MLB Notebook – Week Seven: 5/14/18

  • As reported in last week’s notebook, on Tuesday, May 8th, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox announced a two-game “London Series” that will be played in London, England June 29-30 at London Stadium next season. Also announced during the press conference was the agreement to return to England for a second series in 2020 with the teams to be determined. This will mark the first time that Major League Baseball will ever play a game in Europe.
  • Greg Bird has officially begun a Major League rehabilitation assignment. The lefty-swinging first basemen started his comeback trail on Thursday with the Tampa Tarpons (Class-A Advanced).
  • The New York Yankees transferred utility infielder Brandon Drury back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) to continue his rehabilitation assignment. Drury began his rehab with the RailRiders on April 25th and played in eight games before being transferred to Trenton (Double-A) for six games while Scranton was on the road.
  • Billy McKinney joined Bird in Tampa for a Major League Rehabilitation assignment of his own in his quest to return from the DL as well.
  • New York is now 19-3 in their last 22 games and finished a seven-game homestand on Sunday with a 7-2 record.
  • At 28-12, the Yankees are now tied with Boston for first place in the AL East and the best record in all of Major League Baseball.
  • Following Sunday’s victory, Luis Severino is now undefeated in his last six starts and had led his team to a win in over his previous nine home starts.
  • Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Giancarlo Stanton are the first four Yankees to ever hit 10 homers in the first 40 games of the season.