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It’s over: Yanks ousted from postseason in 3-2 loss

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DET
2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
NYY
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 10 0
W: Fister (1-1)
L: Nova (1-1)
SV: Valverde (2)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .250
Granderson, CF 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 .250
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 .318
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 0 0 0 1 3 3 .111
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 .167
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .211
Posada, DH 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .429
Martin, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .176
Gardner, LF 4 0 2 0 0 1 3 .412
Totals 37 2 10 2 3 10 20 .260
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova(L, 1-1) 2.0 3 2 2 0 3 2 4.32
Hughes, P 1.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Logan 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Sabathia 1.1 2 1 1 2 4 0 6.23
Soriano, R 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.93
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Rivera, Ma 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 2 13 2 3.27
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — The Yankees wield the same lofty expectations for each season, which makes it easy to figure out what the objective is at the beginning. It makes closing nights like Thursday even more difficult.

The Yankees’ dreams of a 28th World Series championship were dashed and packed into winter hibernation, as the Tigers defeated New York, 3-2, in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.

Alex Rodriguez struck out against closer Jose Valverde for the final out of New York’s 167th and final game of the season, marking the second time in as many years that the game’s highest-paid player has been the club’s final out of the postseason.

“It’s devastating,” Rodriguez said. “This is going to hurt for a long time. This one stings, especially at home.”

Detroit became the first visiting club to celebrate clinching a postseason series on the field at the new Yankee Stadium, moving on to face the Texas Rangers in the AL Championship Series opening on Saturday.

For the Yankees, the winter has already begun. They face an offseason headlined by the likely opt-out of ace CC Sabathia and the chance that Key Three member Jorge Posada has played his final game in pinstripes.

“It’s terrible,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s an empty feeling for everyone in that room, and it hurts. You’ve just got to remember this feeling, and we’ll be determined next year.”

New York’s only runs scored on a fifth-inning Robinson Cano home run off starter Doug Fister and a seventh-inning bases loaded walk that Mark Teixeira worked against Joaquin Benoit.

“It’s very disappointing,” Teixeira said. “Anything less than a championship is a lost year here. I’m proud of the way we fought all year long, but at the end of the day, we just didn’t get the job done.”

That it was Valverde gyrating on the field and leading the party in a wild clubhouse celebration rubbed salt in the wound for the Yankees, who heard him pronounce the series “over” loud and clear after Game 2.

“We had the guy that we wanted to beat,” Nick Swisher said. “All that talking he’s been doing, man — as much as I don’t want to say it, I do have to say, ‘Congratulations.’ Those guys pitched extremely well this series, especially against a potent lineup like ours.”

Girardi’s bullpen usage raised eyebrows after starter Ivan Nova was pulled after two innings, but it was later revealed that Nova had complained of right forearm tightness and will have an MRI exam performed on Friday in New York.

“Nobody can feel good about this,” Nova said. “You could win; you have the chance to win. It’s hard right now. I don’t know what to tell you.”

Nova surrendered two first-inning solo homers to put his club down early in a game it never led.

Don Kelly poked the first into the right-field seats and Delmon Young followed on the next pitch with a rocket to left field, marking the first back-to-back homers in Tigers postseason history.

“Some of his fastballs were cutting, and we never saw that, so I had to make a change,” Girardi said of Nova. “I had to try to get our bullpen through it. They did a tremendous job — one run through seven innings.”

Nova vanished when the third inning began, gone after 31 pitches and replaced by Phil Hughes, who pitched 1 1/3 innings around two hits before Boone Logan got the last two outs of the fourth.

That set up CC Sabathia’s first professional relief appearance, and Sabathia served up a run to put Detroit up by three, as Austin Jackson doubled and scored on a Victor Martinez single.

“The level of disappointment is through the roof,” Sabathia said. “We come into Spring Training with a goal to win the World Series every year. That’s not a goal for every team, but it is a goal of ours. And we didn’t get it done.”

