Joe Girardi talks Custom Redskins Jersey defense with Gary Sanchez

CHICAGO — A wild pitch that skipped past Gary Sanchez prompted a catching clinic in the visiting dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday evening, Custom Redskins Jersey as manager Joe Girardi said that he lectured the Yankees catcher on the finer points of blocking balls.

Television cameras spotted Girardi huddling with Sanchez during the top of the Custom Titans Jersey fourth inning in New York’s 12-3 victory over the White
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“When I talked to Gary Sanchez, it was strictly about tricks about how to block balls, tricks that I learned over my time,” Girardi said. “It had nothing to do with scolding him or saying, ‘You’ve got to do this’ or ‘You’ve
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First-base coach Tony Pena also participated in the speech, which came after Sanchez failed to block a Masahiro Tanaka splitter that allowed Jose Abreu to reach base on a third-inning strikeout. Girardi and Pena have a combined 33 years of big league catching experience between them.

“We talked a little bit about catching strategies and how you can use your weight, balance your weight on certain pitches,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “For example, the splitter, how you distribute your weight so it gives you an opportunity to block it.”

Sanchez’s six passed balls Personalized Redskins Jersey this season are tied for the second-most in the American League; only Josh Phegley of the Athletics has more (7).

“I’ve blocked a lot of them, but some of them have gotten away,” Sanchez said. “You try everything you can to block them all, but you’re not perfect so some of them are going to get away.”

Girardi said that he has not had an issue with Sanchez’s effort.

“He’s young. I think sometimes people can get caught up in what he did last year and the expectations are off the charts for this young man,” Girardi said. “He’s really good at what he does, and he’s going to get better. We’re going to help him get better.”

Girardi added that he did not have an issue with Sanchez in the fifth inning, when he did not run hard down the line on a double play grounder. Girardi said that Sanchez has been managing tightness in his groin since the Yankees’ recent series at Oakland from June 15-18.

“It gets better every day,” Sanchez said. “Joe told me to be smart running so that you don’t get hurt again.”

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.

Yanks head to Houston for Custom Buccaneers Jersey clash of AL powers

The Yankees are certain to make a few extra trips to the coffee pot on Friday evening, set to touch down around sunrise in Houston after a lengthy rain Custom Buccaneers Jersey delay in Chicago. They’ll need any edge they can find as they prepare to take on the American League-leading Astros in a three-game weekend series at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros took three of four games from the Yankees during their first meeting of the season back in May. The Yanks may look different than Houston remembered; the club now features seven rookies on the Personalized Buccaneers Jersey active roster, including Jordan Montgomery, Tyler Wade,
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“My job is a little bit different now than maybe it was a couple weeks ago,” Custom Titans Jersey Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I think you’re teaching more now than you were a couple weeks ago. When you look at the Astros, they’ve got a lot of kids playing there at a high level. [Our rookies] can say, ‘Hey, why not us?'”

Lance McCullers Jr. will make his second start since returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The breaking-ball specialist is 7-1 this season with a 2.53 ERA in 14 starts. McCullers, who could be an AL All-Star, leads
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McCullers will oppose Yankees righty Michael Pineda. Pineda (7-4, 4.12 ERA) struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings vs. Houston on May 11, allowing three runs on six hits, but is coming off an effort in which he permitted a season-high seven earned runs and three homers to the Rangers on Sunday.

McCullers threw six scoreless innings Personalized Titans Jersey against New York on May 12, striking out seven in the win.

Things to know about this game Personalized Redskins Jersey
• Entering Thursday, Judge and George Springer were ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, for home runs in the AL. Springer’s 24 trailed Judge’s 27.
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• In six starts at Minute Maid Park this year, McCullers has allowed an expected batting average of .166, according to Statcast, based on the quality of contact against him and his actual strikeout numbers. That’s the best mark in the Majors out of more than 130 pitchers with at least 100 home at-bats.

