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New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

After trailing 8-1 after the seventh inning, the New York Yankees brought the game-tying run to the plate in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to tie the game in an 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more

  • Michael Pineda and Blake Parker combined to allow five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 3-1 game into a seven-run deficit. 
  • Didi Gregorius hit a two-run double, Starlin Castro a sac fly and Chase Headley an RBI single to draw the Yankees within 8-5 in the eighth inning to bring up pinch hitter Mark Teixeira as the tying run. Royals manager Ned Yost brought in Kelvin Herrera, who got Teixeira to ground out to end the inning.
  • In the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez and Gregorius hit two-out singles to bring up the game-tying run in Castro, who struck out on three pitches.
  • Pineda (6-11) allowed five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.
  • Gregorius went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Tyler Austin went 2 for 3.
  • Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Dillon Gee (6-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
  • Pineda left after surrendering back-to-back singles to start the seventh inning. Tommy Layne retired the only batter he faced, then Parker came in and allowed a three-run home run to Alcides Escobar that made it 6-1. Cheslor Cuthbert and Eric Hosmer hit RBI singles that extended Kansas City's lead.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

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It is true the initial deficit was due to another terrible first inning by Pineda, but he settled down and the Yankees were still in this game as it entered the bottom of the seventh inning, down just two runs. Cue a late pull of Pineda, plus more of the same from the middle relievers, and the Yanks were down seven runs when the inning ended.

All season long, Girardi has made some interesting moves where it concerned his starters -- when it seemed he should stick with one, he would pull them, and in moments when it looked as though the starter was done, Girardi gave him another batter. The results typically did not fall in the Yankees' favor.

Despite Girardi's questionable moves and non-moves, middle relievers have been the biggest on-going issue of the season. The offense and rotation have had their ups and downs, but middle relief has been abysmal all season long. The Yankees have used retreads and low-profile young relievers all season when there are better options available. More often than not, middle relievers have faltered and have cost the team a number games; potentially the same number of games they find themselves back in the standings.


What's next

Masahiro Tanaka (11-4, 3.11 ERA) faces Edinson Volquez (10-10, 4.88 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Tags: Chase Headley , Didi Gregorius , Gary Sanchez , Kansas City Royals , Mark Teixeira , Michael Pineda , Starlin Castro

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees begin a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium.

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Yankees Royals
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jarrod Dyson, CF
Aaron Hicks, LF Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
Gary Sanchez, C Lorenzo Cain, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Eric Hosmer, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Kendrys Morales, DH
Brian McCann, DH Salvador Perez, C
Chase Headley, 3B Alex Gordon, LF
Aaron Judge, RF Alcides Escobar, SS
Tyler Austin, 1B Raul Mondesi, 2B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.02 ERA) is winless in his last three starts, totaling a 3.86 ERA in 16 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Seattle Mariners last Monday. Pineda gave up six runs, six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss against the Royals on May 11 at Yankee Stadium. 


Who's Pitching for the Royals: RHP Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.55 ERA) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last start against the Miami Marlins last Wednesday. He recorded a no-decision against the Yankees on May 9, giving up one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. 

Tags: Kansas City Royals , Michael Pineda

 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, Major League Baseball announced on Monday

Sanchez becomes the first rookie ever to win back-to-back Player of the Week honors.

During the last week, Sanchez hit .522 with five HRs, nine RBIs, and seven runs scored while helping the Yankees win four straight games and move just 3.5 games behind the second Wild Card spot.

In 22 games this season, the rookie catcher is batting .405 with 11 HRs, 21 RBIs, and 18 runs scored.

Tags: Gary Sanchez

Kevin Gausman pitched seven scoreless innings Sunday for Baltimore. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) (Brad Penner)
Kevin Gausman pitched seven scoreless innings Sunday for Baltimore. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) (Brad Penner)

Baltimore's Kevin Gausman pitched seven scoreless innings as the Orioles averted a sweep Sunday with a 5-0 victory over the Yankees in the Bronx.  >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...


  • Gausman gave up seven hits and struck out. 
  • Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had another good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double.. 
  • Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitched five scoreless innings before Baltimore broke through in the sixth with one run. The O's added two runs in seventh and two more in the eighth.
  • Baltimore leadoff hitter Steve Pearce was 3-fof-4, including a solo homer in the sixth and two-run single in the seventh Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

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The Yankees came into Sunday's contest without a three-game series sweep all season, and that didn't change. The Yankees' offense Friday and Saturday was clicking on all cylinders, but ran out of gas Sunday.

At this point winning two out of three might help, but the Yankees truly need a big winning streak in order to put a claim on a playoff spot. They can only do that by sweeping teams.

The Yankee have a big road trip ahead of them, facing the hot Kansas City Royals and the Orioles. I mentioned earlier this week that the Yanks needed to grab six out of nine games (which included this three-game series) to make a dent in the standings and a sweep this weekend would have made that much easier. The way I see it winning four out of six games on the road against two good clubs is going to be difficult.

The Yankees should surely be commended for getting back into the playoff race, but the fact of matter is they may have been too far back after 24 games (8-16) to ever mount a complete comeback.


What's next...

The Yankees head to Kansas City to begin a series Monday. Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.02 ERA) faces Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.55).

Tags: Baltimore Orioles

CC Sabathia will try to help the Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles Sunday. (Anthony Gruppuso)
CC Sabathia will try to help the Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles Sunday. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees wrap up their series with the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

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Orioles Yankees
Steve Pearce, RF Brett Gardner, LF
J.J. Hardy, SS Aaron Hicks, CF
Manny Macahdo, 3B Gary Sachez, DH
Mark Trumbo, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Starlin Castro, 2B
Matt Wieters, C Brian McCann, C
Nolan Reimold, CF Aaron Judge, RF
Hyun Soo Kim, LF Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia is 19-8 with a 3.33 ERA in 36 career starts against Baltimore. With the Yankees, he is 14-8 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 starts and at Yankee Stadium, he is 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts.


Who's Pitching for the Orioles: RHP Gausman (5-10, 3.92) is 0-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 13 outings away from Baltimore but one of the right-hander's best road starts was a 2-1 loss in New York when he allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (72) looks on in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (72) looks on in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Kim Klement)

NEW YORK -- For most of the season, the offense was under-whelming for the New York Yankees.

Recently, the offense has picked up and because it has, the Yankees are in the midst of a race for a wild card spot in the American League.

After two extremely productive showings at the plate, the Yankees will attempt to have another and inch closer in the race Sunday in the finale of a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.

In the two games, the Yankees have put up some big numbers. They have 27 runs, are hitting .429 and are 14-for-27 with runners in scoring position in this series.

The productivity continued Saturday with a 13-5 win when rookie Gary Sanchez reached 11 home runs faster than any player. Sanchez did it in his 23rd game when he connected off Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning.

Read more at SNY.tv. . .


New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees' offense came alive for the second straight day, as they took Saturday's game over the Orioles, 13-5, the team's fourth consecutive win. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...


  • Chad Green lasted just 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, but the offense and bullpen back him up.
  • The Yankees got going early when Mark Teixeira drove in the first run of the game with an RBI double in the opening inning. 
  • Starlin Castro, who homered in the fifth, went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored. 
  • Rookie Gary Sanchez came through again, hitting his 11th home run in his 21st game. He also walked twice. 
  • Brian McCann had three hits and drove in two runs, while Aaron Hicks had three RBIs. 
  • Each hitter in the starting lineup recorded at least a hit. 
  • Tommy Layne, Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard had scoreless appearances out of the bullpen. 

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Two games, two offensive outbursts and Saturday's victory assured the Yankees of their sixth series win in their last seven. What's better is the Yankees have a chance at a sweep and making a significant statement in the American League playoff picture.

The Yankees' offense has been clicking on all cylinders in this series and for much of August. The story has rightly been about Gary Sanchez and his phenomenal production, but the Yankees are getting contributions from Starlin Castro, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and even Aaron Hicks.

Sweeps are hard to come by, of course, but the Yankees are playing like a team that could complete one. Likewise, the Orioles are playing like a club that could succumb to one.


What's next...

The Yankees will go for the sweep of the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. LHP CC Sabathia (8-10, 4.33 ERA) will start for the Yankees and go up against RHP Kevin Gausman (5-10, 3.92 ERA). 

