With rumors in the air, Yanks try to end on a high note

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With rumors flying hot and heavy that the Yankees are preparing to green-light a trade of Aroldis Chapman, manager Joe Girardi is urging his players to ignore all of the talk and complete their homestand on a strong note this afternoon against the Giants.

Nathan Eovaldi and Jeff Samardzija comprise the pitching matchup in the 1:05 p.m. ET contest, as the Yankees try to wrap up this 10-game ‘make or break’ push with what would be a 6-4 record.

That might not be enough to dissuade Hal Steinbrenner from authorizing Brian Cashman to sell off at least Chapman, who is a free agent after this season and could bring a significant return from contending clubs looking to shore up their bullpens.

“What we’ve told players is you’ve got to block the noise out,” Girardi said. “There’s going to be discussions throughout, there’s going to be speculation throughout. That’s part of my job is helping them block the noise out and focus on the game.”

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported late last night that the Yankees are telling clubs that they are nearing a trade that involves the 28-year-old Chapman, but that they plan on keeping Andrew Miller.

The teams believed to be interested in Chapman include the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians and Nationals. No word yet on how the trade market for Carlos Beltran is advancing, if at all, but the next eight days should be a rush.

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“NOW BATTING FOR THE YANKEES”

CLUBHOUSE REPORT

Has Chapman made his last appearance as a Yankee? He won’t be appearing this afternoon after throwing 36 pitches Saturday, has worked each of the last two days and pitched in five of the last nine games. Dellin Betances and Miller are also considered to be unavailable.

THEY SAID IT

“I’m glad that they think that. We don’t want to be broken up. We want a chance to fight and fight and fight. But we need to play better is the bottom line.” – Girardi, when told his players have expressed a desire to stay together as a team.

STAT SO?

Yankees relievers have posted a 0.89 ERA (40.1IP, 20H, 4ER, 16BB, 41K) over their last 11 games since July 9, having allowed runs in just three games over the stretch.

With a single in Saturday’s loss to the Giants, Chase Headley recorded his 1,146th career hit, tying Roy Hartzell for the most by a Colorado-born player in Major League history.

ON THIS DATE

July 24, 1983: The Yankees and the Royals play the infamous “Pine Tar Game” at Yankee Stadium, featuring one of the great explosions of all time out of Hall of Famer George Brett. The Yanks’ 4-3 win is only temporary, as the game ends in protest and is resumed on Aug. 18, when the Royals complete a 5-4 win.

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