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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Alex Rodriguez believes Yankees rookie Aaron Judge "has a chance to be historic," he told John Harper of the NY Daily News.

Rodriguez had the chance to analyze two of New York's biggest phenoms in Judge and Mets outfielder Michael Conforto in his broadcast debut this past week for FOX. 

Harper asked Rodriguez which player he would choose to have the better career, and Rodriguez stayed loyal to the pinstripes.

"Tough question," Rodriguez said. "I think they're both going to be All-Stars for years to come. But Judge has a chance to be historic. He's 6-foot-7, he benches 450 pounds, he's got a great idea at the plate."

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May 18, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) reacts after giving up a three run home run to Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas (left) during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 18, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) reacts after giving up a three run home run to Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas (left) during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

Danny Duffy pitched seven shutout innings, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer, and the Royals cruised to a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. >> Click here for the full box score

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During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, OF Aaron Judge surprised Yankees fans in Bryant Park.

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chase Headley hit a bases-clearing, two-out triple in the seventh inning to key a six-run rally as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros, 11-6, Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday had an RBI infield single and Starlin Castro a game-tying double, Headley lined a Chris Devenski changeup into the right-center field gap to give New York a 9-6 lead.

The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Castro and Aaron Judge, but squandered it when Adam Warren (1-0) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a Joey Gattis single, Castro error and Yulieski Gurriel sac fly.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees, who many believed would not be in contention for the World Series this year, have surprised the league by beginning the season 21-11, and are currently sitting only 0.5 games behind Baltimore for the lead in the AL East.

After talking with several MLB insiders and coaches from around the league, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post lists six reasons why the Yankees are legitimate contenders this season.

The first reason is the blooming of some of New York's young players. Guys such as Aaron JudgeAaron HicksLuis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery have developed faster than many scouts believed they would, finding great success thus far.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Alroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino
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(Brad Penner)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge is on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

Judge, who is hitting .317 with a .413 OBP and .760 SLG with 13 HR and 28 RBI in 29 games this season, is unassuming off the field, according to SI.

"I have a very short window to play this game," Judge told Stephanie Apstein of SI. "The last thing I want to do is waste it being out on the town. I want to get every ounce I can out of my body." >> Read the full article here

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New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday compared this year's team to the 2007 Colorado Rockies that won the National League pennant.

"We have a good mix of veteran and young guys which I think we had in '07," Holliday told Jim Rome on Monday, "and the young guys provide a lot of energy and excitement and the older guys provide some veteran leadership."

While the Yankees have scored the second most runs (167) and allowed the third fewest runs (115) among all 30 teams, Holliday sees comparisons between the makeups of each roster.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score


Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.

Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.

Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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May 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees RF Aaron Judge is hitting cleanup for the first time in his MLB career on Saturday evening against the Chicago Cubs. 

Manager Joe Girardi moved catcher Gary Sanchez, who was activated off the disabled list earlier this week, down to the fifth hole. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

That's some headline, isn't it? Aaron Judge launched his 13th home run in his 26th game of the season Wednesday and I'm raining on the parade, talking about a potential slump. I don't want to see it any more than you do, but it's going to happen.

As much as we want to play with the numbers - Judge is on pace for 81 home runs and 162 RBIs - a skid of some sort is coming. Eventually. Maybe.

We have some recent history to turn to suggest the time may be coming sooner than later. Last August, Yankees' catcher Gary Sanchez got the call-up and was named the club's starting catcher. In a 20-game stretch from August 4 through August 28, Sanchez put up some seriously amazing numbers.

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(AP)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge has been named American League Rookie of the Month for April, it was announced Wednesday.

Judge hit 10 home runs in April while driving in 20 runs.

He hit two more home runs during Tuesday night's win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, bringing his total on the season to 12.

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Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner both hit two home runs as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 11-5.

Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner each hit two home runs to power the Yankees past the Blue Jays, 11-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka
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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium to discuss the team's 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night

Luis Severino gave up five runs in his shortest outing since April 7 as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Coming off three straight outings in which Severino pitched at least seven innings, Severino (2-2) gave up eight hits and two home runs in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 59 of 105 pitches for strikes, as the Yankees lost their second straight game.

Ryan Goins hit a two-run home run off Severino in the second inning that gave Toronto a 2-0 lead, then hit a two-run sac fly when Jacoby Ellsbury crashed into the wall to make a leaping catch with runners on first and second that made it 4-1.

Chris Coghlan homered off Severino in the sixth inning to make it 5-1, and Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer off Luis Cessa in the seventh inning that made it 7-1.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates his solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles with teammates during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates his solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles with teammates during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi compared outfielder Aaron Judge to legendary shortstop Derek Jeter in their demeanor and presence on and off the field.

"You know, he's a little bit like Derek to me. He has got a smile all the time," Girardi, who won three World Series titles with Jeter in the late 1990s, said, according to the New York Daily News' John Harper. "He loves to play the game. You always think that he's gonna do the right thing on the field and off the field."

Jeter, the Yankees' future Hall-of-Fame shortstop and five-time World Series champion, was a rookie when Girardi first joined the club in 1996, but his composure and leadership abilities stood out to him, even though he was 12 years younger than Girardi.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The New York Yankees hoped to be competitive and not fall behind in the season's opening month as they did in 2016. A rough start on the road was erased by an eight-game winning streak and the Yanks won five of their last six series, propelling them into a surprising position in the standings.

Where the Yankees stand

Record: 15-8, T-1st AL East, Home: 10-2, Road: 5-6

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Justine Ward talks to Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius and Joe Girardi about the Yankees' 7-4 extra-innings loss to the Orioles.

Bryan Mitchell allowed three runs in the top of the 11th inning after the Yankees didn't score with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as New York lost the rubber game of a three-game series to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Starlin Castro grounded into a fielder's choice and Aaron Judge struck out to end the frame.

Mitchell (1-1) surrendered a go-ahead two-out single to Mark Trumbo that gave Baltimore a 5-4 lead, then Welington Castillo drove in two runs with a single to right. Logan Verrett (1-0) pitched a scoreless 11th inning for the Orioles.

The Yankees trailed 4-2 in the ninth inning before Didi Gregorius hit a game-tying two-run single off Donnie Hart. New York had runners on second and third with two outs, but Hart struck out Chris Carter to end the frame. The Yankees went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Didi Gregorius, Logan Verrett, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
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Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Luis Severino cruised through seven scoreless innings of work and Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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(Brad Mills)

Aaron Judge will make his Fenway Park debut on Wednesday night against Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox. 

"Having the chance to play in front of a packed house is going to be awesome," Judge said according to Mike Mazzeo of the Daily News. "I'm looking forward to the Red Sox atmosphere."

Judge has previously taken batting practice at Fenway when he played in the Cape Cod League back in 2012 before his junior season at Fresno State. A year later he was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 Draft.

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Sweeny Murti breaks down how the Yankees keep rolling behind strong starting pitching and power hitting, resulting in eight straight wins.

Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge both hit home runs to power the New York Yankees to their eighth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Holliday hit a three-run home run off White Sox starter Derek Holland (1-2) as part of a five-run third inning to break a scoreless tie.

Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in the third inning to make it 5-0 and a two-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chicago White Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

Greg Bird broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a home run, Michael Pineda threw seven strong innings and the New York Yankees won their seventh game in a row with a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird, who entered the game with a .038 batting average, was a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Aaron Judge's home run was overturned on replay to break a 1-1 tie.

Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple. He hit a ball to deep right field off Adam Wainwright (0-3) that deflected off a fan's glove and back onto the field. Umpires reviewed the play and ruled fan interference, resulting in a triple.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, St. Louis Cardinals
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs up the first baseline after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs up the first baseline after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Aaron Judge launched a home run in his first MLB at-bat last August and Yankees fans rejoiced in what was believed to be a sign the club was set for a long time in right field. However, raw talent precedes true development.

