Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, CC Sabathia, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton


August 15, 2:58 PM:

Dellin Betances and Luis Severino continue to progress well in their rehab, as they both threw off the mound again in the Bronx on Thursday. For Severino specifically, YES Network's Jack Curry reported the young starter "was letting it go." 

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch followed it up by saying Severino will face hitters on Sunday to take the next step. After that, a rehab assignment could be in the cards. And that goes for Betances as well, if he continues to progress alongside Severino.

August 14, 9:55 AM:

After last night's win over the Orioles, Aaron Boone told reporters that Giancarlo Stanton is continuing to make good progress from his knee sprain, per The Post's Dan Martin. The slugger is running "75-80 percent" on an anti-gravity treadmill, and once he hits 90 percent, he can begin to run outside. 

It's slow but steady for Stanton, as the Yanks hope he can return in time for the postseason. 

Also, Luke Voit hit in the cage while taking ground balls as well, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. There's a chance that if Voit continues to progress positively, he could head to either Tampa or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week to further his workouts.

August 12, 1:40 PM:

After going through a workout before today's doubleheader, Luke Voit was very encouraged by the results he saw. Dealing with a sports hernia, he doesn't believe that he'll need surgery during the season. According to NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera, if surgery is necessary it looks to be during the offseason. 

Until then, Voit is aiming to get back as soon as possible, and he thinks that could be soon. 

"Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be back playing," he said. 

Voit did sprints in the outfield today, something that has brought about the most pain for his injury. 

August 12, 11:00 AM:

Aaron Hicks is going to be re-evaluated by the Yankees' team doctor on Monday, and the hope is that he will be cleared to throw. Hicks told reporters that his pain is stemming from his elbow, and that is the reason he's been held back from baseball activities. 

Also, Dellin Betances threw 20 pitches off the mound before today's doubleheader. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits tweeted out saying he was all smiles when he said the ball felt good coming off his hand. 

August 10: 7:22 PM:

After reinstating Gary Sanchez earlier in the day, the Yankees could be getting even more reinforcements for Sunday's finale against the Blue Jays.

After Saturday's 5-4 loss, Aaron Boone indicated to reporters that Gleyber Torres will be back in the lineup on Sunday, saying he would "probably" be an option for the Bombers in the series finale. The infielder went through a full workout on the field before the game, including batting practice and fielding work. Torres has been out of the lineup since Tuesday, when he was pulled from the lineup with core pain. 

August 10, 10:15 AM:

The Yankees reinstated Gary Sanchez from the 10-day IL before Saturday's game and optioned Kyle Higashioka back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They also recalled LHP Stephen Tarpley from Scranton and placed RHP Jonathan Holder on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation. 

Sanchez rejoins the team after being placed on the IL on July 24 with a groin strain. He struggled mightily the weeks leading up to his IL stint and was just 4-for-36 (.111) with no home runs since the All-Star break. He is hitting .229/.299/.508 with 24 home runs and 58 RBIs on the season. 

August 9, 4:43 PM:

Luis Severino threw 23 pitches off the mound in a bullpen session on Friday and told reporters it was "perfect. Better than I expected." The right-hander threw mostly fastballs but mixed in a couple of sliders and changeups. Severino said he expects to return as a starter this season and will have three or four more bullpen sessions before facing hitters. He expects to be back in a month to a month-and-a-half. 

August 9, 9:30 AM:

Luis Severino is set to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. The 25-year-old has yet to appear in a game this year after making the All-Star Game each of the past two seasons.

Aaron Boone also said he was hopeful that Gleyber Torres could return sometime this weekend, while Luke Voit is running, but not yet participating in baseball activities.

August 7, 5:11 PM:

There are updates to the status of five injured Yankees players prior to their meeting with the Orioles on Wednesday:

  • Gary Sanchez: According to Sweeny Murti from WFAN and SNY, Sanchez is participating in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday and Thursday. Sanchez has been out since July 24 with a groin strain and is expected to be back with the Yankees on Friday for their weekend series on the road in Toronto against the Blue Jays. 
     
  • Gleyber Torres: Manager Aaron Boone said during his pre-game press conference that tests were negative and Torres does not have a sports hernia or strain. He's listed as day-to-day and will travel with the team to Toronto. Thairo Estrada was brought up for in case he was needed, but will be heading back down to Scranton.
     
  • CC Sabathia: After an issue with his knee once again, the lefty will throw a bullpen session this weekend, per Boone. 
     
  • Giancarlo Stanton: Stanton has resumed some baseball activities. He has started to throw and hit off of a tee, according to Boone. Stanton has missed action since late June with a PCL strain in his right knee.
     
  • Dellin Betances: The righty has started to throw, but not yet off a mound. He threw off of flat ground on Wednesday, all fastballs. Betances and Luis Severino were spotted playing catch on the field prior to Tuesday's Yanks-O's game. Both Betances and Severino are dealing with shoulder/ lat issues and haven't played yet this season. 

August 6, 11:54 PM:

Gleyber Torres was pulled from the Yankees' game against the Orioles on Tuesday night in the third inning.

Torres went down swinging for the second out in the top of the third inning, and was then pulled when the Yankees took the field on defense.

Torres was pulled from Sunday's game against Boston in the top of the eighth inning with what Aaron Boone later called 'a core issue.' He then served as the Yankees designated hitter during Monday's game in Baltimore.

The Yankees later called Torres' injury 'core pain.' After the game, Boone didn't give much of an update, but he did tell reporters that Torres would be going back to New York for more tests and that the pain was similar to what Torres felt on Sunday.

August 5, 9:07 PM:

Gary Sanchez (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He will catch Wednesday and Thursday's games and if there are no issues, he is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend in Toronto. 

August 5, 10:00 AM: 

Gleyber Torres looked to be another victim of the Yankees injury bug after leaving the game with what Aaron Boone called a "core issue." But Torres' father, Eusebio, went on Twitter to give an update on his son. 

