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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs up the first baseline after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs up the first baseline after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Aaron Judge launched a home run in his first MLB at-bat last August and Yankees fans rejoiced in what was believed to be a sign the club was set for a long time in right field. However, raw talent precedes true development.

In Judge's late season cameo, he struck out in 44.2 percent of his 95 plate appearances. The poor performance forced Judge to study and alter his hitting mechanics during the offseason. He added a leg kick and strived to change his approach at the plate. There was enough doubt among the Yankees' braintrust that Judge had to win the right field job out of spring training.

Spring training statistics should be taken with a grain of salt, but for Judge, there was some underlying meaning. In 69 plate appearances he struck out 15 times (21.7 percent), which was a marked improvement from the display last season. Beyond the reduction in strikeouts, Judge was spraying the ball to the opposite field and laying off pitches he flailed at last summer, without sacrificing his home run power. This demonstrated the extra effort he put in during the winter was taking hold.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:36
Sweeny Murti provides all the updates from Yankee Stadium after the Bombers' 8-4 win over the Rays.

Jordan Montgomery was solid in his Major League debut while Aaron Judge homered and drove in three runs as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Rays, 8-4, at Yankee Stadium Wednesday. >> Click here for a full box score.


The Yankees trailed 3-0 before scoring eight runs in the next three innings. Their first two runs scored on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Judge went 2-for-3 and tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. He added a two-run homer in the seventh, his third of the season.

Montgomery struck out the first two batters he faced and then issued a walk and a two-run homer to Rickie Weeks. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:49
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium following the Bombers' 8-1 victory behind a dominant Michael Pineda.

Michael Pineda took a perfect game into the seventh inning as the Yankees beat the Rays, 8-1, during their home opener on Monday. >> Click here for a full box score.


Pineda lost his perfect game bid when Evan Longoria ripped a hanging slider down the left field line for a double with two outs in the seventh inning.

Pineda, who allowed one run on two hits while walking none and striking out 11, was removed with two outs in the eighth inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury opened the scoring for the Yankees with an RBI double in the third inning, and Aaron Judge's home run to left field in the fourth increased New York's lead to 2-0. Chase Headley's homer in the seventh made it 3-0, Yankees...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Michael Pineda
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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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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) rounds the bases on his home run to right during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) rounds the bases on his home run to right during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Yankees 3B Chase Headley has struggled since being acquired by the Yankees in 2014, and knows he can play better than he has over the last two and a half years.

"I know there's more in there," Headley told Mike Mazzeo of the Daily News. "I know that I can produce more than I have."

Following the 2014 season, the Yankees gave the switch-hitting third baseman a four-year, $52 million contract. The next year, Headley hit .259 with only 11 HRs and 62 RBIs while committing 23 errors in 156 games.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees no-hit the Tigers during Friday's 3-0 win >> Box score


  • Masahiro Tanaka started the game, holding the Tigers hitless over the first 4 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out six.
  • Chasen Shreve tossed 0.2 hitless innings in relief of Tanaka, and Jordan Montgomery finished the no-hitter off by pitching the last four innings.
Tags: Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes
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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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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gary SanchezMatt HollidayAaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka all went deep for the Yankees, who defeated Team Canada, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Holliday and Hicks drove in two runs apiece. Hicks also singled and scored twice, finsihing 2-for-3.
  • Prospect Jorge Mateo went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
  • Chase Headley tripled and scored while Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored a run.
  • Luis Severino allowed a two-run homer in the first but kept Canada off the board over his next three frames. The right-hander was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in his only inning of work. 

Next Up:

The Yankees hit the road to face the Braves at Champion Field on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Michael Pineda will toe the rubber in his second Grapefruit League start.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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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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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) singles during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees third baseman Chase Headley might be the most maligned player on the club's roster who truly doesn't deserve it. There is nothing flashy about Headley's game, but he's been consistent with the Yankees. Maybe, the type of "consistency," is the problem for fans.

