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Judge hits 1st of ASG's 10 HRs in AL victory

Severino fans two in relief of American League starter Sale
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WASHINGTON -- Aaron Judge might not have defended his Home Run Derby crown this week at Nationals Park, but he gave the D.C. crowd a look at his prodigious power on Tuesday night.

And it came at the expense of one of the most popular players in town in the American League's 8-6, 10-inning victory over the National League.

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WASHINGTON -- Aaron Judge might not have defended his Home Run Derby crown this week at Nationals Park, but he gave the D.C. crowd a look at his prodigious power on Tuesday night.

And it came at the expense of one of the most popular players in town in the American League's 8-6, 10-inning victory over the National League.

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Judge connected on a homer off NL starter Max Scherzer to lead off the second inning, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. Judge, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his All-Star debut a year ago, launched a 95-mph fastball into the AL bullpen in left-center.

Although Judge may not have expected it, Justin Verlander did.

"It was kind of funny, actually," Judge said. "Before that happened, I was getting ready to go hit, and Verlander goes, 'I've got a really good feeling, man. I think you're gonna hit a homer this at-bat, so just get ready.' That first one I fouled off, was just like, there's no chance with the way Scherzer was throwing it. But I was able to be that second one. It was a pretty cool moment."

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Judge wasn't the only Yankee involved in the play, either. Luis Severino -- who was warming up in the bullpen -- reached up and caught the ball on the fly.

Sevy catches Judge's dinger

"I didn't know it was him," Severino said. "After I caught it, I saw he was running, but it was cool. He didn't get a hit last year. This year he got a ... homer. That's great. ... I wasn't [scared to catch the ball]. I'm a natural outfielder."

"Oh, that was the best part," Judge said. "It was meant to be. It was meant to go right to Sevy, and he caught it."

The home run was the first in an All-Star Game by a Yankee since 2003, when Jason Giambi went deep against Billy Wagner. It was also the first hit recorded by a Yankee in an All-Star Game since Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in 2014, his final season. Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner each went hitless in 2015, Carlos Beltran did not pick up a hit in his one at-bat in 2016, and Judge and Gary Sanchez went a combined 0-for-5 last year.

Judge drew a walk in his second plate appearance and grounded out to third in his final at-bat, in the sixth inning.

"To be a starter in this game and get the chance to get a hit, it was pretty cool," Judge said. "I was kicking myself last year, not getting a hit. So I just said, 'Hey, I gotta just make contact this year and get a base hit, and I'll be happy with it.'"

When the All-Star Game went into extra innings last year, Severino was ready to pitch the 11th, but the game ended before he had the chance, sending him home without seeing any action in his first Midsummer Classic. This year the Yankees ace was the first to come out of the bullpen, working a scoreless second inning, striking out Bryce Harper and Brandon Crawford.

Video: 2018 ASG: Severino whiffs a pair during scoreless 2nd

"I felt great," Severino said. "I just got on the mound and pitched. Just coming here is something special that I will remember. ... The first batter got a double, but after that, everything was good. My pitches, the slider was there, and I was throwing my fastball on the corner."

Aroldis Chapman and Gleyber Torres, though All-Stars, were spectators on Tuesday night, as they both did not participate due to left knee tendinitis and a right hip strain, respectively. This was Chapman's fifth All-Star election, while Torres experienced the festivities for the first time after making his Major League debut on April 22.

"No, no," Torres said when asked if he thought he'd be an All-Star this early in his career. "I just had one goal, and that was to play in the big leagues. Playing in the All-Star Game is pretty awesome. I'm just trying to enjoy the moment."

Although he couldn't participate, Torres enjoyed watching his first T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, taking ground balls with Houston's Jose Altuve and making his first appearance on the Red Carpet with his wife and family.

"I knew him a little bit, but never talked to him in person, but now I have a better relationship," Torres said of Altuve. "I'm just trying to enjoy the moment and learn from the other players."

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Video: 2018 All-Star Game sets new record with 10 home runs

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In the end, the two standout swats were the back-to-back solo shots hit by Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer -- off a Dodgers pitcher (Ross Stripling), no less -- in the top of the 10th inning of what became an 8-6 victory for the American League.

Video: 2018 ASG: Bregman wins MVP, gives car to his mother

Bregman was given the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet for his role in the AL's sixth straight win in the Midsummer Classic.

