Christopher Carelli

Chris has contributed to SNY.tv's Yankees coverage since 2015. Chris also contributes baseball and sports business content to Sporting News. Follow Chris on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli.

 

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees need rotation depth, and the time is fast approaching when they'll have to make a decision as to the route they'll take to secure it.

The Yankees lost another rotation member Tuesday, when the club placed CC Sabathia on the 10-day injured list due to pain in his surgically repaired right knee. The Yankees are already down staff ace Luis Severino. And while James Paxton is close to returning from an injury of his own, he's not exactly the poster child for health.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

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The Yankees swat five homers, beat the Orioles, 7-5, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Thursday's game...

1 ) The Yankees loaded the bases (walk, single, walk) after Baltimore reliever Mychal Givens retired the first two batters in the ninth inning and Aaron Hicks drew a walk to take the lead.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees swat five homers, beat the Orioles, 7-5, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) The Yankees launched another five home runs and are now 9-2 against the Orioles this season. The Yankees have hit 11 homers in the three games of this four game set.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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May 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP (No. 2, MLB No. 59) -- ETA 2019

Loaisiga was placed on the injured list (now shifted to the 60-day list) with a strained right shoulder. Loaisiga, who has a significant injury history, has thrown 14 innings with the Yankees to the tune of a 4.50 ERA and another 10 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre recording an ERA of 7.20.

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Boone happy after win over Rays 00:01:18
Aaron Boone was pleased with the Yankees capitalizing on a big sixth inning to beat the Rays 13-5

The Yankees used a seven-run sixth inning beat the Rays, 13-5, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five Takeaway's from Sunday's game...

1) The Yankees blew open a 5-5 game in the sixth inning with seven runs. The Rays walked five in the inning and Thairo Estrada had the big hit, a three-run double.

2) Chad Green was the opener in this one and, much like the rest of his season, the results were not good. Green allowed two base-runners in the first inning and then coughed up two homers in his second frame. As Green's descent continues, it's a wonder where the Yanks will use him going forward.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Tanaka hurt in loss 00:00:36
Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

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The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Yankees rally past Rays 00:01:19
Aaron Boone , CC Sabathia and Gio Urshela on the Yankees dramatic 9th inning comeback win over the Rays, capped off by Urshela?s walk-off 1B

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The Yankees walk it off, beating the Rays, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium to take the AL East lead. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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When Domingo German stepped on the mound as a Yankee in 2018, the talent and the hint of potential success in the big leagues was evident. However, German failed to consistently deliver positive results and eventually fell out of favor down the stretch.

None of that matters to the Yankees now because it is clear that German gained valuable experience from all those major-league reps.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Albert Abreu, RHP, Double-A Trenton (No. 3) -- ETA 2020

Abreu followed up a six-inning scoreless outing with a one-run effort, but he lasted just 4.2 innings. The right-hander continued to allow too many baserunners (1.91 WHIP in 26 innings), which is preventing him from pitching deep into games. Abreu did lower his ERA to 4.73 on the season.

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May 10, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) high five as they score during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 10, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) high five as they score during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees beat the Rays, 4-3, at Tropicana Field on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Domingo German was cruising through four innings, but once the Rays lineup began its third time to the plate, things fell apart. German had surrendered just two home runs this season coming into the game, but allowed two homers in the fifth inning alone, which was enough to cough up the lead. German, who still got the win and is now 7-1, finished with a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB and 5 K.

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Yankees take Mariners series 00:01:10
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has liked the confidence and fight he's seen in his team while players have been out with injury.

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The Yankees beat the Mariners, 3-1, to take the four-game series at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Thursday's game...

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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela throws out Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham on a ground ball during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela throws out Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham on a ground ball during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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A shoulder injury in the third game of the season sidelined 2018 Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar for 28 games. The Yankees incumbent third baseman avoided surgery, but is it possible he's losing his grip on his stature as a consequence?

Despite suffering a bruised knee Wednesday that might keep him out a couple of days, Gio Urshela is likely to man third base on a regular basis. Yankees manager Aaron Boone suggested that his lineup strategy, based on his active 25-man roster, would have Urshela primarily playing third base and Andujar at designated hitter.

