Yankees back in action this week after All-Star break

This week in Yankee baseball featured the fan favorite MLB All Star Game, as well as a three game series against their arch-rival Boston Red Sox.The 87th Major League Baseball All-Star game featured three members of the New York Yankees. These members include outfielder Carlos Beltran, and relief pitchers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. The first glimpse of Yankee action was shown in the bottom of the 6th inning when Carlos Beltran came up to the dish. Facing off against former Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, Beltran hit a fly ball to center field, which was then caught by Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies. The next half inning, manager Ned Yost, gave the ball to Yankees reliever Dellin Betances. Betances, despite giving up a single to hot hitting second baseman Daniel Murphy, was able to get out of the inning getting himself two strikeouts in the process. In the 8th inning, Betances was taken out for another Yankees reliever, Andrew Miller. Miller didn’t exactly have the same success that Betances had. On two singles and a walk, Miller found himself with the bases loaded. Already having two outs, Ned Yost took out Miller giving way to Will Harris of the Houston Astros. Luckily for Miller and the entire American League, Harris struck out the next batter giving no runs to Miller’s statline. This year’s All-Star game was a classic. There were many special moments including it being the last All-Star appearance for future Hall of Famer David Ortiz. On homeruns from Kansas City Royals’ Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez, the American League was able to put away the National League by a score of 4-2. This win is the American League’s 17th in the last 20 years and will result in the American League representative in this year’s World Series to have home field advantage, lets hope it will all be for the Yankees’.Speaking of the Yankees, they still had some more games to play themselves as they squared off against their rival the Boston Red Sox. Fresh off of four days rest you would think the Yankees would be ready to beat the team that’s currently five games up on them, however, it didn’t seem like that the first game. The team was totally stomped by Red Sox All Star Steven Wright. Already losing against him earlier in the season, the Yankees were only able to get three hits against the knuckleballer including not having a single baserunner until the 5th inning. I’ll say that the Yankees were able to get three runs off of Wright, but dismal pitching by Yankees’ pitcher Michael Pineda put the game out of reach. The Yankees lost 5-3.Game two like Game one, didn’t show much Yankee success. Yankees starting pitcher, C.C. Sabathia, couldn’t get any of his pitches going, resulting in a outing in which the 35 year old gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks. Identical to last game, Yankee offense didn’t make much of an impact. Only getting five hits the entire game, the Yankees missed out on numerous amounts of opportunities resulting to their downfall. Eduardo Rodriguez was too much for them, helping cruz the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory.Things were able to change the next night as the Yankees were able to turn it around. The offense actually looked awake, taking advantage of David Price, who doesn’t tend to pitch so well against the them. The team put together three runs, which was enough for starter Masahiro Tanaka. The 27-year-old, pitched like a true ace making a strong Red Sox lineup look helpless against his very deceiving off speed pitches. The Yankees avoided getting swept, winning 3-1. Batter of the Week: Starlin CastroGM – 3AVG – .300R – 2AB – 10H- 3HR – 0RBI – 1Pitcher of the Week: Masahiro TanakaGM – 1W – 1IP – 6.0H – 3ER – 1K – 7BB – 1July continues as the Yankees will welcome the division leading Baltimore Orioles for a four game set. The Yankees will then face off against baseball’s leading San Francisco Giants. It could be a rather challenging week for the Bombers this time around. With the trade deadline looming we may possibly be seeing some chips on this team traded away over the next couple of weeks.Matchups vs. Baltimore:Game #1:Kevin Gausman (1-6) vs. Ivan Nova (6-5)Game #2:Vance Worley (2-0) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (7-6)Game #3:Yovani Gallardo (3-1) vs. Michael Pineda (3-9)Game #4:Chris Tillman (13-2) vs. C.C. Sabathia (5-7)Matchups vs. San Francisco:Game #1:Madison Bumgarner (10-5) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (7-2)Game #2:Jeff Samardzija (9-5) v.s. Ivan Nova (6-5)Game #3:Johnny Cueto (13-2) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (7-6)New York Yankees Weekly Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com

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