Triple-A Scranton (7-0 loss to Charlotte)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 K — back in right field
  • DH Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HB, 4/2 GB/FB — 54 of 79 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • LHP Rich Hill: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 12 pitches were strikes … first appearance since signing a minor league deal the other day
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/3 GB/FB – 27 of 46 pitches were strikes (59%)

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The second half Yankees are a much better team than the first half Yankees, aren’t they? I’m glad they’ve got off to a nice little start after the break. If you’re stuck inside for whatever reason, use this as your open thread tonight. The Mets are playing a little later (no FOX games tonight), so talk about that game, this afternoon’s win, or anything else right here. Have at it.

Update: I just realized the Extra Innings package is having a free preview for the next days, so search around for the channels and you can watch any game you desire tonight.

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Source: FanGraphs

Two games, two wins in the second half. The Yankees clinched the series win over the Reds with a quick and crisp 7-1 win Saturday afternoon. They should all be like this. Let’s recap:

  • Early Runs: Just as they did on Friday, the Yankees struck for some early runs and made the Reds play from behind right away. Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer (in an 0-2 count) with two outs in the second, then Brett Gardner singled in Brian Roberts in the third for a two-zip lead. Roberts reached second when Jay Bruce dropped his routine-ish fly ball in right-center. Must have lost it in the sun. Either way, the Yankees made him pay. Love early runs.
  • B-Mac: Can you believe the Yankees got Brandon McCarthy for Vidal Nuno and the Diamondbacks are paying half his salary? McCarthy held Cincinnati to one run (solo homer) in six innings on Saturday, striking out nine and recording seven of his other nine outs on the infield. He struck out eight of the last 15 batters he faced, including the side in the fourth and sixth innings. Two singles in the sixth made things a little dicey but McCarthy escaped with some whiffs. Very nice outing for the team’s de facto number two starter (or the ace?).
  • Pile On: The Yankees scored their third and fourth runs in the fifth after two singles (Roberts and Kelly Johnson) and a passed ball put runners at second and third with one out. Gardner (sac fly) and Derek Jeter (single) drove ‘em in. They blew things open in the next inning, loading the bases with one out on a infield single (Brian McCann) and two traditional singles (Beltran and Roberts). Johnson squibbed a two-run ground ball single just over the first base bag for the big blow. That was some good ol’ fashioned BABIP luck. Gardner followed with another sac fly for the team’s seventh run. Love insurance runs too.
  • Leftovers: Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, and Matt Thornton got the final nine outs without incident. It’s been a while since they all pitched because of the All-Star break. There is such a thing as underuse, you know … the top five hitters in the lineup went a combined 3-for-17 (.176) with a walk while the bottom four hitters went 6-for-15 (.400). Hey, sometimes the bottom of the order has to do the work … the bullpen is on pace for 591 strikeouts this year. The all-time record is 589 by the 2012 Rockies.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some additional stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Depending on the outcome of the late games, the Yankees will be either three games (Orioles lose) or four games (Orioles win) back of the top spot in the AL East and either 1.5 games (Mariners lose) or 2.5 games (Mariners win) back of the second wildcard spot. Go Athletics and Angels. Hiroki Kuroda and Johnny Cueto will be the pitching matchup in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.

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  • Yankees sign 15th round pick LHP Andrew Chin
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    The Yankees have signed 15th round pick Boston College LHP Andrew Chin, the school announced. No word on his bonus, but it’s unlikely it was more than the $100k slot for post-tenth round selections. Chin had a 3.49 ERA with a 20/14 K/BB in 28.1 innings for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League over the last few weeks. The Yankees probably saw something they liked this summer and made an offer (or a better one).

