For the third straight start, Ivan Nova (3-2) had pitched flawlessly and this time he has a win to show for it. He pitched a career high 7 1/3 innings with only 2 hits as the Yankees beat the Rangers 4-1.
3 of the 4 Yankee runs came on home runs by Curtis Granderson, a 2 run shot in the first inning and a solo home run in the 7th inning. The other Yankee run scored without a hit. Jorge Posada and Russell Martin both walked, but Brett Gardner bunted into a force play which got Posada out at third. Derek Jeter was on base when he grounded right back to Matt Harrison (3-4) but Harrison threw wildly, sending Martin home, Gardner to third and Jeter to first. The run was unearned.
The only Rangers run was unearned in the 8th inning when Mark Teixeira made a rare error, scoring Mike Napoli. The Yankees had secure there 18th win this season. Bartolo Colon takes the mount tonight against Derek Holland at 8:05 in the Ballpark in Arlington.
Note: Brett Gardner was scheduled to have the day off last night, but Nick Swisher was ill, giving Gardner his second start against a left hander; Eric Chavez was placed on the 15 day DL after breaking his pinky toe; Ramiro Pena was bought up from Triple A Scranton to take Chavez’s place on the roster; Kevin Russo was designated for assignment yesterday to make room for Jess Todd who they claimed on waivers from Cleveland.
A.J Burnett (4-2) pitched a whale of a game, giving up only two earned runs, but the Yankees committed too many mistakes which lead to their third straight loss.
Rick Porcello (2-2) was able to hold the Yankees to two runs even though he gave up a triple to Eric Chavez and a single to Eduardo Nunez. Chavez was forced to leave the game in the 4th inning, with Alex Rodriguez to pinch hit for him. Rodriguez along with Derek Jeter were scheduled for a day off today, but A-Rod’s turned into him working. The Yankees and Tigers were tied 2-2 until the 7th inning when Burnett’s stuff got erratic.
He had walked a batter, hit a batter and given up a single to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Inge sacrificed which made it a one run game. It would have stayed one run if Eduardo Nunez hadn’t committed a throwing error causing two runs to score. The Yankees were able to get one run back in the 9th when Brett Gardner had a base hit which brought home A-Rod but the Yankees rally was shut down when Nick Swisher struck out. The Tigers had won the series 3 games to 1.
What’s Next: The Yankees are flying to Texas for a three game series before coming home and taking an off day Monday. The Yankees would then play the Royals and the Red Sox. The Tigers are flying to Toronto to play against the Blue Jays for a four game home stand.
Note: Eric Chavez was taken out of today’s game in the fourth inning after he was limping towards third. Tests were done and Chavez had broken his pinky toe. He is taking a trip to the DL which will most likely send Jorge Vasquez up from the minor leagues; Brett Gardner was the lead off hitter this afternoon going 2 for 5 with an RBI, raising his average to .225; Nick Swisher is now batting .214 after going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts; Derek Jeter’s hip wasn’t bothering him today but was a little shocked to not find his name on the lineup card today; This is the Yankees first series that they had lost.
While Freddy Garcia (1-2) had pitched a good game for the Yankees only allowing 4 runs on 10 hits with 8 strikeouts, his competition Max Scherzer (5-0) pitched much better. The Tigers were able to stifle the New York Yankees’s potent offensive lineup, by striking out 9 of them and only walking two.
The Tigers scored there four runs on a line drive by Jhonny Peralta in the second inning, which scored Victor Martinez who had just returned yesterday from the DL. In the third inning Miguel Cabrera doubled on a ground ball which brought home Brennan Boesch. Two batter later the ice cold Magglio Ordonez crushed a two run shot making the lead 4-0. The Yankees were unable to capitalize on any offense with only six Yankees making it on base: Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner & Fransisco Cervelli.The Tigers take the lead in the series 2-1 with the final game being played at 1:05pm. A.J Burnett will get the start.
Note: Derek Jeter has one base hit today making his magic number 47. Jeter also was taken out of the game in the eighth inning with a hip injury. Jeter is day to day; Brett Gardner and Kevin Long had worked in the cages during last weeks home stand and Gardner is an offensive threat batting 8 for 14 with a .795 on base percentage in that time span; Phil Hughes tests from St. Louis came back negative and had more tests yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian. Hughes is set to begin throwing again in 2 weeks; Alex Rodriguez is in a major slump batting 3 for his last 38. Rodriguez started slumping after his oblique injury and said that he was “cautious” at the plate.
CC Sabathia (2-2) didn’t look his sharpest against the Tigers, which lead to there early downfall in Comerica Park on Tuesday Night.
First pitch swinging the ice cold Austin Jackson hit a double on the left center field wall, and things did not get better from there. Scott Sizemore who was called up earlier today had a double before the struggling Magglio Ordonez grounded to shortstop to bring Austin Jackson home. Miguel Cabrera hit a fly ball sending Sizemore home, but the Tigers weren’t done.
In the fourth inning, Russell Martin doubled off of Brad Penny (2-3) scoring Jorge Posada, but this was when the Yankees base running got atrocious. Brett Gardner flied out to left field before Andruw Jones decided to try for home plate only to be called out and charging Gardner with the double play thus ending the inning.
The Tigers scored 2 more times in the fifth when Austin Jackson tripled scoring Brandon Inge and Scott Sizemore singling on a line drive to Andruw Jones scoring Jackson.
