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Yankees Update – Week of September 12th

When the Yankees picked up Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks, one of the things they wanted to see from him is to eat up some innings, which is exactly what McCarthy has done recently by consistently providing quality starts to help keep the bullpen fresh. McCarthy just put together a streak in which he went at least six innings in seven straight starts, which included a complete game shutout against the Astros and a clutch win against the hot Kansas City Royals. With hardly a blemish, McCarthy has provided a major spark for the Yankees as they look to continue making a charge towards obtaining a playoff spot.

Thanks to some big efforts from McCarthy and some timely hits from Martin Prado, the Yankees have maintained their position at the edge of the wildcard chase, putting them right in striking distance if they can pick up a little momentum. Offensively, it's been a true team effort, as the Yankees have battled through injury all season long and remain very dangerous from top to bottom. It definitely has helped that Jacoby Ellsbury is back to being one of the top base-stealers in the league, as he's in position to top 40 steals for the fourth time in his career as he continues to be a major catalyst at the top of the lineup.

Of course, all eyes will be on the Captain, as Derek Jeter wraps up his career in pinstripes with a series of home games that will be some of the most anticipated games in recent Yankee history. With four-game sets against both Baltimore and Toronto in the coming weeks to close out the regular season, the Yankees' leader will play to unbelievable ovations as he closes out his legendary career as one of the greatest players in franchise history. Put it all together with a late push towards the postseason and there is still plenty of buzz around the Yankees in the final stages of the 2014 season.

Yankees Update – Week of September 5th

With the Red Sox looking to play the spoiler and keep the Yankees out of the playoff picture, the Yankees responded in a very big way to wrap up their last home series against Boston on a high note. After dropping the opener, the Yankees got a clutch start from Hiroki Kuroda and some excellent pitching from their bullpen, helping them take the last two games of the series in well-played games across the board. In the series-capper, the Yankees even overcame two homers from David Ortiz and brought home a huge 5-4 win, with Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley hitting back-to-back dingers in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with the win.

Though the Yankees still have to play some very good baseball moving forward, they're showing the type of inspires efforts that is making them a fan favorite squad. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in particular have continued to be potent parts of the lineup throughout the season, giving the Yankees some added dimensions even as they have struggled to stay healthy this season. Thanks to a nice combination of speed and run production from Ellsbury and Gardner, the Yankees have been playing some exciting baseball as they look to continue manufacturing runs. Gardner has broken out to career highs in both homers and RBIs, bringing his game to the next level exactly when the Pinstripes have needed him the most.

With the Yankees battling their way closer and closer to a playoff berth, there are sure to be all types of amazing moments coming down the home stretch of the season. All eyes, of course, will be on Derek Jeter as the Yankees make the rounds to Baltimore, Tampa and Boston, with the Captain rounding out his final regular season against some of the classic Yankees' rivals. Yankee Stadium will also be the place to be for home series against the Royals, Blue Jays, Rays and Baltimore, with a crucial four-game set with the Orioles marking Jeter's final regular season home games.

Yankees Update – Week of August 29th

Fans have truly grown to love the 2014 Yankees for all kinds of different reasons, as this is a team that has been so hampered by injuries that many around the league simply expected them to fade right out of the playoff race. Instead, the Yankees have pulled together, battled through adversity and are playing some of their very best baseball when it counts the most. Though they still have some work to do, the Yankees are once again nipping at the heels of both Detroit and Seattle for the final wildcard spot, and fans also know that all it takes is a hot streak to get right back into the mix for the division.

One of the players who has definitely been leading the way has been Jacoby Ellsbury, who has found his stroke at the plate and continues to be one of the very best base-stealers in the game as well. In August, Ellsbury has had a brilliant month, hitting over.300 while knocking in plenty of runs and creating offense on the base paths with his speed. Approaching 40 steals on the season and leading the team in both batting average and hits, Ellsbury continues to be one of the best leadoff hitters in the game and he's shown some timely power as well.

