NYY 8, Tampa Bay 4

April 13, 2017 – 7:39 am

Another nice win! First series win, plus back to .500 — so maybe we can start overlooking that ugly first week, you think? Good first start from Montgomery — other than the one bad pitch to Weeks which ended up as a 2-run homer, he looked very solid. And Aaron Judge looks like he’s starting to figure things out. He ended up last year with a rather discouraging .179 BA, but he’s now got his average up to .308 with a very nice 1.071 OPS. And that home run in the seventh was something to behold!

Now all we need is a nice start from Severino and a series sweep.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Rays 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0   4 9 2 11 2
Yankees 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 X   8 8 1 1 5
WP: B. Mitchell (1-0)   LP: J. Diaz (0-1)   S: A. Chapman (1)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, TB – R. Weeks Jr.

LOB: NYY 7, TB 7   RISP: NYY 2-for-11, TB 1-for-10

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NYY 8, Tampa Bay 1

April 11, 2017 – 7:33 am

Finally, a very nice win! Pineda at long last pitched up to what everyone thinks is his potential — 7.2 innings, with just one run on two hits and 11 K’s. Now if he can follow that up with some more good starts and gain some much needed consistencty. Plus even without Judge and Sanchez, they put up eight runs with everyone contributing up and down the batting order.

Too bad Tuesday is an off-day. Hopefully they will pick up right where they left off on Wednesday.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Rays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 2 2 12 0
Yankees 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 X   8 10 0 7 1
WP: M. Pineda (1-1)   LP: A. Cobb (1-1)   
HQS: NYY – M. Pineda (7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – S. Castro, C. Headley, A. Judge, TB – L. Morrison

LOB: NYY 5, TB 1   RISP: NYY 3-for-11, TB 0-for-1

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NYY 7, Baltimore 3

April 10, 2017 – 7:36 am

Things are looking up, I guess, as the Yankees avoided the sweep by the Orioles. So one week into the season CC Sabathia has established himself as the No. 1 starter and Ronald Torryes is the top clutch hitter with a team-leading 7 RBIs. Pretty much tells you everything you need to know, hey?

Onward to New York. Let’s hope the homecoming helps get things headed in the right direction!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4   7 9 0 8 11
Orioles 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   3 6 2 8 4
WP: D. Betances (1-1)   LP: D. O’Day (0-1)   
HQS: NYY – C. Sabathia (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, BAL – None

LOB: NYY 12, BAL 6   RISP: NYY 2-for-10, BAL 3-for-8

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Baltimore 5, NYY 4

April 9, 2017 – 7:36 am

Another poor start from Tanaka, another blown save and loss from the bullpen, and Bird and Sanchez are now out with injuries. Hard to imagine how this season could have started worse.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   4 9 0 8 6
Orioles 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 X   5 10 1 7 4
WP: M. Givens (1-0)   LP: D. Betances (0-1)   S: Z. Britton (3)
HR: NYY – None, BAL – None

LOB: NYY 9, BAL 9   RISP: NYY 2-for-8, BAL 4-for-9

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Baltimore 6, NYY 5

April 8, 2017 – 7:39 am

And now we have a bullpen fail. Yeah, I know, it’s still early — but man is it easy to see the rest of the season playing out like these first four games have. Bad starts and lack of clutch hitting continually putting the bullpen in a tough situation, which they can’t always salvage. On the bright side, at least Sanchez showed some signs of life, going 2-for-4 with a 2-run HR. Bird and Judge, though, continued to struggle with 5 K’s between them.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Tanaka now rebounds from his first ugly start.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0   5 10 2 10 4
Orioles 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 X   6 7 0 9 1
WP: D. Hart (1-0)   LP: T. Clippard (0-1)   S: Z. Britton (2)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, M. Holliday, BAL – S. Smith, M. Machado

