Games 140 & 141: Let’s Win Two Try To Win One

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So yesterday sucked. That was men against boys. Thankfully, they play again today. Two games, in fact. The Yankees and Blue Jays will play a single-admission doubleheader this afternoon — there’s some rain in the forecast tonight and they want to get the second game over with as soon as possible — and if they want to win the division, the Yankees kinda have to sweep today. One win is an absolute must. It’s not a stretch to call this the most important day of the season.

Michael Pineda is on the mound in the first game this afternoon and he started the only game the Yankees have won against the Blue Jays in Yankee Stadium this season. The Yankees are 1-6 against the Jays in the Bronx this year, and the one win was the result of a fluky rally. Not good. Gotta come up big this afternoon. These are two monumental games. Here is Toronto’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup for the first game of the doubleheader:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. DH Alex Rodriguez
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 1B Greg Bird
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Stephen Drew
    RHP Big Mike

It’s cloudy and on the cool side in New York right now. Like I said, there is rain in the forecast, but not until this evening. It won’t impact this game. The second game? Maybe. We’ll have to see. This game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on FOX. We’re going to use this thread for both games, by the way. I’ll update this post with the lineups and whatnot prior to the second game. Enjoy the games.

Roster Moves: The Yankees have called up both Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez, the team announced. The Triple-A season ended last night. This is Sanchez’s first taste of MLB. Every player on the 40-man roster is now in the big leagues, either on the active roster or the DL. The Yankees have 39 active players right now. They could slide Mark Teixeira to the 60-day DL, call someone up, and carry 40 players on the active roster.

Update (5:59pm): The start time for Game Two will be approximately 6pm ET. There has been some light rain in New York and the heaviest stuff is still a few hours away. Hope for a lead after five innings then lots and lots of rain, everyone. Here is the Blue Jays’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup for the second game of the doubleheader:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Brian McCann
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. 1B Dustin Ackley
  7. C John Ryan Murphy
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Ivan Nova

This game will air on both YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

Game 139: The Big One

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Yesterday’s rainout delayed things a bit, but the biggest series of the season is finally here. It is the Yankees’ biggest series since 2012 and the biggest series for the Blue Jays in two decades. It’s been a long time since they were in contention this late in the season. The four-game, three-day series begins tonight.

The situation is pretty straight forward: the Yankees are 1.5 games back of the Blue Jays with 24 games to play. Anything less than a split this season severely damages their division title hopes and even a split wouldn’t be all that great. The Yankees need to make up ground and soon. One game at a time, one inning at a time, yadda yadda yadda. Four games at home against your main competition in mid-September is an opportunity that must be cashed in. Here is Toronto’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. RF Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 1B Greg Bird
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Luis Severino

The weather is nice tonight. A little cool and cloudy, but there is no rain in the forecast. It feels … postseasonal. Tonight’s series opener is set to begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Rotation Update: Michael Pineda will start the first game of tomorrow’s doubleheader and Ivan Nova will start the second, the Yankees say.

Roster Moves: Chris Martin was called up from Triple-A Scranton, the Yankees announced. So they still have a 13-man bullpen even with Adam Warren moving back into the rotation … Rookie Pulaski manager Tony Franklin has joined the coaching staff for the remainder of the homestand. Franklin managed Double-A Trenton from 2007-14 and has coached all the homegrown guys on the roster.

Game 138: Sabathia Returns

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When we last saw CC Sabathia, he pulled himself from a start due to ongoing trouble with his right knee. At one point it appeared he would not pitch again this season. Joe Girardi admitted that was a possibility. Instead, Sabathia is back on the mound tonight with a new knee brace after spending the minimum 15 days on the DL.

The Yankees have a firm hold on the top wildcard spot, but catching he Blue Jays for the top spot in the AL East will not be easy, even with all those head-to-head games remaining. They need Sabathia to pitch well and pitch often. Soak up some innings each time out. They need as many as they can get these days. Here is the O’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. 3B Chase Headley
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. DH Alex Rodriguez
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. LF Dustin Ackley (!)
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Stephen Drew
    LHP CC Sabathia

It is cloudy and humid in New York, and there is rain in the forecast tonight. It’s not supposed to start until 10pm ET or so, but it’ll then continue through the night. That could be a problem. Hopefully they get the game in before the sky opens up. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Brett Gardner (elbow) is feeling “much better” but has not yet played catch. He is available off the bench and is expected to play tomorrow … Sabathia (knee) has been activated off the DL, obviously. Rosters are expanded, so no other move was required.

Game 137: Tanaka Tuesday

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The Yankees are on a bit of a roll right now. They’ve won eight of their last ten games and were able to overcome multi-run deficits each of the last two days. The bullpen figures to be short tonight thanks to the recent workloads of some key relievers, so tonight it’ll be up to Masahiro Tanaka to soak up innings and the offense to build a comfortable lead.

