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Yanks win streak ends at 8 00:01:12
Boone and Happ talk about Happ's struggles and possibly meeting the Astros in the post-season

The Yankees won their eighth game in a row, beating the Astros 7-5 on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Giancarlo Stanton came up clutch in a pair of huge spots for the Yankees on Saturday. After the Astros tied the game at two on a Josh Reddick two-run homer in the top of the sixth, Stanton grounded a two-run single off Yuli Gurriel's glove to give the Yankees the lead. Later in the game, with the score tied at five in the seventh, Stanton hit an almost identical ball, scoring two again and putting the Yankees up 7-5.

2) With a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning, Aaron Boone turned the ball over to Jonathan Holder, and the reliever couldn't keep the lead. With two on and two outs, Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez blasted a three-run home run to right to give Houston the lead. The Yankees bounced right back, though, as Austin Romine lined an opposite field home run to tie the game. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) follows through on a two run infield single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) follows through on a two run infield single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees won their eighth game in a row, beating the Astros 7-5 on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Giancarlo Stanton came up clutch in a pair of huge spots for the Yankees on Saturday. After the Astros tied the game at two on a Josh Reddick two-run homer in the top of the sixth, Stanton grounded a two-run single off Yuli Gurriel's glove to give the Yankees the lead. Later in the game, with the score tied at five in the seventh, Stanton hit an almost identical ball, scoring two again and putting the Yankees up 7-5.

2) With a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning, Aaron Boone turned the ball over to Jonathan Holder, and the reliever couldn't keep the lead. With two on and two outs, Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez blasted a three-run home run to right to give Houston the lead. The Yankees bounced right back, though, as Austin Romine lined an opposite field home run to tie the game. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (48-27, 4.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game set with the Astros (48-29, 7.5 GA in AL West) on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:15 p.m.

Yankees notes

With one home run on Sunday, the Yankees would tie their longest home run streak in franchise history, dating back to 1941. ... The Yankees are averaging over seven runs per game during their current seven-game winning streak. ... The Bombers are a Major League-best 29-3 in games that they hit at least two home runs. 

Tags: Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
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Tanaka throws a gem 00:01:21
Boone, Tanaka and Voit talk about Tanaka's complete game shutout while Encarnacion discusses his Yankees debut.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters in Monday's two-hit shutout over the Rays, increasing New York's lead in the AL East standings to 1.5 games.

Manager Aaron Boone called it a "big-time performance to kick off this series for us," and Tanaka dominated from the get-go.

He retired the first nine hitters he faced, the first hit he allowed an Austin Meadows fourth-inning single. He retired the last 10 batters he faced, needing 111 pitches for his first shutout since July 24, 2018 ... also against the Rays.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees rode Masahiro Tanaka's shutout as they beat the Rays 3-0 at Yankee Stadium on Monday. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) Tanaka has dominated the Rays this season, and Monday's complete-game shutout came at a perfect time. Tanaka allowed just two hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters in what was his longest -- and by far his best -- outing of the season. As the Yankees' rotation has struggled for much of the last couple of weeks, Tanaka followed up James Paxton's solid effort and might slow down some of the doom and gloom thoughts about the current Yankees rotation.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees new designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion during batting practice before game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees new designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion during batting practice before game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Edwin Encarnacion is making his Yankees debut as New York (43-27, 0.5 GA in AL East) begins a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (43-28, 0.5 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees acquired Encarnacion, 36, in a trade with the Mariners over the weekend. In 65 games this year, he is slashing .241/.356/.531 with an American League-high 21 home runs. ... Yankees relievers have a 5.70 ERA in the month of June, which ranks 21st in the majors in that span. ... In seven games since returning from Tommy John surgery, shortstop Didi Gregorius is hitting .385/.407/.538 with one home run and three RBIs.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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Jun 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge may well be on their way back to the Yankees lineup, but it is the Bombers' starting pitching that is in greater need of a jolt. 

CC Sabathia lasted just 4.2 innings in Friday night's 10-2 loss to the White Sox, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and three walks raising his ERA to 4.42 on the season. Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.89 ERA with hitters batting .375 against him in his last three starts. 

