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Orioles (93-62) @ Yankees (80-75), Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:05pm
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NYDN: Masahiro Tanaka stellar in return for Yankees, who earn 5-2 win over Blue Jays
(22 Comments - 9/22/2014 3:48:20 pm)

Blue Jays (78-76) @ Yankees (79-75), Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:05pm
(23 Comments - 9/22/2014 2:44:48 pm)

Blue Jays (77-76) @ Yankees (79-74), Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4:05pm
(23 Comments - 9/21/2014 6:31:06 am)

Blue Jays (77-75) @ Yankees (78-74), Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:05pm
(25 Comments - 9/20/2014 8:14:40 pm)

NY Times: Against Blue Jays, Derek Jeter and Yankees Show Signs of Life
(24 Comments - 9/19/2014 4:02:27 pm)

Blue Jays (77-74) @ Yankees (77-74), Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:05pm
(25 Comments - 9/19/2014 9:14:56 am) Derek Jeter breaks his slump
(19 Comments - 9/18/2014 6:36:21 pm)

Yankees (76-74) @ Rays (74-78), Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:10pm
(38 Comments - 9/18/2014 10:13:41 am) Rays open floodgates on Yanks after close call
(21 Comments - 9/17/2014 3:22:32 pm)

Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Orioles (93-62) @ Yankees (80-75), Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:05pm

BAL: Wei-Yin Chen (#16, 28, LHP, 16-4, 3.58) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 25, RHP, 3-5, 2.15)

1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
6. Christian Walker (R) 1B
7. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Chris Young (R) LF
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Francisco Cervelli (R) 1B
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Jose Pirela (R) DH

The Yankees are still playing huh?  Good for them.

--Posted at 2:56 pm by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: Masahiro Tanaka stellar in return for Yankees, who earn 5-2 win over Blue Jays

Masahiro Tanaka was a singular sensation for the Yankees in the first half of the season, an All-Star right out of the gate since arriving from Japan and a contender for the AL Cy Young Award. In the 75 days since he felt elbow pain during a July 8 start, he has been the club’s enormous $155 million question mark.

Sunday, the answers might have started coming for the Bombers.

The injured ace returned to the mound for the first time since doctors counseled against Tommy John surgery for a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and instead recommended rehab, platelet-rich plasma treatment and a throwing program. It’s only one start, but it looks like the right call so far.

Tanaka was every bit as effective as he was before the injury, allowing just one run in 5.1 innings against the Blue Jays on a day the Yankees hit three home runs and Derek Jeter delighted a crowd of 48,144 in a 5-2 victory at the Stadium.

“I thought it was great,” catcher Brian McCann said of Tanaka’s 70-pitch performance. “He looked the same. . . . As far as the difference between today and what he did early on, (it) was nothing.”

“Pretty darn good,” Joe Girardi said. “His first pitch was 92. I don’t know if I was really prepared for that. That was really encouraging to me, too.”

I feel exactly 0% more confident that Tanaka’s successful return to the mound yesterday means he’ll be healthy going forward, but I guess it’s something to build on with an eye towards 2015.

--Posted at 8:08 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blue Jays (78-76) @ Yankees (79-75), Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:05pm

TOR: Drew Hutchison (#36, 23, RHP, 10-12, 4.51) vs. NYY: Masahiro Tanaka (#19, 25, RHP, 12-4, 2.51)

If Tanaka pitches well in this meaningless rehab start today, it augurs well for the flat ground squad’s chances in 2015.

--Posted at 6:41 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blue Jays (77-76) @ Yankees (79-74), Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4:05pm

TOR: Marcus Stroman (#54, 23, RHP, 10-6, 3.80) vs. NYY: Chris Capuano (#26, 35, LHP, 2-3, 4.55)

--Posted at 12:43 pm by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blue Jays (77-75) @ Yankees (78-74), Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:05pm

TOR: Mark Buehrle (#56, 35, LHP, 12-9, 3.40) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 10-9, 3.81)

Blue Jays

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Brett Gardner (L) LF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF

I look at the Yankees lineup and I realize this season really can’t end soon enough.

--Posted at 2:54 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)

NY Times: Against Blue Jays, Derek Jeter and Yankees Show Signs of Life

The flashbulbs portion of the season has finally arrived. That was one of the first surefire signs of Derek Jeter’s final regular-season homestand at Yankee Stadium: the winking lights from digital cameras greeting his every at-bat.

