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A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Game 40: Yankees at Nationals05.19.15

Chris YoungYANKEES (22-17)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Young RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Stephen Drew SS
Nathan Eovaldi SP

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14)
Eovaldi vs. Nationals

NATIONALS (22-17)
Denard Span CF
Ian Desmond SS
Yunel Escobar 3B
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Danny Espinosa 2B
Michael A. Taylor LF
Gio Gonzalez SP

LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: A nice day to watch a game in a nice ballpark. Warm with few clouds and little chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Jim Joyce, 1B Chris Segal, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Chad Fairchild

ZEROES TO HEROES: The Yankees were shut out in their last game. They have not been shut out in consecutive games since May of 1999, and have played 2,596 games since then, marking the longest streak of not being shut out in consecutive games in MLB history, according to Elias. The second-longest streak belongs to St. Louis (2,367 games between 1995 and 2010. Since the start of 2013, are 14-8 in games immediately following a shutout loss. They are 40-17 (.702) in such games under Joe Girardi.

MILESTONE WATCH: Alex Rodriguez has 1,991 career RBI and needs one more to tie Babe Ruth (1,992) for fourth on MLB’s all-time list since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Rodriguez is two RBI shy of tying Lou Gehrig’s all-time American League record of 1,993 RBI (and third place in MLB history).

WHO NEEDS A DH? The Yankees lead the Majors in all-time interleague wins and winning percentage, going 194-131 (.597) against the National League since 1997. They?are 12-4 in their past 16 interleague games dating back to May 14, 2014.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Desmond and Harper each went deep in the first inning off Eovaldi. The Harper pitch really wasn’t bad — breaking ball down, out of the zone — but Harper’s really good and on fire. It’s a 2-0 Nats lead after one.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Eovaldi is through three without allowing another hit. Not a lot of hard contact for either team since that bottom of the first inning. Still 2-0.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: RBI single for Chris Young. Now a walk for Teixeira. Yankees have at least a little something brewing here in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Two-run single by Stephen Drew and the Yankees are in front 4-2. This comes just minutes after I got several messages on Twitter telling me the game was over after a two-run top of the first. Fun times.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Trainer Steve Donohue went out to check on Ellsbury at second base earlier this inning. Then the inning ended with Beltran on deck to hit for Ellsbury. Now Ellsbury is out of the game, Young is in center and Beltran is playing right.

UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Huge double play for Eovaldi, getting Ramos to back into one that ended the fourth. Yankees have announced Ellsbury’s injury as a right knee issue, by the way.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Teixeira with a two-run homer to push the Yankees lead to 6-2 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: The Yankees are into the Nationals’ bullpen. Gonzalez is finished after six runs in five innings.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Third time through the order, not so good for Eovaldi. After a pinch hit single brought in one run, Eovaldi let the top three hitters in the Nationals’ order reach base to cut the lead to 6-5 in the fifth. Here’s Justin Wilson to face Bryce Harper.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Huge pitch for Justin Wilson, getting Harper to end the inning with a double play. Keeps the Yankees in front 6-5.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Well, this one comes down to the bullpens. David Carpenter allowed a solo home run in the sixth and now we’re all tied heading into the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Shreve strikes out his high school friend Harper to end the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: With the pitcher’s spot coming up second next inning, Girardi had the choice of either having Didi hit or having Alex play the field. He’s going with Alex in the field, Rodriguez playing third base so that he’ll hit second next inning.

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Game 36: Yankees at Rays05.14.15

Chase WhitleyYANKEES (21-13)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Jose Pirela 2B

Chase Whitley (1-1, 3.06)
Whitley vs. Rays

RAYS (19-16)
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
David DeJesus LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Joey Butler DH
Rene Rivera C

RHP Erasmo Ramirez
Ramirez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Another nice day. Oddly kind of chilly inside.

UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Adam Hamari, 3B Dan Iassogna

IN A GOOD SPOT: The Yankees need a win tonight to avoid their second three-game losing streak of the year. At 21-14, they have the third-best record in the American League (Houston and Kansas City, both 21-13), and the fifth-best record in the Majors. Regardless of tonight’s result, the Yankees will end this day with at least a share of the AL East lead for the 22nd straight day including sole possession for the 18th straight day (since April 27).

