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, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli

Jacoby Ellsbury, right, celebrates his grand slam with left fielder Matt Holliday in the seventh. Holliday's three-run homer in the 10th won it for the Yankees. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacoby Ellsbury, right, celebrates his grand slam with left fielder Matt Holliday in the seventh. Holliday's three-run homer in the 10th won it for the Yankees. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Yankees a stunning 14-11 come-from-behind win over the Orioles  in the opener of their three-game series in the Bronx Friday.  >> Box score

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Daily News Live: Tanaka's gem 00:02:49
The Daily News Live panel discusses Tanaka's impressive start on Thursday night against a strong Boston Red Sox lineup.

The Daily News Live panel discusses Masahiro Tanaka's impressive start on Thursday night against a strong Boston Red Sox lineup. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (13-7) open a three-game series against the Orioles (14-6) at Yankee Stadium at 7:10 p.m.

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The Yankees have activated SS Didi Gregorius from the disabled list and designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment, the team announced Friday.

Gregorius had been playing rehab games with High-A Tampa.

He had been rehabbing a right shoulder strain suffered during the World Baseball Classic, could come off the disabled list Friday night to face the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

With Gregorius back, Ronald Torreyes will go back to his role as the team's utility infielder...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees infielder Tyler Wade (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees infielder Tyler Wade (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played April 27, 2017.

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(Winslow Townson)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Yankees to a two-game sweep of a rain-shortened series with the Red Sox. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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Apr 8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)
Apr 8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)

The Yankees (12-7) will try to take the second game of a rain-shortened series with the Red Sox (11-9) at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m.

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New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Brian Cashman said Gary Sanchez will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Scraton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Brian Hoch of MLB.com.

"I'm very happy that day is getting closer," Sanchez said to ESPN's Marly Rivera. "I'm really excited that the day I will come back to the field is getting closer and closer." 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees are averaging five runs per game, good for second the American League (sixth overall), yet it could be better.

The Yankees (12-7) are winning games in spite of their leadoff hitter Brett Gardner's struggles, while Jacoby Ellsbury, who could be hitting No. 1, is currently swinging in the middle of the lineup.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Luis Severino cruised through seven scoreless innings of work and Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Luis Severino and the Yankees (11-7) renew their rivalry with the Red Sox (11-8) at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. New York went 8-11 against Boston last season.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

Tags: Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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(Brad Mills)

Aaron Judge will make his Fenway Park debut on Wednesday night against Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox. 

"Having the chance to play in front of a packed house is going to be awesome," Judge said according to Mike Mazzeo of the Daily News. "I'm looking forward to the Red Sox atmosphere."

Judge has previously taken batting practice at Fenway when he played in the Cape Cod League back in 2012 before his junior season at Fresno State. A year later he was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 Draft.

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Jeter buys piece of Marlins 00:02:59
The Daily News Live panel breaks down what Derek Jeter's new role as part owner of the Marlins will look like.

A group led by Derek Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush has placed the winning bid for the right to purchase the Miami Marlins, reports Scott Soshnick.

The cost for the team is expected to be $1.3 billion, reports Clark Spencer of Miami Herald.

Word of Jeter's interest in owning the Marlins was initially reported on April 5 by Fox Business Network.

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Tonight's Yankees vs. Red Sox game in Boston, which had been scheduled for 7:10 p.m., has been postponed, the Red Sox announced.

The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park on July 16, beginning at 1:05 p.m.

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New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Leadoff hitters are typically a key to a team's success. In the Yankees' case, they've jumped out to an 11-7 record despite left fielder Brett Gardner's incredibly poor start at the plate. Is it too early to look at the future without the Yankees' home grown outfielder and is it too late to receive a good return in a trade?

Gardner is hitting .182 with a .318 on-base percentage, .236 slugging percentage and a 68 wRC+ (runs created per plate appearance where 100 is average) in 66 plate appearances on the young season. However, Gardner's troubles go all the way back to the second half of the 2015 season. 

The moment Gardner returned from his first All-Star game, he began to backpedal offensively. Gardner has stood at the plate 993 times since July 17, 2015. During the span, Gardner sports a .240 batting average, .334 on-base percentage, .333 slugging percentage and an 86 wRC+. Gardner, once prolific on the bases, has swiped a mere 26 bases (caught six times) in the stretch, though he has five this season. Gardner has managed just three months (out of nine, including this month) with a wRC+ above 100 since August 2015. These are not small samples.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mason Williams, Chris Carelli
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Apr 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Jordan Montgomery gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings, but did not receive the run support he needed and the Yankees lost the rubber game of their series with the Pirates 2-1. >> Box score

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( Adam Hunger)

Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees (11-6) will play the rubber game of their three-game series aganst the Pirates (7-10) in Pittsburgh at 1:35 p.m. The Yankees rallied for an 11-5 victory on Saturday.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

Yankees Pirates
Brett Gardner, LF Jordy Mercer, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Josh Harrison, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Andrew McCutchen, CF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Gregory Polanco, LF
Aaron Judge, RF David Freese, 3B
Greg Bird, 1B Jose Osuna, RF
Ronald Torreyes, SS Philip Gosselin, 3B
Kyle Higashioka C Chris Stewart, C
Jordan Montgomery, P Iván Nova, P

 

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The Yankees' Starlin Castro celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Pirates Saturday. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
The Yankees' Starlin Castro celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Pirates Saturday. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carter hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth as the Yankees rallied for an 11-5 victory over the Pirates Saturday in Pittsburgh. >> Box score


The Yankees were trailing 3-0 in the sixth against Jameson Tallion when Starlin Castro tied it with a one-out, three-run homer that scored Jacoby Ellsbury (infield single) and Aaron Hicks (walk).

Tallion left after walking Aaron Judge.  Pittsburgh reliever Juan Nicasio hit Greg Bird, and, after allowing a single to Austin Romine to load the bases, gave up a two-run double to Ronald Torreyes.

Tags: Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Michael Pineda and the Yankees (10-6) play the middle game of their series aganst the Pirates (7-9) in Pittsburgh at 4:05 p.m. The Pirates won the series opener 6-3 Friday.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees dropped their 16th game of 2017 and fell to 10-6. Starting pitcher, CC Sabathia gave up two home runs and the team never recovered. 

In the bottom of the first, the Pirates opened the scoring in PNC Park after a Jordy Mercer homerun. Brett Gardner walked in the third and would eventually notch New York's first run of the night. 

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Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees look to improve their 10-5 record against a Pittsburgh team that has either fallen to a sweep or escaped with one in every series thus far of 2017.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played April 20, 2017.

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Aaron Judge living up to hype 00:02:52
The Daily News Live team debates whether Aaron Judge has become the most exciting Yankee on the roster right now.

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is off to a much slower start than anyone expected after an exceptional spring training. Despite Bird going 5-for-37 with a .535 OPS in 42 plate appearances, he should not be benched each time there is a left-handed pitcher on the mound.

I completely understand that the Yankees brought in Chris Carter's right-handed hitting power bat to complement Bird, but to enact a strict platoon would be a mistake in my opinion.

I bring this up because the writing is on the wall. Bird entered Sunday's game in a 0-20 slump and went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single and two walks. The following game, Bird was on the bench in favor of Carter, who mind you came in slashing .182/.240/.273, because "lefty killer" Derek Holland was on the mound. Bird has two plate appearances this season against lefties, while Carter has nine. Neither player has a hit against a lefty.

Tags: Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:41
Buoyed by good at-bats and good pitching, including by Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday, the Yankees are riding an eight-game winning streak.

Tanaka kept the White Sox in check for most of the evening, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six in seven innings of work. The only real damage came in the fourth when Jose Abreu brought in Tim Anderson with an RBI double. 

Chase Headley kept his hot start going with his third home run of the year, a two-run shot in the first inning.

Tags: Chicago White Sox
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Daily News Live: Luis Severino 00:02:38
The Daily News Live panel debates whether Luis Severino has earned himself a permanent spot in the Yankees' starting rotation.

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( Adam Hunger)

Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees (9-5) look to get back in the win column as they close out their series with the White Sox (7-6) at Yankee Stadium. 

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.


White Sox Yankees
Tyler Saladino, 2B Brett Gardner, LF 
Tim Anderson, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Melky Cabrera, LF Matt Holliday, DH
Jose Abreu, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Avisail Garcia, RF Starlin Castro, 2B
Cody Asche, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Yolmer Sanchez, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Omar Narvaez, C Austin Romine, C
Leury Garcia, CF Ronald Torreyes, SS
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Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Tyler Saladino (20) throws to first to complete the double play in the fifth inning. New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) were out on the play at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Tyler Saladino (20) throws to first to complete the double play in the fifth inning. New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) were out on the play at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees fell victim to the long ball and were unable to recover in a 4-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, snapping an eight-game winning streak. >> Read more

Tags: Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Feinsand previews his new book 00:04:48
Former SNY Yankees insider Mark Feinsand joins the show to preview his new book, "The New York Yankees Fan Bucket List."

Apr 7, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 7, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Severino and the Yankees (9-4) will go for their ninth consecutive win on Tuesday night in game two of a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox (6-6) at 7:05 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.


