Game 65: NYY vs. OAK — A bumpy ride in “Bump City”

Oakland was dubbed “Bump City” after author John Krich’s 1979 book Bump City: Winners and Losers in Oakland about the history of the city, known mainly for its pictures by Dorothea Lange from the collection of the Oakland Museum. But no one from Oakland really knows that and are not a huge fan of said nickname. But it fits my purposes, especially with the way this road trip is going.

Luis Severino had a pretty good outing except a single inning. And thanks to that, he threw 109 pitches in just 6 innings, overall giving up 4 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs, striking out 6 Oakland batters.

In the 2nd, Severino faced all 9 batters in the Oakland lineup as he struggled his way through the inning. He gave up consecutive walks before getting a strikeout, and then a double scored the first A’s run. A ground out scored another run, but initially the runner was called safe at 1st. The Yankees challenged, and it was overturned for the 2nd out of the inning. And it was back to the game for a single to score yet another run. Another single moved runners to the corners, and another single scored the 4th run of the inning.

So, the Yankees had a bit of catching up to do. In the 3rd, with 2 outs and runners on the corners, Aaron Judge hit his 23rd home run of the season, a 3-run shot to the right field seats to put the Yankees a whole lot closer to the A’s lead.

And in the 5th, Torreyes hit a 1-out double and then scored on Mason Williams’ single to tie up the game. Williams ended up at 2nd on the throw, but Oakland challenged him being safe at 2nd. The call was upheld after a rather long review. Despite the Yankees loading up the bases with a couple of walks, they weren’t able capitalize on it then and break the tie.

Until Chris Carter led-off the 6th with a solo home run, that is, straight up the middle of the O.Co (Oakland Coliseum). And in the 7th, Judge hit a 1-out triple and then scored on Starlin Castro’s single for an insurance run.

So, with a 2-run lead, Chasen Shreve took over for Severino. Shreve had his own issues. With 1 out, he gave up a walk and a single to put runners on the corners, and a sacrifice fly scored the lead runner to put the Athletics within 1 run. Jonathan Holder had a worse time in the 8th, loading up the bases with a walk, a ground-rule double, and an intentional walk before a single scored both the tying and winning runs for the A’s. The final play was a double play, but was originally just a fielder’s choice until the Yankees continued their streak of challenge-and-overturn in their favor.

Final score: 7-6 Athletics

Injury news: (and boy, is it a doozy lately!)
The Yankees officially placed CC Sabathia on 10-day DL, retroactive to June 14, due to his strained left hamstring. Adam Warren is also now on the 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. On day-to-day are Aaron Hicks (with achilles tendon soreness) and Gary Sanchez (with groin tightness).

And in roster maneuvers:
The Yankees reassigned Aroldis Chapman to AA Trenton to continue his rehab assignment. He is hoping to be activated and rejoin the team in Oakland by Sunday’s game. (Fingers crossed!) The Yankees also optioned pitchers Ronald Herrera to AA Trenton and Gallegos to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, recalling relievers Domingo German and Luis Cessa from AAA Scranton. They also recalled Mason Williams and Kyle Higashioka from AAA Scranton to fill in for Hicks and Sanchez, respectively. (I hope they got a group rate on the Scranton to Oakland flight!)

Two more games in Oakland this weekend (and they’re not late-night games for us East Coasters!), and the Yankees are looking to right the ship again. For a bit there tonight, it looked like the Yankees would pull through and win it once again. But that West Coast drain kicked in and just flipped the story on them. Time to take control of that story and change the narrative.

Go Yankees!

Game 62: NYY vs. LAA — Angelic walk-off sours West Coast hopes

West Coast Week is hard on all of us East Coasters. But an extra innings night game, over 4 hours of play, and one with an unfavorable outcome, is rather less than thrilling. Add in a potential loss of a starter who’s been on a great run, due to an injury, and it’s basically not going to be a good night.

CC Sabathia was looking for his 5th straight win tonight, but fell a bit short. And not by his own fault. Actually, overall once again, he had a pretty good outing. In his 4 strong innings, he only gave up 3 hits, a walk, and an unearned run, striking out 4 Angels batters. But coming up off a pitch in the 4th and grabbing his leg was definitely not a good sign. (More after the recap)

In the 4th, with 2 outs, a batter reached on a missed catch error at 1st, ending up at 2nd on the play. He then scored on an RBI single, though due to the error, it was unearned for Sabathia, keeping his ERA in pretty good shape. The runner got caught stealing (“you don’t run on Gary!”) to end the inning for Sabathia, a good thing as he was clearly injured at that point.