Sabathia struck out four in 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Rafael Soriano, who induced a big double play in the sixth. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth ahead of Mariano Rivera, who was used for just four outs in the entire ALDS.

“Our pitchers threw as well as they could this year,” Girardi said. “I really believe that. They pitched their hearts out. Those guys have nothing to be ashamed of.”

The Yankees closed the deficit to one run in the seventh inning, as Derek Jeter legged out a one-out infield single that chased Max Scherzer in favor of Benoit.

Curtis Granderson lined a 3-2 pitch to right field for a single and Benoit couldn’t field a Cano dribbler back to the mound, loading the bases. A-Rod struck out, but Teixeira forced in a run with a walk before Swisher fanned to leave three men on.

“When you have opportunities like that, we talk about keeping momentum going, even if it’s a sac fly to at least get one run in there,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t get the job done.”

The Yankees also left the bases loaded in the fourth inning, with Russell Martin and Brett Gardner popping out in succession to end the frame.

“I look at this game, and it was one hit, maybe one sac fly,” Girardi said. “That was the difference.”

The elimination game marked the third consecutive loss in such a contest for the Yankees, who also fell in the fifth game of the 2005 ALDS to the Angels and the seventh game of the ’04 ALCS to the Red Sox.

New York’s last victory in an elimination game was Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, which Aaron Boone won with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning.

There was one last gasp from a sellout crowd that seemed convinced — maybe by the simple fact that it has happened so many times before — that the chilly Bronx air had a little more magic in it.

With two outs in the eighth against Benoit, Jeter lifted a deep fly to right field that momentarily raised hopes of a go-ahead shot.

In the Yankees’ dugout, Girardi’s heart jumped and so did he, knowing how generous the short porch has been in the three years since it replicated the old one across the street.

But the Yankees’ fortunes seemed to have run out for 2011, as the ball landed harmlessly in Kelly’s glove just shy of the padded wall.

“I thought maybe it had a chance,” Jeter said. “I guess I hit it a little too high. I guess maybe it wasn’t meant to be.”

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2011 ALDS: Game 3 | Yankees @ Tigers

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

C.C. Sabathia (0-0, 4.50) vs. Justin Verlander (0-0, 9.00)

Enjoy the game. Here is Ricky’s preview podcast for the game.

2011 ALDS: Game 1 (Take 2) | Yankees vs. Tigers

Ivan Nova is making his first postseason start, as is his opponent, Doug Fister.

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00) vs. Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00)

Pregame Notes:

— It is currently raining at Yankee Stadium, supposedly quite hard and steady at the moment (6:50pm). Hopefully it stops sometime soon, so they can get the game in tonight. If not, the schedule for the rest of the ALDS will be pretty darn hectic, I’m sure.

— The game will pick up right where they left off last night: 1-1, bottom of the 2nd inning, no one on, no one out, except Ivan Nova and Doug Fister are replacing C.C. Sabathia and Justin Verlander, respectively.

Enjoy the game.

Series Preview: 2011 ALDS | Yankees vs. Tigers

Fri., 9/30/11, 8:37PM EST – Yankee Stadium

C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00) vs. Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40)

Sabathia career postseason: 7-4, 4.66, 71 K in 77.1 IP (13 starts)
Sabathia vs. Tigers: 15-12, 4.54, 165 K in 202.0 IP
Verlander career postseason: 1-2, 5.82, 23 K in 21.2 IP (4 starts)
Verlander vs. Yankees: 4-3, 3.97, 54 K in 56.2 IP

Sat., 10/1/11, 8:37PM EST – Yankee Stadium

Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70) vs. Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83)

Both Nova and Fister will making their first postseason starts.
Nova vs. Tigers: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 K
Fister vs. Yankees: 1-2, 6.00, 10 K in 18.0 IP

Sun., 10/2/11 : OFF-DAY

Mon., 10/3/11, 8:37PM EST – Comerica Park

Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62) vs. Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43)