Headley has perpetually stunk in one or two months of a season - whether that be at the plate or in the field - and has produced extended stretches of excellent play which elevate his season metrics into "average player" territory. Can Headley, who turns 33 in May, put together a season - one filled with above-average play in all facets - from April through October?

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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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 (Michael Dwyer/AP)
(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

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

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP)

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

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

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

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Sep 21, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees are open to trading third baseman Chase Headley, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Headley has two more years and $26 million left on his current four-year contract with the Yankees. 

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Miguel Andujar, the New York Yankees No. 7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, climbed the system rankings with an impressive 2016 season. His efforts have not slowed down with the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, earning him a place in Saturday's Fall Stars Game via the fans' final vote.

Andujar, a 21-year-old third baseman, is hitting .326 with a .429 OBP and.413 SLG in 55 plate appearances. He has shown fine discipline at the plate for Scottsdale, drawing eight walks and striking out just five times. Andujar is in a bit of a funk this week, though, with just two hits in his last 15 at-bats.

The question for me where it concerns Andujar is whether or not he will develop the power typically desired from a corner infielder. Andujar hit just two home runs in 303 plate appearances at Double-A Trenton after knocking 10 homers with High-A Tampa in 248 plate appearances during the regular season. Andujar has not homered in Arizona and has just three extra-base hits among his 15 base knocks.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.

In 2015, the Yankees received big comeback performances from veterans they were not expected to rely on; Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a yearlong suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Teixeira suffered through another injury-plagued season in 2014, which diminished expectations for 2015. Both men had resurgent efforts, with Rodriguez hitting 33 home runs and Teixeira going yard 31 times.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak looks on as New York Yankees staff and players restrain catcher Gary Sanchez during a bench clearing brawl in the third inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak looks on as New York Yankees staff and players restrain catcher Gary Sanchez during a bench clearing brawl in the third inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino was ejected after hitting Toronto's Justin Smoak with a pitch in the second inning Monday night, leading to an angry shoving match between the teams.

Both benches and bullpens emptied and several scrums broke out near home plate after Severino threw inside to Smoak with his first pitch of the inning and then hit him in the leg with his second.

There was plenty of jostling in a large mass of players, but it did not appear any punches were thrown.

Tags: Chase Headley, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks hold on 00:01:44
Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees' 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays and gets the players' reactions from the clubhouse.

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

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

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

Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro along with second baseman Ronald Torreyes and outfielder Aaron Judge and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrate after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro along with second baseman Ronald Torreyes and outfielder Aaron Judge and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrate after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday's 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles "kept us alive" in the playoff race.

After losing the first two games of the three-game series against the Orioles, who lead the race for the second wild card spot in the American League, the Yankees rebounded with a win to keep them 3 1/2 games out of the race.

"You can't afford to lose three in a row to these guys," Girardi said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "To be able to bounce back today was important."

Tags: Chase Headley, Baltimore Orioles
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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

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In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.

It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a go-ahead RBI infield single in the top of the 10th inning and Chasen Shreve escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom half of the inning as the New York Yankees remained 3 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot with a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more

  • Ellsbury, who went 4-for-5 with an RBI double, hit a single with the bases loaded off Joakim Soria (4-6) after he loaded the bases with two out to break a 4-4 tie.
  • After Ben Heller loaded the bases on a hit batter, single and intentional walk, Shreve struck out Kendrys Morales and got Salvador Perez to fly out to center field to end the game.
  • A 59-minute rain delay after the fifth inning with the Yankees up 4-2 knocked starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka out of the game.
  • Dellin Betances (3-4) blew the save when he allowed the game-tying sac fly to Morales in the eighth inning. With New York up 4-3, Tyler Clippard walked Lorenzo Cain, who stole second and advanced to third base on a Gary Sanchez throwing error and scored on Morales' fly ball.
  • Betances retired all six batters he faced, throwing 16 of 22 pitches for strikes and striking out two batters in two innings.
  • The Yankees went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.
  • Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Ellsbury's RBI double later in the inning made it 3-0.
  • Chase Headley drove in Didi Gregorius with a third-inning sac fly to make it 4-0.
  • Jarrod Dyson hit an RBI triple in the third inning to make it 4-1, and Morales' solo home run in the fourth inning made it 4-2.
  • Tanaka allowed two runs and four hits in five innings before the rain delay. He struck out four batters and had thrown 71 pitches.
  • Cain hit an RBI double off Adam Warren in the sixth inning that made it 4-3.

