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King Felix shuts out Yankees in 1-0 loss to Mariners

When you look at the final box score, you can come up with this assumption: Hiroki Kuroda was good. Felix Hernandez was better. The Yankees weren’t able to do anything off of Hernandez as the Yankees fell to the Mariners to even the series 1-0.

Hiroki Kuroda did his job this afternoon going 6 innings and only giving up 1 run, but the Yankees haven’t been able to come up with almost any hits. The Yankees were held by King Felix with a 2 hit shut out through 9 innings. Ichiro Suzuki had one of the Yankees 2 hits now giving him a hit in every game since his Yankee debut. Boone Logan, David Robertson and Clay Rapada all pitched for the Yankees after Kuroda departed–all of them putting up zeros.

Tomorrow the Yankees will play a get away day game as they try to take the series from the Mariners. If the Yankees want to win tomorrow, then they have to since Friday night they are facing the Tigers best pitcher–Justin Verlander. First pitch for the Yankees is at 1:05pm.

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Complete game by CC gives Yanks a 6-3 victory over Mariners

CC Sabathia gave the Yankees exactly what they needed–a complete game and the bullpen was able to get some rest after the Yankees defeated the Mariners with a 6-3 victory.

Sabathia went 9 innings and pitched extremely well. All of the runs that the Mariners scored ended up scoring on a home run ball but the Yankees were able to score some runs of their own. In the bottom of the third inning, Curtis Granderson plated both Ichiro Suzuki and Russell Martin to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In the 6th, Eric Chavez hit a 2 run homer and in the 7th, Raul Ibanez and Robinson Cano both had RBI base hits which equaled up to the Yankees 6 runs.

Ichiro was the first Yankees live ball player that started his Yankee career with 1 hit in his first 9 games. As Suzyn Waldman says, “there’s a stat for everything.”

Today, the Yankees will play the Mariners at 1:05pm.

Nix carries Yankees to series win with 5-2 victory over Mariners

For the first 7 innings, the Yankees were looking at a 1-6 roadtrip after getting swept by the Athletics and almost giving the Mariners a series win. Then came Jayson Nix as the Yankees were able to claw their way back to the game with a 5-2 victory over the Mariners.

It was a tight ball game for the Yankees as they had a 2-1 deficit. The only run the Yankees scored at that point was a home run by Derek Jeter, but when the Yankees got to the 8th inning, everything changed. Derek Jeter was hit by pitch to start the rally and at the end of the rally was Jayson Nix. The bases were loaded for the Yankees when Nix pinch hit for Raul Ibanez and delievered a 3 run double to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. Russell Martin scored the 5th and final run after Eric Chavez was intentionally walked.

Ivan Nova wasn’t as sharp as usual but he lasted to the 6th inning giving up 2 runs on 2 hits.

Tomorrow is a Yankees off-day and on Friday, the Yankees will take on the Boston Red Sox for the weekend series.

Kuroda gives Yankees the sweep in 6-0 rain shorted victory

When the Yankees started their game 45 minutes late, all eyes were on Hiroki Kuroda to see if the rain delay was going to slow him down. In the end, Kuroda looked victorious as the Yankees swept the Blue Jays 6-0 in a 7 inning game.

The Yankees started their run scoring bargade with a Derek Jeter double in the 1st inning, followed by an RBI single by Nick Swisher and a 2 run homer by Mark Teixeira (it was also Mark Teixeirs figurine day at the stadium). Andruw Jones scored the 4th run in the first which plated Robinson Cano. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Dewayne Wise hit a ground rule double which scored Jayson Nix, but Wise and Nix weren’t done scoring runs. In the 6th inning Wise singled and scored Nix for a second time which equaled the 6 runs for the Yankees.

Kuroda pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball and earned the win after the game was cut short due to a rain delay.

– Robinson Cano has a 21 game hit streak which is the longest active hit-streak in the majors.

– No news on Brett Gardner and his MRI results.

Mariano Rivera went to the New York Stock Exchange and rang the opening and closing bell.

The Yankees now head to the West Coast where they will play 4 games vs. Oakland (I won’t cover the series until Sunday which is an afternoon game) and 3 vs. Seattle.

