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Game 6. A most welcome return. Monty leads Yanks past Boston, 5-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery, who has the nickname “Gumby”, could have stood on the mound last night and used the old Eddie Murphy line, “I’m Gumby, dammit!”.

As if anyone forgot.

Montgomery, who I nickname “the General” after the famous WWII British general Bernard Montgomery, had a very good rookie season in 2017, going 9-7, 3.88, ERA+ 116, when he finished 6th in ROY voting.

Then came 2018. He was doing well, 2-0, 3.62 in six starts when he needed Tommy John surgery. He missed the rest of 2018, some 80% of the season or so.

He missed all of 2019, except for one start and one relief appearance at the end of the year. Just four innings, three runs, no decisions.

He was doing great in spring training this year and then the virus hit. So his first start of 2020 wasn’t until last night, July 31.

He went 5 2/3 innings, gave up just one run, and got his first MLB win since April 21, 2018. That’s a long time to wait.Two years, three months, ten days.

It also reminded you that he’s good. Welcome back, Monty.

The Yanks (5-1) hit three homers to support him in the 5-1 win over Boston.

Montgomery gave up a HR in the third inning to Michael Chavis, and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, caused by his own making by hitting a batter and later committing an error on what should have been a DP comebacker.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the third, the Yanks took the lead when D.J. LeMahieu singled and Aaron Judge followed with a two-run HR (3). It was the third straight game in which Judge homered.

Gio Urshela made it 3-1 in the fourth with a solo HR.

Finally, Brett Gardner got his first hit of the season, a 2-run HR in the eighth to give the Yanks a 5-1 cushion, which wound up to be the final score.

LeMahieu 3 hits. The “Machine” is hitting .455. Picking up where he left off in 2019.
Judge 2-run HR. (3) Homers in three straight games.
Torres 2 hits. Guess we didn’t need to worry about that bruised elbow.
Urshela 2 hits, Solo HR.
Gardner 2-run HR. Finally, his first hit of the season. Now to get the Kraken going.

Montgomery (W, 1-0, 1.59) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR, made an error.
Green (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.  0.00   Looked great
Ottavino (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   0.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   0.00

Doubleheaders will be seven inning games this year to try to get the games over with because of the virus and health reasons. The “man starts on second” rule for extra innings applies to these games in the eighth inning. Hopefully both rules, shortened games for DHs and also the”man starts on second base” rule are for this season only because of the virus situation.

Also, good and bad news on the injury/virus front. Aroldis Chapman is over the virus and will be back soon. But the Yanks have lost Tommy Kahnle for the rest of the season. UCL, and faces Tommy John surgery.

Suzyn Waldman, Yankee radio announcer, kept a promise to Gerrit Cole and sang the national anthem before the Yanks’ home opener last night. A few years ago, knowing Cole grew up a Yankees’ fan, that the Yanks had originally drafted him (he went to UCLA instead) and was about to hit the free market soon, Waldman told him that “he’d make a great Yankee.” Cole replied, “If I sign (with the Yankees), you have to sing the national anthem at the home opener then.” Cole remembered that Waldman had done the national anthem at games before and once starred on Broadway. Last night, Waldman kept her promise. Nice touch.

The Yanks are wearing HGS patches on their uniforms to honor Hank Steinbrenner, who passed away a few months ago.

 

 

 

Game 3. 2-out woes for Pineda again. Yanks fall, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

All last year, we couldn’t help but wonder why Michael Pineda can’t get the third out. So often, he would give up all his runs, or most of them, when there were two out. He just couldn’t close out an inning.

That worrisome trend continued tonight in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Rays that dropped their record to 1-2.

Pineda gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, and in the second inning, gave up three runs—all with two out.

He really is an enigma. He got 11 outs as he was knocked out in the fourth, and six of his outs were by strikeout.

So much potential. So little results.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. If how he has been the past few years continues throughout this year, then I hope the Yankees let him go.

He has this year to prove himself. To the Yankees and to others. In order to do so, he has to get that third out and get out of innings.