Having the tweet translated, this is what it read: "After the scare tonight, GT is leaving the hospital and everything is fine, the bus waits for him and they go straight to Baltimore."

That's great news to hear as the team has been dropping like flies recently. 

August 4, 11:50 PM:

Gleyber Torres was removed from Sunday's game in the top of the eighth inning, and Aaron Boone said after the game that the infielder has a "core issue." He appeared to be in some discomfort when he grounded out to lead off the bottom of the first.

Boone said Torres was headed to the hospital for further testing. 

Gio Urshela managed to foul pitches off of both his legs in a single at-bat in the sixth, but Boone said x-rays on the third baseman were negative. Urshela came out of the game in the top of the ninth.

August 3, 11:20 PM:

According to manager Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks was pulled from Saturday's game in the eighth inning due to an elbow injury. Boone said he believed that Hicks hurt his elbow on a throw from center field in the sixth inning, trying to keep a runner at second base.

Boone said Hicks will go for an MRI on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Boone explained that Edwin Encarnacion has a "hairline fracture" in his right wrist, and the Yankees will have a better idea of his timeline in the next 7-10 days. Encarnacion then said after the second game that he hopes to be back in three weeks, and was told his recovery time could be three-five weeks.

August 3, 6:04 PM:

The Yankees just can't seem to stay healthy.

Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the eighth inning of Saturday's first game against Boston. After having his wrist looked at, he stayed in the game. After the game, Aaron Boone said that x-rays were negative, but it was later announced that Encarnacion was headed to the 10-day IL.

Mike Ford was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

August 3, 9:42 AM:

Speaking with reporters after Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Gary Sanchez is "close to being an option." Though he won't be activated for Saturday's doubleheader-- the first day he'd be eligible to return from the injured list, the catcher is taking part in drills and said through an interpreter that he "feels good."

August 2, 10:57 PM:

After Friday's win over the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said that Luke Voit had received a cortisone shot for his sports hernia.

Voit also spoke to reporters as well, saying that while he feel's good after the shot, surgery could still be on the table.

"Honestly, I feel really good, so I'm pretty optimistic," Voit said. "Obviously, we'll see how this week goes. I haven't run yet. I rode the bike today and did some other core activation stuff. Hopefully it feels good, but if not, I could always opt for surgery too, but as of right now everything's feeling good, and I guess we'll see how it is after a week of doing stuff.

"I would say (having surgery is) uncertain, but it's a six-week timetable, so that would be right around (the playoffs) … Maybe I could do it in the offseason too."

August 2, 4:23 PM:

The good news for the Yankees came earlier in the day, with Brett Gardner coming off of the IL, but now another name could be replacing him on the list of banged-up Yankees right away.

Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Didi Gregorius has a strain between two of his fingers on his left hand. The Yankees will wait to see if Gregorius needs to head to the IL.

August 2, 2:17 PM:

Brett Gardner has been activated from the IL, with the Yankees sending Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 25-man roster.

July 31, 11:11 AM:

After Luke Voit hit the IL, the Yankees injury woes continue as CC Sabathia is expected to miss a few weeks after receiving a lubricant shot in his right knee, according to manager Aaron Boone. 

Sabathia's right knee inflammation has been a common injury for him in the past few seasons, but it hasn't been this serious to where he needs to miss significant time. With the Yanks' rotation currently trying to find its way in the second half, this is just another piece of bad news. 

July 25, 4:45 PM:

The Yankees officially placed Brett Gardner on the 10-day IL with left knee inflammation. The IL designation is retroactive to July 22.

Aaron Boone had said on Sunday that Gardner was "day-to-day" and that an MRI had revealed the inflammation but no structural damage. Gardner told reporters that he "maybe banged it up a little bit and kind of aggravated it," but also said that he didn't think his injury was "too serious."

Gardner did not play in the Yankees' series against the Twins. The Yankees have called up LHP Stephen Tarpley to take Gardner's spot on the 25-man roster.

July 16, 5:12 PM:

Aaron Boone said before Tuesday's game that Giancarlo Stanton's progress has been "a little bit slow" as he recovers from a PCL strain in his right knee. Stanton has been on the IL since June 26, but Boone also said he thinks Stanton has made some "breakthroughs" in the last 24-48 hours. 

"As far as rehab, it's building the strength and trying to get that strength going in the quad," Boone said. "I know the last couple of days, and even talking to Giancarlo yesterday, he felt good about some of the breakthroughs he's starting to have the last 24-48 hours. Nothing that he's doing [is] baseball related, more just rehab stuff right now. For something that was moving slow the first couple weeks, I think, in his eyes, he's making a little more progress the past couple of days."

July 14, 9:35 PM:

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery threw batting practice earlier this week for the first time since being shut down since an MRI revealed shoulder inflammation on June 20, and manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees are still holding out hope that Montgomery could return by the end of the season, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

The 26-year-old Montgomery, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 35 career starts since debuting in 2017.

July 14, 11:06 AM:

Boone said on Sunday that both Luis Severino (shoulder/lat) and Dellin Betances (shoulder/lat) have both been cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program on Monday. 

July 13, 11:16 AM:

Cameron Maybin (calf strain) ran, threw and took batting practice on Saturday. It was his first time running at 100 percent since his injury, but he has not yet run the bases. He told reporters he hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in about a week. 

July 12, 4:52 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Luke Voit will be activated off the 10-day IL. Boone said on Thursday that Voit would return by Monday at the latest.

July 12, 12:40 PM:

Luis Severino will be examined again on Saturday with the hope that he will be able to resume his throwing program after, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network radio

According to Cashman, Severino will need "six or more" weeks to get ready once he's cleared. That timetable could put Severino's return around early-September if all goes well. 

