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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

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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

New York Yankees right fielder Tyler Austin (26) is congratulated by Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a solo home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees right fielder Tyler Austin (26) is congratulated by Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a solo home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger)

In their first game in the major leagues, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back home runs in their first career at-bats. 

Batting in the second inning with two outs, Austin and Judge became the first pair of teammates in baseball history to hit back-to-back home runs in their first plate appearances. 

Austin, batting, seventh in the order, drilled a 2-2 pitch from Matt Andriese into the right field stands. Judge followed up with a 446-foot home run to center field that flew over Monument Park. 

The last Yankee to hit a home run in their first at-bat was Andy Phillips in 2004, which he did on the first pitch he saw. 


New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated as he scores during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated as he scores during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin make their big league debuts as the Yankees and Rays continue their three-game series from Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

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Yankees Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Aaron Hicks, LF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Evan Longoria, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Brad Miller, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Matt Duffy, SS
Gary Sanchez, DH Corey Dickerson, DH
Tyler Austin, 1B Mikie Mahtook, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Nick Franklin, LF
Austin Romine, C Luke Maile, C

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-4, 3.32 ERA) went six innings in his last start, allowing just one run on six hits against the Indians. Last pitched against Tampa Bay on May 27, pitching seven innings of shutout ball in a win.


Who's pitching for the Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (6-3, 2.90 ERA) has made 20 appearances this season, 10 of them coming as a starter. He is 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA as a starter in 2016. Threw two innings of relief against the Yankees on July 30, allowing one run.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) tips his cap in a farewell gesture to the fans after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. New York Yankees won 6-3. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) tips his cap in a farewell gesture to the fans after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. New York Yankees won 6-3. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees have officially released Alex Rodriguez, the team announced before Saturday's game. 

Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge have been added to the active roster as part of a slew of corresponding moves

Rodriguez, who spent 13 years with the Yankees, made his final appearance with the team Friday night, going 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the first inning. 

Manager Joe Girardi let Rodriguez take the field in the ninth inning, and he was removed after the first out.

"I have a huge heart," Girardi told reporters. "And if this is the last time he plays, I wanted it to be something he never forgot."

While Rodriguez is expected to switch over into an advisory role with the club, he has not officially announced his retirement from baseball. 

"I'm relieved," Rodriguez said to reporters following Friday's game. "This game is tough. The fact that I don't have to face guys like Chris Archer and [Dellin] Betances anymore, that's definitely a stress-reliever. I saw Gary Sanchez have a series in Boston, and I looked at him and said, 'I can't do that anymore.' And I was happy about it. With all the things I've been through, and to have an ending like tonight, I don't know what else a man can ask for."

Rodriguez will finish his Yankee career with 351 home runs, 1,096 RBIs and a .283 average. 

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Aaron Judge will make his Yankee debut against the Rays
Aaron Judge will make his Yankee debut against the Rays

Yankee prospects Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin will make their big league debuts Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced.

Austin will hit seventh in the lineup and play first base, while Judge will hit eighth and play right field. 

Judge had a slash line of .270/.366/.489 with 19 homers and 65 RBIs in 93 games at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Austin was at .323/.415/.637 with 13 HRs and 49 RBIs in 57 games at Triple-A. 

In corresponding roster moves, the Yankees have optioned RHP Ben Heller to Triple-A, moved RHP Conor Mullee to the 60-day disabled list and have released Alex Rodriguez, who played his final game with the Yankees on Friday. 


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Judge's promotion came a bit earlier than expected, but this goes to prove the Yankees are serious about the future.

Judge has long been considered one of the Yankees' top prospects and has delivered on the club's wishes to hone his swing and approach at the plate. He is going to be viewed as a big home run threat, but he is more. He won't be a drain in the batting average department and will draw some walks. Additionally, Judge handles himself quite well in right field.

Austin is a great story of perseverance. He was once a top-100 prospect and then suffered through injuries. After being designated for assignment, the Yankees were fortunate no one grabbed him. He has hit extremely well at Double-A and Triple-A this season. It can be argued that he has been the best hitter in the minors this season.

The Yankees said goodbye to Alex Rodriguez on Friday and have turned the page to the future. We'll see how the young prospects handle themselves and if they can help New York make an improbable run to a postseason berth.

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Alex Rodriguez reflects on his final game as a member of the Yankees after going 1-for-4 with an RBI double against the Rays.

Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and played third base in the ninth inning in his final game with the Yankees, as New York took the opener from the Rays, 6-3, from Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Read the full AP Recap on SNY.tv


  • Rodriguez doubled in his first at-bat of the game, driving in Brett Gardner with the team's first run of the day. He would finish his last game 1-for-4.
  • Rodriguez, who started the game at DH, came into the game as the third baseman in the final inning. He exited after the first out was recorded and was replaced by Ronald Torreyes
  • CC Sabathia struck out seven and allowed three runs over six innings of work. He allowed a solo home run to Evan Longoria in the first inning. 
  • Tied at three in the sixth, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer to put the Yankees on top. He also had a two-RBI single in fourth. Castro now has 52 RBIs this year. 
  • Aaron Hicks drilled a solo home run in the seventh, his fifth of the season. 

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The Yankees won their third straight game, once again via comeback and this time doing it against a top-flight and hot pitcher in Chris Archer. However, the bigger story was Rodriguez.

In A-Rod's final game as a Yankee, he delivered one last double, one last RBI and got to put on the glove one last time in pinstripes. The fans gave a rousing ovation to Rodriguez once he was removed by manager Joe Girardi. Rodriguez relished the moment which culminated a fine final sendoff by the Yankees.

Castro, one of Rodriguez's prodigies this summer, did much of the damage with a home run and four RBIs. Castro has had some nice moments this season but there seems to be so much more potential in his bat. If Rodriguez sticks with the advisor role next season, he could make a significant impact with Castro and others.


What's next...

The Yankees and Rays will continue their series from the Bronx at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-4, 3.32 ERA) starts for the Yankees and will go up against RHP Matt Andriese (6-3, 2.90 ERA). 

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New York Yankees right fielder Tyler Austin (79) catches a fly ball during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Tommy Gilligan)
New York Yankees right fielder Tyler Austin (79) catches a fly ball during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees will call up OF Tyler Austin to replace Alex Rodriguez on the roster when Rodriguez is officially released after Friday's game, reports Fox's Ken Rosenthal

Austin, 24, has split time this season between Double-A and Triple-A, playing 57 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

The outfielder has .323 with a .415 OBP and .637 SLG to go along with 13 home runs in Triple-A this season. 

Austin was ranked the No. 77 prospect by Baseball America after the 2012 season before dealing with multiple injuries. 

Friday night will be the last game of Rodriguez's Yankee career after 13 seasons with the team. 

 

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Alex Rodriguez flips his bat after hitting home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Alex Rodriguez flips his bat after hitting home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

The Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series in the Bronx on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. Alex Rodriguez will play his final game with the Yankees after spending the last 13 years of his career in pinstripes. 

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Matt Duffy, SS
Alex Rodriguez, DH Evan Longoria, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Brad Miller, 1B
Brian McCann, C Mikie Mahtook, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Corey Dickerson, LF
Starlin Castro, 2B Steven Souza Jr., RF
Chase Headley, 3B Tim Beckham, DH
Aaron Hicks, RF Bobby Wilson, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (6-9, 4.18 ERA) has recorded only one win since June 22. In nine starts over that stretch, he is 1-5 with a 6.62 ERA. Sabathia took the loss in his last start after allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. 


Who's Pitching for the Rays: RHP Chris Archer (6-15, 4.26 ERA) earned his first win of the second half in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins. He has lasted at least seven innings in three of his last five starts. Archer has the dubious honor of leading MLB with 15 losses this season.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) drinks during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) drinks during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)

Here's what Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano had to say about Alex Rodriguez on his final day with the Yankees:

JOE TORRE, MLB'S CHIEF BASEBALL OFFICER AND MANAGER OF THE YANKEES FROM 1996-2007:

"Alex was a hard worker, a genuine fan of the game and possessed great ability. In our time together, I always knew that the game mattered to him. Baseball teaches all of us at some point, and I think he should be proud of the way he carried himself these last two years. I wish Alex and his family all the best in the future."


DEREK JETER:

"I've spent 22 years playing against, playing with and watching Alex from afar, and there are two things that stand out to me the most: the conversations we had when we were young - hoping for the opportunity to play at the Major League level and then somehow finding a way to stick around - and the championship we won together in 2009. That was a season everyone on that team can cherish.

"What people don't realize is how much time, effort and work that Alex put in on a daily basis. He lives and breathes baseball. I know it will be difficult for him to not be on the field, but I'm sure he will continue to give back to the game. Congrats, Alex."


