May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

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.  


October 9, 1:00 PM:

Zack Britton jammed his right ankle on first base during Game 3 against the Twins while making a bang-bang play to record an out. And though he was limping off the mound and into the dugout, it doesn't look like he'll be missing any postseason time. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Britton will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster when Aaron Boone puts it together before Saturday's start to the new series. That's great news to hear considering Britton is the Yanks' best lefty reliever, minus closer Aroldis Chapman, out in the pen. 

September 29, 5:37 P.M.:

Gio Urshela's injury diagnosis from Sunday's Yankees game against the Texas Rangers was a "mild left ankle sprain," according to reporters on the scene at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Among the reporters to tweet the news, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic added that Urshela's exit with one out in the bottom of the second inning was for "precautionary reasons."

While Urshela's outlook for the playoffs -- which start Friday with Game 1 of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins -- remains to be seen, the Yankees have flexibility if DH Edwin Encarnacion returns as expected.

Even if the Yankees are without Urshela, they could tweak their starting lineup's infield accordingly with DJ LeMahieu at third base and Luke Voit at first base, keeping Gleyber Torres at second and Didi Gregorius at shortshop.

September 29, 4:26 P.M.:

Even in Game 162, the Yankees were unable to escape the 2019 regular season without an apparent injury.

Gio Urshela left the Yankees' game Sunday against the Texas Rangers with what appeared to be an ankle injury, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Urshela came up limping on a play, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, and was limping while leaving the field, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media.

Urshela came out after fielding a groundball by Nick Solak and throwing to DJ LeMahieu at first base before an injury delay took place on the field. Tyler Wade then replaced Urshela at third base.

Urshela, who entered the day slashing .315/.356/.535 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI, was 0 for 1 after a strikeout swinging in the bottom of the second inning.

September 28, 5:34 P.M.:

James Paxton told reporters in Texas on Saturday that he underwent an MRI in the morning and was diagnosed with nerve irritation, though he said it will not affect the way he gets ready for the ALDS against the Twins.

The lefty was pulled after just one inning on Friday night due to a tight left glute.

September 28, 12:43 P.M.:

The Yankees returned a piece to their bullpen depth for the regular season's final two games Saturday and Sunday, but they also revealed a move that likely ends an everyday starter's 2019 campaign.

The team announced Saturday that RHP David Hale (3-0, 2.89 ERA) had been reinstated while transferring CF Aaron Hicks to the 60-day injured list.

Hicks has not played since Aug. 3's 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, landing on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain in his right elbow. He was expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season and quiestionable to return by the time the Yankees' started postseason, which begins next Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Minnesota Twins.

If the season is over for Hicks, the end comes after an injury-filled year, slashing .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games -- mostly as the Yankees' starting CF, which veteran Brett Gardner has since taken over. Hicks signed a seven-year contract extension Feb. 25 worth $70 million.

Hale, meanwhile, returns for the Yankees' for the first time since July 26's 10-5 loss to the Red Sox. He spent the past two months on the 10- and 60-day injured lists due to a lumbar spine strain. His 37.1 innings of relief include 22 strikeouts to six walks.

The Yankees (103-57) continue their season-ending three-game series against the Texas Rangers (76-84) Saturday at 8:05 p.m. from Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington. They conclude Sunday with the finale at 3:05 p.m.

September 28, 12:06 P.M.:

Even with three games left in the final series of the regular season, the Yankees were unable to emerge without an injury scare.

LHP James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) left Friday's 14-7 win over the Texas Rangers -- the opener of the weekend's three-game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington -- with left glute tightness after 21 pitches and two earned runs allowed in the first inning.

After the game, the Yankees -- from manager Aaron Boone to Paxton himself -- felt that the injury was a precautionary move.

"I don't think it's going to be anything serious," Paxton told reporters, including Marly Rivera of ESPN, after the game. "I could have kept on pitching and worked through it, but they just wanted to play it safe. I don't think it's anything serious, just something we want to keep an eye on the next couple of days here and then get ready to go for the postseason."

Paxton entered Friday undefeated in his starts since Aug. 2, going 10-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 68 strikeouts to 20 walks over 60.0 innings pitched.

"I really don't think it's anything big at all," Boone told reporters, including Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, after the game. "He wanted to go back out there. Normally I would've let him," the Yankees manager said. "I sided with the next one is too important so I said, that's it. Didn't want to mess with anything. I do think it's kind of a minor deal."

With the Yankees set for the Minnesota Twins next Friday for a best-of-five ALDS at Yankee Stadium, the looming return to New York leaves Paxton's potential Game 1 start in the air.

The southpaw pitched his way into the discussion after he had a resurgent second half, likely leaving Boone's decision between Paxton and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-8, 4.47 ERA).

The recent return of RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 0.00 ERA) adds an option to Boone's starting rotation for the playoffs, while LHPs J.A. Happ (12-8, 4.91 ERA) and C.C. Sabathia (5-8, 4.95 ERA) have been experimented with by the Yankees as long relievers after openers.

September 24, 11:28 P.M.:

After a fastball high and inside hit Gio Urshela on his hand, he appears to have survived an injury scare that would require him to miss time.

X-Rays came back negative, the Yankees told reporters in the Tropicana Field press box, as Urshela was diagnosed with a bruised left hand.

In his postgame availability with the Yankees media, manager Aaron Boone said he would not risk Urshela's health with four games left on the regular season and the playoffs up next, but did not rule out playing him Wednesday against the Rays.

"He seems pretty confident with it," Boone said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN. "Right now it seems like we dodged it."

Urshela shared similar sentiments with reporters after the game.

"It's fine," Urshela said, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

September 24, 9:45 PM:

Gio Urshela was hit by a pitch in the top of sixth inning, as a high fastball came up and in and caught his left hand. Urshela went down in the pain but stayed in to run after being checked out by the Yankees medical staff.

In the bottom of the seventh, though, Urshela was pulled from the game. The team later announced that Urshela has a bruised left hand and that x-rays were negative.

September 24, 5:50 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion's return the Yankees' lineup appears to be imminent.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Encarnacion is likely to return for the Bombers on Friday in Texas, though the first baseman/DH is pushing to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

Encarnacion suffered an oblique injury last Thursday.

September 24, 4:09 PM:

Gleyber Torres has been out for the past couple games with a hamstring injury, but the Yankees weren't stressing it much after his MRI came back with nothing serious. 

Well, that definitely appears to be the case, as he's back in the lineup against the Rays tonight. He'll play second base and bat third in the lineup. 

September, 23, 6:26 PM:

Gary Sanchez broke his silence Monday on his left groin strain, sharing when he plans to return from the injury he reaggravated Sept. 12.

