CC chased as Yanks can't keep up in Subway Series

CC chased as Yanks can't keep up in Subway Series

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game and the Mets swatted three homers off CC Sabathia, evening the Subway Series with an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Lucas Duda hit a first-inning solo shot, Kevin Plawecki notched his first Major League homer with a two-run blast in the fourth and Eric Campbell cleared the right-field wall in the sixth off Sabathia, who was battered for seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. Juan Lagares had four hits, tying a career high.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ellsbury exits game early due to hip tightness

Girardi cautious with Yankees center fielder, hopes he can return soon

Ellsbury exits game early due to hip tightness

NEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from the game in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Mets because he was experiencing some hip tightness. Manager Joe Girardi was not sure when the tightness began, but after he was alerted about it, he decided to make a move.

"With the score the way it was, I just said, 'I'm going to take you out,'" Girardi said. "'We'll see how you feel tomorrow, and hopefully you'll be a player for us.'"

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Command off as CC surrenders three homers

Sabathia remains winless this season after getting tagged by Mets

Command off as CC surrenders three homers

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's final pitch of the afternoon landed in center field for the third knock of Juan Lagares' four-hit game, and the big left-hander rolled that dirty ball out of play. Out of the dugout popped manager Joe Girardi, who raised his right arm and asked for the new one.

As Sabathia walked slowly off the field, soon to be tagged with his fourth loss of the season in the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Saturday, the pro-Yankees contingent of the paying crowd was decidedly anti-CC. Their displeasure registered no surprise.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Girardi: Beltran capable of more production for Yankees

Veteran outfielder dealt with illnesses, posted .173 average through 14 games

Girardi: Beltran capable of more production for Yankees

NEW YORK -- The second season with the Yankees has, to Carlos Beltran's chagrin, started with much of the same feeling as the first.

Beltran went 0-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 6-1 victory over the Mets, dropping his batting average to .173 through 14 games, and manager Joe Girardi said that he believes the 38-year-old Beltran is capable of more than he has shown.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees call on Eovaldi for rubber match against Mets

Yankees call on Eovaldi for rubber match against Mets

The Empire State Building is a frontrunner. On Friday night, it was illuminated in white and blue after the Yankees took Game 1 of the Subway Series. Saturday, it sparkled in blue and orange as the Mets took Game 2. The rubber match on Sunday night pits Jon Niese against Nathan Eovaldi with the landmark's ultimate affection on the line.

Niese improved to 2-0 in his last start by limiting the Braves to one run over 6 2/3 innings. But he was upset with himself after issuing four walks, and he will look to improve his command. Eovaldi posted his best start as a Yankee his last time out, when he held Detroit to one run over seven innings on April 21.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tex swats pair to back Pineda's gem in win over Mets

Tex swats pair to back Pineda's gem in win over Mets

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Michael Pineda pitched effectively into the eighth inning in Friday night's Subway Series opener, helping the Yankees snap the Mets' 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

"Home runs are always good," said Teixeira, who leads the Yankees with seven homers. "They're not easy to come by, especially against a good pitcher. It was a good night."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For Gardner, Yanks, it's not a 'stache decision

For Gardner, Yanks, it's not a 'stache decision

NEW YORK -- The fuel for the Yankees' recent winning streak can be traced to a moment of inspiration in a bathroom mirror at Tropicana Field. At least, that's how Brett Gardner tells the story.

Gardner is leading the charge behind a sprouting band of mustaches in the Yankees' clubhouse, most of which have been permitted to take root while the team has reeled off seven wins in eight games going into Saturday's Subway Series game against the Mets.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

Righty personifies young, dynamic club; lefty a reflection of veteran-laden group

Harvey vs. CC matchup a symbolic one for Mets, Yanks

If you're inclined to see one game as something larger, something symbolic of where two franchises find themselves at the beginning of a new season, you're going to love what the Mets and Yankees are giving us Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.

Matt Harvey vs. CC Sabathia.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How fast was Tex's 2nd homer? Statcast knows

How fast was Tex's 2nd homer? Statcast knows

When Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira took right-hander Jacob deGrom deep in the third inning of Friday night's 6-1 win over the Mets at Yankee Stadium, it was his second home run of the night, his seventh of the season and the third of the night for the Bronx Bombers.

But thanks to Statcast data, which was part of the national broadcast on MLB Network, those aren't the only numbers we know.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Retired Bernie Williams plans to become rock star

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Retired Bernie Williams plans to become rock star

On Friday, Bernie Williams officially retired from baseball despite making his last appearance with the Yankees in 2006.