The Yanks only got one run. That came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple times they had chances, hit the ball hard, but the ball didn’t find a hole. Instead it was a DP.

The three Baby Bombers, Sanchez, Bird and Judge, are struggling right now, but we are only three games in. Patience is needed with them.

Ellsbury had 3 of the Yanks’ 8 hits. The hot Headley had 2.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.

Pineda (L, 0-1) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.82
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 0.00
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 4 K. Nice job. Maybe he should have won a starter job after all….. over Pineda.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen, who didn’t give up a run or hit tonight and kept the Yanks in the game. Too bad the offense couldn’t capitalize.

The Yanks’ bullpen hasn’t given up a run in the three games. It’s just Tanaka (knocked out in the third) and Pineda (knocked out in the fourth) who have.

CC pitched five scoreless innings.

It is early, but the starters are going to have to give more length.

Rumors are already flying that A-Rod and J-Lo are thinking of tying the knot. If so, it would be A-Rod’s 2nd marriage, J-Lo’s 4th.

One rumor not true: Suzyn Waldman went on a radio show and said that Yankees’ prospect Clint Frazier asked if the Yankees unretired numbers and if so, he wanted  #7 (Mickey Mantle’s). The answer is no, they don’t unretire them and no, he couldn’t get #7. The Yankees and Frazier stated he never said that.

The Yankees’ plan was for Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green to pitch tomorrow, Montgomery at AAA and Green in AA. Both at the same time so both would be lined up for the April 16 start in which the Yanks finally need a #5 starter. Best man in the mano a mano duel wins. Because of bad weather in the northeast, both will be pitching for High A Tampa tomorrow. One starts, other comes in relief. James Kaprielian was supposed to start that game, but now, no.

 

Game 154. 0-ffensive. Yanks blanked for third straight game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You can’t win if you don’t score. For the third consecutive game, the Yanks were shut out as they lost to Toronto 3-0.

Lately, Joe Girardi’s bullpen moves have been questioned, leading Girardi to become very testy lately in his dealings with the media. Even when he appears to make the right move, as yesterday, it doesn’t work out.

CC Sabathia pitched his heart out, pitching seven shutout innings,  but was pulled for Tyler Clippard in the eighth. Clippard gave up a two-out, three-run HR to Jose Bautista to lose the game.

The Yanks managed only three hits all game. With injuries to Headley, Teixeira, Castro …. and the youngsters now on the team, the lineup lately has looked like a spring training lineup.

I worked all day yesterday, but did hear one thing on the radio on the way home. At one point in the game, Gardner was on first base. Gardner has 16 SB this season. This from a guy who led the league a few years ago. A guy who stole 49 and 47 not long ago. In other words, Gardner isn’t running enough. He should have at least twice as many steals as he has now (that goes for Ellsbury too, who has just 18). Sterling and Waldman mentioned that he doesn’t run enough, then wondered how, when he finally decides to try and steal, he tried to do so on an 0-2 pitch with two out—-the easiest pitch for the other team to pitch out on. Sure enough, Toronto pitched out and Gardner was out. Sigh.

The loss drops the Yanks to 79-75. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just 8 games to go. Their tragic # is 4.

They need to go 3-5 in the last 8 games to avoid a non-winning season, which would be their first since 1992. Even at that, they have to go 5-3 even to match their worst season since 1992 (which was 2014 at 84-78). Those 8 games are against the three teams ahead of them, Toronto, Boston and Baltimore. Not only that, Tanaka, who will miss his next start, may miss the other one as well.

Sabathia 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 4.02
Clippard (L, 3-5, 3.60 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.

 

Game 85. Yanks escape with 5-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If you go by the numbers (and you’ll see them below), Andrew Miller should be closing for the Yanks, and not Aroldis Chapman. By acting “politically correct”, the Yanks almost blew a game last night. A review that was overturned turned out to be the last out of the game, and may have saved the game in a 5-4 Yankees win at Cleveland.

