Yanks fall short vs. O's to conclude strong April

Yanks fall short vs. O's to conclude strong April

NEW YORK -- Mark Trumbo and Welington Castillo contributed big hits in a three-run 11th inning as the Orioles rebounded from another late bullpen collapse, snapping the Yankees' four-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Trumbo delivered the go-ahead hit off reliever Bryan Mitchell, who had returned to the mound after an unorthodox shift to first base, and Castillo roped a two-run single as Baltimore reclaimed a share of first place in the American League East.

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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.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Yanks' Mitchell pitches, plays first, pitches

Yanks' Mitchell pitches, plays first, pitches

NEW YORK -- With the Yankees' bullpen short on arms late in Sunday's 7-4 loss in 11 innings with the Orioles, Bryan Mitchell moved from the mound to first base and back again, helping extend the contest for Joe Girardi's squad.

After pitching a scoreless top of the ninth inning for the Yankees, Mitchell watched New York tie the game on Didi Gregorius' two-run single, then remained in the game by replacing Chris Carter at first base to mark his first career appearance at any position other than pitcher.

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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 April one for the record books

Judge's April one for the record books

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge has enjoyed a month to remember, tying a Major League record for the most April home runs hit by a rookie, and the Yankees believe that the big-swinging outfielder has only scratched the surface of his capabilities.

Judge entered play on Sunday tied for the American League lead and third in the Majors with 10 homers. The only other rookies to hit 10 homers in April are Jose Abreu, who did it for the White Sox in 2014, and Trevor Story, who accomplished the feat for the Rockies last season.

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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.

Estrada, Severino to get Jays-Yanks started

Estrada, Severino to get Jays-Yanks started

The Blue Jays will send Marco Estrada to the mound for the Monday opener against Luis Severino and the Yankees as Toronto looks to build upon its first back-to-back wins of the season to end the month of April. But first-place New York will be no easy foe.

Estrada has continued to force weak contact this season alongside a strikeout rate of 9.9 per nine innings, the highest of his career as a starter. He's been especially locked in over his last three starts, allowing just two earned runs over 19 innings while striking out 24.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashman: Wins allow Bird to work things out

Cashman: Wins allow Bird to work things out

NEW YORK -- The Yankees saw Greg Bird punish the ball with consistency this spring, tying the Nationals' Bryce Harper for the big league lead with eight home runs, and that performance is buying him time to work on his issues in the regular season.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Sunday that demoting Bird to the Minors is "not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all," despite the 24-year-old managing just six hits in his first 56 at-bats (.107). Bird was on the bench Sunday against Orioles left-hander Wade Miley.

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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.

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.

Gardner's 2 HRs, Judge's 10th blast lead NY

Gardner's 2 HRs, Judge's 10th blast lead NY

NEW YORK -- The Yankees belted four more long balls and became the proud owners of the best record in the Majors on Saturday. Brett Gardner went deep twice, Austin Romine collected a career-high five RBIs and Aaron Judge slammed his American League-leading 10th blast, powering a 12-4 victory over the Orioles.

Michael Pineda limited Baltimore to a pair of unearned runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings to pick up his third victory for the surging Yankees (15-7), who grabbed sole possession of first place in the AL East. Gardner drove in four runs against O's starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who surrendered seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 frames.

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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.

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Romine excelling in Sanchez's absence

Yankees catcher has career-high five RBIs in win over Orioles

Romine excelling in Sanchez's absence

NEW YORK -- Austin Romine always believed that he could handle regular catching duties in the big leagues, but the trick was convincing everyone else. That's why, on what might have been his best day as a pro, the Yankees' catcher said that he still carries what he calls "a positive chip" on his shoulder.

Romine homered and enjoyed a career-high five RBIs in the Yankees' 12-4 victory over the Orioles on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, a victory that vaulted New York into sole possession of first place in the American League East. With Gary Sanchez having been sidelined for the last three weeks, Romine has served as one of the team's rocks.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Yanks more dangerous than anyone expected

Yanks more dangerous than anyone expected

They've got a rookie outfielder who hits the ball harder than anyone else in the game and a closer who makes throwing 100 mph look routine. They've rallied from eight runs down to win. They play with emotion and grit and are wildly entertaining.

And here's the thing about the New York Yankees: This is a dangerous team. You can see their confidence growing with every victory, with every baseball sailing over the fence.

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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.

Girardi: Good to get Holliday's bat going

Girardi: Good to get Holliday's bat going

NEW YORK -- The third walk-off homer of Matt Holliday's career stamped an exclamation point on the Yankees' crazy 14-11 victory over the Orioles on Friday evening, and the designated hitter may be giving his team cause for celebration in more ways than one.

"It's exciting," Holliday said. "Anytime you get a chance to have a walk-off hit of any kind and then the team wins, it's a thrilling feeling. That was pretty fun, to be able to come back from such a big deficit and finish the job, so to speak, and get the win. It was pretty neat."

