New York Yankees

AL East

Brett Gardner finished 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored as the Yankees fell 12-10 to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Somehow Gardner managed to lead off the Yankees lineup in a game where they racked up 10 runs on 14 hits, smack a pair of doubles and still come around to score only once. Alas, that's baseball for you. Gardner had a rough April but has bounced back in May hitting a solid .277 though his power is down again as he's only homered once. And thus goes Gardner as he alternates seasons where there's plenty of power one year and then a total drought of it, the next. He does have five steals though.

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CC Sabathia was roughed up for seven earned runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out just one in 4 1/3 laborious innings, getting a no-decision in the Yankees' 12-10 loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Actually, even describing it as laborious is doing CC's outing no justice as he somehow managed to throw 91 pitches in just 4 1/3 innings, only 58 of which were strikes. Not surprising, then, that he walked three and struck out only one. The real damage, though, were the pair of homers he served up in the fourth as the early 4-0 Yankee lead was wiped out and then some. The poor outing is the latest in a string of clunkers which the bombers have lost as his ERA has ballooned from a tidy 1.39 to 3.55 while serving up 15 runs on 19 hits including four homers in just 13 1/3 innings. Yuck. He's getting dumped in a lot of leagues and it's hard to gauge whether he'll return to his early season form any time soon so it's probably best to leave him on the wire until he shows a little life.

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Didi Gregorius went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's game against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius finally broke out of his skid, launching his 11th homer over the season. He was running cold in a big way, so this is encouraging. Owners hope he's able to get back on track and return to something more resembling his early-season form.

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Gleyber Torres homers again

Thu, May 24th 10:17am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Gleyber Torres launched his eighth homer of the season Wednesday, finishing 1-for-5 with the three-run homer.

Fantasy Impact: Torres now has five homers over his last five games played. He's on a tear, and he could be in store for a lineup promotion which would only help his counting stats. Still, given the strength of the Yankees' lineup in general, Torres is very much fantasy relevant even hitting lower in the order.

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Aaron Judge went 2-for-5 with a two run homer in a 12-10 loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Judge on the season is hitting .284 with 13 homers and 38 RBI. His 13th homer of the season came as part of a six-run fifth inning that gave the Yankees a seemingly solid 10-5 lead at the game's midway point. Judge now sports a .284/.412/.568 slash line, and his 38 RBI in 47 games puts him well on pace to top last season's 114.

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Aaron Hicks went 1-for-5 in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks on the season is hitting .248 with five homers and 19 RBI. Despite just a .248 batting average, Hicks has gotten on base at a .344 clip and has the potential to provide a nice combination of home runs and stolen bases if he can remain healthy and in the lineup.

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Domingo German pitched only three innings, giving up six earned runs including two homers in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night. He also struck out six batters and walked three.

Fantasy Impact: German remains a work in progress as he is only a rookie. He should get better with time and become a more reliable pitcher. So far this season he owns a 5.59 ERA with 34 Ks and 15 BBs in 29 innings of work. Although he remains winless at 0-2, he should get his first win of the season very soon. Use German as a spot starter who can pitch a good game here and there but don't expect big numbers from him right away.

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Neil Walker had himself a night on Monday, going 2-for-5 with a double, HR, two RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: The HR was his first of the season, a season he has struggled overall at the plate. Walker is not worthy of a roster spot in shallow leagues, but with the lineup he is in, if he starts to heat, there is the potential for RBI and R for Walker.

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Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 in a 10-5 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez on the season is hitting .231 with 12 homers and 33 RBI. He has been on fire lately hitting .438 during the last seven days with two homers and .292 overall in the month of May with five homers.

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Masahiro Tanaka got his fifth win of the season, as the Yankees beat the Rangers 10-5 in Arlington Monday night. Tanaka limited Texas to three hits over five innings, while walking four batters and giving up two homers. He also had three Ks.

Fantasy Impact: For the season Tanaka now has a 5-2 record with a 4.95 ERA and 50 Ks. He didn't look his best Monday night but the Yankees great offense gave him enough run support to still pick up the win. Tanaka continues to be a reliable pitcher for fantasy purposes and should be used as a second or third starting option.

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Greg Bird has been rehabbing in the minor leagues and is apparently close to returning to the big league club. Though he has been struggling thus far, the Yankees just moved him up to Triple-A for what is expected to be just a few games. (Source: Erik Boland of Newsday)

Fantasy Impact: When Bird returns, he will almost certainly platoon with Tyler Austin, who has been crushing left-handed pitching this season. Bird comes with re-injury risk, but has the kind of upside to warrant a pickup if he is still available in your league.

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Miguel Andujar went 3-for-4, including a triple and a home run, with an RBI and two runs scored Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Andujar continues to produce for fantasy owners. He's hitting a solid .286 and has four homers and a stolen based to go with solid counting stats. He's striking out a bunch, and his inability to take a walk limits his usefulness in OBP leagues, but overall he's done well as a rookie.

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Tyler Austin homers twice

Mon, May 21st 11:10am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Tyler Austin hit a pair of homers and drove in four in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Austin now has three homers over his last three games. He's up to eight on the season, and he's sporting a solid .910 OPS.

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Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-5 in a 10-1 win over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Stanton on the season is hitting .263 with 11 homers and 27 RBI. He now has at least one hit in eight of his past ten games. His much discussed strikeout rate is now returning close to his career baseline, so early concerns regarding his performance should be eased.

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The Yankees have optioned Clint Frazier back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. (Source: Yankees PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier was called up earlier in the week but only appeared in one game. He went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. Frazier would be an interesting fantasy option if he ever got everyday at bats, but right now New York simply has too many outfielders for that to happen.


Sonny Gray improved to 3-3 on Sunday in Kansas City, allowing just one run on four hits over eight solid innings.

Fantasy Impact: Gray struck out five and walked one to lower his season ERA to 5.48 on the year. It's been a tough start to 2018, but he has now thrown quality starts in three of his past four. Perhaps he's finally turning it around. Fantasy players should be willing to take a longer look at him.

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Billy McKinney with a shoulder injury will continue his rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: McKinney on the season is hitting .250, but even he when he comes back he won't have a fantasy impact unless there is a injury in the outfield.

Category: Injury Updates


Brandon Drury (impaired vision) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre on Monday. (Source: Yankees on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Drury will continue his rehab at Triple-A as he is not ready to join the Yankees. When he is ready to join the big league club it remains to be seen where he will play. Fantasy owners should move on from Drury if they can no longer stash him on their fantasy DL.

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Luis Severino improved to 6-1 on Sunday versus Oakland, allowing one run on five hits over six innings while striking out seven and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old right-hander continues to improve on last season's breakout where he finished third in the American League Cy Young voting. Severino now has a 2.14 ERA on the season to go along with six wins and 70 strikeouts. His next start is expected to come against the lowly Royals.

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Aroldis Chapman notched his ninth save on Wednesday. He allowed a hit to J.D. Martinez, but struck out three Red Sox to secure the win for New York. He didn't walk a batter, and the lefty closer consistently threw around 100 MPH.

Fantasy Impact: That's two saves in two days for Chapman, who now boasts a 1.59 ERA and .82 WHIP for the year. His K/9 rate is currently 18, and he remains one of the elite relief options in all of baseball. Keep him active in all formats.

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