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Lineup for tonight’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles

CC Sabathia.

CC Sabathia.

The Yankees (77-60) play the final game of their three-game set against the Orioles tonight before their important three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees have split the first two games with the Bronx Bombers winning the series opener 8-6, as a result of Greg Bird‘s 3-run homer, and the Orioles winning the second game, as a result of Chris Davis’s homer off of reliever Chasen Shreve. The Yankees are currently 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.

CC Sabathia will get the start tonight after not having pitched in a game since August 23. He was put on the disabled list on August 24 due to knee inflammation after feeling pain in his surgically repaired knee. He had to leave his start on the 23rd after allowing two runs on four hits and four walks in only 2.2 innings pitched.

Before that start against the Cleveland Indians, Sabathia had pitched six or more innings in three straight starts and allowed two runs or fewer in two of them. That is an improvement from earlier in the season, and the Yankees will be looking for him to give them a least six innings tonight against the Orioles. They can use length out of him because the Blue Jays offense that they will be facing in the upcoming series is more powerful than what the Orioles have, so it will be helpful to save the bullpen.

“I am looking forward to it and excited about it,’’ said Sabathia. “These games are big and I want to perform well. We control our own destiny. It’s sitting in our lap and that’s all you can ask for.’’

Since their two most effective weapons out of the bullpen will be available tonight after they needed Tuesday off, it will be ideal if Sabathia can pitch 7.0 innings, Dellin Betances can pitch the eighth inning and then Andrew Miller can come in for the save in the ninth. That is provided that the Yankees offense can score more than the one run that they scored on Tuesday night.

The Yankees were 0-3 with runners in scoring position last night and left seven runners on base. That will have to improve against Ubaldo Jimenez. A recipe for success offensively will be to take advantage of when runners are in scoring position and hit one or more homers because they are 42-11 when they hit two or more homers in a game this season.

Tonight against Jimenez, Brett Gardner is out of the lineup for the third consecutive game because his shoulder is not fully healed. Gardner jammed his shoulder after diving for a ball at the outfield fence during Saturday’s game. He was optimistic that he would play today when interviewed on Tuesday, but Joe Girardi is cautious because Gardner is often diving on the base-paths and in the outfield.

Gardner only has one hit in his last 13 at-bats and has a 3-17 average in his career against Jimenez. Dustin Ackley, who the Yankees acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline on July 31, will get the start in right field. Ackley is 6-11 against Jimenez, which means that he has had a lot of success in a small sample size.

Here is the rest of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Orioles:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Greg Bird 1B
Dustin Ackley LF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

Lindor’s homer off of Betances in the 8th led to the Indians win over the Yankees in the series finale

Carlos Beltran.

Carlos Beltran.

The Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, on Sunday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium. They ended up losing three out of four games in the series and have now lost five out of seven games this season to the last place Indians. The loss combined with the Toronto Blue Jays win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim put the Yankees back in second place by half a game.

Dellin Betances allowed the game-winning run to the Indians in the 8th inning as Francisco Lindor blasted a homer to right on a fastball. Lindor went 3-5 and Betances allowed a run for the second straight game after not giving up a run in his previous 18 games. “Every once in a while it is going to happen,” Joe Girardi said. “He got in a 3-2 count, he left a fastball up and Lindor jumped on it.”

Lindor was the first left handed better to hit a round tripper against Betances. “I felt like I was missing glove handed side,” Betances said. “I fell behind again and Lindor hit a home run. I don’t want to walk him there so I am just trying to go after him. It was up and he put a good swing on it.” Lindor hit his homer to right after a great throw by Brian McCann got Jose Ramirez out as he was trying to steal second.

The Yankees scored their first run of the game in the third inning when Jacoby Ellsbury crossed home plate and Brett Gardner was safe at second on throwing error by Indians catcher Yan Gomes. The Yankees tied the score at three in the seventh inning on Carlos Beltran’s ground rule double that bounced into the stands in foul territory in left. Stephen Drew and Ellsbury scored.

In the fifth inning, the Indians almost had their third run, but Mike Aviles was thrown out trying to tag from third after a perfect short hop throw by Gardner and tag by John Ryan Murphy. The Indians would score their third run later in the inning when Branden Pinder walked Abraham Almonte with the bases loaded.

