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

The Yankees optioned struggling reliever Chad Green to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old right-hander, who excelled in 2017 and 2018 after transitioning from a starting role to the bullpen, has a 16.43 ERA in 7.2 inning so far this season.

He nearly cost the Yankees the game Tuesday night when he allowed four runs. In his previous outing he allowed three runs without recording an out. 

Tags: Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Stephen Tarpley
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Angels in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Gio Urshela hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 14th inning, two innings after Aroldis Chapman's first blown save of the season, as the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. >> Box score

Eight takeaways from Monday's game

1) With runners on the corners and two outs, Urshela lined a 1-1 Luke Bard fastball into right-center field to break a 3-3 tie. 

2) Jonathan Holder pitched two scoreless innings of relief as the Yankees won their fourth straight game.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees (8-10, 5.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-12) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

CC Sabathia is 11 strikeouts away from reaching 3,000 for his career and becoming just the 17th pitcher ever to accomplish that feat. ... Despite being two games under .500, the Yankees' +15 run differential is the fourth-best in the American League. ... Clint Frazier has gone 8 for his last 21 to rise his batting average from .321 to .347. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (5-8) host the White Sox (4-8) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The depleted Yankees have lost four games in a row to fall 5.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East. ... CC Sabathia returns from the DL to make his first start of the season. ... Aaron Judge has struck out four times over his last two games and is on pace to strike out 249 times this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade
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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 injury-riddled Yankees return home to begin a nine-game home stand Friday night when they host the White Sox at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

Gary Sanchez officially went on the injured list with a left calf strain after Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell revealed Thursday night that catcher Kyle Higashioka was going to New York. Austin Romine starts behind the plate. ... J.A. Happ tries to stop the bleeding for the Yanks, who were swept in Houston. ... DJ LeMahieu shifts back to second base with Gio Urshela at third and Tyler Wade on the bench.

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Kyle Higashioka
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Mar 3, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 3, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

This might isn't a good sign regarding the status of Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees are calling up catcher Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Scranton manager Jay Bell said Thursday night, according to the Times-Tribune's Conor Foley.

Sanchez was the designated hitter on Tuesday and did not start on Wednesday because of tightness in both legs. Sanchez pinch-hit in the eighth inning Wednesday and struck out. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

In his roster announcements for the ALDS with the Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone said LHP CC Sabathia and LHP Stephen Tarpley will be added with Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka being replaced. 

Sabathia had postseason success last year during the Yankees' improbable run. He owned a 3.72 ERA in two starts against the Indians, and a 0.96 ERA in two ALCS starts against the Astros.

Sabathia could work as the fourth starter if Boone wants to use him in that Game 4 situation if it comes down to it. Overall, his veteran presence on the roster is always good to have. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives A rookie skipper automatically gets some rope to navigate his way up the managerial learning curve, but what happens when the rope begins to fray?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been provided more leash than others due to a 50-22 start. But, since the exceptional opening to the season, Boone's Yankees are 19-20 and lost five straight games before Monday night's win in Chicago.

Boone has called the span of lackluster play a "blip," and repeatedly says there is not an energy problem. After the sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, Boone said the Yankees were "too good" to let it define them.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Neil Walker, Chris Carelli
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone and OF Giancarlo Stanton discuss Stanton's recent offensive success after the team's 6-2 win over the Braves.

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

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Holder, Kyle Higashioka
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Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

When players of any sport travel on the road, they hear tons of chants from fans designed to get them off their game. They can be harsh, vile, and downright degrading. 

And what Red Sox LHP David Price heard from Yankees fans on Sunday night during his dreadful start was the worst of them all. 

Price had arguably his worst start of his career as the Yankees shelled him for eight runs on nine hits including five homers over 3.1 innings. And while Yankees fans enjoyed their team hitting one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game like batting practice, they added insult to injury by chanting, "Who's your daddy," at Price before his early exit. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses Aaron Hicks' three-home run night in the team's 11-1 win over the Red Sox.

Aaron Hicks hit three of the Yankees' six home runs en route to an 11-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Hicks homered in the second and fourth innings off David Price and hit his third home run of the game in the eighth inning off Hector Velazquez to become the first Yankee since Alex Rodriguez in 2015 to hit three home runs in a game.

2) Aaron Judge went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning while Gleyber Torres hit a three-run shot later in the inning as New York jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka's first MLB hit was a solo home run down the left-field line in the fourth inning as the Yankees set a franchise record for home runs hit as a team before the All-Star break. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Severino, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he hopes catcher Gary Sanchez can return from a Grade 1 right groin strain around the All-Star break, he told reporters before Sunday's game against the Red Sox.

Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday after he left last Sunday's game against the Rays after grounding into a double play, walking gingerly off the field.

Boone estimated then that Sanchez would miss approximately three to four weeks. The All-Star break would coincide with Boone's initial evaluation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez walks off the field with manager Aaron Boone and trainer as he leaves the game with an appoint injury during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez walks off the field with manager Aaron Boone and trainer as he leaves the game with an appoint injury during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have sent catcher Gary Sanchez to the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, which he sustained during Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Sanchez is probably looking at a three-to-four week absence, manager Aaron Boone said before Monday night's game.

"It's huge," Boone said about being without Sanchez. "Gary Sanchez out of your lineup, that's a big deal."

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka
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The BNNY crew discusses Clint Frazier's success in the minors and if Brian Cashman would trade him in a package for a front-line starter.

Yankees OF Clint Frazier has been sent back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre again in light of Gary Sanchez hitting the DL on Monday. 

Frazier has voiced his frustration of staying in Triple-A despite the fact that he is killing minor-league pitching. He his slashing .312/.389/.558 with seven homers and 11 RBI over 38 games.

Though Frazier has been the odd-man out in a loaded Yankees outfield, GM Brian Cashman has noted he wants to keep rather than deal him as he pursues an added roation arm before the trade deadline.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Kyle Higashioka
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Feb 25, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (81) doubles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (81) doubles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees optioned INF Gleyber Torres and C Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.

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Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Aaron Hicks had two hits and Kyle Higashioka went 3-for-3 off the bench to help the Yankees beat the Phillies on Sunday, 8-3. >> To see the full box score, click here!

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Kyle Higashioka, Ronald Torreyes
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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).

Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.

Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)

Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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