Yankees activate Gregorius off DL

Yankees activate Gregorius off DL

NEW YORK -- Off to their best 20-game start since 2010, the Yankees believe their lineup is now even more formidable with the return of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's series opener against the Orioles.

Gregorius is making his season debut after playing five Minor League rehab games for Class A Advanced Tampa, where he was 8-for-18 (.444) with two runs, a double, a homer, two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base, with multiple hits in four of the five games.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Big weekend to sort out AL East puzzle

O's visit Yankees, Rays face Blue Jays and Red Sox host defending champs

Big weekend to sort out AL East puzzle

You've got questions about the American League East. Hey, we've got questions about the AL East.

Can the Blue Jays still turn things around? When will the Red Sox begin scoring runs?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Hiro ball: Tanaka hogs spotlight, beats Sale

'Hiro ball: Tanaka hogs spotlight, beats Sale

BOSTON -- Masahiro Tanaka got the best of an exquisite pitchers' duel against Chris Sale in a Thursday night thriller at Fenway Park, leading the Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox. Neither team had an extra-base hit.

Tanaka was machine-like with his efficiency, firing a three-hit shutout that required just 97 pitches, aka a "Maddux." The sinkerballer walked none and struck out three for his second career shutout, giving the Yankees two straight wins at Fenway in a series that was abbreviated by a postponement on Tuesday.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Tanaka rises to task, keeps ball on ground

Motivated to oppose Sale, aggressive righty frustrates Red Sox hitters

Tanaka rises to task, keeps ball on ground

BOSTON -- The sparkling ERA and eye-popping strikeout totals that Chris Sale had amassed through four starts in a Red Sox uniform served as ammunition for Masahiro Tanaka, who digested those digits before warming up in the Fenway Park bullpen on Thursday evening.

Tanaka said that he "wanted to go in there and beat the odds" against Sale, whom he thought was viewed as having an upper hand in their battle of aces. The Yankees' right-hander rose to the occasion, permitting just three hits in a 97-pitch gem, a 3-0 victory that marked his second career shutout.

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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.

Holliday grinds out key at-bat vs. tough Sale

On 10th pitch, slugger hits sac fly to plate 1st run

Holliday grinds out key at-bat vs. tough Sale

BOSTON -- Matt Holliday had Chris Sale's repertoire rattling through his mind as they engaged in a 10-pitch battle during the fourth inning of Thursday's 3-0 Yankees victory over the Red Sox, resulting in a sacrifice fly to left field that sent Aaron Hicks home with the first run of the evening.

"It's tough. You've got to honor his 96-, 97-mph fastball, but he's also got the really good breaking ball and a changeup that he'll throw," Holliday said. "At that point, you're just trying to battle and put it in play, knowing that you've got a runner at third with less than two outs."

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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.

Yankees unveil stadium upgrades, new food

Ballpark menu offers something for every fan attending a game

Yankees unveil stadium upgrades, new food

NEW YORK -- The 2017 season is underway for the Yankees, who not only have a new-look team but an improved fan experience in the form of many stadium enhancements and a new dining menu for everyone.

The club held its What's New at Yankee Stadium event for media before the season. Highlights included a new children's area; a center-field expansion where gathering spaces replace many obstructed-view seats; new Budweiser Party Decks; an additional 200,000 tickets in 2017 all priced at $15 or less; phone charging stations galore; new food items; and much more.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bill Ladson

Blomberg relishes being first DH in baseball

Former Yankees slugger originated role in 1973

Blomberg relishes being first DH in baseball

NEW YORK -- Ron Blomberg is best known for playing with the Yankees and becoming the first designated hitter in 1973. But before anyone in baseball heard of him, Blomberg signed a letter of intent to play college basketball for head coach John Wooden at UCLA.

Even though he agreed to attend UCLA, Blomberg knew he wasn't going to play a single minute for Wooden and participate in the dynasty that was starting at the school. He had already made up his mind that he wanted to have a career in baseball. When he was in the 10th grade at Druid Hills (Ga.) High School, he felt if he continued to progress on the diamond, he was going to make a living playing on it.