Tags: Baltimore Orioles

New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) delivers a pitch fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) delivers a pitch fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees continue their series with the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

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Orioles Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Hyun Soo Kim, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Mark Trumbo, RF Gary Sachez, C
Chris Davis, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Pedro Alvarez, DH Starlin Castro, 2B
Matt Wieters, C Brian McCann, DH
J.J. Hardy, SS Aaron Hicks, RF
Julio Borbon, CF Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Chad Green (2-3, 3.66 ERA) allowed one run on five hits over six innings during his previous start against the Angels. In six starts with the Yankees this season, Green has a 4.80 ERA in 30 innings. Threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Orioles on July 21. 


Who's Pitching for the Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (7-4, 3.33 ERA) is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in five August starts. Beat the Nationals on Aug. 22, allowing two runs over six innings. Has given up three runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief against the Yankees this year. 

Tags: Baltimore Orioles

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

With a home run on Friday night, Gary Sanchez became the first rookie in Yankees history to hit 10 home runs in a single month. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Sanchez drilled a two-run home run, his 10th home run since being called up. He finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs and just a triple short of the cycle. 

"I'm trying to put a good swing on the ball and good things are happening," Sanchez told reporters after the game, according to Newsday's Laura Albanese

Over his last 10 games, Sanchez has hit .403 as the Yankees now sit 3 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot. In 20 games, he has recorded 17 extra-base hits. 

 

 


GEICO SportsNite: Yanks stay hot 00:01:36
Gary Sanchez continues to power the Yankee youth movement, as the club reaches a season-high five games above .500 with a 14-4 win.

Gary Sanchez nearly hit for the cycle and the rest of the Yankees offense exploded, too, as New York took the first game of its series with the Orioles, 14-4, on Friday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...


  • Sanchez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and fell a triple short of the cycle. The home run he hit in the fifth was his 10th of the season. 
  • Each starter in the Yankees lineup recorded at least one hit and eight of them scored, with Didi Gregorius being the only one not to score. 
  • Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run in the first, giving the Yankees the lead for good. 
  • Luis Cessa pitched six innings and allowed three runs and two home runs, but struck out five, en route to the win. 
  • Up a run in the second inning, the Yankees came through with six runs in the frame, as the first nine hitters reached base safely. Sanchez had a two-RBI double, while Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Teixeira all recorded run-scoring singles. 
  • Chase Headley hit his 12th home run of the season in the fourth inning. 
  • Blake Parker and Ben Heller pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen. 

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After a lackluster start, the Yankees treaded water, hovering around the .500 mark for much of the season. August has been a different story. While it's been a productive month, the Yankees have yet to make a significant statement all season. Tonight's demolition of the Orioles could be the start to one, and it comes at the right time with Baltimore in town. The Yanks are now just three back in the loss column with 35 games to play.

The Yankees have received solid pitching of late and the bats have been providing plenty of offense thanks to a blast of youth and contributions from the remaining veterans. It's hard to sweep teams, especially ones as good as the Orioles have been for most of the season, but in my view, that's what the Yankees need to do in order to be taken seriously.

The Yanks have five teams to chase for a wild card spot and seven if you're including the AL East crown. For now, though, the Yankees have to deal with the Orioles and they did so in decisive fashion tonight.


What's next...

The Yankees and Orioles continue their weekend series from Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Chad Green (2-3, 3.66 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees and is set to be opposed by RHP Dylan Bundy (7-4, 3.33 ERA). 

Tags: Baltimore Orioles

 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

New York and Baltimore kick off a three-game series in the Bronx on Friday night.

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Orioles Yankees
Adam Jones, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Hyun Soo Kim, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Manny Machado, 3B Gary Sachez, C
Chris Davis, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Mark Trumbo, RF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Starlin Castro, 2B
Pedro Alvarez, DH Chase Headley, DH
J.J. Hardy, SS Aaron Judge, RF
Francisco Pena, C Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (3-0, 4.01) - Cessa made an impressive debut in New York's rotation last Saturday when he allowed two hits in six shutout innings during a 5-1 win at the Los Angeles Angels.


Who's pitching for the Orioles: RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-5, 5.08) - Gallardo is 1-4 with a 4.66 ERA in his last 10 starts though he has pitched decently in four starts this month. Gallardo has allowed three earned runs or less in four straight starts, including Sunday against Houston when he allowed three earned runs and seven hits in seven innings. Gallardo faced the Yankees July 20 in New York and allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings of a 5-0 loss.


 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Major League Baseball is just days away from allowing teams to expand their rosters to 40 for the September stretch run.

Some of the New York Yankees' affiliates will be participating in the playoffs, so the timing of call-ups might be skewed depending on the big club's needs.

When the rosters expand it allows rebuilding teams to test some of their younger players, but it can also provide a lift for an MLB team in search of a postseason berth. The Yankees find themselves within striking distance of a playoff spot despite an up and down season, making the roster expansion more important to the current situation, but it will also have an impact on the future decisions for the club this offseason.

Roster expansion will certainly help the Yankees' pitching staff as they can bring up hurlers like RHP Bryan Mitchell, LHP James Pazos and RHP Luis Severino, which will provide manager Joe Girardi the ability to mix and match in middle innings of tight ballgames.

The Yankees can call up position players like IF/OF Rob Refsnyder, who can fill voids at multiple positions and outfielders Mason Williams (Yankees No. 23 prospect) and Ben Gamel (Yankees No. 24 prospect), who could provide pinch-hitting and base-running boosts in later innings.

Roster expansion certainly increases the game lengths, but for teams like the Yankees, who are fighting for a playoff spot, the time it takes to complete a game is the least of their concerns.

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Note: Team records and statistics as of August 25, 2016. Prospect rankings via MLBPipeline.com

Dominican Summer League North - DSL Yankees 1

Record: 33-36, 3rd place, 17 GB

Notable Player Stats:

David Vergel, C - 123 PA, .345/.456/.451, 21 R, one HR, 15 RBI

Pedro Barrios, P - 46 IP, 1.76 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 28 K, 14 BB 

Dominican Summer League San Pedro - DSL Yankees 2

Record: 27-42, 7th place, 23 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Dario Unda, OF - 230 PA, .322/.394/.473, 35 R, 17 doubles, four HR, 29 RBI

Jhonatan Munoz, SP - 54 IP, 3.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 57 K, 21 BB

Rookie - Gulf Coast League Northeast - GSL Yankees East

Record: 18-34, last place, 7.5 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Edel Luaces, OF - 182 PA, .239/.346/.472, 20 R, five HR, 225 RBI

Daniel Alvarez, SP - 57 IP, 1.74 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 48 K, 13 BB

Rookie - Gulf Coast League Northwest - GSL Yankees West

Record: 23-38, last place, 15.5 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Ryan Krill, 1B - 63 PA, .407/.500/.667, 13 R, three HR, 14 RBI

Alexander Rosario, P - 44.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 29 K, 6 BB

Rookie - Appalachian League - Pulaski Yankees

Record: 25-34, last place, 11.5 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Blake Rutherford, OF, Yankees' 2016 1st Round Pick (No. 18 overall), No. 6 prospect - 98 PA, .382/.440/.618, 13 XBH, two HR, nine RBI

Juan Jimenez, P - 55 IP, 3.44 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 51 K, 26 BB

Class A Short Season - New York-Penn League McNamera - Staten Island Yankees

Record: 37-27, 2nd place, 4.5 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Timmy Robinson, OF - 215 PA, .265/.341/.495, 25 R, seven HR, 45 RBI, eight SB

Kolton Mahoney, P - 51.2 IP, 2.26 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 37 K, 14 BB

Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs

First-half Record: 42-27, first place - First-half Champions

Second-half Record: 28-32, 5th place, 9 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Chris Gittens - 440 PA, .255/.361/.480, 57 R, 23 doubles, 21 HR, 70 RBI

Christian Morris, SP - 109 IP, 3.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 92 K, 22 BB

Advanced A - Florida State League North Division - Tampa Yankees

First-half Record: 41-25, first place - First half champions

Second-half Record: 32-28, 4th place, 7 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Jorge Mateo, 2B/SS, Yankees' No. 3 prospect - 475 PA, .261/.310/.392, 33 XBH, 62 R, 47 RBI, 34 SB

Gleyber Torres, OF, Yankees' No. 2 prospect - 112 PA, .224/.331/.347, 13 R, one HR, 12 RBI (.792 OPS in 398 PA at High-A Mrytle Beach)

