Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts as he crosses home plate in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts as he crosses home plate in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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Having played the rebuilding Orioles and Tigers to start the season, the Yankees might have believed to be much better than 3-4 at the moment. Injuries are part of the issue (some of which should have been expected), but performance has not lived up to expectations in some cases.

There are 155 games left in the season, but it's difficult to avoid wondering if the current feeling about the club would be different had they made some different decisions this offseason, including...

A stronger pursuit of Patrick Corbin

The Yankees understood that starting pitching was among the keys to getting them over the top in 2019. As such, they struck early in the offseason by trading for James Paxton -- a pitcher with elite talent and upside.

It can be argued that they should have kept pressing on the gas pedal and made a stronger effort to land another left-hander, Patrick Corbin. The Yankees were in the hunt for Corbin's services, but balked when the 29-year-old's contract demands reached six years.

They had already inked CC Sabathia, which seems as much about clubhouse chemistry as it does the minimal number of innings the 38-year-old will provide the club. With Corbin eventually choosing to pitch in Washington, the Yankees shifted gears to J.A. Happ.

It's true that Happ turned in an impressive performance down the stretch in 2018 after coming over in a July trade, but this is a 36-year-old pitcher -- meaning there is always the chance age catches up to him.

Add Happ's $17 million and Sabathia's $8 million salaries together and the Yankees would have saved cash this season compared with Corbin's average annual value of $23.3 million combined with one of the inexpensive handful of young pitchers already logging innings out of the rotation.

Corbin's contract might have gone a year beyond the Yankees' desires, but should the expected early production have outweighed any worries on the backend, especially since they signed a player that is actually older than Corbin will be at the end of his deal?

This guy named Bryce Harper was available

One of the more peculiar signings by the Yankees was re-upping with outfielder Brett Gardner. This is not about signing him, but rather when they signed him and the expectations the club seemingly has for him as a backup outfielder. New York might have easily been able to wait to see how the rest of the roster construction played out before circling back to Gardner, which might have saved some money (he signed for $7.5 million).

Next, the Yanks made a significant commitment (seven years, $70 million) to Aaron Hicks, who has had his troubles staying on the field (10 stints on the disabled/injured list since his debut in 2013). Hicks took an impressive turn in 2018, but he couldn't break camp with the club due to some significant back pain and is expected to be out until sometime in May.



Meanwhile, a generational talent was available in the free agent market in 26-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper. Harper is not perfect, but he would have fit this roster quite well -- and the "too many outfielders" script should have been burned by the front office.

Did the Yankees have to ink Gardner at all? Nope. Despite his own ability to bring calm to the clubhouse, he's a player in decline now being thrust into an everyday role. Did the Yankees have to extend Hicks? Probably not, though at the rate it wasn't a terrible idea and he would not have been blocking Harper.

The notion that New York already had Giancarlo Stanton and will eventually have to pay Aaron Judge hangs out there, but they clearly have the wherewithal to handle a payroll containing all three stars. A crew of Harper, Hicks, Judge and Stanton could have easily rotated between the outfield positions and designated hitter, and at a discounted rate Gardner could have been the final outfielder.

Jacoby Ellsbury you say? Dump him already. And are the Yanks truly concerned about getting Clint Frazier at-bats?

Avoiding Harper to take the route the club did deserves at least a bit of second-guessing, which could go on for years.

Manny Machado as a long term solution to left side of infield

The Yankees put on a show by bringing Manny Machado to Yankee Stadium, but word came out that the club never made an official offer to the 26-year-old.

On the surface, they had reasons to avoid Machado. The team enjoyed an incredible rookie season from third baseman Miguel Andujar and while shortstop Didi Gregorius is out for at least half of the season as he recuperates from Tommy John surgery, he is a potential extension target for the Yanks.

Andujar, despite all the hard work he puts in, will never be the defender at third base that Machado is and maybe not the hitter he is, either. We cannot predict injuries, but Andujar is in danger of missing the rest of the season with a labrum tear. And what comes of his play if he avoids surgery and returns? As for Gregorius, what happens if he comes back and is not the player he was before tearing his UCL?

