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Jun 15, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) watches his two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Jun 15, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) watches his two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

The Yankees (45-27, lead AL East +2.5 games) are looking for a series sweep against the Rays (43-30, 2.5 games back in AL East) in a Wednesday matinee at 1:10 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

In his return to the Yankees lineup for the first time since the opening series of the season, Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 against the Rays on Tuesday night. ...Edwin Encarnacion hammered his first homer of his Yankees career last night -- a bomb to right-center field to pad the Yankees' lead. ...The Yankees have won their last three games. ...Cameron Maybin continues to show off his power, hitting a home run in each of his last four games.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge looks on against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge looks on against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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


10-day IL: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Kendrys Morales

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Jonathan Loaisiga, Troy Tulowitzki

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Jun 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge may well be on their way back to the Yankees lineup, but it is the Bombers' starting pitching that is in greater need of a jolt. 

CC Sabathia lasted just 4.2 innings in Friday night's 10-2 loss to the White Sox, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and three walks raising his ERA to 4.42 on the season. Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.89 ERA with hitters batting .375 against him in his last three starts. 

The Yankees have now lost seven of their last 10 and have fallen out of first place in the AL East but manager Aaron Boone is not ready to sound the alarm bells just yet on his starting rotation. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

The Yankees fell to the White Sox 10-2 on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game...

1) CC Sabathia entered the night searching for his 250th career win, but it wasn't in the cards. Given an early 1-0 lead, Sabathia surrendered the lead right away in the first inning, as Eloy Jimenez lifted a three-run home run. On a night that the Yankees needed a longer outing from their starter, CC went just 4.2 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits while striking out just three.

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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees (41-26, 0.5 GA in AL East) play their second of four games in Chicago against the White Sox (33-34, 12.0 GB in AL Central) on Friday at 8:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner has now hit three home runs in his last four games. ... Clint Frazier, who is back in right field on Friday for the Yankees, is hitting .395 with runners in scoring position this season. ... With two hits on Thursday, Didi Gregorius is now 8-18 since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius
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Jun 9, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Szczepanski)
Jun 9, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Szczepanski)

The Yankees just can't catch a break when it comes to their starting rotation. 

Domingo German, who was surprisingly one of the best rotation arms, hit the IL with a hip flexor strain last week. He was the latest starter to hit the list that has had the likes of James Paxton and CC Sabathia on it. Luis Severino has been a mainstay as well, suffering a lat strain that moved him to the 60-day IL. 

The Yankees know they need to add help to makeup for these losses, and potential ones down the road. Many believed Dallas Keuchel would choose to wear pinstripes this season, but the Braves beat out their bid in the end. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Aug 28, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd (48) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Aug 28, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd (48) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Tigers are officially open for business.

Can the Yankees use Detroit's position as sellers with the trade deadline six weeks away to their advantage? Perhaps. 

According to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers are willing to deal any veteran on the roster. That includes Matthew Boyd, who is currently in the midst of his strongest season in the big leagues. 

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Jun 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)
Jun 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)

The Yankees lost their second straight in Cleveland Saturday, 8-4, and have now lost five of their last six games. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Things started well for CC Sabathia as he began the day with three scoreless innings. But he gave up two runs in the fourth which tied the game, and then surrendered a two-run homer to Oscar Mercado in the fifth, allowing Cleveland to take a 4-2 lead. Sabathia finished the inning and then his day was done. He allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder
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DJ LeMahieu (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
DJ LeMahieu (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (39-23, 0.5 GA in AL East) look to bounce back in Cleveland (32-31, 10.5 GB in AL Central) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Saturday's lineup represents an example of how Aaron Boone will keep DJ LeMahieu in the lineup with a crowded infield now that Didi Gregorius is back. With Gleyber Torres back at second and Gio Urshela at third, LeMahieu is starting at first base for the second time this season. It's his third career start and eighth career appearance at first. ... Luke Voit is getting the day off after taking a golden sombrero (four strikeouts) on Friday. Kendrys Morales will DH. ... Gary Sánchez is also out of the lineup.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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Duquette on Yanks mound search 00:01:19
SNY baseball analyst Jim Duquette on Marcus Stroman as a desirable trade target to bolster the Yankees rotation

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So Dallas Keuchel ended up in Atlanta instead of the Bronx. It's not the end of the (pitching) world for the Yankees. 
 
If Brian Cashman decides his club needs rotation help, there ought to be plenty available as the MLB calendar flips from the amateur draft to the trading season. 
 
