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The Post Season
Congratulations to the Boston Red
for winning their
Nov 4, 2013
- Mariano Rivera Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, along with Pittsburgh
Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano, have been named the recipients of the 2013
American League and National League Comeback Player of the Year Awards.
Nov 6, 2013 -Robinson Cano was named the AL
Silver Slugger Award winner at second base. Its his fourth straight
Silver Slugger and fifth overall. He also won way back in 2006.
Play begins in Fenway Park, because the
AL won All Star game 3-0 at Citi Field.
Cardinals (2-4) vs. Boston Red
Game 1: Red Sox win
Ortiz robbed of a slam in the 2nd, hits two run homer in the
Cards: seven hits, ten strikeouts, score on Holiday homer
in the 9th and made three errors.
Game 2: Cardinals win
Rosenthal strikes out the side in the 9th.
Game 3: Cardinals win 5-4
Walk off Obstruction: with runners on
second and third, infield grounder, the throw home gets the runner. Catcher
throws wide of third trying to get the runner from second. Runner trips over
third baseman, the throw back from the outfield gets the runner at home, but
the third base
OBSTRUCTION and the run scored ending the game.
Game 4: Red Sox win
The last out in the 9th was a pick off of a pinch runner with
Beltran at the
Game 5: Red Sox win 3-1
Game 6: Red Sox
Red Sox win east (9/20)
Tigers win central
A's win west (9/22)
Rays & Rangers tied (9/29)
One game play in to get second wild
Indians win wild card 1
Rays win wild card 2 in one game playoff
Braves win east (9/22)
Cardinals win central
Dodgers win west (9/19)
Pirates win wild card 1
Reds win wild
Red Sox (4-2) vs.
Game 1: Tigers win
Boston: one 9thinning hit, 17 strikeouts
Game 2: Red Sox
Ortiz hits a grand slam in 8thoff closer Benoit. Win on
hit, error, wild pitch and hit in 9th.
Game 3: Red
Sox win 1-0
Game 4: Tigers win 7-3
Benoit, again aloows a run in
9th, but this time gets Ortiz on a fly ball with a runner on third
Game 5: Red Sox win 4-3
Game 6: Red Sox win 5-2
7th inning error followed by a grand slam by
Red Sox win series 4-2
Dodgers (2-4) vs.
@ St. Louis
Game 1: Cardinals win
3-2 in 13 innings
Game 2: Cardinals win 1-0
@ Los Angeles
Dodgers win 3-0
Game 4: Cardinals win 4-2
Game 5: Dodgers win
Dodgers' closer K. Jansen comes in with a 6-1 lead in the 9th
and gives up three runs.
@ St. Louis
Game 6: Cardinals win
Cardinals win series 4-2
Red Sox (3-1) vs. Rays
Game 1: Red Sox win 12-2
2: Red Sox win 7-4
Game 3: Rays win 5-4
Game 4: Red Sox win 3-1
A's (2-3) vs. Tigers
Game 1: Tigers win 3-2
A's win 1-0
Walk off single bases loaded in the 9th
Game 3: A's win 6-3
Game 4: Tigers win 8-6
5: Tigers win 3-0
Dodgers (3-1) vs. Braves
Game 1: Dodgers win 6-1
2: Braves win 4-3
@ Los Angeles
Game 3: Dodgers win 13-6
Dodgers win 4-3
Cardinals (3-2) vs. Pirates
@ St. Louis
Game 1: Cardinals win 9-1
Game 2: Pirates win 7-1
Game 3 :Pirates wins
Russel Martin has 4 RBI so far.
Game 4: Cardinals win 2-1
Game 5: Cardinals win 6-1
9/30 - Rays beat the Rangers 5-2 at Texas for second wild
10/2 - Rays beat Indians at Cleveland 3-1
10/1 - Pirates beat Reds at Pittsburgh 6-2
April 1 - Opening Day!
Starting Lineup vs. the Red Sox
1. CF: Brett Gardner
2. SS: Eduardo Nunez
3. 2B: Robinson
4. 1B: Kevin Youkilis
5. LF: Vernon Wells
6. DH: Ben Francisco
7. RF: Ichiro Suzuki
8. 3B: Jayson Nix
9. C: Francisco Cervelli
SP: CC Sabathia
A few bad hops and ill placed pitches, and CC is down
4-0 in the first, but settles down. Only finishes the 5th inning. Going into
the 9th down 5-2, Joba
Chamberlain gives up three more.
Boston wins 8-2. This
breaks the string of 11 Yankee opening day wins at
Stadium (old or New).
Oh, the Mets won
their game 11-2
April 4 - With
Koroda getting his pitching hand injured in game two, it took the combo of
and Mo to get the Yankees' first win. Pettitte went eight innings and
threw 94 pitches.
April 7 - Sabathia vs.
Verlander: Nix hits a 2nd inning two run homer after Cervelli drove in Ichiro
with a double.
CC goes seven innings on 114 pitches 3-0
lead. Robertson makes the 8th interesting for a change, first and third one out
and gets a fly ball and strikeout.
Nix gets three hits! Coke
and Dotel each give up two runs. Mo nails it down with a 21 pitch two
bloop hit scoreless inning. The key to the game was keeping the 1-5 hitters
2-20 with two walks and the Yankees had 13 hits.
One week in, the
Yankees are 2-4,
two games behind.
R. A. Dickey, 2012
NL Cy Young winner, gets
roughed up by
April 8 - Koroda returns
from his injury and is staked to three runs on a
homer, gives them back, but in fairness there were a few bad
Yankees pull ahead with runs in the third to
seventh innings. Cano hits two homers!
