Michael Pineda (3-2, 3.27 ERA) looks to make it three quality starts in a row, as he has allowed five runs while striking out 13 over 12 2/3 innings pitched in his previous two outings. He's 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four career starts at Kauffman Stadium. The right-hander has three wins and a 3.88 ERA against the Royals over eight starts.
Who's pitching for the Royals:
Jason Vargas (5-1, 1.01 ERA) is coming off a strong outing against the Rays in which he allowed just three hits and one walk in seven shutout frames. Over three May starts, Vargas has allowed just one earned run in a span of 19 innings. He's 0-5 with a 6.53 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) against the Yankees.
Yankees Royals Brett Gardner, LF Alcides Escobar, SS Gary Sanchez, C Mike Moustakas, 3B Matt Holliday, DH Lorenzo Cain, CF Starlin Castro, 2B Eric Hosmer, 1B Aaron Judge, RF Salvador Perez, C Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jorge Soler, RF Chase Headley, 3B Brandon Moss, DH Didi Gregorius, SS Whit Merrifield, 2B Chris Carter, 1B Alex Gordon, LF
Yankees Takeaways from Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays, including Aaron Judge homering in defeat
Judge had two hits after getting Thursday's game off
By Alex Smith | 10:19PM
The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 4-3 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Friday's game...
1) J.A. Happ had another solid outing for the Yankees. While his final line won't blow anyone away -- 5.1 innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts and no walks -- it was another step in the right direction for the lefty who struggled for the most of the season. Happ has pitched to a 3.47 ERA in his last seven starts, and he hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since August 21.
With postseason status still unknown, CC Sabathia will pitch out of Yankees' bullpen for the time being
Left-hander has never pitched out of bullpen in a regular season game
By Alex Smith | 7:07PM
On Wednesday night, CC Sabathia walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium for the final time in a regular season game.
The veteran's status for the postseason roster has been up in the air, but on Friday, Aaron Boone may have dropped a hint about how Sabathia could be used in October.
"CC's going to pitch out of the pen, at least a couple of times probably on the road trip," Boone said. "He'll probably pitch once in Texas and hopefully once in Texas. We're still talking through some scenarios and options, but that's one we know for sure."
J.A. Happ gets the start as Yankees begin series with Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m.
This will be the last home series for the Yankees
By Colin Martin | 5:17PM
The Yankees (100-54, 9.5 GA in AL East) start a three-game series with the Blue Jays (62-91, 37.5 GB in AL East) at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
The Yankees clinched the AL East after their 9-1 victory over the Angels on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. The victory gave them back-to-back 100-win seasons and made manager Aaron Boone the first in MLB history to do such in his first two seasons. It's also the team's first divison title since 2012. Masahiro Tanaka had a strong outing, as he allowed just one earned run and four hits over 7.0 innings of work. The Yanks hit four home runs in the win, courtesy of DJ LeMahieu, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, and Clint Frazier.
The Yankees have officially clinched the AL East title on Thursday night, doing so for the first time since 2012. Now the only thing left to play for is home field advantage throughout the postseason, which the Astros and Bombers are currently locked in to with 100 wins apiece.
As the Yankees ride out the rest of the season, the next phase of their journey to the World Series will be putting together the 25-man postseason roster.
One big advantage GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone possess this year is roster depth, something that has gotten them through all the injuries that have plagued the team throughout the season. Players like Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Cameron Maybin, Mike Tauchman, and others have stepped up when called upon, and that should continue in October.
The Yankees waited deep into the night after losing on Wednesday, hoping for a Rays' loss that didn't come, but for a team that had nothing handed to it all season, winning on Thursday night surely was a more appropriate way to clinch the AL East.
Indeed, if ever a ballclub deserved to celebrate a division title it was these 2019 Yankees, overcoming a record number of injuries to win 100 games, and counting, for the second straight season.
Yankees clinch AL East championship, but it's just the first step of their ultimate goal
The Bombers have loftier goals in mind
By Alex Smith | Sep 19 | 10:58PM
Thursday night's 9-1 win over the Angels was a momentous win for the Yankees in a number of ways. They clinched the AL East title, while winning their 100th game, tied with the Astros for the most in baseball.
