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Yankees (6-6) @ Tigers (10-2) , Monday April 20, 2015 , 7:08 PM
(43 Comments - 4/21/2015 2:54:36 am) Pineda helps Yankees finish sweep of Rays
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Yankees (4-6) @ Rays (6-5), Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:10pm
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Yankees (3-6) @ Rays (6-4) , Friday April 17, 2015 , 7:10 PM
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NY Post: Yankees are all-in on Carlos Beltran, and that’s a problem
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NY Post: The troubling signs Tigers have fleeced Yankees again
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Yankees (3-5) @ Orioles (4-4) , Wednesday April 15, 2015 , 7:05 PM
(75 Comments - 4/16/2015 10:09:39 am) Yanks can’t finish rally as O’s even series
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Yankees (3-4) @ Orioles (3-4) , Tuesday April 14, 2015 , 7:05 PM
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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, April 14, 2015

Yankees (3-4) @ Orioles (3-4) , Tuesday April 14, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) vs. Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (R)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.296/.387/.296)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.222/.276/.444)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.143/.167/.214)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.238/.393/.714)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.278/.333/.500)
6. Garrett Jones (L) DH: (.200/.273/.300)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.357/.438/.857)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.190/.217/.476)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.130/.192/.130)

1. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.238/.238/.238)
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.130/.222/.174)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.440/.500/.880)
4. Steve Pearce (R) 1B: (.185/.313/.407)
5. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.111/.200/.111)
6. Chris Davis (L) DH: (.217/.280/.391)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.278/.316/.667)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.235/.350/.353)
9. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.333/.357/.593)

--Posted at 3:14 pm by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: Stephen Drew hits pinch-hit grand slam to lead Yankees past Orioles, 6-5

BALTIMORE — It was just how the Yankees Drew it up, right?

When the Yankees sent Stephen Drew to the plate to pinch-hit for Brett Gardner in the seventh inning Monday night, it raised some immediate concern over the left fielder’s health.

Gardner had been hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the first inning, struck in that spot for the second time in less than a week. He had remained in the game for five more innings, but with the bases loaded and the Yankees trailing by two runs, Gardner told Joe Girardi he might want to find another hitter.

I guess Drew’s already paid for his contract.

--Posted at 8:19 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Yankees (2-4) @ Orioles (3-3) , Monday April 13, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) vs. Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (L)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.261/.370/.261)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.273/.385/.455)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.167/.192/.250)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.222/.375/.611)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B: (.300/.417/.550)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.300/.417/.700)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.286/.375/.571)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.158/.227/.158)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.286/.375/.286)

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.304/.333/.565)
2. Steve Pearce (R) RF: (.217/.333/.478)
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.263/.333/.474)
4. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.381/.458/.762)
5. Travis Snider (L) DH: (.389/.522/.611)
6. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.053/.174/.053)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.286/.333/.714)
8. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.235/.235/.235)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.154/.313/.308)

--Posted at 3:04 pm by SG / 85 Comments | - (0) Yanks pound Buchholz to back Tanaka in win over Sox

NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez ripped a bases-clearing double, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew slugged back-to-back homers, and the Yankees celebrated their biggest thumping of a Red Sox starter in nearly 70 years in a 14-4 victory on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees grabbed their first lead of the weekend with a seven-run first inning off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who hung around to absorb a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) over 3 1/3 innings. New York hadn’t hung a 10-spot on a Boston starter since June 21, 1945, when it knocked around Dave “Boo” Ferriss.
“It just takes the burden off,” Headley said. “We had been grinding for runs, so to get up there and really pour some on in the first inning kind of lets you go. You’re not on cruise control, but you can enjoy the at-bats, you can enjoy the game, and really let the game come to you at that point.”

What’s next?  Cats and dogs living together?

--Posted at 8:07 am by SG / 32 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Red Sox (4-1) @ Yankees (1-4) , Sunday April 12, 2015 , 8:05 PM

Red Sox: Clay Buchholz (R) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R)

Red Sox
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.190/.250/.381)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B: (.240/.345/.520)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.150/.261/.300)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.318/.348/.591)
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.269/.321/.269)
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.000/.150/.000)
7. Shane Victorino (R) RF: (.167/.333/.167)
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.391/.462/.478)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C: (.091/.421/.091)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.250/.318/.250)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.235/.381/.471)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.100/.136/.200)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.188/.350/.625)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.231/.313/.308)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.350/.500)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.136/.208/.273)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.118/.118/.118)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.133/.222/.133)

The good news is that after tonight there will be only 156 games remaining in the Yankees’ 2015 season.

