Michael Pineda (3-2, 3.27 ERA) looks to make it three quality starts in a row, as he has allowed five runs while striking out 13 over 12 2/3 innings pitched in his previous two outings. He's 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four career starts at Kauffman Stadium. The right-hander has three wins and a 3.88 ERA against the Royals over eight starts.
Who's pitching for the Royals:
Jason Vargas (5-1, 1.01 ERA) is coming off a strong outing against the Rays in which he allowed just three hits and one walk in seven shutout frames. Over three May starts, Vargas has allowed just one earned run in a span of 19 innings. He's 0-5 with a 6.53 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) against the Yankees.
Yankees Royals Brett Gardner, LF Alcides Escobar, SS Gary Sanchez, C Mike Moustakas, 3B Matt Holliday, DH Lorenzo Cain, CF Starlin Castro, 2B Eric Hosmer, 1B Aaron Judge, RF Salvador Perez, C Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jorge Soler, RF Chase Headley, 3B Brandon Moss, DH Didi Gregorius, SS Whit Merrifield, 2B Chris Carter, 1B Alex Gordon, LF
Yankees' Gerrit Cole says he had a 'high level of execution' in spring training debut
Cole struck out two in 20-pitch outing on Monday
By Corey Hersch | Feb 24 | 11:53PM
Gerrit Cole started on the mound for the Yankees on Monday, and though he threw just one inning, he showcased exactly why the Yankees are confident he'll be their ace for years to come.
Cole opened up his outing getting Adam Frazier pop out to shortstop, then struck out Bryan Reynolds for the second out of the inning. He walked Cole Tucker, but recovered to strike out Josh Bell to end the inning.
1) Yankees fans likely couldn't have hoped for anything more out of Cole's spring training debut. He got leadoff hitter Adam Frazier to pop out to shortstop before striking out Bryan Reynolds. He walked Cole Tucker on four pitches, but recovered to get Josh Bell swinging to end the inning.
WATCH: Gerrit Cole makes Yankees spring training debut
The right-hander struck out two in his one inning of work
Feb 24 | 8:32PM
Gerrit Cole made his spring training debut for the Yankees on Monday and did not disappoint. The right-hander struck out a pair of Pirates in his one inning of work, retiring the side on 20 pitches without allowing a run.
It's too early to worry about how Yankees' Miguel Andujar fits
First base? Third base? Triple-A? Yanks are just glad he's healthy
Derek Jeter calls Astros sign-stealing scandal 'black eye for the sport'
Ex-Yankee also was not surprised by the news
By Nick Wojton | Feb 24 | 4:09PM
Yankees Hall of Famer and Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, like many, told reporters on Monday that the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal was a big-time blemish for baseball.
That doesn't mean Jeter was all that surprised by it happening, though.
"It's like a slow drip of responses coming out from everyone," Jeter said. "You hope at some point people can just move on. But, look, it's unfortunate. It's a black eye for the sport."
Yankees' Miguel Andujar assesses Sunday's performance vs. Rays, spring training position changes
Transitioning to OF and 1B is part of the 24-year-old slugger's ongoing adjustment
By Garrett Stepien | Feb 23 | 11:30PM
Back on the diamond for his first baseball game since May 12, Miguel Andujar dug into the box in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday and reminded the crowd at George M. Steinbrenner Field that he can still swing the bat.
After missing most of 2019 with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, slashing .128/.143/.128 with one RBI in 12 games before undergoing season-ending surgery May 20, Andujar told reporters Sunday that he had not faced live-game pitching since then.
Yankees Takeaways from Sunday's 9-7 loss to Rays, including Miguel Andujar's first home run of spring training
Jonathan Loaisiga threw a shutout first inning for the Yanks
By Colin Martin | Feb 23 | 4:15PM
Miguel Andujar blasted a solo home run in the fifth inning, but the Yankees would go on to fall to the Rays 9-7 on Sunday afternoon. >> Box score
5 things to know from Sunday's game...
1) In the top half of the first inning, Trey Amburgey doubled to left field to score Estevan Florial and give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Loaisiga then tossed a shutout first inning, striking out Rays leadoff man Austin Meadows to start the game.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone says there's a 'really good chance' James Paxton could be ready by May
LHP underwent surgery to remove a peridiscal cyst earlier this month
By Corey Hersch | Feb 22 | 3:04PM
The Yankees won't have pitcher James Paxton when the team breaks camp in a few weeks, after the left-hander underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a peridiscal cyst.
But manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the starting pitcher could re-join the team sometime in May.
"Paxton is on track to start throwing in the next 10 days or so," Boone said on the radio broadcast of Saturday's spring training game against the Blue Jays. "I think there is a really good chance that he'll be ready sometime in May. He's doing well and we're excited about where he's at."
Former Yankee Mark Teixeira says Astros' scheme to pick up opponent's signs was 'next level'
Teixeira claims no knowledge of anything out of the ordinary with Yankees
By Corey Hersch | Feb 22 | 1:11PM
Mark Teixeira was a Yankee for eight seasons, the final three of which were spent as a teammate of Carlos Beltran. When Beltran was implicated in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, The Athletic reported that he had told his new teammates that they were "behind the times." in regards to their efforts to decipher opponents' signals.
Does that mean his immediate former team, the Yankees, were the ones that were setting the standard? According to the Post, Teixeira says not so fast.
"I don't believe any of my Yankee teammates ever broke the rules by passing along signs to hitters in real time," Teixeira said. "We would have seen it."
How equipped are the Yankees to handle potentially missing both Luis Severino and James Paxton?
Severino was sent to NY for further testing
By Alex Smith | Feb 21 | 8:06PM
As Spring Training begins in Tampa, the Yankees are looking to have a much healthier season than the one they went through in 2019, when it seemed like almost every player spent time on the injured list.
But things haven't gotten off to a great start.
Luis Severino, who started just three regular-season games for the Yankees in 2019 due to a rotator cuff injury, once again is dealing with an arm ailment.
Yankees' Clint Frazier receives praise from Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner
Frazier is fighting for a spot on the Yankees' Opening Day roster
By Colin Martin | Feb 21 | 4:30PM
Clint Frazier played in just 69 games for the Yankees in 2019, mainly when the team was dealing with injuries in the outfield. The 25-year-old split his time between the big leagues and in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
This season, Frazier is focused on making the Yankees' Opening Day roster, especially since the MLB expanded roster sizes by one player to 26 total players.
At one point, I was starting left field (for the Yankees)," Frazier told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. "And then at another point, I was starting left field in (Triple-A) Scranton. I have my eyes on that other spot (starting for Yankees)
Yankees' Aaron Boone: Luis Severino leaving spring training for New York, undergoing further testing on forearm
Boone said that the Yankees remain unsure of what's wrong with Severino, the two-time All-Star RHP
By Garrett Stepien | Feb 21 | 12:57PM
In light of Thursday's news that Luis Severino would be shut down at spring training and Friday's frustrating comments from the two-time All-Star RHP, manager Aaron Boone wanted to add more clarity but couldn't.
Meeting with reporters early Friday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Boone was asked about Severino's situation. The Yankees, however, still don't know what's wrong with the 26-year-old.
After forearem soreness from late in the 2019 season resurfaced, Severino is set to leave Tampa and head for New York, where he will undergo further tests starting Monday.
Before the Yankees' spring camp opened, Jordan Montgomery figured to be one of a number of hopefuls competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. But with another pinstriped injury-a-thon perhaps cranking up, Montgomery has soared in importance and maybe moved up the pitching depth chart.
James Paxton is out until at least May following back surgery and now Luis Severino is dealing with right forearm soreness and could start the season on the Injured List. Domingo German still has 63 games left to serve on his 81-game domestic violence suspension.
So bump up Montgomery to fourth in the rotation, following Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ, at least for now? Sure, since he has more big-league starting experience than rotation candidates such as Luis Cessa, Deivi Garcia, Michael King and Jonathan Loaisiga.
Yankees RHP Luis Severino says he only feels soreness when throwing changeup
"It's definitely frustrating to hear this stuff again ... it is so weird, I don't get it"
By Coby Green | Feb 21 | 10:13AM
Yankees RHP Luis Severino voiced his frustration early Friday morning, a day after new broke that he's been shut down at spring training due to forearm soreness.
"It's definitely frustrating to hear this stuff again ... it is so weird, I don't get it," Severino said, according to SNY contributor Sweeny Murti
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch added that Severino said he only feels discomfort when he throws a changeup, which is why he doesn't believe the "loose body" in his elbow is the cause. Severino is scheduled to see a doctor on Friday.
PORT ST. LUCIE -- The voices pushing MLB to strip the Houston Astros of their 2017 championship have grown louder this week, with the Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton joining the chorus.
