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Bats come to life, Cortes sharp in 8-4 Yankees win

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Coming into the night on a three-game losing streak, and after dropping eight of their last 11 contests, this game was one the Yankees needed. Fortunately for them, the bats came to life, and the pitching was solid, as New York downed the White Sox, 8-4. The win, coupled with Tampa’s loss, allowed the Yanks to regain their half-game lead in the American League East despite their recent struggles.

Returning stars bring tough decisions in Yankees' outfield

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For much of the 2019 season so far, the Yankees have played great baseball. They are currently sitting in first place and have grabbed that spot in the standings despite an almost comical slew of injuries that began in spring training and hasn’t let up since. While the injuries have struck every part of the roster, one group that was particularly hard hit was the outfield. The Yankees entered this season with a group of outfielders that boasted multiple All Star and MVP-caliber players. With some of these players now set to return, what will this group look like going forward?




Yankees fall to White Sox as bats go silent late in the game

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The New York Yankees started their road trip in the south side of Chicago Thursday night against the White Sox. The Yankees saw a familiar face on the mound in a struggling Iván Nova, who started out his big-league career with the team and played with them until 2016 when he was traded to Pittsburgh. Heading into this start, Nova was sporting a 6.28 ERA with a 1.62 WHIP, averaging around two runners on base per inning. Lefty J.A. Happ took the mound for the Yanks who has been pitching better as of late, but was still approaching the start with a 4.48 ERA.

Fantasizing about Francisco Lindor in pinstripes

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As a follower of the Yankees, the richest franchise in baseball and fifth in all of sports, they’re often associated with superstar names when guys become available because they have the money, pedigree, and even the assets if it’s via trade. Look no further than the latest example of a potential trade target that would require a massive package, shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians.

A Tale of Two Games: Yankees split twin bill with Mets

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For the third time in the last 27 days, the Yankees found themselves playing a double-header. In the first two twin bills, New York won both games, but today they split the day/night duel with their cross-town rivals, the Mets. After going 1-1 today, the Yankees are now 41-25 on the season and sit tied atop the American League East standings with the Tampa Bay Rays.

"The Yankees are the best in the business," an interview with Yankees' 2019 sixth-round selection, Hayden Wesneski

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With their sixth-round pick, 195th overall, in the 2019 draft, the New York Yankees selected right-handed starting pitcher, Hayden Wesneski, out of Sam Houston State. He was a 33rd round pick in the 2016 draft, but decided to go to college instead, where he thrived. Wesneski played three years as a Bearkat and threw at least 84 innings in each.  His best year in school was certainly this past season, where he posted a 3.32 ERA in 105.2 innings, including two complete games in 15 starts. 

Standing at six-foot-three, Wesneski has a plus fastball, as well as an average slider and changeup in his arsenal, according to scouts.  In his three years at Sam Houston State, Wesneski compiled a 25-9 record in 51 appearances (44 starts).  To go along with his 288 IP, he had an ERA of 3.56 and struck out 224 while walking only 76 men.  We were fortunate enough to get to speak with Wesneski and get to know him a little bit better as a person and a player. Below is an interview managing editor, Ryan T…

Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (6/10-6-/11)

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After an exciting 10th inning win in Cleveland, the Yankees are coming back home for a two-game series against the crosstown rival Mets.  The Yankees, who are now tied for first place, will be trying to right the ship after a little slide last week where they lost five of seven.  The Mets on the other hand are coming in a game under .500, and are third in the NL East, five games back of the Phillies.  Last week, they impressively took two of three from both the Giants and Rockies.  In 2018 the Yankees were 4-2 in the subway series, and hopefully they can use this quick series to get back on track.

Clutch hitting wins the game for the Yankees in 10

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The New York Yankees looked to avoid getting swept in Cleveland in Sunday afternoon’s bout with the Indians.  The Yanks went with the opener today and sent Chad Green to the mound to face off against Cleveland’s Shane Bieber.  It took almost 4 hours and 10 innings to get it done, but the Yankees left Cleveland with a 7-6 win over the Indians.


The return of Didi Gregorius

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Prior to tonight’s series opener in Cleveland, the Yankees reinstated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 60-day IL. Thairo Estrada was optioned to AAA following yesterday’s contest. Gregorius returns after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October; he sustained the injury on a headfirst slide into home during the ALDS.

Gregorius is a welcome addition to a Yankees lineup that is slowly but surely beginning to overcome the injury woes it has faced this season. He’s become a stalwart in the heart of the Yankees’ order over the past three campaigns, putting up high averages and solid power numbers while becoming a fan-favorite in the Bronx along the way. In 134 games last season, Sir Didi posted a .268/.335/.494 slash with 27 home runs and 84 RBI.
Didi’s insertion back into the lineup will mean more regular days off throughout the infield, a unit that has fared quite well in his absence. While Gio Urshela will stay put at third, Gleyber Torres will slide back to his regular second base, an…

Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select RHP Nick Paciorek from Northwestern with the 225th pick

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In the seventh round of the 2019 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected Nick Paciorek, a right handed pitcher from Northwestern.

Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select RHP Mitch Spence from the University of South Carolina Aiken with the 315th pick

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With their last day two pick of the MLB draft, the Yankees selected Mitch Spence from the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select LHP Ken Waldichuk from Saint Mary’s College with the 165th Pick

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In the fifth round of the 2019 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected another left-handed pitcher: Ken Waldichuk from Saint Mary’s College.


Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select LHP Jake Agnos from East Carolina University with the 135th Pick

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In the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Yankees used their second pick opportunity of the second draft day to select LHP Jake Agnos from East Carolina University.Agnos is 5’11” and weighs 207 pounds, and hails from the town of Haymarket, Virginia. 


Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select OF Jake Sanford from Western Kentucky University with the 105th pick

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The New York Yankees started off the second day of the MLB draft by selecting a college outfielder by the name of Jake Sanford out of Western Kentucky University. Sanford stands at 6’2” and weighs 215 pounds. He throws right-handed, but hits left-handed.


LeMahieu, Urshela helping carry underdog Bombers

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As June begins, if there is one thing to be said about the 2019 New York Yankees, it is that no matter how much adversity or injuries ravage this team, they are a group who not only accept whatever hardships come their way, but they will continue to thrive. Despite numerous key players spending a significant amount of time on the injured list, this continues to be a team that is not only fun to watch, but one that anybody should be afraid to play, regardless of the lack of superstars on the field.


Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select SS Josh Smith from LSU with the 67th pick

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With the 67th pick, in the second round of the 2019 MLB draft, the New York Yankees have selected Josh Smith, a shortstop from LSU. This is the Yankees third and final pick of the first night of the draft. It is also the second shortstop the Yankees have selected. Smith was ranked as the 76th best prospect on MLB.com and hit .346 with nine homers in 2019. Smith, who is a left-handed batter, uses the whole field and makes good contact.

Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select SS Anthony Volpe out of Delbarton School with the 30th pick in the first round

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With the 30th pick in the 2019 MLB draft, the New York Yankees selected 18-year-old right-handed hitting shortstop Anthony Volpe. Volpe is ranked 63rd overall by MLB.com and sported a .388 BA with 10 XBH, 34 RBI, and 17 SB in 84 at-bats this season. Currently, Volpe is committed to play at Vanderbilt University.

Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select left-handed pitcher TJ Sikkema from the University of Missouri with the 38th pick

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With the 38th pick of the 2019 MLB draft, the New York Yankees have selected TJ Sikkema. This is the pick New York acquired as part of the Sonny Gray trade. Sikkema was ranked #57 overall by MLB.com and went 7-4 in 17 appearances in 2019. He threw 88.2 innings, struck out 101 batters, and had a 1.32 ERA. In his 17 appearances, 13 were starts and four were out of the bullpen, so he has already shown the ability to be versatile.

Series Preview: New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays (6/4-6/6)

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The Yankees head to Toronto for their first meeting of 2019 with the Blue Jays. New York is looking to win their 10th consecutive series while Toronto attempts to right the ship after losing six straight and 10 of their last 11. The Yanks are currently 18-5 against division opponents so they will look to keep that success going.

Opinion: DJ LeMahieu is just that good

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David John LeMahieu is the best offseason acquisition to come to the Yankees in 2019.Fight me.
Honestly -- and before doing any research, I didn’t think I was alone in that opinion.  After doing the research, I found I was correct.  LeMahieu has played with the mindset of situational offense since he first arrived in the Bronx. But… he doesn’t solely stick to “small ball.”He throws in a home run every now and then for good measure.



Aroldis Chapman brings home AL Reliever of the Month after lights out May

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Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman has been awarded the American League Reliever of the Month award for May. During the month, Chapman was a perfect 11 for 11 in save opportunities and currently has 17 for the season overall. He is also sporting a 1.52 ERA for the season in 23.2 IP. This the fourth time in his career that Chapman has brought home a Reliever of the Month award and his second time as a Yankee. Chapman and Mariano Rivera are the only two Yankee pitchers to bring home a Reliever of the Month Award.



Yankees drop series finale versus Boston

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Coming into the third game of the series, due to game one of the four game set being postponed, the Yankees were looking to finish off the sweep after dispatching the Red Sox by multiple runs in the last two games.

Yankees win series opener vs. Red Sox 4-1

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After Thursday’s game got rained out, the Yankees and Red Sox were able to start a three game series Friday night in the Bronx. Chris Sale looked to continue his great May against a Yankees lineup that was missing many of their top righties. The offense, led by the bottom of the lineup and D.J. LeMahieu, was still able to score four runs against him though, and the pitching staff all did their job to secure a 4-1 victory. The win puts the Yankees eighteen games over .500 and 8.5 games ahead of the Sox in the AL East.