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Game 3: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Larry Rothschild, CC SabathiaHello from Yankee Stadium, where coats and hats are a must to see the Yankees wrap up this three-game series with the Blue Jays. The Yankees won last night, 4-3, thanks to a fluky eighth-inning rally that started with Chris Young’s pinch-hit, wind-blown double and featured two hit-by-pitches and a Chase Headley grounder that ricocheted off a Toronto glove to push home the go-ahead run.

Tonight will be meaningful for CC Sabathia, who will make his first start since May 10. Sabathia is opposed by left-hander Daniel Norris – he of the ‘I live in a van down by the river‘ fame. With Brett Gardner getting the night off against the southpaw, Alex Rodriguez has been promoted to the No. 2 spot in the Yanks’ batting order.

Someone told Rodriguez of the move as he was making his way to the batting cage, and Rodriguez’s reaction appeared to be one of legitimate surprise: “You’re kidding me!” he exclaimed, rushing to the lineup posted on a clubhouse door to check it out.

“I’ve never been one to care, whether that was Seattle, Texas or even my early days here with Skip (Joe) Torre,” Rodriguez said. “I want to be in the lineup, want to be able to help the team win. I remember Lou (Piniella) led me off one day at the Kingdome and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s the first time I think I ever led off.’ I just love to play baseball. As long as I’m in the lineup, that’s cool.”

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  • Stephen Drew got the day off as Gregorio Petit drew the start at second base. Didi Gregorius is expected to rest tomorrow vs. Boston, with the Red Sox starting Wade Miley. Brian McCann got tonight off but is expected to play tomorrow.
  • Girardi mentioned that the Yankees have liked what right-hander Chris Martin has been able to do, particularly with the improvement of his slider.
  • The throw down to first base that McCann made in the eighth inning of last night’s game was a “good play,” according to Girardi. It just wasn’t a good throw. The ball scooted into right field and allowed Jose Bautista to trot home with the third Toronto run. “You expect him to throw it 90 feet and hit the guy somewhere in the chest or the knees. I’ve been there. Sometimes it doesn’t happen that way,” Girardi said.
  • As of now, there are no plans to link John Ryan Murphy as Sabathia’s personal catcher.

Here are the lineups:

BLUE JAYS (1-1)
Jose Reyes ss
Russell Martin c
Jose Bautista rf
Edwin Encarnacion dh
Josh Donaldson 3b
Danny Valencia 1b
Kevin Pillar cf
Steve Tolleson lf
Devon Travis 2b

Daniel Norris lhp

YANKEES (1-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Alex Rodriguez dh
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Chase Headley 3b
Chris Young lf
John Ryan Murphy c
Gregorio Petit 2b
Didi Gregorius ss

CC Sabathia lhp

Game 2: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

It’s chilly here in the Bronx, where the Yankees and Blue Jays will play the second game of their three-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Michael Pineda draws the start against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Here are the quick hits you need to know…

  • Michael PinedaWe all remember what happened the last couple of times that Pineda pitched in April. I asked Joe Girardi if anyone has felt the need to mention the words, ‘pine tar,’ to Pineda as he prepares to work in these 40-degree conditions. “I’m sure we’ll have a lot of eyes on him tonight. I think he understands — I hope,” Girardi replied.
  • Didi Gregorius (right elbow) said that he was fine and returned to the lineup after being hit by a pitch on Monday.
  • The Yankees are using the same lineup as they did on Opening Day. Alex Rodriguez is 8-for-22 (.364) with a homer lifetime vs. Dickey, but Girardi said he was not tempted to move the batting order around. After shaking up the lineup so often last season, using the same one two games in a row is practically a luxury.
  • Masahiro Tanaka spoke with the Yankees on Wednesday regarding what the organization believes was a miscommunication in an interview last week, when he said his velocity is expected to dip because he is throwing more two-seamers. We’ll have a full story on yankees.com, but to summarize everything in one sentence, the Yanks still believe Tanaka is healthy.
  • Who’s got the ninth inning? TBA. Girardi said he’ll base that decision on matchups.
  • Outfielder Chris Young and infielder Gregorio Petit could see some action tomorrow, when the Yanks face left-hander Daniel Norris. The Yanks still plan on platooning Gregorius against left-handers.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

BLUE JAYS (1-0)
Jose Reyes ss
Russell Martin c
Jose Bautista rf
Edwin Encarnacion dh
Josh Donaldson 3b
Dalton Pompey cf
Kevin Pillar lf
Justin Smoak 1b
Devon Travis 2b

R.A. Dickey rhp

YANKEES (0-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Brian McCann c
Chase Headley 3b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Stephen Drew 2b
Didi Gregorius ss

Michael Pineda rhp

Opening Day: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Hello from Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, where you could not ask for more perfect conditions with a season opener on tap — gorgeous sunshine, a little spring chill in the air, and the Yankees ready to slip the pinstripes on and take the field against the Toronto Blue Jays.

