops the Yanks to 45-44. Meanwhile, we wait for the other shoe to drop regarding trades.

A power-hitting OF is a must. For example, in 1961, Yogi, Mickey and Maris hit 137 HR. If there was a DH back then (which there wasn’t) add 21 more from Blanchard.

Today’s OF (not counting Soriano, who was recently DFA’d) and DH (Gardner, Ellsbury, Ichiro and Beltran) have 27 HR combined. Big difference.

We’ll see if the Yanks can add some much needed power via a trade soon.