(Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a transformation in how they build their roster. The club still spends plenty of money - they will open the season with a payroll approaching $220 million - but they have begun to preach and follow through on getting younger and more athletic throughout the roster. This was abundantly clear in the offseason when they did not sign a single player to an MLB free-agent contract. The Yankees did however take on more salary by adding three quality players, and considering the returning players, the club has improved on paper and has a chance to return to the postseason in 2016.

Rotation

Nathan Eovaldi took the first step to becoming a dominant starter in 2015. After a slow start, Eovaldi went through a stretch during the summer in which he went 10-2, with a 2.93 ERA across 12 starts (73 2/3 innings). Eovaldi worked hard at mastering a split-finger fastball, while honing in on the location of his fastball. Eovaldi's season came to an abrupt end when sidelined with an elbow injury, but it seems a non-issue as he pitched well this spring.

Michael Pineda is an enigma. He owns fantastic stuff, but fails to deliver it on a regular basis. He looks like a Cy Young contender at times and a run-of-the-mill pitcher on others. The Yankees need Pineda to work deeper into games in 2016 and reach the 30-start mark; something he has never done. If he can do both, there is a chance Pineda rises to the top of the rotation.

Luis Severino enters his first full season in the big leagues and it is difficult to tamper expectations for his sophomore season after a fabulous freshman campaign (62 1/3 IP, 2.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 22 BB, 56 K). Severino will be working without an innings limit and if he is able to continue on the path he started last season, he could lift his name near the top of the list of the young up-and-coming pitchers in baseball.

Masahiro Tanaka's chance to show he is the best starter on the club is dwindling. Tanaka made 24 starts in 2015 and in all pitched well (24 GS, 154 IP, 12-7, 3.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 27 BB, 139 K). Tanaka has great stuff, but he is not entirely consistent and still allows too many home runs (25 in 2015). Tanaka pitches with a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, but if he can manage 30-plus starts this season, it will provide a boost to the rotation.

The competition for the fifth starter in the rotation remains unsettled with CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova awaiting word from the club at press time. Sabathia was not especially good early in spring, but his last two outings (four earned runs in nine combined innings) might be enough to make the club believe he can keep the team in games he starts. Nova finished the spring with a six-inning scoreless start, but that followed two disastrous outings.

In my opinion, the option of putting Sabathia in the bullpen seems to be a risky prospect for someone who has NEVER worked out in relief in his 15 major league seasons and might not fully embrace the role from a mental perspective. Nova has just over 17 innings of relief pitching in his MLB career, but his repertoire seems like a better bet to succeed out of the bullpen compared to Sabathia's offerings. When it comes down to it, I believe the Yankees will peg Sabathia as the fifth starter, but with an incredibly short leash.

Bullpen

The relief crew might look like nothing like we expected Monday. With Aroldis Chapman out until May 9 due to his domestic violence suspension, the Yankees got a big scare when a line drive drilled Andrew Miller on Tuesday, resulting in a chip fracture to his right wrist. Miller wants to pitch through the injury, but if he is unable to be ready for Opening Day, Dellin Betances takes over the closer role until one of the southpaws return.

Betances is a dominant pitcher, one who has soared to the top-tier of the relief pitcher rankings in all of baseball. The Yankees were hoping to throttle back on Betances' usage in 2016, but that desire might take a back seat due to the injury problems.

As for Chapman, he will have to work with minor leaguers for the next several weeks. He is not allowed to participate in game action while suspended, so the team will have to replicate that as much as possible to keep Chapman's arm fresh and ready to step right in May 9.

Behind the Big Three, Chasen Shreve seems to be the next in line to receive significant high-impact innings. Shreve was fantastic for much of 2015, and has been great this spring. With one more season under his belt, Shreve is an important reliever, especially with the potential loss of Miller.

Johnny Barbato and Luis Cessa, both newcomers to the roster, will join the loser of the fifth starter competition. That leaves one spot (or two depending on Miller's availability). Barbato is hard-throwing righty with a good curveball. Cessa impressed the Yankees from the start of spring and should be one of the swingmen in the bullpen. Both pitchers might find themselves getting some important innings early on with news that the Yankees will be without Bryan Mitchell for at least three months due to a broken big toe and turf toe.

