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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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The Yankees will hold their annual pro scouting meetings next week, during which Brian Cashman and his staff will determine an offseason strategy, including which players to pursue, and which of their own free agents to retain.

Cashman, along with top lieutenants Michael Fishman, Tim Naehring, Jean Afterman and others on the staff will huddle, as they do annually, and hash through the many issues facing the roster. Hal Steinbrenner is also expected to participate to some degree.

According to major league sources, and basic common sense, here are some of the key topics...

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Andy Martino
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Right after being eliminated in the ALDS, questions stirred regarding the slew of free agents that are on the Yankees' roster. Who should stay and who should go?

Zach Britton

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Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 All through the fall and winter, it will be as if Aaron Boone didn't help a team win 100 games during his rookie season as a manager, didn't synthesize complex analytics, didn't win over the clubhouse, and didn't handle his media responsibilities with ease and class.

Many Yankee fans will only want to talk about his bullpen management in the division series. And in a sense, that's the deal in New York. When you work for the championship-or-bust Yankees (however silly and dated that mentality may be), you will only win over the public with a World Series win. Or two or three or four.

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The Yankees took advantage of a favorable matchup and cashed in with a 6-2 win to tie the ALDS at one apiece in Boston Saturday night...

Gardner the grinder

Aaron Hicks is obviously a much more productive player than Brett Gardner in 2018, but Gardner's entry into the lineup Saturday, courtesy of Hicks' hamstring injury, was at least well-timed. For one, Gardner has better career numbers (.269 to .212 batting average) versus starter David Price. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees were without OF Aaron Hicks in their Game 2 win, but don't expect that to be the case when the series enters the Bronx. 

Hicks told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty that he "believes he'll start on Monday" when Game 3 kicks off at Yankee Stadium. 

The veteran outfielder pulled up after a single in Game 1, and had to be replaced by Brett Gardner as he felt tightness in his hamstring. Luckily, an MRI on Saturday came back clean..

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Aaron Hicks (31) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aaron Hicks (31) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

It may not necessarily be a "must-win" game for the Yankees, but they face a pivotal Game 2 matchup with the Red Sox in the ALDS, and will have to do it without a key player in Aaron Hicks.

With manager Aaron Boone watching closely, Hicks participated in a running workout at Fenway Park to see if he was healthy enough to play. But, with Brett Gardner batting ninth and starting in center field tonight, it was clear that Hicks isn't ready to step back on the field.

The veteran outfielder received an MRI earlier Saturday, and to the Yankees' relief, it came back clean. Boone told reporters he can come off the bench tonight if needed, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

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Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks will have an MRI on his hamstring on Saturday after leaving Game 1 of the ALDS in the fourth inning.

While leaving the box after connecting on his single to right field in the fourth, Hicks pulled up a bit and was in noticeable discomfort at first base. 

He was visited by manager Aaron Boone and the team trainer before being removed and replaced by Brett Gardner.

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Oct 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrates with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) after defeating the New York Yankees in game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Oct 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrates with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) after defeating the New York Yankees in game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

After the Yankees dropped Game 1 of the ALDS to the Red Sox in Boston on Friday night, outfielder Brett Gardner wasn't mincing words about how important Game 2 is, calling it "pretty much a must-win game for us."

Masahiro Tanaka will get the start in Game 2 in Boston, opposed by David Price.

The Yankees came back from an 0-2 ALDS deficit in 2017 to beat the Indians in five games. They also accomplished the feat in 2001 against the Athletics. 

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Yankees beat A?s, move to ALDS 00:01:55
The Yankees beat the A?s 7-2 in the Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium, and now advance to the ALDS against the Red Sox.

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Analytics worked for Yanks in choosing Luis Severino

Considering how well J.A. Happ pitched since becoming a Yankee in late July -- and how shaky Luis Severino was until recently -- it seemed risky to give Severino the wild card start. But the Yankees were actually following analytics, as they so often do.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: On Wednesday night, the Yankees will host the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game with a trip to the ALDS against Boston on the line. The winner-moves-on affair will be hotly contested between two extremely talented, yet different clubs.

Yankees regulars vs. Athletics regulars

The Yankees come at opposing pitchers with a strong right-handed leaning lineup. They pounded 267 home runs this season, but not a single player hit over 40 alone, and Aaron Judge played in just 111 games. Instead, the Yankees distributed their homers across 19 players, with 12 players reaching double digits (an MLB record). Each of their presumed starting nine managed at least 14 homers. And despite a much higher payroll than the A's, the Yanks maintain a young offensive core, with eight players no older than 28.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Andrew McCutchen (26) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Andrew McCutchen (26) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees OF Andrew McCutchen has been playing in New York City for about a month now, and he is already picturing himself in pinstripes next season. 