"I took a cutter down the middle of the first pitch and kind of went into battle mode and just was trying to put a line drive in play, and it left the yard," said Bregman. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."

But while the result reflects the AL's recent dominance in this summer showcase and, in a way, the Astros' standing as defending champs, the game itself was reflective of the homer-happy times we live in.

Video: 2018 ASG: AL bash 5 homers to earn extra-innings win

"It was like a regular-season game with the home runs accounting for pretty much everything," said Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who made a rare turn in the "closer" role by getting the save in the 10th. "Maybe a few less walks than normal, but pretty standard stuff. We were commenting in the bullpen that that's the way it's going these days."

The two teams combined for 10 homers, destroying the previous record of six that had last been reached in 1971 by some gentlemen named Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente -- Hall of Famers, all.

Video: 2018 ASG: NL crush 5 home runs in Washington, D.C.

Maybe not all of the blasts on this night were hit by guys who are Cooperstown-bound. But Bregman, Springer, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Christian Yelich, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto collectively put up a performance for the All-Star ages. All but one of the game's 14 runs was driven in by a long ball.

Video: 2018 ASG: Segura clobbers a go-ahead 3-run HR

"To kind of empty your tank and hit homers at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," said AL and Astros manager AJ Hinch. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run. Especially when the big boys hit it, and especially when the Astros hit it."

Video: 2018 ASG: Hinch on Bregman, Springer in All-Star Game

The AL seemingly had the game in hand thanks to Segura's pinch-hit three-run homer off Josh Hader in the top of the eighth. But Gennett wowed the crowd and stunned the junior circuit by taking Mariners closer Edwin Diaz deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie it.

To extras it went, and it didn't take long for Bregman and Springer to summon the Fall Classic magic of old. The AL added another run on -- of all things -- a sacrifice fly from Michael Brantley. And though Votto's solo shot in the bottom of the 10th kept things interesting, Happ was able to close it out before any more dinger drama developed.

Video: 2018 ASG: Sale K's 1 in scoreless 1st inning

So this was a night for watching it fly and letting it fly. AL starter Chris Sale threw a fastball clocked by Statcast™ at 100.7 mph -- his fastest pitch since 2010. NL starter Max Scherzer threw his four fastest pitches of the season en route to striking out four in two innings of work.

Video: 2018 ASG: Scherzer fans 4 batters in ASG start

The All-Stars capitalized on their opportunity to showcase their skills in the nation's capital, and they let their personalities show, too, with in-game selfies and mic'd-up position players. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor felt so bad when he couldn't muscle a drive over the wall that he dropped down and did some pushups. It was that kind of night.

Video: 2018 ASG: Lindor hits the grass for some pushups

There was even some off-the-field drama developing, with reports swirling about Manny Machado possibly heading to the Dodgers as he played what might have been his last game in a Baltimore Orioles uniform. In an in-game interview with FOX Sports and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Machado acknowledged the not-so-subtle storyline by saying, "If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well, I did everything I could for the organization."

Video: 2018 ASG: Machado talks All-Star Game, trade rumors

The AL could be losing one of its signature stars. But it won a game that very much resembled a Derby.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gennett's game-tying homer might get lost to history, given the end result, but he still put himself in a pretty cool spot in the All-Star history books. When he hit his two-run, 396-foot blast off Diaz, Gennett became just the third player to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a Midsummer Classic, joining Ralph Kiner in 1950 and Fred McGriff in '94. That sent the All-Star Game into extras for a second consecutive year. The last time that had happened was 1966-67.

Video: 2018 ASG: Gennett hits game-tying HR in the 9th

SOUND SMART
This was the first game in MLB history -- regular season, postseason or All-Star -- in which five players homered for each team.

HE SAID IT
"In the beginning, it was, 'Is anybody going to get a hit other than a homer?' And at the end, it was, 'Are we going to have enough pitching to get out of this mess?'" -- Hinch

UP NEXT
Oh yes, they'll meet again. The 90th All-Star Game will take place on July 9, 2019, at Cleveland's Progressive Field, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1997 (when it was still known as Jacobs Field). The AL will take an All-Star edge into that contest, having broken the all-time tie Tuesday by improving to 44-43-2 against the NL.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

Alex Bregman, Willson Contreras, Scooter Gennett, Aaron Judge, Jean Segura, George Springer, Trevor Story, Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Christian Yelich

Sevy catches Judge's dinger

Nationals ace Max Scherzer came out blazing in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night, throwing two of the hardest pitches he's thrown all season in a scoreless first inning. 

