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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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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:00
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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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 play the third game of a four-game set with the Red Sox on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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The Yankees were baseball's early surprise this season, jumping out to a four-game lead in the A.L. East after 61 games. Visions of grandeur filled the heads of Yankees fans, the club's front office, and ownership. Unfortunately for the Yankees, the team many expected to see at the outset of the season arrived and has taken a firm grip over its makeup.

The notion that the Yankees could win the division has seemingly gone by the wayside and now they are losing grip on a playoff spot. Since June 13 (when the Yankees entered the day 38-23), they have gone 32-39 and now own a slim one-game lead for the top wild card spot and are just two games ahead in the second wild card position.

Here is a sampling of statistics that demonstrate why the Yankees have spiraled for an extended period...

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Tanaka sharp in Yankees' win 00:01:47
Sweeny Murti recaps all the action and the player reactions from the Yankees' 10-1 win over Seattle on Sunday.

The Yankees scored six runs in the first inning and Masahiro Tanaka limited the Mariners to one run in seven strong innings in a 10-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score

 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez receives congratulations from center fielder Aaron Hicks after he hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez receives congratulations from center fielder Aaron Hicks after he hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks combined for three home runs and seven RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka recorded a quality start in his first outing since coming off the disabled list and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 13-4 on Tuesday at Comerica Park. >> Box score


Sanchez went 3-for-6 with two home runs, a 493-foot blast off Matthew Boyd in the first inning that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead and a two-run shot in the ninth inning off Jeff Ferrell that made it 13-3. Hicks hit his 13th home run of the season in the seventh inning to make it 11-1.

Tanaka (9-10) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as he returned from shoulder inflammation. He retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced in the game as he earned his second win since the All-Star break.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Detroit Tigers, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Austin
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches in the outfield before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches in the outfield before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees Tigers
Brett Gardner, LF Ian Kinsler, 2B
Aaron Hicks, CF Mikie Mahtook, CF
Gary Sanchez, C Justin Upton, LF
Aaron Judge, RF Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Nicholas Castellanos, 3B
Tyler Austin, DH Victor Martinez, DH
Chase Headley, 1B James McCann, C
Todd Frazier, 3B Alex Presley, RF
Ronald Torreyes, 2B Jose Iglesias, SS
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Luis Severino earned his ninth win of the year Sunday against the Indians. (Ron Schwane/AP)
Luis Severino earned his ninth win of the year Sunday against the Indians. (Ron Schwane/AP)

The New York Yankees (66-57) play the second game of a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers (54-69) at Comerica Park on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is slated to start on Tuesday, reports the New York Daily News.

Tanaka threw a 37-pitch bullpen that he said was "very encouraging" on Friday, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, and the Yankees hoped he would return for their series against the Detroit Tigers. He was placed on the 10-day DL last week with right shoulder inflammation. 

There had been no talk about Tanaka feeling any pain in his shoulder prior to the team's announcement. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits said Tanaka felt "general soreness" and fatigue in his arm toward the end of his last outing against the Blue Jays.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will start Monday's game against the New York Mets after the team promoted LHP Caleb Smith when RHP Masahiro Tanaka went on the disabled list, manager Joe Girardi told Newsday's Anthony Rieber.

Cessa, who last appeared in a game on July 30 and started July 18, has a 4.83 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings across nine appearances (four starts) for the Yankees this season.

The Yankees promoted Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned RHP Giovanny Gallegos prior to Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Smith is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees this season. In the minors, he is 9-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 19 games (17 starts).

Tanaka, who was initially scheduled to start Monday, went on the DL due to shoulder inflammation.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (59-52) play the second game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (53-59) on Wednesday at Rogers Centre at 7:07 p.m. 

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New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees (57-48) play the final game of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers (48-57) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Tigers Yankees
Ian Kinsler, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Jim Adduci, RF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Justin Upton, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B Gary Sanchez, C
Nicholas Castellanos, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Victor Martinez, DH Matt Holliday, DH
Mikie Mahtook, CF Chase Headley, 1B
James McCann, C Todd Frazier, 3B
Andrew Romine, SS Ronald Torreyes, 2B
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Though Sonny Gray was acquired at the trade deadline, the Yankees' presumed ace at the beginning of the season is just as important to their chances to reach the postseason. They need Masahiro Tanaka at his best and he demonstrated Friday how he can come up big down the stretch.