The Yankees also have proven that they can beat other tough teams and high-quality pitching, which they showed in a recent 8-4 shellacking of David Price and the Tigers. Though Price is one of the best pitchers in the game, the Yankees jumped all over the southpaw, smacking nine consecutive hits at one point and tagging him for eight earned runs in just two innings. The Yankees would love to keep that kind of offensive focus going as they head down the home stretch looking to make their move in the wildcard standings. After playing the Blue Jays in Toronto, it will be an exciting Yankees-Red Sox series in the Bronx that will have some major intensity to start the month of September, with the Pinstripes continuing to battle their way closer to a return trip to the playoffs.

Yankees Update – Week of August 22nd

When the Yankees needed a big start from Brandon McCarthy on Aug. 21 to avoid a series sweep by the Houston Astros, McCarthy proved to be more than up to the task. The 6-7 right-hander ended up dishing a complete game shutout, striking out eight, walking none and surrendering just four hits on the day. Though it's just one win, the Yankees can use every victory from here on out and McCarthy's performance could be exactly what the Pinstripes need to shake to get them headed back in the right direction. With the wildcard race still very wide open, the Yankees really just need a small winning streak or two to get them right back into it.

For McCarthy, his recent shutout was also an exclamation point on a very under-the-radar season. After winning six straight decisions from late-June to early August, McCarthy had a couple of tough losses in which he still pitched very well, giving him his only two losses since coming over to New York from Arizona. But with his complete game shutout, McCarthy bounced right back and is showing the Yankees exactly what they hoped they were getting when they traded for McCarthy, namely a dangerous right-hander who can really slice up a lineup when he gets into a groove.

Entering in a crucial part of their schedule, the Yankees will also need to continue getting nice pitching performances if they're to make a run at a wildcard spot. After playing the White Sox at home and sneaking in a makeup game in Kansas City, the Yankees will then head to Detroit and Toronto for an enormous road stint that will take them to the end of the month. From there it will be all about the divisional rivalries and games against other wildcard challengers, as the Yankees have some great matchups coming up that will provide a huge opportunity to take the next step forward for their season.

Yankees Update – Week of August 15th

With the Yankees still on the edge of the playoff race, there is still a lot of baseball to be played, which means plenty of opportunities for the Yankees to turn it around and deliver yet another playoff berth to their dedicated fans. After winning three out of four against the Tigers, it looked like the Yankees were on the up-and-up recently, though a tough skid in which they dropped series against the Indians and Orioles pointed out that nothing is going to come easy this season. But that's just the nature of baseball, as the thrill of winning wouldn't be exciting without the difficulty, to paraphrase Tom Hanks from great baseball movie "A League of Their Own."

The good news for the Yankees is that there are all kinds of opportunities on the upcoming schedule and they're still very much alive, though they'll have to play some good baseball to catch teams like Seattle, Kansas City, Detroit and Toronto. Instead of being all about the stars, however, the Yankees have also been playing some inspired team baseball recently, which will be crucial as the Pinstripes look to bind together and make their move. Guys like Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury have shown their ability to shake up the offense and put pressure on opposing pitchers, and Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann have also been reminding fans that they can still carry a team if they get into a groove.

But in New York it's all about the wins and losses, making the home stretch of any season as exciting as ever as the Yankees look to battle their way up the standings. Following an important series in Tampa, the Yankees will then return to the Bronx to take on the Astros before playing the White Sox, making for a home stretch in which they badly need to string together a few wins. From there, they'll have an excellent opportunity to make up some ground as they head to Kansas City, Detroit and Toronto – all three teams right in the heart of the wildcard race alongside the Yankees.

Yankees Update – Week of August 8th

Though it hasn't always been pretty this season, the Yankees have pulled together this season and once again find them right in the heart of the playoff chase, setting up an exciting race to the finish as the Pinstripes look to get right back into the postseason. Though it will take some serious work to catch the red-hot Orioles atop the division, the Yankees know that anything can happen once they pick up a little momentum, and the Orioles are still very much in reach as the Yanks look to take the next step forward. With the Mariners, Royals, Indians and Blue Jays all in their sights for the wildcard, the Yankees know that there is still plenty that can happen in 2014.

