Yankees 10, Orioles 2: That’s More Like It

Of course, Cessa throws six scoreless when the Yankees score 10 behind him.

After an incredibly frustrating opener to the doubleheader Monday in Baltimore, the Yankees made sure to not make the same mistake twice. They clobbered Orioles’ pitching in game two to take a decisive 10-to-2 victory in the nightcap.

Seventeen hits provided 10 runs of offense to back a surprisingly effective Luis Cessa, who pitched six scoreless innings while scattering three hits. The Yankees got homers and RBI doubles from Brett Gardner and Austin Romine, as part of a four-hit night for Gardy and a two-hit evening for Romine. Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton and Neil Walker all picked up two hits. Every other Yankees starter recorded at least one hit (Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Gregorius in the eighth inning and flew out in his only plate appearance).

The second game Monday night was a beautiful example of every player doing their job. The hitters produced plenty of offense, Cessa gave the team a quality start in a pinch and 26th man Giovanny Gallegos made sure the Yankee bullpen didn’t get overtaxed. Gallegos’ performance is of paramount importance given the next two starters’ possibility of struggling. Masahiro Tanaka is returning from injury, while Sonny Gray has proven time and again that he simply can’t give the team length.

Postgame, both Cessa and Gallegos were optioned and “returned,” respectively, back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Coincidentally, they were sent down right in time for the International League All-Star break.

What’s Next

Masahiro Tanaka comes off of the disabled list and returns to the rotation to face Andrew Cashner of the Orioles.

Rosenthal: Yankees Emerging in Manny Machado Sweepstakes

Well, this was unexpected.

Ken Rosenthal is reporting via The Athletic  that “according to major-league sources, the Yankees are showing increased interest in [Manny] Machado,” the Orioles star infielder who was just named the starting shortstop for the American League All-Star team.

An acquisition of Machado would leave a lot to unpack. He’s said he wants to be a shortstop, so what happens to Didi Gregorius? Miguel Andújar has been impressive at third base: does he end up in the minors or shipped out for a top-line starting pitcher? What about Brandon Drury?

Machado has made it clear that he would like to be a shortstop in the future, but defensive metrics show that third base is where he’s truly elite on defense. At the plate, his skills continue to impress: .309/.379/.555 with 21 home runs in 2018.

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports confirmed the Yankees have checked in with the Orioles on “Machado, starting pitching and relievers,” which would be congruent with reports from Rosenthal and Fancred’s Jon Heyman. Heyman linked the Yankees to Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Would the Yankees trade Andújar for an ace (think Jacob deGrom) if it meant landing Machado? Would they beef up the prospect package to an AL East rival if it meant the inclusion of Britton? It would certainly be a blockbuster, but there’s really only one way to find out.

If the Yankees can ensure Machado would willingly play third base, and can make the money work so that they can remain under the luxury tax threshold to add starting pitching, they should definitely make the Machado trade if the price is right.

Game 89: How About We Don’t Lose to Baltimore?

Well, it’s time to flush Game One out of our systems. Game Two is upon us.

Luis Cessa makes his second spot start of the season. The righty got smacked around a bit June 27 by the Phillies, where allowed three earned runs on five hits. The three runs scored on a Rhys Hoskins first-row home run.

Former Yankees farmhand Yefry Ramírez gets the ball for the O’s in the nightcap. He has pitched well thus far, allowing just four earned runs 14⅓ innings. He also faced the Phillies in his last start, going five innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on just one hit. However, he took the loss in that outing.


  • Brandon Drury was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Cessa tonight. Boone called it “one of those awful decisions,” and said Drury does not belong at Triple-A.

Baltimore Orioles Lineup

  1. Tim Beckham – 3B
  2. Jonathan Schoop – 2B
  3. Manny Machado – SS
  4. Mark Trumbo – DH
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Danny Valencia – RF
  7. Jace Peterson – LF
  8. Joey Rickard – CF
  9. Chance Sisco – C

Yankees 4, Orioles 5: Or Not…

CC Sabathia ended up staying for a few batters too many, as Danny Valencia‘s three-run home run proved fatal in the opening game of Monday’s doubleheader in Baltimore.

In the bottom of the sixth, the veteran lefty walked Mark Trumbo, allowed a “double” to Jonathan Schoop (hard ground ball right at Neil Walker that should have been at least a 3-6 force) and then Valencia took CC 415 feet to dead central.

The Yanks scored first as Giancarlo Stanton ripped his 22nd homer of the year in the second inning. In the third, Kyle Higashioka doubled, Tyler Wade singled and then two consecutive singles from Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees two more runs.

In the bottom of the fourth, Trumbo (who came into the game .282/.300/.462 lifetime against Sabathia) smoked a two-run shot to make it 3-2. A Stanton single, Clint Frazier groundout and single from Walker gave the Yankees their fourth run.

It’s pretty clear that Aaron Boone could not use his usual pitching strategy because today is a doubleheader. He left Sabathia in after the leadoff walk to Trumbo, which should have spelt the end for him. He definitely should have been lifted after the Schoop double. It felt like Jonathan Holder was too little too late. Also, I find it quite odd that he went to the long-man, A.J. Cole, in the first game of the doubleheader, when Luis Cessa is scheduled to start the second game. I guess that’s why they recalled Giovanny Gallegos, though.

