In the second game of the three game series against the Indians at Progressive Field, CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees and Danny Salazar will get the start for the Indians. Salazar has an impressive 3.38 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 125.1 inningns pitched and has only allowed one run and four hits in his previous two starts.
Sabathia is coming off of his best start of the season when he allowed only one run while allowing three hits and striking out eight in six innings pitched. He lowered his ERA from 5.54 to 5.34.
Those three hits that the Red Sox had off of him were the fewest that he had allowed in a game this season. If he continues to pitch well the Yankees could turn to a six-man rotation when Michael Pineda returns possibly in the end of August.
After yesterday’s 16-inning loss to the Indians, the Yankees called up Nick Goody and Chris Capuano from Triple-A Scranton. Capuano, who would have started today for the RailRiders, will be able to give the Yankees length in case Sabathia has to come out of the game early. Garrett Jones has been designated for assignment and Branden Pinder, who allowed the game-winning run in the 16th inning last night, was sent back down to Triple-A.
In tonight’s game, Jacoby Ellsbury will get the night off, Brett Gardner will get the start in center and Chris Young will play left field. Young has been playing against all lefty starters, since he has a .348 average against them this season, but is getting the start against the righty as a result of Ellsbury getting the game off because he had started 27 of 28 games since coming off of the disabled list and is hitting only .105 (with two homers) in nine August games.
The Yankees, who have lost four consecutive games, currently only have a half a game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. Here is the lineup for tonight’s important game against the Indians.
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 13-3, on Tuesday in the first game of their series. This was the fourth time in seven games that they have scored in double figures and their offense has scored 68 runs in those seven games.
As a result of the Toronto Blue Jays win last night, the Yankees have a 5.5 game lead over Toronto for first place in the AL East and they have a 6.5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays have won three games in a row and the Yankees will play an important three-game series against them this weekend.
The game was still close as the Yankees were winning 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Yankees then used a nine-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh to give them a 13-3 lead. Alex Rodriguez hit a single to center to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury and then Brian McCann hit a homer above the Fox Business sign in the second deck in right field to send Chris Young and Rodriguez home to make the score 8-3.
Chase Headley hit an RBI double to left to make the score 9-3. Ellsbury singled to left to score Headley and then Chris Young blasted a three-run homer to left field. That was his 13th homer of the season after hitting 11 all of last season. Young had a great all around game as he caught three fly balls in left field, was 3-4, had three RBIs and scored four runs.
“Honestly, the blunt way to say it is we have a lot of really good hitters,” Young said. “Everybody’s a threat right now.”
The Yankees were an outstanding 8-15 with runners in scoring position and Mark Teixeira, Young, Rodriguez, McCann and Headley all had multi-hit games. McCann hit his 18th homer and drove in his 65th run of the season and is on pace to easily improve on his power numbers from his first season with the Yankees in 2014 when he hit 23 homers and drove in 75 runs.
Masahiro Tanaka had a quality start as he allowed three earned runs in six innings, but his performance was not similar to when he pitched like an ace earlier this season and last season. He was taken out of the game after allowing a homer to leadoff the seventh inning to Pablo Sandoval. Tanaka picked up his eighth win of the season, but he has now allowed three runs or more in seven of his last eight starts.
Tanaka has allowed four, five and six runs in three of those starts and has been hurt by the home run since the opposition has hit multiple homers against him in four of his last eight starts. His ERA has risen from 2.49 on June 15 to 3.84 on August 4.
Before the game against the Red Sox, infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley, who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on July 30, was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strain in his lower back. Ackley only had three at-bats with the Yankees before being put on the DL. Yankees GM Brian Cashman thinks that Ackley will be out a minimum of 20-30 days.
Ackley has a herniated disk and the Yankees replaced him on the roster with relief pitcher Caleb Cotham. He was not injured when the Yankees traded for him. He took an epidural with the hope that it will solve his lumbar problem so that he can return to the roster at the end of the month.
“Timing is everything, and we had bad timing in terms of when he had an issue materialize,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “No complaints in Seattle, no tests, no issues, no treatment. I think we are optimistic that after a 20 or 30-day stint we’ll be able to utilize his flexibility.”
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.
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.”
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:
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-2, 4.50)
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-5, 2.78)
7:05 p.m., WPIX and MLB Network
RHP Ivan Nova (1-3, 3.42)
RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.00)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-3, 3.65)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 3.29)
1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
Stephen Drew’s homer in the eighth inning ended up being the deciding run in the Yankees 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Mark Teixeira had an outstanding overall game as he made two outstanding plays on defense in addition to his two runs driven in on offense. Teixeira and Drew were both key in helping the Yankees tie their series with Oakland
“I’ve been saying it all year long, he is a run producer,” Joe Girardi said of Teixeira. “His defense is so important to us. I know we wouldn’t be where we are at without it.”
In the eighth inning, Drew hit a homer on a breaking ball that didn’t break that went off of the Fox Business sign in the second deck to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead. That was his 12th homer of the season, which gives him the second most homers among second basemen in all of baseball.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer to deep left off of Andrew Miller in the ninth to drive in Mark Canha to make the score 5-4. Miller came off of the disabled list earlier on Wednesday and Nick Rumbelow was sent down to Triple-A Scranton. After Gregorio Petit’s error put Stephen Vogt on second, Miller got Ben Zobrist to ground out to Petit at third to end the game and remain perfect in save situations this season.
Oakland starter Scott Kazmir left the game after three innings because of left tricep tightness. Teixeira hit both of his homers off of relief pitcher Evan Scribner. To leadoff the fourth inning, Teixeira blasted an outside fastball to right and he smashed a pitch in the same location to right field to leadoff the sixth inning. This was the second two homer game of the season for him.
