Yanks battle back, but can't catch Rangers

Yanks battle back, but can't catch Rangers

NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder homered twice and Mitch Moreland also cleared the wall as the Rangers knocked around Michael Pineda and the Yankees, holding on to secure a 10-9 victory on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Texas capitalized upon sloppy defense to hang a seven-run third inning on Pineda, who contributed to the jam with a throwing error of his own. Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo also drove in runs against Pineda, who was charged with four earned runs over six innings.

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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. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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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On a roll of late, CC takes on Texas in the Bronx

On a roll of late, CC takes on Texas in the Bronx

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been much better in May than he was in April. For Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez, the opposite has been true. He was terrific in April, but not quite as good in May.

The two will face off when the Yankees host the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. The Yankees are the home team, but Martinez feels comfortable in the Bronx, having played college baseball on the other side of the borough at Fordham.

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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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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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First runs, first loss: Miller falls from perch

Yankees closer unscored upon in 17 appearances before allowing walk-off homer

First runs, first loss: Miller falls from perch

WASHINGTON -- Andrew Miller knew that it would be a long shot to keep his sterling 0.00 ERA intact all year, but that did not make the first blip any easier for the Yankees' closer to swallow.

Miller served up Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off, two-run home run in the 10th inning on Tuesday at Nationals Park, which sent the Yankees to an 8-6 loss and marked the first earned runs permitted by the left-hander in 18 appearances.

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Yanks rally, lose lead, then fall in 10th inning

Yanks rally, lose lead, then fall in 10th inning

WASHINGTON -- The Yankees and Nationals found themselves in a slugfest on Tuesday night, and it was Ryan Zimmerman's home run in the 10th inning that won it for the Nats, 8-6, at Nationals Park. It was Zimmerman's 10th walk-off home run of his career.

Zimmerman said he was lucky to be in that situation, but that he probably won't appreciate what he has accomplished until his career is over.

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Shreve gets best of old friend Harper with K

History between Yankees pitcher, Nationals slugger goes back to high school years

Shreve gets best of old friend Harper with K

WASHINGTON -- Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve said that he has known Nationals star Bryce Harper going back to their high school years, when Harper was already smearing on eye black and wowing scouts, then earning national attention as he landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16.

"The first time I met him, it was in a scout tournament and we were playing on the same team," Shreve said. "He came from football practice to one of our practices. He had the cutoff sleeves and the big face paint. I met him, he was a really nice guy. I thought he was more of a football player than a baseball player. When he played, he was just unreal. He played hard; he's always played hard."

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Alas, the Yankees have shaved their mustaches

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Alas, the Yankees have shaved their mustaches

The fun of the Yankees' so-called "Stache Squad" evaporated somewhere on the charter flight between Kansas City and Washington, with five losses in six games suggesting that someone should break out the razors.

Most of the Yankees were clean-shaven as they reported to Nationals Park on Tuesday, with Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, Stephen Drew and Dellin Betances among those saying goodbye to their once-lucky soup-strainers.

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Whitley elects to have Tommy John surgery

Yankees righty exited Wednesday's start after dealing with discomfort

Whitley elects to have Tommy John surgery

WASHINGTON -- Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery following a consultation with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday in New York. Ahmad will perform the procedure on Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Whitley exited his start against the Rays last Wednesday in the second inning with what the team initially described as a "right elbow injury." He underwent an MRI examination the next day in Tampa, Fla., and he revealed he had been battling discomfort for at least two starts.

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Inbox: Will Yankees stick with Drew at second?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers New York fans' questions

Inbox: Will Yankees stick with Drew at second?

WASHINGTON -- The Yankees have just completed a marathon stretch of 30 games in 31 days, posting 19 victories over that span. As they regroup in the nation's capital, it is a good time to once again dig into the Inbox and see what fans are talking about.

When do the Yankees sacrifice defense in Stephen Drew for offense in Rob Refsnyder? And if Drew moves to a utility role, who goes?
-- Aaron D., Norfolk, Va.

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Yanks should benefit from rest after 'tough stretch'

Though New York is first in AL East, club has played 30 games in 31 days

Yanks should benefit from rest after 'tough stretch'

WASHINGTON -- The Yankees stopped short of saying that Monday's off-day was a necessary breather, but having completed a stretch of 30 games in 31 days, they seemed to be in agreement that 24 hours off the diamond should offer some positive benefits.

The Yanks limped to the finish of that marathon run, losing three of four games to the Rays in St. Petersburg and then dropping two games this past weekend to the Royals in Kansas City. Still, they could kick back on Monday with sole ownership of first place in the American League East.

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'15 debut doesn't go as planned for Capuano

Yankees lefty throws just 63 pitches before exiting in fourth inning

'15 debut doesn't go as planned for Capuano

KANSAS CITY -- When Chris Capuano limped off the field two months ago during a Spring Training start with what would be diagnosed as a right quadriceps strain, he knew that the official beginning of his season was going to be delayed. This was not the kind of debut that he had in mind.

Capuano unraveled in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 6-0 loss to the Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, charged with four runs and handing the ball over to the bullpen after just 63 pitches -- well shy of the Yanks' stated goal of 95 to 100.

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Yanks blanked as Capuano struggles in KC

Yanks blanked as Capuano struggles in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven shutout innings and Salvador Perez homered and drove in two runs as the Royals stymied the Yankees, 6-0, on Sunday, taking two of three in the series at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez was sharp from the onset, retiring the first 11 hitters he faced until Alex Rodriguez doubled. Volquez gave up just three hits, walked none and struck out five.

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Refsnyder on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Bryant, Schwarber, Vogelbach earn honors with combined eight homers and 20 RBIs

Refsnyder on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

In his first month with the Cubs, Kris Bryant has done nothing but add to the belief that he'll become a superstar. Despite missing Chicago's first eight games in an apparent attempt to leverage his service time, he leads the team with 24 RBIs and 24 walks in 29 games while batting a cool .291/.426/.476.

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