The remaining slot looks to be going to another fresh face in Kirby Yates as he's the last reliever left in camp, although the club could opt to sign someone left off another club's roster. Branden Pinder, James Pazos or Nick Rumbelow -- all of whom were recently sent down to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre -- could get a shot if Miller hits the disabled list. Again, going outside the organization is always an option to sub for Miller as well.

What to expect from Yankees' pitching

In my view, everything revolves around the starting rotation, even more so because of the bullpen injuries. Yankees' starters absolutely have to pitch deeper into games in an effort to not overuse their best relievers and so that the younger relievers are not overly exposed.

The Yankees might not have a true ace, but I see Eovaldi and Severino taking the next steps in their careers, and one or the other of Tanaka and Pineda finally having a full season of starts. Finally, I expect Sabathia and Nova to trade off and on with the fifth starter role throughout the season, with the team going with the hot hand.

As for the bullpen, if Miller can pitch through the injury and not make things worse, the club will have avoided a big issue. Once Chapman comes back from the suspension, the Yanks will be tough to beat when they have a lead after six innings. However, the squad cannot rely on those three names alone; Shreve will need to continue his assent and at least one more reliever will need to step up his game so the backend of the pen remains strong in September.

Catcher

Brian McCann set career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (94) in 2015, regaining much of the offensive prowess he displayed while with the Atlanta Braves. Behind the plate, McCann suffered a downturn in framing skills according to StatCorner, but threw out 36 percent of potential base stealers, which surpassed the league average of 32 percent. Similar offensive stats and a return to elite level pitch framing that McCann had been know will be a certain advantage the Yankees have over other teams.

First Base

The Yankees are virtually relying on a repeat performance from Mark Teixeira after the 35-year-old smashed 31 home runs in just 462 plate appearances in 2015. Teixeira faltered as the calendar changed to August after reviving his career over the first four months of the season. Worse for Teixeira, he suffered a season-ending injury after fouling a ball off his shin causing a fracture. Teixeira was able to sustain health until the freak injury, but has not played more than 123 games in a season since 2011. Teixeira looked agile at first base and saved plenty of errors around the diamond, something I expect to continue again this season.

Second Base

One of the major trades the Yankees made this offseason was for 26-year-old Starlin Castro. Castro has enjoyed a very good spring, which is a continuation from his superb offensive finish to the 2015 season. In my opinion, Castro has the most upside of this group from an offensive standpoint and remains young enough to flourish. Castro is still learning the position, but he has shown good range and his powerful arm will aid him make up the difference if he finds himself out of position at times.

Third Base

Chase Headley is coming off what has become an average season from him from an offensive standpoint, and as such, expecting much more is likely a mistake. Headley had an impressive two-month summer stretch in 2015, so the ability is still there, but he slumped offensively along with almost everyone else as the season wound down. Hitting toward the bottom of the lineup, Headley's bat is not as important as the necessity of his fielding efforts bouncing back to form after making an uncharacteristic 23 errors in 2015.

Shortstop

Didi Gregorius grew as a hitter in 2015, and since he is just 26 years old, there is still a chance he can grow further at the plate. Gregorius, who was expected to provide above-average fielding, failed to do so from the onset. He seemed to be pressing and it was affecting much of his defensive game. Once Gregorius felt comfortable in pinstripes, he showed the slick fielding and strong arm many proclaimed he possessed. Once the fielding came back to form, Gregorius began to hit.

Left field

Brett Gardner was the consummate top of the order hitter for the first half of the 2015 season, helping him earn his first All-Star appearance. Unfortunately, Gardner's production fell off the map over the season's final three months. Worse, it was the second straight season in which Gardner suffered a second-half slump. The Yankees absolutely need Gardner to utilize his speed on the bases and in the outfield this season. Gardner has professed to want to steal more bases and it is imperative that he does so when he finds himself in a good running situation. In the field, Gardner defense is diminishing according to advanced metrics, something that must improve in spacious Yankee Stadium.

Center field

The Yankees desperately need Jacoby Ellsbury, along with Gardner, to have banner and complete seasons in 2016. Ellsbury got off to a great start in 2015, helping to catapult the Yankees into first place after the first month-plus of the season. Unfortunately, Ellsbury was hobbled with a knee injury in May of which he never fully recuperated. The Yankees hope Ellsbury's offensive decline was due to the balky knee, because if it was simply about age the team will be dreading the moment they signed him to a seven-year, $153 million before the 2014 season. Provided he is healthy, Ellsbury is still a decent fielder who can cover enough ground in center field, albeit with a weak arm.

