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CC Sabathia Leaving Yankees To Check Into Alcohol Rehab Center

Oct 5, 2015 1:36 PM

CC Sabathia announced on Monday that he is leaving the team to enter an alcohol rehabilitation center and will not participate in the postseason that begins Tuesday.

Sabathia had a 4.73 ERA in 29 starts this season.

"Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease," Sabathia said in a statement issued by the Yankees.

"I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.

"I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.

"As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don't want to run and hide. But for now please respect my family's need for privacy as we work through this challenge together.

"Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids -- and others who may have become fans of mine over the years -- to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that's exactly what I am going to do.

"I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness."

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Angels Hire Billy Eppler As General Manager

Oct 5, 2015 1:14 PM

Billy Eppler has been named general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

Eppler replaces interim GM Bill Stoneman, who took over after Jerry Dipoto quit his job at midseason following his latest disagreement with Mike Scioscia, the longest-serving manager in baseball.


Eppler, 40, is a longtime executive of the New York Yankees.

"The Angels are committed to championship standards," Eppler said in a statement released by the club. "They are committed to being a perennial contender, and many of the pieces are already in place for that to occur. I look forward to a collaborative effort as we look to enhance and advance every phase of the baseball operations department. This is an organization with a tremendous amount of talent on and off the field, and I am excited to begin the next chapter of Angels baseball."


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Yankees Missing Teixeira Against Left-Handers

Sep 29, 2015 7:00 AM

The New York Yankees have gotten strong production from rookie Greg Bird in the wake of Mark Teixeira's injury, but Joe Girardi points out that the club misses the veteran against left-handers.

Assuming the Yankees don't catch the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East, they could face a dominating lefty in the one-game Wild Card.

Teixeira was better against right-handers this season (an .958 OPS compared to .787), but the Yankees have still struggled to fill that void.

"We miss him, definitely," Girardi said. "Tex was a force against left-handers. That's another big bat in the middle of your lineup. We miss him."

Bird has only hit .211 in 38 at-bats against lefties, which has forced New York to tinker with their lineup.

"It is something we need to do a little bit better job against lefties," Girardi said. "We ran into a bunch of lefties this weekend. We ended up winning three out of four games, but we didn't score a ton of runs. They were close ballgames, but it is something we need to do a better job."

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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Yankees Inquired About Josh Donaldson Early Last Offseason

Sep 23, 2015 4:52 PM

The New York Yankees called the Oakland Athletics about the availability of Josh Donaldson in the early part of last offseason.

Billy Beane assured Brian Cashman that Donaldson wouldn't be traded.

Alex Anthopoulos of the Toronto Blue Jays also called and simply wouldn't take no for an answer, using persistence to get Donaldson.

"Alex is and was certainly relentless," Oakland assistant general manager David Forst said. "That is his personality. But we didn't trade Josh to make Alex go away."

The Blue Jays eventually made an offer that the Athletics couldn't refuse.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Yogi Berra Dies At Age 90

Sep 23, 2015 7:03 AM

New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra died of natural causes at his home in New Jersey on Tuesday.

"While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom," Berra's family said in a statement. "We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed."

Berra, 90, won a record 10 World Series championships with New York.

His death came exactly 69 years after his major league debut. On Sept. 22, 1946, Berra homered in his second Major League plate appearance.


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Yankees Scratch Masahiro Tanaka from Next Start

Sep 20, 2015 10:09 PM

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who was scheduled to start the final game of the Yankees' three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday, has been scratched with a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring, which he suffered running the bases on Friday night.

Tags: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Angels Interview Billy Eppler For GM Role

Sep 15, 2015 7:26 AM

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino were scheduled to meet with Yankees vice president and assistant general manager Billy Eppler Monday night in New York.

The Angels are looking for Jerry DiPoto's replacement and Eppler interviewed with them when the GM job went to DiPoto initially.

Eppler is also drawing interest from the Seattle Mariners.

This is Eppler's fourth season as Brian Cashman's assistant and his fifth as a VP. Eppler is in the 11th season with the Yankees and heavily involved in the professional scouting aspect of the operation.

