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Mark Feinsand

Torres next in line of Baby Bombers?

Torres next in line of Baby Bombers?

NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres is slated to make his Triple-A debut on Tuesday, leading to an obvious question: Could his Major League debut be too far behind?

Torres, the Yankees' No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, hit .273/.367/.496 with five home runs, 18 RBIs and five stolen bases in 32 games with Double-A Trenton, hitting four of those homers during a five-game stretch last week.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pineda eyes another win vs. Vargas, KC

Pineda eyes another win vs. Vargas, KC

The Royals and Yankees will square off for the second time in a week as they open a four-game set at Yankee Stadium on Monday. New York took two of three in Kansas City last week and will trot out Michael Pineda for the series opener. Left-hander Jason Vargas will counter him on the mound.

Pineda (4-2, 3.42 ERA) defeated the Royals in his last start, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings. Kansas City clubbed two homers -- via Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield -- off the righty in the Yankees' 11-7 win on Wednesday. Pineda has a tendency to work ahead of hitters, throwing 67.6 percent first-pitch strikes since the start of the 2016 season.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis who covered the Royals on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge's defense doesn't rest: 'Awesome play'

4-star catch in 6th preserves 1-run lead, ends up being difference

Judge's defense doesn't rest: 'Awesome play'

ST. PETERSBURG -- Aaron Judge's bat has made plenty of noise this season, but it was the rookie outfielder's defense that had people talking on Sunday afternoon after his game-saving catch robbed the Rays' Evan Longoria in the Yankees' 3-2 victory at Tropicana Field.

With the Yankees leading by that same score in the sixth inning, Judge raced into the right-center-field gap to run down Longoria's drive off reliever Chad Green -- snaring it with a full-extension dive onto the turf -- then relayed it back to the infield as Corey Dickerson was doubled off.

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

Gardner's bat, Judge's glove lead win vs. Rays

Gardner's bat, Judge's glove lead win vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Aaron Judge preserved the lead with a sensational diving catch as the Yankees withstood Chris Archer's season-high 12 strikeouts, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Gardner's second-inning blast was his eighth homer in the past 20 games, exceeding his total for all of 2016. Didi Gregorius had four hits, including a run-scoring single off Archer, who permitted six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings while accepting his second straight loss.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rays on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospect Torres headed to Triple-A

Prospect Torres headed to Triple-A

Yankees uber prospect Gleyber Torres is now just one level away from the big leagues.

The Yanks promoted the 20-year-old shortstop to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, a source told MLB.com on Sunday. The club has not confirmed.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Gleyber Torres's awesome skills make him a top prospect -- but there's something else about him that's just as important

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Over the next few months and years, you're going to be reading a lot about Gleyber Torres, the Venezuelan phenom who this year participated in his first Big League Spring Training. Most of it will be effusive, some will border on wishcasting. Basically every prospect ranking list features Torres right near the top -- both in the Yankees' system and in the game as a whole. The shortstop oozes talent in all facets of the game, and when he represented the club in the Arizona Fall League this past year -- the youngest prospect in the elite circuit -- he came home with MVP honors and even more hype. If you don't know much about Torres yet, you will soon.

Torres is easy to like, he's easy to get behind, and it's comforting, if we're honest, to see what we want to see, to predict great things of this 20-year-old stud. Hyperbole is human.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook, an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solak reaches five times for Tampa Yankees

Solak reaches five times for Tampa Yankees

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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

Sanchez OK after taking foul tip off mask

Sanchez OK after taking foul tip off mask

ST. PETERSBURG -- Gary Sanchez sustained a bruised right jaw, but he said that he felt "fine" a day after having his catcher's mask rattled in Saturday's 9-5 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Sanchez was clipped by Daniel Robertson's foul tip in the sixth inning. Bench coach Rob Thomson and an athletic trainer attended to Sanchez, who needed a few moments to gather himself before continuing the game.

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

Homers, ejections part of rough Yankees loss

Homers, ejections part of rough Yankees loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson homered twice, including a mammoth three-run blast that approached the video board in right field at Tropicana Field, and the Rays chased Masahiro Tanaka early to win their fourth straight, a 9-5 victory over the Yankees on Saturday.

