MLB Notebook – Week Nine: 5/28/18

  • New York is now 33 – 16 on the season which places them in second place (1 GB) to the Boston Red Sox in the American League East Division.

Monday, May 21, 2018:

  • On Monday the Yankees tallied at least eight extra-base hits for the third straight game becoming the first Major League team to ever accomplish the feat.
  • The Yankees became the first team in the history of the organization to belt four round-trippers in three straight games on Monday.
  • Gleyber Torres connected for two home runs off Texas Rangers starter Bartolo Colon in Monday night’s game. With his second dinger, he recorded his first multi-homer contest and became the second youngest Yankee at 21 years, 159 days to attain the achievement. The youngest Yankee to do it was Mickey Mantle at 20 years, 296 days.
  • The Yankees transferred both first basemen Greg Bird and outfielder Billy McKinney’s rehabilitation assignments to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Giovanny Gallegos was recalled from Triple-A on Monday to replace Clint Frazier on the 25-man roster.
  • Rehabbing right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle made a rehab start for Class-A Charleston on Monday night. Kahnle pitched two innings, struck out two, walked none, and allowed one run on three hits. The lone run was given up on a home run by Augusta GreenJackets DH Orlando Garcia.
  • Per manager Aaron Boone on Monday, a decision on Greg Bird should come in “maybe a week from now”.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018:

  • Boone was ejected for the first time in his career in the middle of Gary Sanchez’s at-bat in the top of the sixth inning on Tuesday nights game. He was arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Pat Hoberg.
  • When Torres homered on Tuesday off Rangers starter Cole Hamels it marked the fourth home run in as many days and in seven of the last 14 games.
  • On Tuesday it was confirmed by George A. King III that Aaron Judge will not participate in the 2018 Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Judge told the New York Post writer “there is no need to do it”.
  • Giovanny Gallegos has been sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018:

  • New York selected Ryan Bollinger to a Major League contract and added him to the 40-man roster.
  • The Yankees transferred Tommy Kahnle’s rehab assignment from the RiverDogs to the RailRiders on Wednesday. Kahnle pitched the fifth inning and followed a strong start by top prospect Justus Sheffield. His line reads one inning pitched and one earned run scored on two hits.
  • Torres’ three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning was the Yankees third of the contest, marking the first time that the organization has clubbed three or more homers in five consecutive games in its extensive history.
  • Gleyber’s home run also made him the youngest player in franchise history to homer in three straight games (four total homers).

Thursday, May 24, 2018:

  • The Yankees acquired catcher Wilkin Castillo from the Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League). He will report to Triple-A.
  • Outfielder Billy McKinney has returned from his rehabilitation assignment and was subsequently optioned to Triple-A following his stint on the 10-day disabled list.
  • After being stuck in a terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport overnight last week, the Yankees experienced more travel issues Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. The Yankees Delta charter plane experienced “several” problems which forced the team to stay in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport until 5:30 am.
  • On Thursday, New York announced the list of players who will be participating in June 17th’s 72nd annual Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. This year’s roster consists of Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher, and Aaron Boone who will be making their debut.

Friday, May 25, 2018:

  • New York released first basemen/outfielder Adam Lind from his minor league contract.
  • The Yankees traded catcher Erik Kratz to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
  • Reliever Tommy Kahnle (shoulder) was reinstated after his stint on the DL.
  • Gleyber Torres made history again on Friday, homering in his fourth straight game. At 21 years and 163 days, Gleyber became the youngest player in American League history to accomplish the feat. Andruw Jones (1998), Albert Pujols (2001), and Miguel Cabrera (2004) are the only other players that were younger to homer in four straight. Torres now has six homers in the last six games.
  • Outfielder Aaron Judge collected to outfield assists as he threw out two Angels on Friday. Judge nabbed Kole Calhoun at the dish, throwing the ball at 100.5 miles per hour according to MLB’s Statcast.

Saturday, May 26, 2018:

  • Adam Warren’s rehabilitation was transferred from Charleston to Scranton on Saturday. He started the game against the Syracuse Chiefs and pitched 0.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on one hit, two walks, and a hit by pitch.
  • As widely speculated, Greg Bird returned to the Yankees and made his season debut on Saturday evening against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In a corresponding move, New York optioned utility infielder Ronald Torreyes to Triple-A.

Sunday, May 27, 2018:

  • Aaron Judge recorded his fourth batted ball that reached an exit velocity of 119+ miles per hour since 2017. Giancarlo Stanton is the only other player in Major League Baseball to accomplish that feat, and he has only hit one ball that hard.
  • With Sunday’s victory, the Yankees have 20 wins at home. That gives them more home wins than the Orioles, Royals, White Sox, Marlins and Reds combined.