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Ellsbury out of Yankees lineup for wild-card game

NEW YORK (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury has been left out of the New York Yankees lineup for their AL wild-card game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Manager Joe Girardi kept his struggling left-handed swinging center fielder on the bench with lefty Dallas Keuchel starting for Houston. Brett Gardner takes Ellsbury spot in center field and atop the batting order. Chris Young, who...
Via AP on Fox
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Report: CC Sabathia may have been drinking around clubhouse

A new report suggests that CC Sabathia surprisingly announced his intention to check into alcohol rehab after the matter came to a “crisis point” over the weekend. ESPN’s Wallace Matthews reports that after the Yankees’ game with the Orioles was rained out on Friday, Sabathia was seen walking “unsteadily” and failed to respond to greetings...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Five questions about the 2015 American League Wild Card game

The Houston Astros (86-76) and the New York Yankees (87-75) meet tonight in the American League Wild Card game to determine who’ll go on to face the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. It’s a battle of two teams that have had their ups and downs this year: both of them were in first place in their respective divisions for a good length of time, and both of them faltered and were...
Via The Outside Corner
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lifelong Yankees fan disses Alex Rodriguez in obituary

Plenty of New York Yankees fans have warmed back up to Alex Rodriguez after he finished the regular season with 33 home runs and 86 RBIs, but one fan took her resentment for the slugger to her grave. New York native Helen Fowler died on Sept. 29 at 85 years old and was a lifelong Yankees fan, according to her obituary in The Star-Ledger. However, she (or her family) included a...
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Three keys for Yankees in wild card game

The New York Yankees were not expected to be in the postseason according to many pundits, but here they are in a winner-take-all wild card contest against the upstart Houston Astros. What are the keys for the Yankees to advance to the American League Division Series? Tanaka matching Keuchel Masahiro Tanaka was signed to be the pitcher for this exact moment. He is paid an ace’s...
Via Yankees Unscripted
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Severino and Nova in Yankees' bullpen behind Tanaka

NEW YORK (AP) Starting pitchers Luis Severino and Ivan Nova are part of an eight-man bullpen on the New York Yankees' roster for their AL wild-card game against Houston. The rest of the bullpen behind Tuesday night starter Masahiro Tanaka includes Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson, Adam Warren, James Pazos and Bryan Michell. Manager Joe Girardi included three catchers...
Via AP on Fox
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CC Sabathia and a history of Yankees with alcoholism

Dating back to the days of The Babe, the biggest tradition in New York Yankees history is winning. And going back just as far, the second-biggest tradition in the Bronx is alcoholism. CC Sabathia is the latest Yankee to be swallowed up by the addiction, but thankfully he has come to that realization before it sent him to the morgue like Mickey Mantle. Now the organization that...
Via Rumors and Rants
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CC Sabathia checks into alcohol rehab, will miss playoffs

The New York Yankees will begin their playoff run without the services of CC Sabathia. The left-handed pitcher made a surprise announcement Monday that he will check himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center and won’t be available to pitch for the Yankees during the postseason. “I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving...
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AL wild card game should be a bullpen affair

If you’ve been reading FanGraphs for a few years, you probably know what’s coming. Since MLB instituted the one-game Wild Card play-in contests, I’ve been a loud advocate for the idea of abandoning the traditional starter/reliever pitching format for these winner-take-all games. After all, relievers are more effective on a per-batter basis than starting pitchers, and most teams...
Via Fangraphs
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Reliability of Yankees’ bullpen could make or break playoff chances

Once upon a time, the Yankees had a bullpen that caused the opposition to quake in its boots. This bullpen was used early and often, and in the process it seems that the figurative gas tank was depleted in a bad way. Nowhere is this best encapsulated than in the form of Dellin Betances, whom Nick Ashbourne covered in detail here. Chasen Shreve also evaporated before our very eyes...
Via BP Bronx
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New York Yankees: 4 down for September

Not only did the New York Yankees lose ground in the hunt for the division title, but they also saw both their offense and pitching. They ranked in the bottom half of the league in those respective categories, which has to be a cause for concern for both the team and fans alike. The good news is that the Yanks clinched the wild card, guaranteeing themselves at least one chance to...
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Letter to the Editor: Not happy with management

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York)September 15, 2015 Tuesday  Dear Editor, I am a Yankees fan who has dutifully watched every game available to me on TV this year up to the culmination of their inevitable season demise this weekend at the hands of Toronto. Anyone could have sealed this weekend's results in an envelope thirty days ago. It is now time to place the blame...

