Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

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When it comes to the Yankees and free agent stars, you never say never. But here are the facts about the team and this year's prizes, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado: Nothing much has happened, at least not yet.

At the end of the season, we reported that the Yanks were lukewarm on Machado, in part because of his offseason performance and "Johnny Hustle" comments. Hal Steinbrenner later confirmed that, and the team is weighing what to do. If the Yankees sign Machado, it will be despite the concerns of some of their baseball people.

Meanwhile, many rivals believe that the Yanks will ultimately pursue Machado. "Cash is on him, believe me," says one rival executive.
Our read is actually that a potential Machado pursuit could be more a function of ownership's urgency to eclipse the defending champion Red Sox.

As for Harper, nothing has changed yet about our initial reporting there, either. The Yankees are not focused on him. Could that change? Anything can change, but it hasn't yet.

The Philllies on Monday acquired shortstop Jean Segura from Seattle. According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, they remain interested in Machado as a third baseman. The Phils are also pursuing Harper.

This week, the Yankees are most squarely focused on pitching. Patrick Corbin could choose a team before the winter meetings, as could J.A. Happ. Neither was particularly close to an agreement over the weekend, according to major league sources.


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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 morning after CC Sabathia's knee started "barking," the left-hander has been placed on the 10-day IL. 

A corrseponding roster move was not announced.

Sabathia joins starting pitchers James Paxton and Luis Severino, who are also out with injuries. 

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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Brad Penner/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: Aaron Judge, Jonathan LoaisigaJames PaxtonGiancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, CC Sabathia

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth 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 shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees swat five homers, beat the Orioles, 7-5, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) The Yankees launched another five home runs and are now 9-2 against the Orioles this season. The Yankees have hit 11 homers in the three games of this four game set.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The 2019 Yankees offense isn't your father's Yankees offense.

This year's squad ranks seventh league-wide in both runs and home runs - not bad, but not quite what the team was expecting coming into the year. After injuries to sluggers Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar, among others, it's understandable that the Yankees' offense would see a decline in the power department.

Has that stopped them? Not one bit.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar
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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (30-17, 2.0 GA in AL East) set out to continue their dominance against the Baltimore Orioles (15-33, 15.5 GB) on Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez has feasted on Orioles' pitching in 2019, slamming eight home runs against Baltimore, six of which have come at Camden Yards. ... Clint Frazier bounced out of a 6-40 slump with two home runs against the Orioles on Tuesday, his seventh and eighth long balls of the season. ... DJ LeMahieu remains an absolute hitting machine for the Bronx Bombers, as his three hits last night now give him an AL-best 18 multi-hit games on the season. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yet another injury setback has delayed Giancarlo Stanton's return once again.

The Yankees announced Wednesday that Stanton was returned from his rehab assignment because of "mild strain of the left calf," as manager Aaron Boone put it. He remains on the injured list, and Boone added he will be shut down for a week to 10 days. 

Stanton and Boone have both said they believe his strain came from being hit by a pitch during a live batting practice session last Thursday...

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May 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

There was only good news coming from Giancarlo Stanton's rehab down in Tampa to start this week, but then it was seen he was held out of another rehab game on Tuesday. 

Multiple reports found out why following the Yankees' win over the Orioles tonight, stating Stanton felt calf/knee soreness after getting hit by a pitch during batting practice. Manager Aaron Boone called it "precautionary" that he was held out, and said he may be able to play in Wednesday night's game.

This news came after a report from SNY's Andy Martino that said Stanton could return to the Yankees this weekend if all went well down in Tampa. It is unknown whether or not that has since been pushed back due to this situation.

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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)

James Paxton is headed to Tampa in what could be the final step of his rehab process. 

After a successful bullpen session, Paxton is scheduled to toss a simulated game on Friday down in Tampa. If all goes well, YES Network's Meredith Marakovits said on Tuesday night's broadcast that the Yankees would likely activate him afterward.

Marakovits spoke to Paxton after the bullpen, and he said he felt "next to nothing" on the left knee that has kept him out since May 4. That wasn't the case on Sunday when he still felt some discomfort, so this is a step in the right direction. 

