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Gallo to Dodgers for AA pitcher.

You knew it was coming.

Joey Gallo is now an ex-Yankee. He was dealt to the Dodgers for a AA pitcher.

In just over a year as a Yankee, Gallo played in 140 games, hitting .159-25-46, OPS+ 85 with 194 strikeouts in 421 at bats. This season he was hitting .159-12-24, OPS+ 78.

You knew the Yanks wouldn’t get much for that lack of production, and it kind of surprises me that they got what they did. Clayton Beeter, 23, RHP. #15 Dodger prospect.

Beeter is a project. In 46 minor league games, 43 of them starts, he is 0-9 with an ERA of 4.59. 166 K in 104 IP. At AA this season, Beeter is 0-3, 5.75 in 18 games, 16 of them starts. 88 K in 51 2/3 IP.

Game 104. Yanks hit 4 HR in 7-2 win. Trade deadline is today. What more moves are coming?

Today is the trade deadline. We’ll see what other moves will be made (like the Yanks unloading Joey Gallo. It would be a shock if it doesn’t happen). We also have to see what moves will be made to squeeze yesterday’s Yankee acquisitions onto the roster.

A few moves were made already. Miguel Castro and Luis Severino were moved to the 60-day IL, meaning neither would be available until mid-September, if at all. Clarke Schmidt was sent back to AAA. I really feel badly for Schmidt, who has a 4-2, 2.40 ERA (ERA+ 161) this season. Carlos Espinal was brought up but will most likely be sent back when Scott Effross arrives.

As for who goes down when Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino get here, that I need to see. Last night’s starter, Domingo German, may be set down. As far as who goes down for Trivino, that is a tough call. I don’t see Marinaccio going down, but it could happen. He has options, and that would be tough. Marinaccio is 1-0, 2.16, ERA+ 180. Maybe Abreu is DFA’d? But Abreu has done well since the Yanks have picked him up (2-0, 1.06 ERA as a Yankee). It will be a tough call. Maybe someone gets dealt to make room. And when Stanton gets healthy, that is another move to be made (and I think dumping Gallo is that move). GM Brian Cashman has some “chess moves” to make.

The Yanks became the first team to 70 wins (70-34) by beating Seattle last night, 7-2. The Yanks hit four HR in the game, two by (wait for it…) Jose Trevino (you thought I’d say Aaron Judge, didn’t you? Judge did hit one).

The Yanks wasted no time in getting on the board. D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a single, then Judge doubled. Anthony Rizzo followed with a 3-run HR (26) and the Yanks were up 3-0.

German went five innings and got the win, but it wasn’t pretty. He put nine runners on base in his five innings, an average of almost two an inning. In the top of the second, he gave up a HR to Kyle Lewis and the score was 3-1.

The Yanks got two more runs in the bottom of the second. LeMahieu walked with two out, and Judge followed with his 43rd HR of the season to put the Yanks up 5-1.

German got out of a bases-loaded jam in the third but gave up a run in the fourth that cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-2. He would get the first two outs of an inning, then put a few runners on before getting that elusive third out.

Jose Trevino homered in the bottom of the fourth (8) then homered again in the bottom of the eighth (9) for the final score of 7-2. Four Yankees’ relievers combined for four shutout innings.

LeMahieu 3 hits
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (43)
Rizzo 3-run HR (26)
Trevino 2 hits, both solo HR, (9)

German (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.39
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.81
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.46
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29

The minor league prospect list has been updated again, especially after yesterday’s moves erased five players from that top 30.

Yanks trade for relief help.

The Yanks took care of one of their needs at the trade deadline, adding to the bullpen, by making a trade with the Cubs for a relief pitcher.

Nope, it isn’t David Robertson.

The Yanks traded #7 prospect Hayden Wesneski to the Cubs for RHP Scott Effross.

Effross, 28, RHP, is 1-4, 2.66, with 1 save for the Cubs this season. ERA+ 158. Last year, in his rookie season, he went 2-1, 3.68, ERA+ 118. For his career, 3-5, 2.91, ERA+ 146. (100 is average).

Effross isn’t arbitration eligible until 2025, nor free agent eligible until 2028, so the Yanks have a lot of control over him.

Wesneski, 24, RHP, was 6-7, 3.51 for AAA SWB this year. For his minor league career, 18-14, 3.52.

So, the Yanks got the OF they needed (and who I wanted), got the relief pitcher they needed (he wasn’t on my radar, but I’m ok with it, nice stats). Now to get that starter, preferably their #1 target, Frankie Montas of Oakland.

