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Game 151: Don’t Let Them Clinch Tonight

The Yankees look to push back the Red Sox celebration as long as they can, as they look to take the first two of three from Boston on Wednesday. Luis Severino, who left his last outing after just 83 pitches with two outs in the sixth inning, looks to get over a significant bump in his season. He’s given up a 6.43 ERA in 11 starts since July 12. His counterpart is frequent Yankee opponent David Price. Price has a 1.56 ERA and five wins in nine starts since the All-Star break. But, he’s 0-5 with a 10.44 ERA in five Yankee Stadium starts since joining the Red Sox. One of these streaks will have to give, and the Yankees are hoping for the latter.

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Austin Romine was unavailable off the bench because of a sore neck. He reported feeling better today, and will be available off the bench.
  • Aroldis Chapman has been activated from the disabled list after missing 28 days with tendinitis in his left knee.

Red Sox Lineup:

  1. Mookie Betts – DH
  2. Andrew Benintendi – LF
  3. J.D. Martinez – RF
  4. Xander Bogaerts – SS
  5. Mitch Moreland – 1B
  6. Ian Kinsler – 2B
  7. Eduardo Núñez – 3B
  8. Sandy León – C
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF

Game 124: Sweep Your Old Friends, Happ

With the first two games of the series already in their back pocket, the Yankees look to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays out of town behind an old friend of their’s.

J.A. Happ gets the ball, making his first start against the Blue Jays since July 25, 2015, as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Happ has been better than advertised since coming to the Yankees for a package of Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney. He has won all three of his starts, and sports a stingy 1.89 ERA in 19 total innings as a Yankee.

His counterpart will be 24-year-old lefty Ryan Borucki, whom the Yankees are familiar with already. He held the Yankees to one run through seven innings July 8, in a game the Yanks eventually won in the 10th inning off old friend Tyler Clippard. In six starts since then, Borucki has a 2-1 record and 3.94 ERA. The Blue Jays are 5-1 in those starts.

Neil Walker, who had some, err, adventures in right field yesterday, gets the afternoon off in favor of Shane Robinson. Kyle Higashioka, who took over as precaution after Austin Romine took a brutal foul-tip to the catcher’s mask yesterday, gets the start behind the plate this afternoon as planned. Aaron Hicks slides into the leadoff spot, where he’s hitting .269/.357/.593 in 127 plate appearances. Miguel Andújar bats third for the third time this season, though he’s yet to register a hit in that position. He’s slashing .361/.378/.667 in 111 plate appearances since the All-Star break. Brett Gardner slides to ninth against the lefty, a spot where he’s slashed .250/.304/.400 in 23 plate appearances.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Romine told reporters that he feels “great” and that he “can play today,” though I’d imagine the Yankees will avoid that scenario at all costs.
  • Aaron Boone told reporters that he is “confident” Giancarlo Stanton, who has been playing through a tight left hamstring that has limited him to designated hitter duty, will be able to play the outfield Tuesday in Miami. He said that would be determined before that game.
  • Gary Sánchez will begin playing rehab games in Tampa on Wednesday or Thursday, though it’s unclear whether he will start in the Gulf Coast League or with A-Adv. Tampa. He was scheduled to head to Tampa today, but instead, took batting practice on the field in the Bronx today. He’ll head south tomorrow.

Blue Jays Lineup:

  1. Russell Martin – 3B (Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting .345/.448/.600 in Triple-A… service time!)
  2. Devon Travis – 2B
  3. Randal Grichuk – RF
  4. Kendrys Morales – 1B
  5. Kevin Pillar – CF
  6. Teoscar Hernández – DH
  7. Danny Jansen – C
  8. Aledmys Díaz – SS
  9. Billy McKinney – LF

Rays 1, Yankees 4: Happ Dominates in Third Pinstriped Win

Happ delivers another gem.

THE BRONX – J.A. Happ pitched like an ace Tuesday night, allowing just one hit (but four walks) over seven stellar innings to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Those four walks came in the first four innings of work for Happ, who did not allow a hit until C.J. Cron singled in the fourth. Happ struckout four Rays hitters, and got that many both of groundouts and flyouts. He has a 1.89 ERA since joining the Yankees.

In the first inning, the Yanks were able to post a run on opener Hunter Wood. Giancarlo Stanton flipped a double into the right-field gap, then moved to third when shortstop Willy Adames could not handle a pickoff throw from Jesús Sucre. Sucre tried to catch Stanton napping but only caught Adames in that state. After the E6, Aaron Hicks blooped a single between Adames, Joey Wendle and Carlos Gómez for an RBI single.

