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Former Yankee Mark Teixeria discusses his expectations for first baseman Greg Bird.

Former Yankee Mark Teixeria discusses his expectations for first baseman Greg Bird.

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New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said he felt the need to step up and be a team leader as one of the more experienced players on the Yankees' current roster.

Following the retirements of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, Gardner, 33, is the longest tenured Yankee on the roster, followed by LHP CC Sabathia, who became a Yankee one year after Gardner climbed through the farm system.

"For me, I feel like I need to be a leader, yeah," Gardner told the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "It's going to be different (without Teixeira and Rodriguez)."

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to become an ESPN analyst for the 2017 baseball season, according to the New York Times' David Waldstein.

Teixeira, who played his final game on Oct. 2, retired at 36 years old at the end of an eight-year, $180 million deal, playing eight of his 14 seasons with the Yankees.

He hit 409 home runs, 1,298 RBIs and 1,862 hits with four teams in his career. He made three All-Star Games and won five Gold Glove awards.

Teixeira was a guest host on "Mike and Mike" in 2014 and also made a cameo on the Showtime series "Billions."

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(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird soared once called up to the big leagues in 2015, seemingly easing the then impending loss of veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira considering his contract would expire in 2016. Instead, Bird missed the entire 2016 season after surgery on his right shoulder, calling into question his potential imprint on the Yankees 2017 roster.I felt that Bird was going to be an important piece to the 2016 season. Despite Teixeira's and Alex Rodriguez's comeback seasons in 2015, each had questions marks coming into 2016. Teixeira's season-ending injury in 2015 was just another in a growing line of maladies, and believing a 40-year-old Rodriguez could duplicate his 2015 season was risky.Bird, a top prospect for the club (he was ranked No. 4 by MLB Pipeline among Yankees' prospects prior to the call-up), made fans forget about Teixeira quickly. The left-handed hitter roped nine doubles, smacked 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs in route to a .871 OPS (135 OPS+). Bird also played sound defense at first base, while blending in well with his teammates. The Yankees were in the middle stages of a transition to younger players, making Bird's success something to be excited about with some of his former teammates making noise in the minor leagues.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Mark Teixeira, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees were hardly favorites to return to the postseason, but they certainly had the pieces in place to make a run. Unfortunately, several variables kept the Yankees from reaching their goal in 2016. Will the organization take measures to address the mistakes during the offseason and through the regular season?False sense of security in Teixeira and RodriguezThe Yankees scored the second-most runs in the American League in 2015, led by surprise production from first baseman Mark Teixeira and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. The players combined for 64 home runs and 165 RBIs that season completely surpassing expectations. However, the Yankees made a poor assumption that they would receive similar performances from an injury-plagued Teixeira and an aging Rodriguez.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

For years, the New York Yankees preached wanting to change how they operate the franchise, and this season they followed through at each administrative level of the organization.The Yankees did something they had not done since the early 90's -- trade veterans as part of a sell-off before the non-waiver trade deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman convinced ownership that this was the time to fill the farm system with as many top prospects as they could obtain for three talented players, two of whom are set to become free agents at the end of this season.The Yankees also managed to push Alex Rodriguez out the door one season before his contract was set to expire, and took at-bats away from veterans like Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann. The club turned to three prospects to prop up a stagnant offense and it nearly worked well enough to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Mark Teixeira, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates hitting a two-run home run with New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.

In 2015, the Yankees received big comeback performances from veterans they were not expected to rely on; Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a yearlong suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Teixeira suffered through another injury-plagued season in 2014, which diminished expectations for 2015. Both men had resurgent efforts, with Rodriguez hitting 33 home runs and Teixeira going yard 31 times.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

Mark Teixeira hugged one teammate at a time as he walked off the field, initially near his familiar spot at first base and then right down the line in the New York Yankees' dugout.

He tipped his cap to the crowd as it offered a standing ovation, patting his chest with his glove and saying, "Thank you."

And with that, one of baseball's most prolific switch-hitters said goodbye to the game.

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(Adam Hunger)

Michael Pineda did not have his best stuff and could not escape the fifth inning, as the Yankees fell to the Orioles, 8-1, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv..


