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New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner combined for three home runs and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-4, Sunday at Safeco Field. >> Box score


Gardner went 2-for-5 with a leadoff home run in the first inning and a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning off James Pazos (2-3). Frazier followed and drove in two runs with a double to left field that made it 6-4, as the Yankees won a series for the first time since June 9-11.

Gregorius homered in the second and fourth innings to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, but Yankees starting pitcher Caleb Smith allowed a two-run single to Ben Gamel and a two-run double to Guillermo Heredia in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Seattle Mariners
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(David Butler II)

C.C. Sabathia pitched six scoreless innings, Didi Gregorius hit a homer and scored a run, and the Yankees shut out the Red Sox, 3-0, in the first game of a day/night doubleheader on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Box score

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Jul 15, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) follows through on a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox during the 16th inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jul 15, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) follows through on a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox during the 16th inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

New York's offense was quiet throughout the game, but a strong performance by the pitching staff and clutch at-bats by Matt Holliday and Didi Gregorius helped the Yankees win their first game since returning from the All-Star break. >> Box score

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Justine Ward reports from the Bronx as the Yankees head into the All-Star break after a 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday

Despite bringing the game-tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, the New York Yankees were unable to overcome Masahiro Tanaka's short outing in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score


Tanaka (7-8) allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, as he failed to win his third start in a row. He gave up a three-run home run to Travis Shaw in the first inning and a solo home run to Stephen Vogt in the second that made it 4-0.

Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run in the Yankees' three-run fourth inning, but the Yankees were unable to score against Milwaukee's bullpen.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Milwaukee Brewers
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees lose 00:01:36
Sweeny Murti breaks down the Yankees' second consecutive loss to the Blue Jays as Dellin Betances' control problems continue.

The Yankees erased an early 5-0 deficit and had a 6-5 lead entering the seventh inning, but Dellin Betances walked four batters in the eighth inning to force in the eventual winning run >> Box score


Michael Pineda was hit hard, allowing five runs (including three home runs) on nine hits while walking one and striking out one in 3.0 innings.

Aaron Judge's two-run homer -- his 29th of the season -- in the fourth inning drew the Yankees within 5-2, and a solo homer by Ji-Man Choi and two-run double by Didi Gregorius in the fifth gave them a 6-5 lead.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Michael Pineda
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Joe Girardi and Chase Headley react to the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, a badly-needed victory after a tough road trip.

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven sharp innings and Chase Headley drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Tanaka (7-7) won his second straight start and has 22 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA over his last three outings. He struck out eight batters on Monday and allowed one run and five hits, throwing 72 of 111 pitches for strikes. 

Headley, who went 2-for-3, hit a two-run double in the eighth inning that turned a one-run lead into a 4-1 game, then scored when Ronald Torreyes grounded into a fielder's choice. Ryan Tepera threw home to try to get Didi Gregorius out, but the ball got past the catcher as Gregorius slid in, allowing two runs to score.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes, Toronto Blue Jays
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Five Yankees were named All-Stars and Michael Conforto will be the Mets lone representative in the Midsummer Classic.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will start the All-Star Game on July 11 at Marlins Park after he was the leading vote-getter in the American League.

A 25-year-old rookie, Judge leads the American League in batting average (.327), home runs (27) and RBIs (62). He received 4.5 million votes, more than Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer, the other two American League outfield starters.

"I'm looking forward to it ... go out there and enjoy the moment," Judge, who has still not decided if he will compete in the Home Run Derby, said on ESPN during the All-Star Selection Show.

Catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Starlin Castro were selected as reserve players, while starting pitcher Luis Severino and reliever Dellin Betances are on the American League's pitching staff.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Jul 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) delivers during the eighth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)
Jul 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) delivers during the eighth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)

Clint Frazier hit a double and a home run in his big-league debut to help the Yankees jump out to a 6-3 lead after seven innings, but the bullpen collapsed and the Yankees lost to the Astros 7-6, on Saturday. >> Click here for a full box score

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Pineda gave up seven runs in four innings as the New York Yankees' comeback fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Pineda (7-4) gave up three runs in the first inning on an Elvis Andrus single and Adrian Beltre two-run home run, then allowed a three-run homer to Shin-Soo Choo in the second inning that put the Yankees down 6-0.

Gary Sanchez hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-4 and the Yankees added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Ronald Torreyes solo homer and Didi Gregorius RBI single, but Sanchez was thrown out at third base to end the inning.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Cessa gave up four runs in four innings as the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score 


Cessa (0-1) surrendered four runs in the third inning as the Yankees were swept in a series for the first time this season.

