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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman held a lengthy conference call Monday, and stated that he did not have a list of candidates for the club's managerial opening. However, a bevy of names have been tossed around since the moment Joe Girardi was said to be departing, with one of the most mentioned internal options being Jay Bell.

Bell, an 18-year MLB veteran, was a two-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops in 1993. Bell hit .265 in his career with 195 home runs and a 101 OPS+. He was also a key member of the Arizona Diamondbacks team that won the 2001 World Series over the Yankees.

Bell spent the 2017 season managing the Yankees' High-A affiliate in Tampa. He guided his squad to an impressive 85-50 record, winning both halves of the division's regular season crown, but they were eliminated by Dunedin in the league playoffs. Bell's efforts earned him the Florida State League's Manager of the Year Award. Now, he is currently the skipper of the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, whose roster has eight Yankees prospects.

Bell, unlike Josh Paul, another internal candidate we recently profiled, has some dugout coaching experience with MLB clubs. He most recently served as the Cincinnati Reds bench coach from 2014-15 after handling hitting coach duties for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. Bell interviewed for the Diamondbacks' managerial position in 2014, but was not considered a finalist for the role despite serving as Arizona's bench coach from 2005-06.

Bell is considered a solid analytical baseball mind, and by many accounts, has the ability to connect with younger players. This is of utmost concern to Cashman as he mentioned much of the reasoning behind moving on from Girardi was the former skipper's issues with "connectivity and communication levels" with some of the players.

The 51-year-old is just two years younger than Girardi, but Cashman put to rest the notion that the Yankees new manager had to be a younger individual. Not that Bell is old, but he is nine years Paul's senior, and several years older than a couple of the most linked outside candidates in Raul Ibanez (45) and Jerry Hairston Jr (41).

Cashman explained, "…there is no person that checks all the boxes," however he did lay out some of the key factors the organization will covet.

He also stated that besides being able to connect with the players, in-game decision making, preparation for those decisions, being receptive to pro scouting reports and the analytics provided the manager, the ability to understand the training/medical staff's recommendations, and being able to make the tough decisions where it concerns playing time would be important elements.

Cashman also noted that the new manager should have fresh ideas. Some may believe that precludes internal candidates, but in Bell's case, his being with the organization for just one season does not make him part of the "old guard." Considering Bell has coached in four different organizations and played with five clubs, he's gained a wealth of knowledge from a wide variety of managers over the years. Out of those experiences, he has been able to create his own version of how to manage a ball club.

Of the candidates whose names have come up most often to this point, it seems to me that Bell fits the mold more than others. He carries a reputation to get through to young players, and demonstrated he can guide them evidenced by his performance as the Tampa Yankees' manager. Bell's analytical propensities and his recently garnered familiarity with the Yankees' way of reading the numbers, plus utilizing them to create lineups and manage a pitching staff must provide an advantage over candidates outside the organization.

Bell checks a lot of boxes, but are they the ones Cashman weighs among the most important?


New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray had his strongest outing of the season on Sunday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in a 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Gray struck out five batters and only aallowed four hits, recording a quality start for the third time in his last four outings.

"I mean, I felt good my last four or five times out,'' Gray said, according to the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera. "I know my results weren't great in my last start (5 IP, 5 ER, 9 H vs. Oakland on May 11) but at the same time I feel really good, especially moving forward.''

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier watches an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday's 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Frazier, 22, was called up earlier this week and went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks in his season debut in Saturday's 8-3 win.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Kansas City Royals
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 (Denny Medley)
(Denny Medley)

Tyler Austin hit two home runs and Sonny Gray pitched eight strong innings as the Yankees defeated the Royals, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon >> Box Score 

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May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Yankees (29-13) and Royals (14-31) continue their three-game set in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night.

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May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run, Gary Sanchez hit two homers, and the Yankees beat the Royals on Saturday night, 8-3. >> Box Score 


Gary Sanchez put the Yankees on the board in the first inning with an RBI double and Hicks' inside-the-park home run two innings later gave the Yankees a 2-0 advantage.

Gleyber Torres put the Yankees in front for good with a three-run homer in the fouth inning for his fourth home run of the season. Torres' homer was the second of five home runs hit by the Yankees on offense in an eight-run effort. 

