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Yanks blow out Sox 00:00:44
Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's stellar performance and the emergence of Luke Voit as a big bat in the Yankees lineup

The Yankees got to Red Sox LHP David Price once again on their way to a 10-1 beatdown in the Bronx on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) Price kept the Yankees' bats at bay last time he faced their lineup, but his normal struggles against the pinstripes came back again. It was Miguel Andujar who tacked on the first run with a solo shot to right in the second. Then, after an error brought home two runs to make it 3-0, Luke Voit hit the first of two homers to right field in the fourth. A two-run shot came later in the sixth that knocked Price out of the game. 

2) Speaking of Voit, he had his first career four-game tonight. Also with multiple-hit games were Aaron Hicks and Andujar. Hicks tied Voit with a team-high three RBI night. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Sep 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) reacts during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) reacts during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Yankees officials have begun discussing in earnest who will start the wild card game next month, and Aaron Boone made an interesting admission on Wednesday: That a potential division series meeting with the Red Sox could factor into which starter the team chooses.

This is a logical way to think, but teams are usually too superstitious to plan for a matchup that might never happen. Single-elimination wild card games are like Word Series game sevens -- the only thing that matters is survival, no matter how you achieve it.

Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees (92-58) continue their series with the Red Sox (103-478) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are currently 2-2 on their nine-game homestand. ...After their win last night, the Yankees lead the A's by 2.5 games for the first AL Wild Card spot. ...Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 in his return to the plate on Tuesday night. Aroldis Chapman was activated from the 10-day DL today. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are 23-19 since August 2, the day the season began to completely turn when they lost the first of four straight games to Boston. As the Red Sox return to the Bronx Tuesday, the Yankees are looking for the switch to flip. But despite manager Aaron Boone's optimism, time is running out for the club to get it all together.

Meanwhile, they might have to watch the Red Sox celebrate the division title on their home field as they work for a chance to exact revenge in the ALDS.

The Yanks, whose descent goes back to July 12 (30-27 record since then) have a handful of issues that need to be resolved. And the chances that all of them will be remedied before the wild card game are not great...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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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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Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jordan Johnson)
Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jordan Johnson)

Heading into Wednesday night's start against the Twins, Yankees RHP Luis Severino had the worst ERA (6.83) in the entire MLB since July 7. It has been a rough second half for the righty, but he helped diminish that number in a solid outing in Minnesota. 

Severino allowed just one run on four hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work. Though he allowed just one lone runner across the plate, though, he was set up for the loss with Jake Odorizzi holding a no-hit bid against the Yankees' offense. 

Severino's night started off with a Joe Mauer single, but it was quickly erased with a double play rolled in the next at-bat. From there, the 23-year-old set down 15 straight Twins as he cruised through the lineup. 

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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)

The Yankees will leave Minnesota with a sour taste in their mouths after getting two-hit by the Twins in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees' offense was ice cold against Jake Odorizzi, who carried a no-hit bid through 7.1 innings. Greg Bird finally broke the no-no with an RBI double that amounted to the Yanks' only offense of the night. Miguel Andujar singled in the top of the ninth for the second hit of the game, but otherwise, the Yankees just couldn't get anything going in this series finale. 

2) Luis Severino didn't go long (5.2 innings), but he only allowed one run in the sixth inning as the only hiccup of his start. He also struck out five batters in what was a good turnaround performance following his shortest outing of the season against the A's last time out. 

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a fielder's choice ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP)

The Yankees (90-55) wrap up their series against the Twins (66-78) on Wednesday night at Target Field at 8:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yanks are 4-4 in their nine-game road trip at the moment. They are also 6-7 in their last 13 games. ...The Yankees lead the A's by two games for the first Wild Card spot. They are also nine games behind Boston for the AL East lead. ...The Yankees own the best record in the MLB (57-9) when their starter goes at least six innings. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray goes to the dugout in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray goes to the dugout in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he was exiled from the Yankees rotation in July, the Yankees will start RHP Sonny Gray for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins to give other starting pitchers extra rest.

Gray, who last started Game 2 of a doubleheader on Aug. 25, is 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last four outings, allowing two runs, 13 hits and six walks in 15 2/3 innings. In his last start, he threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Orioles.

