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Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

After Game 4 of the ALDS ended in a loss, the Yankees 2018 season was officially closed. For CC Sabathia, it may have also been the end to an era in pinstripes.

Sabathia is set to be a free agent this offseason, and he has already made it known that he wants to return in 2019. Whether or not the Yankees want that to happen is still up in the air.

But fellow starter Masahiro Tanaka thinks New York should bring back the big lefty for another season...

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees look to bounce back and tie up the ALDS against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees chipped away at the Red Sox' early lead in Game 1, but eventually fell 5-4 to go down 0-1 in the series. However, they have advanced in six of the seven ALDS they have lost the opener. ...Luke Voit collected two RBI in each of his first postseason games. He had an RBI single and beat out a potential double play last night to score two runs. ...Aaron Judge set a postseason career-high with three hits last night, including a solo homer in the ninth. ...Yankees hitters have hit three homers in their first two postseason contests.

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J.A. Happ, who the Yankees hoped would be a weapon against the Red Sox throughout the ALDS, failed to escape the second inning during Game 1 on Friday night in Boston.

As of now, the Yankees have Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and CC Sabathia lined up to start Games 2, 3, and 4 (if necessary) respectively. However, if the Yankees are down two games to one heading into Game 4, it's fair to wonder if they'll bring Happ -- who tossed only 44 pitches Friday night -- back on short rest.

If the series goes the distance and Happ isn't used on short rest, he would be well-rested for Game 5 in Boston...

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Boone talks roster and rivalry 00:02:46
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about his ALDS roster, the rivalry with the Boston, and what makes Game 1 starter J.A. Happ so successful.

The Yankees let go of a poorly-kept secret on Thursday, announcing that J.A. Happ -- who has tremendous career numbers against the Red Sox -- will start Game 1 of the ALDS in Boston on Friday.

New York's choice to go with Luis Severino over Happ in the Wild Card game against the A's suggested their minds were on a potential ALDS date with the Red Sox, SNY's Andy Martino surmised earlier this week. And the Yanks will now be able to turn to Happ twice if the series goes five games (or if they start him on short rest in a potential Game 4).

After Happ, the Yankees will turn to Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2.

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Luis Severino will start for the Yankees in the win-or-go-home Wild Card Game on Wednesday night against the Athletics at Yankee Stadium,  manager Aaron Boone announced Tuesday. 

Of the Yankees' starting pitchers, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, and Lance Lynn will also be on the roster. 

"We talked through it," Boone said about the Yankees picking Severino. "A lot of guys had input on the decision and had reasons one way or the other. I just kind of took all that info and slept on it and felt like at some point Sunday I decided for sure I wanted to go with Sevy for this game."

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New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka,of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka,of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees are going to go with RHP Masahiro Tanaka for the AL Wild Card Game against the Athletics on Wednesday night.

Tanaka has turned things around in the second half, and the Yankees seem confident he can continue his success in this win-or-go-home matchup. The 29-year-old righty owns a 2.85 ERA in 72.2 innings since the All-Star break with a 5.8 K/BB ratio as well. 

New York's decision to start Tanaka could be due to the fact that Oakland hasn't faced him in the regular season. 

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Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) looks on during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) looks on during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees will face the A's in the Wild Card game on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and the question of whether they'll use a traditional starter or "opener" remains open -- as SNY's Andy Martino wrote on Wednesday after speaking with GM Brian Cashman. 

While Cashman is open to "all options," manager Aaron Boone (who won't make the ultimate decision), prefers a traditional starter for the game. 

If the Yankees do go that route, here's how things are shaping up:

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone still doesn't know who he wants to start the AL Wild Card Game next Wednesday against the Athletics. But he seems pretty sure that it will be a starter and not reliever to begin the game. 

Boone will likely choose between J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino to get the ball first despite his deep bullpen. He ran a bullpen game in Monday's win over the Rays, where Jonathan Holder began the game that saw seven more relievers to close things out. 

