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    Sandy Alomar spent two decades catching in the majors, so he has an understanding of the difficulties Gary Sanchez has faced this season in trying to adapt to a new stance behind the plate. The results have been brutal, as Sanchez’s productivity at the plate plummeted this season and he was benched in favor of Kyle Higashioka with Gerrit Cole on the mound in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Indians in Cleveland. “He changed his style of catching and that’s a process,’’ said Alomar, who is serving as Cleveland’s manager during the postseason while Terry Francona deals with health issues. “He has one knee down now and that’s gonna take time in order to...
    Sandy Alomar spent two decades catching in the majors, so he has an understanding of the difficulties Gary Sanchez has faced this season in trying to adapt to a new stance behind the plate. The results have been brutal, as Sanchez’s productivity at the plate plummeted this season and he was benched in favor of Kyle Higashioka with Gerrit Cole on the mound in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Indians in Cleveland. “He changed his style of catching and that’s a process,’’ said Alomar, who is serving as Cleveland’s manager during the postseason while Terry Francona deals with health issues. “He has one knee down now and that’s gonna take time in order to...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone made the call entering his team’s AL Wild Card Series against the Cleveland Indians that backup catcher Kyle Higashioka would get the start in Game 1 with Gerrit Cole on the mound.  Not exactly shocking news given Sanchez’s struggles both at the dish and behind it in 2020. His defense has always been suspect and so has his ability to call a game, but his offense has made him a liability despite his power, slashing .147/.253/.365 this season. The split in Cole’s numbers when Higashioka catches him compared to Sanchez made Boone’s Game 1 decision...
    Rayshard Brooks shooting investigation completed by GBI Next Time You Order a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha, Use These Tips to Make It Healthier Yankees bench catcher Gary Sanchez in favor of Kyle Higashioka for Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Monday that Kyle Higashioka will catch for Gerrit Cole in Game 1 of the American League Wild Card Series against Cleveland. Starting catcher Gary Sanchez will be available off the bench. © Provided by CBS Sports With Higashioka catching, Cole is 3-1 with a 1.00 ERA with 34 strikeouts. When Sanchez is catching, Cole is 4-2 with a 3.91 ERA, 12 walks and an opponent OPS of .776. Cole's last start of...
    Aaron Boone made official what seemed obvious down the stretch: Kyle Higashioka will catch the most important game of the Yankees’ season on Tuesday — not Gary Sanchez. The manager declined to reveal what the rest of his lineup might look like, but said Higashioka will be behind the plate when Gerrit Cole takes the mound at Progressive Field in Cleveland for Game 1 of the wild-card series. “Over time, making that switch as we have over [Cole’s] last several starts, just with the roll Gerrit and [Higashioka] have been on and knowing if we’re to go deep into the postseason, we’re gonna need both [Higashioka and Sanchez], especially if we get past this [round].” The decision seems simple when...
    Aaron Boone made official what seemed obvious down the stretch: Kyle Higashioka will catch the most important game of the Yankees’ season on Tuesday — not Gary Sanchez. The manager declined to reveal what the rest of his lineup might look like, but said Higashioka will be behind the plate when Gerrit Cole takes the mound at Progressive Field in Cleveland for Game 1 of the wild-card series. “Over time, making that switch as we have over [Cole’s] last several starts, just with the roll Gerrit and [Higashioka] have been on and knowing if we’re to go deep into the postseason, we’re gonna need both [Higashioka and Sanchez], especially if we get past this [round].” The decision seems simple when...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping slugger Gary Sánchez will be benched in favor of Kyle Higashioka in the New York Yankees lineup for their wild-card opener Tuesday night. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Monday that Higashioka would catch ace Gerrit Cole to start the best-of-three series against the Cleveland Indians. With Giancarlo Stanton set to start at designated hitter, Sánchez — a two-time All-Star — won't crack the starting lineup and will instead be available to pinch-hit when the Yankees face Cleveland ace Shane Bieber. “He was fine,” Boone said about Sánchez's reaction. “He knows to be ready at any point, early in the game.” Sánchez batted .147 this season, which would have been lowest in the majors by far if...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping slugger Gary Sánchez will be benched in favor of Kyle Higashioka in the New York Yankees lineup for their wild-card opener Tuesday night. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Monday that Higashioka would catch ace Gerrit Cole to start the best-of-three series against the Cleveland Indians. With Giancarlo Stanton set to start at designated hitter, Sánchez — a two-time All-Star — won’t crack the starting lineup and will instead be available to pinch-hit when the Yankees face Cleveland ace Shane Bieber. “He was fine,” Boone said about Sánchez’s reaction. “He knows to be ready at any point, early in the game.” Sánchez batted .147 this season, which would have been lowest in the majors by far if...
