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Game 122. Jeter ties Murray, but Garcia, bullpen, falter in Yanks’ loss, 9-6.

Derek Jeter got four hits tonight to tie Eddie Murray on the all-time hits list at 3255, but Freddie Garcia faded after a good start and the Yankees’ bullpen collapsed in a 9-6 loss.

Jeter is now tied for Murray for 11th place on the all-time hits list, and is 28 behind Willie Mays. Depending on which list you use, he also passed Napoleon Lajoie. Some sources credit Lajoie (pronounced LAH-ZWAH-WEE, not LA-JOY) with 3242, some with 3252.

Garcia threw four scoreless innings and had a 3-0 lead entering the fifth. The Yanks had scored two in the first on an RBI single by Teixeira and an RBI groundout by Chavez. They added one in the second on a Granderson single, but on that single, Robbie Cano was thrown out by plenty at the plate. I don’t know if Robbie ran through a stop sign, but he was out by a mile. If Thomson sent him, Thomson needs his eyes checked. It wasn’t even close.

Garcia, up 3-0 after 4 1/2, only got one out in the fifth. He went 4 1/3, 5 R, 6 H, 4 walks and 8 K. ERA to 4.96. He just fell apart and the bullpen didn’t help. It all started with a 2-run HR by DeWayne Wise, who got some revenge on the Yanks. The Yanks had DFA’d him when they got Ichiro. Cody Eppley came in, faced one batter, got a force out, but the tying run scored. Eppley 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 0 K, ERA 3.41.

Clay Rapada came in and you hoped he’d get out of the inning and keep the score tied. Nope. 1 batter, a hit and another run. 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K, ERA 2.97.

Then Joba came in and gave up a hit and a run before getting the third out of the inning. 5-3 White Sox after five.

The Yanks came right back with three in the sixth to take the lead. Jeter HR’d (#11, #251 of his career—one behind Bobby Murcer’s career total, not to mention Joe Torre’s). Singles by Teix and PH Casey McGehee gave the Yanks a 6-5 lead.

But Joba gave up a HR to Gordon Beckham to tie the game.

Joba 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He also hit Youkilis with a pitch.

I think it’s safe to say that Joba (9.45 ERA) isn’t ready for prime time. The Yanks may want to look at Kelvin Perez. The 26 yr. old string bean (6’1″, 140) is a combined 7-1, 1.03 between AA/AAA (just 3 games at AAA) this season (stats as of going into last night). I don’t know how well he’d do in the majors, but that’s a nice job so far, and he’s got to do better than Joba’s 9.45.

Boone Logan gave up a two-run HR in the 7th to Alexei Ramirez. Logan falls to 4-2, 4.07. 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Um, 4.07 isn’t too good for a reliever. Logan has been slumping.

Derek Lowe gave up the fourth White Sox HR of the night, this to Adam Dunn. Dunn’s HR, #36 on the season, was the 401st of his career. It was the final run in the Yanks’ 9-6 loss.

Lowe 1 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA (Cle/NYY) 5.36.

The Yanks better not look back. The Rays are gaining, and are now just four games out.

Game 104. Yanks get on track, blow out O’s 12-3.

Before I get to today’s game action, some news. Apparently Ivan Nova and Joe Girardi weren’t on the same page after last night’s loss. It was eerily like Ian Kennedy’s comments back in 2008 after he got rocked. Girardi said that Nova had no fastball command, an inconsistent slider and an inconsistent curve. Nova said he thought he had good stuff. Huh? 9 R in 5 IP, suggests otherwise. So does coughing up a 5-0 lead by giving up 7 runs with two out. Nova should learn from Kennedy (who never recovered in the eyes of management and was traded away the next year). You stink, you blow a lead, own up to it. Look in the mirror, don’t make excuses. You blew a 5-0 lead and deflated your team. No excuses. Don’t B.S. Did you get the win? No. You blew a big lead. That is all she wrote.

With the acquisition of Shane Victorino from the Phils, the Dodgers DFA’d Bobby Abreu. His career, like that of Matsui, could be over. As one reporter wrote, Johnny Damon better be looking over his shoulder. Damon right now is at .227-4-19, 4/4 in SB, OPS+ 75 for the Indians, and those numbers are actually WORSE than Abreu’s.

DeWayne Wise was released by the Yanks. He was DFA’d and refused assignment to AAA.

Now for today’s game. The Yanks got a much needed win today (I hope they were read the riot act for the game last night) by beating the Orioles 12-3. It meant the difference between a 4 1/2 game lead over the O’s and a 6 1/2 game lead.

