When Derek Jeter retires, so too will his iconic, pinstriped number. With the career he’s had, there is no question that the Yankees will place Jeter’s No. 2 among the other heroes of the past, plastered beyond the outfield forever. No Yankee will ever wear that number again.Not including Jackie Robinson’s 42, retired across all of baseball, the Yankees have 18 retired numbers. That total will reach 19 once Jeter’s is officially put away.The Yankees have by far the most retired numbers of any franchise in baseball. The next-most retired numbers belong to the St. Louis Cardinals, who have 12. Behind them, it’s the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers , each with 10. These are four of the most storied and longstanding franchises in all of baseball, so it makes sense they’d be atop this leaderboard.It’s important to keep in mind, too, that Major League Baseball has no mandates on retired numbers, other than Robinson’s 42. In other words, it’s up to the individual club whether or not they want to officially retire the number of one of their players, unofficially retire it -- simply not assign it to anybody for a while, or keep using it altogether. Some clubs wait until a player goes into the Hall of Fame, others enshrine the number immediately.The Yankees seem to pride themselves on tradition, thus it follows logic that they’d retire the numbers of anybody worthy. It adds to the franchise’s expressed mystique.But when Jeter’s number is retired at the end of this year, that mystique will reach a brand new level. As of today, the Yankees have retired seven of the nine single digits, not including zero. The only single digit numbers available for use at this present moment are Jeter’s No. 2 and the No. 6.

That quantity alone is higher than any other team. The Red Sox have the next-most retired single digits, with five out of nine unavailable to current players.Remember that No. 6 that’s still unretired? Well,about that... On August 23, the Yankees will be retiring that digit as well, in honor of newly-inducted Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre.The new level the Yankees will reach after this season? No single-digit uniforms on the field at Yankee Stadium, or on the road in greys, ever again. Once Jeter is no longer at shortstop, the single digits will be completely gone.To recap, there is Billy Martin’s 1, Babe Ruth’s 3, Lou Gehrig’s 4, Joe DiMaggio’s 5, Mickey Mantle’s 7, both Bill Dickey’s and Yogi Berra’s 8, and then Roger Maris’ 9.While a lot of this has to do with the Yankee atmosphere of tradition noted above, and the sheer amount of success the team has experienced -- 27 World Championships means 27 iterations of teams with more than a few legendary players -- there’s one Major League historical note, too.

Baseball players didn’t always wear numbers on their jerseys. Major League teams didn’t start regularly wearing numbers somewhere on their uniforms until midway through the 1930s. And even then, the numbers were to identify the players -- but not by their favorite number, or any number they chose, for that matter. Early uniform numbers were based solely on where a player batted in the lineup. If you were a leadoff man, you wore No. 1, and so on. There were a few exceptions, but this idea persisted until the early 1940s, for the most part.Thus, part of the reason the Yankees have so many retired single-digit numbers is that they were good, and had good players, in an era where position players wore predominantly single-digits.That being said, this explanation in no way applies to all nine of the digits the Yankees will have put to rest by year’s end, making it a statistical and franchise oddity, too.Luckily for all those future Yankees out there, in the minors, in college, and on Little League baseball fields, there are a lot of numbers left other than those single digits. Plus, No. 0 is always out there, if the Yankees should choose to assign it. Only 15 players in Major League history have worn 0, with the most recent being Omar Quintanilla in 15 games for the Mets in 2014.Who knows, maybe we’ll even see the first-ever pinstriped 00, taking after the Dodgers’ Brian Wilson and 19 others.
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The Yankees erupted for 14 runs on 13 hits as they beat the Phillies, 14-1, on Thursday afternoon in their Grapefruit League finale >> Click here for the full box score


  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
  • Gary SanchezRonald Torreyes, and Rashad Crawford all hit home runs.
  • Luis Severino allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four in five innings.
  • Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard both tossed a scoreless inning in relief...
Tags: Adam Warren, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Clippard
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Over the next two days, we will preview the 2017 Yankees season, beginning today with expectations for the pitching staff...

The rotation

Every single spot in the Yankees' rotation comes with at least a small amount of uncertainty.

