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Yankees Gary Sanchez Benched On Sunday Due To Poor Defense

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The message has been sent loud and clear. New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez needs to step it up and turn around his poor performance behind the plate this season.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to start Austin Romine despite playing a day game after  a night game. Girardi initially stated that Sanchez would start on Sunday but changed his mind after seeing Romine catch on Sunday.

“The start is not the message,” Girardi said (h/t ESPN).

“The message came from us verbally that, ‘Your defense needs to improve. That you need to get better. You need to work at it.’ We have stressed how important it is. There are certain situations that some people may not think that something that happens in the game affects the next game. It could if it leads to 10 extra pitches for a reliever.”

Girardi said that Sanchez would start on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

With Matt Holliday, the Yankees regular designated hitter, headed to the disabled list there has been speculation that Sanchez could be used there.

“I think if he catches to his ability, then we can DH other people and have his bat in the lineup,” Girardi said.

“I think that is where we will be at our best.”

Girardi would not admit that Sunday’s decision was a benching.

“I really loved what Romine did,” Girardi said. “I think [Brett Gardner] can DH today.”

Girardi did, however, point out that Sanchez needs to improve.

“The only way to get better is to practice,” Girardi said.

 

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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