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In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.

It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.

The Yankees did exactly what a .500 team with little going its way should do at the trade deadline. They filled the organization with top-tier prospects, revamping their farm system and putting to rest the notion that they do not care about growing from within. The difference from other rebuilding processes: the Yankees refused to keep losing and look for a high draft pick.

Ownership, general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi said the team was not waving the white towel and the remaining Yankees in the clubhouse had no intention of packing it in. Even so, thinking one way and performing as such is another.

"We never felt that our season was over when all those [deadline] moves were made," Yankees' third baseman Chase Headley told ESPN. "But to say that you believed that you have a chance to make the playoffs a month ago, that's all fine and good. Until you start playing better and giving yourself a chance, it's a little harder to really believe it."

The Yankees began to believe once management decided to abandon -- or limit -- some offensive inconsistencies by calling up catcher Gary Sanchez in early August, and then Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin close to the midpoint of the month.

Veteran Brian McCann has been reduced to the backup catcher and designated hitter with Sanchez being declared the primary backstop within a week of his call-up -- combined with Alex Rodriguez being pushed out the door. Mark Teixeira, who announced that he'll be retiring at season's end, is sharing time at first base with Austin. The Yankees named Judge the club's starting right fielder upon his call-up.

The youth infusion inspired fine August performances from others on offense. Starlin Castro put together his best month of the season, hitting .313 with eight home runs and a team-leading 24 RBI. Didi Gregorius continued his finest major league season with a .791 OPS, including eight doubles, six home runs and 18 RBI.

Castro and Gregorius' contributions are significant in that they are a big part of the Yankees future (they are each 26-year-old controllable players), and have shown they can be relied on when the stage grows.

The Yankees also received impactful efforts from players who were not getting significant playing time before the trade deadline.

Aaron Hicks has been the fans' favorite punching bag this season. He arrived in New York with lofty expectations, but his playing time never increased with the mostly healthy outfield. In August, Hicks showed why the Yankees remain high on his abilities, as he hit four home runs and generated a .769 OPS. That mark is more than 130 points higher than any other month this season.

Utility infielder Ronald Torreyes has managed to stay on the roster since Opening Day mainly because he is a fine defender at every infield position besides first base. But, Torreyes showed that if he gets some regular time at the plate, he can hold his own.

Torreyes slashed .434/.471/.719 in 34 plate appearances in August. Surely a small sample size, but knowing he can take a couple of days from switch-hitter Chase Headley when there is a left-hander on the mound (Headley's OPS is nearly 40 points higher hitting against right-handers) gives Girardi a strong option rather than a placeholder.

Girardi takes his lumps where it concerns his love for veterans, but August showed he is willing to ride hot hands and stick with rookies who might struggle along the way. Girardi's ability to juggle and see the big picture is a good sign, and with some reinforcements coming in the form of Rob Refsnyder and possibly Mason Williams, the Yankees' skipper will have more options at his disposal for mixing and matching late in games.

The Yankees' impressive August record (17-11) was also aided by quality pitching, especially over the last 14 days. Yankees hurlers registered a 3.19 ERA during the span, led by Masahiro Tanaka, who made three starts (19 1/3 innings) and sported a 0.92 ERA with two wins. CC Sabathia (2.63 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) and Luis Cessa (3.00 ERA in 18 innings) have answered the call as well.

Chad Green was up and down in his starts (4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings), while Michael Pineda's final line (7.94 ERA in 11 1/3 innings) was disappointing, yet there were stretches where he threw up a lot of zeroes.

The results have been uneven in the bullpen. Tommy Layne is the only middle reliever who recorded an ERA under 4.50 during the month (0.00 ERA in 8 1/3 innings). Tyler Clippard (0.00 ERA in 4 1/3 innings) and Dellin Betances (1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 innings) have pitched well at the end of games, while Adam Warren (4.91 ERA, 2.18 WHIP in 3 2/3 innings) struggled.