But make no mistake. This team wants more.
"One of the things we talked about in spring training was winning the division, and that's a reality now," said Aaron Boone. "You think of a lot of people who contributed to this.
"Obviously, we have bigger goals, but this is an important step and I'm just proud of the guys and the so many people, some who aren't even in that room right now, to us being here."
Yankees celebrate division title despite a season filled with adversity
The team has battled injuries throughout
By Colin Martin | Sep 19 | 10:52PM
Despite dealing with injuries all season long, the Yankees overcame that adversity and won their 19th AL East title on Thursday night after a 9-1 win over the Angels. It's the team's first division title since 2012, and gives them back-to-back 100-win seasons.
Star players like Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez and many others have all been injured and had to miss games at one point this season.
"Lot of ups and downs this year, lot of guys battling through things," Judge said. "We're just happy to be in here, happy to be in this moment."
Yankees Takeaways from Thursday's 9-1 win over Angels, including clinching the AL East
Yanks hit 4 home runs, make it back-to-back 100-win seasons
By Colin Martin | Sep 19 | 9:18PM
The Yankees clinched the AL East for the 19th time in their 9-1 win over the Angels on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Thursday's game...
1) Masahiro Tanaka had his best start in over a month, allowing just one earned run and four hits over 7.0 innings. The righty struck out six and walked none, however, he did allow a home run for the fourth straight game. It was the first time that Tanaka had allowed less than two earned runs in a game since he threw a scoreless seven innings against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 27.
As MLB investigates Yankees pitcher Domingo German for an alleged domestic violence incident, multiple major league sources indicated that a significant suspension is a strong possibility.
Although hardly as important as the safety of the alleged victim, the Yankees fear that situation could end up costing the team one of its best players for the postseason. That fear is based on the strength of baseball's developing case against German.
MLB placed the pitcher on administrative leave on Thursday in order to investigate what was, according to sources, an alleged domestic incident that occurred late Monday or early Tuesday, following CC Sabathia's charity gala. The incident involved a girlfriend.
The leave can last up to seven days, but MLB has the right to extend it while gathering information and evaluating a possible suspension. Also, a player who appeals does not get "benefit of a stay," as a source worded it, meaning that German can't play while he's appealing.
Aaron Judge out of Yankees' lineup Thursday due to shoulder pain
Aaron Boone believes the right fielder is fine
By Alex Smith | Sep 19 | 5:06PM
As the Yankees take the field on Thursday against the Angels with a chance to clinch the AL East, they'll do so without Aaron Judge in the starting lineup.
The slugger is not in Thursday's lineup, in part because of some shoulder pain resulting from a diving effort in the outfield on Wednesday night. Judge was a little slow to get up after the diving attempt on an Albert Pujols base hit in the fifth inning, but he stayed in the game. He went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Angels.
Manager Aaron Boone said on Thursday that he believes Judge is fine, and while the outfielder won't be going for any further tests, Boone wanted to give him a day of rest as the Yankees prepare for what they hope is a long playoff run.
Yankees look to clinch AL East title with win over Angels at 6:35 p.m.
Yankees looking to reach 100 wins for second straight year
Sep 19 | 3:47PM
The Yankees (99-54, 9.0 GA in AL East) can once again try to clinch the AL East with a win over the Angels (69-83, 30.5 GB in AL West) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.
The Yankees' magic number for the AL East title remained at one after last night's 3-2 loss to the Angels... They can claim the title with a win or a Rays' loss to the Dogers Thursday night. ... Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the lineup Wednesday night after being reinstated from the 60-day IL. ...went 1-for-3 with one strikeout in the loss ... CC Sabathia pitched for his final time at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night, leaving the mound after throwing for 2.2 innings. ... A win tonight would give the Yankees' their 21st 100-win season in franchise history and their first back-to-back 100 win seasons since doing so three years in a row from 2002-2004. ... The MLB also placed Domingo German on administrative leave under the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Voilence Policy.
