Castro returning to DL after reinjuring hammy

Castro returning to DL after reinjuring hammy

SEATTLE -- Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro reinjured his right hamstring and will be placed on the 10-day disabled list, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday.

"It's frustrating. He's frustrated," said Girardi. "He had an MRI this morning, and it's definitely bad for him."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yank Aaron! Judge hammers HR into orbit

Yank Aaron! Judge hammers HR into orbit

SEATTLE -- Sometimes, Aaron Judge's talents defy official measurement.

Judge's colossal home run in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Friday night was just a row or two from leaving the stadium entirely, something that hasn't been done since the ballpark opened in 1999. It was crushed so high it went off the grid, above and beyond official measurements.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees inquire about Marlins slugger Stanton

Yankees inquire about Marlins slugger Stanton

The Yankees have checked in with the Marlins regarding the availability of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report Saturday from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

It is not clear how serious the Yankees are about trading for Stanton, and the report said the talks with the Marlins likely did not go much further beyond an initial phone call sometime in the last few weeks. The Yankees are not said to be having ongoing discussions with the Marlins regarding Stanton, one of baseball's most powerful sluggers.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge gives CC a huge b-day bash in Seattle

Judge gives CC a huge b-day bash in Seattle

SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present -- a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field -- as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.

Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It's the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it's no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he's 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday.

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Robertson embraces setup role with Yanks

Robertson embraces setup role with Yanks

SEATTLE -- Joining a bullpen with late-inning power arms such Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances means fewer save opportunities for Yankees reliever David Robertson.

The newly acquired reliever, who notched 13 saves in 14 chances with the White Sox before being traded to New York, doesn't mind one bit.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge's 31st HR nearly leaves Safeco Field

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Judge's 31st HR nearly leaves Safeco Field

It had been a while since Aaron Judge displayed his strength and hit a ball over the fence -- 30 at-bats to be specific (though Jackie Bradley Jr. is somewhat responsible for that). But when the Mariners were hosting the Yankees Friday night, he refreshed our memories in a colossal way.

The 25-year-old T-Mobile Home Run Derby champion smashed a ball almost out of Safeco Field. The ball landed in the third to last row of the top left-field bleachers.

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Severino, bullpen handcuff Mariners

Severino, bullpen handcuff Mariners

SEATTLE -- Brett Gardner's solo home run in the sixth inning helped lift the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Thursday as flame-throwing Luis Severino outdueled Felix Hernandez in the opening game of a four-game series at Safeco Field.

"It shows you he understands what he needs to do," New York manager Joe Girardi said of Severino. "He has to get after it from the first hitter and that's exactly what he's doing because two runs could beat you when you're facing guys like that."

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Thursday.

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Judge showing signs of pulling out of slump

Rookie has a big RBI single and walk in win over Seattle

Judge showing signs of pulling out of slump

SEATTLE -- Aaron Judge might be going through a tough stretch at the plate, but you could hardly tell in the Yankees 4-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Thursday.

Judge was still sporting a smile and even played catch warming up in the outfield with a child who was sitting in the front row of right field in the middle of the ninth inning.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Severino throws fastest pitch by a starter in 2017

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Severino throws fastest pitch by a starter in 2017

Luis Severino and Felix Hernandez locked horns in a pitchers' duel on Thursday night in Seattle. They shut down the opposition and kept the game scoreless until Brett Gardner's sixth-inning homer put the Yankees in front, 1-0.

The youngster Severino prevailed in this tight matchup, but it wasn't easy. In the bottom of the fourth, he needed to dial back for a little bit extra. Severino had to maneuver around a leadoff double by Kyle Seager, and he faced Jean Segura with the bases loaded and two outs.

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Yankees' Headley gets first start at first base

Frazier acquisition means a move across the diamond

Yankees' Headley gets first start at first base

SEATTLE -- Chase Headley was busy well before Yankees' batting practice at Safeco Field on Thursday, taking grounders and turning double plays at first base, his new position.

That will likely be Headley's pregame routine for some time, as the longtime third baseman transitions to playing first base to allow newly acquired slugger Todd Frazier regular time at the other infield corner.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wader powers RailRiders from leadoff spot

Wader powers RailRiders from leadoff spot

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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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.

On whirlwind day, new trio joins Yankees

Frazier, Kahnle make Yanks debuts; Robertson excited to be back

On whirlwind day, new trio joins Yankees

MINNEAPOLIS -- The reinforcements that the Yankees hope will bolster their chances of a postseason berth arrived at Target Field in the first inning of Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Twins, as Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson quickly dressed and grabbed a bite to eat before joining their new teammates on the bench.

