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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with more than a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: David Hale, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Mike Tauchman

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada
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Apr 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (98-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) wrap up their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-91, 39.5 GB in AL East) at 1:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Yankees notes

James Paxton won his ninth straight game in Saturday's 13-3 win over the Blue Jays... The Yankees hit four homers in Saturday's win, courtesy of Brett GardnerGleyber TorresLuke Voit and Mike Ford. Every Yankee starter had a hit in the game, as they collected 19 in total... With 37 home runs, Torres is tied with Nelson Cruz for third in the American League.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luke Voit
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The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 13-3 on Saturday afternoon in Toronto. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

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Tags: Brett Gardner, Carlos Torres, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luke Voit
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees (97-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) continue their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-90, 38.5 GB in AL East) at 3:07 p.m. inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Yankees notes

The lineup shuffles for the Yankees after they suffered their 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Blue Jays late Friday night. Among the notables, RF Aaron Judge is back in the two spot after he sat out -- until a pinch-hit strikeout in the top of the 12th inning -- as a precautionary move following his collision into the right-field wall during Thursday's doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. Cameron Maybin, who replaced Judge in Friday's starting lineup, slides back to LF in favor of Clint Frazier after an 0-for-5 night in RF. Without Gary Sanchez until -- likely -- the end of the month as he recovers from his pulled left groin Thursday, the Yankees give C Kyle Higashioka the nod behind the dish after Austin Romine spent all 12 innings as the team's backstop Friday. Didi Gregorius gets the day off, sliding SS Gleyber Torres in the middle infield and giving 2B Thairo Estrada his first start since Aug. 17 before he suffered a calf injury.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Thairo Estrada
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The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 6-5 in 12 innings on Friday night in Toronto. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Friday's game...

1) With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th inning, Tyler Lyons allowed a solo home run to Bo Bichette, giving the Blue Jays a walk-off 6-5 win. For Bichette, the blast was his 11th of his impressive rookie season. 

2) Masahiro Tanaka breezed through the first inning, striking out two, but the Blue Jays took the first lead of the night in the second, as Randal Grichuk blasted his 26th home run of the season to put the Yankees in an early 1-0 hole. Tanaka then allowed two more runs in the fourth inning and another run was charged to him in the fifth. His night came to an end after five. His line was not very inspiring, as he allowed four earned on eight hits through five.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Sep 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound at the end of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound at the end of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

When James Paxton handed the ball off to manager Aaron Boone after yet another solid start on Monday, he may have walked off the Fenway Park diamond as the Yankees' Game 1 ALDS starter. 

Of course, Boone and the Yankees still have time to think about that, but with the way Paxton has been pitching -- and how the Yankees hit when he's on the mound -- it seems like the right choice to make. 

Paxton pitched to the tune of no runs allowed on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6.2 innings of work. His previous outing was even better with just one hit allowed with 12 strikeouts over seven innings against the Rangers in the Bronx. 

Tags: Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Sep 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

James Paxton held the Red Sox off the scoreboard as the Yankees coasted to a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Monday night. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) James Paxton tossed his second consecutive scoreless outing and won his eighth straight start on Monday with another fantastic performance. He allowed just four hits over 6.2 innings, walking three and striking out seven. He hasn't lost a game since July 26, and in the eight starts since has seen his ERA drop from 4.72 to 3.96. His streak of scoreless innings now stands at 15.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luke Voit
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (94-50, 8.5 GA in AL East) round out their four-game series against the Red Sox (76-67, 17.5 GB in AL East, 8 GB of second wild card) Monday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

With three home runs in Sunday's win, the Yankees set a franchise record with 268 homers on the season. They surpassed the mark they set just last season with 18 games remaining on the schedule... Gleyber Torreshit his 35th homer of the season, breaking a tie with Gary Sanchez for the team lead... The Yankees are 64-12 when hitting multiple home runs this season and 35-4 when they have three or more... Gio Urshela returned to the active roster on Sunday and will re-join the starting lineup in Monday's game.

