NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: David Phelps #41 outfield the New York Yankees reacts against the Chicago White Sox on June 29, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Stefan Wever can rest easy now. Adam Warren's disappointing major league debut came close to, but fell just short of, wiping the 6'8" right hander's name from the Yankees' record book. With a game score of 16, Warren narrowly avoided taking ownership of the lowest total ever compiled by a Yankees' pitcher in his major league debut. Now, unlike Wever, who never threw another pitch in the majors, Warren has to hope the Yankees are willing to give him another chance.
How's this for a coincidence? Adam Warren's major league debut was the first by a Yankees' starter since Ian Kennedy broke into the big leagues in 2007. Unfortunately, there was no sign of any magic bullets from the young right hander last night.
The Yankees surrendered double-digit runs for only the second time all season, which remains tied for the lowest amount in the majors. Unfortunately, the other occasion was less than 10 days earlier against the Braves, so hopefully a trend isn't developing.
It's been quite a week for Dewayne Wise. On Monday, he went 2-3 with a homerun and three RBIs. The next day, he was involved in one of the most bizarre umpire blunders in baseball history. Finally, last night, he became the first Yankees' position player to take the mound in the Bronx since Gene Michael pitched three innings against the California Angels in 1968.
Dellin Betances is headed east, but he won't be helping the Yankees any time soon. Once rated on of the 50 best prospects in the game by Baseball America, the tall right hander is quickly becoming more of a reclamation project. In just over 74 innings with Scranton, Betances walked a whopping 69 batters, prompting the Yankees to demote him to Double-A Trenton.
According to Buster Olney, the Dodgers and Astros are considering a trade that would send outfielder/first baseman Carlos Lee to Los Angeles in exchange for undisclosed pitching prospects. Earlier in the evening, Olney reported that the two sides discussed a deal involving Jed Lowrie and 20-year old right hander Zach Lee, but those talks fell through. The versatile Lowrie would be an ideal addition to the Yankees' roster, but if the asking price is a prospect like Lee, Brian Cashman isn't likely to have much interest (but, should he?).
It wasn't all bad news for the Yankees last night. With his first inning double, Derek Jeter moved past Cal Ripken Jr. into sole possession of 14th place on the all-time hit list. Jeter's 3,185th hit increased his league leading total to 97, which, if pro-rated, could have the Yankees' Captain cozying up to Willie Mays before the season is over.
Speaking of history, if you have an extra $1 million lying around, you can own a piece of it. Don Larsen has decided to sell the uniform he wore while pitching the first and only perfect game in World Series history. Larsen is hoping to get over $1 million for the ensemble at an auction that will begin on October 8, exactly 56 years to the day he accomplished the feat.