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Moving On

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Yanks beating the Sox, especially when they blow them out, never gets old and so Thursday’s 9-1 romp was a pleasure. David Price took a beatin’, led by Gary Sanchez who hit a couple of homers and had 5 RBI.

The Orioles are in town for the weekend and with it the weather has turned warm, positively summerish.

Never mind the climate shock:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

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The Yanks poured it on last night and beat the snot out of the Sox (8-0), backed by another stellar outing from ol’ C.C. Sabathia.

Nice be nice if they can take the series with a win tonight.

David Price—who is at odds with the Boston media—goes against our dude, Big Mike Pineda.

Never mind the chill (what month is this again?):

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Don’t Look Back

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There is a growing sense of concern about what is wrong with our man Masahiro, who was smacked around again last night. He’s been horseshit for too long now. Maybe it’s an extended slump but it has everyone’s attention now, Lord save us.

Drew Poweranz faired better but was just as horseshit, going to 3-2 on virtually every batter, throwing 498 pitches in 5 innings, and generally boring the bejesus out of the masses. Yanks had plenty of chances but did not cash in. Aaron Judge had two big whiffs late after a single, double and crashing defensive play in right.

5-4 was the Final and there was plenty to curse and moan about from where we’re sitting, right gang?

More tonight. The Big Fella. Not Jackie Bradley Jr.’s bud. You know him as C.C.

Never mind the creepers:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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The Other Guys

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The Sox are in town for a 3-game series on a damp week in New York. Most the the citizens I’ve encountered lately are cranky that we’re in June but it still feels like April out there. I’m pleased that there has been plenty of water at least. The green is brilliant in these long days.

Yanks hold a 2 game lead over the Sox.

Our man Masahiro gets he nod in the opener. That is usually a good thing. But he’s been so inconsistent these days you don’t know what to expect. Here’s hoping he works it out and has a good outing.

Never mind the footsteps:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Splitsville

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Yeah, that is how it went in Toronto—a split. Which is a drag because the Yanks held a 2-0 lead yesterday with Luis Severino pitching well. But the Jays rallied late, on two home runs, to pull out a 3-2 win (this after the teams exchanged blows— 7-5 Jays, and 7-0 Yanks, on Friday and Saturday, respectively).

Supposed to rain in town all week. Day gives a day off and then the Yanks host the Red Sox for a 3-game series.

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Boomtown Rats

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Yanks put a hurting on the Blue Jays last night, led by two substantial taters by Gary Sanchez. C.C. looked good and the Yanks romped, 12-2.

Big Mike takes the hill tonight.

Never mind the Bad Guys:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Ugh. These Guys.

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The O’s repaid the favor and put a beatin’ on the Yanks last night to the tune of 10-4. Masahiro got roughed up again, Yanks left a ton of runners on base.

I don’t know about you, but there wasn’t one of those three games in Baltimore that was worth half a shit from a fan’s perspective. Really boring baseball.

Yanks are up in Toronto for a long four-game series against the dreaded Blue Jays.

Never mind the chumps:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Gutty

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Gardy Goes Yardy, Matt Holliday hits a pair, Luis Severino is sharp and the Yanks bomb the O’s, 8-3.

Masahiro goes tonight. See if he has his good stuff a second straight outing. See if he is gutty tonight. Gritsy and Gutsy.

Never mind the boo birds:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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Well, the Orioles weren’t going to keep losing forever so of course they edged out the Yanks on Monday, 3-2. Jordan Montgomery didn’t go deep but the bullpen was stellar. Aaron Judge hit a solo home run in the loss.

More tonight with ‘Lil Severino.

Never mind this chilly spring weather:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Make That To Stay

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Maybe it doesn’t take some kind of genius to call Aaron Judge’s homers but I will say I looked at the TV screen yesterday when he came up to bat with the bases loaded, saw the score was 2-1 Oakland and said, “It’s gonna be 5-2 in a minute.” Even though Starlin Castro had just whiffed on three pitches, you don’t see Judge hacking too much. Sure enough, he inside-outed a line drive into the cheap seats in right. It was far from majestic but it did the trick.

Yanks hung on to beat the A’s 9-5 and take the series.

Today, they are down in Baltimore for a Memorial Day matinee.

Never mind the slumping Boids:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Close…AND Have a Cigar!

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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

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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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