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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)

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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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Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees were supposed to ride the strength of their bullpen to many victories this season, but instead it is coughing up leads on a regular basis.

With right-handed reliever Dellin Betances on the injured list, the Yankees pen has been somewhat porous, creating some short term issues and -- worse -- setting the stage for potentially long term affects.

Obvious shortcomings

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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 The Yankees suffer a second straight late-inning loss to the Astros, 6-3, at Minute Maid Ballpark.

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game…

1) Rookie right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga looked great in the first inning, striking out the Astros in order. From there it was a bit of a different story, but not all of Loaisiga's doing as his defense didn't make things any easier. Loaisiga tossed just three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, two walks while striking out five batters. This was likely Loaisiga's final start with the big league club for a while with CC Sabathia due back from the injured list by the time the spot comes back through the rotation.

Tags: Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) reacts after making an out against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) reacts after making an out against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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In the rubber match of the three-game series at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 2-1. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game..

Tags: Chad Green, Detroit Tigers, Chris Carelli
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Jesus Sucre (40) avoids a tag by New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) to advance to third base on a fly ball during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Jesus Sucre (40) avoids a tag by New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) to advance to third base on a fly ball during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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The Yankees left the season-opening series with the Orioles on the wrong side of the standings, losing two of three games to Baltimore.

After a resounding and expected Opening Day thumping of the Orioles, the Yankees wasted a fine starting pitcher effort Saturday and roundly failed to produce with runners in scoring position. Sunday's effort was an all-around disappointment from all facets.

As the Yankees are set to begin a three-game series with the Tigers on Monday, let's take a look at three players trending up and three players/areas trending down.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Early on Thursday, Aaron Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild checked in with their relievers, telling them how they might be used that afternoon against the Orioles.

The message for Adam Ottavino was to be ready for the sixth or seventh inning. The Yankees call these "lanes," a term the team uses for the basic game situation and part of an opposing lineup that best suits each reliever's repertoire. In a well-executed game, Boone is able to utilize each reliever in his ideal lane.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Andy Martino
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Before the Yankees took the field on Opening Day, Mariano Rivera jogged to the mound to deliver a beautiful first pitch to kick off the new season. And with it, Rivera hopes to have kickstarted to the Yankees' next World Series title. 

"It's been 10 years this year and it's time. We're due," Rivera told reporters at Yankee Stadium. "It's time to get No. 28."

The Yankees were close to making it to the World Series in 2017, falling just one game short in Houston. Last season, the Red Sox were just too hot a team for the Bombers as they were ousted in the ALDS in four games. Still, New York won 100 games last season. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder
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While the Yankees did not splurge on stars Manny Machado or Bryce Harper as many expected, the club completed a big trade and spread out its wealth for roster additions in free agency in an effort to supplement its incredibly talented young core.

Let's take a look at the 2019 Yankees, a team that sports an Opening Day payroll of approximately $204 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts ($226 million-plus for competitive balance tax purposes), as they embark on their yearly quest for a World Series title.

Pitching Staff

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees are exactly one week away from opening their 2019 season against the Orioles in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster when camp breaks are coming down to the wire. Injuries continue to plague this squad, with Greg Bird the latest to receive medical attention after he was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Luckily, that isn't expected to be a big deal, but other Yankees may not be so lucky when the season kicks off.

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Luis Cessa was stellar once again while Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez lead the Yankees to another Spring Training win in a 6-2 victory over the Rays. >> Box Score

Things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) The Yankees decided to experiment with an opener against the team that lived by them all last season. Chad Green did allow one run on two hits while striking out one before handing the ball over. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees will face the Rays on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Chad Green gets the start as the Yankees experiment with using an opener. ... For the second straight day, the Yankees are rolling out a typical top-four of the lineup, with Brett GardnerAaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez getting things started. ... Clint Frazier starts in left field, while Greg Bird gets the nod at first base. 

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Tags: Chad Green, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Rays were one of the teams at the forefront of the "opener" phenomenon in baseball, in which a reliever starts the game and gives way to a parade of relievers the remainder of the contest. 

On Tuesday, the Yankees will use the tactic against Tampa Bay in a Spring Training exhibition at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Reliever Chad Green will start for New York, while Luis Cessa, who normally operates as a starter, will be available out of the bullpen. 

