Yanks' late surge isn't enough against Royals

Yanks' late surge isn't enough against Royals

KANSAS CITY -- It has been years -- decades? -- since the Royals and Yankees squared off this late in the season with serious postseason hopes on the line for both teams.

And the surging Royals came out swinging first in the three-game set at Kauffman Stadium, punching across three runs in the first and then riding the strong pitching of right-hander Dillon Gee in an 8-5 win on Monday night.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Pineda offers another puzzling start for Yanks

Right-hander finishes with 8 K's, retires 15 in a row after tough 1st frame

Pineda offers another puzzling start for Yanks

KANSAS CITY -- The tantalizing talent within Michael Pineda's right arm continues to hold the Yankees' interest, and as they try to mount a postseason push, they have to be wondering if he can finally put it all together over the last four weeks of the regular season.

Pineda offered up another mixed bag on Monday night, stumbling in the first inning before retiring the next 15 hitters, striking out eight without a walk. The end result saw Pineda take his career-high 11th loss as the Yankees dropped an 8-5 decision to the Royals, with New York remaining 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for an American League Wild Card spot.

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

Sanchez is AL Player of the Week -- again

Yankees catcher hits 5 more homers, becomes first rookie to win consecutive awards

Sanchez is AL Player of the Week -- again

KANSAS CITY -- Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez continues to smash through the record books, again earning selection as the American League's Player of the Week and becoming the first rookie in either league to bring home the honor for consecutive weeks.

Sanchez batted .522 (12-for-23) with seven runs scored, three doubles, five home runs and nine RBIs over six games, becoming the first AL player to win back-to-back Player of the Week awards since Albert Belle of the White Sox in July 1998.

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

Tanaka aiming to help Yanks bounce back in KC

Tanaka aiming to help Yanks bounce back in KC

On Aug. 5, the Royals were 51-58, and they appeared to be all but officially eliminated from postseason contention. Likewise, the Yankees had just scratched their way above .500, but would go 1-2 over their next three games. Both teams were more than five games back of an American League Wild Card spot, and the climb seemed that much steeper, as the Mariners, Astros and Tigers all sat in between them and a playoff berth.

However, there's been a dramatic change. The Royals have stormed into the Wild Card race, going 18-4 in their last 22 games. The Yankees haven't quite hit the same pace, but they have won four of their last six and won six of their last seven series.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Not just a slugger, Sanchez brings power behind the plate

Owns 5 of top 10 hardest throws on attempted steals of second

Not just a slugger, Sanchez brings power behind the plate

By now, everyone in baseball has heard about Yankees sensation Gary Sanchez, who has kick-started his Major League career by hitting 11 homers in his first 23 games, faster than anyone in history. (All 11 actually came in a span of just 15 games, since he didn't go deep in his first seven.) But for all the well-deserved attention he's commanding for what he's doing next to the plate, have you also noticed what he's doing behind it?

We knew when Sanchez was coming up that he had a strong throwing arm; after all, just about every scouting report mentioned it. MLBPipeline.com, for example, noted that he had "two standout tools: huge raw power and an exceptionally strong arm." Now that we've had a few weeks of Sanchez in the big leagues and in front of the Statcast™ tracking cameras, we can confirm that, and then some.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pipeline Preview: Fowler looking to extend streak

Pipeline Preview: Fowler looking to extend streak

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Tuesday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Dustin Fowler (Yankees' No. 13), Trenton vs. New Hampshire (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

CC takes tough-luck loss as Yanks blanked by O's

CC takes tough-luck loss as Yanks blanked by O's

NEW YORK -- Kevin Gausman cooled off a red-hot Yankees lineup to pick up his first road victory of the season, Mark Trumbo hit his Major League-leading 40th home run and Steve Pearce also homered as part of a three-RBI performance as the Orioles defeated the Yankees, 5-0, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Gausman walked none and struck out eight over seven innings, scattering seven hits as the O's salvaged the finale of a three-game series. The right-hander's effort silenced a Yankees club that thumped O's pitching for 27 runs in the first two games of the series.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Jonathan Mayo

Sanchez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Sanchez on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

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

We here at MLB Pipeline are running out of superlatives for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Luckily for us, we're running out of weeks for the Prospect Team of the Week.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Weird hop emblematic of CC's day, season

Weird hop emblematic of CC's day, season

NEW YORK -- In what turned out to be one of the most pivotal moments of the Yankees' 5-0 loss to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, the Yanks might've been better off had Starlin Castro thought less like a second baseman and more like a linebacker.

With the Yankees trailing, 1-0, in the top of the seventh inning, starter CC Sabathia stared down Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold with one out and Jonathan Schoop standing on first base. With the count 2-2, Sabathia threw Reimold a fastball high and inside and Reimold fought it off, slowly chopping a grounder toward Castro.

