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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Nathan Eovaldi shows potential in start vs. Tigers

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The first two starts of Nathan Eovaldi‘s Yankees career were solid, but last night Eovaldi showed just what he could do against quality hitting. The Detroit Tigers are one of the best teams in baseball with their explosive offense, but Eovaldi only gave up a run in seven innings of work, making it one of his best starts as a Yankee and one of his better starts during his career.

“I was really pleased,” Eovaldi said following last night’s 5-2 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park. “It’s a great lineup. My slider, I had good depth to it and was able to keep the ball on the ground for the most part, and make pitches when I needed to. … It could be any team, whoever’s hot really, and when you can perform and give your team a good chance to win, that’s big.”

The Yankees knew there was potential in Eovaldi when they traded for him over the offseason and of course the Yankees were right. A starting pitcher that can throw in the upper 90’s and have movement on his fastball is destined for success in the American League East. But one of the interesting things to take away from Eovaldi’s start was he didn’t throw the splitter as much as he wanted to. Only two splitters were thrown during last night’s start–one to retire Miguel Cabrera and one fouled off by Victor Martinez.

Overall, many were impressed with Eovaldi’s start including Joe Girardi. While Eovaldi has the mindset of a veteran pitcher, it’s extremely hard to forget Eovaldi is only 25-years-old.

“He’s got good stuff, No. 1,” manager Joe Girardi said. “No. 2, he’s ..read more

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Eovaldi dominates as Yankees defeat Tigers 5-2

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Just one night after CC Sabathia pitched a complete game and ultimately lost, Nathan Eovaldi took the mound and dominated against the powerful Detroit Tigers lineup, propelling the Yankees to a 5-2 victory at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The Yankees scored their first run in the top of the first when Mark Teixeira hit a RBI double, plating Brett Gardner on the play. In the top of the seventh, Chris Young hit his fourth home run of the season, Stephen Drew hit his fourth home run of the 2015 campaign and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a wild pitch. The Yankees tacked on one more run in the ninth when Brian McCann reached on a fielding error, scoring Gardner.

Nathan Eovaldi went seven innings, giving up one run on eight hits and striking out four. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless inning, Chris Martin gave up a run after retiring two batters and Andrew Miller recorded the final out of the ninth, notching his fifth save of the season.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will send Adam Warren to the mound as he hopes to give the Yankees a 2-1 series lead. However, their task won’t be easy since the Tigers will counter with David Price. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Yankees recall LHP Chasen Shreve from Triple-A

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After being the odd man out of the Yankees bullpen following the 19-inning marathon against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees have recalled LHP Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have optioned RHP Branden Pinder to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Shreve has a 1.93 ERA and a 0.857 WHIP in 4.2 innings this season.

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Shane Greene felt like he was “dumped” by Yankees

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After getting a glimpse of what Shane Greene could do last season, the fans figured Greene was going to be a fixture in the Yankees rotation or at least compete for the fifth starter spot with Ivan Nova out until June. Then, rumors started happening and ultimately the Yankees traded Greene to the Detroit Tigers to get Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was business as usual for the Yankees, but in Greene’s mind, it felt more like a break-up.

“I felt like I got dumped,” Greene said to the New York and Detroit media following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers. “I looked at myself in the mirror, put a chip on my shoulder and went from there.”

Since then, Greene has went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA to begin the season. The Yankees won’t face Greene this week (thank you!) but they know the kind of pitcher he is while at the same time admitting how difficult it was to part with him.

“Any time you let a young starting pitcher go, I think it’s difficult,” Joe Girardi said. “But to get an everyday shortstop, those don’t just fall out of trees. To get something, you have to give up something.”

While Gregorius has struggled to begin the season, Greene has thrived, and he credits the Yankees trading him in giving him that push he needed to succeed.

“I knew at that point in time my trade value was probably at its peak,” Greene said. “If they were going to make a move, I was probably going to be one of the pieces. … I know it’s a business. I’m not a complete idiot, so ..read more

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Yankees @ Tigers pitching matchup

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Monday, April 20 Yankees: CC Sabathia (0-2, 5.68 ERA) Tigers: Alfredo Simon (2-0, 2.03 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network & ESPN/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Simon: Jacoby Ellsbury (4-for-9, .444 AVG), Brett Gardner (3-for-9, .333 AVG), Mark Teixeira (6-for-14, .429 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Simon: Garrett Jones (1-for-9, .111 AVG), Alex Rodriguez (0-for-4, .000 AVG)

Tuesday, April 21 Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 4.35 ERA) Tigers: Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 5.40 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Lobstein: Carlos Beltran (1-for-2, .500 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-3, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Lobstein: Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira (0-for-2, .000 AVG)

Wednesday, April 22 Yankees: Adam Warren (0-1, 4.82 ERA) Tigers: David Price (1-0, 0.40 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Price: Jacoby Ellsbury (16-for-49, .327 AVG), Chase Headley (2-for-6, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Price: Carlos Beltran (3-for-15, .200 AVG), Stephen Drew (0-for-10, .000 AVG), Brett Gardner (3-for-22, .136 AVG), Alex Rodriguez (10-for-43, .233 AVG), Mark Teixeira (12-for-56, .214 AVG), Chris Young (0-for-5, .000 AVG)

Thursday, April 23 Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.94 ERA) Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.71 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network

Who’s Hot vs. Sanchez: Carlos Beltran (7-for-21, .333 AVG), Brian McCann (9-for-32, .281 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Sanchez:  Garrett Jones (2-for-10, .200 AVG), Chris Young (1-for-13, .077 ..read more

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