The Yankees are reportedly "in heavy" on Adam Dunn

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You know it’s trade deadline season when I don’t even have the time to make up some tasty bit of innuendo out of a headline like that!  Anyway, the rumor:

Ken Rosenthal talks to a “rival executive” who says that the Yankees are still really wanting Adam Dunn, and that their chatter in recent days about not being interested was just designed to goose Mike Rizzo into action.  Rosenthal himself isn’t buying in, however, as “other executives” tell him that the Yankees are out of the Dunn business.

So take that for what’s it’s worth. I’ll just note that the Yankees probably have one of the most closed communications loops of any team, and you rarely if ever get actual dirt out of them. The only time I can remember it recently was when Joel Sherman had all of that business about the Cliff Lee talks the day it all went down. For the most part, however, you never know what they’re doing.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: