Wallace Matthews

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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Jeter's sense of timing still impeccable

It's clear Derek Jeter chose the right time to say goodbye.

For Yankees and Jeter, reality is setting in

The Yankees have left themselves with little margin for error in September.

One (more) last chance for the Yankees

The Yankees can still make the playoffs, but they better act fast.

Girardi pushes panic button, costs Yanks

Joe Girardi deserves the blame for the Yanks' latest gut-wrenching loss.

It's getting harder to find hope for Yanks

Three-quarters of the way through, it's clear, these Yanks aren't a playoff team.

Yankees take huge gamble with Tanaka

Rehabbing Masahiro Tanaka's elbow instead of surgery is a big gamble.

Tanaka shows he's human after all

Masahiro Tanaka should rest Sunday before the break.

CC done for the year, and maybe for good

CC Sabathia might have pitched his final game in pinstripes.

Luckiest man on earth? It's A-Rod

The luckiest man on earth? It's not Lou Gehrig, it's Alex Rodriguez.

Girardi out of answers for punchless Yanks

Joe Girardi is out of answers for the Yankees' punchless offense.

No reason to chase Whitley out of rotation

Chase Whitley's bad night is no reason to give up on the young arm.

Good news for Yanks: No beast in the East

Masahiro Tanaka's Yanks play their next 15 games against AL East teams.

Tanaka: The indispensible Yankee

The only thing standing between the Yanks and disaster is Masahiro Tanaka.

Jeter not ready to say farewell

Derek Jeter knows his final season is not going to last forever.

Just who are the 2014 New York Yankees?

For better or worse, we're still waiting for the real Bombers to show up.

Ten questions for a rainy Friday

Should Derek Jeter be dropped down in the order? Taken out early?

Rough road trip ends with a whimper

The Yankees' rough road trip was punctuated by Sunday's walk-off loss.

Sabathia can't cut it again in Yankees loss

CC Sabathia looks more like a No. 5 than an ace, maybe for good.

Kuroda, Yankees still seeking answers

The Yankees can't afford a Hiroki Kuroda slump with their depleted rotation.

Cano and Yankees an uneasy divorce

Robinson Cano returned to the Bronx, and maybe he never should have left?

CC's frustration starting to show

One pitch on a David Ortiz check-swing was enough to unravel CC Sabathia.

PineGate no smear on Pineda's game

Whether Michael Pineda used pine tar against the Red Sox doesn't matter.

Robertson injury exposes new-look Yankees

The Yankees spent nearly a half-billion dollars this offseason but have holes.

Don't look now (he won't), but Derek Jeter is joining a very exclusive club.

Stroke of luck made Jeter a Yankee

Derek Jeter used a Woody Allen film as a metaphor for how he ended up a Yank.

CC's reinvention is complete, for now

CC Sabathia believes he can still be an effective, and even dominant, pitcher.

Pineda's success a feel-good story

Michael Pineda's arduous journey makes his promotion feel that much better.

Tanaka's close shave

Masahiro Tanaka showed the Yanks he can handle it when things get hairy.

Tanaka baffles Braves: 'So far, so good'

Masahiro Tanaka is making spring training look like a day at the beach.

Dream a little dream of Pineda

It's early, but Michael Pineda has dared the Bronx Bombers to dream.

Ichiro: No plans to retire, despite reduced role

Unlike Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki wants to keep playing after 2014.

Jeter's farewell tour is off and running

Jeter was free of pain in his return, which was music to Girardi's ears.

One last summer? Let's hope Jeter enjoys it

Here's hoping Derek Jeter can enjoy his final season as much as Mo Rivera did.

Most burning question: Why now, Derek?

Why now, Derek? That's one question no one seems to have an answer for.

Lack of hustle or no, Yanks will miss Cano

Robinson Cano's lack of hustle doesn't seem like such a big deal now.

Tanaka to take Jeter's place as Yanks' face?

Masahiro Tanaka could grab the reins from Derek Jeter next season.

Velocity? CC's health is far weightier pursuit

CC has dropped 40 pounds. Good for him. Want to rip him? Shame on you.

For once, Jeter can savor his moment

At last, Derek Jeter is allowing himself to savor his moment -- and have fun.

Yanks won't feel the same sans Jeter

Derek Jeter's retirement not only slams the door on a career, it ends an era.

12 burning Bombers questions for 2014

What can Yankees fans expect in 2014? Here are 12 burning Bombers questions.

Have the Bombers gone barren?

The Yanks have shown major weakness in drafting and developing talent.

A-Rod ban leaves Hal with choice

Should Hal Steinbrenner spend $61M to stop the Alex Rodriguez circus?

Beltran is back -- with an axe to grind

Carlos Beltran finally gets the chance to swing back at the Mets.

Yankees should mess with the Johan

Do the Yanks have anything to lose by offering Johan a minor league deal?

Cano, not Ellsbury, is talk of town

Will the Yankees wind up paying a higher price later for saving a few bucks now?

Yankees wise to let Robbie Cano go

Spending for arms -- not outspending the M's -- will best serve 2014 Bombers.

Can Yanks be like BoSox? Lotsa luck

Boston's blueprint gives Bombers some hope. Fans, keep your fingers crossed.

Joe jump-starts Yankees' offseason

Joe Girardi was not only the Yanks' most convenient choice, he's the best choice.

Eight offseason aims for Cash & Co.

Brian Cashman has a busy winter ahead of him; here are our suggestions.

Mo never lost his mojo after all

The end of Mo's career says this: I can still do this job. I just choose not to.

Yankees finally put out of their misery

Nothing went right for the Yankees during their injury-plagued season.

Nova, Sori, Ryan give Yankees hope

Nova, Soriano and Ryan gave the Yankees some hope Saturday.

HGH mistake keeps Pettitte from Hall

By most standards, Andy Pettitte is worthy of Hall consideration -- bar one.

Boston beatdown belittles Bombers

When the Yanks need to be playing their best, they're playing their worst.

Another day, another ambulance

Another day, another ambulance. Business as usual for the 2013 Yankees.

Survey says ... advantage A-Rod

A-Rod, the Face of Baseball? That's gotta be Bud Selig's worst nightmare.

DL'ing Derek best for Bombers, Jeter

Even Derek Jeter admitted he was not helping the Yankees.

Girardi signals panic in pinstripes

Joe Girardi, sensing panic time and sign stealing, signaled panic in Baltimore.

Yankees must win games, not fights

Sawx series is too critical to wild-card chase for Bombers to seek revenge.

Yankees dispel doubt in unlikely win

After an improbable win on Tuesday, anything is possible for the Yankees.

Yankees hold deck without an ace

The Yanks can't afford for Hiroki Kuroda to hit a rut with the postseason in reach.

Yankees, Cano catch a lucky break

Negative X-rays on Robinson Cano's hand keeps the Yankees' hopes alive.

CC Sabathia comes up small again

Put in another big spot, CC Sabathia came up small for the Yankees again.

MLB better be clean in A-Rod mess

For MLB and the Yanks, the damage from A-Rod might only be beginning.

Yankees rally around A-Rod in Boston

A beanball in Beantown could turn the season around for A-Rod and the Yanks.

Yankee behavior isn't out of character

A-Rod's lawyer's claims would fit with the George M. Steinbrenner III legacy.

A-Rod embraces the hate in Boston

MLB may ultimately bring A-Rod down, but boobirds in the stands will not.

Robertson shows sneak peek of 2014

The bullpen's bumpy ninth in the Yanks' win gave fans a glimpse of life sans Mo.

A-Rod booed, bolts in Bronx return

Friday, A-Rod left early, leaving his performance behind to speak for itself.

A-Rod saga masked Yanks' ugly truth

Yanks are 6-12 since the All-Star break. You can thank A-Rod if you didn't notice.

Score another win for Alex Rodriguez

The gambit may ultimately fail, but after Monday it's Alex Rodriguez 1, MLB 0.

Yanks will take whatever A-Rod gives

The Yankees hope A-Rod can bring a spark to the club -- not just a circus.

Sorry, Buck, this ain't about A-Rod

If the Yankees want Matt Wieters, they'll go after him -- regardless of A-Rod.

