Game 107: Sanchez returns, maybe for good this time

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(Presswire)

As expected, the Yankees called up top catching prospect Gary Sanchez today and he is in tonight’s lineup (at DH) against southpaw Steven Matz. They’ve done this before, calling up Sanchez to spot start against a left-handed pitcher, but this time it seems he may be up for good. For starters, the Yankees gave him No. 24 this time, which looks like a “you’ll be here a while” number. Sanchez wore 73 and 57 his last two times up.

Secondly, the Yankees have spent the last few days doing nothing but talking about prospects and incorporating them into the lineup in the second half. Sanchez is as ready as he’s going get, and with Carlos Beltran gone and Alex Rodriguez glued to the bench, the DH spot is wide open. He just might be here for a while. Here is the Mets’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. RF Rob Refsnyder
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. 3B Chase Headley
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. C Austin Romine
  8. DH Gary Sanchez
  9. LF Aaron Hicks
    RHP Chad Green

The weather in New York is pretty much perfect. Nice and sunny but on the cool side and a little breezy. There are worse days to spend at the ballpark. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 7pm ET. You can watch on YES and SNY locally, and ESPN nationally. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: Ben Gamel was sent down to clear a spot on the roster for Sanchez, the Yankees announced. That’s not surprising. Releasing A-Rod is a pipe dream at this point. Joe Girardi did say the team is likely to call up other young players before rosters expand in September, for what it’s worth.

Injury Update: Conor Mullee (hand) is heading to see a doctor after feeling renewed symptoms during his latest minor league rehab game. He’s on the DL with some sort of nerve issue that is making his fingers go numb.

Game 106: Ace vs. Co-Ace

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The Yankees took game one of the Subway Series last night in thrilling come-from-behind fashion. It was one of the most exciting games of the season, I’d say, and not just because I got to give all the Mets fans in my family a hard time today.

Game two tonight features a premium pitching match: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jacob deGrom. Ace vs. ace. Or, really, ace vs. co-ace. That Noah Syndergaard guy is pretty darn good. It’s always fun when each team’s best starters meet. Hopefully tonight’s game is as exciting as last night’s. Here is the Mets’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. SS Didi Gregorius
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Aaron Hicks
  9. RHP Masahiro Tanaka

The weather has been pretty nice in New York today. A little cloudy but cool and breezy. Almost autumnal. Tonight’s game, the second of two at Citi Field, will begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on both YES and WPIX. Enjoy the game.

Rotation Update: Chad Green will start tomorrow in place of the since traded Ivan Nova, Joe Girardi announced. Sounds like Green will inherit Nova’s rotation spot permanent, so this isn’t a one-time spot start.

Game 105: The New-Look Yankees

Subway Series

The last week or so has been a pretty crazy time in Yankeeland. For many fans, this is the first time they’ve ever seen the team be legitimate sellers. Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, and Ivan Nova are all gone. They Yankees basically traded their three best players and Nova. In return, they netted a ton of prospects. A ton of prospects.

There are still games to be played, of course, and tonight the new-look Yankees open the Subway Series in Citi Field. Well, these aren’t new-look Yankees, really. There’s no one new on the roster. Just a bunch of guys we’ve all seen before. The team is new-look in its direction though. The focus is no longer on right now. It’s on the future, and that’s a new development. Here is the Mets’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. SS Didi Gregorius
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Rob Refsnyder
  9. LHP CC Sabathia

It is on the cool side and cloudy in New York, and there’s rain the forecast much later tonight. It won’t be a problem unless the games goes to like 20 innings or something. Now that I’ve jinxed it, I’ll tell you the game is scheduled to begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on both YES and SNY locally, as well as ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Moves: In the wake of today’s trades, the Yankees have called up Ben Gamel and Nick Goody. Also, Tyler Clippard has reported and was added to the active roster.