Yefrey Ramirez, SP - 58.1 IP, 2.93 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 58 K, 16 BB (2.87 ERA in 119.1 combined innings in 2016)

Justis Sheffield, SP, Yankees No. 7 prospect - 21 IP, 2.14 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 22 K, 7 BB, (3.33 ERA, 115 K in 116.1 combined innings in 2016)

Double-A - Eastern League Eastern Division - Trenton Thunder

Record: 81-50, 2nd place, 2.5 GB

Notable Player Stats:

Tyler Wade, SS, Yankees No. 15 prospect - 527 PA, .272/.366/.369, 28 XBH, 86 R, 23 SB

Dustin Fowler, OF, Yankees No. 13 prospect - 520 PA, .289/.321/.464, 53 XBH, 61 R, 82 RBI

Chance Adams, SP, Yankees' No. 14 prospect - 69.2 IP, 2.07 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 71 K, 24 BB

Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Record: 83-49, 1st place

Notable Player Stats:

Kyle Higashioka, C - 120 PA, .284/.339/.578, 8 HR, 23 RBI (.882 OPS, 19 HR, 74 RBI in 368 combined PA in 2016)

Clint Frazier, OF, Yankees' No. 1 prospect - 95 PA, .236/.284/.493, 2 HR, 6 RBI (.785 OPS, 47 XBH, 15 HR across 498 combined PA in 2016)

Dietrich Enns, SP, Yankees' No. 26 prospect - 61 IP, 1.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 43 K, 25 BB (1.65 ERA in 131 combined innings in 2016)

Jordan Montgomery, SP, Yankees No. 20 prospect - 102.1 IP, 2.55 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 97 K, 36 BB (2.09 ERA in 133.1 combined innings in 2016)

Tags: Bryan Mitchell , Luis Severino , Rob Refsnyder

Sanchez's hot streak 00:02:55
The DNL round table debates how long Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez can continue his recent offensive tear.

The New York Yankees began the season with a terrible 8-16 start, seemingly squashing their playoff chances before the season was four weeks old.

However, with 36 games left on the schedule, the Yankees sit five games back of the second Wild Card spot and six games behind in the American League East race.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes they have a chance to reach the postseason because of the schedule immediately ahead of them.

"I think our guys believe, because when you think about it, we're [playing a lot of games] in our division," Girardi told MLB.com. "And those are … a lot of the teams that we're chasing. … The opportunity is there."

Is there any evidence the Yankees are playing well enough to make noise over the next month-plus of games?

While the team has remained somewhat inconsistent over the subsequent 102 games, they compiled a 57-45 record in the process. That is good for the sixth-best record in the American League and eight-best in baseball during the span.

Shortening the sample sizes, the Yankees (65-61) have won five of their last six series and have a 13-9 record in August. The team's record this month is fourth-best in the AL, and fifth in baseball.

Despite recent inspired play, the Yankees have an uphill battle. As the season winds down, gaining ground in the playoff race becomes difficult when there are a handful of teams to leap in the standings.

The next nine games might make or break their faint playoff chances (3.6 percent according to FanGraphs).

The Yankees will face the Orioles (70-56) in six games and the Royals (65-61) for three. The games against the Orioles are most important of course, as they hold the second Wild Card slot.

The Yankees have split their 10 games with the Orioles this season, and took three of four games from the Royals in May.

In my estimation, the Yanks will have to go 6-3 in these nine games in order to make up at least a couple games in the standings. Even that might not be enough as the Mariners (67-59), Tigers (67-59) and Astros (66-61) also sit above New York in the standings.

The recent youth movement is a certain positive for the Yankees' future, but in the now, the team having to rely on inexperienced players down the stretch might be asking for too much.

Rookie catcher Gary Sanchez has been a marvel, with nine home runs in his first 21 games of the season, but that pace cannot be expected to continue. His rookie counterparts, right fielder Aaron Judge and IF/OF Tyler Austin have already cooled down after making immediate impacts upon their call-ups.

On the mound, the Yankees are hoping to receive positive production from rookie starters Chad Green and Luis Cessa, both of whom have had ups and downs with the big league club this season. The Yankees continue to depend on young hurlers in middle relief roles, which has been more of a detriment than a luxury for much of the season.

While the Yankees have the benefit to directly affect their standing in the race as they play a large portion of their remaining schedule against AL East counterparts (30 of 36 remaining games), they are just 19-27 against divisional opponents this season.

Further, while a big nine-game run could thrust the Yankees closer to a postseason berth, they will not have a chance to let down with 20 of 23 games left on the schedule against the AL East and the other three against the National League West leading Dodgers (71-55).

The infusion of youth has made the Yankees more exciting to watch and they are playing loose baseball, but that only goes so far.

The Yankees need the remaining veterans to contribute and the club must continue to get production from both sides of the ball as they have managed to accomplish this month. Any slide backward will quickly knock the wind out of the postseason sails and again force the team to look toward 2017 and beyond.

Tags: Gary Sanchez , Luis Cessa

Seattle police escort a fan from the New York Yankees dugout after he fell from the stands during the eighth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)
Seattle police escort a fan from the New York Yankees dugout after he fell from the stands during the eighth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)

A fan fell into the New York Yankees dugout during their victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, landing on the dugout steps before being corralled by law enforcement.

The incident happened midway through the Yankees' 5-0 win. Manager Joe Girardi said the fan appeared intoxicated and fell into a part of the dugout where no players were at that moment.

"It kind of freaked me out, actually," Girardi said. "I think he tried to jump in, but he was probably not even in a state to be walking."

Girardi said the fan fell twice, landing on his ribs at first then going down again when he tried to stand. The fan was escorted from the stadium by two members of law enforcement.

"Let's just say he shouldn't have really been doing anything," Girardi said.

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press


 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-0, on Wednesday in Seattle in the finale of their three-game series.


  • Gary Sanchez gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his ninth home run of the season.
  • In the second inning, Tyler Austin's RBI single increased the Yankees' lead to 2-0.
  • Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning made it 3-0, and Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the seventh upped their advantage to 4-0.
  • Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and closed out the scoring.
  • Tanaka allowed six hits while walking one and striking out five during his seven shutout innings.
  • Tyler Clippard (2/3 of an inning) and Dellin Betances (1 1/3 innings) combined to close things out.


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After two innings in which his offerings were hit fairly hard, Tanaka began to find a groove and cruised through his second straight scoreless start. He earned his fourth straight win and the victory helps the Yankees stay no further than five games back in the wild card race.

Tanaka was aided by yet another home run from Sanchez. The young catcher is beyond hot at the plate, but he has shown to be more than just a "hitting" catcher. Sanchez called his second straight solid effort with the Yankees' ace on the hill and made some very good blocks behind home plate.

Sanchez's home run was another majestic blast, but his third at-bat impressed me more. After popping out on a slow curve in his second at-bat, Sanchez waited back on the same exact pitch in the subsequent at-bat and drilled it for a double. Sanchez's home run pace will surely slow down, but his approach at the plate portends to player who will not go into deep slumps.


What's next...

The Yankees are off on Thursday.

They open a three-game series against the Orioles on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.

Luis Cessa (4.01 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) gets the start against Yovani Gallardo (5.08 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) for Baltimore.

Tags: Brett Gardner , Dellin Betances , Gary Sanchez , Mark Teixeira , Masahiro Tanaka , Starlin Castro , Tyler Clippard , Danny Abriano

Aug 19, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Aug 19, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

The Yankees wrap up series in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field at 3:40 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Mariners
Brett Gardner, LF Norichika Aoki, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Seth Smith, RF
Gary Sanchez, C Robinson Cano, 2B
Mark Teixeira, DH Nelson Cruz, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Adam Lind, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF Leonys Martin, CF
Aaron Hicks, CF Shawn O'Malley, 3B
Tyler Austin, 1B Chris Iannetta, C
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Ketel Marte, SS

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-4, 3.24) - Tanaka is the first pitcher in Yankees history (and one of nine pitchers in Major League history) to record at least eight strikeouts and zero walks in three consecutive starts. No Major League pitcher has ever compiled four consecutive such starts.


Who's pitching for the Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8, 3.78) - Went seven innings but took the loss in his last outing, allowing two earned runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Started against the Yankees on April 17, allowing four earned runs over seven innings, as New York won 4-3.


