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The first blush of reaction, after Yankees PR man Jason Zillo dropped the stunning news on reporters assembled for the team's post-mortem news conference that Didi Gregorius needed Tommy John surgery, was the most obvious: The team needed to pursue Manny Machado in free agency.

But it wasn't Gregorius' injury that made Machado an important item for the Yankees. The 26-year-old superstar was already a target, and rightfully so. The Yankees tried to trade for Machado twice -- last offseason and this July...

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

Locks

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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

Here are the major questions the Yankees must confront:

How do they maintain the dominant bullpen?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Remember when people liked the Yankees? You know - that young, fun-spirited, surprise playoff contender? The nation smiled as Todd Frazier jumped over dugout railings and pointed his thumb down. I'm pretty sure Aaron Judge got some marriage proposals.

Well, that period in time seems like it was years ago. The Yankees continued the quest to rebuild their empire on Wednesday in a 7-2 blowout victory in the AL Wild Card Game, a night which showcased a player who fans of other teams are beginning to loathe.

Luke Voit, who ironically couldn't be more well-regarded as a human being, has risen to fame in New York and come to represent the most frustrating thing about the Yankees: The ease in which they're able to absorb big blows and rise back to the top of the league. Just when the team had seen enough of Greg Bird, who was supposed to be their franchise first baseman, Brian Cashman flipped a couple expendable, mediocre bullpen arms to the Cardinals to take a chance on a hot minor league hitter...

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees regulars vs. Athletics regulars

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird has been left off of the Yankees' American League Wild Card roster as the Bombers are set to face the A's on Wednesday night.

The first baseman only appeared in just seven of New York's 27 games in September, starting only three times. 

The 25-year-old hit just .199 this season with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 82 games.

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has appeared in just six of New York's 24 games in September, starting just twice.

The 25-year-old, who is hitting just .195 this season, could be left off the playoff roster, according to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman.

But despite his diminished role, thanks in part to Luke Voit's emergence, Bird remains hopeful he can be the Yankees' starting first baseman.

"I want to be the first baseman. Badly," Bird told NJ Advance Media's Randy Miller. "I think I can do a great job. I enjoy it here. I like it here. It's the only thing I've known, so it's always what I wanted to do. It's what I've kind of always envisioned myself being. But I've got to play better. That's it. You ain't going to be the first baseman hitting .190."

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

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

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)

The Yankees will leave Minnesota with a sour taste in their mouths after getting two-hit by the Twins in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees' offense was ice cold against Jake Odorizzi, who carried a no-hit bid through 7.1 innings. Greg Bird finally broke the no-no with an RBI double that amounted to the Yanks' only offense of the night. Miguel Andujar singled in the top of the ninth for the second hit of the game, but otherwise, the Yankees just couldn't get anything going in this series finale. 

2) Luis Severino didn't go long (5.2 innings), but he only allowed one run in the sixth inning as the only hiccup of his start. He also struck out five batters in what was a good turnaround performance following his shortest outing of the season against the A's last time out. 

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton looks on from the dugout during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton looks on from the dugout during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees trailed the Detroit Tigers 8-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning. They loaded the bases with two outs for Adeiny Hechavarria.

And bench coach Josh Bard, taking over managerial duties with Aaron Boone serving a one-game suspension, turned to first baseman Greg Bird over outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to pinch hit.

Bird, who was hitting .108 over his last 21 games, hit a Victor Alcantara sinker to the warning track for an inning-ending flyout while Stanton remained in the dugout as the Yankees eventually lost 11-7.

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Josh Donaldson (20) fMandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Blue Jays brought it down to the wire, but struck a deal with the Indians to trade for 3B Josh Donaldson. But there were other teams talking to Toronto before the trade was ultimately set in stone. 

One of those teams were the Yankees, according to FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman. The Cardinals and Braves were also looking into a potential trade scenario. 