Right field

Carlos Beltran looked old and overmatched during the first month of the 2015 season. His bat was slow, and his feet were like cement in the field. The work in the outfield never really improved for the 39-year-old, but his bat was the most consistent on the roster from May 1 on. Beltran was an incredibly productive hitter, and I have no reason to believe he cannot duplicate that this season. I do think Beltran will be given more rest in 2016 and might be removed for defense in tight games, but his swan-song season in the Bronx could be one to remember.

Designated Hitter

No one knew what to expect from Alex Rodriguez when he returned to the field after a full season off; certainly 33 home runs and 86 RBIs was seemingly out of the picture. Rodriguez's late-season doldrums likely stemmed from extensive playing time after missing the entire 2014 season. Like Teixeira, A-Rod will require some extra rest this season and the club has a host of players who can grab a half-day off when the 40-year-old veteran sits.

Bench

The Yankees will likely rest Teixeira more often in 2016, using Dustin Ackley as the primary backup at first base. Ackley, a left-handed hitter who can also play the corner outfield positions, has some pop in his bat so there will not be too much of a drop in offensive production when he is in the lineup. The Yankees might give away some defense when Ackley is covering first, but he is athletic enough to be a fair defender.

Aaron Hicks is expected to play at least three or four days per week in an effort to keep the starting outfielders strong. Hicks can play each of the outfield positions quite well, and he may have yet to reach his offensive potential. Hicks feasts on left-handed pitching so it would make sense to see him face as many southpaws as possible this season. If Hicks can pick it up from the left side of the plate, he could be a special addition to the club.

Austin Romine deserves a lot of credit for making it back to the major league club as the backup catcher. While he might be passed by Gary Sanchez at some point this season, Romine showed a good deal of perseverance by improving his hitting skills and sticking to learning the craft behind the plate. Romine will be perfectly fine as McCann's backup for as long as the club feels Sanchez needs in Triple-A.

Ronald Torreyes was a member of five clubs during the last two seasons (including two stays with the Yankees) and finds himself as the club's utility infielder. Torreyes beat out Rob Refsnyder and Pete Kozma in the process. Torreyes is a strong defender, who can play second base, shortstop and third base. Torreyes' ability to spell Gregorius at shortstop, along with his solid on-base skills, it helped push him to the role.

What to expect from the Yankees' offense

The Yankees offense seeks to remain one of the top run-scoring units in the league and I believe they can approach their numbers from last season as a group.

When Ellsbury and Gardner are at their best, it allows for the Yankees middle of the lineup batters to reach their max potential. When Ellsbury and Gardner struggle to get on base, it forces the run-producing bats to press and leads to the complete downfall of the offense.

Expecting both Teixeira and Rodriguez to reach the offensive metrics they achieved in 2015 might be a stretch, but they certainly have the ability to come close provided they receive ample rest. With McCann and Beltran, the Yanks can withstand occasional slumps from Teixeira and Rodriguez.

The bottom third of the Yankees lineup will generally consist of Headley, Gregorius and Castro in what will probably be a fluctuating order. Expect Hicks to get his fair share of plate appearances, and prosper in his role.

What to expect from the Yankees' defense

I believe the Yankees defense is solid. I am not sure if they will be spectacular, but I also do not see defense dragging the team down. A lot depends on how Castro grows in his position, and if Headley can return to the dependable fielder, he was when he arrived in New York in 2014. The Yankees will benefit from having Hicks on the bench to spell any of the outfielders, especially on days in which he plays in right field for Beltran.

Manager

Joe Girardi continues to find it difficult to command respect from Yankees fans. Some of this he brings on himself, but it is also part of the fans desire to win - all the time.

Girardi owns a reputation as a manager with his binder full of statistical information and being unable to remove himself from what the numbers suggest. At the same time, many claim Girardi sticks with veterans too often and fails to develop young players.

