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Barring a change of heart from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, the club will not be bringing a new face into the 2017 rotation.

Cashman recently told the New York Post that filling the rotation voids will be too difficult for the Yankees to accomplish via free agency (payroll issues) or trade (unwillingness to meet demands). Instead, Cashman will stick with the youth theme, hoping that a couple of in-house talents emerge as viable fourth and fifth starters (or better).

Luis Cessa came over in last offseason's trade of Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees figured Cessa would provide some depth for the organization's Triple-A club. Due to various factors, Cessa, who turns 25 in April, became much more important to the Yankees than that as he tallied 70 1/3 innings with the big league club.

Of Cessa's 17 appearances with New York, he started nine games in which he registered a 4.01 ERA, 1.07 WHIP with a 6.1 K/9 strikeout rate and 1.4 BB/9. Cessa owns a 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 combined Triple-A innings in the Mets', Tigers' and Yankees' systems.

Chad Green was the second piece of the Wilson trade, again with the same expectations for 2016 as Cessa. Green was also thrust into a role with New York, making 12 appearances (eight starts) in which he compiled a 4.78 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 10.1 K/9.

Green's upside was witnessed at Triple-A in 2016 where he owned a 1.50 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 9.4 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 94 2/3 innings. Green, who will turn 26 in May, was placed on the disabled list in early September with a flexor strain in his elbow, but the righty is expected to be fully recovered and ready for spring training.

Bryan Mitchell won the swingman role out of spring training in 2016, but suffered an injury to his left big toe which required surgery. Mitchell rehabbed for most of the season and finally got back to the majors in September. The right-handed Mitchell started five games and looked like the pitcher the Yankees hoped to have all season, turning in a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings.

Mitchell, who turns 26 in April, has a history of control problems (4.3 BB/9 rate in almost 600 minor league innings), so in order to grab a role as a starter that number would have to drop significantly.

Luis Severino burst onto the scene in the summer of 2015, making 11 big league starts (62 1/3 innings, 2.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) in which he seemingly verified the prospect hype that had placed him atop MLB Pipeline's organizational rankings and as high as No. 23 across MLB. Severino won a rotation spot at the outset of the 2016 season, however he was dominated by hitters going 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and an opponent's OPS of .919 in seven starts.

The performance prompted the Yankees to demote Severino, who turned things around at Triple-A. Severino was then used sporadically as a reliever and spot-starter for New York over the remainder of the season. Severino was spectacular as a reliever (23 1/3 IP, 0.39 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 9.6 K/9), often shutting down the opposition in a fireman-type role. Severino turns 23 in February, which allows the Yankees to continue to develop the righty as a starter.

Adam Warren is the "old man" of the group as he enters his age-29 season. Warren had plenty of success as both a reliever and starter for the Yankees through 2015, but they parlayed his success into a trade for starting second baseman Starlin Castro. Warren had a rough go in Chicago, but was reacquired by the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal. Warren once again provided the Yankees fine relief innings, making his poor performance with the Cubs look like an aberration.

The Yankees will give the right-handed Warren another chance to lock down a rotation spot as the spring begins, but it is hard to ignore the needed depth in the bullpen and his ability to provide multiple innings as a reliever. Warren's ultimate role will have as much to do with the performances and health of others around him as his own production.

As the Yankees enter the season deep in the midst of a roster transition, it seems like an appropriate time to decide if any of these pitchers are a part of the team's future. The good news for the Yankees is that each of these pitchers could aid the bullpen if necessary. Further, all but Warren could benefit by working as a starter in the minors, if health and performance of the rest of the rotation is not an issue.

If the Yankees continue to steer clear of the starting pitcher market and simply sign one more left-handed reliever, the club might settle on Warren in the bullpen and hope that Severino figures things out as the fourth starter (with a chance to climb the ladder). That would leave a slot left of which Cessa, Green and Mitchell could seemingly battle for all season. The pitchers left out of the mix would stay stretched out at Scranton.

The depth and ability to determine the readiness of the grouping is a certain plus for the Yankees in 2017 as they hope to become more competitive in 2018 and beyond.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli

GEICO SportsNite: Yanks top Reds 00:01:43
Sweeny Murti breaks down the action from the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Reds and gets the players reactions at Yankee Stadium.

Sweeny Murti breaks down the action from the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Reds and gets the players reactions at Yankee Stadium.


