Bird's plans in the air after cortisone injection

Bird's plans in the air after cortisone injection

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Greg Bird received a cortisone shot on Tuesday to relieve inflammation in his right ankle, but much of the details regarding his next step are unknown. Bird will resume baseball activities following a three- to five-day rest period, which is the amount of time is should take for the shot to reduce the swelling in the ankle.

"He'll go back to rehab and start playing games and try to get his bat going," said manager Joe Girardi, though he wasn't sure if Bird's rehab assignment would be with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or Double-A Trenton.

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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.

Aroldis (fastest pitch of '17) snaps NY's skid

Aroldis (fastest pitch of '17) snaps NY's skid

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday homered, Austin Romine collected three hits and closer Aroldis Chapman put an exclamation point on the end of the Yankees' season-high seven-game skid on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, closing out an 8-4 victory over the Angels with a 102.9-mph pitch. The fastball that struck out Eric Young Jr. was the fastest pitch in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™, and moved New York back into first place in the American League East.

Gregorius put New York on the board with a two-run homer in the second inning and Holliday drilled a solo homer in the fifth off Ricky Nolasco, who was charged with five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The losing streak was the Yanks' longest since April 2007, but Gregorius said there was no panic in the clubhouse.

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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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Reliable Green earning bigger outs for Yanks

Reliable Green earning bigger outs for Yanks

NEW YORK -- Entering this season, the Yankees envisioned the back end of their bullpen being anchored by Dellin Betances and closer Aroldis Chapman, with Tyler Clippard working the seventh inning.

But with Clippard's recent struggles and reliever Adam Warren on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the Yankees might increasingly do what they did in Wednesday night's 8-4 win over the Angels: Insert Chad Green in more high-leverage situations ahead of Betances and Chapman.

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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.

Cashman: Carter still Yanks' best bet at 1B

Bird slowly progressing; strikeouts remain an issue for Austin in Minors

Cashman: Carter still Yanks' best bet at 1B

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are hopeful that a cortisone injection will permit Greg Bird to resume baseball activities in three to five days, but for the time being, general manager Brian Cashman said that Chris Carter remains the organization's best alternative at first base.

Carter did not exactly receive a ringing endorsement after he went 0-for-3 with a costly error in New York's 8-3 loss to the Angels on Tuesday, as manager Joe Girardi referred to an inquiry about the veteran's status by replying, "That's what we have," at first base.

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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.

Solak collects four hits for Tampa

Solak collects four hits for Tampa

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Judge, Bellinger show MLB is in good hands

Judge, Bellinger show MLB is in good hands

Aaron Judge homered for the Yankees on one coast on Tuesday, Cody Bellinger for the Dodgers on the other. Maybe this is how our summer is going to play out with these two amazing rookies taking an entire sport along for a magical ride.

This was the eighth time they've homered on the same day this season, and they're atop the Major League leaderboard with 24 and 22.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Game becomes a family affair for Negron

Son of longtime Yankees employee drafted by Braves

Game becomes a family affair for Negron

NEW YORK -- Ray Negron has been with the Yankees for 44 years. He started as a batboy and has grown into one of the club's most trusted community relations advisors. He writes columns on the side and hosts a radio show for ESPN Deportes.

Now Negron is taking on one of his most important roles: as agent and advisor to his son, Ricky, a power-hitting third baseman who was selected earlier this month by the Braves in the 34th round of the MLB Draft.

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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.

Judge, Sanchez HRs not enough vs. Halos

Judge, Sanchez HRs not enough vs. Halos

NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin's go-ahead home run off Tyler Clippard triggered yet another implosion by the struggling Yankees bullpen, helping lift the Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium and extending New York's season-high losing streak to seven games.

Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring triple and Luis Valbuena hit a late homer as the Angels scored five unanswered runs off Yankees relievers, notching their first victory in The Bronx since April 25, 2014, to snap a nine-game losing streak at the Stadium.