The Yankees also got a really nice boost recently in a clutch 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers, which is emblematic of the way that they've been winning this season. Instead of just one dominant player or one dominant starter, the Yankees have shown that they have dangerous players all throughout the lineup and rotation. With Derek Jeter taking a breather, it was his replacement Stephen Drew who smacked an RBI double, which ended up proving to be the difference in the game. On the mound, it was Shane Greene who went eight shutout innings against one of the best offenses in the league, tallying his third win of the season and giving the Yanks their third win in four games against the Tigers.

Following a tough series with the Tigers, the Yankees will look to keep the wins coming in a huge matchup with the Indians, who are also right in the middle of the wildcard chase. From there it will be back onto the road, as they'll have an enormous series in Baltimore against the division leaders before heading to Tampa for another equally as important series. With the Yankees playing scrappy baseball and doing the little things to bring home the wins, fans are optimistic that they'll be there right until the end to swing their way into the playoffs.

Yankees Update – Week of August 1

Looking to make a statement coming out of the gate in the second half of the season, the Yankees took down both the Reds and the Rangers in well-played series following the All-Star break, though the Yankees stumbled a bit during playing Toronto and in Arlington against the Rangers. With the Yankees still right in the thick of the playoff chase, they'll be looking to turn it around much sooner than later as they hang in there with the Orioles and Blue Jays. Though both Baltimore and Toronto have shown that they definitely have what it takes to potentially win the division, the Yankees often get the last say in the American League East, and fans would love to see them do it again.

Along the way as the Yankees look to get back in divisional race, there are sure to be plenty of eye-popping games, which is exactly the type of thing that ended up happening against Texas on July 29. Rangers' first basemen J.P. Arencibia knocked in a ridiculous seven runs for the game, but the Yankees rallied together and ended up taking down the Rangers in an electrifying 12-11 win. In the game, both Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira went long, and they ended up getting on base a combined eight times between the two of them to lead the way for the offense.

The Yankees also have some big-time opportunities on the upcoming schedule, including a huge three-game set in Boston against the defending champion Red Sox. The Sox may not be in the thick of the playoff chase, but everyone knows that they like to play the spoiler in this rivalry when it's possible. A four-game home set against the Tigers will be just as crucial, however, as the Yankees will see if they're up to the task of slowing down Miguel Cabrera and the A.L. Central division leaders.

Yankees Update – Week of July 25

After Jeter's great showing in the All-Star Game, the Yankees are hoping to turn that into some serious momentum heading into the second half of the season, where they'll be looking to chase down the Orioles and hold the Toronto Blue Jays at bay. As the Yankees know, it's also not a wise play to count the Red Sox out either, as even though Boston has struggled a bit, they have the talent to turn it around in a real hurry. But the Yankees are also coming out of the All-Star Game playing very solid baseball, helping them win five out of their first six, including a couple of the dramatic, late-inning variety.

One of the boosts that the Yankees have gotten also has come in the form of Chase Headley, who delivered a clutch walk-off hit in the bottom of the 14th inning against in the Rangers in his very first game playing for the Yankees. Since coming over from San Diego, Headley will be looking to provide a spark for the Yankees' lineup, which he's more than capable of doing. Though 2014 has been somewhat of a rough season for Headley, the talent is definitely there and if he can stay healthy, the Yankees know that the third baseman can do some major damage in the heart of their order.

Of course, it also helps that the Captain continues to be the centerpiece. In the same game against the Rangers on July 22, Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's all-time franchise record for doubles, giving Jeter yet another prominent franchise benchmark that could stand for a very long time. With the Yankees looking like they're picking up some momentum in their quest to move to the top of the standings, fans are excited to see if this scrappy club can pull it together and once again get back to the playoffs despite some of the naysayers from around the league.

