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Masahiro Tanaka Won't Alter Pitching Style

May 26, 2015 8:38 AM

Masahiro Tanaka is more concerned about remaining healthy for the rest of the season than rushing back to the struggling New York Yankees.

"I'm going to have to oversee my body a little bit better," Tanaka said through a translator. "But I can't go into detail."

The right-hander insisted that he won't alter his pitching style as he returns from an elbow injury.

"I'll be the same," Tanaka said. "I'm not gonna make a change."

Tanaka is expected to throw 65 pitches on Wednesday, which should make him ready to go to 80-85 pitches in his next game.

Dan Martin/New York Post

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A-Rod Ties Babe Ruth For Fourth On RBIs List

May 23, 2015 1:16 AM

Alex Rodriguez tied Babe Ruth for fourth on the all-time MLB RBIs list by driving in the 1,992nd run of his career on Friday.

Rodriguez's RBI single to center in the seventh inning chased Rangers' starter Colby Lewis. Rodriguez went 2-for-5 in the Yankees' 10-9 loss.

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Ellsbury Won't Require Surgery On Knee

May 21, 2015 5:38 PM

The New York Yankees don't know how long Jacoby Ellsbury will be out of the lineup, but it has been determined that the outfielder won't require surgery on his right knee.

Ellsbury will be examined by Chris Ahmad, New York's team doctor, when the Yankees return home on Friday.

"It is not anything that requires surgery so we are not holding anything that is doom or gloom," Joe Girardi said. "We just have to see how he responds over the next few days and see what Dr. Ahmad says."

An MRI on Ellsbury's knee was negative.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Hal Steinbrenner Pleased With A-Rod's Showing

May 20, 2015 4:52 PM

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says he is pleased with Alex Rodriguez's performance in his return from a season-long drug suspension.

Rodriguez, 39, began Wednesday with a .248 batting average, and his 10 homers and 22 RBIs were both second on the team behind Mark Teixeira.

"He's been a great asset. And he's been playing well, and he's been producing," Steinbrenner said.


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A-Rod Relates To Harper On And Off The Field

May 19, 2015 8:16 AM

Alex Rodriguez says he relates to Bryce Harper, who was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, the No. 1 overall pick at 17 and the Rookie of the Year at 19.

"I can't speak for Bryce, but for myself, the most normal part of the day was from 3 p.m. to midnight when I was at the stadium," Rodriguez told the New York Daily News. "The most challenging is what happens before and after."

Rodriguez was also the top pick at 17. He made his Major League debut three weeks before his 19th birthday. Despite the parallels, Rodriguez says the culture has changed since he won a batting title at age 20.

"The pressure that he's under doesn’t even compare," Rodriguez said. "His is so much harder, so much more challenging than when I came up. We didn't have any of the social media stuff. I give Bryce a lot of credit for how he's handling everything."

Many have labeled Harper as brash or arrogant because of the hype surrounding him and his confidence on the field, but Rodriguez disagrees.

"I love everything about him," Rodriguez said. "I like players that play hard. He wears his emotion on his sleeve, he's a gamer and he's a winner. As a fan of baseball, I would pay big money to watch him play — especially to watch him hit."

Mark Feinsand/New York Daily News

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Tanaka May Be Nearing Return To Yankees

May 18, 2015 4:42 PM

Masahiro Tanaka threw 29 pitches during a bullpen session on Monday as he works his way back from wrist and forearm injuries.

The New York Yankees will likely send the right-hander on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. The belief is that Tanaka will need at least one or two of those, meaning he wouldn't return to the Major Leagues until the end of the month at the earliest.

Tanaka has a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 24 strikeouts and seven walks in 22.1 innings (four starts) this season.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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Posada: PED Users Shouldn't Be Allowed In Hall Of Fame

May 13, 2015 2:43 PM

Jorge Posada resents players who used performance-enhancing drugs and believes they should never be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"I don't think it's fair," Posada told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday. "I really don't. I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy."

Posada played with Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez, who both are outed PED users.

The former New York Yankees catcher said he has not made his views known to Rodriguez, but he thinks A-Rod would be surprised to hear his stance.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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Posada Reveals How Upset He Was With Yankees

May 12, 2015 4:23 PM

Jorge Posada, who released a book on Tuesday, revealed just how upset he was with the New York Yankees at the end of his career.

The Yankees moved Posada from catcher to designated hitter during his final season in 2011.

"I'll put this as plainly as a I can," Posada writes in The Journey Home: My Life In Pinstripes. "When you take me out from behind the plate, you're taking away my heart and my passion."

"I knew that my role with the club was changing, but I don't think that anyone making those decisions knew how much the things being done hurt me."

Posada caught 1,574 games for the Yankees and was part of four World Series victories from 1996 to 2000. He doesn't feel the club was honest with him at the end of his career.

"I felt like I wasn't being treated right, that people weren't being as straightforward with me as I wanted them to be or treating me as I deserved to be treated and I exploded," Posada said regarding a 2011 game in Boston when he refused to play after manager Joe Girardi slotted him ninth in the batting order. "I had just put up with enough."

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Michael Pineda Has Improved Already Impressive Control

May 12, 2015 8:31 AM

Michael Pineda currently leads all Major League pitchers in WAR, helped in part by Sunday afternoon's 16-strikeout performance.

Pineda has an excellent strikeout-to-walk differential, which has improved by 10 percentage points from 2014.

The New York Yankees hurler hasn't changed his movements or arm slot, and his pitch mix is fairly similar. It seems as though Pineda has simply improved his command.

He was never a wild pitcher, but the improvement in control is one explanation for his dominance.

The 26-year-old has a 2.72 ERA, 1.014 WHIP and 54 strikeouts against just three walks in 2015.

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

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Yankees Complete First Sweep Of Red Sox Since 2006
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