New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia hopes his strong outing in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field can turn his season around.

Sabathia (8-10) threw seven innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and striking out seven batters, as he won for the second time in his last three starts. He had been 2-6 with a 6.78 ERA over his previous 11 starts since starting the year 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA. 

"We know what a competitor CC is; it's frustrating for him," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "There's been a lot of games, I've said, where he's pitched a lot better than the line."

Added catcher Brian McCann (via Newsday's Erik Boland): "I feel like he's been pitching great all year. If you go back and dissect some of those starts, it's been a seeing-eye single here, a bloop there. It's been coming out good pretty much all season."

Sabathia himself said he benefitted from a bit of luck in the third inning. After giving up a game-tying single to Ketel Marte, Sabathia got Guillermo Heredia to line out to Mark Teixeira for an unassisted double play.

"I got the hard-hit line drive double play today," Sabathia said. "So hopefully things will turn around."

Sabathia retired the final nine batters he faced and threw seven innings for the first time since June 28. He allowed just one extra-base hit, a Leonys Martin triple in the third inning, and two singles.

"They (can) hit the ball out of the ballpark, and he did a really nice job," Girardi said. "To give us the seven innings he did was outstanding."

Tags: Brian McCann , CC Sabathia , Mark Teixeira , Seattle Mariners

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Coming off a seven-run outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, CC Sabathia bounced back and pitched seven solid innings against the Mariners on Tuesday night in the Yankees' 5-1 win.


  • Ronald Torreyes got the scoring started with an RBI double in the second inning, the first of two doubles, on his way to a 3-for-4 night.
  • The Yankees' lead did not last long however, as Ketel Marte answered with an RBI single in the bottom of the third.
  • From that point on, CC Sabathia was brilliant, allowing only three hits while striking out seven and walking one over seven innings.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run home run in the fifth inning put the Yankees up for good, making it 3-1 at that point. It was the left-handed hitter's sixth homer of the season.
  • Rookie right fielder Aaron Judge tacked on another run via a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, further backing Sabathia.
  • The Yankees scored three runs against right-handed starter Taijuan Walker, who was pulled after 5 2/3 innings in which he allowed six hits and had three walks.
  • Didi Gregorius supplied an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI ground-rule double off the Mariners' Wade LeBlanc, to make it 5-1. The Yankees had nine hits on the night, including five extra-base hits.
  • Tommy Layne and Dellin Betances each threw a scoreless inning of relief in the win.

What's next...

The Yankees conclude their West Coast road trip on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. in what will be an all-Japanese pitching matchup, as RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3.24 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) gets set to take on fellow countryman RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (3.78 ERA, 1.26 WHIP).

Tags: CC Sabathia , Jacoby Ellsbury

 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Yankees continue a three-game series against the Mariners on Tuesday at Safeco Field at 10:10 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Mariners
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Guillermo Heredia, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Franklin Gutierrez, RF
Gary Sanchez, DH Robinson Cano, 2B
Starlin Castro, 2B Nelson Cruz, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Kyle Seager, 3B
Brian McCann, C Mike Zunino, C
Aaron Judge, RF Adam Lind, 1B
Aaron Hicks, LF Leonys Martin, CF
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Ketel Marte, SS

Who's pitching for the Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (4.49 ERA, 1.40 WHIP), who allowed seven runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out 12 in 6.0 innings against the Blue Jays during his last start. He has allowed three earned runs or more in nine of his last 10 starts. 


Who's pitching for the Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (4.10 ERA, 1.19 WHIP), who allowed six runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out none against the Angels during his last start on Aug. 6. He was demoted to Triple-A shortly after the start. Walker has also dealt with a foot injury this season.


New York Yankees relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (41) walks back to the dugout after the final out of the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (41) walks back to the dugout after the final out of the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees have placed RHP Anthony Swarzak on the disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation, and have recalled RHP Ben Heller from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Tuesday

Heller, who was acquired by the Yankees as part of the Andrew Miller trade, has pitched in 49 games between Double and Triple-A this season, earning a 1.69 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 48 innings. In the 6.1 innings he pitched while with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Heller allowed only one earned run while striking out seven.

In 29 innings with the Yankees in 2016, Swarzak has a 5.90 ERA and a 1.172 WHIP, while allowing 10 home runs and 28 hits.


New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann (34) runs after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo)
New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann (34) runs after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo)

The emergence of Gary Sanchez as the New York Yankees' primary catcher has placed additional pressure on the front office to determine the future of veteran backstop Brian McCann.

McCann, who has two years and $34 million left on his five-year, $85 million contract, has performed admirably as the Yankees' primary catcher since 2014. However, as the Yankees shift gears toward their younger players -- and potentially future stars -- McCann's grasp on the main catching load has been relinquished. The question now becomes whether McCann's value comes as a Yankee or as a trade asset.

Should the Yankees decide to maintain McCann's services for next season or beyond and assuming Sanchez carries his weight; McCann will be relegated to backup catcher duties and likely continue to be the primary designated hitter on days he is not giving rest to Sanchez behind the plate.

McCann, 32, has not hit for average since becoming a Yankee, but has maintained much of his power stroke, as he is on pace to surpass 20 home runs for the ninth consecutive season and 10th in the last 11 seasons. Such production can potentially increase with a lighter workload behind the plate. That is especially helpful for a catcher heading out of his prime seasons.

McCann's presence on the roster could certainly be valued as one of the few remaining veterans from what was a healthy purge of older players. McCann was not only considered one of the best hitting catchers in the game, he was also widely respected as one of the premier pitch framers in baseball. McCann's skills have not deteriorated as a hitter or catcher, but rather have diminished, so he can still provide adequate to above-average production when in the lineup and behind the dish.

It has been widely reported that McCann could be traded. McCann cleared waivers, so he can be traded to any of the other 29 teams. The Atlanta Braves have shown interest in bringing back McCann as they are set to open a new stadium in 2017. McCann, a former fan-favorite of his initial MLB club, could aid with ticket sales for a team in a full-blown rebuild process. McCann's leadership abilities could be beneficial to a young Braves team.

Two questions arise when it comes to trading McCann: First, what is he worth in terms of prospects? Secondly, how much of his contract will the Yankees need to take on in order for a deal to be consummated?

The Yankees were able to get sizable packages for relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and outfield rental Carlos Beltran. However, McCann has not performed to the level of any of those players. On the other side, if the Yankees are taking on a sizable sum of McCann's contract, they should be able to procure top-100 talent for him. I suspect the Yankees would have to take on about 40-50 percent of McCann's contract for any team to have a true interest in his services and thus acquire a valuable prospect. That would be especially true if the Braves, a cost-cutting machine the last two seasons, decide they want to reunite with their former backstop.

From my point of view, the Yankees should not act quickly here. There is little to suggest - if anything at all - that the Yanks will get more or less in a deal if they wait until the offseason to pull the trigger on a trade. Further, I am of the volition that keeping McCann into at least the first half of 2017 makes sense.



To begin with, I am not certain the Yankees will get the package they feel is fair for McCann considering the contract costs they will have to continue covering for the next two seasons. Next, despite Sanchez's magnificently hot start, he has all of 72 MLB plate appearances under his belt. Sanchez is sure to suffer through an offensive slump either this season or at some point early in the next.

More so, Sanchez could benefit from McCann's experience behind the plate. Sanchez has improved dramatically on defense since last season, but learning to call a big league game day in and day out is something completely new to the 22-year-old rookie. Wouldn't it behoove the Yankees to maintain McCann for both guidance to the young catcher as well as to maintain a buffer for performance related issues? It is true that the Yankees could find a veteran backup catcher for much less money to handle the role, but they would then have to hit the free agent market for a designated hitter, so the costs could end up being a wash.

I might be in the minority with this line of thinking, but keeping McCann on the roster could pay dividends both in on-field performance and in the clubhouse. I sense that McCann would benefit from a workload reduction.

After 1,362 games as a catcher, the wear and tear surely takes a toll. Cutting McCann's catching responsibilities by 75 percent by inserting him in the lineup predominantly as the DH, might rejuvenate a bat that has not truly fallen off that much since signing with the Yanks. I believe McCann can thrive in Yankee Stadium as a power-hitting DH. The 30-homer potential many including myself felt he could muster as a catcher might be fulfilled working primarily as a hitter.

