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Aaron Esposito

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Series Preview

The Yankees and Rays battle for AL East supremacy in three games at Yankee Stadium.

After a tough series in Chicago, the Yankees return home to begin a ten-game home stand in New York. They begin with a three-game set against Tampa Bay, as the two teams compete for first place atop the American League East. Entering play on Monday, the Yankees lead the season series 4-2. Here’s how the two teams are set to matchup this week in the Bronx:

Game one: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Yonny Chirinos


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Caitlin Rogers

Identifying potential trade partners for the Yankees

Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page.

The trade deadline is over six weeks away, but teams have already started to make some moves. Typically, a flurry of trades happens at the end of July. It appears that things might happen sooner this year, possibly because of MLB’s rule change making July 31st a firm deadline. Players can still be placed on waivers and claimed in August, but they can no longer be traded after July ends....

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Jake Devin

Yankees Prospects: Luis Gil turns in yet another strong start

Recapping the Yankees’ minor league affiliates’ results from June 16th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 7-3 vs. Durham Bulls

RF Aaron Judge 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
DH Giancarlo Stanton 0-4
3B Mike Ford 0-5, 3 K
2B Thairo Estrada 1-4, 1 K
SS Tyler Wade 2-3, 1 BB, SB, fielding error
RF Ryan McBroom 0-3, 2 K
1B Logan Morrison 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Erik Kratz 3-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
CF Billy Burns 0-3, 1 RBI, SF

Chance Adams 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
J.P. Feyereisen 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K

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Jake Devin

Monday open thread

Start your week off with an open thread.

It’s been a strange week or so. The Yankees have played uneven baseball against lesser teams, and they just shocked us all with the out-of-nowhere acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion. Things should be trending up, though, as they managed to salvage a split by winning the last two games of their series with the White Sox, and Giancarlo Stanton is slated to return tomorrow night.

Tonight marks the start of an exciting matchup with the rival Rays....

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Matt Ferenchick

NYY news: Hey baby, I hear the blues a callin’

Clint Frazier sent down; how Encarnacion will fit on the Yankees roster; Yankees making sure Stanton is ready to go; Babe Ruth jersey sold at auction

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Between the acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion and the impending injury returns, there were going to be some tough decisions on who was going to stay on the 25-man roster. The first of those dominoes fell on Sunday when Clint Frazier was sent down. Frazier admitted to being surprised by the move given what he’s done so far...

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Edwin Encarnacion will probably enjoy hitting at Yankee Stadium

The 2019 season hasn’t gone how the New York Yankees expected based on the number of days impact players have spent on the injured list. Manager Aaron Boone‘s club hasn’t let that stop it from racking up a 43-27 record, however, good for first place in the American League East. New York is set to begin an important series at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, who are just a half-game behind the Yankees in the standings. The Bombers are expected to get some thunder back in the lineup...

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Red Sox catcher proclaims team ‘back’ after sweep of Orioles

The Boston Red Sox have had a very uneven season, but one of their players thinks this weekend’s sweep of the Baltimore Orioles could mark a turning point. Catcher Christian Vazquez celebrated the team’s three-game sweep in Baltimore by announcing to assembled reporters that the World Series winners are “back.” A sweep is always a good thing, and it moved the Red Sox five games above .500, a new season high. Ultimately, though, the Orioles are one of baseball’s worst teams, and...

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Yankees option Clint Frazier to make room for Edwin Encarnacion

The Yankees have optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A, tweets Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. Frazier’s demotion will clear a spot on the active roster for the newly acquired Edwin Encarnacion. The demotion represents the continuation of a rocky Yankees stint for Frazier, who has long been the victim of roster crunch despite adequate performances at the MLB level. To be sure, Frazier, 24, has not disappointed in his MLB career, which has spanned parts of three seasons: his...

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Tom Krosnowski

Brett Gardner, Austin Romine lead B-Team Bombers to 10-3 victory

The bottom of the order drove in most of the runs in a Father’s Day drubbing.

With the impending returns of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, plus the addition of Edwin Encarnacion, some contributors on the bottom of the roster may have felt left out. That changed after Sunday’s 10-3 victory over the White Sox, which featured nine RBI from Austin Romine, Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin.

The White Sox actually got the game’s first run, as Jose Abreu teed off on a hanging curveball...

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Yankees send Clint Frazier down after making Encarnacion deal

Clint Frazier continues to struggle to nail down a spot on the New York Yankees’ roster. Manager Aaron Boone announced Sunday that Frazier would be sent down to Triple-A to clear a roster spot for trade acquisition Edwin Encarnacion. The 24-year-old outfielder just can’t seem to do right by the Yankees. He’s been squeezed out of a roster spot despite hitting .285 with 11 home runs this season. Ultimately, the choice came down to either Frazier or Brett Gardner. While Gardner hasn’t...

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Jake Devin

Yankees Highlights: Paxton bounces back, Gardner and Romine drive in four each

James Paxton’s best start in weeks, combined with a fistful of strong performances at the bottom of the lineup, helped the Yankees split the series in Chicago.

