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Girardi's questionable bullpen management hurts CC, Yankees in 4-1 loss to Toronto

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Pulled too soon? Probably. Three batters after CC Sabathia was pulled due to a Edwin Encarnacion leadoff double in the seventh, Kevin Pillar put Toronto ahead 2-1 with a ground ball single through the right side on a 0-1 fastball. The next batter, Darwin Barney added on a 2-RBI single to extend the Toronto lead to 4-1 and to seal the deal for the Blue Jays. 
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Michael Pineda should be immediately demoted to Triple-A

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Although the Yankees starting rotation was full of questionable marks entering the 2016 campaign, three of the five pitchers in the rotation on Opening Day have become consistent and at times, dominant. CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Nathan Eovaldi have all exceeded expectations and have performed extremely well. However, the same cannot be said for Luis Severino and Michael Pineda. Both have struggled heavily, with the Yankees losing in seven of Pineda’s ten starts this season. Even though the Yankees finally demoted the young Severino to Triple-A on Monday, Michael Pineda is still in line to make his next start on Thursday at Detroit. Given the lack of games the Yankees have won with Pineda starting, how successful batters are against him, and his increasing lack of control with the baseball, Pineda should be sent down to Triple-A to work out his issues.


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Yankees offense struggles, Estrada's efficient outing leads Blue Jays to 4-2 win on Memorial Day

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For the second consecutive time this season, the Yankees offense was silenced by the incredibly efficient Marco Estrada (3-2, 2.43 ERA). Coming off a game in which the entire team produced one hit, the Yankees couldn’t solve Estrada, as the right hander allowed just three hits. Winners of seven of their last ten, the Yankees were incredibly flat in tonight’s 4-2 loss.
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Instant Reaction: Severino demoted to Triple-A, Ackley to 15-day DL, Refsnyder called up

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Today (Monday, May 30), the Yankees made three roster moves. Dustin Ackley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder dislocation, Luis Severino was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Scranton, and Rob Refsnyder was called back up.
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It's time to jump on the Nathan Eovaldi bandwagon

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Nathan Eovaldi, with his fastball in the upper 90's, nasty splitter, plus slider and knee-buckling curveball, has spent his career figuring himself out since coming into the league in 2011. People around baseball have held onto the hope that he could transition from a ‘thrower’ to a ‘pitcher.’ After a strong finish to the 2015 season, and top-line showing thus far in 2016, Nathan Eovaldi looks like he is turning the corner, so it’s time we appreciate the pitcher he's becoming for the New York Yankees.

Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays (5/30-6/1)

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After winning two of three in Tampa Bay, the Yankees head north of the border to take on the Toronto Blue Jays for a three game series. Last week, the Yankees dropped two of three to the Blue Jays in the Bronx. Therefore, this series would make for some sweet redemption. Currently, the Yankees are 24-25, good enough for fourth place in the AL East (it's better than last, right)? After defeating the Blue Jays 6-0 last Tuesday, the Yankees finally reached the .500 mark for the first time since early April. As they take on the third place Blue Jays, who enter the series at 26-26, the Yankees hope to once again get back to that magical .500, instead this time it would be nice to surpass that elusive winning percentage. The Yankees have certainly displayed some positives as of late, however it's imperative they continue the things they've been doing well, while contemporaneously rectifying some of weakness they've displayed before we can truly say they've put their dism…

Position Player Trade Targets for the Yankees in 2016

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Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs IF
Javier Baez wouldn't necessarily be my first choice in trade target, but in a lot of ways he does make sense for the Yankees to acquire. He's a young, versatile infielder who has seen time at 2B, 3B, and SS the last two years and was hyped as a prospect for his plus power potential.

Since breaking into the Bigs, we haven't been disappointed in that power potential, but we have seen it comes at the cost of some pretty high strikeout rates. The young infielder has struck out 137 times in 387 ABs which makes his strikeout percentage an alarming 36%.

