Yankees left with sinking feeling at Fenway

Yankees left with sinking feeling at Fenway

BOSTON -- Rick Porcello didn't allow a run for the second straight start while recording his fifth straight victory to open the season, leading the Red Sox to an 8-0 rout over the Yankees.

In top form from the start, Porcello (5-0, 2.76 ERA) held the Yankees to five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out six.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

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Girardi trusts bats will return to norm

Girardi trusts bats will return to norm

BOSTON -- The managerial playbook offered Joe Girardi a few time-tested avenues over the course of this underwhelming stretch. He offered a private pep talk to some of the struggling players, then raised his voice behind closed doors, sending tough love out to the entire group.

But in Girardi's view, the most effective way to claw out is not hidden in a wild lineup shakeup or by flipping tables in the clubhouse. Minutes after the Yankees' 8-0 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday, Girardi said that he believes his best option is to trust the bats will return to their historical norms.

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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.

Despite funk at plate, Yankees aren't panicking

Despite funk at plate, Yankees aren't panicking

BOSTON -- The forecast for the Yankees was that they were going to score runs in bunches and might have to deal with some shaky outings from their starting pitchers, but they would utilize their power bullpen to make sure that they locked down the leads they carried through six innings.

Speaking after Saturday's 8-0 loss to the Red Sox, Carlos Beltran said that he refuses to believe that this Yankees team just might not be as good as everyone thought it was.

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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.

Eovaldi aims to duplicate gem in series finale

Eovaldi aims to duplicate gem in series finale

David Price is no stranger to facing the Yankees. The left-hander has made 30 career starts against the club. However, Sunday's series finale at Fenway Park marks his first as a member of the Red Sox.

"It's exciting," said Price, who can help his new ballclub sweep the last place Yankees. "It's definitely a rivalry I've seen kind of my entire life. I was growing up a fan of the game of baseball, and to be a part of that is special.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees confident offense will rebound

Yankees confident offense will rebound

BOSTON -- The hits have not been falling with nearly enough regularity for the Yankees this season, but hitting coach Alan Cockrell said that he has found reasons to be encouraged that things are moving in the right direction.

"Over the last three or four days, I thought we've hit balls well and didn't have a lot to show for it," Cockrell said on Saturday at Fenway Park. "Is that a fluke? That's baseball. That's the frustrating part about baseball; you can do everything absolutely right and still get a negative result.

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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.

Once again, Papi haunts Yankees

Once again, Papi haunts Yankees

BOSTON -- David Ortiz added yet another memorable hit against the Yankees to his resume, hammering a two-run shot over the Green Monster in left-center against Dellin Betances with one out in the eighth to break a tie and lead the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory in the first rivalry showdown this season.

Big Papi jumped on a first-pitch curveball from Betances, and the Red Sox slugger smashed it at an exit speed of 105 mph and a projected distance of 402 feet from home plate, according to Statcast™. Ortiz was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts before his game-turning swing.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

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After dominating, Tanaka stumbles in seventh

After dominating, Tanaka stumbles in seventh

BOSTON -- Masahiro Tanaka was the man that the Yankees wanted on the mound for this one, calling upon their stopper to halt a skid that had seen them lose 10 of their last 14 games. Their trust was rewarded with six zeros spread across the Green Monster, and perhaps it extended one pitch too far.

Manager Joe Girardi opted to stick with Tanaka in the seventh inning of Friday's 4-2 loss to the Red Sox, envisioning a handoff to Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller that never materialized. Jackie Bradley Jr. had other plans, slugging Tanaka's 99th pitch off the wall for a game-tying, two-run double.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

A-Rod beginning to show that age is just a number

Yankees 40-year-old DH slugged an impressive solo homer on Friday

A-Rod beginning to show that age is just a number

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez has had his best back-to-back offensive days of the season for the Yankees, but the performance went for naught.

A-Rod crushed his fourth homer of the season and second in successive games into the seats above the Green Monster in left-center at Fenway Park to open the second inning on Friday night.

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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.

First-pitch breaking ball betrays Betances

First-pitch breaking ball betrays Betances

BOSTON -- The first-pitch breaking ball has been a favored weapon for Dellin Betances, a scouting report that clearly has made its way into the hands of David Ortiz and the Red Sox.

Ortiz guessed right as Betances snapped off an 83 mph hook to start their eighth-inning power on power showdown. Big Papi dispatched the ball over the Green Monster, serving as the deciding blow in the Yankees' 4-2 loss at Fenway Park on Friday.

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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.