The Yankees have now lost seven of their last 10 and have fallen out of first place in the AL East but manager Aaron Boone is not ready to sound the alarm bells just yet on his starting rotation. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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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 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (32-33, 5.0 GB in NL East) take on the Yankees (40-24, T-1st in AL East) in the first game of a doubleheader after last night's rain out on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Mets notes

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso ranks second in the majors with 21 home runs, trailing only the Brewers' Christian Yelich. ... Todd Frazier is slashing .352/.435/.630 with four home runs and 12 RBI over his last 15 games, raising his batting average .060 points and his OPS .195 points. ... Mets relievers have an 8.05 ERA in the month of June, which ranks the worst in the majors. The Yankees' bullpen, meanwhile, ranks 28th in June with a 6.59 ERA.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Monday's Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

 

The teams will make the game up as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. while the second game will remain at 7:05 p.m. 

The Yankees will keep RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) on the mound for Game 1 while the Mets will have RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61 ERA) pitch. LHP Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Mets while the Yankees will have LHP James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA) make his scheduled start. 

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Wheeler
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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Monday's Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

The teams will make the game up as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. while the second game will remain at 7:05 p.m. 

The Yankees will keep RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) on the mound for Game 1 while the Mets will have RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61 ERA) pitch. LHP Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Mets while the Yankees will have LHP James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA) make his scheduled start. 

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Mets notes

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso ranks second in the majors with 21 home runs, trailing only the Brewers' Christian Yelich. ... Todd Frazier is slashing .352/.435/.630 with four home runs and 12 RBI over his last 15 games, raising his batting average .060 points and his OPS .195 points. ... Mets relievers have an 8.05 ERA in the month of June, which ranks the worst in the majors. The Yankees' bullpen, meanwhile, ranks 28th in June with a 6.59 ERA.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (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: Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Yankees talk big offense 00:01:05
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was happy with his team's offense after taking Game 1 from the Mets in the Subway Series.

The Yankees beat the Indians, 7-6 in extra-innings, and avoided being swept at Progressive Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Cameron Maybin and Aaron Hicks hit doubles in the top of the 10th inning to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in the game. Maybin has been a fine addition to the club and Hicks has been hitting the ball with authority in the last handful of games

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Duquette on Yanks mound search 00:01:19
SNY baseball analyst Jim Duquette on Marcus Stroman as a desirable trade target to bolster the Yankees rotation

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So Dallas Keuchel ended up in Atlanta instead of the Bronx. It's not the end of the (pitching) world for the Yankees. 
 
If Brian Cashman decides his club needs rotation help, there ought to be plenty available as the MLB calendar flips from the amateur draft to the trading season. 
 
How's this for choices? According to scouts and executives, the following pitchers are already on the market: Madison Bumgarner, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman. Teams such as Kansas City and Seattle are putting out the word within the industry that they'll listen to offers on many of the players on their rosters, which could add potential inventory.  

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees are one of the frontrunners to sign free agent Dallas Keuchel, but the Braves could be emerging as the frontrunner.

While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported earlier in the day that the Braves were making a 'push' for Keuchel, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has since reported that the Braves are in 'serious talks' to acquire the lefty, though other teams are still involved.

SNY's Andy Martino adds that the market for Keuchel this week has proven to be a bit more "robust" than expected, with the Cardinals also involved.

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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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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Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) throws out a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) throws out a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees are reportedly a frontrunner for free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel, according to SNY's Andy Martino. The report doesn't necessarily come as a surprise, as New York has long had a clear need.

Staff ace Luis Severino is out for the foreseeable future, Domingo German will eventually face an innings limit, and the durability of James Paxton and CC Sabathia will be monitored.

If the team does sign the 31-year-old after the amatuer draft, they won't need to give up a compensatory pick. This is an important factor of potentially signing Keuchel, as any team interested will likely be more willing to add a large one-year deal, the kind he's been seeking...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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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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Yankees lose 5-4 00:00:46
The Yankees almost had a comeback in the sixth, ultimately they fell short to the Padres losing 5-4. Boone was optimistic after the game.

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

 The Yankees lost to the Padres 5-4 at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks at the scoreboard on his way to the dugout between innings against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 7, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) looks at the scoreboard on his way to the dugout between innings against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (35-18, 2.0 GA in AL East) host the Padres (28-26, 8.0 GB in NL West) for the second game of their three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a Major League-best 12-2 since May 2nd and 26-8 in their last 34 games, the best record in baseball over that stretch. ... Gary Sanchez has homered in four of his last seven games, including his eighth-inning home run on Monday. ... Aroldis Chapman has converted 12-straight save opportunities for the Pinstripes, and now has 15 saves on the season, second-most in the American League. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, San Diego Padres
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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

The Yankees need rotation depth, and the time is fast approaching when they'll have to make a decision as to the route they'll take to secure it.