Green was a starter during his junior season at Louisville in 2013 and for his first three seasons in the Minor Leagues. The right-hander has made nine starts for the Yankees in his career. Meanwhile, Cessa has started 19 games, with 24 relief appearances.  

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees' four high-leverage relievers will get a ton of press and rightfully so, but the group asked to pitch in middle innings will have to do its part in what could turn out to be a very heavily used eight-pack of pitchers in 2019.

Right-handers Chad Green and Jonathan Holder plus whoever wins the battle for the final two spots in the bullpen will be expected to be ready to pitch in multiple situations and for varying lengths in their appearances. There is both upside and uncertainty among the last four relievers that will break camp with the Yankees.

Green might be more involved in high-leverage innings as he has been the last couple of seasons. The Yankees would likely prefer to utilize Green in lengthier appearances (think four to six outs), bringing in the 27-year-old to polish off a rocky inning from a starter and then cover some or all of the next frame.

Tags: Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries.

With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia expected to start the season on the injured list, Boone said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out the use of openers -- using relief pitchers to pitch the first inning or two of a game in an assurance to face the opponents' 1-3 hitters -- in 2019.

"I could see it being something we consider from time to time," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't see it a lot, but yeah, I could see it coming into play on certain occasions."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

James Paxton threw a career-high 160 1/3 innings with the Mariners last season, 24 1/3 innings more than his previous high the year before.

Now that he's with the Yankees, Paxton has a loftier goal.

"My goal is to get to the 200-inning range," Paxton said, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. "I understand the bullpening and leverage, but I wonder if those relievers who are being pushed to constant two- and three-inning stints will run out of gas. I think it is still up to starters to provide innings."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Matt Eisenberg
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Adam Ottavino excited to join NY 00:01:25
Adam Ottavino is excited to join the Yankees, a team he was a fan of growing up. He's learned some lessons from his Babe Ruth comments.

Adam Ottavino went to high school in Brooklyn but went to college in Boston. Now that he's one of the newest Yankees relievers, he's proud to be directly involved in one of the biggest rivalries in sports.

Upon signing a three-year, $27 million deal with New York this offseason, the newest Yankees reliever is glad to be part of the team he rooted for as a kid.

"It's cool, it's a thrill," Ottavino said. "It's a team I grew up watching and rooting for and it's just a great opportunity for me."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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After a 100-win regular season, the Yankees had World Series aspirations on their minds entering the postseason. However, they fell short in the ALDS to the Red Sox, their most-hated rival that hoisted the World Series trophy at the end of the year. 

This year, though, Vegas believes the roles will be reversed.

BetOnline gave the Yankees the best odds to win the World Series at 6/1, with the Red Sox behind them at 7/1. These two AL East powerhouses are stacked up virtually even as the season begins, but BetOnline could have the Yankees' bullpen being a deciding factor once the postseason rolls around...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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John Harper, SNY.tv | TwitterMaybe Alex Cora was simply playing to the crowd at the Boston baseball writers' dinner Thursday night. But suffice it to say he didn't seem concerned that the Yankees had just added another weapon, Adam Ottavino, to the best bullpen in baseball. 

"Somebody might write this, I don't care," Cora said upon receiving his AL Manager of the Year award. "If you guys thought last year was special, wait 'til this year."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Boston Red Sox, John Harper
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Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees will be adding another elite arm to an already dominant bullpen, giving the club a certain advantage over virtually the entire league.

New York and free-agent right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal on Thursday, SNY.tv's Andy Martino confirmed.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Sonny Gray, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesManny Machado was supposed to help the Yankees surpass the Red Sox. He's apparently not coming (and neither is Bryce Harper), so the Yanks should double down on their strongest facet -- the bullpen.

If the Yankees want to measure up to the Red Sox, they must possess an advantage somewhere on the roster that unequivocally distances the World Series champs. Adding one more "elite" reliever, like Adam Ottavino, should make it next to impossible for the Red Sox to catch the Yankees in that department even if Boston re-signs Craig Kimbrel. Boston arguably has a slight edge in the rotation and the offenses are quite similar in strength, but the overall scale could tip toward New York if the Yanks add to an already dominant bullpen.