He also made two outstanding plays in the field. In the seventh inning, with Bryan Mitchell pitching, Teixeira was able to catch a foul ball by Billy Burns at the railing on the Yankees dugout. He made his second Gold Glove caliber play in the eighth inning when he backhanded a hard grounder near the line by pinch-hitter Josh Reddick and was able to get to first before Reddick.
“I got a couple pitches up in the zone and put some good swings on them,” Teixeira said. “Defensively you can do it every night. Now we have three outfielders that can all go get it with Chris Young out there as well.”
The Athletics scored two runs in the second inning off of CC Sabathia, but he bounced back after that. After Billy Butler’s ground rule double to leadoff the inning, Brett Lawrie reached on an infield single after shortstop Didi Gregorius couldn’t handle his grounder near second. After Butler was easily thrown out at home because he was running on contact on Jake Smolinski’s grounder to third, Josh Phegley and Mark Canha both hit RBI singles.
After the second, Sabathia rebounded to hold Oakland scoreless in the next 3.1 innings while limiting them to two hits. He was taken out after his 88th pitch because he has surrendered 10 leads and gets worse late in the game. Sabathia was better with his location is he had not allowed less than three runs in his previous four starts.
“CC’s location got better after the second inning,” Girardi said. “They had some right handed hitters coming up, so we took him out.”
In the second inning, after Chris Young got to first as a result of Lawrie’s fielding error, Gregorius hit an RBI double to the Gatorade scoreboard in right but was thrown out a third. The Yankees scored their second run of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to right that scored Young. Gregorius is improving on offense as he had a solid June and now has a .318 average in 22 July at-bats with three RBIs.
Dellin Betances was able to get back on track after after allowing one run and two runs, respectively, in his previous two appearances. He picked up two strikeouts and held the Athletics scoreless in the eighth inning. He struck out Lawrie on an outside slider and now has an impressive 73 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched.
“I think that is how we are going to win games, hitting the ball out of the ballpark, but it is nice to get Ellsbury back because that is another dimension,” Girardi said. “I feel pretty good about it.”
Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for the Yankees when they play Oakland at 1:05 p.m. in the series finale. The Yankees, who have a 2.5 game lead in the division, will look to win the series before going to Boston to play the Red Sox. Their rivals to the north are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
The Yankees lost to the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, in 10 innings on Tuesday in the first game of their three-game series in the Bronx. The Yankees had the lead against A’s ace Sonny Gray twice but gave it back and then the bullpen, which has usually dominated this season, allowed the game-tying and game-winning run.
Brett Lawrie hit a homer to deep left in the 10th off of All-Star Dellin Betances (1.65 ERA, 71 strikeouts) to give the Athletics a 4-3 lead. That was the second homer that Betances allowed this season and the last one came in his previous appearance on July 4th against the Rays. Betances, who had three strikeouts in his 1.2 innings pitched in relief of Justin Wilson, threw Lawrie a hanging breaking ball on an 0-2 pitch.
“It just doesn’t happen very often,” Joe Girardi said. “It happened tonight. It’s a game where there is the human element involved. He (Betances) left a breaking ball in the middle and he (Lawrie) hit it out.”
In the sixth inning, after Nathan Eovaldi was taken out of the game, Chasen Shreve allowed a homer to Billy Butler, who was the second batter he faced. Butler, who went 1-4, made the score 3-3 on his homer to the first row in left and hit the first of two homers off of Yankees relievers. Shreve, who had a 15-game scoreless streak, has now allowed a run in back-to-back games.
Eovaldi, who allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings, held the opposition to less than three runs for his fourth consecutive start. Two of his highlights were striking out Marcus Semien on an 88mph splitter in the fifth and getting 11 swing and misses during his 5.1 innings.
“I’ve got to do a better job of getting quick outs and working deep into the ball game,’ Eovaldi said.
He was taken out of the game after throwing only 86 pitches partly because opposing teams have a .378 batting average against him the third time through the order. Joe Girardi also thought Shreve would have better success against the next batter.
“Reddick had hit him pretty hard and I had a fresh bullpen,” Joe Girardi said. “The way my bullpen has been throwing I just thought I would go to Shreve. With a fresh bullpen I would do it especially lefty on lefty in that situation.”
To give the Yankees a 3-2 lead, Didi Gregorius hit a single to right center that scored Brian McCann with two outs in the fourth. Gregorius is hitting 6-18 (.333) with two RBIs in July after having a .258 average in June. McCann and Garrett Jones both hit RBI singles in the first inning off of Gray but Oakland tied the score against Eovaldi in the third.
The Yankees were 3-11 with runners in scoring position and Chris Young, Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley all hit into a double play.
Alex Rodriguez walked in the 10th to put runners on first and second with two outs. Mark Teixeira, who was 0-5 with three strikeouts, struck out swinging on a 3-2 change by former Yankee Tyler Clippard to end the game. Clippard picked up his 16th save of the season.
Girardi was impressed with the bullpen overall and thought that more run support would have helped. “For the most part, they were pretty good,” Girardi said. “It is unfortunate we didn’t score some runs for them after it was 3-3.”
The Yankees, who are 44-39 and have a game and a half lead for first place in the AL East, could not take advantage of the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays both losing on Tuesday. The Orioles and Blue Jays are both 1.5 games out of first and the floundering Rays, who are 1-9 in their last 10 games, are 2.5 games out of first.
The Athletics (39-47), who have the worst record in the American League, will play the Yankees again tonight and Thursday afternoon. Before the All-Star break, the Yankees will play a three-game set from Friday to Sunday at Fenway Park against the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller will come off of the disabled list before Wednesday’s game.