(Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

While GM Brian Cashman and his team are working to bolster their pitching staff before today's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the current Yankees rotation arms are trying to figure out what is going wrong since the All-Star break. 

And one of them is going through some "drastic" changes. 

Masahiro Tanaka absolutely imploded in his last start against the Red Sox, posting 12 earned runs on 12 hits (two homers) over 3.1 innings back on July 25. It is by far his worst start of this season and possibly his career. 

Looking to never replicate that outing ever again, Tanaka went back to the drawing board. And this time, he erased everything and started from scratch with his go-to pitch. 

"I've always, up to this point, tried to stick with the grip that I've always used for the splitter and made small adjustments in order to get the movement that I want,'' Tanaka told The Post's Dan Martin through a translator. "You get good results and bad results and the difference between the two are so big. When it's good, it's really good, but when it's bad, obviously, it's been very bad. I thought I needed to make a different type adjustment here. That's the biggest reason I went to something as drastic as changing the grip."

Tanaka's nasty splitter hasn't been the same this season. The velocity has remained the same (87.4 compared to 87 last season), yet the break and control hasn't been the same. 

The baseball itself, which many pitchers have been vocal about, appears to have lower seams. It has been forcing pitchers to re-invent some of their signatures pitches, and Tanaka's predicament makes sense considering how vital his seam grip is to the drop in his splitter. 

Working with the new grip, he said "I guess we'll see" after noting he thinks it felt good.

The Yankees will certainly hope that is the case moving forward, as the team looks to kill their starter slump. 

"Everyone had a rough go one time through," manager Aaron Boone said. "The fact it all happened in a week makes it difficult."  

Tanaka will look to start a new trend on Wednedsay when he gets the ball against the Diamondbacks. Hopefully that new splitter grip can stump his opponent. 


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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees struck out 14 times and allowed three home runs in Sunday afternoon's 8-4 loss to the Indians at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) LHP CC Sabathia struggled in his first game back from the right knee inflammation, an ailment that kept him on the injured list since July 28.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees (83-42, 10.5 GA in AL East) complete their four-game series with the American League Wild Card-leading Cleveland Indians (73-51, 2.5 GB in AL Central, 1.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees held off the Indians for a 6-5 win Saturday afternoon, fueled by four home runs -- two from SS Gleyber Torres, whose 2-for-4 day at the plate featured two solo shots. In the third and fifth spots, respectively, 1B DJ LeMahieu and DH Didi Gregorious added homers to highlight the Yankees' eight-hit offensive performance.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Before the Yankees finished up their series with the Indians on Sunday, all hands were on deck to watch Luis Severino toss a sim game at Yankee Stadium. 

GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone, and even players like Luke Voit were out watching Severino throw to three hitters. And as they all hoped, the session went well with Severino walking off with smiles. 

"It felt good," Severino told The Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "I haven't been on a mound, a real mound, before so that was good."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Luis Severino
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Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees shortstop Thairo Estrada is greeted by team mates in the dugout after scoring against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees shortstop Thairo Estrada is greeted by team mates in the dugout after scoring against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley, Thairo Estrada

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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Aug 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is honored for his Hall of Fame induction prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is honored for his Hall of Fame induction prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees celebrated Mariano Rivera's Hall of Fame induction at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The man of the hour said he believes the team should be having a championship celebration of their own very soon. 

While discussing his recent unanimous Hall of Fame bid, the first of its kind, Rivera gave his opinion on the current state of the Yankees. 

There's no reason a World Series title shouldn't be on the horizon, says Rivera. 

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Torres belts 2 HR's in win 00:02:08
The Yankees, led by the red-hot Gleyber Torres topped the Indians despite Aaron Boone and Brett Gardner being ejected in the 6th inning.

The Yankees hit four home runs in their 6-5 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) James Paxton struggled on Saturday afternoon, giving up four earned runs on six hits through 5.0 innings. He only struck out four batters, the lowest total he's had in a game since July 2 against the Mets when he struck out just three. Prior to this start, Paxton had been 3-0 in the month of August with a 2.89 ERA.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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Aug 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Ben May (97) in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Ben May (97) in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, the ejections started flying for the Yankees.

Cameron Maybin went down looking, setting off a chain of events. Aaron Boone was the first Yankee tossed, as it looked like the Yankees skipper was trying to defend Maybin before being tossed himself by home plate umpire Ben May.