The good news for the Yankees is that September could bring a bevy of talented arms from the minors. It is expected that former top prospect Luis Severino will get some innings in the bullpen, where his fastball/slider combination plays well. Severino has pitched well at Triple-A this season, but not so well as a starter for New York. He was productive in a small sample as a reliever in July.

The Yankees should also find space for right-hander Bryan Mitchell, who was supposed to be a key piece to the bullpen until suffering a toe injury in spring training.

Additionally, there is a chance the Yankees bring up Jonathan Holder, who has flat-out dominated at three levels this season, but in no space more than Triple-A (0.89 ERA in 20 1/3 innings). Possessing additional arms is all well and good, but it becomes incumbent on Girardi to put them in the right situations. I cannot say he has done a good job of that at various points this season.

One good month does not necessarily portend to a follow-up. The Yankees have a brutal schedule ahead of them, facing four teams currently holding a playoff spot (23 of their final 30 games).

But, and this is a big but, the Yankees are playing with confidence, likely for the first time all season. Winning seven out of their last eight series will do that for any team, especially when five of them are against teams with winning records and three currently holding playoff positions.

Also significant for the Yankees is that they have played the last month with a sense of urgency. They have faced each opponent with a feeling that this is their postseason.

They have played well in tight games all season (22-9 in one-run games) and there is something to be said for a team playing without expectations. Winning loosens up a clubhouse and they have done enough of that to get within a couple of games of a playoff spot.

In my view, the Yankees are equipped to continue a run which truly began well before they looked toward the future at the trade deadline.

New York is 61-47 since their 8-16 start, in part from contributions from players currently on the squad. The team's only offensive loss was Carlos Beltran, and the club has figured out a way to get production elsewhere and across the roster since.

On the mound, the pitchers are fully capable of continuing to do more than simply keep the team in games and allow the offense to finish opponents off.

The Yankees believe there is a spot for them in the postseason and it might be time for others to consider the chance as well.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Adam Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird homered for the second straight game, hitting a grand slam in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays as he continues to break out of a massive slump.

Bird crushed a Ryan Borucki sinker into the second deck to right field to highlight New York's six-run first inning, his second straight plate appearance in which he homered. He also hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of Saturday's 11-6 win.

"I felt like I was in a good place, just getting ready to hit," Bird said, according to Newsday's Sal Cacciatore. "The consistency just hasn't been there like I'd like, but when it's not, you have to find a way to get it done."

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

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius could be placed on the disabled list following a collision with Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales, manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game.

Gregorius suffered "a pretty bad bruise on his heel" after colliding with Morales while beating out a grounder for an infield single. He left the game following the second inning and was replaced by Ronald Torreyes.

"Not great there, but we'll just kind of see where we are tomorrow," Boone said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty, of Gregorius, who was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for tests.

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Aug 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (right) is greeted by second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) after hitting a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (right) is greeted by second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) after hitting a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees' bats stayed hot in the Bronx, as a six-run first jolted them to a 10-2 win to cap their series against the Blue Jays. >> Box score

1) J.A. Happ had his shortest outing as a Yankee on Sunday, but it was enough for him to pick up yet another win. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking one. 

2) Happ got an early lead from the Yankees thanks to a big first inning that saw six runs come across the plate. Miguel Andujar (1-for-5, 2 RBI) continued his hot streak, driving in the first run to tie things up. And after Didi Gregorius beat out an infield single to score a run, Greg Bird launched a 386-foot grand slam to right to blow things up early.

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J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

J.A. Happ had his shortest start as a Yankee on Sunday afternoon, but he still set himself up for another win. 

Happ lasted just 5.1 innings as his 103 pitch count forced manager Aaron Boone to go to the bullpen. But the veteran lefty got a large lead early and held it when he came out. 

It wasn't the start Happ wanted, as Randal Grichuk belted a homer to left center field to get the Blue Jays on the board first. And though Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar hit back-to-back singles, Happ got Teoscar Hernandez to strikeout to end the inning. 