Tags: Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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Sep 8, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 8, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees homered three times en route to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Sunday's game

1) In what has already been a historic season in terms of home run production, the 2019 Yankees put themselves in the franchise record book once again. Aaron Judge's home run in the fifth inning gave the Yankees a 7-4 lead, but was also the team's 268th homer of the season, surpassing the franchise record they set last season. They still have 18 games in the season left to increase that mark.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (93-50, 8.0 GA in AL East) play the the third game of their four-game wraparound series against the Red Sox (76-66, 16.5 GB in AL East, 7.0 GB for second Wild Card) Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion hit his second homer since returning from the IL on Saturday and also added a double, going 2-for-5 with three RBI... Gary Sanchez already has a career high in home runs and after two RBI on Saturday, needs 14 more to eclipse his career-best of 90... At .328, DJ LeMahieu is second in the American League in batting average, trailing Tim Anderson of the White Sox... Gio Urshela has been activated from the injured list, though he is not in Sunday's starting lineup. 

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (91-49, 9.5 GA in AL East) wrap up their three-game series with the Rangers (68-72, 22.0 GB in AL West, 12.5 GB for second Wild Card) Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees rebounded from their first shutout in 220 games to beat the Rangers 10-1 on Tuesday night. The team hit a total of five home runs, thanks to two from Gary Sanchez, and one each from Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner, and Edwin Encarnacion. It was Encarnacion's 31st homer of the year, and his first game since a fractured wrist that had kept him out since Aug. 3. Starting pitcher James Paxton tossed 7.0 shutout innings of one-hit baseball and tied his season-high with 12 strikeouts.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, James Paxton
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James Paxton dominated the Rangers in a 10-1 win. Paxton has now won seven straight and tied his season high in strikeouts.

The Yankees blasted six home runs as they avenged their series-opening loss to the Rangers and bounced back with Tuesday's dominant 10-1 win at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) After they suffered a six-hit shutout -- the offense's first scoreless performance in 122 games -- in their 7-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday, the result evidently lit a fire under the Yankees. New York pummeled Texas for 10 runs on 11 hits, belting six home runs along the way. The Yankees jumped on the Rangers with C Gary Sanchez's two-run home run to center field, taking a 2-0 lead, before busting the dam entirely later in the game.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (90-49, 9.0 GA in AL East) continue a three-game series with the Texas Rangers (68-71, 22.0 GB in AL West, 12.5 GB for second Wild Card) Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees had their 122-game streak without suffering a shutout snapped Monday when the Rangers held them scoreless, 7-0, in a six-hit performance. The last time they were shutout happened June 30, 2018, in the form of an 11-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Against the Rangers, four players went hitless and four others had one hit, while OF Mike Tauchman led the efforts with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. The retun of DH Edwin Encarnacion, whom the Yankees activated from the 10-day IL after a two-game rehab stint in the minor leagues with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, should pack a punch in the lineup. 

Tags: Chad Green, Edwin Encarnacion , James Paxton
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Do the Yankees have enough pitching to win a World Series title this October? 

That's the burning question we'll soon find out as the regular season comes to a close at the end of September. But, if you're asking former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani if he thinks that's the case, he definitely believes they have what it takes. 

"They wouldn't have the best record in baseball if they didn't have enough pitching," Giuliani said to TMZ Sports.

Tags: Domingo German, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mike Ford (36) follows through on a RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mike Ford (36) follows through on a RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (90-48, 10.0 GA in AL East) open a three-game series with the Rangers (67-71, 22 GB in AL West, 12.5 GB for second Wild Card) on Monday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Mike Ford played hero on Sunday, hitting a walk-off home run in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the A's... Brett Gardner also homered in the ninth to aid in the comeback victory... Though Gary Sanchez has just five hits in his last 26 at-bats, three of those hits have been for homers and his OPS is a very respectable .838 over that span.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

CC Sabathia only lasted three innings Friday night because of pain in his right knee that he ranked as a "10" on the ache scale. He wants to pitch again this season, even plans to, but he has no way of knowing if he can until his knee is drained on Saturday and he possibly gets a cortisone shot. 

"It's frustrating, for sure," Sabathia said after the Yankees lost - again - to Oakland, this time by an 8-2 score at Yankee Stadium. "I feel like I can still get outs and help the team."

