New York Yankees News
9-26-16: The Yankees’ end of September has been frustrating, as they have had multiple losing streaks of at least four games. After being shut out in the previous three games, the Yankees came back to take the lead in the ninth inning of Sunday’s contest. However, they let the Blue Jays walk off in the third game of the four-game series.
9-12-16: In Sunday’s attempt to sweep the four game-series against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, Chase Headley homered for the 14th time this season, but Luis Cessa allowed four runs in 5.2 innings and lost his first game of the season. Although New York’s bullpen did not allow a run, the team’s offense could not come back from the 4-2 deficit. Brett Gardner had three hits in the loss that stopped the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak.
8-29-16: On Saturday, Gary Sanchez became the fastest player to ever hit 11 MLB home runs. New York also moved to just 2.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card spot with the 13-5 victory that night. However, the Yankees fell, 5-0, in their attempt to sweep the visiting Orioles on Sunday.
8-22-16: Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury both had home run-saving grabs against the Los Angeles Angels, as the Yankees won their three-game series. Although New York fell on Sunday, the Yankees own a record that is three games above .500 while being just four games out of a playoff spot. The Yankees next head to Seattle before returning home.
8-15-16: On Friday, Alex Rodriguez played his final game with the Yankees; they won, 6-3, against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Then on Saturday, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge had strong debuts in New York’s 8-4 victory, as they became the first players to ever hit back-to-back home runs in their first career plate appearances. The Yankees did not sweep the Rays on Sunday, but own a record that is three games above .500 this season.
8-8-16: The Yankee will release Alex Rodriguez after August 12’s game, and he will become a special advisor and instructor for the team. In other Yankees news, Mark Teixeira announced that he will retire after the 2016 season. New York had a strong showing over the weekend against the division-leading Indians, as the Yankees moved their record back above .500. On Friday, they scored their most runs since second game of the season.
8-1-16: On the day before the trade deadline, the Yankees were busy as they traded Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians and acquired Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, New York looks like sellers, as the team’s record fell back to .500 after the Tampa Bay Rays swept the Yankees.
7-25-16: The Yankees took advantage of their 10-game post-All-Star break homestand and brought their record from below .500 to 50-48. On Sunday, Nathan Eovaldi threw 6.2 innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts, as he won his ninth game of 2016. Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira each homered in the victory. On Tuesday afternoon, it was also announced the hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs in return for promising prospect Gleyber Torres, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.
7-18-16: The Yankees did not hit a home run on Sunday night, but Starlin Castro, Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury each drove in a run, as New York salvaged the final game of its three-game series against the visiting Boston Red Sox. Masahiro Tanaka threw six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts in the win.
7-14-16: The Yankees took advantage of the Indians’ errors in Cleveland on Sunday, as New York won the series, three games to one. Jacoby Ellsbury’s fourth home run of the season helped the Yankees get their record to .500 in 2016. Nathan Eovaldi, who finished the game with 4.1 scoreless innings, won his seventh game of the season.
7-5-16: At the end of June, the Yankees got their 2016 record back to .500, as they bounced back to win the final two games of their four-game series against the visiting Texas Rangers. However, New York lost three of its next four games. On the bright side, Mark Teixeira hit his 400th career home run in Sunday’s win at San Diego.
6-29-16: After taking two of three games from the visiting Minnesota Twins, the streaky Yankees have had difficulty with the visiting Texas Rangers, who were the league’s first team to 50 victories this season. Alex Rodriguez drove in the Yankees’ only run of Tuesday’s 7-1 loss. New York, which may be without Carlos Beltran for a few days due to hamstring tightness, has now lost three consecutive games after winning its previous three contests.
6-20-16: After the Yankees won the first three contests of the four-game series, Nate Eovaldi allowed four runs in 5.1 innings and struck out just two Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Brian McCann’s two solo home runs were not enough, as the Yankees fell at Minnesota, 7-4. Each Yankees pitcher who pitched on Sunday gave up at least one run.
4-20-16: The Yankees have had a difficult start to the 2016 season, victims of an anemic offense in the cold April weather. Aging stars Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have had slow starts, combining for just 14 hits in 79 at-bats on the year.
9-28-15: Luis Severino threw six scoreless innings against the visiting Chicago White Sox on Sunday, as the Yankees won the four-game series. Dustin Ackley homered for the ninth time this season in the win. The Yankees host the Boston Red Sox for four contests before heading to Baltimore to finish the regular season.
