Yanks drop finale to Texas as skid hits six

Yanks drop finale to Texas as skid hits six

NEW YORK -- Yovani Gallardo pitched six strong innings and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

Prince Fielder also drove in a pair of runs as Texas won its fifth straight contest, sending the skidding Yanks to their sixth straight defeat. Gallardo limited New York's bats to two runs and four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.

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Bernie takes his place among Yanks' greats

Four-time World Series champion has No. 51 retired, Monument Park plaque unveiled

Bernie takes his place among Yanks' greats

NEW YORK -- This was the celebration that Bernie Williams put off for nine years, unsure about embracing what it would represent. To join the past Yankees greats in Monument Park and take his uniform number out of circulation demanded an acknowledgement that his playing days were over, and that was a difficult dream to part with.

Yet as Williams stood at a podium Sunday, delivering 10 minutes of heartfelt remarks in the center of a Yankee Stadium where he never played, he was surprised to discover that it was not bittersweet at all to say goodbye. In a geographical sense, now Williams and his No. 51 will always reside in center field for Yankees home games.

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Jeter back in Bronx for first time since retiring

Yankees icon returns for Bernie Williams Night

Jeter back in Bronx for first time since retiring

NEW YORK -- Leading up to his retirement last season, one thing that Derek Jeter consistently said he was looking forward to was enjoying a summer without a schedule, offered the flexibility to see what life would be like away from the ballpark after 20 years in the Majors.

Jeter snapped that sabbatical Sunday to be present for Bernie Williams Night at Yankee Stadium, applauding along with his former teammates as Williams' No. 51 was retired and the switch-hitting center fielder was officially enshrined into Monument Park.

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Tanaka takes another positive step

Tanaka takes another positive step

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka threw 31 pitches in the Yankee Stadium bullpen on Sunday afternoon, and if everything goes well in his second Minor League rehab start this week, he could return to big league duty.

Tanaka's bullpen session served as preparation for his scheduled start on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Pawtucket, during which the right-hander is scheduled to throw approximately 65 pitches. Tanaka said that if the Yanks want to use him in the big leagues after that, he'll be fine.

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'Flu-like symptoms' keep Beltran on the bench

'Flu-like symptoms' keep Beltran on the bench

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran was held out of the Yankees' lineup for Sunday evening's game with the Rangers with what manager Joe Girardi described as "flu-like symptoms."

Girardi said that the Yankees told Beltran to take his time getting to Yankee Stadium and that the veteran outfielder would not be taking batting practice prior to the game.

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Lefty prospect Lindgren gets first callup

Lefty prospect Lindgren gets first callup

NEW YORK -- Jacob Lindgren has been on a fast track to the Majors since the moment that the Yankees called his name in the most recent First-Year Player Draft, a journey that culminated Sunday with the left-hander slipping on the pinstripes for the first time.

Lindgren was summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to help shore up an overtaxed Yankees bullpen for the series finale against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. The 22-year-old, who was pitching in college just 12 months ago, said that his last year-plus has been "a crazy ride."

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CC chased early in blowout loss to Texas

CC chased early in blowout loss to Texas

NEW YORK -- Shin Soo-Choo homered and drove in four runs as the Rangers enjoyed a 10-run third inning, sending CC Sabathia to the showers early in a 15-4 rout of the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Each Texas starter had at least one hit in the contest and the Rangers sent 14 men to the plate in the big third inning, which included a key Carlos Beltran error in right field. Sabathia was charged with six runs as he lasted just 2 1/3 innings, marking his shortest non-injury start in pinstripes.

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Home woes continue for CC

Yanks lefty drops sixth straight Bronx start

Home woes continue for CC

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's first two innings Saturday afternoon showed little indication of the barrage that was to come, but perhaps it should not have been a surprise, considering that home cooking has not seemed to agree with the big Yankees left-hander of late.

Seeking his third straight victory, Sabathia instead was sent to the showers in the third inning, absorbing his shortest non-injury start in pinstripes. He was charged with six runs and seven hits, lasting just 2 1/3 innings before manager Joe Girardi called to the bullpen.

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Nervous Jones has scoreless pitching debut

Yankees veteran moves from first base to mound, records two outs

Nervous Jones has scoreless pitching debut

NEW YORK -- Garrett Jones finally got his chance to see what it feels like to be a pitcher in the big leagues, though it came under circumstances that he and the Yankees would have much rather avoided.

