Greg Bird, Yankees agree to $1.2 million, 1-year contract
NEW YORK (AP) — Oft-injured first baseman Greg Bird and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $1.2 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.
The 26-year-old hit .214 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 311 plate appearances during an injury wrecked 2018 season in which he lost the first base job to July acquisition Luke Voit.
APNewsBreak: Sabathia gets $500,000 bonus despite ejection
NEW YORK (AP) — Plunking an opponent paid off for CC Sabathia.
The New York Yankees gave Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the 38-year-old left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings specified in his contract for the payment.
Sabathia hit Tampa Bay's Jesus Sucre starting the sixth inning on Sept. 27 with his 55th pitch of the night, retaliation for Andrew Kittredge throwing a pitch behind Austin Romine in the top half.
Catcher on the mound: Romine pitches in Yanks’ blowout loss
NEW YORK (AP) — Austin Romine never expected to replace Aroldis Chapman as the Yankees' closer.
A backup catcher, Romine was leaning on the dugout railing and watching New York get blown out by Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series when bench coach Josh Bard walked up to him in the eighth inning.
"Can you throw?" Romine recalled Bard asking.
"I can try," the seven-year big league veteran replied.
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Sabathia ejected, Yanks rout Rays, near home field vs A’s
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia protected his teammates, not his wallet.
The 38-year-old left-hander got his 246th win and moved the New York Yankees closer to hosting next week's AL wild-card game but may have cost himself a $500,000 bonus.
Sabathia was ejected from Thursday's 12-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning for hitting Jesus Sucre on a leg in retaliation for Tampa Bay reliever Andrew Kittredge throwing a pitch behind Austin Romine.
Sabathia ejected for hitting batter, misses $500K bonus mark
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was ejected for hitting Jesus Sucre on a leg in retaliation for Tampa Bay reliever Andrew Kittredge throwing an inside pitch at Austin Romine, possibly costing the left-hander a $500,000 bonus based on innings.
With New York ahead 7-0 Thursday, Sabathia hit Jake Bauers around a hand with two outs in the fifth.
McCutchen homers again, Yankees hold off Mariners 4-2
SEATTLE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen got the Yankees started and Dellin Betances made sure they hung on at the end.
McCutchen hit his second home run in two days, Betances pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning and New York held off the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Saturday night.
Austin Romine hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh for the Yankees, who moved within 7½ games of first-place Boston in the AL East with 20 to play. New York leads Oakland by 3½ games for the league's top wild card.
Gray leads Yankees past Orioles 5-1 for doubleheader sweep
BALTIMORE (AP) — Sonny Gray made the most of a foray into the starting rotation by taking a three-hitter into the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep.
In the opener, rookie Miguel Andujar homered and had four RBIs, J.A. Happ (15-6) won his fifth straight start and New York rolled to a 10-3 victory.
Happ shines for Yankees again in 4-1 win over Rays
NEW YORK (AP) — This is exactly what the New York Yankees were hoping for when they added J.A. Happ.
The veteran left-hander permitted just one soft single in seven shutout innings to win his third start in a row, pitching the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Phillips' bats never got to Yankee Stadium. His glove arrived, and that's what mattered more in his Kansas City Royals debut.
Phillips jumped and robbed Austin Romine of a possible three-run homer in the fourth inning of the Royals' 6-3 loss to New York Yankees on Sunday. And his eyes were closed as the ball landed in his glove at the top of the right-field wall.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expects injured catcher Gary Sanchez will be sidelined until late August or early September because a strained right groin.
Cashman updated Sanchez's status during a Wednesday conference call that centered on the Yankees' acquisition of reliever Zach Britton from Baltimore for three prospects late Tuesday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It was a good night for New York's bullpen.
First, Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yankees relievers a breather. Then the front office added reinforcements.
Tanaka pitched a three-hitter, Austin Romine drove in two runs as the replacement for again-injured catcher Gary Sanchez and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter.
"Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?" he said.
Romine chuckled, too.
New York's backup catcher came all the way around and scored when Cleveland committed two errors on his routine double in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees edged the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Saturday night in a game that had several strange plays.
Yankees catcher Sanchez to begin minor league rehab
CLEVELAND (AP) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will begin a rehab stint on Sunday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from a groin strain.
Sanchez has been sidelined since June 25, but has steadily improved in recent days and is ready to return to the field.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that as long as Sanchez continues to progress, the plan is for him to start behind the plate in the club's first game after the All-Star break — July 20 against the New York Mets.
