Found September 05, 2013 on
Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals
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Last night, the Yankees finished the sweep of the White Sox and improved to 11 games over .500 for the first time since June 9, when they were 37-26. Unfortuntely, the Rays also won, so the Yanks remain 2.5 games back of that last Wild Card spot. Lastly, the A’s took 2 out of 3 against the Rangers and again tied them for the division lead. Here are how the teams in contention fared yesterday:
Rangers: 11-4 loss vs A’s. Yu Darvish roughed up against in loss.
A’s: 11-4 win vs Rangers. Coco Crisp homers again in win to tie for division lead.
Rays: 3-1 win vs Angels. Jeremy Hellickson actually pitches well in win.
Yankees: 6-5 win vs White Sox. Yanks finish sweep of White Sox with 4-out save by Mariano Rivera.
Orioles: 6-4 loss vs Indians. Zach Britton only lasts 2.1 innings.
Indians: 6-4 win vs Orioles. Indians go 5-12 with RISP, move past O’s in standings.
Royals: 6-4 loss vs Mariners. Ervin Santana only goes 3.1 innings and surrenders 4 runs in loss.
Wild Card Standings
WC 1 A’s/ Rangers 80-59 —
WC 2 Rays 77-61 —
3 Yankees 75-64 2.5 GB
4 Indians 74-65 3.5 GB
5 Orioles 73-65 4 GB
6 Royals 72-67 5.5 GB
BEST OF MAXIM
David Huff (Photo credit: MissChatter)
Finally, after the New York Yankees 6-4 win over the White Sox yesterday, skipper Joe Girardi officially demoted pitcher Phil Hughes from the rotation to the bullpen.
Even though Hughes gave Girardi no other choice, but to demote him, I want to be clear that he is not the only starter who has failed to live up to expectations this season.
Mariano Rivera's farewell tour has been one of the far and few highlights of the Yankees rough and tumble 2013 season but now, it sounds like manager Joe Girardi wants his Hall of Fame closer to leave his pile of swag in its wrappers and come back for one more year. Girardi will give Rivera time to settle into retirement before reaching out, he stressed Tuesday night. ...
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Chicago White Sox 4 — New York Yankees 6
With visible joy on Eduardo Nunez standing on second, the Yankees completed a comeback 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The battle of aces, featuring White Sox lanky lefty Chris Sale against the calm Hiroki Kuroda. With one out, Gordon Beckham got into scoring position with a double. A bobble of an infield...
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he'll talk to Mariano Rivera in the offseason about whether the team'closer definitely wants to retire.
Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday that he thought Rivera could still be a very effective closer next year.
Girardi said he'll advise baseball's career saves leader to take a month or two this winter to make sure...
Ivan Nova is acknowledged for his outstanding August.
Ivan Nova (AL) & Zack Greinke (NL) named Pitchers of the Month for August. @Yankees@Dodgers
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) September 4, 2013
For the month of August, Ivan Nova had a 4-0 record with a 2.08 ERA. He also had a WHIP of 1.20. He pitched seven innings of shutout baseball in San Diego early in the month...
After a thrilling come from behind win last night, the Yankees go for the sweep against the White Sox! CC Sabathia gets the ball and will try to turn in a quality start. He will be opposed by Erik Johnson, who will be making his Major League debut tonight. The Yankees are currently 4-1 on their current 10-game homestand. Anything less than 8-2 would be a major disappointment, so...
The Yankees welcome in the Red Sox tonight for the first of a huge four-game series. Ivan Nova, the team’s best pitcher of late, gets the start against Jake Peavy. The last time these two teams played, tempers flared when Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez in the back and manager Joe Girardi was ejected from the game. Entering play tonight, New York is 2.5 games behind the Rays for...
Shawn Kelley has been unable to pitch in the last few games for the New York Yankees, and he very may well not be able to pitch tonight. Kelley has been battling triceps inflammation. The reliever has not pitched since Sunday and there is no exact timetable on when he will be ready to pitch again.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Kelley will not pitch again until sometime...
While all of the players implicated in the Biogenesis Performance-Enhancing Drug (PED) scandal other than Alex Rodriguez have accepted their penalties and are currently sitting out the pennant run, the New York Yankees 3B/DH deemed his 211 game suspension excessive and seemingly vowed to fight to the end with his appeal. Well, the end might be coming. According to...
A month ago, I didn't expected us to care about this Boston series. A month ago, I figured the Yankees would now be bringing up Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher, or Adonis Garcia, the aged Cuban bowling ball, and waving them in our eyes the way a huckster dangles a fake Rolex on a street corner. A month ago, after we were undressed and run out of Chicago, with taunts written...
“Enter Sandman” will be silenced after this season according to Mariano Rivera and no pleas from manager Joe Girardi or anyone else will change the legendary closer’s retirement plans.
In an ESPN report before Tuesday’s come-from-behind Yankee win over Chicago Girardi was quoted as saying he would talk to Rivera during the offseason “and make sure (retiring) is really...
What manager in their right mind would want Mariano Rivera to retire?
The answer is none, so that’s why it comes as no surprise that Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants his legendary closer to stay.
“I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do it next year, I don’t. He’s made it pretty clear that he doesn’t want to [return], but I always say, you know, January rolls...
After the legendary closer shutdown the Chicago White Sox in a 6-4 win Tuesday night in the Bronx, Yankees manager Joe Girardi admitted he will advise Mariano Rivera to consider returning in 2014. Throwing a1-2-3 ninth, Rivera (4-2, 2.12 ERA) has now recorded 40 saves and fanned 46 batters over 54 appearances on the hill. “I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do it next year...
Stephen Drew hit a tying single off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 9-8 in a Thursday night thriller.
Down to their last strike against Rivera, the Red Sox rallied in the opener of a four-game series loaded with playoff implications.
It felt like a playoff...