New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

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Amazing! Awe-inspiring! Historic!

Those words - among many - were used to describe Aaron Judge's 2017 Rookie of the Year season. Somewhat surprisingly, we can add "room to grow." Judge understands this and has succeeded in this fashion already.

Despite discouraging results at the major league level in 2016 - Judge struck out in 42.2 percent of his 95 plate appearances in a 27-game cameo - the Yankees pitted him against Aaron Hicks last spring training with the winner set to claim the starting role in right field. Hicks made the decision difficult, but Judge prevailed. It is a vast understatement to say the Yankees made the correct call.

Based on his minor league resume and the small sample size in 2016, Judge delivered more than anyone expected in his first full season in the majors, hitting a rookie-record 52 home runs while compiling a .284 batting average, .422 on-base percentage, and .627 slugging percentage (171 OPS+). He scored an American League-high 128 runs, drove in another 114, and stole nine bases.

Judge is hardly an all-offense player as he delivered +9 in defensive runs saved in right field. He won the AL Silver Slugger Award, and was runner-up in the AL Most Valuable Player balloting.

And I'm telling you there is room for improvement?

Instinctively, you may believe that I'm going to languish over Judge's MLB-high 208 strikeouts last season. The strikeouts are an issue, however, I'm not sure there is an enormous amount of room for growth in that area. Judge's strike zone is exceptionally large, which clearly played against him both in called strikes and swinging strikes as he worked to adjust to some umpires' strike zones. This may not change in 2018.

However, Judge must alter his approach when pitchers change theirs on him quicker than he did in 2017. With a year of experience under his belt, he should have gained knowledge on how pitchers will try to contend with him, and recognize when hurlers are shifting their methodology again. Judge can improve his overall game by making adjustments in real time.

Teams will certainly try to take advantage of perceived flaws in Judge's swing, approach, and his simply dealing with a massive frame. Just as pitchers believed they would be ahead of Judge from 2016 to 2017, he has had plenty of time to be ready to offset their intentions at the outset of this season.



Judge's exceptionally good eye at the plate - he walked in 18.7 percent of his plate appearances last season - will continue to aid his abilities to get on base. The difference will be how long it takes Judge to change his process midseason when pitchers change their game plan again. Judge's ability to adjust quickly could be the difference between striking out 208 times and 178. He can wreak serious damage with 24 extra balls in play and six more walks.

Besides the fine batting eye, another aspect working in Judge's favor in 2018 is that the mostly young lineup around him has another year under their belts. Furthermore, MLB's 2017 home run leader, Giancarlo Stanton, is now a Yankee. With a difficult-to-navigate cast around him, Judge may see more balls over the heart of the plate.

There is one adjustment Judge, who will play most of 2018 at 26 years old, will have to make that has nothing to do with the pitches being thrown his way. He may not play in the field everyday. With Stanton aboard, the Yankees have discussed splitting time between the two gargantuan right fielders with time at designated hitter. There may also be some starts in left field for the pair.

Judge demonstrated in 2017 that he is a team player, so when he is asked to shift from right field on occasion, he'll smile and gladly do his part. At issue is whether he is capable of adapting to hitting while sitting on the bench between innings, or while learning a new position.

Holding Judge to his rookie season metrics as a standard is unfair, but dreaming on building from it is not necessarily far-fetched because of what he has already demonstrated. We must acknowledge that it is completely realistic that Judge settles in around 40-45 home runs in 2018, yet turns in a better overall season (think more runs created and a higher OPS+).

It's also plausible to suggest Judge may fail to reach 40 home runs and regresses across the board. Understand that a "regression" for him can resemble a .270/.390/.560 slash line with 35 homers, 100 runs and 100 RBI. How could anyone be upset with that?

I'm optimistic Judge will remain a strong contributor to the Yankees offense in 2018, and for years to come. Judge's key to equaling, or somehow surpassing, his 2017 measures is completely dependent on how and the speed to which he makes adjustments throughout the season.

