Power of five: Yanks tee off against Sox

Power of five: Yanks tee off against Sox

BOSTON -- The Yankees hit five home runs in support of Masahiro Tanaka as the right-hander defeated the Red Sox for the third time in as many starts this season, pitching into the seventh inning of a 13-8 victory on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Greg Bird, John Ryan Murphy and Carlos Beltran homered as part of an eight-run second inning off left-hander Henry Owens, who lasted just 1 2/3 frames while giving up six hits and seven runs. Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius later homered, as the bottom four hitters in New York's lineup went deep in the contest.

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Girardi: A-Rod not 'comfortable' at first

Manager to keep slugger strictly as club's designated hitter

Girardi: A-Rod not 'comfortable' at first

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez's season-long mantra has been that he will do whatever the Yankees ask of him, but after observing an awkward practice session at first base this week at Fenway Park, manager Joe Girardi said that they have decided to keep the slugger in his adopted comfort zone as a designated hitter.

Girardi had wanted to use Rodriguez at first base on Wednesday as the Yankees faced left-hander Henry Owens at Fenway Park, but Rodriguez has not played the field since May 23 and appeared uncomfortable handling the assignment. Greg Bird once again started in place of Mark Teixeira, who is out with a deep bone bruise in his right leg.

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Following off-day, Yanks turn to Severino vs. Rays

Following off-day, Yanks turn to Severino vs. Rays

As their divisional race with the Blue Jays heats up, the Yankees head back to the Bronx on Friday night to begin a three-game series against the Rays, continuing a stretch of 16 consecutive meetings with American League East teams. The opener pits Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 3.18 ERA) opposite Luis Severino, who is New York's top prospect.

The Yankees have caused problems for Odorizzi in the past, as he carries a 4.84 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in seven career outings (six starts) vs. the club. But no player has done more damage than catcher Brian McCann, who is 10-for-16 with three doubles, a triple and two homers when facing Odorizzi.

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Refsnyder gaining confidence at second

Prospect happy with improvement, but not complacent

Refsnyder gaining confidence at second

BOSTON -- Rob Refsnyder seemed to be caught off guard by how brief his first big league callup was this summer, but the Yankees prospect said he set his mind toward making the most of that extra development time, which he hopes will pay dividends at second base.

Refsnyder, rated as the Yankees' No. 6 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, said that he felt tentative on defense earlier in the season, but the 24-year-old worked extensively with defensive coach Justin Tordi and infield instructor Carlos Mendoza at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to improve his glovework.

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Yanks dig in, have sights set on Jays

Yanks dig in, have sights set on Jays

BOSTON -- The Yankees were just beginning to dig into plates of red meat and lobster macaroni in Fenway Park's cramped visiting clubhouse, wolfing down a celebratory postgame spread, when the Blue Jays' victory over the Indians flickered across the flat-screen televisions.

Between bites, they watched Ryan Goins circle the bases in glee at Rogers Centre and responded with a collective shrug. The Yankees have been expecting this race for the American League East to be a fight to finish, and their 3-1 victory over the Red Sox simply crossed another date off the schedule.

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Yanks edge rivals, keep pace in East

Yanks edge rivals, keep pace in East

BOSTON -- Stephen Drew drove in two runs, Brett Gardner added some insurance with a late homer and the Yankees spoiled Rick Porcello's 13-strikeout performance with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Porcello scattered five hits and one earned run over eight innings, but he was ticketed for the loss by two big hits, Drew's two-run double in the fifth inning and Gardner's two-out solo shot in the eighth.

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Sox get aggressive, but Yanks thwart gamble

Betts slips off bag, claims he was pushed by Headley

Sox get aggressive, but Yanks thwart gamble

BOSTON -- As Mookie Betts sat in the dirt, his feet resting on third base, the look of disbelief on the Red Sox center fielder's face conveyed everything video replay could not.

What began for the Red Sox as an aggressive endeavor on the bases ended with a tough call that largely shaped Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park. Betts, who found himself dashing toward third in the eighth inning on an attempted double steal, was called out by third-base umpire Vic Carapazza after his foot wobbled off the bag on a hard slide.

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On crutches, Teixeira out at least 2 weeks

On crutches, Teixeira out at least 2 weeks

BOSTON -- The deep bone bruise that has hobbled Mark Teixeira for more than two weeks is not improving, and while the Yankees slugger has been placed on crutches in an attempt to speed his healing, he is not expected to return to the lineup for at least two weeks.

Teixeira was examined on Tuesday by team physician Christopher Ahmad in New York, where a new MRI revealed that the bone bruise was more significant than initially thought. General manager Brian Cashman said that the tests showed no stress fracture and that the Yankees do expect Teixeira to return this season.

