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Game 103: Yankees at White Sox

Bryan MitchellYANKEES (58-44)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 2.89)
Mitchell has never faced any of the White Sox

WHITE SOX (49-52)
Adam Eaton CF
Tyler Saladino 3B
Jose Abreu 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Adam LaRoche DH
Alexi Ramirez SS
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Tyler Flowers C

LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.97)
Danks vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., WPIX

WEATHER: It’s really a pretty nice day out.

UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Adam Hamari, 2B Brian Knight, 3B Larry Vanover

RAISING THE AVERAGE: Chase Headley batted .370 (30-for-81) with 15 RBI in 21 games in July, raising his season batting average from .246 to .273. Headley had 31 hits last July, but hadn’t reached 30 in any month since. His .370 batting average was his highest ever in a calendar month in his career (min. 15AB).

GOING DEEP: Mark Teixeira hit .333 (29-for-87) with nine home runs and 19 RBI in 23 games in July. It was his highest home run total in a calendar month since June 2011 (also nine).

DRIVING THEM IN: Didi Gregorius (.317, 26-for-82) had 13 RBI in 24 July games, his most in a calendar month in his career (previous high was 10 RBI in May 2013). Gregorius has raised his batting average each month this season (.206 in April, .232 in May, .258 in June and .317 in July).

 
 

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Severino to make Major League debut on Wednesday

Luis Severino, Austin Romine

One day after announcing that Luis Severino’s next start will be in the big leagues, the Yankees have given an exact date for that highly anticipated debut. Severino will pitch on Wednesday, the second game of next week’s series against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Tuesday: Masahiro Tanaka
Wednesday: Luis Severino
Thursday: CC Sabathia

As for tonight’s starter, Joe Girardi said he expects 75-80 pitches out of Bryan Mitchell.

 
 

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Rumbelow recalled; Goody optioned back to Triple-A

RumbelowThe bullpen revolving door keeps spinning.

After pitching the past two games in a row, Nick Goody has been optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Nick Rumbelow has been recalled to take his place. Rumbelow pitched pretty well during his previous stint with the Yankees, but it’s been almost a month since he last got in a big league game.

Down in Triple-A, Joel De La Cruz and Kyle Haynes have been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from Trenton. Wilking Rodriguez was placed on the minor league disabled list and spot starter Chaz Hebert has been sent from Scranton back down to Tampa.

 
 

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Murphy gets second straight start at catcher

John Ryan Murphy is making a second straight start at catcher. I assume that’s because he’s familiar with Bryan Mitchell, and because the Yankees are facing a lefty. Also, I’m not actually at the ballpark today. I woke up sick and haven’t gotten any better. I’ll spare you the details, but I’m going to try to get better and be back out there tomorrow. I’ll still have notes and such on the blog as they come in from the other beat guys.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Bryan Mitchell

 
 

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With a fresh look, Dustin Ackley looks for a fresh start

Dustin AckleyThrough the rainy days in Seattle, Dustin Ackley spent the better part of two years growing a long, thick beard. It was the kind of facial hair that defines a man’s appearance, and most certainly the kind that’s not allowed in the Yankees’ clubhouse.

So when he was traded to the Yankees on Thursday, Ackley gathered with some Mariners teammates — former teammates, I guess — and finally shaved.

“I couldn’t take the first swipe,” he said. “I had to let somebody else do it.”

With a new look for a new team, Ackley is looking for a fresh start. He was the second overall draft pick in 2009, and he’s still just 27 years old, but Ackley’s never come close to meeting the lofty expectations he set at the University of North Carolina. There, he hit .417/.517/.763 as a junior. Even as a freshman, he hit .402/.448/.591.

“Extremely talented,” college teammate Adam Warren said. “He’s a good guy, works hard. It’s just one of those things where you hope he can fit in with the club, and I think he will. He’s super quiet. I think he plays hard, and just going off what I know at Carolina playing with him, he’s super-talented and a gamer. I’m hoping to see him do that over here.”