Frazier and Kahnle both played on what they described as a whirlwind day, hurrying to meet the Bombers in the wake of Tuesday's blockbuster trade with the White Sox. Frazier went 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch after entering as a pinch-hitter, while Kahnle worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts, averaging 99.2 mph with his fastball.

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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.

Montgomery hit hard as Yanks fall in finale

Montgomery hit hard as Yanks fall in finale

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios threw 6 2/3 strong innings and Miguel Sano crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning to lift the Twins to a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, marking their first series victory over New York in Minnesota since 2008. It was also the first series win for the Twins over the Yankees since '14.

Unable to find his curveball or changeup early, Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. All six runs came with two outs in the second, keyed by a two-run single from Zack Granite, an RBI single from Eduardo Escobar and Sano's team-leading 23rd blast of the year.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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

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Clint yields No. 30, while Todd eyes 21

Rookie switches to No. 77 for Robertson; new Yankee hopes to get number from childhood favorite O'Neill

Clint yields No. 30, while Todd eyes 21

MINNEAPOLIS -- Clint Frazier yielded his No. 30 to David Robertson on Wednesday, allowing the new Yankees reliever to reclaim the number that he feels most comfortable in. Will Paul O'Neill do the same when Todd Frazier asks about No. 21?

While not officially retired, No. 21 has been kept largely out of circulation since O'Neill's final game in the 2001 World Series. Reliever LaTroy Hawkins tried using it in '08 as a tribute to Roberto Clemente, but the fan reaction was negative, prompting Hawkins to give it up by mid-April.

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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.

Cashman to 'stay engaged' after blockbuster

GM says Yankees in better position, still wants team to be 'careful buyers' ahead of Deadline

Cashman to 'stay engaged' after blockbuster

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Yankees are better equipped to make a push for the postseason as a result of Tuesday's trade with the White Sox, general manager Brian Cashman said, but there is still hope that more upgrades can be made in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I'm going to stay engaged," Cashman said one day after a seven-player blockbuster to acquire Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson. "I still think we want to be careful buyers as we walk this line of trying to maximize the present as well as protect the future. We want to be bright on both ends."

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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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Barry M. Bloom

Trade to Yankees 'surreal' for Frazier

NJ native who grew up rooting for New York excited about new home

Trade to Yankees 'surreal' for Frazier

CHICAGO -- Prior to each of his six full big league seasons, Todd Frazier sets down goal numbers that he thinks he should reach in just about every traditional statistical category. Home runs, RBIs, runs scored, base hits, batting average -- you name it.

He writes those publicly undisclosed numbers on a piece of paper and sends it to his brothers, Jeff and Charlie, living at home in Toms River, N.J., not far from the famed Jersey Shore of Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band.

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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.

Bat dog misses bat, takes ball from pitcher

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Bat dog misses bat, takes ball from pitcher

The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the Yankees, have had a bat dog since 2002. The position has been handed down through generations: It was first filled by Chase, then Chase's son Derby, and now, after an intense training regimen, it's fallen to Derby's son Rookie.

As you can see, Rookie is an extremely good boy.

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Yanks get Frazier, elite relief in blockbuster

New York adds Robertson, Kahnle in swap with White Sox

Yanks get Frazier, elite relief in blockbuster

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Yankees firmly committed to their chase of a postseason berth on Tuesday, agreeing to a trade with the White Sox that addresses two significant areas of need by importing infielder Todd Frazier and right-handers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson.

New York parted with right-hander Tyler Clippard and three prospects, including outfielder Blake Rutherford, the No. 30 prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. Left-hander Ian Clarkin and outfielder Tito Polo also went to the White Sox. Rutherford was New York's first pick in the 2016 Draft.

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

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19 years after photo with Jeter, Frazier joins Yanks

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19 years after photo with Jeter, Frazier joins Yanks

Seeking to bolster their playoff hopes, the Yankees made a trade late Tuesday night with the White Sox to bring Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to New York. For Robertson and Kahnle, it was a homecoming, as Robertson won the 2009 World Series with the Yankees and spent seven seasons there, while Kahnle was drafted by the Yankees in 2010 before moving on in 2014.

Frazier would seem to be the outlier here, but the amusing truth is that this will be not be his first time on the field in the Bronx. Flash back to 1998.

