Game 98: Nova vs. Harrison

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

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Brett Gardner, CF Rougned Odor, 2B
Chris Young, LF Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Prince Fielder, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
Brian McCann, C Adrian Beltre, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Josh Hamilton, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Elvis Andrus, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Leonys Martin, CF
Brendan Ryan, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Ivan Nova, SP Matt Harrison, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/27/15

Deadline’s right around the corner.  Here’s the latest:

– The big weekend trade was Johnny Cueto going to the Royals for a trio of lefty arms.  From what I read, it sounds like the return for Cueto wasn’t that great.  Makes you wonder what the Yanks could have done if they had a full complement of healthy pitching prospects.

- Via George King, the Yanks scouted Cueto for 5 weeks and at one point had “limited discussions” with the Reds about a deal involving Ivan Nova.  King says the Yanks are now waiting to see what the Tigers do with David Price.

– One pitcher they don’t seem interested in pursuing is Cole Hamels.  According to Joel Sherman, they aren’t interested in trading top prospects (Judge, Severino, Bird, Mateo) or taking on big money, both of which they would have to do to acquire Hamels.

- Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks “have discussed just about every available top starter and reliever”, so Cash is definitely doing his due diligence.  …

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Happy 40th Birthday, A-Rod!

A mere two days before the big 4-0, Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game for the first time since August 2010.

And all of them were monster shots with the “shortest one” measuring 424 feet.

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While the first one, off starter Tommy Milone, came off an 88 m.p.h. cutter and traveled the furthest, it was the game-tying shot in the ninth that was really impressive because it came against closer Glen Perkins who threw Alex a 94 m.p.h. fastball that was quickly deposited to dead centerfield.

Right now, at age 40, Rodriguez is batting .277/.375/.539/.914 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI.

His spray chart:
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No one saw this performance coming. Alex included. But it has been great to watch.

Now, I know this will probably shock most of you, but I was having a tough time coming up with something to write about today. I knew, I wanted to write about Alex turning 40 but the words were not coming to me so instead, here are some of my favorite Alex Rodriguez highlights.…

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Prospect Profile: Austin DeCarr

This week I thought we could take a look at one of the prospects that ranks on most, if not all, top Yankee prospect lists, but is still a relatively big unknown for the Yankees. Austin DeCarr was drafted by the Yankees in the third round of last year’s Draft, however, he has only appeared in a handful of rookie league games and was one of the many Yankees’ pitching prospects to go under the knife and have Tommy John surgery this year.

Austin-DeCarr-2.JPGName: Austin DeCarr
Position: Pitcher
DOB: March 14, 1995
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

DeCarr hails from Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Xaverian High in 2013 before attending Salisbury in Connecticut for a post-grad year. DeCarr was set to attend Clemson, but after the Yankees drafted him with the 91st pick and offered him a million dollar bonus, well over slot, he signed and got his professional career underway.…

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Chase Headley Quietly Heating Up

Courtesy: Noah K Murray-USA Today Sports

Courtesy: Noah K Murray-USA Today Sports

With all the attention Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are getting — rightfully so of course — Chase Headley has started to resemble the player the Yankees thought they were getting when they signed him over the winter. Headley started off horribly both in the field and at the plate, but has seemed to turn it around on both ends in July.

Headley came through big yesterday going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. He also contributed in Saturday’s big rally with a sac fly in the seventh inning and a single in the ninth. Headley has hit .333/.371/.421 in July with a .346 wOBA and a 120 wRC+. He has always been a second half player in his career, as he has a .279/.362/.442/.804 slash line in his career in second halves. Maybe, he’s just one of those guys who just takes awhile to get going.

Whatever weird throwing issue Headley had going has mostly gone away recently.…

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Has Alex Rodriguez Been What The Yankee Clubhouse Was Missing All Along?

Alex Rodriguez got an early 40th birthday present yesterday from his manager.  After having to take multiple brisk jogs around the bases on Saturday night, he got a day off in the series finale and watched his teammates put together another strong victory against a quality opponent.  Even though he wasn’t a direct participant in any of the on-field happenings, A-Rod did play a small part in the action by picking up Stephen Drew in a dugout pseudo-bear hug after his 2-run homer in the 6th.  It wasn’t all that different from the pseudo-bear hug he gave John Ryan Murphy after his 3-run shot completed the comeback on Saturday night.

In addition to the celebratory dugout hugs, we’ve seen A-Rod factor into a lot of the in-game team camaraderie stuff this season.  He’s always good for a laugh when he’s going first to third or second to home running the bases, and his rolling, tumbling, flop slide into home plate the other day on Chase Headley‘s 3-run double was a thing of comedic beauty.  …

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Game 97 Quick Recap: NYY 7 MIN 2

The Yankees flipped the script on what was shaping up to be a crummy weekend with last night’s A-Rod-aided come-from-behind victory in Minnesota.  They kept those good vibes rolling this afternoon, sans A-Rod, to beat the Twins again and rack up another 2-1 series victory.

Nathan Eovaldi was today’s starter, and for the first time in a while it felt appropriate and accurate to describe his performance as nasty.  The Twins got to him in the 3rd for a solitary run on a pair of singles and an RBI groundout, but other than that they could do nothing.  Eovaldi recorded 4 of his first 5 outs via the strikeout, then settled into a very efficient and dominant ground ball-heavy outing.  He got multiple GB outs in every inning from the 4th through the 7th and pitched into the 9th for the first time this season.  This was the first major step forward for Eovaldi in his development in a while, and it was a glance at the type of GB/K pitcher the Yankees envision him being for years to come.…

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Game 97: Eovaldi vs. Gibson

Welcome to today’s game thread

Lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Teixeira DH
McCann C
Beltran RF
Jones 1B
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

TWINS
Dozier 2B
Hunter RF
Mauer 1B
Sano DH
Plouffe 3B
Rosario LF
Nunez SS
Suzuki C
Hicks CF

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: IIATMS, The NY Post, and ARod

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Holy crap, did Alex Rodriguez have a week yesterday or what?!? Three home runs? Seriously?

I’ve never been his biggest fan; I’ll leave that to Stacey. But this season has really changed the way I look at him. All I have seen is a guy who wants to play baseball with his friends once again. Nothing more. No drama. Just completely appreciative about (yet another) chance to play and he’s not letting this one get by him. He’s always been a great teammate, we’ve been told, doing things like buying suits for the rookies who don’t have the money to do so. Teaching and offering advice. But it was routinely overshadowed by Derek Jeter and other self-inflicted feet in the mouth. So what we’ve seen appears to be genuine love of the game. I don’t think this one’s a lie and I’m enjoying it far more than I ever would have considered.

Yesterday, the NY Post reached out to Stacey and I, as well as others, to get our thoughts on Alex.…

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