Essentially, Ackley is a more versatile version of the player he’s replacing. Like Garrett Jones, Ackley will be a left-handed power bat off the bench and the primary backup at first base. Unlike Jones, Ackley can also play second base and center field. Also unlike Jones, he’s under team control for two more seasons.

He’s also a carer .296/.397/.481 hitter at Yankee Stadium.

“Obviously the short porch in right is huge,” Ackley said. “But I feel like it’s a place where the ball carries really well. We never went in there and thought, ‘This is a graveyard,’ or anything. It’s definitely favorable in all manners. I see the ball really well there. To me, the backdrop is important behind the pitcher and Yankee Stadium had a good one where you can see the ball well. All those things are really positive things.”

In explaining the trade, Cashman pointed primarily to Ackley’s versatility. Essentially, the Yankees think they’re getting a bat similar to Jones — Ackley and Jones have season slash lines that are nearly identical — except Ackley is younger and more versatile. It’s one of Cashman’s marginal upgrades in the short-term. But Cashman also mentioned the possibility of some upside going forward. The Yankees think Ackley can be better than he was for all those years in Seattle.

Ackley seems like a candidate for a change-of-scenery boost. Fresh look. Fresh start.

“It’s definitely something that won’t hurt,” Ackley said. “Coming to this team, a team that’s in first right now and playing really well. Going to a park that’s favorable to hitters, that doesn’t hurt as well. All these things add up for guys to succeed. I’m just excited to be here and to be a part of it.”

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Cashman speaks up to explain Yankees’ quiet trade deadline

Luis Severino, Austin Romine

A little more than an hour after yesterday’s trade deadline came and went, Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman spent 20 minutes on a conference call explaining his decision to turn down every trade opportunity except the minor swap for a new utility man.

“I didn’t send any false signals out there,” Cashman said. “I made sure that everybody from our fan base to our opposing teams’ GMs as well as you in the media (knew) that this was the game plan we were intending to execute. I was very comfortable trying to execute it. I felt it was the right game plan. If we could operate within that game plan to improve our club, we were all set to go in on that way. It had to be within the structures that we spoke to. We believe these players that we’re holding onto can really benefit the franchise in the near and long term. We’re excited by what our system is providing. At the same time, we’re also simultaneously excited about what the present roster is doing.”

Greg BirdAsked which players he treated as truly untouchable, Cashman mentioned only four names, and one of them was reportedly on the table if the Padres were willing to give Craig Kimbrel for him.

“Severino, Judge, Bird,” Cashman said. “And obviously, in most cases, Mateo. Those guys are tough to move for us. I had a tough time keeping people off (demanding them). Most people basically would want the most immediate talent that can be in the Major Leagues by next year. It was a challenge getting anybody off those guys to be honest.”

Other talent of that caliber was traded at the deadline, and with other teams willing to deal such high-end prospects, the Yankees were left out of the biggest deals. Cashman didn’t mention Gary Sanchez or Rob Refsnyder or Eric Jagielo or Bryan Mitchell as untouchable — and obviously he did trade Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez — so the Yankees were willing to part with some young talent, but they had their priorities set.

Instead of trading for a starting pitcher, they’ll have Mitchell start tonight’s game in Chicago and Severino start a game next week in New York.

“There’s risk in throwing some of the young guys in the Atlantic Ocean and saying, ‘Time to swim,’” Cashman said. “But that’s also something we’re not afraid of in some guys’ cases. We do like this team, and we have benefited from the use of a lot of the young guys throughout this season. We still look forward to these guys hopefully contributing to us. We just felt that we are staying the course that we had mapped out with our veterans and our youth, and I approached this deadline with discipline, but also with aggressiveness at the same time. We were willing to do certain things, but we weren’t willing to do certain things at the same time.”

Hard to remember a time when the Yankees could be this confident and aggressive with their prospects, but much of the Yankees’ young talent has graduated to the highest levels of the minor leagues. For many of them — barring the obvious possibility of injury or stunning decline — it’s not a question of if they make it to the big leagues, it’s a matter of when.

