The Yankees beat the White Sox 12-3 and scored nine runs off of Jeff Samardzija


Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova

The Yankees (59-45) routed the Chicago White Sox, 12-3, on Saturday afternoon in the series finale at U.S. Cellular FIeld in Chicago. They now have a 6-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East and have not lost any of their last eight series.

The Bronx Bombers had 11 hits and were an impressive 6-11 with runners in scoring position against the White Sox. The bottom of the lineup continued to be productive as the No. 7-9 hitters, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius and Stephen Drew, were a combined 7-12 with six RBIs and five runs scored.

“You can’t score 13-plus runs and 21 in Texas without the entire lineup doing their thing,” Teixeira said. “We’ve had days where the bottom of the order has carried us. You’re not going to have two or three guys stay hot all year long, and we need to continue to pick one another up as teammates.”

In the first inning, leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury smashed a home run to center off of Jeff Samardzija that set the tone for the rest of the windy game in Chicago. The Yankees were able to manufacture five more runs in the fourth inning. Gregorius hit a single to shallow left center to score Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly to score Headley & Brett Gardner singled to right to score Gregorius and Drew.

Gregorius has really been on fire as of late as he has 12 RBIs in his last eight games, which is as many as he had in May and June combined. In his last seven games, he has a .480 average in 25 at-bats with one homer, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored. His average was only .242 on July 26 and it is now a solid .260, which is very respectable for a shortstop.

In the fifth inning, Teixeira hit a homer to right to make the score 7-0. That was his 29th homer of the season, which is tied for third most in the AL. Later in the fifth, Drew doubled to center to score Headley and Gregorius. The Yankees scored three more runs in the seventh. Drew hit a two RBI triple and Ellsbury had an RBI groundout.

Ivan Nova won his third consecutive start on Sunday, allowing only one run with seven strikeouts in six innings. He has pitched well since his return from the disabled list (due to Tommy John surgery) on June 24. He has allowed two runs or less in five of his seven starts, which has helped lead him to a very good 3.10 ERA.

The only run that Nova allowed was a Melky Cabrera RBI single in the sixth that scored Adam Eaton. Chasen Shreve, who had not allowed a hit in his previous four appearances or an earned run in his last six appearances, allowed two solo homers in the seventh after the game was decided. He still has an impressive 2.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

“Everything worked for me, worked the way it was supposed to,’’ said Nova, who allowed a run, five hits and fanned seven in six innings. “Today there was good movement on the sinker.’’

The Yankees have the second best winning percentage in the American League and fifth best in all of baseball. After the completion of their 10-game road trip that took them to three midwest cities, the Yankees will not play a game outside of the Eastern Time Zone the rest of the season. The Yankees play 34 of their remaining 58 games at Yankee Stadium, where they have a 30-17 record (.638).

They will begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox (47-59) on Tuesday.

Luis Severino will make his anticipated debut for the Yankees on Wednesday


Luis Severino

Luis Severino

Luis Severino, who was the Yankees No. 1 ranked prospect after the 2014 season according to Baseball America, will make his Major League debut with the team on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox. Also, according to Baseball America, he was the No. 35 prospect in all of baseball after the 2014 season. He will be pitching against the team’s biggest rival in his very first start, which means that he will be challenged even more than usual.

He is a 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic who has skyrocketed through the minor league system. In eight starts with Double-A and 11 starts with Triple-A Scranton this season, he has a 2.45 ERA in 99.1 innings with 91 strikeouts, a 0.997 WHIP, 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings and only two homers allowed. In his 11 starts since being called up to the more challenging Triple-A RailRiders his stats have improved as he had a 1.91 ERA, .0929 WHIP, 50 strikeouts and zero homers allowed. His batting average against with the RailRiders was a remarkable .184.

Severino, who is 6’0″ and 195 lb., has a similar build and delivery to Yordano Verntura of the Kansas City Royals. According to Dan Weigel, Severino stands tall through his motion and features a high 3/4 arm slot. “This allows him go generate good place when he works down in the zone. Severino generates momentum through a quirky leg kick and explosive hips and ghen transfers it well to his loose arm which features plus armspeed.”

A spot was opened up in the rotation as a result of Michael Pineda going on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain on Thursday. That was the same day that he was expected to make his next start. In his previous start against the Twins, Pineda did not pitch well as he allowed five runs in 5.2 innings pitched. Based on other pitchers who have had this injury it is likely that Pineda will be out for about a month. He will not throw a baseball for 7-10 days.

