Happy Hollidays 00:02:29
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Yankees' signing of veteran Matt Holliday and ponders his impact on the team in 2017.

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The Yankees have a plan and signing Matt Holliday as their designated hitter signals they are sticking to it.

GM Brian Cashman weighed several long-term and short-term options on the DH market, but the blueprint for the organization screamed one-year deal, to which they settled. The club is not one year from serious World Series contention -- in fact they might be a couple of years away. So long-term deals for a DH made little sense.

I was hoping the Yankees would reunite with switch-hitter Carlos Beltran because I felt his left-handed power was a necessity and he was also looking for a one-year deal. Once Beltran signed with the Astros, I figured that Brandon Moss, a left-handed masher, would be a solid option. The Yankees obviously felt that they had enough left-handed hitters in the lineup and that adding another was not necessary.

Holliday has hit lefties and righties to the exact .897 OPS over the course of his 13-year career, which might have offset the need for another left-handed hitter. He does have the ability to hit to all fields, making the short porch in right field within reach. Also, playing in the American League East, Holliday will hit in parks where right-handed batters can thrive.

He has suffered from his share of injuries throughout the years, but I figure he will be used very little in the field, which should aid his health. He can be used in a pinch in the outfield and at first base, but his real value will be in the middle of the Yankees lineup on a daily basis. Holliday will likely provide the necessary protection for Gary Sanchez in the heart of the batting order.

Holliday's offensive presence could go a long way in this lineup. In just 426 plate appearances in 2016, he slugged 20 doubles and 20 home runs while driving in 62 runs. Holliday's exit velocity on balls put in play last season was 94.7 mph, which would have led the Yankees.

The broken thumb Holliday sustained when hit by a pitch and sidelined him for 44 games last season was more a fluke than it was a symptom of age, so those numbers should be surpassed with 550-600 plate appearances in 2017. Holliday had missed just eight starts in the Cardinals' 107 games until he suffered the injury. Assuming Holliday is not on the field more than 20-30 times during the season, I believe he will be quite productive at the plate.

Besides Holliday's injury history providing skepticism to the signing, there is the fact that he has minimal experience as a designated hitter. Over the course of his 7,489 career plate appearances, just 144 have been as a DH. In the small sample size, Holliday performed well in the spot, generating a .260/.340/.535 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI. While a learning curve as a DH could be in store, I don't think he will be deterred by the new role.

I would expect Holliday to hit in the .260-270 range and raise his OBP from last season's .320 back into the .360 area (he owns a career .382 mark). As for slugging percentage, Holliday has fluctuated from .441, .410 and .461 marks over the last three seasons respectively. Should he come close to the .450 area, he could have an OPS above .800. If he smacks 50-plus extra base hits and drives in 90 runs in the middle of the order, he'll surely aid a Yankees offense that struggled at times in 2016.

Speaking of production value and how it relates to wins above replacement, Holliday would need to reach the 1.6 WAR mark, considering in many circles of the industry that one win is worth approximately $8 million. Holliday's defense has dragged down his WAR value in recent seasons and being a measure that requires consistent playing time, his injuries in each of the last two seasons have hurt the figure. Playing as a DH for a majority of the 2017 season will pull back on WAR values as well, but if he manages the numbers above, he will come close to the 1.6 mark.

Holliday does provide another benefit to the club that cannot be measured by WAR. Part of the reasoning for my thoughts that Beltran was a good fit extended to his ability to mentor the younger players on the club. Holliday should bring the same quality to the clubhouse. He was a leader for the Cardinals over the last seven-plus seasons and I believe younger players will gravitate toward him once he becomes acclimated in New York.

The Yankees did not sign Holliday to make a splash or as the prime piece to put them in the conversation as a playoff-caliber club. His signing indicates the Yankees desired an experienced player with a good clubhouse demeanor who could prosper in a DH role for one season. They made the right choice by staying out of the high-priced DH market and with Beltran choosing to go elsewhere, Holliday makes sense as the next best option to plug a hole considering other facets of the club require more attention.

Expect the Yankees to continue to pursue closer Aroldis Chapman aggressively and maintain their pursuit of a starting pitcher to boost a suspect rotation. The Yankees might also be in line for a lefty set-up man to team to team with righties Dellin Betances and Tyler Clippard.

