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Yanks cannot overcome Pineda’s poor 1st inning

Too bad Monday night’s game did not start until the second inning for Michael Pineda. After a miserable first inning, the righthander settled in and was lights out through the sixth. It was another one of those Jekyll-and-Hyde outings for Pineda, whose record fell to 6-11 in the 8-5 loss to the Royals.

The Yankees are on a trip to Kansas City and Baltimore against two of the clubs they are chasing for the second wild-card slot and have a great opportunity to work themselves up the standings, so Monday night’s loss to KC and its fifth starter, Dillon Gee, was a major disappointment. The Orioles and the Mariners also lost, but the Royals, Tigers and Astros all won, so the Yankees remained 3 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.

The Royals jumped on Pineda for three runs in the first, a rally fueled by two stolen bases and three straight two-out singles. Opposing hitters are batting .341 with two outs against Pineda, which has been his Achilles heel all season. His catcher, Gary Sanchez, got the third out of that inning by throwing out Alex Gordon attempting to steal second base.

Pineda then proceeded to retire 15 batters in a row, including seven on strikeouts, before the Royals got another base runner on a leadoff single in the seventh by Kendrys Morales. Salvador Perez followed with a single, which ended Pineda’s night. Tommy Layne got an out, but Blake Parker took the Yankees out of the game by giving up a three-run home run to Alcides Escobar and two more runs on three singles.

The Yankees, who got a run in the fourth on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro, batted around in the eighth to get back in the game against an erratic Chris Young with only two hits in an inning that featured a catcher’s interference (in another Jacoby Ellsbury at-bat), a hit batter and two walks. Kelvin Herrera quieted the Yanks and went on to a four-out save.

The frustration of the game got to manager Joe Girardi, who has issues with plate umpire Brian O’Nora throughout the game and was ejected in the eighth during an at-bat by Gregorius, who then smoked a two-run double.

The Yankees emphasized the importance of winning this game when rookies Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin were both lifted for pinch hitters, Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira, respectively, in the eighth-inning rally.

Yanks suffer a sweep in the subway

Maybe it was a good thing that the Subway Series was reduced from six games to four this year. The Yankees could do without any more games against the Mets, thank you. The annual, cross-borough matchup was all blue and orange as anyone passing the Empire State Building this week knows.

The Yankees did not need to stare at the midtown landmark to know what the Mets did to them the past four nights. Thursday night’s 3-1 loss was another example of an offensive breakdown. After Robinson Cano accounted for the Yankees’ only run with one out in the third inning, the next 20 batters were retired.

Dillon Gee looked like Tom Seaver as the Mets righthander gave up only three singles other than Cano’s 14th home run with no walks and 12 strikeouts, including the last five batters he faced, in 7 1/3 innings. Relievers Scott Rice and Bobby Parnell (ninth save) handled matters from there.

The Yankees failed to draw a walk for the third consecutive game. They had only two walks in the four games and struck out 40 times. They scored seven runs overall and only one in three of the games as their losing streak expanded to five games, their longest in two years. They wasted a decent start from rookie lefthander Vidal Nuno (6 innings 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts) and could not keep the taunts of “Let’s Go Mets” from being heard throughout the game among the Yankee Stadium crowd of 44,207.

This is definitely a low point for the Yankees, who were swept by the Mets in the Subway Series for the first time since inter-league play began in 1997. There are 11 players on the current roster that played in the Subway Series for the first time. They were looking forward to the experience going in but have little positive to say about it now.

“We have got to find a way to get out of it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Tomorrow is as good a day to get back to our winning ways as any.”

Tomorrow (Friday) the first-place Red Sox roll into town for a three-game series. Boston has a two-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East, which means they have to sweep to get back into first place. There is a good chance that Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will be activated for the series. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees sent a limousine to Trenton to get them to the Bronx.

“I hope they feel good and can be productive,” Girardi said.

Nuno was victimized by Marlon Byrd’s second home run of the series, a two-run shot to left in the second inning. Cano’s homer in the bottom half made the score 2-1, and it stayed that way until the eighth when Joba Chamberlain, in his first game back from the disabled list, was guilty of a costly wild pitch that set up a run when John Buck’s slow roller along the third base line hit the bag for an RBI single.

The Yankees have lost back-to-back series for the first time since going 1-2 in each of their first two series of the season, against the Red Sox April 1-4 and the Tigers April 5-7 and were swept in back-to-back series for the first time since 2009, 0-2 vs. the Red Sox May 4-5 and 0-2 vs. the Rays May 6-7.

The Yanks finished the Subway Series 0-4, which matches their most losses in a single season against the Mets (2-4 in both 2004 and ’08). The four-game losing streak against the Mets is the Yankees’ longest against them. According to the Elias Sport Bureau, the Yankees were swept in a season series of at least four games against a single team for only the second time in franchise history. They were 0-12 against the Athletics in 1990.

Jeet, A-Rod reach milestones on same play

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez combined on a couple of milestones in the first inning of Saturday night’s Subway Series game as the Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Mets.

Jeter ended a 0-for-17 slump with a leadoff single to center off Mets righthander Dillon Gee, who had trouble with the rubber on the mound and balked Jeter to second. After Curtis Granderson lined out to first baseman Ike Davis, Rodriguez hit a ground single through the middle to score Jeter.

It was A-Rod’s 1,917th run batted in of his career, which tied him with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for seventh place on the all-time list since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Rodriguez is only seven RBI behind another Hall of Famer, Jimmie Foxx, in sixth place.

The run for Jeter was career No. 1,800, which placed him above Hall of Famer Ted Williams into 17th place on the all-time list. Next up is No. 16 Carl Yastrzemski, yet another Hall of Famer, with 1,816.

