(Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If you were one of the many fans howling at Joe Girardi earlier this postseason, livid over his no-challenge gaffe in the AL Division Series, you'd better be lining up to dole out kudos now.

It's only right.

Because whatever happens the rest of this October for the Yankees, Girardi has managed a helluva playoffs, aside from that brain lock against Cleveland. Sure, his explanation afterward was inane, so much claptrap about not wanting to break up Chad Green's rhythm, but Girardi backed off that the next day, admitted he blew it, offered a mea culpa.

He's been doing superb work since.

He and pitching coach Larry Rothschild plotted the starting rotations for both the division series and the AL Championship Series the right way. The starters have thrived, including CC Sabathia, the warhorse with a knee brace who delivered six killer shutout innings Monday night in the Yankees' 8-1 victory over Houston in Game 3 in the Bronx.

After watching the "smoke and mirrors" Sabathia - hey, he put it that way - baffle the Astros, it's easy to feel good about the Yankees chances if the series goes the limit. Sabathia is lined up to pitch a potential Game 7.

Girardi put him there, just like he put Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino up against the Astros lefty-righty ace pair, Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. Those are the two Yankees on the staff perhaps best equipped to trade zeroes with them.

Then there's the lineup. Girardi won't get a slice of the slugging percentage, but the manager perhaps deserves some credit for the home run Aaron Judge hit Monday night, too.

Girardi showed faith in his slumping right fielder, banking on Judge's talent and diligence and refusing to change his lineup, even as television talking heads such as his old third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, offered all manner of unsolicited advice on demoting Judge in the order.

Good work by Girardi tuning out the din. We could all use a pair of his noise-canceling headphones. And a little bit of the kind of trust he shows his players, especially the young ones.

Yes, Judge struck out twice again. But he had a monster game overall: a three-run homer and a walk. Plus, a dynamite catch in right field in which he thudded against the wall and went sprawling and another grab where he dove forward for more hit robbery.

In his postgame press conference, Girardi explained why he stuck with Judge, saying, "I think that in the struggles he's still been pretty patient.

"Yeah, he gets a little bit off mechanically. I think part of that is probably being 6-7. And I felt like there's been some borderline pitches called on him that didn't go his way."

It's "a big difference" being ahead in the count, 2-1, or behind, 1-2, Girardi said. He added, "I think he's extremely talented. You can look at his numbers and say he's not hitting for an average. We've played how many playoff games, nine? He gets seven RBIs, he gets his walk, got another one (Monday). I know how dangerous he is. He can really change a game really quickly."

Girardi showed the same kind of faith in Gary Sanchez, leaving him in the cleanup spot. Sanchez was 0-for-4 Monday to fall to 0-for-11 with five strikeouts in the series. But there's still time for Sanchez to impact the series, and at least Girardi has given the young catcher one less thing to think about by simply filling in Sanchez's name in the same spot on the lineup card.

It's all part of Girardi knowing that any such move would be perceived as Yankee panic. And why should they panic? Before they trimmed the Astros' series lead to two games to one, they had lost two achingly-close decisions in Houston, losing 2-1 both times. His team wasn't overmatched, just edged in two taut games between two good teams.

So the manager just kept managing. It's mostly worked so far. The one night it didn't, he paid the price with a loss and then a few days later when he was booed lustily at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankee players seemed to rally behind him after that. After the Yanks beat Cleveland in the ALDS, Todd Frazier said, "This one's for Joe." It seemed genuine.

Even if it was just a convenient narrative for Girardi and the rest of the Yankees to rally around, it's worked. And Girardi certainly got a better reception Monday night.

"I think it's a reminder how quickly things can change in your life," Girardi said.

Just like this series has, in part because of Girardi's faith. And the way he's managed. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton is unfortunately heading back to the IL with a PCL strain, Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' win on Wednesday. But that doesn't mean Clint Frazier is coming back to the bigs. 

Instead, the Yankees are bringing Mike Tauchman with them to London to replace Stanton on the roster. Thairo Estrada and Kyle Higashioka will be going over the pond as well, filling into the Yanks' extra slots for the London series. 

So what does this mean for Frazier's status on the Yankees?

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

Giancarlo Stanton is headed back to the Yankees' injured list.

Eight days after he returned from a 2 1/2-month absence with various injuries, Stanton will be placed on the IL with a strained right PCL, manager Aaron Boone said after Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

The 29-year-old Stanton left Tuesday's game before the fourth inning after injuring his knee on the basepaths. He told Boone he wasn't sure if he injured it sliding into second base or diving into third base in the first inning.