Jul 25, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 25, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jordan Montgomery allowed just one run on two hits in six and 2/3 innings, Didi Gregorius hit a home run and had two RBIs, and the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. >> Box score


Montgomery led a Yankees pitching staff that allowed just three hits on the night. Tommy KahnleDellin Betances, and Adam Warren combined to pitch two innings in relief before Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.

Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge each had a hit and scored a run for the Yankees, who amassed a three-run lead after five innings before the Reds pulled within a run in the top of the eighth. Gregorius' homer in the bottom of the eighth provided a late insurance run for New York.

Todd Frazier hit into a triple play in his first game at Yankee Stadium in a Yankees uniform, but also added a hit later in the game.

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(Nam Y. Huh)

The Yankees were moving closer to landing a deal with the Oakland Athletics to land Sonny Gray, and A's first baseman Yonder Alonso may be included in the trade, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, citing sources.

The A's could be targeting Yankees prospect outfielder Estevan Florial, who participated in the Futures Game. The Yankees are reportedly open to trading Florial, if necessary, according to MLB.com.

Yankees IF/OF prospect Jorge Mateo may be involved in a deal with the A's; a source told MLB.com that Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, and Clint Frazier are untouchable.

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(Brad Penner)

As OF Clint Frazier continues to make noise in the big leagues, veteran Matt Holliday has been giving the rookie words of advice on how to block out things off the field. 

Frazier isn't a stranger to the spotlight having been the first overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. However, since being called up by the Yankees earlier this month, the 22-year-old has been contacted by virtually everyone that has his number.

"Ever since I got called up to the big leagues," Fraizer said, "there have been a lot of people who have tried to sneak their way into my life that didn't play a role for many years."

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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)

The Yankees (51-46) begin a 10-game homestand starting with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds (41-58) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankees Stadium.

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Is Clint Frazier untouchable? 00:02:23
The DNL panel debates whether or not the Yankees front office should consider Clint Frazier untouchable as the trade deadline approaches.

Yankees OF Clint Frazier has been using fellow outfielder Aaron Judge as a role model during his current hot streak, NorthJersey.com's Bob Klapisch reports. 

Frazier has jumped into the Yankees spotlight recently with exceptional play, and much like Judge, he has been humble since making his big league debut at the beginning of the month. 

"I've got a good guy to take a note out of the book that he's writing right in front of my face," Frazier said. "That would be a good one to follow in the steps of Aaron Judge." 

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The Yankees remain engaged in talks with the Athletics regarding Sonny Gray. (Ben Margot/ AP)
The Yankees remain engaged in talks with the Athletics regarding Sonny Gray. (Ben Margot/ AP)

The Yankees have emerged as one of the strongest pursuers of Athletics starter Sonny Gray.

Elsewhere, Derrick Rose signs with the Cavaliers, and the Mets continue their winning ways.

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Mar 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (54) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (54) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Twins have acquired LHP Jaime Garcia and C Anthony Recker from the Braves in exchange for minor league RHP Huascar Ynoa, it was announced on Monday. 

The Yankees were among six teams interested in acquiring Garcia, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reported over the weekend.

Heyman reported that the Yankees prefer to keep Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, and James Kaprielian, but because of their depth they wouldn't rule anything out.

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Whether Gary Sanchez can be a successful hitter in the major leagues is no longer disputable. However, the Yankees "full-time" catcher is beginning to demonstrate that scouting reports on his improving catching abilities were potentially off-base.

Understand that this is not a call for Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine to take over the starting catcher role. Romine is strictly a backup who is already getting too much time behind the plate -- and truth be told he's not having a tremendous season behind the dish either. However, if Sanchez does not improve his work behind the plate or it continues to deteriorate from this point, there is a chance the Yankees will debate his future as a catcher for the club.

Sanchez is visibly hurting the Yankees behind the plate this season, making nine errors (two fielding, seven throwing), and he's allowed nine passed balls. While wild pitches are charged to the pitcher's record, Sanchez could have saved a handful of the 25 that have gotten by him by using better mechanics.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge celebrate the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Mariners on Sunday. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge celebrate the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Mariners on Sunday. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

A two-run double from Clint Frazier lifted the Yankees to a series win over the Mariners on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, the Mets had their four-game win streak snapped, the Yankees are expected to be active on the trade market and the Mets' top prospect is expected back in the lineup after an illness. 

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New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner combined for three home runs and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-4, Sunday at Safeco Field. >> Box score


Gardner went 2-for-5 with a leadoff home run in the first inning and a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning off James Pazos (2-3). Frazier followed and drove in two runs with a double to left field that made it 6-4, as the Yankees won a series for the first time since June 9-11.