It's been a week full of injuries, as more and more pitchers hit the disabled list, making arms a premium once again for Fantasy owners.
He's not a pitcher, but Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez headlines the list of injured players, as the catcher will miss 3-4 weeks for the second straight season.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is likely headed to the disabled after pulling up while running out a double-play grounder Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez hurt his right groin/hip abductor and "it's probably going to be a DL situation."
Sanchez was injured in the 10th inning. He slowly walked back to the dugout and was replaced defensively by Austin Romine.
Trout gets 5 hits as Angels beat Yankees 11-4
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout homered and doubled three times during his first five-hit game in the majors, and the Los Angeles Angels quickly erased an early deficit in beating the New York Yankees 11-4 on Saturday night.
Playing not far from his southern New Jersey hometown, Trout went deep for the third straight game to tie Boston's Mookie Betts for the big league lead with 17 home runs. The two-time MVP drove in four runs and set career bests with four extra-base hits and 11 total bases.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The New York Yankees rightfully lamented a miserable week filled with rainouts, broken planes and a patchwork schedule that forced right-hander Sonny Gray to pitch on eight days' rest.
NEW YORK (AP) — With banged-up center fielder Bradley Zimmer out of the lineup, the Cleveland Indians have recalled outfielder Greg Allen from Triple-A Columbus.
Allen was set to start in center and bat ninth Sunday against the streaking New York Yankees. To make room for him on the roster, Cleveland optioned right-handed reliever Ben Taylor to Columbus.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Gray has learned to just say yes when he sees Austin Romine behind the plate.
Gray made his second straight strong start and won for the first time in a month, boosting the New York Yankees over the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Saturday for their 14th win in 15 games.
"I trust that guy completely, knowing whatever he puts down, shake your head yes and throw it with conviction," Gray said.
Gray, Yankees bounce back against Orioles, win 8-3
NEW YORK (AP) — No one will accuse Aaron Boone of sleeping on the job.
Coming off a rugged extra-inning loss that stretched past midnight and cost his team four players to injuries and illness, the new Yankees manager didn't have much time to prepare for Saturday afternoon's game.
So he slept at Yankee Stadium. He said it wasn't in his office, but it was a comfortable spot.
FORT MYERS, FLA. Twins first baseman Logan Morrison entertained ESPN viewers on Thursday as he wore a microphone for an inning.
Yankees settle with 6, on track to get under tax threshold
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees reached one-year contracts with their remaining six players eligible for arbitration, leaving their projected luxury tax payroll at $177 million — $20 million below the threshold.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius agreed at $8.25 million Friday, pitcher Sonny Gray at $6.5 million and setup man Dellin Betances at $5.1 million. Also reaching deals were relievers Adam Warren ($3,315,000) and Chasen Shreve ($825,000), and backup catcher Austin Romine ($1.1 million).
Yankees tab Romine over Sanchez to catch Gray in Game 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Austin Romine will catch right-hander Sonny Gray for the New York Yankees against Houston in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series on Tuesday, with regular backstop Gary Sanchez moving to designated hitter.
Manager Joe Girardi said Romine and Gray have built a strong rapport since Gray was acquired from Oakland in July. Gray had a 1.45 ERA in three games pitching to Romine, compared to a 4.63 ERA in eight appearances with Sanchez.
Tigers’ Cabrera, Wilson have suspensions cut by 1 game each
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers star Miguel Cabrera and reliever Alex Wilson have started serving suspensions after their penalties were reduced by one game in settlements with Major League Baseball.
Cabrera will sit out six games and Wilson will miss three games for their actions on a fight-filled afternoon against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on Aug. 24. Both players had appealed their bans.
Basebrawl! 3 big beefs, 8 tossed as Tigers top Yankees 10-6
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine wrestled on the ground near home plate in the first of three bench-clearing altercations during Detroit's testy 10-6 victory over New York on Thursday.
Five players were ejected, along with both managers and the Yankees' bench coach.
Basebrawl! 3 big beefs, 8 tossed as Tigers top Yankees 10-6
DETROIT (AP) — Once slugger Miguel Cabrera wrestled Yankees catcher Austin Romine to the ground at home plate, an afternoon game at Comerica Park collapsed into total chaos.
All the testiness that had been building between the Detroit Tigers and New York finally boiled over. The toll of Thursday's fury: Three bench-clearing altercations, eight ejections, one beaning and a lot of angry words.
Benches clear 3 times, 8 ejections for Tigers, Yankees
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine wrestled on the ground near home plate during the first of three bench-clearing incidents in Thursday's game.