CC aces test in 6-1 victory over Blue Jays

During today’s pregame, Joe Girardi was clear that he had a strict pitch count for CC Sabathia in his first game back from the DL. CC didn’t disappoint as the Yankees were able to rout the Blue Jays and win the series 6-1.

CC pitched 6 innings of shutout baseball before being relieved by Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada and Chad Qualls. Qualls gave up the sole run in the 8th inning. Andruw Jones got the Yankees 3 runs in the 2nd inning after hitting a 3 run shot off Brett Cecil. The Yankees scored their 3 runs on a Toronto error when Jayson Nix was waved home and Chris Stewart was able to advance to third. Jeter singled in Stewart and Alex Rodriguez made a force out to get Jeter home.

Robinson Cano had another hit and has a 20 game hit streak. All he needs is 37 more games and he’ll have the same hit streak record as Joe DiMaggio.

There was no news on Brett Gardner during the game which usually means “good news” but not in this case.

Tomorrow is a day game in which Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Yankees. Ricky Romero will pitch for the Blue Jays.

Teixeira & Martin bail out Kuroda as Yanks slip past Angels 6-5

The Yankees ended the first half of the season right with a win and they started the second half of the season with a win as well. While Kuroda faltered for the Yankees towards the end, Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin were able to bail him out as the Yankees beat the Angels in the series opener 6-5.

The Yankees started the game behind in the 3rd when Eric Aybar hit a solo shot. That was when Mark Teixeira hit the first of his 2 home runs of the game. The 2 run shot by Teixeira made it 2-1 New York in the 3rd. In the top of the 7th inning, Mark Trumbo hit a 3 run shot which made the game 4-2 Angels. The Yankees had a chance the previous inning but stranded Granderson after a lead-off triple. The Angels would score one more off Kuroda in the 8th inning before being taken out for Chad Qualls who has pitched brilliantly since coming to New York in that trade with the Phillies.  The Yankees had a Hollywood 8th inning as Mark Teixeira hit his second HR of the evening which tied the game at 5. Russell Martin couldn’t have written a better script for how this game went even if he tried. After fighting off some pitches, Martin had a go-ahead RBI single which plated Dewayne Wise.

Martin was also fantastic defensively as he was able to catch Mark Trumbo, Alberto Callapso and Howie Kendrick stealing, the latter ending the game for the Yankees and securing Rafael Soriano‘s 21st season save.

Tomorrow the Yankees will face the Angels in an afternoon game. Freddy Garcia will be on the mound for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:05pm.

Jeter, Cano, Granderson take their swings during ASG

Tonight was the 83rd annual All-Star Game at Kauffman stadium and the Yankees were represented by 3 bats from their lineup. Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each had 2 AB each in the crushing loss to the National League.

Derek Jeter: Derek Jeter went 1 for 2 in the game and even did the Jeter jump throw in the 1st inning. Unfortunately, Mark Teixeira wasn’t the one at 1st base and instead it was Prince Fielder meaning the play that’s usually an out ended up ricocheting off of Fielder’s glove.

Robinson Cano: Robinson Cano was still feeling the effects from yesterday’s HR Derby after Kansas City turned what was supposed to be a fun event into a tainted experience. But Robinson Cano also went 1 for 2 with a single, he caught Bryce Harper in a run down and he made some great plays at second base. Don’t mess with Robbie Cano. Because he will get you.

Curtis Granderson: Curtis Granderson didn’t dazzle at the plate going 0 for 2 but he did get the runners over in an inning where the AL scored absolutely no runs. Well, Granderson looked like he was having fun–that’s all that matters really.

All and all in the end, no one got hurt and everyone had fun. Even Robinson Cano, who smiled so widely he could do a commercial for 1-800-DENTIST showing off his pearly whites. Now Jeter, CC, Granderson and Cano can happily head home to New York to prepare for the LA Angels series on Friday. Plus with Brett Gardner, Joba Chamberlain and maybe even Mariano Rivera coming back, the Yankees can go nowhere but up from here.

Yankees win series vs. Boston with 7-3 victory

The Yankees needed a distraction from yesterday’s night game which was just abysmal. Tonight, the Yankees got exactly what they needed from the almost 4 hour game as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-3 and won the series at Fenway Park.