The win puts the Yanks at 42-43.

Ivan Nova gave up two homers in the third, and the Yanks were down 2-0. They tied the game in the fifth on a HR by the hot Didi Gregorius (10) and on an RBI single by Brett Gardner.

With the help of another review, the Yanks scored three runs in the sixth. Chase Headley singled in a run. Starlin Castro was originally called out at the plate, but the review gave the Yanks the run.

Rob Refsnyder got a SF to put the Yanks up 4-2. Speaking of not being “politically correct”, when will the Yanks start to play Refsnyder over Hicks? Yes, Hicks can play CF which Refsnyder can’t, but if Ellsbury needs a day, you can slide Gardner over to CF. Refsnyder can fill the corners. Refsnyder 74 AB, .297-0-10, OPS+ 106. Hicks 180 at bats, over twice as many. .200-3-17, OPS+ 52. The Yanks need Refsnyder’s bat in the lineup. You can put Hicks in for defense in the late innings if necessary. Even Sterling and Waldman are starting to mention on the radio that Refsnyder should be playing more often over Hicks.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single after Refsnyder’s SF made it 5-2.

Cleveland got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Girardi went politically correct and went “formula.” Betances, Miller, then Chapman.

But Chapman gave us all a scare in that bottom of the ninth. He walked the lead off hitter, never a good omen. After a strikeout, he gave up a single. Then came a line out for out #2. The next hitter hit a grounder that ricocheted off Teixeira to Castro, who threw to Chapman, and the original call was safe, which would have loaded the bases. The Yanks challenged the call, won the challenge and got the out, which ended the game. Whew.

Nova (w, 6-5, 5.18) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Betances (H, 21) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.53
Miller (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.43
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.74.

As you can see, Chapman has the highest ERA of the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

Between deciding who closes among the three, and also Hicks vs. Refsnyder, maybe Girardi should consider throwing away his book, looking at the numbers, and making some changes.

Just my opinion.

But then, if the Yanks are sellers, and trade Chapman for prospects, maybe the relief thing will work itself out on its own.

The minors. Banuelos to DL again.

AAA: Nunez and Banuelos go on the DL. The first time Man-Ban went on, it was because of the back. Now it is the elbow. When things stink, they really stink.

9-6 win for SWB (Empire St.) Mitchell got the W, but a bad 5th after 4 good innings. 5 IP, 6 R (5 in 5th), 0 walks and 0 K. 4-1, 3.73. Justin Thomas (2), Chase Whitley (1) and Kevin Whelan (1) with 4 scoreless innings.

Once again, Suzyn Waldman proves she knows NOTHING about what is going on at the minor league level. NADA. She says (in discussing the Yanks’ current offensive woes) that there is no one at AAA they could bring up.

If the Yanks want to make changes to the 40-man, or release some people (Andruw Jones) they COULD. Granted Ronnier Mustelier went 0 for 5 tonight. He STILL is hitting .313 at AAA after starting the season .353 for AA. Steve Pearce isn’t on the 40-man. The 1B (DL Teix until he’s over the cold? Yeah, won’t happen) had 3 hits, a HR and 3 RBI tonight. .325-9-25. I’ll bet Suzyn never heard of Mustelier. As for Pearce, those numbers aren’t lying. He never hit much for the Pirates (.232 in 465 ab) but …. NO one you can bring up? How about those two? The thing is, you have to MAKE ROOM FOR THEM by DUMPING SOMEONE, and Suzyn is too tied in to some veterans to want them dumped.

Cole Garner 3 hits, 2 solo HR tonight.

AA: 5-1 loss for Trenton. Brett Marshall 5 R, 3 Er in 6 IP. 4-2. 2.98.

High A: 5-2 win for Tampa. 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 2 K for Zach Nuding. Ramon Flores 3 hits, 3 run HR for Rob Segedin (.293-6-26). Kyle Higashioka 2 run HR.

Low A: 5-3 win in 11 for Charleston. 2 h, 2 sb for Tyler Austin.

