Game 83: Eovaldi vs. Gray

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Billy Burns, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Stephen Vogt, C Chase Headley, 3B
Ben Zobrist, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Josh Reddick, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Billy Butler, DH Brian McCann, C
Ike Davis, 1B Garrett Jones, RF
Brett Lawrie, 3B Chris Young, LF
Eric Sogard, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Marcus Semien, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Sonny Gray, SP Nathan Eovaldi, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Gardner isn’t interested in campaigning for the Final Vote

Quick hit: Gardner isn’t interested in campaigning for the Final Vote

Brett Gardner cannot be bothered with this silly All-Star Final Vote nonsense. So go vote for him 1,000,000 times anyway!

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On A-Rod and the All-Star Snub

So it obviously wasn’t that big a surprise to find out that Alex Rodriguez didn’t make the 2015 American League All-Star team as a reserve player and that he also didn’t make the list of Final Vote candidates, but what is surprising, and, frankly, quite a bit shocking is just how many people are legitimately angered by his being snubbed.

That’s right, people from all over, writers and fans alike, and not just writers and fans from the New York area, are actually calling it a snub.

Give me a minute here. I’m getting verklempt.

Linda Richman is a little Verklempt

Talks amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic: transitional Romanesque architecture was neither transitional or Romanesque. Discuss.

Can I just say how much this whole situation warms the cockles of my heart? I cannot believe it.

I will admit that some people probably want Alex on the All-Star team just to stick it to Bud Selig and Rob Manfred, but others were tweeting statistics and pointing out why he is a worthy All-Star candidate.…

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Tuesday Morning “Back From The Nation’s Capital” Thoughts And Afterthoughts

So how was everybody’s long weekend?  Good?  Good.  I stayed completely away from a computer screen and almost completely away from social media all weekend, but I still managed to see enough of what transpired on the field to know how the Yankees did.  With less than a week to go until the All-Star break and coming off another scheduled off-day to set up the next 6 games, it seems like the perfect time to catch up on what I haven’t been writing about.

– Let’s go back to Friday night, the first of 2 walk-off wins the Yanks pulled out against the Rays.  That has to be the win of the year so far, right?  Down 3 late, tie it up on a big home run, go down 2 in the 12th, come back for 4 in the bottom half and win it on an even bigger home run.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

– It was the high of that victory and the bonus of Saturday afternoon’s Tampa defense-aided walk-off win that didn’t have me all up in arms over Sunday’s stinkfest.  …

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Quick hit: Betances and Teixeira named All-Stars

Dellin Betances and Mark Teixeira were named to the American League All-Star team. Betances is making his second straight appearance thanks to the player’s ballot and Tex was chosen as a back-up thanks to Miguel Cabrera’s leg injury. Brett Gardner is one of the candidates for the Final Vote.

Alex Rodriguez was not chosen to be part of the Final Vote (booooo) but had this to say, “As I’ve said all season, my number one goal is helping the #Yankees win a championship. I’m excited that we’re in a good position to get there. Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I’ll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field.”

Vote for Gardner here. Also, if you’re on Twitter, starting Friday, tweet #VoteGardy.

Quick hit: Ellsbury back on Wednesday, Miller could be back too!

George King is reporting via Twitter that Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated on Wednesday, and, if all goes well in Scranton for closer Andrew Miller, he could be back with the team on Wednesday as well.

Ellsbury has been out since May 20 with a knee injury and Miller since June 10 with a forearm strain.

Off Day Open Thread: 7/6/15

Gardner vs LAA

It’s an off day and it’s a slow news day so we’re doing an open thread. The Yankees start a three-game series with the A’s tomorrow, are going to Boston for a three-gamer over the weekend and then the All-Star break will be upon us. Can you believe it? This season seems to be flying by.

When I saw today’s date, I realized I attended a game that ended in an exciting way so I decided to take a look back at this day in Yankees’ history.

Seven years ago tonight, Brett Gardner hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning off Jonathan Papelbon to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. I was at the game with a Red Sox fan. I went home happy, she didn’t. Too bad, so sad.

Five years ago tonight, Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs and collected five RBI en route to a 6-1 over the A’s.

Three years ago tonight, the Yankees participated in a bit of a slugfest with the Red Sox that was in 5-5 tie after the first inning came to a close and ended 10-8 in the Yankees’ favor.…

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Greg Bird moves up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

birdOver the holiday weekend, the Yankees promoted another prospect to Triple-A, putting Greg Bird just a step away from the Big Leagues. The power-hitting first baseman is generally in the top five of most Yankee prospect lists, including our own here.  The former catcher’s bat has long been causing Yankee fans to salivate, and he has given us no reason to doubt his potential so far.

In Trenton this season, Bird hit .258/.358/.445 with 29 RBIs, six homers and sixteen doubles. While he was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, but didn’t put together a full season of play until 2013, making just a handful of  appearances after signing and getting into 28 games in 2012. He opened a lot of eyes with his 2013 season in Charleston, however, and has continued to show off his strong and patient bat.

Bird’s success this year really appears to just be a continuation of his past couple years.…

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My Amateur Scouting Report on the Fascinating Domingo Acevedo, after Failing to See Kyle Holder

I had a weird but good day on a work trip to NY: returned to Nassau from a court date in Islip by 5:30, but didn’t have to be at a friend’s Korean BBQ birthday in Flushing until 9:30 — so on a lark I crossed the Verrazano to catch an hour of the Staten Island Yankees. I wanted to see the reportedly great defense of their new SS, late first-round pick Kyle Holder.

So Holder had the night off, which royally ticked me off – until I learned the starting pitcher I’d never heard of was really interesting: Domingo Acevedo, at 6’7” and 190 pounds a 21 year-old stick figure who reportedly touches 100 MPH and is a top-30 or almost-30 Yankee prospect. He looked like John Travolta in Battlefield Earth playing a 10’ alien lording over comparatively tiny humans:

pic-acevedo,group pic-acevedo,stand1

Acevedo has missed a fair bit of time but seems no worse for wear. Since starting in 2013, in the Rookie-to-A minors he’s logged a 3.08 ERA in 64.1 IP, but these are the eye-popping stats: 0 HR, 21 BB, 69 K.…

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