New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

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If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.

If you believe Cashman, the team is at the top of its budget with the two expenditures, leaving some positions open -- two rotation spots and potentially a left-handed reliever. The Yankees will have to be creative if they are not satisfied with sticking with the in-house options.

They have already stopped talking calls on Chase Headley, who is owed $13 million for each of the next two seasons. If the club saw a way to deal Jacoby Ellsbury's contract, he might be the first choice, but it is Gardner who represents the most realistic option to be playing outside of New York in 2017.

The Yankees have been taking calls on Gardner since he signed his five-year, $55 million deal before the 2014 season. Gardner is an interesting case because he still provides some value to the club, but does he offer more as a trade piece?

According to Cashman, the offers to the Yankees have not been enough to move the process along. They would like to find a trade partner who takes on the remaining $24 million on Gardner's contract, but they might have to settle for paying some of the salary. A Gardner trade would not only free up some payroll space but it could open up roles for others on the roster.

The Yankees could try to trade Gardner to a team that has a similar contract in place with a middle of the rotation pitcher. The Yankees currently have five or six pitchers set to battle for the final two rotation spots in the spring, but it is possible they decide they're better off letting them battle for one, believing an additional experienced arm who can eat innings would benefit the club more. The issue with this option is that it has to fit perfectly with another club and that situation does not seem to exist at this time.

The Yankees could try to capitalize on the deal just made between the Nationals and White Sox, which involved top-tier prospects traded for outfielder Adam Eaton. Gardner is not Eaton's equal on the field, plus the latter is younger and has more years under control at a lower average annual cost. But the deal showed that the outfield trade market is ripe.

It is conceivable that trading Gardner could return a couple of mid-level prospects from an organization. Such a deal frees up all or most of Gardner's salary, which the Yankees can utilize for a starting pitcher and lefty reliever if desired.

As Cashman has mentioned quite often this offseason, there are not a whole lot of enticing free agent starting pitchers on the market. The Yankees have checked in on left-hander Derek Holland, who would likely take a one-year deal. Another one-year option would be right-hander Tyson Ross, who was not tendered a contract by the Padres last week. Ross might represent the best chance to provide the Yankees with the innings they might seek.



Any signings beyond these two might end up being of the minor league variety with an invite to spring training. The reality is that the hurlers the Yankees can slot into the final two rotation spots have as much or more upside than anyone left on the market.

The Yankees have pitchers Luis Cessa, Dietrich Enns, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, and Adam Warren who might deserve the chance to log innings in the major leagues in 2017. The best part of this crew is that most of them can be effective as relievers as well.

If Gardner is traded and new salary is not received in the deal, the Yankees should also have enough for a left-handed reliever. The Yankees have been connected to lefties Boone Logan, a former pinstriper, and Mike Dunn. Logan might require a larger and longer investment than Dunn, but represents the best option in my opinion.

Besides the salary dump and maybe more importantly, trading Gardner allows the Yankees to see more of Aaron Hicks and Tyler Austin in 2017. If Aaron Judge is able to nail down the starting job in right field, a loose platoon of Hicks and Austin (he could be sharing time at first base as well) could produce significantly more offense than Gardner. With Hicks taking on the larger role because he is a switch-hitter (and stronger from the left side) the defense would not suffer. Hicks is every bit the defensive player, if not better than Gardner, who won a Gold Glove in 2016.

I believe it is important to find out if either Hicks or Austin is part of the long-term future and they will not be able to decide if Gardner is on the squad and Judge is patrolling right field. I believe Hicks would benefit from more playing time as he demonstrated during a stretch in 2016. Having more options available for Austin, who showed he might be ready to blossom in 2016, could benefit the Yankees.

Finally, removing Gardner from the roster changes the dynamic of the lineup. Neither he nor Ellsbury has shown the speed on the base paths that we once witnessed, and the trend will likely continue. Without the ability to steal bases, Gardner and Ellsbury do not provide enough offensively to warrant having both of them in the regular lineup.

The Yankees might be a year or two away from being considered a solid postseason club. Trading Gardner will not bring back a piece that makes the Yankees much stronger for 2017, but it would allow for significant flexibility in payroll, could add more to the farm system and it opens avenues for expanded roles for players the club would like to better understand their place in the organization's future.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during game six of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during game six of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So the Yankees didn't take advantage of their first chance to finish off the Astros and now it seems like Houston is the club swimming in momentum for Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, right?