MLB Plus debuts with Yankees-Red Sox

MLB Plus debuts with Yankees-Red Sox

MLB.com introduced a new way to watch baseball Friday with MLB Plus, a data-driven online broadcast featuring Statcast™ and other advanced analysis.

MLB Plus debuted during Friday's matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park, which Boston won, 4-2. It will be available as a companion to each MLB Network Showcase game this season, and you can catch the next installment during Saturday's Yankees-Red Sox game at 7:10 p.m. EST.

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

Young Red Sox fan gets A-Rod's homer bat

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Young Red Sox fan gets A-Rod's homer bat

When Mesa, Ariz., native Andy Moss was diagnosed with cancer last year, there was one big item on his bucket list: to take his son, David, to Fenway Park and meet his hero, David Ortiz. Sadly, Andy passed away in late September, but David made sure his dad's wish came true -- he and his sister and mom made the trip to the Red Sox-Yankees game on Friday night.

Boston welcomed Andy to batting practice, where he finally met Big Papi. But the story doesn't end there -- Ortiz passed along Moss' story to Alex Rodriguez, who made sure he said hello before his first at-bat in the second inning. David had one request: "I asked if I could have his bat," he said. "He said, 'If I hit a home run you can have my bat!'" Just a few minutes later, this happened.

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Hicks likely to start Sunday vs. Price

Hicks likely to start Sunday vs. Price

BOSTON -- Aaron Hicks is ready to return to action for the Yankees, just in time for the team's first regular-season look at David Price in a Red Sox uniform.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Friday that Hicks will be available at any point of this weekend's series at Fenway Park, and he is a likely candidate to start in the series finale against the left-handed Price on Sunday.

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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.

Chapman becomes U.S. citizen

Chapman becomes U.S. citizen

BOSTON -- Aroldis Chapman will be cleared to appear out of the Yankees' bullpen on May 9, and when he makes his debut in pinstripes, the flame-throwing closer will do so as a United States citizen.

Chapman posted a photo on Instagram on Friday that showed him posing with his newly-acquired documents at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices.

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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.

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Mike Petriello

MLB Plus: Analytics-driven feed debuts

Yankees-Red Sox games to feature a new type of broadcast

MLB Plus: Analytics-driven feed debuts

On Friday, MLB.com will debut a new way to watch baseball: MLB Plus, a data-driven online broadcast that will feature Statcast™, powered by Amazon Web Services, as well as a variety of other advanced analytics and broadcast enhancements.

It will debut on Friday and Saturday with a pair of Yankees-Red Sox games, both of which begin at 7:10 p.m. ET. You may have some questions about how this will work. We have answers.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will a change come at third base?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers questions from Bombers fans

Inbox: Will a change come at third base?

Is there any talk of improving at third base for the Yankees? Chase Headley is batting .148.
-- Craig T., Utah

There have been calls for Joe Girardi to ride the hot hand and offer more at-bats to Ronald Torreyes, who came out of nowhere to win a utility job in the spring and will enjoy this off-day in Boston batting a robust .400. While Girardi has shown some willingness to play Torreyes, that's probably not a permanent solution.

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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.

Yankees drop series finale to Rangers

Yankees drop series finale to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Starter Martin Perez earned his first win of the season, and the Rangers took their second straight over the Yankees with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. The Yankees have lost 10 of their last 14 games.

Perez, now 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA, allowed two runs on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. All three strikeouts came in the first inning. The back end of the Rangers' bullpen closed it out, with Jake Diekman pitching two scoreless innings and Shawn Tolleson working the ninth for his seventh save.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Yankees on Wednesday.

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A-Rod gets two milestones with one swing

Slugger records 100th HR at Globe Life Park and 1,000th run as Yankee

A-Rod gets two milestones with one swing

ARLINGTON -- After missing two games with an oblique injury, Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup on Wednesday and notched a couple of milestones with one swing in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Rangers.

With a solo home run to left-center off starter Martin Perez, Rodriguez recorded his 100th homer at Globe Life Park and scored his 1,000th run as a Yankee.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Acevedo among top prospect performers Wednesday

Indians' No. 3 notches three extra-base hits, Rangers' No. 29 prospect strikes out 11 in one-hit shutout

Acevedo among top prospect performers Wednesday

Bobby Bradley is on a roll right now, and his hot hitting continued on Wednesday.

Baseball's No. 90 overall prospect (Indians No. 3) helped Class A Advanced Lynchburg to a 12-6 win over Winston-Salem by going 3-for-5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Bradley's three-run homer was part of a 10-run fifth inning for the Hillcats, who erased a 4-1 deficit.

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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.