Getting it right

So I hear back from the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand today after I questioned him on Twitter.

The point I was making on Twitter and here is this. Give us the correct facts.

Now I am not advocating that the Yankees put Steve Pearce (.232 career hitter in the majors, 9 HR, 52 RBI in 465 major league at bats, a bit player for the last five Pirate teams, 2007-2011) on the 40-man roster, nor do I advocate bringing him up. If they do, they do. If they wanted to rest Teixeira so that Teix can finally kick this respiratory ailment that he has, they would use Chavez and/or Swisher at 1B in his absence before turning to Pearce.

In saying that the Yanks had no one at AAA to bring up, well, maybe no one on the 40-man roster. But in saying that no one was hitting down there that could play 1B, that was and is a completely different story.

Yes, Pearce would, at best, be a two-week stopgap. You’d bring him up, hope he can hit .250-.270 for two weeks, hold his own, get Teix healthy, then that is that.

Pearce is at .331-7-19 at AAA. To ignore those stats and say that there is no one at AAA that you can bring up, especially when this guy does have major league experience, was just wrong. THAT is the point I wanted to make. The incorrect information that was provided to the listening public.

Now outside of Pearce…. Feinsand would be correct. For SWB (Empire State) is hitting .249 as a team. Jack Cust isn’t a 1B, and Ronnier Mustelier (just brought up from AA and doing well so far at AAA) isn’t either. The only other guy reasonably hitting well is Kevin Russo, and he’s no first baseman.

A few years back, Suzyn Waldman actually advocated that the Yanks get 45 (at that time) year old David Wells instead of bringing up a promising youngster for the rotation. It is this type of mindset that I am against. I don’t remember who the AAA player was, but to panic and go “old” instead of bringing up a kid and giving the kid a chance is what I didn’t and don’t like. The problem is, Waldman had never heard of the kid, nor did she know that the kid was doing well. I understand that they spend their entire day around the big league squad, but sometimes the lack of knowledge about what is going on down below amazes me.

For example, do they know about Ronnier Mustelier? That the guy was brought up to AAA from AA? That he has been raking? Probably not.

That’s why I mentioned Pearce. Is he an upcoming star? No. Will he come up? Probably not. But to say that no one is hitting at AAA who can play 1B is to ignore the accomplishments of what Pearce HAS done so far this year. The guy IS hitting .331. Give him his due for that, at least.

Give us the correct information.

ST. Game 24: 10 innings, and it’s a 1-1 tie with Detroit

I can understand people saying or writing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Heck, even I will probably goof up this year and say or write that instead of Empire State Yankees for the traveling nomads this year.

Suzyn Waldman did that today. Ok, I forgive her for that… but a) she never corrected herself, and b) before saying Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, she said Columbus. Seriously. You’d think she’d be over Columbus by now… I mean, it’s been years… Sheesh.

Michael Pineda’s velocity is still a concern, as he’s still around 91 and not 97. He does have options, and the Yanks could send him down, which would be an embarrassment after trading Jesus Montero for him. But here’s the catch…even with the decreased velocity, 91 isn’t bad, and Pineda’s results are still there. Today he pitched 5 innings, 1 R, 5 h, 2 walks and 4 K. He did get help from Brett Gardner, who threw out a runner at the plate in the first inning. It’s a travesty that Gardner didn’t win the Gold Glove in either 2010 or 2011.

The Yanks got the early lead with a leadoff Jeter HR, but then went 0 for 10 with RISP in a game that ended in a 10-inning, 1-1 tie. That concerns me a bit. Their pitching this spring—even by the AAA prospects—has been solid. It’s the bats that concern me, and not just Ibanez’ bat. It just doesn’t seem like the Yanks have put together a solid offensive game this spring. Now I know that the lineup has a lot of minor leaguers in it, it’s usually 1/2 starters and 1/2 subs/minor leaguers, but you’d like to see a 9 run, 16 hit game here or there. I haven’t seen too much of that.

The Yanks had just five hits in the game.

