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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DINGERZ: Yankees 7, Pirates 1

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Well, the Yankees lived up to their alternate nickname this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bronx Bombers belted five home runs en route to a 7-1 victory at the Stadium.

Mark Teixeira, Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann all went deep – Tex and McCann hit two run dingers, the rest were solo shots with Almonte’s landing way out in Section 203 of the bleachers.

Almonte was a late addition to the lineup after Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

David Phelps pitched five scoreless innings but it was a tough five innings. He tossed 50 pitches through two innings and gave up five hits and three walks and worked out of a few jams.

The Yankees’ scoreless streak ended at 23 innings when Dellin Betances gave up a first pitch home run to Starling Marte deposited a solo shot into the left field seats but Betances recovered to pitch two innings while striking out three.…

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Rookie Nookie: Yankees 1, Mets 0

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AP/Kathy Willens

The Yankees couldn’t get much going against Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom but the one run they were able to scratch out in the seventh was enough to get the win and help them earn the Subway Series split.

deGrom who was making his big league debut held the Yankees to that one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He earned the loss thanks to Alfonso Soriano‘s RBI double but he pitched a great game.

As for the Yankees and their pitchers, well, they were pretty much lights out tonight.

Starter Chase Whitley only pitched 4.2 innings but he made the most of them. He gave up two hits, walked two batters and struck out four. After Whitley exited the game, Joe Girardi called upon Dellin Betances to get the third out of the fifth inning and he did. He got Eric Young Jr. to ground out.

Betances came out for the sixth and set the Mets batters down in order with three strikeouts which was pretty impressive until he did the same exact thing in the seventh inning.…

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“There’s Concern” : Mets 9, Yankees 7

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AP Photo

There was a ballgame played this evening, but it’s easy to forget with all of the injury news surrounding the 9 hours reporters spent at the Stadium.

The Yankees would be without Mark Teixeira for the start of this one, adding to an already long list of banged up players including Ichiro, who tweaked his back trying to make a sliding grab on Sunday, according to Joe Girardi. It was also learned before the game via Brian Cashman that CC Sabathia was headed to Dr. James Andrews for a 2nd Opinion on his knee. Girardi would confirm this postgame. He’d also speak of an injury of “concern” to Carlos Beltran – a hyperextention of his right elbow.

That aside, there was baseball to be played, and the Yankees scored many runs off of Bartolo Colon. The first of the night’s five home runs came off the bat of Brett Gardner, who knocked a Grand Slam to right to put the Yankees up 4-1 early.…

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