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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Old friends Tanaka, Iwakuma set for series finale

Old friends Tanaka, Iwakuma set for series finale

They might have been five-year teammates for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan, but on Wednesday afternoon, Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners will be adversaries on the mound in the finale of the three-game series between the two teams at Safeco Field.

The getaway game, which will surely get its share of viewers back in the Land of the Rising Sun, will actually be a rematch of an April 17 meeting this season. That game, on a Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, marked the first time the pair had faced off in the Major Leagues.

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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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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle and covered the Yankees on Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday.

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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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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka doesn't miss a beat with Sanchez

Yankees' ace throws 7 2/3 scoreless innings in first game with rookie catcher

Tanaka doesn't miss a beat with Sanchez

ANAHEIM -- Masahiro Tanaka putting up a great start isn't unfamiliar to fans, but it might have been to the guy behind the plate.

Rookie catcher Gary Sanchez has done just about everything the Yankees could want from him, with 10 extra-base hits in 14 games, but one thing he hadn't done is catch Tanaka. Friday's series opener at Angel Stadium was the first time the two teamed up, and the new combination worked out pretty well, as Tanaka threw 7 2/3 impressive innings in a 7-0 runaway win over the Angels.

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Eovaldi has successful surgery

Yankees right-hander could be sidelined up to 18 months

Eovaldi has successful surgery

Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi underwent successful Tommy John surgery, as well as a right flexor tendon repair, on Friday.

The surgery was performed by Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Déjà youth: Starlin a veteran of youth movements

Yankees' direction echoes change second baseman witnessed with Cubs

Déjà youth: Starlin a veteran of youth movements

NEW YORK -- Starlin Castro has seen this before.

The Yankees are getting younger. Just in the past month, the team has traded Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran, released Alex Rodriguez and is readying for Mark Teixeira's impending retirement. To replace the old guard, the Yanks have brought up catcher Gary Sanchez, outfielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Tyler Austin, as well as moved Chad Green and Luis Cessa into the starting rotation.

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Latest HR puts Sanchez in Yanks' record book

Latest HR puts Sanchez in Yanks' record book

NEW YORK -- With the weeks that Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge have had, it's been hard to update the Yankees' record book fast enough.

In the Yankees' 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, Sanchez made the most recent contribution. Leading off the bottom of the second inning with his team trailing, 3-0, Sanchez uncorked his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to center field that landed atop the netting above Monument Park. The home run was Sanchez's fourth in as many games and made him just the third Yankee ever to hit five home runs in his first 15 career games, joining Steve Whitaker in 1966 and Shelley Duncan in 2007.

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CC fans 12, but big frames sting Yanks in finale

CC fans 12, but big frames sting Yanks in finale

NEW YORK -- When J.A. Happ pitches well, the Blue Jays win. When the offense shows off its potential, the Blue Jays win. When both happen, that's just a good day.

After scoring 12 unanswered runs in Tuesday's victory, the Toronto offense picked up right where it left off Wednesday afternoon, getting runners on base at a high rate and beating the Yankees, 7-4. Center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. provided the biggest blow, lacing a three-run home run over the short porch in right field in the Blue Jays' four-run fifth inning.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Yankees' Triple-A team will be Pierogies for a night

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Yankees' Triple-A team will be Pierogies for a night

In the list of famous foods, it goes 1) Pizza 2) Tacos 3) Ice cream. So, it was definitely cool when the Fresno Grizzlies became the Fresno Tacos for a night, but not all that surprising -- who wouldn't want to be a taco?

But what of the humble pierogi?

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Richard Justice

Justice: Steinbrenner embraces new direction

After dealing star players at Trade Deadline, Yanks have been energized by play of prospects

Justice: Steinbrenner embraces new direction

HOUSTON -- It happened in an instant, a pair of home runs sailing over the wall at Yankee Stadium. In that moment with a packed house rocking the ballpark in that old, familiar way, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner could see a bright and shiny new vision of his team take shape.

"I gotta be honest with you," Steinbrenner said Wednesday afternoon at Major League Baseball's Quarterly Owners Meetings. "I was emotional. We've been following these guys for three years. All the ups and downs. The progressions. The hope you have. Being in that stadium, it was electric. I can definitely tell you that the atmosphere in the clubhouse over the weekend was different. It was exciting. People were excited. The players were excited. Time will tell."

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Yankees' shaky defense opens door for Jays

Yankees' shaky defense opens door for Jays

NEW YORK -- At first glance, it will look like the Yankees' 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday was mostly on CC Sabathia. He allowed seven earned runs, after all.

Sabathia did make mistakes, like the 0-1 sinker that Melvin Upton Jr. deposited over the right-field wall in the fifth. But before that, Sabathia was the unlucky recipient of some questionable defense that allowed Toronto to claim easy bases. It wasn't Sabathia's finest performance, but part of the struggles were out of the big lefty's control, according to manager Joe Girardi.

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A-Rod all but ruling out return in '17

MLB Network's Heyman reports slugger has told friends 'I'm done'

A-Rod all but ruling out return in '17

Earlier this week, Alex Rodriguez's publicist released a statement saying the 14-time All-Star will not play again this season, following his release from the Yankees. Now it seems likely that Rodriguez won't be suiting up in 2017, either.

The 41-year-old has told friends, "I'm done," and appears to be a long shot to continue his 22-year playing career, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman wrote on Thursday for Today's Knuckleball. However, Rodriguez has not publically closed the door on playing again.

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Mo's Moment: Yanks honor iconic closer

Monument Park plaque unveiled for all-time saves leader

Mo's Moment: Yanks honor iconic closer

NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera made his legacy pitching in clutch moments.

And now, three years after retiring at the top of his game at the age of 43, Rivera may not be throwing the cut fastball he made famous anymore, but he still has the mentality that made him dominant.

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Rough night for 'pen leads to tough loss for Yanks

Rough night for 'pen leads to tough loss for Yanks

NEW YORK -- After a rain delay, the Blue Jays scored 12 unanswered runs against the Yankees to erase a six-run deficit and reclaim sole possession of first place in the American League East with a 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

With his team trailing by two runs, Edwin Encarnacion tied the game with a clutch home run in the eighth inning off relief pitcher Adam Warren, driving in Josh Donaldson, who drew a 12-pitch walk just two pitches earlier. Three batters later, Russell Martin broke the tie, unleashing his second home run of the game, scoring Troy Tulowitzki and giving the Blue Jays a two-run lead. Tulowitzki and Martin combined for six hits, five RBIs and three home runs.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Cessa joining fellow rookie Green in rotation

Right-hander will make first big league start Saturday vs. Angels

Cessa joining fellow rookie Green in rotation

NEW YORK -- He boarded the subway late Monday after a hard night's work. Chad Green had dazzled at Yankee Stadium against the Blue Jays, and now his wife and Luis Cessa joined him on the way back to the hotel.

Cessa and Green will always be linked, in some regard, having been acquired together by the Yankees last December from the Tigers for Justin Wilson. They didn't meet until after the trade, and began fostering a relationship in Spring Training that blossomed at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

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