He had a tougher time in the second inning, however, when Yankees slugger Aaron Judge crushed a solo homer to deep left field ... one that was caught by Judge's teammate, Luis Severino, who was warming in the American League bullpen. 

Florial continues to rake in GCL

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

To say Estevan Florial's rehab assignment is going well would be an understatement. The Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 37 overall) has been on fire at the plate and that continued as he posted his fifth straight multihit effort in the Rookie-Level GCL Yankees East's 3-1 loss to the Tigers West.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

To say Estevan Florial's rehab assignment is going well would be an understatement. The Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 37 overall) has been on fire at the plate and that continued as he posted his fifth straight multihit effort in the Rookie-Level GCL Yankees East's 3-1 loss to the Tigers West.

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The 20-year-old, who missed the bulk of two months due to a broken hamate bone, showed off some extra-base pop as well as his 70-grade speed in a perfect 4-for-4 game at the plate. Florial doubled and tripled in the game, his fourth straight with at least one extra-base hit.

Florial, who was hitting .246 through 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa prior to his injury, is hitting .548 (17-for-31) over nine games in the GCL and has recorded at least one hit in eight of those contests.

Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:

• Baseball's No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s (Blue Jays' No. 1) rehab assignment is also going quite well. After going 3-for-9 with a pair of doubles across three games with the Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays, Guerrero was bumped up to Class A Advanced Dunedin where he promptly came through with a two-run double in his first at-bat. Guerrero, who later added a singled and finished 2-for-4, will reportedly be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo once his rehab is complete.

• No. 22 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) was perfect through four innings in a rehab start with the Rookie-level GCL Rays. The lefty, who was placed on the DL after experiencing tightness in his right oblique, struck out seven of the 12 batters he faced.

• No. 66 overall prospect Alex Kirilloff (Twins' No. 3) hit his 15th homer of the season as part of a multihit effort for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Kirilloff put the Miracle on the board in the first with an RBI double then showcased some pop with a solo homer in the sixth before finishing 2-for-4.

• No. 79 overall prospect Ryan Mountcastle (Orioles' No. 1) and DJ Stewart (Orioles' No. 10) each doubled and homered in their respective games. Mountcastle, playing for Double-A Bowie, finished 2-for-5 at the plate, while Stewart (Triple-A Norfolk), turned in a 2-for-4 effort.

Watch: Mountcastle goes yard

Cardinals No. 9 prospect Austin Gomber was nearly unhittable for Triple-A Memphis. The 24-year-old lefty yielded just one hit, a single in the fifth, as he cruised through five scoreless frames. Gomber threw 49 of his 80 pitches for strikes, issued two walks and struck out six. Through 12 appearances (11 starts), Gomber has posted a 3.42 ERA for the Redbirds.

Marlins No. 5 prospect Trevor Rogers picked up his first professional win in a quality start for Class A Greensboro. The lefty, a 2017 first-round pick, set a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings. Rogers threw 63 of his 93 pitches for strikes, yielded seven hits and surrendered a pair of runs.

Padres No. 12 prospect Jacob Nix bounced back from a sub-par start with six strong innings for Double-A San Antonio. Nix, who gave up one run and lowered his season ERA to 1.88, scattered five hits and walked two. The 22-year-old also threw 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes and racked up five strikeouts after failing to record any in his last start.

White Sox No. 21 prospect Evan Skoug did a little bit of everything for Class A Kannapolis. Skoug, who has struggled this year and is hitting .203 through 63 games, set a career high with four RBIs as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

• Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles first-round pick from the 2018 Draft, kept his professional ERA at 0.00 with another strong start in the GCL. Rodriguez struck out one over two innings and has totaled four strikeouts, while giving up three hits over five innings to begin his career.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Yanks set rotation for after All-Star break

German, Gray, Tanaka will face Mets, followed by Sevy, CC vs. Rays
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CLEVELAND -- Luis Severino's stellar first half could secure a starting nod in the upcoming All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX). It will also earn the right-hander a few extra days of rest when the Yankees resume play, as manager Aaron Boone outlined the club's pitching plans returning from the break.

Severino is set to return to action on July 23, opening the Yankees' three-game series at Tropicana Field against the Rays, to be followed by CC Sabathia. Boone said that the Yankees will start Domingo German, Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka in the Subway Series against the Mets next weekend.

