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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees are averaging five runs per game, good for second the American League (sixth overall), yet it could be better.

The Yankees (12-7) are winning games in spite of their leadoff hitter Brett Gardner's struggles, while Jacoby Ellsbury, who could be hitting No. 1, is currently swinging in the middle of the lineup.

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New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Leadoff hitters are typically a key to a team's success. In the Yankees' case, they've jumped out to an 11-7 record despite left fielder Brett Gardner's incredibly poor start at the plate. Is it too early to look at the future without the Yankees' home grown outfielder and is it too late to receive a good return in a trade?

Gardner is hitting .182 with a .318 on-base percentage, .236 slugging percentage and a 68 wRC+ (runs created per plate appearance where 100 is average) in 66 plate appearances on the young season. However, Gardner's troubles go all the way back to the second half of the 2015 season. 

The moment Gardner returned from his first All-Star game, he began to backpedal offensively. Gardner has stood at the plate 993 times since July 17, 2015. During the span, Gardner sports a .240 batting average, .334 on-base percentage, .333 slugging percentage and an 86 wRC+. Gardner, once prolific on the bases, has swiped a mere 26 bases (caught six times) in the stretch, though he has five this season. Gardner has managed just three months (out of nine, including this month) with a wRC+ above 100 since August 2015. These are not small samples.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mason Williams, Chris Carelli
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( Adam Hunger)

 

Brett Gardner will be available off the bench for Thursday night's game, manager Joe Girardi told reporters.

Gardner left Wednesday's game against the Rays in the bottom of the sixth inning due to a bruised jaw and strained neck after a violent collision at first base with Rickie Weeks of the Rays.

With runners on first and third, Gardner hit a tapper back to the mound. Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno threw it in the dirt, and Weeks and Gardner collided at first base when Weeks attempted to chase after the ball, with both of them crashing to the ground.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) at bat against the Kansas City Royals during the thirteenth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) at bat against the Kansas City Royals during the thirteenth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

A two-run seventh inning propelled Baltimore past the Yankees at Camden Yards on Friday night by a score of 6-5. 

Yankees RHP, Luis Severino notched six strikeouts and gave up one homerun in his bid to soldify himself as a top starter.

Brett Gardner opened the scoring in the first inning before New York added more momentum in the third via a Matt Holliday home run. The Yankees would hold a lead of 3-1 until growing that advantage in the fifth by adding their final two runs. 

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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)

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


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

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

 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The baseball adage goes, spring stats don't mean anything. For the most part I believe this to be true, except in matters when there are trends that underlie the performance. At the moment there are a few players in Yankees camp off to fairly slow starts. What does it mean for them and for the club?

Chris Carter

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New York Yankees center fielder Dustin Fowler (95) rounds second base for a triple during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees center fielder Dustin Fowler (95) rounds second base for a triple during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Yankees OF Brett Gardner has been very impressed with the talent and work ethic of outfield prospects Billy McKinney and Dustin Fowler this spring.

"I think they're both 22," Gardner told Dan Martin of the New York Post, accurately, on Wednesday. "They're both better players than I was when I was that age, I'll tell you that."

While Gardner has noticed the potential both prospects have to suceed in the majors, the veteran is also aware of the reality of playing in the MLB.

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Mar 9, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 9, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees scored six times in the sixth inning and held on to defeat the Braves, 8-7, Thursday afternoon at Champion Stadium.


  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases while Miguel Tejada added two hits and an RBI.
  • Brett Gardner led off the game with his first home run of the spring.
  • Prospect Tyler Wade went 2-for-3 and his hitting .471 (8-for-19) this spring.
  • Michael Pineda got the start and allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and one strikeout in three innings.
  • Seven different Yankees drove in runs, led by Francisco Diaz's two RBIs.

Next Up:

The Yankees travel to Clearwater to face the Phillies at Bright House Field on Friday at 1:05 p.m. Luis Cessa will make his second start of the spring. 

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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 outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said he felt the need to step up and be a team leader as one of the more experienced players on the Yankees' current roster.

Following the retirements of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, Gardner, 33, is the longest tenured Yankee on the roster, followed by LHP CC Sabathia, who became a Yankee one year after Gardner climbed through the farm system.

"For me, I feel like I need to be a leader, yeah," Gardner told the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "It's going to be different (without Teixeira and Rodriguez)."

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees made infielder Starlin Castro available in trade talks this offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

"Meanwhile, the Yankees have been unable to deal Brett GardnerChase Headley or Starlin Castro, who they let some clubs know was available," wrote Sherman. "To date, that has kept them from pushing for a pricey reliever."

