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NEW YORK — With Tomas Plekanec Jersey  the Yankees poised to reinstate Greg Bird from the 10-day disabled list prior to today’s game against the Angels, manager Aaron Boone said that the organization has not locked in their corresponding move, but he is bracing for a difficult conversation no matter whom it happens to involve.

Returning from right ankle surgery performed in late March, the 25-year-old Bird completed his Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. He played four games at Triple-A, five at Double-A Trenton and three for Class A Advanced Tampa, batting a combined .205/.367/.436 with three homers and eight RBIs.

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NEW YORK — With the Yankees poised to reinstate Greg Bird from the 10-day disabled list prior to today’s game against the Angels, manager Aaron Boone said that the organization has not locked in their corresponding move, but he is bracing for a difficult conversation no matter whom it happens to involve.

Returning from right ankle surgery performed in late March, the 25-year-old Bird completed his Minor Leag Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey ue rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. He played four games at Triple-A, five at Double-A Trenton and three for Class A Advanced Tampa, batting a combined .205/.367/.436 with three homers and eight RBIs.

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“It’s something that we’ve had a lot of conversations about,” Boone said. “We are still mulling it over; we just met a little bit ago to work through things and what we think the best way to go is. It leads to a difficult decision, not a simple one, not an obvious one. It’s something, frankly, that we’re still kind of working through.”

In Bird’s absence, Tyler Austin and Neil Walker have shared duties at first base, and Boone again lauded Austin’s contributions prior to Friday’s game. The 26-year-old has eight homers, tied with Gleyber Torres for most among American League rookies, and is tied for third with 14 extra-base hits.

“With Tyler, he’s been an impact performer for us,” Boone said. “He’s a reason why we’re sitting here where we are with a strong record. He’s one of those guys that’s played a major role in that. We expect that to continue throughout this year.”

Video: NYY@KC: Austin belts 2 homers for 4 RBIs vs. Royals

With Walker and infielders Miguel Andujar and Ronald Torreyes also viewed as valuable parts of the roster, it is possible that the Yankees could trim a reliever from their 13-man pitching staff to accommodate Bird’s return.

Should they opt to go that route, right-hander A.J. Cole represents one such candidate. Cole has pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings over four appearances since being acquired from the Nationals on April 23. Boone said that an upcoming stretch of 14 games in 13 days has been discussed as a factor.

“We try and be as transparent as we can, and explain situations or our decisions to guys as best we can,” Boone said. “A lot of times, those are difficult conversations that are the reality and the nature of this business. When you are a part of a really good team with a deep roster, those decisions can be even tougher and those conversations can be even harder.”

Back in the bullpen
Right-hander Tommy Kahnle was reinstated from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, rejoining the Yankees after throwing three innings over two Minor League rehab appearances with Class-A Charleston and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Kahnle last appeared for the Yanks on April 12, when he was diagnosed with right shoulder tendinitis following a dip in velocity. Boone said that he expects to again see Kahnle in the mid-to-high 90s with his fastball, based on the two appearances in the Minors.

“He’s another dynamic arm,” Boone said. “It’s another good option. So when you want to have a guy down for a day or try to stay away from someone, the deeper we are down there with really strong options, the better our bullpen is going to be. We feel like Tommy, when he’s right, is one of those real impact options for us.”

Boone indicated that he would be hesitant to pitch Kahnle on back-to-back days, at least in the early going.

“My first inclination is no,” Boone said. “It kind of depends on what the workload is. If he has a clean outing, 1-2-3, not a lot of pitches and then seems like he’s bounced back pretty well the next day I wouldn’t think that would be an issue.”

Play Ball
The Yankees will celebrate the youth-f Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey ocused Play Ball Weekend on Sunday, participating in a league-wide initiative to engage youth and celebrate baseball and softball participation in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

A new component of this year’s Play Ball Weekend effort is that Major League players, coaches and managers will wear batting practice T-shirts inspired by the classic baseball movie “The Sandlot.” Clubs also will have special ballpark giveaways including bat and ball sets, sunglasses, eye black, pitch-grip baseballs, wristbands, drawstring bags, caps and more.

This date in Yankees history
May 25, 2011: Mariano Rivera made his 1,000th career appearance in a 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays, becoming the firs Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey t pitcher in Major League history to reach that plateau all with one team.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.


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The Yankees traded Minor League catcher Erik Kratz to the Brewers in exchange for cash or a player to be named on Friday. The club also released first baseman Adam Lind from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

New York also announced that the club acqui Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey red Minor League catcher Wilkin Castillo from the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks on Thursday. Castillo will report to Triple-A.

