Gardner letting numbers speak in FV push

Gardner letting numbers speak in FV push

NEW YORK -- The brainstorming sessions started in the Yankees' offices shortly after Brett Gardner was named as one of the five candidates for the American League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on Monday, with officials tossing around some creative ways in which the outfielder could campaign for a ticket to Cincinnati.

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Hard works pays off in All-Star nod for Teixeira

Betances looking forward to being more involved in second Midsummer Classic

Hard works pays off in All-Star nod for Teixeira

NEW YORK -- During his two previous trips to the All-Star Game, Mark Teixeira's favorite part was the clubhouse chatter prior to the actual exhibition, when the best in the business share anecdotes about their experiences and routines. He wasn't sure those conversations would ever include him again.

After two seasons largely lost to injury, Teixeira's health has returned, with his repaired right wrist permitting him to club doubles and homers with regularity. The Yankees' slugger is heading to Cincinnati as a reserve for the July 14 Midsummer Classic, joined by Bombers reliever Dellin Betances and perhaps Final Vote candidate Brett Gardner.

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Returns of Miller, Ellsbury to boost Yankees

Returns of Miller, Ellsbury to boost Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees received a double helping of good news Tuesday, when manager Joe Girardi announced that the club expects to activate Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller on Wednesday for the second of a three-game matchup with the A's.

Ellsbury and Miller's return to the big leagues have been a long time coming, with Ellsbury going on the disabled list May 20 with a right knee sprain, and Miller joining the list on June 10 with a strained left forearm.

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A-Rod takes All-Star results in stride

A-Rod takes All-Star results in stride

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez hoped a trip to Cincinnati would be a cherry on top of an eventful first half that has already seen him return from suspension to pass Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, collect his 3,000th hit and 2,000th RBI, but the Yankees' slugger will instead watch the All-Star Game on television.

"I'm obviously disappointed," Rodriguez said. "It would have been fun to go out and represent the American League, that's for sure. But I know that while serving the suspension, the time off was very good for me. I hope the four days will be, too."

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7/7 always Mickey Mantle day

7/7 always Mickey Mantle day

The seventh day of the seventh month has arrived. For men and women of a certain age, the double digits of the date can prompt at least a thought and probably more about the man who made No. 7 so cool, significant and symbolic. To a man a few years past the date of Social Security eligibility who spent his formative years less than 20 blocks from that Yankee Stadium, the one with all the history, this is Mickey Mantle day. Hail No. 7.

The word day warrants no more than lowercase treatment; no official designation has been declared by anyone in public office. But to a shrinking multitude of folks whose affection for baseball began in the 1950s and who had access to televisions during the Octobers of that wonderful decade, no political pronouncement was or is necessary. This is Mickey's day in any case.

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Gardner an All-Star Final Vote candidate

Gardner an All-Star Final Vote candidate

Brett Gardner has been among the American League's top offensive performers for a good stretch of the first half, and the Yankees' outfielder is hoping to ride that hot streak into his first career All-Star appearance.

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Teixeira, Betances named to AL All-Star team

Teixeira, Betances named to AL All-Star team

The Yankees will not field a starting player in the All-Star Game for the first time since 1999, but right-hander Dellin Betances and first baseman Mark Teixeira have been selected to represent the club at the July 14 Midsummer Classic, to be played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Ellsbury on track to be activated Wednesday

Ellsbury on track to be activated Wednesday

The Yankees are on the verge of getting Jacoby Ellsbury back in their lineup.

Ellsbury, on the disabled list since May 20 with a right knee sprain, is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list for Wednesday's game against Oakland at Yankee Stadium.

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Errors prove costly as Yanks fall to Rays

Errors prove costly as Yanks fall to Rays

NEW YORK -- James Loney, Logan Forsythe and Curt Casali drove in two runs each as the Rays found an offensive spark and capitalized on some Yankees errors in an 8-1 win on Sunday at Yankee Stadium to snap a seven-game losing skid.

Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova and second baseman Jose Pirela both committed costly errors. Nova's error came in the fifth inning, when Asdrubal Cabrera laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Casali, who had doubled. Nova fielded the ball and threw it past third baseman Chase Headley, allowing Casali to score and Cabrera to advance to second. Pirela's double error came in the eighth, when he bobbled a grounder and threw wide to first. The Rays scored four runs in the frame.

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Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Rays were tied in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third and Chris Young to second. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.