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CLEVELAND -- Luis Severino's stellar first half could secure a starting nod in the upcoming All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX). It will also earn the right-hander a few extra days of rest when the Yankees resume play, as manager Aaron Boone outlined the club's pitching plans returning from the break.

Severino is set to return to action on July 23, opening the Yankees' three-game series at Tropicana Field against the Rays, to be followed by CC Sabathia. Boone said that the Yankees will start Domingo German, Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka in the Subway Series against the Mets next weekend.

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"With CC, and obviously with Sevy going to the All-Star Game, it gives them both a little extra time between their outings, which we feel like they both could really use," Boone said. "With German and Tanaka, they'd both be going on their seventh day, so they get a little built in extra [rest]."

Severino completed the first half with a 14-2 record and a 2.31 ERA, permitting 97 hits and 32 walks against 144 strikeouts over 128 1/3 innings.

His performance dipped somewhat in his last two starts, a pair of five-inning efforts against the Blue Jays and Indians in which he allowed a combined seven runs, 14 hits and four homers (6.30 ERA). Boone said that there were no red flags to speak of from those efforts, other than his rising workload.

"I think his innings are up," Boone said. "We're cognizant of, if we can steal him an extra day, we try and do that -- whether it be around an off-day or whatever. I feel like we've done OK with that. I think in his last start everything was a little flatter, but a starting pitcher is going to have those ones where they're not as dominant."

Severino had suggested that he might have been tipping pitches to the Indians, who peppered him for four runs and nine hits in Thursday's 7-4 Yankees victory, but Boone said that there were no indications of that. Boone said that Severino checked out fine physically as well.

"There's no doubt I think he'll benefit from having essentially what almost works as a skipped turn in the rotation," Boone said. "My guess is he'll probably throw an inning in the All-Star Game, which hopefully can work like a side for him.

"I think that break at this point in the season, as much as we've leaned on him, hopefully it'll be something that is real beneficial for him."

Frazier optioned
Four factory-fresh stars-and-stripes duffel bags appeared in the Yankees' clubhouse after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Indians, assigned to ferry the belongings of Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Judge, Severino and Gleyber Torres to the All-Star Game in Washington. The rest of their teammates were planning on a few days of rest and relaxation, preparing for the second half.

Not Clint Frazier. He was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as the club evidently wants the outfielder to log consistent at-bats. Frazier will join the RailRiders on the road for their series in Toledo, a 115-mile drive from Progressive Field. This marks Frazier's fourth round trip between Triple-A and the Majors in 2018.

Frazier is batting .265 (9-for-34) with three doubles, an RBI and five walks in 15 big league games. He is hitting .312/.391/.577 in 189 Triple-A at-bats. No corresponding roster move was announced by the Yankees.

Seeing red
Derek Jeter and Joe Torre used to say that it was impossible to ignore the out-of-town scoreboards in big league ballparks, simply based upon their sheer size.

That has proven true for the Yankees of late, as they have been kept apprised of the Red Sox's ongoing success. When Boston pulled out a 6-2, 10-inning victory on Saturday, backed by Xander Bogaerts' deciding grand slam, Boone could do little but allow himself a chuckle.

"I see that they win every day," Boone said. "Honestly, I don't worry about it that much at this point. I just kind of smile at it. The bottom line is, we don't control anything [they do] and it's July. There's a long way [to go] and a lot of baseball to play. There's nothing you can do to worry about it.

"We're so uber-focused on us. In the end, if we take care of business and play to our capabilities, we'll put ourselves in a great position. I see that they win every day, but I don't really worry about it. I'm worried about us playing our best. If we do that, hopefully we'll get to where we want to go."

Comeback trail
Gary Sanchez (right groin strain) began his Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, catching seven innings and going 1-for-3 with a solo homer in the RailRiders' 3-1 win over Rochester. Sanchez will travel with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for its upcoming trip to Toledo and is on track to return to the Yankees for Friday's game against the Mets.

Gleyber Torres (right hip strain) took on-field batting practice at Progressive Field on Sunday, blasting several homers. He hit alongside Bombers third-base coach Phil Nevin, who stepped into the batting cage and connected on a few well-hit liners.