After a shaky stretch of play that saw the Yankees drop eight of 11 games and fall out of first place, the Bombers could have started to panic. Instead, they responded by salvaging the final two games of their four-game set with the White Sox, ending this road trip on a positive note and retaining first place ahead of an important...

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Tyler Norton

Yankees option Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Frazier goes down to make room for Encarnacion.

The looming roster crunch finally arrived. Following Sunday afternoon’s game, Aaron Boone told reporters that the Yankees optioned Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This move makes room for Edwin Encarnacion, who will join the club for tomorrow’s game against the Rays.

Frazier, 24, broke out for the Yankees this season. The outfielder hit .283/.330/.513 with 11 home runs across 209 plate appearances. His 119 wRC+ situates...

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Rays were interested in Edwin Encarnacion before Yankees trade?

Before Edwin Encarnacion was dealt to the Yankees on Saturday night, the Rays were also in talks with the Mariners about the slugger, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports.  As is so often the case for Tampa Bay, however, payroll was a factor, as the “Yankees were in better position to absorb” a larger portion of Encarnacion’s contract.  Ironically, the Rays are already paying a chunk of Encarnacion’s $20M salary for the 2019 season — as per the terms of the...

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Yankees to activate Giancarlo Stanton from IL on Tuesday

Giancarlo Stanton is set to make his return to the Yankees lineup, as manager Aaron Boone told reporters (including ESPN.com’s Coley Harvey) that Stanton is on track to be activated from the injured list on Tuesday.  The slugger is winding up a Triple-A rehab stint and will join the Yankees in the midst of an important AL East series against the Rays. Stanton played in only three games before originally hitting the IL with a biceps injury.  While that issue was seemingly cleared up in a...

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Freeni Aragones

Southpaws should beware of returning Yankee sluggers

Left-handed pitching has enjoyed facing the Yankees, but soon that will change.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are currently both in Scranton making their way back to the major leagues. The Yankees are hopeful they will return during the seven-game homestand against the Rays and Astros. Right now the Bombers need pitching help more than anything. The return of Stanton and Judge will help solve one problem, though, and that’s the Yankees’ woes against left-handed pitching.

So far this...

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Tom Krosnowski

NYY vs. CHW: James Paxton vs. Odrisamer Despaigne

The Yankees will try to salvage a series split before the reinforcements arrive.

With all of the hubbub around the Yankees getting their two best sluggers back in a few days and the impending arrival of Edwin Encarnacion, today’s game against the White Sox has kind of been swept under the rug. It’s an important game, though, as the Yankees look to avoid another series loss and the White Sox try to climb back to .500.

James Paxton will get the ball for the Yankees, and he’ll simply have...

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Dan Kelly

Three Yankees prospects poised for a breakout

As the short-season minor league games get underway, Staten Island, Pulaski and the Gulf Coast League Yankees affiliates have young talent poised for a breakout season.

June is shaping up to be a big month for the Yankees farm system. Two of the top six organizational prospects— Estevan Florial and Anthony Seigler—recently made their season debuts after battling injuries early on. Seven more of the Yankees’ top 30 prospects per MLB Pipeline will be hitting the field for the first time...

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Kento Mizuno

Masahiro Tanaka should scrap the splitter and serve up sliders

Tanaka’s selection of secondaries may be the solution to his sudden slide.

After a strong start, Masahiro Tanaka’s season has hit a speed bump. Since his May 28 start against the San Diego Padres, Tanaka has thrown three straight duds, coughing up a four-run inning in each of them. With Domingo German hurt and J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia both unreliable, the Yankees need Tanaka to get back on his game.

Unfortunately, bouncing back might be easier said than done for Tanaka. His recent...

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Ryan Pavich

Yankees bullpen their way to needed 8-4 victory over White Sox

The offense springs to life to back up Chad Green and Nestor Cortes.

The Yankees needed a big win to get back on track after a disappointing start to their series in Chicago. They left it up to their bullpen to get through nine innings of work, and they got the job done.

Chad Green was electric in his fifth appearance as the team’s opener, striking out the side in each of his two innings to begin the game. Green has seen a lot of struggles this season and went through a stint in the...

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Caitlin Rogers

Yankees Prospects: Raynel Espinal fans nine, Kyle Holder goes deep

Recapping the Yankees’ minor league affiliates’ results from June 15th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 0-2 vs. Durham Bulls

DH Aaron Judge 0-4, 1 K
LF Giancarlo Stanton 0-4, 3 K
2B Breyvic Valera 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Logan Morrison 1-3, 1 K
SS Thairo Estrada 0-2, 1 BB
CF Trey Amburgey 1-3, 2B, 2 K
RF Ryan McBroom 0-3, 1 K
C Erik Kratz 0-3, 1 K
3B Gosuke Katoh 0-3

Raynel Espinal 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, pickoff error
Stephen Tarpley 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 HR

Double-A Trenton...

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