Baseball players, executives and fans are angry and unsatisfied, wanting the Astros to face stiffer consequences for their cheating. According to two high-ranking rival executives, many owners are far more angry about the scandal -- and at Astros owner Jim Crane personally -- than the league anticipated they would be.
MLB understands all this, but remains unlikely to take the aggressive step for which many are calling.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Thursday that RHP Luis Severino will be shut down, as he is dealing with forearm soreness. He called the issue "concerning," per YES Network's Jack Curry.
Boone explained how Severino has been dealing with that soreness since his last start in the ALCS. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch added that Boone said Severino, who turned 26 years old Thursday, has a loose body in his pitching elbow as well.
With the Yankees kicking off their spring training schedule on Saturday when they open Grapefruit League play against the Blue Jays, we're about to go from "best shape of his life" stories that often don't matter to game results that never matter.
While it will be fun to see Aaron Judge taking his hacks against another team's pitcher and Gerrit Cole's glare 60 feet, six inches away, it's important to enjoy these games for what they are: fun distractions on the march to the first game that actually matters, when the Yankees travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles on March 26.
Hicks became the latest Yankees player have an issue with the Astros' cheating and MLB's lack of discipline
By Garrett Stepien | Feb 19 | 8:45PM
Since the Yankees reported to Spring Training over the past week in Tampa, Florida, players have naturally been asked about the Astros' electronic sign-stealing scandal.
Yankees CF Aaron Hicks became the latest to do so Wednesday, and he didn't hold back on his stance when speaking with SNY contributor Sweeny Murti.
Hicks -- who faced the Astros in New York's 2017 and '19 ALCS losses, which respectively went seven and six games -- echoed his teammates' sentiments from the past few days when he expressed frustration with Houston's cheating.
During a 1-on-1 interview Wednesday at Spring Training in Tampa, Florida, Hicks told Murti about his rehabilitation process, which he admitted has seen ups and downs on the 30-year-old's road back to the field.
"I feel great," Hicks told Murti. "I feel like my arm is recovering good, recovering fast and I'm kind of just ready to get things going. The first couple of months were kind of slow, just trying to get strength back and stuff like that with grip strength. So pretty much just trying to just kind of enjoy the ride right now, because I know it's a long road, but just excited for the future."
Luis Severino is aiming for a big bounce-back season with the Yankees in 2020, and if it looks anything like his handful of games late last year, the team will definitely be happy.
Severino was solid at the very end of the regular season and pitched well in the postseason. Heading into spring training, he told SNY contributor Sweeny Murti that he is feeling great, and that can be attributed to some offseason tweaks.
"I feel pretty great," he said. "Last year was a tough year for me, but this year I changed a little bit of my routine. We talked to the trainers and made a really good program to come here healthy."
Yankees' Gerrit Cole not offended by teammates' comments about Astros' sign-stealing scandal
Cole doubled down on his initial comments that he didn't know of the Astros' cheating
By Garrett Stepien | Feb 19 | 4:59PM
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole said last Thursday that he didn't know about his former Astros team's electronic sign stealing, and he doubled down on his initial comments during Wednesday's media availability.
More than one week into Spring Training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, the Astros' scandal has dominated the discussion around the Yankees.
Cole, who played for Houston from 2018-19 before signing a nine-year contract worth $324 million with New York, was asked about the strong comments made in recent days by his new Yankees teammates regarding the Astros' cheating.
WATCH: Yankees ace Gerrit Cole throws live batting practice
Feb 19 | 2:19PM
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole faces live batters during spring training in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday.
Yankees' Aaron Boone gives positive update on Aaron Judge's shoulder problem
Boone said Judge threw on Wednesday and will be swinging soon
Yankees OF Aaron Judge explained how he has been feeling soreness in his shoulder for about a week now on Tuesday, and manager Aaron Boone said that it will likely lead to him missing at least the team's first spring training game on Saturday.
But it might not be any longer than that.
Judge was seen throwing at practice on Wednesday, and Boone gave an update on the All-Star's status.
Yankees spring training is in full swing down in Tampa, as players gear up for the start of games at the end of the week. It is during these games that position battles will start to heat up, and players on the bubble will fight for roster spots.
We made a couple of tweaks to our Opening Day roster from our original prediction to the 2.0 version, and after a few developments already at camp, the same can be said for this one.
So, without further ado, let's look at the starting lineup...
MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Astros' player immunity and more about sign-stealing scandal
Yankees have stepped up to say players should be punished for cheating in '17
Feb 19 | 1:06PM
Executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Tony Clark was down in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday to talk with the Mets, but also took time to answer some questions about the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
MLBPA released a statement following MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's comments saying the union had pushed back after the league wouldn't rule out disciplining players when trying to make progress within the investigation. Clark said that anything regarding the obstruction of the investigation "is completely untrue."
Clark continued to comment on the immunity situation, saying that disciplining players wasn't even in the initial conversations before the investigations began.
DJ LeMahieu open to contract extension talks with Yankees: 'I love it here'
LeMahieu is entering the final year of his two-year deal
DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees' MVP last season after positing career numbers in multiple categories, and providing a team wrecked by injuries with consistent production.
And because of that production, the Yankees might be extending another contract to LeMahieu soon.
According to The Post's Ken Davidoff, it's something that LeMahieu said Wednesday morning he was definitely open to. No conversations have begun yet, however LeMahieu said, "But obviously, I love it here."
Another day, another Yankee spitting fire at the Astros in the wake of the electronic sign-stealing scandal.
On Wednesday, it was Giancarlo Stanton, holding nothing back while taking Houston to task for selective remorse while adding that he's lost respect for them and that they should be stripped of the 2017 World Series title.
"I feel like every single guy over there needs a beating," the Braves outfielder told reporters, continuing: "The way [Manfred] handled the situation, he should be embarrassed of himself."
The reason why no players have been punished is that MLB, in working with the Players Association, granted complete "blanket immunity" in exchange for information, a fact that Manfred touched on this past Sunday, but then dug deeper into at a press conference on Tuesday evening.
Ripple effects for Yankees' roster if Miguel Andujar can play in the outfield
Andujar will be getting game reps soon to test his skill
Miguel Andujar's role this season has been a question ever since Gio Urshela took over for him at third base, and had a career year in 2019. GM Brian Cashman has already said it's Urshela's job to lose, so finding a spot for Andujar is now one of the biggest storylines coming out of Yankees spring training.
Reporters have already prodded manager Aaron Boone to give them an inside look at what the team plans to do with the soon-to-be 25-year-old, and playing the outfield has been the base of some of those questions. Andujar has been seen taking reps with the other outfielders, and Boone said he could see some game time right away as well.
"Yeah," Boone said when asked if we could see Andujar in the outfield this weekend. "I think the good thing is, physically speaking, Miggy's feeling well and we feel like in a good place and ready to go and game ready. We'll get him out there in a lot of different situations and even positions. But, at the same time, being mindful of the demands that this creates and something new that we have to be mindful of."
Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed on Tuesday that All-Star OF Aaron Judge will be missing at least the team's first spring training game on Saturday.
Boone described Judge as having "crankiness" and a "little soreness" in his right shoulder, which gives more context to George A. King III's report that stated he was dealing with a "minor" problem in that shoulder.
"I don't anticipate it delaying the season, but he won't be playing on Feb. 22," Boone said. "But hopefully not much behind that."
At this time last year, DJ LeMahieu was entering spring training as a very intriguing, super-utility option for the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman signed him to a two-year, $24 million deal, and many believed his high-contact bat and smooth glove anywhere in the field could be a catalyst of sorts for a lineup bursting with power bats.
The preseason catalyst actually became the team MVP.
LeMahieu was everything the Yankees hoped to see and much more after having a career year at the plate, and providing manager Aaron Boone with a consistent presence in a lineup wrecked by injuries. He earned his third All-Star nod after posting a .327/.375/.518 slash line with a career-high 26 homers and 102 RBI. That kind of leap in production also had a Silver Slugger Award come his way as well.
Gerrit Cole leads group of eight Yankees on MLB Network's Top 100 Right Now list
Cole is the highest-ranked pitcher on the list
By Corey Hersch | Feb 17 | 10:18PM
MLB Network has released its Top 100 Right Now list, and of the eight Yankees who make an appearance, it's their newest, high-priced acquisition leading the way.
Gerrit Cole signed the richest contract of any starting pitcher in the history of baseball when he signed with the Yankeesin the offseason, and with good reason. He ranks No. 7 on MLB Network's list, the highest of any pitcher and one spot ahead of Mets' ace Jacob deGrom. Cole was the runner-up to then-Astros teammate Justin Verlander in AL Cy Young voting, despite leading the league with a 2.50 ERA and all of baseball with 326 strikeouts.
