Feb 24, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looses his grip on the bat as it flies into the stands in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))
Feb 24, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) looses his grip on the bat as it flies into the stands in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))

The Yankees topped the Tigers, 9-5, in Tampa.

  • Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run
  • Brett Gardner went 2-3 with a run scored
  • Gary Sanchez recorded two hits, including a two-run home run
  • Chase Headley added a pair of hits
  • Jacoby Ellsbury stole his first base of the spring
  • Jorge Mateo recorded a base hit in his lone at-bat
  • Masahiro Tanaka threw two scoreless innings and struck out two

The Yankees' road squad beat the Red Sox, 5-4.

  • Greg Bird was 2-3 and hit his second home run of the spring
  • Top prospect Gleyber Torres contributed an RBI double in his only at-bat and scored a run
  • Aaron Judge went 1-2
  • Catcher Kyle Higashioka added a pair of base hits

Next Game: The Yankees will host the Braves on Wednesday at 6:35 in Tampa. 


Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

A group led by Derek Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush has placed the winning bid for the right to purchase the Miami Marlins, reports Scott Soshnick.

The cost for the team is expected to be $1.3 billion, reports Clark Spencer of Miami Herald.

Word of Jeter's interest in owning the Marlins was initially reported on April 5 by Fox Business Network.

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Tonight's Yankees vs. Red Sox game in Boston, which had been scheduled for 7:10 p.m., has been postponed, the Red Sox announced.

The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park on July 16, beginning at 1:05 p.m.

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New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Leadoff hitters are typically a key to a team's success. In the Yankees' case, they've jumped out to an 11-7 record despite left fielder Brett Gardner's incredibly poor start at the plate. Is it too early to look at the future without the Yankees' home grown outfielder and is it too late to receive a good return in a trade?

Gardner is hitting .182 with a .318 on-base percentage, .236 slugging percentage and a 68 wRC+ (runs created per plate appearance where 100 is average) in 66 plate appearances on the young season. However, Gardner's troubles go all the way back to the second half of the 2015 season. 

The moment Gardner returned from his first All-Star game, he began to backpedal offensively. Gardner has stood at the plate 993 times since July 17, 2015. During the span, Gardner sports a .240 batting average, .334 on-base percentage, .333 slugging percentage and an 86 wRC+. Gardner, once prolific on the bases, has swiped a mere 26 bases (caught six times) in the stretch, though he has five this season. Gardner has managed just three months (out of nine, including this month) with a wRC+ above 100 since August 2015. These are not small samples.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mason Williams, Chris Carelli
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Toronto Blue Jays Anthony Alford slides safely into second base as New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius falls backward trying to tag him on a steal in the second inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays Anthony Alford slides safely into second base as New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius falls backward trying to tag him on a steal in the second inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees hope Didi Gregorius can return from the disabled list and resume his role as starting shortstop on Friday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Gregorius went 2-for-5 with a double in his third rehab game with High-A Tampa on Sunday. He began a throwing program two weeks ago after he suffered a shoulder injury in March while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

Girardi said "it's possible" Gregorius could return Friday, but will play rehab games on Tuesday and Wednesday before a decision is made.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes
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Apr 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Jordan Montgomery gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings, but did not receive the run support he needed and the Yankees lost the rubber game of their series with the Pirates 2-1. >> Box score

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees (11-6) will play the rubber game of their three-game series aganst the Pirates (7-10) in Pittsburgh at 1:35 p.m. The Yankees rallied for an 11-5 victory on Saturday.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

Yankees Pirates
Brett Gardner, LF Jordy Mercer, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Josh Harrison, 3B
Starlin Castro, 2B Andrew McCutchen, CF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Gregory Polanco, LF
Aaron Judge, RF David Freese, 3B
Greg Bird, 1B Jose Osuna, RF
Ronald Torreyes, SS Philip Gosselin, 3B
Kyle Higashioka C Chris Stewart, C
Jordan Montgomery, P Iván Nova, P

 

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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)

Chris Carter hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth as the Yankees rallied for an 11-5 victory over the Pirates Saturday in Pittsburgh. >> Box score


The Yankees were trailing 3-0 in the sixth against Jameson Tallion when Starlin Castro tied it with a one-out, three-run homer that scored Jacoby Ellsbury (infield single) and Aaron Hicks (walk).

