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The Yankees and Astros wrap up their three-game series this afternoon and, amazingly, the Yankees are trying to avoid getting swept. They’ve lost four of five games to Houston this year, including these last two games at home. The Yankees have lost seven of their last nine games overall and their postseason hopes are fading, but avoiding a sweep at the hands of the terrible Astros (at home!) is all about preserving some dignity, you know? I can live with missing the playoffs, but getting swept by the Astros at home is a whole other level of shame. Here is the Houston lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 2B Martin Prado
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. DH Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s an okay afternoon for baseball here in New York. On the cool side and overcast, and there is rain in the forecast later this afternoon. Looks like it will hold off long enough to get a full nine innings in though. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

For the first time since April 16th, 109 games ago, Michael Pineda will start for the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. He last start before hurting his back/shoulder came in Fenway Park and his first start off the disabled list came in Camden Yards. This will be his third career start in the Bronx. He’s only been a Yankee for 2.765 seasons, but who’s counting? Here is the Astros lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s a little cloudy in New York but there is no rain in the forecast, so that’s good. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and you can watch live on YES. Enjoy.

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Aug
19

Game 123: Opposites

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The Yankees and Astros could not be any more different. One team has a huge payroll, the other has a laughably small payroll by 2014 standards. One has one of the oldest rosters in the league, the other has one of the youngest. One is actually trying to contend and doing whatever they can to win, the other is content with losing and stockpiling prospects for a future than may never come.

After winning two straight over the Rays this past weekend, the Yankees have some renewed hope that their postseason chances are not completely shot. They are three games back of the second wildcard spot with 39 games to play after tonight. If they’re going to make a run, it has to start with a beatdown of a lowly Astros at home this week. Here is Houston’s lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 2B Martin Prado
  7. C Brian McCann
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s starting to feel a little like fall in New York. The temperature is hovering around 80 even though it’s nice and sunny and there are no clouds in the sky. There is no rain in the forecast tonight either. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET. You can watch on My9. Enjoy.

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Aug
17

Game 122: Take the Series

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The Yankees have played 15 series against AL East opponents this year and so far they’ve won five. Five! They split one and lost the other nine. They’ve only won one of their last eight AL East series as well. That explains why they are closer to last place (6.5 games) than first place (seven games).

Yesterday’s win snapped a five-game losing streak and gives the Yankees a chance to clinch a rare series win over an AL East rival this afternoon. Hiroki Kuroda is starting on extra rest after showing clear signs of fatigue in his last two or three starts, particularly once his pitch count gets up to around 80. Hopefully the extra rest does him some good. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s another rainy day in St. Pete. The Tropicana Field dome was definitely a big help this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 1:40pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

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After a throwing program, a setback, and another throwing program, Carlos Beltran returns to right field today for the first time since May 11th. A bone spur in his throwing elbow limited him to DH duties over the last three months.

I’m not sure playing the defensively challenged Beltran in the outfield actually helps the Yankees, but this is year one of a three-year deal, so if they can avoid sticking him at DH full-time, they should do it. You can bet the Rays will test his arm this afternoon. Here is Tampa’s lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. RF Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Martin Prado
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Shane Greene

The Tropicana Field roof is coming in handy this series because it’s raining again in St. Petersburg. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 4pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and Fox Sports1 nationally. Here are the Fox Sports1 channel listings. Try to enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Brian McCann (concussion) is expected to be activated off the 7-day disabled list and play in tomorrow’s series finale. He is not active today.

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Aug
15

Game 120: Change the Pattern

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The last four days for the Yankees have gone heart-breaking loss, off-day, heart-breaking loss, off-day. That pattern needs to change tonight. I’m not really in the mood for another soul-crushing loss to a division rival. Besides, the Yankees do still have a chance to win the second wildcard spot, albeit a small one. It would be nice to see them stay in the hunt a little longer to keep things interesting. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Martin Prado
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s humid as hell and pouring in St. Petersburg, so good thing Tropicana Field has a roof. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

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Aug
13

Game 119: Big Mike Returns

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

After 111 days on the shelf with a muscle problem in his shoulder, Michael Pineda returns to the Yankees’ rotation tonight. He only started four games before getting hurt and only three were real, full starts. The fourth was cut short by the pine tar incident, as I’m sure you remember. Pineda was excellent in those four starts, allowing four runs total and looking very much like the pitcher the Yankees acquired three years ago.