That seems to be the norm in today's game though. Plus his ability to play multiple positions for the team would be huge. The team currently has Ronald Torreyes serving as their utility man, but after a hot start to the season has largely cooled off and doesn't seem to have a guaranteed future in the Bronx.

Baez could fill in at the utility slot while providing plus offensive ability and may b…

Nathan Eovaldi Rides Clutch Pitching to a 2-1 Win

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I'm subbing in to write the recap in an emergency capacity folks so this one is going to be short and sweet. I typically don't find pitching duels that entertaining, but this one was a treat. This game at Tropicana Field featured Yankee starter Nathan Eovaldi against Jake Odorizzi and both were on top of their game this afternoon.

Eovaldi and Odorizzi exchanged zeroes until the bottom of the third inning. Eovaldi allowed a sharp single up the middle from Brandon Guyer that Starlin Castro couldn't quite corral with one out. After a groundout to first, Guyer moved to second and two outs were on the board. The wheels then started coming off, as a wild pitch allowed Guyer to move to third, then Evan Longoria knocked him in with a single to right. Eovaldi wouldn't allow another run after that.


Beltran reaches 2500 career hits, Rays tee off on Pineda early and often in 9-5 win

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Michael Pineda was hit hard again, and the Rays jumped on him early and often to take Saturday’s mid-afternoon game, 9-5. Pineda (2-6, 6.92 ERA) allowed nine hits and six earned runs in just 3.2 innings, and the Rays scored five runs in the first two innings and put the Yankees in a deep hole early.
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A-Rod's two-run homer, Tanaka's solid outing propels Yankees to 4-1 win over Rays

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With one swing and a beautiful bat flip, Alex Rodriguez delighted Yankees fans everywhere with a long, two-run home run to just left of center, his sixth of the year, to extend the Yankees lead to 3-0. There were many questions coming into the game about Carlos Beltran’s dominance at the plate as a DH, and whether his move back to right field would hurt the team, even as A-Rod returned.

Extensive Series Preview: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays

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The scorching hot New York Yankees were smothered this week, dropping the final two games of a three game set against the Toronto Blue Jays. Just half a game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays, who are in last place in the AL East, the Yankees enter a pivotal three-game weekend series against their division foe. They'll face three tough pitchers, starting with the top of the Rays rotation in Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi. But, Yankee starting pitchers have been pitching to their potential as of late, and they too will have their top three starters in the rotation toeing the rubber this weekend in Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi.


Instant reaction: Yankees release OF Slade Heathcott

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After the Yankees 3-1 loss today to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced the unconditional release of OF Slade Heathcott, per Chris Cotillo (@chriscotilloon Twitter). With the call-up of Richard Bleier, there were 41 players on the 40-man roster for the Yankees, so either someone would have to go from the 15 to 60-day DL, or be designated for assignment. Unfortunately for Heathcott, he was released.
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Yankees waste Sabathia's start, Didi Gregorius's error hurts in 3-1 loss to Toronto

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Even with Alex Rodriguez's return from the disabled list today, the Yankees could not capture the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays, losing 3-1 and wasting CC Sabathia's brilliant start. Sabathia pitched seven brilliant innings without allowing a single earned run, yet the Yankees offense stagnated against Toronto's J.A. Happ (6-2, 3.20 ERA).

Instant Reaction: Bleier called up from Triple-A, A-Rod returns, Shreve to 15-day DL, Refsnyder sent down

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Today (Thursday, May 26), the Yankees called up LHP Richard Bleier from Triple-A Scranton, activated Alex Rodriguez off of the 15-day disabled list, put Chasen Shreve on the 15-day DL, and sent Rob Refsnyder back down to Triple-A Scranton.

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Ex-Yankee Russell Martin's two home runs, Estrada's solid outing guides Toronto to 8-4 win

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Travis scoring on Goins's 2-RBI double | Picture Credit: Associated Press/Julie Jacobson
The Blue Jays, dead-last in the American League East entering Wednesday’s game, took out Ivan Nova (3-2, 3.65 ERA) at the right time and hit Nova’s replacement, Chasen Shreve, hard to secure their 8-3 win over the Yankees in The Bronx.

