Chris Stewart and Brett Gardner help Yankees squeak past M’s, 2-1

york-yankees-v-seattle-mariners-20130609-231933-023Felix Hernandez showed up today in a big way for Mariners. Lucky for the Yankees, David Phelps also brought his A game. The King did precisely what he’s paid to do. He gave the Mariners seven innings of one run baseball, allowing just one run on five hits with two walks while striking out seven. Felix looked a little shaky in the beginning of the game. His pitch count was in the forties after just two innings. But he settled down and dominated the Yankees, as he always does. David Phelps matched Hernandez almost pitch for pitch. He gave the Yankees six innings of one run baseball, allowing three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Both starters let runs score in the second inning. Brett Gardner singled in Jayson Nix, getting one of his four hits on the day. That gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, something particularly rare against the King. The Yankees gave that lead right back in the bottom frame.…

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Game 61 Mariners 4 Yankees 1: What The … ?

Wells vs SEA

I don’t even know where to start with this one.  It’s not like we’ve never seen the Yankees lose a game when their offense didn’t show up and their starting pitcher had one bad inning.  But if there was a game where you could have bet money on that not happening and felt good about it, it was last night’s game.  I guess that’s why they play baseball on the field and not in my game thread previews, huh?

Let’s start with the offense, which was absolutely putrid after the 1st inning.  They turned a Brett Gardner leadoff double into a run on a pair of groundouts (not a good sign), and made Jeremy Bonderman work hard through 2 innings before disappearing completely.  After Vernon Wells got picked off second base with 0 outs in the 2nd, the Yankees didn’t get another hit off of Bonderman until the 5th and didn’t have anybody reach second base again until Kevin Youkilis doubled in the top of the 9th.  …

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Game 60 Yankees 6 Mariners 1: Good Phil Shows Up

Cano HR vs SEA

The Yankees have a frustrating habit of getting shut down every now and then by a pitcher who has no business shutting them down.  Aaron Harang is that type of pitcher.  Last night was not one of those frustrating instances I was talking about.  Instead it was exactly what you want and expect to see the Yankees do against a guy like Aaron Harang and it was an easy 6-1 win to start the series.

Harang got off to a good start through 2, but it was like the Yankee hitters had seen everything they needed to see and they punished him the second turn through the order.  With 1 out and 1 on in the top of the 3rd, the lineup turned over and the Yankees rattled off 7 straight hits, the 2 biggest being back-to-back homers from Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira 2 pitches apart, to take a 6-0 lead and essentially end the game.  Your mid-80s changeup isn’t going to fool anybody when you’re only throwing your fastball 87-88 and the Yankee hitters were locked in on both.  …

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Sweep: Yankees 6, Indians 4

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(Sorry but I had to do it.)

After being swept by the Mets last week and losing two out of three to the Red Sox, the Yankees recovered nicely and swept the Cleveland Indians out of town with a 6-4 this afternoon.

CC Sabathia was cruising until the sixth inning when the Indians picked up two runs on three hits and then again in the seventh when he surrendered a two-run home run to Yan Gomes to pull the Indians within two. Sabathia recovered well and went on to pitch a complete game.

His pitching line: 9.0 7H, 4ER, 1BB and 9K

Not bad. Plus, he gave the bullpen a break and prevented Mariano Rivera and David Robertson from having to be used for a third day in a row.

On the offensive side, Travis Hafner got things started off in the bottom of the first inning with a monster shot, deep into the second deck to put the Yankees up 2-0.…

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Phew: Yankees 4, Indians 3

So the big question of the night was, ‘Would David Phelps rebound from his last start and pitch well tonight?’ The answer was a resounding yes. Phelps held the Indians’ lineup to one hit in six innings. He walked four but worked out of trouble and he struck out seven batters.

The Yankees got their four runs thanks to an RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki and a three-run home run by Mark Teixeira in the third inning.

Yes, two guys Yankee fans had been throwing under the bus lately helped them win tonight. Poor Teixeira, he had only been back a few games and people, mainly WFAN callers, were already turning on him. Hopefully his seven RBI in the past two games will help to shut those people up.

As for Ichiro, he’s had a slowish start to the season but has been picking things up of late.

The Indians scored their runs in the seventh inning thanks to a three-run homer off the bat of Drew Stubbs.…

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A night of many happy returns: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

We all know that Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira made their long awaited returns to the Yankee lineup. But did you also know that another player reappeared in the Bronx tonight? That’s right, the real CC Sabathia returned to the mound tonight.

applausegifAfter struggling for the better part of two months with both his velocity and his control, Sabathia stepped up and pitched a heck of a game. He lasted 7.1 innings, gave up only one run on six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 10. Not only were his control and velocity better but his secondary pitches were working tonight as well. His slider made a much needed comeback to his arsenal and he used it to his advantage in those 10 strike outs – in the at bats he finished with a slider, the Red Sox were 1-10 with six strikeouts*.

Offensively, Ichiro Suzuki had a big night, finishing 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.…

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Swept away: Mets 3, Yankees 1

I honestly can’t think of anything to say other than, “Welp!”

Seriously, what can you do? The Yankees decided to have a bad week during the same week as the Subway Series. Stuff happens. And it’s not as tragic as people are making it out to be. Everyone needs to calm down. This isn’t the Yankees’ A team. If the Mets had completed a four-game sweep with a healthy Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis in the lineup, I’d probably be despondent. But I can’t even be that upset right now.

And if you had told me on Opening Day that the Yankees would be 30-23 and only two games out at this point in the season, I’d’ve been ecstatic.

So they lost to the Mets. Big deal! And it was a sweep. So what? At least it wasn’t a six-game sweep which is what the Yankees did to the Mets 10 years ago.…

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Quick recap: Mets 2, Yankees 1

Well, someone had to lose tonight and unfortunately it was the Yankees.

The game was flying by because neither team could get a run across until the Yankees finally scored in the top of the sixth when Brett Gardner hit a triple which was followed by a Jayson Nix RBI single to make it 1-0 Yankees.

Gardner would factor in a big play in the bottom of the frame when Daniel Murphy took Phil Hughes deep to the 385 sign in the outfield. Gardner jumped up and robbed Murphy of what could have been a two-run home run. The Mets ended up not scoring that inning.

They got their first run on a solo shot by David Wright off Hughes in the bottom of the seventh. Hughes was fine tonight throwing seven innings of one run ball. He held the Mets to four hits – two by Wright and two by fellow starter Jonathon Niese – and struck out six.

The Mets took the lead in the eighth off of David Robertson who clearly didn’t have anything working tonight.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 4, Rays 3 (11)

I love the New York Yankees.

This is not a secret to anyone who knows me or to any of you but that statement is especially true this season. They are so much fun to watch. Different guys step every day and most of the time it’s a guy you wouldn’t expect.

Case in point, today’s hero: Lyle Overbay.

The Yankees were down to their final out in the top of the ninth inning against Tampa’s closer Fernando Rodney when Overbay worked a walk which ended up being a crucial play because it set up a two-run rally to tie the game.

Then, Overbay came to bat two innings later and hit a home run to put the Yankees up 4-3 and help them pick up their 30th victory of the season.

Starter Vidal Nuno held his own for six innings. He gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Ivan Nova came into the game in the bottom of the 10th and was able to get into and work his way out of a base loaded, one out jame to prevent the Rays from scoring and winning the game.…

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