New York Yankees Recap: In a game filled with everything the Yankees win 3-1

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The New York Yankees went into tonight’s three-game series with the Miami Marlins, hoping to turn the page after a devastating shutout by the Tampa Bay Rays last night. With a brand new lineup of four lefty hitters, the Yankees were hoping to turn their season around. The Yankees acquired both Joey Gallo from the Rangers and Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs at the trade deadline, plus a couple of new pitchers. Jameson Taillon faced the Marlins Thompson. The Yankees won the game 3-1.

For a change with an exciting new Yankee lineup for the first time, Gleyber Torres led off the lineup for the Yankees, as DJ LeMahieu sat out the game. Torres struck out. Joey Gallo, in his Yankee debut, also struck out. Aaron Judge singled into the outfield with three players unable to catch the ball. Anthony Rizzo, in his Yankee debut, walked. Giancarlo Stanton, back in his old stadium where he hit 59 home runs in 2017 and was the NL MVP, struck out, leaving two on base. At the bottom, Mangneuris Sierra led off by singling to Gallo in right. Miguel Rojas grounded into a double play. Jazz Chisholm reached on a throw that took Rizzo off the plate.  Jesus Aguilar flew out to Stanton playing in left field for the first time this season.  No score.

Rougie Odor led off the second and lined up on the first pitch. Gary Sanchez went down on strikes. Tyler Wade singled to left. Taillon hitting in an NL park ground out softly to second to end the half. At the bottom, Brian Anderson flew out to Judge in center. Alfaro ground out. De La Cruz struck out to end the half.  No score

The third inning was led off by Torres, who flew out. Gallo walked. Judge ground out to second, moving Gallo to second. Rizzo also ground out to second to end the half, leaving Gallon on base. The bottom had Bryan Miller leading off; he flew out to Stanton in left. Zack Thompson flew out to Judge in center. Sierra walked. Rojas singled to left, with Sierra moving to second. Chisholm flew out to Stanton to end the inning.  No score.

Giancarlo Stanton started off the fourth inning by grounding out to third. Odor walked. Sanchez had a long out to left at the wall. Wade had a failed bunt to the pitcher to end the half. At the bottom, Jesus Aguilar led off by tipping into the glove of Sanchez. Anderson singled. Alfaro went down on strikes. De La Cruz struck out for Taillon’s fourth strikeout of the game. No score.

Yankee pitcher Taillon led off the fifth inning, and he walked on four pitches. Torres hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Gallo gave it a run to the warning track in center to end the half. Miller led off the bottom by getting his first major league single. A wild pitch moved Miller to second. Thompson struck out. Sierra lofted one to Stanton in left. Rojas ground to short to end the inning. No score.

Aaron Judge led off the sixth inning by striking out swinging. Rizzo then got his first home run (449′) as a Yankee to center field. Stanton ground out to short. Odor faced new Marlins pitcher Ross Detwiler and got hit by a pitch. Sanchez struck out to end the half, but Rizzo put the Yankees ahead in the game. Chisholm led off the bottom by grounding to first. Aguilar ground out to Wade at third. Anderson walked, and that was the night for Jameson Taillon, who had another quality start. He was replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga facing Alfaro, who reached on a booted ball by Odor. De La Cruz ground out to Torres at short, who made a beautiful play tossing to Odor for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 1 Marlins 0.

Tyler Wade led off the seventh against new Marlins pitcher Anthony Bender and walked. Wade was caught stealing. Greg Allen went down looking. Torres was called out on strikes on a ball that was clearly out of the strike zone by a mile. Torres said something and was thrown out of the game. At the bottom, Miller struck out. Lewin Diaz flew out to Allen in left. Sierra singled just in front of Judge. Rojas struck out, ending the inning. New York Yankees 1 Marlins 0.

The eighth inning was led off by Gallo, who struck out. Judge was hit by a pitch and took first. Rizzo singled to left with Judge stopping at second. Gio Urshela pinch-hitting for the pitcher Loaisiga faced new pitcher Zach Pop and singled, moving Judge to third. Pitcher Nestor Cortes was brought in to pinch-run for Urshela, who has hamstring issues. Odor singled bring in Judge and Rizzo for the Yankees three-run lead. Sanchez, with two on and one out, hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Chisholm faced new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton and had a lead-off single to center. Aguilar singled to right, with Chisholm moving to third. Anderson, with two on and no outs, hit into a double play with Chisholm scoring. Alfaro struck out to end the inning, but the Marlins got on the board. Yankees 3 Marlins 0.

