New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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: Giancarlo StantonCameron Maybin

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Jonathan Loaisiga, Troy Tulowitzki


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. 

May 31, 4:50 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton is "probably close" to restarting a rehab assignment soon, Aaron Boone said on Friday. Stanton has been running sprints in Tampa as he recovers from a mild calf strain he sustained during his previous minor-league rehab assignment.

May 31, 8:51 AM:

Dellin Betances threw 25 pitches on Thursday and is expected to throw another bullpen session on Sunday before he pitches in a simulated game as he looks to return from a right shoulder impingement, manager Aaron Boone told the New York Post's George A. King III.

May 30, 9:05 PM: 

Giancarlo Stanton continues to ramp up his workload. Prior to Thursday's Yankees-Red Sox game getting rained out, Aaron Boone told reporters that Stanton ran sprints and hit in the batting cage on Wednesday and was expected to do the same on Thursday.

May 30, 4:47 PM: 

Didi Gregorius is still on track to return as early as next week. On Thursday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius will return once he plays back-to-back nine inning games at shortstop.

That won't occur this weekend, Boone said, as the Yankees host the Red Sox for a pivotal three-game series. But the hope is that the shortstop will rejoin the team during the upcoming road trip in either Toronto or Cleveland.  

May 28, 5:35 PM:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell said that Gregorius is expected to be with the team for the next six days, which would set up a potential return to the Yankees' lineup on June 4 against the Blue Jays. Gregorius will play seven innings at shortstop on Tuesday, DH Wednesday and play nine innings at shortstop on Thursday. 

CC Sabathia also appears close to returning with the Yankees having him slated to pitch on Sunday, according to Anthony Rieber of Newsday. 

May 28, 4:40 PM: 

Aaron Judge's comeback has begun in earnest with light baseball activities. Judge (oblique) hit off a tee Monday in addition to taking dry swings as part of his swinging progression, manager Aaron Boone said.

On Tuesday, Judge was seen taking fly balls and participating in various running drills before the Yankees played the Padres.

May 27, 4:25 PM:

LHP James Paxton was cleared to come off the IL and is likely to return to the Yankees' rotation on Wednesday against the Padres, Aaron Boone announced. Paxton estimated earlier on Monday that he would throw about 75 pitches in the start. 

RHP Luis Severino told reporters he expects to throw from 60 feet either Tuesday or Wednesday and added he has not felt pain in his shoulder or lat in about "20 something days." RHP Dellin Betances threw a bullpen consisting of 25 fastballs off the mound on Monday. 

Didi Gregorius will be joining Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and could be one to two weeks away from returning. 

May 26, 4:10 PM 

Aaron Judge hopes to begin swinging a bat again soon, he told YES Network before the Yankees' game Sunday in Kansas City. 

"I'm feeling really good," Judge said. "We're progressing the way we want to, and it's a good sign getting a chance to get on the field again and throw a little bit. It feels good to be back -- sort of.

"That's what the real test is going to be, swinging. If I'm swinging and I feel no pain, then we'll start moving forward and hopefully I can get back here pretty soon."

May 26, 1:27 PM: 

James Paxton (knee) was able to throw his side session, long-toss and complete fielding drills without issue, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Manager Aaron Boone is hopeful the lefty can slide back into the starting rotation in the coming days against the Padres. 

Dellin Betances (shoulder) will throw from a mound Monday, per Boone. 

Didi Gregorius' rehab will take him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, where he will need "a week or two" to ramp up, according to Boone. 

May 25, 10:28 PM:

Didi Gregorius continues to progress as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Saturday night, that progression took him to Single-A Tampa, where he began a rehab assignment. Gregorius went 0-for-3 and played seven innings at shortstop, having a hand in three double plays.

May 24, 3:06 PM:

The Yankees are working out Troy Tulowitzki at second base and third base, in addition to shortstop, as he continues to rehab back from a calf strain, according to The Associated Press in Tampa. 

Didi Gregorius will also begin an official rehab assignment with Class A Tampa this weekend while James Paxton threw four innings in an extended Spring Training game. Players who begin rehab assignment can spend up to 20 days until being re-activated, which means Gregorius could be back mid-June. 

May 24, 12:51 AM:

Didi Gregorius returned to shortstop in extended spring training on Thursday. He missed Tuesday's game because of dehydration and was a DH on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dellin Betances threw off of flat ground again Thursday and hasn't yet progressed to throwing off a mound. ... James Paxton is set to throw his sim game Friday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Yankees' rotation next week.

May 23, 9:10 AM:

The Yankees placed LHP CC Sabathia on the injured list with right knee inflammation after pitching five innings in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Orioles.

Sabathia started the year on the IL so he could recover from an offseason heart procedure. He returned in mid-April and has gone 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA in eight starts this year.

May 22, 2:47 PM:

Shortstop Didi Gregorius was held out of an extended Spring Training game on Tuesday night due to dehydration. He felt better today, though, as he went 1-for-3 with an opposite-field single and a walk down in Tampa, per Newsday's Erik Boland. The veteran is expected to play again on Thursday.

May 21, 4:30 PM: 

Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton could return to the team as soon as this weekend, Aaron Boone said Tuesday. He homered Monday during his first rehab game with High-A Tampa.  

