What a frustrating series. The Yankees got the hits, but didn’t plate the runners – 4 for 33 with runners in scoring position.

Jay and I run down the gruesome details in the most upbeat manner possible.

Then Sam Miller, an editor at Baseball Prospectus, joins us to talk about the upcoming Angels series. Sam covered the Angels for the Orange County Register for a few years. You’ll learn a bit listening to him.

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Here are some spare notes, including some roster moves:

  • According to VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman, 1B Greg Bird (back), OF Slade Heathcott (knee), and RHP Jose Ramirez (oblique) are “close” to returning but C Luis Torrens (shoulder) will be out “a month or so.” These are Newman timelines though, so they mean close to nothing. [Josh Norris]
  • LHP Tyler Webb has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton. To clear a spot on the roster, LHP Charley Short was released. LHP Miguel Sulbaran replaces Webb on the Tampa roster. He came over in the Eduardo Nunez trade. [Kyle Franko, Nicholas Flammia]

Triple-A Scranton (16-2 beatdown of Norfolk) they clobbered RHP Suk-Min Yoon (eight runs in three innings), whose name we heard a bunch of times this past offseason

  • RF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – 24-for-72 (.333) with seven doubles, one triple, and two homers in his last 18 games
  • SS Dean Anna: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB — had exactly one hit in each of his last five games
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — 12-for-36 (.333) with four doubles and three homers in his last eight games
  • DH Adonis Garcia: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 12/0 GB/FB — 53 of 84 pitches were strikes (63%) … very nice Triple-A debut for the guy Brian Cashman reportedly tried to send to the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano instead of Corey Black

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That was not a fun homestand. Between the five losses in eight games and at times lethargic play, the Yankees looked as bad as they’ve look at any point in this young season. Worse than they did in the two losses to the Astros back in early April. The rotation is a real problem and so are Derek Jeter and Carlos Beltran. They just aren’t hitting and they’re occupying prime lineup spots. That’s a good way to stifle an offense. The season is young and there is a lot of time to fix this stuff, but it’s ugly right now. The long reliever being the highlight of the game is no good.

Here is your open thread for the night. The Cardinals and Cubs are the ESPN Sunday Night Game (Lynn vs. Hammel), plus the (hockey) Rangers are playing the second game of their second round playoff series against the Penguins. Talk about either of those games, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here.

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That was no way to close out a homestand. The Yankees lost Sunday’s rubber match to the Rays by the score of 5-1 and frankly it didn’t feel like the game was even that close. The four-run deficit might as well have been 14 runs. Yuck. Let’s recap the team’s fourth loss in the last five days:

  • CCrushed: CC Sabathia had his worst start of the season on Sunday and that’s really saying something. The Rays tagged him for five runs on ten hits (five for extra bases) in only 3.2 innings, his shortest start since going only 2.2 innings in Game 160 back in 2009. His defense didn’t help him any — Carlos Beltran embarrassingly never bothered to back up Jacoby Ellsbury on Wil Myers’ inside-the-park three-run homer, which bounced off the wall and rolled for days — but that really doesn’t matter. Sabathia was awful and the Rays smacked him all over the yard. Terrible.
  • NOffense: Of course, Sabathia could have twirled a gem and it wouldn’t have mattered. The Yankees scored one run against Erik Bedard & Co. and were in “we have to fly out to the West Coast after this” mode by the sixth inning. Their best opportunities to get back into the game came in the fifth and seventh innings, when the first two batters reached base but the next three made outs. Both times. Didn’t even hit the ball hard once after the first two guys reached.
  • Mexican Gangster Returns: The short start by Sabathia meant the Yankees re-debut for Al Aceves, who chucked 5.1 innings of shutout ball. He allowed only three hits, struck out five, and retired the final 12 men he faced. Aceves had some kind of knee problem in the fifth inning but remained in the game after being looked at by the trainer and throwing some test pitches. For at least one day, 2009 Al Aceves returned. He was the only bright spot on Sunday.
  • Leftovers: Derek Jeter and Beltran went a combined 0-for-8 on the day and are 19-for-97 (.196) over the last two weeks. Bedard and Jake McGee threw fastballs by the Cap’n all afternoon. Straight up killing the offense … the Yankees drew two walks and now have only 17 walks in their last seven games (6.2%). That’s not nearly enough … Brett Gardner had two more hits and quietly went 10-for-25 (.400) on the homestand … Yangervis Solarte drove in the only run with a sac fly.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some additional stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are off to the West Coast for a three-game series against the Angels, who they just played in the Bronx last weekend. David Phelps will make his first start of the season in Monday’s season opener and will be opposed by Jered Weaver.

