The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Mets on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.
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.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa
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.
Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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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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.
Tags: Luis Cessa
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.
Tags: Luis Cessa
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.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Curtis Granderson, Erik Goeddel, Gary Sanchez, Hansel Robles, Luis Cessa, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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.
|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|
Tags: Luis Cessa
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.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Previewing the 2017 Yankees season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff...
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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...
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?
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.
Who rounds out rotation?
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
The Yankees made a late push to sign free agent RH reliever Sergio Romo, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Romo agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The 33-year-old Romo had a 2.64 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.07 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings (40 appearances) for the Giants last season.
Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard
The Yankees will almost certainly head in to Spring Training without making any further roster moves, GM Brian Cashman said recently.
"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversations, not that there's anything pending," Cashman said, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com. "I do believe we're at 99.9 percent plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with, but you have to continue to stay engaged."
The Yankees have had interest in trading for Pirates LHP Jose Quintana, but Cashman said the price tags on certain players have been exorbitant.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:
The 2016 MLB postseason thrust relief pitching to the forefront of the game.
Teams with dominant relievers who could be used during high-leverage situations regardless of the inning and for more than three outs succeeded. The contention that such usage of bullpen arms would not survive the rigors of the regular season is fair, but how close can teams get to the style?
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
Barring a change of heart from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, the club will not be bringing a new face into the 2017 rotation.
Cashman recently told the New York Post that filling the rotation voids will be too difficult for the Yankees to accomplish via free agency (payroll issues) or trade (unwillingness to meet demands). Instead, Cashman will stick with the youth theme, hoping that a couple of in-house talents emerge as viable fourth and fifth starters (or better).
Luis Cessa came over in last offseason's trade of Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees figured Cessa would provide some depth for the organization's Triple-A club. Due to various factors, Cessa, who turns 25 in April, became much more important to the Yankees than that as he tallied 70 1/3 innings with the big league club.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:
If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.
Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.RotationMasahiro Tanaka earns ace money, and in 2016 he pitched like he deserved it. The 27-year-old right-hander hurled a career-high 199 2/3 innings, generating a 3.07 earned run average (3.51 FIP). The ERA was good for third-best in the American League. Tanaka went 14-4 for the Yankees, and the team was 23-8 in his starts. He stopped losing streaks and kept winning streaks going. Tanaka is the unquestioned ace of this staff.
Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Richard Bleier, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
Gary Sanchez homered again and the Yankees recovered after blowing a late lead as they beat the Red Sox, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- With the game tied, 4-4, in the seventh inning, Tyler Austin's two-run homer gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
- Tyler Clippard struck out David Ortiz with two on and two out in the ninth inning to seal the win.
- The Red Sox had tied it at 4 in the seventh when Aaron Hill hit a solo homer and Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI single.
- Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the sixth to put the Yankees up 4-2.
- The Red Sox had drawn within 3-2 in the sixth inning after getting an RBI single from Dustin Pedroia and an RBI groundout from Mookie Betts.
- Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer (his 20th of the season) in the first inning.
- Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the fifth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 3-0.
- Luis Cessa allowed two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two.
The Yankees youngsters had a big part to play in tonight's victory.
The Yankees begin a three-game series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
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|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Gary Sanchez, DH|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Brock Holt, 3B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Aaron Hicks, RF|
|Sandy Leon, C||Austin Romine, C|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||Tyler Austin, 1B|
Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-3, 4.30 ERA) looked strong in his most recent outing, lasting six innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Cessa is going for his first win since Aug. 26.
Who's Pitching for the Red Sox: LHP David Price (17-8, 3.91) was solid in his last outing, pitching seven innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out five. Price has not lost a decision since Aug. 7.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Boston Red Sox
The Yankees will look to take the third and final game of their series with the Rays on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. from Tropicana Field.
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|Brett Gardner, LF||Logan Forsythe, 2B|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Kevin Kiermaier, CF|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Evan Longoria, DH|
|Billy Butler, DH||Brad Miller, SS|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Corey Dickerson, LF|
|Chase Headley, 3B||Curt Casali, C|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Juniel Querecuto, 3B|
|Aaron Hicks, RF||Richie Shaffer, 1B|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||Mikie Mahtook, RF|
Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-2, 4.44 ERA) has had a lot of trouble keeping the ball inside the ballpark recently. Cessa has surrendered home runs in each of his last five starts, allowing nine long balls during that span.