Gregorius homered in the second and fourth innings to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, but Yankees starting pitcher Caleb Smith allowed a two-run single to Ben Gamel and a two-run double to Guillermo Heredia in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Seattle Mariners
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Caleb Smith (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Caleb Smith (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (50-46) will wrap up their series with the Mariners (49-50) on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. ET at Safeco Field in Seattle.

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Mar 26, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Ryan McBroom tosses the ball to the mound after the eighth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.The Blue Jays won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 26, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Ryan McBroom tosses the ball to the mound after the eighth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.The Blue Jays won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees traded INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to the Toroto Blue Jays in exchange for 1B Ryan McBroom, the team announced on Sunday.

McBroom hit .243 with 19 doubles, 12 homers, and 54 RBI in 96 games for Double-A New Hampshire this season. He fared much better against lefties, hitting .316 with five doubles and three homers.

Refsnyder had five hits in 35 at-bats for the Yankees this season before being designated for assignment earlier this week.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi talk prior to their spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi talk prior to their spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees contacted the Marlins about OF Giancarlo Stantonaccording to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, but Miami indicated that a deal would not be likely since the team is in the process of being sold.

This call came a few weeks ago as the Yankees have shopped for another power hitter next to Aaron Judge

Stanton owns a .274 batting average this season with 30 home runs, 65 RBI and 96 strikeouts to 44 walks. 

He made the All-Star Game in his hometown of Miami and participated in the Home Run Derby, losing to Yankee Gary Sanchez in the first round.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees bullpen coughed up another possible victory on Saturday evening, as Adam Warren surrendered a Nelson Cruz walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning. 

Warren gave up two hits, one run and walked a batter, dropping the Yankees to just 9-19 in one run games this season. 

That is a testament to a bullpen that has received a 3.65 ERA from Aroldis Chapman, has seen Dellin Betances lose control of his pitches and saw former Yankee Tyler Clippard record an ERA that almost sat at 5.00. 

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Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz, center, is mobbed by teammates after he hit a walk-off single to score Ben Gamel during the 10th inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners won 6-5. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz, center, is mobbed by teammates after he hit a walk-off single to score Ben Gamel during the 10th inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners won 6-5. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

The Yankees came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the eighth inning and then again at 5-5 in the ninth, but ultimately lost to the Mariners, 6-5, on Nelson Cruz's 10th-inning single Saturday night in Seattle.

Aaron Judge hit his 32nd home run of the year in the sixth inning. Ronald Torreyes drove in two runs, including the game-tying run in the ninth.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched six innings and gave up four runs, all in the third inning. He struck out six and walked none in the no-decision.

The Yankees conclude their series with the Mariners on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. ET.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (50-45) will face the Mariners (48-50) on Thursday night at 10:10 p.m. ET at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Yankees Mariners
Brett Gardner, CF Jean Segura, SS
Clint Frazier, LF Ben Gamel, LF
Aaron Judge, RF Robinson Cano, 2B
Matt Holliday, DH Nelson Cruz, DH
Gary Sanchez, C Kyle Seager, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Danny Valencia, 1B
Todd Frazier, 3B Mitch Haniger, RF 
Garrett Cooper, 1B Dyson Jarrod, CF
Ronald Torreyes, 2B Mike Zunino, C

 

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(Nick Wass/AP)

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro is returning to the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, reports George King of the New York Post.

Tyler Wade has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Castro is returning to the disabled list just one week after being activated from a previous stint. He first landed on the disabled list in late June with a hamstring strain.

In 79 games for the Yankees this season, Castro is hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs. Wade made his big-league debut this season and has three hits in 28 at-bats.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees are reportedly interested in Rangers RHP Yu DarvishJon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported. 

According to The Post's George A. King III, Yankees scout Brandon Duckworth was present for Darvish's start against the Rays at Tropicana Field Friday night. The appearance would indicate the Yankees have an interest in the right hander. 

Darvish earned a no-decision in the start, allowing three runs -- all solo home runs -- while striking out 12 and walking one in eight innings. 

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Jul 21, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI-sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Jul 21, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI-sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Aaron Judge hit his 31st home run of the year and had four RBIs in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Mariners on Friday.

