Carlos Beltran (illness) still feels “weak,” according to Joe Girardi. They’re hopeful he can play tomorrow at Detroit.
New York Post "A split-finger fastball strikeout of Allan Dykstra in the second inning seemingly sent a message to the Rays hitters: Masahiro Tanaka was going to use his signature pitch with two strikes. That message couldn’t have been interpreted more wrongly by the Rays because more often than not when..." April 19
Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup (illness). Girardi said he wasn’t sure if Beltran would be back Sunday.
New York Post "Alex Rodriguez made his bed several times when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs, so feel free to speculate why at a very advanced baseball age with two surgically repaired hips and having missed all of last season, he easily is the Yankees’ best hitter. On the first day he worked out at..." April 18
New York Post "Arm strength among starting pitchers isn’t fully developed until they have worked 60 to 70 regular season innings. It has been a staple of the craft forever. So, it wasn’t surprising to hear Masahiro Tanaka say he continues to build arm strength after two subpar starts, in which he has worked a..." April 18
New York Post "So the earliest of early returns are in, Thursday’s off day affording the Yankees a chance to rest up on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and boy, are they not pretty. The schedule provided the Yankees a chance to measure themselves against the consensus top three contenders for the AL East title. And if..." April 16
CSN Baltimore "Chris Davis didn’t want to call his night a redemption. After 12 strikeouts and just two runs batted in in his first seven games, Davis was eager for, well, something positive. Davis struck out three more times, but had three RBIs, including an opposite-field double that helped key a five-run..." April 16
New York Daily News "The Biogenesis saga continues for Alex Rodriguez thanks to his mysterious refusal to pay a relatively small legal bill left over from his ill-fated 2013 challenge to a doping suspension. Court papers recently served on Rodriguez shed some light on the inner workings of the legal army he..." April 16
Hardball Talk "George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have told the Braves that they’re interested in their top prospect, infielder Jose Peraza. They’re scouting him as well. Peraza, who is playing second base for the Braves’ Triple-A club, is actually a natural shortstop. He’s got the..." April 16
New York Post "Think Derek Jeter misses his baseball career? Guess again. Jeter surfaced Wednesday night, being interviewed by his own The Players Tribune on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, and answered that question emphatically. “The question I always got was, ‘Do you miss it?’ and I always say, ‘Wait until..." April 16
ESPN.com "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is as dumbfounded as any of the team's fans by the poor performance of his club through its first nine games of the 2015 season. "Our defensive mistakes have been shocking," a clearly frustrated Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday. "Our..." April 16
OF Brett Gardner had an MRI in Tampa, reconfirming a bone bruise on his right wrist as previously diagnosed by Monday's X-ray.
Hardball Talk "From the blotter: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Yankees Minor League right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodriguez has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the..." April 15
CSN Baltimore "The Orioles desperately needed a strong start on Tuesday night, and Miguel Gonzalez gave them one. Gonzalez struck out a career high 10 batters in seven innings to lead the Orioles to a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees before 19,283 at Oriole Park. The crowd was held down because of the..." April 15
New York Daily News "When is a milestone not really a milestone? When the Yankees decide it’s not, apparently. The team is not including Alex Rodriguez’s pursuit of Willie Mays’ No. 4 spot on the all-time home runs list as part of its daily “Upcoming Milestones” sheet, which distributed to the media prior to every..." April 15
New York Post "Stephen Drew hitting for Brett Gardner isn’t a move made by a smart manager these days. Yet, manager Joe Girardi was forced into it Monday night at Camden Yards against Orioles’ right-hander Tommy Hunter. Gardner couldn’t bat because of stiffness in his right wrist after he was hit by a..." April 14
ESPN New York "Barry Bonds can't understand why the New York Yankees continue to turn a blind eye to Alex Rodriguez's needing only five home runs to tie Willie Mays in fourth place on the all-time list. "Anytime anybody in the game does something that's a great accomplishment, the game of baseball should..." April 14
Good news for @IvanNova47, who'll face hitters during live BP tomorrow in Tampa for first time since his Tommy John surgery (April 29, 2014)
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
New York Post "And you were worried about the Yankees in general because of a senses-numbing, 1-4 start and Masahiro Tanaka in particular because of his initial awful effort. In what manager Joe Girardi labeled a “really important” game, the Yankees received an effective, although unspectacular, start from..." April 13
Hardball Talk "Lost in the Yankees rocking Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox’s bullpen for 14 runs Sunday night is that Masahiro Tanaka had another unimpressive start as he continues to keep pitching and avoid Tommy John elbow surgery. Tanaka completed five innings, which is three more outs than he got versus the..." April 13
Boston "oe Kelly did his part to make sure there was no ultramarathon in the Bronx. Less than 12 hours after his teammates outlasted the Yankees in an epic 19-inning affair, Kelly took the mound at Yankee Stadium and delivered a dominant one-hit outing in a 8-4 win for the Red Sox. Kelly, who was..." April 12
