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That was a great win. The Yankees’ third in a row and fourth in the last six games, coincidentally. They beat the Tigers by the score of 2-1 in the opener of their four-game series Monday night. The Bombers have now played 15 straight games decided by no more than two runs, extending the franchise record.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Four (Or Five) Run Inning That Wasn’t
The Yankees had one of their best offensive innings in a long time — best against a decent or better pitcher, anyway — in the top of the fourth, and all they got out of it was two runs because apparently the Tigers play defense now. That wasn’t always the case these last few years. It took the Yankees all of nine pitches to load the bases with no outs against Max Scherzer, as Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner, and Derek Jeter all singled. Jeter failed to get a bunt down twice before slapping a bloop to right. I prefer the bloop to the bunt.

So that set the Yankees up with the 3-4-5 hitters due to bat with the bases loaded. Can’t ask for a better situation than that, right? Jacoby Ellsbury jumped all over a 1-0 pitch and hit a rocket to center field, one of the hardest balls he’ll hit all season, and his reward was … a sac fly. Ezequiel Carrera made a marvelous diving catch going back on the ball, reeling it in at the warning track. It was unbelievable. So unbelievable that I’m going to embed the video instead of trying to describe it:

Can’t even be mad about that. Just a great, great catch. Catch of the year type stuff. If Carrera doesn’t make the catch, that’s at least two and probably three runs right there. Maybe an inside-the-park grand slam. Instead, the Yankees got one run. Ellsbury’s been slumping hard of late but he’s also run into some really bad luck too. Remember that Mookie Betts catch the other night? Dude’s been robbed of two potential inside-the-park homers in the last four days.

Anyway, the Yankees still had runners on the corners with one out after that, but it quickly became runners at the corners with two outs after Carlos Beltran‘s soft line drive to second. Ian Kinsler caught it maybe six inches off the ground and I was worried he was going to intentionally let it fall in so he could turn the double play. Thankfully that didn’t happen. Brian McCann provided the big hit of the inning with a single to right, over the shift, scoring the team’s second run and again putting men at the corners.

Chase Headley grounded out to end the inning, at least that’s what the box score will say, but in reality it was a very nice sliding grab by Kinsler going to his left. He fired to first and the throw beat Headley by about a half-step. That close to another run. The Yankees had a really great inning against Scherzer. Four hits, a rocket to the warning track, and another ball that almost snuck through for a run-scoring single. They could have easily scored four or five runs that inning. Instead, they got two. Stupid defense.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Brandon The Bulldog
This definitely qualifies as a gritty and gutty effort from Brandon McCarthy. Left it all out on the field. Gave the team everything he had. All of those cliches. McCarthy threw 116 pitches in 5.2 innings and they were tough, stressful pitches. He faced 25 batters and the Tigers had a man on base for 12 of those at-bats, including seven with a runner in scoring position. This was a major grind against one of the better offensive clubs in the game.

And yet, the only run McCarthy allowed came after an error (Martin Prado threw a ball high and pulled Headley off the bag), a stolen base, and a soft line drive to left in the fifth inning. The run was unearned. McCarthy’s best escape job came in the second inning, after the Tigers loaded the bases with one out. A double (Victor Martinez), a single (J.D. Martinez), and a walk (Don Kelly) set the threat up. McCarthy stranded all three runners with a pair of strikeouts — Alex Avila swung through a fastball over the plate and Eugenio Suarez got caught looking at a curveball. That was some serious battling by McCarthy.

The Tigers threatened again in the sixth inning thanks to a Martinez leadoff single and a Kelly two-out single. McCarthy sandwiched two strikeouts between the singles, and Joe Girardi came out to talk to him after the second. It looked like he was going to call for Matt Thornton to get the left-and-left matchup against Kelly — the Tigers would have presumably pinch-hit the righty Nick Castellanos — but he left McCarthy in and Kelly singled on a ground ball through the right side. Thornton came in and got Avila to hit a weak grounder to first to end the inning.

All told, McCarthy held the Tigers to that one unearned run in those 5.2 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two while recording all 17 of his outs on the infield. That’s broken down into eight strikeouts, eight ground outs, and one line drive at Prado at third base. The outfielders didn’t record a single out while the tall right-hander was on the mound (they recorded three outs total all game). McCarthy now has a 2.08 ERA in five starts with New York. He’s been an absolute godsend. I know his shoulder injury history is scary, but don’t they have to try to re-sign him after the season?

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Blown Chances
The Yankees did leave their fair of runners on base, though at least they did it against Scherzer this time. It’s annoying when they do it against a crummy pitcher. Runners on first and second with two outs in the first turned into nothing because McCann flew out to end the inning. The Yankees have not scored a first inning run on something other than a Gardner leadoff homer in 13 games now, since the first game of the four-game series against the Rangers. Remember, Gardner reached base leading off the first inning all three games up in Boston.

