Well That Sucked
The Yankees got it handed to them last night 12-7, as Masahiro Tanaka had nothing, and New York bats were silenced by Mike Minor — the ace of the Texas staff, at least. Combined with Boston’s victory in Baltimore, the Yankees are back to a improbably 9 games back in the division, while maintaining their 4.5 game over Oakland for the top wild Card slot.
Lynn vs Hutchison
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Lance Lynn will be making his second start for New York, and the Yankees need some length out him once again after yesterday’s cluster-you-know-what. On the hill for Texas is Drew Hutchison, whom they acquired from the Phillies on August 5th. Brett Gardner is 5-23 but with 3 home runs against him. The hot hitting Aaron Hicks is 3-5 with a double.
The Wise Guys
Las Vegas is expecting fireworks in this afternoon’s matchup with an over/under of 10. The moneyline favors New York at -200 and the Yankees are solid favorites — but keep in mind Texas has won 8 of the last 12 matchups between these clubs in Yankee Stadium. As we pointed out previously, they have little pitching to speak of (don’t tell that to Mike Minor), but send a parade of feared hitters to the plate, as Tanaka was reminded yesterday. Yankees starter Lance Lynn has faced only Shin-Soo Choo, who is 4-14 with a home run against the Yankee righty. Choo ($4,300) has been an on-base reaching machine this season, and worth a consideration in your lineup.
Roster Moves: Today in 2000, the Yankees traded Wilson Delgado to the Kansas City Royals for minor leaguer Nick Ortiz … in 1995, the club sent Luis Polonia to the Atlanta Braves for minor leaguer Troy Hughes. Today in 1950, the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics at The Stadium 7-6, behind the slugging of Hank Bauer, Cliff Mapes, Gene Woodling, and Yogi Berra. Of note, it would be the first time Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio was benched. Hitting .270 at the time in a 4-for-38 slump, manager Casey Stengel penciled in third-year outfielder Cliff Mapes in centerfield. (h/t: baseball-reference.com)