Yankees and celebrities remember their favorite CC Sabathia moments
Zack Britton, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Dellin Betances among them
By Brian Josephs | Sep 19 | 11:57AM
The past six years of Yankees history have been marked by retiring legends. That continues this October when C.C. Sabathia joins Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez as the next man to forever hang up that pinstripe jersey.
After making his Major League debut in Cleveland in 2001, Sabathia, his once-unstoppable fastball, and large frame have become synonymous with New York. And the lefty just pitched his final regular season start at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, leaving with a tip of his cap to the crowd giving him a nice ovation.
Recording his 3,000th strikeout this season and being a major force behind the Yanks' last World Series-winning season are undoubtedly career highlights, but there's almost too many moments to list from his Hall of Fame-worthy resume.
Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton doubles in return, felt comfortable at the plate and in the field
Stanton played in just his 10th game of the season Wednesday
By Alex Smith | Sep 18 | 11:25PM
Giancarlo Stanton had played in just nine games for the Yankees this season and hadn't appeared in pinstripes since June 25.
But on Wednesday night, the Yankees' outfielder dug into the box in the top of the second inning against the Angels, his first at-bat in nearly three months.
Facing Angels lefty Dillon Peters, Stanton quickly fell behind 0-2, but he took a couple of pitches and fouled another off to push the at-bat past five pitches, and on the sixth pitch, Stanton roped a double into the left-center field gap, much to the delight of Yankees fans in attendance.
Yankees Takeaways from Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels, including Giancarlo Stanton's return
Magic number remains at 1 for the time being
By Alex Smith | Sep 18 | 10:01PM
Clinching the AL East will have to wait, for now, as the Yankees fell to the Angels 3-2 on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...
1) CC Sabathia was pulled from the game with two outs in the top of the third inning, with two runners on. For potentially the final time, he walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium, as fans gave him a standing ovation and his teammates met him at the top of the dugout steps. Sabathia likely will not make the Yankees' postseason roster, meaning he may have pitched his final game in the Bronx after 11 seasons with the Bombers. Sabathia allowed two earned runs in 2.2 innings, striking out four.
Yankees look to clinch AL East with win over Angels, Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
Sabathia makes what's likely his final regular-season start at Yankee Stadium
By Alex Smith | Sep 18 | 5:34PM
The Yankees (99-53, 10.0 GA in AL East) can clinch the AL East with a win over the Angels (68-83, 30.5 GB in AL West) at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.
The Yankees' magic number is down to one, meaning they can clinch the AL East on Wednesday with a win or a Rays' loss to the Dodgers. ... Giancarlo Stanton makes his return to the lineup after being reinstated from the 60-day IL. ... A win tonight would give the Yankees' their 21st 100-win season in franchise history. ... The Yankees also placed Dellin Betances on the 60-day IL with a partial tear of his Achilles.
Giancarlo Stanton returns to Yankees lineup on Wednesday
Can Stanton stay healthy heading into the postseason?
Sep 18 | 3:04PM
Giancarlo Stanton has found his way back to the Bronx again, as the Yankees have him slated in their lineup against the Angels on Wednesday.
Manager Aaron Boone noted that Stanton was on his way to join the team again, and it was possibility that he would be activated off the IL today. And not only did the Yankees activate him, but they throw him right into the mix with his start in left field and hitting fifth in the order.
Stanton has been on the 60-day IL with a PCL strain in his right knee, which came about right after he was rehabbing calf, shoulder and biceps injuries. He suffered the PCL strain in June, and it has been a slow process for him to get back fully healthy.
First things first: you can't help but feel for Dellin Betances, one of the good guys in baseball, who tore his Achilles tendon in a freakish manner Sunday on the very day he finally pitched in a game for the first time this season.
That's as cruel as it is painful, all the more so considering that he is a couple months away from becoming a free agent.
Yet the cold truth is that if the Yankees can have only one of the two star pitchers for whom they've waited all season, they would much prefer it to be Luis Severino.
Yankees injuries continue as Dellin Betances suffers partial Achilles tear
Betances spent the season on the 60-day injured list before debuting Sunday
By Garrett Stepien | Sep 17 | 9:59PM
Just when the Yankees thought their injuries were over with, they found out that a top player -- who returned Sunday from the injured list -- has a new health issue.
