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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...

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Kim Klement)
(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.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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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.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Luis Cessa
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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

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.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(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.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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(Jonathan Dyer)

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, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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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...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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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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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (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, Alroldis 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, 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, 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: Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Bill Streicher)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (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, 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, 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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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks win, 6-4 00:01:47
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)
(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)

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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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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)

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Playoff teams are built on starting pitching. Starting pitching wins championships. Someone needs to tell Masahiro Tanaka's New York Yankees rotation mates.

The Yankees improbable run into legitimacy in a crowded American League East and AL Wild Card race has little to do with the starting rotation, beyond the enormous efforts of Tanaka. In order for the Yankees to stick in the race over the final 20 days (19 games) of the regular season, the club needs Tanaka to continue his ace-like efforts, but the team must also receive better efforts from the rest of the starting staff.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Christopher Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks hold on 00:01:44
Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees' 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays and gets the players' reactions from the clubhouse.

The Yankees erased a late 4-3 deficit and hung on in a wild top of the ninth inning as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Didi Gregorius' triple in the eighth inning tied things, 4-4, and Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
  • Chae Headley's two-run homer later in the eighth increased New York's lead to 7-4.
  • Dellin Betances allowed two runs in the ninth inning and was relieved by Blake Parker, who escaped a bases loaded jam to end the game.
  • Kevin Pillar's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning had given the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
  • Tyler Austin's two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 advantage
  • The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jose Bautista's RBI single.
  • Brian McCann's home run in the fourth inning tied things, 1-1.
  • Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer in the top of the first gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
  • Luis Cessa allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees are not going quietly, but they don't make it very easy, either. Up against the Blue Jays' ace, the Yanks got two big home runs to take the lead and then rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning with four huge runs. In a crazy game, the Yankees needed each of the insurance runs after a rough night from closer Dellin Betances.

Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

The Yankees play the second game of their series against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Blue Jays
Brett Gardner, LF Jose Bautista, RF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Josh Donaldson, 3B
Gary Sanchez, C Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS Russell Martin, C
Starlin Castro, 2B Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Brian McCann, DH Michael Saunders, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Kevin Pillar, CF
Aaron Judge, RF Justin Smoak, 1B
Tyler Austin, 1B Devon Travis, 2B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-0, 4.17 ERA) has pitched well since the Yankees moved him into the starting rotation, lasting six innings in each of his three starts and allowing only six earned runs total on 14 hits while striking out 12.

Who's Pitching for the Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 2.88 ERA) threw six strong innings in his last start, allowing one unearned run on five hits. Sanchez pitched that game on 10 days rest, as the Blue Jays are trying to limit their talented young pitcher's innings by skipping starts.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro (left) along with second baseman Ronald Torreyes and outfielder Aaron Judge and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (right) celebrate after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb)
New York Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro (left) along with second baseman Ronald Torreyes and outfielder Aaron Judge and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (right) celebrate after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb)

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When the New York Yankees began trading away their best players before the non-waiver deadline, a postseason berth seemed years away. That sentiment seemed crystal clear when the Yankees handed starting jobs to Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, two of the teams vaunted prospects.

The moves made (and still make) sense. Carlos Beltran was gone and the Yankees were getting limited production from veteran Brian McCann behind the plate. The Yankees also brought up Tyler Austin to split time with a struggling Mark Teixeira at first base and rookie utility man Ronald Torreyes also began to get more playing time.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian McCann hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 13th inning as the New York Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for their second straight extra-inning win. >> Read more

  • Didi Gregorius led off the 13th inning with an infield single off Chris Young (3-9), advanced to third on Starlin Castro's double and scored when McCann hit a sac fly off Matt Strahm.
  • The Yankees' bullpen threw seven scoreless, hitless innings of relief to shut down the Royals. A night after pitching two innings of relief, Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless 13th inning. Ben Heller (1-0) pitched the 12th inning to earn the win.
  • With the win, the Yankees moved 2 1/2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.
  • Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Gregorious delivered a sacrifice fly and Castro hit a two-run homer to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 4.
  • Luis Cessa allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings.
  • Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
  • In the second inning, Alcides Escobar's double drove in Paulo Orlando to make it 3-0.
  • Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the third inning extended the Royals' advantage to 4-0.
  • The Royals only got one hit, a Salvador Perez infield single in the sixth inning, after the third inning.
  • Ian Kennedy allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees reversed roles with the Royals on Wednesday, tying the score after falling behind 4-0. Unlike the Royals, the Yankees were able to take the lead (eventually) and then hold on for the victory.

Tags: Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro
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Sanchez's hot streak 00:02:55
The DNL round table debates how long Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez can continue his recent offensive tear.

The New York Yankees began the season with a terrible 8-16 start, seemingly squashing their playoff chances before the season was four weeks old.

However, with 36 games left on the schedule, the Yankees sit five games back of the second Wild Card spot and six games behind in the American League East race.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes they have a chance to reach the postseason because of the schedule immediately ahead of them.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees have recalled RHP Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre and have signed RHP Ben Heller to a Major League contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Heller has been selected to the 25-man roster.

To make room on the roster, RHP Nick Goody and INF/OF Rob Refsnyder have been sent to Triple-A.

Cessa is 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 77.1 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. In his brief stint with the Yankees earlier in the season, Cessa was 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13.2 innings.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Nick Goody, Rob Refsnyder
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Both of these pitchers have upsides as guys who can pitch at the back of a big league rotation and both showed me that they could get outs in a-ball. They are both above 6'3" and are solidly built (again, adding to the case that they can be rotation pieces down the road). On the other hand, they have incomplete arsenals at the moment, and their raw statistics could overstate their prospect profile.

 

#24 RHP Luis Cessa

Tags: Luis Cessa, Robert Gsellman, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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A: @ Hagerstown Suns 6, Savannah Sand Gnats 1?

After two really sharp games in the Divisional round, the Gnats played a team-wide meh game in the opener of the SAL Championship series.

One game at any time of the year does not make a prospect. The playoffs - one outing for a pitcher, or a few game for a position player - really should not change my perception of a player, especially one I've seen 10 other times in a year. And yet, I'm going to have trouble shaking this last look at Luis Cessa. He was solid all year, and is a solid prospect. On the other hand, on Monday, he gave up lots of loud contact including four doubles in his five innings of work. His line: 5 IP, 6 H (4 2B), 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. I just wanted to see better from him. He showed little feel or adjustments.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Playoffs, Toby Hyde
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A - @ Savannah Sand Gnats 6, Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) 0

There were two stars in this one for the Gnats: RHP Luis Cessa and CF Brandon Nimmo.

Cessa's line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K. He was every bit as good as that pitching line suggests. He did not allow a runner to second until the seventh inning. He ran four three-ball counts. He mostly worked off his fastball and changeup although he few a few solid breaking balls down in the zone. In recent outings, he had been sitting 92-93 and touching higher. I will confirm that he was working in that range on Monday. He threw his fastball up, he threw it down. He threw it in, he threw it out. Then he threw a few changups that had RiverDogs' hitters looking silly. He got a couple strikeouts with guys swinging over top of his curveball. Cessa, a former infielder who didn't hit much, converted to pitching for the 2011 season and is a lock to move up this off-season's rankings from his spot at #42 this past winter.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Luis Cessa, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 3 (7 innings - Continued from Sunday)@ St. Lucie Mets 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 2 (7 innings)

Game 1 was the suspended game from Sunday. Rainy Lara came on to replace Michael Fulmer and was ok (4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Fulmer, who threw on Sunday (3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K).

Oh, Domingo Tapia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. That's now 39 walks in 73 innings, a walk rate of 12.4%.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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