Yanks thwart A's no-hit bid, back CC's 9 K's

Yanks thwart A's no-hit bid, back CC's 9 K's

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia continued the Yankees' run of strong starting pitching with a season-high nine strikeouts and Matt Holliday's homer broke up a no-hit bid in the sixth inning, leading the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Athletics on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees starters have compiled a 1.56 ERA in five starts during this homestand, a trend that Sabathia continued by picking up his third straight victory. The veteran left-hander recovered from a 25-pitch first inning to blank Oakland into the sixth, with Ryon Healy's RBI double shattering the shutout.

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Betanc-ing the Stone: 5-out save rocks A's

One day after shaky 'pen performance, acting closer K's 3 in clutch outing

Betanc-ing the Stone: 5-out save rocks A's

NEW YORK -- Over the past few weeks, the Yankees have struggled to secure the bridge between their starters and right-handed relief ace Dellin Betances, who is the acting closer with Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list.

So with one out and runners on second and third in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Athletics on Saturday, Betances bridged part of the gap himself by completing an impressive five-out save.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Betances' fastball broke Gary Sanchez's glove

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Betances' fastball broke Gary Sanchez's glove

It boggles the mind that a human being can catch a triple-digit fastball from just 60 feet away. And yet, somehow they do it. If you want proof of just how insanely hard those baseballs are being thrown, enter Gary Sanchez.

In the top of the ninth of the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the A's, Dellin Betances tossed a 100.2-mph fastball. 

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Castro, Judge team up for tip-drill putout

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Castro, Judge team up for tip-drill putout

Whether on the mound, in the batter's box or in the field, baseball is often a solitary game. Sure, there's time for collaboration -- a double play, maybe, or a caught stealing -- but for the most part, players have to make plays on their own. 

Sometimes, though, you just need a little help from your friends -- as Starlin Castro discovered during the Yankees' game against the A's on Saturday. With two outs and the go-ahead run on third, Oakland's Trevor Plouffe lifted a popup to shallow right field. Castro ran out but couldn't quite get there in time, and the ball bounced out of the tip of his glove ... right into the waiting arms of Aaron Judge.

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Pineda looks to keep rolling vs. Triggs, A's

Pineda looks to keep rolling vs. Triggs, A's

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has won two straight starts and has gone at least six innings in four straight outings heading into Sunday's matchup against righty pitcher Andrew Triggs and the Athletics at Yankee Stadium.

Going for his third straight win, Pineda pointed to a few things he has to do to remain successful on the mound, including keeping the ball down to the homer-heavy A's lineup.

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Headley gets time off; Torres won't be rushed

No. 1 prospect has been playing third base following promotion to Triple-A

Headley gets time off; Torres won't be rushed

NEW YORK -- Third baseman Chase Headley was not in the Yankees' lineup Saturday against the Athletics, an interesting move considering his recent struggles at the plate and recent promotion of the team's top prospect, Gleyber Torres, to Triple-A.

Manager Joe Girardi has said the 20-year-old Torres is still some time away from being called up to the big leagues. But if Headley continues to struggle, it may push the Yankees to reconsider the length of Torres' wait.

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Neil Patrick Harris' son enjoys first Yanks game

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Neil Patrick Harris' son enjoys first Yanks game

Neil Patrick Harris took his son Gideon to see the Yankees play the A's on Saturday, and it looked like they had a lovely time. 

But perhaps most importantly, Gideon may have created a new MLB team. He told his dad that he'd like to see the Yankees play the Eagles -- you know, the football team from Philadelphia. 

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Tanaka fans 13, but Yankees drop duel to A's

Tanaka fans 13, but Yankees drop duel to A's

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from the worst two-start stretch of his career with a 13-strikeout performance, but Jed Lowrie drove home the tiebreaking run and Stephen Vogt slugged a two-run homer as the Athletics secured a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Lowrie collected his third hit of the game in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard, who had relieved Tanaka. Khris Davis added a run-scoring single later in the inning, and Vogt went deep in the ninth off Jonathan Holder, helping boost Sean Manaea (3-3) to the win.

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Tanaka rediscovers delivery, has career night

After allowing 14 runs in 2 starts, righty has slider, splitter working while K'ing 13

Tanaka rediscovers delivery, has career night

NEW YORK -- Redemption couldn't have come at a more needed time for right-hander Masahiro Tanaka in the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Athletics on Friday night.