And, of course, to find a taker for Gallo.

Game 101. Magic 8 ball! 8 in 8th gives Yanks 11-5 win. Judge 2 HR, 6 RBI inc. Grand Slam.

You’ve run out of words for Aaron Judge this season. Really. July isn’t over yet, and he has 41 HR, and is making a run at the AL and Yankee record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. He has 11 HR in his last 13 games. His 9 multi-HR games this season is a Yankees’ record.

The NL and MLB record of course is 73 by Barry Bonds, but those three guys who hit more than Maris (Bonds, McGwire and Sosa) are all linked to steroids. For purists, the true record still belongs to Roger.

Trivia: Sammy Sosa hit 60 or more HR three separate times but didn’t lead the league in any of those three seasons.

Before the game recap, some moves and thoughts on a recent big trade. First off, the Yanks re-signed Ryan Weber and Shane Greene to minor league deals.

Secondly a Yankees’ target is off the market. Reds’ starter Luis Castillo (29, RHP) was dealt to Seattle. As much as I wanted Castillo, I can see why the Yankees, although it’s rumored that they were close to getting him, backed off. Seattle gave up four prospects for him, including their #1, #3 and #5 prospects. For the Yankees, that would have meant SS Anthony Volpe (1), CF Jasson “The Martian” Dominguez (3) and LHP Ken Waldichuk (5), along with another prospect. That wasn’t going to happen. It looks like the Yankees will face Castillo (4-4, 2.86, ERA+160 this year) Tuesday night.

With Castillo off the board, the Yankees’ top trade target now is Frankie Montas (29, RHP) of Oakland. Montas is only 4-9 this season, but his ERA is 3.18 and his ERA+ is 117. Not as good as Castillo, but still good. If they can’t get Montas, then rumors are they are then looking at Noah Syndergaard of the Angels (RHP, 30 in August) who is 5-8, 3.83, ERA+104 this season, or Jose Quintana (33, LHP) of Pittsburgh, who is 3-5, 3.50, ERA+ 120.

As far as Syndergaard is concerned, it has been written that since TJ surgery, he hasn’t been the “Thor” (and yes, he’d need a haircut) of his Mets days, and although still decent, he’s lost 2 MPH off his fastball since the surgery. Quintana was a Yankees’ farmhand many years ago.

The Yanks are looking to deal Miguel Andujar and Joey Gallo. Teams are looking at prospects and are most likely prioritizing them over Andujar and Gallo.

We will see what develops. Another deal I would like besides one for Montas would be one with the Cubs to get bullpen help. Could David Robertson (37, RHP, 3-0, 2.23, 14 saves this year) be back for what would be his third go-round with the Bronx Bombers?

Ok, now to the game recap.

In the top of the first, Judge robbed the first batter of the game, Kansas City’s MJ Melendez, of a HR. The guy can do it all, defensively as well as offensively.

The Yanks got off to a quick 3-0 lead. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo HR in the bottom of the first inning (#24), and two innings later, after a walk to D.J. LeMahieu, Judge hit a 2-run HR (40).

Maybe it’s me, but Gerrit Cole seems a bit off his game this year. Aces shouldn’t be coughing up 3-0 leads. Cole seems more prone to the HR ball this season, too. With two out in the fifth, the Royals got four straight hits, followed by a 3-run HR by Salvador Perez, to stunningly go up on the Yanks 5-3. A misplay (ruled a hit when it could have been an error) by Isiah Kiner-Falefa helped KC to its big inning. IKF would make up for it later. Another big play was on a grounder to Rizzo, who had a little bit of a delay in flipping the ball to Cole for the out. Batter beats it out, inning prolonged.

After a rain delay to start the eighth inning, the Yanks exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Rizzo and Gleyber Torres got back-to-back singles. An error by KC SS Maikel Garcia loaded the bases. Andrew Benintendi got an infield single to make it 5-4. It then appeared as if Aaron Hicks was HBP to force in a run, but he wasn’t. Hicks worked a walk anyway and the game was tied at 5. IKF then made up for his previous miscue by hitting a single to put the Yanks up 6-5. A groundout by Jose Trevino made it 7-5. A walk to LeMahieu re-loaded the bases, then Judge unleashed HR #41, a grand slam, for the final score of 11-5.

Judge 3 hits, 6 RBI. A 2-run HR and a grand slam. (41). Also robbed KC of a HR.
Rizzo 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (24)
Torres 2 hits.
Kiner-Falefa 15 game hitting streak.

