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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

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(Adam Hunger)

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.

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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.

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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...

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Cessa
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J.A. Happ Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
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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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.

Tags: Justin Wilson, Luis Cessa
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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.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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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.

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard
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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.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Oakland Athletics
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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.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve, Luis Cessa
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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.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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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, Aroldis Chapman, 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, 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...

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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