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Sep
20

Game 154: Go For Four

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The Yankees have won three straight games and hey, they’re still mathematically alive in the wildcard race. It’s probably a little late to make a run but wins are fun at any point of the season. Keep the winning streak going and see what happens. Hopefully something wild. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s a little cloudy in New York but otherwise it’s a nice cool afternoon for baseball. Great day to spend at the ballpark. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 4pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: The Yankees did not announce the MRI results, but both Joe Girardi and Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) said they hope he will play again this season. I guess that means good news?

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Sep
19

Game 153: Three Straight?

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Thanks to last night’s walk-off win, the Yankees have a chance to win their third straight game tonight. That doesn’t sound like anything special, but the Yankees haven’t won three straight games in nearly a month now. The last time they won three straight was actually the five-game winning streak from August 21st through August 25th. Yeah, it’s been a while. Here is the Blue Jays 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 Carlos Beltran
  6. LF Brett Gardner
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The weather is gorgeous in New York, though it is a little chilly. Summer’s over, sadly. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

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Sep
18

Game 152: Oops

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Mike’s out, so I told him I’d do the game thread. And then I forgot. Oops. My bad. Here’s the game thread for tonight. I don’t have anything witty to add. I’d just like to see a few more wins before the season’s out. Run the table on the last homestand for Jeter, maybe?

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Sep
17

Game 151: Retaliation?

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Things got a little heated between the Yankees and Rays last night after Derek Jeter was hit by a pitch up high. Tampa has plunked several Yankees hitters in their last few meetings. Following the game, Joe Girardi and some players said they weren’t necessarily upset with getting hit, but where they were getting hit, specifically up high around the hands and head. If you’re going to pitch inside, do it down in the zone. That was their basic message.

The Yankees are clearly upset with the Rays and frustrated by the way their season has played out in general, so if there is going to be any sort of retaliation, it’ll happen tonight, in their final head-to-head game of the season. It’s worth noting that Joe West, tonight’s scheduled home plate umpire, was just suspended one game by MLB for an incident over the weekend, meaning there will be a replacement umpire on the staff. Hopefully nothing happens and these two teams just play baseball. Throwing at people is weak. Just beat them. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

More heat, more humidity, and more rain in the St. Petersburg area today. The Tropicana Field dome came in handy this series. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

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Sep
16

Game 150: Big Mike in Tampa

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

Michael Pineda is very familiar with the Tampa area. Big Mike spent the better part of the 2012-13 seasons at the team’s Spring Training complex while rehabbing from his shoulder surgery, so pitching in Tropicana Field — which is really across the bridge in St. Petersburg, not Tampa — should feel like a homecoming. Will his teammates actually score runs for him? The magic 8 ball says … “Don’t count on it.” So there you have it. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s a typical Florida day down in St. Pete, meaning hot, humid, and rainy. Good thing the Trop has a roof, I guess. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on My9. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira is out with soreness in his surgically repaired wrist and there is no timetable for his return at this point … obviously Frankie Cervelli (migraines) is feeling better and has been cleared to play … in case you missed it earlier, Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation on Sunday.

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Sep
15

Game 149: Stay Alive

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Two weeks from now, the regular season will be over. There are only 14 games left in the Yankees’ season including tonight, and while they are mathematically still alive in the postseason race, they are an extreme long shot. In fact, a loss tonight coupled with an Orioles win over the Blue Jays would officially eliminate the Yankees from the AL East race. Let’s try to avoid that one more day, okay? Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. 2B Martin Prado
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headleyfirst game back since being hit by the pitch in the chin last week
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. C John Ryan Murphy
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s hot and humid in St. Petersburg, plus it’s been raining on and off all day. This is one of the days when the roof comes in handy. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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Sep
14

Game 148: Split

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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.

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Sep
13

Game 147: Pick Up The Pace

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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.

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Sep
12

Game 146: Game Two

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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.

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Sep
12

Game 145: Game One

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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.

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