Maybe it's true. And with their bats finally awake, the Astros will be a tough out in the decisive game Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. But perhaps the Yankees can put themselves in a strong position to advance to the World Series if they mull over a few things before the epic clash with Houston.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Yankees starter RHP Luis Severino couldn't deliver the Game 6 his team had hoped for as he exited after just 4 2/3 innings. 

Severino seemed to be on a roll through the first four innings as he let up his first hit to Carlos Correa with two outs in the fourth. He would have Yuli Gurriel line out to end the inning. 

But the fifth inning saw a less controlled Severino on the mound. He walked Alex Bregman in five pitches, and after a groundout, he would walk Evan Gattis to put runners on first and second with one out. Brian McCann came to the plate in a position to strike first...

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Girardi talks Yankee loss 00:03:08
Joe Girardi discusses Justin Verlander's solid start and the Yankees loss in Game 6 of the ALCS to force a winner-take-all Game 7.

The Astros bats came alive in their return to Houston as they plate seven to force a Game 7 in the ALCS >> Box score


Starters Luis Severino and Justin Verlander were dueling to start the game. That is until Astros C and former Yankee Brian McCann broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth. 

McCann roped a double on a hanging 2-2 changeup to score Alex BregmanJose Altuve would add two more runs with a line shot just passed the glove of 3B Todd Frazier to give the home team a 3-0 lead. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Luis Severino
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Harper previews ALCS Game 6 00:03:29
John Harper joins Daily News Live from Houston to preview the pivotal ALCS Game 6 matchup between the Yankees and Astros.

The Yankees and Astros play Game 6 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Friday night at 8:08 in Houston. The Yankees lead the series, 3-2, after winning all three games at Yankee Stadium.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Correa, SS Gary Sanchez, C
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Aaron Hicks, CF
Evan Gattis, DH Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Chase Headley, DH

Who is starting for the Yankees?

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Luis Severino
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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

The Yankees may be one win away from the World Series, but manager Joe Girardi doesn't want to hear anything about it. 

Girardi will try to manage the Yankees to his second World Series as a manager. But the levity of the game isn't in his mind as he will try to manage his team like any other night. 

"Because I think sometimes that can cause more anxiety and you can overthink things, in a sense," Girardi told The Daily News Mike Mazzeo.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Luis Severino's breakout season is a microcosm of the 2017 Yankees.

At the outset of the season, Severino's ability to be a starter was in question, and experts picked the Yankees to languish toward the bottom of the standings. In Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Yankees have a chance to reach their 41st World Series, and Severino is the man they want on the mound to get it done.

"Beginning of the season, nobody was expecting us to be anything,'' Severino told reporters Thursday. "And right now, we have a chance to be in the World Series.''

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: BBNY on ALCS 00:03:46
The BNNY crew debates whether or not they believe the Yankees can beat the Astros and clinch the AL Pennant to advance to the World Series.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

One scout stressed that the Yankees must lay off Justin Verlander's high fastball early in the count. But the other recommended more aggression in at-bats: "Attack, attack, attack," the scout said.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks' Game 6 00:02:51
Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Luis Severino phone in to discuss the team's mindset and preparations for Game 6 and potentially Game 7.

 

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 (JIM YOUNG)
(JIM YOUNG)

Kiké Hernández hit three home runs and had seven RBIs to propel the Dodgers to a World Series-clinching 11-1 win over the Cubs on Thursday night at Wrigley Field

Clayton Kershaw limited the Cubs to just one run on three hits in six innings, while Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow, and Kenley Jansen each pitched scoeless innings to finish the game.

The Dodgers now await the winner of the Yankees-Astros ALCS, which will continue on Thursday in Houston.

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Can the Yankees make the WS? 00:02:58
The DNL panel debates whether or not they believe the Yankees can close out the Astros in Houston in Game 6 of the ALCS.

 

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 (Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
(Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked what advice he would give RHP Luis Severino in advance of his start against the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night.

"To me, the big thing is him getting through the first inning and not getting too hyped up," Girardi said Thursday during a conference call. "You've got to pitch with your brain, not your arm."

The 23-year-old Severino failed to get throught the first inning during his start against the Twins in the Wild Card game, allowing three runs on four hits (including two homers) while walking one and striking out none in just 1/3 of an inning...

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Yanks hitters on beating Keuchel 00:01:04
Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Todd Frazier discuss hitting Dallas Keuchel in their Game 5 win over Houston in the ALCS.