"I don't think we can do something like we did the other day when we started a reliever," Boone told The Post's George A. King III. "I see one of our three starters starting that game. You could see a situation where one of our starters is pitching real well and comes out a little early because we'd be lined up and rested with our guys ready to go. We could be a little aggressive in certain situations. But it wouldn't be an opening-type situation."

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Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees managed to score four runs in the top of the ninth, but they couldn't get the fifth to tie it in their 8-7 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees sent nine batters to the plate in what was a suspenseful final frame. With the bases loaded, Aaron Judge roped an RBI single to start the scoring. Then it was Luke Voit who barely missed a grand slam to tie the game up at 8 with the longest single ever to deep center field that scored two runs. Giancarlo Stanton would hit a chopper to third to score Judge, but no outs came out it. However, Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar couldn't get Voit home for the tie.

2) Masahiro Tanaka had a three-run lead to work with when he entered the game, but he gave it right back with a three-run inning himself. He would settle down a little bit, but Tommy Pham would crush a solo homer in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Tanaka's line read four runs, three earned while striking out four and walking one over four innings of work. 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees continue their series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a season-high 37 games over .500 after their win last night. The magic number to clinch the home Wild Card Game is two. ...Yankees hitters scored seven runs in the third inning last night, matching their highest-scoring frame of the season. ...Luis Severino picked up his 19th win on the season, third-most in the Majors. ...Yankees relievers have retired 36-of-43 batters in this series. ...Didi Gregorius has been cleared for baseball activities. Yankees "hopefully" will get him back for Boston series, according to Boone.

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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team has not yet committed to a starter for the upcoming wild card game.

Boone said the discussion surrounding who will start in the one-game playoff is "something we kick around and talk about every day, but really I would say we're not close," reports Newsday.

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray goes to the dugout in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray goes to the dugout in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated by third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (87-53) begin another West Coast series with the Mariners (78-62) on Friday night at 10:10 p.m.

Yankees Game Notes

The Yankees are 12-7 in their last 19 games, and 19-11 in their last 30. ...The Yankees currently lead Oakland by 3.5 games for the top Wild Card game slot. They are 9.5 games behind the Red Sox in the division standings. ...Gleyber Torres has reached base safely multiple times in 13 of his last 18 games. Luke Voit leads the MLB with seven homers since Aug. 24. ...Didi Gregorius was reinstated from the DL on Friday.

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Key questions for the Yankees 00:04:34
The BNNY crew tackles some burning questions for the Yankees: who wins Rookie of the Year, who should close and more.

Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer, Masahiro Tanaka limited the Tigers to just one run, and the Yankees held on for a 2-1 victory on Saturday. >> Box score


1) The Yankees only had two hits in the entire game, but made the most of one of them in the fifth inning when Torres put the Yankees in front with one swing. His two-run homer put the Yankees on the board and provided the only offense of the day for the Yankees.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings in Monday's 6-2 loss to the White Sox, facing two bases-loaded situations that yielded two entirely different results.

Tanaka (9-5) pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth inning, but wasn't as fortunate when he loaded the bases in the sixth inning, allowing three runs in the frame.

"Obviously the fourth was a tough inning," Tanaka told reporters on YES Network after the game through an interpreter, "but I think in that sixth inning, I think I was maybe overthrowing a little bit, trying to force too much, and that kind of got me off in really controlling the ball, so maybe that was the reason why I gave up some runs in that inning."

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Yankees fall to White Sox 00:04:12
The BNNY panel discusses Masahiro Tanaka's start in the Yankees' loss to the White Sox on Monday night.

The Yankees' four-game winning streak ended with a 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Masahiro Tanaka (9-5) allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings, escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth inning but giving up three runs in the sixth that turned a 2-0 Yankees lead into a 3-2 deficit.

2) Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie, but the rest of the Yankees combined to go 2-for-27.

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Aug 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees will play the secon game of a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees lead the majors with 211 home runs as a team. ... Miguel Andujar has a .370/.388/.716 batting line with seven home runs and 24 RBIs over his last 19 games, during which the Yankees are 14-5. ... The Yankees swept a three-game series in Chicago from Aug. 6-8.