It's plausible the Yankees could have signed Machado to play shortstop to begin his tenure (not his best defensive position) and shifted him to third base when Gregorius came back. If Gregorius didn't miss a beat and the Yanks wanted to keep him, they could have kept Machado at third base -- where he is an exceptional fielder. Meanwhile, Andujar could have acted as the designated hitter.

Instead, the Yankees tabbed Troy Tulowitzki as the shortstop and signed DJ LeMahieu to be a roving infielder. Not surprisingly, Tulowitzki is on the injured list. And while LeMahieu is performing quite well, he's simply not Machado.

Bottom line

Expecting the Yankees to sign everyone is unrealistic. However, the team could have signed one of the players we've discussed, each of whom might have provided the team a better ability to excel in 2019. And as importantly, that exceptional production could have been expected to last several years.

Instead, the Yankees chose to be conservative in spending by "keeping the gang together" and trying to outsmart the opposition with the decisions they did make.

Is it ever too early to second-guess?


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Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) goes to the dugout during game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) goes to the dugout during game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner missed the team's series finale on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies due to a knee injury. 

Aaron Boone did not sound overly concerned about the issue. The manager told reporters that he's classifying Gardner as "day to day," however, he did not commit to Gardner playing on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. 

An MRI on Gardner revealed inflammation in the left knee, but no further structural damage was found, per Boone. 

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McNeil pulls off crazy catch 00:00:10
Jeff McNeil makes leaping grab in outfield to make outstanding catch to end the 7th inning.

For Mariano Rivera, going last is something he was used to throughout his Major League career. That's why it was fitting to see that same thing happen in Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon. 

Rivera was the last inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame during the ceremony this afternoon, and rightfully so. Not only is he the most dominant closer of all time, but the Yankee legend was also the first unanimous inductee in history. 

So, with a Bernie Williams guitar solo and all, Rivera was introduced to the crowd full of Yankees fans that he addressed after receiving the honor. 

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Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees had their win streak snapped on Sunday, as the Rockies took down the Bombers 8-4 to avoid a sweep at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) James Paxton had a rough outing on the road. His first batter, Charlie Blackmon, took him deep to lead off the game and it may have been an omen for the rest of the way. He allowed seven runs, four earned on five hits while striking out six and walking three over 3.1 innings. Paxton's ERA has now rose to 4.20 on the year. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Sweeny Murti and Chris Williamson break down the highlights of Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera's Hall of Fame speeches.

Mike Mussina is officially a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Normally stoic, Mussina couldn't help but to smile as his former Yankees manager Joe Torre talked about his great career on a video before his speech. When accepting his plaque, that smile never left his face. 

It was only until he began his induction speech that he went back to that serious manner to explain how his journey began up until this moment in Cooperstown on Sunday. 

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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (64-33, 10 GA in AL East) can sweep the Rockies (46-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.   

Yankees notes

Brett Gardner was scratched from the original lineup due to what manager Aaron Boone called a "barking knee." Mike Tauchman took his place in left. ...While the Yankees play today, two legends in Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. ...Though the long ball has been a Yankee specialty, they didn't need it on Saturday, scoring all 11 of their runs without hitting a homer. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a team-high three runs, while Gleyber Torres had two himself. Five other Yankees collected an RBI as well.

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, James Paxton
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In just a few hours, Yankees legends Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame up in Cooperstown. 

And current Yankee Aaron Judge couldn't think of a better way to recognize the careers that these pitchers had. 

Speaking at Pepsi's Coach Judge Softball Game, Judge discussed "what an honor" it is for both Mussina and Rivera -- two players he looked up to growing up.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Scott Thompson
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Rivera talks about HOF induction 00:00:54
Hall of Fame Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera discusses when he knew he could get into HOF and what it means to go in as a Yankee.