Judge's three-run home run off Mariners' starter Andrew Moore was his first since July 7, snapping a 10-game homerless streak. He added a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

Judge hit 47 home runs in the home run derby earlier this month, becoming the first rookie to win it outright. In 93 games for the Yankees this season, Judge is hitting .313 with 31 homers, 72 RBI, and 13 doubles.

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Aaron Judge rounds the bases after hitting a home run in Seattle  (Joe Nicholson (USA Today))
Aaron Judge rounds the bases after hitting a home run in Seattle (Joe Nicholson (USA Today))

Aaron Judge hit his 31st home run and CC Sabathia allowed one run over five innings in the Yankees' 5-1 win against the Mariners on Friday night in Seattle. >> Box Score


After allowing a first-inning run, Sabathia settled in to quiet the Mariners' offense for the remainder of his outing to earn his ninth win of the year. 

Judge hit a blast to left field in the fifth inning to drive in Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez. He would finish with four RBIs on the night. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia
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(Jeffrey Becker)

The Yankees will not let recently-acquired Todd Frazier wear No. 21.

Frazier, who had planned to ask former-Yankee Paul O'Neill if he could wear the number, was told by Yankees clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza that the number wasn't available.

"I talked to some guys and 29 it is,'' Frazier said, according to the NY Post. "It's a great number [21], but it doesn't bother me.''

O'Neill wore No. 21 with the Yankees from 1993 until 2001, which was his last season before retiring.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/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 July 20, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Chris Carelli
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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Despite acquiring Todd Frazier and moving Chase Headley to first base, the Yankees remain open to acquiring a first baseman, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field earlier this week, reached out to the Mets shortly after to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda earlier this week, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com

Duda, 31, is hitting .246 with a .352 OBP and .552 SLG with 17 home runs in 69 games this season.

He is eligible for free agency after the season.

Tags: Chase Headley, Lucas Duda
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts after getting the final out of the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino reacts after getting the final out of the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino outdueled Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez by striking out six batters in seven scoreless innings in Thursday's 4-1 win at Safeco Field.

A start after going toe-to-toe with Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale, Severino earned a win for the first time since June 10. While he scattered eight hits, the Mariners went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base.

"I know it's going to be tough every time I face a guy like Felix," Severino said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "I just try to bring my 'A' stuff."

A year after going 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 22 games (11 starts), Severino is now tied with Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer for the second most starts (seven) of at least seven innings and one or fewer runs allowed. The Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw leads the majors with 10.

Tags: Luis Severino, Seattle Mariners
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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said rookie outfielder Clint Frazier will likely be optioned to the minors once outfielder Aaron Hicks returns from the disabled list.

Hicks had a .290/.398/.515 batting line, all career-bests, with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 60 games before he went on the DL on June 25 with a right oblique injury. While he was initially expected to miss three to four weeks, Cashman said he is not near a return.

"Hicks isn't doing anything yet," Cashman said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III, "so [optioning Frazier to the minors] is down the road."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier
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Luis Severino tossed seven scoreless innings in a win against the Mariners. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
Luis Severino tossed seven scoreless innings in a win against the Mariners. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Luis Severino struck out six batters over seven scoreless innings as the Yankees downed the Mariners, 4-1, on Thursday. 

Elsewhere, the Mets walk off against the Cardinals, the Jets signed their first-round pick and O.J. Simpson is granted parole. 

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Luis Severino throws a pitch against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
Luis Severino throws a pitch against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Luis Severino pitched seven innings for the third straight start, allowing no runs and striking out six, as the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-1, on Thursday night in Seattle. >> Box score


Severino outpitched Felix Hernandez, who allowed fewer hits but gave up a solo homer to Brett Gardner in the sixth inning for the game's first run. Severino has now allowed four total runs in his last 21 innings.

New York recorded seven hits to Seattle's 10. Aaron Judge drove in a run with a single in the eighth inning and the Yankees also scored on Robinson Cano's throwing error in the ninth. Cano got some retribution in the bottom half of the frame, doubling off Aroldis Chapman to drive in the Mariners' only run.

Todd Frazier recorded his first hit as a Yankee; he was 1-for-4 overall with a run scored. Dellin Betances pitched a clean eighth inning for his 11th hold of the year, allowing one hit and notching a strikeout.

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Jun 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jun 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Yankees (48-45) will open a four-game series with the Mariners (48-48) on Thursday night at 10:10 p.m. ET at Safeco Field in Seattle.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:05:13
Sal Licata and Anthony McCarron join Doug Williams to discuss the rumor that the Yankees will trade for Sonny Gray.