If Judge stays ahead of pitchers, he can avoid a sophomore slump, but being realistic means a 60-homer season is far from a guarantee.


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Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Remember Jacoby Ellsbury? It's hard for some fans to fathom Ellsbury still being on the Yankees given the outfielder log jam that currently exists. 

But the 34-year-old has been constantly working to make a comeback this season. He was on the DL at the start of the year with a right oblique strain, but subsequent injuries would follow including a hip issue, plantar fasciitis, and an issue with the sacroilias joint in his back. 

In no stretch of the imagination has it been easy for the veteran Ellsbury, but he is sticking to the goal of returning to the Yankees. 

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Sometimes, being aggressive in the winter is better than hoping to perform alterations in the summer.

The Yankees will be making phone calls around the league over the next several days, searching to upgrade the club's starting rotation. It is arguable the Yankees made a mistake by not being more vigorous pursuers in the starting pitching market during the winter.

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield is "getting a lot closer" to being promoted to the majors.

The 22-year-old Sheffield, whom the Yankees refused to include in any potential trade for former Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, has a 2.38 ERA in 17 minor-league games (16 starts) with both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Sheffield, ranked among the top 57 prospects by Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, could have an impact on the Yankees in a similar fashion that Luis Severino did when he was first called up to the majors midway through the 2015 season.

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General view of the tarp on the field during a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of the tarp on the field during a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Sunday's game between the Yankees and Mets was postponed to Aug. 13 at 7:05 p.m. due to rain.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA) was scheduled to face Jacob deGrom (5-4, 1.68 ERA).

The Yankees bumped Tanaka back to Tuesday, while Luis Severino will pitch as scheduled on Monday. Luis Cessa will pitch Wednesday as scheduled, while Sonny Gray will pitch Thursday to give CC Sabathia, Friday's starter, some extra rest.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

The Yankees and Mets play their final Subway Series game of the season on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Subway Series notes

Entering Sunday, the Yankees have scored the fourth-most runs in baseball, trailing only the Red Sox, Indians and Astros. ... Their bullpen's 2.78 ERA ranks second only to the Astros' 2.71 ERA, while the Mets' 4.74 bullpen ERA is the fifth-worst in baseball. ... Since May 31, the Mets are 13-30.

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Here is something Yankee fans didn't expect to hear: RHP Sonny Gray could be a potential trade asset. 

At least, that's what FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman has been hearing as the trade market begins to swirl with a little over a week left before the July 31 deadline. 

It is no secret Gray has struggled since coming over to New York from the A's last season. He owns a 4.69 ERA over 30 starts with the Yankees, and even worse, he has a 7.62 ERA at Yankee Stadium this season. 

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Greg Bird (33) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Returning to the Yankees' lineup from ankle surgery, 1B Greg Bird was mired in a slump. Bird showed hints of his old self, but mostly, it was a walk back to the dugout after each at-bat. 

But Bird showed more than hints of his powerful lefty bat right before the All-Star break, and that has continued since play resumed on Friday. It appears he has turned a corner, with a main sign being his success against lefty Steven Matz on Saturday afternoon. 

Heading into the game, manager Aaron Boone didn't know what to expect from Bird as he was 4-for-29 against left-handers. But, with his hot bat, the lefty-lefty matchup favored Bird in the end. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is pulled from the during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is pulled from the during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia isn't ready to retire yet. 

Sabathia, who turned 38-years-old on Saturday, is intent on being on a baseball field when he turns 39-- as long as his knee holds up. In 2014, Sabathia was diagnosed with a degenerative condition in his right knee.

"I'm [going] start-to-start," Sabathia said, via MLB's Jon Paul Morosi. "I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I'm [feeling] done. But if I can stay healthy -- if my knee holds up -- hopefully I'll play one more."

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New York Yankees RHP Domingo Acevedo (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Domingo Acevedo (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Domingo Acevedo's Major League debut will have to wait. Just hours after calling him up, the Yankees have sent their No. 7 prospect back down to Double-A Trenton.

