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Game 120. Sanchez HRs again, but Yanks lose 7-4.

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Gary Sanchez homered again (5) but the Yanks lost Wednesday afternoon to Toronto, 7-4. They are off Thursday and now head out to the West Coast.

The Yanks fall to 61-59.

CC Sabathia struck out 12, but gave up all 7 runs.

CC gave up 3 runs in the second. Sanchez cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the second, and a HR by Starlin Castro in the fourth (15) cut it to 3-2.

But CC gave up 4 runs in the fifth, and that doomed the Yanks. Melvin Upton hit a 3-run HR for the Blue Jays.

Chase Headley’s 11th HR of the year made it 7-3 in the sixth, and Aaron Judge’s RBI single in the eighth made it the final margin of 7-4.

Sanchez and Judge were moved up in the lineup after their impressive beginnings. Sanchez hit cleanup with Judge fifth.

It looks like Sanchez has already supplanted Brian McCann as the catcher. McCann does have 2 years and $34MM left on his deal. When asked about it, McCann was quiet for a while, but then stated that Sanchez was a stud who will be an All-Star for years to come, and who was the best young catcher he has seen since coming to the majors. Nice praise. I also heard John Flaherty of YES, a former catcher himself, praise Sanchez.

What this means for McCann going forward, who knows? Talks between the Braves and Yanks regarding a possible trade fell though. Will Sanchez be the regular catcher in 2017? Will McCann be the DH in 2017? Do the Yanks think Sanchez and Romine is a good enough catching tandem to trade McCann, probably for pitching (especially with Eovaldi out all next year)? Time will tell, but this will be an interesting watch.

As for free agency in the off season, don’t expect much. There is not a good list of free agents out there to sign.

Chasen Shreve was sent down for Kirby Yates.

Sabathia (L, 7-10, 4.49) 6 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 12 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.52
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY)
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk 1 K. 6.00.

Combined, the Yanks struck out 16 Blue Jays in the loss.

The Minors. Enns good again.

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AAA: SWB split a DH.

In the regularly scheduled game, SWB won 2-1 in 8 innings (both games of a DH scheduled for 7). Dietrich Enns probably isn’t on the 40 man roster, and I don’t know what move the Yanks may need to make to get him on it, but I hope they do and soon. I don’t know why the NY media, be it print, TV or radio, isn’t mentioning him. The 25 year old lefty pitched 5 1/3  innings last night and gave up 1 run.  Between AA and AAA this year, he is 13-4, 1.62. How could he be better? What does he need to do for a callup? I’d like to see him get a shot. He got a ND. Johnny Barbato 2 2/3 for the win. Mason Williams 2 hits.

SWB lost 3-2 in an 8-inning game. This was a makeup of a game rained out on May 29th. Donovan Solano 2 hits, rbi. Clint Frazier 2 hits. Jake Cave 2 hits.

AA: Trenton was off.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston off.

Game 118. Green’s gem gives Yanks 1-0 win.

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Chad Green probably will never forget the fifth start of his MLB career. That is because, no matter how many starts he has in him, he may never pitch a better one.

He needed to be that good, too, for the Yanks wasted numerous scoring opportunities, going 2 for 18 with RISP.

Aaron Judge’s RBI double in the fourth turned out to be the only run of the game in the Yanks’ 1-0 victory over Toronto. The win puts the Yanks at 61-57 for the season.

Green retired the first 13 men he faced, and struck out 11 over six innings.

Green (w, 2-2, 4.05) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, and 11 K.
Clippard (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.83 (AZ/NYY)
Warren (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.50 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.20.

A-Rod’s publicist stated that contrary to rumors, that his client will not be signing with the Marlins but will be taking off the rest of 2016. As for 2017, who knows.

Game 110.Yanks fall, 5-2. A-Rod to hold press conference.

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CC Sabathia gave up 2 HR, and Anthony Swarzak coughed up another one, and that was enough for Cleveland to  beat the Yankees 5-2 Saturday afternoon to drop the Yanks back to .500 at 55-55.

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez has a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday morning. No word yet as to whether it’s a retirement announcement, if the Yanks are releasing him, or what. Nothing would surprise me.

The Yanks scored two in the second on an RBI double by Gary Sanchez and on a wild pitch. So far, Sanchez has been playing well, offensively and defensively. But that was the only runs they’d get.