July 4, 5:27 PM:

Manager Aaron Boone said he didn't have a definitive timetable for when Severino or Dellin Betances would return, saying Severino was "closer" and could resume throwing "maybe by this time next week," according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Boone said Giancarlo Stanton, out with a sprained right PCL, has "made some progress as far as range of motion" and is showing improvement, while Greg Bird, who is dealing with a torn plantar fascia, is "still going slow" in his mission to return.

July 2, 5:40 PM:

Aaron Boone announced on Tuesday that RHP Domingo German will return from the IL on Wednesday and start against the Mets at Citi Field. 

June 30, 8:39 AM:

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted on Sunday that in "hindsight" he should have had Severino go for an MRI prior to restarting his throwing program. Severino's sore lat is only 90 percent healthy and has been shut down for the next five to seven days. Cashman expressed optimism that Severino will pitch this season. 

"I plan on getting him back, but whenever he does come back, a guy like that, you make room for," he said. "The job is to improve on what we've got regardless. And when he's available we'll certainly easily find a spot for him."

Cashman also said he has no update on Troy Tulowitzki while Jacoby Ellsbury continues to rehab. 

June 29, 10:36 AM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed before Saturday's game that Luis Severino had a setback and was shut down again with soreness in his right lat. Severino underwent an MRI that showed his lat is 90 percent healed and will not throw again until it is 100 percent healed. Boone estimated that it would be another five to seven days before that could happen. 

Boone also provided an update on Dellin Betances, who has also not resumed throwing but will likely do so when the Yankees return home from London. 

June 26, 5:09 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton just can't catch a break. Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' walk-off win on Wednesday that he is going back on the IL with a PCL strain. 

Boone initially said before the game that the tests came back good. However, Stanton will return to the IL after just coming off it last week. He only played in the opening series of the season before spending more than two months on the list.

June 25, 10:22 PM:

Aaron Boone said after Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays that Domingo German (hip) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Scranto/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. If all goes well, he is expected to rejoin the team after its London trip. 

June 25, 11:52 AM:

After activating Kendrys Morales from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, the Yankees desingated him for assignment.

June 21, 3:49 PM:

Aaron Hicks was not in the lineup on Friday for the second straight game and he revealed he has been playing through a right shoulder injury the last week and a half. He said he is on day two of a cortisone shot and expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.

 

June 21, 12:01 PM:

The Yankees reinstated outfielder Aaron Judge off the injured list after he had missed the past two months due to an oblique strain.

Judge, 27, had been out since April 20, slashing .288/.404/.521 with five home runs and 11 RBIs before going on the IL.

In five rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge went 2-for-16 with one home run and two RBIs.

June 18, 8:43 PM:

Aaron Judge said earlier in the day that he felt 100 percent, and he put his words into action on Tuesday night.

Judge blasted a home run to right center field in the fifth inning for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday, it appears that Judge isn't too far behind. 

June 18, 6:00 PM:

Aaron Judge was in Scranton on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment and said the plan is for him to play two nine-inning games in the field before he returns to the Yankees. Judge also added that he is "100 percent."

"I wouldn't be in games if I wasn't ready to go," he said. "Just about getting the reps after two months off."

June 18, 3:44 PM:

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.comLuis Severino's throwing program is up to 105 feet and he expects to throw off a mound on June 25 or 26. Domingo German also played catch on flat ground Monday and felt no hip discomfort. He will play catch again on Tuesday and added he is feeling better, per ESPN's Coley Harvey. 

Dellin Betances told reporters that he is still dealing with discomfort from his lat strain and hopes to return to the team in the second half of the season. 

Aaron Boone also said that LHP Jordan Montgomery "walked off" with discomfort after his bullpen session in Tampa on Tuesday.

June 17, 11:11 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton has been given a path to return from the IL as the Yankees optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton. Stanton is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since March 31. 

June 14, 8:03 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton's power display continued on Friday night. Making his debut with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Stanton hit a monstrous three-run home run.

Aaron Judge was also in the RailRiders' lineup as the DH, but he did not record a hit in four at-bats, striking out three times.

June 14, 12:36 PM:

Aaron Judge is nearing his return. The Yankees slugger will begin his rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joining Judge in Scranton is Giancarlo Stanton, whose rehab assignment is being transferred there from Single-A Tampa, signaling he could soon be on his way back, too. 

June 13, 6:10 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton could be back in the Yankees' lineup early next week. According to Aaron Boone, Stanton will spend the next three days with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and if all goes well, he could be activated on Tuesday when the Yankees are at home against the Rays.

June 12, 7:26 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton continues to rake during his rehab assignment in Tampa. The outfielder slugged his third and fourth home runs in three games for the Tarpons on Wednesday night.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has said that there's a chance Stanton could be sent up to Triple-A by this Friday.

June 11, 6:27 PM:

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Aaron Judge could be back in the Yankees' lineup by the team's next homestand, when the Yankees start a 10-game stretch in the Bronx with a Monday matchup against Tampa Bay. 

According to Boone, there's a chance that both Judge and Giancarlo Stanton could be playing in Triple-A this weekend. On Tuesday night, Stanton went deep with an opposite field home run for the Tampa Tarpons.

June 11, 4:43 PM:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Monday that the team had their "fingers crossed" that Dellin Betances' setback in Tampa was nothing serious, but Aaron Boone announced to reporters on Tuesday that the right-hander has a "low-grade lat strain" and the team will shut him down for "a couple weeks."

Betances threw 25 pitches on May 30th, but after feeling pain in his shoulder/lat area, the 31-year-old traveled to New York on Monday for further evaluation. 

June 11, 11:39 AM:

Luis Severino, whose return could be around the All-Star break, was throwing at 60 feet on the grass at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Severino is basically re-doing his Spring Training after suffering a setback earlier this season while rehabbing. 