Yanks should've called A-Rod's bluff

When A-Rod told the Yanks he was ready, they should've called his bluff.

A-Rod must step to plate, take the hit

Like Andy Pettitte in 2007, it's time for A-Rod to man up and tell the truth.

Jeter brightens Bronx, exits too soon

Derek Jeter's storybook day might not have a happy ending after all.

The Bronx Bombers are back? Hardly

Wednesday's outburst was 'nice' -- but don't get used to it, Yankee fans.

Yanks-O's stunner hardly a surprise

The Yankees' stunning loss Sunday against the O's was hardly a surprise.

A-Rod: Yanks won't get independence

While A-Rod gives fans holiday "treat," he's far from his portrayal as noble.

Bronx Bombers without Cano? Scary

Some nights, you would spend a fortune for another decade of Robbie Cano.

Time for Yanks to find reinforcements

Without some outside help, these Yanks might as well just wave the white flag.

Yankees again paying price for A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez has a Twitter account. What could possibly go wrong?

Nova turns up pressure on Hughes

Ivan Nova pitched a strong case to remain in rotation over Phil Hughes.

Rivera proves, again, he still has it

Even at 43, Mariano Rivera can still finish off the best hitters in baseball.

Can't anybody here hit this baseball?

Joe Girardi has faith in his Bombers. But where is it coming from?

Yankees go 'Oh-for-Oakland' vs. A's

The Yankees broken bats need to fixed after getting swept in Oakland.

Yankees' puny O comes up big again

Bombers, using similar formula on O, gut out win in series finale vs. M's.

It was a great day to be a Pettitte

He won No. 250, but Andy wasn't the only Pettitte to have a big day Saturday.

What's going on in A-Rod's head?

What's going on in Alex Rodriguez's head right now is a mystery.

Yanks are only player in blame game

In admission of disappointment with A-Rod, Bombers face truth about choice.

Yanks are who you thought they were

Can Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis rescue the struggling Yankees?

Last stop for the Mariano express

Fanfare around Mariano Rivera's final Subway Series makes week memorable.

Yanks can take lickin', keep on tickin'

The Yankees can certainly survive losing Curtis Granderson again.

Joba's no Mo, and now he oughta go

Defiant Joba Chamberlain is not fit to wear the same uniform as Mo Rivera.

Pettitte dodges Father Time again

Andy Pettitte is able to dodge Father Time yet again.

Vernon Wells turns back the clock

Vernon Wells did something Wednesday he had never done before in the bigs.

Joey Looseleafs plays it loose

Joe Girardi went with his gut -- instead of the binder -- and it was the right call.

Yanks leave Toronto the better team

Yankees show revamped Blue Jays how to do more with less in weekend series.

The stars fail to align for Derek Jeter

This is the kind of thing that happens to mere mortals. Not to Derek Jeter.

For CC Sabathia, it's a new ballgame

CC Sabathia is becoming a new pitcher before our eyes this season.

CC's actions roar louder than words

The body language of CC Sabathia said it all: The Yanks needed this win, badly.

Yankees' season off to horrible start

What's wrong with the Yanks? This is the same team we saw in spring training.

Patchwork Yanks must fill in blanks

The object of this Yankees season, at least for the first half, is to tread water.

From BoSox reject to starting Yank?

What a short, strange trip it's been for newest Bronx Bomber Lyle Overbay.

Time to look for Jeter's replacement

With Derek Jeter's future in question, Yanks need to find a replacement.

Yankees, Derek Jeter face hard truth

Derek Jeter, almost superhuman at times, showed us he is human after all.

Yankees can't catch a spring break

Derek Jeter's 'cranky ankle' just the latest to go wrong for the Yanks in 2013.

Mo deserves 100 percent of Hall vote

Mariano Rivera should be the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame.

Jeter: Yanks can win with small ball

Confronted by Bombers' power shortage, Jeter summons spirit of '96.

Grandy injury hurts outfield plans

Curtis' broken right forearm hurts the Yankees' grand outfield plan for 2013.

Return of The Boss? Hal shows spirit

Rejoice, Yankees fans: Hal Steinbrenner looks ready to open his wallet.

Will A-Rod deal cause Cano to go?

The Yankees need to avoid the curse of A-Rod with Robinson Cano.

Taken for granted? Derek Jeter?

Derek Jeter, the Yankee most taken for granted, may be the one needed most.

Zip your lips, haters: Youk's a Yank

To question Kevin Youkilis' commitment to the Bombers is embarrassing.

Mo has no one to top but himself

It'll be endlessly compelling to watch Mariano Rivera try to top himself.

Yankees have element of surprise

For the first time in a generation, the Yanks can exceed expectations.

A-Rod in 2013? Don't expect much

A-Rod's return to form after surgery is an awful lot to swallow.

Cheaters don't deserve a Hall pass

Why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens won't get a Hall of Fame vote from me.

Is 'good enough' enough for Yanks?

Youk and Ichiro are fine, but can you picture them in the Canyon of Heroes?

No. The Yanks are not cheap

Hal Steinbrenner won't throw good money after bad. Smart move.

A-Rod in 2013: Money for Nothing

A-Rod's contract will look even worse while he makes money for nothing.

Cotto learns lesson the hard way

Miguel Cotto learned his lesson the hard way Saturday at the Garden.

More Mo, more status quo for Yanks

They re-signed three pitchers. So when do the Yankees start getting better?

Yanks caught in a backstop dilemma

With Russell Martin leaving town, the Yankees are caught in a dilemma.

Mecca of Boxing bets house on Cotto

MSG is no longer in the boxing business. It's in the Miguel Cotto business.

'Macho' was the ultimate survivor

Hector Camacho found a dark alley from which even he couldn't escape.

Could Yanks say YES to takeover?

Could the Yankees say YES to a takeover -- by Rupert Murdoch?

Blue Jays' blockbuster? Big deal

So the Jays pulled off a blockbuster. Big deal -- the Yanks' needs are unchanged.

Yankees, learn from Mets' Bay move

Yankees, learn from Mets' Bay move. Bombers may be in similiar situation.

Expect Yanks to be mum at meetings

Yankees fans should not be expecting any blockbuster additions this week.

Rivera should retire, for Yanks' sake

Mariano Rivera retiring would actually be the best thing for the Yankees.

Pressure could pop Girardi out of N.Y.

As he enters his walk year, Joe Girardi must avoid being 2013's fall guy.

Face it: A-Rod isn't going anywhere

A-Rod isn't going anywhere, so stop begging, pleading and wishing for it.

Canyon of Zeroes

How would The Boss have reacted to this October's parade of disappointments?

Expect A-Rod back in the Bronx

A-Rod is on an irreversible decline, and the Yankees are likely stuck with him.

Joe's lineup gamble comes up craps

Joe Girardi rolled the dice with his Game 3 lineup, and they came up snake eyes.

Yankees short on mental toughness

Some Yankees actually sound excited to hit the road and head to Detroit.

Jeter injury caps catastrophic night

Jeter's injury elevated a devastating loss into a catastrophic night for the Yanks.

Yankees advance without A-Rod

The Yankees won without A-Rod Friday, and may try again against the Tigers.

Bats, not CC, on hook in Game 5

If you believe CC Sabathia is the key in Game 5, you haven't paid attention.

A-Rod officially joins supporting cast

A-Rod's days as a force for the New York Yankees are officially in the past.

Yankees can't drop A-Rod in lineup

If the Yankees drop A-Rod in the order, history suggests an unhappy ending.

Sabathia gives Yanks a giant boost

CC Sabathia gave the Yankees a win in Game 1, and a big assist in Game 2.

Time for A-Rod to earn his money

For the Yankees to advance, A-Rod must strike fear in pitchers' hearts again.

Ichiro's playoff wish comes true

In two months, Ichiro has gone from loser to winner and a key Yankee cog.

For 17 years, it's been Derek Jeter

Can't recall his predecessors at short? Just another testament to Derek Jeter.

End the debate, Yanks can win No. 28

The way the Yankees are playing, a 28th title looks well within their reach.

Brian Cashman's most difficult year

Brian Cashman's season began with the news of his father's cancer.

