Yankees 12, White Sox 3: Andújar Backs Tanaka’s Strong Performance

Miguel Andújar collected three hits and four RBIs to lead the Yankees past the Chicago White Sox by a 12 to 3 score.

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“I’m super happy. To have the opportunity to contribute and have the team win…” Andújar said through interpreter Marlon Abreu. “This is my dream come true.”

Masahiro Tanaka threw six innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. He struck out five batters and walked two. It was the second straight quality start for the Yankee right-hander. The Yankee bullpen allowed just two hits and one walk in relief.

The Yankees got an RBI apiece from Brett Gardner, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler WadeDidi Gregorius and Aaron Judge each drove in two runners. Andújar is the first Yankee ever with three hits and three RBI in his MLB debut. Judge also hit his MLB-leading 27th home run in sixth inning.

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The Yankees go for the series win tomorrow night at 8:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time behind Luis Cessa.


There is rampant speculation surrounding minor league outfielder Dustin Fowler. He was removed quickly from a resumed game suspended in the International League last night. He was not in the lineup for the originally scheduled game, but was visible in the dugout for the entire time. Fowler has been long considered a good outfield prospect, and is either on his way to the big league club or to someone else in the trade. Scranton’s manager Al Pedrique said it was “out of [his] hands” and that we would know “tomorrow”.

Game 76: Baby Bombers Take Over

When the Yankees take the field Wednesday night, six out of nine starters will be home-grown products. One of the three that isn’t: starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

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With the Yankees stretched thin because of a torrent of injuries, the team is relying on two top prospects to help carry the team. No. 9 prospect Tyler Wade gets his first career start in left field, while No. 11 prospect Miguel Andújar makes his MLB debut as the designated hitter.

Masahiro Tanaka comes into the start with good momentum. He mesmerized Texas Rangers hitters through eight shutout innings his last time out. Tanaka consistently pitches better in night games, and that should work to his advantage tonight. He also beat the White Sox April 19 behind seven innings of one-run ball.

Carlos Rodon makes his season debut for the White Sox tonight. The young lefty only pitched in one Spring Training game before being placed on the 60-day disabled list with left biceps bursitis. In three career starts against the Yankees, Rodon is 1-2 with a 9.64 ERA.

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Tyler Austin is out of the lineup tonight, which indicates that his hamstring is still bugging him. Austin Romine starts for the second consecutive night at first base. Brett Gardner, who entered last night’s game as a pinch-runner, shifts to center field to give Jacoby Ellsbury a breather.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – CF
  2. Aaron Judge – RF
  3. Gary Sánchez – C
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Austin Romine – 1B
  7. Miguel Andújar – DH
  8. Tyler Wade – LF
  9. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
Chicago White Sox
  1. Yolmer Sánchez – 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. José Abreu – 1B
  4. Avisaíl García – RF
  5. Todd Frazier – 3B
  6. Matt Davidson – DH
  7. Tim Anderson – SS
  8. Omar Narváez – C
  9. Adam Engel – CF

Yankees Looking at Marlins’ Prado, Bour

Bob Nightengale of USA Today has reported that the Yankees have inquired about Miami Marlins’ players Martín Prado and Justin Bour.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today has reported that the Yankees have inquired about Miami Marlins’ players Martín Prado and Justin Bour.

The Marlins are looking to rebuild once again, having already traded Adeiny Hechavarría to Tampa Bay. Prado, a former Yankee utility man, and Bour, a lefty-swinging first baseman, would fit well in the Bronx. However, there are some issues.

Prado has been limited to just 21 games so far this year with a hamstring strain suffered in the World Baseball Classic. He is slashing .277/.299/.398 in those games. He also is not cheap. He is signed through 2019, and is still owed $28.5 million after this season. At age 33, he also does not fit into the Yankee future plans. This trade would only work if the Marlins give the Yankees some kind of salary relief on Prado.

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Bour, on the other hand, seems like he would be a perfect fit. Slashing .293/.365/.572 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs, the 29-year-old would be under team control until 2021. Players of that talent level with that kind of control are not cheap, unfortunately. The Yankees would have to put together a strong package to acquire Bour. But, his left-handed power swing would do incredibly well at Yankee Stadium.

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Any discussions between the two teams are preliminary. They have been trade partners before, as the Yankees traded Prado and David Phelps to Miami for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo Germán. It would be interesting to see if the Yankees repurpose young prospects in order to acquire MLB-ready talent. I personally don’t think either player is worth it yet.

Miguel Andújar Promoted to MLB, Holliday to DL, Carter to AAA

After earning his promotion from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar is headed to The Show.

UPDATE (3:05 p.m. EDT): The team officially announced that Matt Holliday is heading to the disabled list with a viral infection. That clears an active roster spot for Miguel Andújar.

In the same announcement, the team also said that DFA’d first baseman Chris Carter had accepted his outright assignment to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Carter, in effect, replaces Andújar on the RailRiders’ roster.


After earning his promotion from AA Trenton to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar is headed to The Show. There are no reports on a counter-move, but Andújar himself tweeted from an airplane confirming his call-up.

Matt Holliday has not played since June 24 because of a debilitating allergic reaction. The most logical move would be to place him on the disabled list, retroactive to June 24. The Yankees were forced to promote No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade yesterday because of an injury to Starlin Castro.

