A-Rod ties Bonds for second on all-time RBI list

Alex Rodriguez tied Barry Bonds for second place on the all-time RBIs list on Thursday night.

Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 3-0 and tied him for second with 1,996 career RBIs. Hank Aaron has the record with 2,297. Babe Ruth drove in 2,214 runs, according to, but RBIs did not become an official stat until 1920 and the Elias Sports Bureau officially credits him with 1,992.

“He’s one of the greats,” Rodriguez said of Bonds. “It is kind of special because he’s also a friend and I know him very well.”

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In case you missed it on Thursday…

CC Sabathia fell apart late, allowing two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, as the Yankees lost the opener of a four-game series to the Oakland Athletics, 5-4.

Alex Rodriguez tied Barry Bonds for second in the official all-time RBI list (1,996) with a sacrifice fly. (May 29, 11:42 p.m.)

Masahiro Tanaka is expected to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees’ rotation Tuesday or Wednesday vs. the Seattle Mariners. (May 28, 8:02 p.m.)

The Yankees promoted top pitching prospect Luis Severino to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. (May 29, 3:06 a.m.)

What’s on tap for Friday, May 29

Chris Capuano (0-2, 7.36 ERA) faces Sonny Gray (5-2, 1.77 ERA) in the second game of the series at 10:05 p.m.


Sabathia struggles again as Yanks lose opener to A’s

After a solid start, CC Sabathia allowed five runs in six innings and gave up a three-run lead as the Yankees (25-23) fell in their series opener to the Athletics (18-32) in Oakland, 5-4.

Yankees catcher Brian McCann homered and drove in a pair of runs, and Brett Gardner had three hits and drove in one as well to pace the Bombers’ offense. After cruising through the first five innings, Sabathia allowed a game-tying homer to Billy Burns in the sixth then surrendered a pair of runs in the seventh. Reliever David Carpenter walked Ben Zobrist, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Alex Rodriguez scored a run and drove one in as well, tying Barry Bonds for second place on the all-time RBI list.

The Yankees will play Game 2 of their four-game set in Oakland on Friday at 10:05 p.m. Chris Capuano (0-2, 7.36 ERA) will meet A’s ace Sonny Gray (5-2, 1.77).

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka could return early next week

Joe Girardi told the media that Masahiro Tanaka is healthy enough to make his next scheduled start (May 28, 7:45 p.m.).

According to the Yankees’ skipper Tanaka could return to the rotation during the Yankees’ three-game set against in Seattle.

Tanaka gave up three runs in three innings for AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre yesterday. He has been out of the Yankee lineup since April 23 with forearm soreness.

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Yankees look to build on sweep in Oakland

C.C. Sabathia (2-6, 5.47 ERA) gets the ball for the Yankees as they look to match their longest winning streak of the season against Kendall Graveman (2-2, 6.04 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics.

The A’s (17-32) are the owners of the American League’s worst record and are just 6-16 at home this season.

The Yankees (25-22) can extend their division lead over the Rays to two games with a win.

New York is coming off an impressive sweep over the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees outscored the defending AL Champs 23-4 during the three game set.

The sweep was much needed for the Yanks following a 1-10 stretch which culminated in an embarrassing sweep at home against the Texas Rangers.

Alex Rodriguez comes into the game on a 10-22 tear. A-Rod homered in yesterday’s win over the Royals.

Despite his team’s poor record, Stephen Vogt has been a rock for the A’s — hitting .319 with 10 home runs on the season. Vogt will play first and bat fifth for Bob Melvin‘s squad.

Slade Heathcott will get the start in centerfield for New York. Heathcott is 6-17 with a home run to start his career.


How can Yankees shed the Jekyll and Hyde act?

Christopher Carelli

The 2015 season has been a roller coaster ride for the New York Yankees, characterized by three distinct slopes  — and they might have just begun a fourth.

The Yanks looked outmatched at the outset of the season, with a 3-6 start attributable to mediocre pitching, shoddy defense and poor run support. Once they began to tighten up their defense, put together some quality starts, score plenty of runs and finish off teams with a spectacular end-game bullpen they won 18 of their next 24 games and opened up a four-game lead in the second-rate American League East.

New York Yankees line the field during the National Anthem before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Then the losses returned in grand fashion. The Yanks lost 10 of 11 games, eventually giving up the division lead. It was the same story: the pitching wasn’t great, the defense cost them runs and the club could not score enough to stay close. The string ended with utter decimation at the hands of the Texas Rangers, who outscored the Yankees, 30-15, in the three-game series in New York.

With a six-game losing streak hanging around their necks, the Yankees broke the skid by humiliating the Kansas City Royals, outscoring the AL Central leaders, 23-4. The Yanks looked like a completely different team, much like the one that turned things around in mid-April.

The Yankees have performed like a Jekyll and Hyde club and by all accounts they can expect much of the same going forward if they stick with the status quo. Of course there is an ebb and flow to each team’s season, but the peaks and valleys need not be as drastic as the Yankees have put forth so far. While the Yankees have managed to sneak back into first place after sweeping the Royals, it would be remarkable if they were able to sustain another drastic slide and win the AL East despite each team’s inadequacies in the division.

What needs to happen for the Yankees to become decidedly more Jekyll and less Hyde? To read more of this story, click here


Top pitching prospect Severino promoted to Triple-A

Yankees top pitching prospect Luis Severino has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (May 28, 11:29 a.m.)

Severino, 21, appeared in a few games with the Yankees during spring training and missed some time earlier this month due to a blister on his right middle finger.

So far this season for Double-A Trenton, Severino had gone 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, striking out 11.37 per nine.

Severino pitched at three separate levels of the minors for the Yankees last season, finishing the year with Double-A.

Christopher Carelli

Severino is arguably the highest profile player in the Yankees organization, and his quick ascent up the ladder considering the club’s typically methodical process points to his immense potential.

The Yankees will likely keep Severino in Triple-A for the remainder of the season to continue his seasoning. He might receive a courtesy call-up in September when the rosters expand, but otherwise it would take a good number of bad breaks with the current rotation for Severino to receive an extended look in New York this season.

Assuming he continues to succeed at Triple-A, there’s a good chance Severino becomes part of the Yankees rotation at some point in 2016.’s Christopher Carelli is the founder of Yankees Unscripted, a site devoted to narrative-free commentary about the New York Yankees. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli, for up to the minute coverage of the team.