Yankees' rally had that October feel

The Yankees' season-saving rally on Sunday had that October feel.

Offense deserts Yankees in Toronto

Losses like Saturday's don't suggest a long postseason run, if they make it.

Russell showing September muscle

Russell Martin's overall numbers are not indicative of the way he is finishing up.

Nova looks like a no-go for October

Ivan Nova's maddening inconsistency is driving Joe Girardi bananas.

Hot bats and CC? A winning recipe

Binders or no, 9 good bats and a healthy helping of CC will win nearly any day.

Tuesday's goat? Blame The Binder

Joe Girardi really had no one to blame but himself for Tuesday night's loss.

Andy Pettitte, in a word? 'Fierce'

The secret to Andy Pettitte's success lives less in his arm than in his head.

Pettitte to the rescue for Yankees?

Andy Pettitte returns Tuesday, and the Yankees' fate could rest on his left arm.

Hughes comes up huge at Fenway

On Thursday, Phil Hughes pitched his best game of the summer.

Derek Jeter injured? Next question!

Derek Jeter hates injuries so much he refuses to acknowledge their existence.

We wouldn't bet on these Bombers

The Bombers simply may not be good enough to win the AL East this season.

Time to turn Boston into Bronx North

Sox fans, willing to sell tickets to Yanks fans, don't care much anymore.

Yanks need mojo workin' for weekend

Impressive showing in Baltimore would smooth Yankees' road to AL East title.

Yankees' free fall hits a new low

Tied in the East, the Yanks aren't pushing the panic button. They're sitting on it.

Robbie a riddle for reeling Yankees

In a puzzling season, no Yankee is tougher to figure out than Robbie Cano.

Broken Bombers need intensive care

Suddenly, a Yanks team that had no soft spots has grown a big flabby midsection.

Yanks exit Cleveland in good spirits

The Yankees were fortunate to depart Cleveland healthy, and with a win.

Kuroda should sue for lack of support

Once again, Hiroki Kuroda was great. And once again, the bats abandoned him.

CC was back in business vs. Indians

For one night at least, all was right with the Yankees, thanks to CC Sabathia.

This year's Yanks flirting with infamy

These Yanks could create the kind of history that no team would want to make.

Girardi echoes Billy Martin after loss

With the Rays closing in, it's more than a pennant race that is tightening up.

Nova's swoon rankles Yanks, Girardi

One of the biggest reasons the Yankees' AL East lead is dwindling? Ivan Nova.

The time to send Joba down is nigh

It's time for the Yankees to let Joba Chamberlain find his way in the minors.

October thunder the key for Swisher

There's no guarantee Friday's hero, Nick Swisher, will be a Yankee next season.

Joba booed off mound in the Bronx

The feel-good portion of Joba Chamberlain's comeback story is over.

Yanks right to observe the Sabathia

It's far better to rest CC Sabathia now than to watch him break down in October.

Is CC's elbow woe the final straw?

It seems no injury can faze these Yanks, not even one to CC Sabathia. Right?

Bombers get major jolt from Joe

Joe Girardi reminded the Yanks that they need to fight for themselves.

For Yanks, W matters most in Motown

A nearly four-hour slopfest in Motown was nothing short of a masterpiece.

Yankees no longer favorites in AL

The slumping Yankees are no longer the favorites in the American League.

Yankees' Nova looks lost on mound

Ivan Nova is starting to look like (gasp) his old buddy A.J. Burnett.

Sabathia's gem outshines reunion

CC and Martin reunited. But it wouldn't have mattered who was catching Friday.

Give the Yanks a piece of your mind

Time to play 'You Be The GM': Are the Yankees built to win when it counts?

Maybe Bobby V was right after all

Could Bobby V. be right? As Tuesday's loss showed, anything can happen.

Tex vs. Padilla is the disdain event

What? The Yankees-BoSox rivalry lacks punch? Don't tell that to Mark Teixeira.

Yanks put muscle behind Tex's hustle

Mark Teixeira's first-inning hustle set stage for Bombers' rout of Boston.

Rivalry? Red Sox haven't earned one

The Yanks and Sawx are no longer rivals. In fact, one of them is a doormat.

A-Rod injury shouldn't hurt Yankees

Alex Rodriguez's absence shouldn't be a major blow for the Yankees to bear.

Yanks may have struck gold in Ichiro

The Yankees gambled on Ichiro Suzuki. But he could offer a huge payoff.

Yanks are lean, mean win machine

Right now, the Yanks are a machine. A hittin', fieldin', pitchin', winnin' machine.

Yanks win with old guard, not Gardy

Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones are filling in quite nicely for injured Brett Gardner.

Yankees have shot at sacking Sawx

A sweep this weekend and maybe the Yankees can be done with the Sawx.

Yanks needed this, and that's no bull

Bombers had, um, better bullpen goat in ending Trop curse before Boston series.

Yanks missing Houdini's magic touch

David Robertson's bag of tricks may be the one thing Yanks can't afford to lose.

Yankees to June: Please don't leave!

June was magical for the Yankees, but repeating in July will be tough.

Girardi botches ninth vs. White Sox

Instead of calling on David Robertson, Girardi's mix-and-match sank Yanks.

Subway fair? No, series is still great

If you're tired of the Subway Series, you're tired of baseball. Period.

Yankees missed out on R.A. Dickey

The Mets' R.A. Dickey is a star now, sure. But he could have been a Yankee.

Acquittal doesn't mean he was clean

I will cast my vote against sending Roger Clemens to Cooperstown.

Quality? Heck, Ivan Nova is vintage

Ivan Nova made like Maddux as the Yankees notched another sweep.

Yankees still have room to improve

Bombers are on a roll. But the scariest part is, they can still get a lot better.

A-Rod neck-and-neck with Iron Horse

Swisher's winner? AL East lead? Sidebars! A-Rod's record-tying slam trumps 'em all.

Streaking Yankees far from their best

The Bombers are winning, this is true. But the bats have still yet to come alive.

Cano's hard work pays off vs. Mets

Robinson Cano's two home runs against the Mets could be a breakthrough.

CC Sabathia isn't pitching like an ace

Ace? CC Sabathia sure isn't pitching like one -- and he knows it.

Andy Pettitte turning back the clock

With five starts in the books, it's clear Andy Pettitte is the Yankees' best starter.

Yanks may not be around in October

After 50 games, the Yanks have shown they may not be playing in October.

Hughes doesn't look suited to start

Phil Hughes sure didn't look like a starting pitcher against the Angels.

Yanks' road trip about to get bumpy

Yanks have taken care of business thus far, but now comes the tricky part.

Slump solution: Don't mess with Tex

Mark Teixeira starting hitting the minute he stopped listening to all the advice.

A-Rod's days of being great are over

It's time to accept that Alex Rodriguez may not be a great player anymore.

Yankees just awful in loss to Royals

The Yankees' lackluster showing means there are moves to be made.

Andy Pettitte turns back the clock

The Yankees' rotation is not just different with Andy Pettitte in it. It is better.

Fortune finally shines on Soriano

For now, Rafael Soriano is finally free of the purgatory of middle relief.

Bombers get by in Baltimore -- barely

Joe Girardi had a name for his Yankees on Monday night: "The MASH unit."

Ibanez, Yankees slay King Felix

Raul Ibanez is starting to look like exactly what the Yankees were hoping for.

Yankee optimism? Robbie's a reason

The Bombers got Robbie Cano back, and that's reason to be encouraged.

Mr. Robertson's new neighborhood

When D-Rob got the call Friday, he knew there was no mo' Mo to back him up.

No mo' Mariano? Don't bet on it

Would anyone be shocked if Mo has enough fight left to give it one more shot?

Kuroda makes big adjustment vs. O's

The Russell Martin-Hiroki Kuroda combo got it right against the Orioles.

Yanks' rotation suddenly a weakness

The Yankees' rotation was supposed to be a strength -- not anymore.

Why isn't Yu Darvish a Yankee?!

So remind me, why isn't Rangers sensation Yu Darvish a Yankee?!

Derek Jeter blazing new ground

Derek Jeter is off to the hottest start of his career, and here's the reason.

