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Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

It has been nearly two months since Clint Frazier was sent back down to Triple-A, and with the trade deadline over and some more Yankees outfielders hurt, the 24-year-old still finds himself stuck in Scranton. 

The Yankees say it is to work on his defense, and Frazier acknowledges that, but still feels he belongs in the majors. 

"It's crazy that I'm not in the big leagues," Frazier told James Wagner of the New York Times. "It's one of those things where I know I'm not a finished product, but I don't know if anyone is a finished product up there. I think I need to be tested against major league pitching and defense in the outfield in every aspect. But I'm not the one who makes those decisions, so I'm going to continue to help the Scranton RailRiders while I can."

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Jul 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Depth in Major League Baseball is hardly a constant. One of the more unpredictable aspects of the sport, teams' depth shifts almost daily, while roster overhauls occur in the offseasons. Two things are difficult to achieve - consistent production from backups and helping other teams' castoffs realize their potential.

Enter, the 2019 Yankees, who have pulled off both despite injuries and an influx of new faces.

In the ever evolving analytics-driven game, New York has clearly been in the upper tier of searching for and acquiring depth options.

Tags: Austin Romine, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade
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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have had an injury-riddled season. Key players at every position have been out for almost the entire year, and the club has never actually fielded a full-strength lineup. By not adding at the trade deadline, general manager Brian Cashman has put all his chips on the returns of injured stars Luis Severino, Dellin Betances and Giancarlo Stanton to improve the team.

If the Yankees are looking for immediate game-changers though, they have the ability to add a player who's seventh on the team in home runs, sixth in OPS, fourth in average and third in SLG (despite not playing a Major League game in almost a month and a half) with just a phone call to Scranton.

So, why aren't the Yankees looking to recall Clint Frazier, clearly one of the team's top hitters, before a crucial four-game set against the Boston Red Sox? 

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Mar 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The last-minute Zack Greinke blockbuster aside, baseball's trade deadline was reminiscent of the winter meetings, as fans waited for the wheeling and dealing to begin in earnest. 

It's pretty clear that teams are more risk-averse than ever, the result of information overload throughout the sport and GMs who'd seemingly rather reveal family secrets than trade top prospects. 

The result was a yawner of a deadline, despite the supposed urgency that came with the rule change this year doing away with waiver trades, meaning that this was the one chance teams had to buy or sell. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

The Yankees' big-league roster looks exactly the same after the MLB trade deadline as it did when the day started. The team did make a very minor move, adding minor league lefty Alfredo Garcia from the Colorado Rockies, but they did not add any pitching to a rotation that looks dangerously shallow. That doesn't mean that the club can't still improve., though.

Instead, the Yankees will have to improve from inside the organization if they want to win the World Series. Here's how the Yankees can still get better without surrendering any talent in the meantime: 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Clint Frazier era in New York could soon be coming to an end. 

The Yankees are reportedly offering the 24-year-old outfielder in trade talks for both starting and relief pitchers, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. 

Frazier proved he is capable of being an everyday hitter in the majors this season, batting a slash line of .283/.330/.843 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 209 plate appearances. But the Yankees have kept the outfielder in Triple-A since June 16 when he was optioned to make room for DH Edwin Encarnacion

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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It seems hard to believe now, with the Yankees on a pace to win 105 games, that they lost series to the Orioles, Tigers, and White Sox in getting off to a 6-9 start amidst fears that injuries might wreck their season before Memorial Day.

Since then they've gone a mere 51-22 to establish themselves as the best team in the American League, getting unexpected contributions from the Urshelas, Tauchmans and Maybins of the baseball world that have made this more of a feel-good season than seemed possible with such huge expectations.

As such, any midterm review has to start with GM Brian Cashman, who created all this depth and versatility, as well as the most formidable bullpen in baseball, partly by spreading the Yankee money around on the likes of D.J. Lemahieu, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton and others, rather than going all-in on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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CLEVELAND -- Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn't a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

CLEVELAND -- Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn't a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)

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Interested teams are awaiting word on Toronto starter Marcus Stroman's left shoulder/pectoral injury, but a source close to Stroman said that the All-Star is fine. That means that Toronto should still have a healthy and appealing trade chip.

