Yankees hang on for second straight win; beat Indians 4-3


A winning streak! The Yankees hadn’t had one of those in about two weeks, but they took the second game of the series against the Indians by the score of 4-3 on Tuesday night. It’s a June miracle.

(Al Bello/Getty)

(Al Bello/Getty)

The Big Inning
Prior to Monday, the Yankees had not had a single 4+ run inning since May 13th (!), the second game of the doubleheader against the Indians. In fact, four of their seven 4+ run innings this year have come against the Tribe. The Bombers have now had back-to-back games with a 4+ run innings, and again it was Mark Teixeira who provided the big blow. On Monday it was a grand slam, on Tuesday it was a third inning three-run homer.

The big inning started with five consecutive base hits, the first a leadoff double by Lyle Overbay over Michael Bourn’s head in center. Chris Stewart followed a single to right-center, Ichiro Suzuki with a single to left, and Jayson Nix with a single to right. Three straight hits to the opposite field, scoring only one run because Stewart managed to get caught in a rundown going to second on his single. Teixeira jumped all over a hanging 3-1 breaking for the homer, which he pulled down the left field line and just inside the foul pole. Overbay did an admirable job for the first two months, but boy is it nice to have Tex back. He can still be a force in the middle of the lineup.



One-Hit Wonder
David Phelps was a Nix double-clutch away from six no-hit innings. The only hit he allowed was a Drew Stubbs infield single that he probably doesn’t beat out without Nix’s hesitation. That was it. Phelps did walk four batters and throw 102 pitches in those six innings, so it’s not like he was truly dominant or efficient. Still, one hit across six scoreless innings from the sixth starter? Hell yes.

Much like Phil Hughes last month, Phelps was able to shake off his sub-one-inning disaster and rebound with a strong outing five days later. That’s always good to see from a young pitcher. Sitting around for four days and dwelling on what is likely the worst start of your career does no good. Phelps bounced back, struck out seven in the six innings, and gave his team more than enough of a chance to win.

Foot, Meet Bullet
From the fourth through eighth innings, the Yankees walked the leadoff man four times. The only time they didn’t was in the sixth. Amazingly, only once did it come back to bite them. That was the seventh, when Joba Chamberlain allowed a three-run Yankee Stadium cheapie homer to Stubbs on a pitch that was down and away and nearly out of the zone. Of course, the two other base-runners were his fault.

(Al Bello/Getty)

(Al Bello/Getty)

David Robertson escaped a major jam — first and second with no outs and the heart of the order due up — in the eighth thanks to some major luck. Former teammate Nick Swisher hit a ball right on the screws to right, except Nix was perfectly positioned at second to snag it and flip to Reid Brignac to double the runner off second. It was luck, Swisher hit the ball hard and Nix just so happened to be in the right spot. Mariano Rivera followed up with a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

The Yankees, specifically Robinson Cano, blew a golden opportunity to tack on some insurance runs in the seventh. Stewart drew a leadoff walk, Mark Reynolds botched Ichiro‘s sac bunt attempt, Nix bunted the two runners into scoring position, then Teixeira worked a hard-fought walk to load the bases with one out for Robbie. Rather than lift the ball for a sac fly, the bare minimum in that situation, he grounded into an inning-ending double play. smh.

Vernon Wells is really, really bad. Another 0-for-4 took him down to .246/.292/.423 on the season, which isn’t a whole lot better than the .230/.279/.403 line he put up in 2012. Unfortunately, the Yankees can’t de-emphasize him with Curtis Granderson the DL. Cano and David Adams both went hitless, otherwise every other starter had at least one knock. Tex (two hits and a walk) and Stewart (hit and two walks) reached base three times apiece.