After seven weeks of watching games that did not count in the standings, it’s great to be able to say that this one will. Masahiro Tanaka makes his first career Opening Day start against Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison. The Yanks will take the field at 1:08 p.m., and Joe Torre is here to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Here are the lineups for today’s game, the beginning of the 113th season in Yankees franchise history, as well as this journey which will bounce us around the country for 162 games over the next six months:

BLUE JAYS (0-0)
Jose Reyes SS
Russell Martin C
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Dioner Navarro DH
Dalton Pompey CF
Kevin Pillar LF
Devon Travis 2B

Drew Hutchison RHP

YANKEES (0-0)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

Masahiro Tanaka RHP

SimSeason: The 2015 Yankees, conclusion

Out of the Park BaseballThis is it, the conclusion of our just-for-fun projection of the 2015 season, as run through the newest edition of Out of the Park Baseball, licensed by MLB.com. If you missed the first posts, here’s our ground rules and what happened in April, and here’s how May and June wentJuly and August followed, as did September and now the first two rounds of the postseason.

Welcome to the big dance, the final countdown — New York vs. Washington in the World Series. I’d say they had an unlikely road to get here, winning 88 games to take the AL East before beating the Athletics and Tigers for the pennant. Your mileage may vary. If you want to get in the driver’s seat for your own GM/managing experience, OOTP 16 is available now for PC and Mac.

Just like in the 2004 postseason, Carlos Beltran has been at his best when the games have meant the most.

Just like in the 2004 postseason, Carlos Beltran has been at his best when the games have meant the most.

World Series Game 1: Yankees 8, Nationals 2

Carlos Beltran continued his ridiculous postseason, homering and driving in two runs as part of a three-hit performance, and John Ryan Murphy (filling in for the injured Brian McCann) collected four RBIs late to lead the Yanks to an 8-2 victory in Game 1 at Nationals Park. Masahiro Tanaka struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings, holding the Nats to two runs and nine hits to improve to 4-0 in the postseason. Stephen Strasburg allowed five runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

World Series Game 2: Nationals 1, Yankees 0

Ivan Nova made just one mistake, but Bryce Harper knew what to do with it. Harper’s seventh-inning homer was the difference in Game 2, lifting the Nationals to a 1-0 victory. Max Scherzer started for Washington but left after four innings with an ankle sprain; five Nationals relievers held the fort, with Craig Stammen pitching a scoreless seventh for the win and former Yankee Matt Thornton closing it out in the ninth for his first save.

Michael Pineda was dominant over eight innings in the first World Series start of his career.

Michael Pineda was dominant over eight innings in the first World Series start of his career.

World Series Game 3: Yankees 2, Nationals 1

Mark Teixeira drove in both New York runs and Michael Pineda out-dueled Jordan Zimmerman as the Yankees took a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. Pineda held the Nats to a run on four hits over eight innings, striking out nine while walking two, and Dellin Betances pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Teixeira homered in the fourth and doubled home Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth.

World Series Game 4: Nationals 6, Yankees 5

Doug Fister bested CC Sabathia as the Fall Classic moved back to even in the Bronx. Sabathia was handed a three-run lead early, thanks to a Mark Teixeira two-run homer and a Didi Gregorius RBI single, but gave it back as the Nats scored four times in the fourth. Ian Desmond’s three-run homer was the big blow against Sabathia, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings. Fister scattered seven hits over seven frames for his second win of the postseason.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, but the Yanks were otherwise held silent in Game 5 of the World Series.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, but the Yanks were otherwise held silent in Game 5 of the World Series.

World Series Game 5: Nationals 9, Yankees 1

Masahiro Tanaka invited the Yankees to strap themselves to his back, but he was due for a clunker. This one came in the form of a six-run pounding at Yankee Stadium, with Tanaka lasting just 2 2/3 innings. Washington scored three in the first, highlighted by Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run homer, and three more in the third. Stephen Strasburg accepted the support, permitting only Jacoby Ellsbury’s sixth-inning homer in 8 2/3 innings of five-hit ball, striking out seven. 

World Series Game 6: Nationals 8, Yankees 7

Elation in D.C., and heartbreak in the Yankees’ clubhouse.

Touch 'em all, Ryan, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life. The Nationals are the 2015 World Series champions.