Yankees' fireworks blow your minds

After perfect comeback, it's easy to forget why the Yanks had to rally at all.

Yankees spoil Boston's big day

The Yankees turned a celebration of Fenway Park into a nightmare for Boston.

Another milestone for Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez hit another milestone home run -- but it's hard to celebrate it.

Baseball, boxing and father-son bond

Miss the Yankees' home opener? My father wouldn't have tolerated that.

Yankees checked out early vs. Rays

The Yankees didn't look like the team to beat vs. the Rays. They just looked beat.

Girardi has Yankees in early hole

Joe Girardi has made some questionable decisions in the Yankees' two losses.

Yankees-Rays has postseason feel

The Yanks' opener in Tampa continues rivalry that may outshine Bombers-Sox.

On Sabathia's menu? Comfort food

The Yankees will have plenty of drama. CC Sabathia can bring the calm.

Is Ivan Nova this year's Phil Hughes?

Spring training can mean nothing -- or it can forebode disaster for Ivan Nova.

Five big questions for the Bombers

The Yankees face five key questions at the start of the 2012 season.

NY deserved freedom from rainouts

Ballpark envy in Miami: New York deserved freedom from rain delays, too.

It's too early to bail on Michael Pineda

Conveniently-timed injury? Maybe. But Michael Pineda isn't damaged goods.

Is it time yet for panic over Pineda?

On Friday night, the Yankees went from Camp Calm to Camp Calamity.

We'll never see another Bert Sugar

One thing is for sure -- we'll never see another Bert Sugar again.

Will Rivera feel same pull as Pettitte?

Andy was sure of his decision to retire, until he wasn't. Will Mo know when to go?

Cue the call for Yu? Not quite

Yu looked good, but let's not overreact to Hiroki Kuroda's debut just yet.

Time is now for Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes could find himself sitting in the 'pen -- or in someone else's dugout.

Three things we learned about Pineda

Michael Pineda took the mound as a Yankee! So, what did we learn?

Baby Boss breaking Bombers' old mold

Clearly, some things are going to change now that the Bombers are cutting payroll.

Bobby V's got Bombers on the brain

Bobby V seems more obsessed with the Yankees than Ahab was with the whale.

Joba-Palooza II may be perfect for Yanks

Joba Chamberlain's return from surgery will come at right time for Yankees.

Mark Teixeira shifting his perspective

The Shift has caused a shift in Mark Teixeira's thinking at the plate.

Be four-warned: A-Rod should bat third

It'd make sense to put Cano in A-Rod's cleanup spot. Too bad it won't happen.

Jeter may be more like Ali than he thinks

Derek Jeter, Muhammad Ali may wind up having more in common than greatness.

A.J.'s absence puts spotlight on Hughes

Phil Hughes has replaced A.J. Burnett as the most puzzling pitcher in Yanks camp.

No Mo? Then you gotta go to So

If Mo retires, Rafael Soriano isn't the best man for the job -- he's the only man.

True to form, Mo not seeking spotlight

Mo sounds like a guy who wants to do his job one more time, and then go home.

For CC Sabathia, less equals more

CC Sabathia showed up to camp lighter, because his employers asked him to.

Enigmatic A.J. was worth every penny

On one October night, A.J. Burnett was worth every penny the Yankees paid him.

Will 2012 Yankees really be Bombers?

Is the Yankees' high-priced offense really as fearsome as it is reputed to be?

Jorge to Hall? Right now, my vote is yes

On the day of his retirement, Jorge Posada looks like a Hall of Famer to me.

Brian Cashman's riskiest move yet

If Jesus Montero is as good as advertised, then Michael Pineda better be, too.

On Friday the 13th, Yankees come alive

On Friday the 13th, Brian Cashman and the Yankees rose from the dead.

Derek Jeter embodies MLK's dream

Derek Jeter is a symbol of the America Martin Luther King hoped to live in.

Posada picks right time to say goodbye

Jorge Posada could not have picked a better time to call it a career.

Friends, Cashman & Valentine, now foes

Brian Cashman is not looking forward to seeing Bobby V in the Red Sox's dugout.

Yanks' winter whirling around Darvish

Yu Darvish was great in Japan. He'd be expensive in New York. Is he worth it?

Cash: 'We're not going to be desperate'

Brian Cashman's planning a conservative approach with this free-agent class.

Joe Frazier left it all on the canvas

I was lucky enough to know Joe Frazier -- a Philly fighter, but a New York legend.

Cashman saying a whole lot of nothing

Brian Cashman had few concrete answers on Tuesday -- and no clear vision.

CC's back but Yankees still need more

CC Sabathia's signing only helps Yanks stand pat in 2012, not move ahead.

Tune in to the C.J and Albert Show

Yanks fans should tune into World Series to scout C.J. Wilson and ... Albert Pujols?

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees Albatross

By Yankees' standards, A-Rod has failed a lot more times than he's succeeded.

Twelve steps to rebuilding the Bombers

The Yankees have work to do if they hope to improve on a disappointing 2011.

Don't blame Joe Girardi for this failure

Joe Girardi did all he could, but in the end some of his best players let him down.

A.J. comes up big for Yankees

The Yankees needed A.J. to get them into Thursday; he didn't let them down.

Burden on bats -- not A.J. -- in Game 4

The ball is in A.J. Burnett's hand, but the burden is on the hitters' shoulders.

Playoff monkey on A-Rod's back again

Two years after 2009 run, A-Rod's playoff struggles have reappeared.

Never-nervous Nova reigns in Game 1

Ivan Nova rattled the Tigers, eliminated fear over Friday fiasco's effect on ALDS.

Forecast: Rain with a chance of A.J.

Game 1 washout means Yankees need fourth starter, which likely equals A.J.

This is how you tame the Tigers

Five keys will go a long way in deciding if the Yankees will survive the ALDS.

Rays could come back to bite Bombers

In ridding themselves of Sox's menace, the Yanks may have created a monster.

Yanks eager for the real games to start

Wednesday's starter? Who cares! The Yankees have only the playoffs in mind.

Joe Girardi has decisions to make

Rotation, catcher, opponent? Joe Girardi has plenty to evaluate in four days' time.

No robbin' young bat-man of roster spot

Jesus Montero again showed why he deserves postseason at-bats for Yankees.

Time is now to bury the Red Sox

If Joe Girardi's Yankees truly hate the Red Sox, they'll bury 'em this weekend.

Yankees take an unscheduled off day

The Yankees are tired -- tired of playing the game. Ain't it a crying shame?

Save No. 602 cements Mo as No. 1

Mariano Rivera has cemented his claim as the Greatest Yankee of His Era.

Excited over 601? You don't know Mo

You expected Rivera to get excited over save No. 601? You don't know Mo.

Could Sabathia be running out of gas?

CC Sabathia has been ordinary since early August, which could spell trouble.

No more defending Eduardo Nunez

There's no defending Yankees backup infielder Eduardo Nunez's defense.

Burnett, Yankees not so bad after all

For a day, rumors of the Yanks' and A.J. Burnett's demise appeared exaggerated.

Pitching remains Yanks Achilles' Heel

The Yankees can't top Boston without solid starting pitching.

Cervelli's antics reignite Yanks-Sox feud

Francisco Cervelli's energy was a positive in the Yankees' win over the Red Sox.

Yanks stepping up without Jeter, A-Rod

It's business as usual for the Yankees without Derek Jeter and A-Rod.

Colon, Nova big winners in drive for five

In the drive for five rotation spots, Colon and Nova are the Yankees' big winners.

Burnett's 'funk' continues to hurt Yanks

A.J. Burnett is hurting the team with his struggles on the mound.

Pettitte: 'I don't think I'll ever play again'

Pettitte's Yank career looks to be a book whose final chapter has been written.

Time to make the call on Nova-Burnett

If Yanks' decisions are based on merit, then Ivan Nova's spot should be secure.

Girardi must hold Burnett accountable

It's high time Joe Girardi held A.J. Burnett accountable for his behavior.

Hughes hits stride as Yanks hit stretch

Friday, Phil Hughes might have pitched himself back into the rotation for good.

