Adam Warren: “It’s like I’ve only been gone a week”

Adam Warren

Here’s a thought as we prepare for baseball tonight here under the roof of Minute Maid Park in Houston: now that the Yankees have re-acquired Adam Warren from the Cubs, let’s roll the clock back to Dec. 8, 2015 and pretend this was the transaction:

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Sorry, Brendan, but you’d make that trade 100 times out of 100. Time will tell who comes out on top of the blockbuster swap we saw yesterday afternoon, which installed Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit heat in the Cubs bullpen as they aim for their first World Series title since 1908. Part of the four-player return was Warren, who seemed pleased to be back in a place that felt like home.

“It’s been great. It’s kind of like I’ve only been gone a week,” Warren said. “I got a lot of texts yesterday and seeing some guys today, it’s been pretty neat.”

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner insisted on getting Warren back as part of the Chapman trade, but even Warren acknowledged that he wasn’t really the big name changing sides yesterday. The prize in the Yankees’ eyes is 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres, who makes his debut tonight for Class-A Tampa.

Joe Girardi plans to use Warren out of the bullpen, going back to the swingman role in which he was 7-7 with one save and a 3.29 ERA in 43 games (17 starts) last year, setting career highs in wins, games started, innings pitched (131 1/3) and strikeouts (104).

“For them to have confidence in me and know what I can do, I think that helps me,” Warren said. “They’ve seen what I can do. I feel like I don’t have to go out there and try to prove myself like maybe I did in Chicago. That does take a little of the pressure off.”


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Chasen Shreve

In order to create room for Warren on the 25-man roster, left-hander Chasen Shreve was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Luis Severino will stay for now, as the Yankees want him to provide distance. Shreve is being asked to work on getting left-handers out more consistently.

“His forkball is extremely effective against right-handers,” Girardi said. “It’s the continued improvement with his slider. We’ll try to get him in situations where he can really work on it down there.”

Alex Rodriguez was benched for the fourth straight game. With Girardi trying to keep Carlos Beltran’s bat in the lineup as the DH, A-Rod may also sit tomorrow (not the best 41st birthday present we could think of).

The A-Rod experiment at first base seems to have cooled; Girardi said that they haven’t asked him to take grounders recently, though they might have him do so in preparation for the upcoming Subway Series games at Citi Field on Monday and Tuesday.

Girardi said that Bryan Mitchell’s rehab has gone well, and that he is throwing bullpens at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla.


“Take the biggest bat out of any lineup, how well are you going to survive? It’s not easy. With some of the other struggles we’ve had, it would become really difficult. Part of the reason I’m DHing him is to try to keep him in the lineup as much as I can.” Girardi, on Beltran.


The Yankees have won seven of their last nine games, with their starters going 6-1, 1.75 ERA (11 ER/56.2 IP) over that span.


July 26, 1939: The Yankees score in every inning for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Browns by a score of 14-1. And check out this box score!

With rumors in the air, Yanks try to end on a high note

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With rumors flying hot and heavy that the Yankees are preparing to green-light a trade of Aroldis Chapman, manager Joe Girardi is urging his players to ignore all of the talk and complete their homestand on a strong note this afternoon against the Giants.

Nathan Eovaldi and Jeff Samardzija comprise the pitching matchup in the 1:05 p.m. ET contest, as the Yankees try to wrap up this 10-game ‘make or break’ push with what would be a 6-4 record.

That might not be enough to dissuade Hal Steinbrenner from authorizing Brian Cashman to sell off at least Chapman, who is a free agent after this season and could bring a significant return from contending clubs looking to shore up their bullpens.

“What we’ve told players is you’ve got to block the noise out,” Girardi said. “There’s going to be discussions throughout, there’s going to be speculation throughout. That’s part of my job is helping them block the noise out and focus on the game.”

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported late last night that the Yankees are telling clubs that they are nearing a trade that involves the 28-year-old Chapman, but that they plan on keeping Andrew Miller.

The teams believed to be interested in Chapman include the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians and Nationals. No word yet on how the trade market for Carlos Beltran is advancing, if at all, but the next eight days should be a rush.


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Has Chapman made his last appearance as a Yankee? He won’t be appearing this afternoon after throwing 36 pitches Saturday, has worked each of the last two days and pitched in five of the last nine games. Dellin Betances and Miller are also considered to be unavailable.


“I’m glad that they think that. We don’t want to be broken up. We want a chance to fight and fight and fight. But we need to play better is the bottom line.” – Girardi, when told his players have expressed a desire to stay together as a team.


Yankees relievers have posted a 0.89 ERA (40.1IP, 20H, 4ER, 16BB, 41K) over their last 11 games since July 9, having allowed runs in just three games over the stretch.

With a single in Saturday’s loss to the Giants, Chase Headley recorded his 1,146th career hit, tying Roy Hartzell for the most by a Colorado-born player in Major League history.


