Severino set for his first meeting with Royals

Severino set for his first meeting with Royals

Royals manager Ned Yost said outfielder Alex Gordon will be activated prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees after Gordon was placed on paternity leave on Sunday. Gordon and his wife, Jamie, welcomed their third child, and first daughter, Joey Lynn, on Monday.

Gordon, who is batting .175 with no home runs in 39 games this season, will face Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (2-2) in his return. Severino will be making his first career start against the Royals and will be opposed by right-hander Jason Hammel (1-5), who looks to turn his season around.

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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.

Montgomery impressive in rematch with KC

Montgomery impressive in rematch with KC

NEW YORK -- Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery got the bounce-back outing he was looking for in a no-decision against the Royals.

Despite the Yankees' 6-2 loss on Tuesday night, Montgomery had arguably the best start of his young Major League career -- tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, and allowing just two hits. At one point, he retired 12 consecutive Royals.

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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.

Yanks lose power after early HRs vs. Royals

Yanks lose power after early HRs vs. Royals

NEW YORK -- A pair of big swings by Lorenzo Cain and rookie Jorge Bonifacio helped break up what had been a taut pitching duel for the first six innings, with the Royals hitting four homers to power past the Yankees in a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Rookie Jordan Montgomery carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Cain cleared the wall, and Bonifacio gave Kansas City its first lead with a two-run shot to right-center off Adam Warren. Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas added long balls in the eighth to extend the Royals' lead.

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

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Yanks play 'God Save the Queen' for victims

Yanks play 'God Save the Queen' for victims

NEW YORK -- The Yankees remembered the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester, England, standing in solidarity and unity with the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain by playing "God Save the Queen" prior to Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Public address announcer Paul Olden called for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Monday's "heinous and cowardly" attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people and injured dozens when a suicide bomber detonated a device at Manchester Arena following a performance by pop singer Ariana Grande.

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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.

Yankees 'One Step Ahead' when helping kids

Yankees 'One Step Ahead' when helping kids

NEW YORK -- Kristofer Robinson knew he was getting a new prosthetic leg from the One Step Ahead Foundation sometime this week. But little did he know all that his trip to the Big Apple had in store for him.

For the second day of Hope Week, six Yankees players and manager Joe Girardi surprised One Step Ahead founder Amy Palmiero-Winters and a group of young athletes, including the 9-year-old Robinson, at the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon. Robinson will be getting a new prosthetic leg on Wednesday.

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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.

Littell fans eight in win with Tampa

Littell fans eight in win with Tampa

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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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.

Yankees confident Judge can handle hype

Yankees confident Judge can handle hype

NEW YORK -- With just 67 big league games under his belt, Aaron Judge has already become a permanent fixture at Yankee Stadium, with the Yanks unveiling a unique "Judge's Chambers" cheering section behind the right fielder for this homestand.

Judge entered play on Tuesday leading the Majors in homers (15) and pacing the American League in runs scored (36), and his on-field success has led to appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated and on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

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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.

Contract sending Ruth to NY is up for auction

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Contract sending Ruth to NY is up for auction

In the winter of 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee did the unthinkable: In need of funding for a musical he was trying to produce, he sold Babe Ruth -- deemed "more spectacular than useful" -- to the rival Yankees for $100,000. Four World Series titles, the all-time home run record and an 86-year curse later, it's one of the most significant moments in baseball history.

And soon it could be yours, provided you've got a whole bunch of money lying around.

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Matthew Leach

No trouble with curve: Judge handling hook

Statcast shows rookie won't chase pitch outside strike zone

No trouble with curve: Judge handling hook

You may have missed it. No one could blame you if you had. But in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, Kansas City pitcher Seth Maness did something unusual. He threw Aaron Judge a curveball, in the strike zone, and got away with it.

That's not something anybody has done much of this year. Sure, Judge is pummeling just about anything that gets thrown to him, but he's done enormous damage on curveballs in the zone (and knuckle-curves; for the purposes of this story, we're throwing them all in one bucket). It's gotten to the point where he pretty much doesn't see them anymore.

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Matthew Leach is an executive editor for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter and read his columns. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge has an interesting superstition with gum

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Judge has an interesting superstition with gum

In a court of law, a judge is supposed to decide a case based on a consideration of the evidence presented before him in a logical, quasi-scientific manner. Though Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge now has his own chambers at Yankee Stadium, he still makes some decisions based on the mystical forces that inform superstition.

