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Judge happy with Tanaka's outing 00:01:05
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was impressed with pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's outing against the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees bounced back to beat the Indians 3-2 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka's night was going relatively smooth until the righty allowed his second home run of the game when Yasiel Puig blasted a solo shot in the top of the seventh inning. Tanaka finished the game with two earned runs, four hits, and two strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Thanks to the bullpen work of Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman, Tanaka was able to get his ninth win of the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Noah K. Murray)
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The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) J.A. Happ pitched much better compared to his last start, allowing six hits, striking out six, and allowing just two runs over 5.0 innings. This was a bounce back performance for Happ, who gave up six earned runs during his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 9. This was his first start since July 19 that he allowed two or less runs.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre behind Masahiro Tanaka's strong performance. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka got his eighth win of the season after allowing three hits and striking out four over 8.0 innings. The Yankees have now won 10 out of the last 11 games that Tanaka starts, dating back to June 11 of this season. Tanaka bounced back in a big way after giving up five earned runs and 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work in his last start on August 5 against the Orioles.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees spread the offensive production all around the lineup Sunday, getting hits from eight of nine starters in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox, completing a four-game sweep. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Yankees blew the game wide open in the third inning, plating six runs and knocking David Price out of the game early. The third started innocently enough, with an Aaron Judge walk sandwiched between a Gleyber Torres strikeout and a flyout from Didi Gregorius. But Gio Urshela powered a two-run homer to left-center and the Yankees were off and running. Urshela's homer was followed by back-to-back doubles from Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Mike Ford singled in Maybin to make it 5-0, and then Kyle Higashioka got in on the act with an RBI double of his own. When Mike Tauchman's single made it 7-0, the Yankees had collected four straight RBI hits.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa
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The Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Red Sox led by the red-hot Gleyber Torres but lost Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hicks to injuries

Gleyber Torres powered the Yankees to a 6-4 win, completing a Saturday doubleheader sweep for the Yankees over the Red Sox. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's Game Two

1) As injuries have continued to mount for the Yankees, Gleyber Torres has continued to lead the way on the field. On a team with names like Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, Torres has become perhaps the biggest star on the team. The 22-year-old lifted a pair of home runs for the Yankees on Saturday, the second of which tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the 5th. He then hit another ball off the top of the wall in right field, coming within inches of his third home run. Torres has now homered three times in this series with the Red Sox.

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Tommy Kahnle (48) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Tommy Kahnle (48) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees have a lot of big-name pieces in their bullpen, from Aroldis Chapman to Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino.

But during the month of July, no Yankees reliever was better than Tommy Kahnle, who's become the Yankees go-to seventh inning man on the mound.

For his efforts, Kahnle was named AL Reliever of the Month on Saturday.

Kahnle was simply tremendous during July, pitching to a 0.77 ERA with a 0.60 WHIP, striking out 17 batters over 11.2 innings. During the month, he allowed just one earned run in 12 games, dropping his ERA from 3.38 on June 30 to where it currently sits at 2.62.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German during the top of the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German during the top of the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (69-39, 7.5 GA in AL East) play the first game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox (59-52, 11.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres provided all the offense the Yankees needed yesterday, lining a first-inning grand slam over the left field wall. It was his the second grand slam of his career... DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 to remain atop the Major League leaderboard with a .334 batting average... Brett Gardner returned to the lineup following a 10-game absence and went 0-for-3 with a walk... Aroldis Chapman had his first scoreless outing in three tries, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.

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Aaron Boone and James Paxton comment on Paxton's strong outing in the Yankees 4-2 win over Boston

The Yankees received a quality start from James Paxton and some power from Gleyber Torres to beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Friday night. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) Gleyber Torres turned the Yankees' two-run deficit to a two run lead in one swing. After a DJ LeMahieu single and a pair of walks, Torres launched a grand slam into the seats in left field. Torres' 21st homer of the season gave the Yankees the lead after one.

2) James Paxton entered the game coming off a pair of rough outing, including his last time out against the Red Sox, but he was tremendous on Friday. Over six innings, Paxton allowed a pair of runs on just two hits. The Red Sox scored twice in the first inning on a JD Martinez long ball, but Paxton settled down after that inning, striking out six hitters.

