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Game 101. Offense and Bullpen Bail out Happ. Yanks win, 10-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Some news before the game report.

Gary Sanchez to the IL. Kyle Higashioka brought up.

Nestor Cortes back up (like he is riding an elevator). Jonathan Holder back down.

Cortes would figure in the game.

Sad news about some former Yankees:

Dwight Gooden was busted twice recently. Once for DUI and coke possession about a month ago, now a DUI in the last week.

According to the NY Post, former Yankees pitcher John Wetteland will return to court in March to face trial for alleged aggravated sexual assault of a child, court records show.

Now to the game.

J.A. Happ had nothing, but the bullpen and the offense bailed him out as the Yanks (66-35) won another slugfest from the Twins, 10-7.

As David Cone said on WPIX, this turn around in the rotation wasn’t good. The starters all were knocked out early.

In the first inning, Happ got the first two hitters out, but then gave up a single and a 2-run HR.

The Yanks came right back with 4 in the top of the second. Edwin Encarnacion and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back doubles for one run. Gleyber Torres walked. After a fly-out by Gio Urshela that moved both runners up, the red-hot Mike Tauchman tripled in two runs to give the Yanks the lead, 3-2. Austin Romine’s SF scored Tauchman to make it 4-2.

Happ gave a run right back in the bottom of the second, 4-3.

The Yanks got two in the top of the third when Aaron Hicks led off the inning with his 12th HR of the season, and after the next two batters struck out, Gleyber Torres hit his 20th HR of the year. 6-3.

The Yanks got three in the fourth to go up 9-3. Romine singled, and after a forceout by D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Hicks singled to score LeMahieu and send Judge to second. 7-3. After a line-out by Encarnacion, Gregorius tripled in two runs to make it 9-3. He, like Tauchman, is hot lately.

But staked to a 9-3 lead, Happ couldn’t even go five innings to get a decision. He was then knocked out of the game in the bottom of the fourth. A walk and HR made it 9-5. Then two singles and a ground-out put runners at second and third with one out and Happ was then out of the game, replaced by Nestor Cortes, Jr.

Cortes gave up a SF that made it 9-6, then got a strikeout to get out of the inning. He gave up a HR in the fifth to Nelson Cruz, Jr. that made it 9-7. It was Cruz’ 382nd career HR.

The scoring then stopped until the ninth, when Edwin Encarnacion’s 30th HR of the season made it 10-7 Yanks, which was the final score. Encarnacion’s HR was #410 of his career, passing Mark Teixeira on the all-time list.

With Tampa Bay’s win over Boston yesterday, the Yanks lead the Rays by 10 games, and the Red Sox by 11. They lead both by 12 in the loss column. The Yanks now go to Boston, where they could really end any hopes the Red Sox have of winning the division just by splitting the four games. Getting more than a split would be great. Just don’t get swept and let Boston get back in it at 7 back.

Judge 2 hits (.311)
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR (12)
Encarnacion 2 hits, HR (30)
Gregorius 3 hits, 3 RBI
Torres HR (20)
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI

Happ 3 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  5.23
Cortes (W, 4-0, 4.20) 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 19) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.66
Chapman (S, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.50


1996 WS MVP Wetteland arrested

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is the kind of story you never want to write.

John Wetteland, the MVP of the 1996 WS with the Yankees, was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse.

Wetteland, 52, pitched in the majors from 1989-2000 with the Dodgers (1989-1991), Expos (1992-1994) Yankees (1995-1996) and Rangers (1997-2000). He was a 3x All Star who went 48-45, 2.93 in his MLB career with 330 saves and an ERA of 2.93 (ERA+ 148).

He got MVP consideration four times, and CYA consideration once.

In 1996 he led the AL in saves with 43.

In postseason play, he was 0-1, 4.82 with seven saves. He saved all four of the Yankees’ wins in the 1996 WS.

Sad. Despicable.

In other news, the Yanks DFA’d Tim Locastro when they signed D.J. LaMahieu.

Wetteland hospitalized after possible suicide attempt.

Thirteen years ago, he was standing on the pitching mound at Yankee Stadium. He also was standing on top of the world, putting his index finger in the air and proclaiming the Yankees #1.

Soon after that, he was collecting the 1996 WS MVP trophy for his four saves in that WS. With the emergence of Mariano though, getting that final out of the 1996 WS was the last out John Wetteland recorded as a Yankee.

Recently 1996 WS hero Jim Leyritz was DUI and the DUI caused a fatality. Today, more sad news regarding a 1996 WS hero as Wetteland has been hospitalized after a possible suicide attempt.

We can only keep him in our prayers and hope all eventually works out ok.

Update: The Post has more on the story.   Wetteland is now bullpen coach for the Mariners. He ended his career with 330 saves and an excellent 2.93 ERA. He was only 33 when he retired.

According to the article, Wetteland has apparently fought personal demons for quite some time. We can only hope that he conquers them—through his faith or whichever method necessary.    


SD makes trade; Greene, not Peavy.

The Padres made a trade, but it’s not Jake Peavy. Not yet, anyway.

Instead, they dealt SS Khalil Greene to St. Louis for 2 players to be named later. After hitting 27 HR and having 97 RBI in 2007, Greene had an awful 2008, hitting .213-10-35, OPS+ 64. Then, to top it all off, he broke his hand and missed the last two months of the year. How did he break his hand? In a moment of frustration, he punched a dugout storage chest. Greene is 29, and has a little pop. His 162 g. average is .248-21-81, OPS+ 95. He’ll be a FA after 2009.

According to ESPN, SD will get minor league RHP Mark Worrell and another prospect from a pool of 3 players, two pitchers and one position player. SD has until April 1st to select that other player.

One thing I should have mentioned earlier is that John Wetteland is now bullpen coach of the Mariners.

Thanks to Dante for writing in on the Frank Zappa post.

There are (were) rumors of a deal involving Jack Wilson of the Pirates, but nothing is official as of yet. This article has more, and esp. info on Wilson’s no-trade clause. According to the article (click link), the Tigers and Dodgers (LA losing Furcal) would be interested. Wilson, .272-1-22, OPS+ 77, broke a finger and missed the last month of 2008. As it was, he only got into 87 g. in 2008. He is a .269 career hitter, but has an OPS+ of just 78 for his career. Not enough walks. His 162 g. ave. is .269-8-54, but just 34 walks. Nice fielding numbers, however. He’ll be 31 at the end of this month, and an interesting sidenote….he was born in a city where I have family.