Yankees see Giants come back for win in 12th

Yankees see Giants come back for win in 12th

NEW YORK -- Presented with a second chance to give the San Francisco Giants an extra-inning lead Saturday, Mac Williamson treated it like a pitch down the middle. He wouldn't let it pass him by.

Williamson drove in both Giants runs, including the go-ahead tally with a 12th-inning single that hastened San Francisco's 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The decision ended the Giants' season-high, six game losing streak and kept them four games ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the National League West.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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

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Extra-inning loss comes at inopportune time

Extra-inning loss comes at inopportune time

NEW YORK -- In the long and storied history of the New York Yankees, there have been plenty of teams described as "unstoppable." And they all have one thing in common: At one point or another, they were, in fact, stopped.

No Major League team has ever finished undefeated, nor has any team ever been expected to. But this season's Yankees may feel the pressure to come close to that. After losing, 2-1, to the Giants in 12 innings Saturday, they fell to 4 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot with the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline now just eight days away.

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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.

Report: Yankees saying Chapman deal close

Report: Yankees saying Chapman deal close

The Yankees are informing other clubs that they are nearing a trade of closer Aroldis Chapman but will hang onto fellow left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported on Saturday night. The club has not confirmed the report.

It's not clear what team could be close to acquiring Chapman, but MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported on Friday that the Nationals had made Chapman their top target ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. MLB Network's Jon Heyman named the Cubs, Giants and Indians as other teams that had been pursuing Chapman.

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Yankees look to spoil Shark's Bronx debut

Yankees look to spoil Shark's Bronx debut

It may be coming a day later than it was expected, but Jeff Samardzija will officially make his Yankee Stadium debut Sunday.

Samardzija was initially scheduled to start Saturday, but had his day on the hill swapped with Saturday's starter, Johnny Cueto, and will thus take the mound Sunday when he and the Giants take on Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees. This gives Samardzija six days' rest coming into the game. In three starts this season with at least that much rest, Samardzija has struggled, posting an ERA of 5.40 and an opponents' OPS of .929.

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Castro's hot bat a direct boost for Yankees

Castro's hot bat a direct boost for Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have made their formula for success in 2016 clear: Get the starter through six innings with a lead, then give the game over to the bullpen.

But it might be time to make a slight amendment to the formula. That strategy is well and good, but there might be a shortcut. Just get Starlin Castro a hit.

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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 stay hot, send Giants to 6th straight loss

Yankees stay hot, send Giants to 6th straight loss

NEW YORK -- The Giants' struggles and the Yankees' surge both continued Friday night as San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford committed an eighth-inning throwing error that helped New York generate the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory. It was San Francisco's season-high sixth consecutive loss.

"Unfortunately, the first half we couldn't be consistent as a team," Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran said after his team won its seventh of their last 10 games and is now 4 1/2 games out of the top spot in the American League Wild Card race. "Now, we feel like we're playing better baseball, so we're happy where we're at. We just need to continue to put up wins and we'll see what happens."

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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

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Beltran shows off defense in win over Giants

Beltran shows off defense in win over Giants

NEW YORK -- For most of the 2016 season, Carlos Beltran's bat has been the lone saving grace for the Yankees' offense.

It's a bat that has driven in a team-high 61 runs. It's a bat that's smacked a team-high 20 home runs and a team-high 20 doubles. It's a bat that has logged a .305 batting average and an .898 OPS, both of which are also team highs. But in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Giants on Friday night, it wasn't Beltran's bat that led the Yankees to victory. It was his glove.

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Yankees 'pen hiccups, but Chapman seals it

Yankees 'pen hiccups, but Chapman seals it

NEW YORK -- As Trevor Brown scurried across home plate, the pocket of fans clad in Giants orange at Yankee Stadium erupted Friday night. Yankees manager Joe Girardi looked on from the dugout, his hands resting over the guardrail and his face bearing no expression. His plans had been squandered.

Masahiro Tanaka had thrown just 83 pitches through six scoreless innings, but Girardi pulled him before the seventh in favor of Dellin Betances. The Yankees claimed the 3-2 win in the series opener, but not before a pair of rare slipups from Betances and Andrew Miller, in the seventh and eighth, respectively, left the game's outcome in jeopardy.

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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.

Sabathia, Nova diverge on desire to swing bat

Sabathia, Nova diverge on desire to swing bat

NEW YORK -- This season, the average Major League pitcher is hitting .132.

So it almost never comes as a surprise when a National League ballclub elects to use a designated hitter when it visits an American League park, as the Giants will Friday night. But Friday is one of those rare situations that a team is questioned for not factoring its pitcher into the lineup with Giants star Madison Bumgarner and his 13 career home runs on the mound.