  • Pineda did not have one of his better outings, lasting just 4.1 innings before being lifted for James Pazos. Pineda was charged with five runs on six hits, although he did strike out five. 
  • Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo both hit home runs off Pineda in the fifth, the latter ending Pineda's night. Jonathan Schoop added a third home run in the inning off Pazos. 
  • Mark Teixeira drove in Gary Sanchez with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Teixeira was removed from the game in the next inning for Tyler Austin. 
  • Five Orioles pitchers combined to three-hit the Yankees. 

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The Yankees were eliminated from postseason contention Thursday night, so they had two potential reactions for tonight's contest; come out fighting as the spoiler or fold. They did the latter.

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(Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees turned a ho-hum season into one of excitement as they made a run into postseason contention amid roster turnover. While the run came to an official end Thursday night, the final series of the regular season still carries importance to the Yankees.

Last look at some kids

Tags: Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Rob Refsnyder
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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira sits down with SNY's Sweeny Murti to look back on his 14-year career.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-out grand slam in the ninth inning to complete the Yankees' comeback from 3-0 down as they beat the Red Sox, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox had clinched the AL East title earlier in the evening due to Toronto's loss.

  • The Yankees loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning against Craig Kimbrel and drew within 3-1 on Brian McCann's bases loaded walk. 
  • Teixeira's grand slam to right center field with two outs gave the Yankees the win.
  • In a scoreless game in the eighth inning, Mookie Betts' two-run double gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
  • A passed ball by Gary Sanchez later in the eighth inning increased Boston's advantage to 3-0.
  • The Yankees managed just one hit in six innings against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
  • Bryan Mitchell tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking five, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren was charged with two runs in just 1/3 of an inning.

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Tags: Adam Warren, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Aaron Hicks and Mark Teixeira homered in a five-run ninth inning and the New York Yankees hung on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-5, Monday at Rogers Centre. >> Read more

  • Teixeira hit a one-out home run off Jason GrilliDidi Gregorius followed with a single and Hicks homered to right field to break the 3-3 tie.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single and Gary Sanchez a sac fly off Danny Barnes that gave the Yankees a 7-3 lead.
  • Dellin Betances walked two batters and made an error in the bottom of the ninth inning before he was pulled without recording an out.
  • Tommy Layne came in and allowed two runs on a bases-loaded walk and Dioner Navarro single, but got Russell Martin to ground into a fielder's choice and Troy Tulowitzki to foul out to end the game.
  • Manager Joe Girardi, starting pitcher Luis Severino, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and bench coach Rob Thomson were all ejected by the second inning.
  • Jonathn Holder allowed two runs in the third inning on a Tulowitzki RBI double and Michael Saunders RBI single that gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead.
  • Brett Gardner went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Sanchez hit an RBI ground out in the first inning.

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The Yankees' performance over the 14 games previous to Monday's seemed to demonstrate the club had no fight left in them, which seemed ridiculous considering they were closing in on a playoff spot after a seven-game win streak. But, J.A. Happ provided a spark by "having his teammate's back," to which Severino added gasoline by retaliating in kind.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Toronto Blue Jays
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(Adam Hunger)

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When New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira announced he would retire at the end of this season, the immediacy was startling, but the reasoning was sound. Teixeira could no longer "grind it out."

Teixeira spoke at length with Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal recently; the interview sheds light on Teixeira's thought process regarding retirement and a host of other topics. I'll delve into a few of these and posit a couple of questions of my own.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs around the bases after he hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs around the bases after he hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead three-run home run in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

With first base open in a 2-2 game, Sanchez homered off Brad Boxberger for his sixth home run in the past 11 games to give the Yankees the lead.

"He's meant a lot," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the Associated Press. "Offensively and defensively. It's kind of fitting that he got the big hit."

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) rounds the bases on his three run home run during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) rounds the bases on his three run home run during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees will honor 1B Mark Teixeira in a pregame ceremony on Sunday, October 2, the team announced on Monday

Teixeira joined the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, signing an eight-year deal worth $180 million. The first baseman finished second in the AL MVP voting that year, hitting .292 with an AL leading 39 HRs and 122 RBIs. He was awarded both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the AL first basemen, while helping lead the Yankees to a World Series Championship.

The Yankees and Teixeira announced the first baseman's upcoming retirement at the end of the season in a press conference on August 5. 

