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One can argue the Yankees should have been prepared for CC Sabathia to break down during his seven-year deal, which was advanced by a two-year extension. Unfortunately, Sabathia's troubles developed much sooner than the club hoped and encapsulated three full seasons as he battled injuries and diminished effectiveness. Sabathia finally discovered how to pitch without a power fastball, which led to a comeback season in 2016. Can he finish off his contract with a strong 2017 season?

How did Sabathia fare in 2016?

Sabathia entered the 2016 season with skeptical optimism based on his last handful of starts in 2015. He had been fitted for a knee brace which provided him the ability to pitch while limiting stress on his surgically-repaired right knee. The brace provided Sabathia confidence in the landing of his delivery, which allowed the left-hander to concentrate on his transformation into a finesse pitcher.

Despite the great results in late-2015, questions remained about Sabathia's ability to translate them into a full season. He answered the call, making 30 starts in the process. Sabathia tossed 179 2/3 innings, generating a 3.91 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. He allowed 1.1 HR/9 (a continuing issue, though better than previous seasons), but he induced a weak contact rate of 24 percent, which was among the best in the league.

Sabathia's production vaulted him back into the top part of the rotation after three years of dismal performance. He experienced two extremely fine stretches in 2016 -- one which encompassed May and ended in mid-June (0.71 ERA, 6 GS, 38 IP) and another as he finished the season (2.37 ERA, 8 GS, 49 1/3 IP), showing he once again had the capacity to handle major league hitters.

How will Sabathia fare in 2017?

Sabathia had yet another cleaning out of his restructured right knee this offseason, but at this point those have been commonplace for the 37-year-old. Knowing that Sabathia understands how to work his body through spring training likely affords the Yankees some confidence that the veteran will be ready in time to try to replicate his 2016 effort.

The Yankees will be reliant on Sabathia to be the No. 2 starter behind the club's ace, Masahiro Tanaka. The role comes as much by default -- considering the inconsistency of Michael Pineda and the inexperience of the young pitchers expected to occupy the fourth and fifth starter spots -- as it has to do with his reinvention on the mound.

Aside from Sabathia's health, I believe he has the ability to pitch to the role's expected performance. The pitching transformation process has been completed, and the worry of throwing all out is gone -- courtesy of the knee brace.

Sabathia is no longer a seven-inning pitcher, but the club should have plenty of bullpen options that can compensate for his shorter outings. I envision a healthy Sabathia making 28-30 starts, working 165-180 innings, and generating an ERA in the 3.80 to 4.00 range with a strikeout rate in line with 2016.

It would benefit Sabathia if he was able to reduce his walk rate back to his career average (2.7 BB/9 before 2016), thus countering any increase in hits allowed per inning. Finally, should Sabathia once again generate a high soft-contact rate, it will continue to aid the fact that he no longer has shutdown ability.

Bottom line

Simply stated, the Yankees need Sabathia to stay on the mound and allow the young hurlers to grow into their roles. Sabathia will no longer dominate hitters with overpowering stuff, but he has learned how to manufacture outs with his "new" repertoire. At this point, Sabathia benefits from maintaining the desire to be an ace, but without the requirement of pitching like one.

Sabathia has stated that he wants to pitch beyond the 2017 season. He'll have to take a significant pay cut, and it might not be with the Yankees, but if Sabathia reaches the metrics above, he'll have a very reasonable chance to prolong his career.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs


More 2017 player expectations for key Yankees - Gary SanchezGreg Bird & Tyler AustinStarlin CastroDidi GregoriusChase HeadleyMatt Holliday, Brett GardnerJacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Judge & Aaron Hicks, and Masahiro Tanaka.


Tags: CC Sabathia, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli

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(Adam Hunger)

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery limited the Blue Jays to just one run on four hits in six innings during the Yankees' 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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(Adam Hunger)

A strong start from Jordan Montgomery and a seven-run sixth inning leads the Yankees to a 9-1 win over the Blue Jays. << Box score


Jordan Montgomery pitched himself in and out of trouble over six strong innings as the Yankees get back to winning ways over the Blue Jays. 

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(Adam Hunger)

Jordan Montgomery worked himself in and out of trouble against the Blue Jays, allowing one run in six innings on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. 

Montgomery retired the first six batters of the game before running into trouble in next three innings thereafter as the leadoff hitter reached base in each frame...