The Yankees have some interest in Stroman, but are unlikely to trade five years of Clint Frazier for a pitcher who will be a free agent after 2020. They are also interested in Cleveland's Trevor Bauer and the Mets' Zack Wheeler, among other targets.

Stroman left his start on Saturday with what the Jays later called left shoulder and pectoral cramping.

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Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The perception the Yankees have grown weary of Clint Frazier was done any favors this week when they opted to call up Mike Tauchman for the London series when Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the IL. 

Tauchman has struggled with his bat at the major-league level, whereas Frazier has thrived, but GM Brian Cashman insisted that Tauchman's defense was ultimately the deciding factor. 

Frazier believes that was the right decision. 

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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) between innings against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees had to place Giancarlo Stanton on the IL once again after Wednesday's win, with manager Aaron Boone saying he sustained a PCL strain during Tuesday's contest against the Blue Jays.

And, according to GM Brian Cashman, he's going to need a good amount of time to recover from it. 

Cashman told media members on Thursday that "it's going to be a while" for Stanton, who is unlikely to return in July. While the Yankees will definitely take it if he does come back next month, Cashman said August is "the sweet spot" to expect him back in the lineup. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton is unfortunately heading back to the IL with a PCL strain, Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' win on Wednesday. But that doesn't mean Clint Frazier is coming back to the bigs. 

Instead, the Yankees are bringing Mike Tauchman with them to London to replace Stanton on the roster. Thairo Estrada and Kyle Higashioka will be going over the pond as well, filling into the Yanks' extra slots for the London series. 

So what does this mean for Frazier's status on the Yankees?

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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton is headed back to the Yankees' injured list.

Eight days after he returned from a 2 1/2-month absence with various injuries, Stanton will be placed on the IL with a strained right PCL, manager Aaron Boone said after Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

The 29-year-old Stanton left Tuesday's game before the fourth inning after injuring his knee on the basepaths. He told Boone he wasn't sure if he injured it sliding into second base or diving into third base in the first inning.

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Jun 22, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
Jun 22, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

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The Yankees are targeting controllable starting pitchers at the trade deadline, and won't move Clint Frazier for a rental.

But one high-end arm that will not be available is Luis Castillo of the Reds, according to major league sources. Rumors surfaced this week linking Castillo to the Yankees.

Asked if Castillo might be traded, one American League executive in touch with the Reds texted: "Do u do stand up comedy in ur spare time ? That's hilarious ! Nfw !"

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Mets rout Cubs 00:01:30
Pete Alonso tied a Mets club record with his 26th HR while Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier each had 3 RBI as the Mets pounded the Cubs, 10-2

The Mets clubbed three home runs on Saturday to beat the Cubs 10-2 at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

Five things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Pete Alonso's historic rookie season continued as he tied the Mets' rookie home run record of 26 held by Darryl Strawberry in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Alonso also now holds the most home runs by a National League rookie before the All-Star break and is on pace for 54 home runs, which would break Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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It's no secret that the AL East-leading Yankees will be looking to upgrade their roster prior to the trade deadline on July 31. It was clear before the Edwin Encarnacion trade, but the team's primary focus will be starting pitching. 

We know that the organization will make a move, but when and for whom remain to be seen. The real question is, what type of move(s) can be expected from GM Brian Cashman? 

Each summer, big names are tossed through the rumor mill, and 2019 has been no different. The biggest names circulated thus far range from Madison Bumgarner, Trevor Bauer and potentially Max Scherzer. While the flash and attention of elite names always creates intrigue, it's worth taking a look at similar past opportunities and what the Yankees have done in those situations. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Sonny Gray
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are already active in trade talks with other teams, but have not yet been able to agree on a deal for their top priority, a starting pitcher. It's clear to rivals, though, that Brian Cashman will not move Clint Frazier for a free-agent-to-be like Madison Bumgarner or Zack Wheeler.

As SNY has reported, the Yankees like Wheeler, understanding that his season has been better than some of his statistics suggest. The rumor mill has linked the Yanks to Bumgarner, though the club's actual interest in the San Francisco lefty has been lukewarm so far.

