Girardi: Judge to stay in No. 3 spot in order

Girardi: Judge to stay in No. 3 spot in order

BOSTON -- The Yankees believe that they are seeing signs of Aaron Judge shaking off his second-half slump, and as such, manager Joe Girardi said that he is not considering moving the slugger out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup.

Judge went hitless in the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday evening and entered play on Sunday hitting .175/.338/.367, with seven homers and 14 RBIs since the All-Star break.

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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.

Players Weekend nearly put Gray in a 'Pickles'

Yankees right-hander got nickname from a few Oakland teammates

Players Weekend nearly put Gray in a 'Pickles'

NEW YORK -- When the Yankees' roster of Players Weekend nicknames started to circulate in their clubhouse, most of them seemed to make sense pretty quickly. Aaron "All Rise" Judge, Clint "Red Thunder" Frazier and Aroldis "The Missile" Chapman were among the more inspired choices that fit the players' personas.

Then there is the mystery of Sonny "Pickles" Gray -- a delicious grocery store staple, to be sure, but not a word that you might expect to be attached to a standout right-handed pitcher. So what's the dill, Sonny?

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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.

Gray introduced to Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

Gray introduced to Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

An eventful three-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox comes to a close on Sunday at Fenway Park, when New York right-hander Sonny Gray gets his first taste of the heated rivalry against Boston right-hander Rick Porcello.

The Red Sox hold a four-game lead over the Bronx Bombers in the American League East.

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

Homers off Sale hold up as Yanks hold off Sox

Homers off Sale hold up as Yanks hold off Sox

BOSTON -- The Yankees sensed the urgency to avoid losing any more ground in the American League East race, which meant they had to defeat heavy AL Cy Young Award favorite Chris Sale. With a couple of home run swings, they pulled off that daunting task en route to an important 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Tyler Austin mashed a three-run shot in the second inning and Todd Frazier provided crucial insurance with a solo shot in the sixth, as New York cut Boston's division lead back down to four games while setting up a rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

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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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Chapman loses job as Yankees' closer

If/when lefty regains role uncertain; Betances gets 9th vs. Sox, but Robertson also option

Chapman loses job as Yankees' closer

BOSTON -- Four straight ineffective appearances bumped Aroldis Chapman out of his job as the Yankees' closer on Saturday, and with Dellin Betances and David Robertson taking over as a fluid late-inning tandem, there is no guarantee of when (or if) the flame-thrower will reclaim that title.

With Chapman idle, manager Joe Girardi trusted Robertson and Betances to record the final seven outs of Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, with Betances pitching around a strikeout-wild pitch to pick up his ninth save in 11 chances.

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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.

Managing pain, CC manages to set K record

Lefty returns from DL to throw 6 solid frames, become AL strikeout leader among lefties

Managing pain, CC manages to set K record

BOSTON -- Twelve days ago, CC Sabathia glumly sat on the stairs that lead out of the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre, resting an aching right knee that he was almost certain needed surgery. Booked on a flight back to New York, the lefty wondered if this was the game's way of telling him to go home for good.

But after a surprisingly clean MRI exam and a 10-day stint on the disabled list, here he was, walking off the mound at Fenway Park with six strong innings in the books and about to pick up the win in a 4-3 Yankees victory. He also reached an interesting footnote in the second inning, whiffing Chris Young for his 2,680th strikeout in the American League, surpassing Mickey Lolich (2,679) for the most by a left-hander in the Junior Circuit. Sabathia had already passed Frank Tanana (2,669) on the list.

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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.

Stephan unhittable for Staten Island

Stephan unhittable for Staten Island

Trevor Stephan, the Yankees' No. 30 prospect, led the Class A Short Season Staten Island pitching staff with a dominant performance in a 5-0 win over Lowell on Saturday.

For a second straight start, Stephan dealt four hitless innings as Staten Island came within three outs of a combined no-hitter. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk. It's an impressive feat for a pitcher who is still adjusting to professional ball after he was selected in the third round of this June's Draft.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks drop seesaw affair to Sox, fall 5 back

Yanks drop seesaw affair to Sox, fall 5 back

BOSTON -- The rivalry has been back to its riveting best the last two weekends, and no lead ever feels safe.

The Yankees and Red Sox traded impressive comebacks in Friday night's series opener, but Boston prevailed with a 9-6 victory that had Fenway Park rocking in the late innings -- and with good reason.

