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  • Yanks OF Ellsbury 'headed in the right direction'

    ESPN "As spring-training injuries have begun to ravage the New York Yankees' outfield, a healthier Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the team this week, making his first appearance around the full squad in about a year. "It's nice to be going, doing baseball activity," said the..." March 18

  • There may be a silver lining in the Yankees’ rotation problem

    Pinstripe Alley "Earlier this month, Yankees ace Luis Severino was scratched from his first Grapefruit League start of the spring after feeling shoulder discomfort while warming up. The MRI revealed rotator cuff inflammation, and he is expected to be sidelined until at least May. CC..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • MLB Rumors: 4 reasons Gio Gonzalez isn’t worth Yankees’ time

    Newark Star-Ledger "Help could be on the way, but it might not be what the Yankees truly need. As the baseball world learned about a contract offer from the Yankees to free-agent lefty Gio Gonzalez, this reality became present: New York is at least slightly concerned with..." March 18

  • Yankees actually could use Ellsbury in scary outfield reality

    New York Post "This won’t go down as the best day in Yankees camp, if for nothing other than for this reason: Jacoby Ellsbury ranked as the second-least discouraged center fielder at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yes, the Yankees’ $153 million apparition still..." March 18

  • How Yankees’ CC Sabathia has managed heart since scare

    Newark Star-Ledger "On Sunday, Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia walked 3,000 strides on the treadmill. That’s about 1 1/4 miles. He considered it part of his normal cardio routine. When Sabathia arrived at Yankees camp, he did it under anything but normal circumstances. The..." March 18

  • Yankees’ first hint of Dellin Betances panic is here

    New York Post "Looking at Dellin Betances’ velocity numbers on the left-center field scoreboard at Spectrum Field on Sunday wasn’t encouraging. The radar gun showed three fastballs at 92 mph and two at 90 during an eight-pitch outing against the Phillies in which he was pleased with his..." March 18

  • Yankees CF Hicks (back) to miss opening series

    ESPN "New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks told ESPN's Coley Harvey that he will miss Opening Day because of a lower back injury he has been dealing with since early March. Hicks, who has not played since encountering back stiffness in a spring training game on March 1, said he..." March 17

  • Yankees have made offer to Gio Gonzalez

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees are looking to add some starting rotation depth with Luis Severino expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, and free agent Gio Gonzalez is one option they continue to consider. Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Yankees have made an..." March 17

  • Yankees top prospect Florial suffers broken wrist

    ESPN "Estevan Florial, the New York Yankees' top prospect who was in the middle of a stellar spring training, broke his right wrist late in Saturday's 17-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. According to the Yankees, Florial suffered a nondisplaced wrist fracture while chasing down a..." March 16

  • Yankees OF Aaron Hicks Not Expected to Be Ready for Opening Day

    12 Up "Opening Day isn't here yet, but that hasn't stopped the Yankees from taking a few losses. We aren't talking about Spring Training losses, those don't matter. We're talking about personnel losses that will hinder this team from winning games when they have..." March 16

  • Aaron Judge’s swing change couldn’t be working any better

    New York Post "Aaron Judge’s two-strike approach seems to be working. The right fielder went deep to center on an 0-2 pitch in the second inning of the Yankees’ 14-1 rout of the Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday. “Getting results are always good,’’ said..." March 16

  • What Judge, Yankees think about HR Derby winner getting $1 million

    New York Post "A pinstriped update on the 2019 Home Run Derby, in the wake of Thursday’s announcement there will be $2.5 million in prize money, including $1 million for the winner, added to the proceedings: —?Aaron Judge is very likely out. —?Giancarlo Stanton is..." March 15

  • Yankees' Luis Severino out until May with rotator cuff injury

    The Score "Luis Severino's absence will be longer than initially anticipated. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed Friday that the All-Star right-hander, who was shut down early in spring training due to an inflamed rotator cuff, is now expected to miss the entire..." March 15

  • Yankees’ Brian Cashman should be glad he passed on Tigers’ Michael Fulmer

    Newark Star-Ledger "Going into the offseason, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman identified starting pitching as a top priority. He eventually settled on James Paxton, J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia. That game plan might have been different, had he traded..." March 15

  • Yankees' Tulowitzki: I don't pay attention to boos from Blue Jays fans

    Newark Star-Ledger "They weren’t yelling “Tulo.” Those were mostly boos Troy Tulowitzki heard from Blue Jays fans the first time he visited their spring training home since Toronto cut him in December. Tulowitzki played it off. “I heard a little bit of..." March 14

