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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees were supposed to be working the 2017 season without a strong collection of starting pitching. However, during the Yankees' current eight-game winning streak, the club's starters have silenced the detractors with a 6-0 record, 2.76 ERA and a 9.2 K/9 rate. How long can the run last?

Of the five starters, the pitcher expected to provide sterling efforts, Masahiro Tanaka currently owns the worst ERA. However, in his last start, Tanaka looked more like the pitcher who contended for the Cy Young Award last season. Tanaka had a superb spring training, but struggled in his first two starts (10 ER in 7 2/3 IP).

I don't worry about Tanaka. Once he hits a groove, he can rattle off solid start after solid start. Tanaka is the most complete pitcher of the crew and I have the plenty of faith he can put his rough start behind him.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees (6-4) play the middle game of three-game series against the Cardinals (3-7) Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees are going for their sixth straight win.

 

 

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Sweeny Murti analyzes what went wrong in the Yanks' 1-4 start and how they've since righted the ship this past week.

The Yankees outlasted St. Louis on Friday night by a score of 4-3. New York notched their 5th straight victory despite a late Cardinals surge and now sit at 6-4 on the season.

The Cardinals threatened the Yankee victory, leaving runners on both second and third when the final out occured.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (5-4) kick off a three day series against The Cardinals (3-6) on Friday night at 7:10. The game begins a six-game home stretch for New York.

Currently, the Yankees are riding a four-game winning streak and finished off a sweep of Tama Bay on Thursday.

 

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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Jordan Montgomery will start for the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays, it was announced Monday.

Luis Severino will pitch Thursday, with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka having their next starts pushed back a day.

To make room for Montgomery on the roster, the Yankees optioned Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore at 4:05 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.TV.

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What if Tanaka opts out? 00:02:23
Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss if the Yankees have a desire to pursue Masahiro Tanaka after the '17 season if he opts out of his contract.

Hal Steinbrenner refuted a report that claimed the Yankees wouldn't pursue RHP Masahiro Tanaka if he opts out of his contract after the season.

"It ain't on my radar screen right now - an entire season to play," Steinbrenner told The Post. "Secondly, anyone that knows me knows that I don't get emotional or personal about business. Any decision then will be made on a solid analysis of all the relevant data, per usual."

The report, which was in the Daily News, cited a team source who said they didn't see Steinbrenner pursuing Tanaka if he opted out, citing recent poor deals for Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia and claiming that the Yankees were miffed at Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, for threatening to have Tanaka opt out.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts in the dugout after he was taken out of the inning during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts in the dugout after he was taken out of the inning during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka struggled in his regular-season debut, surrendering seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka, who had a 0.38 ERA in six Grapefruit League starts heading into the season, was knocked around from the get-go, giving up three runs in the first inning and two in the second and third innings.

"That was kind of puzzling for us," manager Joe Girardi told Newsday's Erik Boland. "There's going to be days where you don't have your great stuff, but usually because of his command he can find a way to get through it. Today he didn't have his command. You don't make too much of it. It's one game."

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Tanaka throws a pitch in the first inning. (Reed Saxon/AP)
Tanaka throws a pitch in the first inning. (Reed Saxon/AP)

The Yankees open the season Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...

Positional starters

Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.

At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Previewing the 2017 Yankees season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff...

The rotation

Every single spot in the Yankees' rotation comes with at least a small amount of uncertainty.

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has pitched quite well since joining the team, yet he throws with a ticking time bomb in the form of a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. However, Tanaka demonstrated last season that his elbow does not hinder his performance and he looked exceptional during spring training. In what could be a walk year -- Tanaka has an opt-out in his contract at the end of this season -- the 28-year-old could turn in his finest season in pinstripes...

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

Luis Severino has made the Yankees' opening day roster and will be the team's 4th starter, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Severino pitched 13.2 innings during spring training, allowing six runs on 12 hits while walking five hitters and striking out 16. 

The 23-year old righty went 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 71.0 innings for the Yankees last season.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren will be a reliever to open the regular season while Luis SeverinoChad Green, and Jordan Montgomery will compete for two rotation spots, manager Joe Girardi said to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Warren, who had been considered for a rotation spot earlier this spring, had a 4.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings (four starts), allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 15 innings. 

Though he spent most of last season as a reliever with both the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he split time in the rotation and bullpen with the Yankees in 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief outings.

Tags: Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six batters in five innings and ended the Grapefruit League with a 0.38 ERA as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


  • Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. He allowed an RBI double to Alex Presley in the first inning, and Presley scored on a Gary Sanchez throwing error following an Alex Avila walk.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees have a number of highly touted prospects, but what makes the organization's farm system one of the best in the game is its depth. With that in mind, let's discuss some second-tier prospects who might see some time with the big league club this season...