The Yankees got to Astros ace Dallas Keuchel during Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday, knocking him out in the fifth inning in their 5-0 victory. 

Keuchel had the Yankees' number since that Wild Card Game start in 2015. But a different approach at the plate knocked him out of Game 5 of the ALCS in 4 2/3 innings. 

The Yankees needed a win, and their gameplan worked in the Bronx. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Chase Headley, Greg Bird
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Oct 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) (Brad Penner)

The Yankees finally got to Astros RHP Dallas Keuchel, hitting him hard on Wednesday as they moved within one win of their first World Series appearance since 2009.

Keuchel, who tossed seven scoreless innings in Game 1, allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out eight in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday. 

After the game, Keuchel admitted the Yankee Stadium crowd was a factor.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Mystique and Aura returned to the Bronx, but they won't be a factor in Houston.

Yankees pitching has been the story of the American League Championship Series, but the offense exploded at Yankee Stadium, pushing its way back into the fold.

This wasn't so much of a surprise as they averaged 5.3 runs per game overall in the regular season, but an even more impressive 5.6 R/G at home. There were contributions up and down the lineup during the three games played in the Bronx, where it is safe to say the Yankees offense found its mojo.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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BNNY: Yankees' 3-2 series lead 00:05:05
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' unpredicted offensive performance against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Might be time to call the Yankees what they are: The best team in the American League.

Sure, the standings didn't say so during the regular season, and the Yanks only got into the playoff tournament via the wild card. But they're playing like it now in this run of quality baseball that's been nothing short of spectacular, including their stomping of ace Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 5-0, Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

To recap: The Yanks beat the 102-win Indians in the ALDS after Cleveland had its foot on their pinstriped necks. Down 0-2 after their manager blew the second game, the Yankees roared back to win the series.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Girardi on Yankees' Game 5 win 00:04:43
Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks to the media about the Yankees' Game 5 win over the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Masahiro Tanaka delivered when it mattered the most on Wednesday, coming through with seven scoreless inning's in a Game 5 win over the Astros. 

The right-hander allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out eight in another scoreless gem. 

"You see him out there, talking to himself and doing all this crazy stuff," third baseman Todd Frazier told reporters. "Next thing you know his ball just disappears on batters. What a performance." 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Masahiro Tanaka
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Yankees drop the Astros, 5-0 00:01:47
SNY's Eamon McAnaney gets the Yankees' reactions from their 5-0 victory over the Astros to take a 3-2 lead in the ALCS.

 Behind a brilliant start from Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees took Game 5 of the ALCS over the Astros, 5-0, to pull ahead in the best-of-seven series. >> Box score


Tanaka kept the Astros off-balance from the get-go and dominated through seven innings of work. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight in the scoreless effort.

After a scoreless first inning, the Yankees got on the board in the second when Greg Bird drove in Starlin Castro with an RBI single. An inning later, the Yankees extended the lead with Aaron Judge's RBI double.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Wednesday afternoon at 5:08 at Yankee Stadium. The series is tied, 2-2, after the Yankees' come-from-behind victory in Game 4.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Correa, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Chase Headley, DH

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in 6.0 innings in Game 1.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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Oct 9, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; during game four of the 2017 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 9, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; during game four of the 2017 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Gary Dunaier, or "Thumbs Down Guy" as he is referred to in the baseball world, will be getting his very own bobblehead. 

Dunaier, a Mets fan, is infamous for the thumbs down he gave Yankees 3B Todd Frazier after he hit a home run against the Rays at Citi Field. The Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum jumped on the opportunity to bring Dunaier's fame to light with his own bobblehead. 

The two sides signed off on the deal, and with the Yankees' using the thumbs down during their playoff run, co-Founder and CEO Phil Sklar thinks it's perfect to make the bobblehead. 

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees ventured back to New York, found their bats, and displayed the resilience demonstrated often throughout the regular season and several times during the playoffs. Kickstarting the offense has been important to the Yankees ability to tie the American League Championship Series at two games apiece, but the key to the team's play in this series has been the pitching staff.

The Yankees have benefitted from extremely solid starting pitching, and the bullpen continues to dominate hitters. Much of this may have been unexpected considering the Yankees are playing against the best offense in the majors this season, and Houston came into the ALCS extremely hot at the plate.

