J-Lo lobbies for A-Rod to manage 00:03:35
Sal Licata and Jon Hein break down Jennifer Lopez's tweet that calls for Alex Rodriguez to become the next manager of the New York Yankees.

While Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the organization did not consider former third baseman Alex Rodriguez to be a serious candidate for their managerial vacancy, he said he valued Rodriguez's input in what direction the team should head toward.

"I reached out to Alex a number of times, 'Hey, what do you got?'" Cashman said on Friday, according to the New York Daily News' Amara Grautski. "I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have a lot of respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody. So he certaintly connected with me about what his thoughts are and the type of people he thinks we should [go for]."

Cashman said on Friday he narrowed his choices down to the six people who interviewed for the vacancy: newly-retired outfielder Carlos Beltran, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge and former player and current MLB analyst Aaron Boone.

Rodriguez posted a video on Wednesday explaining what the Yankees should look for in Joe Girardi's replacement, even getting the endorsement of his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, however Cashman said Rodriguez "never expressed interest in any way, shape or form," according to Grautski.

"I engaged him, but -- I don't want to speak for him -- but I don't think he has any interest in that position," Cashman said.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees were genuine in their pursuit of Manny Machado, but never willing to sacrifice a top prospect to land the Baltimore shortstop, who is set to become a Dodger when play resumes Friday. Brian Cashman has preserved his farm system, but his team is still 4.5 games behind Boston in the American League East.

The Yankees face a real possibility of being a championship-caliber club, but facing elimination in a one-game wild card playoff. Cashman would like to avoid this, of course, and he will be active over the next days and weeks in an effort to improve.

The GM is surely engaged in talks with teams that have remained secret, but here's what we've been able to smoke out so far, through major league sources. Cashman could quickly pivot to any one of these options, now that he is done pursuing Machado...

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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

New York Yankees baseball is normally associated with one of the best franchises in all of sports. Well, the money speaks for itself.

According to Forbes, the Yankees are valued at $4 billion, making them the most valuable MLB franchise in 2018. They also come in at fifth overall in the world. 

There are six MLB teams in the top 50, but this storied franchise can thank their exciting, young team for a large boost in revenue. Led by Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez, this young Yankees team is drawing viewers at home and at Yankee Stadium.

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) walks to the dugout before the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) walks to the dugout before the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Orioles will trade SS Manny Machado to the Dodgers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Rosenthal tweeted that "Machado to #Dodgers happening," while Michael Duarte of NBC LA reported, citing sources, that the deal is "complete."

The Yankees were among several teams with intest in Machado, who represented the Orioles in the All-Star game on Tuesday night. According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Yankees could have acquired Machado if LHP Justus Sheffield was a part of the deal, but they were not willing to trade him.

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Severino, Judge on All-Star Game 00:02:08
Luis Severino and Aaron Judge discuss their experience at the All-Star Game. Justine Ward and Andy Martino discuss key Yankee storylines.

Luis Severino worked around a leadoff double and pitched a scoreless second inning on Tuesday night in his first MLB All-Star game.

Severino pitched in the bottom of the second inning after teammate Aaron Judge hit a solo home run in the top of the inning to give the AL a 1-0 lead. Severino was warming up in the bullpen at the time and caught Judge's home run.

Matt Kemp led off the bottom half of the inning with a line drive double to left fielder Aaron Judge, putting a runner in scoring position. But Severino struck out Bryce Harper, got Nick Markakis to fly out, and struck out Brandon Crawford to end the inning.

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge hit a solo home run deep to left field during the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night.

Judge's blast, which came in the second inning against National League starter Max Scherzer, gave the American League team an early 1-0 lead.

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Jun 26, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino watched "Friends" to help him learn English, he said on Jim Rome's Daily Jungle.

"I love watching 'Friends,'" said Severino, who is representing the Yankees at the MLB All-Star game in D.C. "I think I learned a lot of English from watching 'Friends.'"

Severino said in the past he has asked teammates if he was unsure of a word.

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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees believed as of Tuesday morning that another team was close to a deal for Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado, according to a major league source. Had the Yanks included pitching prospect Justus Sheffield in their offer at any point, they would have landed Machado, the source said.

The source cautioned not to totally rule anyone out yet, even the Yankees. The Orioles are known to kill potential deals because of an uncommonly stringent medical review process, and could still pivot.

The Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers have been aggressive on Machado. The Yankees have too, but only to a point. GM Brian Cashman has so far been unwilling to move Sheffield, keeping him out of the lead.

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With "Enter Sandman" playing, Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth in his 13th and final All-Star Game. The field remained empty as the closer took the mound while both teams and the sell-out crowd gave the future Hall of Famer a standing ovation. (AP)
With "Enter Sandman" playing, Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth in his 13th and final All-Star Game. The field remained empty as the closer took the mound while both teams and the sell-out crowd gave the future Hall of Famer a standing ovation. (AP)

With 'Enter Sandman' playing, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera trotted in from the bullpen in the eighth inning at the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

The ballpark was filled with primarily Mets fans, but Rivera still got a rousing standing ovation from the fans. Both dugouts also saluted Rivera before he threw his first pitch.

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Dec 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers former player Bo Jackson looks on the sidelines before the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)
Dec 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers former player Bo Jackson looks on the sidelines before the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)

The freakishly-talented two-sport star Bo Jackson crushed three homers for the Royals at Yankee Stadium on today's date in 1990.

Jackson's first homer went to center field, over the head of Deion Sanders. Yes, Deion Sanders. The symmetry is perfect. His second shot sailed deep in to the bleachers in right center, and his third and final blast sailed over the short porch in right field.

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Manny Machado Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Manny Machado Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Manny Machado may not be giving his preference in where he wants the Orioles to trade him, but his nephew does. 

During an interview with MLB Network at the Home Run Derby in Washington D.C., analyst Pedro Martinez asked Machado's nephew where he wants to see his uncle play when the trade frenzy settles around MLB's biggest trade chip. 

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Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hugs starting pitcher Andrew Cashner after the game against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hugs starting pitcher Andrew Cashner after the game against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

While the Yankees have been pursuing Orioles All-Star shortstop Manny Machado for some time, it doesn't appear as though they will be acquiring him for the 2018 season.

The Orioles are reportedly "very close" to trading Machado to a team other than the Yankees, although the 26-year-old shortstop will represent the Orioles in Tuesday's All-Star Game, Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

The Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Indians have been among the teams to show interest in Machado, who entered the All-Star break with a .315/.387/.575 batting line with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs. 

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Orioles All-Star Manny Machado has been the subject of trade rumors for months. The Yankees have been among the teams rumored to be pursuing him. Machado, himself, liked an Instagram post of him in a Yankees uniform (and ones of other teams).

And on Monday, he posed for a picture with three players who could be future teammates.

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American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees talks with reporters during workouts in preparation for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees talks with reporters during workouts in preparation for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Given he won't be attempting to defend his Home Run Derby crown, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is looking to relax and take in the All-Star Game festivities in his second go around.

The 26-year-old Yankees slugger, one of the top three leading vote-getters among American League outfielders, will bat sixth and start in left field for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game. 

Though he said "it's been a while" since he last batted sixth -- Sept. 10, 2017, was the last time, he said he was glad he was starting for the second year a row.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Matt Eisenberg
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Severino talks deGrom 00:00:14
Luis Severino compliments Jacob deGrom and says that if the Yankees traded for him, 'it would be great.'

Yankees ace Luis Severino wouldn't mind another ace joining him in pinstripes -- especially Jacob deGrom, who is across town with the Mets. 

"He's one of the greatest pitchers," Severino said on Monday at All-Star Game media day. "Great guy. He's awesome. ... if they trade him to the Yankees, I mean, that would be great."

The 30-year-old deGrom, who has been otherworldly for the Mets this season while posting a league-leading 1.68 ERA, has been the subject of trade rumors.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Danny Abriano
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Machado clarifies Instagram like 00:00:23
Orioles shortstop Manny Machado explains why he 'liked' an image on Instagram featuring him in a Yankees uniform.

Orioles superstar Manny Machado wasn't hiding his feelings last week when it came to a potential trade to the Yankees.

Machado, who the Yankees remain in pursuit of, liked an instagram post that showed him photoshopped in a Yankees uniform.

On Monday at All-Star Game media day, Machado walked back his like...

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres at Yankee Stadium (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres at Yankee Stadium (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres and catcher Gary Sanchez are optimistic about returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break.

Torres, who was named to the American League All-Star team as a rookie but will not play in Tuesday's game, said he feels good after suffering a hip strain on July 4 and could be on track to return Monday when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"I think I'm ready right now," Torres said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I'm just waiting for more (rehab) games. If everything is all right, I'm back to play."