Wait, he just retired?  

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Back to full health, Teixeira's power resurgence continues

Yanks first baseman says gluten-free diet helps him feel better, work out harder

Back to full health, Teixeira's power resurgence continues

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira's gluten-free menu -- headlined by spinach smoothies, bison burgers and turkey bacon -- hasn't become a popular choice in the Yankees' clubhouse, though if he continues hitting for power, he just might gain a few converts along the way.

Teixeira homered twice in Friday's 6-1 Subway Series victory over the Mets and paces the roster with seven homers and 17 RBIs through 16 games. With only five hits that haven't left the ballpark, Teixeira has done an excellent job of making his best swings count.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marty Noble

One day you're hot, next day you run into the Yanks

One day you're hot, next day you run into the Yanks

NEW YORK -- They played by the same rules they had used throughout their unflawed homestand, save that weird one that has a more accomplished batsman hitting for the pitcher. The distance between the bases was as it had been on the other side of the river, the standard 30 yards. And from the rubber to the plate in the Bronx was as it was in Flushing, 60.5 feet. Even the area code was the same. Must have been the zip code that flummoxed the Mets and put them on the wrong side of the hyphen Friday night, because the results were as different as elephants and glockenspiels from what they had been for 11 games.

Leave it to the Yankees, those killjoys in pinstripes, to be Interleague party poopers. They couldn't be satisfied with the merely scheduled engagement against the hottest team in the hemisphere. Nooo, they wanted more. Bringing in one of their heroes emeritus to throw out the first ball wasn't dressing enough either. So they went well beyond Bernie and the Mets program and put on a whooping on the visitors from the Big Citi. No respect, these Yankees.

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

Pineda in command from outset, firing first-pitch strikes

Yankees righty allows just one Mets run, whiffs seven over 7 2/3 innings

Pineda in command from outset, firing first-pitch strikes

NEW YORK -- Despite the cold and windy conditions at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, right-hander Michael Pineda showed impeccable command of the strike zone, throwing a career-high 78 of his 100 pitches for strikes while stifling the red-hot Mets in the Yankees' 6-1 victory.

It seemed as if he was ahead of Mets hitters all night, retiring 13 of the first 14 batters he faced, allowing just five hits in 7 2/3 innings.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bernie officially retires, will have plaque dedication May 24

Ex-Yanks great 'proud, grateful and very honored'

Bernie officially retires, will have plaque dedication May 24

NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams had been long excluded from the Yankees' proverbial "Core Four" of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Marino Rivera, even though Williams was an important part of their last championship era.

So before Williams was set to officially retire before Friday's game against the Mets, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wanted to coin a term that included Williams in the group.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young wishes time with Mets went better

Young wishes time with Mets went better

NEW YORK -- Chris Young was likely the most popular man on the field as the Subway Series began on Friday at Yankee Stadium, with a succession of former Mets teammates making their way over during batting practice to offer the outfielder a handshake or a hug.

Young's time in Queens did not go as anticipated, leading to his release last August after batting .205 in 88 games, but he has found a new home in the Bronx. Young was not in Friday's lineup against right-hander Jacob deGrom, but he's batting a sizzling .357 with four homers and nine RBIs, playing a key role in the Yankees' early success.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebookand read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees edge Tigers after Tanaka-Anibal duel

Yankees edge Tigers after Tanaka-Anibal duel

DETROIT -- The New York Yankees became the first team to cool off the Tigers, in part by lighting up Detroit's bullpen at Comerica Park. In Thursday's series finale, it was the difference in the game, with Jacoby Ellsbury doubling and scoring off Tom Gorzelanny in the eighth inning for a 2-1 Yankees win.

With a 33-degree temperature at first pitch, both offenses were similarly cool for much of the day, combining for four hits over 6 1/3 innings against Anibal Sanchez and Masahiro Tanaka. The Tigers converted a leadoff double from Anthony Gose into a Victor Martinez sacrifice fly in the first inning but never added on, giving the Yankees and Ellsbury a chance to take advantage.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka up to the task vs. Tigers' tough lineup

Righty allows one run as Yankees win series finale in frigid Detroit

Tanaka up to the task vs. Tigers' tough lineup

DETROIT -- This past Saturday, Masahiro Tanaka answered one question. Yes, he proved with seven shutout innings against the Rays, he is still capable of putting up the kind of numbers he did early on last season.

