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New York Yankees Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, and Ron Guidry stand on the foul lines during player introductions before the Old Timers Game played at Yankee Stadium. (Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Yankees Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, and Ron Guidry stand on the foul lines during player introductions before the Old Timers Game played at Yankee Stadium. (Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)

The New York Yankees announced the roster of former Yankees who will be on hand at the 70th annual Old-Timers' Day on Sunday, June 12th at Yankees Stadium.

Fans have been asked to be seated by 11:30 a.m. for the festivities, with the traditional Old-Timers' game to follow. The Yankees will then host the Detroit Tigers at 2:05 p.m.

The Old-Timers will be headlined by Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Rich "Goose" Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, and Joe Torre. Formers Yankees and current YES broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty, and Paul O'Neill will also be participating in the festivities. 

Joining the former Yankees on the field will be the widows of five legendary Yankees - Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim "Catfish" Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson; and Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer.

The full list of those scheduled to attend: 

Jesse Barfield, Brian Boehringer, Scott Bradley, Dr. Bobby Brown, Homer Bush, David Cone, Bubba Crosby, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, Mariano Duncan, John Flaherty, Whitey Ford, Oscar Gamble, Joe Girardi, Rich "Goose" Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Arlene Howard (widow), Helen Hunter (widow), Reggie Jackson, Scott Kamieniecki, Pat Kelly, Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Jill Martin (widow), Hideki Matsui, Lee Mazzilli, Ramiro Mendoza, Stump Merrill, Gene "Stick" Michael, Gene Monahan (Trainer), Diana Munson (widow), Kay Murcer (widow), Jeff Nelson, Paul O'Neill, Joe Pepitone, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, Mickey Rivers, Eddie Robinson, Tanyon Sturtze, Ralph Terry, Marcus Thames, Joe Torre, John Wetteland, Roy White, and Bernie Williams.


New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Alex Rodriguez will begin a rehab assignment with the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees Double-A affiliate, on Tuesday night.

Rodriguez hit .194 in 20 games before going on the disabled list. He had six more strikeouts (20) than hits (14) in that time. 

He had five home runs with a slugging percentage of .444 before suffering a hamstring injury.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino leaves the game in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino leaves the game in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino began a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with hopes of returning to the club's rotation. Severino hit the disabled list with a triceps strain, a 0-6 record and a 7.46 ERA, but there did not seem to be a link between his performance and the injury.

The obvious question is whether Severino should be handed a rotation spot once deemed healthy or do the Yankees wait to bring him back to New York until he is displaying the same prowess he did last summer before his call-up. The answer is not so clear.

There are some who believe that Severino proved enough in the minors before his call-up and then in 11 major league starts last summer. They feel forcing Severino to stay in Triple-A until he rights the ship is a poor choice when he has the potential be the Yankees most talented hurler.

Severino, 22, might have the most talent and upside among starters in the Yankees organization, but that only gets a player so far. Major leaguers need to produce and remain steady in order to stick. Severino has been far from steady from last season to this year.

Season

Starts

ERA

FIP

xFIP

WHIP

AVG

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

2015

11

2.89

4.37

3.72

1.20

0.229

8.1

3.2

1.3

2016

7

7.46

5.43

3.81

1.69

0.327

6.9

2.6

2.1

The contrast is startling. Severino did not have any sort of lapse like this while climbing the ladder of the minor league system. The only positive measure seen above is the decrease in walk rate.

There has been one relatively flat result from last season to this one is xFIP, which is expected fielding independent pitching. This measure calculates a predictive ERA using a home run rate of 10.5 percent of fly balls allowed. Severino's ERA was low last season considering how many homers he allowed, and this season he is allowing more fly balls to leave the yard inflating his ERA when compared to the 10.5 percent average used in measuring xFIP.

If we look at Severino's MLB career ERA of 4.53 it closely resembles his career 4.72 FIP, meaning in total he might not be as ready for the big leagues as we and the Yankees suspected.

Season

FB Velocity (mph)

Line Drive %

GB%

LOB %

BABIP

2015

95.2

20.0

50.3

87.0

0.265

2016

95.5

26.8

48.8

61.5

0.357

Severino's average fastball velocity has increased slightly from last season, but so has his line drive percentage and his hard hit rate has increased by 3 percent. Severino also has a big problem with stranding runners scoring at an unusually high rate. Last season's strand rate (LOB %) was likely unsustainable, but what he has done so far this season is not going to cut it (71% is about the league average). It also looks as though there is a certain regression from an extremely low BABIP, or Batting Average on Balls In Play, in 2015 to an inflated mark this season.

This tells us a couple of things. In 2015, Severino benefited from a low BABIP, which enabled him to strand runners at an extraordinary rate. This season he is getting hit harder, balls are leaving the yard at a soaring rate and he has been unable to strand runners this year, due in part to an inflated BABIP and a lower strikeout rate.

There is enough information here for me to suggest that we, or the Yankees for that matter, have no idea what Severino is besides a talented player learning the game. His perceived dominance in 2015 was aided by some luck, and his disastrous start to this season was met with regressing rates while throwing virtually the same type of game.

So getting back to the original question, do the Yankees throw Severino straight into the rotation if he performs well in his rehab?

In my opinion, with the way the current rotation is throwing, there is little reason to rush Severino back to the big leagues. I would like want to see Severino concentrate on improving his all-around body of work. He needs to improve with runners on base and regain the strikeout rate he put up last season.

Some will continue to argue that Severino did everything he could at Triple-A last season, but in fact he threw just 61 1/3 innings at the level. The Yankees felt they needed him last summer and he was able to navigate his starts with impressive results (though I feel we have dispelled some of it here). None of that means he cannot use some more seasoning and a boost of confidence. Any success at Triple-A could help Severino feel more comfortable once he returns to New York. It is entirely possible he was not ready.

I believe that Severino is an important part of the Yankees' future, but having him get knocked around while the team inches back into the area of respectability is not an option. So long as there are no injuries and the current rotation members continue to pitch well, Severino can improve his game without pressure.

If Severino dominates for several starts and a spot opens for him then it make sense to see if his production will translate to the major leagues. Until then, there is nothing wrong with honing his game at Triple-A.

All statistics provided by FanGraphs.

Tags: Luis Severino , Christopher Carelli

New York Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

After concluding a four game sweep of the Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees are heading back to the Bronx as the winners of five straight games and four out of their last five series. The Yankees will play the underachieving Toronto Blue Jays who sit a half-game behind the Pinstripes in last place.

The recent wins have been much needed for the Yankees, who after a 8-16 start that left many fans questioning if it was going to be a lost season in the Bronx, have begun a slow crawl back to respectability.

Yankees fans should be careful before becoming too optimistic, however.

The offense isn't exactly humming: During their 13-6 stretch, the Bombers have hit 86 runs for an average of 4.53 runs per game, barely above the MLB average of 4.25 runs per game. The team's defensive fielding performance hasn't exactly been stellar either, with only four players on the roster having a net positive in defensive WAR according to Baseball Reference (Dustin Ackley, Chase Headley, Austin Romine and Aaron Hicks).

More likely, the Yankees recent success can be attributed to a string of good pitching performances from the starting rotation as well as the team possessing one of the more talented bullpens in baseball. In particular, starters Ivan Nova and Nathan Eovaldi have looked far improved in the past week after relatively inconspicuous starts to season.

Whether or not this recent stretch of success is sustainable is unclear. In the last five Yankee wins, four of them came after the starting pitcher submitted only six innings. While it's tempting to unleash the three-headed monster of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman whenever protecting a lead going into the seventh inning, their usage rate is going to have to come down if Joe Girardi doesn't want to risk burning out the most talented portion of his team by seasons end.

The last time the Jays and Yankees faced off, the Yankees lost two of three, with the losses coming at the expense of Eovaldi and Michael Pineda. Eovaldi will get a chance at redemption tomorrow night facing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is sporting a 4.50 ERA but has given up two or fewer earned runs three of his last four starts.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday as he looks to return from a mild right triceps strain.

"Physically, he's doing pretty good so far," manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees placed Severino, 22, on the 15-day disabled list on May 13 after he allowed seven runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. 