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(Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is slated to start on Tuesday, reports the New York Daily News.

Tanaka threw a 37-pitch bullpen that he said was "very encouraging" on Friday, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, and the Yankees hoped he would return for their series against the Detroit Tigers. He was placed on the 10-day DL last week with right shoulder inflammation. 

There had been no talk about Tanaka feeling any pain in his shoulder prior to the team's announcement. YES Network's Meredith Marakovits said Tanaka felt "general soreness" and fatigue in his arm toward the end of his last outing against the Blue Jays.

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Aug 13, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 13, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is no longer committing to LHP Aroldis Chapman as his primary closer after another rough outing on Friday night.

Girardi said he will instead use Chapman "at any point" and said it will "not necessarily" be in save situations, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Girardi would not commit to any other single pitcher, but suggested he would use Dellin Betances and David Robertson, according to NJ.com.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The New York Yankees (64-56) play the second game of a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox (70-51) at Fenway Park on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

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(Kim Klement)

At the owner's quarterly meetings Thursday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he will not be implementing electronic umpires anytime soon, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. 

Some believe that technology should be used to get the call right every time, like Cubs Ben Zobrist who openly said he wants an electronic strike zone. 

However, Manfred isn't going to accomondate those demands as he believes baseball needs to stay as human as possible. 

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(Kathy Willens)

The New York Yankees (64-55) will begin a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox (69-51) at Fenway Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will be available on Friday against the Red Sox after having the last two nights off, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo

Chapman successfully completed a bullpen session on Thursday, and had no issues with his hamstring, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He tweaked his hamstrong while running on the final play of the team's 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

He is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA and has 15 saves in 36 games for the Yankees this season. He owns a 8.44 ERA in six appearances against the Red Sox. 

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New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Doctors have told Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia that they can't promise the pain in his knee will not resurface in the future, per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty

Sabathia also noted that he may need a knee replacement once he decides to hang up the cleats.

He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session at Citi Field on Wednesday and told reporters that he feels ready to pitch against the Red Sox this Saturday. 

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Daily News Live: Judge's K's 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses Aaron Judge's penchant for the strikeout and if the Yankees can live with those numbers if the power continues.

Yankees OF Aaron Judge has revealed why he doesn't watch his home runs.

"In my senior year in high school I had a ton of major league scouts at the game," Judge told the NY Post on Thursday. "I thought it would be cool to kind of show off. In my first at-bat I hit a ball to center field that I thought was a long way out. So I started watching. And then I started to take a nice little jog to first. The ball hit right off the top of the wall. I didn't even make it to second base.After that moment I said that would be the last time I don't hustle.''

Judge, 25, hit two home runs during the Yankees' four-game sweep of the Mets and has hit 37 this season. He is on pace to finish the season with 50 homers.

"That moment taught me a lot,'' Judge added about the moment he experienced in high school. "I don't think MLB teams are coming out here to see a kid hit the ball to the fence and barely make it to first base. I should have been on second base. So after that little thing, I haven't watched too many.''

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( Adam Hunger)

Former Yankees SS Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, welcomed a baby girl -- Bella Raine Jeter -- on Thursday, The Players' Tribune announced on Friday.

Hannah announced her pregnancy in The Players' Tribune on Feb. 13, adding that Derek already had a name in mind -- and that they were expecting a girl. Derek and Hannah were married last July.

Hannah added in February that she felt some sadness that their children will never get to experience Jeter as a baseball player.

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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar slides safely into home on a hit by Ronald Torreyes in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar slides safely into home on a hit by Ronald Torreyes in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 17, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust 00:04:58
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein play Boom or Bust about the Yankees Game of Thrones tweet and whether there is a need for robotic umpires.

The Yankees' Twitter account tweaked the Mets after the Yankees completed a four-game Subway Series sweep on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Click below for the Tweet

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' sweep 00:02:32
Sweeny Murti joins GEICO SportsNite from Citi Field to discuss the Baby Bombers being instrumental in the Yankees' sweep of the Mets.