Touch ’em all, Ryan, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life. The Nationals are the 2015 World Series champions.

Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run, walk-off home run off Dellin Betances sent the crowd into ecstasy as the Nationals secured their first World Series championship. Betances was protecting a two-run lead beginning the ninth, but Stephen Drew booted a Bryce Harper grounder and Anthony Rendon followed with a double. Zimmerman then launched Betances’ second pitch into the left-field seats, a season-ending 353-foot shot.

The Yankees seemed to have the game in hand early. New York scored six times in the first off Max Scherzer, with Carlos Beltran slugging a two-run homer, Drew doubling home a run and Didi Gregorius belting a two-run double. Even Michael Pineda, pitching in short rest, got in on the fun with a line drive single to left that brought home the sixth run.

Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer in the third off Pineda, who threw 89 pitches over 3 2/3 innings. A double play grounder in the seventh brought in Washington’s fourth run and Danny Espinosa homered in the eighth off Andrew Miller, trimming the deficit before Betances coughed it up in the ninth. “Ballgame over, World Series over, Nationals win,” Sterling sadly intones.

In our projection, as in real life, Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are still seeking championship No. 28.

At the close of our simulation, as in real life, Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are still seeking championship No. 28. But our computer squad got a lot closer than you might have expected. 

On the morning of Nov. 5, I receive my final e-mail from ‘Hal Steinbrenner.’ He’s very happy about the nearly winning it all and wants to talk about long-term goals. He’s demanding upgrades in right field, improving the team on-base percentage, increasing attendance from 42,765 to 48,000 per game, and … yeah, he wants to win the World Series.

“The next step is obviously to figure out how you can win that last series and what we can do to help bring glory back to New York,” he writes.

Thanks, but no thanks, Hal. I’ll keep my day job.

What did we learn from this exercise? I’m not going to pretend that these results were scientific, but it was a fun window into what could happen in some alternate universe. It helps confirm a few suspicions on my part, in that the Yankees need their starting pitching to stay healthy, their bullpen should be a force and that there is talent in the farm system that could help soon — if not this year, then next. Enough computer baseball… let’s get into some games that really count!

SimSeason: The 2015 Yankees, October

Out of the Park BaseballHere we go with the sixth installment of our just-for-fun projection of the 2015 season, as run through the newest edition of Out of the Park Baseball, licensed by MLB.com. If you missed the first posts, here’s our ground rules and what happened in April, and here’s how May and June wentJuly and August followed, as did September.

Yesterday, we learned that the Yankees were heading to the American League Division Series after winning the AL East with an 88-74 record. It was a rough ride at times, and since we disabled trades for our simulation, they had to lean heavily on the farm system to get through injuries. The kids helped out and Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia stayed healthy all year, while the bullpen was a strength as expected. If you want to get in the driver’s seat for your own GM/managing experience, OOTP 16 is available now for PC and Mac.

As the Yankees venture into October, Carlos Beltran seems to be heating up at just the right time.

As the Yankees venture into October, Carlos Beltran seems to be heating up at just the right time.

ALDS Game 1: Yankees 3, Athletics 1

Carlos Beltran homered as part of a three-hit performance, supporting Masahiro Tanaka’s seven innings of one-run, six-hit ball as the Yankees defeated the A’s at o.Co Coliseum. Beltran gave the Yanks a quick lead in their first playoff game since 2012, homering in the first off Sonny Gray. New York reclaimed the advantage in the sixth on doubles by Beltran and Brian McCann, and Beltran added a run-scoring single in the seventh. Craig Gentry tripled and scored on a first-inning groundout to account for Oakland’s only run off Tanaka, who walked two and struck out six in his postseason debut.

ALDS Game 2: Yankees 5, Athletics 1

Brian McCann hit a three-run homer and Michael Pineda pitched seven commanding innings as the Yankees defeated the A’s, 5-1, in Game 2 of the AL Division Series. McCann’s sixth-inning shot off Jesse Hahn clanged against the right-field foul pole, while Mark Teixeira drove in New York’s other two runs. Marcus Semien’s solo homer in the seventh was the only dent against Pineda, who permitted four hits over seven innings.

ALDS Game 3: Athletics 4, Yankees 3

CC Sabathia permitted four runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings, accepting the loss as the Yankees dropped Game 3 of the AL Division Series, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium. Scott Kazmir limited New York to a Mark Teixeira homer and three hits over six innings, picking up the win, and Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Josh Phegley drove in two runs and Billy Butler had three hits for Oakland, while Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer in the eighth to trim the deficit.

