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Yankees show interest in Machado 00:04:38
The Yankees are reportedly showing increased interest in making a move for Orioles star shortstop Manny Machado.

Brett Gardner went 4-for-6 with a two-run home run and three RBIs while Luis Cessa threw six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Gardner hit his seventh homer of the season when he launched a Yefry Ramirez fastball over the right-field fence in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

2) Cessa (1-1) struck out four batters in six innings, allowing three hits and three walks. Though he never retired the side in order in any inning, he kept the Orioles off the board as they went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position off him.

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Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Orioles play Game 2 of a doubleheader on Monday at 7:40 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

The Yankees lost Game 1 of the doubleheader 5-4. ... New York fell to 2 1/2 games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East and have the third-best record in baseball. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners for the first wild-card spot. ... The Yankees are only 22-16 against the rest of the division, while they are 11-2 against AL Central teams and 16-6 against AL West teams. ... Brandon Drury was optioned to the minors following Game 1.

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Jun 27, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will have to wait for his chance to redeem himself following his first start of the season Wednesday night. 

The Yankees announced they optioned Cessa back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the 3-0 loss in Philly.

Cessa lasted just three innings as he was limited to a 75-80 pitch count that unfortunately came early on in the game. He managed to get out of a bases loaded jam in the first, but Rhys Hoskins made him pay in the second with a three-run homer to give the home team the lead. Manager Aaron Boone allowed him to finish the third inning before he got the hook.

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Boone and Gardner talk Red Sox 00:00:49
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and outfielder Brett Gardner break down their expectations for the upcoming series against the Red Sox.

Though a series sweep was in the cards for the Yankees, their big bats didn't show up as the Phillies' pitching shut them out to salvage the final game of the series, 3-0, in Citizens Bank Park. >> 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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Luis Cessa (85) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Luis Cessa (85) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

All the Yankees wanted from RHP Luis Cessa was to make it to the middle innings in his first start of the season. But he only had three innings in the tank before manager Aaron Boone pulled the plug on his night. 

Cessa's first inning began with back-to-back singles from Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins, and after getting an out, a walk to Carlos Santana would force the bases loaded. But Cessa managed to only leave the inning with a high pitch count as he struck out two straight Phillies to keep it scoreles through one inning. 

The second inning, though, was a different story for Cessa. Jorge Alfaro reached on a single and Hernandez worked a walk to put a runner in scoring position again with two outs. Cessa had a pitcher's count with a ball and two strikes on Hoskins, but a hanging slider met the sweet spot of his barrel and a three-run homer followed suit. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)

Yankees RHP A.J. Cole landed on the 10-day DL on Thursday (retroactive to June 20) due to a left neck strain.

RHP Luis Cessa was activated from the DL to replace Cole on the 25-man roster. 

Cole, 26, has a 6.17 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with 25 strikeouts in 25.1 innings (two starts, nine relief appearances) for the Yankees this season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)

Yankees RHP Luis Cessa struggled with his command, walking four batters in his first rehab outing from a strained oblique with High-A Tampa on Monday.

Cessa, who hadn't appeared in a game since April 17 when he strained his right oblique in a two-inning outing against the Miami Marlins, allowed two runs, three hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings, throwing just 19 of 46 pitches for strikes.

He walked two of the first three batters he faced and gave up a run-scoring fielder's choice and an RBI single to Clearwater's Raul Rivas in the first inning before getting an inning-ending flyout. He threw only 12 strikes (compared to 16 balls) in the first inning.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have activated LHP CC Sabathia off the disabled list to make Thursday night's start against the Blue Jays, and placed RHP Luis Cessa on the 10-day DL (retroactive to April 18) due to a left oblique strain.

Sabathia had hit the 10-day DL after suffering a right hip strain that forced an early exit in his last start against the Orioles. He was hit hard in that outing as he allowed three homers on 58 pitches before being pulled after the fourth inning. 

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sabathia's hip. The 37-year-old has dealt with injuries in the past, especially with his right knee that he had arthroscopic surgery on in 2016. With bone-on-bone arthritis in that knee, a replacement is likely to happen in the future. 

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Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) walks off the field with trainer Steve Donohue during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) walks off the field with trainer Steve Donohue during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After getting called up to replace the injuried Tommy Kahnle, Yankees RHP Luis Cessa has now found his way to the DL after Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Marlins. 

