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Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Yankees split up on Sunday and have a good chunk of their major-league talent going against Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. in Clearwater, Fla. 

Yankees notes

Greg Bird will bat third and get the start at first base against the Phillies as he carries a .344/.488/.542 spring slash line while he makes his case to be on the Opening Day roster. ... DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki will bat 1-2 while Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez are the other Yankees' regulars in the split-squad game. 

Tags: Greg Bird, James Paxton, troy-tulowitzki
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees have their Opening Day starter. 

Masahiro Tanaka will get the call to take the mound on March 27 when the Yankees open the season against the Baltimore Orioles, manager Aaron Boone announced on Saturday. 

It will be the fourth career Opening Day start for the 30-year-old. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have decided who their Opening Day starter will be, a process they had to go through again with the news that Luis Severino was shut down for two weeks with rotator cuff inflammation. 

And though Aaron Boone wasn't ready Friday to publicly reveal who will take the hill on March 28 against Baltimore in the Bronx, the signs point to Masahiro Tanaka drawing the assignment.

Tanaka, who gave up two runs in 3.1 innings Friday against Detroit, is lined up to pitch that day and he has previous experience starting on Opening Day, having done so three straight seasons from 2015-17. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees are three weeks away from Opening Day in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster at Spring Training are in full swing. Everything hasn't been smooth sailing, though, as Luis Severino's rotator cuff inflammation has left a big question revolving around the Opening Day starter. 

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Yankees' pitching staff was on point Thursday afternoon, blanking the Phillies in a 6-0 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Estevan Florial broke the game open for the Yankees in the top of the sixth with a three-run blast to left center to make it a 5-0 game. Florial finished his day 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored as he continues to have a solid spring.

Tags: Estevan Florial, James Paxton, Miguel Andujar, Philadelphia Phillies
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries.

With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia expected to start the season on the injured list, Boone said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out the use of openers -- using relief pitchers to pitch the first inning or two of a game in an assurance to face the opponents' 1-3 hitters -- in 2019.

"I could see it being something we consider from time to time," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't see it a lot, but yeah, I could see it coming into play on certain occasions."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees travel to face the Phillies, Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The first base battle continues, as Luke Voit (at first base) and Greg Bird (as the DH) are both in the lineup. ... Troy Tulowitzki makes another start at shortstop. ... James Paxton is on the mound.

Tags: Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luke Voit, troy-tulowitzki, Danny Abriano
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Is Gio a good fit for Yankees? 00:00:41
Andy Martino argues that Gio Gonzalez is not the right pitcher the Yankees need to replace CC Sabathia or Luis Severino to start the season.

On a day when Brian Cashman addressed the Yankees' first mini-crisis of the year, I thought it was revealing that he left the door open to acquiring another pitcher, even as he made a point of expressing confidence in his depth.

"I can't rule anything out," he told reporters in Tampa, "but the main focus is what we've got."

That could just be his way of saying he'll only jump in on Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez, the two most attractive unsigned free-agent pitchers, if their price falls to a bargain level...

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

James Paxton probably proved last April there's at least some innate grace-under-pressure coursing through his veins. That's when he deftly handled that bald eagle landing on his back during a pre-game ceremony in Minnesota.

Some of us would've had a full freak-out, complete with running, screaming and a mitt and cap flopping to the ground. But Paxton was better than that. Way better. You've seen the viral video. Big Maple has Big Calm.

Does that mean he's a lock to handle the Bronx fishbowl this season, his first as a member of the Yankees? No, but that, plus his undeniable talent, at least makes you want to see him work during the pomp of Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, the kickoff to this season laden with outsized expectations.

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' offense was dry until Rashad Crawford brought two runs home in the bottom of the ninth to force a 2-2 tie against the Orioles on Friday night.

Things to know about Friday's game...

1) This Yankees lineup looked good on paper, but the results didn't follow. Giancarlo Stanton was the only starter to get a hit (1-for-2, BB), while players like Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Brett Gardner went hitless...

Tags: James Paxton, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

March is officially here and spring training is rolling right along. The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against a split-squad Orioles team at George M. Steinbrenner Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

It won't just be the first night game of the spring. Catcher Gary Sanchez will make his spring debut Friday after the Yankees decided to give their 26-year-old backstop the chance to keep his legs as fresh as possible before the season. ... Troy Tulowitzki continued his power surge this spring, launching a three-run homer against the Pirates on Thursday. ... Greg Bird also stayed hot with two more hits and is now hitting .625. 

Tags: James Paxton, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Troy Tulowitzki wasted no time in introducing himself as a Yankee with a second-pitch home run to lead off the game. LHP James Paxton tossed two scoreless innings and the Yankees pitchers combined to allow just one hit in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays. 

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Tulowitzki made one heck of a first impression. The 34-year-old shortstop lined a fastball from former teammate Marcus Stroman into right field just left of the foul pole to put the Yankees up 1-0. Tulowitzki, who was released by the Blue Jays this offseason after missing all of last year, was giddy running around around the bases, pumping his fist and shouting. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, James Paxton, troy-tulowitzki
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball spring exhibition game. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball spring exhibition game. (AP)

The Yankees (1-1) host their first home game this spring against the Blue Jays (0-2) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. 

Yankees Notes...

A few new faces will be making their debuts with the Bronx Bombers on Monday while many of the regulars will also play in their first game of the spring. LHP James Paxton will get the start while shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will bat leadoff in their first games as Yankees. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will also make their Spring Training debuts while Greg Bird gets the nod at first base. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, troy-tulowitzki
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