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Yanks hitters on beating Keuchel 00:01:04
Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Todd Frazier discuss hitting Dallas Keuchel in their Game 5 win over Houston in the ALCS.

The Yankees got to Astros ace Dallas Keuchel during Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday, knocking him out in the fifth inning in their 5-0 victory. 

Keuchel had the Yankees' number since that Wild Card Game start in 2015. But a different approach at the plate knocked him out of Game 5 of the ALCS in 4 2/3 innings. 

The Yankees needed a win, and their gameplan worked in the Bronx. 

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi celebrates with his after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi celebrates with his after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Girardi embraced his coaches, then charged out of the New York Yankees' dugout, pumping his fists and hugging his players. With one back slap after another, there was no hiding his elation.

The manager's miscues from Game 2 of the AL Division Series no longer mattered, all thanks to the battling baby Bronx Bombers.

"People make mistakes and we pick each other up, that's what we do here," first baseman Greg Bird said. "We're going to keep doing that. ... It's got us to where we are, and it's going to get us to where we want to be." >> Read more

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

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Greg Bird wants to play. Anyone (Hello, Mr. Unnamed Yankees Source) who believes otherwise should watch a replay of Bird's reaction after he blasted a mammoth home run which propelled the Yankees to a 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Bird has been an offensive catalyst in the division series, hitting .300 with a .462 OBP and .900 SLG with two home runs and three RBI. There is little doubt Bird is a key cog in the Yankees' offensive machine, and it was something many saw coming two years ago...

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(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: Yankees win 00:03:17
Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:25
Sweeny Murti reports on Masahiro Tanaka's dominant outing on Friday and how the Yanks will need consistent pitching to go deep in October.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out a career-high 15 batters as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium on Friday. >> Box score


Tanaka didn't allow a baserunner until giving up an infield single with two outs in the fith inning.

Starlin Castro's RBI infield single and Greg Bird's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Aaron Judge's RBI single in the fifth inning extended the Yankees' lead to 3-0, and Bird's RBI single in the sixth made it 4-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:33
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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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird stretches during batting practice prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird stretches during batting practice prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (back spasms) felt better on Tuesday and expects to return to the lineup on Wednesday, reports Erik Boland of Newsday.

Bird is currently day-to-day, manager Joe Girardi told reporters after Monday's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field.

Bird was a late scratch from Monday's lineup with back soreness and was replaced by Tyler Austin.

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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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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia called out Eduardo Nunez and the Boston Red Sox after Thursday's game for trying to bunt on him for the second straight matchup.

Sabathia called the Red Sox "weak" and then challenged the division rivals by saying, "If they've got something to say, we can meet in center field," according to the New York Daily News' John Harper.

With one out in the first inning, Nunez dropped down a bunt, which forced Sabathia off the mound. He rushed his throw, which pulled Greg Bird off first base for an error and allowing Nunez to reach.

"It's just kind of weak to me,'' Sabathia said after the Yankees' 6-2 win. "It shows me what they've got over there."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird is back with the Yankees, and will hit sixth during Saturday's contest against the Mariners. 

As it was announced after Friday's game 1B Tyler Austin was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Bird was heading to New York to make his return.

Bird has been on the DL since May 21 as he continued to battle an ankle bruise. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

First baseman Greg Bird (ankle) will be reevaluated Thursday and he could be back with the Yankees as early this Friday, according to multiple reports. 

Bird has been rehabbing with Triple-A Scranton, is scheduled to play another full game at first base Thursday. Since restarting his assignment with the RailRiders, Bird has recorded eight hits in seven contests. 

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(Brad Penner)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird and 2B Starlin Castro are not ready to be called up as they need more playing time in Triple-A. 

According to manager Joe Girardi, Bird has been "swinging great," but the Yankees need to ensure he can play in back-to-back games.

"Part of it, though, is we've got to make sure he's ready to go back-to-back every day in the field and play three or four days in a row," Girardi told The Post's Dan Martin.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday and first baseman Greg Bird both took batting practice on the field prior to Monday's game against the Mets.

