Montgomery's gem halts Yanks' road woes

Montgomery's gem halts Yanks' road woes

CHICAGO -- Jordan Montgomery filled the role of stopper Monday night, halting the Yankees' six-game road losing streak while tying a season high with seven innings in a 6-5 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The loss dropped the White Sox to a season-low 11 games under .500 at 32-43, and gave them their seventh loss in their past eight games -- including four on their 10-game homestand.

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Starlin will have MRI on strained hamstring

Yanks 2B hopes to avoid DL, but No. 11 prospect Wade may fill spot

Starlin will have MRI on strained hamstring

CHICAGO -- Starlin Castro said that he hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list after the second baseman strained his right hamstring in the Yankees' 6-5 victory over the White Sox on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Yankees will send Castro for an MRI on Tuesday morning to determine the severity of the injury, which he sustained running out a third-inning ground ball. Castro said that he tried to stop running as soon as he sensed something was wrong.

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Judge stays AL vote leader; Yanks need help

Slugger undecided whether he will participate in Home Run Derby

Judge stays AL vote leader; Yanks need help

CHICAGO -- Aaron Judge is a virtual lock to be patrolling the outfield for the American League during the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, but his Yankees teammates Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez are among those who need your help to punch tickets to the Midsummer Classic.

"That'd be exciting, if all of us got that shot," Judge said. "I think a couple of the other guys in this clubhouse might get that opportunity as well. It'd be a good group. I'm excited."

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Ellsbury feeling good after first game back

Yanks OF collects hit, scores twice after Hicks (oblique strain) lands on DL

Ellsbury feeling good after first game back

CHICAGO -- The original plan called for Jacoby Ellsbury to collect a few more at-bats in the Minors, but with Aaron Hicks heading for the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the Yankees outfielder accelerated his return and boarded a flight to Chicago.

Ellsbury went 1-for-5 with two runs scored in the Yankees' 6-5 victory over the White Sox on Monday night, marking his first big league action since sustaining a concussion in a May 24 game against the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

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Severino seeks return to form vs. White Sox

Severino seeks return to form vs. White Sox

The Yankees will look for another stellar performance out of budding ace Luis Severino (5-3, 3.30 ERA) on Tuesday night as he faces off against White Sox ace Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.69) at Guaranteed Rate Field in the second of a four-game set.

Severino, 23, has been a glittering star in the Bronx and turned into a horse with his ability to eat innings. He's gone at least six innings in each of his past six starts. However, against the Angels at Yankee Stadium in his last start, he allowed six runs (five earned) -- marking his highest run total against any opponent in a start this season. He's given up 10 runs (nine earned) over 12 innings in his past two starts, raising his season ERA from 2.75 to 3.30.

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Adams makes next start for RailRiders

Adams makes next start for RailRiders

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

Hitter to watch: Austin Hays (Orioles' No. 7), Bowie vs. Altoona (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Jim Callis

Solak makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Solak makes Pipeline 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.

The Mets have MLBPipeline.com's top-rated first-base prospect in Dominic Smith. They also have another promising first baseman in Peter Alonso, who has hit well when able to stay healthy.

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Acevedo spins seven strong for Trenton

Acevedo spins seven strong for Trenton

After hitting .097 in 14 games with the Brewers, Lewis Brinson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and immediately got back on track.

The No. 13 overall prospect was a perfect 4-for-4 and nearly hit for the cycle as Colorado Springs topped Omaha 14-3 on Monday night.

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Barry M. Bloom

Holliday makes impact with veteran presence

Yanks DH helping club in clubhouse, on diamond

Holliday makes impact with veteran presence

NEW YORK -- When the Yankees signed Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract this past December, they knew they were getting a slugger who now has 310 homers, 1,200 RBIs and a .896 OPS over his 14-year career.

They knew they were getting a prototype 37-year-old right-handed hitter perfectly suited to the role of designated hitter. They just didn't realize what kind of presence Holliday would have in the clubhouse.