Girardi said Severino will throw a bullpen session in Tampa, Florida, on Monday.

"We'll just see where he's at," Girardi said.

Severino was 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in seven starts this season after going 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts last year.

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

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

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

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

"He made some strides today and he just needs to keep making more strides," Rothschild said. "His fastball, he repeated some really good angles on it, hit some really good spots with it. Slider overall was pretty good. Still not as consistent as I'd like it to be, but it's getting there."

Pineda had allowed 11 runs, 15 hits and five walks over his last two starts. But with the Yankees' rotation going 4-0 with a 1.44 ERA during New York's four-game winning streak entering Sunday, Pineda kept New York in the game.

"You're not going to be a championship team without a good rotation," Mark Teixeira said. "When those guys step up, they can be as good as anybody. If they can do that consistently, I like our chances over a long season."

Pineda gave up the Yankees' one-run lead in the fifth inning by surrendering a two-out, two-run double to Stephen Vogt that gave Oakland a 3-2 lead, but after the Yankees re-took the lead in the top of the sixth inning, he retired the side in order to pave the way for the bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman.

"Everything starts with pitching,'' Girardi said.

Tags: Andrew Miller , Dellin Betances , Mark Teixeira , Michael Pineda , Oakland Athletics

Michael Pineda had a rare quality start for the Yankees Sunday. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Pineda had a rare quality start for the Yankees Sunday. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Pineda delivered a rare quality start and five Yankees drove in runs as New York closed out a successful road trip with a 5-4 victory Sunday in Oakland. >> Read the full recap at SNY.TV


  • Pineda (2-5), who had lost six of his previous seven starts, went six innings, allowing three runs and six hits with six strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 6.34.
  • Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury hit solo homers for the Yankees
  • The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning on on RBI singles by Mark Teixeira -- who ended an 0-for-19 slump -- and Starlin Castro. Carlos Beltran added an insurance run with an RBI double in the seventh. 
  • The Yankees rested bullpen closed out the game. Dellin Betances pitched a perfect seventh. Andrew Miller gave up an unearned run in the eighth after errors by Didi Gregorius and Castro.
  • Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixth save in as many chances.

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I wrote Friday that the Yankees would have to step up their game on the road if they wanted to get back into the race. And they did just that. Winning five straight this season seemed like a tough task for this club, let alone doing on the road as they entered this series with a 5-12 road record.

The Yankees produced a 5-2 record on this trip courtesy of extremely tight starting pitching, better offense and, of course, contributions from the bullpen.

The Yankees will enjoy an off-day Monday and then have a short three-game series at home against the Blue Jays before going back on the road for a longer road trip (10 games). The Yanks have to build on this recent road stretch to complete what has been a fruitful month of May (13-8 record) and drag better performance into June.


What's next...

The New York Yankees are off Monday and begin a three-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.44 ERA) will face R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.50 ERA) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: Andrew Miller , Brian McCann , Carlos Beltran , Dellin Betances , Didi Gregorius , Jacoby Ellsbury , Mark Teixeira , Michael Pineda , Oakland Athletics

Michael Pineda has struggled in his recent outings. ( Adam Hunger)
Michael Pineda has struggled in his recent outings. ( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees will play the A's in the third game of their three-game series in Oakland on Sunday.

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Yankees A's
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Coco Crisp, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Billy Burns, RF
Carlos Beltran, DH Stephen Vogt, C
Brian McCann, C Danny Valencia, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Yonder Alonso, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Chris Coghlan, 2B
Chase Headley, 3B Marcus Semien, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Max Muncy, DH
Aaron Hicks, RF Jake Smolinski, RF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (1-5, 6.60 ERA), whose losing streak of five is a career worst. His ERA in his last seven outings moved to 6.05 after he gave up five runs in five innings with nine strikeouts in Tuesday's 5-3 loss at Arizona.

Who's Pitching for the A's: RHP Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.38), who yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday in an 8-5 victory over Texas.Hahn's lone start versus New York was a 5-3 loss May 30, 2015, in which he allowed four runs in six innings.

 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. (Ed Szczepanski)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. (Ed Szczepanski)

Backed by Masahiro Tanaka's strong outing and a four-run fourth inning, the Yankees beat the A's, 5-1, pushing their win streak to four games. >> Read the full recap at SNY.TV


  • Tanaka allowed just over run over his seven innings of work, striking out four en route to his second win of the season. 
  • Carlos Beltran continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Beltran's single in the fourth gave the Yankees the early lead. 
  • Rob Refsnyder, playing in his first game of the season, drove in two runs in the fourth inning with a double. 
  • Second baseman Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 and hit a run-scoring double in the seventh. 
  • Nick Goody pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. 

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This road trip has brought about some "firsts" for the 2016 Yankees.
After Saturday's win, the Yankees have scored four or more runs in four straight games for the first time this season. They have their first four-game winning streak of the year. The Yanks have received four straight one-run efforts from the starting staff for the first time this season.

Finally, the Yankees have assured themselves of their first road series win and first road trip with a winning record this season.

From a more subjective standpoint, it can be argued that this has been the most complete sequence of games the Yankees have put together this season. While, some of the firsts mentioned above might not seem so spectacular, when combined with the rest of the month (12-8 record) it seems the club has put a horrendous April behind them.


What's next...

The Yankees will go for the sweep at Oakland on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. RHP Michael Pineda (1-5, 6.60 ERA) will get the start for the Yankees and face RHP Jesse Hahn (1-1 3.38 ERA).

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale)

Alex Rodriguez will be activated off the disabled list on Tuesday when the Yankees play the Blue Jays, Joe Girardi said Saturday, May 21, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News

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Rodriguez will likely not return to the lineup until the Yankees' next series against the Blue Jays, reports ESPN's Wallace Matthews on May 20. 

Rodriguez has been sidelined since May 4 after he strained his right hamstring. The 40-year-old DH went through some running drills Friday, including running from first to third base. 

"A lot of it is just how he feels. We could do it tomorrow," Girardi said of activating Rodriugez, according to Matthews. "There's the old theory that if a guy feels good, you wait and extra day just to make sure. Then you have to decide, we're off Monday, so does it make sense to give him a couple extra days just to make sure? Let's just see how he comes out tomorrow."

Rodriguez was hitting .194 with a .444 slugging percentage and five home runs before landing on the disabled list. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees will play the A's in the second game of their three-game series in Oakland on Saturday. 

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Yankees A's
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Coco Crisp, CF
Starlin Castro, 2B Billy Burns, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Danny Valencia, DH
Carlos Beltran, DH Khris Davis, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Yonder Alonso, 1B
Aaron Hicks, LF Marcus Semien, SS
Rob Refsnyder, RF Chris Coghlan, 2B
Austin Romine, C Matt McBride, C
Ronald Torreyes, SS Max Muncy, 3B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.51 ERA) lasted just five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits during his last start. Despite his previous outing, Tanaka had five consecutive starts in which he lasted at least 6 2/3 innings. 

Who's Pitching for the A's: LHP Sean Manaea (1-1, 7.91 ERA) had his best start of the year in his last outing, allowing just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Rangers. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his previous four starts before his latest appearance. 

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Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke (40) pitches in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke (40) pitches in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski)

Relief pitcher Phil Coke has been outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Saturday. 

Coke had been designated for assignment on May 17 to help make room on the roster for call-ups. He had the opportunity to elect free agency but accepted the Triple-A assignment instead. 

The 33-year-old Coke had a 6.00 ERA in three appearances since being reacquired by the Yankees in late April. 


New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning Friday, May 20, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Associated Press)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning Friday, May 20, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Associated Press)

Carlos Beltran drove in three runs on three doubles and Jacoby Ellsbury tallied a pair of RBIs on two hits in the Yankees 8-3 victory in Oakland. CC Sabathia earned the win in his return from the disabled list and became only the eighth player in Major League history to win at least 100 games with two different teams. Read more >>


  • Sabathia won in Oakland for the first time since 2012, allowing one run, three hits, one walk and a season-high eight strikeouts.
  • Sabathia totaled 106 wins during his time in Cleveland and reached the century mark with the Yankees on Friday night.
  • Ronald Torreyes fueled a five-run fourth inning with a two run triple. Torreyes then scored on a wild pitch from Oakland starter Sonny Gray.
  • The Yankees are on a three-game win streak for the first time since September.