Chance Adams

The Yankees have conducted a five-player competition this spring to find the team's No. 4 and No. 5 starters. Adams was not part of the competition, but he did enough last season and during the spring while in MLB camp to be considered an option down the road.

Adams, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded a 2.33 ERA across 127 1/3 innings at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2016, to go along with a 0.90 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. This spring, Adams tossed four innings and had a 2.25 ERA in big league camp. It would not be surprising if he continues to climb the rotation ladder as the season progresses, making him a potential call-up in case of injuries within the MLB rotation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka didn't allow a run and Greg Bird homered twice to lead the Yankees past the Phillies, 7-3, on Wednesday in Clearwater. >> Box score


  • Tanaka allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Through 18 2/3 Grapefruit League frames, Tanaka has surrendered no runs and six hits with 22 strikeouts.
  • Bird upped his average to .439 in 42 at-bats and drove in five runs. His six homers are tied for the most in the Majors with the Nationals' Bryce Harper.
  • Chase Headley hit his second long ball of the spring.
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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees no-hit the Tigers during Friday's 3-0 win >> Box score


  • Masahiro Tanaka started the game, holding the Tigers hitless over the first 4 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out six.
  • Chasen Shreve tossed 0.2 hitless innings in relief of Tanaka, and Jordan Montgomery finished the no-hitter off by pitching the last four innings.
Tags: Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes
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(Jonathan Dyer)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Bullpen use is evolving in the Major Leagues and if there is a team that has a chance to utilize one of the "new" nuances, it is the New York Yankees.

I'm not speaking of the best relievers coming into games in the fifth or sixth inning as we saw often during the 2016 postseason. While the Indians' deployment of Andrew Miller demonstrated how effective teams can be when they employ relievers that are not only dominant, but can also last more than one inning in the process, such use throughout the regular season is seen as unrealistic.

The Yankees have two dominant relievers in Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but each of them should be relegated to one-inning performances for the most part this season. If the club reaches the postseason, they could extend their appearances, but I don't expect it to happen often in the regular season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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(Kim Klement)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke with the media on Tuesday in Tampa. Here's what we learned...

  • RHP Masahiro Tanaka will get the start on Opening Day.
  • The plan is to use Matt Holiday primarily as a designated hitter.
  • RHP Adam Warren will start games during Spring Training and have a chance to win a spot in the rotation.
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka isn't thinking about the opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, according to the Associated Press.

"It's something that I put aside going into the season," Tanaka said Wednesday through a translator. "Can't be really thinking about that while you go through the season, really focus on this season and when the time comes after the season, then I'll probably have a chance to think about that more."

Tanaka, who threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, is ahead of where he was at this point last year, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Masahiro Tanaka has a decision to make at the end of the season and his performance on the mound will likely dictate whether he opts out of the final three seasons of his seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees. Will Tanaka finally put to rest the notion of whether he was an ace in 2016, and can he duplicate that effort in 2017?

How did Tanaka fare in 2016?

Tanaka was far and away the Yankees' top starter in 2016 and pushed himself into the American League Cy Young Award discussion in the process, finishing seventh in the voting. Tanaka threw the most innings of his major league career (199 2/3) and finished with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA (142 ERA+), 1.07 WHIP, 165 strikeouts, and 36 walks...

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)

Yankees INF Didi Gregorius is expected to play for the Dutch team during the World Baseball Classic in March, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Gregorius, 26, hit .276 with a .304 OBP and .447 SLG with 20 HR, 32 doubles, and 70 RBI in 153 games for the Yankees last season.

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka said over the weekend that he will not pitch for Team Japan during the WBC.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka said he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic in March, according to the Associated Press.

Tanaka said while he took "various things into consideration, it would be difficult," which led to his decision.

Tanaka pitched in 2009 for the champion Japanese team that featured Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka ,giving up three hits and one run with five strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings across four outings.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka have not discussed a contract extension, general manager Brian Cashman told the Daily News. Tanaka will earn $22 million in the fourth year of a seven-year, $155 million deal he signed in 2014. The right-hander can opt out of the deal following the 2017 season.

"We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka," Cashman said. "Hopefully he has a great year, and then he'll have a decision to make. If he doesn't, then he won't."

 

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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, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees are in the middle of a transition and there is a good chance RHP Masahiro Tanaka might not be a part of it after 2017.

Tanaka can opt out of his seven-year deal after this season, and if he pitches anything like he did in 2016, he will most certainly test the free agent market. Should the Yankees allow it to get that far?

