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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:33
Eamon McAnaney reports from Yankee Stadium as the Yankees swept the Twins thanks to homers by Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius.

Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 45th home run of the season as the Yankees erased an early 3-0 deficit and blew out the Twins, 11-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Judge hit a two-run homer down the line in right field and Gary Sanchez followed with a solo homer to center as the Yankees tied things, 3-3.

The Yankees plated six runs in the bottom of thefourth, with Greg Bird's run-scoring double, RBI hits from Brett Gardner and Sanchez, and a three-run homer by Didi Gregorius accounting for the damage...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:51
SNY's Sweeny Murti checks in from Citi Field to get the players' reactions from the the Yankees' win over the Rays in the rubber match.

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


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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:01:53
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Citi Field to get reactions from the Yankees after they lost, 2-1, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field.

Sonny Gray pitched eight strong innings, but the Yankees' offense was only able to generate one run in a 2-1 loss to the Rays at Citi Field on Tuesday. >> Box score

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a sacrifice fly and drives in a run during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a sacrifice fly and drives in a run during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit two home runs on Sunday while Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 on Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Judge became the second rookie in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season by hitting his first home run as part of New York's six-run fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 9-1 lead. He hit his 41st home run of the season two innings later.

Sanchez homered in the first and eighth innings, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored. Since returning from his three-game suspension, he is 6-for-12 with four RBIs.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hits a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hits a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Jacoby Ellsbury's transition to a part-time player for the Yankees arrived earlier than even his most fervent detractors predicted when he signed a seven-year, $153 million contract before the 2014 season. Ellsbury's season is not going exactly as he or the Yankees expected, but at the moment, things are working out, making his hefty contract feel slightly less burdensome.

Despite starting the season as New York's starting center fielder, a concussion forced him out of the lineup for nearly a month. When he fell into a bad slump upon his return and saw the emergence of Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier, he saw his role reduced.

The soon-to-be-34-year-old outfielder took it in stride and is beginning to click as the playoffs near. From Aug. 26 to Sept. 4 (nine games, seven starts), Ellsbury has been scorching hot, hitting .423 with a 1.175 OPS in 29 plate appearances. Ellsbury has four extra-base hits among his 11 knocks and has driven in seven runs during the span.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Aug 24, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon (20) holds back starting pitcher Justin Verlander (left) after benches clear when catcher James McCann (not pictured) is hit by a pitch from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Aug 24, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon (20) holds back starting pitcher Justin Verlander (left) after benches clear when catcher James McCann (not pictured) is hit by a pitch from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees and Tigers brawled and the benches cleared multiple times on Thursday in a back-and-forth game that resulted in a 10-6 win for Detroit.  >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez
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Sonny Gray dealt to Yankees 00:06:08
John Harper discusses the trade the Yankees made which landed Sonny Gray from the Athletics in exchange for prospects.

The Yankees acquired RHP Sonny Gray from the Athletics in exchange for minor league INF Jorge Mateo, OF Dustin Fowler and RHP James Kaprielian, the teams announced Monday afternoon.

While Yankees GM Brian Cashman said outfielder Clint Frazier and infielder Gleyber Torres were among New York's untouchable prospects, Athletics GM Billy Beane instead asked for a package revolving around outfielder Estevan Florial, who played in this year's Futures Game, or Mateo, WFAN's Sweeny Murti reports.

Oakland preferred Florial to Mateo, however the Yankees added Kaprielian, their first-round pick from 2015, to the deal as a concession, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. The Yankees will also receive $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, James Kaprielian, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Oakland Athletics
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(Andy Marlin)

Brett Gardner hit a walkff single in the ninth inning as the  Yankees beat the Rays, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium >> Box score


Peter Bourjos hit a leadoff homer off Caleb Smith as the Rays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly in the second inning tied things, 1-1, before Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly in the third inning put the Rays up, 2-1.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks, Tanaka 00:02:00
Sweeny Murti reports on Masahiro Tanaka's stellar outing and the power surge coming from the outfield since the All-Star break

Masahiro Tanaka lost his perfect game bid with two outs in the sixth inning and the Yankees clubbed three homers as they beat the Rays, 5-1, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium >> Box score


Tanaka was dominant, striking out a career-high 14 batters while allowing one run on two hits and walking none.