Cessa, who gave up two runs over two innings last night, left the game with a left oblique strain and was placed on the 10-day DL. The 25-year-old was expected to receive a spot start at some point during the Yankees' 10-game homestand due to the high volume of games.

However, the team is going to have to look for another option if that was the case after all.

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(Bob DeChiara)

Another injury has struck the Yankees as RHP Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tendonitis, the team announced Tuesday. 

Kahnle has struggled in six appearances so far this season. He posted a 6.14 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with nine strikeouts and eight walks over 7.1 innings. He has also seen a drop in his fastball velocity with an average of 95.5 compared to 98.1 mph last season.

The Yankees don't see this DL stint as a big issues, though. Manager Aaron Boone says hopefully rest will have Kahnle back to his normal self. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)

During their down time due to rainouts in Detroit, the Yankees optioned RHP Luis Cessa and OF Shane Robinson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. 

Though he hasn't allowed a hit yet this season, Cessa has only seen two innings over the Yanks' 14 games this season. The 25-year-old owned a 4.75 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 36 innings with the ballclub last season. 

Robinson, who was brought in as an outfield replacement due to various injuries, played in two games during the Boston series. He went 1-for-3 in five at-bats with a stolen base as well.

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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Mets on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. 

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa tosses the ball back to the plate during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa tosses the ball back to the plate during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Cessa got the start and allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits while walking one and striking out two in two innings as the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 9-6, on Wednesday afternoon >> Box score

Three things to know about today's game

1) Aaron Judge went 0-for-2 with a strikeout while serving as the DH.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks during a news conference at baseball spring training camp, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (AP)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks during a news conference at baseball spring training camp, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (AP)

The Yankees open Grapefruit League play against the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 1:05 p.m. at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

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The backend of the Yankees bullpen is going to get a majority of the press when bullpens are compared team by team. As dominant as those relievers might be, the Yankees middle relievers are just as critical to the team's ability to reach the postseason in 2018.

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May 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) follows through on a three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday (17) follows through on a three run 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 have announced DH Matt Holliday will activated off the 10-day DL and be available to play this weekend.

Holliday has been out with a back injury since August 4. He has played in three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he went 2-for-10 with three runs scored. 

The 37-year-old owns a .229 batting average with 16 home runs and 51 RBI in 88 games this season. 

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( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees have placed RHP Luis Cessa on the 10-day DL with a ribcage injury, and recalled LHP Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cessa started in place of RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who is on the 10-day DL himself with right shoulder inflammation. In the fifth inning, he felt discomfort in his upper back, and manager Joe Girardi knew he had to end his night. 

"When I was facing [Rene] Rivera in the fifth, I felt a little bit of discomfort, but I thought I could keep pitching," Cessa told The Post's Fred Kerber.  "Then Girardi came out and said, 'Let me take you out. I don't want you to do something wrong mechanically and get hurt even more.' That's when I was taken out of the game."

Smith has appeared in three games -- two of them starts -- with the Yankees this season. His last start came on July 29 where he earned a no-decision against the Rays. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four and walking three in 3 1/3 innings. 

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New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will undergo an MRI after leaving Monday's game in the fifth inning with a back injury, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Cessa injured his right rhomboid and left the game accompanied by a trainer with one out in the fifth inning.

Cessa visibly grimaced after Juan Lagares fouled off Cessa's 64th pitch of the night, which resulted in manager Joe Girardi visiting the mound with a trainer. Two pitches later, after Lagares singled, and Girardi removed Cessa from the game.

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Yankees defeat Mets 4-2 in Bronx 00:01:59
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where the Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 in the first game of their four-game Subway Series.

Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit solo home runs to power the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hicks crushed Hansel Robles' 1-1 fastball to deep right field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Sanchez added an insurance run later in the inning with a solo home run off Erik Goeddel.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Judge slugged his American League-leading 36th home run of the season, his second in the month of August, to tie the game.

