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Game 104: Yankees (54-49) vs. Blue Jays (55-50)07.27.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Carlos Beltran DH

5. Brian McCann 1B

6. Chase Headley 3B

7. Francisco Cervelli C

8. Zelous Wheeler RF

9. Brendan Ryan 2B

Shane Greene RHP


Blue Jays lineup

1. Jose Reyes SS

2. Melky Cabrera RF

3. Jose Bautista 1B

4. Dioner Navarro C

5. Dan Johnson DH

6. Colby Rasmus CF

7. Munenori Kawasaki 2B

8. Juan Francisco 3B

9. Anthony Gose LF

J.A. Haap LHP


Umpires: Joe West HP, Marty Foster 1B, Rob Drake 2B, Alan Porter 3B

Weather: mostly cloudy

TV/Radio: YES/WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM


Hot: Carlos Beltran is 6 for his last 14 and 10 for 32 with three homers and six RBI in the first nine games of the homestand.

Not: Brett Gardner is 0 for his last 9, 4 for his last 17 and 5 for 27 in the last nine games.

Rumor mill: Jon Heyman (no relation) has a story out now on saying the Yankees, in a bid for offensive help, are thinking about Josh Willingham as a two-month rental, and he mentions Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios as well.  Any preference? The nonwaiver trade deadline is Thursday.


Update, 1:15: Jays up 1-0. With runners at second and third and no outs, McCann got the sure out at first on Jose Bautista’s bouncer. No replay of yesterday’s seventh inning.

Update, 1:26: Happ gets three straight outfield outs.

Update, 1:35: The Jays aren’t getting the ball in the air so far, outside of Melky’s line double to right in the first. Greene gave up an infield hit in the second, but got a double-play ball out of Juan Francisco to end the inning.

Update, 1:47: Beltran drew a leadoff walk, but then three straight outs. The Yankees will look for their first hit in the third.

Update, 1:54: 1-2-3 third for Greene, two balls on the ground sandwiched around a swinging strikeout of Reyes.

Update, 1:59: The Yankees get their first hit. Wheeler lines a single into right to start the third.

Update, 2:01: Kawasaki makes a nice catch going back into shallow right with his back to the plate, and he doubles Wheeler off first.

Update, 2:18: Kawasaki singles to right after two two-out walks, but Wheeler nails Johnson at the plate to end the inning.

Update, 2:25: Another dull half inning for the Yankees with a bat in their hands. Jeter, Ellsbury, Beltran go down in order. The Yankees have one hit and trail 1-0 after four.

Update, 2:29: Francisco hits one to the second deck in right, 2-0 Jays.

Update, 2:39: Headley hits his first Yankees homer, drive to left. Then Cervelli follows with his first of the season, 2-2.

Update, 2:50: One out, runner on first in the top of the sixth. Huff is warming. Greene is at 84 pitches.

Update, 2:53: Rasmus RBI double, 3-2 Jays. Greene is done after 5 1/3. Huff comes on.

Update, 3:13: Cecil comes on for Happ with runners at first and second and one out in the sixth.

Update, 3:18: RBI single for McCann when Kawasaki’s bounced throw can’t be handled at first. 3-3, heading for the seventh.

Update, 3:25: Betances will try to clean up Huff’s mess, first and second, no outs after two singles.

Update, 3:30: Bases loaded, one out for Navarro after Bautista gets intentional walk.

Update, 3:33: McCann comes home with the ball and he gets the force.

Update, 3:37: Betances fell behind 3-1 on Johnson, then got him on a full count to fly to left and keep it tied. Aaron Sanchez on to pitch for the Jays.

Update, 3:47: Yankees go down 1-2-3, have just five hits through seven.

Update, 3:51: Rasmus leadoff walk, then Betances wild pickoff throw moves him to third with no outs.

Update, 3:53: Kawasaki sac fly to left, 4-3 Toronto.

Update, 3:55: Warren replaces Betances with two outs and nobody on.

Update, 4:03: Leadoff single by Gardner snapped an 0-for-12 skid. Jeter bunts him over.

Update, 4:07: Beltran clutch two-out RBI single to left, 4-4.

Update, 4:09: Robertson on for the ninth.

Update, 4:21: Robertson gives up an RBI single to Navarro, Jays take the yet lead.

Update, 4:22: Janssen on to try to close it out.

Update, 4:31: The Yankees go down 1-2-3, lose 5-4.

