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GEICO SportsNite: GM meetings 00:04:42
Yankees' GM Brian Cashman and Mets' assistant GM John Ricco discuss what their teams may look like for the start of the 2018 season.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters at the GM Meetins Tuesday that OF Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be the fourth outfielder next season, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Ellsbury, who is due $68.4 million over the next three seasons, has a no-trade clause in his contract if the Yankees decided to shop him. Cashman said that he plans to meet with Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, before leaving the GM Meetings on Wednesday. The Yankees may want to get rid of his contract via trade in the future. But, for now, he will remain a projected asset in 2018. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesTake Cashman's words on November 14 with a grain of salt. There will be a bevy of moving parts this offseason, so each of his comments today should be viewed merely as preliminary thoughts centered on what his current roster looks like...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Starlin Castro
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 (Koji Sasahara/AP)
(Koji Sasahara/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the club doesn't have much "heavy lifting" this offseason. However, there is one area he will likely address through free agency with a narrow scope.

When the Yankees received word from Masahiro Tanaka that he would not opt out of the final three years of his contract, Cashman's job became easier. As currently constituted the Yankees rotation is among the league's better groups No. 1 through No. 4. However, as good as the group of Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino might be, the Yankees are short at least one starter for the 2018 season.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)

Free agency kicked off on Monday morning, with teams having until 5 p.m. ET to extend $17.4 million qualifying offers to their eligible players.

LHP CC Sabathia, 3B Todd Frazier, DH Matt Holliday, RHP Michael Pineda, and LHP Jaime Garcia are all free agents.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees are in a fortunate position as free agency begins. They are not desperate for new pieces, but rather project to be looking for complementary parts...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Matt Holliday, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches in the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches in the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer/AP)

After the Yankees decided to part ways with ex-manager Joe Girardi, LHP CC Sabathia is now unusre of his future with the team. 

It came as a shock to Sabathia that the 10-year manager of the Yankees was gone despite the spectacular run the team made into the postseason. Now, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Sabathia doesn't know if GM Brian Cashman wants to bring him back next season. 

"I think the news the other day was just kind of shocking considering how the season went and how we finished," Sabathia said during a podcast with The Players' Tribune. "It was a great run that he had. Ten years coaching the Yankees, we won a World Series, we had a lot of wins. He coached a lot of Hall of Famers, some big moments."

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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

The Yankees entered the 2017 season with question marks up and down the rotation. Some of the issues came to fruition, however there were exciting developments and the group gelled down the stretch.

Let's review the performance of the Yankees' 2017 starters with innings pitched used to sort through the players...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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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)

Yankees starter LHP CC Sabathia wants to return to the team he calls "home" for the 2018 season. 

It was a tough night for the Yankees after losing Game 7 of the ALCS in Houston, but not many had to think about their future with the team. Sabathia was one of them as his seven-year, $161 million contract is up, and the Yankees must decided if they want him back. 

Sabathia already has his mind made up. 

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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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GEICO SportsNite: Joe Girardi 00:02:14
Yankees manager Joe Girardi reflects on his team's season after losing the ALCS and his future with the Yankees.

Aaron Judge robbed Yuli Gurriel of a homer in the second inning, but the Astros' offense made up for it with a pair of homers capped off by a two-run double by former Yankee Brian McCann in a 4-0 win over the Yankees on Saturday in Game 7 of the ALCS. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia
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Judge is excited for Game 7 00:01:45
Aaron Judge discusses Justin Verlander's outing but thinks the fight the Yankees has shown all year will help them prevail in Game 7.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So the Yankees didn't take advantage of their first chance to finish off the Astros and now it seems like Houston is the club swimming in momentum for Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, right?

Maybe it's true. And with their bats finally awake, the Astros will be a tough out in the decisive game Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. But perhaps the Yankees can put themselves in a strong position to advance to the World Series if they mull over a few things before the epic clash with Houston.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit a three-run home run to break out of a slump and made two acrobatic catches in right field to lead New York to an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Since Game 1 of the ALDS, Judge had been in a 2-for-28 slide with 20 strikeouts. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, Judge broke out if it by hitting a three-run home run off Will Harris that turned a five-run lead into an 8-0 rout.

"He's extremely talented," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You can look at his numbers and say he's not hitting for an average. We've played how many playoff games, nine? He gets seven RBIs, he gets his walk, got another one tonight. I know how dangerous he is. He can really change a game really quickly."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
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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)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia threw six scoreless innings on Monday to lead New York to an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm not surprised what he did tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We talked about it, we wanted him on the mound tonight. We thought we had the right guy on the mound tonight. Again, six innings, just an outstanding effort. Couldn't ask for anything more."

