Friday, August 22, 2014


Coming off of their shutout win over the Astros yesterday that helped them salvage a game after dropping the first two to Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Yankees welcome the Chicago White Sox to town for a three-game series that kicks-off tonight at Yankee Stadium.

The White Sox comes in with the fifth worst record in baseball, having lost 12 of their last 17 games, including being swept in three-games by the Baltimore Orioles this week.

Tonight's lineup against Chicago:

LF Brett Gardner
SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Martin Prado
DH Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
C Francisco Cervelli
RF Zelous Wheeler

SP Shane Greene


Triple-A Scranton: 5-1 loss vs Buffalo Bisons

LF Jose Pirela: 0-for-3, BB
2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-for-4, 2 K
DH Kyle Roller: 0-for-4, 2 K
3B Scott Sizemore: 0-for-2, 2 BB, K
1B Austin Romine: 1-for-4, 2B, K
C John Ryan Murphy: 1-for-3, BB, K

Nik Turley: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4, R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Nick Rumbelow: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Trenton: 3-0 win vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats

LF Jake Cave: 0-for-4, K
CF Mason Williams: 2-for-4
C Gary Sanchez: 0-for-3, BB
1B Greg Bird: 2-for-4, 2 2B
DH Rob Segedin: 3-for-4, R, 3B, RBI, K
3B Dante Bichette Jr: 2-for-4, R, RBI

Jaron Long: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

High-A Tampa: 10-6 win vs Brevard County Manatees

CF Mark Payton: 2-for-5, RBI, K
SS Cito Culver: 1-for-4, R, BB, K
3B Eric Jagielo: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
RF Aaron Judge: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, K
DH Mike Ford: 2-for-5, RBI, 2 K
1B Reymond Nunez: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, K -- 3rd and 4th dingers of the year

Brett Gerritse: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Low-A Charleston: 12-0 win vs Greenville Drive

SS Abiatal Avelino: 1-for-6, R, HR, RBI, 3 K -- 2nd homerun of the year
2B Tyler Wade: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB -- 1st homerun this season
LF Michael O'Neill: 1-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB

Justin Kamplain: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Short Season Staten Island: 2-0 loss vs Brooklyn Cyclones

CF Devyn Bolasky: 2-for-4, 2B
3B Ty McFarland: 0-for-3, BB, K
DH Chris Breen: 1-for-4, 2 K
C Luis Torrens: 0-for-3, BB, K

Matt Borens: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Dillon McNamara: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K



Thursday, August 21, 2014


Last night seemed like D-Day for the Yankees, on a count of how many "the Yankees are finished" columns I saw floating around Twitter this morning.

The Bombers dropped the second of three games to the Astros last night, falling 5-2 after another late-inning collapse by the Yankees' bullpen, which has now let them down in back-to-back days.

Just five games back of the Detroit Tigers for the second AL Wild Card, the Yankees might be able to pull something off, but at this point it seems very unlikely from the team that hasn't won five straight games since April.

This was suppose to be a big week in which they took advantage of two bad baseball teams -- the Astros and White Sox -- but now they're trying to salvage a game from the Astros.

Today's lineup against Houston:

LF Brett Gardner
SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Martin Prado
3B Chase Headley
C Francisco Cervelli
RF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Zelous Wheeler

SP Brandon McCarthy


Injured starter Masahiro Tanaka took another big step in his road back to the big leagues on Wednesday, throwing a 35 pitch bullpen session off of the mound at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka told reporters that the bullpen was “good” and “better” than his last time throwing, and more importantly, there was no pain in his right elbow.

This was also Tanaka's first time throwing something more than fastballs since he was shutdown in mid-July -- he threw his breaking ball, including five splitters.

As for what's up next for Tanaka and the Yankees, that is still unknown. We know for sure, though, that he won't be returning the the big league team this month, as Brian Cashman has said. Right now, a mid-September return seems very likely.

The next step for Tanaka, as long as the pain stays away, would normally be a live batting practice session, followed by some simulated games, and than minor league rehab starts.

"I don’t really have a realistic timeframe because I don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves,” Girardi said. “But the next step would be throwing BP, then a simulated game, then obviously a rehab game. The fact that he felt good today was encouraging. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow; obviously that’s really important. But he was able to throw his curveball, his slider and his split; I watched it and he looked pretty good.”