June 9, 5:39 PM:

Aaron Judge, who has been out since mid-April due to a right oblique strain, could appear in some minor-league rehab games as early as this weekend, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Monday's Yankees-Mets game.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton, who had put his rehab on hold due to left calf tightness, will play rehab games with High-A Tampa on Tuesday and Wednesday, then move on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

GM Brian Cashman had differing viewpoints on the injuries to Domingo German and Dellin Betances when he spoke on WFAN on Monday afternoon.

Though the Yankees placed German on the IL on Sunday with a left hip flexor strain, Cashman said the MRI looked "good" and that "it doesn't really look like there's anything of concern there."

However, Cashman sounded worried for Betances, who suffered a setback over the weekend when he felt soreness in his right shoulder. "Fingers crossed, we're holding our breath to make sure it's nothing serious," Cashman said of Betances, who is set to visit another team doctor.

June 8, 2:15 PM:

Dellin Betances will head from Tampa to New York to visit Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday. He didn't throw a scheduled side session in Tampa on Friday because of soreness in his shoulder/lat.

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton could begin a rehab assignment on Monday or Tuesday, Aaron Boone told reporters in Cleveland.

June 7, 12:37 PM:

Didi Gregorius officially returned to the Yankees' 25-man roster on Friday. To make room for Gregorius, they optioned infielder Thairo Estrada to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have also transferred Troy Tulowitzki from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

June 6, 3:27 PM:

Aaron Judge took on-field batting practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained left oblique on April 20. Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Judge could be back with the Yankees for their London series against Boston on June 29-30.

"I'm taking it day to day," Judge told the Associated Press in Tampa. "The minute I start thinking about when I'm going to come back, when I'm going to do that, then my hopes might either go up or down if I get pushed back or some thing like that. So I'm just focused on getting better every day."

Judge is pain-free but isn't going to rush back, especially with the Yankees performing well despite a rash of injuries.

"Now it's just going through the protocols so I can finally get out there," Judge said. "They haven't been needing me the past couple weeks, so I'm going to take my time and make sure I get healthy and get ready so I can help them down the road."

June 5, 5:21 PM:

Aaron Judge could make his return to the Yankees' lineup in time for the Yankees-Red Sox two-game series in London on June 29 and 30, per Aaron Boone.

Also, Boone said that Troy Tulowitzki was given a few days off by the Yankees to go home and rest his calf injury. Boone has said on Sunday that Tulowitzki was 'pretty much over his injury.'

June 4, 3:25 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton had nine plate appearances in a simulated game in Tampa on Tuesday and also went through running drills as he works his way back from left calf tightness. The slugger took at-bats against Danny Farquhar and Ben Heller before running the arc behind the infield on the grass, a sign rehab games could be next. 

June 2, 4:45 PM: 

Aaron Judge continues to take the next step in his rehab and hit in the indoor cages at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. He'll head to Tampa as he ramps up his baseball activities and nears participating in rehab games. 

Joining Judge in Tampa will be right-hander Dellin Betances and first baseman Greg Bird. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Bird is still feeling pain in his injured foot but has running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting off a tee. 

Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Troy Tulowitzki is "pretty much over his injury" and discussions are being held regarding when he will begin a rehab assignment. 

June 1, 4:42 PM:

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that there is a "real chance" Didi Gregorius joins the Yankees on their road trip when the team heads to Cleveland later in the week. 

Boone said that Gregorius will play nine innings at shortstop for Scranton on Saturday, DH Sunday, off Monday, and play Tuesday and Wednesday with the hopes of rejoining the Yankees lineup by Thursday against the Indians. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with more than a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: David Hale, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Mike Tauchman

60-day IL: Jacoby EllsburyGreg Bird, Miguel Andujar

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada
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Gleyber Torres looked to injure himself in the fourth inning. He stayed in until the sixth. Yankees skipper described it as 'feeling weak'.

The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 4-3 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) J.A. Happ had another solid outing for the Yankees. While his final line won't blow anyone away -- 5.1 innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts and no walks -- it was another step in the right direction for the lefty who struggled for the most of the season. Happ has pitched to a 3.47 ERA in his last seven starts, and he hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since August 21.

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Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Wednesday night, CC Sabathia walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium for the final time in a regular season game.

The veteran's status for the postseason roster has been up in the air, but on Friday, Aaron Boone may have dropped a hint about how Sabathia could be used in October.

"CC's going to pitch out of the pen, at least a couple of times probably on the road trip," Boone said. "He'll probably pitch once in Texas and hopefully once in Texas. We're still talking through some scenarios and options, but that's one we know for sure."

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Sep 1, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 1, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (34) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees (100-54, 9.5 GA in AL East) start a three-game series with the Blue Jays (62-91, 37.5 GB in AL East) at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees clinched the AL East after their 9-1 victory over the Angels on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. The victory gave them back-to-back 100-win seasons and made manager Aaron Boone the first in MLB history to do such in his first two seasons. It's also the team's first divison title since 2012. Masahiro Tanaka had a strong outing, as he allowed just one earned run and four hits over 7.0 innings of work. The Yanks hit four home runs in the win, courtesy of DJ LeMahieu, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, and Clint Frazier.

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The Yankees have officially clinched the AL East title on Thursday night, doing so for the first time since 2012. Now the only thing left to play for is home field advantage throughout the postseason, which the Astros and Bombers are currently locked in to with 100 wins apiece.

As the Yankees ride out the rest of the season, the next phase of their journey to the World Series will be putting together the 25-man postseason roster. 

One big advantage GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone possess this year is roster depth, something that has gotten them through all the injuries that have plagued the team throughout the season. Players like Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Cameron Maybin, Mike Tauchman, and others have stepped up when called upon, and that should continue in October. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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Sep 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is sprayed with champagne as he celebrates after winning the American League East after defeating the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is sprayed with champagne as he celebrates after winning the American League East after defeating the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Yankees waited deep into the night after losing on Wednesday, hoping for a Rays' loss that didn't come, but for a team that had nothing handed to it all season, winning on Thursday night surely was a more appropriate way to clinch the AL East.