The 26-year-old was acquired by New York last offseason in the deal that sent RHP Adam Warren to the Cubs.

Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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(Gary A. Vasquez)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

How they fared in 2016

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Brett Gardner's name is constantly bandied about in trade rumors, but once again he seems locked in as the Yankees' Opening Day left fielder. Gardner brings enough to the table to make his contract desirable, but can he reclaim extra-base power and base-stealing prowess in 2017, which would aid the Yankees on the field and boost his value on the trade market?

How did Gardner fare in 2016?

Gardner's overall offensive performance continued to skid in 2016. Gardner posted a .261 batting average, .351 on-base percentage and a .362 slugging percentage. Gardner stroked 22 doubles, six triples and seven home runs, scored 80 runs and drove in 41. Gardner's 92 OPS+ was by far his lowest measure since 2011. Most disappointing was Gardner's work on the base paths in which he swiped just 16 bases in a disturbingly low 20 attempts.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees are likely to keep outfielder Brett Gardner for the 2017 season after GM Brian Cashman said he does not foresee the team trading a position player before Opening Day, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Cashman, who said last month he had gotten some interest in Gardner and third baseman Chase Headley during and after the Winter Meetings, said on Tuesday the Yankees were not engaged in any trade talks involving the two veteran players.

"I don't have anything active going on Brett right now," Cashman told reporters at the opening of an Orangetheory Fitness location in Manhattan, according to Hoch. "I don't see anything happening trade-wise the rest of the way, and I have no live talks on any of my everyday position players, whether it's Headley or Gardner. Nothing's active at all."

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner looks out from the dugout prior to the start of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner looks out from the dugout prior to the start of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays could try to deal for New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner if they don't re-sign Jose Bautista, according to Hardball Talk's Ashley Varela.

Bautista and the Blue Jays are far off in contract negotiations, according to the Toronto Star's Richard Griffin. Bautista, 36, rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer and is seeking a four-year deal worth $100 million, according to Griffin.

If the Blue Jays cannot reach a deal with Bautista, who has been with the Blue Jays since 2008 and hit at least 35 home runs in four of the past seven seasons, then Toronto might look to check in on Gardner, for whom Yankees GM Brian Cashman has fielded inquiries.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Blue Jays have serious interest in Gardner, Varela notes, but they would be the second division rival that has reportedly been linked to Gardner. The Baltimore Orioles were linked to him in December.

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(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman discussed the state of the team's payroll and trade rumors surrounding OF Brett Gardner and 3B Chase Headley prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

With the pending Aroldis Chapman signing, Cashman noted the Yankees are likely at their payroll limit heading in to 2017.

Meanwhile, the Yankees remain open to trading Gardner but have decided to keep Headley.

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Sep 21, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 21, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Brett Gardner could be a fit for the Orioles, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman notes that the O's would likely want the Yankees to pay down some of Gardner's remaining salary, which is $26 million through 2018.

The 33-year-old hit .261 with a .351 OBP and .362 SLG while stealing 16 bases in 148 games last year.

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(Gary A. Vasquez)

Free agent LHP Rich Hill has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth $48 million, the team announced Monday.

The Yankees were "all-in" on Hill, Jim Bowden of ESPN reported Nov. 29.

The Astros and Rangers were also in serious pursuit of Hill, with the Red Sox and Orioles interested to a lesser degree, noted Bowden.

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(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 right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he expects Aaron Judge to be the team's starting right fielder to open the 2017 season.

"He's got some work to do; he knows that," Steinbrenner told YES Network, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "We're going to figure out exactly what we think is wrong. My expectations are he's going to be my starting right fielder this year. That's a big deal and a big opportunity. I know he's going to make the most of it."

Judge, a top outfield prospect, made his MLB debut last season in early August, but struggled to a .179/.263/.345 batting line with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 42 strikeouts in 27 games. He will still retain rookie status because he only had 95 plate appearances.

With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge hit .270 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Prior to 2016, Judge was ranked Baseball Prospectus' No. 18 prospect, MLB.com's No. 31 prospect and Baseball America's No. 76 prospect.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Austin, Yoenis Cespedes
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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees OF Brett Gardner won the Gold Glove for left field, it was announced Tuesday night.

He beat out Alex Gordon of the Royals and Colby Rasmus of the Astros

This is Gardner's first Gold Glove. He was nominated in left field last year, but lost to Yoenis Cespedes, whose fielding with the Tigers was recognized.

