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Jul
02

Game 83: End of the Homestand

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The Yankees wrap up their ugly six-game homestand this afternoon, a homestand in which they won the first game (yay!) but lost the last four (boo!). They’ve lost eight of their last ten games overall while being outscored 48-31. Worst of all, all ten of those games were played against AL East rivals. The Yankees are 17-17 in their division so far this year but I don’t believe it. The standings are lying. It feels like they’re 5-29 against the AL East.

The homestand ends today and the Yankees head out on an eleven-game road trip starting tomorrow. This is the last time they play in the Bronx for 16 days, until after the All-Star break. Given their performance at home (18-22, outscored 186-144), I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. End the homestand with a win and get the hell outta here. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Kelly Johnson
  6. RF Alfonso Soriano
  7. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    LHP Vidal Nuno

It is pretty gross out in New York right now. Overcast but really hot and humid. There is also some rain in the forecast for later this afternoon, though it doesn’t look like it will impact the game unless they go to extra innings. I love watching games live and being at the Stadium, but this is one I will happily enjoy from my air-conditioned home. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira had his knee drained last night and is expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow. He’s been playing through some discomfort … Jacoby Ellsbury is a “little beat up” and needs a day off, according to Joe Girardi.

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Jul
01

Game 82: Second Half

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Tonight marks the start of the second half of the 2014 season. The first half was not great and also not a disaster for the Yankees. It wasn’t even good. Not bad either. Acceptable. Tolerable. Middle of the road. They didn’t run away with anything and they didn’t get buried in the standings. The second half has to be better if they want to contend in Derek Jeter‘s final season. That’s not really up for debate. Let’s start the rest of the season with a much-needed win tonight, shall we? 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. RF Alfonso Soriano
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s cloudy but otherwise a fine day here in New York. No weather problems for tonight’s game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Update: CC Sabathia (knee) will make his rehab start with Double-A Trenton tomorrow rather than Thursday. Seems like they pushed it up a day due to the weather forecast. Sabathia threw only 36 pitches in his first rehab start on Saturday, so starting on three days’ rest isn’t a huge deal.

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Jun
30

Game 81: Halfway Point

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So here we are, the halfway point of the season. Well, technically we’re still one game away from the true halfway point, but that’s close enough. Depending on the outcome of tonight’s game, the Yankees will be either 42-39 or 41-40 through the first half of the season, and neither is particularly great. They’ve certainly looked the part of a near-.500 team for long stretches of time.

The last place Rays — like, literally last place, worst record in baseball last place — are in town for three games and I can’t think of a better way to start the second half of the season than by pounding a terrible team. The Yankees have a soft schedule heading into the All-Star break, at least on paper, and they need to take advantage. They didn’t in similar situations earlier this season. 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. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP David Phelps

It has been overcast all day in New York and that will continue to be the case tonight, but there is no rain in the forecast, thankfully. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: As expected, CC Sabathia (knee) will make his second minor league rehab start with Double-A Trenton on Thursday. He is scheduled to throw approximately 50 pitches.

All-Star Update: Derek Jeter remains the leading vote-getter at shortstop with a healthy 600k vote lead over Alexei Ramirez. No other Yankees are in line to start the game. Here is the latest voting update and here’s the ballot. Voting ends at midnight Thursday.

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Jun
29

Game 80: Take the Series

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Once again, both the Blue Jays and Orioles lost earlier today, so the Yankees are in position to make up some ground on both teams in the AL East race. They blew the same opportunity with last night’s gut punch loss. Chase Whitley will be welcomed to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry tonight and he’s in position to give his team the series win. Whitley got destroyed by the Blue Jays last time out, now we’ll get to see how well he can rebound. Here is the Red Sox 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. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Chase Whitley

It’s a lovely day in New York. Perfect night for baseball. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 8pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on ESPN. Enjoy the game.

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Jun
28

Game 79: Gain Ground

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The Blue Jays lost to the White Sox earlier today, so the Yankees have a chance to climb to within one game of the AL East lead with a win tonight. They are technically ahead of Toronto in the loss column. It’ll be tough with Jon Lester getting the ball for the Red Sox, but the Yankees are running Masahiro Tanaka out there tonight, and when the Yankees need a win, he’s the guy you want on the mound. Here is the Red Sox 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. RF Alfonso Soriano
  7. C Brian McCann
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It’s gorgeous outside. Warm and sunny with very few clouds. Pretty awesome weather for baseball. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:15pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on FOX. Enjoy the game.

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Jun
27

Game 78: Reverse Trap?

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The Yankees and Red Sox open their three-game series in the Bronx tonight, and, looking at the pitching matchups, this feels like it should be an easy win for Boston. With all due respect to Brandon Workman, that feeling has more to do with Vidal Nuno than anything. He’s been pretty terrible since moving into the rotation, especially at home: 35 runs and 63 base-runners in 39.1 innings. Thirteen homers too.