The Yankees lost another rotation member Tuesday, when the club placed CC Sabathia on the 10-day injured list due to pain in his surgically repaired right knee. The Yankees are already down staff ace Luis Severino. And while James Paxton is close to returning from an injury of his own, he's not exactly the poster child for health.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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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 starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (31-17, 2.0 GA in AL East) aim for a four-game sweep when they face the Baltimore Orioles (15-34, 16.5 GB) on Thursday at 12:35 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Yankees notes

In 11 games as a team, the Yankees are hitting .298 with 34 home runs against the Orioles this year. They have also scored 80 runs against Baltimore. ... DJ LeMahieu has four straight multi-hit games, as he is 9-for-18 with two home runs and four RBIs in that span. ... The Yankees' plus-60 run differential ranks fifth in the majors, trailing only the Dodgers (plus-62), Cubs (plus-63), Twins (plus-81) and Astros (plus-94). ... New York has won eight straight games against Baltimore.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles
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Tanaka hurt in loss 00:00:36
Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

The Yankees had another injury scare on Saturday afternoon. 

Masahiro Tanaka was removed from a 1-0 game after six innings with a right shin contusion after he took a Yandy Diaz comebacker off his leg. 

The right-hander underwent X-rays which came back "negative," according to the team. After the game, Tanaka told reporters that he doesn't know if he'll be able to make his next start and will wait to see how he feels tomorrow.

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Tanaka hurt in loss 00:00:36
Masahiro Tanaka comments on the Yandy Diaz comebacker that hit him in the leg and the chances of making his next start

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

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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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees will look to carry the momentum from Gio Urshela's walk-off single Friday night as they aim to stay atop the AL East over the Rays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees are in sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since June 26 of last year. ... Urshela's hot bat has him bumped up to the sixth spot after going 3-for-4 with the game-winning hit on Friday. He enters Saturday's game hitting a slash line of .347/.398.500 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 98 plate appearances this season and is hitting .350 with 10 RBI in the month of May. ... Gary Sanchez will get a half-day with the day game after a night game but stays in as a DH with impressive numbers against Snell. Sanchez is 4-for-11 with three of those hits being home runs against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
May 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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

When Domingo German stepped on the mound as a Yankee in 2018, the talent and the hint of potential success in the big leagues was evident. However, German failed to consistently deliver positive results and eventually fell out of favor down the stretch.

None of that matters to the Yankees now because it is clear that German gained valuable experience from all those major-league reps.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia at the end of the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia at the end of the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven dominant innings in the Yankees' 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, striking out seven batters and allowing just one run.

"I think looking back a couple of games, I think today was one of the best [starts] I threw," Tanaka said through an interpreter, according to MLB.com's Dawn Klemish.

Tanaka threw just 73 pitches, but he was effective. He needed just nine pitches to get through the fourth inning, seven in the fifth and four in the seventh. He retired 12 batters in a row between the second and sixth innings before Austin Meadows' solo home run ended Tanaka's shutout.

Tags: Austin Romine, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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May 12, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out of the dugout as the lights turn off inside the dome during the ninth inning between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 12, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) comes out of the dugout as the lights turn off inside the dome during the ninth inning between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka was dominant for 7.0 innings before a power outage delay and ninth-inning eruption put things out of reach as the Yankees beat the Rays, 7-1, on Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Blake Snell came out of the gate firing, dominating the Yankees through the first 4.0 innings while striking out 10 batters. But the Yanks nicked him in the fifth inning, with Mike Tauchman driving an RBI double to center field and DJ LeMahieu striking an RBI single as New York went up, 2-1. 

Tags: Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

While the Yankees may wait until after the MLB draft to pursue free-agent starting pticher Dallas Keuchel, there reportedly appears to be mutual interest.

The Yankees, Fancred's Jon Heyman said on WFAN on Thursday, are considered one of the favorites to sign Keuchel, who is still a free agent after rejecting the Astros' $17.9 million qualifying offer last offseason.

