New York Yankees Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Carlos Beltran, RF9/30/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur in his right eblow according to MLB.com.
Insight: There is no danger of Beltran missing spring training as he should be able to return to all baseball activities in 12 weeks. He had a bad season, hitting .233/.301/.402 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, but he should be much better after healing from the injury.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B9/29/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN New York on Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.
Insight: Girardi went on to say A-Rod doesn't automatically have the job, but he should be able to be the everyday third baseman if healthy. Even though this news likely makes Yankee fans want to puke, the team could really use a power right-handed bat. That's if Rodriguez can be somewhat of his old self. Reality seems to have set in for Rodriguez, who must have figured out he stood almost no chance of winning this case in federal court. A-Rod will sit out the entire 2014 season as he serves a 162-game PED suspension. Rodriguez will not be reporting to spring training later this month.
Michael Pineda, SP9/28/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda struck out 10 and allowed just one run and three hits in six 1/3 innings on Sunday to win the season finale.
Insight: The Red Sox did not have their best lineup out on the field, but he would have performed well against the Boston "A Team" as well. In his last 13 2/3 innings, Pineda struck out 18 hitters. He finishes the year with a 1.89 ERA and looks to be the Yankees best starter going into 2015.
Derek Jeter, SS9/28/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter singled in his last at-bat at the major league level.
Insight: Jeter went 1-for-2 before leaving in the third inning on Sunday. He lined out to shortstop Jemile Weeks in his first at-bat and then hit an infield single in his second plate appearance. Manager Joe Girardi replaced Jeter after the infield single. Jeter finishes sixth all-time with 3,465 hits. Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.
Derek Jeter, SS9/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will DH in his final major league game on Sunday.
Insight: Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/28/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has just four hits against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in 23 career at-bats, but two of them are home runs.
Insight: Teixeira also has five RBI, two walks and seven strikeouts against the right hander. Like many Yankees, Teixeira has been extremely disappointing this year, hitting .217 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/27/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: The best thing that can be said about Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka's second start is that he didn't hurt himself.
Insight: Tanaka was ugly, throwing 50 pitches and yielding seven hits and five earned runs in 1 2/3 IP.
Derek Jeter, SS9/27/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be the DH in Saturday's lineup.
Insight: Jeter said in an interview after Thursday night's dramatic walkoff hit in his final Yankees Stadium appearance that he would play in the series against Boston at some point and he was true to his word.
Derek Jeter, SS9/26/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Jeter said in an interview after Thursday night's dramatic walkoff hit in his final Yankees Stadium appearance that he would play in the series against Boston at some point, but it's not going to be Friday night.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP9/25/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda is robbed of victory against Baltimore.
Insight: He went eight innings and left with a three-run lead. However, David Roberston blew the save. Kuroda, did finish the night with nine strikeouts and only two earned runs. He concludes 2014 at 11-9 and a 3.71 ERA.
David Robertson, RP9/25/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson blows save, but picks up victory.
Insight: He allowed three runs in the bottom half of the ninth, but was bailed out by Derek Jeter. Robertson has pitched well all year, and is now 4-5, with 38 saves and a 3.13 ERA.
Derek Jeter, SS9/25/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ends career at Yankee Stadium in grand style.
Insight: He hit a walk-off single with one out to score Antoan Richardson. In a storybook ending, Jeter finishes the night going 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored. He will be missed.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/24/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hits 22nd homer in loss to Baltimore.
Insight: It was his 22nd bomb of the year. He had two hitson the day and three RBI. With his inabilty to stay on the field on a consistent basis, Teixeira's best days are behind him.
Brian McCann, C9/23/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit his 23rd home run of the season, going 2-for-4 against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Insight: McCann has been disappointing in his first season in pinstripes. He got off to a slow start and never really recovered. McCann is hitting .235/.290/.411 with 73 RBI in addition to the 23 homers.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/23/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury exercised lightly on Tuesday.
Insight: Doctors, however, have not cleared him to resume baseball activities. He still hopes to return at some point this week.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/23/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira returned to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Teixeira sat out the previous two contests due to soreness in his right wrist, which he had surgically repaired. The first baseman received a cortisone shot to play Tuesday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/23/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is dealing with a wrist injury that has plagued him for a while.
Insight: Teixeira has already gone through three cortisone shots this season. It used to be you could count on him for 30 homers like clockwork, but he hit 24 last season and has 21 so far this year. Consider him questionable ... at best. Update - Teixeira is in the starting lineup.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/23/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is dealing with a wrist injury that has plagued him for a while.
Insight: Teixeira has already gone through three cortisone shots this season. It used to be you could count on him for 30 homers like clockwork, but he hit 24 last season and has 21 so far this year. Consider him questionable ... at best.
Carlos Beltran, RF9/23/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) has been mostly out of the lineup lately while dealing with the injury.
Insight: Beltran has played just three games since Sept. 9 and had nine at-bats. Fantasy owners have long since abandoned Beltran.
Derek Jeter, SS9/22/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had his first three-RBI game of 2014 on Monday in the victory over the Orioles.
Insight: Jeter had a RBI-groundout in the third and then drove in two with a double in the fifth. Jeter is going out on a high note in his last homestand of his career. He is 9-for-20 over the last five home games.
Michael Pineda, SP9/22/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda continued his solid season with seven 1/3 shutout innings against the Orioles on Monday.
Insight: Pineda's season has been injury-plagued and full of pine tar controversy, but on the mound, Pineda is 4-5 with a 1.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 70 innings. In 11 of Pineda's 12 starts this season, he has allowed two runs or fewer.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/22/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will receive one more start in the 2014 season.
Insight: Tanaka is set to start on Saturday at Fenway, which is giving the pitcher confidence that he can avoid elbow surgery according to ESPN New York. Tanaka returned to the mound on Sunday and pitched five 1/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits in a victory. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his right hander will be allotted 80-85 pitches against Boston.
Brett Gardner, LFHot9/22/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is 5-for-12 with three extra base hits and five RBI against Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Gardner posted multiple hits in both Saturday and Sunday's game with a pair of doubles and a home run. He had gone 0-for-20 before the weekend. Looks like he's turned it around and this is a favorable matchup.
David Robertson, RP9/21/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 38th save of the season.
Insight: He allowed one walk, but struck out one, to shut the door on Toronto. Robertson now owns a 2.79 ERA, and has been a solid replacement for the great Mariano Rivera.
Brian McCann, C9/21/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann has big day at plate in Yankees victory.
Insight: He raked two homers and three RBI, giving him 22 dingers and 71 RBI on the year. McCann is a solid option behind the plate, as the 2014 season comes to an end.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/21/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) earns victory in return to mound.
Insight: The Yankees were clearly keeping him on a pitch count, as he left the game with only 70 pitches thhrown. That totaled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, and four strikeouts. It is nice to see Tanaka get back out there, and return to form.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/21/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will be on the mound for the Yankees for the first time since July 8th, when New York hosts Toronto Sunday afternoon.
Insight: He got some work in the Yanks' spring training complex, but will face a big test today. Tanaka was a CY Young candidate before he went down with the injury. He is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 2014.
Derek Jeter, SS9/20/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter continues to play well, as his career comes to an end.
Insight: Jeter went 2-for-5 Saturday against Toronto, with a double and one RBI. It is nice to see such a great player end on a high note.
Chris Capuano, SP9/20/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Chris Capuano could not make it out of the sixth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: He surrendered four runs in 5/23 innings. Capuano is now 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA, pitching for New York.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/20/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a strained right hamstring and according to manager Joe Girardi could be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Insight: Girardi called it a "distinct possibility," according to a Wallace Matthews tweet. The outfielder is hitting .271 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI, 71 runs scored and 39 stolen bases this year.
Derek Jeter, SS9/19/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 on Friday in the victory against the Blue Jays.
Insight: After going nearly a month in between multi-hit games, Jeter recorded his second straight game with two hits. He nearly hit his second home run in as many days but instead flew out to the warning track. Jeter may be inspired by his final homestand because he was in a major slump prior to Thursday. He is hitting .252 with 20 extra-base hits and 41 RBI this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/19/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a strained right hamstring and is set to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury according to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Before leaving, Ellsbury was 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI. The outfielder is hitting .271 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI and 39 stolen bases this year.
Brian McCann, C9/19/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: McCann is struggling, batting .146 over the past two weeks (12 games). He has 20 home runs for the seventh consecutive season and 66 RBI, but he's not hitting right now.
Austin Romine, C9/19/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: If you see Yankees catcher Austin Romine's name in Friday's starting lineup, don't be surprised, as he's 5-for-6 (.833) against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Romine only has four at-bats all season, but you never know. If he gets a chance he might be successful.
Derek Jeter, SS9/18/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter homered as the Yankees edged the Blue Jays 3-2 Thursday night.
Insight: With just seven games remaining at home, the fans may have seen Jeter's final home run trot. It was his fourth homer of the season and 260th of his Hall of Fame career.
Ichiro Suzuki, RF9/18/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid New York right fielder Ichiro Suzuki Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Suzuki is just 4-for-23 with four strikeouts in his career against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. The outfielder has also struggled in September, batting .238 with a .565 OPS in the month.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/18/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 5-for-12 (.417) in his career against Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey.
Insight: He also has a double, RBI and steal off the knuckleballer. Ellsbury is hitting .271 with 15 home runs and 67 RBI this year.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/17/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Teixeira is dealing with lingering wrist discomfort. It used to be you could count on him for 30 homers like clockwork, but he hit 24 last season and has 21 so far this year.
Michael Pineda, SP9/16/2014 11:13:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed one run, two earned, on four hits in five 1/3 innings pitched but lost to the Rays, 6-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Pineda continues to pitch pretty well, but his record is just 3-5. He has not won since Aug. 25 but has a 2.15 ERA in 62 2/3 innings this year.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/16/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: Teixeira is dealing with lingering wrist discomfort according to the New York Daily News. Yankees manager Joe Girardi will count on Teixeira to let the team know when he is ready to return. He is listed as day-to-day.
Martin Prado, 2B9/16/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/3B/OF Martin Prado has an emergency appendectomy and is likely done for the season.
Insight: Prado has been sidelined much of the past week with a mild left hamstring strain, but now this. Prado is batting .282 with a .733 OPS for the season, but was much better as a Yankee infielder, batting .316 with seven homers and an .877 OPS.
Derek Jeter, SS9/15/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Jeter is hitless over the last six games (22 at-bats). The Captain's "Goodbye Tour" is going out on a mediocre note. Fantasy owners should simply remember the future Hall of Fame member is a career .300 hitter over 20 seasons and smile for what he's done for you in the past ... and leave him on your bench.
Brian McCann, CHot9/15/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is sitting out Monday's game with Tampa Bay.
Insight: McCann played the entire four-game weekend series against Baltimore and needs a day of rest. He has 20 home runs and 66 RBI this season. John Ryan Murphy will do the catching tonight. He's a .292 hitter, but without much power and has limited fantasy value.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/15/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw five innings Monday at the Yankees spring training complex.
Insight: Tanaka didn't give up a run, though he was facing mainly youngsters with little experience. The right-hander didn't feel any pain, which is the most important thing to get out of the session. There is still a chance he appears in a Yankees game before the end of the season.
David Robertson, RP9/13/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles on Saturday to record his 36th save of the season.
Insight: Robertson has pitched great filling in for Mariano Rivera. Robertson has blown just three out of 39 save opportuntities, has a 2.64 ERA, and 86 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold9/13/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Beltran was scratched from Wednesday's game due to elbow soreness and has yet to return. At some point, we expect the Yankees to shut him down for the year.
Bryan Mitchell, RP9/12/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell made his first career big league start, allowing two runs in five innings and losing to the Orioles, 5-0.
Insight: Mitchell allowed six hits, struck out two and walked two. The Yankees lineup mustered just four hits in the shutout.
Chase Headley, 3B9/12/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Yankees third baseman Chase Headley is doubtful for Friday's doubleheader against Baltimore.
Insight: Headley was hit in the jaw by a pitch and is expected to stay in New York Friday. He's done little this season for fantasy owners, batting .238 with 11 HR, 45 RBI and a .679 OPS.
Brett Gardner, LF9/12/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is doubtful due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Gardner is hoping to return by Saturday, according to a New York Daily News report.. Gardner is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs , 56 RBI, 81 runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold9/12/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) was not in Wednesday or Thursday's lineup.
Insight: Beltran is likely to be shut him down for the season at some point. He's batting just .236 with 15 HR and 49 RBI and hasn't helped fantasy owners since putting together a solid July (.300, 4 HR, 13 RBI).
Carlos Beltran, RF9/11/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rays.
Insight: Beltran did not play on Wednesday due to elbow soreness. Don't be surprised if at some point next week the Yankees shut him down for the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/11/2014 1:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 3-for-16 (.188) with a solo home run against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Cobb has arguably been the best pitcher in baseball, along with Clayton Kershaw, after the All-Star break. It would be unwise to start any Yankee, besides maybe Michael Pineda, on Thursday.
Brian McCann, CHot9/11/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann was 2-for-3 with a two-run single and a solo home run as the Yankees rallied to defeated the Ray, 8-5, on Wednesday.
Insight: Tampa Bay jumped out to a 4-0 in the top of the first inning, but McCann homered in the bottom of the inning to cut into the lead. The catcher then hit a two-run single in the third to further cut the deficit. McCann has continued to hit well in the second half, going deep three times and driving in seven runs this month. He has 18 home runs and 64 RBI this season.
Brett Gardner, LF9/10/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is not in the lineup again Wednesday due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Giradri said he'd bee sidelined fo at least a few more days. Gardner is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs , 56 RBI, 81 runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/9/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 8-for-12 (.667) and has stolen three bases off Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Ellsbury has hit .281 with 45 extra-base hits, including 14 homers, with 37 steals this season. he's been struggling this week, however, going 3-for-18.
Brett Gardner, LF9/9/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is questionable for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Gardner told MLB.com that he feels like if he pushed through the injury, he would only make it worse. Gardner is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs , 56 RBI, 81 runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Derek Jeter, SS9/7/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 1-for-3 in his farewell day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday against the Royals.
Insight: Jeter hit a single. Even though we all love Derek Jeter (the New York Daily News tells us so every day), it is nice to see him go out this year while he is still somewhat on top of his game. He is a shell of himself, but he is hitting .260, which is the fourth highest in the Yankee lineup, with 19 extra-base hits and 40 RBI. The Captain's "Goodbye Tour" is going out on a mediocre note. He's batting .261 with three homers, 39 RBI and 41 runs scored. Fantasy owners should simply remember the future Hall of Fame member is a career .310 hitter with an .818 OPS over 20 seasons and smile for what he's done for you in the past ... and leave him on your bench.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/7/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 34-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
Insight: Tanaka featured all his pitches in the successful pen session. The right-hander will either throw live batting practice or a simulated game next. Yankees manager Joe Girardi remains hopeful that Tanaka will return this month.
Brett Gardner, LF9/7/2014 9:04:00 AM
Description: The Yankees held left fielder Brett Gardner out of action on Saturday due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Gardner told MLB.com that he feels like if he pushed through the injury, he would only make it worse. He hopes to return on Sunday and is listed day-to-day. Garnder is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Brandon McCarthy, SP9/6/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy pitched six innings, allowed two runs on six hits, struck out four and walked one to capture a victory over the Royals, 6-2, on Saturday.
Insight: McCarthy was coming off two rocky starts but got back on track with a solid start against Kansas City. Overall, McCarthy has pitched much better with the Yankees (6-4, 2.79 ERA, 64 strikeouts) than he did with the Diamondbacks (3-10, 5.01 ERA, 93 strikeouts) in the first half of the season.
Martin Prado, 2B9/6/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado was 3-for-4 to help the Yankees beat the Royals on Saturday in New York, 6-2.
Insight: Prado has been sidelined much of the past week with a mild left hamstring strain, but hit two doubles, a single and scored two runs on Saturday. Prado is batting .309 with a .860 OPS in 30 games since joining the Yankee pinstripes.
Derek Jeter, SS9/6/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is 4-for-9 with a pair of doubles and a 1.111 OPS against Royals left-hander Danny Duffy.
Insight: The Captain's "Goodbye Tour" is going out on a mediocre note. He's batting .261 with three homers, 39 RBI and 41 runs scored. Fantasy owners should simply remember the future Hall of Fame member is a career .310 hitter with an .818 OPS over 20 seasons and smile for what he's done for you in the past ... and leave him on your bench.
Derek Jeter, SS9/5/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 on Friday in the loss against the Royals.
Insight: Jeter registered his hit in the ninth inning. He is hitting .261 with three home runs and 39 RBI this year.
Michael Pineda, SP9/5/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just one unearned run on three hits in seven innings on Friday against the Royals but suffered his fourth loss of the season as Kansas City beat New York, 1-0.
Insight: It was the best outing of the season for Pineda, but it was wasted as the Yankees themselves only recorded three hits. Pineda also struck out four and walked none. The pitcher is 3-4 with 1.80 ERA in 50 innings this year.
Mark Teixeira, 1B9/5/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a lifetime .125 hitter (6-for-48) against Royals starter James Shields with 15 strikeouts.
Insight: Teixeira was 3-for-10 with a game-tying home run in the three-game set with Boston, but this is an extremely unfavorable matchup. He has hit 20 or more home runs for the 11 time in 12 seasons.
