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Jun
21

Game 73: Tino’s Day

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I was still pumped about Carlos Beltran‘s walk-off homer when I woke up this morning. I doubt I was alone. That was so awesome, easily the Yankees’ best win of the season and probably their best since Raul Ibanez was doing his thing in late 2012. The Bombers have now won four straight games — all against division rivals in direct competition for the AL East crown — and eight of their last ten. Things are going well right now.

Before the Yankees try to extend the winning streak to five, they will honor Tino Martinez and unveil his plaque in Monument Park this afternoon. Goose Gossage and Paul O’Neill will be receiving plaques of their own later this season. Tino spent seven years in pinstripes and I always felt he was more of an excellent complementary player than a core piece, but he did have one MVP caliber year (1997) and a bunch of other enormous moments with the Yankees. He was clearly a key component of the late-1990s dynasty.

I’m not sure what time the ceremony begins, but I’m guessing sometime around 12:30-12:45pm ET. That’s usually when this stuff happens. 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. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    LHP Vidal Nuno

It’s a perfect afternoon for baseball in New York. Blue skies, almost no clouds, and warm but not overwhelmingly hot. Great day to be out at the park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. I’m not sure if MLBN will show the Tino ceremony. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) threw a 36-pitch bullpen session today and will travel to Tampa to continue his rehab tomorrow. The plan is to throw live batting practice on Tuesday and pitch in a minor league rehab game next Saturday … David Huff (foot) had precautionary x-rays after being hit in the foot by a comebacker last night. Everything came back clean and he is available today.

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Jun
20

Game 72: Avoid the Trap

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

(Mike Stobe/Getty)

This has trap game potential. The Yankees are coming off a big three-game sweep of the first place Blue Jays, and tonight they’ll face right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season. Not that I expect it to happen, but the Yankees can’t get caught up enjoying the sweep or underestimating Ubaldo. Those three wins mean nothing today and Jimenez can dominate if you let him get in a groove. Keep the foot on the gas against another division rival. 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. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s a lovely day in New York. Sunny, just the right amount of clouds, breezy but not windy. Perfect night for baseball. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

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Jun
19

Game 71: Finish the Sweep

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

The Yankees did exactly what they needed to do in the first two games of the series, namely win. Tonight they have a chance to finish off the sweep of the first place Blue Jays and climb to within 1.5 games of the AL East lead. Yeah, I know the season is not even halfway over yet, but the sooner they can catch up and get close to the pack, the better off the Yankees will be. Finish the job and get the sweep. 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. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP David Phelps

It is warm, humid, and cloudy in New York, and there are some showers in the forecast later tonight. Nothing too heavy though, and it won’t be a problem until the late innings if it is a problem at all. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

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Jun
18

Game 70: Whitley Wednesday

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For all you lingering Mets fans. (Al Bello/Getty)

For all you lingering Mets fans. (Al Bello/Getty)

Last night’s series opening win over the Blue Jays was close to textbook. Great outing from the starting pitcher, timely hitting, excellent bullpen work. That’s how every game would go in a perfect world.

Tonight’s game figures to be a little different. Toronto is starting their de facto ace in Mark Buehrle while the Yankees are running out a rookie starter in Chase Whitley who will face (by far) his biggest test as a big leaguer. These Blue Jays can hit, man. Don’t let last night fool you. 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. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 2B Brian Roberts
    RHP Chase Whitley

It is pretty hot and slightly cloudy in New York this evening. There is no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: As expected, CC Sabathia (knee) threw his second bullpen session this afternoon. He threw another 25 pitches. Sabathia will throw again on Sunday and will stretch it out a bit, likely to 30-35 pitches or so.

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Jun
17

Game 69: Tanaka Tuesday

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(Ed Zurga/Getty)

(Ed Zurga/Getty)

This is the biggest game of the season. At least so far. There are still 90-something games left after tonight. The first place Blue Jays are in town for three games this week, and they currently sit 4.5 games up on the Yankees in the AL East. These two clubs will also play three games in Toronto next week. Best case scenario: Yankees win out and are in first place next week. Worst case: Yankees lose out and the braintrust makes a bunch of panic moves before the deadline.

Masahiro Tanaka will be on the mound tonight and he is absolutely the guy everyone wants starting this game. This is an ace game. Home against the team you’re chasing? And they have a kid pitcher making his first fourth career start on the bump? I know the Blue Jays have the best and most powerful offense in the league, but this is a game you want to see Tanaka control and dominant. Start the series off with a win and inch closer in the standings. Here’s the Blue Jays lineup and here’s 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 Masahiro Tanaka

It’s nice and hot in New York. A few clouds too, but there’s no rain in the forecast tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on MY9. Enjoy the game.