Yankees catcher has great quote about celebrating (video)

The New York Yankees clinched a wild-card berth and earned their 10,000th win in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. Clinching a spot in the playoffs is something the Yankees haven’t done since 2012, and fans will be happy to see them playing meaningful baseball in October once again. They are in great position to host the AL Wild Card...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees kick it old school as they win a spot in the postseason

It's funny. I've found this Yankee team very hard to watch this week. Until last night, when they finally clinched their Wild Card spot. Their shenanigans after the game made me very happy. Not only were they enjoying the champagne celebration for their postseason entry (and their 10,000th win, as it turn out!) but they even had the rookies (and Masahiro Tanaka) dress like old-school...
Via Subway Squawkers
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Postseason Berth: Stuff of Nightmares Or Glimmer of Hope?

Inexplicable seems to be the word that best describes the Yankees effort during the 2015 season. Just when you think you've got something going...... And the thought just trails off, unfinished and unfulfilled. Except that the Yankees somehow made the playoffs. So there is still light at the end of the tunnel, though many believe it is the headlight of a locomotive bearing down...
Via Lady At The Bat
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees fan caught sleeping by ESPN has $10 million lawsuit dismissed

America is a country of great freedom and great frivolous lawsuits.  Perhaps the most frivolous of all frivolous lawsuits was filed last year by Yankees fan Andrew Rector.  In July 2014, he sued ESPN, MLB, the Yankees, et. al. for being televised falling asleep at a Yankees game.  Oh, and the lawsuit was for TEN MILLION DOLLARS. Let’s relive the video clip, shall we? I’m...
Via Awful Announcing
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Drew makes all his money in right field

There is an inherent opportunism to writing that I occasionally find a bit uncomfortable. Often I find myself cheering for specific outcomes because they would make a long-standing idea of mine become timely. If I’m dying to write something about Alex’s Rodriguez’s opposite-field power and he puts one out to right field it won’t make or break a story, but it’s a nifty...
Via BP Bronx
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees fan who botched catching three balls speaks

A New York Yankees fan who presumably is not relishing his 15 minutes of fame after he became comedic fodder on the Internet, morning news shows and pretty much everywhere else after he hilariously botched catching three balls has been identified. Meet Will Smith, who was tracked down by Esquire. A designer by trade at an architecture firm, Smith explains that he could not believe...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The regular season can't end too quickly for these stumbling, backpedaling Yankees.

Tonight, presumably, somebody will lose somewhere, and Yankee Stadium will finally erupt in cheers, as the Evil Army topples backwards into the 2015 Wild Card game. What a disaster. This should be a night of celebration. What a disaster.Other teams are making their final drive - the Redsocks look like next year's Blue Jays - while the old, tired and bloated Yankees drunkenly...

How big is tonight’s start for Yankees’ Tanaka?

Suggesting that Game 158 for the New York Yankees is big when the postseason is within grasp, is certainly not an overstep in narrative. But, Masahiro Tanaka’s performance lamented as the be-all and end-all game of the season is pushing the dialogue a bit.Masahiro TanakaPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrSurely, Tanaka’s Wednesday night start against the Boston Red Sox is...
Via Yankees Unscripted
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t let the ERA fool you, Dellin Betances is dropping off

Dellin Betances isn’t just extraordinary, he’s unique. The 27-year-old has unparalleled size, a breaking ball that defies categorization, and he’s thrown 16 2/3 more innings than any other reliever in the majors over the last two years. On the surface his success is easy to understand. He throws hard, he misses bats and he’s durable. Right now he’s the closest thing to...
Via BP Bronx
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Judge dismisses sleeping Yankees fan's $10M defamation lawsuit against ESPN (VIDEO)

A New York City judge has ruled that the Yankees fan who was caught on camera nodding off during a game last spring, while ESPN announcers commented about his slumber, has no legal basis for filing a $10 million lawsuit against the network for poking fun at his impromptu baseball bedtime. Andrew Rector, a used car salesman from the Bronx, was caught sleeping in his seat by a camera...
Via The Other Paper
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees fan hit in face by toss from ball boy (Video)

A New York Yankees fan in the front row was accidentally hit in the face by a baseball tossed by a ball boy during Tuesday night's game against Boston, causing his date to laugh and hide her face in her hands.This came after an earlier foul popup hit him in the hands and a separate foul grounder hit him in the chest. Couldn't possibly have a worse night at a game then this guy @BarstoolBigCat...
Via Holdout Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: What’s Wrong With Jacoby Ellsbury?

When the New York Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million contract before the 2014 season, the team was certainly hoping for a version of the 2011 center fielder: a speedy, defensively-sound player with serious power upside. A prevalent thought was the short porch in Yankee Stadium’s right field might help him regain some of his power after injury-marred seasons...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees On Verge of Berth-Day: When Should They Celebrate?

#Yankees can clinch #postseason berth tonight if they beat Red Sox AND either A's beat Angels OR Mariners beat Astros. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 28, 2015Whenever the Yankees clinch, if it isn't tonight, it will be the end of a two-year absence from playoff baseball. For Yankee fans lucky enough not to have witnessed the era before Derek Jeter, it has been a long...
Via Lady At The Bat
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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