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Game 103: Yankees (54-48) vs. Blue Jays (54-50)07.26.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Carlos Beltran DH

5. Brian McCann 1B

6. Chase Headley 3B

7. Ichiro Suzuki RF

8. Brian Roberts 2B

9. Francisco Cervelli C

Chris Capuano LHP


Blue Jays lineup

1. Jose Reyes SS

2. Melky Cabrera RF

3. Jose Bautista 1B

4. Dioner Navarro C

5. Steve Tolleson 3B

6. Dan Johnson DH

7. Colby Rasmus CF

8. Ryan Goins 2B

9. Anthony Gose LF

Drew Hutchison RHP


Umpires: Alan Porter HP, Joe West 1B, Marty Foster 2B, Rob Drake 3B

Weather: cloudy, 78 degrees

TV/Radio: YES, MLB Network/WFAN 660, 101.9


Home cooking: After going 7-1 so far on the homestand, the Yankees are above .500 here again at 25-24, their first time above the mark since the close of play on June 20 when they were 17-16.

Capuano’s strange splits: Chris Capuano made 28 appearances in relief for the Red Sox before being released July 1. The lefty held righty hitters to a .217 average, including .161 since May 13. But lefties hit .333 against him, including .471 since May 9.


Update, 1:18: Bautista didn’t homer in his first at-bat with two outs and no one on in the first. Capuano drilled him with a 90 mph fastball, looked like in the left rib cage. Navarro followed with a single. Then Capuano walked Tolleson to load the bases.

Update, 1:23: Capuano threw 25 pitches, but escaped unscathed. Johnson flied to right to end the inning.

Update, 1:31: Hutchison drills Beltran in the right leg, obvious payback for Bautista getting drilled. Plate ump Alan Porter warns both benches. McCann strikes out to end the inning.

Update, 1:41: Capuano leaves a runner at second after a walk and a sacrifice. I think only 13 pitches for him that inning.

Update, 1:46: Yankees go quietly in the second.

Update, 1:52: Very effective third for Capuano, takes down Cabrera, Bautista and Navarro 1-2-3.

Update, 1:59: The only guy hitting for the Yankees so far is Jeter, two singles, his 1,003th multihit game. Scoreless through three. Hutchison only lasted 2 2/3 in his last start, gave up six runs and nine hits against Boston. Gave up six runs, six hits and five walks in his start before that, 5 1/3-inning outing at Tampa Bay.

Update, 2:10: Ellsbury is so good defensively, makes running, sprawling catch in left-center to rob Rasmus.

Update, 2:12: Capuano no runs, two hits, two walks, one hit batter in four innings.

Update, 2:18: McCann two-run homer, No. 11. Yankees 2-0 in the fourth.

Update, 2:33: Jays cut it to 2-1 in the fifth. Reyes walks and Cabrera doubles him in.

Update, 2:37: Bases loaded, one out. Francis warming up.

Update, 2:39: Sac fly for Tolleson, 2-2.

Update, 2:55: Headley strikes out with two on to end the fifth.

Update, 3:04: Capuano has given up just two runs and five hits over six innings, with just one 1-2-3 inning. He’s at 94 pitches, according to the YES telecast.

Update, 3:09: Cervelli hit in the left elbow pad by Hutchison, but Porter believed it was unintentional. I agree, with two outs and nobody on in a tie game and the No. 9 batter up, although Girardi came out to talk to Porter. Gardner left Cervelli at first. Capuano is done. Shawn Kelley on for the seventh.

Update, 3:18: Bases loaded, no outs. McCann’s inexperience at first just showed, had to get at least one out.

Update, 3:19: Tolleson strikes out. Matt Thornton will replace Kelley.

Update, 3:24: The Yankees’ infield defense is no prize again. Johnson’s little bloop falls in front of Roberts and he can’t hold it to make a play, 3-2.

Update, 3:33: Hutchison is pulled with two outs and nobody on in the seventh. Lefty Aaron Loup comes on to face Beltran. Hutchison gave up just five hits.

Update, 3:36: Beltran singles, McCann grounds out.

Update, 3:44: Thornton throws a 1-2-3 eighth.

Update, 4:03: Gardner goes down looking at a 93 mph fastball from Loup after a pair of two-out walks. On to the ninth. Whitley is on to pitch.

Update, 4:13: Second and third, one out. Jeff Francis comes on.

Update, 4:17: Francis serves up a three-run homer to Johnson, 6-2.

Update, 4:26: Beltran two-run homer, 6-4.

Update, 4:28: Yankees lose 6-4.


