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Voit, Andújar on the mend while O’Day’s season ends; Loaisiga, Cortes could return this weekend; LeMahieu, Gittens miss Tuesday’s game; Yanks turn to unknown Wojciechowski for Wednesday start

DJ LeMahieu was scratched from the starting lineup on Tuesday after suffering a stomach virus, though he thankfully tested negative for COVID. On a related note, Boone’s optimistic that he’ll have pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga and Nestor Cortes Jr. back this weekend against the Red Sox, but the remaining quartet (highlighted by Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela) will need more time.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: This note was also mentioned in Caldera’s piece but deserves its own separate link for how bizarre it is. The Yankees’ starting pitcher today will surely make some fans at Yankee Stadium quite confused because it is 32-year-old journeyman Asher Wojciechowski. Because Deivi García has been pretty rough in Triple-A this year, the Yankees were in a bind since they wanted to line up Jordan Montgomery for the more-important upcoming series against the Red Sox and Rays, and both Michael King and Cortes are on the injured list.

So it’s time for a real dice roll and heat check on this 8-3 run. If Wojciechowski’s name rings a bell at all, it’s because the Yankees rocked him in three appearances from 2019-20 while on the Orioles. He’s missed most of this season with a lat injury and only just got back to Triple-A Scranton at the end of June. Wojciechowski has a 5.68 ERA and 3.12 FIP in four starts (12.2 innings), though he fanned seven over four innings of one-run ball in his last outing against Boston’s Triple-A club. He will need to be added to the 40-man roster, so look for that roster move later today.

MLB.com | Betelhem Ashame: As expected, reliever Darren O’Day’s season is over. The hamstring injury that caused him to crumple to the ground on July 6th in Seattle was indeed severe enough to require surgery. The 38-year-old will have the procedure done today and as he rehabs over the next six months, he’ll discuss whether he wants to return to baseball next year or not. O’Day has a player option for $1.4 million next year, so the ball is in his court.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Although his production has been only around league-average at best, Rougned Odor has been one visible figures on the 2021 Yankees. As Erica wrote the other day, he’s always participating in mound visits — something he picked up from Elvis Andrus in his Texas days — he’s hit some big homers, and recently, he’s even run from second to the outfield to check up on teammates after injuries. Boone commended Odor as a respected teammate and consummate professional who doesn’t take it personally when he does sit on the bench (in healthier times for the team, anyway).

ESPN: In “Huh, I guess that makes sense”/”My back hurts” news, two legendary Yankees helped forge a connection in Miami. Under the eye of CEO Derek Jeter, the Marlins signed an undrafted free agent with the last name of Pettitte — Andy’s son, Jared. Also a lefty, Jared pitched for Dallas Baptist University after transferring from Houston. Jared’s older brother, Josh, was also a pitcher (once drafted in the 37th round by the Yankees in 2013), but he blew out his elbow and endured multiple Tommy John surgeries while at Rice. Hopefully, Jared will have better luck.

Lastly, this is just a warning sign. Chris Gittens wasn’t available to sub for LeMahieu yesterday due to a sore Achilles. That’s why backup catcher Rob Brantly manned the position; otherwise, the Yankees would’ve had to get creative with Gary Sánchez or Rougned Odor there, even though they barely have any experience (Odor has none at all).

If Gittens needs a stint on the injured list? Well, with all due respect to Armando Alvarez, we’re at the bottom of the barrel. So your guess on a replacement is as good as mine.

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Yankees fan destroyed by security after running on field in latest Bronx fiasco

New York Post 21 July, 2021 - 11:02am

By Zach Braziller

July 20, 2021 | 9:53pm | Updated July 21, 2021 | 7:13am

There were more fan shenanigans in The Bronx on Tuesday, but at least this time it didn’t involve a ball being thrown at an opposing outfielder.

During the top of the sixth inning against the Phillies, a Yankees fan raced onto the field to the delight of the crowd at the Stadium before being slammed down by a security guard and escorted off.

It was the latest incident at Yankee Stadium. On Saturday night against the Red Sox, a fan threw a ball that hit left fielder Alex Verdugo in the back. That fan has since been banned from all MLB stadiums for life.

That same night, Catherine Varitek, the wife of former Red Sox catcher and current assistant coach Jason Varitek, said a Yankees fan spat on her 9-year-daughter as they walked to their car outside The Stadium.

Yankees call up Estevan Florial, send Trey Amburgey to IL (Report)

Elite Sports NY 21 July, 2021 - 11:02am

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com and The Star-Ledger reports the Yankees have called up outfielder Estevan Florial from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Florial has played 43 games at the Triple-A level this year, having hit eight home runs with 25 RBIs and a slash line of .211/.315/.404/.719.

