No support for CC; Yanks miss WC opportunity

No support for CC; Yanks miss WC opportunity

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista has rediscovered his power stroke, and the Blue Jays will hope to ride it all the way into the postseason.

Bautista came through in a big moment yet again on Saturday with a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Toronto a 3-0 victory over the Yankees. It was Bautista's second home run in his last three games, after he also hit a tying ninth-inning home run vs. Seattle on Wednesday.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Girardi: CC 'pitched really well' vs. Jays

Girardi: CC 'pitched really well' vs. Jays

TORONTO -- With the Yankees looking to improve their standing in the American League Wild Card race, CC Sabathia gave his club everything it could ask for, and more, throwing seven sparkling innings of four-hit shutout ball to keep a sold-out Rogers Centre crowd as quiet as possible in the Yankees' 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Sabathia's outings have served as a reminder of the vintage workhorse Sabathia has been throughout his career, and although the veteran lefty no longer possesses overpowering stuff, his ability to provide length and pitch big innings have aided a young Yankees ballclub navigating through a tight postseason race.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees turn to Pineda as WC chase continues

Yankees turn to Pineda as WC chase continues

Both the Blue Jays and Yankees continue to battle in the chase for an American League Wild Card spot as the two teams will play the third game of their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Toronto remains in possession of the top Wild Card spot. The Yankees still have Wild Card hopes, but they must jump over three teams, as they are sixth in the Wild Card chase for two spots.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lindsay Berra

Jeter pays surprise visit to kids at NYC Baseball Clinic

Former Yankees captain stresses importance of passion, hard work

Jeter pays surprise visit to kids at NYC Baseball Clinic

NEW YORK -- Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned to the field at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Queens on Saturday morning to the utter delight of 100 children from all five boroughs of New York.

The event was Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation's 17th annual New York City Baseball Clinic, a two-day program designed to teach baseball fundamentals and important life lessons. Jeter's appearance was a surprise for the children, and he took the opportunity to pass on what he feels is his most important message.

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

Vote Sanchez for Best Rookie in Esurance MLB Awards

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote Sanchez for Best Rookie in Esurance MLB Awards

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five groups, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters and fans like you at MLB.com.

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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.

Headley, Tex rest due to lingering ailments

Headley, Tex rest due to lingering ailments

TORONTO -- With the Yankees' postseason chase nearing the final week of the season, a pair of veterans were notably absent from the starting lineup in the 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Manager Joe Girardi kept third baseman Chase Headley out of the lineup, saying Headley has not looked "100 percent" in recent days. Headley aggravated his back during last weekend's series against the Red Sox and missed three consecutive games. The 32-year-old returned to the lineup on Thursday and went 0-for-7 over the past two contests.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks' September swoon due to struggling bats

Club falls 4 games back of Wild Card spot with 2nd straight shutout loss

Yanks' September swoon due to struggling bats

TORONTO -- The Yankees have been one of the Cinderella stories in the season's second half, but a costly September slide has been headlined by a scuffling offense, which struggled again on Friday evening at Rogers Centre.

New York dropped its seventh game over its past nine contests, 9-0 to the Blue Jays, and dropped four games back of the Tigers in the hunt for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks fall 4 back of Wild Card spot with loss

Yanks fall 4 back of Wild Card spot with loss

TORONTO -- After Francisco Liriano's six shutout innings preserved a narrow lead, the Blue Jays' previously struggling offense erupted for four runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth en route to a 9-0 win over the Yankees on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays, who had been averaging 3.6 runs per game in September coming into the night, retained their one-game lead for the top American League Wild Card spot over the Tigers, who defeated the Royals. The loss officially eliminated the Yankees from contention for the AL East title and dropped them four games behind the Tigers for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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John Lott is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Yankees on Friday.

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Girardi not expecting Starlin back in Toronto

Girardi not expecting Starlin back in Toronto

TORONTO -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he's not expecting second baseman Starlin Castro to return to the lineup during New York's four-game weekend series in Toronto.

Castro has been out since sustaining a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring on Saturday at Fenway Park.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees know they must win '11 out of 10'

'Baby Bombers' share a laugh before prepping for key Toronto series

Yankees know they must win '11 out of 10'

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Yankees came off the field on Thursday, their rookies quickly discovered lockers that had been tampered with. Their clothes had been hidden for the charter flight to Toronto, replaced with true "Baby Bombers" outfits that came complete with fuzzy footie pajamas and bonnets.

So the Yanks had a few laughs as newcomers like Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin and Luis Cessa curiously eyed the onesies they would be wearing through Canadian customs. Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Rays removed some of the fun, but a loose attitude can only help in the face of what manager Joe Girardi called "the biggest series of the year."