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees finish up their series with the Blue Jays on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 6-4 on their 11-game homestand, which ends today. They are also 9-4 in their last 13 games. ...If the Yankees win today, they will be at 32 games over .500 for the first time this season. They've flirted with this mark in the past, but haven't been able to obtain it. 

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The 1998 World Series Champion New York Yankees return to Yankee stadium in the Bronx to remember their historic 114-48 regular season.

The 1998 World Series Champion New York Yankees return to Yankee stadium in the Bronx to remember their historic 114-48 regular season. 


Aug 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 11-6 Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

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Aug 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After a difficult stretch, Yankees RHP Luis Severino got back on track against the Blue Jays on Saturday. He was solid, if unspectacular.

In Severino's last seven outings entering Saturday's start, he was 3-4 with a 7.50 ERA and allowed 11 home runs. He came closer to his pre-July dominance against Toronto.

Severino allowed two runs on six hits in five innings with eight strikeouts. He threw 100 pitches, 68 for strikes.

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Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius hit another home run on Saturday against the Blue Jays and he's been consistent in where those dingers land.

Gregorius has pulled each of his 89 career home runs, never sending a shot to the opposite field. Check it out.

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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 5-4 on their season-long 11-game homestand. ... Giancarlo Stanton hit his 31st HR of the season on Friday vs. Toronto. ... has six home runs in his last 11 game. ... Friday's 7-5 win in seven innings marked the Yankees' first rain-shortened game since 2014.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB rank, if appli-cable, in parenthesis. Team records, statistics and current club assignments are through games played August 10, 2018.

Top-10 Prospects

No. 1 (No. 27) - Justus Sheffield (LHP) - Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - ETA 2018

Sheffield finally suffered a blip in what has been a fantastic season. In 1 1/2 innings, Sheffield allowed four runs on four hits and a whopping five walks. The Yankees have been reluctant to bring Sheffield up to the majors and his command has likely been one of the issues (21 walks in last 53 1/3 innings, which is 3.5 walks per nine innings).

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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton and Neil Walker both homered to lead the Yankees to a rain-shortened 7-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Walker's three-run blast off Marcus Stroman in the fourth inning turned a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead.

2) Yankees LHP Lance Lynn struggled, giving up five runs, six hits and three walks in four-plus innings, allowing a game-tying single to Devon Travis before he was replaced by Chad Green, who threw two scoreless innings of relief.

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

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and outfielder Aaron Judge made progress from their various injuries prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sanchez, who has only appeared in three games since June 24 due to a strained groin, ran the bases and took squats behind home plate as he looks to begin a rehab assignment as early as next week.

"Gary had a really good day," manager Aaron Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I didn't see him run but the report was that he ran really well. I was out there for his defensive work, where he was throwing to bases and he looked really good."

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American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees celebrates with Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles after hitting a home run during the first inning in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees celebrates with Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles after hitting a home run during the first inning in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees didn't acquire Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline, but perhaps Machado joins pinstripes this winter.

Machado, who has split time at shortstop and third base since joining the Dodgers, reportedly is willing to sacrifice his desire to be a full-time shortstop if he was to join the Yankees, who other people believe are his No. 1 choice in free agency, according to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman.

The 26-year-old Machado, who has a .306/.382/.540 batting line in 122 games with the Orioles and Dodgers, is one of the premier players who will hit the free-agent market this offseason and could command one of the richest contracts in baseball.

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

After losing two of three games to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees begin a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 11-11 without Aaron Judge this season. ... Over his last 22 games, Brett Gardner is hitting just .215 with one home run and two RBIs. ... In the second half, Miguel Andujar has a .340/.359/.620 batting line with seven home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | A few weeks ago, in the days leading up to the trade deadline, the press dining room at Yankee Stadium was packed with scouts, as it always is that time of year. One night at dinner, a guy working for an American League club with pitching to trade said of the Yanks, "This is a team that can win the World Series right now."