Yankees say they have called up Estevan Florial with Trey Amburgey going on IL with a right hamstring strain.

— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) July 20, 2021

Florial has only played in one game with the major league club in 2021. In a May 27 win over the Blue Jays, he went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. It was the second seven-inning game of a doubleheader.

In a corresponding move, the Yanks are sending outfielder Trey Amburgey to the injured list with a right hamstring strain. Amburgey exited the Sunday matchup with the division-rival Red Sox due to the injury.

It’s unclear if and when Trey will be back in the majors.

Amburgey has played in just two games with the big league club this season and has yet to reach base in four plate appearances. He’s additionally struck out twice.

Trey has indeed found success at the minor league level though — he’s recorded a slash line of .312/.379/.582/.960 in 38 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2021.

These moves come prior to the Yankees’ two-game interleague series against the Philadelphia Phillies, which occurs Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games take place at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET and will conclude the Bombers’ current five-game homestand.

New York began the stint in the Bronx by taking two out of three against Boston this past weekend.

Yankees Postgame breaks down 6-4 win over Phillies

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NEW YORK -- — Aroldis Chapman allowed a run in the ninth inning before recording his first save in over a month, and the New York Yankees hit four homers to power past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Brett Gardner hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth inning before Gary Sánchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Estevan Florial also connected in the final three innings for the Yankees, who moved within seven games of AL East-leading Boston.

The struggling Chapman, who entered with a 10.80 ERA in his last 15 appearances, struck out Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius — while also giving up a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen — to convert his 17th save in 21 opportunities. It was Chapman’s first save since getting a game-ending triple play against Oakland on June 20.

“Another really good step forward,” manager Aaron Boone said.

It was also his first save opportunity since allowing three runs without getting an out in the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader against the Mets on July 4. He had made three scoreless appearances in low-leverage situations.

“I’m seeing the sharpness,” Sánchez said through a translator. “The past couple of outings, I see it. I see the quality of his pitches.”

Chapman fell behind Harper by throwing three straight fastballs out of the strike zone, but then used his slider to get the first out. McCutchen then hit a 1-0 100-mph fastball into the left field seats to make it 6-4.

Chapman threw three straight pitches over 100 mph to Hoskins and got his second strikeout on a 103-mph pitch. He ended the game by getting Gregorius to look at a 102-mph fastball.

“To fall behind 3-0 to Harper and just make some really good pitches against him was huge,” Boone said. “Then (after the McCutchen homer) it was right back to, I thought, really got locked in with his delivery, pounded the zone.

“You saw the velocity up, overpowered Hoskins and then the same with Didi. I think he just got in a really good place with his delivery, was on line and the stuff was there. So, encouraging again.”

Hoskins homered, Ronald Torreyes hit an RBI double and Jean Segura hit an RBI single for the Phillies, who lost for the fifth time in 15 games.

Aaron Nola returned from the COVID-19 list and allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in his first start since July 6.

“He gave us an opportunity to win this game,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “We struggled swinging the bats early.”

Playing without All-Star slugger Aaron Judge and five of his teammates who also tested positive for COVID-19 recently, the Yankees won their third straight and for the eighth time in 11 games since Chapman’s meltdown against the Mets.

The Yankees also scratched DJ LeMahieu with a stomach virus about 45 minutes before first pitch. The Yankees announced LeMahieu had a COVID-19 rapid test that came back negative but his absence resulted in Gardner leading off for the third time this season and Rob Brantly playing first base for the first, time in his career.

Gardner gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the fifth when he connected shortly after Greg Allen scored his second run on a throwing error by Gregorius at shortstop.

Before scoring his second run, Allen hit a triple in the third over right fielder Harper’s head scored on Florial’s grounder.

Sánchez’s 436-foot blast gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Stanton’s homer in the seventh made it 5-2, and Florial’s first career homer made it 6-3.

New York starter Domingo Germán allowed two runs and three hits in four innings in his first start since June 30 against the Los Angeles Angels. Luis Cessa (3-1) followed German and was awarded the win.

Chad Green whiffed Hoskins and Gregorius to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Zack Britton allowed three straight one-hits, but got a double play to end the eighth.

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (right knee tendinitis) was placed on the injured list. Eflin, who had surgery in 2016 on both knees, does not believe the injury is serious and will cause him to miss significant time. ... 3B Alec Bohm (COVID-19) has been medically cleared to return, but has to get back into baseball shape before getting activated. ... LHP Bailey Falter and RHP J.D. Hammer were placed on the COVID-19 injured list. ... OF Mickey Moniak and RHP Mauricio Llovera were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... RHP Chase Anderson (COVID-19) pitched 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Lehigh Valley.

