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Cleveland crushes Yankees 00:01:12
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains how the Cleveland Indians were able to rough up reliver Chad Green in the 1st inning.

The Yankees were embarrassed by the Indians 19-5 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) Chad Green had his worst opening performance of the season for the Yankees. After Francisco Lindor and Greg Allen singled to start the game, Green walked Carlos Santana to load the bases. After Yasiel Puig went down swinging, Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam to center, giving the Indians an early 3-0 lead. After a mound visit, Green allowed another home run to Jason Kipnis, ending Green's night with just one out recorded and five earned runs.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

After sweep of lowly Orioles, the Yankees (81-41, 10.0 GA in AL East) start a four-game series against the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (72-49, 0.5 GB in AL Central, 1.5 GA in first Wild Card) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees are up to a 10-1 overall record this season in extending outings for the bullpen. ... With a win, the Yankees with lock up at 27th straight season with a winning record (1993) and it would be the team's second-fastest time reaching 82 wins in a year. In 1998, the Yankees reached a record of 82-29, that team went on to win the World Series. ... Gio Urshela is hitting at a .488 average over his last 10 games, which includes four doubles, seven homers and 15 RBI. ... Didi Gregorius has 27 RBI in his last 22 games.

Tags: Chad Green, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela
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Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, CC Sabathia, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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The Yankees took the first game, 8-5, of this Monday doubleheader against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Monday's game...

1) James Paxton went six strong innings against the O's, but the long ball was hurting him. He allowed three runs, two of which came from solo homers. Overall, though, he allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out seven over that span. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Cessa
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Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees (76-39, 10.5 GA in AL East) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (47-71, 30.5 GB in AL East ) on Friday at 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won nine straight games after Thursday's 12-6 win over the Jays. ... Didi Gregorius is 3-6 with a home run in his career off of Blue Jays starter Sean Reid-Foley. ... Gio Urshela is now hitting .323 on the season, following his 3-5 night on Thursday.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees spread the offensive production all around the lineup Sunday, getting hits from eight of nine starters in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox, completing a four-game sweep. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Yankees blew the game wide open in the third inning, plating six runs and knocking David Price out of the game early. The third started innocently enough, with an Aaron Judge walk sandwiched between a Gleyber Torres strikeout and a flyout from Didi Gregorius. But Gio Urshela powered a two-run homer to left-center and the Yankees were off and running. Urshela's homer was followed by back-to-back doubles from Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Mike Ford singled in Maybin to make it 5-0, and then Kyle Higashioka got in on the act with an RBI double of his own. When Mike Tauchman's single made it 7-0, the Yankees had collected four straight RBI hits.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa
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Jul 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Jul 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Yankees (68-39, 7.0 GA in AL East) begin another pivotal four-game set with the Boston Red Sox (59-51, 10.5 GB in AL East) on Friday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Didi Gregorius is not in the lineup for the Yankees, as he deals with a strain in his left hand. ... Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Garner are each hitting .280 with one home run in their respective careers against Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez. ... DJ LeMahieu is hitless in three at-bats against the lefty. ... The Red Sox took three of four from the Yankees last weekend.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (67-39, 7.5 GA in AL East) finish their quick two-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks (54-54, 15.5 GB in NL West) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees placed Luke Voit on the IL with a sports hernia. He left Tuesday's game with what was described as a core muscle injury. ...CC Sabathia received a lubricant shot in his knee, and is expected to miss a few weeks. The big lefty is dealing with right knee inflammation. ...DJ LeMahieu is once again out of the lineup today, but Aaron Boone said he's expecting to use him on Friday when the Red Sox come to town.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees (67-38, 8.5 GA in AL East) start up their two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (53-54, 15.5 GB in NL West) Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

After losing three straight games, the Yankees bounced back to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 on Sunday night thanks to a strong pitching performance by Domingo German. The RHP struck out nine batters in 5.1 innings, while allowing just three runs. Didi Gregorious continued his strong July by hitting his fourth homerun of the month, giving him a total of seven on the season. Aaron Judge will look to find his groove again, after going 1-for-19 in the four-game series.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, J.A. Happ
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Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