A lot has changed since Pineda last pitched. The Yankees have turned over basically half their roster — Alfonso Soriano, Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Matt Thornton, and Preston Claiborne all played in Pineda’s last game before the injury — and they went from a postseason hopeful with two 25-year-old aces to a wildcard long-ish shot struggling to score more than three runs a game. Welcome back, Big Mike. Now put the team on your back. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Martin Prado
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s cloudy, hot, and humid as hell in Baltimore, so a typical day, basically. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Updates: Chris Leroux was designated for assignment to clear both a 25-man and 40-man roster spot for Pineda, the Yankees announced … Hiroki Kuroda is starting Sunday, not Monday. He’s getting only six days of rest instead of seven … Joe Girardi said the team expects to be able to activate Brian McCann (concussion) off the disabled list on Saturday, the first day he is eligible.

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Aug
11

Game 118: First of Ten

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Including tonight, the Yankees have 45 games left this season. Ten of those 45 will be played against the Orioles. The Yankees are six games back of Baltimore in the AL East, and they have intentions of winning the division, the head-to-head matchups are there for them to make up ground. They have to start winning them though. The O’s have won two of three in each of the first three series these clubs have played this year. That has to stop. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Martin Prado
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s cloudy and humid in Baltimore, and there is rain in the forecast later tonight. Once it starts, it’s supposed to continue right through until tomorrow morning, so we might be in for another one of those five-inning games these two teams had right before the All-Star break. Get the lead early, I guess. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin just after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Updates: In case you missed it earlier, Michael Pineda will indeed return to the rotation and start Wednesday’s series finale … Bryan Mitchell has been sent down and Chris Leroux was called up to give the team a fresh long man.

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Aug
10

Game 117: End of the Homestand

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This afternoon’s series finale against the Indians is the difference between a 5-2 homestand and a 4-3 homestand. The former sure looks a whole lot better than the latter, doesn’t it? After getting Klubered yesterday, hopefully the Yankees will come out and wrap this homestand up with a win before going to Baltimore for an incredibly important three-game series. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 2B Stephen Drew
  7. 3B Martin Prado
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s another gorgeous day for baseball in New York. Nice and sunny, no clouds, no rain in the forecast, just a perfect afternoon to be at the ballpark. This afternoon’s game will begin a bit after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

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Aug
09

Game 116: Paul O’Neill Day

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The Yankees are looking for their fourth straight win and seventh in their last eight games this afternoon, but, before they play the Indians, they will unveil a plaque in Monument Park for Paul O’Neill. The team is not retiring his No. 21 and I wonder if that means it will be put back into circulation now that O’Neill is being honored. It would be weird to keep it off limits without retiring it.

Anyway, the two Paul O’Neill moments that stand out to me are the Paul O’Neill chant in Game Five of the 2001 World Series and his catch to end Game Five of the 1996 World Series. The chant in 2001 doesn’t really need an explanation. I still get goosebumps when I watch the video (above!). The catch in 1996 saved at least the tying run from scoring and likely the go-ahead run as well. O’Neill’s legs were banged up all series and it was painful just watching him move, but he was able to run down Luis Polonia’s line drive for the 27th out. Here’s the video.

There are plenty of other great Paul O’Neill moments, of course, and we’ll get to re-live some of them this afternoon. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET and you can watch all of it live on YES. The Yankees and Indians will then play their game at 1:05pm ET and you can watch that exclusively on Fox Sports 1. Here’s the channel finder, here’s the Indians lineup, and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Chase Headley
  6. 2B Stephen Drew
  7. 3B Martin Prado
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

The weather in New York is absolutely perfect right now. Couldn’t ask for a better day to spend at the ballpark. Enjoy the ceremony and the game.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (finger) tried to swing a bat today but it was “very painful.” The joint bothers him more than the cut. He remains day-to-day … Brian McCann (concussion) will see a specialist today and may be placed on the 7-day DL. Austin Romine is said to be the likely call-up candidate … Michael Pineda (shoulder) feels fine following yesterday’s rehab start and says he’s ready to return to the rotation. It’s not his call, however.

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