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Triple-A Scranton: 11-2 loss vs Syracuse Chiefs

CF Jose Pirela: 1-for-3, RBI
2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-for-4, K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-for-4, K
1B Kyle Roller: 0-for-4
3B Scott Sizemore: 1-for-4, K
C Austin Romine: 0-for-3, 2 K

Bryan Mitchell: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Pat Venditte: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Tyler Webb: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton: 8-2 loss vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats

CF Jake Cave: 0-for-3, BB, K
LF Ben Gamel: 0-for-4
1B Greg Bird: 0-for-4, 3 K
DH Dante Bichette Jr: 1-for-4, K
RF Mason Williams: 2-for-4, R, 2B. 3B, RBI

Daniel Camarena: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

High-A Tampa: 11-1 win vs Brevard County Manatees

CF Mark Payton: 4-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB -- 2nd homerun in High-A
SS Cito Culver: 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
3B Eric Jagielo: 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI
RF Aaron Judge: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI -- 8th homerun this year with High-A Tampa
1B Mike Ford: 2-for-5, R, RBI

Caleb Smith: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Low-A Charleston: 7-2 loss vs Greenville Drive

SS Tyler Wade: 1-for-5, R
LF Michael O'Neill: 0-for-5, 3 K
2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-for-4, 2 K
1B Bubba Jones: 0-for-4, 2 K

Andy Beresford: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Short Season Staten Island: 14-4 win vs Brooklyn Cyclones

2B Jose Javier: 1-for-6, 2 R, RBI, 2 K
C Luis Torrens: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
3B Ty McFarland: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI
CF Austin Aune: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
SS Vicente Conde: 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, K

Sean Carley: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Jordan Cote: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K



Wednesday, August 20, 2014


And so, seemingly, ends the Yankees' hopes of making the playoffs in Derek Jeter's final season.

Coming off of a disappointing loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday, the Yankees picked up right where they left off, dropping a second straight the Astros on Wednesday, falling 5-2 for the seventh loss in their last nine games.

Houston took a 1-0 lead against Michael Pineda and the Yankees in the 4th inning when Dexter Fowler hit a two-out triple that scored Robbie Grossman, who singled to open the inning. The Yankees, though, answered right back with a run of their own, getting a solo homerun from Stephen Drew that tied the game at 1-1.

The Yankees gave Pineda a lead to work with an inning later, thanks to some small ball. Ichiro Suzuki led off the inning with a single, stole second base, then moved to third on a groundout by Jeter. Then Jacoby Ellsbury dropped down a suicide squeeze to score Ichiro from third, putting the Yankees up 2-1.

Making his second start off of the DL, Pineda went into the 7th inning pitching very well, keeping his pitch count low throughout the night. Joe Girardi pulled him with one out in the 7th, and finished with two runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

I've missed watching him pitch, and any chance the Yankees have left of making a playoffs, he'll be a big part of it.

It all went downhill for the Yankees after Pineda was taken out of the game. David Huff struck out the first batter he faced, then gave up a single to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. In came Esmil Rogers, who gave up singles to the next four hitters, scoring four runs that put the Astros up 5-2.

Scott Feldman started for the Astros; he wasn't great, but neither were the Yankees and that's all that mattered. Feldman went 6 2/3, giving up just two runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out seven.

The Yankees tried to rally in the 9th, putting a pair of runners on with two down, but Ellsbury flew out to the warning track to end the game.




This very disappointing season for the Yankees took another hit on Tuesday night, as the Bombers kicked off a very important six-game homestand with a 7-4 loss to the Houston Astros, a team that boasts the third worst record in baseball.

Houston struck out 15 times last night, they left 10 runners on base, and they beat the Yankees by three runs for their third win over the Yankees in four meetings so far this season.

With Baltimore's win last night, the Yankees are now 9 1/2 games back in the AL East -- they're all but officially out in the division, it seems -- and they're four games back of the Mariners and Athletics for the second wild card.

Tonight's lineup against Houston:

LF Brett Gardner
DH Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
3B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
SS Stephen Drew
2B Martin Prado
RF Ichiro Suzuki

* Carlos Beltran was scratched from tonight's lineup after feeling some pain in his elbow after a swing in last night's game. Joe Girardi told reporters that Beltran will see a doctor later today, and that he only hopes he'll be out for a day or two.

