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New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees relievers Jonathan Holder and Dellin Betances continued to dominate out of the bullpen in Monday's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Holder pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam he inherited from Sonny Gray in the sixth inning while Betances struck out the side in his 11th consecutive scoreless outing.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Washington Nationals
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Holder, Stanton shine vs. Nats 00:04:04
Jonathan Holder and Giancarlo Stanton made huge contributions in the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader against the Nationals.

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Aaron Hicks went 2-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run home run as the Yankees rebounded from losing in a suspended game earlier Monday with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Stanton his first four-hit game since May 13, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the seventh to give New York a two-run lead.

2) Hicks crushed his ninth home run of the season when he hit a 3-1 Erick Fedde sinker to deep right-center field that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.

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

Masahiro Tanaka wasn't the only Yankee to come away from the team's 4-1 win against the Mets with injury worries. 

Aaron Judge jammed his thumb sliding into second base in the first inning and Aroldis Chapman battled through knee tendinitis. Neither over concerned about their ailments.

"Not too concerned," Judge said after the game. "Just felt a little something but I'm good to go ... Feels good, a little sore, but nothing too bad. We'll see in the morning."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the 13th thanks to blasts from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to down the Blue Jays, 3-0, in extras Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) With the game still knotted in a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, Judge and Stanton each delivered a blast over the left field fence to put the first runs on the board. Judge waited on a 1-2 curveball from Joe Biagini, and launched it to the seats to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Stanton hit an absolute laser to left for a solo shot. It measured a 119.3 mph exit velocity.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Sonny Gray
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Austin Romine and Greg Bird's long balls highlighted a six-run fourth inning that helped the Yankees take Game 1 of the split doubleheader, 7-4, over the Tigers.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees and Red Sox played an early-season classic of a series this week, hinting at a thrilling summer to come in the American League East. It ended with a piece of intrigue to chew on: Was Aaron Boone wrong to send Dellin Betances out for a second inning of relief on Thursday night?

Betances has quietly become more reliable of late, but his initial assignment in this game served as a reminder of his reduced role. Boone summoned the onetime setup man in the seventh, with the Yanks trailing, 4-0. Betances pitched a perfect frame, then watched his offense erase the deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the frame.

There came the controversial moment...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

This is the Aroldis Chapman the Yankees believed was worth $86 million.

When the Yankees made Chapman the highest paid closer in the game before the 2017 season, they did so believing the then 29-year-old would be able to stay on top of his game long enough to warrant a five-year deal. The question was always, could Chapman maintain his extreme velocity throughout the term of the deal?

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez follows through on a swing for a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez follows through on a swing for a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run home run while CC Sabathia threw seven strong innings as the Yankees won their ninth straight game and swept the Los Angeles Angels with a 2-1 win on Sunday at Angel Stadium. >> Box score


Sanchez's two-run home run off Tyler Skaggs in the fourth inning proved to be enough as Sabathia (2-0) and New York's bullpen held off the Angels in a three-game sweep.

After Giancarlo Stanton doubled with one out, Sanchez crushed an 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence for his seventh home run of the season and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Sabathia gave up one run and five hits in seven solid innings, as he improved to 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA over his last three outings.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

CC Sabathia wasn't expected to throw a normal start's worth of pitches on Thursday, his first start since returning from the DL. The bullpen would be relied upon for more than a few outs. 

Sabathia went 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs, meaning the bullpen would have to carry the other 4.2 innings. Over those frames, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combined to allow just one run, preserving the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances
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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

In his second game off the DL, Aaron Hicks led the Yankess with three RBI on two homers in 8-6 win over the Tigers on Friday.<< Box score


Gray lasted just three-plus innings against the Red Sox, giving up six runs on seven hits. He was able to escape a pair of runners on in the first inning but gave up four runs in the second and another two in the third.