Tanaka took a perfect game into the sixth inning, eventually giving up a single with two outs in the frame, but the right-hander was in cruise control for much of the night. Tanaka finished his eight-inning, one-run performance with 14 strikeouts -- a  career-high -- which prompted praise from his manager.

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Sweeny Murti on Sonny Gray trade 00:05:08
Sweeny Murti says the Sonny Gray trade proves the Yankees are going all-in on a deep postseason run.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters New York would not turn to a six-man rotation after the team traded for starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia but added he is unsure which pitcher would lose his spot in the rotation.

New York acquired Gray in a trade with the Oakland Athletics on Monday and traded two low-level prospects to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday for the left-hander Garcia. 

"Ownership and the front office have given us the opportunity to do something special here," Girardi said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Now we have to go out and do it."

Girardi said Gray, who went 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts with Oakland this season, would likely make his Yankees debut toward the beginning of New York's seven-game road trip, which begins with a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

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Sonny Gray dealt to Yankees 00:06:08
John Harper discusses the trade the Yankees made which landed Sonny Gray from the Athletics in exchange for prospects.

The Yankees acquired RHP Sonny Gray from the Athletics in exchange for minor league INF Jorge Mateo, OF Dustin Fowler and RHP James Kaprielian, the teams announced Monday afternoon.

While Yankees GM Brian Cashman said outfielder Clint Frazier and infielder Gleyber Torres were among New York's untouchable prospects, Athletics GM Billy Beane instead asked for a package revolving around outfielder Estevan Florial, who played in this year's Futures Game, or Mateo, WFAN's Sweeny Murti reports.

Oakland preferred Florial to Mateo, however the Yankees added Kaprielian, their first-round pick from 2015, to the deal as a concession, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. The Yankees will also receive $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, James Kaprielian, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Oakland Athletics
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks, Tanaka 00:02:00
Sweeny Murti reports on Masahiro Tanaka's stellar outing and the power surge coming from the outfield since the All-Star break

Masahiro Tanaka lost his perfect game bid with two outs in the sixth inning and the Yankees clubbed three homers as they beat the Rays, 5-1, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium >> Box score


Tanaka was dominant, striking out a career-high 14 batters while allowing one run on two hits and walking none.

Brett Gardner's leadoff homer in the first inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and Aaron Judge's solo shot in the fourth inning made it 2-0. Clint Frazier's three-run shot with two outs in the second inning extended the Yankees' lead to 5-0.

Lucas Duda's solo homer off Tanaka in the seventh inning cut the Yankees' lead to 5-1.

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JRSportBrief: Get Sonny Gray! 00:01:21
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why the Yankees should trade for Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray.

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The Yankees are in heavy pursuit of starting pitching help - currently the weakest link on the roster - with Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray at the top of their wish list. The issues are the prospect cost and reports that there are as many as six other teams scouting the 27-year-old.

They could land the hurler (or a fallback option), and still have some significant problems to deal with as they try to maintain grip on a playoff spot...

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (49-45) will play the second game of a four-game series with the Mariners (48-49) on Friday night at 10:10 p.m. ET at Safeco Field in Seattle.

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Yankees are making moves 00:01:18
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to the Yankees trade for David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Todd Frazier.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated the club would be "cautious buyers" during the trade deadline period. If a seven-player deal -- bringing in three major leaguers for one of the game's top prospects -- is cautious, this could be an interesting 13 days ahead.

The Yankees clearly filled two of their biggest holes by adding former organization relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to a tired and inconsistent bullpen, while adding Todd Frazier should stabilize the revolving door at first base for the remainder of the season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

New York's offense was shut out for the first time all season as the Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Boston Red Sox, 3-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park. >> Box score


Despite recording seven hits off David Price, the Yankees went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving two runners stranded in the first and seventh innings.

Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 and was robbed of a two-run home run in the eighth inning when Jackie Bradley Jr. leaped and caught a ball at the wall in the triangle in center field. Judge went 1-for-18 in the four-game series, as his batting average has dropped from .329 to .313 since the All-Star break.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. (Neville E. Guard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. (Neville E. Guard/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (47-42) look to sweep a day-night doubleheader and win their third straight game when they face the Boston Red Sox (51-41) at Fenway Park at 8:05 p.m. ET Sunday.