Aaron Judge“I’ve been in the position in the past where we’ve had a strong system, but it was down low and you had to wait it out,” Cashman said. “Well, we’ve done the waiting. We’ve done that hard part in waiting it out, and now these guys, we probably have one of the youngest and also productive and high-profile rosters at Triple-A. If we need to pull down from that — which we’ve done already, a number of times — we can do it and rely on some kids. I know it’s maybe not the traditional way that our franchise has operated, but I think it’s a way that we have already communicated is our intention to operate. We haven’t deviated from that game plan. We’re comfortable doing that. We believe in the upside. We also see the patience that at times is necessary. I think you’re seeing that patience pay off with our shortstop.

“Again, with young guys, if you’re right on your assessments, you can have it pay off towards the back end. And we’re hopeful with this next wave of guys that that could be the case, but ultimately the veterans that we currently have that have gotten us this far, and we look forward to those guys, relying on those guys to continue to lead the way. We’ll augment the roster with a lot of these power arms that we have in the system. Some of the offers that were coming our way, I’ll be honest, whether it played out this way or not, I’d rather try relying on the Mitchells and Severinos than bring in somebody that’s got more experience but maybe less ability with more money attached to it. Although (money)’s not necessarily an issue for us, in the assessments, it’s like, you know what, I’d rather go this route with these kids than go do that.”

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Postgame notes: “They have their legs and they can drive the baseball”

Mark Teixeira

Late Tuesday night, in the Texas heat, Joe Girardi pulled Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning of a blowout. The next night, Girardi didn’t put Teixiera in the lineup at all.

In two games since, Teixeira has four home runs, a double, a single, three walks and eight RBI.

“That’s the whole reason (to rest players), so they stay fresh and they have their legs and they can drive the baseball,” Girardi said. “You try to pick your spots. As valuable as he’s been to us, you don’t want to sit him too much. But you try to pick your spots.”

Last year, Teixeira was actually pretty productive early in the season, but he faded badly. He became less productive and battled a series of nagging injuries. He appreciates the value of a day off now and then, and he’s reaping the rewards with 28 home runs and 78 RBI this season.

“The two days off since the break really helped,” Teixiera said. “Just seeing the ball really well right now. The bat’s feeling quick and getting some good pitches to hit.”

Tonight was the 14th time Teixeira homered from each side of the plate in a single game. That’s a Major League record (Teixeira was tied with Nick Swisher). One of tonight’s homers was Teixeira’s 10th career grand slam and second grand slam of the season.

“I’ve said it since spring training,” Teixeira said. “I feel really good, I feel strong, the wrist is healthy and that’s all I can really ask for.”

Nathan Eovaldi• In his 100th career start, Nathan Eovaldi got his 11th win of the season. He’s 5-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his past five road starts, and he’s allowed three runs or less in each of his past eight starts. “Evo had a lot of long innings he had to sit through tonight,” Girardi said. “He gave us a lot of pitches tonight and he did a good job.”

• Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yankees tomorrow. Girardi said he left Eovaldi stay in the game for 117 pitches because he’s using a piece of the bullpen to start tomorrow. Of course, it remains to be seen how the Yankees use Mitchell going forward. Diego Moreno will be available as a long man tomorrow.

• Despite throwing all those pitches, Eovaldi still lasted just 5.2 innings. He still has trouble working deep in games quite often. “That’s been one of my big things,” Eovaldi said. “I’ve been trying to work on it, slowly and steadily attack the third time through. You don’t want to get into a battle with one batter that is seven or eight pitches. You want to throw four or five pitches and get out of the inning. It just takes one pitch.”

• Does Girardi had a problem with Eovaldi’s difficulty working deeper into games? “He’s winning games and he’s pitching well,” Girardi said. “It is what it is. However we need to win games, we’ll win games. I think he’s grown up a lot this year. I don’t know if that’s his 10th or 11th win for us, but he’s pitched pretty well. I’m not going to complain. I’m happy with what he’s doing.”

