Whitley shows maturity in strong second start

Young righty tosses seven scoreless innings, gets out of big jams

Whitley shows maturity in strong second start

TORONTO -- Chase Whitley's seven scoreless innings weren't enough in the Yankees' 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday.

The New York starter left with the lead after the seventh, but the bullpen couldn't hold it in the eighth, when Toronto scored three to eventually take the series opener.

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Bullpen can't close out victory for Whitley in duel

Bullpen can't close out victory for Whitley in duel

TORONTO -- Russell Martin had a pinch-hit single and Edwin Encarnacion contributed an RBI double as the Blue Jays rallied in the eighth inning to steal a victory away from the Yankees and take the series opener, 3-1, on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Toronto entered the eighth trailing, 1-0, until Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista sparked a rally with a pair of one-out singles off Yankees right-hander Chris Martin. New York's Dellin Betances entered, and he was promptly greeted with Encarnacion's RBI bloop double to shallow left field.

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Martin, Betances unable to secure game in 8th

Headley's great effort on go-ahead single not enough as Whitley can't capture win

Martin, Betances unable to secure game in 8th

TORONTO -- Chase Headley was a throw away from saving the game for the Yankees in Monday's 3-1 series-opening loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The third baseman made a diving stab at the hot corner with two out in the eighth inning of a 1-1 game, sprang to his feet and fired across the diamond in an attempt to get Russell Martin at first. But he short-hopped the throw and the ball got away from first baseman Garrett Jones, allowing two runs to score for a Blue Jays lead and eventual win.

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Yankees call on Pineda for middle game vs. Jays

Yankees call on Pineda for middle game vs. Jays

The bookends of the American League East will lock horns again Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Marco Estrada (1-0, 0.84 ERA) will make his first start for the Blue Jays in the second contest of a three-game home series. The right-hander assumed a spot in the starting rotation when the Blue Jays optioned left-hander Daniel Norris on Friday.

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Teixeira, Gardner power Yanks' sweep of Sox

Teixeira, Gardner power Yanks' sweep of Sox

BOSTON -- The red-hot Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox by hanging on for an 8-5 victory on Sunday night at Fenway Park. It marked New York's first sweep of three games or more in Boston since a five-game sweep from Aug. 18-21, 2006.

"That's pretty cool. It's obviously a tough place for us to play," said Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. "They've always got a good team, they always play us tough, especially in their home park. They've got a really good lineup, really good offensive team. It's tough to hold them down. We were able to get some runs early, and it ended up being just enough."

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Miller prevails in showdown with Ortiz

Miller prevails in showdown with Ortiz

BOSTON -- Andrew Miller has enjoyed a fairly smooth transition into the Yankees' closer role thus far, but he and the Yankees were forced to sweat out a showdown with David Ortiz to finish off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox on Sunday evening.

Protecting a three-run lead in the ninth, Miller issued two walks and watched third baseman Chase Headley commit an error on a ground ball to send up Big Papi, who lined out to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for the final out of New York's 8-5 victory at Fenway Park.

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Ellsbury, Gardner excelling as 1-2 punch

Ellsbury, Gardner excelling as 1-2 punch

BOSTON -- One of the most exciting selling points for dressing Jacoby Ellsbury in pinstripes was envisioning how he might partner with Brett Gardner as a dynamic one-two punch atop the lineup, a development that the Yankees are beginning to see on a nightly basis.

Ellsbury reached base a career-high six times and tied his career best with four hits, while Gardner slugged a three-run homer and hit in his sixth straight game as the Yankees completed their sweep of the Red Sox with an 8-5 victory on Sunday at Fenway Park.

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Yanks-Sox HBPs draw umpires' warning

Yanks-Sox HBPs draw umpires' warning

BOSTON -- The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has seen more than its fair share of testy moments over the years, and Sunday's 8-5 Yankees victory at Fenway Park provided yet another.

Umpires issued warnings to both benches in the eighth inning after Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica hit Jacoby Ellsbury -- who was 4-for-4 at that point -- in the backside on a 3-0 fastball. The hit-by-pitch appeared to anger multiple players on the Yankees bench, including pitcher CC Sabathia, who began approaching the top of the dugout before manager Joe Girardi moved him back down the stairs.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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A-Rod: Home run bonus talk 'family business'

A-Rod: Home run bonus talk 'family business'

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez sidestepped questions concerning his contract language and the potential $6 million bonus payment related to his 660th home run this weekend, calling it "family business" that should not be discussed publicly.