Stephen Drew, 2BCold9/5/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is 7-for-14 with a 1.357 OPS versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Drew hasn't hit for the Yankees and is hitless in his last five games, so there is no reason to believe he'll take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Martin Prado, 2B9/5/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado is doubtful for Friday's game against Kansas City with a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Prado has raised his game as a member of the Yankees, batting .292 with five home runs and an .818 OPS in 29 games. He hit five home runs with a .686 OPS in his first 106 games with the Diamondbacks.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/4/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday according to WFAN.
Insight: After getting shutdown with a tired arm last week, Tanaka is back on track, throwing a successful flat-ground session on Tuesday and is going ahead with mound work this weekend. Despite the progress, it is highly unlikely Tanaka will pitch another game this season.
Steve Pearce, RF9/4/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce (abdomen) is hoping to return on Saturday.
Insight: Pearce has been out since last Saturday with discomfort in his abdomen. Pearce is scheduled to hit off a tee on Thursday and then take batting practice on Friday. If those workouts go well, he will play on Saturday. Pearce has been a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners, hitting .289/.354/.532 with 16 home runs in 85 games. Roch Kubatko of MASN speculated that Pearce hurt something while going into the stands to catch a foul ball in the second inning. If that's the case, Pearce should be able to return sometime this weekend.
Carlos Beltran, RF9/4/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is likely to undergo elbow surgery in his right arm at the end of the season according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
Insight: Bone spurs have cause Beltran to hit just .239/.305/.416 in the first year of his three-year, $45 million deal. He isn't getting any younger either as he will be 38 next season. Start him with caution for the rest of 2014.
Brian McCann, C9/4/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann has clubbed home runs in back-to-back games.
Insight: McCann is 6-for-8 to start September and went a perfect 4-for-4 on Wednesday with three RBI to lead the Yankees over the Red Sox, 5-1. The catcher had a horrible start to the season but is now hitting a respectable .244 with 17 home runs, 61 RBI, and 48 runs.
David Phelps, SPCold9/2/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter David Phelps (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session according to MLB.com.
Insight: Phelps threw fastballs and changeups in the session. Phelps will throw another bullpen session on Friday and use his whole arsenal of pitches. His fantasy value is limited though as New York plans to bring him back as a reliever.
Brett Gardner, LF9/2/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Home plate umpire Tim Timmons ejected Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner from Tuesday's game against the Red Sox after arguing a called third strike.
Insight: The pitch from Joe Kelly appeared to be outside and Gardner would have walked to force in a run. Upon striking out, Gardner spiked his bat and helmet, which caused Timmons to toss him from the game. The strikeout was the left fielder's third of the game.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP9/2/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw a bullpen session this week.
Insight: Tanaka threw on flat ground on Tuesday and was cleared to begin working off the mound. Late last week, he was shut down due to arm fatigue, but he appears to be back on track with his rehab. He still might not be back to make an impact this season though.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot9/2/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the Yankees lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Ellsbury missed the last two starts with a left ankle injury, though he was used as a pinch hitter and clubbed a double on Sunday. With the off day on Monday, Ellsbury had three straight days to recover. He is hitting .288/.348/.435 with 14 home runs and 37 steals.
Brandon McCarthy, SPHot8/31/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy allowed four runs, including three long balls, in a loss against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: After three great starts, allowing two runs or fewer, McCarthy has posted a 6.69 ERA in his last two starts. He is 8-14 with a 4.19 ERA with Arizona and New York this year.
Chase Headley, 3B8/31/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees third baseman Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with a double and walk against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: Headley is hitting .252 since being traded to New York on July 21. He has also added three home runs and 11 RBI. Headley did not have a very good August though, batting .218.
Martin Prado, 2BHot8/31/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado went 2-for-4 and scored a run on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Prado hit just 7-for-43 in his first 13 games with New York, but has really picked it up since then. He finished August with a .273 average, four home runs, seven doubles, 12 RBI, and 12 runs in the month.
Brett Gardner, LF8/31/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 and fell a single shy of the cycle on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Gardner also scored two runs and had an RBI. He is continuing his great season, hitting .269 with 16 home runs, 20 doubles, eight triples, 55 RBI, and 81 runs.
Chaz Roe, RP8/31/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: The New York Yankees have traded for minor league right-handed reliever Chaz Roe and are expected to cal him up to the big club.
Insight: Roe has spent the season at Triple-A New Orleans going 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.156 WHIP.
Derek Jeter, SS8/31/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is a career .500 hitter (7-for-14) with a pair of home runs versus Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Insight: Jeter's "Goodbye Tour" hasn't produced many results for fans and fantasy owners (.262, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 39 runs scored), but he does have a favorable matchup Sunday.
Derek Jeter, SS8/30/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Jeter could not take advantage of a friendly matchup against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Jeter came into the matchup hitting .500 (7-for-14) against the 24-year-old. The Yankee captain is hitting .207 with four extra-base hits, including one home run, and a poor .622 OPS in 25 games this month. The debate of whether he should continue to bat second in the lineup will rage on at least another day.
Michael Pineda, SP8/30/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just a two-run home run in the top of the first against the Blue Jays and received the loss on Saturday.
Insight: Pineda went on to pitch six innings, strike out three and walk none. Jose Bautista hit the two-run homer. Pineda has posted a 2.31 ERA and 15/1 K/BB ratio in four starts since returning from the disabled list.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot8/30/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Ellsbury was limping around in the clubhouse on Friday night after injuring his left ankle while sliding into home plate in the ninth. The Yankees have off on Monday, so it's possible manager Joe Giradi will be extremely cautious and sit him on Sunday as well, so Ellsbury gets three straight days of rest.
Derek Jeter, SS8/30/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is a career 7-for-14 against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison.
Insight: The experts have debated whether manager Joe Giardi should lower Jeter in the batting order, but as of now he is still hitting second and will continue to get opportunities. Jeter is hitting .264 with 18 extra base hits, 36 RBI and a measly .627 OPS this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot8/29/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a home run in the victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: The home run was Ellsbury's 14th on the season and fourth in the last week. The center fielder is hitting .313 in August, including .455 in his last 11 games. Ellsbury also has 14 RBI, 12 runs and nine stolen bases this month.
Steve Pearce, RFHot8/29/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce left Friday's game against the Twins in the third inning with a right abdominal strain.
Insight: Roch Kubatko of MASN speculated that Pearce hurt something while going into the stands to catch a foul ball in the second inning. If that's the case, Pearce should be able to return sometime this weekend.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP8/29/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has been shut down from throwing due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm.
Insight: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports there is no scheduled doctor appointment, so it appears to be a minor setback. Tanaka has said the pain is more in his forearm than in his elbow. It is looking less and less likely that Tanaka will make a fantasy impact again this season.
Brian McCann, C8/29/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle.
Insight: McCann is just one of four hitters on the Yankees roster with career batting averages over .420 against Buehrle (min 10 at-bats). The other three are Brett Gardner, Stephen Drew and Ichiro Suzuki.
Shane Greene, RPHot8/27/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Shane Greene struck out eight and limited the Tigers to two runs on five hits over seven innings in Wednesday's win.
Insight: Greene had a 4.61 ERA in Triple-A this season, but he's gone 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings with the big club. The Yankees have gone 7-2 in Greene's starts.
Carlos Beltran, RF8/27/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is a lifetime .154 hitter (2-for-13) with four strikeouts against Tigers pitcher David Price.
Insight: Beltran went 2-for-4 on Tuesday against Detroit but owners should be wary of his lack of success against the former AL CY Young winner.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold8/27/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a lifetime .204 hitter (11-for-54) against Tigers pitcher David Price. He does, however, hit for some power against Price, as Teixeira has three home runs and seven RBI.
Insight: Teixeira returned to the lineup on Tuesday and went 0-for-4. He has 20 home runs in 347 at-bats, but is hitting .233.
Brian McCann, C8/27/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is a career .417 hitter (5-for-12) with three home runs and five RBI against Tigers starter David Price.
Insight: McCann has a five-game hitting streak, in which he is hitting .313 with a home run and four RBI. The catcher had a pinch-hit walkoff home run on Sunday. McCann never really recovered from his terrible start this season. It looked like he was making strides as he hit .287 in July, but he has followed that up with a .229 batting average in August.
Brett Gardner, LF8/27/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) believe he will be back in the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
Insight: Gardner has not played since fouling a ball off his ankle on Saturday. The left fielder is hitting .269 with 15 home runs, 52 RBI, 77 runs and 19 steals this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot8/26/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with two solo homers Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: Ellsbury came into the game 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The center fielder has gone 15-for-31 with three homers, seven RBI and six runs in his last eight games.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold8/26/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Teixeira sat out Monday due to hamstring tightness. He has 20 home runs in 343 at-bats this season but has just nine doubles and is batting .233.
Brett Gardner, LFCold8/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and had hoped to be ready for Tuesday's game. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot8/26/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday at Kansas City and has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Ellsbury is 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Porcello. He's hit .280 with 25 doubles, two triples, 11 dingers, 58 RBI and 35 steals in 126 games. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.
Brett Gardner, LFCold8/26/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) was not in the lineup Monday, but hopes to be back Tuesday after missing the past two games.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot8/25/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday at Kansas City.
Insight: Ellsbury scored two runs but has just 60 this season. He's hit .280 with 25 doubles, two triples, 11 dingers, 58 RBI and 35 steals in 126 games.
Martin Prado, 2BHot8/25/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run Monday at Kansas City.
Insight: Prado went 7-for-43 (.163) in his first 13 games with New York, but he's picked up 15 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.417) with six doubles, three homers and 10 RBI in that span.
Michael Pineda, SPHot8/25/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda was outstanding again Monday at Kansas City and he earned his first win since April 16.
Insight: Pineda held the Royals to one run on five hits and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings. He's given up four runs on 11 hits in 17 1/3 innings since he came off the disabled list and is 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a 27/4 K/BB in 37 innings this season. The 25-year-old should be added in all leagues.
Steve Pearce, RFHot8/25/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce has gone 12-for-36 (.333) with five doubles, four homers and five RBI over his last eight games.
Insight: From July 20 to Aug. 16, Pearce had just 44 at-bats and hit .114 with zero homers, zero RBI and 17 Ks. With Manny Machado out for the season, he's back to playing every day and is hitting .289 with 15 homers, 36 RBI and an .881 OPS in 273 at-bats this season.
Stephen Drew, 2B8/25/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is 6-for-11 versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Drew didn't hit in Boston and hasn't hit for the Yankees, so there is no reason to believe he'll take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold8/25/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is not in the lineup Monday against the Royals.
Insight: He admitted his left hamstring has been a little tight, according to Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network. His .125 (6-for-48) career average against Royals starter James Shields also could have something to do with his absence.
Brett Gardner, LFCold8/25/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Monday, according to Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and he hopes to be back Tuesday. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold8/25/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a career 6-for-48 (.125) against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Teixeira was just 1-for-9 in the three game series with the White Sox so it's probably best just to avoid him.
Brian McCann, C8/24/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit a pinch-hit walk-off three-run homer Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: McCann hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 25 and he's hitting .235 with 15 homers, 54 RBI, 43 runs and a .680 OPS on the year.
Brett Gardner, LFCold8/24/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is dealing with a sore ankle, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Gardner's absence Sunday was not just because Chris Sale was on the mound. The left fielder hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Brett Gardner, LFCold8/24/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has an unfavorable matchup on his birthday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and should be avoided.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their previous matchups. After an impressive June and July, Gardner's bat has been silent in August, batting .211 with a .633 OPS. Update: Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup.
Brett Gardner, LFCold8/24/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has an unfavorable matchup on his birthday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and should be avoided.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their previous matchups. After an impressive June and July, Gardner's bat has been silent in August, batting .211 with a .633 OPS.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP8/23/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six in six innings Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: It was the most strikeouts Kuroda has had since July 20. He's fanned just 108 batters in 160 innings this season and is 9-8 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold8/23/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs in his return to the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Beltran aggravated his elbow injury earlier this week and missed the last three games. He went 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games before the injury.
Martin Prado, 2BHot8/23/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Prado got off to a slow start with his new team, but he has gone 12-for-27 (.444) with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI over his last seven games.
Martin Prado, 2BHot8/22/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado went had a two-run homer and a walk-off RBI single Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Prado has gone 9-for-23 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI and five runs in his last six games.
Brian McCann, C8/22/2014 3:54:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but has returned to the lineup for Friday's action.
Insight: He'll DH with Francisco Cervelli behind the plate. McCann is just back from the concussion list and the team is being cautious. He's had a disappointing year, batting .233 with 14 homers, 51 RBI and a .670 OPS.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot8/22/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a career 6-for-14 (.429) hitter against White Sox pitcher John Danks.
Insight: Ellsbury has a modest three-game hitting streak, but during that stretch, has six singles, two RBI, a run and three stolen bases. In his last two games, Ellsbury is 5-for-9. He has a good chance of keeping it going against Danks on Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B8/22/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a career 8-for-15 (.533) hitter against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Teixeira had a great series against Tampa Bay last weekend but cooled off in two starts versus Houston. He has been hitting .219 since the All-Star break, which has helped contribute to his worst season batting average of his career. Hopefully, he can get on track against Danks.
Brandon McCarthy, SPHot8/21/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy put up another great performance Thursday, holding the Houston Astros to four harmless hits and striking out eight en route to a 3-0 complete game shutout.
Insight: McCarthy improves to 5-2 with a 4.01 ERA. He's yielded two runs or less in his last four outings.
Brian McCann, C8/21/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Normal day game after a night game off. McCann returned from a concussion last Sunday and has caught the last three games. He's had a disappointing year, batting .233 with 14 homers, 51 RBI and a .670 OPS.
Zelous Wheeler, 3B8/21/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Just recalled Zelous Wheeler will get a start at DH Thursday. He'll bat ninth.
Insight: Beltran's elbow continues to give him problems and will miss another game. Wheeler batted .267 with two home runs in a 30 at-bat "tryout" in July.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold8/21/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran aggravated his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday, missed Wednesday and won't play in Thursday's game against Houston, according to manager Joe Girardi.
Insight: He's gone 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games to lower his season batting average to .233 with a .707 OPS and with word of this injury can probably be safely dropped in all leagues.
Michael Pineda, SP8/20/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has allowed three runs on six hits and recorded a 7/1 K/BB over 11 innings in two starts since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Pineda cranked it up to 89 pitches Wednesday against Houston after throwing 67 last week at Baltimore. The right-hander has a 2.05 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 30 2/3 innings this season.
Stephen Drew, 2B8/20/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: Don't get too excited. Drew has great career numbers against Scott Feldman, Wednesday's starter. Otherwise, he's been even worse with the Yankees than he was with the Red Sox.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP8/20/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday using fastballs, curveballs, sliders and even his splitter. SOURCE: Bryan Hoch, mlb.com
Insight: Tanaka continues to clear hurdles as he attempts to come back from a partially torn UCL, but he's walking a tightrope anytime he steps on the mound. One setback will likely mean Tommy John surgery.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold8/20/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran aggravated his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday and is out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Beltran exclusively served as the DH from June 5 to Aug. 15 due to bone spurs in his elbow before returning to right field on Aug. 16. He's gone 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games and can be dropped in all leagues.
Brian McCann, C8/19/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Houston.
Insight: McCann returned from a concussion on Sunday. He's had a disappointing year, batting .235 with 14 homers, 51 RBI and a .676 OPS.
Steve Pearce, RF8/17/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: After a long dry spell, Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce finally put one over the wall.
Insight: Pearce had gone 19 games without hitting a home run and batting an ugly .155 to boot. A far cry from his .309 May with four homers and .361 June with five homers. It's not yet time to jump back on the bandwagon, but at least we know he's trying.
Shane Greene, RPHot8/16/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Shane Greene followed up the best start of his career with a career-high 10 Ks in six two-run innings Saturday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Greene has gone 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and a 39/11 K/BB in 43 innings since he joined the rotation on July 7. He's really come out of nowhere after posting a 4.61 ERA in Triple-A this season.
Steve Pearce, RF8/16/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce has been out of the starting lineup in 11 of the team's 14 games this month.
Insight: Pearce has hit .175 with one homer and 21 Ks in his last 80 at-bats and is down to .283 with 11 homers, 31 RBI and an .842 OPS on the year. He can be dropped in all leagues.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold8/16/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Carlos Beltran will play the field for the first time since May 10 on Saturday, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Beltran has been relegated to a DH role due to an elbow injury, but he's been feeling much better. He's gone 1-for-18 in his last five games, but moving back to right field could help him focus on something other than his hitting struggles. His return to the field will allow manager Joe Girardi to use the DH to get his veterans a half day off down the stretch.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP8/16/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a bullpen session Saturday and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he came through it "fine," according to Erik Boland of Newsday.
Insight: Tanaka is fighting long odds in trying to avoid Tommy John surgery for his partially torn UCL. How he feels Sunday will go a long way toward determining if he'll be able to return this season.
Brandon McCarthy, SPHot8/15/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy has struck out 43 batters and walked seven in 43 innings since he joined the Yankees.
Insight: McCarthy has gone 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP since Arizona shipped him to New York. He's lost two straight starts but allowed four earned runs and recorded a 15/1 K/BB over 12 2/3 innings in that stretch.