How's this for choices? According to scouts and executives, the following pitchers are already on the market: Madison Bumgarner, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman. Teams such as Kansas City and Seattle are putting out the word within the industry that they'll listen to offers on many of the players on their rosters, which could add potential inventory.  

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees are one of the frontrunners to sign free agent Dallas Keuchel, but the Braves could be emerging as the frontrunner.

While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported earlier in the day that the Braves were making a 'push' for Keuchel, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has since reported that the Braves are in 'serious talks' to acquire the lefty, though other teams are still involved.

SNY's Andy Martino adds that the market for Keuchel this week has proven to be a bit more "robust" than expected, with the Cardinals also involved.

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

With Day 1 of the MLB Draft passed, free agency 2.0 has officially begun. 

By that, I mean teams are going to ramp up their interest in signing Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel -- two players who have hung in free agency limbo since this offseason. Teams were hesitant to sign either of them due to the fact that a draft pick or international bonus pool money would have to be forfeited to do so.

With that out of the way, SNY's Andy Martino is "getting the feeling" that Keuchel -- a player who has long been on the Yankees' radar -- could find his new home by the end of today. The Yankees are a top candidate to land the veteran lefty, while MLB.com's Mark Feinsand has the Braves at the top of the heap, too.

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Yankees fall 8-5 to Red Sox 00:00:48
The Yankees with a little help from the weather almost pulled off a late-inning comeback against the Red Sox, but lost 8-5.

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The Yankees weren't able to complete a three-game sweep as they lost to the Red Sox 8-5 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Sunday's game

1) CC Sabathia was not fantastic, but did more than enough to keep the Yankees in the game, and probably provided more length (six innings) than they might have honestly believed they would receive. Sabathia allowed three runs (including two homers) and struck out eight batters as he came up short in his latest attempt to secure career win No. 250.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Boston Red Sox, Chris Carelli
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Apr 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees look to sweep the defending World Series champions and open a 10 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox when they host their division rivals on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have a plus-79 run differential, which ranked fifth in the majors entering Sunday. ... Since May 5, Gleyber Torres is slashing .314/.379/.674 with nine home runs and 15 RBIs. ... Gary Sanchez has six home runs in his last 10 games and 18 home runs this season. By contrast, he hit 18 home runs in 89 games all of last year.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

As the Yankees look for a weekend sweep of the Red Sox Sunday, they will hand the ball to CC Sabathia, who is coming off the IL. 

The veteran lefty has been on the IL since his May 22 start that saw another instance of inflammation in his right knee. It has become somewhat of an annual stint on the IL due to that knee. 

But this is something Sabathia and the Yankees virtually expect at this point. Sabathia tries his best to keep it in the best shape possible, but he explained how he always feels that slight bit of discomfort on a daily basis. When it's his turn in the rotation, though, it's a matter of how bad.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

J.A. Happ isn't having the best start to his 2019 season.

His 5.09 ERA is the second-worst mark of his career, he's allowed the sixth-most home runs in the MLB, and his strikeout rate is at its lowest mark since 2016.

Why, then, do the Yankees have total confidence throwing him out there against the Red Sox in one of the most important games of the season on Friday night? Well, this is what the Yankees acquired Happ to do...

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Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) throws out a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) throws out a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees are reportedly a frontrunner for free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel, according to SNY's Andy Martino. The report doesn't necessarily come as a surprise, as New York has long had a clear need.

Staff ace Luis Severino is out for the foreseeable future, Domingo German will eventually face an innings limit, and the durability of James Paxton and CC Sabathia will be monitored.

If the team does sign the 31-year-old after the amatuer draft, they won't need to give up a compensatory pick. This is an important factor of potentially signing Keuchel, as any team interested will likely be more willing to add a large one-year deal, the kind he's been seeking...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees, one of the hottest teams in baseball, will host the archrival Red Sox for four games beginning Thursday evening in the Bronx.

Here's a high-level preview of the series.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Boston Red Sox, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

As everyone around baseball knows, the story of the New York Yankees season has been injuries. As of Wednesday, there are 14 players occupying the Injured List. Nevertheless, the team sits at 36-19 atop the AL East, and they've gotten to this point thanks to a handful of smart roster moves.