The YES cameras showed Joe Girardi having an animated (and one-sided) conversation with Robertson after the eighth inning, but I have no idea what that was about. Maybe he was telling him to be aggressive following the leadoff walk? Girardi wasn’t yelling, but it was definitely a stern talking to. Don’t see that often from him, at least not in the dugout for the cameras to pickup.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
For the box score and video highlights, check out MLB.com. For some other stats, FanGraphs is the place to go. For the updated standings, go to ESPN. The Red Sox and Orioles won while the Rays lost, so Boston remains two up in the loss column while the Yankees and Baltimore are tied for second. Tampa falls to fourth, one loss behind the Yanks and O’s.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees will look to complete the sweep on Wednesday afternoon before heading out to the West Coast for ten games. CC Sabathia and right-hander Corey Kluber is your pitching matchup. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to enjoy some baseball in the Bronx.

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  1. Eddard says:

    BGDP pitches 6 innings of 1 hit ball and the Yankees win again. And A-Rod might get suspended 100 games to boot. It’s a great day to be a true Yankee fan.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Because we’ll all benefit from losing a semi-viable third base option for 100 games. Yippee.

    • Pat D says:

      A true Yankee fan would not celebrate the possible suspension of a key member of the team.

      But we’ve known your nature for some time.

      • radnom says:

        If he cheated, I hope he gets caught. I have the same stance towards all players, and it doesn’t make me any less of a Yankee fan.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Right, the A-Rod hate again is overblown but even though I like him he deserves his punishment, especially after he did it again.

          Generally the hate on PED users is overblown but these defenses as if they did nothing wrong are laughable too.

          • Pat D says:

            In case you missed it, the esteemed Eddard, in the thread about the story, was giddy over ARod’s possible punishment and fretting over Cervelli being punished.

            It’s the hypocrisy that I can’t stand.

            And as I’ve said before, I just don’t care about PED usage anymore. In fact, I’m not sure I ever did. Baseball is a game that’s never been pure for one reason or the other, so let’s stop acting like it is.

            • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

              Look on the bright side. At least we’re not the NFL.

              • Pat D says:

                You mean where PED usage is ignored and encouraged?

                • Dalek Jeter says:

                  That’s the bright side?

                  • Pat D says:

                    I don’t know.

                    I was pointing out the hypocrisy between how PED usage is regarded between the two sports.



                    Meh, big deal.

                    • Dalek Jeter says:

                      I’m very much of the “Meh, big deal.” Mindset.

                    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

                      I think it’s a way more important problem in the NFL, actually.

                      Want to know how to stop (some, even a decent amount) of these injuries to the QBs heads? Actually crack down on steroid usage so that 300 pound guys aren’t coming down on you like freight trains.

                      (Side note: I briefly considered changing the language of the phrase “coming down on you” given the obvious sexual connotations, but on reflection decided that at least it’ll get your attention.)

                    • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                      In which sport is the player being fucked by management more as far as contract (guarantee $$$) injuries current and future, etc.? The NFL or MLB?

                      I think its “Meh, big deal” one.

        • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

          I agree with radnom.

          Pat D “Baseball is a game that’s never been pure” your right but that can be said about a lot things this county or the justice system. That doesn’t mean we should stop trying to fix it. I don’t necessary agree in how MLB has gotten here or what they’re doing with it, but it’s better than watching the sport become WWE type circus.

      • Jenny C says:

        ARod isn’t a key member of the team.

  2. Bob Buttons says:

    Thanks to John Sterling nowadays I frequently find myself yelling “ROBBIE CANO DONT’CHA KNOW HOW TO HIT A ******* FLYBALL?!!”

  3. Chris says:

    Chris Stewart might be the first player in history to actually “clog up the basepaths” Luckily he’s not on very often.

  4. Jenny C says:

    ARod’s 100 game suspension will save the Yanks $17.28 million.

    I wonder what Hal and Hank are going to do with their share of the rebate.

    • JRod says:

      I don’t know, maybe they could look into upgrading the promo giveaways. Yankees Hand Sanitizer Night wasn’t as much fun as it sounds, and I always look forward to the Royals coming in but Yankees Car Air Freshener Day is crushing my buzz a little bit. Yankees sterling silver flask night or Yankees life-size Babe Ruth Bobblehead Night would be a start.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Flask night would be awesome. Even just a cheap ass Yankee branded flask would be pretty freaking great.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          I’d make a trip to the stadium for a cheap ass plastic yankee branded flask.

