Judge hits 117-mph rocket into 3rd deck at Citi

Judge hits 117-mph rocket into 3rd deck at Citi

NEW YORK -- In his first career game at Citi Field, Aaron Judge visited a seating area where few players have been able to reach, crushing his American League-leading 37th homer into the upper deck in left field.

Judge's fourth-inning solo shot off Mets starter Robert Gsellman, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead, rocketed off the slugger's bat at 117 mph and traveled a projected 457 feet, according to Statcast™, into the third deck, where it was grabbed by a fan sitting in the faraway Section 536.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chapman to remain closer, hopes to avoid DL

Girardi gives struggling left-hander vote of confidence after 3 rough outings

Chapman to remain closer, hopes to avoid DL

NEW YORK -- The Yankees offered two votes of confidence for Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday afternoon, with manager Joe Girardi stating that "he will continue to be my closer" and that he believes the left-hander will be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

Chapman reported that his right hamstring tightened in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Mets, in which Chapman appeared despondent after surrendering a two-run homer to rookie Amed Rosario. Girardi said that no MRI has been scheduled for Chapman, though he was unavailable to pitch Wednesday.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks to rise to occasion for Players Weekend

Judge to display nickname when new event takes place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Yanks to rise to occasion for Players Weekend

TORONTO -- For the first time in their storied history, the Yankees will feature more than a number on the back of their uniforms. Players will have the opportunity to select a nickname that will appear on their game jerseys during the inaugural Players Weekend, to be held Aug. 25-27.

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Steinbrenner: Yanks have sights on postseason

Managing general partner emphasizes club's annual mindset

Steinbrenner: Yanks have sights on postseason

CHICAGO -- To Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, the criteria are pretty clear cut.

"If we don't make the playoffs," Steinbrenner said Wednesday at the MLB Owners Meetings, "it's a failure. Any year, any year. That's just the mindset for us."

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

WWE stars award Judge with championship belt

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WWE stars award Judge with championship belt

Aaron Judge has racked up quite a few accolades during his remarkable 2017 season, from an All-Star selection to a Home Run Derby crown to his very own fan section. But despite that barrage of dingers, he was still missing out on one particular prize: his very own championship belt.

Luckily, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman and Big Cass of the WWE stopped by Yankee Stadium prior Tuesday's Mets-Yankees game to fix that.

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Gray handcuffs Mets for 1st win with Yanks

Gray handcuffs Mets for 1st win with Yanks

NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray hurled six-plus solid innings and outpitched Jacob deGrom to pick up his first win in pinstripes, and Aroldis Chapman survived a bumpy ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday evening, concluding the Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series.

Backed by homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez, Gray made his first home start since being acquired by the Yanks and held the Mets scoreless until Dominic Smith's first big league homer in the seventh. Working in front of a sellout crowd of 46,474, the right-hander scattered five hits in a 104-pitch effort, walking two and striking out five.

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Chapman closes it out, but struggles continue

Yanks lefty allows at least one run for third straight outing, another homer

Chapman closes it out, but struggles continue

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman crouched at the front of the mound while Amed Rosario circled the bases around him, remaining motionless until catcher Gary Sanchez finally patted the struggling closer on the back with his glove.

That visual, along with the telling grimace as Chapman sprinted to cover first base for the final out of a 5-4 victory over the Mets, spoke volumes about the Yankees' ninth-inning situation. Chapman said that his tight hamstring -- he didn't specify which one -- is "nothing to worry about," but his performance has been.

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Sanchez on a tear since lunch with A-Rod, J-Lo

Sanchez on a tear since lunch with A-Rod, J-Lo

NEW YORK -- Are Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez partially to thank for Gary Sanchez's offensive surge?

The catcher homered for the fourth time in seven games on Tuesday, helping the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Mets, and said that a recent power lunch in midtown Manhattan with the superstar couple helped to clear his mind.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mark Feinsand

With Yanks' rotation depth tested, Gray delivers

With Yanks' rotation depth tested, Gray delivers

NEW YORK -- It was only a couple weeks ago that the Yankees traded for Sonny Gray, adding what they believed to be a front-line starter to their rotation.

The need for such a pitcher was obvious for a team with October aspirations, but Gray's arrival led some to wonder something else: What the heck were the Yankees going to do with Jaime Garcia, the lefty they had acquired only one day earlier in a trade with the Twins?

