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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.

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.

Yankees 7, White Sox 0: Oh, Winning Is Fun

Back in the win column.

CHICAGO – The Yankees desperately needed to beat up on a bad team after suffering four brutal losses in Boston this past weekend. They got their wish Monday night against the White Sox in Chicago.

Lance Lynn put together another excellent pitching performance, throwing 7⅓ innings and allowing just two hits and one walk. He racked up nine strikeouts and seven ground outs. Lynn’s performance is especially exciting to the Yankees since he’s taking the rotation spot of Sonny Gray. A.J. Cole mopped up the last five outs, allowing one hit and one walk.

The Yankees offense finally broke out to the tune of 10 hits and seven runs behind their stellar pitching. White Sox starter Dylan Covey retired the Yankees in order in his first time through, but would not be so lucky the second time around. In the fourth inning, Giancarlo Stanton worked a one-out walk, which was followed by a Didi Gregorius double. Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres did their jobs next, each knocking RBI singles into center field for the Yankees first two runs of the evening.

Greg Bird should have knocked a three-run home run over the centerfield wall, but it ended up being a 405-foot fly out after the center fielder Adam Engel robbed him on a fantastic play.

In the fifth, Kyle Higashioka and Brett Gardner singled with one out. With Higashioka on third and Stanton at the plate, Covey threw a pitch catcher Kevan Smith could not handle which allowed the Yankee backstop to score. It was ruled a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Gregorius lined an RBI single into left field to score Gardner.

The eighth inning saw a power display from Yankee infielders. Gleyber Torres turned around a 95 mph fastball for his 18th home run of the season with one out, then Neil Walker crushed a 429-foot shot on the first pitch after a two-out walk to Miguel Andújar.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria got creative with his pitching in the top of the ninth inning, turning to corner infielder Matt Davidson. It was his third appearance on the mound, and he had yet to allow a hit or a run. He managed to strike out Stanton on a 71 mph curveball, but he did allow his first hit of the season to Hicks. The Yankees did not score off Davidson.

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.

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.

Game 106: Sonny for the Sweep

Yes, it’s the Orioles. But, a sweep of the two-game series against the last-place O’s is the perfect momentum boost for the Yankees as they head into a massive four-game series with the Boston Red Sox tomorrow.

Sonny Gray, who seems to have figured himself out of late, is tasked with getting that done this afternoon. Starting with a July 11 win over the same Orioles, Gray has put up an impressive 1.10 ERA in his last three starts with 19 strikeouts to just six walks. He threw only 75 pitches his last time out July 26 against the Kansas City Royals because he took a comebacker off of his pitching hand. The Yankees had a seven-run lead at the time and decided it was not worth the risk of having him stay on the mound. He is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA against Baltimore this season.

Alex Cobb will pitch for Baltimore, and it’s safe to say his free-agent signing is not working out so far. Since he didn’t sign until March 21, he began the season in the minor leagues. He did not pitch through the fifth inning in a start until May 1, and that’s just the first of many ugly statistics. His last seven decisions have been losses, and he owns a 5.96 ERA in that timeframe (nine starts). He has not face the Yankees yet in 2018, but has plenty of history with them from his career and Tampa Bay. In 14 starts, he is 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA. The Yankees are hoping for Baltimore Cobb and not Tampa Bay Cobb today.

Giancarlo Stanton is serving as the designated hitter today, giving Neil Walker the day off after seven consecutive starts. Shane Robinson will be patrolling right field this afternoon. It turns out my concern about Austin Romine coming down with hand, foot and mouth disease after catching J.A. Happ was unfounded. He sat last night in order to be in position to catch Gray in the day game after a night game.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Lance Lynn has reported to the Yankees today, and will be active out of the bullpen. He will be wearing No. 36.
  • Lynn’s roster spot was open once the Yankees optioned lefty Ryan Bollinger back to Double-A Trenton after last night’s game. It’s unclear if he will retain his 40-man roster spot or if the Yankees will attempt to outright him again. He already has the healthcare for life.
  • Speaking of Happ, the Yankees have yet to definitively scratch him from Saturday’s start in Boston. They plan to evaluate him and make that decision in the next 24-or-so hours. Luis Cessa was limited to a one-inning outing yesterday for the RailRiders so he and Lynn are the insurance options.
  • Some minor-league details: first-round pick Anthony Seigler was removed from a GCL game after one plate appearance the other day, but for a good reason: he was being promoted to Pulaski (considered to be a rookie league but a step above the Gulf Coast League and below the South Atlantic League).

Orioles Lineup:

  1. Tim Beckham – SS
  2. Jace Peterson – RF
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Danny Valencia – DH
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Trey Mancini
  7. Caleb Joseph – C
  8. Renato Núñez – 3B
  9. Breyvic Valera – 2B

Game 105: Tanaka Tuesday Post-Deadline

The dust has finally settled from another wild non-waiver trade deadline. The Yankees acquired four players and a bunch of international signing bonus pool money, while also clearing excess players well in advance of the 40-man roster deadline.

Masahiro Tanaka will be on the bump this evening. His last start was his best all season, pitching a complete game shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24. He allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out nine batters. He gets the benefit of facing a much weaker Baltimore Orioles lineup then he faced July 10, where he allowed three runs on six hits through 4⅓ innings (although he was on a pitch count).

Yefry Ramírez, A former Yankee farmhand, starts for Baltimore. In five starts, he has a 4.24 ERA and has 27 strikeouts to just 10 walks. The Yankees really knocked him around when they faced him July 9, where he allowed four earned runs on nine hits with two walks. He did, however, pick up a win July 24 against Boston with five innings of three-run ball.

The Yankees had no more trading to do in the final 24 hours of non-waiver deals. They did select the contract of journeyman lefty Ryan Bollinger to be active for tonight’s game out of the bullpen. He was supposed to start for Double-A Trenton, but is in the Bronx tonight to take Adam Warren‘s spot until Lance Lynn arrives. Boone goes with the usual non-Judge lineup, except Kyle Higashioka is behind the dish (I have some concerns about that in the next section).


Pre-Game Notes:

  • J.A. Happ was sent home by the team Tuesday after contracting hand, foot and mouth disease. Yes, the same ailment for children that also forced Noah Syndergaard to the disabled list. Happ started Sunday for the Yankees and pitched six innings of one-run ball. I’m a bit concerned because his catcher for that start, Austin Romine, is out of the lineup tonight. Hopefully, he hasn’t been infected. The Yankees have not ruled Happ out for his next start in Boston, which was supposed to come Saturday.
  • The Yankees acquired $3.75 million in international signing bonus pool money in trades, per Brian Cashman. They used some of it to sign RHP Osiel Rodríguez, who was ranked as the No. 1 pitching prospect available by Baseball America. They gave the 16-year-old Cuban a $600,000 bonus.

Orioles Lineup:

  1. Tim Beckham – SS
  2. Jonathan Schoop – 2B Jace Peterson – 2B (Schoop traded to Milwaukee)
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Mark Trumbo – DH
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Trey Mancini – LF
  7. Joey Rickard – RF
  8. Renato Núñez – 3B
  9. Austin Wynns – C