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has pitched quite well since joining the team, yet he throws with a ticking time bomb in the form of a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. However, Tanaka demonstrated last season that his elbow does not hinder his performance and he looked exceptional during spring training. In what could be a walk year -- Tanaka has an opt-out in his contract at the end of this season -- the 28-year-old could turn in his finest season in pinstripes...

Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Bryan Mitchell, and LHP Chasen Shreve have made the Yankees' Opening Day bullpen.

Holder allowed four runs on seven hits in 12.0 innings this spring, racking up nine strikeouts with zero walks.

Mitchell struggled in spring training, surrendering 11 runs on 24 hits in 21.2 innings while walking five and striking out 22.

Shreve pitched 10.0 innings this spring and gave up four runs on eight hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)

Joe Girardi has named Aaron Judge the Yankees' starting right fielder, while Pete Kozma has made the team as a backup infielder.

Judge hit an impressive .345 with three home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats this spring. 

The 24-year old struggled in only 84 at-bats with New York last year, finishing the year with a .179 batting average to go along with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) is taken out of the game during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (40) is taken out of the game during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)

Luis Severino has made the Yankees' opening day roster and will be the team's 4th starter, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Severino pitched 13.2 innings during spring training, allowing six runs on 12 hits while walking five hitters and striking out 16. 

The 23-year old righty went 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 71.0 innings for the Yankees last season.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda
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New York Yankees first baseman Rob Refsnyder (38) at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Rob Refsnyder (38) at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have optioned utility man Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Thursday morning.

Refsnyder was hitting .209 with one home run and six RBIs in 43 at-bats this spring.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Rays may have interest in trading for Refsnyder, whom the Yankees are open to shopping.

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(Reinhold Matay)

Jordan Montgomery allowed one run in five innings and Austin Romine and Brett Gardner delivered run-scoring single as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Dunedin >> Click here for the full box score


Montgomery allowed six hits while walking one and striking out four during his five innings of work, lowering his ERA for the spring to 3.20.

Austin Romine, Gardner, and Judge all had run-scoring singles as they provided all the offense.

 

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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

The Yankees have re-assigned utility player Tyler Wade to minor league camp, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Wade hit .357 in 42 ABs this spring while making appearances in the field at second base, third base, shortstop, left field, and center field.

In 133 games with Double-A Trenton last season, Wade hit .259 with five home runs, 27 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren will be a reliever to open the regular season while Luis SeverinoChad Green, and Jordan Montgomery will compete for two rotation spots, manager Joe Girardi said to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Warren, who had been considered for a rotation spot earlier this spring, had a 4.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings (four starts), allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 15 innings. 

Though he spent most of last season as a reliever with both the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he split time in the rotation and bullpen with the Yankees in 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief outings.

Tags: Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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Caleb Smith (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Caleb Smith (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees received LHP Caleb Smith from the Chicago Cubs in a Rule 5 Draft return, the team announced.

The Cubs selected Smith, 25, from the Yankees in December's Rule 5 Draft after he went 3-5 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 games (seven starts) with Double-A Trenton last season.

He was offered back to the Yankees when he did not make Chicago's 25-man roster and after he went unclaimed on waivers.

A 14th-round pick in 2013, Smith is 24-23 with a 3.41 ERA in 94 career minor-league games (69 starts) across four levels. The highest level he has played was Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he had one start in 2015.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka struck out six batters in five innings and ended the Grapefruit League with a 0.38 ERA as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


  • Tanaka allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. He allowed an RBI double to Alex Presley in the first inning, and Presley scored on a Gary Sanchez throwing error following an Alex Avila walk.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathon Niese throws the ball to first base for an out against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Lecom Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathon Niese throws the ball to first base for an out against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Lecom Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees re-signed LHP Jon Niese to a minor-league deal on Tuesday after they released him Sunday, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

Niese, who pitched in six Grapefruit League games this spring, will report on Wednesday, according to King. The Yankees

The Yankees, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, hope Niese can build up his arm strength following knee surgery at the end of last season.