Five players have been ejected, along with managers Joe Girardi of the Yankees and Brad Ausmus of Detroit, and New York ench coach Rob Thompson.
NEW YORK — Given all the action and drama that took place after Chris Sale left last night’s game, the performance of the Red Sox ace easily could be overlooked.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have added to their already overcrowded first base carousel.
New York acquired minor league first baseman Garrett Cooper from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-handed reliever Tyler Webb on Thursday, providing more depth at a position that has been played by 10 players this season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dellin Betances threw a full-count breaking ball with no bite to Russell Martin that sailed well high and outside, forcing in the go-ahead run with his fourth walk of the eighth inning.
The All-Star reliever swiped at the toss back from catcher Austin Romine as manager Joe Girardi walked to the mound and fans booed on another long afternoon for the New York Yankees.
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CROWNS IN TOWN
The curse-breaking World Series trophies that the Red Sox won in 2004 and the Cubs earned last year will both be on display at Fenway Park when Boston hosts Chicago in the nationally televised night matchup. Fans can pose for pictures with both pieces of hardware, with a suggested donation of $20 that will go to each team's charities. Kyle Hendricks starts for Cubs against Eduardo Rodriguez.
NEW YORK (AP) — Young and old, from top to bottom, the New York Yankees are quickly growing into a powerful force at the plate.
Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and the thundering Yankees picked up right where they left off the previous night, steamrolling past the Baltimore Orioles 12-4 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Yankees have put catcher Gary Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps.
Sanchez was hurt while at the plate in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Orioles. After taking a swing, he injured his arm on the follow-through.
He was immediately removed from the game and replaced by Austin Romine. Sanchez hit 20 home runs in 201 at-bats as a rookie last year.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees aren't among baseball's top two payrolls for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, making cuts along with some other traditional big spenders.
The Los Angeles Dodgers topped the major leagues for the fourth straight opening day but dropped to $225 million, according to a study by The Associated Press. That's the Dodgers' lowest payroll since 2013.
Yankees add ex-Angels closer Frieri to spring roster
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the team has added former Los Angeles Angels closer Ernesto Frieri to the spring training roster.
Frieri pitched for Colombia in the World Baseball Classic.
"This is a guy that saved a lot of games," Girardi said after Wednesday night's 3-1 win over Philadelphia. "He pitched well in the WBC. Some of our people saw him and he's going to get an opportunity here."
The Yankees settled nearly all their eligible players before the arbitration deadline, but still have one major question mark left as Dellin Betances appears to be headed toward arbitration.
Pineda, Gregorius reach deals; Betances and Yanks $2M apart
NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Michael Pineda and shortstop Didi Gregorius were among six Yankees who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving reliever Dellin Betances as the only remaining player remaining eligible for salary arbitration.
Betances asked for a raise to $5 million and was offered $3 million by the Yankees. Betances made the minimum $507,500 last year after the team renewed his contract. He is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.
Orioles stumble late as Yankees rally for 7-3 win
NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Brach picked up Austin Romine's bat behind home plate and slammed it to the turf. On the verge of moving into position to clinch no worse than a tiebreaker game for a playoff berth, the Baltimore Orioles let the opportunity slip away.
"Tomorrow is what we've been playing the whole season for anyway," Matt Wieters said after Baltimore wasted a three-run lead Saturday in a deflating 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees. "It shouldn't be hard to get ready for a game tomorrow."
Yankees beat Orioles 5-2 to salvage finale of 3-game series
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chase Headley and Austin Romine had two RBIs apiece, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep and remain afloat in the AL wild-card race.
After the Yankees were blanked in the first two games of the series, manager Joe Girardi called the finale "probably the most important game of the year."
Keuchel outpitched as Astros lose 2-1 to Yankees
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel had another strong outing for the Houston Astros on Monday night. He just needed more help than George Springer's leadoff homer.
Austin Romine hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning to make a winner of Michael Pineda, and the New York Yankees' bullpen did just fine without star closer Aroldis Chapman in a 2-1 victory over the Astros.
Hours after New York traded Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, All-Star relievers Dellin Betances and...
HOUSTON (AP) — In its first test since star closer Aroldis Chapman was traded, the New York Yankees' bullpen came through just fine.
Austin Romine hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning to make a winner of Michael Pineda, and the Yankees held off the Houston Astros 2-1 on Monday night.
Hours after New York shipped Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, All-Star relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller closed out Houston to help the fourth-place Yankees (51-48)...