By having Gray start Tuesday, it pushes Luis Severino to Wednesday and Masahiro Tanaka to Friday. The strategy also would allow for Severino to face the Red Sox twice as the regular season nears its end.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (40) and pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) share a laugh as they walk to the dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (40) and pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) share a laugh as they walk to the dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka has stepped up just when the Yankees needed him most.

With Luis Severino enduring another difficult outing in his last start, Tanaka threw eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts on Friday night, leading the Yankees to a 4-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

"He's been that way, I feel like, for the past couple of months," Boone said after the game, via Newsday. "He's had a couple of hiccups here and there, but for the most part, he's really started to lock it in. Again, the split finger right from the get-go was a factor, the slider was good, I thought he did a good job of mixing in his fastball . . . He was in complete command out there tonight."

He didn't even think he had his best stuff.

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Luis Severino is the obvious choice to start the Wild Card Game for the Yankees. He has the most talent, best stuff, and is the only member of the rotation who can legitimately be labeled an ace.

The only problem? You can't start him in the wild card game -- not after last night.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (84-50) and Tigers (54-80) continue their four-game series in the Bronx on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Game Notes

The Yankees are 9-4 in their last 13 games. ...With a loss last night, the Yankees fell back in the AL East standings to 8.5 games behind the Red Sox. ...New York has lost only eight of their 40 series since April 19. ...Gleyber Torres tied a career high with three hits and hit a two-run homer last night. It was his 21st on the season, which ties Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. for second-most among rookies. Miguel Andujar owns the lead with 22 homers. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino earned his league-leading 17th win of the season as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Sunday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Severino (17-6) struck out eight batters and allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. But he hasn't been the dominant pitcher he was through the first three months of the season, as he is now 4-4 with a 6.56 ERA over his last nine starts.

The 24-year-old Severino pitched into and out of trouble early, leaving a runner in scoring position in the first inning and escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third, but wasn't able to do so with his pitch count in the 90s and triple digits.

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar hits a two-run double during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar hits a two-run double during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Miguel Andujar and Luke Voit both had three hits and two RBIs to power the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score


1) Andujar had his fourth straight multi-hit game and his 13th in the month of August, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double down the right-field line off Dylan Bundy in the third inning that gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

2) Voit, who made his Yankees debut earlier this month after he was included in the Chasen Shreve trade, went 3-for-3, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning to right field that broke a scoreless tie.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees look to sweep the Baltimore Orioles and win their eighth game in their last nine when they square off in Sunday's series finale at 8:05 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

The Yankees lead the majors with 210 home runs as a team. ... Yankees relievers have a 4.39 ERA in the second half, which ranks 22nd in the majors. In the first half, their bullpen posted a league-best 2.69 ERA. ... With a victory, the Yankees would move to six games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox.

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Aug 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After a difficult stretch, Yankees RHP Luis Severino got back on track against the Blue Jays on Saturday. He was solid, if unspectacular.

In Severino's last seven outings entering Saturday's start, he was 3-4 with a 7.50 ERA and allowed 11 home runs. He came closer to his pre-July dominance against Toronto.

Severino allowed two runs on six hits in five innings with eight strikeouts. He threw 100 pitches, 68 for strikes.

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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 5-4 on their season-long 11-game homestand. ... Giancarlo Stanton hit his 31st HR of the season on Friday vs. Toronto. ... has six home runs in his last 11 game. ... Friday's 7-5 win in seven innings marked the Yankees' first rain-shortened game since 2014.

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Would you consider starting Dellin Betances in the wild card game?

It was a vaguely ridiculous question, but Aaron Boone stopped in a hallway outside the Yankees clubhouse on Thursday morning to think about it.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |  If you happened to be at Yankee Stadium Monday night, you not only witnessed Jacob deGrom dominate yet another opponent, but you saw his fastball rise and explode as it met the hitter, and heard that extra pop in the catcher's glove.

And you saw and heard none of that when the Yankees' Luis Severino was pitching.

