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Pirates Acquire Phil Coke From Yankees

Sep 22, 2016 4:33 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Phil Coke from the New York Yankees for cash considerations.

Pittsburgh will need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate the acquisition.

Coke, 34, made three major league appearances earlier in the year for New York, but has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Gary Sanchez Fastest To 19 HRs In Major League History

Sep 22, 2016 7:55 AM

Gary Sanchez has become the first player in Major League history to hit 19 home runs in his first 45 games.

Sanchez hit two home runs in the New York Yankees' 11-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

He bested Wally Berger of the 1930 Boston Braves, who went deep 19 times in his first 51 games.

"It's hard to believe," Joe Girardi said of Sanchez. "I haven't seen anything like it."

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Hamstring Injury Could End Starlin Castro's Season

Sep 19, 2016 8:03 AM

Starlin Castro suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain on Saturday, which could prematurely end his first season with the New York Yankees.

The injury typically takes two weeks for recovery.

The Yankees have just 13 games remaining after Sunday night's finale against the Boston Red Sox.

"It's hard to say. It really just depends on how quickly he heals," Joe Girardi said. "Hopefully it's not too long. Hopefully it's not more than a week, but still I think that's probably pushing it. But you're hoping that he heals quick."

Castro is New York's leader in hits (153), total bases (246) and RBIs (69), and his career-high 21 home runs are more than any player on the current roster.

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Billy Butler Agrees To Deal With Yankees

Sep 15, 2016 7:57 AM

The New York Yankees have agreed to a contract with Billy Butler, according to multiple reports.

The deal comes on the heels of the Yankees announcing that Aaron Judge will miss the remainder of the regular season with a Grade 2 right oblique strain.

Butler was released by the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, nearly a month after he got into a clubhouse altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Aaron Judge To Miss Remainder Of Season With Oblique Injury

Sep 14, 2016 4:02 PM

The New York Yankees will be without Aaron Judge for the remainder of the season because of an oblique injury.

"These things usually take a while," Brian Cashman said of the injury, adding that Judge might be able to return if the Yankees make a run in the playoffs.

Judge, 24, is hitting .179 with four homers and 10 RBIs while striking out in half of his 84 at-bats. He had an MRI on Wednesday.

"He obviously struggled with the strikeouts," Cashman said. "Part of the process was to get him up here and get the growing pains out of the way and speed up the adjustment process."

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Pirates, Yankees Complete Ivan Nova Trade

Aug 31, 2016 7:45 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees have completed the July trade that sent Ivan Nova to the National League.

New York will receive outfielder Tito Polo and left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Nova has a 2.87 ERA over 31.1 innings since the trade, striking out 22 and walking just one.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Mark Teixeira: You Would Walk Gary Sanchez With Babe Ruth On Deck

Aug 25, 2016 7:27 AM

The Seattle Mariners intentionally walked Gary Sanchez to face Mark Teixeira twice on Wednesday night.

Sanchez was playing in just his 21st Major League game, while Teixeira has hit 404 home runs in his career.

"Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him, you intentionally walk him," Teixeira said. "I mean, he is as hot as any player I have played with in my entire career. You just don't see guys doing what he is doing. I don't care how old he is."

Sanchez, 23, hit a solo home run in the first inning and is batting .389 with nine homers and 16 RBIs in 72 at-bats.

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Gary Sanchez Sets Yankees Mark With Eighth Home Run

Aug 23, 2016 6:25 AM

Gary Sanchez has eight home runs in his first 19 games, the first player in New York Yankees history to hit so many homers so quickly.

Sanchez went deep twice against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night as the Yankees lost 7-5.

"It's very tough when you can put on the board a couple of runs and get to hit two home runs and all that, but the bottom line is you don't win the game," Sanchez said through a translator.

With six homers in his first 18 games before Monday, Sanchez already had tied Kevin Maas and Shelley Duncan as the only ever to accomplish the feat.

The Yankees signed Sanchez out of the Dominican Republic for a $3 million signing bonus when he was 16.

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Alex Rodriguez Telling Those Close To Him He's Done Playing

Aug 19, 2016 10:38 AM

Alex Rodriguez has issued a public statement that he won't play again this season and while he has refused to use the word 'retirement', he may be done after all.