Take for instance his gum chewing practices, as detailed in a profile on ESPN.com:

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Long ball, close call help Yanks top Royals

Long ball, close call help Yanks top Royals

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead homer, Brett Gardner continued his power surge and the Yankees got the benefit of a close call at first base to edge the Royals, 4-2, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Gregorius and Gardner went deep off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas, who lost to New York for the second time in a week. Gardner put the Yanks on the board with his ninth homer in 21 games, a solo shot in the third, and Gregorius slugged a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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

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Judge has his own Chambers at the Stadium

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Judge has his own Chambers at the Stadium

Aaron Judge has stormed the baseball world this year. The large adult son/rookie has been an absolute revelation. He's blasted a Major League-leading 15 home runs entering Monday's game against the Royals and has put to rest any questions about his penchant for striking out in the Minors. He's even shown off his 6-foot-7 frame in the outfield with a series of amazing catches.

It inspired some truly invested fans to show up in judges' robes and white wigs. Now, the Yankees have made it official.

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Yanks accompany brave siblings to Bronx Zoo

Nayyelyn, Victor Garcia in NY for first day of club's annual Hope Week celebration

Yanks accompany brave siblings to Bronx Zoo

NEW YORK -- Victor García's hero was by his side as he watched the gorillas with awe at the Bronx Zoo. And he wasn't referring to one of the four Yankees stars touring the Congo exhibit with him. Instead, Victor refers to his 7-year-old sister, Nayyelyn, as his hero, who successfully donated her bone marrow to him last year after he was diagnosed with biphenotypic acute leukemia (BAL), a rare form of leukemia, in 2015.

Now, the 11-year-old Victor and his sister are here in New York as the Yankees' Day One guests Monday as part of the team's ninth annual Hope Week.

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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.

Gregorius no longer left behind vs. southpaws

Shortstop on improvement: 'It was just the experience. That's all I needed.'

Gregorius no longer left behind vs. southpaws

NEW YORK -- Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has seen a steady improvement at the plate in his two-plus seasons in pinstripes, with his most significant strides coming against left-handed pitching.

The 27-year-old touched Royals southpaw Jason Vargas up for two hits, including a two-run blast to the second deck in right field, in New York's 4-2 win over Kansas City on Monday night at Yankee Stadium. He finished the game 2-for-3 and raised his average to .333.

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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.

Girardi cleans home plate after umps' request

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Girardi cleans home plate after umps' request

On Saturday, the Yankees lost to the Rays, 9-5, in a game that saw Yankees manager Joe Girardi ejected by home-plate umpire Scott Barry -- but not before Girardi dumped dirt all over the plate as an exercise of his frustration. 

Two days later, Girardi and his Yankees were back in the Bronx for a game with the Royals. Prior to first pitch, Yankees coach Tony Pena presented the lineup cards and exchanged pleasantries with the umpiring crew at home plate.

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Mark Feinsand

Q&A: Afterman on path to MLB, Yankees

Senior VP/assistant general manager discusses Cashman, the Boss, more

Q&A: Afterman on path to MLB, Yankees

Jean Afterman has been a key cog in the Yankees' front office since she became the team's assistant general manager in December 2001. Since then, she has helped bring Hideki Matsui to New York, been Brian Cashman's "compliance officer" and most importantly, served as a role model to young girls and women hoping to have a career in a professional baseball front office.

Afterman recently sat down with MLB.com's "Executive Access" podcast for a lengthy interview touching on a variety of topics, including her life in and out of baseball, how her theater background has helped her throughout her career and what it was like working for George Steinbrenner. Below are some highlights, and you can listen to the entire podcast interview here.

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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.

Tanaka healthy, focused on shaking slump

Girardi IDs collision as key moment for Gardner; Bird progressing in rehab

Tanaka healthy, focused on shaking slump

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka said that his last two starts qualify as one of the worst slumps of his career, but the Yankees right-hander maintains that he is healthy and will spend the next few days focusing on how to produce better results against the Royals on Thursday.

"I feel like I'm in sort of a deep hole, but I just can't put my head down," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I have to lift my head up and work on the things that I need to work on, and try to fix what I need to fix and move forward. It's definitely a grind and it's frustrating, but I'm trying to get it right."

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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.

