Yanks may consider starting Judge in Minors

Club's No. 4 prospect is competing with Hicks for outfield spot

Yanks may consider starting Judge in Minors

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Aaron Judge unpacked his bags this spring with the support of the most important voice in the Yankees' hierarchy, with managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner saying that he expected the big-swinging prospect to be his starting right fielder this season.

Despite that vote of confidence, Judge could begin the year in the Minor Leagues. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday that the organization still has not made a decision on the open competition between Judge and Aaron Hicks, with that announcement expected to be made on Thursday.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge among top prospect performers

Judge among top prospect performers

Trevor Williams saved his best for last. Needing a strong performance to help him win a spot in the Pirates' rotation, the club's No. 18 prospect spun a gem in his final Grapefruit League appearance.

The 24-year-old right-hander, competing with fellow prospect Tyler Glasnow (Pirates' No. 1, No. 8 overall) for the final spot in the rotation, struck out six and gave up just two hits in four innings.

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

Montgomery makes rotation case vs. Jays

Montgomery makes rotation case vs. Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jordan Montgomery's sharp arsenal has wowed the Yankees on several occasions this spring, but as the left-hander wrapped up an unlikely bid for a rotation spot, he sent a positive message on Wednesday by surviving against a tough Blue Jays lineup without his best stuff.

After watching Montgomery battle in holding Toronto to a run and six hits over five innings in the Yankees' 3-1 win at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, the Yanks will finalize their roster with the 24-year-old still very much in the conversation.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gardner turns bird-watcher, annoys Bird

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Gardner turns bird-watcher, annoys Bird

The Yankees have done an excellent job in recent years hearkening back to the amusing team commercials of yore with legitimately funny videos. 2015 offered a brief Sandlot reenactment, and 2016 featured several ads, including one where Starlin Castro and a charismatic Didi Gregorius did their rendition of a Step Brothers scene.

Now in 2017, the Yankees' video crew is back at it again with some more, like a sequel shot for Castro and Gregorius (and oddly, Matt Holliday), and the YES Network team doing yoga. Their best one this go-around though features a wonderful duo: the longest-tenured current Yankee and perhaps the longest-awaited Yankee.

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Judge logs 2 hits in Montgomery's solid start

Judge logs 2 hits in Montgomery's solid start

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jordan Montgomery made one last case for a spot on the 25-man roster with five strong innings of work, while Aaron Judge added a pair of hits in the Yankees' 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Montgomery is a dark-horse candidate for a starting job and he likely will have a difficult time making the team, but he has stuck around this long for a reason. Montgomery limited the Blue Jays to one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four over five innings. He has allowed seven earned runs over 19 2/3 innings for a 3.20 ERA in six appearances.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Tanaka has repertoire to win AL Cy Young

Tanaka has repertoire to win AL Cy Young

TAMPA, Fla. -- A World Series trophy is usually the only hardware you'll usually hear players in the Yankees' clubhouse talking about, but as the dawn of the 2017 season approaches, it could be fun to fantasize about what awards might be heading their way in about eight months.

It was early in Spring Training that CC Sabathia predicted greatness for fellow rotation member Michael Pineda, suggesting that if the hulking right-hander finally puts it all together, he has the stuff to become the Yankees' first American League Cy Young Award winner since Roger Clemens in 2001.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees reassign Wade to Minor Leagues

Torreyes likely to begin season as starting shortstop with Didi on DL

Yankees reassign Wade to Minor Leagues

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Yankees appear to have settled on Ronald Torreyes as their Opening Day shortstop, reassigning infielder Tyler Wade to Minor League camp following Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Tigers in Grapefruit League action.

Wade had been in the running to break camp with the Yankees due to Didi Gregorius' right shoulder strain, but the 22-year-old is not on the club's 40-man roster. Rated as the Yanks' No. 12 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Wade hit .357 in 25 Grapefruit League games and will begin the season as the starting shortstop for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Who will start season at SS for Yanks?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Inbox: Who will start season at SS for Yanks?

