Sanchez-fueled Yanks penning thrilling script

Rookie catcher's historic start vaults club into thick of playoff race

Sanchez-fueled Yanks penning thrilling script

NEW YORK -- The slow jogs have almost become a nightly event for Gary Sanchez, who insists that he doesn't hear a thing while making that 360-foot trip around the basepaths. If so, the rookie might be the only one not caught up in an exciting display that has kept the Yankees in the postseason chase.

Sanchez continued his torrid month on Friday with the 10th home run of his young career, part of a three-hit, four-RBI performance as the Yankees routed the Orioles, 14-4. Sanchez's fifth-inning blast off Vance Worley was celebrated with loud chants of his name from an announced crowd of 38,423 at Yankee Stadium.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O's

Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O's

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez's two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Barry M. Bloom

Blend of youth, veterans working for Yankees

NY controls its own fate with 30 of final 36 games within division

Blend of youth, veterans working for Yankees

NEW YORK -- Just when it looked like the Yankees had cashiered the season, many of their new acquisitions and younger players have kept them in contention for a playoff spot.

With rookie catcher Gary Sanchez pounding the ball, the Yankees are still in control of their own fate as the season nudges closer to Labor Day.

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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.

Despite rough trip, Judge maintaining approach

McCann away from team after death in family

Despite rough trip, Judge maintaining approach

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge's first road trip as a Major Leaguer didn't inspire the same kind of hype that his first homestand did.

After going 7-for-18 with two home runs and four RBIs in his first five games with the Yankees, Judge fell into a bit of a slump on the road, going 1-for-18 with nine strikeouts over his next five games. But despite the struggles, Judge said he wouldn't change a thing about how his first road trip went. In his mind, the good can't come without the bad.

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Rookies to duel as O's, Yanks continue big set

Rookies to duel as O's, Yanks continue big set

The race for the American League East and AL Wild Card spots will continue in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon, with two teams pushing for a playoff berth putting their trust in rookie starting pitchers.

Entrenched in a close three-team chase for first place, the Orioles send Dylan Bundy to the mound to face off against Chad Green and the fourth-place Yankees. Bundy (7-4, 3.33 ERA) has been stellar in August, posting a 3.10 ERA across five starts, winning four of them and holding opponents to a .194 batting average. August has also been kind to Green, who holds a 2.30 ERA in three starts, during which he's struck out 18 batters in 15 2/3 innings.

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Torres among top prospect performers Friday

Indians' No. 7 outduels Blue Jays' No. 17 in impressive matchup

Torres among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts. Ultimately, it was McKenzie, the Indians' No. 7 prospect, who recorded the win as the Captains shut out Lansing, 3-0.

Making his fifth start for Lake County, McKenzie surrendered just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine, throwing 57 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

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Girardi on WC chase: 'The opportunity is there'

Girardi on WC chase: 'The opportunity is there'

SEATTLE -- Joe Girardi won his 800th game as the Yankees' manager on Wednesday afternoon. The 5-0 victory over the Mariners in the finale of a three-game series gave him that pleasant-looking round number and even provided some lofty company. It turns out that Girardi joins Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944) in the Yankees' 800 club.

But Girardi's reaction to achieving that milestone says a lot about where he finds his club after a road trip in which New York won four of six, taking two of three apiece in Anaheim and Seattle. The young Yankees, who are playing prospects and treating each game as if they've got nothing to lose, are still in the American League Wild Card race.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline Inbox: Which Yankees prospect could be a star?

Pipeline Inbox: Which Yankees prospect could be a star?

It's hard to believe that the 2016 Minor League season is almost over. Before we know it, we'll be done with the playoffs and moving on to things like the Arizona Fall League and instructional leagues.

First, of course, will be September callups. And -- wouldn't you know it? -- there will be a story soon on the Top 10 prospects who could get brought up when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Before that, however, we have an exciting Inbox coming your way.

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Sanchez turning heads with impressive start

Catcher socks ninth homer in Yankees win over Mariners

Sanchez turning heads with impressive start

SEATTLE -- As if the monstrous upper-deck home run on the first pitch he saw or the scalded double down the left-field line, or the two homers in the first game of this series weren't enough, the first thing the traveling band of Yankees reporters wanted to hear about was how a 23-year-old catcher with 21 games of Major League experience could get walked intentionally twice in one game.

Add another chapter to the story of the Gary Sanchez joy ride, which continued unabated Wednesday in the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Mariners. The prospect who has become a phenom in a few short weeks made his mark on yet another big league game, and now the history books, and he's done it all in a hurry.

