New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).

Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.

Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)

Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.

Tyler Austin (Yankees' No. 15 prospect)

Austin has made cameos at first base and in right field with the Yankees this season, but the 25-year-old has battled injuries through much of the season. With Greg Bird back in the fold and Chase Headley now able to man first base, Austin's time in September will be likely relegated to pinch-hitting duties and maybe an occasional start to rest a player unless a significant injury develops.

Garret Cooper

Acquired in a trade with the Brewers, Cooper delivered some fine moments at first base before he went down with an injury. Cooper is currently on the 10-day disabled list, but is on a rehab assignment. Like Austin, Cooper will provide some pinch-hitting duties and potentially a spot start here and there.

Clint Frazier (MLB's No. 27 prospect, Yankees' No. 2 prospect)

Before succumbing to an oblique injury, Frazier had demonstrated his talent with a hot start while providing an electric boost to the club in July. Frazier slowed a bit, but in 117 plate appearances, the 22-year-old put up a .751 OPS with four home runs and 17 RBIs. Frazier is not especially close to returning, but when he does he could spell the corner outfielders on occasion or pinch hit.

Ben Heller (Yankees' No. 23 prospect)

Heller has been with New York in 2016 and 2017, but has been pushed down the relief ladder after uneven performances with the Yankees. Heller has a power fastball (sits in high 90s) and a decent slider, which have done him well in his time with Scranton-Wilkes/Barre (56 1/3 IP, 2.88 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 82 K). Heller has the talent to succeed in New York, but it's not likely he will be utilized in big spots in September without multiple injuries to the current relief crew.

Kyle Higashioka

September is a typical time to bring up a third catcher, unfortunately Higashioka is currently on the Triple-A disabled list with a shoulder injury. The timetable for his return is unclear, which could be problematic with the Yankees facing suspensions for Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine from their fracas in Detroit. If the Yankees need a catcher and Higashioka is unavailable, they might need to call up Eddy Rodriguez or the newly-acquired Erik Kratz, which would necessitate a 40-man roster move.

Jonathan Holder

Holder threw 37 2/3 innings for the Yankees this season before being demoted with a 3.58 ERA. Holder struck out 37 batters and walked just eight, but he allowed 42 hits. He has a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 innings in Scranton, however he would likely be used much like Heller: sparingly. 

Matt Holliday

It's funny to list Holliday as a September call-up, but he is likely to be activated Friday, so technically he will be. Holliday was big piece of the Yankees' first-half success until he contracted a virus which sapped his energy and pushed him into a deep slump. Holliday has 16 home runs and 51 RBIs with a .748 OPS in 361 plate appearances this season. Holliday no longer possesses a firm grip on the designated hitter role as Headley would seem to get a bulk of the time with right-handed pitching on the mound. My guess is that Holliday will garner some reps against lefties and not become the full-time DH again.

Bryan Mitchell

Mitchell has been up and down with the Yankees this season, while being flip-flopped between starting and relieving. Mitchell will be able to provide the Yankees innings in games in which they either have a big lead or find themselves in a large deficit. Otherwise, Mitchell will be hanging out in the bullpen.

Jordan Montgomery

Montgomery might not have deserved his fate after the Yankees traded for Jaime Garcia, but with an innings limit in the way, the 24-year-old lefty found his way back to Triple-A. Montgomery pitched to a 4.15 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 123 strikeouts in 130 innings in New York. He stabilized the backend of the rotation and, truth be told, he could receive some starts down the stretch if Garcia falters. Left-handed hitters batted .209 against Montgomery, which might provide him some time in relief when the opponent has a string of lefty hitters in the lineup. It's also possible that Montgomery be the first man in if a starter falters early a game.

Tyler Wade

Wade spent about two months with the Yankees, but accumulated just 57 plate appearances. The time was unwisely used in my opinion, because Wade was visibly overmatched at the plate (.135/.211/.212). He probably should have been sent back to Triple-A, but the roster precluded it. As for September, Wade could be used as pinch runner, as he possesses above-average speed. Beyond that, Wade would have to wait for an injury to an infielder to receive significant time.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand throws during the 16th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand throws during the 16th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

Brad Hand and Kirby Yates are among the San Diego Padres pitchers in which the Yankees have reportedly checked, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears.

