Tampa, Staten Island walk-off with wins

Brad Rulon has been released, and three draft picks have signed: OF Jake Anderson (7th round), C Tyler Austin (13th), and RHP Dustin Hobbs (21st). Austin’s the best of the bunch, a recent catching convert with significant catch-and-throw and offensive skills, but he’s hella raw.

D.J. Mitchell took David Phelps‘ place on the Double-A Eastern League All Star team. Talk about undeserving (4.70 ERA, 4.52 FIP, 6.5 K/9, 4.7 BB/9). Meanwhile, Brandon Laird was one of the final cuts for Baseball America’s midseason prospect All Star team.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Pawtucket)
Justin Christian, LF & Jesus Montero, C: both 0 for 4
Marcus Thames, RF: 0 for 3 – played eight innings in the field by design
Reid Gorecki, RF: 0 for 1
Eduardo Nunez, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 E (throwing) – definitely not a coincidence that he’s played two games in a row at the hot corner … they want to see how he can handle it before swapping him with Ramiro Pena
Juan Miranda, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - first game off the DL … as soon as he & Thames shake the rust off, they need to be in the Bronx serving as a DH platoon, as soon as friggin’ possible
Jorge Vazquez, 1B, Reegie Corona, 2B & Greg Golson, CF: all 0 for 3 – JoVa K’ed once, Golson twice … Vazquez also committed a fielding error
Eric Bruntlett, SS: 1 for 3
David Phelps: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 12-1 GB/FB – 63 of 99 pitches were strikes … he gets a pass because this is his first AAA start, but damn, love the ground balls
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB – 12 of his 19 pitches were strikes (63.2%) … still has a shiny 0.00 ERA with SWB this year
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – just 13 of his 22 pitches were strikes (59.1%) … that’s 14 H, 10 BB, 14 K in his last 15.1 IP … that’s not him, something’s up

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Yankees interested in Ty Wigginton

Via MLBTR, the Yankees have expressed interest in trading for Ty Wigginton to serve as a reserve. I wrote all about the possibility of acquiring Wigginton a little over a week ago, so I suggest going there for a comprehensive breakdown. What’s worth repeating is that the Orioles are looking for a young shortstop in return for the free-agent-to-be, and the Yanks have a trio in Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez, and Reegie Corona. They clearly need to upgrade the bench, and if nothing else, Wigginton is an (expensive) upgrade over Pena.

Open Thread: Be grateful that you have a brain for thinking and legs to take you places

What the hell are you clapping about? (Photo Credit: Seth Wenig, AP)

I don’t even want to talk about the suckfest from this afternoon. I’ll vent in the recap later. You know what to do with the open thread, so have at it. I recommend going out though. It’s Friday and the weather’s gorgeous, no need to stay indoors.

(Bonus: Anyone get the reference from the title?)

Link Dump: July 2nd International Signing Period Edition

Even though the draft gets all of the attention, the July 2nd international signing period is where the Yankees really do some major damage and acquire top shelf amateur talent. They’ve operated this way for decades, because money (and the Yankee brand) talks on the open market while the draft restricts them to a specific position (usually late for the Yanks). In recent years they’ve signed top prospects like Jesus Montero, Arodys Vizcaino, Jose Tabata, and shiny new toy Gary Sanchez off the international market, and they’re sure to be in the top talents this year.

The team has yet to announce any signings, but that’s not a surprise. They’ll trickle out over time. Here are some links from around the netweb to get you up to speed…

  • Baseball America’s Ben Badler says that the Yankees and other big money teams are going to wait this thing out a bit this summer because right now, the prices are not lining up with the talent. He adds that the top Dominican prospects won’t be signing today, and that PED testing has really wreaked some havoc on the market.
  • The Yanks have been connected to a few players this year (sub. req’d), though they don’t have an obvious number one target (like they did last year with Sanchez). They have interest in Venezuelan SS (and badass name) Rougned Odor (video), Venezuelan LHP Angel Mejias, Dominican OF Wilmer Romero (video), and Dominican SS Javier Pimentel.
  • Keith Law (Insider only) adds that the Yanks are the assumed destination of Dominican RHP Felix Jorge, who “was 89-91 earlier this year with some feel for a curve and change, but his velocity has dropped of late, though he has a projectable body that promises more.”
  • Remember, they’ve also been connected to Mexican RHP Luis Heredia and Dominican RHP Rafael DePaula earlier this year, though the latter is in some age and identity trouble. If you’re a BA subscriber, here’s scouting reports on this year’s top 33 prospects.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any significant signings if and when word gets out.

