Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit two home runs on Sunday while Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 on Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score
Judge became the second rookie in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season by hitting his first home run as part of New York's six-run fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 9-1 lead. He hit his 41st home run of the season two innings later.
Sanchez homered in the first and eighth innings, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored. Since returning from his three-game suspension, he is 6-for-12 with four RBIs.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Starlin Castro
Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has one thing on his mind when he steps to the plate - grip it and rip it. Castro isn't looking to draw walks, rather he's there to lace base hits, which he can accumulate in batches.
Castro's return to the Yankees after a second stint on the disabled list has been enough to provide a certain boost to the club's offense, which was scuffling without him in the lineup. Castro is hitting .372 with five doubles, a home run and nine RBIs in 45 plate appearances in 11 games since his return.
Castro's current slash line - .313/.352/.479 - would all be career-high marks. Castro has 18 doubles, 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 115 OPS+ in 383 plate appearances. Castro entered the 2017 season sitting at No. 9 in base hits among all players since 2010. Even with Castro missing 58 games this season, mostly due to a right hamstring injury, he has managed to slide just one spot to No. 10.
Tags: Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Didi Gregorius also homered and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score
Castro recorded three hits for the second straight game, including a go-ahead two-run home run off Dylan Bundy in the top of the fifth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead. He added an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning off Miguel Castro that made it 7-3.
The Yankees trailed 3-0 after Jordan Montgomery allowed home runs to Tim Beckham and Chris Davis, but tied the game in the fourth inning when Gregorius hit a two-run home run and Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single.
Aaron Judge reached base five times on an infield single and four walks, while Todd Frazier hit a double and walked twice.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
Luis Severino shut down the Red Sox for six innings while Aaron Judge's two-run home run capped a six-run sixth inning as the New York Yankees won the final game of a four-game series against Boston 9-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
After he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in a start against the Red Sox on Aug. 12, Severino (12-6) struck out nine batters and allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings, as the Yankees pulled within 3 1/2 games of the AL East lead.
The Yankees hit three solo home runs off Chris Sale, but erupted for six runs -- all with two outs -- in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday, Boston Red Sox, Starlin Castro
The Yankees were baseball's early surprise this season, jumping out to a four-game lead in the A.L. East after 61 games. Visions of grandeur filled the heads of Yankees fans, the club's front office, and ownership. Unfortunately for the Yankees, the team many expected to see at the outset of the season arrived and has taken a firm grip over its makeup.
The notion that the Yankees could win the division has seemingly gone by the wayside and now they are losing grip on a playoff spot. Since June 13 (when the Yankees entered the day 38-23), they have gone 32-39 and now own a slim one-game lead for the top wild card spot and are just two games ahead in the second wild card position.
Here is a sampling of statistics that demonstrate why the Yankees have spiraled for an extended period...
Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
Luis Severino allowed three home runs, including a tiebreaking home run to Carlos Santana in the seventh inning, as the New York Yankees lost the first game of a three-game series to the Cleveland Indians, 6-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Severino (11-6) surrendered two home runs to Jose Ramirez and had not given up another hit to any other Indians player until Santana crushed a 1-1 pitch off the second deck in right field to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead with one out in the seventh inning.
Later in the inning, Bradley Zimmer singled off Severino, stole second base off Adam Warren, advanced to third on Gary Sanchez's throwing error and scored on Warren's wild pitch to make it 4-2.
New York's offense, meanwhile, struggled against Corey Kluber, who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in eight innings.
The Yankees have activated 2B Starlin Castro off the DL, and optioned INF/OF Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Castro had been serving his second stint on the DL this season due to a hamstring injury.
Manager Joe Girardi said earlier this week that the team was happy with the way Castro was progressing in Triple-A. He had been running the bases without any pain, and he was running his hardest.
Castro went 4-for-15 with an RBI and two runs scored in four games with the RailRiders.
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Yankees 1B Greg Bird and 2B Starlin Castro are not ready to be called up as they need more playing time in Triple-A.
According to manager Joe Girardi, Bird has been "swinging great," but the Yankees need to ensure he can play in back-to-back games.
"Part of it, though, is we've got to make sure he's ready to go back-to-back every day in the field and play three or four days in a row," Girardi told The Post's Dan Martin.