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The Yankees salvaged a win in the final game of their four-game series against the Red Sox, winning Sunday's game at Fenway Park by a score of 9-6. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Finally, a Yankees starter settled things down long enough for the offense to find a bit of its lost magic. Domingo German struck out nine batters in 5.1 innings, while allowing three runs on four hits and one walk. German, who was crushed by the Twins in his last outing, was great for much of the night, with Andrew Benintendi's home run being the lone mistake of the night.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Cameron Maybin, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Edwin Encarnacion , Gio Urshela
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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (65-35, 9.5 GA in AL East) finish their three-game series against the Twins (61-39, 3 GA in AL Central) Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field.

Yankees notes

In Tuesday's 14-12 win, Didi Gregorius joined just Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio as the only players with multiple four-hit, 7 RBI games with Yankees... Despite being credited with the win Tuesday, Aroldis Chapman walked three and blew the save. In his last seven appearances, he's allowed six runs and walked seven over 6.2 innings... With Brett Gardner still ailing, Mike Tauchman will be back in the lineup boasting a robust .410/.489/.641 slash line in his last 15 games (39 at-bats). 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, J.A. Happ
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Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his home run in the fifth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his home run in the fifth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

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The Yankees rallied on three separate occasions to beat the Twins, 14-12, at Target Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) On a 3-0 count with one out in the 10th inning, Gleyber Torres smoothly roped a single to right field scoring Didi Gregorius to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in three innings. Austin Romine scored an insurance run on a wild pitch. The Yanks would keep this lead only because of a miraculous catch to end the game by Aaron Hicks.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres
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Judge wants pedal to the metal 00:01:28
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge stresses the importance of widening their AL East division lead before the trade deadline.

The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Early in the game, things almost got away from the Yankees. In a full bullpen outing, Chad Green got the ball to start the game on the mound for New York. Austin Meadows singled to start the game, then the bases were quickly loaded as Tommy Pham walked and Green plunked Nate Lowe with a pitch. The Yanks stuck with Green though, and he delivered. Green sent down the next three batters, including two punch outs, to keep the game scoreless

Tags: Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Luke Adam, Tampa Bay Rays
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Before the home run heroics from Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius in the Yankees' 8-3 win over Tampa, the offense had been struggling in the post-London Series world.

But no Yankee has seen their production dip further than Gary Sanchez, who has looked a lot like his 2018 version.

Just a few weeks ago on June 23, Sanchez was the owner of a .273/.339/.634 line, numbers that earned him a trip to his second All-Star game. Since then? He has just seven hits in 59 plate appearances -- good for a .119 batting average.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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Jun 29, 2019; London, ENG; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his run with his team mates during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Flynn)
Jun 29, 2019; London, ENG; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his run with his team mates during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Flynn)

Aaron Judge had already flipped the script in the bottom of the eighth, when his two-run homer to right field made it 4-3 Yankees over the Rays. 

But Didi Gregorius completely broke down the door with a grand slam in the same frame to pull away. 

With the crowd chanting his name, Gregorius sent a moonshot to the right field bleachers, and a big smile crossed his face as he sent the Yankee Stadium crowd into a frenzy. It's a scene Gregorius has orchestrated so many times in the past, but this season following his long IL stint due to Tommy John surgery recovery, it has been a rare sight. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Scott Thompson
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Yanks explode late for win 00:01:58
Boone, Judge, Sabathia, Gregorius and Hale on Yankees big 6-run 8th inning in their 8-3 win over Tampa

The Yankees rallied late and broke the game wide open with a pair of eighth-inning home runs to defeat the Rays, 8-3, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) The eighth inning proved to be the deciding one for the Yanks, who trailed 3-2 with Gleyber Torres set to lead off against Colin Poche. The second baseman walked, but Brett Gardner struck out and D.J. LeMahieu lined out hard to right-center. That brought up Aaron Judge, who sent a ball just outside the right field foul pole on the sixth pitch of the at-bat. He made no mistake on the very next offering, however, powering a ball over the wall in right to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Poche remained in the game and allowed a single to Luke Voit and a double to Gary Sanchez before intentionally walking Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases for Didi Gregorius. On a 2-1 pitch, Gregorius ripped a grand slam deep into the right-field bleachers to give the Yankees plenty of breathing room.     