Kevin Gausman will be on the mound for the Orioles, which is notable because he and Greg Bird were high school teammates in Colorado, and they remain good friends. Tonight is the first time they will face each other as pros. “We used to make fun of him because all he would do was go hit and go to bed. But now he’s here and he belongs,” said Gausman to Dan Martin when asked about Bird. Here is Baltimore’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. RF Carlos Beltran
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. LF Chris Young
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. 3B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

We got a little taste of July in September here in New York today. It was hot as hell, temperatures were in the mid-90s all day, and it was sunny. No clouds for shade. It’ll be a little cooler for the game tonight. First pitch is scheduled for a bit after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Game 136: Big Mike on Labor Day

BIG MIKE IS HERE

I have to say, I thought this early-September series against the Orioles would be a bit more meaningful than this. Don’t get me wrong, these three games are crazy important for the Yankees, but the O’s are out of it. For a while I thought these two clubs would be battling it out for the division title. (I picked the O’s to win the division!)

The man they call Big Mike is on the mound this afternoon, making his third start off the DL. His first two starts were a mixed bag. The first was rough (five runs in 4.1 innings) but the second was good (one run in six innings). Of course, the last time Pineda faced the O’s in Yankee Stadium, he struck out 16. Let’s hope for a repeat. Here is Baltimore’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. 3B Chase Headley
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. RF Carlos Beltran
  5. LF Chris Young
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. C John Ryan Murphy
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Jose Pirela
    RHP Michael Pineda

Just a perfect weather for the Labor Day matinee. It’s nice and sunny in New York with temperatures in the mid-80s. Wonderful day to spend at the ballpark. This afternoon’s game will begin a bit after 1pm ET. You can watch live on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy the game.

Roster Moves: Chris Capuano is back! The Yankees called up the veteran southpaw prior to today’s game, the team announced. He started for Triple-A Scranton on Friday and probably won’t be available until tomorrow. Maybe not until the next day. Jacob Lindgren (elbow) was called up and transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot. His season is officially over.

Game 134: Nasty Nate and the Rays

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

The Yankees have won six times in their last seven games and have gained one whole game in the standings. Stupid juggernaut Blue Jays. Nothing the Yankees can do about that though. They just have to win their games and everything will take care of itself.

Nasty Nate Eovaldi is on the mound this afternoon looking to rebound for a bumpy start against the lowly Braves last time out. He has a 3.32 ERA (2.84 FIP) with fewer hits allowed (73) than innings pitched (78.2) in 13 starts since the disaster in Miami. Pretty awesome. Keep it going, Nate. Here is Tampa Bay’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Chris Young
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. RF Carlos Beltran
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. C John Ryan Murphy
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Nathan Eovaldi

Great weather in New York today. Nice and sunny, no clouds, temperatures in the upper-70s/low-80s. Pretty great. This afternoon’s game will begin 1:05pm ET and you can watch on FOX Sports 1. No YES, WPIX, or FOX. Just FOX Sports 1. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Jacoby Ellsbury (stomach) is still a bit dehydrated and remains day-to-day with flu-like symptoms. He may be available to pinch-hit today … CC Sabathia (knee) feels fine after yesterday’s simulated game and the plan remains for him to come off the DL to start Wednesday.

Game 133: Severino Friday

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The Yankees are back home and they’ll be home for a while. This is the start of a ten-game homestand against three division rivals, all of whom have some sort of postseason aspirations. The Rays may be ten games back in the AL East, but they are only 4.5 games back of a wildcard spot. October isn’t out of reach yet.

Young Luis Severino will be on the mound tonight for his sixth big league start and his third at home. The Yankees are 2-3 in his five starts but that’s not Severino’s fault. He has a 2.17 ERA. They just don’t score for him. The Yankees have scored 15 runs in his five starts — six in one game! — and only eight when Severino was actually on the mound. They owe him. Here is Tampa’s lineup and here is New York’s lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. DH Alex Rodriguez
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Stephen Drew
    RHP Luis Severino

It is cloudy in New York but there is no rain in the forecast. It’s pretty cool too. Temperatures have been in the low-80s all day and will dip into the 70s tonight. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) threw approximately 60 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon with a heavier brace and felt “great.” The Yankees will see how he feels in the coming days, and if all goes well, he’ll start Wednesday … in case you missed it earlier, Mark Teixeira (leg) was placed on the 15-day DL. It was a procedural move to get Nick Rumbelow back on the roster before his ten days were up. Teixeira, by the way, is still on crutches but said he “100%” expects to play again this season.