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The Yankees lost to the Indians on Paul O’Neill Day

Paul O'Neill baseball card

Paul O’Neill baseball card

The Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the series. The offense only had five hits, and the only player who had a multi-hit game was Jacoby Ellsbury, who had two hits. The Yankees were also collectively 0-9 with runners in scoring position, which led to them not scoring any runs.

However, the pitcher that shutdown the Yankees offense is one of the best pitchers in the American League and by far the best pitcher in the Indians rotation. Corey Kluber pitched six innings and had 10 strikeouts and only one walk. Kluber is tied for the most wins in the AL with 13, is fourth in the AL with a 2.46 ERA and is second in the AL with 187 strikeouts.

Joe Girardi was impressed with how Kluber pitched against the Yankees. “He has just got really good stuff,” Girardi said. “He has got an outstanding slider that he used to right handers and left handers. I know there was a lot of talk about what we faced this week with Detroit, but if you look at the top five guys in the AL, he is right there. You are going to run into guys that have great stuff and sometimes you are going to get them and sometimes they are going to shut you down.”

One of the five hits that the Yankees had was an infield single by the future first ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. That single was his 3,431st hit of his career, which put him in sole possession of sixth place on the all time hits list. He had previously been tied with Honus Wagner for sixth place. Jeter now has more hits than any other shortstop in baseball history.

Girardi is impressed with Jeter’s milestone and how he has performed this season. “It is unbelievable,” Girardi said. “I mean the people that he has passed, it is unbelievable. You know, this guy has been consistent for us all year long, and there were a lot of questions about where he would be at. He has played pretty well.”

Jeter was disappointed that the team lost, but he is proud that he now has more hits than anyone else who has played shortstop. “It is one of those wow moments,” Jeter said. “To have more hits than anyone that has played the position at all is something you can be proud of. Obviously, I would like to have won the game, but it is something I will be able to tell my kids one day about. Like I said, Honus Wagner, he is the last one on the last that played short at all, that one hits home a little bit.”

Brandon McCarthy got the start for the Yankees and picked up his first loss in his six starts with the team. He pitched well, as he only allowed two runs and had eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings, but the two-run homer Jose Ramirez hit off of him in the second ended up being the difference in the game. That was Ramirez’s first career home run.

All-Star Michael Brantley’s homer off of the foul poll in the eighth off of Chase Whitely was the third run that the Indians scored.

The Yankees will look to win the three-game series with Hiroki Kuorda pitching in Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. game. He had his second consecutive solid start on August 5 as he allowed three runs in seven innings. Carlos Carrasco, who is not nearly the pitcher that Kluber is, will be making only his fifth start of the season for the Indians.

Before yesterday’s game, the Yankees honored Paul O’Neill with a much deserved plaque in Monument Park. He was nicknamed the “The Warrior” for his hustle and intensity during games. O’Neill played for the Yankees from 1993-2001 and was an integral part of four World Series winning teams. “Let’s face it, we were all lucky to play for the Yankees, especially at that time,” O’Neill said during his speech.


Carlos Beltran’s five RBIs were key in the 10-6 win by the Yankees over the Indians

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran

The Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 10-5, as a result of a five-run first inning and a five-run sixth inning, on Friday night. The Yankees have now won three straight games and six of their past seven games going back to the series against the Boston Red Sox.

Esmil Rogers, who was acquired on July 31 after being put on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, pitched five innings while only giving up four hits and an earned run in his first start for the Yankees. He had pitched four scoreless inning out of the bullpen since joining the team. After being sent to the minors by the Blue Jays, Rogers was 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA in seven starts with AAA-Buffalo. Rogers, who got the start because David Phelps was put on the 15-day disabled list, has been another solid acquisition by Brian Cashman.

Joe Girardi has been impressed with his current rotation since the All-Star break, which only includes Hiroki Kuroda from the rotation that started the season. “Since the All-Star break, we have had a chance to win every game,” Girardi said. “That is because of them.” They would not have won three out of four against the Tigers without their impressive rotation and bullpen because they collectively had a 0.99 ERA.

Derek Jeter reached first in the first inning after Carlos Santana was not able catch a ball thrown to him by Jose Ramirez. This favorable hit ruling by the official scorer gave Jeter his 3,430th hit, which tied him with Honus Wagner for sixth most hits in baseball history.

Indians starter Trevor Bauer’s lack of control led to allowing five runs in the first inning. After a walk by Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran’s single drove Jeter home for the team’s first run. After Brain McCann walked to load the bases, Chase Headley walked on four pitches to send Ellsbury home. Beltran would score on Stephen Drew’s single to center, and then Martin Prado’s infield single scored McCann, while Jason Kipnis’s error allowed Headley to score from third.

