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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.

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Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar
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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. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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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. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray
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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)
(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. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, David Robertson, Greg Bird, Scott Thompson
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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.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Neil Walker
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 (Adam Hunger)
(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 on big win over Red Sox 00:01:38
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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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:00:36
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. 

Tags: Chasen Shreve, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray
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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...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Scott Thompson
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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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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:00:31
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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New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day DL due to a Grade 1 right intercostal muscle strain and recalled OF Billy McKinney from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, GM Brian Cashman said Friday.

Hicks started in center field yesterday, playing the entire game while going 2-for-4 with two strikeouts. Cashman told reporters that Hicks felt the injury between his third and fourth at-bats.

The 23-year-old McKinney, who will be making his big league debut, hit .277/.338/.483 with 16 HR in 124 games while splitting last season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A.

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BNNY: Bird injured again 00:06:04
The panel breaks down the latest injury to Greg Bird and what it means for the Yankees' lineup in 2018 and the left-handed hitter's future.

Yankees 1B Greg Bird underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his right ankle, the team announced.

Bird was evaluated by a foot specialist Monday as he was experiencing inflammation in his right foot. Now, with another surgery, Bird is likely to miss six-to-eight weeks.

Bird was scratched from the Yankees' lineup on Saturday and subsequently underwent tests, which revealed the inflammation. The 25-year-old underwent surgery to remove a bone from his right ankle last season as well...

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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees couldn't get anything going at the plate, as the Red Sox took them down, 5-0, on Friday. >> Box score


Things to know about today's game

1) Masahiro Tanaka technically took the loss on the day, but it wasn't a bad outing at all. He allowed just one solo homer out of the five hits he gave up, while striking out six and walking none over 5.2 innings. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Aaron Judge homered twice and drove in four runs to power the Yankees past the Orioles, 9-4, on Wednesday night in Tampa. >> Box score


Things to know about Wednesday's game

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Mar 18, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) is congratulated by left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 18, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) is congratulated by left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Luis Severino allowed three runs across five innings, Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez homered, and the Yankees beat the Marlins, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon at George Steinbrenner Field >> Box score

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Anyone who has read my work about the Yankees (I'm still here, so there has to be a few of you) knows that I strive to be as objective as possible as I cover the team. I'm a fan. I don't necessarily hide that, however I believe I owe it to anyone taking the time to click on a link to offer more than a drooling fan-lust piece. That is, until today and for this particular piece.

I long for dented scoreboards situated well above the yellow line. I also live for Statcast home run distance measurements, launch angles and exit velocities. Like you, I look forward to tweets letting me know someone barreled up a baseball and it left the ballpark.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Every spectator in the stands at George M. Steinbrenner Field was looking for No. 27 in pinstripes as Giancarlo Stanton took the field for the first time as a Yankee. 

In his highly anticipated debut, Stanton said nerves weren't really a feeling he possessed walking out on the field. It's strictly business when he crosses the chalk. 

"Once I get in between the ilnes, it's ready to go," Stanton told ESPN's Coley Harvey. "But it's definitely a cool anticipation. Something new -- new and exciting."

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Though overshadowed by the behemoth trio of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary SanchezGreg Bird is an important player in the Yankees' lineup. And both he and GM Brian Cashman are hoping he can stay on the field more this season. 

Bird's early career has already been ravaged by injuries, as shoulder surgery saw him miss the entire 2016 season, and he played just 48 big league games last year because of an ankle injury. 

Bird comes into Spring Training healthy, and despite his issues the past two seasons, Cashman believes he can keep it that way. 

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Feb 19, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees players warm up during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 19, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees players warm up during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Vegas has the Yankees tied with the defending World Series-champion Astros for the best odds to win the American League pennant, per Bovada.

New York and Houston both have 11/4 odds to win the pennant, while the Indians (13/4) and Red Sox (6/1) are behind them.