In 2016, the 36-year old Teixeira is batting .198 with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

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In a matter of just over two weeks the New York Yankees thrust themselves into the heart of the playoff picture with a seven-game winning streak and then quickly plummeted from it, by losing seven out of eight games. With 13 games left on the schedule and a four-game deficit to overcome, what do the Yankees do from here?

In my view, the Yankees must return to the place they were on Aug. 1. At that time the club rightfully decided to focus on the future by dealing their best players and proceeded to call-up some of their best prospects over the subsequent days. The idea was to remain competitive, but provide some valuable experience for players the organization felt were a part of the future. What happened on the field was unexpected - a 17-11 month - and might be directly related to the one day at a time mentality the club possessed.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) celebrates hitting a grand slam with Gary Sanchez (24), Rob Refsnyder (38) and Starlin Castro (14) during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) celebrates hitting a grand slam with Gary Sanchez (24), Rob Refsnyder (38) and Starlin Castro (14) during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam and the Yankees' bullpen held off a Rays comeback, as New York won its sixth consecutive game, 7-5, to pull within one game of a playoff spot. Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv...


  • The Yankees got on the board early, with Rob Refsnyder driving in a run with a double in the first inning.
  • Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run, his 12th of the season, in the second inning. 
  • After the Rays hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth, the Yankees added a four spot in their half when Teixeira hit a grand slam into the right field bullpen. 
  • Starter Michael Pineda lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs while striking out seven. 
  • The Rays added two runs off reliever Chasen Shreve in the sixth. 
  • The teams battled with three separate rain delays during the course of the game, including one in the ninth inning. 
  • Dellin Betances allowed a run but got the save even after the hour-long, ninth-inning rain delay. 

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The Yankees overcame three rain delays and match their longest winning streak of the season at six games. They now sit just one game out of the second wild card spot and two out of the first slot.

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Luis Severino pitched three scoreless innings in relief in the New York Yankees' 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino twice pitched out of a jam involving a runner in scoring position. He struck out Jose Bautista with a runner on second base to end the sixth inning, and struck out Melvin Upton Jr. with a runner on third base to end the seventh.

Severino, 22, has appeared as a reliever in seven games this season, giving up one unearned run, two hits and six walks in 14 1/3 innings. In nine starts this season, he is 0-8 with an 8.58 ERA.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Tyler Clippard
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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

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In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.

It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

After trailing 8-1 after the seventh inning, the New York Yankees brought the game-tying run to the plate in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to tie the game in an 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more

  • Michael Pineda and Blake Parker combined to allow five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 3-1 game into a seven-run deficit. 
  • Didi Gregorius hit a two-run double, Starlin Castro a sac fly and Chase Headley an RBI single to draw the Yankees within 8-5 in the eighth inning to bring up pinch hitter Mark Teixeira as the tying run. Royals manager Ned Yost brought in Kelvin Herrera, who got Teixeira to ground out to end the inning.
  • In the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez and Gregorius hit two-out singles to bring up the game-tying run in Castro, who struck out on three pitches.
  • Pineda (6-11) allowed five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.
  • Gregorius went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Tyler Austin went 2 for 3.
  • Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Dillon Gee (6-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
  • Pineda left after surrendering back-to-back singles to start the seventh inning. Tommy Layne retired the only batter he faced, then Parker came in and allowed a three-run home run to Alcides Escobar that made it 6-1. Cheslor Cuthbert and Eric Hosmer hit RBI singles that extended Kansas City's lead.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

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It is true the initial deficit was due to another terrible first inning by Pineda, but he settled down and the Yankees were still in this game as it entered the bottom of the seventh inning, down just two runs. Cue a late pull of Pineda, plus more of the same from the middle relievers, and the Yanks were down seven runs when the inning ended.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-0, on Wednesday in Seattle in the finale of their three-game series.


  • Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his ninth home run of the season.
  • In the second inning, Tyler Austin's RBI single increased the Yankees' lead to 2-0.
  • Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning made it 3-0, and Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the seventh upped their advantage to 4-0.
  • Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and closed out the scoring.
  • Tanaka allowed six hits while walking one and striking out five during his seven shutout innings.
  • Tyler Clippard (2/3 of an inning) and Dellin Betances (1 1/3 innings) combined to close things out.


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Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia hopes his strong outing in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field can turn his season around.

Sabathia (8-10) threw seven innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and striking out seven batters, as he won for the second time in his last three starts. He had been 2-6 with a 6.78 ERA over his previous 11 starts since starting the year 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA. 