The Yankees dominated Royals starter Danny Duffy, who gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings.

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

The Yankees (28-13) and Royals (14-30) continue their three-game set in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Yankees notes

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May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 18, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

On Friday night, CC Sabathia was pegged with his first loss since August of last season. He was due for one. 

The 37-year-old labored through 5.0 innings while allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits while allowing five walks. He wasn't sharp, nor was his defense as a Gleyber Torres error proved costly.

This season, Sabathia is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA over 41.1 innings with 33 K and 9 BB...

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May 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during batting practice before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during batting practice before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Baseball is rife with streaks and slumps as outlooks change seemingly in an instant. Didi Gregorius' batting average is currently feeling the effects of the nature of the game.

Gregorius started the season on fire, winning AL Player of the Month. But, his form hasn't followed the calendar turn as he's enduring a wicked 1-45 slump. 

During that time, Gregorius' batting average has slipped from .372 all the way down to .248. A precipitous drop of 124-points...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees top prospect OF Estevan Florial will be missing significant time as he will have surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist, per NY Daily News Mike Mazzeo. 

Florial, who is considered the top position-player prospect in the Yankees' system, could miss as much as three months worth of games. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who had the exact same injury as Florial back in 2001, missed only one month. He sees this as simply a small setback...

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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

After a couple days off, the Yankees couldn't get anything going on offense as the Royals took the first game of a three-game set, 5-2, at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box Score 

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

With the Rangers open to trade talks, the Yankees are among the most likely teams to land LHP Cole Hamels, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The other teams Nightengale lists are the Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, and Diamondbacks.

A starting pitcher been a need for the Yankees since the start of Spring Training, and though a combined 3.79 ERA for starters this season isn't bad, the team wouldn't mind adding depth to their rotation. 

Despite his 2-4 record, Hamels owns a 3.48 ERA in nine starts (51.2 innings) for the Rangers this season. He still possesses his crafty repertoire on the bump with 57 strikeouts as well. 

Tags: Cole Hamels, CC Sabathia, Scott Thompson
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May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (28-12) and Royals (13-30) begin a three-game set in Kansas City at 8:15 p.m. on Friday night.

Yankees notes

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Despite his strong start and leading the team in home runs, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge believes he still has a ways to go to reach his potential.

"People keep talking about how well I'm doing, but I look at as I'm still trying to get consistent,'' Judge said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "I don't feel like I've been consistent all year."

The 26-year-old Judge leads the Yankees in every major offensive statistical category: batting average (.307), home runs (11), RBIs (35), on-base percentage (.441), slugging percentage (.593), OPS (1.035) and hits (46). 

Even so, he feels he can do better.

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Daily News Live: Teixeira, Cano 00:03:15
The Daily News Live panel discuss Mark Teixeira's comments regarding Robinson Cano and his recent 80-game suspension.

Count former Yankees star Mark Teixeira as one of many around baseball who wasn't exactly shocked when news broke that Mariners 2B Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games after testing positive for furosemide.

Furosemide isn't a PED, but, according to SNY's Andy Martino, can be used as a masking agent for steroids. Martino reported that a source told him that furosemide is "used for flushing" drugs out of your system...

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Yankees favored to win the WS 00:02:55
The DNL panel discusses the Yankees being chosen by oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic and if they should be ahead of Boston and Houston.

The DNL panel discusses the Yankees being chosen by oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic and if they should be ahead of Boston and Houston.


Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Wells tips his cap to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Wells threw out the first pitch to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher David Wells tips his cap to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Wells threw out the first pitch to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his perfect game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On May 17, 1998, David Wells produced an eternal afternoon.

Wells was on the mound against the Twins for Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, as anyone under the age of 14 would receive a white bear named Valentino. 

For those kids who were lucky enough to be in attendance, Wells would give them another scenario to recreate in their backyards: throwing a perfect game for the Yankees...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Clint Frazier said he was ready, and the Yankees called him up to the big leagues for their series against the Nationals. Well, one game was suspended and the other was postponed, both due to inclement weather. That means Frazier will travel with the team to Kansas City now to prove that he was worth the call up. He also wants to prove to the Yankees that he is worth keeping instead of being used as a trade chip down the road. 