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

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Clippard's struggles factor in Yankees' skid

Clippard's struggles factor in Yankees' skid

NEW YORK -- Tyler Clippard's recent woes reached a new low point Tuesday night when he allowed three runs and recorded only one out in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 8-3 loss to the Angels.

Poor pitch selection and poor execution, Clippard said, were the source of his struggles, which started when Cameron Maybin hit a go-ahead home run on the second pitch -- a changeup -- that Clippard threw.

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Mark Feinsand

Options abound for Yanks on trade market

GM Cashman must decide whether to make push for postseason or build for future

Options abound for Yanks on trade market

The Yankees' season has been something of a fairy tale, with their combination of veterans and Baby Bombers combining for a surprising start that has had them atop the American League East for most of 2017.

Last week was the first true hiccup for manager Joe Girardi's club, which followed up a six-game winning streak with a similar skid, dropping six straight to finish a nightmarish 1-6 West Coast swing.

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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.

Judge holding court on ballot, wants company

Judge holding court on ballot, wants company

NEW YORK -- Yankees phenom Aaron Judge remains the American League's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, but a few of his teammates could use a boost if they are to join the rookie slugger at the Midsummer Classic.

Judge has tallied 2,631,284 votes through the fourth checkpoint, as announced on Tuesday by Major League Baseball, and is closing the gap on the Nationals' Bryce Harper (2,827,330) for the highest vote total overall. Judge leads the Majors with 23 home runs and paces the AL with a .335 batting average entering play on Tuesday.

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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 ink 3rd-rounder Stephan among 20

Yankees ink 3rd-rounder Stephan among 20

NEW YORK -- The Yankees announced on Tuesday that they have signed 20 of their 40 selections in the 2017 MLB Draft, including right-hander Trevor Stephan, their third-round pick from the University of Arkansas.

MLB Pipeline Draft expert Jim Callis has reported that Stephan signed for $800,000, a figure above the slot value of $588,700 for the No. 92 overall pick.

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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.

Yanks lose No. 2 MLB prospect Torres for year

Promising infielder to have Tommy John surgery on non-throwing elbow

Yanks lose No. 2 MLB prospect Torres for year

NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres, the Yankees' top prospect and the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline, will have season-ending Tommy John surgery after sustaining a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

The 20-year-old infielder was injured on a headfirst slide into home plate on Saturday while playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Buffalo. The injury is to Torres' non-throwing elbow, and the Yankees said that he should be ready for Spring Training 2018.

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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.

Inbox: How should Yankees handle Tanaka?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers questions from fans

Inbox: How should Yankees handle Tanaka?

What will the Yankees do with Masahiro Tanaka as he continues to struggle? How long will they keep trotting him out there?
-- Mike T., Islip, N.Y.

It really is a mystery. A certain segment of the fan base likes to immediately point to the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and say, "See? He should have had the surgery," but it's not that simple. To recap, several of the best doctors in the world said that Tanaka did not need surgery, and they were proven right when he pitched with success for years.

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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.

Aroldis activated, throws perfect inning

Yanks closer had missed month with left shoulder issue

Aroldis activated, throws perfect inning

OAKLAND -- The Yankees got some good news Sunday morning as closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the disabled list.

"I feel healthy and strong," Chapman said beore the game through a translator. "The velocity is up there now and I wasn't as sharp as far as commanding my pitches, but that's something I can get in the next couple days."

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With loss to A's, Yanks in six-game slide

With loss to A's, Yanks in six-game slide

OAKLAND -- Khris Davis' team-leading 18th home run helped the A's nail down a 4-3 victory to complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Right-hander Jharel Cotton did his part with 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball for the A's, who have swept the Yankees in four games three times in 28 tries since moving to Oakland in 1968, the last coming July 19-22, 2012, at the Coliseum.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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Yanks head home undeterred after tough trip

Four of six straight losses were by one run; Gardner: 'We just came up short'

Yanks head home undeterred after tough trip

OAKLAND -- It was not a great trip out west for the Yankees this week, who lost to the A's, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon in Oakland to extend their season-long losing streak to six.

