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Sep
28

Game 162: –30–

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So this is it. The final game of the season. The last six months have mostly sucked but there were plenty of awesome moments mixed in, none better than Derek Jeter‘s walk-off single in his Yankee Stadium farewell three days ago. That was just amazing. All-time great moment I’ll remember forever.

The Yankees wrap up the 2014 regular season this afternoon before heading into what I am sure will be an eventful offseason. Eventful good or eventful bad? That’s the question. I really have no idea what’s in store this winter. We can worry about all of that starting tomorrow. For now, just enjoy the last few innings of Yankees baseball until the spring. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. CF Brett Gardner
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. SS Stephen Drew
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. LF Chris Young
  9. 2B Jose Pirela
    RHP Michael Pineda

Another nice and sunny day in Boston. The weather has been pretty awesome this weekend. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:35pm ET, but the Red Sox are having a pre-game ceremony for Jeter that is scheduled to begin around 1pm ET. You’ll be able to watch on YES locally and both TBS and MLB.tv nationally. MLB.tv is free for the weekend. Enjoy the game, folks.

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Sep
27

Game 161: Two To Go

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The Yankees won the first game of this season-ending series with the Red Sox last night, and with a win today and tomorrow, New York will match last season’s 85-77 record. That’s a bad thing after spending all that money on free agents this winter. Unless they manage to score 30 runs the next two games, they’ll score fewer runs than last year. On the other hand, they’ll also allow fewer runs than last year unless they somehow give up 22 runs in the final two games. That’s … good? Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Chase Headley
  5. LF Chris Young
  6. SS Stephen Drew
  7. 2B Jose Pirela
  8. 3B Brendan Ryan
  9. CF Eury Perez
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It’s a perfect fall day for baseball in Boston. Blue skies, a few clouds, cool and breezy. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on FOX. Regular old FOX, not FOX Sports 1. Enjoy the game.

Update: Neither Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) nor Dellin Betances will play again this year. Betances isn’t hurt, they’re just shutting him down due to his workload … David Robertson will pitch again if he has a chance to get his 40th save of the season (he’s at 39) … both Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira will play tomorrow … the Red Sox were planning to use the Bob Sheppard recording to introduce Jeter before his at-bats (the Yankees and Sheppard’s family signed off), but Jeter shot it down, saying Sheppard’s voice belongs in Yankee Stadium. Yep.

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Sep
26

Game 160: RailRiders vs. PawSox

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For all intents and purposes, the 2014 regular season ended last night. The Yankees are just running out the clock this weekend. So, with nothing on the line, Joe Girardi decided to send out the Triple-A Scranton lineup for tonight’s opener with the Red Sox. Or maybe I should say the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Their lineup isn’t looking so hot either. Here is Girardi’s lineup:

  1. 2B Jose Pirela
  2. CF Eury Perez
  3. 1B Frankie Cervelli
  4. LF Chris Young
  5. C John Ryan Murphy
  6. DH Austin Romine
  7. SS Brendan Ryan
  8. 3B Zelous Wheeler
  9. RF Antoan Richardson
    LHP Chris Capuano

Beautiful weather in Boston tonight. Clear skies and cool, which is to be expected this time of year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and you can watch on My9. Enjoy the game.

Updates: Derek Jeter asked for today off because he was “drained” following last night’s game. He won’t even pinch-hit but he will play the next two games … Joe Girardi said he wanted to send Hiroki Kuroda back out for the ninth inning so he could get an ovation last night, but Kuroda declined … Girardi offered to let Jeter manage on Sunday, but Jeter isn’t interested.

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So this is it. Derek Jeter is playing his final home game tonight and his career will be over in four days. I mean, we’ve known this day was coming for months, but I still don’t want to believe it’s actually here. I can barely remember the pre-Jeter Yankees at this point and I honestly don’t want to think about the post-Jeter Yankees right now either. I grew up watching his career from start to finish. He was embedded in my childhood.