In the second inning, Mookie Betts (RBI sacrifice fly) and Andrew Benintendi (RBI fielder's choice) each traded a run for an out or the damage could've been worse. Gray was lifted one batter into the fourth...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:00:45
Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge discuss the type of power that this team is capable of bringing this season.

The Yankees' three-headed monster in Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez each hammered a home run in a 7-2 win over the Rays. << Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Scott Thompson
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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

It's just five games into the regular season, but Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone has a dilemma on his hands. His bullpen is underperforming, and he's having trouble managing it.

The Yankees bullpen entered the season believed to be among the best in the game, however, the crew has performed inadequately to say the least. Yankees relievers have allowed 14 runs in 17 1/3 innings (7.27 ERA), which ranks 27th in the league. They lost back-to-back games in their first series of the season at the hands of reliever implosions, and only Didi Gregorius saved them from another in Tuesday's home opener...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Chris Carelli
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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

After a strong start from Luis Severino, the Yankees surrendered six unanswered runs en route to a 7-6 loss to the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field.

Making his 2018 Grapefruit League debut, Severino allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, with Erik KratzGiancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez driving in the Yankees' remaining runs.

After Aroldis Chapman relieved Severino and struck out two of the three batters he faced, Justus Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc each allowed three earned runs to give the Phillies the lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman looks on during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman looks on during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman struggled with his control in his spring training debut on Sunday, throwing 10 of 18 pitches for strikes and allowing two of the three batters he faced to reach base in a 9-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chapman, whose fastball was able to reach the high 90s, according to the New York Post's George A. King III, hit one batter, allowed a single and induced a fielder's choice before manager Aaron Boone pulled him due to his pitch count.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The Yankees had a surprisingly magical 2017 season with numerous high quality and breakout performances; however, there were a few players whose production the club hopes is not duplicated in 2018.

Dellin Betances

Betances has never been the model of command on the mound. His inability to control his large frame forced the Yankees to convert him to a reliever in the minors as a last-ditch effort to squeeze value out of a highly touted prospect.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The Yankees will not be viewed as the lovable, up and coming "Baby Bombers" this season. Instead, the Yankees will come out of the gate as the hunted "Evil Empire," which comes with one expectation; winning a World Series title.

It is a poorly kept secret that a championship is the Yankees' Spring Training mantra year in and year out. However, over the last few seasons, fans, the players, coaches and front office would admit under truth serum that the club was not the best team in the league. Fresh off an incredible 2017 season and courtesy of a strong returning cast, more impact prospects on the horizon and a rather large addition (literally and figuratively), the 2018 Yankees have a legitimate chance to reach and win their 28th World Series.

Teams often relish the role of the underdog. Working under stamped down expectations from those outside the organization tends to create an "us versus them" mentality. The Yankees seemed to ride that sentiment through much of the 2017 season. That mindset is history.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

In order for the Yankees to build on a surprising and inspiring 2017 season, the club will need to receive the dominant efforts many expect from their late-inning relievers.

As we preview expectations for the coming season, we'll take the relievers in the order I believe Yankees skipper Aaron Boone will open the season if he was to utilize a strict inning-by-inning methodology to complete games (he probably won't).

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The backend of the Yankees bullpen is going to get a majority of the press when bullpens are compared team by team. As dominant as those relievers might be, the Yankees middle relievers are just as critical to the team's ability to reach the postseason in 2018.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
(David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2018 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an individual basis...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees entered the 2017 season with question marks up and down the rotation. Some of the issues came to fruition, however there were exciting developments and the group gelled down the stretch.

Let's review the performance of the Yankees' 2017 starters with innings pitched used to sort through the players...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Chris Carelli
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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Wednesday afternoon at 5:08 at Yankee Stadium. The series is tied, 2-2, after the Yankees' come-from-behind victory in Game 4.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Correa, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Chase Headley, DH

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in 6.0 innings in Game 1.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees ventured back to New York, found their bats, and displayed the resilience demonstrated often throughout the regular season and several times during the playoffs. Kickstarting the offense has been important to the Yankees ability to tie the American League Championship Series at two games apiece, but the key to the team's play in this series has been the pitching staff.