The fourth inning rally died a more unconventional death. Prado singled to left with one out, stole second on what looked like a botched hit-and-run (Ichiro swung and missed), then got stranded at third on Gardner’s single to right because Gardner got caught in a rundown between first and second. Third base coach Robbie Thomson held up Prado — it was going to be a very close play at the plate but I think you have send him there under the assumption that a) it’ll take a perfect throw to get him at the plate, and b) runs will be at a premium against Scherzer — but Gardner made the turn around first and continued to run to second because he thought the throw was going home. Blah.

One inning later, the Yankees had runners at corners with one out, but Scherzer escaped the jam when McCann banged into a 4-6-3 double play. Kinsler made another really good play going to his left, scooping the ball up before turning and firing to second for the first out. Like I said, I really miss the days when the Tigers didn’t care about defense. The Yankees had Scherzer on the ropes all night, but Detroit’s defense robbed them of the knockout blow on multiple occasions.

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

This Is How You Bullpen
Because of their recent workload, it appeared neither Dellin Betances nor David Robertson would be available for this game. That left just about everyone wondering who would close even though the seventh and eighth innings still needed to get got. Thornton retired his lefty to end the sixth, then Adam Warren come on to face the 9-1-2 hitters in the seventh. Andrew Romine struck out and Kinsler flew out, but Carrera whacked a double to right to bring Miguel Cabrera to the plate with the tying run at second. The two-time reigning AL MVP … grounded out weakly back to Warren on the first pitch. That was not at all expected. Ain’t complainin’.

Warren threw only 12 pitches and I thought he would go back out for the eighth, but no, Shawn Kelley came on. Martinez helped him out big time by swinging at a 3-0 pitch leading off the inning, a swing that resulted in a weak tapper to first for an easy out. Kelley finished the frame on nine pitches after a fly ball and a strikeout. That meant he was coming out for the ninth, right? Nope. Turned out Robertson was available the whole time. He struck out two in a flawless ninth — after being wild and looking like a mess on Sunday, naturally — for his 30th save in 32 chances. Four relievers combined to retire ten of the eleven batters faced to preserve that one-run lead. Just how they draw it up every morning.

(Mike Stobe/Getty)
“Nice gift basket Kate, where’d you get it?” – Verlander on Tuesday. (Mike Stobe/Getty)

Leftovers
Mark Teixeira was a late scratch due to lightheadedness, which meant Headley played first and Prado played third. Might be best to reverse that in the future. Headley had two whole innings of experience at first prior to this game — his unfamiliarity with the position showed when he ranged far to his right and cut Stephen Drew off at second to field the inning-ending grounder in the sixth — while Prado has over 350. Prado at third and Headley at first is a defensive downgrade at two positions. Prado at first and Headley at third is a downgrade at only one position.

Gardner and Ellsbury both had two hits, plus Ellsbury had that no-doubt extra-base hit taken away by Carrera. It seems like he’s starting to climb out of his little slump, thankfully. Beltran’s ten-game hitting streak came to an end but he did draw two walks. Headley had a hit and a walk and, after tearing the cover off the ball the last two days, Drew failed to reach base. The Yankees did go 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position despite blowing a few prime scoring chances.

Last, but certainly not least, the win was the 700th of Girardi’s managerial career. Six-hundred-and-twenty-two of those wins have come with the Yankees. Congrats, Joe.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
For the box score and video highlights, head over to MLB.com. FanGraphs has some other game stats and the updated standings are at ESPN. The Orioles won while the Blue Jays, Mariners, and Royals all had off-days, so the Yankees are five games back in the AL East and only one game back of Toronto for the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs has their postseason odds at 18.1%.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
Same two teams on Tuesday night, when David Price makes his first start with the Tigers. Just in case you were wondering, yes, the Yankees will in fact be the first team in history to face three former Cy Young winners in three straight games. (They get Justin Verlander on Wednesday.) Anyway, Hiroki Kuroda will be on the mound against Price. Head over to RAB Tickets if you want to catch that game or any of the other five games left on the homestand.

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  • Nethan Yahusadist

    Girardi’s bullpen managemrnt, especially during the past three games, has been shrewd manifesting great foresight. I still wish Ellsbury, Gardner, and Beltran were the first three hitters in the batting order.

  • n0exit

    Wtf is going on with ellsbury? Its like every time he clubs the ball there’s some cray defensive play to rob him of a hit. Watch out for some crazy hot streak from him soon I think.

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      You have to tip your hat, that was some play in CF to rob Ells.

  • Paisa

    Let’s see how these last two months go before Mccarthy becomes a 2015 rotation option. Still though another great find courtesy of the pro scouting department. Makes me feel not so good about this piece of news: http://mweb.cbssports.com/mlb/.....ler-for-gm

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Not much you can do about it. I’m sure another name will rise up within the Yankee ranks soon enough.

  • forensic

    No homerun for Gardner?

    What a bum.

    • Exiledintampa

      What? Did he leave the Gummies in Boston? Overnight Delivery is a wonderful thing.

