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Wild Card Watch: September 3, 2013

Good morning Yankees fans! I am back with another Wild Card Watch! Yesterday the Yankees were 3.5 games back and needed to gain some ground. Did they? Here’s the results from last night along with the final scores of our Wild Card contending teams:


Wild Card Final Scores (WC Teams are in BOLD):

White Sox 1, Yankees 9: David Huff pitched 5.1 IP of one run ball, Derek Jeter drove in two runs and the Yankees scored a season high 8 runs in the 4th inning as they demolished the White Sox 9-1 to take game one of the three game set. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA)

Rays 2, Angels 11: Erick Aybar had a big night for the Angels, hitting a two-run homer and a two-run triple, Grant Green had his first MLB home run and Garret Richards navigated after a shaky start as the Angels hand the Rays their fifth straight loss with a 11-2 victory. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.54 ERA).

Orioles 7, Indians 2: Nate McLouth and Matt Weiters both hit two-run HR’s and Bud Norris pitched seven innings of one run ball as the Orioles beat the Indians 7-2. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.61 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 3.95 ERA).

Rangers 2, Athletics 4: Coco Crisp hit the game deciding home run and Yoenis Cespedes HR’d as the A’s win 4-2. The Rangers and Angels are now tied for first in the AL West (which is why the Rangers are in the Wild Card standings. Tonight’s match-up: Martin Perez (8-3, 3.58 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (14-5, 2.94 ERA).

Royals 3, Mariners 1: Royals reliever Will Smith tossed 4.1 IP after starter Danny Duffy left the game in the fourth inning and the Royals got to King Felix, scoring three runs including a Mike Moustakas single as the Royals beat the Mariners 3-1. Tonight’s pitching match-up: Erasmo Ramirez (5-1, 5.18 ERA) vs. Bruce Chen (6-2, 2.79 ERA).

Come back tomorrow for another Wild Card Update!

Bartolo Colon suspended for testosterone use

Bartolo Colon suspended for testosterone use

By Delia E.

The Office of Commissioner of Baseball released details that Oakland Atheltics pitcher Bartolo Colon received a 50 game suspension without pay after he tested positive for Testosterone, with him becoming the second former Yankee in a week to get suspended. Colon’s suspension is effective immediately.

Here is the statement that Colon released following his suspension: “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.”

Series Preview: Yankees at Athletics | 7/19/12-7/22/12

Pitching Matchups

Thursday, 7/19/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start:  5.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 5 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-2, 5.25 ERA / 4.19 FIP / 4.24 xFIP, 6.75 K/9, 2.81 BB/9 in 48.0 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: A.J. Griffin, RHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 1-0, 2.63 ERA / 4.65 FIP / 4.31 xFIP, 6.00 K/9, 2.25 BB/9 in 24.0 IP

Friday, 7/20/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 3 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.18 ERA / 4.59 FIP / 3.96 xFIP, 7.97 K/9, 2.71 BB/9 in 116.1 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Tommy Milone, LHP
Last Start:  6.0 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-6, 3.54 ERA / 4.29 FIP / 4.13 xFIP, 5.98 K/9, 2.05 BB/9 in 114.1 IP

Saturday, 7/21/12, 9:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 4.22 ERA / 4.52 FIP / 4.26 xFIP, 8.10 K/9, 2.19 BB/9 in 106.2 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Jarrod Parker, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-4, 3.16 ERA / 3.49 FIP / 4.29 xFIP, 7.02 K/9, 4.05 BB/9 in 91.0 IP

Sunday, 7/22/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-3, 3.27 ERA / 3.13 FIP / 3.26 xFIP, 8.84 K/9, 2.39 BB/9 in 113.0 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Bartolo Colon, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 6-8, 3.88 ERA / 3.99 FIP / 4.08 xFIP, 5.50 K/9, 1.46 BB/9 in 111.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Jayson Nix – 5 for 10 with 2 doubles in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 9 for 21 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 8 for 23 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 6 for 18 with 1 double, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson – 6 for 19 with 1 triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Nick Swisher – 3 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

OAK Offense

Who’s Hot:

Jonny Gomes – 5 for 9 with 2 HR, 7 RBI in the last 7 days

— Yoenis Cespedes – 11 for 21 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBI in the last 7 days

Josh Reddick – 7 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Chris Carter – 3 for 12 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Cliff Pennington – 0 for 9 with 2 K in the last 7 days

Derek Norris – 0 for 12 with 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

Coco Crisp – 1 for 7 with 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Brandon Inge – 4 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees at Athletics | 5/25/12-5/27/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 5/25/12, 10:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 12 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-2, 5.69 ERA / 4.65 FIP / 3.47 xFIP, 9.55 K/9, 2.94 BB/9 in 49.0 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Tyson Ross, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-4, 5.73 ERA / 4.07 FIP  / 4.49 xFIP, 4.54 K/9, 3.82 BB/9 in 37.2 IP