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, David Hale, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Nestor Cortes Jr
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Sure, DJ LeMahieu may be considered the Yankees' MVP given his clutch hitting and the fact he leads the American League in hitting.

But third baseman Gio Urshela has been such a revelation that he, too, has garnered high praise.

"We wouldn't be in first place without him," outfielder Aaron Judge said, according to the New York Times' James Wagner, after the 27-year-old drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, Toronto Blue Jays, Matt Eisenberg
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It seems hard to believe now, with the Yankees on a pace to win 105 games, that they lost series to the Orioles, Tigers, and White Sox in getting off to a 6-9 start amidst fears that injuries might wreck their season before Memorial Day.

Since then they've gone a mere 51-22 to establish themselves as the best team in the American League, getting unexpected contributions from the Urshelas, Tauchmans and Maybins of the baseball world that have made this more of a feel-good season than seemed possible with such huge expectations.

As such, any midterm review has to start with GM Brian Cashman, who created all this depth and versatility, as well as the most formidable bullpen in baseball, partly by spreading the Yankee money around on the likes of D.J. Lemahieu, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton and others, rather than going all-in on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Torres not worried with ASG snub 00:01:43
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres believed he was worthy of an All-Star selection but isn't going to cry over being snubbed.

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The Yankees rebounded from Tuesday's loss to beat the Mets 5-1 on Wednesday at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) After about one month on the injured list, Domingo German got off to a rough start, allowing a home run on his first pitch of the ball game. However, the Mets would get nothing more off of German, who looked much like the pitcher he was in the beginning of the season the rest of the way. German finished with 80 pitches (56 strikes) and generated 13 swings and misses (seven from his curveball) en route to six strikeouts and zero walks.

Tags: Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Chris Carelli
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning 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) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (54-28, 6.5 GA in AL East) are back in the USA and will open a two-game series against the Mets (38-47, 12 GB in NL East) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees return to the States after an offensive explosion over the weekend in London where they erupted for 29 runs in two days. ... DJ LeMahieu was named AL Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .625/.654/.1.083 with two home runs and 10 RBI over his last five games. He enters Tuesday with a 14-game hitting streak and six-game multi-hit streak. ... Didi Gregorius carries a four-game hitting streak into Tuesday, hitting .474/.524/.842 with two home runs and five RBI his last four games. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Zack Wheeler
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Yanks beat Sox again, 12-8 00:01:28
Aaron Boone, Didi Gregorius and Alex Cora on the London experience and Yankees weekend sweep

The Yankees completed a two-game sweep in London of the Red Sox with a 12-8 win over Boston on Sunday. >> Box score

6 takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) After being held in check for the first six innings, the Yanks tallied nine runs in the seventh, with 14 batters coming to the plate. Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu each had two-run hits in the inning.

Tags: Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Stephen Tarpley
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Yanks outslug Sox 17-13 00:01:22
Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks, DJ LeMahieu and Alex Cora on the Yankees prevailing in the wild 17-13 London series opener

The Yankees put their offensive prowess on display in London in one of longest nine-inning games in MLB history on Saturday, erupting for 17 runs in a 17-13 win over the Red Sox. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) This was the first time in Yankees-Red Sox history where both teams scored six runs in the first inning, which was highlight by Aaron Hicks blasting the first MLB home run in London with a two-run shot off Rick Porcello. It was also just the third time in MLB history where both starting pitchers allowed six-plus runs and were unable to get out of the first inning. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Yankees beat Blue Jays 8-7 00:01:05
The Yankees swept the Blue Jays to improve to 9-1 on the homestand. All eyes turn to London as they face Boston across the pond.

