Chris Carter hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth as the Yankees rallied for an 11-5 victory over the Pirates Saturday in Pittsburgh. >> Box score
The Yankees were trailing 3-0 in the sixth against Jameson Tallion when Starlin Castro tied it with a one-out, three-run homer that scored Jacoby Ellsbury (infield single) and Aaron Hicks (walk).
Tallion left after walking Aaron Judge. Pittsburgh reliever Juan Nicasio hit Greg Bird, and, after allowing a single to Austin Romine to load the bases, gave up a two-run double to Ronald Torreyes.
Tags: Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge both hit home runs to power the New York Yankees to their eighth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more
Holliday hit a three-run home run off White Sox starter Derek Holland (1-2) as part of a five-run third inning to break a scoreless tie.
Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in the third inning to make it 5-0 and a two-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-0.
In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...
Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.
At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
Joe Girardi has named Aaron Judge the Yankees' starting right fielder, while Pete Kozma has made the team as a backup infielder.
Judge hit an impressive .345 with three home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats this spring.
The 24-year old struggled in only 84 at-bats with New York last year, finishing the year with a .179 batting average to go along with four home runs and 10 RBIs.
With the loss of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Yankees are showing interest in the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias and the Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed as potential replacements, NJ.com's Brendan Kuty reports.
Gregorius injured his shoulder while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and could miss all of April.
While the Yankees spoke with the Reds and Tigers about Cozart and Iglesias respectively, they said they weren't prepared to trade for either, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.
The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 11-5. on Thursday afternoon >> Box score
- RHP prospect James Kaprielian made his first Spring Training appearance, walking one and striking out three in two scoreless innings.
- Luis Cessa got the start and allowed four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.
The Yankees lost to the Pirates, 13-1, on Monday afternoon.
- Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs on six hits while walking none and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings.
- LHP Jon Niese tossed one perfect inning.
- INF Starlin Castro went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.
- OF Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a strikeout...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Jon Niese, Starlin Castro
Yankees C Gary Sanchez threw out two would-be base-stealers during Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.
Sanchez, who threw out 41 percent of the runners trying to steal against him last year (13 of 32), has some of his teammates marveling at his prowess.
"I don't know why they run," Starlin Castro said, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "After the first guy, I didn't think they'd run anymore. It's unbelievable."
Castro added that Sanchez is the best throwing catcher he has ever played with, and compared him to Yadier Molina of the Cardinals...
Tags: Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro
The Yankees made infielder Starlin Castro available in trade talks this offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
"Meanwhile, the Yankees have been unable to deal Brett Gardner, Chase Headley or Starlin Castro, who they let some clubs know was available," wrote Sherman. "To date, that has kept them from pushing for a pricey reliever."
The 26-year-old was acquired by New York last offseason in the deal that sent RHP Adam Warren to the Cubs.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:
After Robinson Cano left the Yankees via free agency, the club went through two seasons of vacant offensive production without spectacular glove work from a slew of players at the keystone. The 2016 season brought stability and an offensive uptick with Starlin Castro, but it can be argued the soon to be 27-year-old infielder has yet to attain his ceiling. Can he reach it in 2017?
How Castro fared in 2016:
Top prospects are presumably under some pressure to play to their scouting reports, and when they are on stage in the Arizona Fall League, the performance becomes magnified. Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres isn't fazed and might be tacking onto his already lofty expectations."I don't try to put too much pressure on myself," Torres told MLB.com. "I just want to show everybody my abilities and go out there and have some fun."Torres, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is certainly demonstrating his talent thus far. Torres has dominated at the plate over the first two weeks of the AFL season. Torres owns a .412 batting average, .524 on-base percentage and an .882 slugging percentage in 21 plate appearances. Torres has ripped two doubles, two home runs and driven in four runs.Torres, a shortstop by trade, is getting some reps at second base for Scottsdale as the Yankees continue to demand versatility among their middle infielders. Torres, 19, is at least a couple of years away from the big leagues, but he has two other players in the system to compete with for a chance to succeed Didi Gregorius or Starlin Castro, both of whom are under team control through 2019.