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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

The Yankees' big-league roster looks exactly the same after the MLB trade deadline as it did when the day started. The team did make a very minor move, adding minor league lefty Alfredo Garcia from the Colorado Rockies, but they did not add any pitching to a rotation that looks dangerously shallow. That doesn't mean that the club can't still improve., though.

Instead, the Yankees will have to improve from inside the organization if they want to win the World Series. Here's how the Yankees can still get better without surrendering any talent in the meantime: 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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After the D-backs pulled Zack Greinke from the game and traded him, the Yankees hitters jump all over Arizona's bullpen en route to a 7-5 win.>> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Prior to the game, righty Masahiro Tanaka revealed that he made some changes to his grip. That came after he imploded in his last start against the Red Sox, posting 12 earned runs on 12 hits (two homers) over 3.1 innings. On Wednesday, Tanaka still struggled. Tanaka only notched four innings on the mound, exiting the game in the fifth inning with runners on and 82 pitches thrown. Tanaka allowed two earned runs and five hits with three walks. He also struck out four batters. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Arizona Diamondbacks, Aroldis Chapman, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The addition of a new starter has been front and center when it comes to trade talks involving the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman. But that isn't the only pitching options he's looking to pursue this summer. 

Sprinkled in have been notions that the Yankees are checking in on the reliever market as well. Players like Tigers' closer Shane Greene and Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley have been mentioned to be on the Yankees' radar.

"Working all angles," Cashman told The Post's George A. King III.

Tags: Zack Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Scott Thompson
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Jul 21, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Shane Greene (61) pitches during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Jul 21, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Shane Greene (61) pitches during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman isn't just searching for his next starting pitcher. He's looking at adding a potential new bullpen piece as well.

According to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, the Yankees have asked the Tigers about their closer in RHP Shane Greene.

The 30-year-old, who just made his first All-Star team this season, is enjoying tremendous success in Detroit with a 1.22 ERA. And with the Tigers well out of a postseason run, Greene has been among the assets that many contenders are looking at. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (65-35, 9.5 GA in AL East) finish their three-game series against the Twins (61-39, 3 GA in AL Central) Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field.

Yankees notes

In Tuesday's 14-12 win, Didi Gregorius joined just Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio as the only players with multiple four-hit, 7 RBI games with Yankees... Despite being credited with the win Tuesday, Aroldis Chapman walked three and blew the save. In his last seven appearances, he's allowed six runs and walked seven over 6.2 innings... With Brett Gardner still ailing, Mike Tauchman will be back in the lineup boasting a robust .410/.489/.641 slash line in his last 15 games (39 at-bats). 

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Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his home run in the fifth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his home run in the fifth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

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The Yankees rallied on three separate occasions to beat the Twins, 14-12, at Target Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) On a 3-0 count with one out in the 10th inning, Gleyber Torres smoothly roped a single to right field scoring Didi Gregorius to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in three innings. Austin Romine scored an insurance run on a wild pitch. The Yanks would keep this lead only because of a miraculous catch to end the game by Aaron Hicks.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres
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Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Will the Yankees be without their closer Aroldis Chapman in 2020? It's a scenario that is very plausible after hearing what The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal had to say about the flame-throwing left-hander. 

Rosenthal wrote in his most recent piece that "a player who is friendly" with Chapman said that the closer will "one million percent" opt out of his contract following the end of the 2019 season. 

Chapman answered questions about the report before tonight's game, saying it is "completely false" that he wants to opt out, according to multiple reports. However, he will have a discussion with his agent after the season to contemplate his options. For now, though, he is happy with his contract...

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays, Travis d'Arnaud
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Aaron Boone, Masahiro Tanaka, Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge on Tanaka's win and Urshela's contribution to the Yankees success all season

The Yankees won their first series of the second half, beating the Blue Jays 4-2 Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The long ball continues to plague Masahiro Tanaka, but the Yankees right-hander kept the damage to a minimum on Sunday. Tanaka allowed two solo home runs in the fifth inning, but other than that he pitched six strong innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Toronto Blue Jays
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It seems hard to believe now, with the Yankees on a pace to win 105 games, that they lost series to the Orioles, Tigers, and White Sox in getting off to a 6-9 start amidst fears that injuries might wreck their season before Memorial Day.

Since then they've gone a mere 51-22 to establish themselves as the best team in the American League, getting unexpected contributions from the Urshelas, Tauchmans and Maybins of the baseball world that have made this more of a feel-good season than seemed possible with such huge expectations.