Game 104: Oh yeah, there’s a game today

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(Brian Blanco/Getty)

Well this has been a busy Sunday morning, huh? Earlier today the Yankees traded Andrew Miller to the Indians and acquired Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks. The former is a wee bit more significant, I’d say. More moves could be on the way, but first, the Yankees have to play an actual game today. Here is the Rays’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup for this afternoon’s series finale.

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. 2B Starlin Castro
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 1B Rob Refsnyder
  9. RF Aaron Hicks
    RHP Michael Pineda

I have to say, I’m a bit surprised to see Beltran in the lineup this afternoon considering he’s a top trade chip. Why risk injury? Eh, whatever. Today’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 1pm ET and you can watch on WPIX. Enjoy the game.

Game 103: In Search of the Elusive Second Run

Me too, Joe. Me too. (Brian Blanco/Getty)
Me too, Joe. Me too. (Brian Blanco/Getty)

The Yankees have scored two runs total since the end of Tuesday’s game. Yeah, there was an off-day Thursday, but still. One run Wednesday and one run Friday. That’s it. They’ve scored no more than two runs seven times in the last 13 games, and the Yankees rank dead last in the AL with a .391 SLG despite playing half their games in homer happy Yankee Stadium. In other words, it has been business as usual for one of baseball’s worst offenses lately.

Anyway, the Yankees and Rays are playing the second game of their three-game series tonight. I’m not going to be around to add the lineups to the post, so I’ll instead point you to Chad Jennings’ site. He’ll have them. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 6pm ET and you can watch on YES. Try to enjoy.

Injury Update: Bryan Mitchell (toe) was scheduled to throw a simulated game today. That’s good news. He’s pretty far along in his rehab if he’s already throwing sim games. We might see Mitchell in the big leagues by the end of August.

Game 102: Ivan’s final game as a Yankee?

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Aside from one Spring Training with the Padres as a Rule 5 Draft pick back in 2009, the Yankees are the only organization Ivan Nova has ever known. He’s been with the Yankees since July 2004, when they gave him an $80,000 bonus as a 17-year-old kid from the Dominican Republic. Only Alex Rodriguez has a longer tenure in the organization among all players.

Tonight very well might be Nova’s final game as a Yankee. The trade deadline is Monday and reports indicate the Yankees are planning to trade Ivan one way or another. He’s going to be a free agent this winter and he’s not a qualifying offer candidate, so the team would rather get something for him now instead of nothing after the season. Nothing personal. It’s just a sensible baseball move.

Nova’s thrown 724.2 innings for New York since 2010 and he’s been almost perfectly league average (95 ERA+). He’s had some big time peaks and valleys along the way, no doubt about it, but for a low-profile international signing, Ivan turned out pretty damn good. It’s sort of weird tonight might be his last outing as a Yankee. Here’s the Rays’ lineup he’ll face and here’s the Yankees’ lineup that will back him up:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. 2B Starlin Castro
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Rob Refsnyder
    RHP Ivan Nova

The weather in St. Petersburg doesn’t really matter. It’ll be a climate controlled 72 degrees or so inside Tropicana Field tonight. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Game 101: Suddenly Important

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(Bob Levey/Getty)

The Yankees have gone 11-5 in their last 16 games and suddenly, these games are becoming increasingly important. Both the Red Sox and Blue Jays — the two wildcard teams at the moment — lost earlier today, so a win tonight would bring New York to within three games of the second wildcard spot. They have a ton of games left with Boston and Toronto too, you know. This team, man.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. The Yankees have won the first two games of this series with the Astros and they’ll have their ace on the mound going for the sweep tonight. After tonight, they’re going to Tampa for a three-game series with the last place Rays, and … oh geez. I’m doing it again. I’m starting to think they have a chance to get back into the race. Let me get to the lineups before I take this any further. Here is the Astros’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. 2B Starlin Castro
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Aaron Hicks
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It is cloudy, hot, and humid in Houston today. The air conditioning will be on and the Minute Maid park roof will be closed this evening, I assume. Tonight’s series finale is scheduled to begin at 8:10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.