Signing DJ LeMahieu

Many thought that LeMahieu, a career .299 hitter, would see a dip in production in a full-time role away from the hitter-friendly Coors Field. He's quickly dispelled that notion en route to becoming one of the Yankees most important players.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches during the third inning against the Yankees. (Troy Taormina)
Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches during the third inning against the Yankees. (Troy Taormina)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees might sign Dallas Keuchel next week, and that would not preclude them from pivoting toward a trade for a high-end starting pitcher, according to major league sources.

As SNY has reported previously, the Yanks are targeting rotation help at the trade deadline above all other needs. With Domingo German facing possible innings restrictions, Luis Severino out for a long time, and CC Sabathia and James Paxton in various states of knee pain (Paxton returns Wednesday), the rotation is the team's clearest need.

The Yanks are not specifically viewing Keuchel as an alternative to sacrificing trade chips for a Marcus Stroman, Trevor Bauer or Zack Wheeler, all of whom would likely interest them. Teams are not yet talking in earnest about these trades, and typically wait until after the draft to do so.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Yankees appear to be getting two critical pieces of their rotation back this week. 

LHP James Paxton was activated off the IL on Tuesday, with RHP Joe Harvey being optioned to Triple-A, and will start on Wednesday against the Padres while LHP CC Sabathia appears to be on the horizon as well, with the potential to pitch on Sunday against the Red Sox. 

While the Yankees have not announced their rotation beyond Wednesday, here is how it would likely play out with the Red Sox coming to town for a four-game set:

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chance Adams, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

With the MLB Draft less than a week away, it would be stunning if free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel don't wait until after then to sign. And there is one team that has "real interest" in both.

The Braves, who are in second place in the NL East, had GM Alex Anthopoulos make it "clear" while speaking with Jim Bowden of The Athletic that they have interest in both players -- who will no longer be attached to draft pick compensation once the draft passes.

The Yankees, who have been scouting Keuchel and are currently without James Paxton, Luis Severino, and CC Sabathia, might also have some competition from the Rays, who have been staying in touch with Keuchel. 

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees continued their scouting of free-agent LHP Dallas Keuchel by attending his rain-shortened simulated game on Sunday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Keuchel, the top free-agent starting pitcher, has been throwing simulated games around every five days in Newport Beach, California, and the Yankees sent one of their top evaluators, according to Boland.

The Yankees could wait until after next week's MLB draft to more heavily pursue Keuchel as to not forfeit a draft pick or international bonus pool money after he rejected the Astros' $17.9 million qualifying offer last offseason.

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Luis Severino
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees could face some competition in bidding for free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel from a division rival, but this time it does not appear to be the Boston Red Sox.  

Instead, the Tampa Bay Rays have been staying in touch with Keuchel, as well as closer Craig Kimbrel, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. 

The Yankees have been closely linked to Keuchel, who is expected to sign somewhere by June 3 when teams would no longer be subjected to draft-pick compensation.

 

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees need rotation depth, and the time is fast approaching when they'll have to make a decision as to the route they'll take to secure it.

The Yankees lost another rotation member Tuesday, when the club placed CC Sabathia on the 10-day injured list due to pain in his surgically repaired right knee. The Yankees are already down staff ace Luis Severino. And while James Paxton is close to returning from an injury of his own, he's not exactly the poster child for health.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees swat five homers, beat the Orioles, 7-5, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) The Yankees launched another five home runs and are now 9-2 against the Orioles this season. The Yankees have hit 11 homers in the three games of this four game set.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (30-17, 2.0 GA in AL East) set out to continue their dominance against the Baltimore Orioles (15-33, 15.5 GB) on Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez has feasted on Orioles' pitching in 2019, slamming eight home runs against Baltimore, six of which have come at Camden Yards. ... Clint Frazier bounced out of a 6-40 slump with two home runs against the Orioles on Tuesday, his seventh and eighth long balls of the season. ... DJ LeMahieu remains an absolute hitting machine for the Bronx Bombers, as his three hits last night now give him an AL-best 18 multi-hit games on the season. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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Yankees rally past Rays 00:01:19
Aaron Boone , CC Sabathia and Gio Urshela on the Yankees dramatic 9th inning comeback win over the Rays, capped off by Urshela?s walk-off 1B

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The Yankees walk it off, beating the Rays, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium to take the AL East lead. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

When Domingo German stepped on the mound as a Yankee in 2018, the talent and the hint of potential success in the big leagues was evident. However, German failed to consistently deliver positive results and eventually fell out of favor down the stretch.

