Cashman in wait-and-see mode on retooling Yanks

GM says there's been plenty of talk but action might be a while

Cashman in wait-and-see mode on retooling Yanks

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are in the market to bolster their starting rotation, identifying Brandon McCarthy as one of their targets, but have sent signals that they intend to sit back on top free-agent prizes like Jon Lester and Max Scherzer.

General manager Brian Cashman remained tight-lipped Thursday while discussing the team's progress in the marketplace, indicating that there have been plenty of phone calls and text messages exchanged but little to show for it as of yet.

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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.

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Cashman, Valentine to participate in 'Heights & Lights'

Cashman, Valentine to participate in 'Heights & Lights'

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and former big league manager Bobby Valentine will once again rappel down the side of a 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., as part of the annual Heights & Lights event.

The pair will join FOX News Channel meteorologist Rick Reichmuth in descending the Landmark Building at 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 7. They will do a practice rappel on the morning of Dec. 5, which will be broadcast live on the FOX News Channel during its "FOX and Friends" morning newscast.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Judge, Bird rank among top prospects from AFL

Judge, Bird rank among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cashman sleeps on street to support cause

Yankees GM spends night on concrete in benefit for homeless youth

Cashman sleeps on street to support cause

NEW YORK -- There was no point in checking the weather forecasts this week as Brian Cashman prepared to spend Thursday night sleeping on the streets of Manhattan. No matter the temperature or the wind conditions, it's the concrete that is most unforgiving.

Along with more than 750 of the nation's business, sports and entertainment executives, Cashman participated in the Covenant House's "Sleep Out" movement, aiming to raise awareness for homeless youth. It marked Cashman's fourth consecutive year supporting the event.

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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.

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Jeter, Obama play golf together in Vegas

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Jeter, Obama play golf together in Vegas

After a busy final season that was full of celebrations, fan tributes and some of the cutest hat tips in the history of hat tips -- Derek Jeter continues to remain in the public eye. He became a website publisher, acknowledged to the world that he's terrified of cats and on Saturday, he teed off with a fairly famous fellow from the D.C.-area.

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Wheeler's rights sold to Rakuten as Yanks make moves

Austin, Williams among four prospects protected from Rule 5 Draft

Wheeler's rights sold to Rakuten as Yanks make moves

The Yankees sold the rights of infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Japanese Pacific League's Rakuten Golden Eagles on Thursday, one of several moves they made before the 11:59 p.m. ET deadline to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.

New York also added outfielders Tyler Austin and Mason Williams and right-handers Danny Burawa and Branden Pinder to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 38.

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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.

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Yanks add Colombian outfielder Emery to organization

No. 29-ranked international prospect joins long list of teenage players

Yanks add Colombian outfielder Emery to organization

The Yankees added another top teenage prospect to their system on Thursday, signing outfielder Bryan Emery to a $500,000 deal, according to an industry source.

Emery, who is ranked No. 29 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, can play center field, but he could end up in right field because of his overall skill set. He has an athletic body and has impressed evaluators with his throwing arm.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Yankees' Bird named Arizona Fall League MVP

Yankees' Bird named Arizona Fall League MVP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Greg Bird provided the signature moment of the 2014 Arizona Fall League season, a 450-foot home run during the midseason Fall Stars Game. The Yankees' first baseman also was the AFL's most dangerous hitter, topping the league with six homers and ranking among the leaders in almost every important offensive category.

That made Bird an obvious choice for the league's Joe Black MVP Award, which the AFL presented to him before Saturday's championship game between the Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cashman views GM Meetings as productive for Yanks

NY still aiming to improve left side of infield, in talks with Robertson, Headley

Cashman views GM Meetings as productive for Yanks

PHOENIX -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman left the Arizona Biltmore on Thursday feeling like he had jump-started the Yanks' offseason plans. Before the annual General Manager Meetings even began, he had re-signed outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, and during the week, he also signed a left-handed Minor League starter and made a trade for a left-handed reliever.

Along the way, Cashman had contract discussions with free-agent closer David Robertson and third baseman Chase Headley, plus a myriad of talks with agents for many of the other pitchers, shortstops and third basemen on the market.

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

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pettitte honored at Torre's Safe at Home Gala

Pettitte honored at Torre's Safe at Home Gala

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre's fondest memory of Andy Pettitte was in October of 1996. With Torre at the helm as manager for the first season, the Yankees were back in the postseason for the first time in 15 years. It was a jubilant full house at old Yankee Stadium ... and a collective letdown as the left-hander allowed Atlanta seven quick earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings of a 12-1 loss in Game 1 of the World Series.