          • Havok9120 says:

            It’d almost certainly be at least stamped tin. Those things cost, like, 30 cents to produce if the prices they can be bought retail are any indication. Even banding the tin in fake leather is cheap as all heck. I’d absolutely love a Yankee-brand banded flask.

  5. Cuso says:

    Point of order: According to Coach Lou Brown, 3 games is a winning streak.

  6. Sam says:

    Seemed like the Yankees hit about a million fly ball outs to the warning track tonight…

  7. J-Money says:

    Big game tomorrow. It’d be nice to get this sweep with Sabathia on the mound before the big road trip. Hopefully they beat up on Kluber for Jeter

  8. forensic says:

    Nice win. Good to make it two in a row, even though they could’ve done more offensively. Anytime that the good Cano feels like showing up would be fine with me. Go for a nice sweep tomorrow with CC on the mound.

    I don’t think Mike Aviles and Tony Randazzo will be sending each other Christmas cards this year. They were bitching back and forth at each other all night. It is always entertaining when the umpire thinks so much of themselves that they want to throw a player out of a game that is already over.

    • J-Money says:

      What was the point of the ump throwing Aviles out of the game when it was already over? Lol

    • Pat D says:

      Pretty sure they know it means the player will lose some money. Which, in a way, is kind of a dick move.

      Francona better be careful tomorrow, he was pretty heated after the game too.

    • True Pinstriped Blue says:

      Good for that bitch Aviles. Keep your mouth shut next time. He was arguing something that he was totally wrong on as well.

      • The Doctor says:

        No he wasn’t, that ball very clearly never touched his bat. Still it was really just am excuse in the end, it’s not like that was a pitch that he made an out on. It was a terrible call, but it didn’t make any more of a difference than your average marginal ball-strike call when the play ends in a fly out.

  9. mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Just happy to see 2 wins in a row.

    On Biogenesisgate:

    1- Can’t believe that MLB is going to war with only what ESPN is reporting that they have there is probably a lot more.

    2- Find the timing of Hal Steinbrenner and Cashman stating their “Disappointment” in A-Rod through the media just prior to this very interesting.

    On to the fun stuff:
    Boar’s Head Natural All Beef Hot Dogs Presents Mustang’s Has Been and Wannabee of the Game Awards:

    The Wannabe of the game is David “twice through the batting order = one hit” Phelps.

    The Has Been of the game is Mark “I found a calendar” Teixeira

    • trr says:

      On your point #2, yes. Previously they’ve been more supportive of A-Rod in their comments

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

        Yes, They are definitely jumping into the lifeboats as the S.S. A-ROD fills with water.

  10. Jenny C says:

    The well respected Tim Kurkjian of ESPN says if ARod is suspended Yanks will void the contract, and regardless if their move holds up, they will never let ARod wear the Yankee uniform again.

    Meanwhile, tomorrow’s NYPost cover: “A-BOMB!”

    The feeding frenzy begins.

    • Dalek Jeter says:


      • Pat D says:

        He might have said it on air.

        That won’t solve anything either. They’ll still owe him his contract and it will still count as if he was on the roster.

        No-win situation.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Unless they somehow do void it (which I don’t think will happen)

        • Jenny C says:

          but at least they would be done with the distractions that justly and/or unjustly follow him.

          • Havok9120 says:

            Yeah, yeah! Cut out my left eye because of the pimple on my forehead! No one will notice it if I’m also bleeding profusely from behind my eyepatch.

            • Jenny C says:

              he’s not with the team now, and nobody misses him or even notices his absences.

              • Pat D says:

                Again, if you don’t think they couldn’t use even his diminished production right now, we’ve got nothing to discuss.

                And even if he’s gone, he won’t be gone. They won’t succeed in voiding his contract, so if they stick to the $189 million plan there’ll be plenty of mentions for the next 4 years about “The Yankees wanted to sign/trade for Player X but his high salary would push them over the luxury tax threshold mostly thanks to Alex Rodriguez still counting against the team’s payroll.”

                The circus doesn’t end until his contract actually expires.