After Sabathia left, the Yankees bullpen got quite the workout. Giovanni Gallegos got the first 2 innings (5th & 6th) and fairly sailed through them, as did Warren in the 7th. But Tyler Clippard gave up a lead-off solo home run in the 8th to tie up the game at that point.

To get to that point, the Yankee actually relied almost solely on one player for their scoring tonight — the unlikely hero of Chase Headley. In the 5th, Headley hit a 1-out ground-rule double and then hustled home to score on Brett Gardner’s single. And then in the 7th, Headley hit a 1-out solo home run up the middle.

When the starter came out of the game that inning with 2 men on base and 2 outs, the Yankees once again left them stranded (a common theme in this game, actually). And while they certainly had opportunities to do something (read: that common theme), the Yankees didn’t capitalize on them.

With the game now tied, Yankees reliever Holder started the bottom of the 9th inning, but struggled his way through 2 hits and 2 outs before the Yankees opted for Chasen Shreve who got out of the jam and then pitched his way into and out of another jam the 10th.

As they hit the 4-hour mark, the game turned into 11 innings. The Yankees weren’t adding to the score, and the Angels saw their only opening in the bottom of the 11th when Shreve gave up a lead-off walk. After an out, Shreve was responsible for that lone runner at 1st as Heller came on to close out the inning. That runner moved to 2nd on a ground out, watched as another baserunner joined him on a walk, and then promptly scored on a bloop single to score a walk-off win.

Final score: 3-2, in 11 innings, Angels

Injury news: Sabathia felt his leg “grab” on his 2nd to last pitch, and then said when he could push off (a necessary move for a pitcher, as you can imagine) for that final pitch, he knew something was terribly wrong. They will send him for testing, mainly an MRI, to get a timetable of recovery before deciding on a DL stint (and his replacement on the rotation), but with a hamstring injury, there’s always going to be a DL stint.

Aroldis Chapman was to begin his rehab with the Advanced-A Tampa Yankees (against the Bradenton Pirates affiliate) tonight, but severe weather forced a postponement. They are scheduled to play in Bradenton tomorrow night and the weather is looking much better. Chapman is nearing his return, still shooting for the end of the Oakland series, but I guess that depends on whether weather will cooperate with his rehab starts at this point.

Today was also the second day of the MLB Draft. The Yankees continued picking up pitchers (mostly right-handers), and mostly juniors and seniors in college.
Pitchers: Trevor Stephan, Arkansas junior, (round 3, 92nd overall); Glenn Otto, Rice junior (round 5, 152nd); (the lefty) Dalton Lehnen, Augustana College junior (round 6, 182nd); Dalton Higgins, Dallas Baptist junior (round 7, 212nd); Kyle Zurak, Radford University senior (round 8, 242nd); Austin Gardner, University of Texas Arlington (round 9, 272nd); and Chad Whitmer, Southern Illinois University Carbondale senior (round 10, 302nd). And an outfielder: Canaan Smith, Rockwall-Heath High School (round 4, 122nd overall).

One more day and 30 more picks. Basically, this is an offer by the Yankees to these young players. They can accept the offer for a chance to play ball with the Yankees organization and enter the realm of professional sports, or they can decline the offer and continue their studies or pursue a different avenue. Some will decline to hone their skills and try again next year for the draft, especially the younger players. I’ve heard stories of high school kids getting drafted (even at early rounds) but declining because they made a deal with their parents to get through at least 2 years of college first. They may come back at get drafted again or even attempt a tryout at an open call.

There is no typical draft story. One example is current Yankees rep at the draft Andy Pettitte. Technically, he was selected in the 22nd round for the 1990 draft right out of high school. But he chose to enroll in a local junior college and came to an agreement with the Yankees of what’s called a “draft-and-follow prospect”. He eventually signed with the Yankees a year later. But he and his wife later made their sons promise to go to college, despite being very good athletes (and still drafted) themselves. It certainly depends on the player, their circumstances, and their life choices.