He meant that the Yankees young position players were in bloom, the new manager was a natural, and all aspects of the club seemed to be clicking. This scout's contention was, as long as the Yanks added a starting pitcher, they were finally back to being championship-caliber.

Well, they later added two starting pitchers in J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn, and a high-end reliever in Zach Britton. And it didn't end up being enough to stop the slow fizzle of that championship mojo...

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Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

It has been 20 years since the Yankees were crowned World Series champions during the 1998 season. But when the team recognizes the anniversary on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter won't be there. 

Before the game, an on-field reunion will occur, with Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, David Cone, Darryl Strawberry, and former manager Joe Torre. 

The only key cogs from that '98 team who won't be there are Jeter and Scott Brosius, who is a coach for the Mariners. 

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New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

It has been three weeks since Aaron Judge was placed on the disabled list with a chip fracture in his right wrist, and he is still, in his words, "frustrated" that he's not in the Yankees lineup.

"I'm not frustrated with the pace, I'm frustrated with being out," Judge said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "But the pace, you never know. I got a broken bone, it's still fractured. So [I] got to give it time to heal and I got to make sure I'm 100 percent before I go back out there, because I don't want to have a setback when I come back."

Judge received a cortisone shot in his right wrist earlier this week, and the team's initial three-week timetable has already passed. GM Brian Cashman said he doesn't think Judge will "hit the ground running" once he returns, whenever that may be.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The recent struggles for Yankees 1B Greg Bird culminated on Thursday afternoon as he had an opportunity to rescue a win for the Yankees in the 9th inning.

At the plate with the bases loaded and no outs with the Yankees trailing 3-1, Bird was unable to come through with a hit. He wasn't even able to make a productive out, instead popping out to third base. His teammates behind him each struck out as the team stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th.

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Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton and manager Aaron Boone discuss the club's current slump and the absence of Aaron Judge from the lineup.

For the second day in a row, the Yankees could muster just one run against the Rays and fall again to Tampa Bay, 3-1. >> Box score

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As the Yankees push for 100 wins, the mark will likely come up well short of the Red Sox, forcing New York to participate in the Wild Card Game for the second straight season. There are currently three teams -- all in the AL West -- that could be potential opponents. How would the Yankees stack up against the clubs and which team might be the best matchup?

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With the Nationals falling out of playoff contention, could infielder Daniel Murphy be a fit for the Yankees? ESPN's Buster Olney suggested early Thursday that Murphy could be a good fit for AL teams in need of a DH and a fit at first base for the Yanks.

The 33-year-old Murphy is hitting .310/.354/.466 with six homers and nine doubles in 52 games with the Nats this season after missing the first few months while recovering from knee surgery.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesAssuming Murphy could get to the Yankees' waiver position, making a move for him would make a lot of sense for New York. This isn't about ragging on Greg Bird or suggesting he has no future with the Yankees as much as it has to do with the first baseman's season-long struggles. When excitement forms over very scattered hard-hit balls and excuses abound for the lack of actual results (90 OPS+ over 256 plate appearances coming into today), then a playoff club has to ask the question, "Can we get better in this spot?"

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Would you consider starting Dellin Betances in the wild card game?

It was a vaguely ridiculous question, but Aaron Boone stopped in a hallway outside the Yankees clubhouse on Thursday morning to think about it.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) follows through on a double in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) follows through on a double in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (75-445 finish their series with the Rays (61-59) on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 4-2 on their 11-game homestand after a win against the Rays last night. J.A. Happ tossed another great outing, limiting the Rays to one hit over seven innings in the 4-1 win. Happ is the first pitcher to claim a win in each of his first three straight with the Yankees since Kevin Brown in 2004. ...The Yankees have won all five starts that Happ and Lance Lynn have tossed since their trades. 