At least, that's what he hopes can happen once he hits the free agent market. McCutchen, who earned $14.75 million this season, sees life with the Yankees in 2019 -- that is if they want to make it happen.

"This is the first year being out of PIttsburgh, so being in San Francisco, I had to tell myself that was a place where I could be beyond this year and I'm thinking the same thing about New York," McCutchen told NJ.com's Randy Miller. "This is the place I could be beyond this year. I'm not sure if it will be. It's a possibility.

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May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy (21) during the ninth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy (21) during the ninth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees only gave up one run on Monday night, and they can partly thank Brett Gardner for that. 

The veteran outfielder, who replaced the injured Aaron Hicks in the fourth inning, made a catch over his shoulder while he was running back towards the wall.

The catch saved at least one run, if not more, with runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth. 

See the video below...

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: When the postseason arrives, the Yankees will have a choice to make among their five outfielders. For most clubs this type of decision would be somewhat easy as the fourth and fifth outfielders are typically clear bench types. That's not that case for the Yankees, who sport one current All-Star, three former All-Stars and another player in the midst of a breakout season.

One thing is certain -- if healthy, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge will man center field and right field, respectively. Hicks is the aforementioned breakout player, who owns an .814 OPS (124 wRC+ in 551 plate appearances) with 24 home runs, 72 RBI, 83 runs and 11 stolen bases, plus an above-average defensive presence. As for Judge (.933 OPS, 153 wRC+, 26 HR and 61 RBI in 455 PA), you might know about him and the mammoth home runs, great eye at the plate, and above-average defense.

Let's review the qualifications of the three options remaining to man left field (in alphabetical order)...

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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Did Boone rally the troops? 00:03:40
The BNNY panel discusses whether or not Aaron Boone's ejection in the fifth inning against the Tigers got the Yankees' offense going Friday.

The Yankees didn't blow this 7-5 lead Friday night, as their late rally ended up in a win over the Tigers. >> Box score


1) The Yankees were down 5-4 heading into the eighth, but had a bases loaded opportunity with two outs. Gleyber Torres came through and made it 6-5 with a two RBI single to left. But that wasn't all New York could get. Austin Romine added some insurance with an infield single up the middle that scored Luke Voit

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Aug 26, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on the field during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 26, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on the field during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone thought home plate umpire Nic Lentz wasn't calling a good game behind the plate. So, he decided to show him instead of just saying it.

Lentz ejected Boone, who was chirping from the dugout about balls and strikes, and the Yankee skipper ran out to home plate to give him more. In doing so, Boone crouched behind home and showed Lentz what is a ball and strike. 

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird thought homering last Saturday and Sunday would help him break out of his slump. That hasn't been the case.

Since his first-inning grand slam in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Blue Jays, Bird has gone hitless in 13 at-bats, extending his weeks-long slump that has dropped his batting average from .234 to .202.

"We've seen just in and out, that authority through the zone, and it's hard to put our finger on it," manager Aaron Boone said of Bird, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I thought we saw a couple games there at home where I thought he was really impacting the ball. There was some force through the zone, and then here [in Miami], it's been a little bit more back to not that life through the zone." 

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Yankees struggle without Judge 00:01:47
With the Yankees losing to the Rangers on Friday night, the BNNY panel discusses how much the Yanks are missing their star slugger.

Masahiro Tanaka tossed a dud and the bullpen didn't stop the bleeding as the Yankees dropped the second game of their series with the Rangers, 12-7, in the Bronx. >> Box score


1) The Yankees teed off on whoever the Rangers sent to the mound, crushing five home runs, including two from Neil Walker and one each from Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) singles during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) singles during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees couldn't muster enough offense as they lost another series to the Rays on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa >> Box score

Things to know about today's game

1) The Yankees had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth inning, but a foul out to first base and Brett Gardner strikeout stranded the runners.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees played .667 baseball through their first 81 games of the season. But after going into the All-Star break having lost six of their last 14 games, they remain hungry for more.

"Ultimately we have to be better if we want to win the division and get to where we want to be, which is to win the World Series," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. I'm pleased with the way that we played in the first half, but I'm not pleased that we're not in first place in the division."

