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Jul
28

Game 105: You Again

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In recent years, playing the Rangers seven times in a ten-day span would have really, really sucked. They were varying degrees of dangerous from 2010-13, and playing them that many times in that short a period would have meant a worn out bullpen and a few losses.

Things are different now. The Rangers are terrible, like worst team in baseball terrible, so seeing them on the schedule seven times in a ten-day span was a welcome sight. That doesn’t guarantee wins, of course. Any team can beat any team on any given night, but I’m sure glad the Yankees are playing the 2014 Rangers and not the 2010-13 Rangers so many times in these ten days. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 1B Brian McCann
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. LF Zoilo Almonte
    RHP David Phelps

It is oppressively hot in the Dallas area and there are some thunderstorms in the forecast for later tonight. Nothing heavy like last week. There would be a delay, if anything. Not a postponement or shortened game. First pitch is scheduled for 8pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees called up Zoilo Almonte and designated Jeff Francis for assignment, the team announced. They are back down to a normal seven-man bullpen and a four-man bench.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (lat) feels fine and he will take regular batting practice on the field today. If that goes well, he will return to the lineup tomorrow …  Jacoby Ellsbury is fine. Just a routine day off. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.

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That was a dumb end to the homestand, but hey, I’m pretty sure we all would have signed up seven wins in ten games coming out of the All-Star break. Let’s recap Sunday afternoon’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays:

  • Rally to Tie, Part I: The Yankees made J.A. Happ look like Felix Hernandez or Miles Mikolas for the first four innings. He faced one over the minimum in those innings and retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced before Chase Headley and Frankie Cervelli teamed up for back-to-back solo homers in the fifth. Headley’s was a bomb out to left, Cervelli’s a Yankee Stadium cheapie to right-center. They were the team’s 18th and 19th homers by right-handed hitters this year. Yep.
  • Mean Greene: Not the prettiest outing for Shane Greene, who did wiggle out of a second and third with no outs jam in the first inning while allowing only one run. He surrendered a solo homer to Juan Francisco, and, after the offense rallied to tie the game, a run-scoring double to Colby Rasmus in the sixth. Three runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings isn’t great but it’s hardly a disaster. Greene bent but he did not break.
  • Rally to Tie, Part II: In a refreshing role reversal, the other team’s infield defense led to a run in the sixth inning. Derek Jeter singled and Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out before moving up on Carlos Beltran‘s ground out. Brian McCann plated the game tying run with a weak grounder. The second baseman short-hopped the throw to first and full-in first baseman Jose Bautista couldn’t handle the throw. McCann was safe and credit with an infield single, and Ellsbury scored the tie the game at three.
  • Wild Wild Wild: Dellin Betances pitched out of a David Huff created mess in the seventh inning — he inherited first and second with no outs — but his wildness hurt him in the eighth. He walked Rasmus to start the inning and let him get to third by throwing away a pickoff throw. A Munenori Kawasaki sac fly gave Toronto a 4-3 lead. Dr. Dellin in the seventh, Mr. Betances in the eighth.
  • Rally to Tie, Part III: For the third time in the game, the Yankees answered right back immediately after the Blue Jays scored. Brett Gardner led the eighth inning off with a single, moved to second on Jeter’s bunt, and scored on Beltran’s single to shallow left. Good ol’ manufactured run. I wish they would hit-and-run or just flat-out tell Gardner to run in those situations. Bunting is a waste of his speed.
  • No Shutdown Innings Allowed: The Yankees weren’t the only team to do the answering. Toronto scored the next-half inning each time the Bombers scored, including in the ninth. A single by Melky Cabrera, a run-saving diving stab by Headley to cut down the lead runner at second, a stolen base by Bautista, and a single by Dioner Navarro re-gave the Jays the lead off David Robertson. Just one shutdown inning would have been cool. There was no ninth inning rally for New York. Not even a base-runner.
  • Leftovers: The YES cameras caught Troy Tulowitzki at the game wearing an Arrested Development shirt (photo). He’s in New York to see a specialist about his hip injury … the usually reliable bullpen allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. Can’t expect zeroes every single day … every starter had exactly one hit except Ellsbury and Brendan Ryan. Ellsbury drew a walk though … Cervelli made two great plays at the plate. First to reel in Zelous Wheeler‘s off-line throw to tag Dan Johnson in the fourth, and again to hold onto McCann’s short-hop throw for the force out in the seventh.

