Player News - Yankees

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Gary Sanchez went 4-for-5 with two solo home runs, an RBI double and three total RBI in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.

Sanchez has had some big hits for the Yankees this season, but he's also been hovering just above the Mendoza line for most of the year. He hit the ball hard (with nothing to show for it) on Friday, though, then came out and ripped the Royals on Saturday. He got his night started with an RBI double off Danny Duffy in the first inning and then it was off to the races. He saved his home run balls for late, swatting those solo shots in the seventh and ninth innings. Sanchez raised his average from .204 to .225 with his hit barrage. If this presages a tear at the plate, the rest of the American League had best be afraid. Even with his struggles to find a level of consistency, Sanchez has already hit 12 home runs and driven in 33 runs in 39 games this year.
May 19 - 10:50 PM

Gleyber Torres went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.

Torres absolutely demolished a Danny Duffy pitch with nobody out in the top of the fourth inning following a walk to Clint Frazier and a seeing-eye single by Ronald Torreyes. That snapped a 2-2 tie and the Yankees would mostly cruise from that point onward. The wunderkind second baseman is off to a strong start since being called up on April 22, slashing .325/.384/.519 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 23 games. He's hit safely in nine of his last 10 contests. We'll see how he deals with adversity when his bat inevitably cools, but so far, Torres has been exactly as advertised since landing with the big league team.
May 19 - 10:40 PM

Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with a solo inside-the-park home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Royals.

We've seen this inside-the-park trick from Hicks before, as he sprinted around for one following a weird carom on a deep hit to center versus the Tigers last month. In Saturday's incarnation of the feat, Hicks pulled the ball down the line off Danny Duffy leading off the top of the third inning. Right fielder Jorge Soler tracked it toward the foul pole and timed his leap as the ball bounced off the top of the wall and back into the field of play. Soler fell over and without an outfielder backing the play up, it was the rare obvious inside-the-park home run. Hicks hit home standing up. In doing so, he became the first Yankee since 1958 to notch multiple inside-the-park homers in a season. Mickey Mantle had three of them that year.
May 19 - 10:35 PM

Luis Severino surrendered three runs on eight hits over six innings in Saturday's win over the Royals.

It rarely happens, but Severino had to fight his way through this outing. The Royals managed to square the ball up on him on multiple occasions and his stuff just wasn't quite as sharp as we're accustomed to seeing. He wrapped his six innings of work having struck out six and walked two. The ace right-hander will try to tighten things back up when he carries his 2.35 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 76/16 K/BB ratio (55 innings) into a home showdown with the Angels next time out.
May 19 - 10:23 PM

Didi Gregorius is not in the Yankees' lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

After a blistering April, the shortstop is hitting just .109/.155/.145 in May. As such, the Yanks are getting him a day off against lefty Danny Duffy. Ronald Torreyes is starting in his place at short Saturday.
May 19 - 4:33 PM

Didi Gregorius continued his slide Friday against the Royals by going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

This is getting ugly. Gregorius now has just one hit in his last 45 at-bats. You read that correctly. His batting average was at .333 when this all started. It’s now down to .248 for the year.
May 18 - 11:43 PM

CC Sabathia yielded four runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Royals.

Sabathia wasn’t as sharp as usual, allowing four hits (including a solo homer to Salvador Perez) and four walks. Keep in mind that he came into Friday’s outing with just five walks in 36 1/3 innings on the year. Perhaps the long layoff was a factor? Either way, Sabathia has taken a step back over his last two outings. He’ll try to get back on the winning track next time against the Rangers on the road.
May 18 - 11:37 PM

Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a run scored Friday against the Royals.

All three hits were singles, but fantasy owners will take it. Hicks came into Friday’s action with just two hits over his previous six games. The 28-year-old has missed time with injury this year while disappointing with a .230/.333/.380 batting line over 29 games, but he still has a lot going in his favor from a fantasy perspective.
May 18 - 11:34 PM

David Hale has eected free agency.

The 30-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment earlier in the week and refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll look for a better opportunity elsewhere.
May 18 - 10:20 PM

Yankees RHP prospect Nick Nelson gave up one run over six innings on Thursday for High-A Tampa.

Nelson scattered three hits, and he he walked one while striking out six. His ERA of 3.58 on the season is misleading, as he gave up seven earned runs in his first start while throwing just 1 2/3 innings. Since then, the right-hander has shown the impressive fastball/curve combination, and he has shown improvement with his change, too. Expect a promotion for Nelson to the upper levels to come soon -- assuming there's room in the loaded New York system.
May 18 - 1:49 PM

Clint Frazier will remain with the Yankees at least through this weekend in Kansas City.

Frazier had been expected to be up only for the team's two interleague games in Washington. One of those games was suspended and the other was postponed, but Frazier will stay up with the big club for now and likely start Saturday and perhaps Sunday with the Yanks facing a couple lefties. The odds are still against him remaining up with the big club for long, though.
May 18 - 11:30 AM

Yankees OF prospect Estevan Florial was removed from Thursday's game with High-A Tampa with soreness in his right wrist.

The removal ends Florial's on-base streak at 32, as he was 0-for-2 before being removed from the game. Manager Patrick Osborn told reporters after the game that he was still being evaluated. The 20-year-old outfielder is arguably the best hitting prospects in the New York system -- assuming Gleyber Torres no longer counts -- and is a true five-tool talent that could hit near the top of the Yankees' lineup in the coming seasons.
May 17 - 1:35 PM

Domingo German will work out of the bullpen for the Yankees for their series against the Royals.

German is scheduled to start on Tuesday in Arlington against Texas, but he'll be available to pitch in relief for their three-game stint against Kansas City starting on Friday. The right-hander has registered a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 2018 for the Yankees over 25 1/3 innings.
May 17 - 12:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was charged with three runs over five innings in Tuesday’s suspended game against the Nationals.

Anthony Rendon popped a solo shot off of Tanaka in the first inning and the Nats added two more tallies in the second. Tanaka retired the final 11 batters he faced and had thrown just 72 pitches through five frames, but the game was suspended after a rain delay and he settled for a no-decision. It will be finished Wednesday. Tanaka will take on the Rangers and Angels next week.
May 15 - 10:18 PM

Yankees designated RHP David Hale for assignment.

Hale has posted a 6.75 ERA in eight innings of relief this season between the Yankees and Twins. The 30-year-old right-hander cleared waivers when he was designated for assignment by Minnesota in April.
May 15 - 4:22 PM


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