Yankees recall Zoilo Almonte, DFA Jeff Francis

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The New York Yankees have recalled OF Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have designated Jeff Francis for assignment.

Well, it’s the end of the Francis era…which didn’t last long to begin with.

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Joe Torre feels ‘terrible’ for not including The Boss in his HOF speech


Joe Torre was one of the six people inducted in the Baseball Hall Of Fame yesterday afternoon in Cooperstown, but while he made his 28 minute speech thanking everyone, there was one person he forgot to thank: the late George Steinbrenner.

He was heartbroken he didn’t get a chance to talk about how much The Boss meant to him,  giving him the greatest opportunity of being the Yankees manager during ‘The Dynasty Era’. He was visibly shaken during a press conference, still in shock he forgot to talk about one of his oldest friends.

“I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” Torre said. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank him and the fact that we had a great relationship. It was so obvious that I was going to do it that I went past it, the whole Steinbrenner family.

“It was the proudest time in my whole career and I just feel terrible I omitted that.”

Brian Cashman was later asked about Torre’s speech and it left the media wondering whether there would be hard feelings with the Yankees. It’s very safe to say that won’t be the case.

“He did mention George and he did say, ‘Let’s cut to the chase, I’m here because of the New York Yankees,’ ” Cashman said. “The Yankees are George. Everyone knows how much George appreciated Joe and how much Joe appreciated George. I don’t think there’s any issue. It was a beautiful day, a wonderful day. This day was about celebrating Joe and his career. No worries. There are no issues. I wouldn’t predict there would be. I feel bad that he feels bad.”

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Yankees vs. Rangers pitching matchups


Monday, July 28 Yankees: David Phelps (5-4, 3.77 ERA) Rangers: Yu Darvish (9-6, 2.92 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Darvish: Ichiro Suzuki (7-for-19, .368 AVG), Derek Jeter (2-for-6, .333 AVG), Francisco Cervelli (2-for-2, 1.000 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Darvish: Jacoby Ellsbury (2-for-9, .222 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Brendan Ryan (1-for-10, .100 AVG)

Tuesday, July 29 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.45 ERA) Rangers: Nick Martinez (1-6, 4.73 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: FOX Sports 1/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Martinez: Brian Roberts, Brett Gardner & Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-2, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Martinez: Zelous Wheeler, Brian McCann, Derek Jeter, Francisco Cervelli & Carlos Beltran (0-for-2, .000 AVG)

Wednesday, July 30 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.99 ERA) Rangers: Colby Lewis (6-8, 6.23 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Lewis: Ichiro Suzuki (19-for-53, .368 AVG), Derek Jeter  (3-for-5, .600 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Lewis: Brian Roberts (2-for-13, .154 AVG), Brian McCann (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-10, .100 AVG), Carlos Beltran (1-for-7, .143 ..read more

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Yankees notes and tidbits on the trade market


With the trade deadline a mere three days away, here are the latest trade rumors, notes and tidbits surrounding the Yankees.

– The Yankees are still interested in John Danks and he continues to be a top possibility for the ball club, reports Jon Heyman. The Yankees were discussing a potential deal with the White Sox last week but the trade talks haven’t increased since then.

– As of yesterday, the Yankees aren’t talking to the Padres about a possible deal for Ian Kennedy, although it would seem Kennedy could be the perfect fit.

– The Yankees also aren’t interested in talks to acquire Cliff Lee, considering he just came off the disabled list. If the Yankees do want a chance to acquire Lee, they could do it through waivers in August.

– The Yankees aren’t interested in A.J. Burnett.

– If the Yankees are interested in Jon Lester, they are more likely to sign him in the offseason rather than trade for him as a rental.