Cleveland has one of the worst defenses in the American League, and that porous defense showed in this game because they committed two errors.

The Yankees were able to put the game out of reach in the sixth inning. John Axford, who was pitching in the sixth inning, had control problems as well. After Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Ellsbury all walked, Beltran hit a grand slam into the bleachers in right for his 14th homer of the season. This was his 16th game of five or more RBIs of his career. Beltran has turned it around offensively as he is hitting .366 in his last 10 games with with two homers and 10 RBIs.

Marc Rzepczynski, who came in after Beltran’s grand slam, allowed the 10th run to score, but that run was unearned because of Jose Ramirez’s throwing error. Drew grounded into a fielder’s choice to first, but Francisco Cervelli, who came into the game as a result of McCann’s mild concussion, scored on Ramirez’s error.

In the third inning, Mike Aviles’s foul tip hit McCann right in his face mask, which caused Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donahue to examine him on the field. “He felt like his jaw got jammed,” Girardi said. “And then when taking to him later when he came in, in the sixth, he said he felt a little fogy. He was having a hard time putting words to it, so I helped him. I said, ‘You’re out.’ It seems like McCann might have to go on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Shawn Kelley had an uncharacteristically subpar outing as he allowed four earned runs on two hits and two walks while only recording one out in the sixth, to make the score 10-6, but the rest of the bullpen threw a combined three innings and only allowed three hits. Adam Warren and Rich Hill did what they had to do and then Dellin Betances recorded two strikeouts in the ninth to end the game. Betances, who was an All-Star, has now allowed only one run in his past 10 appearances.

Michael Pineda had his second promising performance while pitching for the AAA Scranton RailRiders. He pitched 4.1 innings, allowed six hits, only one run and recorded an impressive seven strikeouts. He threw 72 pitches, which puts him on track for 85-90 in his next start. Girardi could choose to have Pineda pitch on Wednesday, or have Rogers get another start based on Friday’s performance.

With a win on Saturday, the Yankees would have a four-game winning streak and would be nine games above .500. The race for the second Wild-Card spot is very tight since four teams are between 1.5 games of each other, and the Yankees are half a game behind the surging Kansas City Royals, who have won 5 games in a row.

Paul O’Neill, who hated to lose and helped the Yankees win four World Series championships, will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park before Saturday’s game.

Capuano out pitched former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander in the Yankees win

Chris Capuano after being acquired by the Yankees.

Chris Capuano after being acquired by the Yankees.

The Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 in the third game of the four game series. The Yankees have now won four of their past five games and have won two of the first three games in the series. This game was unusual because the Yankees were able to get the win even though they committed four errors.

Since the All-Star break the Yankees have gone 12-7 and part of the reason for that is that they have hit the most homers (24) in baseball since then. In Wednesday’s game against the Tigers, Chase Headley hit a homer in the fifth and Brian McCann hit his 13th homer of the season in the seventh. That McCann homer put the Yankees up 2-1, and they would add three insurance runs after that.

Justin Verlander had the edge in career achievements over Chris Capuano, as Verlander won the Cy Young as the leagues best pitcher in 2011, but Capuano out-pitched Verlander as he allowed zero earned runs to Verlander’s two. Capuano, who is pitching for his third team this season, had eight strikeouts, only one walk and changed his speeds very well as a result of an excellent change up. Capuano’s unearned run came in the first inning after an error by Derek Jeter allowed Rajai Davis to score on a Miguel Cabrera sacrifice fly.

McCann did a great job calling the game,” Capuano said. He also credited him for his improved offensive play. “McCann has been working hard on his hitting and it’s showed.” McCann is now on a four-game hitting streak and has four RBIs in those games.

The Yankees had a chance to score their first run in the fourth, but Carlos Beltran struck out with runners on first and second. However, before this game, he was hitting .364 since the All-Star break, which is important because he is critical to the offense performing well.

Capuano made the team’s second error in the fifth inning on an Ezequiel Carrera bunt but it was not costly since Capuano got Davis and Ian Kinsler to ground out to end the inning. Yankees pitching was able to get out of trouble once again in the eighth inning. Stephen Drew made a fielding error on Victor Martinez’s grounder causing him to get to first, and then Drew’s throwing error led to Miguel Cabrera advancing to third.

However, with runners on first and third, Adam Warren was able to strike out J.D. Martinez on a high 96 MPH fastball and then get Nick Castellanos to fly out to right to prevent any runs from scoring. Warren was able to get his first win since April 27 and lower his ERA to 3.20 after 1.1 scoreless innings. David Huff had his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance after pitching a perfect a ninth inning.

