It’s April, so step away from the panic button!

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The first five games of the 2015 season has not gone according to plan. The Yankees lead the league in errors (8 errors), they have an atrocious team batting average (.193) and they’ve made multiple mental errors on the basepaths (*looking at you Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner*). But here’s something that might make you feel a little better–it’s April 12th. We’re only a week into the season. The World Series doesn’t begin tomorrow and we’re nowhere near the halfway point to give this team a better assessment.

Do you know why the fans shouldn’t panic? Because Alex Rodriguez said so.

“It’s not time to panic,” Rodriguez said after the Yankees fell to the Boston Red Sox by a score of 8-4 on Saturday afternoon. “I think the team showed a lot of grit (Friday), a lot of character. Guys never gave up and came back (Saturday) ready to play. And that’s something to build on.”

The Yankees have seen this scenario before: In 1998, the Yankees were 1-4 and it didn’t take long for Joe Torre to hold an open (and loud) meeting with his team. The 1998 Yankees later went on to win the World Series and had the most wins during a single season (counting the postseason) in Franchise history.

Another instance where a team fell behind in the beginning of the year and and eventually catapulted their way into the postseason: The Oakland Athletics in 2002. If you’ve seen the movie Moneyball or read the book Moneyball: The Art Of Winning an Unfair Game, Billy Beane believed in an economical method to ..read more

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Three errors contribute to 8-4 loss against Red Sox

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Following a 19-inning marathon, the Yankees were hoping for a decent turnaround. Unfortunately, sloppy defense contributed to a 8-4 loss against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees first scored in the bottom of the second when Didi Gregorius hit a SAC Fly, plating Alex Rodriguez. They tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning on a three-run home run by Chris Young, scoring Gregorio Petit and Brett Gardner.

Adam Warren started the game for the Yankees, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and striking out one in 5.1 innings of work. Justin Wilson gave up a run while retiring two batters, Chris Martin gave up two runs in an inning of work and Matt Tracy gave up three runs (none earned) in two innings of work.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will attempt to take the final game of this three-game set against the Red Sox and they’ll do it under the bright lights of Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka will make the start for the Yankees and Clay Buchholz will make the start for the Red Sox. First pitch will be at 8:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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Chasen Shreve optioned to Triple-A

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Chasen Shreve. You pitched a heck of a game last night…but despite your crisp 3.1 innings of work, you threw too many pitches and the Yankees needed another pitcher in the pen for today’s game. And for those reasons…you were chopped.”

Okay, so I don’t think that’s how the conversation in Joe Girardi‘s office actually went, but you get the idea. Shreve was sent down earlier today so the Yankees could bring an extra arm to the pen following last night’s 19-inning marathon. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have brought up LHP Matt Tracy from Scranton Wilkes-Barre and have placed Ivan Nova on the 60-day DL.

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Yankees fall to Red Sox 6-5 in 19 inning marathon

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The Yankees played the “comeback kid” three times during the second-longest game in Yankees history, but in the end they were unable to come away with the victory, falling to the Red Sox 6-5 in 19 innings at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored two runs in the sixth inning on a Alex Rodriguez RBI single and a Brian McCann SAC Fly. Chase Headley tied the game in the ninth inning on a solo-shot which sent the game into extras. In the bottom of the 16th inning, (and on his 35th birthday) Mark Teixeira hit a game-tying home run which sent the Yankees to the 17th inning. Finally, in the bottom of the 18th inning, Carlos Beltran hit a RBI double, scoring John Ryan Murphy.

Once upon a April, Nathan Eovaldi started the game for the Yankees, going 5.1 innings and giving up three runs on eight hits. Chris Martin retired two batters, Justin Wilson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, Dellin Betances pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless inning, David Carpenter pitched a scoreless inning, Chasen Shreve gave up no runs on 3.1 innings of work and Esmil Rogers gave up three runs on 4.2 innings of work.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees have less than 11 hours until the first pitch of Game 2. Adam Warren will take the mound for the Yankees and ..read more

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Red Sox vs. Yankees pitching matchups

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Friday, April 10 Red Sox: Wade Miley (8-12, 4.34 ERA in 2014) Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (6-14, 4.37 ERA in 2014) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: WPIX/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Miley: Brett Gardner (1-for-3, .333 AVG), Brian McCann (2-for-3, .667 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Miley: Carlos Beltran (1-for-7, .143 AVG), Chase Headley (3-for-17, .176 AVG), Garrett Jones (0-for-3, .000 AVG)

