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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar after hitting a three-run home run. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

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To the astonishment of just about everybody in Major League Baseball, Shohei Ohtani proved he was worthy of all the "Japanese Babe Ruth" hype, so it's hard to argue that he is not a deserving winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award, as announced on Monday night.

But that shouldn't diminish Miguel Andujar's accomplishments in 2018. If anything, the historic nature of Ohtani's hitter/pitcher feats should only enhance appreciation for Andujar's rookie season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Another round of GM Meetings is in the books for Brian Cashman, and there were plenty of stories surrounding the Yankees that will continue to take shape before next month's Winter Meetings.

Here are the top storylines from the meetings in Carlsbad, CA..

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman reveals the news that catcher Gary Sanchez will require shoulder surgery that could sideline him until opening day.

Yankees C Gary Sanchez underwent successful shoulder surgery on Thursday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. The surgery was performed by Yankees Head team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that Sanchez has been trouble with his shoulder since 2017. He would receive cortisone shots to play through the injury, but he aggravated it more during training in Tampa this past week.

"We could've continued with the conservative treatment but we're going to go the other route and just stay ahead of it," Cashman said. "Down time is three month -- he'll be ready to go by Opening Day at the latest."

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks with media during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

There's not a person in Boston who laments the Red Sox acquisition of Chris Sale from the White Sox in 2016.

But if you ask Brian Cashman, the general manager of a Yankees team that could've used Sale in the last two postseasons, he'll tell you he also has no regrets about passing on a trade for the lefty ace.

"Thank God I didn't do that, actually," Cashman said Tuesday at the GM meetings in California, per the New York Post. "You'd be missing some serious components of our major league club right now that are under control. We wouldn't have gotten anywhere if I did anything like that with the White Sox back then."

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees typically traverse the offseason like a wild cat laying in the weeds, readying to pounce on the move that fits into the organization's methodological game plan. With the GM Meetings set to begin Monday, what might be areas where the Yankees concentrate their efforts?

This offseason likely won't be any different than the past, although the cat might take some early morsels before devouring the bulk of its prey. The Yankees established their priorities immediately after their ouster from the playoffs -- again a consistent part of the overall strategy.

Make space

Tags: David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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The stars, literally and figuratively, have lined up for the Yankees to make a splash this winter.

The burden of heavy league taxes has been removed and a robust free-agent market is before them. The Yankees worked for years to diminish payroll expenditures with an eye toward the 2019 season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, David Robertson, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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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)

The Yankees have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Six of them are locks to be offered arbitration, and three of them have a more uncertain Yankees future.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what they're projected to make if offered arbitration, and what the rest of their contract situation is. We'll first tackle the locks to be offered arbitration, followed by the question marks...

Locks

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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In the event the Mets' new front office decides to trade a top starting pitcher, I'm sad to say Noah Syndergaard should be the one to go...

I'd prefer the Mets do nothing, keep their rotation in tact, and rely on cash -- not trades -- to add position players from the free agent market, such as 26-year-old superstar 3B-SS Manny Machado.

However, if due to budget or ideology they need to swap players, I'd hold my nose and deal Syndergaard because he will bring back the most talent of the guys able to be replaced on the open market...

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: In a matter of three seasons, Gary Sanchez has gone from "Future catcher of the Yankees" to "Catcher for the Yankees" to "Should he be catching for the Yankees?"

Sanchez endured an utterly terrible 2018 season in all respects of the game. He couldn't hit, seemingly got worse at his position and once again had his effort questioned. He will turn 26 years old in December, so this is not about a player that is heading past his prime, but rather a player that has the talent to put it all together and become a superstar.

Sanchez appeared on his way to superstardom behind a booming bat, as he launched 53 home runs in his first two big league seasons (175 games, 754 plate appearances). His offensive display was more than enough for many to tolerate some defensive lapses behind the plate...

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says teams have called to inquire about trading for catcher Gary Sanchez. Despite the interest and the fact that Sanchez had an awful year in 2018, Cashman says he is unavailable.

"He will be our starting catcher next year," Cashman told Michael Kay on Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio. 

"I think some bad luck early led to trying too hard ... and then his confidence wavered," Cashman said. "I think toward the end of the regular season, and in the second season, you saw he started to get his mojo back."

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Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees are now two seasons into a new era defined by Aaron Judge and a young core. In each of those seasons, they have made the playoffs, but stalled before reaching the World Series. And while they might still be a team on the ascent, GM Brian Cashman faces a tricky offseason, at a time when American League powerhouses like Houston and Boston are ahead of the Yanks.