Holliday, who last played Aug. 4 due to a lower back strain, is hitting .229/.319/.430 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. He told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty he wasn't sure how much longer he would need to be on the disabled list.

Bird, who has been out since May 1 and underwent ankle surgery nearly a month ago, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday and could return later in August.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday as he looks to return from an ankle injury that has kept him out several months, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Bird, who underwent ankle surgery on July 18, has been shut down since May 1. He participated in batting practice and light running last Tuesday when the Yankees were in Toronto to play the Blue Jays.

The 24-year-old Bird, who missed 2016 due to a shoulder injury, was hitting .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games prior to going on the disabled list.

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(Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees have endured several stretches in 2017 without key players due to injury. They have played without Greg Bird (87 games missed through Tuesday), Starlin Castro (29 games missed; two separate stints on the disabled list) and Aaron Hicks (38 games missed) for significantly long periods.

Each of the players are working on getting back to the club, but which one will have the biggest impact as the Yankees push for a postseason berth?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees 2B Starlin Castro and 1B Greg Bird continued their rehab with the team at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday. 

According to Newsday's Erik Boland, both players participated in batting practice and light running hours before gametime. 

Castro is expected to begin running the bases when the Yankees return home to face the Red Sox. He was placed on the disabled list for the second time in July due to a hamstring injury. He last played on July 21. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hit in a batting cage on Sunday and is on track to begin a rehab assignment later this month, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.

Bird, who had been shut down since May 1, is expected to hit on the field next week and then would begin defensive drills and baserunning for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery on July 18.

Members of the Yankees' medical staff believe Bird can come back toward the end of August, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The 24-year-old first baseman said last week he was feeling better after he had surgery to remove the os trigonum from his right ankle.

Bird had hit .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games before he was shut down. He missed the 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird receives the throw during the fifth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird receives the throw during the fifth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird could begin a rehab assignment soon and potentially return toward the end of August following ankle surgery, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand.

Bird, who underwent surgery to remove the os trigonum from his right ankle on July 18, said he is feeling better and is expected to have his stitches from his ankle removed either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.

The 24-year-old first baseman had been shut down since May 1 after he was diagnosed with a bruised ankle that had not healed the way he, team doctors and other members of the Yankees organization had hoped, which led to him undergoing surgery.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird underwent surgery on his right ankle on Tuesday morning and released a statement through his agent afterwards.

This morning I underwent a successful procedure to remove the os trigonum from my right ankle. After trying to play through the injury, I recently sought the opinion of Dr. Martin O'Malley at Hospital for Special Surgery, who provided an accurate diagnosis and performed the required surgery.
In nearly four months since first injuring my ankle, it had been increasingly frustrating to have only questions and no answers. All this time, I have wanted nothing more than to be out there playing the game I love as a member of the New York Yankees.
My season is not over. I plan to do everything in my power to return and help our team win in 2017.

Bird had been shut down since May 1 after he went on the disabled list with what was diagnosed then as a bone bruise, however it did not heal the way the team thought it would, so Bird saw additional specialists.

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(Kelley L Cox)

The Yankees and Athletics are reportedly discussing a trade involving 1B Yonder Alonso, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that an A's scout was present for a Yankees' Single-A Charleston game.

The Yankees need help at first base as production from the position has wavered all season. Also, 1B Greg Bird required surgery on the ankle that has been keeping out since the beginning of the season.  

Tags: Greg Bird, Michael Pineda
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(Brad Penner)

The Yankees will call up 1B Garrett Cooper for this weekend's series against the Red Sox in Boston, GM Brian Cashman told reporters Friday.

Cooper was acquired from the Brewers in exchange for LHP Tyler Webb on Thursday and had initially been assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 26-year-old Cooper, who was drafted in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Brewers, is hitting .366 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. The 26-year-old has yet to make his big league debut.

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(Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird has an issue with the os trigonum of his right ankle, GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Friday.