The Yankees promoted Acevedo ahead of Saturday's game against the Mets, but did not deploy him in the game. The team announced his demotion after the conclusion of the game.

Acevedo, 24, has a 2.84 ERA over 11 appearances for Trenton this season (eight starts). In 50 1/3 innings pitched, Acevedo has 40 strikeouts, eight walks and a 1.13 WHIP. He hasn't pitched in Triple-A this season, though he did in 2017, when he accumulated a 4.38 ERA across 12 1/3 innings pitched.

Acevedo's fastball sits in the mid-to-high 90s, and he touched triple digits a few years ago. The 6-foot-7 righty also throws a high-80s changeup and mid-80s slider.

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Aroldis Chapman (54) Aaron Boone (17) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees had a healthy 7-3 lead heading into the top of the ninth against the Mets on Saturday, and closer Aroldis Chapman came to the mound to finish off the win in his first outing since the All-Star break. 

But, what looked to be a routine outing for the flame-throwing lefty, turned into a big scare real fast. Chapman issued a walk to Kevin Plawecki to lead off the inning, and Amed Rosario followed up with a single to make it first and second with no outs. 

Then, Chapman lost the strike zone. He issued 11 straight balls, which brought home a run after the walk to Jose ReyesBrandon Nimmo had a 3-0 count before Chapman hit him to plate another and make it a two-run ball game. 

 

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Boone, Judge on Chapman's outing 00:00:39
Aaron Boone and Aaron Judge discuss Aroldis Chapman's uncharacteristic outing in Saturday's game against the Mets.

The Yankees needed every one of their insurance runs as Aroldis Chapman failed to record an out against five batters in the ninth inning, and only threw three strikes, as the Yankees held on to beat the Mets 7-6.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar
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Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray was on pace to throw his second consecutive quality start but was unable to get through the sixth inning. He allowed one run in 5.1 innings but left with two runners on base and RHP David Robertson allowed both to score, though one was unearned.

Despite ending on a sour note, manager Aaron Boone will hope Gray's final line is the continuation of a new successful trend: 5.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 6 K, 3 BB. 

Gray wasn't perfect, but was much better than he has been much of the season. He enjoyed a 1-2-3 first inning before allowing a home run to Michael Conforto on the first pitch of the second inning. He retired his next seven batters after the home run.

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Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo Acevedo (88) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo Acevedo (88) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

When Yankees No. 7 prospect RHP Domingo Acevedo was unwinding after a Double-A game, he got a knock at his hotel room door.

It was Trenton Thunder manager Jay Bell.

"I saw the manager, and I said, 'What happened? The manager is in my room,'" Acevedo said, via MLB.com's Amanda Bell. "The next thing I see is the pitching coach, and the manager said, 'I need a translator, your teammate.' So he [told my teammate I was getting called up], and I said, 'Oh, seriously?' and he said, 'Oh, yes, congrats.' I don't know, I started laughing and gave a big hug to my pitching coach and a little cry. I said, 'I need to call my mom.'"

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

A tentative return date for Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres has been set: Wednesday against the Rays.

Torres is slated to play in a rehab game in Tampa on Saturday with the hopes of returning on Wednesday, according to Aaron Boone, via The Athletic's Lindsey Adler.

Torres suffered a hip strain on July 4, and has been out of the lineup since. He recently said he feels ready to play right now, but the Yankees want to be 100 percent sure he is before sending him back on the field. 

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Jul 4, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) is greeted by center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Jul 4, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) is greeted by center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (62-34) and Mets (40-55) continue their Subway Series rematch to kick off the second half of the season at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:10 p.m.

Yankees Notes...

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Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves pitcher Domingo German (65) during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone relieves pitcher Domingo German (65) during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have seen enough of Domingo German.

After another bad outing on Friday night in the Bronx, the Yankees announced they optioned German back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and announced Luis Cessa will replace him in the rotation. 

German has shown spurts of great pitching, but mostly it has been struggles surrounding the 25-year-old rookie. Before the All-Star break, German threw a dud against the Indians, allowing six earned runs on five hits and four walks over four innings.

