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The Yankees' youth movement will be in full effect in right field this season. The club will give long-time prospect Aaron Judge a chance to win the role full time with the initial fallback option being former first-round pick Aaron Hicks. If it gets beyond these two players, the Yankees could be forced to institute a revolving door of right fielders in 2017.

How they fared in 2016

After the Yankees traded Carlos Beltran, the club called up Judge, who was in the midst of a fantastic season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 410 plate appearances across 93 games with the RailRiders, Judge hit .270 with a .366 on-base percentage and a .489 slugging percentage. Judge drilled 18 doubles, launched 19 home runs and drove in 65 runs.

The results in the big leagues did not translate after Judge launched a home run in his very first MLB at-bat. In 84 at-bats (95 plate appearances), Judge struck out an astounding 42 times. He ended up with a .179/.263/.345 slash line, with four home runs. Judge missed the final 18 games with a right oblique injury.

The Yankees hoped that Hicks would fill voids across the outfield for days off and injuries. The club especially believed that Hicks would be an asset as a right-handed hitter against southpaw pitching. Unfortunately, the inconsistent reps at the plate seemed to hurt Hicks.

Hicks finished the season with a .207 batting average, .281 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage while collecting 22 extra-base hits in 361 plate appearances. The switch-hitting Hicks' OPS was significantly better against left-handed pitching (.691) than right-handed pitching (.481). The spread was not unexpected, but the values were much lower than hoped from both sides of the plate.

Hicks played decent overall defense, saving four runs while playing in all three outfield positions, with right field being his best position (three DRS).

How will they fare in 2017?

Judge, who will be playing most of 2017 at 25 years old, has shown the ability to build on disappointing starts to action at the next professional level, most recently at Triple-A. The hope is that he can do the same after his performance with the Yankees late last summer.

Judge has a good batting eye, but such a wide strike zone due to his massive 6-foot, 7-inch frame, so the strikeouts might always be an issue. What matters is the number of strikeouts. Will Judge strikeout 200 times across 600 plate appearances or 120? There is a significant difference to a player's overall production based on the top and lower measures.

I'm willing to be optimistic that Judge can once again "figure things out" as he enters the second season of his next level. The question for me is will he be ready to show the improvement in spring training, or will he go the same route of Gary Sanchez in 2016, and begin the season in Triple-A with a promotion later in the season?

For the sake of projections, I believe Judge's upside for the upcoming season is a batting average of .260 with a .340 on-base percentage and a .440 slugging percentage. The counting stats he accumulates in 2017 will depend on when - and whether - he claims the full-time role.

As for Hicks, his success is completely linked to the amount of plate appearances he will receive and how consistently they come. Hicks seems to be the type of player who needs to receive consistent reps in order to find and maintain a groove at the plate.

Once again, there is a chance that Hicks will be the fourth outfielder, and in the scope of things that works out best for the Yankees. However, in my opinion, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has to give Hicks a larger role early on in the season to see if he is the right person for the extra outfielder role going forward. That is especially true if either Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury show signs of struggles against left-handed pitching. At a minimum, Hicks needs to spend one day per week at each outfield position. Such a system is as much for his sake as for the purpose helping the starters stay healthy and strong.

If Judge falters in the spring, forcing a start in Triple-A, and Hicks has a strong spring performance without injuries elsewhere, he could wind up the starting right fielder. In this scenario, the Yankees would also be able to see if Hicks can attain the upside they saw in him when they acquired him last offseason. Playing full time for an extended period would give Hicks enough leash to determine his future in New York.

In my view, if Hicks is producing a .250/.320/.400 slash line in a limited role (similar to his 2015 season in Minnesota), it provides the Yankees a player who represents a viable substitute option. The onus is on Hicks to figure out how to produce with sporadic playing time and if he cannot, the club has plenty of alternatives in the minors.

