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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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