Impotent Yankees lose to Jays 3-2; AL East lead in jeopardy

The Yankees were absolutely atrocious when they needed to be adequate; they choked when all they had to do was trip over themselves to score. They have no one to blame for this loss but themselves (and yes, I’m going to go into a whole tangent about the umpiring in a second). Everything boils down to this: the Yankees had the bases loaded twice with no outs. They scored two runs in both of those circumstances combined, on two sacrifice flies in the first inning. That kind of production will not get the job done.

They loaded the bases in the first inning, and came away with a two-run lead. They would not score again. Their 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position looks even worse when you consider that both hits were by Nick Swisher–and he didn’t get an RBI. So even when the Yankees got the RISP hits, they couldn’t score.

It looks even worse when you realize that Ricky Romero was terrible.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks Suffer An Embarrassing Loss To The Lowly Jays

What is the one thing the Yankees cannot afford to do during this last weekend of the season? They cannot lose to bad teams and more specifically bad pitchers like Ricky Romero.

So what did they do this afternoon? Exactly that.

The Yankees started off strong with two runs in the first inning off Romero and then…they did nothing.


The Blue Jays scored three runs on seven hits and won the game because the Yankee offense fell asleep at the wheel. All three runs were charged to Andy Pettitte who lost his first game since coming back from the DL.

The Yankees were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and didn’t take advantage of the Blue Jays inept fielding. They had the bases loaded with no outs in the third inning and couldn’t capitalize.

So now they will sit and wait for the Orioles to beat up on the Red Sox tonight. If the Orioles win – why am I even saying if?… Click here to read the rest

Game 158: The Last Saturday Of the Regular Season

Happy Saturday! Weekend day games have a way of sneaking on you, don’t they?

Here are the lineups:

Derek Jeter DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-3, 2.71)

Blue Jays
Brett Lawrie 3B
Rajai Davis LF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Yan Gomes 1B
Moises Sierra RF
Jeff Mathis C
Adeiny Hechavarria 2B
Anthony Gose LF

LHP Ricky Romero (9-14, 5.76)


Lineups courtesy of the Lohud Yankees blog. … Click here to read the rest

Yanks Beat Jays 11-4, Magic Number Down To Five

Now that we’re down to the final six games of the season, it’s all about keeping pace for the Yankees and they did that tonight with an 11-4 victory over the Blue Jays. With tonight’s victory they maintain their one-game lead over Baltimore in the American League East standings.

Nick Swisher got things started for the Yankees in the first inning with a two-run double that gave them an early 2-0 lead. The Yanks added another run in the third inning when Derek Jeter grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and Raul Ibanez scored from third.

After the Blue Jays scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Yankees lead to 3-1, Russell Martin hit his 20th home run of the season, a three-run shot that gave the Yanks a 6-1 in the sixth.

The Yankees continued to tack on runs, with the final blow coming off the bat of Eric Chavez who hit a two-run, opposite field home run in the ninth.… Click here to read the rest

Game 157: Rooting for Boston from Under a Rock

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Derek Jeter, SS Brett Lawrie, 3B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Colby Rasmus, CF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B J.P. Arencibia, C
Nick Swisher, 1B Adam Lind, 1B
Curtis Granderson, CF Yunel Escobar, SS
Raul Ibanez, LF Kelly Johnson, 2B
Russell Martin, C Rajai Davis, RF
Eric Chavez, DH Anthony Gose, LF
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Chad Jenkins, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m., on YES. Let’s go Yankees!

N.B. Aaron Cook and the Red Sox are squaring off against Chris Tillman and the Orioles at 7:05, in Baltimore.Click here to read the rest