Gary Sanchez had a home run and five RBIs, Luis Severino allowed no earned runs in six and 1/3 innings, and the Yankees completed a four-game, two-stadium sweep of the Mets on Thursday night at Citi Field. >> box score

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Matt Holliday and Starlin Castro will begin rehab assignments on Friday, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Holliday will play for Single-A Tampa, while Castro will play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Prior to Monday's game against the Mets, Holliday took batting practice while Castro fielded grounders.

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The Mets' four-game series with the Yankees marked a series of big-league firsts for rookie 1B Dominic Smith: his first Subway Series, his first home run, and his first game at Citi Field. But he'll also remember the series because it was the first time he played a big league game with his childhood idol, Aaron Hicks.

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Daily News Live: Judge's K's 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses Aaron Judge's penchant for the strikeout and if the Yankees can live with those numbers if the power continues.

 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (64-55) will go for the sweep in the final game of a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-65) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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The Yankees have promoted Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and placed 1B Garrett Cooper on the DL due to a hamstring injury, the team announced Thursday.

Austin had been optioned on Friday. By recalling him prior to 10 days passing, the Yankees -- by rule --had to add Austin to the roster in place of a player who is heading to the disabled list.

The 25-year-old Austin is 2-for-13 in four MLB games this season.

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Will Jeter win with the Marlins? 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR thinks Derek Jeter will bring his winning ways to Miami as Marlins owner.

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell his team to the group involving former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, according to multiple reports.

Loria will sell the franchise for $1.2 billion to the group comprised of about 16 investors. Bruce Sherman, who was the former chairman of Private Captial Management, will have the majority control over the franchise with Jeter having the say in baseball and business sides of the organizaiton. 

The agreement is expected to be completed soon. Officials are not expected to vote on the purchase at the upcoming owners meeting in Chicago, but it will be a topic to discuss. The closing of the deal is expected to be completed by October. 

ESPN's Darren Rovell says NBA legend Michael Jordan is also part of the ownership group. Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, which he purchased in 2010 for $275 million. The franchise is now worth $780 million. 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV: 

The Yankees have an advantage over many teams when it comes to their bullpen, but it's not where you might believe. Yes, the endgame quartet of Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman is not rivaled by many clubs, but assembling a dominant backend of the bullpen is fairly common in today's game.

However, some organizations are also changing their methods of bullpen assembly in the middle innings. Yankees are now dominating in this area, courtesy of right-handers Chad Green and Adam Warren.

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(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Even if the year began with some lower expectations, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is making sure that's not the case anymore. 

With the team contending in the middle of a playoff race, Steinbrenner made clear that he expects the team to make the postseason this year. 

"If we don't make the playoffs," Steinbrenner said at owners meetings in Chicago, according to MLB.com, "it's a failure. Any year, any year. That's just the mindset for us."

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a two run double against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a two run double against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Didi Gregorius came through with a two-run double in the seventh to give the Yankees the lead for good, as they beat the Mets, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field. >> box score


Making his third start since being traded to the Yankees, Jaime Garcia was charged with three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

The Yankees fell behind early but quickly tied things up in the second on Garrett Cooper's ground out. In the fourth Aaron Judge hit a home run into the third deck in left field for his AL-leading 37th roundtripper. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge smashed a home run into the third deck at Citi Field during Wednesday's game against the Mets. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (34) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (34) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (63-55) play the third game of a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-64) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:44
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees defeated the Mets for the second straight game, 5-4.

Gary Sanchez and Jacoby Ellsbury each homered off Mets starter Jacob deGrom and Sonny Gray finally got enough run support as the Yankees beat the Mets, 5-4, for the second straight day. >> Box score

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Sonny Gray fires a pitch in the first inning of his Yankees debut. (David Dermer/AP)
Sonny Gray fires a pitch in the first inning of his Yankees debut. (David Dermer/AP)

The New York Yankees (62-55) play the second game of a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-63) at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

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( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees have placed RHP Luis Cessa on the 10-day DL with a ribcage injury, and recalled LHP Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cessa started in place of RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who is on the 10-day DL himself with right shoulder inflammation. In the fifth inning, he felt discomfort in his upper back, and manager Joe Girardi knew he had to end his night. 

