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Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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The Yankees couldn't come away with another road victory against the Astros on Sunday night, falling 3-2 in extras to tie the series up. Unlike their seven-run splurge in Game 1, Justin Verlander calmed the Yanks' bats down a bit with his stellar arsenal on the mound, allowing only the two-run homer to Aaron Judge that accounted for the team's only runs in the contest. 

Now the ALCS heads to the Bronx for the first time, which should work in the Yankees' favor right? Not necessarily with Gerrit Cole on the mound. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have up to 12 arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with James Paxton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez the biggest names in that group. 

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Yankees' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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Judge confident heading to Bronx 00:00:55
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was bummed the team lost Game 2 but has confidence with the series shifting to the Bronx.

Disappointment filled the locker room as the Yankees summed up Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS, but the main objective at Minute Maid Park in Houston ultimately got accomplished.

While the Yankees had the Astros on the ropes and let the chance to go up 2-0 slip away, the two-game trip ended with the next three matchups back before the Yankee Stadium crowd in New York, starting Tuesday at 4:08 p.m. ET.

Despite the poor performance at the plate for the Yankees, whose only runs came on Aaron Judge's two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, they brush off their six-hit evening with an opportunity to get Game 3 -- and possibly the series -- done in the Bronx.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez
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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (103-58) look to jump out to a commanding series lead when they host the Twins (101-61) in Game 2 of the ALDS Saturday at 5:07 p.m.

Yankees notes

With Friday's win, the Yankees are now 14-2 all-time in playoff games against the Twins, with wins in 11 straight contests. They've won all five of the series between the two teams, as well... DJ LeMahieu picked up right where he left off in the regular season in Friday's win, going 3-for- with four RBI... Game 1 was as advertised in the power department, as the two teams who both shattered the record for home runs in a season combined for five of them on Friday... In what turned into a battle of the bullpens, Yankee relievers allowed just one run on two hits in 4.1 innings while the Twins surrendered seven runs in the four innings after Jose Berrios left the game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Max Kepler (26) hits a three RBI double during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Max Kepler (26) hits a three RBI double during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The legend of DJ LeMahieu added another chapter of Friday night.

The Yankees defeated the Twins 10-4 in the Bronx, and in a Bombers' lineup that is packed with stars- from Aaron Judge, to Gary Sanchez, to Giancarlo Stanton, among others- it was LeMaheiu who shined the brightest.

Providing a spark out of the leadoff spot, just as he did all throughout the regular season, LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (103-58) start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins (101-61) on Friday at 7:07 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees begin the hunt for their 28th World Series title when they take on the Twins in the ALDS. Lefty James Paxton will start in his first career playoff game, and was even called "the best left-handed pitcher in the game" by teammate Aaron Judge. He'll face a powerful Twins offense that had the MLB's best road record at 55-26. They even edged out the Yankees in total team home runs for the regular season, hitting 307 homers compared to 306 HRs by the Yanks. Gary Sanchez (groin) and Edwin Encarnacion (oblique) both had been dealing with injuries in September, but will be in the starting lineup on Friday night. As will slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who batted .286 with two home runs over 28 at-bats in September, after being out since June. It's the first time the Yankees will be starting a lineup with these nine players.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Yankees healthy, over injuries 00:01:02
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, third baseman Gio Urshela and DH Edwin Encarnacion say they're healthy and ready for the ALDS.

With the ALDS playoff matchup set and Game 1 on the horizon, two Yankees to have sat out for most of the past month appear to be working back into the mix.

Two days before the Yankees (103-59) open the best-of-five series against the Minnesota Twins (101-61) Friday at Yankee Stadium in New York, a pair of key bats are hopeful to be available.

Decimated by injuries throughout the regular season with an MLB-record 30 players to have landed on the injured lists in 2019, the Yankees look like they will catch a break for their opener vs. the Twins as they bring Gary Sanchez and Edwin Encarnacion back along.

Tags: Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez
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Sep 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the second inning in the final home game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Sep 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the second inning in the final home game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Job one for the Yankees on Sunday was to get out of the regular-season finale with no injuries, but with the way this IL-fest of a year has gone, forget that.

The Yankees lost to the Rangers, 6-1, in the last game ever at Globe Life Park, but the pinstriped headline was Gio Urshela leaving in the fourth inning with what the team is calling a mild left ankle sprain.