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That's a huge win for the Yankees, in spite of Joe Girardi's questionable bullpen call in the 10th inning.

Tags: Adam Warren, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

After trailing 8-1 after the seventh inning, the New York Yankees brought the game-tying run to the plate in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to tie the game in an 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more

  • Michael Pineda and Blake Parker combined to allow five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 3-1 game into a seven-run deficit. 
  • Didi Gregorius hit a two-run double, Starlin Castro a sac fly and Chase Headley an RBI single to draw the Yankees within 8-5 in the eighth inning to bring up pinch hitter Mark Teixeira as the tying run. Royals manager Ned Yost brought in Kelvin Herrera, who got Teixeira to ground out to end the inning.
  • In the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez and Gregorius hit two-out singles to bring up the game-tying run in Castro, who struck out on three pitches.
  • Pineda (6-11) allowed five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.
  • Gregorius went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Tyler Austin went 2 for 3.
  • Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Dillon Gee (6-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
  • Pineda left after surrendering back-to-back singles to start the seventh inning. Tommy Layne retired the only batter he faced, then Parker came in and allowed a three-run home run to Alcides Escobar that made it 6-1. Cheslor Cuthbert and Eric Hosmer hit RBI singles that extended Kansas City's lead.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

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It is true the initial deficit was due to another terrible first inning by Pineda, but he settled down and the Yankees were still in this game as it entered the bottom of the seventh inning, down just two runs. Cue a late pull of Pineda, plus more of the same from the middle relievers, and the Yanks were down seven runs when the inning ended.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks' loss 00:01:24
Sweeny Murti covers the Yankees loss and the defensive errors that helped Toronto win, 7-4, in the final game of the series.

CC Sabathia got roughed up by the Blue Jays as the Yankees fell, 7-4, to Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.


  • J.A. Happ won his 11th consecutive decision to become the first 17-game winner in the majors
  • Melvin Upton Jr. hit a three-run homer off Sabathia
  • Darwin Barney had an early two-run double for the first-place Blue Jays, who hold a slim lead over Baltimore and Boston in the AL East. Russell Martin added three hits, including an RBI single off Sabathia (7-10)
  • Happ (17-3) pitched into the eighth inning and extended the longest active winning streak in the big leagues. He struck out nine, walked one and yielded solo homers to Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley.

The Yankees are off Thursday, but return to action on Friday against the Angels in Anaheim at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro

 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Luis Severino was hit hard as the Yankees lost to the Red Sox, 5-3, on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.


  • With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the fifth inning, Dustin Pedroia's RBI double and David Ortiz' run-scoring single extended their lead to 5-2. Andrew Benintendi's RBI double earlier in the frame had given the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
  • The Yankees drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 5-3 but Mark Teixeira struck out to end the game.
  • Dustin Pedroia's two-run double in the third inning tied things, 2-2.
  • Chase Headley's RBI double in the second inning and Brian McCann's run-scoring single in the third had given the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
  • Severino allowed five runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out three in 4 1/3 innings.

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Luis Severino was not nearly as good as he had been coming out of the bullpen since his call-up, and couldn't make an early 2-0 lead hold up. The Yankees are going to have to deal with the growing pains through the rest of the season where it concerns Severino.

Tags: Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira
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GEICO SportsNite: Teixeira 00:01:38
Sweeny Murti reports on Mark Teixeira's big offensive night against the Mets in the Yankees' 9-5 victory.

