Yankees sweep Mets on Martin’s walk-off homer

Andy Pettitte started the game for the Yankees and pitched six strong innings. His only rough inning was the second. Scott Hairston led off the inning with a double. Pettitte then struck out Lucas Duda, but Rottino then hit a single to score Hairston. Pettitte walked Omar Quintanilla after Rottino stole second. With Mike Nikeas up, Robinson Cano was playing near second, perhaps also to keep Rottino close the the bag. Nikeas hit the ball just to the shortstop side of second and it was a ball that looked just like a play Cano made earlier in the week. But instead of getting what looked like a double-play ball, Cano booted it and everyone was safe. Jordany Valdespin took advantage and doubled to right to score Rottino and Quintanilla. Pettitte escaped further damage in the inning, but threw 36 pitches and was trailing 3-0.

That was all Pettitte allowed the rest of his outing. But in the sixth inning, Scott Hairston, leading off the inning, hit a smash up the middle.…

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Russell Martin hits two homers, leading the Yankees to a sweep of the Mets

Russell likes hitting against the Mets.

Through six innings it looked like the Yankees were going to get shut out in this one. The Bombers couldn’t manage anything with the bats against Jonathon Niese. The Yankees would frequently get their...

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Game 59-Meet the Mets, sweep the Mets

The stare

Andy Pettitte goes for the coup de grace this afternoon, with the Mets reeling (lost 5 of 6) and the Yanks rolling (won 7 of 9). A Yankee win and a Rays loss (@Miami-Shields vs Sanchez) will give Yanks sole possession of 1st place...

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Cashman: Banuelos out another month

Cashman also discussed fellow Triple-A pitcher Dellin Betances‘ struggles there. According to Cashman, Betances’ stuff is fantastic,” but like a lot of big men he struggles to harness that stuff mechanically and, as such, has trouble controlling the strike zone. Betances has a walk rate of 19.7% in 58 Triple-A innings so far this season (8.07 BB/9), which has only increased chatter about when the Yankees will give up on him as a starter and shift him to a bullpen role, but it sounds like the GM has enough patience to stick it out with the stuff for at least a while longer. For what it’s worth, I’d guess that Betances will remain a starter through the minor league season, and then get a chance to pitch some innings out of the big league bullpen as a September call up. If he continues to struggle in the starting role but shows promise in the big league bullpen, then I think the team will seriously consider whether he’s a better option for a relief job entering next season.…

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