The bottom line

If all goes the Yankees' way in 2017, Judge will use his minimal 2016 MLB experience as a learning experience and put together a respectable rookie season. Further, Hicks will figure out how to perform adequately as a backup outfielder across random work days and as an injury replacement over extended periods. If neither pans out, the Yankees could see a revolving door of players in right field.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference


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GEICO SportsNite: Girardi on win 00:01:04
Joe Girardi shares his thoughts on the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Three Yankees hit home runs while Michael Pineda won his second straight start as New York beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Brett GardnerDidi Gregorius and Chris Carter each homered to power the Yankees to their second straight win.

Pineda (5-2) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his second straight outing against Kansas City. He struck out five batters in six innings in an 11-7 win last Wednesday.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is expected to begin throwing next week after he went on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury, according to YES Network.

Chapman hasn't pitched since May 12 and went on the disabled list two days later due to rotator cuff inflammation. He had been feeling shoulder discomfort for weeks before the Yankees placed him on the DL.

Chapman was scheduled to meet with a team physician before Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals, but manager Joe Girardi did not have a definitive update when talking to the media.

"Originally we said (Chapman) would not be throwing for two weeks," Girardi said, according to NJ.com's Randy Miller. "It's only been a week. But he does feel better, so that would be my update."

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(Brad Penner)

Alex Rodriguez believes Yankees rookie Aaron Judge "has a chance to be historic," he told John Harper of the NY Daily News.

Rodriguez had the chance to analyze two of New York's biggest phenoms in Judge and Mets outfielder Michael Conforto in his broadcast debut this past week for FOX. 

Harper asked Rodriguez which player he would choose to have the better career, and Rodriguez stayed loyal to the pinstripes.

"Tough question," Rodriguez said. "I think they're both going to be All-Stars for years to come. But Judge has a chance to be historic. He's 6-foot-7, he benches 450 pounds, he's got a great idea at the plate."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees (25-16) begin a four-game series at home against the Kansas City Royals (18-25) on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Royals Yankees
Alcides Escobar, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Gary Sanchez,C
Lorenzo Cain, CF Matt Holliday, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Salvador Perez, C Aaron Judge, RF
Brandon Moss, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Jorge Bonifacio, LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jorge Soler, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Whit Merrifield, 2B Chris Carter, 1B
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird took dry swings on Monday at Yankee Stadium and should advance to hitting off a tee and from soft tosses on Tuesday, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Bird has been out since May 1 due to a bone bruise in his ankle.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees are promoting top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to MLB.com's Matt Kardos.

Torres is considered one of the top prospects in baseball according to several outlets. MLB.com ranked him the No. 3 prospect and the Yankees the No. 2 farm system, while ESPN's Keith Law ranked him the No. 4 prospect in January.

"He checked every box necessary in that league [Eastern League]," Brian Cashman told Joel Sherman of the New York Post in explaining why Torres is being promoted.

After Cashman received the go-ahead from minor league head Gary Denbo to promote Torres on Saturday. the general manager ran the idea by all of his departments, such as scouting and analytics, and everyone approved of the promotion.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) and catcher Gary Sanchez (24) congratulate was other after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) and catcher Gary Sanchez (24) congratulate was other after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Dellin Betances continued his impressive season on Sunday, recording the final four outs of the game to pick up his second save of the season.

Betances needed only 16 pitches to retire the final four batters, racking up three strikeouts on the way to a 3-2 New York victory.

The 29-year old, who recently took over as the Yankees' closer with Aroldis Chapman on the DL, has not surrendered an earned run since April 8.

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May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a 2-run home run during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Brett Gardner hit a three-run home run, CC Sabathia limited the Rays to two runs in five innings, and the Yankees' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings as New York avoided a three-game sweep in Tampa. >> Click here for the full box score


CC Sabathia struck out six batters and walked one in a 95-pitch effort. After allowing a run in the first inning, Sabathia threw three scoreless innings before giving up a solo shot in the fifth. 

Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with an RBI, raising his batting average to .322 on the season. Gardner had two hits and Jacoby Ellsbury added a double.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka lost his second straight start on Saturday when he gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings in a 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka (5-3) left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after five straight batters reached base, including Corey Dickerson, whose second home run of the game gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead.

