Some thoughts going into the Rays/Yankees series

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Followed by a disastrous series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees are packing their bags and heading to Tampa in order to face the Tampa Bay Rays in a three game set. Here’s a few thoughts as the Yankees continue to cling on to their dim Wild Card hopes.

— As we all know, David Robertson blew the save last night, but was it really Robertson’s fault or was there some mismanagement? Robertson had thrown 46 pitches in the last two games prior to last night, not to mention Robertson complained of arm soreness, hamstring soreness and soreness in general. Why would Joe Girardi put a sore, unhealthy Robertson in the game when you only could imagine the outcome would be bad? Couldn’t Dellin Betances go another inning? Why not go to Shawn Kelley who has been pretty good of late? Why risk Robertson’s health during the Yankees Wild Card chase? I like Joe Girardi, but if anyone was at fault last night, it wasn’t Robertson–it was Girardi mismanaging the Yankees closer.

Masahiro Tanaka is throwing a minor league game today at the minor league complex, and this could be the final step before he returns to the Yankees rotation. Tanaka is recovering from a torn ligament in his elbow and while the Yankees want him to have command, they also want him to come out of this healthy. There’s still possibly one or two more games Tanaka could get into before the Yankees season is over, but the main concern is how long will the Yankees have Tanaka next season. Very few have avoided Tommy John Surgery when they had ..read more

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Yankees fall to Orioles 3-2

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There’s nothing more to say than to describe this loss as heartbreaking and crushing. Just when it looked like the Yankees were going to leave with a split, a walk-off hit by former Yankee and now Oriole Kelly Johnson sent the Yankees to a 3-2 loss at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

In the top of the second inning, Martin Prado hit a solo-home run to give the Yankees the lead. In the 9th, Brian McCann hit a solo-home run, breaking the 1-1 tie.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched a heck of a ball game, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth but David Robertson was tagged with two runs in the 9th, earning the loss.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will head to Tampa Bay where they will play a three game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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Jeter reflects on Cal Ripken Jr. in his final game at Camden Yards

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Tonight marks Derek Jeter‘s final game at Camden Yards, and like he does at every stadium he visits for the final time, he had a press conference prior to the first pitch. To say he had a history with the Orioles is an understatement. There’s the Jeffery Maier game, the rivalry with the Orioles and of course the great Cal Ripken Jr . So, how much did Jeter look up to Ripken growing up as a kid?

“He’s someone I always looked up to, and I feel as though when I was younger I was allowed to continue playing the position because of guys like Cal. Taller shortstops. The bigger shortstops. A lot of guys today owe that to him. … I just remember when I was younger, not necessarily professionally, just growing up and playing shortstop and being tall, people would say well shortstops aren’t tall. The first line of defense is ‘Cal Ripken,’ and then everybody would shut up, you know what I’m saying? Yeah, he set the standard. There were other guys, but Cal was so big that he set the standard for big players playing in the middle of the field. So no, it’s never been brought up, not one time my entire career has switching positions been brought up.”

Some Notes

Chase Headley is doing drills today and Joe Girardi hopes Headley could be a player for him tomorrow.

“Maybe he’s a pinch hitter for me tonight and a player tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said.

Francisco Cervelli said his migraines are gone, but he has to be cleared by doctors before he can get in a game.

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Yankees are feeling ‘Young’ with Chris Young on the roster

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Earlier this season, Chris Young was part of the New York Mets organization, but his numbers were so awful, he was released of his contract and became a free agent. When the Yankees picked up Young in August, many ridiculed the contract (I have to admit, I wasn’t optimistic with the deal and I truly questioned Brian Cashman’s logic), but as it turns out, Chris Young has been a reliable September call-up.

In fact since being a September call-up, Young has hit .400/.400/.920, making him one of the Yankees most consistent players in the lineup. I’m sure Mets fans are baffled by Chris Young’s recent production, but as revealed during yesterday’s FOX telecast of the Yankees/Orioles game, he didn’t map it out this way. Instead, he credits Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for the adjustments, and he’s been a completely different player since.

“I’m having a blast,” Young said. “These guys over here are amazing, and I’m getting an opportunity to play. I’m enjoying every minute of it.”

