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Aaron Judge went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a double in a 11-5 win over the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Aaron Judge on the season is hitting .281 with six homers and 13 RBIs. He continues to hit for power as he has hit .333 with three homers and six RBI during the last seven days.


Aroldis Chapman works the ninth

Sat, Apr 22nd 8:10pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

NYY

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth inning against the Pirates on Saturday, closing out the 11-5 win. Chapman struck out a batter and walked a batter. He has yet to allow a run this season and has only allowed five baserunners in 6 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Chapman had not pitched since April 17, so he was just getting some work in. He had gotten saves on three consecutive games last week, and the Yankees have a day off on Monday, so look for him to be available on Sunday as well. Chapman is one of the top RP in fantasy baseball.


Dellin Betances got the last two outs of the 7th inning, earning a win when Chris Carter pinch hit for him and hit a game-winning three-run home run. Betances induced a fly ball and a ground ball to strand Andrew McCutchen at 3rd base. He has a 1.50 ERA this season.

Fantasy Impact: Since losing to the Orioles on April 8, Betances has not allowed a run, winning two games and earning three holds. Saturday's appearance was his first in four appearances where he has not registered a strikeout and he has nine strikeouts in six innings this season. His 1.33 WHIP is alarming, as is the fact that he walked a batter in three consecutive appearances coming into Saturday, but he is the top non-closer RP in fantasy baseball.


Michael Pineda allowed three runs on five hits in five innings against the Pirates on Saturday, earning a no-decision. Pineda walked two batters and struck out six, seeing his K:BB ratio drop to 9.67 on the season. He has a 3.86 ERA this season and will face the Orioles on April 28.

Fantasy Impact: Pineda has 29 strikeouts and only three walks this season in 23 1/3 innings, the most impressive part of his fantasy profile. He had back-to-back quality starts coming into Saturday's appearance, but his strikeout potential still makes him worthy of a roster spot. Current Orioles have an .827 OPS in 165 career at-bats against Pineda.


Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored in a 6-3 loss to the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury on the season is hitting .333 with one homer and three RBIs. He is hitting .364 during the last seven days.


CC Sabathia allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings against the Pirates on Friday night. Sabathia, who was pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth, walked two batters and struck out three batters. He has a 2.70 ERA this season and will face the Red Sox in Boston in his next start.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia posted three straight quality starts to open the season, but allowed two home runs in the first two innings and could never find his rhythm. His 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP are still good, but his lack of strikeouts (14 in 23 1/3 innings) limits his fantasy value. Current Red Sox have a .657 OPS in 168 career at-bats against Sabathia.


Matt Holliday is not starting for the Yankees Friday against the Pirates. (Source: Mike Mazzeo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees will be without a DH over the weekend, which means Holliday might be limited to pinch hitting duties. Holliday hasn't seen any time in the field yet this season, but he could play LF or 1B this weekend if the Yankees want to get him in the lineup.


Gleyber Torres has been placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. (Source: Kyle Glaser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While this isn't seen as a significant injury, the Yankees figure to take every precaution with their young prospect.


Gary Sanchez plays catch

Thu, Apr 20th 8:37am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

NYY

Gary Sanchez played catch on Wednesday. He's also caught simulated games from a pitching machine. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez currently projects to be back by the middle of May, if not sooner. It's good to see he's making progress and there's no reported setbacks to the point.


Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run on six hits in seven innings against the White Sox on Wednesday. Tanaka struck out six batters and walked two, earning his second win of the season. He has a 6.00 ERA and will face the Red Sox in Boston on April 26.

Fantasy Impact: While Tanaka has won his last two starts, registering a quality start in each, he is still not fully himself. He has induced more ground balls in each of his four starts, a very good sign for a pitcher that relies on movement and his splitter, but he has walked two or more batters in four consecutive starts to open the season. Current Red Sox have a .636 OPS in 152 career at-bats against Tanaka, but he has allowed 14 earned runs and 30 hits in 29 career innings at Fenway Park.


Chase Headley batted second in the order and promptly deposited a two-run shot to center to get the Yankees' 9-1 rout of the White Sox started.