Sabathia, who escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the third inning, became the first pitcher who is at least 37 years old to throw at least six shutout innings in a postseason game since Pedro Martinez in 2009. Sabathia gave up three hits, walked four and struck out five, throwing 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. 

"CC was really good because he didn't make a lot of mistakes," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:29
Todd Frazier, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius talk about the Yankees' offensive outburst in their win in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier both hit three-run home runs while CC Sabathia threw six solid innings as the Yankees blew out the Houston Astros 8-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Despite being held to two runs and 10 hits in Games 1 and 2, the Yankees exploded for three runs in the second inning and five runs in the fourth as they remained undefeated at home in the postseason and cut the series deficit to 2-1.

After Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks both hit two-out singles off Astros starter Charlie Morton in the bottom of the second inning, Frazier lunged to hit a 1-1 fastball over the right-field fence to give New York a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Chase Headley recorded the first hit by a Yankees designated hitter this postseason by driving in Greg Bird with a two-out single. Morton then hit Brett Gardner to load the bases and was replaced by Will Harris, who threw a wild pitch that scored Frazier and then surrendered a 371-foot home run to Judge that blew the game wide open.

Tags: 2017 Yankees playoffs, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Starlin Castro
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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Despite the Yankees down 0-2 in the ALCS, manager Joe Girardi isn't in "panic" mode as the series heads to the Bronx for Game 3. 

The Yankees lost two, 2-1 games in Houston after masterful performances from Astros starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. But with the series returning to Yankee Stadium where Girardi's team has had better success all season, he isn't worried that the series is getting away from him. 

"We've been through enough this year that there's no panic. There were times during the season where we were 15 games over, and we fell to four games over," Girardi told the NY Daily News' Christian Red. "Obviously, would you rather be 1-1, 2-0 the other way? Yeah. I don't think there's any panic in the room. And they're gonna just go out and do what they do and see where the chips fall."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez
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BNNY on Yanks' keys for Game 3 00:03:10
Baseball Night New York breaks down how the Yankees can shift momentum as the ALCS moves to New York.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Everyone says the kids are alright, that the struggles of these playoffs haven't turned Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge tight. There's yet to be any real proof -- a few decent press conference quotes hardly qualifies as that -- but the Yankees better be right about their two young stars.

Because whatever hope New York has of remaining relevant in the AL Championship Series against the Astros probably hinges on Judge and Sanchez having an impact on the series, starting in Game 3 in the Bronx on Monday night. Maybe even more so than CC Sabathia, who is starting against the Astros' Charlie Morton.

Both Judge and Sanchez have struggled mightily and are a combined 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts in the series, which the Yankees trail two games to none after consecutive 2-1 losses in Houston.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Anthony McCarron
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees Game 3 00:01:17
Joe Girardi discusses what contribution he hopes CC Sabathia can give the Yankees when he takes the ball for Game 3 in the Bronx.

Like the ALDS, the Yankees trail 2-0 heading home for Game 3 on Monday against the Houston Astros in the ALCS, and starting pitcher CC Sabathia is confident he and the team can dig out of that deficit.

"It's a good team we're playing, but I feel like we've been right there in both games," Sabathia said on Sunday. "It can be 2-0 and then 2-1. We're right there. So a couple things go our way, we could easily be up 2-0."

Sabathia said the Yankees are not panicking despite losing the first two games of the ALCS. They were in the same position in the last round against the Cleveland Indians, when they rebounded to win Games 3, 4 and 5 and advance.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
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Dave Lennon on ALCS 00:04:56
Newsday baseball columnist Dave Lennon joins Loud Mouths to preview the Yankees ALCS matchup with the Houston Astros.

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

After becoming the 10th team in MLB history to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five playoff series, the Yankees are again the underdog when they face the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The Astros own home-field advantage and ranked second in the American League with 101 wins, however the Yankees turned some non-believers into believers after their impressive comeback over the Cleveland Indians propelled them to the ALCS in what was originally supposed to be a rebuilding year.

How do the Yankees match up with the Astros?

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks in ALCS 00:01:45
Eamon McAnaney gauges the energy in the Yankees' clubhouse as the team prepares to take on the 101-win Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

What in the heck is Joe Girardi doing with that ALCS rotation? Can't believe the Yankees manager set things up that way. Of all the harebrained…

Sorry, just had a flashback to the chaos that was Game 2 of the AL Division Series and its aftermath, when Girardi made several tactical missteps, the season looked finished and everything he did or said felt wrong.