The Yankees didn't necessarily need Donaldson, especially with Miguel Andujar owning a hot bat at the moment. But Donaldson does have first base experience, and with Greg Bird struggling, it may have sparked interest in the former All-Star. 

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Aug 24, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) celebrates with Gleyber Torres (25) after connecting on a two run game winning home run in the 10th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 24, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) celebrates with Gleyber Torres (25) after connecting on a two run game winning home run in the 10th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

With Greg Bird stuck in a well-publiized slump, Luke Voit stepped up for the Yankees on Friday night at first base.

Voit went 3-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBI, including what proved to be the game winning runs in the 10th inning in the Yankees' 7-5 win over the Orioles. With Bird's struggles, can Voit force himself into Aaron Boone's plans? The manager has a simple answer.

"Yeah. Swinging the bat like that, you create opportunities for yourself," Boone said after the game. "And those were quality at-bats tonight. Obviously big at-bats in big spots. Yeah. There are some opportunities to be had right now, and performance matters ... We'll just try and match up, and hopefully kind of get a little hot hand going and see where we are."

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird thought homering last Saturday and Sunday would help him break out of his slump. That hasn't been the case.

Since his first-inning grand slam in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Blue Jays, Bird has gone hitless in 13 at-bats, extending his weeks-long slump that has dropped his batting average from .234 to .202.

"We've seen just in and out, that authority through the zone, and it's hard to put our finger on it," manager Aaron Boone said of Bird, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I thought we saw a couple games there at home where I thought he was really impacting the ball. There was some force through the zone, and then here [in Miami], it's been a little bit more back to not that life through the zone." 

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Tyler Austin (31) Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jordan Johnson)

After seeing his father's tweets directed at his former teammate, Twins 1B Tyler Austin feels "pretty embarrassed."

Chris Austin, Tyler's dad, took some shots at Yankees 1B Greg Bird over the weekend. He is clearly still upset the Yankees decided to trade him to Minnesota before the trade deadline on July 30. 

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Aug 11, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Tyler Austin (31) is congratulated by teammates after he hits a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Aug 11, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Tyler Austin (31) is congratulated by teammates after he hits a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees made a few moves before the trade deadline, getting the pitching support they needed for the second half. However, in doing so, a few player casualties had to follow. 

One of them was 1B Tyler Austin, who was traded to the Twins in a deal for RHP Lance Lynn. And it appears Austin's father, Chris, is still bitter that Austin was dealt away from the Yankees. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird homered for the second straight game, hitting a grand slam in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays as he continues to break out of a massive slump.

Bird crushed a Ryan Borucki sinker into the second deck to right field to highlight New York's six-run first inning, his second straight plate appearance in which he homered. He also hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of Saturday's 11-6 win.

"I felt like I was in a good place, just getting ready to hit," Bird said, according to Newsday's Sal Cacciatore. "The consistency just hasn't been there like I'd like, but when it's not, you have to find a way to get it done."

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The recent struggles for Yankees 1B Greg Bird culminated on Thursday afternoon as he had an opportunity to rescue a win for the Yankees in the 9th inning.

At the plate with the bases loaded and no outs with the Yankees trailing 3-1, Bird was unable to come through with a hit. He wasn't even able to make a productive out, instead popping out to third base. His teammates behind him each struck out as the team stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th.

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Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees strung together four runs to back Masahiro Tanaka's complete game shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Tanaka only needed 105 pitches to get through nine innings and struck out nine batters in the process. He allowed just three hits and walked one batter against a Rays lineup that went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

2) Didi Gregorius drove in the Yankees' first run in the first inning, while Tyler Wade came around to score on Austin Romine's groundout in the fifth. The Yankees scored a third run in the seventh when Romine hit a sacrifice fly to right. Neil Walker tacked on an RBI single in the ninth inning.

3) Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird each had two hits for the Yankees, who totaled eight hits on the night and still managed to win despite going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade
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Greg Bird (33) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Greg Bird (33) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Returning to the Yankees' lineup from ankle surgery, 1B Greg Bird was mired in a slump. Bird showed hints of his old self, but mostly, it was a walk back to the dugout after each at-bat. 