The Yankees were then flummoxed by Jalen Beeks, whom the Rays acquired from the Red Sox for Nathan Eovaldi, until the fifth inning. Neil Walker led off with a walk, then Austin Romine ambushed a first-pitch fastball for a two-run home run that just stayed fair inside the right-field line. It was the eighth homer of the year for Romine, whose 111 wRC+ makes him a top-5 catcher in the American League (minimum 150 plate appearances).

The Rays got their one run on the first pitch by a Yankee reliever, as Happ exited in favor of Dellin Betances to begin the eighth inning. Adames atoned for his error by ambushing a first-pitch fastball for the first homered allowed by Betances since May 10.

That run was won back by the Yanks in their next set of at-bats. Miguel Andújar doubled with two outs, and Greg Bird doubled next to score pinch-runner Shane Robinson. Aroldis Chapman pitched a nine-pitch ninth for his 31st save, working around a two-out single by Wendle for a simple save.

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.

Game 112: Make It Two

After snapping a five-game losing streak last night against the White Sox, CC Sabathia looks to keep the momentum going in the right direction.

Sabathia gets the ball after needing 77 pitches to get just nine outs August 2 in Boston. He allowed just two runs, but the Yankees wound up getting clobbered. He walked four and gave up three hits. The Yankees went 3-1 in his starts in July, though he managed to put up an unwieldy 5.48 ERA in those 21⅓ innings.

Reynaldo López gets the ball for the South-Siders. Signed in 2012 out of the Dominican Republic, López came to the White Sox with Dane Dunning and Lucas Giolito in the deal that sent Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. In 22 starts this season, he has a 4-9 record and a 4.47 ERA. His 5.16 FIP indicates he’s been hit hard, and a 4.0 walks-per-9 shows the command isn’t there yet for the 24-year-old.

Brett Gardner gets the night off, having started 12 of the last 13 games. Shane Robinson spells him in left field. Miguel Andújar once again serves as the designated hitter with Neil Walker suiting up at the hot corner. Kyle Higashioka gets another start behind the dish.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • The Yankees caught a break in their trade of Brandon Drury, whom the Blue Jays placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hand fracture today. It turns out the injury was sustained July 24 against the Rays, which ended up being his final game as a Yankee before being dealt with Billy McKinney for J.A. Happ.
  • Speaking of Happ: the team hasn’t decided whether Chance Adams will start Thursday or if Happ will return to pitch then. Adams will stick around with the big league club until that decision is made because of the 10-day rule.
  • There is nothing wrong with Austin Romine. Just sitting again because he caught five days in a row.
  • Aaron Judge has yet to start swinging a bat.
  • Clint Frazier and Michael Kay appear to have figured out their weird squabble over Kay’s comments regarding Frazier’s concussion. Boone said the two talked on the phone and it was now “water under the bridge”.

White Sox Lineup:

  1. Tim Anderson – SS
  2. Avisail García – RF
  3. José Abreu – 1B
  4. Matt Davidson – DH
  5. Yoan Moncada – 2B
  6. Ryan LaMarre – LF
  7. Yolmer Sánchez – 3B
  8. Adam Engel – CF
  9. Omar Narváez – C

Game 111: Lynnsanity

With a disastrous four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox behind them, the Yankees take on a different kind of Sox as they open a three-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Lance Lynn gets the ball in his first start as a Yankee after impressing with 4⅓ scoreless innings of relief of Sonny Gray on August 1. The Yankees announced after that game that Gray would become the new mop-up reliever and Lynn would return to his usual spot in the rotation. Lynn’s stats are a bit odd because he did not sign with Minnesota until March 21, and therefore only threw seven innings in Spring Training. As a result, he had a 8.37 ERA in his first five starts. Since then, in 16 appearances, Lynn has settled down into a 3.90 ERA in 83 innings.

Dylan Covey gets the ball for the White Sox. It’s been another bad year for the White Sox righty, who owns a 4-7 record and 5.57 ERA. He gave up seven runs (four earned) to Kansas City in his last outing August 1. He only lasted 4⅓ innings and 83 pitches, though his own error and that of Yoan Moncada did not help him out. He got shelled last season facing the Yanks on April 19, when he allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits (three of which left the ballpark – Starlin Castro, Chase Headley and Aaron Judge did the honors).