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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.

Torres goes deep in big game for Trenton

Torres goes deep in big game for Trenton

Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees' top prospect promptly knocked off the rust and put his entire skillset on display Saturday.

Torres, the No. 2 overall prospect, led Double-A Trenton to a 7-4 win over Erie by going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a stolen base and four RBIs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crazy comeback: Yanks outslug O's in 10

Crazy comeback: Yanks outslug O's in 10

NEW YORK -- Just before Starlin Castro launched a game-tying homer to set up Matt Holliday's walk-off blast, powering the Yankees' wild 14-11, 10-inning victory over the Orioles on Friday night, the second baseman issued a bold prediction from the Yankee Stadium infield clay.

Jacoby Ellsbury's seventh-inning grand slam brought New York within three runs, chipping away at what had been an eight-run deficit, and Castro told teammate Didi Gregorius that he sensed something special was brewing against long odds in this wild slugfest.

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

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Judge's 9th HR atop all-time exit velo board

Hit at 119.4 mph, Yanks slugger's second homer of game sets new mark

Judge's 9th HR atop all-time exit velo board

NEW YORK -- All rise; the verdict is in. Aaron Judge now owns the hardest-hit home run in the Statcast™ Era, toppling Giancarlo Stanton's previous record with a 119.4-mph rocket that landed in Monument Park during Friday's wild 14-11 Yankees win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

While Judge said he felt no great difference at the moment of impact with his sixth-inning, two-run shot off Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman, the Yankees rookie acknowledged that he couldn't have hit that particular ball much better.

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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.

Ellsbury notches 100th HR in grand fashion

Slam helps boost Yankees to wild come-from-behind win vs. O's

Ellsbury notches 100th HR in grand fashion

NEW YORK -- Reaching a round-number milestone is always sweeter in a win, and Jacoby Ellsbury couldn't have picked a more opportune evening to hit his first career grand slam.

Ellsbury's seventh-inning slam off left-hander Vidal Nuno also represented the 100th home run of his career, helping the Yankees surge within three runs in what ended as a wild 14-11, 10-inning victory over the Orioles.

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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.

Ranking all 8 (!) HRs from wild Yanks win

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Ranking all 8 (!) HRs from wild Yanks win

If you happened to be doing something other than watching baseball on Friday night -- a crazy thought, we know -- don't worry, you only missed perhaps the best game of the year so far. Not only did the Yankees' 14-11 win over the Orioles include a furious eight-run rally, ninth-inning dramatics and a walk-off, but it also featured eight home runs. Seriously, eight, we double-checked and everything.

And these weren't just any dingers. These were record-setting, heart-stopping, Statcast-topping dingers -- so, naturally, we had to rank them all.

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Did you know? Facts on wild O's-Yanks game

Yankees rally from eight-run deficit to beat O's in 10

Did you know? Facts on wild O's-Yanks game

Down eight runs heading into the bottom of the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, the Yankees rallied to score 13 over the next five frames and beat the Orioles, 14-11, in 10 innings. Matt Holliday's walk-off, three-run homer against Jayson Aquino ended it.

Since 2000, the only Yankees comeback larger than this one came on April 21, 2012, when New York trailed Boston, 9-0, in the sixth inning at Fenway Park. The Yankees scored one in the sixth, seven in the seventh and seven in the eighth for a 15-9 victory.

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

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Mike Petriello

Statcast of the Day: Home run frenzy

48 long balls are the most of any day this season

Statcast of the Day: Home run frenzy

At one point on Friday night, we simultaneously had Bryce Harper hitting with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Manny Machado facing Aroldis Chapman, and Craig Kimbrel facing Kris Bryant. We had the Braves overcome a pair of four-run deficits; we had the Yankees overcome an eight-run deficit. It's not like baseball needed any help making this one of the most interesting nights all year.

But if we had to sum up Friday in one word, it would be "homers." Or "dingers," or "taters," as you prefer. As you've no doubt heard, baseball is in the midst of a historic home run surge. Last year we saw more than 1,400 additional dingers than we'd seen just two years earlier, so, of course, we entered 2017 extremely interested in seeing if that trend would continue. We figured it would take some time to be sure… and then Friday happened.

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

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.

'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.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Lowrie, K. Davis HRs back Triggs as A's top Astros

Lowrie, K. Davis HRs back Triggs as A's top Astros

HOUSTON -- Andrew Triggs struck out a career-high nine batters over seven scoreless innings, while Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis added solo home runs as the A's ended their 10-game losing streak to the Astros in a 2-1 win on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

The seven-inning stint was also a career high for Triggs, who did not walk a batter and scattered five hits.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the A's on Saturday.

Ben DuBose is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Astros on Saturday.

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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.

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

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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.