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Yankees Finish April with Fewest Runs in MLB for 1st Time in 32 Years

The New York Yankees finished an abysmal first month from the batter's box by ranking last in the majors in runs scored during April for the first time since 1984, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info). With just 74 runs, the so-called Bronx Bombers finished with one fewer run than a struggling Atlanta Braves team that had a 5-18 record for the month. To put this into perspective, the Braves notched just five home runs through the month of April and still managed to outscore New York (22 home ...

Can New York Yankees’ Awful Start Be Saved by Mediocre AL East?

A week ago, there were serious stories in serious newspapers asking how long the Boston Red Sox should wait before making a managerial change. By Tuesday, the Red Sox were half a game out of first place in the American League East. Baseball's monster division isn't what it once was, and the Red Sox had the extra advantage of four games against their designated rivals, the overmatched Atlanta Braves. So here's the question as the Red Sox get set to host the New York Yankees for three games, starting on Friday: Can the AL ...

Joe Girardi Says He’d Ban Shifts from Baseball If He Were MLB Commissioner

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday he would ban shifts in baseball if he was the commissioner of MLB, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com. "It is an illegal defense, like basketball. Guard your man, guard your spot," he said, comparing the shift to basketball's defensive three-second rule, per Marchand. "If I were commissioner, they would be illegal." Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi lost his no-hitter in the seventh inning Monday evening after the Texas Rangers' Nomar Mazara hit a ball through the gap at shortstop that was vacant because the Yankees were running ...

Alex Rodriguez Injury: Updates on Yankees Star’s Oblique and Return

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was removed from Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays with left oblique stiffness. It is uncertain when he will return to action. Continue for updates. Rodriguez Out vs. Rangers Tuesday, April 26 Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reported that Rodriguez will not be in the lineup against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Rodriguez Undergoes MRI Sunday, April 24 Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News reported that the results of Rodriguez's MRI came back negative. Girardi Comments on Rodriguez's Injury Sunday, April 24 "Yeah, I worry," Yankees manager Joe Girardi ...

Jacoby Ellsbury Steals Home in Yankees’ Win over Rays

The Jet stole home! The Jet stole home!In this case, "The Jet" was not beloved Sandlot character Benny Rodriguez but the New York Yankees' own Jacoby Ellsbury.With two on and his team trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday night, the center fielder went for it against Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore.Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Ellsbury said:You're trying to score a run, but guys get fired up. It doesn't happen very often. As a player, you're like, 'Hey, did that just happen?' And then when ...

Yankees’ Aaron Hicks Unloads Record-Breaking 105 MPH Throw for Run-Saving Out

Sports, although inherently competitive, are occasionally sprinkled with no-win scenarios.Trying to outrun the fastest outfield throw ever recorded in baseball is one of them.The Oakland Athletics' Danny Valencia probably could have never imagined that, following a Yonder Alonso fly to left field, he'd be pursued in his sprint from third base to home by a 105.5 mph ball.But reality became very clear when Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks unloaded the blazing throw with pitching-caliber speed, and a likely winded Valencia was tagged out. Life comes at you fast. Real fast. [MLB, h/t Deadspin]Read more New ...

Nick Swisher to Yankees: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Nick Swisher has fallen on hard times over the last two years, but the former All-Star is getting another chance to revive his career by returning to the New York Yankees.  Per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Swisher's minor league deal with the Yankees is official, and he will report to Triple-A Scranton on Thursday.  Since playing 145 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2013, Swisher has missed 151 games the past two years due to knee injuries. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves in August, appearing in 46 games ...

Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius Trades Turned Spare Parts into Yankees’ Future

It was the first week of the season, a little early for bold statements. But Starlin Castro was already off to a great start with the New York Yankees, so why not? "We want to be the best middle infield we can be," Castro said, referring to his new partnership with shortstop Didi Gregorius. "We want to be the best middle infield in the major leagues." Maybe they can be, maybe they can't. But the fact that Castro could even bring up the possibility in the first week of the 2016 season ...

Locked-In Starlin Castro, Healthy Yankees Lineup Teasing Explosive Potential

It appears that all the New York Yankees offense needed to get going this season was a one-game warm-up. Also, somebody other than Dallas Keuchel on the mound for the opposition. And now that these two demands have been met, we're seeing just what these Bronx Bombers are capable of. After Keuchel, the reigning American League Cy Young winner, silenced them in their opener Tuesday, the Yankees' bats woke up in a big way in the final two games of their series against the Houston Astros. A 17-hit parade led to a 16-6 ...

Luis Severino Under Immense Pressure to Become Yankees’ Ace in 2016

The New York Yankees are doing this right with Luis Severino, trying to lessen the pressure on him to be great right away, even if that pressure is his reality. They're doing this right, even if there is an argument to be made that the 22-year-old will be their best starting pitcher. Severino didn't start Tuesday's Opening Day game against the Houston Astros and Dallas Keuchel, just as he didn't start the Yankees' lone 2015 playoff game against the Astros and Keuchel. Masahiro Tanaka started Tuesday, just as he did last October, and ...
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