The Yankees hit Steven Matz hard as they beat the Mets, 9-5, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Mark Teixeira's three-run homer in the second inning gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead.
  • After the Mets got within 6-4 in the seventh inning, Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning made it 7-4, Yankees. Later int he frame, a run-scoring infield single from Starlin Castro and a bases loaded walk extended their lead to 9-4.
  • Rene Rivera's RBI single in the second inning tied things, 3-3.
  • The Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the second inning on the strength of a two-run double from Chase Headley and an RBI double by Didi Gregorius.
  • The Mets jumped on Chad Green in the first inning, with Curtis Granderson's leadoff home run and James Loney's RBI single giving them a 2-0 lead.
  • Chad Green allowed three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
  • Luis Severino relieved Green and allowed just one run on one hit while walking one and striking out five in 4 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees showed some life in various ways tonight. After Green was shaky, Severino took over and was once again electric.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) reacts after he struck out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) reacts after he struck out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

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

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

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

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Nathan Eovaldi
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Jul 26, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley (12) after scoring a run during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Jul 26, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley (12) after scoring a run during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

CC Sabathia was sharp and the bullpen bent but didn't break as the Yankees beat the Astros, 6-3, on Tuesday night in Houston.

  • Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly and Chase Headley's RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
  • Starlin Castro's run-scoring infield single in the third increased the Yankees' advantage to 3-1.
  • In the fifth inning Headley's sacrifice fly and Aaron Hicks' two-run triple gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead.
  • A solo home run from Evan Gattis in the seventh inning and Marwin Gonzalez in the eighth drew the Astros within 6-3.
  • Sabathia allowed two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.
  • Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined for 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.

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Yankees starters continue to come up big since the All-Star break as Sabathia pushed aside a six-start skid in which he allowed four earned runs or more in each appearance. The Yankees rotation is now sporting a 1.85 ERA and opponents are batting a measly .208 against them in their last 10 games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Andrew Miller, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven strong innings and outdueled Houston's Dallas Keuchel in New York's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

Pineda (5-9) settled down after a leadoff home run and escaped trouble in the sixth inning to earn his second straight win and put the Yankees three games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game," Chase Headley, who hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Brian McTaggart. "Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that's a big reason why we're playing a lot better."

Tags: Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

Catcher Austin Romine hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park. >> Read more

  • Romine went 2 for 3 and drove in Chase Headley with an RBI double in the eighth inning off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
  • Headley also went 2 for 3 and drove in Didi Gregorius with an RBI single in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1.
  • Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven innings, giving up one run, five hits and two walks. He settled down after surrendering a leadoff home run to Houston's George Springer by retiring 11 of the next 12 batters he faced.
  • Pineda (5-9) pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the sixth inning by getting Alex Bregman, who made his MLB debut, to fly out to right field.
  • Dellin Betances struck out the side in the eighth inning and Andrew Miller pitched the ninth.
  • Keuchel (6-10) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

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The formula has only changed by one inning. With Aroldis Chapman heading to the Windy City, if the Yankees can get through seven innings with the lead Betances and Miller are likely to make it stand.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley returned to the team on Thursday after he was scratched from Wednesday's lineup when his 4-year-old son had to be rushed to a local hospital.

Headley told NJ.com's Randy Miller his son underwent a small operation during the All-Star break and had some complications.

"We had to take him to the hospital and he had to have another procedure, but he's doing a lot better," Headley said. "I don't remember a whole lot of days in my life that were worse, but I'm thankful that he's got the care that's needed and he's doing a lot better. He's in great condition."

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro rounds the bases on his two run home run during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro rounds the bases on his two run home run during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius combined to go 4 for 7 with four RBIs, and three New York Yankees pitchers shut down the Baltimore Orioles in a 7-1 win on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Castro hit a two-run home run in the second inning that gave New York a 2-0 lead and hit a two-run double in the sixth inning that made it 5-1, as the Yankees won their third straight game and climbed above .500.

