Christian Yelich can only blame himself for Jeter entanglement

Christian Yelich was called up to the Marlins midway through a 100-loss 2013 season, following what was the third fire sale in what was the franchise’s two-decade history, the second by then owner Jeffrey Loria. Loria had attempted to open the new Marlins Park in 2012 with stars by

Can the Mets pounce on a maddening second base fit?

There were days when Starlin Castro made the Yankees put their collective face in their hands, cartoon-dad style, and then wail at the heavens for allowing baseball to be invented in the first place. There were more days, however, when the second baseman validated the Yankees’ decision to get

Now Starlin Castro is begging away from Derek Jeter

One former Yankee can’t wait to get away from another. Starlin Castro wants to be traded away from the Marlins as new ownership, led by Derek Jeter, cuts salary and sells off the team’s best players, according to The Athletic. The Marlins obtained Castro last month in dumping superstar Giancarlo

Yankees sign former Brave to add more depth into the infield

The Yankees are prepared to go to spring training with inexperienced replacements for Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, and on Friday, they added another player with limited success at the major league level to the mix. Jace Peterson, who was non-tendered by the Braves last month, signed a minor-league

Yankees moves put Starlin Castro on Mets’ radar

Starlin Castro’s inclusion by the Yankees in the trade to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton could have implications for the Mets. According to an industry source, Mets officials plan to speak with the Marlins about Castro this week at the Winter Meetings in an effort to fill the team’s

Yankees have a deal in place for Giancarlo Stanton

The Yankees are about to unite the only two players to better 50 home runs last year. They had an agreement in principle in place to acquire Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins to put him in the same lineup and outfield with Aaron Judge. A source told The Post

How the Yankees can finish 2018 in The Canyon of Heroes

The heavy lifting is done, yet here comes the hard part. Over the past few years Brian Cashman has helped overturn an organizational philosophy that favored older, expensive and famous to young, deep and flexible, both in skill and finances. The 2017 Yankees came faster and went further than expected, reaching Game

Starlin Castro — and his glove — can exhale

Lost in the excitement of the Yankees’ pulsating 6-4 victory over the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night was Starlin Castro’s glove almost costing them a chance to stage that thrilling comeback. The first of two errors by the second baseman didn’t hurt too much but, at

The Toe-night show makes these Yankees even more fun to watch

Are we witnessing the birth of another Yankees dynasty? We’ll need some time to answer that one. This week, however, we saw something else that just might turn into a beloved, celebrated institution: The Toe-night Show. If you watched the Yankees’ 6-1 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night on YES, and if

Yankees keep winning but division hopes keep fading

They aren’t retreating and certainly not surrendering, but the Yankees have a better chance of draining the Hudson River with a thimble than they do winning the AL East. Yet, the party line won’t change until the Red Sox eliminate the Yankees, which could happen as early as Thursday night. “First place

Yankees’ fake press-conference celebration is as good as it gets

In the season that brought us the “Thumbs Down” celebration, the Yankees might have outdone themselves Wednesday night. Following Starlin Castro’s sixth-inning home run in the Yankees’ 6-1 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium, the second baseman conducted a fake press conference in the team’s dugout. Four Yankees surrounded Castro at

Yankees clinch home wild-card game, move closer to Red Sox

The Yankees clinched at least home-field advantage for next Tuesday’s wild-card game with a 6-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday, which is good news for a team that has the best home record in the American League. But they may not stop there. Coupled with Boston’s loss to Toronto, the Yankees

Yankees are back in the playoffs

TORONTO — Aaron Judge dug a bottle of iced champagne out of a bin in the middle of the Yankees’ clubhouse and eyed CC Sabathia standing a few feet away near his plastic protected locker. Judge, easily the Yankees’ MVP, didn’t need many steps to get to Sabathia and is one

Masahiro Tanaka shelled as Yankees playoff pursuit stalls

TORONTO — The Yankees’ only losing record to an AL East team is the worst one. With their slim chances of catching the first-place Red Sox quickly running out of track, the Yankees opened a three-game series against the last-place Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday night needing a win

Yankees Stadium doesn’t make a sound and the offense explodes

Maybe the Yankees should play without a sound system more often. They scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning of Thursday’s 13-5 win over the Orioles in virtual silence because of a technical issue with the audio system at Yankee Stadium. The glitch, which delayed the start of the

Middle infield now the offensive weapon Yankees have waited for

BALTIMORE — Maybe Starlin Castro should lose a tooth more often. Since missing Saturday’s game when he broke a crown, the second baseman has had back-to-back three-hit games, both leading to Yankees victories. On Monday, his two-run shot in the fifth gave the Yankees the lead for good in their 7-4 win

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 catchers on verge of learning their suspension fates

The appeals of Yankee catchers Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine regarding their suspensions stemming from the recent brawl with the Tigers are expected to be heard Friday. Major League Baseball special assistant to the commissioner John McHale is scheduled to conduct the appeal hearings for Sanchez, who was hit with a

Jacoby Ellsbury actually leads the Yankees to a victory

With the return of Greg Bird, manager Joe Girardi was near ecstatic about adding a strong, left-handed bat to the Yankees equation. Sure enough, the Yankees received a powerful, game-deciding left-handed effort — only it came from Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been something of a forgotten man in the outfield. “I just

Castro’s glad to be back; Greg Bird’s on way to Yankee Stadium

Amid news their catching corps could be thrown utterly out of whack through MLB-imposed suspensions, the Yankees were strengthened up the middle with the return of second baseman Starlin Castro from the disabled list Friday. It was a case of, “Hi, welcome back, now go play” as Castro was in the

The Yankees’ big returns are finally coming

DETROIT — Greg Bird and Starlin Castro could be back in the Yankees’ lineup as soon as Friday in the Bronx after the two played in rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. “All reports are good on Castro and Bird,” Joe Girardi said before the Yankees lost a wild 10-6

Greg Bird’s return to Yankees is imminent

DETROIT — Greg Bird hasn’t played for the Yankees in nearly three months, but that could finally change on Friday when they return home to face the Mariners. The first baseman went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday and is slated to play a full nine innings at

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

Ronald Torreyes has been great but that won’t save his job

Starlin Castro has 97 hits in 79 games and has been on the disabled list twice with hamstring problems. So it’s easy to play with the numbers and deduce that had the second baseman avoided injuries he would have come very close to a second 200-hit season. That type of offensive

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

Aaron Judge ties an ignominious MLB record

Aaron Judge whiffed in the first inning against Jacob deGrom in the Yankees’ 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at the Stadium, marking the 32nd straight game in which Judge has struck out, matching Adam Dunn’s MLB record. He doubled to lead off the eighth. Starlin Castro (hamstring) is