Rookies Montgomery, Castillo set for Bronx opener

Rookies Montgomery, Castillo set for Bronx opener

Two rookies go toe-to-toe as New York left-hander Jordan Montgomery takes the hill against Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo in the first game of a two-game set between the Reds and the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Montgomery, making his 19th start of the season, is 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA in his last 11 starts after starting the year 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA. He registered his first loss since May 29 in his last outing, surrendering a season-high six earned runs on seven hits in six innings in the Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Twins on Wednesday.

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Inbox: Will Yanks add a starter at Deadline?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Yanks add a starter at Deadline?

The starting rotation is still an issue. Any chance the team fills that from the outside with Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish?
-- Matt B., Utah

That's certainly in play, as both right-handers would represent a very nice upgrade to what the Yankees are currently trotting out. The narrative is largely the same that it was when the Yanks were trying to acquire Jose Quintana from the White Sox -- they still have a top-ranked system but are disinclined to part with their most elite prospects.

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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.

Didi, C. Frazier carry Yanks past Mariners

Didi, C. Frazier carry Yanks past Mariners

SEATTLE -- Clint Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth and four relievers combined for shutout relief to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.

New York recorded its first series win since a three-game sweep of the Orioles from June 9-11. With Sunday's win, New York remains 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the tightly contested American League East and a game up on the Royals and the Rays for the first AL Wild Card spot.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Mariners on Sunday.

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Torres among 6 Yankees on Top 100 list

For first time, top 11 on list are all hitters; top eight are international signees

Torres among 6 Yankees on Top 100 list

A year ago at this time, Alex Bregman of the Astros had ascended to the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. He had just been called up to the big leagues, and he graduated off the list before the season was over.

Fast forward to the official re-rank of the Top 100 in 2017. This time, it's a familiar face in the top spot: Yoan Moncada. But much like Bregman in '16, the fact that Moncada is holding on to the No. 1 slot in the Top 100 is overshadowed a bit by having been called up to the White Sox for the first time. One has to think he's going to follow a Bregman-esque path and play his way off of this list before the year is over.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CespedesBBQ on whether Yonder is on move

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CespedesBBQ on whether Yonder is on move

Many baseball teams have been over Yonder. The Twins, who drafted him originally, the Reds, and then the Padres. But now that Alonso has suddenly morphed into a big power threat, the Athletics might be over Yonder for a good reason: to trade him for prospects.

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Acevedo looks to stay perfect for Trenton

Acevedo looks to stay perfect for Trenton

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Franchy Cordero (Padres' No. 12), El Paso vs. Iowa (9:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Yanks in good shape, spirits after 6-5 road trip

Yanks in good shape, spirits after 6-5 road trip

SEATTLE -- After playing 11 road games in 10 days spread out between three time zones to begin the second half of the season, the Yankees are feeling optimistic after what was gearing up to be a tumultuous stretch.

"I felt like we played pretty good baseball, for the most part," Yankees infielder Chase Headley said. "We were struggling up until the All-Star break, so it's nice to get a series win against a good team that's right in the swing of it, too. It's a good start to the second half."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen of the Week: Yankees

New acquisitions Robertson, Kahnle deliver strong performances

Bullpen of the Week: Yankees

The New York Yankees have a young, exciting core of position players, and they are proving that they are serious contenders in the American League East and in the Wild Card race. Their beefed-up bullpen is just part of the success.

The Yankees faced a tough task over the past seven days, playing road games every day against teams they're up against for berths in October in the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. But they went 4-3 on that challenging swing, and one of the main reasons was stellar relief pitching that earned New York the honor of "Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford."

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C. Frazier focused only on helping Yanks now

OF getting nod as 'hot hand' over Ellsbury; NY has decision when Hicks returns

C. Frazier focused only on helping Yanks now

SEATTLE -- The Yankees have a crowded outfield, and for the time being, New York manager Joe Girardi is leaning on rookie Clint Frazier in left field over veteran Jacoby Ellsbury.