Go Yankees!

Game 56: BOS vs. NYY — #CCStrong shuts out the competition

According to some weird trivia bits on my newsfeed, tonight’s game was the largest shutout win against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium since September 1965. And honestly, it’s really a whole lot to do with starter CC Sabathia, who dominated once again, and led the Yankees to his 5th straight win.

Like I said, Sabathia was dominant through his outing tonight in the middle game against the Red Sox, throwing 95 pitches through his 8 innings. He gave up 5 hits and no walks, striking out 5 Boston batters. But more importantly, Sabathia allowed no runs.

Yes, between the dominant pitching by Sabathia and the great defense, the Yankee kept the Red Sox scoreless. And Jonathan Holder continued that streak with a stellar 10-pitch 9th inning to breeze through the Red Sox lineup and close out the game.

In the 3rd, Didi Gregorius led-of with a solo home run to start off the Yankees’ run-scoring tonight. The Yankees loaded up the bases that inning, but left all 3 runner stranded. But this certainly wasn’t the sign of things to come this game. Castro led-off the 4th inning with a great stand-up triple and then scored on Gary Sanchez’s single, and Headley hit a 1-out single to join Sanchez on the bases. They both then scored when Chris Carter hit a really big 3-run home run deep into the left field seats.

Later, in the bottom of the 7th, Gardner reached 1st on a fielding error and then stole 2nd, his first stolen base since April 10. Gardner eventually scored all the way from 2nd on Matt Holliday’s 2-out single. He went all “superman” as he slid into home plate to easily beat the off-center throw.

In the 8th, with 1 out, Gregorius singled and Headley walked to get things started again. Chris Carter’s single scored Gregorius, moving Headley to 3rd. And Brett Gardner singled home Headley to cap off the Yankee runs tonight. The Yankees certainly racked up the hits (as well as the runs), with a grand total of 12 hits by Yankee batters.

Final score: 8-0 Yankees

A rather nice turn of events after last night. Though you can’t say the Yankees didn’t make it a close one despite the struggles at the start. These Yankees this season are something else to watch.

On another note: one of my favorite parts of seeing baseball live and in person is showing up early for batting practice. You get to watch the players take swings and the occasional fielding drill all leading up to the game. This year is especially fun for fans who crowd the outfield seats and bleachers in hopes of catching batting practice home run balls from the likes of a player like Aaron Judge. You never know when one of his big hits can come your way out there.

In fact, it’s not only fans that have to stay alert for an Aaron Judge hit. Judge has actually broken a television in a club in the outfield seating area at Yankee Stadium, hit 2 balls into a hotel near the stadium in Toronto, and smacked one into a vendor’s kiosk, bouncing it off the bar area, before tonight’s game.

So basically, when Judge is up, look out! Those little signs on the backs of the chairs are true, especially when a certain outfielder is in the batter’s box or in the batting cage:

Be Alert!
#truth {photo courtesy of author}

Go Yankees!

Game 51: NYY vs. TOR — #CCStrong dominates the Northern Birds

Tonight begins a 4-game weekend series in Toronto as the Yankees continue to secure and protect their status as the AL East leaders. And honestly, tonight, the Blue Jays proved why they’re trailing in the division.

Plus, CC Sabathia was just amazing on the mound tonight. He’s continuing his strong season, earning his 6th win (in 10 starts). He threw 102 pitches into the 7 innings, giving up just 5 hits, no walks, and 1 run, and striking out 7 Toronto batters. In fact, Sabathia shut out the Blue Jays until that 7th inning, when he gave up a lead-off solo home run. After his 7th strikeout, Sabathia’s night was done, but it was a start he can certainly be proud of.

Chad Green took over for Sabathia and finished the 7th inning quickly. Despite a lead-off home run in the 8th, Green continued his own strong outing through the rest of the game, closing out the 9th for the Yankees’ victory.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays had a terrible start, their starter not even making it out of the 4th inning. Gardner led-off the game with a double, moved to 3rd on an out, and then scored on Aaron Judge’s single. After Holliday’s single and Castro’s walk loaded the bases, Aaron Hicks hit a bases-clearing 2-out double to solidify the Yankees early lead.