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bird set to begin rehab assignment with Triple-A

Bird set to begin rehab assignment with Triple-A

NEW YORK -- In the hours immediately following right ankle surgery, Greg Bird defiantly vowed that his season was not over, a promise that he will aim to keep when he begins a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Bird is scheduled to play five innings at first base as the RailRiders host Gwinnett at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. Bird had surgery on July 18 to remove an excess bone growth from his foot, which the Yankees believe was responsible for the issues that limited him to just 19 games this season.

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Solak has big game for Trenton

Solak has big game for Trenton

The hits just keep coming for Jahmai Jones.

The Angels' No. 2 prospect extended his hitting streak to 18 games on Tuesday with a leadoff double in Class A Advanced Inland Empire's 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He also hit a single and walked once in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judging by results, slugger turning corner

Judging by results, slugger turning corner

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge has been spending many of his afternoons in the batting cage and in the video room, searching for solutions to the mechanical flaws that are believed to be responsible for a midseason swoon. He may be about to solve this puzzle in front of the entire city.

Judge hit his American League-leading 36th homer on Monday evening as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 4-2, in the annual renewal of acquaintances between the crosstown rivals. For Judge, his second homer in all of August highlighted his introduction to the Subway Series.

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Yanks down Mets on late HR, gain in AL East

Yanks down Mets on late HR, gain in AL East

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez all connected for the 40th home runs of their Major League careers on Monday evening, powering the Yankees to a much-needed 4-2 victory over the Mets in the opening game of this year's Subway Series.

Judge tied the game in the sixth, launching his American League-leading 36th homer off Rafael Montero, and Hicks tattooed a Hansel Robles heater to give the Yanks the lead in the eighth.

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Frazier rooting on Little Leaguers from Jersey

Frazier rooting on Little Leaguers from Jersey

NEW YORK -- Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier lights up whenever he talks about the Little League World Series, which his team from Toms River, N.J., won in 1998.

"It's fun for all ages," Frazier said. "It's just an atmosphere, young or old, you sit there and you're like, 'This is pretty cool.'"

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Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CC throws 'pen session, could start Saturday

CC throws 'pen session, could start Saturday

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia was encouraged by the results of a pregame bullpen session on Monday and said that he expects to be activated on Saturday to face the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the first date that he would be eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list.

Sabathia briefly considered retirement after traveling back to New York following an abbreviated three-inning outing last Tuesday at Toronto, fearful that he had further damaged his right knee. A clean MRI and a helpful chat with his wife, Amber, preceded injections of cortisone, platelet-rich plasma and stem cells that have reduced the discomfort.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGwire keeping tabs on Judge, Bellinger

Rookie HR record holder impressed by pair of young sluggers

McGwire keeping tabs on Judge, Bellinger

LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire arrived in Oakland in 1987, a bright-eyed rookie with a powerful swing. Before he had time to fully comprehend his status as a big leaguer, he says, he was already threatening Major League Baseball's 31-year-old rookie homer record -- held at the time by Frank Robinson and Wally Berger.

With 49 dingers that year, McGwire shattered the previous mark of 38. Thirty summers later, he's on the opposite end of the chase.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Heller makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Heller makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Many scouts believed Nick Senzel was the best pure hitter available in the 2016 Draft, which is a major reason why the Reds selected him second overall and signed him for $6.2 million. He has lived up to that reputation, batting .317/.390/.519 with 89 extra-base hits in his first 177 pro games.

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Subway Series runs deep for NYC native sons

Rivera, Betances recall days playing high-school ball

Subway Series runs deep for NYC native sons

NEW YORK -- This will be Dellin Betances' 21st Subway Series -- fourth as a player, the rest as a New Yorker. This would have been T.J. Rivera's first as a player, but his number in that second category is the same as that of Betances, as it is for any baseball fan their age who grew up in New York City.

Betances, the Yankees reliever, is from Manhattan, and went to high school in Brooklyn. Rivera, the Mets infielder currently on the disabled list with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, is from the Bronx. Both were 9 years old when the series became an annual event in 1997, the perfect age to lose yourself in the cross-city drama it sparks each summer.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chapman shoulders blame for loss to Sox

Chapman shoulders blame for loss to Sox

NEW YORK -- The third pitch of Aroldis Chapman's ninth-inning showdown with Rafael Devers zipped toward home plate at 102.1 mph, and the Red Sox rookie barely made contact, tipping it foul. The next fastball came in just a little bit hotter, and it never made it to catcher Gary Sanchez's glove.

