Gregorius plates run in Yankees' win vs. Phillies

New York scores three runs in fourth inning; Mitchell strong over two frames

Gregorius plates run in Yankees' win vs. Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees batted around in the fourth inning, breaking open a scoreless game on the way to a 4-1 win against the Phillies on Friday at Bright House Field.

Left-hander Cole Hamels made his first start of the spring for the Phillies and picked up right where he left off in 2014, when he finished with a 2.46 ERA. The lefty pitched two shutout innings, allowing just one single, and struck out two.

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Capuano fans four in two innings against Pirates

Lefty allows two runs in first spring start; A-Rod, Beltran each draw a walk

Capuano fans four in two innings against Pirates

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tony Sanchez and Jaff Decker homered on Friday, leading the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Sanchez cleared the right field wall in the second inning for a two-run shot off left-hander Chris Capuano. Decker extended the Pirates' lead in the fifth with a no-doubt solo shot to right on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Jose Ramirez.

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Steady progress for Tanaka, CC, but no rush

Yankees content to give both hurlers work in simulated games for now

Steady progress for Tanaka, CC, but no rush

TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia are continuing to progress toward game action, and the Yankees believe that both pitchers are on course to be ready for Opening Day.

Sabathia reported no issues following a 20-pitch batting-practice session on Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and Tanaka was scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game on Friday morning.

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Gardner steps into leadership role with Yankees

Girardi: 'Gardy's not afraid to speak up, and he's respected in that clubhouse'

Gardner steps into leadership role with Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner recalls walking into his first Spring Training camp in 2007, making the hard right turn away from what was then Joe Torre's concrete-walled office and entering a clubhouse stocked with intimidating big league resumes. As most young players do, he tried to keep his head down and listen.

Gardner recalls how much it meant to mix in with the members of the "Core Four" that spring, as well as veterans like Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi. Now, as Gardner prepares for the 2015 season, he is doing so -- somewhat improbably -- while being credited with the longest uninterrupted Yankees tenure on the roster.

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Yankees host local Little Leaguers ahead of HOPE Week

Yankees host local Little Leaguers ahead of HOPE Week

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees plan to celebrate HOPE Week for the seventh consecutive year in 2015, and in the spirit of that initiative, they honored Palma Ceia Little League Challenger Baseball with a pregame ceremony on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

A $10,000 donation was presented to the organization on behalf of the Yankees. Players, parents, coaches and staff from the league were honored on the field and had the opportunity to meet with Yankees players, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez, during batting practice prior to the game against the Pirates.

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Cashman: Jeter should be last Yankees captain

General manager, Girardi believe current club has 'very strong leaders'

Cashman: Jeter should be last Yankees captain

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Derek Jeter proudly served 12 seasons while holding the title of Yankees captain, and general manager Brian Cashman believes that he should be the last in franchise history.

Reiterating comments that he made at Fenway Park during Jeter's final weekend as an active player last September, Cashman said Thursday that he has no interest in issuing the title of captain to another Yankee in the foreseeable future.

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Strong pitching, late home run lift Yanks past Pirates

Rogers, Whitley each toss two scoreless; Austin's shot snaps tie in eighth

Strong pitching, late home run lift Yanks past Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Tyler Austin threw out the potential lead run at the plate in the sixth inning, and two innings later, hit a towering homer to snap a tie and give the Yankees a 2-1 exhibition victory over the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field.

Austin hammered right-hander Deolis Guerra's pitch far over McKechnie Field's left-field stands to snap the tie he had preserved and give New York (1-1-1) its first Grapefruit League victory of the spring.

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Rogers heeds Rivera's advice in scoreless spring debut

Yanks righty says saves king told him to pound strike zone, don't fly open mechanically

Rogers heeds Rivera's advice in scoreless spring debut

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Esmil Rogers believes that he has the ability to succeed as a big league starter, but when the greatest closer in history pulled up a chair at his locker last week, the Yankees right-hander knew he had better hang on every word.

Mariano Rivera is in camp as a guest instructor, and the all-time saves leader had a spirited morning conversation with Rogers, outlining the mental and physical demands of pitching. Rogers said that he tried to apply some of Rivera's advice Thursday, when he hurled two scoreless innings against the Pirates.

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Beltran ready to reclaim role as Yanks' right fielder

Elbow hampered vet in '14, but feels good now

Beltran ready to reclaim role as Yanks' right fielder

TAMPA, Fla. -- After a frustrating season in which injuries held Carlos Beltran back from being the player he expected to be, the veteran is looking forward to putting those issues in the past and reclaiming his spot as the Yankees' everyday right fielder.

"I'm happy. I'm excited, of course," said Beltran, who is slated to make his spring debut Friday evening against the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. "I feel pretty good, making improvement every day. I'm taking a lot of swings like I used to in the past in Spring Training. The elbow feels good."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eovaldi gives up just one run in Yankees debut

A-Rod goes 1-for-2 with walk after 17-month layoff

Eovaldi gives up just one run in Yankees debut

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees were tempted enough by Nathan Eovaldi's future projection to pull the trigger on a big offseason swap, and they got a first glimpse of the right-hander in pinstripes during Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

"It's definitely special," Eovaldi said. "It's the same game. You're just in a different uniform. That's the mentality I was trying to take out there to compete."