As such, any midterm review has to start with GM Brian Cashman, who created all this depth and versatility, as well as the most formidable bullpen in baseball, partly by spreading the Yankee money around on the likes of D.J. Lemahieu, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton and others, rather than going all-in on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees know a thing or two about winning. Even in the All-Star Game.

Aroldis Chapman, one of five Yankees to make the American League All-Star team, recorded the save as the AL beat the National League 4-3 on Tuesday at Progressive Field.

Chapman, making his sixth All-Star Game, joined teammates Gary SanchezDJ LeMahieuGleyber Torres and Masahiro Tanaka on the AL team, which won its seventh straight Midsummer Classic.

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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez will both be out in the Progressive Field infield to start the 2019 MLB All-Star Game after being named starters for the American League. And AL manager, Red Sox skipper Alex Cora, announced where they will be hitting in the lineup as well. 

Cora places LeMahieu, the team's starting second baseman, in the No. 2 slot while Sanchez will be hitting further down than normal at No. 7. He also mentioned that Masahiro Tanaka will likely take over on the hill after Justin Verlander gets the start. 

LeMahieu and Sanchez blew out the primary voting for their respective position, as both Yankees are having solid seasons. LeMahieu, in particular, has been the biggest surprise for the pinstripes, hitting a team-high .336/.383/.518 with 12 homers and 63 RBI over 81 games thus far. That average also leads the American League. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (56-29, 7.5 GA in AL East) face the Tampa Bay Rays (50-38, 7.5 GB in AL East) in the second game of a four-game series on Friday at Tropicana Field at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez snapped out of an 0-for-14 slump with his 10th-inning home run on Thursday. ... Since returning from the injured list, Aaron Judge is slashing .281/.425/.500 with two home runs and seven RBIs. ... Aroldis Chapman has given up four runs (three earned), eight hits annd two walks over his last five outings (five innings). Prior to that, he had allowed four runs (two earned), 14 hits and eight walks in 26 innings.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated by New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner as he hits a three-run home run during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated by New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner as he hits a three-run home run during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees rallied for five runs in the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Thursday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Thursday's game

1) DJ LeMahieu hit a go-ahead two-run single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning while Gary Sanchez crushed a three-run homer to blow the game open as New York won for the 15th time in its last 17 games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Tampa Bay Rays
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Well, it's about time. 

Gleyber Torres has been named to the American League All-Star team to replace Rays' 2B Brandon Lowe, who hit the IL on Wednesday with a right shin contusion. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the media on Wednesday that "it's a joke" he wasn't elected to the team. 

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres reacts at home plate after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres reacts at home plate after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has a big problem with the fact Gleyber Torres isn't an All-Star.

The Yankees infielder, who ranks eighth in the American League in OPS and leads all AL second basemen in homers (19), wasn't selected to the AL All-Star roster on Sunday and wasn't among three roster replacements the league announced on Wednesday.

Before Wednesday's game against the Mets, Boone told reporters, "It's a joke he's not on that team. Gleyber Torres not an All-Star? You can kick rocks on that one. ... Doesn't seem right to me he's not on that team."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Matt Eisenberg
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) follows through on a walk off RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) follows through on a walk off RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Every year, the MLB All-Star Game fan vote brings an equal amount of excitement and outrage. The story is usually the same from year to year -- players who shouldn't make the team end up making it, while players who appear to be locks, don't.

Such is the case again in 2019. This years crop of notable snubs (Fernando Tatis Jr, Luke Voit, Xander Boegarts) are no different, and it is Gleyber Torres' omission that stands out the most for Yankees fans.

The 22-year-old infielder has quickly cemented his status as one of the games brightest young players, the same group that includes the likes of Ronald Acuna Jr and Juan Soto, among others. His national prominence is somewhat quieted by the sheer starpower and production found throughout the Yankees' lineup, but his numbers speak for themselves.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

In addition to Gary Sanchez and DJ LeMahieu, there is another Yankee who was named to the American League's All-Star roster: Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman was New York's lone pitcher named to the All-Star Game, the league announced Sunday. 

The 31-year-old Chapman, who has 23 saves and a 1.36 ERA in 35 relief appearances this year, makes his sixth All-Star Game in his 10-year career.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Both Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman were charged with blown saves in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. 