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New York Yankees RHP Domingo Acevedo (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Domingo Acevedo (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have called up No. 7 prospect RHP Domingo Acevedo from Double-A ahead of their game Saturday against the Mets.

Acevedo, 24, has a 2.84 ERA over 11 appearances for Trenton this season (8 starts). In 50.1 IP, Acevedo has 40 strikeouts/8 walks and a 1.13 WHP. He hasn't pitched in Triple-A this season, though he did in 2017, where he a 4.38 ERA across 12.1 IP. 

After Friday's loss to the Mets, the Yankees optioned RHP Domingo German to Triple-A, who will be replaced in the rotation by RHP Luis Cessa, with Acevedo working out of the bullpen. 

Acevedo's fastball sits in the mid-high 90s, which could allow him to touch triple digits as he did a few years ago. The 6'7" righty also throws a high 80s changeup and mid 80s slider. 

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Clint Frazier (77) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Clint Frazier has been placed on the 7-day DL and is back in concussion protocol. 

Frazier left Thursday's Triple-A game after one at-bat because he was feeling lightheaded, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Bobby Mitchell said, according to the Times Leader's DJ Eberle.

Frazier, who wasn't "feeling too good" prior to the game, attempted to make a diving catch in the bottom of the first inning, which escalated his symptoms, according to Mitchell.

"His head just wasn't -- he said he felt a little foggy and stuff like that," Mitchell said, according to Eberle. "We decided to get him out of there. He just wasn't feeling very good and so he's being evaluated to see exactly what the issue was."

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Boone, Gardner discuss loss 00:00:31
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and outfielder Brett Gardner discuss missed opportunities in their 7-5 loss to the Mets.

The Yankees couldn't complete their comeback in the Subway Series, as they dropped their first game back from the All-Star break, 7-5, in the Bronx.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

It is no secret the Yankees need starting pitching to get a second-half push toward the top of the AL East. For now, though, they will have to try and get good outings from the middle-to-back rotation starters. 

Unfortunately, they didn't get that from one of those back-end arms as Domingo German continued to struggle on Friday against the Mets. 

German threw another dud first inning to start off his outing. After walking Brandon Nimmo to lead off the game, Asdrubal Cabrera laced a double down the right field line to bring Nimmo all the way home for the first run of the game. 

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J.A. Happ Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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Brian Cashman has a problem: While his need for starting pitching is obvious, neither the choices nor the prices are appealing right now.

Not only that, but an alternative plan stalled when the San Diego Padres asked for Miguel Andujar for lefty reliever Brad Hand, according to major league sources. The Yankees said no thanks, and Hand went to Cleveland.

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There have been lots of memorable moments between the Mets and Yankees since the Subway Series began in 1997. 

Among the well-known moments are Dave Mlicki's shutout during the first-ever meeting, Luis Castillo's dropped pop-up, David Wright's game-winning hit off Mariano Rivera, and El Duque tossing his glove.

Before getting to six obscure moments you might have forgotten, let's give an honorable mention to Dwight Gooden returning to Shea Stadium (and beating the Mets) during the two-stadium doubleheader in 2000, and Mr. Koo's mad dash home after doubling off Randy Johnson at Shea Stadium in 2005. Now on the the obscure moments...

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Get hyped for the Subway Series! 00:00:36
SNY gets ready for tonight's Subway Series stop in the Bronx, as the Mets and Yankees meet again.

The Yankees (62-33) and Mets (39-55) begin a Subway Series rematch to kick off the second half of the season at Yankee Stadium on Friday at 7:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes...

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres at Yankee Stadium (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres at Yankee Stadium (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez returns to the team tonight as the second half of the season kicks off. And New York could see a return of another key cog in their lineup next week as well.

Manager Aaron Boone said Friday he expects star rookie Gleyber Torres to be back with the team next Wednesday at the conclusion of their seris with the Rays in Tampa. Torres will begin rehab games in Tampa tomorrow as he is on the final leg of his rehab assignment. 