Garcia career postseason: 6-2, 3.11, 45 K in 55.0 IP (9 starts)
Garcia vs. Tigers: 18-8, 3.88, 172 K in 213.1 IP
Scherzer will be making his first postseason start.
Scherzer vs. Yankees: 3-0, 2.84, 21 K in 19.0 IP

Tues., 10/4/11, Time TBD – Comerica Park (if necessary)

TBA vs. TBA

Wed., 10/5/11 : OFF-DAY

Thurs., 10/6/11, Time TBD – Yankee Stadium (if necessary)

TBA vs. TBA

2011 Futures Game Recap

US Futures 6, World Futures 4

(be sure to click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY at the end of the boxscores, for the written recap, and the link to a MLB.com video recap)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
World Futures       0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 8 0
U.S. Futures       1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 x 6 10 0
 
World Futures AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG  
Marte, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
  c-Fuentes, PH-CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Altuve, 2B 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 .667
  Schoop, 2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
Alonso, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .000
Viciedo, DH 3 1 1 0 0 1 4 .333
  d-Martinez, F, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Liddi, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
  Marte, J, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Silverio, RF 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 .250
Chiang, LF 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .000
Rosario, W, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Valle, PH-C 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500
Lee, SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  b-Profar, PH-SS 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .500
  Teheran, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hendriks, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Paxton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Martinez, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Perez, M, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Alvarez, H, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Vizcaino, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Herrera, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Marinez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 4 8 4 3 7 11 .235
U.S. Futures AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG  
Kipnis, 2B 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500
  a-Green, PH-2B 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 1.000
Machado, SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Beckham, PH-SS 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 .500
Harper, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000
Goldschmidt, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Mesoraco, C 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
  Romine, C 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 1.000
Middlebrooks, 3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500
  Arenado, 3B 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 .500
Darnell, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .000
Myers, RF 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 .000
Brown, G, CF 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .500
  Szczur, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Skaggs, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Peacock, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Miller, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Moore, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Thornburg, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Pomeranz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Gibson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Cosart, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Turner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Harvey, M, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 6 10 6 1 6 11 .313
World Futures IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA  
Teheran  1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 9.00
Hendriks  1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 9.00
Paxton  1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Martinez, C  1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Perez, M  1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 9.00
Alvarez, H (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Vizcaino (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Herrera (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 0.2 4 3 3 0 1 0 40.50
Marinez  0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 8.0 10 6 6 1 6 1 6.75
U.S. Futures IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA  
Skaggs  1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Peacock (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Miller, S (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Moore (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Thornburg (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Pomeranz (BS, 1) 0.2 3 4 4 1 1 1 54.00
Gibson  1.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Cosart (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Turner (H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Harvey, M (S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 8 4 4 3 7 1 4.00

 

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MLB, Players talk Realignment

I am in favor of this move if the Yankees, Red Sox and Tampa all have the best overall records like they do in some of the years past why should one not make the playoffs.   This to me seems like a great idea.  Would love to hear thoughts from everyone else.

Below is the article  from ESPN’s Buster Olney.

A simple form of realignment being seriously considered has been raised in the labor talks between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, according to four sources: two leagues of 15 teams, rather than the current structure of 16 teams in the National League and 14 in the American League.

According to a highly ranked executive, one consideration that has been raised in ownership committee meetings is eliminating the divisions altogether, so that 15 AL and 15 NL teams would vie for five playoff spots within each league. Currently, Major League Baseball has six divisions.

A source who has been briefed on the specifics of the labor discussions says that the players’ union has indicated that it is open to the idea of two 15-team leagues, but that the whole plan still hasn’t been talked through or presented to the owners.

“I’d still say the odds of it happening are less than 50-50,” one source said.

A sticking point involves interleague play. Because of the odd number of teams in each league, it is possible that a team in contention late in the season will have to be playing its final games in interleague play.

One of the biggest issues that would have to be resolved in any realignment resulting in two 15-team leagues is which of the National League teams would switch to the American League.

Two highly ranked executives believe the Houston Astros would be a possibility, because a switch to the AL for Houston would foster a rivalry between the Astros and the Texas Rangers.

