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MLB: Houston Astros at New York Yankees

Justin Verlander, Astros snap Yankees' home win streak

June 25, 2022, 2:28 AM

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Justin Verlander pitched seven effective innings Friday night and the Houston Astros recorded a 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees, whose 15-game home winning streak ended.

Verlander (9-3) allowed Giancarlo Stanton's solo homer in the sixth inning among four hits. He rebounded from his shortest start of the season, when he lasted 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox on June 18.

In his first appearance against the Yankees since taking a loss in Game 5 of the 2019 American League Championship series, Verlander struck out three and issued one walk.

Verlander also became the 64th pitcher to reach 235 career victories.

Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer for Houston, which blew leads of 3-0 and 6-3 while dropping the season opener on Thursday.

The Yankees took their first home loss since a 6-4 setback to the Baltimore Orioles on May 23. They produced their longest home winning streak since 1961 but fell three shy of the team record set at the original Yankee Stadium in 1942.

New York's Luis Severino (4-2) held the Astros hitless into the fourth inning and allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. Severino struck out seven, walked two and threw 95 pitches.

Severino retired the first 10 hitters before Michael Brantley walked and two batters later Yordan Alvarez singled, putting runners at first and third before Tucker flied out.

Severino also stranded runners at first and third when he fanned three consecutive batters to end the fifth.

In the sixth, Houston's Alex Bregman doubled with one out and Alvarez walked. Tucker then gave the Astros a 3-0 lead when he lifted a first-pitch fastball into the right field seats for his 14th homer.

In the bottom of the sixth, Stanton ended Verlander's shutout bid when he lifted a 2-2 fastball into the second deck in right field for his 16th homer.

Astros reliever Phil Maton fanned Stanton and Josh Donaldson to strand two baserunners in the eighth. Rafael Montero survived two walks in the ninth, retiring DJ LeMahieu on a grounder to end it for his fifth save.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at New York Yankees

Aaron Judge, Yankees settle on 1-year, $19M contract

June 24, 2022, 5:29 PM

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Slugger Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $19 million deal, plus incentives, avoiding arbitration, multiple outlets reported Friday.

He also will receive $250,000 if he wins the American League MVP award or $250,000 for the World Series MVP.

The agreement is for this season only. The $19 million is a midpoint between the $17 million the Yankees would have brought to Friday's scheduled arbitration hearing and the $21 million Judge was seeking.

Had the two sides gone to arbitration, the three-member panel would have been able to make its salary decision based only on Judge's production through the 2021 season. His numbers this season -- a .304 batting average, 27 homers and 53 RBIs in 68 games -- would not have been taken into account.

Judge, 30, will become a free agent following this season if he and the Yankees don't agree on an extension. The outfielder said in spring training that he wouldn't negotiate once the season began.

On April 8, general manager Brian Cashman said Judge rejected the Yankees' offer of a seven-year, $213.5 million extension plus $17 million for the 2022 season, a total value of $230.5 million.

The extension's average annual value of $30.5 million would have made him the second highest-paid outfielder behind only Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who signed a 10-year, $360 million extension in 2019.

Judge is believed to be seeking a Trout-like contract.

In his seventh season with the Yankees, Judge has a career average of .279 with 185 homers and 419 RBIs in 640 games. He is a three-time All-Star and was leading the All-Star balloting for the 2022 game when the first voting count update was released earlier this week.

Judge drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single in Thursday night's 7-6 victory against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals

Yankees P Aroldis Chapman heads to rehab assignment

June 24, 2022, 4:17 PM

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New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman has been cleared for a rehab assignment and will join Double-A Somerset on Friday.

The left-hander was placed on the 15-day injured list on May 24 with tendinitis in his left Achilles. He's 0-2 so far this season with nine saves in 17 appearances and a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings of work.

A seven-time All-Star, Chapman has racked up 315 saves and more than 1,000 strikeouts in his 13-year MLB career.

When he's ready to return, it's unclear whether Chapman will step back into the closer's role. In his absence, the Yankees (52-18) have been on cruise control with Clay Holmes serving as closer. In his past 11 appearances, he has converted eight of his nine save chances with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings pitched.

"I am here, trying to recover, come back, be well, healthy, and help the team in any way, in any role," Chapman said through an interpreter on Tuesday. "(Holmes) is doing an excellent job right now and I think he deserves the role that he has."

