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MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox

Giancarlo Stanton (6 RBIs), Aaron Judge (4 RBIs) help Yankees blast White Sox

May 13, 2022, 4:37 AM

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Aaron Judge hit his major-league-leading 11th homer and started a seven-run eighth inning with a tiebreaking two-run infield single while Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of early two-run homers and drove in a career-high six runs as the New York Yankees recorded a 15-7 victory over the host Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

The Yankees won their fourth straight and for the 16th time in 18 games thanks to their biggest inning of the season.

Joe Kelly (0-1) was one strike away from keeping the game tied when he walked pinch hitter Gleyber Torres in the eighth.

After Kelly issued his third straight walk by putting DJ LeMahieu on, Judge chopped a 1-1 curveball to second baseman Leury Garcia, who fielded the ball on the shortstop side, giving Judge enough time to beat the throw and give the Yankees a 9-7 lead when Torres raced through third base coach Luis Rojas' stop sign.

Stanton homered in the first and third off Dylan Cease and then followed up Judge's hit with a two-run bases-loaded single off Tanner Banks in the eighth. Josh Donaldson capped the inning with a three-run homer.

Judge's hustle and Kelly's inability to command the strike zone occurred after Yoan Moncada hit a tying three-run homer with nobody out in the seventh off Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1), who kept the game tied by getting three groundouts.

Judge connected in the seventh against Ryan Burr for a 456-foot drive into the left field bleachers for a 7-4 lead and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI triple ahead of Stanton's second homer and LeMahieu contributed an RBI double an inning after Stanton's second homer.

AJ Pollock hit an RBI double and Garcia hit a two-run single in the second as Chicago lost for the third time in 10 games. The White Sox also scored when Gil threw a wild pitch before striking out Anderson to end the fourth.

Cease allowed six runs and six hits to go along with a career high tying 11 strikeouts in four innings.

Gil allowed four runs on five hits in four innings in his seventh career start. He struck out five and walked two after pitching to a 9.53 ERA so far with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox

Rested White Sox draw surging Yankees in four-game set

May 11, 2022, 9:09 PM

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The New York Yankees have won 15 of 17 games entering Thursday's visit to the Chicago White Sox to begin a four-game series.

Wednesday's 5-3 home victory against Toronto, fueled by a three-run home run and two-run single from Gleyber Torres, again highlighted the Yankees' versatility, and their ability to rally. It was the team's MLB-best 10th comeback victory already in 2022.

"It's been nice that it's come in a lot of different ways, and I think that's building a lot of confidence in that room, that we know we don't have to lean on one thing on a given night," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "We have a lot of different ways to beat you."

The White Sox have won seven of eight and enter off an unexpected rest day. Wednesday's scheduled matinee against the Cleveland Guardians was postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Guardians organization.

In addition to offering extra rest time for the bullpen -- namely closer Liam Hendriks, who collected five saves in as many appearances to begin May before blowing a save Monday -- the postponement also might provide a lift for Leury Garcia. Initially set to start at second base Thursday, Garcia was a late scratch with left ankle soreness.

The White Sox defeated the Guardians 4-1 on Tuesday night as Lucas Giolito pitched seven innings of one-run ball, Tim Anderson had three hits and Gavin Sheets homered for the second straight game. Chicago rebounded after squandering a six-run ninth-inning lead en route to losing 12-9 in 11 innings Monday.

"We're in a spot where we can self-evaluate very well," Giolito said. "We didn't have to say anything, we didn't have to have a meeting. We didn't have to have anything after that game."

Manager Tony La Russa said the defending American League Central division champion White Sox are "hungrier than they were last year. Because they had another taste of it and they want it."

White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease (3-1, 2.38 ERA) is set to face Yankees righty Luis Gil, who makes his season debut.

Cease is coming off a no-decision at Boston on Saturday, when he scattered one run and four hits in five innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. He is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees with 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings.

Gil was 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA in six starts last season, with 38 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. After opening his career with 15 2/3 scoreless innings over three August starts, Gil was spottier down the stretch, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) and four homers in 13 2/3 September innings.

Gil, who hasn't faced the White Sox, pitched five innings of two-run ball for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, with nine strikeouts and zero walks in an outing at Rochester. He threw 78 pitches.

"The talent is obviously there," Boone said. "When he came up here last year, he pitched well, as we saw. He pitched in some important games for us. He's got off to a little bit of a slow start in Triple-A, but he's coming off a really strong outing, his best outing. And he's built up a full-starter load. So if we want 100 pitches, he could do that."