Now that Girardi has redeemed himself with sharp managing during the comeback, helped by strong performances by the players who vowed, "This one is for Joe," we're on board with Girardi's moves, including how he set the rotation.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks in ALCS 00:01:45
Eamon McAnaney gauges the energy in the Yankees' clubhouse as the team prepares to take on the 101-win Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

What in the heck is Joe Girardi doing with that ALCS rotation? Can't believe the Yankees manager set things up that way. Of all the harebrained…

Sorry, just had a flashback to the chaos that was Game 2 of the AL Division Series and its aftermath, when Girardi made several tactical missteps, the season looked finished and everything he did or said felt wrong.

Now that Girardi has redeemed himself with sharp managing during the comeback, helped by strong performances by the players who vowed, "This one is for Joe," we're on board with Girardi's moves, including how he set the rotation.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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GEICO SportsNite: BBNY on ALCS 00:03:53
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Joe Girardi's decision to start Masahiro Tanaka in Game 1 of the ALCS instead of Sonny Gray.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi determined his ALCS starting rotation based on the recent performance of pitchers, he told reporters on Thursday.

Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming off strong outing during which he allowed no runs in seven innings of work, will start Game 1 for the Yankees, while Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray will follow.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Venting Machine: Tanaka starting 00:01:30
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein react to Masahiro Tanaka being named the Yankees' ALCS Game 1 starter and Brett Gardner's style of celebration.

The Yankees announced their starting pitchers for the American League Championship Series ahead of Friday's series opener.

Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched seven shutout innings in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Indians, will start Game 1, while Luis Severino will look to build from his bounce-back start this week when he takes the hill in Game 2. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Beginning of a Yankees dynasty? 00:03:59
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the bright future for this young Yankees team and how they could be set up for another dynasty.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After two games of the AL Division Series, the Yankees seemed primed for a blink-and-you-missed-it October visit. The winter would be devoted to recriminations over Joe Girardi's tactical meltdown in Game 2 threaded around hopeful talk of young players growing after a fine season.

But after coming back from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Indians, the Yankees have crushed anyone's timetable on the arrival of their looming juggernaut, including, probably, their own. Maybe they weren't supposed to be this complete, this fast, but here they are.

Watch out, Astros, beginning in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which starts Friday night in Houston. Watch out, the rest of baseball, now and in the coming years.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Anthony McCarron
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BNNY: Yanks advance to the ALCS 00:03:16
The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down the Yankees' ALDS victory and previews their matchup against the Astros in the next round.

LHP CC Sabathia was stellar through four innings before wavering in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 5-2 ALDS-clinching victory over the Indians on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Sabathia didn't allow his first base runner until Franciso Lindor's leadoff single in the fourth inning as he struck out eight of the first 13 batters he faced.

"Again, that's CC," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game. "That's who he is. That's been who he's been his whole life: The guy you can count on. And he did it again tonight. This is a very good offense. Everyone wants to talk about their pitching and we were able to hold them in check for the most part.''

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Yankees on 5-2 victory in Game 5 00:06:25
CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Brian Cashman, and David Robertson discuss advancing to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.

On the strength of two home runs from Didi Gregorius and a shutdown effort by the bullpen, the Yankees beat the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS, 5-2, to take the series.

After losing the first two games, the Yankees stormed back to win the next three to advance to the ALCS, where they will take on the Astros. >> Box score


The Yankees jumped on the board quickly against Corey Kluber when Gregorius ripped a solo homer in the first inning.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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Yankees on 5-2 victory in Game 5 00:06:25
CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Brian Cashman, and David Robertson discuss advancing to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.

On the strength of two home runs from Didi Gregorius and a shutdown effort by the bullpen, the Yankees beat the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS, 5-2, to take the series.

After losing the first two games, the Yankees stormed back to win the next three to advance to the ALCS, where they will take on the Astros. >> Box score


The Yankees jumped on the board quickly against Corey Kluber when Gregorius ripped a solo homer in the first inning.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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Murti on ALDS elimination game 00:01:53
SNY's Yankee Insider Sweeny Murti joins Loud Mouths to preview the ALDS Game 5 pitching matchup between CC Sabathia and Corey Kluber.

CC Sabathia has pitched in plenty of big games during his big league career, and he is confident that he and the Yankees can get things done in Game 5 of the ALDS. 

"Just knowing these guys and the way we responded all year, this is a team that I felt like every time, whether it's in a game or coming up through the season, we had tough times or backs against the wall, I felt like we responded really well," Sabathia told reporters Tuesday night. "So I didn't see why we couldn't go home and play well and end up back here."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians
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Harper and Botte preview Game 5 00:02:06
John Harper and Peter Botte discuss the pitching matchup and more ahead of Game 5 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Indians.