The Yankees have benefitted from extremely solid starting pitching, and the bullpen continues to dominate hitters. Much of this may have been unexpected considering the Yankees are playing against the best offense in the majors this season, and Houston came into the ALCS extremely hot at the plate.

In the four games, Yankees pitching has held the Astros to nine runs (seven earned) on 18 hits (.153 batting average against). That's impressive against a club that averaged 5.5 runs per game, and put together a collective 121 wRC+, by far an MLB-best. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have consistently provided the Astros with solid at-bats (.310 combined average and half of the club's total hits), while the rest of the lineup is hitting just .101...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' win 00:02:17
Eamon McAnaney recaps the Yankees' impressive 6-4 comeback win in Game 4 of the ALCS to even the series at two games apiece.

The Yankees' offense exploded to score six runs over the course of two innings to help overcome sloppy defense and a four-run deficit to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game four of the ALCS. >> Read more

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 4 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-1 after the Yankees' victory in Game 3.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Correa, SS  Gary Sanchez, DH
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Austin Romine, C

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Sonny Gray, who allowed three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 against the Indians.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Postseason games are typically long, grinding nail-biters where the bullpen's performance can make the difference for a club. After his Game 3 performance, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has officially become an alarming negative factor, which is causing a detrimental trickle-down effect for the remaining bullpen arms.

"He's out of whack," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said referring to Betances after Game 3. "He's [gone] through it a couple of times this year and we've seemingly been able to get him on track a number of different times and we're still trying to do that because I still think he is really important to us."

"We need him, so we'll continue to try to fix it," Girardi said.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:01:18
Anthony McCarron breaks down the final play of Game 2 in which catcher Gary Sanchez botched a relay throw at home plate in the ninth.

 The Yankees were tied with the Astros 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. After Luis Severino pitched four innings and Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined to give up only one hit in four innings, the Yankees put in Aroldis Chapman to help send the game to extras.

Instead, Chapman gave up a one-out single to American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve and a walk-off double from shortstop Carlos Correa .

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Dave Lennon on ALCS 00:04:56
Newsday baseball columnist Dave Lennon joins Loud Mouths to preview the Yankees ALCS matchup with the Houston Astros.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

After becoming the 10th team in MLB history to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five playoff series, the Yankees are again the underdog when they face the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The Astros own home-field advantage and ranked second in the American League with 101 wins, however the Yankees turned some non-believers into believers after their impressive comeback over the Cleveland Indians propelled them to the ALCS in what was originally supposed to be a rebuilding year.

How do the Yankees match up with the Astros?

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Beginning of a Yankees dynasty? 00:03:59
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the bright future for this young Yankees team and how they could be set up for another dynasty.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After two games of the AL Division Series, the Yankees seemed primed for a blink-and-you-missed-it October visit. The winter would be devoted to recriminations over Joe Girardi's tactical meltdown in Game 2 threaded around hopeful talk of young players growing after a fine season.

But after coming back from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Indians, the Yankees have crushed anyone's timetable on the arrival of their looming juggernaut, including, probably, their own. Maybe they weren't supposed to be this complete, this fast, but here they are.

Watch out, Astros, beginning in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which starts Friday night in Houston. Watch out, the rest of baseball, now and in the coming years.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Anthony McCarron
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Yankees on 5-2 victory in Game 5 00:06:25
CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Brian Cashman, and David Robertson discuss advancing to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.

On the strength of two home runs from Didi Gregorius and a shutdown effort by the bullpen, the Yankees beat the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS, 5-2, to take the series.

After losing the first two games, the Yankees stormed back to win the next three to advance to the ALCS, where they will take on the Astros. >> Box score


The Yankees jumped on the board quickly against Corey Kluber when Gregorius ripped a solo homer in the first inning.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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Yankees on 5-2 victory in Game 5 00:06:25
CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Brian Cashman, and David Robertson discuss advancing to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.