Michael Pineda, SP8/13/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: In his first start since April 23, Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (back) held the Orioles to one run on two hits in five innings.
Insight: Pineda was suspended for pine tar use after his start on April 23 and he strained a muscle in his upper back during his suspension. The Yankees limited him to 67 pitches Wednesday and New York's bullpen squandered a 2-1 lead.
Brian McCann, C8/13/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann (concussion) is expected to return from the 7-day concussion DL Saturday, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: McCann sustained a mild concussion when he took a foul ball off the mask on Aug. 8, but he's been cleared for baseball activities. McCann is hitting .238 with 13 homers, 49 RBI and a .677 OPS, not what the Yankees were expecting when they gave him $17 million a year for five years last December.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP8/13/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: The Yankees will skip Hiroki Kuroda's next start to give the veteran extra rest, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Insight: New York's rainout Tuesday allows the Yankees to skip Kuroda. He's expected to start on eight days rest next Tuesday against the Astros.
Brett Gardner, LF8/12/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has a favorable matchup in Tuesday's game versus Baltimore.
Insight: Gardner is 5-for-12 with three extra-base hits against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The left-handed Gardner is batting .290 against southpaws (.274 versus right-handers). Gardner's power stroke in July (.932 OPS) has not continues into August.
Brett Gardner, LF8/12/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has a favorable matchup in Tuesday's game versus Baltimore.
Insight: Gardner is 5-for-12 with three extra-base hits against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The left-handed Gardner is batting .290 against southpaws (.274 versus right-handers). Gardner's power stroke in July (.932 OPS) has not continued into August.
Michael Pineda, SP8/11/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (back) will return from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Orioles, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Pineda had a 1.83 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 15 Ks in 19 2/3 innings before being suspended for pine tar use. He strained a muscle in his upper back during his suspension. He should be added in all leagues.
Stephen Drew, 2B8/11/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is 6-for-13 (.462) versus Baltimore starter Bud Norris.
Insight: He's hit just .171 in the ten games with the Yankees after batting .176 in Boston. It's probably best to avoid this matchup.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP8/10/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda couldn't make it out of the fifth inning Sunday against the Indians.
Insight: Kuroda just didn't have it Sunday. He walked four and gave up three runs on five hits before being taken out with two outs in the fifth. The right-hander has a 4.03 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 147 1/3 innings this season, so he's a low-end fantasy option in standard leagues.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF8/10/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a steal Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Ellsbury's homer came off Cody Allen with two outs in the ninth inning and was inconsequential to the final score, but fantasy owners will take it. In his first season with New York, Ellsbury has batted .280 with 10 home runs, 52 RBI, 56 runs and 30 steals. He's been much better at Yankee Stadium (.320, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 19 SB, 24 R) than on the road (.247, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 11 SB, 32 R).
Mark Teixeira, 1B8/10/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira (finger) is in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Teixeira got his left hand caught under the heel of catcher Bryan Holaday Wednesday night and had to get stitches in his pinky. He said Friday he really couldn't grip a bat, but he's ready to go just two days later.
Brian McCann, C8/9/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann left Friday's game with a mild concussion and is not in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon.
Insight: McCann took a foul ball off the mask.. McCann is hitting .238 with 13 homers, 49 RBI and a .677 OPS, a bit disappointing. Francisco Cervelli gets the start and is batting .305 in limited action.
Brian McCann, C8/9/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann left Friday's game with a mild concussion.
Insight: McCann took a foul ball off the mask.. McCann is hitting .238 with 13 homers, 49 RBI and a .677 OPS, a bit disappointing.
Mark Teixeira, 1B8/8/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira (finger) said Friday that he "can't really grip a bat right now," according to beat writer Erik Boland.
Insight: Teixeira got his left hand caught under the heel of catcher Bryan Holaday Wednesday night and had to get stitches in his pinky. When Teixeira had a lat strain in July, the Yankees played with a 24-man roster for a week to avoid placing him on the DL. They'll probably wait that long again if they think he can be back in 10 days or less.
Brett Gardner, LF8/8/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is hitless in six official at-bats against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer with three strikeouts.
Insight: Gardner may be the hottest hitter in baseball with five home runs over the past two weeks and a 1.105 OPS. That should be enough to overcome this poor matchup.
Michael Pineda, SP8/8/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (back) is expected to be activated for the Aug. 13 game in Baltimore, according to a New York Daily News report.
Insight: The Yankees pitching staff has been devestated by injury this season and if Pineda is ready to go it will give them a huge boost. When he last pitched (April 23), he was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 1.017 WHIP.
Shane Greene, RP8/7/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Yankees 25-year-old right-hander Shane Greene was too good for the Detroit Tigers Thursday afternoon, going eight innings and yielding no runs on just five hits.
Insight: Greene improves to 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.205 WHIP and fantasy owners should pay attention, but not "buy" yet. He's too inconsistent.
Mark Teixeira, 1B8/7/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira left Wednesday's game against the Tigers with a left hand injury and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Teixeira slid into home plate and appeared to get his left hand caught under the heel of catcher Bryan Holaday. Consider Teixeira (.230, 19 HR, 52 RBI) day-to-day.
Martin Prado, 3B8/7/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Yankees 3B/OF Martin Prado moves up in the order for Thursday's game against Detroit. He'll bat second with Derek Jeter sitting.
Insight: Chase Headley is at first base as Mark Teixeira also sits, so Prado geta the start ar third base. He's hitting just .268 this season but his multi-position abilities are going to suit him well in New York.
Derek Jeter, SS8/7/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is just 1-for-15 in his career versus Rick Porcello and is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: The consistent Jeter has batted exactly .272 in two of the four months this season and .275 and .289 in the others. He's not the fantasy value he once was as he finishes out his Hall of Fame career. Stephen Drew draws the shortstop assignment.
Brian McCann, C8/7/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Just the normal day game off after a night game. McCann is hitting .236 with 13 homers, 49 RBI and a .674 OPS after homering for the second straight night Wednesday.
Derek Jeter, SS8/7/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is just 1-for-15 in his career versus Rick Porcello.
Insight: The consistent Jeter has batted exactly .272 in two of the four months this season and .275 and .289 in the others. He's not the fantasy value he once was as he finished out his Hall of Fame career. Avoid him Thursday in this unfavorable matchup.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF8/7/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a .700 career batting average against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: That includes a double and a pair of home runs for a 2.127 OPS over 11 plate appearances. Ellsbury's isn't running like he did last year (29 SB vs. 52 in 2013), but he will hit double-digit home runs for just the second time in his career with his next long ball. Start him Thursday.
Brian McCann, C8/6/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann homered for the second straight game Wednesday against Detroit.
Insight: McCann looked to be breaking out of his slump in July, but he went 0-for-15 from July 27 to Aug. 1 to put a halt to his progress. He's hitting .236 with 13 homers, 49 RBI and a .674 OPS on the season.
Chase Headley, 3B 8/6/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees third baseman Chase Headley went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Headley was 3-for-23 (.130) in his previous six games. He's hit .263 with two home runs and six RBI in 15 games since the trade.
Chris Capuano, SP8/6/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Chris Capuano outdueled Tigers starter Justin Verlander Wednesday night. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, struck out eight, walked one and allowed one unearned run on five hits.
Insight: The Yankees faced three AL Cy Young Award winners -- Max Scherzer, David Price, Verlander -- in the three-game series and countered with Brandon McCarthy, Hiroki Kuroda and Capuano, but New York still won two out of three. Capuano is 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts since he joined the Yankees.
Mark Teixeira, 1B8/6/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira left Wednesday's game against the Tigers with a left hand injury. He received stitches in his left pinky after the game and will get X-rays.
Insight: Teixeira slid into home plate and appeared to get his left hand caught under the heel of catcher Bryan Holaday. He won't play Thursday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B8/6/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is 3-for-31 (.097) with 10 Ks in his career against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Teixeira's average dipped to .229 after he went 0-for-5 Tuesday night, though he still has a .779 OPS because he's hit 19 homers and walked 42 times. He shouldn't be used Wednesday against Verlander.
Stephen Drew, 2B8/5/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's hit ..214 in the four games with the Yankees after batting .176 in Boston. Brendan Ryan will make the start and he has no fantasy value as career .236 hitter with a .615 OPS.
Brett Gardner, LF8/5/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is just 2-for-17 (.118) against Detroit left-hander David Price with four strikeouts.
Insight: Gardner overcame a poor matchup Monday night to rap out another two hits. He may be the hottest hitter in baseball with five home runs in his last seven games and a .481 batting average.
David Robertson, RP8/4/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson reached 30 saves for the first time in his career Monday against the Tigers.
Insight: Just 14 30-save seasons to go before tying Mariano Rivera. In all seriousness, Robertson has done a great job filling Rivera's shoes this season -- he's posted a 2.68 ERA, blown just two saves and struck out a ridiculous 71 batters in 43 2/3 innings (14.63 K/9).
Brandon McCarthy, SPHot8/4/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy has gone 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts since he joined the Yankees.
Insight: McCarthy (7-10, 4.37 ERA) struck out eight batters and allowed one unearned run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings Monday in a win over the Tigers. With a 3.59 FIP and a 2.89 xFIP this season, he should continue to pitch well.
David Phelps, SPCold8/4/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter David Phelps (elbow) will be shut down for two weeks, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Phelps left Sunday's start with elbow inflammation and was placed on the DL Monday. He doesn't have any ligament damage but could be out for 3-4 weeks. Chase Whitley and Esmil Rogers are the likely options to make Friday's start in Phelps' place, with Michael Pineda (back) serving as a long shot to come off the DL to start.
Michael Pineda, SP8/4/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (back) isn't likely to be activated for Friday's start, according to mlb.com.
Insight: The Yankees will need a starter that day after placing David Phelps on the DL Monday with elbow tendinitis. The two likely options are Esmil Rogers, who was claimed off waivers last week, and Chase Whitley. Pineda will throw 75 pitches in his next start, wherever it takes place. Even if he's not back Friday, he's nearing a return and should be added in all leagues.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP8/4/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw Monday for the first time since he was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Tanaka threw 25 pitches from 60 feet on flat ground and said everything felt normal. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection three weeks ago. The right-hander is fighting long odds in trying to avoid Tommy John surgery, but he'll be back in September if rest and rehab do the trick.
Mark Teixeira, 1B 8/4/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira was scratched from Monday's lineup due to lightheadedness, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: Teixeira has gone 5-for-19 with a double and two homers since he returned from a strained lat. With a .233 average, eight doubles and 19 homers, Teixeira has really become a home-run-or-bust player.
David Phelps, SPCold8/4/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter David Phelps has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis.
Insight: Phelps left Sunday's start and said he's been dealing with elbow discomfort for about a month. He's allowed nine runs on 14 hits in eight innings his last two starts.
David Phelps, SP8/4/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees starter David Phelps is doubtful for his next scheduled start due to a right elbow inflammation.
Insight: Phelps (5-5, 4.24 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) after two poor outings in a row. He's too inconsistent to be an everyday fantasy starter.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF8/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a .667 career OBP against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ellsbury has struggled with the bat over the past two weeks, hitting just .163 in his last 12 games.
Brett Gardner, LF8/4/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is hitless in nine at bats versus Tigers ace Max Scherzer including four strikeouts.
Insight: Gardner may be the hottest hitter in baseball with five home runs in his last six games and a .478 batting average, but this matchup will test his medal.
Brett Gardner, LF8/3/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is just 3-for-20 against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Gardner is putting together the best season of his career with both power (14 HR) and speed (18 SB), but has seen little success in this matchup.
Martin Prado, 3B8/2/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees 3B/OF Martin Prado will make his first start in a New York uniform in right field Saturday.
Insight: Chase Headley is at third base, so Prado will probably play mostly in the outfield. He's hitting just .269 this season and has four homers and two steals. He's a nice multi-position option but isn't hitting enough at the moment to be in fantasy lineups.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot8/1/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and two RBI Friday against Boston.
Insight: Beltran has gone 19-for-51 (.373) with four home runs and 11 RBI since the All-Star break after hitting .216 with nine homers and 28 RBI in 232 at-bats before it.
Stephen Drew, 2B8/1/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees will start Stephen Drew at second base on Friday night versus hos old club, Boston.
Insight: He's hit .176 with four home runs and a .583 OPS in 131 at-bats, so fantasy owners may still want to stay away.
Stephen Drew, SSCold7/31/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have picked up Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox for Kelly Johnson.
Insight: It was the first trade between the Yankees and Red Sox since 1997. Drew has never played any position other than shortstop, but he's going to start at second base for New York. Learning a new position on the fly won't help him turn around his struggles at the plate. He's hit .176 with four home runs and a .583 OPS in 131 at-bats.
Martin Prado, 3B7/31/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Arizona has traded 3B/OF Martin Prado to the Yankees.
Insight: Chase Headley is at third base, so Prado will likely start in right field for New York. He's hitting just .270 this season and has four homers and two steals. That's not good enough for fantasy purposes.
Michael Pineda, SP7/29/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: New York starter Michael Pineda has been cleared to start a rehab assignment, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Pineda threw a simulated game Tuesday and manager Joe Girardi said the session was "really good." Pineda will throw 60-65 pitches in his first rehab start and likely will need one or two more after that before he's ready to rejoin the Yankees' rotation.
Michael Pineda, SP7/29/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: New York starter Michael Pineda is expected to throw about 45 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game.
Insight: Fantasy owners should have moved on a long time ago. With all the setbacks he's been having, it's unlikely we'll see Pineda (2-2, 1.83 ERA) on the mound before the third week in August ... at best.
Brett Gardner, LF 7/28/2014 11:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with two solo home runs Monday at Texas.
Insight: Gardner now has four career home runs and five hits in 11 career at-bats against Yu Darvish. The outfielder's career high in home runs prior to this season was eight, but he already has 12 dingers in 380 at-bats this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/28/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in Monday night's starting lineup against Texas.
Insight: Ellsbury has played 10 consecutive days since the teams returned from the All-Star break, so can probably use the day off.
Francisco Cervelli, CHot7/27/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has started eight straight games and hit safely in all of them.
Insight: Cervelli went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season Sunday. He's been seeing a lot of time because Brian McCann has had to play first base with Mark Teixeira out. He'll likely move back to the bench when Teixeira returns Tuesday or Wednesday, though he could be a trade target for catcher-needy teams.
Chase Headley, 3BHot7/27/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Chase Headley homered Sunday for the first time with the Yankees.
Insight: Headley has gone 8-for-23 (.348) with two doubles and a homer since the trade from San Diego. He's hitting .330 in July.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold7/27/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira (lat) is targeting Tuesday or Wednesday for his return to the lineup, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: New York skipper Joe Girardi is optimistic that Teixeira will avoid the disabled list. The first baseman will miss his seventh straight game Sunday.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/27/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has homered in the last two games and will face Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ Sunday, which makes him a good fantasy option.
Insight: Beltran is 7-for-20 (.350) with a double and three homers against Happ. Beltran's OPS reached .700 for the first time since June 5 on Saturday.
Derek Jeter, SS7/27/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has picked up six hits, including two homers, in 11 at-bats against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Insight: Jeter has batted exactly .272 in three of the four months this season and .275 in the other. He has just 13 extra-base hits in 367 at-bats. However, he could be a good and inexpensive option Sunday.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/26/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran blasted a home run against the Blue Jays Saturday.
Insight: Beltran is still hitting just .227 with 12 homers, 34 RBI and a .732 OPS, but has homered in back-to-back games for the first time since mid-April.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot7/26/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 5-for-7 (.714) against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson
Insight: Ellsbury has had a good week batting .364 over the past six games. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/25/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against Toronto.
Insight: Beltran is still hitting just .222 with 11 homers, 32 RBI and a .689 OPS on the year. He just hasn't made enough consistent hard contact this season and has a .227 BABIP.
Chase Headley, 3B7/25/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees third baseman Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Friday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Headley has gone 6-for-14 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs in four games since the Padres traded him to the Yankees, and New York won all four.
Chris Capuano, SP 7/25/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: The Yankees will start Chris Capuano Saturday against the Blue Jays, according to Bryan Hoch.
Insight: He'll replace Chase Whitley in the rotation. New York picked up Capuano from the Rockies for cash on Thursday. He had a 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 innings as a middle reliever for the Red Sox earlier this season and isn't likely to be fantasy-relevant in standard leagues.
Brett Gardner, LFHot7/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with four extra-base hits versus Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Gardner is having a good week (.988 OPS over his last six games) and should be able to take advantage of the situation.
Steve Pearce, RF7/24/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce is not in Thursday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Pearce is not swinging the bat well right now, hitting just .192 over the past eight games, but still has good season-long numbers - , batting .306 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in just 206 at-bats.
CC Sabathia, SP7/24/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: CC Sabathia had knee surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.
Insight: Sabathia had experienced renewed swelling in his knee when he tried to return earlier this month. The left-hander's first four years with New York were excellent, as he went 74-29 with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and one World Series title. However, he's recorded a 17-17 record, a 4.87 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in the last two seasons.
Derek Jeter, SS7/24/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Jeter hasn't done much this year (.270, 2 HR, 27 RBI in 89 games) but at least he's been able to stay healthy for his "goodbye tour." It's surprising he's getting Thursday's game off, however, as he's 3-for-5 with two homers versus Rangers starter Colby Lewis. Brendan Ryan will get the start.