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Yankees pregame: State of the homestand (with two to go)07.26.14

Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian Roberts

The state of the homestand has been excellent, 7-1 with two games to go. Not the offense has steadily hummed. That has been a problem all season.

But the Yankees take a four-game winning streak into today’s game with the Blue Jays, and their last five wins have all featured comebacks.

“We’ve played good baseball,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve had some timely hitting. We’ve pitched extremely well. You look at a lot of the scores, they’ve been fairly low-scoring games. Our bullpen has continued to do a good job. Our starters have done a good job. You look at (Hiroki Kuroda’s) night last night, he gives up three in the first and then he pretty much shut them down the rest of the game and gave us a chance to come back. I think that’s the important thing. We’ve been able to come back in some of the games.

“But it’s just I think our pitching has been really good. You look at this homestand and that’s one of the reasons we’ve won a lot of games.”

Chris Capuano will make his Yankees debut in this game. The 35-year-old lefty got stretched out over four starts in the Rockies’ system after relieving for the Red Sox before his July 1 release. Girardi said he could be used for about 100 pitches.

“This guy is a competitor,” Girardi said. “He knows what he’s doing out there.”

Mark Teixeira isn’t scheduled for baseball activities today. Girardi said Teixeira may try to test his back with tee and toss tomorrow and then the Yankees could decide whether he needs to be put him on the DL or will be good to go again very soon.

Brian Roberts owns a team-high 10 errors. The veteran second baseman has looked especially shaky in the field lately.

“He’s just going through some things that fielders probably go through,” Girardi said. “I don’t really have any concerns about it.”

The man Girardi replaced in this job, Joe Torre, is going into the Hall of Fame Sunday along with Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox.

“I think it’s great how they’re going in, the three of them together,” Girardi said. “You’re talking about three great managers who have had a ton of success. I had a chance to play for two of them (Torre and La Russa), which was really pretty neat for me, and be able to pick their brains as much as I did. So I feel really fortunate. But it’s three guys that are well deserving, not only who have been great managers but have been great men. I think when you talk to the players that have played for them, they would say they learned a lot and look up to them.

“I’ve always tried to keep a fairly even demeanor. I had that as a player, but I saw the important of it from Joe as a manager, how important it is to keep that even demeanor. There are days that you’re going to be happier than others, but you have to be the same guy every day. When I looked at Tony La Russa, it was just the preparation that he did in watching him. You talk about ideas that had validity and the way he used the bullpen. There’s a lot to learn from all these guys.”

Photo by The Associated Press.

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Yankees postgame: If only Buehrle could pitch against them every game07.25.14

Ichiro Suzuki, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Rob Drake

The Yankees — and Ichiro Suzuki — just own Mark Buehrle. Actually the Yankees own the Blue Jays here at Yankee Stadium.

This 6-4 win marked their 17th straight against the Jays in the Bronx, the fourth-longest home winning streak by one team against another since divisional play began in 1969. The Yankees have 26 of the last 28 here against Toronto since May 24, 2011.

And then there’s Buehrle. The 35-year-old lefty is 0-10 with a 7.34 ERA in his last 15 starts against the Yankees. He’s 1-12 overall in 19 starts against them. He hasn’t beaten them since April 10, 2004, and that was at the old Yankee Stadium.

Asked the reason for the dominance, Joe Girardi said, “It’s hard to say. He’s a really good pitcher.”

Ichiro, who’s now 25 for 60 lifetime vs. Buehrle, hit a three-run shot in the third to snap his 294 at-bat homerless streak dating to last August 30. Derek Jeter had been on his case with some friendly teasing.

“During batting practice, he always tells me, ‘Can’t leave. Can’t leave,’ which means the ball doesn’t leave the ballpark,” Ichiro said through his interpreter.

“For a Japanese person, it’s hard to hear the ‘t’ at the end. I think he said, ‘Can leave,’ ” Ichiro added jokingly.

Hiroki Kuroda struggled some, but he earned the win, allowing four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3. Girardi said he had trouble with command of his sinker.

“He just fought all night,” Girardi said.

Chase Headley went 3 for 4, so he’s at .429 (6 for 14) after four games with his new team.

Mark Teixeira didn’t do any baseball activity, according to Girardi, just ran and did rotational exercises. Girardi said he’s expected to do the same Saturday, and that it wasn’t “probably realistic” that Teixeira could return to the lineup Sunday.

The Yankees are 7-1 since the break, having won four in a row. Their last five wins have been of the comeback variety. They own the second wild card at the moment.

“It beats the alternative,” Girardi said. “But it really doesn’t mean a whole lot with 60 games to go.”