Finally, the Yankees could revisit trading McCann during the next non-waiver trade period. There might be a higher demand for a veteran catcher and the Yankees might be in the market for a major league ready pitcher or position player. In addition, at that point, the club should feel completely comfortable with Sanchez manning the plate full-time and it is possible that up and coming catcher Kyle Higashioka will be ready to be called up as the backup.

I certainly won't be against trading McCann now or in the offseason. I understand the reasoning. Nevertheless, I feel that McCann brings more to the table physically and as a clubhouse presence on the 2017 roster; at least through the first half of the season.

Think of the situation this way; if McCann shows he can swing better as a part-time catcher/mostly-DH, it means he is helping the team AND it inflates his value for a potential trade down the road. The Yankees would be paying for a player actually on their roster versus some other team's and the blow of taking on his 2018 salary might be easier to for ownership to swallow.

There is a chance that McCann continues to slide offensively and his value decreases, but that is a risk I feel the Yankees can take. As I see it, the possible benefits outweigh the loss of a prospect.

Tags: Brian McCann , Gary Sanchez , Christopher Carelli

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo-home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo-home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez followed winning American League Player of the Week honors by going 3 for 4 with two home runs in a 7-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday at Safeco Field.

Sanchez became the first Yankee ever to hit eight home runs in his first 19 games, according to River Ave Blues' Katie Sharp, by hitting a solo homer in the first inning off Cody Martin and a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

"I feel really good out there in the box," Sanchez said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "The work I've been doing has been giving me good results and making me feel comfortable."

The 23-year-old Sanchez won AL Player of the Week honors last week after hitting four home runs in six games and recording a .524/.600/1.190 batting line. Playing 11 games at catcher this season, he has thrown out five of seven potential base stealers as well.

"It's been unbelievable what he's done," manager Joe Girardi said. "The way he's swung the bat, the way he's played defense. The job that he's done. Throws another guy out [on Monday night]. It's been extremely impressive."

While Sanchez is hitting .476 with eight home runs and 12 RBIs over his last 11 games, the Yankees are just 6-5 in that stretch. The team has fallen to five games back for the second wild card spot and seven back in the AL East.

"It's very tough when you can put a couple runs on the board, hit some home runs and all that," Sanchez said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "The bottom line is you don't win the game. It didn't go our way tonight, so tomorrow we have to come back and try to win."

Tags: Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez follows through on his solo home run in the first inning. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Gary Sanchez follows through on his solo home run in the first inning. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro each homered twice, but the Mariners downed the Yankees, 7-5. All of the game's runs came via the long ball.


  • Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro hit solo home runs in the first and second inning, respectively, to open up the scoring for the Yankees.
  • However, Seattle leapfrogged New York in the fourth when Kyle Seager hit Michael Pineda's 3-0 pitch over the center field wall for a three-run shot.
  • But Sanchez wasn't done. The phenomenal rookie catcher hit another home run in the sixth, driving in Jacoby Ellsbury and putting the Yankees back ahead, 4-3. Not to be outdone, Castro launched another bomb of his own that same inning.
  • Pineda exited in the bottom half of the frame with two runners on base, but Anthony Swarzak could not get the final out as Mike Zunino hit the game's sixth long ball to reclaim the lead for the Mariners, 6-5. Pineda was charged with five earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
  • Once again, Sanchez showed off his talent behind the plate as well as in the batter's box, gunning down would-be base-stealer Shawn O'Malley in the seventh.
  • Nelson Cruz added yet another homer in the eighth, off Kirby Yates, to make it 7-5 Seattle and add an insurance run for electric closer Edwin Diaz. Diaz worked around a hit batter, a single and a balk to earn the save and seal the Mariners win.

What's next...

The Yankees continue their series in Seattle at 10:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday. CC Sabathia (7-10, 4.49 ERA) will start against Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8, 3.78). Tuesday's game is the second to last of the Bombers' West Coast trip.


New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees open a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday at Safeco Field at 10:10 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Mariners
Brett Gardner, :LF Nori Aoki, LF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Seth Smith, RF
Gary Sanchez, C Robinson Cano, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Nelson Cruz, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Kyle Seager, 3B
Brian McCann, DH Adam Lind, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF Mike Zunino, C
Chase Headley, 3B Leonys Martin, CF
Tyler Austin, 1B Ketel Marte, SS

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89 ERA) is coming off a rain-shortened outing last Tuesday when he threw five scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. Pineda is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA over his last six starts. In his only two starts against the Mariners in his career, Pineda is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA.


Who's pitching for the Mariners: RHP Cody Martin (1-2, 3.14 ERA) is making his second start of the season. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in his only other start last Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Martin has given up three runs and 10 hits in 10 innings across five relief outings this season.

Tags: Michael Pineda , Seattle Mariners

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stands on the field during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stands on the field during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees left eight runners on base and went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position as they couldn't finish a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in a 2-0 loss Sunday at Angel Stadium.

The Yankees left the bases loaded in the fourth inning when Mark Teixeira flied out to center field, and New York left two runners on base in the eighth inning when it trailed by one run.

"We just didn't get the hit today," manager Joe Girardi said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I thought the at-bats were good, I thought we played a pretty good game. We just didn't get the hits."

With losses by the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners, the Yankees could have moved to three games for the second wild card spot in the American League. Instead, the Yankees sit four games back, behind the Mariners, Detroit Tigers (2 1/2 games back), Kansas City Royals (3 1/2 games back) and Houston Astros (3 1/2 games back) heading into a three-game series with the Mariners.

"It's really important because it's a team that we're chasing," Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "After those three games, we have no more with them. Basically, after those three games, we have six games out of our division and the rest are in our division out of the 36. I think those games in Seattle are really important."

The Yankees were unable to give Chad Green, who followed Luis Cessa and Masahiro Tanaka's strong outings with six innings of one-run ball, any run support. New York's 1-3 hitters went 0 for 10 with two walks.

"We won the series. That's a positive we can take away, and hopefully we can continue to do that in Seattle," Jacoby Ellsbury said. "But close games like this, you want to come through and win these games."

Tags: Jacoby Ellsbury , Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim , Mark Teixeira

Albert Pujols beats Gary Sanchez's tag to score in the first inning. Pujols scored twice, both times on singles by Andrelton Simmons. (Kelvin Kuo)
Albert Pujols beats Gary Sanchez's tag to score in the first inning. Pujols scored twice, both times on singles by Andrelton Simmons. (Kelvin Kuo)

Jhoulys Chacin held the Yankees to six hits in 5 2/3 innigns and the Angels bullpen did not allow a hit the rest of the way as Los Angeles shut out the Yankees 2-0 Sunday. >>Read more at SNY.tv. .... 


  • The Yankees wasted a strong start by rookie Chad Green, who gave up one run and five hits in six innings while striking out three.
  • Andrelton Simmons had two RBI singles for the Angels, one in the first and one in the eighth.
  • The Angels got the first run on two singles and walk. The run in the eighth came after the Angels got three consecutive singles with two out off Adam Warren. The second out came when catcher Gary Sanchez threw out Mike Trout trying to steal second. 
  • The Yankees held the Angels to four runs in the three-game series.

What's next...

The Yankees continue their West Coast trip in Seattle, where they'll start a three-game set Monday. Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89 ERA) faces Cody Martin (1-2, 3.14)


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The pitching matchup for Sunday's game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium reflects the teams' conflicting approaches to reconstructing their rosters.

Right-hander Chad Green represents the Yankees' immediate focus on youth. But another right-hander, the Angels' Jhoulys Chacin, belongs to the squadron of stopgap solutions for an injury-riddled pitching staff.

Green comes off one of the best performances by a starting pitcher in the Yankees' history. In just his fifth major league start, Green the first 13 batters he faced, amassed 11 strikeouts in six shutout innings, conceded just two hits and issued no walks Monday night in a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 25-year-old compiled the most strikeouts by a Yankees rookie since Masahiro Tanaka struck out 11 Seattle Mariners in 2014. Green also became just the second rookie pitcher in team history to compile at least 11 strikeouts without permitting a walk or a run. Stan Bahnsen pitched a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts against the Boston Red Sox in 1968, the year he was named the American League's rookie of the year.