"We know what a competitor CC is; it's frustrating for him," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "There's been a lot of games, I've said, where he's pitched a lot better than the line."

Tags: Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Seattle Mariners
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stands on the field during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stands on the field during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees left eight runners on base and went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position as they couldn't finish a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in a 2-0 loss Sunday at Angel Stadium.

The Yankees left the bases loaded in the fourth inning when Mark Teixeira flied out to center field, and New York left two runners on base in the eighth inning when it trailed by one run.

"We just didn't get the hit today," manager Joe Girardi said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I thought the at-bats were good, I thought we played a pretty good game. We just didn't get the hits."

Tags: Jacoby Ellsbury, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Mark Teixeira
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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Luis Severino was hit hard as the Yankees lost to the Red Sox, 5-3, on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.


  • With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the fifth inning, Dustin Pedroia's RBI double and David Ortiz' run-scoring single extended their lead to 5-2. Andrew Benintendi's RBI double earlier in the frame had given the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
  • The Yankees drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 5-3 but Mark Teixeira struck out to end the game.
  • Dustin Pedroia's two-run double in the third inning tied things, 2-2.
  • Chase Headley's RBI double in the second inning and Brian McCann's run-scoring single in the third had given the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
  • Severino allowed five runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out three in 4 1/3 innings.

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Luis Severino was not nearly as good as he had been coming out of the bullpen since his call-up, and couldn't make an early 2-0 lead hold up. The Yankees are going to have to deal with the growing pains through the rest of the season where it concerns Severino.

Tags: Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi and several of his players react to Alex Rodriguez's retirement announcement.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez announced he will play his final game in pinstripes on Friday. Rodriguez, 41, has spent 12 of his 22 seasons with the Yankees, and will become a special adviser after he is unconditionally released after Friday's game.

Rodriguez has hit 696 home runs, the fourth-most in MLB history, 3,114 hits and 2,084 RBIs in 2,781 career games. A three-time MVP, Rodriguez has earned nearly $400 million in his career, according to Baseball-Reference.

Several teammates expressed their gratitude toward Rodriguez.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Mark Teixeira announced his retirement, effective at the end of this season, during a press conference on Friday. Here's what he said... 

  • He hopes to retire as a Yankee, but would be open to getting traded to a contender.
  • After 14 years, it's time for him to do something else.
  • He got to live out his dream and had more success than he could ever imagine.
  • It felt like it was the right time for him to step away from the game.
  • He wants to finish the season on a high note, and his teammates do as well.
  • He announced his retirement now because he didn't want to be a distraction.
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Mark Teixeira announced his retirement, effective at the end of the season, at a Friday afternoon press conference.

The 36-year-old has played over 1,800 games, stretching back to 2003 with the Texas Rangers. He's played for the Rangers, who drafted him in the first round of the 2001 draft, Braves, Angels and Yankees.

Over his 14-year career, Teixeira has hit 404 home runs, driven in 1,281 runs and scored 1,085 times. He's hit .269 with a .361 OBP and .511 career slugging percentage.

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Aug 3, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) stares at New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 3, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) stares at New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira hit a home run off Steven Matz during his first at-bat Wednesday night. So, Matz said he understands why Teixeira would think he'd hit him with an inside fastball his next at bat.

Matz said the pitch was not intentional. Nevertheless, Teixeira bounced up from the ground and began walking toward the mound in anger.

Mets C Rene Rivera quickly jumped in front of Teixeira, as both benches and bullpens slowly walked on to the field. There was no fight, though Teixeira continued to throw vocal jabs toward Matz and the Mets throughout the inning.

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GEICO SportsNite: Teixeira 00:01:38
Sweeny Murti reports on Mark Teixeira's big offensive night against the Mets in the Yankees' 9-5 victory.

