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New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday and first baseman Greg Bird both took batting practice on the field prior to Monday's game against the Mets.

Holliday, who last played Aug. 4 due to a lower back strain, is hitting .229/.319/.430 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. He told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty he wasn't sure how much longer he would need to be on the disabled list.

Bird, who has been out since May 1 and underwent ankle surgery nearly a month ago, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday and could return later in August.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday as he looks to return from an ankle injury that has kept him out several months, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Bird, who underwent ankle surgery on July 18, has been shut down since May 1. He participated in batting practice and light running last Tuesday when the Yankees were in Toronto to play the Blue Jays.

The 24-year-old Bird, who missed 2016 due to a shoulder injury, was hitting .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games prior to going on the disabled list.

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The Yankees have endured several stretches in 2017 without key players due to injury. They have played without Greg Bird (87 games missed through Tuesday), Starlin Castro (29 games missed; two separate stints on the disabled list) and Aaron Hicks (38 games missed) for significantly long periods.

Each of the players are working on getting back to the club, but which one will have the biggest impact as the Yankees push for a postseason berth?

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees 2B Starlin Castro and 1B Greg Bird continued their rehab with the team at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday. 

According to Newsday's Erik Boland, both players participated in batting practice and light running hours before gametime. 

Castro is expected to begin running the bases when the Yankees return home to face the Red Sox. He was placed on the disabled list for the second time in July due to a hamstring injury. He last played on July 21. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hit in a batting cage on Sunday and is on track to begin a rehab assignment later this month, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.

Bird, who had been shut down since May 1, is expected to hit on the field next week and then would begin defensive drills and baserunning for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery on July 18.

Members of the Yankees' medical staff believe Bird can come back toward the end of August, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The 24-year-old first baseman said last week he was feeling better after he had surgery to remove the os trigonum from his right ankle.

Bird had hit .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games before he was shut down. He missed the 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird receives the throw during the fifth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird receives the throw during the fifth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird could begin a rehab assignment soon and potentially return toward the end of August following ankle surgery, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand.

Bird, who underwent surgery to remove the os trigonum from his right ankle on July 18, said he is feeling better and is expected to have his stitches from his ankle removed either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.

The 24-year-old first baseman had been shut down since May 1 after he was diagnosed with a bruised ankle that had not healed the way he, team doctors and other members of the Yankees organization had hoped, which led to him undergoing surgery.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird underwent surgery on his right ankle on Tuesday morning and released a statement through his agent afterwards.

This morning I underwent a successful procedure to remove the os trigonum from my right ankle. After trying to play through the injury, I recently sought the opinion of Dr. Martin O'Malley at Hospital for Special Surgery, who provided an accurate diagnosis and performed the required surgery.
In nearly four months since first injuring my ankle, it had been increasingly frustrating to have only questions and no answers. All this time, I have wanted nothing more than to be out there playing the game I love as a member of the New York Yankees.
My season is not over. I plan to do everything in my power to return and help our team win in 2017.

Bird had been shut down since May 1 after he went on the disabled list with what was diagnosed then as a bone bruise, however it did not heal the way the team thought it would, so Bird saw additional specialists.

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(Kelley L Cox)

The Yankees and Athletics are reportedly discussing a trade involving 1B Yonder Alonso, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that an A's scout was present for a Yankees' Single-A Charleston game.

The Yankees need help at first base as production from the position has wavered all season. Also, 1B Greg Bird required surgery on the ankle that has been keeping out since the beginning of the season.  

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(Brad Penner)

The Yankees will call up 1B Garrett Cooper for this weekend's series against the Red Sox in Boston, GM Brian Cashman told reporters Friday.

Cooper was acquired from the Brewers in exchange for LHP Tyler Webb on Thursday and had initially been assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 26-year-old Cooper, who was drafted in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Brewers, is hitting .366 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. The 26-year-old has yet to make his big league debut.

