Outfielder Clint Frazier (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)
Outfielder Clint Frazier (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees have provided more excitement off the field in the last several days than anything we have seen on the diamond in 2016. Yankees GM Brian Cashman finally convinced ownership that the club was not a true playoff contender and allowed him to convert five players into 14 in the first sell-off since 1989.

The Yankees' farm system might now be considered one of the best in the majors (if not the best), as they accrued three former (and recent) first-round picks. The Yankees' minor league system has enough talent to remain a top-10 organization should they decide to move any of the current crop of young talent.

Here is a look at the deals and players the Yankees received over the last several days. All prospect rankings via MLB Pipeline.

SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, OF Billy McKinney and OF Rashad Crawford from Cubs for LHP Aroldis Chapman

Torres sits at No. 26 among all MLB prospects and No. 2 in the Yankees system. With Torres, 19, the Yankees add another middle infielder who has very good hitting tools. His range is considered middle of the line, but he owns a strong arm, which can keep him at shortstop. The right-handed hitter projects to be a 15-20 home run threat and his current MLB eta sits at 2019. Torres has been placed on High-A Tampa's roster.

Warren returns to New York after being traded in the offseason for Starlin Castro. Warren was having a down year in Chicago, but slots into the late innings for New York after losing its top two relievers. Minimally, Warren figures to solidify what has been a rocky middle relief crew this season.

McKinney ranks 15th in the Yankees' system. The left-handed throwing and hitting 20-year-old was a first-round pick (No. 24 overall) in 2013. McKinney has not displayed any power in his minor league career and is not considered a base stealer. He gets on base at a decent clip and is considered an average outfielder. McKinney reported to Double-A Trenton.

Crawford, 22, throws right and bats left. Like McKinney, Crawford has little to no power, but he makes up for it with speed on the bases. Before the trade, Crawford owned a .716 OPS with 29 extra-base hits and 22 steals at High-A. Crawford has mostly played center field as a pro, and he will see time all over the outfield with High-A Tampa.

OF Clint Frazier, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Ben Heller and RHP J.P. Feyereisen from Indians for LHP Andrew Miller

Frazier jumps straight from the top of the Indians' system to the top of the Yankees'. Frazier, 21, is the No. 24 overall MLB prospect who hits and throws from the right side. Frazier has plus power, projecting to hit 30-plus home runs per year, according to some scouts. Frazier is a good fielder, able to cover center but he could find himself in one of the corners. Some scouts believe Frazier could be ready as early as next season. With Aaron Judge also potentially ready next season, the Yankees could have serious raw power at the corner outfield positions for years to come.

Sheffield (No. 94 MLB, No. 7 Yankees) is yet another first-round selection (No. 31 overall in 2014) the Yanks snagged. Sheffield, a 20-year-old southpaw, tops out at 96 with a plus-fastball and owns a swing-and-miss curveball. The last left-handed starter the Yankees developed in their system was Andy Pettitte, and Sheffield has a chance to be the next.

Heller, a power right-handed reliever, has enjoyed a stellar 2016 season to date. Heller, 24, could be ready for the majors as early as September when rosters expand after a quick climb up the Indians' system ladder. (He was drafted in the 22nd round in 2013.)

Feyereisen, another right-handed reliever, is one level behind Heller, and his fastball is a few ticks off as well. That said, Feyereisen had a 2.23 ERA in 40 1/3 Double-A innings this season to go along with 56 strikeouts and 20 walks. Feyereisen, 23, figures to report to Double-A Trenton.

RHP Tyler Clippard for RHP Vicente Campos

Clippard, a former Yankees draftee (ninth round in 2003), is now an experienced a mostly dependable middle reliever. Clippard, like Warren, was having a tough season compared with a competitive 2015 season. Clippard also figures to work toward the end of games as part of a bridge to new Yankees closer Dellin Betances. Clippard owns an 11 K/9 rate this season, though it comes with a 3.6 BB/9 rate and a high home run rate. Clippard, 31, is in the first year of a two-year contract worth $12.25 million.

