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Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

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

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

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

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Oakland Athletics
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees (83-45, 9.0 GA in AL East) are hoping to avoid a sweep at the hands of the A's on Thursday night at 9:37 p.m. in Oakland.

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

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

Yankees notes

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Oakland Athletics
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (82-42, 10.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series with the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (73-50, 1.5 GB in AL Central, 2.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees beat the Indians on Friday night 3-2, thanks to Masahiro Tanaka's 6.1 innings of four hit baseball. The righty struck out two batters and allowed just two runs, good enough to get his ninth win of the season. Aroldis Chapman came in for the close, and now has 34 saves on the season. Gio Urshela led the Yankees' bats, going 3-for-4 from the plate... the team had 10 hits collectively for the game. Aaron Judge had two hits including a double and a walk, showing signs of breaking out of his recent struggles.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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Judge happy with Tanaka's outing 00:01:05
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was impressed with pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's outing against the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees bounced back to beat the Indians 3-2 on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka's night was going relatively smooth until the righty allowed his second home run of the game when Yasiel Puig blasted a solo shot in the top of the seventh inning. Tanaka finished the game with two earned runs, four hits, and two strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Thanks to the bullpen work of Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman, Tanaka was able to get his ninth win of the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka smiles after pitching a complete game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka smiles after pitching a complete game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (81-42, 9.5 GA in AL East) look to rebound against the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (73-49, 0.5 GB in AL Central, 2.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees struggled on Thursday night, giving up a season-high 19 runs in a loss to the Indians. Chad Green had his worst start of the season, allowing five earned runs in the first inning including two home runs. Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam, and Jason Kipnis followed up with a solo shot, thus ending Green's start after recording just one out. The rest of the bullpen under-performed as well -- with Jonathan Loaisiga giving up four earned runs over 2.2 innings and Chance Adams giving up five earned runs and 10 hits in 3.2 innings of work. First baseman/designated hitter Mike Ford made his pitching debut in the bottom of the eighth inning, going 2.0 innings and allowing five earned runs on six hits... however, he did get one strikeout to end the top of the ninth inning.

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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)

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With the Yankees rolling along toward a division title, fans are naturally turning their thoughts to the playoff rotation. This year, it's a particularly hot topic because the general manager declined to add to it at the trade deadline.

The Yankees insist, both publicly and in private, that they haven't begun to think in earnest about the playoff roster and rotation -- though we can report, as we did in June, that the team is eyeing a Chad Green/Luis Severino game, provided the latter is healthy.

Tags: Chad Green, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery looks on (47) as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery looks on (47) as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees southpaw Jordan Montgomery has spent his time rehabbing from his spring 2018 Tommy John surgery.

Now, it's looking like a return is in the near future.

He recently threw a simulated game (2 IP, 35 pitches) and is "getting close to game action," according to manager Aaron Boone.

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre behind Masahiro Tanaka's strong performance. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Masahiro Tanaka got his eighth win of the season after allowing three hits and striking out four over 8.0 innings. The Yankees have now won 10 out of the last 11 games that Tanaka starts, dating back to June 11 of this season. Tanaka bounced back in a big way after giving up five earned runs and 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work in his last start on August 5 against the Orioles.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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

Yankees notes

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

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Yankees (76-39, 10.5 GA in AL East) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (47-71, 30.5 GB in AL East ) on Friday at 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre.

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won nine straight games after Thursday's 12-6 win over the Jays. ... Didi Gregorius is 3-6 with a home run in his career off of Blue Jays starter Sean Reid-Foley. ... Gio Urshela is now hitting .323 on the season, following his 3-5 night on Thursday.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees continued to flex their muscles at Camden Yards on Monday with five more home runs in a record-setting day en route to a 9-6 victory over the Orioles. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Yankees have 32 home runs in eight games at Camden Yards this season -- a new MLB record for road home runs against a single team. The biggest home run was Mike Ford's go-ahead blast in the eighth to put the Yankees up 7-6. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles, Tommy Kahnle
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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

The Yankees' big-league roster looks exactly the same after the MLB trade deadline as it did when the day started. The team did make a very minor move, adding minor league lefty Alfredo Garcia from the Colorado Rockies, but they did not add any pitching to a rotation that looks dangerously shallow. That doesn't mean that the club can't still improve., though.