Frazier has been killing minor-league pitching as he produced a .362 average with three homers and four RBI in 12 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barres. He was on deck to finally get back to the plate as a Yankee, but Miguel Andujar grounded out in the fifth inning on Monday before the skies opened up for good. 

Can Frazier do enought to show the Yankees that he would be better on their team instead of somewhere else? The Baseball In Night New York -- SNY's Doug Williams, Jon Hein, Andy Martino, and Todd Zeile -- discuss what Frazier's future with the Yankees should look like down the road...

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Babe Ruth played some of the best individual seasons of baseball known to the history of the game. 

There was his 60-homer season, one where he outhomered 10 different teams in a single season, and the year he set the record for total bases that is still in the record books today. 

But, looking at Ruth's career with the all-around WAR statistic (wins above replacement) as ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, his best season ever was in 1923 when he posted a 14.1 WAR. He hit .393 with 41 homers, set a career high in doubles, drew 170 walks and threw out 20 baserunners from the outfield.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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Once Thursday comes to an end, Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge will have been fully contained for two straight days…by Mother Nature and a scheduled off-day for the club.

No one knew what to expect of Judge in 2017. All he did was go on a marvelous tear through major league pitching staffs, becoming an instant star as he clobbered 30 home runs by the All-Star break.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius was on top of the world in April. He was named the AL Player of the Month after hitting .327 while leading the league in extra base hits (19) and RBI (30). 

But the "April showers bring May flowers" phrase is reversed in Gregorius' case. Tbrough his first 12 games in May, Gregorius has plummeted back down to Earth and then some, as his slump continues to haunt him. 

Gregorius is stuck in the depths of a 1-for-41 slump, with his longest hitless streak at 30 at-bats. Overall, he has notched six hits over 51 at-bats in May.

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May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals grounds crew roll out the tarp during a rain delay during the sixth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals grounds crew roll out the tarp during a rain delay during the sixth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The completion of Tuesday's suspended game and the full game that was to be played afterwards between the Yankees and Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday have been postponed.

The games will be made up on June 18 at 5:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. 

The Yankees and Nationals were tied, 3-3, in the sixth inning on Tuesday night when the game was suspended until Wednesday due to weather. 

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Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)
Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)

Nationals OF Bryce Harper will be one of the prized free agents on the market this offseason, and he had no interest Tuesday in discussing the potential of signing with the Yankees.

"I'm a National now," Harper told reporters when asked about donning pinstripes. 

The 25-year-old Harper will be headlining a free agent class that is expected to include Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Dallas Keuchel, and potentially Clayton Kershaw (who can opt out of the two remaining years on his deal).

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May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs in five innings against the Nationals on Tuesday night before the game was suspended until Wednesday due to rain.

Tanaka allowed all three runs within the first two innings and went on to pitch three scoreless innings thereafter to allow the Yankees' offense to come back and tie the game in the top of the fifth. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton collected his 1,000th career hit on Tuesday night in the team's game against the Nationals.

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees (28-12) and Nationals (24-18) begin a quick, two-game series in Washington at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

Yankees notes

The Yankees currently own the best record in the MLB, as they have won eight of their last 10 games. 

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DNL: Robinson Cano suspended 00:03:41
The Daily News Live crew discusses the 80-game suspension handed down by MLB to the Mariners' Robinson Cano for taking a banned substance.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Why on earth would anyone be surprised by Robinson Cano's suspension for violating the league's joint drug program? How could anyone react with "wow," "holy (bleep)," or any other expression of incredulity?

The questions are not an indictment of Cano specifically. His suspension was for the diuretic furosemide, which is not a PED but can be used as a masking agent, according to a person familiar with the subject. "It's used for flushing," or getting the drugs out of your system, says the person.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Clint Frazier has reportedly been called up for the team's series against the Nationals, per The Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. 

Frazier was sidelined due to a concussion he sustained in Spring Training. But since being cleared to play, he has been raking through minor league pitching. The 23-year-old is hitting .362 with three homers and 4 RBI in 12 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres, and he feels that he is ready for the big stage again...

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Whether playing for the Yankees or in Triple-A, this is a significant time for Frazier, who needs to re-establish his value to the Yankees -- and to potential trade deadline suitors...

