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 (Koji Sasahara/AP)
(Koji Sasahara/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was officially named a finalist for the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards on Monday and has been named the cover athlete for "MLB The Show 18."

In his first full season in the majors, the 25-year-old Judge hit .284/.442/.627 with an American League-leading 52 home runs and 114 RBIs, which ranked second in the AL.

Judge ranked second in the majors with a WAR of 8.1, trailing only Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (8.3), another finalist for the AL MVP award. The third finalist is Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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DNL: Buying Cashman's reasoning? 00:04:25
The Daily News Live guys debate the validity of Brian Cashman's reasoning behind his decision to let Joe Girardi go as Yankees manager.

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he thought he would be back with the team in 2018 in his first public comments after his dimissal. 

Girardi, who has been spending tons of time with his family, was "disappointed" in the decision not to extend his contract after 10 seasons. However, he understood GM Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner's reasons to look elsewhere. 

"Unfortunately, I'm not back but that's part of the business," Girardi told Mike Francesca on WFAN Monday. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

In his first public comments since recommending the dismissal of manager Joe Girardi, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said there were "issues and concerns" with Girardi's ability to communicate with the players.

That failure to ""fully communicate, engage, and connect" might have been a hurdle that was "insurmountable," according to Cashman.

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

While Cashman has always been tight-lipped about his dealings, he flat out suggested the process has not begun. He apparently has no list, no front-runners and is seemingly wide-open in his search. Truthfully, I'm surprised we're reacting to a conference call about the managerial opening and not an introductory press conference introducing the new skipper...

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sanchez, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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

After a disappointing season at the plate in 2016, the Yankees earned back the nickname Bronx Bombers in 2017. Maybe that should be Baby Bombers.

Here are some Yankees offensive stats with AL and MLB ranks...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesAny day now, the Yankees will make an announcement about the fates of their general manager and manager. One decision is crystal clear, while the other may be more about weighing the pros and cons.

Brian Cashman deserves chance to see transition through

Cashman has reinvented the Yankees' roster model after years of being coerced (or outdone by ownership) to focus on finding star-ladened components to bring a championship to New York. It worked in 2009, but an ever-aging roster began to weigh down the organization. Over time, the Yankees began to realize that something had to change. And the 2016 season gave them the chance...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

The Yankees and their fans are aching for a repeat of a young core to propel the club to a slew of World Series titles. It will be difficult for any team to win four World Series in five seasons, but there are some similarities to the 1990s core of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams, to that of the current group of young players who have climbed the Yankees' farm system.

The Yankees reached the American League Championship Series in advance of many projections, and despite being sent home after a tough seven-game series, the key players should benefit immensely from the reps...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite losing in Game 7 of the ALCS to the Houston Astros on Saturday, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is already looking ahead to the 2018 season.

"We are all excited for next year," Judge said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

The Yankees entered the 2017 season with low expectations, as most analysts predicted them to miss the playoffs as they were heading into a rebuilding process. Instead, the team fell one win shy of reaching the World Series.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Houston Astros, Luis Severino
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Mystique and Aura returned to the Bronx, but they won't be a factor in Houston.

Yankees pitching has been the story of the American League Championship Series, but the offense exploded at Yankee Stadium, pushing its way back into the fold.

This wasn't so much of a surprise as they averaged 5.3 runs per game overall in the regular season, but an even more impressive 5.6 R/G at home. There were contributions up and down the lineup during the three games played in the Bronx, where it is safe to say the Yankees offense found its mojo.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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BNNY: Yankees' 3-2 series lead 00:05:05
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' unpredicted offensive performance against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Might be time to call the Yankees what they are: The best team in the American League.

Sure, the standings didn't say so during the regular season, and the Yanks only got into the playoff tournament via the wild card. But they're playing like it now in this run of quality baseball that's been nothing short of spectacular, including their stomping of ace Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 5-0, Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

To recap: The Yanks beat the 102-win Indians in the ALDS after Cleveland had its foot on their pinstriped necks. Down 0-2 after their manager blew the second game, the Yankees roared back to win the series.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Yankees drop the Astros, 5-0 00:01:47
SNY's Eamon McAnaney gets the Yankees' reactions from their 5-0 victory over the Astros to take a 3-2 lead in the ALCS.

 Behind a brilliant start from Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees took Game 5 of the ALCS over the Astros, 5-0, to pull ahead in the best-of-seven series. >> Box score


Tanaka kept the Astros off-balance from the get-go and dominated through seven innings of work. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight in the scoreless effort.

