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Aug
27

Game 131: Bounce Back

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(Duane Burleson/Getty)

The Yankees lost last night because every late-August winning streak is bound to end at some point. The key is getting right back up and starting a new streak, not letting the losses pile up, something they’ve been unable to do this year. Examples:

  • Five straight wins in April followed with two straight losses and three losses in the next five games.
  • Four straight wins in May followed by four losses in the next five games.
  • Eight wins in ten games in June followed immediately by nine losses in eleven games.
  • Seven wins in eight games after the All-Star break, then five losses in the next six games.
  • Six wins in seven games earlier those month followed by a five-game losing streak.

If the Yankees are going to make a serious run at a postseason spot — and make no mistake, their chances are very small right now — one loss can’t turn into a mini-two-game losing streak tonight. Bounce back, pick up a win, and keep moving forward. That’s the only way they’ll have a chance. Here is the Tigers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Martin Prado
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. RF Carlos Beltran
  6. DH Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. LF Brett Gardner
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Shane Greene

It’s cool and cloudy in Detroit, but there is no rain in the forecast. We’re definitely starting to see more late-season baseball weather. You know what I mean. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:080pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy the game.

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Aug
26

Game 130: New Heights

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The Yankees have won five straight games and are seven games over .500. Those both tie their high-water marks of the season. Tonight the Yankees will look to set new season highs by stretching their winning streak to six games and moving to eight games over .500. They’ve been stymied a few times before.

More importantly, the Yankees are chasing the Tigers in the second wildcard race. They’re two games back of Detroit and cutting that deficit in half this week is the bare minimum, in my opinion. There aren’t many games left, so these head-to-head meetings are incredibly important. The Yankees won’t get a chance to control what they and their second wildcard competitors do on a given night for the rest of the year after this series. Here is the Tigers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 3B Mark Teixeira
  5. RF Carlos Beltranback in the field just a few days after receiving a third cortisone shot in his elbow
  6. 2B Martin Prado
  7. SS Stephen Drew
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. LF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

Bad news: there is rain in the forecast tonight. Not all night, but three or four hours worth, supposedly starting right around 7pm ET. Hopefully they rain isn’t as bad as it is supposed to be, otherwise they’ll be waiting all night to play this game. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7pm ET and you can watch on My9. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Brett Gardner (ankle) will try to run on the field before the game. If that goes well, he’ll be available off the bench.

Update (6:38pm): The game is already in the delay, it has been announced. No word on a start time just yet, but it might be a while given the forecast.

Update (7:30pm): The game is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8:15pm ET.

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

For one night only, the Yankees are in Kansas City to play a makeup game against the Royals. The two teams were rained out back in June. The Yankees have Michael Pineda on the mound making his third start since coming back off the disabled list. He is still getting stretched out, and, given the state of the bullpen, the Yankees need about seven innings out of him tonight. Hopefully the offense can give them some breathing room. Here is the Royals lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 2B Stephen Drew
  6. LF Martin Prado
  7. 1B Chase Headley
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Michael Pineda

It is hot and humid in Kansas City, with temperatures in the mid-90s. Yuck. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on My9 locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Brett Gardner (ankle) feels better and hopes to be in the lineup tomorrow. He did not take batting practice today but did go through a light workout … Mark Teixeira has been dealing with a tight left hamstring the last few days but he is available off the bench tonight.

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Aug
24

Game 128: Chris vs. Chris

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(David Banks/Getty)

The share a first name and they both throw with their left arm, but otherwise this afternoon’s starting pitchers could not be any more different. Yankees starter Chris Capuano is a classic veteran finesse lefty, mixing speeds and using an array of soft stuff to keep hitters off balance. White Sox starter Chris Sale is a pure power pitcher who will make hitters look foolish by both throwing fastballs by them and getting silly hacks at filthy offspeed pitches. Sale really is outstanding. One of the two or three best pitchers in the world on a rate basis.

The Yankees have won their last three games and five of their last seven overall, climbing to within 3.5 games of the second wildcard spot. Every time I’m ready to count them out, they go on a run and reel me back in. They head out on an important road trip that will pit them against the Royals and wildcard competitors Tigers this week, and it sure would be nice to go out on the trip following a sweep. Find a way to beat Sale today and move on to the super important games this coming week. Here is the White Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. SS Derek Jeter
  2. LF Martin Prado
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. RF Zelous Wheeler
  8. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    LHP Chris Capuano

Just a few clouds in New York on an otherwise perfect afternoon for baseball. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a bit after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Brett Gardner has a sore ankle and Jacoby Ellsbury is “pretty beat up,” so Joe Girardi is giving them both the day off against the tough lefty … Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw his next simulated game on Thursday.