For the box score and video highlights, go to MLB.com. FanGraphs has some other stats and ESPN has the updated standings. Depending on the outcome of the afternoon, the Yankees will be either three games back (Orioles lose) or four games back (Orioles win) of the top spot in the AL East. They’re one game back of Toronto for the second wildcard either way. The Yankees are off to Texas to play the last place Rangers now. David Phelps and Yu Darvish open the three-game series on Monday night.

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Jul
27

Game 104: End of the Homestand

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The scheduling gods did the Yankees a favor and gave them a ten-game homestand to open the second half. They’ve taken advantage and won seven of the first nine games with a chance to make it eight of ten this afternoon. Playing better at home these last two months is imperative if the team wants to contend and so far they’ve done that. Wrap up the homestand with a win this afternoon, then head out on the road to play two last place teams. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Brian McCann
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Francisco Cervelli
  8. RF Zelous Wheeler
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Shane Greene

It’s hot, humid, and cloudy in New York this afternoon, and there is rain in the forecast for later today. It shouldn’t be a problem unless the game goes long. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Mark Teixeira (lat) took swings in the batting cage and fielded grounders earlier today. Joe Girardi said he is hopeful he will be back in the lineup either Tuesday or Wednesday … Carlos Beltran (elbow) is continuing his throwing program and Girardi indicated he could return to the outfield within two weeks.

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The streak is dead, long live the streak. The Blue Jays beat the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the first time since August 2012, 17 games ago. Bad offense and bad defense were to blame for this one, if assigning blame is your thing. Let’s recap the 6-4 loss:

  • Two Runs, One Swing: Despite putting two runners on base in the first and another on in the third, Drew Hutchison threw a total of 32 pitches in the first three innings. He started the sixth at only 75 pitches. The Yankees were hacking at everything, which they’ve been doing for a few weeks now. They got to him for two runs in the fourth — Carlos Beltran drew a four-pitch walk and Brian McCann hit a 1-1 pitch into the bullpen — but otherwise they only had one runner reach third base the rest of the game. Not the most inspiring afternoon from the offense.
  • Quality Start: I don’t think we could have reasonably asked for anything better than two runs and six innings from Chris Capuano, right? He walked the tightrope all afternoon and I thought Joe Girardi was really tempting fate by sending back out for the sixth after allowing a bunch of hits and the two runs in the fifth, but he skated through that last inning. Four singles, four walks, one double, and one hit batsman is a lot of base-runners, but it worked. There are no style points with guys like Capuano. Outs are outs and he got them. Nice surprise.
  • Five-Out Innings: It’s been a while since we’ve had a good infield derpfest. The Yankees gave the Blue Jays five outs in the seventh inning because they’re playing a catcher at first base and Brian Roberts in general. McCann fielded Dioner Navarro’s chopper at first, looked the runners back, but let Navarro run by to load the bases with no outs. Later in the inning, Matt Thornton jammed Dan Johnson, but the infield pop-up somehow fell in front of Roberts for an infield hit, scoring a run. It’s a play a big leaguer has to make, no doubt about it. The Jays only scored the one run in the inning, but New York’s always sketchy infield defense gave with two extra outs.
  • Leftovers: Beltran hit a garbage time two-run homer in the ninth after Chase Whitley and Jeff Francis combined to allow three runs (Johnson homer) in the top half of the inning … Capuano hit Jose Bautista in the top of the first and Hutchison retaliated by plunked Beltran in the bottom half. Both benches were warned but nothing came of it … Chase Headley went 1-for-4 and bunted to beat the shift immediately following McCann’s homer. Michael Kay could hardly contain his excitement … Thornton got only his second and third swing and miss in his last eight appearances (51 total pitches).

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs has some other stats, and ESPN has the updated standings. The Orioles are playing the Mariners this afternoon, so, depending on the outcome of that game, the Yankees will either be three games back of the AL East lead and a half-game up on the second wildcard spot (Mariners win) or four games back of the AL East lead and 1.5 games up on the second wildcard spot (Orioles win). Simple enough, right? Shane Greene and J.A. Happ will wrap up the series and the homestand on Sunday afternoon. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch that game live.

