Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)
Fans watch as New York Yankees players workout in the bullpen during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill)

Yes, the New York Yankees have compiled one of the best backend of the bullpen combinations in all of baseball. But, in doing so, have the Yankees neglected to pay enough attention to how the club will reach the dominant combination of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman?

We touched on the fact that the starting rotation held some of the responsibility some weeks back, mentioning the importance of each member's ability to pitch deeper into games if they wanted to be considered an ace. Even if this improves across the line, the backend of the bullpen cannot pitch daily.

This makes the relievers charged with providing middle relief innings, as well as aiding the backend of the bullpen when rest is needed, quite important. To that end, the Yankees have decided to take a pretty big chance on relatively inexperienced relievers.

It begins with Ivan Nova, an experienced pitcher, but one with just 17 2/3 innings in relief. Should the rotation consist of Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka as expected, Nova will be relegated to long relief. That would allow for three more bullpen spots to be managed by Joe Girardi; though there is a chance the club could rotate another arm in there on occasion by optioning a bench player.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to New York shuttle of last season could surely be used once again in 2016. If we look at the current 40-man roster there are eight relievers who could become a part of that shuttle - Johnny Barbato (right-handed), Nick Goody (RH), Jacob Lindgren (left-hander), James Pazos (LH), Branden Pinder (RH), Nick Rumbelow (RH), Chasen Shreve (LH) and Kirby Yates (RH). There has been some discussion of Bryan Mitchell (RH), a starter by trade, grabbing a bullpen role but that would seem to be only if Nova is needed for the rotation.

The Yanks have two non-roster invitees in veteran righty relievers at spring camp - Vinnie Pestano and Anthony Swarzak - that are being considered for roles as well.

Of the 11 pitchers, Shreve would seem to have the upper hand on getting a spot based on his 2015 season in which he tossed 58 1/3 innings with a 3.09 ERA and 9.9 K/9. Shreve was part of the deal that brought David Carpenter to the Yankees for Manny Banuelos. Carpenter was designated for assignment and Shreve took off. Shreve hit a wall in September after what many believe was a case of overwork. At 25, Shreve could be a big factor in the Yankees pen.

That would leave two spots. Shreve would give the Yankees three lefties, but it would not be shocking if the club still decided to add either Lindgren or Pazos. Lindgren is a hyped-prospect who had a rough go in a short stint with the Yanks in 2015 and then missed significant time due to surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow.

Pazos had a better experience in 2015, tossing five innings in 11 appearances with a 0.00 ERA with the Yankees after working through two levels of the farm system where he tossed a combined 42 2/3 innings with a 1.27 ERA and 10.3 K/9. Neither Lindgren nor Pazos are considered lefty specialists, so adding them to the mix over a right-hander despite the lefty-heaviness shouldn't be a concern for Girardi.

Barbato might be the name least known of the list, but his Triple-A numbers from 2015 - 14 games, 25 innings, 0.36 ERA and a 9.4 K/9. Barbato owns a 3.55 ERA in 317 minor league innings and a 9.3 K/9. Barbato, 23, has had a nifty spring thus far which could put him closer to the forefront when discussing which right-handed relievers might break camp with the Bombers. Important to Barbato's chances to making the club is that he can pitch multiple innings if needed.

Goody, 24, was fantastic climbing three levels through the 2015 season eventually making five appearances with the Yankees. His minor league numbers were stellar - 62 1/3 IP, 1.59 ERA, 12.1 K/9 across Double-A and Triple-A.

Pinder, 27, spent the most time of the returning youngster with the Yankees - 27.2 IP, 2.93 ERA, 8.1 K/9.

Rumbelow, 24, threw 52 1/3 innings at Scranton in 2015 compiling a 4.27 ERA with a 9.7 K/9. Rumbelow made 17 appearances with the Yankees with similar results - 15 2/3 IP, 4.02 ERA, 8.6 K/9.

In considering the veteran relievers at camp, Yates might have a better chance of cracking the roster simply because he is on the 40-man roster, while Pestano and Swarzak would likely have to be fairly dominant combined with poor spring showings from many of the youngsters. Pestano has had the most major league success of the three players, but it goes back to a two-season stretch from 2010-11 with the Cleveland Indians in which he tossed 132 innings with a 2.45 ERA and a 10.9 K/9. Pestano is now looked at as a reclamation project.

One thing that might aid the veterans is Chapman's suspension. For the first 30 games of the season, the Yankees will be down one reliever. So, there is a chance that Girardi wants to have a veteran presence with Chapman out. Not that any of them would receive high-impact innings, but rather provide some balance to the number of youngsters in the bullpen.

