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CHICAGO — The skies were clearing in Syracuse, N.Y., on Monday evening and Tyler Wade had just completed his stretching routine, preparing to re-take the field with his Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre teammates following a 104-minute rain delay. Manager Al Pedrique intercepted Wade, shaking his head.

“He said, ‘You can’t play. You’re going to Chicago,'” Wade said. “I was very excited Custom Lions Jersey. I had no idea what was going on.”

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With second baseman Starlin Castro heading to the 10-day disabled list with a Men’s Nike Customized Denver Broncos Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt Grade 1 right hamstring strain, the Yankees summoned Wade before Tuesday’s 4-3 loss against the White Sox, while also recalling right-hander Tyler Webb. Right-hander Jonathan Holder was optioned to Triple-A.

Ranked as the Yankees’ No. 11 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, the 22-year-old Wade made his Major League debut as an eighth-inning pinch-hitter Tuesday, working a full-count walk in his first plate appearance before scoring on Aaron Judge’s game-tying single up the middle. Wade stayed in the game as the left fielder and struck out looking in the ninth.

“It’s surreal. It’s a dream come true,” Wade said. “I’m really excited to be here. Just helping the big league team win any way I can; that’s always been a goal of mine, to play for the Yankees.”

A fourth-round pick in the 2013 Draft, Wade was batting .313/.390/.444 with five homers, 25 RBIs and 24 stolen bases Customized Detroit Lions Jersey  71 games for the RailRiders.

Ronald Torreyes started at second base Tuesday, but Girardi said that it is possible that Wade could be in the lineup Thursday, when the Yanks face right-hander James Shields. Wade has played second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions at Triple-A this year.

“It gives us a lot of different options,” Girardi said. “I’d like to get him in there as soon as I can, because you hate for a kid to come up here and sit a long time [after being] used to playing every day. So we’ll see.”

The Yankees are hopeful that Castro will be able to return in the minimum 10 Custom Broncos Jersey days. Castro sustained the strain running out a third-inning grounder in Monday’s 6-5 victory over Chicago. He is batting .313/.348/.486
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Castro strained his right hamstring last Sept. 17 vs. Boston and missed one week. He said that Monday’s injury feels less severe than that one.

“Last year Customized Denver Broncos Jersey, I felt the pop. This time, I don’t feel any pop,” Castro said. “I’m going to be concentrating on working hard and be back as soon as I can.”

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A top-five fantasy second baseman to this point in the season, Castro should be retained in every league on the hope that he will play in a significant portion of the Yankees’ remaining games. Deep-league Castro owners can consider tabbing Wade — who is hitting .313 with 24 swipes in Triple-A this season — as a replacement middle infielder. Meanwhile, Castro owners in shallow leagues can check waivers for a replacement such as Ian Happ, Whit Merrifield or Brandon Phillips.

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Designated hitter Matt Holliday continues to complain of fatigue symptoms as he missed his third consecutive game Tuesday. Girardi said that if the issue is not resolved soon, Holliday could be placed on the 10-day DL and sent back to New York for further testing.

“He says he feels bad,” Girardi said. “I said, ‘Exactly what does that mean, is that like you’re achy, your muscles are sore?’ He said, ‘No, I just feel like someone zapped me out of all my energy.’ That’s kind of what I see from him. The blood
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Tyler Austin filled in as the Yankees’ DH on Tuesday. Girardi said that Austin has been playing through tightness in his right hamstring.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top Yankees pick Clarke Customized Denver Broncos Jersey Schmidt talks rehab

NEW YORK — Yankees top Draft choice Clarke Schmidt wasn’t too concerned with how getting Tommy John surgery would affect his stock in the 2017 MLB Draft.

The most devastating part of the season-ending injury, for him, was that it would take him a year before he was ready to get back on the mound during a game.

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“Initially, you don’t really know what to expect,” said Schmidt, 21, Tuesday afternoon via a conference call. “A lot of thoughts run through your head. They said it shouldn’t affect me too much. It’s really just how everything plays out. For me, it was just taking it day by day and seeing what was going to happen. I knew it was going to affect [the Draft stock] Customized Detroit Lions Jersey a little bit,
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The Yankees snagged Schmidt with the No. 16 overall pick Custom Lions Jersey, despite the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that cut short his junior season at the University of South Carolina. He earned a $2.184 million bonus when he signed with New York on Saturday.

