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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the past few seasons, the Yankees have been building themselves back into legitimate World Series contenders. A "rebuild," if you even want to call it that because it lasted about a season and a half, involved players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino trying to find themselves in the league. 

But it wasn't long before Judge became the AL Rookie of the Year, Sanchez burst onto the scene smashing balls over the wall, Torres became one of the best players in the league at 22 years old, and Severino -- before his Tommy John surgery -- showed dominance on the rubber.

That's why for the past two seasons the Yankees have played late into the postseason, and they just missed competing for a World Series last season when they lost in the ALCS to the Astros. Still, in 2020, they made even more improvements to be the team to beat -- if/when the season starts. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Major League Baseball and the Players Association are willing to consider just about any idea that will enable them to salvage a piece of the 2020 season, including playing games at neutral sites.

That would seem especially relevant to the Mets and Yankees, who play their home games in a city that has become the country's worst hotspot for coronavirus. But there have not yet been serious discussions about moving New York games to other locations, according to people familiar with MLB's thinking.

As of Thursday morning, New York state had 92,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus discovered with more than 51,809 in New York City. The state had approximately 38 percent of the cases in the entire United States.

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Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez

As I write this, there was supposed to be just six days until Opening Day. However, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the season indefinitely. 

MLB is doing what the rest of us are (hopefully) doing in taking the right precautions to counteract the spread of the virus. The league's latest guildelines allows players to remain at their spring facilities if they'd like, but only use of the gym and training facilites are allowed. No more organizated workouts can take place. 

Players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others are in still there to stay active and prepare for the season, while manager Aaron Boone is among those that drove home. It's a very sensitive and surreal situation, but it's what we all have to deal with at the moment. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Like every other team around the league, the Yankees will be affected by the latest memo MLB released regarding player and staff safety due to the coronavirus. 

The new protocols are banning group workouts at any facility, as the league wants teams to practice "social distancing" as best they can. Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu were among Yankees that got together on Saturday to put in work during an informal workout. 

But soon players on the 40-man roster may be told to leave the facility, just as minor leaguers have been instructed to do league-wide. The Yankees also have the first known coronavirus case in MLB in their system, as multiple reports say a minor leaguer tested positive and was quarantined on Friday. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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George. M Steinbrenner Field (John David Mercer)
George. M Steinbrenner Field (John David Mercer)

With the remainder of spring training canceled, and the regular season being delayed by at least two weeks due to coronavirus concerns, the Yankees will stay in Tampa.

General manager Brian Cashman said the team was given the option to return home or to their Major League home city, or remain in their spring training city, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Lefty reliever Zack Britton said the vote to stay in Tampa was unanimous, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty and the New York Post's George A. King.

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The NBA suspending its season indefinitely due to now two Jazz players in Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell contracting coronavirus hasn't just affected the basketball world. Players around MLB were on notice as well. 

Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole called the situation a "shock" on Thursday after his workout down in Tampa, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. Seeing an entire league shut down made people rightfully wonder if it might impact MLB with Opening Day right around the corner. 

Cole is still preparing to start Opening Day against the Orioles on March 26, but he is well aware that might not happen. 

Tags: J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Yankees LHP Zack Britton was diagnosed with a bruised right wrist Wednesday, after getting hit by a line drive during his live BP session. 

X-rays and a CT scan were negative, the team said. The injury occurred after Eric Kratz laced a pitch right back at him.

The Yankees can breathe a sign of relief now that one of their key back-end bullpen pieces didn't suffer a severe injury. Britton is normally the Yankees' set-up man to Aroldis Chapman, and he played well in that role last season with a 1.91 ERA over 66 appearances. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Feb 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) is congratulated in the dugout after he pitched against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Feb 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) is congratulated in the dugout after he pitched against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees continued to take part in spring training games Tuesday like the rest of the MLB teams are doing, but rising concerns over the coronavirus outbreak has the sports world on edge.