The Yan Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale kees traded Minor League catcher Erik Kratz to the Brewers in exchange for cash or a player to be named on Friday. The club also released first baseman Adam Lind from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

New York also announced that the club acquired Minor League catcher Wilkin Castillo from the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks on Thursday. Castillo will report to Triple-A.

The Brewers acquired Kratz after designating catcher Jett Bandy for assignment on Frid Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey ay. The veteran Kratz hit .269 over 17 games with the RailRiders, knocking four home runs and driving in six while slugging .538.

This is the second time in 2018 that the Yankees have released Lind, who did not log an official at-bat with New York. Lind spent time with the Pinstripes in Spring Training and signed again with the club on a Minor League contract on April 18. The veteran hit .302 and compiled an .838 OPS over 24 games between Scranton and Class A Advanced Tampa, with three home runs and 14 RBIs. Lind is a care Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey er .272 hitter with 200 home runs over 12 Major League seasons, most recently logging MLB time with the Nationals in 2017.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.


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NEW YORK — In a meeting between two of this season’s most exciting rookies, Gleyber Torres outshone Shohei Ohtani. The Yankees newcomer became the youngest player in American League history to homer in four consecutive games on Friday night, belting a go-ahead seventh-inning blast to carry the Yankees past the Angels, 2-1.

Torres has gone deep in five of his past six contests, including a barreled seventh-inning drive off rel Tomas Plekanec Jersey iever Jim Johnson that carried over the right-field fence for the wunderkind’s ninth big league homer — all of which have come in Torres’ past 16 games.

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NEW YORK — In a meeting between two of this season’s most exciting rookies, Gleyber Torres outshone Shohei Ohtani. The Yankees newcomer became the youngest player in American League history to homer in four consecutive games on Friday night, belting a go-ahead seventh-inning blast to carry the Yankees past the Angels, 2-1.

Torres has gone deep in five of his past six contests, including a barreled seventh-inning drive off reliever Jim Johnson that carried over the right-field fence for the wunderkind’s ninth big league homer — all of which have come in Torres’ past 16 games.

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“I’m not a home run guy; I’m a contact guy,” Torres said. “But I feel pretty good right now. I helped the team and I feel great for that. I feel great because I helped the team and we won. That’s what’s most important.”

Video: LAA@NYY: Judge’s defense, Torres’ HR spark Yanks’ win

According to Elias Sports, Torres (21 years, 163 days) became the fourth-youngest player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to homer in four straight games. The others: Miguel Cabrera in 2004 (20, 362); Andruw Jones in 1998 (21, 139); and Albert Pujols in 2001 (21, 147).

Video: Torres belts 5 homers over the Yankees’ last 4 games

“I’ve had that conversation with him where he says, ‘I’ve been preparing for this my whole life,’ and certainly the last couple of years coming up in the Minor Leagues,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think he just plays the game with a lot of confidence. I think his intelligence is very evident. When you combine intelligence and instincts and talent, you’re looking at what has been a very special player for us.”

Video: LAA@NYY: Boone discusses Torres’ homer, Judge

While Ohtani’s first career game in the Bronx resulted in three hitless at-bats and a walk, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year offered two reminders of why opponents would be wise not to run on his gifted right arm. Aaron Judge came up firing to throw out Kole Calhoun at home plate in the third inning and Martin Maldonado at second base in the seventh, limiting traffic on the basepaths for Yankees hurlers.

“It’s fun,” Judge said. “As an outfielder, that’s what you live for — moments like that. Runners on in a big situation, getting a chance to throw a guy out, you hear the crowd getting excited. That’s fun. Don’t overthink it. Don’t think about pressure. Just go out there and have fun and make a play. What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

Video: Must C Cannon: Judge shows off arm twice vs. Angels

Torres drove in both Yankees runs, having also knocked one home with a second-inning infield single, and made a nifty play to rob Mike Trout of a hit in the eighth. Chad Green pitched a scoreless frame to pick up the win in relief of Luis Severino, who allowed a run on four hits over six innings. Aroldis Chapman recorded the final four outs as the Yankees defeated the Angels for the fourth time in as many tries this season.

While he had trouble commanding his slider early, Severino kept the Angels off the board through the first four innings, helped by the 100.5 mph rocket from Judge that cut down Calhoun to end the third. Trout evened the score with his 16th homer, a fifth-inning blast off Severino that reached the second deck in right field.

Video: LAA@NYY: Trout crushes 16th homer of the season

“It was a bad pitch,” Severino said. “I was trying to go down, and I left it in the middle. He’s a good hitter, and he hit a good fastball there.”