Long term, if Urshela maintains his upward trend and Andujar continues to struggle, the Yankees might have a decision to make before long. That could include what to do with the latter's tenure with the Yankees.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Yankees hit with another injury 00:01:21
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar reveals he feels good enough to play the field if Gio Urshela has to miss time with injury

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees lost to the Mariners, 10-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game…

1) Are the Yankees asking too much of Jonathan Loaisiga? In four innings, the 24-year-old right-hander coughed up four runs on six hits (including a home run) and two walks, while striking out three batters. Here's the thing: Loaisiga has more innings in the big leagues than he does at any professional level besides his one season in the Dominican Summer League back in 2013. Loaisiga is a talented pitcher, but he's far from polished and asking him to do that in the majors might not be fair.

Tags: Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Yankees walk-off vs. Mariners 00:01:03
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and third baseman Gio Urshela talk about their walk-off win against the Mariners

The Yankees walk it off in the ninth inning to beat the Mariners, 5-4, at Yankee Stadium.>> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game…

1) DJ LeMahieu has been such an important player for the Yankees this season and he had a pinstripe moment in this one, hitting a walk-off single in the ninth inning. LeMahieu is riding a nine-game hitting streak and is now hitting .330 on the season

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Seattle Mariners, Chris Carelli
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Yankees power past Mariners 00:01:12
Aaron Boone and CC Sabathia comment on the Yanks grit in their win over the Mariners while Giancarlo Stanton updates his injury status

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Three Yankees homered as New York beat the Mariners 7-3 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) It seems each time Brett Gardner gets into a bit of a rut, he comes through with a home run. The Yankees veteran outfielder homered and tripled in three at-bats, helping to boost his average to .223. Gardner would be better served playing less, but the Yankees are not living with luxury right now.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Seattle Mariners, Chris Carelli
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Mar 16, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) singles during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 16, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) singles during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in

Estevan Florial, OF, High-A Tampa (No. 1) - 2021

According to NJ.com, Florial (No. 54 on MLB Pipeline's Top-100 prospect rankings) recently had his cast removed from his fractured right wrist meaning he could begin baseball activities soon. Florial impressed in Spring Training, but he's been saddled with injuries, which has impeded his ability to climb the organizational ladder as quickly as hoped.

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New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees beat the Twins, 4-1, in a rain-shortened affair at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) After coughing up four runs in his last start, Domingo German coasted to a one-run performance across 6 2/3 innings. German threw 108 pitches on his way to scattering four hits and three walks, while striking out seven batters. German has been fantastic filling in for Luis Severino, to the point that it's hard to suggest the club would have received better from its injured ace.

2) Mike Tauchman is by no means lighting the world on fire with his bat, but he has had some success at Yankee Stadium where seven of his eight hits have gone for extra bases, including today's two-run home run.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees lost to the Diamondbacks, 3-2, at Chase Field on Wednesday afternoon to end their West Coast road trip. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) Masahiro Tanaka limited the scoring damage, but he was far from sharp in this game, lasting just four innings. Tanaka continually left off-speed pitches up in the zone and he was tagged as a consequence. His final line - 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB and 6 K - marks the third start in his last four in which he failed to generate a quality start. Tanaka's ERA jumped to 3.92 after today's performance.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

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Looking for some consistency and maybe even a spark from a vacant position on the diamond, the Yankees took a low-risk chance on Luke Voit in 2018 and the summer trade - basically another experiment - paid significant dividends.

There might have been some uncertainty at the outset of the 2019 season as to Voit's future, but once again he is carrying the club. Voit's amazing run to end the 2018 regular season was a surprise that came at the right time for the squad. Now, much more so than last season, Voit is being relied on to carry the load and he's not disappointing.

