DotF: Mitchell and Banuelos dominate in wins

Some roster moves:

  • RHP Brady Lail has been placed on the High-A Tampa DL, according to Nicholas Flammia. Not sure what’s wrong with him, but it could be an innings management thing. It’s the time of year for that stuff.
  • RHP Danny Burawa has been demoted from Triple-A Scranton to Double-A Trenton while RHP Jaron Long goes from Trenton to Tampa, report Flammia and Matt Kardos.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Pawtucket)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller & C Austin Romine: both 0-4 — Roller struck out once, Romine twice
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 51 of 82 pitches were strikes (62%) … Good Bryan showed up today … he’s at 75/37 K/BB in 81.1 total innings this year
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB – nine of 17 pitches were strikes (53%)

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Sunday Night Open Thread

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre was inducted into the Hall of Fame this afternoon, along with Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, and former Yankees infielder Bobby Cox. Maddux thanked both former battery mate Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild during his speech. Torre’s speech is above — he accidentally omitted George Steinbrenner and told reporters afterwards he “feels terrible” — and his plaque is right here, in case you missed it.

Here is your open thread for the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is a good one, the Dodgers at the Giants (Ryu vs. Peavy). Talk about that game, the Hall of Fame inductions (more video), this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here.

Yankees can’t answer Blue Jays a fourth time, lose series finale 5-4

Source: FanGraphs

That was a dumb end to the homestand, but hey, I’m pretty sure we all would have signed up seven wins in ten games coming out of the All-Star break. Let’s recap Sunday afternoon’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays:

  • Rally to Tie, Part I: The Yankees made J.A. Happ look like Felix Hernandez or Miles Mikolas for the first four innings. He faced one over the minimum in those innings and retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced before Chase Headley and Frankie Cervelli teamed up for back-to-back solo homers in the fifth. Headley’s was a bomb out to left, Cervelli’s a Yankee Stadium cheapie to right-center. They were the team’s 18th and 19th homers by right-handed hitters this year. Yep.
  • Mean Greene: Not the prettiest outing for Shane Greene, who did wiggle out of a second and third with no outs jam in the first inning while allowing only one run. He surrendered a solo homer to Juan Francisco, and, after the offense rallied to tie the game, a run-scoring double to Colby Rasmus in the sixth. Three runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings isn’t great but it’s hardly a disaster. Greene bent but he did not break.
  • Rally to Tie, Part II: In a refreshing role reversal, the other team’s infield defense led to a run in the sixth inning. Derek Jeter singled and Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out before moving up on Carlos Beltran‘s ground out. Brian McCann plated the game tying run with a weak grounder. The second baseman short-hopped the throw to first and full-in first baseman Jose Bautista couldn’t handle the throw. McCann was safe and credit with an infield single, and Ellsbury scored the tie the game at three.
  • Wild Wild Wild: Dellin Betances pitched out of a David Huff created mess in the seventh inning — he inherited first and second with no outs — but his wildness hurt him in the eighth. He walked Rasmus to start the inning and let him get to third by throwing away a pickoff throw. A Munenori Kawasaki sac fly gave Toronto a 4-3 lead. Dr. Dellin in the seventh, Mr. Betances in the eighth.
  • Rally to Tie, Part III: For the third time in the game, the Yankees answered right back immediately after the Blue Jays scored. Brett Gardner led the eighth inning off with a single, moved to second on Jeter’s bunt, and scored on Beltran’s single to shallow left. Good ol’ manufactured run. I wish they would hit-and-run or just flat-out tell Gardner to run in those situations. Bunting is a waste of his speed.
  • No Shutdown Innings Allowed: The Yankees weren’t the only team to do the answering. Toronto scored the next-half inning each time the Bombers scored, including in the ninth. A single by Melky Cabrera, a run-saving diving stab by Headley to cut down the lead runner at second, a stolen base by Bautista, and a single by Dioner Navarro re-gave the Jays the lead off David Robertson. Just one shutdown inning would have been cool. There was no ninth inning rally for New York. Not even a base-runner.
  • Leftovers: The YES cameras caught Troy Tulowitzki at the game wearing an Arrested Development shirt (photo). He’s in New York to see a specialist about his hip injury … the usually reliable bullpen allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. Can’t expect zeroes every single day … every starter had exactly one hit except Ellsbury and Brendan Ryan. Ellsbury drew a walk though … Cervelli made two great plays at the plate. First to reel in Zelous Wheeler‘s off-line throw to tag Dan Johnson in the fourth, and again to hold onto McCann’s short-hop throw for the force out in the seventh.

For the box score and video highlights, go to FanGraphs has some other stats and ESPN has the updated standings. Depending on the outcome of the afternoon, the Yankees will be either three games back (Orioles lose) or four games back (Orioles win) of the top spot in the AL East. They’re one game back of Toronto for the second wildcard either way. The Yankees are off to Texas to play the last place Rangers now. David Phelps and Yu Darvish open the three-game series on Monday night.

Game 104: End of the Homestand

(Rich Schultz/Getty)
(Rich Schultz/Getty)

The scheduling gods did the Yankees a favor and gave them a ten-game homestand to open the second half. They’ve taken advantage and won seven of the first nine games with a chance to make it eight of ten this afternoon. Playing better at home these last two months is imperative if the team wants to contend and so far they’ve done that. Wrap up the homestand with a win this afternoon, then head out on the road to play two last place teams. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Brian McCann
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Francisco Cervelli
  8. RF Zelous Wheeler
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Shane Greene

It’s hot, humid, and cloudy in New York this afternoon, and there is rain in the forecast for later today. It shouldn’t be a problem unless the game goes long. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Mark Teixeira (lat) took swings in the batting cage and fielded grounders earlier today. Joe Girardi said he is hopeful he will be back in the lineup either Tuesday or Wednesday … Carlos Beltran (elbow) is continuing his throwing program and Girardi indicated he could return to the outfield within two weeks.

Marchand: Yankees currently not interested in Matt Kemp

Via Andrew Marchand: The Yankees do not have interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp at the moment. Jon Heyman reports Los Angeles is shopping the 2011 NL MVP runner-up and his agent has said it might be best for both parties if he moves on. Kemp would welcome a trade if it allows him to move back to center field full-time, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Kemp, 29, is hitting .273/.339/.429 (119 wRC+) with eight homers in 369 plate appearances this year. He’s owed roughly $118M through 2019. There is almost always a point where it makes sense to acquire a player, especially someone of Kemp’s caliber, but I think this is the type of contract the Yankees have to avoid. The structural problems with his shoulder (surgery in each of the last two offseasons) suggest his power loss is not a fluke, plus he already contributes nothing defensively. Healthy Matt Kemp is a monster, one of the five best players in the world, but he hasn’t been that player for three years now.

DotF: Cave, Sanchez, O’Brien, Austin all have big days for Trenton

John DeMarzo wrote an article about UTIL Jose Pirela and the prospect of a call-up. “He’s not a bad player. He’s a Triple-A, emergency call-up kind of guy that can help you … Not a bad player, but he’d be a utility player,” said a scout.

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

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — in a 10-for-44 (.227) slump
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 BB
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB — 11-for-32 (.344) in his last nine games
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3 WP, 3/4 GB/FB — 52 of 86 pitches were strikes (60%) … so I guess he cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A after being designated for assignment the other day
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 30 of 53 pitches were strikes (57%)

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Saturday Night Open Thread

Here is your open thread for the night. The Mets are playing plus MLB Network will air some games, so talk about those, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here. Have at it.