"I think the Yankees will be there for Keuchel," Heyman told WFAN's "Joe and Evan." "I think at this point, there's not a bad chance that the Yankees end up with Keuchel. Keuchel, from what I understand, would love to be in a big market, and the suitors for the most part to this point have not been of that ilk. ... If I had to pick one team out of the 30 right now, I would go with the Yankees."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees have had bad luck with injuries to starting pitching. SNY's Andy Martino says Yankees will target starters at the deadline

Injuries have decimated the Yankees at almost every position this season, but the front office expects to focus on acquiring starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, according to major league sources.

With Luis Severino and James Paxton on the injured list and Masahiro Tanaka's partially torn elbow ligament always on the team's mind, the Yankees view rotation help as the most pressing need. After the amateur draft ends on June 5, the team will turn its focus to that pursuit.

An acquisition could come either in the form of a trade or of a signing of free agent Dallas Keuchel. The Yankees are not willing to sign Keuchel before the draft, which would mean sacrificing a pick. But once the draft passes, they will view the former Cy Young winner as a viable short-term upgrade.

Tags: James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and third baseman Gio Urshela talk about their walk-off win against the Mariners

The Yankees walk it off in the ninth inning to beat the Mariners, 5-4, at Yankee Stadium.>> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game…

1) DJ LeMahieu has been such an important player for the Yankees this season and he had a pinstripe moment in this one, hitting a walk-off single in the ninth inning. LeMahieu is riding a nine-game hitting streak and is now hitting .330 on the season

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Seattle Mariners, Chris Carelli
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees will look to continue their success against the Mariners in the second installment of a four-game series on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. from Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Following an off day, Gleyber Torres is back at shortstop. He's batting sixth. ... The Yankees managed seven runs Monday, despite the middle of their lineup -- Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andújar and Clint Frazier -- going a combined 0-for-12. Frazier is making his fourth appearance in right field Tuesday. ... Given an opportunity with the rash of injuries, Gio Urshela has been a bright spot. Following two more hits and an RBI on Tuesday, he's batting .352/.420/.493 on the season.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Seattle Mariners
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Injuries have decimated the Yankees at almost every position this season, but the front office expects to focus on acquiring starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, according to major league sources.

With Luis Severino and James Paxton on the injured list and Masahiro Tanaka's partially torn elbow ligament always on the team's mind, the Yankees view rotation help as the most pressing need. After the amateur draft ends on June 5, the team will turn its focus to that pursuit.

An acquisition could come either in the form of a trade or of a signing of free agent Dallas Keuchel. The Yankees are not willing to sign Keuchel before the draft, which would mean sacrificing a pick. But once the draft passes, they will view the former Cy Young winner as a viable short-term upgrade.

Tags: James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Sep 29, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 29, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Dallas Keuchel still remains on the free agent market, and that could be the case throughout May as well. 

With Keuchel rejecting his $17.9 million qualifying offer with the Astros, he is now tied to draft compensation. Teams who are interested in signing the lefty starter would have to give up their highest draft pick after their first-rounder (if a team has more than one first-round pick, the top pick is exempt). 

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Yankees are among those teams interested in Keuchel, but only following that Draft. He spoke on his radio.com podcast "Big Time Baseball" with Josh Lewin to explain what he has heard. 

Tags: J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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The Yankees lost to the Diamondbacks, 3-2, at Chase Field on Wednesday afternoon to end their West Coast road trip. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1 ) Masahiro Tanaka limited the scoring damage, but he was far from sharp in this game, lasting just four innings. Tanaka continually left off-speed pitches up in the zone and he was tagged as a consequence. His final line - 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB and 6 K - marks the third start in his last four in which he failed to generate a quality start. Tanaka's ERA jumped to 3.92 after today's performance.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Apr 8, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Apr 8, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

The Yankees look to get back on track when they face the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in Arizona at 3:40 p.m.

Yankees notes

Luke Voit has 12 hits in his last 28 at-bats, including three homers and one double. ... Gleyber Torres has hit safely in his last seven games as he has raised his batting average from .238 to .272. Gary Sanchez is hitting just .233 with a .313 OBP, but has two homers and one double over his last three games. ... 

