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Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the non-waiver trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. on Monday, the Yankees have officially closed the door on potential trade to bolster the roster for a postseason push. They made a few new acquisitions, and manager Aaron Boone seems pleased with them. 

Before the Yankees' game against the Orioles on Monday, Boone noted that GM Brian Cashman gave his roster "significant pieces" that he can use down the road. 

The important pieces were mainly more arms to work with on the mound. One of them is the lefty starter the Yankees desired in J.A. Happ, who looked great in his first performance with the Yankees over the weekend. Another was lefty reliever Zach Britton, and he is expected to be another shutdown arm out of the Yankees' already-loaded bullpen. 

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lance Lynn (Jordan Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lance Lynn (Jordan Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

Days after trading for J.A. Happ to bolster their rotation, the Yankees added another starting pitcher by acquiring Lance Lynn from the Twins, the team announcded.

New York, which also traded Adam Warren to the Mariners, dealt first baseman Tyler Austin and minor league pitcher Luis Rijo to Minnesota. The Yankees will also receive some money from the Twins.

The 31-year-old Lynn is 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA in 20 starts this season, but has found success against other American League contenders. In four starts against the Red Sox, Astros and Indians this season, he is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA, giving up four runs (three earned) and 14 hits in 22 innings.

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Bryce Harper (34) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Maybe Nationals OF Bryce Harper has a place on the Yankees after all. 

The Yankees' outfield is obviously stacked, and adding the All-Star Harper to the mix doesn't make sense. But the 25-year-old, who is expected to be a free agent after this season, may have a solution to that. 

Harper was seen taking ground balls at first base prior to the Nationals' matchup against the Red Sox. It was upon Harper's request to manager Dave Martinez to take practice in the infield, a place in the field he hasn't seen over his 850 career games...

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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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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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The comparisons are beginning to percolate between the 2018 New York Yankees squad, and the 1998 team that graced us with one of the best seasons ever turned in by a baseball team in MLB history.

The obvious similarity is the record each possessed after 34 games -- the 1998 team was 26-8, while the Yankees of today sit at 24-10. The '98 club got off to a rocky start (1-4), but turned the corner rather quickly and fiercely, winning 25 of their next 29 games. The current Yanks are on a 15-1 run after failing to find anything, but a middle ground for the team's first 18 games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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The Baseball Night in New York panel joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Yankees' upcoming series against the Red Sox.

No, there won't be a ring girl holding a Round Two sign, or a bell ringing to start this heated bout.

But there will be a title belt for the winner of this three-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox that begins at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. 

Obviously, the last time these two saw each other, sparks flew in Fenway when Tyler Austin charged Joe Kelly after getting intentionally hit by a pitch in retailiation for an errant slide on Sox SS Brock Holt. This time around, though, more is at stake as the Red Sox healthy AL East lead when these two teams first faced each other has diminished to one game...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Yankees 1B Tyler Austin's suspension has been reduced from five games to four, the team announced on Wednesday. He will begin to serve it on Friday.

Austin was suspended for his participation in the brawl that occurred between the Yankees and Red Sox. He rushed the mound after RHP Joe Kelly nailed him in the back as retaliation for a questionable slide on SS Brock Holt beforehand. 

The 26-year-old Austin has been hitting well for the Bronx Bombers in his last seven games with a .321/.367/.786 slash line, three homers, and 10 RBI. He owns a .305 average with five homers and 16 RBI overall this season. 

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

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


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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Minnesota Twins, Tyler Austin
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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

Tyler Austin has been suspended five games for his role in the Yankees-Red Sox brawl on Wednesday night, Major League Baseball has announced. Austin has appealed. 

Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly has been suspended six games and is appealing as well. 

Austin drew Boston's ire when Brock Holt took exception to Austin's slide attempting to break up a double play. A few innings later, Kelly plunked Austin with a fastball. The hitter slammed his bat on the ground and begun angrily walking towards the mound. The benches cleared as punches were thrown. 

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After two benches-clearing incidents with one resulting in a brawl, one would think the latest feud in the Yankees-Red Sox rivlary is over. 

Boston doesn't think so.

