Yankees fall to Blue Jays 6-3

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I apologize in advance if the blog seemed a little dry today. I was at the Yankees game getting my final live glimpse at Derek Jeter and while the Yankees lost the game, the plus side was me getting video of Derek Jeter’s final at-bat of the evening. With that said, here’s the recap for this afternoon’s 6-3 loss.

The Yankees were attempting to make their win-streak four games, but three runs in the sixth inning by the Blue Jays handed the Yankees a 6-3 loss at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees got on the board in the third inning on a RBI single by Brian McCann. In the fourth, Francisco Cervelli singled on a ground ball, scoring Chase Headley. The Yankees added one more run in the 9th on a Derek Jeter double, scoring Brett Gardner.

Chris Capuano had a rocky start, giving up four runs on 5.2 innings, striking out two in the process. Chase Whitley gave up a run while only retiring a batter, Esmil Rogers pitched a scoreless inning, David Huff pitched a scoreless inning and David Phelps gave up a run in his inning of work.

What’s Next?

— It’s TANAKA TIME! (Boy that feels good to say). Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound as the Yankees attempt to take the series from the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Video: Derek Jeter greets fans in new Gatorade commercial

In Derek Jeter‘s final season in pinstripes, commercials honoring the Yankees captain have been sprawled all over television and if you turn on a sports channel, there’s a good chance you’ll see a commercial featuring the future Hall of Fame. In the latest commercial created by Gatorade, Derek Jeter is giving back to the fans, and thanking them for their support.

Seeing Jeter get out of his car blocks away from Yankee Stadium to greet the multiple fans on the way to the ballpark was a nice sight to see. However, watching the commercial really allows fans to sink in that this is Jeter’s final home stand, and after he plays the final six games at home, he will never put on the Yankees pinstripes again.

So if you haven’t seen the commercial, view it above, try not to cry and enjoy. As for me, I’ll be at the ballpark saying my final goodbye to Derek Jeter.

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Jacoby Ellsbury likely done for season with hamstring injury

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Jacoby Ellsbury left the game after the fourth inning with a hamstring injury and if you’re a Jacoby Ellsbury fan, you might not like the news I’m about to give you.

During his post game press conference, Joe Girardi said there was a “distinct chance” Ellsbury would be done for the season after tests showed he had a hamstring strain. With a season full of injuries, this was something the Yankees didn’t want to happen, especially after they had finally found Ellsbury’s spot in the lineup.

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Ellsbury’s blast propels Yankees to 5-3 win over Blue Jays

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The Yankees are realistically out of the Wild Card race, but they mathematically have been helping their odds. In order to keep the playoff hope alive, the Yankees rallied for a 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the first on a Brian McCann RBI single, scoring Jacboy Ellsbury. In the third inning, Ellsbury hit his 16th home run of the year, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead. In the fourth inning, Ellsbury grounded into a force out but due to a Blue Jays error, the Yankees scored two runs on the play. Ellsbury would later leave the game with a right hamstring strain.

In Hiroki Kuroda‘s second to last start of the season (and possibly his Yankees career), he kept the Blue Jays lineup at bay, giving up three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings of work, striking out seven in the process. Josh Outman failed to retire a batter, Esmil Rogers retired two batters and Adam Warren pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, earning the save for the Yankees.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will come out swinging tomorrow with hopes of taking the series from the Blue Jays and they’ll send Chris Capuano to the mound. First pitch is at 4:07 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka prepares for start on Sunday, despite the risks

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Masahiro Tanaka was spotted throwing in the outfield earlier this afternoon and his main goal is for him to be ready for his start on Sunday, his first start since being diagnosed with a UCL tear. There’s a chance the Yankees could postpone Tommy John Surgery or there’s a chance Tanaka’s elbow will blow out. However, if the injection and rehab worked, then Tanaka’s injury should be a thing of the past. That’s why Tanaka is starting on Sunday, despite the risks.

“Are you saying why not wait until next year?” manager Joe Girardi said. “Because we feel that if his arm is going to be OK, it’s going to be OK. And if it’s not, then we want to have (surgery) done so you don’t miss parts of two seasons, in a sense. Or it’d be three, possibly. If it was to (blow out) early next year, you miss part of this season, next and probably part of the following. So this way you know if it doesn’t work, you probably wouldn’t have him for next season. But if he would have had (surgery) in July or August, you probably wouldn’t have had him anyway. So it’s a risk worth taking.”