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed RHP Adam Warren (right back strain) on the 10-day DL and recalled RHP Jonathan Holder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

This season, Warren has pitched 8.1 innings, giving up three runs (3.24 ERA) on 10 hits with 11 strikeouts. In the Yankees' 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night, Warren pitched 2.2 innings, giving up one run. 

In 2017, Warren had a 2.35 ERA over 57.1 innings with 54 strikeouts. He is eligible to return to the team on May 1.

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Apr 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees look to take Game 3 of a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. in the Bronx. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after popping out with two runners on during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after popping out with two runners on during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With hits in back-to-back home games against the Blue Jays, including a two-run home run on Friday night, Giancarlo Stanton may be breaking out of his slump to start the season.

Despite Stanton's home run, his first in 50 at-bats, the Yankees lost 8-5. But if Stanton is to regain his MVP form then the team will be back to winning more often than not.

"We're all here for the same goal," Stanton said...

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Who can the Yankees count on? 00:02:44
Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss which players the Yankees can count on when the they are struggling and need someone to lift the team up.

Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss which players the Yankees can count on when the they are struggling and need someone to lift the team up.


 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Despite plating five runs, the Yankees couldn't hold off the Blue Jays' hitting in an 8-5 loss in the Bronx Friday night. << Box score


The Yankees were looking to put together a win streak after Thursday night's 4-3 victory that saw stellar pitching from both CC Sabathia and the bullpen. 

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(Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees look to take Game 2 of a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday at 7:05 p.m. in the Bronx. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/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 April 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:47
Justine Ward and Marc Carig report from Yankee Stadium after CC Sabathia made his return from the DL and Aaron Judge hit a monster homer.

Justine Ward and Marc Carig report from Yankee Stadium after CC Sabathia made his return from the DL and Aaron Judge hit a monster homer.


New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

CC Sabathia wasn't expected to throw a normal start's worth of pitches on Thursday, his first start since returning from the DL. The bullpen would be relied upon for more than a few outs. 

Sabathia went 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs, meaning the bullpen would have to carry the other 4.2 innings. Over those frames, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combined to allow just one run, preserving the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays...

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees held off the Blue Jays for a 4-3 win in the Bronx as Aaron Judge homered in CC Sabathia's return from the DL. << Box score


Sabathia lasted 4.1 innings in his return, allowing two runs (none earned) on four hits with a strikeout and a walk. The bullpen behind him was stellar, combining for 4.2 innings allowing just one run...

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Stanton vs. Yankee Stadium 00:02:13
Giancarlo Stanton has had a rough start at Yankee Stadium, going 3-35 with just one homer and 20 K's in his first eight games in the Bronx.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone decided to drop struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the order: from third to cleanup. 

Heading into the Yankees' game against the Blue Jays on Thursday, Stanton had been hitless in his last 13 at-bats and just 3-35 at home. But Boone doesn't see it much as a demotion.  

"It's more our personnel versus their pitching and [the Blue Jays'] bullpen, that kind of thing," Boone said...

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have activated LHP CC Sabathia off the disabled list to make Thursday night's start against the Blue Jays, and placed RHP Luis Cessa on the 10-day DL (retroactive to April 18) due to a left oblique strain.

Sabathia had hit the 10-day DL after suffering a right hip strain that forced an early exit in his last start against the Orioles. He was hit hard in that outing as he allowed three homers on 58 pitches before being pulled after the fourth inning. 

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sabathia's hip. The 37-year-old has dealt with injuries in the past, especially with his right knee that he had arthroscopic surgery on in 2016. With bone-on-bone arthritis in that knee, a replacement is likely to happen in the future. 

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Ask nearly any front office executive when it's time to worry about a struggling team, and you'll get the same answer: Memorial Day. Only then has a GM gathered enough data to make a reliable judgment about his ballclub.

But the rest of us can't help but wonder right now about the 8-8 Yankees, whose April has so far been defined by one overriding question: Is this mediocrity for real?

While scouts who cover the Yanks generally believe the offense will recover -- Giancarlo Stanton can't chase this many bad pitches all year, can he? And someone among Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, Brandon Drury, and Greg Bird will eventually produce in the infield, right? -- there are more legitimate questions surrounding the rotation and bullpen...

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(Kim Klement)

It isn't an "if" Gleyber Torres will be called up to the Yankees. With infield struggling continuing, it's turned into "when."

Torres has been raking with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 21-year-old returned to the lineup Tuesday after back tightness had him out a couple games, and he didn't miss a beat going 1-for-2 with two walks and a sac fly. 