Today, the most dominant closer in the history of the game and a Yankees legend in Mariano Rivera will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 

And it's been a long week for Rivera leading up to this moment, something that he said sunk in over the last few months since he became the first player ever to be unanimously voted into the hall. 

Rivera spoke briefly with the media on Saturday, reflecting on his journey to this point in his life. He admitted that while he was shutting teams down left and right for years, he didn't really think he would be at this point getting inducted. In fact, he didn't even think about All-Star games during his playing days...

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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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Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) is attended to be manager Aaron Boone (17) and trainer Steve Donohue after being hit by a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) is attended to be manager Aaron Boone (17) and trainer Steve Donohue after being hit by a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit was pulled from Saturday's game with the Colorado Rockies after being hit by a pitch in his mouth/jaw area.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Voit was hit by a Chad Bettis fastball, as the ball may have skimmed his shoulder before making solid contact with his lip and jaw. Voit stayed in the game initially, coming around to score on a Gleyber Torres single. 

After the inning ended, Voit was replaced in the lineup by Gio Urshela, as DJ LeMahieu moved over to first base.

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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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Yanks pound Rockies 00:01:21
Acting manager Bard, Judge, Happ Ottavino and Tarpley comment on Happ's start and Tarpley's outstanding effort in relief

The Yankees scored eight unanswered runs and defeated the Rockies, 8-2, Friday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Friday's game

1) The Yankees trailed early after the Rockies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Edwin Encarnacion strode to the plate in the third with the bases loaded and quickly put the Yankees on top. Encarnacion was behind in the count 1-2 and got a good changeup from Kyle Freeland located down and away, but the right-handed hitter muscled it just over the wall in left for his 12th career grand slam. Only Albert Pujols, with 14 grand slams, has more among active players. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Stephen Tarpley
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Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

By Friday morning it seemed the whole world had seen the Aaron Boone video, and as much as I knew it would resonate with Yankee fans, I didn't realize just how much until the huge Joe Girardi fan at my gym walked over to tell me the Freakin' Savages ejection, if you will, practically melted his heart. 

"I didn't know Boone had it in him," the guy said. "You know I loved Girardi for his intensity, and I'll always think he got a raw deal. But Boone showed me something. I thought he was just kind of a nice guy who was hired to keep the players happy and carry out (Brian) Cashman's orders. 

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Boone talks about his suspension 00:01:33
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about his 1-game suspension for making contact with the umpire in yesterday's game,

Aaron Boone has no regrets. 

The Yankees manager was suspended for one game on Friday for his conduct with umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday, whom he made contact with while yelling, "my guys are f--king savages" and telling him he's "having a piece of s--t start to this game."

While Boone will serve his suspension during Friday's game against the Rockies, he was still at the stadium and addressed the suspension, which he said he knew was coming because he bumped the bill of his cap with Miller's cap. Boone explained that was "part" of the explanation he received from Joe Torre for why he was being suspended and fined, but it did not change how he felt about the situation. 

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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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Feb 21, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 21, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' best pitching prospects have come in waves of three. Remember the trio of Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy? What about the "Killer B's," Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos and Andrew Brackman?

Most Yankees fans know the team's most talked about prospects right now -- Jonathan Loaisiga has MLB experience. Deivi Garcia is one of the most highly-touted pitchers in all of the minor leagues. With the Yankees' recent history of cranking out three pitching prospects at a time, fans want to know -- who's the third member of the big three?

Meet Albert Abreu.

The Yankees' No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, Abreu was acquired in 2016 in a trade for Brian McCann. After battling injuries and inconsistency in 2018, Abreu has gotten back on track at Double-A Trenton this year, pitching to a solid 3.72 ERA (though his 1.58 WHIP is quite high), and ranking 18th in the Eastern League with 77 strikeouts.

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Boone talks about his suspension 00:01:33
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about his 1-game suspension for making contact with the umpire in yesterday's game,

Aaron Boone's 'f--king savages' tirade at home plate umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday will cost the Yankees manager a game. 