A lot of that remained the same in 2015, but Girardi has shown some signs of change. He benched Ellsbury for last season's wild card game. He allowed Severino to prosper in the rotation versus sending him down when the other starters were healthy. He named Mitchell a part of this season's bullpen instead of relegating him to the Triple-A squad. Barbato and Cessa will get a chance to show their abilities.

The list of "unconventional for Girardi" moves continues to grow; maybe he finally sees the need for some balance. This season will once again test his abilities to get the most out of an aging roster and a group of talented and inspired young players.

Front Office

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust deserve some credit for the offseason they put together. Without damaging their farm system, and in dealing two relievers, the club upgraded in spots of need, and put a stamp on the backend of the bullpen.

The Yankees turned a 28-year-old lefty with control problems into two young promising pitchers, with one (Cessa) already making the club. They lost an important piece in swingman Adam Warren, but gained a boost at second base with Castro. This was especially important, as the keystone has been a black hole since Robinson Cano left for Seattle. Finally, the Yankees jumped on a bargain basement price for the hardest throwing closer in the game in Chapman.

Expect the Yankees to continue to hone their system by moving pieces from one aspect of the club for another. The Yankees will have some decisions to make with young players this season such as Sanchez, Refsnyder and Aaron Judge. When is it the right time to bring them up and let them stick? Alternatively, will a player from another team, one that is young and cost-controlled become available?

What does it all mean?

The Yankees have the benefit of going through this transformation phase with plenty of talented players filling the roster. Are they the favorites to win the American League East among the national baseball media? Hardly. Should the teams in their division take them seriously? Absolutely.

The Yankees, as all clubs, need to stay healthy. It is hard to quantify how a team will perform without believing each of the players charged with the task of winning is on the field 90-100 percent of the time. In my view, if they avoid major injuries along the way, the club has enough to succeed to reach the postseason in 2016.

Part of the reason the Yankees have a chance to win the AL East is because they play in a division without a superior team. Each club has its flaws, and its strengths. Teams with a potent offense have a suspect rotation (Toronto, Boston and Baltimore), and another team possesses a collection of good arms, but fails to scare opponents in the batter's box (Tampa Bay).

The Yankees on the other hand seem to be the most balanced team in the division. Yes, they are older in spots. It is true that they are more susceptible to injuries because of past issues. Nevertheless, if the rotation has three members rise to their abilities, the backend of the bullpen pitches to the back of their baseball card, and if the Yankees can manage to be in the top-5 offenses in the league, (they scored the second most runs in the AL in 2015) they can certainly be a force in the division.

I believe that the Yankees will finish with a record of 88-74, which might be enough to win the division considering I fully expect a good deal of cannibalism among the AL East teams. I feel 88 wins gets the Yankees back into the postseason, and if they can, they will have as good of a chance of reaching the World

Tags: Ivan Nova, Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Christopher Carelli

 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

It's the golden rule: Don't argue balls and strikes. 

Yet, manager Aaron Boone did so on Tuesday night against the Rangers, and it earned him his first ejection of his early managerial career. Home plate umpire Pat Hoberg heard Boone chirping all night, and after a questionable strike call against Gary Sanchez, Hoberg had heard enough. 

"At different points in the night I raised some things and I guess he had heard enough," Boone told The Post's George A. King III about the ejection. "Nothing more than that."

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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees have brought in a fresh arm for their pitching staff, as they signed LHP Ryan Bollinger to a major league contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Bollinger has split time with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton so far this season. He has recently thrown with the Thunder, where he owns a dominate 0.90 ERA in three starts (all wins). He also has 13 strikeouts over those appearances.

This is the 27-year-old's first season back in Major League Baseball after spending time in independent leagues over the past few seasons. He played in the Canadien-American League with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles from 2015-16, and even made it down to Australia to play with the Brisbane Bandits in 2017.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:02:28
Doug Williams and Anthony McCarron discuss the Yankees' loss to the Texas Rangers, and whether they need to make a move for Cole Hamels.

Domingo German was roughed up by the Rangers early on and the Yankees' offense couldn't overcome the deficit in a 6-4 loss on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. >> Box score

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May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yanees pitcher Domingo German (65) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yanees pitcher Domingo German (65) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees will play the second game of a three-game series with the Rangers on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 5-3 since May 10 after riding a 17-1 streak ... The Yankees have scored 10 runs in back-to-back games and have the best winning percentage in the majors... The team has hit at least four homers and eight extra-base hits in three straight games, becoming the first team to complete the fea ... The Yankees are the fourth team in modern history to have eight or more extra-base hits in three onsecutive games. On Saturday New York's offense tied a season-high with five homers.