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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Jonathan Loaisiga, SP, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (No. 2) - 2019 

Loaisiga didn't make a start with the RailRiders this past week because he was back up with the Yankees for a very brief stay. Loaisiga tossed three innings of scoreless relief, picking up the win in the Yanks comeback victory over the Angels on April 24. After the outing, the Yanks sent Loaisiga back to SWB.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees beat the Giants 11-5 on Sunday, finishing off a sweep at Oracle Park. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Domingo German's final line -- 6 IP, 5H, 4R, 1 BB and 4 K -- doesn't really tell how good he was for the most of this game. German cruised through his first five innings, allowing no runs on just one hit. German might have tired some in the sixth, as he was tagged for four runs on four hits. German (5-1) still got the win behind the Yankees' offense and continues to uphold his part in the team's rotation.

Tags: Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, San Francisco Giants, Chris Carelli
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Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

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J.A. Happ was lights out for the Yankees in San Francisco, as the Yankees took down the Giants 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Happ threw by far his best game of the young season, tossing seven scoreless innings. Happ scattered five hits, walked none and struck out two batters for his first win of the season. The effort reduced Happ's ERA to 4.68 on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, San Francisco Giants, Chris Carelli
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Apr 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees have been forced to make several call-ups this season, due to the 13 players currently on the IL. While the injured Yanks represent a virtual All-Star team, the team that is taking the field on a daily basis is made up of players not expected to be an integral part of the club.

Let's rank some of those players based on their ability to continue delivering "next man up" production (potentially in increased roles) throughout the rest of the season...

No. 6 - Jonathan Loaisiga

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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Jonathan Loaisiga, SP, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (No. 2) - 2019 

After spending the beginning of the season with the Yankees, Loaisiga (ranked No. 62 among all pro-spects according to MLB Pipeline) made his first start for the RailRiders on Wednesday. 

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Yankees need to battle injuries 00:01:14
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is disappointed he?s on the IL. Catcher Austin Romine is ready to step up and fill the void.

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The Yankees beat the Royals 7-6 in walk-off fashion at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Austin Romine has been mostly quiet since taking over the full-time role with Gary Sanchez on the injured list. But, he had the game-tying single in the eighth inning and the walk-off single in the 10th to give the Yanks the walk-off win, part of a three-hit day.

Tags: Austin Romine, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Kansas City Royals, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees move to 10-10 on the season, clobbering four home runs to beat the Royals, 9-2, at Yankee Stadium.

Five takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) Masahiro Tanaka got back on track with an impressive seven-inning outing, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Tanaka's production continues to be a big facet for the Yankees with Luis Severino on the mend and the veteran right-hander has answered the call.

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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An All-Star collection of Yankees sit on the club's injured list, which has been one of the main culprits to their 8-10 start to the season. There are six regulars that have already missed significant time in 2019, but who is missed the most?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Yanks offense sputters in loss 00:00:59
The Yankees managed just four singles while allowing 11 hits including a pair of homers, in a 6-1 loss to the Royals

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The Yankees bats go cold in 6-1 loss to the Royals at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game…

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Yankees beat Boston, 5-3 00:00:34
Brett Gardner talks about the big feeling from his big grand slam, and Aaron Boone talks about J.A. Happ as the Yankees beat Boston, 5-3.

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The Yankees rallied in the seventh inning to beat the Red Sox, 5-3, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game…

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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | ArchivesThe Yankees, behind stellar pitching and plenty of offense, beat the Red Sox, 8-0, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game…

1 ) James Paxton was absolutely electric tonight. It was the first time he went to the mound in pinstripes, and just unleashed on the opponent. Paxton surely wasn't tipping any pitches, throwing 110 on the night, 80 of which were four-seam fastballs. Those fastballs averaged 97 mph with the fastest topping out at 99.2 mph. Paxton's final line - 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K - could not have come at a better time for the Yankees. The Yanks traded for Paxton with this kind of a performance in mind, and hopefully for New York he builds on it.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Chris Carelli
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single during the fifth inning in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single during the fifth inning in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The schedule makers snuck in an early Yankees/Red Sox series, searching for a narrative among teams expected to be sitting at the top of the American League East standings. Instead, the clash is being described as one to determine which club will utilize the series to turn its season around.

The Yankees (6-9) have battled a slew of injuries that leaves almost a complete -- and quality -- ball club on the injured list. Despite the injuries, the Yanks have held the lead in 14 of its 15 games, meaning there is clear underperformance buried in the squad's record.

