Game 148: Split

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(Rob Carr/Getty)

The Yankees managed to beat the Orioles yesterday afternoon, which is notable because they’ve beaten the O’s only four times in 14 tries this season. They had lost five straight to Baltimore before yesterday’s win. Winning tonight’s game would give the Yankees the series split, meaning they will have not lost a series to the O’s for the first time this season. Modest goals, I guess. Here’s the Orioles lineup and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. LF Brett Gardner
  4. 3B Martin Prado
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 1B Mark Teixeira
  7. DH Chris Young
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Antoan Richardson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It is cool and clear down in Baltimore tonight. Pretty much perfect September baseball weather. Tonight’s game will begin just after 8pm ET and you can watch on ESPN. Enjoy.

Game 147: Pick Up The Pace

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(Patrick Smith/Getty)

Following yesterday’s doubleheader sweep (the bad kind), the Yankees are 75-71 and have scored 572 runs (3.92 per game) this season. They were 78-68 with 606 runs scored (4.15 per game) last season through 146 games. The Yankees need to go 10-6 and score 78 runs (4.88 per game) the rest of the way to match last year’s total. Can they do that? I don’t see it based on way they’ve played all year, but hey, I’m open to being surprised. The push to be only as bad as last season begins this afternoon. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. DH Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Brett Gardner
  4. 2B Martin Prado
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 1B Mark Teixeira
  7. LF Chris Young
  8. RF Antoan Richardson
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Shane Greene

Now, the bad news: it’s raining in Baltimore and has been all morning. It’s supposed to clear up in the afternoon but it there is a good chance the game will begin in a delay. Hopefully not a long one. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET at the moment and you can watch on FOX. Not FOX Sports 1, regularly old FOX. Enjoy the game, whenever they play.

Update (1:07pm): The game is currently in a delay. The tentative start time is 1:40pm ET.

Game 146: Game Two

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(Presswire)

The Yankees suffered a rough but predictable loss this afternoon as Adam Warren was unable to protect a one-run lead in the 11th inning. Let this be a lesson: never use your closer in a tie game on the road, kids. (That was a joke.) The Yankees and Orioles had about two hours to rest between games this afternoon. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup for game two of the doubleheader:

  1. DH Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Brett Gardner
  4. 1B Brian McCann
  5. LF Chris Young
  6. 2B Stephen Drew
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Zelous Wheeler
  9. C Austin Romine
    RHP Bryan Mitchell

Once again, the weather is splendid. Didn’t change from this afternoon. Tonight’s game will start just after 7pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Game 145: Game One

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

For more than a decade, a Yankees-Orioles series in September was relatively meaningless. The Yankees were atop the division every year and the Orioles were always in the cellar, so there wasn’t a whole lot on the line whenever these two clubs met late in the season.

The tables have turned in 2014. The O’s are the team sitting atop the AL East while the Yankees are floundering closer to the bottom than the top, trying their darnedest to remain relevant for another week or so. In fact, Baltimore can officially eliminate the Yankees from the division race with a sweep this weekend. Let’s try to avoid that, mmmkay? Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. 3B Martin Prado
  3. DH Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. LF Chris Young
  6. 2B Stephen Drew
  7. C John Ryan Murphy
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. RF Antoan Richardson
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

Perfect weather for a doubleheader in Baltimore. Temperatures in the low-to-mid-70s and just a few clouds in the sky. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Update: As expected, the Yankees activated David Phelps (elbow) off the 15-day disabled list. They don’t have to make a corresponding roster move because of the expanded rosters … Brett Gardner (abdomen) did some running today and could be available for the second game of the doubleheader.

Game 144: Big Mike takes on the Rays

BIG MIKE IS HERE

For the fifth straight series, the Yankees have split the first two games. They’re sending Big Mike Pineda to the mound tonight as they try to win the rubber game for only the second time in those five series.

Pineda has emerged as the staff ace at this point but the Yankees just don’t score any runs for him. Among the 191 starters who have thrown at least 40 innings this season, Pineda ranks 191st in run support. Dead last. The Yankees average 2.22 runs when he’s in the game. I guess that’s why they’re 3-6 in his nine starts even though he has a 1.80 ERA. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Chase Headley
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. LF Chris Young
  9. 3B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s cloudy, warm, and humid in New York right now, but there is no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s game will start just after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Game 143: Fading

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

The Yankees have faded out of the postseason race and have little chance — FanGraphs has their postseason odds at 1.0% — of claiming the second wild-card spot. There are still 20 games to be played though, and that’s kinda weird. The Yankees have not played a whole lot of truly meaningless games these last few seasons, so this is a new experience for a lot of folks. They managed to stay in the race a little longer even last year, for example. Anyway, here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. LF Chris Young
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s cool and the sky is gray in New York, but there is no rain in the forecast and that’s all that matters. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start just after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Updates: Carlos Beltran (elbow) was scratched from the original lineup with soreness … Martin Prado (hamstring) and Frankie Cervelli (concussion) both took batting practice before the game. Prado may be available to pinch-hit but the Yankees don’t want to push it … Brett Gardner (abdomen) is at least another few days away from returning … Brandon McCarthy will start the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. The starter for the second game is TBA and it will likely be a September call-up heavy bullpen game.

Game 142: Last Gasp

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(Elsa/Getty)

Including tonight, there are only 21 games left in the season. The Yankees are five games back of the second wildcard spot with three teams ahead of them, so sneaking into the postseason will be a daunting task. After dropping three of their last four series, winning this one against the Rays is a must if they want to play meaningful games beyond this coming weekend. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. LF Chris Young
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It is cool, humid, and cloudy in New York, but there is not rain in the forecast tonight. Well, no substantial rain. Maybe some drizzle but nothing more. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on My9. Enjoy the game.