"It's big for us," Castro said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand, on getting above .500. "I think that's the way that we're looking to be at that point. I think we are a great team. We just keep positive and keep fighting, I think that we're going to be good."

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Goody, Baltimore Orioles
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' win 00:01:24
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where Joe Girardi, Brian McCann and Rob Refsnyder discuss the 7-1 win over the Orioles.

Nathan Eovaldi allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings in his return to the starting rotation as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Starlin Castro's two-run homer in the second inning gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth extended New York's advantage to 3-0.
  • The Orioles drew within 3-1 in the sixth on the strength of Joey Rickard's RBI double.
  • Castro's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth increased the Yankees' lead to 5-1.
  • Chase Headley's two-run homer in the eighth inning made it 7-1, Yankees.
  • Anthony Swarzak tossed 2 2/3 perfect innings in relief of Eovaldi.

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The thorn in the Yankees' side besides their lackluster offense has been the performance of their middle relievers. For at least one night, Anthony Swarzak and Nick Goody let us all forget about that.

Tags: Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Nathan Eovaldi, Starlin Castro
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 (Caylor Arnold)
(Caylor Arnold)

The Yankees recorded a season-high 20 hits and Masahiro Tanaka tossed eight scoreless innings as they beat the White Sox, 9-0, on Tuesday night in Chicago.

  • Carlos Beltran delivered an RBI single in the second inning and the White Sox committed a run-scoring error later in the frame as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.
  • Chase Headley's two-run homer in the third inning upped the Yankees' lead to 4-0.
  • Mark Teixeira's RBI double in the fourth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and Austin Romine's solo homer in the fifth increased their advantage to 6-0.
  • Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Hicks had RBI doubles in the eighth inning as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead.

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The Yankees have been waiting for a stress-free game for a long time. The team received an excellent starting performance supported by more than enough offense and tidy relief pitching. After all the disappointments this season, we cannot infer anything more from tonight's game other than they clicked on all cylinders for a change.

Tags: Austin Romine, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) scores in front of Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tony Barnette (43) on a passed ball by Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 2-1. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) scores in front of Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tony Barnette (43) on a passed ball by Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 2-1. ( Adam Hunger)

Chase Headley scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth as the Yankees walked off against the Rangers on Thursday afternoon, 2-1.

  • Four New York pitchers combined to strike out the Rangers 16 times.
  • Michael Pineda struck out 12 over six innings. He allowed just two hits, including a solo home run in the first inning.
  • Didi Gregorious homered for the second-straight day, a solo shot in the fifth inning.
  • Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman closed out the game for New York.

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The baseball proverb states, "momentum is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher." Pineda complied, and the Yankees offense waited until the bottom of the ninth to use some of the carryover effect (albeit from a passed ball) from Wednesday night's walk-off victory, with their second straight last at-bat win.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Michael Pineda
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees erased a 4-run deficit in the ninth inning as they beat the Rangers, 9-7, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.


  • Didi Gregorius hit a two-run walkoff homer in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 9-7 win.
  • Trailing 7-4 with one out in the ninth, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer to tie things, 7-7.
  • With the game tied, 1-1, in the third inning, Nomar Mazara's three-run double gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead. Prince Fielder's RBI single later in the frame extended Texas' lead to 5-1
  • Rougned Odor's solo homer in the sixth inning upped the Rangers' advantage to 6-1.
  • Chase Headley's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning drew the Yankees within 6-2, but Adrian Beltre's solo homer in the eighth inning restored the Rangers' five-run lead. 
  • Elvis Andrus' RBI single in the top of the second inning gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead, and Chae Headley tied things with a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning.
  • Masahiro Tanaka allowed six runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out seven in six innings.

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Just when I thought the Yankees were set to convince general manager Brian Cashman that it was time to take some of the sell-off talk seriously, they showed some fight.

Tags: Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Masahiro Tanaka
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:21
Sweeny Murti breaks down all the action from the Yankees' exciting walk-off win Wednesday over the Colorado Rockies.

