Tanaka fans 13, but Yankees drop duel to A's

Tanaka fans 13, but Yankees drop duel to A's

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from the worst two-start stretch of his career with a 13-strikeout performance, but Jed Lowrie drove home the tiebreaking run and Stephen Vogt slugged a two-run homer as the Athletics secured a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Lowrie collected his third hit of the game in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard, who had relieved Tanaka. Khris Davis added a run-scoring single later in the inning, and Vogt went deep in the ninth off Jonathan Holder, helping boost Sean Manaea (3-3) to the win.

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Tanaka rediscovers delivery, has career night

After allowing 14 runs in 2 starts, righty has slider, splitter working while K'ing 13

Tanaka rediscovers delivery, has career night

NEW YORK -- Redemption couldn't have come at a more needed time for right-hander Masahiro Tanaka in the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Athletics on Friday night.

Tanaka tossed 7 1/3 innings and set career highs in strikeouts (13) and swings-and-misses (25) in a bounceback performance after allowing 14 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings over his previous two starts.

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Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Bird heading to Tampa, nearly set for rehab

Bird heading to Tampa, nearly set for rehab

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is expected to leave for the team's player development complex in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, where he will prepare to begin a Minor League rehabilitation stint.

Bird, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 2, was out running the bases, testing his right ankle before the team's batting practice Friday.

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Inspiring boy at center of HOPE Week event

Yankees go to Central Park to honor 14-year-old Cashman, donate to 'Points for Pain'

Inspiring boy at center of HOPE Week event

NEW YORK -- There may be no more quintessential New York experience than a sunny afternoon in Central Park. To conclude the ninth annual installment of HOPE Week, the Yankees visited those lush surroundings on Friday to recognize 14-year-old Tyler Cashman, the founder of "Points for Pain."

Chris Carter, Aaron Hicks, Matt Holliday, Bryan Mitchell, Austin Romine and Chasen Shreve joined Cashman and his family to row on the lake, race radio-controlled sailboats and enjoy a picnic in the grass. The Yankees made a $10,000 donation to the U.S. Pain Foundation.

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CC faces A's, seeking 3-start winning streak

CC faces A's, seeking 3-start winning streak

After winning consecutive starts for the first time this season, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (4-2) will look to carry his recent success into Saturday's game against the Athletics at Yankee Stadium.

To make it three straight wins, Sabathia will have to silence an A's lineup that has a knack for hitting home runs. Oakland's starter, rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton (3-4), will face a similarly powerful Yankees lineup.

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Frazier looks to homer again for RailRiders

Frazier looks to homer again for RailRiders

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 2), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Toledo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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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.

Yanks don capes to gear up for HOPE Week

Yankees team up with A Moment of Magic, dress up to help kids with pediatric brain cancer

Yanks don capes to gear up for HOPE Week

NEW YORK -- The Yankees swapped their iconic pinstripes for a set of equally recognizable capes and masks on Thursday morning, with Yankee Stadium transformed into a playground for superheroes and princesses as part of the team's annual HOPE Week.

A group of children with pediatric brain cancer were delighted in the left-field Audi Club, first by a group of volunteers from A Moment of Magic wearing Disney princess costumes, then by several Yankees in disguise: Jordan Montgomery, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, plus general manager Brian Cashman.

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Thursday's Royals-Yanks game postponed

NEW YORK -- The Yankees' series finale against the Royals on Thursday at Yankee Stadium was postponed due to a continued forecast of inclement weather.

The game has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 25. The start time has not been determined.

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Ellsbury lands on DL after crashing into wall

Ellsbury lands on DL after crashing into wall

NEW YORK -- The Yankees believe that Jacoby Ellsbury's daring play to run down the first pitch of Wednesday night's game may have saved a double or a triple, but it came at a high price, with the outfielder landing on the seven-day concussion disabled list following a 3-0 win over the Royals.

Ellsbury crashed into the center-field wall after snaring Alcides Escobar's barreled drive, slamming his head and right arm against the padded surface. The Yankees announced that Ellsbury sustained a concussion and a sprained neck on the play, with no timetable immediately available for his recovery.

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Mateo paces Tampa Yankees in doubleheader

Mateo paces Tampa Yankees in doubleheader

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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Severino pins down KC with 8 shutout frames

Severino pins down KC with 8 shutout frames

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino harnessed his electric arsenal to produce the deepest outing of any Yankees starting pitcher over the last two weeks, firing eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at the Stadium.

Severino gave the Yanks' fatigued bullpen a breather by limiting Kansas City to just four hits in a 114-pitch performance, increasing New York's lead to a season-high 2 1/2 games over Baltimore in the American League East. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Yanks enjoy comedy relief with talented kids

Yanks enjoy comedy relief with talented kids

NEW YORK -- Live from New York, it's HOPE Week!

The Yankees' ninth annual community initiative brought them to Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, where several players visited the iconic Studio 8H -- home of "Saturday Night Live" -- and laughed at jokes delivered by third-graders Max Chwatko and Alex Travin, known as "The Comedy Kids."

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Shard from bat hits fan at Yankee Stadium

Shard from bat hits fan at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK -- A young fan was struck in the forehead by a shard of Chris Carter's broken bat during the Yankees' 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said the fan was given first aid at the stadium, and was receiving medical attention elsewhere.