With the Yankees up 2-0, Cessa allowed a two-run double to Chad Pinder before Khris Davis hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the A's a 4-2 lead.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Oakland Athletics
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Gary Sanchez celebrates scoring a run with teammate Starlin Castro.
Gary Sanchez celebrates scoring a run with teammate Starlin Castro.

Chris Carter hit his seventh home run of the season and Gary Sanchez went 3-for-3 with two RBIs (including a game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth inning) in the Yankees' 8-7 loss to the Athletics on Thursday in Oakland. After taking the lead in the top half of the inning, Giovanny Gallegos was unable to hold off the Athletics in the 10th.

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Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 22nd home run, Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 to run his hitting streak to 14 games and Masahiro Tanaka bounced back to post a quality start as the Yankees won their sixth straight game, defeating the Angels 5-3 on Monday night in Anaheim.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka
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Joe Girardi, Luis Severino and Aaron Judge react to the Yankees' 16-3 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night.

The Yankees scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back, hitting five home runs en route to a 16-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday night. >> Click here for a full box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Girardi on win 00:01:04
Joe Girardi shares his thoughts on the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Three Yankees hit home runs while Michael Pineda won his second straight start as New York beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Brett GardnerDidi Gregorius and Chris Carter each homered to power the Yankees to their second straight win.

Pineda (5-2) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his second straight outing against Kansas City. He struck out five batters in six innings in an 11-7 win last Wednesday.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda
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May 18, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) reacts after giving up a three run home run to Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas (left) during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 18, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) reacts after giving up a three run home run to Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas (left) during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

Danny Duffy pitched seven shutout innings, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer, and the Royals cruised to a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. >> Click here for the full box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed five runs in six innings as the New York Yankees' six-game winning streak was snapped with a 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. >> Box score


After the Yankees took a 2-0 lead on solo home runs by Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius, Sabathia (2-2) gave up five runs in the bottom of the second inning.

He gave up two-run singles to Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto that gave the Reds a 4-2 lead, and Adam Duvall followed with an RBI single that made it 5-2.

While Sabathia settled down by retiring 13 of the last 15 batters he faced, the deficit was too much for the Yankees to overcome against Reds starter Tim Adleman (2-1), who gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, or the Cincinnati bullpen.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Cincinnati Reds, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday compared this year's team to the 2007 Colorado Rockies that won the National League pennant.

"We have a good mix of veteran and young guys which I think we had in '07," Holliday told Jim Rome on Monday, "and the young guys provide a lot of energy and excitement and the older guys provide some veteran leadership."

While the Yankees have scored the second most runs (167) and allowed the third fewest runs (115) among all 30 teams, Holliday sees comparisons between the makeups of each roster.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro
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May 6, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) watches his 2 RBI home run during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
May 6, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) watches his 2 RBI home run during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The Yankees scored five runs off Cubs starter Brett Anderson in the first inning and staved off a late rally by the Cubs to hold on for an 11-6 win in the second game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. >> Click here for the full box score.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The New York Yankees hoped to be competitive and not fall behind in the season's opening month as they did in 2016. A rough start on the road was erased by an eight-game winning streak and the Yanks won five of their last six series, propelling them into a surprising position in the standings.

Where the Yankees stand

Record: 15-8, T-1st AL East, Home: 10-2, Road: 5-6

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees lose 00:01:12
Justine Ward talks to Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius and Joe Girardi about the Yankees' 7-4 extra-innings loss to the Orioles.

Bryan Mitchell allowed three runs in the top of the 11th inning after the Yankees didn't score with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as New York lost the rubber game of a three-game series to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Starlin Castro grounded into a fielder's choice and Aaron Judge struck out to end the frame.

Mitchell (1-1) surrendered a go-ahead two-out single to Mark Trumbo that gave Baltimore a 5-4 lead, then Welington Castillo drove in two runs with a single to right. Logan Verrett (1-0) pitched a scoreless 11th inning for the Orioles.

The Yankees trailed 4-2 in the ninth inning before Didi Gregorius hit a game-tying two-run single off Donnie Hart. New York had runners on second and third with two outs, but Hart struck out Chris Carter to end the frame. The Yankees went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Didi Gregorius, Logan Verrett, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
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(AP)

The Yankees have activated SS Didi Gregorius from the disabled list and designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment, the team announced Friday.

Gregorius had been playing rehab games with High-A Tampa.

He had been rehabbing a right shoulder strain suffered during the World Baseball Classic, could come off the disabled list Friday night to face the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

With Gregorius back, Ronald Torreyes will go back to his role as the team's utility infielder...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes
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(AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees are averaging five runs per game, good for second the American League (sixth overall), yet it could be better.