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(Brad Penner)

Brett Gardner is a finalist for a Gold Glove in left field, Rawlings announced Thursday.Alex Gordon of the Royals and Colby Rasmus of the Astros are the other finalists in left field.Gardner has never won a Gold Glove. He was nominated in left field last year, but lost to Yoenis Cespedes, whose fielding with the Tigers was recognized.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees were hardly favorites to return to the postseason, but they certainly had the pieces in place to make a run. Unfortunately, several variables kept the Yankees from reaching their goal in 2016. Will the organization take measures to address the mistakes during the offseason and through the regular season?False sense of security in Teixeira and RodriguezThe Yankees scored the second-most runs in the American League in 2015, led by surprise production from first baseman Mark Teixeira and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. The players combined for 64 home runs and 165 RBIs that season completely surpassing expectations. However, the Yankees made a poor assumption that they would receive similar performances from an injury-plagued Teixeira and an aging Rodriguez.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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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 catcher Gary Sanchez (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Aaron Hicks and Mark Teixeira homered in a five-run ninth inning and the New York Yankees hung on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-5, Monday at Rogers Centre. >> Read more

  • Teixeira hit a one-out home run off Jason GrilliDidi Gregorius followed with a single and Hicks homered to right field to break the 3-3 tie.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single and Gary Sanchez a sac fly off Danny Barnes that gave the Yankees a 7-3 lead.
  • Dellin Betances walked two batters and made an error in the bottom of the ninth inning before he was pulled without recording an out.
  • Tommy Layne came in and allowed two runs on a bases-loaded walk and Dioner Navarro single, but got Russell Martin to ground into a fielder's choice and Troy Tulowitzki to foul out to end the game.
  • Manager Joe Girardi, starting pitcher Luis Severino, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and bench coach Rob Thomson were all ejected by the second inning.
  • Jonathn Holder allowed two runs in the third inning on a Tulowitzki RBI double and Michael Saunders RBI single that gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead.
  • Brett Gardner went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Sanchez hit an RBI ground out in the first inning.

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The Yankees' performance over the 14 games previous to Monday's seemed to demonstrate the club had no fight left in them, which seemed ridiculous considering they were closing in on a playoff spot after a seven-game win streak. But, J.A. Happ provided a spark by "having his teammate's back," to which Severino added gasoline by retaliating in kind.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a RBI single during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a RBI single during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays, 9-0, on Friday night and are now four games back of a playoff spot. 

Outfielder Brett Gardner said the team is not completely out of the race, but things aren't looking good heading into the last week and half. 

"Things are kind of slipping away at this point," Gardner told reporters. "We're not out of it but we're definitely not in a good position."

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Mason Williams has been impressive since being called up, writes Chad Jennings for LoHud.

Williams, 25, has hit .385 in six games for the Yankees.

He hit .296 with a .313 OBP and .376 SLG in 31 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to being called up.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Michael Pineda allowed two runs and struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings and Gary Sanchez homered again as the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-3, on Tuesday night in Tampa.

  • Trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, Brett Gardner hit game-tying RBI single and Gary Sanchez launched a three-run homer to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead.
  • A passed ball by Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning allowed the Rays to draw within 5-3.
  • Brad Miller's two-run triple in the third inning gave the Rays a 2-0 lead.
  • The Yankees drew within 2-1 in the fourth when Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer.
  • Luis Severino tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief, while Tyler Clippard allowed a run in his inning of work.
  • Dellin Betances fired a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.

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The Yankees' very faint playoff hopes remain alive. The Rays have been playing spoiler this month, and were set to strike again, having the Yankees down 2-1 at the top of the seventh inning, despite an 11-strikeout performance from Michael Pineda. But with the score tied, the Rays decided to pitch to Gary Sanchez with a base open and he unloaded another 400-plus-foot home run.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

CC Sabathia gave up a three-run home run to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth inning and Tyler Clippard gave up a go-ahead solo homer to Ramirez in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees got swept by the Boston Red Sox in a 5-4 loss on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Read more

  • Ramirez went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. His solo homer off Clippard broke a 4-4 tie.
  • Sabathia made a throwing error on a Mookie Betts lineout that prolonged the fifth inning. With two on and two out, Ramirez hit a three-run home run to cut the Yankees' lead to 4-3.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI single in the sixth inning off Sabathia to tie the game at 4.
  • Sabathia gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
  • Gary Sanchez went 3 for 5 with a solo home run.
  • Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Sanchez's home run in the third inning made it 2-0.
  • Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes grounded into run-scoring fielder's choices in the fourth inning to make it 4-0.
  • Drew Pomeranz allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

