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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka lost his second straight start on Saturday when he gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings in a 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka (5-3) left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after five straight batters reached base, including Corey Dickerson, whose second home run of the game gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead.

"We have to get him right," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "I thought his slider was better today. I thought his splitter was better at times. But he made some mistakes with his fastball. His stuff was better than his last start, but it's not where we need it to be. And we've got to continue to work on it."

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner both hit two home runs as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 11-5.

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka
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Austin Romine had five RBI from the No. 9 spot Saturday, includign a two-run homer. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Austin Romine had five RBI from the No. 9 spot Saturday, includign a two-run homer. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees catcher Austine Romine left Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays with an injury, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Romine may have injured himself while running the bases. He was replaced by Kyle Higashiok.

Romine was 1-for-3 with a single before departing. 

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

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Where the Yankees stand

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

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


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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, St. Louis Cardinals
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(AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

Positional starters

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

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


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

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

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes
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(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees have a number of highly touted prospects, but what makes the organization's farm system one of the best in the game is its depth. With that in mind, let's discuss some second-tier prospects who might see some time with the big league club this season...

Chance Adams

The Yankees have conducted a five-player competition this spring to find the team's No. 4 and No. 5 starters. Adams was not part of the competition, but he did enough last season and during the spring while in MLB camp to be considered an option down the road.

Adams, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded a 2.33 ERA across 127 1/3 innings at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2016, to go along with a 0.90 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. This spring, Adams tossed four innings and had a 2.25 ERA in big league camp. It would not be surprising if he continues to climb the rotation ladder as the season progresses, making him a potential call-up in case of injuries within the MLB rotation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Versus right-handed pitcher

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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


  • RHP Luis Severino struggled, allowing two runs, four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters and gave up a two-run home run to Jose Bautista.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Austin Romine each went 1-for-3.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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(GAIL BURTON/AP)

The Yankees will avoid arbitration with RHP Michael Pineda, agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. 

The deal is worth worth $7.4 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag sports.

Pineda, 27, had a 4.82 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.34 WHIP with 207 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings (32 starts) last season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Michael Pineda
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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees have avoided arbitration with Didi Gregorius, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $5.1 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Gregorius, 26, made $2.425 million last season.

He hit .276 with a .304 OBP and .447 SLG with 20 HR and 70 RBI in 153 games for the Yankees last season.

The Yankees also avoided arbitration with C Austin Romine, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $805,000, according to Heyman.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius
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 (Kevin Sousa)
(Kevin Sousa)

Friday is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and the Yankees do not seem to have any difficult decisions to make. After releasing Nathan Eovaldi and Dustin Ackley last week, the remaining arbitration eligible players each have reasonable cases to receive contracts from the Yankees.

Note: Player's estimated arbitration figure in parenthesis provided by MLB Trade Rumors.

Dellin Betances ($3.4 million)

The Yankees are rumored to be interested in signing an elite free agent closer, with Aroldis Chapman on the winter wish list, but tendering Betances a contract is a no-brainer. Betances has become one of the top relievers in the game himself, enough so that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has indicated the club would be content with Betances controlling the ninth inning if they do not sign Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon. In a monetary sense, Betances making one-fifth the salary of his potential bullpen mate for virtually the same production is a major value to the Yankees.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.

In 2015, the Yankees received big comeback performances from veterans they were not expected to rely on; Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a yearlong suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Teixeira suffered through another injury-plagued season in 2014, which diminished expectations for 2015. Both men had resurgent efforts, with Rodriguez hitting 33 home runs and Teixeira going yard 31 times.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Luis Severino pitched three scoreless innings in relief in the New York Yankees' 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino twice pitched out of a jam involving a runner in scoring position. He struck out Jose Bautista with a runner on second base to end the sixth inning, and struck out Melvin Upton Jr. with a runner on third base to end the seventh.

Severino, 22, has appeared as a reliever in seven games this season, giving up one unearned run, two hits and six walks in 14 1/3 innings. In nine starts this season, he is 0-8 with an 8.58 ERA.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees' top catcher.