Additional updates in the good news department included James Paxton tossing a bullpen in which he felt "next to nothing," according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka also threw a bullpen session. Aaron Judge stood in the batter's box and tracked pitches for both. 

May 20, 8:18 PM:

Stanton homered in his first rehab game with High-A Tampa in his first rehab game on Monday.

Stanton went 1-for-3 and played six innings in right field as he looks to return from a shoulder injury and a biceps strain. Stanton's home run hit off the batter's eye in center field at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

After the game, he said his timing at the plate feels good and that he's "not far" away from returning.

May 20, 5:18 PM:

Outfielder Aaron Judge made some slight progress from a strained oblique that has kept him out since April, playing catch and running on the field before Monday's game, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. Despite the progress, manager Aaron Boone said Judge is not yet ready to swing a bat.

May 20, 2:57 PM:

Didi Gregorius played in his first extended spring training game on Monday, getting two hits in five plate appearances while playing shortstop. Gregorius will play again on Tuesday, when he serves as the DH, according to Erik Boland of Newsday

May 20. 10:16 AM:

As Aaron Boone noted on Saturday, Giancarlo Stanton will begin his rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa Tarpons on Monday. The Yankees' slugger was placed on the IL with a biceps strain and had a setback with a shoulder strain. 

May 19, 12:26 PM: 

James Paxton still felt some discomfort in his knee while throwing a bullpen session on Sunday. Because of that discomfort, he will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday instead of jumping back into the rotation, reports Randy Miller of NJAM.

May 19, 11:32 AM:

The Yankees are hopeful that Masahiro Tanaka, who left Saturday's game early after taking a line drive off his shin, will be able to make his next scheduled start, reports Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record.

May 19, 12:21 AM:

James Paxton is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and if all goes well he should be cleared to start at some point within the next week. Paxton said he still felt "something" in his left knee during his Friday bullpen, but it's been less and less each time he's thrown.

May 18, 11:27 AM:

Didi Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop in an extended Spring Training game on Monday, according to Aaron Boone. "It puts a smile on my face," the Yankees manager said. He added that if things continue to progress as is, Gregorius could return to the Yankees sometime in June. 

Boone also provided an update on Giancarlo Stanton, who is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Tampa on Monday. 

May 17, 4:24 PM:

After being "pleasantly surprised" that there was no soreness in his injured knee when he woke up Wednesday, James Paxton threw his bullpen on Friday to the liking of manager Aaron Boone. During the session, he would pitch then sit like he would during a game. He did that a couple times, and took some pitching fielding practice, per ESPN's Coley Harvey

There is hope that if Paxton continues to feel good, he could rejoin the rotation at some point next week.

May 15, 12:43 PM:

James Paxton was "pleasantly surprised" to wake up Wednesday without any soreness or swelling in his injured left knee, and was set to throw a bullpen session on Friday, he told reporters. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Paxton won't necessarily need a rehab start before returning. 

May 14, 5:04 PM: 

Giancarlo Stanton's diagnosis has been called a left shoulder strain, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. The Yankees have been pretty vague about what exactly Stanton has been dealing with since his Grad 1 left biceps strain was healed. We did know it was the shoulder that was ailing him, but now we know exactly what it is. 

May 14, 11:45 AM: 

Giancarlo Stanton's progression from a Grade 1 left biceps strain reached the batter's box Monday. The slugger took live at-bats at extended spring training in Tampa, but there is still no timetable for his return. 

May 13, 5:47 PM:

The Yankees placed Miguel Andujar back on the injured list on Monday and are not ruling out surgery from a labrum tear in his right shoulder. 

While Andujar missed 28 games from April 1 to May 3, he was 3-for-34 upon his return. Manager Aaron Boone said he thought the injury "is a contributing factor to some of the struggles" in addition to his throwing motion. Surgery would end Andujar's 2019 season.

May 13, 3:57 PM:

James Paxton played catch in the concourse and threw off flat ground in the cage with no issues in his left knee, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. The Yankees will have Paxton throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. 

May 13, 3:21 PM:

Just as the Yankees get one player back, another goes down. While the Yankees had Aaron Hicks back in the lineup batting leadoff on Monday against the Orioles, Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the IL retroactive to Friday with a sore right shoulder after originally being scheduled to start the game. The Yankees recalled right-hander Chance Adams from Triple-A to replace Loaisiga while Luis Cessa gets the start. 

Meanwhile, outfielder Mike Tauchman was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Hicks. 

May 12, 11:18 AM:

Aaron Hicks will be activated from the IL prior to Monday's game, Yankees manger Aaron Boone said on Sunday. 

Hicks got the first hit of his rehab assignment on Saturday by belting a solo home run from the right side in the first inning fo Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hicks was 0-for-14 on his rehab assignment before the at-bat, but Scranton manager Jay Bell said the night before he could tell Hicks was "close."

May 11, 10:37 PM

Aaron Hicks' rehab stint continued to go poorly on Friday night. The center fielder went 0-for-3 with a walk for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is now 0-for-14 overall in four rehab games. 

The Yankees expect Hicks to return as early as Monday and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell believes Hicks is "getting close."

"Certainly, timing wise, he's in the process of getting there," Bell told reporters after the game. "Just seeing balls off the batt and that kind of stuff. He's going to be fine."

