Pineda finds form on strength of slider

Yankees righty bounces back vs. Royals following two tough starts

Pineda finds form on strength of slider

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda knew he could do better.

It's been just over two weeks since the right-hander struck out 16 Orioles in one of the most dominating performances in franchise history, barely two weeks since Pineda was being called the ace that the Yankees needed.

More

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks sweep Royals behind power, Pineda

Yanks sweep Royals behind power, Pineda

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez belted a go-ahead three-run homer and right-hander Michael Pineda delivered 6 2/3 superb innings as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Royals lost their fourth straight, their longest losing streak since late August, and dropped into a tie for first place in the American League Central with surging Minnesota.

More

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod passes Gehrig on all-time RBI list

A-Rod passes Gehrig on all-time RBI list

Alex Rodriguez's three-run home run Wednesday afternoon gave the Yankees' designated hitter 1,995 career RBIs, passing Lou Gehrig and moving him to within one of Barry Bonds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Baseball. The Yankees beat the Royals, 4-2.

Baseball has a longstanding history of disputes over numbers, and the career RBI leaderboard is one of them. Due to the uncertain nature of record keeping in the early part of the 20th century, there are some discrepancies regarding Gehrig's overall numbers. According to Elias, Gehrig's career RBI total is 1,993. The various sources used to comprise MLB.com's entire database, which lists Gehrig with 1,995 career RBIs, reflects alternative and also credible points of view.

More

Tanaka feels fine following 2nd rehab start

Yankees right-hander allows three runs over three innings

Tanaka feels fine following 2nd rehab start

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Masahiro Tanaka pointed out the good and the not-so-good in his performance Wednesday after his second rehab start for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

"Right now I'm absolutely fine," Tanaka said through an interpreter about his right arm, which landed him on the disabled list April 27 because of tendinitis in his wrist and a strained forearm. "Obviously I wasn't at my best. I was missing some spots and giving up some hits.

More

Mike Scandura is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

California native CC starts opener in Oakland

California native CC starts opener in Oakland

CC Sabathia grew up in Northern California, so starts in Oakland have always meant just a little bit extra to him.

He didn't get a chance to pitch there last season, but he will on Thursday night, when the Yankees and A's open a four-game weekend series at the Coliseum.

More

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

St. John's coach Mullin throws first pitch

Brooklyn native, who was an All-Star in NBA, does honors at Yankee Stadium

St. John's coach Mullin throws first pitch

NEW YORK -- There was a time, years ago, when Chris Mullin dreamed of stepping on a big league field.

On Wednesday, he made it.

More

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teixeira's HR helps Yankees power past Royals

Teixeira's HR helps Yankees power past Royals

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Combined with the Rays' 7-6 loss to the Mariners, the win moved the Yankees back into first place by a half-game over Tampa Bay in the American League East standings.

More

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees need push in AL All-Star balloting

Ellsbury ranks seventh among outfielders on first vote totals

Yankees need push in AL All-Star balloting

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury's .412 on-base percentage is a big reason why the Yankees have scored more first-inning runs than any other team in baseball.

Fans have noticed

More

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

More

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Warren becoming force in Yankees' rotation

Warren becoming force in Yankees' rotation

NEW YORK -- Adam Warren looked like he belonged.

The right-hander has before, but Warren has also left the Yankees wondering whether he belongs in the rotation or in the bullpen. Now, just when it's about time to ask it again, Warren may be answering that question.

More

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teixeira healthy, enjoying offensive resurgence

Teixeira healthy, enjoying offensive resurgence

NEW YORK -- When Mark Teixeira arrived at Spring Training, feeling better than he had since right wrist surgery ended his season in 2013, both he and the Yankees had confidence he would have a productive '15 season.

Still, it would have been difficult to imagine such a drastic resurgence. Teixeira delivered a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the fifth, giving him four RBIs to help spark the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night.

More

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

Albero ends Wounded Warrior walk at Stadium

Albero ends Wounded Warrior walk at Stadium

NEW YORK -- The goal was right there on the front of Richard Albero's lime-green T-shirt.

"Walking Tampa to the Bronx," it read, and that's exactly what Albero did, starting on March 2 on home plate at Steinbrenner Field and ending on Tuesday, when he touched home plate at Yankee Stadium to complete his 86-day, 1,150-mile walk.

More

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reggie to serve as Yankees' Draft representative

Reggie to serve as Yankees' Draft representative

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including Jackson (Yankees table), Schmidt (Phillies), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

More

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Girardi in favor of pitchers improving their grip

Girardi in favor of pitchers improving their grip

NEW YORK -- Here's something the Yankees and Red Sox can agree on.

A day after Red Sox manager John Farrell said he'd be in favor of an approved substance that would help pitchers improve their grip, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday that he would like to see the same thing.

More

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees don't look back after early barrage

Eight-run first inning vs. Guthrie sets table for easy victory over Royals

Yankees don't look back after early barrage

NEW YORK -- The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Losers of six straight and 10 of their past 11, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping all over Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, knocking the veteran right-hander out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. In the second-shortest start of his career, Guthrie allowed a career-worst 11 earned runs. He gave up four homers and allowed 13 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.

More

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks' 8-run first sets tone for feel-good win

Headley, McCann, Gardner go deep off Guthrie in huge opening frame

Yanks' 8-run first sets tone for feel-good win

NEW YORK -- Despite a quick turnaround after losing their sixth straight game on Sunday night, it took the Yankees just five batters to jump out to a 5-0 lead against the Royals on Monday -- and they didn't stop there.