9-25-15: The New York Yankees learned that Masahiro Tanaka would miss his next scheduled start after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain that he suffered in his last start. Tanaka did not suffer the injury pitching but did so as a batter as he tried to bunt in an at bat against the New York Mets inside Citi Field. Tanaka’s next scheduled start was against the Toronto Blue Jays but before his scheduled start the right-hander was working out and doing his normal routine preparing for his next start. Quickly the Yankees announced that Tanaka would likely make his next start and may not wait for his next turn leaving many to wonder if the Yankees are faking the injury or using the minor strain as a way to maneuver their rotation. As it stood before the injury Tanaka would have started the finale of the series against the team they are chasing in the American League East but would not have been available to start a potential one-game Wild Card playoff. With the injury and the ability to move Tanaka around they could conceivably get two more starts out of their ace during the regular season while lining him up perfectly for the one game Wild Card playoff game the team seems destined to see in 2015.
9-21-15: Multiple five-run innings by the Yankees helped the visiting pinstripes win the rubber game of their weekend series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. They did not score in the first five innings, but Joe Girardi’s squad took advantage of the Mets lifting Matt Harvey after just 77 pitches. Greg Bird and Dustin Ackley homered in the win.
9-18-15: The New York Yankees are still in the thick of the playoff hunt despite being beaten down by the Toronto Blue Jays at the beginning of the week. New York lost three games to the Blue Jays inside Yankee Stadium but clawed back to win the final game of the season and picked up ground later in the week to climb within striking distance of the American League East Division. The Yankees are in the driver’s seat in the first American League Wild Card spot despite losing Mark Teixeira for the remainder of the season with a fracture in his right leg and despite losing Nathan Eovaldi, the team’s leader in wins with 14, for at least the remainder of the regular season. Eovaldi’s injury could not have come at a worst time as Ivan Nova has also struggled for the entire month of September and at least half of August leading him to be moved into the Yankees bullpen. Coming out of the Yankees bullpen to replace Nova is Adam Warren who began the 2015 season in the starting rotation filling in for the team after a spring training injury to Chris Capuano derailed the beginning of his season.
9-14-15: Before the weekend began, the Yankees found out that Mark Teixeira will be out for the rest of the season due to a right leg fracture. Joe Girardi’s club sure missed its first baseman, as it dropped its fifth straight game on Saturday night after being swept in a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. However, the Yankees bounced back to win on Sunday.
9-11-15: The New York Yankees brought left-handed relief pitcher Chris Capuano for the 5th time this season when the team purchased his contract from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders. Jacob Lindgren, the team’s top relief pitching prospect and top overall pick from the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft, was placed on the 60-day disabled list to accommodate Capuano’s need for a 40 man roster spot. The Yankees could still decide to call up Lindgren by activating him and designating Capuano for assignment for a fifth time this season but Lindgren has not started facing live batters since undergoing left elbow surgery to remove bone chips. Speaking of Yankees pitchers with elbow injuries the team learned that Nathan Eovaldi’s regular season is likely over after suffering elbow inflammation in his right throwing elbow. Eovaldi got an injection in his elbow and will be completely shut down for two weeks before trying to be built back up in the final weeks of the season. The Yankees left the door open for Eovaldi to pitch in a potential playoff series but that is all dependent on whether Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Ivan Nova and that bullpen can lead the team to the postseason.
9-7-15: Alex Rodriguez’s 28th home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, gave the Yankees their first lead of the day against the Tampa Bay Rays. The home run broke the 3-3 tie, and New York did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the contest, as the Yankees won the rubber game to move to 76-59 on the season.
9-4-15: The New York Yankees thought they started their week off taking advantage of the fact that the Chicago White Sox placed their closer David Robertson on revocable waivers before the end of the August 31st trade deadline and a familiar face claimed him in the New York Yankees. The speculation immediately began that the White Sox would either trade Robertson back to New York or simply let him go for the cost of his contract before the 2:00 pm ET deadline but at the end of the day Chicago pulled back Robertson off waivers with their eyes on the 2016 season. New York’s GM Brian Cashman later admitted that the team simply claimed Robertson to block the Toronto Blue Jays from making a run at the right-hander in an effort to bolster their weakest link, the Blue Jays bullpen. The team also called up eight players as September call ups on September 1st when the team called up Andrew Bailey, Robert Refsnyder, Caleb Cotham, Jose Pirela, Rico Noel, Austin Romine, James Pazos and Dustin Ackley. In order to make room on the active roster for Bailey, Noel and Pazos the team designated Cole Figueroa and Tyler Austin for assignment while Domingo German was activated and immediately placed on the 60 day disabled list.
