WFAN's Mike Francesa talks to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the 2019 Yankees, discussing injuries and their chances to win in October.
Manager Aaron Boone delivered some good news about Miguel Andujar on Thursday before the series finale against the Angels.
Boone said the young third baseman will be playing in 4-5 innings at third base in an extended Spring Training game, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. And if he isn't bothered by his performance, Boone is optimistic he can return to the club in "about a week,"
The Yankees have been putting Andujar throwing and hitting program with the hope that he didn't need to undergo surgery on his partially torn labrum. He has been responding well to both programs, which is a good sign.
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The Yankees look to sweep their four-game series at the Angels Thursday night at 9:07 p.m.
The Yankees erased a five-run deficit Wednesday night to earn their sixth straight win, an impressive run considering the number of injuries they've been dealing with. That number grew Wednesday as Clint Frazier hurt his ankle and landed on the injured list. ... DJ LeMahieu had a badly needed big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBI, driving in the go-ahead run in the ninth with a single. LeMahieu was just 3-for-37 over his last nine appearances.
The Yankees got good news on Wednesday when it was revelaed that Giancarlo Stanton's strained biceps had healed. But that good news was canceled out by the bad news that Stanton was dealing with a new shoulder injury.
According to SNY's Andy Martino, the new shoulder injury is only expected to cost Stanton an additional week.
Stanton, who received a cortisone shot in his shoulder and is resting for a few days, said on Wednesday that his return would be delayed due to feeling some "residual stuff" in his left shoulder, according to the New York Times' James Wagner.
Tags: Giancarlo Stanton
The Yankees acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday for cash considerations after they placed their fifth outfielder on the injured list.
The 32-year-old Maybin, whom the Yankees pursued at the trade deadline last year but lost out to the Mariners, is slashing .229/.397/.292 with no home runs and five RBIs in 13 games with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate this season. Last year, Maybin hit .249/.326/.336 with four home runs and 28 RBIs in 129 games with the Marlins and Mariners.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Wade
The Yankees officially placed outfielder Clint Frazier on the injured list with a partial tear in his left ankle, as he becomes the fifth Yankees outfielder to be placed on the IL through the first four weeks of the regular season.
Frazier suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle on a pickoff attempt in the 12th inning of Monday's 14-inning win over the Los Angeles Angels. He stayed in the game but did not play on Tuesday or Wednesday. An MRI revealed the extent of the injury, which is expected to keep Frazier sidelined for 10-14 days, according to manager Aaron Boone.
The Yankees recalled RHP Joe Harvey to take his place on the active roster. They also optioned RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, who pitched three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 6-5 win, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They have not announced a second corresponding move as of Thursday morning.
Another Yankee bites the dust, as Clint Frazier is headed to the Injured List with a partial tear in his left ankle, Aaron Boone announced after Wednesday's game.
Frazier sat out the past two games after rolling his ankle in the series opener against the Angels. Boone initially said it was simply precautionary that he sat out Tuesday night, and that the team didn't believe is was anything "too serious."
Well, that isn't the case now after Frazier got an MRI on his ankle on Wednesday. With the partial tear in the ankle, Boone says the team believes him to be out 10-14 days.
The Yankees were down from the start, but they battled their way back to a 6-5 win to beat the Angels and keep their win streak alive. >> Box score
Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...
1) DJ LeMahieu came into this game going 2-for-his-last-32 at the plate. Make that 2-for-33 after a strikeout in his first at-bat on the night. But that all went away when he put the Yanks on the board in the top of the sixth with an RBI double. The next inning, he hit a clutch sac fly to make it a one-run game. But his biggest hit came in the top of the ninth when he fought off a fastball to right field to score Tyler Wade to give the Yankees the lead and eventual win.
The Yankees continue their West Coast tilt against the Angels on Wednesday in Anaheim at 10:07 p.m.
The Yankees continue to stay hot despite their injury battles. They have now won five games straight after their 7-5 victory Tuesday night. ...Luke Voit has been red hot at the plate with two home runs last night. He now has three in back-to-back games. ...Mike Ford launched his first homer of his career, a bomb to right center field. ...Chad Green was sent down to Triple-A before tonight's game after putting up a four spot in his relief appearance on Tuesday. With Green's ERA over 16 this season, the Yankees want him to figure things out in their farm system before returning. Stephen Tarpley was recalled.
The Yankees found some good and bad news in regards to the injured Giancarlo Stanton that manager Aaron Boone divulged to the media on Wednesday.