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When Sabathia went on the disabled list, it gave us a chance to reflect on how far he had come to that point in the season. It was also discouraging, since Sabathia was one of two starters at the time that was pitching well (Masahiro Tanaka being the other).

My concern then was that Sabathia might come back from the DL and having lost some of his mechanics and the mental fortitude necessary for his ongoing transition into a finesse pitcher. Thankfully, for the Yankees, Sabathia showed little, if any, ill effects from his 15 days without game action.

The Yankees hoped that Sabathia could find this kind of production again, but recent history suggested the best they might receive was the performance of a competent fifth starter, one who could simply keep his team in games. Sabathia has pitched much better than that. Moreover, CC is almost living up to the massive $25 million salary he earns, something no one saw coming.


What's next

The Yankees continue the series against the Athletics on Saturday afternoon with Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.51 ERA) matched up with Oakland rookie Sean Manaea (1-1, 7.91).


New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia (right) talks to catcher Brian McCann (left) prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The New York Yankees won 7-0. (Evan Habeeb)
New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia (right) talks to catcher Brian McCann (left) prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The New York Yankees won 7-0. (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have activated LHP CC Sabathia from the 15-disabled list before his Friday start and optioned LHP James Pazos to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, the team announced Friday night. 

Sabathia, who was dealing with a sprained groin, will make his first start for the team since May 4. He had a 2-2 record and 3.81 ERA before landing on the DL. 

Pazos was called up earlier in the week but did not make an appearance. 

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New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia (52) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb)
New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia (52) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees will play the A's in the second game of their four-game series tonight at 9:35 p.m. in Oakland. 

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Yankees A's
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Coco Crisp, LF
Brett Gardner, LF Marcus Semien, SS
Carlos Beltran, DH Danny Valencia, 3B
Brian McCann, C Khris Davis, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Billy Butler, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Stephen Vogt, C
Aaron Hicks, RF Jake Smolinski, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Matt McBride, DH
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Tyler Ladendorf, 2B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (2-2, 3.81 ERA) returns from the 15-disabled list after dealing with a sprained groin. He pitched well in his last start before landing on the DL, going seven scoreless innings against the Orioles. He has a 4-7 record and 5.44 ERA in his career at Oakland. 

Who's Pitching for the A's: Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.44 ERA) allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision during his last start. He's 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees. 

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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

The Yankees have signed LH reliever Neal Cotts to a minor league deal, the team announced.

He's been assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cotts, 36, had a 3.41 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 63 1/3 innings last season for the Brewers and Twins.

During his 10-year career, he's posted a 3.96 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.


New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) waits on deck against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) waits on deck against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale)

The New York Yankees season got off to a slow start, and for the second straight season, their biggest issues stem from playing on the road. Heading into Friday's play, the Yankees sport a disturbing 6-12 record away from New York, which includes a 2-2 mark on this current trip.

Last season, the Yankees ended May with a 14-15 road record. They will need to go 7-2 in their remaining road games this month to be in a similar situation as last season. That seems out of reach considering their dismal performance on the road so far this season.

The offense has been downright deplorable away from Yankee Stadium (and frankly not so hot in it). Here are the road marks and rank among the 30 MLB clubs.

AVG (MLB Rank)

OBP (MLB Rank)

SLG (MLB Rank)

Runs (MLB Rank)

.225 (30)

.289 (30)

.328 (30)

51 (30)

Plain and simple, when a club is averaging 2.8 runs per game it will have a tough time winning ballgames. The poor production goes up and down the lineup. Check out the OPS measures from some of the Yankees hitters at home and on the road.

Player

Home OPS

Road OPS

Carlos Beltran

.867

.643

Starlin Castro

.856

.630

Aaron Hicks

.758

.290

Brett Gardner

.946

.579

Didi Gregorius

.776

.392

When we say the Yankees offense is simply not getting it done on the road, we are not understating it one bit.

Is it all about the offense? The Yankees' pitching metrics at home and on the road are shown below.

Location

ERA (MLB Rank)

WHIP (MLB Rank)

Opponents AVG (MLB Rank)

Away

4.46 (9)

1.31 (15)

.254 (11)

Home

4.28 (12)

1.25 (21)

.258 (9)

On the mound, the statistics are better when compared with the rest of the league's performance when away from home. The Yanks' road measures have been aided by two straight stellar performances by Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova and the Yankees backend of the bullpen. The Yankees allowed just three runs in those games while scoring eight.

Despite sitting in the top-third to the middle-half position among the league in pitching statistics, the Yankees have not been able to take advantage. The team's hurlers would need to be at the very top of the heap in order to give the feeble offense a chance to outscore their opponent.

While the road marks on good enough to have earned some more wins with appropriate run support, the Yankees pitching staff has performed better statistically at home - 4.28 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and .258 opponent's AVG - contrary to what might be conceived considering Yankee Stadium is a bona fide hitter's park. Therefore, there is room for improvement if the pitching staff can take advantage of the confines elsewhere.

Yankees offense on the road will likely turn things around before long, but will it come in time to keep the team from making decisions that look toward next season? The offense began to show some life during the 10-game homestand preceding this road trip. That upswing came out of nowhere, just like it happens when the teams are simply in a slump. The Yankees surely hope for the same when away from home.

It is common of course for teams to perform better at home than the road, and with the Yankees playing in an offense first building; it is not surprising that the offense performs worse on the road. However, the offensive production on the road has been awful, and it needs to change, because the pitching staff is not going to perform much better than this as the season progresses.

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Chris Carlin and Jon Hein discuss what late Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner would do with the team's current troubles.

What would former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner do with the current Yankees team is he was still alive?


New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

Oakland's Josh Reddick, Danny Valencia, Khris Davis and Stephen Vogt, who were due up in the bottom of the seventh inning, combined to go 4 for 8 off Nova (3-1), including Reddick's solo home run in the fourth inning. Oakland's other batters were hitless in 12 at-bats against Nova.

"You look where I took him out in the lineup, they had four hits and the next four hitters had the four hits," Girardi said. "Reddick had one, Valencia had one and hit a couple balls hard, and Vogt had the other two. I just thought, 'I'm going to make a change.'"

Said Nova: "I didn't know how many pitches I threw in the game until I came out. I feel really good. I thought I would keep going, but he took me out."

Betances allowed the tying runner to reach base on a leadoff single to Reddick, who stole second base, but then struck out two of the next three hitters to get out of the inning. Miller pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Chapman struck out two batters for his fifth save.

Betances has thrown 46 pitches over the past two days, Miller 31 pitches and Chapman 27. Asked about what he plans to do if the Yankees are in another close game on Friday when CC Sabathia returns to the mound, Girardi said, "We'll worry about tomorrow tomorrow."

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

New York Yankees' Carlos Beltran is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Fernando Rodriguez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Associated Press)
New York Yankees' Carlos Beltran is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Fernando Rodriguez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Associated Press)

Carlos Beltran provided the necessary support for starter Ivan Nova with a two-run homer run in the Yankees 4-1 victory against the Athletics in Oakland on Thursday night. Nova struck out three over six innings and bridged the gap to Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman to put the finishing touches on his second consecutive win since being moved into the starting rotation. >> Read more


  • Nova was thrust into the rotation after the injury to CC Sabathia and has been able to improve his record to 3-1 after his longest appearance of the season on Thursday night.
  • The only run Nova allowed came on a home run from Josh Reddick. Reddick eventually left the game in the seventh inning with an apparent hand injury.
  • Nova was pulled after just 62 pitches in favor of the Yankees' shut-down trio of Betances, Miller and Chapman.
  • Chapman earned his fifth save in his sixth appearance for the Yankees.
  • Beltran homered for the ninth time this season, giving him five for the month. He also knocked an RBI double in the third inning.
  • Aaron Hicks drove in a run with a double in the sixth inning and Brett Gardner reached base four times with two hits and two walks.