The Yankees pitchers combined to walk 10 batters against the Indians, which included four by CC Sabathia and three by Pinder. “I think there were a lot of walks on both sides,” Girardi said. “You are going to have those days too. You have got some young kids out there. That is not really a concern.”

CC Sabathia threw an 88 mph outside fastball to Carlos Santana in the first inning that he easily hit a home run on. Sabathia has a 5.80 ERA on regular rest this season (12 starts). He had to leave the game after 2.2 innings with a right knee injury after allowing two runs on four hits and four walks.

Brian Cashman said that he assumed that Sabathia will have to go on the disabled list based on how he had to leave the game. If he does go on the disabled list it is possible that he will not rejoin the rotation when he returns based on his 5.27 ERA.

Indians closer Cody Allen came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning and he recorded his sixth save of four or more outs of the season. That is the most of any closer in baseball.

The Yankees were only 1-8 with runners in scoring position and the No. 2-5 hitters combined to go 2-14. Greg Bird’s ground ball up the middle on the first pitch he saw in the sixth was the second hit of the game for the Yankees and Jacoby Ellsbury was the only player on the team with a multi-hit game.

Trevor Bauer, who had allowed 11 earned runs in his previous two starts combined, only allowed one earned run in his 6.1 innings pitched. He was able to repeatedly pitch out of trouble as he walked six batters.

The Yankees will conclude their homestand with a three-game series from Monday-Wednesday against the Houston Astros, who are in first place in the AL Central. Nathan Eovaldi will get the start on Monday night, and he had an excellent splitter and threw 25 pitches that were 100 mph or faster in his previous start.

Masahiro Tanaka will get the start in Game 2 of the series against the Indians

Masahiro Tanaka yells after the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners on June 11, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Masahiro Tanaka yells after the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners on June 11, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

After the Yankees lost 3-2 in Game 1 of the series to the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium, Masahiro Tanaka will get the start tonight as the Yankees try to even the series at one. The Yankees offense struggled against Josh Tomlin as they only scored one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings against him. Carlos Carrasco who has a solid 3.63 ERA and 162 strikeouts will get the start for the Indians tonight.

In Tanaka’s previous start, he threw a complete game against Toronto Blue Jays while allowing only one run on five hits and three walks. He was able to give the bullpen a much needed day off and his eight strikeouts were his most he has had in a game since June 3 against the Seattle Mariners. He should be able to have success tonight because the Indians lineup is not nearly as fearsome as the one that the Blue Jays have.

The Yankees, who are 1.5 games ahead of the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East, will be without three of their regulars tonight. Mark Teixeira will be out of the lineup for the fourth straight game as a result of fouling a ball of his leg on Monday.

“It’s day to day,” Girardi said. “I was hopeful we could get him back this weekend. I’m not sure that will happen.”

Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup tonight because he has played in eight consecutive games and Girardi felt he could use a game off. Ellsbury has five multi-hit games in his previous eight games, but he is 3-14 with no extra-base hits in his career against Carrasco. Didi Gregorius is also getting a healthy game off.

“I don’t know if I’ve given Didi a day off since the All-Star break,” Girardi said. “So I just felt that he could use a day too. These 16-game stretches are tough, and it surely didn’t help with a 16-inning game to start.” Gregorius, who has played in every game since June 25, only has one hit in his last 21 at-bats, which means that not playing tonight could help him.

Here is the batting lineup for tonight’s game against the Indians, who are in last place in the AL Central with a 56-64 record.

Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Greg Bird 1B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Brendan Ryan SS

The Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak with their 8-6 win over the Indians

Gardner in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Aug 25, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gardner in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Aug 25, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees ended their five-game losing streak with their 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night at Progressive Field. They scored more than four runs in a game for the first time since their 13-3 win over the Red Sox on August 4.

The Yankees offense slugged two homers, a 3-run homer by Brian McCann in the first inning and a solo blast by Stephen Drew (.195) in the second inning. The Yankees are 32-11 when hitting two or more homers this season.

Drew’s homer was his 15th round tripper of the season, which is more than any second baseman in the majors besides Brian Dozier. Nathan Eovaldi, who won his 12th game of the season, allowed two runs in the third inning to make the score 4-2.

