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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

After a season where he was one of the most valuable outfielders in baseball, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has been recognized among the elite.

Nimmo checked in at No. 6 on MLB Network's top right fielders in baseball rankings, behind only Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich, Mitch Haniger, and Bryce Harper.

The 25-year-old Nimmo had a breakout campaign in 2018, hitting .263/.404/.483 with 17 homers, 28 doubles, and eight triples in 140 games while getting time in right field (62 games), center (44), and left (32).

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (27) takes a selfie with American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) and American League outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (50) during the third inning in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (27) takes a selfie with American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) and American League outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (50) during the third inning in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

For the second-straight year, Aaron Judge of the Yankees has been ranked as MLB Network's top right fielder in baseball. And this time, he topped the reigning MVP.

Judge took the honors over Mookie Betts of the Red Sox even though Betts tore up the sport in 2018, hitting .346/.438/.640 with 32 homers, 47 doubles, and 30 stolen bases in 136 games, while continuing to be one of the best defensive right fielders in the game.

Like Betts, Judge was limited by injury in 2018. He played in just 112 games due to a broken wrist, hitting .278/.392/.528 with 27 homers and 22 doubles, and six steals.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesManny Machado was supposed to help the Yankees surpass the Red Sox. He's apparently not coming (and neither is Bryce Harper), so the Yanks should double down on their strongest facet -- the bullpen.

If the Yankees want to measure up to the Red Sox, they must possess an advantage somewhere on the roster that unequivocally distances the World Series champs. Adding one more "elite" reliever, like Adam Ottavino, should make it next to impossible for the Red Sox to catch the Yankees in that department even if Boston re-signs Craig Kimbrel. Boston arguably has a slight edge in the rotation and the offenses are quite similar in strength, but the overall scale could tip toward New York if the Yanks add to an already dominant bullpen.

Much has been made about the Yankees "coming up short" in the offseason if they're unable to secure Machado or Harper. Expectations were high that one of the two 26-year-old stars would become part of the Yankees after the team reset their luxury tax rate. Adding Machado or Harper would have clearly pushed the Yanks offense ahead of Boston's.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Aug 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) throws a runner out at first base to end the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) throws a runner out at first base to end the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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All along, attached speculation to the Yankees potential signing of Manny Machado has come with Miguel Andujar enduring the largest impact of the move - a trade out of New York.

However, there is a distinct chance that the Yankees hold onto Andujar - at least in the short term - should they sign Machado and consequently unavoidable fallout to the rest of the roster. The Yankees will not trade Andujar for just anyone. The starting pitchers worth Andujar's talent might not necessarily be available in trade and certain clubs may not be willing to deal with New York.

Keeping Andujar presents some issues (not all necessarily bad) for the Yankees.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2019 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an indi-vidual basis. The list is taken alphabetically.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar
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SNY Holiday GIF Guide 00:00:43
With the holiday season upon us, SNY would like to give a GIF for a few of the NY sports teams during the season of giving.

As we're in the middle of the holiday season, the Yankees are looking to see if their Christmas list will be fulfilled as the MLB offseason is in full swing. But we have the perfect gift for you: GIFs!

You can use these whether the Yanks make a signing, miss out on your favorite free agent, or save for the season.

Check them out below!

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Tyler Austin
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees would be better with Manny Machado on the roster and it's a move that the team should make. However, the extent to which Machado improves the club is unknown and the notion that the offseason will be a failure if the Yanks cannot sign the 26-year-old is not entirely true.

Here are four reasons why...

The Yanks have a third baseman and a shortstop

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray
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"Laying in the weeds" just doesn't cut it when describing the Yankees and any pursuit of the offseason's top free agent prizes.

Instead, this Yankees team -- the Evil Empire -- is positioned in a galaxy far, far away, potentially readying the Death Star to blast into hyper-speed where it concerns the top free agents this winter.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, waits in the dugout before being presented with his All-Star jersey before playing the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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James Paxton is a terrific addition to the Yankees rotation and whatever relief pieces GM Brian Cashman lures to the Bronx likely will be key bullpen figures in 2019, too. Cashman also wants another starting pitcher. 
 
Whoever those hurlers are, though, they won't make the kind of splash that signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado would. Heck, or both. This is the Yankees we're talking about, after all. 
 
Nor will the new pitchers impact the Yankee payroll in quite the same way as the 26-year-old mega-stars, who are projected by some this winter to stomp Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

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To the astonishment of just about everybody in Major League Baseball, Shohei Ohtani proved he was worthy of all the "Japanese Babe Ruth" hype, so it's hard to argue that he is not a deserving winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award, as announced on Monday night.