"When I was facing [Rene] Rivera in the fifth, I felt a little bit of discomfort, but I thought I could keep pitching," Cessa told The Post's Fred Kerber.  "Then Girardi came out and said, 'Let me take you out. I don't want you to do something wrong mechanically and get hurt even more.' That's when I was taken out of the game."

Smith has appeared in three games -- two of them starts -- with the Yankees this season. His last start came on July 29 where he earned a no-decision against the Rays. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four and walking three in 3 1/3 innings. 

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Aug 14, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 14, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Passan notes that four teams have already reached out the Marlins about trading for Stanton, with one of those teams exchanging player names with the Marlins before a potential trade prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline fizzled.

One of the teams that has received information on what it would take to trade for Stanton is the Giants, with a team source telling Passan the Marlins were willing to absorb "limited money via other major leaguers' contracts" as part of a potential deal.

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(Rich Schultz)

The Yankees defeated the Mets in the first game of the Subway Series.

Elsewhere, the schedule for the upcoming NBA season was released, and Matt Forte is nearing a return for the Jets. 

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New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will undergo an MRI after leaving Monday's game in the fifth inning with a back injury, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Cessa injured his right rhomboid and left the game accompanied by a trainer with one out in the fifth inning.

Cessa visibly grimaced after Juan Lagares fouled off Cessa's 64th pitch of the night, which resulted in manager Joe Girardi visiting the mound with a trainer. Two pitches later, after Lagares singled, and Girardi removed Cessa from the game.

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Yankees defeat Mets 4-2 in Bronx 00:01:59
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where the Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 in the first game of their four-game Subway Series.

Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit solo home runs to power the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hicks crushed Hansel Robles' 1-1 fastball to deep right field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Sanchez added an insurance run later in the inning with a solo home run off Erik Goeddel.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Judge slugged his American League-leading 36th home run of the season, his second in the month of August, to tie the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Curtis Granderson, Erik Goeddel, Gary Sanchez, Hansel Robles, Luis Cessa, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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(Jesse Johnson)

The New York Yankees (61-55) begin a four-game series with the New York Mets (53-62) at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Yankees
Curtis Granderson, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Aaron Hicks, CF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Michael Conforto, RF Didi Gregorius, DH
Wilmer Flores, 3B Gary Sanchez, C
Dominic Smith, 1B Chase Headley, 1B
Amed Rosario, SS Todd Frazier, 3B
Rene Rivera, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B
Juan Lagares, CF Tyler Wade, SS
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New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday and first baseman Greg Bird both took batting practice on the field prior to Monday's game against the Mets.

Holliday, who last played Aug. 4 due to a lower back strain, is hitting .229/.319/.430 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. He told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty he wasn't sure how much longer he would need to be on the disabled list.

Bird, who has been out since May 1 and underwent ankle surgery nearly a month ago, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday and could return later in August.

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New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

"Remove Aroldis Chapman as the Yankees' closer" is the latest cry from the team's fans and even some in the media after the flame thrower allowed a game-tying homer in the ninth inning and then put the go-ahead run on base in the 10th inning of Sunday night's loss to the Red Sox.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi can be overly stringent in his bullpen usage, consistently turning to the same formula day in and day out. The writing on the wall should tell the skipper that a change could do the Yankees some good, especially when Girardi can turn to an established closer now on the roster. If administered a truth serum, Girardi might very well feel the same way as those clamoring for a change.

Except, it's not that simple. Consider these factors.

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Aroldis Chapman blew a 2-1 ninth inning lead to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. It was the Yankees' 20th blown save of the season. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Aroldis Chapman blew a 2-1 ninth inning lead to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. It was the Yankees' 20th blown save of the season. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Yankees suffered their league-leading 20th blown save of the season losing to the Red Sox, 3-2, in 10 innings on Sunday night. 

Elsewhere, the Jets won their first preseason game and the Mets completed a series win against the Phillies. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) in action against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) in action against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts during Sunday night's loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. 

During the three-game series against Boston, Judge struck out six times in 10 at-bats. 

"In my first at-bat, I got a walk off Sale. The next two at-bats he struck me out, but he throws two [different] sliders on the corner, he paints a fastball in, he throws a fastball up," Judge told reporters after the game. "You're battling and it's grinding, but I feel good at the plate."