The offense continued to find success off of Trevor Bauer as Drew hit a double to left to score Didi Gregorius in the fourth and Brett Gardner doubled to left to score Drew to send Bauer out of the game with the score 6-2 after 3.1 innings.

Eovaldi allowed two more earned runs in the sixth inning including a Lonnie Chisenhall single that scored former Yankee minor leaguer Abraham Almonte. He did not have his usual command of his pitches as he threw 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, three walks and four earned runs.

“He just missed his spots tonight,” Joe Girardi said. “No real rhyme or reason to it sometimes.”

Eovaldi had previously allowed three runs or less in each of his previous nine starts and two runs or less in seven of his last nine starts. This improved results is partly due to his consistency of his splitter, which he has started to throw a lot more this season.

However, he was not able to throw his splitter where he wanted it to go against the Indians. “My split I felt was inconsistent,” Eovaldi said. “I didn’t feel like my slider was there tonight either. Luckily we got the win.”

The 7.60 runs per game that the Yankees have score during Eovaldi’s starts this season are the second most in the American League. The Yankees needed this offensive outburst against the Indians because they couldn’t go into their important weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a sweep to the last place Indians.

To give the Yankees their seventh run and the lead for good, Gardner hit a single to center to score Drew to give the Yankees 7-2 advantage. Eovaldi left the game with a 7-4 lead, which allowed him to win his third game in his last four starts.

Justin Wilson allowed one run on two hits while recording the first two outs of the seventh inning. Dellin Betances threw a wild pitch that allowed Francisco Lindor to score and that run was charged to Wilson. In his previous nine games, Wilson had only allowed one run while striking out 10 and walking two.

Gardner drove in his third run of the game with his single in the eighth that sent Drew home. Andrew Miller bounced back after blowing his first save of the season in his previous appearance to record his 25th save, but the Indians did score a run on two hits off of him.

Miller has converted 25 out of 26 save chances this season and still has a very good 2.25 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in his first season as a closer. The bullpen has been a strength for the Yankees all season, and the team will need dominance from them the rest of the season to hold off the Blue Jays.

A major factor in the Yankees winning this game was that Ellsbury (2-4) and Gardner (3-4), who are the No. 1 and No. 2 hitters in the lineup, combined to go 5-8 with two runs scored and three RBIs. The Yankees need those two to hit well at the top of the order. Before this game, Ellsbury was 2-27 (.074) in his last six games, and Gardner was 4-20 (.200) with eight strikeouts in his last six games.

The Yankees are now 62-51 and half a game behind the first place Blue Jays. Toronto is the hottest team in baseball as they have won 11 games in a row going back to July 29. They are currently undefeated with Troy Tulowitzki on the team.

The Yankees and Blue Jays will play three games at the Rogers Centre starting tonight at 7:07. The Yankees will look to win games in a hostile environment as the Blue Jays fans will be into it since these are the biggest games at the Rogers Centre since they last made the playoffs in 1993. The two teams are top two in the American League in runs scored and RBIs.

Greg Bird will start at first base in the series finale against the Cleveland Indians

Greg Bird.

Greg Bird.

Greg Bird, who was ranked the #4 prospect by Baseball America in the Yankees organization after the 2014 season, was called up from Triple-A this afternoon. Relief pitcher Nick Goody has been sent back down to the RailRiders.

Since Garrett Jones was recently designated for assignment for the second time, Bird will be a back-up to Mark Teixeira at first base and be able to give Alex Rodriguez days off at DH. Teixeira has a .175 average in 12 August games and Rodriguez has a .162 average with two RBIs in his 12 games in August. This proves that they need more days off until they can figure out their swing.

Bird was the Yankees 5th round selection back in 2011 out of Grandview High School in Colorado. Bird is definitely capable of being productive offensively based on his stats in the minors.

He hit .277/.356/.469 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 83 games combined with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton this season. He had a .258 average with Trenton but was called up to Scranton after improving his average. In 34 games at the more challenging Triple-A Scranton level, his .301 average with six homers and 23 RBIs proved that he was ready to try to help the struggling major league offense.