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Yankees beat Blue Jays 8-7 00:01:05
The Yankees swept the Blue Jays to improve to 9-1 on the homestand. All eyes turn to London as they face Boston across the pond.

In a Wednesday matinee thriller, the Yankees completed their sweep of the Blue Jays with a walk-off win, 8-7. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees had to battle back this entire game, and it was Gleyber Torres coming through with the walk-off single to capture the win. Torres went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as well...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Stephen Tarpley, Toronto Blue Jays, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/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: Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

DJ LeMahieu has arguably been the Yankees' MVP this season, coming into Wednesday's game hitting .333/.382/.512 with 11 homers, 16 doubles, and 52 RBI in 73 games.

How much different would this season be if LeMahieu had wound up on the Rays instead? According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it almost happened.

Prior to signing with the Yankees in January for $24 million over two years, LeMahieu was "perhaps a few days away from signing with the Rays" before the Yanks improved their offer and locked him up, reports Rosenthal.

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Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (51-28, 6.0 GA in AL East) will go for a sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays (29-51, 22.5 GB in AL East) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

With DJ LeMahieu's leadoff homer last night, the Yankees broke the MLB record for consecutive games with at least one home run with 28 now. Aaron Judge also hit his first homer of the season after LeMahieu's record-setting blast. He went 2-for-3 on the night with a walk as well...Aaron boone gave good news on Giancarlo Stanton, whose MRI came back negative. Boone said the team will see how he responds to treatment. ...Edwin Encarnacion added some much-need insurance last night with a solo blast, his 24th on the season to regain the AL lead in homers. 

Tags: James Paxton, Toronto Blue Jays
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Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Giancarlo Stanton is banged up again, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave a positive update on the slugger. 

Stanton had to leave Tuesday's game before the fourth inning began with a right knee contusion, the team announced. He received an MRI for further evaluation, and Boone says there was nothing to be worried about from the test. 

"Tests were good. Came in today and there was no swelling in there," he said before Wednesday's series finale with the Blue Jays. "He was sore and stiff, so just going through treatment right now. No [roster] move or anything."

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Jun 22, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
Jun 22, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees are targeting controllable starting pitchers at the trade deadline, and won't move Clint Frazier for a rental.

But one high-end arm that will not be available is Luis Castillo of the Reds, according to major league sources. Rumors surfaced this week linking Castillo to the Yankees.

Asked if Castillo might be traded, one American League executive in touch with the Reds texted: "Do u do stand up comedy in ur spare time ? That's hilarious ! Nfw !"

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

With the Yankees looking to bolster their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline, Madison Bumgarner is drawing "strong interest" from the Twins, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Twins, who have the best record in the AL, would be able to acquire Bumgarner without his consent since they are not on his no-trade list, according to Nightengale.

While the Yankees already in active trade talks with other teams, SNY's Andy Martino reported last week that they have so far been "lukewarm" on Bumgarner. 

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Yankees react to MLB record 00:00:40
The Yankees have hit a home run for 28 consecutive days, an MLB record. They set the record with DJ LeMahieu's lead off home run.

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The Yankees hit four solo homers to beat the Blue Jays, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Chad Green opened this game, but was limited to one inning because he had to pitch in last night's contest. After Green's scoreless first inning, in came Nestor Cortes Jr. and he once again did his part, going 4 1/3 innings in which he allowed just two runs. The Green/Cortes Jr. tandem has become every bit as important as any one of the Yankees regular rotation members.

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

It took all of six pitches for the Yankees to rewrite the history books on Tuesday night.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (50-28, 5.0 GA in AL East) continue their three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays (29-50, 21.5 GB in AL East) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

With one home run tonight, the Yankees would set a Major League record of 28 straight games with at least one long ball, a record currently held by the 2002 Texas Rangers. ... DJ LeMahieu has reached base safely in seven consecutive plate appearances. ... The Yankees are 12-3 in their last 15 games against AL East opponents.

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 (Andy Marlin)
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The Yankees can make history on Tuesday night in the Bronx if just one player can put a ball over the wall for a home run. 

Last night, Aaron Hicks made it 27 straight games that a Yankee hit a homer, which tied an MLB record set by the 2002 Rangers. And Hicks speaks for the team when he says they know what's on the line tonight.

"We're aware of it," Hicks told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "It's kind of what we do. We hit home runs here. It's how we score runs." 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) reacts at the end of the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) reacts at the end of the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Jonathan Holder will have to work out his problems in Triple-A. 

