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Aug 20, 2017
It’s time for Girardi to take action on the Aaron Judge crisis

It’s time for Girardi to take action on the Aaron Judge crisis

BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez was the Yankees’ feel-good story for most of 2015. He had not played in 2014, suspended for his ties to Biogenesis. Thus, for the first time in his career expectations were low. He batted seventh on Opening Day 2015, but hit well enough that Joe Girardi soon moved him to the...
Aug 19, 2017
Joe Girardi should be open to a three-man closing committee

Joe Girardi should be open to a three-man closing committee

BOSTON — Joe Girardi was not firm in how he was going to handle the late innings Saturday night — except that Aroldis Chapman would not be part of the formula. He was going to let the game dictate if he would have David Robertson hand to Dellin Betances or vice versa. Girardi met with...
Aug 19, 2017
Derek Jeter’s first big move might make Marlins fans angry

Derek Jeter’s first big move might make Marlins fans angry

Derek Jeter is about to take on the best slugger in the majors in his prime. Yet, Giancarlo Stanton will present Jeter with his first great challenge heading the Marlins baseball operations, assuming the sale to the group led by Bruce Sherman and Jeter is approved by the other owners. Stanton is 27. He just...
Aug 19, 2017
Aroldis Chapman a pricey Yankees problem

Aroldis Chapman a pricey Yankees problem

BOSTON — A Yankees lead already had been blown when Aroldis Chapman entered Friday night’s game at Fenway Park. There already was pinstriped despair prior to Chapman’s appearance because the Yankees had rallied from a three-run deficit to gain a three-run lead and create exactly what they are built to want — a battle of...
Aug 18, 2017
Ranking the reinforcements as Yankees’ cavalry returns

Ranking the reinforcements as Yankees’ cavalry returns

BOSTON — It wasn’t just because it was CC Sabathia’s right knee again. It was what he said about his right knee — that it was the worst pain the left-hander had felt in the area since he began wearing a brace in 2015 — and the dejected tone in which he voiced it. And...
Aug 17, 2017
Yankees own New York once again

Yankees own New York once again

Remember all the way back to spring training when this was going to be a Mets town? Well, not so much. The point did not need to be accentuated by a face-to-face meeting in the third week in August. But it was. The Yankees swept four games from the Mets culminating with a 7-5 triumph...
Aug 16, 2017
Yankees have to save Brett Gardner by sitting him

Yankees have to save Brett Gardner by sitting him

Brett Gardner’s durability and strong first four months worked against him. While other options such as Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler were injured and Jacoby Ellsbury struggled, Gardner supplied unexpected power – particularly clutch power – and always excellent on-base skills and defense. But that volume of play has led to a familiar...
Aug 16, 2017
A Yankees ghost and 2 stud closers hang over Aroldis Chapman’s downfall

A Yankees ghost and 2 stud closers hang over Aroldis Chapman’s downfall

The body of Aroldis Chapman’s work has been well below his standards and his pay grade. Now, his body is in question, too. What is the state of a right hamstring that had him limping off the field Tuesday night? Where is his head at after he betrayed a shattered confidence both during and after...
Aug 14, 2017
Making sense of Yankees-Mets front office standoffs

Making sense of Yankees-Mets front office standoffs

The Subway Series renews with minimal on-field spark, but with the backdrop of animosity between the front offices on how potential deals for Neil Walker and Jay Bruce did not result in a love connection. As a baseball columnist for a New York tabloid, if I were to play my role ideally, even now I...
Aug 12, 2017
Yankees’ miserable day shows how quickly fortunes can change

Yankees’ miserable day shows how quickly fortunes can change

There was probably a way Saturday could have gone worse for the Yankees. But it would have taken cruelty and creativity to come up with it. In less than 24 hours they went from arguably their most thrilling victory of the season Friday night against the Red Sox to a Saturday that had all the...
Aug 12, 2017
Why Tanaka’s injury can be a positive for the Yankees

Why Tanaka’s injury can be a positive for the Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday. When will the good news stop for the Yankees? Yep, on the surface this obviously is negative. The Yanks called Tanaka’s injury shoulder inflammation. It means they will have to insert either Luis Cessa or Bryan Mitchell into a Subway Series start Monday. But dig...
Aug 10, 2017
The project Yankees received in Beltran trade now a top prospect

The project Yankees received in Beltran trade now a top prospect

The headlines at the deadline last year for the Yankees were the returns they received for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. It has been easy to overlook what they got for Carlos Beltran. Beltran was pursued by a few teams and, thus, the Yankees had a variety of choices. They took what general manager Brian...
Aug 10, 2017
The numbers behind Aaron Judge’s slump tell a scarier story

The numbers behind Aaron Judge’s slump tell a scarier story

PLAYER A: 84 at-bats; 15 hits; .179 batting average; 4 HRs; 44 strikeouts. Player B: 84 at-bats; 14 hits; .167 batting average; 5 HRs; 38 strikeouts. Player A was Aaron Judge in his cameo last season for the Yankees. Player B is Judge after the All-Star break and through Wednesday. He essentially has been the...
Aug 10, 2017
The pitchers Astros can still target to avoid an epic collapse

The pitchers Astros can still target to avoid an epic collapse

The Astros have by far the AL’s most comfortable division lead, and yet arguably are under more stress than any team to perform baseball magic — find a useful pitcher or two who gets through waivers. Houston had lost nine of 13 through Wednesday, including six of eight since dispiriting its clubhouse by failing to...
Aug 9, 2017
Yankees thought they had Jay Bruce — then he was gone

Yankees thought they had Jay Bruce — then he was gone

After being mostly shunned at the non-waiver deadline, Jay Bruce was pursued by two AL teams with playoff aspirations and more. The Yankees were not only one of those teams, they had agreed to send the two prospects requested by the Mets in exchange for the Mets eating a piece of the roughly $5 million...

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