(Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Gleyer Torres' solo homer was the decisive run as the Yankees took the first game of a three-game series with the Angels, 2-1, on Friday night.  >> Box score


The game was pitted at 1-1 as starters Luis Severino and Andrew Heaney kept both lineups at bay throughout the night.

However, Torres, who hit an RBI single in bottom of the second, took Jim Johnson deep to right center to break the tie. With the homer, Torres became the youngest player in MLB history to hit four home runs in four straight games. 

Severino had another great outing as his only blemish was Mike Trout's solo homer to right field. He only allowed three more hits while striking out five and walking four over six innings. 

The Yankees' bullpen was even better as it tossed three shutout innings. Aroldis Chapman collected the four-out save for his 10th on the season.

With the win, the Yankees are now 14-2 in their last 16 games at home. 


Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

What Torres is doing is something that comes out of a fantasy world.

Becoming a major league baseball player is difficult. Reaching the majors at 21 years old is even harder. Launching nine home runs in one's first 28 games in the big leagues is truly outlandish. Torres has done it all and capped it off tonight by hitting a home run in his four straight game, becoming the youngest player in American League history to accomplish the feat.

Torres' two RBIs ran his total to 24, which is ranked fifth on the team despite not being on the roster for the club's first 19 games. Torres has been in the middle of a good deal of Yankees victories over the last few weeks and tonight he did all the offensive lifting New York needed.

Fantasy world indeed!


What's next:

The Yankees continue their series against the Angels on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Jamie Barria will face off against Sonny Gray.


Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson

May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Yankees return home after a six-game road trip to face the Angels in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Luis Severino has been dominant and CC Sabathia -- despite allowing at least four runs in each of his last three starts -- has a 3.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The rest of the Yankees rotation, however, has been a mess.

Sonny Gray has a 5.48 ERA and has walked 25 batters in 46.0 innings. Masahiro Tanaka has a 4.95 ERA and is on pace to allow 39 home runs this season. Domingo German, filling in for the injured Jordan Montgomery, has a 5.59 ERA and has walked 15 batters in 29.0 innings.

So, what can the Yankees do to fix their rotation? The DNL crew discusses below...

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Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)
Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)

The Yankees traded Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre C Erik Kratz to the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations on Friday.

The 37-year-old Kratz appeared in four games for the Yankees last season. 

In another move, Triple-A 1B/OF Adam Lind, who was in his second stint this season in the Yankees organization, was released from Triple-A.

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The BNNY crew discusses Jim Leyritz's criticism of Old-Timers' Day and CC Sabathia's response to Mark Teixeira's comments on Robinson Cano.

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia responded to former teammate Mark Teixeira's comments saying he was "not surprised" that another former teammate, Robinson Cano, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a banned substance.

"I don't want to get into what Tex said, but I'll put it like this: I'm not surprised he said that coming from him," Sabathia said on CBS Radio's "Tiki and Tierney" on Thursday.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are expected to activate first baseman Greg Bird and RHP Tommy Kahnle off thie disabled list for this weekend's series against the Los Angeles Angels, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

Bird, 25, has not played a regular-season game since undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle in March. In 12 minor league rehab games, he has hit .205 with three home runs and eight RBIs.

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New York Yankees second baseman Thairo Estrada of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Thairo Estrada of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 24, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees are 31-15, the second-best record in baseball. Want to know what's a complete bummer about that? That it is also the second-best record in the American League East. Yes, if the playoffs began today, the Yankees would be hosting the wild card game. This isn't about the way MLB sets their playoff brackets. It is about how critical each and every game is going to be for the Yankees this season as they battle the Red Sox for the division crown.

When the Yankees lose, it is of course first about the players. They have bad games -- starters pitch ineffectively, the offense might fail to hit with runners in scoring position or the bullpen might squander a lead. The game is certainly in the hands of the players. However, the manager has influence over these games. If they didn't, teams wouldn't employ them, or the coaches standing by their side. Managers undoubtedly do not get enough credit for wins, and get lambasted more often for losses. It comes with the territory. Win or lose, in Yankees manager Aaron Boone's circumstance, he deserves to take some criticism for his actions while managing the bullpen this season.