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Nick Suss 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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Girardi's charity endeavors bring him peace

Yankees manager picks a different organization to support before almost every home game

Girardi's charity endeavors bring him peace

NEW YORK -- This has been one of the toughest seasons for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, but in one area, he's been pretty consistent.

Prior to just about every game at Yankee Stadium, Girardi has supported a charity or nonprofit organization whose charge is to help needy or sick people in the community.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Girardi: Headley to get more playing time soon

Girardi: Headley to get more playing time soon

NEW YORK -- Chase Headley hasn't been a fixture in the Yankees' lineup over the past week. But according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, that's about to change.

Headley has been on the bench for the start of all but one of the Yankees' games since the middle of New York's series in Seattle, including Sunday's series finale versus Baltimore. Ronald Torreyes has played in Headley's place those four games, and has done more than just fill in, hitting .467 with three doubles and two RBIs without a strikeout entering Sunday.

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Nick Suss 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.

Torres, Sheffield among top prospect performers Sunday

Yankees No. 2 prospect collects first four-hit game for Tampa; No. 7 allows 1 hit in 5 scoreless

Torres, Sheffield among top prospect performers Sunday

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and left-hander Justus Sheffield, two of the New York Yankees' key prospect acquisitions from the non-waiver Trade Deadline, have made strong impressions as teammates on Class A Advanced Tampa. On Sunday, the duo paced their new club to an 8-2 victory over Brevard County, with Torres leading the offense with four hits and Sheffield tossing five scoreless innings.

Making his fifth start for Tampa after coming over from the Indians along with Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 1) as part of the Andrew Miller trade, Sheffield, the Yankees' No. 7 prospect, tossed three hitless frames before yielding a knock to begin the fourth. It was the only hit allowed in five innings by the No. 87 overall prospect, who walked three and struck out five while throwing 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

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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.

Sanchez fastest in MLB history to 11 homers

Sanchez fastest in MLB history to 11 homers

NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez enjoyed his first career curtain call after becoming the fastest player in Major League history to reach 11 home runs, doing so in his 23rd career game on Saturday in the Yankees' 13-5 win against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez connected for an opposite-field blast off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning, clearing the wall in right-center field and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead at the time. Statcast™ measured Sanchez's homer at 370 feet.

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

Rookie monster: Sanchez powers Yanks by O's

Rookie monster: Sanchez powers Yanks by O's

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez made history as he slugged the 11th home run of a blistering rookie month to remember, while Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also launched deep drives in powering the Yankees past the Orioles, 13-5, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees posted a double-digit run total for the second consecutive game, thumping right-hander Dylan Bundy for five runs and seven hits over four innings.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Girardi believes surging Yanks can continue climb

Girardi believes surging Yanks can continue climb

NEW YORK -- The Yankees insisted that they weren't waving the white flag on anything by dealing away some of their most attractive assets a month ago, expressing the belief that the players still in their clubhouse would continue to push for a postseason berth.

They may have known exactly what they were doing. Fueled by the crop of Baby Bombers, the Yankees (67-61) reached a new season high-water mark of six games over .500 with Saturday's 13-5 win over the Orioles, closing their deficit for the second American League Wild Card to just 2 1/2 games.

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

Yanks' offense hitting on all cylinders in August

Yanks' offense hitting on all cylinders in August

NEW YORK -- Though it may be hard to see them through his recent dominance, Gary Sanchez has teammates. And those teammates are playing some pretty good baseball right now.

Since Sanchez was called up on Aug. 3, the Yankees have been on a tear, winning 14 of their 22 games, including a 13-5 win over Baltimore on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, and clawing back to within 2 1/2 games of an American League Wild Card spot. And sure, Sanchez's 11 home runs and 21 RBIs have been a huge part of that. But the eight other men around him in the lineup day-in and day-out have done more than just follow in his lead.

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Nick Suss 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.

Heller: MLB debut with Yankees 'surreal'

Heller: MLB debut with Yankees 'surreal'

NEW YORK -- It's a good thing that Ben Heller has a sense of humor.

Two outs into his Major League debut Friday night, the 25-year-old rookie got Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to ground a ball toward first base. Fellow rookie Tyler Austin fielded the ball, turned and tossed it to first, where Heller had rushed to cover. But Heller couldn't squeeze the ball and Kim was safe. Less than an inning into his MLB career, Heller had already recorded an error.

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Nick Suss 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.