The 21-year-old is hitting .372 with a homer, triple, three double, and 11 RBI over 12 games so far this season, which begs the question of when New York's top prospect will see his major league debut. 

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The Yankees have brought back a familiar face as they re-signed veteran 1B Adam Lind to a minor-league deal, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

Cotillo adds that Lind will begin his time in extended spring training at their Tampa facility. Lind is familiar with the facilities having spent his spring with the Yankees. New York would eventually release him before they broke camp for the regular season. 

The 34-year-old was with the Nationals last season, where he posted a .303/.362/.513 slash line with 14 homers and 59 RBI over 116 games. He also knows the AL East well as he played for the Blue Jays for nine seasons from 2006-14. 

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After logging two fine starts to open the season, Masahiro Tanaka has hit a wall with two underwhelming efforts. It's difficult to witness Tanaka's recent ineffectiveness without thinking back to last season when he turned in the worst stretch of production in his professional career during the season's first half.

Tanaka is not an overpowering pitcher, which necessitates pinpointing his top-two used pitches, the split-finger fastball and slider. When he is unable to command those pitches, it forces him to resort to a very hittable four-seam fastball, which is simply not good enough to retire batters in a pinch.

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Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) walks off the field with trainer Steve Donohue during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) walks off the field with trainer Steve Donohue during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After getting called up to replace the injuried Tommy Kahnle, Yankees RHP Luis Cessa has now found his way to the DL after Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Marlins. 

Cessa, who gave up two runs over two innings last night, left the game with a left oblique strain and was placed on the 10-day DL. The 25-year-old was expected to receive a spot start at some point during the Yankees' 10-game homestand due to the high volume of games.

However, the team is going to have to look for another option if that was the case after all.

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Stanton on staying positive 00:00:56
Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton discusses retaining a positive mindset despite another rough outing in the team's 9-1 loss to the Marlins.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said he might move struggling OF Giancarlo Stanton down in the lineup when the team faces the Toronto Blue Jays in a series beginning on Thursday.

 

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Tanaka, Stanton struggle in loss 00:03:58
The Baseball Night in New York panel recaps the Yankees' 9-1 loss to the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton's ongoing slump in the Bronx.

The Marlins scored four runs in the first two innings and Jarlin Garcia continued his early-season dominance en route to a 9-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

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Judge's hot start to the season 00:05:08
The BNNY panel takes a closer look at Aaron Judge's scalding hot start to the 2018 season and his record-breaking home run pace.
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(Bob DeChiara)

Another injury has struck the Yankees as RHP Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tendonitis, the team announced Tuesday. 

Kahnle has struggled in six appearances so far this season. He posted a 6.14 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with nine strikeouts and eight walks over 7.1 innings. He has also seen a drop in his fastball velocity with an average of 95.5 compared to 98.1 mph last season.

The Yankees don't see this DL stint as a big issues, though. Manager Aaron Boone says hopefully rest will have Kahnle back to his normal self. 

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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)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games in Monday's 12-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium.

Judge became the fastest player in MLB history to reach 60 home runs (197 games) with a solo home run over Caleb Smith in the second inning, five games faster than Mark McGwire's previous record.

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge combined for three home runs, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs and the Yankees blew out the Miami Marlins 12-1 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Gregorius went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs, while Judge went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as New York won for the third time in the past four games.

Luis Severino (3-1) gave up one hit in six scoreless innings, retiring 15 of the past 16 hitters he faced.

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Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is awarded first on catcher's interference after hitting the glove of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris (R) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, already on the disabled list with an oblique/hip injury, suffered a setback when he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis on Monday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Ellsbury suffered the injury at some point last week and does not believe it to be serious, however he did not provide a timetable for when he would make his season debut.

"We're just trying to get him back to a point where he can start in on baseball activities and we'll go from there,'' Boone said before Monday's game against the Miami Marlins, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "Hopefully he's moving in the right direction."

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(Raj Mehta)

The Yankees kick off a 10-game homestand with a two-game set against the Marlins on Monday at 6:35 p.m. in the Bronx.

Yankees notes...

The Yankees played just one of three games in Detroit as rain kept them off the field on Saturday and Sunday. They took the first game 8-6 to improve to 7-7 through 14 games. ...In that contest, Aaron Hicks belted a solo homer after racing around for a two-run inside-the-park homer in the at-bat before. Hicks had just returned from the DL two days prior. ...Aaron Judge extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the win over the Tigers as well. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Just as the Yankees had hoped, LHP CC Sabathia is slated to start on Thursday after missing his last one due to a right hip injury. 