Green's start Monday night marked the beginning of his fifth stint with the Yankees after being promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"Each time, he took his demotion the right way and said, 'OK, this is what I need to work on, and I'm going to get better,' " New York manager Joe Girardi said. "He's got good stuff and his stuff has developed this year." >>Read more at SNY.tv. . . .


Gary Sanchez is congratulated by coach Joe Espada as he circles the bases on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels. (AP)
Gary Sanchez is congratulated by coach Joe Espada as he circles the bases on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels. (AP)

Luis Cessa allowed just three hits over six innings as he picked up a win in his first career start. Gary Sanchez hit his sixth home run of the season as the Yankees beat the Angels, 5-1.


  • Sanchez hit a solo home run in the first inning to put the Yankees up early.
  • Brian McCann singled in Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro later in the first to put the Yankees up, 3-0.
  • Aaron Judge singled in Castro and McCann in the sixth inning to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
  • Cessa retired the first eight batters he saw before allowing a single to Gregorio Petit in the third inning. 
  • Cessa held Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hitless, only allowing a hit by pitch to Trout
  • Tyler Clippard came on in relief of Cessa with one on in the seventh inning and got three straight outs
  • Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
  • Dellin Betances allowed a solo home run to Albert Pujols and struck out a batter in the ninth inning.
  • The Yankees have now outscored the Angels, 12-1, through the first two games. 


What's next...

The series concludes on Sunday when Chad Green (2-2, 4.05 ERA) faces Jhoulys Chacin (3-8, 5.92) at 3:35 p.m. The Yankees will continue their West Coast trip on Monday with a three-game set against Seattle before returning home to face Baltimore. 


Luis Cessa makes his first major league start with the Yankees Saturday in Anaheim. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
Luis Cessa makes his first major league start with the Yankees Saturday in Anaheim. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees and Angels meet Saturday night at Angel Stadium at 9:35 p.m.

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Yankees Angels
Brett Gardner, :LF Kole Calhoun, RF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Mike Trout, CF
Gary Sanchez, C Albert Pujols, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS Jefry Marte, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Andrelton Simmons, SS
Brian McCann, DH C.J. Cron, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF Jeff Bandy, C
Tyler Austin, 1B Nick Buss, LF
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Gregorio Petit, 2B

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (2-0, 5.30 ERA) is making his first major league start. It's his ninth appearance in his fourth stint this season with the Yankees, having shuttled between New York and Triple-A Scranton /


Who's pitching for the Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 5.10 ERA) will make his fourth start as an Angel trying to improve on a 1-1 record with a 5.40 ERA since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1. Nolasco pitched well in a start against New York earlier this season with the Twins, tossing seven innings and allowing two earned runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts. 

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Tanaka throws a pitch in the first inning. (Reed Saxon/AP)
Tanaka throws a pitch in the first inning. (Reed Saxon/AP)

The Yankees hit four solo homers to back Masahiro Tanaka, who spun a gem against the Los Angeles Angels as the Yankees won in emphatic fashion, 7-0.


  • Jacoby Ellsbury wasted no time getting the Yankees on the board, hitting a leadoff home run off Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver. Ellsbury collected another RBI in the second inning, driving in Ronald Torreyes.
  • Three more solo shots in the fifth inning, by Torreyes, Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann, knocked Weaver out of the game. Weaver surrendered five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Torreyes and Gregorius added an RBI each in the sixth to make it 7-0 Yankees.
  • Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka was dealing. He allowed just five hits, walked none, and struck out nine in 7 2/3 shutout innings.
  • The Angels' only real threat came in the eighth after Tanaka exited with two runners on. Tommy Layne walked the only hitter he faced, and the bases were loaded. However, Adam Warren struck out Mike Trout looking to preserve Tanaka's line and keep the Angels off the board.
  • The recently recalled Kirby Yates retired the Angels in the ninth to seal the win.

What's next...

The Yankees continue their series with the Angels at 9:35 p.m. ET on Saturday. 24-year-old right-hander Luis Cessa (5.30 ERA in 18.2 big league innings) will make his first Major League start against RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 5.13 ERA).


 (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)
(Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees and Angels start a weekend series from Angel Stadium in Anaheim at 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Yankees Angels
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Yunel Escobar, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Kole Calhoun, RF
Gary Sanchez, C Mike Trout, CF
Brian McCann, DH Albert Pujols, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Jefry Marte, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF Andrelton Simmons, SS
Aaron Hicks, LF Cliff Pennington, 2B
Tyler Austin, 1B Jett Bandy, C
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Nick Buss, LF

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 3.40 ERA) has won his last two starts, but has a 5.12 ERA in August. Threw just 79 pitches over seven innings against the Rays last time out. Pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on June 6 against the Angels. 


Who's pitching for the Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (8-10, 5.32 ERA) has not won since July 17, a string of five consecutive starts. Has allowed 12 earned runs over three August starts, pushing his ERA for the month to 6.61. Carries in a 6.08 ERA and a 7-6 record against the Yankees in 16 career starts. 

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim , Masahiro Tanaka

Manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from Nathan Eovaldi earlier this season in San Diego. (Jake Roth (USA Today))
Manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from Nathan Eovaldi earlier this season in San Diego. (Jake Roth (USA Today))

Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi underwent Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery on Friday, the team announced, saying the procedures went 'as expected.'

It was Eovaldi's second Tommy John surgery.

He had been diagnosed with a partial tear of his UCL and a torn flexor tendon. 

Eovaldi was removed from his last start on Aug. 1 in the second inning after feeling elbowing discomfort.

He went 9-8 with a 4.80 ERA this season. 


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These surgeries are terrible for Eovaldi, which effectively ends his tenure in New York as he was set to be a free agent after the 2017 season. Eovaldi's future with the club was uncertain for 2017 to begin with since he was rumored to be on the trading block during the non-waiver trading period.

He came to the Yankees with plenty of promise and an electric fastball. Eovaldi developed a splitter last season and recently began using a cutter, both of which might have resulted in developing his most recent elbow injury.

Eovaldi had stretches of dominating performances in pinstripes, but they were offset by significant downturns. It's unfortunate that he was unable to completely turn into the pitcher I suspected Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild would make him.

Tags: Luis Severino , Nathan Eovaldi

DNL on the Baby Bombers 00:03:11
The DNL panel discusses the future of the Yankees and what can be expected from the Baby Bombers for the rest of the season.

Convinced Yankees fans are ready to embrace a new generation of Baby Bombers, owner Hal Steinbrenner watched Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge hit home runs in their first major league at-bats last weekend

"I was emotional. It doesn't happen often," he said Wednesday. "I'm very excited about this."

Progress shown by catcher Gary Sanchez, Judge and Austin persuaded Steinbrenner to approve the trade of Carlos Beltran to Texas and the decision to release Alex Rodriguez, who was owed $27 million more by the Yankees through 2017. Steinbrenner also green-lighted the trades of relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.

Those moves were strenuous, given he is a son of George Steinbrenner, the most aggressive pursuer of stars after the free agent era began in 1976.

"It's kind of been my DNA, right, to absolutely not trade anybody at the trade deadline. If anything we're normally buyers, right?" Steinbrenner said Wednesday at baseball's quarterly owners' meeting. "So I had to overcome a little bit of DNA issues I think in that regard."

But, he says, revenue sharing and the luxury tax have changed baseball's economic landscape, meaning the Yankees can't outspend other teams to fill every need with free agents.

"It's a different world than it was 15, 20, maybe even 10 years ago," he said. "There's a lot of teams out there that now have the wherewithal to spend money on the free agents. ... There's a lot of competition, where my dad, there was less." >> Read more

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Andrew Miller , Aroldis Chapman , Carlos Beltran , Gary Sanchez

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees' top catcher.

The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees' 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners' meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.

"It was always the case that Sanchez at some point was going to come up and hopefully come up to stay," Steinbrenner said. "So we'll cross that bridge in the offseason when we come to it. But McCann's a great player, too, so we'll just have to figure that out."

Carlos Beltran was traded to Texas and Alex Rodriguez was released as part of the Yankees' recent youth movement, and McCann is the latest veteran to lose playing time.

Sanchez, who made a one-game call-up as a designated hitter in May, has started seven of 14 games behind the plate since he rejoined the Yankees this month and has been the DH for six more. McCann has caught just twice since then and been the DH seven times, while backup catcher Austin Romine has been behind the plate five times.

