Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that the Yankees are calling up first base prospect Greg Bird today.
Bird, 22, is a fifth round pick from the 2011 draft. He was promoted to Triple-A Scranton in July and is hitting .301/.353/.500 batting line with six home runs in 34 games there. Before that he had an .804 OPS at Double-A Trenton this season and an .848 OPS at high-A and Double-A last year.
Curry says that Bird will be backing up Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez as the Yankees play 16 straight games without an off day. He, of course, is also a potentially key part of the Yankees future and a guy who could possibly help jump start New York’s recently moribund offense.
Which followed this transaction a week ago:
Which followed this transaction on July 31:
Getting the feeling that maybe Jones is not a huge part of the Yankees’ future. And that, with this DFA being his second in two weeks, maybe he’s not gonna accept a minor league assignment assuming he clears waivers.
In other news, when Jones signed with the Yankees, many took it as a sign that A-Rod would not get as many looks at DH. Then again, no battle plan ever survives engagement with the enemy.
It was a rough day at the office for the Yankees yesterday. Not only did the Blue Jays beat them for the third straight game, but their fans beat up on them pretty good too. And I’m not talking about booing. I mean that they literally beat up on them.
First, after Jose Bautista’s fourth inning homer, a fan in the left field stands threw the ball back onto the field. Rather than falling harmlessly on the grass, it smacked Brett Gardner on the head on the fly:
Gardner got a mark on his head, but was otherwise fine. It’s easy to think of how that could have been way worse, though.
Then, in the ninth inning Mark Teixeira chased after a foul ball that was just barely making the stands along the first base line. After reaching in to make the play, a fan came booking after the loose ball and slammed into Teixeira’s arm:
Teixeira jawed pretty hard at the guy. As I probably would’ve too. That could’ve easily led to some sort of shoulder injury which could sink the Yankees season. All for a damn ball.
Folks: the Yankees are your team. Try not to injure them, OK?
Game two of the three-game showdown between the first and second place team in the AL East is going on in the Bronx as we speak. And the results are thus far unspeakable for Yankees fans. The Jays currently hold a 5-0 lead entering the top of the eighth inning.
It was a pitchers matchup until the top of the sixth when Ivan Nova loaded the bases with one out thanks to two walks and a single. At that point he was at 100 pitches and clearly didn’t have anything left. Yet, for reasons he’ll hopefully provide after the game, Joe Girardi decided to let him stay in to face one more batter, Justin Smoak. Nova tossed a hanging curveball. Smoak did this:
d it was 4-0. In the seventh, Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo shot to make it 5-0, which is where we stand now.
If the score holds up the Jays will be two and a half back of New York, who has, as of this writing, scored four runs in their past four games.
If the Blue Jays are going to make a move on the Yankees for the AL East, this is the weekend in which they should get moving. And so far, so good: Jose Bautista homered with one out in the 10th inning to give the Jays their sixth straight win and to pull them to within three and a half games of the Bronx Bombers.
All the runs scored in the game came on homers: Bautista’s in the tenth and one each from Mark Teixeira and Josh Donaldson. The dingers not withstanding, it was a pitching duel, with R.A. Dickey allowing only one run over seven innings and Nate Eovaldi allowing the same while pitching into the seventh. Dickey was the second knuckleballer the Yankees faced in two days and they’re likely happy to be done with them.
Of course, they have to face David Price this afternoon, and it’s not like that’s leaps and bounds better, right?
Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1
Cubs 7, Giants 3
Pirates 5, Dodgers 4
Rockies 5, Nationals 4
Red Sox 7, Tigers 2
Twins 10, Indians 9
Mets 4, Rays 3
Braves 6, Marlins 3
Royals 3, White Sox 2
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0
Diamondbacks 2, Reds 0
Angels 8, Royals 4
Athletics 3, Astros 1
Mariners 4, Rangers 3
Phillies 4, Padres 3