Yankees Update – Week of July 18

If you wanted to know how Derek Jeter was going to go out in his last All-Star Game, well, now we know. The Yankees' captain got the A.L. off to a great start by belting a lead-off double down the right-field line in the top of the first inning off of Adam Wainwright – a vintage Jeter hit that he has pretty much patented over his brilliant career in Pinstripes. Jeter wasn't done there either, as he smacked another hit in his second at-bat and provided a major spark for the American League, leading them to taking down home-field advantage in the World Series with a 5-3 win.

Not only did Jeter showcase his abilities at the plate but he also gave fans a thrill in the very first at-bat of the game. When Andrew McCutchen smacked a ball up the middle against Felix Hernandez, it was Jeter who made a sensational diving stab and nearly got McCutchen out at first, though the reigning N.L. MVP's speed proved too much for anyone to get out. Even though he didn't get his man, Jeter pointed out that this wasn't going to be a silly exhibition with no defense, largely setting the tone on the defensive end as well as at the plate to give the A.L. all the boost that they needed.

Now the Yankees will be looking to again rally around their captain as they hope to make their move on the other top teams in the American League East. Right now, the Orioles look like the team to beat but the Yanks' also know that the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rays aren't just going to fade away either. The Yankees will have an excellent opportunity right out the game in the second half, however, as they have a 10-game home stand that will pit them against the Reds, the Rangers and the Blue Jays before heading down to Arlington to wrap up July.

Yankees Update – Week of July 11

Though the Yankees definitely still have their fair share of star power and overall talent, the Orioles and the Blue Jays have shown that they have good clubs of their own, setting up what should be an amazing race to the finish in the second half of the season. The Yankees have had some ups and downs so far this season, but now they're starting to get healthy in the right spot and fans are hoping that they can build a bit of momentum as they look to swing their way to the top of the standings.

Leading the way, once again, has been Derek Jeter, as he was selected to his 14th and final Midsummer Classic as the captain of the Yanks. Jeter isn't having his best statistical season, but he's been a productive part of the lineup and has had both clutch hits and timely defensive plays, making his mark on yet another season in his soon to be Hall of Fame career. Also getting the nod to the All-Star team are a couple of hurlers, as both Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances are both headed to Target Field in Minneapolis.

Though Tanaka has had plenty of publicity surrounding his wonderful first half of the season, it's been Dellin Betances who has mainly been known to Yankees' fans. Coming out of the bullpen, Betances has been absolutely electric, holding a 1.52 ERA with only a few games left before the All-Star break and showing that he can pitch in tight situations, delivering a few wins in the late-innings without losing a single decision so far this season. Though the Yankees still have their work cut out for them in the second half, they have a team that still has plenty of potential, providing plenty of reason for fanfare surrounding the Pinstripes as they look to snag a few wins and hold their own in the middle of the A.L. East race.

Yankees Update – Week of July 4

Now is when we'll see what the Yankees are made of. After a bit of an up and down first half of the season, the Yankees now are looking to turn it around after a little bit of a losing streak, and it's imperative for the team to pick up a little momentum heading into the All-Star break as they look to catch up to Baltimore and Toronto. Even amidst the scuffle, however, the Yankees have still shown some promising signs, particularly with their lineup as they start to get a little healthier heading deeper into the season.

One of the clear bright spots, of course, has been the speed in the lineup, with both Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner putting considerable pressure on opposing pitchers and catchers on a regular basis. While Ellsbury has stolen at least seven bases in each month so far this season, Gardner has also been a major threat to swipe a base as well, giving then one of the best tandems in the league in terms of stealing bases. With that type of an extra element, the Yankees know the runs will continue to come as long as the heart of the order can turn the corner at some point in the season.

But it's also hard to be down on a team that has Masahiro Tanaka taking the bump every fifth game, as the rookie sensation continues to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the entire league. With an ERA and win total both near or at the top of the American League, Tanaka is right in the middle of the Cy Young discussion alongside Felix Hernandez of Seattle. With Tanaka looking to keep firing on all cylinders and the Yankees looking to pull it together offensively and get some consistency going in the second half, fans know that anything can happen from here.