Indeed, if ever a ballclub deserved to celebrate a division title it was these 2019 Yankees, overcoming a record number of injuries to win 100 games, and counting, for the second straight season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, John Harper
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Paxton, Ottavino on AL East 00:01:43
Andy Martino talked to James Paxton and Adam Ottavino as the Yankees celebrated clinching the AL East.

Thursday night's 9-1 win over the Angels was a momentous win for the Yankees in a number of ways. They clinched the AL East title, while winning their 100th game, tied with the Astros for the most in baseball.

But make no mistake. This team wants more.

"One of the things we talked about in spring training was winning the division, and that's a reality now," said Aaron Boone. "You think of a lot of people who contributed to this. 

"Obviously, we have bigger goals, but this is an important step and I'm just proud of the guys and the so many people, some who aren't even in that room right now, to us being here."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, James Paxton
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Reaction to clinching AL East 00:01:43
CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner react to clinching the AL East despite the injuries this season. For the vets, it means a lot.

Despite dealing with injuries all season long, the Yankees overcame that adversity and won their 19th AL East title on Thursday night after a 9-1 win over the Angels. It's the team's first division title since 2012, and gives them back-to-back 100-win seasons.

Star players like Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez and many others have all been injured and had to miss games at one point this season.

"Lot of ups and downs this year, lot of guys battling through things," Judge said. "We're just happy to be in here, happy to be in this moment."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius
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Reaction to clinching AL East 00:01:43
CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner react to clinching the AL East despite the injuries this season. For the vets, it means a lot.

For the first time since 2012, the Yankees are AL East champions.

The Yankees defeated the Angels 9-1 on Thursday night, led by seven outstanding innings from Masahiro Tanaka and an early three-run shot from DJ LeMahieu, one of four Yankees home runs.

The 2019 season marks the 19th time in team history that the Yankees have taken the AL East crown in 49 seasons, nine ahead of the Red Sox, who have won the division 10 times. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Luke Voit
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Sep 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees clinched the AL East for the 19th time in their 9-1 win over the Angels on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka had his best start in over a month, allowing just one earned run and four hits over 7.0 innings. The righty struck out six and walked none, however, he did allow a home run for the fourth straight game. It was the first time that Tanaka had allowed less than two earned runs in a game since he threw a scoreless seven innings against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 27.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

As MLB investigates Yankees pitcher Domingo German for an alleged domestic violence incident, multiple major league sources indicated that a significant suspension is a strong possibility.

Although hardly as important as the safety of the alleged victim, the Yankees fear that situation could end up costing the team one of its best players for the postseason. That fear is based on the strength of baseball's developing case against German.

MLB placed the pitcher on administrative leave on Thursday in order to investigate what was, according to sources, an alleged domestic incident that occurred late Monday or early Tuesday, following CC Sabathia's charity gala. The incident involved a girlfriend.

The leave can last up to seven days, but MLB has the right to extend it while gathering information and evaluating a possible suspension. Also, a player who appeals does not get "benefit of a stay," as a source worded it, meaning that German can't play while he's appealing.

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As the Yankees take the field on Thursday against the Angels with a chance to clinch the AL East, they'll do so without Aaron Judge in the starting lineup.

The slugger is not in Thursday's lineup, in part because of some shoulder pain resulting from a diving effort in the outfield on Wednesday night. Judge was a little slow to get up after the diving attempt on an Albert Pujols base hit in the fifth inning, but he stayed in the game. He went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Angels.

Manager Aaron Boone said on Thursday that he believes Judge is fine, and while the outfielder won't be going for any further tests, Boone wanted to give him a day of rest as the Yankees prepare for what they hope is a long playoff run. 

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Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Yankees RHP Domingo German has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball under the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy, the league announced Thursday.

Per MLB policy, the initial period of leave may last up to seven days -- barring an extension. 

According to the league's release, "Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations has commenced an investigation into the matter that led to his placement on Administrative Leave."

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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (99-54, 9.0 GA in AL East) can once again try to clinch the AL East with a win over the Angels (69-83, 30.5 GB in AL West) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees' magic number for the AL East title remained at one after last night's 3-2 loss to the Angels... They can claim the title with a win or a Rays' loss to the Dogers Thursday night. ... Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the lineup Wednesday night after being reinstated from the 60-day IL. ...went 1-for-3 with one strikeout in the loss ... CC Sabathia pitched for his final time at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night, leaving the mound after throwing for 2.2 innings. ... A win tonight would give the Yankees' their 21st 100-win season in franchise history and their first back-to-back 100 win seasons since doing so three years in a row from 2002-2004. ... The MLB also placed Domingo German on administrative leave under the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Voilence Policy.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka
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CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia

The past six years of Yankees history have been marked by retiring legends. That continues this October when C.C. Sabathia joins Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez as the next man to forever hang up that pinstripe jersey.

After making his Major League debut in Cleveland in 2001, Sabathia, his once-unstoppable fastball, and large frame have become synonymous with New York. And the lefty just pitched his final regular season start at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, leaving with a tip of his cap to the crowd giving him a nice ovation.

Recording his 3,000th strikeout this season and being a major force behind the Yanks' last World Series-winning season are undoubtedly career highlights, but there's almost too many moments to list from his Hall of Fame-worthy resume.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Robinson Cano
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Sep 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after hitting a double against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after hitting a double against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Giancarlo Stanton had played in just nine games for the Yankees this season and hadn't appeared in pinstripes since June 25.

But on Wednesday night, the Yankees' outfielder dug into the box in the top of the second inning against the Angels, his first at-bat in nearly three months. 

Facing Angels lefty Dillon Peters, Stanton quickly fell behind 0-2, but he took a couple of pitches and fouled another off to push the at-bat past five pitches, and on the sixth pitch, Stanton roped a double into the left-center field gap, much to the delight of Yankees fans in attendance.