In the 8th, Kelly
out the side, but also gives up three runs on doubles, two wild
pitches, and a homer.
Chamberlain gives up two 9th inning walks and Mo has to warm up with
the score 11-6.
April 12 - After a
double rain out
Cleveland, the Yankees return home to face Baltimore.
Sabathia was coasting along with a 2-1 lead, when in the 7th, he is
called for a
balk, moving the runner into scoring position. The run scored on a single.
In the Yankee half, with the bases loaded and two outs, Jones, the Oriole
center fielder tracks a long fly, blows a bubble and
ball. All three runs score.
In the Oriole 8th, the first two
batters get on base, then the Yankees pull off a typical
Rivera nails down the win in the 9th.
April 13 - Hughes leaves the
game in the 4th after giving up 5
Phelps comes in and prevents more damage, going five
innings, followed by Chamberlain and Robertson. Yankees can't recover, lose
April 14 - Hiroki Kuroda
pitched a gem five hit shutout. Gardner hit a towering homer in the 3-0 win vs.
April 16 - On the day that the
Yankees and Arizona honored the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut with the
Brooklyn Dodgers, Cano hit a
three run homer to put the Yankees ahead and
the game out.
April 18 - Bad news about Jeter: a
CT scan revealed a small fracture in the shortstop's surgically repaired left
ankle. He won't be available until after the All Star Game.
April 20 - Kiroda pitches a beauty, but
Robertson has a bad day and allows the tie at 3-3.
In the 11th, the Yankees
score two runs on a botched sac bunt. Mo nails it down after giving up a lead
Yankees win 5-3.
April 21 -
Nova blows another one, with the help of the bull pen. Yankees lose 8-4
after leading 4-2.
April 23 - The good Hughes
is good news. He battled David Price
(0-2) to a no decision. Mo nails the win, though he gave up a homer
to Longoria. Yankees win 4-3.
April 26 -
Another game, another two injuries. Cervelli, hit by foul tip is out for
six weeks with a broken hand. Nova experienced elbow tenderness and left the
game after three innings.
Yankees win 6-4, with Phelps pitching four one run
innings and Mo getting the
April 27 - CC was so-so,
but pitched eight innings, allowing four runs.
Robertson and Rivera having each pithing three of the four last days, Joba came
in got the save. Yankees come from behind on
and Wells key hits and RBIs.
Yankees win 5-4
April 28 - Phil Hughes was good, except that he gave up
two runs on 110 pitches through six innings.
Yankees could only get two hits vs. RA Dickey, one was a Boesch solo homer. In
the 7th, the Yankees get a single and an
homer to put the Yankees up 3-2. Roberrtson throws a seven pitch
eighth. Mo throws a 10 pitch ninth.
Yankees sweep the
Jays with a 3-2 win.
May 2 - The
good news: A-Rod is cleared for baseball activities. The bad news: Joba
Chamberlain on the DL with a strained oblique.
Yankees record: 17-10, in
second place with the second best record in the
May 10 - A relatively quiet week.
The Yankees continue to win series. They have a higher winning percentage
because they played fewer games than Boston and Baltimore.
In the May
9th game, Cano got his 1500th hit as well as a home run.
Rivera is 13-13 in saves.
May 12 - Yankees
(23-13) complete the sweep of the Royals and remain in first place, ahead of
Baltimore and Boston.
May 13 - Yankees in Cleveland for a daytime double
header makeup for the earlier rainouts.
Game 1: Phelps
pitches a beauty, except for one, a homer. Yankees go down on three hits
Game 2: Vidal Nuno went five shutout innings, Adam Warren continued the
shutout. Yankees win split 7-0.
May 13 -
The bad Hughes showed up again. Six hits, seven runs in
2/3 of an inning.
May 17 -
Another day, another DL. This time Andy Pettitte for his shoulder.
Koroda throws another gem shutout for eight innings, the
Claiborne throws a scoreless 9th. Adams and Romine each have their
first multi-hit games. Yankees beat Toronto 5-0.
May 18 - Phelps throws
innings of one run ball. He wiggled out of trouble a number of times.
and Logan nail it down. Yankees win 7-2.
Yankees end the record of 19-0 in games that they scored first. This is a AL
record beating the 1912 White
In the 5/20 game vs. Baltimore the
Yankees scored first, but the game was tied and they needed 10 innings to win
Finally in the 5/21 game vs. Baltimore the Yankees scored first, but
again the game became tied, this time the Yankees
lost in the 10th
May 22 - Koroda
didn't have much early and gave up three runs on two homers in the first
inning. Then he took a liner off his calf and left the game. The usually
reilable bullpen gave up three more and the Yankees lose 6-3. A day off then a
weekend in Tampa.
So far, the Yankees have used 36 different players.
They didn't use that many last season until July29!
May 24 - The Yankees win 9-4 vs. Tampa on another
performance by Phelps. But they lose Granderson again on a hit by
pitch, this time his left pinkie finger is broken.
May 25 - Vidal Nuno pitched another great game:
runs on 5 hits in 6+ innings.
He would have been
on the losing end, except that the Rays' closer Rodney, blew the save in the
9th and the Yankees won 4-3 on an Overbay 11th inning
homer, and Mo's 18th save for Nova, returning from the
May 26 - A bad 2nd
inning: hit batter and two successive botched fielder's choices load the bases.