Chapman jerked his neck and watched that heater rocket into the visiting bullpen, the fastest pitch cracked for a home run since MLB began officially tracking velocity in 2008. It was the fourth blown save in 19 chances for Chapman, who took the loss in the Yankees' 3-2, 10-inning setback vs. Boston on Sunday.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks drop series as Sox get to Chapman

Yanks drop series as Sox get to Chapman

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox enjoyed a glimpse of their bright future on Sunday evening as Rafael Devers cracked a dramatic, game-tying home run and Andrew Benintendi delivered the go-ahead hit, lifting Boston to a thrilling 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Yankees that swelled their American League East lead to a season-high 5 1/2 games.

Devers tied the game in the ninth inning with the fourth homer of his young career, catching up with a 102.8-mph Aroldis Chapman fastball and driving it over into the visiting bullpen in left-center field. It marked New York's 20th blown save of the season, and just the second homer that Chapman has ever allowed to a left-handed hitter.

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What a Rise! Judge debuted 1 year ago

Yanks rookie slugger discusses anniversary of first game

What a Rise! Judge debuted 1 year ago

NEW YORK -- One year ago Sunday, Aaron Judge had an exciting Major League debut, going 2-for-4 with a home run. It was followed by a lackluster late-season stint that left him fighting for a starting job in Spring Training.

Now Judge is arguably the most recognizable player in MLB. What a difference a year makes.

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Yanks start fast, but Sevy stumbles vs. Sox

Yanks start fast, but Sevy stumbles vs. Sox

NEW YORK -- Andrew Benintendi's sweet stroke produced a pair of three-run homers as the Red Sox pounded Luis Severino and the Yankees, 10-5, on Saturday afternoon to claim their ninth victory in 10 games.

One day after the Red Sox's bullpen coughed up a three-run advantage just six outs from victory, Benintendi ensured there would be no repeat of that performance as Boston reclaimed a 4 1/2-game advantage over the Yankees in the American League East chase. It matches the Yankees' largest deficit of the season.

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Widener proves unhittable for Tampa Yanks

Yanks No. 17 prospect exits start due to pitch count limit

Widener proves unhittable for Tampa Yanks

Only a pitch limit could deliver a knock against Taylor Widener on Sunday, as the Yankees prospect delivered five no-hit innings for Class A Advanced Tampa before getting pulled after 60 pitches.

Widener, the No. 17 prospect in the Yankees' system, was perfect for five innings against the St. Lucie Mets outside of a walk to leadoff man John Mora in the fourth inning. Widener faced the minimum thanks to Mora's failed steal attempt to end the fourth.

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Garcia homers twice for Charleston

Garcia homers twice for Charleston

Brent Honeywell kept the opposing team off the board once again on Sunday as he tossed turned in his second scoreless start this week for Triple-A Durham.

Honeywell, The Rays' top-ranked prospect (No. 14 overall), dominated over six innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five and generating six ground-ball outs. He did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 52 of his 70 pitches for strikes, but received a no-decision as the Bulls ultimately fell to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-2.

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Severino vows to 'keep working' after poor start

Yanks right-hander allows career-high 10 runs (8 earned) vs. Red Sox

Severino vows to 'keep working' after poor start

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino's transformation into the Yankees' ace has taken place largely without interruption over the course of this All-Star campaign, and with the Red Sox in town, the right-hander picked an especially inopportune time to experience his worst outing of the season.

Andrew Benintendi hit a pair of three-run homers off Severino as Boston battered him for a career-high 10 runs (eight earned) in 4 1/3 innings, dealing the Yankees a 10-5 loss on Saturday at Yankee Stadium to reclaim a 4-1/2 game lead in the American League East race.

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Shoulder inflammation sends Tanaka to DL

Shoulder inflammation sends Tanaka to DL

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to Thursday.

There is no structural damage, according to manager Joe Girardi, and Tanaka isn't expected to miss too much time. Instead, the injury was something that Tanaka said "gradually built up," and was caused more by fatigue than a specific incident.

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Judge's mini-fan makes nice catch in stands

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Judge's mini-fan makes nice catch in stands

Judge made an impressive grab when the Yankees fell, 10-5, to the Red Sox on Saturday. And no, we aren't referring toT-Mobile Home Run Derby champion Aaron Judge. This is his mini-me we are talking about.

Todd Frazier smacked a foul ball deep toward the right side of the field and into the stands. A group of Yankees spectators attempted to make the catch when a young fan, sporting a Judge jersey, was there to snag the fly ball.

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