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Jeff Francis, then of the Cincinnati Reds, throws a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on May 15, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Yankees Acquire Veteran Left-Hander Jeff Francis From Oakland

Desperate for anything resembling pitching, the Yankees looked West on Friday and found some relief.

07/11/2014

Masahiro Tanaka Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sims: Even If Tanaka Gets Through Rehab, Surgery May Be Unavoidable

As I’ve written before, even with rest, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection and rehab, a torn ligament does not regain full tensile strength in a matter of weeks.

07/11/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Yankees Skipper Says He’s Optimistic Tanaka Will Return This Season

New York’s 9-3 loss to the Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

07/11/2014

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees catches a fly ball hit by Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians to end the fifth inning at Progressive Field on July 10, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Yankees Lose 9-3 Amid Bad News For Tanaka

Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Carlos Santana also connected and the Cleveland Indians scored nine runs in their last two innings at bat for a 9-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.

07/11/2014

Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Cashman: Tanaka Has Partially Torn Elbow Ligament, To Miss At Least 6 Weeks

The 25-year-old right-hander will attempt nonsurgical rehab on his injured ulnar collateral ligament. Cashman did not rule out season-ending, reconstructive “Tommy John” surgery.

07/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Tanaka Goes Down, He’ll Take Yankees With Him

Not even Captain Kirk could find life in the Yankee Universe. Not after the latest bomb to drop on the Bronx.

07/10/2014

David Wright and Derek Jeter (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter Tops MLB Jersey Sales; Wright Comes In 8th, Tanaka 14th

The retiring Yankees captain beat out Giants catcher Buster Posey and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the top slot, MLB announced Thursday.

07/10/2014

BOSTON, MA - JULY 6: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to face Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

American League Mid-Season Team MVPs

Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the American League’s mid-season team MVPs.

07/10/2014

Third base coach Rob Thomson #59 celebrates with Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees after Teixeira hit a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 9, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Ellsbury’s Homer In 14th Gives Yankees 5-4 Win Over Indians

Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out homer in the 14th inning gave the New York Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

07/10/2014

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Boomer & Carton: Al Leiter Chimes In On Tanaka, Pitch Counts And More

Al Dukes presumably booked Al Leiter to join the big radio program while working up a sweat — the two are members at the same gym.

WFAN–07/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Boomer & Carton: ‘Ta-Knocked Out,’ Melo Staying Put And More

Masahiro Tanaka is on the 15-day DL with elbow soreness, which is obviously not a good sign if you’re into foreshadowing.

WFAN–07/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka sits in the dugout after leaving the game during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Potential Nightmare: Tanaka Placed On 15-Day DL With Elbow Inflammation

This is the potential nightmare scenario.

07/09/2014

Masahiro Tanaka sits in the dugout after leaving the game during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Girardi On Tanaka’s Rough Patch: ‘He’s Not Going To Be Perfect’

When Masahiro Tanaka pitches, the Yankees can usually count on a win. The All-Star rookie, however, is facing his first real struggles of the season.

07/09/2014

Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Indians Halt 13-Game Win Hopes For Yankees’ Tanaka

The Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

07/09/2014

Derek Jeter (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images), Daniel Murphy (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Jeter, Tanaka, Betances Tabbed For All-Star Game; Murphy Reps Mets

Mariano Rivera was the center of attention in 2013. Derek Jeter will be in the spotlight this year for the game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.

07/07/2014

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