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BNNY: Yankees' crowded infield 00:03:32
The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down what the Yankees should do with their infield now that Brandon Drury has returned.

The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down what the Yankees should do with their infield now that Brandon Drury has returned.


 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

It has been the Yankees' best-kept secret for the past three years. Until now. 

The Yankees have been secretly sending floral arrangements to families and police departments of officers who have been killed in action. And it hasn't just been New York-based departments. It has been country-wide.

Last month, the organization sent flowers to Yarmouth, Mass. in the wake of the shooting death of officer Sean Gannon. The Yankees are considered the enemy in this part of the country, but even the Red Sox faithful give a tip of their cap to the pinstripes for their gesture. 

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 (John Munson-Pool Photo)
(John Munson-Pool Photo)

On this date 22 years ago, Dwight "Doc" Gooden threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. 

Gooden, who was 31 at the time, had put himself into a jam in the ninth inning after walking Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez. He then threw a wild pitch allowing both runners to move into scoring position. But Gooden dug deep and induced a strikeout and pop-up to finish off his no-no.

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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

The Yankees have reinstated INF/OF Brandon Drury from the 10-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced on Monday. 

Drury has been on the DL since April 7 due to migraines and blurry vision. He has spent time in the minor leagues since, where he hit a combined .315 with two homers and seven RBI over 17 games between Triple-A and Double-A Trenton.

While Drury has been spending time on the DL, Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar has impressed as his replacement at third base. He is hitting .282 with 12 doubles (leads all rookies), three homers and 14 RBI. 

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The boos have slowly died down thanks to Giancarlo Stanton's hot bat. 

The Yankee faithful let the reigning NL MVP have it during his early season struggles, but now through 40 games, Stanton seems to be settling in just nicely with his new team.

Stanton went 4-for-4 with three RBI and a solo homer in Sunday's victory over the A's at Yankee Stadium to conclude the team's nine-game homestand. Over his last seven games, the slugger is hitting .391/.500/.870 with three homers and seven RBI. Also, Stanton has been raking against lefties this season with a .457 average...

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino threw his sixth straight quality start as he led the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Severino (6-1) struck out seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in six innings, as he improved to 4-0 in his last six starts and the Yankees improved to 19-3 in their last 22 games.

"All-in-all, for not necessarily having his best stuff, to be able to hold them to one run, you love to see that out of your ace." manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "Proud of his effort on not necessarily his best day. That's why he's become a really special pitcher."

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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Stanton hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning and hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning as the Yankees won for the 10th time in their past 12 games and 19th time in their past 22.

Luis Severino struck out seven batters in six innings, giving up one run and five hits for his fourth win in his last six starts.

Since May 2, Stanton is 13-for-38 with five home runs and 11 RBIs, raising his batting line from .222/.303/.410 to .252/.339/.516.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Luis Severino, Oakland Athletics
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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

The Yankees (27-12) and Athletics (19-20) will wrap up their series at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won six of their first eight games during a nine-game homestand. The Yankees are tied with the Red Sox for the best record in the majors at 27-12... the Yankees' 27 wins in their first 39 games is tied for the second-most to start the season... the Yankees are 11-9 against AL East teams and 16-3 against other divisions.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks beat A's 00:00:48
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and first baseman Neil Walker praise the team's resiliency after their extra-inning walk-off win over the A's.

Neil Walker hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning to lead the Yankees to a 7-6 win over the Athletics on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

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May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yanees pitcher Domingo German (65) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yanees pitcher Domingo German (65) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After throwing six no-hit innings in his first start, Domingo German didn't exactly flash the same form in his second start of the season. 

German was knocked around by the A's, giving up six runs in five innings on five hits with three walks and a strikeout. He's off the hook for a possible loss, though, as the Yankees bats picked him up by scoring six runs of their own...

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) safe at third on a throwing error during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Frazier never had a chance to force his way into Aaron Boone's plans during the early part of this season, like Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have, due to a concussion suffered in spring training. 

While Frazier was out, he watched outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks then replacement Billy McKinney all go down with injuries. During the injury crisis, especially when Hicks landed on the DL, Frazier would have likely been called up and who knows what he would have done if given the chance, like Torres and Andujar have shown... 