Bird will either receive another cortisone shot or undergo surgery that would require a recovery time of six-to-eight weeks, according to Cashman.

Bird had been taking batting practice and doing drills with Class A Staten Island, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees return from the All-Star break with seemingly as many questions as they had when the season began. The backbone to current queries leads back to the same theme: Will the Yankees sacrifice their recent roster construction methodology in an effort to make a run at the postseason? Each facet could use reinforcements, but which ones the club will seek to fill are undetermined.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird defended his desire to return to the team this year after a Yankees insider questioned it, per ESPN's Andrew Marchand.

According to Bill Madden of NY Daily News, the unnamed insider said, "You really have to wonder what's with this guy. You'd think with Judge and Sanchez, the guys he came up through the system with, doing so well up here he'd want to be a part of this. Apparently not."

The quote seems to indicate the insider is suggesting Bird's ankle injury isn't as serious as he has claimed.

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(Andy Marlin)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team is looking for an external upgrade at first base. 

"Tis the season for upgrade efforts," Cashman texted Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Thursday awhen asked if he was looking to trade for a first base upgrade.

The Yankees cut Chris Carter again earlier this week and replaced him with 26-year-old Ji-Man Choi, who homered in his debut on Wednesday afternoon.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird may undergo exploratory surgery to determine why he is still feeling pain from an ankle injury that has kept him out since May 1, GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday.

Bird, 24, fouled a ball off his ankle and went on the disabled list the next day. He received a cortisone shot but said his ankle has not improved much.

"All the diagnostic tests show the bone bruise has healed and he still has pain," Cashman said, according to Newsday's David Lennon.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is concerned that Greg Bird may not play again this season, he told YES Network Wednesday.

Bird, who fouled a ball of his injured right ankle in the middle of June, received a cortisone shot but has not felt his ankle improve too much. 

"I don't really know," Bird told reporters. "I mean, at this point, I'm still sore, I think. It's supposed to help."

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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)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird said he is "very close" to returning to the Yankees following a month-long stint on disabled list with a bruised right ankle, reports the New York Daily News.

Bird has played six rehab games thus far and is scheduled to play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night. He had a double in an appearance with Single-A Tampa on Tuesday.

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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 first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird is progressing as he works his way back from a bone bruise in his ankle.

Bird, who is rehabbing the injury in Tampa, took live batting practice on Monday and is set to begin playing rehab games on Thursday, according to the NY Daily News.

He took dry swings last Monday at Yankee Stadium and advanced to hitting off a tee last Tuesday.

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The Yankees entered the 2017 campaign believing they would have much better performance from their first basemen after a dormant 2016 season. Instead, Yankees first basemen rank dead last in MLB in each component of the triple slash line (.176/.288/.301) and OPS+ (45, with 100 considered average).

The drain at the position in 2016 was disappointing, but the club was optimistic for 2017 with Tyler Austin set to build on last season's cameo, Greg Bird back and healthy, and 2016 National League home run co-leader Chris Carter signed for added power.

Austin was hurt before a competition at first base could begin, allowing Bird to win the job with a fantastic spring training, while Carter was relegated to the bench...

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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)

Greg Bird continues to rest a bruised right ankle that sent him to the 10-day disabled list on May 2. He's been getting treatment and will be re-evaluated on Thursday, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Bird suffered the injury during Spring Training on March 30.

The 24-year-old Bird, who missed the entire 2016 season due to a labrum tear in his shoulder, is 6-for-60 this season, is hitting .100 with a .250 OBP and .200 SLG with one HR, three doubles, and three RBI in 19 games this season.

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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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(Andy Marlin)

The Yankees have placed 1B/DH Greg Bird on the 10-day disabled list due to a right ankle bruise and recalled INF/OF Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, it was announced Tuesday.

Bird, who initially suffered the injury during Spring Training on March 30, will be shut down for 7-to-10 days.