PROVIDING DISTANCE: Yankees starters have completed at least seven innings in four consecutive starts for the first time since four straight starts in April of 2013 (Sabathia-Hughes-Pettitte-Kuroda).

ON THIS DATE: It was on May 14, 1996 that Dwight Gooden pitched the eighth no-hitter in Yankees history. He beat the Mariners 2-0 at Yankee Stadium, throwing 134 pitches with five strikeouts and six walks.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Loney gets a two-out RBI single off Whitley, but he’s ultimately thrown out stealing to end the inning.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Control issues like this aren’t particularly normal for Whitley, and after his second straight walk — with a wild pitch earlier in the game — the Yankees have decided there’s something physically wrong. Whitley’s out. Esmil Rogers is in with two outs in the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: First pitch from Rogers, three-run home run by the No. 9 hitter.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Elbow issue for Whitley. He’s being examined right now and will stay in Tampa for tests tomorrow.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Couple of singles in the sixth inning — the first hits since Ellsbury’s leadoff single — but the Yankees still can’t get on the board. It’s still a 5-0 Rays lead.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Pretty nice play by Pirela up the middle to get through the bottom of the sixth.

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Game 33: Yankees at Rays05.11.15

CC SabathiaYANKEES (20-12)
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP CC Sabathia (0-5, 5.45)
Sabathia vs. Rays

RAYS (17-15)
Brandon Guyer CF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Forsythe DH
Joey Butler LF
James Loney 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Tim Beckham 2B
Rene Rivera C

RHP Alex Colome (2-0, 1.80)
Colome vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Starting to get pretty hot down here. Nice and cool in the dome.

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Adam Hamari, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Lance Barksdale

ROUGH MATCHUP: Evan Longoria has positively owned CC Sabathia. In 58 career at-bats against Sabathia, Longoria has hit .414/.528/.862 with six home runs, eight doubles, 13 walks and only five strikeouts.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Pineda was named American League Player of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays and Orioles. His 16 strikeouts last night were the highest single-game total in the Majors since Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez had 17 on April 26, 2013 against Atlanta.

ON THIS DATE: It was on May 11, 2006 that Hideki Matsui broke his left wrist against the Red Sox. His consecutive games played streak came to an end at 1,768 games (1,250 in Japan, 518 with the Yankees). his streak as a Yankee is the longest since Lou Gehrig.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez crushed a homer in the top of the first, then CC Sabathia looked awful in the bottom of the inning and was lucky to get away with just one run scored. Tied at 1 heading into the second.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Strong bounce-back inning for Sabathia who goes 1-2-3 in the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Three-run homer for Headley and the Yankees are up 4-1 in the middle of the fourth. Inning started with another Beltran hit. He’s been a lot better lately. Need CC to keep it here.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Second home run in as many days for Beltran. His solo shot has pushed the lead to 5-1 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Chase Headley was just caught stealing. By a lot.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Three-run homer by Gardner pushes the Yankees’ lead to 8-1 in the sixth. If the Yankees had scored this many runs in each of Sabathia’s starts, they would not have lost a single one of those games (one would have been a tie).

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Game 32: Yankees vs. Orioles05.10.15

Michael PinedaYANKEES (19-12)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Michael Pineda (4-0, 2.97)
Pineda vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (13-15)
Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis 1B
JJ Hardy SS
Alejandro De Aza LF
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty 2B

RHP Bud Norris (1-3, 9.75)
Norris vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Cloudy but nice out. Looks like a solid way to wrap up a short home stand.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Mike DiMuro, 2B Tripp Gibson, 3B Brian Gorman

ONE-TWO PUNCH: According to Elias, since the inception of earned runs (1912 in the NL, 1913 in the AL), Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller are the only pair of teammates to each throw 15-or-more innings through their team’s first 30 games of a season without being charged with an earned run. Ellias also notes that the only other Yankees pitcher to have ever started a season with 15 consecutive appearances without an earned run was Lee Guetterman who went 19 straight in 1989.