On the strength of two home runs from Didi Gregorius and a shutdown effort by the bullpen, the Yankees beat the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS, 5-2, to take the series.

After losing the first two games, the Yankees stormed back to win the next three to advance to the ALCS, where they will take on the Astros. >> Box score


The Yankees jumped on the board quickly against Corey Kluber when Gregorius ripped a solo homer in the first inning.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

As the Yankees head into Cleveland for a decisive Game 5, they will have their key bullpen arms at full rest. 

The team can thank game 4 starter Luis Severino for that fortune. Severino went a full seven innings to earn the win Monday night, and it allowed manager Joe Girardi to use only Dellin Betances and Tommy Kahnle the rest of the way. 

Girardi needed that outing from the 23-year-old who he says matured with his first postseason win.

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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Dellin Betances' issues with his control on the mound continued as he walked the only two batters he faced in Monday's 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

Betances, who entered a four-run game after Luis Severino threw seven strong innings, was pulled after walking Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor to put the game-tying run on deck.

"I threw a couple of really bad pitches," Betances said to reporters after the game. "Even with my slider, I was yanking it a little bit. It was just one of those days. ... It was frustrating today, being out there and putting the team in that situation."

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Cleveland Indians, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino
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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said LHP CC Sabathia will get the ball in Game 5 if it is necessary. 

Sabathia was efficient in his start against the Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS. After allowing two runs in the first, he settled down and didn't allow an earned run from then on. He finished with four runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out five and walking three in 5 1/3 innings. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Sonny Gray's shaky performance in Game 1 of the ALDS has put him on the outs with a potential winner-take-all Game 5 battle in Cleveland set for Wednesday, leaving Girardi to go with the veteran lefty.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:03:17
Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Yankee closer LHP Aroldis Chapman inadvertently "liked" an Instagram post calling for the Yankees to cut ties with manager Joe Girardi and did not find out until a team PR staffer notified him, the New York Post reports.

Chapman apologized to his manager on Saturday, and Girardi was fine with it, according to the Post.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees managed to navigate and ultimately win Tuesday's wild card game after Luis Severino recored just one out. It was not how the Yankees planned on using their dominant bullpen, yet they rode their relievers for 26 outs and added offensive firepower to move on to the ALDS, which begins Thursday night in Cleveland.

Now, the Yankees will be viewed as the underdog to the defending AL champion Indians, who rung up an AL-best 102 wins. However, New York is officially playing with house money, and could make more noise this postseason...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Goosebumps. I get them now just thinking about two years ago, sitting in Section 405 as the Yankees prepared for the Astros in the 2015 AL Wild Card Game. There was an undeniable buzz in and around the Stadium for the simple fact that postseason baseball was back in the Bronx.

But it didn't last long as Dallas Keuchel threw a gem, and outdueled Masahiro Tanaka to win the Wild Card Game and move on to the ALDS. It was the loudest I have ever heard the new stadium, and unfortunately, it was short-lived. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and catcher Gary Sanchez (24) react after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and catcher Gary Sanchez (24) react after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite Luis Severino's early struggles during Tuesday night's Wild Card game, the Yankees' bullpen came through to help get the team an 8-4 win against the Twins. 

After Severino allowed three runs while just recording one out, the bullpen came in to allow just one run over the final 8 2/3 innings. 

Chad Green entered the game with two runners and scoring position with one out after Minnesota grabbed a 3-0 lead but worked out of the jam, effectively saving the Minnesota lead from swelling even larger.

"I think in that situation, you're just trying to minimize, honestly," Green told reporters. "I happened to get two big outs right there and then [Didi Gregorius] hit a big three-run homer to tie it up. I think that was the momentum changer right there. I kind of treated it like any other appearance, really. I kind of got ready pretty quick, and the next thing I knew, I was in the game."

