Cashman: Rest, not reinforcements, key for Yankees

GM happy to see off-day for tired club, which he feels can win with current pieces

Cashman: Rest, not reinforcements, key for Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are fighting through one of their weakest offensive stretches of the season, and as they sit two games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East, general manager Brian Cashman is hopeful that Thursday's off-day will wake up the snoozing bats.

"I didn't see anything that would encourage me over the Houston series," Cashman said. "We've got a collective slump going on. The only thing that is encouraging is the off-day that just came today; it gives us a complete timeout and gives our guys some fresh legs. We'll get a chance to tee it back up [Friday] in Atlanta."

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In offensive funk, Yanks 'kind of flat'

Club outscored by 17 runs in series loss to Astros

In offensive funk, Yanks 'kind of flat'

NEW YORK -- You could float the case that the Astros showcase some of the best starting pitching that the American League has to offer, but the Yankees didn't play that card to excuse a three-game series in which they were outscored by more than two touchdowns in their own ballpark.

Didi Gregorius' two-run, seventh-inning homer off Collin McHugh in Wednesday's 6-2 loss marked the only runs the Yankees scored off a Houston starter in the series, during which New York was outscored, 21-4, while watching Scott Feldman and Dallas Keuchel have their way with the order.

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Pineda displeased with performance

Looking to step up with CC out, Yankees righty falters

Pineda displeased with performance

NEW YORK -- When news circulated in the Yankees' clubhouse Monday that CC Sabathia would be relegated to the 15-day disabled list, several of the starting pitchers took the veteran's absence as a personal charge to step up their efforts.

The Yankees are in a pennant race, the importance of every series is amping up, and with each passing day, the American League East's top spot becomes more competitive between the Yanks and Blue Jays. Returning from the DL, Michael Pineda was one of those who said he understands the importance of his responsibilities. But after a 6-2 loss to the Astros in the series finale Wednesday, Pineda indicated he felt like he didn't do his part.

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Yanks drop rubber game to Astros

Yanks drop rubber game to Astros

NEW YORK -- Collin McHugh pitched well into the seventh inning and Evan Gattis homered twice as the Astros defeated the Yankees, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, taking the rubber contest of a three-game set.

McHugh took advantage of a Yankees lineup that was outscored, 21-4, in the series, limiting New York to two runs and five hits, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander snapped a three-start losing streak and earned his 14th victory as the Astros notched consecutive road victories for the first time since June 17-18 at Coors Field. Houston's won 10 of its past 14 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. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCann excited to return to Atlanta, face Braves

McCann excited to return to Atlanta, face Braves

It is Chipper Jones who Brian McCann credits for teaching him how to hit at the Major League level, and it was John Smoltz who McCann said taught him how to call a game as a young player in the Braves' organization.

On Friday, McCann -- a Georgia native who grew up a Braves fan -- will return to Atlanta to face his former team for the first time since he signed with the Yankees as a free agent after the 2013 season. The Braves and Yanks are meeting for the first time since 2012.

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Ellsbury doesn't play due to hip issue

Yanks center fielder injured attempting catch Tuesday

Ellsbury doesn't play due to hip issue

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury experienced swelling in his right hip after attempting a first-inning sliding catch in the Yankees' loss to the Astros on Tuesday night and didn't play in Wednesday afternoon's 6-2 defeat.

"He wasn't running great at the end of the night. He's sore," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Wednesday's game. "We'll see where he's at. I'm not sure if I have him available."

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Ryan realizes dream by getting on mound

Ryan realizes dream by getting on mound

NEW YORK -- There was a part of Brendan Ryan that tried to maintain some seriousness. The Yankees had just been thumped, 15-1, by the Astros, the clubhouse was a quiet one, and this was by far their worst loss of the season.

But there was another part of Ryan who smiled, who laughed, and who let his outgoing personality shine through as he spoke about his first pitching performance of his Major League career Tuesday night, something he'd always hoped would happen one day.

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Yanks' Draft picks forging own path in pros

First-rounders Kaprielian, Holder enduring ups and downs with new club

Yanks' Draft picks forging own path in pros

James Kaprielian and Kyle Holder will be forever linked as first-round Draft picks of the New York Yankees -- an honor that isn't lost on either player.

"This is a special organization, and I think everybody knows that," said Kaprielian, the Yanks' top pick (No. 16 overall) in the 2015 Draft.

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Rough first sets tone as Yanks fall to Astros

Rough first sets tone as Yanks fall to Astros

NEW YORK -- The Astros supported Dallas Keuchel with their largest offensive showing of the season, as Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez all homered in a 15-1 drubbing of the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Houston pounced on Ivan Nova for five runs in the first, a rally that was jump-started when Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was unable to snag a Colby Rasmus RBI triple on a sliding attempt. Gomez, Luis Valbuena and Gonzalez also drove in runs in the frame off Nova, who lasted four-plus innings and surrendered seven runs.

