Bad news came from Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday night, where the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate was playing. Outfielder (and prominent trade chip) Clint Frazier was removed prior to his second plate appearance after attempting a diving catch in the outfield in the first inning.
Conor Foley, a RailRiders writer for The Times-Tribune in Scranton, said Frazier was removed “for precautionary reasons related to possible concussion symptoms” and the outfielder would “see a doctor soon”.
SWB manager Bobby Mitchell said Frazier was feeling “lightheaded,” and had expressed “he wasn’t ‘feeling too good'” prior to first pitch. “There’s a chance he could go on the DL just because he’s had the concussion syndrome thing and you want to be careful with that,” Mitchell told DJ Eberle, a RailRiders beat reporter for the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre. “Don’t know exactly the move and how he’ll feel tomorrow, but there’s a possibility that, yeah, he could [end up on the DL].”
Frazier had been optioned by the Yankees on Monday, but took the full 72 hours allotted to him to report to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since he never would have gotten an All-Star break. He was batting .265/.390/.353 (115 wRC+) in 41 big-league plate appearances, and an impressive .311/.389/.574 (170 wRC+) in 216 International League plate appearances.
Cleveland prospect infielder Yu Chang hit a line drive that he made a diving attempt for but came up empty. It ended up being an RBI triple fielded by right fielder Billy McKinney.
The 23-year-old was called out on strikes to begin the game, and was pinch-hit for by Shane Robinson when his spot in the order was due to hit in the second inning. Robinson flew out and proceeded to take over in center field for the rest of the game.
The Internet went into a fury once reports indicated Frazier had been lifted, especially with Trade Deadline madness and Frazier’s pedigree as a trade chip. Recent reports indicate that Brian Cashman has been shopping him aggressively in an effort to shore up the Yankees’ starting rotation. That plan now hangs in the balance as Cashman and the Yankees anxiously await updates on Frazier’s condition.
The Yankees recalled Brandon Drury to replace Frazier on the active roster for tonight’s series opener with the Mets.
Recap video available at MLB.com: https://www.mlb.com/video/recap-cle-6-nyy-5/c-2266838783?tid=8879974
- Brett Gardner LF
- Aaron Judge DH
- Aaron Hicks CF
- Giancarlo Stanton RF
- Greg Bird 1B
- Miguel Andujar 3B
- Neil Walker 2B
- Kyle Higashioka C
- Tyler Wade SS
- Francisco Lindor SS
- Michael Brantley LF
- Jose Ramirez 3B
- Edwin Encarnacion DH
- Yonder Alonso 1B
- Jason Kipnis 2B
- Tyler Naquin RF
- Yan Gomes C
- Greg Allen CF
CLEVELAND – What was billed as the ultimate pitchers dual ended up being a battle of bullpen decision making ultimately won by Aaron Boone and the Yankees.
Knowing that his bullpen is his team’s weakest point, Cleveland manager Terry Francona pushes his ace Corey Kluber to throw 114 pitches, while Boone had Luis Severino removed after just 94. The pivotal moment of the game was a clutch double by Aaron Hicks that gave the Yankees a lead they would never relinquish in the eighth inning.
Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a walk, and was in motion on a 3-2 count when Hicks smoked the ball over the head of Cleveland center fielder Greg Allen. Kluber was lifted, and ex-Yankee Óliver Pérez came into face Greg Bird. Hicks barely, and I mean BARELY, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Bird.
Cleveland greeted Severino rudely in the first inning. Francisco Lindor singled, moved to second on a groundout and then scored on a José Ramírez RBI single. Ramírez was then throw out trying to steal second base, but more trouble followed. Edwin Encarnación smacked his 21st homer of the year.
A two-run homer for Brett Gardner tied the game at two in the third, but Cleveland rallied to get another run on a Yonder Alonso single. That lead held for another half inning, when Gregorius yet another home run off Kluber. Bird doubled to score Hicks later in the inning. Gardy homered again in the top of the ninth to ice the game, giving the Yankees a decisive 7-to-4 advantage.
Domingo Germán faces off against Shane Bieber.
The Yankees somehow manage to play better against higher-quality teams, and that will be put to the test tonight in Cleveland. Luis Severino meets his match as he takes on Corey Kluber.
Sevy has been unreal this season. His 2.12 ERA on the season is good for third in all of Major League Baseball. He hasn’t lost since June 10, and in that span (five starts), he owns a 1.67 ERA and has struck out 34 batters compared to just eight walks. He is 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in four career starts against Cleveland.
Facing Kluber does not feel as intimidating after watching Didi Gregorius take him deep twice in Game 5 of the 2017 American League Division Series. The stats, however, show he is still one of the most dominant pitchers in the league. He enters 12-4 with a 2.49 ERA. He pitched well his last time out July 7 against Oakland, but got the no-decision. He pitched seven innings allowing no runs on five hits. He has great career stats against the Yankees: 5-1, 1.80 ERA in seven starts.