The Yankees told reporters in Texas that doctors examined Urshela at the ballpark and there were no further tests planned. The Yankees don't play again until Friday when they open the AL Division Series against the Twins at Yankee Stadium, so Urshela has time to heal.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Anthony McCarron
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Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) throws the ball to first base for an out in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 22, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) throws the ball to first base for an out in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

With Twins-Yankees in the playoffs, there's always a temptation to chuckle and say, "The Yanks own Minnesota. The Twins have no shot."

Insert wisecrack here suggesting Minny will be in a fragile mental state for this latest AL Division Series between the teams, permanently scarred and scared by the past. After all, the Yanks have eliminated the Twins from the playoffs five times since 2003 and beaten them in 10 consecutive postseason games.

There! A fresh-baked hot take on Round 1. Bring on the Astros!

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 27, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) watches his home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 27, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) watches his home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 14-7 on Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) James Paxton was pulled after pitching just one inning against the Rangers, allowing two earned runs. According to the team, the Yankees pulled him due to a tight left glute, saying that his exit was mainly precautionary. The left-hander entered the game looking to come out on the winning side of the decision for the 11th straight time, but it wasn't meant to be on Friday.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luke Voit
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Aaron Boone Treated
Aaron Boone Treated

The Yankees have officially clinched the AL East title on Thursday night, doing so for the first time since 2012. Now the only thing left to play for is home field advantage throughout the postseason, which the Astros and Bombers are currently locked in to with 100 wins apiece.

As the Yankees ride out the rest of the season, the next phase of their journey to the World Series will be putting together the 25-man postseason roster. 

One big advantage GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone possess this year is roster depth, something that has gotten them through all the injuries that have plagued the team throughout the season. Players like Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Cameron Maybin, Mike Tauchman, and others have stepped up when called upon, and that should continue in October. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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Reaction to clinching AL East 00:01:43
CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner react to clinching the AL East despite the injuries this season. For the vets, it means a lot.

For the first time since 2012, the Yankees are AL East champions.

The Yankees defeated the Angels 9-1 on Thursday night, led by seven outstanding innings from Masahiro Tanaka and an early three-run shot from DJ LeMahieu, one of four Yankees home runs.

The 2019 season marks the 19th time in team history that the Yankees have taken the AL East crown in 49 seasons, nine ahead of the Red Sox, who have won the division 10 times. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Luke Voit
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Reaction to clinching AL East 00:01:43
CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner react to clinching the AL East despite the injuries this season. For the vets, it means a lot.

For the first time since 2012, the Yankees are AL East champions.

The Yankees defeated the Angels 9-1 on Thursday night, led by seven outstanding innings from Masahiro Tanaka and an early three-run shot from DJ LeMahieu, one of four Yankees home runs.

The 2019 season marks the 19th time in team history that the Yankees have taken the AL East crown in 49 seasons, nine ahead of the Red Sox, who have won the division 10 times. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Luke Voit
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees (97-52, 9.0 GA in AL East) continue their three-game series with the Blue Jays (58-90, 38.5 GB in AL East) at 3:07 p.m. inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Yankees notes

The lineup shuffles for the Yankees after they suffered their 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Blue Jays late Friday night. Among the notables, RF Aaron Judge is back in the two spot after he sat out -- until a pinch-hit strikeout in the top of the 12th inning -- as a precautionary move following his collision into the right-field wall during Thursday's doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. Cameron Maybin, who replaced Judge in Friday's starting lineup, slides back to LF in favor of Clint Frazier after an 0-for-5 night in RF. Without Gary Sanchez until -- likely -- the end of the month as he recovers from his pulled left groin Thursday, the Yankees give C Kyle Higashioka the nod behind the dish after Austin Romine spent all 12 innings as the team's backstop Friday. Didi Gregorius gets the day off, sliding SS Gleyber Torres in the middle infield and giving 2B Thairo Estrada his first start since Aug. 17 before he suffered a calf injury.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Thairo Estrada
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Aug 27, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 27, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees (97-51, 10.0 GA in AL East) start a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays (57-90, 39.5 GB in AL East) at 7:07 p.m. at the Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

The Yankees won both ends of their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. They won the first game 10-4, thanks to two two-run homers from Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion. In the second game of the day, the Yanks won 6-4 after CC Sabathia and Domingo German both struck out five batters. Encarnacion left the first game with a strained left oblique, while J.A. Happ left with bicep tendinitis. Then in the second game, Gary Sanchez left with left groin tightness, and RHP Tommy Kahnle injured his finger in a dugout incident.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

Despite sweeping their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the Yankees suffered a couple tough losses.