The Yankees optioned the right-handed reliever to the minors following Monday's 10-8 win over the Blue Jays, in which Holder allowed five runs on five hits and two home runs without recording an out in a low-leverage situation in which the Yankees had an eight-run lead. 

He has allowed 13 runs in his last 5.1 innings and has a 6.81 ERA. 

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CC Sabathia notches 251st win 00:01:06
CC Sabathia had a shaky first inning but then rebounded for six solid innings, securing his 251st win while the Yankees won 10-8.

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Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks homered while CC Sabathia threw six strong innings as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 10-8 on Monday at Yankee Stadium.. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Monday's game

1) Hicks has not been able to find a groove this season, but he did come up with a big hit -- a three-run homer -- for the Yanks in the fifth inning. The homer gave the Yanks the lead, one which they would add several runs to along the way.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Holder, Toronto Blue Jays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks reacts with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks reacts with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees made home run history on Monday night.

With Aaron Hicks' three-run home run in the third inning, the Yankees homered for the 27th straight game, tying the 2002 Texas Rangers for the longest streak in MLB history.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Matt Eisenberg
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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

Three Yankees pitching prospects, including No. 4 prospect Deivi Garcia, threw a combined no-hitter for Double-A Trenton on Monday.

Garcia struck out nine batters and walked two in five innings, while Domingo Acevedo and Daniel Alvarez both threw two hitless innings as the Thunder beat the Reading Fightin Phils 7-0, the fourth nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history.

The 20-year-old Garcia maintained his dominance since his promotion to the Double-A level, retiring 11 straight batters after a leadoff HBP. 

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman will certainly be looking to trade for a starting pitcher by the July 31 deadline, and had reportedly checked in on Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman earlier this month. 

Stroman appears to already be embracing the possibility of pitching in New York. 

The right-hander was in the Bronx on Monday for Toronto's three-game series against the Bombers and he was asked by reporters about potentially being traded into a high-pressure environment. 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (49-28, 4.5 GA in AL East) begin a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays (29-49, 20.5 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez is slashinng .370/.400/.815 with three home runs and 12 RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak. ... While Yankees relievers combined for a 2.72 ERA in the month of May, their bullpen has a 4.97 ERA in June. ... The Yankees have homered in 26 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history. They are one game away from tying the MLB record of 27, which the Texas Rangers set in 2002.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Toronto Blue Jays
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Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

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


Estevan Florial, OF, High-A Tampa (No. 1, MLB No. 47) -- ETA 2021

After a 0-for-4 game on Sunday, Florial is hitless in his last four games (0-for-14). Worse, Florial has just five hits in his last 37 at-bats and is hitting .200 with a .599 OPS this season.

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are not concerned with Aaron Judge's post-injured list slump.

Though Judge is 0-for-10 with four strikeouts in three games since returning from an oblique strain that sidelined him for two months, manager Aaron Boone knows what Judge is capable of.

"Judge is about the last guy I worry about," Boone told reporters after Sunday's loss to the Astros. "It's truly a matter of time. When he locks it in real good, you know it's gonna be on base and power for days."

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Yanks win streak ends at 8 00:01:12
Boone and Happ talk about Happ's struggles and possibly meeting the Astros in the post-season

The Yankees won their eighth game in a row, beating the Astros 7-5 on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Giancarlo Stanton came up clutch in a pair of huge spots for the Yankees on Saturday. After the Astros tied the game at two on a Josh Reddick two-run homer in the top of the sixth, Stanton grounded a two-run single off Yuli Gurriel's glove to give the Yankees the lead. Later in the game, with the score tied at five in the seventh, Stanton hit an almost identical ball, scoring two again and putting the Yankees up 7-5.

2) With a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning, Aaron Boone turned the ball over to Jonathan Holder, and the reliever couldn't keep the lead. With two on and two outs, Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez blasted a three-run home run to right to give Houston the lead. The Yankees bounced right back, though, as Austin Romine lined an opposite field home run to tie the game. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Jun 23, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) hits an inside the park home run at the 2019 Yankees Old Timers' Day Game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 23, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) hits an inside the park home run at the 2019 Yankees Old Timers' Day Game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

It was a picturesque day in the Bronx for the Yankees classic Old Timer's Day. And this one was extra special due to it being Mariano Rivera's first ever Old Timer's Day game. 