The Yanks jumped out early. Granderson hit #29 in the bottom of the first. Swish then doubled, Cano singled him to third and Jones hit a SF. 2-0 Yanks after 1.

Teix sat again. The just-acquired McGehee played 1B. The Yanks lineup today was Jeter 6, Granderson 8, Swish DH, Cano 4, Jones 9, Martin 2, McGehee 3, Suzuki 7, and Nix 5.

Yes, that’s right. Jones in RF, Ichiro in LF.

Hughes gave one back in the top of the second. He went 6 and only gave up 1 run, but he wasn’t awesome. The O’s left a lot of runners on base.

The Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the second to make it 4-1. McGehee walked and with one out went to second on a PB. Nix singled him to third. Jeter singled in a run to make it 3-1 and after Granderson whiffed, Swisher singled to make it 4-1.

In the third, the Yanks broke the game open by scoring seven runs. With one out, Martin and McGehee walked. After an out, Nix doubled in one run. Jeter then singled in two. Granderson singled. Swisher walked to load the bases and then Cano unloaded a grand slam. Robbie’s 24th HR made it 11-1.

Meanwhile, Hughes was putting two men on in every inning but getting out of it.

Hughes (W, 11-8, 3.96) went 6, 1 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K. Not pretty, but he got out of jams.

BTW, guess which Yankees pitcher was the first to 11 wins this year? You just saw it, Phil Hughes. Kuroda, CC and Nova all have 10. This from a guy people wanted to dump on say, May 2nd, when he was 1-4, 7.48. Since then, he is 10-4, 3.24.

Joba came in and got his feet wet. Not a good outing, but it was a good time for him to get his first MLB game in 14 months. 1 2/3 IP, 2 r, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA 10.80. Settle down, Joba. Good that you are back.

Rapada 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.83.

David Robertson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.16.

McGehee got a bases-loaded SF in the 8th.

Jeter 3 h (3225), 3 RBI. Cano 2 h, 4 RBI. 3 h, rbi for Nix.

Monday’s minors.

Regarding the majors, if I didn’t mention it already, DeWayne Wise was DFA’d to make room for Ichiro. A tough break for Wise, who played well, but it’s not like he was DFA’d for a nobody.

AAA: SWB lost 10-6. Mike O’Connor 6 r, 5 er in 3 1/3 (2-4, 3.90). Recently promoted Preston Claiborne 3 R in 2 2/3 (9.00). Juan Cedeno (2.58) 1 R in 2 IP. CF Chris Dickerson 2 H, Hr, 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Laird HR, 2 RBI (.249-10-57). 2B Corban Joseph (.275) 2 h, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 7-4 in 11. Vidal Nuno 3 R in 5 IP (1.84). LF Jose Pirela 3 hits, HR would have given him cycle. .333. Dave Adams (.318) solo HR. RF Neil Medchill solo HR (.254-4-8 since callup).

High A: Tampa swept a DH.

Game 1: 3-1. Matt Tracy 1 R in 7 IP (5-2, 2.22). SS Eduardo Nunez 1 for 3.

Game 2: 7-0 win. Nik Turley 7 IP, 2 H, 9 K. (6-3, 2.69). Nunez didn’t play in this one. RF Adonis Garcia 2 h, 2 RBI.

Low A: 8-2 loss for Charleston. Brett Gerritse 3 R in 6 IP (3-5, 3.88).

Austin Romine (.190) 0 for 2 in GCL rehab action.

Game 91. Rain, but Yanks win 6-0.

The Yanks swept the Jays today in a game shortened by rain, 6-0. There was a 51 minute deal at the start of the game, then a 58 minute delay before they called it after 6 1/2 innings. I had a friend up there who took his little boy—the boy’s b/day present. I hope he enjoyed it. It may not have been 9, but a win is a win.

The Yanks improved to 57-34 with the win, and they didn’t waste any time.

Kuroda went the distance, 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 5 K. Just brilliant. He goes to 9-7, 3.46. (With that ERA, you’d expect a better W-L record, but such has been Kuroda’s career).

While he was doing that, the Yanks got  4 right away in the first. Jeter doubled, and Swish singled him home. The next hitter, Teix, hit a 2-run HR. 3 batters in, up 3-0. #19 for Teix. Later in the inning, a double by Cano (21 gm. hitting streak now) and a single by Jones and it was 4-0.

Then, DeWayne was the “Wise Guy.” In the fourth, after a double by Nix and a Martin walk, Wise (playing for Granderson today) hit a ground-rule double for a run. 5-0.