Yankees Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF  Mookie Betts, RF
Gary Sanchez, C Andrew Benintendi, LF
Aaron Judge, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
 Matt Holliday, DH Mitch Moreland, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Hanley Ramirez, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Clint Frazier, LF Brock Holt, 3B
Garrett Cooper, 1B Christian Vazquez, C
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Tzu-Wei Lin, 3B
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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery prepares to deliver a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery prepares to deliver a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees will open the second half with a four-game road series against the Boston Red Sox by having Jordan Montgomery pitch on Friday and Luis Severino on Saturday.

For Sunday's doubleheader, Bryan Mitchell will pitch Game 1 and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Game 2.

The Red Sox will send Drew Pomeranz to the mound on Friday, Chris Sale on Saturday, Rick Porcello on Sunday afternoon and David Price on Sunday night

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees return from the All-Star break with seemingly as many questions as they had when the season began. The backbone to current queries leads back to the same theme: Will the Yankees sacrifice their recent roster construction methodology in an effort to make a run at the postseason? Each facet could use reinforcements, but which ones the club will seek to fill are undetermined.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Yankees head to All-Star break 00:01:35
Justine Ward reports from the Bronx as the Yankees head into the All-Star break after a 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday

Despite bringing the game-tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, the New York Yankees were unable to overcome Masahiro Tanaka's short outing in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score


Tanaka (7-8) allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, as he failed to win his third start in a row. He gave up a three-run home run to Travis Shaw in the first inning and a solo home run to Stephen Vogt in the second that made it 4-0.

Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run in the Yankees' three-run fourth inning, but the Yankees were unable to score against Milwaukee's bullpen.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Milwaukee Brewers
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Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees are losing their grip on a postseason berth, suggesting any moves this trading period will diverge from a limited, yet costly, starting pitching market. Rentals are not a good idea and the controllable pitchers might require the Yankees to relinquish more from the farm system than they would desire.

The only thing we can say with some certainty is that Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino will have slots available to them in the Yankees' rotation in 2018. Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are free agents at the end of the season, while Masahiro Tanaka can opt out of his deal as well.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:02
Joe Girardi and Chase Headley react to the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, a badly-needed victory after a tough road trip.

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven sharp innings and Chase Headley drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Tanaka (7-7) won his second straight start and has 22 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA over his last three outings. He struck out eight batters on Monday and allowed one run and five hits, throwing 72 of 111 pitches for strikes. 

Headley, who went 2-for-3, hit a two-run double in the eighth inning that turned a one-run lead into a 4-1 game, then scored when Ronald Torreyes grounded into a fielder's choice. Ryan Tepera threw home to try to get Didi Gregorius out, but the ball got past the catcher as Gregorius slid in, allowing two runs to score.

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Masahiro Tanaka recorded his second straight quality start against the White Sox on Wednesday, leading the Yankees to a 12-3 victory. (Nam Y. Huh)
Masahiro Tanaka recorded his second straight quality start against the White Sox on Wednesday, leading the Yankees to a 12-3 victory. (Nam Y. Huh)

The Yankees (43-37) will return home to face the Blue Jays (37-44) at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m. 

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 (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)
(Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (42-34) complete their four-game set in against the White Sox (33-44) at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Thursday at 8:10 p.m.

Yankees White Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Alen Hanson, 2B
Aaron Judge, DH Melky Cabrera, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS José Abreu, 1B
Gary Sanchez, C Yolmer Sanchez, SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevan Smith, DH
Dustin Fowler, RF Adam Engel, CF
Austin Romine, 1B Omar Narvaez, C
Tyler Wade, 2B Willy Garcia, RF
Ronald Torreyes, 3B James Shields, P

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Luis Cessa (0-2, 6.57 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), who earned his second straight loss in his last start agianst the Rangers. He allowed three runs on three hits while striking out eight and walking two in five innings. Cessa is filling the rotation spot for the injur LHP CC Sabathia

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Yankees scouting Quintana? 00:02:06
The DNL panel speculates whether Jose Quintana's start tonight vs. the Yankees is more of a tryout with the trade deadline approaching

White Sox LHP Jose Quintana, who could be traded before the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, starts tonight against the Yankees in Chicago.