The Yankees and Indians play the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday night in Cleveland at 8:08 p.m.

The winner will advance to face the Astros in the ALCS, which begins on Friday night.

Indians Yankees
Francisco Lindor, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Jason Kipnis, CF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Ramirez, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Santana, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Austin Jackson, LF Starlin Castro, 2B
Jay Bruce, RF Aaron Hicks, CF
Roberto Perez, C Jacoby Ellsbury, DH
Giovanny Urshela, 3B Todd Frazier, 3B
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

In order to complete the series reversal and head to the ALCS against Houston, the Yankees must once again get through Indians ace Corey Kluber back in Cleveland. 

No one expected Kluber to be done after three innings in Game 2 as the Yankees plated six runs of the AL Cy Young candidate. CC Sabathia also started in that game, and though he allowed the Indians to get back in it, he thrived when the Yankees stretched the lead. 

This is why OF Brett Gardner is confident in Sabathia to lead to Yankees to victory. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees seemingly own every shred of momentum in this AL Division Series after rallying from two games down to force a deciding Game 5. But is that, plus all the obvious grit in their team DNA, enough to overcome the Indians' momentum-killer?

Cleveland will send rested ace Corey Kluber to the mound Wednesday night at Progressive Field against the Yankees and CC Sabathia. In a series that's turned on Yankee redemption tales, the Indians could use one of their own in Kluber...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Dellin Betances' issues with his control on the mound continued as he walked the only two batters he faced in Monday's 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

Betances, who entered a four-run game after Luis Severino threw seven strong innings, was pulled after walking Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor to put the game-tying run on deck.

"I threw a couple of really bad pitches," Betances said to reporters after the game. "Even with my slider, I was yanking it a little bit. It was just one of those days. ... It was frustrating today, being out there and putting the team in that situation."

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Cleveland Indians, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino
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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said LHP CC Sabathia will get the ball in Game 5 if it is necessary. 

Sabathia was efficient in his start against the Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS. After allowing two runs in the first, he settled down and didn't allow an earned run from then on. He finished with four runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out five and walking three in 5 1/3 innings. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Sonny Gray's shaky performance in Game 1 of the ALDS has put him on the outs with a potential winner-take-all Game 5 battle in Cleveland set for Wednesday, leaving Girardi to go with the veteran lefty.

 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino, who is scheduled to pitch Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday night if New York avoids elimination in Game 3, will be available to pitch out of the bullpen on Sunday, manager Joe Girardi said.

Severino last pitched in Tuesday's AL wild-card game, when he gave up three runs and four hits in 1/3 of an inning on 29 pitches against the Minnesota Twins.

In three postseason games, no Yankees starting pitcher has pitched six complete innings. Sonny Gray pitched 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS, and while CC Sabathia allowed four runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings in Game 2, New York's bullpen combined to allow five runs in 6 2/3 innings in Friday's 13-inning loss.

Severino, 23, went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 regular-season starts this season. Masahiro Tanaka, who will start Game 3, went 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA in the regular season. He has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY 00:05:51
The BNNY crew break down the demoralizing Yankees' loss in Game 2 of the ALDS, including some questionable decisions made by Joe Girardi.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : This was supposed to be the Yankees' house-money year. But a terrific, if unanticipated, regular season ballooned Bronx expectations, and now the breezy ride with blooming young stars has morphed into another pressure-filled Bronx October.

Tense, uncomfortable.

At least that's the way it seems watching Joe Girardi and his club shrivel in this postseason heat, one loss away from elimination, down 0-2 in their best-of-five AL Division Series against Cleveland.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Ronald Torreyes
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Sabathia ready for Game 2 start 00:01:15
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia looks back at his solid regular season as he prepares for his pivotal Game 2 start in the ALDS.

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Sifting through the pinstriped debris of Game 1 of this ALDS feels about as overwhelming as Trevor Bauer's snapping curveball must have seemed to the Yankees Thursday night in a 4-0 loss to the Indians.

It was an evening that made the Yanks appear destined for a quick October exit and crammed them into the uncomfortable position of hoping -- praying? -- that CC Sabathia, the veteran lefty who enjoyed a remarkable renaissance this season, can at least match Cleveland ace Corey Kluber in Friday's Game 2...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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( Adam Hunger)

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The Yankees managed to navigate and ultimately win Tuesday's wild card game after Luis Severino recored just one out. It was not how the Yankees planned on using their dominant bullpen, yet they rode their relievers for 26 outs and added offensive firepower to move on to the ALDS, which begins Thursday night in Cleveland.

