Record Last Week: 4-2 (26 RS, 22 RA)
Season Record: 35-33 (275 RS, 302 RA, 31-37 pythag. record)
Opponents This Week: Mon. OFF, vs. Blue Jays (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), vs. Orioles (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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Source: FanGraphs

Well that was not how I hoped the generally successful nine-game road trip would end. The Athletics pounded the Yankees on Sunday afternoon, sending them back to New York on the heels of a 10-5 loss. That score is deceptively close too — the Yankees scored their final two runs with two outs in the ninth. They still won five of nine games on the trip overall (with one rainout). Let’s recap:

  • Nunonono!: I’d like to thank Vidal Nuno to putting this one out of reach early, allowing me to focus on other stuff Sunday. He served up a three-run homer in the first inning (Derek Norris) and a three-run homer in the second inning (Coco Crisp), finishing the afternoon with eight runs on eight hits and one walk in three innings. Even the outs were hit hard. Nuno came into the start with a  1.80 ERA on the road and that jumped all the way up to 4.18. Statistical correction ain’t always pretty.
  • Garbage Time: The Yankees scored all five of their runs after the Athletics scored their ten runs. Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back doubles for the first run, Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer for the second, Jeter lifted a sacrifice fly for the third, and Brett Gardner clubbed a two-run homer for the fourth and fifth. Old buddy Jim Johnson allowed Gardner’s homer. I miss having him in the AL East. Five runs are pretty good, but they were ultimately meaningless. Game was over already.
  • Bullpen: Long man David Huff threw three innings on Saturday, forcing Joe Girardi to use his regular relievers after Nuno. That meant one inning for Jose Ramirez (two runs on three hits and a walk), one inning for Shawn Kelley, two innings for Adam Warren (four strikeouts), and one inning for Matt Thornton. I was really hoping we’d get to see Ichiro Suzuki pitch, but alas. He wants to do it, you know. Hopefully some time before the season ends.
  • Leftovers: Beltran and Ichiro both had two hits while Gardner, Jeter, Teixeira, and Kelly Johnson had one each. Alfonso Soriano came off the bench to pick up a hit as well … Beltran forgot how many outs there were following a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning. He simply walked away from first base and back to the dugout. That’s an out for abandoning the base … Teixeira, Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury were all lifted in the late innings to get some extra rest. Girardi confirmed everyone is healthy.

For the box score and video highlights, get over to MLB.com. For some other stats, FanGraphs is the place to go. ESPN has the updated standings. The Yankees return home and open a three-game series against the first place Blue Jays on Tuesday night after enjoying an off-day Monday. Masahiro Tanaka and rookie Marcus Stroman will open the series. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch any of those games live.

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Let’s start with some notes:

  • RHP Luis Severino has been promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, according to Josh Norris. The 20-year-old had a 2.92 ERA (2.90 FIP) in 61.2 innings for Tampa.
  • RHP Brian Gordon has been released, reports Chad Jennings. He had a 4.46 ERA (4.25 FIP) in 72.2 innings for Triple-A Scranton. LHP Jeremy Bleich will take over his rotation spot.
  • Meanwhile, RHP Graham Stoneburner has also been released, according to Matt Kardos. The 26-year-old had a 3.92 ERA in 424.2 innings as an organizational arm since being selected in the 14th round of the 2009 draft.
  • LHP Wade LeBlanc has elected free agency after clearing waivers and being outrighted off the 40-man roster, the team announced. He was designated for assignment a few days ago to make room on the roster for David Huff.
  • RHP Mark Montgomery was placed on the Double-A Trenton DL, says Kardos. No idea what’s wrong with him. Montgomery was demoted after the team signed Heath Bell to a minor league contract.

Triple-A Scranton (11-3 loss to Columbus)

  • 1B Corban Joseph: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 K – threw a runner out at second
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B – 6-for-8 in the last two days after a 4-for-32 (.125) skid
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K — 4-for-20 (.200) with seven strikeouts so far … he struggled when he first got to Double-A as well
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 7/1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 48 of 78 pitches were strikes (62%) … 95/31 GB/FB so far this year
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB – 19 of 29 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K — half of his 22 pitches were strikes

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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Hope you’ve had a kick-ass day. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Angels and Braves (Santiago vs. Minor), plus Game Five of the NBA Finals is on as well. Talk about whatever you like right here. Have at it.

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(Jason O. Watson/Getty)

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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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If you knew nothing about baseball and decided to watch Saturday night’s game out of boredom, I’m pretty sure it would have turned you off from the sport forever. There wasn’t much offense, both teams played bad defense, Hiroki Kuroda was very wild, and play was delayed 38 minutes because the lights at the O.co Coliseum wouldn’t turn on. The Yankees lost 5-1 to end their four-game winning streak.

New York’s lack of offense — they had three hits and three walks, and the final 15 men they sent to the plate made outs — had more to do with the Athletics’ pitching staff being really good than their offense being bad, I thought. Scott Kazmir was pretty sharp and the Dan Otero/Scott Doolittle combination is quietly one of the best in the game. The Yankees scored their only run on a throwing error by shortstop Andy Parrino. They had another runner thrown out at the plate on the contact play.

