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Tyler Norton

Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Give us your Yankees questions for this week’s mailbag!

I believe we’ve reached the dog days of the season. Series have started blending into each other and there are weeks to go before postseason discussions get serious. That said, the Yankees find themselves in a good spot. The Bombers have a 9.5-game lead on the AL East, and they expect several key contributors to come off the injured list soon.

With all that in mind, let’s pass the time with some questions and answers. You may...

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Roland Hope IV

Tommy Kahnle is back and better than ever

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In 2017 Tommy Kahnle was a big piece of the Yankees dominant bullpen. After a rocky 2018 he’s returned to form and has been better than ever

When the New York Yankees acquired Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox shortly before the trade deadline along with Todd Frazier and David Robertson in July 2017, the initial reaction from the trade was circled around Frazier. The Toms River product, avid Yankees fan who so famously took a picture with Derek Jeter...

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Tom Krosnowski

The Yankees are right to not limit Domingo German’s innings

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

It’s simple: if the Yankees want to win a championship, it’s the only move they could’ve made.

As great as Domingo German has been for the Yankees this season, his potential innings limit has cast a small shadow over his brilliance. Although he may be the Yankees’ most tantalizing pitcher when he’s right, there was speculation that German might be watered-down in the playoffs due to an expected career-high in innings pitched.

However, that narrative...

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John Griffin

The AL East will be good, eventually

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The Yankees have a commanding lead in the East, but there’s reason for hope among the division rivals, at least in the future.

Three-quarters of the season is in the books, and the season is beginning to wind down. The American League East has been dominated by the Yankees’ for most of the year. But while we’ve all seen a bit of the division’s other members throughout the year, it’s worth a look to see how New York’s divisional rivals...

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Caitlin Rogers

Prospects the Yankees should call up in September

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

MLB rosters expand on September 1, giving all teams the ability to play with anyone on their 40-man roster. This will be particularly nice for the Yankees, who have been forced to make approximately 105 injured-list transactions this season. With that in mind, here is this week’s FanPost Friday prompt:

Which prospects should the Yankees call up in...

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Jake Devin

Yankees Prospects: Mandy Alvarez, Adonis Rosa lead Scranton to win

Recapping the Yankees’ minor league affiliates’ results from August 18th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 9-3 vs. Gwinnett Stripers

RF Trey Amburgey 1-6, 1 K
LF Clint Frazier 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
3B Francisco Arcia 2-5, 1 2B, fielding error
C Kyle Higashioka 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
1B Ryan McBroom 1-4, 1 BB
SS Gosuke Katoh 3-3, 2 BB
2B Mandy Alvarez 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI
DH Zack Zehner 0-5, 3 K
CF Billy Burns 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, SB

Adonis Rosa 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 5 K
Joe Mantiply 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R,...

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Jake Devin

Monday open thread

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The first open thread of the week.

Well, a series split with Cleveland isn’t a terrible result. The Yankees finally played some real competition after a couple weeks of AL East cannon fodder, and they ended up taking two of four in the Bronx. Now, they set out on a West Coast trip. They’re off today, and will start a three-game set late tomorrow night against the Athletics.

Fun Questions Do you enjoy the change of pace that West Coast trips bring? Or are...

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Kento Mizuno

NYY News: Oooh what a feeling, when you’re banging on the ceiling

Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Gardner’s bat antics may be the “Thumbs Down” of 2019; Boone doesn’t want any more ejections; Sevy continuing to make progress; King and Gittens thriving in Trenton.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Perhaps the most surprising thing about Brett Gardner’s dugout bat antics is that he’s stuck with it for so long. I thought it was going to be a one-off thing, but the Yankees’ longest-tenured outfielder has kept on doing it, breaking the gesture out in...

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Freeni Aragones

Why the Yankees must be encouraged by Gary Sanchez

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His return has been positive for the Yankees

The Yankees are expected to receive several impact players as the postseason approaches. Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton and more will be returning, and the team will have a close eye on their production, analyzing their performances compared to what’s expected of them. One player they can check off the list is Gary Sanchez, who recently returned and is looking as promising as he did earlier...

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Will Sirbono

Luke Voit is essential for the Yankees’ postseason run

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Voit was a key contributor to the team’s success this season

The Yankees placed Luke Voit on the 10-day IL with a sports hernia back on July 31. A hernia normally requires surgery to repair and commonly takes up to six weeks to heal. Opting for the procedure could derail his season, especially the longer he waits. At this point, a return from a surgery like that would most likely come in last week of September, and that’s if everything goes...