Torres suffered a hip strain on July 4, and has been out of the lineup since. He recently said he feels ready to play right now, but the Yankees want to be 100 percent sure he is before sending him back on the field. 

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After taking two of three games at Citi Field in June, the Yankees look for more Subway Series success against the Mets at home.

The Yankees, who own the second-best record in baseball, take on the Mets, who have the second-worst record in the National League, in their second Subway Series of the season. 

Here is how each team stacks up for this weekend's three-game series.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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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 July 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Gary Sanchez (24)Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Yankees have activated C Gary Sanchez from the 10-day DL after recovering from a groin injury sustained on June 24. C Kyle Higashioka was optioned to Triple-A to make room.

Sanchez returns in time to face the Mets at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 4.5 games heading into the second half of the MLB season.

The 25-year-old Sanchez, who hasn't played since he left the 10th inning of the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Rays after grounding into a double play, has a .190/.291/.433 batting line with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 63 games this season.

Sanchez homered in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

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After the Padres traded lefthander Brad Hand to Cleveland on Thursday, teams seeking to add or shed relievers expect that market to accelerate rapidly, in ways that will impact both New York teams.

Baltimore's Zach Britton, in whom the Yankees have shown interest, will be traded soon, according to major league sources. Scouts have determined that he is healthy, and the Orioles don't want to wait. As many as 8-10 teams are in on Britton.

Jeurys Familia has slightly less value, in the estimation of many scouts, but will be traded before long. Interested teams consider it unlikely that the Mets will get back a top-ten prospect, but there will be several teams bidding on Familia. Multiple teams will send scouts to Yankee Stadium Friday specifically to see Familia

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: There is little question the Yankees are in need of starting pitching for the second half. However, adding a starter will unlikely have the impact that might be required as the trade market is filled with more "what-if" hurlers than "sure things."

For example, is anyone fully confident J.A. Happ or Michael Fulmer will carry the team to the World Series? They are solid pitchers and Fulmer's combination of team control and future potential might make him a more attractive commodity. But, right now, neither pitcher resembles an upgrade akin to the Astros adding Justin Verlander last season. This leaves the Yankees in a bit of a predicament.

Enter Masahiro Tanaka...

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Jul 8, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) throws during the sixteenth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Jul 8, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) throws during the sixteenth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Another potential Yankees trade target has to be crossed off the list. 

The Indians announced they made a deal with the Padres to land LHP Brad Hand, who the Yankees had reportedly been looking at. Cleveland also acquired another bullpen arm in RHP Adam Cimber. 

In exchange, Cleveland sent their top prospect, C Francisco Mejia, to San Diego. Mejia is also ranked the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline. 

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Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton wasn't named to the 2018 All-Star Game, but that doesn't mean he didn't have fun over the break. 

Stanton was seen in the Bahamas over the All-Star break, and he was accompanied by model Chase Carter, per The Post's Jaclyn Hendricks. The 21-year-old was a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie in this year's edition. 

Carter had an Instagram story of Stanton running in the water on a Bahamas beach. They supposedly met at CC Sabathia's charity softball game at Yankee Stadium back in June, according to SportsGossip.com.

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The Yankees' need for pitching 00:03:27
With Manny Machado traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, what can the Yankees do to improve their already stacked roster before the deadline?

Manny Machado is officially headed to sunny Los Angeles. 

The now-former Orioles' shortstop will play for the Dodgers in the second half of the season, according to multiple reports. FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman says Baltimore will see a five-prospect return of OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Dean Kremer, RHP Zach Pop, 3B Ryan Bannon, and INF Breyvic Valera.

Diaz was the Dodgers' No. 4 overall prospect, while Kremer was the team's No. 28 prospect. 

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Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Albert Abreu (87) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Albert Abreu (87) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

With the trade deadline approaching swiftly, every team is doing their due diligence of scouting farm systems across the country. As for the Yankees, they've certainly being putting in the extra hours as GM Brian Cashman is looking to make a splash with a preference in the pitching department.

