New York Yankees Wiretap

Yankees Experience Plumbing Issues At Oakland Coliseum

May 22, 2016 3:22 AM

There were plumbing issues in the visitors dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday's game against the New York Yankees.

Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping into the dugout. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and some New York players sidestepped the mess as they made their way to the field for pre-game workouts.

"You had to run upstairs if you needed to use it," Girardi said. "It kept some of our bullpen guys nice and loose."

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Joe Girardi Takes 'Responsibility' For Yankees' Failure

May 19, 2016 3:57 PM

Joe Girardi hadn't seen supportive comments from owner Hal Steinbrenner, but shouldered a good amount of the blame for the New York Yankees' early struggles.

"Because I didn't see them and talk to Hal, I don't really have any comment," Girardi said. "I always take full responsibility for what happens here -- good or bad. It's my job to get the best out of the players and right now, we're not performing to the level I think we're capable of."

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Hal Steinbrenner Blames Yankees' Slow Start On Players, Not Girardi

May 19, 2016 6:44 AM

Hal Steinbrenner has backed manager Joe Girardi and his coaching staff and blamed players for the New York Yankees' slow start.

The Yankees are in last place in the American League East. Steinbrenner singled out Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley, Michael Pineda and Luis Severino for criticism.

"The first five weeks were disappointing, frustrating, particularly looking at the offense," the owner said. "Clearly not living up to their potential.

"When you look at a guy like Mark Teixeira, clearly, he's not playing to his potential with the bat."

Steinbrenner said Pineda's decline is "concerning."

As for Severino, Steinbrenner said the pitcher has "a confidence issue" and has "to learn how to push through that downturn."

He praised Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks, along with Girardi, Larry Rothschild and Brian Cashman.

"The coaches are doing a good job," Steinbrenner said. "These are professional athletes. They're the best baseball players in the world, and sooner or later it comes down to them, on the inside, to push through whatever it is they're going through and to persevere."


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Carlos Beltran Hits Career HR No. 400

May 15, 2016 8:24 PM

Carlos Beltran belted career home run No. 400 on Sunday afternoon, which put the Yankees slugger in some rare company.

The 39-year-old became the 54th player in major league history to reach that milestone and just the fourth switch-hitter. He joined fellow Yankee Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones.

"It's a great accomplishment," Beltran said. "You mention three great players, and just to be next to them, it motivates me to continue, to finish my career strong and just see what I'm capable of doing."

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Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75

May 15, 2016 2:43 PM

Former major league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, has died. He was 75.

The funeral home handling the arrangements said Ellis died Friday in Temple Terrace, Florida. It didn't provide details on his death.

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Yankees Acquire J.R. Graham From Twins

May 14, 2016 1:31 PM

The Yankees today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher J.R. Graham from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations and optioned him to Double-A Trenton.
Graham, 26, owns a 10.80 ERA (1.2IP, 2ER) in one relief appearance for the Twins in 2016. The Livermore, Calif., native is 1-1 with a 5.10 ERA (65.1IP, 76H, 43R/37ER, 22BB, 55K, 10HR) in 40 career games (one start) over parts of two Major League seasons (2015-16) with the Twins. He has spent the bulk of 2016 with Triple-A Rochester, going 0-2 with three saves and a 10.80 ERA (8.1IP, 10ER) in eight relief appearances. Graham was selected by the Twins from Atlanta in the Rule 5 Draft on December 11, 2014 and spent the entire 2015 season with Minnesota at the big league level.
Over five minor league seasons, Graham is 19-14 with three saves and a 3.56 ERA (321.0IP, 304H, 139R/127ER, 90BB, 247K, 11HR) in 82 appearances (61 starts). He was originally selected by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

In a corresponding move, OF Mason Williams was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

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Yankees To Place Luis Severino On DL

May 14, 2016 2:29 AM

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino exited their 7-1 loss to the White Sox on Friday night with soreness in the back of his right elbow and was diagnosed with a mild right triceps strain following an MRI.

He will go on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The Yankees say he will not pick up a baseball for five to seven days.

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Yankees To Promote Gary Sanchez

May 13, 2016 8:03 AM

The New York Yankees are set to promote top catching prospect Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez spent a short period of time with the Yankees at the end of last season. The 23-year-old was ranked 57th on Keith Law's list of baseball's best prospects entering the year.