The Red Sox (6-11), coming off a World Series title, are caught in the often traditional throes of the impact of a long postseason at the outset of a new year. The Sox are mostly healthy, but the club has had a difficult time getting fully on track. As both teams look to reverse course, which areas can the clubs expect improvement in and which aspects might not get better?

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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top-30 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Jonathan Loaisiga, SP, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (No. 2) - 2019

Loaisiga, who is ranked No. 64 among all MLB prospects per MLB Pipeline, just returned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after a brief stint with the Yankees. The 24-year-old made two starts with the Yanks, allowing two runs in 7.0 innings. With the Yankees' multiple health issues in the rotation, it will not be surprising to see Loaisiga once again in the Bronx. Until then, he will work with SWB with the concentration being to build up innings -- something he has yet to do in a professional season (68.2 innings is a career high that he set back in 2013).

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The Yankees struggles continued as they were beaten by the White Sox, 5-2, but the team remains confident they will turn things around

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The Yankees lost the series rubber match to the White Sox, 5-2, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game…

1) Masahiro Tanaka was cruising … and then he wasn't. Tanaka had six strikeouts and faced just 10 batters in the first three innings. In the next inning-plus, Tanaka allowed eight baserunners, including three uncharacteristic walks. Tanaka was charged with five runs, four of which came on a Tim Anderson grand slam. Tanaka was fantastic over his first three starts, so hopefully this was a simple bump in the road as the Yanks need the right-hander on top of his game.

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CC Sabathia pitched 5 strong innings in his season debut and Aaron Judge added a solo home run as the Yankees blanked the White Sox, 4-0

The Yankees beat the White Sox, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) CC Sabathia, coming off the injured list to make his first start of the season, was spectacular. In five innings, Sabathia allowed just one base runner (on a single) and struck out three. Sabathia, who will be retiring at season's end, is now 11 strikeouts away from 3,000 for his career, which should aid his bid to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Before we concern ourselves with Sabathia's career worth, right now the Yanks can use some of the stopper stuff he's possessed the last couple of seasons. He provided it Saturday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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Apr 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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The Yankees lost to the White Sox, 9-6, in a rain-shortened affair at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks have lost four straight. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Friday's game…

1 ) What's happening (get it?) to J.A. Happ is clearly not what the Yankees were expecting when they signed the 36-year-old to a two-year deal (with a vesting option). Happ was handed a 4-1 lead, yet he allowed base runners in each inning and yet another home run. Happ's line - 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB and 5 K was horrendous as is his 6.19 ERA for the season. Happ is simply leaving too many pitchers over the heart of the plate and hitters are not missing them.

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, Chris Carelli
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees lose to the Astros, 8-6, and are swept out of Minute Maid Ballpark. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game…

1 ) The Yankees need James Paxton to be a stopper. He couldn't quell the bleeding tonight. Paxton's ERA on the season rose to 6.00 after allowing five runs on eight hits (including two home runs to Jose Altuve) and three walks. He labored through 95 pitches in just four innings of work. Simply put, Paxton has to better. He was brought in to sit atop the rotation and carry the club to the postseason. So far, Paxton has failed to live up to expectations.

Tags: Houston Astros, James Paxton, Luke Voit, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees were supposed to ride the strength of their bullpen to many victories this season, but instead it is coughing up leads on a regular basis.

With right-handed reliever Dellin Betances on the injured list, the Yankees pen has been somewhat porous, creating some short term issues and -- worse -- setting the stage for potentially long term affects.

Obvious shortcomings

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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 The Yankees suffer a second straight late-inning loss to the Astros, 6-3, at Minute Maid Ballpark.

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game…

1) Rookie right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga looked great in the first inning, striking out the Astros in order. From there it was a bit of a different story, but not all of Loaisiga's doing as his defense didn't make things any easier. Loaisiga tossed just three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, two walks while striking out five batters. This was likely Loaisiga's final start with the big league club for a while with CC Sabathia due back from the injured list by the time the spot comes back through the rotation.