    Chin, 21, was a fifth round pick out of high school back in 2011 (Blue Jays), though the scouting report isn’t terribly exciting: high-80s sinker with an okay breaking ball and a changeup. He pitched to a 3.10 ERA with a 52/32 K/BB in 14 starts and 78.1 innings for the Eagles this spring. The signing deadline was yesterday afternoon and this morning the Yankees released an official list of their signed picks. They did not sign either Florida HS RHP Garrett Cave (17th round) or Connecticut HS 3B Will Toffey (23rd), their two shot in the dark signability picks. They also didn’t sign Iona RHP Mariano Rivera Jr. (29th). As our 2014 Draft Pool Tracker shows, the team exceeded its $3.2M draft pool by roughly $120k, so they’ll have to pay a small tax.
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19

Game 96: Make It Two

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Do you know how long it’s been since the Yankees last won consecutive games at Yankee Stadium? The last time it happened was when Carlos Beltran hit the walk-off homer against Zach Britton and the Orioles. That was before Yangervis Solarte got sent to the minors. It was the day after the Red Sox released Grady Sizemore. The Blue Jays were still in first. Yeah, it’s been a while.

Last night’s series opening win over the Reds was basically a blueprint for how the Yankees will have to win in the second half — production from the big money position players, solid enough starting pitching, and shutdown relief work. This is Captain Obvious stuff, I know. Do it again this afternoon, bank another win, take another step towards returning the postseason. Here is the Reds lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s cool and overcast in New York, but there is no rain in the forecast. At least nothing heavy. Maybe some drizzle at some point, but that’s it. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.

Derek Jeter Update: The Yankees announced they will honor Jeter with a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, September 7th. Here is the official release, though no details have been announced. Just the date. Based on Mariano Rivera‘s ceremony last year, this thing is going to be massive.

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  • Cashman confirms Yankees do not have interest in Dan Uggla
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    While talking with reporters yesterday, Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees do not have any interest in Dan Uggla. The Braves gave Uggla his unconditional release yesterday even though there is roughly $19M left on his contract. “I don’t see where he’d fit, to be honest,” said the GM to Bryan Hoch.

    Uggla, 34, hit .162/.241/.231 (35 wRC+) with two homers in 145 plate appearances before his release. He’s put up a .175/.295/.332 (79 wRC+) line in 682 plate appearances over the last two years. Uggla doesn’t even hit left-handers at this point (60 wRC+ from 2013-14) and he’s a bad defender with no versatility (hasn’t play anywhere other than second in a decade). He’s an unrosterable player. He brings nothing to the table other than name value. Next.
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That was a pretty great start to the second half of the season, no? The big money lineup additions got big hits to drive in runs and three homegrown arms preserved the lead in Friday’s series-opening 4-3 win over the Reds. Undefeated after the All-Star break, baby. Let’s recap the interleague win:

  • C.R.E.A.M.: The Yankees sunk a lot of money into Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Jacoby Ellsbury over the winter, and they all came through in this game. McCann’s two-out double drove in the game’s first run and salvaged a first inning rally that looked like it might go for naught. Two innings later, Beltran drove in the team’s second run with a two-out single. Those are the big hits neither guy was providing in the first half. Brett Gardner (single) and Mark Teixeira (walk) set up the first rally while Derek Jeter (single) and Jacoby Ellsbury (single) set up the second.
  • Phelps Phriday: Other than the two solo homers by Brayan Pena (seriously?!?), David Phelps was once again rock solid. He held the Reds to three runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings, striking out seven and walking one. Errors by Brian Roberts and Jeter gave Cincinnati at least two and possible three extra outs in the fourth inning, leading to a run. It appeared Roberts would have been able to turn a double play had he not totally muffed Todd Frazier’s grounder. Oh well. Phelps was very good yet again, taking the ball into the seventh and sparing some relievers.
  • No. 3 Hitter: The fourth inning defensive shenanigans knotted the game up at two, though it took Mike Leake all of five pitches to give up two runs in the fifth inning. Jeter led off with a single to right and Ellsbury followed with a two-run homer to right, a kinda sorta Yankee Stadium cheapie. It wasn’t a wall-scraper but it was only two or three rows back. Who cares, it counted. Ellsbury has been miscast as a number three hitter this year, but, for at least one game, he filled the role perfectly. The homer was his seventh of the year.
  • Dellin & Dave: Joe Girardi did not mess around after the four-day All-Star break. He went right to Dellin Betances in relief of Phelps and let him carry the ball all the way to David Robertson in the ninth. Dellin struck out three of five batters faced while Robertson pitched around a two-out single in an otherwise uneventful ninth for his 24th save. These two are going to have to protect every lead they’re given in the second half if the Yankees are going to have a chance.
  • Leftovers: The top six hitters in the Reds lineup went a combined 2-for-23 (.090) with one walk and nine strikeouts. The light-hitting Zack Cozart (63 wRC+) had the two hits, naturally … Jeter, Ellsbury, and Beltran all had two hits. Gardner and Teixeira drew the only walks while McCann and Kelly Johnson had one hit apiece … the Yankees stole three bases (Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran (!)) for only the seventh time this year. I would have guessed it was more … Jeter made his 2,610th career start at shortstop, breaking a tie with Omar Vizquel and giving him sole possession of the most starts at short in history.