The Yankees' ace continued to be a major concern -- the type of problem that, when combined with the absence of a star like the injured Aaron Judge -- can sink a team's World Series hopes. It's not just the numbers, although those are bad, and they include a 7.50 ERA over his last seven starts and 11 homers allowed over that span. It's the sizzle missing from his pitches -- a problem that actually worsened Monday night.

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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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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino had his shortest outing of the season in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Mets, allowing four runs, seven hits, one walk and two home runs in four innings.

Severino (15-6) allowed two runs in the first inning, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second and gave up two more runs in the fourth inning, throwing 98 pitches before manager Aaron Boone brought in Chad Green.

The 24-year-old Severino's second-half struggles continued, as his ERA in five starts since the All-Star break is 7.96. And since July 7, his ERA has skyrocketed from 1.98 to 3.27. Despite that, manager Aaron Boone said he doesn't plan to skip his spot in the rotation, especially given the team just placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday.

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Mets rock Severino on Monday 00:00:36
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's rough stretch on the mound and why he still has confidence in the team's ace.

Luis Severino and A.J. Cole combined to surrender five home runs as the Yankees lost to the Mets 8-5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Severino (15-6) allowed a leadoff homer to Amed Rosario and a two-run home run to Jose Bautista, giving up four runs and seven hits in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.

2) Cole, meanwhile, allowed a solo home run to Todd Frazier in the sixth inning and back-to-back home runs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh inning that made it 7-3.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar
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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Yankees play a make-up game from July 22 when they meet for the final time in 2018 on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Subway Series notes

The Yankees are 10-8 without Aaron Judge this season. ... In 16 career games against the Yankees, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has a .160 batting average with one home run and six RBIs. ... The Yankees are 3-2 against the Mets this season and 69-48 since the first Subway Series took place in 1997.

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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Mets play a make-up game from July 22 when they meet for the final time in 2018 on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Subway Series notes

The Yankees are 10-8 without Aaron Judge this season. ... In 16 career games against the Yankees, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has a .160 batting average with one home run and six RBIs. ... The Yankees are 3-2 against the Mets this season and 69-48 since the first Subway Series took place in 1997.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino
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Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

J.A. Happ and the Yankees will open a series with the Rays on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won three of the first five games of their 11-game homestand, which is the team's longest homestand since 2005. The Yankees sit 10 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East ... The Yankees are 54-9 when they score first in games this season.

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Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino recovered after allowing two first inning runs and went on to pitch seven innings in the Yankees' win over the White Sox on Wednesday night.

Severino allowed three hits in the first inning, leading to both runs, before retiring the final two batters he faced in the inning.

Jose Abreu drove in the game's first run in the bottom of the first when he hit an RBI double against Severino. Daniel Palka knocked in another run later in the inning when he hit an RBI single to center field. 

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Aug 3, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) walks to the dugout after being relieved during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aug 3, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) walks to the dugout after being relieved during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

On the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning on Thursday night, Yankees RHP Luis Severino blew a fastball that had Red Sox OF Mookie Betts hitting the ground to get out of the way. 

The umpires gave Severino a warning and Red Sox manager Alex Cora lost his mind and got ejected. After the game, Severino dismissed the idea that his pitch was intended to plunk Betts.

"If I'm going to hit somebody," Severino said, "I'm not going to miss." 

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Jul 25, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) blows a bubble with his bubble hum during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 25, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) blows a bubble with his bubble hum during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are in a bit of a pinch. 

New York lost it's third straight game, and this one was mundane on all sides for the Bombers. Luis Severino struggled once again despite slowly turning things around before his exit. And Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello absolutely dominated with a one-hit masterpiece on Friday night in Fenway Park. 

The Yankees are now 18-18 -- an even .500 -- in their last 36 games. And on top of that, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are still out of the lineup with their respective injuries. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Severino on controversial pitch 00:00:21
Yankees starter Luis Severino defends himself after his controversial inside pitch to Red Sox slugger Mookie Betts in the first inning.

Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello had his A-game against the Yankees on Friday night, as New York mustered only one hit in a 4-1 loss. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Porcello needed only 86 pitches to get through the entire Yankees offense. Miguel Andujar was the only Yankee to get a hit -- a solo homer in the top of the third inning. Porcello came into this game with a 5.10 ERA at Fenway Park, but that number certainly diminished after this masterpiece.