Chicago's Luis Robert enters on a nine-game hitting streak.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

Yankees GM offers vague update on Aaron Judge extension talks

May 11, 2022, 6:15 PM

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The New York Yankees and their star slugger, Aaron Judge, both are enjoying strong starts to the 2022 season, but there is no guarantee the relationship will survive beyond this year.

On Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman talked about Judge's contract situation by saying he wouldn't be talking about it through the media.

"We're not going to talk about it now going forward," Cashman said before the Yankees hosted the Toronto Blue Jays. "Whether that means we're not going to talk, I'm not saying that, but we're not going to talk about it (publicly). But he's been great. But that's no surprise, because he is great."

Judge, 30, turned down a reported $230.5 million deal to keep him under contract for eight seasons. He is hitting .290 with a .356 on-base percentage through 28 games entering Wednesday and was on top of the home run list in the majors with 10.

The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 6-5 on Tuesday on Judge's first career walk-off home run.

The sides could still agree on an extension this season, preventing Judge from entering free agency.

As his Opening Day deadline for an extension arrived, Judge expressed displeasure at the contract terms being made public, but Cashman downplayed that issue on Wednesday.

"I'm not aware of any of that," Cashman said. "His camp knew all about it, so I assume he knew all about it. It certainly doesn't feel like (he's upset) when I've interacted with him since."

Judge, who played in career game No. 600 on Tuesday, is in his seventh season -- all with the Yankees. He had 168 home runs, 388 RBIs, 26 stolen bases and a career average of .277 entering Wednesday's game.

A 2013 first-round pick of the Yankees out of Fresno State, Judge was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2017 and is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger award winner.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays RHP Yimi Garcia, pitching coach ejected over hit batter

May 11, 2022, 2:11 AM

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Toronto Blue Jays reliever Yimi Garcia, pitching coach Pete Walker and manager Charlie Montoyo were ejected from Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium after Garcia hit New York third baseman Josh Donaldson with a pitch in the sixth inning.

Donaldson, a former Blue Jay, was hit in the back by a 94 mph fastball two pitches after Garcia allowed a tying home run to Giancarlo Stanton.

The umpires briefly conferred and did not issue a warning but ejected Garcia. Montoyo argued demonstratively and appeared to get tossed, but instead Walker was ejected by crew chief and first base umpire Alfonso Marquez.

In the seventh, New York reliever Jonathan Loaisiga threw a 96 mph fastball up and in at Bo Bichette. Montoyo promptly started yelling from the dugout and was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barrett.

The sequence began about 15 minutes after DJ LeMahieu doubled to end a no-hit bid by starter Yusei Kikuchi. Kikuchi was lifted after retiring Anthony Rizzo on a fly ball to the warning track in center field.

David Phelps entered for Garcia, who did not record an out, and completed the inning for the Blue Jays.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs

Report: White Sox SS Tim Anderson has suspension reduced to fine

May 10, 2022, 4:20 PM

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Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson's one-game suspension for an obscene gesture was reduced to a fine, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Major League Baseball announced the one-game ban on April 22, two days after Anderson flashed a middle finger toward fans during a 2-1 loss to the Guardians in Cleveland.

Anderson appealed the suspension and won, per the report. The amount of the fine was not disclosed.

Entering Tuesday, Anderson is batting .330 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 24 games this season.

Anderson, 28, was a first-time All-Star in 2021, when he batted .309 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs. He won the American League batting title with a .335 average in 2019.

Earlier this season, Anderson served out a two-game suspension to start the year following a 2021 end-of-season incident in which he made contact with an umpire during a Sept. 27 game with the Detroit Tigers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox

White Sox activate Yoan Moncada, Joe Kelly from IL

May 9, 2022, 5:17 PM

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The Chicago White Sox on Monday activated third baseman Yoan Moncada (oblique) and right-hander Joe Kelly (right biceps nerve issue) from the injured list.

Neither has played yet this season. Moncada is expected to make his debut Monday night against the Cleveland Guardians.

In corresponding moves, the White Sox placed LHP Aaron Bummer on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to May 7) with a right knee strain and optioned INF Jake Burger to Triple-A Charlotte.

Moncada hasn't played since Chicago's American League Division Series loss to Houston last year. He suffered a right oblique strain on the last day of spring training and landed on the injured list before excelling during a six-game rehab stint at Charlotte.

Moncada went 7-for-22 and hit two home runs for the Knights.

Moncada, 26, played in 144 games last season for Chicago, hitting .263 with a .375 on-base percentage, 14 home runs and 61 RBIs.