Giancarlo Stanton‘s tight left hamstring seems to have subsided a bit, as he returns to right field tonight. Miguel Andújar is the designated hitter tonight, while Neil Walker sneaks back into the lineup at third base. Kyle Higashioka gets his first start in just under a week after Austin Romine started all four games in Boston.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Aaron Judge was seen taking fly balls in the outfield at Guaranteed Rate Field pre-game. He did not commit to the exact three-week timetable previously laid out for him, but seems to be doing well in his rehab from a small fracture in his right wrist.
  • Gary Sánchez is running with about 85-90% of his bodyweight on a zero gravity treadmill, and could be back to baseball activites sooner rather than later.
  • J.A. Happ is “out of the woods” with regards to his hand, foot and mouth disease exposure, and is set to come off the disabled list to pitch Thursday against Texas.

White Sox Lineup:

  1. Yoan Moncada – 2B
  2. Yolmer Sanchez – 3B
  3. Jose Abreu – 1B
  4. Daniel Palka – DH
  5. Avisail Garcia – RF
  6. Nicky Delmonico – LF
  7. Tim Anderson – SS
  8. Kevan Smith – C
  9. Adam Engel – CF

Yankees 4, Red Sox 5: Chapman’s Meltdown & More Sloppy Defense Lead to Benintendi Walkoff

BOSTON – Well, let’s hope this is rock bottom.

After Aroldis Chapman walked three batters in a ninth-inning that also featured a low throw from Miguel Andújar that Greg Bird could not handle, Jonathan Holder allowed a game-winning RBI single through the shift to Andrew Benintendi that officially sunk the Yankees in Beantown on Sunday.

The hard-throwing lefty issued free passes in the ninth to Sandy León, Mookie Betts and Steve Pearce after the Yankees gained a 4-to-1 advantage over their rivals in the seventh inning. J.D. Martinez singled to make it 4-to-3, and then Andújar did not step into his throw on a Xander Bogaerts grounder down the line. Bird could not dig it out, and pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the tying run.

Holder was assigned the 10th inning. After recording the first two outs, León poked a pitch about five inches off the outside corner into left for an opposite-field single. The first pitch to Betts, the next batter, got past Austin Romine (ruled a wild pitch, and he had a passed ball earlier in the game) to get León into scoring position. Betts was intentionally walked and León replaced with pinch-runner Tony Renda. Four pitches later, Benintendi’s grounder beat the shift and Fenway Park erupted into pandamonium.

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It seemed like things would finally break the Yankees way as they scored four runs in the seventh inning. Brett Gardner led off with a single and then Romine worked a walk. That drove David Price from the game, who had an uncharacteristically strong start against the Yankees. Heath Hembree came on, and proceeded to throw three pitches around the head of Shane Robinson, provoking a stare from the Yankees reserve outfielder and some shouts from the Yankee bench. Robinson was looking to move up the runners with a sacrifice bunt, but ended up walking on a 3-2 slider that missed high.

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Five pitches later, Aaron Hicks hit a sharp ground ball up the middle that ate up shortstop Xander Bogaerts and wound up in center field. Both Gardner and Romine came around to score. Next, Giancarlo Stanton gave the Yanks a 3-1 lead with a single to score Robinson. After a Didi Gregorius strikeout, Gleyber Torres lined a sacrifice fly to center field for their fourth and final run.

Before Chapman imploded and Holder gave up the game-winning hit, Yankees pitching largely did their job Sunday night. Masahiro Tanaka had to grind through 4⅔ innings, leaving with 97 pitches on his ledger and his lone mistake being a solo home run allowed to Betts. Sans-high-socks David Robertson pitched a scoreless 1⅓ innings, while Zach Britton and Dellin Betances each battled command issues to throw scoreless frames of their own.

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Alex Rodriguez said on the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast that a three-run lead at Fenway Park is like a one-run lead at any other ballpark. That rang painfully true for a Yankees team that desperately needed to win before getting on a plane to Chicago. They now sit 9.5 games back of Boston in the American League East race, and just 2.5 games ahead of the surging Oakland Athletics for the first Wild Card spot.


What’s Next:

The Yankees turn to Lance Lynn to make his first start (but second appearance) in the place of Sonny Gray, whose consistently subpar performance saw him demoted to the bullpen. Lynn threw 4⅓ scoreless innings of mop-up relief August 1 against Baltimore after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins for Tyler Austin and Luis Rijo.

The Yanks will face righty Dylan Covey in Chi-Town, who will be making his 15th start. So far, he has a 4-7 record and 5.57 ERA. He has faced the Yankees once, and gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits through five innings of work last season.