The Yankees scored two more runs in the eighth, but their best slugger suffered yet another injury. With Blaine Hardy in the game in relief of Verlander, Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single and he would advance to second on Ellsbury’s walk. Mark Teixeira’s single to left scored Gardner. That was Teixeira’s team-leading 52nd run batted in of the campaign.

Beltran’s single to center loaded the bases as Teixeira advanced to second and Ellsbury to third. On the next play, Beltran was out at second on McCann’s ground out, but Ellsbury scored and then Teixeira would just barely get his hand on home plate after Andrew Romine’s throwing error. Teixeira needed three stitches after the game as a result of his hand getting caught under catcher Bryan Holaday’s cleat.

He had to make an outstanding slide to get his hand in there, but he really has had a hard time avoiding injury this year. The good news is that he his x-ray came back negative on his pinky. Before seeing Teixeira today, Girardi knew it would be a day or two for Teixeira. “He’ll be day-to-day,” Girardi said. “I have not seen him yet today. But he’ll be day-to-day, and we’ll see how many days he needs here.”

Teixeira has missed games this season with a strained hamstring, wrist soreness, a hurt knee, weak legs, strained oblique and light-headedness. Teixeira will likely be out a few days, and until then, Ichiro Suzuki will be playing in right, Chase Headley will play first and Marin Prado will play third.

Jeter was 1-4 in Wednesday’s game and with that hit he is now only one more hit away from tying Honus Wagner for the sixth most hits in baseball history.

With the Yankees win and the win by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees are still one game behind them for the second Wild-Card. Today’s series finale at 1:05 p.m. will be a matchup between rookie Shane Greene and Rick Porcello, who is from Morristown, New Jersey. Greene has struggled a little after allowing zero and two runs in his first two starts, but has shown that he is able to get big outs.

Michael Pineda, who appears ready to rejoin the rotation next week, would likely replace Greene in the rotation. He could also replace Phelps when his turn comes around again next week. After not allowing a run in 3.1 innings, Pineda will get his second rehab start tomorrow for Scranton, and he could return on August 13 at Baltimore.

The Tigers edged the Yankees 4-3 in 12 innings on Tuesday

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

The Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 12 innings on Tuesday night snapping their three-game winning streak. David Price, who was making his first start against the Yankees since his trade from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitched 8.2 innings, allowed three runs and picked up 10 strikeouts.

However, former Yankee Joba Chamberlain was key for the Tigers because he got the final out of the ninth inning and pitched a perfect 10th. The Yankees had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with Martin Prado hitting, but Prado struck out with Ichiro Suzuki on second to send the game to extra innings.

David Price is the second of the three past Cy Young winners that the Yankees are facing in the first three games of the series. “It’s a tough loss, but we will bounce back,” Joe Girardi said. “We had a lot of opportunities to win the game. It is tough.”

Prado did have his best game overall as a Yankee as hit his first homer as a Yankee in the fifth inning and then hit a double in the seventh since he hustled to second after hitting a ball hard that deflected off of Nick Castellanos’s glove at third into the outfield. In the third inning, Jacoby Ellsbury, who is now 4-8 in his last two games, hit a double to left that scored Brendan Ryan. In the second inning, Brian McCann slugged his 12th homer of the season and first since July 26.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched well in his seven innings, only allowing three runs and striking out five. His streak of retiring 14 batters in a row ended with Andrew Romine‘s homer to lead off the sixth inning. He stuff tends to get worse after the throws 80 pitches, but he was still able to leave the team in position to win the game. Kuroda now has thrown a quality start in nine of his last 12 starts. The bullpen threw four scoreless innings until Matt Daley allowed a homer to Alex Avila with an out in the 12th inning. Chase Headley nearly tied the game in the 12 but his fly ball was caught at the warning track.

“It was supposed to be a fastball in,” Daley said. “It didn’t get in and he got barrel on it.” Daley has been sent back and forth between the AAA-Scranton and the Yankees this year, and he might not have had to pitch if David Robertson was available. Robertson had gotten the save in the previous three games, which made him unavailable for Tuesday’s game.

Esmil Rogers pitched in his second game as a Yankee and his ERA is still 0.00. He got Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera out in the 11th and left the game after giving up a single to Victor Martinez. Rich Hill relieved Rogers and in his Yankees debut he hit Ezequiel Carrera with a pitch in the only batter he faced. In the 10th inning, Headley who won the Gold Glove while play for the San Diego Padres in 2012, made a Gold Glove caliber play on a grounder hit by Romine in which he had to make a throw from near the foul line.