• The Astros and Yankees entered play on Thursday as the game’s top two teams in home runs, with Houston slugging 128 and the Yankees hitting 122. The Astros have seven players with a double-digit homer total, including former Yankees Carlos Beltran (10) and Brian McCann (10). New York has six such players.

Aaron Judge makes his case for Custom Titans Jersey Triple Crown

CHICAGO — Fans have been arriving early for games at Guaranteed Rate Field, wanting to see the Yankees take batting practice.

Specifically, they’re coming to see Aaron Judge take batting practice.

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Judge hasn’t disappointed, mashing the ball to all Personalized Buccaneers Jersey fields. He’s launched some epic blasts, the kind that wind up being mentioned during game telecasts. One or two landed onto the concourse above the outfield seats. One cleared the hedges that serve as the batter’s eye in center field. Jim Thome territory, in other words.

In the first three games of a four-game series against the White Sox, the Yankees’ right fielder was 3-for-8 with a home run (a 418-foot shot into the left-field bleachers off reliever Jake Petricka on Wednesday) and six walks in 14 plate appearances. He scored four runs and drove in three despite having the full attention of everyone whenever he steps into the batter’s box.

As much fun as it had to be for Judge to answer a group of heckling bleacher fans with the long homer, his power hitting may not be the most impressive part of his game. It’s the quality of each at-bat, one after the other, that has impressed opposing managers and scouts this season.

After all, this is a guy who looked like an easy out when the Yankees promoted him last August. Judge batted .179 last season with 42 strikeouts and nine walks in 95 plate appearances, leaving his status for 2017 in question.

It’s hard to believe the same guy has a good shot to lead the American League in the Triple Crown categories at the All-Star break.

Judge entered Thursday batting .333 with 27 homers and 62 RBIs. He was leading the AL in all three categories after Tuesday’s games, but the Rays’ Corey Dickerson went 2-for-5 on Wednesday to move fractions ahead of Judge Custom Redskins Jersey in the batting race.

When Judge hit .303 in April, you could diminish that by pointing to the small
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been asked about his slugger a million times at this point. He’s got his answer down when he’s asked about the keys to Judge’s consistency.

“I think his discipline, his ability to recognize pitches, [especially] breaking balls that are up in the zone that he jumps on,” Girardi said. “Being in a better position to hit and learning from last year. Those are the keys.”

What did Judge learn?

“I think he learned he has to make adjustments,” Girardi said. “Some of the things he was doing weren’t going to work at this level. He made some slight adjustments, and they’ve worked.”

In trying to best utilize his large frame (6-foot-7, 282 pounds), Judge has frequently made changes to his mechanics. He wasn’t a power hitter in his freshman or sophomore years at Fresno State, hitting only six homers in 389 at-bats, but he found something his junior season that led to a 12-homer season and made him the Yankees’ target with the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft.

Judge arrived in the Bronx with a large leg kick to start his swing. He worked
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Judge crushed that pitch, as he has many others. He has an average exit velocity of 95.8 mph — the best in the Major Leagues according to Statcast™ — which has contributed to a Majors-leading BABIP of .422, far better than second-ranked Tim Beckham’s .387.

One of the little-noticed factors to Judge’s success is the improved plate discipline that allowed him to get to the 2-0 count against Petricka.

When Judge flopped in 2016, he showed the overaggressive tendencies that come with wanting to impress when facing a new level of pitching. He got himself out as often as pitchers simply beat him with good pitches.

Judge chased 30.9 percent of pitches outside the strike zone last season, while taking strikes 37.2 percent of the time that pitchers located inside the strike zone, per Statcast™. He’s made a huge adjustment in that department this season.

Judge is taking strikes only 32.5 percent of the time and, more importantly, swinging at only 21.7 percent of pitches that are thrown outside the strike zone.

Judge has the 22nd-lowest chase rate in the Majors among 145 hitters who have faced at least 500 pitches outside the strike zone. The list of guys who have been more disciplined is topped by Joey Votto, Anthony Rendon and Matt Carpenter, and is heavy on 30-somethings and other veterans.

