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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.

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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.

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

Orioles 3, Yankees 6: Andújar’s Lucky 13th Homer Backs Tanaka’s Outing

THE BRONX – Masahiro Tanaka was not as sharp as his complete game shutout in his previous start, but his six shutout innings certainly did the job Tuesday night against Baltimore.

Miguel Andújar homered in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach after the Yankees loaded the bases. Giancarlo Stanton was drilled, Didi Gregorius singled and Aaron Hicks walked. After Gleyber Torres popped out to second base, Greg Bird lifted a sacrifice fly to center field. The next batter was Andújar, who drilled a 2-1 fastball 410 feet out to left field.

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The Yankees got their scoring started in the first off Yefry Ramírez. Brett Gardner and Gregorius walked, then Torres adjusted well on a 3-2 slider to ground it up the middle for an RBI single. In the third, Gardner singled, Stanton reached on a fielding error by Tim Beckham after Gardner stole second. On a 1-1 fastball, Gregorius dumped a bloop single into left that scored Gardner.

After a hairy first inning where he drilled Jace Peterson and walked Adam Jones, Tanaka pitched quite well. He scattered a few hits and one more walk while collecting eight strikeouts. A great start against a bad team, but a win is a win so you know the Yankees will take it. Especially on a night where the Phillies beat the Red Sox.

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A.J. Cole had a bit of a hiccup, allowing three runs (two earned) in 1⅓ innings. He made a 6-0 game into a 6-3 game, which isn’t great if you’re trying to rest the high-leverage guys. Austin Wynns singled, Beckham walked and then Peterson doubled to score both. Dellin Betances entered next, and a fastball of his clanked off the glove of Kyle Higashioka for a passed ball. Things got worse as Higgy’s throw got away and allowed Peterson to score. It was originally ruled a throwing error by the catcher but a check of the box score today shows it to be a missed catch error by Andújar.

Things calmed down in the ninth inning, as Aroldis Chapman struck out the side on 13 pitches.

What’s Next

Sonny Gray (8-7, 5.08 ERA) looks to put together a third consecutive strong start against counterpart Alex Cobb (2-14, 6.08 ERA), who is clearly not living up to his 4-year, $57 million offseason deal so far.

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