MLB announced on Friday that Boone has received a one-game suspension and undisclosed fine for his "inappropriate actions, including contact" with Miller in the second inning of Thursday's first game of a doubleheader against the Rays. 

The announcement was made by Joe Torre, the Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball and former Yankees manager. 

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

With the San Francisco Giants riding a six-game winning streak and jumping into the wild card race in manager Bruce Bochy's final season, the team is genuinely undecided about trading ace Madison Bumgarner and reliever Will Smith this month, according to major league sources.

A person with direct knowledge of the team's plans said plainly that Bumgarner and Smith are not available at the moment. The Giants have until July 31 to decide.

Bumgarner allowed one run in nine innings against the Mets on Thursday. While no one can argue with that result, evaluators were not overly impressed by his repertoire.

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mariano Rivera is headed into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday for the work he did on the field, from his postseason brilliance to his record 652 saves to that devastating cut fastball that turned bats into shards of wood. 

But it's also remarkable how many of the folks who played or worked with Rivera touch on personal stories when asked to recount their favorite Mo memory. Turns out, Rivera wasn't just a Cooperstown-worthy pitcher; he was a Hall of Fame teammate, too. 

SNY talked to some of the people who knew Rivera best during his amazing 19-year career to get a glimpse of the Yankees famed closer as he prepares to be enshrined. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Anthony McCarron
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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

At 62-33, the Yankees may not need a rallying cry, but Aaron Boone gave them one anyway. 

The Yankees manager's 'f--king savages' rant toward home plate umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday not only fired up the fan base, but his players, too. 

"We are a bunch of savages," Luke Voit said after Thursday's doubleheader sweep of the Rays. 

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Judge wants pedal to the metal 00:01:28
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge stresses the importance of widening their AL East division lead before the trade deadline.

The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

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

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains his 'savages' comment when describing the hitters in his lineup

Yankees manager Aaron Boone had an interesting description of his lineup in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. 

In the second inning, Brett Gardner struck out and was none-too-happy. The same can be said for Boone and he went to bat for his dugout, giving home plate umpire Brennan Miller a piece of his mind from the bench. That didn't last long, as moments later Boone was in the rookie umps' face. 

While complaining about the strike zone, Boone unleashed his true thoughts on the umpire's calls and his own hitters. 

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May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green (57) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees (61-33, 7.0 games ahead of the Rays for first place in the AL East) face the Rays (56-42) in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

With the Game 1 win, the Yankees clinched their 14th straight non-losing home series. ... Yankees batters have hit nine home runs in the first three games of this series against Tampa Bay. ... Yankees' starters have allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of 12 starts during the month of July.

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Domingo German shook a bad first two batters en route to his 12th win of the season. The first two batters for the Rays, Austin Meadows and Yandy Diaz, both homered off of German on the fourth pitch of their at-bats. Despite the rocky start, German settled in and on his next 82 pitches (90 total), he only allowed two more hits and none in his final three innings. In total, German tossed six innings with five strikeouts. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Tampa Bay Rays
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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)

The Yankees (60-33, 6.0 games ahead of the Rays for first place in the AL East) face the Rays (56-41) in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday at 3:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion has six hits in his last 14 at-bats, including three homers. ... Domingo German has allowed two runs total over his last two starts, spanning 12.0 innings.

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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)

Just about a half hour before first pitch was scheduled between the Yankees and Rays, Wednesday's game was officially postponed due to rain in the forecast.

The Yankees and Rays will hold a doubleheader on Thursday, starting at 3:00 p.m. The Yankees were scheduled to pitch Domingo German on Wednesday night, with J.A. Happ set to go on Thursday. Aaron Boone said on Wednesday night that German is scheduled to pitch the first game on Thursday, while the second game starter is still up in the air, and could be an opener.

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Before the home run heroics from Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius in the Yankees' 8-3 win over Tampa, the offense had been struggling in the post-London Series world.

But no Yankee has seen their production dip further than Gary Sanchez, who has looked a lot like his 2018 version.