    • ropeadope

      I wasn’t online when it happened tonight, but remember Friday when I was smelling runs for Ichiro, Gardner, and Jeter leading off an inning? That combo came around twice and threatened twice on Friday, without scoring. You said third time may be the charm. Tonight was the third time (3rd inning) and they delivered. You were right!

      • forensic

        Sweet! What do I win?

        • n0exit

          Don’t take the candy bars. I REAPEAT DO NOT TAKE THE CANDY BARS.

          • ropeadope

            haha, forensic needn’t worry. Any candy bars in my possession do not survive long enough to wind up as the possession of another person.

          • forensic

            lol

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Hey little lohuddah, ya want some candah?!??

        • ropeadope

          If Jorge ever gets around to taking I’m One and myself to the zoo (he’s also treating for cotton candy), you can come along.

          • forensic

            I’m there!

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Wait….I’m involved in a zoo date?

            I’m at the zoo….a lot.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I think they should definitely offer McCarthy a 2-year deal for maybe like $14-15 total. 2 year offer (during exclusive signing period) may convince him not to shop for a better deal.

    • n0exit

      That’s too low. The price for pitching is inflated. Hughes got that over three years, you would probably have to go 14 per over two to convince him not to look around.

  • Delbert Grady

    I would re-sign McCarthy & Headley right now. McCarthy fits here. He likes the stage and the laundry. You can just tell he liked going toe to toe with Scherzer tonight. I’d offer him a 3/33 or 4/40 deal right now. As for Headley, another 3/30 type offer would be great. Defensively at the corners he’s a plus and I think the bat will play up here going forward. Not a cleanup hitter, but what cleanup hitter gets 10 million a year?

    Cashman has made some quality moves without giving much up. While I wish he did these things in the off season, the fact is the team is better constructed right now with 1/3rd of the season ahead of them.

    You get back 75% of the Tanaka/Pineda of the start of the season and we’re a power hitting RF short of where we need to be.

    As for Tex, the “glass” horse, pulling up lame again all I have to say is neigh.

    • forensic

      No way I give a guy with McCarthy’s injury, and even production, history a three or four year deal. As for Headley, I just don’t see how they can sign him with A-Rod still on the books.

      • Delbert Grady

        I get it, but 10 million dollar players aren’t all stars. They’re mid to back of the rotation starters and 5-9 hitters these days.

        As for not knowing how they can sign Headley with Arod on the books, there’s a ton of presumption in that sentence. I’ll believe it when I see it when it comes to Arod wearing the uniform ever again and playing 3b to boot.

        I think the Yankees have learned that they need to spend like the Yankees (and Dodgers) again. They’re not going to win awards for 189. They’ve learned that lesson. They are deep into luxury tax territory again and I don’t expect them to try to strip mine the team to save $$$ again.

        • Pete22

          Arod is on the books for the next 3 years like it or not. Whether he plays another game or wears pinstripes again is an entirely different matter. If he does add 6 million to his salary for 2015 for hitting 6 HR

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Agreed on McCarthy. That’s be insane. If two years is the price of doing business, though, I’d bite.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      No way McCarthy gets a 4-year deal. Doubtful for 3, either. And that AAV has to come down, too. Coming off a 2/$16M with a history of shoulder injuries, he’s not getting that big a raise.

      • Delbert Grady

        Cuso – He keeps this up and 2/25 is entirely possible. I don’t see him taking a pay cut with the way he’s dealing in the AL east right now. I think he’ll get 3 years from someone.

        • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

          Ok, so it took you all of one comment to scale back from the 3 or 4 year deal to readjust to 2 years (like I said).

          How many more comments will it take you to adjust to the reality that you’re ready to offer a substantial pay increase based on 5 starts?

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Less emails than it would take for me to bring you to Defcon 5 with the sheer mention of Nick Swisher.

  • Kiko Jones

    Interestingly, Miss Upton is supposedly a Yankee fan. Hmm…

    • Farewell Mo

      1 look at her and it’s no surprise Verlander can’t pitch worth a shit anymore. If I were him, I wouldn’t care much either.

      • Exiledintampa

        She had the opposite effect on Arod. He played great when she was with him.

        • Brandon

          Wrong Kate

          • Exiledintampa

            It Is? Am I thinkin of Jeter? Not important.

            • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

              lets put it this way:

              Upton was 16-17 years old during the 2009 season. Imagine those tabloid reports!

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Luis Polonia says “whuh?”

            • Donny

              Speaking of Jeter and Upton, did anyone catch the caption underneath the embedded picture? Verlander said, “Nice gift basket, Kate. Where’d you get it?” Is it just me or is that a shot at Jeter?

              http://nypost.com/2011/12/13/j.....ht-stands/

              • The Billy Martin Van Buren Boys

                That wasn’t a shot at Jeter, that was a compliment. Greatest cocksman of his generation. It was a shot at Verlander getting cuckholded by Jeter

                • nycsportzfan

                  He better be careful, because hes facing Verlander tomorrow night.lol

                  Jeter is a p-i-m-p

    • vicki

      smart and beautiful.

      do i LOOK like a mets fan? DO I LOOK LIKE A METS FAN???

      mets fans don’t think it’s funny when i say that.

