CC shows stuff in CG, but outcome points wrong way

Going distance for first time since '13, Yanks lefty encouraged by improvement despite 0-3 mark

CC shows stuff in CG, but outcome points wrong way

DETROIT -- CC Sabathia on Monday night put together his best start of the season in terms of stuff, he said, and his final pitching line. But Sabathia's first complete game since July 9, 2013, wasn't enough as the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 2-1.

"I've been getting better every time out," Sabathia said. "Obviously that's not equating to wins or helping us, but hopefully I can put it together, start putting some starts like this together and help us win some games."

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Yankees recall Shreve, send down Pinder

Yankees recall Shreve, send down Pinder

DETROIT -- Left-hander Chasen Shreve paid the price for the Yankees' 19-inning loss to the Red Sox 10 days ago, getting sent down to the Minors as New York sought fresh bullpen arms.

But Shreve was back in the big leagues Tuesday afternoon. The Yankees recalled Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned reliever Branden Pinder to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before Tuesday night's game against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

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Yanks outfielders go extra mile to rob extra bases

Gardner, Ellsbury frustrate V-Mart, while club turns three DP's, but late chances missed

Yanks outfielders go extra mile to rob extra bases

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez led off the fifth inning Monday night with a deep fly ball into the gap in right-center field -- a drive that looked like an obvious extra-base hit for the Tigers' designated hitter. Even Jacoby Ellsbury thought so.

"But, you know, I always go for everything like I can catch it," Ellsbury said.

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CC deserves better, takes tough loss in Detroit

CC deserves better, takes tough loss in Detroit

DETROIT -- On a night when the wind was gusting out to left field at Comerica Park, Alfredo Simon and CC Sabathia put on a pitchers' duel for most of Monday's series opener between the Tigers and Yankees. Mark Teixeira's home run to right field stood as the lone scoring until back-to-back RBI singles from J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes swung the game to Detroit in the seventh inning for a 2-1 Tigers victory.

The win improved the Tigers' record to 11-2, continuing their best start since 1984, and the best start in the Major Leagues this year. Six of those wins have come in starts by Simon and Shane Greene, who went into the season as the perceived back end of Detroit's rotation.

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Rivera, Torre entertain in Connecticut

Yankees legends talk George Steinbrenner, memories and more at lecture

Rivera, Torre entertain in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- "Mo & Joe." It sounds like the name of a buddy-cop flick, maybe a staged comedy routine lacking a third stooge. Monday night at Southern Connecticut State University, though, those were the nicknames of the headliners at "An Evening of Conversation With Mo & Joe" -- Mariano Rivera and Joe Torre.

The pair of Yankees legends was in town officially as a part of the school's lecture series and unofficially as full-blown showmen, regaling a group of about 1,500 who trucked through a soggy spring night with tales of the Yankees' dynasty folks in this region still recall regularly, willingly and easily.

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Tanaka lines up for Detroit finale as Yanks stay course

Yankees ace to start on four days' rest for first time this season as club rides rotation order

Tanaka lines up for Detroit finale as Yanks stay course

DETROIT -- After considering using a spot starter at some point in this week's series against the Tigers, the Yankees opted to keep their starting rotation intact for at least one more turn.

The decision sets up right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to start Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park, his first outing of the season on four days' rest.

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Yanks must wait before paths cross with Greene

Tigers pitcher dealt for Gregorius won't face Yankees this series; club not surprised by success

Yanks must wait before paths cross with Greene

DETROIT -- When the Yankees sent Shane Greene to Detroit in December as part of a three-team deal that netted them shortstop Didi Gregorius, they knew they were parting ways with a talented young starting pitcher.

But it would have been impossible to predict Greene would get off to this kind of start for his new team.

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Beltran returns, but red-hot A-Rod stays at No. 3

Girardi slides Yanks outfielder to fifth in lineup to maximize DH's offensive potential

Beltran returns, but red-hot A-Rod stays at No. 3

DETROIT -- Carlos Beltran returned to the Yankees' starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park, but not to the No. 3 spot in the order.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi slotted Beltran fifth, and kept designated hitter Alex Rodriguez in the third spot.

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Miller rising to stage in save situations

Miller rising to stage in save situations

ST. PETERSBURG -- There was no crash course given on how to handle the pressures of the ninth inning, but since Andrew Miller seems to be handling the adjustment just fine, there is no reason for the Yankees to tinker with the formula.