Then a bloop and sac fly puts CC behind 2-0. He gives up two two run homers.
The only good thing is that Sabathia went seven innings, saving the bullpen,
leaving down 7-0. Huff gave up another run.
manage one bad call hit by Nix through five innings off of Cobb. Gardner hits a
leading off the 9th. The Yankees score two more runs and
had runners on second and third when Nix struck out to end it.
Cleveland couldn't hold a 5-1 lead against Boston - Boston wins
6-5 in the 9th.
Yankees and Boston in
virtual tie for first.
May 27 to May 30 -
Four games vs. the Mets: two at Citi Field and two at the
Game 1 @ Citi field: Mets win 2-1
We had the
good Hughes until the
7th, when he gave up the tying run on a Wright homer. Neise held the
Yankees to one run, though they had men on base often. Robertson got
the loss in the 8th.
Game 2 @ Citi field: Mets win 2-1
to happen sooner or later: Mo blew his first save of the year and took the
loss. He didn't even get an out!
I wonder if the gifts he got from the Mets
Game 3 @ Yankee Stadium: Mets win 9-4
This one was over in
the first inning, Phelps phlopped! and the Yankees couldn't recover.
the Mets players threatened with AAA ball came through. Their starter had been
0-5, now 1-5.
The only good news was Philadelphia beat Boston again. Yankees
remain one game back.
Game 4 @ Yankee Stadium: <ets win 3-1
second innings start with two on and no out, and score nothing. Nuno gives up a
two run homer.
Mets sweep the season
May 31 to June 2 - Yankees
are two games behind the Red Sox and play them over the weekend.
Game 1: Yankees win 4-1
Youkilis and Teixeira
return. Sabathia is back in
form. Mo gets the save.
Game 2: Boston wins 11-1
Bad Hurghes returns.
Walk Ortiz with two on one out. Napoli hits grand slam on0-2 count. Then the
bullpen falls apart.
Game 3: Boston wins 3-0 in 5 innings +
night game was held up for 45 minutes, but it never rained. Play began and
Koroda had a bad outing giving up two homers, the Yankees scored one run..In
the top of the 6th, it began to rain and the game was
Thanks to a bad week, the Yankees are in third place, three
June 3 to June 5 - Yankees sweep
Cleveland to end the homestand 4-4. Teixeira is getting hot, but Cano and Wells
June 6 - The beginning of a ten
game west coast trip. The good Hughes vs. Seattle. Yankees win 6-1, but score
all their runs in the
third inning oneight hits,
June 8 - Pettitte throws a
71/3 inning, three hit, one run game. It's his
June 9 - Phelps
battled King Felix Hernandez. It was 1-1 by the time both starters left the
game. Stewart drives in Ichiro in the 9th and Mo holds it down,
Yankees win 2-1
Yakees in second place 11/2 game
June 11 - 13 Off to a bad
start in Oakland. So-So Sabathia lost the first game in the first and the bad
Hughes Phil in the second inning of the second game.
Koroda in the third
game was perfect for seven innings. In the third he allowed the tying run 2-2,
the game remained tied into extra innings.
Yankees missed chances in the
12th, 13th, & 14th. Athletics
win it in the 18th with Rivera inheriting runners and giving up two
The good news: Boston lost, the bad news: it
was to Baltimore. Yankees are in third 31/2 games
June 14 - 16 Weekend in
Anaheim, the Angels are in as bad a
as the Yankees, but without as many injuries.
offense doesn't score until the 4th, leaving them with 20 scoreless
innings. The Yankees DL is catching up with them, Youkilis is back on for his
back and with Cano given the night as DH, the fourth string left side of the
infield allows a pop up to fall between them leading to more runs. Pettitte,
couldn't hold it and the Yankees lost 5-2.
Phelps did an OK job, giving
up four runs in six innings, but
had to leave the game and the bull pen fell apart and with the anemic
offense Yankees lose 6-2.
Sabathia on Sunday vs Jared Weaver. It
started out like previous games, Yankees start with second and third no out,
but can't score. But with almost the same thing in the third, Hafner hits a
three run homer and they score two more. The Yankees tack one more in the
8th. Sabathia pitches a shutout into the 9th, but gives
up a double and a walk.
Robertson comes in and the second pitch hits for a
single losing the shutout.
Mo comes in and allows four more runs on some
bloops, bringing the winning run at the plate.
Pujols strikes out on
three pitches with the bases loaded.
Yankees win 6-5!
West coast disaster 4-6 and lost five in a
Three games behind Boston in third place.
June 18 - Teixeira back on DL for his wrist, Youkilis
needs surgery on his back, we may have seen the last of him as a
June 19 - Day night double header
vs. the Dodgers and Donnie Baseball due to rain out Tuesday night.
faced his old team in the first game.
Yankees win 6-4. Some sloppy
play and four errors by the Dodgers.
The bad Hughes pitched second game.
Five runs by the fifth inning. Yankees lose 6-0, no offense
June 21 - Zoilo Almonte makes
his first ML start vs. Tampa and goes 3-4 with a homer and two singles. He is
4-6 overall after entering the previous day as a late inning substitute. He
elps Phelps to a win 6-4, Yankees.
June 23 -
Almonte continues to get hits, but no one else.
returns for a spot start, gives up one run through six innings, but hits two
batters with two out in the seventh and the bullpen blows it with a walk and a
Yankees lose 3-1 and split the four games vs.
The 67th annual
Old-Timers Day in the Bronx. Yankees
legends gathered to see old friends, play a
baseball and be recognized in front of the fans who adored them
during their playing days.
