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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:23
Starlin Castro, Joe Girardi, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge discuss the Yankees' 14-3 win over the Orioles, in which Judge hit a 495-foot HR.

Starlin Castro had a home run and four RBIs, Aaron Judge hit two home runs in two innings and the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 14-3 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score


Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.

Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.

Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have optioned Luis Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and have called up LHP Chasen Shreve, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Cessa allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings Monday night.

Shreve has thrown 6 1/3 innings in Triple-A this season, allowing one run on three hits and racking up 12 strikeouts.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve, Luis Cessa
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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Jordan Montgomery will start for the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays, it was announced Monday.

Luis Severino will pitch Thursday, with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka having their next starts pushed back a day.

To make room for Montgomery on the roster, the Yankees optioned Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Previewing the 2017 Yankees season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff...

The rotation

Every single spot in the Yankees' rotation comes with at least a small amount of uncertainty.

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has pitched quite well since joining the team, yet he throws with a ticking time bomb in the form of a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. However, Tanaka demonstrated last season that his elbow does not hinder his performance and he looked exceptional during spring training. In what could be a walk year -- Tanaka has an opt-out in his contract at the end of this season -- the 28-year-old could turn in his finest season in pinstripes...

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Bryan Mitchell, and LHP Chasen Shreve have made the Yankees' Opening Day bullpen.

Holder allowed four runs on seven hits in 12.0 innings this spring, racking up nine strikeouts with zero walks.

Mitchell struggled in spring training, surrendering 11 runs on 24 hits in 21.2 innings while walking five and striking out 22.

Shreve pitched 10.0 innings this spring and gave up four runs on eight hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees tied the Rays, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits while walking none during his 4 1/3 innings. His ERA this spring is 3.68.
  • Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, and Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a double...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chasen Shreve, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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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 relief pitcher Tommy Layne (39) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Layne (39) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Bullpens continue to grow into a major facet of a club's makeup. It's no longer enough to have some decent relievers and a strong closer. Rather, teams focus on building formidable backend combinations, which in some cases stretch five relievers strong.

The known

Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jon Niese, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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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 relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have recalled LHP Chasen Shreve from Triple-A, and have optioned RHP Kirby Yates to the Rookie-level Pulaski Yankees, the team announced Tuesday afternoon

Shreve is 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 27.0 innings for the Yankees this season. The left-hander has allowed 24 hits, seven of which were HRs, while striking out 23.

Yates has pitched 35.0 innings for the Yankees in 2016, earning a 5.40 ERA and 1.43 WHIP while surrendering 36 hits, 14 walks, and striking out 44.

Tags: Chasen Shreve, Kirby Yates

New York Yankees relief pitcher Kirby Yates (39) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Minnesota Twins won 7-1. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Kirby Yates (39) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Minnesota Twins won 7-1. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees have recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and have optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A, the team announced on Wednesday.

Yates is 2-1 with a 5.72 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 28.1 innings for the Yankees this season. But in 16.2 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yates pitched for a 1.62 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, and racked up four saves.

Shreve pitched 27.0 innings for the Yankees in 2016, earning a 5.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He last appeared in yesterday's loss to the Blue Jays where he surrendered four earned runs on two hits and two walks while not recording a single out.

Tags: Chasen Shreve, Kirby Yates

New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees' bullpen allowed 12 runs over the final four innings after RHP Michael Pineda left the game after a 44-minute rain delay in a 12-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve combined to allow eight runs in the eighth inning that turned a 6-4 lead into a six-run deficit.

Pineda threw just 68 pitches in five scoreless innings, but manager Joe Girardi opted to go to the bullpen after rain stopped the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Tags: Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve, Michael Pineda, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees have added newly acquired RHP Adam Warren to the active roster, and have optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, the team announced before Tuesday's game.

The team also announced that RHP Anthony Swarzak will now wear #41.

Warren has a 5.91 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 35.0 innings in 2016, all with the Chicago Cubs. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2009 and spent his first six years with the organization before being traded to the Cubs in the deal that brought Starlin Castro to New York last offseason.

