Game 60: Finish the Sweep

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(Elsa/Getty)

The Yankees have played three four-game series this season and they’ve managed to win all three. That’s hard to do. They took three of four from the Royals last month and swept the Athletics in Oakland a few weeks back. They’ve won the first three games of this series with the Angels, so tonight’s a chance to earn a second four-game sweep. That is pretty cool.

Things have been going much better for the Yankees of late. First and foremost, the offense is actually scoring some runs. They’ve scored at least five runs in three straight games and in six of their last seven games. From what we’ve seen this year, the offense is very streaky. They seem to alternate between red hot and ice cold. Being red hot is much more fun. Let’s hope it continues tonight. Here is the Angels’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. 1B Chris Parmelee
    RHP Ivan Nova

It has been an unbelievably nice day in New York today. Sunny but not hot, bright blue skies … pretty much perfect weather. About the only complaint is that it’s a bit windy. I’ll live. Tonight’s series finale will begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Draft Note: The 2016 draft beings tonight at 7pm ET. Kinda annoying that the game and the draft are on at the same time, but whatever. It is what it is. I’ll have a dedicated draft thread up soon. Please help keep things tidy by keeping your game comments in the game thread and your draft comments in the draft thread. Thanks in advance.

Game 59: How About A Blowout Win?

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(Presswire)

The Yankees have won two straight and four of their last six, and boy, they’ve had to tax their end-game relievers to do so. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman have each pitched four of the last six days, and Miller actually warmed up in the two games he didn’t pitch as well. (Chapman warmed up in one of his two off-days.)

That’s an awful lot of work. A blowout tonight would be really cool for more than one reason, but especially because it will give those three a full day of rest. No warming up, nothing. How about, say, 15 runs and a couple mop-up innings from Anthony Swarzak? That would be pretty rad. Here is the Angels’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 1B Chris Parmelee
  9. 3B Ronald Torreyes
    RHP Nathan Eovaldi

It was raining in New York for much of the afternoon. Pretty heavily at times too. The rain has stopped though, and it’s supposed to stay stopped the rest of the night. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 7pm ET. You can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Game 58: Beat the Halos

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(Elsa/Getty)

You know, the Yankees are one bullpen meltdown away from having won three straight games and four of their last five. They’ve also scored at least five runs in four of those last five games too. I’m not sure that will make anyone feel much better about the current state of affairs, but it’s true. Could the Yankees be turning things around?!? Eh, probably not, but what else are we supposed to root for? Here is the Angels’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. 1B Rob Refsnyder
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Austin Romine
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. CF Aaron Hicks
    RHP Michael Pineda

It has been a very pleasant day in New York. A little cloudy but it’s on the cool side. Pretty sweet weather. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on WPIX. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: The Yankees have called up Anthony Swarzak and sent down Luis Cessa, the team announced. Cessa hasn’t pitched much at all these last three weeks and that can’t continue. He needs innings. That’s all that move is about. Tyler Olson was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man spot for Swarzak.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (knee) will attempt to rehab his injury. He’s going to need surgery eventually, but he wants to try to put it off. The hope is Teixeira will be able to return to game action in three weeks … Chasen Shreve (shoulder) threw 20 fastballs off a mound today and felt fine. He’ll throw again in two days, and if that goes well, Shreve could begin a rehab assignment shortly thereafter.

All-Star Voting Update: The second update of the fan voting for the All-Star Game starters was released today. Brian McCann is third among catchers behind Sal Perez and Matt Wieters — he was second last week, but dropped behind Wieters — and Beltran 11th among outfielders. Here’s the full update and here’s the ballot if you wish to vote.

Game 57: HOPE Week

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(Yankees)

The Yankees are finally back home after that ten-game road trip that seemed like it would never end. They return home to kick off HOPE Week, the team’s annual community outreach event.

