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5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 9:13AM #3711
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Yankees Chad Green bullpen exits with arm injury WFAN

Chad Green knew after making a pickoff throw to first base in the sixth inning of Thursday’s Yankees loss to Baltimore that his night was over, because it should be.

“It didn’t feel great, so I had a little talk with myself and decided it was probably best not to move forward,” Green said after the game. “Any time you’re out there trying to compete in a high-leverage situation and you’re and not focused on executing pitches, you probably shouldn’t be out there.”

Green has felt “general soreness” lately, including maybe Thursday, but didn’t think anything was really wrong until his forearm tightened up on that pickoff throw, which he made after facing three batters after replacing Miguel Castro earlier in the inning.

“I’d say it was building up; just gradual discomfort, an uneasy feeling,” he said. “I’ve had a little general soreness, but to me, there were no real red flags until today.”

Now, however, Green will be re-evaluated back in New York on Friday prior to the Yankees’ game against the White Sox, and the team has to be hopeful there’s nothing catastrophic. Green is hoping for the best, but is, as you might expected, only cautiously optimistic.

“Obviously, I’m concerned enough to an extent,” he said. “When you’re dealing with an arm injury, you’re not sure what can happen or is really going on, but we’ll get checked tomorrow and go from there.”

The Yankees have been relatively healthy during their 28-10 start, with outfielder Tim Locastro the only player placed on the injured list during the season so far.

5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 9:16AM #3712
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Yankees' late rally all for nothing as Orioles tag Luetge in 9th, avoid 4-game sweep

BALTIMORE -- Anthony Santander lined a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Lucas Luetge and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a four-game sweep by beating the New York Yankees 9-6 on Thursday.

"I put myself in the pitcher's shoes in that situation," Santander said through a translator. "Knowing that he wanted to come in, trying to jam me, trying to make me hit a soft grounder to force a double play. I was really able to get my hands in and focus on that. I hit the ball really well."

New York lost for just the second time in 11 games and is still a major-league best 28-10. The Yankees fell to 18-1 when scoring five runs or more this season.

The Yankees were down to their last out in the ninth when DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single off closer Jorge Lopez that tied it at 6.

The Orioles answered when Austin Hays reached on a throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson, who had pinch-hit in the top half of the inning. One out later, Trey Mancini singled and Santander followed with a drive to left field for his seventh homer of the season.

When Santander connected, it had plenty of distance - the only question was whether it would be fair or foul, and it easily was inside the pole at Camden Yards.

"Last two nights, we lost two one-run games," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "I thought today was some of our better at-bats of the season."

Giancarlo Stanton homered over the left-field wall, which was moved back 26 1/2 feet since last year and was called "a travesty" by New York slugger Aaron Judge this series. Stanton became the first Orioles opponent to clear that fence. He has 11 home runs and he leads the league with 35 RBIs.

Félix Bautista (1-1) picked up the win for the Orioles.

The Yankees still finished their eight-game road trip 6-2.

"Any time you go out on the road and throw a 6-2 out there, you'll take that," manager Aaron Boone said. "Look forward to being back at Yankee Stadium."

Orioles reliever Bryan Baker entered with a bases-loaded jam and no outs in the sixth. He struck out Gleyber Torres and Aaron Hicks before allowing a two-run single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa that boosted New York's lead to 5-3.

The Orioles responded in the bottom half on an RBI single by Tyler Nevin, a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to Cedric Mullins and a single by Rougned Odor off Chad Green that gave Baltimore a 6-5 lead.

Green then left the game with right forearm discomfort and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

"With an arm injury, you're not really sure what could happen or what's going on," Green said. "We'll get it checked out tomorrow and just go from there."

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the first off Orioles left-hander Bruce Zimmermann on an RBI single by Stanton off the left-field wall.

The Orioles tied it at 2 in the second on the two-run shot by Robinson Chirinos off Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery. It was the first home run by a Baltimore catcher at home this season.

Baltimore took the lead in the third when Santander doubled and scored on a single by Jorge Mateo.

It was just the second time Montgomery allowed more than two runs over eight starts this season.

"I just want one pitch back to Chirinos," Montgomery said. "Other than that, my stuff was pretty good."

Stanton delivered again and tied the game with a solo shot in the fourth that traveled 392 feet.


Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the seventh for arguing with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez after a swinging strikeout. "It's really frustrating," Rizzo said.


The Orioles turned double plays in the second, third and seventh innings and lead the league with 49.


Yankees: OF Tim Locastro (back strain) is progressing well, swinging the bat and hitting off a tee, but there is no timeline for when he will be back in the lineup.

Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle (left wrist, forearm) will likely come off the IL Saturday.


Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (2-1, 1.35) ERA will start the series opener Friday against the Chicago White Sox and LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-3, 5.54). Cortez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his seven starts this season.

Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells (1-3, 4.18 ERA) opens the series against the Tampa Bay Rays and LHP Jalen Beeks (1-0, 1.72). Wells has a career 7.04 ERA in his five career games (one start) against the Rays.