Yankees Update – Week of June 27

The Yankees still have some work left to do this season, but they've put together a nice first half to the season so far, overcoming some injuries to keep them right within striking distance of both the Orioles and the Blue Jays in the American League East. In June, the Yankees also had plenty of great moments as well, including two different four-game winning streaks against teams – all against teams above.500. Though the Yankees have had a couple of rough spells this season, they also continually show that they can beat the other top teams in the American League when they go head-to-head, both home and on the road.

Along with the wins, the Yankees also once again have a few players headed for the All-Star game. At the top of the list, of course, is Masahiro Tanaka, the dominant right-hander who is having a Cy Young-caliber season in his first year in New York. Tanaka is at or near the top of the league in just about every major category in terms of starting pitching, giving the Yankees a chance to win each and every time that he takes to the mound.

Also likely headed for the All-Star Game is Derek Jeter, the legendary Yankees' captain who will likely be headed to his 14th appearance at the Midsummer Classic. Jeter is having another steady season in the lineup for the Yankees, who have needed his patented leadership to stay above.500 as they've dealt with injury issues throughout the year. Also appearing to be headed for the All-Star Game is Brian McCann. Though McCann is not having his best year at the plate, he's still shown enough flashes for him to be in the conversation for the top catchers in the American League, particularly on the defensive end. As the Yankees look to wrap up the first half of the season with some big wins, they'll need their stars to continue their high level of play as they hope to chase down the Blue Jays.

Yankees Update – Week of June 20

Just about everything you need to know about the Yankees was on display on June 17 during a crucial game that opened up a home series against the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays. After losing a couple to the A's in Oakland, the Yanks returned to the Bronx with Masahiro Tanaka ready to take to the bump, and the Yankees got a great sample of what they're capable of against the other top teams in the American League. After surrounding a lead-off homer to Jose Reyes, Tanaka buckled down and dazzled the Blue Jays the rest of the way, going six strong innings while letting up one earned run and striking out 10. In the end it was a 3-1 Yankees win, leading to another one the following night when they delivered Mark Buehrle just his third loss of the season.

With the win, Tanaka moved to an MLB-best 11 wins on the season, even lowering his ERA back below 2.00. Thanks to those type of numbers, Tanaka is making a very strong case for the Cy Young Award, though more important is how much he's helped their outlook for the playoffs. With the Orioles and Yankees both hovering a few games above.500 and starting to build some momentum, the Blue Jays are starting to feel the pressure as the A.L. East continues to heat up.

The Yankees will have plenty of other opportunities against divisional foes coming up as well, with the Bronx Bombers staying at home for a three-game set against the Orioles before heading to Toronto for a series and then coming home again to battle the Red Sox and Rays. In one of the most crucial stretches of division games of the season, the Yankees will have their eyes on the top of the division as they look to continue coming on strong heading towards the midpoint of the 2014 season.

Yankees Update – Week of June 13

It's been a battle so far this season for the Yankees, but the Pinstripes have been up to the challenge despite some injury issues and some surprises in the division so far. Though it's been the Blue Jays that have shocked everyone by storming out to a lead in the A.L. East, the Yankees have hung in there while getting healthier, keeping them just above.500 as they start to build some momentum. The Yankees have also been proving that they can win some tough games on the road, which is a key to long-term success throughout the season as they look to make their move in the division.

And the Yankees proved exactly that when they went to Seattle recently to take on the red hot Mariners. With great pitching from starters and from relievers, the Yankees were able to take the series against the Mariners on the road mainly by out-pitching them, though clutch hits from Jacoby Ellsbury and several others also helped to seal the deal. Of course, the star of the series was still probably Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched yet another gem on June 11 to help him notch his 10th win of the season. In the game, Tanaka dazzled the Mariners' lineup, pitching all nine innings and letting up just two earned runs in the process.

