Monday, July 28, 2014

Phelps Falls Apart in Fifth as Yankees Drop Opener in Texas

Derek Jeter collected three hits to pass Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time list and Brett Gardner homered twice off Yu Darvish, but due to a memorable collapse by David Phelps in the bottom of the fifth the Yankees dissapointingly dropped tonight's series opener to the Rangers 4-2.

Going into that aforementioned fifth frame, somewhat surprisingly, New York led Texas 2-0 on those solo shots from Gardner, making a big W to begin the week seem likely.

Unfortunetaly, though, that wouldn't prove to be the case, with the Rangers beginning a tough-to-watch rally with two outs and a man on second.

To start things off, the ice-cold Elvis Andrus singled in Chris Gimenez, putting Texas on the board in a not-too-stressful way.

Nonetheless, following another knock up the middle from Alex Rios and a double down the left field line from Adrian Beltre that tied it, things became a lot more tough, with another two-run single by newest Yankee-killer J.P. Arencibia only acting as the icing on the cake.

Because from that point on, the punchless Yanks didn't do anything against Darvish (7 IP, 2 ER), causing Phelps and his six frames of four-run ball to eventually take the loss, his first since June 7.

Derek Jeter Ties Carl Yastrzemski On All Time Hit List

Derek Jeter has tied Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski for seventh all time on the all time hits list with his 3,419th hit of his career. Jeter led off the game two hits behind Yaz and promptly stroked a single through the shortstop and third base hole. Jeter came up again in the third inning and knocked a ground rule double to deep right center field to tie Yastrzemski.

Congratulations to Jeter and stay tuned for when he passes the Red Sox legend.

Open Game Thread 7/28: Yankees vs. Rangers

Welcome to tonight's open thread for the game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The Rangers will host the Yankees for three games this week that will run into the July 31st trading deadline. The Yankees will send David Phelps to the mound in a rematch of last week's rain shortened game with Yu Darvish. The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

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It's an open thread so if you're staying up to watch the game be sure to drop us a line in the comments section. Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your evening. Go Yankees.

Yu Darvish Upset About Rain Shortened Loss.... Meme

I don't believe Yu Darvish actually said this but you have to think he was probably thinking it. He couldn't have been happy about losing at Yankee Stadium after just five innings. Yu had never lost to the Yankees before last time out and with the help of mother nature is still looking for his 10th win of the season. Let's hope he keeps on looking for it tomorrow, go Yankees!

Trade Deadline 2014: Yankees Rumors Roundup 7/28

The July 31st trading deadline is fast approaching and the New York Yankees are seemingly in on anyone that can upgrade the team, even marginally, which makes for a lot of rumors. Here are the biggest ones from the day so far:

The Yankees are interested in Alex Rios of the Texas Rangers. Read why I think this is a good idea HERE.

Colorado is unlikely to move Troy Tulowitzki, even if he was at the Yankees game Sunday.

New York asked about the Cubs Jake Arrieta and were told they would have to be blown away to acquire him. Blown away means keep dreaming in Yankee terminology.

The Phillies have made Cole Hamels available. That's news in itself. Severino & Sanchez Make Top 100 has released their mid season Top 100 prospects list for all of Major League Baseball and two familiar Yankee faces made the list in Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez. The Twins Byron Buxton was listed in the top spot and was followed by the Cardinals Oscar Tavares list most prospects lists we have seen this season. The Astros prospect shortstop Carlos Correa comes in the third position and the Miami Marlins have three of the top seven prospects in all of baseball in Kris Bryant (#4), Javier Baez (#6), and Addison Russell (#7).

The Yankees make the list with Severino coming in at the 70th position and Sanchez coming in at the #76 position. In case you were wondering the Top Five Yankees prospects according to right now are Severino, Sanchez, Eric Jagielo, Ian Clarkin, and Aaron Judge in that order. Robert Refsnyder is sixth and Jacob Lindgren rounds out the top 10.

Yankees Schedule Private Workout w/ Rusney Castillo

The next big thing in Cuban defecting stars is named Rusney Castillo and he is coming to an outfield near you very soon. Castillo is drawing comparisons to the Yankees Brett Gardners at this stage in his career and obviously New York is interested. They are so interested in fact that they are one of three teams to hold a private workout with the young outfielder. This comes after Castillo held a showcase for all teams in Miami over the weekend. 28 of the 30 MLB teams were in attendance which speaks volumes in my opinion.

Castillo is 27 years old and only listed at 5'7" and worked out at shortstop and center field over the weekend but is listed as an outfielder. Castillo is right handed and has above average speed, an average arm (hence why he will not remain a shortstop or play right field), and more power than the aforementioned Gardner.

Castillo is reportedly likely to sign within the next two weeks so stay tuned. The Yankees need an outfielder and Castillo seems primed and ready to go now.

Zoilo Almonte Called Up, Jeff Francis DFA'd

Zoilo Almonte has been called up for tonight's game with the Texas Rangers finally giving the Yankees another option off the bench. Jeff Francis was designated for assignment to make room on the 25 man roster for Zoilo. Finally the Yankees can give Ichiro a day off or two while going with a four man bench. Francis was stinking up the joint and a move was inevitable for the lefty.