After Tuesday's 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium in New York, the team announced to reporters before manager Aaron Boone's postgame press conference that RHP Dellin Betances had suffered a partially torn Achilles.
Betances had just returned from the 60-day injured list in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, striking out two through 0.2 innings.
Yankees Takeaways from Tuesday's 8-0 win over the Angels, including Luis Severino's long awaited season debut
Severino pitches 4 scoreless innings, Torres hits home run No. 38
Sep 17 | 9:59PM
The Yankees won their first game their final homestand of the season, coming up victorious over the Angels 8-0 Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...
1) Facing his first major league batter since the 2018 ALDS, Luis Severino came in expecting to throw about 70 pitches (ended up throwing 67)…he used up 12 of those on the leadoff hitter. Brian Goodwin was caught looking on the first pitch, took two balls on the next couple and then proceeded to foul off the next six pitches. Goodwin held Severino to a full count before walking on the 12th pitch. But, Severino managed to escape the inning with no runs scored and just one hit to go with the walk, but used up 19 pitches.
Luis Severino makes long-awaited season debut for Yankees against Angels at 6:35 p.m.
Yankee pitching coming together at right time as playoffs near
Sep 17 | 4:19PM
The Yankees (98-53, 9.0 GA in AL East) begin their final homestand of the regular season against the Angels (68-82, 29.5 GB in AL West) Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery made their season debuts Sunday, but the Yankees fell 6-4 to the Blue Jays and lost the series 2-1. Betances allowed no hits or earned runs and struck out two batter in 0.2 innings pitched, while Montgomery also struck out another two, but allowed three earned runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Aaron Judge hit his 23rd home run of the season in the first inning. The Yankees' magic number remains at 2 with 11 games to play and are close to securing their first division title since 2012.
Former Yankees P Mariano Rivera receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump
Recent Hall of Fame inductee earns another huge honor
By Nick Wojton | Sep 16 | 10:09PM
Former Yankees closer and recent Hall of Fame inductee Mariano Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Free by President Donald Trump on Monday.
The award is the nation's highest civilian honor, which Rivera earns after becoming the first player ever unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.
Rivera was presented the award during a ceremony at the White House, which also included a tribute to his walkout song, "Enter Sandman," as the President and pitcher entered the room while the song played.
If you're an observer, Yankees-Astros is the playoff series you want and you want it to last as long as possible. Sign us up for a rematch of the 2017 ALCS and let those two behemoths swing away for seven games. The record books can sort it all out.
However, if you're mainly interested in Yankee fortunes, well, it might be best if the Astros encounter an upset in the ALDS. Not that the Yankees can't beat them, but facing that lineup, backed by the mega-rotation of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke is not exactly apple picking on a cool October afternoon.
With that in mind, here are some potential pinstriped playoff scenarios to mull over during the final few weeks of the season. It's not too early to start thinking about these things. The Astros and Yankees are already battling in a preliminary that could have real impact on next month -- who finishes with the AL's best record and gets home-field advantage.
Yankees Takeaways from Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays, including season debuts from Jordan Montgomery and Dellin Betances
Aaron Judge also homered in losing effort for Yankees
By Corey Hersch | Sep 15 | 3:56PM
The Yankees dropped the final game of their three-game series with Blue Jays on Sunday, losing by a final score of 6-4. >> Box Score
Four takeaways from Sunday's game...
1) The Yankee pitching staff struggled early on Sunday, as four pitchers combined to give up six runs over the first five innings. Chad Green was effective as the opener, but Jordan Montgomery's2019 debut was a battle, as the left-hander allowed three runs on four hits over two innings. Dellin Betances also made his first appearance of the season and he was excellent, striking out both batters he faced. But Betances gave way to Nestor Cortes Jr., who allowed a three-run homer to Randal Grichuk, the outfielder's second home run of the game.
Jordan Montgomery returns to the mound as Yankees face Blue Jays Sunday at 1:07 p.m.