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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.

Lost chances at Trop stunt Yanks' progress

Lost chances at Trop stunt Yanks' progress

ST. PETERSBURG -- Blake Snell hurled five effective innings and Corey Dickerson homered, helping the Rays put another dent in the Yankees' postseason hopes with a 2-0 victory on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.

Brad Miller drove in the game's first run to help Tampa Bay take the finale of this three-game series with New York, which fell to three games back -- with four teams to jump -- in the chase for the second American League Wild Card berth. That spot is now held by the Tigers, who won both ends of a doubleheader at Minnesota on Thursday.

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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.

Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Rays on Thursday.

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'Slight' forearm strain costs Tanaka next start

'Slight' forearm strain costs Tanaka next start

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees announced before Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Rays that they will skip Masahiro Tanaka's next scheduled start after the American League's ERA leader underwent an MRI exam that revealed a small flexor mass strain in his right forearm.

Tanaka complained of some tightness following his start on Wednesday, during which he served up a career-high four home runs in an 11-5 victory over the Rays. Tanaka's next start was to come on Monday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

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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.

Yanks trade veteran reliever Coke to Pirates

Yanks trade veteran reliever Coke to Pirates

The Yankees completed a Minor League deal on Thursday, trading veteran left-hander Phil Coke to the Pirates for cash considerations.

Coke, 34, last pitched in the Majors for the Yankees in the beginning of May, when he allowed five runs over six relief innings. Since then, Coke has pitched for New York's Triple-A affiliate at Scranton-Wilkes Barre, where he posted a 5-3 record and a 3.20 ERA in 23 appearances (11 starts) during the International League regular 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.

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Yanks gain in WC as Sanchez swats 2 HRs

Yanks gain in WC as Sanchez swats 2 HRs

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees have taken to crowding the top step of their dugout every time Gary Sanchez grabs a bat, well aware that they may witness something historic at any given moment. The slugging rookie did not disappoint on Wednesday.

Sanchez homered for a fourth consecutive game, clearing the fences twice and driving in a career-high five runs in leading the Yankees to an 11-5 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Sanchez became the quickest player to reach 19 home runs, doing so in his 45th big league game.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Hal Bodley

Sanchez keeping Yankees' playoff hopes alive

Rookie's heroics has Bronx Bombers within 2 1/2 games of AL Wild Card spot

Sanchez keeping Yankees' playoff hopes alive

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees limped out of Fenway Park late Sunday night, stunned in four games by the streaking Red Sox, and with three of their key players hurt.

Just five days before, the Yankees were the talk of American League East, suddenly in the mix for an AL Wild Card berth after being completely written off for 2016. Powered by rookie sensation Gary Sanchez, they'd won eight of 11 games, including seven in a row from Sept 4-10. Orioles skipper Buck Showalter said New York had become the most dreaded team in the division this month.

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Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers, is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Preparation was key to Mo's success

Legendary Yankees closer depended on planning as much as stuff during career

Preparation was key to Mo's success

Even now, three years after his retirement from baseball, it's hard not to think of Mariano Rivera, both in New York and around the Major Leagues.

When the suggestion arose that Orioles closer Zach Britton should win this season's American League Cy Young Award, the name of the greatest closer of all-time inevitably accompanied it as a caution: "But Mariano never won."

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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.

Sanchez fastest to 19 career HRs: 45 games

Yankees' rookie sensation goes deep twice, homering in his fourth straight game

Sanchez fastest to 19 career HRs: 45 games

ST. PETERSBURG -- If this were a video game, the opponents would be certain that Gary Sanchez had snuck in a cheat code to make every pitch look like a grapefruit down the center of home plate.

This is real life, though, and the best pitchers in the world still have yet to find a consistent way to get Sanchez out. The 23-year-old rookie homered twice and drove in five runs on Wednesday, leading the Yankees to an 11-5 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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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.

Butler fitting in with Yanks, open to '17 return

Butler fitting in with Yanks, open to '17 return

ST. PETERSBURG -- The thought of sitting out for the rest of the year crossed Billy Butler's mind as the highway miles rolled past last week, traveling to his in-law's home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Without regular at-bats under his belt, the 10-year veteran was not sure if he was ready to help a team.

His cell phone buzzed as he reached the driveway, and it didn't take long for Butler to be convinced that he wanted to be a Yankee. As Butler recalled on Wednesday, it was the excitement that he heard in the voices of manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman that tipped his decision.

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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.