The Giants have also been doing their homework, and the Yankees' farm system is at the top of their list. In fact, they have their eyes set on one particular prospect.

Right-handed hurler Albert Abreu reportedly impressed the Giants when they took a look at the Yankees' lower-level farm teams, per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. Abreu is the Yankees' third-best prospect, according to MLB.com, and he is sporting a 4.28 ERA over 48.1 innings with High-A Tampa this season. 

Tags: Albert Abreu, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees were genuine in their pursuit of Manny Machado, but never willing to sacrifice a top prospect to land the Baltimore shortstop, who is set to become a Dodger when play resumes Friday. Brian Cashman has preserved his farm system, but his team is still 4.5 games behind Boston in the American League East.

The Yankees face a real possibility of being a championship-caliber club, but facing elimination in a one-game wild card playoff. Cashman would like to avoid this, of course, and he will be active over the next days and weeks in an effort to improve.

The GM is surely engaged in talks with teams that have remained secret, but here's what we've been able to smoke out so far, through major league sources. Cashman could quickly pivot to any one of these options, now that he is done pursuing Machado...

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

New York Yankees baseball is normally associated with one of the best franchises in all of sports. Well, the money speaks for itself.

According to Forbes, the Yankees are valued at $4 billion, making them the most valuable MLB franchise in 2018. They also come in at fifth overall in the world. 

There are six MLB teams in the top 50, but this storied franchise can thank their exciting, young team for a large boost in revenue. Led by Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez, this young Yankees team is drawing viewers at home and at Yankee Stadium.

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Severino, Judge on All-Star Game 00:02:08
Luis Severino and Aaron Judge discuss their experience at the All-Star Game. Justine Ward and Andy Martino discuss key Yankee storylines.

Luis Severino worked around a leadoff double and pitched a scoreless second inning on Tuesday night in his first MLB All-Star game.

Severino pitched in the bottom of the second inning after teammate Aaron Judge hit a solo home run in the top of the inning to give the AL a 1-0 lead. Severino was warming up in the bullpen at the time and caught Judge's home run.

Matt Kemp led off the bottom half of the inning with a line drive double to left fielder Aaron Judge, putting a runner in scoring position. But Severino struck out Bryce Harper, got Nick Markakis to fly out, and struck out Brandon Crawford to end the inning.

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge hit a solo home run deep to left field during the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night.

Judge's blast, which came in the second inning against National League starter Max Scherzer, gave the American League team an early 1-0 lead.

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Jun 26, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino watched "Friends" to help him learn English, he said on Jim Rome's Daily Jungle.

"I love watching 'Friends,'" said Severino, who is representing the Yankees at the MLB All-Star game in D.C. "I think I learned a lot of English from watching 'Friends.'"

Severino said in the past he has asked teammates if he was unsure of a word.

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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees believed as of Tuesday morning that another team was close to a deal for Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado, according to a major league source. Had the Yanks included pitching prospect Justus Sheffield in their offer at any point, they would have landed Machado, the source said.

The source cautioned not to totally rule anyone out yet, even the Yankees. The Orioles are known to kill potential deals because of an uncommonly stringent medical review process, and could still pivot.

The Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers have been aggressive on Machado. The Yankees have too, but only to a point. GM Brian Cashman has so far been unwilling to move Sheffield, keeping him out of the lead.

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With "Enter Sandman" playing, Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth in his 13th and final All-Star Game. The field remained empty as the closer took the mound while both teams and the sell-out crowd gave the future Hall of Famer a standing ovation. (AP)
With "Enter Sandman" playing, Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth in his 13th and final All-Star Game. The field remained empty as the closer took the mound while both teams and the sell-out crowd gave the future Hall of Famer a standing ovation. (AP)

With 'Enter Sandman' playing, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera trotted in from the bullpen in the eighth inning at the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

The ballpark was filled with primarily Mets fans, but Rivera still got a rousing standing ovation from the fans. Both dugouts also saluted Rivera before he threw his first pitch.

