McCann homers again, but Yanks fall to A's

McCann homers again, but Yanks fall to A's

OAKLAND -- A four-run third inning backed A's ace Sonny Gray, who did his part by completing eight solid innings in a 6-2 victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Friday night, securing Oakland its second straight win.

Gray fired four no-hit innings, before Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit his fourth home run in as many games to lead off the fifth. Shortstop Didi Gregorius doubled off Gray and scored in the sixth, but that's all the right-hander would allow, while maintaining the American League's best ERA, at 1.82.

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Tanaka to be activated for Wednesday's start

Yankees ace 'feeling good,' set to return from right wrist tendinitis, forearm strain

Tanaka to be activated for Wednesday's start

OAKLAND -- Masahiro Tanaka will be activated from the disabled list and has been scheduled to start against the Mariners in Seattle on Wednesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday.

Tanaka flew to join the club following his second Minor League rehabilitation start Wednesday at Pawtucket for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and said that he feels healthy after spending the last month on the disabled list.

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Yanks need Tanaka to resume ace status

Club leads AL East despite inconsistent rotation

Yanks need Tanaka to resume ace status

OAKLAND -- The New York Yankees are sitting atop the American League East.

The position, however, is precarious.

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

Headley puzzled by defensive woes

Yanks third baseman leads Majors with 11 errors

Headley puzzled by defensive woes

OAKLAND -- The theory of a defensive slump is one that Chase Headley subscribes to, though the Yankees third baseman can't explain why there is one dogging him at the hot corner.

Headley allowed a Ben Zobrist chopper to go through his legs Friday, opening the door for a four-run Athletics third inning in the Yanks' 6-2 loss at the Coliseum. It marked Headley's 11th error, just two shy of his single-season career high.

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Heathcott to DL with strained right quad

Yankees rookie center fielder likely out close to month

Heathcott to DL with strained right quad

OAKLAND -- A week that started with Slade Heathcott celebrating his first career big league hit will conclude with the rookie outfielder heading to the disabled list, thanks to a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps.

Heathcott picked up six hits in his first 17 at-bats (.353) after being summoned from the Minors to fill in for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury, and will be replaced on the active roster by outfielder Ramon Flores, who should be in Oakland on Saturday.

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Yanks look to get back on track behind Eovaldi

Yanks look to get back on track behind Eovaldi

The A's and Yankees will meet Saturday in the third game of a four-game set at the Coliseum.

Right-hander Jesse Hahn will start for the A's, looking to turn in another strong outing after his four-hit shutout of the Tigers on Monday. Hahn has pitched at least five innings in every start this season.

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Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CC lets lead slip away as Yanks fall to A's

CC lets lead slip away as Yanks fall to A's

OAKLAND -- Billy Burns and Brett Lawrie homered, and the A's posted a pair of runs in the seventh inning to break ahead and claim a 5-4 series-opening victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Thursday evening.

Lawrie wiped away a two-run Yankees lead in the sixth with a two-run home run off left-hander CC Sabathia, who allowed eight hits in six-plus innings and was charged with all five runs, and the A's went ahead in the seventh when Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk against right-hander David Carpenter.

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A-Rod ties Bonds for 2nd on RBI list

Yanks slugger: It's 'special' to catch friend at 1,996

A-Rod ties Bonds for 2nd on RBI list

OAKLAND -- Alex Rodriguez drove in the 1,996th run of his career on Thursday, tying Barry Bonds for second place on baseball's all-time RBI list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rodriguez lifted a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to center field off Athletics starter Kendall Graveman, driving home Brett Gardner with the Yankees' third run of the evening in a 5-4 loss.

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CC regrets pitches to Burns, Lawrie

Given three-run cushion, Yankees lefty's struggles at Coliseum continue

CC regrets pitches to Burns, Lawrie

OAKLAND -- When CC Sabathia walked off the mound at the end of the third inning, having rung up back-to-back strikeouts to extricate himself from a bases-loaded, one-out jam, the Yankees left-hander wanted to believe that it would be a turning point.

It was an impressive display, but it wound up representing another tease as Sabathia was tagged with his seventh loss of the season, handed the decision on the wrong end of the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the A's at the Coliseum.

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A-Rod safe at home on overturned call

Yankees DH: 'That looked like Shaquille O'Neal coming out of a pick'

A-Rod safe at home on overturned call

OAKLAND -- Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez grazed home plate with his left hand, evading a tag from Athletics catcher Josh Phegley to score from second base on a single in a video-reviewed play Thursday night at the Coliseum.

Rodriguez's athletic play delivered the Yankees' second run in a 5-4 loss to the A's. A review of two minutes, 45 seconds overturned the initial call by home-plate umpire Ed Hickox, as Rodriguez's left hand was shown to have touched the plate.

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Heathcott scratched with sore quad

Yankees center fielder hoping to return soon

Heathcott scratched with sore quad

OAKLAND -- Yankees rookie outfielder Slade Heathcott was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Athletics due to a sore right quadriceps, and is hopeful that he can return to the diamond quickly.

Heathcott was replaced in center field by Chris Young, who batted eighth and went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Yankees' 5-4 loss to Oakland.

