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Stanton stays hot with first-inning home run

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NEW YORK -- Coming off a four-hit night against the Nationals on Monday, Giancarlo Stanton stayed hot at the plate in his first at-bat against the Mariners on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton blasted the first pitch he saw from left-hander Marco Gonzales -- a 79.3-mph curveball -- 426 feet that had an exit velocity of 111.5 mph, according to Statcast™.

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NEW YORK -- Coming off a four-hit night against the Nationals on Monday, Giancarlo Stanton stayed hot at the plate in his first at-bat against the Mariners on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton blasted the first pitch he saw from left-hander Marco Gonzales -- a 79.3-mph curveball -- 426 feet that had an exit velocity of 111.5 mph, according to Statcast™.

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It was Stanton's ninth homer in just 70 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season. Entering Tuesday's game, Stanton had slashed .348/.390/.783 against southpaws.

The blast tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the first.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Judge remains in position to start in ASG

Sanchez slips to second for AL catchers; Torres, Andujar need push
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NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez believes that he is in the process of turning around one of the longest slumps of his professional career. Currently involved in the closest race on the American League All-Star ballot, an offensive surge could boost Sanchez's chances of becoming the first Yankees catcher since Jorge Posada to earn back-to-back fan selections to the All-Star Game.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

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NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez believes that he is in the process of turning around one of the longest slumps of his professional career. Currently involved in the closest race on the American League All-Star ballot, an offensive surge could boost Sanchez's chances of becoming the first Yankees catcher since Jorge Posada to earn back-to-back fan selections to the All-Star Game.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

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While Aaron Judge remains in position to earn his second consecutive selection to start the Midsummer Classic, Sanchez was overtaken this week by Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, who has received 678,159 votes to Sanchez's 618,899 -- a difference of 59,260.

Sanchez and Ramos are each vying for their second career All-Star selections, with Sanchez having represented the Bombers in 2017, and Ramos earning a selection as a member of the Nationals the season prior. Posada was tabbed by fans to start back-to-back All-Star Games in '02 and '03.

"I'm definitely feeling better," Sanchez said recently. "Now it's just about keeping it going. Keep getting one hit, two hits and help the team."

Standout rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar also need a push to earn a starting nod. Torres' 534,758 votes at second base significantly trail the AL's reigning Most Valuable Player Award winner, Jose Altuve of the Astros (1,572,101).

Video: TB@NYY: Torres drills a 3-run homer to left field

Andujar has a smaller, yet substantial, gap to close. His 509,188 votes rate second among AL third basemen, behind Jose Ramirez (893,530) of the Indians. Giancarlo Stanton is second among AL designated hitters with 478,872 votes, trailing J.D. Martinez (1,119,263) of the Red Sox.

Video: NYY@WSH: Stanton goes 4-for-5, picks up 2 RBIs

Judge's 1,061,370 votes rate third among AL outfielders, behind Mookie Betts (1,568,417) of the Red Sox and Mike Trout (1,323,292) of the Angels. Judge's 4,488,702 votes led the AL last year, making him the first Yankee to lead the AL in votes since Derek Jeter in 2009.

At shortstop, Didi Gregorius (413,135) is fourth behind Manny Machado (671,133) of the Orioles, Carlos Correa (458,367) of the Astros and Francisco Lindor (420,674) of the Indians. In the outfield, Brett Gardner rates seventh with 330,970 votes and Aaron Hicks is 13th with 239,594 votes.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Yanks' bullpen shuts down Nats in nightcap

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WASHINGTON -- With Nationals runners on first and third base and no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night, it seemed like the Yankees' one-run lead would soon be gone. That was until Jonathan Holder entered.

Holder replaced starter Sonny Gray and struck out Mark Reynolds. The Nationals tried to create offense by pinch-hitting Daniel Murphy, but he also struck out. Pedro Severino then popped out, as Holder escaped the frame. Yankees manager Aaron Boone admitted he was hoping at best for the Nationals to score only one run.

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WASHINGTON -- With Nationals runners on first and third base and no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night, it seemed like the Yankees' one-run lead would soon be gone. That was until Jonathan Holder entered.

