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New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury Able to Pinch Hit on Sunday

August 31st, 2014 at 9:04 PM
By Mike Warsaw

Jacoby Ellsbury's left ankle kept him out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays, for the second consecutive game. Ellsbury was able to make an appearance as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and all signs point to him being able to make a return to the starting lineup in the near future.

Ellsbury was able to go through baseball activities before the game in Toronto and felt good enough to be available to pinch hit. Ellsbury entered the game in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter against Toronto closer, Casey Jansen. Elllsbury hit a ball that dropped in the outfield and he was able to leg out a double as Edwin Encarnacion tried to field the ball on a hop.

Encarcion was able to field the ball, but Ellsbury beat his throw to second. Ellsbury slid hard into the second base bag and was able to record the double in his first at-bat since Friday.

"My adrenaline was pumping," Ellsbury said. "I typically don't pinch hit … in that situation, you want to get on base and get into scoring position. Once I saw the ball go up in the air, I knew it was going to take a high hop. There's only one thing I can do — go for two and hopefully get into scoring position."

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Derek Jeter’s Last At-Bat in Toronto Brings New York Yankees Fan to Tears

August 31st, 2014 at 4:44 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Sunday marked what could be the final time Derek Jeter steps to the plate in Toronto against the Blue Jays and it brought one New York Yankees fan to tears.

Barring an unimaginable turn of events that leads to the Yankees playing the Blue Jays in the playoffs, Jeter's last at-bat at the Rogers Centre came in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Jeter ended up making the final out of the game, but he was given a standing ovation prior to lining out to second base, which had a poor woman crying in the stands:

In case you missed it, here's the ovation Jeter got from the crowd in Toronto:

We're likely to see more of these types of reactionsmaybe even from male fansin the coming weeks as Jeter prepares to play the final games of his illustrious career.

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New York Yankees Acquire RHP Chaz Roe from Miami Marlins

August 31st, 2014 at 4:18 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have made a deal with the Miami Marlins to acquire right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish broke the news of the deal and notes that Roe is likely to join the big-league club:

Cotillo also writes that the Marlins are likely to receive a player to be named later in the deal.

Roe has spent the entire 2014 season in Triple-A where he posted a 3.66 ERA in 64 innings out of the bullpen.

Roe has spent some time in the majors during his career, although his experience is limited. Back in 2013, Roe pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks and made 21 relief appearances to the tune of a 4.03 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched.

With rosters set to expand on Monday, the Yankees will have the room necessary to bring the 27-year-old to the big-league club and he could take the mound for the first time in pinstripes in the next few days.

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Former Yankees, Red Sox’ Kelly Johnson Traded to Baltimore Orioles for Jemile Weeks

August 31st, 2014 at 12:59 PM
By Doug Rush

One month ago, Kelly Johnson was dealt by the New York Yankees in the deal that landed them Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox.

Just one month later, Johnson was dealt again by the Red Sox and this time, Johnson goes from a playoff contender to a non-contender and now back to not just a contender, but a first place team, as Johnson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles along with Michael Almanzar and the Red Sox acquire Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus.

The need for Johnson came due to Manny Machado suffering a season-ending knee injury which required surgery and taking a very big part of their offense out of the lineup, thus why Baltimore and Boston made the deal with each other.

Johnson in 87 games is hitting .212 with six home runs and 23 RBI between his time with the Yankees and Red Sox; with the Yankees he was hitting .212 with six home runs and 22 RBI before he got dealt.

With Boston, he hasn't played much, just 10 games, and hit just .160 with no home runs and one RBI and because the Red Sox are all but out of the playoff race, they decided to deal a player who they basically had no use for on their roster.

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New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Has Idea for MLB Plate-blocking Rule

August 31st, 2014 at 9:26 AM
By Michael Moraitis

Major League Baseball's new plate-blocking rule for catchers and baserunners has drawn a ton of controversy in 2014, but New York Yankees manager and former longtime catcher Joe Girardi has a solution.

Girardi was asked about the new rule after one of his players, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, was injured on a play at the plate in Toronto on Friday.

Ellsbury slid into home plate and injured his ankle in the process after many people thought Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro illegally blocked the plate since he didn't have the ball yet.

Girardi offered his solution to the problem, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com:

Girardi said he'd revert to the old rule, in which just about all collisions were legal, with a caveat: "If the runner goes out of his way to run over a catcher, where it's unnecessary, I think he's subject to suspension."

Girardi added, "I mean, how is that much different than hitting someone on purpose?"

Even though he clearly disagrees with the current rule, Girardi said he would never encourage his players to run over the catcher for fear of injury:

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