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AAA: SWB rained out.

AA: Trenton won 10-2. Tyler Wade, Dustin Fowler, Miguel Andujar, Mike Ford and Jose Rosario each had 2 hits. 3 hits for Mark Payton. Andujar and Ford 2 RBI each, 4 RBI for Payton.

High A: Tampa won 8-3. Josh Rogers 6 IP (9-5, 2.43). Rashad Crawford 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI. Thairo Estrada 2 hits, RBI. Kevin Cornelius 3 hits, HR shy of cycle.

Low A: Charleston won 9-2. Adonis Rosa 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 9 K.  3 hits, HR, 3 RBI Alexander Palma. Ricardo Ferreira 4 hits, 2 RBI. Mandy Alvarez, Cesar Diaz and Jhalen Jackson 2 hits each. 2 RBI for Luis Torrens.

Top draft pick Blake Rutherford, OF, 19, is hitting .352 after his first 31 games. He is at rookie league Pulaski.

Game 123. Yanks blanked, 2-0.

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Chad Green pitched well, but got no run support as the Yanks lost to the Angels Sunday afternoon, 2-0.

Green gave up a run in the first, and Adam Warren gave up a run in the eighth.

Fine defensive plays by Jacoby Ellsbury, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks saved a few more runs.

Offensively, the Yanks couldn’t get it going. They were 1 for 7 with RISP, and on that one, Mark Teixeira couldn’t score from second on a single.

The Yanks fall to 63-60.

Green (L, 2-3, 3.66) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.79.
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K,. 5.29 (Cubs/NYY)

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AAA: SWB won 4-0.  Jordan Montgomery 7 IP, 3 H, 8 K. Rob Refsnyder 4 for 4. Ban Gamel 2 hits, RBI. Pete Kozma 2 hits, 3 RBI. Donovan Solano 2 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Tyler Wade and Mike Ford 2 hits each.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Rashard Crawford and Jeff Hendrix each had 2 hits and an RBI. 2 hits for Thairo Estrada.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-4.  Ricardo Ferreira 2 RBI.

Game 122. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 5-1 win.

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Luis Cessa pitched six shutout innings in his first MLB start, Gary Sanchez homered (6) and Aaron Judge drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Angels 5-1 Saturday night.

Sanchez started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first. After his homer, Didi Gregorius singled, Starlin Castro doubled, and Brian McCann singled in two runs.

In the sixth, with two out, Castro and McCann singled, Castro going to third on McCann’s single. McCann stole second, his first SB since 2012, and Judge singled in both runners.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth. It was Pujols’ 583rd HR of his career, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time HR list.

Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run HR in the seventh inning.

Cessa (w 3-0, 4.01) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.66 (AZ/NYY).
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.71 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.31. Gave up 1 HR.

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AAA: SWB won 7-4. Luis Severino 5 2/3 IP, 4 runs, 3 ER, gave up 10 hits and struck out 10. So good and bad. Mason Williams 2 hits, triple, 2 RBI. 2-run HR for Clint Frazier. 2 hits for Donovan Solano. 3 hits and an RBI for Jake Cave.

AA: 2-0 win for Trenton. Ron Herrera 7 IP, 4 H, 8 K. Miguel Andujar and Mark Payton 2 hits each.

High A:  Tampa won 11-0. Nestor Cortes 7 IP, 2 H, 9 K. Devyn Bolasky 4 hits,  3 RBI. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI Rashad Crawford. 3 hits Jorge Mateo. 3 hits, triple, 2 RBI Gleyber Torres. 2 hits, RBI Zack Zehner. 2 hits Wes Wilson.

Low A: Charleston won 2-0. Daris Vargas 6 IP, 1 hit. 6 k (10-6, 2.80). Taylor Widener 7 K in 3 relief innings. Kyle Holder 2 hits, Rbi.

Game 121. Yanks shutout Angels 7-0 behind Tanaka & 4 HR.

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Ronald Torreyes went 4 for 4 including his first MLB HR,  Gary Sanchez had 3 hits, and the Yankees rode 4 HR and Masahiro Tanaka to a 7-0 win over the Angels on Friday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury gave Tanaka the only run he needed by leading off the game with a HR (5).

An RBI single by Ellsbury drove in Torreyes in the third to make it 2-0, Yanks.

The Yanks then hit 3 HR in the fifth to break the game open. Torreyes started it with his first MLB HR. Two batters later, Didi Gregorius HR’d (17, and you are lying if you thought back in March that Didi might hit 20), and two batters later, Brian McCann hit his 16th HR of the season.

In the sixth, Torreyes singled in a run, and Didi doubled in Torreyes for the final tally of 7-0.

Earlier in the day, Nathan Eovaldi had successful surgeries on his elbow.

Gary Sanchez singled the first time up, doubled the second time up and doubled the third time up. On that third at bat, he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Just a hunch. With Eovaldi out for 2017 (and maybe forever?), my gut says that McCann and/or Gardner could be trade bait this offseason to try and get some pitching. The free agent market is very barren this year, and trading one of them, especially if a youngster is ready, as Sanchez is now, may be what it takes to fortify the rotation, especially with Eovaldi out.

Tanaka (w, 10-4, 3.24) 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 9 K.
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY). Faced one batter, walked him.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.21 (Cubs/NYY)0
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34.

BTW, in terms of WAR (wins above replacement), the best player on the Yanks this year has been Tanaka.

The minors. AA news: Mitchell, Adams.

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The big boys are out on the west coast and off today. Here is a report on the minor leaguers.

AAA: SWB lost 9-3. Stripped of starters like Cessa and Green, SWB had to start a reliever, Tyler Webb, tonight and due to the unfamiliarity, he got rocked. Cesar Puello  2 doubles, 2 rbi. 2 hits each for Clint Frazier, Rob Refsnyder, and Cito Culver. RBI for Refsnyder.

AA: Trenton lost 5 -0, getting just 3 hits. Bryan Mitchell continues to struggle on his rehab. 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER. Gave up a HR. Each start has been a level up, but each start has been problematic in coming off that injury. Maybe he doesn’t make it all the way back until 2017 spring training. I wouldn’t count on him this year with the results he’s had since coming off the injury. Chance Adams, who is 13-1 with High A Tampa and AA Trenton, was supposed to start tonight but was bumped for Mitchell. Adams, who has been great this year, came on in relief and pitched four scoreless, hitless innings and struck out seven. 

So my take from this game is that Mitchell is still struggling to come back from his injury, but Adams continues to kick butt. 

High A: Tampa lost 3-2. Jorge Mateo 2 hits. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Thairo Estrada.

Low A: Charleston won 6-1. Vicente Conde 3 hits and 3 RBI. Mandy Alvarez 2 hits.  Gosuke Katoh 3 hits, rbi.