Game 128: A Weekend at the Trop

The Yankees are on quite a roll right now and with two of the teams directly in front of them in the wild card standings facing off this weekend and with their own series against Tampa, who are also ahead of them, a lot of ground could be made up with a couple of wins.

Sorry guys. I totally just jinxed them. You might as well not watch now.


Here’s a revised lineup for the Yankees. Lyle Overbay was scratched due to flu symptoms. Yikes.

Gardner CF
Granderson DH
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Rodriguez 3B
Reynolds 1B
Nunez SS
Ichiro RF
Stewart C

Kuroda P

And here’s the Rays’ lineup:

Jennings CF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Joyce RF
Loney 1B
Johnson DH
DeJesus LF
Lobaton C
Escobar SS

Archer P

Chris Archer shut down the Yankees last time he faced them in July but that was a different team. The mid-August version of the New York Yankees have won five games in a row and four series in a row.…

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Just Say No To Dan Haren

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

We’ve got a week left until the MLB waiver deadline expires, and that means tons of speculation on what the Yankees may or may not do. I was a proponent of signing Mark Reynolds, and the recent rumors of interest in Justin Morneau inspired me to write this. Of course, Buster Olney is now saying that the Yankees aren’t interested in the left-handed slugger. While I’m sure there will be a number of other players available on waivers in the coming week, many Yankee fans have started chiming for Dan Haren.

Not so long ago, acquiring another starting pitcher would have been redundant, but with setbacks to David Phelps and Michael Pineda, as well as an ongoing groin injury with Vidal Nuno, the Yankees are left to their starting five and Adam Warren. As the team looks to maximize their potential in every game over the next month, it’s possible that they could make an upgrade in their rotation.…

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Hal Late To The Party Again With His Minor League Meeting Of The Minds

Hal S

Earlier in the week, Hal Steinbrenner made the news when it was reported that he called some of his baseball people together in Tampa to discuss the team’s lack of upper-level Minor League talent.  The Yankees have been patching holes in their roster since before the regular season started, and they’ve used a fair amount of rookies as part of the patchwork plan, with little offensive success to speak of.

The Yankees not developing much homegrown talent is hardly a new talking point.  The last batch of real prospects was the Hughes-Kennedy-Joba trio that in a matter of months might all be on different teams, and the last batch of real prospects to stick and make a positive impact at the Major League level was the Core Four.  The Yankees being stuck between the marginally competitive rock and the 2014 payroll budget hard place has just as much to do with their failure to scout, draft, and develop Major League talent as it has to do with any of the other organizational missteps they’ve made in years past.…

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

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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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Recapr: Ichiro reaches 4,000 career hits

Check out the latest Recapr and decide for yourself if Ichiro’s 4,000th career hit should be celebrated?

In less than two minutes, recapr compiles the media’s coverage of New York’s sports stories, pulling together multiple angles and viewpoints – from Twitter to text to talk radio – giving you the whole story in one place.

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Game 127: Sweep

Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

The Yankees are going for the rare 4 game sweep this afternoon, and they’ll have Andy Pettitte on the mound to take care of business. The left-hander is coming off two strong performances against the Tigers and Red Sox, where he went a combined 11.0 IP, giving up just 1 earned run.

Here’s today’s lineup.

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Vernon Wells DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

And for the Blue Jays.

Jose Reyes SS
Rajai Davis CF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Mark DeRosa DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P. Arencibia C
Moises Sierra RF
Kevin Pillar LF
Munenori Kawasaki 2B

J.A. Happ gets the ball for the Blue Jays.

The game starts at 1:05 PM and you can catch it on YES. Enjoy.

UPDATE: (12:53 PM) Tarp is still on the field, this game won’t start on time.

UPDATE: (3:48 PM) The tarp is coming off the field.…

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Scoreboard Watching: 4 GB

Welcome, welcome, welcome, Yankees fans. This is a brand new post-series hatched by yours truly, considering that this is the first time in a while that the Bombers haven’t been front-running going into a pennant race and in addition to just reeling off as many wins in a row as possible, we’re going to need a little help from the teams in front of us. As it stands today, there are precisely three teams: The Indians, O’s, and A’s that stand between the Yankees and a Wild Card berth and another three that are in front in the AL East race: The O’s, Rays, and of course, the Red Sox. I am going to attempt to update you guys daily on the status of all these teams as we careen towards the home stretch of the season.

Wild Card Standings:

TB: 72-53, GB: +1.5

The Rays culminated their head-to-head series with the Orioles last night in Camden Yards, dropping their only game of the series 4-2.…

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