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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) hits a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) hits a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees begin their penultimate homestand of the season when they open a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees lead the majors with 211 home runs as a team. ... Miguel Andujar has a .370/.388/.716 batting line with seven home runs and 24 RBIs over his last 19 games, during which the Yankees are 14-5. ... The Yankees swept a three-game series in Chicago from Aug. 6-8.

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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) follows through on a double in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) follows through on a double in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (75-445 finish their series with the Rays (61-59) on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 4-2 on their 11-game homestand after a win against the Rays last night. J.A. Happ tossed another great outing, limiting the Rays to one hit over seven innings in the 4-1 win. Happ is the first pitcher to claim a win in each of his first three straight with the Yankees since Kevin Brown in 2004. ...The Yankees have won all five starts that Happ and Lance Lynn have tossed since their trades. 

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Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will have J.A. HappLuis Cessa and Masahiro Tanaka start in a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that begins Tuesday after they placed LHP CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday afternoon.

Cessa, who last pitched on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start Wednesday and take Sabathia's spot in the rotation after he went on the DL with right knee inflammation.

The 26-year-old Cessa, who is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in seven minor-league starts and 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight major-league appearances (three starts) this season, received the nod over top prospect Justus Sheffield, who is 5-3 with a 2.16 ERA with the RailRiders and last pitched on Thursday; Chance Adams, who made his MLB debut earlier this month against the Red Sox; and Sonny Gray, who was bumped out of the rotation a couple of weeks ago.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees (72-43) continue their four-game series with the Rangers (52-66) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 12-7 loss to Texas on Friday at Yankee Stadium. ... Austin Romine tied a career-high with three hits. ... Masahiro Tanaka snapped his 14-start unbeaten streak.

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Yankees struggle without Judge 00:01:47
With the Yankees losing to the Rangers on Friday night, the BNNY panel discusses how much the Yanks are missing their star slugger.

Masahiro Tanaka tossed a dud and the bullpen didn't stop the bleeding as the Yankees dropped the second game of their series with the Rangers, 12-7, in the Bronx. >> Box score


1) The Yankees teed off on whoever the Rangers sent to the mound, crushing five home runs, including two from Neil Walker and one each from Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar.

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Yankees missing Judge, Sanchez 00:04:59
The BNNY panel discusses the New York Yankees' offensive ineptitude with sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez missing from the lineup.

Aroldis Chapman blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning and Jonathan Holder allowed a walk-off single to Andrew Benintendi in the 10th inning as the Yankees' losing streak reached five games with a 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Box score


1) Holder (1-3) allowed a two-out single to Sandy Leon in the 10th inning and then threw a wild pitch to move him to second. After intentionally walking Mookie Betts, Benintendi singled up the middle to drive in pinch runner Tony Renda for their 28th win in their last 35 games.

2) Chapman allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit, three walks and one error in the bottom of the ninth to snap a stretch of 22 straight saves converted. After walking the bases loaded, he allowed a two-run single to J.D. Martinez that turned a 4-1 lead into a one-run advantage. Chapman then got Xander Bogaerts to ground to third, but Miguel Andujar's throw fell short of Greg Bird's stretched glove and allowed Betts to score the tying run.

3) The Yankees, who scored all four of their runs in the seventh inning, have lost five games in a row for the first time since they lost seven straight from June 13-20 last season. They fell to 9 1/2 games back of first place.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka had his streak of 21 2/3 straight innings without giving up a run end when he allowed a solo home run to Mookie Betts in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Tanaka, who last allowed a run on July 15, took a shutout into the fifth inning Sunday when Betts lined a 2-0 cutter over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

Since giving up a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth inning on July 15, Tanaka hadn't given up a run in nearly 22 straight innings. He threw a three-hit shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24 and threw six scoreless innings in his previous outing on July 31.