In Judge's late season cameo, he struck out in 44.2 percent of his 95 plate appearances. The poor performance forced Judge to study and alter his hitting mechanics during the offseason. He added a leg kick and strived to change his approach at the plate. There was enough doubt among the Yankees' braintrust that Judge had to win the right field job out of spring training.

Spring training statistics should be taken with a grain of salt, but for Judge, there was some underlying meaning. In 69 plate appearances he struck out 15 times (21.7 percent), which was a marked improvement from the display last season. Beyond the reduction in strikeouts, Judge was spraying the ball to the opposite field and laying off pitches he flailed at last summer, without sacrificing his home run power. This demonstrated the extra effort he put in during the winter was taking hold.

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Sweeny Murti provides all the updates from Yankee Stadium after the Bombers' 8-4 win over the Rays.

Jordan Montgomery was solid in his Major League debut while Aaron Judge homered and drove in three runs as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Rays, 8-4, at Yankee Stadium Wednesday. >> Click here for a full box score.


The Yankees trailed 3-0 before scoring eight runs in the next three innings. Their first two runs scored on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Judge went 2-for-3 and tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. He added a two-run homer in the seventh, his third of the season.

Montgomery struck out the first two batters he faced and then issued a walk and a two-run homer to Rickie Weeks. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Much of the excitement surrounding the Yankees this season centered on the young players getting a chance to take over roles with an eye toward the future. The first glimpse of a new era heightened last August when Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez took over behind the plate. Sanchez's historic home run barrage and cannon arm put a charge into the notion of the youth movement creating a new core.

Unfortunately, Sanchez will be out for four weeks with a biceps strain, leaving a huge vacancy in the lineup. The Yankees were already down one of their potent bats with Didi Gregorius out with a shoulder injury until early May, so Sanchez's malady further depletes the team's offensive firepower.

While the Yankees do not need to venture outside the organization for catching help, neither Austin Romine nor Kyle Higashioka will put up statistics resembling Sanchez's potential. As such, the Yankees will need someone in the everyday lineup to step up their game over the next four weeks. I contend this will have to be a collective effort, with four players potentially playing a bigger role.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium following the Bombers' 8-1 victory behind a dominant Michael Pineda.

Michael Pineda took a perfect game into the seventh inning as the Yankees beat the Rays, 8-1, during their home opener on Monday. >> Click here for a full box score.


Pineda lost his perfect game bid when Evan Longoria ripped a hanging slider down the left field line for a double with two outs in the seventh inning.

Pineda, who allowed one run on two hits while walking none and striking out 11, was removed with two outs in the eighth inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury opened the scoring for the Yankees with an RBI double in the third inning, and Aaron Judge's home run to left field in the fourth increased New York's lead to 2-0. Chase Headley's homer in the seventh made it 3-0, Yankees...

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Baby Bombers headed home for their Yankee Stadium opener with pediatric pains.

After rallying to beat Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday, the Yankees finished 2-4 on their season-opening road trip. Michael Pineda (0-1) starts Monday for New York against Alex Cobb (1-0) and the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.

"It's going to be packed," right fielder Aaron Judge said. "Fans are going to be excited."

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

It takes patience for a foundation to set. Not until the cement dries can the structure be built, eventually resulting in a finished product.

The Yankees enter the 2017 season with a promising young group of players already at the major league level and a fine collection of minor league players nearly ready to join them. Add the Yankees' ability to make trades with the prospects they don't have room for and their ability to play at the top of the free agent market, it is easy to envision the opportunity for an extended run of highly competitive Yankees squads.