The good news first is that Stanton's left bicep that was strained has healed. But the bad news is that he won't be returning after feeling some "residual stuff" in his left shoulder, according to New York Times' James Wagner.
Supposedly, Stanton has dealt with shoulder "stuff" in the past, as Boone put it. In turn, the slugger received a cortisone shot in his shoulder and will continue to rest for a few days before the team assesses the situation.
The Yankees optioned struggling reliever Chad Green to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old right-hander, who excelled in 2017 and 2018 after transitioning from a starting role to the bullpen, has a 16.43 ERA in 7.2 inning so far this season.
He nearly cost the Yankees the game Tuesday night when he allowed four runs. In his previous outing he allowed three runs without recording an out.
The Yankees have been forced to make several call-ups this season, due to the 13 players currently on the IL. While the injured Yanks represent a virtual All-Star team, the team that is taking the field on a daily basis is made up of players not expected to be an integral part of the club.
Let's rank some of those players based on their ability to continue delivering "next man up" production (potentially in increased roles) throughout the rest of the season...
No. 6 - Jonathan Loaisiga
Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
Luke Voit homered again in the first inning while Domingo German tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball as the ragtag Yankees won their fifth straight game and seventh of last eight with a 7-5 win over the Angels on Tuesday. >> Box score
Six takeaways from Monday's game
1) Luke Voit continues to rake, especially in the first inning. For the second straight game and fourth time this season Voit homered in the first inning to give the Yankees a quick 1-0 lead. He homered again in the eighth inning to cap a 2-for-4 day at the plate and extend his hitting streak to 10 games and on-base streak to 35 games.
Heading into the offseason after their ALDS loss to the Red Sox, the Yankees had offseason goals to fortify their roster so that result didn't occur yet again. Starting pitching was an obvious top-of-the-list priority, but there was also the prospect of adding All-Star Manny Machado to an already-stacked lineup that touted the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
But the Yankees never made that giant splash many expected GM Brian Cashman to make. He did trade with the Mariners for lefty James Paxton to be the team's hopeful ace (he's finally trending in that direction after his last two starts), but the Machado signing never came to fruition. In fact, the Yankees didn't have too much interest in the young infielder.
Instead, Cashman took a flyer on Troy Tulowitzki to fill in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius rehabbed his way back from Tommy John surgery. And even before that signing, the Yankees brought free agent DJ LeMahieu on board to be their versatile infielder through the season.
Red flags were raised after seeing Clint Frazier not in the lineup against the Angels on Tuesday night, but manager Aaron Boone assured the media that there was nothing "too serious," per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler.
Frazier tweaked his left ankle last night in the Yankees' 14-inning win in Anaheim, but he stayed in the game. Yankees fans will certainly hold their breath because they've heard the team sitting players for "precautionary" reasons.
Boone, though, said he wouldn't mind putting Frazier in if he needed to. He claimed he "wouldn't hesitate" if he needed to come off the bench to pinch hit in a big spot.
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The Yankees will be without yet another big bat on Tuesday as Clint Frazier gets the day off to rest a banged-up ankle as the Bombers take on the Angels in Anaheim at 10:07 p.m.
The Yankees enter Tuesday night winning six of their last seven games and are just 2.5 games behind the AL East-leading Rays. ... Luke Voit has reached base in 33 consecutive games dating back to last year and is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak, blasting his fifth home run on Monday night. ... Thairo Estrada starts at second base in his first career MLB game. He had his first MLB at-bat on Sunday but is still seeking his first hit.
The Yankees are about to get one of their walking wounded back.
Catcher Gary Sanchez, who has been out due to a calf strain, made it through Monday's rehab game fine and is expected to be activated from the IL and back in the lineup on Wednesday, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Sanchez went 0-for-3 in a rehab game with Low-A Charleston on Monday...
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Gio Urshela hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 14th inning, two innings after Aroldis Chapman's first blown save of the season, as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. >> Box score
Eight takeaways from Monday's game
1) With runners on the corners and two outs, Urshela lined a 1-1 Luke Bard fastball into right-center field to break a 3-3 tie.
2) Jonathan Holder pitched two scoreless innings of relief as the Yankees won their fourth straight game.