Chase Headley, 3B7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Chase Headley has been traded to the New York Yankees.
Insight: Headley hasn't ever reached the levels he posted in 2012, but he'll be an upgrade at 3B for the Yankees. The change in venue from Petco Park to Yankees Stadium will should help Headley's numbers. He's not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot7/21/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit his eighth home run of the season Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ellsbury went 2-for-4 and is hitting .291 with a .777 OPS on the year. He has batted .331 at Yankee Stadium compared to .263 on the road.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold7/21/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is expected to miss 3-4 days with a lower lat strain.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) went hitless in the three-game series with Cincinnati and this could be the reason why he struggled.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP7/20/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up one run (zero earned) on three hits and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings Sunday against the Reds, but he took a no decision after Dellin Betances gave up a home run to Todd Frazier.
Insight: Kuroda is the king of tough-luck losses. He's 74-76 in his career even though he has a 3.44 ERA. This season, he's gone 6-6 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold7/20/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira has gone 0-for-12 in his first three games after the All-Star break and 3-for-24 (.125) since his two-homer game on July 9.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) has been unable to overcome the rise of shifts around the league and is hitting a paltry .083 on ground balls this season. He also has just seven doubles and a career-high 19.5 percent K rate, so he's really become a home-run-or-bust player.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/20/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 with a walk, a double, one RBI and two steals Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: Ellsbury has batted .327 at Yankee Stadium and .289 overall this season. He's on pace for 12 home runs, 75 RBI, 77 runs and 45 steals.
Brian McCann, C7/20/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann has just seven career at-bats against Reds starter Johnny Cueto, but he homered in three of them.
Insight: McCann has picked up his production in July, hitting .340 with three doubles and a homer to raise his average from .221 to .240.
Brandon McCarthy, SP7/19/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy was dominant Saturday yielding one run on six hits without a walk and nine strikeouts.
Insight: We have always known he could pitch, but with him its a matter of staying healthy. McCarthy has never made more than 25 starts in any season of his career, but has 20 so far this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/19/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran just activated from the 7-day disabled list, has put together back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since April 22 and 23.
Insight: Beltran suffered facial fractures and a concussion on June 9 when a ball he hit during batting practice ricocheted off a screen and hit him. He's 4-for-8 with a double and home run in the two games after the break.
Mark Teixeira, 1B7/19/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is 6-for-11 (.545) against Reds All-Star Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Teixeira has put up 17 homers and 48 RBI this season, but you will have to live with his low batting average (.239).
David Phelps, SPHot7/18/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter David Phelps struck out seven batters and allowed three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings to beat the Reds Friday.
Insight: Phelps (4-4, 3.87 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) has gone 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over his last seven starts.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/18/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a steal Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Ellsbury hit .346 in his first 28 games and he's batted .311 over his last 43, but a 10-for-75 (.133) stretch from May 4-26 has his average at .284 for the season. He has seven home runs, 44 RBI, 45 runs and 25 steals, so he's been a good fantasy option.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/18/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has been activated from the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Beltran suffered facial fractures and a concussion on June 9 when a ball he hit during batting practice ricocheted off a screen and hit him. He's batting just .216 with nine homers and 28 RBI in 232 at-bats this season.
Shane Greene, RP7/12/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: The desperate-for-pitching New York Yankees gave 25-year-old Shane Greene a second start and he was very good over 7 1/3 IP yielding four hits and no runs while striking out nine.
Insight: With CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda all sidelined Greene's game was huge.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP7/10/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL.
Insight: He'll try six weeks of rehab and PRP injections, but the odds are not good for his return. Think Dr. James Andrews. It's a disaster for both the Yankees and fantasy owners to lose a hurler like Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA, 1.005 WHIP).
Brett Gardner, LF7/10/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner wa out of the lineup due to an abdominal strain on Wednesday and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Gardner was checked for a hernia, but a doctor ruled it out. The left fielder has been one of New York's top players in 2014, batting .287 with eight homers, 36 RBI, 54 runs and 15 steals.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/10/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran suffered two small facial fractures in a Wednesday afternoon batting practice incident, but may not need a disabled list stint.
Insight: Beltran hopes to be back in a couple of days, though there is a concern if he also suffered a concussion.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/9/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (knee) was in Wednesday's lineup after sitting out the past two games, but he was scratched after being hit below the eye by a ball. SOURCE: Meredith Marakovits, YES Network
Insight: While taking batting practice, Beltran hit a ball off the bottom of the screen and it bounced back and hit him. The injury just about sums up the day the Yankees have had -- Masahiro Tanaka was also placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness and Brett Gardner was scratched with an abdominal strain. Over his last 40 games, Beltran has hit .170 (25-for-147) with four homers, 15 RBI and a .542 OPS. He hasn't played the field since May 11 because of a bone spur in his elbow and he's been dealing with swelling in his right knee. He had surgery on the same knee in 2010.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP7/9/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have placed Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Tanaka has allowed nine runs on 19 hits and struck out eight in his last 13 2/3 innings. With CC Sabathia likely done for the season, Ivan Nova recovering from Tommy John surgery and Michael Pineda out indefinitely, the Yankees cannot afford to lose Tanaka for an extended period of time. He traveled to New York to have an MRI and the Yankees are waiting for the results.
Brett Gardner, LF7/9/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is out of the lineup due to an abdominal strain, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Gardner was checked for a hernia, but a doctor ruled it out. The left fielder has been one of New York's top players in 2014, batting .287 with eight homers, 36 RBI, 54 runs and 15 steals.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/8/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup again Tuesday with swelling in his right knee.
Insight: Over his last 40 games, Beltran has hit .170 (25-for-147) with four homers, 15 RBI and a .542 OPS. He hasn't played the field since May 11 because of a bone spur in his elbow and now he has a knee injury to worry about. He had surgery on the same knee in 2010.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/7/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup Monday with swelling in his right knee, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Over his last 40 games, Beltran has hit .170 (25-for-147) with four homers, 15 RBI and a .542 OPS. He hasn't played the field since May 11 because of a bone spur in his elbow and now he has a knee injury to worry about. He had surgery on the same knee in 2010.
Steve Pearce, RF7/7/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce is the odd man out with the Orioles on the road in a National League city.
Insight: Slumping Chris Davis will start at first base and Nelson Cruz in the outfield leaving Pearce to a pinch hit role. Pearce is having an excellent season, batting .326 with 10 homers and 30 RBI in just 172 at-bats.
Brian McCann, C7/6/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann tested his foot this morning and will play Sunday.
Insight: McCann has 10 home runs this season, but that's about all that's gone right for him. He's batting .224 with a .656 OPS.
Alfonso Soriano, RF7/6/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Soriano was batting .221 with six homers and 23 RBI which simply wasn't enough production for a guy with an $18 million salary.
Alfonso Soriano, RF/DH7/6/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano has poor lifetime numbers against Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco (.179 average, 5-for-28)
Insight: Soriano is sporting a symmetrical .200/.200/.200 slash line with no extra-base hits over his last 10 games, so he wouldn't have been the strongest play even if he had good numbers against the Minnesota righty. As it is, he does have two homers against Nolasco, but he's still not worth starting.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/6/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has a .340 lifetime average against Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco (16-for-47).
Insight: Beltran hasn't been close to what the Yankees expected him to be this season, but he's a good enough hitter to turn things around quickly. Though he's struck out 11 times against Nolasco, he also has a home and 16 hits against him, so there's a chance he has a productive afternoon.
Brian McCann, C7/6/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is expected to miss another game Sunday after injuring his left foot in Thursday's contest.
Insight: McCann has 10 home runs this season, but that's about all that's gone right for him. He's batting .224 with a .656 OPS.
Brett Gardner, LF7/5/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner will get a routine day off on Saturday.
Insight: Gardner has already tied his career high in home runs as he's putting together a solid season - .287, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 52 runs, 15 SB, .794 OPS.
Brian Roberts, 2BHot7/4/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts has gone 16-for-51 (.314) with six doubles, a triple and two homers in his last 13 games.
Insight: Roberts went 4-for-5 with three doubles, a triple, one RBI and two runs Friday at Minnesota. He's still hitting just .248 with a .702 OPS this year, however.
CC Sabathia, SP7/4/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't expect starter CC Sabathia (knee) to return this season, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: Sabathia experienced renewed swelling in his knee and was shut down indefinitely on Thursday. The left-hander's first four years with New York were excellent, as he went 74-29 with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and one World Series title. However, he's recorded a 17-17 record, a 4.87 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in the last two seasons.
Brian McCann, C7/4/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is expected to sit on Friday after injuring his left foot in Thursday's contest versus Minnesota, according to a New York Daily News report.
Insight: McCann has 10 home runs this season, but that's about all that's gone right for him. He's batting .224 with a .656 OPS.
Carlos Beltran, RF7/3/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Thursday at Minnesota.
Insight: Beltran has gone 7-for-20 with a double and two home runs in his last five games, but he's still hitting just .222 with a .693 OPS this year.
CC Sabathia, SP7/3/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter CC Sabathia (knee) experienced renewed swelling and will have another MRI, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Sabathia has allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in six innings during his two rehab starts so far but was hoping to be back immediately after the All-Star break. He could be out into August after this setback.
Mark Teixeira, 1B7/3/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Teixeira didn't play Wednesday after having his knee drained Tuesday. He's put up 15 homers and 41 RBI this season, but he has just five doubles, a .239 average and an .810 OPS in 257 plate appearances.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B7/3/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have demoted third baseman Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A.
Insight: Solarte went 40-for-119 (.336) with 10 doubles, four homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs and a 16/17 K/BB in his first 34 games this season, but he went 23-for-123 (.187) with two homers and seven RBI since then. In his place, the Yankees have called up Zelous Wheeler, a career minor leaguer like Solarte who hit .299 with seven home runs with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Brett Gardner, LFHot7/2/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner tied a career high with his eighth homer of the year Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Gardner needed 539 at-bats to get to eight last season; he's done it in 309 this year and is hitting .288 with 50 runs, 15 steals and a .793 OPS.
Brian McCann, C7/2/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: McCann has 10 home runs this season, but that's about all that's gone right for him. He's batting .224 with a .658 OPS.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP7/1/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda lost to the Rays Tuesday despite allowing two runs over eight innings.
Insight: Kuroda has a career record of 73-76 even though he's pitched to a 3.46 ERA, so he should be used to tough-luck losses by now. The right-hander has pitched better as of late, posting a 3.26 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP since the start of June, but he's only won one game in that span.
Steve Pearce, RFHot7/1/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce homered again Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: The 31-year-old hit two round-trippers Monday night and now has a .327 average, 10 homers, 27 RBI and a .988 OPS in 150 at-bats. He's been batting second in front of the Adam Jones-Nelson Cruz-Chris Davis trio so he's been getting a lot of pitches to hit and he hasn't been missing them. Pearce has been a platoon player at best in his career because of his inability to hit righties, but he's batting over .300 with five home runs against them this season.
Brian McCann, C7/1/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is 4-for-8 with a pair of home run against Tampa Bay left-hander David Price.
Insight: Interestingly, the left-handed McCann is a better hitter against southpaws (.301) than right-handers (.189) this season. Unfortunately, he owns a .221 batting average because 190 of 263 at-bats have been against right-handers.
Steve Pearce, RFHot6/30/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce went 2-for-5 with two homer and four RBI Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: The 31-year-old journeyman has put together his best season in 2014, hitting .327 with nine homers, 25 RBI and a .977 OPS in 147 at-bats. The O's have been using him in the No. 2 hole in front of Nelson Cruz.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/30/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a stunning 7-for-10 against Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Ellsbury's batting average has been steadily moving up over the past four weeks as he's batted .312 with an .800 OPS and today's matchup should continue the trend.
Masahiro Tanaka, SPHot6/28/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw a complete game against the Red Sox Saturday night, but he took the loss after allowing a go-ahead solo homer to Mike Napoli in the top of the ninth.
Insight: Napoli hit a pitch into the first row in right-center field to put Boston ahead 2-1. Tanaka has been dominant this year, but home runs have been somewhat of an issue. In 106 2/3 innings, he's allowed 13 of them (1.1 HR/9) but 11 were solo shots.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/25/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury torched the Blue Jays for three hits in Wednesday night's win.
Insight: Ellsbury's batting average is down a few ticks from last year but he still steals plenty of bases (21 thefts in 75 games this season). Any fantasy team could use a player like Ellsbury (.286, 4 HR, 33 RBI).
Brett Gardner, LFHot6/24/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is hitting .315 against lefties this season and owns a .500 average against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Gardner is 10-for-20 with a double, a triple and a homer against Buehrle, who will start Tuesday against New York.
Mark Teixeira, 1B 6/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's solo homer accounted for the only run New York scored against the Blue Jays Monday night.
Insight: The Yankees had just three hits off rookie Marcus Stroman. Teixeira has hit .247 with 13 homers, 36 RBI and an .842 OPS this season, similar to his production level from 2010-12 but not close to what he accomplished from 2004-09.
Derek Jeter, SS6/23/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Jeter was just 1-for-12 in the series just completed against Baltimore. He hasn't done much this year (.267, 1 HR, 16 RBI in 65 games) but at least he's been able to stay healthy for his "goodbye tour."
Yangervis Solarte, 3B6/23/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Yankees 3B Yangervis Solarte is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: He hasn't produced a hit since June 8 (27 at-bats). His batting average has dropped 36 points. His hot-hitting April (.303) and May (.296) is but a distant memory. Kelly Johnson will play at the hot corner with Brian Roberts at second base.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold6/22/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's X-rays came back negative, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: Teixeira took a pitch off his foot and had to leave Sunday's game. The first baseman said he thought he broke some toes when it first happened, but he'll be OK.
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6/22/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid New York right fielder Ichiro Suzuki Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: He's only 2-for-18 against today's starting pitcher, Chris Tillman. Suzuki has had a nice year offensively, contributing a .307 average in 61 games. We're not expecting much from him on Sunday, however.
Derek Jeter, SS6/22/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter has done very well in his career against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: He's gone 6-for-13 against Tillman with two RBI. Jeter hasn't done much this year (.271, 1 HR, 16 RBI in 64 games) but at least he's been able to stay healthy.
Michael Pineda, SP6/21/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: New York starter Michael Pineda wasn't able to throw on Saturday. He's still dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: With all the setbacks he's been having, it's unlikely we'll see Pineda (2-2, 1.83 ERA) on the mound again until very late in the season. Fantasy owners should have moved on a long time ago.
Steve Pearce, RFHot6/21/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce doesn't get much attention with the likes of Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Manny Machado in the Orioles lineup, but Pearce has been an effective option this season.
Insight: Pearce is hitting .327 with five homers, 17 RBI and a .933 OPS and is beginning to see regular playing time. He's never faced today's starter for the Yankees Vidal Nuno.
Brian McCann, C6/21/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off for McCann. Francisco Cervelli, just activated from the 60-day disabled list, will get the start behind the plate. Cervelli has little-to-no fantasy value.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B6/21/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Yankees 3B Yangervis Solarte is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: He hasn't produced a hit since June 8 (27 at-bats). His batting average has dropped 36 points. His hot-hitting April (.303) and May (.296) is but a distant memory. Kelly Johnson will play at the hot corner with Brian Roberts at second base.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/20/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran hit a walk-off three-run homer off Orioles closer Zach Britton Friday night.
Insight: Beltran has been forced to DH due to his elbow injury, but he's gone 6-for-17 with two doubles, two homers and six RBI in his last five games.
Kelly Johnson, 3B6/20/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson left Thursday's game with bruised fingers on his left hand and is questionable for Friday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Johnson's X-rays were negative. The 32-year-old has been a non-factor in fantasy leagues this season, batting .232 with four homers, 16 RBI and a .706 OPS.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold6/20/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has never hit well against Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez..
Insight: The Yankees first baseman is just 1-for-16 (.063) with seven strikeouts over his career. Teixeira is back to his usual self, hitting home runs, but with a low batting average. He's a lifetime .277 hitter, but just a .249 hitter over the past five seasons.
Kelly Johnson, 3B6/19/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson left Thursday's game with bruised fingers on his left hand, according to Andrew Marchand of espnny.com.
Insight: Johnson's X-rays were negative. The 32-year-old has been a non-factor in fantasy leagues this season.
Brett Gardner, LFHot6/18/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner picked up four base knocks Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Gardner has gone 19-for-56 (.339) with three homers, six RBI and nine runs in his last 13 games.
Brian McCann, C6/18/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann had his biggest game in pinstripes Wednesday night against the Blue Jays, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a homer, a walk and five RBI.
Insight: McCann entered Wednesday's game hitting .174 in June and .220 on the season. He has eight homers and 33 RBI in 226 at-bats and has been a huge disappointment at the plate so far.
Steve Pearce, RF6/18/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce has gone 4-for-7 with three doubles, a homer, three RBI and three walks in his last two games.
Insight: In 105 at-bats this season, Pearce is hitting .324 with five homers, 15 RBI and a .930 OPS. He could find himself in the lineup more often going forward.