McCann called Sanchez "one of the better, if not the best, young catchers since I've been in the big leagues." He understands what Girardi is doing with Sanchez, whose defense improved considerably this year while at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. >> Read more

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Austin Romine , Brian McCann , Carlos Beltran , Gary Sanchez

GEICO SportsNite: Yanks' loss 00:01:24
Sweeny Murti covers the Yankees loss and the defensive errors that helped Toronto win, 7-4, in the final game of the series.

CC Sabathia got roughed up by the Blue Jays as the Yankees fell, 7-4, to Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.


  • J.A. Happ won his 11th consecutive decision to become the first 17-game winner in the majors
  • Melvin Upton Jr. hit a three-run homer off Sabathia
  • Darwin Barney had an early two-run double for the first-place Blue Jays, who hold a slim lead over Baltimore and Boston in the AL East. Russell Martin added three hits, including an RBI single off Sabathia (7-10)
  • Happ (17-3) pitched into the eighth inning and extended the longest active winning streak in the big leagues. He struck out nine, walked one and yielded solo homers to Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley.

The Yankees are off Thursday, but return to action on Friday against the Angels in Anaheim at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: CC Sabathia , Chase Headley , Gary Sanchez , Starlin Castro

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won 6-3. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won 6-3. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees and Blue Jays complete their three-game series at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday.

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Blue Jays Yankees
Devon Travis, 2B Brett Gardener, LF
Josh Donaldson, DH Chase Headley, 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Russell Martin, C Gary Sanchez, DH
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Aaron Judge, RF
Melvin Upton, CF Didi Gregorius, SS
Ezequiel Carrera, RF Tyler Austin, 1B
Darwin Barney, 3B Austin Romine, C
Darrell Ceciliani, LF Aaron Hicks, CF

Who's pitching for the Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (7-9, 4.20 ERA) won in his last outing despite allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks in six innings. Over his last three starts, spanning 17.1 innings, Sabathia has allowed 11 earned runs on 18 hits. 


Who's pitching for the Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (16-3, 2.96 ERA) has been amazing over his last four starts, tossing 25 innings total and winning each of those decisions while posting a 0.72 ERA and 30 strikeouts. Happ has not lost a game since June 6.

Tags: CC Sabathia , Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees relief pitcher Kirby Yates (39) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Minnesota Twins won 7-1. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Kirby Yates (39) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Minnesota Twins won 7-1. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees have recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and have optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A, the team announced on Wednesday.

Yates is 2-1 with a 5.72 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 28.1 innings for the Yankees this season. But in 16.2 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yates pitched for a 1.62 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, and racked up four saves.

Shreve pitched 27.0 innings for the Yankees in 2016, earning a 5.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He last appeared in yesterday's loss to the Blue Jays where he surrendered four earned runs on two hits and two walks while not recording a single out.

Tags: Chasen Shreve , Kirby Yates

New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees' bullpen allowed 12 runs over the final four innings after RHP Michael Pineda left the game after a 44-minute rain delay in a 12-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve combined to allow eight runs in the eighth inning that turned a 6-4 lead into a six-run deficit.

Pineda threw just 68 pitches in five scoreless innings, but manager Joe Girardi opted to go to the bullpen after rain stopped the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

"We don't have control for the rain, you know? I felt really good tonight," Pineda said, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm and Nick Suss. "I threw the ball good in the first five innings. I really wanted to keep pitching, but we don't have control."

Girardi brought in Anthony Swarzak, who surrendered back-to-back home runs to Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin in a four-run sixth inning to draw the Blue Jays within four.

"It was unfortunate because Michael was really good," Girardi said, according to Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "Gosh, I would have loved to send him out there, but with what he went through with that shoulder, we just felt that we couldn't do it. It was frustrating. I was hoping it would be a quicker rain delay. ... It's risky for him and it's not a risk that we want to take. He's important to us."

Warren (1-1) allowed a game-tying two-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion and a go-ahead two-run home run to Martin that made it 8-6.

Shreve allowed all five batters he faced to reach base on a hit batter, two singles and two walks -- one of which a bases-loaded walk to Josh Donaldson that made it 10-6.

"It was unfortunate tonight that it all kind of happens at once," Swarzak said. "It looks terrible and it ruins a great start by Pineda. When guys throw up six runs, it's 6-0 going into the sixth inning, there's no doubt you should win that ballgame. That's not the way it worked out tonight."

Tags: Adam Warren , Chasen Shreve , Michael Pineda , Toronto Blue Jays

GEICO SportsNite: Yanks' issues 00:01:42
Sweeny Murti covers the issues that plagued the Yankees during the Blue Jays' come-from-behind win to take the second game of the series.

The Yankees blew an early 6-0 lead, with the Blue Jays scoring eight runs in the eighth inning, as New York lost, 12-6, on Tuesday night.


  • With the Yankees leading 6-0 in the sixth inning, the Blue Jays scored four runs off Anthony Swarzak, with Troy Tulowitzki hitting a two-run homer and Russell Martin hitting a solo shot after Josh Donaldson's RBI single.
  • The Blue Jays then erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning, with Edwin Encarnacion and Martin homering, and Josh Donaldson delivering an RBI double. Most of the damage came against Adam Warren, who was charged with four runs in just 1/3 of an inning.
  • Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first inning.
  • Gary Sanchez hit a solo shot in the second inning to put the Yankees up, 2-0, and added a three-run shot in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 5-0. Gregorious' run-scoring single in the fifth inning made it 6-0, Yankees.
  • Michael Pineda allowed four hits, walked none, and struck out two in five scoreless innings, but was pulled after throwing just 68 pitches.

What's next...

The Yankees wrap up their series with the Blue Jays on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. LHP CC Sabathia (4.20 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) will pitch for the Yankees against LHP J.A. Happ (2.96 ERA, 1.14 WHIP).

Tags: Gary Sanchez , Michael Pineda

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees and Blue Jays continue their three-game series at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.

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Blue Jays Yankees
Devon Travis, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B Chase Headley, 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Michael Saunders, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Russell Martin, C Brian McCann, DH
Darrell Ceciliani, LF Gary Sanchez, C
Melvin Upton, CF Aaron Judge, RF
Ezequiel Carrera, RF Aaron Hicks, LF

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.07 ERA) posted his first quality start in his last three outings last week against the Red Sox when he pitched six innings and allowed only two earned runs on eight hits. It was also the first time in his last four outings that Pineda did not give up a home run.


Who's pitching for the Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (7-5, 2.95 ERA) struggled with his command in his last start, tying his season-high with four walks in only five innings against Tampa Bay. Estrada allowed two earned runs on seven hits in that outing, and allowed his first home run in his last four outings.

Tags: Michael Pineda , Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees RHP Chad Green (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Chad Green (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Chad Green took a perfect game into the fifth inning and struck out a career-high 11 batters in six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

After Green (2-2) retired the first 13 batters he faced, he then allowed back-to-back hits that put runners on second and third with one out. Handed a 1-0 lead thanks to Aaron Judge's RBI double in the fourth inning, Green struck out Justin Smoak and Melvin Upton Jr. to end the inning.

"I think sometimes when you get in those situations you try to overthrow too much; I was just trying to focus on the glove," Green said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "I was confident right there."

The Yankees called up Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Luis Severino (1-8) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. 

"I think every time we go out there they're evaluating us," Green said. "We're always playing for the next day, I guess. Every time I run out there it's almost like a tryout."

Green had made four starts and four relief appearances in the majors. In his last start on Aug. 3, he gave up three runs, eight hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings, but he allowed just six hits in 9 1/3 scoreless innings in relief in the majors. 

"I caught him a lot in Triple-A," catcher Gary Sanchez said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "This is what I'm used to seeing from him. He had really good command of his pitches."

Tags: Gary Sanchez , Luis Severino , Toronto Blue Jays

GEICO SportsNite: Yanks' success 00:01:43
Sweeny Murti covers the Yankees' recent success, highlighted by Chad Green's gem against the Blue Jays and Aaron Judge's hot start.