"We have to get him right," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "I thought his slider was better today. I thought his splitter was better at times. But he made some mistakes with his fastball. His stuff was better than his last start, but it's not where we need it to be. And we've got to continue to work on it."

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JR Sport Brief: A-Rod's image 00:01:36
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR debates whether former Yankee Alex Rodriguez is a changed man.

In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR debates whether former Yankee Alex Rodriguez is a changed man.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (24-16) will try to avoid a sweep as they wrap up their series with the Tampa Bay Rays (23-22) at Kauffman Stadium at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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May 20, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) score runs during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 20, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) score runs during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka allowed six runs on nine hits, Tommy Layne allowed three additional runs, and the Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-5, on Saturday at Tropicana Field. >> Click here for the full box score

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May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (29) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (29) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Luis Severino limited the Rays to just one run in five innings on Friday night, but the Yankees' bullpen allowed four runs in the final four frames in a 5-4 loss.

Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but Adam Warren allowed three runs on three hits in the seventh, and only recorded two outs before Chasen Shreve entered to finish the inning.

Tyler Clippard pitched the eighth, but struggled with command and walked two batters before Evan Longoria hit an RBI single to tack on what ended up being the decisive run.

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Matt Holliday connects for a two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Matt Holliday connects for a two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Yankees outfielder Matt Holliday hit his eighth home run of the year Friday night, but the Rays beat the Yankees, 5-4, at Tropicana Field. The two-run shot tied the game in the top of the eighth inning before Evan Longoria's single in the bottom half of the frame put the Rays right back ahead.

Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury also collected RBI for New York. Starting pitcher Luis Severino went five innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out seven. 

The Yankees have now lost three in a row and seven of their last 10. They will look to get back on track Saturday as the series against the Rays continues with an afternoon tilt at 4:10 p.m.

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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery struggled last night, allowing five earned runs on four hits and three walks in five innings.

Montgomery surrendered two early runs to the Royals and was unable to recover. Mike Moustakas added a fifth inning, three-run home run to extend Kansas City's lead to 5-0.

The 24-year old has now allowed nine earned runs in his last 11.0 innings spanning two starts.

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May 18, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) reacts after giving up a three run home run to Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas (left) during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 18, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) reacts after giving up a three run home run to Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas (left) during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

Danny Duffy pitched seven shutout innings, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer, and the Royals cruised to a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. >> Click here for the full box score

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New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees (23-13) will go for the sweep as they wrap up their series with the Kansas City Royals (16-23) at Kauffman Stadium at 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday night. 

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May 17, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 17, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees' bats came alive and backed starter Michael Pineda as New York beat the Royals, 11-7, on Wednesday night in Kansas City. >> Click here for the full box score

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Mar 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner before the New York City FC vs. New England Revolution soccer game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner before the New York City FC vs. New England Revolution soccer game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is pleased with the team's play through the first month and half, especially the effort of the young core. 

With that in mind, Steinbrenner said at Wednesday's owners meetings that he'd prefer not to trade any of the team's prospects away, if possible. 

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Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (23-13) look to continue their winning ways in Kansas City as they take on the Royals (16-22) at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday night. 
 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild is working with Masahiro Tanaka to fix some mechanical issues in hopes of getting the team's ace back on track after his recent struggles.

"Larry talked to him today about some mechanical things. Hopefully they get it ironed out,'' manager Joe Girardi told George A. King III of the New York Post. "I think his front shoulder was flying [open] a bit [Sunday]. Sometimes they're mechanical and we have to iron them out. He hasn't had a good splitter and slider for most of the year.''

In his most recent start, Tanaka lasted only 1 2/3 innings against the Astros, allowing eight runs on seven hits, including four home runs.

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The Yankees' Starlin Castro celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Pirates Saturday. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
The Yankees' Starlin Castro celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Pirates Saturday. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have plenty of young talent on their roster, but because Starlin Castro is in his eighth season in the big leagues, it's easy to forget he's just 27 years old. Castro is in his baseball prime and based on his performance so far this season, he might be poised to tap into the potential some expected years ago.