  • Russell Wilson to attend Yankees camp Friday/Saturday

    247 Sports "Never forget Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson plays baseball because NFL commentators won't let you forget it. Like Patrick Mahomes and potential first-round pick Kyler Murray, baseball has been influential in how Wilson throws a football and sees creative passes that other..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • Harper Reveals Yankees Never Contacted Him During Free Agency

    12 Up "Earlier this month, the Bryce Harper saga reached it's most welcoming conclusion, as the All-Star outfielder signed a massive 13-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the late start to Spring Training, Harper is progressing in terms of playing time. He did so on..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Dellin Betances goes back to work to fix his mechanics as Yankee set-up man continues to build up arm strength

    New York Daily News "Dellin Betances took a step back on Thursday, and that was a good thing. The Yankees’ setup man threw a simulated two innings on a back field at George M. Steinbrenner Field to re-discover his mechanics without a radar gun over his shoulder. After watching him struggle on..." March 14

  • Clint Frazier passes first wall test and sees better days ahead

    New York Post "Clint Frazier knows he’s just 4-for-26 with two extra-base hits this spring, but his objective hasn’t changed. He still intends to be in The Bronx on Opening Day. “That’s always the focus, but it’s something I’m trying not to think about right..." March 14

  • Jose Canseco wants ex-wife Jessica, Alex Rodriguez to take polygraph

    Larry Brown Sports "Jose Canseco is determined to prove that his claims about Alex Rodriguez cheating on his fiancee Jennifer Lopez are true, and he thinks everyone involved should submit to a polygraph test if they have nothing to hide. Canseco, widely known as the biggest snitch in MLB history, took to..." March 13

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Giancarlo Stanton feeling more at home with Yankees in Year 2

    New York Post "Giancarlo Stanton will enter the regular season a more experienced player in more ways than one. Coming off a season which he spent trying to adjust to life with the Yankees, as well as to playing left field, Stanton said he feels more prepared for what’s ahead in..." March 13

  • Jessica Canseco disputes Jose’s claim of cheating with Alex Rodriguez

    Larry Brown Sports "Jose Canseco came up with a new way to call attention to himself this week, and the former MLB slugger’s ex-wife says there is no truth to the latest claims he made. Canseco, who is known for being the biggest snitch in the history of baseball, took to Twitter on Sunday to..." March 13

  • One way the Yankees can keep Luke Voit and Greg Bird in the lineup

    Pinstripe Alley "The Yankees have a rare, legitimate competition going down at spring training. Typically these contests have a runaway favorite — someone the Yankees actually want to win. The team knows who they will play on Opening Day, but put on a little show to make it look like an open..." March 12

  • The swing change that could make all the difference for Aaron Judge

    New York Post "Watch Aaron Judge closely this spring and you will notice in batting practice and in games, he will sometimes take his mighty swing with no stride. No leg kick from the front leg. No toe tap. No stride. Just a powerful coiled right-handed snap swing. That is especially the..." March 12

  • Why Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino are most important arms in Yankees' bullpen

    SNY TV "The Yankees continue to possess one of the best bullpen crews in the game. The grouping of above-average to elite relievers rattles up to six pitchers. For New York, the biggest impact might not come from its top two holdover relievers - Aroldis Chapman and Dellin..." March 12

  • MLB's salary system is broken and Aaron Judge is the latest to find out

    USA Today "Aaron Judge may be the biggest star on the largest stage in baseball and the New York Yankees’ top box-office draw since Derek Jeter. He also happens to be one of the team's lowest-paid players.  Judge will earn $684,300 this season, or about..." March 11

  • There’s already a reason to be worried about the 2019 Yankees

    Newark Star-Ledger "This could shed a different light on Luis Severino’s importance to the Yankees. In theory, New York’s roster and depth is good enough to withstand Severino starting the season behind schedule after last week’s shoulder injury. But perhaps..." March 11

  • Scumbag Jose Canseco calls out scumbag Alex Rodriguez for cheating on J Lo

    Larry Brown Sports "All seemed great in the world of Alex Rodriguez and J Lo on Saturday night. The two had shared on social media to much fanfare that they had gotten engaged. A day later, the headlines surrounding them are not as kind. Jose Canseco, one of the biggest snitches in the history..." March 11

  • Troy Tulowitzki's Recent Struggles Sending Yankee Fans Into Panic Mode

    12 Up "The New York Yankees made a low-risk splash in free agency by signing shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a veteran's minimum deal. Tulowitzki started his Spring Training strong, by hitting ?two home runs against the Toronto Blue Jays, his former team. Recently, however,..." March 11