He faced several more questions heading into his start Thursday afternoon. How would he hold up in the near-freezing conditions at Comerica Park? How would he handle pitching on normal rest for the first time this year? How would he fare against the Tigers' formidable lineup?

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Road trip does wonders for Yankees' confidence

New York goes 7-3 against Orioles, Rays and Tigers

Road trip does wonders for Yankees' confidence

DETROIT -- This weekend will be a test and a showcase for the Yankees, a chance to show what they're capable of against the hottest team in baseball, the Mets.

But it would be unfair to so quickly overlook what they just accomplished at Comerica Park, taking three of four from the Tigers to cap off a 7-3 road trip against the Orioles, Rays and Tigers.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball set to take over NY as Mets, Yanks collide

First edition of 2015 Subway Series features streaking Amazin's, surging Bombers

Baseball set to take over NY as Mets, Yanks collide

NEW YORK -- Not long after the Mets put the finishing touches on a perfect 10-game homestand at Citi Field, the NHL's Islanders began a critical Game 5 of their playoff series in Washington. Matt Harvey's beloved New York Rangers are set to play Friday. Gotham's sports scene has rarely held such sheen in this century.

And still there is a sense around the city that on the final weekend of April, with spring's chill lingering, baseball should supersede it all. The Mets are playing at least as well as at any point over the last decade, if not the last quarter-century. The Yankees, almost quietly, are nearly as hot.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees not complaining about frigid conditions

Ellsbury: 'You can't let the weather dictate how you feel'

Yankees not complaining about frigid conditions

DETROIT -- It's seemed as if the Yankees have battled the weather as much as the Tigers throughout their four-game series in Detroit this week.

They had to cancel pregame batting practice Monday and Tuesday afternoon due to rain. With near-freezing temperatures and light snow falling at Comerica Park, the tarp remained on the field Wednesday afternoon.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lindsay Berra

#TBT: Bernie, Posada homer from both sides of plate

#TBT: Bernie, Posada homer from both sides of plate

The year 2000 was a big one for the New York Yankees.

They survived a 3-15 season-ending slump to finish first in the American League East with an 87-74 record. They beat Oakland in the AL Division Series, then Seattle in the AL Championship Series, then the New York Mets in a five-game Subway Series to take their 26th World Series title.

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Lindsay Berra has covered a variety of sports, from baseball and hockey to tennis and the Olympics, since 1999. She joined MLB.com in 2013.

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Yankees score on balk; Ausmus ejected

After seeing video, Tigers manager says umpire made the correct call

Yankees score on balk; Ausmus ejected

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez looked like he had found the way out of his jam Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. Instead, it was Tigers manager Brad Ausmus who took the exit after Sanchez's game-tying balk.

Detroit ended up taking the 2-1 loss, and Ausmus later took the blame for arguing the call.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees make Tigers pay the Price in rout

Yankees make Tigers pay the Price in rout

DETROIT -- David Price said he had forgotten his last meeting with the Yankees, who put up nine consecutive hits against him last August. The Yankees seemed to remember, sending 11 batters to the plate in a six-run opening inning and 21 batters over 2 1/3 innings in a 13-4 win over the Tigers on a chilly Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

On a night when the temperature sat at 38 degrees at first pitch, Price and Yankees starter Adam Warren combined for 10 runs and 87 pitches over a 52-minute opening inning. While Warren settled down after four first-inning walks, the Yankees kept up the pressure on Price, scoring two runs on three straight two-out hits in the second inning, including back-to-back triples from Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bern, baby, Bern: Williams to officially retire

Center fielder, who last played in 2006, will have his number retired by Yankees

Bern, baby, Bern: Williams to officially retire

NEW YORK -- Though he played his final Major League game in 2006, having jumped into a successful music career and twice appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot, Bernie Williams always enjoyed ribbing his former teammates with the running joke that he had still not officially retired from baseball.

Now, as the Yankees embrace their post-"Core Four" era -- a group that should properly include Williams, if only someone had coined a catchy nickname that rhymed with "five" -- Williams is ready to formally sign his retirement papers. The ceremony will take place on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees' Franchise Four voting favors HOFers

Baseball icons Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio pacing ballot

Yankees' Franchise Four voting favors HOFers

Major League Baseball released the current leaders for the Franchise Four campaign on Wednesday, and it should come as no surprise to see Babe Ruth atop the Yankees' list.

The first balloting update revealed that Ruth currently leads the voting. He's followed by Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. The Yankees are one of seven clubs with four Hall of Famers currently leading the voting.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.