NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Rays were tied in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third and Chris Young to second. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.
"I just yanked the throw," Boxberger said. " ... I should have made that play and I didn't."
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday
Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday
By Mark Newman
It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.
After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.
Yankees reliever expects to pitch in at least one Minor League game
By Alden Woods
NEW YORK -- When he finally awakened following Friday's night's extra-innings win, Yankees reliever Andrew Miller headed to Yankee Stadium to throw long toss and a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning, the latest step in his rehab from a strained left flexor muscle.
"All things considered, how early it was after a late night, I'll take it, happy with it," Miller said. "Physically, I felt good."
The Yankees and Rays won't play again until early September. With that in mind, Sunday's series finale provides the last opportunity for these clubs to force a two-game swing in a close American League East race. Ivan Nova will take the mound for the Yankees, opposite the Rays' Erasmo Ramirez. The Yankees are going for the sweep, while the Rays look to snap a seven-game skid.
Nova, who made his return from Tommy John surgery two weeks ago, starts in place of CC Sabathia, who has been pushed back. Nova is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA since returning.
NEW YORK -- Brian McCann sent a walk-off three-run homer over the right-field fence in the 12th inning to push the Yankees past the Rays, 7-5, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. It was the Yankees' first walk-off win of the year.
"That would have been an extremely tough game to lose, and I give our guys a ton of credit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Righty holds Rays to three runs following back-to-back down outings
By Jamal Collier
NEW YORK -- It was a step in the right direction for Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka after back-to-back troublesome outings.
He tossed six solid innings during Friday night's game vs. the Rays, which the Yankees eventually won, 7-5, on Brian McCann's walk-off home run in the 12th inning. Tanaka allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
NEW YORK -- The fireworks had gone off just moments before, lighting up the pitch black sky over Yankee Stadium in the 12th inning of a divisional battle with the Rays. Brian McCann had seen them during Mark Teixeira's at-bat. But they'd be back after his, too.
The emotions ran high for McCann, who followed Teixeira's plate appearance with a three-run, walk-off blast to right field in the 12th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 7-5 victory and earning himself a Gatorade bath at home plate.
Yanks lefty fine physically, but will work on some things during 'pen sessions
By Grace Raynor
NEW YORK -- The Yankees decided to give veteran lefty CC Sabathia a few more days off before he makes his next start. Sabathia is now scheduled to pitch next week against the A's, instead of this weekend against the Rays.
That means Sabathia will take the mound Wednesday after eight days of rest, something manager Joe Girardi said will give him the chance to throw extra bullpen sessions to continue to work on his pitches. Sabathia's last start was June 29 against the Angels, when he gave up four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Yankees donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports
By Grace Raynor
NEW YORK -- Two weeks ago, when he grabbed Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit -- a home run to right field -- there was nothing anyone could say or do to convince Zack Hample to return the ball to Rodriguez and the Yankees.
But in a pregame presentation on Friday, Hample gave the ball to Rodriguez and the Yankees donated $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity that Hample has supported since 2009. Hample also received a signed Rodriguez jersey and bat.
ANAHEIM -- On a seven-game road trip, the difference between finishing with three victories or five losses is substantial, and first baseman Mark Teixeira's deft glovework might have helped save the Yankees from a long, quiet flight back to New York on Wednesday.
Teixeira's scoop of a one-hop Chase Headley throw bailed the Yankees out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth inning, as left-hander Chasen Shreve continued his excellent run of relief and New York held on for a 3-1 victory over the Angels.
The Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have resolved the issue regarding bonuses under the provision of his contract related to historic statistical accomplishments.
The two parties agreed that $3.5 million will go to charities. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa and Pitch In For Baseball will receive donations totaling $1 million and the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation will receive $2.5 million.
ANAHEIM -- Nathan Eovaldi tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Garrett Jones smacked a long solo home run off Matt Shoemaker, helping the Yankees avoid a sweep by the Angels with a 3-1 win Wednesday at Angel Stadium. The Yankees stayed within a half-game of the first-place Orioles in the American League East.