But Bird showed more than hints of his powerful lefty bat right before the All-Star break, and that has continued since play resumed on Friday. It appears he has turned a corner, with a main sign being his success against lefty Steven Matz on Saturday afternoon. 

Heading into the game, manager Aaron Boone didn't know what to expect from Bird as he was 4-for-29 against left-handers. But, with his hot bat, the lefty-lefty matchup favored Bird in the end. 

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Boone, Judge on Chapman's outing 00:00:39
Aaron Boone and Aaron Judge discuss Aroldis Chapman's uncharacteristic outing in Saturday's game against the Mets.

The Yankees needed every one of their insurance runs as Aroldis Chapman failed to record an out against five batters in the ninth inning, and only threw three strikes, as the Yankees held on to beat the Mets 7-6.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

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Yankees defeat the Tribe 00:03:17
Eamon McAnaney, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' win over the Indians and whether Manny Machado is a good fit.

CC Sabathia allowed a game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning, but Austin Romine scored on his own double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sabathia allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first and the Indians scored again in the second when Erik Gonzalez came home from third on Michael Brantley's groundout. In the sixth, Brandon Guyer hit a game-tying two-run single.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird
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Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Former Yankees great Bernie Williams played on New York's best team -- and arguably one of the best teams to play the game -- in 1998. He has a few championship rings from his 1990s playing days to show for it too.

But, when asked if this year's Yankee team deserves comparison to his squad, Bernie couldn't agree more. 

"It's very exciting to watch," he told Newsday's Sal Cacciatore at the Double-A All-Star Game in Trenton, NJ on Wednesday night. Williams played the National Anthem with his guitar before the game kicked off. 

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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Sonny Gray bounced back with six shutout innings and the Yankees hit three home runs en route to a 9-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday in Baltimore. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Gray pitched well against a team he's had success against this season. He never allowed a run in six innings of work and struck out eight batters in the process. He walked just one and threw 90 pitches on the night. 

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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

For anyone who has played baseball, getting in front of the ball in the field is preached from Little League and on. And when the game is on the line and it's bases loaded with two outs, coaches normally yell, "Get dirty!" to their infielders. That basically translates to do whatever it takes to get that final out. 

But Yankees 1B Greg Bird's fundamentals went out the door on Tuesday night when that exact situation arose.

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Bryce Harper (34) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Bryce Harper (34) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Maybe Nationals OF Bryce Harper has a place on the Yankees after all. 

The Yankees' outfield is obviously stacked, and adding the All-Star Harper to the mix doesn't make sense. But the 25-year-old, who is expected to be a free agent after this season, may have a solution to that. 

Harper was seen taking ground balls at first base prior to the Nationals' matchup against the Red Sox. It was upon Harper's request to manager Dave Martinez to take practice in the infield, a place in the field he hasn't seen over his 850 career games...

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(Adam Hunger)

After Ronald Acuna Jr. connected on a 1-2 slider, Yankees RHP David Robertson thought he had an out. Instead, he gave the lead back to the Braves in the top of the 11th inning. 

Yankees C Austin Romine signaled for the slider to be down to get the 20-year-old Acuna chasing. However, he lifted it out to right field, an area no pitcher wants to see a high fly ball go at Yankee Stadium. 

The infamous short porch did the trick. 

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Martino on Bird's struggles 00:00:53
Andy Martino questions how long the Yankees can stay patient with Greg Bird as he continues to slump during a tight divisional race.

David Robertson allowed a tiebreaking two-run home run to Ronald Acuña Jr. in the top of the 11th inning and the Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position as they lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Yankees went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. Greg Bird and Austin Romine both struck out with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, while Neil Walker struck out with runners on the corners to end the eighth.