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As Alex Rodriguez continues recuperating from a strained right hamstring, Beltran showed again he feels quite comfortable as a designated hitter. Beltran's double, home run and three RBIs paced the Yankees' offense. In fact, it was a bulk of the Yankees' offense.

Beltran is hitting .282 with a .308 on-base percentage and a whopping .795 slugging percentage when enjoying some rest from field duties. Beltran has roped five doubles and five home runs as the team's designated hitter in just 43 plate appearances. It appears, albeit in a small sample size, that Beltran (and the Yankees) would benefit from resting Beltran as the DH more often.

There is enough writing on the wall that Beltran and Rodriguez will perform better when given ample rest. It is up to Joe Girardi find a way to get Beltran reps as the DH and reel back Rodriguez's workload so he can stay healthy.


What's Next

The Yankees will play the second game of a four-game set against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday night. CC Sabathia (2-2, 3.81 ERA) makes his return to the rotation against A's ace Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.84).


Mark Teixeira is struggling, especially batting left-handed. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Mark Teixeira is struggling, especially batting left-handed. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Teixeira is not starting Thursday against righthander Kendall Graveman as the Yankees begin a four-game series in Oakland.

The move comes after the first baseman went 0-for-9 in the Yankees' last two games at Arizona. Wednesday, owner Hal Steinbrenner pointed to Teixeira as one Yankee who was underachieving. Dustin Ackley is starting at first Thursday.

He is hitting .203 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 37 games. Teixeira has gone a career-record 108 at-bats without a homer.

Teixeira is especially struggling against righties and hitting left-handed. He's hitting .143 batting lefthanded and .148 against righthanders.

On Wednesday, Teixeira acknowledged he was struggling. "I don't blame (Steinbrenner). I've been terrible the last month. I've just got to get it going, especially left-handed. Left-handed, I've been pretty bad."

"I'm going to bet on him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. "I'm going to bet that he gets it going."

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Ivan Nova goes for his third straight good start Thursday in Oakland. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
Ivan Nova goes for his third straight good start Thursday in Oakland. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees begin a four-game series with the A's Thursday night in Oakland at 10:05 p.m.

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Yankees A's
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Coco Crisp, LF
Brett Gardner, LF Billy Burns, CF
Carlos Beltran, DH Josh Reddick, RF
Brian McCann, C Danny Valencia, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Khris Davis, DH
Chase Headley, 3B Stephen Vogt, C
Dustin Ackley 1B Yonder Alonso, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Marcus Semien, SS
Aaron Hicks, RF Chris Coghlan, 2B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (2-1, 3.70 ERA) has been good in two starts since returning to the roation. He has given up two runs - both on solo homers - and 10 hits in 10 1/3 innings oand beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Saturday.

Who's Pitching for the A's: RHP Darrell Graveman (1-5, 5.84) gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings last Saturday in a 6-0 loss to Tampa Bay. He had a 2.04 ERA through his first three starts but has posted a 9.31 mark while losing the four since. He's allowed eight homers in that stretc


Kendall Graveman beat the Yankees in April at Yankee Stadium. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Kendall Graveman beat the Yankees in April at Yankee Stadium. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

The only blemish during Oakland's hot streak was a tough day at the plate the last time Kendall Graveman took the mound for the Athletics.

Their offense has picked up since, leaving the onus on Graveman to recapture the form that helped him shut down the New York Yankees last month.

Oakland looks to keep rolling by winning a fifth straight game in the opener of a four-game set with the visiting Yankees on Thursday night.

The A's (19-22) suddenly have caught fire, winning five of six while scoring at least six runs four times in that stretch. They're coming off a three-game sweep of Texas after Khris Davis launched a walkoff grand slam for his third homer of the game in Tuesday's 8-5 win before connecting for a solo shot in an 8-1 victory Wednesday.

Danny Valencia, who had his own three-homer game in Sunday's win at Tampa Bay, went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and is batting .455 with six homers in nine games since coming off the disabled list.

"We've been fortunate enough to hit the ball hard when we get a pitch to hit," Valencia said. "It's been a lot of fun. The middle of the order is supposed to do some damage and right now we're doing it."

Oakland lost nine of 10 prior to its hot stretch, with starting pitchers posting a 9.00 ERA in that span. Starters have a 3.68 ERA over the last six.

"A lot of things are going right," manager Bob Melvin said. "The rotation is suddenly getting us deep into games and we've been able to sustain the momentum."   >>Read more. . . .

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New York Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi said he was somewhat surprised manager Joe Girardi pulled him after six effective innings, but was comfortable with the decision after the bullpen sealed a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Chase Field.

Eovaldi (4-2) pitched six innings of one-hit, one-run ball and had retired 18 batters in a row after a leadoff double, but was pulled in favor of Dellin Betances for the seventh inning.

"I thought I was going back out," Eovaldi said. "I was a little disappointed, but you've got those three guys coming in. You can't be too frustrated about that."

Eovaldi had thrown just 85 pitches and induced 10 groundball outs, but despite cruising through six innings, Girardi said he wanted to shut the door with his bullpen.

"That's that they're there for," Girardi said. "Nate did his job and it was the responsibility of the next three guys to do their jobs. … I'm going to take my chances probably 99 percent of the time with Betances, [Andrew] Miller and [Aroldis] Chapman, just because they're so good."

Betances walked the first two hitters he faced in a 3-1 game, but struck out two of the next three batters to end the inning.

"I had to trust my stuff," Betances said. "I got myself in a jam, but I was just trying to make the people sweat a little bit back home. A lot of people are staying up late to watch the game, so I just tried to make them sweat, get them nervous."

Miller allowed a home run for the second time in five outings, a solo shot to Chris Owings, in the eighth inning that made it 3-2, then struck out the side. Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.

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New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, left, celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, left, celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Jacoby Ellsbury (22) during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Nathan Eovaldi was outstanding Wednesday night in Arizona as the Yankees avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Diamonbacks with a 4-2 win. The right-hander tossed six innings of one-run ball and surrendered just one hit while striking out five on the night. A two-run home run by Brett Gardner coupled with the much-improved offensive play of Jacoby Ellsbury helped Eovaldi and the Yankees improve their record to 17-22 this season. >> Read more at SNY.tv


  • After allowing the first runner he faced to reach base, Eovaldi retired the next 18 Diamondbacks en route to his fourth win of the season.
  • Gardner started the scoring for New York in the first inning, launching a two-run homer to put the Yankees ahead 2-0. The blast for Gardner was his fifth of the season.
  • Ellsbury had another solid all-around game, picking up an RBI single in the sixth inning to increase the Yankees' lead to 3-1.
  • The Yankees offense did a number on Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller. In 5 2/3 innings of work, Miller surrendered three runs on 10 hits and left the game after tossing 101 pitches.
  • Dellin Betances recorded two strikeouts in the eighth inning and despite walking two batters to make things interesting, the powerful reliever was able to maintain the lead for the Yankees.
  • Aroldis Chapman earned his fourth save of 2016 after tossing yet another impressive ninth frame.

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Joe Girardi loves his toys (Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman), but one has to wonder if he will break them before we all have a chance to fully enjoy them. It is hard to argue with using the threesome in close games, especially if they are rested, but at some point Girardi will need to figure out a cycle of his three relievers so that he has at least two of them available on a daily basis.

This club seems to be one which will not score a ton of runs, and will not receive too many dominating efforts from the rotation which results in close games. When the Yanks are in the midst of a commanding effort like Eovaldi was producing, Girardi is going to have to trust his starter to grab that extra inning of work. If he cannot, the toys will most certainly break.


What's Next

The Yankees continue their West Coast swing on Thursday night when they begin a four-game set in Oakland. Ivan Nova (2-1, 3.70 ERA) gets the ball in the series opener against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman (1-5, 5.84).


New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Hal Steinbrenner had just started his quarterly State of the Yankees session when he asked to switch places with reporters and stood near the side of the lobby at Major League Baseball's headquarters.

"This feels better," the New York owner said with his back to the wall. "Very fitting."

A minute later, a security guard asked Steinbrenner and the media to step outside.

