The only change Yankees’ lineup needs is pretty minor

Ready for The Post’s suggestion of how the Yankees can fix their offense? Here it is: Change nothing besides the designated hitter, again, for American League Championship Series Game 3 Monday night at Yankee Stadium. Matt Holliday has enjoyed some success against his old National League Central neighbor and Astros Game

Yankees give Matt Holliday his chance at DH

HOUSTON — Matt Holliday’s playoff exile is coming to an end. The DH, who didn’t get an at-bat in the Yankees’ ALDS win over the Indians, is starting against Houston on Friday night in Game 1 of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Joe Girardi hinted at the move on Thursday, when

“Stay tuned’: Girardi strongly hints at a new DH for Game 1

HOUSTON — With his DHs hitless in 20 at-bats during the ALDS, the Yankees’ Joe Girardi sounded like a manager contemplating adding a third wheel to the picture. Asked about Matt Holliday getting his first taste of this postseason, Girardi said, “Stay tuned.’’ With lefty Dallas Keuchel starting for the Astros in

Yankees have big chemistry question to answer in offseason

CLEVELAND — In this age in which pretty much everything that occurs on a baseball field can be tabulated and quantified, it has become more difficult to discuss items such as chemistry and culture that do not easily fit on a spreadsheet. Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously said

Joe Girardi undecided on Game 5 DH

CLEVELAND — DH takes on a different meaning when used with the Yankees’ lineup. It doesn’t mean “Don’t Hit,” but it could based on the way designated-hitters Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley haven’t produced in the first four games of the ALDS. Ellsbury, a left-handed hitter, is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The

Chase Headley suffers another blow in benching

This time around, Chase Headley and Matt Holliday were the high-priced veterans benched by Joe Girardi. Two years after Jacoby Ellsbury wasn’t in the lineup for the wild-card game against the Astros, Headley met the same fate Tuesday, when the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 to advance to the ALDS to

Yankees are facing a very tough Matt Holliday decision

Not being a regular player hasn’t been part of Matt Holliday’s career until this season, when illness and injury led to diminished playing time in the final month. “I do what I can to stay sharp timing-wise the best I can,’’ Holliday said of his work program when not in the

Breaking down Joe Girardi’s agonizing playoff decisions

Benching Jacoby Ellsbury two years ago? That was easy. Announcing extended Yankee Stadium netting for 2018 should be easy, too, though for some reason it has proven not so. What Joe Girardi faces now is hard. The Yankees’ manager will opt for his current dilemma, no question, because it emanates from a

Yankees’ division hopes take big hit in listless loss

The Yankees’ dreams of winning the AL East were put on life support Tuesday night. Locked in a tie game with the Rays in the home eighth inning Sonny Gray gave up a long home run to left-center field to Adeiny Hechavarria that was the difference in a costly 2-1 Yankees

Joe Girardi has to keep everyone happy in daily lineup shuffle

ARLINGTON, Texas — With Matt Holliday and Greg Bird back from the DL, Joe Girardi essentially has four bodies for three spots on a daily basis. When Bird returned Chase Headley was entrenched as the first baseman. Now he gets at-bats as the DH and is available to play third base

Yankees offense erupts to close AL East gap on Red Sox

Sunday was the final regular-season game between the Yankees and Red Sox, so if the Yankees are going to win their first division title in five years, they’ll have to do it without facing Boston again. Over Labor Day weekend, though, the Yankees did what they could to make it a

Yankees’ next month is going to be one crazy ride

This is what the Yankees bought for themselves with a weekend of fine work against the Red Sox: they bought a pennant race. They bought a small but prominent part of the Red Sox’s collective psyche. They bought a stretch drive, four weeks to a finish line that could still

If this is it for Matt Holliday, he wants one more magical run

Afterward Matt Holliday spoke like a guy unsure of how much he had left to give to his club, to this game. Someone deploying tunnel vision. “I’m just focused on the next month and what we can accomplish as a team,” the Yankees’ oldest player said late Saturday afternoon. “I’m excited

Why Matt Holliday is so sure Aaron Judge will snap out of it

The main reason the Yankees activated Matt Holliday on Friday was to use him as their designated hitter, a role he handled very well across the first three months of the season. And if Holliday finds time to help Aaron Judge escape an extended slump that will be fine, too. “I have

Sanchez, Romine catch small break regarding their bans

Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine will have their suspension appeal hearings Friday, but MLB’s decision likely won’t be rendered until Tuesday or Wednesday because the league’s offices are closed for Labor Day weekend. Such a timetable means the Yankees won’t lose Sanchez and Romine for any of the three remaining games