July 24, 1983: The Yankees and the Royals play the infamous “Pine Tar Game” at Yankee Stadium, featuring one of the great explosions of all time out of Hall of Famer George Brett. The Yanks’ 4-3 win is only temporary, as the game ends in protest and is resumed on Aug. 18, when the Royals complete a 5-4 win.

Yanks aim to celebrate CC’s birthday with a sweep


The Yankees will try to complete a four-game sweep of the Orioles this afternoon behind birthday boy CC Sabathia, who is turning 36 and has not allowed a run in 12 innings against Baltimore this season. Chris Tillman has the ball for the O’s.

Yankees pitchers have allowed one run or fewer in four consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 18-21, 2003, with Michael Pineda’s six strong scoreless innings last night following good starts by Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova and Nathan Eovaldi.

“I think they want to try to outdo each other. We saw it before,” manager Joe Girardi said. “They got on a roll for two weeks and we made up a lot of ground. We got back to .500, and they seem to compete against each other. Each guy wanted to outdo the other. I’m sure CC is up to that challenge and looking forward to it.”

Sabathia is looking to turn around a five-start stretch that has seen him go 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA, permitting a .320 opponents’ batting average. Prior to June 22, Sabathia had enjoyed a seven-outing run as the best pitcher in the Major Leagues, holding opponents to a 0.71 ERA over that span — including two starts against the O’s.

Last night’s Orioles loss, combined with a Red Sox victory, knocked Baltimore out of first place in the American League East for the first time since June 4. The Yankees (48-46) are six games off the pace in the division and trail the Orioles by five games in the Wild Card chase.


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AP_16191016774993The Yankees made a roster move prior to today’s game, recalling right-hander Chad Green from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while optioning right-hander Nick Goody to Triple-A. Girardi said that the Yankees felt they needed a reliever who could give them distance today, as Goody, Dellin Betances and Anthony Swarzak were all considered unavailable.

Should Green not be needed against Baltimore, Girardi said it is possible that the Yankees will name him as a spot starter tomorrow against the Giants, which would provide Tanaka with an additional day of rest. Green was scratched from his start at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with an eye toward that flexibility.

“Just if we were going to need some distance,” Girardi said. “We understand that, in a sense, that our starters don’t really give us seven, eight or nine innings. We just don’t get it. So he’s been a guy who’s been pitching well. There were different ways that we could use him, so we just thought, let’s just kind of hold back here a little bit.”

Chase Headley is out of the lineup for a second consecutive game after receiving an excused absence yesterday for personal issues. There are no further details being provided, but Girardi said that he expects Headley to report to Yankee Stadium at some point today.


“We’ve got to be thinking one game at a time. Honestly, [a four-game sweep] would be great. I know that they’ve got a good pitcher for them. We’ve got CC for ourselves. We’re happy where we’re at in this position.” – Carlos Beltran


Sabathia is the first Yankee to start on his birthday since Chris Capuano on Aug. 19, 2014 vs. the Astros. Since 2002, he and Capuano are the only Yankees to start on their birthdays. Sabathia also started on his birthday in 2011 and 2013.


July 21, 1961: Trailing the Red Sox 8-6 at Fenway Park, the Yankees rally for four runs in the top of the ninth inning as Johnny Blanchard hits a pinch-hit grand slam that holds up as the game winner.

Yanks still seeking direction on make-or-break homestand


Just by stringing together a few wins in a row, the Yankees are creating quite the dilemma for their front office, which has been looking to use this 10-game homestand to determine whether they are buyers or sellers in advance of the Aug. 1 non-waivers Trade Deadline.

They open the evening 47-46, looking to go two games over the .500 mark for the first time since April 12, when they’d won four of their first six games. Michael Pineda and Yovani Gallardo comprise the pitching matchup on a beautiful evening in The Bronx, and the Yankees have won three straight against the Red Sox and Orioles.

But — and please, bear with us for a moment — is all this winning … a good thing? There is a vocal contingent on social media, radio call-in shows and the like that would actually like to see the Yankees start losing a few more games so the decision to start selling off pieces like Aroldis Chapman and Carlos Beltran to retool for 2017 and beyond would become more clean-cut.

(For what it’s worth, I don’t believe the majority of the fan base feels that way, but that’s an argument we could spend hours on.)

The idea of Yankees fans rooting against the Yankees was raised to Mark Teixeira this afternoon, and the switch-hitting first baseman found it worthy of a chuckle.

“If that’s the case, they’d start booing us when we do well,” Teixeira said. “Then you know we’re really in trouble. I don’t mind getting booed when I play poorly because I want to play well. You’re in real trouble if you hit a home run and start getting booed. I hope that doesn’t happen.”