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Yankees lose see-saw battle in 5-4 loss to Blue Jays


The Yankees and Blue Jays met up for one final match-up this month before the Yankees head off to Texas to begin a three game series with the Rangers. However, the Yankees were unable to end the home stand on a winning note, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays in a see-saw battle 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to get on the board in the fourth inning on a Chase Headley home run, his first home run as a New York Yankee. Francisco Cervelli abruptly followed with a home run of his own, tying the game at two. While the Yankees were down 3-2 in the sixth, Brian McCann hit an infield RBI single, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury. While the Yankees were down 4-3 in the eighth, Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single, plating Brett Gardner.

Shane Greene started the game for the Yankees, going 5.1 innings and giving up three runs on eight hits, striking out two. David Huff was able to retire the final two batters of the sixth inning, Dellin Betances gave up a run in his 1.2 innings of work and David Robertson gave up a run in his inning of work, earning him the loss.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will travel to Texas where they will take on the Texas Rangers in a three game set. David Phelps will take the mound for the Yankees and they’ll oppose Yu Darvish for the second time in less than a week. ..read more

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Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran make progress


Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran have both battled injuries recently, but there’s good news for the both of them coming into the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixera went into the batting cage and took 50 swings–25 from each side–with hitting coach Kevin Long this morning. Once Teixeira finished his swings, he told reporters that he felt no pain in his back.

“He took swings today; he felt good,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s taking ground balls. He felt good. So we’ll reevaluate where he is tomorrow and how he feels after today. Hopefully he’s a player here pretty soon.”

So is Teixeira playing in tomorrow’s game against the Texas Rangers a possibility?

 “I don’t know. I’m going to take it day by day and just see how he feels.”

“The one thing he hasn’t taken is live BP, (just) tee and toss,” Girardi said. “The one thing you always have to measure is when you’re working, you can guard against a lot of things. When you’re in the course of a game, sometimes you can’t do that. … Hopefully he wakes up and feels great tomorrow and he’s able to take BP and we’ll go from there.”

Carlos Beltran: For the last month or so, Carlos Beltran has been the primary DH due to an injury in his arm, but after a throwing program, Joe Girardi believes Beltran could go back to right field within the next few weeks, freeing up the DH spot for the other players.

“He’s continuing to throw,” Girardi said. “He has progressed and he has thrown more and more distance as we’ve went on, and he’s done some outfield drills early. I don’t think it’s too ..read more

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Fans name Derek Jeter most powerful person in New York sports

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Let’s start of this Sunday with some light Derek Jeter news as the Yankees prepare for their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The New York Daily News released their ‘New York’s 50 Most Powerful People In Sports’ column and afterward they asked the fans who they believed was the most powerful person in the sports world. It wasn’t hard to figure the fans answered with Derek Jeter.

WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa was second in the poll, New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning and New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist were tied for third, former New York Yankee and current Cleveland Indian Jason Giambi was fourth and rounding out the top five was hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.

However, not just the big names received nods towards being New York’s most powerful people. Fans elected, well, “the fans” as powerful people in New York Sports, mostly because they buy the tickets to see the games at Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium, Citi Field, Madison Square Garden and The Barclay Center.

In the end, someone does have to support the athletes and that is where the fans come in. But, it is nice that Derek Jeter is listed the most powerful person in sports. After all he’s done for the fans, it’s another honor he ..read more

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Yankees rally falls short in 6-4 loss to Blue Jays


The good news? Chris Capuano had a good debut for the Yankees and gave them a chance to win. The bad news? The bullpen gave up four runs which led to a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Brian McCann. The Yankees later attempted a comeback in the ninth inning when Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run.

Chris Capuano had a good start for the Yankees, giving up two runs in six innings of work. However, the Yankees bullpen fell apart in the seventh inning when Shawn Kelley loaded the bases and Matt Thornton gave up an inherited run (the run was charged to Kelley). In the 9th inning, Jeff Francis gave up a three-run home run (two runs were charged to Chase Whitley), handing the Blue Jays their first win at Yankee Stadium since 2012.

What’s Next?

Shane Greene will take the mound for the Yankees as they attempt to take the series against Toronto. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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