Eovaldi throws six scoreless, Beltran drives in two as Yankees return to .500 with 6-0 shutout of Blue Jays

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For the second straight start, Nathan Eovaldi was dominant. Building off of his last start in Arizona where he retired the last 18 batters he faced, Eovaldi (5-2, 3.95 ERA) worked out of trouble in the second and third innings to pitch six scoreless innings to extend his streak of scoreless innings to 11.1.

Aroldis Chapman has sparked the New York Yankees

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This offseason, Aroldis Chapman was suspended for 30 games due to an alleged domestic abuse incident in a circumstance that he was not actually even charged with. So, Chapman served his 29 game suspension (it was reduced one game thanks to a rain out), and he made his return on May 9. The Yankees were 11-18 when Chapman returned on that date. Since then, the team is now 21-22, 10-4 since his return – the best record in the American League over the last two weeks. And although Chapman has been lights out in his save opportunities, the spark he has provided isn’t completely due to his performance, but rather, his presence.

Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees (5/24-5/26)

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Fresh off sweeping the A's in Oakland, the Yankees look to build on their recent success as they host the Blue Jays for three games in the Bronx this week. After dropping two straight to the Diamondbacks, the Yankees managed to salvage the series finale before winning four in Oakland, thus contributing to their five game winning streak, their longest of the season. As of Sunday, the Yankees officially pulled themselves within one game of .500, while simultaneously digging themselves out of the AL East's cellar, which currently belongs to our upcoming opponents: the Toronto Blue Jays. As of now, things are finally beginning to look bright in the Bronx, so it's imperative that we continue these winning ways and capitalize on an opportunity to defeat a struggling Blue Jays team.


Timely hitting from Teixeira, Castro guides Yankees to sweep of Athletics with 5-4 win

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Photo Credit: Associated Press/Eric Risberg It took Brett Gardner’s speed and awareness to happen, but in the 6th inning, Mark Teixeira’s first single in 20 at-bats tied the game at 3. Although it was an infield single with the shift on, the grounder to shallow right field was enough to score Gardner, who ran on contact from second with two outs. Starlin Castro followed Teixeira with a RBI single to center off of Oakland's Jesse Hahn and the Yankees took the lead for good, 4-3.

Tanaka pitches well, Yankees use 4-run 4th inning to win 5-1

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The Yankees earned their first three game win streak of the season last night after a 8-3 victory over the Athletics last night in Oakland. CC Sabathia picked up the win for the Bronx Bombers in his first start off the DL, besting Oakland’s Sonny Gray. Today’s game saw Masahiro Tanaka against the southpaw Sean Manaea, who came into today’s game toting a hefty 7 plus ERA. Tanaka has struggled in his last two outings, but the Yankees offense led by the suddenly red-hot Jacoby Ellsbury should tee off on the Athletics once again.

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Sabathia returns from DL, Torreyes and Beltran combine to drive in 5 runs in 8-3 win over Athletics

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Last night, the Yankees came out on top with a 4-1 win over the Athletics. Ivan Nova looked great through 6 innings and the three-headed monster in the bullpen, with Betances in the 7th, Miller in the 8th, and Chapman in the 9th was able to finish it off. CC Sabathia returned from the DL today to face off against Sonny Gray in game 2 of the series. The Yankees looked to keep winning and get back on track after a very slow start to the season. 
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If Yankees Were to Trade One of the 'Big Three' Relievers, Who Should Go?

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There's been a lot of speculation that the Yankees might be sellers of what little they have at the deadline this year and that doesn't seem unreasonable. The team sits at 18-22 and are 6.5 back of the division and 4.0 back (at the time of this writing) of a wild card spot. Sure, there's still a chance, but anyone who's watched this team a good amount this year can see that they just don't seem to be a legitimate contender. With that said, could the almighty Yankees actually sell at the deadline?

