Tanaka has bigger concern than upcoming showdown vs. Ohtani

Tanaka has bigger concern than upcoming showdown vs. Ohtani

ARLINGTON, Texas — When Masahiro Tanaka takes the Yankee Stadium mound Sunday afternoon, he will throw the first pitch against the Angels and start a game that is getting a lot of attention. While Tanaka won’t face two-way stud Shohei Ohtani in…

German hammered again, Boone ejected as Yankees fall short

German hammered again, Boone ejected as Yankees fall short

ARLINGTON, Texas — It took more than a quarter of the Yankees’ schedule to see Aaron Boone can wear a frown. From the day Boone was named Joe Girardi’s replacement, he has flashed a smile and accentuated the positive no matter the…

This may be ‘harsh’ end for former hyped Yankees prospect

This may be ‘harsh’ end for former hyped Yankees prospect

The Twins designated former Yankee Phil Hughes for assignment following Monday night’s game, putting his career in limbo. Hughes, part of the vibrant trio of pitching prospects to make their Yankees debuts in 2007 that also included Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy,…

Mets agree to a deal with Jose Bautista

Mets agree to a deal with Jose Bautista

The Mets are taking a shot on Jose Bautista after the Braves gave up on him two days ago. The Mets agreed to a one-year deal with Bautista on Tuesday, the team announced, as an option for a right-handed bat in the…

Jason Vargas gets his Mets redemption with stellar outing

Jason Vargas gets his Mets redemption with stellar outing

Jason Vargas went from simulated game to simulating a respectable major league pitcher. True, these were the Marlins — a glorified Triple-A team on which gaping holes abound — but anybody who witnessed Vargas’ previous three debacles for the Mets had to…

Yankees hit insane new heights with record home run stretch

Yankees hit insane new heights with record home run stretch

ARLINGTON, Texas — Across five innings the Rangers traded punches with the Yankees on Monday night. Then, as it happens so often in sports, the better team cleared its throat and put an inferior opponent to sleep. A pedestrian outing by Masahiro…

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?…

Yankees blast five homers in bounce-back win over Royals

Yankees blast five homers in bounce-back win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the aftermath of costing the Yankees three runs in a loss Friday, night Gleyber Torres vowed to be better on Saturday evening. The neophyte second baseman kept his word by leading the Yankees to an 8-3 victory…

Mickey Callaway rotation gambit pays immediate dividends

Mickey Callaway rotation gambit pays immediate dividends

Score one for Mickey Callaway. Splitting up Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in the rotation is something the Mets hope will get them playing competitive baseball again, and it worked to perfection Friday night against the Diamondbacks at chilly Citi Field. DeGrom…

Jacob deGrom puts Mets’ fears to rest in dominant performance

Jacob deGrom puts Mets’ fears to rest in dominant performance

The only thing hyperextended on Jacob deGrom was his middle finger, figuratively speaking, as he dared the Diamondbacks to touch his filthy pitches Friday night. Any concerns about the hyperextended right elbow that had placed deGrom on the disabled list, and his…

The mental fight of Greg Bird’s latest injury return

The mental fight of Greg Bird’s latest injury return

TRENTON — Greg Bird is sitting in a clubhouse more than 1,000 miles away from his Yankees teammates because he again is rehabbing an injury, nearing the end of this process for what he hopes will be the final time. Bird said…

Juan Lagares likely done for season

Juan Lagares likely done for season

It was worse than the Mets feared. Juan Lagares will likely miss the rest of the season after completely tearing the plantar plate in his big toe. Lagares suffered the injury banging into the wall Wednesday chasing a Gio Urshela fly ball in…

Reds hint that Matt Harvey should still have his bag packed

Reds hint that Matt Harvey should still have his bag packed

Some people flip houses. The Reds’ president of baseball operations appears to want to do the same with Matt Harvey, landing him on the cheap, building him up and then flipping him for prospects. “We’re looking at him more opportunistically,’’ Dick Williams…

Aaron Judge: My best is yet to come

Aaron Judge: My best is yet to come

Over his last 10 games, Aaron Judge is 12-for-36 with three doubles, four homers, 11 walks and 16 RBIs. His reaction? “I’m still trying to get hot.’’ “People keep talking about how well I’m doing, but I look at as I’m still…

Justin Verlander isn’t buying Robinson Cano’s PED ‘excuse’

Justin Verlander isn’t buying Robinson Cano’s PED ‘excuse’

Justin Verlander is all too familiar with the routine that follows a player testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The Astros ace, who’s emerged as a vocal opponent of MLB cheaters over the years, sarcastically predicted what Robinson Cano would do next after…

Robinson Cano hit with 80-game drug ban in MLB stunner

Robinson Cano hit with 80-game drug ban in MLB stunner

Robbie Cano, dontcha know better. The former Yankees and current Mariners star is being suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. MLB said he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that is sold under the name Lasix, which Cano noted…

Yankees on Cano’s ban: ‘You never know who’s doing what’

Yankees on Cano’s ban: ‘You never know who’s doing what’

WASHINGTON — Robinson Cano’s former Yankees teammates were saddened to hear of the second baseman’s 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but CC Sabathia knows better than to be stunned by that kind of news…

The Yankees’ quiet Robinson Cano fears just got justified

The Yankees’ quiet Robinson Cano fears just got justified

Yankees officials never said it out loud because it is not the kind of sentiment that gets publicized. Instead, the Yankees offered many explanations for why they never went all-out to retain Robinson Cano as a free agent following 2013 — such…

Robinson Cano Suspended For 80 Games Without Pay Following Positive Drug Test

Robinson Cano Suspended For 80 Games Without Pay Following Positive Drug Test

Major League Baseball bans Seattle Mariners star Robinson Cano for 80 games. Seattle Mariners infielder Robinson Cano was levied an 80-game suspension on Tuesday afternoon for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy. The news of Cano’s suspension has caught everyone by surprise….

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….