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Now, Schmidt’s focus is about getting back on the field, though he isn’t expected to pitch in a game for a while, given that his surgery was on May 3.

“They said the timeframe should be about September for me to start throwing again,” Schmidt said. “Right now, it’s just slight mobility work and easing back into it. The progressions have come quickly, so I can tell everything’s going well so far.”

When Schmidt does get back on the field, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-hander will look to build upon the success he had before his injury. In his junior season with the Gamecocks, Schmidt was 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings.

Schmidt said his biggest strength is commanding the strike zone, which he does with a sinking fastball before using a biting slider to get opposing hitters to chase.

“I’ve always prided myself on command and controlling the zone,” Schmidt said. “I like to be able to pitch on both sides of the plate with my fastball and also my offspeed. I like to be able to move it in and out and be able to move planes a little
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He added: “That’s always been my go-to, just not walking a lot of guys or giving up a lot of free passes. I want to work ahead of hitters and save my pitch count and save the bullpen by going deep in the game.”

Schmidt said he’s still working on his changeup, which Custom Cowboys Jersey was starting to come along earlier this year after he changed his grip. That will be a focus, he said, after he’s cleared to start throwing again.

Schmidt has a lot to show for his first-round selection, and even with the injury, he said he wasn’t surprised that he went so early. Instead, he looks at being taken 16th overall as a “blessing,” especially because of the team that drafted him.
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“I think any kid, when you’re growing up, you have dreams of Custom Broncos Jersey playing Major League Baseball,” Schmidt said, “and for that to be with the New York Yankees, that’s pretty special.”

White Sox top Yanks Customized Dallas Cowboys Jersey on Jose Abreu walk-off hit

CHICAGO — The White Sox had one hit among their eight baserunners over the final two innings of a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. But that one hit was enough to produce their second walk-off victory of the season and snap a four-game losing streak.

Jose Abreu’s single with two outs in the ninth set the excitement in motion by scoring pinch-runner Willy Garcia and Alen Hanson. Abreu beat Dellin Betances, who walked two and hit one to load the bases with one out. Melky Cabrera flew out to left for the inning’s second out, with all three runners holding, before Abreu delivered. Abreu had a chance with the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth against Tyler Clippard but struck out swinging.

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“In the at-bat before the last one, I went up thinking of just getting a good fastball to hit against Custom Broncos Jersey Clippard,” said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo after recording his third career walk-off hit and his first since April 23, 2016, vs. Texas. “He didn’t throw me a good fastball and I couldn’t make the adjustment. But in the last one, I was just ready to hit the ball, just to focus on a good pitch to hit and I did it. That was probably the change between the last two at-bats.”

Yankees starter Luis Severino set a career high with 12 strikeouts and didn’t issue a walk over seven innings of one-run ball. It wasn’t until the Yankees rallied for three runs in the eighth off reliever Tommy Kahnle that Severino had a chance for victory, as they erased a 1-0 deficit.

Through seven, this game featured a battle between Severino and White Sox starter Jose Quintana. The White Sox ace gave up two hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking four. He left with a 1-0 lead, an advantage erased by Aaron Judge’s two-out single Customized Denver Broncos Jersey to center off of Kahnle bringing home Tyler Wade to tie the game. Gary Sanchez followed with a double to right-center scoring two and giving the Yankees a short-lived advantage.

Severino (23 years, 127 days) became the youngest American League pitcher with at least 12 strikeouts and no walks since Jason Bere (22 years, 105 days) of the White Sox Custom Lions Jersey on Sept. 8, 1993, vs. Boston.

“I think everything went well,” Severino said. “My fastball command was really good tonight. My slider was good. We threw a lot of changeups for strikes or for chase. Everything was working today.”
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Quintana lowered his June ERA to 1.78, having allowed six earned runs over 30 1/3 innings during that stretch. Quintana’s ERA has dropped from 5.60 to 4.37 in that span.