While some of the best Yankees in years past were announced before the game took place, the day was dedicated to Rivera with each Old Timer wearing his No. 42 on the back of their jerseys. Rivera is coming off a Hall of Fame vote that made him the first unanimous inductee in history. 

All eyes were on Rivera when he took the mound in the first inning, and of course, Enter Sandman was played over the speakers...

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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (49-27, 5.5 GA in AL East) can collect a sweep against the Astros (48-30, 6.5 GA in AL West) on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium at 2:20 p.m.

Yankees notes

Old Timer's Day took place before this one, where Mariano Rivera played in his very first one. He had an inside-the-park home run during his at-bat. ...The Yankees would push their win streak to nine games if they can defeat Houston today. ...Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez have homered in three consecutive games when they play. They got the day off yesterday, and Gio Urshela and Austin Romine -- their replacements -- both homered. ...Giancarlo Stanton had four, clutch RBI yesterday, including the game-winning hit -- a two-run single to left.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, J.A. Happ
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees have placed OF Cameron Maybin on the 10-day Injured List with a Grade 2 left calf strain, the team announced on Sunday. The move is retroactive to June 22. 

Manager Aaron Boone said after the game Friday night that Maybin had to leave early that the veteran outfielder "felt a pot" in his calf as he rounded the bases following a Gary Sanchez home run. As he made his way to the dugout, he was visibly limping. 

This is a tough blow for Maybin, who has been wonderful for the Yankees since coming on mid-season. He is slashing .314/.391/.500 with five homers, 14 RBI and seven doubles over 42 games this season. He played a vital role in providing quality outfield depth when Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton were all on the IL. 

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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) follows through on a two run infield single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) follows through on a two run infield single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees won their eighth game in a row, beating the Astros 7-5 on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Giancarlo Stanton came up clutch in a pair of huge spots for the Yankees on Saturday. After the Astros tied the game at two on a Josh Reddick two-run homer in the top of the sixth, Stanton grounded a two-run single off Yuli Gurriel's glove to give the Yankees the lead. Later in the game, with the score tied at five in the seventh, Stanton hit an almost identical ball, scoring two again and putting the Yankees up 7-5.

2) With a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning, Aaron Boone turned the ball over to Jonathan Holder, and the reliever couldn't keep the lead. With two on and two outs, Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez blasted a three-run home run to right to give Houston the lead. The Yankees bounced right back, though, as Austin Romine lined an opposite field home run to tie the game. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (48-27, 4.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game set with the Astros (48-29, 7.5 GA in AL West) on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:15 p.m.

Yankees notes

With one home run on Sunday, the Yankees would tie their longest home run streak in franchise history, dating back to 1941. ... The Yankees are averaging over seven runs per game during their current seven-game winning streak. ... The Bombers are a Major League-best 29-3 in games that they hit at least two home runs. 

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(Adam Hunger)

The return of Aaron Judge to the Yankees' lineup on Friday night marked the final piece to complete the Bronx Bombers' claim as the most powerful lineup in the majors. 

It also meant getting the Yankees' biggest star back, too, but Judge believes that claim belongs to Gleyber Torres. 

The Yankees' 22-year-old infielder homered in his third consecutive game on Friday -- along with Gary Sanchez -- giving him 18 on the season. Torres is hitting .287/.347/.544 on the season and is on pace for 39 home runs this year. 

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Yanks win streak hits 7 00:01:36
Boone, Torres, Paxton and Judge on the potent Yankees lineup and Judge's return

Cameron Maybin stayed on the Yankees' roster when Aaron Judge was activated, but his stay hit a road bump on Friday.

Starting the game in left field, Maybin left the game against the Astros after the third inning. He had singled earlier in the frame and came around to score on a Gary Sanchez home run.

The Yankees later announced that the veteran left the game with a strained left calf and was going for an MRI.

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The Yankees win their seventh-straight game, beating the Astros 4-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Five takeaways from Friday's game

1) James Paxton generated 17 swings and misses, but he couldn't get through the sixth inning. Paxton finished with seven strikeouts, however he walked three batters and was never fully in command of the strike zone. Though he allowed just one run in this one, some of Paxton's efforts simply feel like there is something missing.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, James Paxton, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The "primary" season is over for the All-Star Game voting and six Yankees have advanced to final round. 

The entire Yankees infield -- Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela have all finished within the top-three voting at their positions to advance. Gary Sanchez also advanced to the final round among AL catchers while Aaron Judge, despite being injured most of the season, is in the final round of nine outfielders. 