Tallion left after walking Aaron Judge.  Pittsburgh reliever Juan Nicasio hit Greg Bird, and, after allowing a single to Austin Romine to load the bases, gave up a two-run double to Ronald Torreyes.

Tags: Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Michael Pineda and the Yankees (10-6) play the middle game of their series aganst the Pirates (7-9) in Pittsburgh at 4:05 p.m. The Pirates won the series opener 6-3 Friday.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees dropped their 16th game of 2017 and fell to 10-6. Starting pitcher, CC Sabathia gave up two home runs and the team never recovered. 

In the bottom of the first, the Pirates opened the scoring in PNC Park after a Jordy Mercer homerun. Brett Gardner walked in the third and would eventually notch New York's first run of the night. 

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Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees look to improve their 10-5 record against a Pittsburgh team that has either fallen to a sweep or escaped with one in every series thus far of 2017.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Kim Klement)

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 April 20, 2017.

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Aaron Judge living up to hype 00:02:52
The Daily News Live team debates whether Aaron Judge has become the most exciting Yankee on the roster right now.

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is off to a much slower start than anyone expected after an exceptional spring training. Despite Bird going 5-for-37 with a .535 OPS in 42 plate appearances, he should not be benched each time there is a left-handed pitcher on the mound.

I completely understand that the Yankees brought in Chris Carter's right-handed hitting power bat to complement Bird, but to enact a strict platoon would be a mistake in my opinion.

I bring this up because the writing is on the wall. Bird entered Sunday's game in a 0-20 slump and went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single and two walks. The following game, Bird was on the bench in favor of Carter, who mind you came in slashing .182/.240/.273, because "lefty killer" Derek Holland was on the mound. Bird has two plate appearances this season against lefties, while Carter has nine. Neither player has a hit against a lefty.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:41
Buoyed by good at-bats and good pitching, including by Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday, the Yankees are riding an eight-game winning streak.

Tanaka kept the White Sox in check for most of the evening, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six in seven innings of work. The only real damage came in the fourth when Jose Abreu brought in Tim Anderson with an RBI double. 

Chase Headley kept his hot start going with his third home run of the year, a two-run shot in the first inning.

Tags: Chicago White Sox
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Daily News Live: Luis Severino 00:02:38
The Daily News Live panel debates whether Luis Severino has earned himself a permanent spot in the Yankees' starting rotation.

 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees (9-5) look to get back in the win column as they close out their series with the White Sox (7-6) at Yankee Stadium. 

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.


White Sox Yankees
Tyler Saladino, 2B Brett Gardner, LF 
Tim Anderson, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Melky Cabrera, LF Matt Holliday, DH
Jose Abreu, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Avisail Garcia, RF Starlin Castro, 2B
Cody Asche, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Yolmer Sanchez, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Omar Narvaez, C Austin Romine, C
Leury Garcia, CF Ronald Torreyes, SS
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New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez walks off the field after injuring himself during an at-bat in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez made throws from 60 feet on Wednesday, the first time he has done so since he was placed on the disabled list with a right biceps strain. The Yankees said he would miss approximately four weeks.

Manager Joe Girardi said Sanchez has been catching five or six inning "games" with a pitching machine during his time on the disabled list and that he is progressing from the injury.

The 24-year-old catcher had one home run and two RBIs in four games this season before he was injured taking a swing against the Orioles on April 8..

He hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBI in 53 games as a rookie in 2016.

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Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Tyler Saladino (20) throws to first to complete the double play in the fifth inning. New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) were out on the play at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 18, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Tyler Saladino (20) throws to first to complete the double play in the fifth inning. New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) were out on the play at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees fell victim to the long ball and were unable to recover in a 4-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, snapping an eight-game winning streak. >> Read more

Tags: Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Feinsand previews his new book 00:04:48
Former SNY Yankees insider Mark Feinsand joins the show to preview his new book, "The New York Yankees Fan Bucket List."

Apr 7, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 7, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Severino and the Yankees (9-4) will go for their ninth consecutive win on Tuesday night in game two of a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox (6-6) at 7:05 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.