2) In the top of the 11th, Nick Markakis reached on a Gleyber Torres error to give Atlanta a baserunner. After a fielder's choice, Acuña hit Robertson's 1-2 curveball over Aaron Judge's outstretched glove for a two-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie. The Yankees went down in order in the bottom of the inning.

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(Adam Hunger)

Going up against the best team in the MLB -- let alone a heated rival -- the Yankees needed all of their offensive weapons on point heading into their three-game series with Boston on Friday night. 

One of those power bats includes Greg Bird, who has struggled since his return to the Yankee lineup. Well, he may have finally found his stroke after a strong performance to help lift the Yankees in Game 1. 

Bird delivered not one, but two solo shots against the Sox, and he did so by going to both sides of the field. His first came after Miguel Andujar belted a two-run homer to left, and Bird hit a screamer to left field himself off Eduardo Rodriguez to make it a 4-0 game. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone and his players discuss CC Sabathia's strong seven innings in the club's big 8-1 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

The Yankees made a statement in the series opener against the Red Sox, as their potent offense smashed four homers and plated eight runs to take the first of three games in the Bronx. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) The Yankees only collected four hits on the night, with Aaron Hicks accounting for two of them. And what was even worse was the fact that only one Yankees base runner reached second base on the night. Zach Eflin, who has done tremendously better in June, was lights out as he kept the Yankees off balance all night. Seranthony Dominguez closed out the game with a six-out save.

 

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New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Remember INF Brandon Drury

The Yankees brought in Drury to act as a utility infielder that could play any position across the diamond. After suffering from migraines and blurry vision, he hit the DL to work out his issue that has affected him in the past. 

Well, he did work it out, but he hasn't been back in a Yankees uniform with Miguel Andujar playing great at third base -- the position Drury started at on Opening Day. Instead, Drury has been stuck in Triple-A as he awaits the struggle of another Yankee before he can get a shot again. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Though Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has just a .215 batting average and .743 OPS this season, manager Aaron Boone believes he will soon break out.

"I feel like he's pretty close to being really locked in," Boone said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.

The 25-year-old Bird is 5-for-14 with a home run and two doubles over his last four games. After going 1-for-4 in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Bird said he is working on his consistency at the plate.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Though Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has just a .215 batting average and .743 OPS this season, manager Aaron Boone believes he will soon break out.

"I feel like he's pretty close to being really locked in," Boone said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.

The 25-year-old Bird is 5-for-14 with a home run and two doubles over his last four games. After going 1-for-4 in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Bird said he is working on his consistency at the plate.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down Sonny Gray's up-and-down outing against the Nationals on Wednesday night.

The Nationals got the last laugh as Juan Soto's solo shot in the top of the seventh was the decision maker in the 5-4 loss for the Yankees on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sonny Gray continues to struggle at home, as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits over five innings. Gray didn't have the control of his arsenal on the mound as he did in Toronto in his previous start. He walked into this contest with a 7.22 ERA at home, and didn't do much to clean up that infalted number. Luckily, he had a couple pick offs and good plays in the field to keep the damage low. 

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Sanchez struggles on 00:00:26
Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses the slumping Gary Sanchez, and how his catcher needs to stay strong mentally to get through it.

As Gary Sanchez continues to fall deeper into his current slump, the Yankees are continuing to brush off any worry regarding their slugging catcher. 

After his 0-for-4 performance to finish the three-game Subway Series on Sunday, Sanchez is now 4-for-his-last-53 (.079) and he has not put one out of the ballpark since his two-homer game in Kansas City on May 19. Overall, he is hitting /.190/.291/.430 this season. 

Before the season began, many salivated at the prospect of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the same lineup. However, the Yankees made it a point to say Sanchez was their most complete hitter...

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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Austin Romine and Greg Bird's long balls highlighted a six-run fourth inning that helped the Yankees take Game 1 of the split doubleheader, 7-4, over the Tigers.

