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Thursday, April 20, 2017 4 homers back Tanaka in homestand finale

The Yankees combined tape-measure thunder with a Masahiro Tanaka gem to put the finishing touches on an impressive first homestand, breezing to a 9-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Starlin Castro and Aaron Judge whipped their teammates into a frenzy with back-to-back homers in the fifth inning off rookie Dylan Covey. Chase Headley and Aaron Hicks also went deep for the surging Yanks, who won eight of nine games in their best home showing since July 2009.

“We came here and played in front of our fans,” said Judge, whose 448-foot blast was the third-longest at Yankee Stadium in the Statcast™ era. “There was a lot of energy in this stadium the whole homestand. I think we just kind of fed off that, and our pitching staff came out and did what they did. I think collectively as a team, we just did our job.”

The healthy run support helped Tanaka pick up his second victory of the year on a night when his best stuff seemed to be absent. The first four innings were a grind for the right-hander, who settled in to hold the White Sox to Jose Abreu’s RBI double over seven innings while striking out six.

“He cleaned up his pitches,” catcher Austin Romine said. “His slider was a little tighter, his split was real good. That was the best I’ve seen his split this year. The fastball command was there, other than a couple of pitches. Overall I thought he did pretty well.”

Man, this team is really starting to get disturbing in how well that they are playing. They are just hitting the hell out of the ball and that’s all without perhaps their best hitter on the team! And with their backup shortstop instead of their pretty good hitting shortstop. That’s what is so remarkable about all of this, is that they’re doing it without Sanchez or Gregorius.

The Yankees finished out one hell of a homestand with a whole lot of offense and some battling from Tanaka, who did not look good at all all night, but he hung in there and gutted out a one-run outing. Good for him. They obviously will need him if they are going to make any noise this season.

Hopefully CC can keep the good times going against Pittsburgh on Friday!

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The “All Rise !” thing is starting to gain a regretable momentum with me. Like getting sucked into the wave, once you give yourself over to it, it’s actually fun, in a dirty, self-loathing kind of way.

I imagine some right-thinking Chisox fans feel the same way about “he gone”.

[1] When someone has a good baseball name, you have to embrace it.

Damn, Judge hits the ball very, very hard. And it’s great to see him consistently connecting with pitches he was swinging through last year.

Also, pretty neat for Ichiro to homer on what’s likely his last PA at Safeco.

Greg Bird was placed on this planet to hit baseballs

[1] Be careful, this is how the Macarena started and persisted.

Leiters reaction to the Judge HR last night was hysterical.

(3) That is neat about Ichiro.  I got to see him play as a Yankee and saw him hit a long line-drive homer in KC.  Such a little guy with strange but effective hitting style. Crappy that there are more off -days both today and again Monday? Do Yanks face Nova this weekend?

[6] I believe he breathlessly uttered “Oh my…” or something like that.  It was almost feminine, which is probably a horrible way to describe it, but its apt.  I had the same reaction TBH.

This is a great time to catch the pirates, reeling from the Marte suspension and doing very little in the way of generating offense.

[0] “Disturbing”.  Odd usage.


You got your “wows” and “oh my’s”, some definitely of a high-pitched nature, and then, “that was absolutely waffled”.

Chris Sale run support this year: 0 (Townies notched 3 in the 12th), 1, 2, 1.

[12] That first muffled wow, before Judge’s swing even finishes, says it all. Kay hadn’t even started his HR call yet.

We have 2 more off-days this week? WTF?

[15] Apparently when the MLBPA negotiated more off days, they neglected to note that they were only for the Yankees.

The Yankees are currently playing without two of their best players from last year, according to WAR, so shouldn’t we be happy that they’re playing less games right now?

Especially with so many injury-prone veteran players.

[17] At the same time, without looking, I can only imagine they will hit a really long, really tough stretch without any breaks as it balances out. And I think we’ll be wishing- as much as I love following games every night- we didn’t have like 6 days off in April.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it annoys me, too, but it probably shouldn’t. smile

[14] That was my favorite part.

How did the White Soz give away Sale for a guy not yet ready to play in the bigs.  Selig?

I’m annoyed at the offers they turned down, as well, but a prospect not being ready for the majors right away doesn’t mean that the prospect isn’t still a very valuable trade piece. I think they should have held out for more, as well, but I could see the argument of going for one of the top prospects in baseball at the time.

[22] I believe they also got the Red Sox to pay “Not Ready for the Bigs Yet’s” contract, so they also get to be cheap, which we know all owners outside LAD are down for.

The more obnoxious part is that the Red Sox gave up their most valuable chip. A chip that ONLY COST THEM MONEY.

The guy is 28 probably the best pitcher in the AL with an extremely favorable contract now and team options for 18/19.  The return was a joke.  If they waited until July and if they were out of it they could name their price.

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Has Sanchez has been Pipped by Romine?

Imagine if the Yanks had traded for Sale. Say kaprielan, Torres and Frazier for Sale. They’d be contenders for at least 3 years with him

Imagine if they signed price. We’d all be complaining

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