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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees look to bounce back with CC Sabathia on the mound the Indians on the road at 7:15 p.m. in Cleveland.

 

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Yankees defeat the Tribe 00:03:17
Eamon McAnaney, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' win over the Indians and whether Manny Machado is a good fit.

CC Sabathia allowed a game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning, but Austin Romine scored on his own double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sabathia allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first and the Indians scored again in the second when Erik Gonzalez came home from third on Michael Brantley's groundout. In the sixth, Brandon Guyer hit a game-tying two-run single.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird
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Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The thought of Manny Machado donning the pinstripes sounds amazing. The 25-year-old is posting career highs with his .309/.379/.555 slash line, and is on pace to break his home run mark as well with 21 dingers on the year already.

But would the payout be worth it for a player the Yankees could simply be renting for three months?

The price is bound to be steep for Machado, but New York should be able to match it considering their deep trove of prospects. SNY's Andy Martino noted a package that includes top pitching prospect LHP Justus Sheffield and INF Brandon Drury could be in the works if the Yankees are serious...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed a go-ahead three-run home run to Danny Valencia in the bottom of the sixth inning before he was pulled as the Yankees lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Sabathia (6-4) had thrown five solid innings before he came out for the sixth inning and promptly walked Mark Trumbo and allowed a double to Jonathan Schoop. Valencia then knocked Sabathia out of the game by hitting a 1-1 slider over the center-field fence to turn a 4-2 Yankees lead into a 5-4 deficit.

2) The Yankees had the tying runner in scoring position in the ninth inning when Miguel Andujar hit a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brandon Drury moved him over to third with a groundout, but Kyle Higashioka struck out and Brett Gardner grounded out to first to end the game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Neil Walker
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Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (58-29) kick off a four-game series with the Orioles (24-65) starting with a doubleheader on Monday at 4:05 p.m. at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Yankees notes

The Yankees took two of three games from the Blue Jays to begin their 11-game road trip. ...New York is 3-5-5 in 13 doubleheaders against the Orioles since 1980. ...Giancarlo Stanton is one of five finalists placed on the Final Vote ballot for the American league All-Star team. The last Yankee to be on the ballot was Didi Gregorius last season. ...The Yankees are 25-16 on the road this season, which is the third-best record in the league. 

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Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (58-29) kick off a four-game series with the Orioles (24-65) starting with a doubleheader on Monday at 4:05 p.m. at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Yankees notes

The Yankees took two of three games from the Blue Jays to begin their 11-game road trip. ...New York is 3-5-5 in 13 doubleheaders against the Orioles since 1980. ...Giancarlo Stanton is one of five finalists placed on the Final Vote ballot for the American league All-Star team. The last Yankee to be on the ballot was Didi Gregorius last season. ...The Yankees are 25-16 on the road this season, which is the third-best record in the league. 

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts in the dugout as he is taken out of the game during the sixth 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 starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts in the dugout as he is taken out of the game during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia was ejected from Saturday's game after arguing a called third strike from the dugout while Kyle Higashioka was batting.

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CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees have to be loving what they are seeing from veteran lefty CC Sabathia.

Sabathia picked up his second straight win, and threw yet another quality start in the Yankees' win over the Braves on the Fourth of July. He allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three over six innings. 

Unlike his last start against the Red Sox, Sabathia had to work out of trouble from the get-go. The first inning was hectic as a hit by pitch to Nick Markakis and walk to Kurt Suzuki loaded the bases with two outs. Ronald Acuna Jr., who was the hero in the extra-inning loss on Monday night, was up at the plate to do some damage....

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Stanton after Yankees' 6-2 win 00:00:49
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and OF Giancarlo Stanton discuss Stanton's recent offensive success after the team's 6-2 win over the Braves.

Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge homered to back CC Sabathia as the Yankees defeated the Braves, 6-2, at Yankee Stadium on the Fourth of July. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees' power surge continued, with Stanton's three-run shot in the third inning the biggest blow. Higashioka's solo homer in the fourth was the third long ball and third hit of his Major League career. Judge's home run to right padded the Yankees' lead in the seventh. New York has now hit a staggering 22 home runs in its last 10 games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Holder, Kyle Higashioka
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Bird's slump continues 00:03:25
The BNNY panel discusses Greg Bird's struggles at the plate, and how long the Yankees can wait for an improvement in a tight division race.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Not all the prospects make it, no matter how much we like them and regardless of the evident talent.

There was a point that Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, then 22 years old, filled fans' visions of a new beginning at the position. Bird's sweet swing, seemingly built for Yankee Stadium as well as patience at the plate made it easy to envision him in pinstripes for years to come.

Bird was spectacular over a two-month stretch as Mark Teixeira's replacement when the veteran went down with an injury in 2015. Bird was so good in fact that it seemed as if it would be rather simple for the Yankees to transition from Teixeira when the veteran's contract would come to an end the following season...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Coming into a big series opener against the Red Sox on Friday night, the Yankees were coming off a loss to the Phillies. Well, there was no one better to have on the mound than CC Sabathia

Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Sabathia owns a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts following a Yankees loss. And that number got even better after a solid seven-inning performance from the veteran lefty. 

Sabathia's night began just how you script it with a 1-2-3 first inning as he set down the Red Sox' most dangerous hitters in Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.

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Yankees on big win over Red Sox 00:01:38
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and his players discuss CC Sabathia's strong seven innings in the club's big 8-1 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

The Yankees made a statement in the series opener against the Red Sox, as their potent offense smashed four homers and plated eight runs to take the first of three games in the Bronx. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) The Yankees only collected four hits on the night, with Aaron Hicks accounting for two of them. And what was even worse was the fact that only one Yankees base runner reached second base on the night. Zach Eflin, who has done tremendously better in June, was lights out as he kept the Yankees off balance all night. Seranthony Dominguez closed out the game with a six-out save.

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar
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Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (56) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (56) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

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The Yankees and Red Sox meet this weekend in the Bronx in a virtual dead heat, meaning this is just the beginning of what should develop into a wild summer.

Each squad is surely primed for another long run of success, though they both may well slow down as the dog days of summer hit full stride. I.e., the games they play against each other matter that much more. Cue the heated rivalry talk, which finally has some backbone behind it.

Indeed, the intensity level is once again palpable when the Yankees and Sox face each other, as evidenced by their early season bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park. The teams may not hate each other as was seemingly the case in years past, yet the fire on both sides is evident.

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New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

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

The Yankees and Red Sox meet this weekend in the Bronx in a virtual dead heat, meaning this is just the beginning of what should develop into a wild summer.

Each squad is surely primed for another long run of success, though they both may well slow down as the dog days of summer hit full stride. I.e., the games they play against each other matter that much more. Cue the heated rivalry talk, which finally has some backbone behind it.

Indeed, the intensity level is once again palpable when the Yankees and Sox face each other, as evidenced by their early season bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park. The teams may not hate each other as was seemingly the case in years past, yet the fire on both sides is evident.

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Jun 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia isn't too worried about winning the AL East. 

Not because he isn't intent on winning it or doesn't care, but because they didn't win the division last season and still came within one game of the World Series. 

"As far as winning the division, that's always the goal, but I'm not really that crazy or worried about it just because of what we did last year," Sabathia said...

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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 were uncharacteristically silent at the plate in a 2-1 loss to the Rays on Friday night in Tampa Bay. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar hit two-run homers in the first inning, with Judge's ball just clearing the right-center field wall, and Andujar's ball just clearing the right field wall down the line.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton
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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the third 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 starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It was another night Yankees LHP CC Sabathia didn't have any run support from his potent offense. However, he didn't go 7.2 innings as he did last time out. 

Sabathia put himself in a jam to start out his night, as their were bases loaded following two singles and a walk. But the veteran lefty got Daniel Robinson to hit a soft liner to Gleyber Torres at second base to alleviate the danger. 

