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    BOSTON — Isiah Kiner-Falefa has not exactly had a stellar first season with the Yankees. The shortstop has made some really good plays and blundered some routine ones. His bat has been lighter than even the Yankees expected when they traded for him this spring. But Saturday night, he had his moments. Kiner-Falefa hammered his first home run of the season and drove in all three Yankees runs as they snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was a ray of light in what has been a dark time for the Yankees (72-42). It was just their second win in their last 10 games. It was the first time they beat the struggling Red Sox (56-59) in their last four games at Fenway. With Clay Holmes struggling, Boone went to side-armer Scott Effross to close it out. He gave up back-to-back one-out singles to Reese McGuire and Tommy Pham, putting the tying run on second and the winning run on base. Rafael Devers chopped one in front of the plate and...
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa looked at the trade deadline as a significant marker on the season last year. The infielder had heard his name in some rumors all year and had pushed himself to be marketable. When the deadline came and passed, having watched teammates head to contender while he remained a Ranger, Kiner-Falefa said it was kind of a letdown. “I felt like the postseason was the trade deadline for me. I’ve used as much energy as I could in that first half to make the All Star team, knowing that we were not gonna go to the postseason. So you’re looking more into individual games. And then you’re trying to get yourself in a better situation to win to get to the postseason so I was trying really hard,” Kiner-Falefa said. “And after that, it’s kind of like you are playing the season out for….I don’t know what you’re really playing for. And you’re just kind of going through the motions. And I think this year, it’s so refreshing. So refreshing, because it’s like, how can we improve and how...
    Before the euphoric walk-off wins, 52-18 start and way-to-early parade plans, the Yankees were raked over the coals for not doing enough with their offseason. When the 2021 season ended with heartbreak in the Wild Card Game at Fenway Park, a few things were abundantly clear. Gleyber Torres couldn’t be the everyday shortstop anymore and Gary Sanchez had run his course, failing to make any significant strides on defense while wielding an inconsistent bat. But instead of wrangling household names to replace them, the Yankees inserted two players who could generously be described as no names, particularly in the Northeast. A vast majority of Yankee fans knew very little about Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino, players who debuted with the Rangers in 2018 and had spent their entire careers in anonymity as Texas started to rebuild. Now, nearing the season’s halfway point, Trevino and Kiner-Falefa have proven to be integral pieces of this whirring Yankee machine. While neither is a superstar — or even someone who will hit in the top six of the batting order — that is kind...
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa may not have been the big-name shortstop that Yankees fans clamored for last winter. But he may be exactly the shortstop that the Yankees need to make that World Series run though. While he doesn’t have the power of Carlos Correa or Corey Seager, Kiner-Falefa has been an impactful player for the Yankees this season. Tuesday night, Kiner-Falefa had the single that drove in the only two runs the Yankees would score in the 2-0 win over the Rays at the Stadium. And he made the defensive plays to help make those two runs stand up. “That’s just when I have the most fun,” Kiner-Falefa said of the impactful, clutch plays. “I like being in those spots. When the team needs me most, I enjoy coming through. It makes me really happy and it helps the team. That’s my job. That’s why I’m here. I’ve been a little shaky on some plays this year, but I definitely feel like I can have games like I did tonight.” Kiner-Falefa has played 230 games at shortstop, but also has been...
    ST. PETERSBURG — Gleyber Torres made his first start at shortstop this season on Tuesday night. With Isiah Kiner-Falefa still out with a sore left hamstring and Aaron Boone wanting to give Aaron Judge a day of rest from the turf at Tropicana Field, the Yankees manager felt it was best to use Torres at shortstop. “With Judge being down, we needed an outfielder so I used Marwin (Gonzalez) there and I’ve been wanting to get Gleyber in at shortstop at different points a few times this year and just feel like today was the day to do that,” Boone said. “I want to keep that just in play to have that flexibility, for when things like this come up.” Torres was the Yankees everyday shortstop until last September, when they admitted he is a better second baseman. The difference between Torres at shortstop and second base is pretty stark. Torres has  three errors in 193 chances at second base this season. He has seven defensive runs saved at second base, which is a huge swing compared to the -10...
    TORONTO — Isiah Kiner-Falefa was a victim of the Yankees’ offense. He tweaked his left hamstring running first to home on Saturday and was not available on Sunday. That became obvious when the Bombers had Giancarlo Stanton on base in the ninth and could not pinch run for him in their 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays. Kiner-Falefa is optimistic he will be able to play on Monday when the Yankees kick off a series with the Rays at Tropicana Field. “Just some hamstring tightness, it just tightened up on me a little bit, it was a little crampy, so better to take care of it now after getting the two wins of the series and figured going into Tampa playing on turf, it was best to rest today,” Kiner-Falefa said. “So I had a full rest day today.” That included when Boone used everyone else on the bench and had to move Gleyber Torres back to shortstop and then could not pinch run for Stanton in the ninth. Kiner-Falefa said he had this feeling once before. “In 2020 I...
