Some real quick notes:

  • LHP Manny Banuelos will come off the Double-A Trenton DL to start tomorrow, according to Nick Peruffo. He’s been out with a blister issue.
  • RHP Luis Severino was named the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week after his six-inning, no-hit outing the other day. Congrats to him.
  • According to Matt Eddy, the Yankees have signed Texas Tech LHP Jonny Drozd, Dallas Baptist C K.J. Alexander, and Texas Tech OF Adam Kirsch as undrafted free agents.
  • UNC Wilmington RHP Jordan Ramsey (32nd rounder) told Eric Detweiler will not sign and instead return to school for his senior season. He confirmed the Yankees did offer him an above-slot bonus.

Triple-A Scranton (9-7 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 RBI — they’re not playing him in right field for fun, he might be coming up soon
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — 19 doubles and seven homers in 64 games
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Scott Sizemore: 2-3, 2 R, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — last five hits have done for extra bases (two doubles, two triples, one homer)
  • SS Dean Anna: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 6 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 66 of 103 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 21 of 37 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 15 pitches were strikes (67%)

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So here we are, the halfway point of the season. Well, technically we’re still one game away from the true halfway point, but that’s close enough. Depending on the outcome of tonight’s game, the Yankees will be either 42-39 or 41-40 through the first half of the season, and neither is particularly great. They’ve certainly looked the part of a near-.500 team for long stretches of time.

The last place Rays — like, literally last place, worst record in baseball last place — are in town for three games and I can’t think of a better way to start the second half of the season than by pounding a terrible team. The Yankees have a soft schedule heading into the All-Star break, at least on paper, and they need to take advantage. They didn’t in similar situations earlier this season. Here is the Rays 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. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP David Phelps

It has been overcast all day in New York and that will continue to be the case tonight, but there is no rain in the forecast, thankfully. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: As expected, CC Sabathia (knee) will make his second minor league rehab start with Double-A Trenton on Thursday. He is scheduled to throw approximately 50 pitches.

All-Star Update: Derek Jeter remains the leading vote-getter at shortstop with a healthy 600k vote lead over Alexei Ramirez. No other Yankees are in line to start the game. Here is the latest voting update and here’s the ballot. Voting ends at midnight Thursday.

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  • Food Network teams up with Yankees and Orioles for charity event

    The YAI Network, once a HOPE Week honoree, has joined the folks from Charm City Cakes’ Baltimore headquarters to hold a fundraising effort during the Yankees-Orioles series in Baltimore on Sunday, July 13th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to YAI Network.

    These classes are fun, engaging and have sold out quickly in the past. For more information, including sign-up details and a sneak peek at the Yankees/Orioles cakes, please click here. The Orioles have donated four tickets to the July 13th game vs. the Yankees, with batting practice field passes included. Guest judges will choose their favorite Yankees and Orioles-themed cakes and will award each winner a pair of tickets to that evening’s game.

    Since 1957, the YAI Network has been providing hope and opportunity to people of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families. Our organization includes more than 450 programs and serves more than 20,000 people every day. To learn more about YAI’s mission, please visit their website.
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  • Yankees offered to eat $4.5M of Ichiro’s salary in trade with Astros

    According to information allegedly leaked from the Astros’ proprietary “Ground Control” database, the Yankees offered to eat $4.5M of Ichiro Suzuki’s $6.5M salary in order to facilitate a trade with Houston at some point before the season. They also called to ask about a trade involving Chris Stewart before sending him to the Pirates. The leaked info was posted on Anonbin and dug up by Deadspin.

    We heard the Yankees were willing to eat salary to move Ichiro all winter, so this isn’t a surprise. Now we just know exactly how much. More importantly, holy crap someone leaked a bunch of trade chatter from a team’s internal database. It reads like a fantasy league message board too — we’ll trade our okay veteran for your top prospect, stuff like that. Here’s the link again. Make sure you check it out. This kind of leak should never ever ever happen.
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That kinda season in Tampa. (Mike Carlson/Getty)

That kinda season in Tampa. (Mike Carlson/Getty)

Once again, the Yankees are set to play a division rival as the Rays come to town for three games. This will be the Bombers’ fifth straight series against an AL East opponent and they’ve lost three of the first four. The Yankees will pass the season halfway mark tonight. It’s time to start stringing together some wins. They split four games in Tampa in mid-April and lost two of three to the Rays in the Bronx in early-May.

What Have They Done Lately?
The Rays just did the Yankees a solid and took three of four from the Orioles (in Baltimore!) over the weekend. Tampa has won four of their last five and eleven of their last 18 games overall. Despite that, they still have the worst record (35-49) and sixth worst run differential (-37) in baseball.

Manager Joe Maddon’s team is league average offensively with a team 100 wRC+ and an average of 3.79 runs per game. The Rays are currently without OF Wil Myers (wrist), OF David DeJesus (hand), and SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder). Myers and DeJesus are on the disabled list and won’t be returning anytime soon. Escobar is day-to-day and could return to the starting lineup as soon as tonight.