That was the last hit off Severino, who walked four and struck out five, tossing 99 pitches (63 for strikes). Judge contributed another assist behind Green in the seventh, firing a seemingly effortless strike to Didi Gregorius from the 314-foot marker in right field that cut down Maldonado attempting to stretch a single into a double.

Video: LAA@NYY: Severino K’s 5, allows 1 run over 6 innings

“I’ve probably made that play a thousand times pregame,” Judge said. “It’s just like practice. Keep a routine, keep it simple, don’t overthink it. The biggest thing is just make sure you catch the ball cleanly and keep an accurate throw. That’s the biggest thing. Just replaying what I did in practice. That’s all.”

Heaney worked 6 1/3 innings, limiting New York to a run on four hits. The left-hander walked three and struck out five in the 97-pitch effort. The Angels, who were swept by the Yankees in a three-game series at Anaheim in April, fell to 10-29 (including the postseason) in the Bronx since the current Yankee Stadium opened in 2009.

Video: LAA@NYY: Chapman strikes out Maldonado for 4-out save

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The sellout crowd of 46,056 was treated to a power-vs.-power showdown between Ohtani and Chapman in the eighth inning. Chapman entered in relief of David Robertson and advanced the potential tying run to second base with a wild pitch, and Ohtani had the audience buzzing as he lined a 100.3 mph fastball down the left-field line foul for strike two.

“It was a big situation,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “Obviously I really wanted to get a base hit, but I wasn’t able to come through. All his pitches were really fast, really powerful. Some of the contact I made I thought was pretty good contact.”

Video: LAA@NYY: Chapman gets Ohtani after battle in the 8th

Chapman’s fifth pitch of the at-bat was a 101.9 mph fastball, which Ohtani chopped to Gregorius for an inning-ending groundout.

“It was a good battle,” Boone said. “It was fun to watch those two go at it. You could feel a little bit of electricity with those two. Ohtani had some good swings on him but Chappy was able to finish him off.”

HE SAID IT
“It’s not the power, he’s just a good hitter. He’s a good hitter that can hit it to all parts of the ballpark. He can pull it, go with it, he’s been working counts. It’s been fun to watch him these past couple weeks, just how professional his at-bats have been. No situation has been too big for him. Doesn’t matter if we’re down couple runs, up a couple runs or need a big hit, he always comes through. He never looks like the moment is too big for him.” — Judge, on Torres

Video: LAA@NYY: Torres opens scoring with RBI infield single

UP NEXT
The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Angels on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET) as right-hander Sonny Gray takes the ball for his 10th start of the season. Gray (3-3, 5.48 ERA) is coming off his best start of the season, having allowed one run on four hits over eight innings in a win at Kansa Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey s City. The Angels will recall rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (3-1, 2.13) from Triple-A Salt Lake to make the start.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.


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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge proved once again why runners may want to think twice about challenging his arm.

Judge had not just one, but two assists from right field that played a crucial role in the Yankees’ 2-1 victory over the Angels on Friday night.

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge proved once again why runners may want to think twice about challenging his arm.

Judge had not just one, but two assists from right field that played a crucial role in the Yankees’ 2-1 victory over the Angels on Friday night.

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With runners on first and second in the  Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey third inning with a 1-0 lead, it appeared that Justin Upton was going to tie the game with a single to right. But in one fluid motion, Judge scooped the ball off the ground on his glove side and fired a perfect strike to the plate to throw out Kole Calhoun who was attempting to score from second.

Video: LAA@NYY: Judge throws out Calhoun at home plate

“I thought when he first let go, I’m thinking, ‘All right, he’s going with the long hop,'” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It was so low and that thing just carried right through. Gary finished it off nicely.”

“Thank God, you know,” starting pitcher Luis Severino said. “It was a run there. He’s amazing. He’s got a good arm and he can throw to where he wants to throw.”

Not only did Judge save a run, but his laser from right field clocked in at 100.5 mph, according to Statcast™, which made the out even sweeter for the outfielder.

Video: LAA@NYY: Judge nabs Calhoun at dish on 100.5-mph hurl

“It’s about time,” Judge said. “I’ve been trying to hit 100. I’m glad I broke it. I think I hit 99 last year and I was a little mad. I’m glad I broke 100. My day was made.”

But Judge was only getting started. In the seventh inning of what was a 1-1 game, Martin Maldonado sent a long, looping fly ball down the right-field line that dropped right on the chalk.