At age-21 in 2011, Castro led the National League in hits (207) in just his second season and expectations heightened for the then-shortstop. Castro never reached the presumed zenith in Chicago and after a couple of rough seasons, he was traded to New York.

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CC Sabathia pitched a 6.2 inning shutout on the way to the Yankees' 7-1 win in the first game of their three-game series against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday evening. >> Box score

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Aug 31, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Dillin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after beating the Kansas City Royals in thirteen inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Aug 31, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Dillin Betances (68) celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after beating the Kansas City Royals in thirteen inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

President Randy Levine expressed the utmost confidence in new Yankees closer Dellin Betances on Tuesday, via a report from FanRag's Jon Heyman.

Betances has taken over the closer role in New York after Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an inflamed rotator cuff.

"He's going to do great," Levine said. "He's ready. I have full confidence he'll do a great job. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (22-13) begin a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium against the Royals at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.

Yankees Royals
Brett Gardner, LF Alcides Escobar, SS
Gary Sanchez, C Mike Moustakas, 3B
Matt Holliday, DH Lorenzo Cain, CF
Starlin Castro, 2B Eric Hosmer, 1B
Aaron Judge, RF Salvador Perez, C
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jorge Bonifacio, RF
Chase Headley, 3B Jorge Soler, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS Alex Gordon, LF
Chris Carter, 1B Whit Merrifield, 2B
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During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, OF Aaron Judge surprised Yankees fans in Bryant Park.

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Will there be another Jeter? 00:03:14
The Daily News Live panel discusses if New York will ever see another athlete as successful on and off the field like Derek Jeter.

The Daily News Live panel discuss if New York will ever see another athlete as successful on and off the field as Derek Jeter.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jeter, Chapman 00:04:04
Jonas Schwartz, Peter Botte and John Harper discuss Derek Jeter Day and Aroldis Chapman's injury.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman felt pain and discomfort in his shoulder for weeks before alerting the team, he told reporters on Sunday.

Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday due to left rotator cuff inflammation and could miss roughly a month.

"I heard Chapman tell you guys that, and all I can tell you is that he didn't mention anything," GMBrian Cashman said Monday, according to Dan Martin of the NY Post. "We check every day with the trainers to see what they're doing or if anyone is deviating from their routine. That's all you can do."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after allowing a two run home run by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) reacts after allowing a two run home run by Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. (Aaron Doster)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Masahiro Tanaka has made eight starts for the Yankees this season. The bookends have been utter disasters, and maybe worse, what's been in between has been mediocre outside of one start. Tanaka's performance so far this season has both short-term and long-term consequences for the Yankees.
  
Short-term impact

Tanaka is paid to be the ace of this club. Whether you agree he is or is not, Tanaka is expected to perform as such by the Yankees. And quite honestly, Tanaka expects it of himself as well. When the fans are treated to such a dismal performance the boo birds will be in full force.

"I didn't do my job," Tanaka told Newsday. "They have all the right to boo me."

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JR Sport Brief: Derek Jeter 00:01:52
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR lays out his case for why Derek Jeter is the most successful New York athlete.

In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR lays out his case for why Derek Jeter is the most successful New York athlete.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jeter night 00:04:08
Justine Ward and Sweeny Murti report from Yankee Stadium, as Derek Jeter's iconic No. 2 was retired during a prime-time ceremony.

Justine Ward and Sweeny Murti report from Yankee Stadium, as Derek Jeter's iconic No. 2 was retired during a prime-time ceremony.


GEICO SportsNite: Yankees split 00:00:30
Joe Girardi talks about Masahiro Tanaka's worst start of his Major League career, as he went just 2 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs in his shortest outing of the season as the New York Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Houston Astros, 10-7, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Tanaka (5-2) allowed eight runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings, allowing back-to-back home runs to George Springer and Josh Reddick to lead off the game.

Later in the first inning, he surrendered a grand slam to Alex Bregman that gave the Astros a 6-0 lead.