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 late games, the Yankees will be either four games (Orioles lose) or five games (Orioles win) back of the top spot in the AL East and either 2.5 games (Mariners lose) or 3.5 games (Mariners win) back of the second wildcard spot. Brandon McCarthy and Alfredo Simon will be the pitching matchup in the second game of this three-game series on Saturday afternoon.

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First, the notes:

  • Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings they would prefer to let 2B Rob Refsnyder spend the rest of the season with Triple-A Scranton, at least in part due to the impending 40-man roster crunch. Refsnyder does not have to be added to the 40-man until the 2015-16 offseason.
  • Baseball Prospectus (subs. req’d) spoke to an anonymous scout about RHP Jaron Long. “Could see big league time for the Yankees this year. He’s a 6-foot right-handed pitcher that throws from a traditional arm slot and might sniff 90 on his best days,” said the scout. The Yankees signed Long as an undrafted free agent, so if he contributes in any way at the MLB level, it’s a big win.
  • Joe DeLessio interviewed several of this year’s top international free agents, including Yankees signees SS Dermis Garcia, 3B Nelson Gomez, and OF Juan De Leon. They’re short and fun interviews (what are you going to buy first with your bonus, etc.), so check ‘em out.

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 loss to Charlotte)

  • RF Jose Pirela & 2B Rob Refsnyder: both 1-5, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — 13-for-40 (.325) in his last ten games
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 PB
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 44 of 86 pitches were strikes (51%)
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 16 of 24 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 23 of 37 pitches were strikes (62%) in his Triple-A debut … 71/16 K/BB in 50 innings this year

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The four-day All-Star break is over and the Yankees go back to work tonight. They open the second half with the first of three games against the Reds, part of a ten-game second half-opening homestand. Want to get back into the playoff race? Like, for real? Then take advantage of this homestand. The scheduling gods held up their end of the bargain, now the Yankees have to do their part. Start the second half off on the right foot with a win tonight. Here is the Reds lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Kelly Johnson
    RHP David Phelps

The weather is gorgeous in New York. Perfect night to kick off the second half. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

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  • CC you later: Sabathia opts for season-ending knee surgery
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    Erstwhile Yankees ace CC Sabathia will miss the remainder of the 2014 season as he is set to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee next week, the Yankees announced this afternoon. On the bright side, Sabathia isn’t undergoing microfracture surgery yet, and the team is calling this procedure a “clean up.” But with a degenerative condition in his knee, it may be a matter of when, and not if, CC needs a more serious operation. Sabathia had consulted with four doctors — Neal ElAttrache, James Andrews, Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad, and Rangers team doctor Keith Meister — before making the decision. Although the Yanks and CC hope for a Spring Training return, the team and its lefty hurler are heading into a bit of an unknown with this latest surgery as the scope could lead to a more dire diagnosis.

    For the Yankees, looking forward, this decision ultimately confirms what they had expected: They will get no more innings from Sabathia this year. With Masahiro Tanaka on the shelf indefinitely and Michael Pineda ever so slowly making his way back from shoulder inflammation, the team is thin on pitching right now and could use a lefty starter. Expect Brian Cashman to be working the phones over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, CC effectively has three years and $72 million remaining on his contract. Don’t think about it too much.
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