None of that matters to the Yankees now because it is clear that German gained valuable experience from all those major-league reps.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) reacts at the end of the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) reacts at the end of the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With the division lead on the line, the Yankees couldn't take down the Rays for the second straight night, losing 7-2 at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) CC Sabathia got the start in this one, and it was the long ball that did him in. Luckily, it was only two solo shots that were hit off the big lefty that totaled his earned runs on the night. Overall, his line read five innings, three hits, two earned, four walks, and two strikeouts. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees look to take full control of the AL East with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field with the first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m. 

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres is in the Yankees' lineup batting fifth after he was hit in the right elbow in the eighth inning on Friday. He stayed in the game but there was some concern if he would need to sit out on Saturday. X-rays came back negative and he was just a little swollen but said he "felt good." ... Gio Urshela is batting eighth and playing third base as he continues to come up with big hits for the Yankees. Urshela is hitting .300/.318/.450 with a home run and nine RBI in high leverage situations this year and is 5-for-10 with five RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, Tampa Bay Rays
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Mar 28, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Mar 28, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

If the Yankees plan on adding a pitcher this summer, a trade for Madison Bumgarner may not be so easy. 

Aside from building an enticing package to offer the San Francisco Giants, the 29-year-old left-hander submitted a no-trade list comprising of eight teams, one of which is the Yankees, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. 

Bumgarner, who is eligible to become a free agent in the offseason, has been rumored as a possible trade deadline chip as the Giants sit in last place 8.5 games out of the NL West lead.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

While the Yankees may wait until after the MLB draft to pursue free-agent starting pticher Dallas Keuchel, there reportedly appears to be mutual interest.

The Yankees, Fancred's Jon Heyman said on WFAN on Thursday, are considered one of the favorites to sign Keuchel, who is still a free agent after rejecting the Astros' $17.9 million qualifying offer last offseason.

"I think the Yankees will be there for Keuchel," Heyman told WFAN's "Joe and Evan." "I think at this point, there's not a bad chance that the Yankees end up with Keuchel. Keuchel, from what I understand, would love to be in a big market, and the suitors for the most part to this point have not been of that ilk. ... If I had to pick one team out of the 30 right now, I would go with the Yankees."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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CC Sabathia has his eyes set on retirement at the end of the 2019 season, but that doesn't mean he wants to leave the Yankees for good. 

Speaking to The Post's Andrew Marchand, the veteran lefty wants to continue making an impact in the Bronx, saying he would love to work something out with the team no matter the role. 

"I want to be a part of the Yankees still, front office, whatever, however we can work that out," he said.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Scott Thompson
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Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees didn't flex their financial muscles in the most obvious way last winter, passing on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but they nevertheless bought themselves a luxury item that few other teams in baseball can afford:

A $27 million sixth-inning reliever.

And a $39 million seventh-inning reliever, oh by the way.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Seattle Mariners, John Harper
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Yankees power past Mariners 00:01:12
Aaron Boone and CC Sabathia comment on the Yanks grit in their win over the Mariners while Giancarlo Stanton updates his injury status

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Three Yankees homered as New York beat the Mariners 7-3 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) It seems each time Brett Gardner gets into a bit of a rut, he comes through with a home run. The Yankees veteran outfielder homered and tripled in three at-bats, helping to boost his average to .223. Gardner would be better served playing less, but the Yankees are not living with luxury right now.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Seattle Mariners, Chris Carelli
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CC Sabathia gets 3,000th K 00:01:06
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is the 17th player to reach 3,000 strikeouts. SNY's Sweeny Murti believes this makes him a HOF lock.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Now that CC Sabathia has notched his 3,000th strikeout, it'll be tempting to boil that milestone down to what it says about his Hall of Fame credentials. It's a terrific boost, obviously, but Sabathia authored a marvelous, entertaining career long before he fanned John Ryan Murphy Wednesday night to hit that magic number.

So 3K strikeouts ought to be recognized as an occasion to appreciate what Sabathia has done in his 19 seasons, too, especially because he's retiring at the end of the year. There will be debate about whether he belongs in Cooperstown, but there's no denying that the ride has been something special.

Tags: Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Anthony McCarron
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The Yankees could not give CC Sabathia a victory in addition to reaching 3,000 strikeouts as Zack Greinke dominated Yankees hitters in a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. >> Box score

5 takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) CC Sabathia became the 17th pitcher to join the 3,000 strikeout club with five strikeouts against the Diamondbacks with his strikeout of former Yankee John Ryan Murphy in the second inning. He finished with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday night, allowing just two earned runs on five hits as he rebounded from his worst start of the season. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez
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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia has had a storied career, and in his 19th season, he reached a club that had only 16 members before Sabathia's arrival.