ANDY PETTITTE:

"I had a chance to see Alex as a young player in the league, and I knew immediately he was going to be special. It was always fun competing against Alex, but I really enjoyed having the opportunity to play side-by-side with him in New York. He was a big reason we were able to win the 2009 World Series. I wish Alex and his family nothing but the best moving forward."  

JORGE POSADA:

"Alex was not only one of the best players in the world, he was also one of the smartest players on the field. It was such a great combination. Please go have fun and enjoy your family - you are an awesome dad. I'm very proud of you."

MARIANO RIVERA:

"It was a privilege to play with Alex. Through his preparation and work ethic, you saw how much he cared about this game and about helping this team win. I love him - as a friend and as a teammate. He was all you could ask for in both."


ROBINSON CANO:

"He's one of the best players who ever played. He's a guy who worked hard. I've never seen a guy who worked harder than him.

"There's three things that I can say. He loves baseball, he's a guy who works hard and a guy who loved to win. He was a great teammate. For me, he was one of the best teammates I've had and a guy who helped me when I first came up and I appreciate all of the things he's done for me."

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez reacts after announcing his retirement at a press conference prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez reacts after announcing his retirement at a press conference prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

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Long before I began writing about baseball, Alex Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees and I faintly remember thinking they were ridiculously lucky he did not end up with the Boston Red Sox. Years of ups and downs, one World Series title and an embarrassing suspension make me wonder how lucky they truly were.

The failed deal to Boston, opened up the window for the Yankees to snag Rodriguez for Alfonso Soriano, and better yet, the Texas Rangers were going to chip in $67 million to help offset the remaining $179 million on A-Rod's 10-year, $252 million deal. The Yankees had just lost the 2003 World Series to the then Florida Marlins and Rodriguez was the new free agent toy for the free-spending Yanks.

Rodriguez was arguably the best hitter in the game and he would now be part of an impressive left side of the infield with the Yankees' tenured shortstop Derek Jeter, who was still in his prime. Rodriguez conceded that it was Jeter's team and quite honestly from that moment on, Rodriguez's persona became one of trying to do too much and it might have led him to decisions he will regret forever.

Rodriguez put up massive numbers with the Yankees from 2004 through 2007 (173 home runs and 513 RBIs combined) and amassed two MVP awards but a World Series title was elusive. He owned an opt-out clause in his contract, one of the first of its kind. Rodriguez created a public relations nightmare when he announced he was opting out of his deal in the middle of Game 4 of the World Series. It presented him as selfish, and that he wanted - maybe needed - to be in the limelight.

The Yankees (namely owner George Steinbrenner and his children Hank and Hal) had no intentions to lose their most talented player. Jeter was the image, but Rodriguez did the most damage. Rodriguez knew this and wanted desperately to prove he could help deliver the Yankees their 27th World Series title despite poor production in the playoffs to that point with New York. Despite the chance to go to any of the other 29 ballclubs, Rodriguez believed he had to stay under the bright lights of New York.

He got his wish of the spotlight, but not all the news was good. The Mitchell Report, which told the story of a deep performance-enhancing drug problem in the game, came out the same day Rodriguez signed his 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees. Rodriguez's name was not in the report, but not long after the report was released, former teammate Jose Canseco accused Rodriguez of taking steroids with him when with the Rangers. Rodriguez flat-out told 60 Minutes that he never took performance-enhancing drugs.

In 2008, the Yankees failed to make the playoffs despite Rodriguez's .302 average, 35 home runs and 103 RBIs. Missing the postseason was intolerable to the Yankees, so they went out and signed CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett before the 2009 season. The excitement of the season was dampened before spring training kicked into gear when Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez was one of the players who tested positive during survey testing in 2003.

Rodriguez finally copped to using performance-enhancing drugs, admitting to using while with the Rangers from 2001-03. Rodriguez claimed he never used performance-enhancing drugs while with the Yankees. However, the damage was done. His image, which he so desperately tried to pump up, took a major hit across the game.

The year got harder for Rodriguez when he then was diagnosed with a cyst on his right hip, which required surgery and forced him to miss the first several weeks of the regular season. Upon his return, some Yankees fans stuck behind Rodriguez, but he took a good deal of taunting no matter where he went around the league.

Despite Rodriguez's fall from grace with his public image, he had another stellar season in 2009 (30 homers, 100 RBIs in just 124 games), but this time he also pitched in during the playoffs and the Yankees went on to win the World Series. Rodriguez hit .365 during the 2009 postseason with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 52 at-bats.

