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Giants (88-74) @ Pirates (88-74), Wednesday, October 31, 2014, 8:00pm
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NYDN: As Yankees head into offseason, here are five must-make moves to get them back to playoffs
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Athletics (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:07 pm
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TGS NY: Yankees prep Brian Cashman deal
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NYDN: Brandon McCarthy enjoyed pitching for Yankees, appears willing to return to Bombers
(33 Comments - 9/30/2014 2:45:26 pm)

NY Times: As Jeter Ends Farewell Tour, Yanks Plan a Welcome Party
(30 Comments - 9/30/2014 12:50:06 am) Jeter fittingly goes out a winner in final game
(7 Comments - 9/29/2014 11:26:00 am)

Yankees (83-78) @ Red Sox (71-90), Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:35pm
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Yankees (82-77) @ Red Sox (70-89), Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:10pm
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USA Today: Derek Jeter’s unbelievable closing act at Yankee Stadium
(55 Comments - 9/26/2014 4:49:50 pm)

Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rays (69-75) @ Yankees (73-68), Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:05pm

TBR: Chris Archer (#22, 25, RHP, 8-8, 3.60) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 10-8, 3.78)

Tampa Bay
1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. David DeJesus (L) DH
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Wil Myers (R) RF
6. Matt Joyce (L) LF
7. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

New York
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Chris Young (R) LF

I’m not sure why they are even playing these games at this point.

--Posted at 3:16 pm by SG / 33 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: Yankees remain hopeful on reaching postseason, but weak offense says otherwise

The narrative would practically write itself.

Who didn’t think the Yankees would make the postseason and give Derek Jeter one last October, so we’d have one more Flip Play, one more clutch hit, one more highlight clip for his Yankeeography?

Raises hand.

--Posted at 8:32 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)

Monday, September 8, 2014

CBS Sports: Yankees, Fans Pay Tribute To Derek Jeter

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Derek Jeter remained as cool and collected as his play at shortstop when the New York Yankees honored their retiringcaptain with a 45-minute ceremony that included appearances by NBA great Michael Jordan and baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr.

Jeter spoke to fans for about three minutes before Sunday’s game against Kansas City. The Yankees didn’t retire his No. 2 or unveil a plaque in Monument Park, no doubt setting up a Derek Jeter Day 2 at some future time. New York took a similar approach a half-century ago, holding a Mickey Mantle Day in September 1965 before his 2,000th game, then retiring his No. 7 in June 1969 after his playing days.

I ended up enjoying the ceremony a lot more than I thought I would.  It’s hard to believe that It’s been 20 seasons since Jeter debuted in 1995.  Whether the mainstream media has overrated Jeter is not really that important to me. 

What is important to me is that I can’t think of Jeter’s Yankee tenure as anything but an absolutely fantastic time to have been a Yankee fan.

We were spoiled by what the Yankees did from 1995 through 2012.  We almost certainly won’t see a run like that again in our lifetimes.  Jeter’s retirement will effectively close the book on that era.

The Yankees aren’t making the postseason this year, so I guess the rest of the season will be an extended Jeter send-off.  It’s kind of disappointing, but it was the same situation with Mariano Rivera last year and honestly I enjoyed it a lot more than I likely would have enjoyed a flawed Yankee team squeaking into a wild card and getting eliminated in either the play-in game or the LDS.

Hopefully I’ll enjoy the rest of 2014 in a similar way, even though I loved Mo and I hate Jeter*.

I do not really hate Jeter.  I hate the fact that his defensive limitations got ignored by large swaths of the media and that he was overrated because of that.

Update: I was wondering why Andy Pettitte wasn’t there yesterday, and apparently it was because he was on a long-planned hunting trip with his family.  I’m sure Pettitte will make an appearance at some point before the end of the season.

--Posted at 8:21 am by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, September 7, 2014 Yanks fall to Royals on Jeter’s special day

NEW YORK—After all the pageantry, nostalgia and ballyhoo that surrounded “Derek Jeter Day” at Yankee Stadium, the captain punctuated his speech during a pregame ceremony by reminding the sold-out crowd of 48,110: “Now we’ve got a game to play.”

The Yankees want to extend Jeter’s career for as long as possible and make this final month much more than an extended goodbye to the face of their franchise for two decades. To do so, they must win games in a hurry, so losses like Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to the Royals are especially damaging.

It pushed New York five games back of Seattle’s hold on the second American League Wild Card spot with just 21 games remaining on the Yankees’ schedule.

Jeter probably wishes he retired before this season.  It’s unfortunate his legacy will be sullied by being associated with this sorry team.

--Posted at 4:09 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)

Royals (78-63) @ Yankees (73-67), Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:05pm

KCR: Yordano Ventura (#30, 23, RHP, 11-9, 3.38) vs. NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 4-2, 3.88)

1. Nori Aoki (L) RF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Salvador Perez (R) C
5. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
6. Josh Willingham (R) DH
7. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Martin Prado (R) 2B
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
7. Stephen Drew (L) DH
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF

The Yankees are just playing out the string now, but at least it’s Derek Jeter Day, which means the first 20,000 fans get a gift basket.

