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Yankees' Stanton goes back on IL, will miss Red Sox series in London

Yankees' Stanton goes back on IL, will miss Red Sox series in London

Some good news for the Red Sox after another disastrous blown-lead and loss?

They won't have to face Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton in London.

After just six games back from his first stint on the injured list, Stanton (who has a homer and seven RBI in nine games) left the Yankees' game Wednesday and was again placed on the 10-day IL with a strained posterior collateral ligament in his right knee.

He had returned June 18 after playing only three games in late March before being shelved with calf, shoulder and biceps injuries. Outfielder Mike Tauchman will be called up from Triple-A and make the trip to London for the series with the Red Sox. 

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Could Yankees trade Giancarlo Stanton? Report suggests 'rumblings'

Could Yankees trade Giancarlo Stanton? Report suggests 'rumblings'

Even massively-paid superstars aren't safe on the New York Yankees, it appears.

Less than a year after New York acquired Giancarlo Stanton in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins, The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported Saturday there are "long-shot rumblings" that the team may try to trade the star outfielder.

Stanton finished with solid stats in first year with the Bombers -- 38 home runs, 100 RBIs and an .852 OPS -- but still fell short of his lofty expectations, recording a career-high 211 strikeouts while hitting just .266.

The Yankees reportedly have their eyes on free agent Manny Machado, so if they land the star infielder this offseason and Stanton doesn't deliver in 2019, general manager Brian Cashman could decide to pull the plug early. (Stanton is under contract until 2027 but has an opt-out clause after the 2020 season.)

It doesn't sound like any Stanton trade is imminent, but Cafardo notes several teams should have interest in the 29-year-old slugger, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

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Red Sox-Yankees ALDS preview by the numbers

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Red Sox-Yankees ALDS preview by the numbers

For the first time in 14 years, baseball's best rivalry adds another postseason chapter. The first-ever Red Sox-Yankees ALDS is the first time since 1977 that two 100-win teams will meet in the postseason prior to the World Series. A look at some key numbers that might impact the series.