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Daily News Live: Hamels' future 00:02:36
The Daily News Live panel breaks down whether Cole Hamels' start against the New York Yankees tonight is an audition for his next team.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees continue to roll, but it remains clear that a rotation upgrade could be the difference between dominating the regular season and passing the Houston Astros to win the American League pennant. Two of the their most appealing options, Texas' Cole Hamels and Detroit's Michael Fulmer, bring very different pros and cons. Here's a look:

Fulmer

At 25 years old and with five years of team control remaining, Fulmer will likely be a prize at this year's trade deadline. That means that the Tigers can demand a high price, and play suitors against one another. Even teams like the Braves and Phillies, who might not be quite ready to win, could see value in bidding for Fulmer...

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 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

If one were to look at Masahiro Tanaka's record, it would show a starting pitcher enjoying a great start to the season. At 5-2 after last night's win over the Rangers on the road, Tanaka hasn't lost a start since April 17. 

But all adept baseball fans know a pitcher's record is only the facade. And for Tanaka, that couldn't be any more true. 

It was another night that saw a less-than-impressive Tanaka despite getting the victory chalked up in his win column. The 29-year-old let the long ball hurt him again as all four runs he allowed came on home runs. The first was a moonshot to Joey Gallo in the bottom of the second followed by Rougned Odor's first homer of the season, a three-run bomb to right-center that tied the game at four. 

Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:02:59
The Baseball Night in NY crew discusses the red hot Gleyber Torres, who had two homers in the Yankees' 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers.

Yankees rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres became the youngest player in franchise history to record a multi-home run game since Mickey Mantle in Monday's 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, hit two home runs off Bartolo Colon as New York won its third straight game. He became the second-youngest Yankee to hit two homers in a game, as Mantle achieved the feat at 20 years, 296 days.

Since being promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Torres has a .321/.389/.571 batting line with six home runs and 18 RBIs, and the Yankees are 20-4 in games he's appeared in. He is hitting .340 since May 2.

Tags: Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hit two home runs while Aaron Judge hit his 12th homer of the season as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 on Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, became the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle (20 years, 296 days) to have a multi-homer game. His second-inning homer off Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and he added another one in the sixth inning to make it 6-4.

Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and Aaron Hicks also homered as the Yankees became the first team since the 1961 Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic's Katie Sharp, to hit at least four home runs in three straight road games on the same road trip. New York also became the fourth team in modern MLB history to total at least eight extra-base hits in three straight games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Monday at 8:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are in a first-place tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the AL East and have the best winning percentage in baseball, .007 points higher than Boston's. ... New York has won four of its last five games and 21 of its last 25. On Saturday and Sunday, the Yankees outscored the Kansas City Royals 18-4. ... Since April 21, the Yankees have scored six or more runs 13 times.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday's 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Frazier, 22, was called up earlier this week and went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in his season debut in Saturday's 8-3 win.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Kansas City Royals
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Apr 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) on his way to the dugout between innings against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) on his way to the dugout between innings against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the second straight game, Didi Gregorius found himself on the bench instead of his more familiar spot at shortstop. The Yankees were facing another lefty in Eric Skoglund, and with his slump still in full form, manager Aaron Boone found it best to sit him. 

Gregorius didn't complain. Instead, he understood exactly why his manager made the move. 

"I am not the one who makes the lineup, I can't be disappointed," Gregorius told The Post's George A. King III. "I do want to play, but there is not much we can do about it. We talked about it [Saturday]."

Tags: Didi Gregorius
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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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Former Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez knows what lies ahead for ex-teammate Robinson Cano

Cano was suspended 80 games for testing positive for the diuretic Furosemid, which is used as a masking agent. He is currently serving that suspension as he nurses his fractured hand he sustained during an at-bat. 

Rodriguez, who was spending for the entire 2014 season for his own PED use, thinks the road will be tough for Cano. But he believes he will land on his feet...

Tags: Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:03:15
Larry Ridley and Anthony McCarron break down the Yankees' dominant 10-1 win over the Royals and give an update on Greg Bird's injury status.