Tyler Wade led off the ninth inning and against Austin Pruitt and flew out to center. Greg Allen got a good bunt, but Alfaro fired a missile to first to get him out. DJ LeMahieu got a base hit right up the middle. Gallo hit out directly to the first baseman. With last licks on the line for the Marlins, Aroldis Chapman came in to close it out for the Yankees. De La Cruz led off by flying out to Gallo in right. Lewis Brinson pinch-hitting ground out to third.  Joe Panik pinch-hitting got plunked. With one on, Sierra struck out with the Yankees winning the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 and the Miami Marlins 1. The winner was Jameson Taillon, and the loser, Zach Thompson, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman (21).

 

 

 

Mets Disappoint in Carrasco’s Debut/Black Jersey Return in 6-2 Loss

The New York Mets supplied plenty of hype going into Friday night’s opener against the Cincinnati Reds. Carlos Carrasco was making his Mets debut, Javier Baez was officially traded to the Mets and it was the return of the black jerseys. Jonathan India could not care less about the energy in the building as he deposited the first pitch of the game over the left field fence.

After India’s leadoff bomb, the Mets responded with a first inning run and loaded the bases with no outs against Sonny Gray. Michael Conforto struck out and Jonathan Villar grounded into an inning ending double play to let Gray off the ropes. Gray ended up settling in for six terrific innings, allowing just the first inning run and striking out seven. As Gray settled in, he began a streak of 15 consecutuve retired hitters which lasted through the eighth inning.

Carrasco’s Debut

Carrasco also rebounded after India’s homer to allow just one run over four innings with four strikeouts. The Reds took advantage of the Mets bullpen by getting at least one run off all three relievers. Their onslaught included a Joey Votto homer for the seventh consecutive game and India’s second home run of the night.

In the ninth, the Mets were down by five but ended up getting the tying run on the on deck circle. Unfortunately, Amir Garrett struckout James McCann to end the game and the two out rally. Conforto’s 0-for-4 and three strikeout game dropped his average below .200 and the fans let him know how they felt. As the game continued, the boos and jeers grew louder towards Conforto, who embodied the struggles of the Mets offense.

Baez makes his Mets debut for Saturday’s game as the Mets hope to avoid a three game losing streak. Rich Hill takes the mound against Wade Miley in the middle game of the series. The first pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET, but the Mets Hall of Fame ceremony may push the game back.

UFC books Justin Gaethje – Michael Chandler

One of the most highly anticipated lightweight matchups has been officially booked. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report that the UFC has finalized a lightweight contest between Justin Gaethje (22-3) and Michael Chandler (22-6).

The fight is taking place at UFC 268 on November 6th. While it’s not official, the location for UFC 268 is supposed to be Madison Square Garden. The rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will headline the UFC 268 card. Chandler and Gaethje are expected to be the co-main event.

The UFC has been trying to book this fight for a while and it’s finally being booked. Michael Chandler was the big free agent signing for the UFC last year after his stint with Bellator. Chandler made his debut back in January and scored a first round knockout over Dan Hooker.

Following that win, Chandler got a shot at the vacant UFC lightweight title against Charles Oliveira. After a dominant first round, Chandler was stopped in the second round. Chandler took a little time off after the loss, but he’s ready to get back at it and the only fight he wanted was Justin Gaethje.

UFC return for Gaethje

This will actually be the first fight for Justin Gaethje since UFC 254 last October. Heading into that fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gaethje was the interim lightweight champion. Gaethje was submitted in the second round by Nurmagomedov.

Since then, Gaethje has been taking some time off as he planned his next fight. Originally, the promotion was looking at having Gaethje and Chandler fight at UFC 262 for the vacant lightweight title. However, the promotion shifted gears and gave the shot to Oliveira who went on to capture the lightweight title.

Prior to his loss to Nurmagomedov, Gaethje had won four straight fights all by stoppage. This fight will seemingly line up with the title fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira which is being targeted for the end of the year. The winner of this fight at UFC 268 will be the next in line for a title shot.

New York Jets: Zach Wilson brushes off tough camp debut

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Zach Wilson’s New York Jets training camp debut reportedly went awry, but he’s not going to let one bad day disrupt an aura of hope.

You never forget your first day at a new job…though Zach Wilson reportedly might want to.

The second overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft made his New York Jets training camp debut on Friday afternoon. Observers noted that rust accumulated during a brief contract dispute…one that kept Wilson out of the first two summer sessions…was apparent.

