O’s score two against Mariano, steal 2-1 victory from Yankees

Some losses are tough to get worked up about. Teams shouldn’t win 1-0 ball games. That’s a function of luck more than anything else. For that reason I don’t get too worked up over 2-1 losses when the Yankees only had a 1-0 lead. If you play with fire you’re going to get burned.

By extension, the same logic applies to those rare occurrences when Mariano Rivera can’t hold down a save. Mo is greatest of all time, but that superlative ability doesn’t make him invincible. Mo gets the job done so often that I don’t get upset when he blows a save. Other closers do it far more frequently. Mo does it once in a blue moon.When it happens you have to shrug your shoulders and move on.

That’s the summary of Sunday’s game. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth inning, handing the ball over to Rivera. Mo has been excellent this year (but his 1.29 WHIP indicates that he hasn’t been as solid as many might expect) but this was one of the days when he wasn’t.…

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Swift recap: Yankees 5, Orioles 4

Six in a row!

This one started out similarly to last night’s only this time it was Chris Davis hitting the two-run shot for the Orioles and it happened in the top of the first not the top of the second.

In this game, Andy Pettitte lasted 6.2 innings, gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits, struck out four and he didn’t walk a batter. He earned his 6th victory of the year and evened his record at 6-6.

Shawn Kelley, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined to throw 2.1 scoreless innings. They gave up a combined two hits and struck out three. Rivera picked up his 29 save in 30 tries.

Eduardo Nunez, who was activated shortly before the game, was 2-3 with two RBI, including the go-ahead, game winning single in the bottom of the sixth. He also had a sacrifice fly in the second inning which scored Zoilo Almonte and pulled the Yankees to within a run, 3-2.…

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Yankees 3, Orioles 2: All’s Wells that ends Wells

Before I get to how the Yankees won the game in the ninth inning (I’ll give you a hint it rhymes with balk cough mingle) I’d like to talk about tonight’s starter, and winner, Ivan Nova.

Nova was penciled in for a spot start in the place of Hiroki Kuroda who injured his hip flexor and all he did was go out there, pitch a complete game and keep the Yankees in a position to come back and win the game. He gave up two runs on three hits – the big blow being a two-run home run by Matt Wieters – he walked only one batter and he struck out 11. He threw 102 pitches and 70 of them were for strikes.

Nova puts the Yankees in an interesting predicament. They don’t want to put him on the shelf when he’s pitching this well but Joe Girardi said in his postgame press conference that they’re probably not going to go to a six-man rotation.…

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Yankees 9, Twins 5: We’re going sweeping!

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The Yankees celebrated George M. Steinbrenner III’s birthday in style with a 9-5 over the Minnesota Twins. They also overcame two Justin Morneau home runs, some shoddy work out of the bullpen and were able to complete the four-game sweep.

Today’s hitting stars were Travis Hafner who was 3-4 and scored two runs, Vernon Wells who was 2-4 with three RBI, Ichiro Suzuki who was a home run short of the cycle and had two RBI, and the Yankees’ newest acquisition Luis Cruz who finished the day 2-4 with an RBI.

Robinson Cano saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end but he still got an RBI on a sac fly in the top of the first.

David Phelps lasted 6.1 innings and left with a 9-2 lead but allowed a couple of guys on base and when they came around thanks to both Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan, he was charged with four earned runs on the day.…

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Yankees 3, Twins 2: Three in a row

I think I’ve asked this at least three times this past week but can the Yankees play the Twins all the time? Please?

Things didn’t look great early. The Yankees couldn’t get anything going against Minnesota’s starter P.J. Walters and CC Sabathia gave up runs in the third and fifth innings – one on a Joe Mauer RBI double and the other on a Trevor Plouffe solo home run.

After Plouffe’s home run, the Yankees came to bat in the next inning and thanks to a Robinson Cano two-run double and a Lyle Overbay sac fly, found themselves with a lead for Sabathia.

Sabathia, who lasted through the seventh, allowed two runs and struck out nine and threw a season high 121 pitches. He worked into and out of trouble a few times but limited the damage and picked up his 9th win of the season. It was also the 200th of his career.

The Yankees only had four hits total – Cano had two of them, Ichiro Suzuki had one – a double – and Travis Hafner had the other.…

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Speedy recap: Yankees 7, Twins 3

In tonight’s game thread, I asked the following questions:

  1. Can the Yankees build on last night’s game?
  2. Can they continue to own the Twins like they have been doing for the past decade or so?
  3. Will Phil Hughes be able to keep the ball in the park? (I realize Target Field is bigger than Yankee Stadium but you never know.)
  4. Will Robinson Cano continue his hot hitting?
  5. Did the Yankees score too many runs last night?
  6. Have they hit their allotment for the week?

And here are the answers:

  1. Yes they can and they did.
  2. Yes they can and they did.
  3. He did! Here’s his line (check out the last number): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
  4. Of course he can. He was 2-4 with three RBI and hit a bomb to put the Yankees up 7-1 in the seventh inning.
  5. No they didn’t because tonight they were able to score seven.
  6. It looks like they haven’t.
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Yankees 10, Twins 4: The losing streak is finally over

When Andy Pettitte needed 42 pitches to get through the bottom of the first inning, it felt like it was going to be one of those games. You know the kind I’m talking about, we’ve dealt with them this past week during the five-game losing streak. They’re frustrating, maddening and not fun to watch.

In fact, I didn’t really want to sit through this game after Pettitte’s first inning but I toughed it out and after the Yankees lost a lead, tied the game, and were behind again, I still continued to watch because, well, it’s the Twins and the Yankees usually have good luck against them. I realize these aren’t your typical Yankees and that 2013 has been a strange year but in the end, everything worked out.

Robinson Cano got the scoring started right away with a solo shot in the first inning to put the Yankees up 1-0. Even starter Scott Diamond mouthed, “Wow.” when he saw where the ball landed (dead centerfield just beyond the 403 sign).…

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Quick recap: Orioles 4, Yankees 2

All you need to know is that Hiroki Kuroda gave up three home runs tonight and usually when that sort of thing happens, it’s pretty much a guarantee that the Yankees will lose the game.

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They finished the month of June with a record of 11-16 and are currently in the midst of a five game losing streak. Yikes.

This is about as low as it can get for the Yankees, right? (Let’s hope so.)

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