Game 54: NYY vs. TOR — Late inning power leads to Queen City split

I realize that a “Queen City split” sounds like something you’d find in bowling or poker. But that’s what we find as a result of this weekend’s series in Toronto. Each team taking half of the pie, with the Yankees headed home after a disappointing road trip to division rivals. What makes it worst is that it was actually a tight, really good game until late in the game.

The Yankees faced a pretty tough pitcher in the Jays’ starter, but they were able to get on the board in the 4th and keep the lead for a bit. Aaron Judge hit a 1-out single and then stole 2nd, ending up at 3rd on a throwing error. He then scored on Matt Holliday’s double. And in the 6th, Brett Gardner led off with a single, moved to 2nd on a walk, to 3rd on a fly out, and then scored on Holliday’s fielder’s choice out (another failed double play attempt).

Luis Severino got the start this afternoon under the dome, throwing 98 pitches through his 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, a walk, and just 2 runs, striking out 7 Toronto batters. And Severino didn’t give up any runs at all until the 6th inning. With 2 outs, Severino gave up a single looking to keep the Jays’ scoreless and get out of the inning. But a well-placed strike became a 2-run home run to tie up the game.

Honestly, Severino threw a really good game, ending up fortunately with a no-decision. (I always hate it when a pitcher has a great day and still ends up with a loss.) But then the Blue Jays’ starter also had a great outing. But what made the difference was the Blue Jays’ bullpen — giving up a hit, but blasting through the Yankees’ roster in just 27 pitches in 3 innings, making the Yankees collect 5 strikeouts.

Tyler Clippard needed to do the same thing, and he was on his way to doing so. His lead-off batter, a former AL MVP, worked his way to a full count before smacking a solid shot over the right field wall to give the Blue Jays the lead. Clippard admitted the pitch wasn’t where he wanted it, leaving it too high in the zone for the batter. But then Clippard was able to get the next 3 outs fairly easily.

However, the Yankees’ offense was unable to cobble anything together except 3 strikeouts in the 9th for a comeback rally.

Final score: 3-2 Blue Jays, series split 2-2.

And have you voted yet for the All-Star Game starters? Vote your daily 5 times now, and maybe help the Yankee starters rise in the ranks. You can vote every day, up to 5 times daily, up to 35 total until June 29 at 11:59 pm EST. The Yankees could be represented by Judge or Castro or Sanchez, so this could be a great opportunity for them to shine in the Summer Classic.

The Yankees travel back to the Bronx, and after an off-day tomorrow, will host the Red Sox for a three-game mid-week series. Currently, the Red Sox are 2 games behind the Yankees in the standings, coming into this next series hoping to flip that around. But wouldn’t it be kind of nice to see them behind 5 games?

Go Yankees!

{Side note: We stand with London and Manchester today as they continue to recover and heal and stand strong, united in love which defeats fear and hate every day.}

Game 53: NYY vs. TOR — Strong start, stronger late-inning bombs

A lovely 64° and sunny in Toronto (not a sign of “The Big Smoke” in sight), with the roof open at Rogers Centre and a great view of the landmark CN Tower for the sellout crowd today. In other words, it was a beautiful day for some baseball.

Jordan Montgomery got the start today. The rookie throwing what had to be his strongest start of the season so far. He threw 103 pitches through the 6 innings, giving up just 3 hits and 3 walks, and striking out 5 Toronto batters, setting himself up for the win. But the important part of the whole outing was that there were no runs scored by the Blue Jays, thanks in part to the outstanding performance by the great Yankees defense.

That continued through the latter third of the game, as Warren, Clippard, and Betances each took an inning to shut the Blue Jays down and keep putting up those zeroes on the scoreboard.

Of course, this would all mean nothing unless the Yankees had some offense to counter it. And actually, the Blue Jays starter had a pretty good outing himself for the first 7 innings. The Yankees weren’t even able to score until the 3rd inning. Refsnyder made it safely to 1st on a fielding error, stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a fly out, and then scored on Aaron Hicks’ double. Hicks then scored on Aaron Judge’s double to put the Yankees in the lead on a few unearned runs. And in the 7th, Castro led off with a double and then scored on Didi Gregorius’ double. Gregorius would later get caught in a rundown.

The Blue Jays starter had a pretty good day if the Yankees’ pitchers didn’t have a better one. Or if the Jays’ bullpen didn’t have a really off 8th inning. Brett Gardner led-off with a solo shot to right field. And 2 outs later, the Yankees decided to back-to-back-to-back — Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro, and Didi Gregorius.