Who's Pitching for the Rays: LHP Blake Snell (5-8, 3.87 ERA) did not look good in his last outing, pitching only 4.1 innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. Snell has walked seven batters in his last 13 innings.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Tampa Bay Rays
The Yankees fell behind early and failed to come all the way back, falling to the Red Sox for the second straight day, this time 7-4 on Friday night. Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...
- Starter Luis Cessa lasted five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out just one but walked none.
- The Red Sox got off to a quick start against Cessa, with David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez driving in runs with singles in the first inning.
- Ramirez added a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second long ball of the series.
- Gary Sanchez got the Yankees back into the game with a two-run double off the Green Monster.
- Bostson added two runs in the sixth off relievers James Pazos and Jonathan Holder.
- Billy Butler blasted a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the ninth inning to pull the Yankees within three.
- Mason Williams went 2-for-3, the only Yankee to produce a multi-hit game.
The Yankees put together a nice and unexpected run after trading away their best players and calling up a handful of rookies to gain some valuable experience over the season's final two months. Their recent performance (losing three in a row and five of their last six games) directly following a seven-game winning streak is more indicative of what many expected once the calendar turned to August.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Boston Red Sox
The Yankees continue their pivotal four-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m.
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|Brett Gardner, LF||Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|Gary Sanchez, C||David Ortiz, DH|
|Starlin Castro, 2B||Mookie Betts, RF|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Hanley Ramirez, 1B|
|Chase Headley, 3B||Travis Shaw, 3B|
|Brian McCann, DH||Chris Young, LF|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Sandy Leon, C|
|Mason Williams, RF||Jackie Bradley Jr., CF|
Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) allowed four runs on five hits (including three home runs) while walking none and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings against the Rays during his last start. Has struck out just 31 batters in 47 2/3 innings (five starts, eight relief appearances) this season.
Who's Pitching for the Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (5.31 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) allowed six runs on four hits while walking four and striking out three in three innings against the Blue Jays during his last start. He had allowed just one earned run during each of his prior three starts.
Tags: Luis Cessa
After a devastating loss to Boston on Thursday night, the Yankees have two rookies toeing the rubber, Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell, before CC Sabathia takes the mound in the series finale. The pitching, obviously important, is not where the Yankees have their best chance to return the favor to the Red Sox.
The Yankees entered the series needing to win three out of four to make a statement in the postseason race. Masahiro Tanaka's gritty effort should have resulted in one of the victories, but questionable bullpen management and Dellin Betances' performance created a hard to swallow two-game swing in the standings.
Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa
Playoff teams are built on starting pitching. Starting pitching wins championships. Someone needs to tell Masahiro Tanaka's New York Yankees rotation mates.
The Yankees improbable run into legitimacy in a crowded American League East and AL Wild Card race has little to do with the starting rotation, beyond the enormous efforts of Tanaka. In order for the Yankees to stick in the race over the final 20 days (19 games) of the regular season, the club needs Tanaka to continue his ace-like efforts, but the team must also receive better efforts from the rest of the starting staff.
The Yankees erased a late 4-3 deficit and hung on in a wild top of the ninth inning as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Didi Gregorius' triple in the eighth inning tied things, 4-4, and Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
- Chae Headley's two-run homer later in the eighth increased New York's lead to 7-4.
- Dellin Betances allowed two runs in the ninth inning and was relieved by Blake Parker, who escaped a bases loaded jam to end the game.
- Kevin Pillar's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning had given the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
- Tyler Austin's two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 advantage
- The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jose Bautista's RBI single.
- Brian McCann's home run in the fourth inning tied things, 1-1.
- Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer in the top of the first gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
- Luis Cessa allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.
The Yankees are not going quietly, but they don't make it very easy, either. Up against the Blue Jays' ace, the Yanks got two big home runs to take the lead and then rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning with four huge runs. In a crazy game, the Yankees needed each of the insurance runs after a rough night from closer Dellin Betances.
Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro, Danny Abriano
The Yankees play the second game of their series against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.
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|Brett Gardner, LF||Jose Bautista, RF|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Josh Donaldson, 3B|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Russell Martin, C|
|Starlin Castro, 2B||Troy Tulowitzki, SS|
|Brian McCann, DH||Michael Saunders, LF|
|Chase Headley, 3B||Kevin Pillar, CF|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Justin Smoak, 1B|
|Tyler Austin, 1B||Devon Travis, 2B|
Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-0, 4.17 ERA) has pitched well since the Yankees moved him into the starting rotation, lasting six innings in each of his three starts and allowing only six earned runs total on 14 hits while striking out 12.