With MLB joining the NBA, NHL and MLS in closing their locker rooms to the media and unnecessary personnel, other ideas -- like playing games without fans in the stadiums or arenas -- have been floated around across all major sports leagues, including MLB. 

Yankees pitchers Gerrit Cole and Zack Britton both understand the concerns for both players and fans with how things are progressing acrossing the country with the virus, but still, not playing in front of fans would be tough.

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Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

ESPN has been having all-access interviews during its spring training broadcasts, and though there's only been two games where players are mic'd up, some jabs are already being taken at the Astros and Red Sox for sign stealing.

It was Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo on Monday referencing the Astros' trash can banging while at the plate, and on Tuesday during the Yankees-Red Sox broadcast, LHP Zack Britton had his own comment to make when color commentator Alex Rodriguez asked what the veteran reliever is working on in spring training with his pitches. 

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Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Giancarlo Stanton, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Miguel Andujar/Gerrit Cole/Gleyber Torres
Miguel Andujar/Gerrit Cole/Gleyber Torres

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Welp. 

That's exactly how Yankee fans feel when hearing GM Brian Cashman say that two of the team's best hitters in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are both "unlikely" for Opening Day. Judge's situation began as a "minor right shoulder problem," and now Cashman is saying it's two separate injuries in his shoulder and pec. 

Cashman said he's "responding well" to his multitude of tests, but there still isn't a timeline for his return, making his status for Opening Day the way it is.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99), designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27), left fielder Brett Gardner (11), left fielder Clint Frazier (77) stretch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99), designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27), left fielder Brett Gardner (11), left fielder Clint Frazier (77) stretch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Yankees spring training is in full swing down in Tampa, as players gear up for the start of games at the end of the week. It is during these games that position battles will start to heat up, and players on the bubble will fight for roster spots.

We made a couple of tweaks to our Opening Day roster from our original prediction to the 2.0 version, and after a few developments already at camp, the same can be said for this one.

So, without further ado, let's look at the starting lineup...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) doubles during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) doubles during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Yankees pitchers and catchers report to Tampa next week to officially kick off the 2020 season, and there hasn't been much change to our earlier 26-man roster prediction 1.0. 

The Bombers are still very much poised to make a World Series run and capture their 28th title. There are, however, a couple of tweaks that we can still make with the Yankees making some things more clear heading into spring training. 

So, without further ado, let's look at the starting lineup...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees couldn't return to the World Series for the first time since 2009, falling to the Astros in the ALCS once again to end their 2019 season. And it's even more disappointing than 2017 because this was supposed to be the year the Bronx Bombers took that leap forward into a new age of championships. 

Instead, GM Brian Cashman found himself heading into an offseason needing to upgrade his roster once again to ensure a World Series would be in his team's future in 2020. He delivered. 

Cashman & Co. landed the league's top free agent in Gerrit Cole with a massive nine-year, $324 million deal to give the Yankees an ace, and potentially the missing piece they needed to capture their 28th world title. And he may not even be done. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Oct 1, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws the ball during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals in the 2019 National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 1, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws the ball during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals in the 2019 National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Yankees may have landed their top free agent in Gerrit Cole, but if you think they're done looking to improve their 2020 roster, then you don't know GM Brian Cashman

Cashman has noted that maybe shoring up the bullpen some more would be in the cards, and that's exactly what he's doing in his reported calls to the Brewers on LHP Josh Hader. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Yanks "have been the most active pursuer of Hader."

Rosenthal says, though, that a deal with anyone would be unlikely. Hader is one of the game's best, young relievers with a career 2.42 ERA over 204.2 innings over three seasons in Milwaukee, and had 37 saves in his first full season as the team's closer last year. He's only 25 years old and under team control for the next four seasons, which is why -- according to Rosenthal -- the Brewers want a top prospect in any trade package. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman will be on a flight to San Diego Sunday night, as the MLB Winter Meetings will be conducted for the next few days. But first, he made a pit stop at the "Heights & Lights" program in Stamford, CT where he propelled from The Landmark Building wearing an elf costume.