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Jonas Schwartz chats with former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams about Yankees prospects as well as team Puerto Rico.

SNY's Jonas Schwartz chats with former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams about the team's prospects and Puerto Rico's success in the WBC.

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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.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Often times with spring training position battles, there is a clear winner and a certain loser, making life easier for the club to move forward. There are also circumstances when each player demonstrates the ability to handle the full time role but only one can make the roster due to lack of space. The Yankees are fortunate that their internal battle for the right field position has produced two of the better springs from all players in camp and that they can figure out a way to get each player a significant number of plate appearances this season.

Aaron Hicks entered camp as the player many have been waiting to see reach his potential. Meanwhile his competitor, Aaron Judge, was considered a part of the organization's future but there was uncertainty to his readiness. Both players have performed quite well this spring, to the point that the "winner" has become too close to call according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Rob Refsnyder (38) at bat against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees first baseman Rob Refsnyder (38) at bat against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement)

The Rays may have interest in trading for utility man Rob Refsnyder, whom the Yankees are open to shopping, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

In 41 ABs this spring, Refsnyder is hitting .195 with one HR and five RBIs. 

Against Tampa on Sunday, the Yankees inserted Refsnyder into left field in the fifth inning before moving him to right field an inning later. At the plate, Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk.

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(Butch Dill)

The Yankees have reassigned infielders Ruben Tejada and Donovan Solano, and catcher Wilkin Castillo to minor league camp, the team announced Monday.

The 27-year-old Tejada, who signed a minor league deal this offseason, had been on the outskirts of the race for the starting shortstop job with Didi Gregorius expected to be out until at least May...

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Mar 26, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 26, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aaron Hicks had two hits and three RBI, including a home run, to lead the Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at George Steinbrenner Field on Sunday. >> Read more


  • Former Met Ruben Tejada committed an error, but later hit his first home run of the spring.
  • Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell gave up three runs and six hits in three innings while striking out three.
  • Chasen Shreve pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

 

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Jon Niese delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton (USA Today))
Jon Niese delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton (USA Today))

The Yankees released LHP Jon Niese prior to Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced.

However, the Yankees are open to keeping Niese in the organization, reports Joel Sherman of MLB Network. According to Sherman, The Yankees felt that his arm was not ready following knee surgery but the team may keep him in the minors to help him rebuild arm strength.

Niese pitched in six games for the Yankees this spring, posting 4.50 ERA in six innings.

Niese, 30, went 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA in 23 games for the Pirates last season before he was traded back to the Mets in August. He pitched in six games for the Mets last season, giving up 14 runs in 11 innings.

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Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees took advantage of two Toronto errors to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Blue Jays 6-5 Saturday in Tampa. >> Box score

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Feb 21, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Tyler Jones (53) poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Feb 21, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Tyler Jones (53) poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Yankees added a familiar face to their pitching reserves by acquiring RHP Tyler Jones from the Diamondbacks. The team announced the move on Friday evening, adding that Jones was acquired via a Rule 5 Draft return. 

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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed nine hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Yankees beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Friday afternoon >> Box score


  • Sabathia walked one and struck out one during his 5 1/3 innings. His ERA for the spring is now 6.75.
  • Luis Severino struck out five batters in three perfect innings.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
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(Tommy Gilligan)

Yankees 1B/OF Tyler Austin, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left foot, will soon enter the next phase of his rehab, which will entail having the foot in a walking boot.

He expects to return to playing in games at some point in May, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Austin was diagnosed with the fracture on Feb. 17 and was expected to be out for at least six weeks. He suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice...

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(Kim Klement)

Yankees 1B/DH/OF Chris Carter could be in danger of not making the Opening Day roster, surmises Anthony Rieber of Newsday.

Carter, who the team signed to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million this offseason, is hitting .122 with 22 strikeouts in 41 at-bats this spring.

He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts during Thursday's game against the Rays.

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Butch Dill)

The Yankees have optioned Luis Cessa, who was in the running for one of the final spots in the rotation, to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced Friday morning.