That's what happens when your team is last in the AL East at 16-22.

Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi, his coaching staff and general manager Brian Cashman on Wednesday and blamed players for the team's poor start, which bottomed at 9-17. Mark TeixeiraChase HeadleyMichael Pineda and Luis Severino were singled out for criticism, and Steinbrenner also praised Headley, Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks along with Girardi, Cashman and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

"The coaches are doing a good job," Steinbrenner said. "These are professional athletes. They're the best baseball players in the world, and sooner or later it comes down to them, on the inside, to push through whatever it is they're going through and to persevere."

Far less tempestuous than father George Steinbrenner, who goaded the team from his purchase in 1973 until nearly the time of his death in 2010, Hal discussed the Yankees analytically - but with hope.

"Needless to say, the first five weeks were disappointing, frustrating, particularly looking at the offense," he said. "Clearly not living up to their potential." >> Read more

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Tags: Chase Headley , Luis Severino , Mark Teixeira , Michael Pineda

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) and general manager Brian Cashman (right) talk in the bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) and general manager Brian Cashman (right) talk in the bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

The New York Yankees had few question marks, beyond health, coming into the season. The club's decision-making revolved around the last spots and some roles within the roster -- who would be the fifth starter, the utility infielder, the backup catcher and which relievers would round out the bullpen? Did they make the right decisions as we approach the quarter pole of the season?

Fifth Starter

Questions around CC Sabathia's physical and mental health were at the forefront of the spring and the uncertainty gave Ivan Nova a puncher's chance of breaking camp in the rotation. Despite performing slightly better than Sabathia in spring training, Nova was relegated to the bullpen. There was little chance that the Yankees were going to ask Sabathia to work out of the bullpen.

Sabathia, like much of the staff, got off to a slow start, but then began to turn things around in his last couple of starts before hitting the disabled list with a groin strain. Sabathia's marks are not exactly excellent, but they are much better than what he has offered the last two seasons - 3.81 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 21 K and 13 BB in 28 1/3 IP.

Nova had some difficulties as the long reliever, but pitched well in his two starts - two earned runs in 10 1/3 combined innings pitched. Nova's overall ERA stands at 3.70 and his WHIP is a respectable 1.19.

While Sabathia is due back Friday, his return has zero impact on Nova. Luis Severino's trip to the DL gives Nova plenty of time to cement himself in the rotation. Severino's struggles along with the Yankees' desire to protect their young hurler should mean Nova sticks in the rotation for the near future.

The decision with Sabathia and Nova was appropriate in my view. Sabathia was not going to benefit the Yankees out of the bullpen, whereas Nova could. Further, Nova's age allowed for some movement from bullpen to rotation and he showed little trouble doing it. 

Utility Infielder

The fans wanted Rob Refsnyder and they ended up with little known and well-traveled Ronald Torreyes.

The Yankees simply wanted their utility infielder to be able to play shortstop, and that is one position you will never see Refsnyder. The Yankees have given Refsnyder time at third base and the outfield at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, one season after working primarily at second base. The club is doing its best to make Refsnyder as versatile as possible.

In the meantime, Torreyes won some fans over quickly, making some spot starts early on in the season and performing quite well. His efforts along with Chase Headley's offensive struggles, got Torreyes more starts, and immediately it was evident why Torreyes will have trouble securing a full-time role here or anywhere else.

The Yankees called Refsnyder up Tuesday to give the club an extra right-handed bat while Alex Rodriguez completes his stay on the disabled list. The Yankees will have to decide if Refsnyder goes back to triple-A when Rodriguez returns Thursday, or if the Torreyes era is over.

Refsnyder provides a much better bat with moderate defense, and if the Yankees need to give shortstop Didi Gregorius a day off, Starlin Castro would get the call. Of course, if Gregorius gets hurt, the club would need to decide if Refsnyder could handle daily reps at second base and if they even want to shift Castro to short for extended time.

The decision at the beginning of the season was the right call in my opinion. However, now that Castro seems quite at ease at second base, I believe he can spell Gregorius on occasion without causing harm to his development at the keystone. Therefore, it seems to me the Yankees could use Refsnyder's bat more than Torreyes' glove. The unknown variable will be Refsnyder's ability to play sparingly and remain productive. The Yankees will never know if Refsnyder can handle a bench spot for an extended period if they do not try it.

Backup Catcher

Gary Sanchez, the Yankees No. 3 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, was the odds-on favorite to win the role of backing up starting catcher Brian McCann. Unfortunately, a 1-for-21 spring told the Yankees brass that he could use some more seasoning before getting a lengthy major league run.

It helped that Sanchez's toughest competitor, Austin Romine, was having a fine spring and was out of options. Romine put together a .289/.308/.474 slash line during spring training and has not let up in the regular season - .278/.316/.389. If Romine, considered a defense-first backstop, can continue to play to these numbers, it will be hard for Sanchez to take over.

In fact, Sanchez is trying to make things difficult for the Yankees. Sanchez has been hitting well at Scranton producing a .819 OPS and word is he has continued to improve behind the plate. Sanchez received a one-day cameo appearance with the Yankees last week, but seeing him for an extensive stretch might have to wait until there is an injury to McCann or Romine.

So long as Romine remains steady, I am fine with that. I would much rather see Sanchez play daily and continue to grow. Sanchez's time will come.

Bullpen

With Aroldis Chapman set to serve a 30-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy, the Yankees were in need of three relievers to round out the bullpen. Some of the candidates had some time with the Yankees last season and others joined the team in the offseason.

The Yankees ended up selecting Johnny Barbato who excelled at Triple-A Scranton last season, Luis Cessa (acquired from Tigers) and Kirby Yates (minor league free agent signing). Only Yates has stuck with the club the entire season as the Yankees unsurprisingly have employed a shuttle of fresh relievers throughout the season.

Barbato got off to a rousing start and then began to falter earning him a demotion. Cessa departed New York more for the need to stretch a pitcher out than anything he did poorly, and he returned Tuesday along with Refsnyder.

Yates has pitched to a 1.76 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. Thus far, he has been a revelation and has quietly been receiving more impact innings of late.

The Yankees will continue to use the up and down bullpen methodology and it is understandable because they fail to get lengthy outings from their starters, thus forcing an abundance of innings on the relievers. However, it is not ideal to be using two or even three relievers in this fashion in my opinion.

The relievers need some consistency and the whereabouts of where they are pitching does play into the mental aspect of the game. The Yankees have already had Cessa and James Pazos up twice, and used 13 relievers in all this season. That number will surely climb, but if it did so one at a time, based on performance, I believe the Yankees would benefit from it in the long term. Of course, it is up to the pitchers to give the Yankees a reason to keep them with the big league club, just as Yates has done.

Altogether, the Yankees' Opening Day roster decisions were solid ones. A majority of the players discussed here who made the club, or earned a particular role, have performed adequately. What is more encouraging is the players who just missed out have played well enough to earn call-ups and might force the Yankees' hand to stick long-term in the future.

Tags: Ivan Nova , Austin Romine , CC Sabathia , Gary Sanchez , Rob Refsnyder , Christopher Carelli

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda remained winless for his seventh straight start as the Yankees lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, Tuesday at Chase Field.

"He's pissed," manager Joe Girardi said to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "He knows he's better than this."

Pineda (1-5) allowed five runs and nine hits, and also added nine strikeouts in five innings, as his ERA rose to 6.60.

"I know I'm better than that," Pineda said. "Right now, I'm having a really bad moment. I'm very [much] struggling in the game. I need to keep working hard and be better."

Pineda has yet to pitch into the seventh inning this season, something he did 10 times last year. He has allowed at least five runs in four of his eight starts this year.

"We'll get it worked out," Girardi said. "We have to get it worked out. He's better than what he's performed and we'll get it straightened out."

Pineda allowed a two-out triple and RBI single in the second inning and three straight singles to start the third inning. In the fifth, Arizona's Jake Lamb hit a two-run home run that made it 5-1.

"It just goes to show you when he makes a mistake, they're not missing it," Girardi said. "When he makes good pitches, he gets people out and he strikes people out. … He's got to eliminate [the mistakes]."

