Mar 28, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) walks back to the mound after surrendering a two-run home run to Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham (background) during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Mar 28, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) walks back to the mound after surrendering a two-run home run to Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham (background) during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

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A week into the season, the Yankees are decimated by injuries, not hitting much, and their intimidating closer doesn't look quite so intimidating.

Yet, compared to the Red Sox, they're having the March/April of their dreams.

After all, it's not that the Sox are just 2-7. No, what has to have all of New England in a panic is the way they're pitching, losing by slow-pitch softball scores. This from a team that started the 2018 season at 17-2, and in some ways, rode that momentum all the way to a championship.

So the Yankees at 3-4 are missing a chance to capitalize early, but what matters most is trying to determine how significant the problems are on each side, and which team will be most affected by them in the long run.

On that count, I'd say it's easy: Advantage, Yankees.

Most notably, their starting pitchers have a combined 2.97 ERA, which is something of a best-case scenario for GM Brian Cashman, especially considering Luis Severino is on the shelf as he works his way back from shoulder inflammation.

However, the Yankees' mighty offense has been derailed by injuries that have seemingly created a panic mentality among the survivors, leading to even more swinging for the fences than usual.

Still, if you think the Yankees aren't going to get the bats going and score runs by the boatload over the course of the long season, injuries and all, you must be reading this from somewhere up the Connecticut Turnpike, north of New Haven.

On the other hand, Sox fans can make a similar argument about their starting pitching, which has been shockingly inept so far. It was the heartbeat of their title team in 2018, to the point where manager Alex Cora leaned on the starters to handle some of the key late-inning relief work as well in the postseason.

With that in mind, it's easy enough to dismiss the early results as something of a hangover from a long season. But if this is a hangover, well, it's a doozy.

Consider that through nine games the Sox starting rotation has an unfathomable 9.60 ERA. None of the five starters have pitched well, to the point where the only ERA under 8.00 belongs to David Price, at 6.00.

All of which led a long-time AL scout to tell me this on Friday: "It might be the worst week of pitching I've ever seen from a staff of good starters. They looked like they weren't ready to start the season."



To that point, the Red Sox took precautions to give their starters as much recovery time as possible from late October, keeping them out of Spring Training games for the first couple of weeks. But now questions have been raised by the local Boston media about whether the starters were prepared for the season, based on how little game action they saw.

Beyond that, there's a bigger scare relating to ace Chris Sale, whose fastball was in the 89-90 mph range in his most recent start, on Wednesday against the A's. Sale is ordinarily in the 95-96 mph range with his fastball, but he has had shoulder and elbow problems in each of the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, the Sox just signed Sale to a five-year, $145 million contract extension, so you think they're not a little nervous up there in the executive offices on Yawkey Way?

Remarkably, after getting pounded in his first start, Sale actually finessed his way brilliantly through six innings against the A's in his second one, allowing only one run. It was one of only two games in which the Sox have allowed fewer than six runs this season.

"He was masterful using his slider and change-up," the AL scout said. "Even with his fastball at 89, he can give you a professional effort, but if the velocity doesn't come back, teams will adjust and he won't be able to pitch with that kind of success all season."

All of this matters even more to the Red Sox because their bullpen is considered their weak link, after GM Dave Dombrowski did nothing to address the departures of Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly.

Add it all up and the Sox staff has given up 23 home runs, the most in the majors.

By comparison, then, the Yankees' problems seem much more likely to pass. Other than Miguel Andujar, none of their injuries should be long-term, and they have the return of Didi Gregorius from Tommy John surgery to look forward to at some point during the season.

The bottom line is that even if their home run-oriented offense is always going to be vulnerable to slumps, everybody in baseball believes they'll mash over the course of the season.

"If you're the Yankees you'd like to have a little more contact up and down your lineup," a rival executive said on Friday. "That could bite them again in the postseason, but offense isn't going to be a problem during the regular season."

Theoretically, you can say much the same about the Red Sox starting pitching, that the problems will iron themselves out. But it has been so stunningly awful that you have to wonder if those problems could linger long enough to make the season one long, uphill climb in the AL East.

So, yes, it's advantage Yankees. But they really need to take advantage, the sooner the better.