The Yankees now sit 46 games into the season and it is time Boone takes full responsibility for his decisions. If Larry Rothschild isn't helping, then get rid of him. Otherwise, the calls are Boone's.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

MLB commiossioner Rob Manfred will be taking five immediate actions after a study revealed that the baseballs have gotten more aerodynamic during the current home run surge.

There were an all-time high 6,105 home runs hit during the 2017 season, up from 5,610 in 2016 and 4,909 in 2015. 

The study, which was conducted by a committee of scientists on the increases of the home run rate since 2015, was assembled by Manfred in August of 2017 and included chairman Alan Nathan, the Professor of Physics Emeritus at the University of Illinois, and nine other experts...

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Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view of Yankee Stadium (Vincent Carchietta)

Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi are among the first-time attendees who will be at Yankees Old Timer's Day on June 17, the team announced Thursday.

Hall-of-Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson will also be there.

Click below for the full list of attendees...

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 (Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III)
(Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III)

The Yankees consecutive series won ends at eight after the Rangers came back to defeat New York 12-10 in Arlington. >> Box score

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 (Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III)
(Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III)

CC Sabathia seems to be hitting a bump in the road after an excellent start to his 2018 season. 

The big lefty allowed the most runs he has all season thus far after the Rangers smacked him around to plate seven in his latest start. 

The Yankees' offense gave Sabathia more than enough insurance as they plated four runs in the first three innings. But it was the fourth inning that opened up the floodgates for the Rangers. 

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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

The Yankees took a big sigh of relief when they learned that Gary Sanchez was only cramping in his right calf when he had to come out of Tuesday's game.

It is with that sigh of relief that manager Aaron Boone kept caution when making his Wednesday lineup that didn't see Sanchez' name penciled in. He decided to give his slugging catcher an off-day to recuperate, knowing the Yankees have no game schedule on Thursday as well.

"I feel like we dodged a bullet," Boone told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "He came out here and did some agility running workouts before and checked out OK. He was actually texting me early [Wednesday] morning that he was good to go, but with this off-day tomorrow, it's probably best to hold him back. I think he's fine, and he'll be an option for us if we need him."

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Yankees play the rubber game of their three-game set with the Rangers on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. in Arlington.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 10-3 in their last 13 road games this season. They have also won eight straight series dating back to April 19. ...Yankee hitters have been mashing home runs with at least three coming in the last four games. Also, three separate players (Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, and Gleyber Torres) have collected a multi-home run game in three straight contests....

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

It's the golden rule: Don't argue balls and strikes. 

Yet, manager Aaron Boone did so on Tuesday night against the Rangers, and it earned him his first ejection of his early managerial career. Home plate umpire Pat Hoberg heard Boone chirping all night, and after a questionable strike call against Gary Sanchez, Hoberg had heard enough. 

"At different points in the night I raised some things and I guess he had heard enough," Boone told The Post's George A. King III about the ejection. "Nothing more than that."

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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees have brought in a fresh arm for their pitching staff, as they signed LHP Ryan Bollinger to a major league contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Bollinger has split time with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton so far this season. He has recently thrown with the Thunder, where he owns a dominate 0.90 ERA in three starts (all wins). He also has 13 strikeouts over those appearances.

This is the 27-year-old's first season back in Major League Baseball after spending time in independent leagues over the past few seasons. He played in the Canadien-American League with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles from 2015-16, and even made it down to Australia to play with the Brisbane Bandits in 2017.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:02:28
Doug Williams and Anthony McCarron discuss the Yankees' loss to the Texas Rangers, and whether they need to make a move for Cole Hamels.

Domingo German was roughed up by the Rangers early on and the Yankees' offense couldn't overcome the deficit in a 6-4 loss on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. >> Box score

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May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yanees pitcher Domingo German (65) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yanees pitcher Domingo German (65) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees will play the second game of a three-game series with the Rangers on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 5-3 since May 10 after riding a 17-1 streak ... The Yankees have scored 10 runs in back-to-back games and have the best winning percentage in the majors... The team has hit at least four homers and eight extra-base hits in three straight games, becoming the first team to complete the fea ... The Yankees are the fourth team in modern history to have eight or more extra-base hits in three onsecutive games. On Saturday New York's offense tied a season-high with five homers.