5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 9:30AM #3713
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Complete list of New York Yankees players’ walk-up songs

Complete list of Yankees players’ 2022 walk-up songs

  • Miguel Andújar – “Normalito” by Rochy RD and “The Business” by Tiesto
  • Miguel Castro – “Pila De 100” by Jay The Price and Jose Reyes
  • Aroldis Chapman – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine and “La Gozadera” by Gente De Zona
  • Gerrit Cole – “Lean Back” by Fat Joe and Terror Squad
  • Nestor Cortes – “El Cero” by El Chulo
  • Josh Donaldson – “Make it Rain” by Fat Joe and Lil Wayne
  • Estevan Florial – “Entierrenlo” by Funky
  • Joey Gallo – “Hot” by Meek Mill
  • Deivi Garcia – “Hall of Fame” by The Script
  • Domingo German – “El Abayarde/Gracias” by Tego Calderon
  • Luis Gil – “Scarface” by El Alfa ‘El Jefe’ x Farruko
  • Chad Green – “Lost Soul’s Prayer” by Brantley Gilbert
  • Aaron Hicks – “Same Squad” by P-Lo and “Take it to the House” by Trick Daddy
  • Kyle Higashioka – “Pneuma” by TOOL
  • Aaron Judge – “Hello” by Pop Smoke
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa – “Ambition for Cash” by Key Glock
  • Michael King – “Messin’ With the King” by Olivia King
  • DJ LeMahieu – “Pushin P” by Gunna, Future and Young Thug
  • Jonathan Loaisiga – “Mamacita” by Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, J. Rey Soul
  • Lucas Luetge – “Sunday Best” by Surfaces
  • Jordan Montgomery – “Back Down” by 50 Cent
  • Wandy Peralta – “Aguanile” by Marc Anthony
  • Anthony Rizzo – “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash
  • Clarke Schmidt – “Politics as Usual” by Jay-Z
  • Giancarlo Stanton – “Don’t Play” by Travis Scott and “Power” by Kanye
  • Jameson Taillon – “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin
  • Gleyber Torres – “North Carolina” by Anuel AA and “Proyecto Uno” by El Tiburon
  • Jose Trevino – “Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty by Nature
5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 12:05PM #3714
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5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 12:06PM #3715
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I will not be posting updates until later next week: Vacation Time.

5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 1:19PM #3716
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Yankees Notes: Green, Gil, Judge

Yankees reliever Chad Green left yesterday’s loss to the Orioles after just 11 pitches, and the team later announced he’d experienced some forearm discomfort (via Brendan Kuty of They’ll know more upon receiving the results of an MRI today, and Green conceded postgame that he’s “concerned about it to a certain extent” (quote via Erik Boland of Newsday). “Obviously, when you’re dealing with an arm injury, you’re not really sure what can happen or what’s really going on. We’ll get it checked out … and go from there.

Even if the imaging results are good, it seems a precautionary injured list stint could be on the table. That’s unfamiliar territory for Green, who hasn’t landed on the IL since his 2016 season was cut short by a forearm tendon problem. The right-hander returned the following year seemingly no worse for wear, and he’s been one of the game’s predominant bullpen workhorses in the half-decade since then. Going back to the start of the 2017 season, only four relievers have taken on a heavier workload — and that’s not counting the 15 starts Green made in 2019.

He owns a sterling 2.87 ERA as a reliever over that stretch, striking out a lofty 33.1% of opposing hitters while showcasing atypically excellent control (5.9% walk rate) for a late-game arm. Skipper Aaron Boone has deployed Green as a high-leverage stopper throughout that run, often to great success. His strikeout and walk numbers haven’t been dominant over 15 frames this season, but Green owns a flat 3.00 ERA and a 14.5% swinging strike rate that isn’t far off his prior years’ marks.

More out of the Bronx:

  • New York is also dealing with some injury concerns at the minor league level. Prospect Luis Gil pulled himself from Wednesday night’s Triple-A start after experiencing an elbow injury (h/t to Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette). Yesterday, Boone told reporters (including Bryan Hoch of that Gil was set for a visit with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. As with Green, more information will be known upon further testing, but Gil is a key depth arm for the Yankees. The 23-year-old made his first six MLB starts last season, posting a 3.07 ERA across 29 1/3 innings. He hasn’t performed well thus far in 2022 with their top affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, struggling with both walks and home runs en route to a 7.89 ERA over six starts. Nevertheless, Gil was called up for a spot start against the White Sox last week. He’s the only pitcher outside the primary five of Gerrit ColeNestor CortesJordan MontgomeryLuis Severino and Jameson Taillon to start a game for New York this season.
  • In non-injury matters, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN takes a look at how Aaron Judge’s incredible start to the season could impact his free agent trajectory. Obviously, posting a .307/.381/.664 line through his first 36 games will help Judge’s market value, but there aren’t many clean comparison points for a player with his profile hitting the market in advance of his age-31 season. Judge famously rejected the Yankees’ seven-year, $213.5MM extension offer in Spring Training, and McDaniel feels he’d be in line to top $250MM if he continues to perform at a career-best pace. McDaniel also floats some possible landing spots if Judge were to leave the Bronx, hearing from rival executives who speculate that the Mets might relish the opportunity to make a run at the three-time All-Star.
5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 2:43PM #3717
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Slowing down recent comparisons between the 1998 and 2022 Yankees

The 1998 Yankees are the closest thing to perfection in baseball history; the 2022 team has a long way to go to get even close to them.