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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.

Comeback falls just short in finale vs. Texas

Comeback falls just short in finale vs. Texas

NEW YORK -- Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Robinson cracked home runs to send Michael Pineda to an early exit, and the Rangers held on to defeat the Yankees, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Taking the mound following the 71st annual Old-Timers' Day festivities, Pineda served up a season-high three homers as Texas grabbed two of three games in the weekend series, sending the reeling Yankees to their 10th loss in 12 games.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Grand Old Time: Former Yanks have a ball

Posada, Tino and more take part in 71st Yankees Old-Timers' Day

Grand Old Time: Former Yanks have a ball

NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada tore open the envelope bearing a Yankee Stadium return address, read the enclosed invitation and smiled. With some urging from Tino Martinez, the former catcher was soon digging his glove out of storage for the 71st Yankees Old-Timers' Day.

"Tino said, 'You've got to come. It's been too long,'" Posada said. "I'm here because of Tino right now. I want to be here for the fans, that's No. 1. I think people are here now because they want to see us. The biggest thing is the fans. They want to see the old guys come around."

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Sanchez HR closes gap, but baserunning costly

Yankees' catcher cut down trying to go 1st to 3rd

Sanchez HR closes gap, but baserunning costly

NEW YORK -- With the Yankees trailing in the seventh inning, catcher Gary Sanchez made a baserunning blunder that left the Yankees one run short in their 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

Sanchez tried to go first to third on a Didi Gregorius RBI single, which trimmed the deficit to one, and he was cut down by right fielder Shin-Soo Choo for the third out of the inning.

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Andujar, Widener among top performers

Andujar, Widener among top performers

Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.

Ice, the Indians' No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

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Judge is lifted easily by Gregorius for high-five

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Judge is lifted easily by Gregorius for high-five

Two days after the Yankees won in walk-off fashion thanks to a Ronald Torreyes single in the 10th to lift the team over the Rangers, Torreyes continued to have success. 

Facing the Rangers' Jose Leclerc in the seventh inning of Sunday's 7-6 loss, Torreyes hit a solo home run to left field. When the 5-foot-8 infielder reached the dugout, he had some celebration assistance from teammates Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius.

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Sabathia throws full bullpen session

Sabathia throws full bullpen session

NEW YORK -- Left-hander CC Sabathia threw a full 35-pitch bullpen on Sunday for the first time since being placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 15 (retroactive to June 14) with a left hamstring strain.

Sabathia, who hasn't stopped throwing regularly since being placed on the DL, could return as early as the end of the month, barring any setbacks.

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20 years ago, Pudge nearly a Yankee

Hall of Fame catcher interceded on trade to New York in 1997

20 years ago, Pudge nearly a Yankee

NEW YORK -- The Yankees held Old Timers' Day on Sunday and Ivan Rodriguez was not there. His time with the Yankees amounted to 33 games in 2008.

It could have been much more. Rodriguez almost became another Yankees legend with his own plaque in Monument Park next to fellow catchers Bill Dickey, Thurman Munson and Yogi Berra.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Judge's clout not enough in Yanks' loss

Judge's clout not enough in Yanks' loss

NEW YORK -- Rangers rookie right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx held the Yankees to one run in seven innings and was backed by home runs from Carlos Gomez and Robinson Chirinos in an 8-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Judge's 26th home run provided the only run for the Yankees, as starter Luis Cessa took the loss. Cessa allowed three runs in five innings while continuing to fill in for injured left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees, despite winning the series opener on Friday, have lost nine of their last 11 games.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Yanks sign top 2 Draft picks Schmidt, Sauer

Yanks sign top 2 Draft picks Schmidt, Sauer

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees got their top two 2017 Draft selections -- right-handers Clarke Schmidt and Matt Sauer -- under contract, the club announced on Saturday.

Schmidt, the Yankees' first-round pick and the No. 16 selection in the Draft, ranked second in the country with a 1.34 ERA in nine starts for the University of South Carolina this season.