"I'm going with the hot hand," Girardi said repeatedly during the series in Seattle.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks' No. 10 prospect Wade 'ready' in return

Yanks' No. 10 prospect Wade 'ready' in return

SEATTLE -- Tyler Wade, starting at second base and hitting ninth for the Yankees on Sunday, received another opportunity to show what he's got after Starlin Castro was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday.

Wade, No. 10 on the Yankees' top 30 prospects list, per MLBPipeline.com, is hopeful his second stint with the Major League club goes better than the first. He went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk in the Yankees' 6-4 win.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castro to DL; Yanks recall prospect Wade

Castro to DL; Yanks recall prospect Wade

SEATTLE -- The Yankees placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right hamstring.

"It's frustrating. He's frustrated," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. "He had an MRI this morning, and it's definitely bad for him."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torreyes once again shows his grit

Torreyes once again shows his grit

SEATTLE -- With the Yankees down by one run with two outs in the ninth inning, Ronald Torreyes was close to looking silly on a two-strike slider from Mariners' closer Edwin Diaz.

Instead, the Yankees second baseman lunged, with his arms fully extended to foul the pitch off the end of his bat, so much so that it slipped out of his hands and rolled toward the pitcher's mound.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge belts 32nd HR, but Yanks fall in extras

Judge belts 32nd HR, but Yanks fall in extras

SEATTLE -- Another Aaron Judge home run wasn't enough for the Yankees on Saturday as Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win in a back-and-forth affair at Safeco Field.

Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in August, scorched a leadoff double off Adam Warren, who then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before Cruz delivered with his American League-leading 75th RBI for Seattle's fifth walk-off victory of the year

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Yankees inquire about Stanton's availability

Yankees inquire about Stanton's availability

The Yankees have checked in with the Marlins regarding the availability of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report Saturday from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

It is not clear how serious the Yankees are about trading for Stanton, and the report said the talks with the Marlins likely did not go much further beyond an initial phone call sometime in the last few weeks. The Yankees are not said to be having ongoing discussions with the Marlins regarding Stanton, one of baseball's most powerful sluggers.

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Torreyes stays alive, then picks up big hit

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Torreyes stays alive, then picks up big hit

Some pitches are just nastier than others. And when a hitter is on the wrong end of a count in an at-bat, he's at a disadvantage, the pitcher having all kinds of opportunities to entice him to swing and miss. 

Ronald Torreyes of the Yankees found himself in that tough situation in the ninth inning of Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field, in a big spot. The potential tying run was at second base in the form Jacoby Ellsbury, and Torreyes was facing Seattle's intimidating closer, Edwin Diaz, with two outs. 

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Yank Aaron! Judge hammers HR into orbit

Yank Aaron! Judge hammers HR into orbit

SEATTLE -- Sometimes, Aaron Judge's talents defy official measurement.

Judge's colossal home run in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Friday night was just a row or two from leaving the stadium entirely, something that hasn't been done since the ballpark opened in 1999. It was crushed so high it went off the grid, above and beyond official measurements.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge gives CC a huge b-day bash in Seattle

Judge gives CC a huge b-day bash in Seattle

SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present -- a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field -- as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.

Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It's the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it's no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he's 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday.

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Robertson embraces setup role with Yanks

Robertson embraces setup role with Yanks

SEATTLE -- Joining a bullpen with late-inning power arms such Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances means fewer save opportunities for Yankees reliever David Robertson.

The newly acquired reliever, who notched 13 saves in 14 chances with the White Sox before being traded to New York, doesn't mind one bit.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge's 31st HR nearly leaves Safeco Field

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Judge's 31st HR nearly leaves Safeco Field

It had been a while since Aaron Judge displayed his strength and hit a ball over the fence -- 30 at-bats to be specific (though Jackie Bradley Jr. is somewhat responsible for that). But when the Mariners were hosting the Yankees Friday night, he refreshed our memories in a colossal way.

The 25-year-old T-Mobile Home Run Derby champion smashed a ball almost out of Safeco Field. The ball landed in the third to last row of the top left-field bleachers.