While Boone was arguing with May, Brett Gardner began hitting the top of the dugout with a bat, something he's done before to show his displeasure with the umpires. First base umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Gardner, who then ran out of the dugout to argue.

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Aug 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is honored for his Hall of Fame induction prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is honored for his Hall of Fame induction prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Earlier this summer, Yankees great Mariano Rivera officially entered the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first member to ever be unanimously inducted. 

On Saturday, the Yankees celebrated Rivera's unanimous induction with a pregame ceremony. Rivera and his family took the field, and the greatest closer of all time took a moment to say thank you.

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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (82-42, 10.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series with the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (73-50, 1.5 GB in AL Central, 2.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees beat the Indians on Friday night 3-2, thanks to Masahiro Tanaka's 6.1 innings of four hit baseball. The righty struck out two batters and allowed just two runs, good enough to get his ninth win of the season. Aroldis Chapman came in for the close, and now has 34 saves on the season. Gio Urshela led the Yankees' bats, going 3-for-4 from the plate... the team had 10 hits collectively for the game. Aaron Judge had two hits including a double and a walk, showing signs of breaking out of his recent struggles.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Judge happy with Tanaka's outing 00:01:05
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was impressed with pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's outing against the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees bounced back to beat the Indians 3-2 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka's night was going relatively smooth until the righty allowed his second home run of the game when Yasiel Puig blasted a solo shot in the top of the seventh inning. Tanaka finished the game with two earned runs, four hits, and two strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Thanks to the bullpen work of Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman, Tanaka was able to get his ninth win of the season.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka smiles after pitching a complete game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka smiles after pitching a complete game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (81-42, 9.5 GA in AL East) look to rebound against the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (73-49, 0.5 GB in AL Central, 2.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees struggled on Thursday night, giving up a season-high 19 runs in a loss to the Indians. Chad Green had his worst start of the season, allowing five earned runs in the first inning including two home runs. Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam, and Jason Kipnis followed up with a solo shot, thus ending Green's start after recording just one out. The rest of the bullpen under-performed as well -- with Jonathan Loaisiga giving up four earned runs over 2.2 innings and Chance Adams giving up five earned runs and 10 hits in 3.2 innings of work. First baseman/designated hitter Mike Ford made his pitching debut in the bottom of the eighth inning, going 2.0 innings and allowing five earned runs on six hits... however, he did get one strikeout to end the top of the ninth inning.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Aaron Judge left the batters box Thursday night in the first, seventh and ninth innings under identical circumstances: He'd been caught looking all three times as part of an 0-for-5 night.

In the first, umpire Tom Hallion made a pitcher-friendly call, ringing up Judge on a low fastball out of the strike zone. In the seventh Judge took slider in the middle of the zone. In the ninth, it was a fastball inside -- not technically a strike, but perhaps a bit too close to take on 3-2.

Over the past month, Judge's deep slump has been the lone drag on a Yankees offense that has otherwise rolled through the summer. He's the team's best player, but he's batting .148 over his past 21 games, and slugging .370 in the second half.

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Apr 24, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman (39) is safe at home as he avoids a tag by Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) for a run in the seventh inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports  (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Apr 24, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman (39) is safe at home as he avoids a tag by Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) for a run in the seventh inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Mike Tauchman makes for a nice example. "I tell our kids that we have here now, 'Hey, here's a guy who got it done with sweat,"' says Elvis Dominguez.

Dominguez ought to know. Tauchman, one of the best stories to emerge from the Yankees' "Next Man Up" culture in the Bronx this season, was Dominguez's first recruit to Bradley University when the coach took over the program in 2008.

"He had all the intangibles," Dominguez says. "One thing that set him apart was that he outworked everyone. He was never satisfied, wanted to be the best and did everything he could to achieve that. That's tough to find - there are a lot of talented kids out there without that work ethic."

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Cleveland crushes Yankees 00:01:12
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains how the Cleveland Indians were able to rough up reliver Chad Green in the 1st inning.

The Yankees were embarrassed by the Indians 19-5 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) Chad Green had his worst opening performance of the season for the Yankees. After Francisco Lindor and Greg Allen singled to start the game, Green walked Carlos Santana to load the bases. After Yasiel Puig went down swinging, Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam to center, giving the Indians an early 3-0 lead. After a mound visit, Green allowed another home run to Jason Kipnis, ending Green's night with just one out recorded and five earned runs.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Yankees rolling along toward a division title, fans are naturally turning their thoughts to the playoff rotation. This year, it's a particularly hot topic because the general manager declined to add to it at the trade deadline.