“There are still a lot of details that would have to be discussed,” one source said.

Colon Dominates A’s in 5-0 Victory

Game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

OAKLAND — The Yankees had absolutely no expectations for Bartolo Colon when he arrived in camp this spring, but by now they’ve figured this out: When he’s on, expect plenty of zeroes.

Colon again recaptured his old form on Monday, dominating the Athletics for nine scoreless innings as the Yankees posted a 5-0 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The A’s lineup seemed to be consistently flailing at everything the 37-year-old Colon fired their way, as the right-hander limited Oakland to just four hits while striking out six.

Wearing Stars & Stripes Memorial Day caps in the field, the Yankees provided Colon with all of the support he’d need in the first inning, getting to Trevor Cahill for three runs.

Derek Jeter led off the game with a single, his 2,981st career hit. The captain was aboard when Mark Teixeira homered for the fourth time in five games — a two-run shot to right field, his 16th.

Robinson Cano followed an Alex Rodriguez walk with a run-scoring double to right-center field before being cut down on an outfield assist rounding second base.

Against an Oakland lineup that has less homers (30) than Teixeira and Curtis Granderson (16) combined, the lead held up, even as Cahill settled in and limited the Yankees to just one hit over the next six innings.

With Cahill’s pitch count climbing in the seventh, the Yankees manufactured a fourth run. Brett Gardner walked, stole second, executed a double steal with Francisco Cervelli and scored on a Jeter sacrifice fly.

Cahill allowed four runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking five and striking out two before yielding to Craig Breslow.

Working efficiently, Colon allowed only a second-inning Josh Willingham double that struck the wall in right-center field and then a sixth-inning Kevin Kouzmanoff single. Kurt Suzuki had an infield single in the eighth and was promptly erased on a double play, while Cliff Pennington hit a leadoff double in the ninth.

It was a solid bounce-back for Colon, who was commanding two starts ago on May 18 over eight scoreless innings in Baltimore but allowed a season-high six runs to the Blue Jays on May 23. It was Colon’s first complete game since July 5, 2006, when he was a member of the Angels.

Boxscore:

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
NYY
3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   5 7 0
OAK
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 0

 

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .259
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .276
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 .258
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .277
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .284
Posada, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .169
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .212
1-Dickerson, PR-RF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Gardner, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .255
Cervelli, C 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .200
Totals 30 5 7 5 5 5 8 .253
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon(W, 3-3) 9.0 4 0 0 0 6 0 3.26
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 0 6 0 3.56

NYY @ OAK – 5/30/11

UPDATE, 3:18 PM EST: Martin has been scratched from the lineup with a sore toe. Here’s the new lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

Bartolo Colon (2-3, 3.77) vs. Trevor Cahill (6-2, 2.02)

Series Preview: NYY @ OAK – 5/30/11-6/1/11

5/30/11: Bartolo Colon (2-3, 3.77) vs. Trevor Cahill (6-2, 2.02)

Against the Blue Jays, Colon pitched five strong innings but faltered in the sixth. A five-run explosion, fueled by three walks — two intentional — led to his third loss of the season. He struck out eight in defeat but walked four overall.

Cahill wasn’t at his best in his last start, giving up back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to the Angels. He lasted six innings, scattered 10 hits and five walks while being tagged for four runs (three earned) and just his second loss.

5/31/11: Freddy Garcia (3-4, 3.26) vs. Brett Anderson (3-4, 2.84)

Garcia looks to string together back-to-back wins after defeating the Blue Jays with 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball on May 25. The veteran has allowed three runs or fewer in three of his last four starts.

Anderson was dominant against the Angels in his last outing. He tossed a three-hit shutout over eight innings and struck out four batters en route to the win. He has allowed just four runs combined in his last three starts.

6/1/11: A.J. Burnett (5-3, 3.99) vs. Gio Gonzalez (5-2, 2.17)

Burnett ran out of steam after needing 97 pitches to grind through five innings against the Mariners on May 27, tying a season high with five walks. He completed the month of May 1-2 with a 4.06 ERA, logging quality starts in three of five outings.