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Kay finds data, and solace, in scorebook

Yanks voice relies on records kept in-game as part of increasingly rare practice

Kay finds data, and solace, in scorebook

While the Yankees and the Red Sox engaged in another memorable battle on the evening of April 10, spanning 19 innings in the longest game played at the current Yankee Stadium, there was a much lesser drama taking place outside the white lines.

In the YES Network booth, play-by-play announcer Michael Kay scrambled to make quick additions to the thick battle-scarred scorebook that serves as his constant companion during each broadcast, as Garrett Jones' flyout to end the 15th inning marked the last of his available white space.

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Pineda finds form on strength of slider

Yankees righty bounces back vs. Royals following two tough starts

Pineda finds form on strength of slider

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda knew he could do better.

It's been just over two weeks since the right-hander struck out 16 Orioles in one of the most dominating performances in franchise history, barely two weeks since Pineda was being called the ace that the Yankees needed.

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Yanks sweep Royals behind power, Pineda

Yanks sweep Royals behind power, Pineda

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez belted a go-ahead three-run homer and right-hander Michael Pineda delivered 6 2/3 superb innings as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Royals lost their fourth straight, their longest losing streak since late August, and dropped into a tie for first place in the American League Central with surging Minnesota.

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A-Rod passes Gehrig on all-time RBI list

A-Rod passes Gehrig on all-time RBI list

Alex Rodriguez's three-run home run Wednesday afternoon gave the Yankees' designated hitter 1,995 career RBIs, passing Lou Gehrig and moving him to within one of Barry Bonds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Baseball. The Yankees beat the Royals, 4-2.

Baseball has a longstanding history of disputes over numbers, and the career RBI leaderboard is one of them. Due to the uncertain nature of record keeping in the early part of the 20th century, there are some discrepancies regarding Gehrig's overall numbers. According to Elias, Gehrig's career RBI total is 1,993. The various sources used to comprise MLB.com's entire database, which lists Gehrig with 1,995 career RBIs, reflects alternative and also credible points of view.

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St. John's coach Mullin throws first pitch

Brooklyn native, who was an All-Star in NBA, does honors at Yankee Stadium

St. John's coach Mullin throws first pitch

NEW YORK -- There was a time, years ago, when Chris Mullin dreamed of stepping on a big league field.

On Wednesday, he made it.

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Teixeira's HR helps Yankees power past Royals

Teixeira's HR helps Yankees power past Royals

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Combined with the Rays' 7-6 loss to the Mariners, the win moved the Yankees back into first place by a half-game over Tampa Bay in the American League East standings.

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Yankees need push in AL All-Star balloting

Ellsbury ranks seventh among outfielders on first vote totals

Yankees need push in AL All-Star balloting

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury's .412 on-base percentage is a big reason why the Yankees have scored more first-inning runs than any other team in baseball.

Fans have noticed

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Warren becoming force in Yankees' rotation

Warren becoming force in Yankees' rotation

NEW YORK -- Adam Warren looked like he belonged.

The right-hander has before, but Warren has also left the Yankees wondering whether he belongs in the rotation or in the bullpen. Now, just when it's about time to ask it again, Warren may be answering that question.

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Teixeira healthy, enjoying offensive resurgence

Teixeira healthy, enjoying offensive resurgence

NEW YORK -- When Mark Teixeira arrived at Spring Training, feeling better than he had since right wrist surgery ended his season in 2013, both he and the Yankees had confidence he would have a productive '15 season.

Still, it would have been difficult to imagine such a drastic resurgence. Teixeira delivered a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the fifth, giving him four RBIs to help spark the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night.

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Albero ends Wounded Warrior walk at Stadium

Albero ends Wounded Warrior walk at Stadium

NEW YORK -- The goal was right there on the front of Richard Albero's lime-green T-shirt.

"Walking Tampa to the Bronx," it read, and that's exactly what Albero did, starting on March 2 on home plate at Steinbrenner Field and ending on Tuesday, when he touched home plate at Yankee Stadium to complete his 86-day, 1,150-mile walk.

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Reggie to serve as Yankees' Draft representative

Reggie to serve as Yankees' Draft representative

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including, Schmidt (Phillies table), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Girardi in favor of pitchers improving their grip

Girardi in favor of pitchers improving their grip

NEW YORK -- Here's something the Yankees and Red Sox can agree on.

A day after Red Sox manager John Farrell said he'd be in favor of an approved substance that would help pitchers improve their grip, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday that he would like to see the same thing.

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Yankees don't look back after early barrage

Eight-run first inning vs. Guthrie sets table for easy victory over Royals

Yankees don't look back after early barrage

NEW YORK -- The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Losers of six straight and 10 of their past 11, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping all over Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, knocking the veteran right-hander out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. In the second-shortest start of his career, Guthrie allowed a career-worst 11 earned runs. He gave up four homers and allowed 13 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.

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Yanks' 8-run first sets tone for feel-good win

Headley, McCann, Gardner go deep off Guthrie in huge opening frame

Yanks' 8-run first sets tone for feel-good win

NEW YORK -- Despite a quick turnaround after losing their sixth straight game on Sunday night, it took the Yankees just five batters to jump out to a 5-0 lead against the Royals on Monday -- and they didn't stop there.

The Yankees tagged Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie for eight first-inning runs, including three homers, in a frenzied opening inning in the Bronx. Stephen Drew continued the onslaught with a three-run homer in the second frame, as the Yankees ended their skid with a 14-1 rout.

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