The Yankees insist, both publicly and in private, that they haven't begun to think in earnest about the playoff roster and rotation -- though we can report, as we did in June, that the team is eyeing a Chad Green/Luis Severino game, provided the latter is healthy.

Tags: Chad Green, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

After sweep of lowly Orioles, the Yankees (81-41, 10.0 GA in AL East) start a four-game series against the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (72-49, 0.5 GB in AL Central, 1.5 GA in first Wild Card) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees are up to a 10-1 overall record this season in extending outings for the bullpen. ... With a win, the Yankees with lock up at 27th straight season with a winning record (1993) and it would be the team's second-fastest time reaching 82 wins in a year. In 1998, the Yankees reached a record of 82-29, that team went on to win the World Series. ... Gio Urshela is hitting at a .488 average over his last 10 games, which includes four doubles, seven homers and 15 RBI. ... Didi Gregorius has 27 RBI in his last 22 games.

Tags: Chad Green, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela
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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The 2019 season has been filled with highs for the Yankees, from DJ LeMahieu's spark at the top of the lineup, to the emergence of Gio Urshela, to Gleyber Torres' leap to stardom, among other storylines.

But it's been a frustrating campaign for Giancarlo Stanton, who's had to sit back and watch as the Yankees have slugged their way to the top of the AL East standings.

Stanton has appeared in just nine games this season, hampered by a myriad of injuries. After playing the first three games of the year against Baltimore, Stanton landed on the IL with a biceps injury. While rehabbing, he also had a shoulder issue and a calf injury that sidelined him further.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres
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Feb 14, 2019; 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 14, 2019; 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)

Domingo German is the MLB's leader in wins this season, after his latest start against the Orioles gave him his 16th victory. But, with that win, it was worth noting how many innings the 26-year-old has already racked up this season. 

German has pitched 116 innings so far this season, which shatters his career-high in the bigs at 85.2. Back in 2017, he pitched a total 109 innings, but that's it. 

SNY's John Harper spoke to an AL executive to see what the Yankees should do if German hits an inning limit and can't be used in the postseason, but GM Brian Cashman gave the answer we've been looking for on Thursday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jul 23, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches in the first inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Late Wednesday afternoon I was talking to an executive from an American League team about the Yankees and their potential pitching plan for October, when he suggested I take a look at the box score of the Red Sox-Indians game that had been over for about an hour. 

"Boston used seven pitchers and won the game 5-1," the exec said. "Seven pitchers, one run. That's taking the 'opener' strategy to an extreme, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the Yankees try a formula like that in the postseason. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, John Harper
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge knows he's slumping but has faith that the hits will come back soon.

The Yankees are as hot as any team in baseball, winners of 13 out of 15.

They've also been on an incredible home run pace, particularly against the Orioles. During this week's completed four-game sweep, the Yankees homered nine times, making it a whopping 61 homers against Orioles pitching this season in 19 games. 

But while the Yankees have been on this power-fueled run, slugger Aaron Judge has surprisingly not been a huge part of the Bombers' offensive machine. 

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The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) J.A. Happ pitched much better compared to his last start, allowing six hits, striking out six, and allowing just two runs over 5.0 innings. This was a bounce back performance for Happ, who gave up six earned runs during his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 9. This was his first start since July 19 that he allowed two or less runs.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ
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Aug 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) singles against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) singles against the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Gleyber Torres' dominance over the Orioles has been on full display during their current four-game series in the Bronx. During the doubleheader on Monday, three homers left the yard to bring him to 13 on the season against Baltimore. 

But it was on Wednesday afternoon that the young infielder tied a long-time Yankee record. 

After roping a double, Torres became the first Yankee to record 17 extra-base hits against a single opponent since legend Mickey Mantle did it in 1957 against the White Sox. He had 18 extra-base hits that season. 

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Jun 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Dull (66) throws during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports (Raymond Carlin III)
Jun 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Dull (66) throws during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports (Raymond Carlin III)

As the 2019 season delves deeper into August, the Yankees continue to exhaust all options on pitching.

