A-Rod to play for Double-A Trenton tonight

Yankees DH will see first game action since straining right hamstring May 3

A-Rod to play for Double-A Trenton tonight

Alex Rodriguez, who has been sidelined since May 3 with a strained right hamstring, will play for Double-A Trenton tonight as part of a rehab assignment.

The Yankees' designated hitter was eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday, but he expressed hesitation. Tonight will mark his first game action since the injury.

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

Steady rotation key to Yankees' winning streak

Eovaldi, Nova, CC, Tanaka, Pineda led NY to brink of .500 on road swing

Steady rotation key to Yankees' winning streak

NEW YORK -- No one has confused this Yankees rotation with some of the more dominant in franchise history, but their stellar performance during a seven-game road trip has produced the team's longest winning streak of the season, allowing the club to return home just a game under .500 at 21-22.

Beginning with Nathan Eovaldi's effort on Wednesday at Arizona, the Yanks have made up ground in a hurry, executing a turn through the starting five that resulted in the club's first four-game sweep in Oakland since 1979.

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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.

Legends ready for 70th Yankees Old-Timers' Day

Hall of Famers Ford, Gossage, Henderson, Jackson and Torre to attend June 12

Legends ready for 70th Yankees Old-Timers' Day

Attendees have been announced for the 70th annual Old-Timers' Day on June 12 at Yankee Stadium.

Headliners for the event, the eighth since the new Stadium opened in 2009, include Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Rich "Goose" Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson and Joe Torre. Former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O'Neill also will be part of the festivities.

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

Timely knock by DiMaggio gives Yanks win

Timely knock by DiMaggio gives Yanks win

NEW YORK, May 24, 1941 -- The baseball season is no longer in its early stages. That's why it's encouraging that the Yankees are starting to win at the right time.

Saturday afternoon's 7 to 6 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox accomplished quite a few goals for the local nine. The Yankees won their fourth game in the last five days and have not lost over that span of games.

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Eovaldi, Yanks ride win streak into clash with Jays

Eovaldi, Yanks ride win streak into clash with Jays

The Blue Jays will continue their seven-game road trip on Tuesday when they begin a three-game series against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Toronto will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the mound, while New York, on a five-game win streak, will counter with fellow right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

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Dan Myers is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Blue Jays on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks claim righty Somsen, send him to Triple-A

Yanks claim righty Somsen, send him to Triple-A

The Yankees claimed right-hander Layne Somsen off waivers from the Reds on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Somsen, 26, made his Major League debut this season with the Reds, appearing in two games. He threw one scoreless inning in his first outing before allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings on May 16 against the Indians.

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

RailRiders' Lail faces top pitching prospect Reed and Louisville Bats

RailRiders' Lail faces top pitching prospect Reed and Louisville Bats

Here's a look at top prospects to watch on Tuesday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Alex Dickerson (Padres No. 22)
Since he was optioned back to Triple-A El Paso, Dickerson has been red-hot at the plate. The outfielder hit a pinch-hit home run Monday vs. Iowa and is batting .571 (16-for-28) with four homers and 14 RBIs since his brief stint in the Majors. He'll look to keep rolling as his team takes on the River Cats at 7:38 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.

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Bay breeze: Yanks sweep A's for 5th straight

Bay breeze: Yanks sweep A's for 5th straight

OAKLAND -- A two-run sixth inning and home runs from Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 win and a sweep of the A's Sunday at the Coliseum.

New York won its fifth game in a row and has won eight of its last 10. It took all four games from Oakland, marking the first time the A's were swept at home in a four-game series since April 26-29, 1999 against the Indians.

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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in Oakland.

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

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Pettitte, Thurman to represent Yanks at Draft

Pettitte, Thurman to represent Yanks at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks encouraged as Pineda shows progress

Righty earns first win since April 6 with quality start

Yanks encouraged as Pineda shows progress

OAKLAND -- The Yankees think that they still have more work to do with Michael Pineda, but pitching coach Larry Rothschild described his performance as "better" on Sunday, and that was good enough for the right-hander to walk out of the Oakland Coliseum with his first win since April 6.

Pineda worked six innings of three-run ball in New York's 5-4 victory over the Athletics, continuing a run that has seen the Yankees squeeze solid performances out of each of their starters during a five-game winning streak.