CC Sabathia, SP6/18/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: New York starter CC Sabathia is about six weeks away from coming off the disabled list. SOURCE: New York Daily News
Insight: Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA) is throwing again but it's a gradual process. He's been sidelined over a month with right knee inflammation.
Brett Gardner, LFHot6/17/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Gardner is quietly having his best season, batting .280 with six homers, 28 RBI, 40 runs and 14 steals. His career high in home runs is eight, set last year.
Masahiro Tanaka, SPHot6/17/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had his fifth game of the season with double-digit strikeouts Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Tanaka won his MLB-leading 11th game after allowing one run on six hits and striking out 10 in six innings Tuesday night. He has a 113/16 K/BB ratio in 99 2/3 innings.
Francisco Cervelli, C6/17/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the 60-day DL.
Insight: A strained hamstring has kept Cervelli out since April 13th. The Yankees demoted John Ryan Murphy (.286, 1 HR, 8 RBI) to Triple-A Scranton to make room for Cervelli on the active roster. As Brian McCann's backup behind the plate, Cervelli (.188, 0 HR, 1 RBI) shouldn't expect to see much playing time.
CC Sabathia, SP6/17/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (right knee) threw a bullpen session Monday, limiting his pitches to fastballs and changeups. SOURCE: Meredith Marakovits, YES Network
Insight: Sabathia, who went 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA prior to his knee injury, will throw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday and could be a few weeks away from returning. The left-hander has averaged just 89.6 mph with his fastball this season, down from 91.3 mph in 2013 and 93.9 mph in 2011. He's struggled to cope with the loss of velocity and allowed 38 home runs in his last 257 innings (1.33 HR/9). Only three starters have allowed more HR/9 than Sabathia since the start of 2013.
Mark Teixeira, 1B6/15/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (ribcage) is in the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.
Insight: Teixeira was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to a tight ribcage. The Yankees first baseman has hit .241 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 162 at-bats this season, but he's been plagued by a few injuries.
Mark Teixeira, 1B6/14/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been scratched from New York's lineup Saturday night due to left ribcage tightness, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Teixeira will miss his chance to face Scott Kazmir, a pitcher he's gone 11-for-20 (.550) with four doubles and two homers against in the past. The Yankees first baseman has hit .241 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 162 at-bats this season, but he's been plagued by a hamstring strain, soreness in his surgically repaired wrist and now a tight ribcage.
Alfonso Soriano, RF/DHCold6/14/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: New York OF/DH Alfonso Soriano should take a seat on Saturday in an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Soriano is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts against Kazmir. So far, Soriano has disappointed fantasy owners with his .228 batting average, six homers and 22 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B6/14/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is 11-for-20 with a pair of homers, eight RBI and eight walks against Oakland starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Teixeira has rebounded from a horrible, injury-filled season of a year ago and has slammed 11 homers with an .824 OPS in 162 at-bats.
Michael Pineda, SP6/13/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: The Yankees won't get Michael Pineda back until August. SOURCE: Dan Barbarisi, Wall Street Journal
Insight: Back and shoulder issues have sidelined Pineda (2-2, 1.89 ERA) since late April. He's not worth holding onto at this point.
Heath Bell, RP6/13/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with former Padres and Marlins closer Heath Bell. SOURCE: Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News
Insight: Bell recently opted out of his contract with Baltimore. He'll start off with Triple-A Scranton but could make his way to the majors later this season. The 36-year-old is not a fantasy option.
Alfonso Soriano, RF/DH6/13/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: New York OF/DH Alfonso Soriano will take a seat Friday against the A's.
Insight: He's in a platoon with Ichiro Suzuki (.313, 0 HR, 8 RBI) in right field and usually only starts against lefties. Soriano's fantasy value is very limited at this point.
Brian McCann, C6/12/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Brian McCann won't participate in Thursday's series opener against Seattle. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: McCann is hitting only .194 this month with one extra base hit. John Ryan Murphy (.296, 1 HR, 8 RBI) will get his 16th start behind the plate.
Shawn Kelley, RP6/11/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: New York right-hander Shawn Kelley has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: A back injury kept him out for a little over a month. Now that he isn't closing, Kelley's fantasy impact is minimal.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot6/9/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is dealing with a sore hip, according to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Ellsbury wasn't in the starting lineup Monday prior to the game being postponed. The Yankees center fielder has a 13-game hitting streak.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot6/9/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury isn't in the lineup Monday, according to The Journal News.
Insight: Ellsbury will get a day off with left-hander Jason Vargas on the mound for the Royals. The Yankees center fielder has a 13-game hitting streak.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold6/8/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is not in the lineup Sunday against the Royals.
Insight: Teixeira is 6-for-48 (.125) with zero extra-base hits and 15 Ks against James Shields, who will be on the hill Sunday against New York, so it's a good day to get Teixeira some rest.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold6/8/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields has made Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira look downright foolish in their previous meetings.
Insight: Teixeira is 6-for-48 (.125) with zero extra-base hits and 15 Ks against Shields, who will be on the hill Sunday against New York.
CC Sabathia, SP6/6/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (right knee) played catch on Wednesday for the first time since he was placed on the DL. Source: Craig Wolff, The Star-Ledger.
Insight: Sabathia threw 25 times and experienced no pain during the session. While he's hopeful he can return before the All-Star break in July, the Yankees haven't placed a timetable on his return. Before getting injured, the slimmed-down southpaw posted a 5.28 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with a 48/10 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 46 innings.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold6/6/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is just 2-for-21 (.095) against Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Teixeira has been dealing with soreness in his surgically-repaired right wrist for weeks and since coming back from the disabled list is batting just .160. Avoid this matchup.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot6/6/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a lifetime .435 hitter with seven extra-base hits against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Ellsbury is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak to raise his average to .286. He's a must start on Friday.
Masahiro Tanaka, SPHot6/5/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka needed 104 pitches to get through six innings and had a season-low four strikeouts Thursday afternoon against the Athletics, but he only allowed one run to pick up his ninth win of the season.
Insight: Tanaka's nine wins rank second in baseball to Toronto's Mark Buehrle. The 25-year-old hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any start this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/5/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) has been activated from the disabled list ahead of New York's game against Oakland. He'll bat fifth and DH.
Insight: Beltran missed the last three weeks with bone spurs in his right elbow, but has decided to return now instead of having surgery to remove the spurs. In the first year of his three-year, $45 million deal with the Yanks, Beltran has struggled, posting a .234 batting average and .715 OPS in 128 at-bats. Still, if he can remain healthy he could provide a significant boost to fantasy offenses.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot6/4/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, a homer and three RBI Wednesday against Oakland.
Insight: A nine-game hitting streak has Ellsbury's average back up to .280. It fell as far as .258 after he went 9-for-71 (.127) from May 4-25.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/4/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) could be back from the disabled list on Thursday, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Beltran has a bone spur in his right elbow and would have missed at least two months if he needed surgery, but he'll be able to play through the injury.
Mark Teixeira, 1B6/3/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Athletics, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Teixeira has been dealing with soreness in his surgically-repaired right wrist for a few weeks and left Saturday's game. Teixeira (.242, 9 HR, 25 RBI) is a career .529 hitter (9-for-17) against Scott Kazmir, Tuesday's starting pitcher.
Alfonso Soriano, RF/DHCold6/3/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Yankees OF/DH Alfonso Soriano is just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Soriano (.230, 6 HR, 19 RBI) is hitless in his last five games with five strikeouts over that span. Ichiro Suzuki, a career .333 hitter against Kazmir, should get the start.
Mark Teixeira, 1B6/3/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Oakland, but if he makes it into the lineup, he's got a favorable matchup.
Insight: Teixeira (.242, 9 HR, 25 RBI) is a career .529 hitter (9-for-17) against Oakland starter Scott Kazmir. Teixeira left Saturday's game with soreness in his surgically-repaired right wrist.
Francisco Cervelli, C6/2/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Yankees C/1B Francisco Cervelli (hamstring strain) played a few innings in an extended spring training game, according to Bryan Hock of mlb.com.
Insight: Cervelli was placed on the 60-day DL in April and could come back in mid-June. With Brian McCann as the Yankees' starter, Cervelli has little fantasy value even when he's 100 percent healthy.
Carlos Beltran, RF6/2/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) went hitless in an extended spring training game Monday, but more importantly said his elbow felt good, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Beltran went on the DL with a bone spur in his right elbow, but could be back by the end of the week.
Mark Teixeira, 1B6/1/2014 1:03:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Teixeira (.242, 9 HR, 25 RBI) left Saturday's game with soreness in his surgically repaired right wrist, which is something he's dealt with for the past week.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B5/31/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Yangervis Solarte's strong rookie campaign continued Saturday with a three-hit game against Minnesota.
Insight: Solarte has followed up a brutal 0-for-16 stretch by collecting hits in five of his last six at bats. That brings the 26-year-old's season average all the way up to .299. That's second-best among major league rookies (.304 for Xander Bogaerts).
Masahiro Tanaka, SP5/31/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka produced another memorable outing Saturday against the Twins.
Insight: In eight innings, Tanaka (8-1, 2.06 ERA) allowed just four hits and one run (it was unearned), striking out nine while surrendering two walks. The rookie from Japan hasn't let up more than three earned runs in any of his 11 starts this season and looks to be a legitimate Cy Young contender. We'll see him pitch again Thursday against Oakland.
Michael Pineda, SP5/31/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has been shut down following a setback in his recovery from a strained back.
Insight: A recent MRI showed inflammation in his back. Pineda (2-2, 1.83 ERA) hasn't made a start since his notorious pine tar game against the Red Sox on April 23rd.
Mark Teixeira, 1B5/31/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had to leave Saturday's game in the sixth inning. SOURCE: Bryan Hoch, MLB.com
Insight: Teixeira (.242, 9 HR, 25 RBI) missed time with wrist inflammation earlier in the week so we imagine his sudden departure Saturday had something to do with that. Kelly Johnson (.212, 4 HR, 13 RBI) is manning Teixeira's post at first base.
Kelly Johnson, 3B5/31/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson is 9-for-28 (.321) with five home runs versus Minnesota righty Kevin Correia.
Insight: Johnson's average is down to an ugly .207, but the five homers against Correia is the most against any pitcher in his career, so he should be confident.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/30/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) took batting practice on the field Friday and said his elbow is pain free. SOURCE: Sweeny Murti, WFAN
Insight: Beltran is on the DL with a bone spur in his right elbow, but he's made progress this week and likely will avoid surgery, which would have kept him out for two months.
Mark Teixeira, 1B5/30/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: New York 1B Mark Teixeira (inflammation in his right wrist) is back in the lineup for Friday's series opener with Minnesota.
Insight: That's the same wrist he had surgically-repaired last season. Teixeira (.248, 9 HR, 25 RBI) last played on May 25.
Brian McCann, C5/30/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is a career .345 hitter with eight homers and 23 RBI versus Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: The eight homers is by far the most against any pitcher. His batting average continues to stay low, but he'll hit 20-plus homers again this season as he has for six consecutive seasons.
Mark Teixeira, 1B5/29/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: New York 1B Mark Teixeira has inflammation in his right wrist. SOURCE: Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News
Insight: That's the same wrist he had surgically-repaired last season. Though Teixeira (.248, 9 HR, 25 RBI) is hoping to avoid the DL, he's been a slow healer in the past and fantasy owners should prepare to be without him for a while.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold5/27/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) said he talked to his surgeon and they both are 99-percent sure the stiffness in his right wrist is normal, according to Alex Halstead of mlb.com.
Insight: Teixeira missed most of last season due to a torn tendon sheath in the same wrist and was scratched from Monday's lineup. He's not playing Tuesday and will have an ultrasound Thursday to check everything out, so he may have to sit out Wednesday as well.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold5/26/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said he might need more than one day off for his sore right wrist, according to Chad Jennings of lohud.com.
Insight: "It's just inflammation, we think," Teixeira said. "It's probably time to take a day or two off to let it calm down anyway." Teixeira missed most of last season due to a torn tendon sheath in the same wrist. The Yankees haven't scheduled an MRI because doctors told Teixeira earlier this season to expect days with residual soreness of varying degrees.
Brian McCann, CCold5/26/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 13.
Insight: He has gone 6-for-36 (.167) since his last multi-hit effort, including 0-for-8 the last two games.
David Robertson, RP5/26/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the 12th inning Monday against St. Louis after Derek Jeter made a throwing error, but he still locked down his 11th save of the season.
Insight: Robertson blew his first save of the season on Friday against the White Sox but has bounced back with two saves and five strikeouts in his last two games. He has a 2.40 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/26/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) took 15 swings from both sides of the plate Monday and felt good. SOURCE: Sweeny Murti, WFAN
Insight: If Beltran couldn't swing a bat without pain he likely would have decided to undergo surgery that would keep him out for two months, but this is a positive step for him. He's dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow.
Mark Teixeira, 1BCold5/26/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was scratched from the lineup Monday due to stiffness in his right wrist, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: That's the wrist that was surgically repaired in 2013. Teixeira has been in a slump lately, going 4-for-26 in his last seven games, but he still has nine homers, 25 RBI and an .853 OPS in 125 at-bats.
Derek Jeter, SS5/25/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had four hits and two RBI Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Jeter has hit .319 over his last 18 games, but with just one home run, 10 RBI, 14 runs and one steal he isn't a good fantasy option.
Brian McCann, C5/24/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: New York catcher Brian McCann is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Just a routine day off after a night game. McCann's batting average is down a bit from what we were used to in Atlanta, but he's still hitting homers and playing well behind the plate.
Mark Teixeira, 1B5/24/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a career 7-for-12 with a home run and five RBI versus White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Teixeira's numbers are impressive over the past month, batting .277 with eight homers and a .960 OPS. He's slowed a bit this week, but this matchup should help.
Alfonso Soriano, RF/DHCold5/23/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Yankees OF/DH Alfonso Soriano isn't starting Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Soriano (.235, 6 HR, 17 RBI) is hitless in his last five games with seven strikeouts over that span. Ichiro Suzuki (.369, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will try his hand at right field on Friday night.
Brett Gardner, LF5/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is a candidate to sit on Thursday as he's never produced against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their matchups. Overall Gardner has having a solid season, batting .304 with an .803 OPS and 11 steals. Just don't use him today.
Brian McCann, C5/21/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Brian McCann is hitless in seven at bats against Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: McCann's batting average has been hovering around .200 all season. That's not likely to improve Wednesday with Samardzija (0-4, 1.62 ERA) throwing for Chicago.
Alfonso Soriano, RF/DH5/21/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Alfonso Soriano isn't starting Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: It's only Soriano's third absence of the season. Ichiro Suzuki (.356, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is getting the start in right field.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP5/21/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka dropped his first decision in almost two years Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: That breaks up a string of 42 consecutive starts without a loss. Tanaka wasn't awful (6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K's, 1 BB) but he wasn't sharp either. He'll look to rebound Sunday against the White Sox.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/20/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) will try to swing a bat on Monday, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Dr. James Andrews confirmed Tuesday that Beltran has a bone spur in his elbow. He'll try to play through it but if he cannot swing the bat without pain next Monday he'll likely undergo surgery and miss 2-3 months.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/20/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Dr. James Andrews confirmed Tuesday that Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has a bone spur in his right elbow, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Beltran will try to play through the injury but may need to have surgery if the pain proves to be too much to handle. Surgery would cost him approximately two months. He's eligible to come off the DL on May 28.
CC Sabathia, SP5/19/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Monday that CC Sabathia (knee) will be out until at least late June and probably until July, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: Cashman said that Sabathia's best-case scenario is a return "no sooner than six weeks from now." With the Yankees relying on David Phelps, Vidal Nuno and Chase Whitley in the rotation, look for them to be in the market for a starter.
CC Sabathia, SP5/18/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: New York left-hander CC Sabathia is visiting another doctor on Monday. He went on the DL last week because of fluid buildup in his right knee. SOURCE: Jeff Roberts, The Record
Insight: He's not going to make it back when his 15 days are up. That means we'll probably see a few more starts from right-hander Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.00 ERA).
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5/18/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (back) will play in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader, according to Chad Jennings of lohud.com.
Insight: Ichiro has been one of the best fourth outfielders in baseball this season, hitting .364 with an .833 OPS in 55 at-bats. He hasn't started since May 11 due to a back injury. With Carlos Beltran on the disabled list, Ichiro could have a regular starting job going forward.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5/18/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (illness) will play Game 1 of New York's doubleheader against the Pirates Sunday but will rest in Game 2.
Insight: Ellsbury (.284, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 21 runs, 11 SB) was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to illness and manager Joe Girardi won't ask him to play two games Sunday.
Brett Gardner, LFHot5/17/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has batted .329 with two homers, 11 RBI, 19 runs and eight steals in his last 22 games.
Insight: He went 1-for-3 with a homer, a steal and two runs Saturday against the Pirates and is hitting .291 on the year.
Alfonso Soriano, DH5/17/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Alfonso Soriano had a double and a homer Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: It was Soriano's first homer since May 2. He has six longballs, a 40/5 K/BB and a .255 average in 149 at-bats this season.
David Phelps, SP5/17/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter David Phelps wasn't sharp Saturday afternoon against the Pirates but he made it through five innings without allowing a run.
Insight: Phelps gave up five hits, walked three batters and threw 100 pitches. However, he worked out of jams in the second, third and fifth and New York threw out Starling Marte at second and Gaby Sanchez at home in the fourth. Phelps has recorded a 2.94 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in three games since he joined the rotation.
