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Aaron Hicks Exits ALDS Game One With Right Hamstring Tightness

Hicks was the third most valuable Yankee in the 2018 regular season, per Fangraphs.

Just moments after Aaron Hicks smacked the Yankees’ second hit of the game against Boston in ALDS Game One, the Yankee center fielder pulled up lame on his jog to first base. The Yankees announced the injury was right hamstring tightness, and that Hicks was undergoing further evaluation.

Hicks was replaced by pinch-runner Brett Gardner, who also took over defensive duties in center field. Hicks had missed three of four games in a September series in Tampa Bay because of soreness in his left hamstring.

Aaron Boone said before the game that Tyler Wade (along with Kyle Higashioka and Luis Cessa) is working out at the Yankee facility in Tampa in case of injury, and he would likely replace Hicks on the roster if he were unable to come back. The problem there is that Hicks would be ineligible for the ALCS should the Yankees replace him and then advance past the Red Sox.

This is a developing story, and will be updated as news breaks.

Yankees 7, Twins 2: Kraken Awakes in Series-Opening Win

The Yankee backstop collects three of the Yanks’ 11 hits in a big win.

MINNEAPOLIS, MI – Gary Sánchez‘s bat got going in a big way Monday night in Minnesota, as he collected three hits and scored two runs in a big 7-to-2 Yankee win.

The Oakland Athletics sat idle, so the Yankee lead in the Wild Card grew to three games. The game was a pitching duel through the sixth inning, with J.A. Happ and Kyle Gibson matching zeroes until El Gary stepped to the dish with two outs. Sánchez was robbed in his previous at-bat, thanks to a fantastic play by Twins third baseman Gregorio Petit.

Sánchez fouled off a few tough pitches down in the zone, and then crushed a 2-2 sinker that was out of the zone 460 feet into the third deck at Target Field. It was his second homer since returning from rehab September 1, and his 16th overall on the 2018 season.

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In a nightmare season, Sánchez’s bat showed a sign of life that could be crucial down the stretch. His three hits were the most he’d had in one game since he had four against the Royals on May 19. The Yankee lineup becomes so much stronger if he can maintain something like the .263/.333/.632 (156 wRC+) line of his past five games.

The Yankee offense got a big boost in the top of the seventh, where they scored six runs. That allowed Aaron Boone and Co. to lift Happ after just 91 pitches and six shutout innings. Luis Cessa allowed the two runs in two mop-up innings, and Jonathan Holder pitched a perfect ninth to nail down the win.

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Brett Gardner contributed a multi-hit game from the No. 9 slot, and he’s been a bit hotter of late – .280/.333/.320 (81 wRC+) since September 3. The Yankees worked 10 walks, with three going to Andrew McCutchen and two-a-piece for Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird. Bird was the only starter who did not record a hit. Miguel Andújar, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, and McCutchen each recorded RBIs as well.

What’s Next:

Sonny Gray, who owns a 1.83 ERA in 19⅔ innings (six games, one start) since his bullpen demotion, returns to the rotation for a spot-start. The Twins will employ the “opener” tactic, sending Tyler Duffey to the mound.

Yankees 10, Orioles 3: Andújar Helps Slug Yanks to DH-Opening Win

BALTIMORE – The Yankees clocked four home runs Saturday afternoon as they hung a 10-spot on the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of their doubleheader.

The biggest of those four came from Miguel Andújar, who hit No. 21 on his fantastic season with two runners on to cap a four-run third inning. Brett Gardner hit a solo shot in the fourth, Gleyber Torres hit one in the eighth and Aaron Hicks hit his home run in the ninth inning.

J.A. Happ delivered another quality start for the Yankees, going six innings and allowing just two earned runs. He recorded nine strikeouts to just one walk, and also got five ground ball outs. Luckily for the Yankees and Aaron Boone, the Yankees only had to use 26th man Luis Cessa to finish the game. The righty allowed a run on three hits in three innings to earn his first career save.

The only Yankees not to record hits were Giancarlo Stanton, Neil Walker and Kyle HigashiokaAaron Hicks went 3-for-5 with two runs driven in, while Luke Voit collected his 10th RBI on the season with a run-scoring single. Andújar led the team with four RBI on the afternoon.

What’s Next:

More baseball tonight. Sonny Gray (9-8, 5.34 ERA) returns from bullpen exile for a spot start against Andrew Cashner (4-11, 4.84 ERA) in Game Two.

Chapman Placed on DL; Adams Recalled; Rabago Claimed

The Yankees placed closer Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list today, and recalled righty Chance Adams from Triple-A to take his roster spot. The Yanks claimed catcher Chris Rabago from the Colorado Rockies and optioned him to Double-A Trenton.