The latest move occurred on Wednesday when they claimed Ryan Dull off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and added the right-handed reliever to their 40-man roster.

To create room, the Yankees designated righthander Brady Lail for assignment.

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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery looks on (47) as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery looks on (47) as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees southpaw Jordan Montgomery has spent his time rehabbing from his spring 2018 Tommy John surgery.

Now, it's looking like a return is in the near future.

He recently threw a simulated game (2 IP, 35 pitches) and is "getting close to game action," according to manager Aaron Boone.

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) follows through on a walk off RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) follows through on a walk off RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (80-41, 9.0 GA in AL East) are searching for a four-game sweep of the Orioles (39-81) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees brought Thairo Estrada up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he's getting action right away in the ninth hole today while playing second base. ...Aaron Boone gave some positive injury updates, with CC Sabathia the best one. He'll return to the rotation on Sunday after dealing with right knee inflammation. ...Giancarlo Stanton also continues to progress, as he's close to running off the anti-gravity treadmill for the first time. ...Luke Voit was also seen taking grounders and hitting in the cage today. He could move on to Tampa or Scranton soon to continue his rehab. 

Tags: J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles
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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia will be activated off the IL and return to the Yankees' starting rotation on Sunday, says manager Aaron Boone. 

Sabathia has been sidelined with right knee inflammation -- an injury that has been reoccuring over the past few seasons -- but he didn't seem to have any issues in his bullpen sessions, which have encouraged the Yankees enough to bring him back. 

Sabathia has been out since July 31, where he got an injection in his knee and then began to rest up. 

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Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees and Dodgers have both already reached the 80-win mark, with the Yanks recently taking three of four games from the Red Sox before struggling against the Blue Jays while beating the absolute tar out of the tanking Orioles sandwiched around the Toronto series.

Despite annihilating most of their competition, the Yankees still have only the third-best odds to win the World Series, per Bovada.

Aside from the Dodgers, the Astros -- who traded for Zack Greinke on July 31 to add another ace to their starting rotation -- are also ahead of the Yanks.

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Boone happy with Rosa's debut 00:00:47
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was thrilled with rookie Adonis Rosa's debut and relief appearance against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees defeated the Orioles 8-3 on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Domingo German was tremendous for the Yankees, cruising to his 16th win of the season. The right-hander went 7.0 innings for the Yanks, allowing just two earned runs on five hits. Both of German's earned runs came on solo home runs, but he did a good job of keeping runners off base.  

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Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After sweeping Monday's doubleheader, the Yankees (79-41, 9.0 GA in AL East) look to win their third straight against the Orioles (39-80, 30.5 GB) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 15-2 against the Orioles this season. ... The Bombers are 11-2 in the month of August after a 14-11 month of July. ... The Yankees have a whopping .714 winning percentage at Yankee Stadium this season, winning 45 out of 63 home games.

Tags: Domingo German, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles
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Apr 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Reinforcements are on the way to the Yankees' bullpen.

Before the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, they added a pair of right-handed pitchers to their roster.

While the Yankees moved two left-handed pitchers by designating Joe Mantiply for assignment and releasing Daniel Camarena from the roster, they returned Jonathan Loaisiga off the 60-day injured list and signed Adonis Rosa to a major-league contract via the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

On the verge of surpassing the numbers he notched as a rookie in 2018, Gleyber Torres has avoided anything close to a sophomore slump.

Highlighted by Monday's doubleheader sweep of the Orioles in which his three home runs and seven runs batted in fueled the Yankees' 8-5 and 11-8 wins, Torres continued to tear up Baltimore.

In 16 games against the Orioles, Torres has 13 homers, three doubles and 20 RBI with a slash line of .414/.485/1.138.

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Aaron Hicks was confident that his doctor's appointment on Monday would lead to him being able to throw again. Unfortunately, that was shot down after his consultation. 

Hicks has been on the IL with a flexor strain in his throwing elbow, and he has been able to do everything but throw during his rehab process. And according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty, manager Aaron Boone told reporters yesterday that Hicks still can't start throwing for another two weeks. 

"Hicks is doing really well, but he's two weeks still probably from throwing," Boone said. "Because of where the flexor strain is, being close to the (ulnar collateral ligament), we just don't want to risk anything so we're going to make sure it's completely healed up and probably after another couple weeks he should be good to go." 