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Montgomery among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Montgomery among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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Yanks overpower Mariners with youth, years

Yanks overpower Mariners with youth, years

SEATTLE -- Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings and Gary Sanchez homered yet again in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon to close the series in Seattle. With its second consecutive win, New York took the three-game set.

"They pitched us well all series," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We haven't been shut down like that in quite some time, and if you don't score, it's going to be tough to win."

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Girardi, Yanks 'excited' by Torreyes' surge

Ellsbury sits out to rest foot; Judge impressing with patience

Girardi, Yanks 'excited' by Torreyes' surge

SEATTLE -- Gary Sanchez's hot start is grabbing the headlines. Aaron Judge's raw power has fans in the Bronx daydreaming. But those two young Yankees aren't the only ones opening eyes on this road trip.

Ronald Torreyes has been filling in at third base for banged-up Chase Headley, and he's been hitting and hitting and hitting some more. The 23-year-old rookie infielder -- all 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds of him -- went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night, and overall, he's got eight hits in his past 12 at-bats.

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Rutherford, Adams among top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Rutherford, Adams among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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CC, Ells help Yanks draw even in Seattle

CC, Ells help Yanks draw even in Seattle

SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia got back on track and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run to open up a close game en route to a 5-1 Yankees win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. The Yankees evened the three-game series at a game apiece and knocked the Mariners back to two games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

"It comes down to location for CC, and avoiding some of the bad breaks that he gets," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And tonight we got him some runs, too. That always helps, too. I know what his ERA is, but I'm going to tell you, he's pitched a lot better than that ERA, I really believe."

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CC finds vintage form in win over Mariners

CC finds vintage form in win over Mariners

SEATTLE -- The nights are getting shorter, October is getting closer, and the big man was dealing again.

The Yankees might be a long shot to reach the postseason, but CC Sabathia, the man they acquired long ago to be their playoff horse, was back to vintage form in a 5-1 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.

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Castro, Gregorius providing pop up the middle

Castro, Gregorius providing pop up the middle

SEATTLE -- When the Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop and later signed Starlin Castro to play second base, they knew what they were getting: solid defense and the potential to supplement those gloves with occasional offense.

They definitely weren't expecting the power surge they've seen of late.

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Yankees have reached out to Gooden

Yankees have reached out to Gooden

SEATTLE -- The Yankees are ready to help one of their own.

Amid reports that former Yankees and Mets pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden is struggling with cocaine addiction and that he and his former teammate on both clubs, Darryl Strawberry, are feuding about the severity of his current health, a Yankees spokesperson confirmed to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch that the organization "reached out through others to offer any services or assistance necessary," as was originally reported by the New York Daily News.

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Yankees' 4 homers bested by Mariners' power

Yankees' 4 homers bested by Mariners' power

SEATTLE -- Not even a pair of home runs apiece by the Yankees' Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro could derail the Mariners on Monday night at Safeco Field as Seattle rode a pair of three-run blasts by Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino to a 7-5 series-opening win.

"This team is picking one another up," Zunino said. "We had a tough loss [Sunday], but we know we're not going to be perfect through this stretch here. I think guys did a good job coming to the park with energy today, and to get a win like this, coming from behind, is huge."

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Sanchez celebrates POW honor with 2 homers

Sanchez celebrates POW honor with 2 homers

SEATTLE -- The day Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez was named American League Player of the Week, he went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.

"It's been unbelievable what he's done," manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 7-5 loss Monday. "The way he's swung the bat, the way he's played defense."

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Fowler among top prospect performers Monday

Dodgers No. 2 prospect flirts with no-hitter; Giants' No. 22 stays hot with multi-homer game

Fowler among top prospect performers Monday

Since beginning his season in early May, Jose De Leon has been making a strong case for a late-season promotion to the Major Leagues.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect took another step towards achieving that goal on Monday, when he struck out 10 hitters over seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of New Orleans. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before surrendering a leadoff single to Marlins No. 11 prospect J.T. Riddle. It was the only hit the right-hander allowed in the contest. De Leon also induced eight ground-ball outs while throwing 66 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

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Green latest Yankees rookie to make strides

Pitcher delivers another strong outing in 2-0 loss to Angels

Green latest Yankees rookie to make strides

ANAHEIM -- Chad Green didn't have a feel for his cutter on Sunday, but he didn't need it to hold the Angels to just one run in six innings. Unfortunately for the rookie, that one run was all the Angels needed as they handed the Yankees a 2-0 loss in the finale of the weekend series.

The run came in the first inning when Andrelton Simmons knocked in Albert Pujols, whom the 25-year-old Green said he grew up watching. Pujols would finish 3-for-4 on the day, with the sole out requiring a homer-saving catch from center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Outside of the veteran, Green held the Angels to just three hits.

