Teixeira homers in 6-1 win over Mets

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Coming into tonight’s Subway Series, The Yankees were riding a hot streak by winning six of their last seven, but the Mets were hotter, winning 11 of their last 12. Once Game 1 got underway, the Yankees were able to stall the Mets, defeating their crosstown rivals 6-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored two of their runs in the first inning when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot off Jacob deGrom. The Yankees tacked on four more run in the third inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home-run of the year, Teixeira hit his second home-run of the night and Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly.

Michael Pineda got the start for the Yankees, going 7.2 innings while giving up one run on five hits and striking out seven. Chasen Shreve relieved Pineda, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.

What’s Next?

CC Sabathia will take the hill for the Yankees as he attempts to give the Yankees a series win. The Mets will counter with their ace Matt Harvey. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. and the game will air on both WPIX and FOX Sports ..read more

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Yankees vs. Mets pitching matchups

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Friday, April 24 Yankees: Michael Pineda (2-0, 5.00 ERA) Mets: Jacob deGrom (2-1, 0.93 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network and MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. deGrom: Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann (1-for-3, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. deGrom: Garrett Jones (1-for-9, .111 AVG)

Saturday, April 25 Yankees: CC Sabathia (0-3, 4.35 ERA) Mets: Matt Harvey (3-0, 3.50 ERA) Time: 4:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: WPIX and FOX Sports 1/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Harvey: Carlos Beltran (1-for-3, .333 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-4, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Harvey: Chase Headley (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Garrett Jones (0-for-2, .000 AVG)

Sunday, April 26 Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12 ERA) Mets: Jon Niese (2-0, 1.50 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: ESPN/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Niese: Carlos Beltran (3-for-6, .500 AVG), Stephen Drew (4-for-8, .500 AVG), Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira (3-for-8, .375 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Niese: Brian McCann (1-for-12, .083 AVG), Chris Young (2-for-11, .182 ..read more

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Yankees and Mets clash in annual Subway Series

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In the past, either the Yankees or the Mets had the big advantage going into the first round of the Subway Series. However, this year it’s a little different: The Mets are coming off an 11-game win streak and the Yankees just finished taking six out of their last seven against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers. Both teams are hot at the moment and both teams are riding momentum. but tonight’s game will be a test of who can keep the momentum going.

“They’re sizzling hot,” Alex Rodriguez said following last night’s 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. “I don’t know if we’re playing that well. … It’s going to be awesome. The stadium should be rocking. Our fans are ready and their fans are ready, too. It’s fun for the players and even more fun for the fans.”

The battle for New York will be an interesting one: The Yankees are sending Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi in this series and the Yankees will square off against the Mets ace and the media-proclaimed “Dark Knight”, Matt Harvey. Harvey is battling an ankle injury, but he wanted to make his start against the Yankees tomorrow, especially since he was a big Yankees fan growing up. The Yankees task of beating Harvey this weekend looms large, but Joe Girardi is confident the Yankees can get the ball rolling and continue riding their hot streak, especially after they played abysmal baseball to begin the season.

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Yankees take series from Tigers in 2-1 victory

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When two teams play a four game series, the logical outcome would be the two teams splitting the series. However, the Yankees did one better and took the series from the Detroit Tigers, defeating them 2-1 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The Yankees scored their first run in the sixth inning when Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a balk and added insurance in the eighth when Brian McCann hit a RBI ground out.

Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees, going 6.1 innings while giving up a run on three hits and striking out six. Justin Wilson retired a batter, Dellin Betances pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Andrew Miller notched his sixth save of the season.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees return to the Bronx where Round 1 of the Subway Series will begin! Michael Pineda and the Yankees will square off against Jacob deGrom and the red-hot New York Mets, who are coming off a 11-game win streak. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Who’s hot on the farm? April 23rd edition

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Another week has gone by on the farm and there are several players making some noise in the early goings. There have also been several injuries. Ian Clarkin is out with elbow inflammation, Luis Torrens is out for the season with shoulder surgery, and Dan Camarena is also battling some elbow soreness. Ty Hensley is getting Tommy John Surgery, and so is Domingo German. Ty McFarland, Dallas Martinez, and Jose Pena are all on the 60 day DL. James Pazos is also rehabbing something, although I am not aware of what that is.