BAT ON THE BENCH: Jose Pirela has five multi-hit games through his first 10 Major League games (two in 2015 and had three as a September call-up in 2014). He is just the eighth player in Yankees history with at least five multi-hit games through his first 10 career games joining Norm McMillan (six) and Jerry Coleman, Joe DiMaggio, Leo Durocher, Ed Hahn, Phil Rizzuto and Snuffy Stirnweiss (five each). Six of the eight were middle infielders.

ON THIS DATE: It was on May 10, 1936 that Joe DiMaggio went 1-for-4 with his first Major League home run. It came off Philadelphia’s George Turbeville in a 7-2 Yankees win.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Few base stealers are harder on themselves when they’re thrown out than Brett Gardner. He’s been that way ever since I’ve known him, even in Triple-A. Brutal caught stealing here in the first inning, making the last out of the inning at third base. There’s some benefit to getting into third base in that situation, but not enough to make it worth the risk. Had to be certain he’d make it before he took off, and he was wrong. Bad blunder.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: JJ Hardy’s first home run of the years makes it a 1-0 Orioles lead in the second.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Second straight Yankees inning with two runners on base. Second straight inning without a run.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Carlos Beltran’s first home run of the season has tied the game at 1. He missed a home run by a couple of feet his first at-bat. Got it out this time.

UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Young makes the wrong decision on a throw to third, and Headley makes an alert break for home to put the Yankees in front 2-1.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Two-run double for Ellsbury and the Yankees are up 4-1. Orioles going to their bullpen. Three run lead for Pineda after four innings? Would be a letdown to lose this one.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Pineda with 12 strikeouts through five innings. First time in his career he’s struck out more than 10 in a game.

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: McCann keeps a home run just inside the foul pole to push the lead to 5-1. A four-run lead feels like 14 runs with the way Pineda’s pitching.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: No major league pitcher had more than 12 strikeouts in a game until today. Pineda finishes off the seventh inning with two more strikeouts and has a career-high 16 Ks. He’s well over 100 pitches, so I have to think his day is done. Dominant performance. Yankees still up 5-1.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Pineda finished after seven innings. Ties Cone and Wells for the second-most strikeouts in a game by a Yankees starter. Guidry still has the record at 18.

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Game 28: Yankees at Blue Jays05.06.15

Brian McCann, CC SabathiaYANKEES (17-10)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Jose Pirela 2B

LHP CC Sabathia (0-4, 5.40)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (13-15)
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Russell Martin C
Kevin Pillar CF
Chris Colabello LF
Ryan Goins SS
Ezequiel Carrera RF

LHP Mark Buehrle (3-2, 6.75)
Buehrle vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Such a nice day that the dome is open.

UMPIRES: HP Toby Basner, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Ed Hickox

TEX MESSAGES: With last night’s home run, Mark Teixeira reached 10 homers for the season in the team’s 27th game, becoming the second-fastest Yankee to hit 10 home runs since 1975 (Alex Rodriguez had 10 in the Yankees’ first 14 games back in 2007). Teixeira reached 10 in his 25th game of the season, his fewest games into a season needed to reach the plateau, surpassing his previous best from 2009 which was 35 games.

STILL HOT AS ELL: Jacoby Ellsbury has an eight-game hitting streak during which he’s 18-for-35 with seven runs and seven stolen bases. He has raised his season batting average from .282 to .358 over the stretch. He has 12 multi-hit games this season, and the Yankees at 10-2 in those games.

ON THIS DATE: On May 6, 1930 the Yankees acquired RHP Red Ruffing from Boston for OF Cedric Durst and $50,000. Ruffing was 39-96 with Boston but went 231-124 with the Yankees posting seasons of 20, 20, 21 and 21 wins on World Championship clubs from 1936-39.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Another hit for Young, another double for Rodriguez and another RBI for Teixeira. It’s a 1-0 lead in the first for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Bunt single set the stage, double put the runners in scoring position, and a two-run single by the No. 9 hitter has pushed the Blue Jays into the lead, 2-1, in the second.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Pirela with a hustle double in his first at-bat of the day.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Sabathia with a 1-2-3 third to keep the Yankees within a run.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Costly balk for Sabathia in the fourth inning. Moved the runner into scoring position, and the next pitch was an RBI single. It’s 3-1 Toronto.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Yankees loaded the bases in the fifth, but Teixeira grounded to short to let Buehrle off the hook.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Wow, Blue Jays pull Buehrle after five innings. He’s in line for his first win against the Yankees in more than a decade.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Russell Martin now has a home run in the past four games he’s started. Solo shot off Sabathia makes it 4-1 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Here’s Esmil Rogers with one out in the seventh. Sabathia lasted 6.1 innings, but he allowed four runs on nine hits and leaves in line for his fifth loss. His ERA is up slightly to 5.45.