"You know that's coming," Red Sox C Christian Vazquez told The Post's Dan Martin after Wednesday's game.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn't keen on the Red Sox retaliation on Tyler Austin that caused the seventh-inning brawl Wednesday night. 

The whole incident was caused in the third inning when Austin slid into Sox shortstop Brock Holt, who caught a cleat in his calf. As the two exchanged words, both benches cleared without getting physical. 

That would change, though, when Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly beamed Austin, causing the Yankees' designated hitter to charge the mound. Both benches filed out of the dugout again to break up the altercation. 

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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

Add another Yankees-Red Sox brawl to their heated rivalry.

After Tyler Austin's slide to break up a double play in the third clipped Brock Holt, benches cleared as the two shared words. However, there was nothing physical about the altercation. 

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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

The Yankees' power this season will usually stay focused on the "modern-day Murderer's Row" in Giancarlo Stanton, Asron Judge, and Gary Sanchez

But Saturday's game against the Blue Jays saw Tyler Austin mashing balls in a Yankees uniform. 

The young first baseman, who is filling in for the injured Greg Bird, was seen trotting around the bases twice after two homers on the night. Though the Yankees didn't get the win, Austin's power didn't go unnoticed. 

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Mar 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays Outfield Steve Pearce (28) slides into home plate after Justin Smoak's double in the third inning during the regular season MLB game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports (Gerry Angus)
Mar 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays Outfield Steve Pearce (28) slides into home plate after Justin Smoak's double in the third inning during the regular season MLB game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports (Gerry Angus)

Tyler Austin hit two home runs -- including the game-tying homer in the seventh -- but Dellin Betances allowed the deicisive runs in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays went on to beat Yankees on Saturday, 5-3. << Box score

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball spring exhibition game. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball spring exhibition game. (AP)

NEW YORK -- AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge will earn $622,300 in the major leagues as part of his one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Judge, who led the AL with 52 home runs, is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season. He agreed to a split contract in which his salary would drop to $272,250 in the unlikely event he is sent back to the minors.

New York uses a scale based on service time for its players not eligible for arbitration.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Though overshadowed by the behemoth trio of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary SanchezGreg Bird is an important player in the Yankees' lineup. And both he and GM Brian Cashman are hoping he can stay on the field more this season. 

Bird's early career has already been ravaged by injuries, as shoulder surgery saw him miss the entire 2016 season, and he played just 48 big league games last year because of an ankle injury. 

Bird comes into Spring Training healthy, and despite his issues the past two seasons, Cashman believes he can keep it that way. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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As the Yankees have fully embraced the youth movement, it should be no shock that the club will rely on rookies in its effort to return to the postseason. We'll cover five rookies -- including a couple of sleepers -- that may make significant impacts for the Yankees this season.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Chance Adams, Chase Headley, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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After a disappointing season at the plate in 2016, the Yankees earned back the nickname Bronx Bombers in 2017. Maybe that should be Baby Bombers.

Here are some Yankees offensive stats with AL and MLB ranks...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird stretches during batting practice prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird stretches during batting practice prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (back spasms) felt better on Tuesday and expects to return to the lineup on Wednesday, reports Erik Boland of Newsday.

Bird is currently day-to-day, manager Joe Girardi told reporters after Monday's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field.

Bird was a late scratch from Monday's lineup with back soreness and was replaced by Tyler Austin.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees have recalled Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Tuesday.

Austin, who hit two home runs in Triple-A on Monday, missed time earlier this season due to a strained right hamstring.

He is hitting .233/.286/.467 with two HR in 10 games (35 plate appearances) this season for the Yankees.

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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).

Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.

Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)

Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird is back with the Yankees, and will hit sixth during Saturday's contest against the Mariners. 

As it was announced after Friday's game 1B Tyler Austin was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Bird was heading to New York to make his return.