    • nycsportzfan

      Yup, shes a Yankee Fan all right. To bad she prob think Posada is some sort of mexican dish.

      Something tells me she was going in the back door last night.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Team just looks more competent in the field and at the plate. Making Max Scherzer work the way he did is no small feat. Keep the tough at-bats up.

    All the acquisitions are contributing, and the most we gave up was RDP and Peter friggin’ O’Brien. Hope springs eternal, right?

    • vicki

      i don’t have the same sick stomach watching the yanks field behind a groundball pitcher (even with some guys out of position, in a pinch).

      • Dick M

        Amen to that.

  • Bigdan

    In YS, it’s all about left-handed pitching and left-handed power. The Yanks have unfortunately moved away from that formula and that’s one of the reasons they are stuck where they are: at .500 team that is struggling to maintain their .500 record.

    But if I can’t have left-handed pitching, the next best thing is a right-hander who throws a lot of ground balls. Mel Stottlemyre and Ed Figueroa were not sexy pitchers. But they won a whole lotta games in YS. The reason why the Yanks won tonight was because the Tigers, a pretty good hitting team, couldn’t hit the ball in the air off McCarthy.

    The Yanks are already up against their budgetary limits for 2015. The Prado acquisition did that (very questionable). If they go hard for Lester, I’m not sure they’ll be enough left for McCarthy. If the Yanks don’t go big for a FA starter, McCarthy and Drob become possible on probably 3 year deals for the a bit less than the money for Lester and without the long term risk. McCarthy and a lock down bullpen (starting with Drob and Betances) is an interesting alternative.

    Def an option to consider.

    • vicki

      lol.

      • Dick M

        It was actually a good post. McCarthy and D Rob for less yrs than Lester is an interesting option.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          I’m pretty sure that’s not why she lol’ed the post.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            vicki has a thing for Ed Figueroa, you see.

    • Darren

      Good point about Ed Figueroa, although I’m not sure why you think the Yankees are up against any budgetary limits in 2015. McCarthy has been great, but we’re a long way from looking at him as a real Plan B behind Lester. And DRob has nothing to do with either.

      Also, they won tonight.

    • Mr. Roth

      Can you tell me what their budget is and give me a link to where you got that information?

      How many games over .500 do they need to be until they’re no longer considered to be “struggling to maintain their .500 record”?

  • forensic

    Completely agree with you on the defensive placement of Headley and Prado, Mike. Of course, it’s hardly the first head-scratching defensive placement of the season so we shouldn’t be surprised.

  • 461deep

    Great win for McCarthy & pen over a tough line-up. Tigers hitters sleep walking except for V-Mart. Caught Miggy on a bad discipline night. Jeter nice hit after brush back. He needs to keep his good numbers against Price going tomorrow. Going to Saratoga Track Thursday looking to play horses with Yankee player type names like Jakes Swipes, Gardy Hoses, or Kate’s Buns. Oh wait she’s Verdi’s handful. Okay I’ll go.

  • Exiledintampa

    I keep lookin at the 25 man and I see only 8 names that were active at the end of last year. Can that be right? Wow if it is. Amazing that we’re even close. Hard staying in a race with that much turnover.

    • vicki

      last season? it’d be even harder without that much turnover.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        This.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Not that this means anything, but 13 of the 25 players on the 1996 World Series team weren’t with the team in 1995. Also, 4 of the remaining 12 were “barely there” in ’95, in that they either had fewer than 100 PA’s or pitched 30 or fewer innings.

  • The Other Mister D

    And this is why you do not pack it in when you have a 1 in 5 chance to make the playoffs. Anything can happen (Suzyn), and that includes the Yankees giving us a hell of an entertaining run. There are no promises that the Yankees will be in the situation next season, or the next 20 thereafter (hello, KC!). You have a shot, you take it. I still think this is the longest of longshots, and no I don’t expect the Yankees to plow through Detroit or Oakland, but I also know that this game would have been far less fun if the Yankees didn’t have a stake, and that will be true for the next month, at least.

    • vicki

      you can’t predict it, john. but it’s been a good while since we’ve had a good vegas one-in-five shot.

      but winning a game, especially against a real contender, is fun as hell, unto itself.

  • TWTR

    I have been pleasantly surprised by McCarthy to this point. It is great to see Ellsbury showing signs of righting himself.

  • Hankflorida

    Headly would be a good deal for third with Drew and Prado in the infield. Beltran has to go back to right field and maybe something is left in the tank for A- Rod at DH. If A-Rod breas down, the insurance puts money in Hal’s grasp so he can buy another power player in right so he can send Beltran back to DH.

    • Pete22

      Are we sure the Yankees have insurance on Arod for 2015? My understanding is the ins companies limit player policies to 3-5 yrs which must be renewed and premiums reset based on age and pre-existing injuries suffered under previous policies. Hard to imagine any ins company taking on Arod now, even if they share the risk with other companies.