Lack of command, support equal issues for CC

Lack of command, support equal issues for CC

ARLINGTON -- For three consecutive starts, including Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers, lefty CC Sabathia has allowed three earned runs and left the game with his team trailing. Command has been a problem for Sabathia lately, but clearly, so has a lack of run support.

After back-to-back 4 2/3-inning outings, Sabathia pitched deeper on Wednesday night, going six. This longer, more effective start was "encouraging," manager Joe Girardi said -- it just wasn't enough to win for the low-scoring Yankees, who have tallied more than four runs just once in the last 15 games.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Small in stature, Torreyes puts up big numbers

Small in stature, Torreyes puts up big numbers

ARLINGTON -- The shortest player on the Yankees happens to have the highest batting average right now, and the reputation of diminutive rookie infielder Ronald Torreyes is growing.

Listed at 5-foot-10, but in reality at least a couple of inches shorter, Torreyes went 2-for-3 on Tuesday night against the Rangers and has multiple hits in three of his five starts this season. He has succeeded despite inconsistent playing time; when he started Wednesday's game against Texas, it marked the first time this season he played on consecutive days.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Early deficit too much for Yanks to overcome

Early deficit too much for Yanks to overcome

ARLINGTON -- A five-run third inning helped bring the Rangers out of their offensive malaise, and they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.

The Rangers finished with 13 hits after scoring four runs on 23 hits in their previous four games. Elvis Andrus had three hits, and Nomar Mazara had a two-hit night on his 21st birthday. Nine of the Rangers runs scored with two outs, including those on homers by Ian Desmond and Rougned Odor.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Yankees on Tuesday.

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Consistency -- and 1st win -- elude Severino

Consistency -- and 1st win -- elude Severino

ARLINGTON -- Before righty Luis Severino took the mound against the Rangers on Tuesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he hoped that the 22-year-old, the youngest pitcher to start a game this season, would be able to find some consistency after three mediocre outings.

But after allowing six runs in a 10-1 loss, Severino will just have to keep searching for his consistency -- and for his first win of 2016. A five-run third inning on Tuesday was his last, making this the second-shortest outing of his 15-start career.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mateo among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pirates No. 1 prospect strikes out 11 in scoreless start for Triple-A Indianapolis

Mateo among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he struggled in his last start for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow returned to form Tuesday to fire six scoreless innings in a win against Durham.

Glasnow, No. 8 on the Top 100, was nothing short of dominant, allowing two hits and one walk while setting a Triple-A career-high with 11 strikeouts. He threw 56 of his season-high 87 pitches for strikes and, after logging exactly five innings in his first three turns, the six frames marked his longest of the season for the Indians.

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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.

Herrera, Holder combine for Thunder no-hitter

Yankees farmhands toss Double-A Trenton's first nine-inning no-no since 2006

Herrera, Holder combine for Thunder no-hitter

Ronald Herrera and Jonathan Holder combined to throw a nine-inning no-hitter on Tuesday night as Double-A Trenton shutout New Hampshire, 4-0. It was the second nine-inning no-hitter in team history, and the first since Tyler Clippard accomplished the feat in 2006.

Herrera, in his fourth start of the season for the Thunder, held New Hampshire hitless over eight innings, issuing just two walks and also hitting a batter. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out five and induced 11 ground-ball outs, throwing 69 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Holder replaced Herrera for the ninth and delivered a perfect frame, striking out two of the three hitters he faced to seal Trenton's no-hitter.

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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.

Yanks ride Nathan's no-no bid to victory

Yanks ride Nathan's no-no bid to victory

ARLINGTON -- Starter Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Nomar Mazara, and the Yankees held on for a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.

Eovaldi was trying to become the first Yankees pitcher to throw a no-hitter since David Cone's perfect game on July 18, 1999. That bid ended when Mazara grounded a single through the left side. There have been 10 no-hitters in the regular season in Yankees history in addition to Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Yankees on Monday.

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With a dazzling array, Eovaldi nearly unhittable

With a dazzling array, Eovaldi nearly unhittable

ARLINGTON -- Few throw harder than the Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi, but it takes more than a 97-mph fastball to get Major Leaguers out one after another. In Monday night's 3-1 win over the Rangers, he had much more than just the heater.

Relying on an array of effective pitches -- including a slider, a splitter, a changeup and the occasional slow curve -- Eovaldi overmatched the Rangers from the beginning. He flirted with a no-hitter through six innings before finally allowing a hit to Nomar Mazara to lead off the seventh. Eovaldi struck out six, gave up two hits, walked two and threw 98 pitches in his seven-plus-inning outing.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.