Andújar’s hitting prowess prompted an invitation to Major League Spring Training, where he slashed .250/.276/.393 in 16 games. He started 2017 with AA Trenton Thunder, where he led the Eastern League with 52 RBIs at the time of his promotion to AAA. He continued to impress upon arrival in the International League, where he slashed .308/.379/.462 in seven games.

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Overall, his minor league slash of .312/.346/.491 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs makes the Yankees hope he can jumpstart their offense. With Chase Headley hitting .353 in his last 10 games, Andújar is not taking over the third base job. Andújar’s glove-work is also a bit shaky, as he has committed 11 errors so far in the minor leagues.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Yankees 3, White Sox 4: Shaky Bullpen Leads to Abreu Walkoff

Luis Severino struck out a career-high 12 batters through seven solid innings, but the Yankee bullpen gave up three runs in the last two frames to give the game to the White Sox.

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José Abreu ripped a two-run single off Dellin Betances in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a walk-off win. For the second consecutive night, the Bombers struggled to find a way to finish the game. Severino didn’t walk a single batter, but Domingo Germán, Tyler Clippard and Betances combined to walk six batters.

Clippard pitched admirably, fighting an inconsistent strike zone from Joe West to only let one inherited runner score. Betances, however, could not find the strike zone and allowed the winning runs to score.

The Yankees put together a three-run rally in the top of the eighth. Tyler Wade walked in his first big league plate appearance, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and then Aaron Judge tied the game with an RBI single. Gary Sánchez followed with a two-RBI double to put the Yankees up 3 to 1.

As the trends continue to show, the bullpen has been unable to get it done. Joe Girardi said after the game that versatile reliever Chad Green and closer Aroldis Chapman were both unavailable due to overuse in recent contests. That forced the Yankees’ usage of Germán and Clippard.

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Game 75: Keep the Momentum Going

As the Yankees struggle with more injury news, they look to build on last night’s win behind Luis Severino.

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The young righty looks to rebound from allowing a season-high six runs June 22 against the Angels. This start marks his second time facing the White Sox this season. He got the loss April 18, when he allowed four runs through eight innings. Through seven starts, Severino has yet to receive a loss on the road.

Tough lefty José Quintana counters for the White Sox. The Colombian has been linked to the Yankees through trade rumors for months on end, but has stayed put to become the White Sox ace. An All-Star last season, Quintana is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in June. He did not pitch when the two teams met in April.

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Brett Gardner gets the night off against the tough lefty. He is 2-for-7 (.286) lifetime against Quintana, but just 7-for-42 (.189) in his last 10 games. Rob Refsnyder starts in his place. With Starlin Castro on the DL, the Yankees promoted No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade. However, he will be on the bench in favor of Ronald Torreyes. Matt Holliday is still inexplicably sick, and Tyler Austin‘s hamstring is sore, so the latter is the designated hitter. Austin Romine starts at first base in his place.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Chase Headley – 3B
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Gary Sánchez – C
  5. Didi Gregorius – SS
  6. Tyler Austin – DH
  7. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  8. Austin Romine – 1B
  9. Rob Refsnyder – LF
Chicago White Sox
  1. Yolmer Sanchez – 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. José Abreu – 1B
  4. Avisaíl García – RF
  5. Todd Frazier – 3B
  6. Matt Davidson – DH
  7. Tim Anderson – SS
  8. Kevan Smith – C
  9. Adam Engel – CF

Yankees 6, White Sox 5: Yanks Avoid Bullpen Collapse, Take Series Opener

What looked like a sure win for the Yankees turned dicey once Jordan Montgomery handed it over to the Yankee bullpen.

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Montgomery turned in one of his best starts of the year, allowing just one run on a Todd Frazier solo home run. He allowed just four other hits, one walk and struck out eight batters. The bullpen had a tough time keeping it together after that.

The Yankee offense scored at least six runs for the second consecutive day. Tyler Austin recorded two RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth. Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine each hit sacrifice flies too, in the fourth and sixth, respectively. Chase Headley added an RBI single on his 3-for-4 night.

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Jonathan Holder entered in the eighth, and looked to be out of the inning on a double play ball. But, second baseman Rob Refsnyder, who entered when Starlin Castro was injured, pulled Austin off first base with his throw. Joe Girardi then brought Dellin Betances to strike out Frazier and put out the fire.

In the ninth, things unraveled to make the final frame quite uncomfortable. Chasen Shreve allowed consecutive singles, and then Tim Anderson hit a three-run home run to make it a 6 to 4 game. Enter Aroldis Chapman. The closer gave up a single to Melky Cabrera who scored on a double by José Abreu. But, Chapman beared down to get a ground out and fly out to end the threat.


Castro went down in the third inning with what was diagnosed as a strained right hamstring. Reports indicate that he will be headed to the disabled list, and the Yankees will promote utility player Tyler Wade to take his place. Wade, the Yankees No. 11 prospect, has been training at every position except for catcher and first base for the Yankees. The club has not confirmed the move yet.

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The move has caused a ripple effect through the Yankee farm system. No. 4 prospect Jorge Mateo was promoted to AA Trenton to replace Abiatal Avelino, who is headed to AAA Scranton to replace Wade.

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