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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning 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 catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (49-27, 5.5 GA in AL East) can collect a sweep against the Astros (48-30, 6.5 GA in AL West) on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium at 2:20 p.m.

Yankees notes

Old Timer's Day took place before this one, where Mariano Rivera played in his very first one. He had an inside-the-park home run during his at-bat. ...The Yankees would push their win streak to nine games if they can defeat Houston today. ...Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez have homered in three consecutive games when they play. They got the day off yesterday, and Gio Urshela and Austin Romine -- their replacements -- both homered. ...Giancarlo Stanton had four, clutch RBI yesterday, including the game-winning hit -- a two-run single to left.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, J.A. Happ
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The return of Aaron Judge to the Yankees' lineup on Friday night marked the final piece to complete the Bronx Bombers' claim as the most powerful lineup in the majors. 

It also meant getting the Yankees' biggest star back, too, but Judge believes that claim belongs to Gleyber Torres. 

The Yankees' 22-year-old infielder homered in his third consecutive game on Friday -- along with Gary Sanchez -- giving him 18 on the season. Torres is hitting .287/.347/.544 on the season and is on pace for 39 home runs this year. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres
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The Yankees win their seventh-straight game, beating the Astros 4-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Five takeaways from Friday's game

1) James Paxton generated 17 swings and misses, but he couldn't get through the sixth inning. Paxton finished with seven strikeouts, however he walked three batters and was never fully in command of the strike zone. Though he allowed just one run in this one, some of Paxton's efforts simply feel like there is something missing.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, James Paxton, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The "primary" season is over for the All-Star Game voting and six Yankees have advanced to final round. 

The entire Yankees infield -- Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela have all finished within the top-three voting at their positions to advance. Gary Sanchez also advanced to the final round among AL catchers while Aaron Judge, despite being injured most of the season, is in the final round of nine outfielders. 

Next will be a special "Election Day," where fans will have 28 hours to vote for one of the three finalists at each position (nine for outfield) as the starters on the All-Star Game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (47-27, 4.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game set with the Astros (48-28, 7.5 GA in AL West) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have now won six-straight games, their third winning streak of at least six games this season. ... the Bombers have homered in 23 consecutive games. ... Gleyber Torres has homered in two-straight games and has driven in at least three runs in three of his last six games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, James Paxton
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Jun 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning 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 catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees use four homers to beat the Astros, 10-6, Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Six takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Yankees tandem of Chad Green as opener and Nestor Cortes Jr. as follower can only be derailed by a rain delay at this point. Green tossed two scoreless innings to start the game and Cortes followed with two scoreless of his own. After the delay, Cortes came back out for the fifth inning and got two quick outs. The scoreless string ended there as the left-hander allowed back to back home runs before retiring the final batter of the inning. The duo has been terrific for the Yankees, making it realistic to believe the club will stick with them until the wheels fall off.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Houston Astros, Chris Carelli
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CC Sabathia gets win #250 00:01:00
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia discusses his 250th victory and what it means to have a career like he's had

The Yankees completed their sweep of the Rays, 12-1, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) CC Sabathia fared better this time out compared to his last outing against the White Sox. The veteran lefty went six innings, allowing just one run on a bloop single in the top of the sixth inning. That was only one of three hits he allowed, while striking out seven and walking three. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tampa Bay Rays
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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Aaron Hicks (31) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Aaron Hicks (31) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees' lineup is on the verge of returning to full health. Let that sink in for a second, as you simultaneously look at their 43-27, AL East-leading record that shows how well they've persevered through the plethora of injuries that have plagued them all season. 

Giancarlo Stanton will be the latest Yankee to return on Tuesday, with Aaron Judge targeting a comeback at some point during this week's homestand. 

And if those power bats weren't enough, GM Brian Cashman added another slugger to the group in Edwin Encarnacion, the AL leader in homers (21) that the Mariners traded away during their sell-off.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Apr 28, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with first baseman Luke Voit (45) after hitting a two run home run during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Apr 28, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates with first baseman Luke Voit (45) after hitting a two run home run during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

With four days left in The Primaries for 2019 MLB All-Star Game voting, the Yankees are still represented very well. 

Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit are sitting in first for their respective positions. Sanchez is a lock for the final catcher vote with 1,357,340 votes, and James McCann -- his closest competition -- second with 580,394 votes. Voit is at the top with 696,164 votes compared to C.J. Cron's 586,303 votes in second place.