Left-hander hasn't pitched since May 1, 2018
By Corey Hersch | Sep 15 | 11:25AM
The Yankees (98-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) wrap up their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-91, 39.5 GB in AL East) at 1:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre on Sunday.
James Paxton won his ninth straight game in Saturday's 13-3 win over the Blue Jays... The Yankees hit four homers in Saturday's win, courtesy of Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit and Mike Ford. Every Yankee starter had a hit in the game, as they collected 19 in total... With 37 home runs, Torres is tied with Nelson Cruz for third in the American League.
With James Paxton, Yankees try to bounce back Saturday vs. Blue Jays at 3:07 p.m.
The Yanks fell 6-5 to the Jays in the 12-inning series opener Friday
By Garrett Stepien | Sep 14 | 1:38PM
The Yankees (97-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) continue their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-90, 38.5 GB in AL East) at 3:07 p.m. inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The lineup shuffles for the Yankees after they suffered their 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Blue Jays late Friday night. Among the notables, RF Aaron Judge is back in the two spot after he sat out -- until a pinch-hit strikeout in the top of the 12th inning -- as a precautionary move following his collision into the right-field wall during Thursday's doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. Cameron Maybin, who replaced Judge in Friday's starting lineup, slides back to LF in favor of Clint Frazier after an 0-for-5 night in RF. Without Gary Sanchez until -- likely -- the end of the month as he recovers from his pulled left groin Thursday, the Yankees give C Kyle Higashioka the nod behind the dish after Austin Romine spent all 12 innings as the team's backstop Friday. Didi Gregorius gets the day off, sliding SS Gleyber Torres in the middle infield and giving 2B Thairo Estrada his first start since Aug. 17 before he suffered a calf injury.
Aaron Judge narrowly avoids Yankees' latest injury after crash into wall
The Yankees held the RF out of Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays
By Garrett Stepien | Sep 14 | 11:05AM
RF Aaron Judge was available to play Friday against the Blue Jays as the Yankees started the weekend's three-game series at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, but manager Aaron Boone erred on the side of caution before first pitch.
The Yankees replaced Judge with Cameron Maybin in New York's 6-5 loss (12 innings) to the Blue Jays, giving one of the team's top bats the night off until the final frame.
Pinch-hitting for Tyler Wade, who was the pinch-runner for Luke Voit after the DH's two-out walk in the top of the ninth inning, Judge struckout.
Yankees Takeaways from Friday's 12-inning 6-5 loss to Blue Jays, including Bo Bichette's walk-off HR
The Yankees bullpen couldn't hold on to a seventh-inning lead
By Alex Smith | Sep 13 | 11:20PM
The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 6-5 in 12 innings on Friday night in Toronto. >> Box Score
Six takeaways from Friday's game...
1) With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th inning, Tyler Lyons allowed a solo home run to Bo Bichette, giving the Blue Jays a walk-off 6-5 win. For Bichette, the blast was his 11th of his impressive rookie season.
2) Masahiro Tanaka breezed through the first inning, striking out two, but the Blue Jays took the first lead of the night in the second, as Randal Grichuk blasted his 26th home run of the season to put the Yankees in an early 1-0 hole. Tanaka then allowed two more runs in the fourth inning and another run was charged to him in the fifth. His night came to an end after five. His line was not very inspiring, as he allowed four earned on eight hits through five.
Yankees send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound, start series with Blue Jays, Friday at 7:07 p.m.
Yankees have won five of their last six games
By Colin Martin | Sep 13 | 6:04PM
The Yankees (97-51, 10.0 GA in AL East) start a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays (57-90, 39.5 GB in AL East) at 7:07 p.m. at the Rogers Centre.
The Yankees won both ends of their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. They won the first game 10-4, thanks to two two-run homers from Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion. In the second game of the day, the Yanks won 6-4 after CC Sabathia and Domingo German both struck out five batters. Encarnacion left the first game with a strained left oblique, while J.A. Happ left with bicep tendinitis. Then in the second game, Gary Sanchez left with left groin tightness, and RHP Tommy Kahnle injured his finger in a dugout incident.