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(Gary A. Vasquez)

Free agent LHP Rich Hill has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth $48 million, the team announced Monday.

The Yankees were "all-in" on Hill, Jim Bowden of ESPN reported Nov. 29.

The Astros and Rangers were also in serious pursuit of Hill, with the Red Sox and Orioles interested to a lesser degree, noted Bowden.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka, who finished seventh in the AL Cy Young voting, believes 2016 was his best season in the majors so far and he'd like that success to translate into the World Baseball Classic, he told the Japan Times. 

Tanaka finished the season 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 199.2 innings, also striking out a career-high 165 batters. 

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(Patrick Gorski)

The New York Yankees received a Cy Young worthy effort from Masahiro Tanaka and a triumphant comeback from CC Sabathia in 2016, but after that the starting rotation was wildly inconsistent. The results will most certainly push the Yankees into investigating the starting pitching market via free agency and through trades, but will they make any significant moves?

The Yankees have options in the organization to round out the rotation -- Michael Pineda, Luis SeverinoLuis CessaBryan Mitchell and Chad Green -- plus a handful of minor leaguers looking to become part of the conversation. The issue here is that there are significant questions about each of those options and to be honest, there are potential problems with Tanaka (elbow) and Sabathia (age) as well. Should the Yankees sit back and hope for the best without approaching the market, the club could miss their second-straight postseason and fourth in five seasons.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, 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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(John Rieger)

After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.RotationMasahiro Tanaka earns ace money, and in 2016 he pitched like he deserved it. The 27-year-old right-hander hurled a career-high 199 2/3 innings, generating a 3.07 earned run average (3.51 FIP). The ERA was good for third-best in the American League. Tanaka went 14-4 for the Yankees, and the team was 23-8 in his starts. He stopped losing streaks and kept winning streaks going. Tanaka is the unquestioned ace of this staff.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Richard Bleier, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks on from the dugou against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks on from the dugou against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will not make his scheduled start Saturday and Luis Severino will pitch in his place, the Yankees announced Friday. 

"No Tanaka," Joe Girardi told reporters after Friday's game. "We just decided it's the most starts he's had here. It's the most innings he's had. It's the third-most innings he's had in his career. He's healthy. He threw a really good bullpen a couple of days ago, but it just doesn't make any sense to us."

Tanaka, who missed his last start with a forearm strain, played catch earlier in the week and hoped to pitch against the Orioles. Instead, Tanaka's season will come to an end. He finishes the year at 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 199.2 innings. 

Severino will be making his 11th start with the Yankees this season. He is 3-8 with a 5.75 ERA in 67.1 innings at the major league level in 2016. 

Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka

 (Adam Hunger)
(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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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka -- who is recovering from a right forearm strain -- played catch on Tuesday, plans to long toss on Wednesday, and hopes to start Saturday at Yankee Stadium, reports Chad Green of LoHud.

However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team will not allow Tanaka to start if there's any risk.

"It's a possibility that'll be a discussion that we will be forced to have," Cashman said about allowing Tanaka to start. "We haven't had those. I haven't sat with our doctor, our manager and our trainer. But if there's any risk, there's no reason to do so."

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks on from the dugou against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks on from the dugou against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka has a slight right forearm strain and will miss his next start on Monday, Joe Girardi told reporters before Thursday's game with the Rays.

Tanaka will not pick up a ball for five days. The team is hoping that after the rest, Tanaka will be able to make one last start this season.

Tanaka has been the stud of the Yankees rotation this season, going 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He has started 31 games in 2016 so far, totaling 199.2 innings. 

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(Kim Klement)

The Yankees opened an early 7-0 lead and beat the Rays, 11-5, on Wednesday night in Tampa.

  • RBI singles from Gary Sanchez, Brian McCann, and Ronald Torreyes in the first inning gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead
  • In the second inning, Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius added a sacrifice fly to extend New York's lead to 7-0.
  • The Rays hit four home runs in the third inning off Masahiro Tanaka -- including back-to-back-to-back shots -- to cut the lead to 7-4.
  • Sanchez hit a solo homer (his 19th of the season) in the sixth inning to make it 8-4, Yankees.
  • Brad Miller's solo homer in the eighth inning cut Tampa's deficit to 8-5.
  • An RBI single from Mason Williams and two-run homer from Donovan Solano in the ninth inning upped New York's lead to 11-5

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As the Yankees try to desperately inch their way back into the playoff race (again), Sanchez continues to elevate his game to meteoric heights.

Tags: Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes
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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)

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

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 pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees begin a pivotal four-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. 