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
The Yankees begin a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday at 10:07 p.m. at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Despite all the Yankees' injuries, they are in second place in the AL East and have the third-best run differential (plus-27) in the American League. ... Luke Voit is slashing .296/.387/.370 with no homers and three RBIs during his eight-game hitting streak. ... Mike Tauchman is 6-for-17 with three home runs and eight RBIs over his last five games.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman went on Mike Francesa's WFAN show Monday afternoon and gave updates on the team's laundry list of injuries. Here's a look at the latest on the injured Yankees stars:
The Yankees' injury woes got worse when Judge suffered an oblique strain over the weekend. Cashman said the strain is "significant" and it doesn't seem as if he'll be back anytime soon. "We're just gonna have to repackage and plug and play with what we've got," Cashman said. "Our job is to find a way regardless of what circumstances (are.)"
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
The Yankees continue to bring in more reinforcements.
The organization signed utility infielder Brad Miller on Monday to a minor-league contract, the team announced.
Miller, 29, can play all four positions in the infield, as well as some outfield, as the injury-plagued Yankees try to stock up their minor-league depth, having called up every position player on the 40-man roster.
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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.
Jonathan Loaisiga, SP, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (No. 2) - 2019
After spending the beginning of the season with the Yankees, Loaisiga (ranked No. 62 among all pro-spects according to MLB Pipeline) made his first start for the RailRiders on Wednesday.
Tags: Albert Abreu, Chris Carelli
Neither Aaron Judge nor the Yankees have a definitive timeframe for when the All-Star slugger will return from a "pretty significant" left oblique strain.
And the 13th player on New York's injured list knows it isn't going to be easy.
"It's tough," Judge said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "That was one of my goals. I didn't want to get back on the DL or anything, especially tough times like this when guys are beat up, I wanted to be out there in the trenches with the guys every single day, fighting through some tough times. But it happens and it's a tough spot."
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Austin Romine came through clutch for the Yankees with a game-tying single in the eighth inning after the bullpen squandered a 5-0 lead.
Then he did it again in the 10th.
Romine's walk-off single helped the Yankees salvage a 7-6 win over the Royals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Tags: Austin Romine, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez
The Yankees beat the Royals 7-6 in walk-off fashion at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score
Seven takeaways from Sunday's game
1) Austin Romine has been mostly quiet since taking over the full-time role with Gary Sanchez on the injured list. But, he had the game-tying single in the eighth inning and the walk-off single in the 10th to give the Yanks the walk-off win, part of a three-hit day.
Tags: Austin Romine, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Kansas City Royals, Chris Carelli
Any thoughts of Aaron Judge avoiding a serious injury should be forgotten.
The Yankees officially placed their right fielder and lineup centerpiece on the 10-day injured list Sunday.Additionally, manager Aaron Boone didn't even offer a timeline for his potential return, saying the left oblique strain that caused him to exit Saturday's game against the Royals is "pretty significant."
Judge becomes the 13th player to hit the injured list for the Yankees this season, the majority being key pieces of the roster. The Yankees don't have a ton of in-house options, given the multitude of injuries already, and exploring some free agency options may be on the table.
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The Yankees (10-10, 3.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-14) to wrap up their four-game series in the Bronx on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
With Aaron Judge heading to the injured list, an even more depleted lineup is looking to take three of four from Kansas City. ... Brett Gardner has scored four runs in his last four starts. He was off Saturday. ... Gardner and Luke Voit are the only holdovers from the Opening Day lineup playing Sunday. ... After sitting the first two games of the series, Gio Urshela is back in the lineup for the second consecutive day.
The Yankees saw another big blow in the injury department on Saturday, when slugger Aaron Judge went down with a left oblique strain. Judge was grimacing in pain, holding his left side after a swing during the win against the Royals.
It is unclear how long the Yankees will be losing Judge, as he went to the hospital today to receive an MRI to check on the severity of the injury. But there is no doubt the big man will see a stint on the Injured List, a place where multiple key cogs of the Bombers has landed so far this season.
Judge will join the likes of Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton as injured outfield pieces. Hicks and Stanton are progressing in their rehab nicely, but they are not expected to join the team any time soon. That leaves only Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner, and Mike Tauchman as the only healthy outfielders on the Yanks.
The Yankees move to 10-10 on the season, clobbering four home runs to beat the Royals, 9-2, at Yankee Stadium.
Five takeaways from Saturday's game…
1) Masahiro Tanaka got back on track with an impressive seven-inning outing, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Tanaka's production continues to be a big facet for the Yankees with Luis Severino on the mend and the veteran right-hander has answered the call.
