11:58 PM EDT, Tue October 17, 2017
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Todd Frazier making case for NY return — but not with Yankees?

Todd Frazier making case for NY return — but not with Yankees?

Todd Frazier was the third piece in a three-player package the Yankees received in July, present as much because the White Sox wanted to unload the rest of his salary as the Yankees hungered for his inclusion. Tommy Kahnle was priority one for the Yankees, David Robertson the second key, both made more attractive because...
23 hours ago
This is the high of the Yankees’ Aaron Judge roller coaster

This is the high of the Yankees’ Aaron Judge roller coaster

Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning and instantly a full house at Yankee Stadium picked up on the implication. Bases loaded. Aaron Judge coming up. The 49,373 stood and cheered, trying to will magic here. In the top of the inning, when the Yankee lead was still...
Oct 16, 2017
A peek at Yankees’ potentially devastating 2018 rotation

A peek at Yankees’ potentially devastating 2018 rotation

The Yankees were worried about their rotation in spring training — their 2018 rotation. Recall that the Yankees were trying to win this year, but much of their focus for being a serial contender revolved around 2018 and beyond. When pitchers and catchers showed up, the Yankees had three veteran physical concerns who all could...
Oct 15, 2017
The two relievers who could be key to Yankees’ fortunes

The two relievers who could be key to Yankees’ fortunes

The margin is both thin and wide. Oh so close and so far to go. The Yankees are perhaps a couple of relay plays away from leading the ALCS or being tied. Instead, they lost a pair of 2-1 games — a hit there, a pitch there. Yet, the Astros lead two games to none....
Oct 14, 2017
Judge and Sanchez need to bust out, or the Yankees are done

Judge and Sanchez need to bust out, or the Yankees are done

HOUSTON — Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, ahead of schedule, helped make the future now for the Yankees. The problem is that the future is now. Lights, cameras, October. “You have two guys who are really still rookies,” Reggie Jackson said. “They don’t even have 1,000 at-bats in the majors. My first year in the...
Oct 14, 2017
Brett Gardner has evolved from trade chip to indispensable star

Brett Gardner has evolved from trade chip to indispensable star

HOUSTON – Greg Bird has reminded folks that he can really hit and Masahiro Tanaka has shown that he is better than his tough regular season. David Robertson has demonstrated he will take the ball in any role and thrive while Didi Gregorius has vanquished any lingering ghosts of Derek Jeter. Yet, has any Yankee...
Oct 14, 2017
ALCS could come down to a Yankees DH who can actually hit

ALCS could come down to a Yankees DH who can actually hit

HOUSTON — At this point Joe Girardi might want to see what Ronald Torreyes could do or if Alex Rodriguez would come off of the FOX set — heck, the Yankees were still paying him this season — or just what kind of shape Ron Blomberg is in. For at this moment, the Yankees’ DH...
Oct 13, 2017
The ‘cliff’ that separates how Yankees, others got here

The ‘cliff’ that separates how Yankees, others got here

HOUSTON — The last teams standing — MLB’s Final Four — represent two distinct ways to chase championships. The Astros and Cubs went the total teardown route — gut payroll, accumulate high draft picks, build slow and steady. As recently as 2012, both lost more than a hundred games in the same year, and Houston...
Oct 12, 2017
These underdog Yankees will never be the same

These underdog Yankees will never be the same

HOUSTON — Enjoy this, Yankees. Really. These are the final days of the innocence, the last weeks in which you can float on the comforting pillow of being underdogs. Next season you go back to your historic role. Favorites. Overdogs. Championship or bust. Animosity and jealousy in every city. You might want to ask Derek...
Oct 12, 2017
Yankees have blueprint for upsetting Astros, it’s just hard to follow

Yankees have blueprint for upsetting Astros, it’s just hard to follow

The Yankees defeated one 100-plus-win, talented-in-every-phase team in the Indians to earn the right to play another just like that in the Astros. “They are such a well-balanced club,” said a scout who has the Astros as part of his coverage. “They have power and speed and they are aggressive. They are in attack mode....
Oct 12, 2017
Brett Gardner at his absolute best, in one at-bat

Brett Gardner at his absolute best, in one at-bat

CLEVELAND — Brett Gardner came to bat with two outs, runners on first and second in the ninth inning. In that situation — with the open base third and the AL homer lead on deck — intentionally walking Gardner is against the book with the Yankees up a run. But Judge had looked dreadful all...
Oct 11, 2017
Don’t tell these Yankees their future isn’t now

Don’t tell these Yankees their future isn’t now

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber registered two quick outs to open a decisive Game 5, the second yet another Aaron Judge strikeout, and that turned the volume of a mostly red-wearing, throaty crowd all the louder. Kluber, who is probably going to win the AL Cy Young, then got ahead of Didi Gregorius 1-2 and the...
Oct 11, 2017
Yankees have big chemistry question to answer in offseason

Yankees have big chemistry question to answer in offseason

CLEVELAND — In this age in which pretty much everything that occurs on a baseball field can be tabulated and quantified, it has become more difficult to discuss items such as chemistry and culture that do not easily fit on a spreadsheet. Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously said of his inability to...
Oct 10, 2017
How Joe Girardi knows moment isn’t too big for CC Sabathia

How Joe Girardi knows moment isn’t too big for CC Sabathia

CLEVELAND — No starting pitching — no matter how oblivious or strong-minded — can ignore the magnitude of a playoff game. It is just too in the face of everyone involved. What a manager wants, particularly as the importance grows, is to have a starter capable of processing the scope of the moment without being...
Oct 9, 2017
Now it’s the other manager looking dumb as Yankees won’t die

Now it’s the other manager looking dumb as Yankees won’t die

Think all the way back to Saturday. In the postseason — with how quickly momentum and narrative can change — that feels like ancient history. On Saturday, Joe Girardi was a combination of dunce and piñata, doing a public mea culpa on what felt like it was sure going to be the only off-day of...

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