Mark Teixeira, 1BHot5/17/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira went 1-for-4 with his ninth homer of the season Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Teixeira's numbers are impressive, especially because they've come in 27 games. The 34-year-old missed all but 15 games in 2013 due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist, was in decline prior to the injury and usually struggles early in the season, so it's surprising to see him perform like he has so far.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5/17/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a late scratch for Saturday's game with Pittsburgh due to illness.
Insight: Ellsbury (.284, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 21 runs, 11 SB) will be replaced by Zoilo Almonte, but hopes to be back for Sunday's doubleheader. Alomonte holds little fantasy value.
Dellin Betances, RP5/16/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Yankees reliever Dellin Betances struck out six batters over 2 1/3 perfect innings and earned the win Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: Betances has a 1.61 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and a 39/9 K/BB in 22 1/3 innings this season and may get a crack at the closing job if New York determines it likes David Robertson better as a setup man. Robertson has a 1.74 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings, so we won't see a switch if performance is the only factor.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/15/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday.
Insight: According to Newsday's Erik Boland, surgery could be a possibility. That would sideline Beltran for 6-to-12 weeks. While he's out, Alfonso Soriano (.241, 5 HR, 15 RBI) and Ichiro Suzuki (.364, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will split time in right field.
Yangervis Solarte, 3BHot5/14/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte homered for the second straight game Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Solarte has gone 15-for-31 (.484) with three homers and 10 RBI during a nine-game hitting streak. The 26-year-old is tied for the AL lead with a .336 batting average.
Masahiro Tanaka, SPHot5/14/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw his first career shutout Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: New York's pitching staff was crushed for 21 runs the past two games and currently has CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova on the DL, but Tanaka stepped up like a true ace to stop the bleeding. He allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked none to improve to 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. His K/BB this season is 66/7 in 58 innings.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/14/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is still out with a bone spur in his right elbow. SOURCE: Yankees on Twitter
Insight: Alfonso Soriano (.248, 5 HR, 15 RBI) will start in right field Wednesday against the Mets. There's no timetable for Beltran's return but it's probably a good sign he hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet.
CC Sabathia, SP5/14/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Yankees starter CC Sabathia doesn't have any structural damage in his right knee. SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Everything checked out when Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA) visited Dr. James Andrews earlier this week. He's eligible to return May 26th against St. Louis.
Brian McCann, C 5/13/2014 11:16:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: McCann has struggled this season, batting .230 with five home runs and 15 RBI, but his strikeout rate is just 12.8 percent and his BABIP is .231. His average should improve once his BABIP increases.
Yangervis Solarte, 3BHot5/13/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte had his fifth multi-hit effort in his last seven games Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Solarte has gone 13-for-26 (.500) with two homers and eight RBI during that span. The 26-year-old looked to be fading in late April following a hot start, but he's kept it going into May and is now batting .336 with three home runs, 22 RBI and a .912 OPS.
Shawn Kelley, RP5/13/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have placed right-hander Shawn Kelley on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's dealing with some sort of back injury. Kelley (1-2, 3.52 ERA) closed for a few weeks while David Robertson was out with a strained groin but lately he's been used in a setup role.
Mark Teixeira, 1B5/13/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (groin) will play Tuesday against the Mets, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: He didn't start Monday's game due to tightness in his left groin, but he had a pinch-hit single and is serving as the DH Tuesday. Teixeira is hitting .275 with seven homers and a .952 OPS this season, which is encouraging for fantasy owners after the first baseman missed most of last season due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/13/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: You shouldn't expect to see him in the lineup any time soone. He'll get a cortisone shot and then rest, but if that fails he could need surgery. Alfonso Soriano will get the start in right field tonight, but Ichiro Suzuki should see additional work.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/13/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.
Insight: Beltran hyperextended his right elbow Monday night and was supposed to have an MRI today. We await results, but you shouldn't expect to see him in your fantasy lineup for a while. Alfonso Soriano will get the start in right field, Kelly Johnson at 1B and Mark Teixeira at DH.
Brett Gardner, LFHot5/12/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner swatted his second career grand slam Monday in a loss to the Mets.
Insight: It was one of two hits on the night for Gardner, who is now up to 16 RBI for the season. He's hit .348 during his current six-game hitting streak.
CC Sabathia, SP5/12/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: New York left-hander CC Sabathia will have his knee looked at by Dr. James Andrews. SOURCE: Andrew Marchand, ESPN New York
Insight: Usually Andrews is associated with Tommy John surgery but he was also the one who operated on Robert Griffin III when he suffered a torn ACL last postseason. Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA) was placed on the DL Sunday after an MRI showed fluid buildup in his right knee.
Mark Teixeira, 1B5/12/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira won't be available for Monday's game against the Mets. SOURCE: Sweeny Murti, WFAN
Insight: He's dealing with some tightness in his left groin. Kelly Johnson (.225, 4 HR, 11 RBI) will make his 12th start at first base.
Michael Pineda, SP5/11/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: New York manager Joe Girardi believes starter Michael Pineda will be out longer than the team had originally expected. SOURCE: Jorge Castillo, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Pineda (2-2, 1.83 ERA) was supposed to miss 3-to-4 weeks with a strained back. Now we might not see him until June. Injuries have forced the Yankees to go with a starting rotation of Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, David Phelps, Vidal Nuno and Alfredo Aceves.
CC Sabathia, SP5/11/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee injury.
Insight: His MRI showed some fluid buildup that will have to be drained. The hope is that Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA) will be back as soon as the required 15 days are up. Sabathia's injury opens up a spot for Alfredo Aceves (0-1, 1.23 ERA) in the starting rotation.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold5/11/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran is a career .091 hitter against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza. Update: Beltran is not in the Yankees starting lineup.
Insight: We're still waiting for the Beltran of the past two seasons to appear. His batting average is all the way down to .244. He batted .296 last season with 24 HR and 84 RBI. This unfavorable matchup should have you sitting him on Sunday.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold5/11/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran is a career .091 hitter against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: We're still waiting for the Beltran of the past two seasons to appear. His batting average is all the way down to .244. He batted .296 last season with 24 HR and 84 RBI. This unfavorable matchup should have you sitting him on Sunday.
Mark Teixeira, 1BHot5/10/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira went yard Saturday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Teixeira has blasted six home runs in the past 14 games and sports a strong .891 OPS this season. He hasn't shown any effects of the torn tendon sheath in his wrist that cost him most of last year and required surgery.
CC Sabathia, SP5/10/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter CC Sabathia allowed three homers Saturday at Milwaukee, but he was charged with just one earned run due to a two-out error in the third inning by shortstop Brendan Ryan.
Insight: Sabathia allowed eight hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings and is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP this season. For the second straight season, homers have been a big problem for Sabathia -- he's allowed 10 in 46 innings.
Alfonso Soriano, DH5/10/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: New York DH Alfonso Soriano is a career .357 hitter with fourt homers versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: He's hitting just .238 this season with 5 HR, 13 RBI. Perhaps this matchup will get him going.
Carlos Beltran, RF5/10/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran is a career .490 hitter with four homers and a 1.415 OPS against Kyle Lohse.
Insight: We're still waiting for the Beltran of the past two seasons to appear. His batting average is all the way down to .244. He batted .296 last season with 24 HR and 84 RBI. This favorable matchup may help.
Alfonso Soriano, DH5/9/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: New York DH Alfonso Soriano hasn't been able to figure out Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: He's hitting just .160 against the right-hander with 11 punchouts in 25 at bats. Leaving Soriano (.238, 5 HR, 13 RBI) on your bench today might be your best course of action.
Brian McCann, CCold5/9/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Brian McCann hasn't had much success in his career against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: He's 2-for-15 against him with no home runs or RBI. A recent 5-for-41 spell has dropped McCann's average from .257 all the way down to .209. We wouldn't recommend starting him on Friday.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B5/8/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte had his second straight two-hit game Wednesday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Solarte looked to be tailing off at the end of April but he's still hitting .306 with an .830 OPS this season and has held onto the starting third base job.
Derek Jeter, SS5/8/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has gone 5-for-11 in his last three games.
Insight: Jeter homered for the first time this season Wednesday against the Angels. He's hitting .262 this year.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP 5/7/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda tossed 7 2/3 innings and gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits with an 8/0 K/BB Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Kuroda (2-3, 4.43 ERA) had a 6.35 ERA in his previous four starts. The right-hander has a similar K/9, BB/9 and HR/9 as 2013, but he has stranded just 57.9 percent of baserunners. His career rate is 72.7 percent.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFCold5/7/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is hitless in his last 12 at-bats.
Insight: Ellsbury's average has dropped from .346 to .311 during the slump.
Michael Pineda, SP5/6/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Michael Pineda is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a Grade 1 strain of his teres major muscle.
Insight: The Yankees waited until Tuesday to place Pineda on the 15-day disabled list because they wanted his 10-game suspension to run out. The right-hander suffered the injury while throwing a simulated game last week. It's the same injury that cost Clayton Kershaw more than a month of action.
Mark Teixeira, 1BHot5/6/2014 1:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been hot lately, but Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has given him a lot of trouble.
Insight: Teixeira has gone 9-for-26 (.346) with four homers and seven RBI in his last seven games, but he's 2-for-18 against Wilson, Tuesday's opposing starter.
Derek Jeter, SS5/6/2014 1:16:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter broke out of a 2-for-24 slump with a single and a double Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Jeter also has a .391 average (9-for-23) in his career against Angels starter C.J. Wilson, who will get the ball Tuesday versus New York.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold5/5/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran won't start Monday against the Angels. SOURCE: Yankees on Twitter
Insight: Instead, Ichiro Suzuki (.375, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will get the start in right field. A 2-for-25 slump over the last six games has dropped Beltran's average from .294 all the way down to .245.
Derek Jeter, SSCold5/4/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter went 0-for-11 the last two games despite not striking out at all.
Insight: Jeter's strikeout rate is a career-high 18.7 percent, but that hasn't been a problem the last two games. He's hitting .240 with five runs, six RBI and zero steals this season, so he really isn't doing anything for fantasy owners.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold5/4/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has gone 2-for-25 (.080) over his last six games.
Insight: That type of slump really hurts a player's numbers this early in the season. Beltran was batting .294 with an .898 OPS going into April 26, but he's down to .245 with a .752 OPS after going 0-for-4 Sunday.
Brian McCann, C5/4/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann will take a seat Sunday against the Rays. SOURCE: Bill Chastain, MLB.com
Insight: John Ryan Murphy (.313, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will start behind the plate. McCann's first month in New York was a bit of a disappointment (.224 with three homers in April) but there's still plenty of time for him to turn things around.
Mark Teixeira, 1B5/4/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: New York first baseman Mark Teixeira has managed just one hit in 12 career at bats against left-hander Erik Bedard.
Insight: That computes to an .083 batting average. Given this unfavorable matchup, we'd recommend sitting Teixeria (.269, 5 HR, 10 RBI) Sunday for the series finale.
Alfonso Soriano, LF5/4/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Yankees DH Alfonso Soriano has done well in his career against Rays starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Soriano has seven hits in 16 at bats against the left-hander (.438 AVG). The 38-year-old doesn't hit for average any more (just .252 in 111 at bats this season) but his power is as good as ever (5 HR, .441 slugging percentage).
Derek Jeter, SS5/3/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter is getting a rest Saturday against the Rays. SOURCE: Anthony McCarron, New York Daily News
Insight: He went 0-for-7 in last night's extra inning loss. Yangervis Solarte (.294, 1 HR, 13 RBI) will move over to shortstop with Kelly Johnson (.215, 3 HR, 8 RBI) getting the start at third base.
Carlos Beltran, RFCold5/3/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran won't be in the lineup Saturday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Anthony McCarron, New York Daily News
Insight: Beltran played all 14 innings last night and is just 2-for-21 with no home runs or RBI over his last five games. Ichiro Suzuki (.364, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will draw the start in right field.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5/1/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is questionable for Thursday's game against Seattle due to minor pain in his hand.
Insight: Manager Joe Girardi has previously said tests revealed no structural damage. Ellsbury is off to a fine start, batting .312 with 14 runs scored, 11 RBI and eight steals. We always worry about injuries, however, as he's missed a lot of time over his career.
David Phelps, SP4/30/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: The Yankees will skip David Phelps in the rotation following Wednesday's rainout, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Phelps entered the rotation in place of the suspended Michael Pineda, but he hasn't had to start yet and may not make one at all if the lat tightness Pineda felt during a simulated game doesn't prove to be serious.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4/29/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup Tuesday night due to minor pain in his hand, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: Manager Joe Girardi said tests revealed no structural damage. Ellsbury is off to a fine start, batting .312 with 14 runs scored, 11 RBI and eight steals. As long as you don't expect him to put up his 2011 level of production (.321, 32 HR, 105 RBI, 119 runs, 39 SB) you should be satisfied with his results to date.
Michael Pineda, SP4/29/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Michael Pineda stopped a simulated game Tuesday due to tightness in his right lat.
Insight: Pineda was suspended 10 days last week for using pine tar during a game, but his return may have to be pushed back due to the injury. He was supposed to be back Monday against the Angels. If he can't go, David Phelps would probably get the ball.
Mark Teixeira, 1B4/29/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is hitless in eight career at-bats against Seattle right-hander Chris Young.
Insight: Teixeira spent time on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, but has homered in two of the past four games. He's batting .229 with an .815 OPS this season.
Brett Gardner, LF4/27/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was not in the starting lineup due to a sore foot, according to ESPN.
Insight: Gardner took a fastball off his foot Saturday. His X-rays came back negative but he was still sore Sunday. Ichiro started in his place.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B4/27/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte is dealing with a sore right shoulder and will take a seat Sunday against the Angels, according to Andrew Marchand of espnny.com.
Insight: Solarte (.301, 13 RBI) was in the initial lineup but the Yankees scratched him. Brian Roberts will start at second base.
John Ryan Murphy, C4/26/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: New York catcher John Ryan Murphy slugged his first career homer Saturday in a 4-3 victory over the Angels.
Insight: Murphy drove in three of the Yankees' four runs on Saturday. Brian McCann does most of the catching for New York so we wouldn't expect to see Murphy (.308, 1 HR, 3 RBI) play more than a handful of games this year.
Brian McCann, C4/26/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann will sit out Saturday to rest.
Insight: John Ryan Murphy, who has two singles in 10 at-bats, is behind the plate for starter Vidal Nuno. Murphy caught Nuno last Sunday too so this may be a trend. McCann has hit .244 with three homers in 78 at-bats this his new team.
Hiroki Kuroda, SPCold4/25/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: The Angels tagged Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda for 10 hits and eight runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings Friday night.
Insight: Kuroda has a 5.28 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 29 innings this season. He has stranded just 61.1 percent of his baserunners, down from 73.2 percent for his career and 75.8 percent last season.
Ivan Nova, SP4/24/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Ivan Nova has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Nova started off this season with an 8.27 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings, and the injury explains why he has been struggling. Vidal Nuno will get the first shot at replacing him in the rotation.
Michael Pineda, SP4/24/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's start at Boston for having pine tar on his neck, and has been suspended for 10 games.
Insight: Pineda appeared to have pine tar on his palm two starts ago, also against Boston, but the Red Sox dugout didn't say anything. However, manager John Farrell wasn't about to be fooled twice. His suspension will start Thursday so he may only have to miss one start.
Michael Pineda, SP4/23/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's start at Boston for having pine tar on his neck, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Insight: Pineda appeared to have pine tar on his palm two starts ago, also against Boston, but the Red Sox dugout didn't say anything. However, manager John Farrell wasn't about to be fooled twice. Pineda will face a 10-game suspension for using a foreign substance.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B4/23/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox. Kelly Johnson is starting at third base.
Insight: Solarte is in the midst of a 0-for-12 slump. Now that Mark Teixeira is back, Solarte will probably go back to a utility role and won't start enough to help fantasy owners.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/23/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran hasn't made much success against Red Sox right-hander John Lackey (2-for-12).
Insight: We tell you that because that's who Beltran will be facing on Wednesday. Beltran has had a good season though (.296, 5 HR, 13 RBI in 18 games) so you may not want to take him out of your lineup.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4/23/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury corked two hits in Tuesday's win over Boston.
Insight: Ellsbury received a mixed reaction from fans in his return to Fenway Park. Though he still hasn't homered yet, Ellsbury has collected a robust .342 average in his first 20 games as a Bronx Bomber. He also has eight thefts on ten stolen base attempts.
Carlos Beltran, RFHot4/22/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran went deep off Edward Mujica in the eighth inning Tuesday at Boston.
Insight: The game was out of hand by that point with the Yankees up 8-2, but fantasy owners will take it just the same. Beltran leads New York with five home runs and 13 RBI.
Masahiro Tanaka, SPHot4/22/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Back-to-back solo homers from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli were the only blemishes on New York starter Masahiro Tanaka's record Tuesday in his first taste of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
Insight: Tanaka gave up three doubles and the two round-trippers but held Boston to two runs over 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking none. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and an impeccable 35/2 K/BB in 29 1/3 innings.