For the people that are playing in games, here are the guys that have had a high level of performance.

In Triple-A, Ben Gamel has been the hottest player on the team. He’s hitting .375/.457.500/.957 with a double and a triple in 11 games. He looks poised to have a big season, although his power still seems to be an issue.

Kyle Roller continues to hit the ball well and also continues to strike out a lot. He’s hitting .316/.458/.447/.906 with a homerun and two doubles. He has 12 strikeouts in 12 games though.

Slade Heathcott has started the season off well. Regardless of what he does he just needs to stay healthy though. He’s hitting .309/.339/.418/.757 with a homerun a double and a triple. He is also striking out a lot though with 13 K in 12 games.

Ramon Flores is hitting with surprising power in the early going. He’s hitting .271/.352/.625/.977 on the season with four homeruns already, which leads the entire farm. He also has three doubles and a triple.

Chase Whitley has been the most impressive pitcher for Scranton, with a 2.12 ERA and 13 K in 17.0 IP. He is already 2-0, and is a great guy to have stashed away in Triple-A for a ..read more

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Yankees have improved their game over the last week

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For the first week of the season, the Yankees played as if this was going to be another long year, possibly longer than the 2013 and 2014 seasons combined. But over the last few series, the Yankees have played significantly better. They swept the Tampa Bay Rays in a three game set and if they win today, they’ll take three out of four games from the Detroit Tigers series.

“I said all along, I think this group’s talented,” Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes guys get off to slow starts and you don’t make too much of it. You’ve just got to ride things out. We played really bad the first week at home. Really bad. We’ve turned it around on this road trip and are playing better. Our defense is getting better. Base running’s better. Continuing to swing the bats. It’s a group that really wants to win, and they’ve got a lot of fight in them.”

Just a few weeks ago, the Yankees led Major League Baseball in errors, a category that you don’t want to lead in, and were in the basement of the American League East. Coming into today, they are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays with the most home runs in the Major Leagues and are tied for third with the most run scored with 83. Not to mention, the Yankees are now tied for second place, making a significant jump in the standings over the last week. Now, the Yankees are beginning to ride the momentum into the final game of the series and hope to continue heading into this weekend’s Subway Series against the Mets.

“Being able to do what we did, it gives us a lot of confidence,” Carlos Beltran said. “When the ..read more

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Yankees defeat Tigers in 13-4 victory

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On a night where the Yankees faced Tigers ace David Price and on a night where it mirrored Opening Day in 1996 with snow falling, the Bronx Bombers tacked on six runs in the first and never looked back, eventually powering their way to a 13-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The six-run rally started on a RBI single by Brian McCann, a Chase Headley RBI single, a three-run double by Gregorio Petit and a RBI single by Jacoby Ellsbury. The Yankees added two more runs on back-to-back RBI triples in the second inning by Carlos Beltran and Headley. In the top of the fourth, Didi Gregorius hit a RBI double and in the top of the seventh, Mark Teixeira hit a three-run shot, his fifth of the year.

Adam Warren didn’t have his best start, but it’s easy to excuse it due to the frigid temperatures in Detroit. Overall, it was decent with Warren going 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Justin Wilson pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, David Carpenter pitched a scoreless inning and Chasen Shreven pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth.

What’s Next?

— It’s the series finale between the Yankees and the Tigers, which means the Yankees will try to take the series  by sending Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. Anibal Sanchez will make the ..read more

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Bernie Williams to officially retire on Friday

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Despite playing his final game in 2006, Bernie Williams is officially retiring from baseball. Not only that, but he’s going to take the Hideki Matusi route when it comes to retiring from baseball.

Williams will be at the stadium on Friday to sign a one-day contract in which he will officially retire from baseball. He’ll also throw out the first pitch in the first game of the Subway Series. His number will be retired in a separate ceremony on May 24th.

Williams played his entire 16-year career with the Yankees, which is a rarity nowadays. He hit .297 in 2,076 games. In franchise history, he ranks third in doubles (449), fifth in hits (2,336), sixth in games played and runs scored (1,366), and seventh in home runs (287) and RBI’s (1,257).

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