After taking the first game of the trip Monday in Anaheim, the Yankees lost the next six by a combined total of nine runs, including four by one run.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sheffield throws first shutout for Trenton

Sheffield throws first shutout for Trenton

Double-A Binghamton received big contributions from a pair of Mets' prospects as the Rumble Ponies topped Reading 6-2 on Sunday.

David Thompson, the Mets' No. 23 prospect, hit a pair of homers, while Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 24) gave up one run over seven innings and matched his season high with eight strikeouts.

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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.

Struggles continue for Tanaka, Yankees

Struggles continue for Tanaka, Yankees

OAKLAND -- Matt Joyce homered on the first pitch Masahiro Tanaka threw, and the A's didn't let up on the Yankees' starter, going deep three times and handing the American League East leaders their fifth straight loss with a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Ryon Healy added the other two homers off Tanaka, who lasted only four innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits, though he struck out 10.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the A's on Saturday.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Yankees on Saturday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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Tanaka's MLB first embodies uneven start

Yanks righty is only player in last 100 years with 10 K's and 3 HRs allowed in 4 innings or fewer

Tanaka's MLB first embodies uneven start

OAKLAND -- Masahiro Tanaka had a Saturday afternoon that Yankees manager Joe Girardi called head-scratching.

Tanaka struck out 10 batters, just the second time he's had double-digit strikeouts this season, but the righty gave up three home runs in just four innings. He finished with five runs allowed on eight hits and one walk on 82 pitches as the Yankees dropped their fifth straight, a 5-2 loss to the A's.

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Two busloads arrive from Judge's hometown

Two busloads arrive from Judge's hometown

OAKLAND -- The homecoming weekend for Yankees sensation Aaron Judge continued Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Judge went 2-for-3 Friday night, hitting a three-run opposite-field homer in the third and lasering a triple to right-center in the sixth. He also walked twice and scored two runs in the Yankees' 7-6 loss.

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Wade steals three bases for RailRiders

Wade steals three bases for RailRiders

Bobby Bradley's season got off to a rough start as he went hitless in seven of his first 10 days and batted just .176 over the month of April.

However, Bradley picked it up by hitting .271 in May, and after another strong performance on Saturday, the Indians' No. 4 prospect is batting .309 in June and .250 for the season.

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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.

Yanks suit up for special Father's Day cause

Yanks suit up for special Father's Day cause

OAKLAND -- The Yankees have joined the other 29 teams across Major League Baseball in an effort to raise prostate cancer awareness by wearing special Father's Day weekend jerseys, caps, wristbands and more.

Part of the efforts will also include the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home Run Challenge." Fans have the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite MLB team between June 1 and Father's Day. Some teams have also pledged a dollar amount for each home run hit during the Home Run Challenge period.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez saw life redemption in father role

After disciplinary problems early in his career, birth of his daughter filled missing puzzle piece

Sanchez saw life redemption in father role

NEW YORK -- All of baseball was in awe by Gary Sanchez's power last season, when the slugger terrorized opposing pitching staffs with a historic home run-hitting tear. The audience never saw the origin of that surge, an adorable toddler with curly black hair who loves to babble and play with her daddy.

Sanchez had a transformative moment in a Trenton, N.J., hospital back in 2015, when he and his wife Sahaira welcomed their daughter, Sarah, into the world. Sanchez snipped the umbilical cord, admired her face and made a silent promise to be the best father he possibly could.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Carter stepping up as Yanks deal with injuries

First baseman homers in 2nd straight game vs. A's

Carter stepping up as Yanks deal with injuries

OAKLAND -- Before the Yankees started their four-game series in Oakland on Thursday, manager Joe Girardi used first baseman Chris Carter as an example of someone who could step up as the injury bug hit the Yankees.

"I know people are a little down on him, but he has 20 RBIs. He has not played every day," Girardi said Thursday afternoon. "Maybe if he had played every day up to this point, he would have 40 RBIs. Is he capable of hitting more? Yeah, and I understand that. But he's a guy that can run off a hot streak and do well."

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.