The Yankees, who are 61-51 and a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East, have lost six of their last seven games and have only scored nine runs in those seven games, which proves that it was time to call up their top Triple-A first baseman. This is the lineup for tonight’s series finale against the last place Indians.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Greg Bird 1B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

The Yankees lost to the Indians 2-1 on Wednesday and have now lost six of their last seven games

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia

The Yankees (61-51) lost to the Cleveland Indians, 2-1, in the second game of the series as the offense only had four hits in the game. The Yankees have now scored only nine runs in their last seven games and that low run output has led to them losing six of those games.

As a result of the Toronto Blue Jays 10-game winning streak the Yankees are half a game out of first and are now in second place for the first time since July 1. “Obviously you want to be in first place,” Girardi said. “The end date is the most important date to be there. It is going to come down to what we do the next 50 games or whatever we’ve got left.”

Brian McCann’s homer in the second inning was the only run that the Yankees scored in the game. McCann’s 19 homers this season leads all MLB catchers. “We just have to show up tomorrow and get a win,” McCann said.

Danny Salazar, who only allowed one run in 7.1 innings and had 8 strikeouts, retired the side in order in the third and fourth innings and the Yankees had trouble hitting his overpowering fastball. Salazar has now allowed a combined two earned runs in his last three starts and besides McCann’s homer the Yankees only got a runner to second or third twice against him.

The Yankees were 0-3 with runners in scoring position, were 1-11 with runners on base and Alex Rodriguez hit into two double plays. The top of the lineup continued to struggle as the 1-4 hitters went a combined 2-13 with five strikeouts. The top of the lineup needs to contribute offensively if the Yankees are going to win consistently again.

“I thought we swung the bats better,” Girardi said. “They made some good plays. We hit some balls deep. Unfortunately we were not able to do much.”

One positive was that the pitching continued to do its job for the team. CC Sabathia allowed 11 base runners in his six innings pitched, but he was able to limit the Indians to only two runs in six innings while recording two strikeouts and pitching very effectively with runners on base. He got Chris Johnson to hit into a double play to end the third and got Johnson to hit into another double play to end the fifth after the Indians scored their first run.

Sabathia, who lowered his ERA from 5.34 to 5.23, has now pitched well in his last two starts as he allowed one earned run, eight strikeouts and only three hits in six innings in his start last week against the Red Sox. He is improving since he has allowed three runs combined in his last two starts after allowing 10 runs in his previous two starts.

“I think my stuff was better last time,” Sabathia said. “My main focus is always to keep us in the game and give us a chance to win. I think I accomplished that tonight.” Limiting the opposition to two runs while allowing 11 base runners is very impressive and he pitched well enough to earn his 213th win of his career.

“He is working the ball in and out,” McCann said. “He is getting the cutter in. He made some huge pitches tonight.” McCann got to first in the ninth after Roberto Perez’s throw after his dropped third strike hit him, and John Ryan Murphy ran for him, but he was stranded at first after Carlos Beltran lined out and Didi Gregorius struck swinging to end the game.

The Yankees were coming off of a 16-inning marathon of a game so they needed some distance from Sabathia. He was able to throw 110 pitches, which is tied for the most he has thrown this season.

“I knew I had to lean on him tonight, but he was still throwing the ball well,” Girardi said about Sabathia. “I stuck with him.”

Hal Steinbrenner, who is the managing general partner of the Yankees, still has confidence in the team and its chance of winning the division. “I said in the offseason several times that if we stayed healthy, which is something we haven’t been able to do the last couple years, and if the middle of the lineup produced, which they didn’t do last year, then we were going to be contenders, and we are,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday from baseball’s owners meetings in Chicago. “It’s still ours to lose.”

The Yankees offense is trending the wrong way at the wrong time, with their power hitters, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, struggling, but there is still time for them to find their swing and hit like they did earlier in the season. The Blue Jays will also not continue to win games at the pace that they have been.

The Yankees will play the series finale on Thursday night and the offense will look to bounce back and prevent a sweep to the last place Indians. Nathan Eovaldi will be pitching for the Yankees and the erratic Trevor Bauer will get the start for Cleveland.

The lineup for the second game of the series against the Indians

CC Sabathia.

CC Sabathia.

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