The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.
In 2015, the Yankees received big comeback performances from veterans they were not expected to rely on; Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season due to a yearlong suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Teixeira suffered through another injury-plagued season in 2014, which diminished expectations for 2015. Both men had resurgent efforts, with Rodriguez hitting 33 home runs and Teixeira going yard 31 times.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Mark Teixeira, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro could miss the rest of the season with a strained hamstring and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is day-to-day with a bruised knee, according to NJ.com's Randy Miller.
Both Castro and Ellsbury left Saturday's game with injuries.
An MRI revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain to Castro after he "felt a pop" while running the bases after hitting a double in the fifth inning. Manager Joe Gitardi said Castro's return depends on how quickly he heals.
Tags: Jacoby Ellsbury, Starlin Castro
Yankees 2B Starlin Castro made an error in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Dodgers, opening the door for the eventual winning run to score.
The play, a liner to Castro's right off the bat of Corey Seager, was simply muffed. Seager later stole second base and scored on Justin Turner's double.
"I'm really disappointed in myself, because that's an easy play," Castro said after the game, according to Ken Davidoff in the NY Post, who said the play was nonchalant. "That's a play that I can make. Right now, I feel really frustrated."
Tags: Starlin Castro
Bryan Mitchell allowed six runs (two earned) and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings as the New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more
- Mitchell (1-1) allowed one run in the first inning, three in the second and two in the third.
- In the second inning, Aaron Judge dropped a Chase Utley line drive that allowed two runs to score, and Utley scored on Corey Seager's RBI single to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
- Catcher Gary Sanchez made a throwing error trying to throw out Howie Kendrick at second base that allowed Josh Reddick to score in the third inning.
- The Yankees' 5-9 hitters combined to go 2 for 17.
- Judge and Starlin Castro both hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who remained two games back of the second wild card spot in the American League after the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox.
- Jose De Leon (2-0) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for the Dodgers.
- Yasiel Puig homered off James Pazos in the eighth inning, and Justin Turner homered off Ben Heller in the ninth.
- Richard Bleier pitched four innings of scoreless relief.
Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Gary Sanchez, James Pazos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Richard Bleier, Starlin Castro
Bryan Mitchell tossed five shutout innings as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 2-0, on Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.
- Starlin Castro's solo homer in the third inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
- Later in the third inning, Brian McCann's RBI single made it 2-0, Yankees.
- Mitchell was strong in his first start of the season, limiting Toronto to four hits while walking two and striking out two during his five scoreless innings.
- Luis Severino tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Mitchell.
- Tyler Clippard struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.
The Yankees answered the call in a big way and it was done by a pitcher in his first MLB appearance of the season and another who has rediscovered his confidence as a reliever.
The Yankees erased a late 4-3 deficit and hung on in a wild top of the ninth inning as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Didi Gregorius' triple in the eighth inning tied things, 4-4, and Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
- Chae Headley's two-run homer later in the eighth increased New York's lead to 7-4.
- Dellin Betances allowed two runs in the ninth inning and was relieved by Blake Parker, who escaped a bases loaded jam to end the game.
- Kevin Pillar's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning had given the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
- Tyler Austin's two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 advantage
- The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jose Bautista's RBI single.
- Brian McCann's home run in the fourth inning tied things, 1-1.
- Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer in the top of the first gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
- Luis Cessa allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.
The Yankees are not going quietly, but they don't make it very easy, either. Up against the Blue Jays' ace, the Yanks got two big home runs to take the lead and then rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning with four huge runs. In a crazy game, the Yankees needed each of the insurance runs after a rough night from closer Dellin Betances.
Tags: Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro, Danny Abriano
In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.
It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard
Brian McCann hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 13th inning as the New York Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for their second straight extra-inning win. >> Read more
- Didi Gregorius led off the 13th inning with an infield single off Chris Young (3-9), advanced to third on Starlin Castro's double and scored when McCann hit a sac fly off Matt Strahm.