Aaron Judge has missed 50-plus games in each of the last two seasons, but still earns the No. 16 spot on the list. Judge missed 60 games and had just 447 plate appearances in 2019, but still hit 27 homers and slashed .272/.381/.540. He'll enter his fourth full season in the big leagues hoping that it's more like his rookie year than the previous two. All Judge did in his first season was mash 52 homers, win AL Rookie of the Year and finish second in AL MVP voting.
WATCH: Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ throw live BP at Yankees practice
Miguel Andujar takes outfield reps with Aaron Judge as well
Feb 17 | 3:53PM
Live batting practice has already started for the Yankees, and Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ were on hand to pitch to live hitters for the first time this spring. Check them out, along with Miguel Andujar getting outfield reps with Aaron Judge.
What will the Yankees get out of Giancarlo Stanton this season?
It's one of the bigger questions heading into spring training, as the former MVP battled through multiple injuries last season that led to playing only a few scattered games in the regular season and postseason. And even in those contests, Stanton's presence was felt.
Manager Aaron Boone will hope it's a presence he can consistently put in his lineup. Having Stanton around the likes of Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and the rest of this stacked lineup makes it that much more scary for Yankees opponents. And it looks like that's what will happen right away at spring training, as Boone says Stanton is a full go.
Yankees' Brett Gardner files restraining order against obsessed fan who believes she's his 'future wife'
A 46-year-old woman says Gardner sends sexual 'signals' to her during games
Feb 17 | 12:40PM
Yankees OF Brett Gardner has filed a restraining order against an obsessed fan, and the Yankees want her banned from all ballparks around the league, per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.
Gardner went to civil court last Thursday to make sure Gina Devasahayam, 46, stays away from him and his family. Devasahayam has claimed that she's Gardner's "future wife" among many other comments about the two of them despite never meeting.
In August, Devasahayam, who says she is a "biotech entrepreneur," attempted to sneak in to the visitor's clubhouse at Camden Yards in Baltimore when the Yankees were in town to face the Orioles. She went in to see Gardner, but security kicked her out.
Like many Yankees last season, OF Mike Tauchman was called upon to fill in for starters that hit the IL. Between the injuries for Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge, Tauchman had plenty of opportunities to impress in his first season as a Yankee, and he did just that.
Until the injury bug caught up with him toward the end of the season.
A Grade 2 calf strain suffered at the beginning of September ended Tauchman's campaign, as the Yankees lost yet another key contributor to their lineup. Stanton, Miguel Andujar, and later on Luke Voit would join that list as well.
Brian Cashman gave Gerrit Cole the richest contract in pitching history, so it's no surprise that the Yankees GM believes his new ace is going to sparkle in his first season in pinstripes.
That's no rogue opinion. Cashman is far from the only one in baseball who is confident in Cole, the explosive righty who signed a $324 million deal during the offseason. In recent conversations with SNY.tv, opposing scouts and executives raved about Cole and it's clear that the rest of the industry believes the Yanks finally have the kind of rotation-topper who can dominate a season and in October.
"Now they got their No. 1 guy," said a longtime MLB scout. "No more excuses."
Yankees Takeaways from Aaron Boone's Sunday Spring Training press conference, including Gerrit Cole's live BP
New York's manager provided the latest on his ace and others working in the starting rotation
By Garrett Stepien | Feb 16 | 10:16PM
Day 4 of Spring Training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, saw the Yankees get several pitchers extended work on the field and sides Sunday morning and afternoon.
Chief among New York's arms in action was ace right-hander Gerrit Cole, who attracted a crowd and threw live batting practice, exiting the mound to cheers from fans on hand.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone met the media after the group's latest workout, doling out updates on Cole and a handful multiple other starters. Below are five takeaways from Boone's latest session.
Takeaways from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's press conference, including Astros' sign-stealing scandal
'We put ourselves in the position to be as transparent as possible'
By Coby Green | Feb 16 | 5:16PM
With the offseason closing, MLB commissionerRob Manfred held his first press conference of the new year and his first since releasing the league's report on their investigation into the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
His opening statement on the Astros sign-stealing scandal...
"When we began our investigation after we became aware of the Houston situation, we started with an important and fundamental goal, and that goal was to make sure that we found the facts, completed the investigation, figured out what was going on and put ourselves in the position to be as transparent with our fans and the other clubs as possible."