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If Friday night was confounding for Yankee fans yesterday returned the favor to the A’s, mostly in the guise of home plate umpire Will Little whose liberal strike zone frustrated the Bejesus out of the visiting team. In the 8th inning, Jed Lowrie and manager Bob Melvin were both tossed for arguing balls and strikes (balls that were called strikes, that is—and they had legit beef). Dellin Betances doesn’t often need help, but give him borderline pitches and he is untouchable.

Anyhow, on a day when the Yanks were held to just a couple of hits (including a big 2-run homer by Matt Holliday), they will take the “W” without complaints. C.C. pitched well and Gary Sanchez made a wonderful throw from his knees to nail an attempted steal attempt at second base. Aaron Judge had a ball pop out of Starlin Castro’s glove into his own (happy birthday), and then almost wiped out Chris Carter trying to catch another fly ball (Judge made the catch and survived a swipe to the noggin from Carter’s glove—a mere flesh wound).

Still overcast in the Boogie Down but a little warmer today. Sun is peaking out.

Let’s hope the Yanks can get the series win. The A’s don’t seem all that good but they are plucky.

Never mind the barbecue:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Who Said Anything About Being Fair?

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How did Crash Davis put it? Well, fuck this fucking game. Think that’s how it went. Certainly what came to mind last night when the A’s rally for 4 runs late to beat the Yanks, 4-1 on a night when Masahiro Tanaka was terrific. The game was close but also strangely boring because all anyone with a stick did was swing and miss at the ball.

First time all year I got agitated by a loss.

Guess that means I still care. Ha!

Back at it this afternoon on an overcast day in the BX.

Never mind the hangover:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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So Fresh and So Clean (Clean)

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Yanks got a tidy 3-0 win on Wednesday night and were rained out yesterday. It is a crisp, bright evening in the Bronx as the Yanks host our man Ken’s team—the A’s—for the weekend. Tanaka’s on the hill and boy does he need a good outing.

Never mind the pollen:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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In the Merry Month of May…

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Monday night was good, a taut, close win. Big Mike was solid and the pen locked it down.

Tonight gives the young lefty.

Never mind the chill:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Dampness on the Edge of Town


House of horrors I tell ya. Which means the Yanks winning one game—yesterday, 3-2—is not bad by their usual standards. C.C. pitched a good game yesterday and our man Aaron Judge made a great catch—Kellen Winslow style!

It’s cold and raining in the Bronx. The Royals are in town for a 4-game series.

Never mind the raindrops:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

But You Can Never Leave

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Close, but no soup for the Yanks last night in K.C. though they didn’t surrender without a fight. Plus, they won the series and we’ll take that every damn time.

Off to the sterile—and, for the Yankees, none too friendly—confines of Tropicana Field in Tampa this weekend.

Joe Girardi is off to attend his daughter’s high school graduation today.

Never mind the stickiness:

Let’s Go Yank—ees!

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Climbing Up

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Yanks mashed again last night, this time, 11-7. Pinch-me, this is fun. Everything is rolling right, might as well enjoy it while it lasts, cause it won’t.

Hotter than July heatwave in New York right now. Yanks are probably happy they are out of townski.

Alex Rodriguez is in the booth tonight calling the game for FOX.

Never mind the fountain:

Let’s Go Yankees!

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Brick by Brick

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See because when C.C. pitches as well as he did on Monday night, you gotta figure the Yanks are going to score enough runs to get him the win. Which is just what they did, thanks in part to a tasty to 3-run homer off the bat of Gary Sanchez.

7-1 was the final and everybody digested just fine.

Tonight gives Big Mike against Jason Vargas, who—and this is random as hell—has been pitching great so far this year.

Never mind the burn:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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On the Road Again

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Derek Jeter Day came and went with the usual pomp (Andy and Paulie O looked trim and happy, Tino and Jorge, pinched, possibly furious, Bernie, plump like a Buddha). The Yanks split a double-header, coming from behind in the afternoon game (featuring yes another bomb from that man Judge) and getting smoked in the nightcap.

This much we know—the Astros are formidable.

Now, the fellas are out in K.C. to face the Roy-ales with Cheese.

Never mind the brisket:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Let’s Play 2 for the Captain

IMG_4625 They called the game early yesterday and it was a good thing. It rained all day and into the night. Friday night wasn’t so much fun. Lance McCullers was nasty and the Astros cruised, 5-1.

Today gives Mother’s Day but also Derek Jeter Retirement Day at at the Stadium. And a day-night-double-header, to boot. Since it is Jeter’s Day—and who else but Jeter could get away with having his day on Mother’s Day?—of course the sun is shining, Simpsons clouds in the sky, a beautiful, crisp spring day. The green is full on, trees in bloom everywhere, just lovely.

I don’t care much for these kinds of ceremonies but if anyone was ever deserving it’s DJ. Meanwhile, let’s hope the Yanks celebrate him properly with 2 wins today.

Never mind the pink:

Let’s Go Yankees!