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Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)
Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)

In 2000, Yankees legendary SS Derek Jeter was named to his third consecutive All-Star Game, and this one was one to remember. 

Jeter had a perfect performance at the plate during the game at Turner Field, going 3-for-3 with two RBI. 

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Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino was in the debate to start for the American League in the 2018 All-Star Game. Instead, he's coming out of the bullpen.

Red Sox LHP Chris Sale was named the starter by AL manager A.J. Hinch on Monday. This is Sale's third straight All-Star Game start as he continues to perform at the highest level.

"He is truly a special pitcher in our league," Hinch said during Monday's press conference to announe the starters. "He's truly someone who deserves this honor."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Luis Severino
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The reports that the Yankees were unwilling to trade any of their top 10 prospects in a Manny Machado deal have quickly turned false. 

New York is still in the running for Machado, and though The Post reported a top-10 prospects wouldn't be in any deal, they learned otherwise on Sunday. Another source said the Yankees are willing to deal away one of their prized youngsters, with OF Estevan Florial, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Chance Adams, and SS/2B Thairo Estrada all on that list.

The Orioles are reportedly looking for young pitching, and the biggest hold up on a Machado-to-Yankees deal is New York's unwillingness to deal their top pitching prospect, LHP Justus Sheffield. Because of this, the Dodgers and Phillies are the strongest suitors to land MLB's biggest trade chip by the July 31 deadline. 

Tags: Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Scott Thompson
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San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand throws during the 16th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand throws during the 16th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

Brad Hand and Kirby Yates are among the San Diego Padres pitchers in which the Yankees have reportedly checked, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears.

The Yankees, who have been linked to Hand for over a week, have also been looking into starting pitcher Tyson Ross, according to Sherman.

The three Padres pitchers are among several names that have been brought up in rumors over the past couple of weeks. Orioles closer Zach Britton, Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ and Angels LHPs Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney have also been connected to the Yankees, who sit 4 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East at the All-Star break.

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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is reportedly a favorite to be the next Cardinals manager after St. Louis fired Mike Matheny on Saturday, according to USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale.

Girardi, who managed the Yankees from 2008 to 2017, has been an analyst for MLB Network ever since New York announced it would not extend his contract following last year's ALCS.

After he left the Yankees, Girardi said he would like to manage again, although he reportedly did not have a comment when approached about the situation.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees played .667 baseball through their first 81 games of the season. But after going into the All-Star break having lost six of their last 14 games, they remain hungry for more.

"Ultimately we have to be better if we want to win the division and get to where we want to be, which is to win the World Series," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. I'm pleased with the way that we played in the first half, but I'm not pleased that we're not in first place in the division."

Since outslugging the Red Sox 11-1 in their series finale on July 1, the Yankees have gone 8-6. Boston, meanwhile, won 12 of its last 13 games heading into the All-Star break, as the Yankees moved from a first-place tie to 4 1/2 games back. The defending champion Astros, since July 1, have gone 9-4 and own the second-best record in baseball.

That said, Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn't focused on the standings in July.

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Sheffield talks Futures Game 00:01:31
Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield shares his experience from the Futures Game and talks about dealing with speculation regarding his future.

Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield allowed a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings during the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Sheffield entered the game in the second inning in relief of Pirates prospect Mitch Keller, who started the game. Sheffield immediately allowed the home run to Seuly Matias before retiring the next three batters to face him.

In the third inning, Sheffield was replaced after allowing a one-out single to Dawel Lugo.

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Will the Yankees catch the Sox? 00:03:00
Anthony McCarron and Larry Ridley discuss the biggest surprise in the Bronx in 2018 and if the Yanks can catch the AL East-leading Red Sox.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well for 6 1/3 innings, but Chad Green allowed three runs in relief and the Yankees couldn't get much going on offense in a 5-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about today's game

1) Aaron Hicks and Neil Walker accounted for the only two runs of the day for the Yankees. Hicks hit an RBI single in the third inning and Walker added a solo home run in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton had a team-high two hits on a quiet day for most of the Yankees' offense. Walker's home run was the' only extra-base hit of the game for the Yankees.

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez homered and played seven innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a rehab game on Sunday.

Sanchez finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

Sanchez has been sidelined with a groin injury since June 24.

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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Mets following the All-Star break.