Saturday, April 11 Red Sox: Joe Kelly (6-4, 4.20 ERA in 2014) Yankees: Adam Warren (3-6, 2.97 ERA in 2014) Time: 1:05 p.m. ET T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Kelly: Chase Headley (2-for-5, .400 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Kelly: Garrett Jones (2-for-11, .182 AVG)

Sunday, April 12 Red Sox: Clay Buchholz (1-0, 0.00 ERA) Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (0-1, 9.00 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: ESPN/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Buchholz:  Carlos Beltran (3-for-6, .500 AVG), Stephen Drew (3-for-9, .333 AVG), Alex Rodriguez (10-for-25, .400 AVG), Chris Young (2-for-5, .400 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Buchholz: Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Mark Teixeira (4-for-25, .160 ..read more

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The Good and The Bad: Drew, Rodriguez, Sabathia and Teixeira

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The Yankees trusted in CC Sabathia to propel the Yankees to a series victory. Unfortunately, a rocky second inning and a lack of offense gave the Yankees their first series loss of the 2015 campaign. While CC Sabathia had some good and bad moments, The offense did have a bit of power and squandered an big RBI chance late in the game. So what was good and bad about last night’s game? Let’s observe.

The Good

Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira go yard: The Yankees were hoping to see this kind of production from Rodriguez and Teixeira at some point during the season, and last night the Yankees got a glimpse of it. Both Rodriguez and Teixeira homered in the sixth inning to give the Yankees two of their three runs. While it was a bright spot last night, you hope Teixeira and Rodriguez would provide this kind of production almost every night.

John Ryan Murphy: At the end of Spring Training, the Yankees chose Murphy over Austin Romine to be the back-up catcher. Murphy showed why the Yankees made the right choice last night, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. He also had two strikeouts, but let’s look at one of the main positives of Murphy’s game; he was the only player in the lineup with a multi-hit game.

CC Sabathia: Take out the second inning and Sabathia had somewhat of a decent start. He struck out eight, didn’t give up a home run and made it into the sixth inning. For the most part, Sabathia showed he had something left in the tank.

The Bad

Stephen Drew: The Yankees pinch-hit Stephen Drew ..read more

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CC’s shaky second inning sends Yankees to 6-3 loss vs. Blue Jays

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For the most part, CC Sabathia had a decent outing for the Yankees. But a shaky second inning sent the Yankees to a 6-3 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored their first run in the bottom of the fifth when Didi Gregorius hit a RBI single to score John Ryan Murphy. In the bottom of the sixth, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira went back-to-back and hit their first home runs of the season.

CC Sabathia went 5.2 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and striking out eight. Esmil Rogers gave up a run in 2.1 innings of work and David Carpenter pitched a scoreless ninth.

What’s Next?

— The famed rivalry is renewed as the Boston Red Sox come to town. Nathan Eovaldi, who is making his Yankees debut, will get the start for the Yankees and will be opposed by Wade Miley. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on WPIX and MLB ..read more

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Yankees turn to CC Sabathia in series finale vs. Blue Jays

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With the first series finale just hours away, the Yankees are sending their former ace to the mound in CC Sabathia. Sabathia hadn’t pitched well during the Spring, which was the reason he didn’t make the Opening Day start and Masahiro Tanaka was dubbed the starter instead. Sabathia makes his season debut tonight, and this is the first time as a Yankee where he didn’t make the Opening Day start, not to mention this would be Sabathia’s first season start since May 10, 2014, where following the game it was revealed he’d miss the season with a knee injury.

“It’s my opener,” Sabathia said to the media following last night’s 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. “… I don’t want to try to temper myself back. If I’m too amped up, I’m too amped up. It is what it is. I don’t want to kind of put anything on myself. I don’t want no governor. So we’ll see.”

The Yankees are hoping CC Sabathia pitches well during his “opener”. With the offense for the most part lethargic, they need CC to keep them in the game at all times. Sabathia’s last start of Spring Training was somewhat promising–he gave up two runs in the first inning but buckled down and didn’t allow another run to score–and if the Yankees could get anything close to the CC Sabathia they saw during his last start, it surely would be an improvement over the CC they’ve seen in the last two ..read more

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