Game 59: Yankees vs. Athletics

Rain, rain, go away. It’s a gray and drizzly morning here in New York as the Yankees and Athletics wrap up this three-game series. The Yankees will try to avoid the sweep, and they’ve got the right guy on the mound, as it’s Masahiro Tanaka’s day to pitch. Drew Pomeranz has the ball for Oakland. New York has lost four straight and five of six on this homestand.

Joe Girardi’s working plan today is to get Carlos Beltran back in the lineup. They’re looking to use Beltran only as a DH for the foreseeable future; that will minimize the risk of having his right elbow flare up again. Beltran hasn’t played since May 12 against the Mets.

Today is also the day for the First-Year Player Draft, which kicks off at 7 p.m. The Yanks’ first selection is in the second round, No. 55 overall, so Draft reps Jeff Nelson and Andy Cannizzaro will have a little bit of a wait before they get to call out a name.

Here are some notes and information from the Yankees’ media relations department:

DAY OWLS: The Yankees are 14-6 (.700) in day games this season, marking the second-best such winning pct. in the Majors (S.F., 16-6, .727)…are just 15-23 in night games in 2014…over the last four seasons, are a Major League-best 123-62 (.665) in day games…the Majors’ second-best such record over that stretch is Cincinnati’s (113-82, .579).

CENTER OF ATTENTION: CF Jacoby Ellsbury has the Yankees’ longest active hitting streak (9G)…over the span is batting .389 (14-for-36) with 5R, 1 double, 1HR, 8RBI, 4BB, 5SB and a .450 OBP.

QUALITY GUY: RHP Masahiro Tanaka has recorded quality starts (at least 6.0IP and 3ER or fewer) in each of his 11 starts this season, the longest active streak of its kind in MLB…joins Montreal’s Steve Rogers as the only pitchers since earned runs became an official statistic (1912 in NL and 1913 in AL) to start their careers with as long a streak (Rogers did so in each of his first 16 career games in 1973)…the last Yankees pitcher to produce a longer such streak at any point in their career was CC Sabathia (16 consecutive starts in 2010)… has allowed 0HR in five consecutive starts, after surrendering 7HR in his first six outings…the Yankees are 9-2 in Tanaka’s starts and have won each of his last four home starts.

Last and certainly not least, let me end the post with these words of wisdom from the late Don Zimmer. What a terrific motto to live by:

“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110 percent all the time.”

28 Comments

meant 200 million in my previous comment, not 2 million

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Go Yankees bt KC

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while Nero fiddles, Rome burns. While Cashman fiddles and waits to see how Tex is going to pan out and Beltran we lose a good 1st baseman and middle of the lineup bat. You know very well both Tex and Beltran are precarious. They could go down again any time and for Beltran the next time means surgery and probably gone for the year. How long will Tex’s wrist hold up? Big question mark. I think I know the answer. Not very long. Personally, the way Tex has been playing 1st base this year I’d have more confidence in Morales. And he still strikes out too much. And if these two go down for a long stretch who replaces them? Johnson? No thanks. And anyone else is a long shot who probably hasn’t played the position before. offense has been sadly lacking this year even with guys in the lineup that should be power hitters. A Morales could add some pop and offense that we desperately need. To me it’s a no brainer. But I’m not the GM and I’m not paying out the money. But if you’re already paying out 2 million what’s another 12 or14?

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Sabastian, Tex and Beltramo will not live up to their contracts. Ignore Yankmeister, Johnson is a 1 year deal and can be released at any moment.

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I’m guessing that Tex’s wrist will hold up better than jerseyjoe’s limp wrist with all the hard action he gives to HEAD-ley

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How is the skirt treating you Asia?

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Morales confirmed he will sign with a team who gives him ABs not for depth.

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Hal makes things real tough for Cash, he won’t return.

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You make it tough on everyone who wants to read this blog

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wish you wouldn’t return.

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Stalker!

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LOSER!!!!!

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Ask Fernando to explain to you.

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Morales does not look like he will be a Yankee. He wants to play not wait for the Yankees to decide what they will do with Tex and Beltramo.

Great job by Tanak.

Solarte has played some 1B this yr, so please excuse the racist troll. I’m not even Mexican but he keeps calling me a piñata

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Once again jerseyjoe is WRONG again or just flat out lying about Solarte after having being banned once again. Solarte has appeared in 13 games at 2B, 48 3B, 5 SS, none at 1B. So either he is WRONG OR LYING which one is it since their are no stats for his so-called play at 1B.

Suuuuuuuure you’re not Mexican bark!!!!! LMFAO!!!

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Stop the personal attacks Matt. Your a minor league fan. The majors are not your strong suit Makoto.

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Facts and the truth are not you strength either, once again your facts have been proven WRONG!!!!

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Don’t you ever get tired of being WRONG?

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Yankees can only win with Tanaka as starter scoring only 2 runs. They can’t win with the other 4 starters with only a 2 run support. So if their offense doesn’t start to get rolling this team will struggle all year and battle the sox and the rays for last place. The worse case scenario we all feared at the beginning of the season has come to pass. We’ve thrown a lot of money at a number of aging, injury-prone veterans hoping they’d be able to play at least 140 games. Totally unrealistic. It will take 5 years to build the yankee team from top to bottom that we had in the mid to late 90s. The cupboard is bare in the minors unfortunately. We need to draft smart and develop well and get a core of good players ready in the minor league system to step onto the big stage. As fans we’ll need to be patient and lower our expectations. We’ve had a winning team for years. We hate to lose and because of that we’ve thrown a lot of money at old veterans. It obviously is not a good plan.

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Nothing will change until Crashman and Oppenheimer are gone.

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Despite what the Head-ley lover says, this team will not be better with a hitter who struggles to hit .200.

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Careful Asia or you will need to come back with Yankmeister2.

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Sorry, I exposed another of your mancrushes!!!! I see you came back with a new ID yourself. Congrats on extending your record on getting banned and coming back with a new ID, Mr. Mediocrity.

Any guess on when you might get banned again?

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I’d be in favor of dumping Cashman, Long and the pitching coach. It’s obvious these folks are NOT doing the job. Girardi might not be far behind tho. This team NEEDS pitching. Tanaka is the sole reliable starter. Kuroda is a 5-6 inning pitcher and the reat of the rotation is a mess thanks to Pineda, CC and Nova being out and frankly NOT sure the Yankees get anything out of them this year. GET some pitching Cashman or Jeter’s good bye ends with the regular season.

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Cash will be in Seattle next as fellow resident John Clayton consistently says on his radio show. Girardi is 1 yr in, he might have to fire staff but short of an order from George, he’s safe for now.

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Until Cashman is out of the picture, Yanks are bound to be near or cellar dwellers.Replacing Girardi wouldn’t be a bad move either.

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Agree about Crashman, not sure about Girardi, you’re only as good as the tools you are given to work with.

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the only game we have a good chance of winning is when Tanaka pitches, one game in five. That certainly won’t get us into the playoffs, not even close. Pretty soon the Red Sox and the Rays will be passing us.

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