This is the same elbow that has caused Beltran pain for most of the season. He could have had the surgery and probably returned by now, but instead, he's still hurting and might need to get something done in the winter.

Pitching matchup preview:

For the first time since early April, Michael Pineda will take the mound for the Bombers at home in Yankee Stadium this evening. The right-hander made his long-awaited return from the DL last week, one run on two hits over five innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

If the Yankees are going to make any sort of playoff push, Pineda is going to be a big piece of that puzzle.

Going for the Astros will be the right-hander Scott Feldman, who held the Yankees scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Opening Day. Feldman is coming off of a rough outing against the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, where he gave up seven runs on nine hits.




Triple-A Scranton: 6-5 win vs Syracuse Chiefs

CF Jose Pirela: 3-for-5, 2 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, K -- 9th homerun of the year
2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-for-4, R, 2 K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-for-4, RBI, K
1B Kyle Roller: 0-for-4, K
SS Zelous Wheeler: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, K

Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Jim Miller: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton: 2-1 loss vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats

RF Jake Cave: 1-for-4
LF Ben Gamel: 0-for-4, 2 K
1B Greg Bird: 0-for-4, 3 K
DH Tyler Austin: 1-for-3, BB
3B Dante Bichette Jr: 1-for-3, R, BB
CF Mason Williams: 0-for-4

Luis Severino: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR -- making his return off of the minor league DL
Jacob Lindgren: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

High-A Tampa: 2-1 walk-off loss vs Brevard County Manatees

CF Mark Payton: 0-for-3, R, BB, K
SS Cito Culver: 0-for-4
DH Eric Jagielo: 1-for-4, RBI, K
RF Aaron Judge: 1-for-4

Brady Lail: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston: 8-7 win vs Greenville Drive

DH Abiatal Avelino: 2-for-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 K
SS Tyler Wade: 0-for-4, R, BB
LF Michael O'Neill: 1-for-4, BB, K
3B Miguel Andujar: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI -- 10th homerun of the year
1B Jackson Valera: 3-for-5, R, RBI
2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-for-1, R, RBI, 4 BB

Rookie Davis: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR



Tuesday, August 19, 2014


The Yankees can't afford to lose any games at this point in the season, falling farther and farther back in the standings with every defeat.

On Tuesday night in Bronx, they dropped a game to the third worst team in baseball, falling to the Houston Astros, 7-4, after a rough night by David Robertson led to a three-run, go-ahead homerun by Chris Carter in the 9th.

New York scored all four of their runs on two separate  plays, but two-run scoring events. Brian McCann put the Yankees on the board in the 4th inning with a big two-run blast off of Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer, giving his team a 2-0 lead on his 14th homerun of the season.

If you thought that one two-run homerun from McCann would not be enough to win the game with Chris Capuano on the mound, you were right.

Houston got a run back against Capuano in the 5th inning, cutting the Yankees' lead to 2-1. After a couple of quick outs to open the inning, Gregorio Petit doubled to left ahead of Robbie Grossman, who singled him home.

Dexter Fowler opened up the top of the 6th inning with a triple off of Capuanom then scored a batter later on a groundout to Martin Prado at second base by Jason Castro, trying the game at 2-2. The next two batters singled off of Capuano before Joe Girardi brought in Adam Warren to get out of the mess, which he didn't do.

With runners on first and second, Warren got Jake Marisnick to ground out, moving both runners over 90 feet. A batter later, Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run single that put the Astros up 4-2.

Capuano went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out eight. He threw a lot of pitches in the earlier innings of the game, which came back to hurt him in the 6th, as he would finish with 103.

Some clutch hitting by Prado in the bottom half of the 6th inning leveled the game and put the Yankees right back in it. After Jacoby Ellsbury singled to open the inning, he moved to second base on a balk by Oberholtzer and then Carlos Beltran walked to put a pair of runners on ahead of Prado, who ripped a two-run double into the right field corner, tying the game.

But that was all the Yankees would get because the offense, once again -- for the billionth time -- couldn't do much more.

Oberholtzer was pulled after giving up the double to Prado. He only lasted 5.1 innings, too, giving up four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out seven on 94 pitches.

The Yankees had a great chance to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th, with Ellsbury reaching third base with just one man down. With the infield playing in, and Ellsbury ready to run on contact, Beltran hit a hard groundball to short, causing Ellsbury to be thrown out a the plate. A batter later, Prado hit what would have been the go-ahead hit with a single to left.