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Pineda needs to work on pitching from the stretch. Opponents have a .315/.371/.576 batting line against Pineda.

"He's got a chance to be a really good pitcher here and I still think he will be," Rothschild said. "He's going through a major bump in the road right now and we just need to get it straightened out."

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks , Michael Pineda

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Zack Greinke piped his fastball to the spots he wanted and had hitters pounding his changeup into the dirt.

So what if he got a little tired in the eighth inning. This was the kind of start the Arizona Diamondbacks had hoped for from their new ace and maybe one he can build upon. >> Read more at SNY.tv.


  • Michael Pineda's winless streak reached seven straight games.
  • The Yankees committed two errors on the game: Chase Headley missed a throwing attempt on a steal at second base when shifted over, and Pineda rushed a throw to first base after booting a soft hit grounder.
  • Starlin Castro hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning.
  • The Yankees have now dropped two to the Diamondbacks and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Yankees pitchers have struck out at least 10 batters 15 times this season after getting 10 against Arizona. ... Pittsburgh is the only team left that hasn't won a regular-season series against the Yankees.

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The Yankees' road woes continued with Tuesday's loss. The Yankees, now 4-12 away from New York, have not received quality efforts from any aspect of the game while on the road this season.

The Yankees own the worst road marks in team batting average (.215), on-base percentage (.276), slugging percentage (.311) and runs (43) in the majors through Tuesday's games. The club is averaging 2.7 runs per game on the road.

On mound away from Yankee Stadium, the club is almost as bad. The team's road ERA stands at 4.79 (23rd), their WHIP is 1.41 (21st) and opponent's batting average sits at .269 (24th).

To put it simply, the Yankees' failures this season directly reflect their inability to play even decent baseball on the road. They have five games left on this road trip to flip the script.


What's Next

Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi has made 113 career starts without a complete game, fourth-longest among active pitchers, heading into Wednesday series finale against Arizona.

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller, Wednesday's starter, is 4-6 with a 4.59 ERA in 12 interleague starts.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks , Michael Pineda

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The New York Yankees continue their three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona on Tuesday at 9:40 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Diamondbacks
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jean Segura, 2B
Brett Gardner, LF Chris Herrmann, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Brian McCann, C Jake Lamb, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Wellington Castillo, C
Chase Headley, 3B Yasmany Tomas, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Micah Owings, CF
Aaron Hicks, RF Nick Ahmed, SS
Michael Pineda, RHP Zack Greinke, RHP

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6.28 ERA, 1.60 WHIP), who allowed six runs on six hits while walking four and striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings during his last start against the Royals. Pineda has allowed nine home runs in 38 2/3 innings this season.

Who's Pitching for the Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (5.26 ERA, 1.49 WHIP), who allowed four runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out four in six innings during his last start against the Giants. He has allowed four earned runs or more four separate times this season.


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The Yankees have called up LHP James Pazos, INF Rob Refsnyder, and RHP Luis Cessa, the team announced.

RHPs Chad Green and Conor Mullee were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and LHP Phil Coke was designated for assignment to make room on the roster.

Pazos, a 13th round pick of the Yankees in the 2012 MLB Draft, is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 12 appearances for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre this season. The reliever had a short stint with the Yankees in 2015, where he pitched a total of five scoreless innings in 11 games, surrendering only three hits. Pazos is currently ranked as the Yankees' 25th best prospect, according to MLB.com

Refsnyder, a fifth round pick of the Yankees in the same 2012 draft, is hitting .293 with two HRs and 10 RBIs for Scranton / Wilkes-Barre in 2016. in 47 plate appearances for the Yankees in 2015, Refsnyder hit .302 with two HRs and five RBIs while playing second base. Early this season, the 25-year old Refsnyder has split time between second, third, and right field. He is ranked as the Yankees' ninth best prospect (MLB.com). 

The 24-year-old Cessa, who was traded from the Mets to the Tigers last July as part of the Yoenis Cespedes deal before being dealt to the Yankees this past December, allowed one run in two innings for the Yankees earlier this season. He's posted a 4.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 28 innings (five starts, one relief appearance) for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

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It is not surprising the Yankees want to bring up a reliever after using three for five innings in Monday night's loss. However, Refsnyder's call-up might not have been on anyone's radar at this point after being passed over the last time the Yankees wanted an extra right-handed hitter.

I feel like Pazos should be given a chance to stick around and prove his value, but we all know he could be back down in a matter of days the way the Yankees like to rotate their relievers.

As for Refsnyder, this could simply be a call-up to give the Yankees a full bench for the next couple of days, until Alex Rodriguez comes back from the disabled list. The other scenario is that Refsnyder is up for a longer haul and Ronald Torreyes' time will end as the utility infielder after Rodriguez returns.

Keeping Refsnyder up would make Starlin Castro the backup shortstop if the Yankees wanted to give Didi Gregorius a day off. The reality is that Torreyes' story is a good one, but Refsnyder could make a bigger impact with the club if the latter can learn to be a part-time player and if Joe Girardi does not mind not having a true backup shortstop on the bench.


New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulls New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green out of the game during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulls New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green out of the game during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees pitchers Chad Green and Conor Mullee struggled in their MLB debuts in the Yankees' 12-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Chase Field.

Green (0-1), who had gone 2-3 with a 1.22 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowed six runs (four earned) in four-plus innings, giving up eight hits and two home runs.

He allowed a first-inning home run to Paul Goldschmidt and an RBI double to Jean Segura in the second inning before settling down, then falling apart in the fifth inning.

"I was just trying to calm myself down a little bit, try not to get too amped up, try not to overthrow pitches," Green said of making his debut. "I think I did overthrow a few of them but from the first inning I was just trying to get ahead with the fastball. [Goldschmidt] hit it pretty good."

After Michael Bourn reached on an error by Mark Teixeira and Goldschmidt walked, Jake Lamb hit a deep three-run home run off Green after working the count full that broke a 2-2 tie.

"After the first two innings, he settled down for the next two innings and then he just got into a long count and Lamb hit a home run," Girardi said. "He did OK. We know that there's more there."

Added Green: "I had him 0-2 and didn't put pitches where I needed to. I tried going in [to Lamb] and didn't get it in."

Mullee allowed one run without issuing a hit (or a ball out of the infield) in his debut. The 28-year-old, who had a 1.42 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in the minors, allowed three walks and hit one batter in one inning. He hit Brandon Drury on a 1-2 count to load the bases with two outs, then walked Chris Hermann on a full count to score a run and make it 8-2.

"It's not easy, your first time in the big-leagues, whether you're a position player or a pitcher making a start," Girardi said. "You always look to see how guys handle it and I thought he handled it pretty well."


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(Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona offense finally came alive, and Jake Lamb led the way.

The young third baseman broke open the game with a three-run home run and the Diamondbacks snapped a five-game losing streak with a 12-2 rout of the New York Yankees on Monday night.

Lamb was a triple shy of the cycle, and Arizona had 15 hits after scoring just six runs in losing four straight at home to San Francisco.

"People say it a lot but I think that hitting is a little contagious," Lamb said. "Just to get a game like this, it's kind of like you can take a deep breath and go, `OK, we can hit.'"

Paul Goldschmidt, 1 for 14 in the Giants series, also homered off Chad Green (0-1) in the right-hander's major league debut. The Diamondbacks had lost seven straight at home.

Robbie Ray (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, his longest outing of the season, and got his first career RBI.

"That's as good as I've ever seen him," Arizona manager Chip Hale said, "in the strike zone, going after guys. He was using his breaking ball, his changeup, but he was really beating them with his fastball. I could hear him grunting out there."

Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored for the Yankees, who began a seven-game trip after a 7-3 homestand.

"There is never a good time to have a game like this," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I wasn't sure what we were going to get from Greenie. I thought he did a decent job."

Green went four innings plus two batters, giving up six runs - four earned - on eight hits. >> Read more...

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The Yankees came into Arizona looking to build on a positive homestand. The Yankees charged Green with holding the Yankees in the game long enough for the offense to get to Diamondbacks' starter Robbie Ray. Neither happened.