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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees continued their scouting of free-agent LHP Dallas Keuchel by attending his rain-shortened simulated game on Sunday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Keuchel, the top free-agent starting pitcher, has been throwing simulated games around every five days in Newport Beach, California, and the Yankees sent one of their top evaluators, according to Boland.

The Yankees could wait until after next week's MLB draft to more heavily pursue Keuchel as to not forfeit a draft pick or international bonus pool money after he rejected the Astros' $17.9 million qualifying offer last offseason.

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May 26, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 26, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

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 After coming back in the ninth inning, the Yankees lost in 10 innings to the Royals, 8-7, at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German during the top of the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German during the top of the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (34-17, 3.0 GA in AL East) take on the Royals (17-34, 18 GB in AL Central) in the series finale on Sunday at 2:15 p.m in Kansas City.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won seven in a row and 10 of their last 11. ... Luke Voit is enjoying his homecoming, with a two-run homer to deep left field that traveled an estimated 470 feet. It was his 27th homer as a Yankee since joining the team from the Cardinals on July 29. ... In addition to his solid defense at the hot corner, Gio Urshela is batting .333 with an .850 OPS tthrough 41 games (137 at-bats). 

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New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch from Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis in front of Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch from Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis in front of Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded. 


10-day IL: Aaron Judge, Jonathan LoaisigaJames PaxtonGiancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, CC Sabathia

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Chad Green began his big-league career as a starter before shifting to the bullpen. In a way, serving as the 'opener' for Saturday night's game is a return to his roots.

For Green, though, his first two starts since 2017 don't resemble those he used to make. Instead, Green is simply the opener -- he will start the game, but is not expected to pitch more than two innings before giving way to the rest of his bullpen mates. The Yankees' bullpen is well-rested, as long men Luis Cessa, David Hale, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jake Barrett can all provide length for Friday's game.

But why have the Yankees come to this point?

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

The Yankees (33-17, 3.0 GA in AL East) take on the Kansas City Royals (17-33, 17.5 GB in AL Central) in the second game of a split doubleheader on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees now boast a six-game winning streak after taking the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals. ... Luke Voit cranked his 13th home run of the season to propel the Yankees to victory in Saturday's first game, giving him a team-best 37 RBIs on the season. ... Brett Gardner extended his hitting streak to six games with a triple in the sixth inning of Saturday's first game.

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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in the first game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in the first game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

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The Yankees beat the Royals, 7-3, in Game 1 of a day/night doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) J.A. Happ was electric (he retired 15 straight batters at one point) through one-out into the sixth inning, but ran into a three-hitter rut, which ended on a game-tying three-run home run off the bat of Whit Merrifield. Happ recorded 19 swinging strikes (14 with his four-seam fastball, spotted all over the zone), which is by far the best he's accomplished this season. Happ finished with a solid enough line of 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 BB and 10 K and recorded his fourth win of the season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (32-17, 2.5 GA in AL East) square off against the Kansas City Royals (17-32, 16.5 GB in AL Central) in the first game of a split doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees enter the series on a five-game winning and with Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez coming off a monster series against the Baltimore Orioles. Torres has gotten a hit in 11 of his last 12 games to raise his average to .302 and has seven home runs in that span, all of which came against Baltimore. ... Sanchez has three home runs in his last four games and has gotten a hit in nine of his last 11 games to raise his average to .276, which is 42 points higher than this point last year. 

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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees could face some competition in bidding for free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel from a division rival, but this time it does not appear to be the Boston Red Sox.  

Instead, the Tampa Bay Rays have been staying in touch with Keuchel, as well as closer Craig Kimbrel, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. 

The Yankees have been closely linked to Keuchel, who is expected to sign somewhere by June 3 when teams would no longer be subjected to draft-pick compensation.

 

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

The Yankees were set to open their three-game series with the Royals on Friday, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Over an hour before first pitch was scheduled, the Yankees and Royals announced that Friday's game had been postponed. The two teams will play a split doubleheader on Saturday.

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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

James Paxton struck out seven batters and allowed one hit over four innings of an extended Spring Training game on Friday, but it was not all good news for the left-hander. 