But that shouldn't diminish Miguel Andujar's accomplishments in 2018. If anything, the historic nature of Ohtani's hitter/pitcher feats should only enhance appreciation for Andujar's rookie season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Bryce Harper is worth big money 00:02:52
Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras believes that whichever franchise inks the prized free agent will see a major boost in revenue and success.

Scott Boras sure knows how to sell his top free agent in OF Bryce Harper

Boras, MLB's top agent, took some time at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, CA to speak to reporters about a variety of subjects from the state of the MLB to his very intriguing 25-year-old All-Star. 

Harper is in the prime of his career, and is expected to see a megadeal with a new team before the season begins. Boras explained why Harper's situation is so rare due to his status as a "generational player."

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The stars, literally and figuratively, have lined up for the Yankees to make a splash this winter.

The burden of heavy league taxes has been removed and a robust free-agent market is before them. The Yankees worked for years to diminish payroll expenditures with an eye toward the 2019 season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, David Robertson, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | As the Yankees wrapped their pro scouting meetings last week and determined a preliminary offseason strategy, a pursuit of free agent outfielder Bryce Harper was not part of the plan, according to major league sources.

As with Manny Machado, who the Yankees will monitor but not likely pursue aggressively, ownership could step in and mandate a Harper signing. The Steinbrenner family just watched the Boston Red Sox win yet another World Series, and might be in the mood to load up on superstars.

But the Yankees' early feeling is that Harper simply doesn't fit. While they could use the lefthanded bat in a righty-heavy lineup, they feel that their outfield and DH spots are spoken for...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Jul 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (right) celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Jul 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (right) celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

The Yankees' Aaron Judge, Masahiro Tanaka and Brett Gardner were named American League finalists for the 2018 Rawling Gold Glove awards at their respective positions on Thursday.

It would be the first such award for the right fielder and pitcher, while the left fielder Gardner has one Gold Glove under his belt.

The winners will be announced on Nov. 4.

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

With Red Sox in World Series, here are 3 things Yankees fans can look forward to for next season

Yankees fans are feeling pretty down again after watching the Red Sox disperse the Astros in five games to win the American League pennant. After all, this was supposed to be the year the Yankees would be back on top and their rivals in Beantown continue to twist the knife into the 2018 season.

While the Red Sox will be competing for a World Series title and the Yankees are stuck golfing in October, it may be hard to find any optimism. While next season seems distant at the moment, there is reason to look forward to 2019 despite Boston's recent run. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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(Kim Klement)

Yankees managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, is primed for a busy offseason.

After staying under the luxury tax this season, the Yankees reset their threshold for next season, which means Steinbrenner has a little more wiggle room to work with. But in a recent interview on ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show," it sounded like Steinbrenner doesn't mind living up to his family name and spending big if the player is worth it.

"Look, my family has always been willing to take money that comes off the payroll and put it back in," Steinbrenner said Friday. "We're going to do our best to field a championship-caliber team every single year. This coming year is going to be no different than last."

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Teixeira says Aaron Judge made a costly error when he blasted "New York, New York" through the halls of Fenway Park following the Yankees' lone ALDS win over the Red Sox in Game 2.

"You woke a sleeping giant," Teixeira said Wednesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up!" "Aaron Judge has no rings. And I have a ton of respect for Aaron Judge, I think he will have rings. But when you boast -- when you wake a sleeping giant in Boston -- on your way out back to Yankee Stadium and then get your butts kicked two games in a row, I just think that you might want to let your bat do the talking. Because Aaron Judge's bat will talk."

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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The Boston Red Sox celebrate beating the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The Boston Red Sox celebrate beating the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If they can make it here, they can make it anywhere. 

The Red Sox champagne celebration following their 4-3 win over the Yankees included the clubhouse speakers blaring Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" after they eliminated the Bombers from the postseason. 

The song, played after every Yankees game, was played by Aaron Judge as he was leaving Fenway Park following a 6-2 Game 2 win by the Yankees. 

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The Yankees took advantage of a favorable matchup and cashed in with a 6-2 win to tie the ALDS at one apiece in Boston Saturday night...

Gardner the grinder

Aaron Hicks is obviously a much more productive player than Brett Gardner in 2018, but Gardner's entry into the lineup Saturday, courtesy of Hicks' hamstring injury, was at least well-timed. For one, Gardner has better career numbers (.269 to .212 batting average) versus starter David Price. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Aaron Boone talks Game 2 victory 00:02:30
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about how Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, and Masahiro Tanaka contributed to a win in Game 2 of the ALDS.

