Judge shows off arm, plates run vs. O's

Judge shows off arm, plates run vs. O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- In his final game before leaving Orioles camp to join the Netherlands for the World Baseball Classic, Jonathan Schoop hit a long third-inning home run as the O's fell to the Yankees, 4-1, on Monday afternoon.

Schoop is 3-for-8 in three spring games. He also has two doubles.

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Didi excited for reunion with Classic mates

Didi excited for reunion with Classic mates

TAMPA, Fla. -- There should be plenty of inside jokes flying around the Netherlands clubhouse during the World Baseball Classic, especially when the group of Didi Gregorius, Jurickson Profar, Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons huddle together.

Suiting up for the Dutch squad will serve as an extended reunion for the players, who have known each other since they were grade schoolers growing up on the Caribbean island of Curacao.

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Girardi pleased with early showings in rotation

Girardi pleased with early showings in rotation

SARASOTA, Fla. -- With five prime contenders vying to fill two vacancies at the back of the Yankees' rotation, manager Joe Girardi could not have imagined a better first impression for the opening week of Spring Training.

The leading candidates have combined for 10 scoreless innings in the Yanks' first four Grapefruit League games, with right-hander Chad Green blanking the Orioles over two frames in New York's 4-1 victory on Monday.

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Bird's swing looking good; work to do on bases

Bird's swing looking good; work to do on bases

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The timing of Greg Bird's swing appears to be coming around, but after missing all of last season following right labrum surgery, his baserunning still might be able to use some extra polish.

Bird went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the Yankees' 4-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Orioles on Monday, but twice jogged back to the dugout following questionable decisions that saw him tagged out at third base.

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Starlin homers, Severino sharp in win vs. Jays

Starlin homers, Severino sharp in win vs. Jays

TAMPA, Fla. -- Luis Severino looked sharp in his opening bid to secure a rotation spot and Starlin Castro homered as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 7-2, in Grapefruit League action Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Severino worked two scoreless innings in his spring debut, permitting just a walk with a strikeout. Severino is looking to reclaim one of the Yankees' two rotation vacancies after he lost the job in the middle of last season by going 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts.

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Along with bat, Sanchez's arm is a threat

Yanks catcher nails two runners; Starlin compares him to Cards' Molina

Along with bat, Sanchez's arm is a threat

TAMPA, Fla. -- Gary Sanchez's historic home run barrage taught opposing teams to pitch carefully when he is at the plate, and now the Yankees' catcher is reminding baserunners not to sleep on his strong arm.

Sanchez caught two runners attempting to steal second base in the third inning of New York's 7-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, nailing Jon Berti and Ezequiel Carrera by healthy margins.

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Severino says changeup key to his success

Yanks urge young righty to reclaim offspeed pitch, expand repertoire

Severino says changeup key to his success

TAMPA, Fla. -- Luis Severino showed flashes of brilliance as a starter two years ago, then struggled mightily once handed a rotation spot the next spring. The difference, the Yankees believe, was directly related to the dwindling confidence in his changeup.

That was why the Yankees sent Severino home with marching orders, instructing the right-hander to focus on reclaiming that offspeed pitch. The early results looked good Sunday, as Severino hurled two scoreless, hitless innings in a 7-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Blue Jays.

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Clark: Betances concentrating on season

MLBPA executive director says reliever has turned the page after arbitration hearing

Clark: Betances concentrating on season

TAMPA, Fla. -- Dellin Betances has turned the page following his arbitration hearing with the Yankees and is channeling his energy toward helping his teammates win ballgames, according to Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Clark and other MLBPA representatives met with the Yankees for about 90 minutes on Sunday morning at George M. Steinbrenner Field, covering a variety of topics. Clark said that he had time to speak with Betances, who was upset by Yankees president Randy Levine's comments following a Feb. 18 hearing.

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Torres lives up to hype in 1st spring start

Yankees' top prospect notches 2 doubles, scores twice on wild pitches

Torres lives up to hype in 1st spring start

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees have raved about Gleyber Torres' excellent game clock, which permits him to make wise decisions between the white lines. The touted prospect provided a glimpse of that on Saturday, scoring from second base on a wild pitch in New York's 6-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Phillies.