Wilson apparently got off to a hot start. According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, he found fellow rookie Elijah Moore on his first throw as a contracted member of the Jets, but things went downhill from there. Another toss went “directly” into the arms of safety Marcus Maye (per NorthJersey.com’s Andy Vazquez) and DJ Bien-Aime of the New York Daily News hinted that there could’ve been more.

“Zach Wilson’s first day back he has not been good,” Bien-Aime said. “(Errant) throws, a couple almost interceptions, an (actual) pick. (He’s) been hesitant.”

Wilson was obviously the center of attention after practice, as he was immediately questioned about the effect his brief holdout had on his debut. He arrived in New Jersey on Thursday, taking a red-eye flight from his home state of California. Despite missing the first couple of practices, Wilson isn’t going to use the idea of playing catch-up as an excuse.

“I wouldn’t say I’m behind. It’s just my first live bullets again and it’s just getting back into the mix. I know the plays and I know my assignments, I know what’s going on, and I just got to execute,” Wilson said, per notes from the Jets. “That’s what practice is for. Every day is going to have something frustrating, and that’s why I’m out here. I’m just trying to learn every single day, how I can improve, and just knowing my plays better, and just the different looks our defense is throwing at us. It’s going to be a process.”

Friday marked Wilson’s first activities on 1 Jets Drive since June’s minicamp, where his performances earned mostly positive reviews. During the time off, Wilson went somewhat viral amongst Jets fans for mixing business with pleasure during a family vacation, watching film on his iPad and getting in throws on a golf course. He said he kept working with the tablet but that the virtual sessions were no substitute for actual reps.

Fortunately for Wilson, he said his teammates had his back and that there were no ill feelings toward his temporary absence. This early professional hurdle was new territory for Wilson, who mentioned that he based his life around “(playing) ball just to play ball because I love the game”. That part isn’t changing for the BYU alum anytime soon. Despite the $35 million windfall, Wilson clarified that “the fun part of it isn’t the money, it’s definitely playing football.

“There’s a part of you that just wants to get it done. But you want to get it done the right way,” Wilson said of the negotiations. “It’s a rookie contract that you’re going to have to play with for four years, and so, you’ve got to handle the business side of it to where both sides of the party can agree. So, we just had to make sure we got that done.”

In his own availability, head coach Robert Saleh confirmed that there were no hard feelings between he and Wilson. He gleaned a positive from Wilson’s early struggles, noting that the defense “was moving around really well” on day three of installation. Saleh labeled Maye as “impressive” in the early days of training camp, especially after the franchise-tagged safety missed a majority of spring activities while working through negotiations of his own.

As for Wilson, Saleh said that Friday struggles were understandable, maybe even expected, due to facing a defense running on the momentum of three days of chemistry-building on his first day on the job. Moving forward, Saleh wants to see Wilson “find a way to get better every day”.

“I know sometimes we can get focused on results, but there’s a process and he’s got a tremendous one,” Saleh said in further notes from the team. “(You) can’t control certain things that happen play in and play out, but you can control your process and how you approach things day in and day out. We’re already getting a really good feel just going through the draft process and OTAs. He’s going to have the right process, he’s going to get better.”

Wilson will play in front of his first New York crowd on Saturday, as the weekend session is the Jets’ first training camp practice open to the public since the summer of 2019.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Quentin Grimes on becoming a Knick: ‘A match made in heaven’

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Quentin Grimes was destined to become a Knick.

That’s how he felt in the days leading up to Thursday’s NBA Draft. And it was surreal for him to happen the way he envisioned it.

“I felt like leading up to the draft — when I had my workout with them — it’s going to be a great fit,” Grimes said during his introductory press conference as the newest member of the New York Knicks. “They’re building (something) special in New York and I want to be a part of it. They’ve made the playoffs and I feel like in the years to come, they’re gonna be even closer to a Finals appearance, for sure.”

The 21-year old Grimes was supposed to be a one-and-done prospect at Kansas two years ago. Coming into college as a high school phenom who had won every major award as the best player in Houston, Grimes got ahead of himself. That almost cost him his NBA career.

A man of lesser character would have been devastated. But Grimes saw it as a blessing in disguise.

“I think it helped me to what I went through in my freshman year, fighting adversity and coming out on the other side and having the season like I had,” said Grimes who will enter the NBA fresh from leading the Houston Cougars to the NCAA Final Four.