The good vibes from the World Series victory did not last long. In March 2010, Rodriguez was connected to Toronto physician Anthony Galea, who was under federal investigation for drug violations. Rodriguez denied obtaining performance-enhancing drugs from Galea and the doctor proclaimed the same. It seemed that Rodriguez could not step away from links to performance-enhancing drugs despite his insistence he was clean.

From 2011-13 Rodriguez played in just 258 games and his performance began to decline. His OPS dipped below .800 in 2012 for the first time since 1995. He had a second hip surgery in January 2013, this time on the left side. A couple of weeks later, a revelation sprouted forever etched in Rodriguez's legacy.

Rodriguez was once again immersed in a drug scandal, this time with a Florida anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch. Bosch was being investigated by Major League Baseball and the New York Daily News and the Miami New Times reported within days of each other that Rodriguez was connected. True to his previous reactions, Rodriguez immediately denied any wrongdoing, claiming the documents the Miami New Times retrieved were bogus.

By July 2013, MLB was pushing hard for a suspension and Rodriguez began to feel the heat. Come early August, Rodriguez and his camp were critical of MLB and the Yankees, claiming the whole thing was a ruse in an effort to get him out of the game so that the club did not have to pay his salary. Rodriguez was finally suspended Aug. 5, 2013 for 211 games, which he immediately appealed.

Rodriguez played out the remainder of the 2013 season and then went to arbitration directly following the season. This is where Rodriguez went off the deep end. He sued MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig. Next, he sued the Yankees team physician Chris Ahmad and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Finally, he sued the Major League Baseball Players Association. On Jan. 11, 2014, Rodriguez's fate was sealed, hit with a 162-game ban from the arbiter.

Rodriguez burned a lot of bridges during his year away from the game, but he was determined to come back in 2015. Many, including myself, could not believe a player approaching 40-years old with two bum hips and one year removed from game action could make an impact.

Rodriguez showed up to spring training on a mission; prove he was fully capable of succeeding in the game he loved. Rodriguez vowed he would be different off the field. He apologized to whoever would listen, and proclaimed to be fully vested in baseball and baseball only. Rodriguez was saying all the right things. Once he showed a new side to his personality and he began to hit, plenty of Yankees fans jumped on the A-Rod bandwagon.

Personally, I had a problem bringing myself to buy into the new A-Rod. I was suspect of anything he said because not much of what he had stated - demanded at times - in the previous five or six years was true. That said, he was on the team, he was going to play so that meant hoping he could help the team succeed. He did.

Rodriguez and the Yankees were still on the outs and as Rodriguez neared tying Willie Mays on the all-time home run list with No. 660, things became contentious between the parties again. The Yankees claimed a home run bonus contract they had with Rodriguez, worth a $6 million for multiple home run milestones, was no longer marketable because Rodriguez's home run tally was tainted by his admittance to performance-enhancing drugs and his recent suspension.

The Yankees stated the bonus was not simply for reaching the number, but was intended to allow them to build a marketing bonanza around the home run chase. Rodriguez enlisted the union to help his cause. Eventually, wiser heads prevailed, as Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to give $3.5 million to various charities.

The compromise might have been the first step to mending fences with the organization, and for the most part, fans sided with Rodriguez believing the club was simply trying to save their money. The next phase to a better relationship took hold as Rodriguez continued to bash home runs and display production not seen since 2010.

Rodriguez was becoming a folk hero for some in New York. He was pleasant to the media; he praised the team, his teammates and his manager. Rodriguez was having fun and doing well on the field and the Yankees held a seven-game lead in the American League East at the All-Star break.

Alas, Rodriguez began to slow down in August and lasted through the end of the season. However, the Yankees and their fans now expected Rodriguez to aid the club's plight in 2016. Sadly, nothing clicked for Rodriguez straight from the beginning of the season. His bat slowed and his production at the plate was virtually nonexistent.

As the Yankees suffered inconsistency across the board, they found themselves in a position to be sellers at the trade deadline. As quickly as the Yankees used to spend money, they traded high profile relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller as well as their best hitter, Carlos Beltran. The Yankees had already begun to move on from Rodriguez as he was relegated to the bench July 22.

By early August, the most recent circus began. Yankees beat reporters, national baseball media, bloggers and fans began to question why bother keeping Rodriguez on the roster. I suggested his release at the beginning of July, arguing that if the team was going to go full-born into a rebuild it could not involve a severely declining Rodriguez.

Instead of the Yankees simply cutting ties with Rodriguez and releasing him, they tried to do it while making it look like they were doing him a favor. The meeting, in which the plan was devised, was between just owner and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and Rodriguez. It is likely that Rodriguez persuaded Steinbrenner to let him play one last game in Yankee Stadium in front of his family.

