Ivan Nova’s shutout marks the 21st consecutive winning season for the Yankees

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Yankees starter Ivan Nova held the Giants scoreless over nine fantastic innings of work this afternoon. The right-hander surrendered just six hits and a walk while striking out seven. In fact, the Giants never had a runner reach third base and had a runner reach second only twice. The offense gave Nova six runs of support, scoring three times in the third, twice in the fourth, and once in the sixth. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong was on the hook for five of the six runs, bumping his ERA up to 5.90.

The win pushes the Yankees to 82-73, meaning they will finish the season with a winning record for the 21st consecutive season. In 1992, they finished 76-86.

As it pertains to the AL Wild Card, the Yankees temporarily move into a tie with the Royals, both 2.5 games behind the Indians for the second Wild Card. The Rangers enter tonight’s action a half-game out of it.

Brewers promote David Stearns from GM to president of baseball operations

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It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”

Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.

Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.

The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.