Whitley fans six, but offense goes missing vs. Rays

Whitley fans six, but offense goes missing vs. Rays

TAMPA, Fla. -- James Loney doubled as part of a three-hit performance, helping to lead the Rays to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Desmond Jennings doubled and scored on Loney's second-inning single to bring home the first run of the afternoon. Jordan Norberto started for Tampa Bay and threw two scoreless innings.

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Ryan likely headed to disabled list due to calf strain

Shortstop slated for MRI; Drew figures to begin season as backup shortstop

Ryan likely headed to disabled list due to calf strain

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan had to be helped off the field in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays with a right calf strain, and he is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Manager Joe Girardi said that Ryan will have an MRI performed to determine the severity of the injury, but said that he would be "very surprised" if Ryan is ready to play by Opening Day. The injury will force the Yankees to scramble and identify a replacement infielder before April 6.

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Warren officially named Yankees' fifth starter

Warren officially named Yankees' fifth starter

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the worst-kept secrets in Yankees camp has been revealed, as Adam Warren is now officially tabbed to begin the season as the club's fifth starter.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed the decision after Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Rays. Warren was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts, permitting 17 hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings.

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Refsnyder in line to break camp with Yanks?

Refsnyder in line to break camp with Yanks?

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees tried to splash cold water on their expectations for Rob Refsnyder this spring, offering not-so-subtle reminders that all of their available position player spots were already guaranteed and there was little chance of the prospect heading north as a big leaguer.

Yet as Brendan Ryan limped off the field Wednesday with a right calf strain that is expected to send him to the disabled list, Refsnyder had to recognize that a window of opportunity might be opening. The Yanks' No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, Refsnyder's name is one that will be mentioned often in internal meetings.

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Yankees make trade, acquire infielder Petit from Astros

Yankees make trade, acquire infielder Petit from Astros

The Yankees acquired infielder Gregorio Petit from the Astros on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Petit hit .278 in 37 games for the Astros last season. He was having a productive spring, batting .310 (9-for-29) through 18 Grapefruit League contests, but was unable to crack the club's crowded infield. He was among several players sent to the Minors on Sunday.

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McCann motivated to bounce back, lead Yanks

Eager to reclaim power stroke, catcher can also help fill veteran void left by Jeter

McCann motivated to bounce back, lead Yanks

TAMPA, Fla. -- That first season wearing Yankees pinstripes served as a learning experience for Brian McCann, but there was confusion along the way. Far too often for his liking, his eyes would light up for a cookie that'd leave him shaking his head outside the batter's box rather than circling the bases.

"Certain balls that I always got to, I was fouling them off," McCann said. "I was getting 2-0 fastballs and fouling them off over the third-base dugout. That's something that I've never really done. It took me longer than I thought to correct it, I guess. Now that I've got it corrected, the ball is coming off great."

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Wrist improving, Didi nearing return to action

Wrist improving, Didi nearing return to action

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said that he has regained the range of motion in his sprained left wrist, and he expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Gregorius has not played since Saturday, when he injured the wrist diving for a ground ball. Yankees manager Joe Girardi initially planned to play Gregorius on Wednesday, but opted to give him another day because of lingering swelling.

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Decisions remain for Girardi as spring winds down

Bullpen picture not yet finalized; prospects inching closer to Bronx auditions

Decisions remain for Girardi as spring winds down

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are nearing the end of a Spring Training that has been run about as well as Joe Girardi could have hoped, and now the manager believes that he will have some difficult calls to make during the final week of camp.

It remains possible, Girardi said, that the Yankees will go into the regular season without naming a set closer. That would create a situation in which Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller are asked to share the ninth-inning duties, an arrangement that both pitchers say they would embrace.

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Tanaka, Yanks relieved after healthy spring

Tanaka, Yanks relieved after healthy spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The contact might have been more solid than Masahiro Tanaka would have preferred on Tuesday, but as the Yankees right-hander left the mound for the final time this spring, the organization had to be thrilled that he is heading into the regular season with a clean bill of health.

Preferring to face a big league club for his final tuneup, Tanaka volunteered to make the 140-mile trek to Hammond Stadium, where he completed his Spring Training workload by hurling 4 1/3 innings of three-run, seven-hit ball in a 3-1 loss to the Twins.

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Flores chips in, Martin impresses in relief of Tanaka

Flores chips in, Martin impresses in relief of Tanaka

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Tommy Milone was solid in his final Grapefruit League tuneup, while Eduardo Escobar doubled and homered to help lead the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.

Facing Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning, Escobar smoked a double down the right-field line, and he scored on Chris Herrmann's single to left field, sliding around the tag from catcher Austin Romine. Eric Fryer added an RBI single off Tanaka in the fourth before Escobar crushed a solo blast to right field off the Yankees' Opening Day starter in the fifth.

