DotF: Capuano goes 4.2 innings in second rehab start

I missed that 2B Rob Refsnyder catch a few days, but better late than never. Make sure you check out the video. Also, SS Cito Culver is going to be out a week with a groin injury, according to Nick Peruffo. Culver has hit .129/.140/.200 (-12 wRC+) in 24 Double-A games this year and is basically an organizational player at this point. He’s playing short for the Thunder because some other guys aren’t ready for that level just yet.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 loss to Gwinnett)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 K — in an ugly 9-for-66 (.136) slump
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4
  • C Austin Romine & DH Ben Gamel: both 2-3, 1 BB — Gamel doubled
  • LHP Chris Capuano: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 47 of 72 pitches were strikes (65%) … he was scheduled for 75 pitches in his second rehab start … seems like the plan is to have Capuano make one more rehab start to get up to 90 pitches before being activated off the DL
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 24 of 45 pitches were strikes (53%) … 11/7 K/BB in 16 innings
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — ten of 16 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GB/FB — nine of 16 pitches were strikes (57%)

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DotF: Lindgren, Rumbelow both pitch for second straight day in Scranton’s win

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Gwinnett) faced old buddy RHP Chien-Ming Wang

  • LF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — up to .337/.393/.436 on the season
  • DH Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 BB — 16-for-41 (.390) during his ten-game hitting streak
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 68 of 96 pitches were strikes (71%) … the Yankees are in the middle of playing 17 games in 17 days, so I wonder if get called up to make a spot start at some point just to give everyone else a rest
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, eight strikes … 27/4 GB/FB in 12.1 innings this year … he pitched yesterday as well and this is the first time Lindgren pitched on back-to-back days as a pro … doesn’t mean he is close to being called up, but it’s not nothing either
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — ten of 17 pitches were strikes (59%) … back-to-back days for him too, but he did it last year, so it’s not new
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 18 of 25 pitches were strikes (72%)

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DotF: Judge homers but Trenton loses again

RHP Jared Burton (lat) was activated off the minor league disabled list and sent to High-A Tampa, reports Brendan Kuty. I’m sure the big league vet will only make a few tune-up appearances with Tampa before joining the Triple-A Scranton bullpen.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Gwinnett)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 3-4, 1 R — 21-for-51 (.412) in his last 13 games
  • LF Ramon Flores & 2B Rob Refsnyder: both 1-4, 1 K — Flores threw a runner out at the plate
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 2 K — threw a runner out at second … he’s really been struggling at the plate for a few weeks now
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 2 K
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 7 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 7/7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 69 of 103 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 15 pitches were strikes (67%) … ho hum
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — seven of ten pitches were strikes

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DotF: Judge picks up three hits, Trenton loses anyway

Got a couple notes to pass along before we get to the game action:

  • Ben Badler (subs. req’d) has a firsthand scouting report from RHP Luis Severino‘s most recent start. Severino’s fastball was “parking at 94-96 mph the entire game and topping out at 97,” plus he was “flashing a pair of secondary pitches in his slider and changeup that were swing-and-miss offerings at times but were still inconsistent.” Sounds about right.
  • The Yankees have released 3B Christopher Tamarez, according to Matt Eddy. They signed him for $650,000 as one of their top international signings in 2011, but Tamarez hit only .261/.318/.337 in 192 pro games, none above rookie ball. Also, Eddy says the RHP Jordan Foley was placed on the 7-day DL. Not sure what happened there.
  • And finally, ex-Yankees farmhand RHP Jeff Karstens announced his retirement on Twitter. He was the team’s 19th round pick in 2003, threw 57.1 innings in pinstripes from 2006-07, then was traded to the Pirates in the Xavier Nady deal. Karstens retired with a 4.44 ERA (4.55 FIP) in 592.1 innings and made nearly $8M. Not bad for a 19th rounder.

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off-day.