It's certainly a possibility. The problem is the team doesn't really have much on the big league roster to sell. Mark Teixeira has full no trade rights and has stated he will not waive them. Carlos Beltran is providing serviceable offensive production, but with his age and defensive ineptness, his value is still very limited. No team will consider taking on Jacoby Ellsubry's monster contract.

That leaves the only real potential selling pieces as one of the thre…

Nova cruises through six, Hicks RBI double in the 6th propels Yankees to 4-1 win

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The Yankees came into Thursday’s series opener with the Oakland Athletics looking to build off of the momentum from last night’s 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks.  The Yankees sent Ivan Nova (2-1, 3.70 ERA) to the mound, who is coming off perhaps his best start of the season last weekend against the White Sox. He allowed four hits and one earned run in 5.2 IP. Over his previous two starts, Ivan Nova has surrendered only two runs over 10.1 innings. The Oakland Athletics countered with Kendall Graveman (1-5, 5.84 ERA), a 25 year-old RHP, who has found himself in the midst of a rocky start to the 2016 campaign. In his last start, he was chased in the third inning after giving up 6 runs to the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees were swept by Oakland in New York back in March.
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New York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics Series Preview

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After traveling to Arizona and dropping 2 of 3 games to the Diamondbacks, the Yankees are set to continue their west coast road trip this weekend with a 4 game series with Oakland. Now just a half game behind Toronto in the cellar of the AL East, the Yankees will look to win this series and get out of last place in the division. Aside from the previous series, the Yankees have been playing pretty solid baseball of late, and this weekend is a great opportunity to continue their recent success.

Minor league update part 4: Charleston RiverDogs

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Charleston RiverDogs: 24-14 (1st in South Atlantic League Southern Division Standings, 4.5 game lead) Overall: The Charleston RiverDogs have built a sizeable lead in the SAL Southern Division standings thanks to contribution from solid prospects, and prospects that are not very familiar names. Still, this is one of the most solid class-A teams with many guys that will surely reach Tampa this year, and some that will be knocking on the door to Double-A Trenton by season’s end. They are over performing their preseason expectations, but with the depth of their roster, there is not any reason they can't sustain the success they've enjoyed thus far in 2016.

Eovaldi sets down 18 straight, Gardner homers as Yankees win 4-2

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After losing 12-2 on Monday, the Yankees lost Game 2 of this three-game series at Arizona by a score of 5-3. Zack Greinke pitched well over seven innings, and Michael Pineda struggled again, giving up five earned runs on nine hits in just five innings. In the top of the ninth, the Yankees were able to get the tying run to the plate in Didi Gregorius, but he grounded out to second to end the game. Today, the Yankees sent Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to face Arizona’s Shelby Miller. The Yankees looked to salvage this three-game series by avoiding the sweep tonight.

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Yankees cannot complete comeback from poor start from Pineda in 5-3 loss

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The Yankees came into Tuesday night’s game following an embarrassing 12-2 loss at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The box score of that game was rough in a game that the Yankees felt like they had to have to win the series. With Michael Pineda squaring off against Zack Greinke in game two, things looked bleak from the beginning of game two. Once again, Pineda had a poor outing, one that led to Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild ultimately expressing their disappointment in Pineda in the dugout.

Minor league update part 3: Tampa Yankees

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Tampa Yankees: 23-15 (2nd in Florida State League North Division Standings, 2.0 games back) Overall: Just as the common trend with the Yankee farm system, the Tampa Yankees are one of the more talented teams in all of high Single-A. They’ve got a great mix of star power and contributions from other unexpected sources. James Kaprielian going down with an arm injury likely jeopardized him making it to the MLB this season, but there are still healthy prospects in Tampa who appear to have bright futures.