    CHICAGO — At one point, Friday night, Gleyber Torres simply went over to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and put his arm around his shoulder. Torres has been there and understands all too well the pressure of being the Yankees shortstop. Kiner-Falefa has had a bad spell defensively, charged with three errors in the two previous games he started and then Saturday he made a huge baserunning mistake. The Yankees tied the game in the top of the ninth inning when Joey Gallo led off with a walk against Liam Hendriks and advanced to third on Kiner-Falefa’s single. Gallo scored on Kyle Higashioka’s sacrifice fly, but Kiner-Falefa killed the rally by being thrown out at third base. DJ LeMahieu struck out to end the inning. The White Sox walked off the 3-2 win in the bottom of the inning. “Anytime you’ve got your big guys up with runners in scoring position, you can’t get thrown out there in that situation,” Kiner-Falefa said. “It was a bonehead play and bad read and I’ll learn from it and it won’t happen again.” That comes on top of his recent defensive...
    CHICAGO —  At one point, Gleyber Torres went over to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and just put his arm around his shoulder. Torres has been there and understands all too well the pressure of being the Yankees shortstop. Kiner-Falefa has had a bad spell defensively, charged with three errors in the two previous games he started. Friday night, he could have been charged with two. Kiner-Falefa has a -1 defensive runs saved rating heading into Saturday night’s game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Park. He is in the bottom 36 percentile in outs above average. It’s suddenly been a noticeable struggle for him. With one out in the first inning on Friday, Kiner-Falefa booted Luis Robert’s ground ball and then bobbled it as he tried to pick it up and what should have been a double-play turned into a bases-loaded situation for Gerrit Cole. The Yankees ace got them out of that one. In the sixth, he couldn’t. The shortstop sailed a throw to first allowing Robert to reach leading off the inning. Kiner-Falefa was not given an error on...
    This is the first homestand when Isiah Kiner-Falefa has really felt at home. The infielder was traded twice in spring training, ending up in Tampa without his cars or much luggage. Adjusting to new teammates was the task in spring training, coming to New York was a whole different world. But he finally feels comfortable. “I am able to turn off the map when I am driving to the ballpark,” Kiner-Falefa said. “I kinda know where I am going, so that feels good.” You can see the difference. After starting the season 1-for-17 and bobbling some balls at shortstop, Kiner-Falefa has been a steady presence on defense and in the lineup. Despite having his 15-game streak of reaching safely being snapped in Toronto and going 0-for-2 with a season high two walks on Sunday, Kiner-Falefa is confident about where he is and how he fits in. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 19 games since April 14, including seven multi-hit games, batting .349 with 13 runs scored, five doubles, seven RBI, six walks and two stolen bases....
    Next1 of 4Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Apr 20, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa (12) does a post game interview after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports A hot start for the New York Yankees proves Brian Cashman still knows what he’s doing. The New York Yankees had an objectively poor offseason with some major players they could have used signing elsewhere. Winning the offseason has its rewards. Fans get pumped. Season tickets are sold. Preseason rankings put your team at or near the top. Winning the offseason doesn’t really matter once the season actually starts. Despite what looked like misses for the Yankees, it’s clear Brian Cashman still knows what he’s doing. They have been the best team in the American League even without some of their top players performing at a high level. These four moves prove they were right to continue on with the Cashman era.4. Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa was a good gambleLight-hitting shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa joined the club...
    KANSAS CITY — Isiah Kiner-Falefa came to the Bronx with big expectations of himself. Having grown up a Yankee fan, it was a childhood dream come true with the Bombers traded to acquire him from the Rangers. His career in pinstripes began like a nightmare as he struggled in the field and at the plate. Now he has clearly settled in and has embraced the dream. Sunday, Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs, including getting their seventh inning rally started as the “fireplug” of the lineup. After starting the season going 1-for-17 with four strikeouts and an error, Kiner-Falefa has been on base safely for the last 13 straight games. He’s become a sparkplug at the bottom of the lineup, getting on base for the power bats at the top of the lineup. “I feel like in every run we scored today he was a big part of it,” Aaron Judge said after Sunday’s game against the Royals. “From that big RBI double, to get on base and then scoring on my little check swing bunt down...