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In the Vicinity

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First game goes to the Astros who beat the Yanks, 3-2 on Thursday night at the Stadium. Jacoby Ellsbury, the tying run, was thrown out at the plate to end the game. The Yanks were down, 3-1, runners at second and third, two out, when Gary Sanchez singled to left. It was the right move to send Ellsbury. It’s just that left field Jake Marisnick, a late-inning defensive replacement, charged the ball and then made a great throw to nail him. Nothing wrong with that. Onions all around. Yanks couldn’t get the big break.

More tonight.

It’s early April cold in New York.

Never mind the hot coco:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Future is Now

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So they don’t all turn out the way we want but even the outs were loud in the Yanks 5-3 loss to the Reds the other night (Gary Sanchez hit a smoking line drive into a double play to end the game).

Hey, our boy A-Aron Judge made the cover of SI this week. And in Stephanie Apstein’s entertaining profile he comes across as a great kid, adorable even, and saying all the right things:

“I have a very short window to play this game,” he says. “The last thing I want to do is waste it being out on the town. I want to get every ounce I can out of my body.”

“You can’t just enjoy the positives,” he says. “You gotta enjoy the negatives. I don’t like going 0 for 7. I don’t like striking out—no one does—but you can’t have the good without the bad. The most important thing is when you have those bads, make sure you learn from them. Don’t come in here and slam your helmet and start cussing. Because the game’s not going to stop. Pause the game, Aaron’s upset, give him 15 minutes to calm down and we’ll replay it once he’s ready to go. If I wanted to bat a thousand and hit home runs every time I came to the plate, I’d go be a professional Little League player.”

“The big thing for me this year is trying to have your moment for the game,” he says. “Every time I go up there to hit, I feel like that’s going to be my moment. Say I get out, O.K., I move on and I’m going to try to do something on defense. If nothing happens there, I come in here and cheer somebody on to go do their best. . . . I might go 0-for-4, but my impact might be helping out a teammate who’s down in the dumps.”

So what’s not to like about this kid again?

Astros in town for a four-game series. The best team in the league. Nice early test for the Yanks. This should be funski.

Never mind the chill that is linger in the air:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

The Boom, The Bip—The Boom Bip

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C.C. looking to bounce backski as the Yanks conclude their two-game series in Cincy tonight.

Gonna be fun watching Judge hit.

Never mind the Chili:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Drawing by Walt Simonson] 

Keeping Up

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Sally Kempton on keeping up with Carmen Miranda. Short and Sweet.

Yanks Win 6th Straight

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Masahiro Tanaka was not sharp last night but he was “Gutty,” as they like to say. He battled. He was tough. All that. And his offense piled on the runs to give Tanaka his fifth win of the season. (Mike Axisa has the details, as usual.)

Final Score: Yanks 10, Reds 4.


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You Know You’re Hot…


…When you go into Wrigley Field to face the defending World Champs and steal the first game after being a strike away from losing. Then you beat the stuffing out of the home team on Saturday Night in front of Joe Buck and everyone before outlasting the Cubs in 18 innings on Sunday night. And after Mr. Chapman blew a 3-run lead in the 9th.

Yeah, that’s how it rolls when you are hot. And right now, the Yanks are rolling.

Who knows how long it will last. I’m not buying the hype for the full-season yet, but in the meantime, this has been too much fun, right?

Our boys are in Cincy tonight—Chili!

Never mind the late night: Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Step Lively

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There was more reason to smile on Wednesday when the Yanks came from behind to beat the Jays, 8-6. That man Judge did his thing again, collecting three hits, including a homer. And no, Stroman did not try to dust him off.

This weekend should be funski. Yanks out in Chicago for three games against the Cubbies at Wrigley. First up is a Friday afternoon matinee for all you goldbrickers out there.

Never mind Happy Hour:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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In the Valley of the Giant


It wasn’t an enjoyable game as contests go but the Yanks romped (11-5) so how bad could it be?

Aaron Judge hit a pair and it got me thinking—when is a pitcher going to brush him back? I mean, the Sox have tried to hit Manny Machado five times now and have yet to succeed. Don Drysdale can roll over all he wants, throwing inside just isn’t done these days.

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marcus Stroman makes Judge skip tonight, something to make him a little uneasy. Because goddman, the man is comfortable right now. And my is it ever a pleasure to watch.

Never mind getaway day:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!



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N’ah, I just don’t dig dem Blue Jays. Never did.

They beat up on the Yanks last night, 7-1.

Back again this evening.

Never mind the rumpus:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Yanks got a taste of their own medicine yesterday. Yeah, they staged a late-inning comeback but they couldn’t bring home the winning run. Aaron Judge whiffed with the bases loaded in the 9th, the mighty Casey! He had another nice day but even he can’t win ‘em all.

7-4 was the final.

Buck Showalter’s red-faced conniption was worth the price of admission.

Those disagreeable blue birds are in town for three.

Never mind the set-back:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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