Today the Yankees were in New Rochelle to help Stars for Cars, a charity organized by 14-year-old Jake Gallin. He’s been raising money to help military families since 2011 by selling magnetic star decals people can put on their cars. Ryan Hatch has more on today’s HOPE Week event. I’m sure there will be video during tonight’s game broadcast.

As for the Yankees on the field … gosh, do I have to talk about them? They kinda stink. Well, not kinda. They do stink. Only the Rays, Athletics, and Twins have worse records in the AL. The Yankees have lost eight of their last 12 games overall. That’s come immediately after an 8-2 stretch. Blah. Here is the Angels’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. 1B Rob Refsnyder
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

The weather has been very nice in New York today. It’s a little cloudy but warm and breezy. Pretty nice night for a ballgame. Tonight’s series opener with the Angels will begin a little after 7pm ET. You can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Game 56: Sabathia Sunday

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(Al Bello/Getty)

Who would have guessed coming into the season that CC Sabathia would be one of the Yankees’ steadiest and most effective starters? He’s pitching to the best case scenario, basically. A 2.85 ERA (3.19 FIP) is vintage Sabathia stuff. It’s been a few years since I’ve looked forward to Sabathia starts. This is pretty cool. CC is definitely one the team’s biggest bright spots this season. Here is the Orioles’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. 2B Starlin Castro
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 1B Rob Refsnyder
  9. RF Aaron Hicks
    LHP CC Sabathia

It was raining in Baltimore much of the morning and the forecast says it’s going to pour later this afternoon. It looks like there will be a long enough window to get the game in though, so that’s good. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Austin Romine (thumb) was able to hit today and is available if necessary … Chasen Shreve (shoulder) threw off flat ground again yesterday. He’s going to rest today then throw long toss tomorrow. Joe Girardi confirmed Shreve will go out on a minor league rehab assignment before being activated off the DL, which is no surprise.

Game 55: Win it for Tex

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(Adam Glanzman/Getty)

Earlier today the Yankees placed Mark Teixeira on the 15-day DL with a knee injury that could very well end his time in pinstripes. Teixeira’s been a pretty darn good player for the Yankees for a long time, though the last few years have been littered with injuries. Still, he hit third on the team’s most recent championship team and he was an All-Star as recently as last year. Go win tonight’s game for Teixeira. Here is the O’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 1B Rob Refsnyder
  9. C Austin Romine
    RHP Ivan Nova

It is cool and cloudy in Baltimore this evening, and there is some rain in the forecast later tonight. Probably not anything that will affect the game unless it goes to extra innings or something. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on FOX. Yep, it’s a FOX game. First of the year, right? Anyway, enjoy the game.

Game 54: One-Third

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(Presswire)

Today is the game No. 54 for the Yankees and that means they’ve officially reached the one-third point of the season. Billy Beane likes to say the first third of the season is for evaluating, the second third is for making changes, and the final third is for riding out those changes. My evaluation of the Yankees one-third of the way through the season:

Lloyd Christmas

They’ve been pretty bad overall and horrendously so at times. Like, unwatchably bad. The pitching has been much better the last few weeks (much, much better) but the offense is a nightmare. It’s one thing to be bad, but the Yankees are bad and boring, at least offensively. Watching strikeouts and grounders into the shift gets real old real quick.

Anyway, the Yankees are now in Baltimore after their night in Detroit. They’re 9-15 against AL East teams this year and boy, that has to change in a hurry for the Yankees to get back into any sort of postseason race. Tonight would be a good night to start. Here is the O’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. C Austin Romine
    RHP Nathan Eovaldi

It is warm and humid in Baltimore, and it was raining for part of the afternoon too. It’s supposed to stop in time for the game if it hasn’t already. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and the game will be broadcast on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Brian McCann is day-to-day with a hyper-extended left elbow. “I don’t think it will be too long,” said Joe Girardi. Ronald Torreyes is the backup catcher for the time being … Chasen Shreve (shoulder) played catch again today. He’s going to throw again tomorrow and increase the intensity … Dustin Ackley had his labrum surgery today.