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Yanks rained out. A minor move, news on Chapman, and Heller has a setback.

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From MLB.com:

The New York Yankees announced that Wednesday’s game between the Yankees and Rays has been postponed due to the forecast of severe inclement weather.

Tonight’s game has been rescheduled as the first game (3:00 p.m.) of a single-admission doubleheader for tomorrow, Thursday, July 18. The regularly scheduled second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends, but no earlier than 7:05 p.m.

The Yanks did make a minor move today, picking up Terrance Gore from KC for cash considerations. He will go to SWB and isn’t on the 40 man roster. He could go on at the end of the year. The speedster could be used late in the year or in the postseason as a pinchrunner. He already has been used in that role in the postseason with the 2014 and 2015 Royals and with the 2018 Cubs.

Gore, 28, only has 67 MLB at bats, hitting .224 with just 1 MLB RBI. He does have 40 SB however, in 49 attempts. He can play all three OF positions but is primarily a corner outfielder.

Rumors were going around today that Aroldis Chapman absolutely, positively, 1 million percent sure was going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Maybe he still will, but (per mlb.com):

Chapman said that no decisions about his future have been made.

“The report is completely false,” Chapman said through a translator. “I haven’t even spoken to my agent about it. Like I said before, we have a big task in front of us, which is to win the division and win the World Series. That’s the main focus for me right now. Contract stuff hasn’t even crossed my mind at all.”

….

“But the truth is, honestly, I feel really good here,” Chapman said. “There’s no reason for me to start thinking about changes or anything like that. I feel great here. Eventually, when the season is over, I’ll sit down and talk about it. No need right now.”

Also from MLB.com:

Right-hander Ben Heller, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been pulled back from his Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to an issue with his right elbow or forearm. Heller is returning to New York to be evaluated by the Yankees’ medical staff.

The YES network has had different people in the studio for pre- and post-game Yankees’ game reports. Seeing Jeff Nelson and David Wells was one thing, but it is a little surprising the past few nights to see Buck Showalter doing commentary.

 

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Game 93. Yanks get six in 8th to defeat Rays, 8-3.

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The Rays were about to cut the Yanks’ lead in the AL East down to four games. They were four outs away from doing so.

But a 2-run HR by Aaron Judge and a grand slam by Didi Gregorius turned a possible 3-2 Yankees’ loss into an 8-3 Yankees’ win and enabled the Yankees (60-33) to stretch their lead over Tampa Bay to six games. The Yankees are 10 up on Boston.

The Rays took an early lead when CC Sabathia gave up a HR to Austin Meadows in the top of the second inning.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the second when Edwin Encarnacion hit a 435 ft. HR (28) to tie the game. Encarnacion’s 28th HR of the season (Seattle and NY) was #408 of his career, passing Duke Snider on the all-time list, and putting him one behind Mark Teixeira.

In the fourth, CC gave up a HR to Yandy Diaz to make it 3-1 Rays. He almost gave up back-to-back HR, but Brett Gardner robbed Avisail Garcia of a HR.

In the bottom of the fifth, Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres both made bad base-running decisions on the same play, and Tampa Bay got a DP to end that half-inning.

Diaz got an RBI double in the top of the sixth to put the Rays up 3-1.

D.J. LeMahieu homered in the bottom of the sixth (13) to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Nestor Cortes, Jr. came in for CC but loaded the bases with one out, David Hale relieved Cortes, and got a DP to get out of the inning and keep the game within reach for the Yankees.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked. Two outs later, Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (10) to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, but then they got insurance runs when Luke Voit singled, Gary Sanchez doubled, Encarnacion was intentionally walked, and Didi Gregorius hit his fifth HR of the season, this one a grand slam, to put the Yankees up 8-3.

Hale got into a jam in the top of the ninth, but Zack Britton finished off the Rays.

Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling missed the game. He’s missed a couple lately as he (81 years old) is battling a health issue.

LeMahieu solo HR (13)  .331
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, GW 2-run HR (10)  .304
Encarnacion 2 hits, solo HR (28)
Gregorius 4 RBI; Grand Slam HR (5)

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.06
Cortes, Jr. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.50
Hale (W, 3-0, 2.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.31

Game 84. Yanks beat Mets 5-1 behind G-“FOUR”CES.

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Well, you have heard of G-forced, how about G-“FOUR”CES?

The Yanks beat the Mets 5-1 Wednesday night behind key contributions from four “G’s”:

German
Gleyber
Gregorius and
Gleyber

G-FOURCE.

(if you want to add Green to that, go ahead, but G-FIFTH doesn’t read too well… ).

The win puts the Yankees (55-29) 6 1/2 up on the Rays and 11 up on Boston in the AL East.

The Yanks now have a four-game series in Tampa vs. the Rays. It could be huge. All the Yanks really have to do is split, stay 6 1/2 up and take four games off the schedule.

A sweep could help bury the Rays at 10 1/2 out. Just don’t get swept yourself and get them back to 2 1/2 out.

The Yanks struck at the Mets right away, scoring two in the first inning. D.J. LeMahieu led off with a double, and Aaron Judge followed with a double to score D.J. Later in the inning, Gleyber Torres’ single knocked in Judge.

The fact Torres (.298-19-50, basically a .298-37-97 pace more or less–and for a middle infielder, to boot) is not on the AL All-Star team is a travesty.

Domingo German, just off the IL, gave up a HR on his first pitch, and you wondered if he was brought back too soon. But he settled down after that to pitch six great innings for his tenth win of the season.