Cole 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 9 K. gave up 1 HR. 3.30
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.24
Abreu (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.22 (3-team W/L, ERA)
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.37

The Yanks are 68-33, have a 12 1/2 game lead in the AL East and the magic # for clinching the division is 50.

Game 95. Yanks win (7-6) over Orioles is costly. King injured, done for season.

The Yankees (65-30) win over the Orioles, 7-6 last night, came at a very high cost.

Reliever Michael King, who has been superb in his setup role this season, fractured his right elbow making a pitch, and is done for the season.

Expect GM Brian Cashman to make a move to help the bullpen as we near the trade deadline. King joins Chad Green and Miguel Castro as bullpen pieces on the injured list. Ron Marinaccio just started rehab so he is still a little ways away from rejoining the team. Ryan Weber was just DFA’d, maybe they can get him back. J.P. Sears was sent to AAA after his outing on Thursday. Because of the injury, maybe he can be recalled sooner than teh usual time, but he did pitch 3 innings Thursday so even at that, he wouldn’t be available for a while.

Besides a trade and making other moves, the injury to King also means two other relievers who have been struggling all season and who struggled last night, Jonathan Loaisiga and Aroldis Chapman, need to get back to their former selves. Both were not good last evening, forcing King to come into the game, where he got injured.

On top of THAT, the Yankees are probably looking for a starter since Luis Severino is out for a while on the injured list, Domingo German did not do well in his start (first appearance of the season) on Thursday, and last night’s starter, Jameson Taillon, has been struggling for a while and struggled again last night.

Expect Brian Cashman to be very busy in the next ten days, even though the Yanks are 65-30.

In the game, Aaron Judge homered twice, and Joey Gallo added a homer as the Yanks squeaked out a 7-6 win.

With two out in the top of the third, Gallo walked, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Judge hit a 3-run HR, his first of the game, to put the Yanks up 3-0. The HR went 436 ft. That was nothing compared to what was to come.

Taillon gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the third and was knocked out of the game. He had escaped an earlier jam in the first inning.

In the top of the fourth, with one out, the Yanks got back-to-back doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino to take a 4-2 lead.

Judge hit his second HR of the game, a 465-ft. blast, #36 on the season, in the top of the fifth to put the Yanks up 5-2.

A one-out double by Donaldson, followed by a two-out single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, put the Yanks up 6-2 in the top of the sixth.

But here is where Loaisiga and Chapman need to step it up. Loaisiga gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3.

In the top of the seventh, Gallo homered (12) to put the Yanks up 7-3.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Chapman struggled, throwing a couple of wild pitches, then giving up a 3-run HR that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-6, necessitating the call for King. In his last ten innings, Chapman has given up 13 runs on 13 hits, ten walks, and 4 HR. With the King injury, he needs to get straightened out.

King’s injury forced Clay Holmes to get a five-out save.

Judge 2 hits. Both HR (36). 4 RBI
Donaldson 2 hits, both doubles.
Gallo Solo HR (12)

Taillon 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.93
Luetge (W, 3-3) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.88
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.52
Chapman 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 5.75 (He and Loaisiga need to get right)
King (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29 Fractured pitching elbow ends his season.
Holmes (S, 17) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.26

Given the Yanks’ pitching woes, let’s hope today’s starter, Gerrit Cole, can go DEEP into today’s game (I’d wish for a complete game, but with the heat wave on the East coast, that would probably be too much to ask for).

Game 92. Lucky 13. Yanks blast Boston 13-2, head into break with 13 game lead.

The Yankees (64-28) got a great outing from Gerrit Cole, 3 more RBI from Matt Carpenter, and HR from Tim Locastro and Joey Gallo in blasting Boston 13-2 on Sunday. The Yanks head into the All-Star game with a 13-game lead in the AL East.

Cole sent a message in the top of the first, brushing back Yankees-killer (and Cole-killer) Rafael Devers.

Then the Yanks got three runs right away in the bottom of the first. D.J. LeMahieu doubled and Aaron Judge was HBP. After a groundout moved up the runners, Gleyber Torres reached on a fielder’s choice and an error by Devers. D.J. scored, Judge to third and Torres to second. A groundout by Carpenter scored Judge, and Torres moved to third. Aaron Hicks then hit a line drive back at Boston pitcher Chris Sale that deflected off Sale for a single and scored Torres. 3-0. That line drive Hicks hit got Sale good. It broke the pinky finger on Sale’s pitching hand.