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CC reacts to emotional night 00:00:56
It was possibly CC Sabathia's final start at Yankee Stadium, Boone and him react to the emotional night a memorable walk off he received.

With two outs in the top of the third inning of Wednesday's game against the Angels, CC Sabathia walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium for possibly the last time.

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Sep 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) doubles against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) doubles against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Clinching the AL East will have to wait, for now, as the Yankees fell to the Angels 3-2 on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) CC Sabathia was pulled from the game with two outs in the top of the third inning, with two runners on. For potentially the final time, he walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium, as fans gave him a standing ovation and his teammates met him at the top of the dugout steps. Sabathia likely will not make the Yankees' postseason roster, meaning he may have pitched his final game in the Bronx after 11 seasons with the Bombers. Sabathia allowed two earned runs in 2.2 innings, striking out four. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (99-53, 10.0 GA in AL East) can clinch the AL East with a win over the Angels (68-83, 30.5 GB in AL West) at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees' magic number is down to one, meaning they can clinch the AL East on Wednesday with a win or a Rays' loss to the Dodgers. ... Giancarlo Stanton makes his return to the lineup after being reinstated from the 60-day IL. ... A win tonight would give the Yankees' their 21st 100-win season in franchise history. ... The Yankees also placed Dellin Betances on the 60-day IL with a partial tear of his Achilles.

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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giancarlo Stanton has found his way back to the Bronx again, as the Yankees have him slated in their lineup against the Angels on Wednesday. 

Manager Aaron Boone noted that Stanton was on his way to join the team again, and it was possibility that he would be activated off the IL today. And not only did the Yankees activate him, but they throw him right into the mix with his start in left field and hitting fifth in the order. 

Stanton has been on the 60-day IL with a PCL strain in his right knee, which came about right after he was rehabbing calf, shoulder and biceps injuries. He suffered the PCL strain in June, and it has been a slow process for him to get back fully healthy. 

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Luis Severino (Adam Hunger)
Luis Severino (Adam Hunger)

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First things first: you can't help but feel for Dellin Betances, one of the good guys in baseball, who tore his Achilles tendon in a freakish manner Sunday on the very day he finally pitched in a game for the first time this season.

That's as cruel as it is painful, all the more so considering that he is a couple months away from becoming a free agent.

Yet the cold truth is that if the Yankees can have only one of the two star pitchers for whom they've waited all season, they would much prefer it to be Luis Severino.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, John Harper
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Betances injury surprised Yanks 00:01:46
SNY's Andy Martino and Maria Marino react to Yankees reliever Dellin Betances recent injury and Luis Severino's return to the mound.

Just when the Yankees thought their injuries were over with, they found out that a top player -- who returned Sunday from the injured list -- has a new health issue.

After Tuesday's 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium in New York, the team announced to reporters before manager Aaron Boone's postgame press conference that RHP Dellin Betances had suffered a partially torn Achilles.

Betances had just returned from the 60-day injured list in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, striking out two through 0.2 innings.

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Boone feels bad for Betances 00:01:53
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone feels bad that reliever Dellin Betances tore his Achilles but was impressed by Luis Severino's return.

The Yankees won their first game their final homestand of the season, coming up victorious over the Angels 8-0 Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Facing his first major league batter since the 2018 ALDS, Luis Severino came in expecting to throw about 70 pitches (ended up throwing 67)…he used up 12 of those on the leadoff hitter. Brian Goodwin was caught looking on the first pitch, took two balls on the next couple and then proceeded to foul off the next six pitches. Goodwin held Severino to a full count before walking on the 12th pitch. But, Severino managed to escape the inning with no runs scored and just one hit to go with the walk, but used up 19 pitches.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Cameron Maybin, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Stephen Tarpley
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Luis Severino made his long-awaited return to the Yankees for Tuesday's opener of the three-game series against the Angels, picking up not far from where he left off.

Back in the big leagues for the first time since his 19-8 season in 2018, Severino threw 67 pitches (47 strikes) and limited Los Angeles to two hits over 4.0 scoreless innings.

Severino issued two walks but recorded two strikeouts, nearly touching 99 mph on his fastball while mixing in a healthy dose of sliders and changeups.

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (98-53, 9.0 GA in AL East) begin their final homestand of the regular season against the Angels (68-82, 29.5 GB in AL West) Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery made their season debuts Sunday, but the Yankees fell 6-4 to the Blue Jays and lost the series 2-1. Betances allowed no hits or earned runs and struck out two batter in 0.2 innings pitched, while Montgomery also struck out another two, but allowed three earned runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Aaron Judge hit his 23rd home run of the season in the first inning. The Yankees' magic number remains at 2 with 11 games to play and are close to securing their first division title since 2012.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino
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President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Mariano Rivera, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Washington.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (Patrick Semansky/AP)
President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Mariano Rivera, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Washington.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Former Yankees closer and recent Hall of Fame inductee Mariano Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Free by President Donald Trump on Monday. 

The award is the nation's highest civilian honor, which Rivera earns after becoming the first player ever unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. 

Rivera was presented the award during a ceremony at the White House, which also included a tribute to his walkout song, "Enter Sandman," as the President and pitcher entered the room while the song played. 

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If you're an observer, Yankees-Astros is the playoff series you want and you want it to last as long as possible. Sign us up for a rematch of the 2017 ALCS and let those two behemoths swing away for seven games. The record books can sort it all out.

However, if you're mainly interested in Yankee fortunes, well, it might be best if the Astros encounter an upset in the ALDS. Not that the Yankees can't beat them, but facing that lineup, backed by the mega-rotation of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke is not exactly apple picking on a cool October afternoon.

