Sabathia welcomes Rays to open 4-game set

Sabathia welcomes Rays to open 4-game set

An important American League East series gets underway Thursday at Yankee Stadium, when Chris Archer and the Rays take on CC Sabathia and the Yankees in the opener of a four-game set.

After both the Yankees and Rays won on Wednesday afternoon, the Yankees held a one-game lead over the Royals for the top American League Wild Card spot. The Rays are a game back of Kansas City for the second spot.

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Clint's hot bat gives Yanks decision to ponder

Cashman had said rookie will be sent down when Hicks returns from DL, but 22-year-old making case

Clint's hot bat gives Yanks decision to ponder

NEW YORK -- If the Yankees are still planning on sending Clint Frazier back to the Minor Leagues, the rookie outfielder's exciting play is making it a difficult call for general manager Brian Cashman.

Frazier helped spark the lineup in Wednesday's 9-5 victory over the Reds, delivering a pair of two-out RBI singles before scoring from first base on a Gary Sanchez double, sliding past Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart before popping up to stomp on home plate.
 

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Severino sets tone as Yanks pile on vs. Reds

Severino sets tone as Yanks pile on vs. Reds

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino continued to establish himself as an ace, Didi Gregorius homered for the third straight game and Clint Frazier contributed a pair of run-scoring hits, leading the Yankees to a 9-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Todd Frazier also slugged his first homer as a Yankee, helping New York log its sixth win in eight games. The Reds have lost 11 of 13 since the All-Star break and were stifled over seven innings by the All-Star Severino, who is earning plaudits as the Yanks' top starter.
 

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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'The Toddfather!' Frazier hits 1st HR as Yankee

'The Toddfather!' Frazier hits 1st HR as Yankee

NEW YORK -- As Todd Frazier dressed at his clubhouse locker late on Wednesday afternoon, he wondered aloud how congested the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway might be between Yankee Stadium and his hometown of Toms River, N.J. It would be his second long drive of the day.

Frazier launched his first home run in his new uniform on Wednesday, a solo seventh-inning blast off Tony Cingrani in the Yankees' 9-5 victory over the Reds.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitching in pinstripes: Kahnle comes full circle

Years after being drafted by Yankees, reliever says 1st home appearance in Bronx lives up to hype

Pitching in pinstripes: Kahnle comes full circle

NEW YORK -- At various times during his four seasons in the Yankees' Minor League system, Tommy Kahnle envisioned what it would be like to wear pinstripes as he passed through the bullpen gates at Yankee Stadium, jogging across the outfield grass to record big outs for the home team.

Kahnle got to experience that dream for the first time in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Reds, and the 27-year-old right-hander said that it lived up to everything he had imagined on those long bus rides with Staten Island, Charleston, Tampa and Trenton.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Montgomery magnificent as Yanks deny Reds

Montgomery magnificent as Yanks deny Reds

NEW YORK -- Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Didi Gregorius homered and the Yankees posted their fourth win in the last five games despite hitting into a rare run-scoring triple play, securing a 4-2 victory over the Reds in Interleague action on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Relying heavily on his sinker and curveball, Montgomery faced the minimum through five innings before Scott Schebler broke up the no-hit bid with a double to right-center field, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd of 44,268. The rookie left-hander held Cincinnati to a run and two hits over 6 2/3 frames in an 85-pitch effort, securing his first win in five starts. 

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Frazier savors flavor of 1st game in pinstripes

With Toms River throngs on hand, and facing Reds, Yanks 3B greets fans, grounds into triple play, singles

Frazier savors flavor of 1st game in pinstripes

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of people from his hometown of Toms River, N.J., made the trip to greet newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier on Tuesday as he played his first home game as a member of the Yankees, who opened a two-game series against the team that drafted him.

Buses provided transportation for fans making the two-hour trip from Toms River to the Bronx to see their hometown favorite don the pinstripes for the first time against the Reds in an Interleague matchup.

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Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds foil friend, foe Frazier with wild triple play

First for Cincy since 1995, Yanks last hit into one in 2011; comes in 3B's first AB in pinstripes

Reds foil friend, foe Frazier with wild triple play

NEW YORK -- A hard-hit ground ball, quick thinking and questionable baserunning added up to the Reds turning their first triple play in over two decades on Tuesday night vs. the Yankees -- and a run still scored.

