The Yankees minor leaguers ended July on a positive note, with the exception of Empire State who took a tough loss to Pawtucket. Staten Island had the day off and the GCL Yankees game was postponed.
Empire State lost to Pawtucket 4-2:
The Red Sox held a 3-0 lead after two innings. Darnell McDonald hit a solo homer in the fifth, giving the Yankees their first run of the day. The Red Sox got the run back in the sixth on a RBI double by Andy LaRoche. Eduardo Nunez doubled in the eighth and moved to third when Jack Cust struck out by was safe at first on a passed ball. Another passed ball allowed Nunez to score, but it was not enough as the Yankees fell 4-2.
Chris Dickerson went 2-5 with a double, but he struck out three times. Nunez went 1-4 with a double and a run score, along with three Ks. Cust had a rough day, going 0-4 with four Ks. Ronnier Mustelier went 2-3 and was hit by a pitch. Ramon Ortiz gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits, to walks and two Ks.
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The New York Yankees jumped on Chris Tillman (4-1) for five runs in the first inning. Ivan Nova (10-5), who had breezed through the top of the first on eight pitches, gave them all back and then some and the Baltimore Orioles went on to score eleven runs in total to easily defeat the Yankees, 11-5. The Yankees never scored after the first as Tillman settled down to pitch four scoreless innings to pick up his fourth win in five decisions. Three Baltimore relievers shut down the Yankees for the last four innings while the Yankees’ bullpen added to the Orioles’ total. The Yankees have now lost nine of their last twelve and the Orioles have chipped the New Yorker’s division lead down to five and a half games.
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Well, that sucked… (Let’s wallow in the comments section, shall we?)
In addition to being the last chance to “easily” make upgrades to your roster, the trade deadline also serves as the unofficial start of the race for the postseason. The Yankees begin that leg with a seven loss advantage on the next closest team in the division, and conveniently that’s who they’re playing tonight. Mark Teixeira is indeed out of the lineup after injuring his wrist last night, but Nick Swisher is making his triumphant return to playing the field in his stead. Here are the lineups:
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lew Ford LF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Chris Tillman RHP
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Martin C
Ramiro Pena SS
Ivan Nova RHP
First pitch is at 7:05 P.M. Enjoy!
For those of you may not have heard as of yet, Joba Chamberlain will be in the Yankees bullpen tonight, replacing Chad Qualls. Finally, our long national nightmare is over. And hey, Qualls was sent to the Pirates for 1B/3B Casey McGehee and cash. McGehee is currently “hitting” .230/.297/.377 with an 83 wRC+ (on the [...]
Via Marc Carig, Brian Cashman indicated that Joba Chamberlain will make his return to the Yankees tonight. “That’s the intention,” Carig quotes the general manager as saying. Joba would be taking the place of the recently traded Chad Qualls, and I would assume Ramiro Pena would be optioned down to the minors to make room for Casey McGehee.
Ryan Dempster has been the most obvious tradeable piece in baseball for months now, but the Yankees haven’t really been connected to him since Andy Pettitte returned and the team’s starting rotation became a real strength of the team from top to bottom. Now Pettitte is injured and suffered a setback in his rehab, and though the Yankees are trying to downplay that revelation, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago now reports that they’re very much in the mix of potential landing spots for Dempster. The Dodgers had been the team doing the most work to land the Cubs’ right-hander after Dempster blocked a trade to Atlanta earlier this month, but Kaplan now reports that the Yankees and Rangers are also involved, and that Dempster would approve a trade to any of those teams. Kaplan reports that the Yankees have increased their attempts to get Dempster in the last 48 hours, so that fits with the theory that the Yankees are more concerned about Pettitte than they’re letting on after finding out that he’s not healing as quickly as originally thought on Sunday.
Update: Jon Heyman and Jayson Stark both report that the Yankees aren’t in on Dempster after all. Heyman reports that the Cubs and Dodgers have been discussing pitching prospects, however, so the Yankees would be a pretty easy fit in talks, given the amount of pitching they have in the minor leagues, including guys like Brett Marshall and Nik Turley who are about to become Rule V eligible. Not saying that that means the Yankees must be looking at Dempster, just that they’d seem to be a good fit from this vantage point, and denying discussions could be as much about continuing to project confidence in Pettitte’s recovery as anything.
Update 2: According to Jim Bowden, Dempster is in fact going to the Dodgers. So that was a fun couple of hours, huh?
Update 3: Oh sweet Jobu, now Bob Nightengale reports that Dempster is still technically a Cub, and that the Yankees are in “heavy discussions” to acquire him, while the Dodgers are also talking to the Dodgers and Rangers. Less than two hours left until the deadline passes folks, buckle up.
Update 4: It’s getting hot and heavy now, as just about everyone has confirmed that the Yankees are talking to the Cubs about Dempster, and the Dodgers are falling behind in the race due to their refusal to give up Allen Webster in a deal. There were reports that Dempster would waive his 10-and-5 rights to come to the Yankees, though Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees have not confirmed that.
Personally, I’m more than mildly terrified of what the Yankees must have put on the table to get ahead of the Dodgers, who have been interested in Dempster for months it seems. Joel Sherman tweeted that the Cubs like Dante Bichette Jr. and Angelo Gumbs earlier, but the Yankees would be crazy to give up either of those prospects for two months worth of Dempster.
Update 6: Buster Olney just tweeted that the Dodgers are out on Dempster.
Update 7: Everyone is now reporting that Dempster is going to Texas, and by my clock the deadline has officially passed.
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