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Game 102: Yankees (53-48) vs. Blue Jays (54-49)07.25.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Carlos Beltran DH

5. Brian McCann 1B

6. Chase Headley 3B

7. Ichiro Suzuki RF

8. Brian Roberts 2B

9. Francisco Cervelli C

Hiroki Kuroda RHP


Blue Jays lineup

1. Jose Reyes SS

2. Munenori Kawasaki 3B

3. Melky Cabrera LF

4. Jose Bautista RF

5. Dioner Navarro C

6. Juan Francisco 1B

7. Colby Rasmus DH

8. Ryan Goins 2B

9. Anthony Gose CF

Mark Buehrle LHP


Umpires: Rob Drake HP, Alan Porter 1B, Joe West 2B, Marty Foster 3B

Weather: partly cloudy, comfortable, 80 degrees

TV/Radio: Ch. 9, MLB Network/WFAN 660, 101.9


Flying high/flying low in the Bronx: The Yankees have beaten the Blue Jays 16 straight times at Yankee Stadium dating to Sept. 19, 2012. It’s the longest home winning streak by one major-league team against another since Toronto beat the Orioles 16 straight times from Aug. 8, 2009 to June 15, 2011. It’s the Yankees’ longest home winning streak against one opponent since they defeated the Indians 19 straight times from June 10, 1960 to April 21, 1962.

Flying low II: Mark Buehrle has never won a game in the Bronx in seven starts and has beaten the Yankees just once in 18 career starts, dropping his last nine decisions over 14 starts.


Update, 7:13: Not going to see a no-hitter from Kuroda tonight. Jose Reyes bloop single to open the game. Not expecting one by Buehrle here, either.

Update, 7:21: Not going to see a shutout from Kuroda, either. Three-run homer for Jose Bautista to left, 3-0 Jays, just like that.

Update, 7:32: Derek Jeter singles in the first, but that was it.

Update, 7:39: Kuroda settles down, three straight grounders to second in the second.

Update, 7:46: Bases loaded, nobody out for the Yankees.

Update, 7:48: RBI infield hit for Roberts, 3-1.

Update, 7:51: Sac fly for Gardner, 3-2.

Update, 8:02: Bautista does it again, homer to left, 4-2 in the third. His 23rd career multi-homer game.

Update, 8:06: Beltran solo shot to left, 4-3. No. 11. McCann follows with his second single in two at-bats. So does Headley.

Update, 8:10: Ichiro snaps 294 at-bat homerless streak, three-run shot to the right-field seats. His first of the season. Yankees up 6-4.

Update, 8:25: Kuroda isn’t too sharp, but he got out of a first-and-second, two-out problem in the fourth.

Update, 8:30: Todd Redmond replaced Buehrle for the fourth. Buehrle allowed six runs and nine hits. Redmond retired the side in order.

Update, 8:38: Kuroda finally gets Bautista out to finish a 1-2-3 fifth.

Update, 8:47: Headley doubles and is 3 for 3. But then it looked like he forgot the number of outs when Ichiro fanned, caught trying to get back to second to end the inning.

Update, 8:56: Kuroda is done after 5 2/3, runner on first. He allowed eight hits. David Huff is on.

Update, 8:58: Huff, moving up in status, needs one pitch to end the inning.

Update, 9:08: Cervelli doubled for his second hit, but Gardner and Jeter stranded him at second.

Update, 9:13: Huff leaves with two outs and nobody on in the seventh. Shawn Kelley gets the ball.

Update, 9:18: Kelley retires Dan Johnson, 6-4 after 6 1/2. Brett Cecil on for the Jays.

Update, 9:25: The Yankees go down in order. Betances on for the eighth.

Update, 9:34: Betances strands a runner at second. Dustin McGowan on for the bottom of the eighth.

Update, 9:42: Robertson on for the ninth.

Update, 9:50: Yankees win 6-4.




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Game 69: Yankees (35-33) vs. Blue Jays (41-30)06.17.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Mark Teixeira 1B

5. Brian McCann C

6. Carlos Beltran DH

7. Ichiro Suzuki RF

8. Brian Roberts 2B

9. Kelly Johnson 3B

Masahiro Tanaka RHP


Blue Jays lineup

1. Jose Reyes SS

2. Melky Cabrera LF

3. Jose Bautista RF

4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B

5. Brett Lawrie 3B

6. Dioner Navarro C

7. Juan Francisco DH

8. Munenori Kawasaki 2B

9. Anthony Gose CF

Marcus Stroman RHP


Umpires: Jordan Baker HP, Gabe Morales 1B, Jerry Meals 2B, Chris Conroy 3B

Weather: Clear, 85 degrees

TV/Radio in NY area: MY 9/WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM


Tanaka time: Masahiro Tanaka is tied for the major-league lead in wins with 10 and leads in ERA and is third in the majors at 2.02. All 13 of his starts have been quality starts, the longest streak right now in the majors.