Yankees end the week in third place
21/2 games back.
June 25 -
vs. Darvish. Martin, the 9th place hitter for Texas hits
The Yankees answer with
three of their own, but the
game is tied into the 9th. Mo pitches a
inning. Stewart walks, leading off the Yankee half. But, is forced by
Gardner. Expect Gardner to steal with Ichiro at bat, but he's thrown out. On a
1-2 pitch, Ichiro hits a walk off homer, giving Mo the win.
His only other walk off homer was vs. Mo in Seattle!
June 26 - The Yankees announced
that doctors recommended that Mark Teixeira have surgery to correct the problem
in his wrist.
A-Rod started another feud by tweeting that he had been
cleared to play baseball. Cashman
not until the team clears you. The the claim was made that A-Rod wanted to
start game activities, so that he could claim a career ending disability to
receive his pay and avoid the possible suspension on the HGH
June 28 - Sabathia, given
a three run lead, was mowing the Orioles down until the 6th. Then
the wheels come
off and the game is tied 3-3. In the 7th, he gives up a
homer and the Yankees can't recover.
of the weekend was no better. Yankees fall to 6
1/2 games back in 4th place.
So the pain continues!
1 - Andy Pettitte recorded his 1,957th strikeout making him
the Yankees' all time leader, passing Whitey Ford. The Yankees beat the Twins
10-4, but needed a rally after Pettitte left the game losing 4-3 after the
July 4 - Yankees
complete the sweep of the Twins, gain on Baltimore, and move into
July 5 - Ivan Nova pitches
game vs. Baltimore. He ends the 9th down 2-1.
Johnson is the Baltimore closer and leads the league
in blown saves.
July 6 - Nunez returns and
hangs in Rivera saves,
Yankees beat Baltimore 5-4.
July 7 - Say it
ain't so Mo! Blows a
lead in the 9th, ruins
can't recover, lose sweep.
Yankees end the week in
4th place five games behind Boston.
July 10 - Nova throws another great game. One run over
eight innings. This time the Yankees come through with
Overbay homers after disappointing first inning. Yankees
break three game losing streak 8-1.
July 11 -
returns, goes 1-4 with an RBI and a run, but gets an MRI for a muscle issue in
his leg. He has a greade 1 strain, will miss at least till after the All Star
Yankees win 8-4.
July 12 - Kuroda
returns for the 5th after a rain delay. Yankees score two runs in
the bottom and the
pen holds for a 2-0 win vs. the Twins.
July 13 - Bad news Hughes made another appearance with
the one run a
game Yankees. Three homers do him in, even though he struk out ten
July 14 - Bad
defense puts Yankees in a 8-1 hole by the 4th and 10-4 by the
Considering the number of
homers not resigned and those
lost to the DL, it's a wonder that the Yankees are seven games over
.500, in 4th place, six games behind.
All Star Game
at Citi Field
Mets pitcher Mat Harvey starts by
giving up a double and hits Cano, but pitches two scoreless innings. AL comes
through scoring three runs by the 8th.
pitches a perfect bottom half and is
the MVP award. AL wins 3-0, NL gets only three hits.
the game in the 8th from the
The Second Half
A-Rod may be back Monday 7/22, even with pending MLB rumors
July 19 - With a grade 1 quad strain. He's on the 15 day DL and may return
Weekend series in Boston.
Game 1: Boston wins 4-2
Pettitte gives up three runs on two homers
by the second inning. Yankees score their first run on a
two stolen bases and a wild throw on the second steal.
Game 2: Ya
nkees win 5-2
Kuroda throws another great game. Gardner, Overbay, and Nunez
get three hits each. Rivera saves it.
Game 3: Boston wins 8-7 in 11
Sabathia had a 3-0 lead and blew it. Yankees tie it, but lose in
extra innings. Some Yankee runs were scored on Boston's three errors, so it
wasn't an offesive outburst as it may seem.
No-Rod stays on DL due to quad injury. He's not entitled to any
more rehab games.
Yankees seven games out.
July 23 -
Brewers left fielder
Ryan Braun came clean Monday and accepted
a suspension through the remainder of 2013 for violations of Major League
Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Can No-Rod be
The good Hughes showed up, pitched 5.2 great innings.
With an 80 pitch count and a 3-2 lead, but with a runner
on, Girardi brings Logan in with a lefty at bat. Of course that leads to a two
run homer. The runs were all unearned due to a Lillibridge error. But he got
redemption by driving in the go ahead run in the 9th after a Nunez
triple ties the game. The irony: the runs were scored off of Joe Nathan, who
got the save in the All Star Game and gave the ball to Mo, who shut Texas down
for the save. Yankees win 5-4.
July 26 -
What happened to
Sabathia?Another bad outing the
Soriano returned to the Yankees and went 0-5, but he does have more
homers than most of the Yankees.
having a verbal war with Yankee management. It's one of three things:
they want him back?
Are they trying to get out of his contract?
on the injury insurance?
July 27 -
Another great game by Nova, another 1-0 loss.
Hafner is on the DL for
July 28 - Before
the game, the Yankees honored Matsui and signed him to a minor league contract
so he can retire as a Yankee.
Derek Jeter takes the first pitch he
sees after returning from the second DL and
a home run. Yankees score three in the inning.
Of course Hughes gives one run back and escapes with the bases
He then gives up a three run homer on a 3-2 pitch in the
Soriano hit a homer with Jeter on to put the
Yankees up 5-4. And Hughes
can't hold that lead either.