Another consideration related to Chapman's suspension is that it is going to force the Yankees to lean on Betances and Miller to close out the final two innings of games until May 9. The one thing the Yankees cannot do is overwork Betances and Miller early on, meaning someone will need to step up to cover the role of the seventh inning.

That same reliever will likely be relied upon throughout the season in an effort to keep Betances, Miller and Chapman from tiring. Girardi will be wise to use some sort of alternation of his top three relievers in an effort to keep them fresh. However enticing it might be to run them out there each night the Yankees have a slim lead in the seventh (or even sixth) inning that might prove to be the undoing of the club come September.

If I was to guess who will be in the group that breaks camp with bullpen roles along with Nova, Betances and Miller I can come up with just one favorite and that's Shreve.

I would not imagine the Yankees would carry both Lindgren and Pazos on the club at the same time without one of the main lefties being hurt. As for the remaining right-handers, Goody has the shinier minor league resume, while Pinder and Rumbelow are a bit more seasoned with more time at Triple-A, not to mention the longer stay with the big club in 2015. My wild card would be Barbato, but he'll have to continue to dominate.

I suspect the final two spots will be rotated often especially early on to accomplish two things; keep the arms fresh and to see to who might stick with the club for the longer term. Again, it would not be surprising if the Yankees sent down a bench player when needed to bump the relief crew to eight strong.

Summing up, the Yankees have a slew of young, slightly experienced arms ready to take charge of the middle innings. At least two of them will have to step up and become consistent options for Girardi to employ in stressful middle-inning situations throughout the season. This is especially true when Chapman is unavailable. After that, the revolving door of fresh arms could once again be a key to the team's postseason aspirations.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Branden Pinder, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jacob Lindgren, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Goody, Nick Rumbelow

New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres became the youngest player in franchise history to record a multi-home run game since Mickey Mantle in Monday's 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, hit two home runs off Bartolo Colon as New York won its third straight game. He became the second-youngest Yankee to hit two homers in a game, as Mantle achieved the feat at 20 years, 296 days.

Since being promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Torres has a .321/.389/.571 batting line with six home runs and 18 RBIs, and the Yankees are 20-4 in games he's appeared in. He is hitting .340 since May 2.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hit two home runs while Aaron Judge hit his 12th homer of the season as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 on Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, became the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle (20 years, 296 days) to have a multi-homer game. His second-inning homer off Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and he added another one in the sixth inning to make it 6-4.

Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and Aaron Hicks also homered as the Yankees became the first team since the 1961 Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic's Katie Sharp, to hit at least four home runs in three straight road games on the same road trip. New York also became the fourth team in modern MLB history to total at least eight extra-base hits in three straight games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Monday at 8:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are in a first-place tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the AL East and have the best winning percentage in baseball, .007 points higher than Boston's. ... New York has won four of its last five games and 21 of its last 25. On Saturday and Sunday, the Yankees outscored the Kansas City Royals 18-4. ... Since April 21, the Yankees have scored six or more runs 13 times.

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

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

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

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Apr 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) on his way to the dugout between innings against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) on his way to the dugout between innings against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the second straight game, Didi Gregorius found himself on the bench instead of his more familiar spot at shortstop. The Yankees were facing another lefty in Eric Skoglund, and with his slump still in full form, manager Aaron Boone found it best to sit him. 

Gregorius didn't complain. Instead, he understood exactly why his manager made the move. 

"I am not the one who makes the lineup, I can't be disappointed," Gregorius told The Post's George A. King III. "I do want to play, but there is not much we can do about it. We talked about it [Saturday]."

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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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Former Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez knows what lies ahead for ex-teammate Robinson Cano

Cano was suspended 80 games for testing positive for the diuretic Furosemid, which is used as a masking agent. He is currently serving that suspension as he nurses his fractured hand he sustained during an at-bat. 

Rodriguez, who was spending for the entire 2014 season for his own PED use, thinks the road will be tough for Cano. But he believes he will land on his feet...

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:03:15
Larry Ridley and Anthony McCarron break down the Yankees' dominant 10-1 win over the Royals and give an update on Greg Bird's injury status.

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

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

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

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 (Denny Medley)
(Denny Medley)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

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

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

Even so, he feels he can do better.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

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

Yankees notes

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

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

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

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(John Munson-Pool Photo)

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

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

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(Gerry Angus)

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

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

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

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(Gregory Fisher)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

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

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

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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

Yankees notes

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

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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

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

There came the controversial moment...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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