New York Yankees RHP Chad Green struck out 11 batters in six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more

  • Green (2-2) gave up two hits and did not walk a batter to earn his second career win. He retired the first 13 batters he faced and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth inning by striking out Justin Smoak and Melvin Upton Jr. with runners on second and third.
  • Tyler ClippardAdam Warren and Dellin Betances each threw one scoreless inning of relief. Betances got Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play with runners on the corners.
  • Rookie outfielder Aaron Judge drove in Brian McCann with an RBI double in the fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Judge became the first Yankee with an extra-base hit and an RBI in each of his first three games since 1920, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
  • New York struggled with runners in scoring position, going 2 for 18 and stranding 14 runners in total. The Yankees stranded two runners on in the first, second and fourth innings, and left the bases loaded in the sixth and eighth innings.

What's next

Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.07 ERA) will face Marco Estrada (7-5, 2.95 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tags: Adam Warren , Brian McCann , Dellin Betances , Toronto Blue Jays , Tyler Clippard

Chad Green is coming off a strong start last week in New York. (Brad Penner)
Chad Green is coming off a strong start last week in New York. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees and Blue Jays begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Monday.

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Blue Jays Yankees
Devon Travis, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B Chase Headley, 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Didi Gregorius, SS
Michael Saunders, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Darrell Ceciliani, LF Brian McCann, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B Gary Sanchez, C
Melvin Upton, CF Aaron Judge, RF
Josh Thole, C Aaron Hicks, LF

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Chad Green (1-2, 4.94 ERA) struggled in his last start, lasting only 3.2 innings against the Mets while surrendering three earned runs on eight hits and four walks. In his last 7.1 innings spanning two outings, Green has seven strikeouts while also racking up seven walks.


Who's pitching for the Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (8-12, 4.61 ERA) has not looked good lately, allowing four earned runs or more in four of his previous five starts. In his most recent outing, Dickey allowed four earned runs on six hits in 4.1 innings against Tampa Bay.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez takes the field to play third base during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez takes the field to play third base during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update

Rodriguez's publicist Ron Berkowitz released a statement Monday saying the veteran slugger will not play for any team for the remainder of this season. 

The statement said, "I want to put all of this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season... It's not happening. Like he said Friday night, he is happy and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends."

Reports over the weekend said the Miami Marlins were possibly interested in signing Rodriguez.

Previous Reports

Alex Rodriguez may soon get a call soon from his hometown team.

The Miami Marlins are in the market for a power hitter to replace injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who will likely miss the rest of the regular season. They're discussing whether to reach out to Rodriguez, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Sunday.

Stanton strained his groin Saturday and is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks. Rodriguez, who grew up in South Florida and still lives here, played his final game for the New York Yankees on Friday.

"We're going to look at everything," Hill said. "There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing. He has something set up to move into the Yankees front office; I don't know where his head is on that."

Stanton, this year's Home Run Derby winner, leads the Marlins with 25 homers and 70 RBIs while batting .244. Justin Bour, who has 15 home runs, is sidelined with an ankle injury, creating a void at first base that Rodriguez could help fill.

The Marlins are contending for their first playoff berth since 2003. To overcome the loss of Stanton, Hill said, the front office will consider all options - including Rodriguez. >> Read more

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Miami Marlins

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Aaron Judge, one of the New York Yankees' top prospects, homered twice in his first weekend in the majors in a polarizing start to his big league career.

Fellow rookie Tyler Austin and Judge became the first teammates in baseball history to hit back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Austin's home run was a line drive that just eclipsed the right-field fence, whereas Judge's first homer was a blast projected to travel 446 feet to deep center field.

"It was exciting," Judge said on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Nick Suss. "Tyler went out there and he got down 0-2 really quick, but he battled and had a great at-bat and was able to hit one out. I was ecstatic on deck and I was like, 'I've just got to make contact now.' What a day. That's all I can really say."

Judge followed Saturday's debut with another home run, this one 362 feet to right field, in a 12-3 loss on Sunday to become the second Yankee since 1980 to homer in his first two games in the majors.

"I don't think we expect a homer every day. I think that would be a record," manager Joe Girardi said on Sunday, according to Suss. "It seems like every time he hits the ball in the air people get excited."

Judge, 24, towers at 6-foot-7, 275 pounds, and was one of the prospects called up to fill the void of Alex Rodriguez, who was unconditionally released from his playing contract after Friday's game. 

He had missed nearly a month with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a knee injury, but has a .366/.458/.780 batting line with five home runs and 13 RBIs in the 12 games across both levels since he's returned.

"He's a young player and you want to make sure he's making adjustments," Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron, "and, so far, he's looked really, really good."

Tags: Matt Eisenberg

GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:00:32
Yankees manager Joe Girardi discusses starting pitcher Luis Severino's struggles on the hill against the Rays.

Luis Severino gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Yankees lost 12-3 to the Rays Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >>Read the full AP game recap at SNY.tv. .


  • Severino, who was sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game, struck out seven, but also gave up eight hits. That included a three-run blast by Corey Dickerson in Tampa Bay's six-run fourth. Severino was briefly demoted to the minors last week but was recalled after Nathan Eovaldi went on the disabled list. He dropped to 1-8 and his ERA went from 6.42 to 7.19.
  • It was also a tough day for Yankees reliever Luis Cessa, who allowed five runs and five hits, including a three-run homer by Nick Franklin.
  • Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer and Aaron Judge a solo homer against Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi.
  • Evan Longoria had four RBI for Tampa.

What's next...

Toronto comes to Yankee Stadium Monday to start a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. R.A. Dickey (8-12, 4.61 ERA) goes for the Jays; the Yankees have not named a starter.

Tags: Luis Severino , Tampa Bay Rays

Mariano Rivera was honored Saturday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium. (John Munson-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Mariano Rivera was honored Saturday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium. (John Munson-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees honored all-time major league saves leader Mariano Rivera Sunday, unveiling a Monument Park plaque to the reliever who appears destined to be selected for the Hall of Fame on the first ballot n 2019.

Rivera was joined on the field by his former catcher Joe Girardi, now the Yankees manager,  former trainer Gene Monahan, former manager Joe Torre, former pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and former teammates David Cone, John Wetteland, Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter.

On Saturday, the Yankees honored their 1996 world championship team.

"I will always thank the good lord for making me a Yankee," Rivera said in his speech.

"(He) was the easiest guy I ever caught," Girardi said. "You never had to block a ball. You never had to think about a ball in the dirt. You knew he was going to be really close to where he was trying to throw it."

 

River had 652 career saves in 19 seasons, all with the Yankees.  Girardi thinks the Hall of Fame vote should be unanimous. "I would like to see the person who doesn't vote for him, and the reasoning."


Luis Severino gets a second chance in the rotation thanks to Nathan Eovaldi's injury. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)
Luis Severino gets a second chance in the rotation thanks to Nathan Eovaldi's injury. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees and Rays wrap up their three-game series from Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

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Rays Yankees
Logan Forsythe, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Kevin Keirmaier, CF Aaron Hicks, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Brad Miller, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Matt Duffy, SS Brian McCann, DH
Nick Franklin, LF Gary Sanchez, C
Corey Dickerson, DH Tyler Austin, 1B
Steven Souza Jr., RF Aaron Judge, RF
Bobby Wilson, C Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (1-7, 6.42 ERA) was demoted after a poor start last Tuesday in Boston, but is back in the rotation after Nathan Eovaldi went on the DL. Severino is 0-7 with a 7.78 ERA in eight starts for the Yankees and with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, he is 7-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts.


Who's pitching for the Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.13 is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last five starts.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka , Tampa Bay Rays

GEICO SportsNite: Judge-ment Day 00:01:24
Sweeny Murti breaks down the Major League debuts of Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin in the Yankees' 8-4 win.

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin made history with home runs in their first at-bats, and the Yankees hit five home runs to power over the Rays for an 8-4 win. >> Read the full AP game recap at SNY.tv...


  • Batting with two outs in the second inning, Austin connected for a solo home run and Judge followed with one of his own. They became the first pair of teammates in baseball history to hit home runs in their first plate appearances.
  • Masahiro Tanaka allowed two home runs of his own, getting charged with four runs over seven innings. He struck out eight in the win. 
  • Starlin Castro evened things up in the fourth with a solo home run and Aaron Hicks put the Yankees up for good with a three-run shot an inning later. 
  • Didi Gregorius added a two-run home run to right field in the seventh, which was his 15th of the year. 
  • Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless ninth inning. 

What's next...

The Yankees will look to sweep the Rays in the finale of their series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Luis Severino (1-7, 6.42 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees and face off against RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.69 ERA).

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka , Tampa Bay Rays
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