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Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waves to the crowd after being honored during a pre-game ceremony to retire his jersey number and unveil his plaque for monument park before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waves to the crowd after being honored during a pre-game ceremony to retire his jersey number and unveil his plaque for monument park before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees honored legendary captain Derek Jeter by giving him a plaque in Monument Park and retiring his No. 2 on Sunday night.

Jeter spent his entire 20-year career in Pinstripes, winning five World Series titles with New York and recording the most hits in franchise history. 

The last Yankee player to wear a single-digit number, Jeter's No. 2 was officially retired and placed in Monument Park, joining the likes of Babe RuthLou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees look to sweep their doubleheader against the Houston Astros when they play Game 2 on Sunday at 7:38 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Gary Sanchez, C
Jose Altuve, 2B Matt Holliday, DH
Carlos Correa, SS Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Brian McCann, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Chris Carter, 1B
Jake Marisnick, LF Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's pitching for the Yankees:

Masahiro Tanaka (5-1, 4.36 ERA) looks to win his sixth start in a row after giving up four runs (three earned) in seven innings against the Cincinnati Reds last Monday. Tanaka, 28, has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last five starts, recording a 2.78 ERA and holding batters to a .237 batting average in that span. He is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts at home this year.

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chase Headley hit a bases-clearing, two-out triple in the seventh inning to key a six-run rally as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros, 11-6, Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday had an RBI infield single and Starlin Castro a game-tying double, Headley lined a Chris Devenski changeup into the right-center field gap to give New York a 9-6 lead.

The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Castro and Aaron Judge, but squandered it when Adam Warren (1-0) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a Joey Gattis single, Castro error and Yulieski Gurriel sac fly.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino (Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino (Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will play the first game of a doubleheader with the Astros today at 2:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees-Astros matchup on Saturday was rained out. The second game of Saturday's doubleheader will begin following the Derek Jeter Pregame ceremony, which is slated to take place to earler than 6:35 p.m. The second game will begin no earlier than 7:35 p.m.

Yankees Astros
Brett Gardner, LF George Springer, CF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Josh Reddick, RF
Matt Holliday, DH Jose Altuve, DH
Starlin Castro, 2B Carlos Correa, SS
Aaron Judge, RF Evan Gattis, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Marwin Gonzalez, 2B
Chase Headley, 3B Yuli Gurriel, 1B
Chris Carter, 1B Alex Bregman, 3B
Austin Romine, C Norichika Aoki, LF 

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Derek Jeter 00:00:41
The Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 before Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Houston Astros.

Feb 28, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 28, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have promoted RHP Chance Adams from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Adams will make his first Triple-A start on Monday against Pawtucket, according to the team. Read about his most recent start in our Yankees Minor League Report from Friday.

The 22-year-old has posted a 4-0 record and a 1.03 ERA through six starts this season with Trenton. He pitched in three spring training games for the Yankees earlier this year, allowing one run on three hits. He walked five batters and struck out four. 

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New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is in the midst of a swoon, as he has given up four runs and six hits in his last two outings -- which both lasted shorter than an inning. 

Chapman blew his first save of the season against the Cubs on May 7 and then failed to get out of the top of the ninth inning on Friday evening versus the Astros. The left-hander went five days in between appearances and even received a visit from the trainer on Friday when he shook his arm following a delivery to Jose Altuve

"Tonight is a night when he is usually not in the game, but he hasn't thrown in a while," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game versus the Astros. "I could have left him out there, but I didn't want him to throw too many pitches."

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees will not play game three of their four-game set against the Houston Astros on Saturday because of weather conditions. Mike Fiers and Luis Severino were set to take the mound for their respective teams at 1:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. 

Instead, the Yankees and Astros will make up the game as part of a Sunday doubleheader that will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET and conclude with the final game of the series at 7:35 p.m. ET. 

The doubleheader will be single admission, meaning tickets dated for Saturday, May 13 will not be valid and will need to be used at a later date for another Yankee home game. 

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Sweeny Murti analyzes the Yankees' three-game losing streak. The Bombers will look to turn it around Saturday against Houston.