Yanks ready to welcome A-Rod back

A-Rod's return will make the Yankees' offense even more potent.

Bartolo Colon running out of steam

Bartolo Colon's gone from curiosity to mainstay, but can he go the distance?

Ivan Nova gets pass despite bad outing

Despite his rough outing, Ivan Nova won't receive A.J. Burnett criticism.

A.J.'s win was a long time coming

Much has changed between A.J. Burnett's last two wins in August.

How much longer can Mo be automatic?

Three consecutive games of imperfect humanity? Say it ain't so, Mo!

Crumbling core comes to fore at Fenway

The Yanks lost a series that, in the past, they almost surely would have won.

Posada benching hastens end of an era

Will Jorge Posada, a major part of the Yanks since 1997, last out the season?

CC's struggles a recurring issue

CC needs to figure it out against the Red Sox between now and October.

Yankees strike first after season reset

Friday night was like Opening Day all over again for the Yankees and Red Sox.

Nova gives Joe something to sleep on

By keeping it simple, Ivan Nova made things very complicated for the Yanks.

Paycheck, not performance, saves A.J.

Hughes, Nova pitch their hearts out to win a job Burnett can't seem to lose.

Phil feels the heat -- then throws it

In just six innings, Phil Hughes-less changed back into Philth Hughes.

Problem solved: Pitch CC every night

The solution to the Yankees' starting pitching woes is a one-man rotation.

Yankees fall again to an underdog arm

Once again, the Yankees bats were silenced by an underdog arm.

Loss opens door for 'QB' controversy

Could Phil Hughes' loss to the woeful Mariners mean the return of Ivan Nova?

Houdini's act puts polish on CC's gem

There were two exceptional pitching performances Tuesday at the Stadium.

How soon is too soon to go to Mo?

This isn't the stretch run. Yet there was Mo Rivera, 41, making a four-out save.

Yanks lack of offense continues to show

The Yankees need another bat for their struggling offense.

Grandy's revival continues for Yanks

Curtis Granderson continues to be the real deal for the Yankees.

Time for Joe to move Jeter to two-hole

The time is now for Brett Gardner to take over as the Yankees' leadoff hitter.

Yankees let one get away in Tampa

After stealing a win against the Rays on Tuesday, the Yanks gave it right back.

Gardner stands tall as Yankees rally

Gardner plays huge role as Yankees earn key come-from-behind win.

Jeter provides another magical moment

Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, and his 5-for-5 game, will become part of Yankees lore.

Money drives Yanks-Rays rainout drama

The Yankees' front office, not the Rays, is to blame for rainout drama.

Fans only ones enjoying Jeter's chase

Cap's quest for 3,000 is seen as a chore in most circles -- just not in the stands.

Hughes' quest more vital than DJ's 3K

Derek Jeter and Phil Hughes are each on a quest. The latter's may be more vital.

Jeter to play on Wednesday? Fat chance

Don't expect Derek Jeter to continue his quest for 3K in Cleveland. Trust me.

With Rivera out, Yankees' pen thrown

The Yankees missed Mariano Rivera in a big way for Game 1 in Cleveland.

A-Rod back on center stage in Flushing

Alex Rodriguez made waves before, during, after Subway Series opener.

Battery powers A.J.'s re-June-enation

Russell Martin and A.J. Burnett have been indispensable to each other so far.

These Bombers look better than anyone*

The Yankees are the best team I've seen all year. With the exception of one.

At last, positive headlines for Posada

Jorge Posada finally gave fans a reason to look at him with admiration again.

Gardner, Swisher will topple from top

Yankees' effective, two-headed leadoff man will have to step aside when Jeter returns.

Girardi nearly ruined Nova's night

The Yankees machine wasn't broke, so why did Girardi try to fix it?

This time, Swisher all smiles in Chicago

A former White Sox, Nick Swisher conquered his Chicago demons Sunday.

A-Rod's aches could prove hurtful

Alex Rodriguez's injury is out. But how much will it hinder the Bombers down the road?

Russell Martin proves he's no pushover

Russell Martin proved he's no pushover against the Cubs at Wrigley.

Davis' offspeed repertoire baffles Yanks

Cubs pitcher Doug Davis baffled the Yankees' hitters at Wrigley.

Life without Derek Jeter, a preview

Without Derek Jeter, the Yankees will rely on youngsters -- proceed with caution.

Girardi shows rare emotion in Yanks win

Joe Girardi finally reached his breaking point, tired of seeing his players plunked.

Jam session ends road trip on high note

On a day when Mark Teixeira hit two home runs, the pitchers led the way.

Road trip from hell could prove heavenly

What looked to be a tragic West Coast swing is on the verge of triumph.

Impatient Yankees go down swinging

Derek Jeter set the tone early against Jered Weaver. Why'd the Yanks change?

A-Rod is left to deal with Yuri fury

Fair or not, A-Rod should've known his cousin's presence would raise eyebrows.

Could you pick Curtis out of a crowd?

As a top-hitting CF, Curtis Granderson better get used to getting noticed.

Grandy 'overrated'? Maybe next year

Yankees' Curtis Granderson is making quite a name for himself at the plate.

Colon still thumbing nose at Father Time

Bartolo's works of art aren't surprising anymore. But how long will they last?

Jones' play could spell doom for Posada

Andruw Jones' emergence could spell doom for Jorge Posada in lineup.

Groundhog Day in Seattle

The Yankees experienced déjà vu all over again in Seattle.

Yankees won't underestimate King Felix

The Yankees' best bats refuse to underestimate Felix Hernandez.

Joe's handling of 'pen not so mighty

Joe Girardi's rigid bullpen regimen marched Yankees to defeat in Seattle.

Bombers win with small ball, for change

The Yankees won the Subway Series in unusual fashion, with bloops and bunts.

Behold, the Yankees jugger ... NOT

The Yankees' offense is feast or famine. On Friday, there was nary a morsel.

Whew! The Yankees needed that one

A-Rod's Yanks did some great things Tuesday, like finally getting a win.

Yankees left searching for answers

Through five, Bombers looked poised to break out. Instead, they broke down.

Posada drama? Ain't seen nothin' yet

Posada drama is nothing compared to what's next for big-spending Yankees.

Yankees are scary bad these days

Yankees? They're just not a good team right now, not in any aspect of the game.

Cap'n gets his crunch back in Texas

The Captain washed up? Derek Jeter erased the doubts, at least for one day.

Small issues adding up for Yankees

The pitching staff was the latest of problems for the Yankees.

Nova making positive strides for Yanks

Ivan Nova is making tremendous strides for the New York Yankees.

A-Rod auditions for next captain role

Has A-Rod tossed his cap into the race to become the Yankees' next captain?

It's good times, bad times for Yanks' O

Led Zeppelin had a song that describes the Yankees: Dazed and Confused.

Jeter shows signs of life at the plate

Perhaps things are finally beginning to turn around for Derek Jeter this season.

Bart taking bruise out of Hughes news

The Yanks haven't found a cure for Phil Hughes. They may have a replacement.

You'd better get used to this Derek Jeter

Leading the league in infield hits may be the only category Derek Jeter has left.

Swisher smiling again after going yard

Nick Swisher's home run Thursday was vital, if only for his mental health.

Bartolo Colon, best pitcher on Yankees?

Believe it or not, Bartolo Colon is the best pitcher on the Yankees right now.

Yanks' high-powered offense a no-show

The Yankees' high-powered offense is coming up short.

Hughes shut down, Yankees shut out

There is no way to tell how well the Yanks will weather the loss of Phil Hughes.

Curtis restoring grand tradition in CF

Curtis Granderson isn't Joe D or Mickey, but he's primed to make a mark in CF.

New beginning, same ol' Bartolo

The only Yankee surprised by Bartolo Colon's first start was Bartolo Colon.

A Rivera blown save is still a shocker

Mariano Rivera blew a save on Tuesday, still stunning after all of these years.

Mystique, aura or a mirage at Stadium?

One must wonder how much about the Yankees is real and how much illusion.

Yankees' new trio embraces the Bronx

Eric Chavez, Russell Martin and Rafael Soriano are right at home in the Bronx.