Tommy Kahnle nearly becomes Yankees' latest injury after dugout incident
Kahnle's close call came during a dramatic reaction upon leaving the game
By Garrett Stepien | Sep 13 | 10:09AM
Near the end of a year in which the Yankees have been decimated by injuries, including three during Thursday's doubleheader sweep over the Detroit Tigers, New York nearly experienced another one.
After the Yankees' 6-4 victory against the Tigers in the second game Thursday, RHP Tommy Kahnle needed to meet with the Yankees' trainer.
Kahnle entered for RHP Domingo German in the bottom of the eighth inning and worked the Yankees out of trouble, getting Christin Stewart to line into a double play before returning for the following frame.
Yankees Takeaways from Thursday's 6-4 win over Tigers, including CC Sabathia and Domingo German combining for 10 strikeouts
Yanks win series, both games of doubleheader
By Colin Martin | Sep 12 | 8:25PM
The Yankees got out to an early lead thanks to an Aaron Judge home run in their 6-4 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the team's doubleheader. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Thursday's Game 2...
1) CC Sabathia threw 56 pitches in just 3.1 innings during his first start since returning from the IL. The lefty allowed only two earned runs on three hits, ands struck out five batters. Domingo German then came in and struck out five batters on two hits, as he threw 50 pitches in four innings of work.
CC Sabathia returns for Yankees in Thursday's second game of doubleheader vs. Tigers
Yankees came away with a 10-4 victory in Thursday's first game
By Alex Smith | Sep 12 | 5:20PM
The Yankees (96-51, 9.0 GA in AL East) take on the Detroit Tigers (43-101, 45.5 GB in AL Central) at Comerica Park for the second game of a Thursday doubleheader.
Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion both homered for the Yankees in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, a 10-4 Yankees win. ... Encarnacion was pulled from the first game due to a left oblique strain, with the team announcing that he would head back to New York for more tests. ... DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-6 with strikeouts in Game 1. ... The Yankees moved ahead of the Twins for the most home runs hit as a team this season (278).
Yankees Takeaways from Thursday's 10-4 win over Tigers, including Luke Voit's big day at the dish
Encarnacion went deep, but had to come out
By Scott Thompson | Sep 12 | 5:05PM
The Yankees jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, taking down the Tigers on their home field, 10-4, in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Thursday's Game 1...
1) J.A. Happ was looking to continue his hot streak on the mound lately, and though it wasn't the scoreless innings he posted in his last two outings, it was a decent start for the lefty. Over 4.2 innings, Happ allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. He also let up one homer in his 99-pitch start.
After Game 1 of last year's division series loss to Boston, Aaron Boone had some cleaning up to do with his starting pitcher.
J.A. Happ, who had been removed with no outs in the third inning, was in Boone's office, and he was angry. He felt he should have had the chance to turn his performance around and save the bullpen.
But as Happ sat in a chair in the tiny room at Fenway, Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild calmly explained their rationale: They had a strong relief corps, were unwilling to let the game get away from them, and preferred other matchups in that inning. Happ left the office satisfied, and appreciative of the open exchange.
Back in spring training, Yankees bigwigs noticed that Gleyber Torres was "really launching the ball," as GM Brian Cashman puts it. But not even the most optimistic Torres observers expected the infielder's power surge this season.
Entering Thursday's doubleheader in Detroit, Torres has 36 home runs, the most of any middle infielder in baseball. But slugging is only part of what's, ahem, launched the 22-year-old into the conversation about the best young stars in baseball.
J.A. Happ takes the ball for Yankees in first game of doubleheader vs. Tigers, Thursday at 1:10 p.m.
Left-hander enters game with 15.1 scoreless inning streak
By Alex Smith | Sep 12 | 12:44PM
The Yankees (95-51, 8.5 GA in AL East) take on the Detroit Tigers (43-100, 45.0 GB in AL Central, 41.0 GB for second Wild Card) at Comerica Park for the first game of a Thursday doubleheader at 1:10 pm.
The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games. ... The Yankees slammed six home runs in their 12-11 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. ... The Yankees are not starting Gary Sanchez or Gleyber Torres in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. ... Edwin Encarnacion and Luke Voit both have one career home run off of Tigers starter Matthew Boyd.