Tonight is going to be very bittersweet, the same way Mariano Rivera‘s exit was bittersweet last year. The celebration is so fun but the thought of the Yankees without Jeter sucks. I don’t care how he’s hit last year. Jeter’s an icon and I’m going to miss him. I have no idea what the Yankees and Joe Girardi are planning tonight but I have no doubt it will be amazing. They always seem to nail this stuff. I can’t wait and I don’t want this game to come at the same time, know what I mean? Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. LF Chris Young
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. DH Jose Pirela
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It has been raining all day in New York but it cleared up not too long ago. The game is scheduled to start just after 7pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally as well as MLB Network and MLB.tv nationally. This is the free MLB.tv game of the day, so you can watch even without a subscription. Sweet deal. Enjoy the game, folks.

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Sep
24

Game 158: On The Brink

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The Yankees are on the verge of being officially eliminated from postseason play. One more loss or one more win by both the Royals and Athletics will do the job. The Mariners and Indians are ahead of the Yankees as well, remember. This isn’t a simple “hope the Yankees win out and hope the Royals lose all of their games” scenario. Seattle and Cleveland would need to cooperate as well.

It’s inevitable New York will be eliminated from postseason contention at some point soon, I just hope it happens because the Royals win and not because the Yankees lose. You know what I mean? Force the other issue and make the other team eliminate you, don’t eliminate yourself. That would be the tiniest of consolation prizes. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. 3B Chase Headley
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. 2B Stephen Drew
  7. LF Chris Young
  8. RF Antoan Richardson
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Shane Greene

It is cool and overcast in New York today, but there is no rain in the forecast. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Joe Girardi confirmed that it is “going to be pretty tough” for both Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) and Carlos Beltran (elbow) to get healthy in time to play again this year.

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Unless the Yankees make a miraculous comeback and win one of the wildcard spots, Brandon McCarthy is making his final start of the season and possibly his final start in pinstripes tonight. He’s been awesome for the Yankees, pitching to a 2.54 ERA (2.95 FIP) in 13 starts and 85 innings. McCarthy actually ranks fifth on the team in innings pitched this year behind Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, David Phelps, and Dellin Betances. Crazy. I hope he comes back next season. If not, then I hope his last start in pinstripes is a dandy. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

The weather has been just perfect in New York today. Couldn’t ask for any better. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on My9 locally and ESPN nationally. ESPN actually picked this game up yesterday citing postseason implications, if you can believe that. Anyway, enjoy the game.

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

The final home series of the season is upon us. As much as this season sucked, I will dearly miss watching baseball in Yankee Stadium this winter just as I do every winter. The Yankees have to win all seven of their remaining games to make the postseason at this point, and even then they’ll need some help, so just sit back and enjoy the final week of the season. No point in stressing over anything. Just enjoy the baseball before it goes away. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s a wonderful day for baseball in New York. I little chilly but not too much. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

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Sep
21

Game 155: Tanaka Returns

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After more than three months on the shelf, Masahiro Tanaka returns to the rotation this afternoon. The treatment for his partially torn ligament is complete, so the elbow is as healthy as it’s going to get. This afternoon’s start — as well as his next start in five days — is about testing the ligament in game action. It still might blow out and require Tommy John surgery. If it does, the Yankees want it to happen now rather than next April.

The Yankees are out of the postseason race — they are still mathematically alive, but they’re an extreme long shot — so results don’t matter this afternoon. If Tanaka gets rocked, fine. It’ll suck, but whatever. The healthy of his elbow is the most important thing. If he comes through the start feeling strong and the ligament holds up, then it’s a major win in the grand scheme of things. The Yankees could certainly use some good injury news after these last two seasons. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. LF Chris Young
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. 1B Francisco Cervelli
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Not the best weather for Tanaka’s return — it’s overcast and humid as hell, plus there is some scattered rain in the forecast throughout the day. Hopefully nothing that causes any kind of delay. The last thing the Yankees need is Tanaka’s first game back to be cut short by the weather. This afternoon’s game will start at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Updates: Joe Girardi said Derek Jeter will play every game the rest of the season, even if he only starts as the DH … Carlos Beltran (elbow) will not have his surgery until after the season, though it remains unclear if he will be healthy enough to play this last week … Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) wants to play again this season, even if the team is eliminated … Chaz Roe was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Tanaka, who was activated off the 60-day DL.

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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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