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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:49
Sweeny Murti breaks down the Yankees' 8-3 loss to the Angels and reviews the players' reactions to the team's seventh straight defeat.

After New York fell into an early 3-0 hole, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered in the fifth and sixth innings to help tie game, but Tyler Clippard and Jonathan Holder combined to allow five runs in the final three innings and the Yankees fell to the Angels, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. >> Click here for a full box score 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) exits the game with an injury against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) exits the game with an injury against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez reached base safely five times on Thursday before having to leave the game early due to tightness in his groin.

Sanchez went 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI, and a stolen base. His two-out double in the bottom of the seventh helped tie the game at 4, while his ninth inning single brought in Starlin Castro to tie the game at six and force extra innings.

Sanchez stole second base in the top of the ninth, and was then forced to exit because of tightness in his abductor muscle.

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Gary Sanchez celebrates scoring a run with teammate Starlin Castro.
Gary Sanchez celebrates scoring a run with teammate Starlin Castro.

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

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif.  (Jae C. Hong/ AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/ AP)

Michael Pineda pitched six innings allowing five runs on 10 hits as the Yankees lost the rubber game to the Angels, 7-5, on Wednesday night.

Tags: Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:23
Starlin Castro, Joe Girardi, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge discuss the Yankees' 14-3 win over the Orioles, in which Judge hit a 495-foot HR.

Starlin Castro had a home run and four RBIs, Aaron Judge hit two home runs in two innings and the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 14-3 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:00:52
Joe Girardi, Luis Severino and Aaron Judge react to the Yankees' 16-3 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night.

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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JRSportBrief: NYY to be buyers? 00:01:29
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses whether the Yankees should be buyers as the trade deadline approaches

As the New York Yankees sit atop the AL East standings heading into a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, owner Hank Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman expressed their content with the way New York has played through the first two months of the season.

"It's good to know we're obviously on our way back to where we intend to get," Cashman said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Many have been surprised at the Yankees' hot start given they traded several big-name players last year in return for prospects and got rid of several expensive contracts, however that belief was not shared by Steinbrenner.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is finding it difficult to replicate his performance from August 2016. While this should not be surprising considering the otherworldly statistics he produced as he burst on the scene, we might be surprised that his peripheral stats this season are not far removed from the historic performance last season. 

Sanchez took the league by storm, blasting himself into the Rookie of the Year Award conversation with only two months of play under his belt and 20 homers on the back of his baseball card. As such, expectations were (and are) high for Sanchez this season, to the point his above-average numbers for a catcher are falling well short of what he demonstrated last season in his first 24 games through a similar number of plate appearances in 2017.

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New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is tagged out by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is tagged out by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after scoring nine runs, the New York Yankees managed just two in a 3-2 loss to Dylan Bundy and the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Camden Yards. >> Box score


The Yankees managed seven hits off Bundy (6-3), including Aaron Judge's 17th home run of the season, but hit into three double plays in the game.

Matt Holliday grounded into double plays in the first and sixth innings, while Gary Sanchez flied into a double play in the third when Brett Gardner tried to tag up from second base on a fly ball to left field.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:00:58
Joe Girardi, Michael Pineda and Aaron Judge field questions after the Yankees' 9-5 win over Oakland on Sunday at the Stadium.

Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam in the third inning and the Yankees offense went on to score five more runs in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics on Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.>> Click here for the full box score...


Aaron Hicks drove in his 21st RBI of the season in the second inning to put the Yankees on the board. One inning later, Ronald TorreyesGary Sanchez, and Matt Holliday reached base, setting up Judge's grand slam to put the Yankees in front.

Chris Carter's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning provided New York with an insurance run, but the Athletics chipped away, scoring a run in the sixth and two in the eighth to make it a two-run game. Brett Gardner answered with a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to put the Angels away for good.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka lost his second straight start on Saturday when he gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings in a 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka (5-3) left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after five straight batters reached base, including Corey Dickerson, whose second home run of the game gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead.

"We have to get him right," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "I thought his slider was better today. I thought his splitter was better at times. But he made some mistakes with his fastball. His stuff was better than his last start, but it's not where we need it to be. And we've got to continue to work on it."

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

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


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

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

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Cincinnati Reds, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary SanchezDidi Gregorius and Brett Gardner each drove in two runs while Masahiro Tanaka won his fifth straight start as the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to six games with a 10-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at Great American Ball Park. >> Box score


Sanchez went 3-for-3 with a two-run single off Rookie Davis in the first inning, while Gregorius hit an RBI single in the first inning and a sac fly in the fifth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead.

Gardner hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning off Barrett AstinMatt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, while Aaron Hicks and Ronald Torreyes both had two hits and an RBI.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Cincinnati Reds, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Gary Sanchez took a foul ball off his mask in the sixth inning of the Yankees' Friday afternoon series opener against the Cubs. The catcher was tended to by Manager Joe Girardi and a trainer, but stayed in the game and revealed to Newsday after the 3-2 win that he is "fine."

