Teixeira snaps career-long HR drought

First baseman connects for first time in 147 at-bats, dives for slick stop against Twins

Teixeira snaps career-long HR drought

NEW YORK -- That anticipated race to 400 homers between Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran proved to be a blowout, but the Yankees first baseman finally cleared another outfield wall late on Sunday afternoon and hopes that will be a sign of things to come.

Teixeira slugged his fourth home run of the year in the eighth inning off the Twins' Tyler Duffey, accounting for New York's only run in a 7-1 loss. It was Teixeira's first homer since April 13 at Toronto, a span of 147 at-bats that represents the longest drought of his career.

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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.

Tex connects, but long ball stings Eovaldi

Tex connects, but long ball stings Eovaldi

NEW YORK -- Tyler Duffey carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, supported by consecutive home runs off the bats of Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler, leading the Twins to a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

"First time through, I was just trying to get the ball over the plate," said Duffey, who allowed only two hits through eight innings. "Just getting into the fourth, sixth, seventh innings, and then as I came along, I started throwing more breaking balls, started feeling better than I had. It's a lot of positives for me today, and obviously we won the game, which is the ultimate positive."

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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.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Sunday.

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Eovaldi's rocky June extended with 4 HRs

Righty has allowed career-high 17 homers this season

Eovaldi's rocky June extended with 4 HRs

NEW YORK -- In May, Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi took five steps forward. But in June, he's followed that with five steps back.

After allowing just seven runs in a 31-inning stretch between May 7-29, Eovaldi has unraveled, having allowed 25 earned runs over his last 26 innings. This culminated on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, where Eovaldi allowed five runs on six hits, four of which were home runs, as the Yankees lost to the Twins, 7-1.

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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.

Nova set to open series against Rangers

Nova set to open series against Rangers

When the Rangers open a four-game set with the Yankees in the Bronx on Monday night, all eyes will be on the mound.

After making 14 appearances to varying degrees of success with the Rangers in 2015, 24-year-old right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez will be called up to make his 2016 debut Monday opposite Ivan Nova and the Yankees.

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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.

Yankees recall Cessa, send down Goody

Girardi plans to use right-hander in short-relief situations

Yankees recall Cessa, send down Goody

NEW YORK -- For the third time this season, rookie relief pitcher Luis Cessa is back with the Yankees.

Cessa, who opened the season in the big leagues and made a brief return to the squad toward the end of May, was recalled Sunday to bolster the bullpen in a wide variety of roles. As a counter to the move, the Yankees optioned right-hander Nick Goody to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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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.

Judge among top prospect performers Saturday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect strikes out 10, Marlins' No. 17 extends hitless streak to 15 frames

Judge among top prospect performers Saturday

Strikeouts have been coming in bunches lately for Reynaldo Lopez.

On Saturday, Lopez, the Nationals' No. 5 prospect, struck out 10 hitters over a career-high eight innings to pace Double-A Harrisburg in a 4-0 shutout of New Hampshire. He scattered seven hits and walked two while throwing a season-high 112 pitches (81 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.

DiMaggio goes deep as Yankees beat Browns

Home run pushes hitting streak to 37 games

DiMaggio goes deep as Yankees beat Browns

NEW YORK, June 25, 1941 -- Joe DiMaggio is striding toward history. The Yankees are striving toward an American League pennant.

Both quests were successful on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, at least for another day, in the Yankees' 7 to 5 victory over the St. Louis Browns before 9,249 giddy persons in the weekday crowd. The win gave the Yankees a taste of first place in the AL for the first time since Opening Day.

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

Pineda changes up mix in rematch with Twins

Righty relies on offspeed in 2nd straight start vs. Minnesota

Pineda changes up mix in rematch with Twins

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda's 2016 season has been an analyst's nightmare.

As he showed Saturday afternoon in the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Twins, his good days are as good as anyone's in the rotation. Pineda struck out eight batters in six innings, allowing just two hits and one run on a second-inning home run. It was the fifth straight start that Pineda has allowed three or fewer earned runs, a streak that has lowered Pineda's ERA on the season by more than a point.

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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.

Yanks pounce on late error as arms lead way

Yanks pounce on late error as arms lead way

NEW YORK -- Though the Yankees struggled to cobble together offense against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, they came away with a 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium after Eduardo Escobar booted a grounder off the bat of Starlin Castro in the eighth inning, allowing Aaron Hicks to score the go-ahead run.