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The Yankees swept their doubleheader with the Orioles on Monday, thanks to an 11-8 victory in game two. It's the fifth time in six tries that the Bombers have won both games of a twin bill. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Monday's game two...

1) When Orioles fans fall asleep at night, they're likely to be haunted by nightmares of Gleyber Torres. After going deep in game one, the infielder launched a pair of three-run home runs in game two and now has a staggering 13 home runs against Baltimore this season. Only Lou Gehrig had more against an opponent in one season, when the Iron Horse hit 14 homers against the Indians in 1936. Torres has tortured the Orioles so much that, with his team trailing by five and runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth, manager Brandon Hyde opted to intentionally walk him.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Nestor Cortes Jr
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After an 8-5 win vs. the Baltimore Orioles (39-88, 38.6 GB in AL East, 29.5 GB in AL Wild Card) in Game 1 on Monday, the Yankees (78-41, 9 GA in AL East) will look for their second win of the day at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees already set MLB records for the most home runs against a single opponent in a season prior to Monday, but added four more home runs in Game 1 of the doubleheader, bringing that total to 56 so far this year. The Yanks also set the record for most at a visiting ballpark in a single season (43) at Camden Yards. ... The Yankees will go with a bullpen effort against the O's in Game 2 and were flawless doing so this season up until Saturday in a 5-4 loss vs. the Blue Jays. ... The Bronx Bombers' four homers in Game 1 came from Didi Gregorius (9), Gleyber Torres (24), Gio Urshela (18) and Cameron Maybin (8). 

 

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Luis Severino
Luis Severino

Help is on the way.

The Yankees will soon see the return of its ace, Luis Severino. The 25-year-old is on track to face hitters following his next bullpen session, all of which have been positive thus far.

It's obvious that Severino's eventual presence atop the rotation will serve as a major boost. New York starters have pitched to a 4.92 ERA since the All-Star break, 20th in baseball. Despite the inflated number, the Yankees have gone 9-2 since July 31, when they opted not to add a starter via trade.

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The Yankees took the first game, 8-5, of this Monday doubleheader against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Monday's game...

1) James Paxton went six strong innings against the O's, but the long ball was hurting him. He allowed three runs, two of which came from solo homers. Overall, though, he allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out seven over that span. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Cessa
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Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Estevan Florial (92) safely slides back into first base during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Estevan Florial (92) safely slides back into first base during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top-30 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Deivi Garcia, RHP, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (No. 1, MLB No. 66) -- ETA 2020

Garcia failed to get through the fifth inning in either of his two starts this past week. Garcia allowed two runs in both contests, walking four and striking out nine batters in 8 1/3 combined innings.

Tags: Albert Abreu, Estevan Florial, Chris Carelli
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Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The 2020 New York Yankees schedule was released on Monday, as the 2019 team was taking the field against the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. 

The O's are worth mentioning, since that's the spot the new schedule begins. New York's 2020 season begins in Baltimore on March 26. It'll be the second-straight year the Yankees opened their season at Camden Yards. March 26 is the earliest date the Yankees have ever started a season. 

The most famous rivalry in sports against the Red Sox is slated to start its 2020 edition in May from the 8th to the 10th, a weekend series at Yankee Stadium. The two sides will also faceoff in the Bronx in late July (7/24 - 7/26) and again in early September (9/8 - 9/10) as well. 

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May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits a two run single against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits a two run single against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A week after sweeping the Baltimore Orioles (39-87, 37.5 GB in AL East, 29 GB in AL Wild Card) in a three-game series, the Yankees (77-41, 8.5 GA in AL East) will start a four-game series in New York against the O's, starting with a Monday doubleheader, which begins at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yanks appointed infielder Breyvic Valera as their 26th man ahead of Monday's doubleheader. Valera has appeared in nine games for the Yankees with season and is batting .192 with three RBI in the majors this year. ... The Yankees have beat up the O's as of late. After Baltimore won the first series between the two this season in the Bronx, the Orioles have lost 12-straight games to the Yanks and lost all 10 games they've played against New York at Camden Yards this year. ...  The Yankees already set MLB records for the most home runs against a single opponent in a season (52) and the most at a visiting ballpark (43) vs. Baltimore. ... Gio Urshela will look to continue he excellent pace this season against the O's, he has 17 homers, 61 RBI and is batting .323 in 97 games played on the year. In the Yanks' four-game series against the Blue Jays this past weekend, Urshela had three home runs, 6 RBI and batted .400. 