Yankees: Boone said LeMahieu was feeling better by the end of the game and hoped to have him available Wednesday. ... RHP Darren O’Day (strained left hamstring) will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday. O’Day was injured July 6 sprinting in the outfield when the team was in Seattle. O’Day, who missed two months with a strained right rotator cuff and had a 3.38 ERA in 12 appearances. O'Day had surgery on his left hamstring in 2018 when he was with Baltimore and said it never fully healed from that surgery. ... RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (COVID-19) threw from flat ground and will throw a bullpen session Wednesday. He could return for the upcoming series in Boston. … OF Tim LoCastro (torn right ACL) will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday. LoCastro was injured in the first inning Saturday against Boston. ... OF Trey Amburgey (strained right hamstring) was placed on the injured list. He was injured in the fourth inning Sunday.

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Yankees-Phillies weather forecast: Latest update on rain, thunderstorms today at Yankee Stadium

nj.com 21 July, 2021 - 10:51am

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

The bad? Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wednesday as the New York Yankees wrap up their two-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

The good? The weather show pass before first pitch in the Bronx.

Here’s the latest forecast from the National Weather Service:

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The Yankees took the first game of the series Tuesday, beating the Phillies, 6-4. New York will take the field tonight in third place in the American League East, seven games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox with nine days until the July 30 trade deadline. The Yankees and Red Sox open a four-game series Thursday at Fenway Park.

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Yankees Game Today: Yankees vs Phillies Odds, Starting Lineup, Pitching Matchup, Predictions, Schedule, Live Stream and TV Channel

Yanks Go Yard 21 July, 2021 - 06:30am

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 20: Estevan Florial #90 of the New York Yankees celebrates his eighth inning home run against the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium on July 20, 2021 in New York City. The home run was the first in the major leagues for Florial. The Yankees defeated the Phillies 6-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies will face off for the second of a two-game set on Wednesday night, and the resurgent Yanks are coming off a much-needed, tone-setting win in the opener.

“Much-needed” because it allows them to stay in the thick of the Wild Card race, but also “much-needed” because of this roller coaster of a pitching matchup coming up.

We’re not sure who these Yankees are and what the team is going to do when Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela return (spoiler alert: they’ll start), but we’re going to soak in every minute of this strangely-athletic team with many different successful dimensions.

The Phillies are no slouches, though, and have nearly chased down the Mets in the NL East on their own terms, setting up an exciting stretch-run battle to see who’s less vaccinated.

Wednesday’s Yankees-Phillies game will take place at 7:05 EST in the Bronx.

New York locals can watch Wednesday’s extremely random contest on the YES Network, while NBC Sports Philadelphia will have it in PA.

Ooh boy, Vegas has no idea what to do with this one. As of Wednesday morning, they’ve made the Yankees the moneyline favorites at -130, with the Phillies at +104. Clearly, they’re believers in momentum, but not necessarily in either starting pitcher. We’ll get to that in a second.

The O/U and the spread both remain unavailable as of publication. This is going to get weird.

Yes, that’s right, it’s Asher Wojciechowski starting for the Yankees, activated for this game only in a spot-starter role. He returned on June 27 after missing the entire minor-league season with an injury suffered in camp, and is coming off a four-inning, one-run, seven-strikeout game. Prior to that, though? Bad. On the year, he sports a 5.68 mark in 12.2 innings pitched. The bullpen was emptied on Tuesday, too, with Luis Cessa, Lucas Luetge, Chad Green, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman all working overtime.

And speaking of bullpen, the Phillies are going with a bullpen game! Their bullpen is historically, earth-shatteringly bad. Yeah, we wouldn’t know how to handicap this one either.

Watch this space! We can’t wait to see how many lefties they cram into it this time.

We’re done predicting anything other than mayhem — and with these speedy Yankees backups who can cause a ruckus, we foresee a lot of mess on Wednesday. Let’s give the Yankees another victory heading into Boston to the tune of 9-8. Have to see it to believe it.

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Zach Eflin Heads to IL with Right Patella Tendinitis - Crossing Broad

Crossing Broad 20 July, 2021 - 03:21pm

The Phillies received some bad news before the start of their two-game series with the Yankees.

Starting pitcher Zach Eflin was placed on the 10-day injured list with patella tendinitis.

He struggled during his most recent outing last Friday, surrendering six hits and five earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings against Miami.

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Eflin was slated to next pitch against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night, but that will not happen now.

Relievers Bailey Falter and Cristopher Sánchez could slot into his rotation spot, or Phillies manager Joe Girardi could opt for a bullpen game. Reliever Brandon Kintlzer opened in place of a scratched Aaron Nola against the Red Sox in the final game prior to the All-Star break.

While it remains to be seen how much time Eflin will miss, the team was already interested in adding to its current starting rotation mix. This latest development will likely add to the intensity of such a pursuit.

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