After testing the NBA waters in 2019, Grimes saw his lottery stock plummet to the backend of the second round following a disappointing freshman year with the Jayhawks, where he shot an abysmal 38.4 percent from the field.

The fall from grace humbled him.

“My path was different than what people expected, but I feel like it worked out for the best outcome for me,” he said.

Grimes worked his way back when he transferred to the University of Houston. Under the tutelage of Kelvin Sampson, a former NBA assistant coach, Grimes grew into a complete player adding high-level shooting and defense to his toolbox.

The result was one hell of a comeback. The swagger he lost at Kansas, he found it when he returned home to Houston.

After a feeling-each-other-out sophomore season, Grimes finally got comfortable as the Cougars’ go-to guy last season.  He averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting 40.3 percent on 8.3 threes. He was Cougars’ best offensive player and their best defender.

Grimes’ detour to the NBA led him to a more stable organization and a coach similar to what he had during his transformative years at Houston.

“I know coach Thibs is a tough, hard-nosed coach and I came from coach (Kelvin) Sampson who is also a tough, hard-nosed coach. I feel like we’re a match made in heaven that he’s gonna be on you.” Grimes said.

Like in Leon Rose’s first NBA Draft last year, the Knicks zeroed in on prospects with high character who were undervalued. They extracted additional assets in the way they shrewdly operated on Thursday night and saved some cap space in the process.

They enter Monday’s free agency with more than $50 million in cap space. No matter how they spend that money, Grimes figure to earn a rotation spot next season.

Grimes was one of those guys who impressed Thibodeau at the Draft Combine in Chicago. He was the best player on the court and looked every inch like the lottery pick he was supposed to be in 2019. The 6-5, 210 lbs wing racked up seven triples en route to a 27-point explosion during one scrimmage. There was a long stretch — the first 10 minutes or so in the first half — where he was unstoppable.

More than his desire to prove that he belongs to the first round of this draft class, Grimes said it was the competitor in him that compelled him to come out and dominate the game that spilled into the pre-draft workouts, including the one he did with the Knicks.

“I trust the work I put in and I’m not afraid to go out there and compete and do what I have to do,” Grimes said.

Thibodeau, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, already hinted at the Draft Combine that he was looking for someone like Grimes – wings with shooting.

But besides those particular skill sets, Thibodeau also put a premium on high character guys that gravitated them to Grimes when all their wing prospects in the top 20 went off the board.

“There’s a great value in [character]. You try to measure their drive and intelligence and how players have improved over a period of time. And also if they have gotten through some adversity. You’d like to see that quality as well. There are a number of things you’re looking for,” Thibodeau said at the Draft Combine.

Grimes checked all the boxes. But he believes he has more to offer.

“Everybody knows that I’m a high-level shooter and a high-level defender. But I’m also like –- people cannot just label me a 3-and-D guy –- more than that. I can play pick and roll. I can make plays, create plays for myself and others,” Grimes said.

Initially, Grimes is projected to come off the bench and play that 3-and-D role similar to what pending free agent Alec Burks provided to the Knicks last season. Eventually, he could grow into more than that if everything comes together for him in the next level.

“I feel like I can make an immediate impact shooting the ball at the high level for threes and locking down defensively – two things that I’m really proud of myself and I hang my hat on,” Grimes said.

It helps that he will be having the same type of coach and environment that will demand accountability and hard work. Grimes, who shares the same agent with another Knicks free agent Reggie Bullock, felt right at home.

RJ Barrett, whom he played with and against from Jordan Classic to McDonald’s All-American games, reached out to him after getting drafted. So with Immanuel Quickley. And their message had the same theme that resonated well with him.

“Congrats, and welcome to the team! It’s time to get to work.”

Grimes couldn’t be happier that he landed on a team coming off a playoffs appearance rather than a rebuilding team.

“I feel like I was picked in the perfect spot. Some people might say I got picked too low, I got picked too high but I feel like I got picked in the right situation,” he said.

“Going to New York, as I said, is a match made in heaven with the fans expecting nothing but greatness every time you step on the court. They’re gonna be hard on you, tough on you and I feel like I will be able to embody that Knicks culture and hopefully bring that every night I step on the court playing in the Knicks jersey.”

Spoken like a true Knick.

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The Chicago Bears defense is feeling rejuvenated going into 2021

After attending my first official Chicago Bears training camp practice this offseason, one major takeaway regarding the Bears defense is the whole unit feeling rejuvenated heading into 2021. Watching from the sidelines at Halas Hall, energy was apparent for a unit that has regressed over the last two seasons.

