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Yanks beat Sox again, 12-8 00:01:28
Aaron Boone, Didi Gregorius and Alex Cora on the London experience and Yankees weekend sweep

The Yankees completed a two-game sweep in London of the Red Sox with a 12-8 win over Boston on Sunday. >> Box score

6 takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) After being held in check for the first six innings, the Yanks tallied nine runs in the seventh, with 14 batters coming to the plate. Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu each had two-run hits in the inning.

Tags: Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Stephen Tarpley
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Both Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman were charged with blown saves in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. 

New York's bullpen, which had been one of the team's biggest strengths, had faltered during the Yankees' recent slide.

And yet, the pitching staff is confident it can right the ship.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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Yankees fall 8-5 to Red Sox 00:00:48
The Yankees with a little help from the weather almost pulled off a late-inning comeback against the Red Sox, but lost 8-5.

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The Yankees weren't able to complete a three-game sweep as they lost to the Red Sox 8-5 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Sunday's game

1) CC Sabathia was not fantastic, but did more than enough to keep the Yankees in the game, and probably provided more length (six innings) than they might have honestly believed they would receive. Sabathia allowed three runs (including two homers) and struck out eight batters as he came up short in his latest attempt to secure career win No. 250.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Boston Red Sox, Chris Carelli
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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 appear to be getting two critical pieces of their rotation back this week. 

LHP James Paxton was activated off the IL on Tuesday, with RHP Joe Harvey being optioned to Triple-A, and will start on Wednesday against the Padres while LHP CC Sabathia appears to be on the horizon as well, with the potential to pitch on Sunday against the Red Sox. 

While the Yankees have not announced their rotation beyond Wednesday, here is how it would likely play out with the Red Sox coming to town for a four-game set:

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chance Adams, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Cessa, 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)

Chad Green began his big-league career as a starter before shifting to the bullpen. In a way, serving as the 'opener' for Saturday night's game is a return to his roots.

For Green, though, his first two starts since 2017 don't resemble those he used to make. Instead, Green is simply the opener -- he will start the game, but is not expected to pitch more than two innings before giving way to the rest of his bullpen mates. The Yankees' bullpen is well-rested, as long men Luis Cessa, David Hale, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jake Barrett can all provide length for Friday's game.

But why have the Yankees come to this point?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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Tanaka hurt in loss 00:00:36
Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

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The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (26-14) start a three-game series against the last-place Orioles (14-26) Monday at 6:35 p.m. in the Bronx. 

Yankees notes

Aaron Hicks finally makes his season debut for the Yankees as he was activated from the injured list after missing the first 40 games with a back injury. Hicks slots right back into center field and the leadoff spot. ... Brett Gardner is in left field, where he should see most of his playing time from now on with Hicks back. ... DJ LeMahieu gets the day off, with Thairo Estrada starting at second base. ... The Yanks might be playing a man short if they can't get a replacement for Miguel Andújar before the start of the game. Andújar is likely going back on the IL with lingering labrum issues.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Baltimore Orioles
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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)

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that Luis Cessa will start Monday night's series opener against the Orioles instead of Jonathan Loaisiga.

Loaisiga was placed on the injured list, retroactive to May 10, with a right rotator cuff strain and will be shut down for four weeks before he can begin throwing. RHP Chance Adams was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his roster spot. Loaisiga had a rough start last Wednesday against the Mariners, allowing four runs in four innings on six hits and two walks while striking out three. 

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Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees didn't flex their financial muscles in the most obvious way last winter, passing on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but they nevertheless bought themselves a luxury item that few other teams in baseball can afford:

A $27 million sixth-inning reliever.

And a $39 million seventh-inning reliever, oh by the way.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Seattle Mariners, John Harper
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Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

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

J.A. Happ was lights out for the Yankees in San Francisco, as the Yankees took down the Giants 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Happ threw by far his best game of the young season, tossing seven scoreless innings. Happ scattered five hits, walked none and struck out two batters for his first win of the season. The effort reduced Happ's ERA to 4.68 on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, San Francisco Giants, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Gio Urshela hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 14th inning, two innings after Aroldis Chapman's first blown save of the season, as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. >> Box score

Eight takeaways from Monday's game

1) With runners on the corners and two outs, Urshela lined a 1-1 Luke Bard fastball into right-center field to break a 3-3 tie. 