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 (Brad Penner (USA Today))
(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Gary Sanchez returns from the disabled list as the Yankees open a three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday afternoon at 2:21...

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

That's some headline, isn't it? Aaron Judge launched his 13th home run in his 26th game of the season Wednesday and I'm raining on the parade, talking about a potential slump. I don't want to see it any more than you do, but it's going to happen.

As much as we want to play with the numbers - Judge is on pace for 81 home runs and 162 RBIs - a skid of some sort is coming. Eventually. Maybe.

We have some recent history to turn to suggest the time may be coming sooner than later. Last August, Yankees' catcher Gary Sanchez got the call-up and was named the club's starting catcher. In a 20-game stretch from August 4 through August 28, Sanchez put up some seriously amazing numbers.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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Sanchez vs. Cespedes 00:01:58
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate who will have a bigger impact for his team this season, Gary Sanchez or Yoenis Cespedes.

Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate who will have a bigger impact for their team this season, Gary Sanchez or Yoenis Cespedes.  

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Where the Yankees stand

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Brian Cashman said Gary Sanchez will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Scraton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Brian Hoch of MLB.com.

"I'm very happy that day is getting closer," Sanchez said to ESPN's Marly Rivera. "I'm really excited that the day I will come back to the field is getting closer and closer." 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Feb 24, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looses his grip on the bat as it flies into the stands in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))
Feb 24, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looses his grip on the bat as it flies into the stands in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))

Gary Sanchez will miss roughly four weeks due to a Grade 1 strain of the muscle behind his right biceps, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after Monday's win.

Sanchez, who had an MRI earlier Monday, was placed on the disabled list due to the injury after leaving Saturday's game against the Orioles during the fifth inning.

The 24-year-old catcher has one home run and two RBI in four games for the Yankees this season. He hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in 53 games as a rookie in 2016.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Baby Bombers headed home for their Yankee Stadium opener with pediatric pains.

After rallying to beat Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday, the Yankees finished 2-4 on their season-opening road trip. Michael Pineda (0-1) starts Monday for New York against Alex Cobb (1-0) and the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.

"It's going to be packed," right fielder Aaron Judge said. "Fans are going to be excited."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin
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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

It takes patience for a foundation to set. Not until the cement dries can the structure be built, eventually resulting in a finished product.

The Yankees enter the 2017 season with a promising young group of players already at the major league level and a fine collection of minor league players nearly ready to join them. Add the Yankees' ability to make trades with the prospects they don't have room for and their ability to play at the top of the free agent market, it is easy to envision the opportunity for an extended run of highly competitive Yankees squads.

Rewind to the 1996 season when three-fourths of the Core Four (Jorge Posada made his mark later) - plus Bernie Williams - made significant contributions to the Yankees' first World Series title since 1978. The 27-year-old Williams rapped 29 home runs and drove in 102 runs, Derek Jeter won the Rookie of the Year award at 22 years old, Andy Pettitte won 21 games at 24 and Mariano Rivera racked up 130 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings at the age of 26.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

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

Positional starters

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees erupted for 14 runs on 13 hits as they beat the Phillies, 14-1, on Thursday afternoon in their Grapefruit League finale >> Click here for the full box score


  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
  • Gary SanchezRonald Torreyes, and Rashad Crawford all hit home runs.
  • Luis Severino allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four in five innings.
  • Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard both tossed a scoreless inning in relief...
Tags: Adam Warren, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six batters in five innings and ended the Grapefruit League with a 0.38 ERA as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


  • Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. He allowed an RBI double to Alex Presley in the first inning, and Presley scored on a Gary Sanchez throwing error following an Alex Avila walk.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Following a season in which the New York Yankees finished fourth in the division and traded away several big-name players for top prospects, GM Brian Cashman said he felt both proud and hopeful the team's youth movement will pan out.

"It's my job as general manager of the Yankees to be utilizing every tool in the tool box so we can be the best we can possibly be," Cashman told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. "I'm proud of the fact that we're not afraid to be open-minded at all times. I'm proud that the ownership has given me that freedom to do that, while also recognizing that, hey, we're the New York Yankees."

While the Yankees missed the postseason for the third time in four years and have yet to reach the World Series since 2009, Cashman hopes the moves New York made over the past nine months, which included trading Andrew MillerAroldis ChapmanBrian McCann and Carlos Beltran in an effort to shed payroll and acquire top-level prospects.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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(Reinhold Matay)

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

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

Chance Adams

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

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

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird? 00:02:06
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

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(Bill Streicher)

Luis Severino allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four in three innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays, 10-6, on Tuesday >> Read the full box score here


  • Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a homer -- his fourth of the spring.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Versus right-handed pitcher

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) doubles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gary SanchezMatt HollidayAaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka all went deep for the Yankees, who defeated Team Canada, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Holliday and Hicks drove in two runs apiece. Hicks also singled and scored twice, finsihing 2-for-3.
  • Prospect Jorge Mateo went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
  • Chase Headley tripled and scored while Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored a run.
  • Luis Severino allowed a two-run homer in the first but kept Canada off the board over his next three frames. The right-hander was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in his only inning of work. 