But Sabathia's status may help the Yankees avoid a thorny October question. Before his knee started bothering him again while batting during his previous start in Los Angeles, it was unclear where he fit into the Yankees postseason pitching plans. Sabathia, who has authored a Cooperstown-worthy career, has pitched in big games for the Yankees before and holds lofty status inside their clubhouse.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees had a big fifth-inning and four homers from four different players en route to a 7-3 win. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The Yankees let the Mariners back in the game in the fourth inning, allowing two runs, but then buried Seattle with four runs in the fifth. Mike Ford hit a solo home run to right field only a few pitches after knocking one just foul down the same line. Tyler Wade then doubled and scored on a DJ LeMahieu single. The third and fourth runs came via Aaron Judge's two-run home run to left field. LeMahieu had two hits and two RBI while Judge also had a double, three hits in total and another two RBI. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Cameron Maybin, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, James Paxton
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Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (87-47, 10.5 GA in AL East) complete their West Coast trip with a final game against the Seattle Mariners (56-77, 29.0 GB in AL West) on Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. at T-Mobile Park.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are currently on a three-game win streak after defeating the Mariners, 7-0. ...Aaron Judge launched his 100th home run of his career on the first pitch he saw last night. It was an absolute laser that left the bat at 114 mph and had a projected distance of 461 feet. ...Aaron Boone gave multiple updates on injured Yanks before the game, saying Giancarlo Stanton is close to facing live pitching and Didi Gregorius is expected back in the lineup on Friday. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Justus Sheffield
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Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pauses before pitching against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pauses before pitching against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was confident when he extended a two-year, $34 million contract to veteran LHP J.A. Happ this offseason.

Despite other pitchers out on the free agent market, it was a sensible move by him. Happ came over from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline last season to bolster the Yankees' rotation, mainly because he was a Red Sox killer over his career. It may not have panned out in the postseason when the two teams met -- Happ was on the losing end of Game 1 of the ALDS after allowing five runs over two innings -- but he owned a 2.69 ERA over 11 starts before that. 

Looking back on that now, though, it's hard to defend that signing. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Aug 23, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates after shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hit a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Aug 23, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates after shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hit a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres all homered, but Didi Gregorius' fifth-inning grand slam was the big blow to the Dogers in the Yankees' 10-2 victory over Los Angeles on Friday. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) With the Yankees leading 2-1 in the fifth, Gregorius came to the plate with the bases loaded and took the first pitch he saw from Hyun-Jin Ryu deep to right field to break the game wide open. Gregorius added a second homer with the game well out of reach, a solo shot in the top of the ninth. The shortstop now has 13 home runs since making his season debut on June 7. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Nestor Cortes Jr, Tommy Kahnle
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (83-46, 8.0 GA in AL East) take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (85-44, 20.5 GA in NL West) at Dodger Stadium Friday at 10:10 p.m. to begin a three-game series with the two-time defending National League champions.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers in Thursday's loss to the A's. He now has 31 home runs on the season... Gio Urshela had a rare down night, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts... Aaron Judge reached base three times on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a walk, but the three hitters behind him (Didi Gregorius, Urshela and Gary Sanchez) combined to go 1-for-12 behind him.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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Torres belts 2 HR's in win 00:02:08
The Yankees, led by the red-hot Gleyber Torres topped the Indians despite Aaron Boone and Brett Gardner being ejected in the 6th inning.

The Yankees hit four home runs in their 6-5 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) James Paxton struggled on Saturday afternoon, giving up four earned runs on six hits through 5.0 innings. He only struck out four batters, the lowest total he's had in a game since July 2 against the Mets when he struck out just three. Prior to this start, Paxton had been 3-0 in the month of August with a 2.89 ERA.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (82-42, 10.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series with the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (73-50, 1.5 GB in AL Central, 2.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees beat the Indians on Friday night 3-2, thanks to Masahiro Tanaka's 6.1 innings of four hit baseball. The righty struck out two batters and allowed just two runs, good enough to get his ninth win of the season. Aroldis Chapman came in for the close, and now has 34 saves on the season. Gio Urshela led the Yankees' bats, going 3-for-4 from the plate... the team had 10 hits collectively for the game. Aaron Judge had two hits including a double and a walk, showing signs of breaking out of his recent struggles.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Yankees rolling along toward a division title, fans are naturally turning their thoughts to the playoff rotation. This year, it's a particularly hot topic because the general manager declined to add to it at the trade deadline.

