Astros 9, Yankees 1: Say what now?

That game was the pits. Do I have to rehash it? Really? Okay, fine.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Andy Pettitte was awful.
  • So was the offense.
  • Vidal Nuno was pretty good even though it was in mop up duty.
  • Um…
  • Oh, Kevin Youkilis‘ MRI was negative. Not that it has anything to do with the game but I have to post something, I suppose.
  • Hmmm. What else?
  • Yep, I got nothing.

On to the next one as they say…

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Lyle Overbay powers Yankees to a sweep of the Blue Jays

R.A. Dickey was good. Lyle Overbay and Phil Hughes were better. Dickey gave the Blue Jays seven innings of four hit baseball. Normally that’s enough to get your team the victory, but not when two of those hits were homers. Brennan Boesch gave the Yankees their first run with a solo shot in the second inning. That was enough to keep the Yankees in the game until the seventh inning. With Travis Hafner on base Lyle Overbay hit a home run in the seventh frame to put the Yankees ahead three to two, the eventual margin of victory.

On the other side of the ledger, Phil Hughes was solid. Hughes struck out nine over six innings. He allowed just two runs even though he scattered seven hits. Hughes wasn’t efficient. He tossed 111 pitches over that time, but that’s what happens when you strike out so many batters. It was enough to keep the Yankees in a tight game until the offence could do its thing in the next inning.…

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Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4: My baseball people said David Phelps!

I jokingly referred to this game as a Friday night fright in the game thread, mainly because of the pitching matchup. I figured a game started by Ivan Nova and Aaron Laffey had the potential to be really awful. When Francisco Cervelli left the game with an injury about 37 seconds (give or take) into the game, I just shook my head. When Ivan Nova left the game in the third inning with an injury, I wanted to crawl into a hole.

What on earth is happening to this team? Can the training stuff just start lining people’s uniforms with bubble wrap? Thankfully, both of their replacements came up big.

Chris Stewart threw out some runners and walked twice tonight. As for David Phelps, all he did was come in, pitch four innings of relief and strike out nine batters. He picked up the win.

Of course, the Blue Jays’ usual suspects, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, hit home runs – Encarnacion hit two: one off of Nova and the other off of Phelps but thankfully, the Yankees scored more.…

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Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3: M-M-M My Kuroda

(I apologize for the title. I’m tired.)

I know it’s early in the season and I know it may be too soon to say this but I’m going to say it anyway.

I love when the Yankees beat the Blue Jays. And do you know why that is? Because Blue Jays fans have become entirely too confident and a tad too obnoxious for me. Just because your team won the offseason doesn’t mean that will translate into wins in the regular season. Hello? Doesn’t anyone remember the 2012 Marlins? You know, the team the Blue Jays essentially traded for in November?

Jeez.

With that said, I do follow a lot of cool Blue Jay fans on Twitter and I don’t wish them any ill will.

All right, let’s get to the recap. This one started off on the wrong foot with Hiroki Kuroda having a rough first two innings.

He gave up a two-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the first and then a solo home run to Brett Lawrie in the second.…

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Quick recap: Rays 3, Yankees 0

Tropicana Field continues to be a house of horrors for the New York Yankees and I, for one, am thrilled this series is over and that the team is returning home even if it’s for a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tonight, Andy Pettitte was tough luck loser. He shut down the Rays until when fifth inning when he was victimized by a Brennan Boesch error and then by a Ben Zobrist double that made it 2-0 Tampa. And again in the sixth when Sean Rodriguez hit a solo shot to make it 3-0.

Pettitte’s final line was 6.0 IP, seven hits, three runs, two earned, one walk and 10 strike outs. Yes, 10. This is the first time he’s lost a game in which he’s struck out 10 or more batters since July 20, 2000 when he lost to the Tigers. He’s also had five no decisions in that span.

The Yankees offense was baffled by Alex Cobb who threw 8.1 innings, gave up only three hits, walked one and struck out seven.…

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Rays 5, Yankees 1: That was awful

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That game was actually a lot worse than I imagined it would be.

Honestly, I knew the lineup would probably do nothing against Matt Moore. They can’t hit lefties as it is but a guy with 1.00 ERA coming into the game? Yeah…

And I was right but I was hoping CC Sabathia would be able keep the Yankees in this one. Unfortunately, after the first inning, the Yankees found themselves down 4-0.

For his part, Sabathia recovered and ended up pitching seven innings but the damage was done and the Yankees couldn’t do much against Moore who pitched eight strong innings.

Sabathia finished with eight strikeouts but gave up three home runs and two of them were to Ryan Roberts.

It was that kind of night.

Oh well. On to the next one as they say, and the next one is Phil Hughes facing off against David Price. Hmm, maybe we can skip that one too? (Kidding).…

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Blue Jays hand Yankees a victory that Yankee bullpen hands right back

Josh Johnson and the Blue Jays handed this game to the Yankees in the fifth inning. With the Blue Jays leading 2-1, the Yankees loaded the bases on three hits by Chris Stewart, Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. Johnson managed to get Travis Haffner out, but after that he completely lost the strike zone. Johnson issued bases loaded walks to Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez, handing the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Yankees expanded that lead the next inning when Brett Gardner scored Jayson Nix on a sacrifice fly. Suddenly the Yankees were up by two heading into the final innings with a possible sweep on their hands.

It wasn’t meant to be. Ivan Nova walked Adam Lind to start the bottom of the sixth inning. That brought up J.P. Arencibia who doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. That was the end of Nova’s day. The Yankees handed things over to Boone Logan who gave up a single to Colby Rasmus, the only batter he faced.…

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Kuroda is great, DRob isn’t but Yanks still win in extra innings

The Yankees were only four outs away from a shutout when the Jays tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.

The crowd of over 46,000 in Rogers Centre erupted as if it were a playoff game but those three runs were all the Blue Jays would be able to get against Yankees’ pitching. And luckily for the Yankees, they took advantage of a big Toronto error in the 11th and scored two runs to put them ahead for good to pick up their tenth win of the season.

Hiroki Kuroda was the star of the game. He nearly matched his previous start, the complete game shutout last Sunday against Baltimore, by shutting the Jays down for the majority of the game. He gave up only three hits, one walk, struck out seven and only surrendered one earned run. That only happened because David Robertson suffered his first bad outing of 2013. He came in to relieve Kuroda and gave up two hits, walked two, struck out two and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4

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KYODO/LANDOV

Some quick notes:

Tomorrow’s game is at 1:07 p.m. with Hiroki Kuroda facing off against new Blue Jay Mark Buehrle.

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