With his 3,000th strikeout on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, Sabathia became just the 17th pitcher ever to reach that level.

Sabathia struck out three batters in the second inning, although he allowed a home run and a single, but reached the milestone by getting former Yankee John Ryan Murphy to end the inning.

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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees look to continue their red-hot road trip against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. with CC Sabathia on the mound seeking his 3,000th career strikeout. 

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez has two home runs and seven RBI in his last two games. ... Gleyber Torres enters the game with a six-game hitting streak, hitting a home run with five RBI during the streak, including three multi-hit games. ... Luke Voit is batting second after being named AL Player of the Week. 

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Feb 23, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman being interviewed prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Feb 23, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman being interviewed prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was past midnight, Wednesday p.m. into Thursday a.m., and the Yankees hadn't begun their comeback in Anaheim yet that would lift them to a sixth straight victory, as they are defying all odds with a lineup that GM Brian Cashman calls "our 'B' Bombers."

Not as in Baby Bombers, of course, but rather Plan B.

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

The Yankees were down from the start, but they battled their way back to a 6-5 win to beat the Angels and keep their win streak alive. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) DJ LeMahieu came into this game going 2-for-his-last-32 at the plate. Make that 2-for-33 after a strikeout in his first at-bat on the night. But that all went away when he put the Yanks on the board in the top of the sixth with an RBI double. The next inning, he hit a clutch sac fly to make it a one-run game. But his biggest hit came in the top of the ninth when he fought off a fastball to right field to score Tyler Wade to give the Yankees the lead and eventual win. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees continue their West Coast tilt against the Angels on Wednesday in Anaheim at 10:07 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees continue to stay hot despite their injury battles. They have now won five games straight after their 7-5 victory Tuesday night. ...Luke Voit has been red hot at the plate with two home runs last night. He now has three in back-to-back games. ...Mike Ford launched his first homer of his career, a bomb to right center field. ...Chad Green was sent down to Triple-A before tonight's game after putting up a four spot in his relief appearance on Tuesday. With Green's ERA over 16 this season, the Yankees want him to figure things out in their farm system before returning. Stephen Tarpley was recalled.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gio Gonzalez appears increasingly likely to opt out of his minor league deal with the Yankees on Saturday, according to multiple major league sources. If he does, the Mets could be more of a fit than they were in the offseason.

On Friday, Gonzalez switched agents from Scott Boras to CAA. The move was intended to set him up with representation that he felt more comfortable with, in the event that he would become a free agent again.

If Gonzalez requests his release from the Yankees on Saturday, per a clause in his contract, the team will have 48 hours to add him to the major league roster. With Domingo German pitching capably and CC Sabathia back from the injured list, there is no obvious spot for Gonzalez -- though the Yankees could promote him and either piggyback him with German or put in him their rotation, in order to retain control.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jason Vargas, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

An All-Star collection of Yankees sit on the club's injured list, which has been one of the main culprits to their 8-10 start to the season. There are six regulars that have already missed significant time in 2019, but who is missed the most?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Gio Gonzalez has a decision to make this week.

There is an April 20 opt-out in the minor deal deal Gonzalez signed with the Yankees last month, giving him the chance to return to free agency if he hasn't been called up to the majors by Saturday.

"Right now, I'm not even thinking 30 teams," Gonzalez recently told the New York Post. "If it's not good enough for this team that I'm with right now, that's all that matters. I want to perform for the team that has me in their minors right now. Hopefully something happens."

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Maybe the pomp of the first series with the Red Sox this season is just the tonic the lackluster Yankees need in what's been a blah start to their season. 

Nothing like a visit from a bitter rival to jolt a club. And make no mistake: The Yankees need a jolt. Badly. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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CC leads Yanks past ChiSox 00:01:31
CC Sabathia pitched 5 strong innings in his season debut and Aaron Judge added a solo home run as the Yankees blanked the White Sox, 4-0

The Yankees beat the White Sox, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) CC Sabathia, coming off the injured list to make his first start of the season, was spectacular. In five innings, Sabathia allowed just one base runner (on a single) and struck out three. Sabathia, who will be retiring at season's end, is now 11 strikeouts away from 3,000 for his career, which should aid his bid to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Before we concern ourselves with Sabathia's career worth, right now the Yanks can use some of the stopper stuff he's possessed the last couple of seasons. He provided it Saturday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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