David Price was knocked out early, Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, and the Yankees bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat the Red Sox on Saturday night, 6-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS. >> Box score


1) David Price hasn't had the edge over the Yankees since coming over to Boston, and that proved true again tonight. He lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing three runs on three hits, including two solo shots from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Price owns a 7.95 ERA in 12 starts against the Yankees this season. 

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The Yankees may have lost Game 1 in a close battle, but a favorable matchup with Red Sox LHP David Price on the mound. Price's struggles against the Yankees since joining Boston are glaring, and he took the Fenway Park mound to redeem himself.

Mission failed.

It was Aaron Judge, fresh off a solo homer in his final at-bat in Game 1, that hit a tape-measure bomb to center field to put the Yankees on the board in the top of the first. Judge now has three homers in his first three postseason games this season, and six in his last eight games...

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Yankees talk Game 1 loss 00:01:02
Aaron Boone, J.A. Happ, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton explain what went wrong in the Yankees Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

The Yankees were knocking on the door, but the Red Sox shut them out in a 5-4 thriller in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park >> Box score


1) J.A. Happ was entrusted to take care of the Sox to kick off this series, but his stuff just wasn't there. After allowing a single to Andre Benintendi and walking Steve Pearce, J.D. Martinez got the best of a 2-0 fastball and sent it over the Green Monster for a three-run homer. Then, in the bottom of the third, Happ was pulled after allowing runners on the corners to start. Chad Green didn't help allowing both runners across. Overall, Happ allowed five runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one over just two innings and 44 pitches. 

2) The Yankees began chipping away at the Red Sox' bullpen in the sixth inning after Chris Sale came out with two runners on. Luke Voit singled home Brett Gardner, while Didi Gregorius avoided a double play to bring home Giancarlo Stanton. But they missed a huge opportunity with bases loaded when Gleyber Torres struck out to end the inning. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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(Adam Hunger)

Remember when people liked the Yankees? You know - that young, fun-spirited, surprise playoff contender? The nation smiled as Todd Frazier jumped over dugout railings and pointed his thumb down. I'm pretty sure Aaron Judge got some marriage proposals.

Well, that period in time seems like it was years ago. The Yankees continued the quest to rebuild their empire on Wednesday in a 7-2 blowout victory in the AL Wild Card Game, a night which showcased a player who fans of other teams are beginning to loathe.

Luke Voit, who ironically couldn't be more well-regarded as a human being, has risen to fame in New York and come to represent the most frustrating thing about the Yankees: The ease in which they're able to absorb big blows and rise back to the top of the league. Just when the team had seen enough of Greg Bird, who was supposed to be their franchise first baseman, Brian Cashman flipped a couple expendable, mediocre bullpen arms to the Cardinals to take a chance on a hot minor league hitter...

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Yankees beat A?s, move to ALDS 00:01:55
The Yankees beat the A?s 7-2 in the Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium, and now advance to the ALDS against the Red Sox.

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Analytics worked for Yanks in choosing Luis Severino

Considering how well J.A. Happ pitched since becoming a Yankee in late July -- and how shaky Luis Severino was until recently -- it seemed risky to give Severino the wild card start. But the Yankees were actually following analytics, as they so often do.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

Tags: Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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(Adam Hunger)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge started off the AL Wild Card Game with a bang, launching a two-run bomb to left field to get the home team on the board in the first inning.

In the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton's absolute moonshot extended the Yankees' lead to 7-2.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)

He may not be in the dugout this time, but former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is all-in on the Bombers. 

Girardi spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN Wednesday ahead of the 2018 AL Wild Card Game, and didn't just call the pinstripes the favorite to win tonight. He also thinks they are the team to beat out of the American League. 

"I personally think the Yankees are the team to beat," he explained. "...Imagine a team that won 100 games that there were so many concerns. If they play to their ability, I believe they are the team to beat."

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: On Wednesday night, the Yankees will host the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game with a trip to the ALDS against Boston on the line. The winner-moves-on affair will be hotly contested between two extremely talented, yet different clubs.

