Yankees weekend news wrap: Series split, Gardner, Ellsbury and Miller

The New York Yankees were probably happy to leave Houston with a split of their four-game series with the first-place Astros, but the feeling that they could have gained a series victory might sit in their minds as well.In reality, the Astros could be the ones kicking themselves. They actually had the second game of the series in hand as well, leading 2-0 after six innings. If it...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Expecting Ivan Nova to boost Yankees’ rotation begs disappointment

What New York Yankees’ right-hander Ivan Nova has accomplished – returning from Tommy John surgery after 14 months away from the game – is undeniably commendable. It takes hard work and determination to rehab from this surgery despite its commonplace. But, it is not fair and completely disillusioned to expect Nova to be anything more than a back-of-the-rotation starter. He’s...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Another great Yankees' Old-Timers' Day

The New York Yankees are great at celebrating their former stars and coaches. Despite whether you believe they do it too often or not, or disagree with the method by which they select who gets what, they put on a fantastic show.It was great to see Willie Randolph be honored Saturday at the Yankees' 69th annual Old-Timers’ Day. I remember watching Randolph as a child and into my...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees ramblings: Pineda, Drew, bullpen, Teixeira & Rodriguez

I had some observations throughout the New York Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins Wednesday night. Forgive me for rambling... Rambling #1 Michael Pineda did exactly what was needed of him. The Yankees’ offense remained stagnant and he put up six straight zeroes. Hey, he held the Marlins hitless through the first six innings as well. Can the Yankees ask anything more...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

What should Yankees do with Nathan Eovaldi?

When a pitcher gives up eight runs in less than an inning of work like New York Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi did Tuesday night, it invokes some knee-jerk questions about his place in the rotation when the previous results were not exactly spectacular. The questions seem justified when there is speculation that another member of the rotation – one who has been better all season...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees can maintain first-place without drastic measures

The New York Yankees lost two of three games to the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards this weekend and looked terrible in the losses. They fought their way through the finale, escaping with a victory to maintain a lone percentage point lead in the American League East standings.The Tampa Bay Rays won’t go away, the Orioles are playing better (winners of six straight before Sunday’s...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees’ bullpen might look completely different when Andrew Miller returns

When the New York Yankees announced that closer Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm strain it might have begun a chain reaction of events which could completely change the complexion of the bullpen upon his return.Andrew MillerPhoto Credit: Arturo Pardavilla III via FlickrMiller’s injury is about as good as it could be where it concerns the elbow...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft Day Two: Yankees stay the course

For the New York Yankees, the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft has been mostly about finding experienced players from the college ranks hoping to grab individuals who might make a quick impact at the big league level. On Tuesday, during the draft’s second day, the Yankees stuck with the plan but did manage to select two high school players.The Yankees’ third round pick, RHP Drew...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Draft Day One: Yankees go to college

The New York Yankees held their highest pick in a draft since 1993, the No. 16 selection, and went back to college for James Kaprielian a big right-hander from UCLA. The club stayed in the collegiate ranks with the No. 30 pick, University of San Diego shortstop Kyle Holder and completed the trifecta taking Indiana State's Jeff Degano with pick No. 57.I wrote for SNY Monday that I...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Yankees continue upswing?

The New York Yankees are coming off a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners, which followed losing three of four games in Oakland. The Yanks have won seven of their last 10 games after a 1-10 slide. Can the club win another series and keep pressure on the rest of the American League East? Pitching matters Adam WarrenPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrIt always comes down to...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Heroics from unlikely pair key Yankees' victory

The New York Yankees (28-25) roller coaster ride is back on the chains heading up as they defeated the Seattle Mariners (24-28) for their second straight win courtesy of big hits from an unlikely pair.Stephen DrewPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrStephen Drew, who entered the night hitting .160/.231/.301 and coming off a two-day benching, delivered a game-tying double off Mariners’...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Who loses roster spot when Masahiro Tanaka returns to Yankees?

Note: Please excuse the long break in writing on the site. I’ve been away on vacation. I’ll be writing here two-three times per week going forward and you can find my other work on the Yankees at SportsNet New York.New York Yankees right-hander Adam Warren pitched into the seventh inning Sunday afternoon for the fourth straight game, but came up short in the win column as the...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Michael Pineda a true ace?