Gonzalez didn’t earn a decision the last time out, but saw his stellar May come to an end after five innings in which he gave up two runs, fanned seven and walked five. For the month, he was 3-0 and struck out at least six in all five of his starts.

Pitcher Probables/Previews from MLB.com’s Gameday.

Sabathia Strong in 7-1 Victory in Seattle

From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

SEATTLE — The Yankees had been unable to spark anything against the Mariners’ bullpen all weekend, so they left nothing to chance on Sunday, getting to the starting pitcher instead.

New York battered Jason Vargas for six runs in the first three innings, offering CC Sabathia plenty of cushion as they cruised to a 7-1 victory at Safeco Field, salvaging the finale of a three-game series.

Seattle’s relievers had fired nine scoreless innings in the first two games of the set, including five after Felix Hernandez was knocked out of Saturday’s extra-inning affair.

Hours later, the Yankees pounced on Vargas, using five hits and four walks to chase the left-hander early on an afternoon when every Bombers starter would log at least one hit.

Nick Swisher started the offense with a second-inning homer, his third, and New York batted around in a five-run third inning that saw each run cross the plate with two outs.

Andruw Jones had the big hit in the frame, clearing the bases with a three-run double to right field. Robinson Cano also had an RBI single, and Eduardo Nunez knocked in Jones with his first career triple.

On the way to his third consecutive winning start, Sabathia had no problems with the output.

The left-hander held the Mariners scoreless into the sixth inning, when he fell behind Justin Smoak. Challenging the first baseman with a 3-1 fastball, Sabathia lost his shutout bid as Smoak’s drive landed beyond the left-field fence.

Otherwise, Sabathia was stellar, pitching out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth inning by getting Ichiro Suzuki to bounce back to the mound for a 1-2-3 double play.

The run support should have been nothing new for Sabathia, who is following the Phil Hughes trend from last season — entering play on Sunday, Sabathia’s support average of 7.63 runs per game was the second most in the Major Leagues.

Mark Teixeira added an RBI single in the fourth off Jeff Gray for the Yankees, who have not been swept in a three-game series in Seattle since Aug. 26-28, 1996.

Boxscore:

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
NYY
0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0   7 11 0
SEA
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 6 0
W: Sabathia (6-3)
L: Vargas (3-3)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, DH 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 .258
Granderson, CF 5 2 3 0 0 0 3 .282
Teixeira, 1B 5 0 1 1 0 0 4 .258
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 5 1 1 0 0 1 5 .282
Cano, 2B 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 .279
Swisher, RF 2 2 1 1 2 0 0 .210
Jones, An, LF 3 1 1 3 1 0 2 .236
Gardner, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .253
Nunez, E, SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .250
Cervelli, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .174
Totals 36 7 11 7 5 2 19 .253
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia(W, 6-3) 8.0 5 1 1 3 5 1 2.98
Pendleton 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 3 5 1 3.63

Yanks Beat in Extras by Mariners, 5-4

From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

SEATTLE — The losses that come with Mariano Rivera walking off the mound often go down this way, with a ball hit just well enough that it finds a safe patch of outfield grass to land on.

Adam Kennedy was the one providing the ending on Saturday, knocking in pinch-runner Luis Rodriguez with the winning run in the 12th inning to lift the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees at Safeco Field.

“It was the game,” Rivera said. “I made good pitches and the ball found places. You can’t do [anything]. I wish we’d still be playing, but it’s done.”

The loss resides next to Rivera’s name in the box score, but the Yankees knew better.

After wrestling a lead away from Felix Hernandez in the seventh inning, four Seattle relievers silenced their bats until the end of a four-hour, 18-minute grind that ended well after most New Yorkers had retired to bed.

“They’ve been throwing a lot of strikes,” said Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. “They’ve been pitching really well. You can see their ERAs. They’re really good and you’ve got to give them some credit.”

