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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 tendered contracts to all 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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The Yankees enter the 2019-20 offseason looking to add to a team that came up just short of reaching the World Series this past season. They don't have many big decisions to make (more on that below), but have been both first and second-guessed about their continued lack of reliable ace-level starting pitching.

With Gerrit Cole about to hit the free agent market (the Yanks are expected to at least try to sign him) and other enticing starting pitching options expected to be available, the Yanks have a chance to drastically improve their rotation.

As they look to improve, the Yanks already have a lot committed to payroll for 2020 -- a number that will likely hover right around the luxury tax threshold. Their payroll obligations drop significantly starting in 2021. Here'a a deep dive...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, James Pazos, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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The Yankees had the best bullpen in baseball this season and were extremely efficient at putting RISP in for the score, but the playoffs--and namely a series with the Astros--was just a different mountain for New York to climb, and ultimately those huge strengths became weaknesses as their season ended on Saturday night in Houston.

After DJ LeMahieu initially saved the Yankees' season with a two-run shot to right field at the top of the ninth inning with one out, Aaron Boone sent out Aroldis Chapman to close out the inning and try to send the game into extra innings. 

Chapman got rid of the first two batters before walking George Springer, bringing Jose Altuve up for a two-out, one-man-on, at-bat. Altuve took two balls and a strike looking...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, DJ LeMahieu, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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Sep 28, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports (Shane Roper)
Sep 28, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports (Shane Roper)

The Yankees fell to the Rangers 9-4 on Saturday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Luis Severino got the start for the Yankees on Saturday, but the team used him sparingly. The right-hander went just three innings, allowing two earned runs. He struck out four, but he also walked four while throwing 72 pitches. It wasn't the best start for Severino as he prepares for October baseball.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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The Yankees fell to the Rays 4-0 on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) Jonathan Loaisiga took the assignment of being the Yankees' opener on Wednesday, but his start didn't go as planned. The right-hander allowed a solo home run to Joey Wendle on his third pitch of the game, putting the Bombers in a quick hole. He then allowed three more singles in the inning, with the final one being an RBI hit from Brandon Lowe. Loaisiga went just one inning, allowing two runs on four hits.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa
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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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Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a double in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a double in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, taking down the Tigers on their home field, 10-4, in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's Game 1...

1) J.A. Happ was looking to continue his hot streak on the mound lately, and though it wasn't the scoreless innings he posted in his last two outings, it was a decent start for the lefty. Over 4.2 innings, Happ allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. He also let up one homer in his 99-pitch start. 

Tags: Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Gardner, Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Tyler Wade
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Sep 10, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) take the ball to relieve relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 10, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) take the ball to relieve relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. (67) in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees (95-51, 8.5 GA in AL East) jumped out to a six-run lead before a back-and-forth game ensued, ultimately suffering a 12-11 loss to the Tigers (43-100, 45.5 GB in AL Central, 40.5 GB for second Wild Card) Tuesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Pitching ultimately failed the Yankees. LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-0, 5.23 ERA) initially came out strong as the Yankees' opener, pitching a pair of scoreless innings in his first career start before he went back out for the third frame and ran into trouble. The Tigers caught up and tagged Cortes, who struckout two and walked one, for four runs (two earned) on six hits before manager Aaron Boone made the move to remove the southpaw with one out in the third inning and the Yankees leading 6-2.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion , Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Nestor Cortes Jr, Tyler Wade
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Sep 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches against theTexas Rangers in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches against theTexas Rangers in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees used six different pitchers during their 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night, and improved to 11-2 on the season when using an opener.

After the game, manager Aaron Boone was asked if the team would consider using an opener in the playoffs based off the team's success with that strategy so far this season.

"That kind of scenario is certainly possible," Boone said.

Tags: Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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The Yankees hit two home runs in their 4-1 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, thanks to a two-run blast from Aaron Judge. It was Judge's 20th home run of the season and brought his RBI total to 45 on the year. The team then extended their lead to 3-0 when Gelyber Torres hit his 34th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa
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The Yankees took the first game, 8-5, of this Monday doubleheader against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Monday's game...