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Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and does a podcast, Newsmakers. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Approach the stands? Judge rules at Fenway

Approach the stands? Judge rules at Fenway

BOSTON -- There was no time for Aaron Judge to consider self-preservation as he raced toward the right-field line on Wednesday evening, snatching Xander Bogaerts' third-inning popup in the webbing of his glove before flipping over a low wall and into an empty red seat.

Combined with a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, Judge's Fenway Park debut made for a 25th birthday that he won't soon forget, helping the Yankees celebrate a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox.

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

Severino, Judge lead Yanks to win over Sox

Severino, Judge lead Yanks to win over Sox

BOSTON -- Aaron Judge and Luis Severino emerged from the thick fog at Fenway Park to lift the Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night in the first of 19 rivalry matchups this season.

Celebrating his 25th birthday, Judge hammered a two-run homer in the top of the second inning in his first career at-bat at Fenway Park. An inning later, the big right fielder went into the stands to catch a foul ball hit by Xander Bogaerts.

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Severino's work with Pedro paying dividends

Severino's work with Pedro paying dividends

BOSTON -- Luis Severino's adrenaline rushed as he dialed the prized digits, having scored Pedro Martinez's phone number from a mutual acquaintance. It was a call he had to make; if anyone knew how to consistently dominate a big league lineup, it would be the Hall of Fame right-hander.

Maybe that was the secret behind Severino's confident tempo as he whipped seven scoreless innings in the Yankees' 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday, permitting just three hits and striking out six on the very mound where Martinez authored some of his most legendary moments.

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

Judge's path to Majors began at Fenway

Right fielder impressed scouts during showcase in 2012

Judge's path to Majors began at Fenway

BOSTON -- Aaron Judge will celebrate his 25th birthday by taking aim at the Green Monster for the first time in a Major League game, and it was between Fenway Park's white lines that the hulking rookie might have cemented his future in a Yankees uniform.

Judge impressed scouts with an explosive performance in a Cape Cod League showcase in 2012, helping convince the Yankees to use the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft on the Fresno State outfielder.

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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.

Yankees-Red Sox series opener washed out

Game to be made up July 16 as part of split doubleheader

Yankees-Red Sox series opener washed out

BOSTON -- The Yankees did not post a lineup card in their clubhouse prior to Tuesday's rainout at Fenway Park, and manager Joe Girardi said that was because he never got around to filling one out.

"I really didn't believe we were going to play," Girardi said.

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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.

Report: Jeter part of group to buy Marlins

Report: Jeter part of group to buy Marlins

BOSTON -- Derek Jeter has spoken often about his desire to call the shots for a Major League Baseball franchise, so his former teammates reacted with little surprise that the retired Yankees captain could soon be one of the voices in charge of the Miami Marlins.

The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that Jeter is part of a group led by former Florida governor Jeb Bush that is the leading candidate to buy the Marlins for $1.3 billion. Jeter plans to take an active role with the franchise, which is currently owned by Jeffrey Loria, according to the report.

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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.

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Matthew Leach

Aroldis among power arms to embrace change

Statcast helps illustrate effectiveness of changeup for trio

Aroldis among power arms to embrace change

It's nearly as common a Spring Training refrain as the ubiquitous "best shape of my life," though it usually starts being uttered a couple of weeks later.

"I'm working on my changeup this year."

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Matthew Leach is an executive editor for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter and read his columns. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Latin baseball comes to life in special anthology

No sport lends itself to literate writing like baseball. America's national pastime makes appearances in the works of some of our most fabled authors. It has been used, as a stage or backdrop, to contemplate life, death, ambition, discrimination, God, sex, fame, success, failure, hope, madness and despair.

Kill the Ampaya! The Best Latin American Baseball Fiction is a welcome reminder that inspired writing about the sport isn't limited to the United States.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Is there a reason for Bird's struggles?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers questions from Bombers fans

Inbox: Is there a reason for Bird's struggles?

What do you make of Greg Bird's struggles? He looks lost. What happened?
-- Owen S., Rehoboth Beach, Del.

