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I don't know why I expected anything different, but Yankee fans decided not to head my advice and showcased their stupidity and hypocrisy for the whole baseball world to see when they booed Robinson Cano heartily last night the first time he stepped to the plate. The team not doing a video tribute is fine. These are all grown men, they don't need special little videos made for them to show how great they are. But the fans not respecting and being thankful for what Cano did in his time here is shameful and I'm a little embarrassed to be a Yankee fan this morning. If they would have waited for the game to play out, they would have had plenty more to boo for.
- Mark Teixeira showed he can still turn on a 95 MPH inside fastball on Sunday night, so Chris Young's mid-80s heat should have been no problem. It wasn't, and Teix deposited one into the right field seats in the 2nd for his 3rd homer of the year and an early 1-0 Yankee lead.
- CC got off to a strong start, retiring the first 2 innings in order on a solid 4-pitch mix. His fastball velocity looked a tick higher and he was throwing strike 1.
- That early success quickly dissipated over the next 2 innings though. CC danced around 2 baserunners each in the 3rd and 4th, but he couldn't repeat the luck in the 5th. 3 straight singles loaded the bases and 2 consecutive 2-out hits resulted in 4 Seattle runs.
- The Yankee bats were mostly silent against Young after Teix's yardjob. They scored 1 run in the 3rd, stranded 2 runners in the 4th, and only managed 3 more hits after that. 2 of them were Ichiro singles.
- Dellin Betances worked out CC's mess in the 6th, but couldn't finish off the 7th and got 2 runs charged to his ledger when Preston Claiborne couldn't pick him up. A 4-run deficit might as well by 40 when your lineup isn't hitting and the token run in the 9th was nowhere near enough for a comeback.
- Teix: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 LOB. Keep hitting those homers, Teix. Your boys around you will start to follow suit eventually.
- Beltran: 0-4, 2 K, 4 LOB. Fallen into a 2-20 rut in his last 5 games. Not what the team needs when they're struggling to score runs consistently.
- Sabathia: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP. The line that CC has to walk as a pitcher with high 80s-low 90s fastball velocity is very thin, and thus far he hasn't shown that he's capable of walking on the right side of that line. He cruised through 2 innings, struggled through the next 2, and then completely fell apart in the 5th. His stuff was plenty good. His command wasn't, and he doesn't have good enough stuff anymore to survive without his command.
McCann: 0-4, 2 K, 3 LOB. Dude, come on. Would it kill you to put a decent 5-game stretch together? I'm doing everything I can to make you look good here.
The Yanks will look to bounce back tonight if the weather when David Phelps makes his first start of the season in place of the suspended Michael Pineda. He'll be opposed by Roenis Elias.