Rivera Saves The 6-5 Lead, Yankees Sweep The White Sox

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CC Sabathia (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K) As I mentioned in the game thread, Sabathia came into this game with a 7.38 ERA since the All Star break. The Yankees need to win every game they can, and that’s just not going to happen when your supposed ace is hurting you every 5 games. Against the American League’s weakest offense, Sabathia was hoping to gain some confidence from tonight’s game. After allowing a run on a couple of walks and a double in the 1st inning, Sabathia settled down.

The biggest inning might have been the fourth, where Sabathia began the inning with a man on second due to a throwing error by Derek Jeter. The lefty induced two soft hits and a strikeout to strand the runner on base without giving up the lead. The Yankees would go on to score a quartet of base runners in the bottom of that inning, giving him all the room he needed to work with.…

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Yankees 6, White Sox 4: Wow

So tonight’s game turned out to be a good one, eh?

It started off with Chris Sale was being Chris Sale and with Hiroki Kuroda struggling for the fourth consecutive start and it looked as though the Yankees were on their way to a “punch to the gut” kind of loss. But thankfully, they had other ideas and after a five-run eighth inning, the Yankees were able to pull ahead and win their second game in a row.

Kuroda lasted 6.1 innings but labored through most of them. He gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He also surrendered a solo home run to Alejandro De Aza. If Kuroda had been facing a better team, I think he would have been out of the game earlier.

The Yankees were finally able to get to Sale in the eighth inning and after giving up a single to Derek Jeter and a double to Robinson Cano, he was taken out of the game.…

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Yankees 9, White Sox 1: Thanks, Mother Nature!

Here’s all you really need to know about today’s game (Thanks to Yahoo!):

Bottom 4th: NY Yankees
- A. Rodriguez doubled to right
- V. Wells singled to pitcher
- C. Granderson walked, A. Rodriguez to third, V. Wells to second
- M. Reynolds singled, A. Rodriguez scored, V. Wells to third, C. Granderson to second
- A. Romine singled to shallow center, V. Wells and C. Granderson scored, M. Reynolds to third
- B. Gardner doubled to shallow right, M. Reynolds scored, A. Romine to third
- D. Jeter singled to pitcher, A. Romine scored, B. Gardner to third
- R. Cano popped out to second
- A. Soriano doubled to left, B. Gardner scored, D. Jeter to third
- A. Rodriguez walked
- J. Petricka relieved D. Axelrod
- V. Wells safe at first on first baseman A. Dunn’s throwing error, D. Jeter and A. Soriano scored, A. Rodriguez to second
- C. Granderson grounded into fielder’s choice, A.

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Orioles put up 7 in the seventh, avoid sweep

Through six innings this game looked like a sure win for the Yankees. The Bombers were up three nothing with Andy Pettitte looking strong on the mound. It all came undone in the seventh inning.

Pettitte’s pitch count was low through six, making it a no-brainer to bring him out for the seventh. Unfortunately Andy faced two hitters and recorded zero outs that inning. After allowing two runner to reach base, Joe Girardi decided to relieve Pettitte with Shawn Kelley. Kelly promptly gave up a homer to J.J. Hardy. That made it 4-3 O’s, and it was the ball game.

Things, however, actually got worse. Boone Logan relieved Kelley and also recorded zero outs. For those keeping score at home, Pettitte, Kelley and Logan all faced two hitters in the inning without recording a single out. Joba Chamberlain relieved the ineffective Logan and promptly gave up a three run homer to Adam Jones. That made it 7-3 O’s, and pretty much shut the door on this one.…

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Yankees 8, Orioles 5: Staying alive

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I can admit that I didn’t have high hopes going into this one, right? It’s not hard to understand why I’d feel this way because CC Sabathia has been struggling this season, he struggled in his last start and well, he wasn’t great tonight either but luckily for him and for us, his offense bailed him out with a five-run fifth inning.

So the game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Chris Davis hit an RBI single to put the O’s up 1-0. The Yankees came right back in the bottom of the frame and went ahead 2-1 thanks to a two-run home run by Alfonso Soriano.

Of course, because nothing is easy, the Orioles came right back in the top of the fifth and scored three runs to go ahead 4-2. Danny Valencia hit a two-run shot and Manny Machado hit an RBI single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Curtis Granderson led the inning off with a double which was immediately followed by an RBI double by Mark Reynolds which cut Baltimore’s lead to 4-3.…

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Blue Jays take two of three from the Yankees

According to Joe Girardi, the Yankees could only afford to lose seven games of their last thirty in order to be where they wanted to be. After tonight’s loss in Toronto, that number is down to six. A week ago, the Yankees looked poised to make a run as they finally had some fire power in the lineup. But after two losses in three games to the Tampa Bay Rays and the same result with the Toronto Blue Jays, the “Ay’s” have it. And this game was over rather quickly as the Blue Jays scored four runs in the first inning, another two in the second and a seventh run in the third. The Yankees managed only two runs on five hits and struck out thirteen times.

Hiroki Kuroda delivered his third straight poor performance and gave up seven runs, five earned on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter. He was not helped in the first inning when he struck out J.P.

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Quick recap: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 1

Andy Pettitte and Alfonso Soriano partied like it was the early 2000s again.

Pettitte held Toronto scoreless over seven innings of work, giving up only five hits, walking two and striking out three.

Soriano finished the night 2-5 but the two hits were home runs and he finished with four RBI on the night. Derek Jeter was 2-5 with an RBI, Alex Rodriguez was 2-4 with a home run, an RBI and a walk and Curtis Granderson was also 2-4.

Noticeably absent from the recap is poor Robinson Cano who was nailed by a J.A. Happ pitch in his first at bat and had to leave the game. It seemed like forever until we found out the results of his x-rays – negative, thank goodness – and he’s day-to-day.

That wait was agonizing because everyone assumed the news would be bad from how Cano’s hand was reacting to being hit. It was trembling similarly to Jayson Nix‘s and Nix is out for the season.…

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About last night: Come on, it’s the Blue Jays!

Phil HughesMy apologies for not posting a recap immediately after the game last night. I was too annoyed to pen anything other than a really nasty diatribe about Phil Hughes and I figured I’d sleep on those feelings before I attempted to write about last night’s debacle.

And I know that 5-2 doesn’t seem like a debacle but the Blue Jays are pretty bad and they recently lost a series to the Houston Astros who are even worse. The Yankees really need to beat teams like Toronto if they want a chance to make the playoffs so last night was an unmitigated disaster in that sense.

I am not one of those people who believes the season is now over because of one loss or because the Yankees have slipped a bit in recent days but I do see the importance of these kinds of games and I feel like the players and coaches need to do so as well.

I also believe that their recent run of good games was not a fluke.…

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Yankees beat Rays 3-2 in extra innings, avoid sweep in Tampa

The Yankees are probably going to have to win about twenty more games this year if they want to make a run for a Wild Card spot. That’s a tall order for any team, particularly one that has struggled to score runs as much as the Bombers have this year. Dropping the first two games of a three game set in Tampa this weekend didn’t help the cause. Fortunately the Yankees managed to turn things around in the final game of the series.

Ivan Nova and Alex Cobb pitched to a draw. Cobb was solid. He gave the Rays 5.2 innings of work allowing just two runs on seven hits. Super Nova was better. He lasted 6.2 innings, also allowing just two runs to score. There was an element of luck to Nova’s performance, as he did allow six walks. He also gave up a game tying homer to Evan Longoria in the sixth inning, but managed to keep the Yankees competitive.…

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