New York's bullpen, which had been one of the team's biggest strengths, had faltered during the Yankees' recent slide.

And yet, the pitching staff is confident it can right the ship.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After dominating in May, Aroldis Chapman was recognized as the American League's best bullpen arm with the Reliever of the Month Award.

Though he hasn't been scorching the radar guns as per usual, Chapman is still dominant, relying more on mixing up his pitches to make that lesser velocity look like his 104 mph heater in the past. 

It definitely worked in May, as Chapman threw to a 0.79 ERA and went 11-for-11 in save opportunities. He also struck out 18 batters, while holding opponents to a combined .128 batting average...

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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees, one of the hottest teams in baseball, will host the archrival Red Sox for four games beginning Thursday evening in the Bronx.

Here's a high-level preview of the series.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Boston Red Sox, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have had a rich history with the MLB All-Star Game. The team has sent at least three players to the Midsummer Classic in 24 of the last 25 years, and at least one player has started in 22 of those years. Two Yankees have won the All-Star Game MVP Award, which has helped the American League win 18 of the last 25 contests.

The Yankees will likely continue the legacy by sending at least four players to Cleveland this year. With fan voting having opened on Tuesday, let's take a look at who has the best case to represent the Yankees...

Gary Sanchez

Even with Aaron Judge, who has started the last two All-Star Games, likely missing this year's event due to injury, the Yankees still look poised to have a player in the starting lineup. No catcher has even come close to matching Sanchez's production this season, as the Yankees' backstop will likely make his first All-Star start in his second selection to the game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks at the scoreboard on his way to the dugout between innings against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks at the scoreboard on his way to the dugout between innings against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (35-18, 2.0 GA in AL East) host the Padres (28-26, 8.0 GB in NL West) for the second game of their three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a Major League-best 12-2 since May 2nd and 26-8 in their last 34 games, the best record in baseball over that stretch. ... Gary Sanchez has homered in four of his last seven games, including his eighth-inning home run on Monday. ... Aroldis Chapman has converted 12-straight save opportunities for the Pinstripes, and now has 15 saves on the season, second-most in the American League. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, San Diego Padres
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

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The Yankees beat the Royals, 6-5, to earn a sweep in today's split doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) After Chad Green allowed a first inning run as the Yankees opener, the team turned to Chance Adams, the club's 26th man for the doubleheader. Adams pitched well, despite his line as his defense was atrocious behind him and the official scorer handed out some gift hits to the Royals that probably should have been ruled errors. Regardless, anyone watching had to like how Adams got the ball back each time his defense failed him, threw strikes and worked at a very good pace. He earned his first career MLB win.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Chance Adams, Jonathan Holder, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Chad Green began his big-league career as a starter before shifting to the bullpen. In a way, serving as the 'opener' for Saturday night's game is a return to his roots.

For Green, though, his first two starts since 2017 don't resemble those he used to make. Instead, Green is simply the opener -- he will start the game, but is not expected to pitch more than two innings before giving way to the rest of his bullpen mates. The Yankees' bullpen is well-rested, as long men Luis Cessa, David Hale, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jake Barrett can all provide length for Friday's game.

But why have the Yankees come to this point?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

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The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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May 10, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) high five as they score during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 10, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) high five as they score during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees beat the Rays, 4-3, at Tropicana Field on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Domingo German was cruising through four innings, but once the Rays lineup began its third time to the plate, things fell apart. German had surrendered just two home runs this season coming into the game, but allowed two homers in the fifth inning alone, which was enough to cough up the lead. German, who still got the win and is now 7-1, finished with a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB and 5 K.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, J.A. Happ, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has liked the confidence and fight he's seen in his team while players have been out with injury.

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The Yankees beat the Mariners, 3-1, to take the four-game series at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Thursday's game...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, J.A. Happ, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees didn't flex their financial muscles in the most obvious way last winter, passing on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but they nevertheless bought themselves a luxury item that few other teams in baseball can afford:

A $27 million sixth-inning reliever.