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray had his strongest outing of the season on Sunday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in a 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Gray struck out five batters and only aallowed four hits, recording a quality start for the third time in his last four outings.

"I mean, I felt good my last four or five times out,'' Gray said, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera. "I know my results weren't great in my last start (5 IP, 5 ER, 9 H vs. Oakland on May 11) but at the same time I feel really good, especially moving forward.''

Tags: Kansas City Royals
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 (Denny Medley)
(Denny Medley)

Tyler Austin hit two home runs and Sonny Gray pitched eight strong innings as the Yankees defeated the Royals, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon >> Box Score 

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May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Yankees (29-13) and Royals (14-31) continue their three-game set in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Yankees notes

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May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run, Gary Sanchez hit two homers, and the Yankees beat the Royals on Saturday night, 8-3. >> Box Score 


Gary Sanchez put the Yankees on the board in the first inning with an RBI double and Hicks' inside-the-park home run two innings later gave the Yankees a 2-0 advantage.

Gleyber Torres put the Yankees in front for good with a three-run homer in the fouth inning for his fourth home run of the season. Torres' homer was the second of five home runs hit by the Yankees on offense in an eight-run effort. 

The Yankees dominated Royals starter Danny Duffy, who gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings.

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

The Yankees (28-13) and Royals (14-30) continue their three-game set in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Yankees notes

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May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

On Friday night, CC Sabathia was pegged with his first loss since August of last season. He was due for one. 

The 37-year-old labored through 5.0 innings while allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits while allowing five walks. He wasn't sharp, nor was his defense as a Gleyber Torres error proved costly.

This season, Sabathia is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA over 41.1 innings with 33 K and 9 BB...

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May 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during batting practice before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during batting practice before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Baseball is rife with streaks and slumps as outlooks change seemingly in an instant. Didi Gregorius' batting average is currently feeling the effects of the nature of the game.

Gregorius started the season on fire, winning AL Player of the Month. But, his form hasn't followed the calendar turn as he's enduring a wicked 1-45 slump. 

During that time, Gregorius' batting average has slipped from .372 all the way down to .248. A precipitous drop of 124-points...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees top prospect OF Estevan Florial will be missing significant time as he will have surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist, per NY Daily News Mike Mazzeo. 

Florial, who is considered the top position-player prospect in the Yankees' system, could miss as much as three months worth of games. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who had the exact same injury as Florial back in 2001, missed only one month. He sees this as simply a small setback...

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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

After a couple days off, the Yankees couldn't get anything going on offense as the Royals took the first game of a three-game set, 5-2, at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box Score 

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

With the Rangers open to trade talks, the Yankees are among the most likely teams to land LHP Cole Hamels, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The other teams Nightengale lists are the Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, and Diamondbacks.

A starting pitcher been a need for the Yankees since the start of Spring Training, and though a combined 3.79 ERA for starters this season isn't bad, the team wouldn't mind adding depth to their rotation. 

Despite his 2-4 record, Hamels owns a 3.48 ERA in nine starts (51.2 innings) for the Rangers this season. He still possesses his crafty repertoire on the bump with 57 strikeouts as well. 

Tags: Cole Hamels, CC Sabathia, Scott Thompson
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May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (28-12) and Royals (13-30) begin a three-game set in Kansas City at 8:15 p.m. on Friday night.

Yankees notes

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Despite his strong start and leading the team in home runs, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge believes he still has a ways to go to reach his potential.

"People keep talking about how well I'm doing, but I look at as I'm still trying to get consistent,'' Judge said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "I don't feel like I've been consistent all year."

The 26-year-old Judge leads the Yankees in every major offensive statistical category: batting average (.307), home runs (11), RBIs (35), on-base percentage (.441), slugging percentage (.593), OPS (1.035) and hits (46). 

Even so, he feels he can do better.

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Daily News Live: Teixeira, Cano 00:03:15
The Daily News Live panel discuss Mark Teixeira's comments regarding Robinson Cano and his recent 80-game suspension.

Count former Yankees star Mark Teixeira as one of many around baseball who wasn't exactly shocked when news broke that Mariners 2B Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games after testing positive for furosemide.