It would be just the 4th time in Yankees history they hit 4 homers in a single inning — 1977 (in Toronto, the 8th), 2005 (against the Rays, the 8th), 2012 (against the Red Sox, the 2nd), and then today (in Toronto in the 8th). Though oddly none of them were 4 consecutive homers.

Final score: 7-0 Yankees.

Injury news: Jacoby Ellsbury has been shut down due to the return of his concussion symptoms. He had been taking swings in the batting cages and running a bit in the outfield for practice and to work his way back to the team. But with the recurrence of his symptoms, he’s officially shut down from all baseball activities.

Also… Greg Bird continues his rehab with the Tampa Yankees. And Aroldis Chapman threw a light session today and is feeling good. So he’s nursing that shoulder and easing his way back into baseball shape.

And despite taking a bad foul ball off his knee, Austin Romine stayed in the game. He clearly was in pain through the game, even as he jogged to 1st a couple of times. He should have a nasty bruise to nurse for the next few days, but Sanchez is scheduled to start with Severino’s start tomorrow.

Go Yankees!

Game 52: NYY vs. TOR — The Big Smoke clouds the Yankees’ night

After last night’s rather dominant start from the Yankees, the Blue Jays decided that turnabout was fair play and copying the Yankees’ example to set themselves up for a win. And while imitation is usually the sincerest form of flattery, it’s really not in sports. Not that the game went anything like last night’s game.

Michael Pineda got the start in tonight’s game and got roughed up in his 5 innings. He threw 87 pitches, giving up 10 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs, striking out just 1 batter. In the 1st, he gave up a 1-out solo home run, a 2-out walk and a 2-run home run to give the Blue Jays a nice early lead. A lead-off walk in the 3rd moved to 3rd on a single and then scored on a sacrifice fly. And in the 4th, a lead-off single ended up at 3rd on a 2-out single and then scored on Pineda’s wild pitch.

Jonathan Holder came in for the 6th inning, having a pretty good outing save a single pitch that ended up becoming a solo home run to continue expanding the Blue Jays lead. In the 7th, Adam Warren had a bit of a struggle, due to some fielding mistakes. A missed catch error allowed the first batter to reach 1st. The Yankees challenged the out at 1st, but it was upheld as safe. That runner ended up at 3rd on a double and then scoring on a sacrifice fly. But Warren got out of trouble. Chasen Shreve’s 8th was a 16-pitch flawless outing.

The Yankees were quite stifled in their offense tonight, not even getting on the board until the 6th inning. The Blue Jays starter only gave up 2 hits and 2 walks going into the 6th inning. Then Sanchez singled, and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run home run to get the Yankees on the board and end the Blue Jays’ starter’s night. Under a new reliever, Holliday worked a walk and then scored as part of Starlin Castro’s 2-run home run to double the Yankees’ score.

And in an effort to edge further into the Blue Jays’ lead, Judge worked a 2-out walk and then scored on Matt Holliday’s double to cap off the Yankees’ runs tonight, falling just short of the Blue Jays.

Final score: 7-5 Blue Jays

And Aaron Judge was honored again as the American League Rookie of the Month, this time for May, of course. Not really a surprise to anyone really. He hit his 18th home run tonight, currently batting .326, with an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.122 (which is insane). He is the first Yankee to win ROTM more than once, and the fourth Yankee to ever be awarded (also Cano, Matsui, and Sanchez) the honor. Add in Judge’s high standings in the All-Star Game voting, and Judge is having quite the year.

And it’s only June 2, people!

The weekend continues tomorrow in Toronto, “The Big Smoke”. Apparently, such a nickname was originally given to larger Australian cities by its native people due to its industrial production (or air pollution). It was then affectionately applied to London (for much of the same reason — the notorious London “fog”). And along the way, it was applied to Toronto and stuck. It’s certainly a better nickname than “Hogtown” or “The City That Works”.

Makes you kind of appreciate the “Big Apple”, “Gotham City”, and the “City That Never Sleeps”…

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 26: TOR vs. NYY — The better kind of drama

There’s a lot of drama going on in the AL East, and because of the kind of drama, I can’t say I’m sad that’s someone else’s job to talk about. Not that the Yankees are without their dramatic moments, they just aren’t using them to stir up an unnecessary rivalry or possibly injure their players. No, the Yankees like to create drama the old-fashioned way — by coming from behind for a dramatic win on the backs of their young batters.