White Sox Yankees
Tyler Saladino, 2B Brett Gardner, LF 
Tim Anderson, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Melky Cabrera, LF Matt Holliday, DH
Jose Abreu, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Avisail Garcia, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Matt Davidson, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Yolmer Sanchez, DH Austin Romine, C
Omar Narvaez, C Ronald Torreyes, 3B
Avisail Garcia, CF Pete Kozma, SS

Who's starting for the Yankees?

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will begin playing in rehab games on Friday for High-A Tampa, the team announced Tuesday.

Gregorius, who is dealing with a hematoma of the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder, began a throwing prorgram two weeks ago.

"I don't want to rush anything, because if something happens, it's going to be even worse with a setback," Gregorius said after beginning his throwing program.

He was diagnosed with the inury in March, which the Yankees expected would keep him out for six weeks. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius
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 (AP)
(AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees were supposed to be working the 2017 season without a strong collection of starting pitching. However, during the Yankees' current eight-game winning streak, the club's starters have silenced the detractors with a 6-0 record, 2.76 ERA and a 9.2 K/9 rate. How long can the run last?

Of the five starters, the pitcher expected to provide sterling efforts, Masahiro Tanaka currently owns the worst ERA. However, in his last start, Tanaka looked more like the pitcher who contended for the Cy Young Award last season. Tanaka had a superb spring training, but struggled in his first two starts (10 ER in 7 2/3 IP).

I don't worry about Tanaka. Once he hits a groove, he can rattle off solid start after solid start. Tanaka is the most complete pitcher of the crew and I have the plenty of faith he can put his rough start behind him.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Yankees 00:02:12
Sweeny Murti breaks down how the Yankees keep rolling behind strong starting pitching and power hitting, resulting in eight straight wins.

Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge both hit home runs to power the New York Yankees to their eighth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Holliday hit a three-run home run off White Sox starter Derek Holland (1-2) as part of a five-run third inning to break a scoreless tie.

Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in the third inning to make it 5-0 and a two-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chicago White Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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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 New York Yankees (8-4) look to win their eighth straight game when they send LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 4.29 ERA) to face Derek Holland (1-1, 1.50 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (6-5) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

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The Yankees have traded RHP Johnny Barbato to the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations, it was announced Monday.

The 24-year-old Barbato, who had been in the rotation for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre, had been designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for LHP Jordan Montgomery.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:04
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

Greg Bird broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a home run, Michael Pineda threw seven strong innings and the New York Yankees won their seventh game in a row with a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird, who entered the game with a .038 batting average, was a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Aaron Judge's home run was overturned on replay to break a 1-1 tie.

Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple. He hit a ball to deep right field off Adam Wainwright (0-3) that deflected off a fan's glove and back onto the field. Umpires reviewed the play and ruled fan interference, resulting in a triple.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, St. Louis Cardinals
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees (7-4) look to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals (3-8) and win their seventh game in a row when the teams meet Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

Tags: Michael Pineda, St. Louis Cardinals
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:02:04
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

CCC Sabathia allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings and the Yankees took advantage of sloppy Cardinals defense in a 3-2 victory Saturday at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks have won six in a row. >>Click here for a full box score.


 

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Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees (6-4) play the middle game of three-game series against the Cardinals (3-7) Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees are going for their sixth straight win.

 

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:39
Sweeny Murti analyzes what went wrong in the Yanks' 1-4 start and how they've since righted the ship this past week.

The Yankees outlasted St. Louis on Friday night by a score of 4-3. New York notched their 5th straight victory despite a late Cardinals surge and now sit at 6-4 on the season.

The Cardinals threatened the Yankee victory, leaving runners on both second and third when the final out occured.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka
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Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (5-4) kick off a three day series against The Cardinals (3-6) on Friday night at 7:10. The game begins a six-game home stretch for New York.

Currently, the Yankees are riding a four-game winning streak and finished off a sweep of Tama Bay on Thursday.

 

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 (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Dellin Betances entered to start the eighth inning of Thursday night's game against the Rays with the Yankees up 3-2, and proceeded to issue a walk and allow a single -- putting runners on the corners with none out.

