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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.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka
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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.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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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.

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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...

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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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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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Yankees fall 3.5 back in AL East 00:01:11
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...

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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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May 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka could be one rehab game away from joining the rotation once again. 

The veteran right-hander has been nursing injuries to both hamstrings since his sprint home against the Mets earlier this month went awry. He has been doing well in his rehab, which included a 48-pitch simulated game on Friday that "went well," according to GM Brian Cashman. 

Cashman noted if Tanaka's rehab start -- which is his next step -- goes well, he could jump right back into the Majors. 

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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)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka remains on track to meet Aaron Boone's expectation of returning by the All-Star break.

Tanaka, who hasn't pitched since June 8 due to injuries in both hamstrings, will throw either a simulated game or make a rehab start on Friday, Boone said prior to Wednesday's game. 

The 29-year-old Tanaka was injured during his start on June 8 against the Mets at Citi Field. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Jonathan Loaisiga struck out eight batters in 5 1/3 scoreless innings in Monday's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Making his third MLB start after being promoted from Double-A Trenton to replace the injured Masahiro Tanaka, the 23-year-old Loaisiga (2-0) took a perfect game into the fifth inning and a no-hitter into the sixth, retiring the first 12 batters he faced.

"He had some confidence out there," catcher Austin Romine told reporters after the game. "I could see him in a groove, he just got the ball and executed pitches."

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Masahiro Tanaka (19) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Masahiro Tanaka (19) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka could potentially meet Aaron Boone's expectation of returning by the All-Star break.

Tanaka, who hasn't pitched since June 8 due to injuries in both hamstrings, will likely travel with the team to Tampa Bay on Friday before tossing a bullpen session on Sunday. 

The 29-year-old Tanaka was injured during his start on June 8 against the Mets at Citi Field. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. (AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. (AP)

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Never be satisfied.

The last three times through the rotation for Domingo German have been quite inspiring, while the Yankees also received an eye-opening MLB debut from Jonathan Loaisiga within the last week. Despite the positive feelings and excitement around two more young players, the Yankees should not be dissuaded from pulling the trigger for a rotation improvement as the trade market comes into focus, and the sooner the better.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Brad Hand (52) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Brad Hand (52) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand would be a perfect fit for the Yankees, lengthening a bullpen that is already dominant as well as helping to cover for a thin rotation. And if he were to become a member of the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox, the Yanks' path to the World Series would be much more difficult.

But despite all that, signs point to the Yankees acquiring a starter like Cole Hamels or J.A. Happ instead.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 at Nationals Park on a game that began May 15 and was resumed on June 18 due to weather. >> Box score

Things to know about the game

1) The Yankees and Nationals were tied at 3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before rain halted play in May. 

2) Chad Green, who came on in relief of Masahiro Tanaka, surrendered a go-ahead two-run home run to Juan Soto, who on May 15 was in Double-A and made his official MLB debut on May 20, in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave Washington a 5-3 lead. (Soto's official MLB debut will still be May 20, but with an asterisk to denote his appearance in the suspended game.)

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Austin, Washington Nationals
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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees (46-21) resume their suspended game against the Nationals (37-31) from May 15 on Monday at 5:05 p.m.

Play was suspended after the top of the sixth inning with the game tied 3-3 in Washington. The Nationals got on the board first after Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the first off Masahiro Tanaka

The Nationals would add two more in the second after an Andrew Stevenson RBI single followed by an RBI double from Pedro Severino.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is already on the prowl for a starting pitcher he could add to his playoff-contending team. But, Yankee fans, don't worry. Gleyber Torres won't be part of that deal. 

After his emergence as one of the top rookies in the MLB this season, Torres has backed up his top ranking among Yankee prospects so far this season. It has only made his trade stock rise higher, and Cashman could certainly use him as the featured player in a blockbuster trade. 

But, being that Torres has already established himself a favorite among the Yankee faithful to go along with his superb play, Cashman knows he wouldn't be seeing any friendly encounters on the streets of New York if he sent him packing...

Tags: Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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It's hard to project what the Yankees will get out of Jonathan Loaisiga on Friday night when the 23-year-old righty makes his MLB debut at Yankee Stadium. He's only got 35 games of pro experience, after all, none above the Double-A level.

But two talent evaluators who have watched the Nicaragua native say he's a highly-competitive hurler with what one calls "big stuff," including a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and can jump a tick higher.  