As Maldona Tomas Plekanec Jersey do tried to extend his single into a double, Judge threw out his second runner of the night with a nonchalant flick of the wrist from the right-field corner to Didi Gregorius.

Video: LAA@NYY: Judge nonchalantly throws out Maldonado

“At first I almost thought he was conceding the double,” Boone said. “He kind of flat-footed it in there, and Didi made a great tag on it.”

“I’ve probably made that play a thousand times pregame,” Judge said. “It’s just like practice. Keep a routine, keep it simple, don’t overthink it. The biggest thing is just make sure you catch the ball cleanly and keep an accurate throw. That’s the biggest thing. Just replaying what I did in practice. That’s all.”

Judge had just two assists through his first 42 games in the field this season before recording his career high in Friday night’s performance.

Video: LAA@NYY: Boone discusses Torres’ homer, Judge

“Those are two special throws that Aaron made,” Boone said. “Obviously when you’re playing a one-run game and a low-scoring game, it’s huge in us getting a win.”

“They’re all the same to me if it was a 1-0 or a 6-0 game where our pitcher is still busting his butt on the mound,” Judge said. “It doesn’t really matter the score or the situation, I got a job to do.”

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.


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NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte is scheduled to make his Old-Timers’ Day debut next month, with the beloved left-hander and “Core Four” member headlining the list of former Yankees who will be on hand for the annual event, which will be held on June 17 at Yankee Stadium.

Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher, Dion James and manager Aaron Boone are also scheduled to make their Old-Timers’ Day debuts, joining a roster that will feature Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, along with former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill.

NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte is scheduled to make his Old-Timers’ Day debut next month, with the beloved left-hander and “Core Four” member headlining the list of former Yankees who will be on hand for the annual event, which will be held on June 17 at Yankee Stadium.

Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher, Dion James and manager Aaron Boone are also scheduled to make their Old-Timers’ Day debuts, joining a roster that will feature Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, along with former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill.

Pettitte was part of five Yankees World Series championship teams (1996, ’98-2000, 2009), and ranks third in franchise history with 219 wins over 15 years in pinstripes (1995-2003, ’07-10, ’12-13).

Giambi was a three-time All-Star with the Yanks (2002-04), tallying 209 home Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey  runs and a .404 on-base percentage in seven seasons (2002-08) with the club. Swisher spent four seasons (2009-12) with New York, averaging 26 homers and 87 RBIs per season. James batted .302 with 12 homers and 79 RBIs over parts of four seasons as a Yankee (1992-93, ’95-96).

Joining the Hall of Famers and former Yankees on the field will be the widows of five legendary Yankees: Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson; and Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer.

Fans are asked to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. ET for Old-Timers’ introductions with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow. All of the pregame celebrations will be aired exclusively on YES Network. The Yanks will then host the Tampa Bay Rays at 2:05 p.m., also airing on YES. All gates will open to ticket-holding fans at 10 a.m.

Here is the full roster of former Yanke Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey es expected to attend:

Jesse Barfield, Ron Blomberg, Brian Boehringer, Boone, Jim Bouton, Scott Bradley, Dr. Bobby Brown, Homer Bush, Cone, Johnny Damon, Ron Davis, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, Mariano Duncan, Flaherty, Ford, Giambi, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Jackson, James, Jay Johnstone, Scott Kamieniecki, Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Lee Mazzilli, Ramiro Mendoza, Gene Monahan (trainer), Jeff Nelson, O’Neill, Pettitte, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers, Swisher, Frank Tepedino, Marcus Thames, Roy White.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.


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The Yankees likely wanted to get out of Texas as quickly as possible following Wednesday’s 12-10 loss to the Rangers, bu Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey t mechanical issues on their charter flight home forced the team to return to Dallas in the wee hours and remain there for an extended period, according to Newsday.

The club finally departed Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport around 3:30 a.m. local t Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey ime (4:30 a.m. ET), after a delay of roughly six hours. Because of the uncertainty on when the issue would be resolved, players and some staff were taken to a hotel for a brief period.

The Yankees likely wanted to get out of Texas as quickly as possible following Wednesday’s 12-10 loss to the Rangers, but mechanical issues on Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale  their charter flight home forced the team to return to Dallas in the wee hours and remain there for an extended period, according to Newsday.

The club finally departed Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport around 3:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET), after a delay of roughly six hours. Because of the uncertainty on when the issue would be resolved, players and some staff were taken to a h Tomas Plekanec Jersey otel for a brief period.

The club had a similar experience last week when it was stuck at Dulles International Airport near Washington — their first stop on a three-city road trip — due to culmination of multiple issues, including bad weather, mechanical issues and work limitations for their flight crew.