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Mark Feinsand

Torres next in line of young Yankees stars?

Torres next in line of young Yankees stars?

NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres is slated to make his Triple-A debut on Tuesday, leading to an obvious question: Could his Major League debut be too far behind?

Torres, the Yankees' No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, hit .273/.367/.496 with five home runs, 18 RBIs and five stolen bases in 32 games with Double-A Trenton, hitting four of those homers during a five-game stretch last week.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge's defense doesn't rest: 'Awesome play'

4-star catch in 6th preserves 1-run lead, ends up being difference

Judge's defense doesn't rest: 'Awesome play'

ST. PETERSBURG -- Aaron Judge's bat has made plenty of noise this season, but it was the rookie outfielder's defense that had people talking on Sunday afternoon after his game-saving catch robbed the Rays' Evan Longoria in the Yankees' 3-2 victory at Tropicana Field.

With the Yankees leading by that same score in the sixth inning, Judge raced into the right-center-field gap to run down Longoria's drive off reliever Chad Green -- snaring it with a full-extension dive onto the turf -- then relayed it back to the infield as Corey Dickerson was doubled off.

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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.

Gardner's bat, Judge's glove lead win vs. Rays

Gardner's bat, Judge's glove lead win vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Aaron Judge preserved the lead with a sensational diving catch as the Yankees withstood Chris Archer's season-high 12 strikeouts, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Gardner's second-inning blast was his eighth homer in the past 20 games, exceeding his total for all of 2016. Didi Gregorius had four hits, including a run-scoring single off Archer, who permitted six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings while accepting his second straight loss.

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

Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rays on Sunday.

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Prospect Torres headed to Triple-A

Prospect Torres headed to Triple-A

Yankees uber prospect Gleyber Torres is now just one level away from the big leagues.

The Yanks promoted the 20-year-old shortstop to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, a source told MLB.com on Sunday. The club has not confirmed.

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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.

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Gleyber Torres's awesome skills make him a top prospect -- but there's something else about him that's just as important

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Over the next few months and years, you're going to be reading a lot about Gleyber Torres, the Venezuelan phenom who this year participated in his first Big League Spring Training. Most of it will be effusive, some will border on wishcasting. Basically every prospect ranking list features Torres right near the top -- both in the Yankees' system and in the game as a whole. The shortstop oozes talent in all facets of the game, and when he represented the club in the Arizona Fall League this past year -- the youngest prospect in the elite circuit -- he came home with MVP honors and even more hype. If you don't know much about Torres yet, you will soon.

Torres is easy to like, he's easy to get behind, and it's comforting, if we're honest, to see what we want to see, to predict great things of this 20-year-old stud. Hyperbole is human.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook, an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solak reaches five times for Tampa Yankees

Solak reaches five times for Tampa Yankees

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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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.

Sanchez OK after taking foul tip off mask

Sanchez OK after taking foul tip off mask

ST. PETERSBURG -- Gary Sanchez sustained a bruised right jaw, but he said that he felt "fine" a day after having his catcher's mask rattled in Saturday's 9-5 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Sanchez was clipped by Daniel Robertson's foul tip in the sixth inning. Bench coach Rob Thomson and an athletic trainer attended to Sanchez, who needed a few moments to gather himself before continuing the game.

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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.

Homers, ejections part of rough Yankees loss

Homers, ejections part of rough Yankees loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson homered twice, including a mammoth three-run blast that approached the video board in right field at Tropicana Field, and the Rays chased Masahiro Tanaka early to win their fourth straight, a 9-5 victory over the Yankees on Saturday.

Tanaka was pounded for six runs and nine hits -- including three homers -- in three-plus innings before Yankees manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were ejected in the fifth. Dickerson hit a leadoff homer and Evan Longoria barreled a solo shot in the third inning, his 34th against the Yankees, before Dickerson belted a three-run blast in the fourth.

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

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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Girardi gets hands dirty after ejection

Rothschild also tossed for arguing balls and strikes; Rays' Andriese thumbed for hitting Judge

Girardi gets hands dirty after ejection

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi ripped a page out of the old Billy Martin and Lou Piniella playbooks, using his bare hands to cover home plate with dirt after being ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

"Just upset," Girardi said after the Yankees' 9-5 loss. "If I'm going to get tossed for asking about one of my coaches, I might as well get my money's worth."

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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.