The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees' 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners' meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven strong innings and outdueled Houston's Dallas Keuchel in New York's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

Pineda (5-9) settled down after a leadoff home run and escaped trouble in the sixth inning to earn his second straight win and put the Yankees three games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game," Chase Headley, who hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Brian McTaggart. "Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that's a big reason why we're playing a lot better."

Tags: Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

Catcher Austin Romine hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park. >> Read more

  • Romine went 2 for 3 and drove in Chase Headley with an RBI double in the eighth inning off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
  • Headley also went 2 for 3 and drove in Didi Gregorius with an RBI single in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1.
  • Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven innings, giving up one run, five hits and two walks. He settled down after surrendering a leadoff home run to Houston's George Springer by retiring 11 of the next 12 batters he faced.
  • Pineda (5-9) pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the sixth inning by getting Alex Bregman, who made his MLB debut, to fly out to right field.
  • Dellin Betances struck out the side in the eighth inning and Andrew Miller pitched the ninth.
  • Keuchel (6-10) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

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The formula has only changed by one inning. With Aroldis Chapman heading to the Windy City, if the Yankees can get through seven innings with the lead Betances and Miller are likely to make it stand.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda
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 (Caylor Arnold)
(Caylor Arnold)

The Yankees recorded a season-high 20 hits and Masahiro Tanaka tossed eight scoreless innings as they beat the White Sox, 9-0, on Tuesday night in Chicago.

  • Carlos Beltran delivered an RBI single in the second inning and the White Sox committed a run-scoring error later in the frame as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.
  • Chase Headley's two-run homer in the third inning upped the Yankees' lead to 4-0.
  • Mark Teixeira's RBI double in the fourth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and Austin Romine's solo homer in the fifth increased their advantage to 6-0.
  • Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Hicks had RBI doubles in the eighth inning as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead.

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

The Yankees have been waiting for a stress-free game for a long time. The team received an excellent starting performance supported by more than enough offense and tidy relief pitching. After all the disappointments this season, we cannot infer anything more from tonight's game other than they clicked on all cylinders for a change.

Tags: Austin Romine, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees can come up with as many blueprints for a successful draft as they want, but drafting baseball players is not an easy science. And they'll have another chance when the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft kicks off tonight.

In recent seasons, their farm system has climbed the rankings among MLB clubs, according to many publications that concentrate on the minor leagues. The improvement is due in part to some mild success the Yankees have had in recent drafts.

But the Yankees have still failed to draft a difference-maker in the first round since Gerrit Cole in 2008 -- except he did not sign -- so, make that since they grabbed Derek Jeter in 1992. The last Yankees first round pick to get even a smattering of big league time was Slade Heathcott (2009), who was unconditionally released a couple of weeks ago. 

Tags: Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Jacob Lindgren, John Ryan Murphy, Rob Refsnyder
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this season in the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Pineda (3-6) retired eight of the last nine batters he faced, giving up three runs and four hits in seven innings for just his second statistical quality start sine May 11.

After Pineda had a 6.33 ERA in five starts in April and a 7.52 ERA in five May starts, Pineda has a 2.84 ERA through two June starts, allowing four total earned runs in 12 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .229 off him in June, while they were hitting over .300 off him in the previous two months.

Tags: Austin Romine, Michael Pineda
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Sweeny Murti recaps Michael Pineda's strong start in the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Angels.

Michael Pineda allowed three runs in seven innings as the Yankees beat the Angels, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium >> Read more at SNY.TV.

  • The Yankees struck early, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Carlos Beltran and RBI single from Austin Romine.
  • Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly in the second inning made it 4-0 Yankees, and Starlin Castro's solo homer in the third inning extended their lead to 5-0.
  • Gerardo Petit's RBI single and Kole Calhoun's two-run homer in the fifth drew the Angels within 5-3.
  • Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the seventh inning made it 6-3 Yankees.
  • Dellin Betances tossed a scoreless eighth and Andrew Miller nailed down the save in the ninth.

