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New York Yankees giving Chad Green Sunday’s start in San Diego; Back-to-back walk-off wins help Bombers salvage series with Texas; Ball-hawk throws a temper tantrum. 

  • The New York Yankees are slated to play a three-game set with the National League’s San Diego Padres this weekend and they have decided to take precautions for veteran starter CC Sabathia (5-5, 3.17 ERA). They have pushed the big lefty’s next start back a day so he won’t have to bat and run the bases at Petco Park. Taking his spot in the rotation is Chad Green who will be called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to pitch Sunday. Sabathia is expected to start Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Green has dazzled in the Electric City by maintaining a 1.77 ERA across 44.2 innings of work. When the Yankees were in Arizona, Green made a spot start for the and went four innings but permitted four earned runs.
  • The Bombers may finally have some confidence following a series split against the best team in the American League, the Texas Rangers, in a series that they could have won if it weren’t for the strange weather conditions that took place on Monday night. Sure, being resilient against a far superior team is refreshing in itself but to walk it off twice in a row just puts the icing on the cake. On Thursday, the Yankees were working a crafty ninth-inning rally with the ballgame knotted at one. It started with a Chase Headley walk followed by Didi Gregorius bunting him over to place the winning run in scoring position. Starlin Castro grounded out but it moved Headley to third and the very next play would even up the series that seemed would end in favor of the AL juggernaut. Rangers’ catcher Robinson Chirinos could not handle a pitch low in the dirt as it rolled to the backstop and Headley did not hesitate one bit as he raced home to cap off New York’s second walk of win in a row.
  • How badly does a man with 9,000 baseballs want just two more baseballs? Apparently, that answer is pretty badly. Zack Hample, a self-proclaimed “ball-hawk” who has turned shagging balls in the stands into a sport took to twitter to complain about home run balls from Wednesday’s comeback win that he should have caught.
  • Then, he was camped underneath Gregorius’ walk-off home run ball until a fan “body slammed” him thus causing him to miss the baseball. Once again, he took to Twitter.
  • The funniest part is that after looking at the video, he appears to have slammed into a kid who may have wanted the ball, too. Mr. Hample, you’re a 38-year old man who shags fly balls including Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000 hit. You did not get two baseballs. Get over yourself.

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