Ryan's rehab assignment moves to Triple-A

Ryan's rehab assignment moves to Triple-A

SEATTLE -- Brendan Ryan has advanced to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on his Minor League rehabilitation assignment, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the organization plans to add the infielder to the big league roster when he is ready.

Ryan, 33, has been sidelined since Spring Training with a right calf strain and subsequent setbacks, and started a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with Class A Advanced Tampa, going 1-for-3 with a double.

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Nova on verge of beginning rehab assignment

Nova on verge of beginning rehab assignment

SEATTLE -- Ivan Nova is set to take a significant step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, as the Yankees right-hander has been cleared to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.

Nova threw approximately 75 pitches in an extended spring game on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., throwing three innings against hitters before finishing in the bullpen due to rain, according to manager Joe Girardi.

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King for day: Pineda gets best of old pal Felix

Yankees righty fans 9, outduels mentor in first start against his former team

King for day: Pineda gets best of old pal Felix

SEATTLE -- As a rookie trying to make a lasting impression on the big league stage, Michael Pineda took advantage of his close proximity to Felix Hernandez, scooping up morsels of knowledge from the reigning Cy Young Award winner about life in the Majors.

Four years later, Pineda bumped up against his former teammate on a night when the King looked anything but royal. The pupil beat the teacher, dethroning Hernandez with a nine-strikeout performance in the Yankees' 7-2 victory over the Mariners on Monday at Safeco Field.

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Tex's slam helps Yanks, Pineda topple Felix

Tex's slam helps Yanks, Pineda topple Felix

SEATTLE -- Michael Pineda shut down his former Mariners teammates with a strong performance Monday as the Yankees drubbed Felix Hernandez in a 7-2 win in the series opener at Safeco Field.

Pineda, an All-Star as a rookie with the Mariners in 2011 before being traded to the Yankees, improved to 7-2 with a 3.33 ERA as he held Seattle to two runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts in six-plus innings.

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Healthy body is powerful feeling for Teixeira

No longer bothered by wrist injury, Yanks slugger enjoying strong show at plate

Healthy body is powerful feeling for Teixeira

SEATTLE -- The power has returned to Mark Teixeira's stroke after a year lost to frustration and nagging discomfort, and as the Yankees slugger circled the bases in yet another trot on Monday, he sees the potential for this to be a very special season.

Teixeira hit a fifth-inning grand slam off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the Yankees' 7-2 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. It marked Teixeira's 15th home run of the season, coming after a right wrist injury limited him to 22 homers all of last year.

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Six Yankees seek All-Star ballot momentum

Six Yankees seek All-Star ballot momentum

SEATTLE -- Jacoby Ellsbury's name has appeared on more counted copies of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot than any other Yankee, but the second checkpoint of voting for the Midsummer Classic sees every pinstriped candidate in need of a push to get to Cincinnati.

Ellsbury, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain, has garnered 888,192 votes, placing him eighth among American League outfielders. He is expected to return to the Bombers' lineup later this month.

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Sabathia looks to snap two-start slide in Seattle

Sabathia looks to snap two-start slide in Seattle

SEATTLE -- The Yankees and Mariners will see a matchup of two left-handers on opposite ends of the career scale on Tuesday, when veteran CC Sabathia faces off against rookie Mike Montgomery as he makes his Major League debut.

Montgomery, 25, was 4-3 with a 3.74 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Tacoma and is taking the place of James Paxton, who went on the 15-day disabled list last week. Sabathia is looking to snap a string of two consecutive losses, and is 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA in 10 starts this year.

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Warren keeps spot as Capuano heads to 'pen

Left-hander's move clears way in rotation for return of Tanaka

Warren keeps spot as Capuano heads to 'pen

SEATTLE -- The Yankees have dispatched left-hander Chris Capuano to the bullpen, manager Joe Girardi announced on Monday, clearing a rotation spot for Masahiro Tanaka's return to big league duty at the end of this series against the Mariners.

Tanaka is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list and start Wednesday's 3:40 p.m. ET getaway day matinee. In selecting Capuano for bullpen duty, the Yankees offered a vote of confidence to right-hander Adam Warren, who has pitched very well in his last four starts.

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Warren drops finale duel in Oakland

Warren drops finale duel in Oakland

OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Jesse Chavez tossed eight shutout innings as the A's beat the Yankees, 3-0, on Sunday to take three of four in the series at the Coliseum.