Saturday, 5/26/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 5 BB, 2 HR
On the Season: 5-2, 3.78 ERA / 3.58 FIP / 3.17 xFIP, 9.09 K/9, 2.66 BB/9 in 64.1 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Bartolo Colon, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-4, 4.09 ERA / 3.95 FIP / 4.10 xFIP, 5.55 K/9, 1.46 BB/9 in 61.2 IP

Sunday, 5/27/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-6, 4.56 ERA / 5.32 FIP / 4.21 xFIP, 5.74 K9, 3.38 BB/9 in 53.1 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Tommy Milone, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 6-3, 3.75 ERA / 4.05 FIP / 4.17 xFIP, 4.99 K/9, 2.18 BB/9 in 57.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Raul Ibanez – 6 for 20 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI in the last 7 days

— Alex Rodriguez – 7 for 24 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 4 RBI in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Nick Swisher – 3 for 21 with 1 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

— Russell Martin – 3 for 14 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Mark Teixeira – 2 for 10 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

— Dewayne Wise – 1 for 11 with 5 K in the last 7 days

OAK Offense

Who’s Hot:

No one! In the last 7 days, not one Oakland batter has kept an average higher than .240. Their “hottest” two hitters of late have been Seth Smith (5 for 21, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days) and Josh Donaldson (5 for 22, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K in the last 7 days).

Who’s Not:

The rest of the Oakland batters not mentioned above have hit anywhere from .077 to .190 in the last week. Additionally, those nine batters have combined for a measly 7 RBIs and just 1 extra base hit.

Enjoy the series!

Evening Notes & Links: Trade Talks, Soler, Noesi, Joba-Lin

Good evening everybody. Here are a few notes & links to cap the day….

— Although we heard the Yankees and Pirates were at stand still for most of the day, things appear to have changed, says Newsday’s David Waldstein. Progress has been made today with the Yankees and both the Pirates and the “mystery team”, yet to be identified. The Yankees will probably strike a deal with whichever team provides the better offer.

Kevin Kernan of the NY Daily News talked to Joba Chamberlain about “Linsanity” and the similarities he and Jeremy Lin share.

— Now that Yoenis Cespedes has signed with the Oakland Athletics, the attention is turning to fellow Cuban OF Jorge Soler. The 19 year old is drawing heavy interest from the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins in addition to many other teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies. Ken Rosenthal writes that the bidding figures to be broader than for Cespedes. I’m sure the Yanks will be large participants in the bidding as Soler would be a terrific signing for them.

— Via Chad Jennings, Hector Noesi (the secondary piece sent to the Mariners in the Montero trade) expressed that he is happy to be on the Seattle Mariners now. He also marvels over the accomplishments of ace Felix Hernandez, saying that he “is someone all Latin Americans can be proud of, with what he’s done.”

Have a great night!

Previewing the 2012 Athletics | Interview Series

Among the A's offseason moves was extending GM Billy Beane through 2019.

Over the course of the next month or two, we will be previewing the Yankees’ competition in the American League. To do this, I will interview one blog for each team in the league.

With Spring Training approaching quickly, we’ll finish this interview series up with the AL West. Let’s start with the Oakland A’s. I had the pleasure of interviewing David Wishinsky of the Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan. It is important to note that this interview took place before Yoenis Cespedes signed with the A’s.

1. In 2011, the Athletics went 74-88 finishing in 3rd place ahead of the Mariners. What could Oakland have done a better job at to achieve more success?

First and foremost the A’s featured an anemic offense. David DeJesus, Hideki Matsui, Mark Ellis, Daric Barton to name just a few put in career worst years. Josh Willingham had a lot of home runs but his other offensive numbers were down. Kevin Kouzmanoff failed to hit, Coco Crisp had a terrible on-base-percentage for a leadoff hitter and Kurt Suzuki had another disappointing season. Basically there was little to nothing positive about the offensive contributions from the 2011 A’s. Two bright spots, were Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore‘s additions. They both did a decent job to be sparks in the second half, but it was at that point too little too late.

2. The A’s have had a pretty busy offseason, trading away starting pitching talents Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill along with closer Andrew Bailey. How do you feel about the A’s offseason?