In addition, New York has re-assigned INF Ji-Man Choi, OF Dustin Fowler, OF Clint Frazier, LHP Jason Gurka, and OF Billy McKinney to minor league camp.

Cessa appeared in five games this spring for the Yankees, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits in 9.2 innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Luis Cessa
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Reggie Jackson runs along the warning track before the spring training baseball game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. (Tommy Gilligan)
Reggie Jackson runs along the warning track before the spring training baseball game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. (Tommy Gilligan)

Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres has impressed one of the franchise's all-time greats in Reggie Jackson, and the two have already formed a strong baseball bond.

"He's a very mature athlete,'' Jackson told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. "He's confident, yet he asks questions that you would get from a 20-year-old. Well acclimated. Very coachable. Under control physically. A lot of good attributes. A lot of good character stuff. He's a player.''

In 29 ABs this spring, Torres hit .448 with two HRs, nine RBIs, six doubles and a triple before being re-assigned to Minor League camp. 

Jackson would not shy away from giving the 20-year old significant praise for his performance in spring training.

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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...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chasen Shreve, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees have a number of highly touted prospects, but what makes the organization's farm system one of the best in the game is its depth. With that in mind, let's discuss some second-tier prospects who might see some time with the big league club this season...

Chance Adams

The Yankees have conducted a five-player competition this spring to find the team's No. 4 and No. 5 starters. Adams was not part of the competition, but he did enough last season and during the spring while in MLB camp to be considered an option down the road.

Adams, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recorded a 2.33 ERA across 127 1/3 innings at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2016, to go along with a 0.90 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. This spring, Adams tossed four innings and had a 2.25 ERA in big league camp. It would not be surprising if he continues to climb the rotation ladder as the season progresses, making him a potential call-up in case of injuries within the MLB rotation.

Tags: Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Mason Williams, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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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.
Tags: Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

With the loss of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Yankees are showing interest in the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias and the Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed as potential replacements, NJ.com's Brendan Kuty reports.

Gregorius injured his shoulder while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and could miss all of April.

While the Yankees spoke with the Reds and Tigers about Cozart and Iglesias respectively, they said they weren't prepared to trade for either, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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(Reinhold Matay)

Jordan Montgomery has emerged as a candidate for the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation, Newsday reports.

The 24-year-old has a 3.48 ERA in four Grapefruit League outinjgs, all in relief. He went 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

"We're looking at him," Joe Girardi said of Montgomery "I like him a lot. I think he's got really good downward angle. I think he's got deception. I'm very curious."

Luis Severino (5.06 ERA) and Luis Cessa (6.52 ERA) have struggled this spring, leaving Girardi to consider Montgomery.

Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))
Mar 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement (USA Today))

The Yankees announced that shortstop Gleyber Torres has been assigned to minor league camp for the remainder of Spring Training and that he will start the year playing for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday (Yankees, March 21).  

Torres, 20, is considered one of the franchises top prospects.

In 28 at-bats this spring, Torres hit .464 with two home runs and nine RBI. 

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Mar 21, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field.  (Butch Dill (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill (USA Today))

The Yankees lost to the Red Sox on Tuesday in Tampa, 4-2. >> Box score


  • In 4 1/3 innings pitched, Bryan Mitchell struck out seven and allowed two runs.
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a scoreless inning of work.
  • Starlin Castro went 1-for-2 with a double.
  • Matt Holliday hit a home run off Chris Sale, his fourth of Spring Training.
  • Gary Sanchez picked up a base hit.

Next game: The Yankees take on the Phillies on Wednesday in a road matchup at 1:05 p.m.

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Jon and Sal debate which young player is best suited to fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius at shortstop in 2017.

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will miss Opening Day and could be out for all of April due to a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle in his right shoulder, manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Tuesday.

GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees were told Gregorius would likely miss six weeks, adding that Tyler WadePete KozmaRonald TorreyesRuben Tejada, and Starlin Castro -- but not SS prospect Gleyber Torres -- are all options to play shortstop in Gregorius' absence.