      • mt

        ARod has not been around so not a lot of focus but that is a vey good question: is any insurance compnay covering a part of ARod’s salary for 2015?

        When I saw Joe had Headley at first and Prado at third, I just assumed that Headley had played more first base than Prado – I was wrong (neither has played a lot but Headley has played 3 innings or so in his career). Hopefully Joe will not become stubborn and he will try Prado at first even though he put Headley there for the first game where there was a choice between both of them.

        Yanks are paying Prado all this money because of his versatility (he is not that great a player when you just look at production) so let’s use his versatility – he is used to moving around and understands the mind-set – also Headley has been so good at third so far so why mess with that?

        • http://RAB Yankee Trader

          Agree. Prado had 23 at bats playing 1st from 2011 thru 2013, none this year. Surprising to me, he had 43 at bats at SS, during that same time.

          Joe needs to keep Headley at third, where his defense has been nothing short of spectacular.

          As far as insurance on ARod, apparently the Yankees still have a policy. Here’s one of the links from June 2014:

          http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/w.....g-training

          • Dick M

            Yuengling announces they are coming to CT and now this info on ARod insurance. It’s a beautiful morning.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              I know someone who is goin to be thrilled by the Yuengling news.

              Now bring us Cigar City.

              • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

                I like Yuengling, but their owner can eat a bag of dicks.

                For reasons I can’t get into here.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  He likes music made after 1980?

                  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

                    For the last time, I DO like music made after 1980, I just don’t prefer it to 60s/70s stuff for the most part.

                    • Jorge Steinbrenner

                      Like Cuso and Swisher.

                    • Dick M

                      Its a beautiful morning is late 60s I believe. 5th Dimension maybe. But I’m off topic.

  • mustang

    Now that’s a win to get excited about and I don’t mean because Kate Upton was in attendance.

    Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

    Detroit….. DEAD!
    Toronto…..DEAD!
    LA Angels..DEAD!
    Baltimore…DEAD!
    Oakland…..DEAD!
    National League……DEAD!!!!!

    Let’s go get ‘em.

    Let’s do it.

  • TheRealGreg

    Brandon McCarthy is the first Yankee to win at least 4 of his first five starts since coming over from another team since Bobo Newsom in 1947.

    • http://RAB Yankee Trader

      Greg

      Good morning. You’ll enjoy this article.

      “D’Alessandro: Joe Girardi’s pitching rotation is bound by sticky tape and glue, and the Yankees keep winning”

      http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....p_win.html

  • dalelama

    Is Tex the world’s biggest pussy or what? $22M per year and now I can’t play because of lightheadedness, gimme a break.

    • acX

      I was thinking the same thing.
      Not playing through injuries is one thing.
      Even saying that at 34, you are too old to play through injuries.
      But lightheaded?
      Take an excedrin and get on the field.
      The things other players play through and he sits because of a headache.
      I know the other side says, “well he used to play 150 games a year before 2011″. So?

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      Consider the Iron Horse tried to come out everyday with ALS.

    • http://RAB Yankee Trader

      From NY Post:

      “Mark Teixeira was scratched before Monday’s game after he became light-headed about an hour before game time.
      “I felt fine all day,” Teixeira said after the Yankees beat the Tigers 2-1 in The Bronx. “All of a sudden I was really dizzy, nauseous. The room started spinning.”
      He isn’t sure what brought it on, but both Teixeira and Joe Girardi expect him to be back in the lineup Tuesday after the first baseman received two IVs during the game.”

      Maybe he remembered he has hit only ..231 vs. Max Scherzer, suddenly stood up from the dinner table, blood rushing from his head, feeling pukey, and needs to lie down on the clubhouse floor, before passing out, and possibly suffering a real injury.

      In all likelihood he had a Vagal, heart related, quick arrhythmia .

      • blake

        You hate to speculate on stuff like this because if he really was dizzy and feeling nauseous then he shouldn’t have played……but Tex does seem to come down with these things a lot. Maybe he forgot to press himself some energy juice.

        Pretty happy after the win last night……currently tied in the LC for that 2nd WC with the Jays……

        For the first time in a couple of years I feel like they might have a lineup good enough and deep enough to make a run……the lineup, defense, and Bullpen might be there now…….it’s all depends on the starting pitching.

        They need to fight and try to get themselves in a position to go for it if tanaka and Pineda can come back

        • MTU

          That’s a world-class “if”.

      • MG

        No, it was vertigo and unless you have had an attack you don’t know how suddenly it can hit.

        • blake

          I didn’t know he had vertigo? But if so yes it can attack suddenly…….Roy Williams has coached with it for years……you’ll be watching and he will be screaming a re for something one second and the next he’s on one knee looking like he’s gonna pass out

          • MG

            I don’t know if he has had it in the past but the symptoms strongly suggest it-I get mild vertigo a few times a year and it’s not a fun time and it sounds like his symptoms were much worse than mine.

