A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

Yankees slugger celebrates birthday with solo shot in the sixth

A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday by doing what he has done more often than all but three players in the game's history: hitting a home run.

Rodriguez connected with a Matt Harrison offering in the sixth inning during Monday's 6-2 win and slugged it over the wall for an opposite-field solo homer, marking the Yankees slugger's 24th of the season and his fourth in his last two games.

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Gregorius, A-Rod drive Yanks past Rangers

Gregorius, A-Rod drive Yanks past Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday with a home run and Didi Gregorius drove in a career-high four runs as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 6-2, on Monday at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez's sixth-inning solo shot off Matt Harrison marked the sixth home run that the Yankees slugger has hit on his birthday. He is just the fourth player in Major League history to homer as a teenager and in his forties, joining Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield.

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Yankees want Hamels, but top prospects off limits

Club reportedly inquires about ace's availability, but won't trade Severino, Judge, Mateo, Bird

Yankees want Hamels, but top prospects off limits

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees have inquired about the availability of Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, but they are unwilling to part with several of the organization's top prospects, according to multiple reports.

CBS Sports and FOX Sports have reported that the Yankees are telling teams that they have four untouchable players in their farm system: right-hander Luis Severino, outfielder Aaron Judge, shortstop Jorge Mateo and first baseman Greg Bird -- their top four prospects, according to MLB.com.

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Tex heated after mistake by third-base coach

First baseman thrown out at home with Espada not expecting play at the plate

Tex heated after mistake by third-base coach

ARLINGTON -- Mark Teixeira's temper flared in full view of the cameras on Monday, as the Yankees first baseman said he heard third-base coach Joe Espada tell him to go "easy, easy" before being thrown out at home plate on a Chase Headley single to center field in the eighth inning.

Teixeira was furious with Espada, who believed that Teixeira would score from second base without a throw. Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin came up firing and nailed Teixeira at the plate, though the play ultimately did not affect the outcome of a 6-2 victory.

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Arm fatigue limits Nova to 75 pitches

Yankees righty was making sixth start since return from Tommy John surgery

Arm fatigue limits Nova to 75 pitches

ARLINGTON -- Ivan Nova was pulled after 75 pitches against the Rangers on Monday due to what Yankees manager Joe Girardi described as "arm fatigue," which the right-hander said that he believes is part of the process in coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Nova asked out of the game after completing five innings of two-run, five-hit ball, earning the victory as the Yankees held on for a 6-2 win at Globe Life Park. Nova said that though he felt fatigued, he did not experience any pain in his sixth start since Tommy John surgery.

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Ellsbury appears day after crashing into wall

Yankees center fielder out of starting lineup, but enters for defense

Ellsbury appears day after crashing into wall

ARLINGTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the Yankees' starting lineup on Monday, one day after he jammed his right shoulder crashing into an outfield wall while making a terrific catch, but he said that it was just a scheduled day off and he entered in the bottom of the eighth as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. New York won the game, 6-2.

Ellsbury hit the center-field wall at Target Field while snaring Trevor Plouffe's second-inning fly ball in the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Twins on Sunday. Ellsbury stayed in the game but said that he did notice the shoulder bothering him at the plate and finished 0-for-5.

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Capuano to face Rangers in first start since May

Capuano to face Rangers in first start since May

Rangers left-hander Martin Perez will make his first start in Arlington since May 10, 2014, when the Rangers host the Yankees on Tuesday.

Perez missed a full year after Tommy John surgery and has made two starts for the Rangers since he was activated from the disabled list on July 17. Perez allowed three earned runs in six innings last time in a no-decision at Colorado, and before that allowed three runs in five innings at Houston.

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A-Rod in a much better place at 40 years old

Yankees slugger cuts cake in clubhouse before game

A-Rod in a much better place at 40 years old

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez said that he does not remember where or how he celebrated his 39th birthday a year ago, but he knows for certain that he was not cutting the cake in a big league clubhouse. For that reason alone, 40 already feels great for the Yankees' designated hitter.

"Someone asked me about 40 and evaluating where I am; I think I did a lot of that last year," said Rodriguez, who sat out during a season-long suspension.

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Six-run 6th propels Yankees over Twins

Six-run 6th propels Yankees over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nathan Eovaldi pitched into the ninth inning, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered and the Yankees improved to a season-high 13 games over .500 with a 7-2 victory over the Twins on Sunday at Target Field.

Drew hit a two-run homer and Headley lined a two-run single as part of a six-run sixth inning that knocked out Twins starter Kyle Gibson. That provided a large cushion for Eovaldi, who has received strong run support all season long and picked up his team-leading 10th victory.

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Improved splitter has Eovaldi in peak form

Improved splitter has Eovaldi in peak form

MINNEAPOLIS -- The most valuable addition to Nathan Eovaldi's arsenal received some needed tweaks last month, as the right-hander fiddled with his grip and tried to add some diving action to a splitter that seemed to be behaving more like a knuckleball.