It's April, so A.J. must be A-OK

Thanks to A.J. Burnett's support system, his annual April success might continue.

Hey Cash, you want Soriano now?

Cash's guys, Feliciano and Ayala, are out. Think he doesn't want Soriano now?

Forecast calls for heated AL East race

Sorry Sox, Yanks: Nobody is running away with the AL East this season.

Posada's struggles could spell change

Jorge Posada's struggles at DH could pose a problem for the Yankees.

Make room, 'cause here comes Chavez

Eric Chavez, who won't get much time at first or third, could create DH dilemma.

For Phil, heat is on when heat is gone

For Yankees' No. 3 starter Phil Hughes, the heat is on when the heat is gone.

Joey Looseleafs wound tight ... in April?

An agitated Joe Girardi was in late-season form with reporters on Wednesday.

Soriano walks Twins, steps out on team

How did Rafael Soriano feel about his meltdown? He didn't stick around to say.

Different year, new Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova gave the Yankees just what they needed Monday. That was a first.

Grandy Man proves himself fit in opener

Curtis Granderson erased any doubt concerning his injury on Opening Day.

Yankees' top 5 questions for 2011

The Yanks enter '11 with plenty of attributes but a few nagging questions, too.

My top 3 Yanks? Ruth, Gehrig, Rivera

Rivera has dominated his position more than any Yank besides Ruth or Gehrig.

Girardi: 'I feel good about this team'

Joe Girardi admits questions at end of 2010 took a toll but is optimistic for '11.

Can't-miss Montero can't catch on

This year, can't-miss catcher Jesus Montero will play every day. In Scranton.

For A-Rod, the cage sets the stage

Alex Rodriguez wants you to pay attention to the man behind the curtain.

Stuck in the middle with you, Freddy

Yanks went with average Freddy Garcia over potentially excellent Bartolo Colon.

Get off the bus, Gustavo Molina

The Yankees might make Gustavo Molina -- Gustavo Molina? -- the backup catcher.

Show some guts, Yanks -- and start Bart

If Bartolo Colon isn't the No. 5, the Yanks will be gutless in more ways than one.

Colon delivering heavyweight knockout

You almost expect Bartolo Colon to peel off the fat suit and reveal a body of steel.

A-Rod's marvelous, meaningless March

A-Rod knows that in baseball, they don't name candy bars after Mr. March.

A.J. as No. 2 is better than alternative

Having A.J. Burnett as the Yankees' No. 2 starter is better than the alternative.

Freddy got dingered; will it cost him?

Giving up a colossal homer was among Freddy Garcia's woes in his latest start.

To Yankees, A.J.'s glass looks half full

The springtime A.J. doesn't allow himself to become rattled. Not yet, anyway.

Lineup switch not worth fallout ... yet

Moving Derek Jeter back to 2-hole shouldn't be in play for the Yanks ... yet.

Ivan Nova earns firm grip on No. 4 spot

After early spring struggles, Ivan Nova sealed his spot in the Yanks' rotation.

No doubt, it's good to be A-Rod again

With Cameron Diaz in the front row, Alex Rodriguez had his best day this spring.

Jorge Vazquez blocked by who's on first

Jorge Vazquez, the Yanks' hottest hitter, probably won't make the big club.

Colon continues improbable comeback

Bartolo Colon is a long shot to make the Yanks, but he continues to impress.

Posada to DH? Not if everyone's on DL

You can never have too many pitchers. Apparently that goes for catchers, too.

Again, Phil Hughes promising change

It's another spring of Joe Girardi asking Phil Hughes to throw changeups.

Nova & Co. show poise, promise in win

Who has pitching problems? The Yanks do, though they showed hope Sunday.

Joba shows progress in Yanks' opener

Joba Chamberlain made a good impression in his debut against the Phils.

Prior: Can't-miss kid to comeback bid

Years ago, he was a can't-miss kid. Now Mark Prior embarks on a comeback bid.

Yankees Confidential: Notes from camp

Reading the tea leaves after the first week of Yankees spring training.

Boy George puts Derek Jeter on notice

George had Dave Winfield to kick around. Now, Boy George has Derek Jeter.

Will Derek Jeter age like a champion?

Over the next few years, we'll learn how Derek Jeter accepts growing older.

Yankees as underdogs? Get over it

Yankees as underdogs? Yeah, they're The Little $200 Million Ballclub That Could.

Big Bartolo brings his weigh game

Bartolo Colon is a long shot to make the team, but he did bring his 'weigh' game.

Rivera's body, work make him special

Mo pitches like a champ because he looks and acts like one. You watching, Joba?

Joba's gut a weighty issue for Yankees

Joba Chamberlain came to camp with a gut that'd make CC Sabathia blush.

Finding it a bit hard to buy into Burnett

It's hard to believe A.J. Burnett when he says his awful 2010 is ancient history.

Hammerin' Hank comes out swingin'

On Day 1 of spring training, it seemed as if The Boss had never left the building.

Absent aces looming large in Tampa

This Yankees camp is defined by players not here more than by those who are.

Can Alex get his groove back in 2011?

Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long believes A-Rod's set for a monster 2011.

Whoa means no for Pettitte's Hall shot

Andy Pettitte has Hall of Fame timing. But credentials? Not so much.

Pettitte's decision reveals bigger issue

Why weren't the Yankees prepared for Andy Pettitte's retirement?

House divided? Doesn't add up to much

The Yanks have survived far worse woes than their front office, ahem, "rift."

Brian Cashman is not going anywhere

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is focused on doing his job well, not leaving it.

Lowering the bar for Joba Chamberlain

There's still time for Joba Chamberlain to save his career -- but not much.

Just a case of Cashman being Cashman

Agenda-driven? No. GM's new comments on Jeter is just Cashman being Cashman.

Kid who eclipsed Mick a Yankee at last

Andruw Jones will put on the pinstripes 15 years after eclipsing Mickey Mantle.

The GM has a right to be wrong

Give Cashman credit for sticking to his guns on Soriano -- even if he's wrong.

Yanks need to let The Captain lead off

Joe Girardi's first move this spring should be to make Derek Jeter his leadoff man.

Yanks suddenly AL East favorites again

The Yankees are the AL East favorites again, after adding Rafael Soriano.

Mariano Rivera saved the Yanks ... again

Mariano Rivera scored his first-ever Winter save in the Bronx.

Clemens reason for Pettitte's pause?

Andy Pettitte can't make a decision, and Roger Clemens could be the reason.

Big Blue isn't the Bombers? Why not?

John Mara says the Giants are not the Yankees. Well, why not?

Have Yanks lost faith in Jesus Montero?

Is the Jesus Montero era still before us? Or has it ended before it even began?

To feed beast, Yanks must make a move

Yankees fans' huge appetite will force Bombers to make a move.

Carl Crawford is no concern for Yanks

It doesn't make a difference to the Yanks where Carl Crawford plays next year.

Angry? Derek Jeter should be ecstatic

Derek Jeter is angry, although what he has to be angry about only he knows.

Derek Jeter comes out a winner again

Derek Jeter made out handsomely with his new deal. What about the Yanks?

Derek Jeter, Yankees will get it done

Derek Jeter and the Yanks will get a deal done -- they simply have no other choice.

Jeter as the villain? It could happen

If Derek Jeter isn't careful, he could make the Yankees the good guys.

Derek Jeter plays the Babe Ruth card

Derek Jeter's agent brought up the Babe. So let's look at what happened to him.

Surprise pick Rothschild makes sense

Yanks' new pitching coach survived Big Z, so, yeah, he's ready for A.J. and Joba.

CC not worthy of King Felix's crown

The Cy Young voters got it right, choosing Felix Hernandez over CC Sabathia.

Rough seas ahead for Captain, Yanks?

A source says the Yankees could play hardball with Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter's price tag just went up

Derek Jeter won his fifth Gold Glove, despite his declining abilities in the field.

Do Yankees really need Carl Crawford?

The Yanks might pass on Carl Crawford for a good reason: They don't need him.

Old man Rivera won't roll along forever

Yanks have no Plan B if Mo Rivera gets hurt or begins his inevitable decline.

Is Kerry Wood gone for good?

