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 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

If one were to look at Masahiro Tanaka's record, it would show a starting pitcher enjoying a great start to the season. At 5-2 after last night's win over the Rangers on the road, Tanaka hasn't lost a start since April 17. 

But all adept baseball fans know a pitcher's record is only the facade. And for Tanaka, that couldn't be any more true. 

It was another night that saw a less-than-impressive Tanaka despite getting the victory chalked up in his win column. The 29-year-old let the long ball hurt him again as all four runs he allowed came on home runs. The first was a moonshot to Joey Gallo in the bottom of the second followed by Rougned Odor's first homer of the season, a three-run bomb to right-center that tied the game at four. 

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hit two home runs while Aaron Judge hit his 12th homer of the season as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 on Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, became the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle (20 years, 296 days) to have a multi-homer game. His second-inning homer off Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and he added another one in the sixth inning to make it 6-4.

Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and Aaron Hicks also homered as the Yankees became the first team since the 1961 Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic's Katie Sharp, to hit at least four home runs in three straight road games on the same road trip. New York also became the fourth team in modern MLB history to total at least eight extra-base hits in three straight games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker
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May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs in five innings against the Nationals on Tuesday night before the game was suspended until Wednesday due to rain.

Tanaka allowed all three runs within the first two innings and went on to pitch three scoreless innings thereafter to allow the Yankees' offense to come back and tie the game in the top of the fifth. 

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(Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees (28-12) and Nationals (24-18) begin a quick, two-game series in Washington at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

Yankees notes

The Yankees currently own the best record in the MLB, as they have won eight of their last 10 games. 

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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:04:42
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' stranglehold over the AL East and wonder how long they can keep this run up.

The Yankees put together yet another come-from-behind win thanks to the bats of Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, while taking the AL East lead from the Red Sox in a 9-6 win in the Bronx. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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(Adam Hunger)

Though he isn't lined up for the loss, Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had trouble finishing the Red Sox hitters Wednesday night. 

Tanaka worked his normal plethora of pitches in and out of the strike zone, but Boston was doing just enough to stay alive. It began in the first inning when Mookie Betts had an 11-pitch at-bat that he ended up striking out in. Following a strikeout of Hanley Ramirez on another lengthy at-bat, Tanaka left the first inning with over 20 pitches. 

In the second inning, Mitch Moreland made Tanaka pay on a fastball that missed its location as he sent it over the right center field wall to take a 2-1 lead. But luckily for Tanaka, the Yankees continued to answer the Sox. 

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Apr 30, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a RBI single against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Apr 30, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a RBI single against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

The Yankees finish their four-game series against the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

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The Yankees scored five runs in the first inning, and again in the second on their way to a 11-1 rout of the Angels Saturday night in Anaheim. New York has now won eight games in a row. << Box score

Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar both had three hits for the Yankees, Aaron Hicks had a two-run triple, and Neil Walker had two run-scoring singles.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankee bats were alive on Monday night during a 14-1 clobbering of Minnesota -- but really, the Yankee bats have been alive all along.

As SNY contributor Anthony McCarron noted, the Yanks lead the majors in OPS (.814), and are tied for the most home runs (32). Even without significant production from Giancarlo Stanton, their offense is not a concern.

That's why the most meaningful development on Monday was not Stanton's four-hit performance, or Gleyber Torres' first big-league knock, or Miguel Andujar's continued mashing. It was Masahiro Tanaka's 6 ⅔ inning, three-hit gem...

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:00:42
Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses slugger Giancarlo Stanton's four-hit night in the team's 14-run offensive outburst against the Twins.

Miguel Andujar homered to record an extra-base hit in his seventh straight game, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin also homered and the Yankees won their third straight game with a 14-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


A day after going 4-for-4 with two doubles, Andujar homered in the second inning off Jake Odorizzi and doubled in the sixth, as he is now 15-for-29 since April 13 to raise his batting line from .107/.133/.107 to .316/.333/.649.

Stanton broke out of a 2-for-27 slump by going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk, while Gregorius hit a grand slam in the eighth inning for his team-leading seventh home run of the season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins, Tyler Austin
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees begin a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Monday at 7 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes...

The Yankees have won four of their past six games, outscoring opponents 36-23 during their 10-game homestand so far. ... At plus-13, the Yankees have the sixth-best run differential in the American League. ... The last time the Yankees faced the Twins, they won the AL wild-card game 8-4. Last season, they went 4-2 against Minnesota.

 

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(Brad Penner)

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

After logging two fine starts to open the season, Masahiro Tanaka has hit a wall with two underwhelming efforts. It's difficult to witness Tanaka's recent ineffectiveness without thinking back to last season when he turned in the worst stretch of production in his professional career during the season's first half.

Tanaka is not an overpowering pitcher, which necessitates pinpointing his top-two used pitches, the split-finger fastball and slider. When he is unable to command those pitches, it forces him to resort to a very hittable four-seam fastball, which is simply not good enough to retire batters in a pinch.