In the age-25-and-under category, only Custom Buccaneers Jersey Mookie Betts and Corey Seager rank ahead of Judge. Plate discipline generally comes slowly in the Major Leagues, with overall awareness improving as a hitter learns the pitchers and his own strengths and weaknesses.

So maybe the most impressive thing that Judge is doing comes before the monster home runs. It’s putting himself into the counts to get pitches he can drive long-distance.

Summer’s here, so the time has passed to lean on small sample size and the randomness of an inflated BABIP to take away from Judge’s stunning start. He is on to something with staying power, and nothing shows it more than his .333 batting average.

Does Judge have a Triple Crown run in him?

He’s still one more slump-free month away from that becoming a major storyline. But when you watch him closely, you’re left with only one question.

Why not?

Phil Rogers Personalized Titans Jersey is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees option Andujar,Personalized Redskins Jersey call up Dustin Fowler

CHICAGO — One day after making history as the first Yankee to collect three hits and four RBIs in his Major League debut, Miguel Andujar was led into a private room in the visitors clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field for one of the Yankees’ most difficult conversations of the season.

Andujar was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre amid a flurry of roster moves that also saw the Yankees promote outfielder Dustin Fowler to make his big league debut on Thursday, batting sixth and playing right field against the White Sox. Fowler is ranked as the Yanks’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

“I think four days in a row we’ve called up a 22-year-old kid, and they’ve all seemed to do pretty well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ll keep doing it.”

New York also brought back a familiar face by recalling first baseman Chris Carter from Triple-A, placing first baseman Tyler Austin on the 10-day disabled list with what Girardi called a “high grade strain” of the right hamstring.

Outfielder Mason Williams was designated for assignment while first baseman Greg Bird (left ankle bruise) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Custom Titans Jersey.

Despite Andujar’s impressive debut, Girardi said the Yankees want him to continue playing third base on a regular basis, an opportunityCustom Buccaneers Jersey that did not exist at the big league level. Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner are likely to take turns at DH, limiting Andujar’s potential at-bats.

“I really believe this will not be the last time that Personalized Buccaneers Jersey we see him,” Girardi said. “We felt, let’s finish him off down there. The way things are going, he could be back tomorrow. We look at him as an everyday third baseman in the future. Again, we want to make sure we get that finished off.”

Fowler will be the ninth Yankee to make his debut this Personalized Redskins Jersey season, tying the Reds for most in the Majors. Girardi said he plans to play Fowler in all three outfield positions. An 18th-round pick in 2013, Fowler was batting .293 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 70 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He was pulled from the first of two Triple-A games Wednesday at Syracuse, prompting his mind to race about a callup or possible trade.

“No one knew anything,” Fowler said. “I sat there both games, just head going crazy. At midnight, I finally got the call. Glad I finally got it. I didn’t really know what way it was going to go or what was happening. A lot of things can happen at this point of the year. You just never know.”

Carter was designated for assignment on Saturday, accepting an outright Personalized Titans Jersey assignment to Triple-A after he could not find an opportunity for consistent at-bats elsewhere. The 30-year-old has hit .204 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 57 games after leading the National League with 41 homers last year.

“It’s definitely crazy how this game works. Anything can happen,” Carter said. “I’m fortunate to be here again and ready to get back at it.”

Bombers bits
Left-hander CC Sabathia (left hamstring strain) threw about 50 pitches over three innings in a simulated game on Thursday and proclaimed himself ready to rejoin the big league rotation. Girardi said the Yankees would wait to see how Sabathia feels when he wakes up on Friday.

“I’m ready. We’ll have to see what they say, but I feel like I’m ready to go,” Sabathia said.

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.

