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Yankees postgame: No O08.10.14

Jacoby Ellsbury

When Jacoby Ellsbury homered with two outs in the ninth, the Yankees snapped their season-high streak of 19 straight innings without a run.

Somehow that streak didn’t seem shocking even though they scored five in the sixth Friday night when they won 10-6. There have been too many dead stretches by this team. The new guys may have improved the defense, but the consistency offensively hasn’t been there, meaning they have fit right in.

The Indians took the series with the 4-1 win that followed Saturday’s 3-0 victory. (Here’s my story on what happened Sunday.)

Joe Girardi credited the pitching that the Yankees faced the last two days and for much of the last week, considering the Tigers’ staff. He also said these punchless stretches of games this season have puzzled him at times. But he said this is part of baseball now.

“I think we got caught up with teams scoring 900 runs in the past,” Girardi said. “That’s not happening anymore.”

Mark Teixeira, while also crediting the Cleveland pitching, gave a realistic assessment of this offense.

“We haven’t really been great all year,” Teixeira said. “We just need to try to do our best and scratch runs when we can and pick it up a little bit.”

Teixeira went 1 for 4 in his return after three games off. He said he was happy with how his pinkie felt.

Hiroki Kuroda felt his pitching was rather subpar. He allowed three runs, five hits and four walks, plus hit a batter and threw a wild pitch in 4 2/3. He also gave a realistic assessment, saying his command was off.

The 39-year-old righty indicated that he was less than 100 percent as well.

“Everybody look around,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. “It’s hard to find players 100 percent physically. So you’ve got to be able to respond with whatever you’ve got.”

Bryan Mitchell responded well in his major-league debut. The 23-year-old righty gave up just one walk and struck out two while working the final two innings. He said he was nervous.

“Knowing that I’ve done this before, I’ve been here, I’ve pitched here, I think it’ll be not easy obviously, but it will be a lot easier next time,” Mitchell said.

Ellsbury batted .417 (10 for 24) in the 4-3 homestand. The Yankees headed to Baltimore for a three-game series. They are 61-56 and trail the Orioles by six games. And the Yankees are 2 1/2 back of the Royals for the second wild card.

Photo by The Associated Press.

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Game 117: Yankees (61-55) vs. Cleveland Indians (58-59)08.10.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Mark Teixeira 1B

5. Carlos Beltran DH

6. Stephen Drew 2B

7. Martin Prado 3B

8. Ichiro Suzuki RF

9. Francisco Cervelli C

Hiroki Kuroda RHP


Indians lineup

1. Jason Kipnis 2B

2. Jose Ramirez SS

3. Michael Brantley DH

4. Carlos Santana 1B

5. Yan Gomes C

6. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

7. Zach Walters LF

8. Chris Dickerson CF

9. Ryan Raburn RF

Carlos Carrasco RHP


Umpires: Brian O’Nora HP, D.J. Reyburn 1B, Dan Bellino 2B, Jeff Kellogg 3B

Weather: partly cloudy, 83 degrees

TV/Radio: YES/WFAN 660, 101.9


Milestone: David Robertson needs one strikeout to become the fastest to reach 500 in franchise history. He has 499 in 373 2/3 innings. David Cone had 500 in his first 486 1/3 innings with the Yankees.

No. 4: The Yankees have been the fourth-most successful team in the majors since the All-Star break, going 14-8, a .636 winning percentage. The Rays (13-6, .684), the Orioles (15-7, .682) and the Royals (14-7, .667) are ahead of them.


Update, 1:16: The Indians go up 1-0 in a hurry, single, infield out, wild pitch, single by Brantley, his 75th RBI.

Update, 1:35: Teixeira lines out to Kipnis in shallow right, strands Ellsbury at second to end the first.

Update, 1:43: Kuroda gets a double-play ball to end the second. The Indians, by the way, put both Nick Swisher (sore knee) and David Murphy (abdominal strain) on the DL today. It’s been a dreadful season for Swisher, .208, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 9 errors.

Update, 1:52: Drew lines a one-out single and then Prado and Ichiro strike out, 1-0 after two.

Update, 2:03: Brantley drives in another, sac fly to right, 2-0.

Update, 2:16: The Yankees have two hits in three innings. Carrasco is just rejoining the rotation after going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four April starts. He was doing well in the bullpen, but had a 6.27 career ERA in five appearances/three starts vs. the Yankees.

Update, 2:24: Kuroda has had at least one runner on in all four innings, just finished a one-walk, four-batter fourth.