Tags: Greg Bird, Starlin Castro
Matt Holliday and Starlin Castro will begin rehab assignments on Friday, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Holliday will play for Single-A Tampa, while Castro will play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Prior to Monday's game against the Mets, Holliday took batting practice while Castro fielded grounders.
Tags: Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro
The Yankees have endured several stretches in 2017 without key players due to injury. They have played without Greg Bird (87 games missed through Tuesday), Starlin Castro (29 games missed; two separate stints on the disabled list) and Aaron Hicks (38 games missed) for significantly long periods.
Each of the players are working on getting back to the club, but which one will have the biggest impact as the Yankees push for a postseason berth?
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
Yankees 2B Starlin Castro and 1B Greg Bird continued their rehab with the team at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday.
According to Newsday's Erik Boland, both players participated in batting practice and light running hours before gametime.
Castro is expected to begin running the bases when the Yankees return home to face the Red Sox. He was placed on the disabled list for the second time in July due to a hamstring injury. He last played on July 21.
Tags: Greg Bird, Starlin Castro
Yankees 2B Starlin Castro will field grounders and may hit on the field in the Yankees' upcoming series in Toronto, according to Meredith Marakovits of YES Network.
Castro is expected to start running on the bases once the Yankees return home to face the Boston Red Sox.
Castro was placed on the disabled list in July for the second time in a month due to a hamstring injury. He missed 13 games from June 27 to July 14, returned from the DL and then aggravated the injury a week later. He last played July 21.
Tags: Starlin Castro
Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro is returning to the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, reports George King of the New York Post.
Tyler Wade has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
Castro is returning to the disabled list just one week after being activated from a previous stint. He first landed on the disabled list in late June with a hamstring strain.
In 79 games for the Yankees this season, Castro is hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs. Wade made his big-league debut this season and has three hits in 28 at-bats.
Tags: Starlin Castro
Yankees 2B Starlin Castro has been reinstated from the disabled list for Saturday evening's game against the Red Sox.
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:
The Yankees return from the All-Star break with seemingly as many questions as they had when the season began. The backbone to current queries leads back to the same theme: Will the Yankees sacrifice their recent roster construction methodology in an effort to make a run at the postseason? Each facet could use reinforcements, but which ones the club will seek to fill are undetermined.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
Starlin Castro (strained right hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout in a rehab start with Double-A Trenton on Thursday.
Castro was replaced in the seventh inning by a pinch-hitter. He batted second and play second base.
The plan is for Castro to play two rehab games for Trenton before joining the Yankees in Boston on Saturday, reports Don Amore of the Hartford Courant.
Tags: Starlin Castro
None of the four players representing the Yankees made much of an impact in the American League's 2-1 win over the National League in the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night in Miami.
Aaron Judge had three at-bats but went hitless with a strikeout and Gary Sanchez went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
Dellin Betances pitched an inning, allowing one hit and two walks but no runs. Luis Severino did not make it into the game.
Starlin Castro also earned a trip to the All-Star game for the Yankees, but missed it because he has been on the disabled list since June 27 with a hamstring injury.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will start the All-Star Game on July 11 at Marlins Park after he was the leading vote-getter in the American League.
A 25-year-old rookie, Judge leads the American League in batting average (.327), home runs (27) and RBIs (62). He received 4.5 million votes, more than Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer, the other two American League outfield starters.
"I'm looking forward to it ... go out there and enjoy the moment," Judge, who has still not decided if he will compete in the Home Run Derby, said on ESPN during the All-Star Selection Show.
Catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Starlin Castro were selected as reserve players, while starting pitcher Luis Severino and reliever Dellin Betances are on the American League's pitching staff.
Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in seven strong innings while Tyler Austin hit his first home run of the season as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score
Montgomery (6-4) allowed one run and five hits in what matched the longest outing of his career. After allowing back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third inning, he settled down to retire the next nine batters consecutively.
New York scored three runs in the fourth inning on an Austin sac fly, Chase Headley RBI single and Ronald Torreyes sac fly that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Chicago White Sox, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin
The New York Yankees are promoting minor-league infielder Tyler Wade to the majors and Jorge Mateo to Double-A Trenton, according to MLB.com's Matt Kardos.