The Yankees, who have been linked to Hand for over a week, have also been looking into starting pitcher Tyson Ross, according to Sherman.

The three Padres pitchers are among several names that have been brought up in rumors over the past couple of weeks. Orioles closer Zach Britton, Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ and Angels LHPs Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney have also been connected to the Yankees, who sit 4 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East at the All-Star break.

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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is reportedly a favorite to be the next Cardinals manager after St. Louis fired Mike Matheny on Saturday, according to USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale.

Girardi, who managed the Yankees from 2008 to 2017, has been an analyst for MLB Network ever since New York announced it would not extend his contract following last year's ALCS.

After he left the Yankees, Girardi said he would like to manage again, although he reportedly did not have a comment when approached about the situation.

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees played .667 baseball through their first 81 games of the season. But after going into the All-Star break having lost six of their last 14 games, they remain hungry for more.

"Ultimately we have to be better if we want to win the division and get to where we want to be, which is to win the World Series," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. I'm pleased with the way that we played in the first half, but I'm not pleased that we're not in first place in the division."

Since outslugging the Red Sox 11-1 in their series finale on July 1, the Yankees have gone 8-6. Boston, meanwhile, won 12 of its last 13 games heading into the All-Star break, as the Yankees moved from a first-place tie to 4 1/2 games back. The defending champion Astros, since July 1, have gone 9-4 and own the second-best record in baseball.

That said, Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn't focused on the standings in July.

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Sheffield talks Futures Game 00:01:31
Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield shares his experience from the Futures Game and talks about dealing with speculation regarding his future.

Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield allowed a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings during the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Sheffield entered the game in the second inning in relief of Pirates prospect Mitch Keller, who started the game. Sheffield immediately allowed the home run to Seuly Matias before retiring the next three batters to face him.

In the third inning, Sheffield was replaced after allowing a one-out single to Dawel Lugo.

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Jul 15, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Jul 15, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well for 6 1/3 innings, but Chad Green allowed three runs in relief and the Yankees couldn't get much going on offense in a 5-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about today's game

1) Aaron Hicks and Neil Walker accounted for the only two runs of the day for the Yankees. Hicks hit an RBI single in the third inning and Walker added a solo home run in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton had a team-high two hits on a quiet day for most of the Yankees' offense. Walker's home run was the' only extra-base hit of the game for the Yankees.

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

Yankees C Gary Sanchez homered and played seven innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a rehab game on Sunday.

Sanchez finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

Sanchez has been sidelined with a groin injury since June 24.

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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Mets following the All-Star break.

Domingo German will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Noah Syndergaard, while Sonny Gray will oppose Steven Matz on Saturday. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

German limited the Mets to three runs on five hits in six innings on June 9, while Tanaka allowed one run in five innings against the Mets.

Gray has yet to face the Mets this season.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees are refusing to trade any of their 10 top prospects in exchange for Manny Machado, reports the New York Post.

Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Tyler Wade, Estevan Florial, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar are reportedly among those who are off-limits. Although the Yankees are not out of the race for Machado, the Orioles have ramped up talks with the Phillies, as SNY's Andy Martino reported on Saturday. 

The Dodgers and Brewers are also among teams interested in Machado.

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Jul 14, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
		
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Jul 14, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees and Indians will wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. in Cleveland.

 

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Yankees defeat the Tribe 00:03:17
Eamon McAnaney, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' win over the Indians and whether Manny Machado is a good fit.

CC Sabathia allowed a game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning, but Austin Romine scored on his own double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sabathia allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first and the Indians scored again in the second when Erik Gonzalez came home from third on Michael Brantley's groundout. In the sixth, Brandon Guyer hit a game-tying two-run single.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird
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(Brad Mills)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With one day remaining until the All Star break, the Orioles continue to push for resolution on the Manny Machado sweepstakes as soon as possible.

The Phillies and Dodgers have moved ahead as strong suitors for the shortstop, but the Brewers and Yankees remain involved, according to major league sources.