White Sox Yankees
Tyler Saladino, 2B Brett Gardner, LF 
Tim Anderson, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Melky Cabrera, LF Matt Holliday, DH
Jose Abreu, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Avisail Garcia, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Matt Davidson, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Yolmer Sanchez, DH Austin Romine, C
Omar Narvaez, C Ronald Torreyes, 3B
Avisail Garcia, CF Pete Kozma, SS

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will begin playing in rehab games on Friday for High-A Tampa, the team announced Tuesday.

Gregorius, who is dealing with a hematoma of the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder, began a throwing prorgram two weeks ago.

"I don't want to rush anything, because if something happens, it's going to be even worse with a setback," Gregorius said after beginning his throwing program.

He was diagnosed with the inury in March, which the Yankees expected would keep him out for six weeks. 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees were supposed to be working the 2017 season without a strong collection of starting pitching. However, during the Yankees' current eight-game winning streak, the club's starters have silenced the detractors with a 6-0 record, 2.76 ERA and a 9.2 K/9 rate. How long can the run last?

Of the five starters, the pitcher expected to provide sterling efforts, Masahiro Tanaka currently owns the worst ERA. However, in his last start, Tanaka looked more like the pitcher who contended for the Cy Young Award last season. Tanaka had a superb spring training, but struggled in his first two starts (10 ER in 7 2/3 IP).

I don't worry about Tanaka. Once he hits a groove, he can rattle off solid start after solid start. Tanaka is the most complete pitcher of the crew and I have the plenty of faith he can put his rough start behind him.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:02:12
Sweeny Murti breaks down how the Yankees keep rolling behind strong starting pitching and power hitting, resulting in eight straight wins.

Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge both hit home runs to power the New York Yankees to their eighth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Holliday hit a three-run home run off White Sox starter Derek Holland (1-2) as part of a five-run third inning to break a scoreless tie.

Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in the third inning to make it 5-0 and a two-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chicago White Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees (8-4) look to win their eighth straight game when they send LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 4.29 ERA) to face Derek Holland (1-1, 1.50 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (6-5) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

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The Yankees have traded RHP Johnny Barbato to the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations, it was announced Monday.

The 24-year-old Barbato, who had been in the rotation for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre, had been designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for LHP Jordan Montgomery.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:04
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

Greg Bird broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a home run, Michael Pineda threw seven strong innings and the New York Yankees won their seventh game in a row with a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird, who entered the game with a .038 batting average, was a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Aaron Judge's home run was overturned on replay to break a 1-1 tie.

Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple. He hit a ball to deep right field off Adam Wainwright (0-3) that deflected off a fan's glove and back onto the field. Umpires reviewed the play and ruled fan interference, resulting in a triple.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, St. Louis Cardinals
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (7-4) look to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals (3-8) and win their seventh game in a row when the teams meet Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

Tags: Michael Pineda, St. Louis Cardinals
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:04
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

CCC Sabathia allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings and the Yankees took advantage of sloppy Cardinals defense in a 3-2 victory Saturday at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks have won six in a row. >>Click here for a full box score.


 

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Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees (6-4) play the middle game of three-game series against the Cardinals (3-7) Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees are going for their sixth straight win.

 

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:39
Sweeny Murti analyzes what went wrong in the Yanks' 1-4 start and how they've since righted the ship this past week.

The Yankees outlasted St. Louis on Friday night by a score of 4-3. New York notched their 5th straight victory despite a late Cardinals surge and now sit at 6-4 on the season.

The Cardinals threatened the Yankee victory, leaving runners on both second and third when the final out occured.

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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (5-4) kick off a three day series against The Cardinals (3-6) on Friday night at 7:10. The game begins a six-game home stretch for New York.

Currently, the Yankees are riding a four-game winning streak and finished off a sweep of Tama Bay on Thursday.

 

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 (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Dellin Betances entered to start the eighth inning of Thursday night's game against the Rays with the Yankees up 3-2, and proceeded to issue a walk and allow a single -- putting runners on the corners with none out.

He then struck out Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria before getting Brad Miller to ground out to end the threat.

It was Betances' first appearance since this past Sunday.

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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The top four levels of the Yankees minor league system began action late last week. Let's take a look at some of the early returns.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played April 13, 2017.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:36
Joe Girardi and Luis Severino address the media after Severino's superb performance in the Yankees' win over the Rays.

Luis Severino stuck out 11 batters over seven strong innings, Aaron Hicks hit two home runs, and the Yankees completed a sweep of the Rays with a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. >>Click here for a full box score.


Aaron Hicks' go-ahead home run in seventh inning was the difference in a low-scoring game, as both pitchers limited the damage early on. Matt Andriese held the Yankees to one run in six innings of work before New York scored two runs off Tampa Bay's bullpen.

Hicks, who also had three RBI for New York, became the first Yankee to hit a home run from both sides of the plate since Mark Teixeira on July 31, 2015...

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