It certainly makes things easier on me, and it’s a whole lot more fun to talk about.

Part of the drama of today’s finale against the visiting Blue Jays is that neither starter had the greatest outing, which had dueling advantages and disadvantages for both teams — bad pitching means the other team has fun hitting. CC Sabathia was the one who got the start tonight, throwing 84 pitches into the 5th inning, giving up 7 hits, 4 walks, and 6 runs, and striking out 5 Toronto batters. (And to be perfectly fair, he certainly pitched better than his counterpart, though that’s not saying much.)

Even then, the Blue Jays only really made an impact in the first part of the game, but it was a pretty big one. Sabathia gave up 2 consecutive singles to open the game before getting 2 outs. Another single scored the first runner before a big 3-run home run (that same pesky guy from last night too!) jumped the Blue Jays into a big lead. In the 2nd, with 1 out and bases loaded, a walk scored another Toronto run and a fielder’s choice scored one more.

But then that was it. It was as if collectively the Blue Jays decided to stop scoring runs and the Yankees decided to stop letting them. Of course, Sabathia also began to fall into a groove and, despite leaving 2 runners on base in the 5th, handed the game to the bullpen who pretty much sailed through the rest of the game. Adam Warren finished up the 5th in just 13 pitches to get out of the jam. Then Tyler Clippard had a moment of struggles, but got out of it to pitch into the 7th. Betances took over and just sailed through his 4 outs in just 15 pitches, including 2 nasty strikeouts. And Chapman threw a near-flawless 9th inning to earn his 6th save of the year .

Yes, I did say “save” because they Yankees, down from the beginning of the game, didn’t let a pesky little thing like a lead stop them from advancing, and advancing, and tying up the game, and then winning it. No, this is the Yankees, and there were some milestones to hit tonight.

Gardner led-off the 1st inning with a single, Hicks walked, and they both scored as part of Matt Holliday’s 300th career home run, a big 3-run home run. And in the 3rd, Castro led-off with a single and then scored with Aaron Judge’s 2-run home run (his 13th of the season, more later). As that would be it under the Blue Jays’ starter (putting them within a single run of the Blue Jays’ lead), the Yankees progressively worked on their offense until the time came.

After Girardi was ejected in the 7th for “arguing balls and strikes” (which admittedly was a bit wonky tonight), the Yankees took the bottom half of that inning to make their final move. With 1 out, Judge singled (his 3rd hit of the night) and moved to 3rd on Headley’s double. Chris Carter’s single scored Judge to tie up the game, and Didi Gregorius’ single scored Headley to put the Yankees in the lead. After a brief challenge, the call for Gregorius’ single was upheld (rightly so), and the Blue Jays changed pitchers again.

After another out, the Yankees loaded the bases courtesy of Gardner’s walk. Aaron Hicks then followed suit by working his own walk to scored the insurance run in Carter. A fielder’s choice ended the rally. But the Yankees were firmly in the lead, and pitching by Betances and Chapman was just on point, leaving no hope for a last-minute rally for the visitors from north of the border.

Final score: 8-6 Yankees, Yankees win series 2-1.

Okay, some milestones: Joe Girardi got his first ejection of the year, though to be fair, these don’t happen very often for the mild-mannered manager (just 33 in his tenure as manager in 11 seasons). Matt Holliday hit his 300th career home run in the 1st inning tonight, continuing to contribute in the usual Holliday way — with big timely hits and home runs (in other words, being the DH he was hired to be).

And tonight, we celebrate Aaron Judge. Today, MLB named Judge the American League Rookie of the Month. And if you don’t know why, then you’ve been watching the hockey playoffs or golfing or something else because Judge is the thing everyone in the baseball world is talking about right now. For every game, there’s a new random statistic for his scary skills as a ballplayer. Like tonight, Judge, at age 25, became the youngest player to his 13 home runs in their first 26 games. Names like Ruth, Maris, Berra, Rodriguez, Jeter, and (especially) Mantle get thrown in with Judge now as if it’s an everyday thing. And well, with Judge these days, it kind of is.

That’s my kind of normal…

Well, Judge made my All-Star Game ballot. Did he make yours? Don’t forget to vote your five times today.

Go Yankees!

Game 25: TOR vs. NYY — Home runs x7

Baseball is a funny sport because most games have quite a bit of downtime between them. In American football, it’s about a week. In other football, it’s at least 4 days (though usually about a week). In hockey, it’s every other day. In basketball, it’s a couple of days on, a couple of days off. But no, in baseball, it’s every day. That means, you can have one terrible game and wake up the next day with a redo shot and come out swinging for the fences.