2) Jonathan Holder pitched two scoreless innings of relief as the Yankees won their fourth straight game.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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Luis Severino
Luis Severino

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Brian Cashman has been talking up Domingo German, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Luis Cessa collectively as the under-the-radar cure for everything that ails the Yankees pitching plans. Well, now we'll find out whether he really believes that.

Or is the Yankee GM already plotting a way to trade for Madison Bumgarner?

Tags: Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, John Harper
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees ace Luis Severino continues to progress in his return from rotator cuff inflammation, but the Yankees "want him to feel 100 percent" before he gets back on the mound, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic

Boone added that he is optimistic Severino will take the next step soon, with that step being graduating from long-tossing to the next phase of rehab. 

Severino took his first big step toward a return on March 20, when he threw on flat ground

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Yanks fail to solve O's again 00:01:36
After a lengthy rain delay, the Yankees discuss their struggles with men in scoring position as they lost to the Orioles again, 7-5

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

After a three-hour and 17 minute rain delay, the Yankees lost to the Orioles, 7-5, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) J.A. Happ's first appearance of the season got off to a rough start, allowing a three-run home run in the first inning. It didn't get too much better, as Happ lasted just four innings to the tune of four runs, five hits (two homers), one walk and three strikeouts.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa, Baltimore Orioles, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

While the Yankees did not splurge on stars Manny Machado or Bryce Harper as many expected, the club completed a big trade and spread out its wealth for roster additions in free agency in an effort to supplement its incredibly talented young core.

Let's take a look at the 2019 Yankees, a team that sports an Opening Day payroll of approximately $204 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts ($226 million-plus for competitive balance tax purposes), as they embark on their yearly quest for a World Series title.

Pitching Staff

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have sorted out their starting rotation for the beginning of the season.

Domingo German has earned a spot in the rotation while Luis Cessa made the club has a long reliever. Jonathan Loaisiga was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday because CC Sabathia will begin the season on the 25-man roster so he can serve his five-game suspension from last season, but Loaisiga likely will be called up for Game 6 when Sabathia goes on the injured list, Aaron Boone told reporters.

Boone didn't rule out using an opener on April 1 when the fifth spot in the rotation comes up. After that, Loaisiga probably will take Sabathia's spot in the rotation until he can return while German takes the spot of Luis Severino, who might not return until May as he works his way back from rotator cuff inflammation.

Tags: Jonathan Loaisiga, CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Mar 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It appears Gio Gonzalez won't enter the Yankees rotation unless there is an emergency.

And though Luis Severino is set to miss roughly the first month of the season after dealing with rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia needs more time to get ready, the Yankees don't believe they're in crisis mode because they have Luis CessaJonathan Loaisiga and Domingo German. GM Brian Cashman would prefer to use any of those pitchers instead of Gonzalez, who was signed to a minor-league deal this week.

"Optimally, I'd like to have the kids that we have, rely on those guys, to be honest," Cashman told reporters on Thursday. "We really do believe in the ceilings of the Cessas and Loaisigas and the Germans and we think those guys have earned the right for an opportunity and they're going to get those opportunities."

Tags: Gio Gonzalez, Jonathan Loaisiga, CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees are exactly one week away from opening their 2019 season against the Orioles in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster when camp breaks are coming down to the wire. Injuries continue to plague this squad, with Greg Bird the latest to receive medical attention after he was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Luckily, that isn't expected to be a big deal, but other Yankees may not be so lucky when the season kicks off.

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

While the Yankees will be without injured ace Luis Severino for a while longer, he took a big step on Wednesday toward a return, throwing on flat ground

Severino had been shut down since March 5, and GM Brian Cashman announced last Friday that the best-case scenario for Severino would be a May return -- confirming the timeline an orthopedic surgeon gave SNY earlier this month. 