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Yankees 1B Greg Bird has an issue with the os trigonum of his right ankle, GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Friday.

Bird will either receive another cortisone shot or undergo surgery that would require a recovery time of six-to-eight weeks, according to Cashman.

Bird had been taking batting practice and doing drills with Class A Staten Island, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees return from the All-Star break with seemingly as many questions as they had when the season began. The backbone to current queries leads back to the same theme: Will the Yankees sacrifice their recent roster construction methodology in an effort to make a run at the postseason? Each facet could use reinforcements, but which ones the club will seek to fill are undetermined.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird defended his desire to return to the team this year after a Yankees insider questioned it, per ESPN's Andrew Marchand.

According to Bill Madden of NY Daily News, the unnamed insider said, "You really have to wonder what's with this guy. You'd think with Judge and Sanchez, the guys he came up through the system with, doing so well up here he'd want to be a part of this. Apparently not."

The quote seems to indicate the insider is suggesting Bird's ankle injury isn't as serious as he has claimed.

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(Andy Marlin)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team is looking for an external upgrade at first base. 

"Tis the season for upgrade efforts," Cashman texted Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Thursday awhen asked if he was looking to trade for a first base upgrade.

The Yankees cut Chris Carter again earlier this week and replaced him with 26-year-old Ji-Man Choi, who homered in his debut on Wednesday afternoon.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird may undergo exploratory surgery to determine why he is still feeling pain from an ankle injury that has kept him out since May 1, GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday.

Bird, 24, fouled a ball off his ankle and went on the disabled list the next day. He received a cortisone shot but said his ankle has not improved much.

"All the diagnostic tests show the bone bruise has healed and he still has pain," Cashman said, according to Newsday's David Lennon.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is concerned that Greg Bird may not play again this season, he told YES Network Wednesday.

Bird, who fouled a ball of his injured right ankle in the middle of June, received a cortisone shot but has not felt his ankle improve too much. 

"I don't really know," Bird told reporters. "I mean, at this point, I'm still sore, I think. It's supposed to help."

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird said he is "very close" to returning to the Yankees following a month-long stint on disabled list with a bruised right ankle, reports the New York Daily News.

Bird has played six rehab games thus far and is scheduled to play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night. He had a double in an appearance with Single-A Tampa on Tuesday.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses whether the Yankees should be buyers as the trade deadline approaches

As the New York Yankees sit atop the AL East standings heading into a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, owner Hank Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman expressed their content with the way New York has played through the first two months of the season.

"It's good to know we're obviously on our way back to where we intend to get," Cashman said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Many have been surprised at the Yankees' hot start given they traded several big-name players last year in return for prospects and got rid of several expensive contracts, however that belief was not shared by Steinbrenner.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird is progressing as he works his way back from a bone bruise in his ankle.

Bird, who is rehabbing the injury in Tampa, took live batting practice on Monday and is set to begin playing rehab games on Thursday, according to the NY Daily News.

He took dry swings last Monday at Yankee Stadium and advanced to hitting off a tee last Tuesday.

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The Yankees entered the 2017 campaign believing they would have much better performance from their first basemen after a dormant 2016 season. Instead, Yankees first basemen rank dead last in MLB in each component of the triple slash line (.176/.288/.301) and OPS+ (45, with 100 considered average).

The drain at the position in 2016 was disappointing, but the club was optimistic for 2017 with Tyler Austin set to build on last season's cameo, Greg Bird back and healthy, and 2016 National League home run co-leader Chris Carter signed for added power.

Austin was hurt before a competition at first base could begin, allowing Bird to win the job with a fantastic spring training, while Carter was relegated to the bench...

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird continues to rest a bruised right ankle that sent him to the 10-day disabled list on May 2. He's been getting treatment and will be re-evaluated on Thursday, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Bird suffered the injury during Spring Training on March 30.