In the 2nd, with 2 outs, Gary Sanchez hit a solid solo home run to join in on the offensive fun. And with 1 out and Gardner on base in the 4th, Sanchez hit his 2nd home run of the game, a 2-run shot to left field. Then with 2 outs, Holliday singled, and the Jays had seen enough. They went to their bullpen to close out the 4th inning.

And it helped for a bit. The Yankees still hit, they just didn’t hit much. In the 7th, with 2 outs, Gregorius reached on a sloppy fielding error and then raced home on Hicks’ double. Gregorius’ hand slid under the tag, but it was close enough for the Blue Jays to call for a replay challenge. It wasn’t close enough, and the call was upheld. Gregorius was safe at home.

Chase Headley then singled and scored Hicks to continue the 7th inning domination. (Remember, at this point, no Blue Jays had scored a run.) So, Toronto went to their bullpen again. And that once again worked for a bit.

In the 9th, Holliday led-off with a single, and Gregorius joined him on base with his own single. Both runners then scored on Hicks’ 3rd RBI double of the night. Another new reliever promptly gave up an RBI single to Headley to score Hicks, before getting his 2 outs to close out the inning.

It was just all Yankees, all game. Every single starting batter got on base, many with multiple hits. It was everyone to contribute, with standouts like Aaron Hicks going 4-for-5, with 6 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Hicks is having quite the hot streak.

Final score: 12-2 Yankees.

Maybe it’s a good thing Hicks is doing so well as Jacoby Ellsbury is still troubled with concussion effects. I’ve said it before, but concussions aren’t formulaic to treat. They take time and individualized treatment, and each person responds differently and heals at a different pace. They are still hoping he will see play time this weekend in Toronto, but as he’s still not feeling himself, they’re on a wait-and-see plan.

Milestone alert: CC Sabathia became the 21st all-time and 4th in just left-handeders strikeout leader. After tonight’s game, he stands at 2,779 career strikeouts with his 7 strikeouts. He is now 53 below the next lefty and just 24 behind the all-time pitcher (who happens to be the legendary Cy Young). And once he’s in the top 20, they’re almost all Hall-of-Famers, so pretty good company up there.

And Brett Gardner hit his 1000th hit in MLB tonight, a single in the 4th inning. He would then score as part of Sanchez’s 2-run homer to continue the offensive surge early in the game.

Go Yankees!

Game 46: OAK vs. NYY — #CCStrong in Saturday matinee

CC Sabathia needed another good outing, and in today’s middle game against the Athletics in this weekend series, he did just that. Sabathia threw 96 pitches into the 7th inning, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 runs, and striking out an impressive 9 Oakland batters. Remember when I said that I was trying to get used to Sabathia as not predominantly a strikeout pitcher? Yeah, forget I said that.

Sabathia kept the A’s from scoring all the way until the 6th inning. With 2 outs, Sabathia gave up a walk who then scored on an RBI double. The next batter hit a pop-up into shallow right field that Starlin Castro had trouble keeping in his glove and sort of popped it over to a waiting Aaron Judge for the final out of the 6th inning. Then, Sabathia gave up a 1-out solo home run in the 7th followed by a double, and that was it for his outing. Sabathia exited the game to a standing ovation from the crowd.

It would Adam Warren’s turn to keep Oakland at just those 2 runs, despite a runner in scoring position. He succeeded before turning the game to Tyler Clippard for the 8th inning. Clippard continued his struggles from last night, allowing 2 base runners with just 1 out made. So the Yankees opted for Dellin Betances for a 5-out save. And Betances was certainly on-point today, making those needed 5 outs with a stellar 3 strikeouts (bringing the grand total of 14 strikeouts by Yankee pitchers today).

As strong as Sabathia was today, he certainly had met his match in the A’s starter, who up until the 6th inning himself was running a no-hitter. That’s not to say that the Yankees didn’t get on base at all or score. Thanks to the wonder that is walks and a hit-by-pitch. In the 1st, with 1 out, Gary Sanchez worked a walk and ended up at 2nd when Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch (no, it wasn’t intentional, it was only the 1st inning). A wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position, and Castro’s sacrifice fly scored Sanchez for the 1st run of the game.

