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

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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Former Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez knows what lies ahead for ex-teammate Robinson Cano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Clint Frazier, Kansas City Royals
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 (Denny Medley)
(Denny Medley)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

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

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

Even so, he feels he can do better.

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

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

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

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Yankees favored to win the WS 00:02:55
The DNL panel discusses the Yankees being chosen by oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic and if they should be ahead of Boston and Houston.

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


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

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

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

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton collected his 1,000th career hit on Tuesday night in the team's game against the Nationals.

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees (28-12) and Nationals (24-18) begin a quick, two-game series in Washington at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

Yankees notes

The Yankees currently own the best record in the MLB, as they have won eight of their last 10 games. 

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DNL: Robinson Cano suspended 00:03:41
The Daily News Live crew discusses the 80-game suspension handed down by MLB to the Mariners' Robinson Cano for taking a banned substance.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Why on earth would anyone be surprised by Robinson Cano's suspension for violating the league's joint drug program? How could anyone react with "wow," "holy (bleep)," or any other expression of incredulity?

The questions are not an indictment of Cano specifically. His suspension was for the diuretic furosemide, which is not a PED but can be used as a masking agent, according to a person familiar with the subject. "It's used for flushing," or getting the drugs out of your system, says the person.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Clint Frazier has reportedly been called up for the team's series against the Nationals, per The Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. 

Frazier was sidelined due to a concussion he sustained in Spring Training. But since being cleared to play, he has been raking through minor league pitching. The 23-year-old is hitting .362 with three homers and 4 RBI in 12 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres, and he feels that he is ready for the big stage again...

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Whether playing for the Yankees or in Triple-A, this is a significant time for Frazier, who needs to re-establish his value to the Yankees -- and to potential trade deadline suitors...

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BNNY: Yankees' crowded infield 00:03:32
The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down what the Yankees should do with their infield now that Brandon Drury has returned.

The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down what the Yankees should do with their infield now that Brandon Drury has returned.


 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

It has been the Yankees' best-kept secret for the past three years. Until now. 

The Yankees have been secretly sending floral arrangements to families and police departments of officers who have been killed in action. And it hasn't just been New York-based departments. It has been country-wide.

Last month, the organization sent flowers to Yarmouth, Mass. in the wake of the shooting death of officer Sean Gannon. The Yankees are considered the enemy in this part of the country, but even the Red Sox faithful give a tip of their cap to the pinstripes for their gesture. 

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(John Munson-Pool Photo)

On this date 22 years ago, Dwight "Doc" Gooden threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. 

Gooden, who was 31 at the time, had put himself into a jam in the ninth inning after walking Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez. He then threw a wild pitch allowing both runners to move into scoring position. But Gooden dug deep and induced a strikeout and pop-up to finish off his no-no.

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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

The Yankees have reinstated INF/OF Brandon Drury from the 10-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced on Monday. 

Drury has been on the DL since April 7 due to migraines and blurry vision. He has spent time in the minor leagues since, where he hit a combined .315 with two homers and seven RBI over 17 games between Triple-A and Double-A Trenton.

While Drury has been spending time on the DL, Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar has impressed as his replacement at third base. He is hitting .282 with 12 doubles (leads all rookies), three homers and 14 RBI. 

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(Gregory Fisher)

The boos have slowly died down thanks to Giancarlo Stanton's hot bat. 

The Yankee faithful let the reigning NL MVP have it during his early season struggles, but now through 40 games, Stanton seems to be settling in just nicely with his new team.

Stanton went 4-for-4 with three RBI and a solo homer in Sunday's victory over the A's at Yankee Stadium to conclude the team's nine-game homestand. Over his last seven games, the slugger is hitting .391/.500/.870 with three homers and seven RBI. Also, Stanton has been raking against lefties this season with a .457 average...

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino threw his sixth straight quality start as he led the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino (6-1) struck out seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in six innings, as he improved to 4-0 in his last six starts and the Yankees improved to 19-3 in their last 22 games.

"All-in-all, for not necessarily having his best stuff, to be able to hold them to one run, you love to see that out of your ace." manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "Proud of his effort on not necessarily his best day. That's why he's become a really special pitcher."

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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Stanton hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning and hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning as the Yankees won for the 10th time in their past 12 games and 19th time in their past 22.

Luis Severino struck out seven batters in six innings, giving up one run and five hits for his fourth win in his last six starts.

Since May 2, Stanton is 13-for-38 with five home runs and 11 RBIs, raising his batting line from .222/.303/.410 to .252/.339/.516.