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

If the Yankees are going to face bad pitching they have to take advantage of it, and tonight they succeeded. The Yankees are beginning to launch home runs with Castro and Beltran going deep for the second straight night. They've scored five runs in four of their last five games, and while that might not seem like a lot, it is for this dysfunctional crew.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder
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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

Recent update

First baseman Mark Teixeira will be out of the Yankees' lineup until at least Monday, Joe Girardi told reporters before Saturday's game

Previous updates

Teixeira received a cortisone shot for the neck spasms he's dealing with and is expected to be out for three days.

Teixeira was out of the lineup on Wednesday due to the neck spasms. He had been set to play but told the team his neck had locked up.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Dustin Ackley, Mark Teixeira
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:01:29
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium as Joe Girardi, starter Nathan Eovaldi and outfielder Carlos Beltran react to the 6-0 win.

Nate Eovaldi tossed six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 6-0, at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night >> Read the full recap at SNY.TV


  • Eovaldi allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out five during his outing as he lowered his ERA to 3.95.
  • Carlos Beltran's RBI force out in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and his solo homer in the fourth increased their lead to 2-0. 
  • Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury had run-scoring hits in the seventh inning as the Yankees upped their lead to 4-0.
  • Chase Headley's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning made it 5-0, and Didi Gregorious' single later in the frame increased the lead to 6-0.
  • Dellin Betances, Kirby Yates, and Luis Cessa combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

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The Yankees' rotation continues to roll and Beltran keeps on providing the offensive support.

Tags: Austin Romine, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Nathan Eovaldi
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) and general manager Brian Cashman (right) talk in the bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) and general manager Brian Cashman (right) talk in the bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees had few question marks, beyond health, coming into the season. The club's decision-making revolved around the last spots and some roles within the roster -- who would be the fifth starter, the utility infielder, the backup catcher and which relievers would round out the bullpen? Did they make the right decisions as we approach the quarter pole of the season?

Fifth Starter

Questions around CC Sabathia's physical and mental health were at the forefront of the spring and the uncertainty gave Ivan Nova a puncher's chance of breaking camp in the rotation. Despite performing slightly better than Sabathia in spring training, Nova was relegated to the bullpen. There was little chance that the Yankees were going to ask Sabathia to work out of the bullpen.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) throws a warm up pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) throws a warm up pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees dropped both halves of their split-squad games on Thursday, 9-1 to St. Louis and 10-6 to Detroit.


  • Austin Romine picked up three hits and drove in two runs against the Tigers. He was named backup catcher by Joe Girardi on Thursday, too. >> Read more…
  • Michael Pineda gave up six runs and seven hits over five innings against the Cardinals. He had given up just one run in nine earlier spring training innings.
  • The lone RBI against St. Louis came from Lane Adams.
  • Three minor league pitchers got charged with nine earned runs in the loss to Detroit.

News & Notes

Girardi named most of his 25-man roster on Thursday >> Read more…

Tags: Austin Romine, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has it easy doesn't he? Girardi operates with a roster littered with high-priced players so a postseason berth should be no problem. It is not that simple.

The Yankees indeed have a swollen payroll, but the roster is also one filled with players who are worth far less than the value associated with their salary. This isn't Girardi's doing, but he has to deal with it.

Girardi hears a good deal of crap from fans - he is overly loyal to veterans, he overuses the top arms in the bullpen and he mismanages the offensive side of the roster. I too jump on Girardi from time to time, but I've never gotten to the point others have who deliriously wait for him to make a "mistake" in order to thumb-out the hashtag #FireGirardi.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will rotate between catchers Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine during spring training and have them compete for the backup catcher position.

"I think in evaluating Sanchez and Romine, you want to give them equal starts to see how they do and how they adapt to the different pitchers," Girardi told NJ.com's Ryan Hatch. "You try to rotate it, in a sense. I guess you could call that significance, but I think it's shown how much he's grown in the past couple of years."

While Brian McCann, 32, is the team's starting catcher, the Yankees traded last year's backup catcher, John Ryan Murphy, to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Aaron Hicks, setting up a vacancy in spring training. In 2014, the team had Francisco Cervelli.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Matt Eisenberg
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The Yankees have optioned catcher Austin Romine to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.They recalled RHP Shawn Greene to take his place on the roster, the Yankees announced.
Tags: Austin Romine, Shawn Greene, Andrew Vazzano