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Wilson living up to reputation as flamethrower

Wilson living up to reputation as flamethrower

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When the radar gun readings have been plopped down in the coaches' room this spring at Yankees camp, one name has consistently ranked ahead of the others. Justin Wilson arrived with a calling card of big velocity, and thus far, the left-hander has lived up to that advertisement.

"I think my velocity has always been up in the spring, usually kind of lively," Wilson said. "You get extra days off in the spring, so it's a little bit more controlled. It's nice to be fresh out there for the most part. I've heard it's been up there and it's been kind of normal."

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Yanks believe good health will lead to good offense

Yanks believe good health will lead to good offense

TAMPA, Fla. -- If you sit down and crunch the Yankees' math, the most important number to remember may be 633. That's the number of runs they scored last season, ranking near the bottom of the American League, and they must exceed it to achieve their goal of championship-caliber ball in 2015.

Despite significant offseason investments prior to last season, the Yankees didn't see what they expected out of Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. Jacoby Ellsbury enjoyed a solid season, as did Brett Gardner, but the Yanks sorely missed Mark Teixeira's switch-hitting production in the second half. They also could have used whatever Alex Rodriguez had to offer.

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Headley lends a hand in Eovaldi's shutdown start

Third baseman homers, drives in three to lead Yankees in rout

Headley lends a hand in Eovaldi's shutdown start

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs to back another strong outing from Nathan Eovaldi to help the Yankees beat the Astros, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez made his debut at first base for the Yankees and went 1-for-1 with a walk and a run scored while playing four innings.

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A-Rod makes debut at first in Yanks' victory

Appearance goes smoothly; Girardi will consider alignment during season

A-Rod makes debut at first in Yanks' victory

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- At this stage of Alex Rodriguez's career, there are not many new experiences to be found between the white lines. Standing at first base, charging a ground ball and feeding it to a moving target qualified as one of them.

Making his first career appearance at first base, Rodriguez handled three chances in three innings at the position, grabbing that grounder and accepting two throws in the Yankees' 7-0 Grapefruit League victory over the Astros at Osceola County Stadium.

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Eovaldi praised by hometown legend Ryan

Strikeout king, Astros advisor watched Yankees righty's scoreless start Sunday

Eovaldi praised by hometown legend Ryan

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- One of the things that Nathan Eovaldi remembers about growing up in Alvin, Texas, is that Nolan Ryan seemed to be everywhere. His photos were on the walls of restaurants, highways were named in his honor and old-timers still talked about his greatest games as though they happened yesterday.

Eovaldi didn't realize it as he stepped on the mound Sunday at Osceola County Stadium, but the Hall of Famer was there too. Ryan watched the game in his role as an Astros executive advisor and said that he was looking forward to seeing how his fellow Alvin High School alum handled the competition.

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Teixeira 'fine' after bruising knee in Minors game

Yankees expect first baseman to play Wednesday after getting hit by pitch

Teixeira 'fine' after bruising knee in Minors game

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira was diagnosed with a right knee contusion after being hit by a pitch in a Minor League game on Sunday morning, the Yankees announced.

Teixeira immediately left the game at the Yankees' Himes Avenue complex and appeared to be limping, but he told reporters that he was "fine." The club said Teixeira is receiving ice treatment and that no tests are scheduled.

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Didi reports improvement after straining left wrist

Yankees shortstop was injured diving for ground ball on Saturday

Didi reports improvement after straining left wrist

TAMPA, Fla. -- Didi Gregorius received treatment and reported some improvement in his strained left wrist on Sunday, one day after the Yankees' shortstop awkwardly rolled on his glove hand diving for a ground ball.

Gregorius said that he believes he will be ready for Opening Day. The Yankees' plan is to rest him for the next two days and then try to get him back in the lineup on Wednesday, when New York hosts the Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Yanks bring back Burton three days after release

Mitchell, Davies among 10 players sent to Minors on Sunday

Yanks bring back Burton three days after release

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees re-signed Jared Burton to a Minor League contract on Sunday, agreeing on a new deal with the right-hander three days after he was released by the club, among several other transactions that trimmed their spring roster.

Burton, 33, has been sidelined since March 17 with a strained lat. He had an opt-out in his original contract that he planned to exercise, so the Yanks released him and then agreed to a new deal.

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Drew, A-Rod go yard as Baker struggles vs. O's

Right-hander tapped for five runs in second inning

Drew, A-Rod go yard as Baker struggles vs. O's

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run homer to back Tyler Wilson's impressive start as the Orioles defeated the Yankees, 10-2, on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

De Aza's second homer of the spring highlighted a five-run frame as Baltimore jumped on right-hander Scott Baker. Ryan Flaherty had a sacrifice fly and Jonathan Schoop slapped a run-scoring single in the frame off Baker, who is trying to win a spot on the Yanks' pitching staff as a non-roster invitee.