And a $39 million seventh-inning reliever, oh by the way.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Seattle Mariners, John Harper
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Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

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J.A. Happ was lights out for the Yankees in San Francisco, as the Yankees took down the Giants 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Happ threw by far his best game of the young season, tossing seven scoreless innings. Happ scattered five hits, walked none and struck out two batters for his first win of the season. The effort reduced Happ's ERA to 4.68 on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, San Francisco Giants, Chris Carelli
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Apr 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by outfielder Cameron Maybin (38) after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Apr 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by outfielder Cameron Maybin (38) after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Yankees bounced back from Thursday's loss in Anaheim by heading to San Francisco and defeating the Giants Friday night, 7-3. They're 4-1 so far to start their nine-game West Coast trip. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit continued his remarkable run at the plate. With a third-inning single, he extended his on-base streak to 37 games, dating back to last season, and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He blasted a two-run homer to center field in the ninth to give the Yanks two crucial insurance runs, putting them up 7-3. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and three RBI, having knocked in a run with a double in the fifth.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Luke Voit, San Francisco Giants
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Gio Urshela hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 14th inning, two innings after Aroldis Chapman's first blown save of the season, as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. >> Box score

Eight takeaways from Monday's game

1) With runners on the corners and two outs, Urshela lined a 1-1 Luke Bard fastball into right-center field to break a 3-3 tie. 

2) Jonathan Holder pitched two scoreless innings of relief as the Yankees won their fourth straight game.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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An All-Star collection of Yankees sit on the club's injured list, which has been one of the main culprits to their 8-10 start to the season. There are six regulars that have already missed significant time in 2019, but who is missed the most?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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CC Sabathia pitched 5 strong innings in his season debut and Aaron Judge added a solo home run as the Yankees blanked the White Sox, 4-0

The Yankees beat the White Sox, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) CC Sabathia, coming off the injured list to make his first start of the season, was spectacular. In five innings, Sabathia allowed just one base runner (on a single) and struck out three. Sabathia, who will be retiring at season's end, is now 11 strikeouts away from 3,000 for his career, which should aid his bid to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Before we concern ourselves with Sabathia's career worth, right now the Yanks can use some of the stopper stuff he's possessed the last couple of seasons. He provided it Saturday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports  (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

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If any Yankee fans were looking for Aaron Boone to call out his team or turn over a food table after the Houston Astros completed their sweep on Wednesday, they were once again disappointed by the even-tempered manager.

And as unsatisfying as it might be for a bloodthirsty public, Boone was exactly right, both in style and substance, when he said the following:

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees were supposed to ride the strength of their bullpen to many victories this season, but instead it is coughing up leads on a regular basis.

With right-handed reliever Dellin Betances on the injured list, the Yankees pen has been somewhat porous, creating some short term issues and -- worse -- setting the stage for potentially long term affects.

Obvious shortcomings

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The primary focus as Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has struggled with inconsistent velocity so far this season has been on his fastball. But a deeper look at the velocity of his second-most important pitch (which happens to be his only other pitch) might be of even greater concern. 

Chapman's slider, which he has thrown 22.9 percent of the time this season, has averaged 81.7 MPH -- down from the 86.2 MPH it averaged during the 2018 season. 

And while the stark drop in the speed of Chapman's slider from 2018 to 2019 is alarming, it's been in decline since 2016 -- when it averaged 88.3 MPH, followed by 87.9 MPH in 2017...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Danny Abriano
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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up a run against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up a run against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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When a power pitcher begins to lose his fastball, he first tells the world that everything is fine.

The pitcher's manager and teammates will echo that too, because what can you say in the face of apparently diminishing stuff other than to offer encouragement?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Andy Martino
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

It may not be triple digits, but Aroldis Chapman's fastball velocity is trending in the right direction. 

After an Opening Day outing in which his heater sat around a troubling 93-94 mph, the Yankees' closer rebounded with an effort that looked like his more usual self on Monday against the Tigers. 

The left-hander recorded his first save of the season with his fastball averaging 97.2 mph and topping out at 98.3 mph, which he blew by Mikie Mahtook for seventh and final pitch of the game. 

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Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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First, let's state the obvious: You can't drop a series to the 2019 Orioles. Throw away all your cliches about how it's a long season with many ups and downs, and any major league team can beat another on any given day, blah blah blah.

Those justifications don't apply here because the Orioles are truly not a major league team. Last year, they lost 115 games, and that was with contributions from Manny Machado, Zack Britton and Adam Jones. All of those players are gone, as is iconic manager Buck Showalter.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Giancarlo Stanton, Andy Martino
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