      • Yankenstein

        If his vagina was hurting he certainly shouldn’t play.

    • n0exit

      I know its a bad look, and my first thoughts were in line with yours, but apparently he had iv treatment for it so I have to assume there was something actually wrong with him. He’s definitely not the toughest guy but I don’t think he’s the type to just sit out for the sake of it.

    • Rick

      Very presumptuous of you, isn’t it?

    • Frank

      Congraulations. You win the prize for the most ignorant comment of the day.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You, and all the other medical experts, were there in the room with him, I see.

      “This guy isn’t tough enough because he’s out of the lineup today” is one of the most fingernails-on-a-blackboard things I read on here daily. Ridiculous.

      Except when it’s Carl Pavano. Fuck that guy.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Let’s see. I’ve had a few severe dizzy spells in my life. Once I was at a Dave & Buster’s with some friends. We were about to leave and this spell hit me so hard and so fast that if my friend hadn’t been right next to me so that I could grab onto his shoulder, I would have been down on the floor instantly.

        Another time I had one I was at a diner with a friend and I not only felt dizzy but I had a ringing sensation in my ears and my vision blurred for just a second and I honestly thought I was about to have a stroke.

        Put it this way: dizzy spells are symptomatic of something much more severe and should not be ignored. If any of these fuckers here can’t understand that, well…they can eat a bag of dicks, too.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          “But I got right back on that Sega racing game and won first place, unlike Tex.”

    • IVoted4Kodos

      Dizzy + lightheaded + 95 MPH fastball = disaster

      Ignoring the two IVs and the potential for dizziness to be a symptom of something serious of course.

  • bardos

    If you score only 2 or 3 runs per game, the pitching really has to be spot on… it is. 50% of the time.

  • MG

    According to the Post, Teix had a lot more than ‘lightheadedness’ last night-he said the ‘room was spinning’ and he was nauseous. That is a major vertigo attack.

    I’ve had vertigo spells with more mild symptoms and there is no way I could even think about trying to hit a baseball until I returned to equilibrium.

    The good thing is that these things pass and he should be fine today, there are a couple of treatments, either with medication (meclizine) or adjustment (Epley Maneuver) that usually resolve it pretty quickly.

    • 86w183

      Never experienced vertigo like that, but if I ever find myself upside down I get disoriented and nauseous in a matter of moments.

      No way you could try and hit MLB pitching feeling like that… unless it’s a knuckleballer and you just swing hoping the ball hits the bat.

      Terrific effort from McCarthy and the bullpen. Axisa is spot on with the outstanding defensive plays the Tigers made.

      • blake

        McCarthy has basically saved their season..

        • 86w183

          Always liked McCarthy, but didn’t expect him to be this good. I doubt anyone really did, including him.

          That four-seamer is a HUGE weapon for a guy who throws so many sinkers. Got several strikeouts with it.

        • http://RAB Yankee Trader

          Blake- Think 2005 Aaron Small.

          Nice to see the Breakfast Club awake and thriving.

          • blake

            Yea but I think he’s better in general than small..small was a total anomaly

        • Bo S8

          Oh yeah

          And he and his wife are sharpies. Twits the both of them, alright I meant wits.

    • Tim

      I get these spells, too. It is horrible. Can barely get out of bed without dry heaving. The meds usually do the trick so should see Tex in the lineup tonight.

    • n0exit

      I just want to say that not all light headedness and spinning and nausea is vertigo. These symptoms are common in a wide variety of transient and permanent issues.

      • MG

        True, but it is probably the most common cause, particularly for someone in good overall health, right?

    • http://RAB Yankee Trader

      If he recovered within a few minutes, not needing any medication,it was more likely a sudden innocuous arrhythmia , either a vasovagal reaction, or a sudden spurt of occasional PVC’s.

      • n0exit

        Apparently they gave him iv treatment. Probably a bit of low blood pressure from dehydration or something. And we all know how tex can get about these things, once its in his head that he’s sick he may as well have the plague.

        • http://RAB Yankee Trader

          August 5, 2014 at 8:38 am
          Apparently they gave him iv treatment. Probably a bit of low blood pressure from dehydration or something. And we all know how tex can get about these things, once its in his head that he’s sick he may as well have the plague.
          ———-

          LMAO

          • n0exit MD

            Thank you, thank you. That MD you see on the wall is from the university of couch potato. I did my residency under Dr. Carter at County General in Chicago and then specialized in diagnostics, studying under Dr. Greg House at Princeton Plainsboro in New Jersey.

    • Dick M

      I’ve had the spins before but it wasn’t from vertigo.

  • Tim

    Maybe Joe was thinking about trying Headley at first base last night because he was looking toward the future. The bottom line is, if A-Rod is back with the team next year, that limits the need for Headley on the roster. But I think the team and the front office really like Headley a lot, and he is a good fit in general. So why not see about whether he can play 1B in a pinch? Makes him more useful to the roster and perhaps increases the likelihood that they keep him around next year. Or maybe I’m just giving Girardi and the Front Office too much credit.