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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (29-17, 1.0 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (15-32, 14.5 GB) on Tuesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres has been a thorn in the side of the Orioles all season, bashing eight home runs while hitting .486 against Baltimore pitching. ... DJ LeMahieu has now recorded 17 multi-hit games this season, including a two-hit performance last night. ... Gary Sanchez has clubbed 13 home runs (tied for fifth-most in the AL) in just 113 at-bats this season.

Tags: Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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May 20, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) rounds the bases after hitting an eighth inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
May 20, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) rounds the bases after hitting an eighth inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Gleyber Torres is having a ridiculously good season. Against the Orioles, though, his numbers are almost impossible to believe. Almost as impossible to believe as the fact that Baltimore keeps pitching to him.

After clubbing two homers against the Orioles during Monday night's win, Torres is hitting .486/.538/.1.257 against the O's with three doubles, eight homers, and 10 RBI.

That means that of Torres' 10 homers this season, 80 percent (!) have come against Baltimore.

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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher David Hale (75) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher David Hale (75) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are calling on an old friend to provide a fresh arm. 

New York selected the contract of right-hander David Hale from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned Nestor Cortes Jr. following Monday's game. To make room for Hale on the 25-man roster, they transferred third baseman Miguel Andújar to the 60-day injured list. 

Hale was 3-1 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts for the RailRiders this season. He went at least five innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer in each outing but his last, when he surrendered five earned runs on eight hits over three innings against Indianapolis. 

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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (28-17, 0.5 GA in AL East) begin a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (15-31, 13.5 GB) on Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres is hitting .400/.455/.800 with three home runs and five RBIs over his last eight games. ... Yankees relievers have a 3.28 ERA in the month of May, which ranks 11th in the majors. ... Since April 26, Gio Urshela is slashing .397/.435/.534 with one home run and 11 RBIs.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles
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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)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP (No. 2, MLB No. 59) -- ETA 2019

Loaisiga was placed on the injured list (now shifted to the 60-day list) with a strained right shoulder. Loaisiga, who has a significant injury history, has thrown 14 innings with the Yankees to the tune of a 4.50 ERA and another 10 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre recording an ERA of 7.20.

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Boone happy after win over Rays 00:01:18
Aaron Boone was pleased with the Yankees capitalizing on a big sixth inning to beat the Rays 13-5

The Yankees used a seven-run sixth inning beat the Rays, 13-5, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five Takeaway's from Sunday's game...

1) The Yankees blew open a 5-5 game in the sixth inning with seven runs. The Rays walked five in the inning and Thairo Estrada had the big hit, a three-run double.

2) Chad Green was the opener in this one and, much like the rest of his season, the results were not good. Green allowed two base-runners in the first inning and then coughed up two homers in his second frame. As Green's descent continues, it's a wonder where the Yanks will use him going forward.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees look to jump back into first place when they face the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are using Chad Green as an opener one year after the Rays began their opener experiment. ... DJ LeMahieu leads off for the Yankees, while Kendyrs Morales is in there as the DH, hitting fifth. 

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Tanaka hurt in loss 00:00:36
Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

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The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Tanaka hurt in loss 00:00:36
Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

The Yankees had another injury scare on Saturday afternoon. 

Masahiro Tanaka was removed from a 1-0 game after six innings with a right shin contusion after he took a Yandy Diaz comebacker off his leg. 

The right-hander underwent X-rays which came back "negative," according to the team. After the game, Tanaka told reporters that he doesn't know if he'll be able to make his next start and will wait to see how he feels tomorrow.

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees will look to carry the momentum from Gio Urshela's walk-off single Friday night as they aim to stay atop the AL East over the Rays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees are in sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since June 26 of last year. ... Urshela's hot bat has him bumped up to the sixth spot after going 3-for-4 with the game-winning hit on Friday. He enters Saturday's game hitting a slash line of .347/.398.500 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 98 plate appearances this season and is hitting .350 with 10 RBI in the month of May. ... Gary Sanchez will get a half-day with the day game after a night game but stays in as a DH with impressive numbers against Snell. Sanchez is 4-for-11 with three of those hits being home runs against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. 

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Despite being completely decimated by injuries, the Yankees have managed to get contributions from everyone who has been asked to fill a void as they now find themselves atop the AL East. And it's all been a pleasure for owner Hal Steinbrenner to watch.