"Right now with everything I've done, I feel better," Sanchez said, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN, after Monday's full workout at the Yankees' minor-league facilities in Tampa, Florida.

"Hopefully in the next few days, with all I have to do, and after working with the trainers, I can feel the way I feel now."

September 21, 1:34 P.M.:

Shortly after the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays started, New York announced to reporters at Yankee Stadium that the MRI on Gleyber Torres (hamstring) came back negative.

The news is big for the Yankees, who have relied on Torres all year long while the rest of the team dropped like flies. In 140 games, Torres has slashed .284/.343/.546 with 38 home runs and 90 RBI.

September 21, 12:15 P.M.:

Before the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. game Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, manager Aaron Boone had good news and potentially bad news when he told reporters of the team's latest injury updates during his pregame media availability.

Boone first said that 2B Gleyber Torres "felt good" Saturday morning, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, but would get an MRI at some point Saturday on his right hamstring after he fell to the ground on a diving stop in the hole during the sixth inning of Friday's game.

Edwin Encarnacion, meanwhile, is officially on his way back from an oblique injury he suffered last Thursday.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Boone said that Encarnacion is expected to play by the start of the regular season-ending three-game series starting next Friday against the Texas Rangers.

Per Hoch, Boone added that Encarnacion could return at the earliest Tuesday or Wednesday for the two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

September 20, 10:29 P.M.:

Gleyber Torres made a diving stop a ball in the hole during Friday's loss to Toronto, but as he tried to make the throw to first, he lost his footing and fell to the ground.

He initially stayed in the game, and even got another at-bat, but he was pulled in the sixth inning. After the game, Aaron Boone said he thinks Torres is going to be okay, but that he will see a team doctor on Saturday.

September 20, 5:17 P.M.:

Fresh off their 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels to hit the 100-win mark and take the AL East for the first time since 2012, the Yankees had positive injury updates Friday before they opened the weekend's three-game series at Yankee Stadium in New York against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Manager Aaron Boone started with DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion (oblique), who is expected to return at some point when the Yankees embark on next week's road trip Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boone added that the Yankees "remain optimistic" about C Gary Sanchez (groin) to "be ready for the postseason" despite being further away from returning than Encarnacion.

September 20, 9:11 A.M.:

In the midst of the Yankees' three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, which led to Thursday night's 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium where New York clinched the AL East for the first time since 2012, manager Aaron Boone provided an update Thursday afternoon on RHP Dellin Betances.

Betances, who partially tore his left Achilles in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where he debuted for the first time on the 2019 season with two strikeouts (eight pitches, seven strikes) over 0.2 innings, will not need surgery after getting a second opinion from New York-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Martin O'Malley.

"I believe he'll be in a walking boot for another four weeks and then they'll kind of reevaluate where he is," Boone said. "But the belief is he would not need surgery. I guess that could possible change, but they feel pretty confident this is something that will not need surgery."

After an offseason of recovery, the 31-year-old Betances, who was on a one-year deal for $7.25 million guaranteed with the Yankees in 2019, is likely to return in time for spring training.

Penn Medicine chair of Sports Medicine Dr. Brian Sennett told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News what to expect as Betances begins the recovery process.

"Achilles tendon injuries require surgery when there is a complete rupture," said Sennett, who added that the Yankees' decision to shut Betances down for September into the postseason stems from the risk of fully tearing the Achilles. "The goal of surgery is to bring the ends of the tendon back together to optimize healing," Sennett said. "In a partial Achilles tendon injury, the tendon is partially injured but there is not a separation of the torn ends. As a result, the tendon is in a good position for healing."

September 17, 3:57 PM:

According to Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton is on his way to New York to hopefully be available for activation on Wednesday. If not, Boone expects it to be on Thursday. Stanton has played in just nine games this season, but will return at the perfect time to prove to the Yankees he is worth a postseason roster spot. 

Boone also talked about other Yankees, like Aaron Hicks who is in the midst of a throwing program down in Tampa -- another positive update. It's in the early stage, so the Yankees won't know for sure when or if he can return this regular season. Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez are also continuing to progress with their groin strains.

The news came before the Yankees' game against the Angels in which RHP Luis Severino made his first start of the season. Among others he was followed by out of the bullpen, LHP Stephen Tarpley made an appearance.

September 15, 11:14 AM:

The Yankees made it official ahead of Sunday's game with LHP Jordan Montgomery and RHP Dellin Betances returning to the club for the first time this season. Montgomery is going to get the start, while Betances will await his turn in the bullpen.

The corresponding moves to make room for these two were RHP Ryan Dull being DFA'd, and RHP Jonathan Holder going to the 60-day IL

September 14, 3:55 P.M.:

In addition to RHP Dellin Betances, the Yankees welcome back a pair of others from the injured list as the new week begins.

LHP Jordan Montgomery will officially start for the Yankees in Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's game.

"I probably will be (emotional)," Montgomery told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network. "The minor leagues was a lot of adrenaline, just because you're so excited to be back out there. So I'm just trying to stay cool and slow the game down and throw strikes.

"It was a roller coaster. You're feeling so good and then I hit that road block with my shoulder and you'll feel good, you'll feel sore. It's just up and down, up and down. I was lucky to have my family, my girlfriend, a bunch of coaches and teammates reach out for me and kind of just keep my sanity."

When the Yankees return to New York for Tuesday's 6:35 p.m. series opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium, Boone said that OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton will be back as well.

"It may be a situation, too, where we build him up where he doesn't play the entire game … however many at-bats or innings in the outfield, then pull him and build him up that way," Boone said, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. "(Friday) was another day of kind of a sim game where he got lots of at-bats and a couple innings in the outfield. He went out and played defense and they worked him on defense. Again, he responded well and continues to build momentum and hopefully at some point on the homestand we get him back."

September 14, 1:57 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances is on his way back to the Yankees.

According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters before Saturday's 3:07 p.m. game against the Blue Jays that Betances, who has been out all season with a right shoulder injury, was set to return for Sunday's 1:07 p.m. series finale in Toronto.

Betances started the season on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. The Yankees transferred him to the 60-day injured list May 9 before he started his rehab assignment Sept. 6 with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

September 14 10:17 A.M.:

Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters at the Rogers Centre that LHP J.A. Happ had a cortisone shot as he deals with tendinitis in his left biceps, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

Happ, who left Thursday's afternoon game against the Detroit Tigers after 4.2 innings, will avoid the IL. Boone said that the southpaw is set to start Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, according to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record/USA Today Network.

September 13, 9:07 PM:

RHP Dellin Betances continues to work his way back towards the Yankees' bullpen, but Friday night wasn't his strongest outing.

The Double-A Trenton Thunder had been pitching a no-hitter through five innings, but then called Betances into the game to pitch the sixth. He allowed a home run to Bowie's Cedric Mullens, the first hit of the game for the Bay Sox.

