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Jul
19

Game 96: Make It Two

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Do you know how long it’s been since the Yankees last won consecutive games at Yankee Stadium? The last time it happened was when Carlos Beltran hit the walk-off homer against Zach Britton and the Orioles. That was before Yangervis Solarte got sent to the minors. It was the day after the Red Sox released Grady Sizemore. The Blue Jays were still in first. Yeah, it’s been a while.

Last night’s series opening win over the Reds was basically a blueprint for how the Yankees will have to win in the second half — production from the big money position players, solid enough starting pitching, and shutdown relief work. This is Captain Obvious stuff, I know. Do it again this afternoon, bank another win, take another step towards returning the postseason. 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 Brandon McCarthy

It’s cool and overcast in New York, but there is no rain in the forecast. At least nothing heavy. Maybe some drizzle at some point, but that’s it. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Derek Jeter Update: The Yankees announced they will honor Jeter with a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, September 7th. Here is the official release, though no details have been announced. Just the date. Based on Mariano Rivera‘s ceremony last year, this thing is going to be massive.

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(Photo Credit: Flickr user pvsbond via Creative Commons license)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user pvsbond via Creative Commons license)

The four-day All-Star break is over and the Yankees go back to work tonight. They open the second half with the first of three games against the Reds, part of a ten-game second half-opening homestand. Want to get back into the playoff race? Like, for real? Then take advantage of this homestand. The scheduling gods held up their end of the bargain, now the Yankees have to do their part. Start the second half off on the right foot with a win tonight. 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 David Phelps

The weather is gorgeous in New York. Perfect night to kick off the second half. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

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Jul
15

2014 All-Star Game Thread

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2014 All-Star GameI enjoy the All-Star Game more than most people seem to. It’s the cool thing to bash, I guess. It’s totally silly that the game determines home field advantage in the World Series, I have no idea why that is a thing, but the game itself is a lot of fun. You’ve got all these great players in one place, they wear funny looking cleats and batting gloves, it’s cool. It’s the perfect game to just chill out and watch.

The Yankees have three All-Stars this year but only two are in Minnesota. The players voted Masahiro Tanaka into the game — he received more votes than any other starting pitcher — but he is currently dealing with the partially torn ligament in his right elbow. For shame. Derek Jeter was voted into the starting lineup by the fans and he will leadoff for the AL team. Dellin Betances was voted in by the players as well. AL manager John Farrell said he would like to get as many players into the game as possible, and as awesome as it would be to see Betances pitch, I would be more than fine with him getting the night off and resting.

There are a total of 81 All-Stars this season between players originally elected to the game and various replacements. Basically 11% of the league. If you’re an MLB player right now, there’s better than a one in ten chance you’re an All-Star. Crazy. That might be a few too many. Anyway, here are the full rosters and here are the fan-voted starting lineups:

National League

  1. CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
  2. RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
  3. SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
  4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
  5. DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
  6. 3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
  7. 2B Chase Utley, Phillies
  8. C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
  9. LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
    RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

American League

  1. SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
  2. LF Mike Trout, Angels
  3. 2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
  4. 1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
  5. RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
  6. DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
  7. CF Adam Jones, Orioles
  8. 3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
  9. C Salvador Perez, Royals
    RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners

Unlike last night, the weather in Minneapolis is nice and clear tonight. It is cool and cloudy but there is no rain in the forecast, thankfully. The All-Star Game can be seen on FOX and the broadcast is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm ET. They have to go through the baseline introductions and all that first, remember. Talk about the All-Star Game or anything else right here tonight. Enjoy the game.

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Jul
13

Game 94: End of the First Half

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(Patrick McDermott/Getty)

One more game. One more game until the Yankees can rest and regroup over the All-Star break after being in what felt like survival mode for the last few weeks. Players are getting hurt, the bullpen has been taxed, the offense is moseying along … this has not been the easiest first half for the Yankees. Not at all.