8-31-15: Stephen Drew and Chase Headley headlined a 20-run day for the Yankees on Sunday. The team went 12-for-21 with runners in scoring position, as New York swept the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Drew, Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury all homered in the Yankees’ third straight win. New York next travels to Boston to take on the Red Sox.
8-28-15: The New York Yankees continued to open and close their revolving door to their bullpen this week when the team designated Chris Capuano for assignment for a third time in the same season. Branden Pinder seems to come up to the Major Leagues every 10 days to fill in for Capuano as New York continues to rely heavily on their young guys to fill out their pitching staff this season. Speaking of the Yankees pitching staff the team announced that Michael Pineda would return off the disabled list and return to the starting rotation this week. With the addition of Pineda to the rotation the team announced that they would go to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season rather than remove one of Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova or Nathan Eovaldi from the starting rotation. Before the team could be progressive and implement the six-man rotation the club lost CC Sabathia to a knee injury that forced him onto the 15 day disabled list. Sabathia is going to attempt to come back in 2015 but that is no guarantee at this point.
8-24-15: Although CC Sabathia did not blow a lead on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, neither he nor his bullpen allowed the Yankees to lead in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, Sabathia is suffering from right knee discomfort and is expected to hit the disabled list. New York dropped three of four games to Cleveland, but on the bright side, the Yankees own a four-game lead over the second wild card team, the Texas Rangers.
8-21-15: The New York Yankees were criticized overall for standing pat at the July 31st trade deadline but the plan that Brian Cashman had is starting to come to fruition. First the team called up their top prospect Luis Severino and inserted him into the starting rotation without an innings limit and then the team called up their best first base prospect in Greg Bird, like Severino, made an immediate impact on the club as he has been in the middle of more than one late game rally while also collecting his first few home runs of his career. Bird has shown patience and poise beyond his years and looks more like a veteran right now than a rookie with about a week under his belt. With the help of Severino, Bird and a complete game from their ace Masahiro Tanaka the Yankees were able to chase down the Toronto Blue Jays and pass them in the American League East Division race. The Yankees climbed back into first place in the division where they sit as they prepare for the big weekend coming up where they retire not only the #20 jersey of Jorge Posada at Jorge Posada Day but the team will also retire the #46 jersey on Sunday when they honor Andy Pettitte at Andy Pettitte Day.
8-18-15: In Monday’s home run-heavy game against the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees emerged victorious in walk-off fashion. Although New York put together back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the 10th inning, Brian McCann could not drive in backup first baseman Greg Bird with the second of the two doubles. After a Carlos Beltran intentional walk, Chase Headley grounded out to bring in the winning run.
8-14-15: The New York Yankees have struggled for much of this week as the offense did their best impersonations of the 2013 and 2014 season. The offense disappeared for much of this week and so did their lead in the American League East Division as the Toronto Blue Jays have closed the gap. New York is desperate now to win games and have continued to showcase a revolving door in their bullpen from Scranton/Wilkes Barre to the Bronx. This week that was as evident as ever as the team brought Chris Capuano back to the Major Leagues while Garrett Jones was designated for assignment for the second time in less than two weeks with the Yankees. The Yankees held onto their prospects at the July 31st trade deadline with the hopes of using them as soon as 2015 and the team has done just that adding top pitching prospect Luis Severino to the starting rotation. Joining Severino was top first base prospect Greg Bird who made his Major League debut against the Cleveland Indians this week. The Yankees have had 15 different players make their Major League debuts this season with the team marking 2015 down as the year of the prospect in the Bronx.
8-7-15: On Tuesday, the Yankees placed Dustin Ackley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a right lumbar strain, but the Yankees offense stayed strong that evening against the visiting Boston Red Sox. New York won that game, 13-3, and after Wednesday’s loss, the Yankees took the series with a 2-1 Thursday victory after a go-ahead solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury.
8-3-15: Jacoby Ellsbury began the scoring for the Yankees on Sunday, as they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 12-3, on Sunday. Mark Teixeira also launched his 29th homer in the win. New York took two of three games in the weekend series, and Joe Girardi’s squad has yet to lose a series since the All-Star break. Last week, the Yankees acquired outfielder Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor leaguers.