The Yankees might be postponing the inevitable, but they’re optimistic Tanaka could avoid going under the knife. Adam Wainwright is one story of pitching multiple seasons with a small tear in his elbow, and the Yankees can only hope the same situation would happen for Tanaka.

“I think any time somebody talks about that area, there’s a high level of concern,” Girardi said. “There’s always the fear that they’re going to have surgery fairly quickly like Nova did. But ..read more

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Brandon McCarthy and Brian McCann break down ‘immaculate inning’

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There’s probably nothing more rare than a pitcher throwing a perfect game or a no-hitter. But Brandon McCarthy did something on Wednesday night in Tampa that was extremely rare, even for a pitcher: he pitched an immaculate inning. Nine pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts.

Brandon McCarthy has been spectacular since being acquired by the Diamondbacks, and he’s probably earned himself a chance at a contract with the Yankees in the offseason (which I hope the Yankees really consider because he is basically made for Yankee Stadium).

I was reading the Wall Street Journal this morning and I found an interesting piece by Joe Lemire, discussing Brian McCann and Brandon McCarthy breaking down each pitch of the immaculate inning. It was actually quite refreshing to read a pitcher and a catcher break down each pitch of the inning and the thought process that went behind it. Here’s a snippet of the article, which includes the process behind the strikeout to Wil Myers:

Pitch 1: Strike 1 to Wil Myers (79 mph curveball)

McCarthy isn’t happy with his first offering of the inning, a curveball that barely caught the inside corner of the plate under Myers’s hands. “It wasn’t a great pitch because I thought he was going to ambush the first pitch,” he said. “That’s the time where you throw a curveball and try to take it out of the zone. That’s what I was hoping for, but then it actually was in, which is what I think stopped him from swinging.”

Pitch 2: Strike 2 to Myers (91 mph sinker)

McCarthy goes with a sinker, the pitch he relied on too heavily in Arizona before landing with the Yankees midseason. The only sinker he threw in the inning, it ..read more

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Headley’s walk-off gives Yankees 3-2 victory

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When Shawn Kelley blew the game in the 8th inning, the Yankees lethargic offense seemed to be in jeopardy of losing the game. However, a walk-off error off the bat of Chase Headley sent the Yankees home with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees got on the board in the fifth inning on a Stephen Drew RBI double. In the sixth, Derek Jeter hit a solo-home run and in the ninth, Chase Headley hit a ball but it bounced off the glove of Adam Lind, scoring the winning run.

Shane Greene once again pitched a flawless game, going 6.2 innings while giving up no runs on three hits, and striking out six. Dellin Betances retired a batter, Shawn Kelley gave up two runs in his inning of work and David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth, earning the victory in the process.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees are going for their third straight win as they oppose Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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BBDP: Yankees top six third base prospects

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After reviewing the third base prospects in this system, it appears this isn’t the strongest position for the Yankees’ farm. That could change rather quickly, as the international free agent crop from this year contains a few big name third basemen, but for now the pickings are slim. There is still strength at the top and potential at the bottom, but not quite as much as some other positions in this system.

1. Eric Jagielo – 3B, 6-foot-2, 195-pounds LHB, 22 – Looking at the numbers, Jagielo was much better this season that I had initially thought. There were two things, however that jump out at me as concerning. Firstly, his average is just .256, and secondly he struck out 94 times in just 92 games. He missed some time due to injury but he’s going to have to improve on those numbers going forward if he is to become a major league threat. That said, Jagielo did some things well this year. For example, he hit 18 homeruns, and had 14 doubles. His quad slash was .256/.351/.461/.811. He showed he can be a patient hitter, and hit for some power. One other major concern in his game right now is his defense. I have read several first-hand accounts of scouts, and also non scouts who feel he will not stick at third base, and may eventually have to move over to first. The Yankees still believe he can stick at third. Only time will tell, but if he does his offense will play up at the position.

2. Miguel Andujar – 3B, 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, RHB, 19 – It was a tale of two seasons for Andujar, the first half and the second half. What you saw from him this season was exactly what you want to see from ..read more

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