Here are the major questions the Yankees must confront:

How do they maintain the dominant bullpen?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 All through the fall and winter, it will be as if Aaron Boone didn't help a team win 100 games during his rookie season as a manager, didn't synthesize complex analytics, didn't win over the clubhouse, and didn't handle his media responsibilities with ease and class.

Many Yankee fans will only want to talk about his bullpen management in the division series. And in a sense, that's the deal in New York. When you work for the championship-or-bust Yankees (however silly and dated that mentality may be), you will only win over the public with a World Series win. Or two or three or four.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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The ALDS shifts gears as the Yankees return home with the series tied, 1-1, and a chance to take the lead against the Red Sox. 

Yankees Notes

The Yankees jumped all over Red Sox starter David Price, tagging him for three runs and knocking him out of the game after 1.2 innings en route to a 6-2 victory. The Yankees are 2-1 in ALDS Game 3 with the series tied a 1-1 and are 13-6 all-time in ALDS Game 3's. ...Gary Sanchez recorded his first multi-home run postseason game with a pair of blasts in Game 2. Aaron Judge homered in Game 2 and joined Hank Bauer and Johnny Mize as the only MLB players to homer in their first three postseason games. ...Andrew McCutchen knocked in his first career postseason run with a RBI single in Game 2. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
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(USA Today)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez put his 2018 hitting woes behind him on Saturday night when he hit two home runs in the team's win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS. 

Sanchez hit a solo home run in the second inning and then turned a one-run ballgame into a then-five-run lead for the Yankees in the sixth inning when he launched a three-run blast.

The 25-year-old Sanchez's second home run of the night traveled 479 feet, which ranks as the second-longest home run hit in the playoffs since homers started being tracked by StatCast in 2015, per MLB.com. Sanchez also became the first Yankees catcher to log a multi-home run game in the playoffs since Yogi Berra achieved the feat in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.

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The Yankees took advantage of a favorable matchup and cashed in with a 6-2 win to tie the ALDS at one apiece in Boston Saturday night...

Gardner the grinder

Aaron Hicks is obviously a much more productive player than Brett Gardner in 2018, but Gardner's entry into the lineup Saturday, courtesy of Hicks' hamstring injury, was at least well-timed. For one, Gardner has better career numbers (.269 to .212 batting average) versus starter David Price. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about how Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, and Masahiro Tanaka contributed to a win in Game 2 of the ALDS.

David Price was knocked out early, Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, and the Yankees bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat the Red Sox on Saturday night, 6-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS. >> Box score


1) David Price hasn't had the edge over the Yankees since coming over to Boston, and that proved true again tonight. He lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing three runs on three hits, including two solo shots from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Price owns a 7.95 ERA in 12 starts against the Yankees this season. 

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Aaron Boone, J.A. Happ, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton explain what went wrong in the Yankees Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

The Yankees were knocking on the door, but the Red Sox shut them out in a 5-4 thriller in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park >> Box score


1) J.A. Happ was entrusted to take care of the Sox to kick off this series, but his stuff just wasn't there. After allowing a single to Andre Benintendi and walking Steve Pearce, J.D. Martinez got the best of a 2-0 fastball and sent it over the Green Monster for a three-run homer. Then, in the bottom of the third, Happ was pulled after allowing runners on the corners to start. Chad Green didn't help allowing both runners across. Overall, Happ allowed five runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one over just two innings and 44 pitches. 

2) The Yankees began chipping away at the Red Sox' bullpen in the sixth inning after Chris Sale came out with two runners on. Luke Voit singled home Brett Gardner, while Didi Gregorius avoided a double play to bring home Giancarlo Stanton. But they missed a huge opportunity with bases loaded when Gleyber Torres struck out to end the inning. 

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (David Dermer/AP)

He may not be in the dugout this time, but former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is all-in on the Bombers. 

Girardi spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN Wednesday ahead of the 2018 AL Wild Card Game, and didn't just call the pinstripes the favorite to win tonight. He also thinks they are the team to beat out of the American League. 

"I personally think the Yankees are the team to beat," he explained. "...Imagine a team that won 100 games that there were so many concerns. If they play to their ability, I believe they are the team to beat."

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: On Wednesday night, the Yankees will host the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game with a trip to the ALDS against Boston on the line. The winner-moves-on affair will be hotly contested between two extremely talented, yet different clubs.