There is little denying the fact that Michael Pineda has been the best pitcher in the New York Yankees rotation this season. He might have been the best pitcher during his time with the club last season as well. Being the best surrounded by mediocrity might make one the staff ace, but does not necessarily qualify one as a “true ace.” Is Pineda ready to be that type of pitcher...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees receive good and bad injury news

The New York Yankees received some good and then bad news concerning their starting pitchers on the disabled list. Masahiro Tanaka came out of Monday’s 29-pitch bullpen session without any issues and could begin a rehab assignment later this week while Ivan Nova is move one step closer to appearing in some minor league games. Unfortunately, the bad news was that Chase Whitley...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

An uneven road for the Yankees

After Sunday’s 6-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees have book-ended a 20-8 stretch with a 1-4 start and a 1-5 slump. The Yankees might not be as good as that run, but they surely are not as bad as those slides either.With an off-day Monday, the Yankees will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the red-hot Nationals for a quick two-game set before returning...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Yankees’ offseason trades working out?

The New York Yankees made three trades leading up to the 2015 season. Let’s take a look and see how they have worked out for the club thus far?Trade: Catcher Francisco Cervelli to Pittsburgh Pirates for LH reliever Justin Wilson View image | The Yankees believed they had plenty of depth among catchers in their system making Cervelli expendable and wanted...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Adam Warren makes case to stick in Yankees’ rotation; will he?

New York Yankees starter Adam Warren got off to a rocky start in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. He allowed all three runs in the first two innings, coughing up an early 2-0 Yankees’ lead.Adam WarrenPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrIt certainly looked as though the writing was on the wall for Warren’s future in the rotation considering...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts as Yankees pass season's one-fifth mark

The New York Yankees have played just over 20 percent of their games this season and find themselves in first place in the American League East with a somewhat comfortable four-game lead. It is early, but the Yankees have shown to be quite competitive despite preseason speculation that they might finish in last place.The club cannot sit back. While the entire AL East is made of flawed...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

These New York Yankees are not boring

The original sentiment about the 2015 New York Yankees was that they were not very good, and worse boring. Due to not reaching the postseason the last couple of seasons, there was little excitement for the fans beyond the long and drawn out celebrations of Mariano Rivera’s and Derek Jeter’s retirements.So far this season, it seems different. I wouldn’t suggest this is a collection...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Chase Headley's baffling beginning to Yankees' tenure

When the New York Yankees signed Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 million contract this past offseason, I was fairly happy with the deal. I, like the Yankees, have been a big fan of Headley’s and he proved he could handle playing in the Bronx after a midseason trade. There are not many switch-hitting third baseman with 15-homer power, a good on-base percentage and a fantastic...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees go to the well one too many times

It’s been coming. One just had to look at the big picture where it concerned the New York Yankees’ bullpen. The Yankees have been playing (and winning) a lot of close games, requiring a good deal of effort from the bullpen. Finally, the relief crew couldn’t get it done and Dellin Betances was handed his first blown save of the season despite not allowing an earned run in Monday...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees seek revenge versus Red Sox

The New York Yankees finished the month of April in first place, something no one saw coming after losing two of three games to the Boston Red Sox in the season’s first week. The Yankees left New York after the series with a 2-4 record looking like a team with many issues, not one which would be atop the American League East as the calendar turned to May.The Yankees turned things...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Forearm strain, wrist tendinitis lands Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka on DL

The New York Yankees announced starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right wrist and a “very mild” forearm strain after taking an MRI this evening. Tanaka is "conservatively" out for one month according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman via multiple reporters including Newsday's Brian Heyman.Masahiro TanakaPhoto...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Time for Yankees’ rotation to help bullpen

The New York Yankees are 20 games into the season and find themselves in first place in the American League East for the first time since May 2014. With a 12-8 record, the Yankees have put aside a 1-4 start and a big reason for their success is an extremely talented bullpen.Dellin BetancesPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrYes, the Yankees have received some nice starts from their...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Yankees refuse to market Alex Rodriguez's home run milestones

The New York Yankees took the rubber game of their weekend series against the crosstown New York Mets Sunday night by a score of 6-4. Alex Rodriguez was a key contributor to the victory, hammering career home run no. 659. Rodriguez is now one homer shy of tying Hall of Famer Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. Alex RodriguezPhoto courtesy of Keith Allisonvia Flickr.Major...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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