Gary Sanchez’s prodigious bat is his best defense

Gary Sanchez’s prodigious bat is his best defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Maybe we should establish a system. Maybe, when Gary Sanchez has a night like this, we suspend talk of his viability at catcher for, what? Two weeks? Or do we really need to run a cost-benefit analysis here?…

Why Yankees still swooned over a slumping Miguel Andujar

Why Yankees still swooned over a slumping Miguel Andujar

If the Yankees didn’t share the best record in baseball with the Red Sox, hadn’t won 19-of-22 games and Miguel Andujar was drowning in oxygen at the plate, it’s possible Brandon Drury would be joining the Yankees in Washington on Tuesday night….

Yankees and their anti-Matt Harvey showing staying power

Yankees and their anti-Matt Harvey showing staying power

If you’re the Yankees, you don’t prove yourself in May. Or June, July, August and September, for that matter. October provides the proving ground for this franchise. Nevertheless, the Yankees are proving something pretty much every day they take the field. Their…

Gleyber Torres is everything the Yankees hoped

Gleyber Torres is everything the Yankees hoped

HOUSTON — It took Gleyber Torres just over two weeks of 2018 minor league games to work his way into the bigs. It has required even less time for the rookie to make himself feel like an essential Yankee. In arguably the…

Sonny Gray’s long-term Yankees future may now be in question

Sonny Gray’s long-term Yankees future may now be in question

If his hands are not the issue, then another part of Sonny Gray’s anatomy requires inspection and correction. Because after tinkering with his delivery by holding his hands higher, in making what were called “minor adjustments” by Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the…

Sonny Gray awful again as Yankees fall to Blue Jays

Sonny Gray awful again as Yankees fall to Blue Jays

Sonny Gray certainly deserves most of the blame for Friday night’s debacle at Yankee Stadium against the Blue Jays, but he was far from the only Yankee to perform poorly. Working with declining velocity and not being aggressive enough, Gray didn’t get…

The case for Boone’s managerial approach over Girardi’s

The case for Boone’s managerial approach over Girardi’s

Small samples count for managers, too. So what do we know for certain about Aaron Boone so far? Understanding the folly of drawing conclusions from 16 games’ worth of tactical decisions? We know that he presents a calm exterior in the face…

Giancarlo Stanton might have a Yankee Stadium problem

Giancarlo Stanton might have a Yankee Stadium problem

This was predictable. What, you thought Giancarlo Stanton wouldn’t face a defining moment early in his Yankees tenure? No one would identify the reigning National League Most Valuable Player as the face of his current franchise. Yet the big fella undoubtedly serves…

Brandon Drury closer to answers for nonstop blurry vision

Brandon Drury closer to answers for nonstop blurry vision

Brandon Drury took batting practice for the first time Monday since being put on the disabled list with blurry vision and severe migraines, but he’s still dealing with the symptoms that sidelined him. “I’ve been battling this for a while, so it’s…

The Yankees are letting Gleyber Torres open their eyes

The Yankees are letting Gleyber Torres open their eyes

DETROIT — With Brandon Drury still on the DL due to migraine headaches and blurry vision, and Tyler Wade, Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar not hitting, stud infield prospect Gleyber Torres is on the Yankees’ radar for a possible promotion, although Boone…

Aaron Judge right at home in the No. 2 hole

Aaron Judge right at home in the No. 2 hole

DETROIT — In his second season and batting in the second spot in the Yankees’ order, Aaron Judge, quite simply, is the Second Coming. Why does Judge absolutely love batting second in this Yankees order? It comes down to his personality and…

The problem with Yankees fans’ Ronald Torreyes wish

The problem with Yankees fans’ Ronald Torreyes wish

DETROIT — With voices outside the organization clamoring for Ronald Torreyes to get more playing time in the wake of slow starts by Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker and Tyler Wade, remember this: Torreyes is more valuable as a utility infielder than a…

How Mets have looked like team Yankees were supposed to be

How Mets have looked like team Yankees were supposed to be

Hollywood has played with the theme of identity switching quite often — whether Lily Tomlin morphed into Steve Martin in “All of Me” or Tom Hanks became “Big” or Nicolas Cage and John Travolta (spoiler alert) switched faces in “Face/Off.” For two-plus…

How weekend washout could work in Yankees’ favor

How weekend washout could work in Yankees’ favor

DETROIT — The Yankees are scheduled to play a split doubleheader on Sunday after Saturday’s game against the Tigers was washed out. Yet, with rain in Sunday’s forecast, there is a chance the Yankees never see Comerica Park’s field before heading home….

Aaron Boone will be a better manager after taking early lumps

Aaron Boone will be a better manager after taking early lumps

DETROIT — Prepare all you want, play 1,152 major league games, compile 3,871 at-bats, have a lifetime in the game and a unique family MLB heritage, but there is nothing like managing a kitchen sink Yankees-Red Sox series at Fenway Park. There…

Right now the Red Sox are everything the Yankees aren’t

Right now the Red Sox are everything the Yankees aren’t

BOSTON — So, this was the plan all along, wasn’t it? A dynamic young manager, inspiring his baseball team to a fast, impressive start. Spinning scoreboards that resembled pinball machines more than ballparks. The occasional lights-out performance from a starting pitcher. Engaged…

Red Sox manager half-apologizes for incident with Yankees coach

Red Sox manager half-apologizes for incident with Yankees coach

BOSTON — The Yankees and Red Sox learned their fate after Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park, with Boston right-hander Joe Kelly receiving a six-game ban and Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin getting five games. Both players were also fined and will…

Yankees slug way past Red Sox (literally)

Yankees slug way past Red Sox (literally)

BOSTON — The best rivalry in sports is back in a big and violent way, which is always good for business and has to have MLB offices on Park Avenue awash in smiles. Marketing the heck out of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper…

Yankees demolished by rival Red Sox

Yankees demolished by rival Red Sox

BOSTON — Not even the frosty air that smothered Fenway Park on Tuesday evening could mask the stench pouring out of the Yankees’ road gray uniforms. A monster homer and three hits from Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton singling and doubling in…

Yankees throw call-up right into the fire for outfield help

Yankees throw call-up right into the fire for outfield help

BOSTON — Shane Robinson was summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and inserted into the lineup in center field against the Red Sox as the Yankees continued to shake up their injury-depleted outfield. The 33-year-old Robinson replaced Jace Peterson, who was designated…

Brandon Drury comes clean about scary issue he’s been hiding

Brandon Drury comes clean about scary issue he’s been hiding

Speaking in quiet tones and expressing serious concern, Brandon Drury didn’t have many answers for what’s ailing him. The Yankees’ new third baseman, however, knows he needs to figure it out after attempting to play through the migraines that have led to…