Yankees regulars vs. Athletics regulars

The Yankees come at opposing pitchers with a strong right-handed leaning lineup. They pounded 267 home runs this season, but not a single player hit over 40 alone, and Aaron Judge played in just 111 games. Instead, the Yankees distributed their homers across 19 players, with 12 players reaching double digits (an MLB record). Each of their presumed starting nine managed at least 14 homers. And despite a much higher payroll than the A's, the Yanks maintain a young offensive core, with eight players no older than 28.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in New York's seven-run third inning as the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Sanchez, who had been in a 1-for-27 slump over his previous eight games, drove in at least three runs in a game for the first time since June 15 as the Yankees' magic number to clinch home-field advantage in the wild-card game to 3.

2) The Yankees scored seven runs on four hits in the third inning off three Rays pitchers, which was more than enough run support for Luis Severino (19-8), who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in five innings.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that C Gary Sanchez will start behind the plate in the team's upcoming Wild Card playoff game.

Boone is hoping that Sanchez, who has struck out nine times in his last 20 at-bats, is able to get in a groove before the end of the regular season.

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have the third-best record in the majors, but for a franchise with 27 rings and World Series expectations nearly every year, that's not good enough for Mike Francesa.

Sure, New York sits 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race, but the WFAN host took his criticism of the Yankees another step further on Thursday.

"I think this might be the worst 90-win team the Yankees have ever had," Francesa said during his radio show Thursday.

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have the third-best record in the majors, but for a franchise with 27 rings and World Series expectations nearly every year, that's not good enough for Mike Francesa.

Sure, New York sits 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race, but the WFAN host took his criticism of the Yankees another step further on Thursday.

"I think this might be the worst 90-win team the Yankees have ever had," Francesa said during his radio show Thursday.

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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

J.A. Happ threw six scoreless innings and the Yankees scored six runs in the seventh inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-0 on Monday at Target Field. >> Box score


1) Happ (16-6) remained undefeated as a Yankee by striking out three batters and shutting down the Twins. In eight starts since being traded from the Blue Jays, Happ is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA with New York.

2) Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius each hit run-scoring doubles in a six-run seventh inning as the Yankees moved within eight games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

A former Yankees manager has some suggestions for how the new manager can help fix Gary Sanchez's defensive issues.

Joe Girardi went 910-710 in charge of the Yankees from 2008-17 while leading the Yankees to Game 7 of the ALCS last season before being replaced by Aaron Boone. He has some suggestions for his successor. A former MLB catcher himself, Girardi went on MLB Network's "High Heat" to dissect Sanchez's shortcomings.

"Over the next four weeks, I'd try to fix his base," Girardi said Thursday on MLB network's "High Heat" with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. "It's his base, the left knee collapses and he's not in a position to catch some of these balls and block some of these balls."

Sanchez is tied for a league-worst 13 passed balls this season despite having missed time due to multiple DL stints. Last season, he had the most passed balls in the AL with 16 in 122 games.

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Luis Severino is the obvious choice to start the Wild Card Game for the Yankees. He has the most talent, best stuff, and is the only member of the rotation who can legitimately be labeled an ace.

The only problem? You can't start him in the wild card game -- not after last night.

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Time is running out, but Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez still has a chance to make a miserable overall season disappear.

Fans remember big hits and exhilarating plays. Those moments are especially engrained in our memory banks when they occur down the stretch and more so in the postseason. If Sanchez can abruptly change his overall production over the final three-plus weeks of the regular season and be a major contributor to an extended Yankees' run in the postseason, the glory he gained in 2016 and parts of 2017 may return.

It might seem like a long shot to suggest that any positive finish to Sanchez's season can mask the problems he's encountered behind the plate in 2018. Moreover, it could be considered an egregious thought that Sanchez would turn things around defensively after Wednesday night's two passed balls and two wild pitches in a singular inning.

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Larry Ridley, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' 6-3 loss to A's in what was likely a preview of the Wild Card Game.

CC Sabathia allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings as the Yankees dropped their second straight game with a 6-3 loss to the Oakland A's on Monday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score


1) Sabathia (7-6) only has one win since July 9 and struggled from the get-go, giving up three runs in the first inning. He allowed an RBI single to Khris Davis, issued a bases-loaded walk to Matt Olson and surrendered another run on a Miguel Andujar error.

2) The Yankees' 2-6 hitters combined to go 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while Gary Sanchez struck out with two runners on to end the eighth inning.

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out prior to the gam against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out prior to the gam against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Even after adding Andrew McCutchen and Adeiny Hechavarria, the Yankees aren't done making additions.

Gary Sanchez is about to return from the DL. He initially hit the shelf on June 25 and returned for three games before being placed back on the DL, but feels ready to go.