All-Star rosters to be unveiled on Personalized Redskins Jersey Sunday

We’re just hours away from knowing the American and National League starting position players and the bulk of the pitchers and reserves for the 88th MLB Custom Titans Jersey All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. We’re also just hours away from getting answers to the questions on many baseball fans’ minds.

Will Bryce Harper finish as the Majors’ overall vote leader, or can MLB home run leader Aaron Judge overtake him? Who will win the NL’s epic battle at third base between perennial MVP contenders Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant? And what Personalized Titans Jersey about the three-horse race at the hot corner in the AL between Miguel Sano, Jose Ramirez and Josh Donaldson? Will
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Meanwhile, Reds fans appear to be flooding the ballot box for shortstop Zack Cozart, who as of the final ballot update held a slim lead over 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager.

Taking the field for both ends of the Twins’ doubleheader on Saturday, Sano made the most of the opportunity, hitting his 19th and 20th homers. In the Dodgers’ rout of the Padres on Saturday, Seager tallied three hits, including his 13th homer, raising his average to .299.

Then there’s the Astros, owners of MLB’s best record. They have a chance to be well represented by their talented young trio of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer.

The stars will be out, that much is certain. But only 17 position players (nine fan-elected starters in the AL, eight in the NL) will receive one of the game’s greatest honors as a starter for the Midsummer Classic. Those elite players will be revealed at 7 ET tonight on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN, prior to the network’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast featuring the Nationals at the Cardinals. So tune in to find out who gets the starting nod. Then take a breather, because there will still be more votes to cast.
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As noted above, the AL All-Star team will have nine elected starters via the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, while the NL squad will have eight fan-elected starters. Pitchers and reserves for both teams — totaling 23 for the NL and 22 for the AL — will be determined through a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office.

Following the unveiling 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 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 fan vote for starters Custom Titans Jersey closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, and now it is time to find out how your favorite players fared. On the final day of voting, five positional races were down-to-the-wire finishes, including the starting spot at third base in both leagues. With less than 12 hours left in balloting, here were the five key races:

AL third base
Fewer than 60,000 votes separated three players. Miguel Sano of the Twins was still leading with 1,764,734 votes, followed closely Personalized Buccaneers Jersey by Jose Ramirez of the Indians (1,730,869) and Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays (1,671,408).

AL DH
Who will replace retired David Ortiz in the lineup in Miami? New leader Corey Dickerson of the Rays (1,616,809) was holding a small edge over Nelson Cruz of the Mariners (1,557,747) and Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians (1,505,226).

NL first base
Did Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs catch Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman? This has been a vote battle royale, and Rizzo (1,915,790) was fewer than 75,000 behind Zimmerman (1,989,104).

NL third base
There is a rich tradition of final-week takeovers, and we’ll see whether the big move by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado is the latest example for an All-Star starter. He finally surpassed Kris Bryant of the Cubs, and was trying to hold Personalized Redskins Jersey onto a lead of 2,426,431 to 2,322,249.

NL shortstop
Dodgers fans were pouring it on, and it remained to be seen whether the lead by Zack Cozart of the Reds (2,260,205) would stand up against early NL MVP contender Corey Seager of Los Angeles (2,151,923).

The 88th Midsummer Classic on July 11, 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.

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 League Baseball or its clubs.

Dustin Fowler injured in first inning Custom Redskins Jersey of debut

CHICAGO — Dustin Fowler’s Major League debut ended in cruelly abrupt fashion on Thursday night as the Yankees outfielder sustained an open rupture of the Custom Redskins Jersey patellar tendon in his right knee after crashing into a wall, requiring immediate season-ending surgery.

“Everything is as good as it can be right now,” Fowler said in a New York Post report. “The surgery went well. That’s always a plus. I’m just going to take it day to Custom Buccaneers Jersey day right now. It ruptured but they were able to put it back in place and there wasn’t any other issues, so they said it’s going to be a
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Playing right field in a game the White Sox won, 4-3, Fowler ran at full speed when Jose Abreu sliced a two-out drive down the right-field line in the bottom of the first inning. The ball landed in the seats, but Fowler violently slammed into a low fence
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Fowler hobbled and hopped briefly before attempting to put weight on his right leg, when he crumpled to the warning track.

