Nova, Warren have A-Rod feeling optimistic

Nova, Warren have A-Rod feeling optimistic

ANAHEIM -- The Yankees managed just two hits on Tuesday evening, and even though one of them was a long Mark Teixeira homer, they are unlikely to appear on the season highlight reel. However, something else of significance took place at Angel Stadium which might have ramifications the rest of the summer.

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Tex's homer isn't enough to back Nova

Tex's homer isn't enough to back Nova

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning Tuesday night to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Yankees at Angel Stadium, clinching a series victory over New York prior to Wednesday's finale.

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Beltran hurts rib cage, hopes to avoid DL

Beltran hurts rib cage, hopes to avoid DL

ANAHEIM -- Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran was removed from Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the Angels at Angel Stadium after aggravating a left rib cage injury, and he hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

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Yankees look to exit Anaheim on high note

Yankees look to exit Anaheim on high note

Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker will square off with Yankees righty Nathan Eovaldi as the Halos seek a three-game sweep on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

Shoemaker had two extra days before his last start to work on his timing and it paid dividends. Shoemaker posted a six-inning, two-run effort against the Mariners, after which manager Mike Scioscia and catcher Chris Iannetta said they saw a marked improvement.

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Ellsbury sits with fatigue; Friday return still possible

Ellsbury sits with fatigue; Friday return still possible

ANAHEIM -- Jacoby Ellsbury's rehab road has hit another speed bump, as the Yankees outfielder was left out of Tuesday's lineup for the Class A Tampa Yankees with what manager Joe Girardi called "general fatigue" in both legs.

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Judge records first career four-hit game

Yankees No. 2 prospect raises his average as a RailRider from .160 to .276

As Yankees No. 2 prospect (No. 56 overall) Aaron Judge winds down his Minor League career, there are few things he still has yet to accomplish before hitting the big leagues. But he managed to do something he had never done before Tuesday night.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre outfielder had 12 career three-hit games entering the RailRiders' contest with Lehigh Valley. Judge, however, recorded his first career four-hit game against the IronPigs. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs in a 12-8 loss.

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Warren disappointed but ready to help bullpen

Warren disappointed but ready to help bullpen

ANAHEIM -- The numbers never seemed to add up in Adam Warren's favor for a season-long stint in the rotation, and though the Yankees' right-hander was displeased by the decision to move him back to the bullpen, he was not surprised when manager Joe Girardi sat him down for the explanation.

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Yankees turned away by Trout, Angels

Yankees turned away by Trout, Angels

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout did it all on Monday night, turning in a couple of run-saving, highlight-reel catches and clubbing another home run while leading the Angels to a 4-1 win over the Yankees in Southern California.

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Homers continue to be CC's downfall

Homers continue to be CC's downfall

ANAHEIM -- CC Sabathia has allowed at least one home run in each of his last five starts, and with Mike Trout and C.J. Cron joining his hit list on Monday, it's official: No Major League pitcher has surrendered more round-trippers (19) than the big Yankees' left-hander has this season.

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Gardner earns AL Player of the Week honors

Yankees outfielder's showing at the plate plenty for 3rd career recognition

Gardner earns AL Player of the Week honors

ANAHEIM -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is enjoying one of the best stretches of his career, relishing his standing as a consistent annoyance for opposing pitchers. It is a hot streak that has now been recognized with an American League Player of the Week Award.

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Warren headed to Yankees' bullpen

Warren headed to Yankees' bullpen

ANAHEIM -- After weeks of speculation about how the Yankees would fit six starters into five slots, it appears that they have reached a decision, with right-hander Adam Warren identified as the odd man out.

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Time running out to vote Yanks onto All-Star team

Time running out to vote Yanks onto All-Star team

ANAHEIM -- It is down to the wire as voting for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is about to be completed, and in the fifth and final update, the Yankees are again without a leading candidate to grab a starting position in Cincinnati for the Midsummer Classic.

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Gritty Pineda effort not enough vs. Astros

Gritty Pineda effort not enough vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- Captivating the Minute Maid Park crowd for a second game in a row, Carlos Correa hit two doubles and scored two runs while Collin McHugh was stellar in eight innings of two-hit ball, propelling the Astros to a 3-1 win in the series finale on Sunday against the Yankees.

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Communication breakdown costly for Yanks

Gardner, Jones don't hear each other on fly ball, with Correa scoring on the play

Communication breakdown costly for Yanks

HOUSTON -- The general rule is that the center fielder should catch anything that he can get to, but in the final milliseconds as Brett Gardner camped under Carlos Correa's fourth-inning fly ball, he flinched at the sight of another glove unexpectedly approaching.

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New soccer rivalry electrifies Yankee Stadium

Red Bulls get best of expansion NYCFC before nearly 50,000 fans

New soccer rivalry electrifies Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK -- The city's newest rivalry finally took to the biggest stage.