The Yankees insist, both publicly and in private, that they haven't begun to think in earnest about the playoff roster and rotation -- though we can report, as we did in June, that the team is eyeing a Chad Green/Luis Severino game, provided the latter is healthy.

Tags: Chad Green, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, CC Sabathia, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery looks on (47) as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery looks on (47) as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees southpaw Jordan Montgomery has spent his time rehabbing from his spring 2018 Tommy John surgery.

Now, it's looking like a return is in the near future.

He recently threw a simulated game (2 IP, 35 pitches) and is "getting close to game action," according to manager Aaron Boone.

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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The Yankees took the first game, 8-5, of this Monday doubleheader against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Monday's game...

1) James Paxton went six strong innings against the O's, but the long ball was hurting him. He allowed three runs, two of which came from solo homers. Overall, though, he allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out seven over that span. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Cessa
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May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits a two run single against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits a two run single against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A week after sweeping the Baltimore Orioles (39-87, 37.5 GB in AL East, 29 GB in AL Wild Card) in a three-game series, the Yankees (77-41, 8.5 GA in AL East) will start a four-game series in New York against the O's, starting with a Monday doubleheader, which begins at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yanks appointed infielder Breyvic Valera as their 26th man ahead of Monday's doubleheader. Valera has appeared in nine games for the Yankees with season and is batting .192 with three RBI in the majors this year. ... The Yankees have beat up the O's as of late. After Baltimore won the first series between the two this season in the Bronx, the Orioles have lost 12-straight games to the Yanks and lost all 10 games they've played against New York at Camden Yards this year. ...  The Yankees already set MLB records for the most home runs against a single opponent in a season (52) and the most at a visiting ballpark (43) vs. Baltimore. ... Gio Urshela will look to continue he excellent pace this season against the O's, he has 17 homers, 61 RBI and is batting .323 in 97 games played on the year. In the Yanks' four-game series against the Blue Jays this past weekend, Urshela had three home runs, 6 RBI and batted .400. 

 

Tags: Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Baltimore Orioles
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Apr 4, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Apr 4, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

The Yankees (74-39, 9.5 GA in AL East) take on the Baltimore Orioles (38-75, 36.0 GB in AL East ) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have now won seven straight games, with the last six coming against AL East foes. ... The Yankees have hit 47 home runs against the Orioles this season, just one shy of the all-time Major League record for most homers by one team against a single opponent (1956 Yankees vs. Kansas City A's).

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Aaron Boone and James Paxton comment on Paxton's strong outing in the Yankees 4-2 win over Boston

The Yankees received a quality start from James Paxton and some power from Gleyber Torres to beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Friday night. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) Gleyber Torres turned the Yankees' two-run deficit to a two run lead in one swing. After a DJ LeMahieu single and a pair of walks, Torres launched a grand slam into the seats in left field. Torres' 21st homer of the season gave the Yankees the lead after one.

2) James Paxton entered the game coming off a pair of rough outing, including his last time out against the Red Sox, but he was tremendous on Friday. Over six innings, Paxton allowed a pair of runs on just two hits. The Red Sox scored twice in the first inning on a JD Martinez long ball, but Paxton settled down after that inning, striking out six hitters.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Clint Frazier era in New York could soon be coming to an end. 

The Yankees are reportedly offering the 24-year-old outfielder in trade talks for both starting and relief pitchers, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. 

Frazier proved he is capable of being an everyday hitter in the majors this season, batting a slash line of .283/.330/.843 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 209 plate appearances. But the Yankees have kept the outfielder in Triple-A since June 16 when he was optioned to make room for DH Edwin Encarnacion

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Jul 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound after pitching during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Jul 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound after pitching during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees received sub-par starting pitching for the second straight night, falling to the Red Sox 10-5 at Fenway Park. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) For the second straight night, the Yankees starter got shelled. After Masahiro Tanaka allowed 12 runs on Thursday, James Paxton gave up seven earned on nine hits over just four innings of work. As the trade deadline looms closer, the last couple of performances from Yankees' starters have certainly pointed towards the team bringing in at least one starting pitcher. 

