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Four Days in Texas

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Ivan Nova goes tonight.

Brett Gardner CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B

Never mind the brisket:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Will Sanders/Getty Images]

Atta Boy

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Nathan Eovaldi pitched well yesterday. The work-in-progress is progressing as he pitched into the 9th inning  (never mind the final three outs were a chore, Dellin Betances eventually came in and reminded everyone that they aren’t so hard after all).

By then, Eovaldi had a plump lead. He didn’t strike out a lot of guys but got a couple of critical double play ground balls–including one lucky smash that was deftly picked by Didi Gregorious–to help him out of trouble. Chase Headley had the big knocks with some help from Garrett Jones and Stephen Drew.

Final Score: Yanks 7, Twins 2.

Wonderful job by the Yanks after getting blown out on Friday.

[Photo Credit: ANN HEISENFELT/AP]

Long Distance Call (and Response)

A Rod Bomb

You must forgive me for taking so long to get to last night’s happy recap. I think it’s just part of the deal when you’re in your 13th year of blogging. Some days the writing falls through the cracks. There are other commitments–other work, a wife, exercise, cooking–that get in the way. And that’s cool because I know you guys saw that game last night. Or if you missed it, I know you checked it out later, looking at the box score, videos, game recaps.

We all know it was one of those nights you get a handful of times each year–one to savor, one to remember. And it wasn’t just that Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs to keep his team in the game, he hit three absolute bombs. He crushed those balls, each well over 400 feet.

Course a natural reaction is to be suspicious. That’s the price all modern players have to pay, but especially a two-time loser like Rodriguez. And that’s just always going to be part of it for some people with him. I get that. But I’ve always enjoyed rooting for him so I feel as if this has been his most joyous season as a Yankee. Maybe he was really a good guy when he was really young with the Mariners too. But now, at the end (he’ll turn 40 tomorrow) he’s doing an Edgar Martinez impression and it’s a reminder that he is one of the great players. Total cheat, screwed up dude, but also great at baseball.

He’s got the day off today and so does the other hero, back-up catcher J.R. Murphy, who had the game winner. If Rodriguez’s home runs were no doubters, Murph’s looked like a long fly ball at first, good to get a run in from third, but then it just kept going and suddenly it had cleared that very high wall out there. Hilarious back-up catcher home run. He was amped like Tom Cruise in Taps when he got back to the dugout, too. That was pretty funny.

Now, let’s hope Sweet Nathan Eovaldi comes through with a big performance today. He’s got something to prove. Would’t be surprised if he tossed a dud, but I’ll be here rooting for him.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira DH
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

Never mind the comebacks:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn | USA TODAY Sports]

Saturday Night in the Heartland

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The Big Bopper’s on the hill tonight against the Twinkies.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan SS
Stephen Drew 2B

Never mind Father Time:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

 

Don’t Look Back

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And yeah, Phil Hughes was good too. Naturally. But the story was Big Mike getting his tits lit as the Twins bombed the Yanks, 10-1.

The Yanks got 10 hits but only the 1 run. Best thing to do is to move along, there’s a new game tonight.

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Hello, Ol’ Chum

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Ah, Phil Hughes, we hardly knew ye. Be nice to see him tonight and also nice to see the Yanks beat on him some as they start a three-town road trip. He’s had moments of very goodness since leaving New York but hasn’t shown too much of that season. Interesting to see what he’s got tonight. Same goes for Big Mike who has been good but not great for a while now.

Like to see Ellsbury get on a roll here…

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

Never mind the room service:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags 

Summer Wind

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Who needs one-run games when you can win by six? That’s just what the Yanks did yesterday afternoon putting a 9-3 beatin’ on the Orioles. Tanaka pitched well and the Yanks leave town heppy kets.

Thursday Afternoon Baseball

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It’s Tanaka time this afternoon in the Bronx.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Brett Gardner LF

Alex Rodriguez DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Carlos Beltran RF

Chase Headley 3B

Didi Gregorius SS

John Ryan Murphy C

Stephen Drew 2B

Never mind the standings:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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One Thing Leads to Another

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Andrew Miller gave up a solo home run to Chris Davis with two men out in the 9th inning last night because he didn’t want to end this odd little streak of one-run games. The homer narrowed the Yankees lead to 4-3 which is where it stayed when Jonathan Schoop struck out to end the game for the second game in a row against Miller.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run early, and Alex Rodriguez hit the bejesus out of the ball later on for a solo home run which proved to be the difference.