Sabathia hit the 10-day DL after suffering a right hip strain that forced an early exit in his last start against the Orioles. He was hit hard in that outing as he allowed three homers on 58 pitches before being pulled after the fourth inning. 

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Sabathia's hip, and time off gave him much-needed rest to recover. The 37-year-old has dealt with injuries in the past, especially with his right knee that was saw an arthroscopic surgery for a cleanup back in 2016. With bone-on-bone arthritis in that knee, a replacement is likely to happen in the future. 

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Mar 13, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) prepares to fields a ground ball during the third inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 13, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) prepares to fields a ground ball during the third inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

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The Yankees traded Starlin Castro and Chase Headley this past offseason, which immediately pointed to the chance that two rookies - Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres - would man second and third base, the former Pinstriper's respective positions. But neither rookie made the squad out of spring training,

Instead, the Yankees went with a young, but experienced third baseman in Brandon Drury, and an inexperienced 23-year-old in Tyler Wade at second base.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)

During their down time due to rainouts in Detroit, the Yankees optioned RHP Luis Cessa and OF Shane Robinson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. 

Though he hasn't allowed a hit yet this season, Cessa has only seen two innings over the Yanks' 14 games this season. The 25-year-old owned a 4.75 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 36 innings with the ballclub last season. 

Robinson, who was brought in as an outfield replacement due to various injuries, played in two games during the Boston series. He went 1-for-3 in five at-bats with a stolen base as well.

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New York Yankees second baseman Jace Peterson throws the ball to first base for an out during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Jace Peterson throws the ball to first base for an out during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Infielder Jace Peterson cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent after the Yankees designated him for assignment on Tuesday, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

Peterson, whom the Yankees signed to a minor league deal in January, went 3-for-9 in two MLB games this season and 1-for-4 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Due to weather, Sunday's day-night doubleheader between the Yankees and Tigers has been postponed.

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Jun 30, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; The tarp is on the field during a rain delay of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jun 30, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; The tarp is on the field during a rain delay of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

Heavy rain has postponed the Yankees' game Saturday afternoon in Detroit against the Tigers. 

The teams will attempt to play a day-night doubleheader Sunday in Detroit, with games at 1:10 and 7:10 p.m. But rain is also in the forecast Sunday. The teams have coninciding off days May 24 and June 4, 11 and 18.

Reliever Luis Cessa was supposed to get the start today for the Yankees in place of CC Sabathia, who is on the 10-day disabled list with a hip strain.

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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

In his second game off the DL, Aaron Hicks led the Yankess with three RBI on two homers in 8-6 win over the Tigers on Friday.<< Box score


Gray lasted just three-plus innings against the Red Sox, giving up six runs on seven hits. He was able to escape a pair of runners on in the first inning but gave up four runs in the second and another two in the third.

In the second inning, Mookie Betts (RBI sacrifice fly) and Andrew Benintendi (RBI fielder's choice) each traded a run for an out or the damage could've been worse. Gray was lifted one batter into the fourth...

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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

In just his second game back with the Yankees after coming off the DL, Aaron Hicks showcased his speed for an inside-the-park homerun Friday night. 

Hicks roped a Mike Fiers pitch to right-center field, and though it didn't have the distance to get out, it took a big bounce off the wall away from centerfielder Leonys Martin. Hicks turned on the jets and flew around the bases for what would be the Yankees first inside-the-park homer since 2011. 

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

The Yankees travel north to face the Detroit Tigers in the first game of a three-game set at Comerica Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes...

The Yankees dropped two of three games to their rival Red Sox at Fenway Park this week. The team is now 6-7 overall, which is third in the AL East. ... The team's overall pitching has struggled early on this season, as New York holds a 4.69 combined ERA (24th in the MLB) >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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(Brian Fluharty)

Sonny Gray failed to make it past the fourth inning for the second time in three starts this season in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Gray (1-1) surrendered six runs, seven hits and two walks in three innings as New York fell to 6-7 and lost for the fifth time in its last seven games.

"I just didn't execute very well," Gray said after the game, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "It just made it hard all the way around."

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees fall 00:00:18
Aaron Boone discusses the Yankees losing their first series against Boston and his thoughts on how things could've gone better for them.