Then with the game tied in the bottom of the 6th and 2 outs, Sanchez worked another walk to get on base, and this time Holliday hit a big 2-run home run to put the Yankees in the lead. And that would be the first allowed hit all day from the Oakland starter. He gave up a second hit, a single to Castro on his 107th pitch, before he was replaced by the A’s bullpen who refused to give up another hit all afternoon and kept the Yankees at just 3 runs scored.

It would be enough. Barely. But it’s not by how many runs you win in this game; it’s just that you score the most.

Final score: 3-2 Yankees.

As if the weird Castro-Judge pop-out glove thing wasn’t odd enough for this game, the Yankees certainly entertained with some more rather odd plays. Well, Oakland learned today that “you don’t run on Gary” when Sanchez fired to 2nd from his knees to get a runner stealing 2nd in the 2nd inning. (When will they learn?)

In the 7th, Aaron Judge and Chris Carter collided catching an out in foul territory as Castro watched. The collision knocked Judge’s sunglasses and hat off and found Carter on the ground, but the ball was snugly in Judge’s glove as everyone dusted themselves off. Everyone was okay, but aren’t they supposed to call these things? I mean, that’s what they teach you all the way back in tee-ball.

And finally, Dellin Betances has always been known as a flame-thrower, so it’s no surprise they’re might be a little side effect on the receiving end every now and then. Including having part of Sanchez’s catching glove go flying off. It was the part on the back side of the webbing that braces the hand within the glove.

Then you have to add in a couple of Oakland ejections for arguing the strike zone. Which wasn’t really good, but at least it was consistent for both teams and for the entire game. Well, it certainly kept things interesting.

Even with the ugly camo caps and lettering fill (that for obvious reasons worked better with the normally green and yellow Oakland grey uniforms than with the Yankees pinstripes), it was an overall good day for a ball game in the Bronx. The camo decor served a few purposes. It’s Fleet Week in New York, so the stadium was filled with sailors on leave, and it’s also Memorial Day weekend. A big thank you from us to all veteran and active duty service members and their families for their sacrifice for our country.

Go Yankees!

Lots of rain means tonight’s game postponed, but that doesn’t dampen the fun in the Bronx

Early this morning, the powers-that-be checked the weather radar (or simply opened their curtains) and figured out that it’s going to rain all day, with a possible minor break around game time before thunderstorms roll back in again. Basically, not exactly ideal weather for the Yankees and Royals to play their final game of this week’s series.

So, they called it postponed and rescheduled the finale for Monday, September 25 to squeeze in a game on a mutual off-day. The Yankees will be coming in from a short series in Toronto before their final homestand, and the Royals will make a brief trip eastward after a weekend series in Chicago before heading home for their final homestand.

Game information, start time, and rainout policy details are found here.

Last night, the first pitch of the game had Jacoby Ellsbury ran hard tracking down a long fly ball, slamming into the back wall with his head and right arm. He made the out, of course, probably saving a double or even a triple from the speedy Royals lead-off runner. But it also landed him on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion and sprained neck. There is no timetable for his projected recovery.

Aaron Hicks, who came on at the top of the 2nd inning to replace Ellsbury, will likely see more time on the playing field. So to fill his spot as the utility outfielder, the Yankees recalled Rob Refsnyder from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Day 4 of HOPE Week continued on as planned. Today, the Yankees recognized A Moment of Magic Foundation, a non-profit organization that began as “The Princess Project” in which college-age students dress up as popular fairy tale princess to visit children’s hospitals and schools. Now nationwide, A Moment of Magic sends out “The Fairytale Force” (the princesses) or “Mission Super Hero” (popular comic book superheroes), college students from around the US, dressed as princesses and heroes to visit children at local hospitals and schools.

In a fun twist, A Magic Moment’s local Fairytale Force paired with certain Yankees dressed as superheroes to surprise participants from another great organization called Friends of Jaclyn, an organization the Yankees honored in 2014. Friends of Jaclyn is a foundation in honor of Jaclyn Murphy, who, after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, was paired with a local college lacrosse team. Her lasting legacy is now to pair sick children with local high school and college athletic teams “to show them love, support, and friendship”.

It would be the starting rotation that showed up to surprise lucky Friends of Jaclyn at a party held at Yankee Stadium — Superman (CC Sabathia), Supergirl (CC’s wife, Amber Sabathia), Iron Man (Luis Severino), Wolverine (Michael Pineda), the coolest ninja turtle Michelangelo (Masahiro Tanaka), Captain America (Jordan Montgomery) and Spider-man (GM Brian Cashman).