    New York Yankees face tall task in game one of the Wild Card Series By: Nathan Solomon ShareTweetFlipRedditWhen the New York Yankees step into the batter’s box at Progressive Field on Tuesday, the team will be facing a difficult task on hill. Cleveland Indians star pitcher Shane Bieber gets the ball for game one of the Wild Card Series, coming off undoubtedly his best season. The 25-year-old won the pitching triple-crown (wins, ERA, strikeouts), and is most likely on his way to his first career Cy Young award. Bieber had quality starts in 10 of his 12 games, and went under six innings just twice all year. With that being said, Bieber is...
    Will the New York Yankees try to win or protect feelings in the playoffs? By: Daniel Cunningham ShareTweetFlipRedditLast week, I published an article on the New York Yankees’ dilemma at the catchers position. Gary Sanchez has been God awful this year while Kyle Higashioka has thrived in his current role. The Yankees starters have also pitched better with Higashioka behind the plate. Yesterday, the Yankees wrapped up their 2020 regular season. They finished as the fifth seed in the AL and will be taking on the Cleveland Indians starting tomorrow night. A player who hasn’t seen much time over the last week was Kyle Higashioka. The Yankees had a lot to play for...
    Yankees’ Gary Sanchez responds to postseason benching By: Alexander Wilson ShareTweetFlipRedditIf there’s any single player that has been lackluster for the New York Yankees this season, it is Gary Sanchez. Offensively, he has been a complete liability and defensively inconsistent. In the batter’s box, he is currently hitting .142 with a .372 slugging percentage. He has 10 homers and 24 RBIs on the year but has also struck out 61 times. Considering how awful Sanchez has been in every facet of the game, back-up catcher Kyle Higashioka has stepped in to replace his lost efficiency. Even in 2019, Sanchez finished with a .232 batting average, despite earning an All-Star appearance for his first half of...
    New York Yankees: Yankee manager Aaron Boone sends mixed messages about Gary Sanchez By: William Parlee ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have come a long way in this 2020 shortened season since the loss of 15 of 20 games.  One thing that has not changed is Gary Sanchez’s season has been a mess.  Not only has he been miserable at hitting the ball, but his previously improved defense of the backstop position has also fallen off. Last year he had 7 passed balls. In this short season, he has 5 already.  Equating that to a regular 162 game season, that is 13.5 passed balls.  His batting average has increased considerably from .119 to .142, still the...
    BUFFALO — Moving day rapidly approaches, and the Yankees look like they have neither started packing nor notified their utilities nor hired the crew to transport their considerable belongings. They really need to get their act together, no? The Yankees departed the Queen City, finally, as losers once more, 4-1 to the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field, giving them five losses in seven games here at this temporary Major League Baseball site and, more relevant, four losses in their past five contests overall. “It’ll be good to get back home and get out of Buffalo,” Brett Gardner said, echoing what British soldiers surely said when they evacuated Fort Niagara in 1796. This latest funk has turned the Yankees from likely...
