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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Giancarlo Stanton just showed us what he’s capable of

Giancarlo Stanton just showed us what he’s capable of

G-Force arrived in The Bronx Tuesday night just in time for the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. It was Giancarlo Stanton who kept the rampaging Yankees afloat with two solo home runs, allowing Aaron Judge to single in the go-ahead run in the seventh…

Surging Yankees edge Red Sox for share of first place in AL East

Surging Yankees edge Red Sox for share of first place in AL East

The Yankees are going so good these days they likely would get bumped to first class on flights they didn’t book. Thanks to Giancarlo Stanton’s two homers, six solid innings from Luis Severino and Aaron Judge’s seventh-inning RBI single, the Yankees opened…

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…

A bunch of Yankees are building steam for their returns

A bunch of Yankees are building steam for their returns

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brandon Drury went 1-for-3 with a double for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the first game of a double-header against Lehigh Valley and did the same in the nightcap as the DH. Drury started Sunday with four hits in seven at-bats….

Race to be MLB’s first $400 million man is as close as ever

Race to be MLB’s first $400 million man is as close as ever

Woven into this season is a competition for next offseason, namely: Who wins the financial game between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? So far it is close with both sporting eight homers and gaudy on-base numbers through Tuesday. Both will be rewarded…

Yankees belt four home runs in another Twins beatdown

Yankees belt four home runs in another Twins beatdown

The Yankees hit four homers for a second straight game in an 8-3 win over the Twins and have outscored their opponents 36-6 during their four-game winning streak that was extended Tuesday night in The Bronx. Though it might seem like their…