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses Aaron Judge's wrist injury recovery and how it has been slower than expected.

The Yankees were getting on base, but they couldn't get each other around in their 6-1 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Happ managed to keep the Rays from scoring despite walking four batters. He only allowed one hit while striking out four batters. Happ is now 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three outings since joining the Yankees on July 26. 

2) Dellin Betances allowed the Yankes' only run in the eighth inning when Willy Adames hit a solo home run. Aroldis Chapman allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 31st save of the season. 

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Apr 10, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Apr 10, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle (48) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees are bringing up some more bullpen help, as RHP Tommy Kahnle is reportedly heading to New York, according to Times-Tribune's Conor Foley.

Kahnle has pitched only 10 innings for the Yankees this season, as was dealing with shoulder and bicep tendinitis. He last pitched for the Yanks on Aug. 3 where he didn't allow a run in one inning against the Red Sox. He was, then, optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Chance Adams, who got a spot start in that Sox series. 

It was a good sign to see Kahnle in control of his fastball and power changeup in his quick inning up in the bigs, and he will likely get the chance to prove he can stay in the coming games. 

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(Adam Hunger)

With CC Sabathia hitting the DL with right knee inflammation, the Yankees needed someone to take his spot in the rotation. The choice was Luis Cessa, and he took the mound at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night to hopefully give his team enough to get to the bullpen and ride out another win. 

Instead, he put them in a big hole early. 

Cessa allowed five runs on seven hits over 3.1 innings in his start. He also struck out four and walked two over that span.

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Some more bad news came surfaced about Yankees OF Aaron Judge, as GM Brian Cashman told WFAN the All-Star received a cortisone shot in his right wrist. 

This means that Judge's wrist isn't healing as predicted, and the three-week timetable to return to the field was too hopeful.

"I doubt he hits the ground running," Cashman said

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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees (75-44) continue their three-game series with the Rays (60-59) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 4-2 on their 11-game homestand after a win against the Rays last night. J.A. Happ tossed another great outing, limiting the Rays to one hit over seven innings in the 4-1 win. Happ is the first pitcher to claim a win in each of his first three straight with the Yankees since Kevin Brown in 2004. ...The Yankees have won all five starts that Happ and Lance Lynn have tossed since their trades. 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: At 4 p.m. on July 31, the trade deadline came to an end with the Yankees starting play 5.5 games behind the Red Sox. Two weeks later, the Yankees are now 10 games back, and just 3.5 games ahead of Oakland for the top Wild Card position.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman made a couple of trades that have turned out well thus far -- J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn among them. However, did he do everything he could or should have when it came to upgrading the club for a run at first place and a potential World Series title?

Too much faith in Britton turnaround?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Billy McKinney, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Carelli
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Aug 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ continued his hot start with his new team on Tuesday night when he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Rays.

He allowed one soft single in the fourth inning and worked around four walks to keep the Rays off the board. 

"It got better as the game went on,'' said Happ, who needed 106 pitches to get through seven innings. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down starting pitcher J.A. Happ's dominant outing in the Yanks' 4-1 win over the Rays.

J.A. Happ tossed seven shutout innings and Austin Romine hit a two-run homer to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday nght at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Happ managed to keep the Rays from scoring despite walking four batters. He only allowed one hit while striking out four batters. Happ is now 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three outings since joining the Yankees on July 26. 

2) Dellin Betances allowed the Yankes' only run in the eighth inning when Willy Adames hit a solo home run. Aroldis Chapman allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 31st save of the season. 

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

The Yankees expect C Gary Sanchez (groin) to play rehab games next week, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Sanchez hit in the cage and did catching work on Monday. He does not feel any pain, according to Hoch, but has yet to run full speed or hit in the field. 

Manager Aaron Boone said before Monday's game that a timeline for Sanchez's return remains in line with GM Brian Cashman's original prediction that he would return in the final week of August or first week of September.