He will have the chance to pitch at Yankee Stadium more times than not because the Yankees play 33 games at home the rest of the season and only 24 games on the road. This is also a plus for the team as a whole because the Yankees are 30-17 at home this season and are a mediocre 28-28 on the road.

General Manager Brian Cashman said recently that Severino will not have an innings limit this season, which could mean that CC Sabathia will be moved to the bullpen when Pineda returns to the rotation in about the beginning of September. “Severino will have no innings limit,” Cashman said. “They prepared early in the season so he would be ready for this.”

After losing Saturday’s game 8-2 in Chicago to the White Sox they play the series finale today at 2:10 p.m. They currently have a five-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.

Pitching matchups for the series between the Yankees and the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field


Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley

The Yankees only made one trade before today’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. On Thursday, the Yankees acquired Seattle Mariners infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley for prospects Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez. Joe Girardi likes the extreme versatility that Ackley brings to the team.

The guy can play five spots and that’s pretty good,’’ the manager said. He has played first base, second base and all three outfield positions in his five seasons in the majors. He was the second overall pick in the 2009 draft and could perform much better in Yankee Stadium than he did in Safeco Park. From 2012-2014, Ackely had a .316 average in 38 at-bats with two homers and six RBIs.

He is having the worst year of his his five-year career this season, but he has more upside than the players the Yankees traded. He has a .215 average in 207 at-bats with six homers, eight doubles, 19 RBIs, two steals and a .366 slugging percentage. Garrett Jones, who Ackley has better stats than, was dropped from the roster when Ackely was added to the team today.

It was announced today that Luis Severino‘s next start will be with the Yankees. This is the right time to call him because Micael Pineda is now on the disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain and he doesn’t have anything else to prove with Triple-A Scranton. In 11 starts this season with the RailRiders, Severino has a 7-0 record with an outstanding 1.91 ERA, 50 strikeouts and a very good 0.92 WHIP.

The Yankees (57-44) currently have a 6-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago in what will be the end of their 10-game road trip. The White Sox have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games to move back into contention for a wild card spot.

The White Sox (49-51) have former Yankees Melky Cabrera and David Robertson on their roster. Nathan Eovaldi, who will be starting tonight, is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his last seven starts. Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Tonight
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27)
vs.
LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09)
8:10 p.m., YES Network

Saturday
TBA
vs.
LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.97)
7:10 p.m., WPIX

Sunday
RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 3.38)
vs.
RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-5, 3.94)
2:10 p.m., YES Network and TBS

The Yankees used an 11-run second inning to rout the Texas Rangers 21-5


Chris Young.

Chris Young.

The Yankees routed the Texas Rangers 21-5 at Globe Life Park on Tuesday for their fourth win in a row and eighth win in their last nine games. Yankees starter Chris Capuano allowed five run in the first inning and then the Yankees went onto score 21 unanswered runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are the first team to score 21 unanswered runs after allowing five or more runs.

The Yankees scored 11 runs in the second inning and then four runs in the third to essentially put the game away. Even more rare is that Capuano allowed three hits, five walks and five runs while getting two outs (it took 29 minutes) in the first and then the Yankees didn’t allow a hit the rest of the game.

“I don’t know if I have been a part of that where you give up five runs in the first and then don’t give up another hit the rest of the game,” Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees were led by Chris Young who was 3-6 and drove in a career-high five runs, which included a grand slam in the third inning to left field that drove in Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner. Young also hit a double to left in the sixth to score Gardner to make the score 17-5.

“It was fun,” Young said. “To be able to come back in the second inning after being behind. You feel like whoever is at the plate will get the job done. If you have runners on base all the time and get hits you are going to get rewarded for it.”

The Yankees had 19 hits, 10 walks and six different Yankees had multiple RBIs. In the second inning, Chase Headley hit two RBI singles, Brendan Ryan hit one double that could have been a double play that turned into two RBIs and another RBI double, Didi Gregorius hit a triple that scored Rodriguez, Young and Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury, Gardner and Rodriguez all hit RBI singles.

Young’s 12th homer of the season made it 15-5 in the third and then in the fourth inning Young grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Gardner. Young is one of six Yankees with double digit homers. After Young’s RBI double in the sixth, John Ryan Murphy hit a single to score Young and Garrett Jones to become the eighth Yankee to drive in a run.

For the Yankees final runs of the game, Gardner hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off of infielder Adam Rosales, who was pitching for the second time this season.