                • Dalek Jeter says:

                  Wait, serious question, if they cut him they can’t just give him a lump sum of the money he would make over the next 4 seasons and …not have him count against the salary number?

                  • Havok9120 says:

                    Nope. The MLB would never go for it. It’d be a blatant circumvention of the luxury tax.

                    • Dalek Jeter says:

                      Now I have absolutely no idea why people want him gone. Shit, hate him all you want, but if he’s on the team and being payed and he can be even remotely useful get his ass on the field. I hate Jose Valverde just about as much as I hate any other player in the bigs, but if he somehow wound up on the Yankees making an absurd amount of money as a middle reliver/8th inning guy I’d say “fuck it, pitch him if we’ve got him.”

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

                    Unfortunately, no.
                    (ii) If a Club terminates a multi-year Uniform Player’s Contract while it remains obligated to pay Salary under either this Agreement or a Special Covenant to the Contract, Salary shall be allocated to that Club for each Contract Year during which its obligation continues. Salary shall be attributed to each such Contract Year pursuant to this Article XXIII. This attribution shall apply even if the Club pays the Salary in advance.

                  • trr says:

                    No, it just doesn’t work that way. Be nice for us if it did.

              • forensic says:

                Just because you may not doesn’t mean that ‘nobody’ does.

                • WhittakerWalt says:

                  Totally. 30% of ARod is still better than 100% of Adams/Nix/Nunez/what have you.

                  • trr says:

                    Just a tad hyperbolic there, Walt. Maybe 30% of what he once was.

                    Teams don’t really have long range plans anymore, but I wonder who’ll be playing 3B in say, 2015? Or even next year?

              • Havok9120 says:

                Even granting your assumption that they wouldn’t prefer even his diminished production over some of the stuff we’ve seen out of some roster spots so far (which I don’t, that’s totally insane), don’t you think the calculus might be just a liiiiiiittttle bit different when they suddenly lop millions of dollars off the payroll? You’re talking about paying something like 1/6th of the team’s usable payroll to a (still productive) player that wouldn’t even be on the roster.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

                Adams: 231/254/369, 64 wRC+
                Youkilis: 247/326/377, 90 wRC+

                No way a healthy ARod could do better than that, amirite?
                You may or may not have noticed that this team struggles mightily to score runs.

                • forensic says:

                  Adams sure has plummeted, didn’t take him too long. At least the pool is still open for the first walk between him and Romine. Adams is now at 70 PA’s and Romine is still at 47. And Youkilis vs. lefties has been a massive disappointment.

                  Sure, no way A-Rod could improve on anything here…

                  • trr says:

                    Going forward who knows? If I had to guess,I’d say A-rod’s production would roughly parallel Youk’s.

                    And yes, Adams /Romine 117 PA’s with no BB’s is a bit amazing

      • Jenny C says:

        He said it on Baseball tonight.

  11. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’d like to second an opinion that Get Phelps Up made in the initial Biogenesis Thread, since this is basically turning into Biogenesis Thread 2.

    This entire “investigation” which is culminating in the partnering up with a dude so shady he makes Omar from The Wire look good just shows how vindictive and wrong headed MLB is right now. They could be actually doing something to really make the game better on a night to night basis in overhauling replay and umpiring. This is something that is clearly effecting games and seasons on a nightly basis in a real and physical sense, and it can be fixed in a relatively easy way. However they’re wasting their collective time and efforts trying to nail guys who might have cheated and “ruined the game” in an abstract way.

    • forensic says:

      I’m just tired of the whole damn thing and don’t give a shit anymore. Never really cared in the first place.

      I just don’t understand why MLB is so hell-bent on giving themselves the worst possible publicity over and over while refusing to just let things die.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        They’ve kind of overplayed their hand a bit and are now forced to do shit like this a little. I still think it’s dead wrong, and a waste of everybody’s time, but just think about the media blowback if the MLB were to just say “fuck it. Steriods are a problem, but there are rules in place and thats that,” and wipe their hands of it. The BBWAA would lose their shit and spend months and years vilifying them to the public. Because the BBWAA and the MLB FO lets the ghosts of our past dictate how we regulate our present and our future.