With that in mind, here are some potential pinstriped playoff scenarios to mull over during the final few weeks of the season. It's not too early to start thinking about these things. The Astros and Yankees are already battling in a preliminary that could have real impact on next month -- who finishes with the AL's best record and gets home-field advantage.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Sep 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

With just two and a half weeks until the playoffs get underway, Jordan Montgomery and Dellin Betances have little time to shake off the rust if they want to appear on the Yankees' postseason roster.

But both pitchers took the next step in their journey to fully recover from injury on Sunday, appearing on a big league mound for the first time in the 2019 season.

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The Yankees dropped the final game of their three-game series with Blue Jays on Sunday, losing by a final score of 6-4. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) The Yankee pitching staff struggled early on Sunday, as four pitchers combined to give up six runs over the first five innings. Chad Green was effective as the opener, but Jordan Montgomery's 2019 debut was a battle, as the left-hander allowed three runs on four hits over two innings. Dellin Betances also made his first appearance of the season and he was excellent, striking out both batters he faced. But Betances gave way to Nestor Cortes Jr., who allowed a three-run homer to Randal Grichuk, the outfielder's second home run of the game.

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Nestor Cortes Jr
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Apr 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (98-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) wrap up their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-91, 39.5 GB in AL East) at 1:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Yankees notes

James Paxton won his ninth straight game in Saturday's 13-3 win over the Blue Jays... The Yankees hit four homers in Saturday's win, courtesy of Brett GardnerGleyber TorresLuke Voit and Mike Ford. Every Yankee starter had a hit in the game, as they collected 19 in total... With 37 home runs, Torres is tied with Nelson Cruz for third in the American League.

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 (Nick Turchiaro )
(Nick Turchiaro )

Rewind the tape to the beginning of this season. 

The Yankees entered the year with a starting outfield of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge, from left to right. 

Brett Gardner, in his age 36 season, was thought of as a role player, someone who could start in the outfield every now and then, and maybe enter the game as a pinch runner or a defense replacement. 

Fast forward to the present day, where Gardner has set a career high with 25 home runs and a .483 slugging percentage in 129 games played of the Yankees' 150.

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The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 13-3 on Saturday afternoon in Toronto. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) 

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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees (97-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) continue their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-90, 38.5 GB in AL East) at 3:07 p.m. inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Yankees notes

The lineup shuffles for the Yankees after they suffered their 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Blue Jays late Friday night. Among the notables, RF Aaron Judge is back in the two spot after he sat out -- until a pinch-hit strikeout in the top of the 12th inning -- as a precautionary move following his collision into the right-field wall during Thursday's doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. Cameron Maybin, who replaced Judge in Friday's starting lineup, slides back to LF in favor of Clint Frazier after an 0-for-5 night in RF. Without Gary Sanchez until -- likely -- the end of the month as he recovers from his pulled left groin Thursday, the Yankees give C Kyle Higashioka the nod behind the dish after Austin Romine spent all 12 innings as the team's backstop Friday. Didi Gregorius gets the day off, sliding SS Gleyber Torres in the middle infield and giving 2B Thairo Estrada his first start since Aug. 17 before he suffered a calf injury.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Thairo Estrada
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Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) in the dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) in the dugout prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

RF Aaron Judge was available to play Friday against the Blue Jays as the Yankees started the weekend's three-game series at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, but manager Aaron Boone erred on the side of caution before first pitch.

The Yankees replaced Judge with Cameron Maybin in New York's 6-5 loss (12 innings) to the Blue Jays, giving one of the team's top bats the night off until the final frame.

Pinch-hitting for Tyler Wade, who was the pinch-runner for Luke Voit after the DH's two-out walk in the top of the ninth inning, Judge struckout.

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The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 6-5 in 12 innings on Friday night in Toronto. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Friday's game...

1) With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th inning, Tyler Lyons allowed a solo home run to Bo Bichette, giving the Blue Jays a walk-off 6-5 win. For Bichette, the blast was his 11th of his impressive rookie season. 

2) Masahiro Tanaka breezed through the first inning, striking out two, but the Blue Jays took the first lead of the night in the second, as Randal Grichuk blasted his 26th home run of the season to put the Yankees in an early 1-0 hole. Tanaka then allowed two more runs in the fourth inning and another run was charged to him in the fifth. His night came to an end after five. His line was not very inspiring, as he allowed four earned on eight hits through five.

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Aug 27, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 27, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees (97-51, 10.0 GA in AL East) start a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays (57-90, 39.5 GB in AL East) at 7:07 p.m. at the Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

The Yankees won both ends of their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. They won the first game 10-4, thanks to two two-run homers from Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion. In the second game of the day, the Yanks won 6-4 after CC Sabathia and Domingo German both struck out five batters. Encarnacion left the first game with a strained left oblique, while J.A. Happ left with bicep tendinitis. Then in the second game, Gary Sanchez left with left groin tightness, and RHP Tommy Kahnle injured his finger in a dugout incident.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Near the end of a year in which the Yankees have been decimated by injuries, including three during Thursday's doubleheader sweep over the Detroit Tigers, New York nearly experienced another one.

After the Yankees' 6-4 victory against the Tigers in the second game Thursday, RHP Tommy Kahnle needed to meet with the Yankees' trainer.

Kahnle entered for RHP Domingo German in the bottom of the eighth inning and worked the Yankees out of trouble, getting Christin Stewart to line into a double play before returning for the following frame.

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

Despite sweeping their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the Yankees suffered a couple tough losses.

Three, to be exact.

Edwin Encarnacion left the first game with a strained left oblique, while J.A. Happ left the same game with bicep tendinitis.

Tags: Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ
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Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees got out to an early lead thanks to an Aaron Judge home run in their 6-4 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the team's doubleheader. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's Game 2...

1) CC Sabathia threw 56 pitches in just 3.1 innings during his first start since returning from the IL. The lefty allowed only two earned runs on three hits, ands struck out five batters. Domingo German then came in and struck out five batters on two hits, as he threw 50 pitches in four innings of work.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gio Urshela
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The Yankees (96-51, 9.0 GA in AL East) take on the Detroit Tigers (43-101, 45.5 GB in AL Central) at Comerica Park for the second game of a Thursday doubleheader.

