The New York Yankees acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations on July 24.
The New York Yankees have acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano.
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MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Jake Kring-Schreifels say the Yankees got Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations:
"The Yankees continued to stay busy on the transaction front Thursday, acquiring left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.
"Capuano, 35, was signed as a free agent by the Rockies on July 4 and made four starts between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA.
"Earlier this year, the veteran lefty went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances for the Red Sox after being released.
"Capuano had a career record of 74-84 with a 4.28 ERA in 266 games (209 starts) over 10 Major League seasons with the (Arizona) D-backs (2003), (Milwaukee) Brewers (2004-07, '10), (New York) Mets (2011), (Los Angeles) Dodgers (2012-13) and (Boston) Red Sox (2014).
"Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said that the team is actively looking to upgrade the roster, both significantly as well as with smaller incremental transactions.
"Already this month, New York has acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy, left-hander Jeff Francis, infielder Chase Headley and now Capuano, while releasing outfielder Alfonso Soriano."
In a related development, ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand wrote about the Yankees' recent tear as they have won six of their last seven games to boost their win-loss record to 53-48:
"The Yankees might not be good, but they night be good enough.
"The beat-up Yankees (53-48) are piecing it together a week into the second half, and it is paying off. They entered Thursday night's Baltimore-Seattle game tied for the AL's second wild-card spot with Robinson Cano's (Seattle) Mariners and just 2 1/2 games behind the (Baltimore) Orioles in the AL East. The Yankees are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays (54-49), who come to the Stadium for three this weekend.
"It is sort of hard to tell if the second-half Yankees are any better than the .500 first-half club. They just took three of four from the worst team in baseball in a weird series. Somebody had to win each game, and this year, that team has not been the Texas Rangers in most cases.
"But that is not the Yankees' issue. They lost the first game of the series with five errors. They needed nearly five hours and 14 innings to win the second. In the third, their grounds crew was their MVP, as poor tarp placement allowed the Yankees to esacpe a Yu Darvish start with a rain-shortened win after just five innings. Thursday, played in a tidy two hours, 47 minutes, was one of the more conventional variety, 4-2 in nine innings.
"Well, if conventional, you had the Yankees winning games with Brandon McCarthy, pitching as well as any starter over the past month, on the mound, Chase Headley smashing RBI singles off the right-field wall and Francisco Cervelli swinging like Thurman Munson in his prime.
"Add it up, amd it left manager Joe Girardi intent on tuning in to the O's and M's on Thursday night.
"'I'm sure I'll put it on,' Girardi said. 'And it will help me go to sleep,'
"Girardi is sleeping a bit easier because the Yankees have won six of seven after the break. After Thursday, they are an MLB-best 32-20 (.615) in games decided by two runs or less, which is notably a tribute to Dellin Betances and David Robertson and the way Girardi has used them.
"The Yankees might have found a little something with McCarthy and Headley. McCarthy is 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his past five starts, three of which have been with the Yankees."
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