The Yankees vs. ESPN fight has ended and the Bronx Bombers have had their hand raised in victory.
ESPN had selected the Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays game on July 8th to be their Sunday Night Baseball telecast. The game was moved from a 1pm start to just after 8pm. Normally that would be nothing more than a minor inconvenience but the Yankees felt it was unfair due to them having to play a double header in Baltimore the next day. The team asked MLB to step in and even threatened to restrict access to ESPN for interviews of the manager and players. That would've been more awkward than usual as Manager Aaron Boone worked for ESPN last year and current ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez is still employed by the Yankees.
The potential ugliness was avoided on Tuesday as ESPN announced they will air the Dodgers vs. Angels instead and the Yankees vs. Blue Jays will go back to the original 1pm start.
Other Yankees Notes:
After Game One of Monday's double header in Detroit, the Yankees reinstated Adam Warren from the DL. Warren had been out since April with a back injury. The roster causality was Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle was optioned to AAA Scranton. Kahnle recently came back from his own injury, a shoulder injury. Kahnle is pitching to a 7.00 ERA this season. The club felt his arm strength wasn't where it needed to be so this demotion is actually more of an extended rehab. He is expected to pitch every other day starting Wednesday to build up his arm strength.
Clint Frazier was called up to be the 26th Man in Monday's double header and was sent back to AAA after the completion of the second game. This was Frazier's second stint with the big club in 2018. He's played well going 3-8 with an RBI in three games. Frazier is having a great year in Scranton, hitting .327 with 5 home runs and 9 RBI. The problem for the man that was the centerpiece of the Andrew Miller trade in 2016, is that the Yankees have a crowded outfield with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks on the team.