Fantasy Impact: Headley continues to produce this season beyond most expectations. Hitting second in the order will get him better pitches to see, so ride this streak to the end.


Starlin Castro hit a three run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night to help power the Yankees to a 9-1 victory over the White Sox

Fantasy Impact: It was Castro's third dinger of the season bringing him to 10 RBIs. He should be playing in all formats


Greg Bird has yet to take off

Wed, Apr 19th 7:23am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

NYY

After going 3-for3 and blasting his first home run of the season Easter Sunday, Bird sat against a lefty on Monday and went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's Yankee loss to the White Sox

Fantasy Impact: After a scorching spring, Bird has cooled off considerably with his average sitting at .121 early on. Don't give up on him as he is the Yankees future and will remain in the lineup, especially with Chris Carter doing nothing to press him


Luis Severino allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits in eight innings on Tuesday, allowing a solo home run to Leury Garcia and a three-run home run to Avisail Garcia. Severino struck out 10 batters without a walk, pitching at least seven innings for the second consecutive start. He has a 4.05 ERA this season and will face the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Severino was rolling until Leury Garcia's home run in the third and allowed the three-run home run to Avisail Garcia after Pete Kozma made an error on a double play ball in the seventh; these were really the only blemishes on Severino's record on Tuesday. When evaluating Severino for the future, fantasy owners need to be impressed that he has 26 strikeouts and only two walks in 20 innings this season, posting a 0.80 WHIP. Current Red Sox have a .767 OPS in 51 career at-bats against Severino and the 23-year-old has a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 career innings at Fenway Park.


Jordan Montgomery took a shutout into the seventh inning, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings to earn his first MLB win against the White Sox. Montgomery, who allowed a three-run home run to Yolmer Sanchez in the seventh, struck out four batters and walked two. He has a 4.22 ERA this season and will face the Pirates on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Montgomery has allowed 12 hits in 10 2/3 innings this season, but his 11 strikeouts are impressive for the rookie. He was 14-5 with a 2.13 in the minor leagues last season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, including an impressive 0.97 ERA in 37 innings at Triple-A. Montgomery is not yet at the point where he is trusted in all leagues, but his strikeout potential is alluring.


Aaron Hicks went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBIs in a 9-3 win over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Aaron Hicks on the season is hitting .318 with three homers and eight RBIs. If he continues to produce he will get more playing time and be a good fantasy play.


Tyler Clippard earned a save for the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, pitching in place of Aroldis Chapman. Clippard allowed a home run to Stephen Piscotty, and had the game-winning run on base, but closed down the game after striking out the side. Clippard has a 3.00 ERA this season.

Fantasy Impact: Clippard was given his first save opportunity of the season after Chapman had pitched for three consecutive days, but almost gave the lead up in the ninth. The more important thing for Clippard is that he leads the team in holds with four, now has a save, and has nine strikeouts in six innings. He allowed a walk yesterday, his first walk allowed this season, but if he is able to keep his walks down, he could be a good addition in leagues that count holds.


Adam Warren relieved CC Sabathia on Saturday, pitching a clean 2/3 of an inning for a hold. Warren struck out a batter and earned his second hold of the season. He has yet to allow a run in 6 2/3 innings this season.

Fantasy Impact: Warren not only has not allowed a run this season, but has also not allowed a baserunner. His versatility is undoubtable, as he can hold any role as a pitcher, and his eight strikeouts are valuable as well. Players like Chris Devenski and Warren can win season long leagues, so take a look at either if you have a roster spot.


Austin Romine went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Austin Romine on the season is hitting .313 with one homer and two RBIs. He will get the bulk of playing time at catcher with Gary Sanchez out.


Brett Gardner will not be in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Rays. Gardner left Wednesday's game after colliding with Rickie Weeks at first base. Aaron Hicks will start in left field and bat second.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has been diagnosed with neck and jaw soreness and should be considered day-to-day. Gardner is batting .258 with five steals so far this season.


Ronald Torreyes went 0-for-4 it managed to knock in his eighth run of the season. He has been a catalyst in the Yankees recent surge

Fantasy Impact: Torreyes has filled in admirably for the injured Didi Gregorius and deserves short term consideration if you need to fill a spot due to injury. He has position flexibility as well