In the four games, Yankees pitching has held the Astros to nine runs (seven earned) on 18 hits (.153 batting average against). That's impressive against a club that averaged 5.5 runs per game, and put together a collective 121 wRC+, by far an MLB-best. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have consistently provided the Astros with solid at-bats (.310 combined average and half of the club's total hits), while the rest of the lineup is hitting just .101...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) talks to fans prior the game between the New York Mets Boston and the Red Sox (Andy Marlin)
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) talks to fans prior the game between the New York Mets Boston and the Red Sox (Andy Marlin)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it's "constitutionally impossible" for him to root for the Yankees, who are even with the Astros at two games apiece in the ALCS. De Blasio, who is a die-hard Red Sox fan, explained his reasoning to the the NY Daily News.

"The truth is called for in editorial board meetings," de Blasio said. "I am a crazed, rabid baseball fan and Red Sox fan. It is constitutionally impossible to quote unquote root for the New York Yankees."

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game four of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If it feels like the old ghosts are back to leaving their vapor trails around Yankee Stadium, well, maybe they are. The Yankees players can't stop talking about the raucous home atmosphere and every night seems to bring another reminder of glory days gone by.

For instance, the Yankees' 6-4 victory over Houston Tuesday night in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series was the first time the Yanks had rallied to overcome a four-run deficit in a home postseason game since Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Red Sox. Yeah, the Aaron Boone game, which, by the way, had its 14th anniversary on Monday.

It all makes for a nostalgic backdrop, especially with big names such as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez doing big things. The Yankees have always done star power well.

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GEICO SportsNite: Judge's Game 4 00:06:03
BNNY on Aaron Judge sparking the Yankees' offense with a home run for the second consecutive game after New York evens up the ALCS.

Aaron Judge had just five hits in his first nine postseason games heading into Tuesday night, but he delivered in a big way in the Yankees' come-from-behind win over the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS. 

Judge blasted a solo home run in the seventh and a game-tying double an inning later to give the Yankees a much-needed jolt.

"It's pretty surreal, to be honest," he told reporters after the game, according to ESPN. "I haven't reflected on tonight's game yet. But as a kid I've been in that situation in my head a thousand times, through the minor leagues, all your daily batting practice, your cage work. I'm putting myself in that situation. Get out there and get the job done." 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' win 00:02:17
Eamon McAnaney recaps the Yankees' impressive 6-4 comeback win in Game 4 of the ALCS to even the series at two games apiece.

The Yankees' offense exploded to score six runs over the course of two innings to help overcome sloppy defense and a four-run deficit to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game four of the ALCS. >> Read more

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 4 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-1 after the Yankees' victory in Game 3.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Correa, SS  Gary Sanchez, DH
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Austin Romine, C

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Sonny Gray, who allowed three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 against the Indians.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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The Red Sox and Yankees revisited the 2004 ALCS as both teams took shots at each other on Twitter. 

On this day 13 years ago, the play known as "The Steal" sparked the Red Sox' miraculous comeback in the 2004 ALCS. The Red Sox took to Twitter to say that this day is "basically a holiday" in Boston...

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Manager Joe Girardi decided to go with C Austin Romine at catcher while Gary Sanchez will be the DH for Game 4 of the ALCS. 

This move was expected as Romine caught Sonny Gray's simulated game in Houston, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Romine has yet to see the field this postseason. His last game came against the Blue Jays where he went 0-for-3.

 

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Yankees Game 4 starter Sonny Gray is ready to redeem himself as he looks to help his team tie the ALCS at two apiece. 

Since his loss in Game 1 of the ALDS, Gray has not seen live action in 12 days. So, as he is handed the chance to help the Yankees even the series, he is excited for the opportunity to make peace with his previous start. 

"Nervous, no I'm excited," Gray told Newsday's Steven Marcus. 

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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Postseason games are typically long, grinding nail-biters where the bullpen's performance can make the difference for a club. After his Game 3 performance, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has officially become an alarming negative factor, which is causing a detrimental trickle-down effect for the remaining bullpen arms.

"He's out of whack," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said referring to Betances after Game 3. "He's [gone] through it a couple of times this year and we've seemingly been able to get him on track a number of different times and we're still trying to do that because I still think he is really important to us."

"We need him, so we'll continue to try to fix it," Girardi said.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |: If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit a three-run home run to break out of a slump and made two acrobatic catches in right field to lead New York to an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Since Game 1 of the ALDS, Judge had been in a 2-for-28 slide with 20 strikeouts. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, Judge broke out if it by hitting a three-run home run off Will Harris that turned a five-run lead into an 8-0 rout.

