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Game 69. Tigers tame Tanaka, 12-4. Moves made.


You get spoiled by Masahiro Tanaka, so much that when he proves he is human, you are surprised. Today Tanaka didn’t have it, and the Yanks lost 12-4.

Before the game, they made some moves. Sergio Santos, who pitched in just two games with the Yanks, is done for the year. TJ surgery. Mason Williams was put on the 15-day DL. Ramon Flores was brought back up. Jose Ramirez down. Pitchers Danny Burawa and Jorge De Paula up.

Burawa and De Paula each made their MLB debuts today. After the game THEY were sent down. Nick Rumbelow and Diego Moreno are coming up.

Victor Martinez had 3 hits, a HR and drove in 4 runs for Detroit. J. D. Martinez had 3 HR and 6 RBI.  The Tigers had 5 HR.  Tanaka gave up 3 HR. De Paula gave up a HR on the first pitch he threw in the big leagues.

For the Yanks, Stephen Drew hit 2 HR (11), and Brian McCann had one (10).

The loss keeps the Yanks (38-31) one game behind the Rays and snapped a four-game winning streak.

Tanaka (L, 4-3, 3.17) 5 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 10 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
Burawa (MLB DEBUT) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 54.00
De Paula (MLB DEBUT) 3 1/3 IP, 1 R,  2 H, 4 walks and 2 K. 2.70.

Game 66. Yanks win 9-4; Alex at 2999 hits.


Alex Rodriguez is one hit away. His two hits tonight put him at 2999 for his career as the Yanks won 9-4 over the Marlins to stay one game out of first place in the AL East.

A-Rod’s first hit put the Yanks up 1-0 in the first inning. CC Sabathia retired the first nine batters but gave up a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth. One of those runs was Giancarlo Stanton’s 25th HR of the season.

It looked like the Yanks wasted a golden opportunity in the fifth when A-Rod singled with one out, was doubled to third by Teixeira but then both were stranded when McCann struck out and Beltran popped up.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Brett Gardner tied the game with a two-run HR (6). Good to see. Gardner has been in a slump recently. In the bottom of the seventh, Beltran made up for his popup by putting the Yanks up 5-3 with a two-run HR (5). It was #378 of Beltran’s career.

The Yanks broke it open in the eighth. Headley and A-Rod walked. After an out, McCann singled in a run. A wild pitch scored another. Young doubled in a third. After a Gregorius single, Drew hit a SF.

After a slow start to the season, McCann’s three hits have his batting average up to .270. Also good to see rookie Mason Williams settling in with two hits tonight.

I still wonder how Capps for the Marlins gets away with his delivery. I have to ask an umpire friend of mine about its illegality.

The Yanks are now 36-30, with the Tigers in this weekend and then the Phillies Mon-Wed.

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K. 5.31
Shreve (W, 4-1, 1.95) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 1 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.33
Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.63


Game 61. 2000 RBI for A-Rod, but Yanks lose 9-4.


Alex Rodriguez hit the 2000 RBI mark last night, but it was not a good welcome back for Chris Martin or welcome for Sergio Santos as the Yanks lost to Baltimore last night 9-4.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Orioles while the loss was the Yanks’ third straight. Coupled with Tampa Bay’s win and Toronto’s tenth consecutive win, the AL East is about as tight as can be. The Yanks and Rays are in a virtual tie for the lead, Toronto is just one game back and Baltimore is two back.

The Yanks scored two in the first on a double by Headley, single by Teixeira and double by McCann.

But the Yanks need to tighten up their defense. For the third time in some two weeks, a catchable pop up or fly ball fell between two defenders. This time it was a foul pop near the Baltimore dugout that McCann and Teixeira did a I-got-it/you-take-it on. After the ball fell, CC Sabathia gave up a game-tying HR on the very next pitch.

CC gave up that HR in the third. In the fifth, he gave up another two-run HR to put the Orioles up 4-2.