"I feel good," Sanchez said Friday. "I'm ready to play."

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez is rehabbing in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and his opponents are learning the power he has in his bat. 

Sanchez mashed a solo homer to right field on Wednesday night. It was his second in two straight games. 

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run in his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday as he aims to return from a groin injury later this week.

Sanchez, who played seven innings at catcher, homered on the first pitch he saw in the first inning, lined out in the third inning, singled in the fifth and then struck out in the seventh.

Sanchez, who has played just three MLB games since June 24, will be the RailRiders' designated hitter on Tuesday and catch a full nine innings on Wednesday. 

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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez arrived in Scranton/Wilkes-Barres on Monday to begin the final stage of his rehab assignment. 

Playing in three games, Sanchez will catch seven innings tonight followed by a DH stint on Tuesday and catching a full nine innings on Wednesday, according to Times Leader's DJ Eberle.

If everything goes smoothly for Sanchez, manager Aaron Boone said that he wouldn't waste any time getting his power bat back in the lineup as soon as possible. 

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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Yankees have gained some ground in the AL East race, but they are still without three of their regular starters in Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez

But some good news came on Sunday when Gregorius said he felt good swinging a bat for the first time since his heel injury. 

"It went good, wait and see what happens, he told The Post's George A. King III. Whatever they tell me to do, I do. It's one step at a time."

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius watches as his ball goes over the wall for a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius watches as his ball goes over the wall for a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" the team will have shortstop Didi Gregorius and catcher Gary Sanchez by the time the team begins a pivotal road trip next week, he told reporters prior to Sunday's game against the Orioles.

Gregorius, who has been out since last Sunday, and Sanchez, who has played just thrice since June 24, would provide massive boosts to a Yankees lineup that has been without All-Star slugger Aaron Judge for a month.

Boone believes they could both return on or by Sept. 3, which is when the Yankees begin a crucial three-game series against the AL West-contending Oakland A's. That series marks the beginning of a nine-game road trip that includes games against the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins.

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez served as the DH in his first rehab assignment on Saturday with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees.

Sanchez, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run, played until he was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth. Sanchez reached base on a throwing error his first time up before he walked in the second inning and popped out in the fifth and seventh innings.

With the GCL League season coming to an end, Sanchez will join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday to continue his rehab assignment, according to Daniel Kramer of MLB.com.

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Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) stands with former pitcher Pedro Martinez during pregame ceremonies before a game agains the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) stands with former pitcher Pedro Martinez during pregame ceremonies before a game agains the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees have won four games in a row after an extra-inning win against the Marlins on Tuesday night. And though they have been slicing off a couple games in the AL East race with the Red Sox losing three straight, some don't see that competitive fire from the Bombers. 

In particular, former MLB pitcher and current MLB Network analyst, Pedro Martinez, doesn't see any real hustle or drive from the Yankees. 

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Gary Sanchez (24) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Gary Sanchez (24) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday, GM Brian Cashman told SNY Contributor Jim Duquette Tuesday on MLB Network Radio

Cashman added that there is also "work behind the scenes" going on regarding Sanchez' defense. 

Sanchez, who has only appeared in three games since June 24 due to a strained groin, ran the bases and took squats behind home plate last week...

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have endured their share of injuries to key players this season, but the latest to Didi Gregorius could throw the team over the edge in terms of testing depth and the impact it will have on the club's ability to maintain their position as the league's top wild card team.

Gregorius was diagnosed with a deep bruise on his left heel after a collision at first base Sunday, with the team placing him on the 10-day DL on Tuesday. With Gregorius out, Gleyber Torres will likely take over shortstop responsibilities while Neil Walker heads back to a much more familiar spot at second base.

Removing Gregorius, who is hitting .270 with a .333 OBP and .482 slugging percentage along with 22 home runs and 74 RBI, from the lineup will have an adverse affect on a squad already missing Aaron Judge (with Giancarlo Stanton hobbled enough to keep him from playing right field) and Gary Sanchez. Gregorius is also the glue that keeps this team together in the infield, and his absence from the game will have as much of an impact as Judge's in terms of cohesiveness of the group...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and outfielder Aaron Judge made progress from their various injuries prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sanchez, who has only appeared in three games since June 24 due to a strained groin, ran the bases and took squats behind home plate as he looks to begin a rehab assignment as early as next week.