The Yanks are also willing to deal Frazier in the right situation, but will be very careful in doing so. He is an above-average major league hitter with five years of team control remaining before free agency. Simply put, the Yankees will not move years of Frazier for a few months of a Wheeler or Bumgarner, according to multiple major league sources.

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' trade for Edwin Encarnacion was certainly a surprise, but what may have been a bigger surprise was the demotion of Clint Frazier to Triple-A. 

Frazier vocalized his disappointment on Sunday, saying it was a "tough pill to swallow," and it raised many eyebrows as a possible precursor of a trade involving the 24-year-old outfielder. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman explained the rationale of demoting Frazier instead of Mike Tauchman or waiving Cameron Maybin in a conversation with Joel Sherman of The Post. 

 

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Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Doesn't look like Clint Frazier is taking his demotion very well. 

With Edwin Encarnacion joining the Yankees, the corresponding move was sending Frazier back down to Triple-A. Frazier admitted after the team's win that the demotion came as a surprise. 

"It's a tough pill to swallow," he told reporters. "It's never fun, especially with how much I've felt like I've contributed to this team."

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to the minors to make room for Edwin Encarnacion.

Frazier, 24, was slashing .283/.330/.513 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs, taking on a starting role after the Yankees dealt with injuries to Aaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks in the first month of the season.

"It's a tough pill to swallow," Frazier told reporters after Sunday's game. "It's never fun, especially with how much I've felt like I've felt like I've contributed to this team."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton
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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (42-27, 0.5 game lead over Rays in AL East) try to make it two in a row in Chicago against the White Sox (34-35, 13.0 GB in AL Central) on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. 

Yankees notes

Mike Tauchman is playing for the third time in four days. He has one hit in five at-bats since rejoining the club Thursday. ... With the looming returns of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton from the injured list, along with the acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion on Saturday, Tauchman's days are numbered. It may also mean Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner will receive less playing time going forward, but both are in the starting lineup Sunday. ... Gleyber Torres has three multi-hit efforts in his last four games and has increased his slash line to .288/.340/.527 on the season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chicago White Sox, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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Jun 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Jun 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

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The first blush reaction to the Yankees' trade for slugger Edwin Encarnacion was that if felt like the first move in a trade to upgrade the rotation by moving Clint Frazier - but that is not the case, according to major league sources.

With this deal, the Yanks simply saw an opportunity to upgrade their offense, courtesy of Seattle's sell-off. They traded for Encarnacion without having any other deals lined up. It was simply an isolated opportunity that arose, and they seized.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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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.

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Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

For the first time this season, the Yankees are inching towards full health. With the impending returns of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees' lineup will finally be maximized at full strength.

However, because Judge and Stanton are obviously everyday players, that means that a roster shakeup is in order. How will the Yankees manage their roster with their two All-Stars returning to the lineup?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton
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Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees squandered a four-run lead and lost to the White Sox, 5-4, at Guaranteed Rate Field.>> Box score

5 takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) J.A. Happ cruised through the first three innings, ran into trouble in the fourth, but got out of it unscathed. The fifth inning was where it all came undone for Happ as he allowed four runs, highlighted by Tim Anderson's three-run homer. Yankees starters having become completely unreliable and it is adversely affecting the rest of the club by making relievers work harder and the offense press to score more runs than should be necessary to win games.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, J.A. Happ, Chris Carelli
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Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

After some shotty outfield play against the Red Sox, Clint Frazier didn't do himself any justice by avoiding the media that same night. But, while Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't approve of Frazier's actions, he's liked his answer to the critics on the field. 

Frazier said last week, "I don't owe an apology for not talking," following his ducking of the media. Many criticized that move, noting that it is normally the Yankee way to own up to mistakes and get them out of the way. 

Cashman was on WFAN radio Monday, and discussed the "turbulence" Frazier created for himself. But he wasn't too fazed by it due to his bat staying hot through all the noise...

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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets win night cap vs. Yankees 00:01:26
The Mets split the day-night double header against the Yankees, winning 10-4. Pete Alonso shined with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning.

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Luke Voit, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Luke Voit, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Both Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman were charged with blown saves in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. 

New York's bullpen, which had been one of the team's biggest strengths, had faltered during the Yankees' recent slide.