After a nice road series win against the Mariners, the Yankees will be looking to keep it up as they head into one of the most crucial parts of their first-half schedule. The Yankees will get a chance to take down the A's in Oakland then they come back to New York for a home stand that starts with the division-leading Blue Jays. The following series, against the Orioles, will also have plenty of fanfare, as the Orioles boast one of the most talented young teams in the league and are once again lurking in the playoff picture. But with the Yanks starting to overcome some injury problems and get the season headed in the right direction, fans around the division know that it might be just a matter of time before the Pinstripes charge their way up the standings.

Yankees Update – Week of June 6

Despite some trials and tribulations this year so far from the Yanks, they're right in the middle of the A.L. East and will be looking to strike as soon as the Blue Jays cool off. Though the Blue Jays and the Orioles have surprised everyone this season, the Yanks have known for a while that both teams can play and are ready for a tough battle throughout the year as the A.L. East continues to heat up. The Yankees would love to get completely clear of.500, but holding on and continuing to win despite some injury issues has been a great sign as far as the Yankees' playoff chances go.

And one of the major reasons that the Yankees remain very hopeful this season is because of Masahiro Tanaka, who continues to dice up whichever lineup has the misfortune of ending up in his crosshairs. After putting together a nice first month to the season, Tanaka took it to the next level by going 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA in May, wrapping up the month with an absolutely dominating performance at home against the Twins. Tanaka also started June right where he left off in May, beating the A.L. West-leading A's to move his record to 9-1 on the season.

With Tanaka holding an ERA right around 2.00 and beating some of the top teams in the league, the Yankees know that a few winning streaks are likely to be right around the corner. Having Carlos Beltran back in the lineup should also be a major plus and it looks like Jacoby Ellsbury is starting to find it again, giving fans plenty of hope as they look to chase down the Orioles and Blue Jays this season. With a road trip that will take the Yankees to Kansas City, Seattle and Oakland, the Yankees have some big opportunities upcoming as they look to build a little momentum.

Yankees Update – Week of May 16

With the third highest team batting average in the league and one of the most prolific in terms of runs scored as well, the Yankees are near the top of the A.L. East standings once again and they'll be looking to take the next step as they head deeper into 2014 chasing the Orioles. Though the Yanks ended up with a bit of a rough patch by losing a few games on the road against the Brewers and the Mets, the Yankees are still nipping at the heels of the Orioles and reminding the rest of the league they have one of the best-rounded rosters in the league.

One of the main reasons the Yankees are where they are, of course, is because of Yangervis Solarte, who has been red hot this season and starting to be a major factor in the heart of the order. With a team-high.336 average through his first 33 games of the season, and with some power to boot, Solarte has been helping to pick up the entire lineup as guys like Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury look to get their bats going again.

One of the most impressive part of Solarte's game, however, is his patience at the plate, as the 26-year-old rookie is also leading the team in on-base percentage and is second on the team in walks. With that type of patience, power and ability to hit to all fields, Solarte is looking like the real deal so far in Pinstripes, giving fans even more reasons for optimism as they look to put together a winning streak that has them shooting up the A.L. East standings. The Yankees will now look to build a little momentum as they take on the Pirates at home and the Cubs on the road heading out to Chicago to take on the White Sox for a four-game set in the Windy City. New York will then wrap up May with a road series against the Cards and a home series against the Twins.

Yankees Update – Week of May 9

Knotted at the top of the A.L. East standings after their first 33 games of the season, all is well in the Bronx so far this season as the Yankees look to remain major factors in the division in the last season of Derek Jeter's legendary career. Ranking among the top teams in the league in batting average, the Yankees have shown that they have one of the most balanced lineups in the league, making it very difficult on opposing pitchers in the process. This has helped translate into series wins recently against the Red Sox, and the Angels twice, putting them right alongside the Orioles for the top spot in the division.