“They are feeling confident and they feel good at the plate,” Girardi said. “We had a lot of good at-bats.”

Equally as important as the offense was the Diego Moreno, who was called-up earlier in the day from Triple-A Scranton, came on in relief of Capuano to pitch 5.1 innings while striking out five, not allowing a hit and only throwing 70 pitches. He was able to save Girardi from having to use many relievers and proved to be more valuable than Capuano for the major league roster.

“His changeup was outstanding and his slider was outstanding,” Girardi said. “He went 5.1 innings and only threw 70 pitches. That is impressive.”

Adam Warren did not allow a hit in his three innings after Moreno came out of the game. According to Elias, it was the first time that the Yankees bullpen had ever thrown seven or more hitless innings in a game.

“I was super happy about the opportunity given to me today,” Moreno said through a translator. “I was happy to contribute to the win. I was relaxing and just trying to concentrate and throw strikes. As soon as the phone rang I knew I was getting called in. I am extremely happy (about the win) and my family is also.”

Gregorius has really gotten better at the plate during the last week. On July 22 he had a .234 average and he now has a .257 average. After his 4-5 game on Tuesday he is hitting .600 in his last five games with 10 RBIs and he has a and a solid .297 average (52-175) in 51 games since May 29.

He has really improved offensively and defensively since the beginning of the season and appears to be a very capable starting shortstop. He has also added a hitter at the bottom of the lineup who has been getting on base and driving in runs, which makes the batting order that much deeper.

The 16-5 record in July that the Yankees have is the best record this month in the majors. As the trade deadline approaches, the Yankees have a 7 game lead over the Orioles and a 7.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for the Yankees in Game 3 of the series Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. EST.

Pitching matchups for the series between the Yankees and Rangers at Globe Life Park


Ivan Nova during spring training in 2011 during a game against the Orioles.

Ivan Nova during spring training in 2011 during a game against the Orioles.

The Yankees, who are 55-42, have a 6.5 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays and 7 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East. They will continue their road trip with a four-game series in Arlington at Globe Life Park against the Texas Rangers. The Yankees have gone 8-3 in their last 10 games and have the second best record in the American League.

The Rangers are a mediocre team this year as they have a 47-50 record and are 4.5 games out of the second wild card spot. There are rumors that the Rangers could look to add Cole Hamels before the trade deadline. Jayson Stark has reported that the Rangers and Dodgers are in the lead to acquire Hamels. However, the Rangers still don’t know who will start in Wednesday or Thursday’s game.

Texas is reportedly considering an extra left-handed starter for this series to match up with the many left-handed bats that the Yankees have. The Yankees have not announced a starter for Tuesday’s game. The plan is for either Adam Warren or Chris Capuano to throw three or four innings, according to Joe Girardi, and then to have the other come on in relief.

Today is Alex Rodriguez‘s 40th birthday and he has performed better this year than anyone could have expected. He hit three homers in a game for the first time since 2010 during Saturday’s win over the Twins and is seventh in the league with his 23 homers, is tied for 10th in the league with his 58 RBIs and his .914 OPS is fifth in the league. He has been a key offensive force in the middle of the lineup and the Yankees will need him to stay healthy and productive the rest of the season.

Rodriguez’s OPS is higher right now than it has been since the 2008 season. He is also having his best season overall offensively since the 2009 season, which is the last time the Yankees won the World Series. Part of his return to form is due to being a full-time DH and part of it is due to him being completely healthy this season.

The Yankees will look to win their seventh consecutive series before ending their long road trip against the Chicago White Sox. Here are the pitching matchups for this series.

Tonight
RHP Ivan Nova (2-3, 3.34)
vs.
LHP Matt Harrison (1-1, 5.40)
8:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

Tuesday
TBA
vs.
LHP Martin Perez (0-1, 4.91)
8:05 p.m., FS1

Wednesday
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.64)
vs.
TBA
8:05 p.m., YES Network

Thursday
RHP Michael Pineda (9-7, 3.97)
vs.
TBA
8:05 p.m. YES Network

Nathan Eovaldi and six runs in the 6th inning led the Yankees to a win over the Twins


Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-2, on Sunday afternoon at Target Field in what Nathan Eovaldi said was his best start this season. He pitched eight innings (including a leadoff double to Miguel Sano in the ninth) and allowed only two runs while striking out five on 100 pitches. It was the first time that he had pitched more than 7.1 innings this season.

Eovaldi has now allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts, which has lowered his ERA from 5.12 to a much more respectable 4.27. During this start, he was able to strike out four of the first six batters that he faced and didn’t allow an extra base hit until Sano’s double in the ninth.