"With Andy, I'll go right to the start, 1996," Torre said. "Game 1, he gets murdered against the Braves. The fact of the matter is, he comes back in Game 5 and pitches a 1-0 gem, 8 1/3 innings. So when you consider it's the World Series, you're going from your home field for Game 1 to the visiting ballpark in Game 5, he knew right away how he dealt with pressure."

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Trio of Yanks' prospects rake in final AFL game

Bird, Judge, Bichette Jr. combine for seven hits, four RBIs in win for Scottsdale

Trio of Yanks' prospects rake in final AFL game

For one final time this fall, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Dante Bichette, Jr. turned Scottsdale Stadium into a mini-Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

The trio of Yankees' prospects combined for seven hits, four runs and four RBIs to lead Scottsdale to an 8-5 victory against Salt River on the final day of the Arizona Fall League season.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Yankees land reliever Wilson from Pirates

Bombers trade for left-hander, send backup catcher Cervelli to Pittsburgh

Yankees land reliever Wilson from Pirates

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have acquired left-hander Justin Wilson from the Pirates in exchange for catcher Francisco Cervelli, both clubs announced on Wednesday evening.

Wilson, 27, was 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 70 appearances with Pittsburgh in 2014, and he projects to compete for a bullpen role with the Yankees this coming spring. In three Major League seasons, the lefty is 9-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 136 appearances.

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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.

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Yankees working on multiyear deal for Robertson

Closer's agent reportedly seeking similar salary to that of Phillies veteran Papelbon

Yankees working on multiyear deal for Robertson

PHOENIX -- The Yankees have opened negotiations on a multiyear deal with free-agent closer David Robertson only days after the right-hander turned down a $15.3 million qualifying offer, general manager Brian Cashman said on Wednesday as the annual General Managers Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore went into their second full day.

"I met with Robertson's guy yesterday," Cashman said, referring to Robertson's California-based agent Scott Leventhal, during his media availability. "We had our first post-qualifying offer turndown discussion. There's really nothing to report, but yeah, we met with him for a while."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. 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.

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Phelps headlines list of Super Two players

The 26 players named are eligible for salary arbitration

Phelps headlines list of Super Two players

Major League Baseball and the Players' Association have finalized a list of 26 players with less than three years of Major League service time who are eligible for salary arbitration, also known as Super Twos, a Major League Baseball source confirmed.

The group is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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See Joe DiMaggio's love letters to Marilyn Monroe

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See Joe DiMaggio's love letters to Marilyn Monroe

"I love you and want to be with you … There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me," Joe DiMaggio wrote to Marilyn Monroe in a letter that can now be yours -- for a considerable amount of cash.

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Yankees sign lefty De Paula to one-year deal

Yankees sign lefty De Paula to one-year deal

NEW YORK -- The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have signed left-hander Jose De Paula to a one-year Major League contract for the 2015 season.

De Paula, 26, has not appeared in the big leagues. He inked a split contract that will pay him $510,000 if he is in the Majors and $175,000 if he is in the Minors.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Thanks to AFL play, prospect Bird has seen stock rise

Performances in the desert can influence expectations, change career course

Thanks to AFL play, prospect Bird has seen stock rise

Playing in the Arizona Fall League can serve a number of purposes for the prospects who attend. Top prospects can put the finishing touches on their development en route to All-Star careers. Perhaps on the other side of the spectrum, several prospects who need to be protected will either earn spots on the 40-man roster or have made a strong enough impression with one of the other 29 teams to be selected December's Rule 5 Draft.

Every fall, Minor Leaguers raise their stock with their performances in Arizona. The caveats that are typically thrown out when discussing such matters: it's a small sample size and the AFL is always very hitter-friendly. Those are true, and as a result, evaluations have to be taken in context. But it's also undeniably true that every year, expectations around some prospects are heightened based on what they did during six weeks in the desert.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Yankees remain in market for third baseman

Re-signing Headley among options with club unsure of A-Rod's production after year away

Yankees remain in market for third baseman

PHOENIX -- Despite the imminent return of Alex Rodriguez from a one-season suspension for performance-enhancing substances, the Yankees are in the market for a third baseman and are trying to re-sign free agent Chase Headley, general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday.

"If I signed or traded for a third baseman, then that would be my third baseman," said Cashman during a media session at this week's General Managers Meetings. "If we made a move for a third baseman, then that would be my third baseman. Right now, I don't have that. I have somebody who can play that in [Martin] Prado. But I'm not here to state that the Yankees have their definitive third baseman for 2015."