Much has been made about the Yankees "coming up short" in the offseason if they're unable to secure Machado or Harper. Expectations were high that one of the two 26-year-old stars would become part of the Yankees after the team reset their luxury tax rate. Adding Machado or Harper would have clearly pushed the Yanks offense ahead of Boston's.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton throws the ball during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

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The theme of this Yankees' offseason is finding ways to close the gap on the Red Sox, and there's no denying the rivals to the north established a clear level of superiority last season.

Yet it's plausible to make the case that, at least for the moment, the Yankees have opened an important gap of their own over the Sox. Right now, in fact, they own a Patriots vs. Jets-like advantage in the bullpen, if I can extend the New York-Boston angle to make a point.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Boston Red Sox, Tommy Kahnle, John Harper
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees should be pursuing the likes of Manny Machado, but the hole in the bullpen was much larger than the need for a $30 million per season position player.

As such, the Yankees sought out a familiar face in left-handed reliever Zach Britton to seal the gap, laying out a guaranteed $39 million for three years. The agreement has a fourth year option for $14 million that the Yanks can exercise after year two of the deal. If the Yankees decide not to grant the option, Britton has the ability to opt out of the deal. If neither happens, Britton sticks around for the third year.

Either way, the Yankees, who are being criticized by some for their lack of spending, are sinking significant cash into a set-up reliever and there's a reason for that.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees should be pursuing the likes of Manny Machado, but the hole in the bullpen was much larger than the need for a $30 million per season position player.

As such, the Yankees sought out a familiar face in left-handed reliever Zach Britton to seal the gap, laying out a guaranteed $39 million for three years. The agreement has a fourth year option for $14 million that the Yanks can exercise after year two of the deal. If the Yankees decide not to grant the option, Britton has the ability to opt out of the deal. If neither happens, Britton sticks around for the third year.

Either way, the Yankees, who are being criticized by some for their lack of spending, are sinking significant cash into a set-up reliever and there's a reason for that.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out…

Yankees working on bullpen market

As the Yankees await a decision from Manny Machado, the club is reportedly working on revamping its bullpen according to a tweet from Jon Heyman.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees would be better with Manny Machado on the roster and it's a move that the team should make. However, the extent to which Machado improves the club is unknown and the notion that the offseason will be a failure if the Yanks cannot sign the 26-year-old is not entirely true.

Here are four reasons why...

The Yanks have a third baseman and a shortstop

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray
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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)

In 2018, the Yankees possessed one of the best -- if not the best -- bullpen in all of baseball. With flamethrowers Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances in the back end, they still touted relievers like David Robertson, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, and even Zach Britton when he came over at the trade deadline. 

However, that was then, and this is now. This offseason, GM Brian Cashman has to reload his bullpen following the losses of Robertson and Britton to free agency. He can obviously re-sign them, but could there be more intriguing options out on the market? Perhaps Adam Ottavino?

The Baseball Night in New York crew give their takes on whether or not the Yankees need to reload their bullpen with a top-tier guy, and if so, who should it be?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson
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Jul 10, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 10, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Viva, Las Vegas!

The Yankees struck quickly this offseason, acquiring James Paxton in a trade with the Mariners, but failed to lock down their perceived No. 1 free agent starting pitcher target in Patrick Corbin. However, a splash in Sin City could punctuate the team's offseason and indicate long-term direction of the organization.

Here are three things that should be on the Yankees' Winter Meetings checklist.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees invested heavily in creating a "super bullpen" for the 2018 season and the results were mixed. With two elite relievers -- David Robertson and Zach Britton -- heading to the free agent market, how will the Yankees seek to create a lockdown endgame relief crew for 2019?

Foundation remains

The Yankees will return three of their five high-leverage relievers from 2018 to 2019, with Dellin Betances and Chad Green set to once again bridge the gap to closer Aroldis Chapman...

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Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (right) before the 2018 American League wild card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees are now two seasons into a new era defined by Aaron Judge and a young core. In each of those seasons, they have made the playoffs, but stalled before reaching the World Series. And while they might still be a team on the ascent, GM Brian Cashman faces a tricky offseason, at a time when American League powerhouses like Houston and Boston are ahead of the Yanks.