After a scoreless first inning, the Yankees got on the board in the second when Greg Bird drove in Starlin Castro with an RBI single. An inning later, the Yankees extended the lead with Aaron Judge's RBI double.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Wednesday afternoon at 5:08 at Yankee Stadium. The series is tied, 2-2, after the Yankees' come-from-behind victory in Game 4.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Correa, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Chase Headley, DH

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in 6.0 innings in Game 1.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If it feels like the old ghosts are back to leaving their vapor trails around Yankee Stadium, well, maybe they are. The Yankees players can't stop talking about the raucous home atmosphere and every night seems to bring another reminder of glory days gone by.

For instance, the Yankees' 6-4 victory over Houston Tuesday night in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series was the first time the Yanks had rallied to overcome a four-run deficit in a home postseason game since Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Red Sox. Yeah, the Aaron Boone game, which, by the way, had its 14th anniversary on Monday.

It all makes for a nostalgic backdrop, especially with big names such as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez doing big things. The Yankees have always done star power well.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' win 00:02:17
Eamon McAnaney recaps the Yankees' impressive 6-4 comeback win in Game 4 of the ALCS to even the series at two games apiece.

The Yankees' offense exploded to score six runs over the course of two innings to help overcome sloppy defense and a four-run deficit to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game four of the ALCS. >> Read more

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 4 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-1 after the Yankees' victory in Game 3.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Correa, SS  Gary Sanchez, DH
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Austin Romine, C

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Sonny Gray, who allowed three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 against the Indians.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Manager Joe Girardi decided to go with C Austin Romine at catcher while Gary Sanchez will be the DH for Game 4 of the ALCS. 

This move was expected as Romine caught Sonny Gray's simulated game in Houston, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Romine has yet to see the field this postseason. His last game came against the Blue Jays where he went 0-for-3.

 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Despite the Yankees down 0-2 in the ALCS, manager Joe Girardi isn't in "panic" mode as the series heads to the Bronx for Game 3. 

The Yankees lost two, 2-1 games in Houston after masterful performances from Astros starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. But with the series returning to Yankee Stadium where Girardi's team has had better success all season, he isn't worried that the series is getting away from him. 

"We've been through enough this year that there's no panic. There were times during the season where we were 15 games over, and we fell to four games over," Girardi told the NY Daily News' Christian Red. "Obviously, would you rather be 1-1, 2-0 the other way? Yeah. I don't think there's any panic in the room. And they're gonna just go out and do what they do and see where the chips fall."

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have a few things going for them as they enter Game 3 of the American League Championship Series down 0-2 to the Astros. Maybe at the top of the list is the fact that Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will be on the bench.

The Yankees have a miserable history against Keuchel, while Verlander has performed superbly against them as well, with no better success than his Game 2 start. Astros' Game 3 starter Charlie Morton is no slouch, as he pitched to a 14-7 record with a 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings in the regular season.

The Yankees have been striking out at a disturbing clip, so a matchup against another pitcher that generates plenty of swing and misses may not seem like a great matchup...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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BNNY on Yanks' keys for Game 3 00:03:10
Baseball Night New York breaks down how the Yankees can shift momentum as the ALCS moves to New York.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Everyone says the kids are alright, that the struggles of these playoffs haven't turned Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge tight. There's yet to be any real proof -- a few decent press conference quotes hardly qualifies as that -- but the Yankees better be right about their two young stars.

Because whatever hope New York has of remaining relevant in the AL Championship Series against the Astros probably hinges on Judge and Sanchez having an impact on the series, starting in Game 3 in the Bronx on Monday night. Maybe even more so than CC Sabathia, who is starting against the Astros' Charlie Morton.

Both Judge and Sanchez have struggled mightily and are a combined 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts in the series, which the Yankees trail two games to none after consecutive 2-1 losses in Houston.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Anthony McCarron
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : A quick glance at the stats tells you all you need to know about the vaunted Yankee offense in the AL Championship Series, particularly when you scroll down to the names Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

The young stars -- perhaps the biggest two reasons why the Yanks were second in the majors in runs this season -- have been brutal so far in the playoffs, except for a moment or two. Of course, those moments have faded, just like the good feelings from the Yanks' stirring revival in the previous playoff round against the Indians. That's how badly the duo is struggling against Houston now.

