Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees OF Aaron Hicks will receive an MRI on Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with a tight left hamstring.

Hicks said he has been maintaining his tight hamstring for about three days, but the team opted to take him out when they saw him stretching it. Hicks went 0-for-2 in the game before he was replaced by Brett Gardner in the fourth inning.

The Yankees will examine Hicks on Tuesday, per Marc Carig of The Athletic. "Hopefully it's not something that keeps him down too long," manager Aaron Boone said.

The 28-year-old outfielder is confident that the tightness will not keep him out for long.

"I'm not too concerned," Hicks said. "In a day or two, I should be good and ready to go."

The Yankees have been hit by injuries as of late, with Didi Gregorius most recently being sidelined by a wrist injury stemming from his game-winning slide at home in the Yankees' playoff-clinching victory on Saturday.

Hicks is hitting .247 with 26 home runs and 76 RBI for the Yankees this season.

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May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy (21) during the ninth 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 Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy (21) during the ninth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees only gave up one run on Monday night, and they can partly thank Brett Gardner for that. 

The veteran outfielder, who replaced the injured Aaron Hicks in the fourth inning, made a catch over his shoulder while he was running back towards the wall.

The catch saved at least one run, if not more, with runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth. 

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Sep 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single to center during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)
Sep 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single to center during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Griffith)

Four different Yankees batters collected an RBI and eight pitchers combined to throw nine innings of one-run ball to lead New York to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Andrew McCutchen went deep in the third inning for his 20th home run of the season, putting the Yankees in front, 1-0. Brett Gardner, who replaced the injured Aaron Hicks, drove in Aaron Judge for the Yankees' second run to begin a two-run fifth inning, which was capped off by Giancarlo Stanton's RBI double. In the seventh, Aaron Judge knocked in McCutchen with a line drive double to center field.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the team has not yet committed to a starter for the upcoming wild card game.

Boone said the discussion surrounding who will start in the one-game playoff is "something we kick around and talk about every day, but really I would say we're not close," reports Newsday.

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New York Yankees New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius scores the winning run on a walk-off double by center fielder Aaron Hicks against the Baltimore Orioles during the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius scores the winning run on a walk-off double by center fielder Aaron Hicks against the Baltimore Orioles during the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said on Monday that he believes he will return this season after suffering ligament damage during the final play of the team's playoff-clinching victory on Saturday.

Gregorius said on Sunday that he "would not want to sit out and watch that [Wild Card Game]," per MLB.com.

Manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius is "significantly better," but warned that it is important to remain cautious until he is re-evaluated.

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The Yankees (95-60) will open a four-game series with the Rays (87-68) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees continue their fi nal home series of the regular season today vs. Baltimore. ... CC Sabathia (6.0IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K) earned the win, snapping a 10-start winless streak vs. the Orioles. ... Yankees batters have scored at least 10 runs in three of their 7 games this homestand.

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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

If they can get him on a "reasonable deal," the Yankees want pending free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen back next season, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, who adds that the Yankees value what McCutchen offers on the field and in the clubhouse.

McCutchen, 31, is earning $14.75 million this season, in what is the final year of a six-year, $51.5 million deal he signed prior to the 2013 season. 

Since being acquired by the Yankees from the Giants, McCutchen has hit .212/.404/.439 with four homers and one double in 20 games.

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Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Pending free agent Zach Britton would "love to be back" with the Yankees in 2019, who will be one of his top choices after the season, according to Brendan Kuty of NJAM.

However, Kuty cites a source who says Britton -- who is expected to seek closer money -- may not fit in the Yankees' plans.

"I'm sure we'll kind of see where they are and where we are, but I would definitely love to be back," Britton told Kuty. "I don't know where they are in terms of arbitration raises and all that, but this would definitely be one of my top choices."

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Yankees lose game, Didi 00:01:25
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about today's loss to the Orioles and a potentially serious injury to Didi Gregorius

The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Orioles chipped away and took the lead for good in the sixth inning en route to a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) JA Happ limited the damage, even if he labored through five innings. He allowed one run on five hits and fanned seven batters. His only run allowed came in the second inning with Tim Beckham hit a solo home run. 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that C Gary Sanchez will start behind the plate in the team's upcoming Wild Card playoff game.

