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Brett “The Constant” Gardner hit a long home run to lead off the game last night and a few innings later Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo home run. That brought the  Yanks to within a run of the Rangers, who scored 3 times in the first inning against our man Hiroki. But the Yankees didn’t get a man on base after the 3rd inning and even with Kuroda pitching 7 durable innings, that’s just no way to win a ball game, now is it?

Final Score: Rangers 3, Yanks 2.

Former President George W. Bush was on hand before the game as part of the Rangers’ farewell ceremony for Derek Jeter. Watching the former President standing next to Jeter was amusing. Jeter looked completely at ease. Not presidential, exactly, but a Duke in his domain for sure.

Free Delivery

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The Yanks received mercy from the Rangers and the Gods yesterday. Let’s hope they leave Texas tonight with a nice, professional series win. And who is more of a pro than our man Hiroki?

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Zoilo Almonte RF
Brendan Ryan 2B

Never mind the deadline:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Picture by Bags]

Seems Like Old Times

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Damn those Yankees for spoiling what I thought to be a perfectly good headline: The Constant Gardner. Ol’ Brett is fire right now so I wanted to pay tribute to that. But then the game got in the way, an old-fashioned, tedious, and seemingly endless American League slugfest, that came down to the final pitch. Well, Gardner figured into that, too, when he caught Adrian Beltre’s fly ball to end the game.

I don’t know about you, but from where I was sitting, I thought the ball was going over the fence for a game-winning home run.

The Yanks had a big fat lead but the Rangers scored 7 runs in the last 3 innings and made us more than somewhat uncomfortable. J.P. Arencibia, a reincarnation of Pete Incaviglia, turned around a 97 mph fastball–above the waist!–from Dellin Betances for a grand slam in the 7th. Thank goodness for Mark Teixeira’s 2-run home run in the 8th because the Rangers made things sweaty in their final turn at bat. They scored twice and had the bases loaded again, David Robertson on the ropes. Course the count went full against Beltre before he flew out to Gardner to end the game.

For those of us who watched the whole thing, we earned that one, eh?

Hey, the win is the thing.

Final Score: Yanks 12, Rangers 11. 

[Photo Via: Toilet Wolf]

Try Again

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Go git ‘em, fellers.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Brendan Ryan 2B

Never mind last night:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: William Eggleston]

The One with the Sideburns

The Yankees swept through Texas on the way to World Championships in 1998 and 1999. When they faced off in the Division Series, each squad featured a team OPS of over .819. They were two of the better hitting teams in a juiced-up era.

In last night’s game, each lineup featured exactly one player who can top the team OPS of 15 years ago – Beltre for the Rangers and, here we have to cheat a little bit, Cervelli in a limited roll for the Yanks. If we don’t get to cheat, then the Yanks top starter was Brett Gardner, though his .789 OPS is well short of what the 1999 Yanks could do.

No player is better-suited to thrive in today’s game than Brett Gardner. A glove-first speedster who could get on base a little but couldn’t hit it out of the infield, he’d never have made it on the field in the late 90s. The Yanks weren’t sure how to account for stellar defense and weren’t too sure how much it was worth to them anyway. In recent years, even powerless, Gardner became one of the Yankees’ better players. In 2014, reaching a dozen homers while the calendar still says July, he’s added enough power to his game to be a star and the Yankees MVP. And a rarity – a very good contract.

The Yankees were very fortunate to have him last night, as he got them on the scoreboard and gave them a real chance to win with two solo homers. He now has four career homers off Yu Darvish which strikes me as near-impossible. But David Phelps couldn’t retire J.P. Arencibia when it mattered most and lost the game 4-2. J.P. Arencibia is hitting .153 and getting on base at a .198 clip. He’s indistinguishable from a statue except the statue would probably take more walks. Phelps allowed all four runs on two-out hits in the fifth.

The Yankees threatened a couple of times and really handled Darvish as well as you can possibly expect them to, but they could never get the meaningful hit with men on base. When Darvish attacked McCann with a 91 MPH heat-seeker aimed at his back leg in the seventh, it was like watching Mariano’s cutter gone feral. McCann struck out of course, but the pitch just kept boring in past the point of recognition and carved out a unique-looking trajectory.

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The last batter of the game was Derek Jeter and he stung a one-hopper to short but Andrus handled it easily. That put an end to one of Jeter’s best games of the year. Three hits and a walk. One of them a double!

The third hit, a perfectly executed hit-and-run before the McCann whiff in the seventh, was his 3420th and sent Jeter past Carl Yastrzemski into seventh place by his lonesome on the all-time hit list (according to Elias and MLB.com). Honus Wagner is up next, 10 hits away, and that’s as far as Jeter can get this year. He’d need another 94 hits in the Yankees remaining 57 games to catch Tris Speaker for the fifth spot.

I watched each of Jeter’s at bats with an enthusiasm I have not been able to muster since Masahiro Tanaka got hurt. I wish there were a few more doubles sprinkled into Jeter’s season, but otherwise, he’s had a very enjoyable year and I look forward to the last two months. I would not be surprised at all if his batting average keeps creeping up towards .300, like in 2008 when the Yanks season was crap and the stadium was closing and he rallied the fans around his pursuit of the previously obscure Stadium hit record.

 

Image from simpsonswiki.com

 

G’on, Git

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In order to avoid a 3-game losing streak, the Yanks will have to beat the Rangers on a night when Yu Darvish starts. They escaped trouble with Darvish last week thanks to a rainstorm. They’ll need old fashioned things–like hits and runs to best him tonight.

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF

Never mind the two-step:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Via: r2-d2]

Steady, Steady…

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The Yanks lost a close one yesterday, 5-4, which makes two close ones in a row to the Jays. Still, they were 8-3 on the home stand and something else happened to–the Yanks showed some character. I like this team. They aren’t the greatest, they’ve got flaws (boy, they could use a second baseman), they can be sloppy at times, but they have some toughness, too.

 

Onward

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So the Jays finally beat the Yanks at the Stadium. Fine, now that we’ve got that out of the way:

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Ellsbury CF

Beltran DH

McCann 1B

Headley 3B

Cervelli C

Wheeler RF

Ryan 2B

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Picture by Bags]

Steam Heat

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Warm n muggy in the Bronx.

Ball should flying around today. Chris Capuano makes his Yankee debut:

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Ellsbury CF

Beltran DH

McCann 1B

Headley 3B

Suzuki RF

Roberts 2B

Cervelli C

Never mind the humidity:

Let’s Go Yank-ees

[Picture by Bags]

Ichi!

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I went to the game last night with The Wife and some friends. Boy, it was a good time. Yanks are on a little roll here and why not enjoy it while it lasts, right?

One thing came to mind…In the first inning Jose Bautista hit a 3-run home run on a 3-0 pitch. Now, it was the first inning so I know, contextually, there are other home runs that would be more important–late in the game, a game-winner, in a playoff game. Still, I wonder if anything feels so good as not only getting a hit on a 3-0 pitch but hitting the Bejesus out of the ball.

‘Nother weird thing was Francisco Cervelli hit a ball, just foul down the third base line and on the next pitch hit one just fair down the third base line. When does that happen?

Our pal Ichi hit his first homer of the year, Hiroki kept them in the game and the bullpen does what it do.

Final Score: Yanks 6, Jays 4.

[Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun, AP]

 

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

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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]

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