Tanaka tossed 7 1/3 innings and set career highs in strikeouts (13) and swings-and-misses (25) in a bounceback performance after allowing 14 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings over his previous two starts.

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Bird heading to Tampa, nearly set for rehab

Bird heading to Tampa, nearly set for rehab

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is expected to leave for the team's player development complex in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, where he will prepare to begin a Minor League rehabilitation stint.

Bird, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 2, was out running the bases, testing his right ankle before the team's batting practice Friday.

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Inspiring boy at center of HOPE Week event

Yankees go to Central Park to honor 14-year-old Cashman, donate to 'Points for Pain'

Inspiring boy at center of HOPE Week event

NEW YORK -- There may be no more quintessential New York experience than a sunny afternoon in Central Park. To conclude the ninth annual installment of HOPE Week, the Yankees visited those lush surroundings on Friday to recognize 14-year-old Tyler Cashman, the founder of "Points for Pain."

Chris Carter, Aaron Hicks, Matt Holliday, Bryan Mitchell, Austin Romine and Chasen Shreve joined Cashman and his family to row on the lake, race radio-controlled sailboats and enjoy a picnic in the grass. The Yankees made a $10,000 donation to the U.S. Pain Foundation.

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Yanks don capes to gear up for HOPE Week

Yankees team up with A Moment of Magic, dress up to help kids with pediatric brain cancer

Yanks don capes to gear up for HOPE Week

NEW YORK -- The Yankees swapped their iconic pinstripes for a set of equally recognizable capes and masks on Thursday morning, with Yankee Stadium transformed into a playground for superheroes and princesses as part of the team's annual HOPE Week.

A group of children with pediatric brain cancer were delighted in the left-field Audi Club, first by a group of volunteers from A Moment of Magic wearing Disney princess costumes, then by several Yankees in disguise: Jordan Montgomery, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, plus general manager Brian Cashman.

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Thursday's Royals-Yanks game postponed

NEW YORK -- The Yankees' series finale against the Royals on Thursday at Yankee Stadium was postponed due to a continued forecast of inclement weather.

The game has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 25. The start time has not been determined.

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Ellsbury lands on DL after crashing into wall

Ellsbury lands on DL after crashing into wall

NEW YORK -- The Yankees believe that Jacoby Ellsbury's daring play to run down the first pitch of Wednesday night's game may have saved a double or a triple, but it came at a high price, with the outfielder landing on the seven-day concussion disabled list following a 3-0 win over the Royals.

Ellsbury crashed into the center-field wall after snaring Alcides Escobar's barreled drive, slamming his head and right arm against the padded surface. The Yankees announced that Ellsbury sustained a concussion and a sprained neck on the play, with no timetable immediately available for his recovery.

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Mateo paces Tampa Yankees in doubleheader

Mateo paces Tampa Yankees in doubleheader

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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Severino pins down KC with 8 shutout frames

Severino pins down KC with 8 shutout frames

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino harnessed his electric arsenal to produce the deepest outing of any Yankees starting pitcher over the last two weeks, firing eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at the Stadium.

Severino gave the Yanks' fatigued bullpen a breather by limiting Kansas City to just four hits in a 114-pitch performance, increasing New York's lead to a season-high 2 1/2 games over Baltimore in the American League East. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

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

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Yanks enjoy comedy relief with talented kids

Yanks enjoy comedy relief with talented kids

NEW YORK -- Live from New York, it's HOPE Week!

The Yankees' ninth annual community initiative brought them to Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, where several players visited the iconic Studio 8H -- home of "Saturday Night Live" -- and laughed at jokes delivered by third-graders Max Chwatko and Alex Travin, known as "The Comedy Kids."

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Shard from bat hits fan at Yankee Stadium

Shard from bat hits fan at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK -- A young fan was struck in the forehead by a shard of Chris Carter's broken bat during the Yankees' 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said the fan was given first aid at the stadium, and was receiving medical attention elsewhere.

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Warren adjusting to role with Aroldis on DL

Warren adjusting to role with Aroldis on DL

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman's injury significantly altered the Yankees' bullpen hierarchy, and manager Joe Girardi believes that the domino effect may have impacted Adam Warren more than anyone.

"Oh, it changes things a lot," Girardi said prior to Wednesday's game against the Royals, "and I think the loss of Chapman has really changed Adam's role the most."

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Yankees prospects power RailRiders to win

Yankees prospects power RailRiders to win

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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