Just like the last update, Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu are also at the top of the list. Urshela, who many would view as a surprising vote, is second in third base voting behind Alex Bregman. The Astros' third baseman is well in the lead with 1.3 million votes compared to Urshela's 502,614 votes. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit
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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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May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) throws a pitch at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) throws a pitch at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees snapped their three-game losing streak by beating the White Sox, 8-4, at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Yankees starters have performed poorly of late, but the club's opener, Chad Green, has been doing his part when he starts a game. Green struck out six batters, all six outs he generated in his two innings of work and allowed just a single. In Green's last 11.1 innings he's racked up 19 strikeouts, walked just one hitter and owns a 1.59 ERA.

Tags: Chad Green, Chicago White Sox, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Chris Carelli
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Paxton honest after early exit 00:01:03
James Paxton and Aaron Boone commented on the starter's disappointing outing against the Mets in a 10-4 loss. Boone thinks Paxton was tired.

The Yankees were unable to complete the doubleheader sweep, falling the in second game to the Mets on Tuesday 10-4. >> Box score

5 takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) James Paxton did not pitch well for the second consecutive start. He has yet to pitch more than five innings since coming off the IL on May 29 (albeit he was on a strict pitch count his first start back) and this time he could not even make it out of the third, lasting just 2.2 innings and allowing six earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out just one. His ERA has skyrocketed to 4.04. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chance Adams, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton
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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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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)

The Yankees (40-24, T-1st in AL East) take on the Mets (32-33, 5.0 GB in NL East) in the first game of a two-game Subway Series on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Over his last 13 games, Gleyber Torres is hitting just .196 with two home runs and seven RBI. ... Luke Voit, currently the leading vote-getter among American League first basemen for the All-Star game, is slashing .308/.400/.538 with two home runs and four RBIs over his last 10 games. ... The Yankees' bullpen has the third-worst ERA (6.59) in June, while the Mets' 8.05 bullpen ERA is the highest in that span.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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May 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez (24) hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez (24) hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the 2019 MLB All-Star Game voting underway, the primary results for the American League have been released, and there are a few Yankees that have made the list. However, some may come as a bit of a surprise. 

First, let's look at two players that don't come as much of a surprise for the Yanks in Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit. Sanchez is having a bounce-back season, and his 737,107 votes thus far show the fans recognizing that. He leads all AL catchers by a longshot, with James McCann behind him with 289,475 votes. 

Voit, on the other hand, is neck and neck with C.J. Cron -- another player looking for his first All-Star Game bid. Voit leads with 393,356 votes compared to Cron's 302,586 total. The slugging first baseman won the job out of spring training, and has proven all season that last year's hot streak wasn't a fluke. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit
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New York Yankees player Tory Tulowitzki running in from the field during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees player Tory Tulowitzki running in from the field during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Could Troy Tulowitzki's days as a Yankee be numbered?

Aaron Boone told reporters in Cleveland on Saturday that Tulowitzki remains at home and is evaluating his future based on the organization's needs and what's best for him and his family.

Tulowitzki was just transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday when Didi Gregorius was activated off the IL. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, troy-tulowitzki
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DJ LeMahieu (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
DJ LeMahieu (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Yankees notes

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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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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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Yankees (39-22, 1.5 GA in AL East) begin their weekend series with the Cleveland Indians (31-31, 10.5 GB in AL Central) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Field.

Yankees notes

Didi Gregorius makes his return to the Yankees' lineup eight months after his Tommy John surgery, playing shortstop and batting fifth. ... Gleyber Torres is out of the lineup for the second-straight game due to shoulder soreness. ... Prior to this week's matchup with the Blue Jays, the Yankees hadn't lost a series since they were swept in two games by the Diamondbacks on April 30th-May-1. ... DJ LeMahieu is now hitting .491 with runners in scoring position and has a team-leading 40 RBI.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (38-22, 1.0 GA in AL East) try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays (23-38, 15.5 GB in AL East) on Thursday at 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres is not in the starting lineup due to soreness in his left shoulder. According to Aaron Boone, Torres is available off the bench. ... This series against the Blue Jays is the first series the Yankees have lost since they were swept in two games by the Diamondbacks on April 30th-May 1st. ... Before dropping their last three road games, the Yankees had won seven straight away from the Bronx.... Gary Sanchez launched his 19th home run of the season on Wednesday, surpassing his season total from 2018.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
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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)

The Yankees could let Didi Gregorius get more minor-league at-bats before activating him from the injured list for Friday's game in Cleveland, but they feel he's ready to go.