After being insulted by Vincente Padilla before the game, Mark Teixeira made the Red Sox eat their words by hitting a double which scored Derek Jeter. Nick Swisher was able to ground into a force out which scored Granderson. All of this was done in the 1st inning. The Yankees had scored 13 of their 28 runs this series in the 1st inning. In the 5th inning Alex Rodriguez woke up from his slumber in the 5th inning when he hit an RBI triple to score Teixeira. Andruw Jones had 2 RBI’s in the game when he brought A-Rod home in the 5th and hit his 4th HR in the series in the 7th inning which scored Swisher.

Ivan Nova didn’t have his best stuff tonight but he was able to battle through it, going 6 innings and only giving up 2 runs (only one earned). Cody Eppley had gotten into trouble in the 6th inning but Clay Rapada and David Robertson were able to bail him out to finish the inning. Robertson started the 8th inning and although he was able to get the first two outs with ease, he walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He gave up a RBI double to Mike Aviles which plated Saltalamacchia.

The Yankees are off for the next 4 days but there is still a lot of baseball this week. Tomorrow night is the Home Run Derby where Robinson Cano will lead the American League vs. the National League (fingers crossed Cano wins again.) On Tuesday is the game we have all been waiting for: The 2012 All-Star Game! Yankees return on Friday to Yankee Stadium where they will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. First pitch for Friday will be at 7:05pm and Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound.

Yankees and Red Sox split double header

In Game 1 the Yankees had control of the board. In Game 2, the Red Sox had complete control of the board. In the end, the Yankees won game 1, 6-1 and the Red Sox won game 2, 9-4.

GAME 1:  On Friday night’s game, the Yankees scored all 10 of their runs without hitting a HR. In the afternoon game of the Day-Night DH, all of their runs happened via the HR ball. In the first game Andruw Jones hit 2 HR’s, Jayson Nix hit 1 homer (his actually left the stadium) and Nick Swisher hit a 3 run homer which summed up the Yankees 6 runs. Freddy Garcia was also very effective for the Yankees as he had pitched into the 7th inning with only giving up 1 run. It seems that ever since the Yankees banished Garcia into the bullpen, he became a completely different pitcher. Derek Jeter also had a 3 hit day and we saw Robinson Cano extend his hitting streak to 13 games. We also saw his RBI streak disappear snapping his RBI streak to 9 games.

GAME 2: The Yankees once again got off to a fast start in the 2nd game when Mark Teixeira hit a 3 run homer which plated Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson. Andruw Jones hit a HR in the 7th which gives him 3 HR’s throughout the entire day. Phil Hughes (who was scheduled to show up at 5pm at Fenway Park) gave up 3 earned runs (5 in total to the Red Sox) after a wild 6th inning kicked him out of the game in favor of Boone Logan. Joe Girardi decided to lift Boone Logan in favor of Cory Wade and let’s just say that he was horrible (again). Wade gave up 4 earned runs on 3 hits which is why he’s going back to Scranton.

Tomorrow the Yankees send out Ivan Nova to the hill in hopes to get the series win. Jon Lester goes for the Red Sox.

Phelps holds Rays down as Yanks take series finale with 4-3 win

The Yankees were unsure what they were going to get out of David Phelps in today’s game, but the results were quite delightful as the Yankees were able to snap a 9 game skid while playing at Tropicana Field with a 4-3 win.

Although David Phelps went 4.1 IP he was very impressive by allowing only 1 run on 2 hits and 8 strikeouts. In total, the Yankees had 16 strikeouts in the ball game (8 by Phelps, 3 by Cody Eppley, 2 by Boone Logan, 2 by David Robertson & 1 by Rafael Soriano). If Phelps were more stretched out then he could have went longer in the game and had probably have been more dominant as the game went along.

In the beginning of the game, the Yankees were having trouble with David Price who only gave up 1 run on 4 hits in 7 innings, but in the 8th the Yankees old buddy Kyle Farnsworth was able to bail them out of losing 10 straight at Tropicana Field by leaving the bases loaded before getting lifted for Jake McGee. Robinson Cano scored 2 runs off of Jake McGee (Both runs charged to Farnsworth).

The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow but on Friday they are playing in Fenway Park in a 4 game series (2 games on Saturday) vs. the Red Sox. Make sure you drink a lot of coffee for this series folks! You’re going to need it.