Soriano drives Gardner in from second
with his fourth hit with one out. Mo gets the win in a tie game
Boston is back in first
place. Yankees 7½ games out.
July 30 &
31 - West coast trip to LA Dodgers:
performances by four pitchers. In the first game, the
Yankees lose in the
9th 3-2 on a Mark Ellis hit with a runner on second.
win the second in the
9th 3-0 after Mark Ellis commits an error allowing two additional
runs. Mo saves it with a two K and ground out
Aug 2 - 4 - Weekend
set in San Diego:
Game 1: CC is getting worse, but says he's
Game 2: Nova is a bright star: another seven inning shutout, Yankees win
Game 3: Hughes vs. Kennedy
Hughes gives up 5 runs by the
3rd. Yankees chip away, but Wells strikes out as the tying run in
Yankees 9½ games
Jeter had another MRI, this time for his calf.
Aug 5 - MLB announced the Biogenesis
for 13 players. No-Rod will get
games, but he is appealing the decision. This will take him to his
40th birthday in 2015.
Since he can play until the appeal is
done, Jeter went onto the DL in place of No-Rod.
say that they agree with MBL's decision.
Pettite gives up
three runs in the first vs.
gets a hit in his first at bat, but the Yankees can't score, lose
Aug 6 - Kuroda pitches well, Yankees
Aug 7 - Sabathia has a good game,
but almost blows it in the 7th.
But Mo does blow it in the 9th allowing a 4-4 tie. Cano
homers in the 12th, but Warren loses it in the bottom half
Yankees were 1/13 with runners in scoring position.
Aug 8 - Day off, can they regroup? How will fans greet
Is the season over?
Aug 9 -
another gem, one run for seven innings
blows another and the Yankees need an extra inning
win to bail him out.
No-Rod 0-4 with
three strikeouts - gets booed!
Aug 10 -
Bad Hughes again, down 3-0 and 99 pitches through the 5th and
Yankees get nothing through 3 and leave two on in the
comes in later and gives up a three run homer.
Aug 11 - Pettite left in the
4th with a
lead and runners on base.
The play of the game:
Torii Hunter flied into double
The bull pen holds until Robertson gives up a homer and
gives up two solo homers - game tied.
Gardner bails Mo out with a
two out homer in the 9th!
59-57, 10 games out of first and three teams behind the
Aug 12 - Aug 15 Four games
vs the Angels.
Robertson saves Kuroda gem, but gives up a lone run 2-1. Struck out last batter
on a high 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
2: Everything went wrong for the Angels. Bad calls, especially
the home plate umpire calling runner out
at third for leaving too early on appeal of a sac fly. Runner clearly left
after the catch.
Sabathis pitches well amd Yankees
and win 14-7.
comes through again and Yankees win 11-3 behind another stong Nova
Game 4: An
OK game by Hughes, but
after 25 runs in the last two games, the Yankees only manage one run through
seven innings. Boone Logan gives up a three run homer in the 8th and
Joba gives up another.
Yankees lose 8-4 with three runs in the
MLB announced that there
will be a vote by all parties involved to allow disputed calls to be video
reviewed from the MLB offices in NYC. Each team will get one challenge between
the first and sixth inning and two after that. If the challenge is upheld, the
team gets another. It will be tested in the Arizona Fall League.
The next 16 games vs.
AL East starting with a Weekend in Boston.
Game 1: Yankees win 10-3
threw 62/3 strong innings. Joba manages to load
the bases in the 9th with two outs and needed Huff to bail him out,
but Mo had to warm up.
Game 2: Boston wins
Kuroda was again victimized by lack of offense, compounded by
error and bad umpiring.
Game 3: Yankees win
In A-Rod's first at bat, with Boston ahead 2-0, Dempster hits him
on a 3-0 count. Since the first pitch was behind him and the other two were
close inside, Girardi wanted Dempster ejected, but instead he was. Later A-Rod
scored and later hit a home run all off Dempster. Sabathia gave up the six
runs, but stayed long eonough to get the win. Mo got the save, but had the
tying run at the plate for the third out.
Aug 20 - Yankees sweep double header from Toronto. Came
from behind in both games.
In the day game, Nova gave up
four runs and held it there as the Yankees took a four run lead into the
9th. But Joba got a putout by running down Reyes between home a
first on a dribbler. He walks the next batter bringing Mo in for a non save
appearance. Yankees win 8-4.
Nix tied the second game in the 7th
with a homer and won it in the 9th with a drawn in infield hit with
Ichiro on third. Yankees win 3-2.
received a five game suspension from MLB for throwing at and hitting No-Rod.
With days off, he will not miss a turn.
Aug 21 - Ichiro Suzuki got his 4000th
professional hit against
Dickey in his first at bat.
Warren started and
gave up two runs in three innings. Huff
took over and got the win for five innings of one hit ball. Mo saves it.
Yankees beat Dickey 4-2 on an 8th inning two run
Nix, hit by pitch is on DL with
Aug 22 - Yankees
complete the four
game sweep of the Blue Jays, 5-3 behind Pettite.
Weird play of the game. It was ruled a
force out of Stewart, but a run scored. The umpires blew this one.
gets the save, but has to go 3-2 count on all three batters in the
Aug 23 - 25 Weekend
Game 1: Yankees lose 7-2
After not giving up a
homer since June, Kuroda gives up four in a 7-2 loss to the Rays. But thanks to
other wildcard team losses, the Yankees reamain 3½ games out.