After Warren's two-thirds of an inning in the 6th, Shawn Kelley worked a perfect 7th. Dellin Betances struck out two in a scoreless 8th. And all of that led to Robertson, who blew up in the 9th inning.

After retiring the first hitter of the inning, Robertson walked Grossman and Jose Altuve back-to-back, setting up a three-run bomb by the Carter, putting the Astros up 7-4. Fowler followed up with an infield single, thus ending Robertson's off-night. He was also booed off of the field by Yankees fans because they apparently don't appreciate how great he's been all season.

The Yankees have played four games against the Astros this season, and they have lost three of them. With a win by the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees, who have six of their last eight games, now stand 9 1/2 games back in the AL East.

The Yankees and Astros will continue this series on Tuesday night in the Bronx with Michael Pineda and Scott Feldman dueling at 7:05 p.m. ET.




Coming off of a five-game road trip -- six games, but one in Baltimore was rained out -- against their tough AL East rivals, the Yankees are back home this week, where they will see some bad baseball teams in the coming days, starting with the Houston Astros this evening at Yankee Stadium.

The Astros are the Astros. We all know that they are not a playoff team -- although their 52 win total is already better than the 51 wins they produced last season, so at least they have that going for them. And surprisingly, they're only the third worst team in the league -- ahead of the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies.

The Astros split a four-game series with the Red Sox up in Fenway Park this past weekend weekend and have lost eight of their last 13 games overall. So with the Yankees needing every win they can get, this is definitely a good time to face Houston.

Tonight's lineup against Houston:

LF Brett Gardner
 SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Carlos Beltran
2B Martin Prado
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
RF Ichiro Suzuki

Pitching matchup preview: 

Chris Capuano gets the ball for the Yankees in tonight's series opener. The left-hander is making his fifth start since joining the club in July, and he's still looking for his first win, even though he has pitched well, for the most part.

Capuano allowed four runs over six innings last time out at Baltimore, striking out seven. The big blow to him in that one was a two-run shot in the 5th inning by Adam Jones that would put the Orioles ahead in the game, as the Yankees would go on to lose.

The Astros will send left-hander Brett Oberholtzer from the opposing dugout tonight. Oberholtzer has pitched seven innings in three consecutive starts and at least six in 11 straight, as he looks to add another good outing against the Yankees.

Houston has won seven of Oberholtzer's last 10 starts, as the lefty has gone 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA in that span.




Triple-A Scranton: 2-0 win vs Pawtucket Red Sox

CF Jose Pirela: 1-for-3, 2 BB
2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-for-3, RBI, BB -- 15-for-42 (.347) over his last 10 games
1B Kyle Roller: 2-for-5, 2B, K
RF Zelous Wheeler: 1-for-2, 2 BB
DH Scott Sizemore: 0-for-4, K

Manny Banuelos: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 3 K -- 30 of 67 pitches for strikes
Chris Leroux: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 H
Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa: 8-0 loss vs Brevard County Manatees

CF Mark Payton: 1-for-3, BB, K
SS Cito Culver: 1-for-3, BB, K
3B Eric Jagielo: 1-for-4, K
DH-RF Aaron Judge: 2-for-4, K

Miguel Sulbaran: 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Jose Pena: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K



Monday, August 18, 2014


Triple-A Scranton: 6-5 win vs Pawtucket Red Sox

LF Jose Pirela: 1-for-5, 2 K -- hitting .303 this season
2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-for-5, R, 2B, K
CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-for-3, R, BB, K
1B Kyle Roller: 0-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 K
3B Zelous Wheeler: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

Matt Tracy: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton: 4-3 loss (F/12) vs Bowie Baysox

CF Mason Williams: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB
LF Ben Gamel: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, B, 3 K
C Gary Sanchez: 1-for-5, RBI, BB, 2 K
DH Greg Bird: 1-for-5, RBI, BB
RF Tyler Austin: 0-for-6
3B Dante Bichette Jr: 0-for-5, K

Joel De La Cruz: 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
James Pazos: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

High-A Tampa: 8-7 win vs Daytona Cubs

CF Mark Payton: 0-for-3, R, RBI, BB, K
SS Cito Culver: 2-for-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, K
3B Eric Jagielo: 4-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB
RF Aaron Judge: 0-for-4, BB, K
C Trent Garrison: 3-for-4, R, RBI, K