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Bird smacks 2 HRs in rehab game at Triple-A

Veterans Castro, Holliday begin playing in Minors contests

Bird smacks 2 HRs in rehab game at Triple-A

BOSTON -- The Yankees could soon add a trio of formidable reinforcements to their lineup for the postseason push, as Greg Bird, Starlin Castro and Matt Holliday all have Minor League rehabilitation assignments underway.

Coming off right ankle surgery, Bird hit two homers for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Durham on Friday, and he is 4-for-10 with three runs scored and four RBIs in three games with the Yanks' top farm affiliate. Castro (right hamstring strain) went 0-for-4 with a walk in that game, while Holliday (left lumbar strain) went 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI groundout for Class A Advanced Tampa in a 7-6 loss to Fort Myers.

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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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Mike Petriello

Rebuilt Yankees 'pen is game's scariest unit

New York's relief corps' 2.41 ERA past 30 days is best in Majors

Rebuilt Yankees 'pen is game's scariest unit

A month ago today, the Yankees made the trade everyone expected, upgrading their third-base situation by acquiring Todd Frazier from the White Sox. As the biggest name in the deal, and with third base being New York's biggest trouble spot, it was "the Todd Frazier trade." Even here, we understandably relegated the other pieces headed to the Bronx to the "New York also receives …" section.

A month later, it's not the Frazier trade any longer, if it even was in the first place. It's the "Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson trade," and it's one of a few reasons that the Yankees have turned a bullpen group that was in disarray in June into what may be baseball's most dominating unit down the stretch. We learned last year that bullpens are what matter in October, even more than starters. If the Yanks can hold onto their current 3 1/2-game American League Wild Card lead and make it to October, this is going to matter, a lot.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez authoring another torrid August

Yanks catcher's current hot streak reminiscent of last year's historic tear

Sanchez authoring another torrid August

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez strapped the Yankees onto his back last August, when the power-hitting catcher enjoyed a historic surge that kept the team in the postseason race into the season's final weeks. His teammates may be wondering if a repeat performance is already underway.

One night after Aaron Judge awed the dugout with a stunning moonshot to the third deck, it was Sanchez's turn to flex some muscle, belting his 22nd home run as part of a five-RBI performance in Thursday's 7-5 victory over the Mets at Citi Field.

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Yanks sweep, in driver's seat atop WC hunt

Yanks sweep, in driver's seat atop WC hunt

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino bounced back from the worst start of his career while Gary Sanchez flexed his muscle by driving in five runs, helping the Yankees complete a four-game sweep of this year's Subway Series with a 7-5 victory over the Mets on Thursday evening at Citi Field.

One outing after being rocked for a career-high 10 runs (eight earned) by the Red Sox, Severino recaptured the form that has elevated him into the Yanks' ace this season, holding the Mets to an unearned run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up his fifth victory in six starts.

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Severino's first career hit elated teammates

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Severino's first career hit elated teammates

Luis Severino was in terrific form on Thursday night against the Mets. He shut them out over the first six innings as the Yankees ran the score up to 7-0 by the end of the fourth.

A surprising contributor to the Yankees' offense was Severino himself. He entered the game hitless in four career at-bats, but he caught a break in the top of the fourth.

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Yanks recall 1B Austin, place Cooper on DL

Yanks recall 1B Austin, place Cooper on DL

NEW YORK -- One year ago this week, Tyler Austin made history when he and Aaron Judge homered back-to-back in their first Major League at-bats, becoming the first pair of teammates to do so.

His 2017 campaign has not been quite as memorable, as Austin has endured stints on the disabled list for a fractured left ankle and a right hamstring strain, but the 25-year-old celebrated his return to The Show on Thursday for the finale of this year's Subway Series.

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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.

Judge hits 117-mph rocket into 3rd deck at Citi

Yanks slugger joins Cespedes as only players to reach that level in a game

Judge hits 117-mph rocket into 3rd deck at Citi

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge would prefer not to talk about his own homers, and when pressed on the issue, he swears that all of them feel pretty much the same. While that's probably true, anyone who witnessed his most recent blast is not likely to forget it.

Playing in his first career game at Citi Field, Judge reached a seating area that few players have, crushing his American League-leading 37th homer into the left-field third deck in the Yankees' 5-3 Subway Series victory over the Mets.

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Clutch Didi, mighty Judge lift Yanks over Mets

Clutch Didi, mighty Judge lift Yanks over Mets

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge awed his teammates with one of the most impressive home runs in Citi Field history and Didi Gregorius delivered a tiebreaking hit to lead the Yankees past the Mets, 5-3, in Subway Series action on Wednesday evening.