Double-A Trenton (6-1 loss to Erie)

  • DH Jake Cave: 0-5
  • RF Aaron Judge: 3-4, 1 R — 10-for-21 (.476) in his last four games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — seven of his last nine hits have been doubles
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB — only 30 of 65 pitches were strikes (46%) … had four walks in 16.1 innings coming into this game
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 27 of 37 pitches were strikes (73%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 22 of 35 pitches were strikes (63%)

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DotF: Pirela doubles three times and Judge goes deep

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Charlotte)

  • DH Jose Pirela: 4-5, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI — 12-for-33 (.364) with five doubles and a homer in eight rehab games
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB — 14-for-34 (.412) during his eight-game hitting streak
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — second homer in three games
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 47 of 80 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 2 IP, zeroes, 5/0 GB/FB — eight of 14 pitches were strikes (57%) … only eight strikeouts in 15.1 innings this year, which is a little weird

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DotF: Capuano goes four innings in first rehab start

IF Abi Avelino has been promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, the team announced. He hit .301/.341/.398 (115 wRC+) with 16 steals in 20 games for the River Dogs.

Triple-A Scranton (10-4 loss to Charlotte)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — 8-for-28 (.286)
  • CF Slade Heathcott & 2B Rob Refsnyder: both 2-5
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 3-5, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 1 K, 1 PB
  • RHP Jaron Long: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 44 of 74 pitches were strikes (59%) … Triple-A has not been kind to the former hitting coach’s kid
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — four pitches, three strikes
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 K/BB — 26 of 37 pitches were strikes (70%) … multiple runs allowed in each of his last three appearances

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A-Rod hits 660th homer to tie Willie Mays for fourth place all-time, leads Yankees to 3-2 win over Red Sox

They booed. They chanted “Ster-oids! Ster-oids!” And then he shut them all up. With one swing of the bat Friday night, Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list with his 660th home run, and gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead over the Red Sox at Fenway Park in the eighth inning. That score held and the Yankees eventually won 3-2. New York has now won eleven of their last 14 games. Oh baby. Let’s recap with bullet points since it’s Friday night:

  • 660: Gosh, what a moment. A-Rod did not start Friday’s game as Joe Girardi went with a lefty heavy lineup against Justin Masterson, yet he still had a big impact. The hard-throwing Junichi Tazawa fell behind in the count 3-0, and rather than simply take a pitch for the sake of taking a pitch, Rodriguez hunted a 3-0 fastball, got it, and lined a home run over the Green Monster. It was a frickin’ laser. Out of the park in a hurry. Fenway went quiet and A-Rod’s teammates mobbed him in the dugout. I would have loved to see Alex get his 660th in the Bronx, but a go-ahead blast to silence the Fenway faithful and give the Yankees a late-inning lead works fine too.
  • Just Good Enough: CC Sabathia threw the ugliest six innings of two-run ball you may ever see. He had runners on base in every inning but the first and sixth, and he got lucky breaks on two occasions with what would have been run-scoring extra-base hits — a fan reached out and touched Ryan Hanigan’s double in the fourth, so the umps sent Xander Bogaerts back to third, and Hanley Ramirez wasn’t allowed to score from first when Mike Napoli’s double hopped over the wall in the fifth. The end result was two runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. The end result was good. Getting there was … uncomfortable.
  • Score First, Score Last: Boy the Yankees really let Masterson off the hook. Nine of the first 21 batters he faced reach base, yet the Yankees scored just one run in that time, on a first inning double by Carlos Beltran. They stranded runners on second and third in the fourth and the bases loaded in the fifth. Boston took a 2-1 lead in the middle innings and it wasn’t until Masterson was out of the game that the Yankees rallied to tie. Didi Gregorius worked a leadoff walk in the seventh, moved to second when Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch, then scored on Brian McCann‘s single to tie the game. A-Rod did the rest.
  • Leftovers: The bullpen wasn’t great but it was good enough. Esmil Rogers walked a batter in a scoreless seventh — why he was pitching the seventh inning of a tie game, I have no idea — and Dellin Betances put two runners on base with one out in the eighth. He struck out the next two hitters. Andrew Miller tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save … Jacoby Ellsbury (two singles), Brett Gardner (single, walk), Teixeira (two walks, hit-by-pitch), Beltran (single, double), and Gregorius (single, walk) all reached base multiple times … the Yankees went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Thanks goodness for dingers.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Red Sox will continue this series Saturday afternoon. It’ll be Nathan Eovaldi against Wade Miley.

Source: FanGraphs

Minor League Report: I don’t have time for a full version of DotF tonight. Sorry folks. You can find all the box scores right here though. Jake Cave and Angel Aguilar both went deep and Double-A Trenton walked off with a win in the 18th inning. 18th inning!