There was time to consider it after being sent to the showers after two-thirds of an inning on June 16 at Miami, which he hopes will be his final early exit. Eovaldi pitched into the ninth inning for the first time in his career on Sunday, earning the victory in the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Twins at Target Field.

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A-Rod credits Girardi as integral to resurgence

A-Rod credits Girardi as integral to resurgence

MINNEAPOLIS -- The schedule dictates that Alex Rodriguez will celebrate his 40th birthday in Arlington, Texas, a place that holds some significance as one of his former big league haunts. Yet no matter where the Yankees slugger travels this year, he believes that he is in a good place.

Rodriguez said that he plans to have his daughters and some friends fly in for a gathering with his teammates after Monday's game. One day removed from the fifth three-homer game of his career, Rodriguez said on Sunday that he has no worries about embracing the big four-oh.

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A-Rod's third HR of night sparks Yanks' rally

A-Rod's third HR of night sparks Yanks' rally

MINNEAPOLIS -- A year that began with Alex Rodriguez being told that he must compete for his roster spot has seen him again become one of the most feared sluggers in the sport. In this improbable comeback story, the Yankees have learned to anticipate the unexpected.

Rodriguez rescued his team with the fifth three-homer game of his career on Saturday night, including a game-tying drive in the ninth inning off closer Glen Perkins, as the Yankees rallied for an 8-5 victory over the Twins. And after the first two homers, they actually expected a third.

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No stopping A-Rod as Yanks stun Twins late

No stopping A-Rod as Yanks stun Twins late

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated the fifth three-homer game of his career, including a game-tying drive in the ninth inning, and John Ryan Murphy crushed a go-ahead three-run shot as the Yankees rallied for an 8-5 victory over Glen Perkins and the Twins on Saturday night at Target Field. 

Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run drive in the seventh off Minnesota starter Tommy Milone before hitting a line drive over the center-field wall on the first pitch he saw from Perkins in the ninth, giving him 23 homers in this improbable comeback campaign.

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Murphy's first HR caps Yanks' wild comeback

A-Rod's three-homer effort key; Warren's sixth-inning escape sets stage

Murphy's first HR caps Yanks' wild comeback

MINNEAPOLIS -- It could have been the Yankees' most unlikely victory of the season, and manager Joe Girardi believes that it could be remembered as one of their best.

His team down early after CC Sabathia served up a pair of long homers, designated hitter Alex Rodriguez answered with the fifth three-homer game of his career before backup catcher John Ryan Murphy launched a go-ahead drive in the ninth, lifting the Yanks to an 8-5 win over the Twins on Saturday night at Target Field.

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Goody joins Yanks to provide bullpen depth

Pinder optioned to Triple-A; infielder Petit designated for assignment

Goody joins Yanks to provide bullpen depth

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nick Goody was in camp with the Yankees this past spring, so the right-handed rookie was able to identify plenty of familiar faces when he walked into a big league clubhouse for the first time on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.

Goody was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as the club looks to keep a fresh arm stashed in the back end of its bullpen.

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Pineda falters as Yanks eye trade market

Righty struggling since break, surrenders 5 runs in loss

Pineda falters as Yanks eye trade market

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Yankees will own first place in the American League East for a 22nd straight day when they return to Target Field on Saturday, and there are reasons to believe that they could ride the powerful right arms of Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka in a short series.

Yet with the Trade Deadline just a week away and available pitching being actively shopped in the marketplace, Pineda offered the kind of outing that could provide general manager Brian Cashman with some food for thought, allowing five runs and eight hits in a 10-1 loss to the Twins at Target Field.

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Offense goes cold against Hughes, Twins

Offense goes cold against Hughes, Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Phil Hughes pitched seven strong innings to best his former club while Miguel Sano paced a four-homer barrage, helping the Twins defeat the Yankees, 10-1, on Friday evening in the opener of a three-game series at Target Field.

Hughes limited New York to seven hits as he turned in his third start against the Bronx Bombers, with whom he spent the first seven years of his career. The scoreless effort marked the seventh quality start out of the last nine for Hughes, who walked none and struck out three.

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

Yanks prospect Severino handling Triple-A

Yanks prospect Severino handling Triple-A

SCRANTON, Pa. -- The Yankees have not announced their rotation after this weekend's series in Minnesota, and the team has discussed the possibility of adding a spot starter when the team begins a four-game series against the Rangers.

If New York does add another starter, Luis Severino -- the club's No. 1 prospect and 16th overall as rated by MLB.com -- could certainly be a major candidate.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First crack: Ellsbury, Gardner set the pace

Yankees lead Majors in 1st-inning runs behind 2 sparkplugs

First crack: Ellsbury, Gardner set the pace

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Yankees believed that Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner would form a formidable duo atop their lineup, but they have been thrilled by how well that tandem has performed this season, helping the team score more first-inning runs than anyone.