I loved the first half of the A’s offseason. The haul that came back in particular for Gio Gonzalez was incredible given that he is a guy who had some serious upisde but some very serious flaws (a lack of control namely). The take for Trevor Cahill was great as they have a potential future ace in Jarrod Parker. While I wasn’t as enamored of the price we paid in the trade of Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to acquire Josh Reddick, Raul Alcantara and Miles Head (who I am unimpressed by) it was still a good deal to convert a reliever with injury problems into some future pieces. The second half of the offseason after the New Year, I am much less impressed by. The signing of Coco Crisp was terrilble, especially given that it was two years, the trade for Seth Smith – who is an intriguing ballplayer mind you – took two players who could have served as a needed block to protect our new young starters (Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso) and then in turn blocked prospects in the outfield where it seemed like we’d have a chance to see who we have that could pan out. I liked the signing of Bartolo Colon for that very reason that it means not all these young guys need to start in MLB, but I didn’t like the Jonny Gomes signing for the fact that it again served to block guys like Michael Taylor and Brandon Allen. So it is overall a mixed bag. Signing a DH would in my mind be more blocking of young guys and would be a poor decision, but acquiring another starter would be something I’d be fine with.

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A’s Want Big Trade Package From Yanks For Gonzalez

A’s Want Big Trade Package From Yanks For Gonzalez

By Delia E.

The Oakland Athletics are looking for a big trade package from the Yankees for Gio Gonzalez, but the Yankees aren’t so sure. The Yankees admit that they “love” Gio Gonzalez, but they do not want to give up prospect players such as Manny Banuelos, Jesus Montero & Dellin Betances.

Morning Bits: A’s, HGH Testing

Once again, aside from the Eduardo Nunez rumblings, there is barely anything going on with the Yankees. Therefore, I’ll simply give you a few MLB links…

Ken Rosenthal writes about the Athletics’ push to move from Oakland to San Jose, 40 miles south of where the Giants play.

— It seems to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune that MLB players seem to favor testing for HGH.

— If you happen to care, the Phillies acquired Ty Wigginton from the Rockies last night. Exciting.

Have a nice day.


Yanks rout A’s with MLB record three slams

Jeter, DH 6 2 3 1 1 1 9 .299
Granderson, CF 4 4 2 5 2 1 1 .278
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 0 2 2 1 3 .246
Jones, An, RF 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .252
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 3 2 0 2 1 3 .293
Chavez, Er, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 5 0 1 3 .304
a-Cervelli, PH-C 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .269
Swisher, RF-1B 4 2 1 0 2 3 2 .266
Martin, C 5 3 5 6 1 0 0 .243
Posada, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244
Nunez, E, SS 5 2 3 1 1 1 2 .280
Gardner, LF 4 2 1 1 2 0 6 .273
Totals 43 22 21 22 13 9 29 .270
Hughes, P 2.2 7 6 6 0 5 0 6.46
Wade 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2.36
Noesi 1.2 3 0 0 1 1 0 3.50
Logan(W, 4-2) 1.1 0 0 0 0 4 0 2.67
Ayala 2.0 3 2 2 0 2 1 1.67
Totals 9.0 15 9 9 2 13 2 3.64

Story by Bryan Hoch

NEW YORK — Russell Martin’s sixth-inning grand slam fueled a historic Yankees rout, as the Bombers rallied to post a 22-9 victory over the Athletics on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Robinson Cano also belted a fifth-inning grand slam for New York, which avoided a series sweep by overcoming a poor start from Phil Hughes, who served up six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. Curtis Granderson’s eighth-inning slam was the third of the afternoon for the Yankees, who set a Major League record for most slams in a single game.

The go-ahead blast by Martin — who recorded a career-high six RBIs — came off Fautino de los Santos and was the catcher’s second home run of the game, complementing his fourth-inning drive off A’s starter Rich Harden to begin the long climb back.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Martin said. “This game has been played for a long time. Pretty much everything has already happened. I’m waiting to see who’s going to hit four — I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen, but we’ll see. Three is pretty cool.”

Prior to Thursday, the Yankees had seen two players belt grand slams in a single game just three times. The feat had last been accomplished by Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams on Sept. 14, 1999, at Toronto.

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Yanks’ late spark against A’s insufficient

Gardner, LF 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 .275
Jeter, SS 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 .295
Granderson, CF 3 1 0 0 2 2 5 .279
Teixeira, 1B 5 0 0 0 0 1 8 .248
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 .303
Swisher, RF 5 1 1 3 0 1 4 .263
Chavez, Er, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .268
Posada, DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .244
Martin, C 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .232
Totals 36 5 10 5 5 6 27 .268


Colon(L, 8-8) 6.1 8 5 5 0 5 2 3.71
Logan 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.78
Noesi 2.0 2 1 1 0 4 1 3.63
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 0 9 3 3.58


Story by Bryan Hoch of MLB.

NEW YORK — Nick Swisher dropped his bat and eyed his deep drive as it soared to center field, a sour half-grin spreading across his face as the Yankee Stadium crowd descended from full-volume roar to a soft groan.

The Yankees simply produced too little, too late on Tuesday, blanked into the eighth inning and waiting until the very end to make a thriller of a 6-5 loss to the Athletics in the Bronx.