The Yankees were a game short of the World Series last season, where the Astros eventually finished them off in their own Minute Maid Park on their way to their first World Series title in franchise history. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)

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The Yankees had a surprisingly magical 2017 season with numerous high quality and breakout performances; however, there were a few players whose production the club hopes is not duplicated in 2018.

Dellin Betances

Betances has never been the model of command on the mound. His inability to control his large frame forced the Yankees to convert him to a reliever in the minors as a last-ditch effort to squeeze value out of a highly touted prospect.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees will not be viewed as the lovable, up and coming "Baby Bombers" this season. Instead, the Yankees will come out of the gate as the hunted "Evil Empire," which comes with one expectation; winning a World Series title.

It is a poorly kept secret that a championship is the Yankees' Spring Training mantra year in and year out. However, over the last few seasons, fans, the players, coaches and front office would admit under truth serum that the club was not the best team in the league. Fresh off an incredible 2017 season and courtesy of a strong returning cast, more impact prospects on the horizon and a rather large addition (literally and figuratively), the 2018 Yankees have a legitimate chance to reach and win their 28th World Series.

Teams often relish the role of the underdog. Working under stamped down expectations from those outside the organization tends to create an "us versus them" mentality. The Yankees seemed to ride that sentiment through much of the 2017 season. That mindset is history.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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As the Yankees have fully embraced the youth movement, it should be no shock that the club will rely on rookies in its effort to return to the postseason. We'll cover five rookies -- including a couple of sleepers -- that may make significant impacts for the Yankees this season.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Chance Adams, Chase Headley, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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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)

For Greg Bird, 2017 was supposed to be his breakout year. After a phenomenal spring training it looked like he was even better than advertized.

But he began the season in a slump before going down with an injury that'd keep him out until August. Once he did return and worked off the rust, Bird delivered what many expected of him. Now, ahead of 2018, he's desperate to show everyone what he can do over a full season. 

"I think people saw it, but I want to do it for a full season, I've got to do it for a full season," Bird said, via Erik Boland of Newsday. "That's what it's all about. I'm not going to lie, I'm anxious to show it, I want to. It's what I've wanted to do..."

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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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The Yankees enter the 2018 season with their first baseman set in stone, but will Greg Bird's body hold up long enough to reach his full potential?

Bird was anointed the starting first baseman last season, courtesy of his pedigree and a blistering spring training. But he fouled a ball off his right ankle just before camp broke. The injury seemed minor at the time, except the pain lingered. By the time doctors finally figured out Bird should have the os trigonum removed from his ankle, he had suffered through four and a half months of pain, three and a half of which was spent on the disabled list.

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Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (Mary Altaffer/AP)
Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

The Yankees seem content, and rightly so, to wait for the price to come down on Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the market to come back to them on smaller trades or to pursue the free agent market. While it may not be the Yankees' desire, one has to wonder if going into spring training as currently constituted would be all that bad.

The Yankees lineup is stacked to the point that it can sustain two rookies facing an uphill battle against major league pitching. There is enough firepower with the Yankees seven presumed positional starters to not only to withstand the growing pains of rookies, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, or potential first-time full-timers, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, but to balance their own downturns throughout the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

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The Yankees rocked the baseball world by acquiring reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who will further boost one of the game's prodigious offenses. The additional fire power will be welcomed, but there are several factors improved by Stanton's addition to the roster.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

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Just for future reference, the Yankees' club record for home runs in a season is 245, set in 2012. With what the Yanks have just done, that mark - and perhaps multiple other longball standards - is in serious jeopardy.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust will arrive in Orlando this weekend for the MLB Winter Meetings. Thus far, the Yankees have spent much of the offseason concentrating on filling their managerial opening and preparing a presentation for naught in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

With Aaron Boone signed to lead the Yankees and Ohtani out of the picture, New York can concentrate on filling the minimal openings on the roster and potentially make some tweaks to open spots for rising youngsters or to free up payroll for other additions.

Here are some potential dealings (not to be mistaken for deals) the Yankees might be involved in next week:

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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