Same lineup as last night but swap Neil Walker in for Tyler Wade. Aaron Judge is back in right field, while Giancarlo Stanton is the designated hitter.
- Unless you live under a rock, you’ve likely heard of the swirling trade rumors connecting the Yankees and Orioles INF Manny Machado. The Yanks apparently have made a “strong” offer to the O’s that does not include OF Clint Frazier or LHP Justus Sheffield. The Orioles reportedly want close to MLB-ready talent, and either Frazier or Sheffield would represent that. The Yankees are vying with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers for Machado, and are also in on LHP Zach Britton, per sources.
- Gleyber Torres was seen taking ground balls before the game, so he’s continuing to progress back from a hip strain. Gary Sánchez ran the bases and is expected to be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment before the end of the four-game set in Cleveland.
- Francisco Lindor – SS
- Michael Brantley – LF
- José Ramírez – 3B
- Edwin Encarnación – DH
- Yonder Alonso – 1B
- Jason Kipnis – 2B
- Tyler Naquin – RF
- Yan Gomes – C
- Greg Allen CF
BALTIMORE – It’s an odd feeling to be celebrating a four-game series split with the worst team in the American League.
And yet, it’s worth celebrating the game for the Yankees where so many positives happen to players that have been mired in bad streaks for so long. Sonny Gray pitched six scoreless innings, and looked as sharp as ever. His velocity hit 95+ mph 13 times, the highest number of times he’s hit that this season. It looked like Austin Romine had him focus solely on sinkers and curveballs, and that might just be what Gray needs.
Greg Bird launched his first career grand slam, as his bat continues to heat up just in time for the All-Star Break. His .250/.407/.550 line over his past six games shows just how good he can be. I’m glad he could bounce back after having the game-winning hit clank off his glove.
Tyler Wade, who began his 2018 season with a 3-for-35 in 13 games, clocked three hits including his first big league homer. The silent treatment he got in the dugout was absolutely priceless. Wade is hitting .444/.444/.889 in six games since being recalled to replace Gleyber Torres.
Giancarlo Stanton collected RBI singles in the first and ninth innings, while Romine cranked home run No. 6 on the season in the seventh inning. Aaron Hicks should’ve been given an RBI infield single, but the Orioles official scorer decided to rule it a fielder’s choice + E1 instead (It was ruled a missed catch error on the pitcher fielding a chopper; something I’ve never seen before).
The battle of the aces. Luis Severino (14-2, 2.12 ERA) faces Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.49 ERA) in a marquee matchup in Cleveland. This is the opener of a four-game set from Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The words are written in huge letters on the whiteboard in the visiting clubhouse in Baltimore:
After last night’s incredibly frustrating walk-off loss to the Orioles, they aim to turn it around and split the series with a win today. Sonny Gray takes the mound tasked with pitching the Yankees to that victory, in what could be the most important outing of his pinstriped tenure. It’s no secret Gray has been awful, and a good start tonight could save him from being traded away as a salary dump before the July 31 deadline. Gray has a 9.00 ERA in his last five starts and needs a good outing against a bad team to make himself look better. In his career, Gray is 4-4 with a 4.64 ERA against the Orioles, and 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in five career starts at Camden Yards.
On the other side of the pitching matchup is Orioles ace Dylan Bundy. The 25-year-old right-hander carries a 4.08 ERA in 17 starts heading into tonight. Despite all their matchups already this season, the Yankees have yet to face Bundy in 2018. In his career, Bundy is 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA in seven games (five starts) against the Yankees. He got roughed up his last time out July 6 against Minnesota, allowing six runs (five earned) in 3⅓ innings.
Nothing super crazy being done with the Yankees lineup tonight. Didi Gregorius moves back into the No. 3 slot, while Aaron Hicks slides down to No. 5 in the order. Greg Bird, on the heels of a four-RBI night, gets back into the No. 6 slot. Miguel Andújar goes down to No. 7, while Tyler Wade gets the start at second base and bats ninth.
- Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres are continuing to progress in their respective rehab processes. The Yankees are sending head athletic trainer Steve Donohue to Washington with Torres during the All-Star break so he can keep his rehab regimen up.
- Lots of trade rumors connecting the Yankees to Orioles INF Manny Machado, with Jon Morosi of MLB.com reporting the Orioles would trade Machado to the Bronx if LHP Justus Sheffield is included in the deal. It’s unclear if Brian Cashman would move Sheffield exclusively for Machado, especially since the team has been linked to LHP Zach Britton as well.
Baltimore Orioles Lineup
- Tim Beckham – 3B
- Adam Jones – CF
- Manny Machado – SS
- Mark Trumbo – DH
- Jonathan Schoop – 2B
- Chris Davis – 1B
- Danny Valencia – RF
- Joey Rickard – LF
- Caleb Joseph – C