Yankees regulars vs. Athletics regulars

The Yankees come at opposing pitchers with a strong right-handed leaning lineup. They pounded 267 home runs this season, but not a single player hit over 40 alone, and Aaron Judge played in just 111 games. Instead, the Yankees distributed their homers across 19 players, with 12 players reaching double digits (an MLB record). Each of their presumed starting nine managed at least 14 homers. And despite a much higher payroll than the A's, the Yanks maintain a young offensive core, with eight players no older than 28.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge has the best-selling jersey in Major League Baseball for the second straight season, according to sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com. 

Coming in second was Astros 2B Jose Altuve, with Cubs 2B Javier Baez third.

The only other Yankee on the list was Giancarlo Stanton, who came in ninth.

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Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees managed to score four runs in the top of the ninth, but they couldn't get the fifth to tie it in their 8-7 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees sent nine batters to the plate in what was a suspenseful final frame. With the bases loaded, Aaron Judge roped an RBI single to start the scoring. Then it was Luke Voit who barely missed a grand slam to tie the game up at 8 with the longest single ever to deep center field that scored two runs. Giancarlo Stanton would hit a chopper to third to score Judge, but no outs came out it. However, Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar couldn't get Voit home for the tie.

2) Masahiro Tanaka had a three-run lead to work with when he entered the game, but he gave it right back with a three-run inning himself. He would settle down a little bit, but Tommy Pham would crush a solo homer in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Tanaka's line read four runs, three earned while striking out four and walking one over four innings of work. 

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Sep 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single to center during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)
Sep 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single to center during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)

Four different Yankees batters collected an RBI and eight pitchers combined to throw nine innings of one-run ball to lead New York to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Andrew McCutchen went deep in the third inning for his 20th home run of the season, putting the Yankees in front, 1-0. Brett Gardner, who replaced the injured Aaron Hicks, drove in Aaron Judge for the Yankees' second run to begin a two-run fifth inning, which was capped off by Giancarlo Stanton's RBI double. In the seventh, Aaron Judge knocked in McCutchen with a line drive double to center field.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances
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Yankees make the playoffs 00:00:57
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge comment on the Yankees clinching a playoff berth with a win over the Orioles in extra innings.

Yankees stars Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton reacted after the team clinched a playoff spot on Saturday.

Stanton is heading to the postseason for the first time in his career, while Judge is returning to the postseason for the second time in as many seasons. He hit a home run in the Wild Card game last season and hit three more in the ALCS.

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Yanks blow out Sox 00:00:44
Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's stellar performance and the emergence of Luke Voit as a big bat in the Yankees lineup

The Yankees got to Red Sox LHP David Price once again on their way to a 10-1 beatdown in the Bronx on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) Price kept the Yankees' bats at bay last time he faced their lineup, but his normal struggles against the pinstripes came back again. It was Miguel Andujar who tacked on the first run with a solo shot to right in the second. Then, after an error brought home two runs to make it 3-0, Luke Voit hit the first of two homers to right field in the fourth. A two-run shot came later in the sixth that knocked Price out of the game. 

2) Speaking of Voit, he had his first career four-game tonight. Also with multiple-hit games were Aaron Hicks and Andujar. Hicks tied Voit with a team-high three RBI night. 

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup on Tuesday night.

Judge hit second in the order and started in right field. 

"I felt like I never left," Judge said, per MLB.com. who said he still feels some pain in his wrist but that it won't affect his play. "Everything felt good. I felt like my at-bats were good. Seeing the ball well. That's all you can really ask for after missing that many weeks. So I'm excited with the start, we got the win and just got to keep that rolling." 

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge continued his final steps to returning to the lineup on Tuesday, as he took part in another simulated game. 

Judge, along with Aroldis Chapman, didn't have any issues with his sim game on Monday, and that showed with his performance today. With manager Aaron Boone, GM Brian Cashman, and other team officials spectating, Judge launched a homer to right field.

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge and LHP Aroldis Chapman took part in a simulated game Monday at Yankee Stadium, the team announced.

Judge took 11 live at-bats against RHP A.J. Cole, RHP Chance Adams, and LHP Phillip Diehl during his game, while Chapman threw 22 pitches against INF Tyler Wade and C Kyle Higashioka

Judge and Chapman both finished their sessions without any issues coming up, which makes this another successful step toward returning to the club. On Judge specifically, manager Aaron Boone noted Sunday that there is a chance he could be a full participant for the Yankees' upcoming series with the Red Sox. 

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Yankees OF Aaron Judge made a cameo appearance in the outfield since coming off the 10-day DL, but he has yet to make one at home plate. However, manager Aaron Boone said that could change during their next series with the Red Sox. 