Game 79: Watch the changeup

Please make it so we can clap for you today, A.J. (Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP)

The last time the Yankees faced Brett Cecil, he killed them with the changeup. Just buried them. Eight innings of one run ball, with 28 of his 105 pitches being that damn changeup. The Yanks swung and missed at nearly 22% of them. It’s easier said than done, but they seriously got to just lay off that pitch and go after everything else. It won’t be easy if he mixes his pitches like he did last time (no fewer than 18 four-seamers, sinkers, changeups, and curveballs), but something has to give. Maybe don’t worry about working the count and just attack the first fastball in the zone.

As for the real sideshow in this one, we get our first look at A.J. Burnett since the return of Dave Eiland. Based on what I’ve read in the MSM, all of Burnett’s ills should be cured. All I know is that he better not throw Jose Bautista a fastball. Break out the eephus pitch if you have to, the guy can’t hit anything that moves.

Heeeeeeeeeere’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, DH
Granderson, CF
Cervelli, C
Gardner, LF

And on the bump, A.J. Burnett.

Another beautiful day in New York, with blue skies and not a smidgen of humidity. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

How New Yorkers and Bostonians spend the Fourth

Later this afternoon I’ll make the death trip. After the game ends I’ll take my packed bag and head to, gulp, Penn Station, where I’ll grab a train out to Jersey for weekend festivities at various relatives’ houses. It’s the way I spend most Fourth weekends. Horseshoe tournament in South Jersey, poolside BBQ in North Jersey. The only downside is that so many other people are escaping the city that it makes for a madhouse at Penn and Port Authority.

That’s what New Yorkers do, though. On holiday weekends we escape the heated confines of the city and traipse the suburbs for the weekend. Then, of course, we return to the city and thank our lucky stars that we don’t actually live there. Suburbanites should not be offended — it’s just the mentality of living in the city.

While this means a frenzy at the public transit stations, it means fewer people clamoring for Yankees tickets. As you can see in the graphic below, tickets for the game on the Fourth are actually a bit lower than they are for the rest of the season. In Boston, however, it’s a different story.

Yes, in Boston the game is the attraction. I guess people don’t flee to other parts of Massachusetts during the weekend. No, they’re demanding Sox tickets even more. I’m sure this has something to do with Fenway being perpetually sold out, but it also probably relates to Bostonians not fleeing the city like New Yorkers.

If you’re looking for tickets for this weekend, make sure to check out RAB Tickets.

Also, we’re running a contest in conjunction with TiqIQ. You’re going to have to get creative to win this one, because it’s a pretty simple question. The more elaborate story, the better chance you’ll have.

Where are you going to watch the game on the Fourth?

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Yankees add Moseley, option Logan

Update (11:46pm): Cashman made it official, Moseley called up in favor of Logan. He says other teams had contacted him about Moseley, so he knew he was going to lose him if they didn’t add him to the roster.

10:35am: Carig spoke too soon, no official move yet.

10:00am: Via Marc Carig, the Yankees have finally recalled righty Dustin Moseley from Triple-A Scranton, optioning Boone Logan down to make room on the 25-man roster. There was an empty spot on the 40-man, so no move had to be made there. Moseley would have been able to opt-out of his contract yesterday if the Yanks didn’t add him to the big league roster, so I assume the team assured him he’d be called up today to prevent him from leaving. I don’t expect much, a few mediocre innings of long relief and an eventually DFA, but with the open 40-man spot and Logan having options left, there was no sense in sacrificing depth.