“It’s one of the worst things I’ve seen on a baseball field,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. “I think back with Derek [Jeter] and his ankle and Mariano [Rivera] and his knee. It’s hard to compare a kid that hasn’t been in the big leagues to one of those two guys. I can’t imagine a worse scenario for him. It’s heartbreaking.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi called for the cart that transported Fowler off the field, covering his eyes at one point.

“I was in tears, actually,” Girardi said. “Personalized Redskins Jersey I’m still in disbelief Custom Titans Jersey. I’m in tears for the kid. I know he’ll fight and get back here, but he’s out for a while and he has to go through a long, grueling rehab.
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Fowler had surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. White Sox team physician Charles A. Bush-Joseph performed the procedure.

“Our hearts are with him,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s not a good feeling, to see somebody go down on anybody’s club.”

Replaced in right field by Rob Refsnyder, Fowler did not have a chance to bat in his debut. His spot was due up at the top of the next inning.

“It just makes you sick,” Aaron Judge said. “It’s your debut, you’re about to lead off the next inning and something like that happens. It’s tough. Especially all the hard work he’s done, what he’s been through, to finally get a shot up here and get the call. It’s tough.”

Girardi said the timetable for recovery will be at least six months, and wondered if the injury could have been avoided. Girardi said Fowler appeared to slam into an unpadded metal box adjacent to the low railing.

“I am not blaming the White Sox, but that is something that needs to be inspected and it should have been padded,” Girardi said. “If the kid hits the electrical box, he still might be hurt, but my guess is he doesn’t rupture his patellar tendon.”

Ranked as the Yankees’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Fowler was batting Personalized Buccaneers Jersey . in 70 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with 19 doubles, eight triples, 13 homers and 43 RBIs, stealing Personalized Titans Jersey 13 bases in 18 attempts.

Earlier in the day, Fowler flew in from Syracuse and battled traffic from O’Hare International Airport, arriving about 2 1/2 hours before the game’s scheduled start time. The first pitch was delayed two hours and 50 minutes by a band of heavy thunderstorms.

“I’m obviously overwhelmed right now; very excited,” Fowler said after finding his locker in the visitors clubhouse. “Glad to be here. It was always nice to be in Spring Training, so I know a lot of familiar faces. Just overwhelmed right now; ready to get comfy here.”

The Caldwell, Ga., native said his parents could not make it to Chicago on short notice, but they had planned to be in Houston on Friday.

Fowler had played 14 games in right field at Triple-A this season, seeing most of his action in center (40 games). He also played 12 games in left, earning selection to represent the International League in the upcoming Triple-A All-Star Game.

Gardner said that he and his teammates tried to console Fowler as best they could while they waited for the medical cart.

“He works his [tail] off and he’s a strong kid, and he’s got a good head on his shoulders,” Gardner said. “I have no doubt that he’ll come back from it. It might just take a little while. He’s a damn good player and continues to improve. I was looking forward to getting a chance to play with him.”

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.

Acevedo, Florial to rep Personalized Redskins Jersey Yanks in Futures Game

CHICAGO — Right-hander Domingo Acevedo and outfielder Estevan Florial will represent the Yankees organization when they suit up for the World team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, to be played at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9, at Personalized Redskins Jersey Marlins Park in Miami. It can be viewed live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

One of the hardest throwing starters in the Minors, the 23-year-old Acevedo has been clocked as Personalized Buccaneers Jersey high as 103 mph and usually operates between 95-100 mph. Acevedo has pitched at three levels this season, going a combined 3-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 15 starts.Men’s Nike Personalized Washington Redskins Elite Red Team Color Jersey for Sale.