    • Pat D says:

      Just gonna re-post what I said in the end of that thread:

      “This line from All the King’s Men pretty much sums up how I feel about MLB’s role in this whole thing:

      “You know, dirt’s a funny thing. Some of it rubs off on everybody.”

  12. Get Phelps Up says:

    The Yankees either will pay $114M to keep A-Rod with the chance that he comes back and produces.
    Or they can still pay $114M and release him and get no chance to benefit from him coming back.

    I’ve never really seen what’s so hard about this.

    If we can magically void his contract then that’s obviously a no-brainer, but otherwise the countless suggestions to release him because he’s done, he’s a cheater, he sucks, whatever are just nuts.

  13. Get Phelps Up says:

    Surprised we’ve had almost 200 total comments about A-Rod/PEDs and we’re yet to hear from dalelama or stuart a.

  14. stuart a says:

    cano is hitting .280 lets give him 250 million hes a superstar…and throw a parade…

  15. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Funny how some people can’t understand why others want Arod gone. Should he be suspended for 100 games, the savings for the Yankees would have paid for Russell Martin’s entire 2 year contract and as seen with Teix and Vernon Wells, the Yanks have shown a willingness to reinvest the savings.

    Arod’s traveling circus was one thing to ignore when he was MVP caliber. He very well might be a league average player or worse at his age coming off another hip surgery. Anything that allows the Yanks to get out from under any part of his abomination of a contract is a positive.

    He’s far from the victim here and has apparently been a pretty much stone faced liar. To continue using after his tail between his legs apology is just mindnboggling IMO. I couldn’t have cared less the 1st time he got caught since MLB turned a blind eye to the PED use but now they have strict rules against it. If the evidence is compelling, anyone caught should get what they deserve.

    • forensic says:

      I don’t agree with it, but I can sort of see the point of view of the people who are tired of him and might want him gone. I don’t so much have a problem with that, to each their own. There are certainly players in Yankees history that I wanted gone too.

      But, thinking they’re somehow going to suddenly get out of his contract because of whatever MIGHT end up happening here is almost borderline delusional, in my opinion.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        I have no expectations of the Yanks being able to void the contract but any suspension would result in big savings for the team which could be reinvested.

        Who knows, if his hip doesn’t improve and recent reports say he’s not making progress, maybe that coupled with a steroid scandal will be enough for him to retire or have the Yankees buy him out. Sounds like the Steinbrenners and Cashman are getting close to the end of their rope with him if they’re not already at that point.

        • forensic says:

          I would be beyond shocked if he retired before the end of his contract (barring an even more debilitating injury). You don’t get to the level of athleticism that he has achieved by giving up and/or retiring.

          As for his progress, I’m not a twit so might have missed stuff there, and haven’t seen anything beyond what Mike has posted here (or what’s been on Lohud), the last thing I read was that he was taking grounders, which actually put him ahead Jeter in terms of return time. As I said, I certainly may have missed something and if you have links, please provide them.

          • vicki says:

            you’re too good for this debate, f.

          • trr says:

            We really don’t know what to expect from A-Rod’s return.
            Diminished returns, yes, but what exactly does that mean?

            Anyone caught using PED’s should be punished under existing rules. However, clear evidence must be there; one man’s testimony should not be enough.

            Myself, I hate this whole thing; I don’t condone cheating, but I certainly don’t celebrate anyone getting suspended. This entire affair is likely to be a black eye for all of baseball. Sad days for the sport I have played and loved all my life…

  16. vicki says:

    off topic, but nobody tell cc that the indians don’t suck against lhp, like the sox do. i’d love the sweep, in a way i need the sweep, but cleveland, as a team, have a 119 wrc+ and .344 woba against lefties.

    anybody remember who i was debating pre- and early-season about whether the tribe would be decent or not?

  17. Hall and Nokes says:

    Big, big win last night. I can tell it was a big one from Swisher’s stat line.