Boone is hoping that Sanchez, who has struck out nine times in his last 20 at-bats, is able to get in a groove before the end of the regular season.

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The Yankees (95-59) will go for the sweep in their final home game of the regular season against the Orioles (44-110) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees continue their fi nal home series of the regular season today vs. Baltimore. ... CC Sabathia (6.0IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K) earned the win, snapping a 10-start winless streak vs. the Orioles. ... Yankees batters have scored at least 10 runs in three of their 7 games this homestand.

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Sep 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees OF Aaron Hicks was responsible for the first and last runs of his team's playoff-clinching win over the Orioles on Saturday and managed to push through to the end despite banging up his ankle before his game-winning hit.

Hicks hit an RBI double in the 11th inning to drive in SS Didi Gregorius, prompting a walk-off celebration, but not before he fouled a ball off his ankle and hit the ground in pain. Hicks still managed to get up and deliver the game-winning hit, and X-rays after the game were negative.

"It's awesome," Hicks said, per Newsday. "I was jumping up with them" despite the balky leg."

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Yankees make the playoffs 00:00:57
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge comment on the Yankees clinching a playoff berth with a win over the Orioles in extra innings.

Yankees stars Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton reacted after the team clinched a playoff spot on Saturday.

Stanton is heading to the postseason for the first time in his career, while Judge is returning to the postseason for the second time in as many seasons. He hit a home run in the Wild Card game last season and hit three more in the ALCS.

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Sep 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Sep 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Aaron Hicks delivered a walk-off RBI double in the 11th inning and the Yankees beat the Orioles, 3-2, to clinch a spot in the playoffs. >> Box score


1) In the second inning, Hicks blasted his 26th home run of the season and Luke Voit followed it up with a solo home run of his own to put the Yankees in front, 2-0. The Yankees' offense then went dark for most of the remainder of the game. After the fourth inning, New York did not record another hit until Gregorius' leadoff single in the 11th inning. Hicks' took advantage of rare baserunners and came through with the game-winning hit. 

2) The Orioles trimmed that lead in half during the third inning when Breyvic Calera scored on a throwing error by Gary Sanchez. In the fifth, Baltimore's DJ Stewart hit an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2. Yankees starter Lance Lynn ultimately allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits in five innings. He struck out four batters and walked two.

3) The Yankees used six relievers to string together six scoreless innings. Chad Green, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Zach Britton, Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle each turned in scoreless frames during extra innings

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (94-59) continue their series with the Orioles (44-109) on Satuday at 4:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees continue their fi nal home series of the regular season today vs. Baltimore. ... CC Sabathia (6.0IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K) earned the win, snapping a 10-start winless streak vs. the Orioles. ... Yankees batters have scored at least 10 runs in three of their 7 games this homestand.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite Gary Sanchez's obvious defensive struggles this season, Aaron Boone has confirmed he will be behind the dish for the Yankees' Wild Card game.

Sanchez leads the league in passed balls with 14 in just 67 starts. He hasn't been much better at the plate, as he's hitting .184/.287/.398 with 16 HR and 47 RBI in 299 at-bats.

"We're doubling down and tripling down on Gary Sanchez because we know the ceiling that is there and the capabilities this player has on both sides of the ball," general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. "We have a short time frame to get a number of players finding their groove. He's one of them."

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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia took the mound in the Bronx on Friday night, nd with New York's schedule having them finish on the road, it could be his last start at home for his Yankees career. Before the season began, he said retirement was in the cards as he didn't know how it would work out as he wanted to vie for another championship. 

Well, World Series title or not, Sabathia is going to call it quits in 2019. 

"I'm [going] to play next year," Sabathia told YES Network after the Yankees' 10-8 win over the Orioles. 