While that seems like a cool and proper thing to do, it has created a firestorm only Rodriguez could find himself in the middle. The reason; Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes his team still has a run in it. He wants to win and believes that Rodriguez in the lineup provides no benefit. Girardi felt as such well before the retirement/release announcement, but he was being questioned for his actions with Rodriguez as just five games remained before his final appearance Friday.

Many of the same people who asked why the Yankees wouldn't simply release Rodriguez, were now asking why couldn't he play in the final week? The Yanks made a mistake with how this was handled because while the team has not looked anything like a playoff team for more than a week or two at a time this season, they find themselves just 3.5 games back of the second wild card spot in a weak American League.

Looking back through Rodriguez's career, his play on the field balanced or outweighed any controversy off it. Rodriguez enters Friday's play in a 4-for-42 funk, but he will be in the starting lineup. Rodriguez has a chance to have one last proud moment with the Yankees.

The relationship between Rodriguez and the Yankees rode a roller coaster as virtually every positive performance or display off the field was eventually met with a thud. The cheating, the lies and the threats made Rodriguez unappealing to many in and out of the organization.

Rodriguez maintained a faction of fans who bought into the new persona. I do not begrudge those who fell in love with Rodriguez and I admit listening to Rodriguez since his return has been better than expected, but I never came around to care about anything more than what he did on the field. In a way, I'm like the Yankees with how this situation has unfolded. The truth is, he was not performing and there is no indication that was going to change. Therefore, in my view, the time was right for a final break in the relationship on the field.

If Rodriguez truly stays in the organization as an adviser, he has some value. His teammates look up to him and he is certainly a student of the game. Nevertheless, Rodriguez is not part of the future 25-man roster; he is a piece of an era the Yankees are now desperately looking to put behind them. Friday night, the Yankees will get their wish.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits in an RBI against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits in an RBI against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports Images)

The Miami Marlins are "probably a longshot" to sign Alex Rodriguez after the New York Yankees release him after Friday's game, according to Jon Heyman.

The Marlins, who lead the second wild card spot by half a game, have had internal discussions on whether to sign Rodriguez, who will be unconditionally released from his Yankees player contract after Friday and will return to his home in Miami for the remainder of the year, but according to Heyman, have not shown any evidence they will try to sign him.

Miami's interest largely depends on the health of first baseman Justin Bour, who has been out since July 6 with a sprained ankle, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Heyman says if the Marlins were to try to sign Rodriguez, it wouldn't be until rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Rodriguez, who will become a special adviser to the Yankees next season, is free to sign with any team and has said he still feels like he can play. Any other team that signs him would pay the league minimum.

Rodriguez, 41, his hitting .199 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 64 games this season. In his 22-year career, he has a .295 average, 696 home runs (fourth all-time), 2,085 RBIs (third all-time) and 3,114 hits.

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Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter warm up as the Detroit Tigers visit the New York Yankees for Game 1 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. (John Munson/USA Today Sports Images)
Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter warm up as the Detroit Tigers visit the New York Yankees for Game 1 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. (John Munson/USA Today Sports Images)

Alex Rodriguez's time with the New York Yankees will be remembered for one World Series title, two MVP awards and countless controversies.

And for him not being Derek Jeter.

"When I'm amongst Yankee fans and the conversation turns to him, he's not held with great fondness," said Marty Appel, author of "Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss."

"There was just something about the way he related to people over the years that fell short of a warm embrace, whether it was body language or dating celebrities," said Appel, a former Yankees media relations director and television producer. "The rank-and-file lunch-box-carrying people just never really took to him."

Perhaps the most talented and notorious player of his era, Rodriguez is set to play his final game for the Yankees on Friday night at home against Tampa Bay. New York plans to release A-Rod after the game, even though the team must pay him about $7 million for the rest of this season and $20 million more next year.

"I think it's going to be a crazy, electric stadium. I think there will be plenty of applause and there will be plenty of boos because people love to hate him," said "Bald" Vinny Milano of the Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures, who became an A-Rod fan after meeting him at a charity event. "There are always going to be Yankees fans who hate the guy, no matter what his on-field accomplishments were, no matter how great of a player he was on the field. Outside influences affect their opinion of the guy - whether they're right, wrong or indifferent. They attack his personality or his attitude. But if you look at baseball only, there's no way you can't say he's one of the best who ever played the game." >> Read more

 

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Alex Rodriguez celebrates with Brett Gardner after A-Rod's eighth-inning RBI. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
Alex Rodriguez celebrates with Brett Gardner after A-Rod's eighth-inning RBI. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)

Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4, but contributed an RBI with an infield dribbler in the Yankees' three-run rally in the eighth in his final game in a New York road uniform as the Yankees rallied to beat the Red Sox 4-2 Thursday. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv...