Ranked as No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLBPipeline.com, Torres sprinted immediately from his secondary lead after the Phils' Mark Appel uncorked a pitch that skipped from catcher Cameron Rupp. Miguel Andujar scored standing up, and Torres never broke stride behind him, sliding home safely with the Yanks' third run of the afternoon.

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Yanks show hustle, grit vs. Phillies

Yanks show hustle, grit vs. Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies first baseman Brock Stassi is making his case to make the Opening Day roster.

He hit a walk-off single to center field in the ninth inning in Saturday afternoon's 6-5 victory over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field. After Rhys Hoskins' one-out double to left field, pinch-runner Roman Quinn had no trouble scoring on the single from Stassi, who homered Friday against the Yankees.

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Yanks believe Didi's power is sustainable

Shortstop follows 20-homer 2016 campaign with solo shot in spring opener

Yanks believe Didi's power is sustainable

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Didi Gregorius stood in front of his clubhouse locker, pantomiming a wild uppercut swing that would have made Reggie Jackson proud. It's exactly what you'll never see the Yankees shortstop try at home plate.

Gregorius homered on the first pitch he saw this spring in Friday's 9-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Phillies, following up on a 2016 campaign in which he set a career high with 20 home runs. Yet Gregorius still insists that he absolutely, positively does not consider himself a power hitter.

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Judge's scoreboard HR offers peek at ceiling

Judge's scoreboard HR offers peek at ceiling

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees hit three home runs as they lifted the curtain on a refurbished George M. Steinbrenner Field complex on Friday, but it was Aaron Judge's moonshot off the left-field scoreboard that had these Baby Bombers dreaming about the future.

Judge extended his arms to swat a first-pitch fastball from the Phillies' Elniery Garcia in the fifth inning of New York's 9-4 Grapefruit League victory, wowing the announced crowd of 8,845 with a titanic clout that dented the top of a beer advertisement before falling back to the playing field.

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Yanks light up, dent scoreboard vs. Phillies

Yanks light up, dent scoreboard vs. Phillies

TAMPA, Fla. -- Didi Gregorius hit the first home run of Spring Training 2017, and Aaron Judge added a majestic drive as the Yankees denied the Phillies, 9-4, on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in each team's Grapefruit League season opener.

Gregorius followed up a career-high 20 homers last season by going deep on the first pitch he saw from Phillies starter Alec Asher, a solo drive to right-center field. Judge hit a titanic solo shot in the fifth inning off Elniery Garcia, denting the scoreboard in left field.

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A-Rod shares lessons with prospects over dinner

A-Rod shares lessons with prospects over dinner

TAMPA, Fla. -- Embracing his new role as a Yankees special guest instructor, Alex Rodriguez said that he believed it would be valuable to take a group of young players out to a lengthy dinner, offering the Yankees hopefuls an opportunity to ask questions on a variety of topics.

Rodriguez and the prospects broke bread on Thursday evening, gathering at a local steakhouse to swap stories while digging into the challenges and rewards involved with making it in New York.

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Clippard revels in Yanks return, shot to play for USA

Clippard revels in Yanks return, shot to play for USA

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tyler Clippard's phone buzzed with a message from an unknown number, and it took the Yankees reliever a few moments to digest what was happening. Team USA was offering a roster spot for the World Baseball Classic, and it was an opportunity he couldn't let get away.

Adding to the surreal nature of the moment was that the text came from Clippard's first big league manager, Joe Torre, who had welcomed the then-rookie to The Show as a midseason callup with the Yanks in 2007. Clippard quickly tapped back to Torre that he was "very interested."

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Tanaka, Betances dominate hitters in live BP

Tanaka, Betances dominate hitters in live BP

TAMPA, Fla. -- Pitchers are generally ahead of hitters at this point of the spring, but for Brett Gardner and Chase Headley, taking their first at-bats of the year against Dellin Betances and Masahiro Tanaka proved to be an especially unfair matchup.

The Yankees right-handers worked crisply and efficiently on a back diamond of the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex on Thursday morning, preparing for their respective assignments. Betances is gearing up to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, while Tanaka is eyeing his third consecutive Opening Day start.

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Yanks prospects log face time with Captain

Sheffield, Kaprielian among young players who dined with Jeter at camp

Yanks prospects log face time with Captain

TAMPA, Fla. -- It wouldn't be a Captain's Camp without dinner with the Captain himself.