Tags: Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have recalled LHP Chasen Shreve from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and have optioned RHP Luis Cessa to Triple-A, the team announced on Tuesday

In 19.0 innings with the Yankees earlier this season, Shreve was 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA and 1.105 WHIP. He last pitched for the Yankees on May 25th. After being sent to Triple-A, Shreve had a 2.70 ERA and 0.750 WHIP in 6.2 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

Cessa was 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.244 WHIP in 13.2 innings for the Yankees. Prior to being called up to the majors, Cessa was 2-1 and had a 3.63 ERA and 1.261 WHIP at Triple-A.

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The New York Yankees have an intimidating trio at the backend of their bullpen coined "No Runs DMC," but the remaining four relievers - whomever they have been - have failed to do their part and it is beginning to cost the club.

This is not exactly how the Yankees drew things up during the offseason and the spring. The club figured to have right-hander Bryan Mitchell and left-hander Chasen Shreve among the relievers, but the former is out for the season, and the latter is recuperating from a shoulder sprain.

The Yankees planned on Ivan Nova filling a long-man role when the season began, but Luis Severino's poor start in the rotation and an injury have him back in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre trying to figure things out. That would have left one space for the traveling relief crew. The shuttle has to carry more members and it is simply not working.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Branden Pinder, Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Nick Goody, Christopher Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:00:31
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 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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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) throws a warm up pitch during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) throws a warm up pitch during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

When the Yankees traded for Aroldis Chapman for a pittance of their farm system, they figured Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller would be good enough to hold down leads at the end of games. They were correct, but unfortunately for the Yankees, the number of leads Betances and Miller had to protect was much fewer than the team hoped over the 29 games Chapman missed.

Chapman's return Monday certainly bolsters a current team strength, but other facets of this Yankees club must get things fully together for it to make a difference.

The Yankees offense remains the team's biggest concern. Despite a couple of fine performances in the past week, Yankees batters continue to have trouble getting hot at the plate for extended periods. Some of the Yankees regulars are in deep slumps and the club is down one of the power sources in Alex Rodriguez, who is on the disabled list, and Jacoby Ellsbury has been out the last couple of days after showing some life recently.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino allowed three home runs, two to David Ortiz, in 6 2/3 innings as the Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, in Sunday's series finale at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv


  • Severino (0-5) allowed four runs on five hits, striking out a season-high nine batters in his longest outing of the year. After starting the game by allowing a walk and two-run home run to Dustin Pedroia, Severino settled down by retiring 13 of the next 14 hitters he faced.
  • Ortiz hit solo home runs in the fourth and seventh innings, hitting his 51st and 52nd home run against the Yankees in his career.
  • Red Sox RHP Steven Wright allowed one run, three hits and one walk in a complete game. The only run he gave up came on a Brett Gardner solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning. He struck out seven batters and threw 66 of 101 pitches for strikes.
  • After Brian McCann's first-inning single, Wright (3-3) didn't allow another hit until the seventh inning. Between the second and sixth innings, he set down 13 straight Yankees.
  • Chasen Shreve allowed a solo home run to Xander Bogaerts in the eighth inning.

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With a chance to sweep the Red Sox and make a complete statement about the status of this team being on the rise, the Yankees' offense could not solve a knuckleballer, and Severino had a promising, yet uneven, start.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chasen Shreve, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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 (Evan Habeeb)
(Evan Habeeb)

CC Sabathia tossed seven scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 7-0, Wednesday at Camden Yards >> Read more at SNY.tv


  • Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Brian McCann's run-scoring single later in the inning extended their lead to 2-0, and an error by the Orioles on Starlin Castro's grounder made it 3-0 Yankees.
  • The Yankees added three more runs in the eighth inning on McCann's two-run double and an RBI single by Didi Gregorius.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
  • Sabathia allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out six during his seven-innings
  • Dellin Betances and Chasen Shreve combined to pitch 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief.

Notes

  • Brett Gardner was hit in the elbow with a pitch but remained in the game to run the bases. X-rays after the game came back negative.

What's next 

The Yankees wrap up their three-game series at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET. CC Sabtahia (2.87 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) will face Kevin Gausman (2.45 ERA, 0.91 WHIP).

Tags: Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve walks to the dugout after giving up two runs in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve walks to the dugout after giving up two runs in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees' bullpen allowed five runs in the last three innings after starting pitcher Luis Severino pitched six innings of two-run ball in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Oakland A's.

Chasen Shreve allowed back-to-back home runs to Khris Davis and Coco Crisp that turned a tie game into a 4-2 deficit, and after New York got one run back in the bottom of the seventh inning, Johnny Barbato allowed a two-run home run to Chris Coghlan that made it 6-3.

