Game 47 Quick Recap: NYY 4 KC 2

How about that for a West Coast send off, huh?  The Yankees did what we all expected them to do coming into this series and completed the sweep of the Royals yesterday afternoon behind a pair of home runs and a return normalcy for Michael Pineda.

The first home run came in the bottom of the 2nd off the bat of Brian McCann.  He was looking for a fastball, got it in a meaty part of the plate, and crushed it into the second deck in right for his 6th homer of the year.  The big shot was the one that came the next inning.  With 2 on and nobody out, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate looking to put the Yanks ahead.  He took a called strike fastball and got a hanging 0-1 slider on the next pitch.  He smoked it down the left field line and just got it over the outfield wall for a 3-run shot.  …

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Game 46 Recap: Yankees 5 Royals 1

Teix vs KC

The organic straw that stirs the gluten-free drink. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees have taken the first 2 games of this series after losing 6 in a row and have outscored the best team in the American League 19-2 in the process.  I can’t explain it but I’ll damn sure take it.  An early Teix message was the difference last night, as Adam Warren continued to put the pieces of being a consistent, good MLB starter together.

Warren has slowly been getting better as the season has progressed and he put his best outing together last night.  He had his command going from the get go and used it to retire the Royals in order the first turn through on 38 pitches.  He didn’t allow his first hit until the 4th and didn’t allow his first run until the 6th when Paulo Orlando got him for his first home run of the year.  Those 2 hits were the only hits KC would get off Warren, who exited with 1 out in the 7th.  …

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Game 45 Recap: Yankees 14 Royals 1

Headley HR vs KC

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I said I wasn’t going to watch this afternoon’s game against the Royals and I meant it.  I’m happy to say that the Yankees made me look foolish for making that decision, as they crushed Kansas City in the series opener on the strength of way too many homers and a solid outing by Nathan Eovaldi.

Jeremy Guthrie got the ball for KC today and he had absolutely nothing.  The bottom of the 1st went like this for New York: leadoff double, 2-run home run, single, walk, 3-run home run, flyout, groundout, HBP, single, 3-run home run, single, walk, K.  The homers came from Chase Headley, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner, and just like that the Yankees staked Eovaldi to an 8-0 lead.  Another 3-run dinger by Stephen Drew in the 2nd made it 11-0 and ended Guthrie’s day, making him just the second pitcher in the last 100 years (!!!!) to give up 11 or more runs in fewer than 2 IP.…

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Game 42 Quick Recap: TEX 10 NYY 9

This home weekend series against the sub-.500 Texas Rangers should have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the scuffling Yankees.  Instead it turned into another multi-faceted display of their current baseball ineptitude and a waste of some surprising offensive breakouts.

Michael Pineda got the start and once again he looked far from his best.  He wasn’t locating his fastball and his slider had very little bite to it.  The 3rd inning was a complete disaster for Pineda, as he started it off allowing a single and a walk, escalated it with a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt and a follow-up fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and let things get out of hand by giving up a 3-run home run to Prince Fielder and a solo shot to Mitch Moreland.  When all was said and done, the Rangers put a touchdown and an extra point on the scoreboard to take a commanding 7-0 lead.  On the bright side, Pineda didn’t allow any more runs and made it through 6 innings, but the damage was plenty done.…

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Masahiro Tanaka Rehab Game 1 Recap: 5/22/15

Tanaka SWB

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The next milestone in Masahiro Tanaka‘s comeback schedule was reached last night, as Tanaka took the mound for Triple-A Scranton/Wilke-Barre in his first MiL rehab start.  He pitched 3 shutout innings for the RailRiders, giving up 2 hits, striking out 2, and walking none.  With a pitch count of 45, Tanaka only threw 41 to get through his 3 innings and did so without any physical issues or discomfort in his right arm.

After the game, Tanaka summed up his night with this statement:

“I was able to use all my pitches. I felt pretty good. Not necessarily different than how I usually go into a game. I was looking to obviously pitch all my pitches with force, and I was able to do that tonight.”

Along with no arm problems, that’s about the best you can hope for in a first start back.  He threw all his pitches without issue and threw them with force and command.  …

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Game 41 Quick Recap: Nationals 3 Yankees 2

Alex Rodriguez, Wilson Ramos

I feel ya, Al. We all do. Courtesy of the AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankees scored a couple of early runs to take the lead, then shut down completely on offense while their pitching and defense slowly coughed the lead back up.  The road trip is over, mercifully, at 2-7 after another 1-run loss to the Nationals last night.

The first run came in the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, as Brett Gardner led off with a single and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.  A pair of productive outs brought Beltran around to make it 2-0 and the shutdown commenced.  The Yankees only had a runner reach second base once in the next 8 innings.  Life’s tough for an offense when you’re struh-gull-ing and you got no DH.

All in all it was another solid start for Adam Warren.  He gave up a solo homer to Ian Desmond in the bottom of the 1st, then settled in to pitch into the 7th inning for a second straight start.  …

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Game 40 Recap: Nationals 8 Yankees 6 (10 Innings)

Nathan Eovaldi

Be creepier, bro. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees reached the quarter pole of the regular season last night, and they did in the same fashion as they did heading into Monday’s off-day by losing on the road.

It was as bad a 1st inning as you could have if you were Nathan Eovaldi.  He gave up solo home runs to Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper to immediately put the Yankees in a hole.  It felt like it was going to be a long night, but Eovaldi managed to get past it and work through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He needed a big double play to help him out in the 4th, but he didn’t unravel and gave the offense a chance to get into the game.

And they did that in a big way in the top of the 4th.  Jacoby Ellsbury (more on him later) started the inning off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a Chris Young single to get the Yankees on the board.  …

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Game 39 Recap: Royals 6 Yankees 0

Capuano vs KC

Welcome back, or something. Courtesy of the AP

Today was getaway day, the first one the Yankees have had in quite some time.  They played like it, which is not a good thing when you consider how crappy they’ve been for the better part of this week.  Chris Capuano returned to the rotation today, and his return was not a good one.  It didn’t help that the offense no-showed for at least the 3rd or 4th time since Big Mike’s 16-K game and once again the Yanks went down quietly heading into a much-needed rest day.

Capuano threw 76 pitches in his last rehab outing and he said he felt good enough to throw 100 coming into today, but talk is cheap when you’re talking about facing a contact-heavy team like the Royals and it didn’t take them long to figure him out.  He needed 18 pitches to get through the 1st inning, surrendered a solo home run to Salvador Perez in the 2nd, and then seemed to settle down in a 1-2-3 3rd.  …

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