Green resembled a pitcher making his major league debut, and the offense looked sluggish, scoring just two runs. The Yankees bullpen was worse than Green, allowing seven runs in five innings. The collective relief outing was completely contrary to the good work the Yankees bullpen had performed in New York.

The Yankees will turn to struggling right-hander Michael Pineda to help the club prevent losing the series and they'll be tested with the Diamondbacks' ace Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke has endured a rough start in Arizona, so the Yankees offense will need to take advantage if the veteran righty doesn't have his best stuff.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia is expected to come off the disabled list and face the Oakland Athletics on the road Friday night, manager Joe Girardi told reporters earlier Monday.

Sabathia, who was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 5 with a groin strain, was confident he would be able to come off the DL as soon as he was eligible to. He threw a 45-pitch simulated game Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia, in the final year of an eight-year, $182 million contract, is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in five starts this season. In his last start on May 4, he threw seven shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

The 35-year-old Sabathia is 9-11 with a 4.71 ERA in 29 career starts against the A's. In 15 starts at Oakland Coliseum, he is 4-7 with a 5.44 ERA.

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Sabathia will slide right into Luis Severino's spot, keeping Ivan Nova in the rotation for the foreseeable future. Essentially, the Yankees will need just one spot start -- tonight's MLB debut by Chad Green -- with Sabathia coming back Friday.

Nova has performed well in his starts, and Severino was struggling leading up to his injury, so getting Sabathia back should provide an overall boost to the Yankees staff. Sabathia's injury came just as he was finding some success on the mound, so it was a discouraging occurrence for he and the staff. The Yankees will be hopeful Sabathia is able to find his groove quickly so that the team can continue cutting into the early season hole they dug for themselves.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees plan to activate designated hitter Alex Rodriguez off the disabled list for Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Rodriguez, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a Grade 1+ hamstring strain on May 4, took early batting practice on the field before Monday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (In fact, Rodriguez hit the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence at Chase Field.)

Manager Joe Girardi was hopeful that Rodriguez, 40, would only miss the minimum amount of time, and Rodriguez was confident he would be able to return to the lineup this week as well after not feeling any discomfort since suffering the injury.

Rodriguez has a .194/.275/.444 batting line with five home runs and 12 RBIs this season. In the last six games before he was placed on the DL, Rodriguez was 7 for 19 with three home runs and seven RBIs.

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The Yankees have gone 8-4 in Rodriguez's absence, and during the timespan, the club has begun to hit better as a collective unit. That said, it would be a stretch to say that the team is better off without Rodriguez in the lineup. Rodriguez remains the Yankees' best power source from the right side of the plate, and his presence in the lineup still causes teams to consider whether to pitch to him or around him.

There have been some intriguing developments with Rodriguez on the disabled list. Aaron Hicks began to get some more consistent playing time and consequently started to perform better at the plate (two doubles, two home runs, eight RBIs, .810 OPS). Additionally, Carlos Beltran has thrived as the team's designated hitter this season (four doubles, four home runs, nine RBIs, 1.025 OPS), and the defense is better when Beltran is not in right field.

When Rodriguez returns, so does the original makeup of the lineup. It will be interesting to see how Girardi juggles the players going forward because it would seem that he should rest Rodriguez more often to get Beltran more time off the field as the DH and Hicks more time on it in right field.

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Louisville Cardinals pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch against the Bowling Green Falcons in the top of the first inning during the Louisville regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Jim Patterson Stadium. (Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports)
Louisville Cardinals pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch against the Bowling Green Falcons in the top of the first inning during the Louisville regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Jim Patterson Stadium. (Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road Monday at 9:40 p.m. ET.

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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jean Segura, 2B
Starlin Castro, 2B Michael Bourn, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Carlos Beltran, RF Jake Lamb, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Yasmany Tomas, LF
Aaron Hicks, LF Brandon Drury, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Chris Herrmann, C
Austin Romine, C Nick Ahmed, SS
Chad Green, RHP Robbie Ray, LHP

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Chad Green (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his MLB debut Monday night as Luis Severino and CC Sabathia have been placed on the disabled list. The Yankees acquired Green, 24, in the offseason from the Detroit Tigers. In seven starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Green is 2-3 with a 1.22 ERA, allowing eight runs (five earned) in 37 innings. The Tigers drafted him in the 11th round in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Who's Pitching for the Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (1-2, 4.84 ERA) makes his eighth start of the season. He has pitched past the fifth inning just once in his last four starts. Ray, 24, allowed five runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings in his last start against the Colorado Rockies last Wednesday. He is 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA in four starts at home, while he is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three road starts.

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(AP) -- A successful homestand injected some much-needed confidence into the New York Yankees. A winless one has the Arizona Diamondbacks at a new low.

Both will try to move up from last place in their respective divisions when the Yankees visit the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

New York (16-20) was facing major offensive issues during a 1-7 rut earlier this month and entered a 10-game homestand buried in last place in the AL East. The Yankees are still there but just barely and with a whole new perspective after leaving with seven wins.

The best part: they won each of their series against rival Boston, defending World Series champion Kansas City and the AL-Central Chicago White Sox.

"It really shows we're capable of winning against good teams," Carlos Beltran said.

A boost in run production played a huge part. New York had averaged 2.57 runs its previous 21 games but churned them out at a rate of 4.8 per game the last three series at Yankee Stadium. << Read more


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Carlos Beltran and fellow Yankees discuss the outfielder's 400th career home run and if the Hall of Fame is in his future.

New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran hit his 400th home run in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox, leading New York to its fifth win in the past seven games.

With the Yankees trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Beltran hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning off Zach Duke that gave New York a 5-4 lead.

After Chicago tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, Chase Headley hit a tiebreaking RBI double that held up thanks to Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman.

"Right now what is important for us is that we won another series," said Beltran, who is in the final season of a three-year, $45 million contract. "We beat Boston. We beat the Kansas City Royals. We beat the White Sox. Those are three good teams. It really shows we are capable of beating good teams."

Beltran became only the fourth switch hitter to hit 400 career home runs, joining Mickey MantleEddie Murray and Chipper Jones

"I think it's a Hall of Famer in front of us," manager Joe Girardi said. "... It's a great moment for him and it's a great moment for us."

An eight-time All-Star, Beltran has recorded recorded 2,486 hits and 1,561 RBIs. He made his MLB debut in 1998 with the Kansas City Royals and has played for six teams, including the Yankees and Mets, in his 19-year career.

Though he hasn't won a World Series title, Beltran ranks ninth with 16 career postseason home runs, hitting a single-postseason record eight in 2004 with the Houston Astros.

"I never thought I was going to be able to get to the point where I am right now," Beltran said. "I knew I had a passion for the game. I've always been a hard worker. But when you accomplish something like this, it really means a lot to me and to my family in Puerto Rico and to my country."

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley continued his hot hitting in the Yankees' 10-game homestand with a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh inning of Sunday's 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

With Didi Gregorius on first base, manager Joe Girardi had Headley pinch hit for Ronald Torreyes, and Headley smashed Matt Albers' first pitch to deep center field to break a 5-5 tie.

"There's been a lot of situations this year where I've had a chance to get a big hit and haven't," Headley said. "When you finally break through, late in the game, put your team up, it's going back and forth, it's fun."

Headley entered the Yankees' 10-game homestand with a .151/.250/.151 batting line with no extra-base hits and just two RBIs on the year.

But over the past nine games, Headley went 9 for 27 with two home runs and six RBIs. His batting line since May 7 is .333/.400/.593.

"When you're not playing the way you're capable of and the team's not playing great," Headley said, "it feels good when you turn it around, both personally and [for] the team."

Headley said he wasn't happy that he didn't get the start on Sunday, but understood that Girardi wanted to give him a day off with the Yankees about to begin a grueling part of their schedule. Seventeen of New York's next 20 games are on the road, and thanks to a rainout from April 10, the Yankees have just one day off until June 13.

"This is a long stretch," Headley said. "We've got another coming after that. After the way the season ended last year, I knew we were going to try to get guys a break early and hope we don't have the tough August and September."