LOB: NYY 7, BAL 3   RISP: NYY 3-for-10, BAL 3-for-5

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Tampa Bay 4, NYY 1

April 6, 2017 – 7:34 am

Another bad start, another no-show from the offense, another good outing from the bullpen. This is all starting to look like a replay of last year. Of course lousy starting pitching along with a very good bullpen is what we all expected. But where’s the offense? Yeah, yeah, it’s just three games. But still, the youngsters that were supposed to get the offense turned around — Sanchez, Bird, and Judge — are collectively 4-for-38 (.105). And you have to wonder, the longer this continues the more pressure these kids are going to feel, which in turn is going to make it more of a struggle. They need to turn this around pretty quickly.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 8 0 6 2
Rays 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   4 8 0 10 2
WP: A. Cobb (1-0)   LP: M. Pineda (0-1)   S: A. Colome (2)
HR: NYY – J. Ellsbury, TB – C. Dickerson

LOB: NYY 7, TB 5   RISP: NYY 0-for-9, TB 2-for-6

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NYY 5, Tampa Bay 0

April 5, 2017 – 10:16 am

Say what you will about CC Sabathia, the guy had a very respectable 3.91 ERA last year, which was second only to Tanaka among the starters, and quite a bit better than the third best of Eovaldi at 4.82. And there’s really no reason to think he can’t do that again this year. At least he sure got off to a good start in this one, giving the Yankees five of their nine innings of shutout pitching. Also, nice start for a bullpen for which a lot is expected this year, going four innings and giving up just two hits. Nice bounce back for the pitching staff after the opening day fiasco of Tanaka’s.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 0   5 9 0 5 3
Rays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 0 8 3
WP: C. Sabathia (1-0)   LP: J. Odorizzi (0-1)   
HR: NYY – C. Headley, R. Torreyes, TB – None

LOB: NYY 7, TB 8   RISP: NYY 3-for-9, TB 0-for-4

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Tampa Bay 7, NYY 3

April 3, 2017 – 4:34 pm

Not exactly an auspicious start to the season. Tanaka, the ONLY starter you have any confidence in, gets rocked, giving up seven runs in just 2.2 innings. And the baby bombers, who are going to have to carry this team, can only put up three runs, with Sanchez, Bird, and Judge going 1-for-13 collectively. Oh well, as they say, it’s only one game, right?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   3 9 1 8 1
Rays 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 X   7 13 1 10 3
WP: C. Archer (1-0)   LP: M. Tanaka (0-1)   S: A. Colome (1)
HQS: TB – C. Archer (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, TB – E. Longoria, L. Morrison

LOB: NYY 9, TB 9   RISP: NYY 3-for-10, TB 4-for-11

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Baltimore 5, NYY 2

October 3, 2016 – 8:08 am

At long last this nightmare season is over. It’s now been four years since the Yankees have been truly competitive. In that time frame, they’ve made the playoffs just once, and then were eliminated in the first game. This year they finished fourth in the division, their worst finish since the league was realigned in 1994. Their 84-78 final record ties their worst record in the last 24 years.

But at least there is some hope. We got to see a lot of promising “Baby Boomers” in the last two months of the season. And at long last, some payroll dollars have been freed up from all those long-term contracts they signed back in 2008/09. But the reality is that ultimately the blame for this four year slide rests with the Steinbrenners. If they don’t open up the pocket book and start spending like the other deep pocket teams do, we’re likely to continue to be non-competitive into the future.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Orioles 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0   5 7 0 8 1
Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0   2 10 0 6 1
WP: K. Gausman (9-12)   LP: L. Cessa (4-4)   
HQS: BAL – K. Gausman (7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – B. McCann, BAL – M. Wieters (2)

LOB: NYY 8, BAL 1   RISP: NYY 1-for-4, BAL 0-for-1

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NYY 7, Baltimore 3

October 2, 2016 – 8:03 am

Nice to see Dellin Betances have a good outing to end his season with. Still, he’s got a TON of work to do next spring on fielding and holding runners on if he’s going to be the closer next year. Best plan, seems to me, would be bring in another closer (Aroldis Chapman?), let Betances pitch the eighth, and if that works out maybe then move him back to closer.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Orioles 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 9 0 6 4
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 X   7 12 0 10 4
WP: T. Clippard (4-6)   LP: B. Brach (10-4)   
QS: BAL – W. Miley (6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – T. Austin, BAL – M. Machado

LOB: NYY 7, BAL 8   RISP: NYY 4-for-13, BAL 1-for-8

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