Jones abandoned first base and stepped on the rubber to get the final two outs of the top of the ninth inning in Saturday's 15-4 loss to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium, marking his first pitching appearance since he was a senior at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill.

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Whitley upbeat about Tommy John rehab

Yankees righty says Nova is 'doing great' in his recovery from elbow surgery

Whitley upbeat about Tommy John rehab

NEW YORK -- Chase Whitley arrived in the Yankees' clubhouse Saturday morning with his pitching arm in a sling, a reminder of his Tommy John surgery earlier in the week, and the right-hander is hoping to return to the mound stronger at the end of the rehab process.

Whitley sustained what doctors determined to be a significant tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in a May 14 start against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He had the procedure performed Tuesday in New York, and is eyeing the normal recovery time of 12 to 18 months.

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Yanks battle back, but can't catch Rangers

Yanks battle back, but can't catch Rangers

NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder connected for a pair of long home runs, driving in a season-high four runs while helping the Rangers hold on for a 10-9 victory over the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Texas hung a seven-run third inning on New York starter Michael Pineda, who contributed to the jam with a throwing error. Fielder and Mitch Moreland slugged homers in the big frame, while Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo also drove in runs against Pineda, who was charged with four earned runs on eight hits over six innings.

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Ellsbury unlikely to be activated when eligible

Girardi, Yankees waiting to see how center fielder responds to treatment

Ellsbury unlikely to be activated when eligible

NEW YORK -- The Yankees do not expect to have Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup when he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list, manager Joe Girardi said after Friday's 10-9 loss to the Rangers.

Ellsbury was examined by a team physician Friday at Yankee Stadium after being placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a right knee sprain. The earliest date that Ellsbury would be eligible to be activated is June 4, but Girardi indicated that is unlikely.

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Soriano, Abreu enjoying their retirement

Ex-All-Stars are playing in Hall of Fame Classic after being in MLB in '14

Soriano, Abreu enjoying their retirement

COOPERSTOWN, NY -- Bobby Abreu and Alfonso Soriano have no plans of using the Hall of Fame Classic to spur a comeback.

Abreu and Soriano, two of the most recent retirees to participate in the Classic, held court at the Clark Sports Center on Saturday and talked about their time away from the game.

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Tanaka slated for 2nd rehab start next week

Yankees put pitch count at 65 after right-hander 'feels good' following outing

Tanaka slated for 2nd rehab start next week

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka reported no issues after a Minor League rehabilitation start this week, and the Yankees plan to send the right-hander back to the mound for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday at Pawtucket.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Tanaka's pitch count will be bumped to 65 for the start in the 12:05 p.m. ET contest, Tanaka's second since being placed on the disabled list April 29 with a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis.

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Location issues plague Pineda

After Mother's Day gem, Yankees righty has had back-to-back subpar outings

Location issues plague Pineda

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda has followed a dominant 16-strikeout performance with a pair of mediocre efforts, but the Yankees right-hander believes that he will be able to recapture the special form he showed in that May 10 effort against the Orioles.

Pineda seemed to be a long way from there Friday, as he struggled with the command of his fastball and slider while soaking up six innings against the Rangers. A seven-run third inning doomed Pineda, who took the loss in a 10-9 defeat at Yankee Stadium, his second straight setback.

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A-Rod ties Babe for fourth on RBI list

A-Rod ties Babe for fourth on RBI list

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez drove in the 1,992nd run of his career Friday, tying Babe Ruth for fourth place on the all-time RBI list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rodriguez's seventh-inning single to center field off Rangers starter Colby Lewis drove home Slade Heathcott with the Yankees' fifth run of the evening.

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Starting for first time, Heathcott impressive

Yankees center fielder hits double in first MLB at-bat, finishes 2-for-3 and scores run

Starting for first time, Heathcott impressive

NEW YORK -- Slade Heathcott spotted his name in a Major League lineup for the first time Friday, drawing the start in center field as the Yankees opened a three-game series with the Rangers, and quickly took advantage of the opportunity to make a good opening impression.

In his first plate appearance, Heathcott doubled off Texas righty Colby Lewis, then reached base in his next two times at bat to finish the evening 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Yankees' 10-9 loss.