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Yankees on 3-2 loss to Boston 00:00:53
Joe Girardi and Aroldis Chapman discuss Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in heartbreaking fashion

Tommy Kahnle allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Andrew Benintendi in the top of the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees lost their second straight game to the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After the Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Todd Frazier's sac fly, Chapman surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Red Sox 20-year-old rookie Rafael Devers in the top of the ninth.

In the top of the 10th, Chapman hit Jackie Bradley Jr. and walked Eduardo Nunez with one out before he was pulled in favor of Kahnle, who walked Mookie Betts and gave up Benintendi's RBI single.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Cessa will start Monday's game against the New York Mets after the team promoted LHP Caleb Smith when RHP Masahiro Tanaka went on the disabled list, manager Joe Girardi told Newsday's Anthony Rieber.

Cessa, who last appeared in a game on July 30 and started July 18, has a 4.83 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings across nine appearances (four starts) for the Yankees this season.

The Yankees promoted Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned RHP Giovanny Gallegos prior to Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Smith is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees this season. In the minors, he is 9-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 19 games (17 starts).

Tanaka, who was initially scheduled to start Monday, went on the DL due to shoulder inflammation.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday as he looks to return from an ankle injury that has kept him out several months, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Bird, who underwent ankle surgery on July 18, has been shut down since May 1. He participated in batting practice and light running last Tuesday when the Yankees were in Toronto to play the Blue Jays.

The 24-year-old Bird, who missed 2016 due to a shoulder injury, was hitting .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games prior to going on the disabled list.

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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The New York Yankees (61-54) wrap up their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox (66-50) on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox Yankees
Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Mookie Betts, RF Aaron Hicks, CF
Andrew Benintendi, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Gary Sanchez, DH
Chris Young, DH Todd Frazier, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Brock Holt, 2B Chase Headley, 1B
Sandy Leon, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Austin Romine, C
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Sweeny Murti breaks down the action from the Yanks' 10-5 loss to the Red Sox and gives an injury report on CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.

Gary Sanchez's two-run homer in the first inning gave the Yankees an early 2-0 lead, but Andrew Benintendi hit two home runs off Luis Severino to help power the Red Sox to a 10-5 win on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Yankees starting pitcher LHP Jordan Montgomery is 'Ok' after being struck in the head by a ball during batting practice Saturday, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. 

Montgomery was signing autographs when he was struck with a line drive from Red Sox C Sandy Leon on the right side of his head. He was helped into the dugout by the Yankees' bullpen catcher as he held a towel on his head. He was then escorted into the clubhouse.

The 24-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as LHP CC Sabathia went on the 10-day DL with a right knee injury. He is set to start against the Red Sox on Sunday. 

Montgomery is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 games this season for the Yankees. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (61-53) play the second game of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (65-50) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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The Yankees put together a five-run eighth inning to defeat the Red Sox, 5-4, in the first game of a three-game set.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (60-53) open a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (65-49) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9 due to right knee inflammation and recalled LHP Jordan Montgomery from the minors to take his spot in the rotation.

New York also activated first baseman Tyler Austin from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sabathia left Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after the third inning when he said he injured his knee and couldn't continue to pitch. An MRI revealed earlier this week that Sabathia did not suffer any new damage to his right knee, on which he had surgery last October.

Montgomery, a 24-year-old rookie who was optioned to the minors to make room for Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, will start Sunday night against the Red Sox in place of Sabathia, who is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts this year.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 3, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

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Garrett Cooper reacts after a striking out in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-0 loss. (Fred Thornhill/AP)
Garrett Cooper reacts after a striking out in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-0 loss. (Fred Thornhill/AP)

The Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position Thursday, as their offense didn't plate a single run in a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays.

Elsewhere, the Mets dominate the Phillies with four homers, the Knicks and the Rockets are resuming trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony and Matt Harvey will begin a rehab assignment in Brooklyn 

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Aug 10, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)
Aug 10, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)

Sonny Gray limited the Blue Jays to two earned runs in six innings, but the Yankees provided no run support in a 4-0 shutout loss on Thursday at the Rogers Centre

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