The Yankees lose two out of three in Toronto and fail to pick up any ground in the race for the second wild card. They lost a half a game in the race for the second wild card by losing both games Saturday and Sunday in Toronto. They only managed one hit in Saturday’s loss and despite Gardner’s big day at the plate they lost 4-3 on Sunday. The Yankees seem to be following each win streak by taking two steps back the next two series. They finish the road trip 3-4 and head back to the Bronx to play three against the Sox and Royals starting Tuesday. The team needs to find ways to stay consistent with winning or they will fail to make the playoffs again for the second straight year, something that hasn’t happened since the pre-Torre era. I hope they can start winning again soon or The Captain will play his final game at Fenway in September and not at Yankee Stadium in October
The New York Yankees batted around in the top of the third inning on Wednesday night at Comerica Park against Tigers ace David Price. They had nine straight hits to chase Price from the game. The Yankees won the game with a final score of 8-4, all eight runs scored in the 8th inning. The Yankees gained a game in the wild card standings by beating the Tigers and now stand just 2.5 games back of the Mariners in the race for the second wild card. They also gained a game on the Orioles in the AL East race. The Yankees been on fire lately winning five in a row before coming into Detroit on Tuesday night. The Tigers honored Kalamazoo Michigan native Derek Jeter on his final visit to Detroit last night. Al Kaline was among the people present Jeter with a number of gifts including a donation to his Turn2 Foundation. Derek’s family was on hand including his young nephew Jalen who stole the show pregame by tipping his hat to the fans cheering for his uncle. The Yankees finish up the three games series this afternoon, before heading to Toronto to face another foe in the race for the post season. The Yankees send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound today who has not had much success against the Tigers, but let’s hope the hot offense can help him today.
Joe Girardi always goes the extra mile. That’s why when he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge he announced the team’s 100k donation to the cause, invited the founders of the challenge to a baseball game, and nominated all four men who were inducted into Monument Park this season.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees hits a tenth inning walk-off three run home run against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on August 24, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
When you look around, wouldn’t you consider it a privilege to associate yourself with such fine looking men as are standing in uniform in this ballpark today? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.
When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift—that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies—that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter—that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body—it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed—that’s the finest I know.
So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.”
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Tonights’ Yankees at Orioles game had been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced yet. The Yankees have also not decided on the rotation following the rainout. Hopefully this off day can help the Yankees bats wake up tomorrow night.
The Yankees continue to struggle offensively as they fall to 7 games out of first place to the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles and to 3 games of in the race for the second Wild Card. The Yankees scored 3 runs on two of those on errors by the Orioles and failed to record a hit after The Captain’s fifth inning double last night. The offensive struggles continue after scoring ten runs on Friday night the Yankees have only scored 4 runs total in the three games since. The offensive struggles have dropped the Yankees from a half a game out of the Wild Card to 3 games out. If the offense does not turn around soon, the Yankees will soon be out of the playoff chase. Pitching has not been the problem as one would think. Aside from lats night’s debacle the Yankee’s pitching has been great, with the absence of notable arms in the rotation. Some good news, is that Michael Pineda will return from the DL and start on Wednesday. Hopefully the Yankees offensive woes will turn around soon or the Captain will be playing meaningless games come September.
Brian McCann left Fridays game with a mild concussion after taking a foul ball to the head while catching. Catcher Austin Romine has been recalled from AAA Scranton.