    BUFFALO — Moving day rapidly approaches, and the Yankees look like they have neither started packing nor notified their utilities nor hired the crew to transport their considerable belongings. They really need to get their act together, no? The Yankees departed the Queen City, finally, as losers once more, 4-1 to the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field, giving them five losses in seven games here at this temporary Major League Baseball site and, more relevant, four losses in their past five contests overall. “It’ll be good to get back home and get out of Buffalo,” Brett Gardner said, echoing what British soldiers surely said when they evacuated Fort Niagara in 1796. This latest funk has turned the Yankees from likely...
    Gary Sanchez may not just be on the bench when Gerrit Cole is on the mound in the playoffs. Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday on WFAN it would be a “day-to-day” decision during the postseason when it came to Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka behind the plate, and later in the day Boone made it clear why Sanchez’s starting job was in peril. “Obviously, performance matters and matchups matter and pairing guys matter,’’ Boone said before the Yankees faced the Blue Jays in Buffalo, with Higashioka catching Jordan Montgomery and Sanchez not in the lineup. “I think both will probably play an important role for us if we’re to go deep in this playoff,’’ Boone said of the two catchers. The...
    Gary Sanchez may not just be on the bench when Gerrit Cole is on the mound in the playoffs. Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday on WFAN it would be a “day-to-day” decision during the postseason when it came to Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka behind the plate, and later in the day Boone made it clear why Sanchez’s starting job was in peril. “Obviously, performance matters and matchups matter and pairing guys matter,’’ Boone said before the Yankees faced the Blue Jays in Buffalo, with Higashioka catching Jordan Montgomery and Sanchez not in the lineup. “I think both will probably play an important role for us if we’re to go deep in this playoff,’’ Boone said of the two catchers. The...
    New York Yankees: Kyle Higashioka or Gary Sanchez in the postseason? By: Daniel Cunningham ShareTweetFlipRedditLast night, the New York Yankees duo of Gerrit Cole and Kyle Higashioka continued to do their thing. It’s been noticed that Cole has pitched significantly better when Higashioka is behind the plate as opposed to Gary Sanchez. So far this year, the Yankees ace had pitched eight games to Gary Sanchez with an ERA approaching four at 3.91. With Higashioka, Cole’s ERA is below one. Cole went 7 strong innings last night again only allowing one run from the Blue Jays in a victory. I started thinking and looking back over the year. It’s not just Gerrit Cole...
    Aaron Boone isn’t wild about pitchers having personal catchers, but the Yankees manager can be flexible when the battery clicks. So barring a change of mind or an injury, backup catcher Kyle Higashioka will catch Gerrit Cole in the first game of the postseason next Tuesday. “I don’t necessarily love it, but that said, I don’t mind it,” Boone said prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, where Cole made his fourth straight start with Higashioka behind the plate. “If you have a guy who is the clear backup that is only playing once every four days, once every five days and they get in a good rhythm with a pitcher, obviously I...
    BUFFALO — This is not your 2016 Gary Sanchez anymore. This is not your 2017 Kyle Higashioka anymore. This is not your 2000 Major League Baseball anymore. Therefore Aaron Boone shouldn’t lose a wink’s sleep over a decision that he seems to have rendered already: If circumstances allow the playoffs to begin next week, Higashioka should start the opener as Gerrit Cole’s batterymate. Because Sanchez, as you know, has slipped. Because Higashioka, you may not know, has risen. And because the evolution of roster deployment as well as this year’s unique rules make catching depth essential in 2020. “Especially if we’re fortunate enough to get through the best-of-three scenario, then you’re talking about a potential five games in a row...
    BUFFALO — This is not your 2016 Gary Sanchez anymore. This is not your 2017 Kyle Higashioka anymore. This is not your 2000 Major League Baseball anymore. Therefore Aaron Boone shouldn’t lose a wink’s sleep over a decision that he seems to have rendered already: If circumstances allow the playoffs to begin next week, Higashioka should start the opener as Gerrit Cole’s batterymate. Because Sanchez, as you know, has slipped. Because Higashioka, you may not know, has risen. And because the evolution of roster deployment as well as this year’s unique rules make catching depth essential in 2020. “Especially if we’re fortunate enough to get through the best-of-three scenario, then you’re talking about a potential five games in a row...