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Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees look to bounce back with CC Sabathia on the mound the Indians on the road at 7:15 p.m. in Cleveland.

 

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The Yankees have been scouting Angels LHP Tyler Skaggs and LHP Andrew Heaney should Los Angeles decide to become sellers at the Trade Deadline, according to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com.

Expecting to be in the playoff hunt all season, injuries have led the Angels to fall to 4th in the AL West, 14 games behind the division-leading Astros. 

Given the dearth of options currently on the market, Skaggs and Heaney would interest the Yankees should either become available. Angels GM Billy Epler used to work for the Yankees, suggesting a relationship with Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office...

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German mediocre vs. Cleveland 00:05:00
The Baseball Night in New York panel debates which starter the Yankees should pursue after Domingo German struggled again against Cleveland.

The Yankees almost battled back from a four-run deficit, but they came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Indians on the road Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This has been the story for Domingo German all season long. He has shown spurts like his last start where he can be dominant over a long stretch of a game. But then there's games like tonight, where he can't find the zone early and hits start to flurry accordingly. The Indians only collected five hits, but it resulted in six runs allowed by German due to his walks. Overall, he allowed four walks while striking out six over four innings of work. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar
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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)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has decided to opt out of the 2018 All-Star Game on July 17, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. 

The reason Chapman has pulled himself out is due to the pain he continues to feel in his left knee. The flame-throwing lefty has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee for a few weeks now, and though he is available for the Yankees in their final series before the All-Star break with the Indians, he doesn't want to push himself in a game that is only for show.

"It's an honor to be selected to an All-Star Game," Chapman said through an interpreter. "Your peers vote for you, managers, fans and all that. Any time you have an opportunity like that, you want to participate. At the end of the day, I think it was a smart decision for me to help me recover and to get ready for the second half, one that's going to be very demanding and very exciting."

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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar has been a regular in the lineup since Brandon Drury hit the DL with his migraine and blurry vision issues. He provides an above-average bat that has brought about the Rookie of the Year conversations this season. 

But could the Yankees simply be pumping up this young talent to entice other teams to trade for him by July 31? 

According to The Post's Joel Sherman, multiple MLB executives believe Andujar being the Yankees' everyday hot corner starter isn't going to last long. This claim is made based off his bad defensive stats at the position as well as his swing-happy mindset at the dish...

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees remain an aggressive suitor for Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado, but their unwillingness to offer pitching prospect Justus Sheffield could leave them behind the Dodgers and Phillies, according to major league sources. The Brewers are also involved, but are less aggressive than the other three teams. Arizona is said to be out for now.

The Orioles want young pitching and, ideally, an infielder. Brandon Drury would likely be part of any Machado deal.

With or without Machado, the Yankees could soon pivot to a pursuit of Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer. So far, contact between the Tigers and Yankees has been minimal, according to sources. That may be because Brian Cashman is holding out hope of acquiring Jacob deGrom. Once he realizes how unlikely the Mets are to send deGrom to the Bronx, he could move quickly on Fulmer.

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

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 5, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Yanks lineup picks up Severino 00:02:45
The Yankees were able to get several key hits off of Cleveland's ace, Corey Kluber, and went on to earn a 7-4 win on Thursday night.

With Luis Severnio performing under his Cy Young-standards, the Yankees' bats were able to produce enough runs off Corey Kluber to defeat the Indians 7-4. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Severino lasted just five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with one strikeout against Kluber and the Indians. Giving Cleveland's ace a four-run cushion should have meant a loss for the Yankees, but, the bats and bullpen were able to carry the team to a win.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius
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Just ahead of the Mid-Summer Classic, two All-Stars faced off in Cleveland. 

Yankees RHP Luis Severino was scheduled to pitch against Indians RHP Corey Kluber and expectations were high. 

Unfortunately for the neutral viewer, neither Severino nor Kluber were on the top of their game. Severino labored through five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with two strikeouts while Kluber was able to last 7.1 innings, but was tagged for six runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts...

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Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have been without C Gary Sanchez and All-Star 2B Gleyber Torres in recent weeks, but could get both players back soon according to manager Aaron Boone. 