The Yankees hit Steven Matz hard as they beat the Mets, 9-5, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Mark Teixeira's three-run homer in the second inning gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead.
  • After the Mets got within 6-4 in the seventh inning, Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning made it 7-4, Yankees. Later int he frame, a run-scoring infield single from Starlin Castro and a bases loaded walk extended their lead to 9-4.
  • Rene Rivera's RBI single in the second inning tied things, 3-3.
  • The Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the second inning on the strength of a two-run double from Chase Headley and an RBI double by Didi Gregorius.
  • The Mets jumped on Chad Green in the first inning, with Curtis Granderson's leadoff home run and James Loney's RBI single giving them a 2-0 lead.
  • Chad Green allowed three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
  • Luis Severino relieved Green and allowed just one run on one hit while walking one and striking out five in 4 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees showed some life in various ways tonight. After Green was shaky, Severino took over and was once again electric.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) looks down after he gave up a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) looks down after he gave up a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Ivan Nova got off to a rocky start at Tropicana Field and couldn't recover, as the Yankees fell to the Rays, 5-1, on Friday night. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv.


  • Nova was hit early and often, allowing five runs on six hits in just 4 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out three but allowed two home runs.
  • Logan Forsythe started the game with a lead-off home run, and the Rays never looked back from there. Three batters later, Corey Dickerson added a solo home run.
  • Chad Green came on to pitch in the fifth inning, allowing an inherited runner to score on a Steven Souza Jr. sacrifice fly. 
  • Green allowed just one hit over 3 2/3 innings of relief. 
  • Mark Teixeira drove in Jacoby Ellsbury with an RBI single in eighth inning.

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After making some mental headway and necessary advances in the standings over the last few weeks, the Yankees enjoyed a much-needed off-day Thursday. However, instead of coming out fresh from the rest and ready to compete, the Yanks looked flat in every facet.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez warms up before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez warms up before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the organization is not currently considering buying out designated hitter Alex Rodriguez's contract regardless if the team falls out of contention, according to Kenny Ducey.

There had been discussions that the Yankees could cut Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira if they become sellers at the deadline, Jon Heyman reported last week. However, Cashman dismissed those notions on Monday.

"We always have decisions we can choose to make ... but that's something that's not being considered right now," Cashman said of Rodriguez, who is in the penultimate year of his contract.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees trading Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford was a no-brainer baseball decision. And acquiring him during the offseason was also a solid move. 

The notion of a three-headed lockdown relief crew at the back-end of games made sense in this new age where elite baseball relievers are coveted. Unfortunately, the rest of the Yankees roster was unable to do their part on a regular basis, rendering "No Runs DMC" to a little-used luxury.

The cost to get Chapman this offseason was low due to the domestic violence allegations following him along with the potential for a suspension (it turned out to be 30 games).

Tags: Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorius, Mark Teixeira, Starlin Castro
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GEICO SportsNite: NYY trade talk 00:00:19
Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about tuning out trade talk.

The Yankees topped the Giants 5-2 on Sunday afternoon to come away with the series win.


  • Nathan Eovaldi allowed seven hits, but just two earned run, over 6 2/3 innings. Both runs came after Eovaldi had left the game. He walked two and struck out six.
  • Chad Green allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh, but pitched a shutout eighth and ninth inning to earn the save. He allowed three hits and struck out one.
  • Carlos Beltran got the Yankees started in the first inning with a solo home run.
  • Mark Teixeira followed that up with a solo shot of his own in the second inning.
  • Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorious each drove in runs in the Yankees' three-run sixth inning. 

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The Yankees get another strong performance from their starting pitching to finish 6-4 on the homestand. As I mentioned yesterday, the wins seem to have come as much from fortunate timing as the solid pitching. Neither the Orioles nor Giants were at full strength and the decent record in their last 10 games might not have fooled ownership, evidenced by reports that the Yankees are taking final bids on Aroldis Chapman.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorius, Mark Teixeira, Nathan Eovaldi, Starlin Castro, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira congratulate each other as they both score during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira congratulate each other as they both score during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Some people within the New York Yankees organization have discussed cutting designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira if they become sellers at the deadline, according to Jon Heyman.

The Yankees, who are seven games back in the AL East and 5 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot, are reportedly split on whether to become buyers or sellers as the Aug. 1 trade deadline nears. 

GM Brian Cashman and the baseball operations staff believes the Yankees should sell and focus on the future, while owner Hal Steinbrenner and president Randy Levine consider the team a contender.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks postgame 00:00:49
Interviews with Joe Girardi and Mark Teixeira following the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Michael Pineda tossed six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-0, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

  • Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
  • Mark Teixeira's solo homer in the fourth inning extended the Yankees' advantage to 2-0.
  • Teixeira's bases loaded walk in the sixth inning upped New York's lead to 3-0, and Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning made it 4-0.
  • Beltran's home run in the eighth inning increased the Yankees' lead to 5-0.
  • Pineda allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out eight during his six scoreless innings.