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

Beltran 'huge' in sparking Yanks' hot streak

Slugger finishes 9-for-18 with 8 RBIs in 4-game sweep

Beltran 'huge' in sparking Yanks' hot streak

OAKLAND -- Carlos Beltran's red-hot road trip helped propel the Yankees out of the basement in the American League East, and the slugging switch-hitter believes that this is just the beginning of things to come.

Beltran banged another two hits, including an RBI double, in the Yankees' 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Sunday. His 10-for-22 (.455) tear has been a major component in their season-high five-game winning streak.

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

Severino progresses with Minors rehab start

Yankees pitcher recovering from right triceps strain

Severino progresses with Minors rehab start

OAKLAND -- Luis Severino is on the comeback trail.

On the 15-day disabled list with a right triceps strain, the right-hander has played catch on flat ground and is expected to make a Minor League rehabilitation start on Sunday, according to manager Joe Girardi.

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

Refsnyder revs offense in first start of '16

Yanks prospect slugs 2-run double in 10-pitch battle

Refsnyder revs offense in first start of '16

OAKLAND -- The Yankees still aren't in a position to promise Rob Refsnyder a significant amount of playing time, but a big hit on Saturday afternoon offered a reminder of why the prospect continues to be so popular among the fan base.

Making his first appearance this season at the big league level, Refsnyder played right field and belted a two-run double as part of a four-run fourth inning, helping to lift Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum.

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Healthy Tanaka regaining his groove

Tough-luck right-hander tosses 7 strong innings vs. A's

Healthy Tanaka regaining his groove

OAKLAND -- Masahiro Tanaka has pitched in hard luck for most of this season, but on one matter there seems to be certainty. For the first time since 2014, when he opened his first season with a 12-1 record in his first 14 starts, the Japanese right-hander appears to be completely healthy.

Tanaka threw seven innings of one-run, five-hit ball in Saturday's 5-1 win over the A's at the Oakland Coliseum, effortlessly tossing 92 pitches.

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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.

Tanaka, Castro trigger Yanks' 4th straight win

Tanaka, Castro trigger Yanks' 4th straight win

OAKLAND -- Masahiro Tanaka returned to form with seven strong innings and Starlin Castro notched three hits as the Yankees won their fourth straight contest on Saturday, posting a 5-1 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum.

Tanaka scattered five hits with two walks, limiting the A's to Danny Valencia's fifth-inning sacrifice fly as he struck out four and picked up his second victory of the season. The Yankees' starting pitching has not been a strength this year, but they have logged four straight quality starts on this trip.

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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.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in Oakland.

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Yanks fan robbed of foul, receives gift

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Yanks fan robbed of foul, receives gift

If you're at a ballgame and suddenly notice a foul ball headed in your direction, what do you do? Gather yourself and stand with hand, glove or popcorn bucket at the ready?

You do all you can to hopefully come down with the baseball, but sometimes things are out of your control. That's what happened to one Yankees fan during Saturday's game with the A's. In the third inning, a Ronald Torreyes foul pop sailed toward the Plaza Level at the Coliseum, seemingly destined for this New York supporter in a throwback Thurman Munson jersey.

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A-Rod targets Tuesday vs. Jays for return

Yanks DH sidelined since May 3 with right hamstring strain

A-Rod targets Tuesday vs. Jays for return

OAKLAND -- Alex Rodriguez accompanied the Yankees on their seven-game road trip against the D-backs and Athletics, but the team has decided to wait until they return home to activate him from the disabled list.

Rodriguez, recovering from a strained right hamstring, has not played since May 3 and was eligible to be activated on Thursday. Rodriguez worked out again on Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum, but he has expressed some hesitation in returning. Manager Joe Girardi said that they are now targeting Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

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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. 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.

Torreyes becoming NY's surprise sparkplug

Torreyes becoming NY's surprise sparkplug

OAKLAND -- The Yankees did not know all that much about Ronald Torreyes this spring, but it didn't take long for the coaching staff to start asking questions about the little guy who kept making loud contact.

Torreyes has been an unlikely sparkplug for the Yankees, making the most of his opportunities after winning a utilityman job out of camp. Torreyes smacked a two-run triple that sparked a five-run fourth inning in the Yankees' 8-3 victory over the A's on Friday.

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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. 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.

DiMaggio's 2 knocks help Yanks foil Tigers

DiMaggio's 2 knocks help Yanks foil Tigers

NEW YORK, May 21, 1941 -- The Yankees are taking their time to get rolling. On Wednesday afternoon, they took an extra inning.