Chase Whitley is making his return to the rotation tonight thanks to Masahiro Tanaka‘s injury, and hopefully his short stint in the bullpen will help him get over whatever was troubling him his last three starts. He was pretty brutal. Joe Girardi is in position to be aggressive with his key relievers with the four-day rest coming up, so Dellin Betances and Adam Warren could both be asked to throw two innings. Two innings for David Robertson might not be off the table. A four-out save seems very likely, if necessary. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s very hot, very humid, and kinda cloudy in Baltimore. There is also rain in the forecast later tonight, which might interfere with the game in some way. We’ll have to see. The game is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Move: The Yankees have called up right-hander Bryan Mitchell as an extra just in case long man. He was scratched from his scheduled start for Double-A Trenton yesterday and is good for 100 pitches tonight if need be. Zoilo Almonte was sent down in a corresponding move. I assume Mitchell will be sent down and Carlos Beltran will be activated off the 7-day concussion disabled list after the break.

Rotation Update: David Phelps, Brandon McCarthy, and Hiroki Kuroda will start the first three games after the All-Star break, Joe Girardi announced. I would bet on Shane Greene getting the ball in the fourth game.

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Jul
13

2014 Futures Game Thread

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2014 Futures GameThe Yankees don’t wrap up the traditional first half with the series finale against the Orioles until later tonight, so this afternoon we can all focus on the 2014 Futures Game in Target Field. Usually the Futures Game conflicts with the Yankees. This is sorta nice.

For the first time since 2010 (Austin Romine and Hector Noesi), the Yankees had two farmhands selected for the Futures Game this year. RHP Luis Severino is on the World Team roster while C/1B Peter O’Brien will suit up for Team USA. Neither is starting, but Severino is scheduled to pitch the fourth inning and O’Brien will definitely get into the game at some point. Everyone plays, even if it’s only one at-bat.

Team USA has won the last four Futures Games and they lead the all-time series 9-6. A total of 115 players have appeared in both a Futures Game and an MLB All-Star Game at some point, plus 22 players from last year’s Futures Game have already gone on to play in the big leagues. I would be surprised if O’Brien and especially Severino make it MLB within the next 12 months, however. The full rosters can be seen right here. Here are the starting lineups.

World Team (Manager: Bert Blyleven)

  1. CF Dalton Pompey, Blue Jays
  2. SS Francisco Lindor, Indians
  3. 2B Jose Peraza, Braves
  4. 1B Kennys Vargas, Twins
  5. LF Steven Moya, Tigers
  6. RF Dariel Alvarez, Orioles
  7. DH Gabby Guerrero, Mariners
  8. 3B Renato Nunez, Athletics
  9. C Jorge Alfaro, Rangers
    RHP Jose Berrios, Twins (pitching order)

Team USA (Manager: Tom Kelly)

  1. CF Michael Taylor, Nationals
  2. 2B Sean Coyle, Red Sox
  3. SS Corey Seager, Dodgers
  4. 3B Kris Bryant, Cubs
  5. DH Joey Gallo, Rangers
  6. 1B D.J. Peterson, Mariners
  7. LF Jesse Winker, Reds
  8. RF Hunter Renfroe, Padres
  9. C Kevin Plawecki, Mets
    LHP Henry Owens, Red Sox (pitching order)

It’s nice and sunny in Minneapolis with no rain in the forecast. Wonderful day for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 5pm ET and you’ll be able to watch live on MLB Network or via the live stream below. Enjoy the game.

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Jul
12

Game 93: Beat the Birds

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(Rob Carr/Getty)

This important three-game series against the Orioles did not get off to a good start last night. Not at all. The Yankees dropped a(nother) winnable game, mostly because their offense shuts down after the fifth or sixth inning. I’m not making that up either. They average only 1.29 runs per game from the sixth through ninth innings, which is the lowest in baseball according to Team Rankings. This team goes down too easily in the late innings. 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 Brian McCann
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. 3B Kelly Johnson
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Shane Greene

It is hot and humid in Baltimore, per usual, and there are scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for later this evening. Not sure if they will be an issue for the game or what. We’ll find out eventually. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Roster Updates: Jeff Francis has reported to the team and is available today. He is wearing No. 53. Matt Daley was optioned down to clear a roster spot … Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will not attend the All-Star Game festivities next week. He’s receiving his platelet rich-plasma injection on Monday.

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Jul
11

Game 92: Just Win

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Roberts is playing his first game back in Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Rude of LeBron to overshadow Roberts’ return to Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Considering all the injuries and their extended stretch of mediocre play — 42-42 in their last 84 games! — this could be a season-defining series for the Yankees. I don’t think that’s hyperbole either. If the Yankees sweep, they’ll be a game back of the Orioles and right in the thick of the AL East race. If the Yankees get swept, forget it. They’ll be seven games back and buried. They would have to seriously consider selling at the trade deadline.