Three, to be exact.

Edwin Encarnacion left the first game with a strained left oblique, while J.A. Happ left the same game with bicep tendinitis.

Tags: Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ
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Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (95-51, 8.5 GA in AL East) take on the Detroit Tigers (43-100, 45.0 GB in AL Central, 41.0 GB for second Wild Card) at Comerica Park for the first game of a Thursday doubleheader at 1:10 pm.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games. ... The Yankees slammed six home runs in their 12-11 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. ... The Yankees are not starting Gary Sanchez or Gleyber Torres in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. ... Edwin Encarnacion and Luke Voit both have one career home run off of Tigers starter Matthew Boyd.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (93-50, 8.0 GA in AL East) play the the third game of their four-game wraparound series against the Red Sox (76-66, 16.5 GB in AL East, 7.0 GB for second Wild Card) Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion hit his second homer since returning from the IL on Saturday and also added a double, going 2-for-5 with three RBI... Gary Sanchez already has a career high in home runs and after two RBI on Saturday, needs 14 more to eclipse his career-best of 90... At .328, DJ LeMahieu is second in the American League in batting average, trailing Tim Anderson of the White Sox... Gio Urshela has been activated from the injured list, though he is not in Sunday's starting lineup. 

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 5-1 on Saturday at Fenway Park. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Saturday's start was exactly what J.A. Happ needed. While his 2019 season has been very up and down, Happ was dominant on Saturday. In 6.1 innings, Happ allowed only two hits while striking out seven and walking just one. After his six shutout-inning performance against Oakland his last time out, Happ is now up to 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Happ was at one point an afterthought for the Yankees' postseason rotation, but now he may be pitching himself back into a playoff spot. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle
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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 (92-50, 8.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox (76-65, 15.5 GB in AL East, 6.0 GB for second Wild Card) Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

After the Red Sox roughed up RHP Domingo German (17-4, 4.21 ERA) for five runs on three hits and four walks to five strikeouts in Friday's 6-1 loss, the Yankees try to bounce back with a better sense of urgency -- on the mound and at the plate. The Red Sox held the Yankees to three hits, with the only run coming on CF Brett Gardner's fifth-inning solo shot. Eight of the 10 Yankees to make plate appearances went hitless. SS Didi Gregorious (1 for 4 with a double) and Gardner (2 for 3) were the exceptions.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit
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Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Jul 28, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees (92-49, 9.5 GA in AL East) hit the road for 10 games as they start their trip with Friday's four-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox (75-65, 16.5 GB in AL East, 6.5 GB for second Wild Card) at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

Winners in eight of their past 10 games, the Yankees hit the road through next weekend after they won three-game series against the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers. In each of those sets, the Yankees dropped the opener before they bounced back and took their final two contests. The successful six-game homestand followed the Yankees' road series victories vs. the Dodgers and Mariners, taking two out of three against Los Angeles and sweeping Seattle.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit
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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 (91-49, 9.5 GA in AL East) wrap up their three-game series with the Rangers (68-72, 22.0 GB in AL West, 12.5 GB for second Wild Card) Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees rebounded from their first shutout in 220 games to beat the Rangers 10-1 on Tuesday night. The team hit a total of five home runs, thanks to two from Gary Sanchez, and one each from Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner, and Edwin Encarnacion. It was Encarnacion's 31st homer of the year, and his first game since a fractured wrist that had kept him out since Aug. 3. Starting pitcher James Paxton tossed 7.0 shutout innings of one-hit baseball and tied his season-high with 12 strikeouts.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, James Paxton
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Yankees react to dominant Paxton 00:01:07
James Paxton dominated the Rangers in a 10-1 win. Paxton has now won seven straight and tied his season high in strikeouts.