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Severino, bullpen handcuff Mariners

Severino, bullpen handcuff Mariners

SEATTLE -- Brett Gardner's solo home run in the sixth inning helped lift the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Thursday as flame-throwing Luis Severino outdueled Felix Hernandez in the opening game of a four-game series at Safeco Field.

"It shows you he understands what he needs to do," New York manager Joe Girardi said of Severino. "He has to get after it from the first hitter and that's exactly what he's doing because two runs could beat you when you're facing guys like that."

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Thursday.

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Judge showing signs of pulling out of slump

Rookie has a big RBI single and walk in win over Seattle

Judge showing signs of pulling out of slump

SEATTLE -- Aaron Judge might be going through a tough stretch at the plate, but you could hardly tell in the Yankees 4-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Thursday.

Judge was still sporting a smile and even played catch warming up in the outfield with a child who was sitting in the front row of right field in the middle of the ninth inning.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Severino throws fastest pitch by a starter in 2017

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Severino throws fastest pitch by a starter in 2017

Luis Severino and Felix Hernandez locked horns in a pitchers' duel on Thursday night in Seattle. They shut down the opposition and kept the game scoreless until Brett Gardner's sixth-inning homer put the Yankees in front, 1-0.

The youngster Severino prevailed in this tight matchup, but it wasn't easy. In the bottom of the fourth, he needed to dial back for a little bit extra. Severino had to maneuver around a leadoff double by Kyle Seager, and he faced Jean Segura with the bases loaded and two outs.

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Yankees' Headley gets first start at first base

Frazier acquisition means a move across the diamond

Yankees' Headley gets first start at first base

SEATTLE -- Chase Headley was busy well before Yankees' batting practice at Safeco Field on Thursday, taking grounders and turning double plays at first base, his new position.

That will likely be Headley's pregame routine for some time, as the longtime third baseman transitions to playing first base to allow newly acquired slugger Todd Frazier regular time at the other infield corner.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wader powers RailRiders from leadoff spot

Wader powers RailRiders from leadoff spot

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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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.

On whirlwind day, new trio joins Yankees

Frazier, Kahnle make Yanks debuts; Robertson excited to be back

On whirlwind day, new trio joins Yankees

MINNEAPOLIS -- The reinforcements that the Yankees hope will bolster their chances of a postseason berth arrived at Target Field in the first inning of Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Twins, as Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson quickly dressed and grabbed a bite to eat before joining their new teammates on the bench.

Frazier and Kahnle both played on what they described as a whirlwind day, hurrying to meet the Bombers in the wake of Tuesday's blockbuster trade with the White Sox. Frazier went 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch after entering as a pinch-hitter, while Kahnle worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts, averaging 99.2 mph with his fastball.

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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.

Montgomery hit hard as Yanks fall in finale

Montgomery hit hard as Yanks fall in finale

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios threw 6 2/3 strong innings and Miguel Sano crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning to lift the Twins to a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, marking their first series victory over New York in Minnesota since 2008. It was also the first series win for the Twins over the Yankees since '14.

Unable to find his curveball or changeup early, Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. All six runs came with two outs in the second, keyed by a two-run single from Zack Granite, an RBI single from Eduardo Escobar and Sano's team-leading 23rd blast of the year.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Clint yields No. 30, while Todd eyes 21

Rookie switches to No. 77 for Robertson; new Yankee hopes to get number from childhood favorite O'Neill

Clint yields No. 30, while Todd eyes 21

MINNEAPOLIS -- Clint Frazier yielded his No. 30 to David Robertson on Wednesday, allowing the new Yankees reliever to reclaim the number that he feels most comfortable in. Will Paul O'Neill do the same when Todd Frazier asks about No. 21?

While not officially retired, No. 21 has been kept largely out of circulation since O'Neill's final game in the 2001 World Series. Reliever LaTroy Hawkins tried using it in '08 as a tribute to Roberto Clemente, but the fan reaction was negative, prompting Hawkins to give it up by mid-April.

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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.