Yankees’ banged-up rotation getting lift from unlikely source

Yankees’ banged-up rotation getting lift from unlikely source

When Major League Baseball hands out hardware at the end of this 2018 season, Domingo German probably needn’t clear his calendar the way, say, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino or Aaron Judge might. Yet it’s the performance of Yankees like German that makes…

Ex-Yankees pitcher hid out to pounce on mail thieves: cops

Ex-Yankees pitcher hid out to pounce on mail thieves: cops

When it came to local mailbox thieves, the residents of a Macon, Ga., neighborhood were lucky former Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown had years of practice catching hitters by surprise. Two people were arrested in the area Wednesday after Brown, now 13 years…

Scout knows which potential Yankees target checks all boxes

Scout knows which potential Yankees target checks all boxes

Despite not announcing it, the Yankees know who will replace Masahiro Tanaka in the rotation while the veteran right-hander nurses both hamstrings back to full strength while on the disabled list. Right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga is the favorite to start against the Rays…

Seth Lugo mercifully comes to Mets’ rescue against Yankees

Seth Lugo mercifully comes to Mets’ rescue against Yankees

The disappointment of Noah Syndergaard’s unavailability to pitch Sunday didn’t run too deep for the Mets given the manner in which his replacement was pitching. And then Seth Lugo took his trustworthiness to another level with a gem against the hated Yankees….

Aaron Judge takes page from Jeter playbook to write legacy

Aaron Judge takes page from Jeter playbook to write legacy

The moment carried a Jeterian touch. Tie game in Flushing, first pitch of an inning, home run? Who better to steal that move from the Captain’s book than his successor as face of the franchise? Aaron Judge’s first-pitch, leadoff, eighth-inning round-tripper off…

Where do Warriors fit in among sports’ great dynasties?

Where do Warriors fit in among sports’ great dynasties?

Contrary to popular belief, there are positives to turning 50. For one thing, it beats the alternative. For another, when you want to compile a list ranking things that happened “in my lifetime,” there is a scintilla more gravitas attached when you’re…

Brett Gardner a Yankees leader in every sense of the word

Brett Gardner a Yankees leader in every sense of the word

Citi Field’s right field isn’t too big for Brett Gardner. That’s why Aaron Boone was not afraid to sit Aaron Hicks in favor of the blistering-hot Gardner on Friday night. Before the game, Gardner was raving to The Post about how good…

Yankees were always going to destroy Mets’ hopes like this

Yankees were always going to destroy Mets’ hopes like this

The kickoff to the 2018 Subway Series evoked the spirit of Dennis Green, the late football coach who blessed us with an all-time press-conference proclamation/exclamation: The Yankees are what we thought they were. The Mets, too. On Friday night at Citi Field,…

No one has ever had the ‘terrible day’ Aaron Judge just had

No one has ever had the ‘terrible day’ Aaron Judge just had

DETROIT — Aaron Boone has a favorite word for Aaron Judge: “Unflappable.” It is a signature part of Judge’s baseball DNA, and that will be a good thing going forward starting Tuesday in Toronto. Against the Tigers Monday, Judge went 0-for-9, and…

Yankees draft athletic, switch-hitting catcher in first round

Yankees draft athletic, switch-hitting catcher in first round

The Yankees’ loaded roster and stocked minor league system was already the envy of most of Major League Baseball. Now they have something else nobody in the game has: A switch-hitting and switch-pitching catching prospect. With their first-round pick (23rd overall) in…

Aaron Boone already excelling in one facet of managing

Aaron Boone already excelling in one facet of managing

BALTIMORE — Buck Showalter compliments opposing managers about as often as his 2018 Orioles win games. Therefore, it’s possible that Aaron Boone just received the highest praise yet of his young managerial career. “Look at the [American] League leaders in games pitched,…

Tyler Austin ‘terrible’ in his surprising Yankees chance

Tyler Austin ‘terrible’ in his surprising Yankees chance

Tyler Austin pointed his finger in the mirror. Sporadic playing time wasn’t the problem Wednesday night. “I just got to prepare better, and that’s all it is. That’s all it boils down to,” Austin said after striking out four times and leaving…

Yankees were just warming up for real test, which starts now

Yankees were just warming up for real test, which starts now

Shohei Ohtani versus Masahiro Tanaka failed to materialize in a significant way. The Angels kept Ohtani from starting as a pitcher against his countryman for what was termed “workload management,” which sounds more like the name of a bad Adam Sandler movie…

Masahiro Tanaka bounces back in dominant win over Angels

Masahiro Tanaka bounces back in dominant win over Angels

The Yankees had lost three of four heading into Sunday and face the unenviable task of hosting the Astros this week, who will throw Justin Verlander, Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel at them. So to avoid their first real rough patch since…

Yankees have rookie star of their own

Yankees have rookie star of their own

Only one of them is a freak, in the kindest sense of the word. Only one of them evokes comparisons to Babe Ruth, though the other one has put himself alongside some pretty cool names. Yet no matter what happens in the…

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…