    Yankees’ catcher competition is good for Gary Sanchez By: Daniel Cunningham September 21, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThroughout the entire 2020 season, fans have been frustrated with Gary Sanchez. The New York Yankees catcher has been pretty terrible overall when you look at the numbers. Sure he’s hit some home runs, but he’s left a lot to be desired. Despite his abysmal performance, Sanchez wasn’t really pushed from the backups. Last year, the Yankees had Austin Romine who really pushed Sanchez in terms of internal competition. If Sanchez couldn’t perform, Romine was right there for the Yankees. However, the Yankees didn’t have the luxury of someone like Romine this season. However, Kyle Higashioka has...
    Yankees could make big postseason move with Higashioka-Cole pairing dominating By: Alexander Wilson September 17, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditIf I were to tell you that Kyle Higashioka would hit three home runs in the New York Yankees’ victory over Toronto on Wednesday night, you’d probably laugh. In what was another rout of the Blue Jays, the Yankees emerged victorious 13-2. That came one day after a 20-6 whopping. That is a total of 33 runs, an incredible offensive performance that was led by an elevated number of home runs. Higgy has been fantastic behind the plate, specifically when Gerrit Cole is on the mound. On Wednesday, he caught a fantastic game, logging eight put-outs and...
    There are games big-league players never forget no matter how long they play. Kyle Higashioka had one of them Wednesday night, when the career backup catcher, who was dropped from the Yankees’ 40-man roster five years ago and brought back a dozen days later, slugged three home runs and led the Yankees to a 13-2 pounding of the Blue Jays in The Bronx. Catching Gerrit Cole for the third straight game, Higashioka hit a two-run homer in the third inning, flied to the warning track in the fourth, hit a bases-empty homer in the sixth and a two-run homer in the seventh. “I think at this point, the way he is swinging I might be his personal pitcher,’’ Cole said...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven homers in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. Higashi-omg ???? pic.twitter.com/wKpNuQTQ7u — New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 17, 2020 LeMahieu, Voit...
    Remember that bobsled to baseball hell without a brakeman the Yankees couldn’t halt last week? They have swapped it for an escalator headed to heights recently thought impossible. Backed by a season-high seven homers, three by reserve catcher Kyle Higashioka and two from DJ LeMahieu, Gerrit Cole dominated the Blue Jays on the way to a 13-2 victory Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. After hitting six homers in Tuesday night’s 20-6 thumping of the Blue Jays the Yankees continued to pound the visitors’ pitching staff. It was the Yankees’ seventh straight victory (tied for the longest such streak of the season) and pushed them to within three lengths of the AL East-leading Rays, who lost to the Nationals. The three-game...
    By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven homers in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. LeMahieu, Voit and Frazier also connected Tuesday —...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven homers in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. LeMahieu, Voit and Frazier also connected Tuesday — Voit homered twice — when New...
    Zack Britton made his return from a strained hamstring on Tuesday and pitched an ideal eighth within the Yankees’ 5-Three win over the Rays on the Stadium. “It’s been 10-12 days since I’d been in a recreation,’’ stated Britton, who had final pitched Aug. 19. “It was good to get on the market in an in depth recreation and protect that for [Aroldis Chapman] and get the win. It was a superb first day out.” The Yankees additionally obtained extra catching depth with Kyle Higashioka again from an indirect damage. He went 0-for-3. Although there nonetheless is not any timetable for when Aaron Decide (calf) or Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) may be again, Gleyber Torres could possibly be simply days...
