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

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Cessa optioned amid Yankees' roster moves

Prospects Frazier, Fowler also among those reassigned

Cessa optioned amid Yankees' roster moves

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees trimmed a rotation contender and a top prospect from camp on Friday, optioning right-hander Luis Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigning outfielder Clint Frazier to Minor League camp amid several roster moves.

Cessa went 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in five spring games (two starts), permitting eight runs (seven earned) and 13 hits in 9 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out seven, and he will continue working as a starter in the Minors.

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Clippard: Classic one of 'coolest things' in career

Yankees righty appreciated representing USA in tournament

Clippard: Classic one of 'coolest things' in career

TAMPA, Fla. -- The realization hit Tyler Clippard long before he was part of the World Baseball Classic celebration at Dodger Stadium, confetti raining from the sky and the stars and stripes across his chest.

"It was one of the coolest things I've ever done in my career, for sure," Clippard said. "To be able to put on the USA jersey for two weeks straight and experience the camaraderie of some of the best players in America, and to take it home and win the gold, it was a fun ride."

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Q&A: Cashman on 30-plus years with Yanks

GM discusses The Boss, the championships and the current youth movement

Q&A: Cashman on 30-plus years with Yanks

When he began his internship with the Yankees in 1986, Brian Cashman didn't envision a career in baseball. When he was named the team's general manager in '98, he knew the shelf life on such jobs under George Steinbrenner were typically shorter than most.

Cashman enters his 20th season as the team's GM, looking to lead the Yankees back to the top of the mountain for the first time since 2009 -- an eight-year drought that feels like a lifetime in the Bronx.

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Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Montgomery K's 8 as youngsters shine vs. TB

Montgomery K's 8 as youngsters shine vs. TB

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Yankees and Rays played to a 5-5 tie as New York's Tyler Wade stole third and then scored on an error to knot the game up in the ninth Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Leading, 1-0, the Rays scored four in the fifth on RBI singles by Patrick Leonard and Tim Beckham and a two-run double by Jake Bauers to take a 5-0 lead.
 

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks mulling candidates to round out rotation

Girardi on fourth, fifth spots: 'It's still pretty wide open'

Yanks mulling candidates to round out rotation

TAMPA, Fla. -- The best-case scenario would have made the decisions easy for manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild, with the best candidates for the fourth and fifth spots in the Yankees' starting rotation clearly identifying themselves this spring.

"It's not really ironing out that way," Girardi said. "Your hope was you'd have two guys step up, clear-cut, dominate. It hasn't been that way. There's been some inconsistencies that you have to deal with. It's still pretty wide open."

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Yanks confident in stepping up with Didi out

With shortstop injured, Cashman expects solution will be found in camp

Yanks confident in stepping up with Didi out

TAMPA, Fla. -- Chase Headley does not know who will be standing to his left when he takes the field on Opening Day, but the third baseman is confident that the Yankees will be able to weather the injury that is keeping shortstop Didi Gregorius on the sidelines.

"It's unfortunate," Headley said. "Didi had a tremendous year last year, and he's turned himself into a real good player. That hurts. It's tough when you see someone get hurt in Spring Training. Obviously, the World Baseball Classic, that's part of the risk in playing in it.

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Sharp Tanaka backed by Bird's 2 HRs, 5 RBIs

Sharp Tanaka backed by Bird's 2 HRs, 5 RBIs

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Greg Bird homered twice and Masahiro Tanaka continued his scoreless spring, keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard for 5 1/3 innings in a 7-3 Yankees win Wednesday at Spectrum Field.

In his longest outing, Tanaka allowed no runs on three hits while striking out three, walking one and hitting a batter. For the spring, he's struck out 22 and walked just three in 18 2/3 innings.

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Tanaka's spring scoreless streak at 18 2/3

Yanks ace dominating as he tunes up for third straight Opening Day start

Tanaka's spring scoreless streak at 18 2/3

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka still has one more tuneup before he can take the ball for his third consecutive Opening Day assignment, but it's difficult to imagine how the Yankees ace could be any more ready for the season to start.

Tanaka continued his scoreless spring Wednesday, keeping the Phillies off the board through 5 1/3 innings in a 7-3 Grapefruit League victory at Spectrum Field. The outing ran Tanaka's total to 18 2/3 scoreless frames over five starts.

