A.J. Burnett will be on the mound as the Yanks are on the road today vs. the Nationals. It’s a 1 p.m. game. Details when available.
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Russell Martin C
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Jorge Vazquez 1B
Ramiro Pena 3B
Justin Maxwell LF
Melky Mesa CF
A.J. Burnett P
It is too bad Cliff Lee didn’t appear to check into the Yankees’ farm system. I know, prospects are potential, and potential means you haven’t done it yet. But it appears that age may have been one reason Lee didn’t go to NY, and why he had the Bombers third on his list. From MLBTR:
In an interview today on Philadelphia’s WIP Radio, Cliff Lee said that his top priority as a free agent was to join the team with the best chance of winning. After the Phillies, his next choices were the Rangers and the Yankees, in that order. New York was the third choice since, Lee says, “I felt like with what the Red Sox had done and it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older, but I liked the Rangers.”
Also from MLBTR:
The Yankees have agreed to terms with Dominican right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Paniagua, 20, for $1.1MM, according to Badler. Paniagua, who had previously been suspended by Major League Baseball for one year for age and identity fraud, is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Badler writes. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and can touch 98 mph, while scouts are mixed on his secondary pitches. The signing of a previously suspended player for fraud is not unprecedented in MLB nor for the Yankees, for the matter, as Badler notes. Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals and Jose Rafael DePaula of the Bombers are two such examples.
A.J. went 4, and only made one mistake which was hit for a 2-run HR. 4 IP, 2R, 2H, 0 walks and 4 K. Jorge Vazquez has an RBI single and a 2-run HR, the other run came in on an RBI single by Cano. Chavez will most likely get the job, but Vazquez is opening eyes with his bat. 4-2 Yanks after 4 1/2.
Make it 4-3 after 5. Hector Noesi gave up a HR.
Noesi went 3 IP. Not good. 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
It’s tied at 5 after 7 1/2. Cano reached on a 3=base error and scored on a Pena SF for the Yanks’ fifth run.
So far, I’m much more impressed with Banuelos and Betances, who are AA-bound, than with the pitchers like Noesi and Phelps who are AAA-bound. It appears as if Banuelos and Betances could leap-frog some AAA pitchers quite quickly.
Vazquez 3 hits, 3 RBI today.
Adam Warren pitched a scoreless 8th, but in the bottom of the 9th, Eduardo Nunez made a two-base error. Warren was pulled for Robert “Dead” Fish (Rule 5). A bunt moved the runner to 3rd. Phenom Bryce Harper was HBP, then an intentional walk loaded the bases as the Yanks looked for the DP. Dan Turpen, another Rule 5, came in and gave up a game-winning single. 6-5 Nationals. Yanks drop to 6-9-2.
Warren 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 hit, 0 walks or K. Fish 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 HBP, 1 walk, 0 K.
Turpen 1 batter, a single.
Vazquez had 3 of the Yanks’ 6 hits.