7-31-15: The New York Yankees came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time buyers in the market. The Yankees attempted to get one of the best starting pitchers on the market in Johnny Cuetp and even offered young right-handed starting pitcher Ivan Nova in a deal that Cincinnati ultimately rejected. The Reds ended up trading Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for Brandon Finnegan and two left-handed prospects with Kansas City taking on the remainder of Cueto’s salary. New York acquired Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for minor league outfielder Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez and immediately activated him before the trade deadline. Garrett Jones was designated for assignment to make room for Ackley on the active roster while Chris Capuano and Slade Heathcott were sent to Triple-A. Capuano was designated for assignment this week while Hetahcott worked his way back off the 60 day disabled list for the team. In the final roster move this week, since Brian Cashman acquired no one else at the trading deadline, the team gave Esmil Rogers his release so he could pursue an opportunity in Korea.
7-27-15: Although Alex Rodriguez had three home runs on Saturday in the Yankees’ 8-5 win, New York’s biggest inning of its series at Target Field was on Sunday. An inning after Chase Headley’s ninth home run of the season, Stephen Drew capped off a six-run top of the sixth with a two-run home run that scored Headley. That exciting inning gave the Yankees breathing room en route to their 7-2 victory in the rubber match.
7-24-15: The New York Yankees entered their first full week from the All-Star Break on a roll that carried them through a series with the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees swept Buck Showalter’s Orioles team to give them a huge seven game lead in the division over the second place team in the American League East Division race. New York is hot just at the right time and General Manager Brian Cashman may use this hot streak as an excuse to stand pat at the July 31st trading. Although Cashman has stated the Yankees will stand pat or make marginal improvements to the team going forward that has not stopped the rumor mill and the hot stove attaching New York to almost every single top trade target on the market. New York seems like a logical landing spot for rental starting pitchers in Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and David Price while the team still seems to be somewhat involved in the bidding for Cole Hamels’ services. New York will likely look to add a starting pitcher before the deadline if the deal is right and could also look to upgrade at second base after sending second base prospect Robert Refsnyder back down to Triple-A. Cashman states that Refsnyder could be back in August and could finally displace current second baseman Stephen Drew who has continued to struggle in Yankees pinstripes.
7-21-15: On Sunday, the Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, to win their fourth consecutive series. All three games of the series were one-run contests. Mark Teixeira’s solo home run in the eighth inning of the rubber game proved to be the difference. CC Sabathia threw six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts on Sunday.
7-17-15: The New York Yankees are at least discussing internally a reunion with former top prospect and relief pitcher Tyler Clippard. Clippard, currently a member of the Oakland Athletics, was once a top Yankees starting pitcher before being traded to the Washington Nationals for relief pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo. Clippard made his name in the Washington bullpen and could come back to the Yankees bullpen. The Yankees will not be without their competition for Clippard’s services as many teams including the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays could be interested as well but a bullpen with Clippard, Justin Wilson, Chasen Shreve, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller could be easily the best bullpen in all of Major League Baseball. Speaking of the best the team is finally playing the best second baseman the team has inside the organization as the team finally called up Robert Refsnyder before the All-Star break. Refsnyder started two games inside Fenway Park and collected his first hit and first home run in a pair of Yankees victories in the series.
7-13-15: On Sunday, the Yankees scored first for the fourth consecutive game. Although Nate Eovaldi allowed three runs in five innings in the contest, he won his ninth game of the season. In Rob Refsnyder’s second career game, the second baseman singled for his first career hit in the seventh inning, and he homered in the ninth.
7-8-15: Last Friday, the Yankees finally got their first walkoff win of the season, as Brian McCann hit a 400-foot three-run home run to win the game in the 12th inning. New York made it three straight victories with its 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, but the Yankees lost, 8-1, to the Rays on Sunday and lost, 4-3, to the Oakland Athletics in 10 innings on Tuesday.