There were many more signs, and more to come still. The farewell tour has turned its final corner. But with the Yankees still ostensibly in the hunt for the postseason — at least according to the standings — Jeter was hardly in a mood for remembrance.

He jogged right past the No. 2 logo painted along each baseline, and remained in the dugout as fans cheered his name after a sixth-inning home run, forgoing a curtain call so that Brian McCann could focus on his at-bat.

I figured Jeter would never have another extra base hit again, so the homer was a pleasant surprise.

The Yankees aren’t playing for anything now, so it’s basically going to be a Jeter love-fest for the rest of the season.

Am I a bad person for hoping Jeter sits out the final series in Fenway?

--Posted at 8:08 am by SG / 24 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blue Jays (77-74) @ Yankees (77-74), Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:05pm

TOR: R.A. Dickey (#43, 39, RHP, 13-12, 3.84) vs. NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 5-3, 3.56)

Blue Jays
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Jose Bautista (R) RF
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
4. Adam Lind (L) 1B
5. Danny Valencia (R) 3B
6. Munenori Kawasaki (L) 2B
7. Josh Thole (L) C
8. Kevin Pillar (R) LF
9. Anthony Gose (L) CF

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chris Young (R) RF
6. Brett Gardner (L) LF
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Francisco Cervelli (R) C

The final homestand of the 2014 season starts tonight.  I’ll predict the Yankees score a total of four runs over the next eight games.

--Posted at 2:46 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0) Derek Jeter breaks his slump

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It hasn’t happened often for the Yankees in 2014, but just about everything went right for them Wednesday.

Their win went much like the way they envisioned many more of them going at the start of the year. The 3-2 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field feature a strong outing from starter Brandon McCarthy, who lasted seven innings, some timely hitting and an easy save by David Robertson.

Unfortunate, it’s too little, too late — a theme with which these Yankees are all too familiar.

In reality, there’s no shot. But let’s talk math, which still says the Yankees can make the postseason. With 11 games remaining, the Yankees climbed within 5.5 games of the Royals in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot.

The .600 OPS watch continues for Jeter (.249/.298/.297).

--Posted at 9:37 am by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yankees (76-74) @ Rays (74-78), Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:10pm

NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 9-14, 3.98) vs. TBR: Alex Cobb (#53, 26, RHP, 9-7, 2.75)

TBA, but an embarrassment

The 1927 Yankees

--Posted at 12:29 pm by SG / 38 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Rays open floodgates on Yanks after close call

ST. PETERSBURG—A gift, an aggressive play, some late scoring and, as usual, a lot of good pitching led the way for a 6-1 Rays win over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Rays (74-78) won for the fourth time in five games while clinching the three-game series and moving to 11-7 against the Yankees this season.

Trailing, 1-0, in the fifth, the Rays got some help from the Yankees when they benefited from two New York errors. The first came when Kevin Kiermaier reached on a throwing error by second baseman Brendan Ryan. After Ryan Hanigan walked, Yankees starter Michael Pineda made the second error while covering first base on Ben Zobrist’s chopper. First baseman Brian McCann flipped Pineda the ball, then watched as Pineda played hot potato until finally dropping the ball. Kiermaier scored from second on the play.

Different night, same crap.

--Posted at 10:16 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)

Yankees (76-73) @ Rays (73-78), Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:10pm

NYY: Michael Pineda (25, RHP, 3-4, 2.20) vs. TBR: Jake Odorizzi (24, RHP, 10-12, 4.08)

TBA, but guaranteed to stink

1. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
2. David DeJesus (L) DH
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Nick Franklin (S) 2B
6. Matt Joyce (L) RF
7. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

Am I a bad fan because I don’t watch the games anymore and am actively rooting for the Yankees to finish below .500?

--Posted at 3:36 pm by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)

NY Post: Yankees eliminated from East, wild-card hopes all but over

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Standing in a solemn clubhouse that grows more quiet with each passing loss, Brett Gardner rolled back the clock to March.

“Coming into spring training the lineup we put together, it looked good on paper,’’ Gardner said.

Now, two weeks from the end of a second straight season in which there will be no games in October, the Yankees appear to be swinging wet newspapers instead of bats.

I love ya Brett, but this lineup never looked very good on paper.  They didn’t look this bad, but they didn’t look good.

And I don’t see a blueprint to make them appreciably better in the next few years, aside from “hope a bunch of players in their mid to late 30s play better a year further removed from the typical peak age for a baseball player.”

--Posted at 7:57 am by SG / 42 Comments | - (0)

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