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:

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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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Game 82: Ramirez vs. Nova

Happy Sunday!

Here’s your game thread.

Cabrera SS
De Jesus LF
Longoria DH
Loney 1B
Forsythe 2B
Souza Jr. RF
Kiermaier CF
Elmore 3B
Casali C

Gardner CF
Headley 3B
A-Rod DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Jones RF
Young LF
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: The Yanks get their second walk-off of the year!

Yes. Let’s keep doing this. It’s fun!

Happy Birthday, America!

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Game 81: Karns vs. Pineda

Pineda vs TOR 2015

Happy Fourth of July! Here’s your game thread.

Grady Sizemore DH
Joey Butler LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Jake Elmore 2B
Curt Casali C

Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Garrett Jones RF
Ramon Flores LF
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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