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After two-year absence, Bailey in bigs

After two-year absence, Bailey in bigs

BOSTON -- Andrew Bailey's long journey back from career-threatening labrum and capsule surgery delivered him to the doorstep of his most recent big league employer, as the former All-Star closer suited up in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

Bailey, 31, has not appeared in the Majors since 2013 with the Red Sox. The right-hander fought long odds to earn a September callup with the Yankees, having posted a 1.80 ERA in 28 Minor League appearances this year.

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Sanchez headlines prospects for AFL

Sanchez headlines prospects for AFL

BOSTON -- Catcher Gary Sanchez, who is rated the Yankees' No. 7 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, has been named as one of the organization's participants in the Arizona Fall League.

Joining the 22-year-old Sanchez as members of the Surprise Saguaros are left-handers Chaz Hebert and Ty Webb, infielders Eric Jagielo and Tyler Wade and outfielder Dustin Fowler, who will participate as a member of the taxi squad on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Missed opportunities haunt Yankees

Missed opportunities haunt Yankees

BOSTON -- Play this game in any other ballpark, Didi Gregorius said, and the Yankees would be the ones celebrating. You didn't need a tape measure to figure out that his good wood, ninth-inning drive would have powered a grand slam back in the Bronx.

No lead seems safe at Fenway Park either, but the forgiving right-field dimensions helped the Red Sox this time. Gregorius' fly ball died on the warning track, allowing the erratic Jean Machi to close out a 4-3 victory on a night of missed opportunities for the Yankees.

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Despite loss, Yanks keep pace in AL East

Despite loss, Yanks keep pace in AL East

BOSTON -- David Ortiz hit his 495th career home run, Jackie Bradley Jr. showed off his bat and his arm, and the Red Sox withstood a ninth-inning threat to celebrate a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Monday at Fenway Park.

The Yankees remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase despite piecing together a frantic rally against Red Sox closer Jean Machi, who allowed a leadoff single and walked three batters in the ninth to force home a run.

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Refsnyder among 8 September additions

Ackley comes off disabled list; reliever Bailey returns to big leagues

Refsnyder among 8 September additions

BOSTON -- The Yankees added eight players from the Minor Leagues for the stretch drive as part of Tuesday's roster expansion. One of them was infielder Rob Refsnyder, who is ranked as the organization's No. 6 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

New York also activated infielder-outfielder Dustin Ackley from the disabled list and added right-hander Andrew Bailey, right-hander Caleb Cotham, outfielder Rico Noel, left-hander James Pazos, infielder Jose Pirela and catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre prior to their contest against the Red Sox.

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Yanks made bid to reacquire Robertson

Yanks made bid to reacquire Robertson

BOSTON -- The Yankees allowed David Robertson to walk as a free agent in the offseason, deciding that they preferred the package of Andrew Miller and the compensatory Draft pick they would obtain as a result of the closer's departure.

At the time, the Yankees spoke highly of Robertson. General manager Brian Cashman even admitted to feigning interest so as to drive up Robertson's asking price on the open market, helping him score a four-year, $48 million deal from the White Sox.

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Yankees' quench offensive thirst in Atlanta

Club outscores Braves 38-11 in series; Drew, Headley lead charge that includes nine-run seventh

Yankees' quench offensive thirst in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A three-game showdown against the Braves' inexperienced pitching staff seemed to get the Yankees' bats back on track. The contributions up and down the batting order were so widespread, even Stephen Drew's batting average bubbled above the Mendoza line.

Drew and Chase Headley combined to go 7-for-7 with two homers, six runs, eight RBIs and four walks on Sunday, while Jacoby Ellsbury slugged a three-run homer in a 20-6 rout at Turner Field that saw the Yankees plate nine runs in the seventh inning. New York outscored Atlanta, 38-11, in the series.

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Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

Yankees sweep Braves with 20-run output

ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the Yankees rolled to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, completing a series sweep.

Drew stroked four hits and Headley had three, each driving in four runs for the Yankees, who put an eight-run pounding on Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. New York remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase.

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Montgomery on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015

Montgomery 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.

A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.

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A-Rod resumes workouts as first-base option

Yankees' DH could see action at position vs. lefties; club 'still startled' by tragedy in Atlanta

A-Rod resumes workouts as first-base option

ATLANTA -- With Mark Teixeira out of the lineup for an indefinite period of time, the Yankees have asked Alex Rodriguez to resume working out at first base, providing manager Joe Girardi with another option behind rookie Greg Bird.

Rodriguez sparked a nine-run seventh inning with a two-run pinch-hit single in the Yankees' 20-6 win over the Braves on Sunday.

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Severino gaining Yanks' trust, confidence

Severino gaining Yanks' trust, confidence

ATLANTA -- Luis Severino has only made five turns through the big league rotation, but the Yankees are already impressed by how well the rookie right-hander seems to fit into their clubhouse. To put it simply, they have become convinced that he belongs.