"Considering the adversity we've faced in the first two months of the season, it's phenomenal the job these guys have done," Steinbrenner told the Associated Press Friday at a Yankees extended spring training game before the big-league club came back in the ninth to defeat the Rays, 4-3, and wrest control of the division.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino
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Aaron Boone , CC Sabathia and Gio Urshela on the Yankees dramatic 9th inning comeback win over the Rays, capped off by Urshela?s walk-off 1B

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The Yankees walk it off, beating the Rays, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium to take the AL East lead. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single during the fifth inning in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single during the fifth inning in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees open a three-game series against the AL-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at 7:05 p.m. after sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in a doubleheader on Wednesday and taking two of three from last week at Tropicana Field. 

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres enters Friday's game red-hot, blasting three home runs in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Torres has gotten a hit in 17 of his last 18 games and is hitting .352/.387/.606 with four home runs and 11 RBI in that span. ... Gary Sanchez is also coming off a strong performance in which he collected two hits, including his team-leading 12th home run. 

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier attempts a diving catch on a hit by Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier attempts a diving catch on a hit by Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have pulled Clint Frazier three times in the past five games in favor of the team having a stronger defense for the later innings.

And Frazier is more than understanding about it.

"It's the better play, I think," Frazier said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "Obviously, I've had some stuff in the past that shouldn't have happened that did. It's not like it's unwarranted, you know?"

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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) goes to the dugout during game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) goes to the dugout during game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees tried, but didn't succeed in having 3B Miguel Andujar avoid season-ending surgery on his torn labrum in his right shoulder.

After suffering another tear following his extensive rehab, Andujar just didn't seem right when he returned to the Yanks, and an MRI revealing another small labrum tear explained why. So Andujar opted for season-ending surgery that will be performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday. 

This is not what the Yankees wanted to see from their young third baseman, who was the AL Rookie of the Year runner-up a season ago. GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone praised the development of Andujar being key for the Yankees' future all offseason, and he was a main reason why the team was "lukewarm" on Manny Machado in free agency. 

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After the Yankees swept the Orioles in a double header, Aaron Boone addressed Andujar's season-ending surgery.

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-3, in the first game of today's doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) Domingo German held the Orioles to one run in seven innings of work, his longest outing of the season. German scattered six hits, walked one batter and struck out eight. He is now 8-1 (MLB-best eight wins) with a 2.50 ERA, as he continues to be the best starter in the Yankees rotation.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

It was the scenario the Yankees didn't want to see occur, but it finally became the only option. 

The team announced on Wednesday night that Miguel Andujar will undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. It will be on Monday with Dr. Christopher Ahmad performing the surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

Andujar initially saw the injury arise at the beginning of the season, where he only played in three games before hitting the Injured List. While and MRI revealed a torn labrum, the Yankees believed he could rehab it cautiously so they could avoid surgery. 

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres scores a run on a hit by third baseman DJ LeMahieu against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres scores a run on a hit by third baseman DJ LeMahieu against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

After beating the Orioles in Game 1 of their doubleheader, the Yankees go for the sweep on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Yankees notes

Aaron Hicks, who was set to make his season debut Monday after missing the first 40 games with a back injury,.is in the lineup. ... Luke Voit's struggles continued in Game 1, with him now hitless in his past 21 at-bats after going 0-for-4. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Domingo German, Baltimore Orioles
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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-3, in the first game of today's doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) J.A. Happ allowed a first-inning home run and another run in the second and fourth innings. Happ's two homers allowed give him 11 for the season, placing him with the second-most in the league, behind Orioles starter David Hess. Happ left with the lead with one out in the sixth inning is now 3-3 on the season with a 4.44 ERA.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit
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May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and right fielder Cameron Maybin (38) shake hands after defeating the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and right fielder Cameron Maybin (38) shake hands after defeating the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After two rainouts, the Yankees are set to play Wednesday for the first time since Sunday, with Game 1 of a scheduled single-admission doubleheader set for 3:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Aaron Hicks, who was set to make his season debut Monday after missing the first 40 games with a back injury, is not in the Game 1 lineup. He'll likely start in center field in Game 2. Brett Gardner is in center while Mike Tauchman, who was called up to be the Yankees' 26th man for the doubleheader, begins Game 1 in left field. ... DJ LeMahieu is on fire as the Yankees' leadoff hitter. Over his last 14 games, he's 23-for-54 (.426) with one homer, four doubles, 11 RBI, five walks, 10 runs and two stolen bases.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Aaron Boone struggled during a Tuesday afternoon news conference to describe Giancarlo Stanton's shoulder injury, but the Yankees remain unconcerned about Stanton's health, and consider him to be progressing.