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Jim Callis

Sanchez, Molina on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Sanchez, Molina on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Yankees have gotten both younger and better in the past month. They traded their best hitter (Carlos Beltran) and two best relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller), then installed three rookies in their lineup and two more in their rotation. After playing .500 ball through July, New York is in the midst of its best month (11-8) of the season and has climbed within four games of a Wild Card berth.

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Ellsbury's grab robs Pujols of homer history

Ellsbury's grab robs Pujols of homer history

ANAHEIM -- Less than 24 hours after Brett Gardner went horizontal to rob the Angels of a homer, Jacoby Ellsbury made a leaping grab of his own over the center-field wall to rob Albert Pujols of a historic home run.

With Mike Trout on first and two outs, Pujols hit a Statcast-projected 101 mph, 395-foot fly ball that would have given him 584 career homers. That would have broken a tie with Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time list that Pujols achieved Saturday night when he went deep off Dellin Betances in a 5-1 loss.

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Green gets tough-luck loss as Yanks blanked

Green gets tough-luck loss as Yanks blanked

ANAHEIM -- Jhoulys Chacin won his first start in over two months as the Angels scrapped their way to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, avoiding a season series sweep.

Chacin had his best start since returning to the Angels' rotation earlier this month, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Chacin, who had worked six innings over his last two starts combined, scattered six hits and struck out four against one walk to earn his first win since June 14.

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Gardner goes horizontal to rob home run

Gardner goes horizontal to rob home run

ANAHEIM -- Garret Anderson was inducted to the Angels Hall of Fame on Saturday, but it was another left fielder, the Yankees' Brett Gardner, who might have drawn the loudest cheer of the night.

A long fly ball from Angels slugger C.J. Cron destined for the left-field stands made an early stop into the glove of Gardner, who jumped over, and onto, the wall to rob a home run as his body went horizontal, colliding with fans.

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Cessa rises to occasion to win starting debut

Cessa rises to occasion to win starting debut

ANAHEIM -- A pitcher's first career start can a nervous experience, but the time spent waiting for that first pitch as a Major League starter can be even worse.

Luis Cessa waited and waited, first for the beginning of Saturday night's 5-1 Yankees win to come after a 10-minute delay, then for the Yankees' offense to finish up a three-run, seven-batter opening inning.

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Baby Bombers take down Angels

Baby Bombers take down Angels

ANAHEIM -- On a night when the Angels inducted a 17-year Major League veteran into their Hall of Fame, it was the Yankees' youth movement that stole the show. The Yankees once again got major contributions from a number of rookies and rolled to a 5-1 win over the Angels on Saturday at Angel Stadium.

Rookie right-hander Luis Cessa scattered three hits over six-plus innings in his first career start, rookie catcher Gary Sanchez homered and rookie right fielder Aaron Judge drove in two runs for the Yankees, who moved within four games of the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Torreyes answers Yankees' call

Rookie getting extended look while Headley battles sore heel

Torreyes answers Yankees' call

ANAHEIM -- A day after the game of his life, Ronald Torreyes found himself in the Yankees' starting lineup again, with Chase Headley still slowed by Achilles tendinitis.

Torreyes registered both his first four-hit game and his first home run in Friday's 7-0 win over the Angels and was back in the lineup on Saturday night at Angel Stadium, batting ninth and playing third base. It was just the third time this season he received consecutive starts.

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Montgomery among top prospect performers Saturday

Braves' No. 15 notches career-best 11 total bases; Astros' No. 8 shows off power, speed combo

Montgomery among top prospect performers Saturday

As one of the younger everyday players at the Triple-A level, Rio Ruiz has been anything but overmatched this season.

The Braves' No. 15 prospect put together a big offensive performance on Saturday, when he hit multiple home runs for the first time in his five-year career and plated all four runs as Triple-A Gwinnett shut out Rochester, 4-0. Ruiz finished 3-for-3 at the plate, also tallying a triple in the contest en route to accruing a career-best 11 total bases.

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Yanks homer 4 times behind Tanaka-led shutout

Yanks homer 4 times behind Tanaka-led shutout

ANAHEIM -- Home runs came for the Yankees from both the top and bottom of the lineup, plus multiple places in between, as they shut out the Angels, 7-0, on Friday night at Angel Stadium to open a three-game series.

Jacoby Ellsbury got things going with a homer to right on the third pitch of the night from Angels starter Jered Weaver. Ninth-place hitter Ronald Torreyes led off the fifth with the first homer of his big league career, while No. 2 hitter Didi Gregorius and cleanup man Brian McCann also went deep against Weaver in the frame.

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