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Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

J.A. Happ and the Yankees will open a series with the Rays on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won three of the first five games of their 11-game homestand, which is the team's longest homestand since 2005. The Yankees sit 10 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East ... The Yankees are 54-9 when they score first in games this season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, July 26, 2018, in New York. The Yankees 2on 7-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, July 26, 2018, in New York. The Yankees 2on 7-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said OF Aaron Judge could begin swinging a bat as soon as this week as he works his way back from a wrist injury, reports Mandy Bell of MLB.com.

"His range of motion is really good right now, but getting to that end point we got to get that pain out of there," Boone said. "Once that happens, he'll get a bat in his hands. Hopefully it starts to progress from there very quickly."

The Yankees initially gave Judge, who left a Yankees-Royals game July 26 after he was hit by a Jakob Junis fastball in the wrist, a three-week timetable to return. 

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 (John E. Sokolowski)
(John E. Sokolowski)

The Yankees normally do much better when 2B Gleyber Torres is in the lineup. But the rookie hasn't shown that himself since coming off the DL. 

Torres was out for about three weeks with a right groin strain, and since his return on July 25, he has been mired in a pretty bad slump. 

How bad? Over 18 games since his return, Torres is 10-for-65 (.154) with a .308 slugging percentage and .263 on-base percentage. He also has three homers and 10 RBI over that span. 

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers against the Atlanta Braves. (AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers against the Atlanta Braves. (AP)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia expects to miss just one start after being placed on the DL Monday due to a knee issue.

Sabathia's knee started to bother him two starts ago, he said on Tuesday. He initially felt like he might have been able to pitch through the issue, but wanted to be smart about it.

The 37-year-old had his knee drained on Monday while also getting a synvisc injection, and hopes to play catch on Wednesday. 

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May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie (8) attempts to complete a double play with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) during the sixth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie (8) attempts to complete a double play with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) during the sixth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees are 10 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East and seem destined for the Wild Card game. And the red-hot Athletics are gaining on them for home field advantage in the game that will determine who advances to the ALDS.

8-2 over their last 10 games, the A's are now just 3.5 games behind the Yankees for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The Yankees are 6 games clear of the Mariners, who are chasing the A's for the second Wild Card spot.

The Yankees took two of three games from the A's from May 11-13 at Yankee Stadium, and face them again for the last time this regular season from September 3 to 5 in Oakland.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |  If you happened to be at Yankee Stadium Monday night, you not only witnessed Jacob deGrom dominate yet another opponent, but you saw his fastball rise and explode as it met the hitter, and heard that extra pop in the catcher's glove.

And you saw and heard none of that when the Yankees' Luis Severino was pitching.

The Yankees' ace continued to be a major concern -- the type of problem that, when combined with the absence of a star like the injured Aaron Judge -- can sink a team's World Series hopes. It's not just the numbers, although those are bad, and they include a 7.50 ERA over his last seven starts and 11 homers allowed over that span. It's the sizzle missing from his pitches -- a problem that actually worsened Monday night.

Tags: Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will have J.A. HappLuis Cessa and Masahiro Tanaka start in a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that begins Tuesday after they placed LHP CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday afternoon.

Cessa, who last pitched on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start Wednesday and take Sabathia's spot in the rotation after he went on the DL with right knee inflammation.

The 26-year-old Cessa, who is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in seven minor-league starts and 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight major-league appearances (three starts) this season, received the nod over top prospect Justus Sheffield, who is 5-3 with a 2.16 ERA with the RailRiders and last pitched on Thursday; Chance Adams, who made his MLB debut earlier this month against the Red Sox; and Sonny Gray, who was bumped out of the rotation a couple of weeks ago.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino had his shortest outing of the season in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Mets, allowing four runs, seven hits, one walk and two home runs in four innings.

Severino (15-6) allowed two runs in the first inning, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second and gave up two more runs in the fourth inning, throwing 98 pitches before manager Aaron Boone brought in Chad Green.