And yet, the pitching staff is confident it can right the ship.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner follows through on a triple against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner follows through on a triple against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Let's play, "Name that Yankee!"

Can you name the Yankee who has played all but four games this year and is top-five on the team in home runs, hits and extra-base hits while leading the team in steals?

Could it be Gleyber Torres? Aaron Hicks might've been a good guess. Maybe even Clint Frazier.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres
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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 were only ever interested in taking a flier on Dallas Keuchel, and their highest bid was a prorated version of the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer, according to major league sources.

He signed with the Atlanta Braves for more: one year, $13 million - not prorated - per Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

Now, the Yankees are pivoting to the trade market, with Clint Frazier as their most marketable piece. Expect the young outfielder to be mentioned in many discussions over the next several weeks.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier dives for but cannot catch an RBI single by Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier dives for but cannot catch an RBI single by Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (38-21, 2.5 GA in AL East) continue their series against the Blue Jays (22-38, 16.5 GB in AL East) on Wednesday at 7:07 p.m.

Yankees notes

After hitting a home run as the DH on Tuesday, Clint Frazier is back in right field, where his defense cost the Yankees on Sunday. ... Kendrys Morales goes back in the lineup at DH. ... Aaron Hicks is not in the lineup, so Brett Gardner shifts to center field, with Cameron Maybin in left. ... The Yankees have lost two straight, the first time they've had consecutive losses since April 30-May 1, when they were swept in a two-game series at Arizona.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, James Paxton, Toronto Blue Jays
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Advice for Clint Frazier 00:01:45
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Clint Frazier is not happy with the way he's been treated by members of the media.

The 24-year-old outfielder declined to speak to reporters on Sunday night after he misplayed three balls in the Yankees' 8-5 loss to Boston. Prior to Tuesday's game in Toronto, Frazier gave his reasoning for keeping quiet.

Frazier told reporters on Tuesday that he didn't speak because he believes he's been treated unfairly by the media. Frazier also said that he doesn't believe he owes anyone an apology for his actions.

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Jun 4, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jun 4, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

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Clint Frazier homered but Masahiro Tanaka could not hold the lead as the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 4-3 at Rogers Centre on Tuesday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Masahiro Tanaka went from a four-inning shutout to allowing four runs in the fifth inning, courtesy of two home run balls. Tanaka's unraveling was exacerbated by an overturned call at second base and then a very poor non-strike call by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Tanaka's final line - 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB and 2 K - looks worse than he pitched for most of the night, but sometimes it only takes one bad inning to lose a game.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Toronto Blue Jays, Chris Carelli
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Frazier 'alienating' teammates 00:01:18
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier avoids the media after bad performances. SNY's Andy Martino says teammates have not been happy.

Clint Frazier upset his Yankees teammates and the organization by not fielding questions after misplaying three balls in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

"What he's doing there by not talking -- and trust me on this -- he's alienating teammates who already roll their eyes at this guy for a number of reasons," Martino said on Monday, a day after Frazier committed one error and misjudged two more fly balls that all led to run-scoring plays.

Frazier, who is tied for the MLB lead with three errors among right fielders, let an Eduardo Nunez single roll under his glove and to the wall, allowing Michael Chavis to score from first and Nunez to reach third.

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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier dives for but cannot catch an RBI single by Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier dives for but cannot catch an RBI single by Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite not making himself available to reporters after misplaying three balls in right field in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox, Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier owned up to his mistakes and said he is continuing to work on his defensive skills.

"It's tough to cost the team runs and a potential win, especially when playing at home against Boston," Frazier told ESPN's Coley Harvey.

Frazier committed one fielding error and misjudged two more balls, each leading to run-scoring plays, in right field on Sunday. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier chases a ball hit by Boston Red Sox second baseman Michael Chavis that went for an RBI triple during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier chases a ball hit by Boston Red Sox second baseman Michael Chavis that went for an RBI triple during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone attributed Clint Frazier's lapses on defense to putting too much pressure on himself after the outfielder misplayed three balls in right field in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox.

Though Frazier went 2-for-4 to improve his batting line to .272/.319/.517, he committed one fielding error and misplayed two more line drives that led to run-scoring plays.

