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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees will not be viewed as the lovable, up and coming "Baby Bombers" this season. Instead, the Yankees will come out of the gate as the hunted "Evil Empire," which comes with one expectation; winning a World Series title.

It is a poorly kept secret that a championship is the Yankees' Spring Training mantra year in and year out. However, over the last few seasons, fans, the players, coaches and front office would admit under truth serum that the club was not the best team in the league. Fresh off an incredible 2017 season and courtesy of a strong returning cast, more impact prospects on the horizon and a rather large addition (literally and figuratively), the 2018 Yankees have a legitimate chance to reach and win their 28th World Series.

Teams often relish the role of the underdog. Working under stamped down expectations from those outside the organization tends to create an "us versus them" mentality. The Yankees seemed to ride that sentiment through much of the 2017 season. That mindset is history.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after pitching during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after pitching during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka's decision to return to the Yankees was more about how he feels inside than it was about dollar signs.

The 29-year-old had the option of opting out of the seven-year, $155 million contract he signed with New York in 2014. However, after enjoying a resurgent second half and then taking the eventual World Series champion Astros to Game 7 of the ALCS, Tanaka decided to remain in the Bronx.

"We went into battle with these guys, last year especially," Tanaka said. "My thought was I want to go out and battle with these guys again and try to really get to where we want to get."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (AP)

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It seems that each time Masahiro Tanaka settles a question about himself, another one replaces it.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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(David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2018 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an individual basis...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Pirates are reportedly "nowhere" near a deal that would be centered around RHP Gerrit Cole, according to reporter Bob Klapisch.

New York and Pittsburgh have been engaged in trade talks for weeks, and the Yankees have been interested in acquiring Cole since last year's trade deadline, however while both sides had previously expressed confidence a deal could be completed, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, talks have cooled.

The Pirates had reportedly asked the Yankees about top infield prospect Gleyber Torres, however the Yankees had reportedly preferred 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier being the centerpiece of the trade. New York likely would have needed to trade another prospect as well in a deal, whether it be third baseman Miguel Andujar or RHP Chance Adams.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Yankees and Pirates are still discussing a potential deal for RHP Gerrit Cole but the Pirates are talking to "multiple other clubs" as it's not "Yankees or bust," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says a deal "doesn't appear imminent."

This is yet another twist in the Yankees' pursuit of Cole. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reporting Thursday night indicating a deal being completed was "a matter of when rather than if." 

The Yankees and Pirates have expressed confidence they can complete a deal, according to Passan, however no trade package is complete and the two sides appear to differ on which player would be the centerpiece of a potential trade. The Yankees still appear to be favorites to land Cole, though they have competition. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)
Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees reportedly have interest in free agent RHP Yu Darvish, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the Dodgers have interest in retaining Darvish -- who they obtained from the Rangers last summer.

The Cubs met with Darvish earlier this week, while the Rangers and Astros are also interested in signing him, according to reports. Darvish, 31, had a 3.86 ERA (3.83 FIP) and 1.16 WHIP with 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers and Dodgers.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: One has to wonder the extent of the Yankees' interest here. Is it merely to throw a wrench into others' plans, a way to suggest to the Pirates and Diamondbacks, who the Yanks have discussed trades with, that they are moving away from those discussions? Or is it legitimate in that they will submit a bid?

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

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The Yankees' clear intention this offseason was to head into the 2018 season with six MLB starting pitchers. They have almost reached the goal.

The Yankees have all five of their starters that finished the 2017 season under contract after inking CC Sabathia to a one-year, $10 million contract on Saturday. Despite internal depth behind the current five arms, the Yankees remain active in the trade market for a front end starter...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Sep 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have solidified an already stacked offense with the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, so they'll likely turn their attention to bolstering the starting rotation next.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust will arrive in Orlando this weekend for the MLB Winter Meetings. Thus far, the Yankees have spent much of the offseason concentrating on filling their managerial opening and preparing a presentation for naught in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

With Aaron Boone signed to lead the Yankees and Ohtani out of the picture, New York can concentrate on filling the minimal openings on the roster and potentially make some tweaks to open spots for rising youngsters or to free up payroll for other additions.