Rodriguez has been telling friends that he's done, even though he hasn't announced the decision publicly.

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Gary Sanchez Could Become Yankees' Primary Catcher

Aug 17, 2016 4:58 PM

Joe Girardi insinuated on Wednesday that Gary Sanchez will be the primary catcher for the New York Yankees over the remainder of the season.

"We're going to still see [Brian McCann] DHing," Girardi said. "I'm going to catch Sanchez."

Girardi wouldn't go as far as to say that Sanchez will take over for McCann at catcher full time.

"I'm not ready to put that on [Sanchez] yet," Girardi continued. "As I said, they're all going to catch. It's a day-by-day thing here. That's what we've been doing for a long time, and we'll see how it goes."

The Yankees also have Austin Romine on the Major League roster at the position.

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Nathan Eovaldi To Have Two Elbow Surgeries, Out Until 2018
The Yankees have announced that Nathan Eovaldi will undergo extensive surgery on his pitching elbow to repair a torn flexor tendon and partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

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Publicist: A-Rod Won't Play For Another Team In 2016
Alex Rodriguez was released by the Yankees on Saturday.

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Marlins Nearly Selected Mariano Rivera In 1992 Rule 5 Draft
The Marlins nearly kept Mariano Rivera from becoming a Yankees legend.

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Stanton Likely Done For The Season
The Marlins are reportedly discussing whether to reach out to Alex Rodriguez.

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Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin Both Homer In First MLB At-Bats
Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge are the first pair of teammates in MLB history to hit back-to-back home runs in their first MLB at-bats.

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A-Rod Ends Yankees Career Going 1-For-4 In Win
Alex Rodriguez played one final inning at third base in Friday night's 6-3 Yankees win over the Rays.

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Brian McCann Clears Waivers, Yankees Working On Trade
The Yankees are still working to move veterans after making four deals before the August 1 non-waiver deadline.

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Marlins May Consider Adding Alex Rodriguez For Playoff Push
The Yankees will release Alex Rodriguez after Friday's game, formally making him a free agent able to sign with any club for the remainder of the season at a pro-rated portion of the minimum, approxi

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Joe Girardi Denies A-Rod's Request To Play Third Base
Joe Girardi turned down Alex Rodriguez's request to play third base in his final game as a member of the Yankees on Friday in the Bronx.

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Joe Girardi On Playing A-Rod: I'm Not Here For 'Farewell Tours'
Joe Girardi got heated several times while talking to reporters before Wednesday's Yankees-Red Sox game.

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Alex Rodriguez 'Disappointed' He's Not Starting
Alex Rodriguez is disappointed that he won't be in the starting lineup for the Yankees until Thursday's series finale at Fenway Park.

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Yankees Made Jacoby Ellsbury Available At Deadline
The Yankees sold prior to August 1, moving Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova.

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Red Sox Have No Plans To Honor Alex Rodriguez
The Red Sox paid great respect to both Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2014) in recent years.

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Hal Steinbrenner Brokered Deal With Alex Rodriguez
Hal Steinbrenner was the principal member of the Yankees' front office to discuss Alex Rodriguez's transition away from the club.

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Ichiro Suzuki Joins 3,000-Hit Club
Ichiro Suzuki joins Paul Monitor as the only players to get their 3,000th hits with triples.

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A-Rod To Play Final Game Friday, Become Adviser For Yanks
The Yankees announced Sunday that Alex Rodriguez will assume a position as a special adviser and instructor with the team.

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Yankees To Hold Sunday News Conference With A-Rod
Alex Rodriguez has all but disappeared from the Yankees in the past month.

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Mark Teixeira Expected To Announce Retirement At Season's End
The Yankees will hold a press conference with Mark Teixeira on Friday afternoon, but the club didn't announce any reason.

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Yankees Still Have No Plans To Release Alex Rodriguez
The Yankees have no plans to release Alex Rodriguez, according to Brian Cashman.

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Yankees Expected To Further Reduce Alex Rodriguez's Role
Alex Rodriguez has one more year and $20 million left on his contract.

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