Gregorius, who had been playing for Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, had an MRI Monday, and was expected to undergo more tests on Tuesday.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Starlin Castro
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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

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

With Yankees SS Didi Gregorius dealing with a shoulder injury, could it pave the way for SS prospect Gleyber Torres to begin the season in the majors?

Gregorius, who had been playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, has a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle in his right shoulder. He had an MRI on Monday and will undergo more tests on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Torres, who MLB.com has ranked as the third-best prospect in all of baseball, is hitting .464 with a 1.448 OPS with two HR and nine RBI in 28 at-bats this spring.

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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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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) rounds the bases on his home run to right during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) rounds the bases on his home run to right during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Yankees 3B Chase Headley has struggled since being acquired by the Yankees in 2014, and knows he can play better than he has over the last two and a half years.

"I know there's more in there," Headley told Mike Mazzeo of the Daily News. "I know that I can produce more than I have."

Following the 2014 season, the Yankees gave the switch-hitting third baseman a four-year, $52 million contract. The next year, Headley hit .259 with only 11 HRs and 62 RBIs while committing 23 errors in 156 games.

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is mulling over Luis Severino and Adam Warren for a possible spot in the rotation as Opening Day nears.

The two pitchers have had vastly different springs, and Sunday's game -- a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros -- was a huge example of it.

Warren gave up one run and four hits in 3 2/3 innings as the starter, while Severino, pitching in relief, gave up three runs, six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Tags: Adam Warren, Luis Severino
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Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren (43) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Yankees scored three runs in the ninth inning and beat the Astros, 6-4, in Palm Beach. >> Box score


  • Adam Warren pitched 3.2 innings for the Yankees, giving up one run on four hits. 
  • Luis Severino pitched three innings in relief and gave up two runs on two hits.
  • Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

What's Next:

The Yankees will face the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m in Palm Beach. RHP Michael Pineda (10 IP, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Yankees.

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(Aaron Doster)

The Yankees lost to the Orioles, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score


  • Jacoby Ellsbury got the Yankees started with an RBI single in the third inning. 
  • Gary Sanchez kept the third-inning rally going with a two-run double.
  • CC Sabathia was not his sharpest, allowing three earned runs in four innings. However, he did strike out five. 
  • Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless frame and finished with a strikeout.

What's Next:

The Yankees head to Palm Beach to play the Astros on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Adam Warren is set to pitch the Yankees. 


The Yankees reassigned Jorge Mateo to Class A Tampa, where he played last season. (Kim Klement)
The Yankees reassigned Jorge Mateo to Class A Tampa, where he played last season. (Kim Klement)

Middle infielder Jorge Mateo, considered one of the Yankees' top prospects, was sent to Class A Tampa Friday.

Mateo was 3-for-22 with the Yankees this spring. Last year, he hit .247 with eight homers, 47 RBI and 36 stolen bases for Class A Tampa. He also was suspended for two weeks for violating unspecified team rules.

It had been speculated that Mateo, a 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, might begin the season at Double-A Trenton.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Yankees no-hit the Tigers during Friday's 3-0 win >> Box score


  • Masahiro Tanaka started the game, holding the Tigers hitless over the first 4 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out six.
  • Chasen Shreve tossed 0.2 hitless innings in relief of Tanaka, and Jordan Montgomery finished the no-hitter off by pitching the last four innings.
Tags: Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes
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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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Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher James Kaprielian of the New York Yankees against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher James Kaprielian of the New York Yankees against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees prospect James Kaprielian was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, hours after making his Grapefruit League debut.

The 23-year-old struck out three and walked one in two scoreless innings Thursday afternoon in the Yankees' 11-5 win over the Blue Jays. 

New York kept Kaprielian out of game action due to caution surrounding his right elbow. Although the right-hander pitched in the Arizona Fall League, he was limited to just 18 innings in the minors in 2016 after he suffered a flexor strain in his right elbow last April.

 

Tags: James Kaprielian, Mason Williams
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 11-5. on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • RHP prospect James Kaprielian made his first Spring Training appearance, walking one and striking out three in two scoreless innings.
  • Luis Cessa got the start and allowed four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Rob Refsnyder, Starlin Castro
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