He continued: "I'm past that point in my career in which I would fight for a role, for the closer role."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

Justin Verlander, Astros aim to end Yankees' home win streak

June 24, 2022, 10:41 AM

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At noon Eastern Time on Friday, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge will be in the unique position of attending a virtual arbitration hearing 70 games into a season.

After the hearing concludes, Judge will attempt to help the Yankees earn another victory on Friday night when they continue a four-game series against the visiting Houston Astros.

The Yankees earned their 15th consecutive home win when Judge's single off Ryne Stanek gave New York a 7-6 win in the series opener, capping a four-run, ninth-inning rally.

The walk-off hit followed a tying three-run homer by Aaron Hicks off Ryan Pressly.

Judge is seeking a $21 million salary and the Yankees are offering $17 million in a hearing that will occur because the slugger rejected an offer of seven years, $213.5 million before Opening Day.

He is proving his worth to the team this season by batting .304 with a major-league-leading 27 homers and 53 RBIs.

In June, Judge has nine homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games. He is hitting .329 (49-for-149) with 15 homers and 27 RBIs in 38 home games.

"He means everything to this team and certainly everything to this fan base," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "He embodies all that you want in your superstar player, and I think it's easy for these people to get behind him."

The Yankees enter play Friday on their longest home winning streak since 1961 and three shy of the team record set in 1942. During their streak, the Yankees are outscoring opponents 90-28, and they have five walk-off wins.

Houston is 6-2 over its past eight contests but hopes to rebound from its first loss in 40 games this season when leading through eight innings.

The Astros held the Yankees to two hits through the first eight innings but went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez hit three-run homers while Jose Altuve reached four times, but it wasn't enough.

"We left a lot of scoring opportunities from us, and they took it from us," Houston manager Dusty Baker said.

The Astros hope to come back from Thursday behind Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.30 ERA), who will attempt to rebound from his shortest start of the season. He last pitched in a 7-0 loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Saturday and was tagged for seven runs (four earned) on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Verlander is one win away from becoming the 64th pitcher to post 235 victories. He also is six strikeouts shy of becoming the 16th pitcher to reach 3,100.

Verlander is 8-7 with a 3.55 ERA in 22 regular-season starts against New York. His last regular-season start against the Yankees occurred June 23, 2019, when he allowed three runs and struck out nine in seven innings of a 9-4 win in New York.

His last appearance vs. New York was in Game 5 of the 2019 American League Championship Series, when he gave up four runs in seven innings during a 4-1 loss. Verlander is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in eight lifetime playoff outings vs. the Yankees.

Luis Severino (4-1, 3.27), who is coming off a pair of no-decisions, will start for the Yankees on Friday. Severino last pitched Sunday against the host Toronto Blue Jays, and he allowed a season-worst five runs on three hits in five-plus innings.

Severino is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five regular-season appearances (four starts) against the Astros. He also has faced Houston three times in the playoffs, most recently in Game 3 of the 2019 ALCS, when he lost 4-1 after yielding two runs in 4 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

Yankees trade RHP David McKay to Rays

June 23, 2022, 6:45 PM

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The New York Yankees traded David McKay to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations on Thursday and added fellow right-hander Albert Abreu to the active roster.

The Yankees claimed Abreu off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

McKay, 27, made just two appearances for the Yankees this season, striking out one in two scoreless innings.

Abreu, 26, was 0-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 appearances this season with the Royals and Texas Rangers. The Royals acquired Abreu from Texas on June 3.

The Yankees also optioned right-hander Clarke Schmidt to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Wednesday night's game.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees

Yankees put RHP Luis Severino on COVID-19 IL

June 16, 2022, 7:53 PM

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The New York Yankees put All-Star right-hander Luis Severino on the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, hours before he was set to start against Tampa Bay.

The Yankees tabbed right-hander Clarke Schmidt to make the start against the Rays.

The Yankees selected the contract of RHP Ryan Weber from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Severino's place on the active roster.

Severino, vying for a third career All-Star selection, is 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 11 starts. He sports a ratio of 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Severino earned All-Star nods in 2017 and 2018.

Schmidt is 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season. He has yet to make a start in 2022 but made one each in 2020 and 2021.