Yankees lose 4-2
Sabathia was dominant for five innings, gave up a two run
lead in the 6th. The offense was again MIA.
Game 3: Yankees win
3-2 in 11 innings
pitched well again, but left with the game 2-2. Yankees score in the
11th on a Soriano double, stolen 3rd and scoring on a sac
fly by Granderson.
saves it on six pitches, all strikes.
Yankees 3½ games out of the wild
Aug 26 - 28 for three games in
With Jeter, A-Rod, and Ichiro in the lineup, there are a total of
Game 1: Yankees lose 5-2.
to an Ichiro rare error, Hughes blows a 2-2 game.
Game 2: Yankees win 7-1
The offense comes alive with
four homers behind
Cano hit on hand by Happ, the pitcher who hit Granderson in Spring
Game 3: Yankees lose 7-2
Reynolds played second base in place of
injured Cano and Nunez. Kuroda gave up five earned runs and the offense was MIA
This was the same team that swept the Blue Jays last
Aug 30 - Sept 1 Weekend vs.
Baltimore at Yankee Stadium
Yankees win 8-5
again gave back the lead, the Yankee offense showed up and the bull
Game 2: Yankees win 2-0
Nova throws a three
hit complete game. Cano gets both RBIs on a double and 8th
Game 3: Yankees lose
Pettitte throws 6 great innings. He gives up two hits, then the
bullpen falls apart giving up two 3 run homers.
Yankees have 4
teams in front of them in the wild card race.
Sept 2 - JR Murphy, the record 52nd player
this season, got his first major league base hit while pinch hitting for Cano
in a 9-1 rout of the White Sox.
4-1 in the 8th vs. Sales,
5 to come from behind.
Mo nails it for his 9th
season of 40 or more saves (tied with Hoffman).
Now 2 games behind Tampa for
the second wild card with Oakland and Texas battling for the AL
Sept 4 -With a 6-1 game and one
out in the 8th, Sabathia gives up two hits.
Robertson relieves him and allows both runners to score, plus two of
his own. This forces Mo to get a four out
save by striking out the batter in the 8th and a 1-2-3
Will Robertson be able to close in
Sept 5 - 8 Four games
Game 1: Yamkees lose
9-8 in 10 innings
Nova had nothing and trew 80 pitches by the
The Yankees go up 8-7, but
Mo blows the
Soriano gets picked off second. Extra innings.
gives up a run.
Game 2: Yankees lose
Pettitte pitches 6 great innings and leaves leading 8-3.
comes in and the game is tied 8-8 and the bullpen collapses
Game 3: Yankees lose 13-9
Robertson both sidelined with injuries - no DL since call ups are not
restricted in September.
Yankees call up minor leaguers who had already
gone home at the end of their seasons.
Jeter left the game with a tweak of
his ankle on a bad throw. He did get a hit later.
Boston ahead 10-3
by the fourth - I can't watch! Yankees make a small comeback.
Yankees win 4-3 but,
Better lucky than power: in
the 5th three bloops load the bases. Soriano strikes out, Cano
doubles to left field. Yankees up 3-1.
Mo tries for a six out save, but blows it on a 9th inning
homer. With Ichiro on third
and Soriano at bat, a wild pitch ends it!
Three home games, the Yankees score eight runs and lose!
the first time that's the first time EVER!
Thanks to the Mets
and White Sox, the Yankees are only ½ game out of the second wild card
behind the Indians and Orioles. All with 76 wins.
Sept 9 - 12 Four games in Baltimore this could be
Game 1: Yankees lose
CC again gives up the lead and loses.
Yankees win 7-4
Yankees score 5 in the
8th. Soriano hits two homers. Mo gets four out save!
Yankees win 5-4
Yankees score in the
1st on a walk to Gardner, stolen base and two ground outs. They
don't get a hit until Granderson homers in the 5th. Pettitte throws
6.1 innings giving up 3 runs.
A-Rod and Cano also homer.
Mo gets his
43rd save, but gives up one run.
Game 4: Yamkees win 6-5
In his first t bat, Stewart strikes
out on two strikes. He though the first pitch was a strike, but it was called a
Hughes was pulled after three innings and left leading 4-1. In the
8th, with the score 5-2, Robertson puts two on and gives up a homer
to tie the game.
Yankees score on a
wild pitch. Mo gets the win by the official scorer not giving it to
Sept 11 - Jeter is out for the season.
Seattle Mariners traded SS Brendan Ryan to New York Yankees for
Player To Be Named Later.
Yankees remain one game behind
Tampa for the second wildcard, Yankees played and lost two more
Sept 13 to 15 - Weekend in Boston -
it doesn't get any easier!
Game 1: Yankees lose 8-4
Cano's first hit: a bunt double to
left field to beat the shift, he later had two conventional doubles and a
Kuroda had a bad 1st inning, giving up four runs and
almost 50 pitches by the 2nd. He still managed to pitch into the
7th. He gave up a lead-off hit and was relieved by lefty Cabral, who
then hit Ortiz. Clairborne comes in and walks the next batter and gives up a
Game 2: Yankees lose
Sabathia is not getting the job done - again. Left after 6
innings losing 5-1. Joba in the 7th. He walks the first two batters
then a line drive DP at first base.
Granderson was the only bright spot
with a double, triple and scored on a Cano ground out.
Yankees lose 9-2 - another sweep
Nova gave up
five runs. The Yankees' first run scored without a hit again!
from DHing in the 5th due to a sore calf muscle.