RHPs Dillon Tate, Erik Swanson and Nick Green from Rangers for OF/DH Carlos Beltran

In Tate, the Yankees get another first-rounder during the sell-off. Tate has a plus-fastball that tops out at 98, as well as an above-average slider. Tate has had a rough go this season with a 5.12 ERA in Low-A, but at 22, they can certainly allow him to figure things out as a starter or convert him to a reliever and move him up the organization faster. For a two-month rental, it is hard to pass up such a talent.

Swanson, a teammate of Tate's at Class-A Hickory, is another right-hander who is starting this season for the first time in his short professional career after working as a reliever.

Green was actually drafted by the Yankees in the 35th round in 2013, but did not sign, then was drafted the following year by Texas in the seventh round. Green has seen action predominantly as a starter in his career.

Two players to be named later from Pirates for RHP Ivan Nova

Nova had limited value to the point that the Yankees might have simply designated him for assignment if they could not find a suitor. Therefore, getting two low-level minor league players for him is better than nothing.

Once the Yankees decided to focus on the future and try to create a sustained core, they did exactly what they needed to do to grab high-end upside prospects. With money coming off the books over the next two seasons, coupled with the upgraded system, the Yankees finally have a chance to create an active roster balanced with young veterans and youthful prospects in the near future.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, Tyler Clippard, Christopher Carelli

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

The Yankees will have J.A. HappLuis Cessa and Masahiro Tanaka start in a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that begins Tuesday after they placed LHP CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday afternoon.

Cessa, who last pitched on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start Wednesday and take Sabathia's spot in the rotation after he went on the DL with right knee inflammation.

The 26-year-old Cessa, who is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in seven minor-league starts and 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight major-league appearances (three starts) this season, received the nod over top prospect Justus Sheffield, who is 5-3 with a 2.16 ERA with the RailRiders and last pitched on Thursday; Chance Adams, who made his MLB debut earlier this month against the Red Sox; and Sonny Gray, who was bumped out of the rotation a couple of weeks ago.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino had his shortest outing of the season in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Mets, allowing four runs, seven hits, one walk and two home runs in four innings.

Severino (15-6) allowed two runs in the first inning, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second and gave up two more runs in the fourth inning, throwing 98 pitches before manager Aaron Boone brought in Chad Green.

The 24-year-old Severino's second-half struggles continued, as his ERA in five starts since the All-Star break is 7.96. And since July 7, his ERA has skyrocketed from 1.98 to 3.27. Despite that, manager Aaron Boone said he doesn't plan to skip his spot in the rotation, especially given the team just placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday.

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Mets rock Severino on Monday 00:00:36
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's rough stretch on the mound and why he still has confidence in the team's ace.

Luis Severino and A.J. Cole combined to surrender five home runs as the Yankees lost to the Mets 8-5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Severino (15-6) allowed a leadoff homer to Amed Rosario and a two-run home run to Jose Bautista, giving up four runs and seven hits in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.

2) Cole, meanwhile, allowed a solo home run to Todd Frazier in the sixth inning and back-to-back home runs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh inning that made it 7-3.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar
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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Mets play a make-up game from July 22 when they meet for the final time in 2018 on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Subway Series notes

The Yankees are 10-8 without Aaron Judge this season. ... In 16 career games against the Yankees, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has a .160 batting average with one home run and six RBIs. ... The Yankees are 3-2 against the Mets this season and 69-48 since the first Subway Series took place in 1997.

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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

With RHP George Kontos promoted to the Yankees from Triple-A, a corresponding move needed to be made. But this isn't the move Yankee fans want to hear.

The Yankees announced that LHP CC Sabathia is hitting the 10-day DL with right knee inflammation. Sabathia started on Sunday, where he allowed just one hit and no runs over six innings. He also struck out seven while walking three over his 97-pitch outing.

Sabathia has dealt with knee pain for awhile now. He wears a brace on that right knee, which has been deemed arthritic. He complained of knee pain to trainer Steve Donahue after Sunday's start and said he thought he could benefit from missing a turn in the rotation, GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday.