This date in Yankees history
July 15, 2008: Yankee Stadium plays host to the All-Star Game, with the American League defeating the National League, 4-3, in 15 innings. The four-hour, 50-minute affair is the longest Midsummer Classic ever played.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Tanaka solid, but Green stumbles in 8th

Starter allows 2 runs over 6 1/3 innings before reliever gives up 3
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CLEVELAND -- The Yankees' dominant bullpen has been responsible to a large degree for their first-half success, but as they prepared to scatter for the All-Star break, a lapse by the relief crew let them down. Michael Brantley launched a tiebreaking homer off Chad Green in a noisy eighth inning, sending the Yanks to a 5-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday at Progressive Field.

New York's bullpen combined to fire 14 1/3 scoreless innings over its previous four contests entering Sunday's affair, and Green extended the string as he helped Masahiro Tanaka out of a jam in the seventh. That success ended in the eighth, as Green left a fastball up that Brantley slugged over the right-field wall for his 12th homer of the season.

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CLEVELAND -- The Yankees' dominant bullpen has been responsible to a large degree for their first-half success, but as they prepared to scatter for the All-Star break, a lapse by the relief crew let them down. Michael Brantley launched a tiebreaking homer off Chad Green in a noisy eighth inning, sending the Yanks to a 5-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday at Progressive Field.

New York's bullpen combined to fire 14 1/3 scoreless innings over its previous four contests entering Sunday's affair, and Green extended the string as he helped Masahiro Tanaka out of a jam in the seventh. That success ended in the eighth, as Green left a fastball up that Brantley slugged over the right-field wall for his 12th homer of the season.

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"It was what I was trying to do, but I thought the ball caught too much of the plate," Green said. "It came back over the plate and he put a good swing on it. Right there, I've got to make a better pitch."

Video: NYY@CLE: Tanaka, Green talk 5-2 loss to Indians

Yan Gomes added a sacrifice fly later in the frame, with Jose Ramirez sliding home just ahead of a strong throw from right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, and the Indians tacked on a third run on a wild pitch. Carlos Carrasco picked up the victory in relief, having tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his first appearance out of the bullpen since 2014.

The Yankees ended their first half at 62-33 (.653), the highest winning percentage entering the All-Star break by a team not in first place in the Divisional Era (since 1969). Yet they fell another game behind the sizzling Red Sox, who posted a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays to secure their 12th victory in 13 games. The Bombers trail Boston by 4 1/2 games in the American League East.

"Ultimately, we have to be better if we want to win the division and get to where we want to be, which is to win the World Series," Brett Gardner said. "I'm pleased with the way that we played in the first half, but I'm not pleased that we're not in first place in the division. We've got some work to do."

The Yankees were limited to two runs and seven hits over seven innings by All-Star right-hander Trevor Bauer. Gardner singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Aaron Hicks' single to open the scoring in the third inning, and Neil Walker doubled the Bombers' lead with his third home run of the season in the fourth. It was the first homer Bauer permitted since June 2.

Video: NYY@CLE: Walker mashes a solo home run to right

Cleveland answered against Tanaka in the home half of the fourth, as Brantley worked a leadoff walk and Edwin Encarnacion connected for a two-run homer, his 22nd. It was the 18th home run permitted in 15 starts by Tanaka, who scattered six hits over 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out five in what manager Aaron Boone called a "strong, encouraging outing."

Making his second start since returning from the disabled list, Tanaka had retired nine of the first 10 men he faced, then settled back in after Encarnacion's homer to pitch into the seventh inning. Tanaka made an excellent play by firing to second base for an out on a Roberto Perez bunt to halt a budding Cleveland rally, completing the afternoon at 77 pitches.

"I think the team has been playing really well," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "As for me, I feel like I haven't been able to pitch the way that I really want to. It's important for me to keep on fighting and try to get my performance to the level that I had similar to today."

Video: NYY@CLE: Boone talks first half, loss to Indians

SOUND SMART
The Yankees went 5-2 in the season series against the Indians, and they are 13-4 against the AL Central. New York has won the season series over Cleveland in seven of the last 10 campaigns, dating back to 2009.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Stanton thought that he had a chance at Brantley's eighth-inning homer, which carried over the leaping right fielder and made it into the seating area. Brantley leads the Majors with 65 hits at home this season.

"The replay was pretty quick, but I think I was pretty close," Stanton said. "Within a foot, I'd guess. The reaction is, that's a big part of the game, either way. You don't want that to happen with six outs left for us."