The 24-year-old Severino's second-half struggles continued, as his ERA in five starts since the All-Star break is 7.96. And since July 7, his ERA has skyrocketed from 1.98 to 3.27. Despite that, manager Aaron Boone said he doesn't plan to skip his spot in the rotation, especially given the team just placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's rough stretch on the mound and why he still has confidence in the team's ace.

Luis Severino and A.J. Cole combined to surrender five home runs as the Yankees lost to the Mets 8-5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Severino (15-6) allowed a leadoff homer to Amed Rosario and a two-run home run to Jose Bautista, giving up four runs and seven hits in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.

2) Cole, meanwhile, allowed a solo home run to Todd Frazier in the sixth inning and back-to-back home runs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh inning that made it 7-3.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar
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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Mets play a make-up game from July 22 when they meet for the final time in 2018 on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Subway Series notes

The Yankees are 10-8 without Aaron Judge this season. ... In 16 career games against the Yankees, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has a .160 batting average with one home run and six RBIs. ... The Yankees are 3-2 against the Mets this season and 69-48 since the first Subway Series took place in 1997.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino
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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

With RHP George Kontos promoted to the Yankees from Triple-A, a corresponding move needed to be made. But this isn't the move Yankee fans want to hear.

The Yankees announced that LHP CC Sabathia is hitting the 10-day DL with right knee inflammation. Sabathia started on Sunday, where he allowed just one hit and no runs over six innings. He also struck out seven while walking three over his 97-pitch outing.

Sabathia has dealt with knee pain for awhile now. He wears a brace on that right knee, which has been deemed arthritic. He complained of knee pain to trainer Steve Donahue after Sunday's start and said he thought he could benefit from missing a turn in the rotation, GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday.

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

On this day 23 years ago, the Yankees lost one of their greatest legends in Mickey Mantle, who passed away at age 63.

"The Mick" was not only the face of the Yankees while he played in the Bronx, but he was also one of the bright stars in the MLB. A 16-time All-Star, Mantle played all 18 of his MLB seasons with the Yankees, where he amassed a .298 career average with 536 homers and 1,509 RBI. 

It was in 1956 when the switch-hitting Mantle had his best statistical year, as he won the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average, 52 homers, and 130 RBI. He was also named the AL MVP and Major League Player of the Year that season. He would follow up this tremendous year with yet another AL MVP title in 1957. 

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia spent six seasons as Derek Jeter's teammate and the last four as Didi Gregorius'.

For as much of an icon Jeter was in New York, he commended Gregorius' ability to take on the role of being the franchise shortstop.

"If he wouldn't have come in and did what he did the last three or four years," Sabathia said of Gregorius, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty, "we'd still be talking about Jeet and how we need leadership and all that stuff. ... But he's erased it. You've got to give him credit for that."

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Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

CC Sabahia pitched six scoreless innings and Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius each contributed a pair of RBI to lead the Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.  >> Box score


1) Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run in the first inning and Gregorius added a two-run blast in the fifth. Brett Gardner had two hits, including a double and an RBI single. Austin Romine added two hits and scored a run.

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Aug 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates his solo home run against the Texas Rangers with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates his solo home run against the Texas Rangers with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (72-43) continue their four-game series with the Rangers (52-67) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have taken two of the first three games of their four-game serise with the Rangers at Yankee Stadium ... The Yankees are 9.5 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox... The Yankees are 4.5 games ahead of the Athletics for the first wild card spot in the AL.

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Lance Lynn, Aaron Boone and Giancarlo Stanton discuss Lynn's solid outing and the stellar play of Miguel Andujar.

Miguel Andujar put the Yankees ahead in the seventh inning with a home run and Aroldis Chapman was shaky, but got the save to close out a 5-3 win over the Rangers. >> Box score


1) Andujar ripped a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, his 17th of the season. The rookie went 2-4.

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