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New York Yankees ink their first-round pick; 1996 championship team to be honored; Team executes dramatic comeback win; Carlos Beltran remains day-to-day.

    • At noon on Wednesday, the New York Yankees inked Blake Rutherford, the team’s first-round draft pick, to a minor league contract that includes a signing bonus of $3.28 million. The 18th overall pick in the draft, experts believe the Yanks got a steal with the 19-year-old, whose power and ability to run impressed scouts. Already in line to go to UCLA if he could not reach a deal, the organization has to feel fortunate that they landed the kid. He will begin his career with the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
    • Prior to an August 13 game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees will honor the 1996 championship team that brought home the franchise’s 23rd title an even 20 years ago. The festivities will take place at noon with the players in attendance and will precede the showcasing of Mariano Rivera’s monument park plaque the following day.
    • Trailing 7-2 entering the eighth inning in last night’s ballgame, fans were ready to write the 2016 New York Yankees off. In danger of dropping three games below .500, 10 games behind in the AL East, and four and a half games out of a playoff spot, they were in some deep trouble. That was before Brian McCann went to work. The Yankee catcher, clearly in some pain, hit a solo shot in the eighth to get the team within four and then stepped back up in the ninth with two men on as the tying run. He proceeded to hit a blast into the right field seats to startle fans and tie the game. Two batters later it was Didi Gregorius who ripped a two-run shot to send everyone home happy. The most improbable win of the year came at the most convenient time.
    • Carlos Beltran remains day-to-day after tweaking his hamstring rounding first base in Tuesday night’s contest. Despite the MRI coming back clean, the Yankees certainly want to stay on the safe side. With three games coming this weekend in a National League park — no designated hitter — there is no telling when Beltran will be back in the lineup. Alex Rodriguez served as the DH last night and went 0-5.

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