Milestone waiting: The next win by the Yankees will be Joe Girardi’s 600th as their manager.

Who says I’m old? Nine days from his 40th birthday, Derek Jeter is batting .435 (10 for 23) and has a .462 on-base percentage over his last six games. He enters at .271 overall.


Update, 7:13: Reyes homers to right on Tanaka’s first pitch. Jays lead the majors in homers, now 93. Reyes’ 20th career leadoff homer.

Update, 7:33: Yankees go down 1-2-3 against Stroman in the first.

Update, 7:43: Tanaka has four Ks after his first two innings.

Update, 7:49: Yankees no hits in the first two innings, just a Beltran walk in the second.

Update, 8:03: Tanaka hasn’t been exceptionally sharp, six baserunners in three innings. But he has allowed just the one run. Got out of a first-and-second, one-out problem in the third. He has five strikeouts.

Update, 8:13: Gardner two-run HR, 2-1 Yankees in the third. No. 6 for Gardner. Career high was 8 last year.

Update, 8:33: Seven baserunners and seven Ks through four for Jays vs. Tanaka. He is impressive in general and especially with men on base.

Update, 8:40: Lefty Aaron Loup warming for the Jays after a leadoff walk to Beltran in the fourth.

Update, 8:47: First and second for the Yankees with two outs, and John Gibbons pulls Stroman for lefty Aaron Loup with Gardner due up. Still 2-1 Yankees.

Update, 8:51: Gardner grounds out.

Update, 9:01: Tanaka 10 Ks and he has only pitched five innings. Struck out the side in the fifth. Fifth double-digit strikeout game in 14 starts. High of 11 Ks (so far).

Update, 9:12: Teixeira RBI single, 3-1.

Update, 9:17: On to the sixth. Today is the anniversary of Ron Guidry’s club-record 18-strikeout game against the Angels.

Update, 9:26: Blue Jays don’t strike out in the sixth, first no-K inning for Tanaka. He’s at 104 pitches. Todd Redmond on to pitch for the Jays. Betances warming up.

Update, 9:37: Tanaka out, Betances on for the seventh. Tanaka allowed one run, five hits and two walks and he hit one. Plus he fanned 10. If the Yankees hang on, he will become the sole MLB wins leader with 11.

Update, 9:40: Betances has a 1-2-3 seventh.

Update, 9:57: Two hitless innings for Betances with three Ks. So the Blue Jays have struck out 13 times so far. Sergio Santos on to pitch the eighth for them.

Update, 10:19: Yankees win 3-1.





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Beware of the Blue Jays11.21.12

The Blue Jays have been loading up for a serious run, bringing in Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, among others, from Miami and signing Melky Cabrera. They just hired John Gibbons for a managing sequel. Between the Jays, the Orioles and the Rays (and the Red Sox will presumably be more competitive), it should make for a great division race with the Yankees.

I asked Brian Cashman Tuesday night about the Blue Jays’ offseason and the impact on the Yankees.

“Toronto has done a lot,” Cashman said. “They’ve been very aggressive. I’ve been obviously associated with the Yankees since ’86, so I know the sleeping giant that exists up there. It’s a great baseball town. They’ve had a huge amount of success in the past. They’re fighting from the development standpoint, from the trade standpoint, from the free-agent standpoint, to get back to that. And they’ve been doing it for quite some time.

“Last year wasn’t a true reflection of how good they could have been because they got derailed with injuries and unexpected underperformance. That happens in the sport of baseball. So last year they were better than what they showed on the field, and I think their additions are certainly going to serve them extremely well.

“They’ve been on the map as far as we’ve been concerned. They’ve been one of the best teams in the game in the first half of every season the last few years. The second half, things have gone different for them. …

“It’s just more competition. It’s not surprising. You tip your cap to them. We recognize what’s going on up there. But it doesn’t change how we go about our business. We feel we know what we need to do and we’re going to try to execute it, just like they’re trying to do the same.”

I think the kings of fourth place are going to be formidable throughout for a change, if they stay healthy.  Like that Blue Jays lineup. The Yankees will surely do a few more things this offseason. Do you think they ultimately should fear Toronto?

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