The Yankees are off on Thursday, and on Friday open a six-game homestand against the Angels and Astros. They won’t need to travel again until next Thursday’s road game against the Orioles.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.


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The 2018 MLB Draft is less than two weeks away, which means the focus will soon shift to the next generation of talent, but there are already some top prospects knocki Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey ng on the door in the American League East.

As part of MLB.com’s weekly series that dives into some of the biggest storylines within the division, here’s a closer look at some prospects who deserve some of your attention.

The 2018 MLB Draft is less than two weeks away, which means the focus will soon shift to the next generation of talent, but there are already some top prospects knocking on the door in the American League East.

As part of MLB.com’s weekly series that dives into some of the biggest storylines within the division, here’s a closer look at some prospects who deserve some of your attention.

Video: BAL@TB: Harvey K’s three in Spring Training debut

ORIOLES
Prospect:
Hunter Harvey, RHP
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 3 (Orioles)
Why you should keep an eye on him: The Orioles are going through a tough time, and there isn’t much on the horizon in the Minor League system when it comes to top-flight pitching. Harvey could be an exception. The son of former All-Star closer Bryan Harvey, Hunter was terrific in his 2014 full-season debut, earning a spot in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at just 19, roughly one year after Baltimore had selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the ’13 Draft. But elbow issues slowed Harvey’s progress, and he missed part of ’14 and all of ’15 before ultimately undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2016. Harvey finally returned to the mound last July, and he looked like his old self while excelling across three levels. His injury history aside, Harvey remains loaded with upside. Now a member of the Orioles’ 40-man roster, he has already made a trip to Baltimore (thought he didn’t get into a game), and he could still achieve his projection as a solid MLB starter — an area of need for the O’s.
ETA: Harvey will be back in orange and black this season, his debut a much-anticipated event among Orioles faithful.

Video: NEU@BOS: Beeks whiffs Geaslen for his third K

RED SOX
Prospect:
Jalen Beeks, LHP
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 15 (Red Sox)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Beeks has been electric for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, posting a 2.28 ERA in nine starts and striking out 65 in 43 1/3 innings.
ETA: As soon as this season. If the Red Sox have an injury in the rotation, Beeks could be the next man up. A 12th-round Draft pick in 2014, Beeks has progressed steadily in his time in the farm system.

Video: NYY@PHI: Sheffield whiffs Joseph in the 3rd

YANKEES
Prospect: Justus Sheffield, LHP
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 3 (Yankees), No. 44 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Sheffield recently earned a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after posting a 2.25 ERA in five starts at Double-A Trenton, where he struck out 39 against 14 walks in 28 inning Tomas Plekanec Jersey s. Though he is still working on refining his command, Sheffield’s three-pitch mix continues to excite the Yankees, who project him as a mid-rotation starter in the near future. Sheffield has served a brief stint on the seven-day disabled list with shoulder tightness, but he is set to return to action this week. A prize of the July 2016 Andrew Miller trade with the Indians, Sheffield could be an option for the big league squad this summer.
ETA: *Sheffield could get his first call to the Majors some time* this season.

Video: Callis on why Guerrero Jr. has not been called up yet

BLUE JAYS
Prospect:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 1 (Blue Jays), No. 2 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Guerrero arguably is the Blue Jays’ most hyped prospect of all-time, and there is a real expectation that he will develop into one of the best players in baseball. Double-A pitchers have been no match for the Dominican native, who has a ridiculous .425/.479/.694 slash line and 45 RBIs in 41 games. It has been almost too easy for the son of a Hall of Famer, and even at just 19 years of age, his bat appears to be big league-ready.
ETA: Most people would say 2018, but the Blue Jays are taking a very cautious approach here. Guerrero is all but assured of having a stint at Triple-A Buffalo before making the jump to the Major Leagues. That means his arrival in Toronto is not going to happen any time soon, and there’s still a very real chance he won’t be promoted until late April of next year.

Video: Must C Classic: Adames hits HR off Sale for first hit

RAYS
Prospect: Willy Adames, SS
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 2 (Rays), No. 22 Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey  (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Farm director Mitch Lukevics has long said that Adames has the “It” factor. He has succeeded at every level since coming to the Rays in a 2014 trade that sent David Price to the Tigers. Adames has a slick glove, he hits for average and he hits for power.
ETA: The Rays brought him up Monday, though they’ve already said he will be returned to Triple-A Durham, even though he homered in his first Major League game. He shouldn’t be back down in the Minors for long.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.