But with today's Hot Take Universe offering all kinds of solutions (we'll have one for the Yankee offense in a moment, too, bear with us) Joe Girardi must resist any urge to take Judge out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and should not consider using Sanchez as the designated hitter and replacing him behind the plate with Austin Romine...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:01:18
Anthony McCarron breaks down the final play of Game 2 in which catcher Gary Sanchez botched a relay throw at home plate in the ninth.

 The Yankees were tied with the Astros 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. After Luis Severino pitched four innings and Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined to give up only one hit in four innings, the Yankees put in Aroldis Chapman to help send the game to extras.

Instead, Chapman gave up a one-out single to American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve and a walk-off double from shortstop Carlos Correa .

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

The Yankees have scored just two runs and produced 10 hits in two 2-1 losses to the Astros in the ALCS after finishing second in the MLB in runs scored during the regular season.

While the team's bullpen has been lights out for the majority of the playoffs and Masahiro Tanaka has recorded two quality starts, the Baby Bombers have been quiet in the ALCS. C Gary Sanchez, who had 33 home runs and 90 RBI in 2017, has struck out five times in seven at-bats and doesn't have a single hit. RF Aaron Judge, who hit an AL-leading 52 homers, has just one hit and hasn't driven in a run.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Beginning of a Yankees dynasty? 00:03:59
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the bright future for this young Yankees team and how they could be set up for another dynasty.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After two games of the AL Division Series, the Yankees seemed primed for a blink-and-you-missed-it October visit. The winter would be devoted to recriminations over Joe Girardi's tactical meltdown in Game 2 threaded around hopeful talk of young players growing after a fine season.

But after coming back from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Indians, the Yankees have crushed anyone's timetable on the arrival of their looming juggernaut, including, probably, their own. Maybe they weren't supposed to be this complete, this fast, but here they are.

Watch out, Astros, beginning in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which starts Friday night in Houston. Watch out, the rest of baseball, now and in the coming years.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Anthony McCarron
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees surprised everyone by knocking Corey Kluber out in the third inning of Game 2 of the ALDS. It's hard to believe that Kluber will suffer another off night in Game 5, making the Yankees task more difficult in Wednesday's winner-take-all contest.

If the Yankees are to defeat Kluber - or at least quickly force him from the game again - they will need to maintain the same approach they mustered in Game 2. The hitch is Kluber is not likely to make it as easy as he did in his first start of the series.

The Yankees will need peak performance early on; someone to set the tone and make life difficult on Kluber. Some will point to Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez, the obvious fire power providers, to spark the club.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley for the last out of the top of the second inning in Game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley for the last out of the top of the second inning in Game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino rebounded from his poor performance in last week's wild-card game to throw seven strong innings in Game 4 of the ALDS as New York staved off elimination for the second straight night with a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Six days after he was pulled after 1/3 of an inning, Severino struck out nine batters and allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings, as the Yankees forced a Game 5.

"A big difference was I go for one inning and I got through six innings," Severino said after the game. "I was feeling great. The location on my pitches was great. So I think that was the big difference."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Cleveland Indians, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:05:57
Manager Joe Girardi and pitcher Luis Severino discuss Severino's ability to bounce back in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

The Yankees scored six runs off four Cleveland Indians errors, while Luis Severino struck out nine batters in seven strong innings as New York forced a Game 5 with a 7-3 win in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


The Yankees scored four runs in the second inning after Starlin Castro reached when his line drive deflected off Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela's leg.

With two outs, Todd Frazier drove in Castro with an RBI double off Trevor Bauer and later scored on Aaron Hicks' RBI single to right center. Two batters later, Aaron Judge recorded a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 4-0.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cleveland Indians, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : They might as well have promoted Game 3 as "Pinstripe Redemption Night" with the way so many much-maligned Yankees, including the manager, thrived Sunday night against Cleveland.

Now the Yankees need another bit of refurbishment in Monday night's Game 4: A Luis Severino reputation makeover. Severino was the Yankees' best pitcher all season, but he was awful in his humiliating start against the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game, lasting only one-third of an inning.