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Aug
22

Game 126: Almost

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(Otto Greule Jr/Getty)

Three weeks ago, it looked like John Danks — tonight’s starter for the White Sox — would be wearing Yankees pinstripes in the near future. The team was connected to the left-hander in the days leading up the trade deadline but ultimately nothing came of it.

That’s not the worst thing in the world, really. Danks has not been all that good since tearing his shoulder capsule a few years ago and there’s a ton of money left on his contract. The Yankees will need some pitching for next year, but grabbing Danks just because he was available wouldn’t have been the smartest move in the world. Here is the White 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. 2B Martin Prado
  6. DH Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. RF Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Shane Greene

It’s cool and cloudy in New York, but there is no rain in the forecast tonight. For a while it looked like the weather might be a problem. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on My9. Enjoy the game.

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

The Yankees and Astros wrap up their three-game series this afternoon and, amazingly, the Yankees are trying to avoid getting swept. They’ve lost four of five games to Houston this year, including these last two games at home. The Yankees have lost seven of their last nine games overall and their postseason hopes are fading, but avoiding a sweep at the hands of the terrible Astros (at home!) is all about preserving some dignity, you know? I can live with missing the playoffs, but getting swept by the Astros at home is a whole other level of shame. Here is the Houston lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 2B Martin Prado
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. DH Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s an okay afternoon for baseball here in New York. On the cool side and overcast, and there is rain in the forecast later this afternoon. Looks like it will hold off long enough to get a full nine innings in though. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

For the first time since April 16th, 109 games ago, Michael Pineda will start for the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. He last start before hurting his back/shoulder came in Fenway Park and his first start off the disabled list came in Camden Yards. This will be his third career start in the Bronx. He’s only been a Yankee for 2.765 seasons, but who’s counting? Here is the Astros lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. SS Stephen Drew
  8. 2B Martin Prado
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s a little cloudy in New York but there is no rain in the forecast, so that’s good. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and you can watch live on YES. Enjoy.

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Aug
19

Game 123: Opposites

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(Presswire)

The Yankees and Astros could not be any more different. One team has a huge payroll, the other has a laughably small payroll by 2014 standards. One has one of the oldest rosters in the league, the other has one of the youngest. One is actually trying to contend and doing whatever they can to win, the other is content with losing and stockpiling prospects for a future than may never come.

After winning two straight over the Rays this past weekend, the Yankees have some renewed hope that their postseason chances are not completely shot. They are three games back of the second wildcard spot with 39 games to play after tonight. If they’re going to make a run, it has to start with a beatdown of a lowly Astros at home this week. Here is Houston’s 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. 2B Martin Prado
  7. C Brian McCann
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s starting to feel a little like fall in New York. The temperature is hovering around 80 even though it’s nice and sunny and there are no clouds in the sky. There is no rain in the forecast tonight either. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET. You can watch on My9. Enjoy.

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Aug
17

Game 122: Take the Series

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(Scott Iskowitz/Getty)

The Yankees have played 15 series against AL East opponents this year and so far they’ve won five. Five! They split one and lost the other nine. They’ve only won one of their last eight AL East series as well. That explains why they are closer to last place (6.5 games) than first place (seven games).

Yesterday’s win snapped a five-game losing streak and gives the Yankees a chance to clinch a rare series win over an AL East rival this afternoon. Hiroki Kuroda is starting on extra rest after showing clear signs of fatigue in his last two or three starts, particularly once his pitch count gets up to around 80. Hopefully the extra rest does him some good. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. RF Carlos Beltran
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. SS Stephen Drew
  9. 2B Martin Prado
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s another rainy day in St. Pete. The Tropicana Field dome was definitely a big help this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 1:40pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

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After a throwing program, a setback, and another throwing program, Carlos Beltran returns to right field today for the first time since May 11th. A bone spur in his throwing elbow limited him to DH duties over the last three months.

I’m not sure playing the defensively challenged Beltran in the outfield actually helps the Yankees, but this is year one of a three-year deal, so if they can avoid sticking him at DH full-time, they should do it. You can bet the Rays will test his arm this afternoon. Here is Tampa’s lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. RF Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Martin Prado
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Shane Greene

The Tropicana Field roof is coming in handy this series because it’s raining again in St. Petersburg. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 4pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and Fox Sports1 nationally. Here are the Fox Sports1 channel listings. Try to enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Brian McCann (concussion) is expected to be activated off the 7-day disabled list and play in tomorrow’s series finale. He is not active today.

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