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The Yankees' inability to put away the Red Sox with tack on runs, coupled with Yankees' manager Joe Girardi's ill-advised moves (and non-moves) with his relievers contributed to a devastating series sweep.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Boston Red Sox, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner catches a fly ball by Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak to end the game during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner catches a fly ball by Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak to end the game during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

With the bases loaded and two men out in a one-run game in the ninth inning, Brett Gardner made a leaping catch at the wall to preserve the New York Yankees' 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Gardner's catch helped the Ysnkees, who have won three in a row, five of seven and nine of 13, stay within 3 1/2 games of the second wild card spot and move them within 4 1/2 games of the AL East. 

"We have been playing good baseball. I'm sure teams in front of us have taken notice," Gardner said, according to the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron. "I don't want to say we're scaring some people, but we're obviously playing better baseball, which is good to see."

Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks hold on 00:01:44
Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees' 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays and gets the players' reactions from the clubhouse.

The Yankees erased a late 4-3 deficit and hung on in a wild top of the ninth inning as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Didi Gregorius' triple in the eighth inning tied things, 4-4, and Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
  • Chae Headley's two-run homer later in the eighth increased New York's lead to 7-4.
  • Dellin Betances allowed two runs in the ninth inning and was relieved by Blake Parker, who escaped a bases loaded jam to end the game.
  • Kevin Pillar's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning had given the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
  • Tyler Austin's two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 advantage
  • The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jose Bautista's RBI single.
  • Brian McCann's home run in the fourth inning tied things, 1-1.
  • Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer in the top of the first gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
  • Luis Cessa allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees are not going quietly, but they don't make it very easy, either. Up against the Blue Jays' ace, the Yanks got two big home runs to take the lead and then rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning with four huge runs. In a crazy game, the Yankees needed each of the insurance runs after a rough night from closer Dellin Betances.

Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro, Danny Abriano
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-0, on Wednesday in Seattle in the finale of their three-game series.


  • Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his ninth home run of the season.
  • In the second inning, Tyler Austin's RBI single increased the Yankees' lead to 2-0.
  • Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning made it 3-0, and Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the seventh upped their advantage to 4-0.
  • Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and closed out the scoring.
  • Tanaka allowed six hits while walking one and striking out five during his seven shutout innings.
  • Tyler Clippard (2/3 of an inning) and Dellin Betances (1 1/3 innings) combined to close things out.


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Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Danny Abriano
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GEICO SportsNite: A-Rod's finale 00:01:25
Yankees manager Joe Girardi and several of his players react to Alex Rodriguez's retirement announcement.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez announced he will play his final game in pinstripes on Friday. Rodriguez, 41, has spent 12 of his 22 seasons with the Yankees, and will become a special adviser after he is unconditionally released after Friday's game.

Rodriguez has hit 696 home runs, the fourth-most in MLB history, 3,114 hits and 2,084 RBIs in 2,781 career games. A three-time MVP, Rodriguez has earned nearly $400 million in his career, according to Baseball-Reference.

Several teammates expressed their gratitude toward Rodriguez.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira
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New York Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez scores on a sacrifice fly by New York Yankees right fielder Rob Refsnyder against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez scores on a sacrifice fly by New York Yankees right fielder Rob Refsnyder against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez is ready to make his catching debut after being the team's designated hitter for the past two games.

"I feel excited to be behind the plate and not just DHing," Sanchez said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "I'm very excited and looking forward to (Friday)."

Sanchez, 23, will catch Michael Pineda, who is 5-10 with a 5.13 ERA, on Friday at home against the Cleveland Indians. He has thrown out 14 of 35 potential base stealers this season and given up 10 passed balls in 64 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda
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Starlin Castro (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Starlin Castro (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Starlin Castro hit a sac fly in the 10th inning off Seth Lugo to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dellin Betances escaped a 10th-inning jam to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read more...