(J. Meric/Getty)

(J. Meric/Getty)

As usual, Maddon’s lineup is built around 3B Evan Longoria (107 wRC+) and 2B/OF Ben Zobrist (109 wRC+), but neither is having a particularly great year. OF Matt Joyce (121 wRC+) has been their best regular hitter while 1B James Loney (104 wRC+) and OF Desmond Jennings (103 wRC+) have been solid. OF Kevin Kiermaier (162 wRC+ in limited time) has been awesome filling in for Myers.

The rest of the offense is mix and match. C Ryan Hanigan (98 wRC+) and C Jose Molina (14 wRC+) share catching duties while UTIL Sean Rodriguez (96 wRC+) and OF Brandon Guyer (102 wRC+) sub in against lefties. OF Cole Figueroa (49 wRC+ in very limited time) and UTIL Logan Forsythe (76 wRC+ in limited time) fill out the bench. Tampa has stolen the third fewest bases in the league (Jennings leads the team by far with 12), so these aren’t the runnin’ Rays of a few years go.

Pitching Matchups

Monday: RHP David Phelps (vs. TB) vs. RHP Chris Archer (vs. NYY)
Once David Price gets traded, the 25-year-old Archer is going to take over as the staff ace by default. He has a 3.29 ERA (2.96 FIP) in 16 starts and 93 innings this year, with improved strikeout (8.32 K/9 and 21.8 K%) and ground ball (47.5%) rates compared to his strong rookie campaign a year ago. Archer’s walk rate (3.48 BB/9 and 9.1 BB%) has jumped a bit and his homer rate (0.29 HR/9 and 3.9 HR/FB%) is unsustainably low at this point. I don’t think that will last all year. Righties (3.41 wOBA) have actually fared better than lefties (2.55 wOBA) so far this year, which is odd because Archer is a mid-90s fastball/mid-80s slider guy. He throws only a handful of mid-80s changeups per start and those guys tend to have platoon splits, not reverse platoon splits. Small sample, I guess. Archer has never not pitched well against the Yankees — in four starts and 28.2 career inning against New York, he’s allowed four runs and 20 base-runners.

Tuesday: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (vs. TB) vs. LHP David Price (vs. NYY)
Could this be Price’s final start with the Rays? I think that’s possible for every one of his starts from here on out. Price, 28, has a 3.63 ERA (3.00 FIP) in 17 starts and 124 innings this year, but that really undersells just how good he’s been. He has 144 strikeouts (10.45 K/9 and 28.4 K%) and 14 walks (1.02 BB/9 and 2.8 BB%) on the season, and has struck out at least ten batters in each of his last five starts. The last pitcher to strike out double-digit batters in five straight games was sicko Johan Santana back in 2004. Price’s ground ball rate (42.8%) has been about average but he has been homer prone (1.23 HR/9 and 13.3 HR/FB%). His platoon split is small. As always, Price remains a fastball machine, throwing his low-to-mid-90s two and four-seamer and mid-80s cutter more than 70% of the time combined. He backdoors the cutter to righties for called strikes better than anyone I’ve ever seen. Unhittable pitch. Mid-80s changeups and upper-70s curveballs round out his repertoire. The Yankees have seen Price twice this season. One start went well for them (six runs in five innings) and the other didn’t (two runs in seven innings).



Wednesday: LHP Vidal Nuno (vs. TB) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (vs. NYY)
After a very rough start, the 24-year-old Odorizzi has turned his season around of late, allowing two or fewer runs in each of his last four starts. He owns a 4.14 ERA (3.16 FIP) in 16 starts and 82.2 innings with a very high strikeout rate (10.56 K/9 and 25.2 K%). His walk rate is kinda high (3.70 BB/9 and 9.5 BB%), his ground ball rate is low (35.6%), and his homer rate is probably a touch low as well (0.76 HR/9 and 7.4 HR/FB%). Righties (.318 wOBA) have been a bit better than lefties (.297 wOBA). Reverse platoon splits seems to be a trend on Tampa’s staff. Odorizzi uses a four-seamer right around 90 mph to set up his mid-80s slider, which is his top secondary pitch. He’ll throw a handful of mid-80s changeups and rainbow upper-60s curveballs per start. The Yankees scored three runs in four innings the only time they saw Odorizzi earlier this year.

Bullpen Status
Because RHP Grant Balfour (4.27 FIP) had some big time meltdowns earlier this year, Maddon has been using a closer by committee system in recent weeks. Balfour, LHP Jake McGee (1.58 FIP), RHP Joel Peralta (4.22 FIP), and RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo (4.50 FIP) have all grabbed saves at one point or another. McGee in particular has been fantastic and is not just a lefty specialist.

Peralta, RHP Brad Boxberger (4.27 FIP), RHP Kirby Yates (4.52 FIP in very limited time), and LHP Cesar Ramos (4.46 FIP) all pitched in yesterday’s game. Ramos threw 45 pitches and probably won’t be available tonight in anything other than emergency. Everyone else threw only one inning and should be good to go tonight. Check out our Bullpen Workload page for the status of Joe Girardi‘s bullpen and then check out The Process Report for everything you need to know about the Rays.

