Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Midseason Report Cards - Yankees

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Midseason Report Cards - Yankees

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Brett GardnerA Speed-and-defense grinder, now an all-around offensive threat, rewarded with his first All-Star selection.

Dellin BetancesA Two-time All-Star reprised role as an elite setup man, then handled closer duties in Andrew Miller's absence.

Andrew MillerA Sensational start in his first year as a closer and in the New York spotlight. Spent time on DL with strained forearm.

Mark TeixeiraA Forget the batting average. Without his power production and Gold Glove defense, this isn't a first-place team.

Alex RodriguezB+ A No. 7 hitter with no expectations after 2014 steroid suspension, he's been a consistently productive No. 3 hitter all season.

Joe GirardiB+ Expert at juggling veterans' playing time and managing bullpen, often maxing out production despite key injuries.

Brian McCannB+ Providing more reliable run production than last year, his first in pinstripes, and nailing base stealers at a high rate.

Chasen ShreveB+ Fellow reliever David Carpenter went bust, but this part of the Manny Banuelos trade has been a valuable addition.

Jacoby EllsburyB+ Until his six-week knee injury, the leadoff man was probably the team MVP with his overall play and a .320 average.

Brian CashmanB Must weigh upgrades to rotation, second base and maybe right field, but has built the AL East's best team so far.

Adam WarrenB Became a steady presence in the rotation who's even more valuable to the pennant cause back in a bullpen role.

Justin WilsonB Another bullpen lefty who can also retire righty hitters with power stuff and doesn't shrink in late-inning heat.

Masahiro TanakaB Not the dominant presence he was before last summer's elbow injury, but still essential to any October hopes.

Michael PinedaB More inconsistent than his dominant 2014 stats, but it's been - so far - his first healthy season in pinstripes.

Chase HeadleyC+ High character grinder and all-around plus presence. …

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