Tags: James Paxton, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Cameron Maybin (38) is congratulated by New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Cameron Maybin (38) is congratulated by New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (66-36, 9.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game set with the Red Sox (57-47, 10 GB in AL East) Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres has hit Boston starter Andrew Cashner well in his career, hitting at a .462 clip with a pair of home runs. ... DJ LeMahieu continues to lead the American League with his .333 batting average, though Boston's Rafael Devers is closing in with his third-ranked .323 mark. ... Cameron Maybin makes his return to the Yankees outfield after missing time due to a calf strain.

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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets during the third inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets during the third inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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James Paxton, the pitcher who was supposed to send October chill down the spines of the Yankees' potential postseason opponents, has been maddeningly inconsistent. He hasn't gotten an out in the seventh inning for months. 

And it seems as if there's some sort of first-inning whammy on him: He's given up 19 first-inning runs in 17 starts, good (well, bad) for a 10.06 ERA. Opponents have a 1.084 OPS against him in the opening frame. 

Paxton's other disappointing stats look like this: 5-5 record, 4.20 ERA, just 85.2 innings pitched. 

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Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees had their win streak snapped on Sunday, as the Rockies took down the Bombers 8-4 to avoid a sweep at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) James Paxton had a rough outing on the road. His first batter, Charlie Blackmon, took him deep to lead off the game and it may have been an omen for the rest of the way. He allowed seven runs, four earned on five hits while striking out six and walking three over 3.1 innings. Paxton's ERA has now rose to 4.20 on the year. 

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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (64-33, 10 GA in AL East) can sweep the Rockies (46-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.   

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner was scratched from the original lineup due to what manager Aaron Boone called a "barking knee." Mike Tauchman took his place in left. ...While the Yankees play today, two legends in Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. ...Though the long ball has been a Yankee specialty, they didn't need it on Saturday, scoring all 11 of their runs without hitting a homer. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a team-high three runs, while Gleyber Torres had two himself. Five other Yankees collected an RBI as well.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, James Paxton
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the first time all season, the Yankees lost a game with a lead after eight innings, falling to the Rays, 5-4, Monday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) Aroldis Chapman blew the save for the Yankees as the closer allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, before striking out the next to batters, before bringing up Travis d'Arnaud. The Rays catcher had already homered twice and after falling behind in the count, d'Arnaud lifted a 3-2 slider into right field to give the Rays a 5-4 lead. 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (59-32, 6.0 GA in AL East) are hosting division foe Tampa Bay Rays (55-40, 6 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Aaron Judge is off to a solid start to the second half. He was 7-for-11 with two walks and a run and RBI against the Blue Jays over the weekend and is hitting .321/.433/.554 since returning from the IL on June 21. ... Gary Sanchez has some pretty good numbers against Rays starter Blake Snell. Sanchez is 5-for-17 with four home runs and seven RBI against the reigning AL Cy Young award winner. ... Brett Gardner has also fared well against Snell, with six hits in 19 at-bats, inlcuding a home run. Gardner enters the game on a seven-game hitting streak. 

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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Life is good for a baseball team that is 57-31, the best record in the American League. But while the Yankees might be favorites to go back to the World Series for the first time in a decade, that doesn't mean the second half of the regular season is just about lining up the playoff rotation.

Yes, even juggernauts have potential trouble areas and question marks. With that in mind, we offer five things to watch while the Yanks try to hold their sizable 6.5-game lead in the AL East over the season's final two and a half months. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It seems hard to believe now, with the Yankees on a pace to win 105 games, that they lost series to the Orioles, Tigers, and White Sox in getting off to a 6-9 start amidst fears that injuries might wreck their season before Memorial Day.

Since then they've gone a mere 51-22 to establish themselves as the best team in the American League, getting unexpected contributions from the Urshelas, Tauchmans and Maybins of the baseball world that have made this more of a feel-good season than seemed possible with such huge expectations.