  18. trr says:

    Diminished is correct. Who knows what level he’ll be at if/when he returns. Re the contract, yes – we are stuck with it. My understanding is they cannot void it even under present circumstance.

  19. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    “Sometimes the best moves are the ones a team doesn’t make.”

    Boston Red Sox on not making the trade with Texas for A-Rod.

    A-Rod just makes my head hurt.

    • TCMiller30 says:

      Because having A-Rod, Manny, Ortiz at 3-5 in the lineup would have sucked!

      You’re also forgetting that if A-Rod was in Boston he would have never been mentioned in any steroid reports, or they would have been swept under the rug (i.e. Manny in Boston and Ortiz).

      It’s not the trade for ARod that proved costly, it was the 10 year extension after the opt out that was the move that would have been better had it not been made.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I remember reading a piece by the Sports Guy where he said something like “no way we win the World Series if ARod was on the team.”

  20. Can anyone think of a player of comparable stature, and Rodriguez was a great player, who has been as disliked as much by his own fan base? As hostile as Ted Williams was towards the Boston press and public, the public response did not come close to the response to Rodriguez. Putting aside the PED issue and the fact that he is clearly way over the hill, he was one of the outstanding players of his generation. Barry Bonds, whom most people concede to be a true SOB, got less flak from San Francisco fans than does Rodriguez get fro NY. And how often do over the hill stars with big contracts walk away from the money because they are not very good anymore? Rodriguez is here for the life of this contract because the FO made a bad contract that is legally binding.

    • trr says:

      He truly is the polarizing figure of the current Yankee generation. Much of it revolves around his ridiculous contract, or some people’s perception that since he was not a home grown product he is not a “true” Yankee. To me, a lot of it stems from the fact that he plays in NY; As a whole, we love to celebrate our sports hero when they’re producing, and knock them when they don’t. You’re definitley right about this Doc – we own this contract and will be dealing with it for the next 4.5 years…

    • Pat D says:

      Good question.

      I really can’t think of anyone in baseball. Carlos Beltran with the Mets, maybe?

      I remember that Phil Simms was hated by Giants fans for a long time, but that was because he sucked and kept getting hurt. Once the Giants won the Super Bowl, he was beloved.

      Donovan McNabb was booed by Eagles fans from the instant he was drafted.

      I think there have been others, but I just can’t think of them.

  21. mt says:

    Interesting comparison to Bonds – I think the reason Yankee fams hate Arod more – in a twisted way, if Bonds juiced (“since” Bonds juiced is more like it), besides being antisocial to press, his juicing would have been for the benefit of the San Francisco Giants. Arod on the other hand has a lot of other ridiculous and embarassing moments -the stripper type girl going upstairs in his hotel in Toronto, The scream that confused the Toronto infielders, the flailing at Bucholz, the gambling rumors for high stakes poker games, still having Yuri around after he was told to stay away, the controversy over whether he was tipping pitches to his friends on opposing teams in blow-out games when he was a Ranger, the popcorn feed in Super Bowl when he knew cameras would be on him, and the ridiculous trying to get that girl’s phone number in the middle of a playoff game. Now he might be involved in steroids again after supposedly being so embarassed and contrite the first time. I probably have forgotten several incidents.

    Some of the above incidents are petty and inconsequential but they matter as a whole. I think the biggest thing now is that even though Yankees freely offered him that 10 year mega contract in 2007 (with home run milestone incentives) he accepted it knowing his numbers were helped by steroids and now Yankee fans have no recourse for the albatross. Yanks can’t void contract. You just want him to go away.

    In other words, Bonds is certainly an a-hole but SF fans go “at least he’s our “a-hole” in a Ted Williams sort of way ” – you sort of know where he stands. All Arod stuff seems to be he has another agenda – (becoming a Hollywood superstar??) – all the attention must be on him. His picture is next to the phrase “drama queen/king” in the dictionary.

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      I think that SF fans’ relationship with Bonds would have played out very differently if Bonds had physically broken down at age 35, and if he had actually had to face suspensions in his career. Instead he was hyper-elite through age 39 and even had two good years after that. Makes it easier to swallow your indignation.

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