Update, 2:32: The Yankees go a quiet 1-2-3. Seems like I’ve written that after a lot of innings this season.

Update, 2:45: The Indians have the bases loaded, two outs in the fifth. Huff is warming. The scoreboard has Kuroda at 92 pitches.

Update, 2:49: Kuroda is done after 4 2/3, walks Gomes to force in a run, 3-0 Indians.

Update, 2:53: Huff gets out of the inning.

Update, 3:00: The Yankees go a quiet 1-2-3. By the way, more on Carrasco, who has allowed two hits in five innings and retired the last 11. He was 0-12 with an 8.09 ERA in his last 17 starts dating to July of 2011.

Update, 3:09: Strong inning for Huff, been a valuable pickup. Carrasco is done. Righty C.C. Lee comes on.

Update, 3:18: Lee does his Carrasco impression, retires the side in order. Heading for the seventh, 3-0.

Update, 3:25: Kelley comes on with runners at the corners and one out.

Update, 3:33: Strikeout, then RBI single for Gomes, 4-0. Bryan Mitchell is warming with two outs.

Update, 3:35: Chisenhall strikes out to end the inning. Scott Atchison on to pitch the last of the seventh.

Update, 3:42: Teixeira singles with one out and Beltran erases him with a double-play ball. Mitchell will now make his big-league debut.

Update, 3:55: Mitchell gets Kipnis swinging at a 96 mph fastball, stranding a runner at second. Bottom eight now. Bryan Shaw is on to pitch. The Yankees haven’t scored for 18 straight innings.

Update, 4:03: Nineteen straight innings. Ichiro doubles with two outs and Cervelli goes down swinging. The Yankees are up to four hits.

Update, 4:09: Mitchell has a nice debut, two hitless innings, only allowed a walk. Cody Allen will try to close it out like yesterday.

Update, 4:18: Ellsbury solo homer, but then Teixeira grounds out to end it. The Yankees lose the rubber game of the series 4-1.

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Jeter hits another milestone08.10.14

Indians Yankees Baseball

The ball ironically was a roller toward short. The Indians’ Jose Ramirez had no play. An infield hit for Derek Jeter. But not just any hit.

This sixth-inning hit in Saturday’s 3-0 loss by the Yankees gave the retiring 40-year-old Captain 3,431 for his career. It gave him sole possession of sixth on the all-time list, passing Honus Wagner.

“You have more hits than anyone who’s played the position at all,” Jeter said. “It’s something I’m extremely proud of. Obviously I would’ve liked to have won the game, but it’s something I’ll be able to tell my kids one day about.”

Tris Speaker sits in fifth place at 3,514, so he’s ahead by 83 with 46 games left in the regular season. Sixth isn’t too bad a way to go out. Passing an immortal name like Wagner’s isn’t too bad, either.

“The people he has passed, it’s unbelievable,” Joe Girardi said. “This guy has been consistent for us all year long. There were a lot of questions of where he would be at, but he’s played pretty well.”

Jeter has played in 103 games and is batting .276 with 12 doubles, a triple, three homers and 30 RBI.

Here’s my story on Jeter’s latest feat, Brandon McCarthy’s problems with comebackers and the Yankees’ latest loss. Also, here’s my Yankees’ notebook on Paul O’Neill Day, Michael Pineda, the roster moves and Ichiro Suzuki’s somewhat-lesser milestone hit. I’ll be back with the Yankees’ lineup later this morning.

Photo by The Associated Press.


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Yankees postgame: From 10 runs to no runs08.09.14

Corey Kluber

After winning 10-6 in the series opener Friday night, the Yankees didn’t get much done again with bats their hands. They managed five hits and struck out 15 times against four pitchers in this 3-0 win by Cleveland, snapping their three-game winning streak.

Who was to blame?

Joe Girardi mostley blamed Corey Kluber. The right-hander gave up four of the hits and struck out 10 in six innings to improve to 13-6, including 7-1 in his last nine starts. This stretch comes with a 1.19 ERA. Girardi ranks him in the top five in the league.

“He’s got really good stuff,” Girardi said. “He’s got an outstanding slider that he uses against righties and lefties.”

“He’s nasty, man,” Derek Jeter said.

“Every time he toes the rubber, it’s a win,” Cody Allen said after picking up his 15th save.

The timely hitting sure wasn’t there. The Yankees finished 0 for 9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position. This was the fourth time they were shut out this season.

But they were also missing Brian McCann for the first of at least six games since he’s now on the 7-day concussion DL.