George A. King III/New York Post

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Matt Harvey To Pitch Half-Outings To Remain Sharp

Sep 13, 2015 7:17 PM

In order to keep Matt Harvey  sharp for the postseason, the Mets now plan to give him regular starts down the stretch. However, the starts will be half-outings, with another pitcher being used for multiple innings.

The plan is likely to begin next Sunday against the Yankees, when Harvey is tentatively scheduled to pitch after an 11-day layoff.

Tags: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mark Teixeira Out For Season With Fractured Leg

Sep 12, 2015 3:46 PM

Mark Teixeira will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture in his right leg.

Teixeira was hurt when he fouled a ball off his leg Aug. 17. Initial tests showed only a bone bruise, but when the leg didn't heal, Teixeira was tested again.

An MRI on Friday revealed the fracture.

"We've been trying to figure out why it wasn't healing," Teixeira said before the Yankees hosted the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. "Today, we found out."

Danny Knobler/ESPN

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A-Rod Ties Mays With 15th 30-HR Season

Sep 9, 2015 7:26 AM

Alex Rodriguez has reached 30 home runs for the 15th season, tying Hank Aaron's Major League record.

Rodriguez hit his 684th career home run leading off the sixth inning Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

The 40-year-old hadn't hit the 30-homer mark since 2010.


Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Yankees Shut Down Nathan Eovaldi For Two Weeks
Nathan Eovaldi has right elbow inflammation, and it is unclear if he's going to be able to pitch again the rest of the regular season or in the playoffs.

CC Sabathia Likely To Face O's On Wednesday
The Yankees are expected to use a six-man starting rotation this week.

Luis Severino Could Start For Yankees In Postseason
Luis Severino, who began the season at Double-A Akron, could be a member of the starting rotation should the Yankees make an extended playoff run.

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White Sox Pull David Robertson Off Waivers
The Yankees claimed David Robertson off waivers, but the White Sox have pulled the reliever back.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Police Report: Fan Dies From Fall At Turner Field
A fan has died after falling out of the upper deck of Turner Field during Saturday night's game.

Benches Clear As Gomez Tells Girardi, Yankees' Dugout To 'Shut Up'
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Carlos Gomez to "play the game the right way" during the sixth-inning incident.

Mark Teixeira Back In Yankees' Lineup
Mark Teixeira has missed a full week of action with a bruised shin.

Yankees Place CC Sabathia On DL With Knee Inflammation
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says it's a "possibility" that CC Sabathia may be done for the season.

Luis Sererino Gets First Major League Win
The Yankees see something special in 21-year-old pitcher Luis Severino.

Yankees Preferred Tulowitzki To Jeter In 2010
During his intense contract negotiations with the Yankees in 2010, Derek Jeter was told by Brian Cashman that the club preferred Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop.

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Sabathia Makes 'Bad Decision' To Shout At Toronto Clubgoers
CC Sabathia said Monday he made a "bad decision" when he was involved in an altercation outside a night club in Toronto over the past weekend.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Mariano Rivera III Benefiting From Move To Bullpen
Mariano Rivera III was mostly a starter during his college career, but has taken to late-inning work.

Mike Rosenbaum/MLB

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

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Utley Seeks Playing-Time Assurance To Waive No-Trade
Chase Utley has drawn trade interest after clearing revocable waivers, but possesses full no-trade protection by way of ten-and-five rights.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Yankees Calling Up No. 4 Prospect Bird
Greg Bird, a left-handed-hitting first baseman and designated hitter, was batting .301 with a .500 slugging percentage in 34 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Spencer Fordin/MLB

Hal Steinbrenner: AL East 'Still Ours To Lose'
Hal Steinbrenner remains confident that the Yankees will claim the American League East despite a recent slide that has allowed the Blue Jays to take a half-game lead in the division.

Associated Press

Utley Clears Waivers, Now Eligible For Trade
Chase Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday night and is now eligible to be traded by the Phillies.


Contenders Continue To Scout Chase Utley
The Cubs, Giants and Yankees all had scouts at Monday night's game between the Phillies and Diamondbacks.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees Could Pursue Chase Utley
The Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are the teams most likely to pursue Chase Utley before the end of August, according to an industry source.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

Yankees Tempering Expectations For Luis Severino
The right-hander is the team's best pitching prospects in a decade, but Brian Cashman is trying to temper expectations.

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