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In 94 innings, Acevedo has permitted 89 hits while walking 21 and striking out 100, holding opponents to a .247 batting average. In addition to a blistering heater,
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Rated as the Yankees’ No. 12 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, the 6-foot-7 Personalized Titans Jersey, 240-pounder hails from Villa Los Almacigos, Dominican Republic. He is currently playing for Double-A Trenton, where he is 2-0 with a 1.34 ERA in six starts.

Florial, 20, is rated as the Yankees’ No. 15 prospect. A left-handed-hitting product of Port Au Prince, Haiti, Florial features a lean and athletic Custom Redskins Jersey build with above-average raw power, arm strength and plus speed.

Currently a member of the Yankees’ Class A Charleston roster, Florial is batting .310/.388/.522 in 67 games, collecting 16 doubles, four triples, 10 homers and 34 RBIs. He has struck out 90 times against 32 walks while collecting 13 stolen bases.

In addition, several Yankees farmhands were honored with invitations to All-Star Games this week. Outfielder Dustin Fowler and left-hander Caleb Smith were selected to represent Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on the International League team in the 30th annual Triple-A All-Star Game Custom Buccaneers Jersey, to be played on July 12 in Tacoma, Wash.

The Double-A Trenton Thunder placed four players on the Eastern Division roster of the 2017 Eastern League All-Star Game, to be played July 12 in Manchester, N.H.: infielder Thairo Estrada, first baseman Mike Ford, right-hander Yefry Ramirez and left-hander Justus Sheffield.

Cessa, Shields close Yanks-White Sox series

White Sox right-hander James Shields (1-1, 4.26 ERA) will look for his first victory since coming off his first career stint on the disabled list as he takes the hill against Luis Cessa (0-2, 6.57) and the Yankees in the finale of a four-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday night.

Shields will be making his third start, and second at home, since missing two months while dealing with a strained right lat. After giving up one run in each of his first three outings before the injury (for a 1.62 ERA), he’s Personalized Redskins Jersey allowed nine runs over two starts since coming back. He pitched well in his return in Toronto before a big sixth inning proved costly, and his 2016 struggles returned in his last outing against Oakland. Shields, who allowed the most homers in the Majors last year with 40, allowed multiple home runs in a start for the first time this season against the A’s — each coming as the first career homer for the hitter.Men’s Nike Personalized Washington Redskins Elite Red Team Color Jersey for Sale.

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Cessa will be making his third start and fourth appearance overall for the Yankees this season after 17 appearances (nine starts) as a rookie last year. He’s gone further in each outing, going 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen before going four and five innings, respectively, in two starts. He’s coming off his best big league outing of the year, going five innings Personalized Titans Jersey and allowing three runs while striking out eight before picking up the loss against Texas.

Shields has faced the Yankees 32 times in his career — five more than his second most-frequent opponent (Baltimore and Boston), posting a 4.12 ERA. His 11 wins against them are his Personalized Buccaneers Jersey most against any non-Toronto opponent, though he has more losses Custom Redskins Jersey (16) against the Yankees than any other opponent. Cessa has faced the White Sox once, allowing three runs (two earned) over two innings of relief.

The Yankees have won four of the six meetings with the White Sox this season, including Wednesday night’s 12-3 rout.

Three things to know about the game
• Every pitcher is struggling when Aaron Judge steps into the batter’s box. The Yankees slugger has been impossible to keep off the bases, hitting his MLB-best 27th homer Wednesday night to extend his on-base streak to 30 games.
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• The Yankees will be without a cog in the middle of the order after they placed Matt Holliday on the 10-day DL with a viral infection. It’ll be a key loss especially late in games, as according to Statcast he has an average exit velocity of 99.4 mph between the seventh and ninth innings with a runner on — the highest average in the big leagues. Holliday also has a .544 slugging percentage between the seventh and ninth innings this season. Holliday is the latest in a string of losses for New York, who is also without Aaron Hicks and Starlin Castro due to recent injuries.