Video: NYY@CLE: Brantley belts go-ahead home run in the 8th

UP NEXT
The Yankees will return from the All-Star break to open the second half on Friday, beginning the second leg of the Subway Series with a 7:05 p.m. ET contest against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. Rookie right-hander Domingo German (2-5, 5.49 ERA) will draw the start for the Bombers, who took two of three games across town in their June 8-10 meeting with the Mets. German pitched the middle game of that series, striking out nine over six innings of three-run, five-hit ball. Noah Syndergaard (5-1, 2.97 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Sheffield works 1 1/3 innings at Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

Box score

ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

Tweet from @Marlins: Hitters have 99 problems and they're all miles per hour.Jorge Guzman was all 🔥 at the Futures Game. #JustGettinStarted pic.twitter.com/tw6iYWWnSm

METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

Tweet from @JesseSanchezMLB: No big deal. It���s just a Hall of Famer sharing hitting tips with a young prospect. This might be the biggest moment of Andres Gimenez���s pro career. #FuturesGame. #Mets pic.twitter.com/ShXlU7IUTW

Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt and allowed Adell to score from third. He also gave up a mammoth blast to Alonso, getting tagged for three runs in a third of an inning, but he did show glimpses of his nasty stuff on his two strikeouts.

Video: WLD@USA: Medina K's Kieboom swinging in the 7th

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.

Florial makes Pipeline Team of the Week

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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Bobby Dalbec is showing this season that he's one of the top power-hitting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and after homering four times in six games for Class A Advanced Salem last week, the Red Sox's No. 12 prospect becomes the second player to earn consecutive Prospect Team of the Week honors in 2018.

Dalbec isn't the only second-timer in MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, as he's joined by second baseman Isan Diaz and outfielder Corey Ray, both of whom finished last week with four home runs and 12 RBIs -- the highest totals among Top 30 hitting prospects.

The White Sox, meanwhile, feature a pair of PTOW selections this week in right-handers Jimmy Lambert and Tyler Johnson, while 17-year-old shortstop Wander Franco becomes the youngest player to earn PTOW honors this season after a torrid start to his professional career in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Here's the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of July 9 through July 15.

C: Eric Haase, Columbus Clippers (Triple--A)
(Indians' No. 20 prospect)
4 G, .471/.474/1.118, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K

Haase homered and collected multiple hits in three of four games last week and tallied at least two RBIs in all four contests. The 25-year-old backstop has been on a tear of late, hitting .420 with a 1.436 OPS, seven home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 13 contests.

1B: Tyler Nevin, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced)
(Rockies' No. 8 prospect)
7 G, .417/.500/.625, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Following in the footsteps of Chad Spanberger (Rockies' No. 24 prospect), who made his second PTOW last week, Nevin garners PTOW honors after leading all Top 30 first basemen in average, hits (10), total bases (15) and OPS (1.125). The 21-year-old had three mutlihit performances and recorded a hit in six of seven games for the JetHawks.

2B: Isan Diaz, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A)
(Marlins' No. 7 prospect)
6 G, .455/.520/1.091, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Diaz's power was on full display as he homered in three straight games for Jacksonville to finish the week with four home runs, tied for the most among Top 30 hitters. After a rocky start to the season in which Diaz posted a .196 average and .664 OPS across April and May, the 22-year-old turned the corner in June and now sports a .304/.413/.519 batting line with five homers, 14 doubles and 28 RBIs over his last 39 games.

Watch: Diaz goes yard

3B: Bobby Dalbec, Salem Red Sox (Class A Advanced)
(Red Sox's No. 12 prospect)
6 G, .476/.577/1.048, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 SB

Dalbec recorded his second career two-homer game and went deep a total of four times in six games last week en route to his second straight PTOW selection. The 23-year-old slugger has hit nine homers in his last 15 games and leads the Carolina League with 23 home runs -- five more than the next players on the list. He's also leading the circuit in doubles (25), RBIs (78) and total bases (176), and sports a .265/.377/.583 batting line through 87 games.

Watch: Dalbec bashes homer

SS: Wander Franco, Princeton Rays (Rookie)
(Rays' No. 7 prospect)
7 G, .467/.484/.900, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

The 17-year-old shortstop added to his quickly growing legend last week as he led all Top 30 hitting prospects in both hits (14) and total bases (27). He did much of that damage on Saturday, when he hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance for Princeton. What's more, Franco has hit safely in 20 straight games -- the longest hitting streak so far this season in the Appalachian League -- and 23 of 24 games to open his career. He's slashing .386/.426/.683 overall, with 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs.