Derek Jeter’s single in the fifth inning puts him only two hits away from tying Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list. He currently has 3,428 and Tris Speaker is in fifth place with 3.515 career hits.

The Yankees were only 1-6 with runners in scoring position, and even though Prado had his best game as a Yankee, his strikeout to end the ninth was most costly.  This is the seventh game this season that the Yankees have lost when leading after six innings.

In Wednesday’s game, Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers and Chris Capuano, who allowed four runs in his last start, will get the start for the Yankees. Verlander won the Cy Young in 2011, but this season his stats are not anything close to Cy Young worthy. His 4.66 ERA is the 40th worst the the American League, and as a result of Verlander’s 52 walks and 162 hits allowed, his WHIP is a very high 1.42.

The Yankees are still a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the second Wild-Card, which makes winning Wednesday night’s game important.

David Phelps’s rocky fifth inning led to the Yankees losing to the Texas Rangers

Derek Jeter swinging.

Derek Jeter swinging.

The 4-2 loss by the Yankees to the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, was their third consecutive loss after winning seven of their first eight games after the All-Star break. The Yankees were not able to overcome the offense not performing and the four runs that David Phelps allowed in the fifth inning. Phelps only allowed two hits before the fifth inning.

Phelps pitched six innings, allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk. He had a 2.96 ERA over has last eight starts to lower his ERA from 4.53 to 3.77, but the four runs that he allowed raised the ERA to 3.89. Phelps had been locating pitches very well while mostly limiting mistake pitches that hurt him.

In the fifth inning, Elvis Andrus’s single to left scored Chris Giminez to make the score 2-1. Then, with Alex Rios on first and Andrus on third, Adrian Beltre doubled to left to score Andrus and tie the game. With the bases loaded, J.P. Arencibia’s single scored Rios and Beltre. All of the runs in the inning came with two outs.

“I was throwing strikes all night, and I almost threw too many strikes,” Phelps said. “It is just frustrating. Arranibia, I have faced him a lot, he put a good swing on a decent pitch, you gotta be better than that. I feel like I have a good chance with a lefty up there. It’s on me tonight. I’ve got to go out and set the tone in the first game of the series.”

Joe Girardi said that the losing streak is due to a lack of offensive production. They have scored a combined 10 runs in their past three games. “We didn’t score much tonight, which is one of the reasons,” Girardi said. “Hopefully we come out and score a bunch of runs tomorrow.”

The Yankees only went three for 16 with runners on base, which, in addition to Phelps’s fifth inning, led to the loss. The Yankees could have scored enough runs to get Phelps the win, but the offense was anemic once again. The Yankees had 11 hits and the Rangers only had nine, but the Yankees were 0-6 with runners in scoring position. Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner went a combined six for nine with three extra base hits, but the rest of the lineup was five for 28 with eight strikeouts.

Derek Jeter‘s double in the third tied him with Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on the all-time hits list. His single in the seventh inning put him in sole possession of seventh place on the all-time hits list. Jeter needs 10 more hits to tie Honus Wagner for sixth place. Many consider Jeter to only be behind Wagner when considering the best shortstop of all-time. Once Jeter passes Wagner sometime in August, he will retire with the only players ahead of him being legends Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose.

“You know, it’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said. “It’s tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I’m pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was.”

The only runs for the Yankees came from two Brett Gardner swings. In the third inning against Yu Darvish, Gardner hit his 11th homer of the season, and in the fifth inning, he slugged his 12th homer. Gardner now has four homers among his five hits in 12 at-bats against Darvish. Gardner’s previous career high in homers was eight, which he set last year. Darvish, who is third in the American League in strikeouts, had a 5.32 ERA in his last four starts, which proves that the Yankees were able to help him get back to his dominating form.

Brian McCann struck out with runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh. He had an opportunity to tie the game with a single since the Yankees were losing 4-2. McCann went 0-4, with two strikeouts and was 0-2 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees are counting on him being a productive hitter in the middle of the lineup, but he is only hitting .214 in the last seven games.

The only other offensive highlight for the Yankees was that Francisco Cervelli’s single to center in the fourth gave him a 10-game hitting streak.

It is important that the Yankees acquire another outfielder like Alex Rios from the Rangers because Ichiro Suzuki is only three for his last 38. The Yankees are currently on his no-trade list, which means that he would have to agree to the trade.

The Yankees will not face pitchers the caliber of Darvish in their next two games against the Rangers. On Tuesday game, Brandon McCarthy, who has a 1.45 ERA in three starts with the Yankees, will start for the Yankees, and Nick Martinez, who has a 4.73 ERA, will start for the Rangers. The Yankees need to win these next two games since the Rangers have the worst record in baseball.