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Game 30: Hit the Road

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The Yankees wrap up this nine-game turned eight-game thanks to a rainout homestand this afternoon with a rubber game against the Rays, a game that will determine if the Bombers go 3-5 or 4-4 on the homestand. One looks much better than the other, doesn’t it? The Yankees will fly out to the West Coast following this afternoon’s series finale with Tampa and I’m sure the long flight will be much more comfortable on the heels of two straight wins.

The key bullpen arms were able to get a rest yesterday but that doesn’t lessen the importance of this start for CC Sabathia. He is the team’s second best starter almost by default now, and with both David Phelps and Vidal Nuno scheduled to start against the high-powered Angels these next few days, giving the relievers some more rest is more of a necessity than a luxury. Obviously the offense could make life easy by scoring some runs. Hopefully yesterday’s nine-run breakout was a sign of things to come. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Alfonso Soriano
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  8. LF Brett Gardner
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    LHP CC Sabathia

It was overcast when I went to get breakfast this morning but the sun has crept out and the sky is blue now. There is a small chance of showers later this afternoon but it doesn’t appear to be anything that will cause a delay or postponement. Just a bit of a drizzle. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES locally or MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Brendan Ryan Update: Joe Girardi told Dan Barbarisi that Ryan (back) could join the team very soon, perhaps tomorrow. The Yankees get their 25th roster spot back when Michael Pineda‘s suspension expires on Tuesday, so I’m guessing Ryan will travel with the team to Anaheim, rest Monday, and be activated Tuesday. We’ll see.

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RHP Zach Nuding and RHP Joel De La Cruz have been promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, according to Nick Peruffo. RHP Caleb Cotham was sent the other way in a corresponding move. In other news, John DeMarzo profiled RHP Branden Pinder, who is off to a strong start with Double-A Trenton. He could emerge as a bullpen option at the big league level, likely next season.

Triple-A Scranton (14-6 loss to Norfolk)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 1-5
  • 2B Scott Sizemore: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • SS Dean Anna: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 7-for-17 (.412) since coming off the DL
  • LF Adonis Garcia: 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 3 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/6 GB/FB — 46 of 78 pitches were strikes (59%) … welp, you aren’t in Double-A anymore
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 21 of 27 pitches were strikes (78%) … 16/7 K/BB in 14 innings
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB – only 17 of 41 pitches were strikes (41%) … last 25 batters faced: 12 outs, four hits, six walks, three hat batsmen

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Great win by the Yankees this afternoon and above is remarkably great catch by LSU OF Jared Foster in last night’s game. That’s as good as any outfield play I’ve ever seen. Look at the game situation — bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game. If the ball lands, the game is over and LSU loses. Instead, the games goes on and LSU won in extra innings. Foster is a junior but he isn’t much of a draft prospect, though that catch is just outstanding. Bravo.

Here is your open thread for the evening. The Mets are playing later tonight, but there is no other baseball on national television. There’s one NHL playoff game and three NBA playoff games on tonight (all three are Game Sevens), plus there’s the Kentucky Derby, if that’s your thing. There’s a horse named “General A Rod.” Seriously. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s win, Foster’s catch, or anything else right here.