Once his duties were done and he safely made his way to the ground, Cashman took the time to discuss the Yankees and what he believes will go down at the Winter Meetings. 

Here's a few key topics Cashman touched on:

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Tim Hill (David Berding)
Tim Hill (David Berding)

Starting pitching is the obvious priority for the Yankees this offseason, but shoring up the bullpen also seems to be on GM Brian Cashman's list. 

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are reportedly among those intersted in trading with the Royals for reliever LHP Tim Hill. Feinsand says the Yanks are "chief among the suitors."

The 29-year-old debuted for the Royals in 2018, where he had a 4.53 ERA over 45.2 innings pitched (70 games). He improved in 2019 with a 3.63 ERA over 39.2 innings (46 games). 

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 (Troy Taormina )
(Troy Taormina )

The Yankees had the best bullpen in baseball this season and were extremely efficient at putting RISP in for the score, but the playoffs--and namely a series with the Astros--was just a different mountain for New York to climb, and ultimately those huge strengths became weaknesses as their season ended on Saturday night in Houston.

After DJ LeMahieu initially saved the Yankees' season with a two-run shot to right field at the top of the ninth inning with one out, Aaron Boone sent out Aroldis Chapman to close out the inning and try to send the game into extra innings. 

Chapman got rid of the first two batters before walking George Springer, bringing Jose Altuve up for a two-out, one-man-on, at-bat. Altuve took two balls and a strike looking...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Major League Baseball made the weather decision Wednesday to push Game 4 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in New York back 24 hours, and both the Yankees and Astros have adjusted accordingly as they set their starting pitchers for the next two matchups.

When each starter -- Astros RHP Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) and Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-9, 4.45 ERA) -- returns to the mound for first pitch Thursday at 8:08 p.m., the rematch of Game 1's 7-0 Yankees win from Minute Maid Park in Houston has series-altering implications.

With potential for four games in as many days through Sunday, should the series reach Game 7, did manager Aaron Boone make the right call to start Tanaka off five days of rest?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during the fifth inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during the fifth inning of game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sanchez's receiving
 
In the seventh, Gary Sanchez struggled to receive two consecutive pitches, costing the Yankees a run -- though it was questionable whether he should have been able to handle the second one.
 
The first, a sinker from Zack Britton with a runner on third, hit umpire Kerwin Danley, preventing the runner from scoring. The second, another sinker was ruled a wild pitch, but it was one that Sanchez might have stopped. This time, the run scored.
 
"Sanchez needs a good catching coach," tweeted former Yankees pitcher David Wells. "Wow."
 
Another former pitcher texted to disagree.
 
"I don't [think he should have caught it]," the pitcher said. "It was a nasty sinker in the dirt."
 
Perhaps Sanchez could have at least moved more quickly in an attempt to stop a tough pitch.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Zack Britton, Andy Martino
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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

With one out in the bottom of the third inning, Aaron Boone pulled the plug on James Paxton.

The southpaw's start ended early Sunday after allowing one run -- Carlos Correa's one-out double to left field, scoring Alex Bregman from second base in the bottom of the second inning -- on four hits and three strikeouts to two walks in 2.1 frames, making Boone call on eight different arms out of the bullpen.

Game 2 of the ALCS ultimately ended in the bottom of the 11th inning on Correa's leadoff solo shot off J.A. Happ, who entered midway through the previous frame, but Boone backed the decision to pull Paxton early and pointed to the bullpen's overall production despite the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has to think about his 25-man roster yet again heading into the ALCS. The one he and his staff put together for the ALDS against the Twins worked as planned, sweeping Minnesota to get an early break before their next postseason challenge. 

The Yankees don't know their opponent just yet, with the Astros and Rays to play Game 5 on Thursday night. But one of the big decisions for Boone will be whether or not he goes with the same rotation configuration as he did in the last series. 