The Yankees blasted six home runs as they avenged their series-opening loss to the Rangers and bounced back with Tuesday's dominant 10-1 win at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) After they suffered a six-hit shutout -- the offense's first scoreless performance in 122 games -- in their 7-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday, the result evidently lit a fire under the Yankees. New York pummeled Texas for 10 runs on 11 hits, belting six home runs along the way. The Yankees jumped on the Rangers with C Gary Sanchez's two-run home run to center field, taking a 2-0 lead, before busting the dam entirely later in the game.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga
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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After a rain delay of nearly three hours, the Yankees slumped through their series-opening game against the Texas Rangers as they fell 7-0 at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Rangers LHP Mike Minor (12-8, 3.13 ERA) dominated the Yankees, scattering five hits over 7.1 shutout innings and recording five strikeouts to one walk. While the Rangers led 6-0 vs. the Yankees in the bottom of the eighth inning, he allowed a leadoff single to CF Mike Tauchman on a line drive to center field before LF Clint Frazier grounded into a fielder's choice. His second single of the frame surrendered against 2B Tyler Wade triggered manager Chris Woodward to make a move and the bullpen did the rest as RHP Shawn Kelley shut the door over the final 1.2 innings, stranding two baserunners in the eighth. Minor fired 111 pitches. Combined, the Rangers held the Yankees to their first shutout since June 30, 2018, when they dropped an 11-0 defeat against the Boston Red Sox.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade
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Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mike Ford (36) follows through on a RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mike Ford (36) follows through on a RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (90-48, 10.0 GA in AL East) open a three-game series with the Rangers (67-71, 22 GB in AL West, 12.5 GB for second Wild Card) on Monday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Mike Ford played hero on Sunday, hitting a walk-off home run in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the A's... Brett Gardner also homered in the ninth to aid in the comeback victory... Though Gary Sanchez has just five hits in his last 26 at-bats, three of those hits have been for homers and his OPS is a very respectable .838 over that span.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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The Yankees walked off with a 4-3 win over the A's on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Gary Sanchez provided the Yankees' early offense on Saturday. In the bottom of the second inning, he crushed his 31st home run of the season into the second deck in left field, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Sanchez lifted his 32nd home run to right center, this time tying the game at 2-2. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez
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Aug 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) flips hit bat after striking out in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on MLB Players' Weekend at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) flips hit bat after striking out in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on MLB Players' Weekend at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees fell to the Dodgers 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, despite Aaron Judge hitting a home run for the second straight game. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) CC Sabathia threw 78 pitches in just four innings of work, allowing two earned runs on five hits and striking out seven Dodgers' batters. The lefty failed to make it past the fifth inning for the fourth-straight game. Last time he made it through five innings was on July 16 against the Rays when he threw 6.0 innings. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez
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Aug 23, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Aug 23, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The two fastest catchers in MLB history to 100 home runs prominently played for New York's teams.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez etched his name in the record books in the top of the third inning of Friday night's 10-2 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers when he hit a solo home run to put New York up 2-0.

The blast over the left-field wall marked Sanchez's 29th of the season, but it also made him the fastest to 100 homers among catchers and American League players, surpassing then-Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza (422 games) and fifth-year Texas Rangers OF/1B/3B Joey Gallo (377 games) at 355 games.

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Aug 23, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates after shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hit a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Aug 23, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates after shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hit a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres all homered, but Didi Gregorius' fifth-inning grand slam was the big blow to the Dogers in the Yankees' 10-2 victory over Los Angeles on Friday. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) With the Yankees leading 2-1 in the fifth, Gregorius came to the plate with the bases loaded and took the first pitch he saw from Hyun-Jin Ryu deep to right field to break the game wide open. Gregorius added a second homer with the game well out of reach, a solo shot in the top of the ninth. The shortstop now has 13 home runs since making his season debut on June 7. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Nestor Cortes Jr, Tommy Kahnle
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (83-46, 8.0 GA in AL East) take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (85-44, 20.5 GA in NL West) at Dodger Stadium Friday at 10:10 p.m. to begin a three-game series with the two-time defending National League champions.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers in Thursday's loss to the A's. He now has 31 home runs on the season... Gio Urshela had a rare down night, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts... Aaron Judge reached base three times on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a walk, but the three hitters behind him (Didi Gregorius, Urshela and Gary Sanchez) combined to go 1-for-12 behind him.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