A potential impediment to any interested team, though, is that Quintana (who doesn't have a no-trade clause) isn't enamored with being traded in order to join a team in a pennant race, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Yankees were reportedly interested in trading for Quintana during the offseason. He is under contract through the 2018 season, with team options for $10.5 million in 2019 and 2020. 

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Masahiro Tanaka was masterful over eight scoreless innings. (AP)
Masahiro Tanaka was masterful over eight scoreless innings. (AP)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched eight scoreless innings and Ronald Torreyes drove in the winning run in the 10th as the Yankees edged the Texas Rangers, 2-1, on Friday night in the Bronx.

Tanaka delivered one of his best outings in what has been a trying season. He allowed only three hits, walked two and struck out nine. His matchup with countryman Yu Darvish turned out to be a classic pitchers' duel. Darvish was arguably even better than Tanaka, allowing two hits, walking nobody and striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings.

The game remained 0-0 until the top of the ninth inning, when Aroldis Chapman's third strike to Adrian Beltre got by Gary Sanchez, allowing Elvis Andrus to score. However, Brett Gardner's solo home run off Matt Bush tied the game in the bottom half of the frame and forced extra innings. Bush was still on the mound when Torreyes singled in Sanchez the following inning to win the ballgame.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees (39-31) open a three-game set with the Rangers (36-36) at Yankee Stadium on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Rangers
Brett Gardner, LF Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Aaron Hicks, CF Elvis Andrus, SS
Aaron Judge, RF Nomar Mazara, LF
Matt Holliday, DH Adrian Beltre, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Rougned Odor, 2B
Gary Sanchez, C Carlos Gomez, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Jonathan Lucroy, C
Chris Carter, 1B Mike Napoli, DH
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Joey Gallo, 1B

 

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Masahiro Tanaka and Yankees catcher Austin Romine talk during the fourth inning. (Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)
Masahiro Tanaka and Yankees catcher Austin Romine talk during the fourth inning. (Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings Saturday as the Yankees lost their season-high fifth game in a row as the A's won 5-2 in Oakland. 

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JRSportBrief: Judge for MVP! 00:01:26
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR looks at the season so far for Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, and sees a possible MVP.

After the Yankees blew a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th, Aaron Judge hit his league-leading 22nd home run of the season as the Yankees beat the Angels on Monday nigiht.

Judge launched the ball 438 feet to right center, bringing home Aaron Hicks to give the Yankees the 5-3 lead.

The 25-year old outfielder finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI, a walk, and three runs scored. Judge has now hit four home runs and eight RBI in New York's last three contests, and has raised his average .024 points (9-for-12) during that span.

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Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 22nd home run, Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 to run his hitting streak to 14 games and Masahiro Tanaka bounced back to post a quality start as the Yankees won their sixth straight game, defeating the Angels 5-3 on Monday night in Anaheim.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (37-23) begin a seven-game West Coast trip, starting with a three-game series against the Angels (33-33) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday at 10:07 p.m.

Yankees Angels
Brett Gardner, LF Cameron Maybin, CF
Aaron Hicks, CF Kole Calhoun, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Albert Pujols, DH
Matt Holliday, DH Yunel Escobar, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Luis Valbuena, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Andrelton Simmons, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Eric Young Jr., LF
Chris Carter, 1B Martin Maldonado, C
Austin Romine, C Danny Espinosa, 2B
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects RHP Masahiro Tanaka to start on Saturday regardless of what happens in his next appearance on Monday.

"That's our plan," Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper.

Since starting the season 5-1, Tanaka has lost his last five starts, recording a 10.72 ERA and giving up 27 runs and 35 hits in 22 2/3 innings.

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Starlin Castro, Joe Girardi, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge discuss the Yankees' 14-3 win over the Orioles, in which Judge hit a 495-foot HR.

Starlin Castro had a home run and four RBIs, Aaron Judge hit two home runs in two innings and the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 14-3 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

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Joe Girardi and Masahiro Tanaka look for answers as they discuss the ace's struggles following the Yankees loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka's next start has been moved from Sunday to Monday, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Friday.

Sunday's starter has not yet been announced.

Tanaka said he is trying too hard on the mound after taking his fifth straight loss Tuesday, per Joe Giglio of NJ.com.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees (32-22) will begin at three-game series against the AL East rival Red Sox (31-25) at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

MLB Network analyst and Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez, believes it's time the Yankees should panic about Masahiro Tanaka's struggles.