Overall, Betances allowed two hits, though he did feature his signature nasty breaking ball. He threw 15 pitches in the inning, nine of which went for strikes.

September 13, 5:13 PM:

Speaking to reporters prior to Friday's game in Toronto, Aaron Boone said he is "optimistic" that Gary Sanchez will be able to return to the lineup before the season ends. The Yankees' catcher suffered a groin strain in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Tigers.

Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion has what Boone called a "mild" oblique strain, which he suffered in Thursday's first game.

September 12, 8:40 PM:

Gary Sanchez left the game in the fourth inning with left groin tightness. He was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the top of the third inning.

September 12, 5:15 PM:

After pitching 4.2 innings against the Tigers, J.A. Happ is actually heading back to New York early to assess what Aaron Boone called "bicep tendinitis," per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Boone added that this wasn't something new in his eyes, as Happ has been dealing with this. 

Happ himself wasn't too worried about it, according to The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. He's dealt with it in the past, and he told the team he wanted to pitch through it. 

September 12, 5:03 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion left Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Tigers in the seventh inning with a strained left oblique.

According to The Althetic's Lindsey Adler, he felt the injury early in the game.

September 11, 8:13 PM: 

Luis Severino took another step closer towards his return to the Yankees on Wednesday night. Starting for Double-A Trenton, Severino pitched 2.1 innings, allowing four runs (just one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and recorded one wild pitch. His night came to an end after 64 pitches, 47 of which were strikes. 

September 11, 12:28 PM:

After receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury, Aaron Hicks has been given a recommendation of a few more weeks of rest, followed by evaluation, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Sherman adds that Hicks is not out of the woods when it comes to the potential of having to undergo Tommy John surgery, and that him returning even for the playoffs seems unlikely

September 10, 8:43 P.M.:

RHP Dellin Betances and LHP Stephen Tarpley followed LHP Jordan Montgomery as relievers in Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

After Montgomery's outing, Betances worked a scoreless fourth inning. He allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts to one walk, throwing 11 strikes among his 20 pitches. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Betances sat at 92-93 mph with his fastball, but he touched 95 mph and recorded five swings and misses, highlighted by an 80 mph curveball for a strikeout.

Tarpley took over and fired a similar frame to Betances, getting through a scoreless fifth inning with one hit, two strikeouts to no walks and one hit batter. Ten of his 19 pitches went for strikes. According to Johnson, Tarpley's fastball sat at 92-93 mph and "looked like it had good movement."

September 10, 7:52 P.M.:

LHP Jordan Montgomery started Game 1 of Tuesday's Eastern League Championship Series with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with a strikeout and walk in 3.0 innings. According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, he threw 50 pitches -- 30 strikes -- and retired his last nine batters. Montgomery's only hiccup came on an RBI double, a line drive to right field in the top of the first inning.

September 10, 4:20 P.M.:

Two days after he left Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox early with left calf tighness, Mike Tauchman officially became the latest casualty for the Yankees' injuries Tuesday when New York announced it placed the OF on the 10-day IL with a left calf strain.

The Yankees reinstated RHP Ben Heller from the 60-day IL. He had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and did not pitch in 2018. Heller's return comes after he suffered a forearm strain while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, initially leaving his immediate availability in question for the three-game series starting Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

September 10, 12:21 PM:

As they continue their rehab assignments, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are scheduled to pitch for Double-A Trenton in the Eastern League Championship Series that starts on Tuesday.

Betances is on the schedule to pitch in relief on Tuesday, while Severino is slated to start on Wednesday, according to Kyle Franko

Jordan Montgomery is slated to start Tuesday's game, while Stephen Tarpley is expected to pitch in relief along with Betances. 

September 9, 6:21 P.M.:

Aaron Boone told reporters prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox that Giancarlo Stanton could return to the Yankee lineup during the Yankees' next homestand, which begins on Aug. 17 against the Angels.

Stanton is currently on the 60-day DL and has appeared in just nine games this season, the last coming on June 25.

September 7, 2:34 P.M.:

Before Saturday's game at 4:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone made an abundance of injury updates during a pregame media availability with reporters.

3B Gio Urshela (left groin tightness) is "likely" to be activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Urshela went on the injured list with left groin tightness.

CF Aaron Hicks -- Boone said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland and MLB.com's Bryan Hoch -- had his rehab "slowed down" because he's "not feeling quite right," putting his season in jeopardy. WFAN's Sweeney Murti added that Hicks had another MRI, which showed that his elbow ligament "was sound" and the flexor strain "was healed." Hicks has been on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain and was expected to be away from the field until a mid-September return.

RHP Luis Severino's status -- whether he will undergo another rehab game or make his next appearance with the Yankees -- is expected to be determined later Saturday, according to Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media. Double-A Trenton is a possibility for Severino, according to Adler.

RHP Dellin Betances is expected to throw again Monday -- Boone said, according to Adler.

OF Cameron Maybin's undisclosed left wrist injury is something Boone said that the Yankees will have to manage the rest of the year, according to Hoch. Maybin's injury might linger into the offseason, said Boone, who added that the left wrist is "as good as it's going to be." Maybin has not played since last Saturday's 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, entering off the bench for the ninth and 10th innings.

OF Giancarlo Stanton does not have a timeline for a return to the Yankees, but Boone said that Stanton is very "close" to ramping up the progression, according to Adler.

LHP CC Sabathia threw a "normal bullpen" -- 20 pitches -- Friday before the Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. Boone said that Sabathia could be used out of the bullpen if he returns during his final season.

September 7, 10:44 A.M.:

After Luis Severino's 50-pitch start Friday for Double-A Trenton, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on YES Network after the team's 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox that the ace RHP's next outing could be with New York.

"Obviously, another big, positive step from the first time, which felt like a first spring training outing," Boone said of Severino's performance. "But it's something now that we'll talk about it with if whether we think he needs one more, if that would be beneficial, or if it's better now to just come with us and build up that way.

"Those will be conversations, now, that we have over the next 24, 48 hours."

Severino threw 37 strikes and yielded one run on five hits while striking out five and walking none in 3.0 innings of the Thunder's 12-2 win over the Reading Fightin' Phils.

"Overall, it was pretty successful," Boone said.

According to Matt Kardos of Pinstriped Prospects, Severino said he felt "way better" than his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- Sunday's inning-plus start of two runs allowed on three hits (one home run) and two strikeouts in the RailRiders' 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bisons.

"I feel good, way better than the first time," Severino told Kardos. "I think that my presence and my momentum on the mound -- I felt like myself and everything was good.

"I think in the first outing I was trying to do too much. All of the things that have been talked about like the tipping or commanding my fastball -- I tried to put everything into that outing and it was too much. Today I went out there and focused on one thing at a time."