As such, any midterm review has to start with GM Brian Cashman, who created all this depth and versatility, as well as the most formidable bullpen in baseball, partly by spreading the Yankee money around on the likes of D.J. Lemahieu, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton and others, rather than going all-in on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Jul 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Jul 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Pitchers took over the game after early scoring, but the Rays edged out the Yankees 2-1. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) James Paxton took a bit to settle in against the Rays. In the first inning, he allowed two runs and started the contest allowing back-to-back doubles to Travis d'Arnaud and Tommy Pham. D'Arnaud scored on Pham's double, and Pham reached home when Avisail Garcia later grounded out. Paxton stopped the bleeding in the frame with two strikeouts to end the inning there, and had a solid outing the rest of the way. In total, Paxton notched 11 strikeouts, including a sixth inning showcase. With runners on first and third with no outs, Paxton struck out the side.

2) While Paxton had the Rays guessing at the plate, his the Yankees were doing the same against Charlie Morton. The Yankees nearly matched the amount of Rays the struck out against the starting pitcher on the day, as Morton fanned 10 batters he faced. The Yankees and Rays were struck out 14 and 13 times, respectively, in game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Yankees (57-30, 7.5 GA in AL East) face the Tampa Bay Rays (51-39, 7.5 GB in AL East) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at Tropicana Field at 1:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

During his six-game hitting streak, Aaron Hicks has three doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and a 1.147 OPS. ... DJ LeMahieu has a .474/.494/.697 batting line with four home runs and 51 RBIs with runners in scoring position. ... Gary Sanchez has 24 home runs through 66 games this season. By comparison, he hit 18 home runs in 89 games a year ago.

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Yankees react to losing 4-2 00:02:05
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was happy with his team's offense after Losing to the Mets.

The Yankees blow a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning as they fall to the Mets, 4-2, at Citi Field. >> Box score

5 takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Adam Ottavino couldn't hold the Yankees 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, due to an infield error and a bullet double to the center field wall by J.D. Davis. Zack Britton came on with the bases loaded and promptly allowed a two-run double to Michael Conforto that gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. 

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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (54-28, 6.5 GA in AL East) are back in the USA and will open a two-game series against the Mets (38-47, 12 GB in NL East) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees return to the States after an offensive explosion over the weekend in London where they erupted for 29 runs in two days. ... DJ LeMahieu was named AL Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .625/.654/.1.083 with two home runs and 10 RBI over his last five games. He enters Tuesday with a 14-game hitting streak and six-game multi-hit streak. ... Didi Gregorius carries a four-game hitting streak into Tuesday, hitting .474/.524/.842 with two home runs and five RBI his last four games. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Zack Wheeler
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Yankees beat Blue Jays 8-7 00:01:05
The Yankees swept the Blue Jays to improve to 9-1 on the homestand. All eyes turn to London as they face Boston across the pond.

In a Wednesday matinee thriller, the Yankees completed their sweep of the Blue Jays with a walk-off win, 8-7. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees had to battle back this entire game, and it was Gleyber Torres coming through with the walk-off single to capture the win. Torres went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as well...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Stephen Tarpley, Toronto Blue Jays, Scott Thompson
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Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (51-28, 6.0 GA in AL East) will go for a sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays (29-51, 22.5 GB in AL East) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

With DJ LeMahieu's leadoff homer last night, the Yankees broke the MLB record for consecutive games with at least one home run with 28 now. Aaron Judge also hit his first homer of the season after LeMahieu's record-setting blast. He went 2-for-3 on the night with a walk as well...Aaron boone gave good news on Giancarlo Stanton, whose MRI came back negative. Boone said the team will see how he responds to treatment. ...Edwin Encarnacion added some much-need insurance last night with a solo blast, his 24th on the season to regain the AL lead in homers. 

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The Yankees win their seventh-straight game, beating the Astros 4-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Five takeaways from Friday's game

1) James Paxton generated 17 swings and misses, but he couldn't get through the sixth inning. Paxton finished with seven strikeouts, however he walked three batters and was never fully in command of the strike zone. Though he allowed just one run in this one, some of Paxton's efforts simply feel like there is something missing.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, James Paxton, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (47-27, 4.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game set with the Astros (48-28, 7.5 GA in AL West) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have now won six-straight games, their third winning streak of at least six games this season. ... the Bombers have homered in 23 consecutive games. ... Gleyber Torres has homered in two-straight games and has driven in at least three runs in three of his last six games.

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