Since outslugging the Red Sox 11-1 in their series finale on July 1, the Yankees have gone 8-6. Boston, meanwhile, won 12 of its last 13 games heading into the All-Star break, as the Yankees moved from a first-place tie to 4 1/2 games back. The defending champion Astros, since July 1, have gone 9-4 and own the second-best record in baseball.

That said, Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn't focused on the standings in July.

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German mediocre vs. Cleveland 00:05:00
The Baseball Night in New York panel debates which starter the Yankees should pursue after Domingo German struggled again against Cleveland.

The Yankees almost battled back from a four-run deficit, but they came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Indians on the road Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This has been the story for Domingo German all season long. He has shown spurts like his last start where he can be dominant over a long stretch of a game. But then there's games like tonight, where he can't find the zone early and hits start to flurry accordingly. The Indians only collected five hits, but it resulted in six runs allowed by German due to his walks. Overall, he allowed four walks while striking out six over four innings of work. 

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Yanks lineup picks up Severino 00:02:45
The Yankees were able to get several key hits off of Cleveland's ace, Corey Kluber, and went on to earn a 7-4 win on Thursday night.

With Luis Severnio performing under his Cy Young-standards, the Yankees' bats were able to produce enough runs off Corey Kluber to defeat the Indians 7-4. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Severino lasted just five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with one strikeout against Kluber and the Indians. Giving Cleveland's ace a four-run cushion should have meant a loss for the Yankees, but, the bats and bullpen were able to carry the team to a win.

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Yankees show interest in Machado 00:04:38
The Yankees are reportedly showing increased interest in making a move for Orioles star shortstop Manny Machado.

Brett Gardner went 4-for-6 with a two-run home run and three RBIs while Luis Cessa threw six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Gardner hit his seventh homer of the season when he launched a Yefry Ramirez fastball over the right-field fence in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

2) Cessa (1-1) struck out four batters in six innings, allowing three hits and three walks. Though he never retired the side in order in any inning, he kept the Orioles off the board as they went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position off him.

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Gardner wins it for the Yankees 00:00:53
John Jastremski discusses the role Yankees veteran Brett Gardner has carved out for himself on a youthful team after his game-winning hit.

Yankees OF Brett Gardner plated the game-winning run in the top of the 10th as New York came away with the victory in a 2-1 pitcher's duel in Toronto on Sunday >> Box score

Things to know about today's game...

1) Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit solo home runs in the first inning and Brandon Drury hit a two-run double later in the inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Gardner drove in a pair of runs in the third inning when he hit a triple, giving him three RBI in the game.

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Yankees top Blue Jays, 8-5 00:03:24
The Yankees shelled potential trade target J.A. Happ on Saturday, while Gary Sanchez continues to progress in his groin injury rehab.

The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in Toronto. >> Box score

Things to know about today's game...

1) Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit solo home runs in the first inning and Brandon Drury hit a two-run double later in the inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Gardner drove in a pair of runs in the third inning when he hit a triple, giving him three RBI in the game.

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Brett Gardner (11) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Brett Gardner (11) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees are usually known for what they can do at the plate, but Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton broke that stigma in back-to-back plays Wednesday night. 

In the bottom of the third, Carlos Santana roped an opposite field fly ball that looked to be extra bases. But Gardner tracked it all the way to the wall, and leaped to make a fantastic catch before crashing into the padding.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have made it clear they will be on the prowl for another rotation piece before the trade deadline strikes. The prospects they will part with to acquire their new arm, though, is still up in the air. 

One of the top prospects that will entice teams will likely be OF Clint Frazier, who has been the odd man out among a stacked Yankees outfield that includes veterans like Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks along with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge

Though Frazier's name will likely be presented to GM Brian Cashman in proposed deals, he doesn't want to see him out of pinstripes anytime soon. 

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New York Yankees Brett Gardner (11) follows through on a two-run triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees Brett Gardner (11) follows through on a two-run triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said while he isn't focused on free agency just yet, he hopes he can remain in New York.

Gardner, in the final year of a four-year, $52 million deal, can hit free agency in the offseason if the Yankees decline his $12.5 million team option for 2019. And the longest-tenured Yankee hopes he can remain in pinstripes beyond the 2018 season.

"I love it here," Gardner said, according to Newsday's Steven Marcus. "I've never been shy about saying that. Hopefully, I'll play for a few more years and hopefully that'll be here.''