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks sits during a pitching change during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks sits during a pitching change during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees look to avoid their fifth straight loss when they face the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have lost four games in a row to fall 8 1/2 games back of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Despite that, they have the third-best record in the American League and hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Oakland A's for the first wild-card spot. ... Yankees relievers have a 7.56 ERA in the month of August, allowing 14 runs and 26 hits in 16 2/3 innings.

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Yankees AL East battle continues 00:03:45
After the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Orioles, the BNNY panel discusses what New York needs to do to catch the Red Sox in the AL East.

Masahiro Tanaka stayed hot with six scoreless innings and Miguel Andujar hit a three-run homer to lead the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Tuesday. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Tanaka, fresh off a complete-game shutout, eased his way through the Orioles lineup and allowed just three hits in six shutout innings. He struck out eight batters and walked two while throwing 105 pitches on the night.

 

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

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There is little doubt the Yankees needed to upgrade their rotation, and the addition of J.A. Happ fit the bill. However, is the rest of the Yankees rotation strong enough to make a charge to catch the Red Sox with 61 games left on the schedule?

Happ is a certain upgrade over current No. 4 starter Sonny Gray, as well as the two pitchers -- Luis Cessa and Domingo German -- the Yankees had been interchanging of late in the No. 5 spot. However, Happ had been in a slump before his most recent start (five innings, one run), pitching to a 9.75 ERA over three starts.

Before the skid, Happ had tossed 97 innings to the tune of a 3.62 ERA with 107 strikeouts and just 27 walks. Happ's production was enough to get him named to the American League All-Star team, and the Yankees hope a chance to pitch in the postseason gets Happ back on track.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

What RHP Masahiro Tanaka did on Tuesday night was exactly what the Yankees wanted to see. This was postseason Tanaka that shined on the mound in Tropicana Field. 

Tanaka turned in his best outing of the season, tossing a complete-game shutout as he limited the Rays to just three hits while striking out nine batters in the process. He carred a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when CJ Cron's single finally marked the first hit of the night for Tampa.

But even after a masterful performance like this, Tanaka knows he still has more starts to make down the road. The celebrating can't last too long. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees strung together four runs to back Masahiro Tanaka's complete game shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Tanaka only needed 105 pitches to get through nine innings and struck out nine batters in the process. He allowed just three hits and walked one batter against a Rays lineup that went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

2) Didi Gregorius drove in the Yankees' first run in the first inning, while Tyler Wade came around to score on Austin Romine's groundout in the fifth. The Yankees scored a third run in the seventh when Romine hit a sacrifice fly to right. Neil Walker tacked on an RBI single in the ninth inning.

3) Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird each had two hits for the Yankees, who totaled eight hits on the night and still managed to win despite going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Wade
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Sometimes, being aggressive in the winter is better than hoping to perform alterations in the summer.

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

Tags: Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

The Yankees and Mets play their final Subway Series game of the season on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Subway Series notes

Entering Sunday, the Yankees have scored the fourth-most runs in baseball, trailing only the Red Sox, Indians and Astros. ... Their bullpen's 2.78 ERA ranks second only to the Astros' 2.71 ERA, while the Mets' 4.74 bullpen ERA is the fifth-worst in baseball. ... Since May 31, the Mets are 13-30.

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New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets and Yankees play their final Subway Series game of the season on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Subway Series notes

Since May 31, the Mets are 13-30. ... Entering Sunday, the Yankees have scored the fourth-most runs in baseball, trailing only the Red Sox, Indians and Astros. ... Their bullpen's 2.78 ERA ranks second only to the Astros' 2.71 ERA, while the Mets' 4.74 bullpen ERA is the fifth-worst in baseball.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka
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After taking two of three games at Citi Field in June, the Yankees look for more Subway Series success against the Mets at home.

The Yankees, who own the second-best record in baseball, take on the Mets, who have the second-worst record in the National League, in their second Subway Series of the season. 

