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Yankees shut down Tanaka

The Yankees shut down Masahiro Tanaka’s rehabbing due to general forearm soreness, the team said on Friday.

Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday.

The Yankees said that no doctor appointment is scheduled.

On Thursday, Joe Girardi said he expected Tanaka to throw three more simulated games before returning to the team. The righty had been scheduled for a simulated game on Tuesday, but his timetable is now up in the air.

Opinion: Luxury tax should deter the Yankees from re-signing David Robertson

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When Mariano Rivera announced his official plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2013 season, a new-found sense of fear likely trickled into the New York Yankees’ front office. For the first time since 1997, a non-Rivera reliever would be taking the ball in the ninth inning.

The idea of any closer following Rivera’s decade-plus of late-inning dominance seemed impossible; unimaginable even, for those filled with nostalgia. Yet, “rookie” closer David Robertson’s stellar performance in 2014 has, at least, temporarily put the Yankees at ease in the post-Rivera era.

To date, Robertson has posted a 3.06 ERA (versus a park-adjusted 2.12 xFIP), 4.00 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, and 34 saves in his first season as a closer. The 29-year-old has also struck out batters at a career-best 13.68 strikeouts-per-nine-innings clip, too.

However, Robertson’s reign as the Yankees’ closer might be short lived.


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What’s on Tap for Friday, August 29

The Yankees (69-63) open a three-game series against the Blue Jays (67-66) on Friday in Toronto at 7:07 p.m. ET.

Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.37 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.41 ERA) for the Blue Jays.


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The Yankees acquired LHP Josh Outman from the Indians for cash considerations.


Masahiro Tanaka threw three innings during a simulated game as he continued to rehab from a partially torn UCL.

Yankees acquire Josh Outman from Indians

The Yankees acquired LHP Josh Outman from the Indians on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations.

Outman, 29, had a 3.28 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings over 31 games for Cleveland.

In parts of six big league seasons, Outman has compiled a 4.10 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.

Game recap — Tigers 3, Yankees 2

Result: The Yankees couldn’t figure out rookie Kyle Lobstein on Thursday afternoon, dropping their series finale with the Tigers by a 3-2 score.



Need to Know: Hiroki Kuroda tossed his third consecutive quality start, pitching seven innings of two-run ball but getting stuck with a no-decision in his quest for his 10th win of the season. The Yankees lineup managed just five hits, with Carlos Beltran going 2-for-4 with a double. Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI single in the third inning and Brian McCann drove in a run with a fourth-inning groundout, putting the Yankees ahead, 2-1, before Kuroda gave the run back in the fifth. McCann just missed a go-ahead, three-run home run in the top of the ninth when his blast to right field landed just foul. Shawn Kelley gave up a walk-off single to Alex Avila in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and runners on first and second.


Game Ball: Kuroda, whose effort was spoiled by a Yankees lineup that continues to struggle with consistency.


Links: Box score


What’s Next: The Yankees move on to Toronto to face the Blue Jays, who trail the Bombers by 2 1/2 games in the AL East and Wild Card races. Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.37 ERA) faces Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.41 ERA) who, despite his impressive season numbers, is just 1-7 with a 4.74 ERA since June 1.

Tanaka throws 49 pitches in sim game

Masahiro Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday morning.

Tanaka said he feels normal and how he usually feels after bullpen sessions.

Joe Girardi said that he expects Tanaka to pitch again this season, and he will likely throw three more simulated games before returning (Boland, Aug. 28).

What’s on Tap for Thursday, August 28

The Yankees (69-62) wrap up their three-game series against the Tigers (71-60) on Thursday in Detroit at 1:08 p.m. ET.

Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.94 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 4.76 ERA) for the Tigers.


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The Yankees signed Chris Young to a minor league deal. Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP for the Mets before being designated for assignment on August 8.


Alfredo Aceves was released from his contract with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Game Recap: Yankees 8 – Tigers 4

Result: The Yankees trounced the Tigers, 8-4, on Wednesday night in Detroit.


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Need to Know: The Yankees’ slumbering bats woke up in the third inning, tallying nine straight hits and scoring eight runs. Derek Jeter doubled and drove in two runs in the big inning. Jacoby Ellsbury, Martin Prado, Brian McCann and Chase Headley all had two-hit nights. Despite the offensive explosion, the Yankees recorded just two hits the rest of the way. Shane Greene had a solid outing, striking out eight and allowing two runs in seven innings.


Links: Recap |  Box score


What’s Next: Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.94) toes the rubber Thursday opposite Detroit’s Kyle Lobstein  (0-0, 4.76). Game time is 1:08 p.m.

Yanks sign Chris Young to minor-league deal

The Yankees have signed Chris Young to a minor league deal, according to reporter Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Aug. 27).

Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP this season after signing a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets in the offseason.

He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Mets designated him for assignment on August 8 and released him on August 15.

Aceves released from contract

Alfredo Aceves has been released from his contract with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team said.

Aceves had a 6.52 ERA over 10 games with the Yankees this season.