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.

Pineda aiming for series win in rubber game

Pineda aiming for series win in rubber game

Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez is set to take the mound on Sunday near his old stomping grounds. The right-hander played college ball at Fordham University, where he was mostly an infielder.

Martinez (2-3, 4.33 ERA) will face off with Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.56 ERA) in the final game of a three-game series at 2:05 p.m. ET, which will follow the Yankees' Old Timers' Day. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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Matthew Martell 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.

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.

Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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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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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Matthew Martell 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.

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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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.

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

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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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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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.

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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Yanks lose lead, game after 3 errors

Yanks lose lead, game after 3 errors

NEW YORK -- Albert Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single as the Angels took advantage of a sloppy exhibition by the Yankees' defense, overcoming Aaron Judge's Major League-leading 25th homer with nine unanswered runs in a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro flubbed Cameron Maybin's potential double-play ball to set up a four-run Angels seventh. Kole Calhoun lifted a sac fly before Maybin stole second, advancing on an errant throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. Pujols then rifled a Dellin Betances fastball into right field for the go-ahead knock.

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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.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Young fan at 1st game goes crazy for Judge HR

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Young fan at 1st game goes crazy for Judge HR

Aaron Judge is doing everything he can to entertain visitors at Yankee Stadium this year, and it's bringing forth a new generation of Baby Bomber fanatics.

One such fan is Massimo Greco, who is just two weeks shy of turning 5 years old. In anticipation of his birthday (as well as his mother and brother's), the family went to the Yankees' game on Thursday night against the Angels.

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Tough time for D extends Yanks' tough stretch

Tough time for D extends Yanks' tough stretch

NEW YORK -- There was some unusual spin on Cameron Maybin's grounder as it rocketed toward Starlin Castro in the seventh inning on Thursday, though the Yankees second baseman said that he was immediately preparing to turn a double play. At the very least, he should get one out.

But he got none, as the ball shot past him into right field for the first of a season-high three Yankees errors in a 10-5 loss to the Angels.

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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.

Adams lights-out again for RailRiders

Adams lights-out again for RailRiders

After a long wait to begin his professional career, Brandon Marsh is showing just what all the hype was about.

The Angels' No. 3 prospect continued his torrid start on Thursday as he connected on his first pro homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 effort for Rookie-level Orem. He tallied four RBIs and scored three runs in the contest, a 13-8 victory over Ogden.

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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.

Bird's plans in the air after cortisone injection

Bird's plans in the air after cortisone injection

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Greg Bird received a cortisone shot on Tuesday to relieve inflammation in his right ankle, but much of the details regarding his next step are unknown. Bird will resume baseball activities following a three- to five-day rest period, which is the amount of time is should take for the shot to reduce the swelling in the ankle.

"He'll go back to rehab and start playing games and try to get his bat going," said manager Joe Girardi, though he wasn't sure if Bird's rehab assignment would be with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or Double-A Trenton.

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Matthew Martell 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.

Aroldis (fastest pitch of '17) snaps NY's skid

Aroldis (fastest pitch of '17) snaps NY's skid

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday homered, Austin Romine collected three hits and closer Aroldis Chapman put an exclamation point on the end of the Yankees' season-high seven-game skid on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, closing out an 8-4 victory over the Angels with a 102.9-mph pitch. The fastball that struck out Eric Young Jr. was the fastest pitch in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™, and moved New York back into first place in the American League East.

Gregorius put New York on the board with a two-run homer in the second inning and Holliday drilled a solo homer in the fifth off Ricky Nolasco, who was charged with five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The losing streak was the Yanks' longest since April 2007, but Gregorius said there was no panic in the clubhouse.

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

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Reliable Green earning bigger outs for Yanks

Reliable Green earning bigger outs for Yanks

NEW YORK -- Entering this season, the Yankees envisioned the back end of their bullpen being anchored by Dellin Betances and closer Aroldis Chapman, with Tyler Clippard working the seventh inning.

But with Clippard's recent struggles and reliever Adam Warren on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the Yankees might increasingly do what they did in Wednesday night's 8-4 win over the Angels: Insert Chad Green in more high-leverage situations ahead of Betances and Chapman.

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Solak collects four hits for Tampa

Solak collects four hits for Tampa

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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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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Richard Justice

Judge, Bellinger show MLB is in good hands

Judge, Bellinger show MLB is in good hands

Aaron Judge homered for the Yankees on one coast on Tuesday, Cody Bellinger for the Dodgers on the other. Maybe this is how our summer is going to play out with these two amazing rookies taking an entire sport along for a magical ride.

This was the eighth time they've homered on the same day this season, and they're atop the Major League leaderboard with 24 and 22.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Game becomes a family affair for Negron

Son of longtime Yankees employee drafted by Braves

Game becomes a family affair for Negron

NEW YORK -- Ray Negron has been with the Yankees for 44 years. He started as a batboy and has grown into one of the club's most trusted community relations advisors. He writes columns on the side and hosts a radio show for ESPN Deportes.

Now Negron is taking on one of his most important roles: as agent and advisor to his son, Ricky, a power-hitting third baseman who was selected earlier this month by the Braves in the 34th round of the MLB Draft.

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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.

Judge, Sanchez HRs not enough vs. Halos

Judge, Sanchez HRs not enough vs. Halos

NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin's go-ahead home run off Tyler Clippard triggered yet another implosion by the struggling Yankees bullpen, helping lift the Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium and extending New York's season-high losing streak to seven games.

Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring triple and Luis Valbuena hit a late homer as the Angels scored five unanswered runs off Yankees relievers, notching their first victory in The Bronx since April 25, 2014, to snap a nine-game losing streak at the 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.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Clippard's struggles factor in Yankees' skid

Clippard's struggles factor in Yankees' skid

NEW YORK -- Tyler Clippard's recent woes reached a new low point Tuesday night when he allowed three runs and recorded only one out in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 8-3 loss to the Angels.

Poor pitch selection and poor execution, Clippard said, were the source of his struggles, which started when Cameron Maybin hit a go-ahead home run on the second pitch -- a changeup -- that Clippard threw.

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Mark Feinsand

Options abound for Yanks on trade market

GM Cashman must decide whether to make push for postseason or build for future

Options abound for Yanks on trade market

The Yankees' season has been something of a fairy tale, with their combination of veterans and Baby Bombers combining for a surprising start that has had them atop the American League East for most of 2017.

Last week was the first true hiccup for manager Joe Girardi's club, which followed up a six-game winning streak with a similar skid, dropping six straight to finish a nightmarish 1-6 West Coast swing.

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Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge holding court on ballot, wants company

Judge holding court on ballot, wants company

NEW YORK -- Yankees phenom Aaron Judge remains the American League's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, but a few of his teammates could use a boost if they are to join the rookie slugger at the Midsummer Classic.

Judge has tallied 2,631,284 votes through the fourth checkpoint, as announced on Tuesday by Major League Baseball, and is closing the gap on the Nationals' Bryce Harper (2,827,330) for the highest vote total overall. Judge leads the Majors with 23 home runs and paces the AL with a .335 batting average entering play on Tuesday.

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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.