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Gomez, Yanks have words after OF's flyout

Gomez, Yanks have words after OF's flyout

NEW YORK -- The total package was on display Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez was an offensive force, going 2-for-6 with an RBI double and a three-run homer, but he also was in the middle of a sixth-inning dust-up in which both benches briefly emptied.

Gomez, playing in only his 23rd game with the Astros after coming over in a trade with the Brewers, has a reputation for being an animated player who could take over games with his bat, and he was the man everybody in both clubhouses was talking about after Houston clubbed the Yankees, 15-1.

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Running remains biggest issue for Teixeira

Running remains biggest issue for Teixeira

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira said that because of a painful bone bruise on his right leg, he would much rather hit the ball over the wall than have to run out a grounder. He was not exaggerating, as the Yankees learned in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 15-1 loss to the Astros.

Hobbled for a week after fouling a ball off himself, Teixeira returned to the lineup on Tuesday but showed that he still isn't about to set any land-speed records. Teixeira slowly jogged on a groundout to shortstop, finishing 0-for-3 before being removed due to the lopsided score.

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CC: Stint on DL should be enough for knee

CC: Stint on DL should be enough for knee

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia thinks he can be back in action in September. The left-handed pitcher got a second opinion on his right knee Tuesday at Hospital for Special Surgery, and was relieved when Dr. Answorth Allen didn't have any new updates.

"It's just arthritic," Sabathia said. "It's just a bad knee, like we knew. I think getting this rest will help."

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Rivera inducted into Little League Hall of Excellence

Rivera inducted into Little League Hall of Excellence

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Retired Yankees great Mariano Rivera can add one more accolade to his resume. On Tuesday, in the midst of the Little League World Series, MLB's all-time saves leader was inducted into Little League's Hall of Excellence, an honor that recognizes on-field leadership, career success and the ability to make a difference in people's lives.

He stopped short, however, of agreeing that this was a good time to teach his famed cut-fastball.

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Yanks walk off past Astros for division-lead tie

Yanks walk off past Astros for division-lead tie

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field off Chad Qualls in the bottom of the ninth inning, driving home Brett Gardner with the only run of the game as the Yankees defeated the Astros, 1-0, on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

Nathan Eovaldi started for New York and blanked the Astros over eight innings of four-hit ball, striking out seven around three walks. The win was credited to left-hander Andrew Miller, who pitched around a leadoff hit in the ninth to complete the shutout, moving the Yankees back into a tie for first place in the American League East with the idle Blue Jays.

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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. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Split the difference: Eovaldi's arsenal honed

Split the difference: Eovaldi's arsenal honed

NEW YORK -- When the Yankees acquired Nathan Eovaldi in December, they saw potential in the young right-hander despite a losing season in Miami, during which he led the National League in hits allowed. The Yankees were looking for another piece to add to their rotation, and Eovaldi seemed like the right fit.

Admittedly, Eovaldi came to New York as a pitcher who relied heavily on his fastball and struggled with his curveball at times. But after the Yankees beat the Astros, 1-0, on Monday night behind his eight-inning effort, Eovaldi is continuing to discover how dominant he can be. He hasn't lost since June 16 and boasts an 8-0 record with a 2.93 ERA over his last 12 starts.

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Sabathia to DL; 'possibility' season is over

Veteran Capuano back with Yankees after agreeing to Major League contract

Sabathia to DL; 'possibility' season is over

NEW YORK -- The Yankees placed CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee before Monday's series-opening 1-0 win over the Astros, and because there is no definitive timetable for recovery, manager Joe Girardi said that it is possible that the left-hander's season could be over.

Sabathia was forced to exit in the third inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Indians with pain in the surgically repaired knee, which has been described as "degenerative." The veteran had the knee drained twice this season, requiring a cortisone injection last week, and will see a specialist in New York on Tuesday.

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Teixeira feels better, available to pinch-hit

Teixeira feels better, available to pinch-hit

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira told the Yankees that he was available off the bench as a pinch-hitter on Monday, which is a much better scenario than what the slugger initially feared when he sustained a deep bone bruise in his right leg on a foul ball last week.

"I thought I broke my leg when I did it, so this is really good compared to what I thought happened," Teixeira said before the Yanks' game against the Astros. "Flashes of Jermaine Dye."

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Yankees legend honored on Andy Pettitte Day

No. 46 retired as lefty gets plaque in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park

Yankees legend honored on Andy Pettitte Day

NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte heard the fans chanting his name, just like old times. They wore his jersey, greeted him with signs and let out a booming roar when he took the podium after he saw his name revealed on a Monument Park plaque on Sunday.

Pettitte was nervous. The former Yankees lefty never liked attention. But on a day named in his honor, it was unavoidable. So, after his No. 46 jersey was retired and he made his way to the microphone, Pettitte did the most natural thing he could think of.