The rookie phenom immediately put his head down and began running the bases after his American League-leading 37th homer, a titanic fourth-inning blast off Robert Gsellman. Playing his first career game in Queens, Judge joined Yoenis Cespedes as the only players to reach the third deck in left field.

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Chapman to remain closer, hopes to avoid DL

Girardi gives struggling left-hander vote of confidence after 3 rough outings

Chapman to remain closer, hopes to avoid DL

NEW YORK -- The Yankees offered two votes of confidence for Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday afternoon, with manager Joe Girardi stating that "he will continue to be my closer" and that he believes the left-hander will be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

Chapman reported that his right hamstring tightened in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Mets, in which Chapman appeared despondent after surrendering a two-run homer to rookie Amed Rosario. Girardi said that no MRI has been scheduled for Chapman, though he was unavailable to pitch Wednesday.

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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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Anthony Castrovince

Steinbrenner: Yanks have sights on postseason

Managing general partner emphasizes club's annual mindset

Steinbrenner: Yanks have sights on postseason

CHICAGO -- To Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, the criteria are pretty clear cut.

"If we don't make the playoffs," Steinbrenner said Wednesday at the MLB Owners Meetings, "it's a failure. Any year, any year. That's just the mindset for us."

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

WWE stars award Judge with championship belt

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WWE stars award Judge with championship belt

Aaron Judge has racked up quite a few accolades during his remarkable 2017 season, from an All-Star selection to a Home Run Derby crown to his very own fan section. But despite that barrage of dingers, he was still missing out on one particular prize: his very own championship belt.

Luckily, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman and Big Cass of the WWE stopped by Yankee Stadium prior Tuesday's Mets-Yankees game to fix that.

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Gray handcuffs Mets for 1st win with Yanks

Gray handcuffs Mets for 1st win with Yanks

NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray hurled six-plus solid innings and outpitched Jacob deGrom to pick up his first win in pinstripes, and Aroldis Chapman survived a bumpy ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday evening, concluding the Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series.

Backed by homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez, Gray made his first home start since being acquired by the Yanks and held the Mets scoreless until Dominic Smith's first big league homer in the seventh. Working in front of a sellout crowd of 46,474, the right-hander scattered five hits in a 104-pitch effort, walking two and striking out five.

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Chapman closes it out, but struggles continue

Yanks lefty allows at least one run for third straight outing, another homer

Chapman closes it out, but struggles continue

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman crouched at the front of the mound while Amed Rosario circled the bases around him, remaining motionless until catcher Gary Sanchez finally patted the struggling closer on the back with his glove.

That visual, along with the telling grimace as Chapman sprinted to cover first base for the final out of a 5-4 victory over the Mets, spoke volumes about the Yankees' ninth-inning situation. Chapman said that his tight hamstring -- he didn't specify which one -- is "nothing to worry about," but his performance has been.

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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.

Sanchez on a tear since lunch with A-Rod, J-Lo

Sanchez on a tear since lunch with A-Rod, J-Lo

NEW YORK -- Are Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez partially to thank for Gary Sanchez's offensive surge?

The catcher homered for the fourth time in seven games on Tuesday, helping the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Mets, and said that a recent power lunch in midtown Manhattan with the superstar couple helped to clear his mind.

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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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Mark Feinsand

With Yanks' rotation depth tested, Gray delivers

With Yanks' rotation depth tested, Gray delivers

NEW YORK -- It was only a couple weeks ago that the Yankees traded for Sonny Gray, adding what they believed to be a front-line starter to their rotation.

The need for such a pitcher was obvious for a team with October aspirations, but Gray's arrival led some to wonder something else: What the heck were the Yankees going to do with Jaime Garcia, the lefty they had acquired only one day earlier in a trade with the Twins?

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solak has big game for Trenton

Solak has big game for Trenton

The hits just keep coming for Jahmai Jones.

The Angels' No. 2 prospect extended his hitting streak to 18 games on Tuesday with a leadoff double in Class A Advanced Inland Empire's 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He also hit a single and walked once in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

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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.

Judging by results, slugger turning corner

Judging by results, slugger turning corner

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge has been spending many of his afternoons in the batting cage and in the video room, searching for solutions to the mechanical flaws that are believed to be responsible for a midseason swoon. He may be about to solve this puzzle in front of the entire city.

Judge hit his American League-leading 36th homer on Monday evening as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 4-2, in the annual renewal of acquaintances between the crosstown rivals. For Judge, his second homer in all of August highlighted his introduction to the Subway Series.

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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.