8/27: Tanaka vs Kikuchi

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Double Japanese starters! 6th time in Yankees history, 4-1 in such previous games. This will be the second time Tanaka faces a fellow countryman pitcher, previously a 4-3 victory over Seattle in April 2016, against Iwakuma.

Notably, Kikuchi made a point to emulate Tanaka, always watched Tanaka no matter where he pitched, so there’s a cool emotional angle there.

This is normally where I’d say about a redemption that needs to happen but it seems like everyone is basically clicking. So let’s just save this one for the walking wounded IL guys right now. Anyone with any suggestions on this front?

Nothing too complicated here, expect another relatively easy victory given the lineup depths and bullpens. Set up for the sweep tomorrow and get the dub tonight. 4.5 hours away from first pitch.
 

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MLB tells Yankees the middle game of the LA Series was improperly umpired.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter:

MLB also spoke to the Yankees about the time-out call at Dodger Stadium. In short, their message was that time shouldn’t have been called, sorry about that.
 

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MLB tells Yankees the middle game of the LA Series was improperly umpired.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter:

MLB also spoke to the Yankees about the time-out call at Dodger Stadium. In short, their message was that time shouldn’t have been called, sorry about that.
This pisses me off to no end. Why wasn't this resolved at that time?
 

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MLB tells Yankees the middle game of the LA Series was improperly umpired.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter:

MLB also spoke to the Yankees about the time-out call at Dodger Stadium. In short, their message was that time shouldn’t have been called, sorry about that.
Oh well, It would've only tied the game and a win wasn't guaranteed.
 

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Oh well, It would've only tied the game and a win wasn't guaranteed.
I am just glad Torres was vindicated. He rounded third, sized up the situation at second, and then headed home. That was the right play.
Yanks have some young guys who can run, like my man Tauchman.
In the playoffs, sometimes you need to put the pressure on the other team.
 

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This pisses me off to no end. Why wasn't this resolved at that time?
I mean, once he called time, not much to do. It's like a football play where the ball is loose but blown dead, nothing to do to fix it after that.

More awesome pitching from NY in the minors tonight, Mike King had a no-hitter through 4.2 against Pawtucket and is now scoreless through 6, 6 3 0 0 1 6 on 90 pitches. Clarke Schmidt had his second straight scoreless outing in AA, 7 3 0 0 0 5 on 88 pitches.
 

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Also, Gearrin's toe tap has been ruled legal by MLB again, I still don't think he deserves a roster spot right now.
 

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Ryan Ruocco tweets "Giancarlo Stanton is hitting LASERS out during BP."
 

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I’m ok with Tauchman coming off the bench, but it’s true that fitting in all of Stanton, EE and Voit will be tough (Gio, Gardner, Tauchman would all have to sit).

Voit 3 for 5 with a homer and two doubles again tonight in AAA, he must be so amped to get back.
 

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Which raises the question: Do the Yankees really need both Stanton and EE back next month? And if they bench Tauchman, is there any reason to keep watching?
Tauchman will get defensive reps and pinch runner reps late in close games. I'm not worried about him getting playing time. I'm worried about the infield. Voit, Urshela, DJL, Didi, Torres...EE. Obviously Ford gets left off unless he has an otherwordly September.
 

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Encarnacion sounds like he is fairly close, this was an hour ago:

"Edwin Encarnacion (right wrist fracture) hit in the batting cage, performed fielding and throwing drills today in New York. Boone said that Encarnacion will see live pitching in the near future and that he believes he will be an option in the near future."
 

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Sanchez and Judge the two fastest to 100 HRs in AL history.

Fewest Games to 100 career HR in MLB History:

Ryan Howard 325
Gary Sanchez 355
Aaron Judge 371
Ralph Kiner 376
 

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It took a few months and a lot of injuries, but @SemperFidelisSox might have been right about TB in the end after all, down 14-0 to the Astros after six tonight in the big Verlander/Morton showdown.
 

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I got nothing to do and prefer Tauchman.
I hope they don't have to choose next year, Tauchman isn't going anywhere but Gardner is literally having his best season and is still as fast as ever in LF/CF and on the bases.

Oh, right, it is a 26 man roster next year with a mandatory 13 position players so there is definitely room for both in addition to Stanton/Hicks/Judge. Yay.
 

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I hope they don't have to choose next year, Tauchman isn't going anywhere but Gardner is literally having his best season and is still as fast as ever in LF/CF and on the bases.

Oh, right, it is a 26 man roster next year with a mandatory 13 position players so there is definitely room for both in addition to Stanton/Hicks/Judge. Yay.
I'll settle for Brett getting a walkoff HR to win game 7 of the WS and literally going out on top....
 

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He's definitely coming back barring serious injury (knock on Coup), this is from a few weeks ago.

“At this point in the season, I expect to be playing next year. Hopefully it’s here,” Gardner told The Post on Wednesday, before the Yankees recorded their eighth straight victory, a 14-2 drubbing of the lowly Orioles. “… I feel like I’m definitely still capable.”


He has had to play way too much this year and has been better than anyone could have expected, he will be even better if his role is down to 400 PAs because the team is healthier.
 

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Your negativity now extends to life expectancies?
I like that he doesn't believe injured Yankees exist until they actually are all the way back, as if they are in an alternate time-space continuum until activated. I don't really get it but really whatever works for you (anyone).
 

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I’m just sort of laughing at how appropriate Brand Name’s first post today was. She gets it. This team is on a roll again and with Judge leading the way, it is scarier.
 

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Your negativity now extends to life expectancies?
We only have good info on the last 4 generations of men on both sides and genetics is destiny: absent a ton of medical miracles that reverse my boringly typical ageing maladies (primarily Type II, controlled high BP, bum knees and some dubious cholesterol levels) I would be the first male in 5 generations to see 80. It's being realistic ....
 

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We only have good info on the last 4 generations of men on both sides and genetics is destiny: absent a ton of medical miracles that reverse my boringly typical ageing maladies (primarily Type II, controlled high BP, bum knees and some dubious cholesterol levels) I would be the first male in 5 generations to see 80. It's being realistic ....
Based on this info, Abbey just demoted you to fifth starter. You are CC. One foot into retirement.
 

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Man, the pitching is really starting to round out. Outside of Happ, there really is a good group of starters to make a run.
 

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Mike King is rapidly becoming a more realistic option if needed in AAA also, although they’d need a 40 man spot.

HOU/NYY/LAD up a collective 31-1 today.
 

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Last night, Tanaka was talking and yelling on the mound and apparently to himself as the YES crew pointed out. It was probably because there was a ton of Japanese media covering the two starters. Anyhow, it was a big game for him, and he does show up for big games as his 1.50 ERA in 30 IP in the postseason would indicate.

His August ERA is now 3.31.
 

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It's not just the extra Japanese media, Tanaka often seems to get up for more important games, and Seattle has the most Japanese people of any US city.