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The Yankees saw their six-game winning streak snapped Thursday night as they took an ugly 11-5 loss to the Angels. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka cruised through four shutout innings before he imploded. He allowed a pair of two-run homers in the fifth as the Angels tied the game at 4-4. He then walked two batters in the sixth, at which point Aaron Boone yanked him for Jonathan Holder. Holder allowed both inherited runners to score via a two-run single by David Fletcher. Five of the six runs Tanaka allowed in 5.2 innings were earned. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out two. Tanaka walked three batters for the third straight start and has 11 walks over his last four outings. According to ESPN's Coley Harvey, Tanaka induced just one swing-and-miss throughout his 89 pitches, the lowest total of his career; Thursday was his 143rd MLB appearance, including the postseason.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade
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Apr 24, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) is greeted inthe dugout after scoring the go ahead run on a single by second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Apr 24, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) is greeted inthe dugout after scoring the go ahead run on a single by second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Yankees look to sweep their four-game series at the Angels Thursday night at 9:07 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees erased a five-run deficit Wednesday night to earn their sixth straight win, an impressive run considering the number of injuries they've been dealing with. That number grew Wednesday as Clint Frazier hurt his ankle and landed on the injured list. ... DJ LeMahieu had a badly needed big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBI, driving in the go-ahead run in the ninth with a single. LeMahieu was just 3-for-37 over his last nine appearances.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (9-10, 4.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-13) as they hope the rain clears up on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes

Brett Gardner gets the day off despite hitting two go-ahead home runs in his last three games. ... DJ LeMahieu will bat leadoff despite his recent struggles, collecting just one hit in his last 20 at-bats but was robbed of an extra-base hit on Friday night by Royals center fielder Billy Hamilton. ... Clint Frazier went hitless on Friday, but has still reached base in his last four consecutive games, where he is 6-for-15 with a home run and two RBI. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Masahiro Tanaka
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The Yankees move to 10-10 on the season, clobbering four home runs to beat the Royals, 9-2, at Yankee Stadium.

Five takeaways from Saturday's game…

1) Masahiro Tanaka got back on track with an impressive seven-inning outing, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Tanaka's production continues to be a big facet for the Yankees with Luis Severino on the mend and the veteran right-hander has answered the call.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the mound after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the mound after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka attributed his struggles in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox to his ineffective split-finger fastball.

"It wasn't coming out of my hand right," Tanaka said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "It's not just today, it's been like that for a little bit. I think it comes down to mechanics. I definitely need to make some adjustments, so it's an effective pitch."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chicago White Sox, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Maybe the pomp of the first series with the Red Sox this season is just the tonic the lackluster Yankees need in what's been a blah start to their season. 

Nothing like a visit from a bitter rival to jolt a club. And make no mistake: The Yankees need a jolt. Badly. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (6-8, 4.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East) wrap up their series with the White Sox (4-9) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday. ... Masahiro Tanaka, who gets the start on Sunday, has allowed one run in each of his first three starts this season. ... Aaron Judge, who homered on Saturday, is on pace to finish the season with 46 homers and 243 strikeouts. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chicago White Sox, Masahiro Tanaka
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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)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka agreed with manager Aaron Boone's decision to take him out and go to the bullpen with a two-run lead despite having thrown only 78 pitches through six innings.

"I think that was the right timing," Tanaka told reporters through an interpreter after Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino combined to allow three runs, four hits and two walks in two innings as the Yankees lost to the Astros 4-3 at Minute Maid Park.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

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

The Yankees launch seven home runs, beating the Orioles, 15-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

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

1) Domingo German was in control from the outset of this game (after allowing five walks in his first outing), in which he didn't allow a base hit until a one-out single in the sixth inning. German's final line - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 3 K - is one which will make it easy for the Yankees to keep him in the rotation while Luis Severino remains on the injured list.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees, coming off a three-game sweep of the Orioles, head to Houston for a three-game series agains AL West powerhouse Astros starting on Monday at 7:10 p.m. 

Yankees Notes

Gary Sanchez is hitting cleanup on Monday fresh off his three-home run game against the Orioles. He has six home runs this season which are tied for the AL lead ... DJ LeMahieu is 12-for-28 (.429), which is the sixth-best average in the majors between players with at least 20 at-bats. ... Greg Bird gets the start at first on Monday. He is 1-for-3 against Justin Verlander with the lone hit being a home run. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
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