July 24th, 2014 at 9:29 AM
By Michael Moraitis
The New York Yankees scouts were in attendance in Chicago on Wednesday night for San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy's start against the Cubs.
In that start, Kennedy allowed three runs on three hits with six strikeouts over six innings against the lowly Cubbies.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports first reported the news:
The fact that the Yanks were scouting him means they are at least a little interested in the right-hander, who would certainly be an upgrade to the team's staff before the trade deadline. Kennedy is pitching to a 3.66 ERA this season, with an 8-9 record on a terrible team.
The 29-year-old was once wearing pinstripes from 2007-09 and was one of the organization's top prospects, although he never really panned out and was later traded to Arizona.
Since leaving the Bronx, the Huntington Beach, California native posted solid seasons in 2009 and 2010, both with an ERA under four. In 2010, Kennedy won 21 games and looked to be on his way to ace status. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting that season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 24th, 2014 at 9:07 AM
By Michael Moraitis
The New York Yankees earned themselves a rain-shortened victory on Wednesday night over the Texas Rangers as the field was unplayable in such horrid weather, partly because the grounds crew had issues getting the tarp on the field.
Managers Joe Girardi and Ron Washington decided it was too dangerous for their players to re-take the field, thus leading to the Yanks' win in five innings with David Phelps earning the win.
Here's the video of the tough time the grounds crew had, per MLB.com:
Normally the crew at Yankee Stadium is one of the best and may even bust out a musical number for you, but there are the cases when the rain comes so fast that it weighs down the tarp and makes the grounds crew's job that much more difficult.
That's what happened in this case and it was unfortunate, although it's a reality of the job.
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July 23rd, 2014 at 5:07 PM
By Doug Rush
With the Philadelphia Phillies preparing for a potential fire sale this month and likely to sell off some of their more attractive players, one player who has been under some speculation as his whereabouts for the future is Chase Utley.
The All Star second basemen possesses 10-5 no-trade rights in his current deal with the team and he's been very firm on his desire to remain in Philadelphia.
However, as Randy Miller of NJ.com reported on Wednesday, the Yankees are likely to be in the mix for the 35-year-old second basemen.
"Sources say that aside from the teams mentioned before, the (New York) Yankees and (Toronto) Blue Jays are likely to be interested in Utley as well."
The thing with Utley is that he might be more enticed to waive his no-trade clause to return home in California for a contending team like the San Francisco Giants or Oakland A's; both of which could use second basemen help.
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"The Bay Area also offers two opportunities for Utley to leave the last-place Phillies for a powerhouse club, as the AL West-leading Oakland A's have baseball's best record while the NL West-contending San Francisco Giants are good enough to make a run at a third World Series championship in five seasons."
July 23rd, 2014 at 5:02 PM
By Michael Moraitis
Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda are on the road to recovery for the New York Yankees with both continuing their respective rehabs, while CC Sabathia finally went under the knife to fix his ailing knee.
Here are the latest updates on the trio of starters missing from the Yanks rotation at the moment.
Nothing has changed in regard to Tanaka's cloudy future as it pertains to returning in 2014, however the Yankees should know more about his elbow after the next two weeks, per Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal:
The good news here is that Tanaka is feeling better. It was only a week or so ago when Tanaka said he still felt some pain, but clearly that has subsided and the Yanks ace is recovering through the early stages of his injury.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 23rd, 2014 at 4:39 PM
By Doug Rush
On Tuesday night, newly acquired Chase Headley got his first taste of the life in pinstripes as in the bottom of the 14th inning, he ripped a game-winning hit to give the New York Yankees a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Because he didn't arrive to the Bronx until 7:30 p.m., he wasn't able to be inserted into the lineup and start, thus why he came in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th inning for Zelous Wheeler.
On Wednesday night, Joe Girardi can use his new third basemen and plug him into the starting lineup, which is what he will do, as Headley will make his first start for the Yankees when they play against the Rangers.
Headley and the Yankees will have the tough task of facing off against All Star pitcher Yu Darvish, who comes int othe game 9-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 122 innings this season.Read more... Join the Conversation...