Winning pitcher rules:
Robertson comes in with the lead and allows the game to be tied. The Yankees
score in the 9th and Mo finishes the game. The official scorer says
Robertson was ineffective and gave the win to Mo.
On Friday, a shaky Kuroda
pitched to a 4-4 game into the 7th, but gives up a lead off single.
the next two pitchers hit a batter, walk a batter and give up a grand slam,
Kuroda gets the
Something is wrong with this
Sept 13 - Gardner may miss
the rest of the season. He struck
out looking Thursday night!
Sept 14 -
Soriano is out with a bruised thumb from a diving catch he made in Baltimore,
but returns on Sept 15.
Jeter placed on 60 day DL to allow Phelps to return
to the active roster.
The Yankees are
mathematically eliminated from winning the AL east.
Thanks to losses by
Texas and Tampa, the Yankees remain 3 games out of the wild card, with
Cleveland and Baltimore ahead of them. Another week, another lost possiblity to
Sept 16 to 19 - A day
off then three games in
Game 1 (12 games to go):
Yankees lose 2-0
The good news: Pettitte held
the Jays to one run through
62/3 innings, Kelly gave up a
The bad news: Yankees couldn't figure
out Dickey's knuckle ball. Yankees left five on base in the first two
3½ games back in wild
Game 2: (11 games to go)Yankees win
The bad news: Hughes gave up two runs on a
homer in 41/3 innings, Huff gave
up another homer in that inning.
The good news: the Yankee offense
comes alive in the 8th to score four runs, capped by Wells'
Roberrtson gets two out, allows a single and stolen base. Rivera
Game 3: (10 games to go)Yankees
Kuroda pitched well, three runs in six innings. Joba comes
in for the 7th and gives up a three run homer.
Yankee offense was
a Granderson homer in the 6th and a five other hits. The second run
scored by A-Rod on a ground out, who walked in the 9th and got to
third on a hit and another walk.
The interesting rules twist play of the
game: double play at third base, bottom of the first inning, runners on
first and third, one out.
In the three games, they
scored in 3 of the 27 innings. They leave Toronto 14-5 on the
Sept 20 -
Andy Pettitte announced that he will be
retiring after this season.
His last game at the
Stadium will be Sunday (Rivera's farewell). The two have 74 wins/saves, the
most in MLB history.
Sept 20 to 22 -
Three games vs. San Francisco Giants.
Game 1 (9 games
to go): Yankees win 5-1
Another quiet game,
CC pitched his
best game in months.
A-Roid, in a slump, hit his
career grand slam
to break the 1-1 game. Robertson and
Mo closed out the game.
Game 2: (8
games to go)Yankees win 6-0
Nova throws a six
hit complete game shutout!
Game 3: (7 games to go)Yankees lose 2-1
Mariano Rivera day and Andy Pettitte
last regular season start at Yankee Stadium.
Petit vs. Pettitte
6th inning, the first hit against Andy was E Adrianza's first ML
The offense twice had runners as far as second and struck out each
Pettitte gives up a lead off double. Robertson comes in and allows the
run. It's Mo time in the 8th!
Yankees get second and third with
no out. Yankees can't score with two out at home.
So far, SS
Brendan Ryan has been a great defensive replacement for Jeter.
Four games out of the wild
Sept 23 - Sabathia had injured is
hamstring and will not start again in 2013. He should be ready for
spring training 2014.
It's time to call it a season.
Sept 24 to 26 - Three games vs. Tampa.
Game 1 (6 games to go): Yankees lose
Kuroda gives up three runs in the first. It'a all down hill from
Game 2: (5 games to go)Yankees lose
Hughes removed with bases loaded and no outs in 3rd,
three runs scored.
Yankees come close, but Huff gieves up four more.
with the Cleveland win, the Yankees are eliminated.
Game 3: (4 games to
Rivera cme in with two outs
in the 8th, got the last out.
In the 9th, Mo got the
first two outs and left the field to cheers and tears when Pettitte and Jeter
cmae to the mound to take him from the gam,e.
Yankees eliminated from
playoffs Sept 25
The above table
shows the net home runs lost after adding back the count of the home runs by
the partial season DL and full and partial season replacement players.
bottom rows compare the total homers between 2012 and 2013
I hereby declare the Yankees new knick name: the one run a game
Sept 28 - As only the
Yankees can, Pettitte pitches a 2-1 complete game win to end his career in
The run against him scored on a ground out
to short with Altuve on SECOND. By the time Ryan got the ball, the runner was
rounding third and didn't stop. The throw to first got the batter, but the
throw home was too late to get Altuve at the plate.
However, the Yankee go
ahead run was even more bizzare. With Nunez the lead runner with the bases
loaded, the catcher, Pagnozzi, tried to pick off Cano at second, but spiked the
ball and couldn't find it. By the time he did, Nunez was safe on a close
Pettitte gets the first two batters in the 9thon fly balls,
allowed a single and then a ground out to Nunez at third for the final out of
This makes Pettitte the ONLY pitcher in ML history with at least
15 seasons with NO sub .500 years. For the season 11-11 with a 3.85
Box Score - see
links to Play by Play and videos here
Andy Pettitte career
Sept 29 - Henderson Alvarez of Miami throws a no
hitter through nine innings vs. Detroit, but the Marlins failed to score until
the 9th. A bases loaded wild pitch wins the game!
Astros play into the 14th inning and Reynolds hits a lead off homer.
Then three more runs. Robertson nails it down.