Instead, the Yankees will have to improve from inside the organization if they want to win the World Series. Here's how the Yankees can still get better without surrendering any talent in the meantime: 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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After the D-backs pulled Zack Greinke from the game and traded him, the Yankees hitters jump all over Arizona's bullpen en route to a 7-5 win.>> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Prior to the game, righty Masahiro Tanaka revealed that he made some changes to his grip. That came after he imploded in his last start against the Red Sox, posting 12 earned runs on 12 hits (two homers) over 3.1 innings. On Wednesday, Tanaka still struggled. Tanaka only notched four innings on the mound, exiting the game in the fifth inning with runners on and 82 pitches thrown. Tanaka allowed two earned runs and five hits with three walks. He also struck out four batters. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Arizona Diamondbacks, Aroldis Chapman, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (67-39, 7.5 GA in AL East) finish their quick two-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks (54-54, 15.5 GB in NL West) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees placed Luke Voit on the IL with a sports hernia. He left Tuesday's game with what was described as a core muscle injury. ...CC Sabathia received a lubricant shot in his knee, and is expected to miss a few weeks. The big lefty is dealing with right knee inflammation. ...DJ LeMahieu is once again out of the lineup today, but Aaron Boone said he's expecting to use him on Friday when the Red Sox come to town.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

While GM Brian Cashman and his team are working to bolster their pitching staff before today's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the current Yankees rotation arms are trying to figure out what is going wrong since the All-Star break. 

And one of them is going through some "drastic" changes. 

Masahiro Tanaka absolutely imploded in his last start against the Red Sox, posting 12 earned runs on 12 hits (two homers) over 3.1 innings back on July 25. It is by far his worst start of this season and possibly his career. 

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Jul 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound after pitching during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Jul 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) walks off the mound after pitching during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees received sub-par starting pitching for the second straight night, falling to the Red Sox 10-5 at Fenway Park. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game...

1) For the second straight night, the Yankees starter got shelled. After Masahiro Tanaka allowed 12 runs on Thursday, James Paxton gave up seven earned on nine hits over just four innings of work. As the trade deadline looms closer, the last couple of performances from Yankees' starters have certainly pointed towards the team bringing in at least one starting pitcher. 

Tags: James Paxton, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman 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 general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In an up-and-down season for Yankees starting pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka has typically been viewed as the team's most reliable option come playoff time. After all, he's only allowed five runs through 30 career innings of postseason ball.

That line of thinking took a massive hit after he allowed 12 earned runs in 3.1 innings of work against the Red Sox on Thursday night. It certainly proved that New York's hunt for starting pitching is a necessary one. The need was already there, especially after starters allowed a combined 20 earned runs in 11 innings through a three-game slugfest in Minnesota.

This summer, though, is not a normal one by any means.

There's no clear-cut ace on the market. Rather, it's filled with question marks. Madison Bumgarner, once a sure bet to be moved, is reportedly likely to stay with the Giants through the season. After surfacing in rumors over the last few weeks, Trevor Bauer could remain in Cleveland, which is just two games out of first place in the AL Central. Meanwhile, the Mets could switch gears, extend Zack Wheeler and instead trade Noah Syndergaard. A lot of questions, and so far, little answers.

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

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Masahiro Tanaka
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Boone update on Luke Voit 00:00:46
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone updates Luke Voit's injury status after getting drilled in the face with a pitch.

The Yankees jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and held on the beat the Rockies 11-5 at Yankee Stadium for fifth straight win. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) DJ LeMahieu continues to live up to his nickname, posting another Machine-like three-hit performance. LeMahieu also walked, scoring a pair of runs on the afternoon. His batting average on the season is now .334 after singles in the first, third, and seventh innings. He set the table all day long for a Yankees lineup in which every starter reached base and five players recorded multi-hit games. LeMahieu also made a number of sparkling defensive plays.

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

The Yankees (63-33, 9 GA in AL East) are hosting the Colorado Rockies (46-51, 17.5 GB in NL West) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.   

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a season-best 30 games over .500 and lead the Majors with 31-come-from-behind victories. ... The Bombers have lived up to their nickname, blasting 12 home runs (including two grand slams) over the last five games. ... The Yankees are 11-9 all-time against the Rockies, including a 7-2 record at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (62-33, 8 GA in AL East) are hosting the Colorado Rockies (46-50, 16.5 GB in NL West) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.  

Yankees notes

Gio Urshela continues to make an impact in the Yankee lineup. His 3-for-4, three-RBI performance in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader was the catalyst for a Yankee win... Luke Voit supplied the power in Game 2, as the slugging first baseman launched his 18th homer of the season off of Rays pitcher Charlie Morton. Voit has already surpassed his previous career highs in home runs, RBIs and doubles... DJ LeMahieu will face the Rockies for the first time since joining the Yankees this season. The infielder, who spent seven seasons with Colorado, was a two-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award-winner and won the batting title in 2016. Aaron Boone will not be in the dugout tonight while he serves a one-game suspension following his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, J.A. Happ, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Yanks get by Blue Jays 00:01:32
Aaron Boone, Masahiro Tanaka, Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge on Tanaka's win and Urshela's contribution to the Yankees success all season

