New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine congratulates shortstop Didi Gregorius after scoring against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

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The Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius believing in his upside potential and exhibited patience after a slow start in his first season in pinstripes. The club's relaxed attitude paid off as Gregorius flourished for a better part of 2016. Gregorius' gradual evolution has fans wondering if he can continue to elevate his game. 
 
How Gregorius fared in 2016 
 
In 2016, Gregorius became one of the best players on the club, turning in his finest all-around season. However, like much of the rest of the club, Gregorius got off to a rocky start in the season's opening month, hitting .224 with four extra-base hits, a .254 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage. From that point Gregorius slashed .283/.311/.461 with 30 doubles, 18 home runs and 66 RBIs. Gregorius finished the 2016 season with career-high marks in batting average (.276), hits (155), doubles (32), home runs (20), RBIs (70) and slugging percentage (.447). 
 
The knock on Gregorius' offensive game is easily his poor on-base percentage, which sat 22 points below the league average (.326) in 2016. This has been an on-going issue for Gregorius, who owns a .312 career OBP. Gregorius saw just 3.46 pitches per plate appearance in 2016 and his walk rate last season was the lowest of his career at 3.2 percent. Gregorius' strikeout rate in 2016 was quite reasonable (13.7 percent) and the measure has consistently decreased each season since his pro debut in 2013 with Arizona. This tells us that Gregorius continues to put more and more balls into play and last season the added thump allowed his average and slugging percentage to rise. 
 
The Yankees' shortstop seemed to take a step back in the field and he was crushed by defensive metrics which he indicate he was a well below average fielder (-9 defensive runs saved). The regression was surprising, considering the defensive game was something that was not an issue in year's past. 
 
How will Gregorius fare in 2017? 
 
Gregorius will be sitting in the prime of his career. In my view, it is reasonable to suggest that Gregorius can match or slightly exceed his total number of extra-base hits from 2016 (54). I do not feel like Gregorius is going to develop much more home run power, but he can certainly add to his doubles total from 2016. 
 
There is some room for concern with Gregorius' contact rate being so high, but his batting average on balls in play is actually is quite low for his career (.289) and it was on par in 2016 (.290). Still, Gregorius' contract rate against balls pitched outside the zone could pose a red flag for 2017. In 2016, he made contact with 71.7 percent of such pitches compared to the league average of 63.9 percent. He has continuously sat above the league average in this metric, but last season he was on another level. This trait can go against him considering those types of pitches tend to turn into outs when contact is made. 
 
A good deal of what happens in 2017 will have to do with the position in which Gregorius hits in the lineup. In a perfectly healthy iteration of the lineup, Gregorius should hit no higher than sixth or seventh in the order and I believe he fits quite well in such a spot. If Gregorius was to simply duplicate his offensive efforts in one of those two hitting positions, the Yankees should be quite pleased. If Gregorius is forced to hit in the middle of the lineup for an extended period, I believe it could impede on his progress. 
 
In the field, Gregorius must reclaim the effectiveness he lost in 2016. The Yankees have a perennial defensively challenged second baseman in Starlin Castro, so Gregorius has to pick up the slack, not add to it. 
 
Bottom line 
 
Gregorius is an important piece to the Yankees' puzzle in 2017 and beyond as he's under team control through the 2019 season. Gregorius will likely occupy an important spot in the middle to lower part of the lineup for an offense with a good deal of questions. At the moment, there isn't a player in the minors pushing to take his spot, but there are at least two prospects who could push the envelope as early as next season. If Gregorius is going to maintain his claim to the Yankees' starting shortstop role, he cannot afford to take steps back as he plays in the prime of his career.  

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs


Related: More 2017 player expectations for key Yankees at catcher, first base and second base.
 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli

Aroldis Chapman is still the Yankees' closer but will be unavailable on Wednesday as he has tests on his hamstring, manager Joe Girardi told reporters.

Chapman tweaked his hamstring while running on the final play of the team's 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday, according to the YES Network.

Chapman said after the game that the hamstring injury "is nothing to worry about," according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, but Girardi said in the post-game press conference that the team will "see where he is tomorrow."