A big night from Gleyber Torres at the plate was not enough to prevent the sweep, as the A's topped the Yankees, 5-3, on Thursday night in Oakland. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) While throwing 109 pitches, Masahiro Tanaka only mustered six innings of work while laboring through a few innings, starting right out of the gate in the first. The A's plated three runs in the opening frame, which was helped by two walks from Tanaka, after he did not walk a single batter over his last two starts. Matt Olson grounded into a force out which scored Marcus Semien for the game's first run, then Mark Canha added a two-run single to left field. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Oakland Athletics
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Aug 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) speaks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Aug 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) speaks with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Yankees dropped their third game in a row with a 6-4 loss to the Athletics on Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) J.A. Happ struggled once again, throwing just 4.0 innings and allowing five earned runs including two home runs. Happ struck out four batters, walked just two, and allowed only four hits. His record is now 10-8 on the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela
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Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 14, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (83-44, 10.0 GA in AL East) continue their nine-game road trip on the West Coast in Oakland against the Athletics (72-53, 8.0 GB in AL West, 0.0 GB in Wild Card) on Wednesday at 10:07 p.m.

Yankees notes

After Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the A's, the Yankees aim to end their two-game skid, which includes Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. They notched 11 hits but managed only two runs, both coming on solo shots by DH Gary Sanchez and RF Aaron Judge in the top of the first and eighth innings, respectively. Despite Tuesday's loss, the Yankees remained 10 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and maintained a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the MLB's best record at 83-44.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Oakland Athletics
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Aug 20, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prepares to round third base after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Aug 20, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prepares to round third base after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Yankees allowed two first inning home runs in Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Athletics. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Domingo German had a rough start, giving up three earned runs in the first inning including two home runs. He finished the game after 5.1 innings of work, allowing a total of five earned runs on eight hits. German did strike out seven batters, but it wasn't enough to slow down the A's offense. It was his first loss since June 7 against the Indians, as his record is now 16-3 on the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees struck out 14 times and allowed three home runs in Sunday afternoon's 8-4 loss to the Indians at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) LHP CC Sabathia struggled in his first game back from the right knee inflammation, an ailment that kept him on the injured list since July 28.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

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

Yankees notes

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains how the Cleveland Indians were able to rough up reliver Chad Green in the 1st inning.

The Yankees were embarrassed by the Indians 19-5 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) Chad Green had his worst opening performance of the season for the Yankees. After Francisco Lindor and Greg Allen singled to start the game, Green walked Carlos Santana to load the bases. After Yasiel Puig went down swinging, Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam to center, giving the Indians an early 3-0 lead. After a mound visit, Green allowed another home run to Jason Kipnis, ending Green's night with just one out recorded and five earned runs.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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(Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) J.A. Happ pitched much better compared to his last start, allowing six hits, striking out six, and allowing just two runs over 5.0 innings. This was a bounce back performance for Happ, who gave up six earned runs during his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 9. This was his first start since July 19 that he allowed two or less runs.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was thrilled with rookie Adonis Rosa's debut and relief appearance against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees defeated the Orioles 8-3 on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Domingo German was tremendous for the Yankees, cruising to his 16th win of the season. The right-hander went 7.0 innings for the Yanks, allowing just two earned runs on five hits. Both of German's earned runs came on solo home runs, but he did a good job of keeping runners off base.  

Tags: Austin Romine, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez
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Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees (76-41, 8.5 GA in AL East) look to even the series against the Blue Jays (49-71) on Sunday at 1:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

The Yanks suffered another loss to Toronto on Saturday, 5-4, on the road. ...Gleyber Torres returns to the lineup after avoiding the IL with his core pain. He did a full workout on the Rogers Centre field before yesterday's game and Aaron Boone noted him being back today. ...In his first game back from the IL, Gary Sanchez launched a solo homer to put the Yanks up early. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Gary Sanchez made his return from the Injured List with a bang, literally. In a scoreless game in the top of the fourth inning, Sanchez stayed back on a Jacob Waguespack slider, slamming a solo home run to left-center. Sanchez's 25th home run of the season put the Yankees on top 1-0. Overall, Sanchez went 1-4 at the plate with a couple of strikeouts. 

Tags: Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (76-40, 9.5 GA in AL East) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (48-71, 29.5 GB in AL East ) on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez returns to the Yankees' lineup in the cleanup spot after spending the last two weeks on the IL with a groin strain. ... Aaron Judge looks to get going at the plate. He is just 3 for his last 20 with one home run. ... Mike Tauchman is in the lineup batting ninth. He is hitting a slash line of .450/.500/1.250 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored in his last five games. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Most teams are content with at least one quality catching option. It's a position where power isn't expected, but certainly welcome if one provides it. Good defense, as well as the ability to work well with pitchers, are pivotal to the positions success.