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Report: ‘Growing opinion’ that Yankees are aiming to intimidate young umpires

The New York Yankees have run afoul of umpires more than most teams have this season, and there’s a growing sense among some within the game that it’s not coincidental. According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, there is a “growing opinion” among MLB umpires that the Yankees are singling out younger umpires and trying to intimidate them. The Yankees’ last three major umpire-related incidents have all involved younger umpires, including Ben May on Saturday against...

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Joe LoGrippo

Yankees drop finale as they spilt the series with the Indians

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Poor performances from the offense and pitching led to an 8-4 loss to Cleveland.

The Yankees entered this series finale with the Indians having a 2-1 series lead. With a win, they’d take the set; with a loss, they’d spilt. Plus, CC Sabathia was on the bump for the Yanks for the first time since returning from the injured list.

The Indians threatened early in the first inning. It started off well with Francisco Lindor getting robbed of a base hit by...

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Caitlin Rogers

Yankees Highlights: DJ LeMahieu tries and fails to carry team on his back

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It took the bats too long to wake up today.

The Yankees were forced to settle for a series split with the Indians today. Their pitching did them no favors, and it took too long for the bats to wake up. They attempted to rally in the ninth, but came up just short. We’ll have a full recap up later. Here are the highlights:

Winner of the Game

The offense wasn’t able to get much going over the first six innings, but DJ LeMahieu finally put the Bombers on...

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Yankees' Luis Severino takes next step in return to the mound

The New York Yankees hope to get ace starter Luis Severino back on the bump at some point during the stretch run after he’s missed the first four-plus months of the season with right rotator cuff inflammation and a right lat strain. Things seem to be trending in the right direction. Severino threw off the mound for the first time all year Sunday prior to New York’s game against the Cleveland Indians. It went well. “It felt great. I haven’t been on a real mound this year. It feels...

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Mariano Rivera thinks Derek Jeter should be unanimous Hall of Famer

Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, and he’s hoping his iconic former teammate Derek Jeter will become the second. Rivera, honored at Yankee Stadium Saturday for his Hall of Fame induction, voiced his wish to see Jeter follow him into the Hall with the same amount of support. “If it was me, it would be 1,000 percent. Forget about 100 percent,” Rivera said, via Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. “I played with Derek for so many...

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Joe LoGrippo

NYY vs. CLE: CC Sabathia vs. Mike Clevinger

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Sabathia returns from the IL as the Yanks look for the series win.

The Yankees won a close one yesterday afternoon by a score of 6-5. In today’s Sunday matinee, they’ll seek to win this four-game series against the Indians. CC Sabathia was activated from the injured list and he will make his first appearance since July 27. Sabathia last faced Cleveland in early June. He hurled five innings, giving up four runs in an 8-4 loss.

Speaking of the IL, New York...

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As expected, Yankees activate left-hander CC Sabathia from IL to start today

As expected, the Yankees announced they have activated left-hander CC Sabathia from the 10-day injured list. He will start today’s series finale against Cleveland after missing three weeks with right knee inflammation. It hasn’t been a banner final season for the 39-year-old Sabathia, who has been especially plagued by the league’s home run surge. Sabathia’s 2.39 HR/9 is the worst mark of his career. While a career-worst 38 percent ground ball rate surely plays some part in that, a...

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Yankees place Thairo Estrada on IL, recall Tyler Wade

The Yankees announced on Sunday that they have placed infielder Thairo Estrada on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Utiltyman Tyler Wade is up from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to take his place. Estrada, 23, made his MLB debut in April. He’s been up-and-down from Scranton all year, totaling his first 61 MLB plate appearances. Regarded generally as a utility prospect, Estrada’s .266/.313/.452 line in Triple-A is unremarkable. It was encouraging to see him healthy...

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Andrés Chávez

Under the Hood: Cameron Maybin has been a revelation for the Yankees

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The veteran outfielder has some staying power

“Yankees acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations.”

Among all of the Bombers’ low-cost acquisitions in recent memory, the former top prospect joined the team in the most nondescript fashion. That says a lot considering that the club has recently traded for or signed the likes of Luke Voit, Gio Urshela, Mike Tauchman, and others.

Embracing the fly-ball...

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Roland Hope IV

Dellin Betances is a vital piece to the Yankees’ championship puzzle

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There’s no question that adding the All-Star reliever puts the Yankees in prime position for their 28th title

Thursday night’s dismantling at the hands of Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians raised questions about the Yankees’ pitching staff. Some have used it as an example to avoid employing an opener in the playoffs. While that is a topic for another day, one thing remains clear: the Yankees need as many quality arms available as possible. Dellin...

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