Mo followed Pineda, and he still hasn’t allowed an earned run in S.T. since March of 2008. 1 iP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 0 K.

Then Soriano. 1-2-3 with a K. It looks like he is back to the Soriano we expected…the one who led the league in saves in 2010 while with the Rays.

Robertson then came in for his first game since bruising his foot and just his second game overall. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and a K.

Twice in the late innings the Yanks doubled up Tiger baserunners on popups/flyballs.

Manny DelCarmen made his first appearance of the spring in the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks or K.

Clay Rapada, who is fighting with Cesar Cabral to be the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen, pitched another scoreless inning in the 10th. He gave up a hit and struck out one.

There was a report that the Phils were looking into Ramiro Pena. They are looking into infield help with the uncertain status of Utley. They figure that with Wigginton and  Mayberry  they could cover for Howard for a while, but might even look for help there. They sent Domonic Brown back to AAA. In any event, they won’t have lefty power for a while… right now it’s just from switch-hitters Rollins and Victorino. No Utley or Howard? That pitching better stay good…they may have to. Without Utley & Howard, that lineup doesn’t look as solid. Of course, getting Pena won’t help them much offensively.

The Yanks’ spring record is now 13-9-2.

S.T. Game 2: Yanks 7, Phils 4

A-Rod went 3 for 3 today as the Yanks beat the Phils again, 7-4. One of the hits was a HR off Roy Halladay in the first inning.

Freddy Garcia went 2, and Garcia, a notoriously poor spring training pitcher, gave up a first-inning HR to Hunter Pence (who torched the Yanks and Nova yesterday) for 2 runs. Garcia’s line: 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

D.J. Mitchell came in and had a 1-2-3 third, then got out of trouble in the 4th. Mitchell, 25 in May, was 13-9, 3.18 for AAA in 2011. Meanwhile, a bases-loaded walk to Cervelli in the third tied the game. Mitchell’s line: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Sloppy fielding led to a couple of Yankee runs in the fourth. With one out, an E5, then with two out, an E4 led to a run, and then A-Rod doubled in another to put the Yanks up 4-2.

Boone Logan pitched a scoreless fifth, giving up 1 hit, and striking out two.

In the sixth, Cory Wade got two outs, then ran into tough luck. It was a windy day again, and Colin Curtis dropped a fly ball. It was ruled a double, but radio reports indicated that the scoring could have been an E-7 instead. The next hitter hit one past Jose Gil for a double to make it 4-3. Gil is normally a catcher. You have to wonder if in a regular season game, Gardner and Teixeira make those kinds of plays. Wade: 1 IP, 1 R, 2 questionable hits, 0 walks and a K.

Clay Rapada, trying to make the team as a LOOGY (and 2nd lefty in the bullpen) had a good 7th, 1-2-3 with 2 K. The spot he is competing for may not be there long—until Joba comes back. At that time, there may be just the one lefty (Logan) again. But you never know. Injuries…

The Yanks got three in the 7th. Another Philly error helped (they made four in the game). After that two-base error, Gil doubled in a run, and J.R. Murphy singled in another. The hot Zoilo Almonte got another hit, and Jayson Nix got an RBI single.

At this point, John and Suzyn on the radio got sloppy. They mentioned seeing Kevin Whelan last spring. Whelan did pitch 1 2/3 innings for the Yanks last year, walking five. Whelan, 28, isn’t a prospect anymore. He did save 23 for SWB last year, but had those control problems in his brief time up with the Yanks. Whelan is likely to go back to AAA, and could be a midseason callup. Time is running out on him, though. He gave up a double, then a couple groundouts got the run in. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

Then, in speaking about SWB and the fact that they have no home this year, John wondered where they’d be based. Uh, nowhere, John. PNC park is being worked on, and AAA SWB will be playing its home games spread out throughout the International League. Cue Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Ain’t Got No Home… They will have no base in 2012. The SWB Yankees will be nomadic.