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The Orioles didn't make it easy, but the Yankees managed to hang on to defeat their division rival 10-8 at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees jumped out to a quick start in the bottom of the first thanks to Didi Gregorius' 27th homer of the year -- a two-run moonshot to right field. Then, in the fourth, they would pile on four more runs, with Aaron Hicks' two-run homer the biggest blast. 

2) As stated before, the Orioles began to rack up runs as well, but the Yankees always answered. When the score got to 6-4 in the seventh, Andrew McCutchen and Luke Voit added RBI hits to push the lead to 9-4. The O's would eventually make it a one-run game after a four-run eighth inning, but Aaron Judge's RBI double gave them the insurance they needed to close it.

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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (93-59) begin a new series with the Orioles (44-108) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

With a loss to the Red Sox last night, the Yankees were officially eliminated from winning the AL East title that went to Boston. ...The Yankees are 3-5 in their last eight games and 9-11 in their last 20 games. ...With Luke Voit's homer last night, the Yankees are the first team in MLB history to have 12 players each hit double-digit homers for the season.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees have finalized details of several elements of their commemoration of the Stonewall riots, sources told SNY. Prior to Friday night's game against Baltimore, city council speaker Corey Johnson, NYC DOE chancellor Richard Carranza and two founders of the Stonewall Inn will be on hand to announce plans.

The Yankees will partner with the department of education on several initiatives, and hold an event at a game next June.

SNY reported last month that the Yankees planned to hold events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a seminal event in the history of LGBTQ rights...

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Yankees comeback falls short 00:01:11
The Yankees mounted a comeback but came up short as the Red Sox clinched the AL East with an 11-6 win on Thursday night

The Yankees were unable to complete a sweep of the Red Sox as Masahiro Tanaka and the bullpen struggled in their 11-6 loss. >> Box score


1) Tanaka allowed five runs in four innings and it was the first time since Aug. 10 that he was unable to throw six or more innings. He gave up eight hits and had just three strikeouts.

2) The bullpen didn't do much better. Chad Green gave up two runs, Delin Betances allowed an unearned run and Aroldis Chapman gave up three more, a three-run home run to Mookie Betts.

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Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The 2018 Yankees are going in the record books.

When Luke Voit hit his 10th home run of the season in pinstripes on Thursday against the Red Sox, he became the 12th player on the team to surpass double digit home runs. A new MLB record.


Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees (93-58) finish their series with the Red Sox (103-49) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 3-2 on their nine-game homestand, the final homestand of the regular season. ... A combination of 2 Boston wins or Yankees losses would eliminate the Yankees from the AL East race. ... Yankees batters have hit 245 HR this season, tying the franchise's single-season home run record set in 2012 ... is tied for the eighth- highest HR total in Major League history, the most since Baltimore hit 253HR in 2016... are on pace to hit 263HR (the MLB record is 264HR by Seattle in 1997).

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For nearly half a season, the Yankees played with an underlying sense of excitement and expectation, because the team knew that it could be in the midst of a special year.

That feeling has since fizzled, even inside the executive offices of Yankee Stadium, where injury and losses have contributed to a more resigned -- if still hopeful -- vibe. But over the past several days, a series of developments signaled yet another shift.

It is rare in baseball for one series to carry any broader meaning, but this has been an exceptional week. The Yankees might be clicking again, in significant ways and at the perfect time...

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: When the postseason arrives, the Yankees will have a choice to make among their five outfielders. For most clubs this type of decision would be somewhat easy as the fourth and fifth outfielders are typically clear bench types. That's not that case for the Yankees, who sport one current All-Star, three former All-Stars and another player in the midst of a breakout season.

One thing is certain -- if healthy, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge will man center field and right field, respectively. Hicks is the aforementioned breakout player, who owns an .814 OPS (124 wRC+ in 551 plate appearances) with 24 home runs, 72 RBI, 83 runs and 11 stolen bases, plus an above-average defensive presence. As for Judge (.933 OPS, 153 wRC+, 26 HR and 61 RBI in 455 PA), you might know about him and the mammoth home runs, great eye at the plate, and above-average defense.

Let's review the qualifications of the three options remaining to man left field (in alphabetical order)...