The injuries just keep getting worse for the Yankees.
Aaron Judge left Saturday's game against the Royals in the sixth inning with a left oblique injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation, the team announced.
The Yankees slugger was grabbing his left side following a swing on a single and was grimacing in pain on his way to first base.
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Time is up on Gio Gonzalez' contract with the Yankees, and according to SNY's Andy Martino, he has decided to opt out of it.
Gonzalez seemed prepared to opt out, firing his agent, Scott Boras, and signing with CAA instead. Now the Yankees have 48 hours to either add them on their roster, or release him.
The 33-year-old was expected to start last night in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the game was rained out. Scouts were there to see if Gonzalez still had what it takes to pitch at the big league level.
In three starts in Triple-A, Gonzalez had a 6.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 15 innings. His ERA was inflated due to a rough first start, where he allowed eight runs on eight hits over four innings. He has since settled down, not allowing a run over six innings in his second start and giving up two in final one on April 14.
Aaron bleepin' Boone indeed.
The Yankees manager was ejected in the third inning of Saturday's game against the Royals when a Gleyber Torres three-run home run was overturned by replay review and was ruled fan interference.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon lept at the wall to try and make a play on the ball but it went off a fans' hands. The ball appeared to be going over the wall anyway, but the fan also appeared to be slightly leaning over the wall.
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Help is on the way for the Yankees.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Saturday that catcher Gary Sanchez will play in a rehab game on Monday and if there are no issues, he will be activated from the injured list and return to the team on Wednesday during their West Coast trip.
Sanchez, who has been on the IL since April 12 with a strained left calf strain, has been taking batting practice, running and playing catch the last few days.
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The Yankees (9-10, 4.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-13) as they hope the rain clears up on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.
Brett Gardner gets the day off despite hitting two go-ahead home runs in his last three games. ... DJ LeMahieu will bat leadoff despite his recent struggles, collecting just one hit in his last 20 at-bats but was robbed of an extra-base hit on Friday night by Royals center fielder Billy Hamilton. ... Clint Frazier went hitless on Friday, but has still reached base in his last four consecutive games, where he is 6-for-15 with a home run and two RBI.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Masahiro Tanaka
Miguel Andujar appears to be making some progress in his way back from a small tear in his right labrum.
During batting practice on Friday, the infielder was throwing from third base for the first time since going on the IL on April 1.
Andujar, who was also taking batting practice for the second straight day at Yankee Stadium, told YES Network reporter Meredith Marakovits that he was throwing to first base at about 50 perent and had no issues with his shoulder.
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The Yankees may be getting one of their big bats back very soon.
Gary Sanchez caught a bullpen session with J.A. Happ on Friday, a step forward in his way back from a left calf strain that put him on the 10-day IL.
He also took batting practice, ran and played catch for the second straight day and told reporters he hopes to play in rehab games soon and that he is just waiting on doctor's orders for that.
Tags: Miguel Andujar
The Yankees (8-10, 5.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-12) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
CC Sabathia is 11 strikeouts away from reaching 3,000 for his career and becoming just the 17th pitcher ever to accomplish that feat. ... Despite being two games under .500, the Yankees' +15 run differential is the fourth-best in the American League. ... Clint Frazier has gone 8 for his last 21 to rise his batting average from .321 to .347.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
The clock is ticking for the Yankees and Gio Gonzalez.
The left-hander is eligible to opt out of his minor-league deal on Saturday and appears increasingly likely to, according to SNY's Andy Martino.
A source confirmed that Gonzalez fired Scott Boras as his agent on Friday and hired CAA to represent him.
The Yankees will sign veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor-league deal, according to Mass Live's Chris Cotillo.
The 31-year-old Morrison, who slashed .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in 95 games with the Twins last season, gives the Yankees depth at first base after they placed Greg Bird on the injured list earlier this week.
Morrison has a July 1 opt-out date and will earn $1 million if he makes the MLB roster, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Tags: Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luke Voit
An All-Star collection of Yankees sit on the club's injured list, which has been one of the main culprits to their 8-10 start to the season. There are six regulars that have already missed significant time in 2019, but who is missed the most?
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is not holding a grudge against Royals pitcher Jakob Junis as he readies to face him for the first time since he fractured Judge's wrist last July.
When the Yankees face the Royals in the second game of a four-game series Friday night, it will be the first time Judge faces Junis since the Royals' righty hit Judge with a 93 mph fastball, resulting in a chip fracture in his right wrist and a 45-game absence.