Just a few weeks ago on June 23, Sanchez was the owner of a .273/.339/.634 line, numbers that earned him a trip to his second All-Star game. Since then? He has just seven hits in 59 plate appearances -- good for a .119 batting average.

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Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Aaron Judge had his first big "Aaron Judge" moment this season during Tuesday night's 8-3 victory over the Rays. Batting as the go-ahead run, he cracked a two-run home run that gave the Yankees a lead that they did not relinquish.

Due to injuries and time off, it was only Judge's 10th home run of the season, and his first in 11 days. That doesn't mean that big number 99 hasn't been helping the Yankees in other ways, though.

Judge has, in some ways, changed his approach in 2019. His power production has dropped a little bit, but his batting average sits at an attractive .304. In the at-bat that preceded his go-ahead bomb, the Rays shifted on Judge, playing him to pull. Instead, Judge laced a base hit right to where the second baseman would have normally been.

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Apr 10, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Terrance Gore (0) bats against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Apr 10, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Terrance Gore (0) bats against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees added some speed on Wednesday by acquiring outfielder Terrance Gore from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.

Gore, a 28-year-old outfielder, has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, primarilly with the Royals aside from a one-year stop in Chicago with the Cubs. 

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Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Will the Yankees be without their closer Aroldis Chapman in 2020? It's a scenario that is very plausible after hearing what The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal had to say about the flame-throwing left-hander. 

Rosenthal wrote in his most recent piece that "a player who is friendly" with Chapman said that the closer will "one million percent" opt out of his contract following the end of the 2019 season. 

Chapman answered questions about the report before tonight's game, saying it is "completely false" that he wants to opt out, according to multiple reports. However, he will have a discussion with his agent after the season to contemplate his options. For now, though, he is happy with his contract...

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The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the second-best winning percentage in all of baseball (behind only the Dodgers, who are 63-34). And their place in the standings matches their current odds to win the World Series.

Per Bovada, the Dodgers are currently +280 to win the Fall Classic, while the Yanks are +333.

The rest of the odds shake out like this:

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Jun 29, 2019; London, ENG; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his run with his team mates during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Flynn)
Jun 29, 2019; London, ENG; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his run with his team mates during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Flynn)

Aaron Judge had already flipped the script in the bottom of the eighth, when his two-run homer to right field made it 4-3 Yankees over the Rays. 

But Didi Gregorius completely broke down the door with a grand slam in the same frame to pull away. 

With the crowd chanting his name, Gregorius sent a moonshot to the right field bleachers, and a big smile crossed his face as he sent the Yankee Stadium crowd into a frenzy. It's a scene Gregorius has orchestrated so many times in the past, but this season following his long IL stint due to Tommy John surgery recovery, it has been a rare sight. 

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Yanks explode late for win 00:01:58
Boone, Judge, Sabathia, Gregorius and Hale on Yankees big 6-run 8th inning in their 8-3 win over Tampa

The Yankees rallied late and broke the game wide open with a pair of eighth-inning home runs to defeat the Rays, 8-3, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) The eighth inning proved to be the deciding one for the Yanks, who trailed 3-2 with Gleyber Torres set to lead off against Colin Poche. The second baseman walked, but Brett Gardner struck out and D.J. LeMahieu lined out hard to right-center. That brought up Aaron Judge, who sent a ball just outside the right field foul pole on the sixth pitch of the at-bat. He made no mistake on the very next offering, however, powering a ball over the wall in right to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Poche remained in the game and allowed a single to Luke Voit and a double to Gary Sanchez before intentionally walking Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases for Didi Gregorius. On a 2-1 pitch, Gregorius ripped a grand slam deep into the right-field bleachers to give the Yankees plenty of breathing room.     

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, David Hale, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Encarnacion , Nestor Cortes Jr
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Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is held back by New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious (18) as he argues with Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Avisail Garcia (24) during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is held back by New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious (18) as he argues with Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Avisail Garcia (24) during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Things got a little heated between the Yankees and Rays on Tuesday night. 

