Quick hit: Yanks recall Heathcott and Sanchez from Triple A

Per Marly Rivera of ESPN: Earlier today, the Yankees recalled OF Slade Heathcott and C Gary Sanchez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Heathcott hit .267/.315/.343/.657 in 64 with Scranton while Sanchez has hit .295/.349/.500/.849 in 35 games at Triple A. He played 58 games with Trenton and batted .262/.319.476.795.

Also of note: Heathcott will wear #72 and Sanchez #73. … Click here to read the rest

Game 139 Quick Recap: TOR 11 NYY 5

Luis Severino wasn’t going to pitch lights out forever.  Every pitcher has a bad start every now and then and Severino had a bad one last night.  Unfortunately for him, and the Yankees, that bad game came against the best offense in baseball and the Yanks got pounded by the Jays in the first game of their 4-game series.

For all intents and purposes, the game was over after the top of the 1st.  Severino couldn’t command his fastball and Toronto went double, homer, strikeout, double, single, homer in the first 6 batters to grab a 5-0 lead.  A pair of walks and a ribbie single by Russell Martin in the top of the 3rd ended Severino’s day and put the game on the arms of the bottom of the Yankee bullpen.

Toronto kept right on scoring against those guys.  They got 2 runs in 1.2 innings against Chris Martin, another run in 2 innings against Andrew Bailey.  Joe changed it up with Chasen Shreve after the offense pulled them back within 4 in the 7th and Toronto bashed him around for their final 2 runs.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 139: Severino vs. Price

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

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Ben Revere, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Jose Bautista, RF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Brian McCann, C
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Carlos Beltran, RF
Justin Smoak, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Russell Martin, C Gregory Bird, 1B
Ryan Goins, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Kevin Pillar, CF Brendan Ryan, 2B
David Price, SP Luis Severino, SP

Enjoy the game!… Click here to read the rest

Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/11/15

Long week, busy week.  Probably had to work harder at my real job this week than I ever have since I started this job.  And I really don’t even think I’m doing the job all that well, although I have all but mastered the art of talking too much to make up for the fact that I have no clue what I’m doing/talking about.  Sometimes it takes a massive effort just to reach the ground floor of satisfactory.  Now I know what Stephen Drew’s 2015 season feels like.  Onto the links.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… used Nathan Eovaldi’s elbow injury as a way to reignite the discussion on shortening the MLB season.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB discussed CC Sabathia becoming a much more important piece of the Yankee puzzle down the stretch, for better or for worse.

– Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily recapped the season for the newly formed Pulaski Yankees.Click here to read the rest

What’s Up With The Yankees Attendance?

The only thing worse than how the New York Yankees played in their series against the Baltimore Orioles this week was the number of people in the seats.

The Yankees announced just over 31,000 people on Monday, and just over 30,000 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Quite frankly, those numbers seemed generous as to the amount of people actually there.

Empty seats have been an issue for the Yankees in recent seasons, but this was a new low. They’re averaging 40,007 fans this season, which is good for fourth in MLB, but nowhere near where they were in the previous decade when Yankee Stadium was sold out even in meaningless games. So, why the especially low turnout even for current times for these critical games?

When I was watching the Yankees on Monday I happened to flip over to the Mets and Nationals game in Washington, and it was right before Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam to put the Nationals up 5-4 after being down 4-1 in a huge game for them.… Click here to read the rest

Flashback: 9/11/05

Ten years ago this afternoon, Tim Wakefield and Randy Johnson engaged in a bit of a pitcher’s duel.

It was the rubber game of a three-game series. The Yankees won the first game thanks to starter Aaron Small who pitched well enough to pick up the win – nine hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings – and three-hit nights from Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. A-Rod and Posada both homered. The Yankees dropped the second game 9-2 thanks to Shawn Chacon and Felix Rodriguez combining to give up six runs in the fourth inning to the Red Sox who were already up 2-0 going into the inning. Fun fact: Al Leiter pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief.

That brings us to the Sunday afternoon rubber game. I attended this game with a couple of my friends who sat with me in my usual Sunday afternoon seats at the old Stadium.

The top of the first inning was uneventful.… Click here to read the rest