  • The Yankees loaded the bases off Lugo (0-1) with nobody out on a walk, a single and a bunt for a fielder's choice. Ben Gamel laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Lugo's throw to third base was a split second late. Two batters later, Castro hit a deep sac fly to right field to break a 5-5 tie.
  • Betances struck out Curtis Granderson with runners on second and third to end the game to record his first save since Oct. 1, 2015. James Loney led off the 10th inning with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt. Betances hit Alejandro de Aza, who advanced to second on a groundout. Betances struck out Granderson on three pitches.
  • Adam Warren (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win.
  • Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning off Addison Reed. The Yankees had runners on the corners with two outs, but a wild pitch allowed pinch runner Ronald Torreyes to advance to second and score on Gregorius' single.
  • Matt Reynolds hit a three-run home run off CC Sabathia in the sixth inning that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 Mets lead.
  • Brett Gardner broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the fifth inning, then scored on Ellsbury's RBI single that gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
  • Michael Conforto made it 3-2 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
  • Sabathia allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. 
  • Logan Verrett gave up three runs, four hits and three walks in five innings.
  • Wilmer Flores homered in the second inning to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
  • Ellsbury scored on a Verrett wild pitch that tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning.

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A new era may have begun in the Yankees organization, but the 2016 squad still needs to compete. They did just that, battling back to tie the score in the eighth inning, and taking the lead in the 10th inning with the eventual winning run.

Tags: Adam Warren, Addison Reed, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Logan Verrett, Matt Reynolds, Michael Conforto, Ronald Torreyes, Seth Lugo, Starlin Castro, Wilmer Flores
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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) reacts after he struck out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) reacts after he struck out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees fell to the Rays 6-3 on Saturday night as the two teams combined for five home runs.

  • Drew Smyly struck out Alex Rodriguez three times.
  • Smyly (3-11) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, and Alex Colome worked the ninth to get his 24th save.
  • Off starter Nathan Eovaldi, Brad Miller hit a solo homer in the first, and Curt Casali had a two-run drive during the third. Tim Beckman made it 6-2 on a two-run shot in the seventh off Anthony Swarzak.
  • Eovaldi allowed three runs and three hits in six innings.
  • Brett Gardner and Chase Headley homered for the Yankees.

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Losing a series to the Rays is inexcusable after playing so well against some of the top teams in the league the last couple of weeks. The Yankees can blame the offense and middle relief once again.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, 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)

So far this season, every roster decision the Yankees have made makes sense. In his two deals with the Cubs this year, Brian Cashman has turned Brendan Ryan and four low-level prospects into Starlin Castro, 20 saves from Aroldis Chapman, a Top-20 prospect in baseball and a Top-5 prospect in one of the most highly regarded farm systems in the MLB. The Aaron Hicks signing hasn't panned out, but made sense in theory. Sending down Luis Severino has helped mature him into hopefully being a force on the mound in pinstripes someday. For a season that on the field has been mostly underwhelming, the off-the-field decisions have given Yankees fans little reason to complain.

But with one week until the trade deadline, the Yankees front office looks to veer sharply from the course it is currently on. Amidst rumors of a split organization between the business people led by Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine who want the Yankees to be "buyers" and go for it this season, and the baseball operations faction led by Brian Cashman who insist on being "sellers", the direction of the franchise is unclear. But a recent quote to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggested the two sides might come to some sort of in-between compromise

 "We're not playing in a narrow-minded world," said Cashman. "We want to be open to any and all ideas. Buy, sell, long, short. It's in our best interest to be creative and open-minded."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks postgame 00:00:49
Interviews with Joe Girardi and Mark Teixeira following the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Michael Pineda tossed six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-0, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • Mark Teixeira's solo homer in the fourth inning extended the Yankees' advantage to 2-0.
  • Teixeira's bases loaded walk in the sixth inning upped New York's lead to 3-0, and Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning made it 4-0.
  • Beltran's home run in the eighth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 5-0.
  • Pineda allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out eight during his six scoreless innings.

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That's four straight wins for the Yankees, all aided by solid starting pitching. Yankees starters have allowed just three runs in 23 1/3 innings. What's more impressive is they have done it against the strong offenses of the Boston Red Sox and the homer-happy Orioles -- teams both in playoff position through today's games.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda
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GEICO SportsNite: A-Rod, Beltran 00:01:30
Alex Rodriguez talks about his home run against the Orioles and Carlos Beltran sidesteps trade talk.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run since June 18, Ivan Nova pitched six innings of one-run ball and the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more

  • Rodriguez went 1 for 3 with a solo home run off Kevin Gausman in the second inning that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • After Jonathan Schoop tied the game in the top of the third inning, Brian McCann drove in Brett Gardner with a sac fly to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
  • Nova (7-5) pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first inning by getting Pedro Alvarez to foul out to third base. He gave up four hits and three walks in six innings, retiring the final seven batters he faced and throwing 56 of 97 pitches for strikes.
  • Dellin BetancesAndrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the second straight game.
  • Gausman (1-7) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

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This series is the most important one of the season to date. If the Yankees manage a sweep, they pull within 4 1/2 games of the Orioles and the narrative of selling before the non-waiver trade deadline could surely get swept under the rug by ownership that has little inclination to quit.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Baltimore Orioles
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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

The New York Yankees have been the model of inconsistency in 2016, putting them in limbo with regard to how they will handle the trade deadline and adversely affecting their chances of reaching the postseason.