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“It’s just been him commanding the zone, attacking,” White Sox manager Rick
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One was almost enough: Severino made one mistake, and even that mistake wasn’t exactly crushed when Abreu drove in the White Sox first run in the third. Kevan Smith opened the frame with a single and moved to second on Yolmer Sanchez’s single before Abreu rolled a grounder in between first baseman Austin Romine and the line for a RBI double.

“He threw the ball well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He had a really good slider tonight and a really good fastball, and actually he threw some good changeups. I thought he mixed them in well. You go seven innings and he gives up the one run. You hope that when you get big hits by Judge and Sanchez, it’s going to be enough, but it wasn’t.”

A great escape: Clippard has been struggling mightily, but the veteran delivered in a key moment to guard the lead in the eighth. Rookie Domingo German walked the first two hitters and Clippard issued a free pass to Cabrera that loaded the bases. Clippard struck out Abreu and got Avisail Garcia to fly to right before losing Todd Frazier on a close 3-2 pitch, forcing home the second Chicago run. Clippard and Matt Davidson engaged in a 10-pitch at-bat that ended with Davidson waving at a 78.8 mph changeup.

“I felt like myself again Customized Detroit Lions Jersey,” Clippard said. “The way the hitters reacted to my fastball was what I’m used to. It’s a huge step in the right direction, for sure.” More >

“It’s tough. Severino threw a hell of a game. We came back there, got a couple of big hits and Clippard gets out of that jam. I have the confidence in myself to get it done. I walked a couple of guys, hit a guy. That usually doesn’t help. You can’t just give free bases there. You’ve got to attack.” — Betances

“I want to thank God because we needed this win. We have been passing through a very rough path and I’m very thankful for the opportunity and I just did what I was supposed to do.” — Abreu

The White Sox won for the first time this season when trailing after the eighth after going 0-40 in those situations. The Yankees suffered their first loss when leading after eight; they had been 30-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury reached on a ninth-inning catcher’s interference error for the 29th time in his career. That ties the all-time record set by Pete Rose.

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka will try to follow up one of his best starts of the season Wednesday as the Yankees play the third game of this four-game series at 8:10 p.m. ET. Tanaka blanked the Rangers over eight innings his last time out, permitting three hits while walking two and striking out nine. Tanaka is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four career starts vs. the White Sox.

White Sox: Carlos Rodon makes his season debut for the White Sox on Wednesday with a first pitch of 7:10 p.m. CT at Guaranteed Rate Field. Rodon had been sidelined with left biceps bursitis, but made four injury rehab starts in the Minor Leagues to get ready for this start.

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Yanks’ bullpen has Customized Dallas Cowboys Jersey tough night on South Side

CHICAGO — The folded piece of cardboard in Joe Girardi’s pocket offered a reminder that he could not call Aroldis Chapman’s name, which is why Dellin Betances remained seated as rookie Domingo German and the struggling Tyler Clippard tried to protect a two-run lead in the eighth inning on Tuesday.

When Clippard wriggled free with just one run home, the Custom Broncos Jersey Yankees thought they had cleared the roughest neighborhood they’d Customized Detroit Lions Jersey see. Then Betances coughed up the lead in the ninth, permitting Jose Abreu’s walk-off two-run single in a 4-3 Yankees loss at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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“I just feel like I became very predictable,” Betances said. “These guys are smart
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Thirteen of Betances’ 21 pitches were breaking balls, including each of the last nine. After getting a quick first out, Betances walked Kevan Smith on four pitches and then issued a six-pitch free pass to Alen Hanson before plunking Yolmer Sanchez with a curve to load the bases.

Melky Cabrera flew to left for the second out, but Betances fell behind Abreu 2-1 and snapped off a curve that caught too much plate. Abreu whacked it into left field for the game-winner, handing the Yanks their first loss in 31 games this season when leading after eight innings.


“I’ve got to be able to rely on my fastball more, obviously,” Betances said. “I got too breaking ball-happy. I know I’ve got a good fastball, I’ve been using it this year. I
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Girardi said that he could not use Chapman, who threw 14 pitches on Sunday and 20 on Monday. Betances was working for a third straight game, having thrown 14 pitches on Sunday and 11 on Monday, but his workload has been light this month.