And they certainly found those fences tonight. In the middle game in the series against the Blue Jays, the Yankees were looking to regain their winning momentum. Fortunately, they had plenty of opportunities tonight to do something about that. Masahiro Tanaka had a decent outing as tonight’s starter, throwing 91 pitches into the 7th inning, giving up 8 hits and 4 runs, and striking out just 4 Toronto batters.

Actually, Tanaka refused to give up a run until the 5th inning. He gave up a 1-out solo home run to get the Blue Jays on the board (albeit trailing by quite a bit at this point), and then a 2-out double scored on an RBI single to double their score. In the 7th, a lead-off solo home run (by the same player who hit the first one, by the way) kicked things off for the Jays. Then with 1 out and a runner at 1st with a single, Tanaka’s night was done.

But the bullpen kind of struggled out of the gate tonight. Tyler Clippard, usually in fine form, had some issues getting his outs. First, giving up a pop-out, but then loading up the bases with a single and a walk. Dellin Betances would have been fine except a balk moved all the runners up and scored another run, before a walk loaded the bases all over again. Betances got things in order and got a strikeout to end the threat and the 7th inning.

Tommy Layne had his own issues in the 8th. A lead-off single and double moved runners to scoring position, so that a ground out scored one more run for the Blue Jays. But then Layne got things under control and got the final 2 outs of the inning with his usual efficiency. Jonathan Holder easily had the cleanest inning, an 18-pitch, hitless, scoreless 9th inning.

Meanwhile, the Yankees got an early lead and kept building on it, thanks in part to some well-placed (or poorly-placed if you’re a Jays’ fan) pitches by their starter, who gave up a total of 10 hits in his 4 innings. Gardner led-off the 1st inning with a double, ended up at 3rd on Headley’s single, and then scored on Matt Holliday’s double.

In the 2nd, Judge led-off with a walk and then scored as part of Aaron Hicks’ 2-run home run. Carter then singled and scored as part of Brett Gardner’s 1-out 2-run home run. And outfielder Aaron Judge wanted in on the fun, adding his own flair — a 1-out solo home run in the 3rd (his shortest home run to date, by the way). And Gardner hit his 2nd homer of the game, a 1-out solo home run in the 4th inning.

And then the Yankees faced the Toronto bullpen. Though to be perfectly fair, collectively, the bullpen did a better job on the mound tonight than the Jays’ starter. In the 6th, with 1 out and 2 runners in scoring position (thanks to a wild pitch), Chase Headley’s single scored the lead runner, Carter, adding to the Yankees’ increasing lead. Castro led-off the 7th with a double and Gregorius worked a walk. And it would be (who else?) Aaron Judge to hit his 12th home run of the season, a 3-run shot into the left field seats. Despite getting 3 more base runners on in the 7th, the Yankees’ run-scoring was over.

Final score: 11-5 Yankees

A bit of weird trivia came up on my timeline during the game. Apparently, the last time the Yankees’ starting outfield all hit home runs and hit a combined 5 homers in a single game was May 30, 1961 — Mantle (2), Maris (2), and Berra (1). Tonight, it was Judge (2), Gardner (2), and Hicks (1). Not bad company to be part of.

Okay, so there’s a ton of injury updates and roster moves to talk about. First up, Greg Bird‘s ankle from that Spring Training injury in March hasn’t healed, as MRI tests reveal that his bone bruise is the same as the last time they checked. The Yankees put him on the 10-day DL, calling up Rob Refsnyder as an extra bench player while Bird rests and gets treatment. Also, for fresh arms in the bullpen (not that they needed it tonight), the Yankees sent Luis Cessa back to Scranton, recalling Chasen Shreve.

Now, during last night’s game, Jacoby Ellsbury ran right into the center field fence during a key play, and while he finished the game, today’s tests revealed some soreness and a bruised nerve in his left elbow. So he’s shut down for a couple of days, hopefully rejoining the team fully for the weekend series in Chicago. Though clearly, the outfield is covered for the time being.

And during the game tonight, Austin Romine suffered some discomfort and was ultimately pulled from the game in the 6th inning, as he advanced to 3rd on an offensive play. At the change in the inning, Romine was done with the game, Higashioka in behind the plate and Romine diagnosed with what was dubbed “cramping in the right groin”, later attributed to dehydration. If you’re wondering about catcher options, know that Sanchez did really well with the Scranton team tonight for his rehab game. They are hoping he will rejoin the team by this weekend, unless they need him before then.