In what became a 4-2 Cincinnati loss to New York, Reds rookie starter Luis Castillo was in big trouble during the bottom of the second inning after giving up singles to Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley, loading the bases with no outs. In his first at-bat for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, and in a 3-1 count, former Red Todd Frazier sharply hit a one-hop grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza, who touched second base and fired to Joey Votto at first base for a double play as Holliday crossed the plate. It's the 10th time a run has scored on a triple play, according to SABR's Triple Play Database, and the first in 11 years: The Mariners did so on a triple play executed by the Twins on May 27, 2006.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torres leads 6 Yanks on Top 100 Prospects list

Torres leads 6 Yanks on Top 100 Prospects list

NEW YORK -- The Yankees continue to boast a wealth of riches in their farm system, seeing six of their prospects appear in the midseason installment of MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 list. That includes infielder Gleyber Torres, who is rated the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball despite sustaining a season-ending injury to his left elbow.

As he recovers from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm, the result of a head-first slide into home plate, the 20-year-old Torres trails only Yoan Moncada of the White Sox and the Mets' Amed Rosario on MLBPipeline.com's list as the sport's most celebrated prospects. Torres hit .287/.383/.480 in 202 Minor League at-bats, including a .309 mark in 81 at-bats with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guzman racks up nine strikeouts

Guzman racks up nine strikeouts

Shane Bieber has passed every test the Indians have thrown his way this season, a trend that continued Tuesday with his scoreless debut for Double-A Akron.

Starting for Akron in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, Bieber, the Indians' No. 13 prospect, limited opposing hitters to five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He found the zone with 65 of his 94 pitches, striking out five and walking one, and generated another nine outs on the ground.

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Ace in cards? Yanks, Nats, Dodgers eye prize

Gray, Verlander available, while Darvish could be at right price

Ace in cards? Yanks, Nats, Dodgers eye prize

The starting-pitching market is turning into a game of three-card monte, and everybody is trying to find the ace.

According to a source, the Yankees, Nationals and Dodgers are all increasing their efforts to land a top-notch starter, but at the moment, only two are available for certain -- Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander -- while a third (Yu Darvish) might be the most desirable for this year's stretch run if he's made available.

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Yanks add a starter at Deadline?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Yanks add a starter at Deadline?

The starting rotation is still an issue. Any chance the team fills that from the outside with Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish?
-- Matt B., Utah

That's certainly in play, as both right-handers would represent a very nice upgrade to what the Yankees are currently trotting out. The narrative is largely the same that it was when the Yanks were trying to acquire Jose Quintana from the White Sox -- they still have a top-ranked system but are disinclined to part with their most elite prospects.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Didi, C. Frazier carry Yanks past Mariners

Didi, C. Frazier carry Yanks past Mariners

SEATTLE -- Clint Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth and four relievers combined for shutout relief to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.

New York recorded its first series win since a three-game sweep of the Orioles from June 9-11. With Sunday's win, New York remains 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the tightly contested American League East and a game up on the Royals and the Rays for the first AL Wild Card spot.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday.

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CespedesBBQ on whether Yonder is on move

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CespedesBBQ on whether Yonder is on move

Many baseball teams have been over Yonder. The Twins, who drafted him originally, the Reds, and then the Padres. But now that Alonso has suddenly morphed into a big power threat, the Athletics might be over Yonder for a good reason: to trade him for prospects.

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Yanks in good shape, spirits after 6-5 road trip

Yanks in good shape, spirits after 6-5 road trip

SEATTLE -- After playing 11 road games in 10 days spread out between three time zones to begin the second half of the season, the Yankees are feeling optimistic after what was gearing up to be a tumultuous stretch.

"I felt like we played pretty good baseball, for the most part," Yankees infielder Chase Headley said. "We were struggling up until the All-Star break, so it's nice to get a series win against a good team that's right in the swing of it, too. It's a good start to the second half."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen of the Week: Yankees

New acquisitions Robertson, Kahnle deliver strong performances

Bullpen of the Week: Yankees

The New York Yankees have a young, exciting core of position players, and they are proving that they are serious contenders in the American League East and in the Wild Card race. Their beefed-up bullpen is just part of the success.

The Yankees faced a tough task over the past seven days, playing road games every day against teams they're up against for berths in October in the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. But they went 4-3 on that challenging swing, and one of the main reasons was stellar relief pitching that earned New York the honor of "Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford."

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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.