Masahiro Tanaka stepped up with a big performance in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Athletics.

Masahiro Tanaka stepped up with a big performance in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Athletics.

ALDS Game 4: Yankees 4, Athletics 3

Masahiro Tanaka held the A’s to two runs and seven hits over six innings, backed by Jacoby Ellsbury’s three-hit performance as the Yankees advanced to the AL Championship Series with a 4-3 win at Yankee Stadium. Ellsbury had a two-run single and Didi Gregorius knocked a run-scoring hit in the second inning, and Carlos Beltran added a RBI single in the fifth off losing pitcher Sonny Gray.

The Yankees will face the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 2012 ALCS. Detroit defeated the White Sox, three games to one. In the NL, the Dodgers defeated the Padres in four games to face the Nationals, who went five games against the Cardinals.

ALCS Game 1: Tigers 6, Yankees 4

J.D. Martinez’s seventh-inning double off David Carpenter drove home the tying run and Andrew Miller balked home the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Tigers rallied late for a 6-4 victory at Comerica Park. Nick Castellanos punched a RBI single in the eighth as Detroit overcame a strong start by Michael Pineda, who allowed three runs in six innings, including a Steven Moya homer. Didi Gregorius homered for New York off David Price, who pitched 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Joakim Soria picked up the win and Al Alburquerque got the save.

Bumped to the bullpen after a disappointing debut season, Nathan Eovaldi provided three scoreless innings of relief in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Bumped to the bullpen after a disappointing debut season, Nathan Eovaldi provided three scoreless innings of relief in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.

ALCS Game 2: Yankees 6, Tigers 4

Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Al Albuquerque, lifting the Yankees to a 6-4 victory at Comerica Park. The Yanks held on after Masahiro Tanaka was knocked out after just 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits, but Nathan Eovaldi provided three scoreless innings of relief. Justin Wilson and winning pitcher Andrew Miller each recorded two outs before Dellin Betances worked around three walks in the ninth for the save. Brett Gardner drove in two runs for the Yanks.

ALCS Game 3: Tigers 4, Yankees 1

Justin Verlander held the Yankees to just Carlos Beltran’s fourth-inning solo homer among four hits over eight innings, pitching the Tigers to a 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia served up three solo homers in the loss, charged with four runs and seven hits over seven innings.

ALCS Game 4: Tigers 9, Yankees 1

Ian Kinsler homered twice and J.D. Martinez also went deep as the Tigers thumped Ivan Nova and the Yankees, 9-1, taking a commanding lead in the ALCS. David Price cruised to the victory, allowing an unearned run and two hits over six innings. Each Tigers starter had at least one hit as Kinsler slugged a three-run homer and Martinez belted a two-run shot off Nova, who lasted just three frames. Kinsler’s second homer came in the fifth off Nathan Eovaldi.

ALCS Game 5: Yankees 3, Tigers 1
Masahiro Tanaka allowed a run and five hits over six innings as the Yankees forced the ALCS back to Detroit with a 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium. Brian McCann slugged a two-run double in the third inning off Buck Farmer, who pitched a complete game in the loss. David Carpenter pitched two scoreless innings and Dellin Betances worked a clean ninth for the save.

ALCS Game 6: Yankees 1, Tigers 0
Michael Pineda pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and Carlos Beltran produced the game’s only run with an eighth-inning RBI double off Anibal Sanchez as the Yankees pushed the ALCS to the limit with a 1-0 win at Comerica Park. Andrew Miller recorded an out and Dellin Betances worked the ninth for the save. Sanchez scattered six hits over eight innings. Yankees catcher Brian McCann exited the game after one at-bat with back spasms and is done for the postseason.

Mark Teixeira had three RBIs as the Yankees defeated the Tigers in Game 7 of the ALCS at Comerica Park, advancing to the World Series.

Mark Teixeira had three RBIs as the Yankees defeated the Tigers in Game 7 of the ALCS at Comerica Park, advancing to the World Series.

ALCS Game 7: Yankees 8, Tigers 1

Mark Teixeira drove in three runs and Brett Gardner banged out three hits as the Yankees punched their ticket to the World Series with an 8-1 victory at Comerica Park. David Price was hammered for seven runs (six earned) and five hits, knocked out without recording an out in the Yanks’ five-run fifth inning. CC Sabathia worked 5 2/3 breezy innings, allowing a run on four hits, and Nathan Eovaldi fired the final 3 1/3 innings for a save as the Yankees secured entry to their first World Series since 2009.

Tomorrow… the quest for 28 continues into the World Series, as the Yankees and Nationals prepare for an epic showdown. See you there!

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