September 6, 10:08 P.M.:

Two potential playoff arms for the Yankees made positive progress on the rehab front on Friday.

Luis Severino and Dellin Betances both appeared in Trenton's game against the Reading Fightin Phils.

Starting for the Thunder, Severino threw 50 pitches over three innings. He allowed one run on five hits, but he also struck out five.

According to a Major League scout, the right-hander featured "stuff that was Major League (caliber)."

His fastball was clocked between 94-97 MPH, with a slider in the mid-80s as well.

Betances, meanwhile, pitched the fifth inning for the Thunder. His appearance was a bit more up and down, as he walked a batter and also committed a balk, but it ended up being a scoreless inning with one strikeout for the reliever. Eleven of his 19 pitches were strikes. 

September 6, 7:18 P.M:

Giancarlo Stanton played in a simulated game on Friday in Tampa, according to the Associated Press. Stanton had five at-bats in the game and is scheduled to play in another simulated game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the AP has also reported that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has not played for the Yankees since 2017, worked out indoors today.

September 6, 1:17 P.M.:

The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees, announced Friday afternoon that three major-league players would make rehab stints with the minor-league team in its game later that night.

INF Thairo Estrada joins RHPs Luis Severino and Dellin Betances for the Thunder's 7 p.m. game Friday at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, against the Reading Fightin' Phils of the Philadelphia Phillies.

According to Greg Johnson of The Trentonian, Thunder manager Patrick Osborn said Thursday that Severino and Betances would pitch for Double-A Trenton in Friday's game, but the exact order was not yet determined.

While Severino (right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and Grade 2 lat strain) began his rehab assignment Sunday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, throwing 33 pitches, Betances and Estrada begin theirs.

The game with Double-A Trenton is Betances' first all season and Estrada's first since he landed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain Aug. 18. Betances is working back from a right shoulder impingement, which has held him out all season.

September 4, 4:52 P.M.:

Manager Aaron Boone gave a few updates on some injured Yanks, including great news about Gio Urshela. Per The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Urshela should be coming off the IL on Sunday. She noted him hitting "absolute bombs" during BP on Tuesday, while he was seen running on Wednesday. All great signs for Gio. 

Also, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will continue their rehab in Double-A Trenton, as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre begins their playoffs. 

And here's a name we haven't heard in a while. Miguel Andujar returned to baseball activities on Monday, per Newsday's Laura Albanese. He should be all set for Spring Training next season. 

September 2, 3:49 P.M.:

Before the Yankees hosted the Texas Rangers in a rain-delayed series opener for 3:55 p.m. Monday at Yankee Stadium, several injury updates with regards to the starting rotation surfaced.

DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion is on his way back to the Yankees, he told Conor Foley of The Times-Tribune in Scranton. Encarnacion spent Monday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and completed his rehab assignment, according to Foley, after he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The two-game stint for the RailRiders included Sunday's game in which Encarnacion went 1 for 4 with an RBI single and two runs.

According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, RHP Luis Severino will make his second rehab start Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after he pitched Sunday for the RailRiders. Severino threw 33 pitches in his first rehab start of the 2019 season, throwing 33 pitches over an inning and working into the second frame.

He allowed two runs on three hits -- including a solo home run, double and single before a sacrifice fly -- but struck two out. According to Brian Fonseca of NJ Advance Media, Severino's fastball sat between 94-96 mph while he mixed in his breaking pitches.

Among recent injuries, LHP CC Sabathia said he has gotten treatment on his knee, including drainage and injections. According to Kuty, Sabathia considered it too soon to tell when he could make his return.

September 1, 11:17 AM:

Dellin Betances has been progressing well as he tries to make his way back to the Bronx, and his latest session down in Tampa continued that trend. 

The big right-hander threw 22 pitches to hitters yesterday, per multiple reports, and he said it felt better than his first session. Next on his list will be returning to Yankee Stadium to throw to hitters again on Tuesday.

August 31, 12:36 PM:

Edwin Encarnacion was taking batting practice on Saturday morning prior to the Yankees game against the A's. Prior to first pitch, Aaron Boone said Encarnacion could begin a rehab stint in Triple-A Scranton as early as Sunday and then he could return early next week. 

On the flip, Gio Urshela (groin) and LHP CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Boone sounded more optimistic about Urshela, while Sabathia's injury is the same knee injury he's battled. 

August 30, 11:23 PM:

After the Yankees' 8-2 loss to the A's, outfielder Aaron Hicks confirmed that he will begin a throwing program shortly, believing it will start on Monday.

"All I know is that today I was cleared to throw, so I should start throwing here pretty soon."

Hicks said that he is "really confident" that he will return at some point this season. The outfielder has missed the Yankees' last 26 games.

August 30, 12:48 PM:

The Yankees have placed Gio Urshela on the 10-day IL (retroactive to Aug. 29) due to a left groin strain.

To take Urshela's place on the 25-man roster, Luke Voit was activated from the 10-day IL.

After leaving Wednesday's game, Urshela said that he had hoped to play on Friday. Instead, he will be out until at least Septmber 8. 

August 28, 7:11 PM:

While the Yankees have been getting mostly good news on the injury front, they're now hoping to avoid yet another player landing on the IL.

Gio Urshela left Wednesday afternoon's game in Seattle, replaced in the lineup by Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the fifth inning. Later, the Yankees announced that Urshela was pulled from the game due to left groin tightness. Urshela went 1-for-2 at the plate before leaving the game, raising his batting average to .331.

After the game, Urshela told reporters that he began to feel tightness around the third inning, but hopes to be able to play on Friday when the Yankees host the Athletics.

August 28, 5:44 PM:

Before Wednedsay afternoon's start against the Mariners, manager Aaron Boone gave positive updates on Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton, both of which came from MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Gregorius, who was hit by a pitch in the shoulder on Sunday against the Dodgers, hasn't hit the IL but has been out of the lineup. However, he is expected to be back in action Friday when the Yanks return home to face the A's. 

Stanton is still working his way back from a PCL strain, but Boone said he is "pretty close" to facing live pitching. 

August 27, 9:00 PM:

Aaron Boone updated the status of a number injured Yankees prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners:

  • Edwin Encarnacion has been hitting in the batting cage and performing fielding drills away from the team in New York. Boone believes Encarcion could be an option for the Yankees in the near future.
  • Aaron Hicks' right flexor strain will be re-examined on Friday.
  • Giancarlo Stanton will take live BP with the Bombers in Seattle on Tuesday night.
  • Dellin Bettances threw a 20-pitch BP session last weekend and is scheduled to face live hitters on Wednesday.
  • The Yankees will likely get Luke Voit back in the lineup before this weekend. The first baseman is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from his sports hernia. 