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Chase Headley was in the Yankees’ original lineup this afternoon but he was scratched about 90 minutes before game time. The Yankees said that Headley has an excused absence for personal reasons and that he will not be at Yankee Stadium tonight. Ronald Torreyes is playing third base instead.

On the other side of the infield, Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup after missing three games with a bruised left foot. Teixeira is hitting .186 with seven homers and 20 RBIs, and he’s very aware of how this season has gone, one year after he slugged 31 homers.

“This has been brutal. I’ve been terrible,” Teixeira said. “The only thing I can do the last two months is try to get healthy and be hot. I live off my hot streaks and I haven’t had one yet this year. Hopefully I can stay on the field, that’s the first thing, and help this team win some games.”


“MLB Trade Rumors has changed the game a little bit. It’s a great site. I think it’s a cool site. I don’t go searching the Internet for 100 different articles. You get it all in one place. It makes it easier to follow what’s going on.” – Teixeira.


The Yankees are looking to allow one run or fewer in four consecutive games for the first time since 2003.


July 20, 1965: Pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hit an inside-the-park grand slam at Yankee Stadium in a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox. He is one of four Yankees pitchers to hit a grand slam, and the most recent. The others are Don Larsen (1956), Spud Chandler (1940) and Red Ruffing (1933).

Deja vu all over again: Yankees at .500


So is this glass half full or half empty? It depends on who you ask, but for the 12th time this season (not counting Opening Day), the Yankees will take the field exactly at the break-even mark. They’re 46-46, 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Orioles, and manager Joe Girardi has seen just about enough of .500.

“It’s been frustrating this year because we’ve been here so many times and we haven’t been able to break through, for a number of different reasons,” Girardi said. “Sometimes it’s been offense. Sometimes it’s been pitching.

“It hasn’t been just one reason, but it’s been frustrating because I feel if we can get over that mark, we can build on it. I think we’ve gotten to one game over, two maybe – I’m talking about since we got way below – so it has been frustrating, and I think it’s frustrating for the guys in the room.”

Indeed, this is a team that has not been two games over .500 since April 12, when they were 4-2. Until they can leave that milestone in the dust, it’s impossible to think of them as serious contenders. They can try to get one over .500 tonight, as Nathan Eovaldi and Vance Worley comprise the pitching matchup.


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Let’s talk trades! It has been speculated that several current Yankees may be wearing different uniforms in the next two weeks, but that uncertainty doesn’t seem to have affected the vibe in the clubhouse, where the latest trade rumors have been regularly greeted with shrugs.

“That’s something I don’t worry about,” Aroldis Chapman said through an interpreter. “I try just to concentrate on doing my job on the game and helping the team win. It’s really something I have no control over.”

Chapman would make sense for several contenders looking to bolster their chances of winning a World Series by adding a bonafide closer. The Cubs, Indians, Nationals and Rangers are among the teams that could be interested in Chapman, left-hander Andrew Miller, or potentially both.

Chapman is a free agent after the season and, conceivably, the Yankees could look to re-sign him without having to surrender Draft pick compensation. Miller is signed through 2018 at $9 million per year.

Yahoo! Sports reported this week that the Yankees have shown interest in Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, who is out for the season after sustaining a torn ACL in an April outfield collision. The Bombers are also said to be heavily scouting the Indians’ Minor League organization, including 20-year-old left-hander Justus Sheffield, the nephew of former Yankee Gary Sheffield.

The Yankees have also taken note of the high asking prices for starting pitching; the Padres forced the Red Sox to part with touted prospect Anderson Espinoza in last week’s Drew Pomeranz trade, and the Athletics reportedly demanded Espinoza when Boston asked about left-hander Rich Hill.

As such, the Yankees would be willing to listen to offers on Nathan Eovaldi, Ivan Nova or Michael Pineda.’s Jon Morosi reported that the Marlins have shown interest in Pineda, but the Yankees have said that they are not ready to deal him at this time. Eovaldi’s name has been connected to both the Pirates and Rangers.

Carlos Beltran also might draw interest from a contender like the Indians or Royals, enjoying an All-Star campaign at age 39 that has already seen the switch-hitter match last year’s home run total (19). Beltran, who is in the final year of a three-year, $45 million deal, said that blocking out the questions has not been an issue.


“Not difficult at all. I have a responsibility to the New York Yankees, so my job is to come here and get ready to play the game. What’s going to happen is going to happen. I cannot worry about that. I’ve just got enough with the game itself.” – Carlos Beltran, on trade rumors.


Neither of these teams has been scoring runs lately. Since the All-Star break, the O’s have scored just nine runs (4, 2, 2, 1) while the Yankees have scored just 10 (3, 2, 3, 2).


July 19, 1959: Enos Slaughter became the oldest Yankee to hit a home run, at 43 years, 83 days, in a 6-2 win over the White Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. That’s one year and 83 days older than Hideki Matsui was when he did this in the most recent Old-Timers’ Day game:

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