Sanchez has been sidelined with a groin injury since June 24 and Torres with a hip injury since July 4.

"[Torres is] doing well. He's out doing infield work right now, so it's the first day of that," Boone said...

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres
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Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees start a four-game series with AL Central-leading Indians on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. in Cleveland.

Yankees notes

The Yankees enter their final series before the All-Star break. They play the Mets after the mid-Summer classic. ... The Yankees have the second-best record in the league, behind the Red Sox. ... Tonight, two of the league's pitchers with 12 or more wins will face off, as Luis Severino and Corey Kluber duel.

 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is having quite an interesting year, and as such, his future with the club is becoming cloudy.

Gregorius, 28, shot out of the gate with an amazing April in which he hit .327 with a .421 on-base percentage and .735 slugging percentage. That was good for a whopping 216 OPS+. Gregorius also slammed 10 home runs and drove in 30 runs.

After posting a career-best season in 2017, it seemed that Gregorius was establishing himself as one of the premier shortstops in the game...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets had a scout in attendance this past weekend for Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield's start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

The Yankees and Mets have been in touch, according to SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Yanks checked in on Zack Wheeler but aren't a likely landing spot for him. Regarding the Mets trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard (to anyone), Martino says the chances are slim.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have reportedly made an offer to the Orioles for Manny Machado that doesn't include Sheffield.

Tags: Justus Sheffield, Danny Abriano
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Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Bernie Williams Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Former Yankees great Bernie Williams played on New York's best team -- and arguably one of the best teams to play the game -- in 1998. He has a few championship rings from his 1990s playing days to show for it too.

But, when asked if this year's Yankee team deserves comparison to his squad, Bernie couldn't agree more. 

"It's very exciting to watch," he told Newsday's Sal Cacciatore at the Double-A All-Star Game in Trenton, NJ on Wednesday night. Williams played the National Anthem with his guitar before the game kicked off. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) (Kim Klement)
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) (Kim Klement)

Orioles superstar Manny Machado isn't hiding his feelings when it comes to a potential trade to the Yankees.

Machado, who the Yankees have made a serious offer for, liked an instagram post that showed him photoshopped in a Yankees uniform.

Click below to see...

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

Once again, the ace-like stuff that the Yankees expect from Sonny Gray showed its face on Wednesday night in a shutout performace against the Orioles. And this performance couldn't have come at a better time for the young righty. 

Gray, who has been struggling mightily of late, was going up against the worst team in baseball in Baltimore. Some believed this start to be the last straw for the 28-year-old given the O's 26-66 record entering the game. If Gray coughed up a hitting clinic, the Yankees may have had to reasses their options. 

Luckily for Gray, his arsenal was deadly this time around, giving up only three hits while striking out eight over six innings. But, Yankee fans, we've seen this movie play out before. Gray has a dominant start, but can't sustain that success over a longer stretch. 

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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Sonny Gray bounced back with six shutout innings and the Yankees hit three home runs en route to a 9-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday in Baltimore. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Gray pitched well against a team he's had success against this season. He never allowed a run in six innings of work and struck out eight batters in the process. He walked just one and threw 90 pitches on the night. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray
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Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits a sacrifice RBI ground ball in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 7, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits a sacrifice RBI ground ball in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have made an offer to the Baltimore Orioles for shortstop Manny Machado, Major League sources confirmed.

Sources told SNY that the O's are pushing for resolution on Machado before the All Star break. Five or six other teams are serious about Machado as well.

Tags: Justus Sheffield, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a leadoff single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Orioles will continue their series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Didi Gregorius has reached base safely in 25 straight games against the Orioles... Greg Bird tied his career-high with four RBI on Tuesday... Jonathan Holder has allowde just two earned runs in his last 29 appearances since he was promoted from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have hit .380 with four doubles, a triple, two homers, and 22 RBI with runners in scoring position through their last five games.

 

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Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) goes to the dugout between inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) goes to the dugout between inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray has been a pinata for opposing hitters for most of this season, and could be in danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation.