"He's extremely talented," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You can look at his numbers and say he's not hitting for an average. We've played how many playoff games, nine? He gets seven RBIs, he gets his walk, got another one tonight. I know how dangerous he is. He can really change a game really quickly."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
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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)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia threw six scoreless innings on Monday to lead New York to an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm not surprised what he did tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We talked about it, we wanted him on the mound tonight. We thought we had the right guy on the mound tonight. Again, six innings, just an outstanding effort. Couldn't ask for anything more."

Sabathia, who escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the third inning, became the first pitcher who is at least 37 years old to throw at least six shutout innings in a postseason game since Pedro Martinez in 2009. Sabathia gave up three hits, walked four and struck out five, throwing 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. 

"CC was really good because he didn't make a lot of mistakes," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:29
Todd Frazier, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius talk about the Yankees' offensive outburst in their win in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier both hit three-run home runs while CC Sabathia threw six solid innings as the Yankees blew out the Houston Astros 8-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Despite being held to two runs and 10 hits in Games 1 and 2, the Yankees exploded for three runs in the second inning and five runs in the fourth as they remained undefeated at home in the postseason and cut the series deficit to 2-1.

After Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks both hit two-out singles off Astros starter Charlie Morton in the bottom of the second inning, Frazier lunged to hit a 1-1 fastball over the right-field fence to give New York a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Chase Headley recorded the first hit by a Yankees designated hitter this postseason by driving in Greg Bird with a two-out single. Morton then hit Brett Gardner to load the bases and was replaced by Will Harris, who threw a wild pitch that scored Frazier and then surrendered a 371-foot home run to Judge that blew the game wide open.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Starlin Castro
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John Harper on ALCS Game 3 00:04:50
John Harper joins the Daily News Live crew to discuss the Yankees' continued offensive struggles in advance of Game 3 of the ALCS.

 

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New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 3 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-0 after winning the first two games in Houston.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Alex Bregman, 3B Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Correa, SS Gary Sanchez, C
Yuli Gurriel, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Evan Gattis, C Starlin Castro, 2B
Marwin Gonzalez, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Josh Reddick, RF Todd Frazier, 3B
Cameron Maybin, LF Chase Headley, DH

Who is starting for the Yankees?

LHP CC Sabathia, who allowed two runs on five hits while walking none and striking out nine in 4 1/3 innings against the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS.

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(Shanna Lockwood)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Despite the Yankees down 0-2 in the ALCS, manager Joe Girardi isn't in "panic" mode as the series heads to the Bronx for Game 3. 

The Yankees lost two, 2-1 games in Houston after masterful performances from Astros starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. But with the series returning to Yankee Stadium where Girardi's team has had better success all season, he isn't worried that the series is getting away from him. 

"We've been through enough this year that there's no panic. There were times during the season where we were 15 games over, and we fell to four games over," Girardi told the NY Daily News' Christian Red. "Obviously, would you rather be 1-1, 2-0 the other way? Yeah. I don't think there's any panic in the room. And they're gonna just go out and do what they do and see where the chips fall."

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have a few things going for them as they enter Game 3 of the American League Championship Series down 0-2 to the Astros. Maybe at the top of the list is the fact that Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will be on the bench.

The Yankees have a miserable history against Keuchel, while Verlander has performed superbly against them as well, with no better success than his Game 2 start. Astros' Game 3 starter Charlie Morton is no slouch, as he pitched to a 14-7 record with a 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings in the regular season.

The Yankees have been striking out at a disturbing clip, so a matchup against another pitcher that generates plenty of swing and misses may not seem like a great matchup...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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BNNY on Yanks' keys for Game 3 00:03:10
Baseball Night New York breaks down how the Yankees can shift momentum as the ALCS moves to New York.

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Everyone says the kids are alright, that the struggles of these playoffs haven't turned Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge tight. There's yet to be any real proof -- a few decent press conference quotes hardly qualifies as that -- but the Yankees better be right about their two young stars.

Because whatever hope New York has of remaining relevant in the AL Championship Series against the Astros probably hinges on Judge and Sanchez having an impact on the series, starting in Game 3 in the Bronx on Monday night. Maybe even more so than CC Sabathia, who is starting against the Astros' Charlie Morton.

Both Judge and Sanchez have struggled mightily and are a combined 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts in the series, which the Yankees trail two games to none after consecutive 2-1 losses in Houston.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Anthony McCarron
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees Game 3 00:01:17
Joe Girardi discusses what contribution he hopes CC Sabathia can give the Yankees when he takes the ball for Game 3 in the Bronx.