In a Wednesday matinee thriller, the Yankees completed their sweep of the Blue Jays with a walk-off win, 8-7. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees had to battle back this entire game, and it was Gleyber Torres coming through with the walk-off single to capture the win. Torres went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as well...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Stephen Tarpley, Toronto Blue Jays, Scott Thompson
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CC Sabathia notches 251st win 00:01:06
CC Sabathia had a shaky first inning but then rebounded for six solid innings, securing his 251st win while the Yankees won 10-8.

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Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks homered while CC Sabathia threw six strong innings as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 10-8 on Monday at Yankee Stadium.. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Monday's game

1) Hicks has not been able to find a groove this season, but he did come up with a big hit -- a three-run homer -- for the Yanks in the fifth inning. The homer gave the Yanks the lead, one which they would add several runs to along the way.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Holder, Toronto Blue Jays, Chris Carelli
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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Aaron Hicks (31) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Aaron Hicks (31) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees' lineup is on the verge of returning to full health. Let that sink in for a second, as you simultaneously look at their 43-27, AL East-leading record that shows how well they've persevered through the plethora of injuries that have plagued them all season. 

Giancarlo Stanton will be the latest Yankee to return on Tuesday, with Aaron Judge targeting a comeback at some point during this week's homestand. 

And if those power bats weren't enough, GM Brian Cashman added another slugger to the group in Edwin Encarnacion, the AL leader in homers (21) that the Mariners traded away during their sell-off.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees new designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion during batting practice before game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees new designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion during batting practice before game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Edwin Encarnacion is making his Yankees debut as New York (43-27, 0.5 GA in AL East) begins a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (43-28, 0.5 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees acquired Encarnacion, 36, in a trade with the Mariners over the weekend. In 65 games this year, he is slashing .241/.356/.531 with an American League-high 21 home runs. ... Yankees relievers have a 5.70 ERA in the month of June, which ranks 21st in the majors in that span. ... In seven games since returning from Tommy John surgery, shortstop Didi Gregorius is hitting .385/.407/.538 with one home run and three RBIs.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second 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 starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees (41-26, 0.5 GA in AL East) play their second of four games in Chicago against the White Sox (33-34, 12.0 GB in AL Central) on Friday at 8:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner has now hit three home runs in his last four games. ... Clint Frazier, who is back in right field on Friday for the Yankees, is hitting .395 with runners in scoring position this season. ... With two hits on Thursday, Didi Gregorius is now 8-18 since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius
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Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees squandered a four-run lead and lost to the White Sox, 5-4, at Guaranteed Rate Field.>> Box score

5 takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) J.A. Happ cruised through the first three innings, ran into trouble in the fourth, but got out of it unscathed. The fifth inning was where it all came undone for Happ as he allowed four runs, highlighted by Tim Anderson's three-run homer. Yankees starters having become completely unreliable and it is adversely affecting the rest of the club by making relievers work harder and the offense press to score more runs than should be necessary to win games.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, J.A. Happ, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Both Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman were charged with blown saves in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. 

New York's bullpen, which had been one of the team's biggest strengths, had faltered during the Yankees' recent slide.

And yet, the pitching staff is confident it can right the ship.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) celebrate after Gardner hit a home run during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) celebrate after Gardner hit a home run during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees beat the Indians, 7-6 in extra-innings, and avoided being swept at Progressive Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Cameron Maybin and Aaron Hicks hit doubles in the top of the 10th inning to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in the game. Maybin has been a fine addition to the club and Hicks has been hitting the ball with authority in the last handful of games

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was happy with his team's offense after taking Game 1 from the Mets in the Subway Series.

The Yankees beat the Indians, 7-6 in extra-innings, and avoided being swept at Progressive Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Cameron Maybin and Aaron Hicks hit doubles in the top of the 10th inning to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in the game. Maybin has been a fine addition to the club and Hicks has been hitting the ball with authority in the last handful of games

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Jun 1, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (39-24, tied for first in AL East) aiming to break this recent skid against the Indians (33-31, 9.5 GB in AL Central) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have lost five of their last six games entering today. ...Didi Gregorius belted his first homer of the season last night. He finished the night 2-for-4. ...Domingo German was placed on the 10-day IL with a hip flexor strain. He had been struggling a bit in his last few starts, which could be attributed to the injury. ...DJ LeMahieu might have had his 11-game hit streak snapped on Friday night, but he came back yesterday with a 2-for-4 performance. 