The Yankees scored four early, four late and one at the end to win a wild one over the Rockies, 9-8.


Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for the Yankees.

Chase Headley hit a grand slam in the second inning. 

Tags: Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran hits a two run home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran hits a two run home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he believes the team will be contenders by the end of July and that the Yankees' key to success is staying healthy.

"We'll have to see at the end of July, which we always do," Steinbrenner said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Paul Hagen. "We'll take a look at everything. We'll see what injuries we've had from here to then and where the deficiencies are and where we go from there. But if we stay healthy, I'm confident we have a shot."

Other teams around the league have taken an interest in several Yankees over the past few weeks. Outfielder Carlos Beltran could draw significant interest, according to FanRag Sports' John Perrotto, and relievers Andrew MillerDellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman have been the subject of rumors according to multiple reports.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances throws a pitch during the seventh inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances throws a pitch during the seventh inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)

Starting pitcher CC Sabathia and reliever Dellin Betances both took the blame for allowing the go-ahead run to score in the New York Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

After Sabathia (3-4) allowed a double to Edwin Encarnacion to lead off the seventh inning, manager Joe Girardi pulled him in favor of Betances. Betances struck out Justin Smoak and got Russell Martin to fly out, but after a four-pitch walk to Devon Travis, Kevin Pillar and Darwin Barney hit back-to-back run-scoring singles that turned a tie game into a 4-1 deficit.

"It's always surprising when these guys give up runs," Sabathia said of the Yankees' bullpen trio of Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. "These guys are the best in the league. Nine times out of 10 they're going to be there to help us."

Tags: Andrew Miller, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches play against the Toronto Blue Jays wearing a military camouflage cap as part of Memorial Day observations by both teams at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches play against the Toronto Blue Jays wearing a military camouflage cap as part of Memorial Day observations by both teams at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees had the game-tying run at-bat in the ninth inning after getting shut down through the first eight, but their comeback fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Rogers Centre. >> Read more at SNY.tv


  • Chase Headley, the potential game-tying run, struck out against Drew Storen with Mark Teixeira on second base to end the game.
  • Toronto starter Marco Estrada shut down the Yankees for eight innings, limiting them to three hits and three walks. Estrada (3-2) held the Yankees' 4 through 8 hitters to 0-for-13 hitting through the first eight innings.
  • Brian McCann hit a two-run home run off Aaron Loup in the ninth inning that made it 4-2.
  • Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (3-3) lost his second straight start after he allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, throwing 63 of 101 pitches for strikes.
  • Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 4 and drove in two runs, hitting an RBI double in the first inning and a run-scoring groundout in the third inning. 
  • Ryan Goins hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

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The Yankees' anemic offense could not be rescued by a singular hit, or a better pitching performance by their starting pitcher as they mustered Sunday afternoon. The big hit (McCann's home run) from the Yankees came in the ninth inning and was simply too little, too late.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira, Toronto Blue Jays
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about Ivan Nova's start and reliever Chasen Shreve's struggles in 8-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ivan Nova allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings and the bullpen faltered as the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays, 8-4, at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night >> Read the full recap at SNY.TV


  • Brett Gardner's run-scoring force out in the third inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • Ryan Goins hit a two-run double off Nova in the fourth as the Blue Jays went up, 2-1.
  • Russell Martin's solo homer in the sixth inning extended Toronto's lead to 3-1 and Michael Saunders' two-run homer in the top of the seventh made it 5-1, Blue Jays.
  • Chasen Shreve struggled, allowing three runs on three hits in an inning of work.
  • Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius hit home runs in the seventh inning to draw the Yankees within, 7-3.

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For the first time in seven games the Yankees failed to get a quality start from a member of the rotation and the six-game winning streak is no longer. In all honesty, Nova's fate was altered by others in this one after striking out a season-high eight batters.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Didi Gregorius
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi, his coaching staff and general manager Brian Cashman on Wednesday and blamed players for the team's poor start, which bottomed at 9-17.

