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Los Angeles Dodgers, Tommy Kahnle reach 2-year, $4.75 million deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a two-year deal with reliever Tommy Kahnle that is worth $4.75 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN on Wednesday, confirming multiple reports

The hard-throwing right-hander had Tommy John surgery on Aug. 4 with New York Yankees head physician Christopher Ahmad and is likely to return in late 2021 or at the start of the 2022 campaign.

He will make $750,000 this season as he rehabs as well as a $550,000 signing bonus, sources said, and his base salary for 2022 will be $3.45 million.

Kahnle’s absence was a factor in the Yankees’ loss to Tampa Bay in the AL Division Series, when Aroldis Chapman gave up a go-ahead home run to Mike Brosseau in the eighth inning of Game 5.

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Kahnle, 31, had been one of five key relievers in the bullpen, joining Chapman, Zack Britton, Chad Green and Adam Ottavino.

Manager Aaron Boone’s late-inning options became limited by Kahnle’s injury and Ottavino’s ineffectiveness.

Kahnle struck out 88 in 61⅓ innings and walked 20 in 2019, averaging 96.8 mph with his fastball. He had a 3.67 ERA.

He threw a 20-pitch eighth inning at Washington this year in his season debut on July 26 with three strikeouts, a hit and a walk, then felt discomfort while working out on July 28 and stopped a planned throwing session the following day. He didn’t pitch again this year.

The veteran reliever had declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and elected to become a free agent, Kahnle’s right as a player with at least three years of major league service. Kahnle is 9-9 with four saves and a 3.52 ERA in 285 appearances over seven major league seasons.

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New York Yankees to tender offer to veteran catcher Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez turned 28 years old Wednesday and obtained the ultimate birthday gift: a contract tendered by the New York Yankees.

Longtime MLB insider Jon Heyman reported the Bronx Bombers would offer the contract to the polarizing backstop.

This is the best news Sanchez could’ve received. He posted an awful line of .147/.253/.365 in 49 matches. He hit ten home runs but only recorded 23 hits on the season.

His strikeout rate (K%) was a horrific 36%. Sanchez also struggled defensively again and was ultimately benched for backup Kyle Higashioka in the playoffs. As for money, it’s difficult to say. Sanchez was awarded $5 million in his first year of arbitration, which shrunk to $1.85 million due to the pandemic. Spotrac estimates his 2021 earnings at $5.75 million, which is fair given his subpar performance from last campaign.

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All in all, expect Sanchez to be the most heavily scrutinized player on the team once spring training comes along. Forget Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton’s never-ending hailstorm of injuries. Don’t worry about the state of the pitching rotation and who lines up behind ace Gerrit Cole.

Sanchez and his ability to rebound from a bad season, yet again, will be the story.

This is something of a gamble by general manager Brian Cashman. The Yankees employ no promising catching prospects anywhere close to MLB-ready. Higashioka can step up and start if things become detrimental, but doesn’t sport the power that describes Sanchez’s presence in the lineup.

Simply put, the Yankees are at a crossroads. One path leads to Sanchez finally righting himself and potentially becoming New York’s next franchise catcher.

The other, however, leads to the struggles continuing and the Yankees needing to trade for a backstop, likely at the cost of top prospects. Hopefully, tendering Sanchez a contract proves to be the right move.

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Yankees’ Aaron Judge out another day with stiff neck

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was held out of action for a second consecutive day Sunday due to a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was scratched from a simulated match Saturday after waking up with a sore neck, and the right fielder was not included in either lineup for an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday.

New York manager Aaron Boone stated Judge got treatment at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and was improving.

“Just thought it was better not to push through it today,” Boone said.

The Yankees are set to open a pandemic-shortened season July 23 at Washington. Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and used the coronavirus hiatus to recover.

He had been swinging at full strength for at least a couple of weeks before camp opened and had been a full-go in intrasquad action over the past week.

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The 6-foot-7 star has missed time each of the past two campaigns.