OF: Dylan Cozens, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A)
(Phillies' No. 15 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/1.125, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

After beginning the week on the Phillies' bench, Cozens was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Thursday and proceeded to homer four times during the IronPigs' four-game series against Buffalo. The 24-year-old slugger swung the bat particularly well on Sunday, hitting a pair of homers as well as a double in his fourth multi-homer game of the year. The 2016 Minor League home run king has now produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in his last 10 games.

Watch: Cozens crushed 2nd homer of game

OF: Estevan Florial, Gulf Coast League Yankees East/West (Rookie)
(Yankees' No. 1 prospect/No. 37 overall)
5 G, .529/.579/1.000, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB

Florial, 20, recorded at least one hit and one RBI last week while bouncing between the Yankees' two affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. He recorded a pair of doubles and home runs along the way -- an encouraging sign for a player who missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand. Prior to his injury, Florial had compiled a .246/.353/.343 batting line in 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa.

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers' No. 6 prospect)
7 G, .300/.382/.833, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 6 SB

Ray's second PTOW nod in three weeks comes after he paced all Top 30 prospects with six stolen bases and finished tied for first in home runs and RBIs. The 23-year-old began his week with a five-RBI performance to match his career high before recording in his first ever three-homer game two days later and then putting a bow on his week by going 4-for-4 on the basepaths on Sunday. After scuffling in his first full season, Ray has rebounded in 2018 to post an .817 OPS with a Southern League-leading 16 home runs (tied, first) and 27 steals.

Watch: Ray launches 3rd homer of game

LHP: DL Hall, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 4 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.33 WHIP

Hall's lone start last week was the best of his young career, as the 2017 first-rounder (No. 21 overall pick) established personal bests by racking up eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings en route to his first professional win in 20 outings (18 starts). He allowed two hits and threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in the outing, ultimately facing one over the minimum. The 18-year-old southpaw has been one of the top Minor League hurlers in the past month, posting a 0.34 ERA with a .151 opponents' average and 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings spanning his last six starts.

Watch: Hall notches strikeout

RHP: Jimmy Lambert, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 28 prospect)
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 19 K, 0.71 WHIP

Lambert hadn't completed seven innings in a start this season before last week, when he accomplished the feat twice in as many turns for Birmingham. The 23-year-old righty was particularly sharp on Saturday, as he maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before finishing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks. In four starts with Birmingham, Lambert owns a 3.13 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings.

Watch: Lambert fans 10th batter

RP: Tyler Johnson, Winston-Salem Dash (Class A Advanced)
(White Sox No. 24 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.50 WHIP

Johnson tossed four scoreless frames across a pair of relief outings, the second of which saw the 22-year-old right-hander earn the win after he struck out six batters in three innings, both season highs. The 2017 fifth-rounder has been a force in his first full season, going 7-0 with a eight saves, a 1.69 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 61-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings (27 appearances).

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Romine's scamper the difference for Yankees

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CLEVELAND -- Thinking back upon the sun-splashed, chain-link-fenced diamonds that Austin Romine called home while growing up in Southern California, he could not recall circling the basepaths for a Little League home run. That long-awaited opportunity would present itself Saturday evening, providing exactly the lift that his Yankees needed.

Romine's deciding dash highlighted an unorthodox win for the Yankees, who notched early blasts from Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird, then reclaimed their lead upon the legs of their backup catcher to secure a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday evening at Progressive Field.

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CLEVELAND -- Thinking back upon the sun-splashed, chain-link-fenced diamonds that Austin Romine called home while growing up in Southern California, he could not recall circling the basepaths for a Little League home run. That long-awaited opportunity would present itself Saturday evening, providing exactly the lift that his Yankees needed.

Romine's deciding dash highlighted an unorthodox win for the Yankees, who notched early blasts from Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird, then reclaimed their lead upon the legs of their backup catcher to secure a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday evening at Progressive Field.

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Video: NYY@CLE: Gregorius opens the scoring with 3-run homer

"I was excited," Romine said. "With our bullpen, we know that if we can scratch a run off there that we're in good shape. I was glad that I could do my job for the team, which was get on base. It just happened to play out there."