Holder replaced starter Sonny Gray and struck out Mark Reynolds. The Nationals tried to create offense by pinch-hitting Daniel Murphy, but he also struck out. Pedro Severino then popped out, as Holder escaped the frame. Yankees manager Aaron Boone admitted he was hoping at best for the Nationals to score only one run.

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"After he did that you could feel a jolt across the bench," Gray said, "and we kind of knew we were going to win this game."

New York's bullpen stymied Washington's offense the rest of the game, and the Yankees added an insurance run to defeat the Nationals, 4-2, in a makeup game from May 16 and securing a split of the day after dropping the conclusion of the May 15 suspended game, 5-3. The Yankees and Red Sox are still tied for first place in the American League East.

"Our 'pen tonight," Boone said, "just a big-time performance from them."

Video: NYY@WSH: Yankees talk about 4-2 win over the Nats

The Yankees couldn't get the bats going in the modified doubleheader's first game, which resumed in the sixth inning with the score tied at 3. But the Yankees' offense offered more support in the second game.

Aaron Hicks provided the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning with a two-run homer, his third home run in the past five days. Giancarlo Stanton, who went 4-for-5, then ripped an RBI double in the seventh, creating "Let's Go Yankees" chants from many in attendance.

The Yankees opened the scoring in the first inning when Stanton's single down the middle of the field drove in Hicks.

Video: NYY@WSH: Stanton goes 4-for-5, picks up 2 RBIs

Reynolds helped give the Nationals a lead with an RBI groundout and sacrifice fly in the second and fourth innings, respectively. Both knocks drove in Anthony Rendon.

But on the same night the Nationals traded three prospects for Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, the Yankees showed Washington what a dominant bullpen looks like. After Holder escaped, David Robertson and Dellin Betances threw no-hit innings.

Aroldis Chapman allowed two runners on base in the ninth, but right fielder Aaron Judge caught Trea Turner's knock at the warning track to secure the final out, as Chapman smiled and raised his arms in relief.

"It got me to hold my breath for a sec," Boone said. "It looked like [Judge] had a bead. He made a couple good plays out there. He made that one look routine."

Video: NYY@WSH: Judge makes catch to complete Chapman's save

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hicks continues surge: Hicks has hit nine home runs this season, but three of those have come in the past five days.

Hicks' two-run homer off Erick Fedde's sinker gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, an advantage they never gave up.

The 28-year-old hit 15 home runs last season.

"It was big for us," Hicks said.

Video: NYY@WSH: Hicks launches a 2-run home run to right

SOUND SMART
Holder hasn't allowed an earned run since April 6, a span of 22 innings. The right-hander has inherited 11 runners during in that time and permitted only three of them to score.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
In the third inning, Judge ran past the right-field foul line to make a diving catch on Turner's fly ball. Statcast™ rated it as a four-star catch, with a 47 percent catch probability. The 26-year-old traveled 122 feet in six seconds, flashing an elite-level 30 feet/second sprint speed.

"He's a really good defender," Boone said. "He takes a lot of pride in it. Obviously he's made some tremendous throws that have been kind of highlight worthy, but he seems to always get the right break on the ball. Judge takes so much pride in being an all-around player, and defense is part of it."

Video: NYY@WSH: Statcast™ measures Judge's superb diving grab

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Hicks doubled leading off the game and one out later was doubled off at second base on Didi Gregorius lineout to second baseman Wilmer Difo on a play that would have ended the inning with the game still scoreless. However, the Yankees challenged, and the call was overturned, as replays showed that Hicks got back to the bag in time. That extended the inning for Stanton's RBI single.

Video: NYY@WSH: Hicks avoids getting doubled up after review

UP NEXT
Domingo German will take the mound at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday as the Yankees return home to open a three-game series against the Mariners. The right-hander has allowed three runs over six innings in each of his past two starts, both of which were Yankees wins. German, who hasn't faced Seattle in his two-year career, will square off against Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales.

Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington.

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Green slips up as Yanks drop suspended game

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WASHINGTON -- Chad Green spun around the mound and stared at the Nationals Park outfield for a few moments in the sixth inning on Monday, processing the fact that Juan Soto had again put the Yankees in a hole.

Soto had just belted his sixth career home run and his third homer against the Yankees over the past five days. Last Wednesday, Soto hit two home runs at Yankee Stadium. The 19-year-old's two-run dinger produced the only runs scored in the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Monday, which resumed in the sixth inning with the score tied at 3 after being suspended due to rain on May 15.