I have described this Yankees team as resembling Jekyll & Hyde and a yo-yo. The second half of the season can change that, but it will require a convincing turnaround within the first few weeks of returning to the diamond. If not, an overhaul of the roster would be in order.

It is hard to say what is more important for the Yankees as the second half begins -- strong starting pitching, improved offense, revamped middle relief or concentrating on the future. In my view, it has to be a combination of the four factors. That's not a cop out or a way to avoid selecting just one, but rather the stark reality.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees winning pitcher Andrew Miller (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees winning pitcher Andrew Miller (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Buster Olney of ESPN thinks the Yankees are "inevitably" going to sell.

With a .500 record at the All-Star break, a fourth place division standing, and six teams ahead of them in the wild card race, many are speculating that the Yankees should give up on this season and begin selling assets to build for the future.

Olney says the feeling around the league is that the Yankees, for the first time in a few decades, will indeed be sellers at the deadline.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning during of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Tommy Gilligan/USATSI)
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning during of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Tommy Gilligan/USATSI)

Charlie Freyre, SNY.tv:

If the Yankees want to inject some excitement into this season and give the fans reason to be optimistic, they need to call up minor leaguer and top prospect Aaron Judge for his major league debut, and do it soon.

The Yankees are currently a longshot to make the postseason. Fangraphs has their odds winning the division at 2.9 percent. There are seven teams in front of New York in the wild-card race, and they have the worst run differential of all of them. All of their starting pitchers' season statistics are trending downward.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius reacts rounding the bases after his walk-off home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-7 at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius reacts rounding the bases after his walk-off home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-7 at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Down four runs in the ninth inning, catcher Brian McCann hit a game-tying three-run home run and shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a walk-off two-run homer to lead the New York Yankees to a six-run rally en route to a 9-7 walk-off win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

"A win we really had to fight for," manager Joe Girardi said, according to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews. "They should be excited in there."

The Yankees had lost three straight and trailed by five runs in the eighth inning, but McCann started the comeback by hitting the first of two home runs in the eighth inning, a solo shot that made it 7-3.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, Texas Rangers
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:19
Sweeny Murti breaks down all the Yankees' action in their 8-4 loss tonight to the Colorado Rockies.

New York Yankees RHP Ivan Nova allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits in four-plus innings as the Yankees lost to the Colorado Rockies, 8-4, Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


  • Nova (5-5) allowed three runs in the first inning and left the game after allowing a double and walk to lead off the fifth inning. Over his last six starts, Nova is 2-4 with a 6.88 ERA and has given up at least four runs in five of them.
  • Nick Goody allowed a two-run home run to Nolan Arenado in the sixth inning that gave the Rockies an 8-3 lead.
  • Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs as the Rockies' 1-4 hitters combined to go 11 for 18 with six RBIs.
  • Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorius and Rob Refsnyder each had two hits for the Yankees, who lost their second straight game overall and third straight to Colorado after getting swept on the road last week.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV

The Yankees need to think long and hard about allowing Nova to make another start. As has been the case throughout his career, Nova teased fans with a short string of quality efforts only to fall apart and regress to the less than mediocre pitcher that he is.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Colorado Rockies, Didi Gregorius, Nick Goody
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:01:37
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where Joe Girardi and Carlos Beltran talk about the four-game sweep of the Angels.

The Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Angels with a 6-3 win Thursday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more at SNY.TV.


  • The Yankees (30-30) broke open a pitcher's duel between Ivan Nova and Jhoulys Chacin with five runs in the fifth. Carlos Beltran had a two-run double to give him 10 RBI in the series. Brian McCann drove in another run with a double, and Alex Rodriguez (sac fly) and Chris Parmelee (single) also had RBis.
  • Nova went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. He gave up a two-run homer in the seventh to Jefry Marte before being removed.
  • Parmelee, called up just this week, left in the seventh after straining a hamstring while stretching to make a catch a first base.

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The cure for the Yankees' offense was apparently the Angels' pitching staff. The Yankees scored 29 runs on 47 hits in the four-game series sweep. The good news about this recent offensive outburst is that the production has spread through the lineup.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury
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