1) James Paxton went six strong innings against the O's, but the long ball was hurting him. He allowed three runs, two of which came from solo homers. Overall, though, he allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out seven over that span. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Cessa
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Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees spread the offensive production all around the lineup Sunday, getting hits from eight of nine starters in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox, completing a four-game sweep. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Yankees blew the game wide open in the third inning, plating six runs and knocking David Price out of the game early. The third started innocently enough, with an Aaron Judge walk sandwiched between a Gleyber Torres strikeout and a flyout from Didi Gregorius. But Gio Urshela powered a two-run homer to left-center and the Yankees were off and running. Urshela's homer was followed by back-to-back doubles from Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Mike Ford singled in Maybin to make it 5-0, and then Kyle Higashioka got in on the act with an RBI double of his own. When Mike Tauchman's single made it 7-0, the Yankees had collected four straight RBI hits.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa
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The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Early in the game, things almost got away from the Yankees. In a full bullpen outing, Chad Green got the ball to start the game on the mound for New York. Austin Meadows singled to start the game, then the bases were quickly loaded as Tommy Pham walked and Green plunked Nate Lowe with a pitch. The Yanks stuck with Green though, and he delivered. Green sent down the next three batters, including two punch outs, to keep the game scoreless

Tags: Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Luke Adam, Tampa Bay Rays
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The Yankees completed a two-game sweep in London of the Red Sox with a 12-8 win over Boston on Sunday. >> Box score

6 takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) After being held in check for the first six innings, the Yanks tallied nine runs in the seventh, with 14 batters coming to the plate. Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu each had two-run hits in the inning.

Tags: Chance Adams, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Stephen Tarpley
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle reacts after giving up a home run to Cleveland Indians second baseman Mike Freeman during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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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 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Yankees appear to be getting two critical pieces of their rotation back this week. 

LHP James Paxton was activated off the IL on Tuesday, with RHP Joe Harvey being optioned to Triple-A, and will start on Wednesday against the Padres while LHP CC Sabathia appears to be on the horizon as well, with the potential to pitch on Sunday against the Red Sox. 

While the Yankees have not announced their rotation beyond Wednesday, here is how it would likely play out with the Red Sox coming to town for a four-game set:

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chance Adams, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Cessa, 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)

Chad Green began his big-league career as a starter before shifting to the bullpen. In a way, serving as the 'opener' for Saturday night's game is a return to his roots.

For Green, though, his first two starts since 2017 don't resemble those he used to make. Instead, Green is simply the opener -- he will start the game, but is not expected to pitch more than two innings before giving way to the rest of his bullpen mates. The Yankees' bullpen is well-rested, as long men Luis Cessa, David Hale, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jake Barrett can all provide length for Friday's game.

But why have the Yankees come to this point?

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle
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The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score

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

1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (26-14) start a three-game series against the last-place Orioles (14-26) Monday at 6:35 p.m. in the Bronx. 

Yankees notes

Aaron Hicks finally makes his season debut for the Yankees as he was activated from the injured list after missing the first 40 games with a back injury. Hicks slots right back into center field and the leadoff spot. ... Brett Gardner is in left field, where he should see most of his playing time from now on with Hicks back. ... DJ LeMahieu gets the day off, with Thairo Estrada starting at second base. ... The Yanks might be playing a man short if they can't get a replacement for Miguel Andújar before the start of the game. Andújar is likely going back on the IL with lingering labrum issues.

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Luis Cessa (85) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Luis Cessa (85) Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that Luis Cessa will start Monday night's series opener against the Orioles instead of Jonathan Loaisiga.

Loaisiga was placed on the injured list, retroactive to May 10, with a right rotator cuff strain and will be shut down for four weeks before he can begin throwing. RHP Chance Adams was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his roster spot. Loaisiga had a rough start last Wednesday against the Mariners, allowing four runs in four innings on six hits and two walks while striking out three. 

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Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Zack Britton (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees didn't flex their financial muscles in the most obvious way last winter, passing on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but they nevertheless bought themselves a luxury item that few other teams in baseball can afford:

A $27 million sixth-inning reliever.

And a $39 million seventh-inning reliever, oh by the way.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Seattle Mariners, John Harper
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Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Apr 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is congratulated by teammates after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

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

J.A. Happ was lights out for the Yankees in San Francisco, as the Yankees took down the Giants 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Happ threw by far his best game of the young season, tossing seven scoreless innings. Happ scattered five hits, walked none and struck out two batters for his first win of the season. The effort reduced Happ's ERA to 4.68 on the season.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, San Francisco Giants, Chris Carelli
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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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Luis Severino
Luis Severino

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Brian Cashman has been talking up Domingo German, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Luis Cessa collectively as the under-the-radar cure for everything that ails the Yankees pitching plans. Well, now we'll find out whether he really believes that.