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New grip has improved Eovaldi's splitter

New grip has improved Eovaldi's splitter

Back on June 5, we applied some of our Statcast™ magic to Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi, focusing on how he was attempting to use his low-spin splitter to complement his high-speed (but hittable) fastball. At the time, Eovaldi's four-seamer averaged 96.49 mph, one of the fastest pitches in the game, but because it had little movement and he hadn't developed enough secondary pitches to go with it, he hadn't yet found success. His work-in-progress splitter, which then had the lowest non-knuckler spin rate in the game, seemed like an avenue worth exploring.

Two starts later, Eovaldi went into Miami and allowed eight runs in the first inning of what would become a 12-2 Marlins win, pushing his ERA to 5.12 and his OPS against to .835. So Eovaldi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild made a change to the splitter, narrowing his grip away from the forkball-like version he had been using. The change has made a significant difference:

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Yanks can't finish comeback on Pettitte's Day

Yanks can't finish comeback on Pettitte's Day

NEW YORK -- Francisco Lindor homered in the eighth inning off Dellin Betances to lift the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Battling from behind, the Yanks had tied the game in the seventh. The Indians leave New York having taken three of the four-game set, and the Yankees fell a half-game behind the Blue Jays in the American League East after Toronto's 12-5 victory over the Angels.

"He's a good hitter," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Lindor. "Especially against that guy, [when] lefties' OPS was like .330 or something absurd. He has bat speed from both sides of the plate and he doesn't stop playing. That was obviously a huge lift for us."

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Tex, A-Rod get breather for second straight day

Tex, A-Rod get breather for second straight day

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez combined for 57 home runs and 148 RBIs since the beginning of the season entering Sunday, but they were out of the starting lineup for the second straight day.

Teixeira is recovering from a bruised right leg that he sustained Monday, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to give Rodriguez another breather. Brian McCann took over the designated hitter spot both Saturday and Sunday as John Ryan Murphy held down catching duties. Sunday marked the finale of a four-game set with the Indians, who sent Trevor Bauer to the mound.

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Severino proving he belongs in big leagues

Yanks' No. 1 prospect fans six over six innings for 1st MLB win

Severino proving he belongs in big leagues

NEW YORK -- It was a day of firsts for Luis Severino -- statistically and emotionally.

On Saturday, the 21-year-old earned his first Major League win, a six-inning, one-run performance to help the Yankees beat the Indians, 6-2, on Jorge Posada Day. After two losses and a no decision, Severino officially inked his name into the win column. But the Yankees' top prospect, according to MLB.com, gained something else on Saturday, too -- a feeling.

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Posada immortalized with retirement of No. 20

Five-time All-Star hit 275 HRs, played for 5 World Series-winning teams

Posada immortalized with retirement of No. 20

NEW YORK -- It's the fire and the intensity that his coaches and teammates seem to latch on to so passionately when Jorge Posada comes to mind. There's a notion that no one brought it like Posada did, that even as just one player, his fervent impact carried so much magnitude.

On Saturday in the Bronx, with all of his closest friends and family in attendance, Posada relived the legacy he leaves behind as a Yankee in a pregame ceremony before the Yankees' 6-2 win over the Indians. As part of a weekend that is honoring Posada and Andy Pettitte, Posada's No. 20 jersey was retired and his own plaque in Monument Park was unveiled. It was a moment like no other, a day that the 17-year Yankee had been anticipating since February, when he first learned of the ceremony.

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Early barrage gives Severino first MLB win

Early barrage gives Severino first MLB win

NEW YORK -- The Yankees broke out against Indians starter Danny Salazar early and often on Saturday in a 6-2 victory over the Indians at Yankee Stadium, the first Major League win for prized prospect Luis Severino.

The Yankees pounced on Salazar with a three-run first inning on home runs by Brett Gardner and Brian McCann. Salazar, who allowed eight hits and five runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings, entered Saturday with a 1.45 ERA in his previous seven starts, holding opponents to a .147 average in that span. It snapped a streak of seven consecutive starts throwing at least six innings for the Indians' right-hander.

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Yankees trio among Saturday's top 10 prospects

Judge, Sanchez homers lead RailRiders; Kaprielian flourishes in Staten Island debut

Yankees trio among Saturday's top 10 prospects

Nursing a two-run lead in the seventh inning, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre got two big insurance homers from top prospects to earn an 11-5 win over Rochester.

In the bottom of the frame, Yankees No. 2 prospect (No. 20 overall) Aaron Judge rocked his fifth homer in the past 13 contests. The slugger finished 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to bring his line to .251/.335/.439 with the RailRiders.

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Pineda back Wednesday; Yanks may use 6-man rotation

Right-hander on DL since July 30 with right flexor forearm strain

Pineda back Wednesday; Yanks may use 6-man rotation

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda was pleased with his second Minor League rehab start on Friday night, which was likely his last hurdle before returning to the big leagues.

In 4 2/3 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pineda gave up one run and three hits, striking out three and walking none. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the plan is to have Pineda start Wednesday in the series finale with the Astros and bump Masahiro Tanaka back to Friday.

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