Rangers 3, Yankees 5: Andújar Saves the Day

THE BRONX – Miguel Andújar‘s clutch two-run home run in the seventh inning off Chris Martin proved to be an important differencemaker Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The 23-year-old cracked his 17th homer on the first pitch he saw from Martin, sending a 94-mph fastball into the right field seats. That proved to be the difference as the Yankees claimed a 5-to-3 victory. Giancarlo Stanton singled ahead of Andújar before the rookie connected.

Stanton got the scoring going for the Yankees in the first inning, driving a 3-0 fastball from Drew Hutchison into the left field seats for his 29th homer of the year. Andújar singled one batter later, and Greg Bird lined a double that scored him from first base.

Lance Lynn allowed his first (and only) run as a Yankee in the third inning. Shin-Soo Choo led off with a double to center field, then moved to third on a Rougned Odor ground out to the over-shifted shortstop Didi Gregorius. Elvis Andrus then lined a single to right field that allowed Choo to score.

That lead held until the seventh, when Zach Britton entered. With two outs, Choo and Odor singled, then Andrus walked. Next batter Adrián Beltré worked a walk with the bases loaded, and another run came into score when new reliever Dellin Betances balked in the tying run.

That set the stage for Andújar’s homer, and the rookie came into the game batting .293/.348/.483 in high-leverage situations (per Baseball-Reference). David Robertson and Betances each did not allow a run, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless (yet eventful) top of the ninth.

What’s Next:

The series finishes off with a battle of lefties. CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.49 ERA) will look to reprise his 12-strikeout performance from August 7 against the White Sox. Martin Pérez (2-4, 6.15 ERA) is coming off a no-decision where he allowed three runs in seven innings August 6 against Seattle.

Game 116: Not Another Double-Header Please

No full preview because of personal travel.

Rangers Lineup:

  1. Shin-Soo Choo – RF
  2. Rougned Odor – 2B
  3. Elvis Andrus – SS
  4. Adrián Beltré – DH
  5. Jurickson Profar – 3B
  6. Joey Gallo – LF
  7. Robinson Chirinos – C
  8. Ronaldo Guzmán – 1B
  9. Carlos Tocci – CF

Game 114: Back in the Bronx

The Yankees are back in the Bronx and will stay for an 11-game homestand that begins with three games against the Texas Rangers.

J.A. Happ, whose bout his hand, foot and mouth disease has run its course, returns from the disabled list after missing just one turn in the rotation. Chance Adams took his spot last Saturday in Boston, and was optioned to Triple-A after last night’s game. Happ allowed just one earned run in six innings in his first (and only) start in pinstripes. He threw a bullpen in the Bronx while quarantined from the team, and should be at full strength tonight.

Ariel Jurado gets the ball in what will be his fourth major-league start. His last turn was August 3 against Baltimore, where he allowed two earned runs over five innings. He got the win that night, as well as July 28 against Houston. He made a spot start May 19 but lost that outing.

You’ll never guess who’s in the lineup again! Shane Robinson! He bats ninth in right field. Giancarlo Stanton is the designated hitter once again. Gleyber Torres gets the night off, having playing every game since returning from his hip strain. Neil Walker gets another start at the keystone (Torres played shortstop last night) tonight.

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Aaron Judge ran the bases pre-game but still has yet to pick up a bat. He’s dealing with soreness and limited range of motion in that right wrist. Bryan Hoch says Judge will see team doctor Christopher Ahmad tonight.
  • Gary Sánchez was scheduled to run on the field as part of his rehab work in Tampa. He has been doing hitting work off a tee and by soft toss. He also has been throwing. Hoch indicated Sánchez would be in New York over the weekend to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff. With that in mind, he’d likely join
  • Ken Singleton has moved his retirement back! The YES Network analyst will return to the booth to call “about 24 [games] in 2019,” per NJ Advance Media’s Randy Miller. Andrew Marchand, former Yankees beat writer for ESPN and now sports media columnist for the New York Post, had reported earlier in the season that YES was working hard to have him reconsider retiring after 2018.

Yankees 7, White Sox 3: Sevy + Stanton = Sweep

On the right side of a Sox sweep this time.

CHICAGO – For the second time in three games, the Yankees scored seven runs en route to a win in Chicago.

Luis Severino definitely took a step in the right direction Wednesday night, settling in after a rocky first inning where he allowed two runs to throw seven innings and strike out eight batters.

José Abreu and Daniel Palka recorded an RBI double and single, respectively, in the first, but Sevy locked things down from there. A solo home run allowed to Tim Anderson leading off the fifth inning was the only mistake he made from that point on. His fastball velocity, a concern of many, was a consistent 97.05 mph and his command appears to have gotten back on track.

The Yankees offense stepped up behind their ace so that he could work through his issues. Finding themselves down by two in the second inning, the Bombers stormed back with a six-run frame. Gleyber Torres led off with a walk, Neil Walker singled then Austin Romine and Shane Robinson hit ground ball RBI singles to tie the score at two.

After Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch, Giancarlo Stanton stepped into the box against Lucas Giolito. He worked the count to 3-0 and fouled two pitches to make the count full. He lofted the sixth pitch down the right-field line, and barely snuck it fair inside the foul pole for a grand slam. His 27th home run of the year capped a very productive frame for the Yanks.

In the fifth inning, Aaron Hicks continued to increase his career-high in home runs by cranking his 19th of the year on a hanging curveball from Giolito.

What’s Next:

J.A. Happ returns from his hand, foot and mouth disease to welcome the Texas Rangers for a three-game series. Reporters indicated after the game that Chance Adams would be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear his roster spot.

Yankees 4, White Sox 3: Miguel Andújar, Sonny Gray Star in Wild Extra-Innings Win

CHICAGO – If someone told me pre-game that Sonny Gray would be a key piece to tonight’s win, I wouldn’t believe you.

The right-hander who watched Lance Lynn throw 7⅓ shutout innings in his rotation spot last night took on his new role in a tough situation. After Zach Britton blew a save by allowing a two-run home run to José Abreu in the bottom of the 10th inning, Gray entered in the 11th and got nine outs while allowing just one hit and one walk.

The Yankees got the lead for good in the 13th inning. Didi Gregorius worked a one-out walk, and moved into scoring position on Luke Voit‘s first Yankees single. Two pitches later, Miguel Andújar golfed a changeup from Luis Avilán into left field to score Didi.

Unfortunately, the Yankees thought they had won the game three innings prior. Brett Gardner worked a walk in the 10th after pinch-hitting for Shane Robinson in the seventh, and Giancarlo Stanton powered a two-run shot off Tyler Danish to give the Yanks a 3-1 advantage.

That did not stand, however, as Britton could not hold the lead. Omar Narváez was drilled as the first batter and then Abreu powered a 1-1 sinker deep to center to tie the game.

The first seven innings of the game proved to be a pitchers’ duel. CC Sabathia struck out 12 White Sox hitters in his 5⅔ innings of work. Reynaldo López did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against the Yankees. Abreu hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Andújar homered in the seventh for the only runs in regulation.

What’s Next:

Luis Severino faces off against Lucas Giolito looking for a Yankees sweep.