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3 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2017 - 6:14PM #5371
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Holliday, Castro start rehab assignments Friday night

08/18/2017 11:11 PM ET

By Lou DiPietro

Matt Holliday celebrates with Starlin Castro during a game in Toronto in June, 2017.(AP)

New York Yankees DH/1st baseman Matt Holliday and 2nd baseman Starlin Castro each began rehab assignments on Friday night, Holliday with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees and Castro with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Holliday hit 3rd in the lineup and played the entire game as the designated hitter for the T-Yanks, going 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in their 7-6 loss to Fort Myers. The RBI came on his groundout to 3rd base in the 1st inning, and in his subsequent plate appearances, Holliday grounded out twice (in the 2nd and 4th), struck out swinging in the 7th, and walked to lead off the 9th.

The 37-year-old, who is hitting .229 with 16 HRs and 51 RBIs in 88 games this season, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on August 6th (retroactive to August 5th) after suffering a left lumbar strain during a game against the Cleveland Indians. It is his second stint on the DL this season, as he was also out from June 25th-July 14th because of a viral infection.

Castro's night was almost exactly similar to Holliday's; he hit second in the RailRiders' order, but played the entire game at DH and was 0-for-4 with a walk in SWB's 10-6 loss to Durham. In his five plate appearances, Castro flied out to right, popped out to short, grounded out to short, walked, and grounded out to short again.

The 26-year-old, who is hitting .307 with 12 HRs and 45 RBIs in 79 games this year, was placed on the 10-day DL on July 23rd (retroactive to July 22nd) with a right hamstring strain. This is also his second DL stint, as he was out from June 27th-July 15th with a different strain in his right hamstring.

Castro is now currently 1 of 2 Yankees rehabbing with the RailRiders; the other is 1st baseman Greg Bird, who began his rehab assignment on Wednesday and, after going 2-for-4 with a pair of HRs Friday night, is now 4-for-10 with those 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in 3 rehab games.

3 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2017 - 6:17PM #5372
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Yankees activate Sabathia off 10-day DL, option Montgomery to Triple-A

08/19/2017 5:15 PM ET

By Lou DiPietro

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia walks off the mound at Fenway Park.(AP)

The New York Yankees have activated LHP CC Sabathia off the 10-day disabled list, and he will start Saturday night's game in Boston.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Yankees optioned Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sabathia is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts this season. He was placed on the disabled list on August 11th (retroactive to 8/9) with right knee inflammation, an issue that caused him to leave his last start on August 8 against Toronto after just 3 innings.

Montgomery had started Friday night's game in Boston, allowing 3 runs over 5 innings. He is 7-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 23 starts this season, but with Masahiro Tanaka likely to come off the disabled list next week, the Yankees have 6 starters for 5 spots once again and can return to their original plan to monitor Montgomery's workload in Triple-A.

3 years ago  ::  Aug 26, 2017 - 10:20PM #5373
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Discipline issued to members of Tigers, Yankees in wake of bench-clearing incidents

08/25/2017 5:18 PM ET

By Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks to umpire crew chief Dana DeMuth at Comerica Park on Thursday.(AP)

Discipline has been issued to members of the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees as a result of the bench-clearing incidents during Thursday's game at Comerica Park in Detroit. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has received a 7-game suspension for inciting the 1st bench-clearing incident and fighting.

Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez has received a 4-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.

Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson has received a 4-game suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch at Todd Frazier of the Yankees while warnings were in place for both sides.

Yankees catcher Austin Romine has received a 2-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.

Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus has received a 1-game suspension for the intentional actions of Wilson while warnings were in place.     

All five individuals also received undisclosed fines as a part of their discipline. Others who were fined for their actions during the incidents were Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach/acting manager Rob Thomson, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle and Tigers shortstop José Iglesias. In addition, 2 members of the Yankees, first baseman Garrett Cooper and outfielder Clint Frazier, received fines for entering the field while being on the DL.

Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective tonight, when the Yankees are to host the Seattle Mariners and the Tigers are to visit the Chicago White Sox. If any player elects to appeal, then the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete. In addition, if Wilson chooses to appeal his discipline, Ausmus' suspension will be effective the same day that Wilson serves his suspension, if any.