“It’s not what you want, but what we felt was necessary to do to protect him,” Girardi said.

They were also missing Mark Teixeira for the third straight game.

“He felt better,” Girardi said. “It’s possible tomorrow he’s a player for us. We’ll see.”

In the end, they wasted yet another outstanding start by Brandon McCarthy. He had to shake off the pain and numbness from a third-inning liner by Michael Brantley that got his right foot.

“It was Paul O’Neill Day,” McCarthy said. “It wasn’t Leave the Game Early Day.”

McCarthy allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3. He struck eight and walked none. This was his first loss in six starts since coming over from Arizona. He’s 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA. X-rays were negative on his foot.

Jeter had a memorable day, picking up hit No. 3,431, passing Honus Wagner for sole possession of sixth on the all-time list. The Captain did it with an infield hit in the sixth and called it a “wow” moment.

Ichiro Suzuki picked up hit No. 2,811, passing George Sisler for sole possession of 48th on the all-time list.

Here’s my story on McCarthy’s bad history with comebackers and what happened today. And here’s my Yankees notebook on Paul O’Neill getting his plaque, Michael Pineda’s positive feelings and some other items.

Photo by The Associated Press.

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Game 116: Yankees (61-54) vs. Cleveland Indians (57-59)08.09.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Carlos Beltran DH

5. Chase Headley 1B

6. Stephen Drew 2B

7. Martin Prado 3B

8. Ichiro Suzuki RF

9. Francisco Cervelli C

Brandon McCarthy RHP


Indians lineup

1. Jason Kipnis 2B

2. David Murphy LF

3. Michael Brantley DH

4. Carlos Santana 1B

5. Yan Gomes C

6. Nick Swisher RF

7. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

8. Jose Ramirez 1B

9. Chris Dickerson CF

Corey Kluber RHP


Umpires: Jeff Kellogg HP, Brian O’Nora 1B, D.J. Reyburn 2B, Dan Bellino 3B

TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1/WFAN 660, 101.9

Weather: partly cloudy


Beltran hot: Carlos Beltran is batting .359 with five homers and 17 RBI in his last 20 games.

McCarthy excelling: Brandon McCarthy is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts since coming over from the Diamondbacks. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA for Arizona.


Update, 1:25: Missed the first inning, downstairs at Paul O’Neill press conference. There’s no score after one.

Update, 1:32: Ramirez hits his first major-league homer, two-run drive to right for the Indians. 2-0 after 1 1/2.

Update, 1:41: Six up, six down for the Yankees.

Update, 1:50: McCarthy hit by a Brantley liner, possibly right foot or lower leg, stays in after a few warmups. Infield hit.

Update, 1:52: McCarthy gets a foul out to end the inning.

Update, 2:04: Cervelli got drilled by a 94 mph fastball in the left side, stayed down for a bit, but he stayed in the game. Gardner struck out for the third out.

Update, 2:11: McCarthy has a 1-2-3 fourth.

Update, 2:26: Drew strikes out with two on and two outs. At least the Yankees managed to get their first hit off Kluber, an Ellsbury double.

Update, 2:38: McCarthy strikes out David Murphy to strand Jose Ramirez at third, still 2-0 Indians after 4 1/2.

Update, 2:52: The Yankees have two hits through five.

Update, 2:57: McCarthy is throwing another great game, 1-2-3 sixth. Mike Aviles now replaces Murphy in left for the Indians.

Update, 3:01: Jeter passes Honus Wagner, now sole possession of sixth all time in hits, 3,431. Infield hit in the sixth, gets a standing ovation.

Update, 3:09: Ellsbury followed with a single, then Kluber fanned Beltran, Headley and Drew.

Update, 3:18: McCarthy leaves with runners at first and second and one out in the seventh. Rich Hill comes on.

Update, 3:28: Chase Whitley gets out of bases-loaded jam, striking out Aviles.

Update, 3:35: The Yankees go quietly in the seventh against Scott Atchison.

Update, 3:39: Brantley hits one high off the foul pole down the right-field line, against Whitley, 3-0 Indians in the eighth.

Update, 3:56: Another wasted opportunity. The Yankees are 0 for 9 with 6 Ks when they’ve had a runner in scoring position. Beltran and Headley just went down swinging with two on.

Update, 4:03: 3-0 heading for the last of the ninth. Cody Allen will try to close it out.

Update, 4:09: The Yankees go 1-2-3, finish with five hits. Indians win 3-0.





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