This is the epitome of a one game at a time weekend. The All-Star break is coming up, so Joe Girardi can lean a heavily on his late-inning relievers if necessary. In fact, I encourage it. This is the most important series of the season (to date), after all. Win at all costs, then enjoy the four-day mini-vacation next week. 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. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. DH Kelly Johnson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s a little cloudy but hot and uncomfortably humid in Baltimore, which is pretty standard down there. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) has postponed his appointment with Dr. Andrews on Monday. He will first get opinions from Dr. ElAttrache and Dr. Maister … in case you missed it earlier, the Yankees acquired lefty Jeff Francis in a minor trade with the Athletics. Jim Miller was designated for assignment and Matt Daley was called up.

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Jul
10

Game 91: Before Baltimore

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(Jason Miller/Getty)

(Jason Miller/Getty)

The Yankees have a chance to win their second straight four-game series tonight, and I can’t imagine that happens very often. Especially not in back-to-back series. With Masahiro Tanaka‘s final diagnosis looming and a huge three-game series in Baltimore upcoming this weekend, it would be wonderful if the Yankees could bag an easy, bullpen-saving win tonight against the Indians. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of those. 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 Brian McCann
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. RF Zelous Wheeler
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP David Phelps

It’s nice and sunny in Cleveland and there is no rain in the forecast. The series finale is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Tanaka will see team doctor Dr. Ahmad tonight in Seattle and the Yankees could announce a final diagnosis within 24 hours. Dr. Neal ElAttrache is at the same conference as Ahmad and could also examine Tanaka. He did his pre-signing physical over the winter, so there is some familiarity there … in case you missed it earlier, Carlos Beltran was placed on the 7-day concussion DL and Solarte was called up.

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Jul
09

Game 90: McCarthy’s Debut

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(Mike Ehrmann/Getty)

The Yankees were dealt a rather significant blow this afternoon when Masahiro Tanaka‘s barking elbow forced the team to place their ace on the 15-day DL. The All-Star break is next week, so the best case scenario means he will miss only two starts. Still, I’d rather not see him miss any.

Tanaka’s injury comes a few days after the Yankees swung a deal for Brandon McCarthy, who will make his debut for the team tonight. I think he might be their ace right now. Boy things really fell apart in a hurry, huh? Hopefully McCarthy makes a strong first impression and the Yankees can get back in the win column following last night’s loss. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 2B Brian Roberts
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. LF Zoilo Almonte
  8. 3B Zelous Wheeler
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It is cloudy and cool in Cleveland, but there is no rain in the forecast. Shouldn’t be any trouble getting this game in. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Brett Gardner is day-to-day with a lower abdominal strain and is day-to-day. Tests confirmed it is not a hernia and he hopes to play tomorrow … Carlos Beltran was scratched from tonight’s lineup after a ball ricocheted off the cage and hit him below the eye during the batting practice. I’m not joking.

Roster Updates: Almonte was called up to take Tanaka’s spot on the roster … the Yankees have not yet announced who will start Sunday’s game in Tanaka’s place. I assume it depends on whether Chase Whitley is needed in relief these next few days.

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Jul
08

Game 89: Tanaka Tuesday

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Tanaka preemptively applauding his own performance. (Jason Miller/Getty)

Tanaka applauding his own performance in advance. (Jason Miller/Getty)

It’s the best day of the week. Masahiro Tanaka is making his penultimate start of the unofficial first half and he has a chance to give the Yankees their third straight win (and fifth in the last six games). It’s a good night for a win. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s hot and humid in Cleveland, but there is no rain in the forecast. There was earlier today. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Carlos Beltran‘s knee feels “a lot better” and he is available to pinch hit tonight … Brandon McCarthy has officially reported to the team. He is wearing No. 38, if you’re curious. Bruce Billings was optioned to Triple-A Scranton in a corresponding move … Shane Greene is still listed with the starters on the lineup card while Chase Whitley remains listed with the relievers. Between that and Billings (the other long man) being sent down, it’s likely Greene will make another start.

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