Kuroda, on the other hand, was as wild as I’ve ever seen him as a Yankee. He threw two pitches to the backstop, bounced a bunch of 55-footers, and was generally all over the place. It’s surprising he managed to throw 55 strikes out of his 93 total pitches. Kuroda had no idea where the ball was going at all. A two-out rally in the second and some terrible defense in the fifth led to four runs in 4.2 innings. Kelly Johnson picked up a weak grounder that appeared to be rolling foul and John Ryan Murphy allowed two passed balls. Everyone can now use that inning to justify sending him down for Frankie Cervelli next week.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. That might have been the worst game of the year in terms of watchability. The Yankees wrap up their ten-game turned nine-game road trip on Sunday afternoon, when they send Vidal Nuno to the mound in the rubber game against righty Jesse Chavez.

Minor League Update: Here is the scoreboard for Saturday’s games. Here’s the box score for the High-A Florida State League All-Star Game. 2B Rob Refsnyder went hitless again, C Peter O’Brien homered, OF Aaron Judge had two hits, LHP Manny Banuelos threw three scoreless innings in the rain-suspended game, and RHP Luis Severino struck out eight in six innings. C Gary Sanchez remains glued to the bench for disciplinary reasons.

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Jun
14

Game 67: Make It Five

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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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Saturday night games on the West Coast should be banned. Yuck, this sucks. Anyway, here is an open thread until the regular game thread comes along later tonight. The Mets are playing and the World Cup is on, so talk about those games or anything else.

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  • Yankees sign second round pick LHP Jacob Lindgren
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    The Yankees have officially signed second round pick LHP Jacob Lindgren, according to George King. His father Stephen posted a photo of Jacob actually signing the contract on Twitter, if you’re looking for more confirmation. King says he received the full $1,018,700 slot value for the 55th overall selection. Keep tabs on the draft pool situation with our 2014 Draft Order Tracker.

    Lindgren, 21, was in Tampa to take his physical earlier this week. Brian Cashman has already confirmed they plan to assign him to Low-A Charleston once he’s ready to pitch in game. Mississippi State’s season ended early last week, so Lindgren hasn’t been sitting idle for all that long. The consensus is that he could work out of the big league bullpen in the second half, but it remains to be seen whether the Yankees will let him. Everything you need to know about Lindgren is right here.
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While the Yankees were busy shutting out the Athletics for their fourth straight win last night, another New York sports team was a couple hundred miles south in Los Angeles, playing the franchise’s most important game in two decades. The (hockey) Rangers were trying to climb out of a three games-to-none deficit in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals, winning Game Four on Wednesday to force a Game Five against the Kings on Friday.

The Rangers lost the game and thus the series last night. It all happened in the blink of an eye in double overtime too, as gut-wrenching a loss as you’ll ever see. Here’s how the season ended:

Brutal. It was over before you knew what the hell happened. Just like that, it was done.

If you’ve been reading RAB long enough you know that I’m a Rangers fan — not nearly as much as I am a Yankees fan, hockey is a distant second sport to baseball for me — so naturally I was pretty bummed out about the loss. But not nearly as much as I have been for recent Yankees postseason exits. The feelings were way different.

To make a long story short, the Rangers were clear underdogs not just in the series against the Kings, but throughout almost the entire postseason. They rallied back from a three games-to-one deficit in the second round and were not the best team in the conference. Not by a long shot, yet they rode an all-world goaltender and overcame some serious adversity to reach the Finals. It was the epitome of the “just get into the postseason and anything can happen” mentality.

So, when the Rangers lost last night, I was disappointed but not devastated. The regular season and especially the postseason run were thrilling and exciting, every step of the way. Following the Rangers as they exceeded expectations and got to within three wins of a championship as a legitimate underdog was not something I was used to seeing as a sports fan. The Yankees are never the underdog. The notion of them even being considered an underdog is silly. That’s just not who they are.

When the Yankees won the World Series in 2009, I felt like there was a sense of relief to go along with the excitement. They were supposed to win. They’re the Yankees. When they lost the ALCS in 2010 and 2012, there were no thoughts of how exciting it was to watch the team get there. All the focus was on their inability to advance further. That whole “win the World Series or the season is a failure” mantra has consumed the franchise and it’s sucked some of the joy out of winning. Not all of it, but some of it. At least that’s how I feel. You’re welcome to feel differently.

Sports are supposed to be fun, right? I watch (entirely too much) baseball because I love it and it’s fun and it’s a great escape from everyday life. There will be some devastating losses along the way, that comes with the territory, but as a Yankees fan the good has outweighed the bad over the years. The opposite is true of being a Rangers fan. There has been more bad than good over the last 15-20 years. So, even though the Rangers lost last night and it completely sucked, it didn’t diminish the ride. All the exciting moments and huge wins over the last few weeks were some of the best times in my life as a sports fan and that’s never going away.

I don’t know, I think this post is coming off as pretty dumb and I’m not sure I’m making my point. I guess I’m trying to say that watching the Rangers the last few weeks was a breath of fresh air in my life as a sports fan. It reminded me that sometimes you’re going to lose and it isn’t a complete and total failure. The memories are still there. I love the Yankees and I choose to be a fan and I fully accept the whole “win or it’s a failure” life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But seeing how the other half lives was eye-opening. If you’re not going to sit back and enjoy the ride regardless of the outcome, then what’s the point?

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