Domingo German will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Noah Syndergaard, while Sonny Gray will oppose Steven Matz on Saturday. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

German limited the Mets to three runs on five hits in six innings on June 9, while Tanaka allowed one run in five innings against the Mets.

Gray has yet to face the Mets this season.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees are refusing to trade any of their 10 top prospects in exchange for Manny Machado, reports the New York Post.

Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Tyler Wade, Estevan Florial, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar are reportedly among those who are off-limits. Although the Yankees are not out of the race for Machado, the Orioles have ramped up talks with the Phillies, as SNY's Andy Martino reported on Saturday. 

The Dodgers and Brewers are also among teams interested in Machado.

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Jul 14, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
		
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Jul 14, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees and Indians will wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. in Cleveland.

 

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Yankees defeat the Tribe 00:03:17
Eamon McAnaney, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' win over the Indians and whether Manny Machado is a good fit.

CC Sabathia allowed a game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning, but Austin Romine scored on his own double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sabathia allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first and the Indians scored again in the second when Erik Gonzalez came home from third on Michael Brantley's groundout. In the sixth, Brandon Guyer hit a game-tying two-run single.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird
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(Brad Mills)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With one day remaining until the All Star break, the Orioles continue to push for resolution on the Manny Machado sweepstakes as soon as possible.

The Phillies and Dodgers have moved ahead as strong suitors for the shortstop, but the Brewers and Yankees remain involved, according to major league sources.

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Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees look to bounce back with CC Sabathia on the mound the Indians on the road at 7:15 p.m. in Cleveland.

 

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The Yankees have been scouting Angels LHP Tyler Skaggs and LHP Andrew Heaney should Los Angeles decide to become sellers at the Trade Deadline, according to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com.

Expecting to be in the playoff hunt all season, injuries have led the Angels to fall to 4th in the AL West, 14 games behind the division-leading Astros. 

Given the dearth of options currently on the market, Skaggs and Heaney would interest the Yankees should either become available. Angels GM Billy Epler used to work for the Yankees, suggesting a relationship with Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office...

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German mediocre vs. Cleveland 00:05:00
The Baseball Night in New York panel debates which starter the Yankees should pursue after Domingo German struggled again against Cleveland.

The Yankees almost battled back from a four-run deficit, but they came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Indians on the road Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This has been the story for Domingo German all season long. He has shown spurts like his last start where he can be dominant over a long stretch of a game. But then there's games like tonight, where he can't find the zone early and hits start to flurry accordingly. The Indians only collected five hits, but it resulted in six runs allowed by German due to his walks. Overall, he allowed four walks while striking out six over four innings of work. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has decided to opt out of the 2018 All-Star Game on July 17, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. 

The reason Chapman has pulled himself out is due to the pain he continues to feel in his left knee. The flame-throwing lefty has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee for a few weeks now, and though he is available for the Yankees in their final series before the All-Star break with the Indians, he doesn't want to push himself in a game that is only for show.

"It's an honor to be selected to an All-Star Game," Chapman said through an interpreter. "Your peers vote for you, managers, fans and all that. Any time you have an opportunity like that, you want to participate. At the end of the day, I think it was a smart decision for me to help me recover and to get ready for the second half, one that's going to be very demanding and very exciting."

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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar has been a regular in the lineup since Brandon Drury hit the DL with his migraine and blurry vision issues. He provides an above-average bat that has brought about the Rookie of the Year conversations this season. 

But could the Yankees simply be pumping up this young talent to entice other teams to trade for him by July 31? 

According to The Post's Joel Sherman, multiple MLB executives believe Andujar being the Yankees' everyday hot corner starter isn't going to last long. This claim is made based off his bad defensive stats at the position as well as his swing-happy mindset at the dish...

Tags: Brandon Drury, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees remain an aggressive suitor for Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado, but their unwillingness to offer pitching prospect Justus Sheffield could leave them behind the Dodgers and Phillies, according to major league sources. The Brewers are also involved, but are less aggressive than the other three teams. Arizona is said to be out for now.

The Orioles want young pitching and, ideally, an infielder. Brandon Drury would likely be part of any Machado deal.

With or without Machado, the Yankees could soon pivot to a pursuit of Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer. So far, contact between the Tigers and Yankees has been minimal, according to sources. That may be because Brian Cashman is holding out hope of acquiring Jacob deGrom. Once he realizes how unlikely the Mets are to send deGrom to the Bronx, he could move quickly on Fulmer.