Tags: Chase Headley, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley continued his hot hitting in the Yankees' 10-game homestand with a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh inning of Sunday's 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

With Didi Gregorius on first base, manager Joe Girardi had Headley pinch hit for Ronald Torreyes, and Headley smashed Matt Albers' first pitch to deep center field to break a 5-5 tie.

"There's been a lot of situations this year where I've had a chance to get a big hit and haven't," Headley said. "When you finally break through, late in the game, put your team up, it's going back and forth, it's fun."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts after giving up two runs in the second inning against Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts after giving up two runs in the second inning against Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Luis Severino allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings before leaving the game with an elbow injury and the New York Yankees managed just one run against Chris Sale in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

  • Severino (0-6) threw 81 pitches before leaving the game with soreness in the back of his right elbow. He will undergo an MRI after the game.
  • Severino allowed three runs in the second inning and four in the third inning. Jose Abreu hit a two-run single in the second that made it 3-0. Adam Eaton hit a two-run double, and Jimmy Rollins followed with a two-run home run.
  • Sale (8-0) lowered his ERA to 1.67 and has won every one of his starts this season. In his second complete game of the year, Sale allowed six hits and struck out six batters.
  • The Yankees had won four of their last five games prior to Friday's loss.
  • Chase Headley hit his second home run in as many nights after not recording an extra-base hit in his first 91 at-bats of the season.
  • Gary Sanchez, who was called up on Friday, went 0 for 4.
  • Nick GoodyChasen Shreve and Kirby Yates combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.

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The loss tonight is not all that surprising considering the Yankees were facing arguably the best pitcher in the American League at the moment. At the same, the Yankees hoped Severino was making headway after his last start and could stick with Sale. Now, the Yankees will shift their concern to the health of their young promising starter.

Tags: Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago White Sox, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Nick Goody
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Cuban defector Yulieski Gourriel wants to play for Yankees, Aroldis Chapman said on Thursday.

Gourriel, a third baseman, recently defected and is waiting for approval from Major League Baseball to sign with a big league team.

"Cuban people, they always want to ask you how's the baseball at this level, what's the organization and all that," Chapman said. "It's typical for Cuban people to ask questions about the Yankees,"

Tags: Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley singles to left during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley singles to left during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley hopes he can get back on track after hitting his first home run (and extra-base hit) of the season in New York's 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

"It's a good feeling," Headley told the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand about his first home run in 170 at-bats. "It felt like it's been a really long time. To get the first one out of the way was good. Still got a long ways to go, but I feel like my swings the last few days have really turned a corner, so hopefully I can continue down that path."

Before New York's seven-game homestand, Headley had a batting line of .151/.250/.151 with just two RBIs. But over the past six games, he is 7 for 20 with four RBIs, including a two-run home run off Ian Kennedy last night.

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Starlin Castro (14) is congratualed by Mark Teixeira after his first-inning home run. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Starlin Castro (14) is congratualed by Mark Teixeira after his first-inning home run. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Chase Headley was one of three Yankees to hit home runs in a 7-3 victory over the Royals Thursday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv


  • The Yankees took three of four from the defending World Series champions.
  • Starlin Castro homered off Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the first. Headley hit his first homer (and extra-base hit) of the season with a man on in the second, and Didi Gregorius followed with a two-run shot in the fourth.
  • Castro added an RBI single in the seventh, and Brian McCann picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk. Kennedy was charged with all seven runs.
  • Nathan Eovaldi got the win, allowing three runs and eight hits in five innings with two walks and three strikeouts. 
  • The Yankees bullpen held the Royals scoreless the final four innings. Kirby Yates, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller all pitched perfect innings; Chasen Shreve allowed a hit in the ninth.

News and notes

  • Mark Teixeira (neck) was back in the lineup. Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) hopes to return Friday.
  • Both CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez are hopeful of quick returns from the disabled list.