Taylor Garrison: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston: 5-4 win vs Rome Braves

SS Abiatal Avelino: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 K
2B Tyler Wade: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2K
1B Mike Ford: 0-for-3, BB
LF Michael O'Neill: 0-for-3, BB, K
CF Brandon Thomas: 2-for-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Luis Niebla: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Angel Rincon: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Short Season Staten Island: 6-3 win vs Tri-City ValleyCats

2B Jose Javier: 2-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI -- second homerun of the season
3B Ty McFarland: 0-for-3
RF Austin Aune: 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K
LF Chris Breen: 1-for-4, R, 2 K
1B Conner Spencer: 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Ty Hensley: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Andrew Chin: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Sunday, August 17, 2014

What a difference 24 hours can make.

At this time yesterday, the Yankees were reeling from five straight losses, and the possibility of Tampa Bay passing them in the standings by the end of the weekend was realistic.

Then Saturday happened.

The Yankees did their best to let an early 2-0 lead slip away, but as he has done hundreds of times over his 20-year career, Derek Jeter saved New York. The Captain's go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth scored Brett Gardner to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. David Robertson nailed down his 32nd save of the season and the Yankees once again had life.

After Baltimore was blanked by Cleveland, the Yankees stand seven games back in third place in the AL East. New York is four games back of Detroit for the second wild card spot.

Today's lineup against Tampa Bay:

LF Brett Gardner
DH Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Carlos Beltran
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
SS Stephen Drew
2B Martin Prado

Pitching matchup preview:

Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound today for the Yankees, as they go for the series win at The Trop. Kuroda has shown signs of aging this year with a 7-8 record and a 4.03 ERA. In two starts against Tampa Bay this season, Kuroda has a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings. Kuroda will go against Jeremy Hellickson, who is making just his sixth start of the season. Hellickson has a 2.03 ERA. He's allowed six earned runs in 26.2 innings with a 1.16 WHIP.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


New York dropped the opener of the three-game weekend series, last night 5-0.

Rays starter Alex Cobb threw 7 1-3 shutout innings for the win over Brandon McCarthy. The Yankees were able to manage seven hits, but were predictably 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The Yankees sit eight games behind Baltimore in the AL East and 4 1/2 games back of Seattle for the second Wild Card position. At 61-59, New York needs some sort of spark it if wants to get Derek Jeter to the playoffs in his final season, but that seems unlikely at this point.

 Things have gotten so bleak for the Yankees, as the Rays, who were once 18 games under .500, now sit just one game back of New York with a 61-61 mark.

Today's lineup against Tampa Bay:

LF Brett Gardner
DH Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Carlos Beltran
3B Chase Headley
2B Martin Prado
C Francisco Cervelli
SS Brendan Ryan

Pitching Matchup Preview:

The Yankees send boy wonder Shane Greene to the hill to go against Tampa Bay's Drew Smyly. Greene has been of the biggest surprises in the American League this season. The 25-year-old has a 3-1 record this season to go with a 2.89 ERA.

He's allowed 32 hits, 12 earned runs in 37 2-3 innings, while walking 13 and striking out 29 with a 1.21 WHIP.

In his last outing, Greene threw eight shutout innings to earn the victory against the Detroit Tigers. Smyly enters with a 7-10 record and a 3.73 ERA. He blanked Texas over 7 2-3 innings on Monday in his second start since being dealt as part of the David Price trade. Smyly has allowed 121 hits in 118 1-3 to go along with 36 walks, 104 strikeouts and a 1.33 WHIP.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Triple-A Scranton: 3-2 loss (F/14) vs Louisville Bats

2B-LF Jose Pirela: 2-for-7
DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-for-6, R, 2B, RBI, K
CF Francisco Arcia: 2-for-6, 2B, RBI, 2 K
RF-SS Zelous Wheeler: 1-for-6, K
1B Kyler Roller: 1-for-5, BB, 4 K

Pat Venditte: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Jim Miller: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton: 4-2 loss vs Altoona Curve

LF Jake Cave: 1-for-4, 2 K
DH Ben Gamel: 1-for-4, RBI, BB, K
C Gary Sanchez: 1-for-3, BB, K
RF Tyler Austin: 1-for-4, RBI
1B Greg Bird: 0-for-3, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr: 0-for-4
CF Mason Williams: 1-for-4, R, K