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

The Yankees (27-12) and Athletics (19-20) will wrap up their series at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won six of their first eight games during a nine-game homestand. The Yankees are tied with the Red Sox for the best record in the majors at 27-12... the Yankees' 27 wins in their first 39 games is tied for the second-most to start the season... the Yankees are 11-9 against AL East teams and 16-3 against other divisions.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks beat A's 00:00:48
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and first baseman Neil Walker praise the team's resiliency after their extra-inning walk-off win over the A's.

Neil Walker hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning to lead the Yankees to a 7-6 win over the Athletics on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

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

After throwing six no-hit innings in his first start, Domingo German didn't exactly flash the same form in his second start of the season. 

German was knocked around by the A's, giving up six runs in five innings on five hits with three walks and a strikeout. He's off the hook for a possible loss, though, as the Yankees bats picked him up by scoring six runs of their own...

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Frazier never had a chance to force his way into Aaron Boone's plans during the early part of this season, like Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have, due to a concussion suffered in spring training. 

While Frazier was out, he watched outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks then replacement Billy McKinney all go down with injuries. During the injury crisis, especially when Hicks landed on the DL, Frazier would have likely been called up and who knows what he would have done if given the chance, like Torres and Andujar have shown... 

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New York Yankees Brett Gardner (11) follows through on a two-run triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees Brett Gardner (11) follows through on a two-run triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Weather permitting, the Yankees (26-12) look to bounce back against the Athletics (19-19) on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Even after losing two games in a row, the Yankees are tied with the Red Sox for best record in the MLB... The Yankees are 16-3 since Gleyber Torres has been called up from AAA... Torres currently is on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .344/.386/.531 this season... Torres, Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin have three of the top four spots on the AL Rookie RBI leaderboard, behind Shohei Ohtani.

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GEICO SportsNite: Aaron Boone 00:00:42
Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down the positives and negatives he saw from Sonny Gray after his rocky outing against the Athletics.

The Yankees scored five runs on offense, but Sonny Gray and the New York' bullpen struggled mightily en route to a 10-5 series-opening loss to the Athletics on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees (26-11) will open a three-game series with the Athletics (18-19) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won five of six games during their current nine-game homestand... the Yankees are 15-2 vs. all teams outside of their division this season... the 2018 squad is tied with the 2003 and 1994 Yanekes with the best start through 37 games during the last 60 seasons... The Yankees have won nine of 13 games this season when they are losing entering the ninth inning of play.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees and Red Sox played an early-season classic of a series this week, hinting at a thrilling summer to come in the American League East. It ended with a piece of intrigue to chew on: Was Aaron Boone wrong to send Dellin Betances out for a second inning of relief on Thursday night?

Betances has quietly become more reliable of late, but his initial assignment in this game served as a reminder of his reduced role. Boone summoned the onetime setup man in the seventh, with the Yanks trailing, 4-0. Betances pitched a perfect frame, then watched his offense erase the deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the frame.

There came the controversial moment...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 10, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Outfielder Dustin Fowler will get his at-bat at Yankee Stadium ... just as a member of the Oakland A's.

The highly-touted prospect, whom the Yankees dealt last summer as part of the Sonny Gray trade, was promoted to the majors for the second time in his career earlier this week and will make his next MLB start during this weekend's A's-Yankees series.

"It's just the perfect story," Fowler said, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. "The guy I got traded for, getting to face him. It'll be nice to be in New York and play in front of that crowd. It'll be exciting. I'm ready to get there."

Fowler's first stint in the majors didn't last one full inning.

Tags: Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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GEICO SportsNite: Andy Martino 00:01:53
Andy Martino reports live from Yankee Stadium after the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox, and discusses Dellin Betances' recent struggles.

The Yankees come from behind against the Red Sox again, but fall short 5-4 thanks to a J.D. Martinez go-ahead home run in the 8th inning. >> Box score


With the game tied 4-4, Martinez lifted a home run off Dellin Betances to right field that barely escaped the glove of Aaron Judge, guiding the Red Sox to a win at Yankee Stadium...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

You have to look hard to see flaws or needs in a team that is playing as well as the Yankees are this month. But remember, the Red Sox seemed perfect on April 20, when they were 17-2 and 7 ½ games up in the American League East. The Yankees will be excellent all year, but it won't always be as easy as it has lately appeared.

While winning 17 of 18 games before Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox -- which nearly became yet another thrilling win, after the Yanks erased a 4-0 lead, only to lose on a J.D. Martinez home run in the eighth -- the team wanted for nothing. But zoom out, and the need to add a starting pitcher like Cole Hamels or Michael Fulmer remains...

Tags: CC Sabathia
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