    BTW, this doesn’t mean I think Headley should (or would) be a back-up 1B on next year’s team. Bottom line is A-Rod, Tex, and Beltran are all going to need significant time at DH next year. Prado is a versatile guy, but Headley is (potentially) a better offensive player than Prado. Would rather him be in the line-up everyday and have Prado at 2B with a little RF sprinkled in.

    • Rick

      I would rather have Headley be the full time first baseman and figure out where to play A-Rod. At this point, Headley is significantly better defensively than A-Rod at third. Headley is Top 3 in baseball defensively at third. If he gets re-signed, that’s where he plays.

      • Rick

        *Headley be the full time third baseman.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          I don’t think it had anything to do with justrying him out at 1st. I mean, he’s superb at one of the hardest positions on the field, so he should be fine a 1st.

          I do think they can make it if they’re able to bring Headley back on a reasonable deal. Arod the primary DH, Headley the primary 3B. Plenty of room to rotate others into the DH role too. Guys like Arod and Beltran just arent goig to play 162 gmes.

    • 86w183

      I agree that versatility will be crucial for the 2015 Yanks with the return of A-Rod. I’d make Alex and Beltran BOTH get work at 1B in spring training. There may not be room for Headley once they find a SS and RF, which are huge priorities.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        Maybe Beltran back in RF, Arod at DH primarily? Headley at 3B.

  • Rick

    Any time you can work Kate Upton into the game recap, you gotta do it.

  • n0exit

    Isn’t Upton a bit young for verlander? It just seems creepy. Imagine if your college aged daughter came home with a 30+ guy from Detroit. Real creepy IMO.

    • 86w183

      If he was a millionaire I’d get over it pretty quickly! I have a beautiful, eligible 25-year-old if any rich guys are looking.

      • Rick

        You don’t think Kate has made her own millions?

        • 86w183

          That has nothing to do with my response to what n0exit wrote regarding the age gap.

          • Rick

            Sure it does. You’re implying that she’s with him for the money. She doesn’t need money though. Therefore, the creepiness factor that he points out remains.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      “Not terrible at all” says a guy who turned 40.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      I think it has more to do with maturity than actual age. A 22 year old who has been working and traveling the world since she’s a teenager ( see: Kate Upton) is probably going to be more mature than a 22 year old who spent the last 4 years playing beer pong every weekend.

  • Bo S8

    Forty some thousand in the stands last night that watched a riveting game. Fans are making a statement that even bean counters can understand. I was in awe of the last catch on Ells, this one was even better.

    Mighty fine game last night, mighty fine.

    • blake

      Ellsbury is swinging it better…..if he gets hot the offense should roll

      • MTU

        The O is still not firing on all cylinders.

        Should be fun ride when it does.

        All about the SP from here on out.

      • Bo S8

        Good to excellent baseball. Damned it seems like forever.

        Headley at 3B – Welcome home. Been a long time.

        Feel free to pitch inside guys.

  • http://RAB Yankee Trader

    This was brought up the other day by someone.

    With Gardner’s new power stroke,, might it be best to put Ellsbury lead off , and Gardner third?

    Enclosed this article for you to enjoy on the pitching:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....p_win.html

  • gargoyle

    I’d like to see Headley back in 2015 and it made clear that he’s the starting 3Bman. The though of watching ARod down there next year is nauseating.

    Give ARod a 1Bman mitt (why not they’ve tried everyone else over there this year?) and have him back up Made of Glass.

    • 86w183

      They could sign Michael Cuddyer with the idea that Cuddyer, Beltran, Teixeira and A-Rod will handle 1B + RF + DH with one getting the day off just about every day.

      You’d also have pinch-hitting and late inning options with that quartet. Then you retain Healdey and find a SS and you have a pretty good lineup.

      • gargoyle

        I don’t really see them spending $$$ on another veteran bat. You just have to hope that Betran can play in the field at some point.

        I just hope the FO has a better plan for 3b than just sticking ARod there. Think of how important Headley’s defense has been in just the last few games.

      • http://RAB Yankee Trader

        Always liked Cuddyer. To bad he’s been njured this year.

        If Headley and Drew are signed, and ARod is back, is this Joe’s line up?

        Ellsbury CF
        Prado 2B
        Beltran RF
        ARod DH
        Tex 1B
        Headley 3B
        MCCann C
        Drew SS
        Gardner LF

        • 86w183

          Dropping Gardner to ninth makes zero sense with the season he’s having.

          Put him # 2, Prado # 8 and Drew # 9 and you might have something.

  • The Billy Martin Van Buren Boys

    That caption under Kate Upton’s pic made me spit out my coffee laughing. MLB has a gif of her asking for a ball from Verlander and it’s pretty embarrassing to watch

  • Bo S8

    Headley’s stab at 1B last night was a thing of beauty. Took a weird hop, should have eaten him up. “Look what I found”.