The Yankees (12-7) are winning games in spite of their leadoff hitter Brett Gardner's struggles, while Jacoby Ellsbury, who could be hitting No. 1, is currently swinging in the middle of the lineup.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will begin playing in rehab games on Friday for High-A Tampa, the team announced Tuesday.

Gregorius, who is dealing with a hematoma of the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder, began a throwing prorgram two weeks ago.

"I don't want to rush anything, because if something happens, it's going to be even worse with a setback," Gregorius said after beginning his throwing program.

He was diagnosed with the inury in March, which the Yankees expected would keep him out for six weeks. 

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(AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Much of the excitement surrounding the Yankees this season centered on the young players getting a chance to take over roles with an eye toward the future. The first glimpse of a new era heightened last August when Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez took over behind the plate. Sanchez's historic home run barrage and cannon arm put a charge into the notion of the youth movement creating a new core.

Unfortunately, Sanchez will be out for four weeks with a biceps strain, leaving a huge vacancy in the lineup. The Yankees were already down one of their potent bats with Didi Gregorius out with a shoulder injury until early May, so Sanchez's malady further depletes the team's offensive firepower.

While the Yankees do not need to venture outside the organization for catching help, neither Austin Romine nor Kyle Higashioka will put up statistics resembling Sanchez's potential. As such, the Yankees will need someone in the everyday lineup to step up their game over the next four weeks. I contend this will have to be a collective effort, with four players potentially playing a bigger role.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Jon and Sal debate which young player is best suited to fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius at shortstop in 2017.

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will begin a throwing program and then, barring any further issues, he will start a rehab assignment, Joe Girardi told reporters Wednesday.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...

Positional starters

Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.

At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees have a number of highly touted prospects, but what makes the organization's farm system one of the best in the game is its depth. With that in mind, let's discuss some second-tier prospects who might see some time with the big league club this season...

Chance Adams

The Yankees have conducted a five-player competition this spring to find the team's No. 4 and No. 5 starters. Adams was not part of the competition, but he did enough last season and during the spring while in MLB camp to be considered an option down the road.

Adams, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded a 2.33 ERA across 127 1/3 innings at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2016, to go along with a 0.90 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. This spring, Adams tossed four innings and had a 2.25 ERA in big league camp. It would not be surprising if he continues to climb the rotation ladder as the season progresses, making him a potential call-up in case of injuries within the MLB rotation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

With the loss of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Yankees are showing interest in the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias and the Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed as potential replacements, NJ.com's Brendan Kuty reports.

Gregorius injured his shoulder while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and could miss all of April.

While the Yankees spoke with the Reds and Tigers about Cozart and Iglesias respectively, they said they weren't prepared to trade for either, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

With Yankees SS Didi Gregorius dealing with a shoulder injury, could it pave the way for SS prospect Gleyber Torres to begin the season in the majors?

Gregorius, who had been playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, has a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle in his right shoulder. He had an MRI on Monday and will undergo more tests on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Torres, who MLB.com has ranked as the third-best prospect in all of baseball, is hitting .464 with a 1.448 OPS with two HR and nine RBI in 28 at-bats this spring.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Spring training is just a couple of weeks old, so managers are tinkering around with many lineup variations to see if certain iterations work better than others. Let's discuss some lineup options - based on handedness and substitutions - that Yankees manager Joe Girardi might consider for this season.

Versus right-handed pitcher

There are plenty of other variations that Girardi can go to, however, these two show what I envision he'll explore the most. Keep in mind, the Yankees do not expect to have any left-handed hitting bench options other than Aaron Hicks (a switch-hitter) if he loses the right field job.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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 (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have five players who are favorites to make the 25-man roster participating in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which begins Monday with Round Robin play. What is the potential level of impact for the players and the club?

No impact

Tyler Clippard, who is on the United States club, will likely feel no impact from his participation. The veteran 34-year-old right handed reliever came to camp with a job locked down and nothing in particular to work on other than getting ready for the regular season...

Tags: Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is getting ready for some long flight to play in the World Baseball Classic.

Gregorius is part of the Netherlands team that opens against South Korea in Seoul on March 7 and could advance to the second round in Tokyo, which starts March 12.

"A lot of electrolytes," Gregorius said with a smile Monday. "Got to drink a lot of fluids - you know it's a long flight but you don't want any jet lag. Try to sleep at the right time on the plane, too."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks Gregorius will be back with the team early enough "that he'll have plenty of time to reset his clock" ahead of the season opener at Tampa Bay on April 2.