“I thought his split was outstanding and I thought he used his curve ball effectively,” Joe Girardi said. “He is very strong and doesn’t lose velocity as the game goes along. He is getting strikeouts on his split, which is always important for a pitcher when you can get strikeouts when you need them. I think he has improved all year.”

The first run that the Twins scored off of Eovaldi was a an RBI groundout by Torii Hunter that scored Aaron Hicks in the third inning. Trevor Plouffe’s RBI single that scored Sano in the ninth was also charged to Eovaldi. He has really improved his splitter in his last seven starts, which has helped him record a 5-0 record, 2.83 ERA and a .245 batting average against in that span.

“I had the fastball working both sides of the plate and I got swings and misses with my split,” Eovaldi said. “I was getting early chases in the count and got big double play balls when I needed to.”

Carlos Beltran, who doubled to right center, was on third with one out in the second, but the fact that he was stranded at third by Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius did not end up hurting the Yankees. Headley, who was 2-4 and is hitting .344 with 11 RBIs in July, hit a homer to the concourse in right off of Twins starter Kyle Gibson in the fifth inning to tie the score at one. The Yankees scored six runs in the sixth inning to help give them the win.

Garrett Jones hit an RBI single to give the Yankees a 2-1 advantage, Headley singled to right to score Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius hit a safety squeeze bunt for an RBI that drove in Garrett Jones and then Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer to give the Yankees their seventh run. Drew (.188 average) now has 13 homers, which is second most among all second basemen in the American League.

Eovaldi now has so much confidence in his split-fingered fastball that he shook off the slider in the first and threw the splitter to strike out Hunter.

“Eovaldi has been great for us,” Headley said. “It is fun to watch him when he gets the ball.”

Dellin Betances, who got all three outs in the ninth inning, got Kurt Suzuki to hit into a double play to end the game as Eddie Rosario was doubled off of first after a catch and throw by Headley.

“Great win for us,” Headley said. “I think you stay the course. Keep working hard and know the results will come.” That was what Headley said in reference to his recent offensive improvement.

This was the team’s sixth consecutive series win. The Yankees have a 7-2 record with 4.6 runs runs per game and a solid 3.71 ERA since the All-Star break. Their 14-5 record in July is also the best in all of baseball.

The Yankees (55-42) now have a 6.5 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays (50-50) and a 7 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. They will play the first of four games against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park tonight at 8:05 p.m. EST.

Phil Hughes didn’t allow a run in seven innings in the Twins 10-1 win over the Yankees


Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner

The Yankees lost 10-1 to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in the first game of the series. They previously went 5-1 on their home-stand and swept the Baltimore Orioles, and they now have a 5.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in the division as a result of the Rays winning and the Blue Jays losing on Friday.

Michael Pineda, who usually pitches well when he is on normal rest, allowed five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched. The scoring started for the Twins in the first inning as rookie Miguel Sano hit a homer to straightaway center field to drive in Torii Hunter, who is back with the Twins after playing his first 11 years of his career with them. That homer was a sign of what was to come for Pineda, who struggled with his fastball and slider.

Kurt Suzuki drove in Eddie Rosario with a single in both the second and fourth innings and Aaron Hicks hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Trevor Plouffe before Suzuki’s single in the fourth. Pineda, who is a better pitcher than his 3.97 ERA, needs to be more consistent as he has now allowed four earned runs or more in two consecutive starts and has allowed one or more homers in three straight starts.

“It’s hard to say,” Joe Girardi said. “He made some mistakes with his fastball. He made a mistake to Sano. It was a few things. Sometimes their (starting pitchers) stuff isn’t as sharp and tonight it (Pineda’s) wasn’t.” He also made some mistakes with his slider, according to Girardi.

Brandon Pinder come on in relief and allowed a solo homer to Hunter in his 1.1 innings, but Chris Capuano, who is the long man, truly put the game out of reach after that. He allowed two homers and an RBI single to give the Twins a 10-0 lead. The Twins had 14 hits, only one starter didn’t have a hit and Suzuki, Rosario, Plouffe and Hunter all had multi-hit games against the Yankees.

The Yankees had opportunities to score more than one run as they had 10 hits, which included three by Mark Teixeira, two by Didi Gregorius and two by Stephen Drew. Brett Gardner singled to right in the sixth, which means that he has reached base safely in a career-high 25 games in a row. However, he would be stranded at first.