Bird has been on the DL since May 21 as he continued to battle an ankle bruise. 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez receives congratulations from center fielder Aaron Hicks after he hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez receives congratulations from center fielder Aaron Hicks after he hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks combined for three home runs and seven RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka recorded a quality start in his first outing since coming off the disabled list and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 13-4 on Tuesday at Comerica Park. >> Box score


Sanchez went 3-for-6 with two home runs, a 493-foot blast off Matthew Boyd in the first inning that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead and a two-run shot in the ninth inning off Jeff Ferrell that made it 13-3. Hicks hit his 13th home run of the season in the seventh inning to make it 11-1.

Tanaka (9-10) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as he returned from shoulder inflammation. He retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced in the game as he earned his second win since the All-Star break.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Detroit Tigers, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Austin
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The Yankees have promoted Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed 1B Garrett Cooper on the DL due to a hamstring injury, the team announced Thursday.

Austin had been optioned on Friday. By recalling him prior to 10 days passing, the Yankees -- by rule --had to add Austin to the roster in place of a player who is heading to the disabled list.

The 25-year-old Austin is 2-for-13 in four MLB games this season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9 due to right knee inflammation and recalled LHP Jordan Montgomery from the minors to take his spot in the rotation.

New York also activated first baseman Tyler Austin from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sabathia left Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after the third inning when he said he injured his knee and couldn't continue to pitch. An MRI revealed earlier this week that Sabathia did not suffer any new damage to his right knee, on which he had surgery last October.

Montgomery, a 24-year-old rookie who was optioned to the minors to make room for Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, will start Sunday night against the Red Sox in place of Sabathia, who is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts this year.

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New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks and first baseman Tyler Austin will begin minor league rehab assignments on Monday.

Hicks, who was hitting .290 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 60 games, went on the disabled list on June 26 with a right oblique strain.

"I feel good," Hicks said, according to MLB.com's Matthew Martell. "It's a waiting game. It's a lot of strengthening those muscles with a lot of core work. It's pretty much just patience."

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team is looking for an external upgrade at first base. 

"Tis the season for upgrade efforts," Cashman texted Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Thursday awhen asked if he was looking to trade for a first base upgrade.

The Yankees cut Chris Carter again earlier this week and replaced him with 26-year-old Ji-Man Choi, who homered in his debut on Wednesday afternoon.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

First baseman Tyler Austin is dealing with a tight hamstring and the team has not ruled out a trip to the disabled list, manager Joe Girardi told reporters Wednesday

Austin served as the designated hitter in Tuesday night's game but is out of the lineup on Wednesday against the White Sox. 

The 25-year-old, who was recalled last week when Chris Carter was designated for assignment, has two hits in 13 at-bats with the Yankees this season. 

 

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New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

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
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees announced they reinstated INF/OF Tyler Austin from the 60-day DL, and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Austin, who suffered a broken left foot back in February, missed all of spring training and was opted to the DL before the start of the season. He was optioned for a rehab assignment in High-A Tampa on May 19. 

In 31 games with the Yankees last season, Austin hit .241 with five home runs and 12 RBI. 

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The Yankees entered the 2017 campaign believing they would have much better performance from their first basemen after a dormant 2016 season. Instead, Yankees first basemen rank dead last in MLB in each component of the triple slash line (.176/.288/.301) and OPS+ (45, with 100 considered average).

The drain at the position in 2016 was disappointing, but the club was optimistic for 2017 with Tyler Austin set to build on last season's cameo, Greg Bird back and healthy, and 2016 National League home run co-leader Chris Carter signed for added power.

Austin was hurt before a competition at first base could begin, allowing Bird to win the job with a fantastic spring training, while Carter was relegated to the bench...

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Baby Bombers headed home for their Yankee Stadium opener with pediatric pains.

After rallying to beat Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday, the Yankees finished 2-4 on their season-opening road trip. Michael Pineda (0-1) starts Monday for New York against Alex Cobb (1-0) and the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.

"It's going to be packed," right fielder Aaron Judge said. "Fans are going to be excited."

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Yankees 1B/OF Tyler Austin, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left foot, will soon enter the next phase of his rehab, which will entail having the foot in a walking boot.

He expects to return to playing in games at some point in May, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Austin was diagnosed with the fracture on Feb. 17 and was expected to be out for at least six weeks. He suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Greg Bird will enter the season as the Yankees' starting first baseman, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Wednesday.

