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The start of Friday night’s series opener against the White Sox was not so good, but the ending was arguably the best of the season. Thanks to Martin Prado‘s big night, the Yankees walked off with a much-needed 4-3 win over Chicago’s south-siders. That’s two straight wins and four in the last six games overall. It’s going to take a lot more than that to get the Bombers back into the postseason race, but hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere.

Three batters into the game, the ChiSox had a 3-0 lead thanks to two singles and a Jose Abreu three-run homer. Shane Greene hung a slider — though not too badly — and Abreu went down and golfed it out to left field. Given the Yankees’ offensive struggles, there was definitely a feeling that the game was already over after the homer. Give Greene credit though, he settled down and was very good the rest of the way, striking out seven and allowing just those three runs in five innings. Impressive bounce back.

The comeback started in the third inning, when Prado whacked a hanging John Danks changeup out of the park for a two-run homer. The Yankees tied the game on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s double in the fifth, which also gave them runners at second and third with no outs. Mark Teixeira (ground out), Prado (strikeout), and Brian McCann (fly out) couldn’t get any more runs home. Shawn Kelley did the bullpen heavy lifting, inheriting a first and second with no outs jam from Greene and escaped the inning. He had help when Brett Gardner threw a runner out at the plate for the third out.

Kelley (four outs), Dellin Betances (five outs), and David Robertson (three outs) combined for four innings of work in relief of Greene, giving the offense a chance to win it. Ichiro Suzuki‘s leadoff single in the ninth set the winning rally up, and eventually the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs on Ichiro‘s single, Gardner’s bunt, Derek Jeter‘s line out, Ellsbury’s intentional walk, and Teixeira’s unintentional walk. Righty Daniel Webb got ahead in the count 0-2 to Prado, followed that with three straight balls to run the count full, then allowed the walk-off ground ball single back up the middle. It was the Yankees’ fourth walk-off win of the season.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs has some other stats, and ESPN has the updated standings. The Mariners won but both the Tigers and Orioles lost, so the Yankees are eight games back in the AL East and 3.5 games back of the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs has their postseason odds at 6.5%. Hiroki Kuroda and Scott Carroll will meet in the middle game of this three-game series on Saturday afternoon, but first the Yankees will retire Joe Torre’s No. 6. The ceremony is scheduled to start a little after 12pm ET. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch it live.

Minor League Update: No time for a full recap tonight, folks. Here is the system wrap-up from MLB Farm instead. Every game in one place. Jose Pirela was a single short of the cycle, John Ryan Murphy and Dante Bichette Jr. both homered, Jacob Lindgren struck out three in two innings, and both Aaron Judge and Abi Avelino doubled.

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Some notes, including a few roster moves courtesy of Nicholas Flammia, Nick Peruffo, and Donnie Collins.

  • Baseball Prospectus posted a bunch of (free!) firsthand scouting reports of Yankees prospects today, including LHP Jacob Lindgren, C Gary Sanchez, OF Tyler Austin, and OF Mason Williams. Williams got absolutely crushed, which isn’t all that surprising, sadly.
  • C John Ryan Murphy was activated off the Triple-A DL. He missed a little more than a week after taking a foul tip to the face mask. C Jose Gil was placed on the phantom DL to clear a roster spot. Also, Sanchez was activated off the Double-A paternity list.
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs was placed on the High-A Tampa DL with an unknown injury and RHP Caleb Cotham was bumped from the rookie Gulf Coast League up to High-A Tampa to continue rehabbing from whatever his injury was.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Buffalo)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K — 95/49 K/BB this year after 82/84 K/BB last year
  • RF Zoilo Almonte & DH Kyle Roller: both 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing) –
  • LHP Nik Turley: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 7/2 GB/FB — 58 of 101 pitches were strikes (57%) … 43/40 K/BB in 55 innings
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GB/FB — 20 of 28 pitches were strikes (71%) … 75/17 K/BB in 53.2 innings across four levels

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Triple-A Scranton (11-2 loss to Syracuse)

  • CF Jose Pirela: 1-3, 1 RBI
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder, RF Zoilo Almonte & 1B Kyle Roller: all 0-4 — Refsnyder and Zoilo each struck out once
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 2 K – 0-for-7 with four strikeouts since being sent down, which will happen after you sat around doing nothing for eight days
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6/4 GB/FB — 48 of 81 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GB/FB – 22 of 35 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 37 pitches were strikes (65%) … rough
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 11 of 19 pitches were strikes (58%)

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The notes:

  • RHP Luis Severino (oblique) was activated off the Double-A Trenton disabled list, the team announced. How about that? A minor injury that actually turned out to be minor. C Gary Sanchez was placed on the paternity list to clear a roster spot, according to the team. Congrats to him.
  • 1B Mike Ford was promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, says Nicholas Flammia. 1B Bubba Jones was bumped from Short Seasons Staten Island to Charleston in a corresponding move, according to the team.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Syracuse, walk-off style)

  • CF Jose Pirela: 3-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — walk-off three-run triple … hot damn
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • C Austin  Romine: 0-4, 2 K
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2/6 GB/FB — 59 of 93 pitches were strikes (63%)

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Some notes:

  • LHP Jeremy Bleich has been sent from Triple-A Scranton down to Double-A Trenton, according to Donnie Collins. The move clears a roster spot for RHP Chris Leroux, who rejoined the team after being designated for assignment and accepting his outright.
  • If you’re interested, Matt Eddy listed the signing scout for every player who has made his MLB debut this year. That includes RHP Bryan Mitchell, RHP Chase Whitley, and RHP Jose Ramirez for the Yankees, among others.