With the injury to Didi Gregorius, what do you see the Yankees doing at shortstop? And if they go with Tyler Wade at short and he plays well, is there any chance he will take the third-base job when Didi returns?
-- Evan P., via e-mail

The Yankees seem to be confident that they can patch the hole from within, and while that might just be posturing, no trade appears imminent. The Yanks eliminated one candidate after Sunday's game, reassigning Ruben Tejada to Minor League camp, and eliminated another, Wade, who was reassigned after Tuesday night's game. Joe Girardi strongly indicated that the shortstop job will go to Ronald Torreyes in the interim.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge homers as Tanaka's perfect spring ends

Judge homers as Tanaka's perfect spring ends

TAMPA, Fla. -- After watching 31 batters make hard turns back to the dugout, the Tigers finally got to Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday, interrupting the right-hander's perfect spring in a 6-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Tanaka had held the Tigers both scoreless and hitless over 10 1/3 innings this spring, spanning three starts. Detroit ended that quickly in the first inning, as Ian Kinsler cracked a broken-bat single and scored on Alex Presley's run-scoring double. Presley trotted home with an unearned run when catcher Gary Sanchez mistakenly threw down to second base on a walk.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ellsbury could hit 5th in Opening Day lineup

Yankees may have previewed order against Tigers on Tuesday

Ellsbury could hit 5th in Opening Day lineup

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees fielded a possible preview of their Opening Day lineup in a 6-3 loss against the Tigers on Tuesday, an order that features Gary Sanchez hitting second, Jacoby Ellsbury fifth, Aaron Hicks in right field and Ronald Torreyes at shortstop.

"This could very well be similar to our Opening Day lineup," said manager Joe Girardi, whose club will open the regular season on April 2 against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Time will tell what Yankees do at Deadline

Time will tell what Yankees do at Deadline

TAMPA, Fla. -- The safe play is for Brian Cashman to maintain a pessimistic stance when he surveys his Yankees roster, believing that if they prepare for the worst-case scenario, it is always easier to adjust when a better situation presents itself.

As the Yankees usher in this new chapter, opinions are mixed on what the influx of young talent will mean on the field in 2017. If the Yankees stay healthy and get contributions from players like Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge, Cashman believes they will be Wild Card contenders at the least.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

Franco on hand as Nathan's strikes partnership, supports Play Ball

MLB, hot dogs getting along Famously

NEW YORK -- When he was a wide-eyed boy dreaming of becoming a Major League Baseball player, John Franco lived in the Marlboro Houses projects, Building 5, Apt. 7D -- a short walk to the wonders of the Coney Island boardwalk.

"Me and my buddies used to go to the beach all the time, hang out on the beach, on the way home stop at Nathan's, get a couple of hot dogs and then ride the rides in Coney Island," the Mets legend said on Tuesday. "It's very dear to me -- it reminds me of my childhood."

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. 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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Pipeline report: Prospects in Yankees' camp

Pipeline report: Prospects in Yankees' camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camps, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com is visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today we check in on the New York Yankees.

TAMPA, Fla. -- In the early 1990s, the Yankees had one of the strongest farm systems in baseball, led by a quartet now known as "The Core Four." Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada were the crowning achievements of a very deep Minor League organization.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

New technology enables downloads of video clips from live telecasts

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line.

If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history. Imagine watching that play again and again, sharing the video clip on the other person's social media page and laughing together about the result.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. 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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Q&A with Yankees prospect Blake Rutherford

Q&A with Yankees prospect Blake Rutherford

As part of MLBPipeline.com's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we'll be sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Yankees camp, it was No. 3 prospect Blake Rutherford (MLBPipeline.com's No. 37 overall prospect).

TAMPA, Fla. -- Blake Rutherford was the Yankees' first-round Draft pick in 2016, taken No. 18 overall. He had a tremendous pro debut, hitting .351/.415/.570, with the only negative being a hamstring injury that shut him down in August. The outfielder is preparing for his first full season of pro ball with Charleston in the South Atlantic League.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torres wins Dawson Award winner as top rookie

Yankees' No. 1-ranked prospect hit .448 with nine extra-base hits

Torres wins Dawson Award winner as top rookie

Top prospect Gleyber Torres on Monday was named the 2017 James P. Dawson Award winner, an honor given annually to the outstanding Yankees rookie in Spring Training.

Torres, the club's No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, hit .448/.469/.931 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBIs in 29 at-bats this spring, his first with the Yankees.

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

Yanks reassign Castillo, Solano, Tejada

Yanks reassign Castillo, Solano, Tejada

The Yankees made three roster moves following Sunday's 7-4 win over the Rays.