Like the ALDS, the Yankees trail 2-0 heading home for Game 3 on Monday against the Houston Astros in the ALCS, and starting pitcher CC Sabathia is confident he and the team can dig out of that deficit.

"It's a good team we're playing, but I feel like we've been right there in both games," Sabathia said on Sunday. "It can be 2-0 and then 2-1. We're right there. So a couple things go our way, we could easily be up 2-0."

Sabathia said the Yankees are not panicking despite losing the first two games of the ALCS. They were in the same position in the last round against the Cleveland Indians, when they rebounded to win Games 3, 4 and 5 and advance.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, CC Sabathia, Houston Astros
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Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Baseball is a game of inches and the Yankees have been literally giving them away.

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(Troy Taormina)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : A quick glance at the stats tells you all you need to know about the vaunted Yankee offense in the AL Championship Series, particularly when you scroll down to the names Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

The young stars -- perhaps the biggest two reasons why the Yanks were second in the majors in runs this season -- have been brutal so far in the playoffs, except for a moment or two. Of course, those moments have faded, just like the good feelings from the Yanks' stirring revival in the previous playoff round against the Indians. That's how badly the duo is struggling against Houston now.

But with today's Hot Take Universe offering all kinds of solutions (we'll have one for the Yankee offense in a moment, too, bear with us) Joe Girardi must resist any urge to take Judge out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and should not consider using Sanchez as the designated hitter and replacing him behind the plate with Austin Romine...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:01:18
Anthony McCarron breaks down the final play of Game 2 in which catcher Gary Sanchez botched a relay throw at home plate in the ninth.

 The Yankees were tied with the Astros 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. After Luis Severino pitched four innings and Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined to give up only one hit in four innings, the Yankees put in Aroldis Chapman to help send the game to extras.

Instead, Chapman gave up a one-out single to American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve and a walk-off double from shortstop Carlos Correa .

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

The Yankees have scored just two runs and produced 10 hits in two 2-1 losses to the Astros in the ALCS after finishing second in the MLB in runs scored during the regular season.

While the team's bullpen has been lights out for the majority of the playoffs and Masahiro Tanaka has recorded two quality starts, the Baby Bombers have been quiet in the ALCS. C Gary Sanchez, who had 33 home runs and 90 RBI in 2017, has struck out five times in seven at-bats and doesn't have a single hit. RF Aaron Judge, who hit an AL-leading 52 homers, has just one hit and hasn't driven in a run.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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(Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees took out starter Luis Severino after four innings in Game 2 of the ALCS, replacing him with reliever Tommy Kahnle. Manager Joe Girardi said the right-handed pitcher -- who hurt his shoulder -- checked out fine after their 2-1 loss to the Astros. 

Girardi and the Yankees' trainer visited Severino after the right-hander appeared to have some discomfort in his right arm, but he remained in the game to pitch the rest of the fourth.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:01:57
Gary Sanchez took full responsibility for dropping the ball at home plate in the deciding play of Game 2 of the ALCS in Houston.

Aroldis Chapman allowed a walk-off double to Carlos Correa and Justin Verlander stifled the Yankees in New York's 2-1 loss in Game 2 of the ALCS in Houston. The Yankees are trailing in the series 2-0. << Box Score

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 2 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Saturday afternoon in Houston at 4 p.m. The Astros lead the series 1-0 after taking Game 1, 2-1, on Friday night.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees ran into a familiar buzzsaw in the likes of Dallas Keuchel Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and now find themselves in a familiar spot in a playoff series. Down.

We know that the Yankees managed to climb out of a 2-0 hole in the division series against a terrific Indians team, so New York's confidence is by no means shattered. As such, there were some relevant circumstances in Game 1 that should have the Yankees optimistic they can put the loss behind them with a strong performance in Game 2...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Chris Carelli
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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Yankees-Astros Friday night was really all about Dallas Keuchel, as it usually is when the Astros ace lefty pitches against the Yanks. Keuchel was dominant again in the AL Championship Series opener, throwing seven shutout innings.

Now, with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Astros will send their ace righty, Justin Verlander, to the mound in Saturday's Game 2. With a loss, the Yanks would face a huge deficit - yes, we know they came back from 0-2 in the first round against Cleveland. But two enormous turnarounds against two 100-plus-win teams in the same October?

Sounds unlikely...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday
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