7-3-15: The New York Yankees made the unpopular and tough decision of sending Adam Warren back to the bullpen this week while keeping struggling starters CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation. Warren heads back to the Yankees bullpen that is still without closer Andrew Miller while Sabathia looks to turn things around in his first season as a starting pitcher since offseason knee surgery. Speaking of the Yankees bullpen and injuries the team was forced to outright Esmil Rogers to Triple-A to make room for Double-A outfielder Taylor Dugas. Dugas was called up out of necessity after Carlos Beltran left a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with an apparent rib cage injury. The injury caused the Yankees to place Beltran on the 15 day disabled list leaving Beltran, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott and Jacoby Ellsbury as all the Yankees outfielders that are currently on the disabled list. Ellsbury was supposed to return to action this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays but was not able to come off the disabled list after having a tough time in a rehab series with the Tampa Yankees. Ellsbury had to miss two games to what the Yankees called “general fatigue” pushing his return to the Bronx to next week at the earliest. In the final bit of news for the Yankees Alex Rodriguez had a couple issues in his life worked out as Zack Hample gave his 3,000th hit ball back for a $150,000 donation to charity while the team and Rodriguez agreed to donate his bonus for tying Willie Mays to a few charities hand-picked by Rodriguez and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.
6-30-15: Brett Gardner, who was named the American League Player of the Week for the third time in his career, registered a game-high three hits, but he did not score or drive in a run, as the Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1, on Monday. CC Sabathia allowed four runs in his 7.1 innings of pitching in the defeat.
6-16-15: Alex Rodriguez, who drove in his 2,000th run of his career over the weekend, could not inch himself closer to 3,000 hits on Monday. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning and flew out, as the Miami Marlins defeated the Yankees, 2-1. Masahiro Tanaka threw seven innings of two-run ball in the loss.
6-8-15: CC Sabathia had an interesting Sunday. In the fifth inning, he struck out Johnny Giavotella for his 25,000th career strikeout. However, he and Joe Girardi were ejected during the next inning for arguing balls and strikes. In spite of losing their starting pitcher and manager for the game, the Yankees homered three times and won their sixth straight contest.
6-5-15: The New York Yankees lost another player and another outfielder in rookie Slade Heathcott to start their week off forcing the team to call up fellow rookie outfielder Ramon Flores from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes Barre. While New York lost one player in Heathcott they gained another in Masahiro Tanaka who was activated off the disabled list for the first time in over a month. To make room on the roster for Tanaka the team designated David Carpenter for assignment while moving starting pitcher Chris Capuano to the bullpen to make room in the starting rotation. The team thought they may be without starting catcher Brian McCann as well after he left a game against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning with an apparent foot injury. McCann was sent back to New York for more tests and a precautionary MRI and X-rays all came back negative. McCann was listed as day to day with a sore right foot but seems to be avoiding a disabled list stint at least for now. The Yankees finished their week off by having GM Brian Cashman state that he was in the market for some right handed relief pitching help as the team’s bullpen currently sports five left handed relievers including Chasen Shreve, Jacob Lindgren, Justin Wilson, Chris Capuano and closer Andrew Miller.
6-1-15: The Yankees started their three-game series at Safeco Field on a strong note, as Mark Teixeira continued his success against Felix Hernandez. He launched a grand slam, which was his sixth career home run against the Seattle Mariners star. No other player has that many home runs off Hernandez. Michael Pineda threw six innings of two-run ball, and New York won, 7-2.
5-30-15: The New York Yankees started their week off by calling up their top prospect from the 2014 MLB First Year Player’s Draft Jacob Lindgren. The team needed a fresh arm in the bullpen after a blowout loss to the Texas Rangers and the team called up Lindgren after optioning Branden Pinder and transferring Brendan Ryan from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL. Joining Lindgren sooner rather than later will be Masahiro Tanaka who is working his way back from a mild forearm strain and some wrist tendinitis. Tanaka has been throwing in minor league games as recently as this week as he works his way back to the major league roster in the Bronx. Speaking of injured Yankees on the mend the team learned that they could be without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for possibly a month with his knee injury he suffered while batting around two weeks ago. Losing Ellsbury would presumably be a hard hit for the Yankees offense to take despite the strong starts from Chris Young and Slade Heathcott because of what Ellsbury adds both defensively and offensively, not to mention what he can do on the base paths for New York.
5-25-15: On the night that the Yankees honored Bernie Williams, retired his number and unveiled his plaque at Monument Park, New York lost to the Texas Rangers, 5-2, and dropped its 10th game in 11 tries. Carlos Beltran, who sat out Sunday’s game due to the flu, currently has a 13-game hitting streak after he hit a home run on Saturday.
5-18-15: The Yankees’ lead in the American League East is back down to one game, as they have dropped five of their last six games after Sunday’s 6-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals. New York has scored fewer than three runs in each of those five losses. Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs over the past week, and the Yankees are 6-1 in the last seven games he has homered, but they need some offense from his teammates.