"It was definitely shocking," Shreve said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "I feel like I've been throwing the ball really well. I felt like I threw the ball really well tonight, they just jumped on two fastballs early."

Tags: Andrew Miller, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:01:19
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, shortstop Didi Gregorius and outfielder Carlos Beltran discuss the Yankees' recent offensive woes.

The Yankees squandered a 2-1 lead and lost to the Athletics in 11 innings, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the recap at SNY.tv here


  • Michael Pineda allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven in six innings.
  • Alex Rodriguez' RBI single in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
  • Jed Lowrie's run-scoring single in the sixth inning tied things, 2-2.
  • Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller combined to toss three scoreless innings.
  • Mark Canha's RBI single off Johnny Barbato in the 11th inning was the difference.

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The Yankees can blame the anemic offense for losing their first extra-inning game of the season. The Yanks have been held to three runs or less in six out of their last seven games. The offense went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and had one hit in their last 17 at-bats, wasting a very nice effort by the pitching staff.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Michael Pineda
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 (Nick Turchiaro)
(Nick Turchiaro)

Jacoby Ellsbury's run-scoring single in the seventh inning was the difference as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-2, on Tuesday night in Toronto.

  • Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs on three hits in five innings while walking four and striking out six.
  • Starlin Castro's RBI ground out in the second inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • Brian McCann's solo home run in the sixth inning tied things, 2-2.
  • Johnny Barbato, Chasen Shreve, and Dellin Betances combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief of Tanaka.
  • Andrew Miller had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.

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Sometimes teams win ballgames that seemed like they were one batter from going the other way. That happened tonight for the Yankees in Toronto. Tanaka was erratic early on, throwing 56 pitches in his first two innings and then found a rhythm over his next 36 pitches to end his five-inning outing. Despite the inflated pitch count, Tanaka didn't let the game get out of hand and the Yankees offense did just enough to grab a lead.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brian McCann, Chasen Shreve, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a transformation in how they build their roster. The club still spends plenty of money - they will open the season with a payroll approaching $220 million - but they have begun to preach and follow through on getting younger and more athletic throughout the roster. This was abundantly clear in the offseason when they did not sign a single player to an MLB free-agent contract. The Yankees did however take on more salary by adding three quality players, and considering the returning players, the club has improved on paper and has a chance to return to the postseason in 2016.

Rotation

Nathan Eovaldi took the first step to becoming a dominant starter in 2015. After a slow start, Eovaldi went through a stretch during the summer in which he went 10-2, with a 2.93 ERA across 12 starts (73 2/3 innings). Eovaldi worked hard at mastering a split-finger fastball, while honing in on the location of his fastball. Eovaldi's season came to an abrupt end when sidelined with an elbow injury, but it seems a non-issue as he pitched well this spring.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Christopher Carelli
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Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)
Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)

Yes, the New York Yankees have compiled one of the best backend of the bullpen combinations in all of baseball. But, in doing so, have the Yankees neglected to pay enough attention to how the club will reach the dominant combination of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman?

We touched on the fact that the starting rotation held some of the responsibility some weeks back, mentioning the importance of each member's ability to pitch deeper into games if they wanted to be considered an ace. Even if this improves across the line, the backend of the bullpen cannot pitch daily.

This makes the relievers charged with providing middle relief innings, as well as aiding the backend of the bullpen when rest is needed, quite important. To that end, the Yankees have decided to take a pretty big chance on relatively inexperienced relievers.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Branden Pinder, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jacob Lindgren, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Goody, Nick Rumbelow
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St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward hits a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NLDS at Wrigley Field. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports Images)
St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward hits a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NLDS at Wrigley Field. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Yankees reportedly rejected a trade that could have brought outfielders Jason Heyward and Melvin Upton to New York, according to Jon Heyman.

New York expressed interest in Heyward and shortstop Andrelton Simmons when they were with the Atlanta Braves in 2014, Heyman reports, and turned down a blockbuster that would have sent several top prospects to Atlanta.

The Braves floated a deal to the Yankees that would have sent Heyward, Simmons, Upton, RHP David Carpenter and 3B Chris Johnson to New York in exchange for RHP Luis Severino, OF Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, RHP Ian Clarkin and RHP Manny Banuelos.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chris Young, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino
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