Start the losing clock: Yankees' tragic number to become sellers
Girardi's dreary Pineda admission: We have no other choice
Yankees' make-or-break stretch starts off terribly
Yankees baffled by Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright in 5-3 loss
Michael Pineda has now followed his two best performances of the season with two of his worst, allowing five runs on five hits, three of them monstrous home runs, to the Boston Red Sox Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Pineda, who was awful through April and May, had strung together a pair of six inning, one run gems against the Twins and Rangers before getting bombed by the White Sox before the All-Star break. He was worse tonight -- he has now allowed 18 HRs in 18 starts -- and his 5.56 ERA is the highest of any qualifying AL starter.
Saturday: Red Sox 5, Yankees 2
Yankees looking dangerously ugly as selling comes into focus
George King describes the MFY as "an old team awaiting walkers with a starting pitching staff that is drowning in oxygen. ... All of the Yankees warts were on display Saturday ..."
Sandy Leon's homer helps Red Sox hand Yankees second straight loss to open second half
"Two games into their crucial 10-game home stand to open the second half, the Yankees are already going down the wrong path, a road to late-summer irrelevance ... Joe Girardi expressed optimism before the game that Sabathia would be able to return to his early-season form, but the southpaw has now given up at least five runs in each of his last five starts."
Red Sox fans taking over Stadium is clearest signal yet to Yankees brass
"Yet [the crowd] wasn't all that noticeable until backup catcher Sandy Leon took CC Sabathia deep for a three-run home run ... That's when the place erupted with cheers, making it clear there were thousands and thousands of Sox fans here. Even during this ho-hum season for the Yankees, the sound was stunning; I can't remember noticing such a Red Sox fan presence at the Stadium — certainly not since the Yankees started winning again back in the 1990s."
In his five starts since [June 16], however, Sabathia has been truly horrendous: 25 earned runs allowed in 28-1/3 innings, 39 hits surrendered including 5 HRs and a 7.94 ERA over that stretch. Today, he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in five-plus innings to the Boston Red Sox, punctuated by a three-run blast by the Red Sox backup catcher Sandy Leon.