New York City Football Club played host to the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium Sunday for the first time, unleashing a wave of soccer energy that matched the venue's biggest baseball crowds.

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Teixeira used ump's stomach to make an out at first

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Teixeira used ump's stomach to make an out at first

Many ballparks have unique architectural features, and the mark of a true athlete is being able to use them to your advantage. Even if they're less architectural and more … organic. As in, they live and breathe and are named Joe West. 

During Sunday's Yankees-Astros game, Mark Teixeira had to use West to shift his momentum so that he could get the out at first. Think of Tex as a pinball and the umpire as a friendly flipper.

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Yankees add Rogers to shore up bullpen

Yankees add Rogers to shore up bullpen

HOUSTON -- The Yankees selected right-hander Esmil Rogers to their active roster prior to Sunday's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park, seeking need of some length for what manager Joe Girardi sees as a short bullpen.

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Teixeira lifts Yanks with 2B after Astros rally

Teixeira lifts Yanks with 2B after Astros rally

HOUSTON -- Mark Teixeira's two-run double off Pat Neshek in the eighth inning proved to be the difference as the Yankees blew a big advantage, then reclaimed the lead and held on for a wild 9-6 victory over the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

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Tanaka hit hard for 2nd straight start

Pitching coach Rothschild wants righty to be more aggressive in strike zone

Tanaka hit hard for 2nd straight start

HOUSTON -- The dazed expression on Masahiro Tanaka's face required no translation, with the Yankees pitcher captured staring in disbelief toward the train tracks above Minute Maid Park's left-field wall while Jose Altuve rounded the bases for his game-tying home run in the fifth inning.

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Eovaldi meets hometown legend Ryan

Yankees righty went to same high school as all-time strikeout leader

Eovaldi meets hometown legend Ryan

HOUSTON -- Nathan Eovaldi beamed as he shook hands with Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan on Saturday afternoon, finally scoring a long-awaited meeting with his hometown hero. The Yankees right-hander must have been thrilled to learn that he can count the all-time strikeout leader among his fan club.

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Eovaldi deals with strikeout king in front row

Yankees righty went to same high school as Hall of Famer Ryan

Eovaldi deals with strikeout king in front row

HOUSTON -- Some of the earliest baseball memories that Nathan Eovaldi owns reference Nolan Ryan in some form or fashion, even though the Yankees right-hander wasn't even in preschool when the strikeout king threw his final pitch as a member of the 1993 Rangers.

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Texas-born duo helps Yankees edge Astros

Texas-born duo helps Yankees edge Astros

HOUSTON -- Chris Young and Nathan Eovaldi called this area home during their formative years, and the duo returned to the Lone Star State in style, leading the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Severino allows three hits in seven shutout frames

Yankees No. 1 prospect has not allowed more than 2 runs in any start for RailRiders

Severino allows three hits in seven shutout frames

It's safe to say that Luis Severino hasn't needed to adjust to Triple-A. Rather, many of his opponents are still attempting to adjust to him.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre right-hander continued a dominant stretch by blanking Buffalo in seven innings of work Friday night. Severino -- the Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 17 overall) -- scattered three hits while striking out six and has not given up an earned run in his past two starts (14 2/3 innings).

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Yanks blanked by Astros' Keuchel

Yanks blanked by Astros' Keuchel

HOUSTON -- Dallas Keuchel delivered a commanding performance, setting a career high with 12 strikeouts and handcuffing the Yankees in a complete-game effort to lead the Astros to a 4-0 victory on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Celebrate Jeter's 41st with some of his greatest hits

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Celebrate Jeter's 41st with some of his greatest hits

In news that will undoubtedly make you feel just a little bit older, Derek Jeter turns 41 today. He's got one of the most spectacular highlight reels in the history of the game -- clips that will be passed on for generations. But while his on-field legacy, at this point, is probably etched into your brain -- over 3,000 hits, five World Series rings, 14 All-Star Games, two mesmerizing dimples, infinite levels of #clutch -- they don't quite capture just how significant an athlete No. 2 was beyond the pinstripes.

And so, in the name of institutional memory, we humbly undertake a compilation of some of the Captain's finest off-field moments. We laughed, we cried, we were occasionally confused as to just what we were watching. Here's to you, Jeets. 

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Warren waiting to see if he'll stay in rotation

Girardi won't make decision until after road trip

Warren waiting to see if he'll stay in rotation

HOUSTON -- The line of questioning is all too familiar for Adam Warren these days. He may be living on borrowed time as a member of the Yankees' rotation, but the right-hander is trying to stay out of the crosshairs of that upcoming decision.

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Judge, Sanchez named to Futures Game

Judge, Sanchez named to Futures Game

With All-Star Weekend just more than two weeks away, on Thursday Major League Baseball announced U.S. and World team rosters for the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, highlighting the league's top Minor League prospects. The Yankees will have two players and a coach represent them in the Cincinnati-based matchup, as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and pitching coach Jose Rosado will all participate.

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