CC gave up a solo HR to Jason Kipnis in the fourth, an RBI single to tie the game in the fifth, and a HR to Mike Napoli in the sixth.

Rajai Davis homered off Swarzak in the seventh, and Nick Goody gave up a run in the ninth.

Sabathia (L, 6-9, 4.18) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 4 walks, 5 K. 2 HR given up. 220 career wins
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.  4.07
Goody 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.33
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.42.

 

Teix to retire.

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I have to get to work soon, but stories are circulating that there will be a press conference later today in which Mark Teixeira will be announcing his retirement, effective at the end of the season.

I’ll have more later.

The Minors.

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Already, the DP combo the Yanks have at Tampa now, with the newly acquired Torres at SS and Mateo at 2B, is being discussed and regarded highly.

One scout thinks Torres is the Yanks’ SS of the future (with Didi being a super-utility guy or traded) with Mateo the 2B (he didn’t speak of Castro). We’ll see what the future holds. There could be a whole new infield, what with the now injured Greg Bird at 1B and with Miguel Andujar opening eyes at 3B for Trenton.

Another writeup mentioned Chance Adams, RHP at Trenton, as being the best unknown jewel in the minors. Hopefully some of these kids really make it and produce for the Yanks in a few years.

OF Jake Skole was released to make room for Torres.

AAA: SWB swept a DH to go to 66-38.

Regularly scheduled game: 3-2 win. Just promoted Vincente Campos 1 R in 5 IP.  Gary Sanchez 2 doubles.

Makeup of 7/25 rainout: SWB won 3-0 in 7 innings.  Luis Cessa CG 4-hit shutout.2 hits Mason Williams, 2 hits and an RBI for Sanchez, 2 RBI Donovan Solano, 2 hits Pete Kozma.

AA: Trenton (63-40) won 15-4. The aforementioned Adams was off, 3 R in 5 1/3, but in 20 starts this year between Tampa and Trenton, is 11-0,  2.53. For his minor league career, the soon-to-be-22-year-old is 14-1, 2.34. Mark Payton 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, 4 RBI Cito Culver. Lane Adams 3 for 3 with 2 walks.  Mike Ford 3 hits. Kyle Higashioka 2 rbi. Tyler Wade 3 hits. Dustin Fowler 2 RBI. A great night offensively, all around.

High A: As mentioned, Torres at SS, Mateo at 2B. Tampa (58-43) won 9-1. James Reeves 6 Ip, 1 R, 2 H. Kevin Cornelius 3 hits, double, HR, 4 RBI. 3 hits, rbi, Thairo Estrada. 2 hits Zack Zehner.

Low A: Charleston (56-44) won 10-2. Daris Vargas 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H. 3 hits, 2 HR, 5 RBI Kane Sweeney. Jhalen Jackson 3 hits, 2 doubles, HR, 2 RBI. HR, 2 RBI Hoy Jun Park.

Baseball/Minors.

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Just a combined report today, since there were no major league games yesterday due to the All-Star break, and very few minor league games either, as MLB wants to showcase the All-Star Game.

First of all, I did NOT watch the Home Run Derby (won by Giancarlo Stanton with an amazing total of 61 HR). I can’t stand Chris Berman going back-back-back all the time (please give it up or retire, Chris), and with Stanton bopping 61—all the worse. Besides, it kind of bores me. By going for the HR, some players have messed up their swings for the second half of the season.

By the way, I do NOT like the fact that the winning league of the All-Star Game gets home field advantage for the World Series. I find it a ridiculous ruling.

A-Rod is said to be working out at 1B during the break. The experiment failed last year, but it may be A-Rod’s only way (until Beltran’s hammy heals, enabling Beltran to go to RF and not DH) to get into the lineup. Teix’s knee won’t let him play every day, and as of now, Refsnyder is the backup 1B.

AAA: No games yesterday or today. All-Star Game Wednesday night.

AA: See AAA. The same applies.

High A: Tampa lost 5-3. Yelfrey Ramirez 6 IP, 2 R, 1 Earned, 4 H, 1 walk, 9 K. OF Mason Williams,   DH Trey Amburgey, OF Zack Zehner and C Francisco Diaz two hits each. No games today.

Low A: No games. Charleston does play tonight.