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WASHINGTON -- Chad Green spun around the mound and stared at the Nationals Park outfield for a few moments in the sixth inning on Monday, processing the fact that Juan Soto had again put the Yankees in a hole.

Soto had just belted his sixth career home run and his third homer against the Yankees over the past five days. Last Wednesday, Soto hit two home runs at Yankee Stadium. The 19-year-old's two-run dinger produced the only runs scored in the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Monday, which resumed in the sixth inning with the score tied at 3 after being suspended due to rain on May 15.

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Video: NYY@WSH: Soto smashes a 2-run shot to the second deck

"Just one mistake," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Soto got us again."

The teams used the same lineups from May 15, but any player who wasn't in the game was permitted to substitute off the bench. That allowed Soto, who was playing in Double-A Harrisburg on May 15, to replace Matt Adams in left field.

Green started the bottom of the sixth inning, his first time beginning a game on the mound since June 11, 2017. Anthony Rendon, who homered before the game was suspended, singled in the sixth before Soto homered off Green, who entered Monday with a 1.89 ERA.

"I wish [Soto] was climbing the ladder more routinely," Boone said. "He'd be about Double-A now."

On May 15, Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs over five innings, but the Yankees tied the game behind Tyler Austin's two-run home run and sacrifice fly in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. New York has since optioned Austin to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees came closest to plating a run in the eighth inning. But Aaron Hicks grounded out with runners on the corners, and Sean Doolittle earned the save in the ninth.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Misread by Sanchez: After Gary Sanchez doubled in the seventh inning, he began to move to third base on Didi Gregorius' line drive. The liner was caught by Soto, though, and the Nationals turned a double play to end the inning by doubling Sanchez off at second.

"It's a bad read," Boone said. "Simple as that."

Video: NYY@WSH: Soto doubles off Sanchez at second base

SOUND SMART
Soto has faced four Yankees pitchers in his career, and the rookie has homered off three of them.

Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington.

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Yanks recall Frazier, option Torreyes to Triple-A

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WASHINGTON -- Clint Frazier has served as the Yankees' main outfield replacement this season, so after New York recalled him from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, Frazier joked he's in the running for the Major League's 26th man of the year. To make room for Frazier, the Yanks optioned Ronald Torreyes to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Frazier was available for the 5:05 p.m. ET resumption of the May 15 game against the Nationals that was suspended with the score tied at 3 in the top of the sixth inning. A makeup game of a rainout was scheduled to follow the conclusion of the suspended tilt.

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WASHINGTON -- Clint Frazier has served as the Yankees' main outfield replacement this season, so after New York recalled him from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, Frazier joked he's in the running for the Major League's 26th man of the year. To make room for Frazier, the Yanks optioned Ronald Torreyes to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Frazier was available for the 5:05 p.m. ET resumption of the May 15 game against the Nationals that was suspended with the score tied at 3 in the top of the sixth inning. A makeup game of a rainout was scheduled to follow the conclusion of the suspended tilt.

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This is the third time the Yankees have recalled Frazier this season. The 23-year-old is providing outfield depth while Brett Gardner recovers from right knee inflammation.

Frazier's Major League stint could be short, though. Gardner, who's dealing with a sore right knee, believes he'll be ready for the Yanks' series against the Mariners that begins on Tuesday. Gardner said his pain increased Sunday morning. He underwent an MRI, which came back clean.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Frazier will probably travel with the team back to New York for its series vs. Seattle.

Entering Monday, Frazier was 3-for-8 with three walks and two strikeouts in three games with the Yanks this season. In 38 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Frazier was hitting .312 with seven home runs.

Frazier hit .231 with 17 RBIs in 39 games for the Yankees last season, but they haven't found a consistent spot for him this year after their offseason addition of Giancarlo Stanton.

"It's hard not to be unhappy about the situation," Frazier said, "but I'm just happy now that I've got a change of scenery."

Torreyes, who's mostly played off the bench since Greg Bird's return in late May, is hitting .323 in 24 games this season. The 25-year-old will likely return to the Yanks in a bench role at some point.

"He took the news like a pro," Boone said. "He wanted to know where Scranton was right away so he could get going. I told him I want him back here sooner than later."

Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington.

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Dads, Yanks legends reunite on Old-Timers' Day

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees gave their fans a true Father's Day treat before Sunday's series finale against the Rays. They held their 72nd Old-Timers' Day, with dozens of former stars -- large and small -- from the Yankees' constellation taking part.

Andy Pettitte, Nick Swisher, Jason Giambi and manager Aaron Boone were among the first-time participants and each got a rousing ovation when introduced. The biggest ovations, though, went to Don Larsen and Whitey Ford. Larsen, now 88, threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Ford, a Hall of Famer and now 89, is the organization's most decorated pitcher.

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees gave their fans a true Father's Day treat before Sunday's series finale against the Rays. They held their 72nd Old-Timers' Day, with dozens of former stars -- large and small -- from the Yankees' constellation taking part.

Andy Pettitte, Nick Swisher, Jason Giambi and manager Aaron Boone were among the first-time participants and each got a rousing ovation when introduced. The biggest ovations, though, went to Don Larsen and Whitey Ford. Larsen, now 88, threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Ford, a Hall of Famer and now 89, is the organization's most decorated pitcher.

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Video: Larsen introduced, receives cheers at Old-Timers' Day

All of the players who were in the Old-Timers' Game got to don the pinstripes again, though these were adorned with the symbolic blue ribbon that all the teams wore Sunday as part of Major League Baseball's effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer. Father's Day wraps up the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge, which gives fans across the league the opportunity to make a one-time donation for every home run hit by their favorite MLB team from June 1-17. Every dollar donated from the Home Run Challenge goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to aid cancer research.

Tweet from @Yankees: .@NickSwisher with a 3-run shot 👀 #OldTimersDay pic.twitter.com/v6RaDnBZGd

"I'm a huge fan of the game, and for me it's cool to see some of the guys I grew up watching, admiring," said Boone, who participated in the ceremony but did not play because of his managerial responsibilities. "Then getting to see generations of players too that I had the chance to play with or against. So for me, it's like being like a little kid out there."

Video: TB@NYY: Pettitte discusses Old Timers' Day, Sabathia

"It's a great way to spend Father's Day," Pettitte said after the "Bombers" defeated the "Clippers," 15-3, in a three-inning game. "I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. ... We had this weekend off and we saw the whole family was available and we've got everyone up here. It's Father's Day and I've got all my kids. It's really amazing. I wouldn't have wanted to celebrate it any other way."

Tweet from @ElGarySanchez: Happy Father's Day to all the dads who appreciate the blessing of being a father. // Feliz D��a de Padres a todos los padres que agradecen la bendici��n que es serlo.

Giambi said his three children -- ages 6, 4 and 1 -- were all in attendance, adding, "It's the first time they've seen me play -- except on YouTube."

Swisher got the biggest cheers in the Old-Timers' Game when he took Jeff Nelson into the second deck in right field for a three-run homer. Swisher also had a two-run double. Other highlights included a pair of run-scoring singles by Johnny Damon and a two-run single by Willie Randolph.

"Old-Timers' Day was always one of my favorite days as a Yankee," said Giambi, who played for New York from 2002-08. "To come in early and talk to all the Yankee greats like Whitey -- it was my favorite thing to do when I played here."

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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CC fans 10, but Yanks' bats go quiet vs. Rays

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NEW YORK -- It seemed like the moment the Yankees had been waiting for all afternoon. They'd trailed for almost the entirety of a close game and Didi Gregorius opened the bottom of the eighth against the Rays with an infield hit and then reached second on a throwing error by pitcher Diego Castillo on a pickoff attempt. The middle of the order on the top offensive team in baseball was due up.

The moment, however, never arrived as Castillo did a number on the heart of the Yankees' lineup. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton on a full-count breaking ball, got Greg Bird to ground out and fanned Gary Sanchez on three pitches. His escape helped the Rays secure a 3-1 Father's Day victory before a sellout crowd of 46,400 at Yankee Stadium.

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NEW YORK -- It seemed like the moment the Yankees had been waiting for all afternoon. They'd trailed for almost the entirety of a close game and Didi Gregorius opened the bottom of the eighth against the Rays with an infield hit and then reached second on a throwing error by pitcher Diego Castillo on a pickoff attempt. The middle of the order on the top offensive team in baseball was due up.