Or is the Yankee GM already plotting a way to trade for Madison Bumgarner?

Tags: Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, John Harper
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees ace Luis Severino continues to progress in his return from rotator cuff inflammation, but the Yankees "want him to feel 100 percent" before he gets back on the mound, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic

Boone added that he is optimistic Severino will take the next step soon, with that step being graduating from long-tossing to the next phase of rehab. 

Severino took his first big step toward a return on March 20, when he threw on flat ground

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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After a three-hour and 17 minute rain delay, the Yankees lost to the Orioles, 7-5, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) J.A. Happ's first appearance of the season got off to a rough start, allowing a three-run home run in the first inning. It didn't get too much better, as Happ lasted just four innings to the tune of four runs, five hits (two homers), one walk and three strikeouts.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Cessa, Baltimore Orioles, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives

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

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

Pitching Staff

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have sorted out their starting rotation for the beginning of the season.

Domingo German has earned a spot in the rotation while Luis Cessa made the club has a long reliever. Jonathan Loaisiga was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday because CC Sabathia will begin the season on the 25-man roster so he can serve his five-game suspension from last season, but Loaisiga likely will be called up for Game 6 when Sabathia goes on the injured list, Aaron Boone told reporters.

Boone didn't rule out using an opener on April 1 when the fifth spot in the rotation comes up. After that, Loaisiga probably will take Sabathia's spot in the rotation until he can return while German takes the spot of Luis Severino, who might not return until May as he works his way back from rotator cuff inflammation.

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

It appears Gio Gonzalez won't enter the Yankees rotation unless there is an emergency.

And though Luis Severino is set to miss roughly the first month of the season after dealing with rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia needs more time to get ready, the Yankees don't believe they're in crisis mode because they have Luis CessaJonathan Loaisiga and Domingo German. GM Brian Cashman would prefer to use any of those pitchers instead of Gonzalez, who was signed to a minor-league deal this week.

"Optimally, I'd like to have the kids that we have, rely on those guys, to be honest," Cashman told reporters on Thursday. "We really do believe in the ceilings of the Cessas and Loaisigas and the Germans and we think those guys have earned the right for an opportunity and they're going to get those opportunities."

Tags: Gio Gonzalez, Jonathan Loaisiga, CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees are exactly one week away from opening their 2019 season against the Orioles in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster when camp breaks are coming down to the wire. Injuries continue to plague this squad, with Greg Bird the latest to receive medical attention after he was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Luckily, that isn't expected to be a big deal, but other Yankees may not be so lucky when the season kicks off.

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

While the Yankees will be without injured ace Luis Severino for a while longer, he took a big step on Wednesday toward a return, throwing on flat ground

Severino had been shut down since March 5, and GM Brian Cashman announced last Friday that the best-case scenario for Severino would be a May return -- confirming the timeline an orthopedic surgeon gave SNY earlier this month. 

The 25-year-old Severino does not have any structural damage in his shoulder, but he is basically re-starting his Spring Training as the team prepares for Opening Day in just over a week. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

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

Things to know about Tuesday's game...

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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Oct 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning in game four of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Oct 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning in game four of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

As the Yankees ponder whether to fill the early-season holes left by Luis Severino and CC Sabathia with in-house options or to add a veteran starter, they're linked with one free agent in particular.

Jon Heyman reported Friday that the Yankees "maintain some interest" in lefty Gio Gonzalez, though there are no signs that a deal is imminent. 

Severino will miss the first month of the season with rotator cuff inflammation while the start of Sabathia's season will be slightly delayed because of a five-game suspension he has to serve and his recovery from a heart procedure and knee surgery.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

With Opening Day less than two weeks away and Luis Severino officially out until May, the Yankees have a major decision to make on how to handle their starting rotation. 

Manager Aaron Boone has announced Masahiro Tanaka as the Opening Day starter, followed by James Paxton and J.A. Happ, but after that still remains a mystery. 

CC Sabathia is also not expected back until mid-April, but because of the off days built into the Yankees' schedule, they really only need one spot starter to fill the void until Severino returns. 

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Mar 2, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 2, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Luis Cessa is making it very hard for manager Aaron Boone to solidify his rotation after yet another stellar outing on Thursday. 

Cessa went a strong four innings, allowing no runs and just two hits and a walk while collecting three strikouts against the Blue Jays. The walk was Cessa's first this spring, and his ERA fell even further to 0.69 over 13 spring innings. 