Of course, they couldn't have gotten this far in 2014 without the stellar start to the season from Masahiro Tanaka, who has come on strong in his first season with the Pinstripes and leads the team in a variety of major pitching categories. Holding a 2.53 ERA and a 4-0 record through his first six starts of the season, Tanaka has been a model of consistently, as he's also boasted quality starts every time he's taken to the mound this season. With that type of starting pitching coming from Tanaka, the Yankees look like a very formidable team moving forward as they look to round into form and take another swing at a division crown or even a title.

And the Yankees would love for the wins to keep coming in a bevy of high-profile series that will be happening over the next few weeks. Heading out to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers, the team with the best record in baseball, will be a good challenge for the Yankees and then they'll come home for a four-game subway series against the Mets, with two games at Yankee Stadium and two at Citi Field. The Yankees will then stay at home for a quick two-game set against the Pirates before heading on the road to take on the struggling Cubs.

Yankees Update – Week of April 18th

After mixed success in the early weeks of the season, the Yankees have gotten a little warm as of late, springing them to the top of the division often considered the very best. With a balanced team that can do it all, both at the plate and on the mound, the Yankees are sure to give you plenty to cheer about as they look to keep it going in the early stages of April. In recent weeks, it's been not just Ellsbury and Solarte who have been doing their part at the plate but Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner have been doing some major damage as well, giving opposing pitchers fits whenever the Pinstripes take to the field. All of that has added up to some impressive showings in April, as the Yankees have already won series against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox and Cubs, giving fans an idea of how difficult the Yankees can be to take down.

Of course, the Yanks can do a lot more than just take down opponents by scoring runs by the handful, as their pitching staff is showing why many consider them one of the most talented squads in the league. Michael Pineda has been holding a 1.00 ERA in his first three starts and racking up two big wins. Masahiro Tanaka has also been a big-time player for the Yankees so far, giving fans even more hope that they have the type of rotation that can last the trials and tribulations of a long baseball season. With upcoming series against the Rays and the Red Sox on the road and home games against the Mariners and the Angels, the Yankees have plenty of tests coming up as they look to put a little distance between them and the rest of their A.L. West competitors.

Yankees Update – Week of April 11th

Loaded with a fresh new look for 2014, the Yankees are off and running in the A.L. East, though it's the typical cluster so far as some of the top clubs in the league all battle it out to get ahead of the pack. Of course, it definitely helps that newcomer Jacoby Ellsbury is off to a blistering start at the plate, batting well over.300 in the first couple weeks of the season and being just as dangerous once he gets on the base paths – something the rest of the American League has found out the hard way in recent seasons. Also showing some major signs of life has been Yangervis Solarte and Brett Gardner, giving them some major pop and some speed throughout the lineup as the Yankees look to swing their way up the standings in the toughest division in baseball.

Balancing out the roster, of course, has been their star-studded rotation, with Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka all putting together quality starts in their first two outings to start the season. After winning a tough series in Toronto against the Blue Jays and losing a couple of tough ones at home against the Orioles, the Yankees came home to take on the Red Sox and the Cubs before heading back on the road to matchup against the Rays and the Red Sox as they hope to wrap up the first month of the season a high note. The Pinstripes will also get a chance to host A.L. West foes Los Angeles and Seattle, with the latter series bringing Robinson Cano back to New York for the first time since signing with the Mariners. With David Robertson dominating in the bullpen and some serious pop both in their lineup and in their rotation, the Yankees clearly aren't going anywhere as they continue to round into form in the early going.

2014 New York Yankees Schedule

The New York Yankees are ready to go this season as they eye the top of the standings in the American League East, where they frequently end up thanks to rosters loaded with superstars all over the field and in the pitching rotation. The biggest games of the regular season played at Yankee Stadium are always played when the Boston Red Sox come to town, though there are plenty of other amazing games as well. They'll play against Boston in Beantown in April and will also head to Tampa to take on the Rays. The Yankees are coming home for series against the Angels and Mariners that will also bring Pinstripes into the stands by the tens of thousands as they look to finish the first month of the season with a winning record.