Next will be a special "Election Day," where fans will have 28 hours to vote for one of the three finalists at each position (nine for outfield) as the starters on the All-Star Game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit
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It's no secret that the AL East-leading Yankees will be looking to upgrade their roster prior to the trade deadline on July 31. It was clear before the Edwin Encarnacion trade, but the team's primary focus will be starting pitching. 

We know that the organization will make a move, but when and for whom remain to be seen. The real question is, what type of move(s) can be expected from GM Brian Cashman? 

Each summer, big names are tossed through the rumor mill, and 2019 has been no different. The biggest names circulated thus far range from Madison Bumgarner, Trevor Bauer and potentially Max Scherzer. While the flash and attention of elite names always creates intrigue, it's worth taking a look at similar past opportunities and what the Yankees have done in those situations. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Sonny Gray
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (47-27, 4.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game set with the Astros (48-28, 7.5 GA in AL West) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have now won six-straight games, their third winning streak of at least six games this season. ... the Bombers have homered in 23 consecutive games. ... Gleyber Torres has homered in two-straight games and has driven in at least three runs in three of his last six games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, James Paxton
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The public obsession with adding an elite starting pitcher isn't going away until a deal gets done at some point, but it shouldn't overshadow the magnificence of what the Yankees are doing these days, playing at a remarkably high level in all areas of the game. 

Consider that while winning six straight games they've outscored their opponents by a whopping 47-17, with the last four of those games against the Rays and the Astros. 

And to think, Giancarlo Stanton has barely been a factor yet since returning earlier this week, and now Aaron Judge is back as well, beginning Friday night. That plus newly-acquired Edwin Encarnacion riding shotgun for the big boys and, oh by the way, Gary Sanchez slugging at an MVP-level once again.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, John Harper
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Jun 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Cameron Maybin (38) is congratulated by New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Cameron Maybin (38) is congratulated by New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Cameron Maybin lives to see another day in pinstripes. 

The Yankees announced that Nestor Cortes Jr. was optioned to Triple-A Scranton after Thursday's 10-6 win over the Astros as they open up a roster spot to welcome Aaron Judge back from the IL on Friday. 

By keeping Maybin, the Yankees will carry four bench players and 12 pitchers, which includes two extra outfielders. 

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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees use four homers to beat the Astros, 10-6, Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Six takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Yankees tandem of Chad Green as opener and Nestor Cortes Jr. as follower can only be derailed by a rain delay at this point. Green tossed two scoreless innings to start the game and Cortes followed with two scoreless of his own. After the delay, Cortes came back out for the fifth inning and got two quick outs. The scoreless string ended there as the left-hander allowed back to back home runs before retiring the final batter of the inning. The duo has been terrific for the Yankees, making it realistic to believe the club will stick with them until the wheels fall off.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, Chris Carelli
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Apr 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Aaron Judge is set to return to the Yankees' lineup on Friday, and the 27-year-old is more than ready to return.

Coming off of his rehab assignment, Judge was back in the Yankees' clubhouse on Thursday.

"It's about time," Judge told reporters on Thursday.

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

The Yankees (45-27, lead AL East +2.5 games) are looking for a series sweep against the Rays (43-30, 2.5 games back in AL East) in a Wednesday matinee at 1:10 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

In his return to the Yankees lineup for the first time since the opening series of the season, Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 against the Rays on Tuesday night. ...Edwin Encarnacion hammered his first homer of his Yankees career last night -- a bomb to right-center field to pad the Yankees' lead. ...The Yankees have won their last three games. ...Cameron Maybin continues to show off his power, hitting a home run in each of his last four games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are already active in trade talks with other teams, but have not yet been able to agree on a deal for their top priority, a starting pitcher. It's clear to rivals, though, that Brian Cashman will not move Clint Frazier for a free-agent-to-be like Madison Bumgarner or Zack Wheeler.

As SNY has reported, the Yankees like Wheeler, understanding that his season has been better than some of his statistics suggest. The rumor mill has linked the Yanks to Bumgarner, though the club's actual interest in the San Francisco lefty has been lukewarm so far.

The Yanks are also willing to deal Frazier in the right situation, but will be very careful in doing so. He is an above-average major league hitter with five years of team control remaining before free agency. Simply put, the Yankees will not move years of Frazier for a few months of a Wheeler or Bumgarner, according to multiple major league sources.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia became the 48th pitcher in MLB history to reach 250 wins when he helped beat the Tampa Bay Rays 12-1 on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Earlier this year, he became the 17th pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts.

