Yankees miss playoffs for 2nd time in 19 years

THE BIG APPLE – The New York Yankees did not make the playoffs for under the second time in 19 years, getting mathematically eradicated Wednesday evening earlier than an 8-three loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hobbled by age and harm, the Yankees (eighty two-seventy six) have been trailing 7-3 in the eighth inning once they had been knocked out as the Cleveland Indians accomplished a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. There was no response from the Yankee Stadium crowd when the Indians end result was posted on the scoreboard.

Brendan Ryan, Robinson Cano, Mark ReynoldsAP Photo/Kathy WillensA long evening capped a long season for Robinson Cano and the Yankees, who had been formally eliminated from playoff competition with Cleveland’s win against the White Sox.

Regardless of baseball’s highest opening-day payroll at $230 million, the Yankees failed to assert one of the 10 playoff berths.

Since beginning the latest run of success in 1995, New York had missed the playoffs solely in 2008 – when the group bid goodbye to previous Yankee Stadium. This time, the Yankees are saying goodbye to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, who are retiring when the season ends Sunday.

“We did not get to the place we wanted to get,” manager Joe Girardi said after it was finished.

“It is extremely disappointing, and again to the drafting board. It hurts.”

Since starting the latest run of success in 1995, New York had missed the playoffs solely in 2008 – when the group bid goodbye to old Yankee Stadium.

Earlier than a quiet crowd of 37,260, the Yankees lost for the eighth time in 11 games and were eradicated from contention for a playoff berth on their very own subject for the first time since 1991.

Fans figure to be more exuberant throughout Thursday evening’s house finale, when Rivera will make his last Yankee Stadium appearance.

“I’ll be there for the fans. They deserve it,” the 43-year-outdated said. “But it do not imply anything. I am not used to pitching for something that doesn’t mean anything. I needed to pitch for one thing that means something.

“It’s disappointing. Can’t do anything about it now. It’s carried out. It is disappointing. We fought onerous the entire yr and we fell brief.”

Phil Hughes (four-14) allowed three runs and 7 hits in two innings-plus Wednesday night, strolling slowly to the dugout and searching up to the stands when he was removed from what doubtless was his final begin with the Yankees.

“Just a robust approach to end issues right here – not making the postseason,” Hughes mentioned.

A key part of the Yankees’ 2009 title group as a reliever, Hughes went 0-7 with a 6.09 ERA in thirteen begins since beating Minnesota on July 2. He is eligible without spending a dime company after the World Collection.

“Plenty of good times. Lots of dangerous times, I guess,” he said. “That is the best way life is sometimes.”

Joba Chamberlain, additionally eligible free of charge company, didn’t even await mathematical elimination to organize for his departure. Before batting practice, he began placing his locker belongings into a large box.

New York started the season 30-18 and was in first place on the morning of Could 26, but the solid begin was not sufficient to beat accidents to four All-Star regulars: shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira and center fielder Curtis Granderson.

Hobbled by the ankle he broke in final yr’s AL Championship Series opener, Jeter did not make his season debut till proper earlier than the All-Star break and wound up playing simply 17 video games due to recurring leg injuries.

Teixeira, who injured a hand while with the U.S. workforce at World Baseball Basic, performed in just 15 games and wanted season-ending surgery. Rodriguez, getting back from hip surgery, and Granderson, who broke a forearm and pinkie when hit by pitches, every played about one-third of the season.

In all, the Yankees had a major league-main 28 stints on the disabled checklist by 21 completely different players, in response to STATS, and have missed 1,461 days – more than 4 years’ value.

New York’s house runs dropped from a staff-report 245 final 12 months to 143 this season – on tempo to be the Yankees’ fewest in a non-strike season since 1989. The departure of free brokers Raul Ibanez, Nick Swisher, Russell Martin and Eric Chavez contributed to the ability outage.

“It is a really sad feeling,” said Robinson Cano, the All-Star second baseman who figures to secure a 9-determine contract this offseason. “The fun part of this recreation is playoffs. I am really sad right now, and it is going to stick in my head, in my thoughts, until next season.”


Near perfection: Eric Chavez breaks up Yusmeiro Petit’s perfect game with two outs in ninth

Recalled on Aug. 23 to exchange an injured Matt Cain, who pitched the 22nd excellent sport in Major League Baseball historical past on June 13, 2012, Yusmeiro Petit fell one out wanting changing into the twenty fourth pitcher to throw a perfect recreation within the San Francisco Giants 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday evening.

All that stood between Petit and perfection was 35-yr-outdated veteran Eric Chavez. The rely went full — though Petit’s 2-2 pitch was close enough that it drew a response from every of the forty one,180 in attendance at AT&T Park. That solely added to the drama and nervousness. After which Chavez calmly flipped a ball into quick right subject that was simply out of the reach of a diving Hunter Pence. Actually, the play was very much paying homage to Pence’s nice catch to preserve Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter on July 13, however there’s a bit more floor to cover at AT&T Park than Petco Park and Pence simply couldn’t quite get there.

Petit was that shut, literally inches from perfection. As a substitute, he becomes the 12th pitcher to lose an ideal sport with two outs in the ninth inning. The newest? Yu Darvish on April 2 against the Houston Astros, so at least Petit’s maintaining good firm on that quick listing.

(USA At present) A 28-year-outdated right-hander from Zulia, Venezuela, Petit was appearing in solely his 76th sport — 40th begin — over his six yr career. Friday night time represented his fourth begin for the Giants this season. He had been spectacular in his first three begins, permitting no more than two runs in each outing. However he was on one other level in opposition to Arizona. Dominant can be one word to describe Petit‘s performance, however what actually made it work was his effectivity. The Giants had but to permit Petit to surpass the one hundred pitch mark or go previous six innings coming in. On Friday, he needed solely 95 pitches to set 28 up and knock 27 down.

Not bad for a guy with a 12-20 report and a 5.37 career ERA coming in.

It was an sudden masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless. From start to end, Petit had the D-Backs off balance and swinging with hope, not confidence. But even with that level of efficiency, a bit assist defensively is necessary. Petit was the beneficiary of two spectacular performs in his remarkable outing. The first came simply three batters into the sport when Nationwide League MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt ripped a grounder deep into the outlet at shortstop. Joaquin Arias, playing rather than gold glove contender Brandon Crawford, made the exceptional again-handed stab and the lengthy throw throughout for the out.

Then with two males out within the sixth inning, the opposing pitcher, left-handed hitting Patrick Corbin, flared a ball into short left area that had base hit written all over it. But identical to Pence did for Lincecum in July, an outfielder would save the day. Only on this occasion, it was defensive substitute Juan Perez, who was enjoying in solely his 19th career recreation.

Another tidbit value mentioning in Petit’s near historic outing, he never went to the windup, which is the same old beginning setup for pitchers when there are not any runners on base. Petit threw solely from the stretch your entire recreation, and in need of one hiccup, it could not have worked out any higher.