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It seems like Aaron Judge and the Yankees are consistently rung up on called strikes out of the zone, more than other teams. Do my eyes deceive me?
— Jerry S., Paramus, N.J.

Thanks to the magic of Statcast™, we can quantify that. You’re on the money. So far in 2018, the Yankees have seen 242 pitches that were called strikes but judged to be in quadrants outside the strike zone by the system. That ties the Giants for the most in the Majors. I asked manager Aaron Boone about that on Wednesday, and he confirmed that he has seen the same numbers.

It seems like Aaron Judge and the Yankees are consistently rung up on called strikes out of the zone, more than other teams. Do my eyes deceive me?
— Jerry S., Paramus, N.J.

Thanks to the magic of Statcast™, we can quantify that. You’re on the money. So far in 2018, the Yankees have seen 242 pitches that were called strikes but judged to be in quadrants outside the strike zone by the system. That ties the Giants for the most in the Majors. I asked manager Aaron Boone about that on Wednesday, and he confirmed that he has seen the same numbers.

“Part of that is the way we preach patience and the way our guys really control the strike zone,” Boone said. “That’s going to be a result of that, frankly. More free-swinging teams are chasing or protecting the plate. We’re not a really big protect-the-plate, two-strike go off the plate [team]. If it’s a ball, we take it. That’s what we want.”

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Judge in particular has been victimized, seeing 47 called strikes in those zones, the most in the Majors. During the Yanks’ series in Texas, Judge winced at a called third strike and gestured as though he was going to toss his bat away for ball four, which is probably about as demonstrative a protest as you’re going to see from him.

“He is 6-foot-7. Those knees can be really high on Judge, so sometimes it feels like there are some lows ones on there,” Boone said. “But I think it’s patience. When you’re a patient team, when you’re a patient hitter, you’re going to tend to get rung up on close calls, because a lesser hitter is going to chase that.”

Brett Gardner (34) also has legitimate strike-zone gripes this year, ranking among the top five in the league. Boone said that he frequently watches games where announcers will say that a two-strike pitch was “too close to take,” and he disputes the logic of that statement.

“What does that mean?” Boone said. “If it’s a ball and I’ve got two strikes on me, what are my chances of getting on base with two strikes? Probably not great. If I take that pitch that’s a ball out of the zone and I swing at it, what are my chances of getting a hit on that? Probably not very good.

“But if I take a ball, there’s a good chance that it gets called a ball and I’m going to first base. So I don’t really buy into protecting the plate, especially with our guys.”

What are the chances, realistically, that the Yankees will get Madison Bumgarner at the non-waiver Trade Deadline?
— Joey P., via e-mail

This was one of many pitching-related inquiries we received this week, especially after Domingo German and CC Sabathia turned in poor outings in the series against Tex Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey as. We’ve already discussed the scenario involving Cole Hamels and the Rangers at length, so Bumgarner provides a fresh way to look at the Yankees’ ongoing search for starting pitching.

Short answer: it’s unlikely, but not impossible. The Yanks would need a substantial package of controllable ta Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale lent to pry Bumgarner loose, but they’d be adding a pitcher whose competitiveness is off the charts and a true postseason difference-maker. Bumgarner’s contract has a team option for 2019 worth $12 million that would be a no-brainer to pick up.

If the Giants are scuffling into July, they’ll likely listen to offers for Bumgarner, who should be completely back from his broken left hand by then. Again, San Francisco would need to get a huge return for its biggest arm since Juan Marichal — think three or four prospects out of the Yankees’ Top 30 — but in this case, it could be worth it.

Gleyber Torres has been playing really well, but he is staying at the bottom of the order. Is there any  Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey chance Boone is going to move him up?
— Nehru M., New York

The way Torres has been swinging the bat, a promotion in the lineup seems to be inevitable — though for the moment, Boone seems to content to keep his hot-hitting rookie in the No. 9 spot. Boone views Torres as a second leadoff hitter of sorts, adding traffic on the basepaths for the second and third times through the batting order.

“I’m good in that position,” Torres said. “The manager has control of that. Any opportunity I have to help my team, I do my job and I just think about that. I don’t think about the position.”

The youngest Yankee to homer in three consecutive games, Torres’ eight home runs out of the No. 9 spot are already approaching another club record. Alfonso Soriano holds that mark, having hit 11 homers as the Bombers’ No. 9 hitter in 2001. Other notables: Scott Brosius (nine, 2000), Bucky Dent (eight, 1977), Nick Johnson (eight, 2002) and Russell Martin (eight, 2012).