According to people familiar with the situation, Stanton's shoulder discomfort -- which the team called a shoulder strain shortly after Boone was unable to name the injury -- is not serious enough to prevent him from facing live pitching in Tampa.

If he continues in this vein with no setbacks, he should be in extended spring training games in a week or so, then would begin a rehab assignment.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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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)

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When Domingo German stepped on the mound as a Yankee in 2018, the talent and the hint of potential success in the big leagues was evident. However, German failed to consistently deliver positive results and eventually fell out of favor down the stretch.

None of that matters to the Yankees now because it is clear that German gained valuable experience from all those major-league reps.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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May 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Kendrys Morales (12) hits an RBI triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Kendrys Morales (12) hits an RBI triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The short-term future looks bleak for Yankees slugger Miguel Andujar, who faces potential season-ending surgery, but the Bombers have found themselves another bat. 

The Yankees acquired switch-hitting first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales from the Oakland A's in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. 

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day IL. 

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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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)

Another day, another washout for the Yankees. 

Tuesday's game against the Orioles was postponed due to inclement weather, a day after they postponed Monday's game against Baltimore due to unplayable field conditions. 

The team will make up Tuesday's game as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 12, beginning at 1:05 p.m. and will play a single-admission doubleheader on Wednesday to make up Monday night's postponement.

Tags: Domingo German, J.A. Happ
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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees placed Miguel Andujar back on the injured list with his lingering shoulder issue Monday, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday an MRI once again revealed a small labrum tear. 

The third baseman will make a decision in the next day or so whether he will undergo surgery or attempt to rehab the injury once again without landing on the operating table.

Andujar's first labrum tear didn't quite heal as everyone hoped after he missed 28 games from April 1 to May 3, and the 24-year-old struggled mightily following his return.

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A tarp covers the infield at Yankee Stadium before a scheduled game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
A tarp covers the infield at Yankee Stadium before a scheduled game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Monday's Yankees-Orioles game at Yankee Stadium was postponed due to weather.

The teams will play a doubleheader single-admission doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m.

Luis Cessa was set to face David Hess on Monday, while J.A. Happ and Andrew Cashner would have squared off on Tuesday. The Yankees have yet to decide how the rainout will affect their rotation.

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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Gio Urshela, the surprise star of this season, may personify the success of the next-man-up Yankees, but even with all of his big hits, he's not the team MVP to this point. D.J. LeMahieu owns that unofficial title, so clutch and consistent that his play prompts an intriguing question:

Could a non-slugger win the AL MVP Award in this launch-angle era when the only way most hitters even consider beating the infield shift is by going over it -- way over it?

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, John Harper
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Andy Martino gives an update for what's next for the Yankees and their search for a starters, is Bumgarner or Kecuhel more plausible.

The Yankees' starting rotation took another hit on Monday when they placed Jonathan Loaisiga on the 10-day IL with a right rotator cuff strain. 

Loaisiga will but shut down for four weeks with no throwing and joins left-hander James Paxton, whom he was replacing in the rotation, as well as ace Luis Severino among the Yankees starters on the IL. 

Paxton is making progress and will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and the Yankees have suggested he would not spend more than three weeks on the IL. 

Tags: Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman 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 general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Brian Cashman has been a real "pain in the a--" for other GMs around baseball, at least according to Oakland Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane. 

Beane told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Monday that he used to tease Cashman that the Yankees GM wanted to run the Bronx Bombers like a small-market team. Now, through the first 40 games of the 2019 season, it certainly feels like Cashman has gotten that chance. 

Despite opening the season with a $203 million payroll, the Yankees have weathered the storm of an incredible amount of injuries to star players to a 24-16 record, sitting just a half-game out of the AL East lead.

Tags: Domingo German, Luke Voit
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Luis Cessa (85) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Luis Cessa (85) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that Luis Cessa will start Monday night's series opener against the Orioles instead of Jonathan Loaisiga.