Over 400 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, Sanchez hit .274/.330/.485 with 18 home runs.

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Chapman Says Foreign-Born Latin Player's Are 'Easy Targets'

May 8, 2016 7:53 PM

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who is serving a 30-game suspension under MLB's new domestic violence policy, suggested during a recent interview with The New York Times that foreign-born Latin players' unfamiliarity with American culture and newfound celebrity and wealth can make them easy targets for people who may try to take advantage of them.

"Unfortunately, that is the way it is," Chapman told the Times, which published its report on the interview Saturday. "We make a lot of money, everyone wants a piece of it, and we end up looking bad."

Chapman is set to rejoin the Yankees on Monday after being suspended for his alleged involvement in a domestic incident last October.

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Aroldis Chapman Willing To Play For Team USA

May 5, 2016 4:18 PM

Aroldis Chapman says he's willing to play for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic.

Cuba has made it known that they plan to ban defectors from playing for the nation at next year's event.

The New York Yankees closer recently completed the process of becoming a United States citizen in an emotional ceremony at the Tampa field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on March 29.

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Alex Rodriguez Lands On DL With Strained Hamstring
Alex Rodriguez suffered the injury while running to first base on a fifth-inning double-play groundout Tuesday night against the Orioles.


CC Sabathia Uses Changeup In Vintage Start
CC Sabathia tossed seven scoreless innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night in a vintage performance.

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A-Rod Gives Home Run Bat To Young Fan At Fenway Park
David Moss, 8, attended the game with his mother and sister and was welcomed at Fenway by multiple members of the Red Sox.


Joe Girardi Would Like To Ban Shifts From Baseball
If he were the commissioner of baseball, Joe Girardi would use his power to ban shifts.

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A-Rod Leaves Game With Oblique Injury
Alex Rodriguez was sent for an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury.

Aaron Hicks Throws Ball 105 MPH From Outfield
The Yankees lost to the Athletics on Wednesday night, but Aaron Hicks provided a memorable highlight while playing defense in the outfield.

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Tanaka-Iwakuma Face Off In First Matchup Of Ex-Japanese Teammates
Sunday's game between the Yankees and Mariners featured the first Major League matchup between a pair of ex-Japanese teammates when Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound.

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Mark Teixeira Plans To Play Five, Six More Years
Mark Teixeira is in the final year of his $180 million contract with the Yankees, but he has no plans to stop playing baseball.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Astros-Yankees Opener Postponed Until Tuesday
Monday afternoon's season opener between the Astros and Yankees at Yankee Stadium has been postponed because of a forecast for bad weather.

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Yankees Name CC Sabathia No. 5 Starter
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that CC Sabathia has the starting job on a provisional basis.

Masahiro Tanaka Will Start On Opening Day For Yankees
Masahiro Tanaka will face Dallas Keuchel, last season's AL Cy Young Award winner.

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Andrew Miller Plans To Pitch Through Injury
Andrew Miller doesn't plan to miss any time with a small fracture of his non-throwing wrist.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Yankees' Andrew Miller Suffers Chip Fracture In Wrist
Andrew Miller was hit by a line drive in the seventh inning of a game against the Braves.

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Randy Levine: 'Unfair' Yankees Pay More Than Mets In Revenue Sharing
Randy Levine told Fox Sports that the Yankees paid approximately $90 million in revenue sharing for the 2015 season.


A-Rod Says He Has No Retirement Plan
After a Wednesday report that Alex Rodriguez plans to retire after the 2017 season, when his contract expires, he told the New York Post that he hasn't made any plans.

Kevin Kernan/New York Post

Forbes: Yankees Worth MLB-High $3.4 Billion
The Yankees have been at the top of the list since Forbes began forming it in 1998.

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Alex Rodriguez To Retire After 2017 Season
Alex Rodriguez will retire when his current deal with the New York Yankees expires after the 2017 season.

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CT Scan, X-Rays Negative On Ellsbury's Wrist
Jacoby Ellsbury was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Julio Teheran on Saturday.

David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez End Two-Year Silence
David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez ran into each other in an indoor batting cage at JetBlue Park, embraced and had a brief conversation.

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Joe Girardi: CC Sabathia Has To Win Spot In Rotation
CC Sabathia has thrown more than 3,000 Major League innings and his fastball now struggles to reach 90 mph.

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