Cole’s only mistake in the game came in the third inning, when he gave up a 2-run HR to Jeter Downs that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2. It was Downs first MLB HR.

The Yanks exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Locastro singled and stole second. Kyle Higashioka singled Locastro to third. LeMahieu singled in Locastro, Higashioka moving to third. Judge singled in Higashioka, LeMahieu moving to second to make it 5-2. Anthony Rizzo walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Carpenter doubled to make it 7-2, with Rizzo moving to third. Hicks singled, 8-2, Carpenter moving to third. Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s SF made it 9-2. Locastro then hit a 2-run HR (2) to make it 11-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, LeMahieu walked, and Joey Gallo homered (11) to make it 13-2.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Gallo 2-run HR (11)
Carpenter 3 RBI
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI
Locastro 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2-Run HR (2), 2 SB

Cole (W, 9-2) 7 IP, 2 W, 4 H, 0 W, 12 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.02
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.09
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.85

Yankees pitchers combined for 16 K.

The Yanks are off until Thursday, when they play a day/night DH in Houston.

In the MLB draft, the Yanks’ first-round pick was Spencer Jones, 21, OF, Lefty hitter and thrower, from Vanderbilt. Jones is 6’7″.

The Yanks selected Drew Thorpe, 21, RHP from Cal-Poly. 6’4″, in round two.

Minor League Action from 7-15-22. German ready to replace injured Severino?

AAA: SWB (43-45) won 9-0.
LF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI. #29 prospect. .299-12-33, 27 SB.
SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (3) #13 prospect .212-4-15 over 3 teams
DH Rob Brantly 3 hits

German (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.00 (AAA ERA; Rehab)
Mujica 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.30
Cordero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.07

A couple notes. 1) Yankees’ Universe is wondering why Florial, with those numbers, doesn’t replace the struggling Gallo. At least give the kid a chance. Should have happened already. 2) It appears as if German will be replacing the injured Severino in the Yanks’ rotation after the All-Star break.

AA: Somerset (52-33, 1st half division champs) lost 5-0.
C Austin Wells 2 hits #4 prospect .277-8-23, 9 SB over 3 teams

Spence (L, 3-5) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.33
Jennings 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.25
Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 Balk. 1.66
Loseke 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.16

High A: Hudson Valley (46-39) won 6-4.
3B Tyler Hardman 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (13)

Y. Gomez 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 WP 1 HBP 1.35
Abeyta (W, 3-6) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 5.10
Mauricio 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.05

Low A: Tampa (39-45) won the completion of a suspended game 8-1, then lost the regularly scheduled game 6-2 in five innings. (Game called because of lightning in top of sixth).

Completion of suspended game.
SS Alexander Vargas 2 hits. #16 prospect .195-5-25, 22 SB
1B Anthony Garcia 2 hits
LF/CF Madison Santos 2 hits, 3 RBI
C Ben Rice 2 hits, 3 RBI 2-run HR (4)

Y. Castro 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K. 3.26 Doing wonderfully before the game was suspended.
Carela (W, 6-2) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 2.67

Regular game, shortened. Only got 3 hits.

Holloway (L, 3-2) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.48
Dees 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. gave up 1 HR. 4.34
Milam 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 4.09
Neely 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.38 Announced, game called (lightning) before he could throw a pitch.

Game 90. Yanks miss chances, fall in 11, 5-4. Fifth loss in last six games.

Last night was frustrating. The Yanks (62-28) lost for the fifth time in their last six games, falling to Boston 5-4 in 11 innings. It was the third straight game, and fourth in the last six games, that went into extra innings. The Yanks AL East lead is now 12 games.

Before the game, Miguel Castro left the clubhouse for an MRI on his pitching shoulder. The Yanks’ bullpen has taken a few hits lately, and the replacements just back from the IL haven’t picked up the slack so far.

Meanwhile, check out my other post on last night’s minor league games. It appears that with Luis Severino going on the IL, that Domingo German will be coming off the IL to take Severino’s rotation spot for a while.

Before I get into the game recap, a bit of a rant. Sorry. But in the real world, if you don’t do your job well, you get fired. Apparently not so with MLB umpires (right, Angel Hernandez?). Manager Aaron Boone got ejected last night for arguing balls and strikes. The reason was the same. Granted he was tossed after arguing a bad call on Matt Carpenter, but the frustration was built up by umpires once again refusing or being too lazy to adjust their strike zone to Aaron Judge’s height. Judge’s strike zone, at 6’7″ is obviously different than that of say, Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s. But no player gets more strikes called on him that are clearly way below his knees than Judge does. Pick one. Is it laziness, stubbornness, incompetence or some combination of the three that makes these umps miss these pitches? And as for the punchout of Aaron Hicks on a check swing to end the game, I don’t believe he went, but think that the umps got tired after an 11-inning game and just wanted to eat their dinner.

