Gray's early-season struggles continue in loss

April 21, 2018

NEW YORK — Sonny Gray was certain that he had identified the mechanical flaw that was holding back his top-level performance, and so the right-hander voiced a plan to simplify that approach and unveil those adjustments at his next opportunity. Back to the drawing board. Gray’s early-season struggles continued on Friday as the right-hander coughed up a pair of leads while being peppered for five runs in 3 1/3 innings…

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Stanton puts emphatic end to homerless drought

April 21, 2018

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton gave his new fans something to cheer about on Friday, snapping a 50 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run drive to right field off the Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada. Stanton’s third-inning blast marked his first time clearing the fences since April 4 vs. Tampa Bay, coming one game after manager Aaron Boone relocated the reigning National League MVP Award winner to the No. 4 spot…

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Sanchez: 'I'm not perfect;' passed balls will happen

April 20, 2018

NEW YORK — While Gary Sanchez waited for his swings to produce rewards, the Yankees catcher took pride in his work behind the plate, sensing improvement after scoring mixed results last season. That belief remains intact, despite seeing his first three passed balls of the season skip away this week. “You cannot let stuff like that get in your head,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “Passed balls are part of…

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How should Yankees handle Betances?

April 20, 2018

While Dellin Betances has been one of the most dominant relievers in the game since 2014, his performance this season has left much to be desired for new manager Aaron Boone and Yankees fans alike. Betances’ command problems actually date back to last year, when the right-hander averaged 6.6 walks per nine innings. Although he made the American League All-Star team for the fourth straight campaign, he posted a 5.68…

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Judge extends hit streak to 11 with RBI 1B

April 14, 2018

DETROIT — Make it 11. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Friday with an RBI single in the fifth inning that scored Brett Gardner and gave the Yankees a four-run lead over the Tigers en route to their 8-6 win. View Full Game Coverage DETROIT — Make it 11. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Friday with an…

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Hicks' HRs (1 an inside-the-parker) pace Yanks

April 14, 2018

DETROIT — Aaron Hicks had to motor around the bases for his first home run of the season on Friday night. He was able to take his time when he hit his second a few innings later. Hicks connected for a pair of home runs, including an inside-the-parker, and the Yankees staved off a late Tigers rally for an 8-6 series-opening win at Comerica Park. View Full Game Coverage DETROIT…

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Yankees prospects dominate on the mound

April 14, 2018

Yankees prospects were dominant on the mound on Friday as a quartet of the organization’s Top 30 Prospects combined to put up eye-popping numbers across the Minors. Justus Sheffield (No. 48 overall, Yankees’ No. 3), Jonathan Loaisiga (Yankees’ No. 14), Nick Nelson (Yankees’ No. 27) and Trevor Lane (Yankees’ No. 28) combined to strike out 27 and give up just two earned runs over 17 2/3 innings. The group walked…

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Red-hot Torres could be answer for Yankees

April 13, 2018

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has wondered how the 2017 season would have been altered had Gleyber Torres not attempted a headfirst slide into home plate. The top prospect‘s promotion seemed to be inevitable, and his presence may have removed the need for a July trade that delivered veteran infielder Todd Frazier to The Bronx. In Cashman’s estimation, Torres had “conquered” the Eastern League and was beginning to do the…

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MLB suspends Kelly, Austin after melee

April 12, 2018

BOSTON — Major League Baseball wasted no time issuing discipline from Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees melee, handing a six-game suspension to Boston righty Joe Kelly and a five-game suspension to New York infielder Tyler Austin. Both players have appealed their suspensions, meaning they are available for Thursday’s rubber match of the three-game rivalry series at Fenway Park. View Full Game Coverage BOSTON — Major League Baseball wasted no time issuing discipline…

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