Here are some potential dealings (not to be mistaken for deals) the Yankees might be involved in next week:

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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 (Koji Sasahara/AP)
(Koji Sasahara/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

The Yankees are not open to extending Masahiro Tanaka's contract, even if doing so could lower his average annual value as the team attempts to get under the luxury tax threshold, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Tanaka, who is owed $67 million over the next three seasons, chose earlier this month to not opt out of his deal.

Heyman cites major league sources who were "shocked" Tanaka didn't opt out of the deal, surmising that he must have chosen to stay with the Yankees instead of hitting the open market because his medicals don't look good.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the club doesn't have much "heavy lifting" this offseason. However, there is one area he will likely address through free agency with a narrow scope.

When the Yankees received word from Masahiro Tanaka that he would not opt out of the final three years of his contract, Cashman's job became easier. As currently constituted the Yankees rotation is among the league's better groups No. 1 through No. 4. However, as good as the group of Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino might be, the Yankees are short at least one starter for the 2018 season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after pitching during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after pitching during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees starter RHP Masahiro Tanaka has decided not to opt-out of the remaining three years on his contract with the team. 

Tanaka had an opt-out clause in his contract following the 2017 season, and he made a case to do so after a strong postseason performance. After consideration, he believes New York has been his home and he doesn't want to change that anytime soon. 

"I have decided to stay with the Yankees for the next three seasons. It was a simple decision for me as I have truly enjoyed the past four years playing for this organization and for the wonderful fans of New York," Tanaka wrote in a statement. 

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New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka has the option to opt-out of his current deal, but some MLB executives and scouts think it would be an unwise decision. 

Tanaka has until midnight Saturday to make his decision to test the open market, or stay put and earn $67 million with the Yankees over the next three years. He had a mediocre regular season, posting a 13-12 record and 4.74 ERA in 30 starts. However, he was lights out in the postseason with a 0.69 ERA in three starts. 

He made a case to opt-out, but there is still his lingering right ulnar collateral ligament tear that is a turn-off to other ballclubs. Tanaka decided to rehab his injury rather than opt for Tommy John surgery. This decision is the main reason why teams are nervous to sign him.

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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

Masahiro Tanaka must notify the Yankees by midnight on Saturday if he's opting out of his contract. 

Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in 2014. The contract includes a full no-trade close and the ability to opt out after four seasons.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: My suspicion is that the Yankees will not work out an extension and Tanaka will opt out of his deal...

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees entered the 2017 season with question marks up and down the rotation. Some of the issues came to fruition, however there were exciting developments and the group gelled down the stretch.

Let's review the performance of the Yankees' 2017 starters with innings pitched used to sort through the players...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

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There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Neither Masahiro Tanaka nor Luis Severino will be available to pitch in Game 7 of the ALCS, Joe Girardi announced on Saturday.

The Yankees manager said he will utilize his bullpen before turning to starters, but added that Chad Green, who threw 38 pitches in Game 6, will likely be off-limits, too.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)

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Luis Severino's breakout season is a microcosm of the 2017 Yankees.

At the outset of the season, Severino's ability to be a starter was in question, and experts picked the Yankees to languish toward the bottom of the standings. In Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Yankees have a chance to reach their 41st World Series, and Severino is the man they want on the mound to get it done.

"Beginning of the season, nobody was expecting us to be anything,'' Severino told reporters Thursday. "And right now, we have a chance to be in the World Series.''

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Girardi on Yankees' Game 5 win 00:04:43
Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks to the media about the Yankees' Game 5 win over the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Masahiro Tanaka delivered when it mattered the most on Wednesday, coming through with seven scoreless inning's in a Game 5 win over the Astros. 

The right-hander allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out eight in another scoreless gem. 

"You see him out there, talking to himself and doing all this crazy stuff," third baseman Todd Frazier told reporters. "Next thing you know his ball just disappears on batters. What a performance." 

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Yankees drop the Astros, 5-0 00:01:47
SNY's Eamon McAnaney gets the Yankees' reactions from their 5-0 victory over the Astros to take a 3-2 lead in the ALCS.