“Well it’s not the best idea,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I can tell you that. I could think of different things to do. But you have to make
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• While the White Sox may not be looking for a repeat of Jose Quintana’s gem from Tuesday, they are seeking quality from Shields. Chicago has just 27 quality starts, the lowest mark in the American League.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks of ’77, ’78 had own Custom Buccaneers Jersey style and panache

NEW YORK — All Yankees teams have their own flair and personality, but the back-to-back World Series winners of 1977-78 had the most guts.Men’s Nike Personalized Washington Redskins Elite Red Team Color Jersey for Sale.

They battled among themselves, they battled the media, they battled with the manager and particularly the owner. They battled the Red Sox long before this era’s big rivalry and won.

For those of us lucky enough to cover them early in our careers, those Yanks were an exhilarating team to be around even with all the warring factions.

“Those were really fun years, the ‘Bronx Zoo’ years,” said Steve Marcus, then a 25-year-old reporter for Newsday who still covers baseball for the newspaper. “You really got charged up going every day, seeing what was going to happen and who was going to say what.”

The Yankees celebrated the 40th anniversary of that 1977 World Series victory over the Dodgers in six games during annual Custom Redskins Jersey Old-Timers’ Day festivities at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The ’78 team duplicated that World Series feat against the Dodgers after trailing the Red Sox by as much as 14 games on July 19.

The incredible comeback occurred while New York’s metro newspapers were all on strike. And it culminated with the Bucky Dent Game, No. 163, for the American League East title. The light-hitting shortstop smacked a seventh-inning, three-run homer into the net that then nestled above the monster at Fenway Park to upend the Red Sox.

“They were a very methodical type of a team,” Marcus recalled. “They knew they were going to win. I don’t think people were particularly surprised Personalized Titans Jersey when [the 1978] team came back. They were gutty and gritty and particularly methodical in that year.”Men’s Nike Custom Made Tennessee Titans Elite Light Blue Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

The core team of Dent, Graig Nettles, Willie Randolph, Chris Chambliss, Lou Piniella, Mickey Rivers, Thurman Munson, Catfish Hunter, Ron Guidry and Sparky Lyle was feisty enough. And then in 1977, Reggie Jackson was added to the mix.

The Yankees had been swept by the Big Red Machine in the 1976 World Series and principal owner George Steinbrenner wasn’t about to stand pat.

He added Jackson as a free agent to a menagerie run by Billy Martin, the former Yankees second Personalized Redskins Jersey baseman who led them to their first World Series title since 1962 and was replaced by Bob Lemon midway through the following season. The fun began in Spring Training when Jackson told a reporter from Sport Magazine that he was now, “the straw that stirs the drink,” thus infuriating Munson, an All-Star catcher, team captain and leader.

Chambliss, the first baseman who hit the walk-off homer against the Royals to win the AL Championship Series and pennant in 1976 at the just renovated Yankee Stadium, wasn’t too thrilled with Jackson, either.

These guys were funny, egocentric and acerbic.

“I think they got a kick out of the media,” Marcus recalled. “Guys came in, they sat at their locker and they talked to you whether they liked it or not.”

The Yankees’ first home game in 1978 coincided with the release of a candy bar that had Jackson’s name on it, leading Hunter to quip: “When you unwrap a
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Lyle, the team’s closer in 1977, pitched in a league-high 72 games, finished 60, had 26 saves, threw a now unheard of 137 innings, and won the AL Cy Young Award. But that didn’t stop the Boss from signing Rich “Goose” Gossage to finish games in ’78.

“I went from Cy Young to sayonara,” said Lyle, who was ultimately traded after the ’78 season to Texas.

Jackson capped the 1977 festivities by hitting three homers on consecutive pitches off three different Dodgers pitchers to win Game 6 and the World Series. Afterward, he thanked God and Fran Healy, the backup catcher, who Jackson claimed gave him solace during the turbulent season.

Steve Garvey, the first baseman on that Dodgers team, was awed by Jackson’s World Series MVP performance.