Weber, 31, who has not appeared for the Yankees this season, is 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA in eight appearances (four starts) at Triple-A. Weber is 4-12 with a 5.28 ERA in 63 career games (16 starts) with five teams, most recently Seattle in 2021.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

Twice as nice: Astros peel off record two immaculate innings

June 16, 2022, 12:18 AM

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The Houston Astros found a soft spot in the Texas Rangers batting order Wednesday and took advantage by delivering an MLB first: two immaculate innings in the same game.

Astros starter Luis Garcia was the first to show how immaculate he could be when he struck out three Rangers batters on nine pitches in the second inning. In the seventh inning, Houston reliever Phil Maton pulled off the same feat: nine pitches to record three strikeouts.

Adding to the amazement of the accomplishments was that they came against the same three Rangers batters: Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran and Brad Miller.

Garcia finished with nine strikeouts over six innings, while Maton faced just the three batters he struck out.

According to MLB.com, not only was it the first time in major league history that there were two immaculate innings by the same team in the same game, it was the first time there were two in one day across all games.

There have now been 106 immaculate innings in MLB history, according to Baseball Almanac.

Houston's dominating pitching day led to a 9-2 victory over the Rangers as the Astros' offense opened the game with six runs in the first inning. Of the 27 Texas batters retired, 14 were by strikeout.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

Astros put rookie SS Jeremy Pena (thumb) on IL

June 15, 2022, 3:37 PM

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The Houston Astros put rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with thumb discomfort.

In a corresponding move, the Astros recalled infielder/outfielder J.J. Matijevic from Triple-A Sugar Land.

Pena, 24, is an American League Rookie of the Year candidate. He's batting .277/.333/.471 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs, 27 runs and six stolen bases in 54 games this season.

Pena sustained the injury diving to make a catch during Monday's game against the Texas Rangers. He was held out of Tuesday's game and returned to Houston to have his hand examined.

Matijevic, 26, is batting .313 with 12 homers at Sugar Land. He is hitless in five at bats with the Astros this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros

Astros RHP Hector Neris begins serving 3-game suspension

June 14, 2022, 10:17 PM

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Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Hector Neris is beginning a three-game suspension Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers, the team said.

Neris initially was suspended for four games following a incident against the Seattle Mariners on June 6 but he appealed and the penalty was reduced to three games.

Neris was suspended after he intentionally threw a pitch near the head of Eugenio Suarez of the Mariners. The pitch came two batters after Neris allowed a two-run homer to Julio Rodriguez.

Earlier in the inning, Neris plunked Seattle's Ty France in the back with the pitch.

After France was hit, Seattle manager Scott Servais left the dugout and Mariners players followed him as both benches cleared. The umpires ejected Servais and issued warnings to both teams.

Neris has a disciplinary history with the league. A similar incident occurred when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019, when he plunked David Freese of the Los Angeles Dodgers and was suspended three games.

Neris, who turned 33 on Tuesday, is in his first season in Houston after playing parts of eight seasons with Philadelphia. In 29 relief appearances this year, he is 1-3 with a 3.76 ERA.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox

Reports: Josh Donaldson loses bid to have suspension lifted

June 14, 2022, 1:53 AM

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Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson will have to serve a one-game suspension for what Major League Baseball called "disrespectful" comments he directed toward Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The suspension was levied last month after Donaldson referred to Anderson as "Jackie" during a May 21 game. Donaldson said the name, referring to Jackie Robinson, was common banter between the two players prior to the teams' series in Chicago.

Some White Sox players took offense, however, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Chicago manager Tony La Russa called the comment "racist," and Anderson said a few days after the series that he told Donaldson as far back as 2019 not to call him by that name.

Donaldson said the "Jackie" reference began when Anderson, who is Black, was quoted in a 2019 Sports Illustrated article as saying, "I kind of feel like today's Jackie Robinson ... because he changed the game, and I feel like I'm getting to a point to where I need to change the game."

Robinson broke the major leagues' color barrier in 1947.

Donaldson, who made a public apology about the incident, reportedly will miss the first game of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

While the suspension was upheld, the accompanying fine of $10,000 reportedly was reduced to $5,000.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals

Yankees' Miguel Andujar reports to Triple-A after requesting trade

June 9, 2022, 2:49 PM

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New York Yankees infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar has reported to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after asking for a trade.

MLB Network said Andujar joined the minor league club on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old veteran was optioned to Triple-A last Friday, after which he reportedly told manager Aaron Boone he wanted to be traded.