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New York Yankees designated hitter fielder Clint Frazier doubles during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter fielder Clint Frazier doubles during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)

Even when Brett Gardner makes his return from a minor knee issue, the Yankees may keep Clint Frazier on the 25-man roster.

"I think there's an avenue for that," manager Aaron Boone said, according to NJ.com's Randy Miller. "We're kind of just day by day right now based on different guys and our needs in the pitching and how many (relievers) we want to keep, (but) he's taking advantage of opportunities."

Since being recalled from the minors earlier this week in favor of infielder Ronald Torreyes, Frazier is 4-for-11 in four games (three starts), including a 2-for-4 day in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Brett Gardner could find himself back in the lineup for Wednesday night's contest in the Bronx. 

It will all depend on the treatment Gardner received on his inflamed knee on Tuesday. He hit in the batting cage before Tuesday night's 7-2 win over the Mariners. And from what manager Aaron Boone has seen from his veteran outfielder, he is very optimistic Gardern is close to returning. 

"We will see. I think it's realistic," Boone told The Post's George A. King III. about Gardner returning to lineup. "I actually believe he might be an option [Tuesday night]."

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Clint Frazier will tell it how it is: It's frustrating being down in Triple-A. 

Frazier was called up again to the big leagues, and this time around, it isn't just to be the 26th man. He is here to stay, but how long is the question. He is with the team due to Brett Gardner nursing a sore knee, and he will likely be sent back down once that pain is alleviated.

The 23-year-old is raking in Triple-A this season with a .312/.389/.558 slash line with seven homers and 11 RBI over 38 games. He could certainly be making contributions at the major league level with those types of numbers, but with the Yankees boasting a stacked outfield, Frazier has been the odd man out. 

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said he hopes to return to the lineup for Monday's games against the Washington Nationals after sitting Sunday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays with a sore knee, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.

Gardner, who has played in 59 of New York's 67 games, underwent an MRI on Sunday morning that revealed some minor inflammation, but nothing more. He also did not play in Thursday's series-opener.

"It's not really something I've had an issue with in the past," he said, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. "A little alarmed by it not really feeling like it should. Got an MRI this morning. Everything looked pretty good on that. ... It wasn't necessarily any one injury or any one thing. Just kind of an over-time thing, I guess."

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees were shut out for the first time in 2018 after their eighth-inning rally fell through in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Down 2-0 in the eighth inning, the Yankees had runners on first and second thanks to Miguel Andujar's single and Aaron Judge reaching on two Jose Reyes errors on a neighborhood play on a potential double-play ball, but Gleyber Torres fouled out and Brett Gardner flied out to end the threat.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jose Reyes, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets injuries 00:02:21
Andy Martino joins the show to discuss the Mets' injury woes this season and the hamstring injury Masahiro Tanaka suffered Friday night.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Opening night of the 2018 Subway Series began in Metsian fashion, with injury announcements regarding two key pitchers -- Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia.

By the middle of the evening, the plague had spread to the other team, when Masahiro Tanaka left after five innings with soreness in two hamstrings. Yes, you read that correctly. The hamstrings in both legs.

Before the night was over, the Yankees' trainer would visit Aroldis Chapman, and Jacob deGrom would have his heart broken yet again. It was not a good night to be a pitcher in New York.

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Brett Gardner (11) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Brett Gardner (11) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees took the first game of this year's Subway Series, 4-1, over the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field.

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

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

 

 

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 3-for-4 in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.

Gardner was not a factor in the Yankees' three-run third inning -- the Yankees scored on Aaron Hicks' bases-loaded walk, Greg Bird's bases-loaded HBP and a Miguel Andujar fielder's choice -- but Gardner had three of New York's five hits.

"I feel good at the plate," Gardner told reporters after the game. "I'm seeing the ball well and just trying to put at-bats together to get on base for the guys behind me."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Greg Bird, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Miguel Andujar
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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Stanton hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning and hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning as the Yankees won for the 10th time in their past 12 games and 19th time in their past 22.

Luis Severino struck out seven batters in six innings, giving up one run and five hits for his fourth win in his last six starts.

Since May 2, Stanton is 13-for-38 with five home runs and 11 RBIs, raising his batting line from .222/.303/.410 to .252/.339/.516.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics
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Brett Gardner discusses the Yankees' winning streak against elite teams while Aaron Judge talked about the team's confidence level.

He came into the game hitting .198 with only three doubles and a single home run over the first 32 games of the season. But in a game with the AL East lead on the line, Brett Gardner finally broke out.