"I just yanked the throw," Boxberger said. " ... I should have made that play and I didn't."

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Everything working for Pineda in 10-K start

Yankees righty throws seven scoreless innings against Rays

Everything working for Pineda in 10-K start

NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi and catcher John Ryan Murphy were asked about what had worked for starting pitcher Michael Pineda on Saturday in the Yankees' 3-2 walk-off victory over the Rays.

"Pretty much everything," Girardi said.

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Yanks rally on McCann's walk-off HR in 12th

Yanks rally on McCann's walk-off HR in 12th

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann sent a walk-off three-run homer over the right-field fence in the 12th inning to push the Yankees past the Rays, 7-5, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. It was the Yankees' first walk-off win of the year.

"That would have been an extremely tough game to lose, and I give our guys a ton of credit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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Tanaka takes step forward in latest start

Righty holds Rays to three runs following back-to-back down outings

Tanaka takes step forward in latest start

NEW YORK -- It was a step in the right direction for Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka after back-to-back troublesome outings.

He tossed six solid innings during Friday night's game vs. the Rays, which the Yankees eventually won, 7-5, on Brian McCann's walk-off home run in the 12th inning. Tanaka allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

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Left oblique strain lands Beltran on DL

Yanks option Dugas, recall Flores, Petit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Left oblique strain lands Beltran on DL

NEW YORK -- The Yankees placed outfielder Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a left oblique strain.

Beltran was injured when he fouled off a pitch during Tuesday's game against the Angels, exiting in the fifth inning, and he did not play Wednesday.

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McCann seals Yanks' 1st walk-off of 2015

McCann seals Yanks' 1st walk-off of 2015

NEW YORK -- The fireworks had gone off just moments before, lighting up the pitch black sky over Yankee Stadium in the 12th inning of a divisional battle with the Rays. Brian McCann had seen them during Mark Teixeira's at-bat. But they'd be back after his, too.

The emotions ran high for McCann, who followed Teixeira's plate appearance with a three-run, walk-off blast to right field in the 12th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 7-5 victory and earning himself a Gatorade bath at home plate.

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Sabathia pushed back, to start Wednesday

Yanks lefty fine physically, but will work on some things during 'pen sessions

Sabathia pushed back, to start Wednesday

NEW YORK -- The Yankees decided to give veteran lefty CC Sabathia a few more days off before he makes his next start. Sabathia is now scheduled to pitch next week against the A's, instead of this weekend against the Rays.

That means Sabathia will take the mound Wednesday after eight days of rest, something manager Joe Girardi said will give him the chance to throw extra bullpen sessions to continue to work on his pitches. Sabathia's last start was June 29 against the Angels, when he gave up four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings.

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Fan presents 3,000th hit ball to A-Rod

Yankees donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports

Fan presents 3,000th hit ball to A-Rod

NEW YORK -- Two weeks ago, when he grabbed Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit -- a home run to right field -- there was nothing anyone could say or do to convince Zack Hample to return the ball to Rodriguez and the Yankees.

But in a pregame presentation on Friday, Hample gave the ball to Rodriguez and the Yankees donated $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity that Hample has supported since 2009. Hample also received a signed Rodriguez jersey and bat.

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Tex's pick helps Yanks head home on high note

Tex's pick helps Yanks head home on high note

ANAHEIM -- On a seven-game road trip, the difference between finishing with three victories or five losses is substantial, and first baseman Mark Teixeira's deft glovework might have helped save the Yankees from a long, quiet flight back to New York on Wednesday.

Teixeira's scoop of a one-hop Chase Headley throw bailed the Yankees out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth inning, as left-hander Chasen Shreve continued his excellent run of relief and New York held on for a 3-1 victory over the Angels.

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Yanks, A-Rod resolve statistical bonus matter

Four charities will receive total of $3.5 million

Yanks, A-Rod resolve statistical bonus matter

The Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have resolved the issue regarding bonuses under the provision of his contract related to historic statistical accomplishments.

The two parties agreed that $3.5 million will go to charities. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa and Pitch In For Baseball will receive donations totaling $1 million and the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation will receive $2.5 million.

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Eovaldi quiets Angels as Yankees snap skid

Eovaldi quiets Angels as Yankees snap skid

ANAHEIM -- Nathan Eovaldi tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Garrett Jones smacked a long solo home run off Matt Shoemaker, helping the Yankees avoid a sweep by the Angels with a 3-1 win Wednesday at Angel Stadium. The Yankees stayed within a half-game of the first-place Orioles in the American League East.