It’s also the free game on today if you are not in the Yankees’ TV market, which is pretty cool.

The Yankees have had like 50 “Days” this season in a fairly transparent attempt to drum up interest since the team they’ve put on the field this year doesn’t really do it.  To me that cheapens things like what will happen today for Jeter, or at least makes it seem less noteworthy.

While I have no problem with honoring players like Paul O’Neill and such, what will they do next year when the team is likely to be worse and they’ve run out of good players to honor?  Luis Sojo Day?  Enrique Wilson Day?  Dale Polley Day?

--Posted at 9:51 am by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, September 6, 2014 Yanks jump on Royals to keep pace in Wild Card

The Royals lost their starting pitcher, Danny Duffy, to left shoulder soreness after he threw one pitch, and the Yankees capitalized for a 6-2 victory at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

It may have been the break New York’s scuffling offense needed after being shut out by James Shields and Wade Davis on Friday night.

With the win, the Yankees pulled to within four games of Seattle for the second American League Wild Card spot. The Mariners play later tonight against the Rangers in Texas.

Duffy has been one of the Royals’ most reliable pitchers as they have made their run to the top of the American League Central. He owns a 2.42 ERA and had allowed more than two earned runs only once since July 6.

Liam Hendricks was thrown into the unenviable task of being asked to pitch with little notice. In four innings, he gave up seven hits and four runs (three earned). Then the Yankees tagged Casey Coleman for two runs in the fifth.

It remains to be seen if this game will help the Yankees burst out of their season-long offensive struggles, but they received contributions from various members of the lineup.

Last night’s pathetic loss was the nail in the coffin, but, well, better for them to win than to not, right? Especially since they’re not getting a top 10 pick.

Martin Prado returned, which was very helpful. How shitty is it that that guy had to get hurt after his hot streak? Even now he seems kind of hurt, but luckily he’s a good enough of a hitter to work through the injury.

In possibly cool news, Tanaka ‘getting stronger’ after latest bullpen session:

Masahiro Tanaka believes his arm fatigue is now behind him after completing his latest progression—a 34-pitch bullpen session featuring all his pitches on Saturday—toward rehabbing his injured right elbow.

Manager Joe Girardi was not sure what Tanaka’s next step would be, but it will likely be a simulated game or throwing live batting practice.
Tanaka is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery by rehabbing the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was sent back to New York from Toronto a week ago with arm fatigue that came about a couple of days after he threw a simulated game in Detroit. Still, Tanaka said he was not concerned about any lingering pain arising after his latest throwing session.
“I really do feel that I’m getting stronger, so I’m really not worried about it,” he said.

Yeah, I think I’m going to be worried about it…constantly.

--Posted at 6:26 pm by Brian Cronin / 6 Comments | - (0)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Royals (77-62) @ Yankees (71-66), Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:05pm

KCR: James Shields (#33, 32, RHP, 12-7, 3.38) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 25, RHP, 3-3, 2.09)

1. Nori Aoki (L) RF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Salvador Perez (R) C
5. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
6. Billy Butler (R) DH
7. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
8. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
9. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brett Gardner (L) LF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF

The Royals are so far ahead of the Yankees in a race for the postseason that this series is essentially meaningless.  The Royals are five games ahead of the Yankees, which makes them one of only six American League teams that can say that.

In other words…


--Posted at 2:53 pm by SG / 40 Comments | - (0)

FoxSports: Reports: Cashman expected to get extension from Yankees

The New York Yankees have had an up-and-down year, but it appears as though it won’t cost general manager Brian Cashman his job.

The Yankees are expected to offer Cashman, whose three-year, $9 million deal expires in October, an extension at the end of the season, according to multiple reports.

“There hasn’t been any discussions yet,’’ a source told New York Newsday. “But he’s done a good job.’‘

Cashman has served as the team’s GM since 1998, helping the team win four World Series titles. But the Yankees have struggled the past couple of seasons and are in danger of missing the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 1992-93.

Eh.  It’s hard to judge how good of a GM Cashman is given the meddling he gets from the people he reports to.  Here’s what I do think.  The Yankees have a bunch of crappy contracts.  The Yankees have a crappy minor league system.  The Yankees will have missed the postseason two years in a row despite the addition of a second wild card which sets the bar for qualifying for the postseason at a markedly mediocre level.  It’s getting harder and harder to get franchise-changing players via free agency.

And the Yankees appear to have little interest in making changes to address any of those things.

--Posted at 9:49 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, September 4, 2014 Thrill of the Chase: Headley delivers walk-off blast

NEW YORK—The Yankees have no plans of going away quietly. Mark Teixeira hit a game-tying homer and Chase Headley followed with the winning blast, a solo shot to right field, as the Bombers celebrated a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Red Sox on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

After slogging through the first eight frames, the Yanks came alive in the ninth against Koji Uehara. Mired in a slump for most of the last month-plus, Teixeira slammed his first homer since Aug. 17, and Headley came up one out later with the game-winning shot.

