Rays 7, Yankees 2: All good things must come to a screeching halt

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It was unfortunate that Hiroki Kuroda picked tonight of all night’s to have his worst start in two years. He gave up seven runs on nine hits in six innings of work. He struck out three, served up four home runs and the Yankees’ five game winning streak came to a disastrous end.

The four home runs came off the bats of Jose Lobaton, Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist.

The Yankees’ offense didn’t do much of anything either. They were held to two runs on four hits in seven strong innings by Chris Archer. At least it’s better than the last time they faced him when he held them scoreless.

It was an ugly night.

And things won’t be easy for the Yankees tomorrow night either when CC Sabathia faces off against David Price.

Happy Friday!

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Yankees Make It 5 Straight, Sweep Blue Jays With A 5-3 Win

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Pettitte (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)- He allowed just 2 base runners in the first 4 innings, both of which were the speedy Rajai Davis. He actually had Davis picked off at first in the first inning, but no one was covering second. Davis stole second twice against Pettitte, and with a runner in scoring position for so long, Pettitte had to grind through a couple of early innings. Pettitte allowed a run to score in the fifth inning off of a J.P. Arencibia bomb, but then worked out of trouble later in the inning thanks to a great double play by Alex Rodriguez. Overall, he’s looked very good for 3 straight starts now, and hopefully he’ll continue this once we get to September.

Curtis Granderson (1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 R)- With all the Rodriguez discussion, and the scorching hot streaks by Alfonso Soriano and Robinson Cano, Granderson has gone under the radar.…

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Soriano and Huff Carry Team To Their 4th Straight Win, Yanks Win 4-2

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Warren (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR) Warren had a mediocre spot start. The line doesn’t look great, but he was showing a high quality change up. The strike zone tonight was a little… odd (Jose Reyes was ejected early in the game for arguing), and Adam Warren ran into some trouble dealing with Ted Barrett. At 61 pitches he was pulled for David Huff in the top of the 4th inning.

David Huff (5.0, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K) Outside of Friday’s appearance, Huff was actually up earlier this year with both the Indians and Yankees, and came into tonight’s game with 6 runs allowed in just 4.1 innings of work. But tonight he looked like a different pitcher. He allowed just 5 base runners on 4 walks (again Ted Barrett’s strike zone was a mess at times) and 1 hit, and earned 2 strike outs along with them.…

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Yankees Sweep Doubleheader In Walk Off Fashion

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Hughes (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) Good Hughes showed up tonight and only allowed two runs to score. Rajai Davis singled on a ground ball, stole second, reached third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch. The only other run scored on a sac fly by Davis after Munenori Kawasaki tripled. I don’t know how he did it, but Hughes earned 7 groundouts over just 2 flyouts.

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano (2-4, 1 RBI) After going 4 for 4 in the first game, Cano had two singles and a game tying hit in the third. He’s 20 for his last 35. (.571)

Austin Romine (3-3, 1 2B, 1 PB, 2 SB, 1 CS)- What a game for Romine. After watching Chris Stewart hit the go ahead home run in the first game, Romine tried to out perform his counterpart. He doubled once and singled twice, one of which missed being a home run by just a couple of feet.…

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Cano And Stewart Power Yankees To An 8-4 Win

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(Courtesy of Vinny Milano @baldvinny)

Ivan Nova (6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K)- This afternoon’s starting pitcher wasn’t particularly sharp in the early going. Combine that with poor defense and the Blue Jays were able to push across 4 early runs in the 2nd inning. After that inning, the right-hander settled down, locating both his curveball and two-seam fastball extremely well.

Robinson Cano (4-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI)- The guy just keeps hitting. He now has 18 hits in his last 31 at bats (.581). From the get go, Cano was seeing the ball out of Roger’s hand, and in his second at bat of the game, he hit a long three run home run to dead center that made this a 4-3 game. Not only did he cut the deficit to 1 run, but he hit his 200th career home run.

Chris Stewart (1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 PB)- As I mentioned above, Nova didn’t look particularly sharp in the first two innings, but you can blame some of that on his catcher.…

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Yankees 9, Red Sox 6: Plunk you

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I will have more of an in-depth recap tomorrow later today but I thought this picture and title was appropriate for a quick recap.

CC Sabathia‘s was iffy and uneven – he gave up six earned runs on seven hits, walked five and struck out five. He only lasted 5.1 innings but thanks to his offense, he picked up his 11th win of the season.

ESPN’s Player of the game was the guy in the picture, Mr. Alex Rodriguez who had himself quite a game. He finished 3-4 with two RBI, was hit by a pitch thrown by Sox starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning then retaliated in his own way by hitting a home run off Dempster a few innings later. It pulled the Yankees to within 6-4 and the Yankees ended up scoring four runs total that inning thanks to a three-run bases clearing triple by Brett Gardner to take the lead and they never relinquished it.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3

Yeah, that actually happened.

Andy Pettitte pitched 6.2 innings, gave up three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five. More importantly, he didn’t give up a run in the first inning. At the start of tonight’s game, Pettitte’s first inning ERA was 8.57. Yikes.

Alfonso Soriano continued his hot hitting, finishing 3-4 with four RBI and a home run. It was his 25th of the season and 5th this week. Actually, 6th if we’re counting last Sunday (against the Tigers) in this current week.

Mark Reynolds also hit a home run in his first at bat as a Yankee because of course he did. Vernon Wells was the only one in the lineup without a hit but he walked and later scored on Reynolds’ home run in the second inning.

Alex Rodriguez finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk. Robinson Cano finished 1-4 with an RBI single, a walk and one strikeout. He now has an 11-game hitting streak.…

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Angels 8, Yankees 4: The revenge of Chris Nelson

Well, three out of four isn’t bad.

And though it would have been nice to see a four-game sweep, at least the Yankees made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs to cut the Angels lead to 8-4 but alas, all good things must come to an end.

Phil Hughes actually ended up with a “quality start” by definition: three runs in at least six innings but his performance once again was frustrating and his pitch count was high early.

The game actually got out of hand after Hughes had exited the game.

The bullpen – specifically Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan, and Joba Chamberlain – all gave up runs with Logan’s outing being the one to break the game open. With the Yankees trailing 4-1, Logan surrendered a grand slam to Chris Nelson. Yes, that Chris Nelson, the one the Yankees DFA earlier this season. Amusingly enough that wasn’t even Nelson’s first home run of the day.…

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Yankees 11, Angels 3: Welcome back, Bronx Bombers!

sorianoWell, it looks like the Bronx Bombers have returned to Yankee Stadium this week and it has been a welcome sight.

The Yankees didn’t waste any time getting on the board against Angels’ starter Jered Weaver. They put up a four-spot in the bottom of the first thanks to Alfonso Soriano who hit a grand slam. Soriano has been unconscious the past two nights and he wasn’t even close to being finished.

Robinson Cano made it a 5-0 game with an RBI single in the second. Curtis Granderson came up with the bases loaded after Alex Rodriguez was walked and hit an RBI single of his own to make it 6-0. Soriano also came up again in the second and again, the bases were loaded and this time, he ripped a double to left field, scoring Rodriguez and Cano to make it 8-0 Yankees.

Nope, he still wasn’t done.

Soriano stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth and took the first pitch he saw – another fastball from Weaver – depp into the left field seats for his second home run of the night, fourth in two days and collected his seventh RBI of the night and 13th in the past two days.…

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