Girardi added that he was not going to use Chad Green, who threw 29 pitches on Sunday against Texas. Instead Customized Dallas Cowboys Jersey, Girardi tried to slip by the eighth with German, saying that he liked the rookie’s power and his changeup. Back-to-back walks prompted a quick hook.

“After he walked the two guys, I said, ‘Heck, I’m just going to go with Clip,'” Girardi said. “This might be what gets him going.”

Clippard had struggled mightly in his past six outings, allowing 11 earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings (27.00 ERA), and it looked like more of the same when
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But he zipped a 91.1 mph fastball past Abreu for strike three and got Avisail Garcia to fly out before losing Todd Frazier on a close 3-2 pitch that home-plate umpire Joe West didn’t like, forcing home a run.

“Those were borderline calls, man. It was kind of a tight zone,” Clippard said. “Not to say that he missed a bunch, but they were calls that could have gone either way and we didn’t really get any of them.”

Clippard Customized Denver Broncos Jersey then battled Matt Davidson in a 10-pitch at-bat, getting the strikeout on a 78.4 mph changeup, and said he “felt like Custom Lions Jersey myself again.”

The Yanks have tallied 14 blown saves through 75 games; they had just five over that same span last year. Betances said that the bullpen remains confident in its abilities.

“Obviously, a lot of these losses were tough, but it’s a long season,” Betances said. “We’ve got to keep going and try to be better next time.”

Statcast of the Day: Judge goes Custom Bengals Jersey opposite field

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After a record-setting weekend in the Bronx, Yankees star Aaron Judge (No. 32 overall, 2013 Draft, Fresno State) showed his power can travel — from coast to
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It was just past 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning on the East Coast when Judge woke up Yankees fans — and the baseball world — with a monstrous 112.5-mph, 438-foot home run to the right-field seats at Angel Stadium, as tracked by Statcast™ Custom Panthers Jersey. The two-run blast tied the Tigers’ J.D. Martinez for the hardest-hit opposite-field shot by a right-handed batter this season, and slotted in just behind Martinez and tied the Indians’ Jose Ramirez for the second-longest opposite-field homer by a righty in 2017. Judge is now tied with the Mets’ Michael Conforto and the A’s Khris Davis for the most opposite-field homers this season with eight, and, most importantly, his eighth-inning homer gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead they would not relinquish.

“I’ve dreamed about it since I was a kid,” said Judge about coming up in important late-game situations. “Tie game, runner on second base, you want to be in that situation and have that opportunity. I just tried to keep it simple and drive the ball to center field.”

Judge’s go-ahead home run Monday built upon a torrid weekend in which he seemingly re-wrote the Statcast™ record books with every swing. On Saturday, the rookie set a Statcast-era record for the hardest home run with a 121.1-mph laser off Orioles starter Chris Tillman, then added a 116-mph double later on as part of
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On Sunday, New York’s hulking right fielder sent a Kevin Gausman pitch into orbit, launching a 495-foot shot — the second-longest home run since Statcast™ began tracking homer distance in 2015 — to a part of the left-field stands at Yankee Stadium where no one can recall a ball reaching. Judge would homer again an inning later in the Yankees’ 14-3 romp over the Orioles on Sunday as part of an incredible 4-for-4 day.

The fact that Judge has already hit a Major League-best 22 home runs in the Yankees’ first 61 games — joining Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees age-25 or younger to hit at least 20 four-baggers before the All-Star break — is impressive enough. But the way in which he’s hitting them is what’s truly setting him apart.

Judge’s 112.5-mph homer Monday against the Angels marked his 14th homer of the season hit with an exit velocity of at least 110 mph, three more than Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in second place. Those 14 blasts already tie the highest total of 110-plus mph homers from last season, set by Stanton and Nelson Cruz of the Mariners.

Judge’s big swing in the eighth quickly wiped aside a rare fielding mistake he made a half-inning before, when he sailed an errant relay throw that helped the Angels eventually score the tying run. By the time Judge completed his trip around the bases, he was hearing resounding M-V-P chants Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey at a ballpark nearly 3,000 miles away from home.