He then struck out Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria before getting Brad Miller to ground out to end the threat.

It was Betances' first appearance since this past Sunday.

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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

The top four levels of the Yankees minor league system began action late last week. Let's take a look at some of the early returns.

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 April 13, 2017.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:36
Joe Girardi and Luis Severino address the media after Severino's superb performance in the Yankees' win over the Rays.

Luis Severino stuck out 11 batters over seven strong innings, Aaron Hicks hit two home runs, and the Yankees completed a sweep of the Rays with a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. >>Click here for a full box score.


Aaron Hicks' go-ahead home run in seventh inning was the difference in a low-scoring game, as both pitchers limited the damage early on. Matt Andriese held the Yankees to one run in six innings of work before New York scored two runs off Tampa Bay's bullpen.

Hicks, who also had three RBI for New York, became the first Yankee to hit a home run from both sides of the plate since Mark Teixeira on July 31, 2015...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Luis Severino
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Apr 7, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 7, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (4-4) will go for the sweep as they wrap up a three-game series with the Rays (5-4) tonight at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

 

Brett Gardner will be available off the bench for Thursday night's game, manager Joe Girardi told reporters.

Gardner left Wednesday's game against the Rays in the bottom of the sixth inning due to a bruised jaw and strained neck after a violent collision at first base with Rickie Weeks of the Rays.

With runners on first and third, Gardner hit a tapper back to the mound. Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno threw it in the dirt, and Weeks and Gardner collided at first base when Weeks attempted to chase after the ball, with both of them crashing to the ground.

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Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher James Kaprielian of the New York Yankees against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)
Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher James Kaprielian of the New York Yankees against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Yankees pitching prospect James Kaprielian is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday, the Yankees announced late Thursday morning.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who is the Dodgers team doctor.

Kaprielian had been deciding whether or not he wanted to undergo surgery or attempt to rest and rehab after being examined in California on Tuesday, GM Brian Cashman told reporters Wednesday.

"Clearly you don't bounce around the country if the surgical option isn't on the table," Cashman said Wednesday.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs up the first baseline after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs up the first baseline after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Aaron Judge launched a home run in his first MLB at-bat last August and Yankees fans rejoiced in what was believed to be a sign the club was set for a long time in right field. However, raw talent precedes true development.

In Judge's late season cameo, he struck out in 44.2 percent of his 95 plate appearances. The poor performance forced Judge to study and alter his hitting mechanics during the offseason. He added a leg kick and strived to change his approach at the plate. There was enough doubt among the Yankees' braintrust that Judge had to win the right field job out of spring training.

Spring training statistics should be taken with a grain of salt, but for Judge, there was some underlying meaning. In 69 plate appearances he struck out 15 times (21.7 percent), which was a marked improvement from the display last season. Beyond the reduction in strikeouts, Judge was spraying the ball to the opposite field and laying off pitches he flailed at last summer, without sacrificing his home run power. This demonstrated the extra effort he put in during the winter was taking hold.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:01:36
Sweeny Murti provides all the updates from Yankee Stadium after the Bombers' 8-4 win over the Rays.

Jordan Montgomery was solid in his Major League debut while Aaron Judge homered and drove in three runs as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Rays, 8-4, at Yankee Stadium Wednesday. >> Click here for a full box score.


The Yankees trailed 3-0 before scoring eight runs in the next three innings. Their first two runs scored on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Judge went 2-for-3 and tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. He added a two-run homer in the seventh, his third of the season.

Montgomery struck out the first two batters he faced and then issued a walk and a two-run homer to Rickie Weeks. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley
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 (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP prospect James Kaprielian will take a couple of days to decide whether or not he will have surgery on his right elbow, GM Brian Cashman told reporters Wednesday. 

The right-hander will have to decide if he will undergo surgery or take the option of rest and rehabilitation

"Clearly you don't bounce around the country if the surgical option isn't on the table," Cashman said

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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings against the Rays during his major league debut on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Montgomery gave up five hits, walked two and struck out seven while tossing 89 pitches (61 strikes).

He allowed a long two-run homer to left field to Rickie Weeks in the first inning. The unearned run came due to an error by 2B Starlin Castro in the fifth inning.

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