 Behind a brilliant start from Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees took Game 5 of the ALCS over the Astros, 5-0, to pull ahead in the best-of-seven series. >> Box score


Tanaka kept the Astros off-balance from the get-go and dominated through seven innings of work. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight in the scoreless effort.

After a scoreless first inning, the Yankees got on the board in the second when Greg Bird drove in Starlin Castro with an RBI single. An inning later, the Yankees extended the lead with Aaron Judge's RBI double.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees ventured back to New York, found their bats, and displayed the resilience demonstrated often throughout the regular season and several times during the playoffs. Kickstarting the offense has been important to the Yankees ability to tie the American League Championship Series at two games apiece, but the key to the team's play in this series has been the pitching staff.

The Yankees have benefitted from extremely solid starting pitching, and the bullpen continues to dominate hitters. Much of this may have been unexpected considering the Yankees are playing against the best offense in the majors this season, and Houston came into the ALCS extremely hot at the plate.

In the four games, Yankees pitching has held the Astros to nine runs (seven earned) on 18 hits (.153 batting average against). That's impressive against a club that averaged 5.5 runs per game, and put together a collective 121 wRC+, by far an MLB-best. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have consistently provided the Astros with solid at-bats (.310 combined average and half of the club's total hits), while the rest of the lineup is hitting just .101...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

The Yankees have scored just two runs and produced 10 hits in two 2-1 losses to the Astros in the ALCS after finishing second in the MLB in runs scored during the regular season.

While the team's bullpen has been lights out for the majority of the playoffs and Masahiro Tanaka has recorded two quality starts, the Baby Bombers have been quiet in the ALCS. C Gary Sanchez, who had 33 home runs and 90 RBI in 2017, has struck out five times in seven at-bats and doesn't have a single hit. RF Aaron Judge, who hit an AL-leading 52 homers, has just one hit and hasn't driven in a run.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had another strong outing, but unfortunately suffered the loss in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. 

Tanaka knew he needed to pitch similar to his ALDS performance if he wanted to match Astros' ace Dallas Keuchel. That is exactly what he was doing to start the game as he didn't let up a hit through the first three innings. However, when Jose Altuve notched an infield single in the fourth, it would be just enough for the Astros to take the lead. 

With Carlos Correa at the dish, Altuve stole second setting up a Correa single to put the first run on the board for the Astros. Tanaka was in a groove with no runners on base, but when he was forced to throw from the stretch, he knows he needed better command of his pitches...

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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 1 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Friday night in Houston at 8:08 p.m.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Correa, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Starlin Castro, 2B
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Matt Holliday, DH
Brian McCann, C Todd Frazier, 3B

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who tossed seven shutout innings while allowing three hits, walking one, and striking out seven in 7.0 innings in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians.

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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 1 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Friday night in Houston at 8:08 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Correa, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Starlin Castro, 2B
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Matt Holliday, DH
Brian McCann, C Todd Frazier, 3B

Who is starting for the Yankees?

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Dave Lennon on ALCS 00:04:56
Newsday baseball columnist Dave Lennon joins Loud Mouths to preview the Yankees ALCS matchup with the Houston Astros.

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After becoming the 10th team in MLB history to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five playoff series, the Yankees are again the underdog when they face the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The Astros own home-field advantage and ranked second in the American League with 101 wins, however the Yankees turned some non-believers into believers after their impressive comeback over the Cleveland Indians propelled them to the ALCS in what was originally supposed to be a rebuilding year.

How do the Yankees match up with the Astros?

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks in ALCS 00:01:45
Eamon McAnaney gauges the energy in the Yankees' clubhouse as the team prepares to take on the 101-win Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

What in the heck is Joe Girardi doing with that ALCS rotation? Can't believe the Yankees manager set things up that way. Of all the harebrained…

Sorry, just had a flashback to the chaos that was Game 2 of the AL Division Series and its aftermath, when Girardi made several tactical missteps, the season looked finished and everything he did or said felt wrong.

