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The minors.

On a major league note, ex-Yank Kelly Johnson is moving on again. He began the year with the Yanks, was dealt to Boston and now Boston has dealt him to the Orioles.

AAA:  SWB lost to LV, 3-2 in 11. OF Taylor Dugas was pressed into pitching service and took the loss. Ex-Met Chris Young, just signed to a minor league deal this week by the Yanks, hit a solo HR.

AA: Trenton lost 7-1 to Reading. Jacob Lindgren had the first bad outing of his professional career, 1/3 of an inning, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks. 0 K.

High A: 3-1 win for Tampa. Brady Lail 6 shutout IP, 2 h, 7 K.

Low A: Charleston won 4-2.

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.

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The minors. 6-25-14

AAA: SWB ppd. (36-41)

AA: Trenton lost 7-3 (36-43). CF Ben Gamel 2 doubles. C Gary Sanchez 3 h, rbi. LF Zach Wilson 2 h, 3B Dan Fiorito 2-Run HR.

High A: Tampa ( won 9-3. banging out 18 hits. Luis Severino, recently selected for the Futures Game, tossed six no-hit innings, walking one and striking out six. CF Jake Cave with five hits. 1B Greg Bird had three hits. Four different Yankees with 2 RBI each. The FSL has split seasons. Tampa ended the first half
33-37 and are 4-3 in the second half.

Low A: Charleston was shut out 4-0. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits. As with the FSL, the SAL has split seasons. Charleston, like Tampa, ended the first half 33-37. They are 2-5 in the second half.

Game 63. Tonight’s lineup.

My schedule is a bit different today and tomorrow. 1/2 day today, and instead of my usual 11:30-8, I am 8:40-5:10 tomorrow (Tuesday). With the schedule change, tonight’s lineup @ KC.

Yanks 31-31, 3rd in AL East, 6 back. 2 back of the last WC spot. Three games better than their expected record based on runs scored vs. runs allowed.
OPS+ 93, ERA+ 102 (100 is average, higher the better).

Ellsbury gets a day off. Beltran dropped to 7th. Roberts off.

BA/HR/RBI    SB/total att.      OPS+
Team leader bold, observations italic.

Gardner 8 .279-4-23          14/15        104
Jeter 6  .254-1-12                  1/1             72          3370 hits. Should be dropped to 8th, but does Joe have the guts to do it?  Just 7 XBH.  
Teixeira 3   .238-10-27        0/1           129     Average low.
Soriano 9   .229-6-20          0/0             78     No SB attempts a shock. Six walks. 60 strikeouts. Ouch. Low Average.   
Solarte 5      .299-6-28      0/0             129
McCann 2   .225-7-27         0/0                79   Disappointing. Too many guys way below average (100) on the OPS+ 
Beltran DH  .218-5-16        1/1                 85    See above. Look at the low B.A’s.
Suzuki 7  .320-0-8               4/5               107    Just 4 XBH. 103 AB  
Ryan 4    .303-0-2               0/1                  70

Nuno 1       1-2, 5.33    ERA+ 76

Game 55. Lineup and observations.

The Yanks face ex-Yankee Phil Hughes today. After last season’s 4-14, Hughes probably won’t get a good hand from the crowd. He did win a ring with the 2009 Yanks, and won 18 games in 2010 and 16 in 2012, so he wasn’t all bad when he was here.

No Teix today. As you probably read in my most recent post, Pineda shut down for a while longer.

Almonte gets a start today.

We begin the second 1/3 of the season today. At the 1/3 mark, the Yanks are 29-25, 2nd in the AL East, 2 1/2 back. If the playoffs started today, they would be the second wild card team and play that one-game playoff at Anaheim. Of course, there is a long way to go.

They are three games better than their Pythagorean record of 26-28. They have given up 10 more runs than they have scored.

OPS+ 98, ERA+ 107 (100 is average)

BA/HR/RBI SB/Total Att. OPS+ Bold-team leader Observations

Brett Gardner LF .285-3-22 13/14 106
Derek Jeter SS .273-1-10 1/1 86
                  3366 career hits (next up, Yaz 3419 and Wagner 3430). Wish there was more power, RBI. Only 7 XBH and only 1 attempt to steal.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF .269-2-22 15/17 102
Brian McCann C  .232-7-24  0/0  85
                 With Teix day-to-day, the Yanks need to get him going.
Yangervis Solarte 3B .299-6-26  0/0  130   
Still continuing to amaze
.
Ichiro Suzuki RF  .321-0-4  3/4  112   
Just 84 at bats. Wish for more RBI.

Brian Roberts 2B .247-2-11  4/6  90
Kelly Johnson 1B .217-4-14  2/2  91
     No offense to Johnson, but wouldn’t Kendrys Morales at 1B in this lineup, hitting fourth or fifth, make this lineup look much better?  A legit backup to Teix is needed, esp. if Teix can only play 60% of the time because of that wrist. 
Zoilo Almonte DH .188-1-1  1/1   52         Just 16 at bats.  9th game of the year.

RHP Chase Whitley  4th MLB game.  0-0, 2.57 in 14 IP.
Has gone 4 1/3, 4 2/3, and 5. We’ll see how long he can go today. Length a problem. May see Betances and/or Warren today.

Game 39. Ace. Stopper. Tanaka 4-hit CG shutout. Yanks win 4-0.

6-0. ERA 2.17. The Yanks are 20-19. Imagine what they would be without Tanaka.

Or without Solarte, who HR’d tonight. A-Rod’s suspension may be a blessing in disguise. Do you really think A-Rod would be doing as well as Solarte is doing right now?

The Yanks needed the win, which snaps a four-game losing streak. They also needed innings out of Tanaka b/c the bullpen was pretty beat up. So what does Tanaka (ace, stopper) do? He pitches a CG, 4-hit shutout.

Not only that, he got his first MLB hit, and the streak is still alive. Tanaka hasn’t lost a regular season game since August 2012. He was 24-0 in Japan last year.

Roberts got an RBI triple in the second on a bad play by Mets’ LF Eric Young. Instead of letting the ball drop (the triple was on an 0-2 pitch with 2 out and the pitcher, Tanaka, up next) he tried for a diving catch and got burned.

In the fourth, Solarte got a solo HR (4) and his 23rd RBI. Like I said, do you really think A-Rod would be at .336-4-23 like Solarte is now? I think not.

Teixeira, who is hot, got a HR (8, 349 career) in the sixth.

Jeter got a swinging bunt for an RBI (not a squeeze, but worked like one) to drive home Gardner in the seventh. Hit #3349.

The win puts the Yanks at 20-19. Despite the mediocre record, they are just 1/2 game out of first because the Orioles lost. Despite the injuries, if they can just hang tough….

Tomorrow (Thursday) night could be interesting as the Yankees and Mets conclude the Subway Series. Both starters will be making their MLB debuts.