Bird has been absolutely crushing the ball during spring training, batting .439 with six HRs, 11 RBIs, and six doubles in only 41 ABs.

 "I don't see anything changing that," Joe Girardi told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post when asked if Bird would be the starting first baseman. "He's been really good, maybe better than what I expected, knowing that he sat out a year and you worry about guy's timing. It hasn't seemed to affect him.''

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Whatever we call it, the Yankees are operating the organization differently than they have in recent memory. What remains to be seen is whether the Yankees will stay the course regardless of whether they are winning or losing. I suggest it is imperative they do.

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

The Yankees felt comfortable entering 2016 as a few veterans experienced comeback efforts in 2015. However, a slow start and poor production through the middle of the season for some of those same players, pushed the Yankees into a direction unseen in decades...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Mazzeo on Yankees, Austin injury 00:03:26
Mike Mazzeo reports on the Yankees, including Tyler Austin's broken foot from spring training in Tampa.

Yankees 1B/OF Tyler Austin has a small fracture in his left foot and will likely be out for at least six weeks, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday.

Austin, whose foot willl be in a boot for three weeks, suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice a few days ago.

The 25-year-old Austin hit .241 with a .300 OBP and .458 SLG with five HR and 12 RBI in 31 games for the Yankees in 2016, during what was his rookie season.

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Yankees have designated LHP Richard Bleier for assignment to make room on the roster for 1B/DH/OF Chris Carter, whose deal was announced Thursday.

Carter agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million last week, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported.

The deal includes incentives based on plate appearances.

The 30-year-old Carter made $2.5 million last season for the Brewers after making $4.175 million with the Astros in 2015...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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Ji-Man Choi (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)
Ji-Man Choi (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees signed first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Choi, 25, gives the Yankees depth at first base, as they are likely to enter the 2017 season with either Greg Bird or Tyler Austin as the starter.

Choi hit .170 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 54 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. With Triple-A Salt Lake, he had a .346/.434/.527 batting line with five home runs, 31 RBIs and 17 doubles in 53 games.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees knew at the outset of the 2016 season that they would be without Mark Teixeira in 2017, but they might not have believed they would conduct a spring training competition to determine his successor. Here's a look at the candidates...

How they fared in 2016:

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he expects Aaron Judge to be the team's starting right fielder to open the 2017 season.

"He's got some work to do; he knows that," Steinbrenner told YES Network, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "We're going to figure out exactly what we think is wrong. My expectations are he's going to be my starting right fielder this year. That's a big deal and a big opportunity. I know he's going to make the most of it."

Judge, a top outfield prospect, made his MLB debut last season in early August, but struggled to a .179/.263/.345 batting line with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 42 strikeouts in 27 games. He will still retain rookie status because he only had 95 plate appearances.

With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge hit .270 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Prior to 2016, Judge was ranked Baseball Prospectus' No. 18 prospect, MLB.com's No. 31 prospect and Baseball America's No. 76 prospect.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Austin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Greg Bird of the New York Yankees in the dugout against the Surprise Saguaros during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird soared once called up to the big leagues in 2015, seemingly easing the then impending loss of veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira considering his contract would expire in 2016. Instead, Bird missed the entire 2016 season after surgery on his right shoulder, calling into question his potential imprint on the Yankees 2017 roster.I felt that Bird was going to be an important piece to the 2016 season. Despite Teixeira's and Alex Rodriguez's comeback seasons in 2015, each had questions marks coming into 2016. Teixeira's season-ending injury in 2015 was just another in a growing line of maladies, and believing a 40-year-old Rodriguez could duplicate his 2015 season was risky.Bird, a top prospect for the club (he was ranked No. 4 by MLB Pipeline among Yankees' prospects prior to the call-up), made fans forget about Teixeira quickly. The left-handed hitter roped nine doubles, smacked 11 home runs and drove in 31 runs in route to a .871 OPS (135 OPS+). Bird also played sound defense at first base, while blending in well with his teammates. The Yankees were in the middle stages of a transition to younger players, making Bird's success something to be excited about with some of his former teammates making noise in the minor leagues.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Mark Teixeira, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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