“I don’t listen to it,” Judge said of the chants. “I just try to do my job on the field.”

Judge finished Monday leading Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey the Custom Browns Jersey American League with a .347 average and those 22 home runs, along with 49 RBIs that rank second to Cruz. If he continues doing his job the way he’s doing it now, it could add up to a rookie season for the
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 Custom Bengals Jersey Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fifth-grader’s role in Draft an Custom Bengals Jersey inspiration

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Tears streamed down Amanda Haag’s face as she watched her 11-year-old son, Landis Sims, perfectly announce the Yankees’ first-round selection of right-hander Clarke Schmidt on Monday night, resulting in a standing ovationCustom Browns Jersey from the many baseball legends who honored the boy on the floor of the MLB Draft at MLB Network’s Studio 42.

“He is very comfortable in who he is,” Haag said. “He truly believes that God made him very special. He’s not missing anything. I don’t see many 11-year-olds in
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He was born without hands or feet, but his mother was exactly right. Landis Sims isn’t missing anything. He slugs baseballs and runs with the help of prosthetics from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which was represented in the DCustom Panthers Jerseyraft audience by founder Bob Babbitt. Sims and his family came from Elizabeth, Ind., and he was given a tour of the Yankee Stadium home clubhouse, a dream for a young Yankee worshiper. Then came this unprecedented honor at an MLB Draft, before a massive international audience.

After reading the first 15 picks, Commissioner Rob Manfred took the podium and said: “Tonight we welcome a special young man, a fifth-grader from Elizabeth, Indiana. We want all young people to play ball, and no one illustrates that mission any better than Landis. He has not allowed anything to deter him from his dream of playing Major League Baseball one day. We are delighted to invite Landis to
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A few picks later, Manfred was asked about “Commissioner Landis” stealing the show. “Just a great moment,” he said. “I had a chance to chat with him a little bit before the Draft started. He’s really an amazing young man, just absolutely crazy about the game, a lot of presence about him, and I think he really enjoyed his night at the Draft.”

Oh, did he enjoy the Draft. After uttering the phrase, “The Seattle Mariners have the next pick,” Landis calmly basked in the magnificent reaction by the 53 club representatives, which included Hall of Famer George Brett and 17 other former All-Stars. Everyone in Studio 42 stood and cheered, including the four players who were being drafted in that same first round.

“I wasn’t really expecting it, but it was just amazing being able to call the name and getting a standing ovation from some of the former players,” Sims said.

He knew that his friends back in Indiana would be following this, but he kept an even-keel cool, the kind Derek Jeter used to show.

“I would like to just do something with MLB,” he said, “but it doesn’t matter what.”

That would seem to be a strong possibility at this point.

“I thought he was amazing,” said Nick Swisher, who was working the Yankees’ Draft table and hugged the boy after the first round. “Him and the Commissioner are like buddies now. It’s so nice to meet a guy like this that has such a positive outlook on life, and just to be one of those guys kind of standing next to him, or to be able to be near him and hear his story, it’s so inspirational. People really need to start paying attention to stuff like that.”

They do back in Elizabeth. America can learn a lot by how that town treats Landis.

“We keep getting messages. Everybody just loved him,” Haag said. “We have a very small community, and they really support and just love him. They’re proud of him. I love being from a place like that. That’s also part of who he is, because of his friends, our community, the people who have helped raise him into this confident young man.”

Eric Byrnes, the former player and current MLB Network analyst, watched Sims’ big moment while sitting next to Babbitt in the outfield seats at Studio 42. They have known each other since Byrnes retired and got into endurance sports. Babbitt is the founder not only of Competitor Magazine, but also Challenged Athletes Foundation, which helps provide prosthetics to disabled athletes. Babbitt told Byrnes about Sims, and Byrnes passed it on within MLB. Earlier this year, Byrnes help make possible a round of home run derby at Studio 42 for Sims along with MLB Network talent.

“Obviously Landis’ story speaks for itself and it doesn’t need me or Major League Baseball or anybody else to glorify it,” Byrnes said. “Just what he’s able to do is a miracle in so many different ways. What Challenged Athletics Foundation has been able to do for Landis, with the prosthetics that are now available for challenged athletes, is incredible. Here he is, living Custom Bengals Jersey a pretty normal life. It’s been an absolute honor to be able to get to know him.