"I'm just happy to be playing baseball. [The bonus discussion is] family business," Rodriguez said on Sunday. "That's nowhere near where my energy is these days. My energy is playing the game tonight. Just baseball."

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Yanks' Ryan has setback during Florida rehab

Yanks' Ryan has setback during Florida rehab

BOSTON -- The Yankees will continue without the services of infielder Brendan Ryan, who tweaked a hamstring while running in Florida and will be forced to sit for at least another week.

Ryan was envisioned as the Yankees' backup shortstop, but sustained a right calf strain during Spring Training and has not played in the Majors this season. He was participating in extended spring games in Tampa, Fla.

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Eovaldi, Gardy lead Yankees past Red Sox

Eovaldi, Gardy lead Yankees past Red Sox

BOSTON -- Brett Gardner smacked a go-ahead two-run single to left in the top of the fifth and the Yankees preserved the lead from there, taking a 4-2 victory over Wade Miley and the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. Boston will try to avoid a sweep in Sunday's finale of the three-game rivalry series.

"Now that you've won the first two, you want to win that third one. You want to get the sweep," said Gardner, whose Yankees have won nine of 11. "It's hard to do, especially on the road. They've got a really, really good team. These games matter just as much as the games at the end of September. Hopefully we can keep playing well."

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Betances stands tall in first save chance

Betances stands tall in first save chance

BOSTON -- It's enough of a challenge to handle Dellin Betances' high-octane heat and video game curveball behind the plate, so Brian McCann is sure that he would want no part of having to stand in the box and try to make contact.

"I'd ask for a pinch-hitter," McCann joked on Saturday, after Betances struck out all four batters he faced to lock down the Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, marking Betances' first save opportunity of the season.

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Eovaldi focused in winning first Fenway start

Eovaldi focused in winning first Fenway start

BOSTON -- This is usually not a comfortable place for a visiting pitcher to warm up in the bullpen, especially one wearing a road-gray Yankees uniform, but Nathan Eovaldi seemed to handle his first start at Fenway Park just fine on Saturday.

Eovaldi walked away satisfied with his outing, holding the Red Sox to two runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings of the Yankees' 4-2 win. Boston's potent lineup was held in check for the most part, and Eovaldi also didn't seem rattled by the rivalry crowd.

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Cashman: A-Rod deal is straightforward

Cashman: A-Rod deal is straightforward

BOSTON -- The New York Yankees, according to their general manager, "have the right, but not the obligation," to award bonus money to 39-year-old DH Alex Rodriguez if they determine certain milestones he reaches are "commercially marketable" in the career home runs chase.

Saturday, the GM, Brian Cashman, addressed the situation surrounding the slugger, who is coming off a one-year suspension for performance-enhancing drug transgressions and hit his 660th career home run Friday. Cashman explained why the Yankees' position, based on contract language, is straightforward in his view and has been misrepresented in various media circles.

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Girardi: Pressure now off A-Rod after 660

Girardi: Pressure now off A-Rod after 660

BOSTON -- Now that Alex Rodriguez's 660th home run is in the books, Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes that the slugger will be able to enjoy the relief of any pressure surrounding the looming achievement.

Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list on Friday with his eighth-inning, pinch-hit home run off the Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa in the Yanks' 3-2 win at Fenway Park. Babe Ruth (714) is in third place on the home run list.

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Miller's slider confounding opposing hitters

Miller's slider confounding opposing hitters

BOSTON -- The slider always has seemed to come easily for Andrew Miller, who relies on it as a trusted weapon. As the Yankees' left-hander continues to enjoy success in his first crack at the closing role, the pitch has been a nightmare for Major League hitters.

Entering play Saturday, Miller last allowed a hit off a slider last Aug. 22, when he was pitching for the Orioles. Since then, opponents were 0-for-42 with 33 strikeouts against the 170 sliders he had spun, missing with 51 of 81 swings (a 62.9 percent miss rate).