"I thought his two-seam fastball was really good again, which is really encouraging," Boone told NorthJersey.com's Pete Caldera about Cessa latest outing.

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Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It was a pitcher's duel in Dunedin on Thursday afternoon, as the Yankees and Blue Jays ended up in a 1-1 tie at the end of nine innings. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Luis Cessa is making it hard for the Yankees to leave him off their 25-man roster when camp breaks after another solid start. He didn't allow a run and only two hits over four innings. While moving his ERA to 0.69 this spring, he collected three strikeouts as well.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday at 1 p.m. on the road.

Yankees notes

Miguel Andujar leads the team with 12 hits this spring. ... DJ LeMahieu is 5-for-27 with a .185/.241/.259 batting line. ... Estevan Florial has a .346/.393/.538 batting line with one home run and four RBIs in 11 games.

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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

With a split-squad team, the Yankees handled their division rival in the Orioles in a 6-1 victory on the road Saturday night.  >> Box Score

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

1) Luis Cessa saw another successful outing on the mound, as he didn't allow a run and only one hit over four innings of work. He also had four strikeouts as he makes his bid for the 25-man roster. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees stay on the road to face their division rival in the Orioles at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres get the start at shortstop tonight, while Tyler Wade comes back into the infield at second base. Greg Bird will be the starter at first base, as the battle with Luke Voit continues. Clint Frazier is hitting fifth and starting in left field as he looks to pick things up this spring.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
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Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' Spring Training continues on Saturday when they travel to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m.  

Yankees notes

Troy Tulowitzki is off to a hot start this spring, with his two hits in four at-bats both being home runs. Miguel Andujar remains in search of his first hit of Spring Training as he bats cleanup while Greg Bird will continue to make his case for the starting first baseman job, batting third. 

Tags: Luis Cessa, Miguel Andujar, Pittsburgh Pirates
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The slow free agent market has left many quality players available in February, and the Yankees and Mets remain engaged with agents, looking for ways to improve.

While both teams have likely completed the bulk of their offseason work and are happy with their respective rosters, both continue to monitor the market for starting pitching depth.

Neither Brian Cashman nor Brodie Van Wagenen is wired to sit back and disengage, when potential upgrades remain available.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jason Vargas, Luis Cessa, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Andy Martino
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The slow free agent market has left many quality players available in February, and the Yankees and Mets remain engaged with agents, looking for ways to improve.

While both teams have likely completed the bulk of their offseason work and are happy with their respective rosters, both continue to monitor the market for starting pitching depth.

Neither Brian Cashman nor Brodie Van Wagenen is wired to sit back and disengage, when potential upgrades remain available.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jason Vargas, Luis Cessa, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Andy Martino
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Sep 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (29) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (29) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees and Red Sox will conclude the 2018 regular season on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are coming off their 100th win of the season on Saturday night ... The team has hit the most home runs in a single season, with 266 ... After Gleyber Torres' homer on Saturday, the Yankees now have 20 home runs from every position in the lineup, marking the first time a team has achieved the feat ... Miguel Andujar has passed Joe DiMaggio for the most doubles by a rookie in Yankees history, with 46.

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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

With September upon us, the MLB allows all teams to activate anyone on their 40-man roster to join the big club throughout the month. While teams normally don't activate all of those players on the roster, bringing in some reinforcements to give players a break is usually taken advantage of. 

The Yankees will definitely expand their roster, especially being slated for a playoff spot come October. Here are a few players that fans can expect to see in pinstripes this month...

LHP Justus Sheffield

Tags: Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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With CC Sabathia hitting the DL with right knee inflammation, the Yankees needed someone to take his spot in the rotation. The choice was Luis Cessa, and he took the mound at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night to hopefully give his team enough to get to the bullpen and ride out another win. 

Instead, he put them in a big hole early. 

Cessa allowed five runs on seven hits over 3.1 innings in his start. He also struck out four and walked two over that span.

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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees (75-44) continue their three-game series with the Rays (60-59) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 4-2 on their 11-game homestand after a win against the Rays last night. J.A. Happ tossed another great outing, limiting the Rays to one hit over seven innings in the 4-1 win. Happ is the first pitcher to claim a win in each of his first three straight with the Yankees since Kevin Brown in 2004. ...The Yankees have won all five starts that Happ and Lance Lynn have tossed since their trades. 

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