Should the Yankees trade for Cole Hamels? Can they?

While the Mets staying above water and the White Sox leading the A.L. Central have been surprising stories of the 2012 season, there seems to be no bigger surprise than the Philadelphia Phillies. As I write this, they’re nine games under .500, sitting in last place (11 GB) of the first place Washington Nationals (!)...

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The Farm Report: 7/3/12

Trenton beat Portland 11-3:
The Sea Dogs had a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Thunder scored five runs in the top of the third which proved plenty, as Zoilo Almonte hit a three run homer.  Portland scored another run, but Trenton answered with six unanswered runs over the next few innings, taking an 11-3 win.

Addison Maruszak went 3-5 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Almonte went 3-5 with a three run homer.  Melky Mesa went 3-5 with three runs scored and two doubles.  David Adams went 2-5 and Luke Murton went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Shaeffer Hall went 6.2 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits, four walks and four Ks.  Craig Heyer pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, with no walks or hits and two Ks.

Dunedin beat Tampa 10-6:
The Blue Jays took a 7-0 lead, before the Yankees finally got on the board on a sac fly from Slade Heathcott and a double from Gary Sanchez.  …

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Next day, same story. Yanks lose, 7-4

There was a lot of debate on Twitter tonight on the outing of Ivan Nova. His final line worked out to a quality start. And the point in his favor is that the third inning could have ended with no runs scored instead of the three that tied the game. Nova struck out Sean Rodriguez to start the inning. Elliot Johnson then singled and stole second. Nova then walked Desmond Jennings but induced Carlos Pena to pop up to short right to get Nova within an out of getting out of the inning. But he could not shut the door totally as B.J. Upton singled to left. Dewayne Wise charged the ball aggressively and threw a strike to home and the throw beat Johnson there. The throw short-hopped Russell Martin and in the collision that followed, Martin did not have a strong enough grip on the ball to hold on. The umpire called Johnson out until he saw the ball on the ground and reversed himself.…

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