The moment, however, never arrived as Castillo did a number on the heart of the Yankees' lineup. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton on a full-count breaking ball, got Greg Bird to ground out and fanned Gary Sanchez on three pitches. His escape helped the Rays secure a 3-1 Father's Day victory before a sellout crowd of 46,400 at Yankee Stadium.

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Video: TB@NYY: Yankees celebrate Old Timers' Day

It snapped a three-game winning streak for the Yanks, who have still won 13 of their last 17.

Dads, Yanks legends reunite on Old-Timers' Day

The absence of offense -- the Yankees were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position -- made a loser out of starter CC Sabathia on a day where he pitched well enough to win. The left-hander went a season-high 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs.

"The offense wasn't able to put it together and get something going for him. It's a tough one," Aaron Judge said. "When the offense doesn't get going and CC [is] busting his butt like that, it is pretty frustrating."

Video: TB@NYY: Boone discusses Sabathia's start in 3-1 loss

Manager Aaron Boone was asked if he expected that the three runs wouldn't be enough against his lineup. He replied, "Always."

"And that's no disrespect ever to the opponent, it's just I always know that we're some traffic away from popping one," he added. "We had a little traffic and threw some hits out there, but we just couldn't get over the hump. They held us down and kept us at bay today."

The Rays were going with one of their bullpen games, where relievers pitch all nine innings. Five pitchers, beginning with Wilmer Font, held the Yanks to seven hits and one run -- on Aaron Hicks' eighth homer of the season in the fifth.

Video: TB@NYY: Hicks homers, Kay's kids enjoy dad's HR call

Sabathia allowed traffic on the bases throughout -- he gave up 10 hits and a walk -- but made most of the pitches when he needed to. He struck out 10, his 38th career game with 10 or more and first since striking out 12 Blue Jays on Aug. 17, 2016, in the Bronx.

For all the baserunners, the Rays only made him pay for it in the second when they scored three runs for a 3-0 lead.

Willy Adames and Adeiny Hechavarria singled to put runners at the corners and Carlos Gomez doubled in a run. Sabathia got Rob Refsnyder to pop out and whiffed Johnny Field, but Matt Duffy singled to right to score two more runs.

"Early, his stuff was almost too good and he didn't have great command the first few innings. It was coming out crispy, but I don't think he had the command that he normally does," Boone said. "In the middle innings, he settled in and found it. He got better as the day went on."

Swisher all smiles after homer in Old-Timers' Game

"Sometimes when I am feeling good I overthrow and the pitches don't make the action they are supposed to," Sabathia said. "I gave up the hit to Duffy with two out and two strikes, and I probably could have made a better pitch."

Video: TB@NYY: Boone, Sabathia and Hicks discuss 3-1 loss

In the fifth, the Rays called on Jose Alvarado to relieve Font and he immediately got into hot water. With his first 10 pitches, the left-hander walked Judge and Gregorius to bring up Stanton. Alvarado got him to swing at a breaking pitch for strike three to end the inning. On the season, Stanton is 5-for-27 (.185) with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Video: TB@NYY: Walker makes an over-the-shoulder catch

SOUND SMART
This was Sabathia's first loss at Yankee Stadium since Aug. 1, 2017. It ended a run of 12 regular-season home starts without a defeat.

HE SAID IT
"He's still working to be 'on-time' and get started to his rhythm of hitting. ... That's what he's struggled with: consistently being on-time. That's when you have a tendency to expand or be behind on the fastball or behind on the breaking ball. That's something as a hitter you have to feel and keep working on and trust it will come. He's got to feel that. Once he does he can go on a run like an MVP."
-- Boone, on Stanton's inconsistency 

UP NEXT
The Yankees will spend Monday in Washington resolving issues created by weather during their mid-May trip there. At 5:05 p.m. ET, they will resume the game with the Nationals that was halted by rain on May 15 with the score tied at 3 in the middle of the sixth. Sonny Gray (4-4, 4.98 ERA) will start the makeup of the May 16 rainout 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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Swisher all smiles rounding bases after HR

Nick Swisher loves life. I think that's pretty obvious from how he conducted himself throughout -- and after -- his big league career. 