Kelly, 33, appeared in 48 games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 2-0 and struck out 50 in 44 innings and posted a 2.86 ERA.

Bummer, 28, is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 12 appearances this season.

Burger, 26, is batting .239 with two home runs and seven RBI over 21 games this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals

Yankees place OF Tim Locastro on IL with lat strain

May 8, 2022, 3:09 PM

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The New York Yankees placed outfielder Tim Locastro on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left lat strain.

Right-hander Ron Marinaccio was recalled from Triple- A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and outfielder Estevan Florial added as the 27th man for Sunday's home doubleheader against the Texas Rangers.

Locastro, 29, is batting .231 with one homer and two RBIs in 15 games this season. The Yankees acquired him in a July 2021 trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Marinaccio, 26, made four relief appearances with New York in April and posted an 11.25 ERA with no decisions.

Florial, 24, is batting .272 with two homers, nine RBIs and eight stolen bases in 22 games this season in Triple-A.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-New York Mets at New York Yankees

Rangers-Yankees rained out again Saturday

May 7, 2022, 2:37 PM

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The visiting Texas Rangers and New York Yankees were rained out for the second straight day on Saturday.

The game will be made up Monday afternoon with a single-admission doubleheader starting at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Friday's scheduled series opener was one of six postponements in baseball, the most in one day since April 15, 2018.

That game will be made up in a single-admission doubleheader Sunday at Yankee Stadium, starting at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Both teams have been off since Wednesday.

The Yankees won 11 straight before a 2-1 loss in Toronto on Wednesday. Texas is on a four-game winning streak following a two-game sweep in Philadelphia.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Rangers-Yankees postponed, rescheduled for Sunday DH

May 6, 2022, 3:50 PM

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Friday night's game between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to a forecast of sustained inclement weather.

The game will be made up on Sunday as the second half of a single-admission doubleheader, starting at 1:35 p.m. ET. The second contest will start approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends.

The Yankees, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss at Toronto on Wednesday night, have the best record in the majors at 18-7.

The Rangers are on a four-game winning streak, including a two-game sweep in Philadelphia.

Both teams were off Thursday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox

White Sox add to IL, shut down OF Andrew Vaughn (hand)

May 5, 2022, 4:50 PM

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Chicago White Sox outfielder Andrew Vaughn continues to experience pain in his right hand as a result of being hit by a pitch and was placed on the injured list Thursday, retroactive to May 2.

Vaughn, the team leader in RBIs (12), was injured April 29 when he was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Los Angeles right-hander Mike Mayers. He was diagnosed with a bruise and hasn't played since the injury occurred.

"If you think about how long ago it was, it shows you that the bruise is deep and it's a tough spot to handle it," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

Vaughn, 24, is hitting .283 (15-for-53) with three doubles, four home runs and five runs scored in 16 games this season. Vaughn is tied for the team lead in homers.

Infielder Danny Mendick, 28, was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. He has played 10 games with the White Sox this season.

Third baseman Jake Burger was held out of Wednesday's game against the Cubs with soreness from colliding with the wall in foul ground Tuesday.

Injuries piled up on the White Sox in the first month of the season. Third baseman Yoan Moncada (oblique), right-handed reliever Joe Kelly (biceps), outfielder Eloy Jimenez (hamstring) and right-hander Lance Lynn (knee) are all currently on the injured list.

Jimenez had surgery on a torn hamstring tendon last month. Moncada could be back next week, La Russa said.

--Field Level Media

MLB: ALDS-Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

3B Yoan Moncada, RHP Joe Kelly to begin rehab assignments for White Sox

April 27, 2022, 10:13 PM

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The Chicago White Sox, who snapped an eight-game losing streak on Wednesday, provided additional good news when they announced third baseman Yoan Moncada (strained oblique) and right-handed reliever Joe Kelly (right biceps nerve issue) are set for rehab assignments beginning on Friday.

Moncada and Kelly will report to Triple-A Charlotte, according to White Sox manager Tony La Russa.

"I'm excited," Moncada said Wednesday, via interpreter Billy Russo. "I'm excited to be able to start playing again. I was wishing for that for several weeks.

"For me personally, it's been very, very difficult not being able to be on the field and helping the team, especially this month."

Moncada, 26, played in 144 games last season for Chicago, hitting .263 with a .375 on-base percentage, 14 home runs and 61 RBIs.


"He's been swinging really well here, so he may come out there and just ... 15 at-bats and look like he's ready," La Russa said. "But it may take him 25, no way to predict it. It's always a mistake to bring a guy up to the big leagues before he's ready because he's going to struggle, and then he's got to get out of the struggle. It's better to come in here ready to play."