Of course, no matter how many other great matchups there are, the division matchups are always some of the very best. The Baltimore Orioles also appear to be a team on the rise in the AL East, and the Yankees know not to take them lightly. The Tampa Bay Rays are also always a tough team, and the Yankees have had some truly memorable bouts with the Rays in the past. And you don't want to forget about the Blue Jays, a team that is known for putting together potent lineups that rank among the most prolific in the league from year to year.

Just don't make the mistake of thinking that it's only about the home games at state-of-the-art new Yankee Stadium, as Yankees fans are all over the place and tend to have some of the biggest followings whenever they take to the field for a big away game. And once you see the big game from the stands on the road, you'll understand loud and clear what all the buzz is about, as this is one of the most prominent pro sports teams in the world for a reason and it definitely isn't because there is a lack of fanfare from game to game and season to season.

New York Yankees Team Info

The New York Yankees play in the American League East division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox. This is often one of the most competitive divisions in the MLB ranks, and anyone that has seen two AL East teams face off in person know that very well. The Yankees were unable to make it to the postseason in 2013, but they experienced a handful of injuries to key players last season. With a fully healthy roster, this New York team should be back in contention for the AL East title and perhaps beyond. The Yankees are used to being in the postseason, and the team will be fighting hard all season long to return to the playoffs.

And one of the reasons that Yankees fans are so hopeful is because of the balance on the roster. Though star-level offensive playmakers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, and Brian McCann make them a force to be reckoned with in the batter's box, they also have a top-tier pitching rotation led by C.C. Sabathia, Michael Pineda and more, giving them a chance to win every time out. You also don't want to forget about David Robertson, who learned from the master, Mariano Rivera, and has some of the best stuff in the league in terms of late-inning power pitching. With all of those elements, this is a team that you don't definitely don't want to sleep on this season.

The MLB Experience

Major League Baseball has been around for more than a century, and people have been attending games for many years. Most people in this country grew up with a love for the game of baseball, and it's something that endures throughout a person's life. That's what makes going to the game so magical, the nostalgia on top of the excitement of competition. When that first pitch is thrown out, you'll feel a swell of emotion in the crowd and know that you're in for a fun time at the ballpark. The Yankees are one of the most historic teams in baseball, and seeing them hit the field in the pinstripes is an experience that every baseball fan should be a part of at least one in their lifetime.

New York Yankees History

The New York Yankees are the most successful franchise in the history of Major League Baseball. The Yankees have won an astounding 27 World Series Championships over the course of their illustrious history, and always seem to be in contention to return to baseball's biggest stage. It's also no secret that they've had some of the best players to ever done a baseball uniform over the years, such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle just to name the absolute tip of the iceberg. Delve a little deeper into their history and you end up finding the careers of other legends like Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Don Larson, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, and Dave Winfield among other greats. This is a franchise with a history filled with all-time greats and championships, making them one of the most popular teams in the league.

New York Yankees Trivia

Did you know that when he retired from baseball George Herman "Babe" Ruth had set the record for the most home runs in a career with 714, a number that many people considered unbreakable until Henry "Hank" Aaron eclipsed that mark in the 1970s?

Though Ruth was a dominant pitcher early in his career as well, something that many fans never even hear about, Ruth remains arguably the greatest power hitter of all-time. With 714 homers despite playing in seasons that were significantly shorter than they are today, and also in a so-called "dead ball era," Ruth is the gold standard for home run hitting and is still considered by many to be the top baseball player of all-time.

The Fans

The New York Yankees are one of the most popular teams in Major League Baseball, boasting a storied history filled with Hall of Fame players and World Series Championships. The Yankees have a dedicated following of fans that come out as often as possible to see the team hit the field in their pinstripes at Yankees Stadium. If you've never seen a game at Yankee Stadium, it's time to change that, though you can also catch plenty of action on the road as the Yankees travel and take on some of the best teams in the league.

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