Who's Pitching for the Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 2.88 ERA) threw six strong innings in his last start, allowing one unearned run on five hits. Sanchez pitched that game on 10 days rest, as the Blue Jays are trying to limit their talented young pitcher's innings by skipping starts.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Toronto Blue Jays
When the New York Yankees began trading away their best players before the non-waiver deadline, a postseason berth seemed years away. That sentiment seemed crystal clear when the Yankees handed starting jobs to Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, two of the teams vaunted prospects.
The moves made (and still make) sense. Carlos Beltran was gone and the Yankees were getting limited production from veteran Brian McCann behind the plate. The Yankees also brought up Tyler Austin to split time with a struggling Mark Teixeira at first base and rookie utility man Ronald Torreyes also began to get more playing time.
Brian McCann hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 13th inning as the New York Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for their second straight extra-inning win. >> Read more
- Didi Gregorius led off the 13th inning with an infield single off Chris Young (3-9), advanced to third on Starlin Castro's double and scored when McCann hit a sac fly off Matt Strahm.
- The Yankees' bullpen threw seven scoreless, hitless innings of relief to shut down the Royals. A night after pitching two innings of relief, Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless 13th inning. Ben Heller (1-0) pitched the 12th inning to earn the win.
- With the win, the Yankees moved 2 1/2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.
- Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Gregorious delivered a sacrifice fly and Castro hit a two-run homer to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
- Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 4.
- Luis Cessa allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings.
- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
- In the second inning, Alcides Escobar's double drove in Paulo Orlando to make it 3-0.
- Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the third inning extended the Royals' advantage to 4-0.
- The Royals only got one hit, a Salvador Perez infield single in the sixth inning, after the third inning.
- Ian Kennedy allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Yankees reversed roles with the Royals on Wednesday, tying the score after falling behind 4-0. Unlike the Royals, the Yankees were able to take the lead (eventually) and then hold on for the victory.
Tags: Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro
The New York Yankees began the season with a terrible 8-16 start, seemingly squashing their playoff chances before the season was four weeks old.
However, with 36 games left on the schedule, the Yankees sit five games back of the second Wild Card spot and six games behind in the American League East race.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes they have a chance to reach the postseason because of the schedule immediately ahead of them.
Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa
The Yankees have recalled RHP Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre and have signed RHP Ben Heller to a Major League contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Heller has been selected to the 25-man roster.
To make room on the roster, RHP Nick Goody and INF/OF Rob Refsnyder have been sent to Triple-A.
Cessa is 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 77.1 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. In his brief stint with the Yankees earlier in the season, Cessa was 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13.2 innings.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Nick Goody, Rob Refsnyder
#24 RHP Luis Cessa
One game at any time of the year does not make a prospect. The playoffs - one outing for a pitcher, or a few game for a position player - really should not change my perception of a player, especially one I've seen 10 other times in a year. And yet, I'm going to have trouble shaking this last look at Luis Cessa. He was solid all year, and is a solid prospect. On the other hand, on Monday, he gave up lots of loud contact including four doubles in his five innings of work. His line: 5 IP, 6 H (4 2B), 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. I just wanted to see better from him. He showed little feel or adjustments.
Tags: Luis Cessa, Playoffs, Toby Hyde
There were two stars in this one for the Gnats: RHP Luis Cessa and CF Brandon Nimmo.
Cessa's line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K. He was every bit as good as that pitching line suggests. He did not allow a runner to second until the seventh inning. He ran four three-ball counts. He mostly worked off his fastball and changeup although he few a few solid breaking balls down in the zone. In recent outings, he had been sitting 92-93 and touching higher. I will confirm that he was working in that range on Monday. He threw his fastball up, he threw it down. He threw it in, he threw it out. Then he threw a few changups that had RiverDogs' hitters looking silly. He got a couple strikeouts with guys swinging over top of his curveball. Cessa, a former infielder who didn't hit much, converted to pitching for the 2011 season and is a lock to move up this off-season's rankings from his spot at #42 this past winter.
Oh, Domingo Tapia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. That's now 39 walks in 73 innings, a walk rate of 12.4%.