On May 18, 1998, a new edition of Sports Illustrated hit the shelves. With Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Tino Martinez on the front cover, the magazine’s lead article by Tom Verducci highlighted a Yankees squad that had gotten off to an electric start. On the day of publication, they had a 28-9 record. Coincidentally, after their 3-2 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night, the 2022 Yankees also had a record of 28-9 after their first 37 games.

Of course, if you read every bit of Yankees news like I do, you probably already knew that: Bryan Hoch highlighted this exact fact in his Yankees Beat Newsletter earlier this week. And he’s not the only one who has made comparisons between this year’s team and the 1998 super squad. Ian O’Connor penned an article on Tuesday titled “Spirit of 98: Yankees have chance for all-time special season.” Gabe Lacques declared the ‘22 team “in lockstop” with the ‘98 squad. And while Verducci warned against making the comparison, saying “Don’t go putting these Yankees in the same category yet as the 1998 Yankees, one of the greatest teams of all time,” but the fact that he even makes this warning subtly begs the comparison he is outwardly warning against.

The reasons for the comparison are obvious. Beyond the same record, these teams have a lot in common. The 1998 Yankees had a dominant lineup capable of battering teams into submission, led the AL with 5.96 runs/game and a team OPS+ of 116; a quarter of the way into the season, the 2022 team are second in the AL with 4.89 runs/game and lead the AL with a 121 OPS+. Both teams kept runs off the board better than anyone else, with the 1998 squad averaging 4.05 runs against/game and the 2022 team a minuscule 2.86 runs against/game. The 1998 team saw a homegrown outfielder in Bernie Williams have an absolutely incredible year, slashing .339/.422/.575 (a 160 OPS+) while winning a batting title; Aaron Judge fills that role this year, slashing an otherworldly .306/.373/.672 (a 204 OPS+).

I could keep going, but I’m going to stop there. At this point, it’s clear that the tremendous start that the 2022 team has gotten off to has reminded fans who remember the dynasty years of the 1998 squad. I’d like to caution us to be very careful with this narrative, however.

Journalism in general — and sports journalism in particular — thrives on narratives, and “How does this team compare to one of the greatest teams of all time?” is certainly a fun story for everybody involved. The players love it because it means the team is winning a lot. The fans love it because it means the team is winning a lot. The media loves it because everyone loves to argue over who the “greatest” is, whether we’re talking about the greatest player overall, the greatest player at a particular skill, or greatest team in general (we already know the Yankees are the greatest franchise in sports, so nobody argues that one). And early in the season, in that space between “overreacting to the first week of the season” and the “All-Star and Trade Deadline previews,” it’s very enticing to find previous seasons that serve as good comparisons to the current squad.

And yet ... we’re only one-quarter of the way into the season. In my mind, it’s patently unfair to both teams to make this comparison at this point in the year. The 1998 team was one of the greatest teams of all time. It won 114 games in the regular season, then proceeded to go 11-2 in the postseason en route to a World Series title; their 125 wins are more than any other team in baseball history. To hold the 2022 team up to this standard in the middle of May is to hold them up to the closest thing that Major League Baseball has ever seen to a perfect season. It is a standard that is almost impossible to live up to — after all, not even the 116-win Mariners could.

And it’s also unfair to the 1998 team to think that any team should be spoken of in the same breath as them when we’ve only gotten through a quarter of a season. Thirty-eight games into the 2018 season, the Yankees and Red Sox were on pace for 110 wins, while the 2017 Astros were on track for 112 wins; the 2016 Cubs, 122 wins. All these teams won 100 or more games, but only the Red Sox came closest to their early-season pace (they won 108 games). Teams get off to hot starts all the time; what separated the 1998 team was that they never slowed down — their worst month, September, saw them maintain a 96-win* pace!

*As a reminder, a 96-win pace might not seem dominant, but remember that multiple Yankees World Series champions — like the 1996 and 2000 editions — never hit that mark.

If by the time September rolls around, the Yankees still have over 110 wins in sight, then by all means, let’s make these comparisons. I for one desperately want for that day to come. I was too young to remember the 1998 team, and I have spent the last few years watching the 2021 Dodgers and Giants, the 2019 Astros and Dodgers, and the 2018 Red Sox put up more than 105 wins in a season with more than a little envy. The only thing I want more than a Yankees team to have this level of in-season dominance is a World Series title.

When we reach that point, then I’ll be one of the first to step up and discuss where they rank next to the 1998 team, the 1927 Murderers’ Row, and all the other Yankees squads that go down as the greatest of all time. But until then, let’s instead keep our focus not on where they might stand in history, but on the journey along the way.

5 days ago  ::  May 20, 2022 - 3:44PM #3718
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May 20, 2022 -- 12:06PM, NY23 wrote:

I will not be posting updates until later next week: Vacation Time.

Have a good time, thanks for all the work.

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