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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

On this day 23 years ago, the Yankees lost one of their greatest legends in Mickey Mantle, who passed away at age 63.

"The Mick" was not only the face of the Yankees while he played in the Bronx, but he was also one of the bright stars in the MLB. A 16-time All-Star, Mantle played all 18 of his MLB seasons with the Yankees, where he amassed a .298 career average with 536 homers and 1,509 RBI. 

It was in 1956 when the switch-hitting Mantle had his best statistical year, as he won the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average, 52 homers, and 130 RBI. He was also named the AL MVP and Major League Player of the Year that season. He would follow up this tremendous year with yet another AL MVP title in 1957. 

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius attempting to throw a runner out at first base in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia spent six seasons as Derek Jeter's teammate and the last four as Didi Gregorius'.

For as much of an icon Jeter was in New York, he commended Gregorius' ability to take on the role of being the franchise shortstop.

"If he wouldn't have come in and did what he did the last three or four years," Sabathia said of Gregorius, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty, "we'd still be talking about Jeet and how we need leadership and all that stuff. ... But he's erased it. You've got to give him credit for that."

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Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

CC Sabahia pitched six scoreless innings and Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius each contributed a pair of RBI to lead the Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.  >> Box score


1) Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run in the first inning and Gregorius added a two-run blast in the fifth. Brett Gardner had two hits, including a double and an RBI single. Austin Romine added two hits and scored a run.

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Aug 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates his solo home run against the Texas Rangers with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates his solo home run against the Texas Rangers with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (72-43) continue their four-game series with the Rangers (52-67) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have taken two of the first three games of their four-game serise with the Rangers at Yankee Stadium ... The Yankees are 9.5 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox... The Yankees are 4.5 games ahead of the Athletics for the first wild card spot in the AL.

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Boone on Andujar's production 00:00:58
Lance Lynn, Aaron Boone and Giancarlo Stanton discuss Lynn's solid outing and the stellar play of Miguel Andujar.

Miguel Andujar put the Yankees ahead in the seventh inning with a home run and Aroldis Chapman was shaky, but got the save to close out a 5-3 win over the Rangers. >> Box score


1) Andujar ripped a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, his 17th of the season. The rookie went 2-4.

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Aug 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Lance Lynn (36) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Lance Lynn (36) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Lance Lynn made his second start for the Yankees and his first outing would be a tough act to follow.

Lynn was solid one again for his new team against the Rangers on Saturday, giving up a run on five hits in five innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. He struggled with his command, throwing 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes, leading to a shorter outing.

In the first inning Lynn allowed a leadoff single but struck out the next three batters he faced. The next frame, the righty worked around a double to keep the Rangers off the board.

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Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton mashed another home run, his fourth in five games, to give the Yankees the lead in the first inning against the Rangers.

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres flips his bat after hitting a three run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees (72-43) continue their four-game series with the Rangers (52-66) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 12-7 loss to Texas on Friday at Yankee Stadium. ... Austin Romine tied a career-high with three hits. ... Masahiro Tanaka snapped his 14-start unbeaten streak.

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Yankees struggle without Judge 00:01:47
With the Yankees losing to the Rangers on Friday night, the BNNY panel discusses how much the Yanks are missing their star slugger.

Masahiro Tanaka tossed a dud and the bullpen didn't stop the bleeding as the Yankees dropped the second game of their series with the Rangers, 12-7, in the Bronx. >> Box score


1) The Yankees teed off on whoever the Rangers sent to the mound, crushing five home runs, including two from Neil Walker and one each from Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar.

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka
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Gary Sanchez (24) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Gary Sanchez (24) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

There is no hiding the Yankees are banged up, given two of their sluggers -- Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge -- are both out due to injury. Judge said earlier Friday that he still hasn't been able to pick up a bat, and there is going to be discomfort in his fractured right hand for awhile.