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa finally got it.  The shortstop went into Sunday night’s series finale against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium 0-for-8 with an error in the first two games. In the Bombers’ half of the inning, Kiner-Falefa led off the fourth with a double. Aaron Boone, however, wasn’t worried about that snowballing on the 27-year-old the Yankees acquired from the Twins last month. “I feel like offensively he’s hit some balls really hard and just hasn’t got anything to show for it yet. Obviously made the error on the throw on the run,” the Yankees manager said before Sunday night’s game. “I like where he’s at from a mindset. He’s aggressive. He’s attacking on both sides of the ball. Now we just got to dot that hit column, but that’s going to come especially with his bat-to-ball skills, and like I said, I feel like he hit a couple balls right on the nose last night, so he’ll be fine.” Kiner-Falefa is a career-.265/.316/.354 hitter with 16 home runs over four years in the big leagues. He came up to...
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa has had a rough start to his time in pinstripes. The shortstop went into Sunday night’s series finale against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium 0-for-8 with an error in the first two games. Aaron Boone, however, said he isn’t worried about that snowballing on the 27-year-old the Yankees acquired from the Twins last month. “I feel like offensively he’s hit some balls really hard and just hasn’t got anything to show for it yet. Obviously made the error on the throw on the run,” the Yankees manager said before Sunday night’s game. “I like where he’s at from a mindset. He’s aggressive. He’s attacking on both sides of the ball. Now we just got to dot that hit column, but that’s going to come especially with his bat-to-ball skills, and like I said, I feel like he hit a couple balls right on the nose last night, so he’ll be fine.” Kiner-Falefa is a career-.265/.316/.354 hitter with 16 home runs over four years in the big leagues. He came up to the majors as a catcher and...
    The New York Yankees have pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Twins to get them Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. For New York Yankees fans waiting for general manager Brian Cashman to make a big move in the offseason, well, you got your wish. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees have pulled off a trade with the Minnesota Twins to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt. Kiner-Falefa was recently brought to Minnesota in a trade with the Texas Rangers. As for who is heading from New York to Minnesota, the Yankees are sending catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was first to report that Sanchez was heading to the Twins. Catcher Ben Rortvedt is headed to the Yankees along with Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, sources tell ESPN. Catcher Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela are going to Minnesota. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2022 This story will be updated with additional information.
    The New York Yankees have pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Twins to get them Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. For New York Yankees fans waiting for general manager Brian Cashman to make a big move in the offseason, well, you got your wish. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees have pulled off a trade with the Minnesota Twins to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt. Kiner-Falefa was recently brought to Minnesota in a trade with the Texas Rangers. As for who is heading from New York to Minnesota, the Yankees are sending catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was first to report that Sanchez was heading to the Twins. Catcher Ben Rortvedt is headed to the Yankees along with Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, sources tell ESPN. Catcher Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela are going to Minnesota. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2022 This story will be updated with additional information.
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the starting shortstop for the Texas Rangers who was supplanted by the blockbuster addition of Corey Seager, was traded Saturday to the Minnesota Twins for catcher Mitch Garver. Texas also sent minor league right-hander Ronny Henriquez to Minnesota a day before the mandatory reporting date for players following the end of Major League Baseball’s 99-day lockout. READ MORE: Minneapolis Volunteers Headed To Poland With 15 Bags Of Supplies For Ukrainian RefugeesKiner-Falefa was a Gold Glove third baseman during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, after which the Rangers said he would replace Elvis Andrus as their starting shortstop. Andrus, the starter for 12 seasons and only remaining player from their two World Series teams, was traded to Oakland before spring training last year. Just before the MLB lockout began Dec. 2, the Rangers signed All-Star shortstop Seager to a $325 million, 10-year contract and Gold Glove second baseman Marcus Semien to a $175 million, seven-year deal. “We knew we were going to have some good decisions to make. That’s what this is,” Rangers president Jon Daniels said...
    Colonial Pipeline launches restart after six-day shutdown Gas shortage 2021? When service will restart on the hacked pipeline Catcher is a pain in the neck, as usual. But at least we have a few options we can feel good about. Here’s the usual preamble, which will be a review to many of you: Shuffle Up season is here. How would we rank and sort players if a fantasy league were assembling from scratch right this second? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. Included on this list is everyone roster-worthy who qualifies as catcher in the Yahoo game. I will not debate ranks on injured players. Of course, baseball is most fun when the best players are healthy and doing their thing; I root for everybody. But these weekly staples are not meant to be injury arguments. If you have different ranks and thoughts, that’s great! That’s why we have a game, and that’s the soul of what fantasy baseball is. The numbers are more gut-feel than scientific, and there’s no formula here. You’re getting my instinct take on...
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