Minor league update part 2: Trenton Thunder

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Trenton Thunder: 19-16 (3rd in Eastern League Eastern Division Standings, 4.0 games back) Overall: Although the Trenton Thunder lack the Yankees top talent in the farm system, they have a solid team. Still, this Thunder team is comprised of Tyler Austin (#30 in our rankings), Cale Coshow (#27), Dustin Fowler (#7), Jonathan Holder (#22) and Tyler Wade (#14). They’re also getting contributions from others which has propelled them to their solid current standing.

Minor league update part 1: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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It is now May 17, 2016 and the BBB is bringing you a long overdue minor league update. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a few weeks now, but I anticipate it being a weekly update, probably to be released every Sunday afternoon going forward, so be sure to check in for the latest on the Yankees farm system. Here, we’ll be updating you on the team’s top prospects, standout players who are enjoying strong seasons so far, as well as those with high expectations that they are not fulfilling. Since it has been just over a month and this is our first update, this will be a 4-part series with updates on each individual team, starting in Triple-A. But following this week's update, I will be able to put them all into one article.

Chad Green makes MLB debut, Diamondbacks offense erupts as Arizona wins series opener 12-2

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After a huge 7-5 win against the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, the Yankees traveled to Arizona to start a three-game series against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Chase Headley continued to play well; in his last six games, he has six RBIs, six hits, four runs, and two home runs. The Yankees sent Chad Green to make his Major League debut against Arizona's Robbie Ray. In Triple-A Scranton this year, Green went 2-3 with a 1.22 ERA, and allowed 29 hits in 37.1 innings, while striking out 36 batters. Monday's game was the beginning of a seven-game road trip out west for the Yankees, with three at Arizona and four at Oakland.

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Breaking down Chad Green’s Major League debut

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The Yankees acquired 24-year-old Chad Green from the Detroit Tigers this offseason in the Justin Wilson deal. After a dynamite start in triple-A, where he was 2-3 with a 1.22 ERA in seven starts (36 K in 37 innings), Green made his major league debut Monday night for the New York Yankees. Standing at 6’3” and weighing 210 pounds, Green threw 79 pitches across only four plus innings. The University of Louisville product also made his first plate appearances since high school and struck out twice. But although Green was not necessarily effective, he had solid moments to build on. Below was his final line on the night: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

Series Preview: New York Yankees at Arizona Diamondbacks (5/16-5/18)

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Fresh off a series victory against the White Sox in the Bronx, the Yankees head to Arizona for a three game series with the Diamondbacks. The Yankees recently completed a relatively successful home stand, going 7-3. Throughout the course of those ten games the Yankees won 2 of 3 against the Red Sox, 3 of 4 against the Royals, and concluded by taking 2 of 3 from the White Sox. As they ready themselves to begin their first interleague series of the year, the Yankees hope to build on their recent success and finally make it make to .500 after a dismal start. Since the game will be played in a national league park, it's worth noting that the Yankees will be without a DH, providing the offense with another obstacle to consistent performance. With Aroldis Chapman back to complete the three-headed monster at the backend of the bullpen and a suddenly resurgent offense, there's plenty of reasons to feel more optimistic about this team than there were two weeks ago.


Headley's 2-out, go-ahead RBI double leads Yankees to 7-5 win

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After losing 7-1 to Chris Sale and the White Sox in the series opener, the Yankees captured Game 2 of this three-game series by a score of 2-1. Ivan Nova pitched brilliantly, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings, before the Yankees bullpen took over. First, Dellin Betances struck out all 4 batters he faced, and then both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman pitched scoreless outings to give the Yankees their 15th win of the season. Today, the Yankees sent Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.11 ERA) to the hill to face Chicago’s Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 4.91 ERA). The Yankees are trying to capture their third straight series win and complete the home stand on a high note. 