The second and third innings were much more quiet as Sabathia looked to settle down. However, in the fourth, the Rays collected a couple base knocks to get the first run on the board. 

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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 starting pitcher Domingo German delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. (AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. (AP)

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Never be satisfied.

The last three times through the rotation for Domingo German have been quite inspiring, while the Yankees also received an eye-opening MLB debut from Jonathan Loaisiga within the last week. Despite the positive feelings and excitement around two more young players, the Yankees should not be dissuaded from pulling the trigger for a rotation improvement as the trade market comes into focus, and the sooner the better.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Brad Hand (52) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Brad Hand (52) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand would be a perfect fit for the Yankees, lengthening a bullpen that is already dominant as well as helping to cover for a thin rotation. And if he were to become a member of the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox, the Yanks' path to the World Series would be much more difficult.

But despite all that, signs point to the Yankees acquiring a starter like Cole Hamels or J.A. Happ instead.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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Stanton discusses his stance 00:00:49
Giancarlo Stanton discusses his struggles at the plate, whether he is considering adjusting his stance and how he plans to keep working.

CC Sabathia endured a rough second inning and the Yankees couldn't generate enough offense to overcome it in a 3-1 loss to the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about today's game

1) The Yankees struggled offensively aside from a fifth-inning solo home run by Aaron Hicks, who went deep for the eighth time of the year. Didi Gregorius hit his second triple of the season, but did not score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Tampa Bay Rays
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Jun 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia allowed three runs on 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

All three of the runs allowed by Sabathia came in the second inning before he settled in. Carlos Gomez drove in Willy Adames with an RBI double and Matt Duffy hit a two-run single to right field later in the inning.

Sabathia struck out 10 batters and walked just one. He threw a season-high 102 pitches on Sunday after throwing 101 pitches in the Yankees' 3-0 win over the Yankees on June 12.

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Jun 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (46-20) will go for a sweep of the Rays (32-38) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees (43-19) look to sweep their two-game series with the Nationals (36-28) on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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Jun 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Didi Gregorius hit two home runs, CC Sabathia pitched five and 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Yankees shut out the Nationals, 3-0, on Tuesday night in the first game of a two-game set against the Nationals at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Gregorius' first homer came in the second inning and his second came in the sixth. Gregorius' first homer of the night was the first time he had homered since May 23. He has tallied three multi-hit games this season.

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Jun 5, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) gets congratulated after hitting a grand slam homerun in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jun 5, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) gets congratulated after hitting a grand slam homerun in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Yankees (42-19) welcome the Nationals (36-27) to the Bronx for a two-game series beginning on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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Jun 5, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) reacts after scoring on a grandslam homerun by third baseman Miguel Andujar (not pictured) against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inningat Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jun 5, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) reacts after scoring on a grandslam homerun by third baseman Miguel Andujar (not pictured) against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inningat Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Miguel Andujar hit his first career grand slam and CC Sabathia limited the Blue Jays to two runs as the Yankees cruised to a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sabathia allowed just three hits -- two of them were home runs -- and lasted seven innings for the Yankees. He gave up a solo home run to Teoscar Hernandez in the sixth and another one to Kevin Pillar in the seventh.

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New York Yankees RHP Sonny Gray (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Sonny Gray (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will start Sonny GrayMasahiro Tanaka and Domingo German for this weekend's series against the Baltimore Orioles following Thursday's rainout.

Gray, originally scheduled to start Thursday, will make his start as scheduled. Thursday's postponement would push CC Sabathia's next start to Monday, when the Yankees have a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Andrew Cashner will start for Baltimore on Friday, while Kevin Gausman will pitch Saturday and Alex Cobb on Sunday.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Luis Severino has been dominant and CC Sabathia -- despite allowing at least four runs in each of his last three starts -- has a 3.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The rest of the Yankees rotation, however, has been a mess.

