Wynton Bernard calls mom with good news: He’s headed to the MLB
Wynton Bernard cries as he calls his mom to share good news. After 10 years in the minor leagues, he finally gets to play in the MLB.
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The New York Yankees have gone 16-26 since the All-Star break, allowing their division rivals back into the American League East race and the Houston Astros to take a commanding lead for home-field advantage.
New York was once on pace to break the club’s 114-win record but now will have to finish 20-14 just to end up with 100 wins.
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The Yankees lost two of three against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend and enter Monday with a five-game cushion. The two teams will face off again this weekend at Yankee Stadium, their final meeting of the season.
Here’s how the USA TODAY Sports panel voted this week:
Rank (movement from last week)
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)
- NL ERA leader Julio Urias is 8-1 with a 1.13 mark in his past nine starts.
2. Houston Astros (+1)
- Lance McCullers Jr. threw a season-high 97 pitches in his fourth start of 2022.
3. New York Mets (-1)
- Seven of the Mets’ next 13 games are against the Pirates.
4. Atlanta Braves (–)
5. St. Louis Cardinals (+1)
- Albert Pujols hit career home run No. 695 on Sunday.
6. New York Yankees (-1)
- Had their AL East lead cut to four games for the first time in nearly four months.
7. Tampa Bay Rays (+1)
- Corey Kluber has a 1.07 ERA in four starts against the Yankees this season.
8. Seattle Mariners (+1)
- Starter George Kirby was named AL Rookie of the Month for August.
9. Toronto Blue Jays (+2)
- Tough four-game set in Baltimore starts with Monday doubleheader.
10. San Diego Padres (+2)
- Sean Manaea has an 8.36 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.
11. Philadelphia Phillies (-4)
- They’ve got home series against Marlins and Nationals after going 1-5 last week.
12. Baltimore Orioles (+1)
- Gunnar Henderson had three extra-base hits in his first five big-league games.
13. Cleveland Guardians (-3)
- In a pennant race, Zach Plesac broke his hand punching the mound
14. Milwaukee Brewers (+1)
15. Minnesota Twins (-1)
- Dylan Bundy has a 2.63 ERA in his last five starts.
16. Chicago White Sox (+2)
- Dylan Cease (2.13 ERA) should receive some first-place Cy Young votes.
17. Boston Red Sox (-1)
- Outfield prospect Triston Casas gets the call-up to Boston.
18. San Francisco Giants (-1)
- Giants used 23 players in a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Saturday.
19. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)
20. Texas Rangers (–)
- In the past 30 days, Nathaniel Lowe leads MLB in average (.388), OBP (.462) and OPS (1.142).
21. Los Angeles Angels (+2)
22. Miami Marlins (-1)
- Marlins have a stretch of 17 games in 16 days starting Tuesday.
23. Chicago Cubs (-1)
- Franmil Reyes (.281 average, .510 slugging) has been a big contributor since joining the Cubs.
24. Colorado Rockies (–)
- Michael Toglia, Colorado’s 2019 first-round pick, makes his major-league debut.
25. Kansas City Royals (+1)
- Bobby Witt Jr. is the fifth player to hit 20 homers with 20 steals in their first season.
26. Cincinnati Reds (-1)
- Spencer Steer, acquired in Tyler Mahle trade, homers in big-league debut.
27. Detroit Tigers (–)
- Austin Meadows ends his 2022 season early for mental health reasons.
28. Oakland Athletics (–)
- Outfielder Ramon Laureano could return from injury this week.
29. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)
- Opponents hit .189 against Roansy Contreras in his last four starts.
30. Washington Nationals (–)
- Taking two of three at Citi Field over the weekend was cause for celebration.