Game 119 Recap: Yankees 4 Twins 3

Bird HR vs MIN I

/in Dan Le Batard’s voice


Bird HR vs MIN II


Bird HR vs MIN III

GIVE IT TO ME AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bird HR vs MIN IV

This afternoon was glorious.  Simply glorious.  Greg Bird officially arrived on the national scene, hitting 2 home runs, accounting for 100% of the team’s offensive output, and leading the Yankees to a sweep of perennial punching bag Minnesota.  Don’t worry about rushing back from that shin bruise, Sexy Teixy.  #GREGBIRD’s got this.

Before we even get to the real slurping of Bird, let’s take a few words and acknowledge the sneaky great start turned in by Nathan Eovaldi today.  He did get charged with 3 runs in his 7 innings of work, but that really boiled down to a bad pitch to Joe Mauer that Mauer hit for a 2-run single in the 6th.  Other than that one bad inning, Eovaldi was a hoss.  He set the Twins down in order through the first 5 innings, overwhelming them with a mix of 100-MPH heat, low-90s splitters, and just enough offspeed stuff to keep hitters honest.  …

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Game 119: Eovaldi vs. Santana

Welcome to this afternoon’s game thread!


Hicks CF
Dozier 2B
Mauer DH
Sano 3B
Plouffe 1B
Rosario RF
Escobar SS
Herrmann C
Robinson LF

Ellsbury CF
Gardner RF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
Bird 1B
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B
Murphy C

Enjoy the game!

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Nathan Eovolving – Part 2

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

Looking at most leader boards on statistic sites, you cannot find a Yankee starting pitcher anywhere. They are not present in any of the big categories like FIP, ERA+, WAR or pretty much anything else. Yankee starters are deemed serviceable but not able to go long into games and at least most of the time, give the very good offense a chance to win the game. So imagine the glee of sorts to find a Yankee starter on top of one of a big-time writer’s lists–Keith Law’s list..

In a post last week, Keith Law ranked pitchers with the best pitches in various categories. For example, Law ranked Clayton Kershaw‘s curve as the best in baseball. Well, duh. Then we get to the split-fingered fastball and sitting on top of Law’s list is Nathan Eovaldi!

This is remarkable for a couple of reasons. First, Nathan Eovaldi did not have a split-fingered fastball before 2015. It’s a brand new baby of a pitch.…

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Game 118 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 4

A-Rod HR vs MIN

The newest addition to Stacey’s A-Rod photo collection. Courtesy of Getty Images

Freakin’ A-Rod, man.  He is just the best.  He picked the perfect time break out of his recent slump last night, pummeling a go-ahead grand slam late in the game to pull the Yankees out of the jaws of defeat and propel them to what became a comfortable victory.

That slump was still fully engaged for his first 3 at-bats of the night.  Alex made outs with runners on base in the 1st and 3rd innings, and popped out to second base to lead off the 6th.  He was arguably the most stagnant part of a very stagnant offense over the first 6 innings.  About the best thing they did was make Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey work hard and throw a lot of pitches to get through 5.1 innings.  The lone run they generated came on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird RBI single in the 4th.

CC Sabathia was back on the mound after his little Toronto nightclub whatever thing, and he looked like the CC of old for most of the night.  …

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Quick hit: A-Rod launches his 25th grand slam

Alex Rodriguez hadn’t hit a home run since way back on July 27 which was also his 40th birthday. Tonight, he decided to break his homer-less streak with a big one.

It was the 25th grand slam of his career which is the MLB record and the slam gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.

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Game 118: Sabathia vs. Pelfrey

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Minnesota Twins New York Yankees
Aaron Hicks, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Joe Mauer, 1B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Miguel Sano, DH Brian McCann, C
Trevor Plouffe, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Torii Hunter, RF Greg Bird, 1B
Eduardo Escobar, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Shane Robinson, LF Brendan Ryan, 3B
Mike Pelfrey, SP CC Sabathia, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Mitchell to the 7-day DL, Capuano and Rumbelow back up

Per a slew of tweets from the beat writers at the Stadium this afternoon: Bryan Mitchell has been placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion; Chris Capuano and Nick Rumbelow have been recalled from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while Caleb Cotham has been sent down.

About Last Night: What a weird game

(This is going to be slightly random but about last night’s game. I was there and I’m still tired.)

I have only been to three games this season. And I know some people reading this will think to themselves, “You’re lucky! I don’t even live in New York so I never get to go!” but for me, this is very strange because I had partial season tickets for 15 years and would regularly go to 20-25, sometimes 30 games a year.

I attended games on April 29, June 20 and last night, and I’m 2-1 – 1-1 in extra inning games.

To be honest, I wasn’t very happy about the Yankees playing into extras last night because of their record going into last night’s game. Before last night’s very strange win, the Yanks were 2-7 in extra inning games and had lost their last three in a row. I also wasn’t happy about it because I was hot, sweaty and tired.…

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Game 117 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 7 (10 Innings)

Walk-Off vs MIN

“Sweet walk-off groundout, bro!? Courtesy of the AP

Where do you even start with last night’s game?  There were all kinds of unusual things happening, both really good and really bad, and somehow the Yankees came out on the winning side of it in extras.  Definitely not how you draw it up, but whatever.  We’ll take it.

Let’s start with the most important event of last night’s game, Bryan Mitchell getting struck in the face with a liner and leaving the game in the top of the 2nd.  It happened with 2 on and 2 out and came off the bat of former Yankee Eduardo Nunez (more from him later), and you could see on replay that Mitchell never had time to see the ball or react to it.  The ball appeared to strike him near the right eye and he went down immediately.  There was a lot of blood, and although he walked off the field under his own power, he did so without removing a towel from his face.  …

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