Yankees Game Preview 7/28 vs. Texas Rangers

The New York Yankees are coming off an overall successful home stand and head out on the road to face off with the Texas Rangers tonight in the first of a three game set that will take us all the way to the July 31 trading deadline. The Yankees will send David Phelps to the mound to face off with the Rangers Yu Darvish. The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Phelps is coming off his first complete game of his career, although it was a cheap one with the Yankees winning a rain shortened 4.5 inning game in the Bronx. Phelps allowed one run on five hits and is now unbeaten in his last eight starts.

Darvish is still looking for his 10th win of the season as he was on the short side of a rain shortened five inning game in the Bronx last time out. Darvish lost to the Yankees 2-1 after giving up a game winning home run to Brett Gardner.

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Go Yankees!!

Yankees Still Considering Trading For John Danks

The Yankees are still thinking about trading for White Sox' Starter John Danks,'s Jon Heyman reports. 

Over the last few weeks, as you probably already know, the Yanks have been checking on guys like San Diego's Ian Kennedy and Philadelphia's Cliff Lee, although considering the Padres' asking price is a little high and Lee's struggled lately it's unlikely New York will pursue those two any further.

So, three days from the deadline, Danks appears to be the team's best available option, as Chicago currently looks more than willing to deal the 29-year-old lefty.

No, Danks isn't the kind of guy who'll fix their rotation problems immediately, but yes, he does give the impression he's better than Shane Greene, New York's rookie fill-in who's struggled in his first two starts of the second half.

Granted, Greene wasn't terrible on the Yanks' recent homestand, only allowing a total of 7 earned runs in 11 frames. 

Nonetheless, since the eight-year Sox veteran's gone 9-6 with a solid 4.40 ERA in 131 innings of work this season the Yankees do have to make a judgement call by Thursday, one that could change the course of the summer if Greene continues to labor.

Troy Tulowitzki Speculation That Will Never End

Why in the world was Troy Tulowitzki at the Yankees game in the Bronx yesterday afternoon? Nobody knows, or nobody is saying why anyway. Let the speculations begin!
First according to Jeff Passan this picture was deleted by the MLB Fan Cave. I went to the MLB Fan Cave Twitter account and could not find a copy of the picture. I am not saying it was there before hand because I personally didn't see it but it's still interesting. I don't think Passan would say it got deleted if it didn't.
This comes after the Rockies had a Tulo jersey giveaway in Colorado where they couldn't even spell his name correctly...

I know it's an Arrested Development shirt but it's still interesting that his shirt says "there's always money" which is an obvious ploy for The Greedy Pinstripes to call for him. Well we're calling, get it done Cash.

Tulowitzki: Can You Trade Players On The Disabled List

Understanding the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in Major League Baseball can be difficult even in a room full of lawyers. I had to do a little bit of research to answer the question of whether you can trade a player on the disabled list or not and the short answer I found was yes, you can. The only catch, always a catch, is that the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig has to approve the deal which has rarely happened in history as far as I can tell.

Enter Troy Tulowitzki who is currently on the 15 day disabled list for the Colorado Rockies and the pipe dream that has him starting at shortstop for the New York Yankees in 2015. Tulo has already hinted at wanting to be a Yankee and wanting to replace his idol in Derek Jeter and the Yankees have to be interested in the shortstop. The Yankees can presumably get a better deal with Tulo being on the disabled list so the time to act is now. 

The Yankees have less than four days to put up or shut up for this season and acquiring a talent like Troy Tulowitzki is definitely putting up. Standing pat is definitely shutting up. Put up Cash. 

Quick Hit: Babe Ruth Returns To Yankee Stadium 1943

George Herman Ruth, you can call him Babe, retired after the 1935 season with the Boston Braves. We all know he was once a Boston Red Sox but will always be remembered as a member of the New York Yankees. Babe Ruth would return to the house that he built, Yankee Stadium, on this day in 1943 for an exhibition game.

The exhibition game was played for the Red Cross between the Yank-Land Club, which was a combination of former Yankee and Indians players, against the Cloudbusters, a U.S. Navy team from the Chapel Hill Naval Pre-Flight School based at the University of North Carolina.

The retired Yankee outfielder appeared as a pinch hitter in his only plate appearance and was walked by 25 year old Navy pilot trainee and Boston Braves right-hander Johnny Sain. The servicemen would beat the former players 8-5.

This Day In New York Yankees History 7/28: David Cone Is a Yankee

David Cone had a very interesting tenure as a member of the New York Yankees that all started on this day in 1995 when the Yankees gave up Marty Janzen and two minor leaguers, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon, for his services. The trade was considered early to be one of the best deals in franchise history as Cone was an integral part of the dynasty and World Series championships in the late 90's.

Cone hit a wall in 2000 though and on this day  was sent to the team's minor league camp in Tampa by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Cone was demoted after not being able to pick up a win in over four months. The struggling Cone was placed under the supervision of Billy Connors, the Yankees vice president of player personnel.

The Yankees grabbed David Cone on this day on 1995 and they also grabbed Ruben Sierra and Jason Beverlin from the Oakland Athletics for Danny Tartabull . The Tartabull era started when the Yankees signed him a deal worth over $5 million a season after the 1991 season but he never lived up to the hype like he did as a Kansas City Royal.

Finally on this day in 1983 the American League president Lee MacPhail decided that George Brett's "Pine Tar" home run should be allowed. The game will be finished on August 18 and the Royals would win the game 5-4.