5-11-15: On Sunday, Carlos Beltran homered for the first time this season and Brian McCann added his fourth home run of 2015, as the Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 6-2. However, Michael Pineda stole the show: he had a career-high 16 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball. In addition, Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays with his 661st home run last Thursday.
5-4-15: With the Yankees’ 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park, New York swept a series of three games or more in Boston for the first time in almost a decade. Alex Rodriguez’s 660th career home run, which tied him with Willie Mays for fourth all-time, came in the top of the eighth inning on Friday and turned out to be the game-winning run.
4-29-15: The Yankees won again last night, defeating the Rays 4-2 at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez had the night off, so A-Rod's quest for home run number 660 continues. The Yankees also got some bad news on the night, as Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained forearm. Yankees GM Brian Cashman estimates that the right-hander will miss a month.
4-28-15: Although American League Player of the Week Mark Teixeira went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, he hit five home runs last week, as New York lost just two contests. On Sunday, the Yankees took the rubber game of the Subway Series, as Alex Rodriguez hit the 659th home run of his career.
4-21-15: The Yankees moved to 6-6 on the year with a three game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend. Then on Monday CC Sabathia threw an eight-inning complete game on and gave up just two runs, but he was the tough-luck loser, as New York fell to the Detroit Tigers, 2-1 to drop below .500 to 6-7. They play three more with the Tigers before coming home to take on the crosstown rival New York Mets in the 2015 Subway Series.
4-14-15: After starting their season with six home games, the Yankees traveled to Baltimore for
Monday’s contest. Stephen Drew hit his third career grand slam as a part of a night that
included three New York home runs, as Joe Girardi’s squad won its second consecutive game: a 6-5 victory over the Orioles.
4-7-15: Hitting seventh in New York’s batting order in Monday’s Opening Day loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-2, giving him hits in all nine of his season
openers with the Yankees. The only New York run in the 6-1 loss came on a Brett Gardner home run.
3-31-15: On Friday, the Yankees named Masahiro Tanaka their Opening Day starter. However, Joe Girardi has yet to name a fifth starter. Earlier last week, Brain Cashman said that Adam Warren is the leading candidate for the spot. In addition, Forbes once again tabbed the Yankees as the most valuable Major League Baseball franchise.
3-24-15: In Friday’s 11-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers, Alex Rodriguez hit his second home run
of 2015 spring training. Unfortunately, a couple days before, the Yankees found out that
Jacoby Ellsbury will miss about a week with an oblique strain. However, the center
fielder expects to be ready for Opening Day.
3-18-15: Last Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of
2015 spring training. That same day, left-hander Chris Capuano suffered a Grade 2 strain
of his right quadriceps muscle and is likely to land on the disabled list. Last week, Joe
Girardi announced that Stephen Drew, who is still struggling at the plate, is the team’s full-time second baseman.
3-3-15: There continues to be a lot of talk surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s situation in spring training with the Yankees, as it was announced that he is making his 2015 Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday. Joe Girardi had the controversial star starting to practice first base last week. In the meantime, first baseman Mark Teixeira has added 13 pounds of muscle this past offseason.
2-24-15: A week after Alex Rodriguez officially made a handwritten apology to the Yankees, the fans and Major League Baseball, he arrived early to spring training in what seems like an attempt to show manager Joe Girardi that he wants to earn playing time. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia reported to spring training at 305 pounds, which is 30 pounds heavier than he was at this time last year.
2-17-15: Nathan Eovaldi, who recently turned 25 years old, seems to be excited for the 2015 season. The man who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in the Martin Prado trade arrived early at spring training in Tampa, Florida, and he is already working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild. In other team news, New York announced it will retire the numbers of Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte this upcoming season. The Yankees also signed Kyle Davies, who gave up Alex Rodriguez’s 500th home run, to a minor league contract.
2-9-15: The big news in the Big Apple last week was Brian Cashman saying that he would like to
meet with Alex Rodriguez before spring training to get on the same page with the team’s projected designated hitter in 2015. In addition, the Yankees signed catcher Juan Graterol and re-signed right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodriguez to minor league deals with invites to spring training.
2-5-15: Nobody knows for sure just how the 2015 season will go for the New York Yankees, considering they didn’t make the type of moves this offseason that could translate into some optimism for the upcoming season. The Yankees did re-sign a solid player in third baseman Chase Headley to a four year deal, but if the Yankees return to prominence this year it will be by a completely new cast with 13 new faces and a returning Alex Rodriquez, who will show up to Tampa later this month.