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The Yankees (91-71) overcame conventional wisdom, earning the American League's top wild card spot, and will host the Minnesota Twins (85-77) Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in a one-game playoff to determine who will face the Indians in the ALDS. Truth be told, the Twins might be a bigger surprise after losing 103 games last season.

In the win or go home affair, the Yankees seem to be the favorite, but the factors are closer than one may think.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a home run in the first inning agains the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a home run in the first inning agains the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 44th home run of the season while Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead sac fly in the sixth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Frazier broke a 1-1 tie by hitting a bases-loaded sac fly with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning after Ervin Santana intentionally walked Jacoby Ellsbury as the Yankees expanded their wild-card lead to five games.

David Robertson (9-2) and the rest of the Yankees bullpen combined to throw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Jaime Garcia pitched into the sixth inning. Aroldis Chapman pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning and followed that with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save of the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Jacoby Ellsbury, Minnesota Twins
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SNY's Sweeny Murti checks in from Citi Field to get the players' reactions from the the Yankees' win over the Rays in the rubber match.

Jaime Garcia allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings and the Yankees' bullpen bent but didn't break as they beat the Rays, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. >> Box score


The Yankees scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Todd Frazier's RBI single made it 1-0, and Brett Gardner's single later in the inning drove in a pair.

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New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Chad Green has 15 strikeouts and has allowed just two hits in 7 1/3 innings over his last four outings, as he has turned into one of manager Joe Girardi's more reliable relievers.

"His control has been outstanding, and his fastball plays up out of the bullpen, and his slider has been good out of the bullpen," Girardi said, according to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff, after Green retired all seven batters he faced in Monday's 7-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.. "Similar to Dellin [Betances], it's been simplifying. He doesn't need to be a three- or four-pitch pitcher anymore. He's just been a two-pitch guy, and it's been successful for him."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jordan Montgomery
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Aug 24, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Aug 24, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

After an entire week off, Yankees reliever LHP Aroldis Chapman appeared to be back to his normal self after a dominant outing Friday night. 

It was just the outing manager Joe Girardi needed to see out of Chapman, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning while striking out three of the four batters he faced. 

"He was pretty rested," Girardi told The Post's Dan Martin.

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Aug 13, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 13, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is no longer committing to LHP Aroldis Chapman as his primary closer after another rough outing on Friday night.

Girardi said he will instead use Chapman "at any point" and said it will "not necessarily" be in save situations, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Girardi would not commit to any other single pitcher, but suggested he would use Dellin Betances and David Robertson, according to NJ.com.

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will be available on Friday against the Red Sox after having the last two nights off, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo

Chapman successfully completed a bullpen session on Thursday, and had no issues with his hamstring, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He tweaked his hamstrong while running on the final play of the team's 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

He is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA and has 15 saves in 36 games for the Yankees this season. He owns a 8.44 ERA in six appearances against the Red Sox. 

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New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

"Remove Aroldis Chapman as the Yankees' closer" is the latest cry from the team's fans and even some in the media after the flame thrower allowed a game-tying homer in the ninth inning and then put the go-ahead run on base in the 10th inning of Sunday night's loss to the Red Sox.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi can be overly stringent in his bullpen usage, consistently turning to the same formula day in and day out. The writing on the wall should tell the skipper that a change could do the Yankees some good, especially when Girardi can turn to an established closer now on the roster. If administered a truth serum, Girardi might very well feel the same way as those clamoring for a change.

Except, it's not that simple. Consider these factors.

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Joe Girardi and Aroldis Chapman discuss Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in heartbreaking fashion

Tommy Kahnle allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Andrew Benintendi in the top of the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees lost their second straight game to the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After the Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Todd Frazier's sac fly, Chapman surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Red Sox 20-year-old rookie Rafael Devers in the top of the ninth.

In the top of the 10th, Chapman hit Jackie Bradley Jr. and walked Eduardo Nunez with one out before he was pulled in favor of Kahnle, who walked Mookie Betts and gave up Benintendi's RBI single.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Boston Red Sox
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