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.
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 MLB.com. 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.
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:
- LF Brett Gardner
- SS Derek Jeter
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- DH Carlos Beltran
- 1B Brian McCann
- 3B Chase Headley
- C Francisco Cervelli
- RF Zelous Wheeler
- 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.
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. · (46) ·
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%)
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.
The streak is dead, long live the streak. The Blue Jays beat the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the first time since August 2012, 17 games ago. Bad offense and bad defense were to blame for this one, if assigning blame is your thing. Let’s recap the 6-4 loss:
- Two Runs, One Swing: Despite putting two runners on base in the first and another on in the third, Drew Hutchison threw a total of 32 pitches in the first three innings. He started the sixth at only 75 pitches. The Yankees were hacking at everything, which they’ve been doing for a few weeks now. They got to him for two runs in the fourth — Carlos Beltran drew a four-pitch walk and Brian McCann hit a 1-1 pitch into the bullpen — but otherwise they only had one runner reach third base the rest of the game. Not the most inspiring afternoon from the offense.
- Quality Start: I don’t think we could have reasonably asked for anything better than two runs and six innings from Chris Capuano, right? He walked the tightrope all afternoon and I thought Joe Girardi was really tempting fate by sending back out for the sixth after allowing a bunch of hits and the two runs in the fifth, but he skated through that last inning. Four singles, four walks, one double, and one hit batsman is a lot of base-runners, but it worked. There are no style points with guys like Capuano. Outs are outs and he got them. Nice surprise.
- Five-Out Innings: It’s been a while since we’ve had a good infield derpfest. The Yankees gave the Blue Jays five outs in the seventh inning because they’re playing a catcher at first base and Brian Roberts in general. McCann fielded Dioner Navarro’s chopper at first, looked the runners back, but let Navarro run by to load the bases with no outs. Later in the inning, Matt Thornton jammed Dan Johnson, but the infield pop-up somehow fell in front of Roberts for an infield hit, scoring a run. It’s a play a big leaguer has to make, no doubt about it. The Jays only scored the one run in the inning, but New York’s always sketchy infield defense gave with two extra outs.
- Leftovers: Beltran hit a garbage time two-run homer in the ninth after Chase Whitley and Jeff Francis combined to allow three runs (Johnson homer) in the top half of the inning … Capuano hit Jose Bautista in the top of the first and Hutchison retaliated by plunked Beltran in the bottom half. Both benches were warned but nothing came of it … Chase Headley went 1-for-4 and bunted to beat the shift immediately following McCann’s homer. Michael Kay could hardly contain his excitement … Thornton got only his second and third swing and miss in his last eight appearances (51 total pitches).
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs has some other stats, and ESPN has the updated standings. The Orioles are playing the Mariners this afternoon, so, depending on the outcome of that game, the Yankees will either be three games back of the AL East lead and a half-game up on the second wildcard spot (Mariners win) or four games back of the AL East lead and 1.5 games up on the second wildcard spot (Orioles win). Simple enough, right? Shane Greene and J.A. Happ will wrap up the series and the homestand on Sunday afternoon. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch that game live.
Following last night’s come-from-behind win, the Yankees have now won 17 straight games over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. That dates back to August 2012. It’s pretty unbelievable, really. Yankee Stadium for the Blue Jays must feel like what Angel Stadium feels like for the Yankees.
Anyway, Chris Capuano makes his Yankees debut this afternoon and, based on how things go, I suppose this could be anything from a spot start to the beginning of an extended stay in the rotation. Hopefully he gives the team something to think about. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- LF Brett Gardner
- SS Derek Jeter
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- DH Carlos Beltran
- 1B Brian McCann
- 3B Chase Headley
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- 2B Brian Roberts
- C Frankie Cervelli
LHP Chris Capuano
It’s warm and the sun is trying to poke through some clouds here in New York. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.
Via Joel Sherman: The Rockies and White Sox are among the teams keeping an eye on Francisco Cervelli prior to the trade deadline. All of his recent playing time is not a showcase, however. “You showcase in Spring Training, not now when you are trying to win games. We are just putting our best team on the field while [Mark Teixeira] is out,” said Brian Cashman.
Cervelli, 28, is hitting .311/.354/.443 (121 wRC+) in 65 plate appearances around a Grade II hamstring strain this year. The White Sox were said to be watching him back in Spring Training and the Yankees have reportedly asked about lefty John Danks, but it’s unclear if there’s any kind of match there. Sherman says the Yankees also like Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, but Colorado is asking for way too much in return.
The Yankees have some upper level catching depth to spare but that doesn’t mean they should give it away. Remember, Cervelli is injury prone and Austin Romine has faded. The depth isn’t as great as it appears. Cashman did a really excellent job of getting Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley for pennies on the dollar, so maybe Cervelli winds up being part of a similar trade within the next few days. We’ll see. · (49) ·
Triple-A Scranton (10-2 loss to Pawtucket)
- 1B Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K — apparently he’s going to work out at every position of need at the big league level but not get called up
- 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 RBI
- DH Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
- C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4, 2 PB
- LHP Matt Tracy: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 2/3 GB/FB — 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (63%)
- RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB — only 18 of 37 pitches were strikes (49%) … 49/26 K/BB in 39.2 innings
- LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 WP — 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%) … 77/17 K/BB in 53.1 innings