In the sixth, A-Rod tied it up with his 12th HR of the year, #666 of his career. The two RBI gave him 2001 for his career, making him only the second player that MLB recognizes with 2000 RBI, the other being Hank Aaron. They don’t recognize some 222 RBI Babe Ruth had, or the 2075 Cap Anson supposedly had because those RBI came before the RBI became an official stat in 1920. Even in counting Ruth and Anson, A-Rod would still be just the fourth man with 2000 RBI. The hit was #2995 of his career.

The Yanks took CC out after five, and brought in Chris Martin. Martin was just brought back from rehab when Andrew Miller went on the DL. Martin proceeded to give up three runs in one inning, throwing three wild pitches in that inning in the process. As I mentioned earlier, the Yanks need to toughen up their d, including wild pitches.

Sergio Santos, just signed a few days ago, made his Yanks’ debut and gave up two runs in two innings of work.

In just his second MLB game, Mason Williams made a great running catch in RCF to rob a player of a double.

The Yanks are now 33-28.

Sabathia 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.38.
Martin (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks 0 K. The 3 WP. 5.27
Santos 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Overall ERA (LAD/NYY) 5.28.

Game 60. O’s beat Yanks, 11-3.


This promises to be a wild year in the AL East. With the Yanks’ loss to Baltimore last night, 11-3, their lead is down to one in the division over the Rays. The Yanks have lost two in a row after a seven-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Baltimore, now three back and in fourth place, has won five in a row. The third place team? Toronto, two back, who has won nine in a row and is rumored to be after Jonathan Papelbon of the Phillies. The last place team, Boston, is seven back and has a four game losing streak.

It appears as if this will be the case. Streaky teams, and no one can take control yet. Who will gain the consistency to win the division? Will a big mid-season trade make the difference? (I think back to 2000 and the Yanks picking up David Justice, for instance. Justice hit 20 HR, 60 RBI for the Yanks after the trade, was the ALCS MVP and helped the Yanks win their third straight WS. Without him, the Yanks may not have won.)  Maybe a rookie, a mid-season call-up from the minors, may put a team over the top.

In the long run, the decision to skip Michael Pineda’s turn in the rotation may prove to be a good one. In the short term, Pineda was off his game and out of rhythm last night, pitching on 10 days rest.

After the Yanks had a bases-loaded, no out situation in the first but did not score, Pineda gave up a run in the first, and the Yanks tied it in the third on an RBI single by A-Rod, his 1999th RBI. He had two hits in the game to take him to 2994 in his career.

But Pineda gave up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the fourth, Mason “Classical Gas” Williams, making his MLB debut, hit a 2-run HR in his 2nd MLB at bat to cut the lead to 5-3, but Pineda gave up another run in the bottom of the inning, and things snowballed from there into an 11-3 loss.

Chase Headley made his 14th error of the season during the game and that’s too many.  It hit him in the … well, you know. He had to be pulled from the game, but is ok. But any guy can relate. Williams took a bad route to one ball. Another fly ball dropped between Gardner and Beltran in the OF. Meanwhile, Mark Teixiera made his first error in 110 games.  Jacob Lindgren, who never allowed a HR in the minors, gave up his third in his seventh MLB appearance. It was that kind of night.

After the game, the Yanks outrighted Esmiel Rogers. He can accept the assignment to AAA or become a free agent. He has already cleared waivers.

According to the LOHUD Yankees blog:

Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes tweeted earlier tonight that Sergio Santos is in the Baltimore area and could be a candidate for activation. The former White Sox closer, who also pitched well with the Blue Jays in 2013 recently signed a minor league deal with the Yankees. Although he was good in 2013, Santos really struggled in 2014, and he was pretty inconsistent earlier this season with the Dodgers.

Pineda (L, 7-3, 3.74) 4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Lindgren (He’ll be ok, but I’m wondering if he needs more seasoning)
2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.14
Rogers 2 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 H,  0 walks and 2 K. 6.27
Capuano 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.29.

Hopefully CC gets them tonight. Game is the FOX Saturday night game. The Yanks are now 33-27 on the season.