Chicago knows that heading into 2021, the defense will once again need to perform at a high level as the Bears offense develops an identity. When general manager Ryan Pace called the Bears defense “the strength of our roster”, he was referring to marquee players such as Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Roquan Smith, and Akiem Hicks.

As the Bears prepare for the 2021 regular season, first-year defensive coordinator Sean Desai has earned praise from players like Mack and Smith, generating excitement about how good the Bears can be in 2021.

“He has some of those same qualities like Vic (Fangio),” Mack said via the Bears official YouTube page. “Like just understanding the players’ strengths and understanding how the simpler, the better.”

As the Bears continue to prepare for the 2021 regular season, the goal isn’t just to play at a high level each week but to best the unit in the NFL, especially considering much of the same core was on the roster in 2018, when Chicago led the NFL in nearly every defensive category.

“What you can control is what you can control,” Mack said. “But what you bring to the table, we gotta bring it all to the table and be what we know we can be. And that’s a great defense. Of course we’re not satisfied with the result last year, so it’s work to be done.”

Through three days of training camp, it’s become clear that the Bears defense is set to have a big turnaround in 2021, one that will start due to Desai’s ability to connect with players while putting players in a position to succeed.

Mets add shortstop Javier Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams near the deadline

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Former Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Javier Baez got his wish. This week, the stellar infielder said he would like to play with fellow Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor, and he would be the only player for whom he would move off his preferred position to play second base. Now, the New York Mets are granting his wish and made him a member of the team before the deadline struck.

The Mets are sending center field prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong, taken in the 2020 MLB Draft, to the Cubs in exchange for Baez’s expiring deal and pitcher Trevor Williams, someone that they had pursued before.

The cost for bringing Baez was steep, given that Crow-Armstrong projects as a speedy, high-contact center with a plus glove, but the Mets wanted to make a splash at the deadline, and they brought a flawed but talented infielder that can certainly help.

“If I go to the free agency, I would like to play with Francisco Lindor. I loved playing with him in the World (Baseball) Classic. It is the only option I would take to play second base if it is to play with him, otherwise I stay playing at shortstop,” Baez had stated earlier in the week.

The Mets get some infield and pitching depth

The Mets needed some pitching depth, and Williams will provide it. But Baez is the biggest get in the deal.

While the Mets’ biggest star, Lindor, recovers from an oblique strain suffered recently, Baez will slot as the everyday shortstop. When he is ready to return, Baez will slide over to second base, which will likely result in Jeff McNeil moving to third base.

Baez is a career .262/.302/.474 hitter, capable of hitting lots of home runs for the Mets in the stretch run and also steal some bases. However, he leads the majors with 131 strikeouts and has slashed .248/.292/.484 so far in 2021. He does have 22 dingers, though, and plays excellent defense at shortstop.

 

Williams, meanwhile, is insurance. He has a career 4.49 ERA.

Knicks’ draft picks Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride have one major similarity

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There are two skills you can never have enough of an NBA roster, and those are shooting and defending. The New York Knicks are looking to improve in both categories, as head coach Tom Thibodeau focused in on two specific athletes, Miles McBride and Quentin Grimes.

Both have one major similarities, defensive production and efficiency. Both played physical and high intensity basketball last season at the college level, and defense is one of the more translatable traits.

McBride has elite sleight of hand, averaging 1.9 steals per game last season and showcasing an ability to poke the ball free from handlers. He’s an extremely savvy defender with superior athleticism, but he’s also one of the toughest players in the draft.

“I see people ahead of him that I know he’s better than,’’ West Virginia assistant coach Erik Martin told The Post. “Some of those guys he’s outplayed when we played them. He’s 6-2, a former football player and a winner. He has toughness. He came in the door with that. Hopefully where he gets drafted is somewhere where he’d play.’’

McBride is not only a defensive talent, he also shot an impressive 41% from three-point last season, averaging 15.9 points per game. Developing him behind an established veteran will give him plenty of time to adapt and refine his talents, hopefully growing into a long-term solution.

McBride is a point guard, though, while Grimes features as a shooting guard who feels he can do far more than the perception of him during the draft indicated.