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Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Nathan Eovaldi
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) walks to the dugout after grounding out to end the game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees 3-2. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) walks to the dugout after grounding out to end the game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees 3-2. (Noah K. Murray)

The New York Yankees signed Chase Headley to anchor third base for four seasons after coming over in a trade deadline move during the 2014 season. Headley, 32, played as if rejuvenated after flailing in San Diego. Unfortunately, the contract has been nothing short of a disaster with Headley coming down with a bad case of the fielding yips last season and putting together one of the worst hitting performances in the game so far this season.

Headley's fielding woes have subsided some, as he has made just three errors this season, and he is not forcing Yankees' first basemen to work hard to grab his throws. Regrettably, the fielding issues have been supplanted by a terrible offensive slump that has dropped Headley to the ninth spot in the batting order; surely not the performance a team wants from their third baseman.

In 102 plate appearances in 2016, Headley has just 15 hits, all singles. Headley's triple-slash line is ugly - .178/.265/.178 and a 28 OPS+. Headley has had his fair share of prolonged slumps, but this one ranks as the worst with this many plate appearances. Sadly, other stretches show Headley suffers through some epic skids:

Tags: Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:01:38
Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda and manager Joe Girardi talk about the starter's early struggles in the 7-3 loss to the Royals.

Michael Pineda allowed six runs as the Yankees lost to the Royals, 7-3, at Yankee Stadium >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv


  • Pineda had a rough first inning, allowing a sacrifice fly to Alex Gordon and a three-run homer to Salvador Perez as the Royals took a 4-0 lead. Overall, Pineda allowed six runs on six hits while walking four and striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
  • Carlos Beltran's home run in the second inning and Chase Headley's RBI single later in the frame drew the Yankees within 4-2.
  • Brian McCann's run-scoring ground out in the fifth inning cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
  • Lorenzo Cain's two-out, two-run single off Nick Goody in the seventh inning increased the Royals' lead to 6-3.

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Momentum is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher. Well, Pineda was not very good and the momentum is gone. When the season began, Pineda was the pitcher in my mind who needed to elevate his game and finally generate some results to match his talent. He has failed tremendously and he is quickly falling out of favor in New York.

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Michael Pineda
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Playing without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury, the New York Yankees' 5 through 8 hitters combined to go 6 for 14 with seven RBIs in their 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Dustin Ackley went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Aaron Hicks went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Didi Gregorius went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Chase Headley recorded his first RBI in 24 games, as the Yankees won for the fourth time in five games.

"That's your first step," manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "More than that, I think it's winning series that's important. And if you win series, that will all take care of itself."

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:01:15
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium and recaps the Yankees' second straight win over the Kansas City Royals.

Masahiro Tanaka squandered a lead in the middle innings but the Yankees recovered to beat the Royals, 10-7, at Yankee Stadium >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv


  • With the Yankees trailing 3-2 in the third inning, Didi Gregorius hit a three-run double to give them a 5-3 lead.
  • Lorenzo Cain's three-run homer (one of three home runs he hit on the night) off Tanaka in the top of the fifth put the Royals in front, 6-5.
  • Dustin Ackley's RBI single and Aaron Hicks' RBI double in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 7-6 lead before Cain's solo homer against Andrew Miller in the eighth tied things, 7-7.
  • Brett Gardner's double in the eighth inning gave the Yankees an 8-7 lead. Chase Headley added a two-run double later in the inning to extend the lead to 10-7.
  • Tanaka allowed six runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out four in seven innings. His ERA for the season is 3.11.
  • Aroldis Chapman worked around a walk in the ninth inning while earning the save.

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The Yankees' vaunted three-man wrecking crew charged with locking down leads at the end of ballgames got off to a rocky start Tuesday night. Miller had not allowed a run in 12 appearances before allowing the leadoff and game-tying home run to Cain in the eighth inning. But Chapman picked up Miller and earned his first save as a Yankee while hitting 102 mph with his explosive fastball.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Masahiro Tanaka
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