What a great way to put a smile on children’s faces, giving them the amazing gift of joy and wonder! Genuine love, support, compassion, and encouragement can go a long way in recovery and healing for both the kids and their parents. It’s good to see foundations like A Moment of Magic and Friends of Jaclyn continue this legacy of compassion and joy.

One more day of HOPE Week tomorrow before the Yankees take on the Athletics as they begin their weekend series. With hopefully, a bit less precipitation.

Go Yankees!

 

Game 41: NYY vs. TB — Starters strong at the Trop, 28 strikeouts

With the Yankees on the road for 81 games of the season, you get a great look at different parts of this country, different cities all over. So when I do my daily recap, I try to pull in fun things from the host city so that while you may never set foot in the cities (though you should because traveling is amazing!), you can experience a taste of exotic cities like St. Louis, St. Paul, and St. Petersburg.

Anyway, one of the things I like to do is find out the city’s nickname. Sometimes they’re well-known (like the “Windy City”), sometimes they’re really repetitive (both Seattle and Cincinatti are known as the “Queen City”), sometimes they’re interesting (Kansas City is the “City of Fountains”), and sometimes they’re just weird. I came across this list for St. Petersburg (where the Rays play) and also for Tampa (because it’s the largest city in the area) — St. Petersburg: “Always in Season”, “The Burg”, “Sunshine City”, and just “St. Pete” (as all the locals call it); Tampa: “Cigar City”, the “Lightning Capital of the World”, “America’s Next Greatest City”, “City of Champions”, and (my personal favorite) “The Big Guava”.

So, as I write this blog from “The Big Guava”, I think over this weekend series that took place just across the bay in “Sunshine City”. (Sorry, but this has been a long weekend.) The Yankees fell out of 1st place and then earned it back upon today’s win (and Baltimore’s loss against Toronto) to be back in 1st by just a half-game.

CC Sabathia got the start in this afternoon’s finale against the Rays. Sabathia tends to do pretty well at Tropicana Field, so it was no surprise that he had a pretty strong outing today. He threw 95 pitches into the 6th inning, giving up just 4 hits, a walk, and 2 runs (only 1 earned), and striking out 6 Rays’ batters.

With 2 outs (both strikeouts) and 2 runners on base in the 1st inning, Gary Sanchez went for a pick-off attempt at 1st, but the throw was off and passed Carter to allow the lead runner to score from 2nd (the unearned run). And a 1-out solo home run in the 5th doubled the Rays’ score to bookend Sabathia’s outing.

The Yankees offense faced a really fantastic pitcher, the Rays’ ace and a player on my top 5 non-Yankees pitching list, who just dominated the Yankees’ lineup today. Honestly, throwing into just the 7th inning, he got the Yankees to swing into an impressive 12 strikeouts.

But the Yankees, being the team that they are this season, found their moments, and it paid off in the end. Easily the weakest inning of the Rays’ ace, the 2nd inning began with Ellsbury’s double. Didi Gregorious (who had a fantastic day, going 4-for-4 today) hit a 1-out single and scored Ellsbury. And it would be Brett Gardner to hit his 8th home run of the season, a 2-out, 2-run shot into the first row of the right field seats to give the Yankees the slim lead they wouldn’t surrender all game.

The Yankees bullpen had a strong showing today, especially with that slim lead they had to protect. Green, Clippard, and Betances finished off and split the final 4 innings of the game, keeping the Rays off the bases and away from home plate.

Final score: 3-2 Yankees, Rays win series 2-1.

The Yankees are now on their way back to the Bronx for their 7-game home stand, 4 games against the Royals and 3 against the Athletics. Plus, tomorrow kicks off HOPE Week, my favorite week of the year, where the Yankees honor local community organizations and outreaches, giving them a platform for their non-profit and a nice donation to continue their good work in the community.

Scranton Shuttle update: The Yankees called Bryan Mitchell back from AAA Scranton, sending Giovanni Gallegos back in exchange for a fresh arm in the bullpen. The bullpen continues to get a lot of work, but they are fairly strong and dominant this season. Something that clearly contributes to the fact that the Yankees are back on top of the AL East.

Go Yankees!