  • 86w183

    Remember early in the season when the AL East was “way down” and nowhere near the best division in MLB?

    Well the AL East has the best record of any division in MLB… 10 games above .500. NL West is by far the worst… 23 games UNDER .500.

  • blake

    Kate ruined Verlander…..but it was probably worth it

    • Bo S8

      And she’s still ten years away from her peak.

  • The Billy Martin Van Buren Boys
  • jesse

    When will Mark Texiera ever play consistently again? He is lightheaded?? He is starting to take his role as this dufus interviewer to heart! Maybe he should go do that for a living, since he can’t stay healthy enough to be a ballplayer. Let’s get rid of this Clown!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Yes, let’s do that.

      Buh-bye, jesse.

      • ChuckIt

        Jesse who? Orosco ?

    • gargoyle

      He won’t, which is why his backup is a key piece. I think having ARod play first is a solution to some of the roster problems they’ll have next year.

  • Brandon McEddardthy

    The lineup is much improved top to bottom. If Teixera doesn’t get a papercut tomorrow we should be at full strength. Gardy and Carlos get hot at the same time and now Ellsbury. They all give great AB’s and made Scherzer work last night. That’s what the Yankee lineups of old used to do, wear down the starter.

    But they still have issues with baserunning. The reason they don’t get comfortable leads is because they give away too many outs on the bases and on defense. Defense is much improved but they still gave one away last night.

    The Os and Jays now start a 3 game set. We need to keep winning to gain ground on one of them. We’ve beaten Price earlier in the season with a worse lineup so I think we can win again tonight behind Hiroki.

    • Bo S8

      I was surprised at Prado. He must have lost track of the outs. Should have been rounding 3B as the ball went through. Cabrera has couch range.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    I like what I have seen of Headley. He looks like a solid player.

    I wonder if Drew will start against Price. I would guess yes, but he sure hasn’t hit lefties. It is really a choice of Ichiro or Drew.

    • 86w183

      OR Ryan at 2B and Prado in RF

      Need another position player, ideally an OF who hits RH and one less pitcher.

    • http://RAB Yankee Trader

      Mac

      Good morning.

      He’ll probably put Ryan at second, and play Ichiro in RF, but I need to check Ichiro’s stats vs Price.

      • http://RAB Yankee Trader

        Oops, forgot about Prado

    • blake

      Headley is a good 2 way player…..Id certainly consider brining him back
      I would probably sit Drew today and play Prado at 2b …..Ichiro hits lefties

  • Bronx_Boy

    I’m giving the game ball to Cashman. Awesome mid-season upgrades. It’s beginning to look like a Yankee team.

    • blake

      He significantly upgrades the club at 4 spots and gave up next to nothing to do it…..Id call that a good month.

      I also think we need to mention Girardi who is a favorite punching bag when they lose and who is year in year out seriously underrated. I know some things he does are annoying but guys he’s one of the best managers in baseball…….his teams consistently overachieve and he’s a master at piecing bullpens together (which is probably the most important thing a manager does)

      • Bo S8

        Damn, that Blake is a smart feller. All that and barbeque too.

  • Bronx_Boy

    Oh – and light-headedness? Pray it’s not ebola.

  • 86w183

    Time to move on folks… have a day

  • http://RAB Yankee Trader

    Mac and 86-

    Yankee Batters vs David Price:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....avid-price

    Pick your poison for tonight’s starting line up!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It feels very strange NOT having CC oppose him tonight.

    • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

      It looks as if the Rodriguez guy hits best against Price. Everyone else, except Jeter, is a bit depressing. Come on pitching.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    Ichiro looked like he couldn’t catch up to fastballs down the middle last night. I’d prefer to hope Drew gets lucky and hits one.

    Scherzer looked pretty good last night, but if I were spending this winter, I think I would choose Lester.

    There are five teams within two games of the second wild card. It makes for checking a lot of scores.

    • ChuckIt

      Lester wants a C.C. type deal.Big$ & long term.He’s too old for that type of deal.It looks like Sabathia is done,and is going to be payed for not playing.It’s not a good idea to take on that kind of contract,and seems to be trending in that direction in MLB now.Cashman should follow this trend.

  • ChuckIt

    1 down,2 to go.Any chance of beating all 3 of their CY Youngers’?
    New look yankees are definitely an upgrade from O-Day line up,but i did have a hard time this weekend recognizing some players faces.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      The black guy is……lost.

  • http://riveravenueblues mississippi doc

    “It’s a Beautiful Morning” was done by The Rascals, formerly The Young Rascals, in 1968 with Felix Cavalliere from Pelham in the lead. In their dreams the Fifth Dimension couldn’t sing like Felix. Felix went on to discover and promote Joey Dee and the Starlighters. The sixties and seventies were to rock music what the fifties were to Yankees baseball. And, who ever said it before on RAB, Prado looks like another version of Randy Velarde. BTW, do you want Lester on a seven year deal? That’s probably what he wants. If it were less, he would already be resigned with the Sox.