New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez inched closer to one of baseball’s hallowed records Thursday night — and even closer to another legal battle. Rodriguez hit the 655th home run of his career in a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays, moving to within five homers of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. He trails Barry..." April 12
Boston Herald "Steven Wright knew he was in for a weird night when he looked around in the bullpen and he was the only one left. The knuckleballer was told a few days ago he might start for the Red Sox on Saturday, but after Joe Kelly was deemed healthy enough to make Saturday's start, Wright was sent to the..." April 11
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
Bluebird Banter "After a tough loss yesterday, the Blue Jays managed to hang on to an early lead and win the series against the Yankees. The Jays stormed out to the quick lead in the second, scoring four runs off of C.C. Sabathia. Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson opened the inning with singles, before Danny..." April 10
Sporting News "Alex Rodriguez has a limited skill set nowadays, but one of his skills is hitting home runs, and on Thursday the controversial slugger used that skill to hit a home run for the first time since Sept. 20, 2013." April 10
Yankees lineup vs. TOR: Ellsbury cf Rodriguez dh Beltran rf Teixeira 1b Headley 3b Young lf Murphy c Petit 4 Gregorius ss Sabathia p
Newark Star-Ledger "An ex-Yankee has some thoughts on how veteran starting pitcher CC Sabathia might be able to reinvent himself. Sabathia has had it rough the last two years. In 2013, Sabathia struggled with his velocity drop and command and posted some of the worst full-season numbers of his career. But 2014?..." April 09
New York Post "The questions surrounding Masahiro Tanaka’s health will continue at least until he pitches better than he did on Opening Day, manager Joe Girardi admitted on Wednesday. “I’ve seen the way he’s thrown his split,” Girardi said before the Yankees’ 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays. “I’ve seen him..." April 09
New York Post "Yankee Stadium has hosted its share of late-game rallies. Not many have been as, well, strange as Wednesday night’s comeback in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. The Yankees took advantage of a bloop double, two batters hit by pitches and a wild pitch to take the lead in the bottom of..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
New York Post "Forget what happened Monday afternoon and Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Opening Day is Thursday to one rather important piece of the Yankees landscape. “It’s my opener,” said CC Sabathia, who will make his first regular-season start since last May 10. “I’m excited. Especially getting the..." April 09
ESPN New York "New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed -- sort of -- that the Yankees had spoken with right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to get a clarification on why he is throwing fewer four-seam fastballs this season. And while Girardi professed not to be concerned after Tanaka allowed five runs (four..." April 09
New York Daily News "With Masahiro Tanaka looking so shaky on Opening Day, maybe the Yankees’ actual ace is the guy starting Wednesday night against Toronto — Michael Pineda. The Yanks certainly need Pineda, who thrived when healthy last year, to soar at the Stadium. At the very least, it would wash away the bad..." April 08
New York Post "Here’s some good news for Yankees fans who may have to endure yet another season of playoff-free baseball: One of the top international prospects in the world wants to be a Yankee. “This is the dream of all players — to play at the maximum level of baseball in all the world,” Havana..." April 08
Toronto Sun "Yankee Stadium has long been a place where Blue Jays hopes and dreams go to wither and die. In the recent past, they went 17 games in a row in this grand baseball cathedral without a sniff of victory. The spell was broken last summer and now, at the dawn of a season in which the Jays have..." April 07
New York Post "Toronto got the watered-down version of Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka that they expected, and roughed him up in a 6-1, Opening Day rout at the Stadium. Instead of the electric All-Star from last year, the Blue Jays faced a gas-less facsimile, one they said will have to make adjustments to get by..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07
New York Post "For at least one day, A-Rod was forgiven. A sellout Yankee Stadium crowd applauded tainted Bombers star Alex Rodriguez on Monday, showering him with loud cheers that countered a fair share of jeers on Opening Day. It was A-Rod’s first game in pinstripes since late 2013, before he was..." April 07
A-Rod batting 7th as DH #Yankees
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
ESPN.com "Masahiro Tanaka acknowledged the velocity on his fastball has not been the same this spring, and he does not expect it to return this year. Tanaka, leading up to his Opening Day start Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, is trying to reinvent himself as he tries to avoid..." April 05
John Ryan Murphy will be the backup catcher. Austin Romine has been designated for assignment.
Girardi leaning towards true closing tandem: "lineups might match up where one day he's the 8th inning guy, & one day he's the 9 inning guy"
The Dodgers are kicking the tires on former #MNTwins pitcher/old friend Scott Baker. Yankees let him go a few days ago.
Pineda finishes the spring with a 1.42 ERA, 23 K and 1 BB in 19 innings.
New York Post "Come late Friday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez’s Grapefruit League statistics will vanish and, like the rest of his ball-playing fraternity, he will start fresh next week when the games count. What won’t go away is an accomplishment that, seven weeks ago, seemed just as unlikely as A-Rod making..." April 02