Rewind to the 1996 season when three-fourths of the Core Four (Jorge Posada made his mark later) - plus Bernie Williams - made significant contributions to the Yankees' first World Series title since 1978. The 27-year-old Williams rapped 29 home runs and drove in 102 runs, Derek Jeter won the Rookie of the Year award at 22 years old, Andy Pettitte won 21 games at 24 and Mariano Rivera racked up 130 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings at the age of 26.

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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...

Positional starters

Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.

At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)

Joe Girardi has named Aaron Judge the Yankees' starting right fielder, while Pete Kozma has made the team as a backup infielder.

Judge hit an impressive .345 with three home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats this spring. 

The 24-year old struggled in only 84 at-bats with New York last year, finishing the year with a .179 batting average to go along with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

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(Reinhold Matay)

Jordan Montgomery allowed one run in five innings and Austin Romine and Brett Gardner delivered run-scoring single as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Dunedin >> Click here for the full box score


Montgomery allowed six hits while walking one and striking out four during his five innings of work, lowering his ERA for the spring to 3.20.

Austin Romine, Gardner, and Judge all had run-scoring singles as they provided all the offense.

 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six batters in five innings and ended the Grapefruit League with a 0.38 ERA as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


  • Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. He allowed an RBI double to Alex Presley in the first inning, and Presley scored on a Gary Sanchez throwing error following an Alex Avila walk.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Following a season in which the New York Yankees finished fourth in the division and traded away several big-name players for top prospects, GM Brian Cashman said he felt both proud and hopeful the team's youth movement will pan out.

"It's my job as general manager of the Yankees to be utilizing every tool in the tool box so we can be the best we can possibly be," Cashman told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. "I'm proud of the fact that we're not afraid to be open-minded at all times. I'm proud that the ownership has given me that freedom to do that, while also recognizing that, hey, we're the New York Yankees."

While the Yankees missed the postseason for the third time in four years and have yet to reach the World Series since 2009, Cashman hopes the moves New York made over the past nine months, which included trading Andrew MillerAroldis ChapmanBrian McCann and Carlos Beltran in an effort to shed payroll and acquire top-level prospects.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Often times with spring training position battles, there is a clear winner and a certain loser, making life easier for the club to move forward. There are also circumstances when each player demonstrates the ability to handle the full time role but only one can make the roster due to lack of space. The Yankees are fortunate that their internal battle for the right field position has produced two of the better springs from all players in camp and that they can figure out a way to get each player a significant number of plate appearances this season.

Aaron Hicks entered camp as the player many have been waiting to see reach his potential. Meanwhile his competitor, Aaron Judge, was considered a part of the organization's future but there was uncertainty to his readiness. Both players have performed quite well this spring, to the point that the "winner" has become too close to call according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed nine hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Yankees beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Friday afternoon >> Box score


  • Sabathia walked one and struck out one during his 5 1/3 innings. His ERA for the spring is now 6.75.
  • Luis Severino struck out five batters in three perfect innings.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
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(Kim Klement)

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees tied the Rays, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits while walking none during his 4 1/3 innings. His ERA this spring is 3.68.
  • Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, and Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a double...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chasen Shreve, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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(Bill Streicher)

Luis Severino allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four in three innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays, 10-6, on Tuesday >> Read the full box score here


  • Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a homer -- his fourth of the spring.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer...
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Spring training is just a couple of weeks old, so managers are tinkering around with many lineup variations to see if certain iterations work better than others. Let's discuss some lineup options - based on handedness and substitutions - that Yankees manager Joe Girardi might consider for this season.

Versus right-handed pitcher

There are plenty of other variations that Girardi can go to, however, these two show what I envision he'll explore the most. Keep in mind, the Yankees do not expect to have any left-handed hitting bench options other than Aaron Hicks (a switch-hitter) if he loses the right field job.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa.

Entering the bottom of the 10th trailing 6-4, the Yankees got a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada, followed by an RBI ground-rule double by Rashad Crawford and run-scoring single by Tyler Wade to win, 7-6.