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Jul
25

Game 102: Make it 17

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The Yankees and Blue Jays are virtually tied in the standings. They’re both competing for the AL East title and the second wildcard spot (the Angels have run away with the top spot already), so these head-to-head matchups are incredibly important. The Yankees have won 16 straight over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium dating back to 2012, so, needless to say, let’s hope that extend that streak to 17 games tonight. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Brian McCann
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s nice and sunny in New York. Wonderful weather for baseball. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Updates: Mark Teixeira (lat) feels “really good” but has not yet swung a bat. He doesn’t know when he will return to the lineup and Joe Girardi said they will have more information by Sunday. With Teixeira banged up and an eight-man bullpen, the Yankees only have a two-man bench (Brendan Ryan and Zelous Wheeler) … in case you missed it earlier, Chris Capuano was added to the active roster and will start tomorrow. Shane Greene will start Sunday, Chase Whitley is in the bullpen, and Chris Leroux has been designated for assignment.

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Jul
24

Game 101: Finish Them Off

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The Yankees have won two straight games — one in extra innings, one shortened by rain — and five of six since the All-Star break. They had to come out of the gate strong and take advantage of this ten-game second half-opening homestand, and so far they’ve done that. One more game with the worst team in baseball — a team that just traded its elite closer, by the way — is on tap for this afternoon. Finish off this series on a high note, then get ready for the big weekend against the Blue Jays. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Brian McCann
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s hot, humid, and overcast in New York today, but there isn’t any rain in the forecast, thankfully. It was coming down pretty hard last night. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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I could totally go for a blowout win tonight. Like nine or tens run in the first two or three innings, then go into cruise control and let the just called up Chris Leroux get one of those silly three-out saves. It’s been a long time since the Yankees had a laugher like that — they haven’t scored double-digit runs since scoring 14 at Fenway Park on April 24th, which was 77 games ago — and after these last two games, I think we could all use one. Just do me a solid. Blow this one open early and make the last few innings boring. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s hot and humid as hell in New York, plus there is some rain in the forecast later tonight. Stuff that will probably affect the game somehow. We’ll just have to wait and see. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES.

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The Yankees threw the ball all over the field and looked generally helpless at the plate last night, so they responded today by swinging a trade for third baseman Chase Headley. He might not hit, there’s a chance he just stinks now, but at the very least he will be a huge upgrade at the hot corner defensively. I’m sure the pitching staff will appreciate that part of his game, if nothing else.

Headley is listed on the lineup card and is on the active roster for tonight’s game, but he is not in the starting lineup. The trade went down in the early afternoon and even though the Padres are in Chicago and not San Diego, getting to the Bronx in time for the game just didn’t happen. Joe Girardi told reporters Headley is expected to arrive at Yankee Stadium around 7:30pm ET and be available off the bench in the late innings. He also said he’ll be the team’s everyday third baseman going forward, because duh. Here’s the Rangers 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 Brian McCann
  6. RF Kelly Johnsonlots of experience in left but this is his first career game in right
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Chase Whitley

It’s a lovely day in New York. No clouds, warm but not hot, breezy but not windy. No rain in the forecast either. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

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Jul
21

Game 98: Keep It Going

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The scheduling gods have smiled down upon the Yankees. The last place and injury decimated Rangers are in the Bronx for four games this week, and next week these two teams will play another three games in Texas. Seven of New York’s next ten games will be played against the worst team in baseball.

While that is going on, the Orioles will be playing six games against the high-powered Angels and four games against the Mariners, two teams in postseason contention. Forget about the wildcard for a minute. The Yankees come into today three games back of Baltimore in the AL East and these next ten days (really eleven since the O’s have an off-day next week) are a golden opportunity to make a move up the standings. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Kelly Johnson
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Shane Greene

It’s hot and humid in New York, though there is no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Update: In case you missed it earlier, Mark Teixeira will miss the next 3-4 games with a mild lower lat strain. The disabled list is not being considered at this time.

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Jul
20

Game 97: Finish the Sweep

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The Yankees won the first two games of this three-game series with the Reds, so the series win is already in the bag. That’s an accomplishment for this group. They’ve won only three of their last eleven series in the Bronx, including this one. The Yankees needed to start playing better at home if they wanted to make a serious run and they’ve done that in the first two games of the second half. Let’s finish off this sweep and welcome the last place Rangers to town next. Here is the Reds lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Perfect baseball weather in New York this afternoon. Cool, blue sky, no clouds, no threat of rain. It’s wonderful. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

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