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Pawtucket)

  • CF Jose Pirela: 1-3, 2 BB — eight walks and six strikeouts in his last nine games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K — 12-for-36 (.333) in his last nine games
  • RF Zelous Wheeler: 1-2, 2 BB
  • DH Scott Sizemore: 0-4, 1 K — first game since early-July due to an unknown injury … he was released and re-signing during that time as well
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GB/FB — only 30 of 68 pitches were strikes (44%) … had only five walks in his previous 22.2 innings
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2/5 GB — 46 of 78 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes (65%)

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

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-5, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — 16-for-43 (.372), so he’s starting to heat back up after a little slump
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K – capped off the five-run ninth inning rally with a two-run go-ahead single
  • RF Taylor Dugas: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — started that ninth inning rally with a one-out walk
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 63 of 98 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Brandon Pinder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 13 of 17 pitches were strikes (76%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 13 pitches were strikes (77%) … 89/20 K/BB in 64.1 innings

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OF Tyler Austin made the In The Team Photo section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. In other news, Chris Cotillo says RHP Chris Leroux cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A. He was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the roster for Michael Pineda the other day.

Triple-A Scranton (9-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 R, 2 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 13-for-38 (.342) in his last nine games
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 3/5 GB/FB — 52 of 99 pitches were strikes … 39/36 K/BB in 50.1 innings
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB – 31 of 46 pitches were strikes (67%)

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Make it five straight losses to both the Rays and all teams in general. The Yankees were shut out 5-0 by Tampa in their series opener on Friday night as the offense continues to fold like a lawn chair during what was an important stretch of the season. Now it doesn’t look like there will be many important games left this year.

I missed tonight’s game and I ain’t mad about it. I’ve been told Brandon McCarthy was once again solid, falling victim to some shaky defense early and broken bat bloopers late. He was around the plate all night, throwing 84 of his 110 pitches for strikes (76%) and a first pitch strike to 23 of 28 batters faced. Seven strikeouts, ten ground ball outs, and two fly ball outs. That’s work just fine. McCarthy isn’t part of the problem.

The offense put one runner at third base all night, and that came with one out in the eighth inning, after they were already down four runs. Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira, aka the three-four hitters, both struck out with the bases loaded to squash that rally. The Yankees actually had the leadoff man reach base in five innings, so I guess that means they made Alex Cobb work hard? Based on his pitching line, it doesn’t look like it.

Derek Jeter and Teixeira both had two hits while Chase Headley, Frankie Cervelli, and Drew had one each. Brett Gardner drew the only walk. Esmil Rogers came out of the bullpen and served up a solo homer to James Loney — apparently he tried to quick-pitch him — for the Rays’ totally unnecessary fifth run. The Yankees have scored seven runs during the five-game losing streak, two of which scored when Manny Machado hit Carlos Beltran in the head with a throw.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are now eight games back in the AL East and 4.5 games back to Robinson Cano‘s Mariners for the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs puts their postseason odds at 5.8% and shrinking. They’ll try to score a run or two against lefty Drew Smyly during Saturday afternoon’s probable loss. Shane Greene will be on the bump for the Yankees.

Minor League Update: All of the night’s box scores can be seen in one place at MLB Farm. RHP Bryan Mitchell struck out three in five shutout innings, OF Tyler Austin had two doubles and a single, LHP Jacob Lindgren struck out five in two scoreless innings, and C Luis Torrens doubled. Not much else to see there.

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Terrible news: OF Frank Frias suffered a dislocated ankle and broken fibula on a freak play at second base today, according to hitting coach Drew Henson. He’s having surgery tomorrow to put plates in his leg. Sounds like another Ravel Santana/David Adams incident. Yuck.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 loss to Louisville)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • DH Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 BB
  • RF Zelous Wheeler: 1-4, 1 K
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4/6 GB/FB — 64 of 94 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 21 of 37 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Jose Gil: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven of 15 pitches were strikes (47%) … second straight night they had to put a position player on the mound

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In this week’s Ask BA (no subs. req’d), J.J. Cooper answered a question comparing OF Aaron Judge to Adam Dunn. “Judge still has a long ways to go to match a Dunn comp,” he wrote. “Judge is 22. At that age, Dunn already had 45 big league home runs. But Judge does have an understanding of the strike zone, and his strikeout rate isn’t all that different than what Dunn did as a minor leaguer.”

In other news, LHP Ian Clarkin was placed on High-A Tampa’s disabled list, the team announced. I’m guessing it’s an innings management thing and not a real injury. It’s the time of the year for that. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Louisville in 14 innings)

  • 2B-RF Jose Pirela: 2-7
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — three straight multi-hit games
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 1 BB, 4 K
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 42 of 67 pitches were strikes (63%) … had to make a spot start given the recent Bryan Mitchell and Chris Leroux call-ups
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 7/1 GB/FB — only 29 of 59 pitches were strikes (49%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • LHP Taylor Dugas: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 30 pitches were strikes (40%) … always sucks when a position player takes the loss

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