May 10, 6:01 PM:

Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) took grounders in Tampa on Friday, and Aaron Boone said the shortstop should begin playing in extended Spring Training games in about 10 days. 

May 9, 8:48 PM: 

Despite hope that he'd be ready to return for this weekend's series against the Rays in Tampa, Aaron Hicks (back) will play in three more rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend and is scheduled to be activated on Monday, when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Orioles in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge (oblique) has yet to take part in baseball activities, but Aaron Boone says he's improving. There are no timetables for Judge or Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder.) 

May 8, 3:54 PM: 

Aaron Boone gave some good injury update news on Wednesday, as he said the team believes Aaron Hicks could return at some point this weekend. There has been no definitive date set, but there is hope he will be back in the outfield. 

Hicks did very well in his extended Spring Training, and though he hasn't gotten a hit in two games with Class A Tampa, the Yankees seem confident he is reaching his benchmarks to come back.

May 6, 10:04 PM:

Giancarlo Stanton, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury ever since he went on the IL with a biceps strain, said he will swing in the batting cage on Tuesday but still doesn't know when he will return.

May 6, 9:36 PM:

Aaron Hicks, who has been out since spring training with a back injury, went 0-for-4 in his first rehab game with High-A Tampa on Monday.

Hicks, who could be activated over the weekend, flew out twice, grounded out once and struck out once. He played eight innings in center field.

May 6, 3:47 PM:

Dellin Betances began a throwing program on Monday -- making 25 throws from 60 feet -- but said afterwards that he isn't close to returning.

Though he's making progress, Betances told reporters there's "no way" he'll be ready before June.

May 6, 10:46 AM:

The Yankees officially activated Clint Frazier off the 10-day IL on Monday. 

The outfielder will rejoin the Yankees after missing two weeks with a left ankle sprain. He was hitting .324/.342/.632 with six home runs and 17 RBI before landing on the IL. 

May 5, 8:21 PM:

Outfielder Clint Frazier will return from a two-week stint on the injured list for Monday's game against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone said after Sunday's rain-shortened win.

May 5, 12:21 PM:

GM Brian Cashman gave a slew of injury updates on Sunday afternoon during an appearance on SiriusXM Radio:

  • James Paxton will "probably" be out a maximum of three weeks.
  • Aaron Hicks could be activated from the IL next weekend.
  • Giancarlo Stanton will take batting practice this week.
  • Didi Gregorius will complete his throwing program this week.

Cashman also confirmed what was already pretty much known: Luis Severino will not return until after the All-Star break. 

Additionally, manager Aaron Boone said Dellin Betances is beginning a throwing program Monday. The expectation is that he can rejoin the team sometime in June.

May 4, 11:07 PM:

The Yankees are still awaiting the results of James Paxton's MRI on his sore left knee, which caused him to leave Friday's game after the third inning. Boone said it is possible they skip his next start. 

Greg Bird was in the Yankees clubhouse on Saturday and was no longer wearing a walking boot. Bird, who is on the IL with a left plantar fascia tear, told reporters he has been walking on a treadmill but still no timetable on a possible return. He added that the injury occurred when he felt a pop in his left foot while running. 

May 3, 4:30 PM:

Aaron Boone provided some good news on Friday when he revealed Miguel Andujar would be back with the Yankees on Saturday. 

He also rattled off updates on the following players:

Clint Frazier: Will play two rehab games with Double-A Trenton this weekend and is expected to be activated off the IL and rejoin the team on Monday. 

Aaron Hicks: Taking at-bats. Still needs more at-bats before beginning rehab games. Timetable on Hicks returning to team is about a week to 10 days. 

Troy Tulowitzki: Has been shut down for another week after sustaining a mild calf strain. Boone is unsure if it is the same injury getting worse or if this is a new injury. 

Giancarlo Stanton: He was at Yankee Stadium for Friday's game but Boone did not have any update to provide. 

Aaron Judge: Still no baseball activities but improving in weight room and with range of motion. Boone still not comfortable setting timetable yet. 

Didi Gregorius: A few weeks away from beginning any sort of rehab assignment. Boone categorized his progress as "best case scenario" so far. 

May 2, 12:35 PM:

Outfielder Aaron Hicks has three hits, including a double and a home run, in an extended spring training game on Thursday, a day after he went 1-for-3 with two walks. Hicks also had an outfield assist as he looks to return from a back injury that has kept him out since spring training.

May 2, 10:18 AM:

Infielder DJ LeMahieu, who left Sunday's game and missed the Yankees' past two games with right knee inflammation, believes he is "really close" to returning and could come back as soon as Friday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. He was running on the field before Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

May 1, 7:28 PM:

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was removed from his rehab game with Class A Tampa Tarpons on Wednesday night after experiencing "tightness" in his left calf, per Boland. Though it was said to be just a "precaution," manager Aaron Boone noted he was hit in the leg by a pitch last night, but finished the game. 

Tulowitzki was already down rehabbing a calf strain, so hopefully this isn't a setback on that initial ailment.

May 1, 2:15 PM:

Outfielder Clint Frazier was going through defensive work in left field before Wednesday's game in Phoenix, according to the Daily News. Frazier is recovering from a left ankle sprain.