Here are the major questions the Yankees must confront:

How do they maintain the dominant bullpen?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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The Yankees have not settled on their Wild Card Game starter, but it appears they will not utilize a reliever to open the game. As such, this leaves two distinct scenarios in which the Yankees might deploy its vaunted relief crew.

Bullpenning: The undesirable method

In the 2017 Wild Card game against the Twins, the Yankees had one of the game's best starters on the hill, but it was then that Luis Severino endured his worst start of the year. With Severino pulled after recording just one out, the Yankees were forced into a bullpenning situation and it amazingly worked.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances
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The Yankees were unable to earn the series win against the lowly White Sox in their rubber match Wednesday evening in the Bronx.

The Yankees didn't have any heroics in them tonight, as the White Sox shut down their bats to take the rubber game, 4-1, on Wednesday night >> Box score


1) Reynaldo Lopez has struggled against all of his opponents, but the Yankees this season. Last time he threw against him, he went seven innings allowing just one run. Well, he did the same thing tonight, letting up only an RBI single to Ronald Torreyes as his blemish for the start. The Yankees did have runners on base, but left six of them while going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Giancarlo Stanton, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes
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Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman praised New York's bullpen following the acquisition of Orioles reliever Zach Britton, saying it adds more depth to their already strong bullpen.

Even without Britton, the New York Post's Joel Sherman notes, the Yankees have five of the top 30 relievers in baseball in WAR (Aroldis ChapmanDavid RobertsonDellin BetancesJonathan Holder and Chad Green), and Britton, a two-time All-Star, makes them even stronger.

"If somebody, god forbid, ever got hurt, we have another legitimate, quality option in choice that can reinforce us," Cashman said on Wednesday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "It hopefully covers us a lot of different ways."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder
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Yanks rusty to start second half 00:03:57
Michelle Yu, Sal Licata and Marc Malusis recap the critical errors the Yankees made in Monday night's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Luis Severino pitched his worst game of the season and the Yankees' rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Severino (14-3) suffered his first loss since June 10 as the Yankees fell to 1-2 in the second half of the season. He allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

2) The Yankees trailed 7-3 in the sixth inning but rallied for three runs in the seventh to pull within one. After loading the bases with one out in the top of the ninth inning, Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielder's choice and Gary Sanchez, whose passed ball in the first inning allowed Jake Bauers to score from second base, hit into a 4-6-3 groundout to end the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Yankees fall 3.5 back in AL East 00:01:11
Eamon McAnaney and Marc Malusis discuss the Yankees falling 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East.

Jonathan Schoop hit a walk-off RBI single against Dellin Betances in the ninth inning and the Orioles beat the Yankees, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first start since returning from the disabled list. He kept the Orioles off the board until the fourth, when Joey Rickard hit a two-RBI double. In the fifth, Manny Machado hit a game-tying solo home run after the Yankees had taken a 3-2 lead. 

Tags: Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Masahiro Tanaka
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Stanton after Yankees' 6-2 win 00:00:49
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and OF Giancarlo Stanton discuss Stanton's recent offensive success after the team's 6-2 win over the Braves.

Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge homered to back CC Sabathia as the Yankees defeated the Braves, 6-2, at Yankee Stadium on the Fourth of July. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees' power surge continued, with Stanton's three-run shot in the third inning the biggest blow. Higashioka's solo homer in the fourth was the third long ball and third hit of his Major League career. Judge's home run to right padded the Yankees' lead in the seventh. New York has now hit a staggering 22 home runs in its last 10 games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Holder, Kyle Higashioka
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Yankees lose to Rays again 00:02:52
Michelle Yu and John Harper discuss Chasen Shreve's rough season, Clint Frazier being robbed of a home run and Masahiro Tanaka's recovery.

Yankees LHP Chasen Shreve surrendered a walk-off home run on the first pitch of the 12th inning as New York lost its third straight game with a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Five Yankees relievers combined to throw eight hitless innings until Shreve (2-2) gave up a walk-off home run to Jake Bauers on his first pitch to lead off the 12th inning.

2) Domingo German was shelled by the Rays, allowing six runs and nine hits over three innings. He gave up six extra-base hits, including an Adeiny Hechavarria home run and a Jesus Sucre RBI double that gave the Rays a 6-3 lead in the third inning. 