On a slightly different note, I do want to address a general issue. Normally, I wouldn’t be mentioning an incident where a Baltimore outfielder was harassed by fans at Fenway last night. But this was no ordinary incident. Boston fans used racial slurs at the center fielder, one even hurled a bag of peanuts at him. As Yankee fans, we’re used to hostility from the opposing team’s crowd, but this was too far. I don’t care who you are or which team you root for, but you don’t resort to racial slurs and assault to antagonize a player. Much of the comparison is being drawn due to the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut and the vitriol he took from the racist crowds.

Folks, you cannot cheer on a team filled with players of color only to slur obscenities at players of color on the other team. Now, having spent time in Boston (and yes, Fenway), I know this is not representative of your city or your true fans. And yet, I wasn’t really that shocked to find out that this seems fairly common there (and in a few other rather known hostile stadiums). It’s always a few loud-mouth bad apples that lead the charge and spoil the game for the rest of the fans. Part of the fun of the game is rooting for your guys to do well, but resorting to violence and obscenity and stooping to racial slurs is downright degrading and doesn’t represent my sport.

So, all you who love this sport and love keeping it clean and family friendly, do your part. Teach your kids how to be good fans, and then you go be the example of what a good fan is. You can respect players on opposing teams as human beings (who might one day wear your team’s uniform) and still cheer on your guys. You can break the cycle. You can be the difference. You can prove that we’re better than we were 70 years ago.

Go Yankees!

Game 24: TOR vs. NYY — “It’s not what you want”

Well, that was less than a great way to start the new week, the new month, and the new series. Maybe the Yankees had to be generous to the last place (in the AL East, 2nd to last in the AL and MLB) to boost their morale or something. And that is my so-called positive spin on the game. To use Girardi’s own press conference cliche: “It’s not what you want.”

Luis Severino certainly had a rough time tonight in the opening game of this series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Severino threw 105 pitches into the 6th inning, giving up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs, striking out just 3 batters. So, we’ll call it an off-day for Severino.

In the 2nd, the lead-off batter singled and then scored as part of a 2-run home run to get the Blue Jays on the board and in the lead early. Severino kept them to that score for most of his outing until the 6th inning. A lead-off single moved to 3rd on a ground-rule double, and then both scored on a sacrifice fly in which Ellsbury hit the back wall far too hard. Then a 2-out solo home run added more to the increasing lead of the Blue Jays and called an end to Severino’s night.

Severino turned things over to recent call-up Luis Cessa (more later), but Cessa had his own struggles in the 7th inning. As if repeating the pattern, a lead-off single scored as part of a 2-run home run to finalize the Blue Jays’ score tonight. Cessa was able to keep the Blue Jays from adding anything else through the 8th and 9th innings.

The Yankees were able to tally up 7 hits off the Blue Jays great starter (who often gives them trouble), but they weren’t able to do much except for in a single inning, the 4th. With 1 out, Castro singled, moved to 2nd on Ellsbury’s single, and then scored on Aaron Judge’s single to finally get the Yankees on the board when the game was much closer. The Yankees just didn’t capitalize on any more opportunities in the game.

Oh, and Jacoby Ellsbury also got his first catcher’s interference of the year on his at-bat in the 6th inning. He had 12 last year alone, bringing his career total now to 27. This stat almost became something of a joke last season because how often do you have this call. It’s like an infield fly or a balk. It’s just not something you see every day, unless it’s 2016 and you’re Jacoby Ellsbury.

Final score: 7-1 Blue Jays

Before the game, the Yankees, in need of a fresh arm in the bullpen, moved some players around. They sent Bryan Mitchell to AAA Scranton in exchange for Luis Cessa, who made his 2017 debut in tonight’s game. Cessa’s outing tonight allows for the exhausted bullpen an extra day of rest.

Okay, everyone. It’s that time of year. It’s time to vote for the All-Star Game ballot. In July, your favorite players have a chance to be standing in Marlins Park in Miami for the 88th annual All-Star Game. Fans everywhere can cast their votes for starters up to 35 times, up to 5 times a day, until 11:59 pm EST on June 29, 2017. And one lucky voter will win an all-expenses paid VIP trip for 4 to the All-Star Game events.

I cast my five votes today… who gets your votes?

Go Yankees!