There's no way of sugarcoating the early returns on Bird's performance: they have not been pretty. Bird will head into this week's Red Sox series at Fenway Park carrying a .104/.204/.229 slash line, which hardly seems possible considering the way that he was crushing the ball in Spring Training.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adams improves to 3-0 with Trenton

Adams improves to 3-0 with Trenton

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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

Montgomery displaying confidence, control

Yankees impressed with rookie's ability to limit damage vs. Pirates

Montgomery displaying confidence, control

PITTSBURGH -- It was Jordan Montgomery's best start of the three he has made this season in his brief Yankees career, but the rookie left-hander found little comfort in that on Sunday. New York lost the game and, by his own admission, he wasn't very good.

"I really never had everything going," Montgomery said. "I never expect to have everything, but I didn't have much today, at all. I tried to battle and keep us in it."

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Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh, who covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ells, Montgomery not enough in Yanks' loss

Ells, Montgomery not enough in Yanks' loss

PITTSBURGH -- Yes, that's the same Ivan Nova. Facing his former team for the first time, Nova put together the kind of performance he's become known for since joining the Pirates, firing seven efficient innings and leading the Bucs to a 2-1 victory and series win over the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

Nova, a Yankee from the time he signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2004 until he was traded this past August, held New York to four hits and a walk while striking out seven. He confidently pounded the strike zone, as he's done with confidence for the Pirates and worked quickly, two staples of his 15 starts with the Pirates.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh, who covered the Yankees on Sunday.

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Judge draws high praise for moonshot

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Judge draws high praise for moonshot

Mere days after making headlines with a monster homer at his home park, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge took his show on the road. During Saturday afternoon's 11-5 victory over the Pirates, Judge crushed an impressive blast at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

It was the ninth inning of what was then a 10-5 ballgame, with Pittsburgh's Antonio Bastardo trying to keep the Yankees at bay. Bastardo got ahead in the count, 1-2, but hitters like Judge only need one mistake to do damage. The lefty's next pitch came into Judge's wheelhouse, and the slugger unloaded.

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Yanks break out the bats to overpower Bucs

Yanks break out the bats to overpower Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Held hitless for 4 2/3 innings Saturday afternoon, the Yankees finally found their bats -- in a big way. Starlin Castro and Chris Carter each launched a three-run homer and Aaron Judge added a monster solo shot in the ninth, leading the Yankees to an 11-5 win at PNC Park. 

While Castro's game-tying homer and Carter's go-ahead blast pushed the Yankees past the Bucs, it was Judge's prodigious shot, his sixth of the season, that had everyone talking after the game. More >

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Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh, who covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Carter comes up huge with HR in key spot

First baseman hits decisive three-run homer in 8th vs. Bucs

Carter comes up huge with HR in key spot

PITTSBURGH -- For those wondering why the Yankees signed Chris Carter, the big slugger provided a clue Saturday.

Carter strikes out, a lot. He won't hit for average, and he is not a deft first baseman. He does, however, hit home runs, for distance and with frequency -- he had 41 last season with Milwaukee -- although there was no evidence of that through the first 27 at-bats with his new club. Carter produced just four hits, a triple and three singles, and nine strikeouts.

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Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frazier's solo homer fuels RailRiders' win

Frazier's solo homer fuels RailRiders' win

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks jump on Pirates miscues, but fall short

Yanks jump on Pirates miscues, but fall short

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates committed three errors Friday night, but they were not undone by their defense. Unable to muster any offense as they were swept by the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Bucs powered their way to an early lead then took advantage of a critical seventh-inning error by Castro and beat the Yankees, 6-3, at PNC Park.

With two outs in the seventh and the Pirates clinging to a one-run lead, Andrew McCutchen hit a lazy popup into shallow right field. Starlin Castro settled under the ball, but it bounced out of his glove and found the outfield grass. Shortstop Jordy Mercer scored from first base, and David Freese singled home another valuable insurance run to give the Bucs a three-run edge over the Yankees' dangerous lineup.
 

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Struggling Gardner replaced by Hicks Saturday

Struggling Gardner replaced by Hicks Saturday

PITTSBURGH -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi juggled his lineup Saturday, benching left-fielder Brett Gardner and replacing him with Aaron Hicks.

Gardner, who is the longest-tenured Yankee, was hitting .192 after going 0-for-4 in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Pirates. He was 4-for-36 since April 8.

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