August 27, 6:51 PM:

After saying on Monday that Luis Severino could begin his rehab on Sunday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone reiterated that fact on Tuesday.

Boone told reporters that Severino could start for Double-A Trenton on Sunday, saying the right-hander would be limited to around two innings and 35 pitches. 

August 26, 8:00 PM:

Before the Yankees' 10:10 p.m. series opener Monday night against the Mariners in Seattle, manager Aaron Boone provided an abundance of updates on New York's injured players during a pregame media availability with reporters, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera:

  • Luis Severino: The RHP could begin his rehab assignment Sunday. He has been throwing off a mound for nearly two weeks now.
     
  • Dellin Betances: The RHP's weekend mound session "went well." He and Severino have been on pace for mid-September returns.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com added that Severino is slated for a 35-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. If he gets through the simulate game without any issues, it should clear the way for his rehab assignment Sunday. As for Betances, Hoch said that the reliever is set to face hitters again Wednesday. He could also begin his rehab assignment if that goes well, according to Hoch.

  • Didi Gregorious: The SS is not in Monday night's lineup, but his shoulder is "improving" after he got hit by a first-inning pitch the previous day.
     
  • Giancarlo Stanton: The OF could hit on a field Tuesday. He has been slowly working his way back. Four days ago, Boone said that Stanton was running on the field and doing defensive workouts, with the hitting coming from indoor cages. Stanton, who has been traveling with the team, could head to Tampa and begin taking at-bats when New York begin its six-game homestand Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Oakland Athletics, according to Hoch.

Also, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, Boone did not rule out Jordan Montgomery "being an option" for the Yankees down the stretch into September and October. Montgomery threw two perfect innings for the High-A Tampa Tarpons on Sunday, striking out two and tossing 19 pitches. Boone "seemed to indicate" that Montgomery's situation is more so about ensuring the LHP is fully recovered and strong to finish the season as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last June. Hoch added that Montgomery is expected to join the Double-A Trenton Thunder at an unspecified date in the near future with the hope that he could make his return to the big leagues "at some point in September."

August 25, 10:15 PM:

Didi Gregorius was hit on the right shoulder by a Clayton Kershaw fastball in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Though he initially remained in the game, he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third inning. 

After the game, Aaron Boone told reporters that X-rays were negative and that the shortstop is considered day-to-day.

August 25, 6:23 PM:

Jordan Montgomery took his first step in a return to the Yankee Stadium mound with a rehab start with High-A Tampa. He tossed two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts and needed just 19 pitches to get the six outs. 

Montgomery has not pitched for the Yankees since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2018.

August 25, 10:04 AM:

Edwin Encarnacion has been progressing well in rehabbing his fractured wrist. Manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that from his understanding Encarnacion's drills of ground balls, hitting off a tee and playing catch all went well. 

Now Encarnacion isn't close to returning just yet, but Boone his hopeful he'll be back to the team at some point before the regular season ends. 

"No, but certainly expect him back," he told The Post's George A. King III. "Hopefully he is not too far off."

August 24, 10:05 a.m.:

Before the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, manager Aaron Boone said of 1B/DH Luke Voit, "there is a chance he could join us that Friday when we start the homestand," according to George A. King of the New York Post. Voit spent Friday with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, logging six innings at first base and batting out of the leadoff spot. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in his first game since arriving to the IL on July 31. Voit could rejoin the Yankees for the start of next Friday's three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics, which begins a six-game homestand through Sept. 4.

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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With the Yankees down one run in the top of the fourth inning, Aaron Judge made Astros starter Justin Verlander pay.

After a leadoff walk from Verlander against DJ LeMahieu to start the frame, the righty made a mistake with Judge on an 0-1 count.

Verlander hung a slider above the belt over the plate and Judge sent the pitch into orbit, crushing a two-run home run to right-center field and putting the Yankees ahead of the Astros for a 2-1 lead.

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees look to extend their series lead in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

Yankees notes

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the series after beating the Astros 7-0 in Game 1 of the ALCS. Gleyber Torres was the star of the night, going 3-for-5 with 5 RBI thanks to a double and home run. Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but injured his quad and will not start Game 2. Starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed just one hit over six innings, striking out four batters and walking just one in the win. Gio Urshela put the nail in the coffin with his solo home run in the ninth inning, he finished the game 2-for-4 from the plate.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )
Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will not start in Sunday night's Game 2 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros after injuring his quad in Saturday's Game 1.

Manager Aaron Boone spoke before Game 2, and said Stanton could pinch hit or play the field in an emergency.

"Yeah, kinda injured his quad last night," Boone said. "Hoping that it's something that with today and the off day he'll be back and play for Game 3. We'll see how these next 48 hours unfold. He would be available tonight to hit or go in an emergency situation... Didn't feel like he was good to start."

 

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Oct 8, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) is taken out of the game by manager AJ Hinch (14) during the fourth inning in game four of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Oct 8, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) is taken out of the game by manager AJ Hinch (14) during the fourth inning in game four of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees got the job done in Game 1, shutting out the Astros on their home field to take the first game of the ALCS, 7-0. And they could truly carry all the momentum to the Bronx if they can collect another road victory on Sunday night. 

However, they'll have to go through the Astros' ace in Justin Verlander to do so. 

Two years ago, Verlander dominated the Yankees at Minute Maid Park in his two ALCS starts. His first was in Game 2, pitching a complete game where he allowed just one run while striking out 13. Then seven scoreless innings game in Game 6 to help force a divisive Game 7 that the Yankees would ultimately lose. 

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SNY's Andy Martino breaks down the changes in Giancarlo Stanton's approach at the plate in Gm 1 of the ALCS after his struggles in 2018

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The right call to remove Tanaka

HOUSTON -- Masahiro Tanaka threw 68 pitches through six innings, allowing just one hit and dominating the Houston offense. Because of that, the knee-jerk response when Adam Ottavino trotted out of the bullpen to begin the seventh might have been outrage.

But one simple fact made it the right call: Opponents have a .387 wOBA (weighted on-base average) against Tanaka the third time through the lineup this year, which was where the Astros found themselves after six.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Carlos Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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Gregorius, Judge, Gardner, Tanaka and Torres on taking a 1-0 lead in the ALCS

When Aaron Boone's Yankees lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS was announced earlier on Saturday, it was nearly identical to what the team rolled out in the ALDS against the Twins, with one notable exception.

Boone moved Gleyber Torres up to the third spot in the order, hitting between Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion

The impact of that move was felt immediately against the Astros, as Torres went 3-for-5 at the plate, driving in five runs in the Yankees' dominant 7-0 Game 1 win.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Torres and Tanaka leading the Yankees emphatic 7-0 win in Gm 1 of the ALCS

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant for the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros, putting his team in position to take a 1-0 lead in the series with a win on the road.