Sonny Gray has a 5.48 ERA and has walked 25 batters in 46.0 innings. Masahiro Tanaka has a 4.95 ERA and is on pace to allow 39 home runs this season. Domingo German, filling in for the injured Jordan Montgomery, has a 5.59 ERA and has walked 15 batters in 29.0 innings.

So, what can the Yankees do to fix their rotation? The DNL crew discusses below...

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees drama 00:04:23
The BNNY crew discusses Jim Leyritz's criticism of Old-Timers' Day and CC Sabathia's response to Mark Teixeira's comments on Robinson Cano.

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia responded to former teammate Mark Teixeira's comments saying he was "not surprised" that another former teammate, Robinson Cano, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a banned substance.

"I don't want to get into what Tex said, but I'll put it like this: I'm not surprised he said that coming from him," Sabathia said on CBS Radio's "Tiki and Tierney" on Thursday.

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 (Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III)
(Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III)

CC Sabathia seems to be hitting a bump in the road after an excellent start to his 2018 season. 

The big lefty allowed the most runs he has all season thus far after the Rangers smacked him around to plate seven in his latest start. 

The Yankees' offense gave Sabathia more than enough insurance as they plated four runs in the first three innings. But it was the fourth inning that opened up the floodgates for the Rangers. 

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

The Yankees (28-13) and Royals (14-30) continue their three-game set in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Yankees notes

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May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

On Friday night, CC Sabathia was pegged with his first loss since August of last season. He was due for one. 

The 37-year-old labored through 5.0 innings while allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits while allowing five walks. He wasn't sharp, nor was his defense as a Gleyber Torres error proved costly.

This season, Sabathia is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA over 41.1 innings with 33 K and 9 BB...

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

With the Rangers open to trade talks, the Yankees are among the most likely teams to land LHP Cole Hamels, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The other teams Nightengale lists are the Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, and Diamondbacks.

A starting pitcher been a need for the Yankees since the start of Spring Training, and though a combined 3.79 ERA for starters this season isn't bad, the team wouldn't mind adding depth to their rotation. 

Despite his 2-4 record, Hamels owns a 3.48 ERA in nine starts (51.2 innings) for the Rangers this season. He still possesses his crafty repertoire on the bump with 57 strikeouts as well. 

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May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (28-12) and Royals (13-30) begin a three-game set in Kansas City at 8:15 p.m. on Friday night.

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You have to look hard to see flaws or needs in a team that is playing as well as the Yankees are this month. But remember, the Red Sox seemed perfect on April 20, when they were 17-2 and 7 ½ games up in the American League East. The Yankees will be excellent all year, but it won't always be as easy as it has lately appeared.

While winning 17 of 18 games before Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox -- which nearly became yet another thrilling win, after the Yanks erased a 4-0 lead, only to lose on a J.D. Martinez home run in the eighth -- the team wanted for nothing. But zoom out, and the need to add a starting pitcher like Cole Hamels or Michael Fulmer remains...

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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 29, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts while leaving the field during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Apr 29, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts while leaving the field during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia may be 37 years old and in the midst of his 18th MLB season. But he hasn't shown any sign of slowing down. 

Sabathia posted a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts last season, and an even better 2.34 ERA over four postseason starts. He picked up right where he left off in 2018, as he currently owns a 1.39 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over six starts.

It is clear Sabathia's arsenal on the bump can still fool the league's best on any given night. So, what is it going to take for the big lefty to call it quits? 

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Anthony McCarron breaks down CC Sabathia's performance in the Yankees' 2-1 win on Sunday night as they extended their win streak to nine.

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia continued his hot start to the season by throwing seven strong innings in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium.

The veteran Sabathia (2-0) struck out four batters and allowed one run and four hits in seven innings as he lowered his ERA to 1.71.

Since allowing three home runs in a no-decision in a 7-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on April 6, Sabathia is 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA, giving up four runs (one earned) and 11 hits in 17 1/3 innings.

