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SEATTLE -- The New York Yankees won a series for the first time in six weeks when Aroldis Chapman struck out Ben Gamel with a runner on to preserve a 6-4 victory over Seattle on Sunday, their third win in four games against the Mariners this weekend.

The Yankees had been 0-8-2 in series since sweeping Baltimore on June 9-11. New York had lost 13 straight games with a chance to win a series.

After Seattle overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run fourth inning against Caleb Smith, Brett Gardner hit a tying, bases-loaded single in the sixth and Clint Frazier followed with a two-run double off former Yankee James Pazos (2-3).

Didi Gregorius had his first career multihomer game with solo shots in the second and fourth innings for New York, both on 0-1 pitches from Yovani Gallardo. Gregorius has 14 home runs.

Gardner opened the game with his 17th home run.


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Clint Frazier smacks a double down the left field line, bringing in two runs to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead over the Mariners.
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Didi Gregorius makes Yovani Gallardo pay twice for throwing in his hot zone as he smacks two solo home runs, one in the second inning and the other in the fourth.

SEATTLE -- Rob Refsnyder was traded from the New York Yankees to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for first baseman Ryan McBroom.

Designated for assignment on Wednesday, the 26-year-old Refsnyder appeared in 94 games over three seasons with the Yankees, hitting .241 with two home runs and 17 RBI. He played first base, second base, left field and right field.

McBroom, 25, hit .243 with 19 doubles, 12 homers and 54 RBI this year at Double-A New Hampshire. He was assigned to Double-A Trenton.

New York also put second baseman Starlin Castro back on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, a move retroactive to Saturday, and recalled infielder-outfielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

First baseman Ji-Man Choi, who also was designated for assignment Wednesday, was sent outright to the RailRiders.


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Jacoby EllsburyCharles LeClaire/USA Today SportsJacoby Ellsbury has dropped out of the everyday lineup, but could the Yankees find a taker for the remainder of his contract?

Jacoby Ellsbury is about halfway through the seven-year, $153 million contract he signed before the 2014 season, and he has lost his spot in the everyday lineup of the New York Yankees. This is why in the days leading up to the trade deadline and beyond, if necessary, it would make sense for the Yankees to explore ways to move the veteran outfielder, including a possible swap for another team's bad contract.

Ellsbury, who turns 34 in September, is batting .249 with a .324 on-base percentage, eight doubles and four homers in 224 plate appearances. The Yankees have a glut of outfielders now that Clint Frazier has established himself in a group that already includes MVP candidate Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner, with Aaron Hicks due back soon from the disabled list.

Under the terms of Ellsbury's deal, he is owed $21.2 million this year and for each of the next three years, with a buyout of $5 million on an option for 2021 -- a total of approximately $77 million. So the challenge for the Yankees could be in trying to identify clubs with expensive players in similar situations, and to find a landing spot for which Ellsbury would waive his no-trade clause. The Yankees' leverage is the lineup card: If Ellsbury wants to play regularly, he might need to go elsewhere.

What follows is a list of players among those who might fit into an Ellsbury trade with the Yankees -- and to be clear, the names below are rooted only in speculation:

Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants: He has 5.05 ERA in 128S innings this year, and is owed $59.4 million for the next three years. In theory, the Yankees could add a prospect and make the finances work for the Giants, in return for a fly ball pitcher who might struggle in Yankee Stadium but might be more functional on the roster than Ellsbury, who is without a spot right now.


Johnny Cueto, Giants: Cueto signed a six-year, $130 million deal before the 2016 season and can opt out of his deal after this year, but he has a 4.59 ERA in 19 starts -- and he and the Giants might be stuck with each other as a result. If San Francisco looked to shave some payroll obligations, it could make some sense for the Giants to take on the lesser Ellsbury deal.


Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit Tigers: He is 6-8 with a 5.81 ERA in 19 starts, and is owed about $81 million for the rest of this season and the next three years. The Yankees' level of interest might depend on how much more functional they envision Zimmermann would be on their roster.


Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins: Stanton is owed about $300 million through the 2027 season, a deal that makes him almost untradable. If Miami's ownership became desperate to unload some of its debt, the Yankees could ask that the Marlins take back Ellsbury and at least some of his salary under the terms of any deal.


Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: He is owed $24 million annually through the 2023 season. If Seattle ever wanted to shed some salary, the two sides could find some middle ground for Ellsbury, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest.


Justin Verlander, Tigers: He is owed about $68 million for the rest of this year and for the next two seasons, and a lot of teams find Verlander's contract to be outsized. The Yankees could ask the Tigers to take on Ellsbury and at least a portion of his deal to help make the finances work for them.

If the Yankees cannot find an Ellsbury deal before the July 31 deadline, they undoubtedly would be able to continue the conversations into August, when Ellsbury would clear waivers without being claimed -- because no team would take on his contract without an adjustment -- or into the offseason.

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Houston Astros slugger Jose Altuve reflects on his time with fellow American Leaguer Aaron Judge during All-Star weekend.
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Knotted at 5-5 in the 10th inning, Nelson Cruz scores Ben Gamel on a single to left to give the Mariners a 6-5 win over the Yankees.
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SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz hit a winning single off Adam Warren in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 6-5 Saturday night after Edwin Diaz allowed a tying hit to Ronald Torreyes in the ninth.

Masahiro Tanaka had another shaky outing and New York trailed 4-2 before Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 32nd home run, a sixth inning drive against Steve Cishek. Matt Holliday's sacrifice fly tied the score in the eighth, but former Yankees Robinson Cano homered against David Robertson leading off the bottom half.

Diaz blew a save for the fourth time in 22 chances when Didi Gregorius walked leading off the ninth, pinch-runner Jacoby Ellsbury stole second and Torreyes, starting because Starlin Castro's hamstring injury is causing another trip to the disabled list, followed with a single.


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Robinson Cano connects on the first pitch and sends a solo home run to the opposite field against the Yankees.
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Aaron Judge sends a long ball over the wall in the sixth inning to bring the Yankees within a run of the Mariners.

SEATTLE -- New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro will be placed on the disabled list with another injury to his right hamstring, manager Joe Girardi said Saturday.

Castro, activated off the disabled list July 15, reinjured his hamstring while running out a ground ball on Wednesday at Minnesota. He played in the first two games of the series at Seattle on Thursday and Friday, with one hit in eight at-bats.

"We're not sure it's the exact same spot," Girardi said. "He'll probably go on the DL starting tomorrow. It's frustrating. He's frustrated. He had an MRI this morning, and we've got to put him down for a bit."

Castro is hitting .307 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 79 games. He said the MRI was scheduled after noticing discoloration.

"It's frustrating because my job is to come here and play hard every day," he said. "It's kind of in my head right now.''

Castro missed seven games last September after straining his right hamstring.

"I had hamstring problems in Chicago, but it was back in spring training," said Castro, who was traded from the Cubs to New York following the 2015 season. "The first time it happened in the season was last year."

Girardi said Tyler Wade will be recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where the infielder is hitting .313 with six homers and 30 RBIs. Wade was optioned to Triple-A on July 15 after a nine-game stint with the Yankees, when Castro was previously injured.


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Dominican player Gary Sanchez explains his emotions regarding his second season with the New York Yankees.

SEATTLE -- Aaron Judge hit a colossal three-run homer that nearly soared out of Safeco Field, and CC Sabathia gave up one run while pitching into the sixth inning of the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

Judge's 31st home run was memorable and nearly historic. The big slugger clobbered a hanging curveball from Seattle starter Andrew Moore (1-2) into the second deck in left field, with the ball landing three rows from the top of the stadium. No one has hit one out of Safeco during a game since the ballpark opened midway through the 1999 season.

Judge came close and continued to emerge from a post-All-Star break slump thanks to his first home run since July 7. He finished with four RBIs, including a sacrifice fly that gave New York a 2-1 lead.


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Aaron Judge
BA HR RBI R
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HRA. Judge 32
RBIA. Judge 73
RA. Judge 79
OPSA. Judge 1.083
WC. Sabathia 9
ERAL. Severino 3.21
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