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Betances has more to fix in Spring Training

Yankees closer candidate allows fifth spring run in seventh appearance

Betances has more to fix in Spring Training

TAMPA, Fla. -- Dellin Betances would hate to get on the plane without another clean inning under his belt, so this is going to be an important week for the Yankees right-hander to iron out the wrinkles.

Betances was touched for a run in the sixth inning of the Yanks' 10-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Orioles on Saturday. In seven appearances, the All-Star has permitted five earned runs and is sporting a 7.11 ERA.

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A-Rod adds third homer to consistent spring

A-Rod adds third homer to consistent spring

TAMPA, Fla. -- When Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the spring, he remarked that it had been so long, he had forgotten what it was supposed to feel like. This time, when ball met barrel, he knew exactly what was happening.

Rodriguez slugged his third Grapefruit League homer Saturday, a solo shot to left-center off Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, in the seventh inning of Baltimore's 10-2 victory at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Minor Leaguers pounce on Sabathia's pitches

Yankees southpaw allows two homers in productive five-inning outing

Minor Leaguers pounce on Sabathia's pitches

TAMPA, Fla. -- It was CC Sabathia's request to pitch in a Minor League game Saturday, not wanting to provide a sneak peek to a division rival while the Yankees hosted the Orioles over at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He may have been regretting that call after one pitch.

It's often said that Minor League hitters swing early and often, and Sabathia barked when his first pitch was slugged over the wall by Alen Hanson, an infielder with the Pirates' Triple-A squad. Sabathia served up two homers in a five-inning outing that he said was productive.

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Yankees honor prospects Severino, Refsnyder

Pitcher, Player of the Year ranked first, fifth in organization

Yankees honor prospects Severino, Refsnyder

TAMPA, Fla. -- Rob Refsnyder and Luis Severino have been honored as the winners of the 2014 Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees' Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

The pair of promising prospects received their awards prior to Saturday's game against the Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Yankees tab Tanaka for Opening Day start

Righty 'honored' to have assignment that had been CC's for six straight seasons

Yankees tab Tanaka for Opening Day start

TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka has been named as the Yankees' Opening Day starter for the April 6 contest against the Blue Jays, accepting an assignment that had been issued to CC Sabathia for the last six seasons.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the club's probable pitchers for the first four games of the season on Friday. Tanaka will be followed by Michael Pineda, Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation, with the fifth starter yet to be announced.

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Drew goes 3-for-3, shows signs of heating up

After uneven start to spring, second baseman drives in two runs vs. Phils

Drew goes 3-for-3, shows signs of heating up

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees are hoping that a more normal Spring Training will allow Stephen Drew to return to the form he showed two seasons ago, and that belief was not shaken by the veteran infielder's slow start at the plate.

Entering Friday afternoon batting just .167 (6-for-36) in his first spring with the Yanks, Drew showed signs of busting out in New York's 10-0, rain-shortened Grapefruit League win over the Phillies, going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.

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Drew, Yanks' bats erupt behind solid Pineda

Second baseman goes 3-for-3; righty fans five in five scoreless innings

Drew, Yanks' bats erupt behind solid Pineda

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew had three hits and two RBIs in Friday's 10-0 rain-shortened victory over the Phillies at Bright House Field. The game was called with one out in the top of the sixth inning.

Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman allowed seven runs on six hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning as the Yankees broke up a scoreless tie in the fifth.Diekman's Grapefruit League ERA rose from 3.86 to 12.27 in his seventh appearance.

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A-Rod makes first 180-foot dashes of spring

Yanks DH runs first to third, second to home against Phillies

A-Rod makes first 180-foot dashes of spring

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As Alex Rodriguez checks the boxes off his mental to-do list this spring, he was waiting for an opportunity to make the pair of 180-foot dashes from first to third and second to home. Both were knocked out on a busy Friday afternoon.

Rodriguez went from first to third on Stephen Drew's second-inning double, then scored from second base on Chris Young's two-run single in the fifth. For good measure, Rodriguez even tried to score on a fly ball to right field, a play that ended with him being tagged out.

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64 years ago, Mantle hit a 550-660 foot HR

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64 years ago, Mantle hit a 550-660 foot HR

We've seen some incredible rookies impress over the last few years. From Jose Fernandez to Bryce Harper to Mike "The Fish God" Trout. But 64 years ago today, a 19-year-old Mickey Mantle may have topped them all during a Spring Training game against USC.

 

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