Is he destined for Cooperstown? His teammates think so.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Tampa Bay Rays
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CC Sabathia gets win #250 00:01:00
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia discusses his 250th victory and what it means to have a career like he's had

The Yankees completed their sweep of the Rays, 12-1, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) CC Sabathia fared better this time out compared to his last outing against the White Sox. The veteran lefty went six innings, allowing just one run on a bloop single in the top of the sixth inning. That was only one of three hits he allowed, while striking out seven and walking three. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tampa Bay Rays
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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

It may have only been the middle of June, but 20-year-old Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia showed Tuesday night that he knows how to win big games in style.

Garcia struck out 15 batters over six one-hit innings for the Double-A Trenton Thunder -- clinching a playoff spot with the win. The Thunder are the first-half division champions in the Eastern League, which automatically guarantees them a playoff spot at season's end.

Of the 18 batters Garcia got out Tuesday night, he struck out 15 of them -- a ridiculous 83.3 percent.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

After years spent trying to get under the luxury tax and an offseason where they didn't pounce on Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said Tuesday that they are willing to go over the highest penalty luxury tax threshold if necessary in order to prove the 2019 team. 

That number is $246 million, with the Yankees roughly $15 million below it, according to Newsday's David Lennon

In need of starting rotation help, the Yankees were recently out-bid by the Braves for Dallas Keuchel, meaning they still have some wiggle room when it comes to potentially eclipsing the highest luxury tax figure this season.

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Jun 15, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) watches his two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Jun 15, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) watches his two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

The Yankees (45-27, lead AL East +2.5 games) are looking for a series sweep against the Rays (43-30, 2.5 games back in AL East) in a Wednesday matinee at 1:10 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

In his return to the Yankees lineup for the first time since the opening series of the season, Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 against the Rays on Tuesday night. ...Edwin Encarnacion hammered his first homer of his Yankees career last night -- a bomb to right-center field to pad the Yankees' lead. ...The Yankees have won their last three games. ...Cameron Maybin continues to show off his power, hitting a home run in each of his last four games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Tampa Bay Rays
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Boone updates Judge injury 00:01:18
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone says outfielder Aaron Judge is physically ready to join team but wants him to get his timing back.

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The Yankees beat the Rays, 6-3, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) J.A. Happ managed to navigate five innings after enduring a rain delay of nearly one and a half hours. Happ allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out three batters and walking zero batters to move to 7-3 on the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, J.A. Happ, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Giancarlo Stanton is back in the Yankees' lineup as the Bombers (44-27, 1.5 GA in AL East) host the Tampa Bay Rays (43-29, 1.5 GB in AL East) on Tuesday, at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion is batting sixth after going 0-for-4 in his Yankees debut on Monday. ...Cameron Maybin's home run on Monday marked the first time in his career he has homered in three consecutive games. He is hitting .364/.382/.697 with three home runs, four RBI and 10 runs scored in 10 games the month of June ... DJ LeMahieu hit his eighth home run on Monday and his .311 batting average leads all second baseman in the MLB. 

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, Tampa Bay Rays
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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)

Another day, another power bat rejoins the Yankees lineup. 

After welcoming Edwin Encarnacion on Monday, the Yankees added Giancarlo Stanton back to the lineup, batting fifth and playing right field against the Rays, on Tuesday. 

It is Stanton's first game since March 31. 

 

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

The Yankees made it official on Tuesday, activating Giancarlo Stanton to join the team for the first time since the opening days of the 2019 season. And the corresponding move for his arrival was OF Mike Tauchman being sent back down to Triple-A, which was made last night following the win over the Rays. 

So two roster moves have been made for the Yankees, which includes Clint Frazier being sent down in correspondence with Edwin Encarnacion joining the team via trade. Now the final puzzle piece will be put into place when Aaron Judge is finally activated after rehabbing his oblique injury. 

But who will be purged to allow him room on the 25-man roster? 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton
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Tanaka throws a gem 00:01:21
Boone, Tanaka and Voit talk about Tanaka's complete game shutout while Encarnacion discusses his Yankees debut.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters in Monday's two-hit shutout over the Rays, increasing New York's lead in the AL East standings to 1.5 games.

Manager Aaron Boone called it a "big-time performance to kick off this series for us," and Tanaka dominated from the get-go.

He retired the first nine hitters he faced, the first hit he allowed an Austin Meadows fourth-inning single. He retired the last 10 batters he faced, needing 111 pitches for his first shutout since July 24, 2018 ... also against the Rays.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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