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Cessa's outing promising despite mistakes

Cessa's outing promising despite mistakes

NEW YORK -- Yankees starter Luis Cessa looked dominant at times on Saturday afternoon, but a few mistakes did him in during the team's 8-1 loss to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

The big blow came in the fourth inning, when he left a slider over the middle of the plate and Carlos Gomez ripped it into the left-field seats.

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Mateo extends hit streak with Tampa

Mateo extends hit streak with Tampa

Austin Riley's perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Fort Myers on Saturday.

The Braves' No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season -- and second of his career -- as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

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Yankees recall Austin to shore up first base

With Carter DFA, club turning to its No. 14 prospect for improved production

Yankees recall Austin to shore up first base

NEW YORK -- Shortly after the Yankees won on Friday night, 2-1, in walk-off fashion, first baseman Tyler Austin received a call saying the Yankees were bringing him up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team designated Chris Carter for assignment.

Austin missed all of Spring Training with a fractured left foot. But with his recent string of success in the Minors and the Yankees' struggles at first base for much of the season, manager Joe Girardi felt it was the right time to call up the 25-year-old.

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After Yu-Tanaka duel, Torreyes wins it for NY

After Yu-Tanaka duel, Torreyes wins it for NY

NEW YORK -- After Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka matched zeros in a marvelous pitching matchup, the smallest Yankee delivered the night's biggest hit, as Ronald Torreyes laced a run-scoring single to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Torreyes drove home Gary Sanchez with the winning run after Brett Gardner cracked a game-tying solo home run off Matt Bush with one out in the ninth, the right-hander's third blown save in his last five chances. Texas scored the game's first run in the top half of the inning when Elvis Andrus came home on a passed ball.

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Judge makes Yankees fan happy with foul ball

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Judge makes Yankees fan happy with foul ball

Seriously, what can't Aaron Judge do? The Yankees' phenom slugger mashes ridiculous homersbreaks TV screens with his ridiculous homers, makes young fans' dreams come true at their very first game, the list goes on and on and on. 

His latest exploit of awesomeness came during the Yankees' 2-1 extra-inning win over the Rangers on Friday night, and all he had to do was hand somebody a baseball. But by "somebody," we're referring to a young Yankees fan down the right-field line. When he gifted her the ball, she just couldn't believe this was happening to her. 

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Tanaka gets back on track with terrific outing

Right-hander tosses eight scoreless innings vs. Rangers on Friday

Tanaka gets back on track with terrific outing

NEW YORK -- Following the roughest outings of Masahiro Tanaka's season, the ones where fans and the media wondered if the right-hander truly was healthy, the Yankees pointed to a shutout at Fenway Park and a 13-strikeout effort against the A's as evidence that the ace's talent was there.

They have a new example for that list. Matched against fellow Japanese starter Yu Darvish, Tanaka delivered what manager Joe Girardi called "his best performance of the year," blanking the Rangers on two hits over eight innings in the Yankees' 2-1, 10-inning victory on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

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Always on his Toe(s), Torreyes comes up big

With Headley unavailable, utility man stars on defense before notching walk-off hit

Always on his Toe(s), Torreyes comes up big

NEW YORK -- The Yankees considered calling up an infielder on Friday afternoon, worried that Chase Headley might miss the entire weekend while he battles a round of back spasms, but they ultimately decided that Ronald Torreyes' versatility should permit them to get by.

Torreyes did more than that. The utility man contributed a pair of dazzling defensive plays behind Masahiro Tanaka's eight scoreless innings before delivering his first career walk-off hit, a single that lifted New York to a 2-1, 10-inning win over the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

Gregorius dedicates emojis to each Yankee

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Gregorius dedicates emojis to each Yankee

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a strong game on the field, but it turns out he's just as strong in his Twitter game.

With the Yankees tied for first place in the American League East, Gregorius has highlighted his skills in 140 characters or less by designating a set of emojis for each player who has made an impact on this winning team.

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