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The Minors

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 4-3. Capuano pitched 4 innings, gave up 1 run. 1B Greg Bird and SS Cole Figueroa 2 hits each.

AA:  Trenton lost 6-5. RF Mark Payton 3 h, rbi.  LF Jake Cave 2 h, rbi.  2B Tony Renda 2 hits.

High A: Tampa split a DH.

Game 1:  lost 10-5. 3 h, solo HR, 2B Abiatal Avelino.

Game 2: 5-2 win. 3 h, 2 rbi CF Dustin Fowler. Avelino 2 h. 1B Mike Ford 2 h, rbi. Two others, two hits each.

A: Charleston lost 3-1. SB #71 for Jorge Mateo. (.269) but error #23.

Game 104. Yanks bomb White Sox, 12-3.


The Yanks jumped all over the White Sox today with a 12-3 win that increased their AL East lead to six games.

Before the game, the Yanks had to DL Diego Moreno with an elbow strain and bring back Brandon Pinder.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a HR (4).

In the fourth, they scored five runs. Didi Gregorius drove in two with a single, Ellsbury drove one in with a SF and Gardner singled in two.

A couple of months ago, I mentioned on one blog that if we could only get Didi to .250 or so, and if he gave us good defense, we’d take it. I was criticized, one person asking how I thought Didi would hit .250… I responded that he’s only 25, give the coaches time to work with him, and be patient. He is now hitting .260. I wonder how the crow tastes?

The red-hot Mark Teixeira homered (29) in the fifth to make it 7-0. It was #392 of his career. Stephen Drew doubled in two more later in the inning to make it 9-0.

After Chicago got a run in the sixth, Drew tripled in two in the top of the seventh to make it 11-1. Drew is still below the Mendoza line at .199, but he does have 13 HR and with the 4-RBI day today, 32 RBI.

A groundout by Ellsbury (3 RBI) made it 12-1 before a couple of late White Sox homers made the final score 12-3.

Nova (W,4-3, 3.10) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP. 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.18

Pinder 1 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.63.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.75.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 5-4. DH Aaron Judge had a 2-run HR, C Gary Sanchez a solo shot.

AA: Trenton won 6-4. 3 hits for LF Jake Cave. C Eddy Rodriguez 2 h, rbi, hr. 2 h, rbi for 2b Ali Castillo.

High A: Tampa ppd.

A: 4-3 win for Charleston. 2B Vicente Conde 2 rbi. Three others two hits each.

Game 103. Yanks lose, 8-2.


Rookies Bryan Mitchell and Diego Moreno had a rough night as the Yanks lost to the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Saturday night. With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Baltimore is at five. They are 58-45 on the season.

The only highlight for the Yanks’ was Brian McCann’s 17th HR of the year, a solo shot hit in the ninth inning.

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera had a 3-run hr.

Is it me, or do Ellsbury and Gardner need to start running more? Now, the two were a combined 0 for 7 with a walk last night so they weren’t getting on base, but it seems like Gardner and Ellsbury have been stuck on 15 and 14 SB, respectively, for a while. The Yanks have 40 SB on the year, 29 by those two guys, and rank 12th in the AL. Just saying that I haven’t seen them run in a while.

Before the game, Nick Goody was sent down, Nick Rumbelow brought up.

Luis Severino will make his MLB debut on Wednesday at the Stadium against Boston.

Mitchell (L, 0-1, 4.73) 4 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K.
Moreno 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.23
Rumbolow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  2.08.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

We have seen a lot of youngsters come up this year, even if just for a “cup of tea.” Top prospect Luis Severino is next.

AAA: SWB won 3-2. Kyle Davies 2 r in 7 IP. Andrew Bailey continues to impress on his comeback attempt. One scoreless IP for the save. Solo HR C Austin Romine.

AA: 4-2 loss for Trenton. They got only three hits.

High A: Tampa lost both ends of a DH.

Game 1: 5-4. 2B Abital Avelino 3 hits. 3B Miguel Andujar 3 for 3, rbi. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI.

Game 2: 5-3. DH Angelo Gumbs 3 for 3, HR, 2 rbi.

A: Charleston lost both ends of a DH, and literally did not hit.

Game 1: They were no-hit, losing 4-0.

Game 2: They had just 3 hits.

Game 102. Red hot Teixeira powers Yanks, 13-6.


For the second straight night, Mark Teixeira hit two home runs in a game, and the way he did it last night established a new major league record as the Yanks beat the Chicago White Sox 13-6.

Before the game, the Yanks made no major splash at the major league trade deadline. That isn’t to say that there weren’t some minor internal moves. To make room for newly acquired Dustin Ackley, the Yanks dfa’d Garrett Jones. Chris Capuano was outrighted to AAA SWB. Esmiel Rogers was released so that he could play in Korea. Slade Heathcott was optioned to AAA (rehab over).

Top prospect Luis Severino’s next start will be for the Yanks. They are bringing the 21-year old up, and his MLB debut may be on Tuesday against Boston in the Bronx. The exact date hasn’t been determined yet. The kid was 9-2, 2.45 this year between AA/AAA.

Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yanks on Saturday night.

Some may be upset that the Yanks didn’t make a major splash, but you have to give to get, and the Yanks were NOT giving up Severino, Bird or Judge. Mateo was mostly off limits as well, but was on the table in rumors involving Craig Kimbrel of the Padres.

Let’s hope the four develop into another “core four.”

Teix hit a homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the fourteenth time in his career, breaking the record he shared with Nick Swisher.

Carlos Beltran doubled in a run in the first, then the Yanks got five in the second on an RBI single by A-Rod and Teix’s first HR of the game—a grand slam.

After the White Sox got two in the third on a HR by Jose Abreu, the Yanks came back with another five-run inning in the top of the fourth.

Chris Young doubled and scored on two wild pitches. After A-Rod walked, Teixeira hit his second HR of the game to pout the Yanks up 9-2. This second HR, #28 of the season, was #391 of Teixeira’s career, and passed Graig Nettles on the all-time list. Later in the inning, Bredan Ryan singled in a run and Didi Gregorius’ SF made it 11-2.

A Headley single in the fifth made it 12-2.

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth for the Pale Hose to make it 12-3.

Ellsbury’s single in the sixth made it 13-3 Yanks. Chicago got two in the seventh and one in the ninth to make it 13-6 as the final.

With the win, the Yanks are 58-44. 60 games to go, and they have a six-game lead.

A-Rod 2 for 2, 3 walks, scored 4 times.
Teixeira 3 for 4, 2 walks, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Beltran & Ryan each had 3 hits and an RBI.
The Yanks banged out 18 hits.

Eovaldi (W, 11-2, 4.30) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Warren 2 1/3 IP,  2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 3.50
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 6.75

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Ex-MLB pitcher Andrew Bailey was promoted from AA to AAA as he continues his comeback and rehab. SWB won 3-2. Slade Heathcott was 0 for 4 with a walk as he now continues his rehab at AAA. C Gary Sanchez, double, HR, 3 rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 4-3. SS Ali Castillo 3 hits.

High A: Tampa off.

A: Charleston  ppd