Gio Urshela looked like Graig Nettles at third base last night. Maybe even better. He put on a defensive show.

Down 2-1 in the fifth, with a man on, Mets’ manager Mickey Callaway made a curious decision. He didn’t PH for pitcher Jason Vargas. Vargas’ did get his bunt down, but the Mets didn’t score.

That decision came back to bite the Mets in the sixth. With one out, Didi Gregorius hit his fourth HR of the season to give the Yanks a 3-1 lead. Callaway then replaced Vargas with Wilmer Font.

If Vargas’ leash was that short, why not PH for him in the fifth? ESPN announcers were arguing about that last night. You are down, need to score runs, don’t PH for the pitcher, but then the next inning he only faces two batters? Makes no sense.

And that is one reason why Callaway’s seat with the underachieving (39-48) Mets is extremely hot.

Font gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, as Gregorius and Urshela went back-to-back. Urshela’s seventh HR of the season made it 4-1.

For a while, it appeared as if Gio was hurt, but he turned out OK. Whew.

LeMahieu led off the seventh with a double, and two outs later, Hicks walked. Torres’ single made it 5-1, which was the final score.

Aaron Hicks robbed Robbie Cano of a possible HR during the game. Definitely a possible double, questionable whether it would have cleared the fence or not.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.342 leads AL)
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Gregorius 2 hits, solo HR (4)
Urshela 2 hits, solo HR (7). A couple of superb defensive plays.

German (W, 10-2, 3.67) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR (on his first pitch).
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  5.64
Cortes, Jr. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.04

German looked like the German, ace-like, that he was before his last few starts when he struggled with the hip problem.

Yankees’ announcers are now on the IL. John Sterling will not be broadcasting this weekend because of health issues. Sterling, who turns 81 today, the 4th of July, had broadcast 5,060 consecutive games, ever since he had to take two days off for the death of a sister in 1989.

Meanwhile, Michael Kay will miss a month because he needs surgery on one of his vocal cords.

 

Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

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Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

S.T. Game 20. Yanks rip Red Sox, 14-1. Injury updates.

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First, from MLB.com”

Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia, Yankees

Although Severino is scheduled to resume throwing March 20, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that the right-hander won’t be ready to pitch in a Major League game until May 1 at the earliest.

Hicks, who has been sidelined for most of March by lower-back stiffness, is expected to join Severino on the injured list at the start of the season. The outfielder will likely be healthy by Opening Day, but he may need to log more at-bats and defensive reps in Minor League games before he’s up to speed.

The Yankees expect Sabathia will be ready to pitch at some point in April and may even carry him on the Opening Day roster so he can serve a five-game suspension from last season. The left-hander is a bit behind schedule after undergoing right knee surgery in October and an angioplasty in December

Now with Severino and CC both out, the Yanks need pitchers like Luis Cessa, Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga to step up while Seve and CC are down.

As of now, it appears Cessa and German are winning the battle over Loaisiga. Cessa has been great this spring, and today German was as well, pitching four scoreless innings in a 14-1 rout of the Red Sox.

Brett Gardner drove in a run and made a fine defensive play.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits, including a 3-run HR.

Prospect Trey Amburgey drove in 2 runs.

Luke Voit drove in 2 runs. If Hicks can’t make Opening Day, then maybe there is a way that Bird and Voit both make the team. For a while, anyway.

Chris Gittens and Miguel Andujar each had 2 hits and an RBI.

D.J. LeMahieu 2 RBI

German (W) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Tarpley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. Don’t sleep on him.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The Yanks are 10-6-4 this spring.

 

 

S.T. Game 19. Yanks fit to be “tied” in today’s game. Rule changes coming this year and next.

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For the fourth time in 19 S.T. games, a Yankees game has ended in a tie. Today it was 1-1 vs. Toronto.

The Yanks’ S.T. record is 9-6-4.

Luis Cessa cemented his stake to be a temporary replacement for Luis Severino or CC Sabathia in the rotation come April. Severino and CC will be out for the first few weeks. Cessa has had a great spring so far, and today threw four shutout innings.

Singles by 2b Gleyber Torres and SS Troy Tulowitzki followed by an RBI groundout by Miguel Andujar plated the Yanks’ only run.

C Kyle Higashioka  went 2 for 2 with a double.

Cessa 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Cortes (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coulombe (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Brothers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

From MLB.com

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-rules-changes

 

See the website article.

 

Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia. One-time Yankees’ broadcaster.

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Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers I have ever seen, has been diagnosed with dementia, and his family has announced that he will no longer be making any public appearances.

This is very sad, especially this year, when the Mets are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the team that won the 1969 WS, against all odds. One of the greatest underdog victories ever, and Seaver, 25-7 that year, won the CYA and was 2nd in MVP voting that year.

He is still the greatest Met of all time, with his #41 retired. 311 wins, mostly for Met teams that couldn’t hit a lick.

A 2.86 ERA. 3 Cy Young Awards. 311 wins, over 3000 Ks.

He also pitched for the Reds, White Sox (for whom he beat the Yanks for his 300th career victory on the same day that the Yanks retired #10 for Phil Rizzuto) and Red Sox.

For five years, 1989-1993, he was a broadcaster for the Yankees for WPIX. Unfortunately, those teams were awful, but Seaver’s interaction with Rizzuto was quite pleasing and hilarious at times. He, Rizzuto and Bobby Murcer made a good team.

God bless “Tom Terrific” and his family at this difficult time.