Now that Girardi has redeemed himself with sharp managing during the comeback, helped by strong performances by the players who vowed, "This one is for Joe," we're on board with Girardi's moves, including how he set the rotation.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks in ALCS 00:01:45
Eamon McAnaney gauges the energy in the Yankees' clubhouse as the team prepares to take on the 101-win Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

What in the heck is Joe Girardi doing with that ALCS rotation? Can't believe the Yankees manager set things up that way. Of all the harebrained…

Sorry, just had a flashback to the chaos that was Game 2 of the AL Division Series and its aftermath, when Girardi made several tactical missteps, the season looked finished and everything he did or said felt wrong.

Now that Girardi has redeemed himself with sharp managing during the comeback, helped by strong performances by the players who vowed, "This one is for Joe," we're on board with Girardi's moves, including how he set the rotation.

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GEICO SportsNite: BBNY on ALCS 00:03:53
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Joe Girardi's decision to start Masahiro Tanaka in Game 1 of the ALCS instead of Sonny Gray.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi determined his ALCS starting rotation based on the recent performance of pitchers, he told reporters on Thursday.

Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming off strong outing during which he allowed no runs in seven innings of work, will start Game 1 for the Yankees, while Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray will follow.

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Venting Machine: Tanaka starting 00:01:30
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein react to Masahiro Tanaka being named the Yankees' ALCS Game 1 starter and Brett Gardner's style of celebration.

The Yankees announced their starting pitchers for the American League Championship Series ahead of Friday's series opener.

Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched seven shutout innings in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Indians, will start Game 1, while Luis Severino will look to build from his bounce-back start this week when he takes the hill in Game 2. 

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Murti previews ALCS from Houston 00:05:06
On Loud Mouths, SNY's Yankees insider Sweeny Murti discusses Aaron Judge's spot in the lineup, the Yankees' rotation and Dallas Keuchel.

The Yankees went 2-5 against their ALCS opponent, the Houston Astros, during the regular season, with each game taking place prior to Houston's acquisition of RHP Justin Verlander.

AL West champion Houston, who won 101 games during the regualr season, dispatched the Red Sox in four games in the ALDS.

The best-of-seven ALCS begins on Friday night in Houston, with RHP Dallas Keuchel starting for the Astros. Verlander gets the ball for Game 2...

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(Gregory Fisher)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: Following a masterful performance in a must-win Game 3 on Sunday, Masahiro Tanaka may have re-opened his case to opt-out of his contract after the season. 

Tanaka shut out the Indians as everything in his arsenal was working, especially his splitter. He struck out seven while only allowing three scattered hits in seven innings. 

It was the start the Yankees needed to stay alive, and according to manager Joe Girardi, it was the best he's seen from Tanaka. 

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees desperately needed a great start out of Masahiro Tanaka Sunday night, and he did just that to keep the season alive in Game 3. 

There was immense pressure on Tanaka to come through in Game 3 with everything on the line, and he realized the levity of his start as he walked toward the mound. 

"Obviously, you know the pressure was there," Tanaka said after the game. "But you know, obviously, you have to go out and perform. My thought was that if we're able to win here, then we have a chance of turning this series around."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Masahiro Tanaka
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(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : They might as well have promoted Game 3 as "Pinstripe Redemption Night" with the way so many much-maligned Yankees, including the manager, thrived Sunday night against Cleveland.

Now the Yankees need another bit of refurbishment in Monday night's Game 4: A Luis Severino reputation makeover. Severino was the Yankees' best pitcher all season, but he was awful in his humiliating start against the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game, lasting only one-third of an inning.

Severino sagged in his big moment, but the Yanks rallied to advance to meet the Indians in this Division Series. Cleveland leads the best-of-five series, two games to one, after the Yankees won Game 3 Sunday night, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium. But the Yanks at least hold a shred of momentum, thanks to big performances by the likes of Masahiro Tanaka, Greg Bird and Aroldis Chapman.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino, who is scheduled to pitch Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday night if New York avoids elimination in Game 3, will be available to pitch out of the bullpen on Sunday, manager Joe Girardi said.

Severino last pitched in Tuesday's AL wild-card game, when he gave up three runs and four hits in 1/3 of an inning on 29 pitches against the Minnesota Twins.