Once a player gets to those levels on these lists, nearly everyone they pass is a Hall of Famer. Except for Pete Rose, that is.

Colon didn’t skip a beat

With six shutout innings for the Yankees in their 5-2 victory over the Mets Saturday at Citi Field, Bartolo Colon continued his remarkable comeback story that had been interrupted with a three-week stint on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he had hoped to get an 80-pitch effort from Colon, who had precisely that total, and for all but one of those innings Colon was locked in a scoreless duel with Mets rookie Dillon Gee.

The only threat against Colon came in the fifth when the Mets loaded the bases with one out on three consecutive singles. That brought Gee to the plate. In a similar situation in the sixth inning Friday night, Yankees manager Joe Girardi lifted his pitcher for pinch hitter Jorge Posada. Mets manager Terry Collins decided to let Gee bat rather than try to break the game open at that point.

The Yankees and Colon should be grateful. Gee held his own in a seven-pitch at-bat before hitting a high, one-hopper that Alex Rodriguez gloved near third base, stepped on the bag and threw to first to complete a rally-killing double play.

Okay, so maybe it was too early in the game to pinch-hit for a pitcher who was throwing a shutout, but another piece of strategy would have been to instruct Gee not to swing the bat at all. With that thought in mind, the worst thing that can happen is a strikeout, which is only one out.

That’s where the departure of National League Most Valuable Player candidate Jose Reyes, who left the game in the third inning because of a tight left hamstring, helped the Yankees. Gee might not have been swinging the bat at all if Reyes was the on-deck hitter.

Nevertheless, Gee’s at-bat was a turning point. He had been pitching a gem matching Colon and then suddenly everything fell apart. When it came to breaking open the game, the Yankees took charge the inning immediately after Gee’s at-bat.

Curtis Granderson’s 22nd home run got the Yankees on the board, and they on three more runs on singles by Mark Teixeira and Rodriguez, a two-run triple by Robinson Cano and a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher. Eduardo Nunez completed a 3-for-4 game with a homer in the eighth. Nunez has 7-for-8 in the series and is putting himself more in the Yankees’ picture with every game.

Colon could also be grateful that the Mets never attempted a single bunt against him. I mean, why not? Here was a 38-year-old, stocky pitcher off a hamstring injury in his first start in three weeks, and nobody on the Mets thought it would be a good idea to lay one down here and there to test Colon’s agility.

Jason Bay came closest with a full-swing trickle of a grounder for a single that started the rally in the fifth. Colon barely moved in attempting to field the ball, so it was clear the pitcher was not going to risk re-injury. I don’t blame him, but if I’m in the other dugout I’m thinking of taking advantage of that.

It might have been the only strategy that had a chance to work.

Nunez healthiest shortstop in New York

The mumbo jumbo you hear in press boxes can be mind-numbing at times. In the third inning, the Mets removed Jose Reyes from the game and inserted Ruben Tejada at shortstop. Reyes has been the most exciting player in the National League, maybe even its Most Valuable Player, for three months, so when he comes out of the game it is big news.

An announcement came soon after that Reyes felt tightness in his left hamstring while running to first base to beat out a single in the bottom of the first inning. He was taken out of the game, the announcement continued, as a precaution.

Huh? As a precaution against what? Why not just say that Reyes came out of the game because he was hurt? If he is not playing because they don’t want him to injure the hamstring more, that is an admission that Reyes is already hurt. A player doesn’t come out of a game if he is not hurt unless a manager starts emptying his bench in the late innings of a lopsided game. This was in the third inning of a scoreless game. Reyes is a hurt player, the degree of which is all that is in question.

So with Reyes out of the game and Derek Jeter on an injury rehabilitation assignment at Double A Trenton Saturday night, the shortstop focus in Subway Series II at Citi Field has fallen on the Yankees’ Eduardo Nunez, who is having an impressive series.

Nunez had four hits and an RBI in the Yankees’ 5-1 victory Friday night and doubled in each of his first two at-bats in Saturday’s late-afternoon game. Nunez has had shaky moments in the field as Jeter’s caddy during the past fortnight, but overall he has done a decent job.

“I’m not trying to replace Jeter because he’s Derek Jeter; he’s Hall of Fame,” Nunez said. “I’m a young guy, and I have to learn a lot and do my best. I don’t think about going back to the bench, I just think about the moment and enjoy my game. Any part of the game they need me: bunt, stolen base, anything that they need from me, I’ll be ready. I know he’s going to come back, but I just want to play hard and in time my moment is going to come to be an everyday player.”

While the Mets may be dealing with another possible injury, the Yankees are getting healthier. Jeter is on the mend and due to rejoin the team Monday at Cleveland and to resume his pursuit of 3,000 career hits. Barolo Colon was back on the mound after missing three weeks with a strained left hamstring of his own. Space for Colon was cleared on the Yankees’ 25-man roster with the option of pitcher Brian Gordon to Scranton/Wilkes Barre where he will go into the Triple A affiliate’s rotation.

It looked as if Colon had never gone away. The infield single by Reyes was the only hit off the veteran righthander through the first four innings in which he struck out six batters, all but one on a called third strike.

Colon also tried to help himself with the bat in the third inning when he bunted Nunez to third base. The Mets brought the infield in against Brett Gardner, who hit a grounder to first baseman Lucas Duda, who threw home to nail Nunez trying to score. Nunez was at second base again in the fifth when Colon came to bat, but there were two out this time and the pitcher was swinging away – into the sixth strikeouts by the Mets’ impressive rookie Dillon Gee.