April 30, 8:52 PM:

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar is close to returning to the team, but his rehab start with the Tampa Tarpons didn't go that well. He was 0-for-4 with two popouts, a groundout, and fly out over seven innings. He also committed two errors in the field at third base. 

That's not what New York wants to see from Andujar, who is working back from a partially torn labrum. 

April 29, 6:02 p.m.  

Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is day-to-day after an MRI revealed right knee inflammation. LeMahieu, who suffered a bruised knee on Friday after fouling a ball off his right leg, left Sunday's game in the third inning.

X-rays came back negative on Sunday, and Monday's MRI revealed inflammation. Neither he nor manager Aaron Boone were concerned about LeMahieu joining the crowded injured list, and LeMahieu was hopeful he would play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

April 26, 5:25 p.m.

The Yankees received some encouraging news regarding Andujar on Friday. The third baseman played five innings in an extended Spring Training game and went 2-for-3 with a walk and home run. 

It was his first rehab game since he sustained a partially torn labrum on April 1.

April 25, 4:30 p.m.

It was revelaed that Stanton's strained biceps had healed. But that good news was canceled out by the bad news that Stanton was dealing with a new shoulder injury.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the new shoulder injury is only expected to cost Stanton an additional week. 

Stanton, who received a cortisone shot in his shoulder and is resting for a few days, said on Wednesday that his return would be delayed due to feeling some "residual stuff" in his left shoulder, according to the New York Times' James Wagner

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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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have been bitten by the injury bug time and time again this season, and they may have suffered another pivotal blow on Tuesday night.

With two away in the top of the eighth inning, Gary Sanchez hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop. He was thrown out at first base, but as he tried to leg out the single, he lunged for first base with his right ankle landing awkwardly on the bag.

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Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his home run in the fifth 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 shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his home run in the fifth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

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The Yankees rallied on three separate occasions to beat the Twins, 14-12, at Target Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) On a 3-0 count with one out in the 10th inning, Gleyber Torres smoothly roped a single to right field scoring Didi Gregorius to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in three innings. Austin Romine scored an insurance run on a wild pitch. The Yanks would keep this lead only because of a miraculous catch to end the game by Aaron Hicks.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres
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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are hoping to trade for a starting pitcher, and have been linked to most of the top names on the market as the July 31 deadline nears. Here's the latest...


July 23, 9:28 PM:

The Yankees are among the teams to reach out to the Diamondbacks about Robbie Ray in recent days, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

Ray, a 27-year-old left-hander, is 9-6 this season with a 3.95 ERA. Posting a career record of 44-44 with a 4.03 ERA, Ray had his best pro season in 2015, when he went 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA while making the NL All-Star team.

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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets during the third inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets during the third inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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James Paxton, the pitcher who was supposed to send October chill down the spines of the Yankees' potential postseason opponents, has been maddeningly inconsistent. He hasn't gotten an out in the seventh inning for months. 

And it seems as if there's some sort of first-inning whammy on him: He's given up 19 first-inning runs in 17 starts, good (well, bad) for a 10.06 ERA. Opponents have a 1.084 OPS against him in the opening frame. 

Paxton's other disappointing stats look like this: 5-5 record, 4.20 ERA, just 85.2 innings pitched. 

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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees pitching prospect Albert Abreu left his start with the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday after about 20 pitches due to an apparent injury, the team announced. 

The 23-year-old, who is ranked the Yankees' No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, appeared to be pointing to his shoulder during a brief discussion on the mound with his coaches following an 89 mph passed ball, per Greg Johnson of The Trentonian. 

After the game, Thunder manager Patrick Osborn said that Abreu felt soreness and tightness in his right bicep and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. He added he does not believe it is shoulder or elbow related. 

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May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Yankees (64-35, 9 GA in AL East) continue their three-game series against the Twins (61-38, 3 GA in AL Central) Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field.

Yankees notes

Aaron Boone has dropped Gary Sanchez to the sixth spot in the order. ... During the month of July, Sanchez has recorded just six hits in 54 at-bats. He's hit just one home run during the month while striking out 20 times. ... DJ LeMahieu continues to lead the AL with his .338 batting average, with the next closest hitter being Houston's Michael Brantley, who is hitting at a .328 clip.

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August 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Dwight Gooden is introduced as the New York Yankees honor the 1996 World Series team at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports (John Munson-Pool Photo)
August 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Dwight Gooden is introduced as the New York Yankees honor the 1996 World Series team at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports (John Munson-Pool Photo)

Former Mets and Yankees pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden spoke for the first time since his second DUI arrest in the last two months when he addressed The Post reporters outside his house in Piscataway, NJ on Tuesday. 

Gooden, who was arrested on Monday in Newark after driving the wrong way on a one-way street, acknowledged he needs help. 

"Basically, I'm going away tonight to try to get some help to save my life," he said. 

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Jun 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Cameron Maybin (38) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Cameron Maybin (38) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

As Cameron Maybin steps closer to a Yankees' return, the outfielder has also reportedly reached a conclusion on a legal matter that dates back to Spring Training.

According to a report from TMZ Sports, Maybin was arrested in March on counts of DUI and other related charges. While the veteran was with the Giants in Spring Training, he was reportedly pulled over around 2:30 in the morning and subsequently failed sobriety tests issued by officers.