The 25-year-old Severino does not have any structural damage in his shoulder, but he is basically re-starting his Spring Training as the team prepares for Opening Day in just over a week. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Luis Cessa was stellar once again while Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez lead the Yankees to another Spring Training win in a 6-2 victory over the Rays. >> Box Score

Things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) The Yankees decided to experiment with an opener against the team that lived by them all last season. Chad Green did allow one run on two hits while striking out one before handing the ball over. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Rays were one of the teams at the forefront of the "opener" phenomenon in baseball, in which a reliever starts the game and gives way to a parade of relievers the remainder of the contest. 

On Tuesday, the Yankees will use the tactic against Tampa Bay in a Spring Training exhibition at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Reliever Chad Green will start for New York, while Luis Cessa, who normally operates as a starter, will be available out of the bullpen. 

Green was a starter during his junior season at Louisville in 2013 and for his first three seasons in the Minor Leagues. The right-hander has made nine starts for the Yankees in his career. Meanwhile, Cessa has started 19 games, with 24 relief appearances.  

Tags: Chad Green, Luis Cessa
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Oct 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning in game four of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Oct 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning in game four of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

As the Yankees ponder whether to fill the early-season holes left by Luis Severino and CC Sabathia with in-house options or to add a veteran starter, they're linked with one free agent in particular.

Jon Heyman reported Friday that the Yankees "maintain some interest" in lefty Gio Gonzalez, though there are no signs that a deal is imminent. 

Severino will miss the first month of the season with rotator cuff inflammation while the start of Sabathia's season will be slightly delayed because of a five-game suspension he has to serve and his recovery from a heart procedure and knee surgery.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

With Opening Day less than two weeks away and Luis Severino officially out until May, the Yankees have a major decision to make on how to handle their starting rotation. 

Manager Aaron Boone has announced Masahiro Tanaka as the Opening Day starter, followed by James Paxton and J.A. Happ, but after that still remains a mystery. 

CC Sabathia is also not expected back until mid-April, but because of the off days built into the Yankees' schedule, they really only need one spot starter to fill the void until Severino returns. 

Tags: Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Mar 2, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 2, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Luis Cessa is making it very hard for manager Aaron Boone to solidify his rotation after yet another stellar outing on Thursday. 

Cessa went a strong four innings, allowing no runs and just two hits and a walk while collecting three strikouts against the Blue Jays. The walk was Cessa's first this spring, and his ERA fell even further to 0.69 over 13 spring innings. 

"I thought his two-seam fastball was really good again, which is really encouraging," Boone told NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera about Cessa latest outing.

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Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It was a pitcher's duel in Dunedin on Thursday afternoon, as the Yankees and Blue Jays ended up in a 1-1 tie at the end of nine innings. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Luis Cessa is making it hard for the Yankees to leave him off their 25-man roster when camp breaks after another solid start. He didn't allow a run and only two hits over four innings. While moving his ERA to 0.69 this spring, he collected three strikeouts as well.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday at 1 p.m. on the road.

Yankees notes

Miguel Andujar leads the team with 12 hits this spring. ... DJ LeMahieu is 5-for-27 with a .185/.241/.259 batting line. ... Estevan Florial has a .346/.393/.538 batting line with one home run and four RBIs in 11 games.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Toronto Blue Jays
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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

With a split-squad team, the Yankees handled their division rival in the Orioles in a 6-1 victory on the road Saturday night.  >> Box Score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Luis Cessa saw another successful outing on the mound, as he didn't allow a run and only one hit over four innings of work. He also had four strikeouts as he makes his bid for the 25-man roster. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees stay on the road to face their division rival in the Orioles at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres get the start at shortstop tonight, while Tyler Wade comes back into the infield at second base. Greg Bird will be the starter at first base, as the battle with Luke Voit continues. Clint Frazier is hitting fifth and starting in left field as he looks to pick things up this spring.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries.

