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As a teenager, Gerrit Cole broke the Yankees’ heart by choosing UCLA over them after the club drafted the right-hander with the 28th pick in the 2008 draft believing he wanted to sign. Ten years later, the Yankees were interested in acquiring Cole from the Pirates, who dealt the right-hander to the Astros, a trade that cut deeply because the Yankees and Astros were in the chase for AL supremacy.
Feast your eyes on Charlie Morton's pitch movement. It's magic. You won't be able to stop watching.
They’re not good at this, but no one is, and every major successful baseball franchise has some sort of spiritual wart attached. The Cubs are owned by certified lunatics, the Dodgers have blacked out their fans for years, the Cardinals spied on the Astros, the Astros tanked egregiously to get to respectability, the Sox aren’t great people-people and the Yankees, well, everything. So just know straight off I’m not terribly concerned with the purity of the enterprise, in that I consider this to be game among and for thieves at every level including the field of play, where it’s much harder because everyone is watching.
Maybe it's something in the low-altitude Bronx air. On the night the Colorado Rockies visited Yankee Stadium for the first time in four seasons, a trio of former Rockies showed up, showed out and proved why the New York Yankees felt it was smart to acquire all three of them earlier this year. "It felt really good," current Yankees reliever and former Rockie Adam Ottavino said following New York's 8-2 win Friday night. "Everybody wants to perform well against familiar people."
The Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play home games in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.
Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright was suspended 80 games on Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Major League Baseball said Wright tested positive for growth-hormone-releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2).
When a major free agent hits the open market, it’s always anticipated that the New York Yankees will emerge as a primary suitor. It’s an expectation that never really changes, regardless of who the free agent is, how large the Yankees’ payroll is, or what the team’s actual needs might be. So when an elite infielder like Manny Machado, who’s already a four-time All-Star, who’s still only 26 years old with his prime years ahead of him, and who’s desire to play for the Yankees seemed clear, everyone waited to see how aggressive general manager Brian Cashman would be.
DJ LeMahieu has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. LeMahieu will join the Yankees after seven impressive seasons with the Colorado Rockies that included two All-Star selections, three Gold Glove Awards and the 2016 National League batting title.
The New York Yankees have already taken care of some business this offseason, as they've re-upped with veteran lefty CC Sabathia and swung a trade for fellow lefty James Paxton. They're not done, though. The Yankees, with their deep pockets, still want to fortify the lineup, and to that end they've been linked to this year's top free agents, infielder Manny Machado and outfielder Bryce Harper. On Monday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Yankees GM Brian Cashman was asked about those two headliners. First, Harper ...
The Mariners and Yankees completed a trade Monday that sends ace left-hander James Paxton to New York for three prospects, including top-rated lefty Justus Sheffield. The other two prospects going to Seattle are outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson. Paxton, who turned 30 this month, has spent his entire career with Seattle. He went 11-6 in 28 starts last season with a 3.76 ERA, and his 208 strikeouts ranked ninth in the American League. He threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays on May 8.
The 2018 Boston Red Sox are a zombie. Just when you think they're finally down for good, they come back to life and create all sorts of chaos. It has been their M.O. all postseason and that was never more evident than it was in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. As has been the case pretty much all postseason, the Red Sox scored their four runs in Game 2 with two outs. Xander Bogaerts smashed a double off the Green Monster in the second inning, and Ian Kinsler brought him home with a two-out single to left to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Kinsler hasn't had a great postseason overall, but he did come through in that second inning.
Saturday night the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will meet in Game 7 of the NLCS at Miller Park. The loser goes home and the winner advances to take on the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Here's how you catch watch NLCS Game 7. The Red Sox beat the Astros in five games to clinch the American League pennant earlier this week. They'll spend these next few days resting up and preparing for the World Series, which begins Tuesday night at Fenway Park. One big question the Red Sox have to answer: What do they do with their lineup on the road without the designated hitter?
If a pitcher with 143 career wins in the majors, including 16 in 2018, needs a boost of confidence, maybe Alex Cora gave just that to David Price immediately following Game 4 of the American League Division Series when the Boston Red Sox eliminated the New York Yankees. "I did expect to make more starts for us in this year's playoffs," Price said Saturday before relaying the message he received from his manager. "Alex told me before we even got off the field that night. So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our postseason shirts that we get when we win, that was special."
Possible future Yankee Manny Machado showed again Friday night what kind of October force he can be, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dodgers from coming up short in the opener of the NLCS. The Brewers hung on for a 6-5 victory at Miller Park to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Machado lined a home run in the second inning and ripped a two-run single in the eighth. The home run was his third in five postseason games for the Dodgers, the fifth player in Dodgers history to homer in three of the team’s first five postseason games, joining Manny Ramirez, Davey Lopes, Steve Garvey and Duke Snider.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees both had franchise-altering offseasons, and with the slight benefit of hindsight, we can now say the Red Sox won the winter. That’s because the Red Sox also won the postseason series with the Yankees, sending New York packing with a 3-1 triumph in the American League Division Series. Going back to the winter, both teams made two very important moves, with New York hiring Aaron Boone as its manager while also acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins to insert into the middle of the lineup. The Red Sox also made a managerial change, hiring Alex Cora in addition to beefing up their lineup by signing J.D. Martinez.
Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees couldn’t wait to get back home. Now, that’s exactly where they’re staying. CC Sabathia became the latest pitcher to put New York in an early hole as rookie manager Aaron Boone again stuck with his starter too long, and the Yankees fell just short of extending their season Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of their AL Division Series.
The Red Sox beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday, 4-3, to advance to face the Astros in the ALCS. The win took some crunch-time pitching from Craig Kimbrel, who quashed New York's bid to tie the game in a very tense and dramatic ninth inning. After the final out, it was time for the Sox to let loose and exhale ... and go celebrate in the clubhouse. Of course, this wasn't just any regular postseason win. Red Sox vs. Yankees is one of the premier rivalries in all of sports, as we all know, so there's a lot at stake.
Umpire Angel Hernandez -- who had four plays reviewed at first base in the first four innings of Game 3 on Monday night, three of which were overturned -- didn't get any better Tuesday night, at least not as far as one New York Yankees player was concerned. Starter CC Sabathia blasted Hernandez after New York's 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, saying unprompted that the veteran umpire was "terrible" behind the plate in the Yankees' season-ending defeat in the Bronx.
The Yankees now advance to the ALDS after their second straight Wild Card Game win
When Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez questioned the New York Yankees' hustle midweek, tweeting that they lacked the requisite energy of a championship team, heads inside the clubhouse turned. "We played 20 games in 20 days," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said to the New York Post in response. "It's fair to say guys were a little [weary]. We are doing the best we can."