  • CC Sabathia made his first start of Spring Training, tossing two scorelss innings while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren allowed two runs on four hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out none in three innings. Warren, who is battling for a spot in the starting rotation, has a 3.38 ERA this spring.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Ruben Tejada
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?

One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Mar 30, 2016; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 30, 2016; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees lost to the Pirates, 13-1, on Monday afternoon.


  • Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs on six hits while walking none and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings.
  • LHP Jon Niese tossed one perfect inning.
  • INF Starlin Castro went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. 
  • OF Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a strikeout...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Jon Niese, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, on the road on Friday.


  • RHP Luis Severino struggled, allowing two runs, four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters and gave up a two-run home run to Jose Bautista.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Austin Romine each went 1-for-3.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees center fielder Clint Frazier singles during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Clint Frazier singles during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

MLB.com ranked the New York Yankees' farm system No. 2 in baseball on Friday.

Writers Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum graded the Yankees, who have seven prospects in MLB.com's top 100, just beneath the Atlanta Braves.

Gleyber Torres was ranked MLB.com's No. 3 prospect in baseball, while Clint FrazierBlake RutherfordAaron JudgeJorge MateoJames Kaprielian and Justus Sheffield all ranked in the top 79.

On MLB.com's point scale that gives the No. 1 prospect 100 points, No. 2 prospect 99 points, and so on, the Yankees led all 30 MLB teams with 414 points, followed by the Chicago White Sox's 379 points and the Braves' 363.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 4-1, on Monday afternoon.


  • Greg Bird served as the designated hitter and went 2-for3.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Chad Green got the start and allowed one hit and one walk in two innings...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees beat the Phillies, 9-4, on Friday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Didi Gregorius went 1-for-3 with a homer.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-2 with a homer.
  • Kyle Higashioka also homered...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Whatever we call it, the Yankees are operating the organization differently than they have in recent memory. What remains to be seen is whether the Yankees will stay the course regardless of whether they are winning or losing. I suggest it is imperative they do.

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

The Yankees felt comfortable entering 2016 as a few veterans experienced comeback efforts in 2015. However, a slow start and poor production through the middle of the season for some of those same players, pushed the Yankees into a direction unseen in decades...

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi begins his 10th season as the club's skipper with arguably his toughest test ahead of him. Until the 2016 trade deadline passed, Girardi consistently managed a roster filled with star-studded, high-salaried, yet older players. When the dust settled, Girardi was in the midst of a full-blown transition, with a roster teeming with young talent. In the final year of his contract, can Girardi get the most out of the youngest team the Yankees have fielded since the 1990s, and thus earn another contract?

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

Coming off a Wild Card appearance in 2015, the Yankees returned a bulk of the same roster for 2016 with renewed expectations. Unfortunately, not all the veterans were able to replicate their inspired play from 2015. The Yankees got off to a 9-17 start and found themselves at the .500 mark as they reached the trade deadline...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge says he feels like an underdog heading into this season.

"I feel like an underdog," Judge said Monday in Tampa, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I'm fitting to go in there and take a job, to be honest."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested last week that the right field Judge is the 24-year-old Judge's to lose.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman thinks the team can contend this season, he said during an interview on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Thursday.

"It can be," he said about the team contending. "Obviously, i think we saw a glimpse of the potential last year." Cashman added the run the team went on toward the end of last season -- along with new acquisitions -- gives them "hope" for this season.

Regarding Chris Carter, who the team recently agreed to a one-year deal with, Cashman said the hope remains that Greg Bird will win the full-time job at first base. However, he said the Yankees couldn't pass up an opportunity to sign Carter once his price got so low...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees' youth movement will be in full effect in right field this season. The club will give long-time prospect Aaron Judge a chance to win the role full time with the initial fallback option being former first-round pick Aaron Hicks. If it gets beyond these two players, the Yankees could be forced to institute a revolving door of right fielders in 2017.

How they fared in 2016

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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