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Chad Green will make his first start as a Yankee Monday night in Arizona. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Chad Green will make his first start as a Yankee Monday night in Arizona. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Righthander Chad Green, called up to the Yankees this weekend, will make his first major league start Monday when the Yankees begin a road trip at Arizona.

He learned he was starting soon after the Yankees concluded their home stand with a 7-5 win over the White Sox Sunday.

Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi will both receive an extra day of rest.

Green, 24, had a 1.22 ERA through seven starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Green, acquired in an offseason trade with Detroit, has been the Yankees' best starter in Triple-A.

Green, who hits lefthanded, will have to bat in the National League park. He said he has not hit since high school and did not have a bat or batting gloves.

 

 

 

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Carlos Beltran and fellow Yankees discuss the outfielder's 400th career home run and if the Hall of Fame is in his future.

Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career homer with a man on in the sixth and Brian McCann added an insurance run with an eighth-inning homer as the Yankees beat the White Sox 7-5 Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >>Read more at SNY.tv.


  • Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his third save after Dellin Betances allowed the White Sox to tie it on Melky Cabrera's RBI double in the seventh. Betances got the win and a blown save, and Andrew Miller pitched a perfect eighth.
  • The Yankees retook the lead on Chase Headley's RBI double in the seventh. Headley, who batted .150 in April, has seven hits in his last 20 at-bats.
  • Masahiro Tanaka went five innings, giving up four runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts.
  • The Yankees went 7-3 on their home stand.
  • Beltran became the 54th big leaguer to reach 400 home runs, with Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones the other switch-hitters to do it.

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A nice comeback win by the Yankees due to some timely hitting from Beltran and Headley combined with another solid effort from the bullpen.

In winning their third straight series, the Yankees finished the homestand with a 7-3 record against some very good teams. Unfortunately, they failed to gain ground in the AL East standings during the span, and in fact, lost at least one game in the standings with the Orioles winning seven in a row coming into today's game.

That said, the Yankees cannot worry about what's happening above them in the standings, but can only control the way they play the game. They simply need to continue winning series to become relevant again.


What's Next

The Yankees start a road trip Monday in Arizona (9:40 p.m.) Righthander Chad Green, acquired from Detroit in the offseason, makes his major league debut for the Yankees against Robbie Ray (1-2, 4.84).

 

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Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the Yankees starting lineup Saturday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the Yankees starting lineup Saturday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees play the White Sox in the rubber game of their three-game series Sunday at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

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Adam Eaton, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Austin Jackson, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Jose Abreu, 1B Carlos Beltran, DH
Todd Frazier, 3B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Melky Cabrera, LF Brian McCann, C
Brett Lawrie, 2B Starlin Castro, 2B
Avisail Garcia, DH Dusitn Ackley, RF
Alex Avila, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Tyler Saladino, SS Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.11 ERA) allowed a season-high six runs over seven innings Tuesday in a no-decision in a 10-7 win over Kansas City. 

Who's Pitching for the White Sox:  RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91), who has 12 starts versus the Yankees for his third-most against an opponent. He was recalled from the minors May 9 and has made two starts, pitching into the sixth inning in Toronto and Texas.

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CC Sabathia had the longest outing by a Yankees starter this season. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
CC Sabathia had the longest outing by a Yankees starter this season. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees' CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez are both set to come off the disabled list at the end of this week.

Sabathia (left groin strain) is expected to get the start Friday in Oakland. He threw a 45-pitch simulated game Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium

Sabathia (2-2, 3.81 ERA) went on the DL May 6, two days after pitching seven shutout innings in a 7-0 win over the Orioles. It was his second scoreless outing of the season. Manager Joe Girardi is unsure of Wednesday's starter at Arizona.

Rodriguez has been confident of a short stay on the DL after going on the DL with a right hamstring strain

After starting the season 7-for-53 with two homers and four RBIs in his first 14 games, he was 7-for-19 with three homers and six RBIs in his last six.

Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) gets his first start in a week Sunday against the White Sox. He got in Saturday's game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.

 


New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury grimaces as he rounds third base against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury grimaces as he rounds third base against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Jacoby Ellsbury is likely to return to the Yankees starting lineup Sunday, manager Joe Girardi told reporters Saturday.

Ellsbury entered Saturday's 2-1 win over the White Sox as a defensive replacement. He missed seven games after straining a right hip muscle May 6.

The center fielder, hitting .260 with a home run, nine RBI and nine stolen bases in 28 games, was almost considered for the disabled list.


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Sunday, May 9: Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury does not have a time frame for when he expects to return from a strained hip, but hopes to avoid being placed on the disabled list, he told reporters on Sunday.

"I hope we can get back as soon as possible," Ellsbury said before Sunday's game. "I don't want to speculate on a time but that's the goal, I guess, to avoid the disabled list."

Ellsbury left Friday's game against the Red Sox after running the bases in the first inning, and was ruled day-to-day after undergoing an MRI. He walked with a limp, but said he has felt a little better since Friday.

"Who knows how it's going to feel when I wake up tomorrow?" Ellsbury said. "I'm going to assume it's going to feel better just like it did today."

Manager Joe Girardi said he does not have a timetable for Ellsbury's return, though said Ellsbury will be treated by trainer Steve Donohue over the next couple of days.

"I think when you see after five or six days he's not really improving, I think [a stint on the DL] would probably make sense," Girardi said.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman shut down the Chicago White Sox in a 2-1 New York Yankees win Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

  • After Ivan Nova pitched 5 2/3 innings, the Yankees bullpen combined for eight strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
  • Betances struck out all four batters he faced, including Melky Cabrera with the game-tying run on base to end the sixth inning. Miller struck out two batters in the eighth inning, and Chapman struck out two batters in the ninth.
  • Nova (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in his second start of the season. He induced 13 ground-ball outs and threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes.
  • The Yankees scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. Aaron Hicks hit an RBI double, and Didi Gregorius followed with an RBI single that gave New York a 2-0 lead.
  • While Gregorius went 3 for 3, New York's 1 through 6 hitters combined to go 0 for 19.
  • Todd Frazier homered off Nova in the top of the fourth inning to make it 2-1.
  • Jose Quintana (5-2) lost for just the second time this season, striking out five batters and allowing five hits in seven innings.

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The Yankees' offense did just enough against the second straight tough left-hander to make a winner out of Nova, who pitched quite well, inducing 13 groundball outs.

The more exciting part of the contest came from the endgame relief trio of Betances, Miller and Chapman. Betances struck out all four batters he faced and looks like he put a short blip in the rearview mirror. Miller struck out two while allowing a single. Chapman earned the save, striking out two in a clean inning.

This is exactly how the Yankees envisioned the course of a game when they traded for Chapman.

The Yankees should feel good about splitting last two games and can win their third series in a row with a victory tomorrow with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound. With the poor start to the season, all the Yankees can do is win series from here out and hope to eke back into the race.

Tags: Ivan Nova , Andrew Miller , Chicago White Sox , Dellin Betances , Didi Gregorius

New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova pitches in the first inning of the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova pitches in the first inning of the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees play the White Sox at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

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White Sox Yankees
Adam Eaton, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Jimmy Rollins, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Jose Abreu, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Todd Frazier, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Melky Cabrera, LF Brian McCann, C
Brett Lawrie, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Avisail Garcia, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Dioner Navarro, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Austin Jackson, CF Austin Romine, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34 ERA) allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings in his only start this season, which was on Monday.

Who's Pitching for the White Sox: Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38 ERA) is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last four starts.

Tags: Ivan Nova , Chicago White Sox

New York Yankees pitcher Conor Mullee pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Conor Mullee pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

In addition to officially placing RHP Luis Severino on the disabled list and recalling RHP Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the New York Yankees made several roster moves on Saturday.

The Yankees optioned catcher Gary Sanchez, who was called up on Friday, back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled RHP Conor Mullee.

New York also transferred RHP Bryan Mitchell and first baseman Greg Bird to the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees also acquired J.R. Graham from the Minnesota Twins and assigned him to Double-A Trenton.

Tags: Gary Sanchez , Luis Severino
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