Tags: Chad Green, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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Jun 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)
Jun 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)

The Yankees lost their second straight in Cleveland Saturday, 8-4, and have now lost five of their last six games. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Things started well for CC Sabathia as he began the day with three scoreless innings. But he gave up two runs in the fourth which tied the game, and then surrendered a two-run homer to Oscar Mercado in the fifth, allowing Cleveland to take a 4-2 lead. Sabathia finished the inning and then his day was done. He allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder
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New York Yankees player Tory Tulowitzki running in from the field during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees player Tory Tulowitzki running in from the field during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Could Troy Tulowitzki's days as a Yankee be numbered?

Aaron Boone told reporters in Cleveland on Saturday that Tulowitzki remains at home and is evaluating his future based on the organization's needs and what's best for him and his family.

Tulowitzki was just transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday when Didi Gregorius was activated off the IL. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, troy-tulowitzki
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DJ LeMahieu (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
DJ LeMahieu (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (39-23, 0.5 GA in AL East) look to bounce back in Cleveland (32-31, 10.5 GB in AL Central) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Saturday's lineup represents an example of how Aaron Boone will keep DJ LeMahieu in the lineup with a crowded infield now that Didi Gregorius is back. With Gleyber Torres back at second and Gio Urshela at third, LeMahieu is starting at first base for the second time this season. It's his third career start and eighth career appearance at first. ... Luke Voit is getting the day off after taking a golden sombrero (four strikeouts) on Friday. Kendrys Morales will DH. ... Gary Sánchez is also out of the lineup.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

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The Yankees lost to the Indians, 5-2, at Progressive Field on Friday night. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) Domingo German is trying to develop while pitching in the big leagues. It was working for his first several starts, but of late he's been missing spots and major league batters are making him pay. German allowed just two home runs in his first seven starts, but in his last six outings he's given up 10 homers. With German likely on an innings limit for the season, it is plausible that the Yankees could shift him to the bullpen once the club pulls off an expected trade for starting pitching.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Yankees (39-22, 1.5 GA in AL East) begin their weekend series with the Cleveland Indians (31-31, 10.5 GB in AL Central) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Field.

Yankees notes

Didi Gregorius makes his return to the Yankees' lineup eight months after his Tommy John surgery, playing shortstop and batting fifth. ... Gleyber Torres is out of the lineup for the second-straight game due to shoulder soreness. ... Prior to this week's matchup with the Blue Jays, the Yankees hadn't lost a series since they were swept in two games by the Diamondbacks on April 30th-May-1. ... DJ LeMahieu is now hitting .491 with runners in scoring position and has a team-leading 40 RBI.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees could let Didi Gregorius get more minor-league at-bats before activating him from the injured list for Friday's game in Cleveland, but they feel he's ready to go.

Gregorius, who has not played yet this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, is just 3-for-25 over six games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after going 2-for-7 with High-A Tampa.

"Because Didi has had a ton of at-bats if you go back to his extended spring training where he was able to rack up live at-bats," Aaron Boone said, per NJ.com. "Now obviously between playing A-ball and Triple-A, he's essentially had a spring training and then some of at-bats.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu ranks in the top 10 in the American League in batting average (.311). He is tied with Gary Sanchez for the team lead with a 2.0 WAR.

And he has been among the most clutch players in baseball.

Thrust into a starting role upon injuries to Didi GregoriusMiguel Andujar and Troy Tulowitzki, LeMahieu has taken full advantage by becoming one of the most reliable Yankees in the lineup.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar, Matt Eisenberg
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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

At long last, the cavalry is returning for the Yankees. Ironically enough, the first major player to return from the injured list is probably the one that most fans thought would come back last.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to return to the Yankees' roster Friday, giving the Yankees back one of their best overall players. It's been a long time coming for Gregorius, who will return ahead of schedule after October 2018 Tommy John surgery that threatened to sideline him until Independence Day.