The right-hander threw six near perfect innings for New York, allowing just one hit and one walk with four strikeout on 68 pitches.

"Going into the game with a plan," Tanaka said through a translator, on why he was so effective Saturday night. "...really focusing on each pitch, executing your pitches, that's kind of what it all comes down to."

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The Yankees defeated the Astos 7-0 on Saturday in Game 1 of the ALCS, taking a 1-0 series lead. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) So who said the Astros have the advantage in the starting pitching in this ALCS, anyway?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) reacts to hitting an RBI double against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) reacts to hitting an RBI double against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Gleyber Torres put the Yankees on the board first in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros. 

In a tight-knit game that has both Masahiro Tanaka and Zack Greinke dealing early, Torres hit an RBI double with one out in the top of the fourth inning to bring DJ LeMahieu in for the first run of the game.


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Aaron Judge is typically known more for his bat, but he made a great play in the field to help preserve the Yankees' ALCS Game 1 lead.

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Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia
Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia

Both the Yankees and Astros finalized their ALCS rosters on Saturday, and both CC Sabathia and Aaron Hicks will be available for the Bombers as they battle Houston for a World Series berth.

The Yankees, who went with a 12-man pitching staff in the ALDS, have opted for 13 pitchers against the Astros. Rather than have Sabathia replace a different pitcher on the staff, the team left both Tyler Wade and Luke Voit off the ALCS roster. Additionally, David Hale was designated for assignment to make room on the team's 40-man roster for Hicks, who had previously been on the 60-day injured list.


Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Yankees look to get things started on the right foot in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday at 8:08 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

Yankees notes

Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia are back on the ALCS roster for the Yankees, while Luke Voit and Tyler Wade were left off. ... Hicks is not in the starting lineup, while Sabathia will pitch out of the bullpen during the series. ... The Astros took four of seven games from the Yankees in the 2019 regular season, including a three-game sweep in Houston. ... The Yankees have moved Gleyber Torres up to the third spot in the lineup after having Brett Gardner in that spot for all three games of the ALDS. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge pinpoints added postseason experience being key to the Yankees success in this ALCS

With the stage set for a rematch of the 2017 ALCS, the Yankees took the field at Minute Maid Park on Friday for their team workout ahead of this year's Championship Series.

And while there were no fans in the seats on Friday, the Yankees know that the Astros home-field advantage has been very real over the past few seasons, but it's nothing the team doesn't think they can' handle.

"I think our guys relish in this," said Aaron Boone. "Clearly the Astros have shown that they have a really good home-field advantage here, not only this year but even going back a few years and a lot of us are aware of how loud this place can be, but a lot of our guys will relish in that, embrace that, and hopefully find a way to have success through it all. But I don't worry about that affecting our guys and our performance."

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Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Aaron Boone said on Friday afternoon that the team had yet to finalize their ALCS roster, but there have been a couple of hints that suggest outfielder Aaron Hicks will indeed be included on the roster.

As the Yankees took the field at Minute Made Park for Friday's workout, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch noted that the group breakdown of the team's batting practice did not include Tyler Wade's name, though it did include both Hicks and Luke Voit.

George King of the New York Post also noted that Wade does not have a locker in the Yankees clubhouse in Houston.

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Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When Yankees manager Aaron Boone met with the media in Houston on Friday on the eve of the ALCS, the first order of business was announcing the the Yankees' pitching rotation.

According to Boone, the Yankees will go with Masahiro Tanaka in Game 1, James Paxton in Game 2, and Luis Severino in Game 3, and then go from there. 

"Again, I felt like it was a good decision, a tough one to be made, similar to the Division Series where I was going back and forth a lot," said Boone. "Just felt like Masa here in Game 1, that's the way I wanted to go in the end."

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Springer on Bronx atmosphere 00:01:03
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer reflects on how intense of an atmosphere Yankee Stadium is to play in.

Game 1 of the ALCS is set to begin Saturday at Yankee Stadium, and Astros outfielder George Springer knows it will be a hostile environment.

"They expect their team to win," Springer said of Yankee fans on Friday. "It's a very, very hard place to play at any time of year, let alone October. It's a crazy atmosphere."

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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) talks to New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) at second base during a pitching change during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) talks to New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) at second base during a pitching change during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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For months, it seemed destined to be this way, Astros versus Yankees, a trip to the World Series the prize. There were some tense moments for Houston - well, at least until the first inning of that deciding game against the Rays - but here we are:  

Astro-geddon. Cole-pocalypse. A series of Judge-ian proportions. A Bunch of "Savages" versus Baseball's Best Team.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade, Anthony McCarron
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Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and pitcher Gerrit Cole speak about their upcoming ALCS matchup against the New York Yankees.

The Yankees had to wait three days, but now their ALCS matchup is set.

The Astros defeated the Rays 6-1 in a winner-take-all Game 5 in Houston, securing their trip to the ALCS. Gerrit Cole was once again phenomenal on the mound, tossing eight innings while allowing just one run on two hits. The game was Cole's 11th straight outing with at least 10 strikeouts. 

The Astros jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning off of Rays starter Tyler Glasnow, and they never looked back.

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The Yankees are all set to go in the ALCS. They just need an opponent. 

The Rays pulled out an upset of Justin Verlander in Game 4 in their home Tropicana Field on Tuesday night, forcing a divisive Game 5 on Thursday night at 7:07 p.m. This one, though, will be in Houston with Gerrit Cole facing off against Tyler Glasnow -- a much tougher challenge for the Rays to pull off the ultimate upset. 

Either way, who would the Yankees want to face in the Championship Series? 

Tags: Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman (Kim Klement)
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman (Kim Klement)

Manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees are working through all the options they can have for their 25-man roster leading up to the ALCS. They don't yet know their opponent with the Astros and Rays playing Game 5 of their ALDS on Thursday night, but the preparation begun ever since New York clinched the series sweep against the Twins on Monday night. 

But when exactly do they need to decide who will be on their roster? 

The official deadline for the Yankees to get their 25-man roster in is actual the day of the game. Boone needs to have his roster in by 10 a.m., EST on Saturday. 

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Sep 24, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 24, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Yankees are probably healthier than they've been all season and they're coming off a sweep of the Twins in the AL Division Series. But Aaron Boone and the rest of the Yankee brass still face questions heading into the next round.

The big one, of course, is Astros or Rays? We'll find out Thursday night when Tampa Bay and Houston meet in a deciding Game 5.