Now, the Yankees will be viewed as the underdog to the defending AL champion Indians, who rung up an AL-best 102 wins. However, New York is officially playing with house money, and could make more noise this postseason...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The Yankees will give the ball to Sonny Gray for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Indians while CC Sabathia will start Game 2, the team announced Wednesday night. 

Gray, acquired before this year's non-waiver trade deadline, was 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA (4.87 FIP) and 1.26 WHIP in 11 starts with the Yankees. He made two starts in the ALDS with the A's in 2013, holding a 2.08 ERA over 13 innings. 

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Gray was lined up from the beginning, so there is no surprise with his selection as the Game 1 starter. Gray has been better away from Yankee Stadium since coming over from Oakland at the trade deadline (5.65 ERA in the Bronx, 3.10 elsewhere), but he's also sporting a lofty 7.59 ERA in two starts at Progressive Field this season.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia
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Yankees win as Boston clinches 00:01:37
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where CC Sabathia's solid outing gave the Yankees a win over the Blue Jays.

CC Sabathia kept the Blue Jays in check as the Yankees rolled to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in Game 161 on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score


Sabathia allowed four hits while striking out six Toronto hitters over 5 2/3 scoreless innings as he rolled to his 14th win of the season. 

With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Aaron Judge led off the frame and clubbed a 484-foot solo homer to left -- his 52nd long ball of the year. The Yankees extended the lead when Starlin Castro singled home Didi Gregorius.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia
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GEICO SportsNite: Judge-ment Day 00:01:49
Michelle Yu recaps a historic day at Yankee Stadium as Aaron Judge becomes the first-ever Major League rookie to hit 50 home runs.

Aaron Judge set the record for most home runs by a rookie in a single season hitting his 49th and 50th homers in the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Royals. >> Box score

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New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

If the Yankees were to win their 28th championship this season, at least one player would not make a trip to the White House. 

Pitcher CC Sabathia told the New York Daily News that he would not partake in any such visit because of his disagreements with President Donald Trump. 

"Never. ... I just don't believe in anything that is Trump," Sabathia said Saturday afternoon. So there wouldn't be any reason for me to go at all." 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia, who entered rehab for alcoholism two years ago, told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty he would not miss the team's celebration, which would likely include alcohol, that would occur if the team clinches a playoff berth.

"I'll be fine," said Sabathia, who left the team in October 2015 before the Yankees' wild-card game against the Houston Astros to check himself into rehabilitation.

Sabathia wrote in The Players' Tribune in March 2016 that while the team was headed into the playoffs at the time, he needed to do what was best for him.

"Of course, the timing wasn't the best for the Yankees and the fans," Sabathia wrote, "but that wasn't my main concern. When I decided to get help, I wasn't scared anymore of what people would think of me. I was scared of drinking again. So many of the major choices in my life, going back to when I was just a kid, have been baseball decisions. But this was a life decision."

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Should all teams expand netting? 00:02:37
After a scary incident where a young fan was struck with a batted ball, the panel discusses if all teams should extend protective netting.

Several Yankees players said the team should expand the protective netting in the wake of a two-year-old girl who was sitting down the third base line being struck in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Wednesday.

The girl remained hospitalized on Thursday, according to the NY Post.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league would "redouble" its efforts when it comes to extra netting.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Danny Abriano
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(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:53
SNY's Sweeny Murti discusses CC Sabathia's outing in the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Rays at Citi Field.

Todd Frazier's three-run home run capped the Yankees' five-run fourth inning as New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday in a game played at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday reached on Trevor Plouffe's error that allowed Gary Sanchez to score and Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference, Frazier hit Jake Odorizzi's 3-2 offering over the left-field fence to give the Yankees a four-run lead.

CC Sabathia didn't make it past the fifth inning, but David Robertson struck out four batters in 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the Yankees won for the seventh time in their last nine games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Lucas Duda, Matt Holliday, Tampa Bay Rays
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Aug 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Due to Hurricane Irma, the New York Yankees (77-65) will begin their three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays (71-73) at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET

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Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The Yankees play the second game of a four-game set with the Red Sox on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia called out Eduardo Nunez and the Boston Red Sox after Thursday's game for trying to bunt on him for the second straight matchup.

Sabathia called the Red Sox "weak" and then challenged the division rivals by saying, "If they've got something to say, we can meet in center field," according to the New York Daily News' John Harper.

With one out in the first inning, Nunez dropped down a bunt, which forced Sabathia off the mound. He rushed his throw, which pulled Greg Bird off first base for an error and allowing Nunez to reach.

"It's just kind of weak to me,'' Sabathia said after the Yankees' 6-2 win. "It shows me what they've got over there."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Boston Red Sox
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