The minors, and moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks were off today, but did pick up a half a game over Tampa Bay because of the Rays loss to the Angels. In that game, Albert Pujols passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time HR list, hitting #537. The Yanks now have a 2-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks brought up Mason “Classical Gas” Williams up from AAA. How I hope they play that song for his walk up. It’d be perfect, right? Williams, 23, between AA/AAA this year, was at .318-0-22 with 13 sb. Good speed, CF, lefty hitter, no power, good defense. He’ll enable Gardner to go back to LF and be there until Ellsbury is ready. Last year, Williams hit just .223 at AA with 21 SB. While he is up, the Yanks hope he plays good D, and gets the occasional hit and SB.

So in the past few days, (and LoHud had a nice chart)…

Ryan replaces Pirela as backup IF. Ryan better D, and the vet. Pirela maybe the better hitter, but Ryan earns the bigger $$$.

Williams replaces Flores in the OF.

By necessity, because of Miller’s DL stint, Chris Martin (fresh off rehab) replaces him.

I think Miller returns after the ASG.

In a few weeks, Ellsbury and Nova should be ready. Ellsbury replaces Williams. As for Nova, that’s a more difficult call. Do you send Lindgren down? Does Nova go into the rotation with Warren to the bullpen (appears that way)? Does Nova go into the bullpen? Does Lindgren stay and say, the Yanks DFA Rogers or Capuano?

In addition the Yanks traded David Carpenter to Washington for a minor league second baseman, Tony Renda, who will probably go to AA.  Renda, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .267-1-23 with 13 SB at AA Harrisburg.

Now for the minors.

AAA: 9-2 win for SWB.  Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.03) 2 R in 6 1/3. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, 3 rbi. 3B Cole Figueroa 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-0 on a combined one-hitter. Sergio Santos, just acquired, pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K. C Gary Sanchez (injured bruised hand) left the game in the 2nd and his replacement, Francisco Arcia, homered. Judge, Bird, Jagielo and Arcia all w/2h and an RBI.

High A: Regular game: Tampa lost 3-1. Gregorio Petit, on rehab, 1 for 2 w/a walk.

Makeup of 6/10 rainout: 4-3 loss. SS Tyler Wade, C Kyle Higashioka and LF Ericson Leonora all with 2 hits each.

A: 4-3 win for Charleston.  CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, HR , 2 RBI.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 2-1 in the completion of the suspended game from yesterday. Bryan Mitchell 4 Ip, 1 R. Diego Moreno (W) 3 scoreless innings, 2.01. Chris Martin , on rehab, one scoreless IP.   CF Mason “Classical Gas” Williams 2 h, rbi, 2 hits for SS Cole Figueroa.

Other game: 5-1 win. Jaron Long 5 IP, 1 R. C Austin Romine 2, 2 RBI. CF Mason Williams 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton got just 3 hits in a 3-2 loss.

High A: Tampa lost 6-2. Gregorio Petit 1 for 4 on rehab. DH Dante Bichette, Jr. just sent down to High A from AA, 3 hits. RBI.

A: Charleston lost 5-2. OF Dustin Fowler 2 hits.

The Yanks signed Sergio Santos to a minor league deal. He is a righty reliever, 7-12, 3.95 in his MLB career, ERA 3.95. Soon to be 32. Worth a gamble, he saved 30 for the 2011 White Sox.

The Cubs signed Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry about no minor league post for the games on Saturday. Sometimes you just get too busy to do everything.

Anyway, regarding Sunday’s minor league action:

AAA: SWB had a 3-1 lead after 7 1/2 but gave up a run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to lose 4-3. It wasted an excellent outing by Jose De Paula (7 IP, 1 R, 2 hits). CF Mason (Classical Gas) Williams with 3 hits. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI for 2B Rob Refsnyder.

AA: C Gary Sanchez had a 3-run HR yesterday, and 1B Greg Bird, just off the DL, had a nice game also, 2 h, 2 RBI. Today, Trenton won 5-2. Solo HR SS Cito Culver. 2 H, 2 RBI RF Aaron Judge.

High A:   Tampa off.

A: Charleston lost 5-2. Jordan Foley with a rough outing, because he didn’t get anyone out. The starter gave up all 5 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks. Joey Maher relieved him and threw six no-hit innings. 3B Ryan Lindemuth, 2 doubles.