- The Yankees' bullpen threw seven scoreless, hitless innings of relief to shut down the Royals. A night after pitching two innings of relief, Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless 13th inning. Ben Heller (1-0) pitched the 12th inning to earn the win.
- With the win, the Yankees moved 2 1/2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.
- Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Gregorious delivered a sacrifice fly and Castro hit a two-run homer to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
- Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 4.
- Luis Cessa allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings.
- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
- In the second inning, Alcides Escobar's double drove in Paulo Orlando to make it 3-0.
- Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the third inning extended the Royals' advantage to 4-0.
- The Royals only got one hit, a Salvador Perez infield single in the sixth inning, after the third inning.
- Ian Kennedy allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Yankees reversed roles with the Royals on Wednesday, tying the score after falling behind 4-0. Unlike the Royals, the Yankees were able to take the lead (eventually) and then hold on for the victory.
Tags: Brian McCann, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Luis Cessa, Starlin Castro
After trailing 8-1 after the seventh inning, the New York Yankees brought the game-tying run to the plate in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to tie the game in an 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more
- Michael Pineda and Blake Parker combined to allow five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 3-1 game into a seven-run deficit.
- Didi Gregorius hit a two-run double, Starlin Castro a sac fly and Chase Headley an RBI single to draw the Yankees within 8-5 in the eighth inning to bring up pinch hitter Mark Teixeira as the tying run. Royals manager Ned Yost brought in Kelvin Herrera, who got Teixeira to ground out to end the inning.
- In the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez and Gregorius hit two-out singles to bring up the game-tying run in Castro, who struck out on three pitches.
- Pineda (6-11) allowed five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.
- Gregorius went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Tyler Austin went 2 for 3.
- Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Dillon Gee (6-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
- Pineda left after surrendering back-to-back singles to start the seventh inning. Tommy Layne retired the only batter he faced, then Parker came in and allowed a three-run home run to Alcides Escobar that made it 6-1. Cheslor Cuthbert and Eric Hosmer hit RBI singles that extended Kansas City's lead.
- Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
It is true the initial deficit was due to another terrible first inning by Pineda, but he settled down and the Yankees were still in this game as it entered the bottom of the seventh inning, down just two runs. Cue a late pull of Pineda, plus more of the same from the middle relievers, and the Yanks were down seven runs when the inning ended.
Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-0, on Wednesday in Seattle in the finale of their three-game series.
- Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his ninth home run of the season.
- In the second inning, Tyler Austin's RBI single increased the Yankees' lead to 2-0.
- Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning made it 3-0, and Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the seventh upped their advantage to 4-0.
- Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and closed out the scoring.
- Tanaka allowed six hits while walking one and striking out five during his seven shutout innings.
- Tyler Clippard (2/3 of an inning) and Dellin Betances (1 1/3 innings) combined to close things out.
Tags: Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Danny Abriano
CC Sabathia got roughed up by the Blue Jays as the Yankees fell, 7-4, to Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.
- J.A. Happ won his 11th consecutive decision to become the first 17-game winner in the majors
- Melvin Upton Jr. hit a three-run homer off Sabathia
- Darwin Barney had an early two-run double for the first-place Blue Jays, who hold a slim lead over Baltimore and Boston in the AL East. Russell Martin added three hits, including an RBI single off Sabathia (7-10)
- Happ (17-3) pitched into the eighth inning and extended the longest active winning streak in the big leagues. He struck out nine, walked one and yielded solo homers to Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley.
The Yankees are off Thursday, but return to action on Friday against the Angels in Anaheim at 10:05 p.m. ET.
Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and played third base in the ninth inning in his final game with the Yankees, as New York took the opener from the Rays, 6-3, from Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Read the full AP Recap on SNY.tv.
- Rodriguez doubled in his first at-bat of the game, driving in Brett Gardner with the team's first run of the day. He would finish his last game 1-for-4.