Wow. That was one of the most frustrating experiences for the 2018 Yankees. I hope the bats can break out to back Cessa because their inability to beat the Orioles is downright ridiculous.

What’s Next

More baseball. Luis Cessa has been recalled to face former farmhand Yefry Ramírez in the nightcap. Ramírez was traded to the Orioles for international bonus pool space (and a 40-man roster spot) minutes before the Sonny Gray acquistion at last year’s trade deadline.

Brandon Drury was optioned to Triple-A to create an active roster spot for Cessa.

Game 88: Let’s Play (and Win) Two!

Well, these games had to be made up at some point. Might as well win two in one day.

CC Sabathia gets the call in game one of today’s doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles. The veteran lefty continues to anchor the back of the Yankees’ rotation, pitching to a solid 3.02 ERA through 16 starts so far on the season. He has won each of his last two starts, pitching seven and six innings respectively against Boston and Atlanta. The Orioles roughed him up for three runs over four innings in a game the Yanks eventually lost in 14 innings.

The O’s send righty Jimmy Yacabonis to the hill for his second career appearance as a starter. He started June 28 against Seattle, pitching into the fifth inning and allowing two earned runs. Yacabonis was recalled by the team as the “26th Man” for the doubleheader, so it’s likely that he’s headed back down to Norfolk tomorrow.

This lineup embodies all of the craziness of a doubleheader. It seems there’s a B-team and an A-team, and the B-team is starting behind Sabathia. Clint Frazier is starting in left field. Neil Walker is back at first base, while Tyler Wade gets his first start at second since being recalled. That pushes Brandon Drury over to third base, where he makes his third consecutive start. Kyle Higashioka catches Sabathia.

Giovanny Gallegos has been recalled as the Yankees’ “26th Man” for the doubleheader. It’s worth noting that Luis Cessa is still scheduled as the starter for Game 2, so expect a roster move to be made between games.


Some injury updates:

  • Masahiro Tanaka will return from the disabled list to start tomorrow.
  • Jonathan Loáisiga (right shoulder inflammation) received a cortisone shot in that shoulder and will be shut down for a few weeks.
  • Gary Sánchez was seen participating in agility drills in the outfield today, and is scheduled for on-field batting practice tomorrow. Sánchez could be sent on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend, per Aaron Boone.

Baltimore Orioles Lineup

  1. Tim Beckham – 3B
  2. Adam Jones – CF
  3. Manny Machado – SS
  4. Mark Trumbo – DH
  5. Jonathan Schoop – 2B
  6. Danny Valencia – RF
  7. Joey Rickard – LF
  8. Trey Mancini – 1B
  9. Caleb Joseph – C

SP Notes: Eovaldi, Happ

Could we have a second consecutive summer where Brian Cashman swings a reunion trade?

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported yesterday that the Yankees were one of many teams in attendance scouting right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who dominated the Mets through seven innings of one-hit ball. The 28-year-old racked up nine strikeouts without a walk.

Of course, Eovaldi had shown flashes of that talent in his 51 games in pinstripes. He went 23-11 with a 4.45 ERA in that time, but the results never seemed to match his stuff. Disaster struck in August 2016, when it was revealed that Eovaldi had a torn flexor tendon and partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.The Rays signed him as a reclamation project, giving him a one-year deal worth $2 million that also had a matching club option for $2 million. He rehabbed throughout 2017, and returned to pitch six no-hit innings in his return from the 60-day disabled list in 2018.

Eovaldi is a rental starter who could be had for much cheaper then someone under years of control. The Yankees have been known to target young starters who are cost controlled so that they can spend big money elsewhere. That would not be the case here but an acquisition of Eovaldi would be akin to the Jaime García trade of 2017. That trade was intended to add depth so that the younger pitchers on the staff could limit their innings.


On the J.A. Happ front, it seems the Yankees’ bludgeoning of the veteran lefty has led to a dispute between the Blue Jays and Yankees about his value. Buster Olney of ESPN reports the teams are having “continued conversations” about Happ, but they are “haggling over the price tag”.

Olney thinks the best course of action for the Yankees is to wait out the Blue Jays and the rest of the trade market to see if any better starting pitchers become available. I agree with Buster here, since Happ really doesn’t seem like the type of arm to be a difference-maker in a playoff series.

Now, I could understand this kind of trade if it would be a García-like maneuver. But Happ can’t be the guy they put all their trust in to deliver in the postseason.

Four (Could Be Five) Yankees Named to All-Star Team

The Yankees will have four representatives on the American League squad for this year’s All-Star Game in Washington on July 17.

They are:

  • RF Aaron Judge (starting)
  • LHP Aroldis Chapman
  • RHP Luis Severino
  • 2B Gleyber Torres

Each of the Yankees voted in as a reserve was selected by the player vote.

Giancarlo Stanton is eligible to be voted in as part of the “Final Vote” campaign. The Yankees have partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers in an attempt to get Stanton and breakout infielder Max Muncy voted as the National League final vote candidate.

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