Gray, who has a 12.27 ERA (15 earned runs in 11 innings) over his last three starts, toes the rubber on Wednesday night when the Yankees battle the Orioles. Overall, Gray has a 5.85 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 17 starts this season. 

"It's easy to get down in the dumps and walk around with your head down," Gray said after his most recent start. "I need to stay positive and continue to put in the work, and hopefully turn this thing around. That's all I can really do at this point, is continue to put in the work and continue to try to find the solution."

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Feb 20, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) talks with general manager Brian Cashman and vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 20, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) talks with general manager Brian Cashman and vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | One name that is hot in baseball circles and could interest the Mets for their GM job does not seem ready to jump to Flushing.

Friends of Tim Naehring say that the highly respected Yankees vice president of baseball operations is unlikely to leave his current team. Though rival scouts believe that Naehring would be a fit for the Mets, folks who know him call a move unlikely.

Naehring, 50, has been asked to interview for several managerial jobs, and has had opportunities to join other front offices, but has opted to remain a trusted advisor to Brian Cashman. As our friend John Harper wrote last year, Naehring serves a Gene Michael-type role for the Yanks, and he is happy there.

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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

For anyone who has played baseball, getting in front of the ball in the field is preached from Little League and on. And when the game is on the line and it's bases loaded with two outs, coaches normally yell, "Get dirty!" to their infielders. That basically translates to do whatever it takes to get that final out. 

But Yankees 1B Greg Bird's fundamentals went out the door on Tuesday night when that exact situation arose.

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Eamon McAnaney and Marc Malusis discuss the Yankees falling 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East.

Jonathan Schoop hit a walk-off RBI single against Dellin Betances in the ninth inning and the Orioles beat the Yankees, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first start since returning from the disabled list. He kept the Orioles off the board until the fourth, when Joey Rickard hit a two-RBI double. In the fifth, Manny Machado hit a game-tying solo home run after the Yankees had taken a 3-2 lead. 

Tags: Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) rounds the bases and Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) reacts after Sanchez hits a home run during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Yankees C Gary Sanchez could begin a rehab assignment on Sunday with the goal of returning to the team after the All-Star break, reports Erik Boland of Newsday.

Sanchez took batting practice on the field, ran the bases, and ran in the outfield prior to Tuesday night's game.

The 25-year-old has been increasing baseball activities as of late after missing several weeks with a strained right groin.

 

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Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees believe that trading for LHP J.A. Happ is realistic, but as of now the asking price on him is too high, reports Jon Heyman of FanCred.

SNY's Andy Martino previously reported that the Yankees wonder whether Happ would help in a playoff series against the Astros.

Happ was shelled in the Blue Jays' 8-5 loss to the Yankees on Saturday, as he allowed six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. He said after his outing that his struggles could be related to trade rumors.

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The Yankees and Orioles will continue their series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

the Yankees are 23-16 against AL East teams this season... The Yankees have hit 19 homers in their last nine games since July 1... The Yankees have the third-lowest bullpen ERA in the Majors (2.69) behind Arizona and Houston. Didi Gregorius has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games against the Orioles.

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Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The thought of Manny Machado donning the pinstripes sounds amazing. The 25-year-old is posting career highs with his .309/.379/.555 slash line, and is on pace to break his home run mark as well with 21 dingers on the year already.

But would the payout be worth it for a player the Yankees could simply be renting for three months?

The price is bound to be steep for Machado, but New York should be able to match it considering their deep trove of prospects. SNY's Andy Martino noted a package that includes top pitching prospect LHP Justus Sheffield and INF Brandon Drury could be in the works if the Yankees are serious...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | What should we make of reports that the Yankees are pursuing Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado

"Take it seriously," said one baseball source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Major league sources went on to say that Baltimore was looking for starting pitching that was close to major league-ready, and perhaps an infield piece if the Yanks won't give up Miguel Andujar. The Yanks might be able to build a package around pitcher Justus Sheffield and infielder Brandon Drury, those sources said...

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Feb 20, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 20, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman signed a letter endorsing president Donald Trump's new Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, according to the New York Daily News

Cashman, who also supported Neil Gorsuch -- Trump's prior Supreme Court nominee -- attended Georgetown Prep with Kavanuagh and Gorsuch in the 1980s.