The Yankees have this in Gary Sanchez, the slugging 26-year-old whose defense has made improvements after disastrous showings in previous seasons. Behind him, both Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka have proved their worth for different reasons.

But it's likely that only one of them will remain with New York beyond this season. While the assumption is that the organization re-signs Romine, drafted by the team in 2007, the decision may not be as simple.

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Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are anticipating Gary Sanchez to be back on the MLB roster this weekend, and with his arrival comes big expectations. One of the Yankees' preeminent sluggers, Sanchez leads the team in home runs this season and will be relied on to carry the team's wounded lineup, which has lost over 50 home runs with injuries to Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hicks. Even Gleyber Torres, the only Yankee from the Opening Day lineup not to spend time on the injured list, is day-to-day with a core injury.

Thus, Sanchez will have a lot on his plate as soon as he returns. DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius need all the protection they can get, and although they've been hot lately, I'm sure Aaron Boone is looking forward to not having to slot Gio Urshela, Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman in the middle of the lineup.

However, Sanchez hasn't been playing like a true cleanup hitter for awhile. In fact, his offense had become downright unplayable before he went on the injured list with a groin strain - since June 23, Sanchez has just 10 hits, one home run, a triple slash of .118/.194/.176 and a putrid -2 wRC+. That's not Gary Sanchez.

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 (Evan Habeeb)
(Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees hit five more home runs, crushing the Orioles 14-2 to sweep the series. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The Yankees set a Major League record on Wednesday night. With three more home runs, the Yankees have now hit 52 home runs against the Orioles, the most home runs that one team has ever hit in a single season against a single opponent. The previous record was held by the 1956 Yankees with 48 home runs against the Kansas City A's. The Yankees have now hit 5+ home runs in three straight games. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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The Yankees blasted six home runs on their way to a 9-4 win over the Orioles on Tuesday. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Mike Tauchman had a big night for the Yankees at the plate and in the field. The lefty started the scoring for the Bombers with a solo shot in the top of the third inning. His 10th homer of the season game the Yankees a 1-0 lead. He finished the night 2-4 with two RBI. Later in the game, Tauchman made an unbelievable catch to rob Pedro Severino of a home run. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

What injuries? 

Those two words could serve as the Yankees' mantra season thus far. 

The list goes on and on when you look at the key components featured in this powerhouse lineup that have hit the IL. Currently, players like Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez sit on the 10-day IL, while the likes of Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Dellin Betances, and Luis Severino are on the 60-day list. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Another Yankee has made their way to the Injured List. 

The team announced on Sunday that Aaron Hicks hit the 10-day IL with a right flexor strain. Hicks will be shut down from throwing over the next week or so, while the Yankees are happy he won't need Tommy John surgery. That was an initial thought by the team, but Yahoo!'s Mike Mazzeo said it has been ruled out. 

Hicks was said to be going for an MRI after he suffered an injury in the eighth inning during Saturday's game. The injury occurred during a throw Hicks made in the sixth inning from center field, as he tried to keep a runner at second base. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

The Red Sox jumped all over Yankees' pitching on Thursday, cruising to a 19-3 win. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka had the worst start in his Major League career on Thursday night. The Red Sox jumped all over him right out of the gates, as Xander Bogaerts slammed a three-run home run in the first inning, followed by a pair of two-run doubles from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Bets. After that seven-run first, Tanaka was tagged again for five more runs in the fourth, including a Rafael Devers homer. Tanaka allowed a career-worst 12 earned runs on 12 hits in just 3.1 innings, causing his ERA to jump from 4.00 to 4.79.

The only Yankees pitcher to allow more earned runs in an outing is Carl Mays, who allowed 13 earned against the Indians on July 17, 1923.

2) Stephen Tarpley was tasked with trying to keep things from getting any worse after Tanaka was pulled, but the lefty also had a rough night on the mound. Tarpley allowing four earned runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings, raising his season ERA to 8.22.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Masahiro Tanaka
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Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It hasn't been a good last month for Gary Sanchez, and now it just got worse. 

The All-Star catcher is headed to the IL with a left groin strain, the Yankees announced. His injury came in Tuesday night's thrilling win against the Twins after trying to beat out a groundball to shortstop. He was set to have an MRI on Wednesday.

The injury initially looked like an ankle ailment, as replay showed Sanchez turn his right ankle. However, Boone said it was a groin injury and the IL stint was possible. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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