But even Swisher can find new, ever more ways to experience greater joy. He found that on Sunday's Yankees Old-Timers' Day. Batting against Jeff Nelson (who Swisher admitted threw it "right down the middle for me), Swisher launched an absolute blast all the way to the Yankee Stadium second deck. When he went to run the bases, he couldn't wipe the largest possible smile from his face: 

Severino sizzles with 6 of 9 K's at 99-plus mph

Yankees ace fires 8 scoreless; Stanton, Sanchez go back to back
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NEW YORK -- As Luis Severino reached back for his high-octane heat, again and again, his teammates were afforded the luxury to sit back and relax on a Saturday afternoon. The ace had this one under control from the beginning, firing eight dominant innings as the Yankees breezed past the Rays, 4-1, for their 13th win in 16 games.

Severino ironed out early command issues to get it all working against an offense-starved order, permitting three hits and two walks while striking out nine in a 102-pitch gem. Six of Severino's strikeouts clocked 99 mph or higher, according to Statcast™; in the past decade, that had been accomplished only by Stephen Strasburg, who matched that in his 2010 debut.

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NEW YORK -- As Luis Severino reached back for his high-octane heat, again and again, his teammates were afforded the luxury to sit back and relax on a Saturday afternoon. The ace had this one under control from the beginning, firing eight dominant innings as the Yankees breezed past the Rays, 4-1, for their 13th win in 16 games.

Severino ironed out early command issues to get it all working against an offense-starved order, permitting three hits and two walks while striking out nine in a 102-pitch gem. Six of Severino's strikeouts clocked 99 mph or higher, according to Statcast™; in the past decade, that had been accomplished only by Stephen Strasburg, who matched that in his 2010 debut.

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"I was feeling good," Severino said. "I was having some issues with my slider in the beginning, but I was feeling very good. That's why I'm working on my changeup too, because I'm not always going to have my fastball and my slider."

Tweet from @Statcast™: 100.2 mph99.5 mph99.4 mph99.3 mph99.3 mph99.2 mph@LuisSeverino94 racked up SIX Ks on 99+ mph pitches today! 🔥🔥🔥 That ties Stephen Strasburg (June 8, 2010) for the most in a game since pitch tracking began in ���08. pic.twitter.com/Cm9xhtwJMa

In becoming the Majors' third 10-game winner, joining Corey Kluber of the Indians and Max Scherzer of the Nationals, Severino did it all -- even leaping to snare Carlos Gomez's fifth-inning popup to the surprise of catcher Gary Sanchez, who tossed away his mask but initially appeared to lose the ball in the sun.

Video: TB@NYY: Yankees discuss series-clinching 4-1 win

While manager Aaron Boone lauded Severino's lively fastball as "great," Aaron Judge downplayed the performance as just a typical day at the office.

"I've played with him all the way through the Minor Leagues," Judge said. "This is what I expect out of Sevy: Go out there and just dominate. You go out there and expect to see him out there in the seventh, eighth, ninth inning. That's just what he does. So it's fun to be around. I've been spoiled getting to watch him over the years."

Gleyber Torres and Didi Gregorius picked up early run-scoring hits before Giancarlo Stanton and Sanchez supplied the thunder, belting back-to-back homers off Ryan Yarbrough in the fifth inning. It was the fifth time that the Yankees have hit consecutive homers this season, with Stanton launching his 16th and Sanchez showing signs of busting a 5-for-59 skid with his 13th.

Video: TB@NYY: Stanton, Sanchez crush back-to-back homers

"Everyone knows what we're capable of," Stanton said. "We've got to put it together out there. We did a good job today. Sevy was awesome as usual. We've got to take it into tomorrow."

Yarbrough hurled 3 2/3 innings on a Rays bullpen day and took the loss in relief of Ryne Stanek, who opened by recording the first four outs. Chasen Shreve surrendered a ninth-inning homer to Matt Duffy that broke up the shutout, but Aroldis Chapman recorded the final three outs for his 20th save.

Video: TB@NYY: Chapman strikes out Wendle to earn 20th save

Judge contributed two hits and a run scored for the Yankees, who own the best winning percentage in baseball. Meanwhile, the Rays' woes in the Bronx continued; they have lost 13 of 15 games at Yankee Stadium since the beginning of the 2017 season.

"There's still room for improvement, all around," Judge said. "With guys on base, we can do a better job of driving guys in. We're doing well so far, but there's always room for improvement."