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(Jesse Johnson)

The New York Yankees (61-55) begin a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-62) at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Yankees
Curtis Granderson, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Aaron Hicks, CF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Michael Conforto, RF Didi Gregorius, DH
Wilmer Flores, 3B Gary Sanchez, C
Dominic Smith, 1B Chase Headley, 1B
Amed Rosario, SS Todd Frazier, 3B
Rene Rivera, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B
Juan Lagares, CF Tyler Wade, SS
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will start Monday's game against the New York Mets after the team promoted LHP Caleb Smith when RHP Masahiro Tanaka went on the disabled list, manager Joe Girardi told Newsday's Anthony Rieber.

Cessa, who last appeared in a game on July 30 and started July 18, has a 4.83 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings across nine appearances (four starts) for the Yankees this season.

The Yankees promoted Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned RHP Giovanny Gallegos prior to Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Smith is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees this season. In the minors, he is 9-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 19 games (17 starts).

Tanaka, who was initially scheduled to start Monday, went on the DL due to shoulder inflammation.

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are interested in acquiring left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, according to the Detroit Free Press' Anthony Fenech, however the Tigers' asking price is "very high," according to the New York Post's George A. King III

The 29-year-old Wilson, who played with the Yankees in 2015, has 12 saves, 55 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA in 41 appearances this season. He had a 3.10 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 61 innings in 2015, but was traded that offseason to Detroit for pitchers Chad Green and Luis Cessa.

Fenech reports a potential trade for Wilson would be comparable to what the Pirates received from the Nationals for Mark Melancon last year. The Tampa Bay Rays, who acquired Lucas Duda from the Mets on Thursday, are also interested in Wilson, according to King.

Even after acquiring three players from the White Sox earlier in July, GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees would remain "careful buyers" leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Yankees are making moves 00:01:18
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to the Yankees trade for David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Todd Frazier.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated the club would be "cautious buyers" during the trade deadline period. If a seven-player deal -- bringing in three major leaguers for one of the game's top prospects -- is cautious, this could be an interesting 13 days ahead.

The Yankees clearly filled two of their biggest holes by adding former organization relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to a tired and inconsistent bullpen, while adding Todd Frazier should stabilize the revolving door at first base for the remainder of the season.

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Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees are losing their grip on a postseason berth, suggesting any moves this trading period will diverge from a limited, yet costly, starting pitching market. Rentals are not a good idea and the controllable pitchers might require the Yankees to relinquish more from the farm system than they would desire.

The only thing we can say with some certainty is that Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino will have slots available to them in the Yankees' rotation in 2018. Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are free agents at the end of the season, while Masahiro Tanaka can opt out of his deal as well.

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Joe Girardi and Tyler Clippard discuss the Yankees' 8-1 loss to the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees, after a walk-off win on Friday, fell to the Rangers, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon. Luis Cessa allowed three runs over five innings of work, but Tyler Clippard continued his struggles in the ninth inning. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Cessa gave up four runs in four innings as the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score 


Cessa (0-1) surrendered four runs in the third inning as the Yankees were swept in a series for the first time this season.

With the Yankees up 2-0, Cessa allowed a two-run double to Chad Pinder before Khris Davis hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the A's a 4-2 lead.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (45) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have optioned Luis Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and have called up LHP Chasen Shreve, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Cessa allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings Monday night.

Shreve has thrown 6 1/3 innings in Triple-A this season, allowing one run on three hits and racking up 12 strikeouts.

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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium to discuss the team's 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night

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


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

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

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

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Previewing the 2017 Yankees season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff...

The rotation

Every single spot in the Yankees' rotation comes with at least a small amount of uncertainty.

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has pitched quite well since joining the team, yet he throws with a ticking time bomb in the form of a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. However, Tanaka demonstrated last season that his elbow does not hinder his performance and he looked exceptional during spring training. In what could be a walk year -- Tanaka has an opt-out in his contract at the end of this season -- the 28-year-old could turn in his finest season in pinstripes...

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(Kim Klement)

Luis Severino has made the Yankees' opening day roster and will be the team's 4th starter, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Severino pitched 13.2 innings during spring training, allowing six runs on 12 hits while walking five hitters and striking out 16. 

The 23-year old righty went 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 71.0 innings for the Yankees last season.

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)

The Yankees have optioned Luis Cessa, who was in the running for one of the final spots in the rotation, to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced Friday morning.