Yankees may get good Gary Sanchez news for rivalry series

With MLB still in the process of scheduling the appeal hearings for Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, it’s possible the Yankees catchers won’t get a date until after the critical series against the Red Sox that begins Thursday. Sanchez received a four-game suspension and Romine got two for their involvement in

Joe Girardi’s lineup switch pays off in rare Yankees laugher

DETROIT — Gary Sanchez’s arrival in The Bronx last August nearly sparked a run to the postseason for the Yankees. They’re hoping he can finish the job this time around. Sanchez ripped a pair of homers in Tuesday’s 13-4 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park, including a 493-foot shot in the

Yankees aren’t quite ready to call up Greg Bird and Starlin Castro

DETROIT — Greg Bird and Starlin Castro need playing time to get back to the Yankees, so their rain-shortened game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasn’t especially helpful. Before the Yankees beat the Tigers 13-4 at Comerica Park, manager Joe Girardi said Bird was “swinging great,” but declined to put a timetable on

Joe Girardi reveals why he’s still hitting Aaron Judge third

BOSTON — Aaron Judge’s nightmarish second half isn’t going to get him bumped down in the lineup — yet. After Judge went 0-for-4 with three more strikeouts in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, leaving four more runners on base, manager Joe Girardi said he wasn’t considering

Greg Bird’s two-homer explosion a good sign for Yankees

The Yankees got some good news on Friday — a day they suffered a tough 9-6 loss to the rival Red Sox. Greg Bird, Matt Holliday (back) and Starlin Castro (right hamstring) all played in rehab games and Bird especially served notice that he could be rounding into form. The young Yankees

Ranking the reinforcements as Yankees’ cavalry returns

BOSTON — It wasn’t just because it was the right knee again. It was what CC Sabathia said about the right knee — that it was the worst pain he had felt in the area since he began wearing a brace in 2015 — and the dejected tone in which

Tyler Austin comes up big in surprise early Yankees call-up

Tyler Austin finally made it back to the Yankees on Thursday after missing more than six weeks with a strained right hamstring. Austin was recalled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Garrett Cooper was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left hamstring tendinitis. The first baseman suffered the

The time has come for CC Sabathia to test his injured knee

Playing catch didn’t bother CC Sabathia’s right knee, but there is a difference between tossing on flat ground and off a bullpen mound, which the veteran lefty did Monday to test the hinge. “It felt good, I cut a couple [pitches] loose at the end,’’ Sabathia said of the 30-pitch workout

Gary Sanchez is creeping out of Joe Girardi’s doghouse

Joe Girardi has been impressed with Gary Sanchez’s defense after publicly saying that part of the catcher’s game had to improve following an outing in Cleveland on Aug. 4, when Sanchez was charged with a passed ball and failed to block two wild pitches. “I think it has been pretty good

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Breaking down how the rivals match up

The Yankees and Red Sox will meet for another critical series this weekend in The Bronx, with Boston streaking and having won eight straight games to wrest control of the AL East. Here’s a look at how the two rivals match up: Getting on base: Before a pair of recent outbursts against

The first sign the Yankees have the Aaron Judge they need

TORONTO — Brian Cashman added muscle to an already strong bullpen and acquired a significant rotation upgrade in Sonny Gray in late July. While pitching will determine the Yankees’ chances of playing a postseason series for the first time since 2012, there is an alarming need for more from a lineup

Matt Holliday “probably’ headed to DL with back injury

CLEVELAND — Matt Holliday tweaked his left lower back seriously enough with a swing Friday night that manager Joe Girardi said the veteran designated hitter is facing a second stint on the disabled list. “We are probably going to DL him,’’ Girardi said following the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Indians

Christie, Kaepernick skate while world ignores the big picture

Context matters. At least it once did. But context no longer is the significant measuring device it once was. In fact, it seems to have been lost in the dialogue, the debate, the divide. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie makes news and noise everywhere he travels, including a closed state beach,

Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier “got to fight their way out of it’

Matt Holliday went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday at the Stadium as his slide continued (he’s 11-for-77 with a homer since his return from a viral infection). Newcomer Todd Frazier also kept struggling, going 0-for-4. Since being traded to the Yankees, Frazier is 8-for-44 with

Yankees have so much pitching they don’t know what to do with it

Jaime Garcia is scheduled to join the Yankees on Tuesday and while the Yankees didn’t know Monday where the veteran lefty would fit into the rotation, he will be a starter. “We got Garcia here to be a starting pitcher, but to be honest we have acquired a lot of guys