One more thing before the recap, and it also deals with someone keeping their job even though he is doing it poorly. Joey Gallo is now 4 for his last 55. .161. Two of those hits were flukes (remember the triple lost in the lights at Fenway?). It’s like everyone else is playing with a DH but the Yanks are still letting the pitcher hit. Enough said. Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone, please listen to Yankees’ Universe regarding Gallo. It’s way past time. I don’t want to be negative, but it must be said. You can’t keep acting like the emperor has clothes when it’s clear he is naked.

Now to the game. Yankees’ killer Rafael Devers put Boston on the board right away with a 2-run HR in the first inning, and two batters into the game, Boston was already up 2-0. Boston had second and third, with no one out and could have tacked on more, but Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery got out of it.

With one out in the bottom of the third, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and one out after that, Anthony Rizzo walked. Giancarlo Stanton then hit a 3-run HR (24) to put the Yanks up 3-2.

The lead didn’t last long. Christian Vazquez homered for Boston in the top of the fourth to tie the game. In the top of the seventh, Bobby Dalbec homered for Boston off of Aroldis Chapman, and Boston went up 4-3.

The Yanks tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, but here is where things got very frustrating, and the Yanks blew their chances to win. Gleyber Torres led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Matt Carpenter was HBP. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) laid down a bunt and Boston’s pitcher tried for a force at third and threw the ball away. Torres scored to tie the game and the Yanks had men on second and third with no one out. Aaron Hicks was intentionally walked to set up a force out. All the Yanks needed was a flyball. I kill for sac flies. But Jose Trevino GIDP, 5-2-3, and D.J. LeMahieu grounded out, and they left that winning run on base.

In the bottom of the tenth, more frustration. Clay Holmes left the bases loaded for Boston in the top of the tenth, and now the Yanks started the bottom of the tenth with the ghost runner at second (for the thousandth time, I hate that rule!). After Judge grounded out, not advancing the runner, and Rizzo was walked to set up a force at any base, Stanton singled to load the bases. Once again, the Yanks couldn’t get the hit or sac fly to win the game, as Torres GIDP.

In the top of the eleventh, Boston had the ghost runner in Xander Bogaerts. A flyout moved Bogaerts to third. A groundout kept him there. But then Yankees’ pitcher Michael King threw a WP, enabling Bogaerts to score what was the winning run.

Frustrating. The Yanks are in a bit of a rut which they need to snap out of.

They were 2 for 15 w/RISP last night.

LeMahieu 3 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3-run HR (24)
Carpenter 2 hits

Montgomery 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.26
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.74
Peralta 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.27
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.31
King (L, 6-2) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP 2.19

Game 84. Yanks blast Boston, 12-5.

Nestor Cortes wasn’t “Nasty”, getting knocked out in the fourth inning, but the Yankees’ offense was nasty, scoring 12 runs and picking up the slack for Cortes in a 12-5 win over Boston.

The win put the Yanks’ record at 61-23 (54-17 after a 7-6 start) and increased their lead in the AL East to 15 1/2 games over Tampa Bay. Boston is 16 back and Toronto is 16 1/2 out. Forgive Yankees fans for having that Mad Magazine “What, Me Worry?” Alfred E. Newman look. With such a big lead, all the Yanks had to do was split at Fenway. Four games come off the schedule and Boston gains no ground. Mission accomplished. Tonight and Sunday night’s games would be gravy.

The Yanks wasted no time getting on the board. D.J. LeMahieu singled to lead off the game and went to second on a groundout (great play by Devers saving a double) from Aaron Judge. Matt Carpenter was HBP. Gleyber Torres singled in a run to make it 1-0. Josh Donaldson followed with a 3-run HR (9) to make it 4-0.

Cortes gave up a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the first and Boston cut the lead to 4-2.

With one out in the second, LeMahieu singled, and one out after that, scored on a double by Carpenter. 5-2.

Aaron Hicks led off the top of the third with a walk, and Jose Trevino doubled Hicks to third. One out later, Joey Gallo hit a ball that Boston RF Christian Arroyo never saw. The ball landed way behind him for a 2-run triple, Gallo being thrown out at home trying for an inside-the-park HR. 7-2.