Gregorius, who had the first of this two hits against Phil Hughes, hit his first career homer in 2013 at Yankee Stadium against Hughes when Gregorius was playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Yankees had three straight singles with two outs in the seventh inning off of Hughes, but Jacoby Ellsbury, who was 0-4, lined out to left to prevent any runs from scoring. Hughes, who had a shutout in seven innings against his former team, didn’t walk anyone and has the lowest walks per nine innings in the league.

The ninth inning was the only other time when a Yankee got to third in the game.

Drew hit a single through the infield to left field to advance Didi Gregorius to third with one out in the ninth. Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Gregorius and put the Yankees on the scoreboard and make the score 10-1. Brett Gardner popped out to left to end the game.

The Yankees will look to bounce back against the surprising Twins, who are 52-44, when they play the second game of the series on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. EST. CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees and will look to prove that is really back on track.

He is coming off of two starts where he has allowed two runs or less. In his previous start, on July 19, against the light hitting Seattle Mariners, he had his best start in two months as he allowed one run in six innings while striking out seven. His 5.25 ERA is still not where he wants it to be, but he has been throwing his change up and throwing to all parts of the strike zone a lot better in his previous two starts

Tommy Milone, who has a 3.38 ERA in 12 games this season, will get his 13th start of the season for the Twins. He allowed five earned runs in 2.2 innings in his previous start.

Many Yankees attended Carlos Beltran’s ’80s themed fundraiser for his children’s foundation


Dellin Betances, Chris Young, Andrew Miller and Chris Young were some of the Yankees who dressed in costume.

Dellin Betances, Chris Young, Andrew Miller and Chris Young were some of the Yankees who dressed in costume.

On Sunday, Carlos Beltran hosted an ’80s-themed fundraiser to benefit his children’s foundation. According to the website, “Carlos Beltran’s ‘The 80’s Strike Back’ is a 1980’s themed fundraising gala with chic 80’s ambiance to benefit the Carlos Beltran Foundation.

His foundation promotes health, fitness and education for children from lower income families. This is Beltran’s second season playing for the Yankees, and he and his wife have hosted a fundraiser both years. He also hosts the “Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy” in Puerto Rico, and you can learn more here.

“Carlos and I, we come from a very hard working but humble family,” Jessica Beltran said. “We have been so blessed, and we are just blessed to give back.”

So many of Beltran’s teammates came out to Gotham Hall on Broadway, which proves how close the team as. Everyone said that they would support any type of event that a teammate does for a good cause. Dellin Betances and Chris Young both dressed as RUN DMC, and CC Sabathia, Garrett Jones, Brian McCann and Andrew Miller all wore 80s clothes picked out by their wives.

The foundation’s mission is to educate children by way of baseball. “This is what it is about,” Betances said. “Putting smiles on these kids faces. What he is doing is awesome.”

Nathan Eovaldi and the bullpen led the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles


Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan hit an RBI double in the sixth inning that ended up giving the Yankees a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the series opener. That was Ryan’s fifth hit of the season (5-17) and it was a clutch hit after standing four in his first two at-bats. Ryan hit a double to right down the third base line to drive in Didi Gregorius.

“I just tried to get my foot down and get my barrel to the ball,” Ryan said. “I had a few opportunities today and couldn’t come through, but I was glad I was able to come through to put us up by one.”

The Toronto Blue Jays won last night, so the Yankees now have a 4.5 game lead over Toronto for first place and the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays are five games back. Nathan Eovaldi got the start for the Yankees and he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in 5.2 innings pitched. He had four strikeouts and has now allowed two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts.

“The split was good early on in the game,” Eovaldi said. “Even as the season has progressed it (the split) has been really good for me. I switched my grip on the split a little earlier on the season so it was like a true split. I want to go deep into ballgames, but our bullpen has been great the whole year. The split has been my pitch, I have been able to throw it in any count.”

A key out for Eovaldi came in the fifth inning when he got Chris Parmelee to ground out to second with runners on first and third with two outs. After not allowing any hits in the first three innings, Eovaldi wasn’t as effective in the fifth and sixth. In the sixth inning, Matt Weiters singled to right off of Eovaldi to score Jimmy Paredes and advance Adam Jones to second. Justin Wilson would then allow an RBI single to JJ Hardy that scored Jones, which was Eovaldi second earned run.

However, Eovaldi did mix his pitches well in addition to throwing 100mph fastballs. Eovaldi helped his own cause in the first inning by picking off Manny Machado at first with an outstanding throw. He has really improved his secondary pitches since allowing eight earned runs to the Marlins on June 16.