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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees defeated the Mets for the second straight game, 5-4.

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

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

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

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( Adam Hunger)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aaron Judge connected on his 36th home run of the season in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday night. (Rich Schultz)
Aaron Judge connected on his 36th home run of the season in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday night. (Rich Schultz)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Curtis Granderson, Erik Goeddel, Gary Sanchez, Hansel Robles, Luis Cessa, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia hopes to come off the disabled list as soon as he is eligible Saturday.

The Yankees left-hander threw a bullpen session before Monday's Subway Series opener against the New York Mets and said his right knee felt much better.

"I was cutting it loose at the end," he said. "Very encouraged." >> Read more

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(Jesse Johnson)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joe Girardi and Aroldis Chapman discuss Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in heartbreaking fashion

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

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

Red Sox Yankees
Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Mookie Betts, RF Aaron Hicks, CF
Andrew Benintendi, LF Aaron Judge, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Gary Sanchez, DH
Chris Young, DH Todd Frazier, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Brock Holt, 2B Chase Headley, 1B
Sandy Leon, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Austin Romine, C
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Yankees fall to Red Sox, 10-5 00:01:41
Sweeny Murti breaks down the action from the Yanks' 10-5 loss to the Red Sox and gives an injury report on CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.

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

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Brad Penner)

The Yankees have announced they placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. 

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

He was inconsistent in his last start where he allowed three runs, two earned on just two hits. He threw 88 pitches in that span while walking five batters. 

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(Andy Marlin)

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

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

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

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(Elsa)

Miami Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, has agreed to sell his team to the group involving former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. 

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

The agreement is expected to be completed Friday, and sent to the MLB offices in New York for review. Officials are not expected to vote on the purchase at an owners meeting in Chicago next week, but it will be a topic to discuss. The closing of the deal is expected to be completed by October. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Dan Hamilton)

CC Sabathia is "probably doubtful" for his next start, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on WFAN on Thursday.

"We want to sit down and see him tomorrow face to face before we really make any decisions (about his next start)," Girardi said while adding that Jordan Montgomery would likely start in his place if he is unable to pitch.

 

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Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Aug 3, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The Yankees (60-52) will play the final game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (53-60) on Wednesday at Rogers Centre at 7:07 p.m. 

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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have expressed interest in trading for Mets INF Neil Walker, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson all cleared waivers earlier this month and are eligible to be traded.

The Mets were in talks with the Yankees regarding a potential trade for Jay Bruce, but opted to instead trade Bruce to the Indians on Wednesday night.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed Clint Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and have reactivated Aaron Hicks, the team announced. 

Frazier was penciled into the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays but was a late scratch because of the injury. He said he'd been experiencing pain over the past few days, but it came to a head during batting practice. 

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The Baseball Night in New York guys weigh in on Wednesday night's trade between the Mets and the Indians, sending Jay Bruce to Cleveland.

The Mets were in deep discussions with the Yankees regarding OF Jay Bruce before dealing Bruce to the Cleveland Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, according to multiple reports. 

As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. 

The Yankees were on Bruce's no-trade list, but he was reportedly willing to waive it if a deal was reached.

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Todd Frazier and Gary Sanchez connected on back-to-back homers in the second inning of an 11-5 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Mark Blinch)
Todd Frazier and Gary Sanchez connected on back-to-back homers in the second inning of an 11-5 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Mark Blinch)

The Yankees collected 17 hits on their way to an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. 

Elsewhere, the Mets traded away Jay Bruce, Carmelo Anthony will not waive his no-trade clause for New Orleans and the Nets will play two games in Mexico City next season. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) hits an RBI double in the fifth inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) hits an RBI double in the fifth inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees rebounded after Tuesday's loss and slugged their way to an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night in Toronto. >> Box score


Masahiro Tanaka didn't have his best stuff, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on two hits and five walks in just four innings pitched. Chad Green picked up the win but gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

But the Yankees got the offense clicking in the second inning when Gary Sanchez and Todd Frazier blasted back-to-back homers. Didi Gregorius added a solo homer a frame later, while Frazier added a two-run double in the fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury would follow with an RBI double of his own. 