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

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Robertson declines Yanks' qualifying offer

Robertson declines Yanks' qualifying offer

PHOENIX -- The Yankees will continue to pursue David Robertson even after the right-handed closer turned down a $15.3 million qualifying offer at the deadline on Monday, general manager Brian Cashman said as Major League Baseball's general managers descended on the Arizona Biltmore for several days of meetings.

None of the 12 free agents presented with qualifying offers accepted by the 6 p.m. ET deadline, although before Michael Cuddyer could shun Colorado, he signed a two-year deal with the Mets.

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

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Yankees, USO lend support to troops

NEW YORK -- More than 150 volunteers snaked through Yankee Stadium's Great Hall on Tuesday morning, each lending their time to help create thousands of gift packs that will be shipped from the Bronx to remote areas of Afghanistan this holiday season.

The Yankees and the USO hosted the event, which produced more than 5,000 USO Big Apple Greeter Packs for active servicemen and servicewomen. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and his wife, Kim, were among those on hand to lend support to the cause.

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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.

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Betances comes up short in AL ROY bid

Righty's strong year out of 'pen places him third in BBWAA balloting

Betances comes up short in AL ROY bid

NEW YORK -- The Yankees' bullpen may have looked different on a daily basis this past season, but as Dellin Betances was able to learn early in the season, Mariano Rivera's presence and guidance were still just a quick message away.

Finishing third behind White Sox slugger Jose Abreu and Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker for the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, as selected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Betances said that he picked up pointers that should help him build on that impressive campaign.

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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.

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Girardi discusses A-Rod's future role on the Yankees

Girardi discusses A-Rod's future role on the Yankees

NEW YORK -- The national spotlight will be focused on Yankees camp next spring when Alex Rodriguez returns to duty as an active player, and even with the anticipated spotlight of sorts that will accompany his presence in Tampa, manager Joe Girardi said he is excited to have A-Rod back on the roster.

"When hasn't there been a lot of attention on him in the last five years?" Girardi said on Tuesday. "Yeah, there's going to be attention. Some of it is going to be negative, some of it will be positive. We'll deal with it."

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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.

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Richard Justice

Cashman optimistic Yanks can be in playoff mix

Cashman optimistic Yanks can be in playoff mix

PHOENIX -- Can the Yankees contend in 2015? In the end, that's the only question that matters.

"I do believe that we have a chance," said general manager Brian Cashman.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Yanks set in outfield; Ichiro likely not back

Yanks set in outfield; Ichiro likely not back

PHOENIX -- For all intents and purposes, the signing of outfielder Chris Young by the Yankees to a one-year contract on Sunday signaled the end of the Ichiro Suzuki era in New York.

Ichiro also is a free agent, but there seems to be no room in the outfield for him to return to the Yankees, general manager Brian Cashman explained on Monday.

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

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Inbox: Could Yankees make a run at Tulo?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers questions from fans

Inbox: Could Yankees make a run at Tulo?

This promises to be a busy week for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who is on the ground in Arizona for the annual General Managers Meetings. The club has made some smaller moves in signing outfielder Chris Young and pitcher Andrew Bailey, and its eyes are set upon doing much more.

Is it possible for the Yankees to trade for Troy Tulowitzki?
-- Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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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.

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Yankees sign outfielder Young

Yankees sign outfielder Young

NEW YORK -- Something told Chris Young not to move the furniture out of his New York City apartment last summer, even as his time with the Mets was coming to a close. Discovering a landing spot across town with the Yankees proved that had been a wise decision.

Young performed well during a month-long audition in pinstripes, prompting the Yankees to pursue the 31-year-old for a return engagement in 2015. The Yankees officially announced a one-year pact on Sunday with Young, who is slated to serve as the club's fourth outfielder.

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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.

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Ticket holders enjoy special event at Yankee Stadium

Ticket holders enjoy special event at Yankee Stadium

Yankees ticket holders were treated to a unique opportunity on Sunday to walk and play on the historic field at Yankee Stadium.

One day after the ballpark played host to a college football game between Connecticut and Army, season-ticket licensees were invited on the field for football activities with family and friends. They were also able to explore Monument Park, as well as the visitors' bullpen.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. Andrew Harts, a real-time correspondent for MLB.com, contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Army's ground attack too much for UConn at Stadium

Yankees' home to host Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27

Army's ground attack too much for UConn at Stadium

NEW YORK -- Who needs to throw the ball?

Army, an old-school football power, harkened back to its winning ways Saturday, when it used a merciless running game to grind out a 35-21 win over the University of Connecticut at Yankee Stadium. Army threw just three passes in the victory, but its option attack ruled the day against UConn.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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