The New York Yankees, led by right fielder Aaron Judge, take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a regular season game on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 (7/5/22) at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Local fans can watch the game for free via a DirectTV Stream trial – YES Network for fans in New York, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh for fans in Pittsburgh. Fans in any market cannot watch with a subscription to MLB.tv.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: MLB regular season
who: Yankees vs. Pirates
When: Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Where: PNC Park
time: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: JA/AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh (local markets only)
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Live broadcast: DirectTV Stream (free trial), MLB.tv
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Mark Appel proves that even for a No. 1 draft pick, the road to the major leagues can be bumpy at times.
Appel was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, nine years after he was drafted first overall by Houston. In between, he bounced around the minors, got traded into the 2015 deal that sent Ken Giles to the Astros — and even quit baseball for a while.
He resurfaced last year and finally joined the Phillies this weekend, although he didn’t field. If the 30-year-old Appel appears in a game for Philadelphia, he will become the fourth No. 1 overall pick to make his major league debut this year, alongside 2017’s Royce Lewis (Twins) and 2019’s Adleyrutschman ( Orioles) and 2020 Spencer Torkelson (Tigers).
Just once more have four top picks made their debuts in one year. That was in 1989 when Andy Benes, Ken Griffey Jr. and Jeff King — No. 1s in each of the previous three years — began their big-league careers. The other top pick to make his debut in 1989 was Ben McDonald, who had been drafted from Baltimore that same year.
With the draft coming out next month, here are a few more notes on the history of the #1 overall pick, with a little help from Baseball-Reference.com:
– Although 1989 is the only year so far that four top picks have made their big league debuts, there have been other seasons where three No. 1s have. That was 2007 (Luke Hochevar, Justin Upton and Josh Hamilton) and 1987 (BJ Surhoff, Shawn Abner and Tim Belcher).
— Though it was more common in the early days of the draft, McDonald is the last player to make his debut in the same year he was drafted first overall. The longest wait belongs to Matt Bush, who was acquired from San Diego in 2004 and eventually made the majors for Texas in 2016. He’s still with the Rangers.
– Appel is one of a handful of No. 1 picks who haven’t played in the majors. Steve Chilcott, picked by the New York Mets in 1966, and Brien Taylor, picked up by the New York Yankees in 1991, had injury problems. Brady Aiken, selected by Houston in 2014, is a more recent example. Last year’s top pick, Henry Davis, has achieved Double-A in the Pittsburgh Pirates system.
Appel was drafted (and didn’t sign) by two other teams before the Astros selected him as the overall winner. Who were these franchises?
LINE OF THE WEEK
Austin Hays had to beat the weather to bat for the cycle. On Wednesday night, Hays and the Orioles defeated Washington 7-0 in a game shortened to six innings. That was enough time – he hit a single in the first, a homer in the third, a triple in the fourth and a double in the sixth.
COMEBACK OF THE WEEK
According to Baseball Savant, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a 1.1% chance of beating Atlanta after trailing 2-0-2 with two outs in the ninth round and nobody ahead Sunday night. Then ex-Dodger Kenley Jansen allowed a pair of singles, putting men in first and third place. After Chris Taylor stole second place, Trayce Thompson’s single scored both runners to force extra innings.
Each team scored once in their 10th game before the Dodgers eventually won 5-3 in 11. Los Angeles won two out of three in Freddie Freeman’s return to Atlanta.
The Detroit Tigers drafted Appel out of high school in the 15th round in 2009. He was picked eighth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 before returning to Stanford for his senior season and rising to No. 1.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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