Furosemide isn't a PED, but, according to SNY's Andy Martino, can be used as a masking agent for steroids. Martino reported that a source told him that furosemide is "used for flushing" drugs out of your system...

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Yankees favored to win the WS 00:02:55
The DNL panel discusses the Yankees being chosen by oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic and if they should be ahead of Boston and Houston.

The DNL panel discusses the Yankees being chosen by oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic and if they should be ahead of Boston and Houston.


Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Wells tips his cap to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Wells threw out the first pitch to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Wells tips his cap to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Wells threw out the first pitch to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On May 17, 1998, David Wells produced an eternal afternoon.

Wells was on the mound against the Twins for Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, as anyone under the age of 14 would receive a white bear named Valentino. 

For those kids who were lucky enough to be in attendance, Wells would give them another scenario to recreate in their backyards: throwing a perfect game for the Yankees...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Clint Frazier said he was ready, and the Yankees called him up to the big leagues for their series against the Nationals. Well, one game was suspended and the other was postponed, both due to inclement weather. That means Frazier will travel with the team to Kansas City now to prove that he was worth the call up. He also wants to prove to the Yankees that he is worth keeping instead of being used as a trade chip down the road. 

Frazier has been killing minor-league pitching as he produced a .362 average with three homers and four RBI in 12 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barres. He was on deck to finally get back to the plate as a Yankee, but Miguel Andujar grounded out in the fifth inning on Monday before the skies opened up for good. 

Can Frazier do enought to show the Yankees that he would be better on their team instead of somewhere else? The Baseball In Night New York -- SNY's Doug Williams, Jon Hein, Andy Martino, and Todd Zeile -- discuss what Frazier's future with the Yankees should look like down the road...

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Babe Ruth played some of the best individual seasons of baseball known to the history of the game. 

There was his 60-homer season, one where he outhomered 10 different teams in a single season, and the year he set the record for total bases that is still in the record books today. 

But, looking at Ruth's career with the all-around WAR statistic (wins above replacement) as ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, his best season ever was in 1923 when he posted a 14.1 WAR. He hit .393 with 41 homers, set a career high in doubles, drew 170 walks and threw out 20 baserunners from the outfield.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

Once Thursday comes to an end, Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge will have been fully contained for two straight days…by Mother Nature and a scheduled off-day for the club.

No one knew what to expect of Judge in 2017. All he did was go on a marvelous tear through major league pitching staffs, becoming an instant star as he clobbered 30 home runs by the All-Star break.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius was on top of the world in April. He was named the AL Player of the Month after hitting .327 while leading the league in extra base hits (19) and RBI (30). 

But the "April showers bring May flowers" phrase is reversed in Gregorius' case. Tbrough his first 12 games in May, Gregorius has plummeted back down to Earth and then some, as his slump continues to haunt him. 

Gregorius is stuck in the depths of a 1-for-41 slump, with his longest hitless streak at 30 at-bats. Overall, he has notched six hits over 51 at-bats in May.

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May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals grounds crew roll out the tarp during a rain delay during the sixth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals grounds crew roll out the tarp during a rain delay during the sixth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The completion of Tuesday's suspended game and the full game that was to be played afterwards between the Yankees and Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday have been postponed.

The games will be made up on June 18 at 5:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. 

The Yankees and Nationals were tied, 3-3, in the sixth inning on Tuesday night when the game was suspended until Wednesday due to weather. 

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Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)
Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)

Nationals OF Bryce Harper will be one of the prized free agents on the market this offseason, and he had no interest Tuesday in discussing the potential of signing with the Yankees.

"I'm a National now," Harper told reporters when asked about donning pinstripes. 

The 25-year-old Harper will be headlining a free agent class that is expected to include Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Dallas Keuchel, and potentially Clayton Kershaw (who can opt out of the two remaining years on his deal).

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May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs in five innings against the Nationals on Tuesday night before the game was suspended until Wednesday due to rain.

Tanaka allowed all three runs within the first two innings and went on to pitch three scoreless innings thereafter to allow the Yankees' offense to come back and tie the game in the top of the fifth. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton collected his 1,000th career hit on Tuesday night in the team's game against the Nationals.