Yankees finish 85-77, third
Final East Standings:
leads the team in:
BATTING AVG .314
HOME RUNS 27
any reason that he shouldn't be signed, even if he wants ten years and $30
million per year?
He only played in 160 games.
Mariano Rivera Retirement Celebration
Mariano Rivera was honored by each
team usually before the last game played in each city.
Teams should know
that he will save any game in which he is honored.
Interesting gift from the
Tampa Bay Rays
Sept 22 - The
Yankees replaced the Jackie Robinson retired #42
with a bronze placque and placed it alone on the wall in Monument Park, the
only non Yankee to have that honor.
Mariano Rivera's Yankee #42 was
retired and placed with the other Yankee numbers.
Welch/Eckersley - 58
Mussina/Rivera - 49
Mariano Rivera 652
Lee Smith 478
John Franco 424
Mariano Rivera Career Statistics
He has the lowest ERA ever recorded - 2.21, when taken out to additional places
it's 2.209 vs.2.210 for Ed
David Robertson will probably be the
closer beginning in 2014. I realize no one is close to Rivera, but Robertson's
nick name is Houdini. But that shouldn't be a closer's name.
his theme be, "Mission
Remind me again why the Houston
Astros were moved to the AL West, but they seem to be able to beat the Angels.
They would be in last place no matter what divison they play in except
sometimes the NL East. All the move served to do was force at least one
interleague game every day during the season. I thought two weeks a year was
more than enough.
Sept 29 vs. the Yankees, the Astros struck out 19
times, to set the team record for striking out for the season:
October 20 - Jeter had surgery to aid in
the healing process for his broken ankle. Four to five months before he can
resume work on his feet.
C.C. Sabathia will have his left elbow checked
Oct. 22 - The NY Daily news
reports that Cashman is willing to
trade A-Rod, if the price is
Oct. 25 - the Yankees announced
that CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left
elbow today. He is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training. Dr. James
Andrews performed the procedure at his practice in Alabama.
Oct. 26 - In a talk with GM Cashman, Mariano Rivera says
he's not sure he wants to pitch in 2013 and may want to retire. This will
affect Soriano's decision to go free agency or not a few days after the World
Series is over.
Nov. 20 - The New York
Yankees signed right-handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year Major League
contract. Kuroda, 37, went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA , 81ER with career bests in
wins, starts (33), innings pitched (219.2) and strikeouts (167).
Nov. 28 - The Yankees signed Andy Pettitte to a one year
$12 million contract.
Nov. 29 - The Yankees
signed Mariano Rivera, but lost Russel Martin to the Pirates.
Dec. 4 - With the reported hip surgery for A-Rod, the
Yankees are now looking for a third baseman to hold the fort until
can return. Reportedly under considereation is former Red Sox nemesis
Kevin Youkilis. To replace the departed Russel Martin the Yankees are
considering catcher A.J. Pierzynski from the other sox team.
Dec. 6 - The Yankees offered Kevin Youkilis $12
million for one year. Cleveland offered him less per year for a two year
contract, let's see what happens.
Dec. 11 -
Kevin Youkilis signs with the Yankees. Dec. 14, it's official. It was
said that Joba
had reached out to him to welcome him to the team.
19 - Ichiro signed a two year deal with the Yankees.
Jan 7 -
the first major HOF vote of the steroid era, NO players were named to the
Bonds and Clemens
didn't reach the 75% required. Some of the ballots were
returned blank, which still
count in the denominator to calculate the percentage. There were 569 ballots
and 427 needed for election.
However the Veterans commitee voted in
Hank O'Day, and Jacob
Jan 16 - A-Rod
surgery was successful. His return to
expected after the All Star Game.
- A-Rod and other baseball players and athletes have been
linked to a now
closed anti-aging clinic in Florida. A-Rod, through his lawyer, denies it.
If the report is true, the palyers can be suspended even without a positive
banned substance test. One of the other ball palyers is Melky Cabrera, who was
suspended for fifty games last season, after testing positive and being named
All Star Game MVP.
Feb 24 - In his first
spring at bat, Curtis Granderson is hit by a pitch and X-Rays show a break in
his right arm. Out 10 weeks!
March 6 - Mark
Teixeira hurts his wrist swinging a bat at the WBC. Out 10 weeks!
Yankees are in a world of hurt. Between injuries and non-signing free agents,
they've lost over 150 homers.
March 9 - It's
official, Mariano Rivera announced his retirement for the end of the 2013
season. That would put him in the Hall of Fame for 2018.
In their first
spring game of the year, Mo pitched a perfect inning with two strike outs and
Jeter was 1-2 as the DH.
March 19 - The
Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 to go undefeated in the 2013
World Baseball Classic. The Yankees'
Robinson Cano was the series MVP by batting .469 (15-for-32) with four doubles,
two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored, leading all Classic players with
Now let's start playing for
March 20 - Jeter's ankle acted up and
he was scratched form the lineup. There is a possibility that he may start the
seaon on the DL. What else can go wrong?
March 26 to 27 - It's official, more can go wrong: Jeter
will begin the season on the DL, but back dated so that he can return to the
team by about April 6.
An analysis by the
Daily News' John Harper about the causes
of the problems the Yankees are having this year.
The Yankees acquired
Wells and Lyle
Overbay both as place holders until the regulars come off the
March 28 - It was announced that the
Mets Johan Santana will need a second
shoulder surgery and will miss this season. Sadly no pitcher has ever recovered
from a second such procedure. My thoughts are with him.
March 31 - Opening
day on April 1!