Speaking before the series finale against the Blue Jays, Boone noted the "possibility" of Judge being fully active for a crucial series with Boston. 

"I would say it's a possibility," Boone told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I don't think we're there. That's potentially in the timeline, but I wouldn't say we're there to make that call yet. I'd say around that time, he could be close. I would think by some point on this homestand, assuming everything continues to progress, he should be active."

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Sep 12, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) looks on during batting practice prior to a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jordan Johnson)
Sep 12, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) looks on during batting practice prior to a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jordan Johnson)

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Immediately before Aaron Boone met the media on Friday afternoon, Yankees media relations VP Jason Zillo dropped a stunner on reporters, announcing that the team would activate Aaron Judge before the game.

This move, of which there had been no prior warning, initially seemed like great news for the Yanks, who have desperately missed their superstar. But almost immediately, Boone added another surprise, explaining that the team was activating a player who could not yet hit.

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge will be activated before Friday night's game but is not ready to be used as a hitter, manager Aaron Boone said.

"If there's a spot to get him in somewhere to run the bases," the Yankees will do it, Boone added, noting he could also be available to play defense.

Judge took batting practice and threw to home plate and third base from right field on Tuesday, with that BP session marking the second time in as many days that he hit on the field. 

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have the third-best record in the majors, but for a franchise with 27 rings and World Series expectations nearly every year, that's not good enough for Mike Francesa.

Sure, New York sits 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race, but the WFAN host took his criticism of the Yankees another step further on Thursday.

"I think this might be the worst 90-win team the Yankees have ever had," Francesa said during his radio show Thursday.

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have the third-best record in the majors, but for a franchise with 27 rings and World Series expectations nearly every year, that's not good enough for Mike Francesa.

Sure, New York sits 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race, but the WFAN host took his criticism of the Yankees another step further on Thursday.

"I think this might be the worst 90-win team the Yankees have ever had," Francesa said during his radio show Thursday.

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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees look to be getting their flamethrowing closer back. 

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Wednesday that LHP Aroldis Chapman will re-join the team this weekend, and there is a possibility that he will come off the DL "sometime next week," according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. 

The latest update on Chapman came this past weekend, where he was having catch from 90 feet. He has been out due to knee tendinitis that has been a recurring issue all season long...

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Jul 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured player Aaron Judge (99) looks on against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured player Aaron Judge (99) looks on against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge took batting practice and threw to home plate and third base from right field on Tuesday ahead of the team's game against the Twins at Target Field, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Judge's BP session marked the second time in as many days that he hit on the field. 

The 26-year-old Judge, who has been sidelined since July with a fractured wrist, is expected to take batting practice at Yankee Stadium toward the end of the week, according to manager Aaron Boone.

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Aaron Judge took batting practice on the field on Monday in Minnesota before the Yankees' game against the Twins -- hitting that goal earlier than manager Aaron Boone had predicted.

Boone said on Sunday that the hope was that Boone -- who has been out since July 26 due to a fractured wrist -- would take BP toward the end of this week at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts to a fan in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts to a fan in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees hope outfielder Aaron Judge can take batting practice toward the end of this week when the team returns home to Yankee Stadium, manager Aaron Boone said prior to Sunday's game.

Judge has continued to hit in the batting cages and field fly balls in the outfield over the past few days as he looks to return from a fractured wrist that has kept him out since late July.

"I think that's possible, that he will get out on the field one of those days," Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "I gotta look at the schedule with (team trainer) and him, but I think that's the next progression. He's hit in the cage, think there is a chance might get to the field in Minnesota, but I've gotta look."

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge hit in the batting cage and fielded fly balls in the outfield on Saturday, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com

"We're still continuing on," manager Aaron Boone said of Judge one day after he hit outside for the first time since landing on the DL with a chip fracture in his right wrist.

On Friday, Judge hit off a tee and also participated in three rounds of soft toss from 25 feet with hitting coach Marcus Thames, according to The Post's George A. King III. 

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Luis Severino is the obvious choice to start the Wild Card Game for the Yankees. He has the most talent, best stuff, and is the only member of the rotation who can legitimately be labeled an ace.

The only problem? You can't start him in the wild card game -- not after last night.

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Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius has treated his nagging left heel injury, and is expected to return to the team on Friday for their series opener against the Mariners, reports The Post's George A. King III.

Gregorius worked out before Wednesday's series finale against the A's in Oakland, and it was enough to convince manager Aaron Boone that he was ready for game action. 

"He had a good day and we are looking at probably activating him Friday," Boone said. 

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