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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees beat the Phillies, 9-4, on Friday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Didi Gregorius went 1-for-3 with a homer.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-2 with a homer.
  • Kyle Higashioka also homered...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)

Yankees INF Didi Gregorius is expected to play for the Dutch team during the World Baseball Classic in March, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Gregorius, 26, hit .276 with a .304 OBP and .447 SLG with 20 HR, 32 doubles, and 70 RBI in 153 games for the Yankees last season.

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka said over the weekend that he will not pitch for Team Japan during the WBC.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (GAIL BURTON/AP)
(GAIL BURTON/AP)

The Yankees will avoid arbitration with RHP Michael Pineda, agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. 

The deal is worth worth $7.4 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag sports.

Pineda, 27, had a 4.82 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.34 WHIP with 207 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings (32 starts) last season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Michael Pineda
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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees have avoided arbitration with Didi Gregorius, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $5.1 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Gregorius, 26, made $2.425 million last season.

He hit .276 with a .304 OBP and .447 SLG with 20 HR and 70 RBI in 153 games for the Yankees last season.

The Yankees also avoided arbitration with C Austin Romine, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $805,000, according to Heyman.

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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

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

The Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius believing in his upside potential and exhibited patience after a slow start in his first season in pinstripes. The club's relaxed attitude paid off as Gregorius flourished for a better part of 2016. Gregorius' gradual evolution has fans wondering if he can continue to elevate his game. 
 
How Gregorius fared in 2016 
 
In 2016, Gregorius became one of the best players on the club, turning in his finest all-around season. However, like much of the rest of the club, Gregorius got off to a rocky start in the season's opening month, hitting .224 with four extra-base hits, a .254 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage. From that point Gregorius slashed .283/.311/.461 with 30 doubles, 18 home runs and 66 RBIs. Gregorius finished the 2016 season with career-high marks in batting average (.276), hits (155), doubles (32), home runs (20), RBIs (70) and slugging percentage (.447). 

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 (Kevin Sousa)
(Kevin Sousa)

Friday is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and the Yankees do not seem to have any difficult decisions to make. After releasing Nathan Eovaldi and Dustin Ackley last week, the remaining arbitration eligible players each have reasonable cases to receive contracts from the Yankees.

Note: Player's estimated arbitration figure in parenthesis provided by MLB Trade Rumors.

Dellin Betances ($3.4 million)

The Yankees are rumored to be interested in signing an elite free agent closer, with Aroldis Chapman on the winter wish list, but tendering Betances a contract is a no-brainer. Betances has become one of the top relievers in the game himself, enough so that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has indicated the club would be content with Betances controlling the ninth inning if they do not sign Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon. In a monetary sense, Betances making one-fifth the salary of his potential bullpen mate for virtually the same production is a major value to the Yankees.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda
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Gleyber Torres signs autographs prior to a game in the Arizona Fall League. (Mark Rebilas - USA Today)
Gleyber Torres signs autographs prior to a game in the Arizona Fall League. (Mark Rebilas - USA Today)

Top prospects are presumably under some pressure to play to their scouting reports, and when they are on stage in the Arizona Fall League, the performance becomes magnified. Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres isn't fazed and might be tacking onto his already lofty expectations."I don't try to put too much pressure on myself," Torres told MLB.com. "I just want to show everybody my abilities and go out there and have some fun."Torres, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is certainly demonstrating his talent thus far. Torres has dominated at the plate over the first two weeks of the AFL season. Torres owns a .412 batting average, .524 on-base percentage and an .882 slugging percentage in 21 plate appearances. Torres has ripped two doubles, two home runs and driven in four runs.Torres, a shortstop by trade, is getting some reps at second base for Scottsdale as the Yankees continue to demand versatility among their middle infielders. Torres, 19, is at least a couple of years away from the big leagues, but he has two other players in the system to compete with for a chance to succeed Didi Gregorius or Starlin Castro, both of whom are under team control through 2019.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks win, 6-4 00:01:47
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius led the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Red Sox.

Gary Sanchez homered again and the Yankees recovered after blowing a late lead as they beat the Red Sox, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • With the game tied, 4-4, in the seventh inning, Tyler Austin's two-run homer gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
  • Tyler Clippard struck out David Ortiz with two on and two out in the ninth inning to seal the win.
  • The Red Sox had tied it at 4 in the seventh when Aaron Hill hit a solo homer and Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single.
  • Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the sixth to put the Yankees up 4-2.
  • The Red Sox had drawn within 3-2 in the sixth inning after getting an RBI single from Dustin Pedroia and an RBI groundout from Mookie Betts.
  • Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer (his 20th of the season) in the first inning.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the fifth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 3-0.
  • Luis Cessa allowed two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two.