"It was hit hard," Escobar said through an interpreter. "At that point, there's not much you can do other than throw your glove at it. That's not an excuse, but it was hit pretty hard."

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Yankees on Saturday.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Saturday.

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Teixeira back from DL, seeks spark from bat

Refsnyder will spell veteran at 1B; Yankees DFA Davis

Teixeira back from DL, seeks spark from bat

NEW YORK -- Shortly before 1:08 p.m. Saturday, everyone took their stations at Yankee Stadium. The fans rose for the playing of the national anthem, and right-hander Michael Pineda made his way onto the field for warmups, as did the eight position players.

For the first time since May 24, that group included Mark Teixeira. He jogged over to the right side of the infield, rested his mitt on first base and put his hand over his heart. It's something he's done countless times over his Yankees career, but in New York's 2-1 win over the Twins on Saturday, his presence took on extra meaning.

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Joshua Needelman 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.

Yankees host Pitch, Hit & Run at Stadium

Yankees host Pitch, Hit & Run at Stadium

NEW YORK -- When a group of 24 children descended onto the Yankee Stadium infield grass Saturday morning to compete in the Scotts MLB's Pitch, Hit & Run event, the anxiety and nerves could be felt reverberating throughout the park.

Not from the kids though. They seemed fine. It was the parents who were nervous.

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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.

Brett Gardner picks up Yankees fans' fry bucket

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Brett Gardner picks up Yankees fans' fry bucket

Brett Gardner is a man of the people, and in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Twins on Saturday, he did what he could to back that up.

A fan sitting behind the left-field wall lost control of his bucket of French fries (and perhaps chicken strips?), sending it tumbling down onto the warning track. Gardner, however, saw an opportunity and began picking up some of the vital components of said bucket and returning them to the fan.

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Chapman lights up radar gun, Statcast leaderboard

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Chapman lights up radar gun, Statcast leaderboard

Ever since he broke into the Major Leagues back in 2010, there's been velocity, and there's been Aroldis Chapman velocity. Not only has baseball's resident rocket launcher struck out more than 15 batters per nine innings over his career, but he even forced the Statcast™ fastest pitch leaderboard to create a filter distinguishing between "Chapman" and "everybody else."

So it wasn't too big of a surprise when Chapman once again lit up the radar gun while striking out the side to close out the Yankees' 5-3 win over the Twins on Friday. But that wasn't just any heat -- it was ridiculous even by Chapman's lofty standards, and it managed to blow up the Statcast™ record books in one fell swoop. 

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Refsnyder continues surge with go-ahead hit

Refsnyder continues surge with go-ahead hit

NEW YORK -- Tommy Milone was avoiding Rob Refsnyder. By the time the rookie utility player's third at-bat came around in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 5-3 victory over the Twins on Friday night, Refsnyder hadn't yet gotten anything to hit. Milone had been working him away all game, mixing fastballs and changeups to keep him just off balance enough to force a strikeout and a flyout to center field.

But the third at-bat was a little different. Perhaps emboldened by his earlier success or perhaps just in need of an out pitch with runners on the corners in a tie game, Milone grooved Refsnyder a fastball in. The youngster turned on the pitch, pushing the ball 103 mph, according to Statcast™, into the left-center-field gap and plating Didi Gregorius to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead they wouldn't give up.

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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.

Tanaka, Yankees benefit from Twins miscues

Tanaka, Yankees benefit from Twins miscues

NEW YORK -- Despite an uncharacteristically laborious outing from ace Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees capitalized on three Twins errors, plating three unearned runs on the way to a 5-3 series-opening victory over Minnesota on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

With the Yankees trailing, 2-0, in the third inning, the veterans stepped up, as Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double and Alex Rodriguez notched an RBI single to knot the score. After the Twins put another run on the board in the fourth, the Yankees struck back with two of their own in the home half following a Joe Mauer fielding error to take the lead for good. Aaron Hicks added an insurance run with an eighth-inning homer against his former club.

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Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Hicks finds power stroke vs. former club

Hicks finds power stroke vs. former club

NEW YORK -- Once in a while, Aaron Hicks said, he'll shoot some of his old Twins teammates a text. But not too often. He's a Yankee now.

So while he said it was "pretty crazy" to play against his former teammates Friday night at Yankee Stadium, he added it didn't make it feel extra special when he delivered the final dagger in the Yankees' 5-3 win with his eighth-inning solo home run.