Miller has not been officially anointed as the Yanks' closer, but he is taking on those responsibilities nonetheless. Miller locked down his fourth save in as many chances on Sunday, pitching around a leadoff double to secure the Yanks' 5-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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All cylinders clicking as Yankees find groove

All cylinders clicking as Yankees find groove

ST. PETERSBURG -- Last week, Alex Rodriguez stood in front of a locker in the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards and spoke about the "four facets" that the Yankees needed to do consistently if they were to achieve their goals this season: good pitching, good defense, timely hitting and baserunning.

Manager Joe Girardi scowled outside that same room and put it more bluntly -- if his team didn't tighten up all areas of its game, it could make for a long season. Consider that challenge answered for the moment, as the Yankees bobbed back to the .500 mark on Sunday by completing a series sweep of the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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Pineda helps Yankees finish sweep of Rays

Pineda helps Yankees finish sweep of Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira each drove in a pair of runs to support another solid effort from Michael Pineda, helping the Yankees complete a series sweep of the Rays with a 5-3 victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Headley followed Teixeira's third-inning RBI groundout with a go-ahead run-scoring single, highlighting the attack against Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese, who took his first big league loss after permitting four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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Young, Yankees proving mutually good fit

Young, Yankees proving mutually good fit

ST. PETERSBURG -- Part of the appeal for Chris Young in last season's borough switch was that he was able to keep the same apartment, commuting to Yankee Stadium instead of Citi Field. The veteran outfielder has discovered that he is much more at home wearing pinstripes.

Young has picked up in 2015 where he left off last season, continuing to provide a power boost off the bench. Since joining the Yanks last September, 17 of his 28 hits have gone for extra bases -- including his third career grand slam in Saturday's 9-0 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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Esmil Rogers is a bullpen trash artist

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Esmil Rogers is a bullpen trash artist

For some, a paper cup is just a paper cup. It's used for drinking and then it's crumpled up and discarded into a nearby trash receptacle.

But for Yankees reliever Esmil Rogers, a paper cup is an opportunity. An opportunity to imagine, and explore, and embrace inner talents that have just been waiting ever-so-patiently to be embraced.

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Drew's 100th homer puts him, brother in elite group

Stephen, J.D. become 8th pair of siblings to each reach century mark

Drew's 100th homer puts him, brother in elite group

ST. PETERSBURG -- Growing up in Valdosta, Ga., Stephen Drew used to chase his older brothers around the front yard, trying to keep up in their neighborhood pickup baseball and football games. All these years later, he's still catching up.

Drew slugged his 100th career home run in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, joining his brother J.D. as the eighth pair of brothers to each hit at least 100 homers in the Major Leagues.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka zeros in with 7 shutout innings

Yankees thrilled with right-hander's fastball command in third start of season

Tanaka zeros in with 7 shutout innings

ST. PETERSBURG -- From a distance of 60 feet and six inches, Brian McCann peered between the bars of his catcher's mask and saw the most encouraging thing that the Yankees could have put on display Saturday evening: a healthy and efficient Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka was not thrilled with his first two outings of the year, but even the harshest critic could not find much to be upset about in No. 3. Tanaka handcuffed the Rays to two hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none in a 9-0 victory at Tropicana Field.

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Seventh heaven: Yanks erupt with Tanaka dealing

Seventh heaven: Yanks erupt with Tanaka dealing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Masahiro Tanaka made strides toward recapturing his dominant form of a season ago, Brian McCann legged out a two-run triple, and Chris Young hit a grand slam late, leading the Yankees to a 9-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka was unsatisfied with his first two starts of the season, but the right-hander was on point this time, handcuffing Tampa Bay's lineup to two hits over seven innings. Tanaka retired 15 straight after a leadoff single in the first, ringing up eight strikeouts without a walk.

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A-Rod swinging hot bat as he adjusts to DH

Rodriguez working to stay active between at-bats, heeds advice from longtime DH Martinez

A-Rod swinging hot bat as he adjusts to DH

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Rodriguez has repeatedly said he did not know what to expect coming into this season, shaking off the rust following what essentially was a 17-month layoff, but it is difficult to imagine his first 10 games having a greater impact on the field.

Rodriguez entered play on Saturday leading the Yankees with 11 RBIs, batting .344 (11-for-32) with four homers. The rest of the Yankees have combined to bat .209 (67-for-320) to start the season, and Rodriguez said he is surprised how well he has taken to life as a designated hitter.

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Yanks considering using sixth starter on occasion

Yanks considering using sixth starter on occasion

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees began a stretch Friday that will see them play 30 games in the next 31 days, and manager Joe Girardi said that the club is seriously considering inserting a sixth starter at some point to alleviate the strain on its rotation.