The Yankees won their first series of the second half, beating the Blue Jays 4-2 Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The long ball continues to plague Masahiro Tanaka, but the Yankees right-hander kept the damage to a minimum on Sunday. Tanaka allowed two solo home runs in the fifth inning, but other than that he pitched six strong innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Toronto Blue Jays
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees (58-32, 6.0 GA in AL East) are back in action for the rubber game against the Blue Jays (35-58, 24.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner enters Sunday on a six-game hitting streak and three-game multi-hit streak. Since June 9, Gardner is hitting .337/.424/.663 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. ... Aaron Judge has five hits in his first eight at-bats since the All-Star break. The Yankees slugger is hitting .302/.413/.547 with four home runs and 10 RBI since returning from the IL on June 21. ... DJ LeMahieu snapped an 11 at-bat hitless streak with a ninth inning single on Saturday. He still leads the AL with a .330 batting average. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka, Toronto Blue Jays
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Life is good for a baseball team that is 57-31, the best record in the American League. But while the Yankees might be favorites to go back to the World Series for the first time in a decade, that doesn't mean the second half of the regular season is just about lining up the playoff rotation.

Yes, even juggernauts have potential trouble areas and question marks. With that in mind, we offer five things to watch while the Yanks try to hold their sizable 6.5-game lead in the AL East over the season's final two and a half months. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

It has been a question to all pitchers so far this season: Does the baseball feel different? 

Well, you can add Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka to the group that feels something is off.

"Probably the right word to say is, it just doesn't feel right," Tanaka told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty through a translator.

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American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees throws against the National League during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees know a thing or two about winning. Even in the All-Star Game.

Aroldis Chapman, one of five Yankees to make the American League All-Star team, recorded the save as the AL beat the National League 4-3 on Tuesday at Progressive Field.

Chapman, making his sixth All-Star Game, joined teammates Gary SanchezDJ LeMahieuGleyber Torres and Masahiro Tanaka on the AL team, which won its seventh straight Midsummer Classic.

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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) score in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez will both be out in the Progressive Field infield to start the 2019 MLB All-Star Game after being named starters for the American League. And AL manager, Red Sox skipper Alex Cora, announced where they will be hitting in the lineup as well. 

Cora places LeMahieu, the team's starting second baseman, in the No. 2 slot while Sanchez will be hitting further down than normal at No. 7. He also mentioned that Masahiro Tanaka will likely take over on the hill after Justin Verlander gets the start. 

LeMahieu and Sanchez blew out the primary voting for their respective position, as both Yankees are having solid seasons. LeMahieu, in particular, has been the biggest surprise for the pinstripes, hitting a team-high .336/.383/.518 with 12 homers and 63 RBI over 81 games thus far. That average also leads the American League. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka smiles after pitching a complete game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka smiles after pitching a complete game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have yet another All-Star on their team. 

Masahiro Tanaka was named to the AL All-Star team on Saturday, replacing the injured Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman on the roster. 

Tanaka, 30, has had an up-and-down first half of the season, going 5-5 with a 3.86 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 105 innings this year. His best performance came June 17 against the Rays when he tossed a complete game shutout. 

 

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The Yankees scored four runs in the 11th inning to beat the Rays, 8-4, at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Friday's game

1) The Yankees got on the board with a first inning home run by Aaron Judge and he provided a go-ahead homer to left-center field in the 11th inning to give the Yanks the lead. The Yankees right fielder has nine homers on the season and 20 RBIs. It was the ninth two-homer game in Judge's young career.

2) Brett Gardner's three-run homer in the 11th inning broke the game open for the Yankees. Gardner went 3-for-5 on the night, raising his average to .240 on the season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Yanks outslug Sox 17-13 00:01:22
Aaron Boone, Aaron Hicks, DJ LeMahieu and Alex Cora on the Yankees prevailing in the wild 17-13 London series opener

The Yankees put their offensive prowess on display in London in one of longest nine-inning games in MLB history on Saturday, erupting for 17 runs in a 17-13 win over the Red Sox. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) This was the first time in Yankees-Red Sox history where both teams scored six runs in the first inning, which was highlight by Aaron Hicks blasting the first MLB home run in London with a two-run shot off Rick Porcello. It was also just the third time in MLB history where both starting pitchers allowed six-plus runs and were unable to get out of the first inning. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (52-28, 7.0 GA in AL East) open a two-game series in London against the Boston Red Sox (44-38, 9.0 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. at London Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees and Red Sox open the first MLB game to be played in London on Saturday. ... All-Star DJ LeMahieu enters the game with an AL-leading .336 batting average and a 12-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .460/.518/.880 with five home runs, two doubles, two triples and 13 RBI. ... Fellow All-Star Gary Sanchez is second in the AL with 23 home runs and has reached base his last 11 games, hitting .286/.340/.571 with three home runs and 12 RBI in that span. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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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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