Here are some of the latest news stories from various sources:
- ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals are getting closer to a deal with Matt Holliday. The deal could be a seven-year deal.
- Wang’s agent told 1050 ESPN
that he has heard from 15 teams who are interested in Wang. The Yankees
were one of them, while the Mets were not. No other teams were
- The Red Sox have made an offer for third baseman, Adrian Beltre, according to ESPN.com. Other teams are also interest including the Angels, Athletics and Orioles.
- Buster Olney tweets that the Athletics have pulled their offer off the table for Adrian Beltre.
- According to SNY, Jason Bay has passed his physical and is officially a New York Met, to be announced tomorrow.
- An AP source tells NBCSports.com that Bay’s deal with the Mets will have a $17M option for 2014.
- Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues says that the Yankees should go after the A’s, Travis Buck, to play the outfield.
- The NY Post reports that David Cone will not be returning to the YES Network. Tino Martinez is a possible replacement.
- 7:40 p.m. SI.com has learned that the Red Sox are now close to a deal with Adrian Beltre. The deal is believed to be at least two-years with an opt-out option after this season.
- 9:19 p.m. Peter Gammons says via Twitter that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9M, with a player option for $5M. 9:31 p.m. FOXSports.com confirms.
- 9:25 p.m. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets about a possible trade that would send Luis Castillo to the Red Sox, and Mike Lowell to the Mets. The deal would work out for the Red Sox with Beltre coming, and with Castillo gone, the Mets could go after Orlando Hudson.
- 9:29 p.m. Chad Jennings of The Journal News reports that the Indians have signed Shelly Duncan.
- Seattle (W,W,W,L)
- Oakland (L,W,W)
- Boston (W,L,W)
Team Record: 7-3 (10 Games)
Offense: .299 BA, . 845 OPS, 24 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR
Pitching: 4.86 ERA, 87.0 IP, 84 SO
Road Trip MVP: Derek Jeter: .488 (21 for 43), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Pitching MVP: C.C. Sabathia: 3 GS (3-0) 2.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 H, 25 SO, 195 BAA
Best Moment: Mark Teixeira: 8/14 @ SEA, GW HR in 9th
Both teams look to salvage final game in the rubber game of this three game set.
Yankees @ Athletics
10:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:
(5-10) 5.13 ERA 108.2 IP 109 SO 1.537 WHIP
Chad makes his first start as a Yankee tonight. He will pitch against his former team who he was with in ’06 and ’07. Gaudin was a starter all year for the Padres, and in 19 starts, he was 4-10 with a 5.23 ERA. In four appearances against the A’s, Chad is 0-1 with a massive 27.00 ERA (he only pitched 2.1 innings). Gaudin has made two relief appearances for the Yankees, and has given up two runs in 3.1 innings pitched.
Games Started: 3.63 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (A’s):
Best BA: Bobby Crosby (1.000, 2 for 2)
Most PA: Nomar Garciaparra (6)
Most H: Bobby Crosby (2)
Most HR: None Hit
Athletics Probable Pitcher:
(7-8) 4.55 ERA 126.2 IP 103 SO 1.326 WHIP
Anderson’s last start was a rare struggle for him. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in five innings pitched against the White Sox on August 14th. Brett has had two starts against the Yankees this year, and in both of them combines, he’s given up nine runs and eighteen hits in twelve innings pitched. He has a 2.22 ERA in his last eight starts. This season at home, the rookie is 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA.
Games Started: 4.44 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Best BA: Melky Cabrera (.800, 4 for 5)
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira (7)
Most H: Melky Cabrera (4)
Most HR: Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui (1)
Yanks look to bounce back from blowout loss in Seattle, in first of three in Oakland.
Yankees vs. Athletics
10:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:
(10-5) 3.71 ERA 145.2 IP 130 SO 1.394 WHIP
Following porbably his best start of his career, Burnett was shaky against the Blue Jays in his last start. He surrendered three runs in six innings giving up 10 hits and throwing two more wild pitches. In his career at the Coliseum, Burnett has a 2.13 ERA. Against Oakland over the course of his career, A.J. is 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA and a WHIP of a little over one and a half. Since Burnett’s horrible start in Boston, he has an ERA of 2.50 in 11 starts.
No Athletics hitter has more than three hits against Burnett in their careers. Mark Ellis has the most PA against Burnett with 18. The Yankees are 16-7 when Burnett starts the game. The Yankees score an average of 5.83 runs scored when Burnett is on the mound.
Key to the Game:
The Athletics bullpen has an ERA of 3.76, which is considerably better than any of their starters. Its up to the Yanks to get to the starters, and get a lead before getting into that strong bullpen.
Athletics Probable Pitcher:
(1-2) 5.23 ERA 20.2 IP 11 SO 1.258 WHIP
Brett was designated by assignment by the Yankees on July 22, and will be making his first appearance tonight as an Athletic. Brett made his last appearance as a Yankee on July 11th, when he gave up one run in 1.1 innings against the Angels. In five career games against the Yankees, Tomko is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP over two. In 260 career starts, Brett has an ERA of 4.66.
A-Rod is 4 for 8 with two home runs in his career against Tomko. Johnny Damon has the most PA against Tomko in his career with 18.
Yankees bullpen falters as Mariners come out firing to salvage final game.
Well, lets start with the bright side. With a hit today, Derek Jeter now stands as the player with the most hits for a shortstop in Major League Baseball history. He’s a star, there is no doubting that.
The rest of the game was not as happy for the Yankees. The Yankees scored first in the third , on a Jeter RBI double. The Mariners came back with two in the bottom half of the inning, to give them the lead, but not for long. The next half inning, Swisher hit a two run shot to make it 3-2 Yankees.
The Yankees did not score again, while the Mariners went on to score eight more runs to give them a 10-3 victory.
Joba was shaky once again. He went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out two and walking three. Aceves was basically horrible, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings, not to mention the two hit batters. Gaudin was the same, surrendering two runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
From the other dugout, things were not bad. The youngster, Fister, gave up just three runs in seven innings pitched, striking out four and walking none. Jakubauskas then closed it out, pitching two scorless innings.
Player of the Game: Doug Fister: W, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
Lets face it, you can’t win ’em all. The Red Sox lost, so its no big deal losing this one. The Yanks are still 7.5 games up and still won the series. Hopefully the Yanks can bounce back in the series opener in Oakland tomorrow night. They should be able to. I would also like to give out my best wished to David Wright and Hiroki Kuroda. What happened was very, very scary and its a shame that those two had to be the ones to experience the one bad side of the game. Please get well very soon, we all look forward to your returns.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly to Oakland tonight to open up a four game set tomorrow night at 10:05 ET. The Yankees send A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.71) to the mound, looking to rebound from a shaky start in New York. He faces off against former Yankee, Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23).