Tags: Justus Sheffield, Andy Martino
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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 July 5, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Yanks lineup picks up Severino 00:02:45
The Yankees were able to get several key hits off of Cleveland's ace, Corey Kluber, and went on to earn a 7-4 win on Thursday night.

With Luis Severnio performing under his Cy Young-standards, the Yankees' bats were able to produce enough runs off Corey Kluber to defeat the Indians 7-4. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Severino lasted just five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with one strikeout against Kluber and the Indians. Giving Cleveland's ace a four-run cushion should have meant a loss for the Yankees, but, the bats and bullpen were able to carry the team to a win.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius
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Just ahead of the Mid-Summer Classic, two All-Stars faced off in Cleveland. 

Yankees RHP Luis Severino was scheduled to pitch against Indians RHP Corey Kluber and expectations were high. 

Unfortunately for the neutral viewer, neither Severino nor Kluber were on the top of their game. Severino labored through five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with two strikeouts while Kluber was able to last 7.1 innings, but was tagged for six runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts...

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Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have been without C Gary Sanchez and All-Star 2B Gleyber Torres in recent weeks, but could get both players back soon according to manager Aaron Boone. 

Sanchez has been sidelined with a groin injury since June 24 and Torres with a hip injury since July 4.

"[Torres is] doing well. He's out doing infield work right now, so it's the first day of that," Boone said...

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Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees start a four-game series with AL Central-leading Indians on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. in Cleveland.

Yankees notes

The Yankees enter their final series before the All-Star break. They play the Mets after the mid-Summer classic. ... The Yankees have the second-best record in the league, behind the Red Sox. ... Tonight, two of the league's pitchers with 12 or more wins will face off, as Luis Severino and Corey Kluber duel.

 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is having quite an interesting year, and as such, his future with the club is becoming cloudy.

Gregorius, 28, shot out of the gate with an amazing April in which he hit .327 with a .421 on-base percentage and .735 slugging percentage. That was good for a whopping 216 OPS+. Gregorius also slammed 10 home runs and drove in 30 runs.

After posting a career-best season in 2017, it seemed that Gregorius was establishing himself as one of the premier shortstops in the game...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets had a scout in attendance this past weekend for Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield's start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

The Yankees and Mets have been in touch, according to SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Yanks checked in on Zack Wheeler but aren't a likely landing spot for him. Regarding the Mets trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard (to anyone), Martino says the chances are slim.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have reportedly made an offer to the Orioles for Manny Machado that doesn't include Sheffield.

Tags: Justus Sheffield, Danny Abriano
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Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Former Yankees great Bernie Williams played on New York's best team -- and arguably one of the best teams to play the game -- in 1998. He has a few championship rings from his 1990s playing days to show for it too.

But, when asked if this year's Yankee team deserves comparison to his squad, Bernie couldn't agree more. 

"It's very exciting to watch," he told Newsday's Sal Cacciatore at the Double-A All-Star Game in Trenton, NJ on Wednesday night. Williams played the National Anthem with his guitar before the game kicked off. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) (Kim Klement)
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) (Kim Klement)

Orioles superstar Manny Machado isn't hiding his feelings when it comes to a potential trade to the Yankees.

Machado, who the Yankees have made a serious offer for, liked an instagram post that showed him photoshopped in a Yankees uniform.

Click below to see...

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Once again, the ace-like stuff that the Yankees expect from Sonny Gray showed its face on Wednesday night in a shutout performace against the Orioles. And this performance couldn't have come at a better time for the young righty. 

Gray, who has been struggling mightily of late, was going up against the worst team in baseball in Baltimore. Some believed this start to be the last straw for the 28-year-old given the O's 26-66 record entering the game. If Gray coughed up a hitting clinic, the Yankees may have had to reasses their options. 

Luckily for Gray, his arsenal was deadly this time around, giving up only three hits while striking out eight over six innings. But, Yankee fans, we've seen this movie play out before. Gray has a dominant start, but can't sustain that success over a longer stretch. 

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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Sonny Gray bounced back with six shutout innings and the Yankees hit three home runs en route to a 9-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday in Baltimore. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Gray pitched well against a team he's had success against this season. He never allowed a run in six innings of work and struck out eight batters in the process. He walked just one and threw 90 pitches on the night. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray
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