Could Kerry Wood return to the Yankees in 2011? It makes a lot of sense.

Joe Girardi has a big challenge ahead

Joe Girardi's new deal is done; now he faces some very difficult tasks ahead.

Andy Pettitte faces toughest choice yet

Andy Pettitte is considering retirement, and the decision has never been tougher.

Sabathia's surgery a cautionary tale

Baseball is littered with tales of pitchers who never lived up to long-term deals.

Yankees fans, you messed up this time

Yankees fans mistreated Cliff Lee's wife, and now it will cost even more to get him.

Brian Cashman is firmly in control

Brian Cashman aims to extract a high price for failure. Remind you of anyone?

Top 10 items on Yanks' winter to-do list

There are 10 key issues the Yankees must resolve between now and 2011.

Joe Girardi sank season in fifth inning

Hey Yankee fans, you can blame this one on Joe Girardi.

A-Rod's invisible and critics are quiet

Now that he has a ring, A-Rod is spared from barbs despite his lack of production.

Hail Kerry, saint of second chances

Kerry Wood, who reinvented himself as a reliever, breathed life into Yanks' season.

It's all gone wrong for these Yankees

For the Yankees this October, everything that can go wrong has.

Series now rests in Burnett's hands

Starting A.J. in non-elimination game is better idea than CC on short rest.

A.J. Burnett was right (only) choice

Starting A.J. in non-elimination game is better idea than CC on short rest.

Girardi has decision to make for Game 4

Joe Girardi has a big decision to make ahead of Game 4.

Yankees get down and dirty in Game 1

The Yankees got down and dirty against the Rangers in Game 1.

Lee's role ranks as series Cliff-hanger

Texas needs to get to Cliff Lee and the Yanks need to stay away from him.

Alex Rodriguez to face boos, Cliff Lee

A-Rod hits Cliff Lee fine. But his struggles vs. other starters may be a problem.

Yanks have no choice but A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett is going to pitch Game 4, because there is no better option.

Don't be deceived by what you perceive

Seriously, in three ALDS games, did the Yanks really go from zeroes to heroes?

Yankees' most valuable isn't a player

Yankees' most valuable isn't a player. Its recently maligned manager Joe Girardi.

Lance Berkman trade finally pays off

Trading for Lance Berkman finally paid off for the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Mark Teixeira shows guts, gets glory

Mark Teixeira was the hero Wednesday, despite his assortment of injuries.

Andy Pettitte is accustomed to this spot

Andy Pettitte has faced the pressure of a playoff Game 2 many times before.

Emotional demotion? Not this time

Dropping Burnett from rotation doesn't have the makings of a Yankees drama.

Can October still belong to Derek Jeter?

Derek Jeter retooled his swing in September, raising hopes for October.

Andy Pettitte the key to Yankees' season

The Yankees' postseason hopes hinge on the left arm of Andy Pettitte.

Yankees cede fate of AL East to Rays

After four of their ugliest hours, the Yankees ceded control to the Rays.

Rain puts damper on race with Rays

The Yanks can't be happy about playing three games over a 21-hour period.

Vazquez comes up small in big spot

If Joe Girardi wants to win the division, why did he pitch Javier Vazquez?

Yankees get October back ... finally

The Yankees ended a two-week nightmare with yet another playoff berth.

Burnett could be on outside looking in

After his latest outing, the Yanks' playoff plans may not include A.J. Burnett.

Yanks don't want East title? It shows

One thing's clear: Whatever Joe Girardi is doing, it better work come October.

Welcome to Girardi's worst nightmare

The Yanks' ace got rocked, leaving many psychodramas to play out -- none good.

Rays rain hits on parade of relievers

After storm drives A.J. Burnett away, the Yankees' bullpen drives crowd crazy.

And that's the AL East race, folks

It felt like more than one game. It felt like the Yanks had just sewn up the East.

Captain can still be monumental in 2010

By The Boss' standards, 2010 can still turn out to be a success for Derek Jeter.

Skipper ruins Andy Pettitte's return

Joe Girardi tried everything, and it all failed; at least Andy Pettitte's back.

Big CC adds another notch to his belt

In his 10 years, CC Sabathia seems to have done everything a pitcher can do.

A-Rod backs up black-eyed Burnett

A.J. Burnett got hit hard again. This time, it apparently wasn't with a baseball bat.

Derek Jeter shows he's flawed after all

For one split-second Wednesday night, Derek Jeter showed he was human.

Swisher's HR caps eventful day in Bronx

Nick Swisher's walk-off homer capped an eventful day in the Bronx.

Mighty CC finally strikes out at Stadium

This $200 million juggernaut will only go as far as CC Sabathia takes it.

Yanks need Sabathia to be selfish

CC needs to get to 20 wins, and beyond, for the Yanks to achieve October glory.

Girardi's quick hook shook Vazquez

Javy Vazquez showed his disappointment after being pulled in fifth with the lead.

A-Rod and the secret agent can

Why did A-Rod split with Boras? Sources say Hollywood types are ready to step in.

CC Sabathia's arm does all the talking

CC Sabathia told Dallas Braden to get off his mound without starting an argument.

A.J. Burnett gets it together ... for now

Yankees' struggling starter A.J. Burnett finally got his act together ... for now.

When Cubs talk, Girardi should listen

Yanks manager Joe Girardi would be nuts not to listen when the Cubs come calling.

Brett Gardner, not Jeter, should lead off

Brett Gardner is the Yankees' best leadoff hitter. So who's going to tell Derek Jeter?

Hello? What were A-Rod, Buck thinking?

Painful exchange of pleasantries is serious if A-Rod misses rest of series.

Yanks need Jorge -- if he's up to it

The Yankees need less of Cervelli and Berkman, and a whole lot more of Jorge.

Not too late to honor George in Hall

Two wrongs make an egregious slight if Hall of Fame can't even induct Steinbrenner posthumously.

Steinbrenner was game's biggest star

Baseball celebrates its stars Tuesday, none of whom is bigger than The Boss.

The Boss belongs in Cooperstown

It's time to clear wall space for George Steinbrenner's plaque in Cooperstown.

A-Rod shows more class than Torre

On Sunday in L.A., Alex Rodriguez was a bigger man than Joe Torre.

Question for Girardi: Why no Mo?

Joe Girardi should've gone with Mariano, not Joba, in ninth against the Phils.

At 37, Pettitte not finished yet

Andy Pettitte, 5-0, turned back the clock against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Yankees split despite great starts

A day to remember for Vazquez and Hughes. The rest of the Yankees? Nope.

A dish best served in Detroit

Ex-Yank Johnny Damon got a small measure of revenge Monday in Detroit.

Does Burnett have a Fenway phobia?

Does A.J. Burnett have a Fenway phobia? He says no, no, no; the results say yes.

Duck! More hits for banged-up Bombers

The Yankees on Friday resembled ducks at the wrong end of a shooting gallery.

Who will be The Rivalry's next victim?

Chances are, this Yankees-Red Sox series will eat up somebody.

It's open Mike night when Tyson talks

In baring his soul for an interview, Mike Tyson shows why he's still must-see TV.

Javy's had it here, and that's no bull

Yankee Stadium is too hostile a work environment for the scuffling Vazquez.

Jeter enjoys his day in the minors

While the big club was away, Derek Jeter soaked up some at-bats in AAA.

Cervelli lands first blow in backstop battle

Francisco Cervelli landed the first blow in the Yanks' catcher battle Saturday.

Blame bats, again, as Yanks drop Game 2

The time for timely hits is running out in the Yankees' battle with the Birds.

Mark Teixeira leaves with bruised thumb

Mark Teixeira left U.S. Cellular Field with a thick wrapping around his right hand.

Yankees' midseason report card

Grading the Bronx Bombers at the halfway point of the season.

Yankees' Top 5 Stories of 2010

The death of George Steinbrenner heads the Yankees' top five stories of 2010.

Nova doesn't know what pressure is

Ivan Nova is staying cool in the August heat -- and in the AL East race.

CC succeeds where others would fail

What if any pitcher on the Yankees staff other than CC had started Saturday?

