Williams’ big night helps Staten Island to a win

It’s been a long day, so I’m cutting some corners tonight…

  • Triple-A Scranton is off until tomorrow for the All-Star Game. Adam Warren allowed a hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings. No other Yankees farmhand played in the game, which is still ongoing.
  • Double-A Trenton is off until tomorrow for the All-Star Game. Corban Joseph singled twice in three at-bats while Austin Romine had one hit in two trips to the plate. Both came off the bench as reserves.Manny Banuelos struck out the side in his inning of work (13 pitches), and Dellin Betances threw just seven pitches in his scoreless inning (no baserunners, one whiff).
  • High-A Tampa (win). J.R. Murphy and Rob Segedin each singled once, Zoilo Almonte twice, and Neil Medchill homered. Kramer Sneed gave up three runs in four innings in what was an otherwise uninteresting game.
  • Low-A Charleston (loss). Eduardo Sosa had four singles, and both Ramon Flores and Kelvin DeLeon went deep. Scottie Allen’s disaster season continued with seven runs in four innings, and Tommy Kahnle also got rocked(three hits, three walks, four runs, one out).
  • Short Season Staten Island (win). Mason Williams went 4-for-5 with a triple. Cito Culver singled once, Angelo Gumbs did twice. Zach Wilson homered. Absolutely nothing interesting happened on the mound.
  • Rookie GCL Yankees (win). Claudio Custodio and Dante Bichette Jr. each had two hits while Tyler Austin had three. All three doubled. Mark Prior (!!!) made a rehab start, allowing one unearned run in two innings. Taylor Morton followed him up with five innings of one run ball.

Soriano faces hitters in Tampa; Feliciano and Marte continue throwing

Via the AP, Rafael Soriano threw 25 pitches to hitters in live batting practice today, his second live BP session. I can’t imagine a minor league rehab stint will be far behind, and that’s good news. Pedro Feliciano, meanwhile, resumed a throwing program after being shutdown for a week with soreness in his injured left shoulder. Damaso Marte continues to throw bullpen sessions as well. Good news all around, though the last two are still long shots to contribute this year.

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you

Which Yankee would do the best on Jeopardy? Who on the Bombers is the snazziest dresser? Loudest on the plane? Biggest card shark? Behold these answers and more in Dan Barbarisi excellent glimpse at the life of the Yankees. The Wall Street Journal scribe surveyed 18 Yankees on a variety of topics, and for once, we learn a little bit more about our favorite players. Of course, Nick Swisher and Joba Chamberlain are the most boisterous on team flights, and of course, Francisco Cervelli takes the longest to get cleaned up after games. But Mark Teixeira, brainiac? That surprised me.

The funniest part involved Jorge Posada. Named the slowest Yankee by his teammates, the DH did not take too kindly to it. “I’m not the slowest runner here. I’m just telling you right now,” he growled at Barbarisi. Plus, if you read it, you’ll find out why the Yankees reacquired Sergio Mitre and which outfielder could be a future politician. While we wait for baseball games to return, it’s a fun read.

Open Thread: 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game

Last night it was the big leaguers, now it’s the guys one notch below them. The Triple-A All-Star Game is being played in Salt Lake City tonight, and former Yankees farmhand Zach McAllister is making the start for the International League. Z-Mac made his big league debut last week in case you missed it, allowing three runs in four innings against the Blue Jays. He’s the eighth player from the Yankees’ 2006 draft class to reach the show, joining Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Colin Curtis, Mark Melancon, Dan McCutchen, David Robertson, and Kevin Russo. Dellin Betances and George Kontos have a chance to make it ten, which would be pretty amazing.

Anyway, here are the lineups for the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Yes, we have a Cody Ransom sighting. The only Yankee there is Adam Warren, and I imagine he’ll get an inning in at some point. Jesus Montero, Jorge Vazquez, and Kevin Whelan all withdrew due to injury. The game starts at 9pm ET and can be seen on the MLB Network, so use this thread to talk about that or whatever else your heart desires. You all know what to do by now, so go nuts.

Modell’s, Steiner, Miller help Lopez with taxes, loans

When Christian Lopez decided to give Derek Jeter the ball from the Yanks’ short stop’s 3000th hit in exchange for Yankee schwag,, Lopez, as we discussed yesterday, may have inadvertently incurred a decent amount of tax liability on top the $100,000 in outstanding student loans he owes. Today, we learn that this story has a happy ending. As ESPN New York reported, Modell’s and Miller High Life have both offered to help out. The beer company said they would cover Lopez’s tax liability while Modell’s said a portion of sales of Yankee merchandise would help offset Lopez’s loans as well. Furthermore, as NBC’s Bruce Beck noted, Brandon Steiner and Mitchell Modell both guaranteed $25,000 for Lopez’s loan repayments as well. Good deeds sometimes do get rewarded.