That’s really, really bad! If a pitcher like that was getting ready to face the Yankees, I’d be pretty thrilled. At least until I realized it was a reverse trap. The pitching matchup looks so favorable that things play out exactly the opposite of what you expect. You know what I’m talking about, right? Hopefully this is a reverse trap game for the Yankees and Nuno, and he pitches admirably to open this six-game homestand. Here is the Red Sox 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. C Brian McCann
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    LHP Vidal Nuno

It’s been warm and sunny in New York all day. Pretty great night for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for a bit after 7pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

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Jun
25

Game 77: Just Win

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These first two games in Toronto have been awful. The Yankees didn’t just lose both games, they got blown out in one and committed a walk-off error in the other. It was not pretty. The Yankees are off tomorrow and then they’ll return home for the final homestand of the first half. Get this win, salvage the series, enjoy the off-day, and go home. 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. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. 3B Kelly Johnson
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s raining again in Toronto, so the Rogers Centre roof will be closed for the game. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Update: CC Sabathia (knee) will begin an official minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Saturday, Joe Girardi announced. That will start his 30-day rehab window and give him time for at least five rehab starts.

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Jun
24

Game 76: Bounce Back

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The Yankees have lost each of their last three games — all to division rivals who are direct competitors for a postseason berth — and were a Zach Britton meltdown away from losing four straight. They were outscored 22-4 in the three games even though Masahiro Tanaka started one of them. That’s kinda disheartening.

Thankfully, the Yankees have a chance to move and on get back in the win column tonight. The day in, day out aspect of baseball is both the best and worst thing about it. They can turn the page after last night’s ugly loss and beat a Blue Jays team they beat three times just last week. Scoring some runs would be a good start. This offense has been rather stinky of late. 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. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. RF Alfonso Soriano
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. C Brian McCann
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP David Phelps

It is raining in Toronto and it will continue all night, so the Rogers Centre roof will be closed. Boo. Outside baseball is always better. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 7pm ET. You can watch on My9. Try to enjoy.

Injury Updates: Carlos Beltran (elbow) will take a break from his throwing program for a few days because of “tightness.” He doesn’t feel it while hitting, so he will continue to serve as the DH. Returning to the outfield looks even less likely now.

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Jun
23

Game 75: Beat the Jays

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The Yankees won four of six games at home last week, but the homestand ended on a sour note with the two losses to the Orioles. That’s in the past now. The Yankees have a golden opportunity in front of them in Toronto this week. They can not only move closer to first place in the AL East, they can take it over outright. That would require a sweep (and the Orioles losing at least one game to the White Sox), but it’s doable. They swept the Jays in the Bronx just last week.

Either way, sweep or no sweep, this is an important series for the Yankees. Taking over the top spot in the division is the best case scenario but they could just as easily fall further back in the standings if the offense doesn’t wake up. The scored one run in their final 18 innings against the Orioles this weekend. They have to do a better of job of getting runners home when they get on base, and maybe even whack some extra base hits. Once upon a time this club had a man in scoring position even when the bases were empty. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

It’s nice and sunny with very few clouds in Toronto this evening, so the Rogers Centre roof should be open. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

All-Star Voting Update: Derek Jeter continues to lead the All-Star fan voting at shortstop. He’s got a nice 400k vote lead with about a week to go in the voting. No other Yankees are in position to start the game. Here are the current AL results and here’s the ballot.

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Jun
22

Game 74: Old Timers’ Day

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Speaking from experience, Old Timers’ Day is an event best experienced live and in person. Television doesn’t do it justice. There are so many great players — all-time greats in some cases, a few of the best players the game has ever seen — and fan favorites all in one place. It’s really amazing to watch from a seat in the ballpark.

Of course, the Yankees are pretty much the only franchise in sports that can pull off an event like this. Old Timers’ Day will be extra special this year because, following the baseline introductions, the Yankees will dedicate a plaque in honor of Goose Gossage to Monument Park. Tino Martinez’s plaque was unveiled yesterday and later this summer Paul O’Neill and Joe Torre will be honored.

The full roster of Old Timers can be seen right here. Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon will be among those making their debuts and I’m sure they’ll get huge ovations, especially Matsui. Jorge Posada is still holding out and will not make his Old Timers’ Day debut today. Bummer. Mike Mussina is skipping this year too. Another bummer. Still plenty of awesome players and favorites to go around though.

The ceremony and baseline introductions start at approximately 11:30pm ET. All of it can be seen on YES. The Yankees and Orioles are scheduled to play their game at 2:05pm ET. There is no lineup yet, so I’ll update the post once it’s made available. Enjoy the ceremonies and the game.

Update (11:53am): Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup for this afternoon’s game:

  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. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka
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