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Daily News Live: Hamels' future 00:02:36
The Daily News Live panel breaks down whether Cole Hamels' start against the New York Yankees tonight is an audition for his next team.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees continue to roll, but it remains clear that a rotation upgrade could be the difference between dominating the regular season and passing the Houston Astros to win the American League pennant. Two of the their most appealing options, Texas' Cole Hamels and Detroit's Michael Fulmer, bring very different pros and cons. Here's a look:

Fulmer

At 25 years old and with five years of team control remaining, Fulmer will likely be a prize at this year's trade deadline. That means that the Tigers can demand a high price, and play suitors against one another. Even teams like the Braves and Phillies, who might not be quite ready to win, could see value in bidding for Fulmer...

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 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

If one were to look at Masahiro Tanaka's record, it would show a starting pitcher enjoying a great start to the season. At 5-2 after last night's win over the Rangers on the road, Tanaka hasn't lost a start since April 17. 

But all adept baseball fans know a pitcher's record is only the facade. And for Tanaka, that couldn't be any more true. 

It was another night that saw a less-than-impressive Tanaka despite getting the victory chalked up in his win column. The 29-year-old let the long ball hurt him again as all four runs he allowed came on home runs. The first was a moonshot to Joey Gallo in the bottom of the second followed by Rougned Odor's first homer of the season, a three-run bomb to right-center that tied the game at four. 

Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:02:59
The Baseball Night in NY crew discusses the red hot Gleyber Torres, who had two homers in the Yankees' 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers.

Yankees rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres became the youngest player in franchise history to record a multi-home run game since Mickey Mantle in Monday's 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, hit two home runs off Bartolo Colon as New York won its third straight game. He became the second-youngest Yankee to hit two homers in a game, as Mantle achieved the feat at 20 years, 296 days.

Since being promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Torres has a .321/.389/.571 batting line with six home runs and 18 RBIs, and the Yankees are 20-4 in games he's appeared in. He is hitting .340 since May 2.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hit two home runs while Aaron Judge hit his 12th homer of the season as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 on Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, became the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle (20 years, 296 days) to have a multi-homer game. His second-inning homer off Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and he added another one in the sixth inning to make it 6-4.

Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and Aaron Hicks also homered as the Yankees became the first team since the 1961 Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic's Katie Sharp, to hit at least four home runs in three straight road games on the same road trip. New York also became the fourth team in modern MLB history to total at least eight extra-base hits in three straight games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Monday at 8:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are in a first-place tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the AL East and have the best winning percentage in baseball, .007 points higher than Boston's. ... New York has won four of its last five games and 21 of its last 25. On Saturday and Sunday, the Yankees outscored the Kansas City Royals 18-4. ... Since April 21, the Yankees have scored six or more runs 13 times.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday's 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Frazier, 22, was called up earlier this week and went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in his season debut in Saturday's 8-3 win.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Kansas City Royals
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Apr 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) on his way to the dugout between innings against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) on his way to the dugout between innings against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the second straight game, Didi Gregorius found himself on the bench instead of his more familiar spot at shortstop. The Yankees were facing another lefty in Eric Skoglund, and with his slump still in full form, manager Aaron Boone found it best to sit him. 

Gregorius didn't complain. Instead, he understood exactly why his manager made the move. 

"I am not the one who makes the lineup, I can't be disappointed," Gregorius told The Post's George A. King III. "I do want to play, but there is not much we can do about it. We talked about it [Saturday]."

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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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Former Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez knows what lies ahead for ex-teammate Robinson Cano

Cano was suspended 80 games for testing positive for the diuretic Furosemid, which is used as a masking agent. He is currently serving that suspension as he nurses his fractured hand he sustained during an at-bat. 

Rodriguez, who was spending for the entire 2014 season for his own PED use, thinks the road will be tough for Cano. But he believes he will land on his feet...

Tags: Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:03:15
Larry Ridley and Anthony McCarron break down the Yankees' dominant 10-1 win over the Royals and give an update on Greg Bird's injury status.

