The Yanks were rained out tonight and will play a day/night separate admissions DH against KC on Saturday. Luis Severino is scheduled to start the afternoon game and CC Sabathia the night game.
Tyler Wade was brought up to fill in Aaron Judge’s roster spot.
J.A. Happ will make his Yankees’ debut Sunday, with Masahiro Tanaka going Tuesday. That will set up Severino, CC, Happ and Tanaka for the Boston series next weekend, as Sonny Gray gets bypassed.
Tony Cloninger died Tuesday at the age of 77. Cloninger pitched in the majors from 1961-1972 with the Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta) from 1961-1968, the Reds 1968-1971 and the Cardinals 1972.
In 1964, he won 19 games for the Milwaukee Braves, and in 1965, the last year the Braves were in Milwaukee, he won 24 and finished 28th in MVP voting.
He was 113-97, 4.07 for his career, ERA+ 88. His 162 g. average was 13-11, 4.07.
As a hitter, he hit .192 with 11 HR. On July 3, 1966, he hit two grand slams in the same game, and drove in 9 runs. He hit 5 HR that season.
as of 2018, this stands as the Braves’ franchise record for RBI in a game. Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and the only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game.
After retiring, Cloninger served as a bullpen coach for the New York Yankees (1992–2001), where he was a member of five American League champions and four World Series champion teams, and pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox (2002 through early 2003). He was forced to step down from the latter post when he underwent successful treatment for bladder cancer, which had been diagnosed in spring training. In 2018, Cloninger began his 15th consecutive season as a player development consultant for the Red Sox.
He got in 3 postseason games for the 1970 NL pennant winning Reds, starting one game in the NLCS, and starting and losing Game 3 of the WS. He was 0-1, 5.84 in postseason play. He had gone 9-7, 3.83, ERA+ 109 in 30 games (18 starts) for the Reds that year.