The minors.

First off, I can’t recap the games I missed when I had no DSL/Internet access. Too much work.

I CAN tell you this. Top pitching prospect Luis Severino was promoted to AA Trenton. He started the year at Low A Charleston so this makes two promotions this year. 20 years old and now in AA. He pitched in the futures game. In his first game for AA Trenton, he got the win. 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H.

I hope they don’t include Severino in a deal for someone like Cliff Lee. I don’t want Lee, who turns 36 soon. Why take on all that $$$ ($22MM) for someone 36 next month and just off the DL? Not only that, Lee didn’t want to come to NY a few years ago. Why bring in someone who doesn’t want to be here? Remember the problems with Randy Johnson? Past his prime, didn’t want to be here…. the same could happen with Cliff Lee….

As for tonight, 7-21…

AAA: SWB got a run in the top of the 9th to win 2-1 on a SF by 3b Rob Segedin, just promoted from AA. For those following Jose Pirela (.313) and Rob Refsnyder (.290) there are the batting averages. Cashman has stated he’d prefer to keep Refsnyder in the minors. I disagree, unless Cashman has something up his sleeve like acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Phils. Byrd, a RHB, can platoon with Ichiro and give the pop that Ichiro doesn’t give. If not, then why not promote Refsnyder to platoon with Ichiro? Ichiro, 40, isn’t an everyday player. Refsnyder, a RF converted to 2b by the Yanks, has seen more time in his natural RF position lately. Bruce Billings 1 R in 7 ip, 4.94. Refsnyder had a double and RBI tonight.

AA: Trenton swept a DH.

Game 1: 4-1 win. Jaron Long (Kevin’s son) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H. C Gary Sanchez, HR, 2 RBI. CF Jake Cave promoted to Trenton. Double, RBI.

Game 2: 8-5 win. CF Mason Williams 3 h, triple, rbi. 3 hits, double, solo HR, Pete O’Brien. That makes 30 HR for O’Brien between High A Tampa and AA Trenton. 1B Tyson Blaser 3 h, 2 doubles, 2 rbi. C Francisco Arcia 2 h, HR, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa won 5-2. Rafael De Paula (6-5, 4.15) 1 R in 5 2/3, CF Danny Oh triple 3 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 8-5. 17 hits. LF Brandon Thomas 4 for 4, 3 rbi. CF Mark Payton, 2 h, HR, 2 rbi. SS Tyler Wade 3 h, rbi.

Keep an eye on players… there have been and will be promotions.

Games 95-98. Yanks sweep Reds, lose opener to Texas.

First off, I’m sorry I haven’t been on in a few days. I switched my home phone to something that would save me $30 a month. What they didn’t tell me was I’d lose my DSL access and I’ve been struggling the past few days to get that restored.

Without that, I had no internet access.

So a brief recap of the Yanks since the All-Star break.

They swept the Reds three straight.

Friday the Yanks beat the Reds, 4-3. Phelps w, 4-4, 3.87. Robertson S, 2.67. Betances pitched, era to 1.42.

Ellsbury HR #7. McCann rbi, Beltran 2 hits, rbi.

Saturday a 7-1 win. McCarthy was great. 4-10, 4.63, but that is combined AZ/NYY. Gardner 3 RBI, Kelly Johnson 2 h, 2 rbi.

Sunday the Yanks got a gift. Kuroda was great, ND. Betances blew a 2-1 lead when he gave up a HR. But in the bottom of the 9th, Ellsbury (who saved a run with a sliding catch) got a hit. He was 4 for 4 in the game. He stole 2nd and went to third on a WP. McCann hit a popup that should have been caught but fell & Ellsbury scored the winning run. This put the Yanks at 50-47 and three back.

Tonight (Monday) the Yanks lost 4-2. Sometimes, when you try to squeeze another out of your starter, you don’t get it and such was the case tonight. Ellsbury had a HR (8) but the Yanks didn’t hit a pitcher they should have. They made five errors, three by starter Shane Greene.

