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A-Rod-Inspired New York Yankees Begin to Dominate AL East

July 29th, 2015 at 7:22 PM
By Sports Media 101

The AL East has traditionally been one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, but that looks to have changed this season with the New York Yankees seemingly set to dominate until the end of the regular season. For a division that often puts up a fight well into August, the AL East has now rolled over and is allowing the Yankees, and especially Alex Rodriguez, tickle its tummy on the way to the postseason. The Yankees' 6-2 victory over Texas took their record throughout July to 15-5, with 13 of those wins coming in the last 16 games, opening up a hefty seven-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Tampa Bay Rays seven-and-a-half games behind with the Boston Red Sox bringing up the rear a full 13 games behind.

Perhaps even more surprising is that the Yankees' remarkable winning run has been the fact that A-Rod has been a key part of it. Currently in the leading pack in the AL in terms of runs, home runs, average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and the returning Rodriguez has weighed in with more than his fair share. On the back of a 2014 season in which he spent time on the sidelines following his drug ban, the 40-year-old has returned to action in style this year, hitting .276/.373/.543 with 24 home runs and 59 RBI's in just 91 appearances this season. Nine of his homers came in his last 18 games.

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New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez May Give Milestone Bonus Money to Charity

July 2nd, 2015 at 11:40 AM
By Dan Benton

The ongoing dispute between the New York Yankees and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez over $6 million in bonus money, which came into play when A-Rod hit homerun No. 660 earlier this season to tie Willie Mays, may soon be coming to an end.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports the two sides are discussing the possibility of giving the entire $6 million bonus away to charity and that "quiet progress" has been made. The hope is that both the Yankees and Rodriguez, as well as the Players' Union, can come to an agreement on the a split with some of the money going to charities of A-Rod's choosing and some of the money going to charities of Hal Steinbrenner's choosing.

In the end, the main goal is to avoid arbitration and so far, so good. Still, Rosenthal notes that some involved in these negotiations are still concerned the entire thing could fall through — and you have to wonder what the Sports Betting Odds would be on that possibility.

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Jacob Lindgren Reportedly Set to Join New York Yankees After Promotion from Triple-A

May 23rd, 2015 at 5:14 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The time has come: the New York Yankees will promote stud left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren to the big leagues on Sunday.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the scoop:

Lindgren has dominated in Triple-A this season, pitching to 1.23 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.

Earlier on Saturday, we posted an article on Yankees 101 saying Lindgren should get a shot in favor of David Carpenter. The Yankees must've listened somewhat (I'm kidding, of course), although it'll be Branden Pinder getting the boot after he tossed 48 pitches on Saturday.

Lindgren was drafted last year by the Yanks in the second round and since then has gone from the Gulf Coast League to Triple-A in under a year.

He has earned the nickname Strikeout Factory, so familiarize yourself with that name because the kid has the goods to stick around for a long time. This should add some excitement to a dull, depressing time in the Yankees Universe right now.

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It’s Time New York Yankees Promote Jacob Lindgren to Replace Inept David Carpenter

May 23rd, 2015 at 12:42 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Is David Carpenter bad or what?

The former Atlanta Braves reliever turned New York Yankee has been dreadful for the Bronx Bombers out of the bullpen this season and doesn't really deserve to have a job on this team.

Carpenter has allowed an earned run in each of his last three outings and has a grand total of eight runs allowed (seven earned) in eight appearances (7 1/3 innings) during the month of May. After another run allowed on Friday night versus the Texas Rangers, Carpenter's ERA is 5.51.

While Carpenter's struggles have been the most evident, the fact of the matter is the Yanks' bullpen has struggled as a whole. Outside of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, the once vaunted April bullpen of the Yankees has turned into a nightmare in May, with Carpenter leading the way.

The injury to Chris Martin has certainly hurt, but Carpenter's ineffectiveness doesn't give Yankees manager Joe Girardi many options. Perhaps it's time to consider one of the kids to help bridge the gap to Betances and Miller, namely stud left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren.

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Why Slade Heathcott’s New York Yankees Debut Should Have Fans Excited

May 23rd, 2015 at 12:01 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Heathcott!

In his Major League Baseball debut on Friday night, New York Yankees center fielder Slade Heathcott wasted no time getting his feet wet in the bigs. Heathcott notched two hits and reached base three times in his first big-league game, picking up a double in his very first at-bat and a single in his third.