Several of the Yankees' top prospects enjoyed dinner with former shortstop Derek Jeter on Tuesday. Jeter took the group of about 20 players and front-office personnel to Oxford Exchange in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, where he answered questions and offered advice.

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Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka to make spring debut on Tuesday

Tanaka to make spring debut on Tuesday

TAMPA, Fla. -- Four pitchers competing for rotation spots with the Yankees will take the ball in the first week of the Grapefruit League season. Adam Warren will start on Saturday against the Phillies in Clearwater, Luis Severino will start Sunday against the Blue Jays in Tampa, Chad Green will pitch Monday against the Orioles in Sarasota and Luis Cessa will start in a split-squad game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers on Tuesday.

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Ellsbury: 'It all comes back to work ethic'

Yanks hoping center fielder returns to speedy form in 2017

Ellsbury: 'It all comes back to work ethic'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said he does not feel pressure to live up to his $153 million contract, and he will just continue to focus on improving his game.

Ellsbury, who delayed his arrival to camp because of the birth of his second child, said he is ready to get to work. His slash line of .264/.326/.382 in three years with the Yankees is below his career average.

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Same pinstripes, new role for 'grateful' A-Rod

Former Yankee ready to guide team's next generation as special guest instructor

Same pinstripes, new role for 'grateful' A-Rod

TAMPA, Fla. -- When Alex Rodriguez needs a moment to clear his mind, he'll sometimes reach for one of his old game-model bats, now stashed near his office desk. Those indoor swings are enough for the three-time American League Most Valuable Player, who says that he is retired and has "zero" urge to play again.

Rodriguez arrived in Yankees camp on Tuesday, embracing his new role as a special guest instructor. Just six months after stepping into the box for what he promises was his final Major League at-bat, Rodriguez's new assignment will be to help guide the team's next generation of players.

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Ellsbury joins Yanks camp after birth of child

Outfielder, Gardner viewed as keys to boosting club's lineup this season

Ellsbury joins Yanks camp after birth of child

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees have their full roster in camp following the arrival of outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was granted a late report because his wife, Kelsey, was delivering the couple's second child.

Ellsbury participated in batting practice on a back diamond of the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex on Tuesday, hitting in a group with Matt Holliday, Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka.

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Lefty Bleier traded to O's for PTBN or cash

Lefty Bleier traded to O's for PTBN or cash

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees traded left-hander Richard Bleier to the Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Bleier was designated for assignment on Feb. 16 in order to make room on the 40-man roster for newly signed first baseman Chris Carter.

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Bird out to prove he's healthy, ready to play

Yanks 1B more focused on returning strong than position battle

Bird out to prove he's healthy, ready to play

TAMPA, Fla. -- Greg Bird isn't concerned about an upcoming battle for playing time with Chris Carter. After missing all of last season while recovering from right labrum surgery, the Yankees first baseman just wants to prove that his swing is back to normal.

"I'm fighting to prove that I'm healthy and can play," Bird said. "I'm not fighting against anyone in particular. I'm just trying to play and play at a high level again and get better and become the best possible player that I can be."

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Niese 'proud' to wear Yankees uniform

According to Girardi, versatile lefty competing for spot in 'pen

Niese 'proud' to wear Yankees uniform

TAMPA, Fla. -- Now that Jonathon Niese has traded the Mets' orange and blue for Yankees pinstripes, he's hoping to find out what it will be like to pitch on the other side of a Subway Series this summer.

After agreeing to a Minor League contract with the Yankees, Niese was in uniform for Monday's workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Niese will compete for a spot in the bullpen.

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Gardner glad to be a Yankee for 10th season

Club's longest-tenured player reflects on career, advises young players

Gardner glad to be a Yankee for 10th season

TAMPA, Fla. -- To Brett Gardner, it still seems like yesterday that he was viewed as one of the Yankees' rising prospects, attending Spring Training with a football number on his back while wedging his belongings into a locker between Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

As he prepares for a 10th season in pinstripes, Gardner has upgraded his real estate in the home clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field, taking over a corner locker previously used by Carlos Beltran -- an honor befitting the Yankees' longest-tenured player.

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