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Baseball renaissance man Green dies at 82

Manager of Phillies' 1980 championship team had MLB career spanning 5-plus decades

Baseball renaissance man Green dies at 82

Dallas Green -- the larger-than-life figure who helped build the Phillies' farm system in the 1970s and then pushed, prodded and occasionally outraged many of the same players on the way to the franchise's first World Series championship in 1980 -- passed away on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 82.

Green became general manager of the Cubs in 1982. Two years later, the team made it to the postseason for the first time since '45. That year, he was named Baseball Executive of the Year by The Sporting News, UPI and ESPN, as well as Chicago's Man of the Year by the Chicago Press Club. Green took on the additional role of team president from '85-87 and became an active proponent of having lights installed at Wrigley Field.

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Named Yanks' 1B, Bird celebrates with 2 HRs

Carter struggling; Hicks, Judge battling for RF job

Named Yanks' 1B, Bird celebrates with 2 HRs

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Greg Bird's superb spring made it an easy call for the Yankees to anoint him as their starting first baseman, but just for good measure, the lefty slugger quickly validated that decision.

Bird homered twice and drove in five runs in the Yankees' 7-3 win over the Phillies on Wednesday at Spectrum Field, giving him a team-leading six long balls. After spending all of last year rehabbing from right shoulder surgery, Bird has answered any and all questions in convincing fashion.

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Green's candor, passion leave lasting impact

Green's candor, passion leave lasting impact

Nobody in the game rode taller in the saddle than Dallas Green. Not 6-foot-7 Frank Howard nor 6-foot-11 Jon Rauch. Green was baseball's John Wayne, so upright and rigid and with such a commanding voice. Whatever he lacked vertically -- and he didn't lack much -- was inconsequential. Green compensated for it with stature that was visible, audible and quite palpable. He had presence that commanded recognition and a voice that could fill -- and oftentimes did -- Veterans, Yankee and Shea Stadiums. They didn't call him Big D for his defense. Perhaps it stood for decibels.

Few who were part of the game in the past half-century cut so distinctive a figure as the man who managed the Phillies, Yankees and Mets and was the Cubs' general manager -- all in an 18-year period. He was Dashing Dallas -- silver-haired, 6-foot-5, so vertical. He had a penchant for bright clothing and was readily recognizable from a distance. His volume made him conspicuous from a greater distance. The late Phils coach John Vukovich, one of Green's great pals, once said: "Light travels faster than sound, but not with Big D. You usually hear him before he gets where he's going."

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Didi out through April with strained shoulder

Yankees shortstop sustains muscle injury during World Baseball Classic

Didi out through April with strained shoulder

TAMPA, Fla. -- Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season with a strained subscapularis muscle in his throwing shoulder, the Yankees said on Tuesday.

Gregorius sustained the injury while completing a double play in an exhibition game with the Netherlands' World Baseball Classic team on Saturday. A dye contrast MRI showed the strain on Tuesday, and general manager Brian Cashman said he has been told that a full recovery could take six weeks.

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Mitchell racks up K's as Holliday homers off Sale

Mitchell racks up K's as Holliday homers off Sale

TAMPA, Fla. -- A new uniform did not alter Chris Sale's dominance of the Yankees, as the left-hander struck out 10 over six strong innings on Tuesday, leading the Red Sox to a 4-2 Grapefruit League victory at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Sale is 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 10 regular-season games (seven starts) against the Bombers, and he permitted just two singles through the first five frames. Matt Holliday touched Sale for his fourth spring homer, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, to tie the game.

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Yanks reassign Gleyber to Minor League camp

Club doesn't want to rush top prospect to bigs just because of Didi's injury

Yanks reassign Gleyber to Minor League camp

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees believe that it is only a matter of time before Gleyber Torres makes an impact in the big leagues, but they are not ready to start that clock just yet.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that Torres will not be considered for the Opening Day roster in the wake of a right shoulder injury that could force shortstop Didi Gregorius to miss the first month of the regular season. Torres was reassigned to Minor League camp following Tuesday's 4-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox and will open the year with Double-A Trenton.

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Betances' Classic experience better than expected

Yanks reliever says pitching for Dominican Republic has him ready to start season

Betances' Classic experience better than expected

TAMPA, Fla. -- For Dellin Betances, representing the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic was a more special experience than he had imagined.