Video: TB@NYY: Boone discusses Severino's 8 scoreless frames

SOUND SMART
Yankees pitchers have posted a Major League-best 1.97 ERA (128 IP, 28 ER) in 14 June games, and have put up a zero in 74 of 84 frames over their past nine games (since June 6). The Yankees are a Major League-best 31-3 (.912) when their starter throws at least six innings.

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Sanchez squinted skyward to spot Gomez's popup near home plate in the fifth inning, but believed he was under the ball. At the last moment, Sanchez felt Severino bounding past him, snatching the ball out of his glove.

"Once I turned around, the sun was right there in my eyes," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "I was able to get in a good spot to catch it and that's when I heard some footsteps very close to me. I was very surprised he jumped and caught it. I think it's just his instinct to make a play there."

Video: TB@NYY: Severino snags popup in front of Sanchez

As Severino tossed the ball to first baseman Greg Bird, Sanchez stood with both hands on his hips, a bemused expression crossing his face. Severino nonchalantly slapped his teammate's chest protector, and Boone said the battery laughed about it once they returned to the bench.

"He was fine. Sevy and him are like brothers," Boone said. "I didn't hear the banter, but they were kind of going back and forth when they got back in the dugout. … It looked like to me he saw Gary kind of struggle with finding it and then went into 'go catch it' mode, which I thought was a smart thing to do."

Video: TB@NYY: Severino, Boone describe catch over Sanchez

HE SAID IT
"He's an athlete out there. I think he's just trying to win that Gold Glove, so he did a pretty good job of it. That was pretty impressive." -- Judge, on Severino's grab

UP NEXT
The 72nd annual Old-Timers' Day festivities will be held on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Fans are asked to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. ET for introductions, with the star-studded game to follow. The Yankees will then host the Rays at 2:05 p.m., as left-hander CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.27 ERA) heads to the hill looking for his third consecutive victory. Sabathia fired 5 2/3 scoreless innings last time out in a 3-0 win over the Nationals.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Stanton, Sanchez bash back-to-back jacks

Fifth time this season Yankees hit HRs in consecutive at-bats
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have compiled the best winning percentage in the Majors, even with Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez having yet to catch the hot streak that both believe is still around the corner. Imagine what their run production might look like then.

Stanton and Sanchez gave the Bronx Bombers a glimpse of that potential in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 4-1 victory on Saturday, mashing back-to-back homers off left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to open a four-run lead over the Rays.

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have compiled the best winning percentage in the Majors, even with Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez having yet to catch the hot streak that both believe is still around the corner. Imagine what their run production might look like then.

Stanton and Sanchez gave the Bronx Bombers a glimpse of that potential in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 4-1 victory on Saturday, mashing back-to-back homers off left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to open a four-run lead over the Rays.

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"We've had timely hits, big hits, guys step up -- [and] we haven't all clicked at the same time," Stanton said. "Once that happens and we're on all cylinders, there's more room to get better."

The homer was Stanton's 16th, coming off his bat at 103.6 mph and traveling 401 feet to left field, according to Statcast™. It was Stanton's first Yankee Stadium homer since May 13 against the Athletics, with his past five homers coming on the road.

Video: TB@NYY: Stanton crushes his 16th homer of the season

"When you don't contribute every night and you're able to knock out series, knock out wins over and over again, it helps," Stanton said. "It makes this long stretch much better."

Sanchez entered Saturday with just five hits in his past 59 at-bats (.085), but that included a three-run double in Friday's 5-0 victory over the Rays. He followed Stanton's shot with his 13th homer, a blast to center field that came off the bat at 104.6 mph and traveled 400 feet.

"He's in strong position and that's the one he's kind of been missing these last few weeks," manager Aaron Boone said. "I'm sure he's frustrated, but he continued to battle through there and obviously added a big insurance run there with a long one straight away."

Video: TB@NYY: Sanchez goes back-to-back with Stanton

Sanchez hadn't homered since going deep twice on May 19 at Kansas City, a career-long 18-game homerless streak that spanned 66 at-bats. Sanchez said the Yankees' success helped relieve some of the pressure he would otherwise have expected to feel.

