Record Last Week: 2-1 (19 RS, 18 RA)
Season Record: 54-34 (412 RS, 365 RA, 49-39 pythag. record), 8.0 games up in AL East
Opponents This Week: vs. Blue Jays (three games, Mon. to Weds.), @ Athletics (four games, Thurs. to Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- The National League shutout the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, meaning the Yankees will not have home field advantage in the World Series if they make it that far. Bummer.
- The Yankees opened their second half schedule with three games against the Angels, and they took the opener thanks to a late-inning rally. Some homers bailed out an ineffective Freddy Garcia on Saturday, but the Bombers were unable to complete the sweep in yesterday’s finale.
- Injury News: Joba Chamberlain (elbow, ankle) started his minor league rehab assignment, throwing one inning on Tuesday and two innings on Saturday. CC Sabathia (groin) threw a simulated game on Friday and will start tomorrow. Austin Romine (back) was finally able to play in minor league games. David Aardsma (elbow) will rest for two weeks before starting a throwing program. Brett Gardner (elbow) is expected back no earlier than July 27th. There’s a non-zero chance Mariano Rivera (knee) will be able to return this season.
- Brian Cashman said the team will explore extensions for Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson this winter, though the trade deadline prices remain high. The Yankees spoke to the Braves about a deal involving Ramiro Pena last week, then inked both Kosuke Fukudome and Matt Antonelli to minor league contracts for depth.
- The Yankees signed first rounder Ty Hensley to a below slot $1.2M bonus after an MRI revealed “abnormalities” in his right shoulder. Other draftees they signed before the deadline include Dayton Dawe (15th round), Jose Mesa Jr. (24th), Charlie Haslup (26th), Jose Diaz (29th), and Dalton Smith (36th).
- Special advisor Reggie Jackson has been told to stay away from the team until further notice after making disparaging comments in a Sports Illustrated interview.
- Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, and Tyler Austin all cracked Keith Law’s midseason top 50 prospects list.
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