In addition, New York has re-assigned INF Ji-Man Choi, OF Dustin Fowler, OF Clint Frazier, LHP Jason Gurka, and OF Billy McKinney to minor league camp.

Cessa appeared in five games this spring for the Yankees, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits in 9.2 innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.

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Jordan Montgomery has emerged as a candidate for the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation, Newsday reports.

The 24-year-old has a 3.48 ERA in four Grapefruit League outinjgs, all in relief. He went 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

"We're looking at him," Joe Girardi said of Montgomery "I like him a lot. I think he's got really good downward angle. I think he's got deception. I'm very curious."

Luis Severino (5.06 ERA) and Luis Cessa (6.52 ERA) have struggled this spring, leaving Girardi to consider Montgomery.

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(Steve Mitchell)

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 11-5. on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • RHP prospect James Kaprielian made his first Spring Training appearance, walking one and striking out three in two scoreless innings.
  • Luis Cessa got the start and allowed four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.
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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Bullpen use is evolving in the Major Leagues and if there is a team that has a chance to utilize one of the "new" nuances, it is the New York Yankees.

I'm not speaking of the best relievers coming into games in the fifth or sixth inning as we saw often during the 2016 postseason. While the Indians' deployment of Andrew Miller demonstrated how effective teams can be when they employ relievers that are not only dominant, but can also last more than one inning in the process, such use throughout the regular season is seen as unrealistic.

The Yankees have two dominant relievers in Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but each of them should be relegated to one-inning performances for the most part this season. If the club reaches the postseason, they could extend their appearances, but I don't expect it to happen often in the regular season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?

One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (40) and pitcher Luis Cessa (85) work out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (40) and pitcher Luis Cessa (85) work out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Battles in spring training are as common as tired arms and late swings. However, when a rotation competition goes two roles deep and has five competitors, some might question the team's reasoning.

Why such an expanded competition?

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees beat the Phillies, 9-4, on Friday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Didi Gregorius went 1-for-3 with a homer.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-2 with a homer.
  • Kyle Higashioka also homered...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Neville E. Guard)
(Neville E. Guard)

The Yankees made a late push to sign free agent RH reliever Sergio Romoreports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Romo agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The 33-year-old Romo had a 2.64 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.07 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings (40 appearances) for the Giants last season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees will almost certainly head in to Spring Training without making any further roster moves, GM Brian Cashman said recently.

"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversations, not that there's anything pending," Cashman said, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com. "I do believe we're at 99.9 percent plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with, but you have to continue to stay engaged."

The Yankees have had interest in trading for Pirates LHP Jose Quintana, but Cashman said the price tags on certain players have been exorbitant.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The 2016 MLB postseason thrust relief pitching to the forefront of the game.

Teams with dominant relievers who could be used during high-leverage situations regardless of the inning and for more than three outs succeeded. The contention that such usage of bullpen arms would not survive the rigors of the regular season is fair, but how close can teams get to the style?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Barring a change of heart from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, the club will not be bringing a new face into the 2017 rotation.

Cashman recently told the New York Post that filling the rotation voids will be too difficult for the Yankees to accomplish via free agency (payroll issues) or trade (unwillingness to meet demands). Instead, Cashman will stick with the youth theme, hoping that a couple of in-house talents emerge as viable fourth and fifth starters (or better).

Luis Cessa came over in last offseason's trade of Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees figured Cessa would provide some depth for the organization's Triple-A club. Due to various factors, Cessa, who turns 25 in April, became much more important to the Yankees than that as he tallied 70 1/3 innings with the big league club.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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 (John Rieger)
(John Rieger)

After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.RotationMasahiro Tanaka earns ace money, and in 2016 he pitched like he deserved it. The 27-year-old right-hander hurled a career-high 199 2/3 innings, generating a 3.07 earned run average (3.51 FIP). The ERA was good for third-best in the American League. Tanaka went 14-4 for the Yankees, and the team was 23-8 in his starts. He stopped losing streaks and kept winning streaks going. Tanaka is the unquestioned ace of this staff.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Richard Bleier, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius led the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Red Sox.