The Yankees manufactured only one run against Lance McCullers and three Astros relievers in a 5-1 loss at Yankee Stadium on Friday evening. >> Box score

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Derek Jeter's $1.34 million bid to buy the Marlins has "hit a roadblock," according to FOX Business. 

The former Yankee shortstop, who is a part of an ownership group that includes Jed Bush, may not have the money necessary to complete the deal.

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The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
The New York Yankees react after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees, who many believed would not be in contention for the World Series this year, have surprised the league by beginning the season 21-11, and are currently sitting only 0.5 games behind Baltimore for the lead in the AL East.

After talking with several MLB insiders and coaches from around the league, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post lists six reasons why the Yankees are legitimate contenders this season.

The first reason is the blooming of some of New York's young players. Guys such as Aaron JudgeAaron HicksLuis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery have developed faster than many scouts believed they would, finding great success thus far.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Alroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

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 May 11, 2017.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees lose 00:01:27
Eamon McAnaney profiles the series opener between the Yankees and Astros, a game in which the Yanks fell, 3-2.

The Yankees were unable to complete a late ninth inning rally on Thursday in a 3-2 loss to the Astros in the first game of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Michael Pineda
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The Daily News Live panel previews the upcoming series between the Yankees and the Astros and the chance of this being a playoff preview.

The Yankees will open a four-game series with the Houston Astros at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Reds
Brett Gardner, LF George Springer, CF
Aaron Hicks, CF Josh Reddick, RF
Gary Sanchez, C Jose Altuve, 2B
Starlin Castro, 2B Carlos Correa, SS
Aaron Judge, RF Carlos Beltran, DH
Didi Gregorius, SS Brian McCann, C
Chase Headley, 3B Yulieski Gurriel, 1B
Chris Carter, 2B Alex Bregman, 3B
Michael Pineda, P Norichika Aoki, LF

Who's pitching for the Yankees:

Michael Pineda (3-1, 3.12 ERA) will start for the Yankees. Pineda allowed two runs -- both home runs -- on three hits in six innings against the Cubs in his last start on May 5.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees have recalled RHP Giovanny Gallegos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Thursday.

They had optioned RHP Chad Green to Triple-A following Tuesday night's game.

Gallegos, 25, has a 3.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with six walks and 26 strikeouts in 14.0 innings (10 games) this season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Alex Rodriguez had a surprising comeback season for the Yankees in 2015. In 2016, he was basically forced into retirement with a season-plus left on his contract. All of the sudden, it looks like a similar script might be unfolding for CC Sabathia.

Sabathia hurled 179 2/3 innings of 3.91 ERA ball in 2016, the first season in which he finished with an ERA below 4.70 since 2012. That's a long time to be mostly ineffective and then turn things around. Sabathia battled knee injuries and himself over those three years in which he compiled a combined 4.81 ERA in 424 1/3 innings. In 2016, the knee was steadied by a brace he used at the tail end of the 2015 season and came to grips with a transition he obviously had not fully accepted until last season.

Sabathia got off to a fine start this season, recording a 1.47 ERA in 18 1/3 innings across his first three starts. It appeared that he picked up right where he left off last year. The Yankees had a work horse in the stable. Unfortunately, Sabathia has been abysmal since. In Sabathia's last four starts (20 2/3 innings), he owns a 9.58 ERA and opposing batters are slashing .337/.416/.551 against him.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chris Carelli
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

On Sunday, Derek Jeter will be at Yankee Stadium, where he will be joined by family, friends, and many former teammates as the Yankees retire his No. 2 in Monument Park.

Prior to that ceremony, Derek Jeter published a letter on his website, The Players' Tribune, thanking the city of New York and its fans for helping him along his 20-year jcareer with the Yankees.

"New York, I'll never forget how you looked out for me," wrote Jeter. "And throughout 20 years in pinstripes, I learned that despite the pace and the pressure, one code truly makes this city go: Get up each day, put on your uniform, go to work, do your best, and don't make excuses."

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