As for Sanchez, though, manager Aaron Boone gave some promising news before the Yankees' matchup with the Rangers. He has been in Tampa rehabbing a right groin strain.

"I think he'll probably be on the ground running there this weekend and he'll fly here Sunday night to join us starting Monday," Boone told the YES Network before the game. "And I would say Monday we'll really ramp up as far as the hitting, starting to do catching things, and then the normal conditioning as well. But he's progressing well, feeling good."

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Judge thinks Yankees still in it 00:02:23
The DNL crew analyzes Aaron Judge's comments that the Yankees can still beat out the Red Sox for the AL East crown.

Yankees OF Aaron Judge may not be able to help right now, but he isn't going to wave the white flag in the AL East race. 

New York currently sits eight games behind Boston for the division lead entering Friday night, and after the Sox gave them a rough four-game sweep this past weekend, many believe the division race is over. 

Judge says he and the rest of the team are not going to give in to that kind of talk. 

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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 Aug. 9, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, July 26, 2018, in New York. The Yankees 2on 7-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge reacts after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, July 26, 2018, in New York. The Yankees 2on 7-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge said he is still dealing with discomfort in his right wrist and has yet to swing a bat two weeks after suffering a chip fracture from being hit by a pitch.

"There's going to be discomfort for a while," Judge said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "It's still fractured. So, [we're] going to wait until it heals up, and I guess I'll move forward with some throwing and stuff like that."

The Yankees initially gave Judge, who left a Yankees-Royals game July 26 after he was hit by a Jakob Junis fastball in the wrist, a three-week timetable to return. He said while he feels his situation "could be better," he feels he is "still right on track" in his recovery, according to Sung Min Kim of River Ave Blues.

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Stanton's red hot second half 00:03:28
Giancarlo Stanton has put together a strong second half and the BNNY crew discusses how he can impact the team down the stretch.

Giancarlo Stanton has put together a strong second half and the BNNY crew discusses how he can impact the team down the stretch.

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees won their fourth straight game after a disasterous weekend in Boston and all was going according to plan against the Rangers on Thursday night through eight innings.

J.A. Happ threw another quality start; Giancarlo Stanton homered again, as did Neil Walker (twice!), Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks. The bullpen behind Happ was strong-- until Aroldis Chapman entered the game.

Chapman walked his first two batters while averaging 96 MPH on his fastball. After a mound visit, he almost exclusively threw his slider and retired the next three batters without letting a run in. Still, it's concerning for what is meant to be a strength of the team.

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Jul 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) watches his two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 28, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) watches his two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees leaned on the long ball to beat the Rangers 7-3, hitting five home runs behind J.A. Happ. >> Box score


1) The Yankees teed off on whoever the Rangers sent to the mound, crushing five home runs, including two from Neil Walker and one each from Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar.

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Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton smashed a home run in the fifth inning, his 28th of the season, and it was measured as the hardest hit ball in the MLB since 2015. The homer was 121.7 MPH.

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Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) during game against Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) during game against Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees LHP J.A. Happ returned from the DL to face the Rangers and threw another quality start in pinstripes, his second in as many tries.

Happ gave up three runs on four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts at Yankee Stadium.

Happ breezed through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners (twice hitting Shin-Soo Choo by pitch). In the fourth, Happ gave up his first run on his first hit allowed: solo home run to Jurickson Profar.

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino laughs with Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar, right, as they walk back to the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino laughs with Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar, right, as they walk back to the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)

MLB is returning Players' Weekend on Aug. 24 through Aug. 26, where the players will get to wear nicknames on the backs of their special non-traditional jerseys.

These are the best Yankees' nicknames:

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Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees kick off a four-game series with the Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees begin a season-long 11-game homestand starting tonight against the Rangers. ... Luis Severino snapped a three-start losing streak on Wednesday to earn his career-high 15th win, tied for the Major League league lead. ... The Yankees are 38-16 (.704) at Yankee Stadium in 2018, the second-best home record in the Majors.

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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Yankees' three-headed monster has only shown one face lately. But luckily, Giancarlo Stanton isn't disappointing. 

