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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.

Michael Pineda has partially torn UCL, recommended to have Tommy John Surgery

Yankee fans have waited anxiously over the past few days for the team to announce their rotation for this weekend’s pivotal series against the Boston Red Sox and it seems we now know why the team waited to so long.

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In a bit of shocking news, Brian Cashman announced on Friday that Michael Pineda has a partially torn UCL and will be seeking a second opinion on the injury. Cashman was clear that the recommendation is for Pineda to have Tommy John Surgery.

Many eyebrows were raised when the Yankees’ finally announced their probable starters for this weekend and Bryan Mitchell was listed as the starter for part of Sunday’s doubleheader. It remains to be seen why CC Sabathia is absent as well. Cashman said that they will use Mitchell and Luis Cessa to fill in the gaps in the rotation for now but he also said that it is possible that Chance Adams will get a shot in the majors sometime soon.

For the 2017 season, Michael Pineda has posted an 8-4 record, with a 4.39 ERA over 96.1 IP. He got off to a hot start this year but recently he had regressed and turned back into the inconsistent pitcher we have watched over the last few seasons. It is likely that this injury spells the end of his tenure with the team.    

Article by Matt Graziano