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After 17-month absence, A-Rod returns to lineup

Veteran 'feeling really good that I get to play the game that I love'

After 17-month absence, A-Rod returns to lineup

TAMPA, Fla. -- Describing how it felt to have his spikes dig back in next to home plate, Alex Rodriguez used the words "odd" and "strange," which could just as easily be used to represent the circumstances of his 17-month absence. Whatever the off-field situations, he has always seemed most comfortable between the white lines.

Rodriguez returned to an official box score on Wednesday, singling to left field in his first Grapefruit League plate appearance. He also hit into an inning-ending fielder's choice and worked a walk in the Yankees' 3-1 loss to the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Comforts of home: Miller pleased with first outing

Left-hander 'really happy with the way I was throwing the ball' vs. Phillies

Comforts of home: Miller pleased with first outing

TAMPA, Fla. -- These are home games in the literal sense for Andrew Miller, who left some extra money on the table in part because the location of the Yankees' Spring Training site allowed him to sleep in his own bed for two extra months.

Miller has been making the short commute from his Tampa home to the Yanks' complex for weeks, and the team had to like how Miller looked on their bigger stage Wednesday. The left-hander pitched a scoreless third inning around a single with two strikeouts in a 3-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Phillies.

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Tanaka could make first start next week

After throwing 30-pitch bullpen session, righty says he's ready to pitch in games

Tanaka could make first start next week

TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field and said that he is nearly ready to pitch in Grapefruit League games.

"Gradually, I've been able to build up pretty well thus far," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Whenever they want me to go, I think I'm ready to go."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stare in wonder at Andrew Miller's slider

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Stare in wonder at Andrew Miller's slider

Pitchers tend to treat the beginning of Spring Training as a time to loosen up the muscles and shake off the rust from a winter of (if my offseason is any indication) pie-eating and video game-playing. That usually means a steady diet of less-than-max effort fastballs as they're instead focused on sharpening command and getting back into their motions. 

Not so for Andrew Miller. Making his debut for the Yankees as they squared off against the Phillies on Wednesday, Miller spun this time-zone changing slider that dropped under Freddy Galvis' bat: 

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Free of pain, Beltran sees good days ahead

Outfielder expects he won't be only Yankee to put injury-plagued season behind him

Free of pain, Beltran sees good days ahead

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran points to the scar on his right elbow and attempts to find some context for a frustrating 2014 season.

"I got caught up in thinking too much instead of playing the game," he said.

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First game in pinstripes 'amazing feeling' for Didi

First game in pinstripes 'amazing feeling' for Didi

TAMPA, Fla. -- For all of the winter discussion about Didi Gregorius' upcoming challenge in taking over Derek Jeter's old position, the new Yankees shortstop says that he hasn't heard any comparisons from the fans during these first weeks of workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Perhaps the Yankees' official words on the subject have filtered into the grandstands, which is that they simply want Gregorius to be the best player he can be. That has allowed Gregorius to embrace the idea of being a Yankee, and he said that Wednesday's Grapefruit League home opener represented a special moment for him.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Drew still learning nuances of playing second

Drew still learning nuances of playing second

TAMPA, Fla. -- Stephen Drew accepted the challenge of learning a new position on the fly last season, instantly becoming a second baseman in the Yankees' eyes when he dropped his bags in the clubhouse. He's hoping that a full spring will allow him to finish that transition.

Drew committed an error on the first ball hit to him this year, booting a first-inning slow-roller hit by the Phillies' Odubel Herrera on Wednesday, but Drew chalked that up to part of the adjustment process in coming over from shortstop. In his mind, the more reps he can get between now and Opening Day, the better.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks of future make big statements in spring opener

Severino fans first two batters; Judge knocks game-tying homer in ninth

Yanks of future make big statements in spring opener

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees scored four runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday to tie the Phillies, 5-5, in their Grapefruit League opener at Bright House Field.

Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands allowed five hits and four runs in the ninth, which included a two-out, three-run home run from Aaron Judge, the Yankees' No. 5 prospect.

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Ellsbury-Gardner tandem could top Yanks' lineup often

Manager Girardi intrigued by potential of maximizing speed atop batting order

Ellsbury-Gardner tandem could top Yanks' lineup often

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees are intrigued by the speedy combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner atop their lineup, and manager Joe Girardi said that it could be seen often this season.

"It's definitely a possibility," Girardi said. "I think that both of them are capable of leading off. Ells has done it a little more in his career than Gardy, but I just kind of like the combination of those two guys together."