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Yankees Red Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS
Gary Sanchez, C David Ortiz, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Mookie Betts, RF
Billy Butler, DH Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Travis Shaw, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Sandy Leon, C
Rob Refsnyder, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Tyler Austin, 1B Andrew Benintendi, LF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 3.04 ERA) has been amazing for the Yankees lately, surrendering two earned runs or less in each of his last five outings. In his most recent start, Tanaka pitched 7.1 innings against the Rays, and allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out 10. 


Who's Pitching for the Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-7, 4.70 ERA) has looked strong in his last two outings, pitching a total of 14 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out 10. Rodriguez has struggled with control, walking at least two batters in each of his last four outings.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)

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Playoff teams are built on starting pitching. Starting pitching wins championships. Someone needs to tell Masahiro Tanaka's New York Yankees rotation mates.

The Yankees improbable run into legitimacy in a crowded American League East and AL Wild Card race has little to do with the starting rotation, beyond the enormous efforts of Tanaka. In order for the Yankees to stick in the race over the final 20 days (19 games) of the regular season, the club needs Tanaka to continue his ace-like efforts, but the team must also receive better efforts from the rest of the starting staff.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Christopher Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees go for their seventh straight win as they take on the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. 

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Nick Franklin, SS
Gary Sanchez, C Evan Longoria, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Brad Miller, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Logan Morrison, DH
Brian McCann, DH Corey Dickerson, LF
Rob Refsnyder, RF Steven Souza Jr., RF
Tyler Austin, 1B Mikie Mahtook, CF
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Bobby Wilson, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-4, 3.11 ERA) - looking to win his second consecutive start after pitching 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Blue Jays last time out. Has pitched well against Tampa Bay this season, going 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts. Has pitched at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts. 


Who's Pitching for the Rays: RHP Chris Archer (8-17, 4.06 ERA) - despite leading the American League in strikeouts with 211, Archer leads all of baseball in loses (17). Received a no-decision in his last start, allowing two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Has a 2.52 ERA in 12 career starts against the Yankees. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

 (John Rieger)
(John Rieger)

The Yankees open a three-game series against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Blue Jays
Brett Gardner, LF Devon Travis, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jose Bautista, DH
Gary Sanchez, C Josh Donaldson, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Michael Saunders, RF
Starlin Castro, 2B Kevin Pillar, CF
Austin Romine, DH Melvin Upton, Jr., LF
Aaron Judge, RF Josh Thole, C
Tyler Austin, 1B Darwin Barney, SS

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3.12 ERA, 1.06 WHIP), who allowed two runs on four hits while walking none and striking out five in 5.0 innings against the Royals during his last start. He has allowed two runs or less in four of his last five starts.

Who's Pitching for the Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (4.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP), who allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out five in six innings against the Twins during his last start. He has struck out just 116 batters in 160 1/3 innings (27 starts) this season. 

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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 center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a go-ahead RBI infield single in the top of the 10th inning and Chasen Shreve escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom half of the inning as the New York Yankees remained 3 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot with a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more

  • Ellsbury, who went 4-for-5 with an RBI double, hit a single with the bases loaded off Joakim Soria (4-6) after he loaded the bases with two out to break a 4-4 tie.
  • After Ben Heller loaded the bases on a hit batter, single and intentional walk, Shreve struck out Kendrys Morales and got Salvador Perez to fly out to center field to end the game.
  • A 59-minute rain delay after the fifth inning with the Yankees up 4-2 knocked starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka out of the game.
  • Dellin Betances (3-4) blew the save when he allowed the game-tying sac fly to Morales in the eighth inning. With New York up 4-3, Tyler Clippard walked Lorenzo Cain, who stole second and advanced to third base on a Gary Sanchez throwing error and scored on Morales' fly ball.
  • Betances retired all six batters he faced, throwing 16 of 22 pitches for strikes and striking out two batters in two innings.
  • The Yankees went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.
  • Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Ellsbury's RBI double later in the inning made it 3-0.
  • Chase Headley drove in Didi Gregorius with a third-inning sac fly to make it 4-0.
  • Jarrod Dyson hit an RBI triple in the third inning to make it 4-1, and Morales' solo home run in the fourth inning made it 4-2.
  • Tanaka allowed two runs and four hits in five innings before the rain delay. He struck out four batters and had thrown 71 pitches.
  • Cain hit an RBI double off Adam Warren in the sixth inning that made it 4-3.

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That's a huge win for the Yankees, in spite of Joe Girardi's questionable bullpen call in the 10th inning.

Tags: Adam Warren, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Clippard
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees continue their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium.