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

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


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

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

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

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Apr 25, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) celebrates his three run home run against the Minnesota Twins with on-deck hitter Miguel Andujar (41) and designated hitter Gary Sanchez (24) and left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 25, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) celebrates his three run home run against the Minnesota Twins with on-deck hitter Miguel Andujar (41) and designated hitter Gary Sanchez (24) and left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees look to sweep their three-game set with the Angels at 8:08 p.m. on Sunday in Anaheim. 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have activated LHP CC Sabathia off the disabled list to make Thursday night's start against the Blue Jays, and placed RHP Luis Cessa on the 10-day DL (retroactive to April 18) due to a left oblique strain.

Sabathia had hit the 10-day DL after suffering a right hip strain that forced an early exit in his last start against the Orioles. He was hit hard in that outing as he allowed three homers on 58 pitches before being pulled after the fourth inning. 

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sabathia's hip. The 37-year-old has dealt with injuries in the past, especially with his right knee that he had arthroscopic surgery on in 2016. With bone-on-bone arthritis in that knee, a replacement is likely to happen in the future. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Just as the Yankees had hoped, LHP CC Sabathia is slated to start on Thursday after missing his last one due to a right hip injury. 

Sabathia hit the 10-day DL after suffering a right hip strain that forced an early exit in his last start against the Orioles. He was hit hard in that outing as he allowed three homers on 58 pitches before being pulled after the fourth inning. 

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sabathia's hip, and time off gave him much-needed rest to recover. The 37-year-old has dealt with injuries in the past, especially with his right knee that was saw an arthroscopic surgery for a cleanup back in 2016. With bone-on-bone arthritis in that knee, a replacement is likely to happen in the future. 

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks to the dugout after the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks to the dugout after the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Giancarlo Stanton's whiffs and the bullpen's surprising struggles are grabbing much of the attention for the Yankees' .500 start to the season as they enter a rivalry showdown Tuesday night in Boston.

But another facet of the club may morph into the trouble area that occupies the Yanks' braintrust throughout the 2018 season -- the starting rotation. Or, perhaps more accurately, the starters not named Luis Severino.

The Yankees came into the season with questions about rotation depth. Some wondered why they didn't add a frontline starter over the winter, especially in a market that contained bargains...

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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't envision needing Monday's off-day to recuperate his squad this early in the season. But it was certainly needed with key players continuing to battle injury. 

The most notable has been CF Aaron Hicks (intercostal muscle strain), who is close to returning to the team. Cashman told the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo that he hopes to see him return "some time probably during the Tigers series," which is this coming weekend. He is hoping to see Hicks suit up for a minor-league game as early as Tuesday.

Catcher Gary Sanchez also caught the injury bug over the weekend, as he was experiencing right hamstring soreness and cramping which kept him out the past two games. Cashman says the team will evaluate him on Tuesday to see if he is game ready. 

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Apr 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is helped off the field by trainer Steve Donahue after being injured as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on against the Baltimore Orioles during the 14th inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is helped off the field by trainer Steve Donahue after being injured as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on against the Baltimore Orioles during the 14th inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees couldn't get out of Yankee Stadium quick enough Friday night as the team has turned into a M*A*S*H unit.

CC Sabathia, Brandon Drury, Tyler Wade and Gary Sanchez all left the game in succession Friday due to injury or illness, while Aroldis Chapman was seen by the training staff in-game. As reported earlier this morning, Sabathia and Drury are heading to the disabled list to join a slew of teammates. The Yankees have been without Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks since the beginning of the season and they lost outfield replacement Billy McKinney earlier this week...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed LHP CC Sabathia (right hip strain) and INF Brandon Drury (severe migraines) on the 10 DL, the team announced.

In the team's 14-inning 7-3 loss to the Orioles, Sabathia exited after four innings. He allowed three runs and had three strikeouts.

Sabathia didn't have his normal control over his pitches as the three runs he allowed were all on solo homers. Manny Machado belted two homers and Chris Davis hit the third in the fourth inning. After 58 pitches, manager Aaron Boone pulled him due to the hip injury. 

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