In the decisive 12th, Justin Smoak got aboard with a one-out single before leaving for the pinch-runner, and Jack Cust followed with a well-hit double into the left-field corner.

“You can’t defend that. There’s no excuses,” Rivera said.

An intentional walk loaded the bases for Kennedy, who won it with a shallow looper to center field.

“I’m trying to survive,” Kennedy said. “You know what’s coming. That’s my second hit off him ever and the other one was just the same. It’s not easy.”

David Pauley was the last of Seattle’s relievers on Saturday, hurling two scoreless innings for the win. The Yankees have gone quietly over nine frames against the Mariners’ bullpen in the series.

“It’s been two nights in a row we haven’t scored on them,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought we had a couple of chances, we hit some balls hard. We just didn’t score.”

Hernandez struggled early, serving up a solo homer to Cano in the second inning and a two-run shot to Mark Teixeira in the third.

“They were waiting a little bit, but after the third they started hacking,” Hernandez said. “I made two mistakes with fastballs to Cano. That was right in the middle. And Teixeira, too. I fell behind and you pay.”

He settled in, but the Yankees were able to get him to cough up a one-run lead in the seventh.

With Derek Jeter aboard, Granderson belted a drive to right field that Ichiro Suzuki pursued oddly, leaping on the warning track and missing the ball entirely. Granderson charged to third base as Jeter scored the tying run easily.

It was an interesting night for Jeter, who had two hits and is now 21 away from becoming the first player in a Yankees uniform to reach the 3,000-hit plateau.

Jeter also used the evening to reach another statistical milestone, logging his 327th career stolen base in the third inning, surpassing Rickey Henderson for the most in franchise history.

That was all book-keeping in the end. As he watched from the clubhouse, Ivan Nova took responsibility.

Down, 3-1, after three innings, the Mariners took the lead with three runs in the fourth, knocking Nova out.

“I feel bad about that,” Nova said. “I had the lead twice in the game and I can’t hold on. I don’t feel happy with that.”

Franklin Gutierrez started the fourth with a bad-hop single that ate up Jeter, and Kennedy doubled to set up Miguel Olivo’s game-tying, two-run double.

Nova also uncorked a wild pitch and allowed the go-ahead hit, a Brendan Ryan RBI single, before leaving.

“I don’t have really good command today, but I’ve got to find another way to fight and stay in the game,” Nova said. “I’ll try to do better next time.”

Girardi said that he would have liked to see Nova challenge hitters more. The righty allowed five hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking three and fanning one.

“You have to be able to throw strikes,” Girardi said. “This is a ballpark where there aren’t a lot of home runs hit. I think you can be more aggressive in this ballpark and attack the strike zone. That’s what he has to do.”

You couldn’t pin it on the Yankees’ bullpen. Hector Noesi performed admirably in relief, holding the Mariners scoreless over 2 1/3 innings of two-hit ball.

Dave Robertson struck out the side in the seventh. Joba Chamberlain hurled two scoreless innings and Boone Logan faced the minimum in the 10th before Luis Ayala set the Mariners down in the 11th.

Ultimately, even as Kennedy’s humpback off Rivera rolled past Granderson and was abandoned in center field, the Yankees had to look back at the early innings as the turning point.

“It’s frustrating,” Girardi said. “We had leads in both of the games and weren’t able to hold them. We gave free baserunners and it hurt us.”

Boxscore:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 2 0 1 0 1 .257
Granderson, CF 6 1 1 1 0 1 2 .274
Teixeira, 1B 3 1 1 2 3 0 0 .259
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 6 0 1 0 0 1 5 .284
Cano, 2B 5 1 3 1 0 1 0 .281
Martin, C 4 0 0 0 1 2 3 .253
Posada, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .174
a-Jones, An, PH-DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .231
Swisher, RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .206
1-Dickerson, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Gardner, LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 .253
Totals 44 4 9 4 5 7 16 .252
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova 3.2 5 4 4 3 1 0 4.67
Noesi 2.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.96
Robertson 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.27
Chamberlain 1.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.12
Logan 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.15
Ayala 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.80
Rivera, Ma(L, 1-1) 0.1 3 1 1 1 0 0 2.11
Totals 11.1 13 5 5 5 8 0 3.68

