Andy Pettitte solid in final start at Yankee Stadium

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In his final start at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, starter Andy Pettitte went seven innings, holding the Giants to just two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out six. The lefty is scheduled to make one final start against his former team in Houston on Saturday.

As good as Pettitte was, though, it wasn’t enough. Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit continued his recent run of solid pitching, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in six and one-third innings of work. The Yankees’ lone run came on a Mark Reynolds solo home run in the third inning. Giants relievers Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, and Sergio Romo kept the Yankees off the board to wrap up the 2-1 victory. Romo logs save number 36 of the season.

Though the Yankees aren’t mathematically eliminated from the AL Wild Card race, they are playing for pride now as they’re four games behind the second Wild Card and would need to leap over both the Rangers and the Royals while holding off the Orioles as well.

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, playoff expansion to MLB

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.

If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.

Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.