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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

Tags: Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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Thanks to their power bats, the Yankees punched their ticket to the ALDS with a 7-2 over the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednedsay night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Judge started the game on a high note with a two-run jack to left field in the bottom of the first. The ball had a 116-mph exit velocity as it found its way to the bleachers. 

2) The Yankees had a power-packed sixth inning to pull away. Aaron Hicks doubled home Judge, and after a walk to Giancarlo StantonLuke Voit hit a two-run triple to right field to make it 5-0. Then, after a challenge, Voit was deemed safe on a Didi Gregorius sac fly to add another run. 

3) Luis Severino redeemed himself from last season's Wild Card Game with four scoreless innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven. He did find himself in a couple binds with walks and an error allowing some A's on base. But he got out of his jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth. Dellin Betances also saved his line with stellar pitching after inheriting two runners on with no outs in the fifth. 

Tags: Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird has been left off of the Yankees' American League Wild Card roster as the Bombers are set to face the A's on Wednesday night.

The first baseman only appeared in just seven of New York's 27 games in September, starting only three times. 

The 25-year-old hit just .199 this season with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 82 games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Oakland Athletics, Sonny Gray
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)

Luis Severino allowed six runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings and the Yankees were unable to recover from early trouble as they fell to the Athletics, 8-2, in Oakland on Wednesday night. >> Box score


What you need to know about Wednesday's game

1) Severino's 2 2/3 innings was the shortest outing of the season for the right-hander. 

2) Gary Sanchez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to put the Yankees on the board. The home run was Sanchez's first since June 20th against Seattle. 

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Sep 4, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mike Voit (45) exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports (D. Ross Cameron)
Sep 4, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mike Voit (45) exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports (D. Ross Cameron)

Luke Voit hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and J.A. Happ rebounded with six-plus innings of one-run ball as the Yankees evened the series with the A's with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night. >> Box score


What you need to know about Tuesday's game

1) Voit's home run was his third in as many games and his seventh in his last 13 contests. Five of Voit's seven homers have either tied the game or given the Yankees a lead.

2) Happ bounced back from a poor outing against the Tigers. The veteran left-hander worked into the seventh inning and allowed just one run on two hits. He came away without a decision and still has not taken a loss as a member of the Yankees.

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Luke Voit hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the eighth inning, Adeiny Hechavarria also went deep and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Brett Gardner singled twice and scored a pair of runs for New York. Aaron Hicks added two RBIs.

The Yankees didn't have a baserunner until the fifth inning and didn't get their first hit until the sixth. But they scored late off the normally reliable A's bullpen to even a series between the top two teams in the AL wild-card race.

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Yankees fall flat in Oakland 00:02:37
Larry Ridley, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' 6-3 loss to A's in what was likely a preview of the Wild Card Game.

CC Sabathia allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings as the Yankees dropped their second straight game with a 6-3 loss to the Oakland A's on Monday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score


1) Sabathia (7-6) only has one win since July 9 and struggled from the get-go, giving up three runs in the first inning. He allowed an RBI single to Khris Davis, issued a bases-loaded walk to Matt Olson and surrendered another run on a Miguel Andujar error.

2) The Yankees' 2-6 hitters combined to go 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while Gary Sanchez struck out with two runners on to end the eighth inning.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Oakland Athletics
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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Jeurys Familia was two years removed from his 51-save season, and last week the Mets traded him to the Oakland A's for two prospects and additional international bonus pool money.

Familia, who went down in franchise history as one of the best closers the Mets ever had, only had three outings in which he pitched longer than one inning this season, his first after missing most of 2017 with a blood clot in his shoulder. But in each of his two appearances with the A's, Familia has pitched two scoreless innings. 

Since his June 27 meltdown against the Pirates in which he allowed four runs and three hits without retiring a batter, Familia ended his Mets tenure with a string of seven consecutive scoreless innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino threw his sixth straight quality start as he led the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino (6-1) struck out seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in six innings, as he improved to 4-0 in his last six starts and the Yankees improved to 19-3 in their last 22 games.

"All-in-all, for not necessarily having his best stuff, to be able to hold them to one run, you love to see that out of your ace." manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "Proud of his effort on not necessarily his best day. That's why he's become a really special pitcher."