Yankees' Luis Severino set to make season debut on Tuesday
Severino will get the starts vs. Angels
Sep 12 | 11:33AM
Yankees RHP Luis Severino is finally set to make his season debut on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium against the Angels, according to Aaron Boone.
Severino has been on the IL all season, dealing with shoulder and lat issues. He has been progressing really well in his rehab recently, and after checking off all the boxes, the Yankees are ready to bring him back to the Bronx.
The 25-year-old pitched in his last rehab start last night with Double-A Trenton, where he was solid. Four runs may have been on the board, but only one was earned and he recorded four strikeouts over 64 pitches (47 strikes) in 2.1 innings. Reports also had Severino's fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s with it topping out at 98 mph.
Yankees postponed, will play Thursday doubleheader vs. Tigers
Yanks will hope to rebound after loss
Sep 11 | 7:02PM
Game 2 of the Yankees' three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Wednesday has been postponed, the team announced. The two teams will push the missed game back to Thursday and play a doubleheader.
Prior to the game, thunderstorms were already forcing the Tigers to request fans to leave their seats and head for cover with storms projected to hit the area for an extensive time period on Wednesday evening.
The two sides were already scheduled to meet on Thursday.
Yankees Takeaways from Tuesday's 12-11 loss to Tigers, including 16 hits allowed
Yankees hit 6 home runs, but 8 pitchers couldn't collectively hold lead
By Garrett Stepien | Sep 10 | 10:23PM
The Yankees (95-51, 8.5 GA in AL East) jumped out to a six-run lead before a back-and-forth game ensued, ultimately suffering a 12-11 loss to the Tigers (43-100, 45.5 GB in AL Central, 40.5 GB for second Wild Card) Tuesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Tuesday's game
1) Pitching ultimately failed the Yankees. LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-0, 5.23 ERA) initially came out strong as the Yankees' opener, pitching a pair of scoreless innings in his first career start before he went back out for the third frame and ran into trouble. The Tigers caught up and tagged Cortes, who struckout two and walked one, for four runs (two earned) on six hits before manager Aaron Boone made the move to remove the southpaw with one out in the third inning and the Yankees leading 6-2.
Did James Paxton solidify Yankees' top postseason rotation spot after latest start?
Paxton tossed another gem for the Bombers against the Sox last night
By Scott Thompson | Sep 10 | 5:28PM
When James Paxton handed the ball off to manager Aaron Boone after yet another solid start on Monday, he may have walked off the Fenway Park diamond as the Yankees' Game 1 ALDS starter.
Of course, Boone and the Yankees still have time to think about that, but with the way Paxton has been pitching -- and how the Yankees hit when he's on the mound -- it seems like the right choice to make.
Paxton pitched to the tune of no runs allowed on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6.2 innings of work. His previous outing was even better with just one hit allowed with 12 strikeouts over seven innings against the Rangers in the Bronx.
Yankees use opener Nestor Cortes Jr. as series starts Tuesday vs. Tigers at 6:40 p.m.
The Yankees are 13-2 when using an opener
By Garrett Stepien | Sep 10 | 5:01PM
After they took their four-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox last Friday through Monday, the Yankees (95-50, 9.0 GA in AL East) hit the middle of their 10-game road trip with Tuesday's 6:40 p.m. start vs. the Detroit Tigers (42-100, 45.5 GB in AL Central, 41.0 GB for second Wild Card) at Comerica Park.
Since they dropped three straight games in an Aug. 20-22 sweep against the Athletics in Oakland, the Yankees have won their past five series. The Yankees dropped last Friday's series opener to Red Sox but then proceeded to bury their rivals as they won the past three games by a 20-6 margin and eliminated Boston mathematically from AL East contention. They did their damage in Monday's series finale, a 5-0 shutout, behind a pair of solo home runs to get on the board -- Austin Romine's fifth-inning shot down the right-field line and Gio Urshela's seven-inning bomb over the left-field Green Monster -- before DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres tacked on a run apiece in the seventh and Luke Voit added another in the ninth.