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Yanks edge Red Sox on A-Rod's 660th homer

Yanks edge Red Sox on A-Rod's 660th homer

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez stayed on the bench for seven innings, and then silenced the boos at Fenway by belting a pinch-hit solo homer over the Green Monster with one out in the eighth to snap a tie and lead the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night.

It was career homer No. 660 for A-Rod, tying him with Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Rodriguez smashed a 94-mph fastball on a 3-0 pitch by Junichi Tazawa for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.

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A-Rod hits home run No. 660 to tie Mays

Yankees slugger emotional in aftermath

A-Rod hits home run No. 660 to tie Mays

BOSTON -- The memories remain vivid for Alex Rodriguez all this time later, walking through the red-brick corridors of Fenway Park as a fresh-faced 18-year-old, waving to family members in the crowd and being excited to share the field with Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez.

Much has changed since then, and Rodriguez spent part of his afternoon Friday acknowledging the regrets of the years that have passed. He walked out those same doors hours later with a piece of history, hitting his 660th home run and tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the home run list in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Red Sox.

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Statcast: Ellsbury motors for grab at Fenway

Yankees center fielder reels in line drive hit by Red Sox catcher Hanigan

Statcast: Ellsbury motors for grab at Fenway

Jacoby Ellsbury spent parts of seven seasons patrolling center field at Fenway Park. The Yankees center fielder still knows the territory well, as Statcast helped show during New York's 3-2 win over Boston on Friday night.

With the Yankees leading by one run, Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan came to the plate with a man on second and no outs in the third inning. He ripped the 11th pitch of his at-bat, a 90-mph fastball from CC Sabathia, deep toward the left-center-field wall.

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Teammates celebrate No. 660 with A-Rod

Teammates celebrate No. 660 with A-Rod

BOSTON -- Four sticky towels and the unmistakable aroma of stale barley and hops served as evidence that a celebration had taken place in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, where Alex Rodriguez received a beer shower courtesy of his Yankees teammates.

Yankees players celebrated Rodriguez's 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the homer list, by drenching the slugger after the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Yanks keeping tabs on Pirela at Triple-A

Yanks keeping tabs on Pirela at Triple-A

BOSTON -- As they prepare to begin the second month of the season, the Yankees are keeping a close eye on Jose Pirela's progress on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, as well as the advances of their rehabbing players at the team complex in Tampa, Fla.

Pirela, the Yankees' No. 24 prospect, has joined Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk against Charlotte on Thursday. He was a candidate to join the big league team earlier this week, but Masahiro Tanaka's injury allowed the Yankees to recall infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A instead.

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Yanks feel Gregorius going in 'right direction'

Yanks feel Gregorius going in 'right direction'

BOSTON -- After a shaky beginning to his tenure as Derek Jeter's successor, both defensively and offensively, the Yankees believe they are seeing some encouraging signs from shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Gregorius quietly strung together eight hits in his last 29 at-bats (.275) entering Friday's series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park and has appeared to slow the game down in the field, where he has been drilling with infield coach Joe Espada.

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A-Rod trying to write graceful ending

Slugger can't erase the past, but he's exceeding expectations this season

A-Rod trying to write graceful ending

Alex Rodriguez's name now sits right there alongside that of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, and you just might need some time to wrap your mind around that one.

Mays defined greatness to a couple of generations of baseball fans, both those who watched him play and those who heard of his exploits from others. He fueled baseball's popularity for all of them.

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Inbox: How will Yankees adjust after Tanaka's injury?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers New York fans' questions

Inbox: How will Yankees adjust after Tanaka's injury?

The first month of the season is in the books, and the Yankees overcame a 3-6 start to finish April with 13 victories, tops in the American League East. Here is a selection of what fans are talking about as the Yanks prepare for a weekend showdown in Boston:

How will the Yankees adjust the rotation with the injury of Masahiro Tanaka?
-- Frankie B., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Concerned about Tanaka, Girardi hoping for best

Concerned about Tanaka, Girardi hoping for best

NEW YORK -- There was disappointment in Masahiro Tanaka's eyes on Wednesday morning, according to manager Joe Girardi, one day after the Yankees right-hander learned that he will miss at least a month with a strained right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist.

For the moment, the Yankees believe that Tanaka's current injury does not represent a precursor to Tommy John surgery, but they recognize that possibility. Tanaka will refrain from throwing for seven to 10 days and is not expected to travel with the team.

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