In the sixth, after Nix singled and advanced on a groundout, Wise singled him home. 6-0.

After 6 1/2, the skies opened up and this game was put in the books.

Notice how the bench came through? Nix and Wise?

Jeter’s 2 hits took him to 3207 as he continues to pursue (for now) Lajoie (3252), Murray (3255) and Mays (3283).

The Yanks have won 36 of their last 49. I don’t know if Gardner can come back, but I don’t see the need for a deal. Ibanez, Jones and Wise can do the job, and Wise is providing the D, SB that Gardner would provide. That is not to say Gardner (better hitter than Wise, less power, last year’s AL SB leader) isn’t missed. It is to say that the others have filled in nicely. Ibanez, Jones, Chavez and Wise have been a great bench (and Nix, too). Girardi has done a fine job in rotating the mix to keep the aging players fresh (Ibanez, Jones, Chavez along with A-Rod and Jeter).

David Phelps was brought back up today, D.J. Mitchell sent down. Considering Phelps’ last 3 starts (MLB/AA/AAA) of 18 IP, 1 R, 26 K, I wonder if he starts tomorrow, or Garcia. (My choice: Phelps). Not only that, but Joba, hitting 98 in three games of rehab, could be a few weeks away. The team is doing well, and adding Phelps and Joba? I’m excited, are you?

Yanks acquire OF McDonald

The Yanks acquired OF Darnell McDonald off of waivers from the Red Sox. McDonald plays all three OF positions. He was hitting .214-1-9, 1 SB in two attempts, OPS+ 81 for Boston this season. For his career, he is a .248 hitter, OPS+ 88. His 162 g. average is .248-10-42.

He has also pitched. In two games (mopup/extras/blowouts) he is 0-1, 22.50. One game was last year, one this year.

McDonald, 33, will join the Yanks on Friday in Boston. This will be his fifth MLB team.

Update: I have to admit, I’m a bit confused over this acquisition, especially after Wise has done so well in the past week. McDonald is just a .248 hitter, and Ronnier Mustelier is a righty bat hitting a combined .325-.330 between AA/AAA this year. I don’t know if this means anything regarding Andruw Jones, who hit the halfway mark at .230-7-16, OPS+ 105. Probably not. Jones is doing what you’d expect… low BA, lots of whiffs (37) and pops one out now and then. Hitting-wise, I’d like Mustelier (mostly LF, some RF/3B) up. Mustelier has played some CF but not much. McDonald offers more OF versatility than Mustelier, but isn’t that what Wise gives? Wise is a lefty bat, McDonald a righty one. But I am scratching my head over this… as well as on the Qualls move (4.60 ERA for Philly). Unless it was just to replace Wade with Qualls until Joba and/or Aardsma are ready…

Update II: Thanks to Matt who commented at the Bronx Baseball Daily blog:

The Post reports the Yankees are going with McDonald because the Sox are throwing three lefties this weekend. It seems like a non-impact move. Unless McDonald hits the cover off the ball he is only a theoretical upgrade over the current bench – and Mustelier’s bat makes more sense to me if they’re making a move (hey, at least give him a shot). The Post also reports the Yankees are taking advantage of the extra double-header pitcher rule and will call Wade back up.

Hmm… three lefties… with the Green Monster… hope A-Rod, Andruw, Teix, Jeter, etc. take advantage….

Game 80. House of Horrors. Yanks lose 9th straight at Tropicana, 7-4.

Remember when the Yanks couldn’t buy a win at the Kingdome? No matter how good a team they had, they just could not win there? It seems like Tropicana is like that now as the Yanks lost their 9th straight game there, 7-4. Four of the losses have been by one run.

Domes,  astroturf, poor lighting, crappy catwalks, …. is it any wonder why I hate these places?

It looked good early as the Yanks went up 2-0. Jeter doubled. Granderson, 5 for 52 off Shields, doubled home Jeter. Cano with an RBI single. 2-0. Then, the first of some questionable baserunning moves by the Yanks. Swisher flies into a DP. Cano doubled up at first.

Dewayne Wise has had one great week. HR #3 made it 3-0 Yanks after 2 1/2. Usually, that’s good for Nova. Not tonight.