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Game 27: Yankees at Blue Jays05.05.15

Brian McCannYANKEES (16-10)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Gregorio Petit 3B

RHP Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.73)
Pineda vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (13-14)
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Russell Martin C
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
Chris Colabello LF
Ryan Goins SS
Ezequiel Carrera RF

RHP Marco Estrada (1-0, 0.84)
Estrada vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Pretty nice day out, but they’re going to be playing under a dome.

UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Toby Basner, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B Mike Estabrook

GOING DEEP: The Yankees have hit 33 home runs, third-most in the American League and fifth in the Majors (the Astros, Dodgers, Reds and Mariners have more). Mark Teixeira (9), Alex Rodriguez (6) and Chris Young (6) are the only set of three teammates with six or more home runs.

STILL HOT AS ELL: Jacoby Ellsbury has a seven-game hitting streak during which he’s 5-for-30 with five stolen bases and a 1.092 OPS. He has raised his season batting average from .282 to .347 over the stretch.

ON THIS DATE: It was on May 5, 1922 that the construction contract for Yankee Stadium was awarded to New York’s White Construction Company with the edict that the job be completed “at a definite price” of $2.5 million by Opening Day 1923. Just 284 working days later, the stadium hosted its inaugural game on April 18, 1923 when the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 4-1 in front of an estimated crowd of 74,200.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: I was watching on the press dining room TV when Gardner doubled in the first inning, but I was pretty stunned to see he got to second on that ball. Maybe it looked different in person, but on TV I thought it was nothing more than a single. Anyway, Gardner’s double and a two-run double by A-Rod have the Yankees in front 2-0 after a half inning.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Throwing error, then a botched attempt to catch a shallow fly ball. Couple of Blue Jays mistakes kept the inning going and set the stage for a two-out RBI single by Ellsbury. It’s now 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Really nice play by Didi.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Gardner’s range really saved the Yankees in the third. He got to a double in the corner quickly enough to keep a run from scoring, then he tracked down a fly ball in the corner to end the inning (barely keeping the ball in his glove in the process). Pineda is through three scoreless.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Long three-run home run by Teixeira for a 5-0 Yankees lead in the fifth.

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Game 25: Yankees at Red Sox05.03.15

Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Young, Brett GardnerYANKEES (15-9)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Adam Warren (1-1, 4.35)
Warren vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (12-12)
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Blake Swihart C

RHP Joe Kelly (1-0, 4.94)
Kelly vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN

WEATHER: Been a really nice day here in Boston. Starting to feel like spring again.

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Chris Guccione, 3B Cory Blaser

BEAN COUNTING: Including the current series, the Yankees have now won their past four series at Fenway Park dating to the start of 2014. It’s their longest such series win streak since taking four straight August 2011 to September 2012.?With a win tonight, the Yankees would have their first sweep in a series of three-or-more games at Fenway Park since taking five straight in 2006 (included one doubleheader).

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Yankees are 9-3 (.750) on the road this season, the Majors’ second-best road record (Houston has the best at 10-2, .833)

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The Yankees are 12-1 when scoring first this season. They’re 3-8 when the opponent scores first.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Two-out, two-run homer by Teixeira has given the Yankees an early lead heading into the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Again with two outs, this time it’s McCann who delivers a two-run double to right-center. It was a good at-bat that ended with a great result. Joe Kelly’s pitch count is into the mid-60s still working through the third inning.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: And now Beltran has an RBI double. It’s 5-0.

UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Big double play to get through the fourth with that 5-0 lead intact. Warren is at 62 pitches. We have a replay challenge, but he looked out to me.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Well, what do I know? Call overturned and it’s runners at the corners with two outs and Sandoval at the plate.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Ground ball to short and Warren is through the fourth inning. Again. Still 5-0.

UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Warren is through five scoreless. He has a 3.51 ERA right now. He’s been good this year. Had that one awful inning in Detroit, but otherwise, he’s been good.

UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Gardy. Yardy. Three-run shot for an 8-0 lead in the sixth. That was Gardner’s second of the year.

UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Two-out double off the Monster for Ortiz and the Red Sox are on the board. It’s now an 8-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: Hanley Ramirez apparently thinks Adam Warren is trying to hit him in an 8-1 game.

UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Four straight batters reached with two outs in the sixth, and so Warren’s night is finished after 5.2 innings. He’s pitched exactly 5.2 in each of his past three starts.

UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Well, now it’s a ballgame. Rogers came out of the bullpen and allowed Mike Napoli’s second home run of the season. Napoli’s been brutal this season, but he just pulled the Red Sox within 8-5 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Just dumb. Because Hanley thought he was being hit on purpose — for some reason — Ellsbury needs to be drilled? I get the retaliation thing, I even like it, but in this case it was stupid. And also, if your going to hit Jacoby, do it on the first pitch. Don’t try and fail twice and then do it on a 3-0 pitch to the butt.

UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: David Carpenter finally got into a fairly important situation and got a double play to end the eighth. It’s still 8-5.

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Game 24: Yankees at Red Sox05.02.15

Alex Rodriguez, Joe Girardi

YANKEES (14-9)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
Gregorio Petit 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 4.15)
Eovaldi vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (12-11)
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Brock Holt RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Blake Swihart C

LHP Wade Miley (1-2, 8.62)
Miley vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It was a little cold this morning, but it’s become a really beautiful day here in Boston.

UMPIRES: HP Cory Blaser, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Chris Guccione

FILLING MO’S SHOES: Andrew Miller is tied for the American League lead with nine saves. He is the first pitcher in Yankees history with nine saves in the club’s first 23 games, surpassing Mariano Rivera, who had eight saves through 23 team games three times (2004, ‘11, ‘13).

GOOD AS LAST YEAR: Dellin Betances has not allowed an earned run in 13.1 innings this year, giving him the most innings pitched among MLB relievers with 0.00 ERAs (Miller is second with 12.1 innings). Betances?had a career-best 26-at-bat opponents hitless streak snapped last night.

TOUGH MATCHUP: No surprise that most Red Sox batters have very little experience against Yankees starter Eovaldi, but Pablo Sandoval is one exception. The Boston third baseman has 14 career at-bats against Eovaldi with a .714/.667/1.143 slash line.

ON THIS DATE: On May 2, 1939, Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played came to an end when he did not play in the Yankees’ 22-2 win against the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium. Babe Dahlgren played first base and had both a double and a home run.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Scoreless first inning for both sides. Meanwhile, if you’re curious, Jack Curry has been tweeting out some of the exact language from the Alex Rodriguez marketing agreement, and it seems to matchup with what the Yankees have been saying.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Scoreless second inning as well.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Brett Gardner with an RBI double. Thrown out trying to stretch to a triple after Hanley was slow getting to the ball. Consider that for a moment: Gardner nearly tripled to left field in Fenway.

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Eovaldi was cruising right along until a leadoff home run by Pedroia here in the fourth inning. Tied at 1.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Pretty nice little play by Gregorius to start an inning-ending 6-4-3 in the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Two-out, two-run double by Brett Gardner pushes the Yankees back in front 3-1 in the fifth. Gardner’s really become a guy the team seems to rally around. He was psyched when he got into second base, and the dugout seemed equally pumped.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Joe Girardi gave Eovaldi a chance to pitch through the seventh, but Eovaldi just walked the rookie No. 9 hitter, so here comes Chris Martin to try to strand the runner and — I assume — had a 3-1 lead to Betances and Miller in the eighth and ninth.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: There’s an RBI double off the top of the Monster to pull the Red Sox within 3-2.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Betances just did some Betances-like stuff to Napoli to get through the eighth. No one warming in the Yankees pen, so it looks like Betances might get a four-out save opportunity.

UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: And there’s a little insurance on a Chris Young solo homer. Lead is up to 4-2 in the ninth.

