Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

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Games 140 and 141: For the love of God, win at least one…

Here’s your game thread for the doubleheader.

Game one lineups:
Revere LF
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Tulo SS
Colabello 1B
Navarro C
Goins 2B
Pillar CF

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
McCann C
Rodriguez DH
Headley 3B
Bird 1B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

Pitching matchup for Game 1: Estrada vs Big Mike

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Quick hit: Yanks recall Heathcott and Sanchez from Triple A

Per Marly Rivera of ESPN: Earlier today, the Yankees recalled OF Slade Heathcott and C Gary Sanchez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Heathcott hit .267/.315/.343/.657 in 64 with Scranton while Sanchez has hit .295/.349/.500/.849 in 35 games at Triple A. He played 58 games with Trenton and batted .262/.319.476.795.

Also of note: Heathcott will wear #72 and Sanchez #73.

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Flashback: 9/11/05

Ten years ago this afternoon, Tim Wakefield and Randy Johnson engaged in a bit of a pitcher’s duel.

It was the rubber game of a three-game series. The Yankees won the first game thanks to starter Aaron Small who pitched well enough to pick up the win – nine hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings – and three-hit nights from Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. A-Rod and Posada both homered. The Yankees dropped the second game 9-2 thanks to Shawn Chacon and Felix Rodriguez combining to give up six runs in the fourth inning to the Red Sox who were already up 2-0 going into the inning. Fun fact: Al Leiter pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief.

That brings us to the Sunday afternoon rubber game. I attended this game with a couple of my friends who sat with me in my usual Sunday afternoon seats at the old Stadium.

The top of the first inning was uneventful.…

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 39: Upcoming Blue Jays Series, Cespedes for MVP?

Last night, E.J. and yours truly recorded a podcast. Domenic was busy laywering and couldn’t make it.

We discussed the still upcoming (thanks to the rainout) Blue Jays series, the pitching match-ups, how the Yankees have fared since we last recorded, Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes and much, much more!


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The Rainout Open Thread: 9/10/15

So, Mother Nature is being nice by watering the tristate area’s extremely parched lawns. They needed the water desperately, but the Yankees didn’t need this postponement. Do some of the guys need rest? Yes. But the idea of having to play two games in one day against the Blue Jays makes my stomach turn.

Anyway. Feel free to discuss anything you’d like to talk about. Just keep the conversations respectful. And have a good night.

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About Last Night: Breaking down Sabathia vs Machado

So that was one hell of a face-off between CC Sabathia and Manny Machado in the fifth inning last night.

And I know, I know, Sabathia hit the next batter, had to be taken out, and the bullpen and defense blew the game, but that at bat against Machado was one of CC’s best of the season and I thought it was worth taking a second look.

Shall we get started?

Let’s set the scene. The Yankees are up 3-1, the Orioles have runners on second and third with only one out, and Sabathia is trying to avoid one of his “one bad innings” that he’s been infamous for this season.

CC started the at bat throwing a 79 mph slider that Machado laid off for a ball outside. He then followed that up with a 90 mph sinker that was also off the plate for ball two.

2-0 on Machado was not a good start.

Pitch #3 of the at bat was a 91.6 mph four seam fastball on the outer corner for called strike one.…

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Taking a look at A-Rod’s 30 (so far) home run season

Guess what? The guy who was going to be cut during Spring Training, because nearly every baseball writer on the planet had him buried before he even showed up in Tampa, and proclaimed that he couldn’t possibly play baseball at a high level after a 162-game steroid suspension, hit his 30th home run of the season last night.

I know, can you believe it?

Here are all 30 of his home runs in spray chart form:

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Here’s his home run heat map:

And now let’s take a look at some video of his “important” home runs.

Here’s his first home run of the season, which was hit on April 9 against the Blue Jays:

Here’s his 3000th hit which was on June 19 and off a 95 mph fastball from Justin Verlander:

Here’s #30 which tied last night’s game. It was off Kevin Gausman:

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Quick hit: Eovaldi out until October and other Cashman revelations

Well, this isn’t great news:

Stretched out? Like in a taffy machine?

Oh, look! More good news!

Oh boy…

I don’t even have anything to say. I cannot form the right words so post your reactions in the comments and try not to curse.

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Quick hit: The 2016 Yankees schedule has been released and…

I am not happy with a lot of it but my main beef is, and excuse me for the following outburst, but WHY THE HELL DO THEY ALWAYS SCHEDULE A DODGERS/YANKEES SERIES IN NEW YORK DURING THE WEEK?! WHY CAN’T THEY PLAY ON A WEEKEND?


I guess I should be happy that 2016’s series is a three-gamer instead of a brief two game set like 2013’s but still, how annoying.

There’s a lot that bothers me about the schedule. Like, nearly all of September being against AL East opponents with a brief three-day home series against the aforementioned Dodgers thrown in for good measure.

The Yankees will be visiting some NL West parks in 2016: Arizona (May 16-18), Colorado (June 14 and 15), and San Diego (July 1-3). The Arizona and Colorado series are midweek while the San Diego series is a weekend set in Petco.

May is an odd month. The Yankees are home from the 6th through the 15th then they go on the road to Arizona and Oakland until the 22nd, have an off day, then they play three games at home against the Blue Jays, and then head out on the road again and go to Tampa, Baltimore and Toronto, returning home for a game on June 6 against the Angels.…

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