Once that's decided, they can work in more detail on the others. Here are three roster questions facing the Yankees as they prep for the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which begins Saturday night in either Houston or the Bronx, depending on who wins in Houston Thursday:

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade, Anthony McCarron
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As the Yankees prepare for the ALCS, manager Aaron Boone notes how the Bombers have improved, as he says they are more "hungry" than ever.

The Yankees hit the field at Yankee Stadium on Thursday to get a workout in before heading into the ALCS. But they don't know exactly who they're going to be facing in that series just yet. 

The Astros and Rays will play their ALDS Game 5 tonight in Houston to determine who moves on and who goes home. And based off who does come away with the victory in that game could go into how manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees create their new 25-man roster for the ALCS. 

"It could factor in a little bit, definitely," Boone told the media on Thursday. "There could be a decision based on the opponent for a spot or two."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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Manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees are working through all the options they can have for their 25-man roster leading up to the ALCS.

Meanwhile, the same can be said for Mike Shildt's Cardinals and Davey Martinez's Washington Nationals.

But when exactly do they need to decide who will be on their roster? 

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Oct 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) hits a single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning of game two of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Oct 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) hits a single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning of game two of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Brian McCann has decided to call it a career.

Following the Braves' NLDS Game 5 13-1 blowout loss to the Cardinals, the veteran of 15 major league seasons announced his retirement from baseball.

"It's just time to go. 15 years of catching, it's sad but it's time. I knew about a month and a half ago," McCann told reporters.

"You know when you know, and it's time."

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has to think about his 25-man roster yet again heading into the ALCS. The one he and his staff put together for the ALDS against the Twins worked as planned, sweeping Minnesota to get an early break before their next postseason challenge. 

The Yankees don't know their opponent just yet, with the Astros and Rays to play Game 5 on Thursday night. But one of the big decisions for Boone will be whether or not he goes with the same rotation configuration as he did in the last series. 

After long thought, it was James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino in that order. During a conference call with the media on Wednesday, Boone was asked if he's sticking with that rotation, and he revealed he will be looking at all options yet again. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Joe Girardi
Joe Girardi

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Brian Cashman may have fired Joe Girardi two years ago, but he still speaks glowingly of the job the former manager did with the Yankees, and doesn't hesitate to recommend that the Mets hire him.

"When you're talking about somebody like Joe, he'd give you instant credibility," Cashman told SNY on Wednesday. "He's buttoned-up, ready to go, and proven successful in the largest market you can find. And he came out on top.

"He was here for 10 years, and some things have an expiration date, but that doesn't diminish the abilities the person possesses or the quality of work he provides. I highly recommend Joe to anybody, even our rivals, unfortunately."

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Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia

The Astros and Rays are still focused on their ALDS series that has now gone to a decisive Game 5 to see who moves on to the Championship Series. 

The Yankees, though, are patiently waiting in the Bronx, prepping for the winner of that Thursday night contest. 

It was a clean sweep of the Twins in their ALDS series, dominating at the plate and on the mound throughout. But even through all the success with the roster manager Aaron Boone put together, he and his coaches are still going back to the drawing board entering their next seven-game series. 

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Sep 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) prior to the game 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 designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

When the Yankees announced their roster to start the MLB playoffs, they left several notable contributors from the regular season off the list.

Among the Yankees to miss the past week's three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS, OF Clint Frazier and 1B/DH Mike Ford headlined the omissions, but neither of them have let that alter their approach.

As the Yankees await their opponent for the ALCS with Game 5 between the Astros and Tampa Bay Rays, to be determined Thursday at 7:07 p.m. ET from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Frazier and Ford highlight the ready reserves.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, David Hale, Jordan Montgomery, Stephen Tarpley, Thairo Estrada
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Twins in the ALDS, the Yankees could be getting even more help for the ALCS.

Center fielder Aaron Hicks told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he is "definitely ready to go out there and play."

Hicks hasn't suited up for the Yankees since Aug. 3 due to a right elbow flexor strain. He also suffered a setback during his recovery, making it unclear if he would play again in 2019.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Jordan Montgomery, Miguel Andujar
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

Before the Yankees entered the postseason, SS Didi Gregorius was mired in a slump. His September numbers were .190/.247/.380 with three homers and 16 RBI over 20 games. 

That's not what you want to see heading into October, but when asked about Gregorius before the series against the Twins began, manager Aaron Boone wasn't sweating his shortstop's performance at all. 

In fact, he expected Gregorius to step up and be a crucial factor for his club. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After Gleyber Torres' remarkable sophomore season and the performance he put on Monday night, it's tempting to brand the 2016 trade that brought him to the Yankees as the club's best deadline deal of all time. 

Yes, we're still ga-ga over the power display, the sweet glove, and the postgame charm after the Yanks buried the Twins in Game 3 of the AL Division Series.  So are his teammates -- while spritzing celebratory bubbly and beer around the clubhouse, Aaron Judge anointed Torres as the "next Yankee great" and it's hard to argue. 

Torres is the youngest Yankee to whack three extra-base hits in a postseason game -- take that, DiMaggio -- and never seems overwhelmed.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Anthony McCarron
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) looks on during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) looks on during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Yankees completed their sweep of the Twins on Monday night, and in turn, the celebration for reaching the ALCS ensued. But in the joy of moving on to the next round, a certain Yankee took an errant bottle to the hand. 

Aroldis Chapman, who collected the final five outs to seal the 5-1 win, was seen with his left hand wrapped in the clubhouse. However, he didn't seemed fazed by it when asked. 

"I was just celebrating and everyone was jumping around," Chapman told The Post's Dan Martin via a translator. "I got hit with a bottle, but it's fine."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees beat the Twins on Monday night in Minnesota to secure a three-game ALDS sweep and punch their ticket to the ALCS, where they await the winner of the Astros vs. Rays.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees celebrated accordingly from their locker room at Target Field in Minnesota after they swept the Twins with Monday's 5-1 win, but eight more victories are needed for the ultimate goal.

"I think a lot of guys, the older guys, are at a stage in their career where we want to win a ring," said Zack Britton. "(Adam) Ottavino, myself -- a lot of the younger players, too."

Hungry for more, the Yankees enjoyed the 16th straight playoff victory against the Twins, but they already await the winnner of the other ALDS series between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay, who still have to face off Tuesday in Game 4 at 7:07 p.m. from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, after Monday's 10-3 Rays rout.

Tags: Cameron Maybin, Edwin Encarnacion , Giancarlo Stanton, Zack Britton
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Aaron Boone has always had an elite human touch, but he famously struggled with pitching moves in his playoff managing debut last year against Boston. It's worth noting then, that he remained calm and followed the game plans in this series.