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August 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Dwight Gooden is introduced as the New York Yankees honor the 1996 World Series team at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports (John Munson-Pool Photo)
August 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Dwight Gooden is introduced as the New York Yankees honor the 1996 World Series team at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports (John Munson-Pool Photo)

Former Yankees pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden has been arrested once again for driving under the influence on Monday night, reports The Post.

Just a month after being arrested for cocaine possession, Gooden was pulled over after driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Newark, NJ. Cops said he was a mess and he had to be taken to University Hospital in Newark.

Gooden was arrested back on June 7 and charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, according to The Post. 

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Gary Sanchez just can't seem to shake this slump. 

The Yankee catcher has been having a bounce-back year, but his results at the plate over the last month have been similar to what he experience in a miserable 2018 season. 

Since the start of his slump on June 21 to yesterday's 0-for-5 performance against the Twins, "The Kraken" is hitting a paltry .143/.217/.250 with a miniscule .467 OPS over 84 at-bats. That's an entirely different Sanchez than the one that posted a .269/.338/.625 slash line with 22 homers and 50 RBI before that stretch. 

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Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees wouldn't be where they are in 2019 without the rise of Domingo German. The lanky 26-year-old righty leads the majors with 12 wins and has a tidy 3.38 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 95 strikeouts in 88.0 innings this season.

This of course comes after a 2018 season where German had a 5.57 ERA and did not look like a big league starting pitcher.

German's emergence has even caught the eye of his former manager, Joe Girardi. In an interview with Mike Francesa, Girardi said, "He's been a blessing for the Yankees, and you think that [five] years ago, the Yankees traded for him and he went through some injuries, but gosh is he good now."

Indeed, German is very good now. The key to his success is an approach where even though hitters know what's coming, they just can't touch it.

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Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) walks off the field after completing the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) walks off the field after completing the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

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The Yankees dropped their second straight game on Monday in an 8-6 loss to the Twins at Target Field. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Monday's game...

1) CC Sabathia's performance could be one that pushes the Yankees to make a pitching move sooner than later as the trade deadline quickly approaches. Sabathia coughed up four home runs, the first two putting the Yanks in a quick 2-0 hole. Sabathia's season ERA climbed to 4.50 after the six earned runs allowed in just 4.0 innings.

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Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a ground ball into a triple play in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a ground ball into a triple play in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees may have the most potent offense in baseball, but even they are susceptible to some bad breaks. 

In the first inning of Monday's game against the Twins, the Yankees fell victim to one of the rarer plays in baseball. 

Edwin Encarnacion, who has a 1.019 OPS since the All-Star break, came to the plate with two runners on and nobody out when he ripped a groundball to Twins third baseman Luis Arraez. Arraez stepped on third, fired to second baseman Jonathan Schoop for the second out, and he relayed the ball to first baseman Miguel Sano before Encarnacion could get there to complete a 5-4-3 triple play. 

 

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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees (64-34, 9 GA in AL East) open a three-game series against the Twins (60-38, 3 GA in AL Central) Monday at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field.

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner will miss his second straight game after being removed from Sunday's lineup with what manager Aaron Boone called a "barking knee"... Mike Tauchman performed admirably in Gardner's absence and is 8-for-16 over his last seven games, including his sixth homer of the season in Sunday's loss to the Rockies... Aaron Hicks continued his scorching July with his 10th home run of the season on Sunday. The switch-hitter is slashing .333/.414/.667 this month.  

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Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of New York Yankees hat and glove laying in the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Forbes released its 2019 version of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world on Monday, and all 50 teams have a value of at least $2 billion. 

Six New York teams made the cut, with two of those teams (Yankees and Knicks) leading their respective sports. No NHL or MLS teams made the top 50, although the Rangers are the highest-ranking hockey team at 72 with a value of $1.55 billion. 

Here are the local rankings, which are based on Forbes' published valuations over the past 12 months:

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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

With just nine days to go until the July 31 trade deadline, asking prices will fluctuate, rumors will swirl and big names will likely be on the move.

The Yankees are one of the many teams actively searching for starting pitching reinforcements. And Brian Cashman's team is well-positioned to build on its nine-game lead in the AL East.

In recent years, Cashman has been extremely cautious in deadline dealings. He's been careful to hold on to his most valued prospects, and for the most part, that strategy has paid off.

Look at the Sonny Gray deal as an example. He didn't work out in New York, but the trade is significant for another reason - -it's the most recent example of Cashman surrendering top prospects in a midseason deal. He sent out James Kapreilian, Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler, all of whom were top-15 names in New York's system, according to MLB Pipeline. So far, only one of those prospects (Fowler) has reached the Major Leagues.

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New York Yankees right fielder Estevan Florial hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Estevan Florial hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top-30 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Estevan Florial, OF, High-A Tampa (No. 1, MLB No. 46) -- ETA 2021

Florial is mired in a slump, which has him hitting .176 (6-for-34) over his last 10 games. During the stretch, Florial has struck out 12 times and has failed to draw a walk, bringing his ratio of strikeouts to walks for the season to 56:10. As a result, Florial has generated a disappointing .619 OPS.