With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia expected to start the season on the injured list, Boone said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out the use of openers -- using relief pitchers to pitch the first inning or two of a game in an assurance to face the opponents' 1-3 hitters -- in 2019.

"I could see it being something we consider from time to time," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't see it a lot, but yeah, I could see it coming into play on certain occasions."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
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Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' Spring Training continues on Saturday when they travel to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m.  

Yankees notes

Troy Tulowitzki is off to a hot start this spring, with his two hits in four at-bats both being home runs. Miguel Andujar remains in search of his first hit of Spring Training as he bats cleanup while Greg Bird will continue to make his case for the starting first baseman job, batting third. 

Tags: Luis Cessa, Miguel Andujar, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The slow free agent market has left many quality players available in February, and the Yankees and Mets remain engaged with agents, looking for ways to improve.

While both teams have likely completed the bulk of their offseason work and are happy with their respective rosters, both continue to monitor the market for starting pitching depth.

Neither Brian Cashman nor Brodie Van Wagenen is wired to sit back and disengage, when potential upgrades remain available.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jason Vargas, Luis Cessa, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Andy Martino
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The slow free agent market has left many quality players available in February, and the Yankees and Mets remain engaged with agents, looking for ways to improve.

While both teams have likely completed the bulk of their offseason work and are happy with their respective rosters, both continue to monitor the market for starting pitching depth.

Neither Brian Cashman nor Brodie Van Wagenen is wired to sit back and disengage, when potential upgrades remain available.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jason Vargas, Luis Cessa, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Andy Martino
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Sep 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (29) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (29) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees and Red Sox will conclude the 2018 regular season on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are coming off their 100th win of the season on Saturday night ... The team has hit the most home runs in a single season, with 266 ... After Gleyber Torres' homer on Saturday, the Yankees now have 20 home runs from every position in the lineup, marking the first time a team has achieved the feat ... Miguel Andujar has passed Joe DiMaggio for the most doubles by a rookie in Yankees history, with 46.

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

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

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

With September upon us, the MLB allows all teams to activate anyone on their 40-man roster to join the big club throughout the month. While teams normally don't activate all of those players on the roster, bringing in some reinforcements to give players a break is usually taken advantage of. 

The Yankees will definitely expand their roster, especially being slated for a playoff spot come October. Here are a few players that fans can expect to see in pinstripes this month...

LHP Justus Sheffield

Tags: Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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With CC Sabathia hitting the DL with right knee inflammation, the Yankees needed someone to take his spot in the rotation. The choice was Luis Cessa, and he took the mound at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night to hopefully give his team enough to get to the bullpen and ride out another win. 

Instead, he put them in a big hole early. 

Cessa allowed five runs on seven hits over 3.1 innings in his start. He also struck out four and walked two over that span.

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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees (75-44) continue their three-game series with the Rays (60-59) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 4-2 on their 11-game homestand after a win against the Rays last night. J.A. Happ tossed another great outing, limiting the Rays to one hit over seven innings in the 4-1 win. Happ is the first pitcher to claim a win in each of his first three straight with the Yankees since Kevin Brown in 2004. ...The Yankees have won all five starts that Happ and Lance Lynn have tossed since their trades. 

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

The Yankees will have J.A. HappLuis Cessa and Masahiro Tanaka start in a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that begins Tuesday after they placed LHP CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday afternoon.

Cessa, who last pitched on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start Wednesday and take Sabathia's spot in the rotation after he went on the DL with right knee inflammation.

The 26-year-old Cessa, who is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in seven minor-league starts and 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight major-league appearances (three starts) this season, received the nod over top prospect Justus Sheffield, who is 5-3 with a 2.16 ERA with the RailRiders and last pitched on Thursday; Chance Adams, who made his MLB debut earlier this month against the Red Sox; and Sonny Gray, who was bumped out of the rotation a couple of weeks ago.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Apr 10, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Apr 10, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees have recalled RHP Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while sending down RHP Luis Cessa, the team announced on Friday. 