He took a few risks, and made a few moves that could have left his bullpen short, but it's impossible to accuse him of anything close to managing tight or choking. Quite the contrary, he assigned his pitchers to the lanes determined by pregame planning, and didn't make a single move because of passion or panic.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Carlos Torres, Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela, Luis Severino, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after an out during the fourth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after an out during the fourth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the end, the Yankees overmatched the Twins in every way possible, even adding spectacular defense to their championship resume, but by far the most significant development in this ALDS sweep of the Twins was the official return of Luis Severino.

With four shutout innings in the 5-1 win that featured some gutsy escapes from jams, Severino offered reason to believe he can at least be a third potentially dominant starter the Yankees need in this post-season, and perhaps at most the ace he has been at times in his young career.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Cameron Maybin, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, John Harper
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts to defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts to defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

As most people that watch baseball have suspected, the Yankees' success will come down to the play of their bullpen. Luckily for them, they've got one of the best in the league.

Luis Severino started for the Yankees and gave them a solid, scoreless four innings before Aaron Boone decided it was time to unload his relievers on the Twins.

From the fifth inning till the final pitch of the game, Boone put out five pitchers: Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Luis Severino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge gives second baseman Gleyber Torres the team wrestling belt for his ALDS performance.

When the Yankees retreated to the locker room at Target Field after Monday's 5-1 win over the Twins in Minnesota, sweeping the ALDS through three games, Aaron Judge made an announcement.

With champagne flying, Judge congratulated his Yankees teammates as he awarded a championship belt to Gleyber Torres.

The honor was well-deserved for Torres, whose 3-for-4 night from the six spot in the lineup fueled the Yankees' offensive breakthrough.

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Yankees advance to ALCS 00:01:50
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge had high praise for second baseman Gleyber Torres during the Yankees locker room celebration.

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Five Takeaways from the Yankees' 5-1 win to sweep the Twins.

1) From start to finish the ALDS was a mismatch as the Yankees swept the Twins, and, as expected, the bullpens proved to be the most obvious difference between the teams. Or to put it another way: Aaron Boone's ballyhooed 'pen is living up to the hype so far.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Severino, Zack Britton, John Harper
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates his double during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates his double during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees are off to the ALCS.

The celebration was on Monday night in Minnesota after New York completed its three-game sweep of the ALDS when it shut the Twins down for a 5-1 win at Target Field.

Closer Aroldis Chapman recorded the five-out save, relieving fellow southpaw Zack Britton in the bottom of the eighth inning and carrying through the ninth with three strikeouts to one walk and one hit over the 1.2 scoreless frames.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the second inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts during the second inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Pitching in the seventh playoff game of his career, Luis Severino left the mound after four innings of work and the Yankees up 2-0.

Severino finished the night allowing no runs off four hits, while striking out four batters and walking two. 

The right-hander threw 83 pitches for the night after manager Aaron Boone said he was ready to let Severino "empty the tank" and "go the distance" Monday night. Severino had previously pitched 67, 80 and 72 times in his three starts during the regular season.

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aaron Boone plans on unleashing Luis Severino on the Twins Monday night, as the Yankees look to clinch an ALCS berth with a win in Game 3 of the ALDS. 

Severino, who returned from injury in September, pitched in three starts at the end of the regular season, but never pitched more than five innings in a game. The right-hander hasn't thrown more than 80 pitches in a game since last season.

"I feel like he's at a good place physically," Boone said in a press conference prior to Game 3. "Feel like since he's started back and got on the mound the first time for his first side when he was coming back, it's gone according to plan."

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Sep 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Yankees (103-59) look to sweep the ALDS with another win as the visit the Twins (101-61) for Game 3 Monday night at 8:40 p.m.

Yankees notes

With Saturday's win, the Yankees are now 15-2 all-time in playoff games against the Twins, with wins in 12 straight contests. They've won all five of the series between the two teams, as well... In Saturday's 8-2 win, Didi Gregorius highlighted a Yankees playoff record tying seven run third inning with a Grand Slam. RHP Masahiro Tanaka picked up the win after pitching 5.0 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out seven. Through two games, the Yankees have outscored the Twins 18-6, and Yankees pitchers have allowed just six hits and one walk, while striking out 13. The Twins as a team are batting .197 through two games.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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It didn't matter where or how, but just the fact that it happened for Yankees slugger Edwin Encarnacion

Encarnacion returned to the team's lineup just in time for the postseason and he's been an instant success for the Yankees. In their Game 1 win over the Twins, he had two doubles, then followed that up with another two-hit outing in Game 2's win. 

Just having the opportunity to do that in pinstripes is all Encarnacion cared about when the Yankees traded for him, he said on Sunday. 

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Yankees game 3 starter Luis Severino and manager Aaron Boone on Severino being prepared for the postseason

The Yankees tapped Luis Severino to be their Game 3 starter in Monday night's ALDS matchup with the Twins, despite the fact that he's only pitched in three games this season.

Severino came back to the Yankees in September after missing nearly the entire season due to injury, but he's been pitching well since returning to the rotation. Through three games, he's pitched 12 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, while also walking six batters and striking out 17.

Aaron Boone's decision to put Severino on the mound this early may stem in part due to Domingo German's sudden removal from the team this past month, but also from the fact that Severino has helped the Yankees in the playoffs before.

But, even though he has the experience and was at a point the ace for New York in the past, Severino has struggled to be a consistent starter in his six appearances. 

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Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25), right fielder Aaron Judge (middle), and shortstop Didi Gregorius (right) celebrate defeating the Minnesota Twins in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25), right fielder Aaron Judge (middle), and shortstop Didi Gregorius (right) celebrate defeating the Minnesota Twins in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When to lift your starter?

Analytics-driven game planning calls for managers to remove starting pitchers before they start to struggle. This is a major change from the traditional approach, when you waited for the guy to labor before taking him out.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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Yankees dominate Twins 00:02:52
Andy Martino and John Harper break down the Yankees dominance of the Twins in the ALDS

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The baseball post-season is supposed to be unpredictable--a crapshoot, as many call it, most famously the sport's movie star GM, Billy Beane. Yet this Yankees-Twins series feels more like a 1-16 matchup in the NCAA Tournament.

And the Twins don't look like the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, taking down Virginia, circa 2017.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius
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Didi slams Twins 00:02:12
Didi Gregorius unloaded a grand slam to cap off a seven-run 3rd inning as the Yankees routed the Twins to grab a 2-0 series lead

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees defeated the Twins 8-2 on Saturday, which gives them a 2-0 lead in the ALDS. >> Box Score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's Game

1) This Yankees' offense looks unstoppable. It led the American League in runs scored, set a new team record with 305 home runs, and now it has put up 18 runs over the first two games of the postseason. Perhaps most significantly, so far the Bronx Bombers haven't had to rely primarily on the long ball, hitting three home runs, including Didi Gregorius' grand slam Saturday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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