But there were more than just numbers to be excited about; Heathcott's maturity really shined through when he was at the plate.The first thing you had to notice was his ability to go the other way, something that many veteran hitters can't do, let alone a rookie.

The left-handed hitter took his first MLB hit the other way into the gap in left center, which helped him leg out a hustle double.

Then, in his third at-bat, Heathcott once again went the other way by hitting a grounder deep in the hole between short and third that Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus couldn't complete the play on.

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Yankees Vs. Rangers 5/23/15: Lineup, Pitching Matchup, Viewing Info for Game No. 43

May 23rd, 2015 at 10:23 AM
By Michael Moraitis

Here is today's New York Yankees lineup for the game versus the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

When: Saturday, May 23 at 1:05 p.m. ET

Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

Watch: WPIX and MLB Network

Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM

Pitching Matchup

NYY-CC Sabathia (2-5, 4.67) vs. TEX-Nick Martinez (3-0, 1.88)

Yankees Lineup

1. Gardner LF

2. Beltran RF

3. Rodriguez DH

4. Teixeira 1B

5. Headley 3B

6. Drew 2B

7. Gregorius SS

8. Murphy C

9. Heathcott CF

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Yankees Mostly Mum on Jacoby Ellsbury Injury; Joe Girardi Says 15 Days Won’t Be Enough

May 23rd, 2015 at 8:55 AM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have been quiet on Jacoby Ellsbury's injury of late, but manager Joe Girardi finally gave at least a bit of insight into the situation.

Ellsbury was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain, and while he was supposed to get an MRI on Friday, we still don't have those results.

Following the game on Friday night, Girardi still didn't have an exact timetable, although he did say Ellsbury would be out longer than the 15-day stint, per the Journal News:

Girardi still doesn’t have an update on Jacoby Ellsbury, but he did provide a little more insight into the center fielder’s situation: “He’s on the 15-day DL. Do I think we’ll get him in 15 days? No. Do I think it’ll be a real long DL stint? No.”

Well I guess that's good news. It's still a bit alarming that the Yankees aren't giving anymore updates than that considering Ellsbury got injured four days ago and was almost immediately placed on the disabled list.

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New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka Could Return Sooner than Expected

May 22nd, 2015 at 7:17 PM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka may return earlier than expected.

After making his first rehab start on Thursday night in which he threw three scoreless innings, it was thought that Tanaka would need two more rehab starts in the minors before he would return.

But now it seems the Yankees are thinking about speeding up the process by allowing him to make one more rehab start as opposed to two:

In his next rehab start Tanaka is scheduled to throw 65 pitches, and a third rehab start would bring him up to 85 pitches. The Yankees may forego that third rehab start and let him make his big-league return on an 85-pitch limit.

If we're splitting hairs here, Tanaka's return isn't exactly ahead of schedule. After all, we were told Tanaka would need a month to recover and we're coming up on that time frame by the time he makes his second rehab appearance.

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Rays’ Minor-League Team with Outrageous Promo Mocking Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez

May 22nd, 2015 at 6:45 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The Tampa Bay Rays' Single-A affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, openly mocked New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez with a promotion for one of their games.

The promotion, scheduled for Friday, was called "A-Rod Juice Box Night." Clearly the minor-league squad was taking a shot at the Yankees slugger and his past with steroids, while also trying to make a quick buck off his name.

Yahoo Sports' Mike Oz had a photo of the promo:

Also according to Oz, the juice box was set to read:

"100% Juiced. Side Affects [sic] include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!"

But before the minor-league squad could go through with it, the Yankees complained about the promotion and actually backed up their player, and the Rays apparently agreed as they also complained.

Following both teams' complaints, the Stone Crabs dropped the promo:

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New York Yankees to Wear Special Bernie Williams Day Hat on May 24: Photo

May 22nd, 2015 at 12:38 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees will be wearing special hats for Bernie Williams Day on May 24th, and we have a photo of the special hat.

Williams will have his number retired on May 24 and is the first of three Yankees to have their numbers retired in 2015.

The hat is your run-of-the-mill Yankees hat with an added bonus: a Bernie Williams day patch located on the left side.

Williams spent his entire 16-year career with the Yankees and was part of four World Series championship teams. Williams compiled 287 homers, 1,257 RBI and a .281 average.

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