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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran scores a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran scores a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

"Go back to where you came from."

The phrase has dominated the American consciousness for more than a week, following President Trump's suggestion in a Tweet that four Congresswomen of color "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Several days later, Trump presided at a campaign rally over a "send her back" chat directed at Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn).

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Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera makes his acceptance speech during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera makes his acceptance speech during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Just as he closed so many games during his storied career with the Yankees, legendary closer Mariano Rivera closed the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday in Cooperstown, with a touching extemporaneous speech.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted after Mo's induction...

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) goes to the dugout during game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) goes to the dugout during game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner missed the team's series finale on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies due to a knee injury. 

Aaron Boone did not sound overly concerned about the issue. The manager told reporters that he's classifying Gardner as "day to day," however, he did not commit to Gardner playing on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. 

An MRI on Gardner revealed inflammation in the left knee, but no further structural damage was found, per Boone. 

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Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame President Tim Mead and Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera hold the Hall of Fame plaque along with National baseball hall of fame chairman of the board Jane Forbes Clark and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame President Tim Mead and Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera hold the Hall of Fame plaque along with National baseball hall of fame chairman of the board Jane Forbes Clark and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

For Mariano Rivera, going last is something he was used to throughout his Major League career. That's why it was fitting to see that same thing happen in Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon. 

Rivera was the last inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame during the ceremony this afternoon, and rightfully so. Not only is he the most dominant closer of all time, but the Yankee legend was also the first unanimous inductee in history. 

So, with a Bernie Williams guitar solo and all, Rivera was introduced to the crowd full of Yankees fans that he addressed after receiving the honor. 

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Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees had their win streak snapped on Sunday, as the Rockies took down the Bombers 8-4 to avoid a sweep at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) James Paxton had a rough outing on the road. His first batter, Charlie Blackmon, took him deep to lead off the game and it may have been an omen for the rest of the way. He allowed seven runs, four earned on five hits while striking out six and walking three over 3.1 innings. Paxton's ERA has now rose to 4.20 on the year. 

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Recapping Hall of Fame speeches 00:01:20
Sweeny Murti and Chris Williamson break down the highlights of Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera's Hall of Fame speeches.

Mike Mussina is officially a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Normally stoic, Mussina couldn't help but to smile as his former Yankees manager Joe Torre talked about his great career on a video before his speech. When accepting his plaque, that smile never left his face. 

It was only until he began his induction speech that he went back to that serious manner to explain how his journey began up until this moment in Cooperstown on Sunday. 

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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (64-33, 10 GA in AL East) can sweep the Rockies (46-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.   

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner was scratched from the original lineup due to what manager Aaron Boone called a "barking knee." Mike Tauchman took his place in left. ...While the Yankees play today, two legends in Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. ...Though the long ball has been a Yankee specialty, they didn't need it on Saturday, scoring all 11 of their runs without hitting a homer. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a team-high three runs, while Gleyber Torres had two himself. Five other Yankees collected an RBI as well.

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In just a few hours, Yankees legends Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame up in Cooperstown. 

And current Yankee Aaron Judge couldn't think of a better way to recognize the careers that these pitchers had. 

Speaking at Pepsi's Coach Judge Softball Game, Judge discussed "what an honor" it is for both Mussina and Rivera -- two players he looked up to growing up.

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Rivera talks about HOF induction 00:00:54
Hall of Fame Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera discusses when he knew he could get into HOF and what it means to go in as a Yankee.

Today, the most dominant closer in the history of the game and a Yankees legend in Mariano Rivera will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 

And it's been a long week for Rivera leading up to this moment, something that he said sunk in over the last few months since he became the first player ever to be unanimously voted into the hall. 

Rivera spoke briefly with the media on Saturday, reflecting on his journey to this point in his life. He admitted that while he was shutting teams down left and right for years, he didn't really think he would be at this point getting inducted. In fact, he didn't even think about All-Star games during his playing days...

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Boone update on Luke Voit 00:00:46
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone updates Luke Voit's injury status after getting drilled in the face with a pitch.

The Yankees jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and held on the beat the Rockies 11-5 at Yankee Stadium for fifth straight win. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) DJ LeMahieu continues to live up to his nickname, posting another Machine-like three-hit performance. LeMahieu also walked, scoring a pair of runs on the afternoon. His batting average on the season is now .334 after singles in the first, third, and seventh innings. He set the table all day long for a Yankees lineup in which every starter reached base and five players recorded multi-hit games. LeMahieu also made a number of sparkling defensive plays.

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Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) is attended to be manager Aaron Boone (17) and trainer Steve Donohue after being hit by a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) is attended to be manager Aaron Boone (17) and trainer Steve Donohue after being hit by a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit was pulled from Saturday's game with the Colorado Rockies after being hit by a pitch in his mouth/jaw area.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Voit was hit by a Chad Bettis fastball, as the ball may have skimmed his shoulder before making solid contact with his lip and jaw. Voit stayed in the game initially, coming around to score on a Gleyber Torres single. 

After the inning ended, Voit was replaced in the lineup by Gio Urshela, as DJ LeMahieu moved over to first base.

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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 (63-33, 9 GA in AL East) are hosting the Colorado Rockies (46-51, 17.5 GB in NL West) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.   