Here is how each team stacks up for this weekend's three-game series.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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The Mets lost two of three games to the Yankees in their Subway Series in early June at Citi Field. They look for revenge coming out of the All-Star break in the Bronx.

Though the Mets have the second-worst record in the National League and face the Yankees, who have the second-best record in baseball, whoever wins this weekend's series will be the toast of the town, at least for the weekend.

Here is how each team stacks up for this weekend's three-game series.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: There is little question the Yankees are in need of starting pitching for the second half. However, adding a starter will unlikely have the impact that might be required as the trade market is filled with more "what-if" hurlers than "sure things."

For example, is anyone fully confident J.A. Happ or Michael Fulmer will carry the team to the World Series? They are solid pitchers and Fulmer's combination of team control and future potential might make him a more attractive commodity. But, right now, neither pitcher resembles an upgrade akin to the Astros adding Justin Verlander last season. This leaves the Yankees in a bit of a predicament.

Enter Masahiro Tanaka...

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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Yankees following the All-Star break.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Domingo German, while Steven Matz will pitch on Saturday and Jacob deGrom will be on the mound on Sunday in the series finale. Matz will be opposed by Sonny Gray on Saturday and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

Syndergaard will make his second start since returning from the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger, which forced him to miss more than two months of action.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Mets following the All-Star break.

Domingo German will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Noah Syndergaard, while Sonny Gray will oppose Steven Matz on Saturday. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

German limited the Mets to three runs on five hits in six innings on June 9, while Tanaka allowed one run in five innings against the Mets.

Gray has yet to face the Mets this season.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 14, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
		
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Jul 14, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees and Indians will wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. in Cleveland.

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Masahiro Tanaka
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Eamon McAnaney and Marc Malusis discuss the Yankees falling 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East.

Jonathan Schoop hit a walk-off RBI single against Dellin Betances in the ninth inning and the Orioles beat the Yankees, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first start since returning from the disabled list. He kept the Orioles off the board until the fourth, when Joey Rickard hit a two-RBI double. In the fifth, Manny Machado hit a game-tying solo home run after the Yankees had taken a 3-2 lead. 

Tags: Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Masahiro Tanaka
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Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The thought of Manny Machado donning the pinstripes sounds amazing. The 25-year-old is posting career highs with his .309/.379/.555 slash line, and is on pace to break his home run mark as well with 21 dingers on the year already.

But would the payout be worth it for a player the Yankees could simply be renting for three months?

The price is bound to be steep for Machado, but New York should be able to match it considering their deep trove of prospects. SNY's Andy Martino noted a package that includes top pitching prospect LHP Justus Sheffield and INF Brandon Drury could be in the works if the Yankees are serious...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) has a mound conference with pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) has a mound conference with pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (hamstrings) and C Gary Sanchez (groin) both have had positive steps in their respective rehabs.

Tanaka will rejoin the team and start Tuesday, according to Aaron Boone. The 29-year-old had a successful rehab outing on Wednesday, throwing five innings. He would have been lined up for a start on Monday, but he'll wait until Tuesday to return...

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

The Yankees need starting pitching, and owner Hal Steinbrenner has made that clear recently. But just how far will he go to push his team to the top of the contenders list in October?

Staying under the $197 million luxury tax threshold has been the Yankees' mission this season, and it has worked. And Steinbrenner added that there is some spending money if the Yankees need to use it on an asset by the trade deadline. 

"I would have to see where we are, who the person is, how badly that position needs help, so to speak, but I will say,d we have a considerable amount of money to spend and I'm not adverse to spending it," Steinbrenner told YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. "A considerable amount even staying under (the threshold). We've got some options there, flexibility."

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka is expected to make his first rehab start on Wednesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could return from the disabled list before the All-Star break, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Tanaka, 29, threw a 48-pitch simulated game on Friday as he looks to return from a hamstring injury he suffered while running the bases in his last outing on June 8 against the Mets.

It's possible Tanaka could pitch in the July 9 doubleheader the Yankees have against the Baltimore Orioles, according to Hoch.

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