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The three-game losing streak is mercifully over. The Yankees rebounded from last night’s tough extra innings loss with a come from behind 9-3 win over the Rays on Saturday afternoon. They were down three-zip after four innings. Let’s recap the win:

  • Second Time Around: Coming into the game, opposing hitters had a 38 OPS+ the first time through the lineup against Jake Odorizzi and a ~219 OPS+ thereafter. For serious. That held true on Saturday, as the Yankees went 0-for-9 the first time through and 5-for-8 with three doubles, two walks, and a homer against him thereafter. The homer was a two-run shot by Mark Teixeira, his fourth in the last five games. He seems to be #cured. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in the game-tying run in the fifth and another run would have scored had it not hopped over the fence. Bad luck, but the bottom line is the Yankees still had second and third with no outs after that and failed to score.
  • TANAK Out: This was Masahiro Tanaka‘s worst start. Seems obvious, no? He gave up a ton of hard-hit balls and the damage would have been much worst if not for a few balls hit right at defenders. Both Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers hit solo bombs — Tanaka is tied with a bunch of other guys with seven homers allowed, second most in MLB (David Price has allowed eight) — and he needed more than 40 pitches to get through the first two innings. Tanaka settled down and finished the afternoon with three runs allowed on eight hits in seven innings, striking out only five. No walks, of course. Not bad for his worst start of the year. Gave the bullpen a much-needed the rest too.
  • Late Runs: Despite the obvious risk, Kelly Johnson came out of witness protection to hit a go-ahead solo homer off Josh Lueke to lead off the sixth inning. The Yankees tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh thanks to a Teixeira single and an Alfonso Soriano sacrifice fly. It was only their seventh sac fly of the season, the fourth fewest in the league. They’ve really struggled to get guys in from third with less than two outs, but Soriano got the job done this time. Ichiro Suzuki doubled (one) and Brett Gardner singled (two) in three more runs in the eighth. The Yankees scored in each of the last five innings.
  • Leftovers: Dellin Betances (one double, two strikeouts) and Preston Claiborne (one strikeout) closed out the game … Tanaka was almost hit by two comebackers, one in the leg and one in the head before getting his glove in the way at the last second … Joe Maddon spent an awful lot of time complaining this game, about pretty much everything. Balls and strikes, check swings, all of it … the Yankees had 12 hits with Ellsbury’s three leading the way. Teixeira is up to .269/.406/.577 (169 wRC+), by the way. That’ll do just fine.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees will look to win this three-game series on Sunday afternoon before heading out to the West Coast. Lefties CC Sabathia and Erik Bedard will be the pitching matchup. Head over to RAB Tickets if you want to catch the final home game until the week after next.

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Game 29: Just Win

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I’ve made an effort to fully adopt Zen Baseball this season, so last night’s loss, while ugly, doesn’t bother me as much as it would have a year or two ago. Just forget about it. Sleep it off and try again today. The quick turn around is good after a game like that.

The Yankees have a chance to end their three-game losing streak this afternoon behind their ace. Masahiro Tanaka told reporters yesterday that he felt his performance has been “so so” so far and that he made an adjustment in an effort to stop walking so many batters. I’m not joking. He really said that. The guy has six walks in 35.2 innings. I love it. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. DH Alfonso Soriano
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. SS Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It is gorgeous outside today. Few clouds but lots of sun and blue skies. Perfect afternoon for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

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  • Yankees designate Chris Leroux for assignment, call up Al Aceves

    The Yankees have designated Chris Leroux for assignment and called up Al Aceves from Triple-A Scranton, according to various reporters at Yankee Stadium. The team needed a fresh arm following last night’s 14-inning marathon and Aceves was scheduled to start today for the RailRiders, so he can give the team plenty of innings if need be.

    Aceves, 31, had a 1.98 ERA (2.43 FIP) in 13.2 innings down in Triple-A. He was pretty awesome for the Yankees in 2009, hurt in 2010, good for the Red Sox in 2011, and awful for Boston from 2012-13. As much as I irrationally want to believe Aceves can revert back to his 2009 form through the magic of the pinstripes, it’s probably not going to happen. All he has to do is be better than the Lerouxs and Bruce Billingses of the world. Welcome back, Ace.
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