Tags: Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Carelli
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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield has waited his entire baseball life to finally live what happened on Wednesday night in the Bronx. And he left his Major League debut how any rookie would want: smiling.

Sheffield was called out of the bullpen in the top of the ninth to close out a 10-1 rout of the Red Sox. Being the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, he wanted to make a good first impression in his first game donning the pinstripes, and that included his run in between innings to warm up on the mound. 

"My legs felt like jello," he told YES Network after the game. "The first thing I was thinking was, you know, don't trip running to the mound. Just don't trip. Once I got out there, I felt like when I got on the mound everything was just going to settle down a little bit. But the nerves and adrenaline was pumping. I'm glad I got to go out there and get my first one in."

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Justus Sheffield, Scott Thompson
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Yanks blow out Sox 00:00:44
Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's stellar performance and the emergence of Luke Voit as a big bat in the Yankees lineup

The Yankees got to Red Sox LHP David Price once again on their way to a 10-1 beatdown in the Bronx on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) Price kept the Yankees' bats at bay last time he faced their lineup, but his normal struggles against the pinstripes came back again. It was Miguel Andujar who tacked on the first run with a solo shot to right in the second. Then, after an error brought home two runs to make it 3-0, Luke Voit hit the first of two homers to right field in the fourth. A two-run shot came later in the sixth that knocked Price out of the game. 

2) Speaking of Voit, he had his first career four-game tonight. Also with multiple-hit games were Aaron Hicks and Andujar. Hicks tied Voit with a team-high three RBI night. 

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Sep 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) reacts during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) reacts during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Yankees officials have begun discussing in earnest who will start the wild card game next month, and Aaron Boone made an interesting admission on Wednesday: That a potential division series meeting with the Red Sox could factor into which starter the team chooses.

This is a logical way to think, but teams are usually too superstitious to plan for a matchup that might never happen. Single-elimination wild card games are like Word Series game sevens -- the only thing that matters is survival, no matter how you achieve it.

Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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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 (92-58) continue their series with the Red Sox (103-478) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are currently 2-2 on their nine-game homestand. ...After their win last night, the Yankees lead the A's by 2.5 games for the first AL Wild Card spot. ...Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 in his return to the plate on Tuesday night. Aroldis Chapman was activated from the 10-day DL today. 

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Aug 21, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts while at bat in a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 21, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts while at bat in a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

With the American League Wild Card game two weeks away, Yankees DH/OF Giancarlo Stanton is in the midst of a horrendous slump. 

Stanton, who went 0-4 during Tuesday night's win against the Red Sox, has hit just two homers since Aug. 19. His overall line since then is .162/.282/.273 with two homers, five doubles, 10 RBI, 17 walks, and 40 strikeouts in 26 games -- and he is on pace to strike out 216 times this season.

As a result of his slump, Stanton's line for the season is down to .263/.339/.497, though he remains on pace to hit 37 homers.

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Sep 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of Fenway Park before the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports  (Paul Rutherford)
Sep 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of Fenway Park before the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)

The Red Sox are still one win away from clinching the AL East title, but the banner celebrating that near-certain accomplishment showed up early.

Boston's banner -- on the way from the vendor that produced it -- wound up in the middle of a Massachusetts highway on Monday and in the hands of three local residents, according to The Boston Globe.

One of the residents, 44-year-old Louie Iacuzzi, told The Globe that they found the banner wrapped up on McGrath Highway in Somerville and pulled over to pick it up. Now, they want compensation for returning it.

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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)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been activated from the disabled list, the team announced Wednesday.  

Chapman, who had been out since Aug. 21 due to knee tendinitis, pitched in a simulated game Monday after throwing a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

The 30-year-old has a 2.11 ERA (1.90 FIP) and 1.04 WHIP with 84 strikeouts in 47 innings (50 appearances) this season.

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Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup on Tuesday night.

Judge hit second in the order and started in right field. 

"I felt like I never left," Judge said, per MLB.com. who said he still feels some pain in his wrist but that it won't affect his play. "Everything felt good. I felt like my at-bats were good. Seeing the ball well. That's all you can really ask for after missing that many weeks. So I'm excited with the start, we got the win and just got to keep that rolling." 