Billy Burns set the A's up in the sixth by blooping a single to right and stealing second and third before Vogt's 11th home run of the season. The A's scored with Chavez on the mound for the first time since May 16, a stretch of 27 innings.

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Yanks release momentum in losing 3 of 4

Up-and-down season continues away from home

Yanks release momentum in losing 3 of 4

OAKLAND -- As the season's second month peels off the calendar, the Yankees are trying to determine who they really are. The standings say they are a first-place team, and they have shown themselves to be the kind of club that can run off a dominant 18-6 tear, but then there are also gut-punches like this.

Filing out of the Coliseum after Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Athletics, the Yankees absorbed their third defeat in four contests against last-place Oakland -- a series that felt a bit too much like some of the season's earlier, ugly displays.

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Struggling Drew sits in favor of Pirela

Second baseman hitting .157 with 4 HRs, 19 RBIs

Struggling Drew sits in favor of Pirela

OAKLAND -- The Yankees held Stephen Drew out of the starting lineup for a second straight game on Sunday, as the veteran infielder searches for ways to escape his season-long slump.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi again opted to start Jose Pirela at second base over Drew, who is hitless in his last 20 at-bats and is batting just .157 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 46 games this season.

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Ryan begins rehab assignment in Tampa

Shortstop working way back from strain in right calf

Ryan begins rehab assignment in Tampa

OAKLAND -- Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan, who has been sidelined since Spring Training with a right calf strain and subsequent setbacks, started a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with Class A Tampa.

Ryan lined a double in his first at-bat for the Yankees' Florida State League affiliate. Ryan sustained a Grade 2 strain of his calf while fielding a ball in an April 1 spring game at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

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Martin reinstated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

Yankees keep four left-handers in bullpen

Martin reinstated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

OAKLAND -- The Yankees returned right-hander Chris Martin from his Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday, reinstating him from the 15-day disabled list before optioning him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the club decided to keep four left-handers in its bullpen -- Jacob Lindgren, Andrew Miller, Chasen Shreve and Justin Wilson -- to prepare for a three-game series against the Mariners this week.

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Yanks rally past A's on Beltran's clutch HR

Yanks rally past A's on Beltran's clutch HR

OAKLAND -- Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and added an RBI single in the eighth, guiding the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Saturday night and putting New York in position to split the four-game series in Sunday's matinee.

Beltran's one-out shot to straightaway center field off A's starter Jesse Hahn was his fourth of the year, and just the third home run allowed by Hahn in 59 2/3 innings.

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Beltran wrapping up strong month with a bang

Yankees outfielder, who had a rough April, delivers go-ahead two-run HR

Beltran wrapping up strong month with a bang

OAKLAND -- The Yankees never believed that they saw the real Carlos Beltran when he tried to play through a painful right elbow injury last season, and they certainly hoped that he still had more to offer than they saw in April.

This month's version of Beltran, however, agrees with the Yanks just fine. Beltran homered and drove in three runs as the Yankees defeated the Athletics, 5-3, on Saturday at the Coliseum, as the 38-year-old veteran charges to the end of the week in strong fashion.

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Flores shines defensively in debut

Yankees outfield prospect throws out runner at plate, makes diving catch

Flores shines defensively in debut

OAKLAND -- The Yankees took note of Ramon Flores' potential this spring, impressed by a fluid left-handed stroke that seemed to send the ball a long way with ease. Those good impressions helped promote the rookie to a big league clubhouse for the first time Saturday.

Flores was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Slade Heathcott, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps. Flores immediately appeared in the Yanks' lineup Saturday against the A's, batting seventh and playing left field in the 5-3 victory.

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Top prospect Severino set for Triple-A debut

Girardi, Yanks to keep close eye on righty, who starts Sunday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Top prospect Severino set for Triple-A debut

OAKLAND -- Luis Severino, regarded as the Yankees' top prospect, is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut on Sunday for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Norfolk Tides at 1:05 p.m. ET in Moosic, Pa.

Severino, 21, has been rated as the Yankees' No. 1 prospect by MLB.com. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Trenton to begin the 2015 season.