Now that Gregorius's return is imminent, the Yankees have some questions to answer. They have to clear a roster spot and find time in the lineup for him without disrupting the chemistry that has fueled the Yankees to an AL East lead in his absence.

Tags: Didi Gregorius
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New York Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have held their own without several players that were set to be key components to the 2019 season. One of those players, Didi Gregorius, is getting very close to returning to action just over seven months after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Despite the Yankees infielders' early season success, Gregorius' absence was felt in numerous ways.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees don't have Aaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMiguel Andujar or Didi Gregorius, a group that combined for 119 home runs last year.

And still, they're finding ways to win ... win a lot.

"These guys, the focus each and every day is on the game and playing winning baseball, and everyone kind of pulling their weight, and the mantra of come in and do your job," manager Aaron Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "They've really taken to that, and a lot of them really well."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The 2019 Yankees offense isn't your father's Yankees offense.

This year's squad ranks seventh league-wide in both runs and home runs - not bad, but not quite what the team was expecting coming into the year. After injuries to sluggers Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar, among others, it's understandable that the Yankees' offense would see a decline in the power department.

Has that stopped them? Not one bit.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Gio Urshela, the surprise star of this season, may personify the success of the next-man-up Yankees, but even with all of his big hits, he's not the team MVP to this point. D.J. LeMahieu owns that unofficial title, so clutch and consistent that his play prompts an intriguing question:

Could a non-slugger win the AL MVP Award in this launch-angle era when the only way most hitters even consider beating the infield shift is by going over it -- way over it?

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, John Harper
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Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Heading into the offseason after their ALDS loss to the Red Sox, the Yankees had offseason goals to fortify their roster so that result didn't occur yet again. Starting pitching was an obvious top-of-the-list priority, but there was also the prospect of adding All-Star Manny Machado to an already-stacked lineup that touted the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton

But the Yankees never made that giant splash many expected GM Brian Cashman to make. He did trade with the Mariners for lefty James Paxton to be the team's hopeful ace (he's finally trending in that direction after his last two starts), but the Machado signing never came to fruition. In fact, the Yankees didn't have too much interest in the young infielder. 

Instead, Cashman took a flyer on Troy Tulowitzki to fill in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius rehabbed his way back from Tommy John surgery. And even before that signing, the Yankees brought free agent DJ LeMahieu on board to be their versatile infielder through the season. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, troy-tulowitzki
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman went on Mike Francesa's WFAN show Monday afternoon and gave updates on the team's laundry list of injuries. Here's a look at the latest on the injured Yankees stars:

Aaron Judge

The Yankees' injury woes got worse when Judge suffered an oblique strain over the weekend. Cashman said the strain is "significant" and it doesn't seem as if he'll be back anytime soon. "We're just gonna have to repackage and plug and play with what we've got," Cashman said. "Our job is to find a way regardless of what circumstances (are.)"

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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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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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With news that Gary Sanchez was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday, the Yankees now have a major-league leading 12 players on the IL. 

The list consists of seven position players and five pitchers, although CC Sabathia will return to the team on Saturday, but it is still half the roster that is sidelined. 

Just how significant are the players missing time with injury?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar
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Trainers examine New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez after he was injured playing against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
Trainers examine New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez after he was injured playing against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are giving catcher Gary Sanchez as much rest as he needs so he avoids a significant trip to the injured list like last season.

Sanchez, who was a designated hitter on Tuesday and pinch hit Wednesday, has been dealing with tightness in his legs for the past few days. This injury is not related to him taking a foul tip in the groin in Monday's game, however manager Aaron Boone said he would rather play it safe, especially with the Yankees off Thursday.

"With the off day [Thursday] and having a lot of guys down it is probably best to try and grab a couple of days here while we can," Boone said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "Just trying to be proactive. I want to make sure we are being smart about this and do all we can to keep him healthy. Making sure this doesn't become an issue."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade
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