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Jun
15

Game 68: End of the Road Trip

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(Jason O. Watson/Getty)

The Yankees have won five of the first eight games on this road trip (with one rainout), so this afternoon’s series finale with the Athletics is the difference between an awesome 6-3 trip or a pretty good 5-4 trip. Grab a win, fly home feeling good, enjoy the off-day tomorrow. Sounds like a plan. Here is the Athletics 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 Yangervis Solarte
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    LHP Vidal Nuno

It’s cloudy and cool in the Bay Area, but there is no rain in the forecast, so they won’t have any trouble getting this afternoon’s game in. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm ET. You can watch the game on YES. Enjoy.

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Jun
14

Game 67: Make It Five

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(Ezra Shaw/Getty)

The Yankees have won four straight games for the third time this season, but only once have they won five straight. That was way back in April. They’ve already clinched a winning road trip and a win tonight would give them three straight over the Athletics, the best team in all the land. That sure would be nice, wouldn’t it? Here is the Athletics 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 Alfonso Soriano
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s sunny and cool in the Bay Area, so the weather won’t be a problem for tonight’s game. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 10pm ET and you can watch on YES locally or MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Brian Roberts fouled a ball off his knee last night and is dealing with some lingering soreness. Joe Girardi said he wants to sit him tonight and tomorrow leading into Monday’s off-day.

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Jun
13

Game 66: Oaktown

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(Otto Greule Jr/Getty)

Sweeping the Mariners in Seattle earlier this week sure was a lot of fun, but life is about to get much more difficult for the Yankees. They are in Oakland for a three-game weekend set against the Athletics, who are the best team in baseball by almost any measures. They have scored the most runs (336) and allowed the fewest runs (206) in MLB. If that doesn’t qualify you as elite, nothing will.

The Athletics took two of three in the Bronx last week but even that one win was tough for the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka had to grind through six innings and the tying run was at third base when the 27th out was recorded. The Yankees are playing better right now than they were a week ago, though I’m not how much that matters. Oakland is damn good. Here is the Athletics lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsburyback in the lineup following last night’s hip tightness scare
  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

It’s sunny with temperatures in the low-70s in Oakland, so pretty much classic California weather. Perfect night for baseball. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: C Frankie Cervelli (hamstring) will rejoin the team on Tuesday, after they get home from the road trip … CC Sabathia (knee) continues to play catch off flat ground … in case you missed it earlier, Michael Pineda (shoulder) will be out until at least August.

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Jun
12

Game 65: For The Sweep

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Oven mitts are the new market inefficiency. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty)

Oven mitts are the new market inefficiency. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty)

For only the second time this season, the Yankees are in position to sweep a three-game series. They won the first two games against the Pirates before dropping the finale a few weeks ago. That’s it. That’s the only other time this year they won the first two games of a three-game series. The Yankees last swept a series of at least three games at the very end of last season, taking three meaningless games from the Astros.

To get that elusive first sweep of 2014 tonight, the Yankees will have to beat left-hander Roenis Elias, who fanned a career-high ten in seven innings in the Bronx back in April. A little payback would be nice, but the win is the priority. The Yankees need to start bunching a few of those together. Here is the Mariners lineup and here is the Yankees lineup for the series finale:

  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. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    RHP Chase Whitley

It is cloudy, cool, and drizzling in Seattle, so the Safeco Field retractable roof might be shut. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the game.

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Jun
11

Game 64: Tanaka Wednesday

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(Ed Zurga/Getty)

(Ed Zurga/Getty)

It’s the best day of the week. Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound for the Yankees tonight, in the middle game of their three-game series against the Mariners. The Yankees won last night, and when you’re trying to start a winning streak, there is no one better to give the ball to than your ace. Assuming he is a real ace, of course. Two runs might actually be enough when Tanaka is on the mound, though I hope the offense gives him a bigger cushion. Here is the Mariners 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 Yangervis Solarte
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 2B Brian Roberts
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It is, surprise surprise, cloudy and cool in Seattle. There is no rain in the forecast and, even if there was, Safeco Field has a retractable roof. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Notes: Carlos Beltran (elbow) played light catch for the first time since the bone spur in his elbow started acting up, as expectedShawn Kelley (back) has been activated off the disabled list and Matt Daley was sent down to Triple-A … David Huff was acquired from the Giants for cash and Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment. Huff is available tonight.

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