--Posted at 5:16 pm by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 Warren battles into 6th but Yanks fall short vs. Sox

NEW YORK—Joe Kelly permitted just one hit over seven sterling innings, retiring his final 17 batters faced, and the Red Sox pounced on a fatigued Yankees bullpen to post an 8-4 victory on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Activated from the disabled list before Saturday’s game, Kelly cruised through an efficient first start of the season, permitting only Alex Rodriguez’s second-inning single. The right-hander started his first full season with the Sox by striking out eight and issuing two walks to go with a wild pitch.

I realize I don’t really follow the Yankees like I used to but I have literally never heard of Matt Tracy, who pitched the final two innings in this game, until today.

--Posted at 5:26 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)

Red Sox (3-1) @ Yankees (1-3) , Saturday April 11, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Red Sox: Joe Kelly (R) vs. Yankees: Adam Warren (R)

Red Sox
1. Brock Holt (L) CF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Allen Craig (R) RF
7. Daniel Nava (L) LF
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Chris Young (R) CF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B


--Posted at 12:00 pm by SG / 65 Comments | - (0) Yankees rally, but come up short vs. Red Sox

Mookie Betts lifted a sacrifice fly to center field in the 19th inning off Esmil Rogers, sending Xander Bogaerts home with the deciding run as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees, 6-5, in the longest game played at the current Yankee Stadium.

Chase Headley’s ninth-inning homer off Edward Mujica erased the first of four Boston leads in the contest. David Ortiz gave Boston back the lead in 16th with a solo shot off Rogers, but with the clock having moved past midnight, Mark Teixeira celebrated his 35th birthday in the home half of the 16th with a game-tying homer off Steven Wright.

In the 18th, Pablo Sandoval knocked a run-scoring single off Rogers to put the Red Sox back on top, but the Yankees again wiped out that lead as Carlos Beltran doubled to deep left off Wright, scoring pinch-runner John Ryan Murphy.

It was certainly an exciting game. The Yankee bullpen is excellent. Two things stood out to me tonight…

1. Girardi pinch-running Garrett Jones for A-Rod in the 11th inning after A-Rod doubled with one out. Jones cannot be that much faster than A-Rod, so the slight upside of having him run for A-Rod did not seem to make up for the risk of taking A-Rod out in a tie game. It seemed like a bad idea at the time and only looked worse when Jones ended up having four at-bats in the game. Would have been nice to have had A-Rod still in there.

2. Didi Gregorius made the third out of the inning with the winning run on third twice in extra innings. Having two automatic outs in the bottom two spots of the lineup just kills this already pathetic offense.

Oh well, this was a horrible loss, but at least there was some good dramatic moments and at least the bullpen looked phenomenal. Let’s hope Adam Warren can pitch well tomorrow.

--Posted at 1:40 am by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Red Sox at Yankees, Friday April 10, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Red Sox: Wade Miley (L) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R)

Red Sox
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
7. Daniel Nava (L) RF
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
9. Sandy Leon (S) C

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Chris Young (R) RF
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B

First Place visits Last Place!

--Posted at 2:41 pm by SG / 210 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Sabathia’s strikes out eight, but Toronto spoils return

Daniel Norris worked 5 2/3 solid innings to pick up his first big league win and Edwin Encarnacion homered late as the Blue Jays spoiled CC Sabathia’s return to the big league mound, posting a 6-3 victory over the Yankees on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 655th career home run, a solo shot to left field in the sixth inning, and Mark Teixeira also cleared the fence to highlight the Yanks’ production off the 21-year-old Norris, who was making just his second career start. The left-hander permitted three runs and six hits, walking two and striking out five.

It’s pretty funny that right after we were having a big discussion about how people always write about CC Sabathia being better than his results, we got tonight, where he gave up four earned runs and yet looked pretty damn good. Eight strikeouts is very nice. And even the one bad inning was a lot of fairly weak hits and RBI groundouts. He also gave up another run in his final inning, but that was on a Carlos Beltran error.