- Rodriguez, who started the game at DH, came into the game as the third baseman in the final inning. He exited after the first out was recorded and was replaced by Ronald Torreyes.
- CC Sabathia struck out seven and allowed three runs over six innings of work. He allowed a solo home run to Evan Longoria in the first inning.
- Tied at three in the sixth, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer to put the Yankees on top. He also had a two-RBI single in fourth. Castro now has 52 RBIs this year.
- Aaron Hicks drilled a solo home run in the seventh, his fifth of the season.
The Yankees won their third straight game, once again via comeback and this time doing it against a top-flight and hot pitcher in Chris Archer. However, the bigger story was Rodriguez.
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner commended Alex Rodriguez's leadership qualities on and off the field and opened up the possibility of enshrining him in Monument Park.
Speaking on "The Michael Kay Show" on Monday, Steinbrenner said he is looking forward to seeing Rodriguez in his role as special adviser.
"We have two of top five or six overall prospects, both shortstops [Gleyber Torres and Jorge Mateo] ... I can't think of a better guy than Alex to come in here and really spend time with them than Alex," Steinbrenner said, according to ESPN's Wallace Matthews.
Starlin Castro hit the first grand slam of his career and the Yankees' bats came alive as they beat the Indians, 13-7, on Friday night. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...
- Starter Michael Pineda pitched six innings and allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out six Indians.
- Brian McCann got the scoring started with an RBI ground out in the first inning. He followed up that with a run-scoring double in the third.
- The Yankees capped off a big third inning with Castro's grand slam off Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin, who was charged with seven runs.
- Gary Sanchez drove in his first major league RBI with a double in the fifth inning. He added another RBI with a bases-loaded walk an inning later.
- Aaron Hicks added a solo homer in the seventh inning, his fourth home run of the year. Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI single in the inning.
- Ellsbury finished the night 4-for-5, while Castro had two hits and three runs scored.
- Cleveland scored three in the eighth inning, but Adam Warren struck out Chris Gimenez with the tying run on deck.
- Reliever Nick Goody worked in and out of trouble in the ninth to close out the game.
The Yankees and Indians will play the second game of their series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. from Yankee Stadium. LHP CC Sabathia (6-8, 4.15 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees and will be opposed by RHP Corey Kluber (10-8, 3.27 ERA).
The Yankees hit Steven Matz hard as they beat the Mets, 9-5, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Mark Teixeira's three-run homer in the second inning gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead.
- After the Mets got within 6-4 in the seventh inning, Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning made it 7-4, Yankees. Later int he frame, a run-scoring infield single from Starlin Castro and a bases loaded walk extended their lead to 9-4.
- Rene Rivera's RBI single in the second inning tied things, 3-3.
- The Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the second inning on the strength of a two-run double from Chase Headley and an RBI double by Didi Gregorius.
- The Mets jumped on Chad Green in the first inning, with Curtis Granderson's leadoff home run and James Loney's RBI single giving them a 2-0 lead.
- Chad Green allowed three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
- Luis Severino relieved Green and allowed just one run on one hit while walking one and striking out five in 4 1/3 innings.
The Yankees showed some life in various ways tonight. After Green was shaky, Severino took over and was once again electric.
Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro hit a sac fly in the 10th inning off Seth Lugo to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dellin Betances escaped a 10th-inning jam to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read more...
- The Yankees loaded the bases off Lugo (0-1) with nobody out on a walk, a single and a bunt for a fielder's choice. Ben Gamel laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Lugo's throw to third base was a split second late. Two batters later, Castro hit a deep sac fly to right field to break a 5-5 tie.
- Betances struck out Curtis Granderson with runners on second and third to end the game to record his first save since Oct. 1, 2015. James Loney led off the 10th inning with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt. Betances hit Alejandro de Aza, who advanced to second on a groundout. Betances struck out Granderson on three pitches.
- Adam Warren (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win.
- Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning off Addison Reed. The Yankees had runners on the corners with two outs, but a wild pitch allowed pinch runner Ronald Torreyes to advance to second and score on Gregorius' single.
- Matt Reynolds hit a three-run home run off CC Sabathia in the sixth inning that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 Mets lead.
- Brett Gardner broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the fifth inning, then scored on Ellsbury's RBI single that gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
- Michael Conforto made it 3-2 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
- Sabathia allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
- Logan Verrett gave up three runs, four hits and three walks in five innings.
- Wilmer Flores homered in the second inning to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
- Ellsbury scored on a Verrett wild pitch that tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning.
A new era may have begun in the Yankees organization, but the 2016 squad still needs to compete. They did just that, battling back to tie the score in the eighth inning, and taking the lead in the 10th inning with the eventual winning run.
Tags: Adam Warren, Addison Reed, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Logan Verrett, Matt Reynolds, Michael Conforto, Ronald Torreyes, Seth Lugo, Starlin Castro, Wilmer Flores
So far this season, every roster decision the Yankees have made makes sense. In his two deals with the Cubs this year, Brian Cashman has turned Brendan Ryan and four low-level prospects into Starlin Castro, 20 saves from Aroldis Chapman, a Top-20 prospect in baseball and a Top-5 prospect in one of the most highly regarded farm systems in the MLB. The Aaron Hicks signing hasn't panned out, but made sense in theory. Sending down Luis Severino has helped mature him into hopefully being a force on the mound in pinstripes someday. For a season that on the field has been mostly underwhelming, the off-the-field decisions have given Yankees fans little reason to complain.
But with one week until the trade deadline, the Yankees front office looks to veer sharply from the course it is currently on. Amidst rumors of a split organization between the business people led by Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine who want the Yankees to be "buyers" and go for it this season, and the baseball operations faction led by Brian Cashman who insist on being "sellers", the direction of the franchise is unclear. But a recent quote to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggested the two sides might come to some sort of in-between compromise
"We're not playing in a narrow-minded world," said Cashman. "We want to be open to any and all ideas. Buy, sell, long, short. It's in our best interest to be creative and open-minded."
The Yankees trading Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford was a no-brainer baseball decision. And acquiring him during the offseason was also a solid move.
The notion of a three-headed lockdown relief crew at the back-end of games made sense in this new age where elite baseball relievers are coveted. Unfortunately, the rest of the Yankees roster was unable to do their part on a regular basis, rendering "No Runs DMC" to a little-used luxury.
The cost to get Chapman this offseason was low due to the domestic violence allegations following him along with the potential for a suspension (it turned out to be 30 games).
The Yankees topped the Giants 5-2 on Sunday afternoon to come away with the series win.
- Nathan Eovaldi allowed seven hits, but just two earned run, over 6 2/3 innings. Both runs came after Eovaldi had left the game. He walked two and struck out six.
- Chad Green allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh, but pitched a shutout eighth and ninth inning to earn the save. He allowed three hits and struck out one.
- Carlos Beltran got the Yankees started in the first inning with a solo home run.
- Mark Teixeira followed that up with a solo shot of his own in the second inning.
- Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorious each drove in runs in the Yankees' three-run sixth inning.
The Yankees get another strong performance from their starting pitching to finish 6-4 on the homestand. As I mentioned yesterday, the wins seem to have come as much from fortunate timing as the solid pitching. Neither the Orioles nor Giants were at full strength and the decent record in their last 10 games might not have fooled ownership, evidenced by reports that the Yankees are taking final bids on Aroldis Chapman.
Tags: Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorius, Mark Teixeira, Nathan Eovaldi, Starlin Castro, Christopher Carelli
The Yankees' bats went silent as they lost to the Orioles, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
- J.J. Hardy's two-run single in the first inning gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead.
- Starlin Castro's run-scoring single in the second inning drew the Yankees within 2-1.
- Jonathan Schoop's two-run double in the seventh inning off CC Sabathia -- who he was facing for the fourth time in the game -- extended Baltimore's lead to 4-1.