Kahnle has had a rough 2018 in the big leagues as injury and bad outings forced him down to Triple-A. First, it was shoulder and bicep tendinitis that kept him out early on in the season. Upon his return, Kahnle didn't appear to be the same pitcher as last season, with his velocity down a bit and erratic pitchers.

Over eight apperances (nine innings), Kahnle owns a 7.00 ERA and 1.78 WHIP with the Yankees on the year. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Yankees burned Luis Cessa, who was slated to start Saturday after they placed J.A. Happ on the disabled list, in Thursday's 15-7 loss, there's a chance (no pun intended) that Chance Adams could make his MLB debut this weekend against the Red Sox.

Given Cessa threw 51 pitches and allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, manager Aaron Boone told reporters he didn't think the Yankees' starting pitcher on Saturday was on the current 25-man roster.

And since Justus Sheffield pitched Thursday, that makes Adams, New York's No. 12 prospect who is currently scheduled to pitch this weekend for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a likely option.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Jonathan Holder, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa
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New York Yankees' Luis Cessa pitches during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (AP)
New York Yankees' Luis Cessa pitches during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (AP)

The Yankees are bringing up a couple reinforcements ahead of their series with the Red Sox on Thursday. 

Luis Cessa and newly acquired Luke Voit are being promoted to the big leagues, according to Times Leader News' DJ Eberle, who covers the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. 

During Wednesday night's game against Rochester, Voit wasn't seen in the RailRiders' dugout, and a promotion seems to be the answer to that question.

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

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There is little doubt the Yankees needed to upgrade their rotation, and the addition of J.A. Happ fit the bill. However, is the rest of the Yankees rotation strong enough to make a charge to catch the Red Sox with 61 games left on the schedule?

Happ is a certain upgrade over current No. 4 starter Sonny Gray, as well as the two pitchers -- Luis Cessa and Domingo German -- the Yankees had been interchanging of late in the No. 5 spot. However, Happ had been in a slump before his most recent start (five innings, one run), pitching to a 9.75 ERA over three starts.

Before the skid, Happ had tossed 97 innings to the tune of a 3.62 ERA with 107 strikeouts and just 27 walks. Happ's production was enough to get him named to the American League All-Star team, and the Yankees hope a chance to pitch in the postseason gets Happ back on track.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) singles during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) singles during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees couldn't muster enough offense as they lost another series to the Rays on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa >> Box score

Things to know about today's game

1) The Yankees had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth inning, but a foul out to first base and Brett Gardner strikeout stranded the runners.

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees (64-35) and Rays (51-50) complete their three-game set with a Wednesday matinee at 12:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

Masahiro Tanaka led the Yanks to a win last night after tossing a three-hit shutout. It was his sixth career complete game. ...Miguel Andujar has multiple hits in all four games since the All-Star break. He is hitting .529 (9-for17) in that span. ...With a win on Tuesday, the Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak at Tropicana Field. They had lost five straight to the Rays entering the game...

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Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves pitcher Domingo German (65) during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves pitcher Domingo German (65) during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have seen enough of Domingo German.

After another bad outing on Friday night in the Bronx, the Yankees announced they optioned German back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and announced Luis Cessa will replace him in the rotation. 

German has shown spurts of great pitching, but mostly it has been struggles surrounding the 25-year-old rookie. Before the All-Star break, German threw a dud against the Indians, allowing six earned runs on five hits and four walks over four innings.

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Boone, Gardner discuss loss 00:00:31
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and outfielder Brett Gardner discuss missed opportunities in their 7-5 loss to the Mets.

The Yankees couldn't complete their comeback in the Subway Series, as they dropped their first game back from the All-Star break, 7-5, in the Bronx.

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

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

 

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J.A. Happ Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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Brian Cashman has a problem: While his need for starting pitching is obvious, neither the choices nor the prices are appealing right now.

Not only that, but an alternative plan stalled when the San Diego Padres asked for Miguel Andujar for lefty reliever Brad Hand, according to major league sources. The Yankees said no thanks, and Hand went to Cleveland.

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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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