Game 70 Quick Recap: Yanks 7 Jays 3

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If MLB wants to re-do the scheduling again and make every team play its divisional rivals more each season, I would have no problem with that.  It would just mean more free wins at home for the Yankees against the Blue Jays.  If you were keeping track, that tally is now up to 15 straight after last night.

Chase Whitley continues to impress as the team’s de facto 3rd starter.  He got the same hard work treatment that Tanaka did on Tuesday night, needing 98 pitches to complete 5 innings.  But he held to the Jays to 5 singles and 2 runs in those 5 innings, left with the lead, and ended up with the W.  If Vidal Nuno could come close to matching Whitley’s consistency, the rotation would be in pretty decent shape.

The Yanks got another early run thanks to Brett Gardner‘s speed.  He singled to lead off the 1st, got to second on an error, moved to third on a flyout, and scored on Alfonso Soriano‘s single away from the shift with 2 outs.  …

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Quick Game 69 Recap: We’re Not Worthy!

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Seriously, gang.  I don’t think we’re worthy of seeing starting pitching like this.  Masahiro Tanaka turned in another virtuoso performance last night in his second start against the Toronto Blue Jays, his first time facing them since his first start of the season.  His only blemish was the first pitch he threw to Jose Reyes to start the game, a 4-seamer down the pipe that Reyes hit out for a solo home run.  After that, he was standard Tanaka.  Lotta swings and misses, lotta Ks, and only 1 real scoring threat in 6 innings of work.

Offensively, the Yanks were driven by Brett Gardner‘s 2-run Yankee Stadium Special home run in the bottom of the 3rd.  Kelly Johnson hit a 1-run double to put a duck on the pond for Gardner, and he did what a good hitter should do with a hanging curveball.  The only other run came on a good manufacturing job in the 5th.  Derek Jeter singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, third on an Ellsbury groundout, and scored on a single by Mark Teixeira.…

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Quick Recap: In Case You Wondered if Nuno is Awful

Yes. Yes he is.

Okay, so that may be unfair. Heading into Sunday afternoon, Vidal Nuno had started 10 games for the Yankees, pitching to a 4.19 ERA (a tick below-average) and mostly keeping the team close, allowing fewer than three runs in seven of those starts. He did fail to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of those starts, to be sure, but he was mostly serviceable as what amounted to the team’s seventh or eighth starter.

Of course, none of that felt relevant yesterday, as Nuno allowed 8 hits (including 2 home runs) and 8 runs over three innings in the rubber match against the A’s. Despite the Yankees recent offensive outburst (which, for them, meant 13 runs between Thursday and Friday), the game felt over when Nuno allowed a 400-foot three-run blast to Derek Norris in the first inning. And then it was essentially over when Coco Crisp knocked out a three-run homer of his own in the second.…

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Quick Recap: Yankees 6, Mariners 3

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Jacoby Ellsbury got the Yankees out to an early 2-0 in the first inning with a shot to almost the same spot as Teixeira’s home run last night.

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run double in the third to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.

Derek Jeter had a nice last game in Seattle going 3-4 including a two-run single to give the Yankees a 6-1 lead.

Chase Whitley went 7 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Ellsbury also robbed Robinson Cano of a home run in the fifth inning with an amazing catch up against the left-centerfield wall – it was near the spot where Cano hit his home run against Tanaka in last night’s game. He was pulled from the game after that play because he aggravated his sore right hip which started bothering him in Kansas City this past weekend.

Not to be outdone, Brett Gardner made a catch similar to Ellsbury’s after he replaced Ellsbury in the game and robbed Mike Zunino of extra bases.…

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About Last Night: The Yankees Won!

In case you went to bed early and avoided TV, radio and other internet websites, you’ll be happy to know that the Yankees won 3-2 last night in Seattle! And instead of doing a more traditional, boring recap, I thought we could look at some highlights from last night’s game with charts, pictures and in some cases, linked videos.

To start, here’s what all eight of the Yankees’ hits looked like:

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And here is what the same hit chart looks like with their outs included:

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The hardest hit ball, which was an out, came off the bat of Brett Gardner. (It’s the ball at the top of the picture, right of centerfield between the 400 and 370 markers.) It came off an 89 mph fastball from starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the top of the eighth.

Here is a wedge chart that shows where the balls in play landed with their outs included:

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And here’s one that shows the same chart but with only the hits and where they landed:

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As you can see, the Yankees still aren’t hitting a lot and they’re also not hitting for a lot of power.…

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A Kick Save And a Beauty! Yankees 2, Athletics 1

Well, the stopper stopped the Yankees’ losing streak at four.

After John Jason took Masahiro Tanaka deep in the first inning to give Oakland a quick 1-0 lead, many Yankees were left to wonder, “Is the funk from the rest of the team making its way to Tanak as well?” the answer was an emphatic “No,” because Tanaka recovered to hold the A’s to that one run over six innings of work with four strikeouts and a walk. The Oakland batters made Tanaka work and he had to exit after 104 pitches but the bullpen – Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and David Robertson – held the A’s hitters to three hits over three innings of work with five strikeouts.

The Yankees scored their two runs thanks to an Alfonso Soriano RBI single in the second and a Brett Gardner solo shot in the third. Both runs came off Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz.

In the ninth inning, Robertson turned a nifty 1-3-1 putout to get the second out of frame.…

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Sad night for baseball: Oakland 7, Yankees 4

ZimmerThe actual baseball game didn’t seem to matter for one night. About midway , through, the baseball world learned the beloved Don Zimmer had died — right around the time of Yoenis Cespedes‘ second home run of the night.

Zimmer, 83, was part of those magical late 1990s teams. He was New York’s bench coach from 1996-2003, but also had stints with the Yankees in 1983 and 1986. Zimmer was brash, funny and was a wonderful baseball lifer.

One wonders what he would think of the current state of the Yankees. The A’s scored seven unanswered runs on Wednesday, beating New York 7-4.

New York pitching gave up three home runs, the last coming in the seventh inning by Josh Donaldson off Yankees reliever Jose Ramirez, who made his MLB debut. Donaldson smashed a 95-mph fastball that missed its spot.

Trailing by four runs early, the A’s gradually worked back. Cespedes started the comeback with the first of two solo home runs in the fourth to make it 4-1.…

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No offense, the Yankees stink: Athletics 5, Yankees 2

It’s hard to beat the best team in the AL, especially when your offense can’t score more than two runs. The Yankees wasted a terrific start from Hiroki Kuroda and a productive night at the plate from Mark Teixeira, losing 5-2 to the Athletics in 10 innings on Tuesday night.

Kuroda pitched his best game of the year, holding the A’s to just one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He left with the lead in the seventh inning but a rare meltdown by Dellin Betances allowed the A’s to tie the game. Betances got two quick outs in the eighth inning, but he then walked Alberto Callapso and allowed a double by pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt which brought home the tying run for the visitors.

David Robertson pitched a clean ninth inning, but the rest of the bullpen could not keep the Yankees in the game in extra innings as Adam Warren allowed three runs while getting just one out in the 10th.…

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