“I’m glad it’s getting the attention, because I believe that it will inspire other kids with disabilities. They’re going to be able to say, ‘Hey, just because I have this disability, there’s still a lot I can do to live my life and to prosper.’ If I feel sorry on any given day, I’ll just go look at Landis, and never a bad day.”

It’s all true. But Landis Sims was just being himself on Monday. He’ll be just another sixth-grader this fall at South Central Middle School. Inspirational?

“I’m sure everybody tells you that,” he said, “but it’s just kind of a normal thing for me.”

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees’ Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey Aaron Judge leads AL vote-getters

NEW YORK — There seems to be little Custom Browns Jersey that Aaron Judge can’t do on a ballfield, and after a week in which the rookie slugger announced himself as a Triple Crown threat, the Yankees outfielder remains the American League’s top vote-getter for the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Pacing the AL in batting average (.347) and home runs (22) entering Tuesday, Judge was just one RBI (49) behind the Mariners’ Nelson Cruz (50) for the AL lead on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Judge has tallied 1,893,260 votes
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Only the Nationals’ Bryce Harper (2,132,795) has tallied more overall votes than Judge. The 88th All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.

“I’m really thinking about my teammates,” Judge said. “I’m really in a good position here, surrounded by a lot of good players, young and old. They’re just putting me in a good spot.”

Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Hideki Matsui (2003) are the only previous Yankees rookies to start a Midsummer Classic.

“He’s had an unbelievable first 2 1/2 months of the season, no question,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “The homers are great and the RBIs are great, but I look at the two-strike hits, and the discipline and the walks, and making pitchers work
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Second baseman Starlin Castro (1,072,305) held a lead at the first checkpoint, but he was overtaken by Jose Altuve (1,615,938) of the Astros in the second week, and he continues to rank second at his position.

Designated hitter Matt Holliday (689,918) — a seven-time All-Star — still ranks second only to Cruz (863,549) among AL DHs.

Other Yankees with notable showings at the third balloting checkpoint are Didi Gregorius (609,316, third among AL shortstops), Gary Sanchez (710,388, fourth among AL catchers) and Brett Gardner (571,436, eighth among AL outfielders).

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access Custom Panthers Jersey the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league’s All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees prospect Custom Bengals Jersey James Kaprielian visits club

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ANAHEIM — Yankees Minor League right-hander James Kaprielian (No. 16 overall pick, 2015 Draft, UCLA) visited the big league club prior to Monday night’s 5-3 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Kaprielian is Custom Panthers Jersey two months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery after missing almost the entire 2016 season with a right flexor Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey strain.

Kaprielian, 23, is a native of nearby Irvine, Calif. He played for Beckman High School there, and he played his college ball up the 405 freeway at UCLA.

Kaprielian took a stroll on the field with manager Joe Girardi and watched the game from behind home plate with his agent.

“It was great to see him, and he’s feeling great,” Girardi said. “I looked at the range of motion that he has after two months, and it’s outstanding. He looks great, and
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That won’t be any time soon. The recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months, with doctors suggesting the longer side for a full recovery and to avoid a recurrence. It may be months before Kaprielian even picks up a ball.

Kaprielian started three games for Class A Advanced Tampa last season until he was shut down. He started seven games in the Arizona Fall League, and the Yankees thought enough of his improvement that they brought him in to Major League camp this spring Custom Browns Jersey. But it was all for naught Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey.

Kaprielian was scheduled to make his first start at advanced Class A this in April, but he experienced pain in the same part of his right elbow that caused him to miss time last season.

Kaprielian knows he’s in it for the long haul, but he was glad to visit in the Yankees’ clubhouse with some of the players he worked with during Spring Training.

He had the surgery close to home in Southern California, conducted by Dr. Neil ElAttrache, who Kaprielian saw for a second opinion.

“It’s not what I wanted, but it’s the card I’ve drawn,” Kaprielian said. “I ultimately do believe at the end of this, this is going to help me down the line. And I think that’s part of it — keeping that positivity and that mindset, knowing things are going to be better on the other end.”