Tags: Adam Warren, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Miguel Andujar, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 at Nationals Park on a game that began May 15 and was resumed on June 18 due to weather. >> Box score

Things to know about the game

1) The Yankees and Nationals were tied at 3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before rain halted play in May. 

2) Chad Green, who came on in relief of Masahiro Tanaka, surrendered a go-ahead two-run home run to Juan Soto, who on May 15 was in Double-A and made his official MLB debut on May 20, in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave Washington a 5-3 lead. (Soto's official MLB debut will still be May 20, but with an asterisk to denote his appearance in the suspended game.)

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Austin, Washington Nationals
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the 13th thanks to blasts from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to down the Blue Jays, 3-0, in extras Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) With the game still knotted in a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, Judge and Stanton each delivered a blast over the left field fence to put the first runs on the board. Judge waited on a 1-2 curveball from Joe Biagini, and launched it to the seats to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Stanton hit an absolute laser to left for a solo shot. It measured a 119.3 mph exit velocity.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Sonny Gray
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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The Yankees bullpen was "destined" to become the best the game had ever seen. Yankees relievers were believed to be able to dominate game after game.

What's that they say about the best laid plans?

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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

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

There came the controversial moment...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:04:42
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' stranglehold over the AL East and wonder how long they can keep this run up.

The Yankees put together yet another come-from-behind win thanks to the bats of Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, while taking the AL East lead from the Red Sox in a 9-6 win in the Bronx. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez follows through on a swing for a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez follows through on a swing for a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run home run while CC Sabathia threw seven strong innings as the Yankees won their ninth straight game and swept the Los Angeles Angels with a 2-1 win on Sunday at Angel Stadium. >> Box score


Sanchez's two-run home run off Tyler Skaggs in the fourth inning proved to be enough as Sabathia (2-0) and New York's bullpen held off the Angels in a three-game sweep.

After Giancarlo Stanton doubled with one out, Sanchez crushed an 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence for his seventh home run of the season and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Sabathia gave up one run and five hits in seven solid innings, as he improved to 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA over his last three outings.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

CC Sabathia wasn't expected to throw a normal start's worth of pitches on Thursday, his first start since returning from the DL. The bullpen would be relied upon for more than a few outs. 

Sabathia went 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs, meaning the bullpen would have to carry the other 4.2 innings. Over those frames, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combined to allow just one run, preserving the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances
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BNNY: Yankees bullpen worries 00:06:21
On Baseball Night in New York, the crew asks whether it's too early to make judgments on the Yankees bullpen.

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka fell apart by allowing three runs in the seventh inning, while Chad Green surrendered two runs and three hits in 2/3 of an inning in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka had retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced entering the seventh inning when he allowed a single to Jonathan Schoop and then a two-run home run to Adam Jones that turned a 1-0 Yankees lead into a 2-1 deficit.

"It was not an ideal pitch," Tanaka said through a translator of his 0-1 slider, according to the New York Daily News' John Healy. "As soon as it left I knew he got the barrel of the bat, but thought it was maybe 50-50. ... I managed to grind through six innings with good defense behind me, just to give up a home run like that, especially after us scoring a run, is disappointing and frustrating."

Tags: Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

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

It's just five games into the regular season, but Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone has a dilemma on his hands. His bullpen is underperforming, and he's having trouble managing it.

The Yankees bullpen entered the season believed to be among the best in the game, however, the crew has performed inadequately to say the least. Yankees relievers have allowed 14 runs in 17 1/3 innings (7.27 ERA), which ranks 27th in the league. They lost back-to-back games in their first series of the season at the hands of reliever implosions, and only Didi Gregorius saved them from another in Tuesday's home opener...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Adam Warren gave up four runs in the ninth inning, including a go-ahead three-run home run, after four Yankees pitchers limited the Tampa Bay Rays to one hit through the first eight innings as New York lost 4-2 on Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. >> Box score


Things to know about Monday's game

1) Warren allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth inning before surrendering a three-run home run to David Rodriguez to blow a 2-0 Yankees lead. Two batters later, he allowed a solo home run to Carlos Gomez.

2) David Hale, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, and Dellin Betances combined to give up one hit in eight scoreless innings.

Tags: Adam Warren, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Ronald Torreyes
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Rays on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. 

Tags: Chad Green
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