Rick Porcello surges and Sonny Gray struggles as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-3 at Fenway Park. << Box score


Gray lasted just three-plus innings against the Red Sox, giving up six runs on seven hits. He was able to escape a pair of runners on in the first inning but gave up four runs in the second and another two in the third.

In the second inning, Mookie Betts (RBI sacrifice fly) and Andrew Benintendi (RBI fielder's choice) each traded a run for an out or the damage could've been worse. Gray was lifted one batter into the fourth...

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have activated Aaron Hicks from the DL and designated Shane Robinson for assignment. Hicks is batting sixth and starting at DH against the Red Sox on Thursday night. 

In the first game of the season against the Blue Jays, Hicks went 2-4 with two singles and appeared fine. After the game, though, trainers diagnosed Hicks with a strained right intercostal muscle.

Hicks is expected to be the team's everyday center fielder, but upon his first game back, Hicks will ease into things by starting at DH. Brett Gardner will remain in center field with Giancarlo Stanton in left and Aaron Judge in right.

Last season, Hicks hit .266/.372/.475 with 15 HR, 52 RBI and 10 SB in 301 at-bats. 

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Tyler Austin has been suspended five games for his role in the Yankees-Red Sox brawl on Wednesday night, Major League Baseball has announced. Austin has appealed. 

Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly has been suspended six games and is appealing as well. 

Austin drew Boston's ire when Brock Holt took exception to Austin's slide attempting to break up a double play. A few innings later, Kelly plunked Austin with a fastball. The hitter slammed his bat on the ground and begun angrily walking towards the mound. The benches cleared as punches were thrown. 

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

One day after a brawl, the Yankees and Red Sox finish their series tonight at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park.

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After being crushed Monday night by the Red Sox 14-1, the Yankees battled back to win the second game of the set 10-7. The win was rife with runs and drama, as the bats picked up Masahiro Tanaka while Tyler Austin ignited a brawl after Joe Kelly plunked him with a fastball. Now, the teams will play the rubber match of their first 2018 series. Aaron Hicks returns from the DL on Thursday night and is starting at DH. >> Click here to follow via SNY Gameday

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On Baseball Night in New York, the panel discusses the ramifications from Wednesday night's brawl between the Yankees and Red Sox.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Rivalry had grown musty in recent years, tabloid hype or fodder for the loudest louts in the stands at Yankee Stadium or The Fens. But not much more than that. Not anymore.

Joe Kelly taking selfies with Derek Jeter as the Red Sox feted the Yankee captain in his last game in Boston a few years ago? Party in the Bronx for David Ortiz? Hardly qualifies as bitter. The teams, mostly, have not been juggernauts at the same time, not like the early-to-mid-2000s. The Rivalry super-villains faded from the majors and into Yankee-Red Sox lore. Relative peace settled over an old feud.

But thanks to Wednesday night's brawl in Boston, there's real heat between the Yankees and Red Sox again. The kind stoked by hard feelings and anger, blood and bruises. Maybe this next generation of the rivalry is going to be as passionate as years past. Thank goodness...

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If there ever was a time to awake the bats of Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, it is against the Yankees' biggest rival. 

It obviously wasn't the biggest storyline of Wednesday night's brawl-filled fiasco at Fenway Park, but maybe it is the intensity of the rivalry that has sparked some offense from the Yanks' key power hitters. 

Both sluggers entered the series in major slumps. However, it wasn't something that the two were utterly concerned with. For example, general manager Brian Cashman said the way Stanton is handling the media's bombardment of questions shows he isn't worried in the slightest. 

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After two benches-clearing incidents with one resulting in a brawl, one would think the latest feud in the Yankees-Red Sox rivlary is over. 

Boston doesn't think so.

"You know that's coming," Red Sox C Christian Vazquez told The Post's Dan Martin after Wednesday's game.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn't keen on the Red Sox retaliation on Tyler Austin that caused the seventh-inning brawl Wednesday night. 

The whole incident was caused in the third inning when Austin slid into Sox shortstop Brock Holt, who caught a cleat in his calf. As the two exchanged words, both benches cleared without getting physical. 

That would change, though, when Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly beamed Austin, causing the Yankees' designated hitter to charge the mound. Both benches filed out of the dugout again to break up the altercation. 

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Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman and Tyler Austin discuss the benches-clearing brawl that took place in the Yankees' 10-7 win over the Red Sox.

The Yankees snap the Red Sox' nine-game win streak with a 10-7 win in a tension-filled game at Fenway Park Wednesday night. >> Box score

 

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