Brett Gardner's leadoff homer in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and Aaron Judge's solo shot in the fourth inning made it 2-0. Clint Frazier's three-run shot with two outs in the second inning extended the Yankees' lead to 5-0.

Lucas Duda's solo homer off Tanaka in the seventh inning cut the Yankees' lead to 5-1.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:58
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium following Brett Gardner's walk-off home run in the Yankees' 6-5 win against the Rays

Brett Gardner hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to lead the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. >> Box score

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New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner combined for three home runs and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-4, Sunday at Safeco Field. >> Box score


Gardner went 2-for-5 with a leadoff home run in the first inning and a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning off James Pazos (2-3). Frazier followed and drove in two runs with a double to left field that made it 6-4, as the Yankees won a series for the first time since June 9-11.

Gregorius homered in the second and fourth innings to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, but Yankees starting pitcher Caleb Smith allowed a two-run single to Ben Gamel and a two-run double to Guillermo Heredia in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Seattle Mariners
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Yankees head to All-Star break 00:01:35
Justine Ward reports from the Bronx as the Yankees head into the All-Star break after a 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday

Despite bringing the game-tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, the New York Yankees were unable to overcome Masahiro Tanaka's short outing in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score


Tanaka (7-8) allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, as he failed to win his third start in a row. He gave up a three-run home run to Travis Shaw in the first inning and a solo home run to Stephen Vogt in the second that made it 4-0.

Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run in the Yankees' three-run fourth inning, but the Yankees were unable to score against Milwaukee's bullpen.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Milwaukee Brewers
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May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Brett Gardner lead the offense going 3-for-5 with 5 RBI including a grand slam in the seventh to help the Yankees beat the Astros, 13-4. Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored as well. >> Box Score.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes
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Masahiro Tanaka was masterful over eight scoreless innings. (AP)
Masahiro Tanaka was masterful over eight scoreless innings. (AP)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched eight scoreless innings and Ronald Torreyes drove in the winning run in the 10th as the Yankees edged the Texas Rangers, 2-1, on Friday night in the Bronx.

Tanaka delivered one of his best outings in what has been a trying season. He allowed only three hits, walked two and struck out nine. His matchup with countryman Yu Darvish turned out to be a classic pitchers' duel. Darvish was arguably even better than Tanaka, allowing two hits, walking nobody and striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings.

The game remained 0-0 until the top of the ninth inning, when Aroldis Chapman's third strike to Adrian Beltre got by Gary Sanchez, allowing Elvis Andrus to score. However, Brett Gardner's solo home run off Matt Bush tied the game in the bottom half of the frame and forced extra innings. Bush was still on the mound when Torreyes singled in Sanchez the following inning to win the ballgame.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

CC Sabathia departed in the fifth inning with a strained left hamstring and the Angels edged the Yankees, 3-2, in 11 innings on Tuesday night in Anaheim.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley
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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)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes his team's home stand this week is "big," according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

The Red Sox are traveling to Yankee Stadium for the first time this season to play a three-game set. With another AL East opponent in the Orioles coming to town after this series, Girardi realizes how crucial the next few games are for his ballclub.

"I think it's big. I think it's big home stand," Girardi said. "We're playing Boston and Baltimore. You don't want to get ahead too far but these are really important games. We're in a stretch of 13 in our division in a row. We get to go home now. We've got to play better." 

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Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday both hit two home runs while Luis Severino shut down the Baltimore Orioles in the New York Yankees' 8-3 win on Tuesday at Camden Yards. >> Box score


Gardner and Holliday both hit solo home runs in the first inning off Chris Tillman (1-2) to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead. Holliday's second home run of the game made it 4-0.

Gardner's fourth-inning homer off Logan Verrett made it 6-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino, Baltimore Orioles
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New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is tagged out by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is tagged out by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after scoring nine runs, the New York Yankees managed just two in a 3-2 loss to Dylan Bundy and the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Camden Yards. >> Box score


The Yankees managed seven hits off Bundy (6-3), including Aaron Judge's 17th home run of the season, but hit into three double plays in the game.