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Game 22: Yankees vs. Rays04.29.15

Michael PinedaYANKEES (13-8)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Gregorio Petit 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.86)
Pineda vs. Rays

RAYS (11-10)
David DeJesus DH
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Brandon Guyer LF
Bobby Wilson C

LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 3.86)
Smyly vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Really nice day here in the Bronx. Sunny. Comfortable. Nice way to wrap up the home stand.

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Jim Joyce, 2B Greg Gibson, 3B Marvin Hudson

GOING DEEP: The Yankees are tied with the Orioles for fourth in the Majors with 27 home runs this season. They trail the Astros, Dodgers and Blue Jays (each with 28 home runs). The Blue Jays, Reds and Yankees are the only teams in baseball with at least four players who have at least four home runs (for the Yankees, that’s Teixeira, Rodriguez, Young and Drew).

FOUR IN THE SCORE: The Yankees are 12-3 when scoring at least four runs this season, and they’re 12-2 when allowing four runs or less.

ON THIS DATE: On April 29, 2006, the Yankees scored at least one run in every inning of a 17-6 win at Yankee Stadium, only the second such time in franchise history and the sixth in American League history.

UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Leadoff single in the top of the third is the first Rays hit of the game. Pineda’s looked sharp so far.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Ellsbury’s been on twice again today. He’s singled in his first two at-bats. Stole a base in the first inning; caught stealing in the third.

UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Two-out, two-run triple by Kiermaier has the Rays in the lead, 2-0, here in the fourth inning. Pineda has been pitching well all game, but he’s worked slow and has occasionally looked weirdly uncomfortable on the mound. Rothschild went out to talk to him after the triple. He’s already at 74 pitches and David Carpenter is getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: After going 55 at-bats without one, Chase Headley just homered to pull the Yankees within 2-1.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Pineda finished after 5.2 innings, and Wilson comes in to get the final out of the sixth inning. Yankees still down 2-1

UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Not sure why, but I’ve been completely unable to get into the blog since the last update. It’s now a tied game heading into the ninth. The Yankees tied it on a Chris Young home run in the sixth. Dellin Betances just pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, but he seemed to limp off the field after a ground ball to third base ended the frame.

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Game 21: Yankees vs. Rays04.28.15

Chase Whitley

YANKEES (12-8)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Garrett Jones DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.12 in Triple-A)
Whitley vs. Rays

RAYS (11-9)
David DeJesus LF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Tim Beckham DH
Rene Rivera C

RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-1, 1.65)
Odorizzi vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: It’s a little cold, but nicer than last night.

UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Jim Joyce, 3B Greg Gibson

VIEW FROM THE TOP: The Yankees are alone in first place in the A.L. East for the first time since May 19, 2014. Also, let that be a reminder: The Yankees were in first place later than this last season. How’d that work out?

DEALIN’ DELLIN: Dellin Betances has not allowed an earned run in 11.1 innings this season. His 11.1 innings are the most among MLB relievers with 0.00 ERAs. Batters are hitless in their past 22 at-bats against him with one walk and 12 strikeouts. Betances is one away from his career-best hitless streak (0-for-23 in April 2014), according to Elias. He is tied for third in the Majors in strikeouts by a reliever.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 28, 1989 that Rickey Henderson hit the 36th leadoff home run of his career in a 3-1 win against the White Sox. The home run broke a tie with Bobby Bonds to give Henderson the most leadoff homers in baseball history.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Welcome back to the big leagues, Chase. There’s a 1-2-3 first inning for Whitley. Amazing thing is, he could pitch a completely game shutout tonight and he’d still be optioned to Triple-A tomorrow.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Yankees scored two quick runs in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, stole second, took third on an error and scored on a grounder. Teixeira and McCann had back-to-back doubles. It’s a 2-0 lead for Whitley.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: George King reports that Masahiro Tanaka is “believed” to have gone for tests on his right wrist today. It wouldn’t be all that unusual for him to have left the park early today — starting a day game tomorrow — but obviously a test on his wrist is something different altogether.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Whitley loads the bases with three soft singles but gets out of it with a relatively shallow fly ball to left and a routine ground ball to third.

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