The Yankees will not be trading Dellin Betances before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network Radio.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said Wednesday that looking to trade Betances in order to acquire a starting pitcher under team control beyond this season was something the Yankees should consider.

"Betances is under control for the same amount of time that Andrew Miller was a year ago - this season, plus two more. And actually, he's more affordable than Miller was," Rosenthal writes. "Maybe it's all talk, but the Yankees are adamant that they do not want to trade their top prospects, the ones who are closest to the majors or already on their club. Robertson could replace Betances as the setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman. And with Kahnle, the Yankees' bullpen still would be deeper than before."

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Yankees make blockbuster deal 00:08:52
Eamon and Jon discuss Brian Cashman's blockbuster deal that brought over David Robertson, Todd Frazier and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox

Reliever David Robertson, who came over in the Yankees' recent trade with the White Sox, is thrilled to be back in the place where he began his major league career. 

Robertson pitched seven years with the Yankees before signing with the White Sox before the 2015 season. 

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Are the Yankees done dealing? 00:04:37
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Yankees should make another trade and what moves the Mets should look to make

Newly acquired Todd Frazier will be the Yankees' everyday third baseman, manager Joe Girardi said after Wednesday's loss to the Twins.

Chase Headley willl move to first base and get a "crash course" at the position, Girardi told reporters.

"I think he's got very good hands and he's very intellectual," Girardi said. "I think he can make the adjustment very quick. I don't see it being a problem."

Tags: Chase Headley
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Jordan Montgomery was tagged with the loss as he allowed six runs in six innings. (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
Jordan Montgomery was tagged with the loss as he allowed six runs in six innings. (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

The Yankees were touched up for six runs in the second inning as they fell to the Twins, 6-1. 

Elsewhere, the Red Bulls and NYCFC both earn wins on the pitch and Jacob deGrom won his seventh consecutive start. 

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(Peter Aiken)

The Twins scored six runs with two outs in the second inning as they beat the Yankees, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field in Minnesota >> Box score 


Jordan Montgomery allowed run-scoring hits to Zack Granite and Eduardo Escobar before serving up a three-run homer to Miguel Sano as the Twins took a 6-0 lead in the second inning -- with all the runs coming with two outs.

The Yankees managed seven hits, with Brett Gardner's RBI single in the seventh inning accounting for their only runs.

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Yankees are making moves 00:01:18
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to the Yankees trade for David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Todd Frazier.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated the club would be "cautious buyers" during the trade deadline period. If a seven-player deal -- bringing in three major leaguers for one of the game's top prospects -- is cautious, this could be an interesting 13 days ahead.

The Yankees clearly filled two of their biggest holes by adding former organization relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to a tired and inconsistent bullpen, while adding Todd Frazier should stabilize the revolving door at first base for the remainder of the season.

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(Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees have DFA'd 1B Ji-Man Choi and INF/OF Rob Refnsyder, and optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in order to make room on the roster for 1B/3B Todd Frazier, and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.

Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle were acquired from the White Sox on Tuesday night.

Choi, 26, hit .267 with a .333 OBP and .733 SLG with two HR and five RBI in 15 at-bats for the Yankees after being called up from Triple-A on July 5.

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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery prepares to deliver a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery prepares to deliver a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (48-44) play the final game of a three-game series against the Twins (47-46) at Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m.

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Brett Gardner, LF Brian Dozier, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Gary Sanchez, DH Miguel Sano, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Robbie Grossman, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Max Kepler, RF
Clint Frazier, RF Chris Gimenez, C
Garrett Cooper, 1B Ehire Adrianza, SS
Austin Romine, C Jorge Polanco, DH
Ronald Torreyes, 2B Zack Granite, CF
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GEICO Sportsnite: Todd Frazier 00:06:01
The Baseball Night in New York crew discuss reports that the Yankees and White Sox have completed a trade to send Todd Frazier to the Bronx.

The Yankees have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson, and pitcher Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox in exchange for Tyler ClippardIan Clarkin, 2016 first-round pick Blake Rutherford, and Tito Polo.

Frazier, 31, is hitting .207 with 16 home runs, 44 RBI, and 15 doubles in 81 games for the White Sox this season.

"It's kind of surreal here right now because it all happened at once and you hear the rumors, it could have been a different team, here and there," Frazier told reporters on Tuesday night. "But it's the Yankees so I'm pretty excited."