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Severino's battle with Howard opens Yanks' eyes

Club's top prospect impresses Girardi with professional approach against vet

Severino's battle with Howard opens Yanks' eyes

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It has been easy to spot the extra attention on Luis Severino this spring at Yankees camp, which the young right-hander seems to be handling with a cool demeanor. That should have hinted at how he would deal with going up against proven big league performers.

Severino -- the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com -- made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, throwing 1 1/3 innings in New York's 5-5 tie with the Phillies at Bright House Field. In all, Severino surrendered a pair of runs on four hits and struck out two without walking a batter. The 21-year-old said that his big souvenir was a showdown with slugger Ryan Howard.

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Hulking Judge announces presence with force

Yanks' No. 5 prospect drills game-tying homer in ninth inning of spring opener

Hulking Judge announces presence with force

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Aaron Judge seems to have a knack for making a good first impression. The power-hitting outfielder slammed a three-run home run in his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, helping the Yankees rally to a 5-5 tie against the Phillies at Bright House Field.

Rated as the Yankees' No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, Judge earned an invite to big league camp after slugging 17 home runs for Class A Charleston and Class A Advanced Tampa in his first professional season. The 22-year-old's game-tying drive came off Philadelphia's Mario Hollands with two outs in the ninth inning, clearing the wall in left-center field.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod excited for spring debut Wednesday

Veteran slugger scheduled to serve as designated hitter against Phillies

A-Rod excited for spring debut Wednesday

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to play in his first Spring Training game of the year on Wednesday, when the Yankees are set to host the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET at George M. Steinbrenner Field on MLB.TV.

"I'll be a little nervous, for sure," Rodriguez said. "I haven't been in front of our fans for a long time. I'm excited about that. I have some challenges ahead."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Versatile Warren an asset to Yanks regardless of role

Season after rotation's lack of depth showed, righty may earn key starts

Versatile Warren an asset to Yanks regardless of role

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Though the Yankees are considering Adam Warren for their starting rotation this spring, it has been suggested that he could be at a disadvantage because of his ability to pitch effectively out in the bullpen. The right-hander doesn't see it that way at all.

"I think it helps me more," Warren said on Tuesday. "If they like what they see out of me as a starter, then they can throw me there. I always feel like versatility helps me more than hurts me. I'm just trying to go out there and prove that I can start, and that way I can add that versatility that I can do any role."

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Yanks prospect Torrens to miss 2015 season

Catcher poised to undergo surgery to repair torn labrum in right shoulder

Yanks prospect Torrens to miss 2015 season

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees Minor League catcher Luis Torrens has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the 2015 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Torrens, 18, is rated as the Yankees' No. 10 prospect by MLB.com. The Yankees said that Torrens' procedure will be performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday.

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Tanaka faces hitters for first time in spring

Right-hander cautious, but feels 'perfectly fine' after throwing to Gardner, others

Tanaka faces hitters for first time in spring

TAMPA, Fla. -- Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, the $155 million starting pitcher who made only two starts after July 8 last season due to a partially torn ligament in his elbow, faced hitters for the first time Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

It was just five pitches each to Brett Gardner, Chris Young, Ramon Flores, Jonathan Galvez and Tyler Austin, plus two pitchouts. Manager Joe Girardi and several of his lieutenants watched intently from behind the mound, and general manager Brian Cashman headed up a front-office delegation behind the batting cage.

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Yanks fan, 65, walking from Tampa to NY for charity

Retired teacher Albero donating proceeds of trek to Wounded Warriors Project

Yanks fan, 65, walking from Tampa to NY for charity

TAMPA, Fla. -- It's unusual for a Major League team to interrupt a workout during Spring Training. Then again, what Richard Albero is doing is pretty unique.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi halted watching pitchers throw off the mound at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Monday to chat with Albero in the home dugout. General manager Brian Cashman introduced himself to the 65-year-old former naval officer and retired teacher. At home plate, he was surrounded by players and front-office members who gave him a hearty round of applause as he began walking down the third-base line, into the left-field corner and out the stadium.

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A-Rod sees time at DH in intrasquad tilt

Yankees play final game before Grapefruit action starts Tuesday

A-Rod sees time at DH in intrasquad tilt

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees closed out the workout portion of Spring Training with a combination intrasquad game/simulated game Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. A pitching machine was used instead of real pitchers and situations were created. For example, both halves of the first inning began with a runner on first.

"It's hard to get the situations you want with the pitchers on the mound. We could throw the ball in the dirt when we wanted. Throw strikes. Guys can make contact. You just get a lot more out of it," manager Joe Girardi said, explaining the decision to go with "Iron Mike."

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After first live BP, Pineda states goal for season

Oft-injured since being acquired by Yankees, righty determined to remain healthy in 2015

After first live BP, Pineda states goal for season

TAMPA, Fla. -- Michael Pineda tossed his first live batting-practice session of the spring on Sunday for the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field. The right-hander threw about 20 pitches and said afterward that his goal is to remain "healthy all season."

That would be fine as far as the Yankees are concerned. With CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka returning from injuries, Pineda is a big part of the rotation, and keeping his problematic right shoulder healthy is of primary concern.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.