The New York Yankees have their top two 2017 Draft selections — right-handers Clarke Schmidt and Matt Sauer — under contract, the club announced Saturday.
Rangers rookie right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx held the Yankees to one run in seven innings and was backed by home runs from Carlos Gomez and Robinson Chirinos in an 8-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment following Friday’s 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Rangers and announced that they plan to recall first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
After Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka matched zeros in a marvelous pitching matchup, the smallest Yankee delivered the night’s biggest hit, as Ronald Torreyes laced a run-scoring single to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees considered calling up an infielder on Friday afternoon, worried that Chase Headley might miss the entire weekend while he battles a round of back spasms, but they ultimately decided that Ronald Torreyes’ versatility should permit them to get by. Torreyes did more than that.
Following the roughest outings of Masahiro Tanaka’s season, the ones where fans and the media wondered if the right-hander truly was healthy, the Yankees pointed to a shutout at Fenway Park and a 13-strikeout effort against the A’s as evidence that the ace’s talent was there.
A battle of spot starters will take place on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx when right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitches for the Rangers against right-hander Luis Cessa of the Yankees.
Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka will meet for the first time in the Majors when the two Japanese right-handers square off in New York on Friday as the Rangers and Yankees open a three-game series.
Albert Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single and the Angels took advantage of two key errors to complete their surge back from an early deficit, scoring nine unanswered runs to stun the Yankees with a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Starlin Castro’s misplay of a double-play ball was the first of a season-high three Yankees errors in a 10-5 loss to the Angels on Thursday.
This year’s HOPE Week was a success thanks in part to One Step Ahead, a non-profit foundation that provides opportunities for children with disabilities.
The Yankees are hopeful that a cortisone injection will permit Greg Bird to resume baseball activities in three to five days, but for the time being, general manager Brian Cashman said that Chris Carter remains the organization’s best alternative at first base.