- Sabathia allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two in 6 2/3 innings.
- Chad Green pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and one strikeout, in his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A.
The Yankees had their chance to get to Tillman in the first and second innings, only coming up with one run. Sabathia kept the Yanks close until the seventh, but the offense was stalled by Tillman, who leads MLB with 14 wins.
Tags: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro has been one of the Yankees most productive hitters in the month of July, coming off two consecutive months that saw his batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS dip from the start of the season and below his career average.
Castro attributes his recent uptick in offensive production to a tip given to him by veteran teammate Carlos Beltran.
"The last couple of days, I've just been working on something with Carlos and putting it in the game," Castro said. "He told me that he saw something in my hands and I have to be more loose."
Tags: Carlos Beltran, Starlin Castro
Nathan Eovaldi allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings in his return to the starting rotation as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Starlin Castro's two-run homer in the second inning gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
- Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth extended New York's advantage to 3-0.
- The Orioles drew within 3-1 in the sixth on the strength of Joey Rickard's RBI double.
- Castro's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth increased the Yankees' lead to 5-1.
- Chase Headley's two-run homer in the eighth inning made it 7-1, Yankees.
- Anthony Swarzak tossed 2 2/3 perfect innings in relief of Eovaldi.
The thorn in the Yankees' side besides their lackluster offense has been the performance of their middle relievers. For at least one night, Anthony Swarzak and Nick Goody let us all forget about that.
The New York Yankees have been the model of inconsistency in 2016, putting them in limbo with regard to how they will handle the trade deadline and adversely affecting their chances of reaching the postseason.
I have described this Yankees team as resembling Jekyll & Hyde and a yo-yo. The second half of the season can change that, but it will require a convincing turnaround within the first few weeks of returning to the diamond. If not, an overhaul of the roster would be in order.
It is hard to say what is more important for the Yankees as the second half begins -- strong starting pitching, improved offense, revamped middle relief or concentrating on the future. In my view, it has to be a combination of the four factors. That's not a cop out or a way to avoid selecting just one, but rather the stark reality.
Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro hit .305 in the month of April with 12 RBIs. In the two-and-a-half months since then, he has hit .240 with 19 RBIs.
Castro is hitting .256 this year, while sporting a career average of .279. His career-low batting average was in 2013 when he hit .245.
He has hit .283 or above four of his previous six seasons, hitting .300 or above twice.
Castro was traded from the Chicago Cubs, where he played the entirety of his career, to the Yankees for middle reliever Adam Warren in the offseason.
Tags: Starlin Castro
The New York Yankees find themselves in an unfamiliar situation, potentially acting as sellers at the upcoming trade deadline. Many feel that anyone and everyone should be placed on the trading block, meaning no one would be "untouchable" on the current Yankees active roster.
The Yankees could certainly choose to trade off pieces in July in an effort to broaden the depth of their minor league system. However, there are a handful of players that should not be actively shopped, in my opinion. That does not mean the players are untouchable - each player can be had for the right price - but these players are not easily replaceable.
The New York Yankees have registered a 14-9 record this month after Wednesday night's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The club has received some fine performances from a majority of the roster during the stretch, yet a handful of Yankees have not contributed much to the team's upswing. The Yankees will need these players to produce as anticipated in the coming weeks if they expect to continue to climb the standings.
Get younger. Become more athletic. Avoid expensive free agents.
That's been the New York Yankees methodology for constructing their roster over the last two offseasons. The club hammered the point home Tuesday night when they acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs to be their second baseman for the immediate future.
The Yankees entered the Winter Meetings feeling that there were areas that could be upgraded; second base and starting pitching at the top of the list. But, general manager Brian Cashman and other Yankees' executives continued to claim the team would be fine using a combination of Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder as a platoon of sorts at the keystone. Cashman also stressed that if the right deal came before them, and checked the boxes above, the club would not hesitate to make an upgrade.