"Man, I'm not going to lie. I thought it was more than I expected," Betances said. "Miami was intense. The crowd was definitely on our side in Miami, a very intense crowd from the first inning to the ninth. San Diego was fun as well. We came up short, but I thought it was an overall fun experience."

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Greg Bird's cat is related to Mr. Bigglesworth

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Greg Bird's cat is related to Mr. Bigglesworth

When you think of famous sports-playing animal stars, the list is short: Air Bud. Rhubarb. The chimpanzee that played Ed in "Ed." But there is one hairless feline whose lineage extends into the Major Leagues: Mr. Bigglesworth from "Austin Powers." 

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Holliday, Gardner lead way in thumping of Nats

Holliday, Gardner lead way in thumping of Nats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals sold out the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for the first time in its short history, as 7,675 fans were in attendance for Monday afternoon's matchup with the Yankees. Brett Gardner drove in a pair with a two-run single in the second and Matt Holliday launched a two-run home run as New York came away with a 9-3 victory.

The home run was the third of the spring for Holliday, who's hitting .306. Both starting pitchers -- Michael Pineda and Vance Worley -- struggled with their command in the second inning.

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Wade embraces Yanks' vision of 'Zobrist model'

Wade embraces Yanks' vision of 'Zobrist model'

TAMPA, Fla. -- The phone call that changed Tyler Wade's career path was made from the manager's office late in the 2015 season, after Joe Girardi had several head-to-head opportunities to see Brock Holt's impact as a super-utility player with the Red Sox.

"They had just played Boston, and he's like, 'Man, they use him all over the field and he's a valuable asset,'" recalls Gary Denbo, the Yankees' vice president of player development. "He said, 'Do we have anybody in the system like that?'"

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Headley, errors help Yanks rally past Astros

Headley, errors help Yanks rally past Astros

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Chase Headley plated two runs with a double and scored another on a steal of home, and the Yankees won it in the ninth when two runs scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch for a 6-4 victory over the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday afternoon.

Astros catcher Garrett Stubbs made two errors as the Astros unraveled in the ninth, allowing three runs to score on one hit and three walks, with reliever Jandel Gustave taking the brunt of the damage.

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McKinney making most of unexpected chance

Young outfielder slugging in spring after injuries to Austin, Williams opened spot

McKinney making most of unexpected chance

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the most impressive Yankees this Spring Training was not even included on the original roster for big league camp. Billy McKinney has taken advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

Invited across the street from the Minor League complex after Tyler Austin and Mason Williams sustained injuries early in the spring, the 22-year-old outfielder hit his third Grapefruit League homer on Saturday and now finds himself squarely on the organization's radar.

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CC: Yanks' 2017 rotation will surprise people

Left-hander gives up 3 runs, fans 5 in third spring start

CC: Yanks' 2017 rotation will surprise people

TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Yankees complete each turn through their spring rotation, CC Sabathia is growing more excited about what the regular season could hold.

Sabathia got his work in with four innings of three-run ball in the Yankees' 5-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Orioles on Saturday, and the veteran left-hander said that he has been impressed by the group of talented starters that the organization has assembled.

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Frieri ready to prove himself to Yanks after MLB layoff

Frieri ready to prove himself to Yanks after MLB layoff

TAMPA, Fla. -- After taking a year off to fine-tune his mechanics, Ernesto Frieri says that he has rediscovered his 2013 form, when he recorded 37 saves and was one of the better relievers in the American League.

The Yankees are going to give him the opportunity to prove it. Frieri made his spring debut on Saturday against the Orioles, having signed a Minor League contract this week following a successful stint with Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic. He pitched the ninth inning, striking out three but giving up the game-winning homer to Aneury Tavarez in the Yanks' 5-4 loss.

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CC sees spring progress after 4 frames vs. O's

CC sees spring progress after 4 frames vs. O's

TAMPA, Fla. -- Chris Johnson, Pedro Alvarez and Aneury Tavarez each homered to power the Orioles past the Yankees, 5-4, on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Alvarez gave Baltimore its first lead of the afternoon in the seventh inning, launching a full-count offering from left-hander Tommy Layne to right-center field. Johnson hit a two-run blast to highlight a three-run fourth inning against starter CC Sabathia.

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