Girardi named Bryan Mitchell, Esmil Rogers and Chase Whitley among the most likely candidates to be given a spot start. Rogers is currently serving as the Yankees' long reliever, while Mitchell and Whitley are with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Miller finishes off solid effort by Yanks' bullpen vs. Rays

Miller finishes off solid effort by Yanks' bullpen vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- The bullpen phone rang last for Andrew Miller once again, and though the Yankees have not officially named Miller as their closer, he certainly appears to be comfortable handling the duties of the ninth inning.

Miller recorded the final four outs of the Yankees' 5-4 victory over the Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field, securing his third save of the season in as many opportunities. He was preceded by Dellin Betances, who logged three outs around a hit in his sharpest outing of the young season.

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A-Rod carries Yanks to victory in series opener vs. Rays

A-Rod carries Yanks to victory in series opener vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Rodriguez homered twice and drove in the go-ahead run with a late single, collecting four RBIs and leading the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Rays on Friday evening at Tropicana Field.

Rodriguez connected for his 657th and 658th career homers, slugging a second-inning solo shot off starter Nathan Karns and a two-run, game-tying shot off Ernesto Frieri in the sixth. Rodriguez then knocked in pinch-runner Brett Gardner with the deciding run in the eighth, lining a full-count single to center field off Kevin Jepsen.

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Gardner feels good after taking swings in batting cage

Gardner feels good after taking swings in batting cage

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brett Gardner said that his bruised right wrist is improving, and he hopes that a full batting-practice session Friday will permit him to return to the Yankees' lineup.

Gardner has not played since Monday in Baltimore, when he was hit by a pitch from the Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen. X-rays taken in Baltimore and an MRI performed on Thursday showed only a bone bruise, and Gardner said that he is close to getting back on the field.

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A-Rod collects first multi-HR game since 2012

A-Rod collects first multi-HR game since 2012

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Rodriguez insists that he isn't thinking about how many times he has circled the bases in his big league career, though his teammates seem well aware that the number now stands at 658. The slugger says that his focus is on continuing to hit the ball hard and help the Yankees win games.

Rodriguez continues to swing the hottest bat in the Yankees' lineup, celebrating the 61st multi-homer game of his career on Friday and powering New York's 5-4 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, collecting three hits and driving in four runs.

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With big shoes to fill, Didi looking to find his footing

First week of season brought some bumps for new Yankees shortstop

With big shoes to fill, Didi looking to find his footing

TAMPA, Fla. -- The chants, playful in nature, started raining down upon Didi Gregorius during his first homestand at Yankee Stadium. Up by 10 runs late against the Red Sox, the young shortstop flubbed what could have been a routine double-play ball.

"De-rek Je-ter," the echoes came from the three decks, and Gregorius could only laugh at the reminder of the challenges ahead.

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Inbox: Story behind Betances' pitch selection?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers questions from Yankees fans

Inbox: Story behind Betances' pitch selection?

I've noticed there have been a good amount of breaking balls thrown by Dellin Betances. Is this an attempt to give hitters something else to worry about? To save his arm? As someone who was so effective last season with fastballs in the upper 90s, I was wondering why you think he has moved off the speed game.
-- Matt B., Dudley, Mass.

You made me curious to check the numbers, and there's not as dramatic a shift you might think. According to Brooks Baseball, Betances used his four-seam fastball 710 times (52.28 percent) and his curveball 644 times (47.42 percent) times in 2014. This year, you're correct in that Betances has used his curve (59 times) more than his four-seamer (57 times), but it's such a small sample size that it doesn't raise a red flag.

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Miss the players, not the game: Jeter content in retirement

Former Yankees shortstop happy with decision, in touch with some teammates

Miss the players, not the game: Jeter content in retirement

Former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is staying busy with his The Players' Tribune venture and other charity work, but he said Wednesday night on SiriusXM radio that he doesn't miss the game "at all."

Speaking to hosts Ben Lyons and Ryan Duffy, Jeter reiterated that it was the "right time" for him to retire and said he's content with what he's doing now.

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Sabathia happy with how MLB honors Robinson's legacy

Sabathia happy with how MLB honors Robinson's legacy

BALTIMORE -- CC Sabathia grew up in a household where the story of Jackie Robinson was often re-told, and as the Yankees left-hander slips on No. 42 with the rest of the league on Wednesday, he believes that Major League Baseball has done a good job of keeping the barrier-breaking great's legacy alive.

"I think it's great," Sabathia said. "It's exciting that we get a chance to wear it. I think it's a big-time honor to be able to wear it. I think it's great that we honor him that way and we are able to put something together where it's meaningful and people kind of get it every year. It's cool."

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