If Young continues his hitting, you’d have to wonder if he’d make the team next season. The beauty of September call-ups is seeing what the Yankees have in their minor league system and finding a ‘diamond in the rough’. For the Yankees, that has surely been Chris Young and they hope he can continue it for the duration of the ..read more

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It’s easy being Greene in 3-2 win over Orioles

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The Yankees needed a good start from Shane Greene to keep them afloat in the AL Wild Card race, and Greene did just that, propelling the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Yankees scored all three of their runs in the second inning on a Brian McCann home run, a RBI single by Antoan Richardson and a steal of home by Chris Young. Richardson had stole second on the same play.

Greene pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out nine. Esmil Rogers pitched a scoreless inning, Josh Outman retired two batters, Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless inning and David Robertson notched his 36th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees have an night game as they attempt to even the series with the Baltimore Orioles! First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN.

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BBDP Yankees top seven shortstop prospects

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The Yankees don’t have much in terms of promising shortstops at the upper levels, but they have more at the lower levels than I can ever remember in the past. This young group is extremely promising, and has tools galore. Only time will tell who will sink or swim amongst this group.

1. Jorge Mateo – SS, 6-foot-0, 188-pounds, RHB, 19 – The first thing that comes to the mind when you see this kid play is “tools galore.” He has ridiculous speed and his hit tool is off the charts. He knows his way around a walk, and he has above average arm strength. In the DSL, he showed he even had some power to go along with everything else, hitting seven homeruns in 64 games. His first season stateside was limited by a minor injury, but there’s no question he found some success. He hit .276/.354/.397/.750 with five doubles and a triple in 15 games. He also stole 11 bases and was caught stealing just once. The injury was deflating, but he is still easily the most talented shortstop in the system. His hit tool is right up there with Abiatal Avelino, but he walks more. Tough to pinpoint where he will start, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him anywhere between the Appalachian League (newly acquired team) to Charleston (Low-A)

2. Abiatal Avelino – SS, 5-foot-11, 186-pounds, RHB, 19 – This year was also frustrating for Avelino, who suffered from an injury of his own that held him out of 50 or so games this season. He got healthy towards the end of the year though and limped to a .247/.308/.351/.658 overall season. Next season he will be fully healthy and we will get a chance to see what he can really do. He was ..read more

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Headley returns to Yankees with nothing broken

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At the first glance of Chase Headley getting hit with a fastball to the chin, you would figure something would be broken or Headley would have a concussion. Luckily Headley returned to the Yankees with nothing broken and everything intact.

“My first thought when I was on the ground, I was reaching up with my hand, making sure everything was in place and my teeth were still there,” Headley said. “You never really know the moment something like that happens. You knew that it hurt, but you don’t really know how bad it hurt. You’re kind of taking inventory, I guess. You just hope for the best at that point. It’s scary; not fun to go through and not fun to see anybody else go through. I’m really fortunate the way it came out.”

The worst Headley had to encounter was stitches to his chin, and while there’s a very low chance he’ll play today, the Yankees and Headley are fortunate nothing serious happened. Headley said his wife had seen the video, he said his son hasn’t seen it, and he knows he could never take anything for granted, including his family.

“Sometimes it puts things in perspective, to really appreciate what you have,” Headley said. “Make sure that you really enjoy everything that you’re doing with your family when you’re playing because it can go in an instant. That’s just a reminder of it. Your heart goes out to anybody that gets hit in the face. Obviously with Stanton, he got it much worse than I did. It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game. Those things happen. I don’t think there was any intent by any means, but it’s scary when it does ..read more

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Yankees swept in 5-0 loss to Orioles

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Just hours after the Yankees dropped the first game of the doubleheader, they dropped the second game, getting shut out 5-0 by the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Yankees failed to score any runs, making it the first time since 1948 the Yankees were swept in a doubleheader where they only scored one run or fewer in both games while on the road.

Bryan Mitchell went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two. Josh Outman pitched a scoreless inning, David Phelps gave up two runs on one hit while only retiring two batters, Rich Hill retired a batter and Chaz Roe gave up a run on one hit in his inning of work.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees have a chance to redeem themselves as they prepare for Game 3 of this four game series. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on FOX.

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