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Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird said he is feeling good and seeing the ball well after hitting his first home run of the season in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm feeling good at the plate and in the field, and the timing and all of that," Bird said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "Just gotta stay the course. That's the hardest thing."

Bird, who made his season debut Saturday after undergoing ankle surgery, went 2-for-4 with a solo home run off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning, the lone Yankees' run.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird said he is feeling good and seeing the ball well after hitting his first home run of the season in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm feeling good at the plate and in the field, and the timing and all of that," Bird said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "Just gotta stay the course. That's the hardest thing."

Bird, who made his season debut Saturday after undergoing ankle surgery, went 2-for-4 with a solo home run off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning, the lone Yankees' run.

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Greg Bird and Didi Gregorius discuss the challenges of facing Astros ace Justin Verlander.

Justin Verlander continued his dominance this season as the Yankees couldn't get anything going at the plate in a 5-1 loss to the Astros on Memorial Day. 

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 3-for-4 in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.

Gardner was not a factor in the Yankees' three-run third inning -- the Yankees scored on Aaron Hicks' bases-loaded walk, Greg Bird's bases-loaded HBP and a Miguel Andujar fielder's choice -- but Gardner had three of New York's five hits.

"I feel good at the plate," Gardner told reporters after the game. "I'm seeing the ball well and just trying to put at-bats together to get on base for the guys behind me."

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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)

The Yankees are expected to activate first baseman Greg Bird and RHP Tommy Kahnle off thie disabled list for this weekend's series against the Los Angeles Angels, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

Bird, 25, has not played a regular-season game since undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle in March. In 12 minor league rehab games, he has hit .205 with three home runs and eight RBIs.

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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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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)

As the Yankees are currently riding a streak of 17 wins in 18 games, they are about to get stronger as more reinforcements are on the way: Greg Bird (ankle) and Billy McKinney (shoulder) are about to begin rehab assignments with Single-A Tampa Tarpons.

Bird, who underwent surgery on March 27, is in his sixth week of his recovery process and is expected to need 10 to 14 days of rehab appearances before he makes his season debut with the Yankees.

The 25-year-old Bird missed most of last season with an ankle injury and underwent surgery to remove a bone spur. Last year, he hit .190 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 48 games.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with two walks in his first extended spring training game Monday as he looks to return from ankle surgery.

Bird, who underwent surgery on March 27, is in his sixth week of his recovery process and is expected to need 10 to 14 days of rehab appearances before he makes his season debut with the Yankees.

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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)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will bat Monday in extended spring training for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right ankle, manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Bird underwent surgery on March 27 to remove a bone spur in his ankle, an issue he said he dealt with last year, and is in the fifth week of a recovery process that was expected to take six to eight weeks.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier homered in a rehab game with High-A Tampa as he looks to return from a concussion.

Frazier, one of several Yankees on the disabled list, went 2-for-4 with the Tampa Tarpons and is now 3-for-15 since playing his first minor league game this week.

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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)

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Injuries happen in sports.

It's a simple truth that the Yankees are coping with all too often early this season. Besides the injuries themselves, the Yankees are dealing with two players who withheld information to varying extents, though it is plausible the club could have handled the particular situations differently, potentially preventing or curtailing the current dilemma.

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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't envision needing Monday's off-day to recuperate his squad this early in the season. But it was certainly needed with key players continuing to battle injury. 

The most notable has been CF Aaron Hicks (intercostal muscle strain), who is close to returning to the team. Cashman told the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo that he hopes to see him return "some time probably during the Tigers series," which is this coming weekend. He is hoping to see Hicks suit up for a minor-league game as early as Tuesday.

Catcher Gary Sanchez also caught the injury bug over the weekend, as he was experiencing right hamstring soreness and cramping which kept him out the past two games. Cashman says the team will evaluate him on Tuesday to see if he is game ready. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Wade
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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)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird told reporters on Sunday that his ankle issue dated back to last season and lingered into the spring, leaving him with no choice but to undergo surgery at the beginning of the season.

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