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Aug
03

Game 110: Win the Series

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(Darren McCollester/Getty)

(Darren McCollester/Getty)

The Yankees rallied to win yesterday afternoon’s game, and tonight they have a chance to end the six-game road trip with a series win over the last place Red Sox. After dropping two of three to the last place Rangers, taking two of three from Boston would be much appreciated. 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. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Martin Prado
    RHP David Phelps

It’s cloudy and really humid in Boston, but there is no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s game will begin just after 8pm ET and you can watch on ESPN. Enjoy.

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Aug
02

Game 109: Final Third

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(Jim Rogash/Getty)

The season is officially two-thirds of the way complete following last night’s game and the Yankees have to start winning if they want to climb back into the postseason race. It’s not early anymore. The offense isn’t in a little slump. None of those excuses apply anymore. The Yankees are playing poorly, particularly the offense, and they’re headed for their second straight postseason-less season in more than two decades if they don’t improve. It’s pretty simple. 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. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Martin Prado
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Shane Greene

It’s cloudy and humid as hell in Boston, plus there is rain in the forecast later this evening. Nothing that should impact the game unless they go to extra innings or something. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start just after 4pm ET, and you can watch live on YES locally and Fox Sports 1 nationally. Here is the FOX Sports channel finder. Enjoy the game. Appreciate the runs.

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Aug
01

Game 108: New Faces

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Beard's gotta go. (Presswire)

Beard’s gotta go. (Presswire)

The trade deadline has passed and tonight marks the two-thirds point of the season for the Yankees. The old saying is that the first third of the season is for evaluation, the middle third is for making changes, and the final third is for riding those changes out. The changes have been made and all that’s left in front of the Yankees is a big chunk of schedule and the opportunity to climb back into the race.

Both Martin Prado and Yoenis Cespedes are getting to Boston late in the afternoon, so they are not in the starting lineups for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox. Stephen Drew is playing because all he had to do was change dugouts. Allen Craig managed to get to town in time for the game and is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox. This rivalry will have a lot of new faces this weekend, that’s for sure. 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. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s cloudy and humid in Boston and there is some rain in the forecast that is expected to hit right around game time. This one might start in a delay or with players dodging rain drops. The good news is that there isn’t much rain coming at all, so if there is a delay, it’ll only be a short one. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Roster Update: In case you missed it earlier, Zelous Wheeler and Zoilo Almonte were sent to Triple-A to clear roster spots for Drew and Prado … for those wondering, Drew is wearing No. 33, Prado is wearing No. 14, and Esmil Rogers is wearing No. 53.

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Jul
30

Game 107: Win, Then Rest

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Girardi status: unamused. (Presswire)

Girardi status: unamused. (Presswire)

After that game last night, I’m ready for this series to be over. That was a win that felt like a loss. Let’s squeeze out another win tonight and enjoy the off-day tomorrow. Sound like a plan? Let’s hope the Yankees can make it nice and easy for once. Here is the Rangers 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. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. RF Zoilo Almonte
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s really hot and humid in the Dallas area. Yucky weather. There is rain in the forecast but not until much later tonight, so they won’t have any trouble getting the game in. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

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Jul
29

Game 106: Tex Returns

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(Ronald Martinez/Getty)

For the first time in eight days, Mark Teixeira is in the starting lineup. He had to sit with a mild lower lat strain that robbed the team of its best power hitter and, just as importantly, a real live first baseman. Brian McCann gave it a helluva try over there these last few days, but geez. The man isn’t a first baseman. He only played one on television.

Anyway, the Yankees have lost three straight games and that’s pretty annoying. They came out of the gate so well in the second half and it really would have been nice to see that success last for more than, I dunno, a week. This team seems incapable of getting any kind of roll that lasts more than like, two series. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup, which actually looks dangerous for the first time in about two years:

  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. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Zoilo Almonte
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s nice and hot down deep in the heart of Texas. It rained for much of the day but there is none in the forecast tonight. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and you can watch only on FOX Sports 1. Not YES, not My9, not ESPN or MLB Network. It’s only FOX Sports 1. Here is the channel locator. Enjoy the game.

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Jul
28

Game 105: You Again

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

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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Source: FanGraphs

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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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

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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Source: FanGraphs

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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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

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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