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McCann homers again, but Yanks fall to A's

McCann homers again, but Yanks fall to A's

OAKLAND -- A four-run third inning backed A's ace Sonny Gray, who did his part by completing eight solid innings in a 6-2 victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Friday night, securing Oakland its second straight win.

Gray fired four no-hit innings, before Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit his fourth home run in as many games to lead off the fifth. Shortstop Didi Gregorius doubled off Gray and scored in the sixth, but that's all the right-hander would allow, while maintaining the American League's best ERA, at 1.82.

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Tanaka to be activated for Wednesday's start

Yankees ace 'feeling good,' set to return from right wrist tendinitis, forearm strain

Tanaka to be activated for Wednesday's start

OAKLAND -- Masahiro Tanaka will be activated from the disabled list and has been scheduled to start against the Mariners in Seattle on Wednesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday.

Tanaka flew to join the club following his second Minor League rehabilitation start Wednesday at Pawtucket for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and said that he feels healthy after spending the last month on the disabled list.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Yanks need Tanaka to resume ace status

Club leads AL East despite inconsistent rotation

Yanks need Tanaka to resume ace status

OAKLAND -- The New York Yankees are sitting atop the American League East.

The position, however, is precarious.

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Headley puzzled by defensive woes

Yanks third baseman leads Majors with 11 errors

Headley puzzled by defensive woes

OAKLAND -- The theory of a defensive slump is one that Chase Headley subscribes to, though the Yankees third baseman can't explain why there is one dogging him at the hot corner.

Headley allowed a Ben Zobrist chopper to go through his legs Friday, opening the door for a four-run Athletics third inning in the Yanks' 6-2 loss at the Coliseum. It marked Headley's 11th error, just two shy of his single-season career high.

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Heathcott to DL with strained right quad

Yankees rookie center fielder likely out close to month

Heathcott to DL with strained right quad

OAKLAND -- A week that started with Slade Heathcott celebrating his first career big league hit will conclude with the rookie outfielder heading to the disabled list, thanks to a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps.

Heathcott picked up six hits in his first 17 at-bats (.353) after being summoned from the Minors to fill in for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury, and will be replaced on the active roster by outfielder Ramon Flores, who should be in Oakland on Saturday.

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CC lets lead slip away as Yanks fall to A's

CC lets lead slip away as Yanks fall to A's

OAKLAND -- Billy Burns and Brett Lawrie homered, and the A's posted a pair of runs in the seventh inning to break ahead and claim a 5-4 series-opening victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Thursday evening.

Lawrie wiped away a two-run Yankees lead in the sixth with a two-run home run off left-hander CC Sabathia, who allowed eight hits in six-plus innings and was charged with all five runs, and the A's went ahead in the seventh when Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk against right-hander David Carpenter.

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A-Rod ties Bonds for 2nd on RBI list

Yanks slugger: It's 'special' to catch friend at 1,996

A-Rod ties Bonds for 2nd on RBI list

OAKLAND -- Alex Rodriguez drove in the 1,996th run of his career on Thursday, tying Barry Bonds for second place on baseball's all-time RBI list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rodriguez lifted a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to center field off Athletics starter Kendall Graveman, driving home Brett Gardner with the Yankees' third run of the evening in a 5-4 loss.

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CC regrets pitches to Burns, Lawrie

Given three-run cushion, Yankees lefty's struggles at Coliseum continue

CC regrets pitches to Burns, Lawrie

OAKLAND -- When CC Sabathia walked off the mound at the end of the third inning, having rung up back-to-back strikeouts to extricate himself from a bases-loaded, one-out jam, the Yankees left-hander wanted to believe that it would be a turning point.

It was an impressive display, but it wound up representing another tease as Sabathia was tagged with his seventh loss of the season, handed the decision on the wrong end of the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the A's at the Coliseum.

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A-Rod safe at home on overturned call

Yankees DH: 'That looked like Shaquille O'Neal coming out of a pick'

A-Rod safe at home on overturned call

OAKLAND -- Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez grazed home plate with his left hand, evading a tag from Athletics catcher Josh Phegley to score from second base on a single in a video-reviewed play Thursday night at the Coliseum.

Rodriguez's athletic play delivered the Yankees' second run in a 5-4 loss to the A's. A review of two minutes, 45 seconds overturned the initial call by home-plate umpire Ed Hickox, as Rodriguez's left hand was shown to have touched the plate.

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