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a season-best 30 games over .500 and lead the Majors with 31-come-from-behind victories. ... The Bombers have lived up to their nickname, blasting 12 home runs (including two grand slams) over the last five games. ... The Yankees are 11-9 all-time against the Rockies, including a 7-2 record at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka
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Yanks pound Rockies 00:01:21
Acting manager Bard, Judge, Happ Ottavino and Tarpley comment on Happ's start and Tarpley's outstanding effort in relief

The Yankees scored eight unanswered runs and defeated the Rockies, 8-2, Friday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Friday's game

1) The Yankees trailed early after the Rockies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Edwin Encarnacion strode to the plate in the third with the bases loaded and quickly put the Yankees on top. Encarnacion was behind in the count 1-2 and got a good changeup from Kyle Freeland located down and away, but the right-handed hitter muscled it just over the wall in left for his 12th career grand slam. Only Albert Pujols, with 14 grand slams, has more among active players. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Stephen Tarpley
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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

By Friday morning it seemed the whole world had seen the Aaron Boone video, and as much as I knew it would resonate with Yankee fans, I didn't realize just how much until the huge Joe Girardi fan at my gym walked over to tell me the Freakin' Savages ejection, if you will, practically melted his heart. 

"I didn't know Boone had it in him," the guy said. "You know I loved Girardi for his intensity, and I'll always think he got a raw deal. But Boone showed me something. I thought he was just kind of a nice guy who was hired to keep the players happy and carry out (Brian) Cashman's orders. 

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about his 1-game suspension for making contact with the umpire in yesterday's game,

Aaron Boone has no regrets. 

The Yankees manager was suspended for one game on Friday for his conduct with umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday, whom he made contact with while yelling, "my guys are f--king savages" and telling him he's "having a piece of s--t start to this game."

While Boone will serve his suspension during Friday's game against the Rockies, he was still at the stadium and addressed the suspension, which he said he knew was coming because he bumped the bill of his cap with Miller's cap. Boone explained that was "part" of the explanation he received from Joe Torre for why he was being suspended and fined, but it did not change how he felt about the situation. 

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May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (62-33, 8 GA in AL East) are hosting the Colorado Rockies (46-50, 16.5 GB in NL West) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.  

Yankees notes

Gio Urshela continues to make an impact in the Yankee lineup. His 3-for-4, three-RBI performance in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader was the catalyst for a Yankee win... Luke Voit supplied the power in Game 2, as the slugging first baseman launched his 18th homer of the season off of Rays pitcher Charlie Morton. Voit has already surpassed his previous career highs in home runs, RBIs and doubles... DJ LeMahieu will face the Rockies for the first time since joining the Yankees this season. The infielder, who spent seven seasons with Colorado, was a two-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award-winner and won the batting title in 2016. Aaron Boone will not be in the dugout tonight while he serves a one-game suspension following his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 21, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 21, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' best pitching prospects have come in waves of three. Remember the trio of Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy? What about the "Killer B's," Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos and Andrew Brackman?

Most Yankees fans know the team's most talked about prospects right now -- Jonathan Loaisiga has MLB experience. Deivi Garcia is one of the most highly-touted pitchers in all of the minor leagues. With the Yankees' recent history of cranking out three pitching prospects at a time, fans want to know -- who's the third member of the big three?

Meet Albert Abreu.

The Yankees' No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, Abreu was acquired in 2016 in a trade for Brian McCann. After battling injuries and inconsistency in 2018, Abreu has gotten back on track at Double-A Trenton this year, pitching to a solid 3.72 ERA (though his 1.58 WHIP is quite high), and ranking 18th in the Eastern League with 77 strikeouts.

Tags: Albert Abreu, Dellin Betances
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about his 1-game suspension for making contact with the umpire in yesterday's game,

Aaron Boone's 'f--king savages' tirade at home plate umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday will cost the Yankees manager a game. 

MLB announced on Friday that Boone has received a one-game suspension and undisclosed fine for his "inappropriate actions, including contact" with Miller in the second inning of Thursday's first game of a doubleheader against the Rays. 

The announcement was made by Joe Torre, the Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball and former Yankees manager. 

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

With the San Francisco Giants riding a six-game winning streak and jumping into the wild card race in manager Bruce Bochy's final season, the team is genuinely undecided about trading ace Madison Bumgarner and reliever Will Smith this month, according to major league sources.

A person with direct knowledge of the team's plans said plainly that Bumgarner and Smith are not available at the moment. The Giants have until July 31 to decide.

Bumgarner allowed one run in nine innings against the Mets on Thursday. While no one can argue with that result, evaluators were not overly impressed by his repertoire.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mariano Rivera is headed into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday for the work he did on the field, from his postseason brilliance to his record 652 saves to that devastating cut fastball that turned bats into shards of wood. 

But it's also remarkable how many of the folks who played or worked with Rivera touch on personal stories when asked to recount their favorite Mo memory. Turns out, Rivera wasn't just a Cooperstown-worthy pitcher; he was a Hall of Fame teammate, too. 

SNY talked to some of the people who knew Rivera best during his amazing 19-year career to get a glimpse of the Yankees famed closer as he prepares to be enshrined. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Anthony McCarron
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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of 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 manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

At 62-33, the Yankees may not need a rallying cry, but Aaron Boone gave them one anyway. 