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CC inconsistent as Yanks' streak snapped by O's

CC inconsistent as Yanks' streak snapped by O's

NEW YORK -- Chris Tillman worked seven strong innings, J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a pair of runs and the Orioles snapped their four-game losing streak -- and New York's four-game winning streak -- with a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Tillman (14-2) scattered four hits, walking two and striking out seven as he won his fourth consecutive start, again holding the opponent to exactly one run. Baltimore improved to 10-0 in games that the right-hander has started against the American League East this season.

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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.

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

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Girardi: Sticking with CC in 7th was right call

Girardi: Sticking with CC in 7th was right call

NEW YORK -- Sticking with CC Sabathia against the top of the Orioles' order in the seventh inning was an easy gamble for Joe Girardi, who decided to trust the big left-hander with the game on the line. Even though it didn't work out, the Yankees manager doesn't believe it was the wrong call.

Pitching on his 36th birthday, Sabathia's 97th and final pitch was served into right field by Jonathan Schoop, landing safely for a two-run double. Baltimore held on for a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, snapping New York's four-game winning streak.

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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.

Green back on Yankees' staff; role TBD

Green back on Yankees' staff; role TBD

NEW YORK -- Chad Green's rookie season has been an interesting one.

His time spent in the Minors has been spectacular, where he's the Triple-A International League's leader in both ERA (1.41) and WHIP (0.90). But his time in the Majors has been complicated, as he's been asked to wear a variety of different hats. He's started, he's worked out of the bullpen, and he's even been asked to hit a couple of times.

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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.

After growing up Red Sox fan, Finley embracing pinstripes

Yankees' No. 15 prospect looking forward to what lies ahead in New York's system

After growing up Red Sox fan, Finley embracing pinstripes

Most 20-year-olds are still in college, trying to decide what to do with their lives beyond those four years. But Drew Finley isn't like most 20-year-olds.

Finley's life has always revolved around baseball. Whether it was the baseball games he participated in or the various Spring Training camps he attended with his father, it was always nonstop baseball, and it still is nonstop.

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

Headley returns to Yanks after personal leave

Headley returns to Yanks after personal leave

NEW YORK -- After being scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday for personal reasons, Yankees third baseman Chase Headley returned to Thursday, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of the team's 4-1 loss to Baltimore.

In a somber tone, Headley explained his nearly two-game absence after the game.

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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.

Didi kicks the ball around with NYCFC's David Villa

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Didi kicks the ball around with NYCFC's David Villa

Didi Gregorius is a man of many talents -- Yankees shortstop, painter, friend to man and emoji. On Wednesday, though, Gregorius added yet another line to his business card: international soccer sensation. 

The new Yankee Stadium might be the House That Jeter Built, but the Yanks aren't the only ones playing in the Bronx -- the park also serves as the home of NYCFC of MLS, who have won five of their last six and now lead the Eastern Conference. Realizing the importance of occasional bonding between roommates -- and that real must always recognize real -- Gregorius took some time to hang out with the club's star striker, David Villa. And as it turns out ... he's pretty good himself.

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Adams among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Adams among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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

Backed by HRs, Pineda, Yanks blank Orioles

Backed by HRs, Pineda, Yanks blank Orioles

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda's electric slider produced eight strikeouts, Mark Teixeira homered in his return to the lineup and the Yankees posted their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday, a 5-0 decision over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. 

Pineda blanked Baltimore in a 113-pitch effort, limiting their depleted batting order to five hits and two walks as he picked up his first victory since June 7. Teixeira provided support against O's starter Yovani Gallardo, slugging his eighth homer in the fourth inning and working a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.

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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.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Yankees Magazine: The many faces of Masahiro Tanaka

When the Yankees' affable ace opens up about his journey from childhood to fatherhood, the reasons behind his lasting pursuit of greatness come into view

Yankees Magazine: The many faces of Masahiro Tanaka

There are two sides of Masahiro Tanaka. The one that's most visible is the fiercely competitive, all-business pitcher who shows up on game day locked in and ready to win. He's the guy who thrives in the spotlight, the one who Manager Joe Girardi trusts with the ball in the biggest spots.

"He's a guy that is so professional," said teammate Ivan Nova. "He just has a really good idea of what he's doing --"

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Nathan Maciborski is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the July issue of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Call to action: Beltran's crafty bunt a message

Two games above .500 for first time since April 12, Yanks know they need to capitalize on every opportunity

Call to action: Beltran's crafty bunt a message

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran squinted down the third-base line and saw nothing but daylight. His reaction was to square up for a perfect bunt single, sending a message rippling through the Yankees' dugout: With their season already on the line, they must take advantage of every opportunity.