Chase Whitley pitched the 9th. Whitley, 22, was 3-5, 2.47, with 7 saves combined between A+ Tampa and AA Trenton last year. He’ll probably be starting the year at AA Trenton. Single, forceout (7-4 after the windblown popup), single, groundout, and a K. 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and a K.

Game 118. Day of redemption for Hughes, Posada. Jorge GS, 6 RBI in Yanks’ 9-2 win.

Huge start for Hughes, who, it appears will be bumped from the rotation. It’s AJ and Hughes for the #5 spot, and Hughes has the bullpen experience AJ doesn’t have.

Yanks 71-46, 2 back of Boston for the division, 7 up for the WC spot.
4 gms. worse than the Pythagorean record. OPS+ 110, ERA+ 119

Posada gets a game.

Gardner LF .280-5-28  36sb/47att  OPS+ 105
Jeter SS .276-4-41  12/16  89    3034 hits
Granderson CF .273-32-93  22/32  148     40/30?
Teixeira 1B .247-32-86  3/4  124
Cano 2B .302-20-81  8/9  131
Swisher RF .269-14-64  2/4  119
Chavez 3B .295-1-14  0/0  109
Posada DH .230-9-31  0/2  83
Martin C .225-12-46  8/9  87

Hughes P 2-4, 7.11   ERA+ 59

Interesting stuff in the Post today. First off, Sherman’s column on Mo and how the Core Four is proving more mortal. Pettitte is retired, Jeter is in the .270’s, OPS+ in the high 80s as opposed to .314, OPS+ 115, Posada has been benched (playing today, but see his numbers above) and now Mo has had three consecutive lousy outings. He’s still 1-2, 2.40 with 30 saves.

At 41, people look for any excuse to write Mo off. I’ve had discussions here and on other blogs regarding this. It seems like people have been wanting to write Mo off for some six years or so now. Yes, I know Mo gave up HRs in two consecutive games, almost three (double off the monster). I also know the fact that he turns 42 on November 29 and is mortal. I also know that in the last four years lefties’ B.A. against him has gone up in each of those years. the cutter may not be cutting in as much. One day age will catch up to him.

I also know that Mo’s history shows blips between say August 4 and August 23. It is like Superman for 20 days meets kryptonite. Each time Mo snaps out of it.

Am I one to throw him under the bus already? No. For me, Mo has to show over a more extended period of time that he has lost it. The people throwing him under a bus now probably conveniently forget that before these last three outings, that from June 1st to August 5th of this year, Mo had an ERA of 1.29. You knew that 1.29 wasn’t going to last all year. He was due for a blip.

Now if Mo is like this for 3-4 more weeks, and continues to be shaky not for one bad week, but for four consecutive weeks, every time out, then I’ll worry. But not now. Not after ONE bad week.

The standards Mo has applied to himself and has set are sometimes ridiculously high. Someone else, three bad outings in a row, you wait it out and see how he is over a month. Mo? People write him off after one bad week. Shouldn’t Mo get the same benefit of a doubt? Mo’s ERA is 2.40, not far off his career average of 2.24. Maybe he’s not the Mo who averaged a 1.86 ERA from 2003-2010, but he isn’t bad. Maybe he turns into a Dave Righetti ca. 1987-1990 type, when “Rags” averaged 4-4, 3.40 and 29 saves a year. Those numbers by Righetti weren’t bad numbers. A lot of teams would kill for those numbers out of their closer, especially one in his early 40’s. But they aren’t Rivera numbers, and if Mo puts up those numbers, people want to throw Mo under a bus and say he’s done.

Like I said, let’s see what Mo does over the next month before we throw him under the bus. He’s earned that. Not after three bad outings.

More news: Cashman defends A.J. Sorry Cash, you are the only one. Saying the fans’ reaction is emotional bull**** that doesn’t accurately reflect reality? He’s 8-9. Take away Hughes, and he’s the only starter (CC, Nova, Colon, Garcia and AJ) with a 1) losing record and 2) an ERA over 4.00. When Cash defends AJ it’s like Tom the consigliore defending the Godfather…  there’s no good reason to defend him other than…

I don’t know about today’s game. It’s some 40 minutes before gametime and the sky is getting dark…. in fact, it’s now raining here.