The Rays tied it in the third, and one play changed the game. First and second, two out. Upton singles, and Wise’s throw has the runner out at the plate. The ump actually calls out. Third out. EXCEPT MARTIN DROPPED THE BALL. Now I know it is a tough play. But the runner was out. 3-1 Yanks. E-2 on Martin, who admitted he should have had it. Martin turned down a three-year deal in spring training. Bad move. The next hitter, single. 2 runs. Tie game. Because of Martin’s error, THREE unearned runs. Heck, Chavez made an error after that (it didn’t cost anything). Later on, Martin made a throwing error on an SB attempt. A lousy night for Martin, and let’s face it, his .182 batting average isn’t helping matters. If Martin holds on, (and it was an E-2), Yanks out of the inning, up 3-0. Instead? 3-3. Three runs because he didn’t hold on.  

A single by Chavez after an Ibanez double makes it 4-3 Yanks,  but Nova can’t hold it. Nova gives up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-4 Rays.

Granted, Nova struggled. His D didn’t help. Neither did A-Rod, on pace for a .266-26-72 season. $30 million for that? Bad deal.

In the sixth, down 5-4, Cano singles. With one out, Ibanez doubles, and 3B coach Robby Thomson sends Cano. He’s out by 15 feet! I don’t know what the hell he is thinking. Now if it is a bang/bang play, that is one thing. But he was out by plenty. Sigh. Ibanez went to third on the play but Chavez could do  nothing.

Nova (9-3, 4.05) went 6+, 6 R, 3 ER,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. He wasn’t on, but his D didn’t help him.

Rapada 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.00.

Qualls  1 2/3, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and K. 4.54 ERA overall (Phils and Yanks). I didn’t think Qualls was necessary. The only Phillie I was interested in was Pierre, but if Wise continues playing like this, Pierre isn’t necessary (Wise has been superb the last 10 days or so).

Jeter got two hits, 3189. A-Rod looked bad. Let’s face it. He looks old, and is on course for .262-26-70. Those numbers aren’t bad numbers, but #1— they aren’t the numbers of a $28 million a year player and #2—they are not the numbers of a cleanup hitter. Maybe Girardi should consider not batting him third or fourth anymore. A-Rod, 37 in a few weeks, isn’t the same anymore.

Whatever, it is nine straight losses now at the Cow(bell) Palace.

Game 77. Kuroda, Wise shine as Yanks blank Chisox

Hiroki Kuroda struck out 11, and Dewayne Wise went 3 for 3 with a single, double and HR as the Yankees shutout the White Sox 4-0.

It gave the Yanks their 20th win of the month. They finished June 20-7.

Kuroda went 7, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 11 K. He improves to 8-7, 3.17.

The Yanks got a run right away in the bottom of the first on Granderson’s 23rd HR.

In the second, Swisher singled, and with two out Wise doubled to make it 2-0.

Wise made it 3-0 in the fifth with his 2nd HR of the year.

The red-hot Robbie Cano hit his 19th HR in the sixth to close out the scoring.

David Robertson pitched the eighth, and put up a 1-2-3 with 2 K. That’s the D-Rob we know. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. ERA to 2.57.

Boone Logan faced two batters in the ninth. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.54.

With a man on first and one out, Soriano came on to close it out. One batter, DP ball. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.  ERA 1.84.

Tomorrow is old-timer’s day, and Phil Hughes takes the mound.

Game 76. Rough debut for Warren, Yanks lose 14-7.

It was a rough debut for Adam Warren, and the pen didn’t help much either.

It was a nice start. Warren struck out the first MLB batter he faced, got the next hitter, then walked two batters. He got out of the first unscathed. Then, in the bottom of the inning, the Yanks gave the kid a cushion. Double by Jeter. Hit #3185 put him 13th on the all-time hits list, surpassing Cal Ripken, Jr. Granderson hit #22. 2-0 Yanks. Later in the inning Andruw Jones hit a 2-run double. So after one inning, Warren had a 4-0 lead. Great.

Then the roof caved in. The first batter in the second, Pierzynski, homered. Single, Single, double for two. Groundout for a run. Tie game.

Then Warren gave up two more runs in the third. Konerko homered off him. Konerko, so underrated, now has 410 career HR.

Warren only lasted 2 1/3, 6 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 1 K. ERA 23.14.

What tees me off is the people on blogs who wrote he sucks, he blows, trade him, etc. It’s his major league debut. He’s 24. Cut him some slack. If, in two or three years, he doesn’t prove himself, then… but on his MLB debut? What impatience.

David Phelps came in, and the Yanks actually tied the game at six on a two-run double by Jayson Nix. Phelps however, couldn’t keep it tied as Pierzynski hit another HR off him.

Phelps (1-3)  3 1/3, 2 R, 4H, 1 walk and 5 K. ERA up to 3.16. Not great, but he may replace Warren in the rotation next time around. He took the loss.