Matt Holliday grounded into double plays in the first and sixth innings, while Gary Sanchez flied into a double play in the third when Brett Gardner tried to tag up from second base on a fly ball to left field.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:00:58
Joe Girardi, Michael Pineda and Aaron Judge field questions after the Yankees' 9-5 win over Oakland on Sunday at the Stadium.

Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam in the third inning and the Yankees offense went on to score five more runs in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics on Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.>> Click here for the full box score...


Aaron Hicks drove in his 21st RBI of the season in the second inning to put the Yankees on the board. One inning later, Ronald TorreyesGary Sanchez, and Matt Holliday reached base, setting up Judge's grand slam to put the Yankees in front.

Chris Carter's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning provided New York with an insurance run, but the Athletics chipped away, scoring a run in the sixth and two in the eighth to make it a two-run game. Brett Gardner answered with a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to put the Angels away for good.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes
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GEICO SportsNite: Girardi on win 00:01:04
Joe Girardi shares his thoughts on the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Three Yankees hit home runs while Michael Pineda won his second straight start as New York beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Brett GardnerDidi Gregorius and Chris Carter each homered to power the Yankees to their second straight win.

Pineda (5-2) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his second straight outing against Kansas City. He struck out five batters in six innings in an 11-7 win last Wednesday.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda
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May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Brett Gardner hit a three-run home run, CC Sabathia limited the Rays to two runs in five innings, and the Yankees' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings as New York avoided a three-game sweep in Tampa. >> Click here for the full box score


CC Sabathia struck out six batters and walked one in a 95-pitch effort. After allowing a run in the first inning, Sabathia threw three scoreless innings before giving up a solo shot in the fifth. 

Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with an RBI, raising his batting average to .322 on the season. Gardner had two hits and Jacoby Ellsbury added a double.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees split 00:00:30
Joe Girardi talks about Masahiro Tanaka's worst start of his Major League career, as he went just 2 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs in his shortest outing of the season as the New York Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Houston Astros, 10-7, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Tanaka (5-2) allowed eight runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings, allowing back-to-back home runs to George Springer and Josh Reddick to lead off the game.

Later in the first inning, he surrendered a grand slam to Alex Bregman that gave the Astros a 6-0 lead.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chase Headley hit a bases-clearing, two-out triple in the seventh inning to key a six-run rally as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros, 11-6, Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday had an RBI infield single and Starlin Castro a game-tying double, Headley lined a Chris Devenski changeup into the right-center field gap to give New York a 9-6 lead.

The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Castro and Aaron Judge, but squandered it when Adam Warren (1-0) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a Joey Gattis single, Castro error and Yulieski Gurriel sac fly.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees, who many believed would not be in contention for the World Series this year, have surprised the league by beginning the season 21-11, and are currently sitting only 0.5 games behind Baltimore for the lead in the AL East.

After talking with several MLB insiders and coaches from around the league, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post lists six reasons why the Yankees are legitimate contenders this season.

The first reason is the blooming of some of New York's young players. Guys such as Aaron JudgeAaron HicksLuis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery have developed faster than many scouts believed they would, finding great success thus far.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary SanchezDidi Gregorius and Brett Gardner each drove in two runs while Masahiro Tanaka won his fifth straight start as the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to six games with a 10-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at Great American Ball Park. >> Box score


Sanchez went 3-for-3 with a two-run single off Rookie Davis in the first inning, while Gregorius hit an RBI single in the first inning and a sac fly in the fifth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead.

Gardner hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning off Barrett AstinMatt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, while Aaron Hicks and Ronald Torreyes both had two hits and an RBI.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Cincinnati Reds, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:02:02
Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner both hit two home runs as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 11-5.

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Where the Yankees stand

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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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)
( 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. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Luis Severino
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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

Positional starters

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes
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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.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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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

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Dustin Fowler
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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. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Michael Pineda, Ruben Tejada
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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)."

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira
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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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays
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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, Aroldis Chapman, 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, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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(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.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chase 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.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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