Meanwhile, Teixeria continued to make nice plays in the field, with smooth, agile scoops of throws in the dirt. His fielding excellence is common enough to take for granted but it should be said that while Gardner and Rodriguez have had nice seasons, Teixeira has been their best player. Never would have called that at the start of the year.

Stephen Drew also had a beautiful defensive play, diving to his left to stop a ball in short right field. He gathered himself on his knees and quickly made an accurate throw to Ivan Nova covering the bag for the out. Play like that is why they’ve kept him around I suppose.

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For the Win…

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Wonder if it’ll be another one run game?

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

And our dude Nova.

Never mind prosperity:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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There’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate

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The Yanks have won 3 of 4 since the break, all by one run (the game they lost was by a run, too). We could point to certain plays and performances that’ve contributed to the wins, we could talk about fortitude, grit and character, and we can also sit back and just feel fortunate that luck has been on the  Yankees’ side. Because the difference between being 0-4, 4-0 sure feels slender, don’t it? And as we well know, it won’t last.

Nathan Eovaldi was pretty good again–touched 100 mph a few times–but failed to go deep in the game. The firm of Wilson, Betances, and Miller handled the rest, with a nice 9th inning fielding assist from Mark Teixeira. Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan had key hits as the Yanks edged out the O’s in a tough game, 3-2.

Many of us didn’t expect much from this Yankee team at the start of the season but now they are playing well enough so if they tank the rest of the way we won’t be shocked but certainly disappointed.

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Keep it Together

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The Big Question Mark takes the hill against the Orioles tonight.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Brett Gardner LF

Alex Rodriguez DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Chris Young RF

Chase Headley 3B

Didi Gregorius SS

Brendan Ryan 2B

Never mind the moisture:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Formula

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You remember the Pedro formula, right? Stay close, chase him from the game, win it late against the bullpen.

Welp, that’s just what the Yanks did to King Felix and the Mariners  yesterday. C.C. Sabathia allowed one run, so did Hernandez.

It came to this: Game tied, bottom of the 8th, two outs and two strikes to Mark Teixeira who then lines a 98 mph Fernando Rodney fastball over the fence in right field.

That was enough to give the Yanks a 2-1 win, thanks to the combined relief efforts from the firm of Wilson, Betances and Miller.

Each game this weekend was decided by a run; pleased that the Yanks came out on top. Even happier for The Big Fella. 

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Don’t Cha Know?

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Remember me? Robbie Cano from the Bronx?

Cano beat the Yanks yesterday, 4-3.

Today is broiling hot and the Yanks have the misfortune of facing King Felix. They beat him once this year. Something tells me they won’t do it again.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

Never mind the heat index:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

 

Summer Breeze

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It’s Big Mike this afternoon on an overcast day in the Bronx.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Garrett Jones RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Rob Refsnyder 2B

Never mind the humidity:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em

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I got home last night, set to watch the game. The Wife had tentative evening plans with a friend but they fell through. So I put her in the car and we headed down to Manhattan in search of food. We’d heard of a decent Thai place in Hell’s Kitchen so there we were, against all common sense, stuck in Friday night, stand-still traffic.

But we had John and Suzyn and the game. Masahiro Tanaka gave up a couple of home runs but otherwise pitched well.

We finally parked, got to the place, and had a lousy meal. But we were so hungry by that point it didn’t matter. And although our little adventure didn’t completely kick the funk out of The Wife’s mood, it didn’t make it worse either, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Afterwards, we walked up 9th Ave, right around where my mother used to come 40 years ago to the spice district to buy all of her dry spices, when we passed a small cigar store called NYC Fine Cigars. The door was open and the smell of cigar smoke rolled out onto the street. A group of men sat on chairs, puffing away. A TV hung from the wall and as we passed I caught Alex Rodriguez circling the bases. I poked my head in and asked, “Is this live?”