After long thought, it was James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino in that order. During a conference call with the media on Wednesday, Boone was asked if he's sticking with that rotation, and he revealed he will be looking at all options yet again. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) looks on during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) looks on during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Yankees completed their sweep of the Twins on Monday night, and in turn, the celebration for reaching the ALCS ensued. But in the joy of moving on to the next round, a certain Yankee took an errant bottle to the hand. 

Aroldis Chapman, who collected the final five outs to seal the 5-1 win, was seen with his left hand wrapped in the clubhouse. However, he didn't seemed fazed by it when asked. 

"I was just celebrating and everyone was jumping around," Chapman told The Post's Dan Martin via a translator. "I got hit with a bottle, but it's fine."

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees celebrated accordingly from their locker room at Target Field in Minnesota after they swept the Twins with Monday's 5-1 win, but eight more victories are needed for the ultimate goal.

"I think a lot of guys, the older guys, are at a stage in their career where we want to win a ring," said Zack Britton. "(Adam) Ottavino, myself -- a lot of the younger players, too."

Hungry for more, the Yankees enjoyed the 16th straight playoff victory against the Twins, but they already await the winnner of the other ALDS series between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay, who still have to face off Tuesday in Game 4 at 7:07 p.m. from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, after Monday's 10-3 Rays rout.

Tags: Cameron Maybin, Edwin Encarnacion , Giancarlo Stanton, Zack Britton
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts to defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) reacts to defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

As most people that watch baseball have suspected, the Yankees' success will come down to the play of their bullpen. Luckily for them, they've got one of the best in the league.

Luis Severino started for the Yankees and gave them a solid, scoreless four innings before Aaron Boone decided it was time to unload his relievers on the Twins.

From the fifth inning till the final pitch of the game, Boone put out five pitchers: Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman.

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Five Takeaways from the Yankees' 5-1 win to sweep the Twins.

1) From start to finish the ALDS was a mismatch as the Yankees swept the Twins, and, as expected, the bullpens proved to be the most obvious difference between the teams. Or to put it another way: Aaron Boone's ballyhooed 'pen is living up to the hype so far.

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates his double during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrates his double during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees are off to the ALCS.

The celebration was on Monday night in Minnesota after New York completed its three-game sweep of the ALDS when it shut the Twins down for a 5-1 win at Target Field.

Closer Aroldis Chapman recorded the five-out save, relieving fellow southpaw Zack Britton in the bottom of the eighth inning and carrying through the ninth with three strikeouts to one walk and one hit over the 1.2 scoreless frames.

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Aaron Boone/Luis Severino/Chad Green/Luke Voit/Mike Ford/Clint Frazier
Aaron Boone/Luis Severino/Chad Green/Luke Voit/Mike Ford/Clint Frazier

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Only two days remain before the Yankees begin their quest for a 28th World Series title. A few hours before they take on the Twins at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, though, they have some tough decisions to make regarding their ALDS roster.

For a team that has won 103 games in the regular season, putting together a powerhouse roster should seem like a piece of cake. But for manager Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman, they want it to be perfect, and that includes making some tough decisions on certain players on the roster.

So, as the Yankees gear up for October baseball, here's what they must decide with their roster by Friday….

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Mike Ford didn't start the game, but contributed in a big way with a home run and a double, as the Yankees took the final game of their series against the Dodgers, 5-1. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Ford came in in the third inning to replace Didi Gregorius, who left the game after being hit by a pitch. Ford took advantage of the opportunity, extending the Yankee lead to 3-1 in the sixth inning with a home run to right. The New Jersey native and Princeton product now has six home runs in 31 games this season. He also added an RBI double in the eighth to make it a 4-1 Yankee lead.

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

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

Yankees notes

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The addition of a new starter has been front and center when it comes to trade talks involving the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman. But that isn't the only pitching options he's looking to pursue this summer. 

Sprinkled in have been notions that the Yankees are checking in on the reliever market as well. Players like Tigers' closer Shane Greene and Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley have been mentioned to be on the Yankees' radar.

"Working all angles," Cashman told The Post's George A. King III.

Tags: Zack Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Scott Thompson
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