Tanaka was pounded for six runs and nine hits -- including three homers -- in three-plus innings before Yankees manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were ejected in the fifth. Dickerson hit a leadoff homer and Evan Longoria barreled a solo shot in the third inning, his 34th against the Yankees, before Dickerson belted a three-run blast in the fourth.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Girardi gets hands dirty after ejection

Rothschild also tossed for arguing balls and strikes; Rays' Andriese thumbed for hitting Judge

Girardi gets hands dirty after ejection

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi ripped a page out of the old Billy Martin and Lou Piniella playbooks, using his bare hands to cover home plate with dirt after being ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

"Just upset," Girardi said after the Yankees' 9-5 loss. "If I'm going to get tossed for asking about one of my coaches, I might as well get my money's worth."

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

Yankees to 'go back to basics' with Tanaka

Club hopes to simplify adjustments for righty, who's allowed 14 runs over 2 starts

Yankees to 'go back to basics' with Tanaka

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees are going back to the drawing board with Masahiro Tanaka, who at this juncture appears to be further away from an ace-caliber pitcher than he has ever been in his Major League career.

Tanaka was rocked for six runs and nine hits over three-plus innings in the Yankees' 9-5 loss to the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field, serving up three homers -- two to Corey Dickerson, including a tape-measure three-run drive, and one to Yankee nemesis Evan Longoria. Tanaka's ERA stands as a bloated 6.56.

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

Starlin 'really lucky' after collision with Judge

Castro avoids injury despite running into 6-foot-7, 282-pound slugger chasing popup

Starlin 'really lucky' after collision with Judge

ST. PETERSBURG -- Starlin Castro said that he was fortunate to walk away from a "really scary" collision with Aaron Judge in the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Rays on Friday evening, having braced for far worse when the teammates converged on a Daniel Robertson popup in the eighth inning.

Castro and Judge spilled to the turf near the bullpen mounds in right field as the ball landed foul. Both players completed the game, and Judge said that he had no physical issues after the catch, while Castro said that he sustained little more than a large rug burn near his left elbow.

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

Thomson fills in as Yanks' manager for a day

Girardi away to attend daughter's graduation

Thomson fills in as Yanks' manager for a day

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joe Girardi often stresses the importance of family to his players and coaches. The Yankees' manager is practicing what he preaches, handing the reins of his club to bench coach Rob Thomson in order to attend his daughter Serena's high school graduation.

Thomson said that Girardi filled out the lineup card in advance of Friday's series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field, but otherwise there will be no communication with Girardi during the game. The manager is expected to be back on the Yanks' bench for Saturday's game.

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

Yanks fall to Rays despite Holliday's heroics

Yanks fall to Rays despite Holliday's heroics

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria enjoyed another big night against the Yankees, tying his career high with a four-hit performance that included a tiebreaking eighth-inning single, which lifted the Rays to a 5-4 victory on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Longoria's 102 RBIs against the Yankees are the most of any active player against them, and he added to that tally by driving home Derek Norris with a single to left field off Tyler Clippard. It was Longoria's seventh career four-hit game, coming after he began the game in an 0-for-12 skid.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clippard wildness part of tough night for 'pen

Warren allows 3 runs in seventh; veteran loses command before Longoria's go-ahead hit

Clippard wildness part of tough night for 'pen

ST. PETERSBURG -- The game-winning hit was credited to Evan Longoria, who has spent the equivalent of a full season in his career beating up on Yankees pitching, but Tyler Clippard pinpointed the turning point of Friday's 5-4 loss to the Rays a few batters earlier.

The Yankees' right-hander issued a one-out walk to Derek Norris and then lost Kevin Kiermaier to a four-pitch free pass in the eighth inning, an uncharacteristic and untimely lapse in command as the club continues to adjust its relief hierarchy in the wake of Aroldis Chapman's injury.

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

Torres belts grand slam for RailRiders

Torres belts grand slam for RailRiders

Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.

"We got off to a rough start tonight and got down a bunch, but he goes out and hits an opposite-field homer and then the triple," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told MiLB.com. "When he hit it, you really didn't think he'd get three out of it, but he's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.'"