Kelly, 33, appeared in 48 games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 2-0 and struck out 50 hitters in 44 innings and posted a 2.86 ERA.

-- Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees-Workouts

Report: ‘Yankee Letter’ reveals use of replay room to decode signs

April 26, 2022, 8:30 PM

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The New York Yankees were fined $100,000 for using their video replay room to decode signs and passing them on to runners at second base in 2016 and 2017, the infamous "Yankee Letter" obtained by SNY revealed Tuesday.

The letter from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman dated Sept. 14, 2017, which the Yankees fought the release of, revealed the Yankees' sins didn't come close to those of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal that roiled Major League Baseball.

In fact, the Yankees were doing what many other teams were thought to be doing at the time.

The Yankees used the system in 2015 and 2016 but apparently ceased the illegal operation in 2017 and, more importantly, did not do it after Manfred banned electronic sign stealing in September 2017, per SNY.

"The Yankees' use of the dugout phone to relay information about an opposing Club's signs during the 2015 season, and part of the 2016 season, constitutes a material violation of the Replay Review Regulations," Manfred wrote to Cashman. "By using the phone in the video review room to instantaneously transmit information regarding signs to the dugout in violation of the Regulations, the Yankees were able to provide real-time information to their players regarding an opposing Club's sign sequence -- the same objective of the Red Sox's scheme that was the subject of the Yankees' complaint."

The letter also cleared the Yankees of using YES Network cameras to steal signs, something the Boston Red Sox alleged.

"My office has thoroughly investigated the Red Sox's claims in this regard and has concluded they are without merit," Manfred wrote.

The Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount for real-time electronic sign-stealing using Apple Watches. The Red Sox relayed sign sequences to runners on second base. The Astros did it in real time without the use of runners on second, banging on garbage cans to relay pitches to batters in real time.

The fines assessed to both the Yankees and Red Sox went to Hurricane Irma relief as a part of Major League Baseball Charities.

The letter will be released later by MLB later this week, according to SNY.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

Yanks recall Miguel Andujar; Aaron Hicks on paternity leave

April 26, 2022, 6:10 PM

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The New York Yankees recalled infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of Tuesday night's series opener against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees also placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on paternity leave.

Andujar, 27, is batting .347 with three homers and six RBIs in 13 games this season in Triple A.

He is a career .278 hitter with 34 home runs and 114 RBIs in 232 games with the Yankees since 2017.

Hicks, 32, is batting .273 with one home run and four RBIs through 15 games this season with New York, which is coming off a three-game series sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

Wednesday's Royals-White Sox game moved to afternoon

April 26, 2022, 5:50 PM

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Wednesday's start time for the visiting Kansas City Royals' game against the Chicago White Sox has been moved to 2:10 p.m. ET due to expected cold temperatures.

The game initially was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Royals have lost four in a row heading into the opener of the three-game series on Tuesday. The White Sox have dropped seven straight games.

Also on Tuesday, the White Sox reinstated right-hander Matt Foster from the family medical leave list and optioned outfielder Adam Haseley to Triple-A Charlotte.

Foster, 27, was placed on leave Friday. He is 0-0 with a 1.42 ERA in five relief appearances this season.

Haseley, 26, went 2-for-10 in five games after being recalled from Charlotte on April 20.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

White Sox OF Eloy Jimenez (hamstring) out 6-8 weeks

April 24, 2022, 4:12 PM

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Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a right hamstring strain, the team announced Sunday.

The White Sox placed Jimenez on the 10-day injured list, reinstated right-hander Lucas Giolito from the 10-day IL and sent righty Ryan Burr on an injury rehabilitation assignment to Triple-A Charlotte.

Jimenez, 25, sustained the injury when he landed awkwardly on first base in the second inning of Saturday's game versus the host Minnesota Twins.

He won a Silver Slugger Award in 2020. He is batting .222 with a homer and seven RBIs in 11 games this season.

Giolito, who will start Sunday's game against the Twins, has been on the injured list since he came away from his season-opening outing against the Detroit Tigers with an abdominal strain.

Giolito, 27, gave up just one hit over four scoreless innings on April 8. In seven major league seasons, six with the White Sox, he is 42-38 with a 4.17 ERA and has finished in the top 11 of the American League Cy Young Award voting each of the past three seasons.

Burr, 27, has yet to pitch this season due to a right shoulder strain. He owns a 3-2 record with a 3.82 ERA in 58 career appearances (two starts) with the White Sox.

--Field Level Media