NYY @ SEA – 5/28/11

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.29) vs. Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.01)

MLBTR Notes: Cashman, Brett Myers, Yanks’ Scouting

Here are some notes from MLBTR on the Yankees:

  • GM Brian Cashman told George A. King III of The New York Post that he isn’t getting any calls about trades just yet. “I am not getting calls,” said Cashman. “We have the farm system and money, but no calls … The headache stuff is available. The quality stuff is not available.”
  • Within the article, King notes that the team could look for upgrades at DH, in right field, and for the pitching staff. He says the Astros “will listen” to offers for Brett Myers, but the Yankees “don’t have a match.” King speculates that Carlos Beltran, Michael Cuddyer, and Vladimir Guerrero could be potential trade targets.
  • Dan Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal wrote about the club’s pro scouting department, which helped unearth Bartolo Colon and others this offseason. “It’s easy to recommend a guy when the numbers are there,” said scout Tim Naehring. “The most difficult thing is feeling confident and putting in a report when the production isn’t there. The biggest challenge is sticking your neck out and saying,’I know there’s more in there. I know there’s better performance coming.’”

Bullpen Lets Up Early Lead, in 4-3 Loss

From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

SEATTLE — The Yankees’ bullpen was lauded as an unquestioned strength heading into the season, but it was their weak spot on Friday in the opener of a nine-game road trip.

Clinging to a one-run lead heading to the sixth inning, two Yankees relievers frittered it away. A pair of soft run-scoring groundouts eased them along to a 4-3 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field.

“We had a chance to win tonight and that’s disappointing,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Whether it’s the first game or the ninth game of the road trip, that’s disappointing.”

The Yankees’ frustration was evident in the face of Eduardo Nunez, who pinch-ran in the eighth inning and pulled off a daring steal of second base, only to be picked off representing the tying run.

“I feel bad. It’s a big play in the inning,” said Nunez, who was nabbed by Jamey Wright. “The tying run is me. To get picked off, I feel so bad. It happens.”

Nick Swisher didn’t have a much better night. Swisher belted a deep drive to center field in the fourth inning that seemed like a sure bet to snap his prolonged offensive funk.

He never saw Franklin Gutierrez leap against the outfield wall and bring the ball back for an out. The look of amazement on the face of Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan told Swisher everything he needed to know.

“No chance. I hit that ball really well,” Swisher said. “What are you going to do? He looked like Michael Jordan out there on that play.”

That helplessness seeped into the bullpen as well. A.J. Burnett needed 97 pitches to get through five innings, so Girardi wanted Boone Logan to get an out before Luis Ayala got the ball to the later innings.

Burnett said he still had a little something left in the tank, but he couldn’t argue with the call.

“Those guys in the bullpen are there for a reason,” Burnett said. “A lot of walks [five] and I’m sure the 97 pitches had a lot to do with it.”

Logan once again couldn’t fulfill his assignment, as Adam Kennedy pounced on a hanging slider, the 11th hit that Logan has surrendered to a lefty in 32 at-bats.

Ayala allowed a single to Miguel Olivo and then issued a four-pitch walk to Carlos Peguero, setting up RBI at-bats for Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki.

Ryan bounced a ball to shortstop that was too slowly hit to turn a double play, tying the score, and Ichiro followed with a RBI grounder to shortstop that gave Seattle its first lead of the evening.

“You just find a way to push them across,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “Our guys did a good job keeping them in the middle of the field. That’s the separator right there. If you’re hitting those balls to the corners, you’re not going to score those runs.”

The silent rally made a winner out of David Pauley, who hurled two scoreless innings after promising starter Michael Pineda was hit for three runs in five frames.

Seattle had scored twice off Burnett, who knew that he’d sealed his own fate by needing to wriggle free of self-created jams too often.