Gregorius, who has not played yet this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, is just 3-for-25 over six games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after going 2-for-7 with High-A Tampa.

"Because Didi has had a ton of at-bats if you go back to his extended spring training where he was able to rack up live at-bats," Aaron Boone said, per NJ.com. "Now obviously between playing A-ball and Triple-A, he's essentially had a spring training and then some of at-bats.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (38-20, 2.5 GA in AL East) take on another divisional foe as they begin their three-game set with the Blue Jays (21-38, 17.5 GB in AL East) on Tuesday at 7:07 at Rogers Centre.

Coming off of a 4-2 homestand, the Yankees hit the road, where they've gone 17-8 this season. ... Luke Voit bashed his 15th home run of the season on Sunday against Boston, matching his season total from 2018. ... Gleyber Torres continues to provide a hot bat for the Yankees, recording a hit in six of his last seven games while batting .333 with two home runs.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Yankees fall 8-5 to Red Sox 00:00:48
The Yankees with a little help from the weather almost pulled off a late-inning comeback against the Red Sox, but lost 8-5.

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

Six takeaways from Sunday's game

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

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

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

Yankees notes

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox
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May 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez (24) hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez (24) hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After being rained out on Thursday, the Yankees (36-19, 0.5 GA in AL East) will open a three-game series against the Red Sox (29-26, 7.05 GB in AL East) Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees enter the series having won nine of their last 11 games and their last eight series'. ... Chris Sale has had great success against the Yankees in his career, but Kendrys Morales will DH tonight, who has a career .268 average with three home runs and seven RBI against Sale in 41 at-bats. ... Aaron Hick also has decent numbers against Sale, hitting .333 with two doubles. ... Gary Sanchez has homered in his last two games and is hitting .288/.352/.650 with nine home runs and 15 RBI in the month of May. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Boston Red Sox
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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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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Boston Red Sox, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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The Yankees took the rubber game of the three-game series, a 7-0 victory over the Padres at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1)  The Yankees couldn't have asked for anything better than what James Paxton provided this afternoon. After missing almost four weeks, Paxton looked sharper than might have been expected. The four innings of work was to be expected considering his ramp up to being activated, but with the Yanks piecing together the pitching staff as they go, it might have some ramifications later in the week. Paxton's final line - 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 7 K and 17 swinging strikes (he only threw 66 pitches) - was spectacular, giving rise to increased hope that he can stay healthy and remain atop the Yankees rotation.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have had a rich history with the MLB All-Star Game. The team has sent at least three players to the Midsummer Classic in 24 of the last 25 years, and at least one player has started in 22 of those years. Two Yankees have won the All-Star Game MVP Award, which has helped the American League win 18 of the last 25 contests.

The Yankees will likely continue the legacy by sending at least four players to Cleveland this year. With fan voting having opened on Tuesday, let's take a look at who has the best case to represent the Yankees...

Gary Sanchez

Even with Aaron Judge, who has started the last two All-Star Games, likely missing this year's event due to injury, the Yankees still look poised to have a player in the starting lineup. No catcher has even come close to matching Sanchez's production this season, as the Yankees' backstop will likely make his first All-Star start in his second selection to the game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (32-17, 2.5 GA in AL East) square off against the Kansas City Royals (17-32, 16.5 GB in AL Central) in the first game of a split doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees enter the series on a five-game winning and with Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez coming off a monster series against the Baltimore Orioles. Torres has gotten a hit in 11 of his last 12 games to raise his average to .302 and has seven home runs in that span, all of which came against Baltimore. ... Sanchez has three home runs in his last four games and has gotten a hit in nine of his last 11 games to raise his average to .276, which is 42 points higher than this point last year. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Kansas City Royals
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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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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Fresh off of a four-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore, Yankees manager Aaron Boone lauded his team's ability to find different ways to win.

"Anytime you can get four games, that doesn't happen very often," Boone told YES Network after the Yankees' 6-5 win on Thursday. "We won in a lot of different ways in this four-game series, so it was good to see, but the guys played until the end each and every day, and [it's] a good way to get on the plane."

Boone's starting lineup on Thursday didn't include Gleyber Torres or Gary Sanchez, the two players who have absolutely scorched Baltimore pitching this year. Still though, both players managed to play a big role in the win. In a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning, Torres drew a pinch-hit walk, and Sanchez followed it up with a pinch hit single. Torres would eventually score the game's winning run on a walk by Aaron Hicks.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

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

Seven takeaways from Thursday's game...