"He hit me but that is part of the game. It cost me a while but it is part of the game,'' Judge said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "It was nothing intentional. It was up and in and a two-seamer like he has, it got away.''
Tags: Aaron Judge, Kansas City Royals
For the moment, Clint Frazier is providing exactly what the Yankees need given the number of key players on the injured list.
The 24-year-old outfielder, who is not far removed from being considered one of the best prospects in baseball, is healthy after dealing with concussion issues last season and is displaying the "legendary" bat speed GM Brian Cashman has previously praised Frazier for.
In 13 games entering Thursday, Frazier was slashing .333/.347/.622 with four homers and 12 RBI; he also had 11 strikeouts against two walks.
This comes as Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks are both nursing injuries, so the Yanks have been able to plug Frazier in at either DH or left field with Brett Gardner occupying center, Mike Tauchman seeing some time in left, and of course, Aaron Judge in right field.
Yankees INF Miguel Andujar continues to work his way back toward the team, with the hope he doesn't need surgery to repair the small tear in his labrum. If surgery isn't needed, manager Aaron Boone noted Thursday that the team is considering how to deploy him so he doesn't suffer a setback.
It was a week ago that SNY's Andy Martino suggested the Yankees use Andujar as primarily a DH, and even at first base in certain situations. Well, that's exactly what the Yankees are discussing right now, according to Boone.
Hitting hasn't been as much an issue as throwing for Andujar during this rehab process, which is why DH would make the most sense. The Yankees, though, have multiple hitters that can fill that role -- some of which are on the IL with Andujar. Giancarlo Stanton is one player that comes to mind, and he's reportedly close to coming back from his biceps strain as well.
The Yankees (8-9) welcome the Royals (6-12) to the Bronx for a four-game series beginning Thursday night at 6:35 p.m.
Brett Gardner is staying in the leadoff spot after his clutch grand slam helped the Yanks beat the Red Sox on Wednesday. ... Mike Ford is set to make his MLB debut, batting seventh as the designated hitter. Ford was called up on Tuesday when Greg Bird went on the injured list with a plantar fascia tear. Ford was raking in 10 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 16-for-39 with five homers, four doubles and 14 RBI. ... DJ LeMahieu slides back to third base with Tyler Wade playing second and Gio Urshela on the bench.
John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : By the time the clubhouse opened to the media, some 20 minutes after the Yankees finished off a kick-em-while-they're-down sweep of the Red Sox, the place looked and smelled like the aftermath of a Fourth of July fireworks show.
Turns out it was the aftermath of a dance party instead, complete with a fog machine and strobe lights, which apparently has become the Yankees' standard post-win celebration in this young season.
Only extra-heavy on the fog for this one.
Tags: Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, John Harper
Of all the Yankees currently sitting out on the Injured List, Luis Severino may be the most mind-boggling of them all.
Severino's injury started with shoulder inflammation, an injury that usually needs rest to heal. But, after feeling more pain during his throwing program, Severino returned to New York to be reevaluated. Well, that evaluation included an MRI that revealed a lat strain, which has shut down the righty with July being his potential comeback.
But how can shoulder inflammation turn into a lat strain? Severino, who was at Yankee Stadium during the Yankees' win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night, believes that the strain actually occurred when he initially suffered an injury back on March 5.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
The Yankees (7-9, five games behind Rays for first place in AL East) will look to sweep the Red Sox (6-12, last in the AL East) in the quick two-game series on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
James Paxton was electric for the Yankees last night as he set the tone in the win. The Yankees helped by plating eight runs on the night. ...Mike Tauchman collected his first Major League homer with a three-run bomb to right field. Clint Frazier also added a homer to right center that was just out of the reach of Mookie Betts.
Tags: Boston Red Sox
Ever since he broke in with the Phillies a decade ago, J.A. Happ has relied on rhythm and precision to carve up hitters. During his best seasons, Happ's results have outpaced the quality of his actual repertoire.
In order to achieve this, Happ relies on the subtleties of confidence and controlled aggression. When he's on, he works quickly, pounds the edges of the strike zone, and tricks himself into being unafraid that the ball might drift out over the middle of the strike zone and end up crushed over an outfield wall. He's one of those players who's good because he believes he's good.
So far this season, Happ has not been able to find that mindset. He is overthinking between pitches, and finding the ideal pace elusive. He is tentative and cerebral -- two qualities that undermine him when they emerge too strongly.