Tanaka has not been the ace the Yankees expect him to be this season. He has lost his last four starts as he has allowed 22 earned runs, eight homers, and holds an awful 18.39 ERA over that span. 

GM Brian Cashman denied once again that Tanaka is hurt, but said his ace has been struggling with his splitter, which is his most devastating pitch. The 28-year-old has been throwing with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow since 2014.

Tanaka will look to turn things around against the Red Sox Tuesday. He defeated Chris Sale in Fenway Park back on April 27, tossing a three-hit shutout to earn the win. 

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes his team's home stand this week is "big," according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

The Red Sox are traveling to Yankee Stadium for the first time this season to play a three-game set. With another AL East opponent in the Orioles coming to town after this series, Girardi realizes how crucial the next few games are for his ballclub.

"I think it's big. I think it's big home stand," Girardi said. "We're playing Boston and Baltimore. You don't want to get ahead too far but these are really important games. We're in a stretch of 13 in our division in a row. We get to go home now. We've got to play better." 

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May 31, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
May 31, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka got roughed up again and the Orioles beat the Yankees, 10-4, on Wednesday night at Camden Yards. >> Click here for a full box score...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees (30-19) play the final game of a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles (26-24) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards. 

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Yankees Orioles
Brett Gardner, LF Seth Smith, RF
Aaron Hicks, CF Adam Jones, CF
Matt Holliday, DH Manny Machado, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Mark Trumbo, DH
Aaron Judge, RF Chris Davis, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Trey Mancini, LF
Ronald Torreyes, SS Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Austin Romine, C Caleb Joseph, C
Rob Refsnyder, 1B J.J. Hardy, SS

Who's pitching for the Yankees:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-4, 5.86 ERA) had a bounce-back start against the Athletics in his last outing. He allowed one run on five hits wihle striking out a career-high 13 batters in 7 1/3 innings. The Yankees offense didn't help him out, though, as he earned his fourth loss of the season. Tanaka defeated the Orioles back on April 8 for his first win of the season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka claims he is not injured, but rather in a rut as he continues to struggle on the mound, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday that there are "no indicators" anything is wrong with Tanaka physically and that there is no need for him to undergo tests, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

In his last start against the Rays this past Saturday, Tanaka was shelled for six runs on nine hits, including three home runs in three innings. This came after an even worse outing against the Astros at Yankee Stadium where he let up four homers for eight runs in 1 2/3 innings.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka lost his second straight start on Saturday when he gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings in a 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka (5-3) left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after five straight batters reached base, including Corey Dickerson, whose second home run of the game gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead.

"We have to get him right," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "I thought his slider was better today. I thought his splitter was better at times. But he made some mistakes with his fastball. His stuff was better than his last start, but it's not where we need it to be. And we've got to continue to work on it."

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May 20, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) score runs during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 20, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) score runs during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka allowed six runs on nine hits, Tommy Layne allowed three additional runs, and the Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-5, on Saturday at Tropicana Field. >> Click here for the full box score

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild is working with Masahiro Tanaka to fix some mechanical issues in hopes of getting the team's ace back on track after his recent struggles.

"Larry talked to him today about some mechanical things. Hopefully they get it ironed out,'' manager Joe Girardi told George A. King III of the New York Post. "I think his front shoulder was flying [open] a bit [Sunday]. Sometimes they're mechanical and we have to iron them out. He hasn't had a good splitter and slider for most of the year.''

In his most recent start, Tanaka lasted only 1 2/3 innings against the Astros, allowing eight runs on seven hits, including four home runs.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after allowing a two run home run by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after allowing a two run home run by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)

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Masahiro Tanaka has made eight starts for the Yankees this season. The bookends have been utter disasters, and maybe worse, what's been in between has been mediocre outside of one start. Tanaka's performance so far this season has both short-term and long-term consequences for the Yankees.
  
Short-term impact

Tanaka is paid to be the ace of this club. Whether you agree he is or is not, Tanaka is expected to perform as such by the Yankees. And quite honestly, Tanaka expects it of himself as well. When the fans are treated to such a dismal performance the boo birds will be in full force.

"I didn't do my job," Tanaka told Newsday. "They have all the right to boo me."

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