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  • Yankees continue to prioritize rotation help in trade talks

    The Yankees continue to prioritize pitching help in trade talks, Brian Cashman confirmed to Brendan Kuty. About a week ago we heard they were targeting starters “almost exclusively.” “I’m looking to make some additions if I can, so I’d like to try to do things before (CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda) get back if possible,” said the GM. “But I’ve already been trying. There’s a reason we haven’t done anything. It’s not because of a lack of phone calls. But we’ll see.”

    I think it goes without saying that the Yankees need both pitching help and offensive help. This isn’t a one or the other thing, they need both. Sabathia is still a few weeks away, Pineda just started (another) throwing program, Chase Whitley is not so slowly turning into a pumpkin, and Vidal Nuno is Vidal Nuno, so bolstering the rotation is definitely a pressing need. The Yankees have some internal options that may be able to give the lineup a shot in the arm, but no such pitching options exist. As always, the sooner they can swing trades to improve the roster, the better their chances of actually going to the postseason.
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Record Last Week: 2-4 (26 RS, 28 RA)
Season Record: 41-39 (323 RS, 355 RA, 36-44 pythag. record)
Opponents This Week: vs. Rays (three games, Mon. to Weds.), @ Twins (four games, Thurs. to Sun.)

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Source: FanGraphs

For the second time this calendar month, the Yankees have lost three straight series. They dropped two of three to the Twins, Athletics, and Royals a few weeks ago, and now they’ve done the same against the Orioles, Blue Jays, and Red Sox. Believe it or not, they never once lost three consecutive series last season. Somehow the Yankees have only lost one game in the standings during this recent three-series-loss stretch. Thank goodness the rest of the AL East is garbage too. Let’s recap Sunday’s 8-5 series finale loss to Boston:

  • Party’s Over: It appears the clock has struck midnight on Chase Whitley. He allowed ten of the 18 Red Sox batters he faced to reach base after getting destroyed by the Blue Jays last time out, though Sunday’s damage was limited to only five runs because two runners were erased on double plays, one was thrown out stealing second, and one was picked off first. Whitley has now allowed 13 runs and 24 base-runners in his last 7.2 innings. The Yankees need another starter and fast.
  • Almost Comeback: The Bombers made it a game in the middle innings, at least for a little while. Derek Jeter capped off an eleven-pitch at-bat with an RBI single to plate the team’s first run in the third inning, and in the fourth Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran swatted solo homers to make it 4-3. Suddenly we had a ballgame. Then four walks, one single, and one botched pickoff led to three more runs for Boston in the next half-inning and that was that. It was fun pretending the Yankees were back in this game for a few minutes.
  • Bullpen Weirdness: Joe Girardi is usually very, very good with his bullpen, but there were some really funny moves in this game. Whitley was getting smacked around all night, but Girardi sent him back out to start the fifth only to yank him following a leadoff walk. If the leash is one base-runner, why not just let the reliever start the inning clean? In the sixth, Dellin Betances was brought into the game after David Huff loaded the bases with no outs. If this game is important enough to use Betances in that spot, whey even bother sending Huff out? Shawn Kelley and Huff were charged with three runs in one total inning of work. Betances threw two scoreless but did allow an inherited runner to score.
  • Leftovers: Beltran was thrown out trying to score from second on Kelly Johnson‘s single in the sixth inning because apparently no one has a scouting report on Jackie Bradley Jr. He might have the strongest center field arm in baseball … Ichiro Suzuki tripled (with an assist to a diving and missing Mookie Betts) four days shy of the two-month anniversary of his last extra-base hit … Beltran had three hits and Jeter had two. Brian Roberts was the only starter who failed to reach base … the Red Sox drew three straight walks to leadoff the fifth inning, which is more walks than the Yankees have had in five of their last six games … the Yankees are now 18-20 at home and have been outscored 180-140.

For the box score and video highlights, go to FanGraphs has some additional stats and the updated standings are at ESPN. Both the Blue Jays and Orioles lost, so the Yankees remain two back of Toronto and a half-game back of Baltimore. The Rays are coming to the Bronx next and Chris Archer and David Phelps open the three-game series on Monday night. These are the final three home games before the All-Star break, so head over to RAB Tickets if you want to catch any of them live.

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Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • DH Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K — 21-for-46 (.457) with 15 walks and nine strikeouts in his last 15 games
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding) — his 12 total homers are in the organization behind Peter O’Brien (25), Kyle Roller (16), and Mark Teixeira (14)
  • 1B Kyle Roller, SS Dean Anna & C Austin Romine: all 0-4 — Roller struck out once, Romine twice … Romine picked a runner off first with a snap throw
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 35 of 58 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 22 of 41 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0K, 2/2 GB/FB — 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

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Once again, both the Blue Jays and Orioles lost earlier today, so the Yankees are in position to make up some ground on both teams in the AL East race. They blew the same opportunity with last night’s gut punch loss. Chase Whitley will be welcomed to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry tonight and he’s in position to give his team the series win. Whitley got destroyed by the Blue Jays last time out, now we’ll get to see how well he can rebound. Here is the Red Sox 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. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Chase Whitley

It’s a lovely day in New York. Perfect night for baseball. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 8pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on ESPN. Enjoy the game.

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