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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.


Yanks option Refsnyder, call up Tyler Webb

The Yankees have optioned Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and selected the contract of left-handed relief pitcher Tyler Webb to take his place. Webb was not previously on the 40-man roster, but the Yankees never made a corresponding move after Tommy Layne was DFA'd, so they had been carrying 39 players. Refsnyder has a poor slash line of .172/.226/.276 on the season in 29 at-bats, with no homers or RBIs. Webb, meanwhile, has a 3.24 ERA in 21 relief appearances with Scranton, and has struck out 47 batters in just 33.1 innings.
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The Yankees are in need of more bullpen help due to its recent struggles, with the biggest culprit being Tyler Clippard, and to a lesser extent, Jonathon Holder. Adding Webb to the mix will give the club another option, along with a third left hander in the bullpen to go with Chasen Shreve and Aroldis Chapman. With Clippard most likely getting a game or two off to clear his head, along with Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman pitching last night, Webb might make his debut tonight. If not, expect to see him in his first big league game soon.

Article by: Alex Weir
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