1 ) The Yankees loaded the bases (walk, single, walk) after Baltimore reliever Mychal Givens retired the first two batters in the ninth inning and Aaron Hicks drew a walk to take the lead.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres has four home runs against the Orioles in the past three days. He's riding an 11-game hitting streak. And he hit two home runs in Wednesday's win.

And yet, he's not in the lineup on Thursday.

For as hot as Torres has been this season, manager Aaron Boone wanted to give Torres a game off, especially with the Yankees having a day game after a night game.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 22, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) celebrates after hitting a walk off single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The 2019 Yankees offense isn't your father's Yankees offense.

This year's squad ranks seventh league-wide in both runs and home runs - not bad, but not quite what the team was expecting coming into the year. After injuries to sluggers Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar, among others, it's understandable that the Yankees' offense would see a decline in the power department.

Has that stopped them? Not one bit.

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

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

Yankees notes

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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May 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
May 21, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) celebrates with second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (29-17, 1.0 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (15-32, 14.5 GB) on Tuesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres has been a thorn in the side of the Orioles all season, bashing eight home runs while hitting .486 against Baltimore pitching. ... DJ LeMahieu has now recorded 17 multi-hit games this season, including a two-hit performance last night. ... Gary Sanchez has clubbed 13 home runs (tied for fifth-most in the AL) in just 113 at-bats this season.

Tags: Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Baltimore Orioles
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May 20, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) rounds the bases after hitting an eighth inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
May 20, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) rounds the bases after hitting an eighth inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Gleyber Torres is having a ridiculously good season. Against the Orioles, though, his numbers are almost impossible to believe. Almost as impossible to believe as the fact that Baltimore keeps pitching to him.

After clubbing two homers against the Orioles during Monday night's win, Torres is hitting .486/.538/.1.257 against the O's with three doubles, eight homers, and 10 RBI.

That means that of Torres' 10 homers this season, 80 percent (!) have come against Baltimore.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres crosses home plate after hitting a third inning solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees came back to beat the Orioles 10-7 in a messy game Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Five takeaway's from Monday's game

1) The Yankees, down 6-1 at one point, scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning onward, scoring five of those runs off of Orioles closer Mychal Givens. The big blow was Gary Sanchez's two-out, three-run home run that gave the Yankees the lead. For Sanchez, it was his 13th home run of the season; he now has 26 RBIs on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Baltimore Orioles, Chris Carelli
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Aaron Boone , CC Sabathia and Gio Urshela on the Yankees dramatic 9th inning comeback win over the Rays, capped off by Urshela?s walk-off 1B

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

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single during the fifth inning in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single during the fifth inning in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees open a three-game series against the AL-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at 7:05 p.m. after sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in a doubleheader on Wednesday and taking two of three from last week at Tropicana Field. 

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres enters Friday's game red-hot, blasting three home runs in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Torres has gotten a hit in 17 of his last 18 games and is hitting .352/.387/.606 with four home runs and 11 RBI in that span. ... Gary Sanchez is also coming off a strong performance in which he collected two hits, including his team-leading 12th home run. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres
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After the Yankees swept the Orioles in a double header, Aaron Boone addressed Andujar's season-ending surgery.

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-3, in the first game of today's doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) Domingo German held the Orioles to one run in seven innings of work, his longest outing of the season. German scattered six hits, walked one batter and struck out eight. He is now 8-1 (MLB-best eight wins) with a 2.50 ERA, as he continues to be the best starter in the Yankees rotation.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-3, in the first game of today's doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) J.A. Happ allowed a first-inning home run and another run in the second and fourth innings. Happ's two homers allowed give him 11 for the season, placing him with the second-most in the league, behind Orioles starter David Hess. Happ left with the lead with one out in the sixth inning is now 3-3 on the season with a 4.44 ERA.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit
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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu is congratulated in the dugout as he scores a run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Gio Urshela, the surprise star of this season, may personify the success of the next-man-up Yankees, but even with all of his big hits, he's not the team MVP to this point. D.J. LeMahieu owns that unofficial title, so clutch and consistent that his play prompts an intriguing question:

Could a non-slugger win the AL MVP Award in this launch-angle era when the only way most hitters even consider beating the infield shift is by going over it -- way over it?

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, John Harper
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Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Yankees look to get back on track when they conclude their series with the first place Rays on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres is getting a day off due to still being sore and the day game after night game, manager Joe Girardi said before the game. ... Gary Sanchez is also off on Sunday. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) reacts at the end of the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) reacts at the end of the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game...

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

Tags: CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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