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That's four straight wins for the Yankees, all aided by solid starting pitching. Yankees starters have allowed just three runs in 23 1/3 innings. What's more impressive is they have done it against the strong offenses of the Boston Red Sox and the homer-happy Orioles -- teams both in playoff position through today's games.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira reacts as he is hit by the ball during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira reacts as he is hit by the ball during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest update

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira is not in Monday's lineup due to a bruised right foot.

Teixeira says the foot feels better and noted that he's hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Previous updates

Teixeira is day-to-day after a CT scan and X-rays came back negative on his foot, the team announced.

Tags: Mark Teixeira, Boston Red Sox
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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

The New York Yankees have been the model of inconsistency in 2016, putting them in limbo with regard to how they will handle the trade deadline and adversely affecting their chances of reaching the postseason.

I have described this Yankees team as resembling Jekyll & Hyde and a yo-yo. The second half of the season can change that, but it will require a convincing turnaround within the first few weeks of returning to the diamond. If not, an overhaul of the roster would be in order.

It is hard to say what is more important for the Yankees as the second half begins -- strong starting pitching, improved offense, revamped middle relief or concentrating on the future. In my view, it has to be a combination of the four factors. That's not a cop out or a way to avoid selecting just one, but rather the stark reality.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez will field grounders at first base during the All-Star break, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

Rodriguez plans to work with infield coach Joe Espada beginning on Friday, according to Feinsand. On Sunday, he took one of Mark Teixeira's first-base gloves on his way out of the clubhouse.

Rodriguez has only been a designated hitter this season. He played first base for a total of 9 2/3 innings last season, his only two appearances at first base in his career.

He had spent a majority of his career as a third baseman and shortstop before becoming New York's primary designated hitter in 2015.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will likely require a day off on a consistent basis for the rest of the season due to continued issues with his knee, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

On Friday night, Teixeira exited the Yankees' 10-2 loss to the Indians early after citing that his knee was acting up to manager Joe Girardi.

For the duration of this season Teixeira is expected to receive lubricant injections in his knee in order to alleviate the pain. Surgery has not been ruled out as an option following the season.

Teixeira, 36, is hitting just .188 with seven home runs and 19 RBI this season. 

Tags: Mark Teixeira, Tim Reilly

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman reacts after covering first base in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman reacts after covering first base in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA Today Sports Images)

Mark Teixeira's dive, Starlin Castro's toss and Aroldis Chapman's acrobatic play at first base -- plus instant replay -- gave the New York Yankees a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field.

Manager Joe Girardi's challenge on Tyler Naquin's grounder gave the Yankees their final out instead of the Indians a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"That's the best thing to happen," Castro said of MLB's instant replay system, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Mark Teixeira
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 (Caylor Arnold)
(Caylor Arnold)

The Yankees recorded a season-high 20 hits and Masahiro Tanaka tossed eight scoreless innings as they beat the White Sox, 9-0, on Tuesday night in Chicago.

  • Carlos Beltran delivered an RBI single in the second inning and the White Sox committed a run-scoring error later in the frame as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.
  • Chase Headley's two-run homer in the third inning upped the Yankees' lead to 4-0.
  • Mark Teixeira's RBI double in the fourth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and Austin Romine's solo homer in the fifth increased their advantage to 6-0.
  • Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Hicks had RBI doubles in the eighth inning as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead.

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The Yankees have been waiting for a stress-free game for a long time. The team received an excellent starting performance supported by more than enough offense and tidy relief pitching. After all the disappointments this season, we cannot infer anything more from tonight's game other than they clicked on all cylinders for a change.

Tags: Austin Romine, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira gets high-fives from fans after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira gets high-fives from fans after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)

First baseman Mark Teixeira hit two home runs and became the second Yankee this season to hit his 400th home run in New York's 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Sunday.

Teixeira joined the 400-home run club with a solo home run to right field off Carlos Villanueva to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead, and his second home run of the day made it 6-1 in the ninth inning.

"You don't see it very often; maybe it just tells you (400) was weighing on him a little bit more," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "I think it's a celebration of 400. I don't think you'll really see it on the next one."