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Joshua Needelman 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.

Mantle's sons throw out first pitch on dad's night

Mantle's sons throw out first pitch on dad's night

NEW YORK -- David and Danny Mantle's childhood was full of trips to Major League stadiums, where they'd run around with all the other kids while their father, Mickey, went to work. It didn't seem out of the ordinary.

"We were raised just to be ordinary kids and we never acted like we were better or anything," David Mantle recalled. "He was just dad."

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Joshua Needelman 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.

Despite turnaround, Headley sees room to improve

Third baseman hopes to help Yankees climb up standings en route to postseason

Despite turnaround, Headley sees room to improve

NEW YORK -- The last time that Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner publicly brought up Chase Headley's name, it was on a Manhattan sidewalk, as he pointed to the struggling third baseman as one of the most prominent reasons his club was off to a slow start.

The last month has changed that, as Steinbrenner now tabs Headley in a positive light, one that has Steinbrenner encouraged about the Yankees' chances of being in the thick of the race by the end of July. Headley said he understood the criticism and appreciated hearing that vote of confidence from upstairs.

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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.

Yankees agree with third-round pick Martinez

Yankees agree with third-round pick Martinez

The Yankees have signed third-round pick Nolan Martinez for a $1.15 million bonus, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo reported on Thursday. The club has not confirmed the deal.

New York went over the $608,200 slot value assigned to the No. 98 overall pick in order to land Martinez, a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher from Culver City High School in California. Although Martinez had committed to San Diego State, he suggested after the Draft that he would be skipping college to go pro.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nick Swisher on life in the Minors and LeBron James

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Nick Swisher on life in the Minors and LeBron James

Nick Swisher may no longer reign over the empire of Brohio, but he still lives large. It's just what he does: Whether aboard a kayak or appearing at his own introductory press conference, the man cannot stop having a good time.

 

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Castro's walk-off HR caps Yanks' rally vs. Rox

Castro's walk-off HR caps Yanks' rally vs. Rox

NEW YORK -- Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run on the second pitch he saw from Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon to earn a split of the two-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium.

"It feels great," Castro said. "Especially to win the game like that in the ninth, it feels awesome. This is the first time I hit a homer to win the game."

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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.

Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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CC tweaks ankle, but optimistic about next start

CC tweaks ankle, but optimistic about next start

NEW YORK -- Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is optimistic that he will be able to take his next turn in the rotation after twisting his right ankle twice during a 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

X-rays taken at Yankee Stadium were negative, and Sabathia had the ankle iced after the game, saying that it felt sore. He initially turned the ankle while backing up home plate on Charlie Blackmon's two-run single in the third inning, then slipped while delivering a fifth-inning pitch to Nolan Arenado.

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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.

Judge among top prospect performers Thursday

Top Twins prospect dominant over eight scoreless; Yankees' No. 2 continues to show off power

Judge among top prospect performers Thursday

Jose Berrios was absolutely dominant in Triple-A Rochester's 2-0 win over Columbus. Berrios (Twins' No. 1) is the No. 15 overall prospect, and after his electric outing, it's very clear why he's so highly regarded.

The 22-year-old needed just 88 pitches, 60 strikes, to throw eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine.

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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.

Clutch blast breeds confidence for Castro

Clutch blast breeds confidence for Castro

NEW YORK -- Starlin Castro's career statistics have been a source of curiosity for the Yankees all season. Players with considerably more experience blinked hard when they realized the young infielder was already closing in on 1,000 hits, which he surpassed shortly after Opening Day.

Even with all of those big league knocks, Castro had never experienced a walk-off home run prior to the Yankees' 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday -- certainly not in the Majors, and he claimed that he had never done so at any level. That, too, can now be erased from his to-do list.

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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.

Andujar among top prospect performers Wednesday

Nationals' No. 2 fills out stat sheet in win; top Pirates prospect unhittable once again

Andujar among top prospect performers Wednesday

Trea Turner can do it all, and he put the bulk of his skill set on display in Triple-A Syracuse's 6-4 win over Pawtucket on Wednesday. Turner, hitting .292 in 67 games, drew two walks and went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

The Nationals' No. 2 prospect (No. 9 overall) brought in a run when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, then later delivered the game's decisive blast, a two-run double in the top of the ninth.

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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.