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray had his strongest outing of the season on Sunday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in a 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Gray struck out five batters and only aallowed four hits, recording a quality start for the third time in his last four outings.

"I mean, I felt good my last four or five times out,'' Gray said, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera. "I know my results weren't great in my last start (5 IP, 5 ER, 9 H vs. Oakland on May 11) but at the same time I feel really good, especially moving forward.''

Tags: Kansas City Royals
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 (Denny Medley)
(Denny Medley)

Tyler Austin hit two home runs and Sonny Gray pitched eight strong innings as the Yankees defeated the Royals, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon >> Box Score 

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May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Yankees (29-13) and Royals (14-31) continue their three-game set in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Yankees notes

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May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run, Gary Sanchez hit two homers, and the Yankees beat the Royals on Saturday night, 8-3. >> Box Score 


Gary Sanchez put the Yankees on the board in the first inning with an RBI double and Hicks' inside-the-park home run two innings later gave the Yankees a 2-0 advantage.

Gleyber Torres put the Yankees in front for good with a three-run homer in the fouth inning for his fourth home run of the season. Torres' homer was the second of five home runs hit by the Yankees on offense in an eight-run effort. 

The Yankees dominated Royals starter Danny Duffy, who gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings.

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

The Yankees (28-13) and Royals (14-30) continue their three-game set in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Yankees notes

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May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

On Friday night, CC Sabathia was pegged with his first loss since August of last season. He was due for one. 

The 37-year-old labored through 5.0 innings while allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits while allowing five walks. He wasn't sharp, nor was his defense as a Gleyber Torres error proved costly.

This season, Sabathia is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA over 41.1 innings with 33 K and 9 BB...

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May 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during batting practice before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during batting practice before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Baseball is rife with streaks and slumps as outlooks change seemingly in an instant. Didi Gregorius' batting average is currently feeling the effects of the nature of the game.

Gregorius started the season on fire, winning AL Player of the Month. But, his form hasn't followed the calendar turn as he's enduring a wicked 1-45 slump. 

During that time, Gregorius' batting average has slipped from .372 all the way down to .248. A precipitous drop of 124-points...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees top prospect OF Estevan Florial will be missing significant time as he will have surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist, per NY Daily News Mike Mazzeo. 

Florial, who is considered the top position-player prospect in the Yankees' system, could miss as much as three months worth of games. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who had the exact same injury as Florial back in 2001, missed only one month. He sees this as simply a small setback...

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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

After a couple days off, the Yankees couldn't get anything going on offense as the Royals took the first game of a three-game set, 5-2, at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box Score 

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

With the Rangers open to trade talks, the Yankees are among the most likely teams to land LHP Cole Hamels, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The other teams Nightengale lists are the Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, and Diamondbacks.

A starting pitcher been a need for the Yankees since the start of Spring Training, and though a combined 3.79 ERA for starters this season isn't bad, the team wouldn't mind adding depth to their rotation. 

Despite his 2-4 record, Hamels owns a 3.48 ERA in nine starts (51.2 innings) for the Rangers this season. He still possesses his crafty repertoire on the bump with 57 strikeouts as well. 

Tags: Cole Hamels, CC Sabathia, Scott Thompson
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May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (28-12) and Royals (13-30) begin a three-game set in Kansas City at 8:15 p.m. on Friday night.

Yankees notes

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Despite his strong start and leading the team in home runs, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge believes he still has a ways to go to reach his potential.

"People keep talking about how well I'm doing, but I look at as I'm still trying to get consistent,'' Judge said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "I don't feel like I've been consistent all year."

The 26-year-old Judge leads the Yankees in every major offensive statistical category: batting average (.307), home runs (11), RBIs (35), on-base percentage (.441), slugging percentage (.593), OPS (1.035) and hits (46). 

Even so, he feels he can do better.

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Daily News Live: Teixeira, Cano 00:03:15
The Daily News Live panel discuss Mark Teixeira's comments regarding Robinson Cano and his recent 80-game suspension.

Count former Yankees star Mark Teixeira as one of many around baseball who wasn't exactly shocked when news broke that Mariners 2B Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games after testing positive for furosemide.