Jairo Heredia: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
James Pazos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Danny Burawa: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

High-A Tampa: 7-2 win vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

CF Mark Payton: 1-for-4, R, 2B, BB
SS Cito Culver: 0-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 K
3B Eric Jagielo: 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, 3 K
RF Aaron Judge: 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
1B Matt Snyder: 2-for-2, 2 R, 2B, BB

Miguel Sulbaran: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Low-A Charleston: 13-9 win vs Hickory Crawdads

LF Michael O'Neill: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI
SS Tyler Wade: 2-for-4, R, 3B, BB
3B Miguel Andujar: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
1B Mike Ford: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB
2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-for-3, 3 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Rookie Davis: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Short Season Staten Island: Game One - 5-2 win (F/7) vs Connecticut Tigers

CF Collin Slaybaugh: 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB
C Luis Torrens: 0-for-2, R, BB, K
3B Ty McFarland: 0-for-3, K
RF Austin Aune: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
1B Chris Breen: 1-for-3, R, 3B, 2 K

Dillon McNamara: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Two - 3-2 win (F/7) vs Connecticut

SS Vicente Conde: 0-for-3, K
2B Ty McFarland: 0-for-3, K
DH Luis Torrens: 0-for-3, K
LF Chris Breen: 0-for-3, 2 K

Jordan Cote: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Sean Carley: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Andrew Chin: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR



Wednesday, August 13, 2014


After Tuesday night's game was rained out, the Yankees and Orioles return to the field this evening for the finale of what should have been a three game series this week at Camden Yards -- yesterday's game has been turned into a double header on September 12.

The Yankees lost the first meeting between the two sides on Monday night, taking a 3-1 lead in the 2nd inning before the Orioles came back to score 10 unanswered runs, winning the game 11-3.

The loss put the Yankees seven games behind the Orioles in the AL East. New York can't afford to lose any ground in the standings, and losing to Baltimore isn't helping.

At least Tuesday's rain out meant they didn't have to risk falling another game behind.

Tonight's lineup against Baltimore:

LF Brett Gardner
SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Carlos Beltran
3B Chase Headley
2B Stephen Drew
RF Martin Prado
C Francisco Cervelli

Pitching matchup preview:

Big Mike is back! Michael Pineda will finally make his long awaited return to a big league mound for the Yankees this evening.

Pineda only made four starts in April before he was caught using pine tar during a game against the Red Sox, leading to a 10-game suspension. He got hurt during that suspension and has been on the disabled list ever since.

Pineda, who had a 1.83 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio over his first 19 2/3 innings (four starts) this season, looked good in a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Scranton on Friday, allowing one run on six hits over 4 1/3 innings of work while striking out seven.

Right-hander Chris Tillman will get the ball for Baltimore tonight, as he looks to keep his his good run of pitching since the All-Star break, having posted a 2.30 ERA since then.

Tillman is coming off of a strong start against the St. Louis Cardinals in his last outing, tossing 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, giving up just four hits before losing his shutout in the 7th inning.




Triple-A Scranton: 6-1 win vs Louisville Bats

LF Jose Pirela: 1-for-3, R. 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K
2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-for-4, R, BB, 2 K
CF Zoilo Almonte: 3-for-5, RBI
1B Kyle Roller: 2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI
SS Zelous Wheeler: 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 K

Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K -- first start in Triple-A this season
Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Double-A Trenton: 3-2 loss vs Altoona Curve

RF Jake Cave: 0-for-4, BB, K
LF Ben Gamel: 0-for-5, BB, 4 K
C Gary Sanchez: 0-for-3, BB
DH Tyler Austin: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI -- 9th homerun of the year
1B Greg Bird: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, K
3B Dante Bichette Jr: 1-for-4
CF Mason Williams: 2-for-3, BB

Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Jacob Lindgren: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K -- has to be his worst outing yet, right?

High-A Tampa: Normal off-day

Low-A Charleston: 3-2 win vs Hickory Crawdads

LF Michael O'Neill: 1-for-5, RBI, K
2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-for-3, BB, K
3B Miguel Andujar: 2-for-3, R, BB
1B Mike Ford: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Luis Niebla: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Short Season Staten Island: Game vs Connecticut Tigers rained out