In three postseason games, no Yankees starting pitcher has pitched six complete innings. Sonny Gray pitched 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS, and while CC Sabathia allowed four runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings in Game 2, New York's bullpen combined to allow five runs in 6 2/3 innings in Friday's 13-inning loss.

Severino, 23, went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 regular-season starts this season. Masahiro Tanaka, who will start Game 3, went 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA in the regular season. He has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Oct 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (second from right) talks to relief pitcher Dellin Betances (second from left) during the 13th inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (second from right) talks to relief pitcher Dellin Betances (second from left) during the 13th inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Not so fast on that October wipeout for the Yankees.
 
Hear us out: Yes, they face extinction after their manager blew Game 2, the same game they led by five runs before their touted bullpen sputtered. Yes, their starting pitcher against the Indians in Game 3 of the AL Division Series Sunday night had nine - NINE! - starts this season where he gave up at least five earned runs. And, finally, yes, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius, three vital lineup cogs, have combined to go 0-for-24 in the series.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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( Adam Hunger)

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The Yankees managed to navigate and ultimately win Tuesday's wild card game after Luis Severino recored just one out. It was not how the Yankees planned on using their dominant bullpen, yet they rode their relievers for 26 outs and added offensive firepower to move on to the ALDS, which begins Thursday night in Cleveland.

Now, the Yankees will be viewed as the underdog to the defending AL champion Indians, who rung up an AL-best 102 wins. However, New York is officially playing with house money, and could make more noise this postseason...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Sweeny Murti reports on Masahiro Tanaka's dominant outing on Friday and how the Yanks will need consistent pitching to go deep in October.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out a career-high 15 batters as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium on Friday. >> Box score


Tanaka didn't allow a baserunner until giving up an infield single with two outs in the fith inning.

Starlin Castro's RBI infield single and Greg Bird's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Aaron Judge's RBI single in the fifth inning extended the Yankees' lead to 3-0, and Bird's RBI single in the sixth made it 4-0.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees (89-70) begin a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays (75-84) on Friday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Blue Jays Yankees
Teoscar Hernandez, CF Aaron Hicks, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B Jasoby Ellsbury, CF
Jose Bautista, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Kendrys Morales, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Michael Saunders, RF Starlin Castro, 2B
Ezequiel Carrera, LF Greg Bird, 1B
Raffy Lopez, C Chase Headley, DH
Ryan Goins, 2B Todd Frazier, 3B
Richard Urena, SS Austin Romine, C
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees starter RHP Masahiro Tanaka wouldn't mind being passed up for Luis Severino if the team makes the Wild Card round. 

Severino has been the clear ace of the Yankees this season, but Tanaka has looked much better and has experience pitching in the 2015 Wild Card game against the Astros. But Tanaka doesn't mind if Severino is chosen to start in the potential game because he believes he has earned it. 

"I wouldn't be disappointed. It's not something that's been decided yet," Tanaka told The Daily News through a translator. "But if Sevy were to pitch the wild-card game, I don't think anybody would have anything against that, just considering how he's pitched. And considering that it's a do-or-die game, you always want to get the best pitcher out there that can givev the team the best chance to win. No one would be against if Sevy goes out there pitching in that game."

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Court is back in session as SNY's Sweeny Murti reports on Aaron Judge's emergence from his drawn-out slump.

Aaron Judge had two home runs to back up Masahiro Tanaka's strong outing to lead the Yankees to a 13-5 win over the Orioles on Thursday. >> Box score


 

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 ( Jim Cowsert)
( Jim Cowsert)

Yankees starter RHP Masahiro Tanaka suffered his first loss in four starts as the Yanks lost, 11-5, in the series opener against the Rangers.>> Box score

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Aug 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees do not plan to "chase" RHP Masahiro Tanaka if he decides to opt out of his seven-year contract, sources said to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

As it stands, the Yankees would be willing to offer only as much as they are due to pay him in the remainder of his current contract, according to sources. Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in 2014. The contract includes a full no-trade close and the ability to opt out after four seasons.

Tanaka won his third straight outing on Saturday as he allowed one earned run in seven innings during the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Red Sox. In four seasons with the Yankees, Tanaka is 49-26 with a 3.49 ERA.

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