With Jordan Montgomery out for a substantial amount of time, would there be a possibility of Adam Warren coming back off the disabled list as a starter instead of long relief?
— Dechaine M., Thomaston, Maine

I don’t see that happening, simply because by the time they built Warren up from a stamina standpoint, Montgomery might be back. Warren has been pitching in simulated games in Tampa, Fla., and is about to begin a Minor League rehab assignment, with an eye toward rejoining the bullpen by the end of the month. Montgomery’s timetable is somewhere from mid-June to early July. He’s set to resume playing catch shortly.

What can you tell me about Erik Swanson? His numbers this season are incredible.
— Randy S., East Islip, N.Y.

Indeed, Swanson has pitched his way onto the Yankees’ radar, and he is someone that fans should be aware of. The 24-year-old righty was recently promoted to Triple-A after going 5-0 with an 0.44 ERA over 40 2/3 innings for Double-A Trenton, where he struck out 52 against 12 walks and held opponents to a .152 average.

Swanson was acquired from the Rangers as part of the Carlos Beltran trade prior to the 2016 Deadline. His breakout has been due in part to the improvement of his curveball, which gives him a third pitch to attack with, along with his fastball and changeup.

Didi Gregorius‘ slump started the day after he was kicked in the head on a play at second. Have the Yankees tested him for a concussion? Seems like a pretty obvious cause and effect, no?
— Max C., Philadelphia

To refresh, it was May 4 at Yankee Stadium, and Gregorius was kicked in the back of his head by the Indians’ Francisco Lindor, covering second base to record a force out. Gregorius lay on the ground for several moments in what appeared to be a scary scene, but he lightened the mood when someone asked if he knew what day it was.

“May the fourth be with you,” Gregorius replied.

I checked with Gregorius this week, and he confirmed that the Yankees did put him through concussion protocol tests that night, all of which came back clean. In his mind and in the opinion of the medical staff, there is no connection between that play and the offensive struggles that followed.

“To be honest, I was hitting the ball hard. They were just not falling [for hits],” Gregorius said.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.


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ARLINGTON — Gary Sanchez lobbied to get back behind the plate on Wednesday, one night after he was forced to leave the Yankees’ 6-4 loss to the Rangers due to cramping in his rig Justin Smoak Jersey ht calf.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told his starting catcher that he’d prefer to hold Sanchez back, considering the Yankees have an off-day on Thursday, and said that he expects Sanchez to be ready to play on Friday against the Angels.

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ARLINGTON — Gary Sanchez lobbied to get back behind the plate on Wednesday, one night after he was forced to leave the Yankees’ 6-4 loss to the Rangers due to cramping in his right calf.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told his starting catcher that he’d prefer to hold Sanchez back, considering the Yankees have an off-day on Thursday, and said that he expects Sanchez to be ready to play on Friday against the Angels.

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“I feel like we dodged a bullet,” Boone said. “He came out here and did some agility running workouts before and checked out OK. He was actually texting me early [Wednesday] morning that he was good to go, but with this off-day tomorrow, it’s probably best to hold him back. I think he’s fine, and he’ll be an option for us if we need him.”

It is the second occurrence of right calf cramps this season for Sanchez, who left an April 6 extra-inning contest against the Orioles under similar circumstances. Sanchez missed two games, plus an off-day, before returning to the lineup as a designated hitter on April 10 against the Red Sox.

“I think it’s less [severe],” Boone said. “We haven’t dealt with a lot of heat yet, so hopefully we squashed it and it won’t be an issue.”

Boone said that his call was made easier by Austin Romine‘s recent success. Romine entered play on Wednesday hitting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and two homers during a six-game hit streak.

Video: NYY@TEX: Romine hits a 2-run home run in the 8th

“Ro’s playing really well,” Boone said. “Ro impacts the game in so many positive ways with the way he’s swinging the bat. It’s always hard to keep Gary down, because we know what he’s capable of on any given night, and so it’s hard to sit down one of your dudes. But yes, Ro playing the way he is, we at least feel like we’re putting in a guy that can impact the game.”

Comeback trail
The Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  Yankees expect to have right-hander Tommy Kahnle and first baseman Greg Bird back on the active roster this weekend against the Angels. Kahnle is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday and could be activated on Friday or Saturday, while Boone said there is “a decent shot” that Bird could be activated on Saturday or Sunday.

In other updates, right-hander Luis Cessa (left oblique strain) has resumed throwing off a mound, while right-hander Adam Warren (right back strain) has pitched in simulated games and is nearing a rehab assignment.

