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Girardi said he walked out on media over bullpen question (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:02:53 PDT

New York manager Joe Girardi said he walked out of Friday's post-game media session because he was upset by questions about his bullpen usage, not because the slumping Yankees lost ground in the AL wild card race and were eliminated from the AL East. ''That's a sign of some of the questions I was asked,'' Girardi said before Saturday's game. The Yankees lost 9-0 in Toronto on Friday, their ninth defeat in 12 games following a seven-game winning streak.

Baseball standings (Reuters)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:47:04 PDT

Sept 24 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Friday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 90 64 .584 - 2. Toronto 84 69 .549 5 1/2 3. Baltimore 83 71 .539 7 4. NY Yankees 79 74 .516 10 1/2 5. Tampa Bay 65 88 .425 24 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 90 63 .588 - 2. Detroit 83 70 .542 7 3. Kansas City 77 77 .500 13 1/2 4. Chicago White Sox 72 81 .471 18 5. Minnesota 55 99 .357 35 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 91 63 .591 - 2. Seattle 81 72 .529 9 1/2 3. Houston 81 73 .526 10 4. LA Angels 68 86 .442 23 5. Oakland 66 87 . ...

Baseball results (Reuters)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:35:59 PDT

Sept 24 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Friday (home team in CAPS) CHICAGO CUBS 5 St. Louis 0 BALTIMORE 3 Arizona 2 (12 innings) PITTSBURGH 6 Washington 5 (11 innings) TORONTO 9 NY Yankees 0 DETROIT 8 Kansas City 3 Atlanta 3 MIAMI 2 Boston 2 TAMPA BAY 1 CLEVELAND 10 Chicago White Sox 4 NY METS 10 Philadelphia 5 MILWAUKEE 5 Cincinnati 4 LA Angels 10 HOUSTON 6 Seattle 10 MINNESOTA 1 Texas 3 OAKLAND 0 LA DODGERS 5 Colorado 2 SAN DIEGO 7 San Francisco 2

Nationals looking to clinch in Pittsburgh (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:50:39 PDT

It might feel like a do-over Saturday when the Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates play the second game of their three-game series at PNC Park. Thanks to Pittsburgh's 11-inning, 6-5 win Friday, Washington is still trying to clinch the National League East title, and the Pirates are still clinging to long odds that they will get into the postseason. Actually, even if the Nationals had won Friday, they would not have clinched because their magic number was two and the New York Mets won.

Yankees bats need to come alive against Blue Jays (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:34:50 PDT

As the New York Yankees' run production dwindles, so do their faint chances of earning an American League wild-card spot. It followed a 2-0 loss by the Yankees to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The Yankees have been blanked 12 times this season, with five coming in September.

Fulmer sharp as playoff-chasing Tigers rout Royals 8-3 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:11:40 PDT

Michael Fulmer is one of the biggest reasons the Detroit Tigers are still in the mix for a postseason spot. Fulmer pitched seven strong innings for his first win in over a month and the Detroit Tigers homered three times in an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin went deep for the Tigers, who won their fifth game in a row to remain in the lead in the race for the AL's second wild card.

Tulowitzki has 4 RBIs as Blue Jays rout fading Yankees 9-0 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:42:08 PDT

Francisco Liriano and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, Troy Tulowitzki had four RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Yankees 9-0 Friday night to maintain a one-game lead in the AL wild-card standings. New York lost for the ninth time in 12 games, following a seven-game winning streak, and was eliminated from contention in the AL East. The Yankees are four games behind Detroit for the second wild care with nine games left.

David Ortiz hits 2-run homer, Red Sox beat Rays 2-1 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:38:59 PDT

Boston's clubhouse was buzzing about David Ortiz's high-and-deep homer in the first inning, a drive that provided the winning margin as the Red Sox moved close to a postseason berth in the slugger's final season. Ortiz hit a two-run shot to set the RBIs record for a player in his final year, and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night for their ninth straight win. ''It's not all about the distance,'' Ortiz said after the 411-foot drive.

Orioles battle Diamondbacks in Free Game of the Day (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:23:09 PDT

It’s been an utterly disastrous nine days for the Baltimore Orioles. On Wednesday, September 14, they won a 1-0 game against the Boston Red Sox that put them just one game back in the AL East. In the eight games since their victory over the Red Sox, the Orioles have lost six: two to the Tampa Bay Rays and four to the Red Sox in a four-game series.

Yankees face big weekend in Toronto (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:48:19 PDT

The New York Yankees would like to take a walk on the wild side during their four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays that opens Friday at Rogers Centre. It is a key series for the Yankees because the Blue Jays are where they would like to be, occupying an American League wild-card spot. This series between American League East rivals could help sort out a tight wild-card race.

Yankees' rookies given one-sie pajamas for team flight (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:46:12 PDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A baseball ritual lightened the mood in the New York Yankees' clubhouse after a tough defeat.

Math toughens for Yanks after 2-0 loss to Rays, Snell (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:25:08 PDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- After another deflating loss, Brett Gardner knows the math is tough for the New York Yankees to reach the playoff.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:00:01 PDT

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired veteran left-hander Phil Coke from the New York Yankees on Thursday for cash considerations. Coke 34, has not pitched in the majors for the New York Yankees since May 16. Coke went 5-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 23 games (11 starts) at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yankees' Tanaka has forearm strain, will miss his next start (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:12:59 PDT

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will miss his scheduled start Monday at Toronto because of what manager Joe Girardi called a slight lower right forearm strain. Girardi announced Tanaka's injury before Thursday nigh's game at Tampa Bay. ''I feel like this is just a little nick,'' Girardi said.