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Daily News Live: Worry Warts 00:02:47
The DNL panel discusses what the biggest problem is for the New York Yankees, the offense or their starting pitching?

 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (59-52) play the second game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (53-59) on Wednesday at Rogers Centre at 7:07 p.m. 

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
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Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 34th homer of the season in the Yankees 7-3 win over the Tigers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 34th homer of the season in the Yankees 7-3 win over the Tigers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Yankees and the rest of Major League Baseball will have nicknames on the backs of special jerseys during "Players Weekend" from Aug. 25-27 as the team plays the Marniners at Yankee Stadium.

The jerseys will feature "Yankees" written across the front with grey caps also being worn.

Click below for images

 

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The Yankees have endured several stretches in 2017 without key players due to injury. They have played without Greg Bird (87 games missed through Tuesday), Starlin Castro (29 games missed; two separate stints on the disabled list) and Aaron Hicks (38 games missed) for significantly long periods.

Each of the players are working on getting back to the club, but which one will have the biggest impact as the Yankees push for a postseason berth?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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CC Sabathia allowed four runs over three innings in a loss against the Blue Jays. (Fred Thornhill/AP)
CC Sabathia allowed four runs over three innings in a loss against the Blue Jays. (Fred Thornhill/AP)

CC Sabathia allowed four runs in the first three innings as the Yankees fell, 4-2, to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. 

Elsewhere, the Mets slug three home runs in a win against the Rangers, the Knicks sign veteran forward Michael Beasley and Matt Harvey expects to make a rehab start "in a week or so". 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (59-51) begin a four-game set on the road with the Toronto Blue Jays (52-59) on Tuesday at Rogers Centre at 7:07 p.m. 

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

Yankees 2B Starlin Castro and 1B Greg Bird continued their rehab with the team at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday. 

According to Newsday's Erik Boland, both players participated in batting practice and light running hours before gametime. 

Castro is expected to begin running the bases when the Yankees return home to face the Red Sox. He was placed on the disabled list for the second time in July due to a hamstring injury. He last played on July 21. 

Tags: Greg Bird, Starlin Castro
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The Daily News Live panel speculates on Joe Girardi's decision to have Gary Sanchez DH on Saturday and not play on Sunday.

 

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV: 

Assembling a lockdown relief crew is tantamount to a successful baseball team. During the last few postseasons, it has become evident that championships do not come without dominant relievers.

The Yankees entered the season with what they believed to be the basis of such an endgame crew. With Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman leading the backend of the bullpen, the Yankees figured they had enough leading up to them with Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren picking up set-up duties. However, Clippard faltered mightily by June, Chapman and Warren endured stints on the disabled list and Betances lost his mechanics.

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General view of game action during the seventh inning between the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
General view of game action during the seventh inning between the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Former MLB slugger and manager Don Baylor died Monday at age 68 after a battle with multiple myeloma, his son confirmed to the Austin-American Statesman.

Baylor, who spent 19 seasons in the majors, won the American League MVP in 1979 with the Angels. He played for the Yankees from 1983-1985, hitting .267 while collecting 71 home runs and 265 RBIs in 420 games in the Bronx. 

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Luis Severino earned his ninth win of the year Sunday against the Indians. (Ron Schwane/AP)
Luis Severino earned his ninth win of the year Sunday against the Indians. (Ron Schwane/AP)

Starter Luis Severino fanned nine batters and allowed just two hits over 6 2/3 innings in the Yankees' 8-1 win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon. 

Elsewhere, the Mets are swept by the Dodgers, David Villa leads NYCFC to a win over the Red Bulls and Josh McCown puts in a solid performance at Jets practice. 

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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Progressive Field. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Progressive Field. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees optioned LHP Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

Montgomery went 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts this season, however lost his spot in the rotation after New York acquired starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia at the trade deadline.

The 24-year-old Montgomery gave up one run and three hits in five innings in his last start on Saturday. He was 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA in his previous five outings.

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