Next Up:

The Yankees hit the road to face the Braves at Champion Field on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Michael Pineda will toe the rubber in his second Grapefruit League start.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa.

Entering the bottom of the 10th trailing 6-4, the Yankees got a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada, followed by an RBI ground-rule double by Rashad Crawford and run-scoring single by Tyler Wade to win, 7-6.


  • CC Sabathia made his first start of Spring Training, tossing two scorelss innings while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren allowed two runs on four hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out none in three innings. Warren, who is battling for a spot in the starting rotation, has a 3.38 ERA this spring.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Ruben Tejada
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Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Matt Holliday, Greg Bird and Billy McKinney homered to lead the Yankees past the Orioles, 8-1, on Thursday night in Tampa.

  • Bird's two-run homer was his third of the spring.
  • Holliday hit a solo shot for his first home run.
  • McKinney went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, homering for the second time.
Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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The Sanchize 00:03:22
Daily News Live on the emergence of Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and expectations for the upcoming season.

Yankees C Gary Sanchez threw out two would-be base-stealers during Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

Sanchez, who threw out 41 percent of the runners trying to steal against him last year (13 of 32), has some of his teammates marveling at his prowess.

"I don't know why they run," Starlin Castro said, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "After the first guy, I didn't think they'd run anymore. It's unbelievable."

Castro added that Sanchez is the best throwing catcher he has ever played with, and compared him to Yadier Molina of the Cardinals...

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Whatever we call it, the Yankees are operating the organization differently than they have in recent memory. What remains to be seen is whether the Yankees will stay the course regardless of whether they are winning or losing. I suggest it is imperative they do.

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

The Yankees felt comfortable entering 2016 as a few veterans experienced comeback efforts in 2015. However, a slow start and poor production through the middle of the season for some of those same players, pushed the Yankees into a direction unseen in decades...

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi begins his 10th season as the club's skipper with arguably his toughest test ahead of him. Until the 2016 trade deadline passed, Girardi consistently managed a roster filled with star-studded, high-salaried, yet older players. When the dust settled, Girardi was in the midst of a full-blown transition, with a roster teeming with young talent. In the final year of his contract, can Girardi get the most out of the youngest team the Yankees have fielded since the 1990s, and thus earn another contract?

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

Coming off a Wild Card appearance in 2015, the Yankees returned a bulk of the same roster for 2016 with renewed expectations. Unfortunately, not all the veterans were able to replicate their inspired play from 2015. The Yankees got off to a 9-17 start and found themselves at the .500 mark as they reached the trade deadline...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge says he feels like an underdog heading into this season.

"I feel like an underdog," Judge said Monday in Tampa, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I'm fitting to go in there and take a job, to be honest."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested last week that the right field Judge is the 24-year-old Judge's to lose.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has changed his mind and decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic this spring, reports WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Sanchez had originally committed to playing for the Dominican Republic team. He will now be with the Yankees for the duration of Spring Training.

The 24-year-old catcher hit .299/.376/.657 with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in only 53 games played last season. Sanchez finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. 

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees' youth movement will be in full effect in right field this season. The club will give long-time prospect Aaron Judge a chance to win the role full time with the initial fallback option being former first-round pick Aaron Hicks. If it gets beyond these two players, the Yankees could be forced to institute a revolving door of right fielders in 2017.

How they fared in 2016

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres was named the third-best prospect by the MLB Network on its Top 100 prospects show Saturday night.

Previous reports

Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball ESPN's Keith Law.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law.

Law wrote Torres, who the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs in last summer's Aroldis Chapman trade, is "the Yankees' new shortstop of the future, a player with All-Star upside and a very high floor because of his feel for hitting.

"To get this kind of player for two months of a one-inning reliever has to make Yankee fans' hearts sing," Law added.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) looks on after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold)
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) looks on after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

As an All-Star outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, Matt Holliday was a key component to the club's offense for over seven years. Holliday enters a new phase in his career in 2017; as part of a new team and in a new role. Holliday will shed his glove on most days, but his offensive prowess will be integral to the Yankees success this season.

How Holliday fared in 2016

Tags: Gary Sanchez, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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Is there pressure on Sanchez? 00:05:13
Baseball Night in New York talks about whether Gary Sanchez can handle the pressure to perform that he faces heading into the season.

Baseball Night New York debates how Gary Sanchez will handle the pressure of things expected of him this season.


Will Sanchez be able to live up to the expectations? Read more!


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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will receive the Thurman Munson award.

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