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twit Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey ter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League
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Yankees draftee Trevor Stephan Custom Bengals Jersey passed on Sox

NEW YORK — Trevor Stephan turned down the Red Sox last summer in favor of the University of Arkansas, and after hearing his name called in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft on Tuesday, the right-hander could soon be wearing Yankees pinstripes on the other side of that historic rivalry.

The Bombers selected the 21-year-old with the 92nd overall pick on Tuesday Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey, a third-round nod that shows how far he has come over the past few seasons. A first Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey baseman in high school, Stephan had never pitched before his freshman year at Hill Junior College in Texas, where he realized that his strong Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey arm could be the ticket to a professional career.


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“I was close to signing with the Red Sox, but I’m certainly glad I didn’t,” Stephan told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “This year at Arkansas has been awesome.”

Stephan was best described as a raw package, struggling to throw strikes at first, but he now sits 90 to 95 mph with his fastball. He touches 97 mph with a deceptive crossfire delivery that confounds batters.

“Everyone wants to talk about his fastball, but for me the bigger growth for Trevor has been mental,” Arkansas pitching coach Wes Johnson told the newspaper. “He’s
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Stephan entertained signing after Boston called his name in the 18th round last year (538th overall), but opted to transfer from Hill after Boston’s negotiations were tied up with first-round pick Jason Groome, who eventually agreed to a $3.65 million bonus in mid-July.

In 16 starts this year, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound hurler struck out 120 in a team-high 91 innings. Some scouts believe that the Magnolia, Texas, product may be best suited to a relief role in the future.

He commands his fastball well to both sides of the plate and, after scrapping a soft curveball, has picked up a slider/cutter that helped him build a 2.87 ERA that ranked 10th in the SEC.

“The competition got harder and my mistakes were getting hit,” Stephan said. “I just had to learn how to pitch a little better.”

Stephan’s best outing came on March 10, when he carried a perfect game into the eighth inning against Rhode Island while tallying a career-high 13 strikeouts.

“I knew he was really close to signing with the Red Sox,” Johnson said. “I talked to him about what I’ve seen over my career of guys coming back to college and improving their Draft stock and making more money. For him to roll the dice, so to speak, and come here showed the trust that he has in us.”

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees Custom Panthers Jersey for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds Castillo Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey sets career highs for Pensacola

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Luis Castillo has long possessed swing-and-miss stuff, but it wasn’t until this season that the hard-throwing right-hander showed he could induce whiffs with
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The Reds No. 6 prospect set a pair of career highs on Tuesday as he recorded 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings to pace Double-A Pensacola in a 5-0 shutout over Mississippi. He allowed two hits, both singles, and walked one while throwing 99 pitches, 71 for strikes.

“He was mixing the location with his fastball,” Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin told MiLB.com. “He moved it in and out well and was able to throw his changeup, even behind in the count, and showed a good slider with depth. He was just getting ahead of the hitters all night.”

Castillo, 24, tallied seven of those punchouts over his final three frames, as he struck out the side in the sixth inning before fanning a pair in both the seventh and eighth.

It was the third time in Castillo’s last seven starts that he has recorded double-digit strikeouts — something he had never accomplished in 40 career starts before this season. His previous single-game high was 10 strikeouts, which he set against Birmingham on May 10, and then matched versus Jacksonville on June 1.

Castillo has been missing more bats than ever lately, as Tuesday’s outing gives him 31 strikeouts in 19 innings across his last three turns for the Blue Wahoos. Overall, his 76 strikeouts in 74 innings equate to the best strikeouts-per-nine mark of his career at 9.2 K/9, and he’s done so while posting a 2.68 ERA and issuing just 1.5
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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

No. 7 over Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey all prospect Ozzie Albies Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey (Braves’ No. 1) returned from the disabled list and went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple for Triple-A Gwinnett. He’d been sidelined since June 5 with a sore foot. Before that, the 20-year-old second baseman had batted .262/.311/.391 with 19 extra-base hits and 15 steals through 54 games.