Gary Sanchez homered again and the Yankees recovered after blowing a late lead as they beat the Red Sox, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • With the game tied, 4-4, in the seventh inning, Tyler Austin's two-run homer gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
  • Tyler Clippard struck out David Ortiz with two on and two out in the ninth inning to seal the win.
  • The Red Sox had tied it at 4 in the seventh when Aaron Hill hit a solo homer and Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single.
  • Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the sixth to put the Yankees up 4-2.
  • The Red Sox had drawn within 3-2 in the sixth inning after getting an RBI single from Dustin Pedroia and an RBI groundout from Mookie Betts.
  • Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer (his 20th of the season) in the first inning.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the fifth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 3-0.
  • Luis Cessa allowed two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two.

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The Yankees youngsters had a big part to play in tonight's victory.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees begin a three-game series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. 

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Red Sox Yankees
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
David Ortiz, DH Gary Sanchez, DH
Mookie Betts, RF Starlin Castro, 2B
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Brock Holt, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Aaron Hicks, RF
Sandy Leon, C Austin Romine, C
Andrew Benintendi, LF Tyler Austin, 1B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-3, 4.30 ERA) looked strong in his most recent outing, lasting six innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Cessa is going for his first win since Aug. 26. 


Who's Pitching for the Red Sox: LHP David Price (17-8, 3.91) was solid in his last outing, pitching seven innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out five. Price has not lost a decision since Aug. 7. 

Tags: Luis Cessa, Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees will look to take the third and final game of their series with the Rays on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. from Tropicana Field. 

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Gary Sanchez, C Evan Longoria, DH
Billy Butler, DH Brad Miller, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Corey Dickerson, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Curt Casali, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Juniel Querecuto, 3B
Aaron Hicks, RF Richie Shaffer, 1B
Donovan Solano, 2B Mikie Mahtook, RF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-2, 4.44 ERA) has had a lot of trouble keeping the ball inside the ballpark recently. Cessa has surrendered home runs in each of his last five starts, allowing nine long balls during that span.


Who's Pitching for the Rays: LHP Blake Snell (5-8, 3.87 ERA) did not look good in his last outing, pitching only 4.1 innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. Snell has walked seven batters in his last 13 innings.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Tampa Bay Rays

Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)
Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees fell behind early and failed to come all the way back, falling to the Red Sox for the second straight day, this time 7-4 on Friday night. Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...


  • Starter Luis Cessa lasted five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out just one but walked none.
  • The Red Sox got off to a quick start against Cessa, with David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez driving in runs with singles in the first inning. 
  • Ramirez added a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second long ball of the series. 
  • Gary Sanchez got the Yankees back into the game with a two-run double off the Green Monster. 
  • Bostson added two runs in the sixth off relievers James Pazos and Jonathan Holder.
  • Billy Butler blasted a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the ninth inning to pull the Yankees within three. 
  • Mason Williams went 2-for-3, the only Yankee to produce a multi-hit game.

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The Yankees put together a nice and unexpected run after trading away their best players and calling up a handful of rookies to gain some valuable experience over the season's final two months. Their recent performance (losing three in a row and five of their last six games) directly following a seven-game winning streak is more indicative of what many expected once the calendar turned to August.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Boston Red Sox
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(Peter Aiken)

The Yankees continue their pivotal four-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m. 

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Yankees Red Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS
Gary Sanchez, C David Ortiz, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Mookie Betts, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Travis Shaw, 3B
Brian McCann, DH Chris Young, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Sandy Leon, C
Mason Williams, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) allowed four runs on five hits (including three home runs) while walking none and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings against the Rays during his last start. Has struck out just 31 batters in 47 2/3 innings (five starts, eight relief appearances) this season.


Who's Pitching for the Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (5.31 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) allowed six runs on four hits while walking four and striking out three in three innings against the Blue Jays during his last start. He had allowed just one earned run during each of his prior three starts.

Tags: Luis Cessa

 (David Butler II)
(David Butler II)

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

After a devastating loss to Boston on Thursday night, the Yankees have two rookies toeing the rubber, Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell, before CC Sabathia takes the mound in the series finale. The pitching, obviously important, is not where the Yankees have their best chance to return the favor to the Red Sox.

The Yankees entered the series needing to win three out of four to make a statement in the postseason race. Masahiro Tanaka's gritty effort should have resulted in one of the victories, but questionable bullpen management and Dellin Betances' performance created a hard to swallow two-game swing in the standings.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa
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