Vidal Nuno, SP4/22/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have promoted left-hander Vidal Nuno to the starting rotation. SOURCE: Sweeny Murti, WFAN
Insight: Nuno's start on Sunday at Tampa Bay -- five innings, zero runs, six strikeouts -- was supposed to be a spot start but ended up being an audition after Ivan Nova's MRI revealed a torn UCL in his elbow. Nuno has compiled a 2.84 ERA in 428 career minor league innings and went 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts for the Bronx Bombers last season, but he's a non-prospect who should only be added in very deep leagues.
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4/22/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki will get the start Tuesday night against Boston and Jon Lester.
Insight: Ichiro is a career .333 hitter off Lester (17-for-51) with a couple of homers while Brett Gardner will take a seat.
Brett Gardner, LF4/22/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is not in Tuesday's lineup against Boston ace Jon Lester, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Gardner is just 2-for-11 against Lester in his career. Ichiro Suzuki, who has a .333 career average off Lester, will get the start in left field.
Kelly Johnson, 3BCold4/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson is 1-for-15 (.067) against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Johnson has stuggled of late, going 2-for-18 over the past five games and given this unfavorable matchup should grab a seat on the bench.
Shawn Kelley, RP4/22/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley will return to his setup role with the activation of closer david Robertson.
Insight: Kelley accumulated four saves over the two weeks Robertson was out and showed he can handle the role, but barring another injury to Robertson won't get more than an occasion chance at more saves.
David Robertson, RP4/22/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson (groin) has been activated from the disabled list and will assume the closer role.
Insight: Robertson has two saves in three appearances this season. Shawn Kelley's fantasy value takes a big hit as he returns to setup duty. He did earn four saves while Robertson was out.
Brian McCann, C4/20/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann will sit out Sunday to rest.
Insight: John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate for starter Vidal Nuno. McCann has hit .220 with three homers in 59 at-bats this his new team.
Mark Teixeira, 1B4/20/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Teixeira spent the minimum amount of time on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. In his absence, the Yankees used Kelly Johnson, Scott Sizemore and Francisco Cervelli at first base.
Ivan Nova, SP4/20/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees starter Ivan Nova has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.
Insight: Nova will undergo further examinations, but he's likely headed for Tommy John surgery. The right-hander started off this season with an 8.27 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings, and the injury explains why he has been struggling. Either David Phelps, Vidal Nuno or Adam Warren will take Nova's spot in the rotation.
Ivan Nova, SP4/19/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Ivan Nova left Saturday's start with right elbow soreness, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. He'll undergo tests.
Insight: Nova gave up eight hits (four homers) and eight runs in four innings Saturday against the Rays and now has an 8.27 ERA. An injury would certainly help to explain his performance so far.
Derek Jeter, SS4/19/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is not in the lineup Saturday night against the Rays, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN. Dean Anna is starting in his place.
Insight: Jeter started the last three games after sitting out three straight with a quad injury. He's hitting .286 with three runs and two RBI.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/19/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is in the starting lineup for Saturday.
Insight: Beltran was chasing down a foul ball and tumbled over a fence, hurting his left shoulder and right wrist on Thursday and sat out Friday. He's off to a solid start, batting .298 with four homers and nine RBI in his first 15 appearances.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/19/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran could get a second consecutive game off after taking a spill Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Beltran was chasing down a foul ball and tumbled over a fence, hurting his left shoulder and right wrist. He stayed in the game, so the injury isn't considered serious. He's off to a solid start, batting .298 with four homers and nine RBI in his first 15 appearances.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot4/19/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 6-for-7 (.857) against Rays young right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Ellsbury is doing exactly what the Yankees brought him in to do. He's batting .367, stealing bases (8) and playing excellent defense in center field. He'll certainly be a confident hitter when he steps into the box on Saturday and so should fantasy owners when they start him.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/18/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran will have the night off Friday after taking a spill Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Beltran was chasing down a foul ball and tumbled over a fence, hurting his left shoulder and right wrist. He stayed in the game, so the injury isn't considered serious. He's off to a solid start, batting .298 with four homers and nine RBI in his first 15 appearances.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/18/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran could get Friday after after taking a spill in Thursday's game.
Insight: Beltran was chasing down a foul ball and tumbled over a fence, hurting his left shoulder and right wrist. He stayed in the game, so it isn't likely serious, but could probably use a day of rest. He's off to a solid start, batting .298 with four homers and nine RBI.
Alfonso Soriano, LFHot4/18/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder/DH Alfonso Soriano is a lifetime .500 hitter against Rays starter Erik Bedard (7-for-14).
Insight: The 38-year-old went 0-for-16 to start the season, but he's been hot this week, batting .360 with a trio of homers over his last six games. In this favorable matchup he should be started.
Mark Teixeira, 1B4/17/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is hoping to be back in the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: George King III, New York Post
Insight: That's when Teixeira is first eligible to return from the disabled list. He's sat out the last week and a half with a strained hamstring.
Brian Roberts, 2B4/17/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts' MRI came back negative and he is questionable for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Roberts hasn't played since Saturday due to a back injury. The 36-year-old is hitting just .129 with one RBI this season and shouldn't be owned in most leagues.
Masahiro Tanaka, SPHot4/16/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was dominant in his third major league start Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) struck out ten in eight scoreless innings. Opponents are hitting just .185 against the 25-year-old this season.
David Robertson, RP4/16/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson (groin) is scheduled to throw off a mound Thursday, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Robertson is eligible to return on April 22 and plans to be activated on that date. Shawn Kelley has saved three games in his absence.
Derek Jeter, SS4/16/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (quad) will play in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Jeter (.286) missed the last two games with a sore quad. He'll miss a third straight Wednesday afternoon but will be back for the nightcap against the Cubs.
Kelly Johnson, 3B4/16/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson is 8-for-27 (.296) with two home runs against Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Johnson has gone 10-for-38 with three homers, seven RBI and a .938 OPS in his first 12 games with New York.
Francisco Cervelli, C4/15/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Yankees C/1B Francisco Cervelli has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Insight: Cervelli has already been placed on the 60-day DL. Austin Romine is expected to serve as Brian McCann's backup at catcher until Cervelli (.188, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is ready to return.
Brian McCann, C4/14/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann's X-rays came back negative, according to mlb.com.
Insight: McCann was hit in the right hand after a ball ricocheted off Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski Sunday night. McCann's fingers bent in ways they aren't supposed to but he avoided a serious injury. The 30-year-old is hitting .205 with two homers and six RBI with his new team.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/14/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran finished the game at first base after Francisco Cervelli injured a hamstring.
Insight: Beltran had never played there before and we doubt he'll get enough time to be position eligible. He's off to a solid start, batting .311 with three homers and eight RBI.
Brian McCann, C4/14/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: New York catcher Brian McCann will get x-rays on his right index finger and taking a pitch off it in Sunday's game, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: He continued to play and isn't expected to miss time. Catcher's fingers are always getting nicked and its just part of the job. McCann was 4-for-11 with a pair of homers in the series with Boston.
Francisco Cervelli, C4/13/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's game and had to exit.
Insight: Cervelli started at first base with Mark Teixeira on the DL and both Derek Jeter (quad) and Brian Roberts (back) not available. His injury forced Carlos Beltran to make his first appearance at first base.
Brian Roberts, 2B4/13/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: Yanees second baseman Brian Roberts' MRI came back negative and he'll be reevaluated in a few days. SOURCE: Jeff Roberts, Bergen Record.
Insight: Roberts missed Sunday's game with a back injury. The 36-year-old is hitting just .129 with one RBI this season and shouldn't be owned in most leagues.
Derek Jeter, SS4/13/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he gave Derek Jeter off Saturday and Sunday due to a sore quad, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Insight: The Yankees have a day off Monday, so he'll end up getting three full days of rest. The 39-year-old is 10-for-35 with one RBI and three runs this season.
Derek Jeter, SS4/13/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Boston. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Well this is strange. Jeter will watch from the sidelines for the second game in a row, though the Yankees haven't provided any injury news regarding the 39-year-old. Dean Anna (.214, 1 HR, 1 RBI) will start in his place.
Brian McCann, C4/12/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Brian McCann left the yard twice in Saturday's 7-4 victory over Boston.
Insight: The homers were McCann's first as a Yankee. He had 176 jacks during his nine-year tenure with Atlanta.
Mark Teixeira, 1B4/12/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: New York first baseman Mark Teixeira (strained hamstring) said he expected to return as soon as he's eligible to come off the disabled list, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand.
Insight: Teixeira has been an injury-prone mess for the past year and can't be counted on this season. He's no longer the 30-plus homer guy he was from 2009-2011.
Derek Jeter, SS4/12/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Jeter has missed only one of the first 11 games so far this season, not bad for the 39-year-old. He's batting .286, though has scored just three runs and knocked in one.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/12/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is hitless in nine at-bats against right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Beltran is off to a rough start, batting just .243 through the first 10 games and this matchup won't help. He was slow to begin last season too and managed to finish April 2013 batting .307 with six homers and 17 RBI.
CC Sabathia, SP4/11/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter CC Sabathia had one bad inning Friday against the Red Sox and it resulted in his second loss.
Insight: Sabathia looked good for most of the game and had nine strikeouts, but he allowed solo and three-run homers in the top of the sixth to lose a 1-0 lead. Homers were one of Sabathia's issues last year and he has given up five in 19 innings already. Still, Friday's start was somewhat encouraging for Sabathia owners.
Michael Pineda, SP4/11/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Michael Pineda will not be disciplined for having a brown substance on his right palm during Thursday's start against the Red Sox.
Insight: The Red Sox coaching staff didn't say anything about the substance, possibly because it dealt with a similar situation with Clay Buchholz last year. Pineda claimed the substance was dirt rather than pine tar. The 25-year-old has looked fantastic this season, going 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a 12/2 K/BB in 12 innings after missing all of 2012 and 2013 with shoulder issues.
Brian McCann, C4/11/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is getting the night off Friday against the Red Sox, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: McCann had an RBI single Thursday but is hitting just .167 with zero extra-base hits in 36 at-bats so far.
Kelly Johnson, LF4/11/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Johnson's 0-for-3 on Thursday broke up a four-game RBI streak and two-game home run streak. This is an unfavorable matchup to avoid.
Michael Pineda, SP4/10/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Michael Pineda picked up his first win since July 30, 2011 Thursday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Pineda struck out seven batters and allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings. He also may be hearing from the commissioner's office due to the brown substance that was clearly visible on his right palm throughout the game. The Red Sox coaching staff didn't say anything about it, possibly because it dealt with a similar situation with Clay Buchholz last year after a start in Toronto.
Brian Roberts, 2B4/10/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Yanees 2B Brian Roberts will get Thursday night off with Dean Anna batting ninth as his replacement.
Insight: Roberts can use the day off as he's batting just .160 for the first nine games. Anna isn't any better with one hit in seven at bats, though he did bat .331 at Triple-A Tucson last season.
Kelly Johnson, LF4/10/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Yankees utilityman Kelly Johson is just 1-for-10 (.100) sriking out five times in his matchups with Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Johnson has driven in at least one run in four straight games and homered in the last two, but has an unfavorable matchup.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP4/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka fanned 10 Orioles in seven innings Wednesday, but he made one mistake: a three-run homer allowed to Jonathan Schoop.
Insight: Those are the only runs Tanaka gave up in a no decision. The 25-year-old has an 18/1 K/BB, a 3.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP after his first two MLB starts.
Kelly Johnson, LF4/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees utilityman Kelly Johson homered for the second straight game Wednesday.
Insight: Johnson has driven in at least one run in four straight games. He's been playing every day at first base with Mark Teixeira on the DL.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/9/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Carlos Beltran hit his first home run with the Yankees Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Beltran went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and a single to raise his average from .185 to .267.
David Robertson, RP4/9/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson (groin) threw from flat ground Wednesday, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Robertson is eligible to return on April 22 and should be ready to be activated then unless he suffers a setback with his Grade 1 groin strain. Shawn Kelley will get most of the save chances in his absence.
Alfonso Soriano, LF4/8/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder/DH Alfonso Soriano hit his first homer of the season Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: The 38-year-old went 0-for-12 over his first four games but he's five for his last 10. Soriano had 17 homers and 50 RBI in just 58 games after the Cubs traded him to New York last year.
Brett Gardner, LF4/8/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is 5-for-9 (.556) with three extra-base hits and a 1.711 OPS in his matchups with Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: The 30-year-old is off to a solid start and is in a favorable matchup. Add it a wind blowing out to dead center at 20 mph and you have a recipe for success.
Shawn Kelley, RP4/7/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley earned his first career save on Monday against Baltimore.
Insight: Kelley was in the game because closer David Robertson was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Kelley looked good with a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning and should get the next chance to close. Matt Thornton also has closing experience.
David Robertson, RP4/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.
Insight: It's uncertain who the Yankees will go with at closer now that Robertson is out. Shawn Kelley pitched a 1-2-3 ninth on Monday afternoon and is a strikeout-an-inning guy. On the other hand, Matt Thornton has closing experience from his time with the White Sox. Manager Joe Girardi should make a decision shortly.
Carlos Beltran, RF4/7/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is a career .364 hitter with a pair of homers in 11 at-bats versus Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Beltran is off to a slow start with just three hits in 19 at-bats (.158) so may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Michael Pineda, SP4/5/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Michael Pineda made his Yankees debut Saturday at Toronto and allowed one runs on five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out five batters but took the loss because New York failed to score.
Insight: The Yankees acquired Pineda prior to the 2012 season for top prospect Jesus Montero, but Pineda missed the last two years with shoulder problems. He has a lot of upside and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B4/5/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-3 Saturday at Toronto and is 7-for-13 with three doubles, four RBI and two runs in four games this season.
Insight: Solarte beat out Eduardo Nunez for the Yankees' utility infield job this spring and he'll likely start at third base while Mark Teixeira is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4/5/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has had back-to-back three-hit games at Toronto.
Insight: Ellsbury went 0-for-7 with two walks in the Yankees first series of the season at Houston. He already has three steals and three runs scored. Health is the only thing that could hold Ellsbury back from being a superb fantasy option this season.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B4/5/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Yankees second baseman Yangervis Solarte will likely move to 3B as a result of the injury to Mark Teixeira.
Insight: Solarte is off to a hot start, batting .500 through his first three games. As long as he stays hot there will be a spot in the lineup for him.
Kelly Johnson, LF4/5/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Kelly Johnson could end up being eligible at 1B, 2B and 3B before the season is over. He'll take over at first while Mark Teixeira is sidelined.
Insight: Johnson has averaged 19. HRs and 67 runs per season over the past four years and his position flexibility makes him a viable assest off your bench.
Mark Teixeira, 1B4/5/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: New York first baseman Mark Teixeira left Friday's game with a strained hamstring and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Multi-positional Kelly Johnson will move over to first base with help from Francisco Cervelli. Yangervis Solarte is likely to get the start at third. Teixeira has been an injury-prone mess for the past year and can't be counted on this season.
Mark Teixeira, 1B4/4/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: New York first baseman Mark Teixeira left Friday's game with a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Mike Wilner, Sportsnet
Insight: He went 1-for-1 with an RBI single before leaving in the second inning. Kelly Johnson, who got the start at second base, has moved over to first. Brian Roberts is now at second.
Alfonso Soriano, LF4/4/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder/DH Alfonso Soriano is not in Friday's lineup.
Insight: Just a day of rest for the 38-year-old. Beltran will shift over to DH and Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4/3/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: New York will be without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on Thursday night. SOURCE: Jorge Castillo, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Ellsbury dealt with a calf injury during spring training but this is just a routine off day. Brett Gardner is filling in at center field.
Brian McCann, C4/3/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is getting the night off Thursday against Houston. SOURCE: Jorge Castillo, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: It's his first absence of the season. Francisco Cervelli will handle the catching duties as New York looks for its first win of 2014.
CC Sabathia, SP4/1/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter CC Sabathia had an Opening Day to forget Tuesday at Houston.
Insight: Sabathia, who slimmed down in the offseason, allowed eight hits (two HRs) and six earned runs in six innings. Sabathia struggled to overcome diminished velocity last season and gave up a career-high 28 homers while posting a career-worst 4.78 ERA. His velocity sat in the high-80s Tuesday and he left the ball up in the zone far too often.
Eduardo Nunez, SS4/1/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: The Yankees designated Eduardo Nunez for assignment on Tuesday.
Insight: Nunez has been one of the worst defensive infielders in baseball in his career and hasn't hit enough to offset that. Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna will serve as New York's backup infielders until Brendan Ryan returns from the DL.
Mark Teixeira, 1B3/28/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hasn't found his swing because he still doesn't trust his surgically-repaired right wrist, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
Insight: Teixeira played just 15 games last season due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist and hit just .151 with three homers and 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats. A former 30-plus home run guy, he'll have to prove to fantasy owners he can find his swing before he gets installed in starting lineups. That explains his Yahoo ADP of 190.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3/25/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) took six plate appearances in roughly 30 minutes in a minor league game Tuesday, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with two walks in his first action in 10 days. "The main thing is just seeing some pitches, getting timing," Ellsbury said. "I felt pretty good up there." Ellsbury's next step will be playing the field.
Michael Pineda, SP3/25/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that Michael Pineda will be the team's fifth starter, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com. The 25-year-old Pineda beat out David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno by posting a 1.20 ERA in four games this spring.