• Brendan Ryan had a three-hit game, but he was mostly laughing postgame about his absurd strikeout against Adam LaRoche in the ninth inning. LaRoche is a first baseman, and he was throwing super slow curveballs mixed with a mid-80s fastball. “It’s comical,” Ryan said, who laughed during and after the at-bat. “It’s not fun, but you have to have fun with it. He’s throwing 50-mph curveballs. I’m taking four steps before I get there. I didn’t know what the heck he was going to do that last pitch, and obviously I found out he could throw it right past me. Good times. Whatever. We won the game, that’s all that matters.”

Mark Teixeira, Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew• Ryan said catcher Geovany Soto actually joked with him that the stadium would erupt if he struck out. Ryan said, as you can imagine, that it was a horribly uncomfortable at-bat just because it was so different from anything else. That final fastball? “I had no chance on that one,” he said. “I tried to get to it, but after the 50-mph whatever it was, it looked like 110. Oh well. It kind of fits with the mustache, right? That’s the kind of at-bat I think I should have. I don’t know. Ridiculous.”

• Funny that the strikeout actually came in such a good game for Ryan. He’s hitting .314 this season. “He’s made a little bit of an adjustment with the hitting coaches and he’s swinging the bat good,” Girardi said. “He’s fresh. He’s happy to be playing; he went through a frustrating time getting hurt in spring training and then getting hurt again, so I just think he’s enjoying the moments.”

• CC Sabathia is back with the team after spending last night in a Texas hospital because of dehydration. “Once I came out of the game I was exhausted,” he said. “I was done. It was really hard for me to get my uniform off. I got back to the training room and I felt nauseous, my head was hurting. They decided to hook me up to some IVs.” When the IVs didn’t do the trick, that’s when Sabathia was sent to the hospital. He said his whole body was cramping.

• The Yankees have said they’ll wait until the end of the weekend to decide how Sabathia should proceed, whether he needs to skip a turn. “I think I’m good,” he said. “I usually hydrate really good before games, in between games and in between innings, nights before. This was just a tough one.”

• Final word goes to Ryan: “The chemistry (of the team) has been outstanding. It’s genuine. Everyone is pulling for each other. It’s a great clubhouse to be a part of. I haven’t really been a part of an environment like this. Everyone’s looking forward to coming to the field and it’s a fun thing to be a part of, I’ll tell ya.”

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Teixeira homers twice (again) as Yankees score in double digits (again)

Mark Teixeira, Alexei Ramirez

As the trade deadline came and went, the Yankees did nothing. Nothing to upgrade their depleted rotation. Nothing to add right-handed power to the lineup. Nothing to counter the Blue Jays’ aggressive maneuvering. “I like the team we have,” general manager Brian Cashman said. Within hours, the Yankees rewarded that confidence with a 13-6 blowout win against the White Sox. Mark Teixeira had his second consecutive two-homer game, Nathan Eovaldi picked up his 11th win, and Alex Rodriguez scored four times. It was the second time in four days that the Yankees scored in double digits, and it was their 11th win in their past 15 games. Teixeira has put himself into the early MVP conversation with his 28 home runs and 73 RBI. He hit a grand slam during a five-run second inning, then hit a two-run homer during a five-run fourth. It was the 14th time Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate in a single game, setting a Major League record. Teixeira, Carlos Beltran and Brendan Ryan each had three hits in the game. Rodriguez reached base five times. Eovaldi lasted just 5.2 innings and allowed 10 base runners, but he moved into a tie for the fifth-most wins in baseball; fourth-most in the American League.

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Game 102: Yankees at White Sox

Orioles Yankees BaseballYANKEES (57-44)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27)
Eovaldi vs. White Sox

WHITE SOX (49-51)
Adam Eaton CF
Tyler Saladino 3B
Jose Abreu 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Adam LaRoche DH
Alexi Ramirez SS
Geovany Soto C
Carlos Sanchez 2B

LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09)
Rodon has never faced any of the Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s a nice night. Happy to have an open press box this evening.

UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Adam Hamari, 3B Brian Knight

THE NEW GUYS: Now that Nick Goody has finally gotten into a game, one day after Caleb Cotham pitched, the Yankees have already used 29 pitchers this season, the second-most pitchers used in a season in team history, four shy of their record 33 pitchers used in 2014. The Yankees lead the Majors with 13 players making their Major League debuts this season.