The men said yes, and suddenly, our forgettable dinner was made better. Didn’t hurt a moment later when we saw a skinny but hairy Hispanic man dressed in skivvies, a tie dye tank top, and a floppy woman’s hat, saunter past us, doing what looked like a cross between Tai chi and the Cha Cha. In his own world, doing his own thing, a glimpse of the crazy old days in a sea of tourists and freshly-scrubbed young folks.

We listened to the final couple of innings on the radio as we sailed up the West Side Highway and got home just in time to see Andrew Miller strike out pinch-hitter–and former Yankee, Jesus Montero–ending the night with a pair of merciless sliders.

Final Score: Yanks 4, M’s 3.

[Photo Via: Paper Blog]

Baseball’s Back

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And it’s about time. Yanks host the M’s. Tonight gives our fella, Masahiro.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Brett Gardner LF

Alex Rodriguez DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Chris Young RF

Chase Headley 3B

Didi Gregorious SS

Rob Refsnyder 2B

Never mind the rust:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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It’s Star Time

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All-Star Game open thread.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Mike Trout CF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Nelson Cruz DH
Lorenzo Cain RF
Adam Jones LF
Salvador Perez C
Jose Altuve 2B
Alcides Escobar SS

LHP Dallas Keuchel

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Andrew McCutchen CF
Todd Frazier 3B
Bryce Harper RF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Buster Posey C
Anthony Rizzo DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Joc Pederson LF
D.J. LeMahieu 2B

RHP Zack Greinke

Never mind the betting slips:

Let’s Go AL!

[Picture by Stefan Furtbauer]

The Go Figure Yanks Head Into the Break in First Place

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Now, that there’s a fine way to go into the break. Big, fat win at Fenway Park with plenty of big hits and luck on the side of the visitors. Even when the Yanks kicked the ball around in the 9th inning, fortune was on their side and if Rob Refsnyder’s home run in the top of the 9th summed up what’s gone right this year in the Bronx, then Hanley Ramirez’s 7th inning strike out against Dellin Betances said all you need to know about the Sox.

Betances spotted a fastball for strike one, got Ramirez to swing and miss at a tight, unforgiving slider for strike two, and then busted him up with a fastball. Ramirez started to swing, then tried to hold up, and in the process punched the bat out of his left hand with his right hand. He then gave a little jump and shook his hand as if he’d slammed it in a car door. It was humiliating. (And this is against the great Ramirez who had 2 hits today.)

Brian McCann, Chase Headley, and Alex Rodriguez got the key hits for the Yanks–and Gardner had two hits again–but the hero of the game was Refsnyder. He didn’t look like much in his first two at bats but then got his first big league hit with a line drive to center the next time up. His home run over the Green Monster in the 9th bared no resemblance to Bucky Dent’s infamous 1978 pop fly. This was was a shot. Got my ass up, clapping, tell you that.

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Refsnyder also made a decisive, confident defensive move in the 8th inning. Alejandro De Aza led off with a single, the Yanks up 6-4, and Shane Victorino followed with a slow ground ball to second. Refsynder fielded the ball and flipped to second, not the sure out at all. It was a close play but he’d measured it correctly and the Yanks got the force at second.

On the flip side, Refsnyder helped Andrew Miller botch a possible game-ending double play in the 9th, but hey, nobody’s perfect, and nobody will remember the near-miss. Refsnyder gets a few days off riding on a cloud. For a team that’s been uneven but often endearing, it’s been an unexpectedly decent first half. Not great, but not bad. Sort of sucky, sort of good.

Let’s hope these dudes can stay healthy during the long summer. Love to see them with a fighting chance come October.

[Photo Credit: Matthew Healey/N.Y. Daily News]

Hotter n July

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Tough loss of the Yanks last night--they showed some fight but didn’t have enough to catch up (5-3 was the final)–and this afternoon gives the final game of the first half of the season.

Again with the big question mark, Eovaldi. The Sox can hit, couple of their big guys (Hanley, Ortiz) are swinging hot bats. So will Eovaldi keep them down today? He’s been good ever since getting his tits lit down in Miami last month.

I’m…still skeptical.

Rooting for the dude, though.

Jake CF
Gardy LF
Al DH
Tex 1B
C.Y. RF
Mac C
Head 3B
Didi SS
Ref 2B

Let’s hope the Yanks score a mess-o-runs today to give him some support.

Never mind the heat:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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