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Yankees Royals
Brett Gardner, LF Jarrod Dyson, CF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Lorenzo Cain, RF
Gary Sanchez, C Eric Hosmer, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Kendrys Morales, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Salvador Perez, C
Brian McCann, DH Alex Gordon, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Alcides Escobar, SS
Aaron Judge, RF Christian Colon, 3B
Tyler Austin, 1B Raul Mondesi, 2B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), who is unscored upon in his last 14 2/3 innings spanning two starts. He has struck out 14 batters and walked just one during that span. For the season, Tanaka has struck out 142 batters in 168 innings (26 starts).


Who's Pitching for the Royals: RHP Edinson Volquez (4.88 ERA, 1.44 WHIP), who allowed two runs (none earned) on three hits while walking one and striking out two in five innings against the Marlins during his last start. He had allowed at least four earned runs in each of his prior five starts. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka

 (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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 (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
(Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees and Angels start a weekend series from Angel Stadium in Anaheim at 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Angels
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Yunel Escobar, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Kole Calhoun, RF
Gary Sanchez, C Mike Trout, CF
Brian McCann, DH Albert Pujols, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Jefry Marte, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF Andrelton Simmons, SS
Aaron Hicks, LF Cliff Pennington, 2B
Tyler Austin, 1B Jett Bandy, C
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Nick Buss, LF

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 3.40 ERA) has won his last two starts, but has a 5.12 ERA in August. Threw just 79 pitches over seven innings against the Rays last time out. Pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on June 6 against the Angels. 


Who's pitching for the Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (8-10, 5.32 ERA) has not won since July 17, a string of five consecutive starts. Has allowed 12 earned runs over three August starts, pushing his ERA for the month to 6.61. Carries in a 6.08 ERA and a 7-6 record against the Yankees in 16 career starts. 

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Masahiro Tanaka

Luis Severino gets a second chance in the rotation thanks to Nathan Eovaldi's injury. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)
Luis Severino gets a second chance in the rotation thanks to Nathan Eovaldi's injury. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees and Rays wrap up their three-game series from Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

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Rays Yankees
Logan Forsythe, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Kevin Keirmaier, CF Aaron Hicks, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Brad Miller, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Matt Duffy, SS Brian McCann, DH
Nick Franklin, LF Gary Sanchez, C
Corey Dickerson, DH Tyler Austin, 1B
Steven Souza Jr., RF Aaron Judge, RF
Bobby Wilson, C Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (1-7, 6.42 ERA) was demoted after a poor start last Tuesday in Boston, but is back in the rotation after Nathan Eovaldi went on the DL. Severino is 0-7 with a 7.78 ERA in eight starts for the Yankees and with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, he is 7-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts.


Who's pitching for the Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.13 is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last five starts.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

GEICO SportsNite: Judge-ment Day 00:01:24
Sweeny Murti breaks down the Major League debuts of Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin in the Yankees' 8-4 win.

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin made history with home runs in their first at-bats, and the Yankees hit five home runs to power over the Rays for an 8-4 win. >> Read the full AP game recap at SNY.tv...


  • Batting with two outs in the second inning, Austin connected for a solo home run and Judge followed with one of his own. They became the first pair of teammates in baseball history to hit home runs in their first plate appearances.
  • Masahiro Tanaka allowed two home runs of his own, getting charged with four runs over seven innings. He struck out eight in the win. 
  • Starlin Castro evened things up in the fourth with a solo home run and Aaron Hicks put the Yankees up for good with a three-run shot an inning later. 
  • Didi Gregorius added a two-run home run to right field in the seventh, which was his 15th of the year. 
  • Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless ninth inning. 

What's next...

The Yankees will look to sweep the Rays in the finale of their series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Luis Severino (1-7, 6.42 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees and face off against RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.69 ERA).

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated as he scores during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated as he scores during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin make their big league debuts as the Yankees and Rays continue their three-game series from Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

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Yankees Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Aaron Hicks, LF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Evan Longoria, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Brad Miller, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Matt Duffy, SS
Gary Sanchez, DH Corey Dickerson, DH
Tyler Austin, 1B Mikie Mahtook, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Nick Franklin, LF
Austin Romine, C Luke Maile, C

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-4, 3.32 ERA) went six innings in his last start, allowing just one run on six hits against the Indians. Last pitched against Tampa Bay on May 27, pitching seven innings of shutout ball in a win.


Who's pitching for the Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (6-3, 2.90 ERA) has made 20 appearances this season, 10 of them coming as a starter. He is 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA as a starter in 2016. Threw two innings of relief against the Yankees on July 30, allowing one run.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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