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A brutally honest assessment of Michael Pineda

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As had been expected going into the 2016 season, the starting rotation hasn't necessarily been a strong point. Luis Severino has been flat out awful, however the inconsistencies of Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda have been equally as troubling. While Eovaldi has shown signs of outright brilliance this season, Pineda has been flat out horrendous in most of his starts. I'm growing increasingly tired of hearing praise reaped upon Pineda's "stuff." At the end of the day, a pitcher's "stuff," is irrelevant. As Yankees fans, we need look no further than AJ Burnett's tumultuous tenure in the Bronx. I will admit Burnett was a huge part of the 2009 championship so the comparison may be flawed, however parallels can certainly be drawn between the two. Having been acquired from the Mariners in 2012, in exchange for then-highly touted prospect Jesus Montero, Pineda had high expectations to meet. Currently, Pineda is 27 years old and STILL hasn't figur…

Has “Super Nova” returned?

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As the Yankees 2016 campaign began, a familiar face was left out of the Yankees rotation. Ivan Nova accepted his role in the bullpen and knew eventually, his number would be called. He’s now made two consecutive starts for the Yankees and is quickly earning a spot in the rotation going forward.
Before you jump all over me, yes, I’m aware it’s only been two starts, neither lasting longer than 81 pitches. That said, Nova has transformed himself into the picture perfect pitcher for Yankee Stadium. In his last two starts, he’s recorded 23 groundouts Although he doesn’t yet qualify for the category, Nova would be the league leader in ground ball to fly ball ratio at 1.87, 0.12 higher than the current league leader Marcus Stroman.


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Nova's solid outing, dominant bullpen propels Yankees to 2-1 win

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After giving up seven earned runs in 2.2 innings, Luis Severino exited the game early with an injury, and an MRI after the game revealed a right triceps strain. Although the Yankees lost 7-1, the Yankees bullpen that took over after Severino left pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, led by 3.1 innings from Nick Goody. The Yankees sent Ivan Nova to the mound today to face Chicago’s Jose Quintana. Before the game, the Yankees called up Chad Green and Conor Mullee from Triple-A Scranton, sent Gary Sanchez back down to Scranton, and put Severino on the 15-day disabled list. Chase Headley has been hitting well lately, as he had a 5-game hitting streak, 4-game RBI streak, and a 2-game RBI streak entering Saturday’s game. 
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Rapid Reaction: Chad Green and Conor Mullee called up from Triple-A

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This article has been updated as of Monday, May 16.
The Yankees made several roster moves on Saturday, 5/14:
1. Chad Green & Conor Mullee signed to MLB contracts, called up from Triple-A Scranton 2. Gary Sanchez optioned to Triple-A Scranton 3. Luis Severino placed on 15-day DL (right triceps strain) 4. Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, and Mason Williams moved to 60-day DL 5. Yankees acquired J.R. Graham from the Minnesota Twins for cash or a player to be named later; Graham has been sent to Double-A Trenton

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Severino to 15-day DL, Chad Green called up from Triple-A Scranton

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After being pulled from the game with two outs in the third inning, Luis Severino underwent an MRI late Friday night and it revealed a mild right triceps strain. Severino will not pick up a baseball for 5-7 days, and therefore, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. In Friday’s game, Severino gave up seven earned runs in 2.2 innings and struggled with his command. With Severino now joining CC Sabathia on the disabled list, the Yankees called up Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton as the corresponding move.
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Severino will undergo MRI, White Sox score seven runs early to win 7-1

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The Yankees secured their series win last night with a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. Chase Headley finally hit his first home run of the season while Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro both homered off of former Yankee Ian Kennedy. Today the Yankees started a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, who currently lead the American League Central. The White Sox sent Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79 ERA) to the mound while New York countered with the struggling Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12 ERA). Sale has been dominant all season, striking out 47 batters in 50.1 innings, while only allowing 29 hits and 10 earned runs.


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Series Preview: Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox (5/13-5/15)

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Last night, the Yankees completed a series win over the defending World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals, by taking three out of four games. The Yankees won 7-3 thanks to a decent outing by Nathan Eovaldi, and then the Yankees bullpen took over, with Kirby Yates, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller retiring nine straight batters before the Yankees added two more runs off of Ian Kennedy and Chien-Ming Wang to win the game. Today, the Yankees will begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, who currently lead the American League Central with a 23-12 record. The Yankees will look to use their dominant bullpen and resurgent offense to counter Chicago’s Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, two of the best American League starting pitchers this season.