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Jul 18, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 18, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees rallied from a 2-0 deficit to score five runs in the fifth inning in a 6-3 win over the Twins on Tuesday. >> Box score 

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)

The Yankees (47-44) play Game 2 of a three-game series against the Twins (47-45) at Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday night at 8:10.

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reedreports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.

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What is behind Judge's slump? 00:04:02
The DNL panel debates what they believe is causing Aaron Judge's recent slump and discuss how the outfielder can return to top form.

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When a player enters the second half of the season having won the previous three American League Rookie of the Week awards and a Player of the Month award, along with an MLB-best 30 home runs, anything short of his spectacular numbers would seem to be a slump.

Add in a recent appearance in the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby, and Aaron Judge had the narrative set against him.

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

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird underwent surgery on his right ankle on Tuesday morning and released a statement through his agent afterwards.

This morning I underwent a successful procedure to remove the os trigonum from my right ankle. After trying to play through the injury, I recently sought the opinion of Dr. Martin O'Malley at Hospital for Special Surgery, who provided an accurate diagnosis and performed the required surgery.
In nearly four months since first injuring my ankle, it had been increasingly frustrating to have only questions and no answers. All this time, I have wanted nothing more than to be out there playing the game I love as a member of the New York Yankees.
My season is not over. I plan to do everything in my power to return and help our team win in 2017.

Bird had been shut down since May 1 after he went on the disabled list with what was diagnosed then as a bone bruise, however it did not heal the way the team thought it would, so Bird saw additional specialists.

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The Yankees are reportedly among teams looking to trade for Phillies' reliever RHP Pat Neshek, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The Brewers and Rays are the other teams in the mix for the sidearm-throwing Neshek. 

Neshek is one of the top relievers on the market, and MLB.com reported he is a "near lock" to be traded before the July 31 trade deadline. 

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(Kelley L Cox)

The Yankees and Athletics are reportedly discussing a trade involving 1B Yonder Alonso, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that an A's scout was present for a Yankees' Single-A Charleston game.

The Yankees need help at first base as production from the position has wavered all season. Also, 1B Greg Bird required surgery on the ankle that has been keeping out since the beginning of the season.  

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Aaron Judge misplays a ball in the eighth inning of Monday's loss to the Twins. (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
Aaron Judge misplays a ball in the eighth inning of Monday's loss to the Twins. (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

The Twins broke a tie in the eighth inning, scoring two runs off reliever Caleb Smith en route to a 4-2 win.

Elsewhere, the Cardinals take the series from the Mets, Steve Mills talks about the Carmelo Anthony situation and two injured Mets pitchers begin throwing programs. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Garrett Cooper hits a double in fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Garrett Cooper hits a double in fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

Caleb Smith allowed the go-ahead RBI single to Eduardo Escobar in the eighth inning in his MLB debut as the New York Yankees lost to the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, on Monday at Target Field. >> Box score


After the Yankees wasted Clint Frazier's leadoff double in the top of the eighth inning, Smith (0-1) allowed back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the eighth. After a strikeout, the pinch hitter Escobar drove in Joe Mauer to break a 2-2 tie. Eddie Rosario followed with his second RBI double of the game to make it 4-2.

Frazier went 2-for-4 with two doubles, but was left stranded on third base when Didi Gregorius bunted to the catcher with runners on the corners and two outs as Twins reliever Taylor Rogers (5-1) escaped the jam.

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Daily News Live: Pineda UCL tear 00:02:40
The Daily News Panel discusses the news of Michael Pineda's torn UCL and what that means for the Yankees rotation in the second half.

Yankees RHP Michael Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Cincinnati, the team announced.

Pineda had his right UCL injury examined by Reds Medical Director Dr. Timothy Kremchek on Monday, with Kremchek agreeing with the initial recommandation of Tommy John surgery.

Pineda was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday, but wanted a second opinion before deciding whether to have the surgery, which will mean a recovery time of 12-to-18 months.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson)

Not just relying on his big frame, Aaron Judge has worked to develop an advanced approach at the plate to reach a high level of success this season, writes Billy Witz for the New York Times

"It's a project," Judge said. "Ever since I got drafted by the Yankees, I've been working on my swing. So it's just a culmination of all those things, and I'm finally starting to see some results."

Accoring to Witz, it has been subtle tweaks that have helped Judge the most this year, like reducing a leg kick in his stride and placing more weight on his back leg. According to former Yankees catcher and current Astro Brian McCann, Judge's ability to stay balanced has been a huge help to the slugger this year. He's also improved his ability to hit breaking pitches. 

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