No doubt it was well worth it. By the time Johnny Sturm crossed home plate on Red Rolfe's triple to give them a 5 to 4 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the fans that had stayed in their Yankee Stadium seats long enough to witness it had to be happy that the home team had strung together two wins in such dramatic fashion.

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

Sabathia crafts gem for 100th win as Yankee

Sabathia crafts gem for 100th win as Yankee

OAKLAND -- The mid-90s heat is just a memory at this point, no more likely to reappear in CC Sabathia's arsenal than the Core Four is to reassemble and lead the Yankees to another championship. Yet the big lefty is continuing to learn how he can win with an alternate approach.

Continuing to showcase his developing mix of pitches, Sabathia picked up where he left off earlier this month, returning from a stint on the disabled list with a groin strain to strike out eight over six innings of one-run, three-hit ball in Friday's 8-3 victory over the Athletics.

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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. 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.

Yanks' big 4th, sharp CC fuel 3rd straight win

Yanks' big 4th, sharp CC fuel 3rd straight win

OAKLAND -- Carlos Beltran collected three doubles and as many RBIs, helping the Yankees hand Sonny Gray and the A's another loss at the Coliseum on Friday night by an 8-3 decision.

Backing CC Sabathia's six innings of one-run ball, the Yankees chased a struggling Gray out of the game after just 3 1/3 innings, scoring five times in an eventful fourth inning that included a two-run triple from Ronald Torreyes. It marked the Yankees' first three-game winning streak of the season.

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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.

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

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Beltran brings hot bat to temporary DH role

Beltran brings hot bat to temporary DH role

OAKLAND -- This extended cameo in the designated-hitter role has agreed with Carlos Beltran's switch-hitting stroke so well, the Yankees may not be in a hurry to have the veteran pick up his glove.

Beltran stroked three doubles and drove in three runs in the Yankees' 8-3 victory over the Athletics on Friday, and while he has made it clear that he would prefer to be helping on defense, Alex Rodriguez's absence from the lineup has provided an opportunity for Beltran to focus on swinging the bat.

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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. 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.

'Done BMC' thrives on back-to-back nights

Girardi says he'll use trio of Betances, Miller and Chapman when 'time is right'

'Done BMC' thrives on back-to-back nights

OAKLAND -- Less than 24 hours after vowing that he would call upon his vaunted relief trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman "99 percent of the time" if necessary, Joe Girardi again signaled to the bullpen, calling on "Done BMC" to finish off a Yankees victory.

This time, the manager did so after watching six strong, economical innings from starter Ivan Nova, who was surprised to learn he had been pulled after just 62 pitches. The strategy worked, as the bullpen fired three scoreless frames to help the Yankees celebrate a 4-1 victory over the Athletics.

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

Beltran backs strong effort by Nova, relievers

Beltran backs strong effort by Nova, relievers

OAKLAND -- Ivan Nova strung together six efficient innings of one-run ball, and the Yankees' formidable bullpen finished off the A's in a 4-1 series-opening victory Thursday night at the Coliseum, snapping Oakland's four-game win streak.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer off reliever Fernando Rodriguez and drove in three runs overall, while Aaron Hicks chipped in with an RBI double for the Yankees, who knocked A's starter Kendall Graveman out of the game after 5 2/3 innings.

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

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Yanks take series, with DiMaggio aiding rally

Yanks take series, with DiMaggio aiding rally

NEW YORK, May 20, 1941 -- The Yankees did what they had to do on Tuesday afternoon. Now they'll see if they can do what they want to do.

It took this currently middling New York club into the early evening hours -- specifically until there were two out in the bottom of the ninth inning -- to head off the Yankee Stadium field with a 10 to 9 victory over the hapless St. Louis Browns and take two of the three games in the series.

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Nova not letting go of another chance to start

Yankees righty excelling since rejoining rotation

Nova not letting go of another chance to start

OAKLAND -- Ivan Nova tried to play the role of good teammate through the first several weeks of the season, attempting to adjust to an unfamiliar long relief role while making it clear that his preference would be to return to the rotation.

Nova believed that an opportunity would come his way sooner or later, and now that it has arrived, the right-hander seems intent on making sure it never slips away. Nova was excellent again Thursday, allowing a run over six innings in the Yankees' 4-1 victory over the Athletics.

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