The 24-year-old Bird, who missed the entire 2016 season due to a labrum tear in his shoulder, is 6-for-60 this season, is hitting .100 with a .250 OBP and .200 SLG with one HR, three doubles, and three RBI in 19 games this season.

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New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees left fielder Matt Holliday celebrates his game-winning three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday compared this year's team to the 2007 Colorado Rockies that won the National League pennant.

"We have a good mix of veteran and young guys which I think we had in '07," Holliday told Jim Rome on Monday, "and the young guys provide a lot of energy and excitement and the older guys provide some veteran leadership."

While the Yankees have scored the second most runs (167) and allowed the third fewest runs (115) among all 30 teams, Holliday sees comparisons between the makeups of each roster.

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The Yankees have placed 1B/DH Greg Bird on the 10-day disabled list due to a right ankle bruise and recalled INF/OF Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, it was announced Tuesday.

Bird, who initially suffered the injury during Spring Training on March 30, will be shut down for 7-to-10 days.

An MRI of Bird's ankle ttaken Tuesday showed the same bone bruise that was apparent during the MRI that was taken in early-April.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) works out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are not yet considering sending 1B Greg Bird to the minors, even though the rookie's batting average dropped to .100 on Monday.

"Our job is to find a way to get (Bird) through this," manager Joe Girardi told Christian Red of the Daily News. "If he's completely lost for a substantial period of time, then you talk about (a demotion to the minors). I've said all along, I think he's had some pretty good at-bats. I don't really think he's chased a lot."

Bird, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered during spring training, is not thinking about a possible demotion to the minor leagues. Instead, the 24-year old is focusing on breaking out of this slump.

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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium to discuss the team's 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night

Luis Severino gave up five runs in his shortest outing since April 7 as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Coming off three straight outings in which Severino pitched at least seven innings, Severino (2-2) gave up eight hits and two home runs in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 59 of 105 pitches for strikes, as the Yankees lost their second straight game.

Ryan Goins hit a two-run home run off Severino in the second inning that gave Toronto a 2-0 lead, then hit a two-run sac fly when Jacoby Ellsbury crashed into the wall to make a leaping catch with runners on first and second that made it 4-1.

Chris Coghlan homered off Severino in the sixth inning to make it 5-1, and Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer off Luis Cessa in the seventh inning that made it 7-1.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after tying the game against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The New York Yankees hoped to be competitive and not fall behind in the season's opening month as they did in 2016. A rough start on the road was erased by an eight-game winning streak and the Yanks won five of their last six series, propelling them into a surprising position in the standings.

Where the Yankees stand

Record: 15-8, T-1st AL East, Home: 10-2, Road: 5-6

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Luis Severino cruised through seven scoreless innings of work and Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday. >> Box score

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is off to a much slower start than anyone expected after an exceptional spring training. Despite Bird going 5-for-37 with a .535 OPS in 42 plate appearances, he should not be benched each time there is a left-handed pitcher on the mound.

I completely understand that the Yankees brought in Chris Carter's right-handed hitting power bat to complement Bird, but to enact a strict platoon would be a mistake in my opinion.

I bring this up because the writing is on the wall. Bird entered Sunday's game in a 0-20 slump and went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single and two walks. The following game, Bird was on the bench in favor of Carter, who mind you came in slashing .182/.240/.273, because "lefty killer" Derek Holland was on the mound. Bird has two plate appearances this season against lefties, while Carter has nine. Neither player has a hit against a lefty.

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Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where, behind another terrific outing from CC Sabathia, the Yankees won their sixth game in a row.

Greg Bird broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a home run, Michael Pineda threw seven strong innings and the New York Yankees won their seventh game in a row with a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird, who entered the game with a .038 batting average, was a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Aaron Judge's home run was overturned on replay to break a 1-1 tie.

Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple. He hit a ball to deep right field off Adam Wainwright (0-3) that deflected off a fan's glove and back onto the field. Umpires reviewed the play and ruled fan interference, resulting in a triple.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Much of the excitement surrounding the Yankees this season centered on the young players getting a chance to take over roles with an eye toward the future. The first glimpse of a new era heightened last August when Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez took over behind the plate. Sanchez's historic home run barrage and cannon arm put a charge into the notion of the youth movement creating a new core.

Unfortunately, Sanchez will be out for four weeks with a biceps strain, leaving a huge vacancy in the lineup. The Yankees were already down one of their potent bats with Didi Gregorius out with a shoulder injury until early May, so Sanchez's malady further depletes the team's offensive firepower.

While the Yankees do not need to venture outside the organization for catching help, neither Austin Romine nor Kyle Higashioka will put up statistics resembling Sanchez's potential. As such, the Yankees will need someone in the everyday lineup to step up their game over the next four weeks. I contend this will have to be a collective effort, with four players potentially playing a bigger role.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Baby Bombers headed home for their Yankee Stadium opener with pediatric pains.

After rallying to beat Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday, the Yankees finished 2-4 on their season-opening road trip. Michael Pineda (0-1) starts Monday for New York against Alex Cobb (1-0) and the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.

"It's going to be packed," right fielder Aaron Judge said. "Fans are going to be excited."

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Yankees 1B Greg Bird is considered day-to-day with a bruised ankle after he consulted an Orioles team doctor, the Yankees announced. 

The ankle injury forced Bird out of Saturday's lineup.

Bird said he re-aggravated the ankle he fouled a ball off toward the end of Spring Training.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

It takes patience for a foundation to set. Not until the cement dries can the structure be built, eventually resulting in a finished product.

The Yankees enter the 2017 season with a promising young group of players already at the major league level and a fine collection of minor league players nearly ready to join them. Add the Yankees' ability to make trades with the prospects they don't have room for and their ability to play at the top of the free agent market, it is easy to envision the opportunity for an extended run of highly competitive Yankees squads.

Rewind to the 1996 season when three-fourths of the Core Four (Jorge Posada made his mark later) - plus Bernie Williams - made significant contributions to the Yankees' first World Series title since 1978. The 27-year-old Williams rapped 29 home runs and drove in 102 runs, Derek Jeter won the Rookie of the Year award at 22 years old, Andy Pettitte won 21 games at 24 and Mariano Rivera racked up 130 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings at the age of 26.

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Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Gary Sanchez circles the bases after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

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In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...

Positional starters

Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.

At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Following a season in which the New York Yankees finished fourth in the division and traded away several big-name players for top prospects, GM Brian Cashman said he felt both proud and hopeful the team's youth movement will pan out.

"It's my job as general manager of the Yankees to be utilizing every tool in the tool box so we can be the best we can possibly be," Cashman told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. "I'm proud of the fact that we're not afraid to be open-minded at all times. I'm proud that the ownership has given me that freedom to do that, while also recognizing that, hey, we're the New York Yankees."

While the Yankees missed the postseason for the third time in four years and have yet to reach the World Series since 2009, Cashman hopes the moves New York made over the past nine months, which included trading Andrew MillerAroldis ChapmanBrian McCann and Carlos Beltran in an effort to shed payroll and acquire top-level prospects.

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(Kim Klement)

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees tied the Rays, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits while walking none during his 4 1/3 innings. His ERA this spring is 3.68.
  • Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, and Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a double...
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(Kim Klement)

Greg Bird will enter the season as the Yankees' starting first baseman, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Wednesday.

Bird has been absolutely crushing the ball during spring training, batting .439 with six HRs, 11 RBIs, and six doubles in only 41 ABs.

 "I don't see anything changing that," Joe Girardi told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post when asked if Bird would be the starting first baseman. "He's been really good, maybe better than what I expected, knowing that he sat out a year and you worry about guy's timing. It hasn't seemed to affect him.''