“I was 3-1, 3-2 on a lot of hitters,” Burnett said. “At the same time, I was able to get out of it here and there. It definitely was the deciding factor in coming out, walks and a high pitch count.”

It might have been a different decision, Girardi allowed, if both of the Mariners’ runs off Burnett hadn’t come in the fifth on RBI groundouts by Luis Rodriguez and Justin Smoak.

As Girardi knows all too well, the crop of relievers he has on his lineup card isn’t exactly what he thought would be there this spring, but they must make do with few reinforcements available.

“Some guys are going to be expected to do a little bit more, that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said.

The Yankees saw flashes of the 22-year-old Pineda’s promise but were able to run up the right-hander’s pitch count and get him out after five innings.

“He had trouble with the strike zone,” Girardi said. “I thought our guys were patient off him and did a good job off him. He hasn’t given up a lot of runs.”

Mark Teixeira accounted for New York’s first run in the first, belting his 14th homer.

In the fifth, Pineda uncorked a nasty breaking ball that Alex Rodriguez waved at, but it skipped away for a wild pitch that scored Curtis Granderson standing up.

Booed as usual during his return visits to Seattle, Rodriguez then dropped an RBI single in front of a sliding Gutierrez, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

“Growing up in the Dominican, I think he heard all about the Yankees and saw all those highlights, so he was pretty excited,” catcher Olivo said of Pineda. “I think he was overthrowing the fastball. But for five innings, they still only had three hits and that’s amazing.”

Pineda used 96 pitches in the effort, his 10th big league outing, walking five and striking out five.

“We heard a lot about him coming in,” Swisher said. “I thought we did a great job getting his pitch count up. We just kind of let it slip away from us. It’s a tough loss to take.”

Boxscore:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 .254
Granderson, CF 2 1 0 0 2 1 1 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 .258
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 0 1 1 1 1 2 .288
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .273
Martin, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .261
Posada, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .178
1-Nunez, E, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .206
Gardner, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .262
Totals 31 3 5 2 6 7 14 .253
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, AJ 5.0 4 2 2 5 6 0 3.99
Logan 0.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.50
Ayala(BS, 1)(L, 1-1) 2.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 1.93
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.35
Totals 8.0 6 4 4 6 10 0 3.68

NYY @ SEA – 5/27/11

Lineup:

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixiera 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Martin C
Posada DH
Swisher RF
Gardner LF

Pitchers:

A.J. Burnett (5-3, 4.02) vs. Michael Pineda (6-2, 2.16)

Enjoy the game.

Series Preview: NYY @ SEA ~ 5/2711-5/29/11

Friday ~ 5/27/11 ~ 10:10 PM EST

A.J. Burnett (5-3, 4.02) vs. Michael Pineda (6-2, 2.16)

Burnett settled down Saturday after a 29-pitch, two-run first inning against the Mets to come out with the win, his third quality start in his last four outings. He is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in six career starts against the Mariners.

The big 22-year-old ranks first among AL rookies in wins (6), strikeouts (61) and opponents avg. (.194). He’s riding a 14-inning scoreless streak, during which he’s allowed five hits and one walk with 16 strikeouts.

Saturday ~ 5/28/11 ~ 10:10 PM EST

Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.29) vs. Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.01)

Nova was unfazed by the stage of the Subway Series, giving up just three runs in 6 2/3 innings Sunday against the Mets. Late run support gave him a no-decision. He has never faced Seattle.

Hernandez tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts in an eight-inning gem against the Padres Sunday, allowing six hits in a 6-1 win. He’s 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA in eight career starts against the Yankees.

Sunday ~ 5/29/11 ~ 4:10 PM EST

C.C. Sabathia (5-3, 3.17) vs. TBA

Sabathia pitched his first complete game of the year on Tuesday, giving up four runs in a win against the Blue Jays. He yielded eight hits, but pounded the strike zone, issuing one walk and using 103 pitches (77 strikes) to finish the game.

Pitcher Probables from MLB.com’s Gameday Preview

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