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Gary Sanchez promoted to big leagues

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Shortly after their win against the Royals to take 3 of 4 from the defending world champs, the Yankees called up the BBB’s 3rd ranked prospect in catcher Gary Sanchez. After a dismal Spring Training, Sanchez got into a grove in 26 games in Triple-A hitting .288 with 5 homers, 21 RBI and 11 doubles. The news was first reported by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beat writer Shane Hennigan.
Gary Sanchez has been promoted to New York. — Shane Hennigan (@RailRidersTT) May 13, 2016

Headley homers, Yankees use three home runs to win series finale 7-3

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After a tough loss last night to the Royals, the Yankees looked to win the series on Thursday night. The Yankees sent Nathan Eovaldi to the hill to face the former Yankee, Ian Kennedy, of the Kansas City Royals. Chase Headley came into this game with an RBI each in the last two games, and looked to build on that streak entering today. The three dominant pitchers in the Yankees bullpen all rested last night and will all be available today. Before today’s game, the Yankees optioned Ben Gamel, and his fantastic flow, to Scranton, and called up an extra pitcher in Tyler Olson. 
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Austin Romine needs to be Nathan Eovaldi’s personal catcher

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After the Yankees 8-2 win over the Red Sox it had marked Nathan Eovaldi’s sixth start of the season and his third with Austin Romine behind the dish. In two of the three starts with Romine, Eovaldi has pitched gems, including taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Rangers.

Perez's three-run home run, Ventura's solid outing leads Royals to 7-3 win

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Last night, after several lead changes and ties, the Yankees beat the Royals, 10-7. Aroldis Chapman picked up his first save as a Yankee. Today, the Yankees sent the inconsistent Michael Pineda to the hill to face Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura. Both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira remained out of the lineup as they continued to battle their respective injuries. The Yankees have won four of their last five games, dating back to last Friday, and looked to capture on their recent offensive success. The Yankees certainly look better after struggling to score runs in the beginning of the season. 
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CC Sabathia's bad years have been worth it

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With each passing game, we move closer to the end of CC Sabathia’s tenure with the Yankees. Sabathia’s contract comes off of the books after the 2017 season and there’s no chance the Yankees bring him back. But when we look back on CC’s time in New York, we should come to a realization that all the money the Yankees gave him was worth it. Even if they weren’t all as successful as the Yankees and their fans had hoped it would be.
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Yankees win back & forth thriller thanks to clutch hits from Ackley, Hicks, Gardner, McCann

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The Bronx Bombers opened up their four game series against the Kansas City Royals with a bang, as the team lived up to their nickname, slugging five solo homers to give them the 6-3 win. Behind Ivan Nova, making his first start of the season, the Yankees began the series on a good note. In game two, Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA), took the mound as he looked to continue his stellar start to the season. Tanaka squared off against Kansas City right hander Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85 ERA), who has had a rough start to his season. Rookie Ben Gamel made his first career start, batting ninth and playing right field.

Aroldis Chapman makes debut, Yankees use five home runs to win 6-3

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After two wins over the Boston Red Sox on Friday and Saturday, the Yankees looked to sweep the Red Sox on Sunday, but knuckleballer Steven Wright shut the Yankees offense down. Today, the Yankees started a 4-game series against the Kansas City Royals at home. Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.14 ERA), replacing CC Sabathia in the rotation while he’s on the 15-day disabled list, faced off against Kansas City’s Chris Young (1-4, 5.76 ERA), who is the most extreme fly ball pitcher in MLB (and has been since 2002). Chien-Ming Wang also made his return to the Bronx for the first time since July 4, 2009. He was a 19 game winner for the Yankees in both 2006 and 2007. Aroldis Chapman also returned to the Yankees active roster after serving his suspension.
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