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(Kim Klement)

Masahiro Tanaka didn't allow a run and Greg Bird homered twice to lead the Yankees past the Phillies, 7-3, on Wednesday in Clearwater. >> Box score


  • Tanaka allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Through 18 2/3 Grapefruit League frames, Tanaka has surrendered no runs and six hits with 22 strikeouts.
  • Bird upped his average to .439 in 42 at-bats and drove in five runs. His six homers are tied for the most in the Majors with the Nationals' Bryce Harper.
  • Chase Headley hit his second long ball of the spring.
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Yankees 1B Greg Bird's cat is a descendant of Mr. Bigglesworth, the cat owned by Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" films.

The Sphynx cat is named Mr. Delicious, who Bird refers to as Lish for short, according to the NY Post.

Click below for a picture of Bird and Mr. Delicious...

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) runs to third on his way to the plate following a solo home run to lead off the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The baseball adage goes, spring stats don't mean anything. For the most part I believe this to be true, except in matters when there are trends that underlie the performance. At the moment there are a few players in Yankees camp off to fairly slow starts. What does it mean for them and for the club?

Chris Carter

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The Yankees beat the Nationals, 9-3, on Monday afternoon. >> Box score


  • Michael Pineda allowed three runs on one hit while walking two and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres 1-for-1 with two RBI.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Tags: Greg Bird, Michael Pineda
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Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird? 00:02:06
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss which player Yankees fans should be more excited about in 2017, Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird?

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Luis Severino allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four in three innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays, 10-6, on Tuesday >> Read the full box score here


  • Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a homer -- his fourth of the spring.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Spring training is just a couple of weeks old, so managers are tinkering around with many lineup variations to see if certain iterations work better than others. Let's discuss some lineup options - based on handedness and substitutions - that Yankees manager Joe Girardi might consider for this season.

Versus right-handed pitcher

There are plenty of other variations that Girardi can go to, however, these two show what I envision he'll explore the most. Keep in mind, the Yankees do not expect to have any left-handed hitting bench options other than Aaron Hicks (a switch-hitter) if he loses the right field job.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?

One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapamn (54) pitches in the fourth inning in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Matt Holliday, Greg Bird and Billy McKinney homered to lead the Yankees past the Orioles, 8-1, on Thursday night in Tampa.

  • Bird's two-run homer was his third of the spring.
  • Holliday hit a solo shot for his first home run.
  • McKinney went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, homering for the second time.
Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
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GEICO SportsNite: Mark Teixeria 00:00:33
Former Yankee Mark Teixeria discusses his expectations for first baseman Greg Bird.

Former Yankee Mark Teixeria discusses his expectations for first baseman Greg Bird.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 4-1, on Monday afternoon.


  • Greg Bird served as the designated hitter and went 2-for3.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Chad Green got the start and allowed one hit and one walk in two innings...
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Whatever we call it, the Yankees are operating the organization differently than they have in recent memory. What remains to be seen is whether the Yankees will stay the course regardless of whether they are winning or losing. I suggest it is imperative they do.

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

The Yankees felt comfortable entering 2016 as a few veterans experienced comeback efforts in 2015. However, a slow start and poor production through the middle of the season for some of those same players, pushed the Yankees into a direction unseen in decades...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi begins his 10th season as the club's skipper with arguably his toughest test ahead of him. Until the 2016 trade deadline passed, Girardi consistently managed a roster filled with star-studded, high-salaried, yet older players. When the dust settled, Girardi was in the midst of a full-blown transition, with a roster teeming with young talent. In the final year of his contract, can Girardi get the most out of the youngest team the Yankees have fielded since the 1990s, and thus earn another contract?

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

Coming off a Wild Card appearance in 2015, the Yankees returned a bulk of the same roster for 2016 with renewed expectations. Unfortunately, not all the veterans were able to replicate their inspired play from 2015. The Yankees got off to a 9-17 start and found themselves at the .500 mark as they reached the trade deadline...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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