Quentin Grimes detailed his approach to the NBA and the perception of him ahead of the 2021-22 season, via SNY:

“I felt like just leading up to the draft when I had my workouts with them, I feel like it was a great fit. I know Coach [Tom Thibodeau] is a tough, hard-nosed coach, and then coming from [Houston] Coach [Kelvin] Sampson, who is also a tough, hard-nosed coach, I felt like it would kind of be a match made in heaven,” Grimes said. “Just that he’s gonna be on you…

“I feel like I was picked in the perfect spot. I feel like some people might say that I was picked too low, picked too high or something like that, but I feel like I got picked in the right situation. I feel like going to New York is going to be a match made in heaven.”

Grimes is an elite shooter, averaging 17.8 points per game last season on 41% shooting from the field. He also connected on 40% of his shots from range, averaging 8.3 attempts per game. His ability to drive the baseline and shoot with a fearless mentality will help him at the next level.

“I feel like everybody knows that I’m a high-level shooter. I’m a high-level defender, but I feel like I’m also just – kind of, people just label me as a three-and-D guy, but I feel like I’m a lot more than that. I can play pick-and-roll, make plays, create plays for myself and others, but I feel like I could definitely have an immediate impact shooting the ball at a high level for threes and locking down defensively. Those are two things that I really pride myself and hang my hat on.”

At 6’5″, 205-pounds, and a 6’8″ wingspan, Grimes has great size and length to guard multiple positions on the perimeter. He averaged 1.4 steals per game last season at 21 years old, and has some of the most active hands in the draft class. He’s solid at closing out shooters and contesting jump shots, something his size helps him with.

Expect to see Grimes play a similar role to Reggie Bullock next season, being more of an off-ball player who hovers into specific spots on the floor, predominantly beyond the three-point line. His excellent defense will contribute toward him being perceived as a 3-and-D player, but that is not a bad thing whatsoever.

Ultimately, the Knicks added two players who will contribute immediately on defense, but also have solid offensive potential. Depending on how the front office attacks free agency, we could see both of these rookies play a significant role next season.

New York Yankees: Yankees get their starter, Andrew Heaney from the Angels

Bob Nightengale has reported that the New York Yankees have found their new starter, Andrew Heaney from the Los Angeles Angels. The trade involved cash from the Angels as the Yankees gave up minor leaguers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero.

Andrew Heaney will join the Yankees starting rotation with a 6-7 record with the Angels and a 5.27 ERA. On a July 1, 2015 start Heany held the Yankees to one run while fanning seven Yankees.

The Yankees so far ahead of the trade deadline acquired pitcher Clay Holmes, outfielder Joey Gallo from the Rangers. Pitcher Joely Rodriguez from the Rangers, and Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs. Now they can add Andrew Heaney to the list.

More on this developing story later. Stay with EmpireSportsMedia for all the latest Yankee developments as they make a push to get to the postseason.

New York Yankees: Will 4 pm find Jose Berrios in pinstripes? No!!

The internet is ablaze today with Jose Berrios chat, and the New York Yankees are mentioned. Berrios is a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, who are having a horrible season, he has been their one bright spot. Several sources including Joel Sherman say that the Yankees are at least talking to the Twins about acquiring Berrios. There are two stumbling blocks to the deal, one is that he will be pricy, the other is that the Toronto Blue Jays and six other teams are in hot pursuit for the talented righty.

Berrios this season is 7-5, with an ERA of 3.48 in 20 starts. He would be a good fit for the Yankees. He doesn’t allow walks and manages to keep the ball on the ground. Should the Yankees land him they would have control over him until the end of next season.

You might say that the Yankees don’t need an extra starter, they have Luis Severino and Corey Kluber coming back in late August or early September. However, considering the Yankees believe they can still make a run for the postseason, winning every game from today on is so immportant. The can no longer wait to get better, and they have shown that this week, by changing the complexion of their lineup by adding two lefty hitters in Joey Gallo and Anthomy Rizzo. The have also picked up relievers Clay Holmes, and Joely Rodriguez.

Ken Rosenthal has said on Twitter, that the Blue Jays are the leading favorite to get Berríos after being unable to land Max Scherzer. They really need pitching help beyond Hyun Jin Ryu, so they may meet the Twins’ demands. But for this prize, don’t count the Yankees out, the still have big prospects not yet traded, among them is Luis Gil and Clarke Schmidt two pitching prospects that any team would like to have.

4 pm today, is the deadline for trades, and what each team has at that time is what they will live with for the rest of the season, as there will be no waiver trades this season. It now appears that Berrios will definitely be traded, to who we may have to wait for the deadline as teams make their final offers. Stay with EmpireSportsMedia.com as this story develops.

Update: As this article was being written Jose Berrios was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.