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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Ah, Much Better: Yankees 3, Twins 1

Hey guys, guess what? Brian McCann got a big hit when the Yankees desperately needed one!

I know, amazing, right?

The Yankees won, Masahiro Tanaka is now 8-1 (the Yankees are 9-2 in the 11 games he’s started) and tomorrow is a rubber ame instead of a “hey, let’s avoid a sweep” game.

Of course, there are always some negatives when the Yankees play lately, like the fact that they could only muster one run against Kevin Correia and his 6.34 ERA. Seriously, guys, what gives? Oh and they hit into another double play with the bases loaded (the sixth time this season). This time McCann was the culprit but he made up for it with his RBI double in the bottom of the eighth which broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Yankees a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. They had tied the game on a home run by Yangervis Solarte in the fourth inning.

Solarte made a bad baserunning blunder after hitting a single.…

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It’s good to be back: Minnesota 6, Yankees 1

theres_no_place_like_home_matWelcome home, Yankees.

Not really. The Yankees are now 11-12 at home this season (they are 17-13 on the road).

This time, the loss came at the hands of the Minnesota Twins and New York dropped the game 6-1.

New York starting pitcher Vidal Nuno lasted nearly seven innings without walking anyone. He scattered seven hits, but three of those went for home runs.

On the other side of the ball, New York actually went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but ugly base running managed to keep the Yankees off the board.

New York’s lone run came in the third when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in Brett Gardner.

The good

- News came out before the game that Carlos Beltran’s elbow is feeling much better. He hopes he can return to the Yankees lineup without surgery.

- Brett Gardner swiped two bases raising his season total to 13.

The bad

- Nuno got touched up for three home runs.…

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Everything was bad: Cardinals 6, Yankees 0

Ugh.

This is one of those games you just want to forget even happened because everything about it was bad: The offense (what offense?), the defense (two errors and other not-so-great plays), the pitching etc. Even worse, the Yankees helped Cards starter Lance Lynn record the first complete game shutout of his career. The Yankees were only able to muster five hits all night. Good job, everyone! Stellar!

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Better Late Than Never: Yankees 4, White Sox 3 F/10

Admit it, you gave up on the Yankees.

When the Yankees came up to bat in the ninth inning down 3-0 you probably figured, just like I did, that they’d go down in order as meekly as they had been doing most of the afternoon. But thankfully we all were wrong.

The Yankees just happened to wake up from their eight-inning long slumber in time to score three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game and a big home run by Jacoby Ellsbury put them up for good in the top of the 10th.

The most remarkable thing about the ninth inning rally was that it was done with two outs. Alfonso Soriano hit a ground rule double down the line to score Ellsbury, Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single to score Soriano and Brian McCann hit an RBI single to score Kelly Johnson who was pinch running for Solarte.

Dellin Betances came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and he did what he does best: Retire people.…

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Extremely Brief Recap: Cubs 6, Yankees 1

Well, that was unexpected.

Masahiro Tanaka lost his first game of the season and first regular season game since about 1978 to the Chicago Cubs who are terrible.What’s that thing our radio play by play guy says? Oh yes, you can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.

Right. That.

The Yankees’ offense couldn’t do anything and the defense played horribly again.

Oh well.

The story of the night aside from Tanaka not being very Tanaka-like was John Baker who came into the game with an .063 average getting two hits off of him. He raised his BA to a robust .114!

Turn the page on this one, kids.

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