  • Gary Sanchez’s bat is not calming the Yankees’ worries

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez’s spring started much like most of his 2018: poorly. The catcher entered Saturday night’s game against Baltimore just 1-for-11 with a homer, no walks and five strikeouts in his first four games. On the positive side, Sanchez has looked good defensively —..." March 10

  • Babe Ruth's last surviving daughter dies at 102

    Yahoo! Sports "The last surviving daughter of Babe Ruth has died. Julia Ruth Stevens passed away on Saturday at her assisted living facility in Nevada. She was 102 years old. Her death was confirmed to the New York Times and Boston Globe by her son Tom. Born to Claire Hodgson in 1916,..." March 10

  • Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged!

    People "Jennifer Lopez’s love don’t cost a thing — but a ring! The singer is engaged to former MLB player Alex Rodriguez, he announced via Instagramthis link opens in a new tab on Saturday. “She said yes,” Rodriguez, 43, captioned a photo of Lopezthis..." March 10

  • Yankees name Masahiro Tanaka Opening Day starter

    Pinstripe Alley "Earlier this afternoon, Aaron Boone confirmed rumors that Masahiro Tanaka would start on Opening Day for the Yankees. This marks the fourth occasion that the right-hander will pitch the first game of the season, having done so from 2015-2017. When Luis Severino went down with rotator..." March 09

  • Yankees not concerned about Dellin Betances’ low velocity

    Larry Brown Sports "New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances was only barely touching 90 MPH in his spring debut, but the team sees no cause for concern yet. Betances was between 88 and 91 on the radar gun, but manager Aaron Boone said the reliever is just building up arm strength and is not worried..." March 09

  • MLB Rumors: Should Yankees block Astros from signing Dallas Keuchel?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Those that fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. One offseason ago, the Yankees were beat to the punch on righty Gerrit Cole by an aggressive Houston Astros front office. Cole went on to have a monster year for Houston for a team that cruised to 103 wins..." March 08

  • As expected, the Yankees are buying back YES, with Amazon and Sinclair also investing in the network

    Awful Announcing "The first domino in the never-ending saga of Disney’s sale of the Fox RSNs is about to fall. As reported by Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business (who has been on top this story for months), the Yankees are expected to close a $3.4 billion deal to repurchase YES Network on..." March 08

  • Didi Gregorius almost ready to take a big step forward in his rehab from Tommy John surgery

    New York Daily News "Didi Gregorius has been anxious to get going since he arrived in Tampa. The shortstop is set to take the next big step in his rehab from October Tommy John surgery soon. Gregorius will begin hitting as soon as next week, Aaron Boone said Thursday morning. “He’s..." March 08

  • Aaron Boone 'not at that point yet' to pick favorite for Yankees 1B role

    SNY TV "Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is slashing .389/.500/.722 with one home run and three RBIs through eight spring training games. Teammate Luke Voit is hitting .286/.412/.714 with two home runs and five RBIs, and has noticeably improved his defense, through eight..." March 08

  • ‘Terrific’ Greg Bird isn’t making Yankees’ first base decision easy

    New York Post "Two automobiles don’t fit into a one-car garage. That is the only way to view the Yankees’ first-base competition between Greg Bird and Luke Voit. Barring an injury, one is going to make the Opening Day roster and the other is going to get a Triple-A stall in..." March 08

  • Masahiro Tanaka may have a brand new pitch

    Pinstripe Alley "According to BrooksBaseball.com, Masahiro Tanaka’s repertoire can be classified into six pitches. We all know about his splitter, the best of its kind in the game. His slider is somewhat less recognized but equally effective, boasting a whiff rate of 15.6% in 2018. After that,..." March 07

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • CC Sabathia likely to start year on injured list

    MLB.com "The Yankees' pitching depth will be tested early, as left-hander CC Sabathia is expected to join right-hander Luis Severino in beginning the regular season on the injured list, manager Aaron Boone said after Wednesday's 9-5 Grapefruit League loss to the..." March 07

  • With injuries to rotation, Yankees' Aaron Boone 'could see' use of openers

    SNY TV "Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries. With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC..." March 07

  • Why Yankees brass is thinking Luke Voit or Greg Bird won’t make Opening Day roster

    Newark Star-Ledger "Just like the final two months of the Yankees’ 2018 season, Luke Voit has been a beast again at the plate in the first two weeks of Grapefruit League play. In four games, he’s raked at a .308 clip with two homers and five RBI over five games, and his defense at first..." March 07