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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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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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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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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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