Shoemaker pitched a solid game for the Angels, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings, on Chase Headley's RBI single in the third and Jones' homer in the sixth. The Angels had some early opportunities to put runs on the board but couldn't come up with a breakthrough hit -- struggling with runners in scoring position as they had all series -- as they had a four-game winning streak come to an end.
ANAHEIM -- The splitter was a last-minute addition to Nathan Eovaldi's arsenal in his final games with the Marlins last September, a pitch he began tinkering with at the suggestion of pitching coach Chuck Hernandez as something to keep hitters more honest.
More than a half-year later, Eovaldi's project seems to be paying dividends. Eovaldi credited that pitch, which complements his fastball, curveball and slider mix, as helping him log his career-high eighth victory in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday.
ANAHEIM -- Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller threw 20 pitches off a bullpen mound on Wednesday at Angel Stadium, and there is a chance that he could be activated from the disabled list before the All-Star break.
Miller has been on the DL since June 11 with a left flexor forearm muscle strain. The closer is scheduled to play long-toss on Friday and will take the mound again on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, inspiring optimism that he can reclaim his bullpen spot within the next 12 days.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.
Marine and his son bring sign to meet A-Rod
By Grayson Alexander / Real-Time Correspondent |
On July 1, former Gunnery Sergeant Roy McDaniel was at Angel Stadium to take in a baseball game with his son, Deven and Deven's best friend, Charlie. Sergeant McDaniel was a lifelong Cubs fan growing up in Chicago, but has always admired the way that Alex Rodriguez had played the game. He even made a sign the night before hoping that the Yankees All-Star might find his way over to him.
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.
Ivan Nova pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and, after running into trouble, was able to hand the ball off and allow Adam Warren to squelch the Angels' rallies. It still resulted in a 2-1 Yankees loss, but Alex Rodriguez said that he loved what he saw.
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.
Mark Teixeira hit a long home run to center field off Angels rookie starter Andrew Heaney, as the Angels struck first in the second inning. But that was all the offense New York could muster against the left-hander, who allowed only one other hit in seven innings en route to his first big league win.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter and David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Judge records first career four-hit game
Yankees No. 2 prospect raises his average as a RailRider from .160 to .276
By Alex M. Smith
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.
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.
Warren made 14 starts for New York after winning a rotation job in the spring, proving himself to be among the club's more reliable hurlers. Yet, for a variety of reasons, Girardi determined that Warren's services are now needed more in relief, a role that he has also filled with success.
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.
Trout twice robbed Chris Young of RBI opportunities, helping Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitch six innings of one-run ball. In between, he drove in the winning run with his 20th homer. And in the end, he picked up his first stolen base since May 22.
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.
As Sabathia absorbed a 4-1 loss to the Angels that left him sporting a 3-8 record and 5.59 ERA, he seemed most dissatisfied once again with the team outcome. The Yankees have won just six of Sabathia's 16 starts this season, and that is the ugliest statistic in his view.
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.
Gardner led the AL in hits, runs, on-base percentage, slugging and total bases last week, batting .500 (13-for-26) with nine runs, two home runs, four doubles, six RBIs, a .581 on-base percentage, an .885 slugging percentage, 23 total bases and five walks.
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.
Warren told The New York Daily News after Monday's 4-1 loss to the Angels that he has been informed by the team that he would not start Wednesday's series finale. Nathan Eovaldi will now start that game, pitching on regular rest.
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.
McHugh and Yankees starter Michael Pineda were locked in a pitchers' duel until Correa's seventh-inning double and Evan Gattis' ensuing RBI triple broke a 1-1 deadlock. McHugh struck out eight in his second consecutive eight-inning start, retiring 17 of the final 18 hitters he faced.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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.
Gardner had been calling for the ball, but so was Yankees left fielder Garrett Jones. Their voices were lost somewhere in the roaring Minute Maid Park crowd, so neither player made the catch, which allowed Correa to circle the bases with the Astros' first run of their 3-1 victory on Sunday. It was ruled a double, and an error was charged to Gardner.