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Severino shines in return from disabled list

Yankees top prospect doesn't allow a hit in five innings for Double-A Trenton

Severino shines in return from disabled list

A little more than a week ago, Double-A Trenton put Yankees No. 1 prospect Luis Severino on the disabled list due to an injury to the pitcher's right middle finger.

Thursday night, the No. 22 prospect in baseball returned with his best performance of the year. Severino was nearly perfect in five innings of work, with a catcher's interference call accounting for the only Bowie baserunner in the fifth inning. He was pulled with a no-hitter intact, but Bowie's Ronarsy Ledesma singled in the sixth inning off of Kyle Haynes to end the no-no bid for the Thunder. Orioles No. 1 prospect (No. 20 overall) Dylan Bundy was also exceptional, giving up just two hits in four shutout innings. He also struck out five.

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Tanaka pitches three scoreless in rehab start

After Monday's pain-free session, Yanks ace throws 25 of 41 pitches for strikes

Tanaka pitches three scoreless in rehab start

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka took a huge step toward a return to a Major League mound on Thursday night with a successful rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Tanaka threw 41 pitches, 25 for strikes, over three shutout innings against the Durham Bulls in his first game action since landing on the disabled list on April 29 with tendinitis in his right wrist and a strained right forearm.

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Ellsbury goes on DL with right knee sprain

Yankees outfielder undergoes MRI in hopes of gaining better idea of recovery time frame

Ellsbury goes on DL with right knee sprain

WASHINGTON -- The Yankees are still unsure of the timetable for Jacoby Ellsbury's expected return to the lineup, but they know they will be without one of their most productive hitters for at least 15 days, which won't make their recent slide any easier to fight out of.

Ellsbury had an MRI performed on Tuesday evening in Washington that revealed a ligament sprain near the outside of his right knee. Ellsbury will be evaluated by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Friday in New York, which should give the Yanks a better idea of the prognosis.

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Heathcott overcomes much to join Yankees

Club's former top prospect called up from Triple-A for first Major League experience

Heathcott overcomes much to join Yankees

WASHINGTON -- It was just six months ago that Slade Heathcott was sitting at home, his right knee issuing refusals to respond to rehab in the form of sharp, shooting pain. The former Yankees top prospect found his career at a crossroads, wondering if he would ever set foot on a baseball diamond again.

The Yankees appeared ready to move on, even non-tendering him off their 40-man roster. A new workout program and a strong spring turned his trajectory around, and Heathcott had the chance to dress in a big league uniform for the first time on Wednesday evening at Nationals Park.

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Mo's son honored as MAAC's top pitcher

Mo's son honored as MAAC's top pitcher

Mariano Rivera 's son is following his famous father and making a name for himself.

Rivera, the son of the iconic Yankees closer, was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year earlier in the week in recognition of his stellar season for Iona College.

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Yankees' promising start fizzles in loss

Yankees' promising start fizzles in loss

WASHINGTON -- Denard Span's single broke a tie in the seventh inning and helped the Nationals edge the Yankees, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

With the bases loaded, one out and left-hander Justin Wilson on the mound, Span singled to left field, scoring Wilson Ramos, who saw his hitting streak halted at 19 games.

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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. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod tours Capitol Hill before finale in DC

Yankees slugger visits halls of Congress, meets politicians and poses for photographs

A-Rod tours Capitol Hill before finale in DC

WASHINGTON -- As the Yankees completed their three-city, nine-game road trip, Alex Rodriguez took advantage of a rare Interleague stop in the nation's capital to do some sightseeing.

The Yankees' slugger toured the halls of Congress before Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals, shaking hands with politicians and posing for photographs, some of which quickly circulated on social media.

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At 26, Mattingly dressed like your dad on Letterman

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At 26, Mattingly dressed like your dad on Letterman

At the end of the 1987 MLB season, Don Mattingly appeared on "Late Night With David Letterman" and the only thing better than his mustache was his awesome dad sweatshirt.

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Ruth documentary studies his tremendous influence

'American Hercules: Babe Ruth' available on DVD

Ruth documentary studies his tremendous influence

A brand-new documentary entitled "American Hercules: Babe Ruth" chronicles the slugger's rise to fame and the impact of his career and life.

The film, narrated by Emmy Award-winner Martin Sheen, documents Ruth's rise from an orphanage in Baltimore to all but revolutionizing the game of baseball.

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