"Maybe pressing a little bit out there," Boone said, according to the New York Times' James Wagner. "He's working his tail off. He's making strides out there but there's been some mistakes along the way, too. That's part of continuing to develop a young player."

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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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New York Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have held their own without several players that were set to be key components to the 2019 season. One of those players, Didi Gregorius, is getting very close to returning to action just over seven months after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Despite the Yankees infielders' early season success, Gregorius' absence was felt in numerous ways.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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Dom Smith vs. Clint Frazier 00:00:59
Jim Duquette weighs the pros and cons of Dominic Smith and Clint Frazier, whose value is higher when it comes to the trade deadline?

The Mets' Dominic Smith and Yankees' Clint Frazier are both finally starting to play up to their potential. The only problem is that there does not seem to be enough room on either roster to move the players. 

Smith, who has been used more as a pinch-hitter, is hitting .345/466/.500 with a home run and six RBI in 58 plate appearances this year. 

Frazier, on the other hand, is in a starting role now and hitting .284/.324/.552 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI but could be resorted to the fifth outfielder on the team once Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return from their injuries. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dominic Smith
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Dom Smith vs. Clint Frazier 00:00:59
Jim Duquette weighs the pros and cons of Dominic Smith and Clint Frazier, whose value is higher when it comes to the trade deadline?

The Mets' Dominic Smith and Yankees' Clint Frazier are both finally starting to play up to their potential. The only problem is that there does not seem to be enough room on either roster to move the players. 

Smith, who has been used more as a pinch-hitter, is hitting .345/466/.500 with a home run and six RBI in 58 plate appearances this year. 

Frazier, on the other hand, is in a starting role now and hitting .284/.324/.552 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI but could be resorted to the fifth outfielder on the team once Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return from their injuries. 

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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) dives for the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports  (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) dives for the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

Stop me if you've heard this one before -- a young Yankees player with an electric offensive profile but leaves much to be desired in the field, causing fans concern and giving his manager no choice but to pull him from games late.

Ring a bell?

It sure sounds a lot like Miguel Andujar in 2018. Though he was a top hitter on the team, his defense cost the team some runs and led to him being pulled from games. History is repeating itself this year.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar
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May 27, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) is greeted by third baseman Gio Urshela (29) after hitting a two run home run in the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 27, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) is greeted by third baseman Gio Urshela (29) after hitting a two run home run in the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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 The Yankees pull away late to beat the Padres, 5-2, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) The Yankees opened with Chad Green and the struggling right-hander struck out all three batters he faced. If Green can get back to his 2017 production the Yankees can use him in multiple areas in the bullpen, which would make him a weapon as the season progresses.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (34-18, 2.0 GA in AL East) take on the Padres (28-25, 7 GB in AL Central) as the open a three-game series against San Diego at Yankee Stadium on Monday at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees' seven-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday as they fell to the Royals in extra-innings despite a ninth-inning rally to tie the game. ... DJ LeMahieu enters Monday with seven hits in his last three games and is hitting .333 with two home runs in that span. ... Clint Frazier has a four-game hitting streak, including a three-hit day on Sunday, in which he is 6-for-14 with a home run and four RBI. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, San Diego Padres
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May 26, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 26, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a three run home run during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

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 After coming back in the ninth inning, the Yankees lost in 10 innings to the Royals, 8-7, at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

Tags: Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in the first game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in the first game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

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The Yankees beat the Royals, 7-3, in Game 1 of a day/night doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) J.A. Happ was electric (he retired 15 straight batters at one point) through one-out into the sixth inning, but ran into a three-hitter rut, which ended on a game-tying three-run home run off the bat of Whit Merrifield. Happ recorded 19 swinging strikes (14 with his four-seam fastball, spotted all over the zone), which is by far the best he's accomplished this season. Happ finished with a solid enough line of 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 BB and 10 K and recorded his fourth win of the season.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees don't have Aaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMiguel Andujar or Didi Gregorius, a group that combined for 119 home runs last year.

And still, they're finding ways to win ... win a lot.

"These guys, the focus each and every day is on the game and playing winning baseball, and everyone kind of pulling their weight, and the mantra of come in and do your job," manager Aaron Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "They've really taken to that, and a lot of them really well."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki
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