Chapman had been pitching through tendinitis in his left knee all season, but had been able to manage it himself. He told reporters after the game Tuesday that the pain he felt was worse than usual. He threw just six pitches in his appearance in the 12th inning before summoning the trainer from the dugout. He was relieved by Tommy Kahnle, who got the save 17 pitches later. Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 50 appearances. He is 31-for-33 in save attempts.

Adams will serve as a long-relief option for the Yankees tonight in Miami, and will be one of the options (along with Luis Cessa and Sonny Gray) to start in Saturday’s doubleheader in Baltimore. The Yanks No. 13 prospect, he made his MLB debut August 4 in Boston, allowing three runs on three hits in five innings of work.

Rabago was the Rockies’ 13th round pick in the 2014 draft. In 66 games for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, he was hitting .213/.292/.361 with four home runs and 23 RBI. The Yankees will likely recall Rabago to be the third catcher September 1 until Gary Sánchez returns from his rehab assignment.

Game 120: Toe-Night Show Returns

Big Toe returns for Game 2.

Ronald Torreyes has returned to the starting lineup for the first time since June 14 as the Yankees face off with the Rays in the second game of a three-game set.

Luis Cessa will get the start in the place of CC Sabathia, who was placed on the disabled list and will miss one start. Cessa has been, well, Cessa. He has a 4.50 ERA in eight games (three starts) on the 2018 season. In his starts, the Yankees are 1-2 though the righty has a 3.14 ERA in 14⅓ rotation innings.

Jake Faria gets the ball for the Rays. His 10 starts are good for third best on a Rays team that has 15 pitchers credited with starts, though many have since been traded elsewhere. The 25-year-old has not started since May 22, though he has a 1.35 ERA in 6⅔ relief innings in the month of August. He has a 6.43 ERA in seven innings and two starts against the Yankees in his career.

Like I mentioned before, Torreyes is playing second and batting ninth to give Gleyber Torres a break. He’s “pressing,” per Aaron Boone, so he’s getting a breather. The rest of the lineup is fairly standard, that is, if you’re used to Neil Walker as a right fielder.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • The Yankees designated George Kontos for assignment to clear an active roster spot for Luis Cessa tonight.
  • Gary Sánchez could begin a rehab assignment as soon as “August 23-24,” per Brian Cashman on WFAN. He has been in the Bronx working with the Yankees.
  • Aaron Judge had an MRI and cortisone shot in his right wrist. Still no timeline on him picking up a bat, though he was seen working in the outfield today.
  • Something to watch: Ryan McBroom, who is hitting .385/.442/.564 with two homers and 10 RBI in his last 10 games, was a (presumably) healthy, but late, scratch from Game One of Triple-A Scranton’s doubleheader. Could be resting him for Game Two but something else could be afoot.

Rays Lineup:

  1. Mallex Smith – RF
  2. Matt Duffy – 3B
  3. Jake Bauers – 1B
  4. Joey Wendle – 2B
  5. Ji-Man Choi – DH
  6. Kevin Kiermaier – CF
  7. Willy Adames – SS
  8. Brandon Lowe – LF
  9. Michael Pérez – C

Luis Cessa, Luke Voit Promoted; Happ to DL; Wade Optioned

Not #HugWatch, but some post-July roster intrigue.

UPDATE (August 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT): Luis Cessa and Luke Voit have officially been promoted. J.A. Happ has been placed on the 10-day D.L. (retroactive to July 30) with hand, foot and mouth disease. Tyler Wade has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cessa will wear his usual No. 85 while Voit will take Chasen Shreve’s old No. 45.


The Yankees will have two RailRiders in uniform tomorrow night in the form of righty Luis Cessa and first baseman Luke Voit, according to DJ Eberle of Wilkes-Barre’s Times-Leader.

So far, there’s no hints about a counter-move, but there are some guesses that can be made. There is a pitcher headed to the disabled list because Cessa has not been down for the requisite 10 days before being recalled. It could be J.A. Happ, who recently was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.

But, that’s not necessarily the case since recalling Cessa this early would imply he would pitch before Saturday. Cessa told Eberle he has not been told his role yet, whether it comes as a starter or reliever. That makes me think he’s not Happ insurance, especially since they’re calling him up so early. Sonny Gray might have some “shoulder inflammation” or something they can use to sit him down for an extended period of time in an effort to get him right. Who knows; time will tell.

Luke Voit is going to be a bat off the bench and will likely start at least one game at first base against one of the tough Sox lefties. He was just acquired from the St. Lous Cardinals for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve. In his MLB career, he has a .263/.282/.553 line with three homers against lefties in 39 plate appearances.

Voit will be replacing one of Tyler Wade or Shane Robinson, who are the two non-catcher bench players with the Yankees at the moment. I’d imagine Wade stays because of his defensive versatility because Robinson is exclusively an outfielder. Time will tell there as well.

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
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