3 years ago  ::  Sep 03, 2017 - 5:49PM #5374
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Yankees acquire C Erik Kratz from Cleveland

08/31/2017 1:24 PM ET

By Yankees PR

Yankees acquire C Eric Kratz.(AP)

The Yankees have acquired minor league C Erik Kratz from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

Kratz, 37, was hitting .270/.359/.472 (76-for-282) with 38R, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 13 HR, 37 RBIs and 32 BB in 86 games with Triple-A Columbus in 2017.

The Telford, Pa., native has played in 225 Major League games across 7 seasons with Pittsburgh (2010, 2016), Philadelphia (2011-2013, 2015), Toronto (2014), Kansas City (2014-2015) and Houston (2016), hitting .200 (120-for-599) with 55 R, 25 doubles, 24 HRs and 73 RBIs.

He was originally selected by Toronto in the 29th round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Kratz is not on the Yankees' 40-man roster.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 03, 2017 - 5:54PM #5375
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Yankees option LHPs Jordan Montgomery and Caleb Smith to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

08/31/2017 10:40 AM ET

By A.J. Herrmann

Jordan Montgomery optioned to Triple-A SWB.(AP)

On Wednesday night, following the Yankees and Indians' straight doubleheader in the Bronx, the Yankees returned a pair of left-handed pitchers, Jordan Montgomery and Caleb Smith, to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Montgomery, 24, started the 2nd game of the doubleheader, and fell to 7-7 on the season after surrendering 4 runs over 4 innings pitched, with 5 strikeouts.

The rookie southpaw enjoyed a strong 1st half of the 2017 season as the Yankees' 5th starter, but has faced some challenges after the All-Star Break as he works through his 1st career MLB season. Montgomery's ERA after his 1st 14 starts was 3.53, but over his next 10 starts, he's pitched to a 5.21 ERA.

As has been the case for most of the season, no rookie pitcher in the AL has matched Montgomery's 123 strikeouts, while only Colorado's German Marquez has struck out more, with 125.

Montgomery had been recalled under MLB's 26th Man Rule after the Yankees' rain-postponed game against Cleveland on Tuesday turned into Wednesday's straight doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

Joining Montgomery on the bus back to Northeast Pennsylvania is fellow lefty Caleb Smith, who's found huge success in Double- and Triple-A but has struggled to replicate that success at the Major League level.

With the Double-A Trenton Thunder and Triple-A RailRiders this season, Smith owns a 9-1 record with an ERA of 2.41 over 100 1/3 innings. He's struck out 102 batters, walked 31 and tossed a complete game amid his 17 starts and 2 relief appearances.

With the Yankees, however, Smith has pitched to a 6.11 ERA in 7 outings, and failed to pitch beyond the 4th inning of either of his 2 starts on the year.

The Yankees enter a 4-game series Thursday against the Red Sox, looking to trim Boston's commanding 5.5-game division lead. After a 3-game series sweep at the hands of the Indians this week, the Yankees' once firm grasp on a Wild Card berth is now far less secure, as they stand just 1 game ahead of the 2nd Wild Card team, with as many as 6 other AL squads potentially in the mix to make a run.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 17, 2017 - 3:18PM #5376
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From MLB Rumors 09/15/17


MLB Announces Fines For Red Sox & Yankees


Major League Baseball has announced punishment arising out of its investigation of mutual accusations of improper gamesmanship between the Red Sox and Yankees. Both clubs will receive undisclosed fines, with the latter said to be tagged with a lesser amount.

Those interested in reading more about the allegations can read about it in full right here. In essence, the Yanks claimed that their long-time rivals were improperly stealing signs with the aid of an Apple Watch and other technology. In turn, Boston accused the Bronx Bombers of taking advantage of YES Network cameras to the same end.

Commissioner Rob Manfred found that the Red Sox did wrongfully use technology in the dugout, leading to the discipline. He did also note that certain factors were present that warranted some leniency, including that the misstep took place without any involvement of ownership or the front office and that the club cooperated in ceasing the activity and aiding the ensuing investigation. While the league could not substantiate the allegations against the Yankees, they were fined due to a finding that the club had wrongly utilized a dugout phone in a prior season.

Some may charge that Manfred gave the Red Sox only a slap on the wrist after taking away the watch. But he did put Boston and the rest of the league on notice not to expect such treatment going forward. “[A]ll 30 Clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks,” Mandred stated in the announcement.

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