Through the Yankees' first 94 games, they have scored 86 first-inning runs, which also marks the most runs scored by any big league club in any inning. They opened their 10-game road trip on Friday having scored seven times in their last 12 first innings.

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Though improving, Tanaka sets sights higher

Three solo home runs only damage against righty as Yanks sweep O's

Though improving, Tanaka sets sights higher

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka knows when he's about to have a good day. It starts in the bullpen, where his breaking balls don't fight him and he's able to put pitches where he wants to. His catcher notices it, too.

"I could see it from the bullpen," catcher John Ryan Murphy said. "Before the game, you can tell when a guy's on."

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Steady work has Ellsbury back in top form

Following stint on DL and All-Star break, Yanks catalyst enjoys big day

Steady work has Ellsbury back in top form

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury has been back with the Yankees for weeks, but Ellsbury the All-Star, the game changer, hadn't quite returned until Thursday's 9-3 win over the Orioles. As he worked his way back into the everyday routine of playing center field and batting leadoff, he hadn't looked quite comfortable.

In his first 10 games back from the disabled list, Ellsbury hit .209 with one home run, two doubles and no stolen bases. He'd taken his spot back atop the Yankees' lineup but had yet to produce at his usual level.

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Second, third bases help Murphy tally two hits

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Second, third bases help Murphy tally two hits

Heading into Thursday's Orioles-Yankees matchup, John Ryan Murphy was hitting .247. In other words, he was getting a hit in about one quarter of his at-bats. So Murphy, like any MLB batter would be, was grateful for any help that might come his way.

Even if it meant playing pinball with the bases.

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Yankees back efficient Tanaka to sweep O's

Yankees back efficient Tanaka to sweep O's

NEW YORK -- The Yankees enjoyed an offensive barrage to complete a three-game sweep of the O's with a 9-3 win on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Jacoby Ellsbury had three of New York's 13 hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle, driving in four runs, and Chase Headley plated three.

With four runs in the first inning, one in the second and two each in the third and fifth, the American League East-leading Yankees climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500. The Orioles, on the other hand, dropped their fourth series since the beginning of July.

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Grace Raynor and Alden Woods are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod, Teixeira shattering expectations

Veteran sluggers provide big-time power for 1st-place club

A-Rod, Teixeira shattering expectations

NEW YORK -- The heart of the Yankees' lineup is feeling pretty good about itself. Mark Teixeira jokingly called himself the "smartest man in baseball," and Alex Rodriguez hoped for a bonus on long home runs.

The Yankees' Nos. 3 and 4 hitters, who were not expected to produce at this level, at this age, continued their best seasons in years Wednesday night. Teixeira's two-run home run in the first inning stretched the Yankees' early lead, and Rodriguez's fifth-inning solo homer gave them enough offense for a 4-3 win over the Orioles.

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Betances feeding off Bronx energy

Reliever shines in multiple roles out of Yankees bullpen

Betances feeding off Bronx energy

NEW YORK -- The bat head helicoptered toward Dellin Betances, who completed his follow-through without even so much as a flinch. It may have appeared fearless, but truth be told, the Yankees reliever didn't notice the shattered lumber until a few shards touched his glove.

Betances felt somewhat fortunate after Chris Davis' eighth-inning single in Tuesday's 3-2 Yankees victory over the Orioles; if dodging broken bats is the most challenging part of an outing, the All-Star will take it. He has embraced life out of the bullpen and is making a difference in the American League East race.

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Yanks edge O's behind Nova, 2 big blasts

Yanks edge O's behind Nova, 2 big blasts

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and Alex Rodriguez launched a tape-measure blast to support Ivan Nova's solid effort as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium, improving to a season-high 11 games over .500.

Both Yankees homers came off Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman, who surrendered four runs over six innings and was saddled with the loss. Brett Gardner also drove in a run for the Yankees, who swelled their division-leading record to 52-41.

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Gardner wins 4th Yankees Heart and Hustle Award

Gardner wins 4th Yankees Heart and Hustle Award

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner didn't know he had won, no matter how many times he has before.

"Oh, is that true?" Gardner said. "Just became aware of it. You're the first to let me know."

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Healthy Ryan revels in chance to contribute

Healthy Ryan revels in chance to contribute

NEW YORK -- Brendan Ryan couldn't believe they were leaving. Here he was, itching to talk after the best night of his season, and the only thing the reporters around him wanted to talk about was Tuesday night's game, a 3-2 win over the Orioles.

"What, you guys don't want to ask about my mustache?" Ryan said, grinning, as they walked away. For months, Ryan has been the sole holdout from a team-wide facial hair phenomenon in the spring. So the reporters came back, Ryan smoothed out the hair above his lip, and he continued.

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