Stanton provided the big blow in Wednesday night's 7-3 win to complete a sweep over the White Sox, crushing a grand slam in the top of the second. It was his sixth career slam, but more importantly, it was another big hit in the absence of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

"It's good to produce any way, any time," he told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "But this is obviously more important than most times here. Just got to step it up."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton
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Aug 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chance Adams pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aug 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chance Adams pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

After making his major league debut this past weekend, the Yankees sent RHP Chance Adams back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Wednesday night's win over the White Sox. 

Adams, who is the Yankees' No. 13 ranked prospect according to MLB.com, made a spot start in place of J.A. Happ. The righty lasted five innings, allowing three runs on three hits including two homers while striking out two and walking one. 

In Triple-A this season, Adams owns a 4.50 ERA over 21 starts (98 innings). 

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Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino recovered after allowing two first inning runs and went on to pitch seven innings in the Yankees' win over the White Sox on Wednesday night.

Severino allowed three hits in the first inning, leading to both runs, before retiring the final two batters he faced in the inning.

Jose Abreu drove in the game's first run in the bottom of the first when he hit an RBI double against Severino. Daniel Palka knocked in another run later in the inning when he hit an RBI single to center field. 

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Yankees sweep the White Sox 00:03:56
The Baseball Night in New York panel breaks down the Yankees' 7-3 win and series sweep of the Chicago White Sox on the road.

Luis Severino kept the White Sox at bay, Giancarlo Stanton blasted a grand slam, and the Yankees completed a sweep with a 7-3 victory on Wednesday night >> Box score


1) It didn't look pretty for Severino in the early going, as he allowed two early runs, but he bounced back to allow just one more run over the course of the next six innings. He finished the day with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work. 

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Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Aug 8, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a grand slam home run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Yankees DH Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam during the Yankees' six-run second inning on Wednesday night to give his team a 6-2 lead over the White Sox.

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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his RBI single during the thirteenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his RBI single during the thirteenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees will go for the sweep in their series finale against the White Sox on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won 1 of the five games they have played on their seven-game road trip... The Yankees have a 51-9 record when they score first ... The Yankees are playing their second game outside of the Eastern time zone since May 23 against the Rangers ... The Yankees have a 17-5 record against AL Central teams this season, which is second-highest of any AL team against a division.

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Yankees win in extras 00:02:51
The BNNY crew breaks down the New York Yankees' 4-3 road win over the Chicago White Sox in 13 innings.

CC Sabathia struck out 12 batters, Sonny Gray pitched three frames of scoreless relief, and Miguel Andujar delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 13th inning to lead the Yankees to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score


1) Sabathia became the first player 38 years or older to record 12 or more strikeouts in a game since Randy Johnson struck out 13 batters on August 22, 2008. However, his pitch count climbed and he finished with 103 pitches after 5 2/3. The only run he allowed came in the third inning when Jose Abreu drove in Omar Narvaez with a sacrifice fly. 

 

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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia struck out 12 batters against the White Sox on Wednesday night, marking the first time that a 38-year-old pitcher has struck out at least that many batters since Randy Johnson achieved the feat in 2008.

Sabathia only allowed one run, but his pitch count caught up to him as he was unable to complete six innings. He threw 103 pitches on the night.

Jose Abreu drove in Omar Narvaez with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and Sabathia never allowed another run from that point forward. 

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Aug 6, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Aug 6, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Yankees will continue their series with the White Sox on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won 1 of the five games they have played on their seven-game road trip... The Yankees have a 51-9 record when they score first ... The Yankees are playing their second game outside of the Eastern time zone since May 23 against the Rangers ... The Yankees have a 17-5 record against AL Central teams this season, which is second-highest of any AL team against a division.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees OF Jacob Ellsbury is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the team announced Tuesday. 

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, has an expected recovery time of six months.

Ellsbury hasn't suited up for the Yankees all season as he has been dealing with numerous injuries. He first hit the DL at the start of the season with a right oblique strain that would eventually turn into his hip issue, plantar fasciitis, and a problem with the sacroilias joint in his back. 