Paxton admitted afterward that he is still experiencing discomfort in his left knee that has kept him out since May 4. 

"I felt it a little bit, but I was still able to make my pitches, which is what I wanted to see," Paxton said, per the AP. 

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

Let the Madison Bumgarner sweepstakes begin in earnest after the Giants' lefty delivered the most compelling reason this season to believe that he can still be an October difference-maker for any number of teams, the Yankees obviously being one of them. 

More than ever the belief around baseball is the Giants are going to trade Bumgarner come July to kick off a needed rebuild. The question for weeks has been how much teams would be willing to give up as his stuff seemed diminished by age and two injury-plagued seasons.

Against the Braves on Thursday afternoon, however, Bumgarner's fastball, cutter, and curveball were crisp enough to produce 17 swings-and-misses, his highest such total since September of 2016, when he was a few weeks away from slamming the door shut on the Mets' postseason with a four-hit shutout in the wild-card game.

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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees don't have Aaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMiguel Andujar or Didi Gregorius, a group that combined for 119 home runs last year.

And still, they're finding ways to win ... win a lot.

"These guys, the focus each and every day is on the game and playing winning baseball, and everyone kind of pulling their weight, and the mantra of come in and do your job," manager Aaron Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "They've really taken to that, and a lot of them really well."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees need rotation depth, and the time is fast approaching when they'll have to make a decision as to the route they'll take to secure it.

The Yankees lost another rotation member Tuesday, when the club placed CC Sabathia on the 10-day injured list due to pain in his surgically repaired right knee. The Yankees are already down staff ace Luis Severino. And while James Paxton is close to returning from an injury of his own, he's not exactly the poster child for health.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Fresh off of a four-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore, Yankees manager Aaron Boone lauded his team's ability to find different ways to win.

"Anytime you can get four games, that doesn't happen very often," Boone told YES Network after the Yankees' 6-5 win on Thursday. "We won in a lot of different ways in this four-game series, so it was good to see, but the guys played until the end each and every day, and [it's] a good way to get on the plane."

Boone's starting lineup on Thursday didn't include Gleyber Torres or Gary Sanchez, the two players who have absolutely scorched Baltimore pitching this year. Still though, both players managed to play a big role in the win. In a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning, Torres drew a pinch-hit walk, and Sanchez followed it up with a pinch hit single. Torres would eventually score the game's winning run on a walk by Aaron Hicks.

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May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

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

Seven takeaways from Thursday's game...

1 ) The Yankees loaded the bases (walk, single, walk) after Baltimore reliever Mychal Givens retired the first two batters in the ninth inning and Aaron Hicks drew a walk to take the lead.

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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres has four home runs against the Orioles in the past three days. He's riding an 11-game hitting streak. And he hit two home runs in Wednesday's win.

And yet, he's not in the lineup on Thursday.

For as hot as Torres has been this season, manager Aaron Boone wanted to give Torres a game off, especially with the Yankees having a day game after a night game.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (31-17, 2.0 GA in AL East) aim for a four-game sweep when they face the Baltimore Orioles (15-34, 16.5 GB) on Thursday at 12:35 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

In 11 games as a team, the Yankees are hitting .298 with 34 home runs against the Orioles this year. They have also scored 80 runs against Baltimore. ... DJ LeMahieu has four straight multi-hit games, as he is 9-for-18 with two home runs and four RBIs in that span. ... The Yankees' plus-60 run differential ranks fifth in the majors, trailing only the Dodgers (plus-62), Cubs (plus-63), Twins (plus-81) and Astros (plus-94). ... New York has won eight straight games against Baltimore.

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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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

A corresponding roster move was not announced.

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

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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

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

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

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

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

Has that stopped them? Not one bit.

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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

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

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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by teammates as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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Aaron Boone was pleased with the Yankees capitalizing on a big sixth inning to beat the Rays 13-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Yankees had another injury scare on Saturday afternoon. 

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

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Aaron Boone , CC Sabathia and Gio Urshela on the Yankees dramatic 9th inning comeback win over the Rays, capped off by Urshela?s walk-off 1B

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

And Frazier is more than understanding about it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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