He broke his right wrist on a hit-by-pitch in 2018 and went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

When he’s been on the field, Judge has proved himself to be one of the sport’s most complete players, but staying healthy has been an issue the last two seasons. After playing in 155 games in 2017 — when he won AL Rookie of the Year honors going away and finished second in the MVP voting — Judge was limited to 112 games in 2018 and 102 games in 2019 because of different injuries.

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka played catch Sunday to 100 feet and is ramping up his cardio but remains in concussion protocol. The Japanese starter was hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s 112 mph line drive eight days ago. Boone is still unclear when Tanaka will return to the mound.

Boone said Clint Frazier is expected to resume playing the outfield this week after being limited to designated hitter so far due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

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Yankees didn’t expect Aaron Judge back from rib injury until summer

The wait until Aaron Judge is given a clean bill of health remains. 

On a charity video call Thursday morning, Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman revealed that despite growing optimism regarding the slugger’s return, he never expected Judge to be back in game shape until the “summertime.” 

“I always felt it was more likely that we wouldn’t see Judge until the summertime,” the GM explained as reporters like Brendan Kuty of NJ.com listened in.

Cashman’s appearance on the Zoom call benefited Family Centers’ Emergency Family Assistance Fund, as all proceeds will go to providing financial relief to Fairfield County residents affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Judge was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his first right rib in early-March, an injury believed to date back to a diving catch attempt in September of last season. Pain in Judge’s right shoulder and pectoral muscle was first reported to the team just before Spring Training started.

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It was later revealed Judge had since recovered from a collapsed lung – an additional setback believed to have been sustained on that fateful play in the outfield last fall.

Judge confirmed he had fully recouped from the pneumothorax midway through March.

The right fielder was forced to sit out all of New York’s Grapefruit League schedule, barely participating in Spring Training workouts. Since MLB’s coronavirus-induced shutdown started, shortly after his cracked rib was diagnosed, the star has remained in Tampa rehabbing at the Yankees’ facility.

He was quickly ruled out for Opening Day, but with the season pushed back due to COVID-19, skipper Aaron Boone was “hopeful” the former Rookie of the Year Award winner could be ready.  Evidently this rare injury is on a longer timetable than the organization and fans alike had hoped. Then again, with MLB’s latest proposal calling for an Opening Day on July 1, the GM isn’t completely ruling out Judge’s readiness as his rib continues to heal. 

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Back surgery sidelines starter James Paxton 3-4 months

New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton is expected to miss three to four months after undergoing back surgery on Wednesday.

The Yankees informed that Paxton underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy and had a peridiscal cyst removed, addressing pain that started last campaign. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas.

Paxton left his final regular-season start, at Texas on Sept. 27, after one inning because of what the Yankees said was a tight left glute muscle. That ended the left-hander’s career-best streak of victories in 10 consecutive starts.

He was 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in three postseason starts, allowing five runs in 13 innings. He made two starts versus the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.

“He pitched extremely well, especially in Houston,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “But when he started ramping up his winter program about four weeks or so ago, he started feeling symptoms again.”

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After he left that September start, Paxton was examined by Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and Rangers physician Dr. Keith Meister, and the pitcher received an injection of a painkiller. He was then examined in an offseason follow-up by Dossett, receiving a new round of injections, and was told to see how he felt in three weeks.

“It turned out clearly that that did not resolve the problem,” Cashman said, “so surgical intervention then was the last resort.”

Paxton, 31, went 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts last season, his first with the Yankees.

He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 campaign. The Yankees acquired Paxton last offseason in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.

In an injury-riddled season for the Yankees’ staff, Paxton helped lead New York to an AL East title in convincing fashion. He was 5-6 in July but started to reduce his percentage of fastballs and went on his streak. He agreed last month to a $12.5 million, one-year contract.

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Yankees´ Domingo German gets 81 game ban for violation domestic violence policy

New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German has been given an 81-game suspension for violating the MLB domestic violence policy, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday.