"Chip-on-shoulder type," says Dan Greenlee, the Marlins director, player personnel, who saw Loaisiga when he worked for the Yankees. Greenlee further describes Loaisiga like this: "Pounds zone. Fastball has velocity and swing-and-miss life. Power curveball and serviceable changeup. 

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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)

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner knows what the rest of us do about the Yankees: They need starting pitching. 

The rotation was a question to begin the year, and it certainly didn't help when the injury bug found its way to it. Jordan Montgomery had to undergo Tommy John surgery last week, and most recently, Masahiro Tanaka was lost to injured hamstrings after tagging up on a fly ball during the series with the Mets this past weekend.

There needs to be more depth in the rotation, and Steinbrenner admitted Wednesday that the team has money to go out and get someone by the trade deadline. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

While the Yankees have loads of MLB-ready depth in their lineup sitting in the minors, they will be forced to test that with their rotation.

After New York placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said prospect Jonathan Loaisiga and journeyman David Hale could be temporary options as replacements in the rotation.

Meanwhile, the Yankees, who entered Sunday averaging the most runs per game in baseball, have MLB-caliber players like Clint Frazier, who has a .301/.385/.551 batting line with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Brandon Drury, whom the Yankees acquired in the offseason but was demoted to Triple-A after recovering from migraines following the success of rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar, sitting in the minors.

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Masahiro Tanaka (19) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Masahiro Tanaka (19) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he believes Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (strained hamstrings) could return by the All-Star break, reports Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

Tanaka was been placed on the 10-day DL after getting injured in Friday night's game against the Mets. 

After reaching base in the top of the sixth inning, Tanaka tagged up on an Aaron Judge fly ball to right field. During the sprint to home plate, Tanaka can be seen pulling up a little bit as he scored.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets injuries 00:02:21
Andy Martino joins the show to discuss the Mets' injury woes this season and the hamstring injury Masahiro Tanaka suffered Friday night.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Opening night of the 2018 Subway Series began in Metsian fashion, with injury announcements regarding two key pitchers -- Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia.

By the middle of the evening, the plague had spread to the other team, when Masahiro Tanaka left after five innings with soreness in two hamstrings. Yes, you read that correctly. The hamstrings in both legs.

Before the night was over, the Yankees' trainer would visit Aroldis Chapman, and Jacob deGrom would have his heart broken yet again. It was not a good night to be a pitcher in New York.

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Brett Gardner (11) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees took the first game of this year's Subway Series, 4-1, over the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

 

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Masahiro Tanaka (19) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Masahiro Tanaka (19) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka had an early exit in his start against the Mets on Friday due to "stiffness in both hamstrings," the team announced.

After reaching base in the top of the sixth inning, Tanaka tagged up on an Aaron Judge fly ball to right field. During the sprint to home plate, Tanaka can be seen pulling up a little bit as he scored.

He went into the tunnel after walking back into the dugout, and manager Aaron Boone made the call to end his night. Jonathan Holder took over for him in the sixth...

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21 Subway Series Facts 00:01:02
The Subway Series turns 21, so SNY delivers 21 Subway Series facts in 1 minute as the Mets and Yankees get ready to play at Citi Field.

The Yankees (40-18) open the Subway Series against the Mets (27-32) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall to end the top of the second inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall to end the top of the second inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more different. The second-place Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon DruryRonald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, they are 16-31, and have been mired in one of the worst offensive funks in the history of the franchise. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series:

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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New York Yankees RHP Sonny Gray (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Sonny Gray (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will start Sonny GrayMasahiro Tanaka and Domingo German for this weekend's series against the Baltimore Orioles following Thursday's rainout.

Gray, originally scheduled to start Thursday, will make his start as scheduled. Thursday's postponement would push CC Sabathia's next start to Monday, when the Yankees have a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Andrew Cashner will start for Baltimore on Friday, while Kevin Gausman will pitch Saturday and Alex Cobb on Sunday.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka signals two outs as he pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka signals two outs as he pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka struck out eight batters in six solid innings in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka (6-2) won his second straight start and extended his unbeaten streak to seven games after giving up one run and three hits as the Yankees won the series against Los Angeles.

In his four previous outings in May, Tanaka had gone 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA, allowing 14 runs, 20 hits and six walks in 21 1/3 innings, giving up at least three runs in each. 

"We needed an outing like that from him,'' manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:29
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and catcher Gary Sanchez break down pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's six strong innings against the Angels on Sunday.

The Yankees received a strong pitching performance by Masahiro Tanaka and used a three-run third inning to beat the Angels on Sunday afternoon, 3-1.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

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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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