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Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 11, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view during the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Earlier this season, as the Yankees faced mounting criticism for being one of only two MLB teams not to host an LGBTQ Pride Night, something did not add up to me. I knew that Brian Cashman and some of his top lieutenants were relatively progressive on social issues, and had taken meaningful action in the past. It seemed out of character for them to hold out on an LGBTQ issue.

For example, Cashman is the only GM in baseball who has invited gay ex-player Billy Bean to speak to his major league club and entire minor league camp every spring training since MLB hired Bean in 2014. His interest in Bean's work toward making baseball more inclusive is clearly genuine. The Yankees also held a brief on-field ceremony in 2016 to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting...

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Apr 2, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of a Major League Baseball on Opening Day prior to the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Apr 2, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of a Major League Baseball on Opening Day prior to the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Former Yankees pitcher Esteban Loaiza is expected to pleade guilty to a felony cocaine distribution case, according to WLS-TV. 

Back in February, Loaiza was arrested after police found 44 pounds of cocaine in a van parked at his rented townhouse. Loaiza initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, but his "change of plea" hearing is set for this Friday. 

The 46-year-old was said to be using the townhouse as a destination to store the cocaine. The Imperial Beach home was also less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school. 

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( Adam Hunger)

It has been 20 years since the Yankees were crowned World Series champions during the 1998 season, which was one of the greatest in franchise history. In turn, the Bronx Bombers want to commemorate the feat.

During the weekend of August 17-19, the Yankees celebrate the victory first with a 1998 World Championship replica trophy that will be given out to the first 10,000 fans present at Yankee Stadium for the series opener against the Blue Jays. 

But it is Saturday that is the big day, as an on-field reunion will occur before the game. Former players that are expected to be present include Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, David Cone, Darryl Strawberry, and former manager Joe Torre. 

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives A rookie skipper automatically gets some rope to navigate his way up the managerial learning curve, but what happens when the rope begins to fray?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been provided more leash than others due to a 50-22 start. But, since the exceptional opening to the season, Boone's Yankees are 19-20 and lost five straight games before Monday night's win in Chicago.

Boone has called the span of lackluster play a "blip," and repeatedly says there is not an energy problem. After the sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, Boone said the Yankees were "too good" to let it define them.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Neil Walker, Chris Carelli
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Clint Frazier (77) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Clint Frazier (77) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

On his ESPN radio show Monday, Michael Kay called in to give his take on the Red Sox sweep. He began talking about how players like Luke Voit and Shane Robinson shouldn't be in the lineup during these games, and then pointed blame at Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier for not being healthy.

"Shame on the Yankees for not having depth, but again, shame on guys like Jacoby Ellsbury for not getting healhty. Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy," Kay said. "You can't make them get healthy, but if those guys are available, it's completely different."

Frazier then responded...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Lance Lynn delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Lance Lynn delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)

Lance Lynn dominated the White Sox in his first start with the Yankees, striking out nine batters in 7 1/3 innings in Monday's 7-0 win at Guaranteed Rate Field.

"He was terrific," manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game.

Lynn (8-8), whom the Yankees acquired from the Minnesota Twins last Monday, hasn't allowed a run in his last 12 1/3 innings, which includes his 4 1/3-inning effort in relief of Sonny Gray in his New York debut last Wednesday.

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Lynn's first start for the Yanks 00:03:26
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Lance Lynn's first start as a Yankee, dealing 7 1/3 scoreless innings and securing the win.

Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker both homered while Lance Lynn took a shutout into the eighth inning as the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-0 win against the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score


1) Torres and Walker both had two htis and two RBIs. Torres hit a solo homer off Thyago Vieira in the eighth inning that gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead, and Walker added a two-run homer later in the inning. 

2) Making his first start with the Yankees after pitching 4 1/3 innings of relief last Wednesday, Lynn (8-8) allowed two hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring 19 batters in a row between Daniel Palka's first-inning infield single and Nicky Delmonico's single to right field in the eighth.