Yankees hoping to keep momentum alive with sweep of Rays (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:31:31 PDT

Led by red-hot rookie catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees find themselves only 2 1/2 games back in the American League wild-card chase with 11 games to play, and they'll lean on a young pitcher as they try to finish a three-game sweep of the Rays on Thursday night. "We went through some really difficult times in Boston (in four-game sweep before Rays series) ... they've bounced back extremely well. To keep their momentum going, the Yankees will hand the ball to rookie right-hander Luis Cessa, who is 4-2 with a 4.44 ERA.

Angels douse Rangers 5-4, Texas still short of AL West title (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:03:14 PDT

The Texas Rangers most likely will be AL West champions by time they return home next week. ''Destiny is in our hands,'' shortstop Elvis Andrus said. With nine games left in the regular season, the magic number remained at two for the Rangers (90-63) to clinch their second consecutive AL West title and seventh overall.

Sanchez hits 2 more homers, Yankees beat Rays 11-5 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:54:49 PDT

Rookie Gary Sanchez keeps putting up numbers at an astounding rate - and putting the New York Yankees in position to make a run at a playoff spot. Sanchez hit two more homers and drove in five runs, Masahiro Tanaka won despite allowing four home runs in the same inning and the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 11-5 on Wednesday night. ''It's hard to believe,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said of Sanchez.

Gary Sanchez highlights homer-filled game with another record (Big League Stew)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:30:14 PDT

Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

Yankees ace Tanaka allows 4 homers in an inning against Rays (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:47:54 PDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has given up four home runs in the same inning against Tampa Bay.

Ellsbury back in Yankees' lineup (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:15:14 PDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the starting lineup for the banged up New York Yankees.

Look to Philadelphia (Rotoworld)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:32:00 PDT

Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news with just 12 days left in the season.

LEADING OFF: Rangers can clinch, Red Sox seek 7th straight (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:55:43 PDT

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

Baseball announcer Scully prepares to hang up mic after 67 years (AFP)

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:06:57 PDT

After nearly 10,000 baseball commentaries, 25 World Series, 18 no-hitters and three perfect games, Vin Scully is finally hanging up the microphone. For 67 years, the 88-year-old broadcaster known affectionately as the "Voice of Summer" has captivated generations of fans as the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a job that began when the iconic franchise was based on the opposite side of the country in Brooklyn. Whether it was Don Larsen's perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series or Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth in 1974, Scully's evocative voice was there.

Sanchez hits 17th homer in 42 games, Yankees beat Rays 5-3 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:00:35 PDT

Gary Sanchez is doing all he can to keep the New York Yankees in playoff contention. The rookie slugger hit his 17th homer in 42 games this season, a three-run shot in a four-run seventh inning that sent the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game skid. ''Amazing, incredible, impressive,'' teammate Mark Teixeira said.

Yankees face tough test in Rays' Cobb (The Associated Press)

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:34:16 PDT

Billy Butler has hits in his first five games as a member of the New York Yankees, the best streak to start a career in pinstripes in more than two years. "Billy's done a really good job," manager Joe Girardi said. As the Yankees struggle to stay alive in the American League wild-card chase, trailing by 3 1/2 games with 12 to play, every win carries urgency now.

Hicks back, Ellsbury and Headley still out of lineup (The Associated Press)

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:54:40 PDT

ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Yankees have reinstated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Hammel, Fowler help Cubs rally for 5-2 win over Reds (The Associated Press)

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:25:42 PDT

The loaded Chicago Cubs are going to have to make some difficult decisions when they set their postseason roster. Hammel tossed seven solid innings and Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking single during Chicago's three-run seventh, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. ''This team continues to prove as long as you hang around for a little while they're going to put up something,'' Hammel said.

The best of Vin Scully: Here are five of his greatest calls (The Associated Press)

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:36:59 PDT

The last go-round for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully begins on Monday night. The 88-year-old Scully has narrated some of the most memorable moments in baseball history since he began his career calling Brooklyn Dodgers games in 1950. Gibson fist-pumping his way around the bases on two injured legs remains one of the great World Series moments.

Rays relish spoiler role, have Yankees in their sights (The Associated Press)

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:21:55 PDT

The Rays' role in the final month of the season has been the Official Spoiler of American League Hopefuls, and that continues Tuesday as the Yankees come to Tropicana Field for a three-game series. The Yankees are still in postseason contention, four games back in the wild-card chase with 13 games to play, this despite a horrendous four-game sweep at Boston over the weekend. In all, they've lost seven of eight games, a slump that started against the Rays last week, when they were just one game out of the wild card.

Yankees to hold ceremony for retiring Mark Teixeira (The Associated Press)

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:44:21 PDT

The New York Yankees will honor Mark Teixeira in a ceremony before the regular-season finale Oct. 2 against Baltimore. Only four switch-hitters in major league history have more - Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), Chipper Jones (468) and Carlos Beltran (419). A member of the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship team, Teixeira led the league that year with 122 RBIs and tied for the league lead with 39 homers.