"That's what happens when you have a good team and good guys around you," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "Sometimes you're going to have a player or two going through a rough time and you need everybody else to help out. … But that's what baseball is about, up and down. The good thing is we're winning games, and at the end that's the ultimate goal."

Video: TB@NYY: Boone discusses Severino's 8 scoreless frames

It was the fifth time the Yankees have hit consecutive homers this season, and the first since Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge opened the game with homers on May 26 against the Angels.

Judge hopes that Saturday's back-to-back power display is a preview for what is still yet to come once Stanton and Sanchez are clicking as expected.

"It's going to be impressive," Judge said. "It's going to be a lot of fun. We've kind of dipped into it every now and then. Once it starts heating up a little bit and guys start coming around, it's going to be a fun summer."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Sevy snares popup from behind Sanchez

The sun was shining brightly at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon during the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Rays, and Luis Severino was in terrific form. Tampa Bay hitters had no answer for his variety of pitches, as he blanked them on three hits over eight innings.

Severino was responsible for nine strikeouts during his outing, and at the start of the fifth, he notched another out on his own -- though it came at the expense of his catcher, Gary Sanchez.

Loaisiga floored by comparison to Mariano

Yankees rookie draws high praise from Rays coaches in debut
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NEW YORK -- The conversation took place on the bench of the visitors' dugout early on Friday evening, while Jonathan Loaisiga racked up four strikeouts through the first two innings of his big league debut.

Rays manager Kevin Cash leaned over to bench coach Charlie Montoyo, and the baseball lifers agreed they had seen something like this before. As Cash would recount after the Yankees' 5-0 victory, they observed that "he looked like a young Mariano Rivera."

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NEW YORK -- The conversation took place on the bench of the visitors' dugout early on Friday evening, while Jonathan Loaisiga racked up four strikeouts through the first two innings of his big league debut.

Rays manager Kevin Cash leaned over to bench coach Charlie Montoyo, and the baseball lifers agreed they had seen something like this before. As Cash would recount after the Yankees' 5-0 victory, they observed that "he looked like a young Mariano Rivera."

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"That's a big compliment right there," Loaisiga said on Saturday morning, speaking through an interpreter. "Mariano is one of the best all time, a superstar of the sport. It's humbling for him to say something like that."

Video: TB@NYY: Loaisiga tosses 5 scoreless innings in debut

Asked if he saw anything that reminded him of baseball's all-time saves leader, Yankees manager Aaron Boone quipped, "I'm not going to get into those comparisons. I thought he did really well. I thought he handled himself really well."

Rated as the Yankees' No. 12 prospect by MLB Pipeline, the 23-year-old right-hander hurled five innings of scoreless three-hit ball, walking four and striking out six as he became the first Yankees hurler to win his debut since Sam Militello in 1992.

"Really, the only blip was the four walks, which is uncharacteristic for him," Boone said. "It wasn't a case of him being wild or anything; I think it was a case of him maybe going for some chase pitches that in the Minor Leagues probably tend to get chased, whereas up here they're probably a little more disciplined.

"All in all, anytime he did walk a guy or in that fourth inning where he got into trouble, he made a really good pitch when he needed to. Even though I thought he tired a lot in the fifth, he was still able to have a clean inning there. I'm just really proud of his effort. I know he's really excited about it, seeing the smile on his face this morning."

Video: TB@NYY: Loaisiga fans Arroyo, leaves the bases loaded

After the game, Loaisiga said he returned to a Manhattan hotel and fielded many phone calls from friends and family members who watched the game online from his hometown in Nicaragua.

"It took me some time to fall asleep, processing everything that happened: getting to the big leagues, getting my first start," Loaisiga said. "They were very happy for me and so proud of me. They told me they really enjoyed watching me and telling me that I did a really good job."

Trade completed
The Yankees announced on Saturday they acquired infielder Wendell Rijo from the Brewers as the player to be named in the May 25 trade that sent catcher Erik Kratz to Milwaukee.

Rijo, 22, was batting .200/.304/.375 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 32 games at Double-A Biloxi. He will be assigned to Class A Advanced Tampa.

This date in Yankees history
June 16, 1977: Ron Guidry permitted three hits and two walks as he fired the first of his 26 career shutouts, blanking the Royals, 7-0, at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Rivers homered among three hits in a game that lasted just two hours and two minutes.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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