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Judge returns in Yankees win 00:00:52
Aaron Judge and Aaron Boone talk about Judge's much-anticipated return to the Yankees lineup in their 3-2 win over the Red Sox

The Yankees' offense came alive in the seventh inning on Tuesday night when Neil Walker hit a go-ahead three-run home run to lead his team to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium >> Box score


1) The tone was set by Andrew McCutchen after hitting a leadoff homer to begin the game. And Didi Gregorius would add a sarifice fly to give the Yankees a nice 2-0 lead to start the game. But the bats went silent from there on. There were a few opportunities, but New York went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. 

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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Yankees (91-58) will open a series with the Red Sox (103-47) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have lost 6 of their last 10 games and are 11.5 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox ... The Yankees are 1.5 games ahead of the Athletics for the first AL Wild Card spot ... Aaron Judge is returning to the lineup for the first time since July 26.

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) hits a home run during the second inning against the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge continued his final steps to returning to the lineup on Tuesday, as he took part in another simulated game. 

Judge, along with Aroldis Chapman, didn't have any issues with his sim game on Monday, and that showed with his performance today. With manager Aaron Boone, GM Brian Cashman, and other team officials spectating, Judge launched a homer to right field.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are 23-19 since August 2, the day the season began to completely turn when they lost the first of four straight games to Boston. As the Red Sox return to the Bronx Tuesday, the Yankees are looking for the switch to flip. But despite manager Aaron Boone's optimism, time is running out for the club to get it all together.

Meanwhile, they might have to watch the Red Sox celebrate the division title on their home field as they work for a chance to exact revenge in the ALDS.

The Yanks, whose descent goes back to July 12 (30-27 record since then) have a handful of issues that need to be resolved. And the chances that all of them will be remedied before the wild card game are not great...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (86) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (86) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees officially announced they have promoted left-handed pitchers Justus Sheffield and Domingo German. Clint Frazier was also transferred to the 60-day DL.

Sheffield last pitched on Sept. 2, when he tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The Yankees moved Sheffield to the bullpen at the tail end of the minor league season and he made four consecutive relief appearances. He also appeared in relief on June 27, pitching six innings.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Talk of Sheffield's potential promotion began in July and the fact that it took this long is either related to the Yankees' belief that the young lefty was not effective enough to be a factor for the big league club or they mismanaged the chances to determine his potential impact...

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General view of the tarp covering the infield as rain falls before a game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
General view of the tarp covering the infield as rain falls before a game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Tuesday's Yankees vs. Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium has been moved from 1:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. due to inclement weather forecast in the area for the afternoon.

The series-opener pits J.A. Happ against former-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi.

With a win, the Red Sox would clinch the AL East title. 

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge and LHP Aroldis Chapman took part in a simulated game Monday at Yankee Stadium, the team announced.

Judge took 11 live at-bats against RHP A.J. Cole, RHP Chance Adams, and LHP Phillip Diehl during his game, while Chapman threw 22 pitches against INF Tyler Wade and C Kyle Higashioka

Judge and Chapman both finished their sessions without any issues coming up, which makes this another successful step toward returning to the club. On Judge specifically, manager Aaron Boone noted Sunday that there is a chance he could be a full participant for the Yankees' upcoming series with the Red Sox. 

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Aug 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) makes a pitching change in the eight 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 manager Aaron Boone (17) makes a pitching change in the eight inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

On Friday night, we reported that Aaron Boone held a brief team meeting after the Yankees' dreary Wednesday night loss to Minnesota. This was but a teensy weensy scoopie, notable not so much for what happened, but for what it said about how the embattled manager handled his first major crisis point.

Then, the reaction by numerous Yankees fans on Twitter through the weekend made clear that I hadn't made my point clearly or effectively enough.

As the Yankees dropped a pair of games to the gutted Toronto Blue Jays, losing another series to a second-division team, the reaction to our Boone story was generally along the lines of "this didn't age well," "this lasted one game," and "Boone knew enough to hold the meeting before Tanaka started."

