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What Next?

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Gotta figure the Yanks are going to do more than bring in Dustin Ackley.

We wait, we wonder.

Meanwhile, the Yanks’ve got a game tonight.

Never mind checking Twitter:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Tom Pennington]

Two Steps in Texas…

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…and two more to go. The Yankees send Masahiro Tanaka to the bump tonight to extend their modest, but spectacular, four-game winning streak. His fly balls turn into homers with enough frequency that this could get dicey. He faces off against Colby Lewis, who never seems like much and the Yankees have handled pretty well throughout his career. So do we even need to reverse jinx this one? The 2015 Yankees have earned the benefit of the doubt in a game like this. Make it so, fellas.

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

And we cannot ignore the trade deadline. The Tigers just spiced things up by announcing they will be listening on David Price. This gives the Yankees a lot to consider in a short space. Between Cole Hamels and a decent contract for three years or David Price and no commitment after 2015 or just going with internal solutions, that’s a meeting I’d like to attend. Or at least get the jist of.

 

Destiny Rides Again

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Patch work night in Arlington. Feels like a game the Yanks should lose. It’ll say something about being on a streak they win tonight. Don’t know why I’ve got that feeling, just do.

Will say this, though. I liked the fire from Teixeira and Headley last night. This team has been too sloppy–on the bases, in the field–all year long. Hope they manage to correct that.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B

Cappy gets the start but it’ll take a group effort outta the pen.

Never mind the heat:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

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]

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!

 

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!

Picture by Bags

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!

Picture by Bags

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!

Picture by Bags

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. 

Picture by Bags

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!

Picture by Bags

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!

Picture by Bags

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]

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!

Saturday Night Baseball in July

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Our dude Nova…

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Rob Refsnyder 2B

That’s a whole lotta scrap at the bottom of this lineup. Be great if Robbie Ref does something good, wouldn’t it?

Never mind the locals:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: TS Flynn]

Bring on the Bad Guys

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Of course, to most everyone in America that’d be the Yankees, but for us, it’s the folks up at Fenway.

It’s a nice pitching match-up of Big Mike and Clay Buc.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Cole Figueroa 3B

Never mind the pain, think pleasant thoughts and:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Via: Godgazer]

Sorta, Kinda

parkavesouth

Afternoon baseball in the Bronx today.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira DH
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones 1B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chris Young RF
Stephen Drew 2B
Cole Figueroa 3B

Masahiro’s on the bump. Let’s hope fer good things for him and the sorta, kinda, not so bad, pretty good–but not that good–New York Yankees.

Never mind the drizzle:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

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