C. Frazier focused only on helping Yanks now

OF getting nod as 'hot hand' over Ellsbury; NY has decision when Hicks returns

C. Frazier focused only on helping Yanks now

SEATTLE -- The Yankees have a crowded outfield, and for the time being, New York manager Joe Girardi is leaning on rookie Clint Frazier in left field over veteran Jacoby Ellsbury.

"I'm going with the hot hand," Girardi said repeatedly during the series in Seattle.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks' No. 10 prospect Wade 'ready' in return

Yanks' No. 10 prospect Wade 'ready' in return

SEATTLE -- Tyler Wade, starting at second base and hitting ninth for the Yankees on Sunday, received another opportunity to show what he's got after Starlin Castro was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday.

Wade, No. 10 on the Yankees' top 30 prospects list, per MLBPipeline.com, is hopeful his second stint with the Major League club goes better than the first. He went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk in the Yankees' 6-4 win.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castro to DL; Yanks recall prospect Wade

Castro to DL; Yanks recall prospect Wade

SEATTLE -- The Yankees placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right hamstring.

"It's frustrating. He's frustrated," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. "He had an MRI this morning, and it's definitely bad for him."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torreyes once again shows his grit

Torreyes once again shows his grit

SEATTLE -- With the Yankees down by one run with two outs in the ninth inning, Ronald Torreyes was close to looking silly on a two-strike slider from Mariners' closer Edwin Diaz.

Instead, the Yankees second baseman lunged, with his arms fully extended to foul the pitch off the end of his bat, so much so that it slipped out of his hands and rolled toward the pitcher's mound.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge belts 32nd HR, but Yanks fall in extras

Judge belts 32nd HR, but Yanks fall in extras

SEATTLE -- Another Aaron Judge home run wasn't enough for the Yankees on Saturday as Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win in a back-and-forth affair at Safeco Field.

Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in August, scorched a leadoff double off Adam Warren, who then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before Cruz delivered with his American League-leading 75th RBI for Seattle's fifth walk-off victory of the year

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Yankees inquire about Stanton's availability

Yankees inquire about Stanton's availability

The Yankees have checked in with the Marlins regarding the availability of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report Saturday from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

It is not clear how serious the Yankees are about trading for Stanton, and the report said the talks with the Marlins likely did not go much further beyond an initial phone call sometime in the last few weeks. The Yankees are not said to be having ongoing discussions with the Marlins regarding Stanton, one of baseball's most powerful sluggers.

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Torreyes stays alive, then picks up big hit

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Torreyes stays alive, then picks up big hit

Some pitches are just nastier than others. And when a hitter is on the wrong end of a count in an at-bat, he's at a disadvantage, the pitcher having all kinds of opportunities to entice him to swing and miss. 

Ronald Torreyes of the Yankees found himself in that tough situation in the ninth inning of Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field, in a big spot. The potential tying run was at second base in the form Jacoby Ellsbury, and Torreyes was facing Seattle's intimidating closer, Edwin Diaz, with two outs. 

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Yank Aaron! Judge hammers HR into orbit

Yank Aaron! Judge hammers HR into orbit

SEATTLE -- Sometimes, Aaron Judge's talents defy official measurement.

Judge's colossal home run in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Friday night was just a row or two from leaving the stadium entirely, something that hasn't been done since the ballpark opened in 1999. It was crushed so high it went off the grid, above and beyond official measurements.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge gives CC a huge b-day bash in Seattle

Judge gives CC a huge b-day bash in Seattle

SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present -- a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field -- as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.

Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It's the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it's no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he's 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday.

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Robertson embraces setup role with Yanks

Robertson embraces setup role with Yanks

SEATTLE -- Joining a bullpen with late-inning power arms such Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances means fewer save opportunities for Yankees reliever David Robertson.

The newly acquired reliever, who notched 13 saves in 14 chances with the White Sox before being traded to New York, doesn't mind one bit.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge's 31st HR nearly leaves Safeco Field

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Judge's 31st HR nearly leaves Safeco Field

It had been a while since Aaron Judge displayed his strength and hit a ball over the fence -- 30 at-bats to be specific (though Jackie Bradley Jr. is somewhat responsible for that). But when the Mariners were hosting the Yankees Friday night, he refreshed our memories in a colossal way.

The 25-year-old T-Mobile Home Run Derby champion smashed a ball almost out of Safeco Field. The ball landed in the third to last row of the top left-field bleachers.

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