The offense was not great, but Toronto’s starter Daniel Norris looked very good out there, so three runs is not that bad. The Yankees actually had the possible tying runs on second and third with two outs against righthanded reliever Roberto Osuna in the sixth inning, but with the righthanded Gregorio Petit due up, Joe Girardi inexplicably pinch-hit Stephen Drew for Petit instead of Brian McCann or Garrett Jones, who (like Drew) are both lefthanded batters, except actually decent enough hitters. Why is Garrett Jones on the team if he’s not going to pinch-hit there?

Also, while not exactly a big deal, Didi Gregorius got his first hit as a Yankee, driving in a run but idiotically getting thrown out while taking a big turn at first. So far he has made Jorge Posada look like a good baserunner.

Nathan Eovaldi goes tomorrow night against the Red Sox. I’m really curious as to how he will look.

--Posted at 9:57 pm by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)

Blue Jays at Yankees, Thursday April 9, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Blue Jays: Daniel Norris (L) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L)

Blue Jays
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Russell Martin (R) C
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
8. Steve Tolleson (R) LF
9. Devon Travis (R) 2B

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Chris Young (R) LF
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
8. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS

No Gardner = no reason to watch.

--Posted at 2:49 pm by SG / 83 Comments | - (0) Yankees pull out win in 8th against Blue Jays’ bullpen

Chase Headley’s infield single ticked off Blue Jays closer Brett Cecil’s glove and pushed home Brett Gardner with the go-ahead run as the Yankees rallied for three runs in the eighth inning, posting a 4-3 victory on a raw and rainy Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees accepted some help from Toronto’s bullpen in erasing the late deficit. Cecil’s wild pitch allowed Chris Young to score their second run, and with the bases loaded by a single, hit-by-pitch and intentional walk, Cecil plunked Brian McCann in the back to force home the tying run.

“A little bit unconventional, but guys did what they had to do to get on and we fought and clawed,” Headley said. “It turned out in our favor.”

That was one of the most embarrassing three run rallies in recent history. Even the initial double to start the inning was a pop-up that was caught up in the wind. But a win is a win is a win is a win, so I’ll certainly take it!

The good news from the game is that Michael Pineda and Andrew Miller were just as good as their hype suggested.

The bad news is that the Yankee offense is putrid and their defense has not been very good, either (although Brett Gardner made an awesome catch in the sixth inning that likely saved a run, and Stephen Drew did make a good play in the ninth inning).

CC Sabathia makes his season debut tomorrow. How he looks will play a huge part in how good this starting rotation will be this season (although I dare say that Nathan Eovaldi’s start might be even more important). Didi Gregorius will be sitting against the lefthander Daniel Norris. I really don’t agree with that move. I don’t mind giving him the occasional rest against lefties, but they really need to see if Gregorius can hit through his struggles with lefties. They invested a lot in getting him, they should give him a real shot to become the everyday shortstop.

--Posted at 12:01 am by Brian Cronin / 34 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blue Jays at Yankees, Wednesday April 8, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (R) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R)

Blue Jays
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Russell Martin (R) C
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Dalton Pompey (S) CF
7. Kevin Pillar (R) LF
8. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
9. Devon Travis (R) 2B

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

No team has ever gone 0-2 to start the season and won the World Series, I don’t think.

--Posted at 2:39 pm by SG / 135 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: Yankees turn to Michael Pineda to rebound from Masahiro Tanaka’s poor Opening Day outing

With Masahiro Tanaka looking so shaky on Opening Day, maybe the Yankees’ actual ace is the guy starting Wednesday night against Toronto — Michael Pineda.

The Yanks certainly need Pineda, who thrived when healthy last year, to soar at the Stadium. At the very least, it would wash away the bad taste of the club’s first-day flop.

But it could also give a lift of sorts to a team already facing doubts because of Tanaka’s poor performance and vulnerable elbow. A sparkling outing by Pineda would also be a first step toward proving right those in the Yankee organization who believe Pineda is headed for a breakout season.

I’m looking forward to watching Pineda this season for as long as he holds up.

--Posted at 8:30 am by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)

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