Yanks' hopes hinge on Pettitte's return

A.J. Burnett's friday flop throws Yankees' No. 2 rotation spot up in the air.

Phil's innings limit self-imposed in loss

Wednesday night, nothing added up, for Phil Hughes or the Yankees.

Don't let this Toronto laugher fool you

It's easy to overlook the hard facts about what lies ahead for the Yankees.

Ivan Nova deserves another start

Yankees rookie Ivan Nova was impressive in his first big-league start.

Can Yanks weather Pettitte's setback?

CC not withstanding, the Yanks' rotation looks shaky without Andy Pettitte.

Yanks' captain can't stop seeing double

Derek Jeter has added a new signature play to his repertoire: the double play.

Joe Girardi angry at listless Yankees

With another quick and dirty getaway, the Yankees annoyed Joe Girardi.

A-Rod hits three a mile, ends his denial

After 1,300 feet worth of homers, A-Rod admits his power outage was frustrating.

KC and the sunshine? Banned

The Yanks and Royals get together and, surprise, spend three hours in delays.

CC Sabathia plows toward 20

CC Sabathia is closing in on 20 victories for the first time in his career.

Hey, Cliff Lee: Can't beat 'em? Join 'em

By refusing to lose to him, the Yanks made a perfect pitch to Cliff Lee.

Before he joins 'em, Yanks need to win

Before he joins 'em, the Yanks gotta find a way to beat Cliff Lee.

Posada's shoulder is heart of the matter

Plenty to fret about after Yanks' loss, but Jorge Posada's sore shoulder tops list.

Moseley is no overnight sensation

Don't be fooled: Yankees starter Dustin Moseley is no overnight sensation.

Girardi: Yanks have catching rotation

The Yanks have two rotations. One for their pitchers, another for their catchers.

Joe Girardi has a very bad day vs. Rays

Joe Girardi sent out a strange lineup on Sunday, and it cost him dearly.

Robby rises to occasion against Rays

Robinson Cano has developed from a potential great into an everyday great.

Berkman's Bronx wish finally granted

Lance Berkman's arrival was the culmination of a nearly four-year journey.

A-Rod's air ball lets Rays off hook

Even on a night when it's not all about A-Rod, it winds up being all about A-Rod.

Yanks yuk it up ahead of serious series

Yes, it's all good fun until somebody loses an eye, or the lead in the AL East.

A-Rod leaves fans cold, Jersey happy

Alex Rodriguez is grounded, like a wayward teenager under house arrest.

A-Rod turns 35, can't turn away Tribe

All things considered, Alex Rodriguez could have had a worse birthday.

Changing of the guard in Yanks bullpen

It appears Joba Chamberlain has lost his eighth-inning job in the Yankees' bullpen.

Posada grabs his own slice of history

They came to see A-Rod's 600th home run, but got Posada's 1,000th RBI.

A-Rod makes K.C. series a must-see

To the list of assertions that begin, "Only Alex Rodriguez ... " add a couple more.

Rookie Curtis shows veteran mettle

Yanks' rookie Colin Curtis knows a little bit about hitting from behind in the count.

Hughes suffering from lack of command

Phil Hughes' command issues have surfaced at the wrong time for the Yanks.

Cashman says there's no Plan B -- yet

With Andy Pettitte out, Yankees fans will demand a deal for another starter.

You gotta really hand it to Burnett

You gotta really hand it to Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett after Saturday's costly tantrum.

Jackson at a loss without The Boss

Reggie and George: For the first time in decades, you have one without the other.

The Yankees pull out win for The Boss

The Yankees pulled one out for The Boss in a glorious way in the Bronx.

New Boss isn't same as the old Boss

The Yankees will still spend and win, but Hal Steinbrenner won't be George 2.0.

Yankees' midseason report card

How do you grade the Yankees? Wallace Matthews takes a stab.

Bob Sheppard was one of a kind

The Yankees lost Bob Sheppard on Sunday; in truth, we all lost.

Yankees finish first half on a good note

2010 has been more of a struggle, but Yanks are still ahead of last year's pace.

Cure for Yankees' bats is eleven-sent

Opportunity knocks, Bombers finally answer -- all at once -- in third-inning outburst.

Burnett gives fans reason to cheer

On a day when a lot didn't change for the Yankees, one very important thing did.

Walk-off or no, A-Rod comes up swingin'

A game-winning homer in the eighth inning is just as big as one in the ninth.

No pie, just sky-high joy for Yankees

The Yankees will surely pass Cloud 9 on way home after comeback win in LA.

A.J. ineptitude is situation, not a crisis

A.J. Burnett's historically bad June is just a speed bump for baseball's best team.

A-Rod steals show from both Joes

Long before his decisive HR, A-Rod made sure this L.A. weekend is about him.

Torre, Yanks split came at right time

Joe Torre and the Yankees are better off without one another.

Rivera vulnerable? Better think again

We only remember his failures -- which, for Mariano Rivera, don't come often.

A-Rod not a home run hitter? We'll see

Alex Rodriguez says he's not a home run hitter. Too bad, because he needs to be.

Eiland of one: A.J. needs coaching

A.J. Burnett has taken a bad turn since pitching coach Dave Eiland's departure.

Slumping Yanks continue hit charade

Mets throw shutout as Yankees' bats get even colder on interleague homestand.

A-Rod exercises caution on basepaths

A-Rod says he was playing it safe, not in pain, during ninth inning.

A.J. still dogged by consistency issues

What's A.J. Burnett's most consistent trait? His inconsistency, of course.

Sabathia heating up in June once again

CC Sabathia won the Yanks-Phils pitching duel, and appears to be getting hot.

Life as full-time DH? Posada will pass

Posada is more excited about his pending return to catcher than his grand slam.

A-Rod and Andy a tale of two Yankees

There couldn't be two men more different than Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod's numbers, early exit troubling

It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that A-Rod's numbers are down.

Sabathia beats up on Baltimore again

CC Sabathia won't have the O's to kick around again until Labor Day weekend.

Tex finally breaks out -- but will it last?

Check his baseball card. Mark Teixeira will be just fine ... he hopes.

Cotto wins battle of wounded knee

Cotto wins battle of wounded knee on bizarre fight night at Yankee Stadium.

One era begins and another ends

Yuri Foreman's size, speed will be too much for past-his-prime Miguel Cotto.

Don't ya know? Cano thriving at No. 5

Robinson Cano won't make you forget Joe DiMaggio. Hideki Matsui? Absolutely.

The Grandy Man belongs up top

Curtis Granderson is suddenly hitting lefties and should remain in the 2-hole.

Teixeira takes huge home run in stride

Mark Teixeira insists he's not worried about his start, and hits a huge home run.

Stadium holds breath as Huff beaned

The hearts of 46,000 people leaped into 46,000 throats after David Huff was hit.

Wilting Chamberlain doesn't stand tall

After again providing no relief, Joba is just 'eighth-inning guy' to his skipper.

Yanks trounce Tribe to begin beatdowns

If there was ever a time for the Yankees to wax some stiffs, this is that time.

Foreman preps for Yankee Stadium bout

Yuri Foreman is looking forward to his upcoming bout at Yankee Stadium.

It's like April all over again for Teixeira

Struggling Mark Teixeira isn't sure if more work is the problem or the solution.

Javy's fastball, finger show movement

There was nothing for Javier Vazquez to feel bad about Friday night.

Hurtin' Yankees running out of options

Yanks are spending nearly the equivalent of their payroll on tape and iodine.

Bombers bumbling into battle with Rays

The Yankees appear less than ready for their showdown with the Rays.

Vazquez an unlikely hero for Yankees

Javier Vazquez came out of the bullpen against Boston, and became a hero.

What Bombers? Bats fall asleep on road

Maybe another rainout wouldn't have been a such a bad thing after all.

Rain, pain wreak havoc on Yankees

The Yankees didn't lose a game Tuesday night, only another player.

Ending slump serious business for Tex

Levity preceded Teixeira's third homer, but his at-bat was serious business.

Injury bug biting senior Bombers

Joe Girardi must balance when to play, when to sit aging Yankees roster.

Yankees win on a weird day in Bronx

The Yankees won another series this weekend, but not all is right with team.