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Warren adjusting to role with Aroldis on DL

Warren adjusting to role with Aroldis on DL

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman's injury significantly altered the Yankees' bullpen hierarchy, and manager Joe Girardi believes that the domino effect may have impacted Adam Warren more than anyone.

"Oh, it changes things a lot," Girardi said prior to Wednesday's game against the Royals, "and I think the loss of Chapman has really changed Adam's role the most."

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Yankees prospects power RailRiders to win

Yankees prospects power RailRiders to win

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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Montgomery impressive in rematch with KC

Montgomery impressive in rematch with KC

NEW YORK -- Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery got the bounce-back outing he was looking for in a no-decision against the Royals.

Despite the Yankees' 6-2 loss on Tuesday night, Montgomery had arguably the best start of his young Major League career -- tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, and allowing just two hits. At one point, he retired 12 consecutive Royals.

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Yanks lose power after early HRs vs. Royals

Yanks lose power after early HRs vs. Royals

NEW YORK -- A pair of big swings by Lorenzo Cain and rookie Jorge Bonifacio helped break up what had been a taut pitching duel for the first six innings, with the Royals hitting four homers to power past the Yankees in a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Rookie Jordan Montgomery carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Cain cleared the wall, and Bonifacio gave Kansas City its first lead with a two-run shot to right-center off Adam Warren. Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas added long balls in the eighth to extend the Royals' lead.

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Yanks play 'God Save the Queen' for victims

Yanks play 'God Save the Queen' for victims

NEW YORK -- The Yankees remembered the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester, England, standing in solidarity and unity with the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain by playing "God Save the Queen" prior to Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Public address announcer Paul Olden called for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Monday's "heinous and cowardly" attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people and injured dozens when a suicide bomber detonated a device at Manchester Arena following a performance by pop singer Ariana Grande.

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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.

Yankees 'One Step Ahead' when helping kids

Yankees 'One Step Ahead' when helping kids

NEW YORK -- Kristofer Robinson knew he was getting a new prosthetic leg from the One Step Ahead Foundation sometime this week. But little did he know all that his trip to the Big Apple had in store for him.

For the second day of HOPE Week, six Yankees players and manager Joe Girardi surprised One Step Ahead founder Amy Palmiero-Winters and a group of young athletes, including the 9-year-old Robinson, at the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon. Robinson will be getting a new prosthetic leg on Wednesday.

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Littell fans eight in win with Tampa

Littell fans eight in win with Tampa

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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Yankees confident Judge can handle hype

Yankees confident Judge can handle hype

NEW YORK -- With just 67 big league games under his belt, Aaron Judge has already become a permanent fixture at Yankee Stadium, with the Yanks unveiling a unique "Judge's Chambers" cheering section behind the right fielder for this homestand.

Judge entered play on Tuesday leading the Majors in homers (15) and pacing the American League in runs scored (36), and his on-field success has led to appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated and on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

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Contract sending Ruth to NY is up for auction

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Contract sending Ruth to NY is up for auction

In the winter of 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee did the unthinkable: In need of funding for a musical he was trying to produce, he sold Babe Ruth -- deemed "more spectacular than useful" -- to the rival Yankees for $100,000. Four World Series titles, the all-time home run record and an 86-year curse later, it's one of the most significant moments in baseball history.

And soon it could be yours, provided you've got a whole bunch of money lying around.

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Matthew Leach

No trouble with curve: Judge handling hook

Statcast shows rookie won't chase pitch outside strike zone

No trouble with curve: Judge handling hook

You may have missed it. No one could blame you if you had. But in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, Kansas City pitcher Seth Maness did something unusual. He threw Aaron Judge a curveball, in the strike zone, and got away with it.

That's not something anybody has done much of this year. Sure, Judge is pummeling just about anything that gets thrown to him, but he's done enormous damage on curveballs in the zone (and knuckle-curves; for the purposes of this story, we're throwing them all in one bucket). It's gotten to the point where he pretty much doesn't see them anymore.

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Matthew Leach is an executive editor for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter and read his columns. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge has an interesting superstition with gum

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Judge has an interesting superstition with gum

In a court of law, a judge is supposed to decide a case based on a consideration of the evidence presented before him in a logical, quasi-scientific manner. Though Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge now has his own chambers at Yankee Stadium, he still makes some decisions based on the mystical forces that inform superstition.

Take for instance his gum chewing practices, as detailed in a profile on ESPN.com:

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Long ball, close call help Yanks top Royals

Long ball, close call help Yanks top Royals

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead homer, Brett Gardner continued his power surge and the Yankees got the benefit of a close call at first base to edge the Royals, 4-2, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Gregorius and Gardner went deep off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas, who lost to New York for the second time in a week. Gardner put the Yanks on the board with his ninth homer in 21 games, a solo shot in the third, and Gregorius slugged a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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

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Judge has his own Chambers at the Stadium

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Judge has his own Chambers at the Stadium

Aaron Judge has stormed the baseball world this year. The large adult son/rookie has been an absolute revelation. He's blasted a Major League-leading 15 home runs entering Monday's game against the Royals and has put to rest any questions about his penchant for striking out in the Minors. He's even shown off his 6-foot-7 frame in the outfield with a series of amazing catches.

It inspired some truly invested fans to show up in judges' robes and white wigs. Now, the Yankees have made it official.

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