Headley raised his right hand immediately as he trotted down the first-base line and was doused with an ice bucket shower by his teammates as he reached home plate, helping the Yankees take two of three games in the series from Boston.

A rare bit of excitement in a season that’s been the polar opposite of exciting.  We can ignore the fact that the Yankees probably had to sweep this series, and not have gone 3-4 in the road trip prior to it, and that you need a magnifying glass to see their postseason odds and just enjoy a fun win.

--Posted at 9:31 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)

Red Sox (61-78) @ Yankees (71-66), Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:05pm

BOS: Brandon Workman (#67, 25, RHP, 1-8, 4.93) vs. NYY: Chris Capuano (#26, 35, LHP, 2-3, 4.24)

Red Sox
1. Brock Holt (L) 2B
2. Mookie Betts (R) CF
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
6. Allen Craig (R) RF
7. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brett Gardner (L) LF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF


--Posted at 2:36 pm by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)

NY Times: Searching for Ways to Improve Yankees’ Anemic Lineup

Some of the Yankees wear T-shirts under their jerseys with a three-word slogan — more like an exhortation — on the back: DO YOUR JOB! Carlos Beltran wore his on Wednesday. Like most of the hitters, though, he has not answered the demand.

Things were different on Wednesday, when the Yankees scored five runs off the junior varsity of the Boston Red Sox while rapping 11 hits in a 5-1 victory in the Bronx. Brian McCann had four hits, including a homer, but his on-base percentage is still below .300.

“There’s a month left, and we’re fighting for a playoff spot,” McCann said. “Stats are out the window at this point.”

True enough, and if the Yankees continue to outplay their run differential and somehow reach the playoffs, it may soothe the sting of their offensive troubles. Still, the final numbers will probably be the team’s sickliest in years, and Kevin Long, the hitting coach, bares the daily burden of trying to improve them.

Chris Young should be the answer.

--Posted at 8:27 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Red Sox (61-77) @ Yankees (70-66), Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:05pm

BOS: Anthony Ranaudo (#63, 24, RHP, 3-0, 4.50) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 9-8, 3.88)

Red Sox
1. Brock Holt (L) 3B
2. Mookie Betts (R) CF
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Daniel Nava (S) RF
6. Allen Craig (R) 1B
7. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C
9. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brett Gardner (L) LF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF


--Posted at 2:50 pm by SG / 71 Comments | - (0) Dropping Derek Jeter in Yankees’ lineup pointless now

What Jeter has become is clear. He’s 40-year-old doing something almost no 40-year-olds do in baseball: holding on to a starting job, in only by the tips of his fingers.

That’s impressive. But it’s not enough to warrant a top-of-the-order spot for a team who’s mantra has been championship or bust since the start of the Steinbrenner era.

The problem: We’re past that point. It’s too late. The buzzards are circling, eying the meat beneath the pinstripes.

Nothing Girardi does from today through Sept. 28, the Yankees’ last regular season game, is going to turn their offense into a playoff-caliber force. Especially not moving Jeter and putting someone else in his No. 2 spot.

I agree that moving Jeter down in the lineup at this point is like putting lipstick on a pig.  With 26 games left in the season, you could put Jose Abreu’s league-leading OPS (slash line of .320/.381/.602) in Jeter’s #2 spot in the lineup replacing his .261/.308/.311 line and it would only be worth 12 runs.  And you aren’t going to get a Jose Abreu line that can play shortstop even as poorly as Jeter does.

Nope.  This team’s problems are much larger than Jeter.  They needed Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira to hit like middle-of-the-order bats.  Instead, they’ve hit for a collective line of .233/.305/.408 in 1299 PA.  Luckily, the Yankees aren’t on the hook for any of them through at least the end of 2016…

So how do you make this a better offense in 2015?  The return of Alex Rodriguez?

--Posted at 8:11 am by SG / 29 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Yankees Stink

NEW YORK—The Yankees have not yet arrived at the do-or-die stage of their season, at least in the eyes of manager Joe Girardi, who nevertheless acknowledged on Tuesday afternoon that his club “obviously” needs to win most of the games on this homestand. They are one loss closer to the win-or-else portion of the schedule.

Shane Greene was thumped for six runs, including two homers, in his shortest start of the year and Brett Gardner was ejected at the conclusion of a promising rally as the Red Sox posted a 9-4 victory at Yankee Stadium.

Daniel Nava connected for the big blow off Greene, a three-run homer in the third inning that gave the Red Sox a five-run lead at the time. Xander Bogaerts also homered in that inning for Boston, which entered the evening ranked dead last among the 15 American League clubs in runs scored.

The Red Sox pounced on Greene quickly in the first, as Yoenis Cespedes logged a run-scoring double—his 24th RBI in 29 games—and Mike Napoli lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, chasing home David Ortiz with the second Boston run.

The Yankees stink.

--Posted at 9:38 pm by SG / 8 Comments | - (0)

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