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With 5-run 5th, Yanks tie up series with Twins

With 5-run 5th, Yanks tie up series with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- While the Yankees' front office was busy finalizing the details of a trade that they hope will bolster their postseason chances, Gary Sanchez delivered a two-run double and Didi Gregorius homered as the Yankees pushed past the Twins, 6-3, on Tuesday at Target Field.

New York evened the series with the victory, improving to 11-3 in its last 14 meetings with Minnesota. With reinforcements Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson en route from the White Sox, the Bombers now sit three games behind the division-leading Red Sox in the American League East.

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

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Phil Rogers

With blockbuster deal, Yanks show they're all in

In 7-player trade with White Sox, New York affirms ambition to win now

With blockbuster deal, Yanks show they're all in

CHICAGO -- This is how you do it. On both ends of a trade.

Look at the Yankees. Those fellows are in it to win it. They may be ahead of schedule in their quote-unquote "rebuild," but they're going for it, and who knows how it will end?

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

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Mark Feinsand

5 questions after Yanks-White Sox blockbuster

5 questions after Yanks-White Sox blockbuster

The Yankees and White Sox stunned the baseball world with their seven-player blockbuster Tuesday night, capping a day that felt more like July 31 than July 18.

Hours after the D-backs cut a deal with the Tigers for right fielder J.D. Martinez, the Yanks sent three prospects and right-hander Tyler Clippard to the White Sox for third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.

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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.

Smart aggressiveness is Frazier's goal

Smart aggressiveness is Frazier's goal

MINNEAPOLIS -- Clint Frazier said that he immediately thinks about getting to second base as soon as his bat makes contact, and that exciting brand of play is quickly establishing the rookie outfielder as a valued piece of the Yankees' lineup.

Frazier hustled out of the batter's box twice in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Twins, stretching hits into doubles. Ranked as the organization's No. 2 prospect and the No. 17 prospect in baseball by MLBPipeline.com, Frazier said that is what people should expect from him on a nightly basis.

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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.

Bird (ankle) has surgery; Pineda (elbow) next

Slugger could return in September; pitcher to have Tommy John surgery

Bird (ankle) has surgery; Pineda (elbow) next

MINNEAPOLIS -- Yankees first baseman Greg Bird underwent right ankle surgey in New York on Tuesday, while right-hander Michael Pineda was set for right elbow surgery in Cincinnati.

Bird opted for surgery to address the os trigonum in his right ankle, an excess bone growth which is believed to be the cause of the inflammation that has limited him to just 60 at-bats this year. Pineda is having Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

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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.

Double trouble: Sanchez a force with bat, arm

Double trouble: Sanchez a force with bat, arm

Gary Sanchez's power looms behind a placid expression, behind the gently ticking bat that comes to rest on his right shoulder as he sets, behind the navy and gray mask, relaxed squat and right arm draped across his shinguarded knee. Only in the last instant of the ball's arrival or the runner's churning acceleration into the basepath does he unleash it, the potential energy turned kinetic.

Then any disguise is stripped: The Yankees' All-Star backstop has the raw strength of bat and arm to be the most devastating two-way catcher in the Major Leagues.

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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.

Gardner named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Gardner named Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cooper's three hits not enough in Minnesota

Cooper's three hits not enough in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eduardo Escobar delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning and Eddie Rosario drove in a pair of runs to help the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Yankees in the series opener on Monday night at Target Field.

Minnesota took the lead with two eighth-inning runs, spoiling Caleb Smith's Major League debut. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a leadoff single just out of Aaron Judge's reach, a play with an 18-percent catch probability, and Miguel Sano followed with a single to left field. Escobar delivered what proved to be a game-winning single into left field, while Rosario provided insurance with an RBI double.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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

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Statcast of the Day: Judge's 97.7-mph throw

Slugger shows off defense, cuts down Twins' Dozier at plate

Statcast of the Day: Judge's 97.7-mph throw

MINNEAPOLIS -- Aaron Judge's first round of batting practice at Target Field did not disappoint the curious onlookers who arrived early to watch baseballs soar into the upper deck on Monday, but the Yankees' phenom put on an even more impressive display with his strong right arm.

Judge threw out the Twins' Brian Dozier with a one-hop throw to catcher Austin Romine in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 4-2 loss, completing a double play behind pitcher Bryan Mitchell as Miguel Sano lined to right field with the bases loaded and nobody out.

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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.