Loaisiga was placed on the injured list, retroactive to May 10, with a right rotator cuff strain and will be shut down for four weeks before he can begin throwing. RHP Chance Adams was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his roster spot. Loaisiga had a rough start last Wednesday against the Mariners, allowing four runs in four innings on six hits and two walks while striking out three. 

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Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Moneyline: BAL +190/NYY -230
Over/Under: 8.5
Series: BAL +355/NYY-435
First pitch: 6:35 p.m. ET
TV: YES
Probable pitchers: David Hess (1-4, 5.50 ERA) vs. Luis Cessa (0-0, 3.32 ERA)

With the New York Mets getting the day off to start the new week, let's explore betting a Yankee game, shall we?

The Bronx Bombers will welcome a familiar division foe into town for a three-game set beginning tonight, as they'll look to continue their mastery of the last-place Orioles. New York has already faced the O's six times this year, winning four of those meetings, and they were 12-7 against Baltimore a year ago.

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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)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.

Albert Abreu, RHP, Double-A Trenton (No. 3) -- ETA 2020

Abreu followed up a six-inning scoreless outing with a one-run effort, but he lasted just 4.2 innings. The right-hander continued to allow too many baserunners (1.91 WHIP in 26 innings), which is preventing him from pitching deep into games. Abreu did lower his ERA to 4.73 on the season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia at the end of the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia at the end of the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven dominant innings in the Yankees' 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, striking out seven batters and allowing just one run.

"I think looking back a couple of games, I think today was one of the best [starts] I threw," Tanaka said through an interpreter, according to MLB.com's Dawn Klemish.

Tanaka threw just 73 pitches, but he was effective. He needed just nine pitches to get through the fourth inning, seven in the fifth and four in the seventh. He retired 12 batters in a row between the second and sixth innings before Austin Meadows' solo home run ended Tanaka's shutout.

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May 12, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out of the dugout as the lights turn off inside the dome during the ninth inning between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 12, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out of the dugout as the lights turn off inside the dome during the ninth inning between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka was dominant for 7.0 innings before a power outage delay and ninth-inning eruption put things out of reach as the Yankees beat the Rays, 7-1, on Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Blake Snell came out of the gate firing, dominating the Yankees through the first 4.0 innings while striking out 10 batters. But the Yanks nicked him in the fifth inning, with Mike Tauchman driving an RBI double to center field and DJ LeMahieu striking an RBI single as New York went up, 2-1. 

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With the Yankees leading the Rays, 3-1, in the top of the ninth inning at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon, the lights went out -- literally.

A power outage at The Trop caused the game to be delayed, with the Rays coming off the field.

While the power remained out, fans tried to help by using the lights on their cell phones. Points for creativity...

Click below to see...

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Oakland Athletics pinch runner Cliff Pennington is tagged out by San Francisco Giants second baseman Breyvic Valera attempting to steal second base during the seventh inning at Scottsdale Stadium. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics pinch runner Cliff Pennington is tagged out by San Francisco Giants second baseman Breyvic Valera attempting to steal second base during the seventh inning at Scottsdale Stadium. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees acquired some Valeran Steel ahead of Sunday's "Game of Thrones" episode.

New York claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the Giants on Sunday and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred Greg Bird to the 60-day injured list.

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Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Yankees look to get back on track when they conclude their series with the first place Rays on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres is getting a day off due to still being sore and the day game after night game, manager Joe Girardi said before the game. ... Gary Sanchez is also off on Sunday. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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Oct 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrates with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) after defeating the New York Yankees in game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Oct 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrates with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) after defeating the New York Yankees in game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees trail the Rays by 1.5 games in the AL East and the quest to overtake them could be about to become harder.

The Rays, who have primarily used Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado to close games this season, have been "keeping in touch" with free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times

Along with the Rays, there are a bunch of other teams who have been keeping in touch with Kimbrel, such as the Mets.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of the continuation of a suspended baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. This game is a continuation of a suspended game from May 15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of the continuation of a suspended baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. This game is a continuation of a suspended game from May 15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP)

Chad Green is back with the Yankees.

The Yankees optioned southpaw Nestor Cortes Jr. to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre after he allowed three runs in two innings in Saturday's loss to the Rays before activating Green prior to Sunday's game. 

Manager Aaron Boone indicated before this weekend's series against the Rays that Green could be back soon.

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