He said it
“This job’s got me swearing again.” — Boone, on his first Joe Carter Throwback Jersey  managerial ejection on Tuesday

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This date in Yankees history
May 23, 1962: Joe Pepitone hit two homers in a nine-run eighth inning as the Yankees defeated the Athletics, 13-7, at Yankee Stadium. Pepitone remains one of four Yankees to homer twice in a single inning. The others are Joe DiMaggio, Cliff Johnson and Alex Rodriguez.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Cubs fans were offered a promising glimpse of the future during Wednesday’s Minor League contests. Four pitchers ranked in Chicago’s Top 30 prospects — Alex Lange (No. 5), Brendon Little (6), Trevor Clifton (27) and Duane Underwood Jr. (29) — turned in strong performances for their respective teams.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Cubs fans were offered a promising glimpse of the future during Wednesday’s Minor League contests. Four pitchers ranked in Chicago’s Top 30 prospects — Alex Lange (No. 5), Brendon Little (6), Trevor Clifton (27) and Duane U Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey nderwood Jr. (29) — turned in strong performances for their respective teams.

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Lange pitched six scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Myrtl Joe Carter Jersey e Beach in its 5-0 win over Lynchburg. The right-hander held the Hillcats to just six hits, didn’t issue a walk and struck out a career-best 10 batters.

Little bounced back from giving up five runs in his last start to toss seven scoreless frames for Class A South Bend, lowering his ERA to 4.50. He allowed three hits with no walks and struck out five vs. the Lansing Lugnuts. With Double-A Tennessee, Clifton pitched four scoreless innings and allowed two hits and two walks with three strikeouts before rain suspended play. And at Triple-A Iowa, Underwood held Round Rock to one run over six innings while striking out six.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday’s action:
• The Minors’ hottest hitter, No. 2 overall prospect (Blue Jays’ No. 1) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., continued his tear through the Eastern League. Guerrero went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a walk for Double-A New Hampshire, stretching his on-base streak to 31 games. His .425 batting average is also the best in the Minors.

The Jays’ No. 19 prospect Cavan Biggio also impressed by hitting 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for Triple-A El Paso. It marked his first three-hit game of 2018 and the 10th of his professional career.

• No. 32 overall prospect (Padres’ No. 3) Luis Urias collected his third multi-hit game in the last four days, batting 3-for-5 with an RBI for Triple-A El Paso.

• In his return from the disabled list, No. 44 overall prospect (Yankees’ No. 3) Justus Sheffield held his opponent without a run. The 22-year-old southpaw pitched four scoreless innings with three hits, a walk and five strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Astros’ No. 24 prospect J.J. Matijevic went deep twice for Clas Justin Smoak Jersey s A Advanced Buies Creek. He was 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers, giving him six long balls on the season as well as two multi-homer games. Ronnie Dawson (Houston’s No. 14) also left the yard in that game as part of a four-RBI performance.

Braves’ No. 18 prospect Drew Waters was a catalyst for Class A Rome on Wednesday, batting 3-for-3 with an RBI, two doubles, a triple, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base from the leadoff spot. His seven total bases tied his career-high.

Orioles’ No. 15 prospect Zac Lowther held Hickory to one hit and three runs over six innings in a gem for Class A Delmarva. He struck out 10 batters, reaching double digits for the third time this season. It was his best performance since he pitched six hitless frames and struck out 13 in his season debut on April 9. The left-hander has allowed just four runs through 31 innings in 2018 (1.16 ERA).

Phillies’ No. 13 prospect Thomas Eshelman turned in his best performance of the season, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning — Rochester’s Nick Gordon (Twins’ No. 4), brother of Mariners outfielder Dee Gordon, broke up the no-no bid with a leadoff single — for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Eshelman completed a season-high seven innings and allowed one run on four hits.

Jonathan Hernandez, the Rangers’ No. 14 prospect, followed up last week’s 11-strikeout performance by fanning 10 over six scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Down East. He took a no-decision, however, as the Wood Ducks lost, 2-1, in extras.

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Tigers’ No. 9 prospect Daz Cameron extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4, two-homer performance for Class A Advanced Lakeland. He drove in three runs and posted his third multi-hit effort in his last six games.

White Sox No. 11 prospect Gavin Sheets finished a double shy of the cycle in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem’s 3-1 win in the opener of a doubleheader against Buies Creek. Sheets homered for a second consecutive day, hit his second career triple and had a hand in all three of Winston-Salem’s runs.

Sheets homers to right

Sheets’ teammate, Luis Alexander Basabe (Chicago’s No. 13 prospect) impressed in the nightcap, batting 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.