Severino hurled six scoreless innings to win his second consecutive start on Saturday night, limiting the Braves to four hits and three walks in the Yankees' 3-1 victory at Turner Field. The Yanks' top prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, Severino seems to possess maturity well beyond his 21 years.

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Severino, late runs carry Yanks past Braves

Severino, late runs carry Yanks past Braves

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius' seventh-inning double ended Matt Wisler's night and provided sufficient support to Luis Severino, who helped the Yankees claim a 3-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.

A first-inning wild pitch accounted for the only run Wisler had surrendered until Chase Headley and Gregorius began the seventh inning with consecutive doubles. Brian McCann's eighth-inning double off Edwin Jackson provided an insurance run for the Yankees, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East race.

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Yanks' Mitchell: No jitters in return to mound

Yanks' Mitchell: No jitters in return to mound

ATLANTA -- There were no signs of unwanted flinches as Bryan Mitchell returned to a big league mound late on Friday evening, firing 1 1/3 innings in his first appearance after being struck in the face with a line drive. The Yankees right-hander counted that as a victory.

Mitchell logged the final four outs of the Yanks' 15-4 win over the Braves at Turner Field and said that he had no issues facing hitters. He was struck in the face by a 103-mph Eduardo Nunez liner on Aug. 17 at Yankee Stadium, forcing him to the seven-day concussion disabled list.

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Sabathia releases pic to defuse paparazzi

Sabathia releases pic to defuse paparazzi

ATLANTA -- CC Sabathia seems to be garnering increased attention from shutterbugs of late, but the Yankees left-hander said there is nothing incriminating about a photo being circulated that showed him smoking what he said was a cigar from an Atlanta hotel balcony.

Sabathia said that his wife, Amber, was contacted by a paparazzi photographer on Saturday morning, threatening to release the image if certain financial demands were not met. In response, Sabathia posted the image on his own Instagram page, later deleting it after being informed that it had been purchased by a newspaper.

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Yankees erupt for 15 runs to rout Braves

Yankees erupt for 15 runs to rout Braves

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer and collected a career-high six RBIs, Brian McCann celebrated his return to Atlanta with a three-run shot of his own and the Yankees rolled to a 15-4 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Turner Field.

Gregorius' seventh homer of the year highlighted New York's eight-run pounding of right-hander Williams Perez, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. Chase Headley also drove in three runs for the Yankees, who remain 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the American League East lead.

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Gregorius becomes total package for Yanks

Struggles earlier in the season now a distant memory

Gregorius becomes total package for Yanks

ATLANTA -- The Yankees knew that they were signing up for an unfinished product when they acquired Didi Gregorius in a three-way trade this past offseason, choosing to bet on his high ceiling. They may not have expected that gamble to pay off so soon.

Gregorius set a career high with six RBIs as part of a four-hit performance on Friday, helping to lead the Yankees to a 15-4 victory over the Braves at Turner Field. The issues on both sides of the ball that marked Gregorius' first months in pinstripes have faded into a distant memory.

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McCann homers in return to Turner Field

Yankees catcher hits three-run shot in eighth inning

McCann homers in return to Turner Field

ATLANTA -- The reception was warm, the runs were in plentiful supply and Yankees catcher Brian McCann was able to enjoy his happy homecoming on Friday, homering to slap an exclamation point on his first game as a visitor at Turner Field.

The former Braves backstop received a standing ovation before his first at-bat, and heard another loud round of applause while rounding the bases after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Andrew McKirahan in the Yankees' 15-4 victory.

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Montgomery hurls six perfect innings for Class A Advanced Tampa

Yankees No. 27 prospect goes at least six frames without allowing a hit for the second time this year

Montgomery hurls six perfect innings for Class A Advanced Tampa

Yankees No. 27 prospect Jordan Montgomery was perfect for Class A Advanced Tampa on Friday evening, tossing six spotless innings during a 9-3 win over Daytona.

The 6-foot-4 southpaw struck out eight hitters and did not allow a hit or a walk. He left the Yanks' perfect game in the hands of reliever Chance Adams, who allowed three runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.

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Looking to improve, Capuano accepts 4th assignment

Yankees have recalled lefty three times this year after DFAing him

Looking to improve, Capuano accepts 4th assignment

In what seemed like it would have been a major upset earlier in the month, Chris Capuano pulled on his pinstriped jersey Tuesday afternoon and took part in the Yankees' team photo at Yankee Stadium, digitally preserved for all time as a member of a roster fighting for its playoff future.

Capuano entered in relief that night and did poorly, permitting six runs in two innings of a 15-1 loss to the Astros. By the next morning, he was again having that familiar conversation with the Yanks' braintrust, informed for the fourth time in this unusual season that he was being designated for assignment.

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