The Yankees manager's 'f--king savages' rant toward home plate umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday not only fired up the fan base, but his players, too. 

"We are a bunch of savages," Luke Voit said after Thursday's doubleheader sweep of the Rays. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Luke Voit
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Judge wants pedal to the metal 00:01:28
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge stresses the importance of widening their AL East division lead before the trade deadline.

The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Early in the game, things almost got away from the Yankees. In a full bullpen outing, Chad Green got the ball to start the game on the mound for New York. Austin Meadows singled to start the game, then the bases were quickly loaded as Tommy Pham walked and Green plunked Nate Lowe with a pitch. The Yanks stuck with Green though, and he delivered. Green sent down the next three batters, including two punch outs, to keep the game scoreless

Tags: Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Luke Adam, Tampa Bay Rays
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Boone explains 'savages' comment 00:00:41
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains his 'savages' comment when describing the hitters in his lineup

Yankees manager Aaron Boone had an interesting description of his lineup in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. 

In the second inning, Brett Gardner struck out and was none-too-happy. The same can be said for Boone and he went to bat for his dugout, giving home plate umpire Brennan Miller a piece of his mind from the bench. That didn't last long, as moments later Boone was in the rookie umps' face. 

While complaining about the strike zone, Boone unleashed his true thoughts on the umpire's calls and his own hitters. 

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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (61-33, 7.0 games ahead of the Rays for first place in the AL East) face the Rays (56-42) in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

With the Game 1 win, the Yankees clinched their 14th straight non-losing home series. ... Yankees batters have hit nine home runs in the first three games of this series against Tampa Bay. ... Yankees' starters have allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of 12 starts during the month of July.

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of 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 manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Domingo German shook a bad first two batters en route to his 12th win of the season. The first two batters for the Rays, Austin Meadows and Yandy Diaz, both homered off of German on the fourth pitch of their at-bats. Despite the rocky start, German settled in and on his next 82 pitches (90 total), he only allowed two more hits and none in his final three innings. In total, German tossed six innings with five strikeouts. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Tampa Bay Rays
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May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Yankees (60-33, 6.0 games ahead of the Rays for first place in the AL East) face the Rays (56-41) in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday at 3:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion has six hits in his last 14 at-bats, including three homers. ... Domingo German has allowed two runs total over his last two starts, spanning 12.0 innings.

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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)

Just about a half hour before first pitch was scheduled between the Yankees and Rays, Wednesday's game was officially postponed due to rain in the forecast.

The Yankees and Rays will hold a doubleheader on Thursday, starting at 3:00 p.m. The Yankees were scheduled to pitch Domingo German on Wednesday night, with J.A. Happ set to go on Thursday. Aaron Boone said on Wednesday night that German is scheduled to pitch the first game on Thursday, while the second game starter is still up in the air, and could be an opener.

Tags: Domingo German, J.A. Happ
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Before the home run heroics from Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius in the Yankees' 8-3 win over Tampa, the offense had been struggling in the post-London Series world.

But no Yankee has seen their production dip further than Gary Sanchez, who has looked a lot like his 2018 version.

Just a few weeks ago on June 23, Sanchez was the owner of a .273/.339/.634 line, numbers that earned him a trip to his second All-Star game. Since then? He has just seven hits in 59 plate appearances -- good for a .119 batting average.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Aaron Judge had his first big "Aaron Judge" moment this season during Tuesday night's 8-3 victory over the Rays. Batting as the go-ahead run, he cracked a two-run home run that gave the Yankees a lead that they did not relinquish.

Due to injuries and time off, it was only Judge's 10th home run of the season, and his first in 11 days. That doesn't mean that big number 99 hasn't been helping the Yankees in other ways, though.

Judge has, in some ways, changed his approach in 2019. His power production has dropped a little bit, but his batting average sits at an attractive .304. In the at-bat that preceded his go-ahead bomb, the Rays shifted on Judge, playing him to pull. Instead, Judge laced a base hit right to where the second baseman would have normally been.

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Apr 10, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Terrance Gore (0) bats against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Apr 10, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Terrance Gore (0) bats against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees added some speed on Wednesday by acquiring outfielder Terrance Gore from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.

Gore, a 28-year-old outfielder, has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, primarilly with the Royals aside from a one-year stop in Chicago with the Cubs. 

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Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Will the Yankees be without their closer Aroldis Chapman in 2020? It's a scenario that is very plausible after hearing what The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal had to say about the flame-throwing left-hander. 

Rosenthal wrote in his most recent piece that "a player who is friendly" with Chapman said that the closer will "one million percent" opt out of his contract following the end of the 2019 season. 

Chapman answered questions about the report before tonight's game, saying it is "completely false" that he wants to opt out, according to multiple reports. However, he will have a discussion with his agent after the season to contemplate his options. For now, though, he is happy with his contract...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Scott Thompson
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the second-best winning percentage in all of baseball (behind only the Dodgers, who are 63-34). And their place in the standings matches their current odds to win the World Series.

Per Bovada, the Dodgers are currently +280 to win the Fall Classic, while the Yanks are +333.

The rest of the odds shake out like this:

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