Sanchez-fueled Yanks penning thrilling script

Rookie catcher's historic start vaults club into thick of playoff race

Sanchez-fueled Yanks penning thrilling script

NEW YORK -- The slow jogs have almost become a nightly event for Gary Sanchez, who insists that he doesn't hear a thing while making that 360-foot trip around the basepaths. If so, the rookie might be the only one not caught up in an exciting display that has kept the Yankees in the postseason chase.

Sanchez continued his torrid month on Friday with the 10th home run of his young career, part of a three-hit, four-RBI performance as the Yankees routed the Orioles, 14-4. Sanchez's fifth-inning blast off Vance Worley was celebrated with loud chants of his name from an announced crowd of 38,423 at Yankee Stadium.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O's

Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O's

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez's two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Barry M. Bloom

Blend of youth, veterans working for Yankees

NY controls its own fate with 30 of final 36 games within division

Blend of youth, veterans working for Yankees

NEW YORK -- Just when it looked like the Yankees had cashiered the season, many of their new acquisitions and younger players have kept them in contention for a playoff spot.

With rookie catcher Gary Sanchez pounding the ball, the Yankees are still in control of their own fate as the season nudges closer to Labor Day.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite rough trip, Judge maintaining approach

McCann away from team after death in family

Despite rough trip, Judge maintaining approach

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge's first road trip as a Major Leaguer didn't inspire the same kind of hype that his first homestand did.

After going 7-for-18 with two home runs and four RBIs in his first five games with the Yankees, Judge fell into a bit of a slump on the road, going 1-for-18 with nine strikeouts over his next five games. But despite the struggles, Judge said he wouldn't change a thing about how his first road trip went. In his mind, the good can't come without the bad.

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Nick Suss 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.

Girardi on WC chase: 'The opportunity is there'

Girardi on WC chase: 'The opportunity is there'

SEATTLE -- Joe Girardi won his 800th game as the Yankees' manager on Wednesday afternoon. The 5-0 victory over the Mariners in the finale of a three-game series gave him that pleasant-looking round number and even provided some lofty company. It turns out that Girardi joins Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944) in the Yankees' 800 club.

But Girardi's reaction to achieving that milestone says a lot about where he finds his club after a road trip in which New York won four of six, taking two of three apiece in Anaheim and Seattle. The young Yankees, who are playing prospects and treating each game as if they've got nothing to lose, are still in the American League Wild Card race.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline Inbox: Which Yankees prospect could be a star?

Pipeline Inbox: Which Yankees prospect could be a star?

It's hard to believe that the 2016 Minor League season is almost over. Before we know it, we'll be done with the playoffs and moving on to things like the Arizona Fall League and instructional leagues.

First, of course, will be September callups. And -- wouldn't you know it? -- there will be a story soon on the Top 10 prospects who could get brought up when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Before that, however, we have an exciting Inbox coming your way.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks overpower Mariners with youth, years

Yanks overpower Mariners with youth, years

SEATTLE -- Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings and Gary Sanchez homered yet again in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon to close the series in Seattle. With its second consecutive win, New York took the three-game set.

"They pitched us well all series," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We haven't been shut down like that in quite some time, and if you don't score, it's going to be tough to win."

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle and covered the Yankees on Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.

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Girardi, Yanks 'excited' by Torreyes' surge

Ellsbury sits out to rest foot; Judge impressing with patience

Girardi, Yanks 'excited' by Torreyes' surge

SEATTLE -- Gary Sanchez's hot start is grabbing the headlines. Aaron Judge's raw power has fans in the Bronx daydreaming. But those two young Yankees aren't the only ones opening eyes on this road trip.

Ronald Torreyes has been filling in at third base for banged-up Chase Headley, and he's been hitting and hitting and hitting some more. The 23-year-old rookie infielder -- all 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds of him -- went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night, and overall, he's got eight hits in his past 12 at-bats.

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CC, Ells help Yanks draw even in Seattle

CC, Ells help Yanks draw even in Seattle

SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia got back on track and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run to open up a close game en route to a 5-1 Yankees win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. The Yankees evened the three-game series at a game apiece and knocked the Mariners back to two games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

"It comes down to location for CC, and avoiding some of the bad breaks that he gets," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And tonight we got him some runs, too. That always helps, too. I know what his ERA is, but I'm going to tell you, he's pitched a lot better than that ERA, I really believe."

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Maddie Lee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle and covered the Mariners on Tuesday.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle and covered the Yankees on Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.

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CC finds vintage form in win over Mariners

CC finds vintage form in win over Mariners

SEATTLE -- The nights are getting shorter, October is getting closer, and the big man was dealing again.

The Yankees might be a long shot to reach the postseason, but CC Sabathia, the man they acquired long ago to be their playoff horse, was back to vintage form in a 5-1 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle and covered the Yankees on Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.