#WINNING: Nathan Eovaldi will make his 100th career start tonight. At 10-2, he leads the Majors with a .833 winning percentage this season (min. 10 decisions). The last Yankees pitcher to post a winning percentage that high for a season (min. 12 dec.) was Roger Clemens who went 20-3 in 2001.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Little two-out rally in the first inning. Rodriguez double, Teixiera walk and a Beltran RBI double. That’s enough for a quick 1-0 lead.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Grand slam for Teixeira pushes the Yankees lead to 6-0 in the second inning. Second time in four days that the Yankees have batted around in the second inning.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Another multi-homer game for Teixeira, who now has 28 home runs for the year. The guy is just crushing the ball this season. Yankees are up 9-2 in the fourth. Rodriguez, Teixeira and Beltran are a combined 7-for-7 with two walks, two homers, five runs, and eight RBI.

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Now it’s 11-2 in the fourth. As long as Eovaldi is mildly effective for the next five outs, he’s going to get his 11th win of the year.

UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Another run in the fifth, and another in the sixth. This game is slow and plodding, but the Yankees are up 13-3. The offense is so good, Brendan Ryan has three hits.

 
 

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Pregame notes: Severino, Mitchell, Sabathia, Ackley, Pineda

Everything is a little later than usual today, so I’m going to try to make these really quick just to fill you in on the basics. The upcoming Luis Severino call-up is easily the biggest Yankees news of the day, but there are a few other things going on. A few things to know:

Bryan MitchellOn Severino/Mitchell

• Still no set date for Severino’s debut, but Joe Girardi confirmed it will be during next week’s Red Sox series.

• Sounds like Bryan Mitchell will probably start tomorrow’s game as long as the Yankees don’t need him in long relief tonight. Girardi said he could also use Adam Warren for multiple innings, and he also would consider Diego Moreno available for 60-70 pitches tomorrow. Girardi had previously ruled out Moreno for Saturday, but he said today that Moreno should be available if necessary.

• Who did Brian Cashman consider truly untouchable in trade talks? “Severino, Judge, Bird, and obviously in most cases, Mateo,” Cashman said. That seemed to be his way of confirming, without really confirming, that Jorge Mateo was on the table in talks about Craig Kimbrel.

On CC Sabathia

• CC Sabathia has been discharged from the hospital following yesterday’s dehydration issue. “We’re just going to have to see how he feels the next couple of days,” Girardi said. “You would think that you give him the weekend and try to get completely healthy in a sense.”

• For whatever it’s worth, Brian Cashman said there’s been no discussion of taking Sabathia out of the rotation. I find it hard to believe the topic hasn’t come up at some point, but it doesn’t sound like it’s a move the Yankees are seriously considering at the moment. “I haven’t had any conversations about CC (coming out of the rotation),” Cashman said. “The intention (with Severino) is, obviously, we have Pineda down and we have to fill that spot.”

On Dustin Ackley

• Ackley likely won’t play tomorrow against another lefty, but Girardi said Ackley could be in the lineup Sunday. Ackley is considered an outfielder who can play first base and maybe some second base. He’s the primary backup at first and will take some ground balls at second just to stay somewhat sharp at the position. Probably won’t play there much, though.

• On Jones: “Garrett is a clubhouse favorite,” Girardi said. “He’s been a guy that has tried to adjust to the role of not playing every day. He seemed to struggle the first month and helped us win some games after that. He just helped us win a game in Minnesota. It’s tough because obviously he has relationships with the guys in the room and with me. It’s never an easy thing to do.

On Michael Pineda

• Cashman said he has no defined timetable for Pineda’s return from the disabled list, but the Yankees have been through similar injuries recently, so we should have a rough idea that it will take a month or a little more. “We went through this with Miller and with others so it’s not like we haven’t been here before,” Cashman said. “I think David Phelps had this when he was with us, it might have been last year, so we’re unfortunately used to it.”

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