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New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances blew his third save of the season and lost his sixth decision of the year in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Betances (4-6) allowed two runs and four hits in the eighth inning, surrendering a game-tying single to Rowdy Tellez and a go-ahead RBI double to Randal Grichuk as New York lost for the fourth time in its last five days.

"We've got to play a little better, and this one's on me," Betances said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I'll take the blame on this one."

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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

After scoring two runs in the first, the Yankees' offense couldn't muster anything else as they fell to the Blue Jays, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) The tone was set by Andrew McCutchen after hitting a leadoff homer to begin the game. And Didi Gregorius would add a sarifice fly to give the Yankees a nice 2-0 lead to start the game. But the bats went silent from there on. There were a few opportunities, but New York went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. 

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(Adam Hunger)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge made a cameo appearance in the outfield since coming off the 10-day DL, but he has yet to make one at home plate. However, manager Aaron Boone said that could change during their next series with the Red Sox. 

Speaking before the series finale against the Blue Jays, Boone noted the "possibility" of Judge being fully active for a crucial series with Boston. 

"I would say it's a possibility," Boone told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I don't think we're there. That's potentially in the timeline, but I wouldn't say we're there to make that call yet. I'd say around that time, he could be close. I would think by some point on this homestand, assuming everything continues to progress, he should be active."

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Sep 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Yankees (91-57) play the rubber game with the Blue Jays (66-82) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees comeback fell short against the Jays last night in a 8-7 loss. The Yankees are still 13-5 against Toronto this season. ...CC Sabathia is the Yankees' nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award due to his work with his PitCCh Foundation, which has hosted numerous events for charity this year. 

 

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CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Boone discuss the Yankees recent struggles after the 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.

The Yankees hit three home runs in an inning, including a grand slam, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Blue Jays' offense in an 8-7 loss on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) CC Sabathia gave up five runs -- including three home runs -- and New York was forced to go to their bullpen after just 2 1/3 innings. It was the shortest outing of Sabathia's season and marked the second time in three starts that he did not complete four innings.

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Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia allowed five runs in a span of two innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in what was his shortest start of the season.

After pitching a scoreless first, Sabathia ran into trouble in the second when Randal Grichuk launched a solo home run to left center, putting the Blue Jays on the board. Sabathia then gave up a pair of RBI singles later in the inning to make it 3-0.

In the third, Grichuk went deep yet again and Kevin Pillar followed up with a solo blast of his own, putting an end to Sabathia's day.

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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)

The Yankees (91-56) continue their three-game series with the Blue Jays (65-82) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees went 4-5 on their nine-game road trip, but started off their nine-game homestand with a win last night. They shut out the Blue Jya 11-0 thanks to stellar pitching from Masahiro TanakaAndrew McCutchen hit his first homer as a Yankee as well. Aaron Judge also returned to the field for the final two innings. ...The Yankees are 13-4 against the Blue Jays this season, 7-1 at home.

 

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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Following a disheartening road trip, the Yankees won big on Friday night -- and as it turns out, the bounceback came after a relatively rare Aaron Boone team meeting.

As the Yankees were preparing to leave the visitors clubhouse at Minnesota's Target Field on Wednesday night after being one-hit into the eighth inning by the Twins, Boone gathered his players in the locker room and addressed them for several minutes, according to people in the room. Normally on a getaway day, a team simply dresses and trickles out to the bus, but on this occasion, the manager felt a need to speak.

Boone's demeanor was described as even-keeled but firm, and his message was that the Yankees were a good team, and would be successful again if they simply remembered that and started playing that way. He did not shout, and the players came away appreciating the way he handled it.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as they easily defeated the Blue Jays, 11-0, in their return to Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Box score


1) Aaron Hicks hit an RBI single to put the Yankees on the board during what would become a five-run first inning. Gleyber Torres also had an RBI single and Luke Voit added a two-RBI double in the inning. In the third, Gardner drove in Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton plated two runs with his single.

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