The play at first appeared to be a routine seventh-inning double to the gap in right-center field off starter Mike Clevinger. Right fielder Brandon Guyer bobbled the ball and second baseman Erik Gonzalez's throw skipped past Jose Ramirez at third base, taking a fortuitous bounce and landing in the third-base dugout.

After Romine trotted home, having been punched excitedly by third-base coach Phil Nevin, New York's shutdown bullpen preserved the one-run lead. Winning pitcher David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman fired 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in relief of starter CC Sabathia, striking out six.

Video: NYY@CLE: Chapman records his 26th save in a 1-run win

While manager Aaron Boone rotated between clubhouse chairs for luck, having been ejected for arguing a sixth-inning Giancarlo Stanton strikeout, Chapman weathered a missed popup that fell between Romine and third baseman Miguel Andujar to record his 26th save in 27 opportunities.

"It's definitely more nerve-racking watching up here," Boone said. "I walked about a mile up here. I've watched every TV in this clubhouse. It was a little bit of a wacky game. It wasn't always perfect and pretty, but a really good win for us."

Video: NYY@CLE: Boone on ejection, bullpen in 5-4 win

Romine's key knock was delivered one half-inning after the Indians tied the game on an equally surprising play that knocked out Sabathia.

After Andujar made a nice play to take an extra-base hit away from Edwin Encarnacion, there were runners on second and third with two outs. Guyer again challenged the rookie third baseman, who fired across the diamond too late to prevent an infield hit. First baseman Bird threw home, but the ball popped loose of Romine's glove as Ramirez followed Michael Brantley in to score.

"Emotionally speaking, I feel like we're out of the inning, and then, 'Oh no, it's tied,'" Boone said. "In a perfect world, if you read it right away, you go attack that and you get a big hop. But that's one of the tough things about playing that position; you've got to be really quick on your feet as far as making those split-second decisions."

Video: NYY@CLE: Guyer drives in a pair with an infield knock

Sabathia settled for a 5 2/3-inning no-decision despite having being staked to a near-instant lead, with Gregorius launching a three-run home run in the first inning -- the shortstop's second homer of the series and 17th of the year.

As Clevinger settled in, building an eight-strikeout effort and keeping the Yankees quiet until Bird's sixth-inning homer, Cleveland chipped away. Ramirez cracked his 29th homer, a first-inning solo shot, and a third-inning Brantley groundout knocked in the second Tribe run off Sabathia, who permitted four hits and two walks while striking out two.

"I felt pretty good," Sabathia said. "Early I was struggling a little bit to throw strikes, but I caught a rhythm there in the middle of the game and just felt like I was cruising."

Video: NYY@CLE: Sabathia strikes out Lindor in the 6th

SOUND SMART
Bird tied his career best with an eight-game hitting streak, batting .321 (9-for-28) with two doubles, three homers, 12 RBIs and five runs scored over that span. Of his 30 hits this season, 17 have gone for extra bases (eight homers, eight doubles, one triple).

Video: NYY@CLE: Bird launches a solo homer to right-center

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Boone was ejected for the second time as a manager (also May 22 at Texas) in the sixth inning, arguing that a pitch Stanton swung at had clipped the hitter's bat and should have been ruled a foul ball. Home-plate umpire Ed Hickox believed the pitch hit Stanton's right hand, which would make it a strikeout. Boone argued vehemently, seeking a second opinion from first-base umpire Jerry Meals.

"It looks like they got the call right," Boone said. "I had just thought it was a foul ball. I thought I'd gotten word that it hit hand and bat. I thought it was going to be a bad look when a ball goes back to the screen on a swing. In looking [at the replay] up here, it looks like they got it right. We move on."

Video: NYY@CLE: Boone ejected after Stanton's unusual K

"It hit my hand," Stanton said. "I thought it might have caught the bat also. With what I felt on my hand, it's what I thought. I just wanted to get at least another opinion, a second look. The home-plate umpire didn't see either way, so we needed some help somehow."

HE SAID IT
"Why does everybody have fun watching a catcher try to run to third?" -- Romine

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The Yankees will conclude their four-game series against the Indians on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET, as right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.68 ERA) pitches the Bombers into the All-Star break. Tanaka is undefeated in his last 10 starts, going 5-0 with a 4.12 ERA and 55 strikeouts over that span. All-Star right-hander Trevor Bauer (8-6, 2.30 ERA) is set to start for Cleveland.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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