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New York Yankees Brett Gardner (11) follows through on a two-run triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees Brett Gardner (11) follows through on a two-run triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Weather permitting, the Yankees (26-12) look to bounce back against the Athletics (19-19) on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Even after losing two games in a row, the Yankees are tied with the Red Sox for best record in the MLB... The Yankees are 16-3 since Gleyber Torres has been called up from AAA... Torres currently is on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .344/.386/.531 this season... Torres, Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin have three of the top four spots on the AL Rookie RBI leaderboard, behind Shohei Ohtani.

Tags: Domingo German
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GEICO SportsNite: Aaron Boone 00:00:42
Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down the positives and negatives he saw from Sonny Gray after his rocky outing against the Athletics.

The Yankees scored five runs on offense, but Sonny Gray and the New York' bullpen struggled mightily en route to a 10-5 series-opening loss to the Athletics on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees (26-11) will open a three-game series with the Athletics (18-19) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won five of six games during their current nine-game homestand... the Yankees are 15-2 vs. all teams outside of their division this season... the 2018 squad is tied with the 2003 and 1994 Yanekes with the best start through 37 games during the last 60 seasons... The Yankees have won nine of 13 games this season when they are losing entering the ninth inning of play.

Tags: Sonny Gray
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(Adam Hunger)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees and Red Sox played an early-season classic of a series this week, hinting at a thrilling summer to come in the American League East. It ended with a piece of intrigue to chew on: Was Aaron Boone wrong to send Dellin Betances out for a second inning of relief on Thursday night?

Betances has quietly become more reliable of late, but his initial assignment in this game served as a reminder of his reduced role. Boone summoned the onetime setup man in the seventh, with the Yanks trailing, 4-0. Betances pitched a perfect frame, then watched his offense erase the deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the frame.

There came the controversial moment...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (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 May 10, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Outfielder Dustin Fowler will get his at-bat at Yankee Stadium ... just as a member of the Oakland A's.

The highly-touted prospect, whom the Yankees dealt last summer as part of the Sonny Gray trade, was promoted to the majors for the second time in his career earlier this week and will make his next MLB start during this weekend's A's-Yankees series.

"It's just the perfect story," Fowler said, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. "The guy I got traded for, getting to face him. It'll be nice to be in New York and play in front of that crowd. It'll be exciting. I'm ready to get there."

Fowler's first stint in the majors didn't last one full inning.

Tags: Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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GEICO SportsNite: Andy Martino 00:01:53
Andy Martino reports live from Yankee Stadium after the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox, and discusses Dellin Betances' recent struggles.

The Yankees come from behind against the Red Sox again, but fall short 5-4 thanks to a J.D. Martinez go-ahead home run in the 8th inning. >> Box score


With the game tied 4-4, Martinez lifted a home run off Dellin Betances to right field that barely escaped the glove of Aaron Judge, guiding the Red Sox to a win at Yankee Stadium...

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(Adam Hunger)

You have to look hard to see flaws or needs in a team that is playing as well as the Yankees are this month. But remember, the Red Sox seemed perfect on April 20, when they were 17-2 and 7 ½ games up in the American League East. The Yankees will be excellent all year, but it won't always be as easy as it has lately appeared.

While winning 17 of 18 games before Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox -- which nearly became yet another thrilling win, after the Yanks erased a 4-0 lead, only to lose on a J.D. Martinez home run in the eighth -- the team wanted for nothing. But zoom out, and the need to add a starting pitcher like Cole Hamels or Michael Fulmer remains...

Tags: CC Sabathia
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(Adam Hunger)

With CC Sabathia on the mound, the Yankees looked to complete their sweep of the Red Sox on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. 

Sabathia, though, didn't leave the Yankees on track for a win. He exited the game after a rain delay in the 5th inning. His final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 K, HR...

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May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Neil Walker (14) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Neil Walker (14) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Neil Walker, who already is able to play first and second base, is now taking reps at third base to increase his chances of getting at-bats once Greg Bird (ankle) returns. Bird started his rehab assignment on Thursday night. 

Walker has taken some time to find his footing in the batter's box in pinstripes but appears to be heading in the right direction. Over the last six games, Walker is 6-15 with two doubles and three RBI. He now owns a batting average of .200 for the season, with no home runs and eight RBI...

 

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