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New York Post 17 July, 2021 - 05:04pm 29 views

Why is tonight's Yankee game postponed?

“Following positive COVID-19 tests within the New York Yankees organization, tonight's game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium has been postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing. ... CBS New YorkYankees Game Postponed Following Multiple Positive COVID Tests

The Yankees need a win Saturday night to avoid matching their longest losing streak to the Red Sox in more than a decade.

After being shut out 4-0 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees are 0-7 against Boston this season and 0-8 dating to last year. The Yanks haven’t lost nine straight to Boston since Sept. 28, 2008 to June 11, 2009.

Prior to this streak, the Yankees had won a franchise-record 12 in a row against Boston. The Red Sox’s longest win streak against the Yankees is 17 during the 1911 and 1912 seasons.

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First pitch for Saturday night’s game is scheduled for 7:15. FOX will televise the game nationally.

The pitching matchup involves two All-Stars, Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole (9-4, 2.68) and Red Sox righty (9-5, 3.66).

Cole will pitch on six day’s rest after throwing a career-high 129 pitches last Saturday in Houston in a 1-0, complete-game shutout.

The Yankees’ lineup includes newly recalled outfielder Greg Allen getting his first start. Allen debuted with the Yankees on Friday night by delivering a pinch-hit single.

Also, outfielder Tim Locastro and first baseman are starting.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup:

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Beyond the greatness of Shohei Ohtani and Jacob deGrom, 4 things we learned in MLB’s first half

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Those are the obvious. Here are some other more subtle things we’ve learned from the first half of the season:

It’s taken a couple of years, but Diaz finally seems to have adjusted to the pressures of New York and become a dependable closer (19-for-21 saves, no homers allowed, 1.17 WHIP, 50:14 strikeouts to walk ratio). He is a major factor in the Mets’ ability to hold onto first place most of the first half. On the other hand, Jarred Kelenic, the much acclaimed lefty-slugging center fielder ex-GM Brodie Van Wagenen traded for Diaz, flopped miserably in his Mariner debut this year (.096 in 23 games, 5 hits in his last 84 plate appearances including 0-for-39 before being demoted to Tacoma.) Kelenic is now back, recalled right after the All-Star break after compiling a 1.016 OPS at Triple-A, and he may still blossom into a star, but if the Mets win the NL East and Diaz continues to get the job done as their closer then the deal doesn’t look nearly so bad.

The media jackals, who have been waiting (or is it rooting?) for the 76-year-old Hall of Fame manager to fail, are probably hard-pressed to explain how the White Sox, despite a devastating spate of injuries to so many of their best players — Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal and most recently Yasmani Grandal — went into the break with the largest gap of any of the six division leaders. Moreover, it would appear no team in baseball has better clubhouse chemistry than La Russa’s White Sox. Said White Sox center fielder Adam Engel who, himself missed nearly six weeks with hamstring issues: “Tony is very much about winning. The way he talks, manages, everything he does just has that feel of ‘I want to win tonight and I want to win at all costs.’ That’s a huge part of our team. We started building that culture and now that he’s a part of it, his personality suits us incredibly well.” For the record, the White Sox currently have 13 players on their roster 27 years old or younger.

OK, so maybe this isn’t your old fashioned nuclear-powered American League East anymore, but who among us would have predicted the Red Sox, mostly dreadful last year (when Cora was in exile) with one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, would be leading the division at the All-Star break. This despite the 21st worst starters’ ERA (4.47) and the most errors (65) in the majors. There’s something about Cora — his swagger, his supreme confidence, his aggressiveness — that makes the Red Sox play for him. Though they lost four of five just prior to the break, lending some credence to the notion they may yet be fool’s gold, reinforcements are on the way. Top pitching prospect Tanner Houck and power-and-speed lefty-swinging center fielder Jarren Duren were called up for the second-half opening Yankee series, and former staff ace Chris Sale who’s begun his rehab from Tommy John surgery and, if all goes well, could be back in Fenway by the end of the month. Time will tell if the defending AL champion Rays can come up with a couple of much-needed quality starting pitchers, but if they don’t, with Cora back at the helm, the Red Sox are heading for another last-to-first one-year turnaround.

Almost no one saw this one coming. After winning the AL Central with relative ease in both 2019 and 2020 and bringing in Andrelton Simmons to solidify the infield defense and J.A. Happ to fortify the rotation, the Twins lost 13 out of 14 games from April 10-22 and went 5-23 from May 1-May 20 to fall out of contention. They started the second half 39-50, a stunningly 15 games behind the White Sox, leaving them no choice but to be sellers at the deadline. And it could start with their best (albeit habitually injured) player, center fielder Byron Buxton, to whom they reportedly offered a $70 million extension last week. Even before offering Buxton the extension (which he’ll likely refuse), the Twins had quietly been monitoring potential interest in him. They have plenty of other assets as well. Both Simmons and closer Hansel Robles can be free agents after the season and almost surely will be dealt, while they could conceivably reap a big haul for their top starter Jose Berrios (despite his lifetime 4.84 ERA after the All-Star break), should they choose to go all-in on hitting the reset button. A much tougher sell will be finding anyone willing to take on the remaining $50 million on Josh Donaldson’s contract.

Baseball lost one of its finest citizens last Saturday when Dick Tidrow, the gritty Yankee set-up reliever on those 1976-78 championship teams and later GM Brian Sabean’s top player evaluator for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 world champion Giants, died unexpectedly at his home in Lee’s Summit, Mo., at 74. Acquired by the Yankees in April 1974 from the Indians along with Chris Chambliss, Tidrow was a key component in their bullpen for the next five years, especially 1977 when he was 11-4 with five saves, a 3.16 ERA and filled in as a spot starter seven times. It was also with the Yankees that he earned his forever nickname “Dirt” for his perpetually grubby, unshaven appearance — after the Mobil oil commercial character of the time “Mr. Dirt.” But it was his post career as Sabean’s VP of scouting and player development for 28 years where Tidrow earned his highest acclaim. He joined the Giants in 1994 after scouting for the Yankees for nine seasons and immediately was installed by Sabean to head up their scouting and player development operations. “Dick was a savant,” Sabean said by phone Friday. “I can say without any equivocation those championship teams don’t happen were it not for Dick Tidrow. All those pitchers — (Madison) Bumgarner, (Matt) Cain, (Tim) Lincecum, (Jonathan) Sanchez, (closer Brian) Wilson, (set-up man Sergio) Romo — they were all Dick’s. He drafted them and then as farm director developed them and put them on the right path to success. He was so competitive and was legendary throughout the game for his ability to evaluate talent, especially pitchers.” Rip Dirt.

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