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Dec 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers former player Bo Jackson looks on the sidelines before the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)
Dec 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers former player Bo Jackson looks on the sidelines before the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)

The freakishly-talented two-sport star Bo Jackson crushed three homers for the Royals at Yankee Stadium on today's date in 1990.

Jackson's first homer went to center field, over the head of Deion Sanders. Yes, Deion Sanders. The symmetry is perfect. His second shot sailed deep in to the bleachers in right center, and his third and final blast sailed over the short porch in right field.

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Manny Machado Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Manny Machado Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Manny Machado may not be giving his preference in where he wants the Orioles to trade him, but his nephew does. 

During an interview with MLB Network at the Home Run Derby in Washington D.C., analyst Pedro Martinez asked Machado's nephew where he wants to see his uncle play when the trade frenzy settles around MLB's biggest trade chip. 

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Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hugs starting pitcher Andrew Cashner after the game against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hugs starting pitcher Andrew Cashner after the game against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

While the Yankees have been pursuing Orioles All-Star shortstop Manny Machado for some time, it doesn't appear as though they will be acquiring him for the 2018 season.

The Orioles are reportedly "very close" to trading Machado to a team other than the Yankees, although the 26-year-old shortstop will represent the Orioles in Tuesday's All-Star Game, Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

The Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Indians have been among the teams to show interest in Machado, who entered the All-Star break with a .315/.387/.575 batting line with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs. 

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Orioles All-Star Manny Machado has been the subject of trade rumors for months. The Yankees have been among the teams rumored to be pursuing him. Machado, himself, liked an Instagram post of him in a Yankees uniform (and ones of other teams).

And on Monday, he posed for a picture with three players who could be future teammates.

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American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees talks with reporters during workouts in preparation for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees talks with reporters during workouts in preparation for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Given he won't be attempting to defend his Home Run Derby crown, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is looking to relax and take in the All-Star Game festivities in his second go around.

The 26-year-old Yankees slugger, one of the top three leading vote-getters among American League outfielders, will bat sixth and start in left field for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game. 

Though he said "it's been a while" since he last batted sixth -- Sept. 10, 2017, was the last time, he said he was glad he was starting for the second year a row.

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Severino talks deGrom 00:00:14
Luis Severino compliments Jacob deGrom and says that if the Yankees traded for him, 'it would be great.'

Yankees ace Luis Severino wouldn't mind another ace joining him in pinstripes -- especially Jacob deGrom, who is across town with the Mets. 

"He's one of the greatest pitchers," Severino said on Monday at All-Star Game media day. "Great guy. He's awesome. ... if they trade him to the Yankees, I mean, that would be great."

The 30-year-old deGrom, who has been otherworldly for the Mets this season while posting a league-leading 1.68 ERA, has been the subject of trade rumors.

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Machado clarifies Instagram like 00:00:23
Orioles shortstop Manny Machado explains why he 'liked' an image on Instagram featuring him in a Yankees uniform.

Orioles superstar Manny Machado wasn't hiding his feelings last week when it came to a potential trade to the Yankees.

Machado, who the Yankees remain in pursuit of, liked an instagram post that showed him photoshopped in a Yankees uniform.

On Monday at All-Star Game media day, Machado walked back his like...

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres at Yankee Stadium (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres at Yankee Stadium (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres and catcher Gary Sanchez are optimistic about returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break.

Torres, who was named to the American League All-Star team as a rookie but will not play in Tuesday's game, said he feels good after suffering a hip strain on July 4 and could be on track to return Monday when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"I think I'm ready right now," Torres said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I'm just waiting for more (rehab) games. If everything is all right, I'm back to play."

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Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)
Derek Jeter follows through on a third-inning base hit. (AP)

In 2000, Yankees legendary SS Derek Jeter was named to his third consecutive All-Star Game, and this one was one to remember. 

Jeter had a perfect performance at the plate during the game at Turner Field, going 3-for-3 with two RBI. 

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