Martin’s 2 errors costs Yanks as they fall to Rays 7-4

Yesterday it was Mark Teixeira’s error that cost the game. Tonight it was Russell Martin and his 2 errors that cost the Yankees the game as they fell to the Rays 7-4.

Ivan Nova started the game for the Yankees, but he wasn’t at his sharpest giving up 6 runs (3 were earned) in 6 innings plus. 3 of the runs should not have scored but Russell Martin botched a throw home by Dewayne Wise in the 3rd which helped the Rays tie the game. Later in the 7th inning, Martin threw a ball into center field which allowed another run to score. Not only has Martin been dismal at the plate but his defense was off tonight as well.

Chad Qualls allowed a run of his own to score in the 7th inning which led to the Yankees falling behind to the Rays. The Yankees originally had given Nova a 3 run lead after the first two innings on Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano RBI doubles and a Dewayne Wise HR. The 4th run scored on an Eric Chavez double.

Tomorrow the Yankees play an afternoon game at 3:10pm where it’s the battle of the David’s. David Price will go for the Tampa Bay Rays and David Phelps will go for the Yankees in hopes to prevent the Rays from sweeping the Yankees.

Rare error by Teixeira pushes Rays past Yankees in 4-3 deficit

The Yankees had gotten everything that they wanted from Freddy Garcia who pitched 5.1 IP of 2 run baseball, but RISP failures and a rare error by Mark Teixeira handed the Yankees their 8th loss in Tropicana Field this season as the Rays defeated the Yankees 4-3.

Fans were worried that Freddy Garcia might have put the game in jeopardy before the game even started but he had pitched very well. He only had given up 2 runs; both on solo HR’s (one to B.J Upton and one to Carlos Pena). He was lifted in the 6th inning for Cody Eppley who had gotten the Yankees out of the inning tied. What looked promising after the Yankees scored another run in the 7th turned horrible when in the bottom half in the inning Boone Logan walked Sean Rodriguez and let him advance to 2nd on a wild pitch. David Robertson gave up the tying run after coming in the game (the run was charged to Logan). Robertson seemed to have gotten the Yankees out of the inning on a ground ball–until Mark Teixeira let the ball skip under his glove all the way down the right field line allowing the 4th and final run to score.

The Yankees scored their 3 runs by playing ABC Baseball. They got 2 runs in the 1st inning on a RBI by Teixeira and a RBI on Robinson Cano. The Yankees scored their 3rd and final run on excellent base running by Chris Stewart which ended with Curtis Granderson hitting a SAC Fly.

The Yankees can take some positives away from the outing. Freddy Garcia pitched well again, Chris Stewart knows how to play ABC Baseball which reminds us of Brett Gardner and Chad Qualls was able to retire both batters he faced after arriving in the visitors clubhouse at 5:30 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow the Yankees will face James Shields and they will put Ivan Nova on the mound. This game is bound to be good. First pitch is at 7:05pm.

Hughes cruises for 8 innings as Yanks beat White Sox 4-2 to tie series

In the first inning of the game, Phil Hughes was off to an inauspicious start as he let 2 runs score and left the Yankees in a 2-0 hole. Since the first inning he had put 0′s up on the scoreboard as the Yankees were able to defeat the White Sox 4-2 to tie the series at 2 games apiece.

Phil Hughes after the rocky first inning in which he gave up 2 runs and 3 hits went 7 more innings giving up 0 runs and 3 hits. Hughes went 8 innings with 2 runs on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts. Rafael Soriano came in the 9th inning to seal the deal and give the Yankees their 1st victory in July.

In the 2nd inning, Raul Ibanez singled and Eric Chavez hit a 2 run homer which tied the game at 2. In the 3rd inning Robinson Cano hit a 2 run homer with Mark Teixeira on base which gave them the 4 runs they needed to beat the White Sox.

Now the Yankees head on their final road trip of the first half of the season as they play 3 games in Tampa and 4 games in Boston (2 games on Sunday due to a doubleheader). Tomorrow it will be Freddy Garcia vs. the Rays pitcher Matt more as Garcia auditions for the rotation spot while Andy Pettitte & CC Sabathia are out with injuries. First pitch will be at 7:05pm.

