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Yankees end first half at .500 mark

The Yankees went off to South Side, Chicago to take on the White Sox for a three games series. C.C. Sabathia struggled to get something going once again for the first matchup. Despite striking out nine, home runs from Chicago’s Tim Anderson and Dioner Navarro made more of an impact on the game. Starlin Castro had four hits and Chase Headley homered early on, but the Yankees lost this one 8-2.Coming off that defeat, the Yankees put together quite a show the next night. The offense was on fleek as the Bombers put together a total of 8 runs on a season high, 20 hits. On the other side, Masahiro Tanaka looked great. Giving up no real threat whatsoever, he clearly outmatched opposing starter Carlos Rodon, who gave up 12 hits and really didn’t scare any Yankee hitters. This game could be the best this team has played all season, everything seemed to click both pitching and offensively. The Yankees won 9-0.The Yankees ended up losing the rubber match however, due to a nice outing from Chicago’s Miguel Gonzalez. The 32-year-old threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and earning the win. Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius continued to show that they’re two of the best hitters on the team, smacking 3 hits each. But said earlier, the White Sox won this one by a score of 5-0.After their stay in Chi-town, the Yankees headed over to Progressive Field to take on the red hot Cleveland Indians. The first game was a nailbiter, the Yankees were able to get to put up five runs, on Cleveland’s starter Trevor Bauer, but Cleveland responded back making it a one run game. This score continued up to the ninth inning where Aroldis Chapman found some trouble. A lead off walk, and a base hit into left field two batters later, put Chapman’s back to the wall. After striking out Rajai Davis, Cleveland’s young stud Tyler Naquin hit a ground ball which bounced off first baseman Mark Teixeira glove. This ball was immediately picked up and fired to a covering Aroldis Chapman at first. This was initially called safe by first base umpire, Tom Hallion, but Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi saw the opportunity to call his second challenge of the game, and luckily for the Yankees’ Girardi’s eyes helped out, the call was overturned which led to what was the final out of the ballgame. It was a very fun one to watch down the stretch, but the Yankees prevailed, winning 5-4. After his solid outing last week against San Diego, Yankees’ starter Chad Green was optimistic about what he can do moving forward. Unfortunately, the magic he had last time wasn’t shown here. He immediately got rocked early on by giving up three home runs in just the first inning. He then gave up another home run to Indians’ Mike Napoli in the third. Green finished the day only last 4 ⅓ innings giving up seven runs on four home runs. As for the Yankees’ offense, it couldn’t get anything going off of former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, as he would go for eight innings of one run ball. Cleveland was run by the long ball this game, which led to a 10-2 Yankees loss.The offense turned itself around the next day, leading to a little more success for the Yankees this go around. A home run from Didi Gregorius and a bases clearing triple from Brett Gardner gave the Yankees six runs through the first nine innings. However, the pitcher on the bump, C.C. Sabathia, didn’t pitch well again, giving up five runs through just about six innings. The Yankees were tied 6-6 going into the ninth inning and like a couple of nights ago it was once again a nail biter. With two on and nobody out Indians’ slugger Carlos Santana grounded the ball over to shortstop Didi Gregorius. Right behind Gregorius, was a collision between Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, and third baseman Chase Headley. With speculation, Lindor, the runner originally on second was called out, ultimately leading to a turning point in the game. In the 11th inning Brian McCann continued his hitting streak hitting an RBI double off of Indians’ Tommy Hunter, giving the Yankees the lead. This lead eventually turned into a 7-6 Yankees’ victory.The Yankees hoped to give it everything they got the next game before getting their four days off for the All Star break, and they definitely played some good baseball. The offense did it’s thing against pitcher Carlos Carrasco taking him out in his career shortest outing, lasting only 3 ⅔. The offense then continued, putting up six runs in the fifth, and regardless of giving up six runs the next half inning, the Yankees led the whole entire time. The Yankees won this one 11-7. The Yankees concluded the first half of the season at a 44-44 record. The team is currently 4th in the AL East division, 7.5 games back of first place. A year ago at this time, the Yankees were in first place, but eventually lost it to the Toronto Blue Jays. With guys such as Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, and Carlos Beltran, the Yankees hope to ride off their hot momentum and try to get other areas of the team clicking as well. Time will tell if they can get back to first place and if general manager Brian Cashman wants to even buy or sell, but whatever they do will hopefully be of benefit.The Yankees All Stars this go around are outfielder Carlos Beltran, and relievers Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller. The rest of the rosters can be found here. Be sure to tune into the All Star Game on July 12th at 8:00 P.M. ET on FOX network.Batter of the Week: Chase HeadleyGM – 7AVG – .346R – 8BB – 3AB – 26H – 9HR – 2RBI – 6Pitcher of the Week: Nathan EovaldiGM – 2W – 1IP – 6.1H – 1ER – 0K – 4Following this week’s All Star Game, the Yankees will face off against their archrival, the Boston Red Sox. The series will be held in the Bronx and will last for three games. You can catch the action on networks such as MLB Network and ESPN.Matchups vs. BostonGame #1:Eduardo Rodriguez (1-3) vs. Michael Pineda (3-8)Game #2:Steven Wright (10-5) vs. C.C. Sabathia (5-6)Game #3:David Price (9-6) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (6-2)The New York Yankees Weekly Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com

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