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said LHP J.A. Happ is "out of the woods" with hand, foot and mouth disease and will make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Texas Rangers, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Happ, who has been on the disabled list since last week, has played catch and worked out over the past couple of days. He last pitched July 29, giving up one run in six innings.

The 35-year-old Happ, whom the Yankees acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays before the trade deadline, is 11-6 with a 4.05 ERA overall this season.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws the ball to first base for an out during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws the ball to first base for an out during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Losers of five in a row and now 9 1/2 games back in the AL East, the Yankees begin a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have lost five games in a row to fall 9 1/2 games back of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Despite that, they have the third-best record in the American League and hold a 2 1/2-game lead over the Oakland A's for the first wild-card spot. ... The Yankees have lost five games in a row for the first time since losing seven straight from June 13-20, 2017.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees made a statement as they were swept by the Red Sox, but it was not the one its fans were hoping for. The sweep spells doom for New York's chances to win the AL East, but can they stop the bleeding and find themselves in time to maintain hold of their wild card spot?

Why the Yankees won't make the playoffs

Inconsistent rotation

There just isn't enough consistency within the rotation. Luis Severino is a mess right now, CC Sabathia is a five or six-inning pitcher with varying results, and newly acquired J.A. Happ is on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Lance Lynn is brand new to the rotation and Masahiro Tanaka -- despite a strong recent run -- has had his own issues this season. The Yankees have shipped Sonny Gray to the bullpen and the reserves in the minor leagues are either underwhelming or untested.

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Aug 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up the tying run during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)
Aug 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts after giving up the tying run during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)

Yankees fans: We want to hear from you.

What kind of thoughts are going through your head after this weekend's Boston Massacre? The Yanks are now 9.5 games back in the AL East and reeling. Are their overall playoff chances in jeopardy or is this just a blip?

Call us at 831-769-6387 and leave us your thoughts -- 20 seconds or less -- and you could be featured here and on SNY's social channels.

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 (Paul Rutherford)
(Paul Rutherford)

After such a tumultuous weekend up in Boston, would it be safe to say the Red Sox have taken the AL East title following their four-game sweep of the Yankees?

Manager Aaron Boone won't let up. 

"We will not. We're too good," Boone told ESPN's Coley Harvey when asked if the sweep defines the Yankees' season. "This is a test we're going through right now, there's no question."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar
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Yankees missing Judge, Sanchez 00:04:59
The BNNY panel discusses the New York Yankees' offensive ineptitude with sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez missing from the lineup.

Aroldis Chapman blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning and Jonathan Holder allowed a walk-off single to Andrew Benintendi in the 10th inning as the Yankees' losing streak reached five games with a 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Box score


1) Holder (1-3) allowed a two-out single to Sandy Leon in the 10th inning and then threw a wild pitch to move him to second. After intentionally walking Mookie Betts, Benintendi singled up the middle to drive in pinch runner Tony Renda for their 28th win in their last 35 games.

2) Chapman allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit, three walks and one error in the bottom of the ninth to snap a stretch of 22 straight saves converted. After walking the bases loaded, he allowed a two-run single to J.D. Martinez that turned a 4-1 lead into a one-run advantage. Chapman then got Xander Bogaerts to ground to third, but Miguel Andujar's throw fell short of Greg Bird's stretched glove and allowed Betts to score the tying run.

3) The Yankees, who scored all four of their runs in the seventh inning, have lost five games in a row for the first time since they lost seven straight from June 13-20 last season. They fell to 9 1/2 games back of first place.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka had his streak of 21 2/3 straight innings without giving up a run end when he allowed a solo home run to Mookie Betts in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Tanaka, who last allowed a run on July 15, took a shutout into the fifth inning Sunday when Betts lined a 2-0 cutter over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

Since giving up a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth inning on July 15, Tanaka hadn't given up a run in nearly 22 straight innings. He threw a three-hit shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24 and threw six scoreless innings in his previous outing on July 31.

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