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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Juan Soto’s two homers lead Nationals to series split over Yankees

Juan Soto had a career night as he bashed two home runs and walked, making him the first teenager to do that in a game at Yankee Stadium. The game went back and forth, but the Nationals bullpen was able to keep the Yankees bats cool enough to secure the win and secure a split.
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The Yankees had no shortage of long balls on Wednesday as Greg Bird and Gleyber Torres both went deep, but they were only solo shots so the damage was not as great as it could have been. The rest of the Yankees’ offense came from an Aaron Judge sac-fly and a Giancarlo Stanton RBI single. All of this offense came off of the Nationals’ starter Erick Fedde.  

Sonny Gray did not have his best stuff today as he scattered seven hits and allowed four runs over five innings. He only accumulated one strikeout. The Yankees bullpen was solid tonight, but Juan Soto bested the Yankees for the second time in the seventh inning as he hit a go-ahead homer off of Chasen Shreve in his second inning of work. The Yankees had a runner in scoring position in the seventh and eighth inning, but were unable to push a run across

What’s next?
The Yankees will begin a four-game series with the Rays on Thursday as Blake Snell will face off against Domingo German at Yankee Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.

Article by: Ryan Thoms