Tags: Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees launch seven home runs, beating the Orioles, 15-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game...

1) Domingo German was in control from the outset of this game (after allowing five walks in his first outing), in which he didn't allow a base hit until a one-out single in the sixth inning. German's final line - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 3 K - is one which will make it easy for the Yankees to keep him in the rotation while Luis Severino remains on the injured list.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees outfielder Estevan Florial during the Arizona Fall League-All Star Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Estevan Florial during the Arizona Fall League-All Star Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Estevan Florial, OF, Double-A Trenton (No. 1) -- ETA 2021

Florial, 21, despite missing a majority of the 2018 season, sits atop the Yankees prospect rankings. He continues to ride the upside his five-tool ability, though he is getting to the stage where the results on the field will begin to matter more

Tags: Albert Abreu, Estevan Florial, Chris Carelli
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Apr 7, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela (29) after his second inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 7, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela (29) after his second inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees launch seven home runs, beating the Orioles, 15-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game..

1) Domingo German was in control from the outset of this game (after allowing five walks in his first outing), in which he didn't allow a base hit until a one-out single in the sixth inning. German's final line - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 3 K - is one which will make it easy for the Yankees to keep him in the rotation while Luis Severino remains on the injured list.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Chris Carelli
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Apr 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees beat the Orioles, 6-4, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game..

1) Trying to make up for a poor first start of the season, J.A. Happ hurled just 4.1 innings of two-run ball. Happ allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. He got stronger as the game moved along, only having trouble with Trey Mancini (homer and a double) along the way. Unfortunately, that was enough for Yankees manager Aaron Boone to remove the left-hander when Mancini stepped to the plate for the third time in the fifth inning. Happ is being relied on to log innings and he has failed to do so thus far this season...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Jonathan Holder, Chris Carelli
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Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts as he crosses home plate in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts as he crosses home plate in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Having played the rebuilding Orioles and Tigers to start the season, the Yankees might have believed to be much better than 3-4 at the moment. Injuries are part of the issue (some of which should have been expected), but performance has not lived up to expectations in some cases.

There are 155 games left in the season, but it's difficult to avoid wondering if the current feeling about the club would be different had they made some different decisions this offseason, including...

A stronger pursuit of Patrick Corbin

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Apr 4, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is greeted by base coach Phil Nevin (88) while rounding the bases after hitting solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Apr 4, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is greeted by base coach Phil Nevin (88) while rounding the bases after hitting solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

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The Yankees beat the Orioles, 8-4, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, spoiling Baltimore's home opener. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game..

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Detroit Tigers, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) reacts after making an out against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) reacts after making an out against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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In the rubber match of the three-game series at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 2-1. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game..

Tags: Chad Green, Detroit Tigers, Chris Carelli
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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) reacts after an out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) reacts after an out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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On a night where the bats were as cold as the temperature, the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game..

1) Aroldis Chapman came on in a tie game and allowed two runs on two hits after handing out a crucial walk. Chapman was sitting 97-98 mph for much of the appearance, and did hit 100 mph one pitch. But the placement on the fastball was not great and he was subsequently burned by it.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Detroit Tigers, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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Despite going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, the Yankees beat the Tigers 3-1 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German was erratic (five walks), but equally elusive (seven strikeouts) in his five innings of work. German allowed just one hit and an unearned run. The young righty will continue to get action this season as a starter and reliever, which will hopefully help him become more consistent.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Detroit Tigers, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to first base after hitting a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to first base after hitting a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Major League Baseball's schedule makers threw the Yankees a bone for opening weekend of the 2019 season, but the team essentially choked on it.

The Yankees are among a quartet of American League teams heavily favored to gain a spot in the 2019 postseason and New York's roster is strong enough win the World Series. The Baltimore Orioles are in the very beginning stages of a full-blown rebuild, fresh off a 115-loss season. Yet, it was the Orioles that came out of New York with two wins in the three-game series.

An interesting outcome beyond the scoreboard results, which have the standings turned upside down, are the somewhat diverging messages coming from the Yankees' best player and its manager.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Carelli
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