    Zack Britton made his return from a strained hamstring on Tuesday and pitched a perfect eighth in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over the Rays at the Stadium. “It’s been 10-12 days since I’d been in a game,’’ said Britton, who had last pitched Aug. 19. “It was good to get out there in a close game and preserve that for [Aroldis Chapman] and get the win. It was a good first time out.” The Yankees also got more catching depth with Kyle Higashioka back from an oblique injury. He went 0-for-3. Though there still is no timetable for when Aaron Judge (calf) or Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) might be back, Gleyber Torres could be just days away. It won’t be a...
    The Yankees’ bullpen got an important piece back Tuesday, when Zack Britton was activated from the IL after recovering from a left hamstring strain. Kyle Higashioka (oblique) was also activated, but Erik Kratz will stick around for now. To make room on the roster, right-hander Miguel Yajure was optioned to the alternate site in Scranton after throwing three scoreless innings in his MLB debut in Monday’s loss. Infielder Jordy Mercer was designated for assignment. Submit your Yankees questions here to be answered in an upcoming Post mailbag Keeping Kratz around makes sense, in particular, because the 40-year-old caught Deivi Garcia’s first MLB start and guided the right-hander through six impressive innings. The two had been batterymates in the...
    New York Yankees news: Zack Britton injury update, Deivi Garcia development By: Nathan Solomon September 1, 2020 ShareTweet0 SharesPrior to Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees announced a few pieces of significant news. The team reinstated Zack Britton and Kyle Higashioka from the IL. Britton went on the IL after suffering a hamstring strain on August 19th, while Higashioka has been out for nearly a month with an oblique strain. To make room for Britton and Higashioka, the team DFA’d infielder Jordy Mercer and optioned pitcher Miguel Yajure. Yajure made his MLB debut on Monday, and impressed with three scoreless innings. Right now,...
    The New York Yankees place a catcher on the IL By: Nathan Solomon August 8, 2020 PrevPreviousHow Phillies’ fans distracted the Yankees from outside the stadium NextNew York Yankees: Chris Ianneta, recently DFA’d, calls it a careerNext ShareTweet0 SharesPrior to Saturday’s doubleheader, the New York Yankees announced that backup catcher Kyle Higashioka would be headed to the IL. He suffered a right oblique strain on August 6th. To replace Higashioka, the team signed Erik Kratz to the Major League roster and activated him. The 40-year-old made 21 Major League appearances in 2019, and is expected to play sometime on Saturday. With the doubleheader, Kratz and Gary Sanchez will each play one game. ...
    Yankees: 1 big winner and 1 loser in dominant victory over Boston By: Andrew Allen August 1, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Yankees Previews: Masahiro Tanaka takes on the Boston Red Sox tonight ShareTweet0 SharesThe Yankees had their home opener against the Boston Red Sox last night in the first game of a three-game series. New York was dominant in their performance against the Orioles in the series before and continued to play great baseball against Boston. They held the Red Sox to just one run and got their fifth win of the season.  New York clicked on both sides of the field last night and played their best baseball of the year. So far,...
    New York Yankees: Two players to watch during this season By: John Zarnowski July 14, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesIt’s finally happening. The New York Yankees will take the field in 2020 and be on the quest for ring number 28. Big players such as Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, and Gary Sanchez. The Yankees already have a core group of guys that are the main reason for the team’s success, but there are some under the radar players that could have a dominant year this season. Clark Schmidt After just two seasons in the Minor Leagues and undergoing Tommy John surgery, Clark...
    Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka has taken Publish readers behind the scenes as he tried to remain ready for the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. As advised to Ken Davidoff. Howdy one final time from Oregon. I’ve been right here for over three months now, nevertheless it’s time to get again to work. I depart Tuesday for New York, and I’ll be at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to begin summer time coaching. These previous few days earlier than the season grew to become official, I knew that it was crunch time, when one thing wanted to occur, I used to be truly fairly nervous for these couple of days. I’m simply glad that one thing received discovered. My...