German, who had already been placed on administrative leave for the last 18 games of the 2019 season, including nine postseason games, will sit out the first 63 games of the 2020 season.

German was put on administrative leave on Sept. 19 while MLB investigated alleged domestic violence involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Domingo German violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. German violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate.”

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German will not appeal the discipline, which also includes participation in an evaluation and treatment program supervised by MLB’s Joint Policy Board.

He also has agreed to make a contribution to Sanctuary for Families, a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding victims of domestic violence.

“We remain steadfast in our support of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action taken regarding Domingo German,” the Yankees said in a statement issued Thursday. “Domestic violence — in any form — is a gravely serious matter that affects every segment of our society.

Major League Baseball has taken the lead in our industry to make domestic violence awareness and prevention a priority, and we will continue to back those efforts. We are encouraged by Domingo’s acceptance of his discipline, and we sincerely hope this indicates a commitment to making a meaningful and positive change in his personal conduct.”

Because German already sat out the 2019 postseason, he will be eligible for the 2020 postseason, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

He is not eligible to participate in spring training games prior to next season, however.

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Yankees release Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees opened wide Wednesday night and swallowed hard when they released Jacoby Ellsbury, whom they owe $21 million for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout on a $21 million option for 2021.

By 8 p.m. the Yankees had to set their 40-man roster to make room for prospects they wanted to protect from being taken in next month’s Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings in San Diego.

With their roster at 36 and not counting Domingo German — likely to be suspended for the start of the 2020 season — the Yankees added six minor league players, released Ellsbury and designated first baseman Greg Bird and lefty Nelson Cortes Jr. for assignment.

The Yankees added outfielder Estevan Florial, and right-handers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure to the roster.

Releasing the 36-year-old Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since the 2017 ALCS due to a buffet of injuries that included hip surgery late in the 2018 campaing, puts an end to the seven-year, $153 million contract the Yankees dumped on the left-handed hitting center fielder before the 2014 campaing.

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Ellsbury’s final season at $21 million wasn’t going to be insured. Even after his release, Ellsbury and his annual average value of nearly $22 million would count toward the Yankees’ 2020 luxury-tax figure.

Paying $26 million to a released player could impact what the Yankees do in free agency since it will count toward the luxury-tax threshold.

The move arrives at a time when the Yankees could use outfield help, as Aaron Hicks will likely miss the first two months of the season because of Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

In four years with the Yankees, Ellsbury batted .264 with a .330 on-base percentage and posted a .716 OPS. The previous seven seasons with the Red Sox, Elllsbury batted .297 with a .350 on-base percentage and .789 OPS.

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New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays

Both the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays are looking to snap a minor losing streak when they face off today at 7:10PM ET.

The Yankees are putting Masahiro Tanaka on the mound tonight to face Chris Archer of the Rays. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Tampa Bay is favored at home, as they are getting odds of -115 to win. New York is listed with a money line of +105 to prevail, while the over/under total is set at 7 runs.

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The New York Yankees are just trying to hold on to the momentum of the past few weeks and avoiding losing streaks is the only way to do that. The Yankees had won six in a row but now have dropped back to back contests following a 3-1 loss to the visiting Blue Jays on Thursday. Yanks starter CC Sabathia was done in by poor defense and a lack of support with a pair of unearned runs allowed on two  hits and a base on balls over seven frames to drop his record to 3-3. The Bronx Bombers totaled six hits and three walks with Starlin Castro blasting his 6th homer. The Yankees give the series opening start at Tampa Bay with Masahiro Tanaka on the bump. Tanaka is shooting for back to back wins after defeating Oakland 5-1 with lone run scored on five hits over seven innings.