“He hit the ball into the black tarp in center, and just as he goes by, I think he peaked at me,” Garvey recalled. “And I just go like this [clapping] in my glove. I mean if you can’t recognize greatness, you really can’t appreciate the game.”

That’s the way those Yankees rolled.

Jackson was an oversized figure even though his 6-foot, 195-pound frame paled in comparison to Aaron Judge’s 6-7, 282. He’s now 71.

After his five homers during the ’77 World Series earned him the nickname, “Mr. October,” he added two more in the ’78 Fall Classic.

“It feels like 100 [years ago],” Jackson quipped Sunday.

But there was always turmoil. Martin, Reggie and the Boss constantly clashed. In a June 18, 1977, loss at Boston, Jackson loafed after a ball to right that Jim Rice hit for a single. Moments later, Martin pulled him off the field in favor of Paul Blair.

The ensuing argument in the dugout between manager and player was transmitted far and wide on national TV.

“If you don’t hustle, I don’t accept it. If a player shows up the club, I show up the player,” Martin said after that game.

The Red Sox knocked the Bombers out of first place that weekend. But the two teams battled all season and the Yanks prevailed by 2 1/2 games.

A year later, Martin melted down and was dismissed after making a caustic remark that referred to Jackson and Steinbrenner Personalized Buccaneers Jersey.

Jackson still feels like he was unfairly represented.

“I worked hard,” he said years later. “I answered the bell. I never was sick. I was never late to the ballpark. I was never hurt.”

And in the end, along with Hunter and Gossage, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jackson always rose to the occasion. In the Bucky Dent Custom Titans Jersey Game, Jackson homered high into the center-field bleachers in the eighth inning for the run that actually made the difference in what turned out to be a 5-4 win.

On his way back to the dugout, he and Steinbrenner exchanged a high-five in front of everyone. It was a rare showing of public affection between the two men and so emblematic of those Yankees.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 115-mph HR for 27th

CHICAGO — After absorbing jeers from fans in the right-field bleachers at Guaranteed Rate Field through the first five innings on Wednesday evening, Aaron Judge silenced Personalized 49ers Jersey those voices with one very loud swing in the Yankees’ 12-3 win.

Judge crushed his Major League-leading 27th home run, a two-run b Personalized Nationals Jersey last in the sixth inning off White Sox reliever Jake Petricka, that came off the bat at 115.2 mph and cleared the left-field wall in just 3.9 seconds.

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As Judge rounded the bases, he shot a glance to his would-be tormentors beyond the wall. They responded by applauding when Judge returned to the outfield to warm up at the beginning of the next half-inning.

“I just like having some fun with the fans,” Judge said. “They were heckling me pretty good out there. I’m not going to say anything to them, I just gave them a little peek when I was rounding the bases. Just having some fun with them. They were razzing me when I got back out there. It was pretty cool.”

Judge is the first player with six home runs of 115-plus mph in a single season since the Statcast™ technology was implemented in 2015. The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton had five such homers in 2015 and ’16.

With the All-Star break still more than a week away, Judge already has the most home runs of 110-plus mph in a single season, with 16. Stanton had 15 such homers in 2015.

The 15-degree launch angle on Judge’s homer was tied for the lowest on a homer this season, and he did it once before, on June 11 against Baltimore, making him the only player to do it twice this season. The others are teammate Gary Sanchez,
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Judge has often said he does not pay attention to the noise coming from the stands, even stating that he did not notice the loud chants of “M-V-P!” that accompanied him during the team’s recent visit to Anaheim.

While acknowledging that he heard some of the less positive feedback on Custom 49ers Jersey Wednesday, Judge said he was satisfied to let his bat handle the response.

“You just let your actions speak for itself,” Judge said. “You don’t need to go out there and say anything to them and rile them up even more. I felt like if I would have turned around and said anything to them, it would have gotten worse. I just wanted to go out there and play my game and see what happens.”

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.