Greene is now 2-1, 2.79. 5 2/3 tonight, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 5 K. He entered the sixth with a 2-1 lead.

Thornton couldn’t save him. 2 batters, 2 hits.

Jeter is now at 3412 hits, 7 behind Yaz and 18 behind Wagner on the all-time hits list. He’ll be honored at the Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7th.

Teix is out a few days with a strained lat.

The Yanks went into Monday night’s game 3 back in the AL East and 1 1/2 back of the final wild card spot.

I’m sorry for no details, but when you are trying to catch up on four games…

The Minors, 7-15-14.

Low A Charleston was ppd.

There were no games scheduled in AAA, AA, High A in order to focus attention on the MLB All-Star Game.

AL wins All-Star Game, 5-3. Derek 2 for 2 in last ASG.

The AL will have home-field advantage for the World Series after winning the All-Star Game 5-3.

Derek Jeter, in his final All-Star Game, went 2 for 2 with a double and a single. In his career, Jeter—against the best in the other league—went 13 for 27.

Mike Trout of the Angels, arguably the best player in the game today, won the All-Star Game MVP.

The Yanks’ Dellin Betances didn’t get into the ballgame.

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had a 2-run HR, and his teammate Max Scherzer got the win.

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig had a forgettable night. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts.

The Minors, 7-14-14.

AAA: SWB off.

Low A: Charleston off as well.

AA: Trenton lost 5-2 in 10. Matt Tracy 6 IP, 2 R (3.26). 3B Rob Segedin 2 hits, same with RF Tyler Austin. DH Gary Sanchez an rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 6-2 in 14. Miguel Sulbaran 6 IP, 1 R, 2.29. LF Yeicok Calderon 2 RBI, RF Aaron Judge 2 hits.

The Minors. 7-13-14.

Luis Severino and Peter O’Brien played in the Futures game.

Severino, a 20 yr. old RHP, pitched one inning, gave up no runs, one hit and got a strikeout. He is currently with High-A Tampa. In 18 starts this year (A, A+) he is 4-3, 2.45.

O’Brien, a 24 yr.old C/1B/3B/DH/OF, is currently at AA Trenton, where he has been playing mostly 1B. He struck out twice in the Futures game. Between High-A and AA this year, he has 29 HR, 63 RBI and a .266 batting average.

AAA: SWB’s game rained out.

AA: Trenton won 5-1. Jaron Long 1 R in 6 1/3. He’s hitting coach Kevin Long’s son. CF Mason Williams 2 RBI, DH Rob Segedin 3 hits.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. CF Jake Cave 3 hits. SS Cito Culver 2 h, 2 rbi. 3B Claudio Custodio 3 for 3.

Low A: Charleston won 5-0. Caleb Smith 6 IP, 1 hit. RF Mark Payton, 3 h, 2 rbi. 1B Mike Ford, solo HR.

Game 94. Yanks at .500 at break after rain-shortened loss.

The Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday night in a game called in the bottom of the fifth due to rain.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR, but that was the only run the Yanks would get. Gardner’s 9th HR sets a new season high for him. Derek Jeter got his 3408th career hit in the loss at Baltimore.

Chase Whitley started and gave up three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Davis hit a two-run HR to LF. Left field at Camden Yards is their “short porch”, similar to RF at Yankee Stadium. It is just 364 to LCF, the wall is short, and Davis’ HR made it into the front row. A double by Machado and single by Schoop put the Orioles up 3-1.

Chase Whitley went 3 2/3, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 4 K. He falls to 4-3, 5.10.

David Huff 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.42.

The Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and after a walk and two strikes on the second batter in the bottom of the inning, there was the rain delay and the game was called.

So the Yanks lose 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings to drop them to 47-47 at the break. They are in third place, five behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the final wild card spot.

40 of the Yanks’ last 68 games are at home. They’ll need one or two pitchers and one or two hitters to pick up the slack, either by having their own pick it up, or via trade.

They resume the season on Friday, and the first three pitchers after the break are scheduled to be Phelps, McCarthy, then Kuroda.