"Gary had a really good day," manager Aaron Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I didn't see him run but the report was that he ran really well. I was out there for his defensive work, where he was throwing to bases and he looked really good."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees expect C Gary Sanchez (groin) to play rehab games next week, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Sanchez hit in the cage and did catching work on Monday. He does not feel any pain, according to Hoch, but has yet to run full speed or hit in the field. 

Manager Aaron Boone said before Monday's game that a timeline for Sanchez's return remains in line with GM Brian Cashman's original prediction that he would return in the final week of August or first week of September.

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Gary Sanchez (24) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Gary Sanchez (24) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

There is no hiding the Yankees are banged up, given two of their sluggers -- Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge -- are both out due to injury. Judge said earlier Friday that he still hasn't been able to pick up a bat, and there is going to be discomfort in his fractured right hand for awhile.

As for Sanchez, though, manager Aaron Boone gave some promising news before the Yankees' matchup with the Rangers. He has been in Tampa rehabbing a right groin strain.

"I think he'll probably be on the ground running there this weekend and he'll fly here Sunday night to join us starting Monday," Boone told the YES Network before the game. "And I would say Monday we'll really ramp up as far as the hitting, starting to do catching things, and then the normal conditioning as well. But he's progressing well, feeling good."

Tags: Domingo German, Gary Sanchez
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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Yankees' three-headed monster has only shown one face lately. But luckily, Giancarlo Stanton isn't disappointing. 

Stanton provided the big blow in Wednesday night's 7-3 win to complete a sweep over the White Sox, crushing a grand slam in the top of the second. It was his sixth career slam, but more importantly, it was another big hit in the absence of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

"It's good to produce any way, any time," he told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "But this is obviously more important than most times here. Just got to step it up."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives A rookie skipper automatically gets some rope to navigate his way up the managerial learning curve, but what happens when the rope begins to fray?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been provided more leash than others due to a 50-22 start. But, since the exceptional opening to the season, Boone's Yankees are 19-20 and lost five straight games before Monday night's win in Chicago.

Boone has called the span of lackluster play a "blip," and repeatedly says there is not an energy problem. After the sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, Boone said the Yankees were "too good" to let it define them.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Neil Walker, Chris Carelli
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 (Paul Rutherford)
(Paul Rutherford)

After such a tumultuous weekend up in Boston, would it be safe to say the Red Sox have taken the AL East title following their four-game sweep of the Yankees?

Manager Aaron Boone won't let up. 

"We will not. We're too good," Boone told ESPN's Coley Harvey when asked if the sweep defines the Yankees' season. "This is a test we're going through right now, there's no question."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar
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Jul 25, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) blows a bubble with his bubble hum during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 25, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) blows a bubble with his bubble hum during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are in a bit of a pinch. 

New York lost it's third straight game, and this one was mundane on all sides for the Bombers. Luis Severino struggled once again despite slowly turning things around before his exit. And Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello absolutely dominated with a one-hit masterpiece on Friday night in Fenway Park. 

The Yankees are now 18-18 -- an even .500 -- in their last 36 games. And on top of that, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are still out of the lineup with their respective injuries. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks went 3-for-3 with his 17th home run of the season in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals, continuing his success in the cleanup spot in a lineup bitten by injuries.

Hicks, whose 370-foot home run off Burch Smith gave New York a 2-0 lead in a game it wouldn't trail, is 6-for-11 in four games when batting fourth this season. He also hit a double and a single to improve his batting line to .256/.359/.491.

"I just continue to do what I do,'' Hicks said, according to Newsday's Steven Marcus. "I haven't really changed the way that I approach hitting. I'm not going to try to hit like a four-hole hitter. I'm just going to confine to be myself and do what I can to help the team win.''

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is expecting C Gary Sanchez to be out until late August or early September, according to the New York Post.

In the meantime, Cashman is OK with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka at the catcher position but will also look at the market for catchers.

Sanchez has landed on the 10-day DL due to a right groin strain, the team announced Tuesday. 

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out prior to the gam against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out prior to the gam against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

This is either incredibly amazing timing or the Yankees are trolling their own player.

The morning after Gary Sanchez's lack of hustle on both sides of the ball hurt the Yankees in a one-run loss, the team tweeted about "Heart and Hustle" award winner Austin Romine -- Sanchez's backup.

Click below to see the tweet...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he made Yankees history by becoming the third player in franchise history to strike out 500 batters before turning 25, RHP Luis Severino had his worst outing of the season in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Severino allowed season-highs of seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings, suffering his second loss since mid-April. 

Since starting the season with a 1.98 ERA, Severino has a 7.80 ERA over his last three outings, going no more than five innings and allowing at least three runs in each start.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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