Gardner led the game off with a double off Rick Porcello to right center field that almost cleared the fence for a leadoff homer. He would rope another double in his next at-bat, this time splitting the gap in left center. Mitch Moreland robbed him off his third extra-base hit on the night with a nice play in the fourth. 

But it was Gardner's third extra-base hit of the night that meant the most. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' stranglehold over the AL East and wonder how long they can keep this run up.

The Yankees put together yet another come-from-behind win thanks to the bats of Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, while taking the AL East lead from the Red Sox in a 9-6 win in the Bronx. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The comparisons are beginning to percolate between the 2018 New York Yankees squad, and the 1998 team that graced us with one of the best seasons ever turned in by a baseball team in MLB history.

The obvious similarity is the record each possessed after 34 games -- the 1998 team was 26-8, while the Yankees of today sit at 24-10. The '98 club got off to a rocky start (1-4), but turned the corner rather quickly and fiercely, winning 25 of their next 29 games. The current Yanks are on a 15-1 run after failing to find anything, but a middle ground for the team's first 18 games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) tosses his bat after a walk in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) tosses his bat after a walk in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

After his first 20-homer, 20-steal season at the age of 33, traction developed considering the Yankees picking up Brett Gardner's 2019 club option. However, over the Yankees' first 30 games this season, Gardner's lackluster production is giving pause to the possibility.

We're not debating whether Gardner should be traded (that ship has sailed). Rather, we're questioning whether or not he can do enough this season to persuade the Yankees to fork over $12.5 million for another go-around with the club (there is a $2 million buyout) in 2019. The game is in the midst of a transforming mindset where players in their mid-30s are tagged as "over the hill," and the Yankees have fully bought into a youth movement throughout the major league roster.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts to striking out with men on base to end the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts to striking out with men on base to end the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees' late rally fell short as their nine-game winning streak was snapped with a 2-1 loss to the defending World Series champion Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park. >> Box score


After struggling for the first seven innings off Charlie Morton, the Yankees had the tying and go-ahead runs on base after Brett Gardner's RBI single in the top of the eighth inning off Chris Devenski, but Didi Gregorius struck out with runners on first and second to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth inning, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks all struck out against Ken Giles, as the Yankees were held to one run for the third time this season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros
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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Riding high on a nine-game win streak, the Yankees are currently the hottest team in baseball.

The Bronx Bombers swept the Angels on Sunday night with a close 2-1 win as they continue to heat up heading into May. They outscored the Angels 17-5 in the series, and this is a team that was 16-9 -- almost the same record as New York (15-9) -- heading into the series. 

But, before the Yankees can return home, they will make a stop in a stadium that saw them freezing cold the last time they stepped on its diamond...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watches his home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watches his home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Yankees to a 4-3 win over the Angels on Friday night. New York has now won seven games in a row. << Box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Neil Walker
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(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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Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and relief pitcher David Robertson comment on the Yankees' bounce-back win over the Orioles in the Bronx.

Without Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Brandon Drury, Aaron Hicks Jacoby Ellsbury and others, the Yankees beat the Orioles 8-3 >> Box score


Sonny Gray started the game with six consecutive outs and was given a 2-0 lead by a Brett Gardner two-run single. But Gray ran into trouble in the third and fourth innings. In the third, a leadoff walk ended with a two-run double to deep-left field by Manny Machado. In the fourth it was Pedro Alvarez, fresh off a 14th inning grand slam on Friday night, with an RBI double...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner
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New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day DL due to a Grade 1 right intercostal muscle strain and recalled OF Billy McKinney from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, GM Brian Cashman said Friday.

Hicks started in center field yesterday, playing the entire game while going 2-for-4 with two strikeouts. Cashman told reporters that Hicks felt the injury between his third and fourth at-bats.

The 23-year-old McKinney, who will be making his big league debut, hit .277/.338/.483 with 16 HR in 124 games while splitting last season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Greg Bird
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Giancarlo Stanton homered while Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner each had multiple hits as the Yankees tagged Matt Harvey for five runs en route to a 10-3 win.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

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

With two gargantuan outfielders on the roster, it can be easy for Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner to become hidden from view. However, Gardner's stature on the field and in the clubhouse is always front and center.

The Yankees tout one of the more powerful offenses in the game, and it will be sparked, or it could fizzle out, depending on Gardner's contributions at the top of the lineup. Gardner, while subject to losing time in the field to his larger counterparts, remains one of the best defensive left fielders in baseball.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chris Carelli
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