Player News - Yankees

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Michael Pineda was tagged for five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Pineda had allowed five earned runs combined over his five previous starts, so this isn’t the way he wanted to go out. He’ll finish the year at 6-12 with a 4.82 ERA. He put up a shiny 207/53 K/BB ratio over 175 2/3 innings, but he continues to be maddeningly inconsistent.
Sep 30 - 10:47 PM

Mark Teixeira drove in the Yankees’ lone run of the game with a sacrifice fly Friday against the Orioles.

Teixeira brought the Yankees within one run in the fourth inning before being replaced by Tyler Austin at first base to begin the fifth inning. It was a bit odd considering he’s going into the final weekend of his career. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Teixera packed up his stuff and went to the clubhouse after he was pulled from the game.
Sep 30 - 10:46 PM

Luis Severino will start for the Yankees on Saturday against the Orioles.

He's taking the hill in place of Masahiro Tanaka who has been shut down for the year. Severino has appeared in 21 games (10 starts) for the Yankees this season, compiling a 5.75 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 63/23 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings. He'll look to play spoiler against the division-rival O's on Saturday.
Sep 30 - 8:38 PM

The Yankees announced Friday that they'll skip Masahiro Tanaka's final start of the season on Saturday.

With nothing left to play for, there's no reason to push the right-hander any further than necessary. He finishes a terrific 2016 campaign with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 165/36 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings. Luis Severino will start in his place on Saturday against the Orioles.
Sep 30 - 8:34 PM

Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

It's a routine day off as the Yanks rest some regulars following their elimination from the playoff picture. Mason Williams will handle left field. Starlin Castro is also sitting out, as Ronald Torreyes is at second base.

CC Sabathia struck out eight while allowing one run over 7 1/3 innings in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Sox.

The Sox didn't roll out a full post-clinch lineup -- regulars Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. were among the starters -- but Sabathia still had little trouble shutting them down in his final 2016 start. He ended on a high note, allowing one run or fewer in three of his final four starts to lower his overall ERA to 3.91. The 36-year-old has already said he hopes to pitch beyond 2017, and after showing he's still able to get hitters out this year, it will be interesting to see how he fares as he approaches his career's sunset.
Sep 29 - 11:27 PM

Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

Since returning from a hamstring strain, Castro was 1-for-9 in three games before Thursday's two-hit night. After being dealt from the Cubs to the Yankees in exchange for Adam Warren last winter -- a deal that looks like a coup for the Yankees now -- the 26-year-old has had a strong year in 2016, batting .272/.302/.436 with 21 homers, 70 RBI and 63 runs scored. He'll be back as the Yankees' everyday second baseman in 2017, barring the unforeseen.
Sep 29 - 11:16 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a stolen base and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

Ellsbury walked and stole his 19th base of the season in the first inning, scoring on a Starlin Castro double. He then knocked in his 56th RBI with a double in the fifth inning. The 33-year-old owns a .262/.327/.374 line with nine homers and 70 runs scored in 145 games overall.
Sep 29 - 11:06 PM

Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

Hicks swatted the run-scoring double in the eighth inning to extend the Yankees' lead. It's been a disappointing year for the 26-year-old overall, batting .218/.277/.338 in 120 games.
Sep 29 - 10:54 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) said after a bullpen session Thursday that he's "absolutely" ready to start Saturday against the Orioles.

It's obviously good news that Tanaka feels up to the task, but whether he takes the ball Saturday or not isn't up to him. If the Yankees are officially eliminated by then -- which is likely -- there would seem to be a good chance they'll play it safe and go ahead and shut him down.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Mark Teixeira hit a walkoff grand slam Wednesday off Joe Kelly as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-3.

It didn't stop the Red Sox from clinching the AL East, but it surely felt good for Teixeira, who will wrap up his career in four days unless the Yankees pull off a miracle and advance. With homers in consecutive games, Teixeira has upped his OPS to .660, his highest mark since early May.
Sep 29 - 1:37 AM

Bryan Mitchell shut out the Red Sox for seven innings Wednesday, allowing just two hits.

The Yankees have always been high on Mitchell, but he was essentially a non-factor this year after fracturing a toe in April. Having such a strong outing in his final regular-season start will help with the wishcasting for 2017, though we're still skeptical that he'll last as a starter. He'll likely compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
Sep 29 - 1:35 AM

CC Sabathia said that he hopes to continue pitching after the 2017 season.

"I know I want to pitch after next year, but I haven't thought about where or what. Hopefully it will be here. We'll see," Sabathia said. His current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2017 season. He will be 37 years old at that juncture. Despite some rocky moments, the veteran southpaw has done a nice job transitioning from a thrower into a pitcher as his stuff has diminished. In 172 1/3 innings this season, Sabathia holds a 4.02 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 144/63 K/BB ratio.
Sep 28 - 11:35 PM

Luis Cessa limited the Red Sox to two runs over six innings Tuesday, taking a no-decision in a 6-4 victory.

Cessa recorded just two strikeouts, but he easily out-pitched David Price in this one, permitting only five hits and one walk on the night. He departed the game in line for his fifth win but saw it slip away when the bullpen coughed up a pair of runs in the seventh. The Yanks then went back ahead in the bottom of the frame. Cessa hasn't gotten many swings and misses, but he's thrown strikes consistently and has been pretty steady for the Bombers. He'll get the Orioles on Sunday in his final start of the season.
Sep 27 - 11:17 PM

Tyler Clippard yielded a hit and a walk but hung on to record a save Tuesday versus the Red Sox.

Dellin Betances has struggled of late and had pitched the last two days, so the Yankees turned to Clippard to protect a two-run lead. He yielded a out-out double to Andrew Benintendi and then walked Dustin Pedroia to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. However, Clippard then buckled down and got Xander Bogaerts to pop out and David Ortiz to strike out to end it. He's pitched well since joining the Yanks with a 2.66 ERA and a strikeout per inning.
Sep 27 - 11:06 PM


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