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Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino's last decent outing came against the Red Sox, where he didn't allow a run over 6.2 innings. And he came into this one looking to turn things around against the Yankees' heated rival. 

The results didn't follow, though. 

It was a hectic first inning for Severino to say the least. His first pitch -- a two-seamer up and in to Mookie Betts -- made home plate umpire Adam Hamari issue warnings to both benches, as it was seen as retaliation for Rick Porcello hitting Brett Gardner in the first. 

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Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

The Yankees might have a bullpen and offense built to survive a postseason of occasional rotation clunkers. However, at least one rotation member has to dominate opponents.

For the Yankees, Luis Severino is clearly the most likely ace-like candidate among a group of middle-of-the-rotation arms.

Unfortunately, as the Yankees are busy improving their roster, the club has a pressing matter in regard to Severino's recent production. If the Yankees and Severino cannot figure out what ails the All-Star pitcher, then New York will be hard-pressed to win a World Series title this season.

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Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) watches game from the dugout in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) watches game from the dugout in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The struggles for Yankees ace Luis Severino continue for a fourth consecutive start, this time against the lowly Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Severino allowed six runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings with a walk and five strikeouts.

The righty cruised through the first two innings and looked like the pitcher he had been through the first half of the season, but began to fall apart thereafter.

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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees and Royals play game one of a day/night doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees will be without last year's Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Aaron Judge for at least three weeks after he suffered a fracture in his wrist on Thursday. ... New York's bullpen leads the majors with a 2.78 ERA. ... Since June 24, Giancarlo Stanton has a .368/.417/.566 batting line with five home runs and 19 RBIs.

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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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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he made Yankees history by becoming the third player in franchise history to strike out 500 batters before turning 25, RHP Luis Severino had his worst outing of the season in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Severino allowed season-highs of seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings, suffering his second loss since mid-April. 

Since starting the season with a 1.98 ERA, Severino has a 7.80 ERA over his last three outings, going no more than five innings and allowing at least three runs in each start.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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Yanks rusty to start second half 00:03:57
Michelle Yu, Sal Licata and Marc Malusis recap the critical errors the Yankees made in Monday night's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Luis Severino pitched his worst game of the season and the Yankees' rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Severino (14-3) suffered his first loss since June 10 as the Yankees fell to 1-2 in the second half of the season. He allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

2) The Yankees trailed 7-3 in the sixth inning but rallied for three runs in the seventh to pull within one. After loading the bases with one out in the top of the ninth inning, Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielder's choice and Gary Sanchez, whose passed ball in the first inning allowed Jake Bauers to score from second base, hit into a 4-6-3 groundout to end the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

Entering Monday, New York's bullpen has the best ERA (2.78) among all 30 teams. ... While the Yankees are five games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, they have the second-best winning percentage in baseball. Their plus-130 run differential ranks third. ... Among qualified hitters, Miguel Andujar leads the team with a .287 batting average.

Tags: Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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Sometimes, being aggressive in the winter is better than hoping to perform alterations in the summer.

The Yankees will be making phone calls around the league over the next several days, searching to upgrade the club's starting rotation. It is arguable the Yankees made a mistake by not being more vigorous pursuers in the starting pitching market during the winter.

Tags: Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, 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)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield is "getting a lot closer" to being promoted to the majors.

The 22-year-old Sheffield, whom the Yankees refused to include in any potential trade for former Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, has a 2.38 ERA in 17 minor-league games (16 starts) with both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Sheffield, ranked among the top 57 prospects by Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, could have an impact on the Yankees in a similar fashion that Luis Severino did when he was first called up to the majors midway through the 2015 season.

Tags: Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino
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Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Albert Abreu (87) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Albert Abreu (87) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

With the trade deadline approaching swiftly, every team is doing their due diligence of scouting farm systems across the country. As for the Yankees, they've certainly being putting in the extra hours as GM Brian Cashman is looking to make a splash with a preference in the pitching department.