The Yankees scored their first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Alex Rodriguez to left that sent Brett Gardner home. That was A-Rod’s 53rd RBI of the season, and he is on target to have his highest RBI total since the 2010 season. In the second inning, Chase Headley hit a double to the wall in left off of Wei-Yin Chen to score Brian McCann to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Mark Teixeira, Chris Young and Headley all had two hits for the Yankees. Young had two hits off of the lefty starter, and now has a .371 average in 89 at-bats with six homers against southpaws. Headley is now on a six-game hitting streak with three doubles and three RBIs in that span. Teixeira now has three consecutive multi-hit games, which has improved his average from .239 to .252.

The Yankees were only 1-10 with runners in scoring position but they got timely hits and excellent pitching from the bullpen once again.

The Yankees are so much better with a healthy Teixeira this year. “You really appreciate it because you see it on a daily basis,” Joe Girardi said. “It was tough missing him last year but it is great having him back.”

Mark Teixeira made a great scoop on an in between hop on a throw by Gregorius to get the second out of the ninth inning. Jonathan Schoop then struck out swinging on an 84mph slider from Andrew Miller to end the game. Miller now has 21 saves in 21 save opportunities in his first season as a closer.

Including Tuesday’s 3.1 scoreless innings, the bullpen has now not allowed a run in their last 11.1 innings. Dellin Betances recorded the last out of the seventh and pitched the eighth and was able to record two strikeouts. He now has 81 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched, which proves how his pitches have been nearly un-hittable.

“He is able to give you multiple outs and he is very durable,” Girardi said. “He just means a ton to our team. I think he understands that when we get to the seventh that we might use him for multiple outs.

The Yankees have won 19 of their last 26 home games.

After their win on Tuesday, Ivan Nova will get the start for the Yankees in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday. He allowed four runs in 6.2 innings in his previous start.

Pitching matchups for the series between the Orioles and Yankees at Yankee Stadium


Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Eovaldi

The Yankees, who have a four-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East, start a three-game series against the Orioles tonight at Yankee Stadium. This is an important series because with a sweep they could have a seven-game lead over Baltimore, who is likely the most talented overall team besides the Yankees in the division.

Coming into this series, the Yankees have won six of their last eight games and they are coming off of winning two of three games against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees pitched well overall in that series as the Mariners scored seven runs combined and didn’t score more than three runs in any game.

The bullpen has been a strength for the Yankees this season and that was the case against the Mariners as well. The bullpen combined to throw eight scoreless innings and strikeout nine batters during the three-game series. That is one area of the team that definitely does not need to be improved before the trade deadline.

Offense is a strength for both the Yankees and Orioles. Baltimore is fourth out of 15 teams in the American League with 113 homers, they are fourth in the AL with a .257 average and fourth with a .423 slugging percentage. The Yankees, on the other hand, are second in the league with 418 runs scored, tied for second in the AL with 120 homers and are also second in the league with 398 RBIs.

The Orioles have a better rotation than the Yankees, but New York has a better record because of their better overall lineup and bullpen. Chris Young, who was signed to a one-year contract in November, will start tonight and has been a key addition because he plays a solid right field and has an outstanding .360 average in 86 at-bats against lefties with six homers, 14 RBIs and a 1.101 OPS.

Overall, Young has a .251 average in 215 at-bats with 11 homers, 27 RBIs, 33 runs scored and a .773 OPS. “I would think against every lefty we face he will be in there,” Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees will be facing a lefty tonight in Wei-Yin Chen. He has the best ERA (2.78) of any Orioles starter and during his three July starts he has an impressive 2.35 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP. Nathan Eovaldi will get the start for the Yankees and his 4.50 ERA is second lowest out of the five starters in the rotation, but Eovaldi has a 2.87 ERA in three July starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his last five starts.

According to STATS, Chen has a 1.95 ERA during his five consecutive quality starts, while Eovaldi is 4-0 with a 2.93 ERA in his last five starts. Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann have been run producers in the middle of the lineup so far this season and the Yankees will need that to continue during this series. The Yankees will look to win their fifth straight series before they go on a 10-game road trip.

Here are the pitching matchups for this series against the Orioles:

Tonight
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-2, 4.50)
vs.
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-5, 2.78)
7:05 p.m., WPIX and MLB Network

Wednesday
RHP Ivan Nova (1-3, 3.42)
vs.
RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.00)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

Thursday
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-3, 3.65)
vs.
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 3.29)
1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

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