McCarver. Ugh. Ok, Tim, you state the Yanks come playoff time will have a problem with DH against lefties. Um… Chavez? I understand the concern about Posada (.230-9-31, OPS+83) but um, A-Rod will be back in a week to 10 days, and Chavez (.295-1-14 in 78 ab) can DH. If Chavez can maintain his 109 OPS+, then what is the problem? McCarver. Ugh.

Jeter (honored for 3000 pre-game) makes an error in the first. A DP (6-4-3) gets him off the hook. Gardner gets picked off in the bottom of the 1st.

It looks like A-Rod will DH again today. He wants another DH day before going back to 3B.

With two out in the 2nd, the Rays put two on, but Hughes gets out of it. A single and two walks load the bases for the Yanks with no out in the 2nd for Chavez. Chavez pops up. Posada gets a nice hand. Sterling & Waldman state about how much the Yanks want him to succeed. True. But they don’t say the other truth. That the fans are also saying goodbye. Jorge comes through with a two-run single. 2-0 Yanks after two.

Hughes making his case. Three scoreless.

Jeter gets hit 3035 and the Yanks get two on, two out in the bottom of the 3rd. Swisher strikes out. 2-0 after three.

In the fourth, Posada gets his second hit and a hit by Gardner puts men on 1st and 2nd, two out. But Sterling and Waldman are brown-nosing Posada so badly on the radio it’s embarrassing. Jeter lines out. Still 2-0 after four.

Well, at least Torre isn’t there to abuse him…. the Yanks sign Scott Proctor to a minor league deal. Ugh. Proctor was 2-3, 6.44 for the Braves this year.

Lightning and thunder were I’m at. Not so NY, but there later?

Granderson ties Bautista for the MLB lead with HR #33 in the fifth to make it 3-0. Can he wrest the MVP away from Adrian Gonzalez?

And… if this is Jorge Posada’s swan song, he’s having one great last day. After Granderson’s HR,  and Teix’s flyout, Cano doubles and Swisher and Chavez walk. Jorge breaks the game open with HR #10 (271 of his career). It’s a 6-rbi day (so far, we’re only in the fifth) and it puts the Yanks up 7-0. 7-0, end of five. For Posada and Hughes, a day of redemption.

Some trouble for Hughes in the 6th. HR, triple, K, RBI groundout make it 7-2.  Nevertheless, this has been a good outing for Hughes, and Girardi’s decision gets tougher. The Yanks come back. Granderson singles, Teix doubles him in. A groundout, walk and forceout By Chavez bring in Teix. 9-2 after six.

Hughes is done. 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 6 K. He makes Girardi’s decision tougher as to who #5 will be, him or AJ. It should be Hughes based on recent performance, but as I stated, Hughes has bp experience, AJ doesn’t.  Hughes ERA goes to 6.55 as he went to 3-4.

Wade in for the 7th. He has a 1-2-3.

Jeter gets hit 3036 in the 7th. He’s now chasing Carew 3053, Henderson 3055 & Biggio 3060. Still 9-2 after seven.

Wade also pitched the 8th. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1K. ERA 2.31.

Noesi a scoreless 9th. 1-2-3 with a K. 3.96 for his ERA.

Yanks win 9-2 to go to 72-46.

Game 34. Yanks throw away game in ugly loss. 4-3 in 11.

No lineup surprises.