“That ball kind of got out there, it just didn’t carry as much as I thought it would,” said Swisher, who flied out to leave the bases loaded in the ninth against A’s closer Andrew Bailey. “I want to be in that spot. I just wasn’t successful tonight.”

They wouldn’t hang the loss on Swisher, not after his three-run homer an inning earlier finally served as a breakthrough moment against efficient Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy, slicing into a six-run A’s lead.

It had more to do with the fact that Swisher’s 16th homer served as New York’s only hit with runners in scoring position, as the Yankees wrapped up the game 1-for-13 in those situations.

Holding the Yankees to eight hits, McCarthy permitted no baserunner past second base until the eighth, striking out six and walking three over 7 2/3 innings.

“Our guys just kept going at it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “McCarthy seemed to just stay off our barrel enough with the late movement on his sinker and cutter. We didn’t hit a whole lot of balls hard off him.”

Bailey had a tough time closing out the game, coughing up two runs in the ninth. Jorge Posada opened the frame with a long homer that cleared the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center field, his 11th.

Russell Martin doubled to left-center, and Brett Gardner reached on an error, as third baseman Scott Sizemore couldn’t handle a chopper.

That brought up Derek Jeter, already 3-for-3 with a walk. Though some inevitably groaned at the move, Girardi said that it was “not a tough decision” for him to have Jeter bunt the runners along.

“You want those two guys in scoring position if you can,” Girardi said. “Any base hit is going to score both of them, you know that. That’s how we play. We sacrifice from time to time; not a whole lot.”

Girardi said he wanted to give RBI opportunities to Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson, his team’s leaders in those categories. Granderson walked to load the bases, but Teixeira fouled out. Robinson Cano walked on a close 3-2 pitch to force home New York’s fifth run.

That brought up Swisher, who said, “I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to go up there and try to win the game.'”

He got within feet of a game-winning grand slam, lifting a deep fly that had Coco Crisp galloping to the wall and Bailey gasping with thoughts of a blown save.

“The way I saw Coco running at it, I was like, ‘He usually takes that run when he has to rob something,'” Bailey said. “So I wasn’t too happy, but I saw it fall short and [gave] a big sigh of relief. Big win for the team.”

“You pull it a little bit more, and that’s a home run, but that’s the deeper part of the park,” Teixeira said. “He put a great swing on it.”

The tough defeat came on a night when Bartolo Colon served up one of the longest home runs hit at the new Yankee Stadium, craning his neck to watch a titanic second-inning blast by Brandon Allen.

The homer was just the second to be sent into the 300 level — Russell Branyan christened the deck last August as a member of the Mariners, taking Javier Vazquez deep.

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Series Preview NYY vs Oakland 8/23 – 8/25

Please give a listen to Ricky’s Podcast for some good information about this series.  Listen Here.

Tuesday 7:05PM

McCarthy (6-6)

vs Left .296
vs Right .262
Home Games 3.34
Away Games 4.18
On Grass 3.97
On Turf 2.25
Day Games 3.09
Night Games 3.98
August 4.67
Last 30 Days 3.73


Colon (8-7)

vs Left .282
vs Right .227
Home Games 3.77
Away Games 3.34
On Grass 3.49
On Turf 3.95
Day Games 2.36
Night Games 4.42
August 5.17
Last 30 Days 4.23

Wednesday 7:05PM

Cahill (9-12)

vs Left .253
vs Right .267
Home Games 3.15
Away Games 5.42
On Grass 4.32
On Turf 2.57
Day Games 3.38
Night Games 4.87
August 7.94
Last 30 Days 6.00


Sabathia (17-7)

vs Left .201
vs Right .261
Home Games 3.12
Away Games 2.81
On Grass 3.07
On Turf 1.69
Day Games 2.30
Night Games 3.24
August 5.28
Last 30 Days 4.50

Thursday 1:05PM

Harden (4-2)

vs Left .165
vs Right .250
Home Games 3.30
Away Games 4.70
On Grass 4.30
On Turf 1.29
Day Games 4.43
Night Games 3.52
August 3.42
Last 30 Days 3.34


Hughes (4-4)

vs Left .302
vs Right .256
Home Games 7.66
Away Games 4.00
On Grass 6.11
On Turf 3.00
Day Games 6.38
Night Games 5.20
August 1.80
Last 30 Days 2.08

Morning Bits 5/31/11

Good Morning.  Last day of May. Nice win from Colon yesterday.

here are your morning links.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira having trouble keeping ball in the park, belts 16th home run

Sore toe keeps Martin sidelined

Colon still thumbing nose at Father Time


The Weekly Great Yankee Moment – 5/18/11

This week is: 2001 ALDS – Game 3 against the Oakland Athletics.

Here it is:

Or you can just click The Weekly Great Yankee Moment on the header menu of this page.