Shoemaker pitched a solid game for the Angels, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings, on Chase Headley's RBI single in the third and Jones' homer in the sixth. The Angels had some early opportunities to put runs on the board but couldn't come up with a breakthrough hit -- struggling with runners in scoring position as they had all series -- as they had a four-game winning streak come to an end.

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Eovaldi's 'split' decision is paying dividends

Eovaldi's 'split' decision is paying dividends

ANAHEIM -- The splitter was a last-minute addition to Nathan Eovaldi's arsenal in his final games with the Marlins last September, a pitch he began tinkering with at the suggestion of pitching coach Chuck Hernandez as something to keep hitters more honest.

More than a half-year later, Eovaldi's project seems to be paying dividends. Eovaldi credited that pitch, which complements his fastball, curveball and slider mix, as helping him log his career-high eighth victory in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday.

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Miller might rejoin Yankees before break

Miller might rejoin Yankees before break

ANAHEIM -- Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller threw 20 pitches off a bullpen mound on Wednesday at Angel Stadium, and there is a chance that he could be activated from the disabled list before the All-Star break.

Miller has been on the DL since June 11 with a left flexor forearm muscle strain. The closer is scheduled to play long-toss on Friday and will take the mound again on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, inspiring optimism that he can reclaim his bullpen spot within the next 12 days.

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Marine and his son bring sign to meet A-Rod

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Marine and his son bring sign to meet A-Rod

On July 1, former Gunnery Sergeant Roy McDaniel was at Angel Stadium to take in a baseball game with his son, Deven and Deven's best friend, Charlie. Sergeant McDaniel was a lifelong Cubs fan growing up in Chicago, but has always admired the way that Alex Rodriguez had played the game. He even made a sign the night before hoping that the Yankees All-Star might find his way over to him.

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Nova, Warren have A-Rod feeling optimistic

Nova, Warren have A-Rod feeling optimistic

ANAHEIM -- The Yankees managed just two hits on Tuesday evening, and even though one of them was a long Mark Teixeira homer, they are unlikely to appear on the season highlight reel. However, something else of significance took place at Angel Stadium which might have ramifications the rest of the summer.

Ivan Nova pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and, after running into trouble, was able to hand the ball off and allow Adam Warren to squelch the Angels' rallies. It still resulted in a 2-1 Yankees loss, but Alex Rodriguez said that he loved what he saw.

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Tex's homer isn't enough to back Nova

Tex's homer isn't enough to back Nova

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning Tuesday night to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Yankees at Angel Stadium, clinching a series victory over New York prior to Wednesday's finale.

Mark Teixeira hit a long home run to center field off Angels rookie starter Andrew Heaney, as the Angels struck first in the second inning. But that was all the offense New York could muster against the left-hander, who allowed only one other hit in seven innings en route to his first big league win.

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Judge records first career four-hit game

Yankees No. 2 prospect raises his average as a RailRider from .160 to .276

As Yankees No. 2 prospect (No. 56 overall) Aaron Judge winds down his Minor League career, there are few things he still has yet to accomplish before hitting the big leagues. But he managed to do something he had never done before Tuesday night.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre outfielder had 12 career three-hit games entering the RailRiders' contest with Lehigh Valley. Judge, however, recorded his first career four-hit game against the IronPigs. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs in a 12-8 loss.

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Warren disappointed but ready to help bullpen

Warren disappointed but ready to help bullpen

ANAHEIM -- The numbers never seemed to add up in Adam Warren's favor for a season-long stint in the rotation, and though the Yankees' right-hander was displeased by the decision to move him back to the bullpen, he was not surprised when manager Joe Girardi sat him down for the explanation.

Warren made 14 starts for New York after winning a rotation job in the spring, proving himself to be among the club's more reliable hurlers. Yet, for a variety of reasons, Girardi determined that Warren's services are now needed more in relief, a role that he has also filled with success.

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Yankees turned away by Trout, Angels

Yankees turned away by Trout, Angels

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout did it all on Monday night, turning in a couple of run-saving, highlight-reel catches and clubbing another home run while leading the Angels to a 4-1 win over the Yankees in Southern California.

Trout twice robbed Chris Young of RBI opportunities, helping Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitch six innings of one-run ball. In between, he drove in the winning run with his 20th homer. And in the end, he picked up his first stolen base since May 22.

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