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

Montgomery, bats have tough night in K.C.

Montgomery, bats have tough night in K.C.

KANSAS CITY -- Mike Moustakas clubbed a three-run homer, left-hander Danny Duffy tossed seven shutout innings and the Royals avoided a three-game sweep by the Yankees with a 5-1 win on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Moustakas, who missed most of 2016 with a torn ACL, now has 32 home runs in his last 133 games. He leads the Royals in homers, with 10.

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

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Yankees on Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Montgomery undone by Yanks' misplay

Montgomery undone by Yanks' misplay

KANSAS CITY -- When Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery, there's a note of caution in his voice.

"This is a young kid, and he will go through some growing pains," Girardi said. "We'll have to go through them with him."

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Girardi part of MLB's Competition Committee

Girardi part of MLB's Competition Committee

KANSAS CITY -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi is one of 16 people named to Major League Baseball's revamped Competition Committee.

The Committee includes four managers: Girardi, Buck Showalter of the Orioles, Mike Matheny of the Cardinals and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers. The Committee will study all aspects of the game, which could include more efforts to speed up the pace of the game.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frazier caps big day with Triple-A walk-off

Frazier caps big day with Triple-A walk-off

Cody Reed crossed a pair of accomplishments off his career bucket list on Thursday night with a historic performance for Class A Kane County.

The D-backs' No. 19 prospect fired a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. The nine-inning shutout was the first of Reed's career and the first by a Cougars pitcher since Aug. 31, 2004. It also marked the 20-year-old lefty's second straight scoreless outing after he completed a then-season-high eight frames in his previous turn.

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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.

Hicks sets stage for Yanks with 3-run homer

Hicks sets stage for Yanks with 3-run homer

KANSAS CITY -- Yankees fans are starting to see Aaron Hicks unlock the potential that Twins fans had hoped to see in the recent past.

It never quite clicked for Hicks amid much hype in Minnesota, but the Yanks traded for him and are now seeing a nice dividend on that investment.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees' bats mash with 16-hit attack vs. KC

Yankees' bats mash with 16-hit attack vs. KC

KANSAS CITY -- The surging Yankees offense scored seven or more runs for the fourth straight game, battering Royals pitchers for 16 hits in an 11-7 win on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, his seventh, while Starlin Castro had three hits and Gary Sanchez logged his third straight multi-hit game -- as the Yanks knocked out Royals starter Jason Vargas with a five-run fourth.

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

Robert Falkoff is contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Yankees on Wednesday.

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Mateo hits third homer with Tampa

Mateo hits third homer with Tampa

J.P. Crawford collected a season-high three hits on Wednesday, though none were bigger than the Phillies' top prospect's go-ahead two-run single in the top of the 11th inning that propelled Triple-A Lehigh Valley to its 12th straight victory.

Crawford, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 overall prospect, drove in a run with each of his three knocks, tallying RBI singles in his first two at-bats before coming through in extra innings and finishing with four RBIs (also a season-high) in the IronPigs' 11-8 win over Rochester.

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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 looks #ASGWorthy with pivotal HR

Sanchez looks #ASGWorthy with pivotal HR

KANSAS CITY -- The Yankees' offense has been showing encouraging power and Gary Sanchez may be ready to give it an added boost.

Sanchez, who has been playing catch-up after missing a month because of a right biceps strain, got the Yanks off and running in bigtime fashion on Tuesday night with a three-run homer off Jason Hammel to dead center field, igniting a 7-1 victory over the Royals.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to 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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Mark Feinsand

Yanks a trending team as owners meet

Steinbrenner praises Judge; Sternberg talks ballpark progress

Yanks a trending team as owners meet

NEW YORK -- The Yankees' fast start this season may have caught much of the baseball world by surprise, but not managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, who expected his team to be competitive even after becoming sellers at last year's Trade Deadline.

Steinbrenner lauded the offense, which has thrived through the first 36 games, leading the American League in runs despite missing Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius for most of April and getting virtually nothing out of Greg Bird before he landed on the disabled list on May 2.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.