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Finally Friday

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Appealing match-up of starting pitchers tonight: Buehrle vs our man Hiroki.

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Ellsbury CF

Beltran DH

McCann 1B

Headley 3B

Suzuki RF

Roberts 2B

Cervelli C

Never mind the traffic:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Picture by Bags]

Vroom Vroom

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Yanks are on a nice little roll. 

They’ve got the Jays this weekend as both teams trail the O’s by 3 games.

[Photo Credit: Aleix Plademunt via MPD]

Good Afternoon

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Yanks and Rangers play a matinee at the Stadium.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brendan Ryan SS

Never mind the puddles:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Via: Retro New York]

The Long and Short of It

Francisco Cervelli

A long, strange rain delay turned the Yankees’ way last night. The game was eventually called but the Yanks had a lead and got the win, 2-1. 

They’ll take it.

[Photo Credit: AP via Chad Jennings]

Summertime

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I like this David Phelps. He’s not a great pitcher but he’s a competitor. He’ll need to be on point tonight against the formidable Yu Darvish. And the Yanks need him to pitch deep into the game after the bullpen worked overtime last night.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brendan Ryan 2B

Never mind the heat index:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Edward Hopper. 

Oh, You Broke Your Cherry

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The script was written. It was just up to Chase Headley to play along.

The newest Yankee had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 12th, bases loaded, 2 out. No score, as the Year of the Infield Pop-Up Revival continues all across the land. Francisco Cervelli had just lined out to Adrian Beltre. Couldn’t hit a ball much harder and for a brief moment, Cervelli and the Yanks must have felt that the game was won. But he hit it to the wrong place. Headley had his Yankee moment all lined-up but he grounded out to second instead.

He got another chance in the bottom of the 14th though. First and third, 1 out, score tied at 1. Headley got a sinker moving away and he took it to left. Good enough for a single and the game-winning hit.

Had it all along, right?

Yanks 2, Rangers 1.

Beautiful win.

Try Again

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Headley ain’t here yet. The other Chase, Mr. Whitley, is and gets the start.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann 1B
Kelly Johnson RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Zelous Wheeler 3B

Never mind last night:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Cut to the Chase…That’s Headley

Texas Rangers v San Diego Padres

Chase Headley: New York Yankee for Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula.

Nice upgrade. Still, Port Gervis! We hardly knew ye. Wish him the best of luck in San Diego.

[Photo Via: Getty Images]

That Did Not Go Well

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The Yanks let one slip away.

[Picture by Bags]

Greene is Good…

bbbbbb At least so far. Brett Gardner LF Derek Jeter SS Jacoby Ellsbury CF Carlos Beltran DH Kelly Johnson 1B Brian Roberts 2B Ichiro Suzuki RF Francisco Cervelli C Zelous Wheeler 3B Never mind the ruckus: Let’s Go Yank-ees! [Painting by Daniel Heidkamp]

Grits n Gravy

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Remember that tough at bat Paulie O’Neill had against John Rocker in the 1999 Whirled Serious? I couldn’t help but think of itt today in the 9th inning when Jacoby Ellsbury led off against Aroldis Chapman. Tie score, Yanks 2, Reds 2. Paulie O in the booth calling the game along with Michael Kay.

Ellsbury took pitches and fouled off more–all fastballs, all 100 mph or faster. Nine pitches in all, the last one grounded through the left side for a base hit, his fourth of the day.

Ellsbury stole second without a throw, moved to third on a wild pitch and then trotted home with the game winning run when Brian McCann’s pop fly to short right field fell in between 3 fielders. The Red had the shift on against the lefty McCann and there was some confusion as to who was going to get the ball. It was a Mack Sennett moment, minus the casualties–though I could already hear the Old School commentators on the MLB Network talking about this being a drawback to the shift. The Reds’ feelings were plenty hurt, though. What a lousy way to lose a game.

The Yankees? After hanging tough against Johnny Cueto, surviving Dellin Betances serving up a game-tying home run in the 8th–taking a win out of Hiroki Kuroda’s pocket–they sweep the Reds and should enjoy themselves plenty tonight.

The Yanks played well–although they left a ton of men on base–and they got some luck.

Final Score:

Yanks 3, Reds 2.

Oh, yeah. Ellsbury really has been a pleasure, hasn’t he?

[Picture by Bags]

Well, Okay, Then

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The Wife and I ran errands yesterday afternoon and so we followed the game in fits and spurts with John and Suzyn. Wouldn’t you know it but the Yanks won, 7-1.

Not bad, so far. 

Today gives a stiffer challenge with the Reds throwing Johnny Cueto.

Bombers counter with our man Hiroki.

Never mind this dreamy cool weather:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Picture by Bags]

No Votto, No Re-Run, No Rent

An old propeller plane flies over the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.

Overcast but pleasant July Saturday. Yanks and Reds again this afternoon at the Stadium.

Brett Gardner LF

Derek Jeter SS

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Carlos Beltran DH

Ichiro Suzuki RF

Brian Roberts 2B

Kelly Johnson 3B

F what you heard:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Ann Street Studio]

Welcome Back

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Dag, I missed it. But when I checked the score–Yanks 4, Reds 3–I was happy. Especially with the Reds’ good starting pitching the rest of the weekend.

Chad Jennings has the particulars. 

[Picture by Bags]

Restart

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Yanks host the Reds. Phelps on the hill.

 

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B

Never mind the cobwebs:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Marvin E. Newman]

Cut Short

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It was the second time around against the meat of the order that Chase Whitley got tagged. Not destroyed, but had for 3 runs.

David Huff relieved him and then Mother Nature relieved herself. The rain came and didn’t leave and in the end, the Yanks lost 3-1 in 5 innings.

Somehow, it was a fitting way to go into the All Star Break. They are 47-47.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Tara on the wander]

Hard to Earn: Small Wonder

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Man, the kid was good. Stands up tall on the mound, works quickly, has poise. Even when he got into trouble, he didn’t rattle. Shane Greene gave the Yanks exactly what they needed on Saturday afternoon as they beat the Orioles, 3-0.

Now, if only Chase Whitley can do likewise today.

Never mind the break:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Picture by Bags]

 

D.D…Disappointed Dunski

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It’s Shane Greene again and all I can think of is Aaron Small. Please, let this guy be another Aaron Small.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

Never mind the gap:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Drawing of Gaston LaGaffe by Andre Franquin]

 

Quelle Domage

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Nice to see that the Banter faithful were out enjoying their Friday night instead of suffering through another characteristic 2014 Yankee loss.

Good starting pitching, good relieving, no hitting.

It all amounted to a 3-2 loss as the Yanks sink 5 games back of the AL East-leading Orioles.

Our man Hiroki–the last man standing–pitched well so it was dispiriting that he didn’t get more run support. But this is the way things go for a .500 ball club.

[Photo Credit: Bill Peppas]

Why So Glum?

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The Yanks traded for Jeff Francis today.

They are in Baltimore this weekend to wrap up the first half of the season before the All Star Break.

 

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