"Miggy's a great guy," Boone said. "That's a difficult option, understanding that he's a big part of what we've done here, and certainly wants to be here. So I understand that's a tough one."

The Yankees did not confirm reports of Andujar's trade request and said his demotion was the result of "a tough numbers game."

Andujar has bounced between Triple-A and the Bronx throughout the season. He is batting .289 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and hitting .268 with no homers and three RBIs in 12 games for the Yankees.

Andujar is a career .277 hitter with 34 home runs and 117 RBIs in 244 games with New York since making his debut in 2017. He was runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2018 with 27 homers, 47 doubles and 92 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

Astros’ Hector Neris banned 4 games for throwing at batter’s head

June 7, 2022, 11:57 PM

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Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Hector Neris received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine Tuesday for intentionally throwing at a batter's head during Monday's home game against the Seattle Mariners.

Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined and suspended for one game for Neris' actions, per Major League Baseball policy. Mariners manager Scott Servais and Astros coaches Joe Espada, Omar Lopez and Troy Snitker all were assessed undisclosed fines for what MLB called "actions that contributed to causing the incident."

Neris is appealing his suspension, so it will be held in abeyance for the time being. Baker will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Astros play the Mariners.

Neris drilled Seattle's Ty France in the back with a pitch during the ninth inning of Monday's game. Servais left the dugout and Mariners players followed him into the scuffle.

The umpire ejected Servais and issued warnings to both teams. But not long after Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run homer off Neris to extend Seattle's lead to 7-4, Neris threw a pitch that zipped by Eugenio Suarez's head. Neris was ejected.

Neris has a disciplinary history with the league. A similar incident occurred when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019, when he plunked David Freese of the Los Angeles Dodgers and was suspended three games.

Neris, who turns 33 next week, is in his first season in Houston after playing parts of eight seasons with Philadelphia. In 26 relief appearances this year, he is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

Bad blood has simmered between the American League West rivals in recent years. In July of last year, then-Astros pitcher Brooks Raley intentionally hit Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford with a pitch and earned a three-game ban. Servais angrily left the dugout in that case, too, though it didn't turn into a brawl.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Yankees broadcaster John Sterling cuts back on schedule

June 6, 2022, 6:18 PM

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John Sterling, who has been in the New York Yankees' radio broadcast booth since 1989, will cut back on his travel schedule in the second half of the season, the New York Post reported Monday.

The 83-year-old Sterling plans to call games for WFAN Radio from Yankee Stadium. As far as road trips go, he will limit his travel to Citi Field in New York, Camden Yards in Baltimore and Fenway Park in Boston.

"It is just to recharge my batteries," Sterling told the Post. "I've been doing road games with teams for 52 years. I love this game, but I hate being on the road."

In July 2019, he took his first day off in 30 years, snapping a streak of 5,058 consecutive broadcasts. The occasion was his 81st birthday.

The Post said candidates to fill in for Sterling include Ryan Ruocco of YES and ESPN, as well as Justin Shackil, the team's digital reporter.

Suzyn Waldman is Sterling's longtime partner as game analyst.

Sterling began his broadcast career in 1970 as the play-by-play caller of the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA. He later called games in the New York area for the Nets and Islanders before moving to Atlanta to work on broadcasts of the Hawks and Braves.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Yankees reinstate Giancarlo Stanton from IL

June 4, 2022, 3:15 PM

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The New York Yankees reinstated designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from the 10-day injured list on Saturday.

Stanton, 32, had been on the injured list since May 25. The Yankees originally said Stanton was out with a calf strain but later changed it to ankle inflammation.

Stanton is batting .285 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 40 games this season.

The Yankees, who have a six-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East, posted a 7-2 record in his absence.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

Reds trade 1B/OF Jake Bauers to Yankees

June 3, 2022, 10:57 PM

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The New York Yankees acquired first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

The Yankees assigned Bauers to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Bauers, 26, spent the start of the season with the Reds' Triple-A affiliate in Louisville and appeared in 29 games, batting .135 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Before this season, he split 328 career major league games among Tampa Bay (2018), Cleveland (2019, 2021) and Seattle (2021). The lefty is a career .213 batter at the big-league level and has 27 career home runs, 45 doubles and 110 RBIs.

--Field Level Media