Rapada came in, faced one batter, got him out. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.09.

Wade replaced Rapada, and Wade has some major issues. He’s really been bad lately, and tonight was no exception. 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 3 K and the ERA BALLONS TO 5.79. When he did this,  I thought that when Aardsma is ready that Aardsma wouldn’t replace Eppley—Eppley would stay—but that he’d replace Wade on July 19th or thereabouts.


For the Yanks shut down David Aardsma tonight. Aardsma, coming back from TJ surgery, pitched well in three rehab outings for the GCL Yankees but now the elbow started barking a bit. So forget about July 19th for him to return. More like August. It’s like the arm said, “not so fast…” Too bad. The way Wade is going, Aardsma for Wade sounded like a very real possibility. Wade had a good ERA until recently, but he’s gone from Sub-3.00 to 5.79 in a heartbeat.

Down 14-7, Girardi didn’t want to waste another bullpen member for two outs.

So he brought in Dewayne Wise, and Wise turned out to be the best Yankees pitcher of the night, retiring both men he faced.

Wise 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K, but an ERA of 0.00!

Hey, over 162 games, you have games that are laughers, and games where you just stink the joint out.

But look out Logan and Rapada. The Yanks found a lefty reliever (just kidding).

Game 73. Hughes great for 8, Yanks hold on 6-4.

Phil Hughes pitched eight shutout innings, and the Yanks withstood a meltdown by Cory Wade in the ninth to hold on to win 6-4.

Hughes, once 1-4, 7.48, improved to 8-6, 4.48 with his outing.

8 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

The Yanks got three in the second. Chris Stewart got an RBI single, and with the bases loaded, Curtis Granderson’s single knocked in two.

Mark Teixeira’s SF in the fifth made it 4-0.

In the seventh, the Yanks caught a break. With two out and a man on third, Dewayne Wise went into the stands and appeared to make a fabulous catch. Replays showed that he didn’t hold on, but when fans helped him to his feet, he had a ball inside his glove. The fans helped put it there, and somehow, the ump missed it.

In the bottom of the seventh, A-Rod hit a bomb. #13 was #642* of his career, and gave the Yanks a 5-0 lead.

Stewart got a SF in the 8th to make it 6-0. He had 2 hits and 2 RBI tonight.

Jeter got 2 hits, bringing him to 3183. His next hit ties Cal Ripken, Jr. on the all-time list.

Cory Wade got into trouble in the 9th. 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 0 K. He’s been having troubles lately. ERA to 4.45. Better watch it, Cory. David Aardsma (see the minor league report for him) isn’t that far away.

Rafael Soriano came on for the last out and save #16. One batter, a groundout and the ERA drops to 1.63.

It was the Yanks’ fourth win in a row.

Game 73. Wise gets another start.

After last night’s performance, Dewayne Wise gets another start, this time to give Ibanez a half-day off. Martin isn’t ready yet, so Stewart catches again.

Today is Derek Jeter’s 38th b/day. He has 3181 hits, three behind Cal Ripken, Jr. on the all-time list. His 93 hits this season lead the AL, but he has only hit .232 this month.

Yanks 44-28, 1st in AL East, best record (by pct. points) in AL. At present they also have the best record in baseball. They lead the Orioles by 3 in the AL East.  They are two games better than their Pythagorean record.

OPS+ 110, ERA+ 115 (100 is average, higher the better)

BA/HR/RBI  SB/Total att.   OPS+

Jeter 6 .304-7-25  6/7    105    see above.
Granderson 8   .243-21-41   4/7   124    3 for last 27, 12 strikeouts
Rodriguez 5 .264-12-33  6/6  108
Cano 4 .302-17-39  1/1  148   Six HR in last 8 gms.
Teix 3 .254-12-42  1/2  111
Swisher 9 .268-12-46  1/2  122
Ibanez DH  .242-11-35  2/2  104
Wise 7  .182-1-3   6/6   49      6 for 33
Stewart 2  .238-0-7  0/0   47    15 for 63

Hughes 1   7-6, 4.94  ERA+ 84

You can see above why Wise gave Granderson a break last night.

Hopefully Phil can keep the ball in the ballpark. He’s given up 19 HR this year in 78 1/3 IP. That’s 2.2/9. As for the rest of the staff, only Nova (1.5) is over 1.3.

Jamie Moyer has moved on to the Blue Jays.

Update: Just saw this stat: Yankees’ pitchers have a 3.99 ERA with Martin, 2.64 with Stewart. Just saying.