Carpenter led off the top of the fourth with a HR (9), and one out later Donaldson walked. Hicks followed with another walk, then both runners executed a double steal. When C Christan Vasquez’ throw went into LF, Donaldson came in to score. 9-2.

Cortes gave up two HR in the bottom of the fourth and had to be yanked from the game. Miguel Castro got the last out of the inning, leaving the bases loaded. 9-4.

Boston got a run off of Albert Abreu in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 9-5. Ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder had four hits for Boston in the game.

In the seventh, Hicks singled, went to second on a groundout, and stole third. Then something I have not seen the Yanks do in ages. Marwin Gonzalez squeeze bunted Hicks home. 10-5.

The Yanks added another run in the eighth when with one out, Carpenter singled. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) PR for Carpenter and scored on a double by Torres. 11-5.

The final tally came in the ninth. Trevino led off with a single, and Gonzalez walked. Two outs later, Judge walked to load the bases. A walk to IKF forced in a run. 12-5, the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Carpenter 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (9)
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI
Donaldson 3-run HR (9)
Hicks 2 hits
Trevino 2 hits
Gallo 2 RBI

Cortes 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.74
Castro (W, 5-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. 3.33
Abreu 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 2.79 (Combined ERA; 3 teams)
Luetge (S, 1) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2.70

Besides Judge, Giancarlo Stanton will also start the All-Star Game. We have to see what other Yankees are selected to the team.

Game 82. Yanks pummel Pittsburgh, 16-0.

Some moves. Miguel Castro back off of paternity leave, Ryan Weber DFA’d.

Yanks sign Rich Rodriguez to a minor league deal. Rodriguez is coming off an 80-game suspension. He was 5-4, 2.94 for Pittsburgh and Atlanta last year with 14 saves. For his career, 16-14, 3.28, ERA+ 130. He’s pitched for Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta.

The other night, Pittsburgh had a little tribute to former Pirate Jameson Taillon, now with the Yankees. The tribute played Taillon’s walkup song, Led Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks.

That song was appropriate last night. The first four innings were frustrating, as the Yanks were squandering scoring chances. But when the levee broke… my oh my.

The Yanks (59-23) scored 16 runs in the last five innings and pounded Pittsburgh, 16-0.

In the second inning, the Yanks had first and third with no one out and couldn’t score. In the third, they had first and second, one out but Matt Carpenter GIDP.

But in the fifth, the levee broke.

Fifth inning, two runs: Joey Gallo walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled, Gallo to third. IKF stole second as Kyle Higashioka struck out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs. The Yanks missed out on another run when Aaron Judge doubled but D.J. was thrown out at home. 2-0, Yankees. The levee broke and the runs kept coming.

Sixth inning, two runs. Two players who hadn’t homered in a while went back-to-back. With the two out, Josh Donaldson (7) and Joey Gallo (10) made it 4-0. The levee broke and now the home runs kept coming.

Seventh inning, one run. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a HR (5). 5-0, Yankees.

Eighth inning. The Yanks put the game away with five runs, and at the expense of Manny Banuelos, who they had just dealt to the Pirates. With one out, IKF singled, and then Higashioka and LeMahieu both walked. Judge hit a grand slam (30) to make it 9-0. Aaron Hicks then doubled, and both Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with walks. Donaldson hit a SF to make it 10-0.

Ninth inning: Six more runs and the final score was 16-0. Pittsburgh, in order to save their bullpen, put in 2B Josh VanMeter to pitch. IKF led off with a single. An out later, LeMahieu singled. Marwin Gonzalez, now in for Judge, singled to load the bases. Hicks, who had earlier replaced Carpenter in the lineup, hit a grand slam (4) to make it 14-0. Stanton followed with a HR (21) to make it 15-0. So in this game, both Donaldson/Gallo and Hicks/Stanton each went back-to-back with HR. Torres then singled, and after a force out, Gallo walked. IKF singled to load the bases. Higashioka singled to drive in the final run of the game. 16-0.

The Yanks (59-23) have a 14-game lead over Boston and Tampa Bay in the AL East. Toronto is 14 1/2 back. The Yanks now head to Boston for four games.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI
Judge 3 hits, 4 RBI. Grand slam (30)
Hicks 2 for 2, 4 RBI. Grand slam (4)
Stanton solo HR (21)
Torres 2 hits
Donaldson 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (7)
Gallo solo HR (10)
Kiner-Falefa 4 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (5)

The Yanks hit six HR in the game.

Severino (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.11
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.41 (Combined ERA, 3 teams)