Game 76: Pineda vs McHugh

Here’s your game thread.

Big Mike looks to return to form against Collin McHugh and the Yankees are looking for a series win.

Lineups:
YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones LF
Chris Young RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

ASTROS
George Springer CF
Carlos Correa SS
Jose Altuve 2B
Evan Gattis DH
Luis Valbuena 3B
Chris Carter 1B
Preston Tucker LF
Domingo Santana RF
Jason Castro C

Enjoy the game!

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Esmil up, Petit down, and Slade out for a while
Per Bryan Hoch: Esmil Rogers selected to the 25-man roster, Gregorio Petit optioned to Triple A Scranton and Slade Heathcott has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Game 75 Quick Recap: NYY 9 HOU 6

Well that was an interesting way to win a game.  The Yankees looked like they were going to cruise to a second straight victory after going up 6-0 early.  But Masahiro Tanaka‘s struggles to throw the ball anywhere but the middle of the plate continued and the Astros came storming back before some late-game heroics by the offense pulled the Yanks back ahead for good.

The Yanks have been beasts in the 1st inning this year and they kept that trend going yesterday.  A leadoff double by Brett Gardner and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with nobody out.  After Mark Teixeira popped out to first, Brian McCann took a hanging 1-0 changeup from Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer and crushed it into the right field seats for a grand slam.  Oberholtzer left another change up to Chris Young with Gardner on first in the 2nd inning and Young hit it for a 2-run home run.  Just like that, 6 runs on the board before 6 outs were recorded.…

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Game 74 Quick Recap: NYY 3 HOU 2

Young HR vs HOU

Chris Young, righty masher. Courtesy of Getty Images

There was a large portion of the Yankee fanbase that wasn’t happy when they re-signed Chris Young early in the offseason, myself included.  But Young has been their best bench player by far this year and last night he was the sole reason they came back late and stole a close win to tie this 4-game series.

Early on it looked like the Yanks were headed for the wrong end of a second straight shutout.  They generated a mere 3 hits and 1 walk against Houston starter Vincent Velasquez (great name, BTW) over the first 6 innings and only had a baserunner reach second once (Brett Gardner‘s doubled in the top of the 3rd).  They weren’t swinging and missing as much as they were against Keuchel, but it was a pretty sad showing.

Thankfully Nathan Eovaldi gave them a good start to keep the game close.  Houston got to him in the bottom of the 3rd on a Hank Conger double and Carlos Correa single and in the 6th on a single, stolen base, and bloop hit by Evan Gattis, but other than that Evo was solid.  …

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Game 74: Eovaldi vs. Velasquez

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/26/15

Solid batch of links this week, real good batch.  Let’s get right into them.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… discussed the Yankees’ never-ending cycle of bullpen call-ups in the context of  how the current schedule/roster system could be changed for the better.

– Andrew Mearns of BP Bronx touched on the overall improvement in Didi Gregorius’ game as the season has progressed.

– On Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY recapped Ivan Nova’s first start back from TJS with thoughts from Nova and his teammates on his performance.

– Mike Axisa of RAB organized and categorized the Yankees’ collection of trade chips as we get closer to the trade deadline.

– Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted reminded everybody to keep their expectations tempered for Ivan Nova.

– On Thursday, Chad Jennings of LoHud listed and analyzed the current roster problems the Yankees are facing.  It’d be nice to see that list get cut down some in the very near future.…

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Quick Hit: How Active Will Yankees Be At Trade Deadline?

It’s almost July, so that means the MLB trading season will be kicking into high gear soon. We have heard a few Yankees rumors already with them scouting Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake extensively, and Joel Sherman speculating they might have interest in Jeff Samardzija.

The Yankees are in contention in both the AL East and wild card races, so they will be involved in many rumors as usual. Despite that, I really do not see them being that active this year. The only place the Yankees can add to their lineup is second base. They’re not going to upgrade at any other starting position, and they are pretty set on the bench as well. Besides Ben Zobrist — who will be in very high demand — what other good second basemen will be available? The Yankees offense has been among the best in baseball anyways, although it would be nice if they could be more consistent on the road.…

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