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Jul
13

2014 Futures Game Thread

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2014 Futures GameThe Yankees don’t wrap up the traditional first half with the series finale against the Orioles until later tonight, so this afternoon we can all focus on the 2014 Futures Game in Target Field. Usually the Futures Game conflicts with the Yankees. This is sorta nice.

For the first time since 2010 (Austin Romine and Hector Noesi), the Yankees had two farmhands selected for the Futures Game this year. RHP Luis Severino is on the World Team roster while C/1B Peter O’Brien will suit up for Team USA. Neither is starting, but Severino is scheduled to pitch the fourth inning and O’Brien will definitely get into the game at some point. Everyone plays, even if it’s only one at-bat.

Team USA has won the last four Futures Games and they lead the all-time series 9-6. A total of 115 players have appeared in both a Futures Game and an MLB All-Star Game at some point, plus 22 players from last year’s Futures Game have already gone on to play in the big leagues. I would be surprised if O’Brien and especially Severino make it MLB within the next 12 months, however. The full rosters can be seen right here. Here are the starting lineups.

World Team (Manager: Bert Blyleven)

  1. CF Dalton Pompey, Blue Jays
  2. SS Francisco Lindor, Indians
  3. 2B Jose Peraza, Braves
  4. 1B Kennys Vargas, Twins
  5. LF Steven Moya, Tigers
  6. RF Dariel Alvarez, Orioles
  7. DH Gabby Guerrero, Mariners
  8. 3B Renato Nunez, Athletics
  9. C Jorge Alfaro, Rangers
    RHP Jose Berrios, Twins (pitching order)

Team USA (Manager: Tom Kelly)

  1. CF Michael Taylor, Nationals
  2. 2B Sean Coyle, Red Sox
  3. SS Corey Seager, Dodgers
  4. 3B Kris Bryant, Cubs
  5. DH Joey Gallo, Rangers
  6. 1B D.J. Peterson, Mariners
  7. LF Jesse Winker, Reds
  8. RF Hunter Renfroe, Padres
  9. C Kevin Plawecki, Mets
    LHP Henry Owens, Red Sox (pitching order)

It’s nice and sunny in Minneapolis with no rain in the forecast. Wonderful day for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 5pm ET and you’ll be able to watch live on MLB Network or via the live stream below. Enjoy the game.

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Jul
12

Game 93: Beat the Birds

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(Rob Carr/Getty)

(Rob Carr/Getty)

This important three-game series against the Orioles did not get off to a good start last night. Not at all. The Yankees dropped a(nother) winnable game, mostly because their offense shuts down after the fifth or sixth inning. I’m not making that up either. They average only 1.29 runs per game from the sixth through ninth innings, which is the lowest in baseball according to Team Rankings. This team goes down too easily in the late innings. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Brian McCann
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. 3B Kelly Johnson
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Shane Greene

It is hot and humid in Baltimore, per usual, and there are scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for later this evening. Not sure if they will be an issue for the game or what. We’ll find out eventually. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Roster Updates: Jeff Francis has reported to the team and is available today. He is wearing No. 53. Matt Daley was optioned down to clear a roster spot … Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will not attend the All-Star Game festivities next week. He’s receiving his platelet rich-plasma injection on Monday.

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Jul
11

Game 92: Just Win

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Roberts is playing his first game back in Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Rude of LeBron to overshadow Roberts’ return to Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Considering all the injuries and their extended stretch of mediocre play — 42-42 in their last 84 games! — this could be a season-defining series for the Yankees. I don’t think that’s hyperbole either. If the Yankees sweep, they’ll be a game back of the Orioles and right in the thick of the AL East race. If the Yankees get swept, forget it. They’ll be seven games back and buried. They would have to seriously consider selling at the trade deadline.

This is the epitome of a one game at a time weekend. The All-Star break is coming up, so Joe Girardi can lean a heavily on his late-inning relievers if necessary. In fact, I encourage it. This is the most important series of the season (to date), after all. Win at all costs, then enjoy the four-day mini-vacation next week. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. DH Kelly Johnson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s a little cloudy but hot and uncomfortably humid in Baltimore, which is pretty standard down there. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) has postponed his appointment with Dr. Andrews on Monday. He will first get opinions from Dr. ElAttrache and Dr. Maister … in case you missed it earlier, the Yankees acquired lefty Jeff Francis in a minor trade with the Athletics. Jim Miller was designated for assignment and Matt Daley was called up.

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Jul
10

Game 91: Before Baltimore

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(Jason Miller/Getty)

(Jason Miller/Getty)

The Yankees have a chance to win their second straight four-game series tonight, and I can’t imagine that happens very often. Especially not in back-to-back series. With Masahiro Tanaka‘s final diagnosis looming and a huge three-game series in Baltimore upcoming this weekend, it would be wonderful if the Yankees could bag an easy, bullpen-saving win tonight against the Indians. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of those. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Brian McCann
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. RF Zelous Wheeler
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP David Phelps

It’s nice and sunny in Cleveland and there is no rain in the forecast. The series finale is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Tanaka will see team doctor Dr. Ahmad tonight in Seattle and the Yankees could announce a final diagnosis within 24 hours. Dr. Neal ElAttrache is at the same conference as Ahmad and could also examine Tanaka. He did his pre-signing physical over the winter, so there is some familiarity there … in case you missed it earlier, Carlos Beltran was placed on the 7-day concussion DL and Solarte was called up.

