Game 70: Correia vs. Pineda

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

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Ben Revere, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Maikel Franco, 3B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Ryan Howard, 1B Brian McCann, C
Domonic Brown, RF Carlos Beltran, RF
Chase Utley, DH Garrett Jones, 1B
Cameron Rupp, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Cody Asche, LF Chris Young, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Correia, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: An All-Star vote update and Pete Rose makes the news again

Hey, check this out.

Look at Alex Rodriguez‘s overall votes. Yes, he’s well behind the leader Kendrys Morales for starting DH, but look at the people he’s ahead of overall. I think that’s pretty amazing for the most hated baseball player ever.

Or not?

For years and years, Pete Rose has denied betting on baseball as a player. He admitted to doing it as a manager but always maintained that he did not do it during his playing days. Well, earlier today, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, revealed that he actually did bet on baseball when he was still a player. It happened in 1986.

Wow, that’s just so shocking to me. Okay, not really.

So I guess any chance he had of being reinstated back into baseball has vanished.

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Another NY Tabloid Column Takedown

Our fearless leader, Jason, already started today off with a bang in his takedown of Kevin Kernan’s joke of a column on Masahiro Tanaka. Filip Bondy nearly matched Kernan in the New York Daily News with almost an equally absurd hot take about how boring the Yankees are after their 12-4 defeat yesterday. Let’s get right to dissecting this nonsense.

“The sound you just heard was another baseball crashing into the second deck after a brief, towering orbit — right alongside the Yankees’ narrative arc.”

This is the lede of the column. The narrative Mr. Bondy references to help him write this drivel is one that is really devoid of any true facts.

“Sunday afternoon in the park was not so much a picnic in the Bronx, as it was a cold, wakeup shower following a dreamy nap. Before they were creamed by Detroit, 12-4, the Yanks had gone 11-1 at home while outscoring opponents, 87-31.”

The 11-1 record and outscoring opponents 87-31 is really not important and meaningless.…

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And the winner of the factually irresponsible Tanaka article of the year goes to…

…Kevin Kernan, for this stunning piece of overly-sensationalized, factually devoid, panic-pandering trash. In a season filled with back seat doctoring, Mr. Kernan has somehow leapt them all with this take. Let’s feast on this buffet of goodness, shall we, with Mr. Kernan’s opener:

This was the sound and the fury.

And the Yankees better take this warning to heart as the decline of Masahiro Tanaka continues.

“…as the decline of Masahiro Tanaka continues“? We’ve been through this before, with the second guessing of the doctors, but hey, facts don’t seem to be a prerequisite for Mr. Kernan or The Post, who pays him to grind his pencil into the paper with a ferocity and anger which should be better applied to warcrimes.

Yes, our favorite elbow ligament surrounded by the body of Tanaka is a source of angst and nervousness for us all, but let’s sneak a quick peek at his last three starts since returning from the DL:

Tanaka

That’s right: Three starts, 1.71 ERA, a grand total of 4 earned runs over 21 innings (an even 7 IP/start).…

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Judge called up to the RailRiders

judgeThe march of the prospects continues for the Yankees as news broke last night that Aaron Judge, the Bombers’ top power hitting prospect, has been promoted to Triple-A. When the Yankees drafted Judge out of Fresno State with the 32nd pick of the 2013 Draft, they thought they had drafted a guy who could move rather quickly through the system, and so far they seem to be right.

Judge has flown through Charleston, Tampa and Trenton in less than a season and a half. After signing late in 2013, Judge never made an appearance due to a hamstring injury, but he wasted little time in making an impact on Charleston in 2014. In 65 games, the huge outfielder went .333/.428/.530 with nine homers. He was promoted to Tampa, where he continued to hit the ball hard. Judge wasn’t done when the regular season ended, however, as the Yankees sent him to Scottsdale for the Arizona Fall League. The Yankees invited Judge to Spring Training and he had a strong start of 2015 with Trenton, hitting .284/.350/.516 with twelve homers, three triple, sixteen doubles and 44 RBIs.…

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Game 69 Recap: Tigers 12 Yankees 4

Tanaka vs DET

Hair still looks fantastic. Courtesy of the AP

Apologies for the delay in this recap.  The family is out for a few days to visit and see The Rolling Stones on Tuesday night, so my afternoon was spent entertaining.  Not that you really need a detailed description of what happened yesterday if you glanced at the final score.  Masahiro Tanaka was way off, the Tigers hitters crushed him (particularly the Martinezes), and they put a sour note on the end of an otherwise positive series.

It didn’t take long for Tanaka’s command issues to surface.  With 2 outs in the top of the 1st, Miguel Cabrera singled to keep the inning going.  Tanaka left a 2-1 splitter up in the zone to Victor Martinez in the next at-bat and Martinez took it for a ride over the fence to give Detroit a quick 2-0 lead.  A Didi Gregorius error gave the other Martinez a chance to hit, and he copied his namesake with a 2-run shot of his own on a non-sinking sinker.  …

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Game 69: Sanchez vs TANAK (Nice)

Here’s today’s game thread.

Happy TANAK day!

TIGERS
Davis CF
Kinsler 2B
Cabrera 1B
V-Mart DH
Cespedes LF
J. Martinez RF
Holaday C
Romine 3B
Iglesias SS

Sanchez P

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Gregorius SS
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Jones RF
Young LF
Drew 2B
Ryan 3B

Tanaka P

Enjoy the game!

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Game 68 Quick Recap: NYY 14 DET 3

Didi HR vs DET

Best shortstop in New York. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees were starting to heat up on Friday night when they smacked Justin Verlander around a little bit on their way to a series-opening win.  They not only finished heating up, they straight up boiled over on poor Alfredo Simon last night.  They hammered him for 7 earned runs on 8 hits before the end of the 3rd inning and kept the onslaught going on their way to a laugher of an Old Timers’ Day victory.

The scoring started off harmlessly enough, on a run-scoring fielder’s choice error by Andrew Romine in the bottom of the 1st.  Then it snowballed from there.  Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run and Alex Rodriguez a sac fly to make it 3-0 in the 2nd.  Carlos Beltran and A-Rod each homered in a 5-run third to make it 8-0.  Beltran went yard again and Chris Young singled to make it 10-0 in the 4th.  …

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Game 68: Old Timers’ Day

It’s Old Timers’ Day at The Stadium today, which is always one of the more fun days of the season.  There are a ton of old favorites on hand to play in the game and there will be a ceremony to induct Willie Randolph into Monument Park.

The real game will be later tonight and features Nathan Eovaldi’s first start since his disastrous one earlier in the week.  The starting lineup backing him is as follows:

1) Brett Gardner- CF
2) Chase Headley- 3B
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Brian Mcann- C
6) Carlos Beltran- RF
7) Didi Gregorius- SS
8) Stephen Drew- 2B
9) Chris Young- LF

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM.  Here’s your combination Old TImers’ Day and game thread.  Go Yankees!

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