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino threw his sixth straight quality start as he led the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino (6-1) struck out seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in six innings, as he improved to 4-0 in his last six starts and the Yankees improved to 19-3 in their last 22 games.

"All-in-all, for not necessarily having his best stuff, to be able to hold them to one run, you love to see that out of your ace." manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "Proud of his effort on not necessarily his best day. That's why he's become a really special pitcher."

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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Stanton hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning and hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning as the Yankees won for the 10th time in their past 12 games and 19th time in their past 22.

Luis Severino struck out seven batters in six innings, giving up one run and five hits for his fourth win in his last six starts.

Since May 2, Stanton is 13-for-38 with five home runs and 11 RBIs, raising his batting line from .222/.303/.410 to .252/.339/.516.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Outfielder Dustin Fowler will get his at-bat at Yankee Stadium ... just as a member of the Oakland A's.

The highly-touted prospect, whom the Yankees dealt last summer as part of the Sonny Gray trade, was promoted to the majors for the second time in his career earlier this week and will make his next MLB start during this weekend's A's-Yankees series.

"It's just the perfect story," Fowler said, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. "The guy I got traded for, getting to face him. It'll be nice to be in New York and play in front of that crowd. It'll be exciting. I'm ready to get there."

Fowler's first stint in the majors didn't last one full inning.

Tags: Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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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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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Cessa gave up four runs in four innings as the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score 


Cessa (0-1) surrendered four runs in the third inning as the Yankees were swept in a series for the first time this season.

With the Yankees up 2-0, Cessa allowed a two-run double to Chad Pinder before Khris Davis hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the A's a 4-2 lead.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Oakland Athletics
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Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Oakland A's and free-agent reliever Santiago Casilla have agreed on a two-year, $11 million deal that contains $3 million in incentives, according to multiple reports.

This is a lot of money for a 36-year-old right-handed reliever. So, if reports are accurate and the Mets are pinching pennies, then it makes sense to pass on him. That said, Casilla is the type of experienced pitcher the Mets say they have been looking for, and given their window to win and the need for bullpen help, it's disappointing to see them hold back.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in December he would prefer to acquire a pitcher that can handle "high-leverage situations" and has experience closing games, even though the pitcher might not be considered a closer.

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May 29, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill (18) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports (Kenny Karst)
May 29, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill (18) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports (Kenny Karst)

The Yankees were amongst the teams scouting Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill last week, according to the San Francisco Courier.

Amongst the other teams with scouts who are taking a look at Hill are the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hill is currently posting a 2.31 ERA, a career-best for seasons where he has had five or more starts. In 70 innings pitched he has given up 18 runs, thrown 80 strikeouts and has a WHIP of 1.114. His opponent batting average of .206 would be the best amongst all Yankee starters.

What the Yankees would have to give up to acquire Hill is unclear, but the fact they are interested at all indicates a possibility of them being "buyers" rather than "sellers" at the trade deadline despite being under .500. Yankees management says they have not made a decision about their roster strategy moving forward and will evaluate later in the season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said RHP Michael Pineda made progress with his pitch selection on the mound in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

"I have a lot of belief in what Michael's capable of doing," manager Joe Girardi said, "so we just need him to get going."

Pineda (2-5) hadn't recorded a win since his first start of the season on April 6, but put together his first statistical quality start since May 6 by allowing three runs in six innings.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled his starting pitcher after six strong innings and a low pitch count to go to his bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman for the second straight game as the Yankees beat the Oakland A's, 4-1, Thursday at Oakland Coliseum.

A night after Girardi pulled Nathan Eovaldi after six innings and 85 pitches, he took Ivan Nova out of a 2-1 game despite just 62 pitches and retiring the last five batters in a row in favor of Betances, Miller and Chapman, who have combined for 104 pitches over the past two days.

"There's a reason we put them together down there and it's for games like today and yesterday," Girardi said. "We didn't put them together for games that are 6-1 or 7-1, but when you've got 3-1 and 2-1 and they're close games and you have guys that strike people out, it's much harder to score." 

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nathan Eovaldi, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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