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Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees to call up Domingo German for spot start on Sunday

The Yankees will reportedly call up RHP Domingo German to start Sunday in the final game of the current series against the Orioles. Masahiro Tanaka was originally scheduled to start, but due to his recent struggles, he was pushed back a day in order to gain an extra day of rest, and to face a much weaker Angels lineup (especially with Mike Trout on the DL with a thumb injury). German, 24, is 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA in 26.1 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, along with 27 strikeouts.

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The Yankees acquired German in December of 2014, along with Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones, when they sent Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Marlins. He missed all of 2015 with Tommy John surgery, but came back in 2016 with the Yankees’ low and high A minor league teams, where he pitched a combined 49.2 innings with a 3.08 ERA. He was promoted to Trenton at the beginning of this season, and was quickly elevated to Scranton soon after. 

The Yankees will most likely send German back down to Scranton after the start on Sunday. German's current status on the 40-man roster makes him the most attractive option to make this start, since the Yankees can simply use his option when demoting him to the minors. Luis Cessa pitched six innings on Friday, while Chad Green would have only been able to give the Yankees about 60 pitches or so due to his extended time in the bullpen. Many Yankees fans probably are disappointed not to see Chance Adams get the call, but the young phenom is not on the 40-man roster so another move would have been required, further complicating matters for the Bombers.

Article by: Alex Weir
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