The Giants have also been doing their homework, and the Yankees' farm system is at the top of their list. In fact, they have their eyes set on one particular prospect.

Right-handed hurler Albert Abreu reportedly impressed the Giants when they took a look at the Yankees' lower-level farm teams, per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. Abreu is the Yankees' third-best prospect, according to MLB.com, and he is sporting a 4.28 ERA over 48.1 innings with High-A Tampa this season. 

Tags: Albert Abreu, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

New York Yankees baseball is normally associated with one of the best franchises in all of sports. Well, the money speaks for itself.

According to Forbes, the Yankees are valued at $4 billion, making them the most valuable MLB franchise in 2018. They also come in at fifth overall in the world. 

There are six MLB teams in the top 50, but this storied franchise can thank their exciting, young team for a large boost in revenue. Led by Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez, this young Yankees team is drawing viewers at home and at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino
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Severino, Judge on All-Star Game 00:02:08
Luis Severino and Aaron Judge discuss their experience at the All-Star Game. Justine Ward and Andy Martino discuss key Yankee storylines.

Luis Severino worked around a leadoff double and pitched a scoreless second inning on Tuesday night in his first MLB All-Star game.

Severino pitched in the bottom of the second inning after teammate Aaron Judge hit a solo home run in the top of the inning to give the AL a 1-0 lead. Severino was warming up in the bullpen at the time and caught Judge's home run.

Matt Kemp led off the bottom half of the inning with a line drive double to left fielder Aaron Judge, putting a runner in scoring position. But Severino struck out Bryce Harper, got Nick Markakis to fly out, and struck out Brandon Crawford to end the inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Luis Severino
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Jun 26, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) 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 Severino watched "Friends" to help him learn English, he said on Jim Rome's Daily Jungle.

"I love watching 'Friends,'" said Severino, who is representing the Yankees at the MLB All-Star game in D.C. "I think I learned a lot of English from watching 'Friends.'"

Severino said in the past he has asked teammates if he was unsure of a word.

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Orioles All-Star Manny Machado has been the subject of trade rumors for months. The Yankees have been among the teams rumored to be pursuing him. Machado, himself, liked an Instagram post of him in a Yankees uniform (and ones of other teams).

And on Monday, he posed for a picture with three players who could be future teammates.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino
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Luis Severino compliments Jacob deGrom and says that if the Yankees traded for him, 'it would be great.'

Yankees ace Luis Severino wouldn't mind another ace joining him in pinstripes -- especially Jacob deGrom, who is across town with the Mets. 

"He's one of the greatest pitchers," Severino said on Monday at All-Star Game media day. "Great guy. He's awesome. ... if they trade him to the Yankees, I mean, that would be great."

The 30-year-old deGrom, who has been otherworldly for the Mets this season while posting a league-leading 1.68 ERA, has been the subject of trade rumors.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Danny Abriano
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Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino was in the debate to start for the American League in the 2018 All-Star Game. Instead, he's coming out of the bullpen.

Red Sox LHP Chris Sale was named the starter by AL manager A.J. Hinch on Monday. This is Sale's third straight All-Star Game start as he continues to perform at the highest level.

"He is truly a special pitcher in our league," Hinch said during Monday's press conference to announe the starters. "He's truly someone who deserves this honor."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Luis Severino
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Just ahead of the Mid-Summer Classic, two All-Stars faced off in Cleveland. 

Yankees RHP Luis Severino was scheduled to pitch against Indians RHP Corey Kluber and expectations were high. 

Unfortunately for the neutral viewer, neither Severino nor Kluber were on the top of their game. Severino labored through five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with two strikeouts while Kluber was able to last 7.1 innings, but was tagged for six runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts...

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Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Former Yankees great Bernie Williams played on New York's best team -- and arguably one of the best teams to play the game -- in 1998. He has a few championship rings from his 1990s playing days to show for it too.

But, when asked if this year's Yankee team deserves comparison to his squad, Bernie couldn't agree more. 

"It's very exciting to watch," he told Newsday's Sal Cacciatore at the Double-A All-Star Game in Trenton, NJ on Wednesday night. Williams played the National Anthem with his guitar before the game kicked off. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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