Severino sagged in his big moment, but the Yanks rallied to advance to meet the Indians in this Division Series. Cleveland leads the best-of-five series, two games to one, after the Yankees won Game 3 Sunday night, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium. But the Yanks at least hold a shred of momentum, thanks to big performances by the likes of Masahiro Tanaka, Greg Bird and Aroldis Chapman.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY 00:05:51
The BNNY crew break down the demoralizing Yankees' loss in Game 2 of the ALDS, including some questionable decisions made by Joe Girardi.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : This was supposed to be the Yankees' house-money year. But a terrific, if unanticipated, regular season ballooned Bronx expectations, and now the breezy ride with blooming young stars has morphed into another pressure-filled Bronx October.

Tense, uncomfortable.

At least that's the way it seems watching Joe Girardi and his club shrivel in this postseason heat, one loss away from elimination, down 0-2 in their best-of-five AL Division Series against Cleveland.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Ronald Torreyes
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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

The Yankees lost a thriller to the Indians in extra innings, but it may not have gotten to that point if manager Joe Girardi challenged a questionable hit by pitch call on the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall.

With an 0-2 count and runners on second and third, Chisenhall appeared to take a Chad Green fastball off the hand to load the bases. However, upon further review, it showed that the ball hit the knob of the bat. Girardi didn't challenge the play, and it cost him as Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam to bring the Indians within one run when the Yankees had a five-run lead in the sixth.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: In 2017, Joe Girardi was MLB's best manager when it came to deciding when to use video replay challenges. In a huge postseason game with both challenges available to him, he failed to ask for a review on Chisenhall's hit by pitch.

 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez
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Sabathia ready for Game 2 start 00:01:15
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia looks back at his solid regular season as he prepares for his pivotal Game 2 start in the ALDS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sifting through the pinstriped debris of Game 1 of this ALDS feels about as overwhelming as Trevor Bauer's snapping curveball must have seemed to the Yankees Thursday night in a 4-0 loss to the Indians.

It was an evening that made the Yanks appear destined for a quick October exit and crammed them into the uncomfortable position of hoping -- praying? -- that CC Sabathia, the veteran lefty who enjoyed a remarkable renaissance this season, can at least match Cleveland ace Corey Kluber in Friday's Game 2...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is called out on strikes by umpire Vic Carapazza during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is called out on strikes by umpire Vic Carapazza during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees managed just three hits off Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians bullpen in Thursday's 4-0 loss in Game 1 of the ALDS at Progressive Field.

New York, which advanced to the ALDS after scoring eight runs and recording nine hits in Tuesday's wild-card game against the Minnesota Twins, didn't record a hit until the sixth inning when Aaron Hicks hit a one-out double to left field off Bauer.

"Three hits is not going to do it," Todd Frazier said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "There's no chance you're going to win a game like that."

 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (not pictured) is hit by a foul tip against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (not pictured) is hit by a foul tip against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees had to rally after a slow start in the Wild Card game to reach the ALDS, but Gary Sanchez also had his own battle to fight through some physical pain to even remain in the game. 

In the sixth inning of the contest, Twins hitter Brian Dozier fouled a pitch back from reliever David Robertson and appeared to hit the Yankees catcher right in the groin. As Sanchez doubled over in pain, Robertson cringed and covered his mouth with his glove. 

"Poor guy. I had a great view of it, he just took a tough shot right there," Robertson said after the game. "I just felt for him. I'm wearing a cup, too. I just know how it feels to get hit there. It's not fun."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Gary Sanchez
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Yankees (91-71) overcame conventional wisdom, earning the American League's top wild card spot, and will host the Minnesota Twins (85-77) Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in a one-game playoff to determine who will face the Indians in the ALDS. Truth be told, the Twins might be a bigger surprise after losing 103 games last season.

In the win or go home affair, the Yankees seem to be the favorite, but the factors are closer than one may think.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

A Yankees fan sitting behind home plate was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Rays for revealing the location of pitches the Rays were about to throw.

While Gary Sanchez was batting in the eighth inning, the fan screamed "outside" in Spanish to alert Sanchez where Rays catcher Wilson Ramos was setting up, according to Deadpsin.

Home palte umpire Dan Bellino proceeded to call time, walk over to where the fan was, and had him ejected by security.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees took advantage of sloppy pitching on Tuesday night, drawing two bases-loaded walks and scoring on a wild pitch in a four-run fourth inning en route to a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays to secure home-field advantage in the AL Wild Card Game. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Starlin Castro
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Eamon McAnaney reports from Yankee Stadium as the Yankees swept the Twins thanks to homers by Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius.

Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 45th home run of the season as the Yankees erased an early 3-0 deficit and blew out the Twins, 11-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Judge hit a two-run homer down the line in right field and Gary Sanchez followed with a solo homer to center as the Yankees tied things, 3-3.

The Yankees plated six runs in the bottom of thefourth, with Greg Bird's run-scoring double, RBI hits from Brett Gardner and Sanchez, and a three-run homer by Didi Gregorius accounting for the damage...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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SNY's Sweeny Murti discusses CC Sabathia's outing in the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Rays at Citi Field.

Todd Frazier's three-run home run capped the Yankees' five-run fourth inning as New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday in a game played at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday reached on Trevor Plouffe's error that allowed Gary Sanchez to score and Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference, Frazier hit Jake Odorizzi's 3-2 offering over the left-field fence to give the Yankees a four-run lead.

CC Sabathia didn't make it past the fifth inning, but David Robertson struck out four batters in 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the Yankees won for the seventh time in their last nine games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Lucas Duda, Matt Holliday, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a sacrifice fly and drives in a run during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a sacrifice fly and drives in a run during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit two home runs on Sunday while Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 on Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Judge became the second rookie in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season by hitting his first home run as part of New York's six-run fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 9-1 lead. He hit his 41st home run of the season two innings later.

Sanchez homered in the first and eighth innings, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored. Since returning from his three-game suspension, he is 6-for-12 with four RBIs.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez in the dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez in the dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had his four-game suspension reduced to three games following his appeal and issued an apology on Monday for his role in the brawl with the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 24.

"The heat of the moment and my desire to protect my teammates led me to commit some errors during the brawl," Sanchez wrote. "It's an incident I regret and from which I have learned. I know to some these may be mere words, but they are words that I feel the need to express because I sincerely feel this way, and for respect to you, the fans, the Yankees organization, the Detroit Tigers and the game of Baseball."

 

Tags: Austin Romine, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi breaks down his team's 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Luis Severino shut down the Red Sox for six innings while Aaron Judge's two-run home run capped a six-run sixth inning as the New York Yankees won the final game of a four-game series against Boston 9-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in a start against the Red Sox on Aug. 12, Severino (12-6) struck out nine batters and allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings, as the Yankees pulled within 3 1/2 games of the AL East lead.

The Yankees hit three solo home runs off Chris Sale, but erupted for six runs -- all with two outs -- in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday, Boston Red Sox, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).

Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.

Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)

Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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(Butch Dill/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees have acquired minor league C Erik Kratz from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations, it was announced Thursday.

Kratz, 37, has not appeared in the majors since last season, when he hit .107/.107/.286 in 18 games with the Pirates.

He is a career .200/.248/.362 hitter in parts of seven seasons during his major league career.

The Yankees, facing suspensions of Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, which they have appealed, will likely soon need some temporary catching help.

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
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Jaime Garcia allowed two runs in 5.0 innings but the Yankees couldn't muster much offense as they lost to the Indians, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Game 1 of their doubleheader >> Box score


The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, benefiting from a passed ball by Gary Sanchez and getting an RBI single from Yandy Diaz.

Didi Gregorius' run-scoring double in the fifth inning drew the Yankees to within 2-1.

Tags: Chad Green, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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Yankees lose tough game at home 00:00:26
Sweeny Murti discusses the state of the AL East division race with the Yankees' recent loss, and a series with the Red Sox looming.

Luis Severino allowed three home runs, including a tiebreaking home run to Carlos Santana in the seventh inning, as the New York Yankees lost the first game of a three-game series to the Cleveland Indians, 6-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Severino (11-6) surrendered two home runs to Jose Ramirez and had not given up another hit to any other Indians player until Santana crushed a 1-1 pitch off the second deck in right field to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead with one out in the seventh inning.

Later in the inning, Bradley Zimmer singled off Severino, stole second base off Adam Warren, advanced to third on Gary Sanchez's throwing error and scored on Warren's wild pitch to make it 4-2.

New York's offense, meanwhile, struggled against Corey Kluber, who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in eight innings.

Tags: Adam Warren, Chase Headley, Cleveland Indians, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Tanaka sharp in Yankees' win 00:01:47
Sweeny Murti recaps all the action and the player reactions from the Yankees' 10-1 win over Seattle on Sunday.

The Yankees scored six runs in the first inning and Masahiro Tanaka limited the Mariners to one run in seven strong innings in a 10-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score

 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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