CC Sabathia struck out Avisail Garcia to end the sixth inning and strand a runner on second base, but as Sabathia was walking back to the dugout him and Garcia began exchanging words with each other. 

Garcia appeared to think Sabathia, who has a reputation for being vocal and emotional on the mound, said something to him. Sabathia began chirping back at Garcia and the two began to walk toward one another, which is when the benches emptied. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton goes to the dugout after a strike out against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded. 


10-day IL: Giancarlo StantonCameron Maybin

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Jonathan Loaisiga, Troy Tulowitzki

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Deivi Garcia's Triple-A debut on Sunday caught the attention of many, including Yankees skipper Aaron Boone.

Prior to Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay, Boone was asked about Garcia's debut, when the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three earned runs over five innings, striking out six Columbus Clippers along the way.

"Good first Triple-A start," said Boone. "[He] had a presence. I actually watched probably a little over an inning of it, just to watch his stuff. Wasn't as dominant as we've seen in some of his outings, but I think a very good first showing in Triple-A. 

"One of the reports said he had really good presence. He flashed all the pitches that have made him really special so far this year, so a good first outing for him to go get a win and throw strikes and rack up some punch outs too."

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (30) hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (59-33, 5.0 GA in AL East) are hosting the division foe Tampa Bay Rays (56-40, 5 GB in AL East) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.  

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion mashed two homers against the Rays on Tuesday. He's hitting just .158 since joining the Yankees on June 17, but has a pair of two-hit, three-RBI games in his three appearances since the All-Star break... Aaron Hicks has gotten hot in July, posting a slash line of .342/.432/.656... Chad Green has also also settled down this month, allowing just one run in 7.1 innings, including two scoreless innings on Monday... Aaron Judge has made his hits against the Rays count this season. Though he's just 2-for-16 against Tampa Bay, both of his hits have been home runs.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Domingo German, Edwin Encarnacion
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Rivera now has own airport gate 00:01:45
Hall of Fame Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera now has an airport gate at JFK named after him. Delta's Gate 42 is now the Mariano Rivera gate.

On Sunday, Yankees legend Mariano Rivera will become the first unanimous inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

But at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City on Tuesday, Rivera received his first plaque of the week.

Delta officially changed the name to Gate B42 to "The Mariano Rivera Gate" in honor of Rivera before his induction ceremony into the Hall of Fame.

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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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have been engaged for weeks in the starting pitching market, and would still prefer to land a Zack Wheeler, Trevor Bauer, or one of the other available arms who could help with the rotation. This remains the surest way to bolster their championship chances.

But given the state of the market, the team has been forced to consider other options. According to multiple general managers in search of pitching, the asking prices for Wheeler, Stroman and the like remain very high, and teams are far apart on value.

That's why, according to sources, the Red Sox and A's settled for less exciting acquisitions in Andrew Cashner and Homer Bailey. Those teams essentially looked at the asks for higher-end help and said, "forget it, we'll go with depth."

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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dellin Betances and Luis Severino have been waiting very patiently in the dugout and clubhouse to finally pick up their gloves again. And Monday was finally that time to hit the field for some catch.

"I greeted them with 'happy throwing day,'" manager Aaron Boone told The Athletic's Lindsey Adler

Both pitchers, who have been on the IL since the start of the season, were seen in right field throwing a baseball for the first time since being activated over the weekend. It was just to get the blood flowing again, with 25 throws from 60 feet. 

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays, Travis d'Arnaud
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the first time all season, the Yankees lost a game with a lead after eight innings, falling to the Rays, 5-4, Monday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) Aroldis Chapman blew the save for the Yankees as the closer allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, before striking out the next to batters, before bringing up Travis d'Arnaud. The Rays catcher had already homered twice and after falling behind in the count, d'Arnaud lifted a 3-2 slider into right field to give the Rays a 5-4 lead. 