Wade, 22, is hitting .313 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 70 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He would likely take the place of second baseman Starlin Castro, who left Monday's game with a strained hamstring and may go on the disabled list.
Mateo is hitting .240 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 31 chances in 69 games with High-A Tampa. The 22-year-old shortstop is ranked MLB.com's No. 47 prospect and Keith Law's No. 55 prospect.
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro said he expects to play Monday against the Chicago White Sox after missing Sunday's game with a wrist injury, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.
Manager Joe Girardi said Castro has been dealing with a wrist injury for six weeks and got a cortisone shot in his wrist on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
Castro, 27, is hitting .315 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 72 games this season.
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Starlin Castro had a home run and four RBIs, Aaron Judge hit two home runs in two innings and the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 14-3 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles, Starlin Castro
Yankees' Aaron Judge has taken over the lead for the most American League All-Star votes.
Judge's 1,251,543 votes is the highest voting for any American League player. The next best is another outfielder in Mike Trout who has 1,155,356 votes.
Judge is hitting .324/.429./.681 in 52 games and leads the Majors with 18 homers. His 41 RBIs are good for fourth in the American League.
Tags: Matt Holliday, Aaron Judge, Starlin Castro
A day after scoring nine runs, the New York Yankees managed just two in a 3-2 loss to Dylan Bundy and the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Camden Yards. >> Box score
The Yankees managed seven hits off Bundy (6-3), including Aaron Judge's 17th home run of the season, but hit into three double plays in the game.
Matt Holliday grounded into double plays in the first and sixth innings, while Gary Sanchez flied into a double play in the third when Brett Gardner tried to tag up from second base on a fly ball to left field.
The Yankees have plenty of young talent on their roster, but because Starlin Castro is in his eighth season in the big leagues, it's easy to forget he's just 27 years old. Castro is in his baseball prime and based on his performance so far this season, he might be poised to tap into the potential some expected years ago.
At age-21 in 2011, Castro led the National League in hits (207) in just his second season and expectations heightened for the then-shortstop. Castro never reached the presumed zenith in Chicago and after a couple of rough seasons, he was traded to New York.
Tags: Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
Chase Headley hit a bases-clearing, two-out triple in the seventh inning to key a six-run rally as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros, 11-6, Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
After Matt Holliday had an RBI infield single and Starlin Castro a game-tying double, Headley lined a Chris Devenski changeup into the right-center field gap to give New York a 9-6 lead.
The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Castro and Aaron Judge, but squandered it when Adam Warren (1-0) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a Joey Gattis single, Castro error and Yulieski Gurriel sac fly.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday compared this year's team to the 2007 Colorado Rockies that won the National League pennant.
"We have a good mix of veteran and young guys which I think we had in '07," Holliday told Jim Rome on Monday, "and the young guys provide a lot of energy and excitement and the older guys provide some veteran leadership."
While the Yankees have scored the second most runs (167) and allowed the third fewest runs (115) among all 30 teams, Holliday sees comparisons between the makeups of each roster.
Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score
Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.
Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.
Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
The Yankees scored five runs off Cubs starter Brett Anderson in the first inning and staved off a late rally by the Cubs to hold on for an 11-6 win in the second game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. >> Click here for the full box score.
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
The New York Yankees hoped to be competitive and not fall behind in the season's opening month as they did in 2016. A rough start on the road was erased by an eight-game winning streak and the Yanks won five of their last six series, propelling them into a surprising position in the standings.
Where the Yankees stand
Record: 15-8, T-1st AL East, Home: 10-2, Road: 5-6
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
Bryan Mitchell allowed three runs in the top of the 11th inning after the Yankees didn't score with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as New York lost the rubber game of a three-game series to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Starlin Castro grounded into a fielder's choice and Aaron Judge struck out to end the frame.
Mitchell (1-1) surrendered a go-ahead two-out single to Mark Trumbo that gave Baltimore a 5-4 lead, then Welington Castillo drove in two runs with a single to right. Logan Verrett (1-0) pitched a scoreless 11th inning for the Orioles.
The Yankees trailed 4-2 in the ninth inning before Didi Gregorius hit a game-tying two-run single off Donnie Hart. New York had runners on second and third with two outs, but Hart struck out Chris Carter to end the frame. The Yankees went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
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.