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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees struck out 14 times and allowed three home runs in Sunday afternoon's 8-4 loss to the Indians at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) LHP CC Sabathia struggled in his first game back from the right knee inflammation, an ailment that kept him on the injured list since July 28.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees (83-42, 10.5 GA in AL East) complete their four-game series with the American League Wild Card-leading Cleveland Indians (73-51, 2.5 GB in AL Central, 1.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees held off the Indians for a 6-5 win Saturday afternoon, fueled by four home runs -- two from SS Gleyber Torres, whose 2-for-4 day at the plate featured two solo shots. In the third and fifth spots, respectively, 1B DJ LeMahieu and DH Didi Gregorious added homers to highlight the Yankees' eight-hit offensive performance.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Torres belts 2 HR's in win 00:02:08
The Yankees, led by the red-hot Gleyber Torres topped the Indians despite Aaron Boone and Brett Gardner being ejected in the 6th inning.

The Yankees hit four home runs in their 6-5 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) James Paxton struggled on Saturday afternoon, giving up four earned runs on six hits through 5.0 innings. He only struck out four batters, the lowest total he's had in a game since July 2 against the Mets when he struck out just three. Prior to this start, Paxton had been 3-0 in the month of August with a 2.89 ERA.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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The Yankees swept their doubleheader with the Orioles on Monday, thanks to an 11-8 victory in game two. It's the fifth time in six tries that the Bombers have won both games of a twin bill. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Monday's game two...

1) When Orioles fans fall asleep at night, they're likely to be haunted by nightmares of Gleyber Torres. After going deep in game one, the infielder launched a pair of three-run home runs in game two and now has a staggering 13 home runs against Baltimore this season. Only Lou Gehrig had more against an opponent in one season, when the Iron Horse hit 14 homers against the Indians in 1936. Torres has tortured the Orioles so much that, with his team trailing by five and runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth, manager Brandon Hyde opted to intentionally walk him.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Nestor Cortes Jr
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (70-39, 8.0 GA in AL East) play the second game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox (59-53, 12.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

DJ LeMahieu led the way for the Yankees in Game 1, going 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and four RBI. He now has 17 homers on the season... Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two RBI, but got hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, landing him on the IL with a wrist fracture. Brett Gardner collected three hits in his second game back from the injured list... Jonathan Holder pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out three hitters.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Jonathan Holder
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German during the top of the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German during the top of the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (69-39, 7.5 GA in AL East) play the first game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox (59-52, 11.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres provided all the offense the Yankees needed yesterday, lining a first-inning grand slam over the left field wall. It was his the second grand slam of his career... DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 to remain atop the Major League leaderboard with a .334 batting average... Brett Gardner returned to the lineup following a 10-game absence and went 0-for-3 with a walk... Aroldis Chapman had his first scoreless outing in three tries, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, 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)

The Yankees (66-38, 8.0 GA in AL East) finish up their four-game set with the Red Sox (59-47, 8 GB in AL East) Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

American League batting average leader DJ LeMahieu remains out of the lineup for the Yankeees, suffering from what the team is calling an "acute" groin strain... Gio Urshela went a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's loss and has posted a .720 slugging percentage over his last seven games... Though not in Sunday's starting lineup, Kyle Higashioka has knocked in runs in both of his starts since Gary Sanchez was placed on the IL. He hit a solo homer off of Rick Porcello on Friday.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gio Urshela, Kyle Higashioka
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Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees dropped three straight games to the Boston Red Sox, and now the team is down DJ LeMahieu.

LeMahieu had an MRI on his groin and didn't play in the Yankees' 9-5 loss on Saturday. 

Manager Aaron Boone said LeMahieu "felt some tightness" in the muscle on Friday, and then told reporters after the game on Saturday that LeMahieu has an "acute" groin strain and that his timetable to return is still up in the air. Boone also said that LeMahieu feels good and is seeing if he can try to play through the injury.

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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (64-33, 10 GA in AL East) can sweep the Rockies (46-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.   

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner was scratched from the original lineup due to what manager Aaron Boone called a "barking knee." Mike Tauchman took his place in left. ...While the Yankees play today, two legends in Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. ...Though the long ball has been a Yankee specialty, they didn't need it on Saturday, scoring all 11 of their runs without hitting a homer. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a team-high three runs, while Gleyber Torres had two himself. Five other Yankees collected an RBI as well.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, James Paxton
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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (63-33, 9 GA in AL East) are hosting the Colorado Rockies (46-51, 17.5 GB in NL West) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.   

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a season-best 30 games over .500 and lead the Majors with 31-come-from-behind victories. ... The Bombers have lived up to their nickname, blasting 12 home runs (including two grand slams) over the last five games. ... The Yankees are 11-9 all-time against the Rockies, including a 7-2 record at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (62-33, 8 GA in AL East) are hosting the Colorado Rockies (46-50, 16.5 GB in NL West) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.  

Yankees notes

Gio Urshela continues to make an impact in the Yankee lineup. His 3-for-4, three-RBI performance in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader was the catalyst for a Yankee win... Luke Voit supplied the power in Game 2, as the slugging first baseman launched his 18th homer of the season off of Rays pitcher Charlie Morton. Voit has already surpassed his previous career highs in home runs, RBIs and doubles... DJ LeMahieu will face the Rockies for the first time since joining the Yankees this season. The infielder, who spent seven seasons with Colorado, was a two-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award-winner and won the batting title in 2016. Aaron Boone will not be in the dugout tonight while he serves a one-game suspension following his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a double during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a double during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

For Yankees fans, it's easy to get lost in a lineup that features heavy hitters like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez. Even Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have created a buzz in their rookie seasons. And we can't forget the first base battle between Luke Voit and Greg Bird

But, to Tino Martinez, all of these Yankees mentioned are not the catalyst of this loaded roster in 2019. It's a fresh face in the clubhouse, but one Martinez knows fans will come to love rather quickly.

"I would say the guy that was not talked about at Spring Training was DJ LeMahieu," Martinez told SNY at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, which was transformed into the "Judge's Chambers" on Wednesday in return of the Pepsi Zero Sugar "Judge for Yourself" campaign. "He won the batting title a couple years ago (2016), hit .348. He can play second, third and first all very well and, again, he's a great hitter. He's going to hit .300, at least 20 home runs. Very quiet guy, so you don't talk about him much but I think he's going to have the biggest impact on the team as well."

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, troy-tulowitzki, Scott Thompson
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Feb 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

TAMPA -- As the game of baseball has changed, so too have the majority of hitters.

With the Mets in 2015, Daniel Murphy became the poster child for a growing group who decided to try to lift the ball in an effort to hit more home runs, changing the approach that had gotten them to the big leagues in the first place. Murphy, baseball's king of contact, transformed right as front offices began to value power more than ever.

Now, as teams begin to realize their roster construction might skew a little too far towards all-or-nothing hitters, the man Murphy has replaced in Colorado might be happy he's stayed the same...

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki
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