If he's confirmed, Kavanaugh will be replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

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

On Saturday, the Yankees called up Clint Frazier and in result designated David Hale for assignment

Hale pitched 5.2 innings on Friday against the Blue Jays and gave up only one earned run. Hale has pitched for both the Twins and the Yankees this season. 

Hale has chosen free agency over spending time in Scranton with the Yankees' Triple-A team. Hale has pitched 13.2 innings this season with a 4.61 ERA and 8 strikeouts.  

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The Yankees are reportedly showing increased interest in making a move for Orioles star shortstop Manny Machado.

Brett Gardner went 4-for-6 with a two-run home run and three RBIs while Luis Cessa threw six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Gardner hit his seventh homer of the season when he launched a Yefry Ramirez fastball over the right-field fence in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

2) Cessa (1-1) struck out four batters in six innings, allowing three hits and three walks. Though he never retired the side in order in any inning, he kept the Orioles off the board as they went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position off him.

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hits a walk-off solo home run in the 12th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hits a walk-off solo home run in the 12th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are reportedly showing increased interest in Orioles infielder Manny Machado as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

While New York has showed interest in Machado since last winter, the two sides are not yet close to a deal, according to Rosenthal. However, the Yankees have also been interested in reliever Zach Britton, according to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman, and could do a package deal with him and Machado.

The 26-year-old Machado, who has a .313/.382/.560 batting line with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs, is likely to be among the biggest free agents in baseball this offseason. That is, should Machado hit the free-agent market.

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Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Orioles play Game 2 of a doubleheader on Monday at 7:40 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

The Yankees lost Game 1 of the doubleheader 5-4. ... New York fell to 2 1/2 games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East and have the third-best record in baseball. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners for the first wild-card spot. ... The Yankees are only 22-16 against the rest of the division, while they are 11-2 against AL Central teams and 16-6 against AL West teams. ... Brandon Drury was optioned to the minors following Game 1.

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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed a go-ahead three-run home run to Danny Valencia in the bottom of the sixth inning before he was pulled as the Yankees lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Sabathia (6-4) had thrown five solid innings before he came out for the sixth inning and promptly walked Mark Trumbo and allowed a double to Jonathan Schoop. Valencia then knocked Sabathia out of the game by hitting a 1-1 slider over the center-field fence to turn a 4-2 Yankees lead into a 5-4 deficit.

2) The Yankees had the tying runner in scoring position in the ninth inning when Miguel Andujar hit a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brandon Drury moved him over to third with a groundout, but Kyle Higashioka struck out and Brett Gardner grounded out to first to end the game.

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Derek Jeter follows through on a two-run single against the Mariners. Jeter would end 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Yankees. (AP)
Derek Jeter follows through on a two-run single against the Mariners. Jeter would end 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Yankees. (AP)

On July 9th, 2011, Yankees legend Derek Jeter made history in grand fashion.

"The Captain" became the first Yankees player to reach 3,000 hits, and he did it by mashing a 3-2 slider off ex-Rays hurler LHP David Price.

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New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman comes out in the ninth inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday July 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill (Fred Thornhill)
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman comes out in the ninth inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday July 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill (Fred Thornhill)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman may have to fight through his knee pain after all.

The lefty flamethrower has been dealing with left knee tendinitis this season, and recently, the pain spiked to the point where manager Aaron Boone wanted to stay away from him if he could. 

Now, Boone is saying Chapman's injury won't be able to heal up over a DL stint. Instead, it may have to become a nagging issue until the team's final game this season...

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Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (58-29) kick off a four-game series with the Orioles (24-65) starting with a doubleheader on Monday at 4:05 p.m. at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Yankees notes

The Yankees took two of three games from the Blue Jays to begin their 11-game road trip. ...New York is 3-5-5 in 13 doubleheaders against the Orioles since 1980. ...Giancarlo Stanton is one of five finalists placed on the Final Vote ballot for the American league All-Star team. The last Yankee to be on the ballot was Didi Gregorius last season. ...The Yankees are 25-16 on the road this season, which is the third-best record in the league. 

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