Insight: The Yankees acquired Pineda prior to the 2012 season for top prospect Jesus Montero and are finally going to see some returns on the deal after Pineda missed the last two years with shoulder problems. Girardi said the Yankees will not have an innings limit for Pineda. He should be drafted in most leagues due to his upside.
Brendan Ryan, SS3/21/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: New York infielder Brendan Ryan won't be ready in time for Opening Day. SOURCE: Bryan Hoch, MLB.com
Insight: An MRI showed something pushing on a nerve in his back. Ryan is known more for his glove than his bat. In 2,368 big league at bats, he's hit just .237 with 19 HR and 189 RBI.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3/21/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury could be back in the lineup as early as Sunday. He's missed the last few days with an injured calf. SOURCE: Andy Martino, New York Daily News
Insight: His MRI came back clean so it looks like he's good to go. Ellsbury is 18th in our TSN fantasy rankings for 2014.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3/20/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Jacoby Ellsbury's MRI came back negative. SOURCE: Dan Barbarisi, Wall Street Journal
Insight: Calf issues have sidelined Ellsbury for almost a week. The MRI was supposedly given as a precaution and Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup later this weekend.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3/18/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury won't play in spring training games on Wednesday or Thursday. SOURCE: Bryan Hoch, MLB.com
Insight: He's been out since Sunday with calf tightness. It sounds like the Yankees are just being extra cautious with their $153 million investment. Ellsbury should be a go for the start of the regular season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3/16/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be out of the lineup for at least the next two games. SOURCE: Anthony McCarron, New York Daily News
Insight: He's dealing with some calf tightness. Ellsbury (.298, 9 HR, 53 RBI, 52 SB for Boston in 2013) has a reputation for being fragile, though this injury seems pretty minor. Hopefully he'll be back later in the week.
Mark Teixeira, 1B3/3/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) will make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday, according to mlb.com. He took three swings from each side of the plate in live batting practice Monday and will take BP again Tuesday. "I feel pretty good. We've been here over two weeks now, and the wrist is getting stronger," Teixeira said. "That's the biggest thing. It needs to get stronger. The bat speed is pretty good. We'll keep building up, and hopefully on April 1 it's feeling really good and the swing's feeling really good and I'm ready to roll."
Insight: Teixeira played just 15 games last season due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist and hit just .151 with three homers and 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats. He's been in a steep decline since 2009 and should only be selected in the latter rounds of fantasy drafts.
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3/2/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who turns 41 in October, has no plans to retire and says he could play for "many" more seasons. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Ichiro has no interest in joining Derek Jeter on his farewell tour. Suzuki has been remarkably durable throughout his career, never playing fewer than 150 games in any of his 13 seasons. Regardless of Suzuki's future plans, it's tough to endorse him as a fantasy option while he platoons out in right field.
Mark Teixeira, 1B2/26/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) will play sometime at the end of next week, according to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Teixeira played just 15 games last season due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist and hit just .151 with three homers and 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats. He's been in a steep decline since 2009 and should only be selected in the latter rounds of fantasy drafts.
Andrew Bailey, RP2/23/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees righthander Andrew Bailey won't be available to pitch until September at the earliest. He's still rehabbing his injured shoulder. SOURCE: Daniel Barbarisi, Wall Street Journal
Insight: Bailey signed a minor league deal with New York on Saturday. Even if Bailey were healthy, he wouldn't be a candidate to pitch the ninth inning. The former Red Sox and A's closer shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Brett Gardner, LF2/23/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: The Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension, according to ESPN.
Insight: The 30-year-old would have been eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, but he's now signed through at least 2018. The contract includes an option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout. Gardner batted .277 with eight homers, 52 RBI and 24 steals last season. He also has recorded the second best UZR among outfielders since 2010 with 51.5 runs saved and will move back to left field, his best position, this season.
Andrew Bailey, RP2/22/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Reliever Andrew Bailey has agreed to an incentive-laden minor league contract with the Yankees, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Insight: Bailey had surgery to repair a torn capsule and damaged labrum in his right shoulder last summer. He threw just 44 innings and went 14-for-22 in save chances over his two seasons with the Red Sox. The New Jersey native will try to join the Yankees' bullpen by the middle of the season.
David Phelps, SP2/22/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi admitted Saturday that David Phelps' role will be decided this spring.
Insight: Phelps is competing with Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the fifth spot in the New York rotation after going 10-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 55 games (23 starts) the last two seasons. He'll serve in long relief if he doesn't win the starting job.
Brian Roberts, 2B2/18/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Brian Roberts will be New York's Opening Day second baseman. SOURCE: Andrew Marchand, ESPN New York
Insight: Pretty exciting isn't it? Well not really. Sure there was a time when Roberts was a fantasy-worthy second baseman but we'd need a time machine to go back to it. Keep in mind, Roberts hasn't produced a .300 batting average since 2005. Even at pint-sized Yankee Stadium it's doubtful Roberts will hit enough homers to be in the fantasy coversation.
Derek Jeter, SS2/12/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: The 2014 season will be Derek Jeter's last. The Yankees shortstop announced on his Facebook page that he'll be retiring after the season.
Insight: With five championships and over 3,000 hits in his career, Jeter is going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. After missing most of last year with a broken ankle, fantasy owners should be very cautious with Jeter heading into the 2014 season.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2/7/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has called off his lawsuit against Major League Baseball, commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players' Assocation. SOURCE: Jim Baumbach, Newsday
Insight: Reality seems to have set in for Rodriguez, who must have figured out he stood almost no chance of winning this case in federal court. A-Rod will sit out the entire 2014 season as he serves a 162-game PED suspension. Rodriguez will not be reporting to spring training later this month.
Mark Teixeira, 1B1/29/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has acknowledged that his wrist may hurt him all season. SOURCE: Daniel Barbarisi, Wall Street Journal
Insight: It's the same wrist Teixeira (.151, 3 HR, 12 RBI in 2013) had surgery on last season. Teixeira's fantasy value is very unclear at the moment. There's no reason to consider him until much later in the draft.
David Robertson, RP1/22/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner declared David Robertson the closer on Wednesday.
Insight: Mariano Rivera retired at the end of the 2013 season, and it was assumed that Robertson would succeed him but GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi have avoided naming him the closer. Steinbrenner did what they wouldn't do Wednesday. "We are going to continue to look, but no doubt we have already spent a lot of money this offseason," Steinbrenner said. "I have a lot of confidence in Robertson and so does (Girardi). Robertson is going to be our closer, and I believe he will do a good job. We have done a lot to improve our team and we just have to understand that you cannot be perfect everywhere."
Masahiro Tanaka, SP1/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: According to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com, the New York Yankees have agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka.
Insight: The 25-year-old went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings for Tohoku Rakuten last season, but the Yankees will probably be satisfied if he duplicates the 3.90 ERA Yu Darvish put up as a rookie in 2012.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B1/21/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: According to a Yahoo! report, MLB players reps wanted to kick New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez out of the union during a call last week.
Insight: Union leadership apparently told the players that approach wasn't legally possible, but it explains how many of the today's players are feeling. There doesn't appear to be much player support for A-Rod.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B1/12/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez will officially file a suit against Major League Baseball in federal court on Monday. SOURCE: Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's contesting arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's suspension ruling that reduced his ban from 211 games to 162. Our advice to fantasy owners would be to assume that Rodriguez will not be on the field in 2014. A-Rod's absence is significant because it saves the Yankees $25 million in salary that they can now give to free agent starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Scott Sizemore, 2B1/12/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have signed infielder Scott Sizemore to a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Sizemore tore his left ACL in each of the last two seasons while with the Athletics. He can play both second and third base and could end up filling one of the voids left by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. He'll compete with Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts for plaring time.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B1/11/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, sources in Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez's camp are "100 percent certain" he'll report to spring training. The Yankees cannot stop him because his suspension does not begin until the regular season.
Insight: Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced Rodriguez's suspension from 211 games to 162 games Saturday, but A-Rod will now take his case to federal court to try to get the suspension overturned.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B1/11/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez suspension was reduced from 211 to 162 games, but that's still a full season.
Insight: Rodriguez is expected to file an injunction. Meanwhile, the Yankees are likely to move on and find a third baseman for the 2014 season. The options on the current roster are Kelly Johnson or Eduardo Nunez.
Ichiro Suzuki, RF1/11/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is likely to be the fourth outfielder this season.
Insight: Barring injury, the Yankees starting outfield should be Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran with Alfonso Soriano as the primary designated hitter. That wouldn't leave many at-bats for Ichiro (.262, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 20 SB). Of course all four guys blocking his way have had frequent injury issues in the past, but for now Ichiro has little fantasy value.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B1/10/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez could hear a ruling on his suspension as early as this weekend. SOURCE: Ronald Blum, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Rodriguez is expected to file an injunction if the suspension is greater than 100 games, though if it's less, it may not be worth the trouble. While it's doubtful that A-Rod's suspension will be overturned completely, that remains a possibility. Eduardo Nunez is next up on the team's depth chart at third base should A-Rod face a lengthy ban.
Vernon Wells, LF1/10/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees OF/1B Vernon Wells has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Wells helped the Yankees early on by batting .301 with 10 homers and 23 RBI over his first 38 games but he faded quickly after that. He's a career .270 hitter with a .778 OPS, but he hasn't hit at that level for a few years and his fantasy value doesn't figure to improve anytime soon.
Carlos Beltran, RF12/20/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: It's now official - Carlos Beltran signed his three-year, $45 million contract with the New York Yankees after passing the physical.
Insight: Beltran should see plenty of time in right field, keeping eligible for the outfield along with time at DH to try and keep him in the lineup on a daily basis. He played 296 games and hit .282 with 56 homers, 181 RBI and an .836 OPS with the Cardinals over the last two seasons. The Yankees will be his sixth team in 17 seasons and the second time in New York.
Matt Thornton, RP12/17/2013 7:33:00 PM
Description: Lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton and the Yankees have agreed on a two-year pact. SOURCE: Jack Curry, YES
Insight: The deal is worth $7 million. The once dominant setup man struggled to an 0-4 record last season and wasn't even good enough to crack Boston's postseason roster. He won't have any use to fantasy owners in 2014.
Brian Roberts, 2B12/17/2013 12:03:00 PM
Description: Second baseman Brian Roberts has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Yankees. SOURCE: Jon Paul Morosi, Fox Sports
Insight: At best, the injury-prone second baseman will share time with Kelly Johnson. At one time he was a .280 hitter who could produce 100 runs and 30-40 stolen bases, but that was at least five years ago. Today, he's a .250 hitter with no speed or pop. Even if he's healthy, fantasy owners should look elsewhere.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP12/7/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have brought back starter Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year pact worth $16 million.
Insight: Kuroda had a 3.31 ERA and a 1.162 WHIP in 2013, nearly identical to the 3.32 ERA and 1.165 ERA he had in his first season with New York. However, his record fell to 11-13 from 16-11. He's had an ERA of 3.76 or lower and a WHIP of no higher than 1.216 in his six major league seasons.
Carlos Beltran, RF12/6/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN.com, Carlos Beltran has agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract with the New York Yankees.
Insight: What, you thought the Yankees were just going to sit tight after losing Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson Friday? Beltran will return to the city he played in from 2005-2011 as a member of the Mets. He played 296 games and hit .282 with 56 homers, 181 RBI and an .836 OPS with the Cardinals over the last two seasons.
Kelly Johnson, LF12/6/2013 8:11:00 PM
Description: Kelly Johnson is in line to be the Yankees starting second baseman after finalizing a one-year, $3 million contract Friday.
Insight: Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year deal with the Seattle Mariners, opening up a spot at second base for Johnson. The veteran also can play third if Alex Rodriguez' suspension is upheld. Johnson hit .235 with 16 home runs, 52 RBI and a .715 OPS in 118 games with the Rays last season and has averaged .254 with 16 homers, 57 RBI, 11 steals and a .765 OPS since he became a full-time player in 2007.
Curtis Granderson, LF12/4/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Talks seem to be heating up between free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: With Jacoby Ellsbury playing center field and Robinson Cano still unsigned, Granderson is no longer a priority for the Yankees. The two sides are discussing a three-year contract though Granderson's camp is pushing for a four-year pact. With the Winter Meetings coming up, Granderson should make his decision in the near future.
Kelly Johnson, LF12/4/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Kelly Johnson is headed to the Yankees. According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, his new deal is worth between $2.75 and $3 million.
Insight: It's a one-year contract. Johnson (.235, 16 HR, 52 RBI) played all over the field in Tampa Bay last season including left field and three out of the four infield positions (he didn't play shortstop). He could be an option for the Yankees at second base should Robinson Cano sign with another team.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF12/3/2013 9:02:00 PM
Description: The Yankees and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal. SOURCE: Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News
Insight: So much for the Yankees shrinking their payroll. In the last two weeks, they've spent almost $240 million on two players (Ellsbury and Brian McCann). Ellsbury should do well in the Bronx and could be a 20-HR threat with the short porch out in right field. More importantly though, this leaves New York with almost no money left to spend on Robinson Cano. It will be interesting to see what teams go after Cano now that the Yankees are almost certainly out of the running for him.
Robinson Cano, 2B12/3/2013 8:45:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews, the Mariners have become a serious player for free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.
Insight: The Yankees and Cano haven't been seeing eye to eye in contract talks and at this point the odds of him returning to the Bronx are less than 50 percent. The M's are reportedly offering Cano an eight-year deal worth $200 million. The Yankees previously offered him seven years at $160 million. Cano's fantasy value could take a big hit if he left the hitter-friendly confines of Yankee Stadium to play at spacious Safeco Field in Seattle.
Robinson Cano, 2B12/2/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: The Yankees are taking a hard stance with second baseman Robinson Cano. According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, they won't spend more than $200 million to keep him.
Insight: That spells trouble for Cano, who was hoping for at least a nine-year, $252 million deal. It will be interesting to see if other teams start getting involved now that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has drawn a line in the sand.
Robinson Cano, 2B11/25/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have offered free agent second baseman Robinson Cano a seven-year, $160 million deal. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Cano had been asking for almost twice that much so there's no way that's going to be enough to sign him. It's finally setting in that Cano may not be with the Yankees next season.
Brian McCann, C11/23/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: Brian McCann's new contract with the Yankees is worth $85 million over the next five seasons. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: It makes him the second-highest paid catcher in the major leagues (Joe Mauer is the highest). McCann is a massive upgrade over last year's starting catcher Chris Stewart but it's still a slight overpay when you consider McCann is hitting just .242 over his last two seasons.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B11/20/2013 4:46:00 PM
Description: A bizarre scene unfolded Wednesday when an outraged Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing after learning commissioner Bud Selig would not be asked to testify. Rodriguez is appealing the 211-game suspension he was given last August. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Multiple sources suspect Rodrgiuez's tantrum, which included him pounding his fist on the table and cursing, may have been staged. The fact that Rodriguez's representatives released a statement almost immediately after he left the hearing would lend credence to that hypothesis. This case may have to be resolved in federal court.
Brendan Ryan, SS11/18/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Brendan Ryan has reportedly reached a two-year, $5 million agreement with the New York Yankees.
Insight: Ryan is one of the league's best fielding shortstops, but a well below average hitter. He has no fantasy value and would simply be insurance behind Derek Jeter.
David Robertson, RP11/12/2013 9:19:00 PM
Description: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday that the team hasn't decided that David Robertson is a lock to be its closer next season.
Insight: Mariano Rivera retired at the end of the 2013 season, and it was assumed that Robertson would succeed him. However, the Yankees aren't going to just hand him the job. "I'm not sure if Robertson is capable yet. He's never done that before," Cashman said. "I think he's earned the right to take a shot at it, and he very well may be the guy. But we're not anointing him the guy. We'll wait to see how our winter plays out and how spring training works out. Then Joe (Girardi) and Larry (Rothschild) will determine at some point at the end of spring training who our closer is." Robertson has struck out 258 batters and posted a 1.91 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 193 2/3 innings the last three seasons as New York's eight-inning man, so he shouldn't have an issue making the transition.
Mariano Rivera, RP11/4/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was the recipient of this year's American League Comeback Player of the Year award.
Insight: Rivera (6-2, 2.11 ERA, 44 saves) had a great last season after missing most of the 2012 campaign with a torn ACL. His 652 career saves are the most in MLB history.
Robinson Cano, 2B11/4/2013 2:03:00 PM
Description: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is looking at Omar Infante among other second baseman in case they don't sign Robinson Cano to a long-term deal.
Insight: Would Yankees fans really accept him after the production they are used to from Cano? Cano hit .314, 27 HR, 107 RBI and 81 runs while Infante batted .318 with 10 HR, 51 RBI and 54 runs.
Derek Jeter, SS11/1/2013 9:14:00 PM
Description: The Yankees re-signed Derek Jeter to a one-year, $12 million contract on Friday.
Insight: If the Yankees had picked up his option for next season he would have made $9.5 million. So Jeter, who played 17 games last season, is actually getting a raise? This could only happen in the Bronx.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B10/29/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: Yankees corner infielder Kevin Youkilis claims to be healthy after missing most of the year with back problems. SOURCE: New York Daily News
Insight: It's what you'd expect him to say with free agency coming up. Youk's days of being a fantasy asset are well in the past.