• No. 10 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (No. 3 overall pick, 2015) upped his hitting streak to 21 games with his 12th three-hit game of the season for Class A Advanced Lancaster. The Rockies’ No. 1 prospect’s 3-for-5 game, which included his 20th double and two RBIs, was his 24th multi-hit performance in 44 games this season. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old shortstop continues to pace the California League in all three triple-slash categories, at .405/.424/.697.

• No. 68 overall prospect Justus Sheffield (No. 31 overall, 2014 by Indians) bounced back from arguably his worst outing of 2017 to record a season-high eight strikeouts over six innings in a victory for Double-A Trenton. The Yankees’ No. 6 prospect allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks in the outing. Through 12 starts in his first full Double-A campaign, Sheffield, 21, owns a 3.29 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings.

• Starting game one of Double-A Midland’s doubleheader against Frisco, A’s No. 12 prospect Heath Fillmyer (fifth round, 2014) notched a season-high nine strikeouts over six scoreless frames in his best turn of the year. He permitted more walks (four) than hits (three) in the outing, all while throwing 60 of his 93 pitches for strikes. His ERA, meanwhile, dropped to 3.79 from 4.22 with the strong performance.

• In his first contest since being named to MLBPipeline.com’s latest Prospect Team of the Week, Astros No. 23 prospect Colin Moran (No. 6 overall, 2013 by Marlins) homered for a third straight game and went 3-for-5 to help lead Triple-A Fresno past Albuquerque, 10-9. The 24-year-old third baseman is hitting .412 with four homers and eight RBIs in that three-game stretch. Meanwhile, with 13 homers in 50 games, Moran has already blown past his previous career-high of 10 homers, which he achieved over 126 games last season.


• In the same game that saw Albies collect a pair of extra-base hits, Braves No. 15 prospect Patrick Weigel (seventh round, 2015) tossed seven scoreless innings of
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“I was just trying to fill up the zone early Custom Panthers Jersey with fastballs and then tried to introduce my off-speed as we worked through the lineup,” Weigel told MiLB.com. “[Catcher David Freitas] called a great game.

“I had better control of my pitches my last couple starts and I was able to stay in the strike zone. Freitas and I were able to keep the hitters off-balance. Just trying to get quick outs and get back in the dugout and keep hitting.”


Dodgers No. 28 prospect A.J. Alexy (11th round, 2016) completed a career-high six innings en route to his first win of the season for Class A Great Lakes. The 19-year-old righty gave up two hits, walked a pair and struck out six while throwing 49 of his 73 pitches for strikes. In his full-season debut, Alexy has pitched to a 2.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts and a .160 opponents’ average in 43 2/3 innings (12 starts).

Phillies No. 15 prospect Adonis Medina set a career high with 12 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings for Class A Lakewood. He allowed three hits and walked two. The double-digit strikeout performance was the 20-year-old righty’s third in his last nine starts and gives him 75 punchouts in 60 1/3 innings (11 starts) for the season.

“It came down to fastball command. When he does that, his other pitches just fall right into line,” Lakewood pitching coach Brian Sweeney told MiLB.com. “He has a great combination of weapons and always has.

“Last year, he was more of a groundball guy, but when you’re up there throwing 98 [mph], there will be some strikeouts. But again, when he can command that fastball, which sits between 95-98, and a slider that is already Major League average, he can be tough to hit. That was the case tonight.”

• Rockies No. 7 prospect Tom Murphy (third round, 2012) tallied a season-high five RBIs in a 3-for-5 effort for Triple-A Albuquerque. He started the scoring with a two-run single in the third inning, added another RBI knock in the following frame and then plated a pair with a triple in the seventh. After missing the first two months of the season with a fractured forearm, Murphy has quickly made up for some of the lost time by hitting .414 with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey in his first seven games back.


Royals No. 8 prospect Kyle Zimmer (No. 5 overall, 2012) tossed two scoreless innings with one strikeout in relief for Triple-A Omaha in his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list on April 24 with right shoulder soreness. After battling myriad injuries so far in his career, the 25-year-old righty-hander will continue to work out of the bullpen moving forward.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Custom Browns Jersey Major League Baseball or its clubs.