8 insane facts to put Sanchez's start in perspective

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8 insane facts to put Sanchez's start in perspective

Unless you've spent the past couple of months under a rock which was flung into outer space and promptly swallowed by Iggy Iguana, you no doubt know about Yankees catcher and rookie demigod Gary Sanchez. In case all of those things somehow did happen to you here's a quick summation: Gary Sanchez hits home runs.

Notice we didn't say, "Gary Sanchez hits home runs frequently, while also doing many other things." That would be inaccurate. Sanchez hits home runs, all day, every day, and Wednesday was no different: He blasted homers No. 18 and 19 during New York's 11-5 win against the Rays, finishing the night 3-for-4 with a walk and five RBIs.

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Lindsay Berra

Torre: Baseball after 9/11 had added purpose

Former Yankees manager speaks at World Trade Center site

Torre: Baseball after 9/11 had added purpose

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre remembers that morning as vividly as every other American. He was manager of the Yankees, and his club had been rained out the day before.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, Torre was scheduled to attend a charity luncheon, then open a three-game series with the White Sox. Roger Clemens was slated to pitch, poised to log his 20th victory of the season. The TV wasn't on as Torre was getting ready, so he was startled when the driver who was picking him up called and said he guessed the event was cancelled. He told Torre to turn on the TV.

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

Go-ahead Gary: Rookie powers Yanks vs. TB

Go-ahead Gary: Rookie powers Yanks vs. TB

ST. PETERSBURG -- Gary Sanchez's increasingly convincing candidacy for the American League Rookie of the Year Award kept the Yankees' postseason dream alive for another day.

Sanchez slugged a three-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning, lifting the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Mark Teixeira also homered and Brett Gardner drove home a run for the Yankees, who snapped a five-game losing streak. The Yankees are now 3 1/2 games back for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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Pineda's 11-K outing helps set winning tone

Rookie catcher Sanchez guides righty through strong start

Pineda's 11-K outing helps set winning tone

ST. PETERSBURG -- By the time the Yankees grabbed the lead in the seventh inning on Tuesday, Michael Pineda had found a spot on a couch in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field, cooling down from an 11-strikeout performance that was his best in some time.

Wouldn't you know it? Not only did Gary Sanchez rescue his team with his three-run homer off Brad Boxberger, lifting them to a 5-3 victory, but the Yanks believe that the 23-year-old rookie catcher deserved some credit for guiding Pineda through the Rays' lineup.

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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.

Sanchez keeps up 'amazing' run with 17th HR

Rookie ties Berger of 1930 Braves for most home runs through 44 games

Sanchez keeps up 'amazing' run with 17th HR

ST. PETERSBURG -- Surely, there were pitchers in 1927 who could not wait to test their skills against Babe Ruth, who went to battle against Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961, or who grumbled on a nightly basis when their club was handing out intentional walks to Barry Bonds in 2001.

In that vein, you almost have to admire Brad Boxberger, who was given the option of facing either Sanchez or Billy Butler in the seventh inning on Tuesday. Boxberger chose the hot-hitting rookie, who bashed a three-run homer that lifted the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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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.

Montgomery lifts RailRiders to first Triple-A National Championship

Yankees No. 19 prospect allows 1 run in 5+ innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Montgomery lifts RailRiders to first Triple-A National Championship

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won plenty of games this season, but it was the 98th victory that officially gave them the title of champions.

The RailRiders captured their first national championship with a 3-1 win over El Paso in the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night in Memphis, Tenn.

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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.

Refsnyder division winner for Man of Year Award

Refsnyder division winner for Man of Year Award

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rob Refsnyder has seen the word "overachieve" as an embodiment of the drive for success that has allowed him to reach the Major Leagues with the Yankees. As a result of his charitable outreach in the Tampa Bay area, it now means much more.

Using that phrase, Refsnyder partnered with Athletes Brand to design a T-shirt that benefits A Kid's Place, an organization that works to provide stability and care for children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

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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.

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Phil Rogers

McCovey makes Sanchez's Rookie of Year case real

1959 NL winner was unanimous choice despite playing in only 52 games

McCovey makes Sanchez's Rookie of Year case real

Gary Sanchez may not know much about Willie McCovey. But between now and November, he's sure to learn a lot.

Having emerged as the most productive newcomer during his 48-day stay with the Yankees, Sanchez should have a new favorite player when American League Rookie of the Year Award ballots are cast at the end of the regular season.

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

Tex will be honored in Yankees' season finale

Tex will be honored in Yankees' season finale

The Yankees will honor retiring first baseman Mark Teixeira before their Oct. 2 regular-season finale against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.

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