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Jul
09

Game 90: McCarthy’s Debut

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(Mike Ehrmann/Getty)

(Mike Ehrmann/Getty)

The Yankees were dealt a rather significant blow this afternoon when Masahiro Tanaka‘s barking elbow forced the team to place their ace on the 15-day DL. The All-Star break is next week, so the best case scenario means he will miss only two starts. Still, I’d rather not see him miss any.

Tanaka’s injury comes a few days after the Yankees swung a deal for Brandon McCarthy, who will make his debut for the team tonight. I think he might be their ace right now. Boy things really fell apart in a hurry, huh? Hopefully McCarthy makes a strong first impression and the Yankees can get back in the win column following last night’s loss. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 2B Brian Roberts
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. LF Zoilo Almonte
  8. 3B Zelous Wheeler
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It is cloudy and cool in Cleveland, but there is no rain in the forecast. Shouldn’t be any trouble getting this game in. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Brett Gardner is day-to-day with a lower abdominal strain and is day-to-day. Tests confirmed it is not a hernia and he hopes to play tomorrow … Carlos Beltran was scratched from tonight’s lineup after a ball ricocheted off the cage and hit him below the eye during the batting practice. I’m not joking.

Roster Updates: Almonte was called up to take Tanaka’s spot on the roster … the Yankees have not yet announced who will start Sunday’s game in Tanaka’s place. I assume it depends on whether Chase Whitley is needed in relief these next few days.

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Jul
08

Game 89: Tanaka Tuesday

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Tanaka preemptively applauding his own performance. (Jason Miller/Getty)

Tanaka applauding his own performance in advance. (Jason Miller/Getty)

It’s the best day of the week. Masahiro Tanaka is making his penultimate start of the unofficial first half and he has a chance to give the Yankees their third straight win (and fifth in the last six games). It’s a good night for a win. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 1B Kelly Johnson
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It’s hot and humid in Cleveland, but there is no rain in the forecast. There was earlier today. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Carlos Beltran‘s knee feels “a lot better” and he is available to pinch hit tonight … Brandon McCarthy has officially reported to the team. He is wearing No. 38, if you’re curious. Bruce Billings was optioned to Triple-A Scranton in a corresponding move … Shane Greene is still listed with the starters on the lineup card while Chase Whitley remains listed with the relievers. Between that and Billings (the other long man) being sent down, it’s likely Greene will make another start.

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Jul
07

Game 88: Seven To Go

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(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

I feel like the Yankees are just trying to survive until the All-Star break. The pitching staff is a wreck, especially the bullpen, and there are a few position players banged up as well. Brian McCann‘s foot has been bothering him, Mark Teixeira‘s knee gave him trouble not too long away, Carlos Beltran‘s elbow is still a thing, so on and so on. They could use four straight days off in the worst way.

The Yankees play the first of the final seven games of the unofficial first half tonight in Cleveland. Shane Greene has been called up from Triple-A Scranton to make the spot start, which was necessitated by the Brandon McCarthy/Vidal Nuno trade. (Nuno was scheduled to start tonight.) If Greene pitches well, he could very easily stick around for more than just the one spot start. Hopefully he gives the Yankees a reason to keep him. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Brian McCann
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Kelly Johnson
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Shane Greene

It is overcast and very humid in Cleveland, and there are supposed to be on and off light showers pretty much all night. Nothing heavy that will delay the game, but the conditions won’t be perfect. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and ESPN Nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Carlos Beltran is day-to-day with swelling in his right knee. The team is hopeful it’s nothing serious, but Beltran had surgery on the knee in 2010 and missed most of the season.

Roster Move: As expected, the Yankees have called up Greene to make the spot start. There is no need for a corresponding move because technically McCarthy has not yet reported the team. They will need to drop someone from the roster when McCarthy is added tomorrow.

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Jul
06

Game 87: Win The Series

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(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

The Yankees took the first two games of this four-game weekend series in Target Field before dropping yesterday’s game on a walk-off error. I can’t even get mad about that game. You could see the loss coming a mile away. The Bombers have a chance to take three of four and win the series against the Twins this afternoon though, and that’s the most important thing. I’ll take three wins out of every four games from now until the end of time. Here is the Twins lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCannhis sore foot made it through batting practice fine
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The weather report makes it sound like an uncomfortable day in Minneapolis — temperatures around 90 with a bunch of humidity. There is also some rain in the forecast later this afternoon. Scattered thunderstorms, hopefully nothing that delays the game. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy the game.

Roster Moves: In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment and called up Bruce Billings to help the overworked bullpen. They also traded Vidal Nuno to the Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy (and cash!).

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Jul
05

Game 86: Make It Three

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(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

It’s been a while since the Yankees last won three straight games. They haven’t done it since sweeping the Blue Jays and winning the first game of the Orioles series in Yankee Stadium three weeks ago. They have a chance to win their third straight this afternoon, and whenever the Yankees need a win, the Twins always seem to come through. Especially in Target Field. Here is the Twins lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. SS Derek Jeter
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. LF Alfonso Soriano
  8. C Frankie CervelliBrian McCann was a late scratch because his foot is still sore, though x-rays were negative
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP David Phelps

It is nice and sunny in the Twin Cities. No threat of rain or anything. Perfect afternoon for baseball. Today’s game is scheduled to start a little after 2pm ET and you can watch live on YES. Enjoy the game.

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Jul
04

Game 85: Fourth of July

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone. The Yankees are looking for their second straight win (!) and are in the right place to do it. They’ve been close to unbeatable in Target Field over the years. Here is the Twins lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. 3B Kelly Johnson
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    RHP Chase Whitley

It’s cloudy in Minnesota but there is no rain in the forecast. This afternoon’s game will start a little after 3pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and ESPN2 nationally. Enjoy.

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