Furosemide isn't a PED, but, according to SNY's Andy Martino, can be used as a masking agent for steroids. Martino reported that a source told him that furosemide is "used for flushing" drugs out of your system...

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The DNL panel discusses the Yankees being chosen by oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic and if they should be ahead of Boston and Houston.

The DNL panel discusses the Yankees being chosen by oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic and if they should be ahead of Boston and Houston.


Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Wells tips his cap to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Wells threw out the first pitch to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Wells tips his cap to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Wells threw out the first pitch to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On May 17, 1998, David Wells produced an eternal afternoon.

Wells was on the mound against the Twins for Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, as anyone under the age of 14 would receive a white bear named Valentino. 

For those kids who were lucky enough to be in attendance, Wells would give them another scenario to recreate in their backyards: throwing a perfect game for the Yankees...

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(Kim Klement)

Clint Frazier said he was ready, and the Yankees called him up to the big leagues for their series against the Nationals. Well, one game was suspended and the other was postponed, both due to inclement weather. That means Frazier will travel with the team to Kansas City now to prove that he was worth the call up. He also wants to prove to the Yankees that he is worth keeping instead of being used as a trade chip down the road. 

Frazier has been killing minor-league pitching as he produced a .362 average with three homers and four RBI in 12 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barres. He was on deck to finally get back to the plate as a Yankee, but Miguel Andujar grounded out in the fifth inning on Monday before the skies opened up for good. 

Can Frazier do enought to show the Yankees that he would be better on their team instead of somewhere else? The Baseball In Night New York -- SNY's Doug Williams, Jon Hein, Andy Martino, and Todd Zeile -- discuss what Frazier's future with the Yankees should look like down the road...

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(Ron Chenoy)

Babe Ruth played some of the best individual seasons of baseball known to the history of the game. 

There was his 60-homer season, one where he outhomered 10 different teams in a single season, and the year he set the record for total bases that is still in the record books today. 

But, looking at Ruth's career with the all-around WAR statistic (wins above replacement) as ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, his best season ever was in 1923 when he posted a 14.1 WAR. He hit .393 with 41 homers, set a career high in doubles, drew 170 walks and threw out 20 baserunners from the outfield.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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Once Thursday comes to an end, Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge will have been fully contained for two straight days…by Mother Nature and a scheduled off-day for the club.

No one knew what to expect of Judge in 2017. All he did was go on a marvelous tear through major league pitching staffs, becoming an instant star as he clobbered 30 home runs by the All-Star break.

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(Brad Penner)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius was on top of the world in April. He was named the AL Player of the Month after hitting .327 while leading the league in extra base hits (19) and RBI (30). 

But the "April showers bring May flowers" phrase is reversed in Gregorius' case. Tbrough his first 12 games in May, Gregorius has plummeted back down to Earth and then some, as his slump continues to haunt him. 

Gregorius is stuck in the depths of a 1-for-41 slump, with his longest hitless streak at 30 at-bats. Overall, he has notched six hits over 51 at-bats in May.

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May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals grounds crew roll out the tarp during a rain delay during the sixth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals grounds crew roll out the tarp during a rain delay during the sixth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The completion of Tuesday's suspended game and the full game that was to be played afterwards between the Yankees and Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday have been postponed.

The games will be made up on June 18 at 5:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. 

The Yankees and Nationals were tied, 3-3, in the sixth inning on Tuesday night when the game was suspended until Wednesday due to weather. 

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Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)
Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)

Nationals OF Bryce Harper will be one of the prized free agents on the market this offseason, and he had no interest Tuesday in discussing the potential of signing with the Yankees.

"I'm a National now," Harper told reporters when asked about donning pinstripes. 

The 25-year-old Harper will be headlining a free agent class that is expected to include Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Dallas Keuchel, and potentially Clayton Kershaw (who can opt out of the two remaining years on his deal).

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May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs in five innings against the Nationals on Tuesday night before the game was suspended until Wednesday due to rain.

Tanaka allowed all three runs within the first two innings and went on to pitch three scoreless innings thereafter to allow the Yankees' offense to come back and tie the game in the top of the fifth. 

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