Happy Anniversary, Chase Headley!

I know that a year seems early for a Happy Anniversary post, but this was a fun one, and to be honest, I couldn’t think of anything to write about this morning.

Anyway, it was a year ago tonight when Chase Headley hit a solo, walk-off home run off Koji Uehara to beat the Red Sox and help keep the Yankees’ slim playoff hopes alive.

Of course, we know how everything turned out, but this was still a cool moment from an otherwise forgettable 2014 season.

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Does Ben Gamel Have A Future With The Yankees?

Courtesy of Butch Comegys/The Times Tribune

The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders won last tonight to lock up their first International League North division title since 2010.  It’s a cool accomplishment for those younger players, and in some way it’s a testament to the quality of the Yankees’ upper-level organizational depth and talent.  This is a team that, at some point during this season, had Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Bryan Mitchell, Mason Williams, Ramon Flores, Rob Refsnyder, and Jacob Lindgren playing for it, along with the slew of other relief arms that have ridden the roster shuttle this year.

The name left out of that group that may have been the biggest part of this division title is Ben Gamel.  The 23-year-old outfielder, picked in the 10th round of the 2010 draft, had a monster year in his first Triple-A season and was the one consistent roster presence on a team of change.  …

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Thursday Night Open Thread

Welcome to the Thursday night open thread.

It’s an off night so things are slow. Hopefully the guys who need some rest are getting some rest.

As for you, feel free to discuss anything you like as long as you keep the discussion friendly and respectful.

Have a nice evening.

Just putting this in here because it's always fun to watch him strike out.

Just putting this in here because it’s always fun to watch him strike out.

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Quick hit: 5 off day observations after a 5-1 road trip

The Yankees completed a successful 5-1 road trip and while they’re still in second place – because Toronto is ridiculous and won’t lose, and when they do lose the Yankees lose – they have a few things to be happy about.

1) Didi Gregorius is on fire! I wrote about how well Didi has been doing since the All-Star break and he continued his hot hitting in Boston. He hit a home run yesterday, went 2-4 on the day and raised his season BA to .272.

2) So is Stephen Drew! Can you believe it? Drew is now batting .211 on the season which seemed like an impossibility just a week ago.

3) The Yankees did what they needed to do. They beat bad teams. Sure, they dropped that frustrating game on Monday night and lost the chance to gain a game on the Blue Jays, but they came right back and beat Boston two out of three after sweeping Atlanta.…

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On Yesterday’s Decision To Go To Millances

Ultimately the only thing that mattered was winning the ballgame, but a big wave of emotion rolled across Twitter yesterday afternoon when the Yankees’ C-level relievers couldn’t keep runs off the board or put outs on it and Joe made the decision to go to Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.  The line was drawn and people took to their sides immediately to either call Joe stupid for using his best relievers in what was a blowout game or smart for not letting the C-level spiral get out of hand and turn the blowout into something closer.  Matt and I went back and forth with William from The Captain’s Blog on the issue.

Seeing how quickly and passionately people took their stances on the move, I figured it was worth discussing in greater detail on the blog.  It’s always a little bit fun to play Monday morning QB on stuff like this, and I was honestly surprised that there wasn’t a more unanimous feeling of positivity about the decision.  …

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Game 132 Recap: Yankees 13 Red Sox 8

Drew HR vs BOS

Cue the music from “The Natural”. Courtesy of Getty Images

The last time he faced the Yankees on August 4th, Henry Owens did alright for himself in a 3-run, 5-inning outing that netted him an ND and his team a blowout loss.  He wasn’t even close to being that lucky this afternoon, failing to make it out of the 2nd inning and giving up the bulk of an early run-scoring onslaught that the Yankees would use to slowly plod to victory.  Poor bastard.

Owens retired the side in order in the 1st and struck out Carlos Beltran to start the top of the 2nd.  It spiraled downward at warp speed for him from there.  Chase Headley walked on 5 pitches and Greg Bird hit a 2-run home run to get the Yankees on the board.  John Ryan Murphy followed up with a solo shot of his own to make it 3-0, and the Yankees proceeded to go single, single, walk, single, single to make it 6-1 and end Owens’ day.  …

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Game 132: #TANAK vs Owens

Welcome to today’s game thread!

Lineups:

RED SOX
Betts CF
Sandoval 3B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Shaw 1B
Castillo LF
Holt 2B
Swihart C
Bradley Jr. RF

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Young LF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Bird 1B
Murphy C
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: A CC Sabathia injury update

Sabathia vs BOS

CC Sabathia is feeling no pain after a bullpen session.

According to George King of the New York Post, Sabathia pitched a bullpen session Monday and is scheduled to throw another one today. Sabathia said, “No pain, I’m excited.’’

When speaking to the media about Sabathia on Monday, GM Brian Cashman said, “”I think we’ll be in a position to plug him back into the rotation. That’s the plan.”

Sabathia is currently on the 15-day DL. The degenerative knee condition he suffers from, which was diagnosed in 2014, acted up after Sabathia changed his delivery to increase his velocity. He told reporters when he was first placed on the DL, that he was sacrificing pain for velocity.

Sabathia last pitched on August 23 against the Indians, when he was removed from the game due to knee pain and said that the large brace he’s been wearing since going on the DL and rest have helped him avoid pain while throwing.…

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