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Bullpen and defense fail Yankees late, Red Sox seize division title in 11-6 win

After taking the first two games of their series against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees sought to complete the sweep on Thursday and prevent the Red Sox from celebrating a division title at Yankee Stadium. As is usually the case between these two teams, Thursday’s game was a back and forth contest but the Red Sox ultimately prevailed 11-6 and will be leaving New York as the AL East champs.

Brendan Ryan Called Up, Ramon Flores Sent Down

After a long time coming, Yankees veteran shortstop Brendan Ryan has been called up after finishing his rehab stint. In the corresponding roster move, the Yankees have optioned rookie OF Ramon Flores back to triple-A.

Before going 3-4 at the plate last night, Flores was only hitting .182 in eight games. What doesn’t appear in the box score was his exceptional defensive ability with 2 outfield assists – one coming in his major league debut – and multiple diving plays in left field. Last night, Flores collected two hits off Nationals ace Max Scherzer going 3-4 on the night to raise his batting average to .269. Overall, Flores went 7-26 with 1 double in 9 games.
Brendan Ryan finished his 7 game minor league rehab stint hitting .273 in 7 games with the Tampa Yankees, Trenton Thunder and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. Ryan hit 2 doubles in 22 at bats and played strong defensively as he typically does. Ryan walked into the clubhouse unaware that the Stache Squad was no more as he sported his mustache. I'd expect it to be gone by game time this afternoon. The Yankees will look to him to exhibit his plus fielding ability as a middle infielder.

Optioning Ramon Flores may have been relatively surprising given his three hits last night but it does bring the possibility that either Slade Heathcott or Jacoby Ellsbury – or both – are close to returning. Heathcott outhit Flores in both of their brief stints with the big league club and the Yankees are trying to get a healthy Ellsbury back as soon as possible.

With Stephen Drew’s recent power surge (.606 slugging over his last 10 games), his spot on the Yankees is safe – for now. If Jose Pirela continues to outplay him and outplays Ryan (which I expect him to do), Drew’s spot on the 25-man roster may be in jeopardy upon the return of Ellsbury or Heathcott.

Article by: Chad Raines
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