 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre behind Masahiro Tanaka's strong performance. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka got his eighth win of the season after allowing three hits and striking out four over 8.0 innings. The Yankees have now won 10 out of the last 11 games that Tanaka starts, dating back to June 11 of this season. Tanaka bounced back in a big way after giving up five earned runs and 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work in his last start on August 5 against the Orioles.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The injury bug continues to bite the Yankees, who announced several changes Sunday before facing the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Among the moves, the Yankees transferred outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the 60-day injured list.

The Yankees also placed left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley on the 10-day injured list, while optioning infielder Breyvic Valera to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

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Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees (76-41, 8.5 GA in AL East) look to even the series against the Blue Jays (49-71) on Sunday at 1:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

The Yanks suffered another loss to Toronto on Saturday, 5-4, on the road. ...Gleyber Torres returns to the lineup after avoiding the IL with his core pain. He did a full workout on the Rogers Centre field before yesterday's game and Aaron Boone noted him being back today. ...In his first game back from the IL, Gary Sanchez launched a solo homer to put the Yanks up early. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Gary Sanchez made his return from the Injured List with a bang, literally. In a scoreless game in the top of the fourth inning, Sanchez stayed back on a Jacob Waguespack slider, slamming a solo home run to left-center. Sanchez's 25th home run of the season put the Yankees on top 1-0. Overall, Sanchez went 1-4 at the plate with a couple of strikeouts. 

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New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman celebrates with third baseman Gio Urshela after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The legend of Mike Tauchman is unlike any other, and it dates back to long before he was hitting home runs for the Yankees. 

The surprising slugger first made a name for himself back at William Fremd high school in Illinois when he intercepted Jimmy Garoppolo, the current San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Not only did he intercept him, Tauchman also played quarterback for his team that game and led William Fremd to victory. 

"It's a cool story," he told the Daily Herald in June, a newspaper based in suburban Chicago. "I don't want to sound like the guy at the bar that struck out Bryce Harper when he was nine years old. Jimmy's really, really good now. I think we both chose the right sports."

 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (76-40, 9.5 GA in AL East) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (48-71, 29.5 GB in AL East ) on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez returns to the Yankees' lineup in the cleanup spot after spending the last two weeks on the IL with a groin strain. ... Aaron Judge looks to get going at the plate. He is just 3 for his last 20 with one home run. ... Mike Tauchman is in the lineup batting ninth. He is hitting a slash line of .450/.500/1.250 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored in his last five games. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
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Feb 14, 2019; 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 14, 2019; 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 reportedly found himself surrounded by police on Friday afternoon. 

According to the New York Post, Cashman was swarmed by police at gas station in Darien, Conn. on Friday afternoon as he was suspected of being a car thief.

Cashman had reported his white Jeep Wrangler stolen last Saturday. The car was later found abandoned in the Bronx, but was not removed from the NYPD's stolen car list. So as the Yankees GM attempted to drive to the Norwalk Police department to have his car processed, that's when he was stopped.

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Aug 9, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Aug 9, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 8-2 on Friday night at Rogers Centre. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) J.A. Happ has been very inconsistent all season long for the Yankees, and that was the case once again on Friday. The lefty allowed three homers to Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez, and Danny Jansen. In total, he allowed six earned runs in five innings. His ERA now sits at 5.48 for the season.

Tags: Brett Gardner, J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Most teams are content with at least one quality catching option. It's a position where power isn't expected, but certainly welcome if one provides it. Good defense, as well as the ability to work well with pitchers, are pivotal to the positions success.

The Yankees have this in Gary Sanchez, the slugging 26-year-old whose defense has made improvements after disastrous showings in previous seasons. Behind him, both Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka have proved their worth for different reasons.

But it's likely that only one of them will remain with New York beyond this season. While the assumption is that the organization re-signs Romine, drafted by the team in 2007, the decision may not be as simple.

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Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees (76-39, 10.5 GA in AL East) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (47-71, 30.5 GB in AL East ) on Friday at 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won nine straight games after Thursday's 12-6 win over the Jays. ... Didi Gregorius is 3-6 with a home run in his career off of Blue Jays starter Sean Reid-Foley. ... Gio Urshela is now hitting .323 on the season, following his 3-5 night on Thursday.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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