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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The major league Yankees were off today.

AAA: SWB was off too.

AA: Trenton won 6-1. Jordan Montgomery 6 1/3 IP, 1 UNEARNED run. SS Cito Culver triple, HR, 3 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, double, rbi. 2b Abiatal Avelino double, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa won 5-1. Josh Rogers 6  shutout IP. 2B Jorge Mateo, double, rbi. Gleyber Torres, 2 hits, rbi. 3 hits, Trey Amburgey. Connor Spencer 3 for 3 , rbi. Wes Wilson 2 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 1-0. A combined one-hit shutout. Luis Cedeno 7 IP, 1 H, 9 K. Ricardo Ferreira 2 hits.

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Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 6-0. Brady Lail 7 IP, 3 H. OF Ben Gamel 2 RBI. DH Tyler Austin 3 hits, solo HR.

AA: Trenton won 10-6. OF Dustin Fowler triple, HR, 3 RBI. 2B Cito Culver 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 2 hits, 2 RBI OF Mike O’Neill. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 2-0. Domingo Acevedo six IP. 2 hits, rbi 1B Kevin Cornelius.

Low A: Charleston was off.

Game 101. Astros beat Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There is a difference when Masahiro Tanaka goes on four days rest or gets an extra day, and that difference is stark. Wednesday night, on four days rest, he was off and the Yanks lost 4-1 to Houston.

When he gets that extra day, he’s lights out.

Tanaka gave up a run in the second, after he walked back-to-back batters to help put himself into trouble. He gave up three runs in the third, highlighted by a 2-run HR by Colby Rasmus.

The Yanks’ only run came via Brian McCann’s 15th HR of the season, hit in the fourth inning.

The Yanks managed just five hits and struck out 15x.

Tanaka (L, 7-3, 3.16) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.75 combined ERA (Cubs/Yanks)
Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 7.05

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

Game 100. Yanks beat Houston, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got to four games over .500 with a 6-3 win over Houston Tuesday night. After 100 games, they are 52-48.

The Yanks’ pitchers gave up three HRs, but thank goodness, they were all solo ones.

Houston got on the board first, in the first inning, on a HR by Marwin Gonzalez to go up 1-0.

The Yanks got two in the second when Brian McCann singled, and was doubled to third by Mark Teixeira. Didi Gregorius hit a SF for one run, and Chase Headley singled in the other.

In the third, the Yanks made it 3-1. Carlos Beltran singled, Mark Teixeira walked, and Starlin Castro singled in a run.

The Yanks broke it open in the fifth. McCann was HBP, and Teixeira singled. After a groundout moved the runners up, Castro was intentionally walked to load the bases for a hopeful DP. Instead, Headley got a SF to make it 4-1, and Aaron Hicks came through with a 2-run triple to make it 6-1.

Evan Gattis hit a HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6-2, and Gonzalez hit his second HR of the game, this one off of Anthony Swarzak, to make it the final score of 6-3.

To make room for Adam Warren, the Yanks sent down Chasen Shreve. When Severino came up, he replaced Chapman, and Green replaced Goody. So a lot of bullpen moves lately.

Sabathia (w, 6-8, 3.95) 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Swarzak 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 4.58  Gave up 1 HR
Betances (H, 27) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2.50
Miller (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 1.39.

There are rumors of another deal, this one possibly involving Ivan Nova.

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Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB was rained out.

AA: Trenton lost a rain-shortened game, 5-2 in seven innings. They got just two hits.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston gave up 2 in the 9th and another in the 10th to lose 5-4. Christian Morris 7 IP, 1 R. 2B Chris Godinez 2 hits, and LF Cesar Diaz 3 hits, RBI.

Game 99.Yanks edge Astros after trading Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees are three games over .500 for the first time this year after beating Houston 2-1 on Monday night. They are 51-48.

Michael Pineda pitched seven strong innings after giving up a first-pitch HR, and Andrew Miller got the save after getting his closer job back because of the trade of Aroldis Chapman earlier in the day.

Down 1-0 in the fifth, the Yanks tied the game when with two out, Didi Gregorius doubled and was singled home by Chase Headley.

In the eighth, Headley singled and was doubled home by Austin Romine.

Miller escaped a jam in the ninth, a jam partly created by Starlin Castro pulling a rock and failing to touch second in trying to turn the DP. He did on the next batter, the DP was made and the game was won.

Because of bad numbers off of Dallas Keuchel, A-Rod sat again, even against a lefty. It came down to who do you want in RF, Beltran or Hicks, and Hicks defense won out, even though he isn’t hitting. Then you still want Beltran’s bat in the lineup because he has been far and away their best hitter this year, so he DHs. So Alex sits.

Pineda (w, 5-9, 5.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Gave up HR.
Betances (H, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 3 K. 2.52
Miller (S, 8 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.42.

Earlier in the day, Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs. In return, the Yanks get:

Gleyber Torres, SS, 19, who will go to High A Tampa, the Cubs #1 prospect.
Adam Warren, RHP, who returns to the Yanks after spending three full seasons (2013-2015) there. He’ll join the Yanks as a setup man/middle reliever.
OF Billy McKinney, who’ll go to AA Trenton.
OF Rashard Crawford, who’ll go to High A Tampa.

Chapman, 28, was 3-0, 2.01, 20 saves for the Yanks this year. He is a free agent at the end of the year, enjoyed NY and could come back. Since the Yanks traded him mid-season, the Yanks would NOT lose a draft pick if the re-sign him.

Torres is considered the key to the deal. Just 19, he is hitting .275-9-47 with 19 SB at High A. The Yanks already have Jorge Mateo there. They also have Tyler Wade at AA Trenton and Kyle Holder at Low A Charleston. Of course, Didi is at SS for the Yanks and having a good year. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one of these young shortstops flipped in a major deal for a starting pitcher (for example, Chris Sale? Don’t worry Chris, the Yanks are much more traditional in their uniform styles). Either that, or some may be learning other positions.

Warren has been having a terrible year for the Cubs, 3-2, 5.91. He’ll be 29 soon, and in three full seasons with the Yanks, 2013-2015, was 13-15, 3.23. The Yanks hope returning to NY returns him to what he was.

McKinney, who’ll be 22 soon, is a lefty-hitting OF (why can’t the Yanks get a righty hitting one to go with Judge (who is on the DL)? They have enough lefty hitting ones (Mason Williams, Jake Cave, Dustin Fowler, Ben Gamel!) You can tell I am not a fan of Hicks. Just my humble opinion, but Hicks has been hitting below .200 all year. Forgive me if I am tired of his offensive ineptitude). A former first-round draft pick by Oakland, McKinney was hitting .252-1-31 at AA.

Crawford is 22, and also a lefty hitting OF. At High A, he was hitting .255-3-30, with 22 SB.