An MRI of Bird's ankle ttaken Tuesday showed the same bone bruise that was apparent during the MRI that was taken in early-April.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are not yet considering sending 1B Greg Bird to the minors, even though the rookie's batting average dropped to .100 on Monday.

"Our job is to find a way to get (Bird) through this," manager Joe Girardi told Christian Red of the Daily News. "If he's completely lost for a substantial period of time, then you talk about (a demotion to the minors). I've said all along, I think he's had some pretty good at-bats. I don't really think he's chased a lot."

Bird, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered during spring training, is not thinking about a possible demotion to the minor leagues. Instead, the 24-year old is focusing on breaking out of this slump.

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Yankees can't keep up with Jays 00:01:28
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium to discuss the team's 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night

Luis Severino gave up five runs in his shortest outing since April 7 as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Coming off three straight outings in which Severino pitched at least seven innings, Severino (2-2) gave up eight hits and two home runs in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 59 of 105 pitches for strikes, as the Yankees lost their second straight game.

Ryan Goins hit a two-run home run off Severino in the second inning that gave Toronto a 2-0 lead, then hit a two-run sac fly when Jacoby Ellsbury crashed into the wall to make a leaping catch with runners on first and second that made it 4-1.

Chris Coghlan homered off Severino in the sixth inning to make it 5-1, and Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer off Luis Cessa in the seventh inning that made it 7-1.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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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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Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Luis Severino cruised through seven scoreless innings of work and Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday. >> Box score

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is off to a much slower start than anyone expected after an exceptional spring training. Despite Bird going 5-for-37 with a .535 OPS in 42 plate appearances, he should not be benched each time there is a left-handed pitcher on the mound.

I completely understand that the Yankees brought in Chris Carter's right-handed hitting power bat to complement Bird, but to enact a strict platoon would be a mistake in my opinion.

I bring this up because the writing is on the wall. Bird entered Sunday's game in a 0-20 slump and went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single and two walks. The following game, Bird was on the bench in favor of Carter, who mind you came in slashing .182/.240/.273, because "lefty killer" Derek Holland was on the mound. Bird has two plate appearances this season against lefties, while Carter has nine. Neither player has a hit against a lefty.

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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

Greg Bird broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a home run, Michael Pineda threw seven strong innings and the New York Yankees won their seventh game in a row with a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird, who entered the game with a .038 batting average, was a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Aaron Judge's home run was overturned on replay to break a 1-1 tie.

Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple. He hit a ball to deep right field off Adam Wainwright (0-3) that deflected off a fan's glove and back onto the field. Umpires reviewed the play and ruled fan interference, resulting in a triple.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, St. Louis Cardinals
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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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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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Yankees 1B Greg Bird is considered day-to-day with a bruised ankle after he consulted an Orioles team doctor, the Yankees announced. 

The ankle injury forced Bird out of Saturday's lineup.

Bird said he re-aggravated the ankle he fouled a ball off toward the end of Spring Training.

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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))

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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 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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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees tied the Rays, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits while walking none during his 4 1/3 innings. His ERA this spring is 3.68.
  • Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, and Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a double...
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Greg Bird will enter the season as the Yankees' starting first baseman, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Wednesday.

Bird has been absolutely crushing the ball during spring training, batting .439 with six HRs, 11 RBIs, and six doubles in only 41 ABs.

 "I don't see anything changing that," Joe Girardi told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post when asked if Bird would be the starting first baseman. "He's been really good, maybe better than what I expected, knowing that he sat out a year and you worry about guy's timing. It hasn't seemed to affect him.''

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka didn't allow a run and Greg Bird homered twice to lead the Yankees past the Phillies, 7-3, on Wednesday in Clearwater. >> Box score


  • Tanaka allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Through 18 2/3 Grapefruit League frames, Tanaka has surrendered no runs and six hits with 22 strikeouts.
  • Bird upped his average to .439 in 42 at-bats and drove in five runs. His six homers are tied for the most in the Majors with the Nationals' Bryce Harper.
  • Chase Headley hit his second long ball of the spring.
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