The Yankees tagged Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie for eight first-inning runs, including three homers, in a frenzied opening inning in the Bronx. Stephen Drew continued the onslaught with a three-run homer in the second frame, as the Yankees ended their skid with a 14-1 rout.

More

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Day of exciting firsts for Lindgren, Heathcott

Reliever wows in MLB debut, while outfielder hits first career homer

Day of exciting firsts for Lindgren, Heathcott

NEW YORK -- Yankees left-hander Jacob Lindgren now shares something in common with Deion Sanders. Lindgren made his Major League debut during Monday's 14-1 victory over the Royals, becoming the first Yankee to reach The Show within a year of being drafted since Sanders in 1989.

"That's pretty crazy," Lindgren said. "Maybe I should try to go play football now."

More

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

Foot feeling better, McCann goes deep

Despite leaving Sunday night's game with cramps, backstop homers in first inning Monday

Foot feeling better, McCann goes deep

NEW YORK -- Though little has gone right for the Yankees over the past two weeks, the club seems to have caught a break with its latest injury scare. Brian McCann was back in the Yankees' lineup on Monday, after exiting Sunday night's 5-2 loss to the Rangers due to cramping in his right foot and calf.

Batting fifth and playing catcher, it didn't look as if McCann missed a step, as his booming three-run homer contributed to New York's eight-run first inning.

More

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Headley joins 'EWC' for Fleet Week special

Yanks third baseman 'jumped at the chance' to show support, tour USS San Antonio

Headley joins 'EWC' for Fleet Week special

Taking photos with sailors has always been en vogue, but now, aided by a very cool hashtag, Fleet Week New York isn't only a fun city-wide event that is a staple of Memorial Day weekend. It's now also a viral sensation, thanks in small part to the super popular hashtag #SelfieWithASailor.

Among the (loosely estimated) thousands of civilians running around town taking selfies with our nation's bravest was Yankees third baseman Chase Headley, who was out and about in New York showing his appreciation for the sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have descended upon the Big Apple.

More

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bernie takes his place among Yanks' greats

Four-time World Series champion has No. 51 retired, Monument Park plaque unveiled

Bernie takes his place among Yanks' greats

NEW YORK -- This was the celebration that Bernie Williams put off for nine years, unsure about embracing what it would represent. To join the past Yankees greats in Monument Park and take his uniform number out of circulation demanded an acknowledgement that his playing days were over, and that was a difficult dream to part with.

Yet as Williams stood at a podium Sunday, delivering 10 minutes of heartfelt remarks in the center of a Yankee Stadium where he never played, he was surprised to discover that it was not bittersweet at all to say goodbye. In a geographical sense, now Williams and his No. 51 will always reside in center field for Yankees home games.

More

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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 drop finale to Texas as skid hits six

Yanks drop finale to Texas as skid hits six

NEW YORK -- Yovani Gallardo pitched six strong innings and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

Prince Fielder also drove in a pair of runs as Texas won its fifth straight contest, sending the skidding Yanks to their sixth straight defeat. Gallardo limited New York's bats to two runs and four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.

More

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jeter back in Bronx for first time since retiring

Yankees icon returns for Bernie Williams Night

Jeter back in Bronx for first time since retiring

NEW YORK -- Leading up to his retirement last season, Derek Jeter consistently said what he was looking forward to was enjoying a summer without a schedule, offered the flexibility to see what life would be like away from the ballpark after 20 years in the Majors.

Jeter snapped that sabbatical Sunday to be present for Bernie Williams Night at Yankee Stadium, applauding along with his former teammates as Williams' No. 51 was retired and the switch-hitting center fielder was officially enshrined into Monument Park.

More

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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 takes another positive step

Tanaka takes another positive step

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka threw 31 pitches in the Yankee Stadium bullpen on Sunday afternoon, and if everything goes well in his second Minor League rehab start this week, he could return to big league duty.

Tanaka's bullpen session served as preparation for his scheduled start on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Pawtucket, during which the right-hander is scheduled to throw approximately 65 pitches. Tanaka said that if the Yanks want to use him in the big leagues after that, he'll be fine.

More

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

CC chased early in blowout loss to Texas

CC chased early in blowout loss to Texas

NEW YORK -- Shin Soo-Choo homered and drove in four runs as the Rangers enjoyed a 10-run third inning, sending CC Sabathia to the showers early in a 15-4 rout of the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Each Texas starter had at least one hit in the contest and the Rangers sent 14 men to the plate in the big third inning, which included a key Carlos Beltran error in right field. Sabathia was charged with six runs as he lasted just 2 1/3 innings, marking his shortest non-injury start in pinstripes.

More

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Home woes continue for CC

Yanks lefty drops sixth straight Bronx start

Home woes continue for CC

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's first two innings Saturday afternoon showed little indication of the barrage that was to come, but perhaps it should not have been a surprise, considering that home cooking has not seemed to agree with the big Yankees left-hander of late.

Seeking his third straight victory, Sabathia instead was sent to the showers in the third inning, absorbing his shortest non-injury start in pinstripes. He was charged with six runs and seven hits, lasting just 2 1/3 innings before manager Joe Girardi called to the bullpen.

More

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Nervous Jones has scoreless pitching debut

Yankees veteran moves from first base to mound, records two outs

Nervous Jones has scoreless pitching debut

NEW YORK -- Garrett Jones finally got his chance to see what it feels like to be a pitcher in the big leagues, though it came under circumstances that he and the Yankees would have much rather avoided.

Jones abandoned first base and stepped on the rubber to get the final two outs of the top of the ninth inning in Saturday's 15-4 loss to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium, marking his first pitching appearance since he was a senior at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill.

More

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.