1. Jeter SS 2862 hits, 38 away. .283-2-10, 2 sb in 4 attempts, ops+ 91
2. Granderson CF .274-11-23 2/3 163 leads MLB in HR.
3. Teixeira 1B .263-9-21 0/0 163
4. Rodriguez 3B .262-5-21 0/1 129 last HR? 4/23
5. Cano 2B .289-8-24 2/2 132
6. Swisher RF .218-2-14 1/2 78 Swish gotta pick it up
7. Posada DH .147-6-14 0/1 62 Ditto for Jorge
8. Martin C .255-6-20 2/2 135 6 for last 40
9. Gardner LF .239-3-8 5/9 109 low BA, but OPS+ good; 14 for last 33

Burnett P 4-2, 3.71 ERA + 109

Team OPS+ 118, ERA+ 112; Record 20-13, Even with Pythagorean record.

MRI on Soriano’s elbow shows inflammation only. Day to day.

Kevin Russo cleared waivers. Back at AAA. Luis Ayala is back with the Yanks. Lance Pendleton sent down.

Alex GIDP with two on and one out in the first, but the Yanks score in the second on consecutive singles by Cano, Swish & Jorge. 1-0 after two innings.

Once again, Waldman doesn’t get it. She’s talking about Jeter and saying “you can’t make definitive judgments after 30 games.” Suzyn, the judgments on Jeter were over 125 games. Since mid-June of last year.

Granderson hits #12 in the third. 2-0 Yankees.

Hosmer gets his first MLB HR in the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1. 2-1 after four.

Cano HBP in the fifth. Seems like it got him in the helmet. He leaves the game as a precaution and Nunez replaces him.

Burnett has gone seven innings. The HR by Hosmer is the only hit off him but he’s walked five and hit a batter.

Yanks load the bases in the bottom of the seventh but can’t score. Still 2-1. Team LOB after seven innings? 12.

Robertson replaces A.J.

A.J. 7 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 walks, 1 HBP and 6 K. ERA drops to 3.38.

Robertson pisses it away.

He walks the leadoff batter. Gets a K. Then another walk. Another K. But Wilson Betemit (remember him?) singles to tie the game. Logan gets the last out.

Robertson 2/3 IP. 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. ERA to 1.93. Logan 1/3. ERA 5.19

The Yanks get the leadoff man on in the 8th. Gardner singles. Jeter can’t get him over. He pops the bunt up. Granderson GIDP.

To the 9th. Mo has a 1-2-3, 1 K, ERA 1.53. The Yanks get 1st and 2nd, two out in the 9th but Posada whiffs. The story of the night. Men left on base.

In the 10th, Carlyle replaces Mo. He walks the leadoff hitter. After a force out, a WP and a K. Then Carlyle gives up a double to make it 3-2. An intentional walk, ANOTHER WILD PITCH, and a K. Sheesh.

To the bottom of the 10th. Martin walks, Gardner sacs him over, Jeter groundout, Martin to 3rd. Granderson, down to his last strike, singles to tie the game.

So Carlyle is out there for the 11th. And he makes you wonder. Should they have kept Pendleton up and sent Carlyle down? For he walks the stinking leadoff batter again! It burned Robertson in the 8th, burned Carlyle in the 10th, and burns him now. The Royals had only four hits all night long. But Yankee pitchers walked 11 Royals, hit another, and AJ made an error.

The Yanks deserved to lose this game.

Ayala replaced Carlyle after the leadoff walk in the 11th. Sac (how come other teams can sac and play littleball but not the Yanks?). Infield single. Intentional walk to load the bases with one out. SF, SB, K. The SF gives the Royals a 4-3 lead. 4 hits. But as I wrote, 11 walks and 1 error.

The Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the 11th. They left 15 men on base. FIFTEEN.

Carlyle 0-1, 3.38. 1 IP +, 2 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 2 K. Ayala 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 0 R. ERA to 3.00.

Blame Robertson. Walks the leadoff man in the 8th, he scores.

Blame Carlyle. Walks the leadoff man in the 10th. He scores. He gets a reprieve from Granderson. He doesn’t learn. Walks the leadoff man in the 11th. He scores.

Blame the offense. 15 men LOB. 2 for 16 with RISP.

The Yanks got 12 hits and drew 8 walks (and a HBP) in 11 innings. They scored 3 runs.

They deserved to lose. Girardi has every right to overturn the postgame spread.