  • The Yankees scored three runs in the eighth off reliever Brad Ziegler. Three singles loaded the bases before Sox rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi misplayed Jacoby Ellsbury's fly into a two-run error. With the bases still loaded, Boston catcher Sandy Leon fielded A-Rod's short hit and threw to first as Brett Gardner scored.
  • Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez held the Yankees to three hits in seven innings, including an Austin Romine home run.
  • Michael Pineda pitched well, but Hanley Ramirez had two run-scoring hits, including a tie-breaking double in the fifth. Pineda gave up eight hits in six innings.
  • Dellin Betances struggled in the ninth, but got the save after Luis Cessa pitched two perfect innings. Betances had runners at the corners with one out after giving up a walk and then a double to Leon before striking out Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts to end it.
  • Rodriguez popped out and lined out to second before striking out in his third at-bat.

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The Yankees are trying to win ballgames according to manager Joe Girardi, and while the circus surrounding Alex Rodriguez's final games in pinstripes hits full effect, the club finds itself just 3.5 games back of the second American League wild card spot.

There isn't an overpowering team in the American League and the Yankees have fared well against some of the top teams in the league since the All-Star break. Of course, just like every other time the Yankees finish an impressive series (two comeback wins in this one), they have to take the next step to be taken seriously.

In fact, the last time the Yankees looked to be ready to make a move in the standings, they were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays which led to the finishing touches of New York's trade deadline sell-off. Beginning Friday, the Yankees meet those same Rays for a three-game set at Yankee Stadium with hope of a much different outcome.


What's next...

A-Rod plays his final game in pinstripes at Yankee Stadium Friday as the Bombers host Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series at a special starting time of 7:35 p.m., with pregame activities planned to honor Rodriguez. CC Sabathia (6-9, 4.18 ERA) faces Chris Archer (6-15, 4.26).

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Alex Rodriguez emerges from the Green Monster with his uniform number before Thursday game at Fenway Park, A-Rod's final game on the road. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
Alex Rodriguez emerges from the Green Monster with his uniform number before Thursday game at Fenway Park, A-Rod's final game on the road. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)

Alex Rodriguez told ESPN radio Thursday that Yankees manager Joe Girardi denied his request to play third base in his Yankee Stadium finale Friday against Tampa.

Rodriguez also appeared to be dismissive of former teammate Derek Jeter when asked if there had been any contact between the two this week as Rodriguez ends his career.

When asked if he had spoken with "Derek", Rodriguez responded "With who?" 

Told it was "Derek Jeter", Rodriguez said "About what?"

Rodriguez later admitted he was aware Jeter had reached out to him, but "inbox is completely full" and the two haven't spoken.

Rodriguez, who DH'd and batted cleanup for his final road game Thursday in Boston, is disappointed he won't be playing the field Friday.

"CC [Sabathia] is on the mound [Friday]," said Rodriguez, 41. "There's a lot of history there, and I thought it would be a fun way to go out. The fans of New York remember me more as third baseman. … I can at least make routine plays. That would've been fun for me and our fans."

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 5-3. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 5-3. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees and Red Sox play the third and final game of their series in Boston on Thursday as Alex Rodriguez will start at DH and bat clean-up.

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Yankees Red Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS
Chase Headley, 3B David Ortiz, DH
Alex Rodriguez, DH Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Travis Shaw, 3B
Gary Sanchez, C Brock Holt, RF
Austin Romine, 1B Sandy Leon, C
Aaron Hicks, RF Andrew Benintendi, LF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.17 ERA) is coming off two rough outings, having allowed nine earned runs on 12 hits total in his last 12 innings on the mound. While Pineda has struggled with control in his last two starts (five BBs in those starts), he has racked up 14 strikeouts. 


Who's Pitching for the Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.93 ERA) has pitched a lot better in his last five starts than he had earlier in the season, lowering his ERA from 8.59 to 5.93. However he has failed to pitch deep into games, going only 4.1 innings in his last outing and lasting longer than 5.1 innings in only one of his previous four starts. 

Tags: Alex Rodriguez , Michael Pineda , Boston Red Sox
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