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

With Mets talent evaluator Omar Minaya on hand, Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia made his Triple-A debut Monday against the Columbus Clippers.

The right-hander tossed five innings, yielding three runs and six hits while walking one and striking out six, and earned the win, a 6-4 victory.

After allowing back-to-back singles and a sac fly to begin the game, Garcia escaped further trouble after striking out Brandon Barnes to begin a "strike 'em out, throw 'em out" double play. 

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Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

As the July 31 trade deadline approaches, Yankees top prospect Estevan Florial's name is sure to come up. 

The 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .229/.282/.359 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 34 games this season with High-A Tampa. 

While the numbers do not quite jump off the stat sheet, it is just the 34 games played this season -- and just 84 last season -- that really seems to stick out to evaluators.

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are sending their most trusted evaluator, former GM Omar Minaya, to scout the Triple-A debut of Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia on Monday night, according to major league sources.

The Yankees promoted Garcia, their top pitching prospect, after he started the Futures Game in Cleveland last week. At 20 years old, Garcia is the youngest player in Triple-A.

The Mets and Yankees have had many discussions about Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, stretching back to last winter. The Yankees will not trade Garcia for a rental player like Wheeler, who will be a free agent after this season.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez drops his bat after hitting a two run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (59-32, 6.0 GA in AL East) are hosting division foe Tampa Bay Rays (55-40, 6 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Aaron Judge is off to a solid start to the second half. He was 7-for-11 with two walks and a run and RBI against the Blue Jays over the weekend and is hitting .321/.433/.554 since returning from the IL on June 21. ... Gary Sanchez has some pretty good numbers against Rays starter Blake Snell. Sanchez is 5-for-17 with four home runs and seven RBI against the reigning AL Cy Young award winner. ... Brett Gardner has also fared well against Snell, with six hits in 19 at-bats, inlcuding a home run. Gardner enters the game on a seven-game hitting streak. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Toronto Blue Jays
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman's search for starting pitching is set to heat up over the next two and a half weeks.

The Red Sox made the first move ahead of the July 31 deadline, acquiring Orioles starter Andrew Cashner for two low-level prospects. A relatively quiet deal, the trade could be a foreshadowing of what is to come -- an arms race. This years crop of back-end options is shaping up to feature names like Mike Minor and Jason Vargas, while the high profile arm search has focused on Trevor Bauer, Zack Wheeler, Marcus Stroman and Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner, who turns 30 on August 1, has frequently been linked to the Yankees and Twins. According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, one scenario the Giants have discussed regarding a potential Bumgarner deal is to acquire "players at roughly the same level as their top prospects at High A - catcher Joey Bart, outfielder Heliot Ramos, etc."

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Feb 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws 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 pitcher Albert Abreu (87) throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top-30 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Estevan Florial, OF, High-A Tampa (No. 1, MLB No. 47) -- ETA 2021

Florial had a 4-for-4 night on July 10 that included two runs scored and an RBI. But he collected only two more hits the rest of the week, as he went 6-for-26 (.231). Overall, Florial is hitting .29/.282/.359 this season with the Tarpons.

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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the All-Star break, the Yankees and Red Sox were both talking to the Mets about Zack Wheeler, setting up a potential race between division rivals to acquire the pitcher.

Then, when the Sox acquired righty starter Andrew Cashner from Baltimore on Saturday, it left rivals to wonder if that took them out of the Wheeler sweepstakes.

That does turn out to be the case: According to major league sources, Boston is out on Wheeler now. With Cashner on board, the Sox expect to now look for bullpen help.

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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela hits an infield single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Sure, DJ LeMahieu may be considered the Yankees' MVP given his clutch hitting and the fact he leads the American League in hitting.

But third baseman Gio Urshela has been such a revelation that he, too, has garnered high praise.

"We wouldn't be in first place without him," outfielder Aaron Judge said, according to the New York Times' James Wagner, after the 27-year-old drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar, Toronto Blue Jays, Matt Eisenberg
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