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, San Diego Padres
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Didi Gregorius hits a solo home run during the fourth inning Sunday. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)
Didi Gregorius hits a solo home run during the fourth inning Sunday. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Teixeira hit two home runs, including the 400th of his career, and Didi Gregorius added a solo home run as the New York Yankees beat the San Diego Padres, 6-3, on Sunday. at Petco Park. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.TV


  • Teixeira went 2 for 5 with three RBIs. He hit a solo homer, his 400th career home run, in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead, and added a two-run home run in the ninth inning to make it 6-1.
  • Gregorius homered in the fourth after scoring the Yankees' first run in the second. Gregorius reached on a throwing error, advanced to third on Aaron Hicks' single, and scored when Ronald Torreyes grounded into a double play.
  • Chad Green (1-1) had eight strikeouts and allowed one run and three hits in six innings.
  • Brett Gardner hit an RBI single in the ninth inning and scored on Teixeira's second home run.
  • Padres starter Andrew Cashner allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts.

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It was obviously nice for the Yankees to get away from San Diego with at least one win, but the series as a whole feels like another lost opportunity. That is especially true after coming into the road trip off back-to-back walk-off victories. The Yankees continue to fail to build substantial win streaks when it seems the schedule is in their favor.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Didi Gregorius, Mark Teixeira, San Diego Padres
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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) runs the bases after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) runs the bases after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski)

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The writing is on the wall; despite two straight walk-off wins, the New York Yankees are 39-39 and seemingly going nowhere in the standings as they persistently hover around the .500 mark. The Yankees performance this season should push them to make some changes to their roster and the best way to do that is by selling off soon to be free agents and other appealing players in an effort to bring in some fresh bodies for the future.

If the Yankees go into sell mode, I suggest manager Joe Girardi should not have to write Mark Teixeira or Alex Rodriguez's name on a lineup card after the trade deadline.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira
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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Yankees have outrighted 1B Ike Davis to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced on Monday

Davis was designated for assignment on Saturday after the team activated 1B Mark Teixeira from the disabled list.

Davis, who signed with the Yankees on June 13, hit .214 with a .267 OBP and .214 SLG in eight games with the Yankees. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stretches during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stretches during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)

First baseman Mark Teixeira is set to return to the lineup Saturday, manager Joe Girardi told reporters after Friday's game

Teixeira has been out since June 4 with torn cartilage in his right knee. He had been rehabbing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this past week, although he had Friday off in preparation for a return to the team Saturday. 

Before landing on the disabled list, the 36-year-old Teixeira was hitting .180 with a .271 OBP and .263 SLG in 48 games. 

The team has not yet announced who will lose a spot on the roster when Teixeira gets activated. 

Tags: Mark Teixeira

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira went 0 for 3 with a sac fly in his first rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.

Teixeira, out since June 4 with torn cartilage in his right knee, played seven innings at first base. He grounded out in the first inning, struck out in the third, grounded out in the fourth and drove in a run with a sac fly in the sixth inning.

The Yankees plan to activate Teixeira off the disabled list on Saturday. He is slated to play two more rehab games with the RailRiders in their three-game series against Toledo, have a day off on Friday and return to New York for Saturday's Yankees-Twins game.

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stretches during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stretches during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)

Despite his poor performance before going on the disabled list, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a certain key to the team if they want to have success going forward this season. Teixeira's rehab begins Tuesday and he's set to play three games before returning to New York Saturday. Upon Teixeira's return, the Yankees should consider keeping Ike Davis and Rob Refsnyder with the big league club.

The team has received positive efforts from the Davis/Refsnyder platoon, but if Teixeira comes back and can produce to the level he did in 2015, the Yankees will be better off. In fact, Teixeira's return will strengthen the bench if they follow my suggestion.

The Yankees' infield defense improving with Teixeira back is hardly questionable. In my view, the Yankees' offense will also improve with Teixeira on the roster. I know, this sounds insane considering Teixeira is hitting .180 with a .271 on-base percentage and a .263 slugging percentage through 188 plate appearances this season. Teixeira has just eight extra-base hits on the season (five doubles and three home runs) and he has driven in just 12 runs. Nevertheless, there are reasons for my optimism.

Tags: Ike Davis, Mark Teixeira, Rob Refsnyder
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