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The Yankees youngsters had a big part to play in tonight's victory.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard, Danny Abriano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees opened an early 7-0 lead and beat the Rays, 11-5, on Wednesday night in Tampa.

  • RBI singles from Gary Sanchez, Brian McCann, and Ronald Torreyes in the first inning gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead
  • In the second inning, Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius added a sacrifice fly to extend New York's lead to 7-0.
  • The Rays hit four home runs in the third inning off Masahiro Tanaka -- including back-to-back-to-back shots -- to cut the lead to 7-4.
  • Sanchez hit a solo homer (his 19th of the season) in the sixth inning to make it 8-4, Yankees.
  • Brad Miller's solo homer in the eighth inning cut Tampa's deficit to 8-5.
  • An RBI single from Mason Williams and two-run homer from Donovan Solano in the ninth inning upped New York's lead to 11-5

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As the Yankees try to desperately inch their way back into the playoff race (again), Sanchez continues to elevate his game to meteoric heights.

Tags: Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

CC Sabathia gave up a three-run home run to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth inning and Tyler Clippard gave up a go-ahead solo homer to Ramirez in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees got swept by the Boston Red Sox in a 5-4 loss on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Read more

  • Ramirez went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. His solo homer off Clippard broke a 4-4 tie.
  • Sabathia made a throwing error on a Mookie Betts lineout that prolonged the fifth inning. With two on and two out, Ramirez hit a three-run home run to cut the Yankees' lead to 4-3.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI single in the sixth inning off Sabathia to tie the game at 4.
  • Sabathia gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
  • Gary Sanchez went 3 for 5 with a solo home run.
  • Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Sanchez's home run in the third inning made it 2-0.
  • Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes grounded into run-scoring fielder's choices in the fourth inning to make it 4-0.
  • Drew Pomeranz allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

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The Yankees' inability to put away the Red Sox with tack on runs, coupled with Yankees' manager Joe Girardi's ill-advised moves (and non-moves) with his relievers contributed to a devastating series sweep.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Boston Red Sox, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Clippard
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees top LA 00:01:40
Sweeny Murti joins GEICO SportsNite to recap the Yankees' 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

CC Sabathia threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and a pair of seventh inning homers broke a scoreless tie as the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius hit solo home runs in the seventh inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
  • Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to increase New York's lead to 3-0.
  • Sabathia allowed three hits while walking one and striking out seven in his 6 1/3 shutout innings.
  • Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard each tossed 2/3 of an inning in relief.
  • Dellin Betances tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save.
  • RF Aaron Judge left the game prior to the fifth inning after straining his right oblique. He was replaced by Ellsbury.

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The Yankees needed a big start from someone other than Masahiro Tanaka, and Sabathia came through in a big way. The left-hander was thoroughly in control in this one, allowing just four baserunners and striking out seven.

Tags: Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Clippard, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (Noah K. Murray)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (Noah K. Murray)

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is dealing with a sore wrist and a rib injury, according to NJ.com's Ryan Hatch.

Gregorius had played 32 of the Yankees' last 33 games before manager Joe Girardi gave him Monday's game off.

"Everything's so swollen," Gregorius said. "I'm trying to play through it and [Girardi] gave me the day off, so I'm ready [Tuesday] if I'm in the lineup."

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

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

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

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

Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro, Danny Abriano
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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian McCann hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 13th inning as the New York Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for their second straight extra-inning win. >> Read more

  • Didi Gregorius led off the 13th inning with an infield single off Chris Young (3-9), advanced to third on Starlin Castro's double and scored when McCann hit a sac fly off Matt Strahm.
  • The Yankees' bullpen threw seven scoreless, hitless innings of relief to shut down the Royals. A night after pitching two innings of relief, Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless 13th inning. Ben Heller (1-0) pitched the 12th inning to earn the win.
  • With the win, the Yankees moved 2 1/2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.
  • Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Gregorious delivered a sacrifice fly and Castro hit a two-run homer to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 4.
  • Luis Cessa allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings.
  • Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
  • In the second inning, Alcides Escobar's double drove in Paulo Orlando to make it 3-0.
  • Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the third inning extended the Royals' advantage to 4-0.
  • The Royals only got one hit, a Salvador Perez infield single in the sixth inning, after the third inning.
  • Ian Kennedy allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees reversed roles with the Royals on Wednesday, tying the score after falling behind 4-0. Unlike the Royals, the Yankees were able to take the lead (eventually) and then hold on for the victory.

Tags: Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
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