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees (28-12) and Nationals (24-18) begin a quick, two-game series in Washington at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

Yankees notes

The Yankees currently own the best record in the MLB, as they have won eight of their last 10 games. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka
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DNL: Robinson Cano suspended 00:03:41
The Daily News Live crew discusses the 80-game suspension handed down by MLB to the Mariners' Robinson Cano for taking a banned substance.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Why on earth would anyone be surprised by Robinson Cano's suspension for violating the league's joint drug program? How could anyone react with "wow," "holy (bleep)," or any other expression of incredulity?

The questions are not an indictment of Cano specifically. His suspension was for the diuretic furosemide, which is not a PED but can be used as a masking agent, according to a person familiar with the subject. "It's used for flushing," or getting the drugs out of your system, says the person.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Clint Frazier has reportedly been called up for the team's series against the Nationals, per The Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. 

Frazier was sidelined due to a concussion he sustained in Spring Training. But since being cleared to play, he has been raking through minor league pitching. The 23-year-old is hitting .362 with three homers and 4 RBI in 12 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres, and he feels that he is ready for the big stage again...

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Whether playing for the Yankees or in Triple-A, this is a significant time for Frazier, who needs to re-establish his value to the Yankees -- and to potential trade deadline suitors...

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BNNY: Yankees' crowded infield 00:03:32
The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down what the Yankees should do with their infield now that Brandon Drury has returned.

The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down what the Yankees should do with their infield now that Brandon Drury has returned.


 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

It has been the Yankees' best-kept secret for the past three years. Until now. 

The Yankees have been secretly sending floral arrangements to families and police departments of officers who have been killed in action. And it hasn't just been New York-based departments. It has been country-wide.

Last month, the organization sent flowers to Yarmouth, Mass. in the wake of the shooting death of officer Sean Gannon. The Yankees are considered the enemy in this part of the country, but even the Red Sox faithful give a tip of their cap to the pinstripes for their gesture. 

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 (John Munson-Pool Photo)
(John Munson-Pool Photo)

On this date 22 years ago, Dwight "Doc" Gooden threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. 

Gooden, who was 31 at the time, had put himself into a jam in the ninth inning after walking Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez. He then threw a wild pitch allowing both runners to move into scoring position. But Gooden dug deep and induced a strikeout and pop-up to finish off his no-no.

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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

The Yankees have reinstated INF/OF Brandon Drury from the 10-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced on Monday. 

Drury has been on the DL since April 7 due to migraines and blurry vision. He has spent time in the minor leagues since, where he hit a combined .315 with two homers and seven RBI over 17 games between Triple-A and Double-A Trenton.

While Drury has been spending time on the DL, Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar has impressed as his replacement at third base. He is hitting .282 with 12 doubles (leads all rookies), three homers and 14 RBI. 

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The boos have slowly died down thanks to Giancarlo Stanton's hot bat. 

The Yankee faithful let the reigning NL MVP have it during his early season struggles, but now through 40 games, Stanton seems to be settling in just nicely with his new team.

Stanton went 4-for-4 with three RBI and a solo homer in Sunday's victory over the A's at Yankee Stadium to conclude the team's nine-game homestand. Over his last seven games, the slugger is hitting .391/.500/.870 with three homers and seven RBI. Also, Stanton has been raking against lefties this season with a .457 average...

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino threw his sixth straight quality start as he led the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino (6-1) struck out seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in six innings, as he improved to 4-0 in his last six starts and the Yankees improved to 19-3 in their last 22 games.

"All-in-all, for not necessarily having his best stuff, to be able to hold them to one run, you love to see that out of your ace." manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "Proud of his effort on not necessarily his best day. That's why he's become a really special pitcher."

Tags: Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Stanton hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning and hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning as the Yankees won for the 10th time in their past 12 games and 19th time in their past 22.

Luis Severino struck out seven batters in six innings, giving up one run and five hits for his fourth win in his last six starts.

Since May 2, Stanton is 13-for-38 with five home runs and 11 RBIs, raising his batting line from .222/.303/.410 to .252/.339/.516.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

The Yankees (27-12) and Athletics (19-20) will wrap up their series at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won six of their first eight games during a nine-game homestand. The Yankees are tied with the Red Sox for the best record in the majors at 27-12... the Yankees' 27 wins in their first 39 games is tied for the second-most to start the season... the Yankees are 11-9 against AL East teams and 16-3 against other divisions.

Tags: Domingo German
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