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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees will look to erase an embarrassing start to their series with the Red Sox tonight at 7:10 p.m. in Fenway Park.

Yankees notes...

The Yankees were crushed in their Boston debut, after the Red Sox dominated 14-1 on Monday night. Luis Severino was hit for five runs through five innings, and the struggles in the bullpen continued with Tommy Kahnle and Chasen Shreve getting hit hard. The Yankees now have a two-game losing streak. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks to the dugout after the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks to the dugout after the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Giancarlo Stanton's whiffs and the bullpen's surprising struggles are grabbing much of the attention for the Yankees' .500 start to the season as they enter a rivalry showdown Tuesday night in Boston.

But another facet of the club may morph into the trouble area that occupies the Yanks' braintrust throughout the 2018 season -- the starting rotation. Or, perhaps more accurately, the starters not named Luis Severino.

The Yankees came into the season with questions about rotation depth. Some wondered why they didn't add a frontline starter over the winter, especially in a market that contained bargains...

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BNNY: Yankees bullpen worries 00:06:21
On Baseball Night in New York, the crew asks whether it's too early to make judgments on the Yankees bullpen.

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka fell apart by allowing three runs in the seventh inning, while Chad Green surrendered two runs and three hits in 2/3 of an inning in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka had retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced entering the seventh inning when he allowed a single to Jonathan Schoop and then a two-run home run to Adam Jones that turned a 1-0 Yankees lead into a 2-1 deficit.

"It was not an ideal pitch," Tanaka said through a translator of his 0-1 slider, according to the New York Daily News' John Healy. "As soon as it left I knew he got the barrel of the bat, but thought it was maybe 50-50. ... I managed to grind through six innings with good defense behind me, just to give up a home run like that, especially after us scoring a run, is disappointing and frustrating."

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Apr 5, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 5, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched 6.1 innings in his home debut against the Orioles, allowing six hits and three runs with seven strikeouts.  

Tanaka had put together a near-perfect six innings of work before allowing a two-run home run to Adam Jones in the seventh inning, where the Orioles elongated their lead as Chad Green was unable to successfully relieve Tanaka.

The pitcher wasn't helped by the bats, as the Yankees had only scored one run until he left the game. He threw 93 pitches, 65 for strikes. 

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 (Kevin Sousa)
(Kevin Sousa)

In his first start of the 2018 campaign, Masahiro Tanaka came away with the win after six strong innings. 

Tanaka didn't have his best control to start the game off, but luckily, the Jays were letting him get away with it. Justin Smoak smacked an opposite-field double in the bottom of the first, but he was stranded to keep the home team off the scoreboard.

However, Randal Grichuk got to Tanaka in the second with a homer sent to left field on a belt-high fastball. 

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(Butch Dill)

The Yankees couldn't get anything going at the plate, as the Red Sox took them down, 5-0, on Friday. >> Box score


Things to know about today's game

1) Masahiro Tanaka technically took the loss on the day, but it wasn't a bad outing at all. He allowed just one solo homer out of the five hits he gave up, while striking out six and walking none over 5.2 innings. 

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Mar 17, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) doubles during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 17, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) doubles during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka struggles against the Tigers as the Yankees lose 9-3. >> Box score


Things to know about Saturday's game

 

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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The Yankees entered spring camp with at least 80 percent of the rotation set in stone with the fifth piece fairly certain. Once Yankees skipper Aaron Boone wasted no time in naming Jordan Montgomery his fifth starter, it became apparent the Yankees knew all along they would begin the season with the same starting five they ended 2017.

The question becomes: Were the Yankees wise to abstain from what became a severely inexpensive pitching market for proven middle of the rotation starters? For example, Lance Lynn signed for just one year at $12 million, while Alex Cobb remains unsigned.

The Yankees have recently been reported to be both not interested and interested in Cobb, so who knows what's going on there? At the beginning of the offseason, I was of the mindset that it was OK to avoid spending big money on either pitcher, but since the market came down to one-year deals, it forces revisiting.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, 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 reportedly expressed interest in free agent RHP Alex Cobb, formerly of the Rays, reports Newsday. With starting pitchers Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn now off the market, the 30-year-old Cobb is the best remaining option who has yet to sign.

Two potential obstacles could get in the way of a deal from the Yankees' perspective. New York is adamant about staying under the luxury-tax threshold, so as in the case of the recently-signed Neil Walker, the price would have to be right. Cobb also rejected the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer, meaning whichever team signs him will forfeit at least one draft pick.

The Yankees' rotation currently includes RHPs Luis SeverinoMasahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray and LHPs CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Braves on Friday at 1:05 p.m. at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Jacob Ellsbury was originally in center field, hitting 8th, but has been scratched due to tightness in his side.

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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.

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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?

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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...

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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.

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

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...

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(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.

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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.

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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)

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

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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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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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)

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...

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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.

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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.

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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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