Kuroda pitches gem as Yanks shut out White Sox 4-0

After yesterday’s circus performance which resulted in a 14-7 loss, the Yankees turned to Hiroki Kuroda to pitch the Yankees to victory. That was exactly what Kuroda had done as the Yankees were able to shut out the Sox 4-0.

Kuroda pitched 7 innings of shutout ball while only allowing 3 hits, at one point retiring 15 batters in a row. Kuroda was saved from trouble in the 1st inning when Alejandro De Aza was caught stealing by Martin to begin the game. David Robertson came in for the 8th inning and retired all three men he faced (2 on strikeouts, one on a shallow “Mariano Rivera style” pop up). Boone Logan came in for the 9th inning and retired one batter while Rafael Soriano retired the last 2 batters with a double play ball to short.

The Yankees were also able to take advantage of the 93 degree weather by hitting 3 home runs: 1 by Curtis Granderson in the 1st, 1 by Dewayne Wise in the 5th and 1 by Robinson Cano in the 6th. The 4th run scored on an RBI double by Dewayne Wise which plated Nick Swisher.

Tomorrow the Yankees have a big day ahead of them as it is the final home game for the first half of the season (the Yankees are on the road all next week). Also tomorrow is Old Timers Day so tune into YES Network early for extensive coverage and of the Old Timers Game. First pitch for the actual Yankees game is at 2:05pm with Phil Hughes on the mound.

Yankees win thriller in extra-innings to extend streak to 8

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira plates 2 in the 14th inning in the Yankees 5-3 win over the Nationals

The Yankees were in a back and forth thriller with the Nationals all throughout the afternoon but in the end of the 4 hour game, the Yankees came out on top (and won their first game without hitting a HR).

The Nationals scored first off of starter Andy Pettitte when Jesus Flores doubled which sent home Michael Morse & Tyler Moore. The Yankees were able to get one of the runs back on an error that let Eric Chavez go to first and let Nick Swisher score. Swisher later left the game with a left calf contusion. The Yankees got their 2nd and 3rd runs during the 6th inning when Raul Ibanez plated Robinson Cano on an RBI ground out and when Eric Chavez doubled off the right field wall which plated Russell Martin.

The Yankees were in line to win in the 8th and Andy Pettitte was slated to get the win–until Cory Wade gave up a HR to Ian Desmond which had the Yankees in a back and forth battle with the Nationals until the 14th inning when Mark Teixeira hit a double which plated both Jason Nix & Derek Jeter. Rafael Soriano got the save and Freddy Garcia received the win.

Tomorrow Ivan Nova takes the mound for the Yankees as the Yanks (once again) tries to sweep the series. The Yankees have already swept the New York Mets & the Atlanta Braves.

Yankees sweep series over Braves with 3-2 victory behind Kuroda

In Hiroki Kuroda’s past 3 starts he held a 0.83 ERA which was the best out of the Yankees starters so far. Kuroda sure did no problems with pitching well for the Yankees as the Yanks were able to take the series sweep and beat the Braves by a score of 3-2 for the Yanks 6th straight win.

Kuroda pitched 6 innings while only giving up 2 runs on 9 hits with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks. Kuroda did have to work in and out of trouble, but there was something CC-esque about his outing since he was able to hold the Braves to only 2 runs while the Yankees quickly rallied back.

In the first inning, Derek Jeter doubled and was scored on an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez. In the 6th inning after Hiroki Kuroda gave up a HR to Brian McCann, Derek Jeter walked and Curtis Granderson hit a 2 run shot which gave the Yankees their 3-2 lead.

Cody Eppley and Boone Logan pitched well while Clay Rapada had the day off after pitching 4 straight games. The Yankees had Freddy Garcia warming up in the 8th inning but luckily Cody Eppley was able to get the double play to get out of the inning.

Tim Hudson had pitched against the Yankees in the past but the last time that the Hudson had pitched against them was in 2006. The last time Hudson had won against the Yankees was in 2003.  Unless Hudson pitches during the Yankees & Braves series in Yankee Stadium then Hudson might not pitch against them again until possibly maybe next year.

The Yankees have the off-day tomorrow and the Yankees will head to Washington to take on Bryce Harper and the red-hot Washington Nationals. David Robertson is making the trip with the team and he is slated to be activated on Friday. Phil Hughes is slated to get the start on Friday.

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