The Yankees had horrible base running in the 6th inning, starting with a force out by Robinson Cano. On a wild pitch, Cano decided to go to second, but stopped in the midst, before ending up a dead duck and getting tagged out. While Andruw Jones was at bat, Jorge Posada tried to steal second, but was caught by Scott Sizemore.
The Yankees were able to cut the lead to two when Mark Teixeira homered in the top of the eighth inning, but that was all the Yankees were going to get. In the ninth the Yankees pinch hit Jones for Nick Swisher who had gotten on with a walk, but Russell Martin grounded into a double play ending the game. Jose Valverde for the Tigers got the save.
Note: It has been 6 years ago today that Robinson Cano had been called up for the Yankees. Cano was 0 for 4 today; Jorge Posada raised his batting average to .167 going 2 for 4 today; Brett Gardner now has a seven game hitting streak and is now batting .219; Derek Jeter had a hit today making his magic number 48.
The Yankees had some breaks but they couldn’t capitalize on most of them. Yesterday the Yankees were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position but were able to get the job done against the Tigers.
In the first inning Jorge Posada hit a two run double scoring Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, but caught a bad break when the ball hopped over the fence, making it a ground rule double and sending Nick Swisher back to third base. There would have been another run in the inning, but Derek Jeter was caught stealing at second base.
In the second inning Brett Gardner started the inning with a ground ball to the right side for a base hit followed by Eduardo Nunez doubling on a line drive to third. While Gardner scored, Nunez was thrown out at third trying to get a triple.
The Tigers came right back when Alex Avillia homered not once, but twice in the ball game, giving the Tigers an opportunity to tie the game. The Yankees had left runners on without getting the job done, giving the Tigers a chance to tie the ball game in the seventh. The Yankees however were able to take the lead again for the final time that night in the ninth inning.
The ninth inning started with a walk to Curtis Granderson, but while Mark Teixeira was batting, Granderson stole second then over-slid the bag and was tagged out. Mark Teixeira was then walked, giving the slumping Alex Rodriguez a chance to do some damage. Alex singled on a ball that was booted by Brandon Inge, sending Tex to second and A-Rod to first. The Yankees broke it wide open on a line drive by Nick Swisher, scoring Mark Teixeira and sending A-Rod to third. The run that broke the game open was while Russell Martin was batting, Jose Valverde (2-1) threw a pass ball that sent A-Rod home. Mariano Rivera got the final three outs of the ninth, sending the Yankees to there seventeenth win this season. Joba Chamberlain got the win after an effective start by Bartolo Colon.
Note: Robinson Cano expects to play in Tuesday Nights game after sitting out with a bruised hand; Jorge Posada raised his average to .150 yesterday after batting 2 for 4 on the night; Brett Gardner raised his average to .211 and has a six game hitting streak.
The New York Yankees wanted to leave this home stand with a bang, and certainty they did against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The pitching match-up seemed a little threatening. It was Ivan Nova (1-2) against Jesse Litsch (2-1) and fans were wondering if Nova was going to get a win. In the first inning after Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson grounded out and struck out, Mark Teixeira hit a home run giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead, but they didn’t keep the lead for long when Adam Lind hit a home run that snaked the foul pole to tie the game.
The Blue Jays were in the lead in the third inning when Rajai Davis manufactured his own run by earning a walk, swiping second and third and coming home on a Jose Bautista ground ball to shortstop. The Yankees didn’t take it lying down and in the 5th inning the Yankees scored 4 runs.
It started on a Jorge Posada double and Brett Gardner single. Posada scored on a Derek Jeter’s fielders choice only Yunel Escobar couldn’t get Gardner at third. Curtis Granderson put the finishing touches by blasting a 3 run shot giving the Yankees the lead for the rest of the game.
After Joe Girardi used Chamberlain yesterday, he gave him the day off and went to David Robertson in the 7th inning. Robertson went a third of an inning on a strikeout, but there were 2 runners on and 2 outs thus Girardi bringing in Boone Logan. A ground ball came right back to Boone Logan, but he unknowingly caught the baseball before throwing it to first to get out of the jam. Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera had a perfect ninth to give the Yankees there 16th victory of the season.
Note: Eric Chavez pinch hit for Robinson Cano in the 7th inning. The cause was a bruised hand, Girardi said that Cano was day to day; Phil Hughes goes to see specialists in St. Louis tomorrow; Brett Gardner had a perfect day today with a single and 2 walks. His average is now .200; Jorge Posada had his first extra base hit today raising his average to .133.
As A.J Burnett (4-1) took the field, anybody could see that he was ready to take on the Toronto Blue Jays against Kyle Drabek (2-1).
Burnett had worked himself into some jams, starting with Rajai Davis getting to third base due to a miscalculation by Curtis Granderson though the Yankees were able to bounce back from the 1-0 deficit in the first.
Russell Martin had an RBI single and Derek Jeter hit a SAC Fly to plate Granderson in a 3 run second inning. In the third inning the bases were loaded and two runs scored on Eric Chavez and Brett Gardner’s RBI singles before Drabek was taken out in the third inning. Since then it was lights out pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The score was 5-4 in the 7th inning when Joe Girardi went to his bullpen. Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect seventh inning with just 6 pitches, Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera had a scoreless ninth to shut the door on the Jays. The Yankees had secured there 15th win this season.