New-look bullpen works just how Yankees drew it up in crucial win

BOSTON — Considering they flushed a late three-run lead the night before and were staring at Chris Sale on the Fenway Park mound Saturday evening, it wasn’t a stretch to label this Yankees-Red Sox game the most important of the season for the visitors.They trailed the AL East-leading Red Sox

Yankees to Aroldis Chapman: You’re no longer our only closer

BOSTON — Less than 24 hours after Aroldis Chapman’s latest poor outing, manager Joe Girardi stripped the hard-throwing but ineffective lefty of his closer’s duties.“I will use him at any point, similar to what we are doing with our other relievers,” Girardi said before the Yankees-Red Sox game Saturday night

Aroldis Chapman demotion the move Joe Girardi had to make

BOSTON — The tipping point came Friday night. Twenty-three more pitches as evidence Aroldis Chapman should no longer be the Yankees’ closer.Manager Joe Girardi had monitored and measured and mulled, and he finally recognized — at least temporarily — Chapman no longer could be the primary closer. The Yankees manager

Derek Jeter’s first big move might make Marlins fans angry

Derek Jeter is about to take on the best slugger in the majors in his prime.Yet, Giancarlo Stanton will present Jeter with his first great challenge heading the Marlins baseball operations, assuming the sale to the group led by Bruce Sherman and Jeter is approved by the other owners.Stanton is

This time Addison Reed shuts down the Yankees

BOSTON — What a difference a week made for Addison Reed.The former Met, who gave up four runs to the Yankees on Aug. 12 in The Bronx — when the Yankees won their lone game of that series — came in Friday night and got a pair of huge outs

Masahiro Tanaka’s return to Yankees rotation is near

BOSTON — After completing a 37-pitch bullpen session late Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, Masahiro Tanaka said his right shoulder felt well enough to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation next week.“I feel good, but obviously I have to speak to [pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] and [manager] Joe [Girardi] and a date

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

Aaron Judge isn’t making any excuses — but his coach has one

BOSTON — Friday night would have been a good time for Aaron Judge to snap out of his second-half slump.Instead, his troubles continued in the place where they began after the All-Star break.Judge grounded out with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth inning, then struck out with

Aroldis Chapman a pricey Yankees problem

BOSTON — A Yankees lead already had been blown when Aroldis Chapman entered Friday night’s game at Fenway Park.There already was pinstriped despair prior to Chapman’s appearance because the Yankees had rallied from a three-run deficit to gain a three-run lead and create exactly what they are built to want

Upcoming “Free Speech’ rally has CC Sabathia on edge

BOSTON — In the aftermath of last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., the Yankees are taking extra precautions due to being in Boston during Saturday’s “Free Speech” rally and expected counterdemonstrations at and near Boston Common. It also has drawn the attention of CC Sabathia, who is scheduled to start

Dellin Betances’ save wasn’t “ideal’ for the Yankees

Dellin Betances with the lead in the bottom of the ninth should be a comforting sight to manager Joe Girardi, but not as much when the Yankees had a seven-run lead in the seventh and Luis Severino tossing a shutout.But an error by Aaron Judge that led to an unearned

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

Two Yankees veterans not ready to give up on the division

Brett Gardner didn’t need to be reminded about the outcome of Wednesday’s Red Sox-Cardinals game in Boston.“[Mookie] Betts hit a double,” Gardner said of the walk-off hit that kept the Red Sox 4½ games ahead of the Yankees at the time. “I’m aware of where we’re at. I know they’re

Michael Kay: It’s fair to raise the bar on the Yankees

This was not supposed to be the Yankees’ year, until it was right in front of them.And when general manager Brian Cashman recognized that — making three trades before the deadline — the Yankees were suddenly all in. Now there are World Series dreams coupled with the possibility of frustration.“Everybody

Aaron Judge reveals real reason why he doesn’t watch his homers

When Aaron Judge hits the long ball, and Wednesday night he hit one of his longest into the third deck at Citi Field in the Yankees’ win over the Mets, everyone marvels at where the ball lands.Except for Judge.He doesn’t watch. He runs the bases. Head down. Mission accomplished, 37

Yankees own New York once again

Remember all the way back to spring training when this was going to be a Mets town?Well, not so much.The point did not need to be accentuated by a face-to-face meeting in the third week in August. But it was. The Yankees swept four games from the Mets culminating with

Will Aaron Judge ever live up to his enormous hype?

A year ago last Sunday, Aaron Judge first arrived in The Bronx. In his first-at bat, he crushed a 446-foot home run to dead center field.“I’ve seen that before,” Reggie Jackson said of Judge’s power after the game in the Yankee clubhouse.“I was on the other end of it.”Twelve months

Aroldis Chapman could be dealing with confidence problem

Aroldis Chapman has avoided the disabled list and remained the Yankees’ closer — for now.“He will continue to be my closer,” said manager Joe Girardi, who added Chapman was unavailable for the Yankees’ 5-3 victory over the Mets. “We’re going to let him go through some things. We think his

Gregorius’ clutch hit, Judge’s HR power Yankees past Mets again

After the Red Sox knocked the Yankees around over the weekend in The Bronx, all the Yankees needed to get healthy was a dose of the Subway Series.The Yankees won their third straight Wednesday night, knocking off the Mets, 5-3, at Citi Field.Didi Gregorius provided the crucial blow, a two-run

How Dominic Smith’s Yankees idol is showing him the way

Growing up, Dominic Smith didn’t have to look far for inspiration. All he had to do was show up to the MLB-affiliated Compton Academy in Los Angeles, and watch Aaron Hicks play.“As a younger guy, seeing what he was able to do and accomplish, really inspired me to want to

Mets rue bad call that led to Didi Gregorius’ game-winning hit

Mets manager Terry Collins laughed at the question — how did the blown strike three call against Aaron Hicks change Wednesday night’s fateful seventh inning? — but it wasn’t joyful glee. It was more of a way to soothe the pain following another dismal defeat.“It brought [Didi] Gregorius up,” Collins

Sabathia, Tanaka feel “good’ and Yankees hope that’s enough

The Yankees’ rotation could be pretty much back to normal by next week.CC Sabathia threw another bullpen session Wednesday and proclaimed himself ready to go for a Saturday start in Boston. Masahiro Tanaka threw off flat ground for the first time since landing on the 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation,

Aaron Judge belts a 457-foot bomb into Citi Field third deck

Don’t tell Mets fans Aaron Judge has been slumping.In the fourth inning Wednesday night, Judge blasted a 457-foot homer into the third deck in left at Citi Field to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead at the time.Judge, who Tuesday tied Adam Dunn’s record of 32 games with a strikeout,

Why Yankees’ organizational mindset is better than the Mets’

OK. So it wasn’t his old man.His old man would’ve bloviated longer and louder about what he expected out of this team. His old man would’ve issued a warning that they’d damn well better play well at Fenway Park this weekend, and, by God, had better string together another winning

Dellin Betances beats Michael Conforto with borderline pitch

The Mets’ Michael Conforto thought the 3-2 pitch was low. The Yankees’ Dellin Betances thought it was at the knees.Home plate ump Adam Hamari sided with Betances. So the reliever got one of the biggest outs of the night, striking out Conforto in a battle of All-Stars that ended the

One more Yankees pitcher headed to the DL

Luis Cessa was only in the Yankees rotation for one start, but that was long enough for the right-hander to join the team’s growing list of injured pitchers.Cessa was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday after an MRI exam showed a rib cage injury. He was pulled in the