Catcher Wilkin Castillo and infielders Donovan Solano and Ruben Tejada were reassigned to Minor League camp.

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

Mitchell feels pressure of rotation battle

Righty gives up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks in 3-plus innings vs. Rays

Mitchell feels pressure of rotation battle

TAMPA, Fla. -- The pressure is rising for the contenders as the Yankees attempt to trim the competition for their vacant rotation spots.

Viewed as a strong candidate to grab the No. 4 slot, Bryan Mitchell did not help his case in Sunday's 7-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Rays, getting into long counts, hitting a batter and issuing a pair of full-count walks as he threw 32 pitches in a three-run third inning.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees release bullpen candidate Niese

Yankees release bullpen candidate Niese

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees released Jonathon Niese on Sunday, ending the left-hander's bid to secure an Opening Day bullpen job.

Niese, 30, signed a Minor League contract with the Yankees on Feb. 20 and would have earned a base salary of $1.25 million if he had made the club. It is possible that he could re-sign with the organization in the coming days. 

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hicks goes yard in Mitchell's shaky rotation audition

Hicks goes yard in Mitchell's shaky rotation audition

TAMPA, Fla. -- Aaron Hicks continued to put up a strong fight in the Yankees' right-field competition, slugging his third spring homer and driving in three runs on Sunday in a 7-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Hicks is battling No. 4 prospect Aaron Judge for an everyday role in the outfield, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the race is still too close to call.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bird bashes 7th spring HR; Girardi impressed

Bird bashes 7th spring HR; Girardi impressed

TAMPA, Fla. -- As Spring Training comes closer to wrapping up, Greg Bird will be hoping his hot bat will be migrating with him to the regular season.

The 24-year-old Aurora, Colo., native has been on a tear this spring, hitting .444, with his seventh home run of the spring coming against Toronto's Mat Latos on Saturday in New York's 6-5 win. No Yankee had hit more than six Spring Training home runs in the past 11 years.

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Greg Zeck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Holliday, Bird pace Yanks' bats vs. Blue Jays

Holliday, Bird pace Yanks' bats vs. Blue Jays

TAMPA, Fla. -- Toronto's hitters got to New York starter Adam Warren before the Yankees rallied for a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

The Blue Jays struck in the top of the first when free-agent acquisition Kendrys Morales singled in Devon Travis, and they pulled out to a 3-0 lead in the second when Ryan Goins cranked a two-run homer to right field.

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Greg Zeck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks honor Judge, Adams for '16 season in Minors

Yanks honor Judge, Adams for '16 season in Minors

TAMPA, Fla. -- Successful 2016 seasons for a pair of Yankees Minor Leaguers were rewarded on Saturday.

The club announced that outfielder Aaron Judge and right-handed pitcher Chance Adams were named the Kevin Lawn Award winners, given to the organization's top position player and pitcher for the prior season.

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Greg Zeck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CC, Pineda to follow Tanaka in Opening Series

Veteran lefty to start April 4 vs. Rays; notches 5 1/3 innings in spring game Friday

CC, Pineda to follow Tanaka in Opening Series

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees have set their rotation for the Opening Series against the Rays, with CC Sabathia in line to start the season's second game on April 4 at Tropicana Field.

Michael Pineda will slot third behind Masahiro Tanaka, who will draw his third consecutive Opening Day assignment on April 2. Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement following Friday's 3-2 victory over the Phillies.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hicks belly-flopped into first base

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Hicks belly-flopped into first base

Spring Training is known as a time for players to get in shape and shake off months of rust accrued over the course of the offseason. During the Yankees' 3-2 win against the Phillies on Friday, New York outfielder Aaron Hicks and Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph showed that neither has completely shaken that rust.

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CC goes 5 1/3 before Yanks walk off vs. Phils

CC goes 5 1/3 before Yanks walk off vs. Phils

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees rallied late to grab their 20th victory of the spring, pushing two runs across in the ninth inning to walk off in a 3-2 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday.

Abiatal Avelino led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Michael Mariot, and Wilkin Castillo doubled home Avelino before Trey Amburgey laced the game-winning single to center field. The spring win total marks the Yanks' most since 2009 (24-10-1).

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Friday.

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