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The Tampa Bay Rays appeared to be finding the groove but have tailed off the past week. The Rays recent funk continued with a 9-1 loss to visiting Miami on Thursday and saddled the team with defeats in five of six. Nothing went favorably for the Rays with starter Drew Smyly charged with five runs on six hits through six innings to fall to 2-6 with Ryan Garton giving up three runs on six hits in two innings. TB mustered seven hits and walked twice with the lone run scoring on Brandon Guyer’s 6th homer while Corey Dickerson enjoyed a three hit afternoon. Tampa Bay kicks off the series with visiting New York with Chris Archer on the mound. Archer is coming off of a 9-4 loss at Detroit with six runs allowed on eight hits in three frames.

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New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees (18-22) at Oakland Athletics (19-23)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C Sabathia (2-2) (3.81) vs. S Gray (3-4) (5.84)

The Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-1, in the first game of a weekend series at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

When the Oakland A’s last saw the Yankees exactly one month ago, the Yankees were at 5-6, down three games in the AL East. The Yankees have since gone 12-16, including the three-game A’s sweep at Yankee Stadium, and are in last place trailing the Orioles by 7.5.

The Yankees have also been less prodigious base stealers; while they had 13 steals in the first 11 games, they’ve only had 12 in their last 18. In the last 30 days, that’s good for 9th best in the AL.

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The New York Yankees look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Yankees have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The New York Yankees offense has been hit or miss this season but they have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 41 hits, Carlos Beltran has 22 RBI and Brett Gardner has five home runs. CC Sabathia gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Sabathia is 9-11 with a 4.71 ERA and 146 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

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The Oakland Athletics look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics offense has struggled at times but they have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 47 hits, Khris Davis has 29 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Gray is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.


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Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees

Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees

Kansas City Royals (15-15) at New York Yankees (11-17)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)C Young (1-4) (5.76) vs. I Nova (1-1) (5.14)
The Line: New York Yankees -110 / Kansas City Royals +100

The Yankees opened a four-game series against the World Series champion Kansas City Royals with a 6-3 win on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

By now, Masahiro Tanaka has gotten used to pitching under pressure while the New York Yankees lineup continually provides him with little run support.

Tanaka insists he’s only going to worry about doing his part on the mound.

After Carlos Beltran led an offensive awakening, the right-hander will try to pick up a rare victory as the hosts go after their fourth win in five games Tuesday night against the struggling Kansas City Royals.

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The Royals look to rebound after a 5-4 loss on the road in Cleveland yesterday as they continue their trip to the Bronx to take on the struggling Yankees who are off to a terrible start in the AL East. The Royals are the defending champions and favourites to once again lay claim to the AL Central crown but they have some work to do as they are 15-15 in their first 30 games and haven’t quite looked like the team many expected to see this season. Kansas City will send Chris Young to the mound who will look to improve on his shaky 1-4 start as he matches up with Ivan Nova who is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA through his first few starts of the season.
Kansas City’s Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85) has been brutal in two home starts, but he’s 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in three on the road. He’ll try to regroup after the first six batters he faced scored and he didn’t get an out until his 38th pitch on Wednesday.

The Yankees have had a very slow start to the year and don’t really look like they are going to make significant progress any time soon, though they did welcome Aroldis Chapman to the team who will look to make an immediate impact with one of the league’s most daunting bullpens. The Yanks are 11-17 so far this season and while they are still in the mix thanks to a lackluster beginning from most of the other AL East opponents it looks like it could be a long season in the Big Apple for the Pinstripers as they are an aging group with a lackluster rotation.

The Royals are 15-6 in their last 21 games following a loss, 4-1 in Young’s last five starts when the team allows 5+ runs in their previous outing, but are 2-8 in their last 10 road games against a righty. The Yankees meanwhile are 1-5 in Nova’s last six home starts, 3-8 in their last 11 overall, and 5-12 in their last 17 when scoring two runs or less in their previous outing.
Although Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA) has limited opponents to two earned runs or less in each of his six outings, victories have been tough to come by for the 27-year-old with a 2.75 run support average that ranks near the bottom of the majors.

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