Beltran's smart sixth-inning play helped create a run in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday, which vaulted New York to match its season high-water mark of two games over .500. It's a neighborhood they haven't visited since April 12, after the season's sixth 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Electric slider favors Pineda in big moments

Taking more calm approach, Yankees starter relies on pitch to escape jams

Electric slider favors Pineda in big moments

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda has a bit of a reputation for talking to himself when he's on the mound.

So when Pineda found himself in a bases-loaded jam with a one-run lead and one out in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night, it should come as no surprise that he resorted to his old habit. But unlike in the past, when he's yelled at himself or thrown verbal jabs to challenge himself, Pineda took a soothing approach.

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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.

Teixeira goes deep in return to Yanks' lineup

After missing three games due to foul ball off foot, first baseman expects production to improve with health

Teixeira goes deep in return to Yanks' lineup

NEW YORK -- Having missed three games after fouling a ball off his left foot Saturday afternoon, Mark Teixeira was back in the lineup for the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night, playing first base and hitting fifth.

Teixeira quickly made his presence felt, clubbing a solo home run, his eighth of the season, in his second at-bat to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. He then coaxed a bases-loaded walk for his 600th RBI as a Yankee in the sixth to make it 3-0.

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Sanchez among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Dodgers pitching prospects each rack up double-digit K's in strong starts

Sanchez among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.

De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the Top 100, yielded four hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to pace Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of Tacoma. The 23-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk in the outing, as he demonstrated exemplary command of his arsenal by throwing 80 of his 105 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.

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Yankees' trade plans becoming less clear

Yankees' trade plans becoming less clear

Those hoping for the spectacle of a fire sale by the New York Yankees will have to take a deep breath and, at the very least, wait a while.

Wednesday night, the Yankees turned in their third straight victory over the Orioles by the score of 5-0. What had been an 8 1/2-game deficit in the American League East became merely a six-game deficit.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Urban Youth Academy to be built at Clemente Park

Manfred, Minaya, A-Rod help unveil plans for new ballfields in Bronx

Urban Youth Academy to be built at Clemente Park

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball and the state of New York joined together Wednesday to push youth baseball into the next generation.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, Omar Minaya of the Major League Baseball Players Association and Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez visited Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. They were joined by politicians such as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and New York State commissioner of parks and recreation Rose Harvey to announce plans to renovate and build up baseball's presence at the park named for one of the game's most legendary players. Major League Baseball will donate $4 million to build a new Urban Youth Academy, also named for Clemente, and the New York State government will add $5 million to help build baseball and softball fields at the park.

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

Shining Starlin's 4 RBIs lead Yanks over O's

Shining Starlin's 4 RBIs lead Yanks over O's

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are doing everything they can to keep the band together. With trade speculation swirling throughout the Bronx, Starlin Castro homered and drove in four runs to lead New York to its third straight victory, a 7-1 decision over the division-leading Orioles on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Castro hit a two-run shot, his 11th, off Baltimore starter Vance Worley in the second inning and contributed a two-run double facing reliever Odrisamer Despaigne in the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury also had a run-scoring single and Chase Headley hit a two-run homer, his ninth, in the eighth inning.

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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.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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The great escape: Swarzak works key relief

Righty, 1st baseman Refsnyder help Yanks out of bases-loaded jam in 6th

The great escape: Swarzak works key relief

NEW YORK -- The box score credits the victory to Nathan Eovaldi and his 5 1/3 innings of work, but the biggest outs Tuesday evening for the Yankees were recorded by Anthony Swarzak, who extinguished a bases-loaded, one-out jam with the Major Leagues' leading home run hitter at the plate.

Righty Swarzak coaxed sixth-inning popouts from Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop, then worked two more perfect innings to help preserve the Yankees' third straight victory, a 7-1 decision over the Orioles that moved New York a game above the break-even mark at 47-46.

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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 keep focus amid trade rumors

Chapman, Miller and Beltran among New York players drawing interest

Yankees keep focus amid trade rumors

NEW YORK -- It has been speculated that several Yankees may be wearing different uniforms in the next two weeks, but that uncertainty doesn't seem to have affected the vibe in the clubhouse, where the latest trade rumors have been regularly greeted with shrugs.

It most definitely did not appear to be a factor for Aroldis Chapman, who clocked 105.1 mph with his fastball in Monday's 2-1 victory over the Orioles, securing his 19th save in 20 chances. Should the Yanks decide to sell in advance of the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Chapman is viewed as one of their most attractive pieces to move.

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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.