Yankees notes

Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion both homered for the Yankees in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, a 10-4 Yankees win. ... Encarnacion was pulled from the first game due to a left oblique strain, with the team announcing that he would head back to New York for more tests. ... DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-6 with strikeouts in Game 1. ... The Yankees moved ahead of the Twins for the most home runs hit as a team this season (278).

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a double in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a double in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, taking down the Tigers on their home field, 10-4, in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's Game 1...

1) J.A. Happ was looking to continue his hot streak on the mound lately, and though it wasn't the scoreless innings he posted in his last two outings, it was a decent start for the lefty. Over 4.2 innings, Happ allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. He also let up one homer in his 99-pitch start. 

Tags: Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Gardner, Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Tyler Wade
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After Game 1 of last year's division series loss to Boston, Aaron Boone had some cleaning up to do with his starting pitcher.

J.A. Happ, who had been removed with no outs in the third inning, was in Boone's office, and he was angry. He felt he should have had the chance to turn his performance around and save the bullpen.

But as Happ sat in a chair in the tiny room at Fenway, Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild calmly explained their rationale: They had a strong relief corps, were unwilling to let the game get away from them, and preferred other matchups in that inning. Happ left the office satisfied, and appreciative of the open exchange.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Wilson Ramos, Andy Martino
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Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres

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Back in spring training, Yankees bigwigs noticed that Gleyber Torres was "really launching the ball," as GM Brian Cashman puts it. But not even the most optimistic Torres observers expected the infielder's power surge this season.

Entering Thursday's doubleheader in Detroit, Torres has 36 home runs, the most of any middle infielder in baseball. But slugging is only part of what's, ahem, launched the 22-year-old into the conversation about the best young stars in baseball.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Anthony McCarron
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Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (95-51, 8.5 GA in AL East) take on the Detroit Tigers (43-100, 45.0 GB in AL Central, 41.0 GB for second Wild Card) at Comerica Park for the first game of a Thursday doubleheader at 1:10 pm.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games. ... The Yankees slammed six home runs in their 12-11 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. ... The Yankees are not starting Gary Sanchez or Gleyber Torres in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. ... Edwin Encarnacion and Luke Voit both have one career home run off of Tigers starter Matthew Boyd.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit
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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws in the outfield before the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws in the outfield before the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino is finally set to make his season debut on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium against the Angels, according to Aaron Boone.

Severino has been on the IL all season, dealing with shoulder and lat issues. He has been progressing really well in his rehab recently, and after checking off all the boxes, the Yankees are ready to bring him back to the Bronx. 

The 25-year-old pitched in his last rehab start last night with Double-A Trenton, where he was solid. Four runs may have been on the board, but only one was earned and he recorded four strikeouts over 64 pitches (47 strikes) in 2.1 innings. Reports also had Severino's fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s with it topping out at 98 mph. 

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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Game 2 of the Yankees' three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Wednesday has been postponed, the team announced. The two teams will push the missed game back to Thursday and play a doubleheader.

Prior to the game, thunderstorms were already forcing the Tigers to request fans to leave their seats and head for cover with storms projected to hit the area for an extensive time period on Wednesday evening. 

The two sides were already scheduled to meet on Thursday.

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Sep 10, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) take the ball to relieve relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 10, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) take the ball to relieve relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees (95-51, 8.5 GA in AL East) jumped out to a six-run lead before a back-and-forth game ensued, ultimately suffering a 12-11 loss to the Tigers (43-100, 45.5 GB in AL Central, 40.5 GB for second Wild Card) Tuesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Pitching ultimately failed the Yankees. LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-0, 5.23 ERA) initially came out strong as the Yankees' opener, pitching a pair of scoreless innings in his first career start before he went back out for the third frame and ran into trouble. The Tigers caught up and tagged Cortes, who struckout two and walked one, for four runs (two earned) on six hits before manager Aaron Boone made the move to remove the southpaw with one out in the third inning and the Yankees leading 6-2.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion , Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Nestor Cortes Jr, Tyler Wade
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Sep 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound at the end of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound at the end of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

When James Paxton handed the ball off to manager Aaron Boone after yet another solid start on Monday, he may have walked off the Fenway Park diamond as the Yankees' Game 1 ALDS starter. 

Of course, Boone and the Yankees still have time to think about that, but with the way Paxton has been pitching -- and how the Yankees hit when he's on the mound -- it seems like the right choice to make. 

Paxton pitched to the tune of no runs allowed on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6.2 innings of work. His previous outing was even better with just one hit allowed with 12 strikeouts over seven innings against the Rangers in the Bronx. 

Tags: Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) throws a pitch at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) throws a pitch at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After they took their four-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox last Friday through Monday, the Yankees (95-50, 9.0 GA in AL East) hit the middle of their 10-game road trip with Tuesday's 6:40 p.m. start vs. the Detroit Tigers (42-100, 45.5 GB in AL Central, 41.0 GB for second Wild Card) at Comerica Park.

Yankees notes

Since they dropped three straight games in an Aug. 20-22 sweep against the Athletics in Oakland, the Yankees have won their past five series. The Yankees dropped last Friday's series opener to Red Sox but then proceeded to bury their rivals as they won the past three games by a 20-6 margin and eliminated Boston mathematically from AL East contention. They did their damage in Monday's series finale, a 5-0 shutout, behind a pair of solo home runs to get on the board -- Austin Romine's fifth-inning shot down the right-field line and Gio Urshela's seven-inning bomb over the left-field Green Monster -- before DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres tacked on a run apiece in the seventh and Luke Voit added another in the ninth.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Carlos Torres, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gio Urshela, Nestor Cortes Jr, Tyler Wade
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