BNNY on Yanks' keys for Game 3 00:03:10
Baseball Night New York breaks down how the Yankees can shift momentum as the ALCS moves to New York.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Everyone says the kids are alright, that the struggles of these playoffs haven't turned Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge tight. There's yet to be any real proof -- a few decent press conference quotes hardly qualifies as that -- but the Yankees better be right about their two young stars.

Because whatever hope New York has of remaining relevant in the AL Championship Series against the Astros probably hinges on Judge and Sanchez having an impact on the series, starting in Game 3 in the Bronx on Monday night. Maybe even more so than CC Sabathia, who is starting against the Astros' Charlie Morton.

Both Judge and Sanchez have struggled mightily and are a combined 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts in the series, which the Yankees trail two games to none after consecutive 2-1 losses in Houston.

It's not just their offense, either. Both players were part of the play on Jose Altuve's mad dash to score the winning run Saturday. Judge fielded the ball -- you decide whether he was the start of a chain of events that devolved into the Houston run or just a bystander -- and Sanchez did not corral Didi Gregorius' relay throw on the play. Had Sanchez caught the ball, Altuve would've been out at the plate.

That's a lot of baggage to carry around. But Judge and Sanchez at least have pinstriped backing.

"These kids, they do a good job of just turning the page," Sabathia, 37, said at a press conference Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

"Just a mature team at a young age. I think we'll be fine."

He was speaking about the team as a whole, but we already know that both can rally after tough times. Witness Judge's slump during the regular season.

Is it maturity? Sabathia was speaking generally again, but he probably has a point when he also said, "I don't know if it's maturity or just being dumb. They don't know, you know?"

The Yankees aren't in "panic mode," according to manager Joe Girardi, and he is so far resisting making any changes in the lineup. He well knows, a few hits here or there, his Yanks could be the ones in command of the series.

Plus, Judge and Sanchez still resonate with opponents as threats. Even with the success his team has had with the pair, here's what Houston manager A.J. Hinch said about them Sunday:

"When Judge swings it's scary. When Sanchez swings, it's scary."

Girardi is buoyed by what he sees in Judge's at-bats. The manager believes Judge has remained patient in spite of all the outs, all the swings and misses and long trudges back to the dugout.

"Gary's chased a little bit more," Girardi said. "But Gary is a guy that we know that can really, really turn around quick and get locked in. And I feel good about that."

With Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander having already pitched, the Yankees have to do some damage against Morton and likely Game 4 starter Brad Peacock. They did have the second-highest scoring offense in baseball this year and led MLB with 241 home runs. And at home, Girardi's club went 51-30 and averaged 5.57 runs per game.

Of course, there's no question the Astros, who scored more runs than any team, think it's time for their offense to break out, too.

If the ALCS suddenly veers into a slugfest in the games in the Bronx, Judge, who hit 52 home runs, and Sanchez, the best hitting catcher in baseball, have to be part of it for the Yankees to survive.

Even if the games remain low scoring, the Yankees need the two pistons in their offense. They've pitched well enough to win games, now it's time for their biggest hitters to help.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Anthony McCarron
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Exclusive Aaron Boone interview 00:05:13
Yankees manager Aaron Boone sat down with SNY's Andy Martino. They talk everything from changing culture to never known postseason injuries

Yankees manager Aaron Boone sat down with SNY.tv's Andy Martino on "Baseball Night in New York" to talk about New York's revamped bullpen, what he expects in his second year as manager and how he hopes his club can win its first World Series since 2009.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA - On his first day in Yankee camp, Giancarlo Stanton wasn't making any bold predictions or declaring that New York has yet to see him at his best, but he said just enough to make it seem he believes Year Two in pinstripes will be something closer to his NL MVP season of 2017. 

Which raises an obvious question:

Is there legitimate reason to believe he's more than a streaky mistake-hitter who will always be vulnerable to elite pitching, as it appeared last season?

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)

Luis Severino claims he wasn't specifically discussing Jacob deGrom's situation (despite saying "$17 million" and, you know, his name).

During an interview with SNY on Monday, the Yankees ace was informed that his comments about the National League Cy Young winner were getting a lot of attention. 

"Nobody has said anything to me about it," he told SNY contributor John Harper.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

On Oct. 8, 2018, during the terrible span of 10 minutes or so between a playoff loss and a grilling from reporters, Brian Cashman offered Aaron Boone an out.

"You can tell them about Britton," said the GM, whose typical approach is to preemptively reveal stories that are likely to leak anyway.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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Stanton on Harper and Machado 00:00:30
Stanton owns the largest contract in baseball, many thought Harper and Machado would break it this offseason yet still remain unsigned.

Giancarlo Stanton owns the largest contract in Major League Baseball, a title many thought would belong to either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado at the start of Spring Training. 

The two star free-agents still remain unsigned as of Feb. 18, although Harper is reportedly close, and it is possible the two players still garner contracts that would keep Stanton as the highest-paid player in the league. 

The Yankees' slugger has seen what has transpired this offseason in free agency and like many he is left confused as to what is going on. 

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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws out Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts during the first inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws out Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts during the first inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees had plenty of preparation time to find a temporary replacement for shortstop Didi Gregorius, who underwent Tommy John surgery on October 17, 2018. Yet, the club's answer - or prayer - is Troy Tulowitzki.

As if the Yankees were lost in 2013, the team apparently loved what they saw from Tulowitzki in a workout conducted for MLB squads in mid-December. Recall, Tulowitzki was released outright by the Toronto Blue Jays, who will pay the shortstop all but the MLB minimum ($555K) toward his $19 million due in 2019.

Taking a flyer on a player like Tulowitzki at the league minimum salary is understandable, but to outright name him the starting shortstop for a team with legitimate hopes to win a World Series title before seeing him step foot on the field in a competitive atmosphere is not.

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Yankees infielders at work 00:00:25
Didi Gregorius and the Yankees infielders work on their defense at training camp.

Didi Gregorius and the Yankees infielders work on their defense at Spring Training.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Severino fired off an unexpected fastball toward Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom on Sunday. 

The Yankees' ace, who recently inked a four-year, $40 million extension to buyout his arbitration years, was critical of the reigning National League Cy Young award winner for considering an innings-limit this season if he does not sign an extension with the Mets. 

"For me, I would never do something like that," Severino told Randy Miller of NJ.com. "I want to pitch. I love to pitch. I love this game. I'd never do that."

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The Yankees have been in pursuit of free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado, who is reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him roughly $300 million over 10 years. Here are the latest rumors... 


Feb. 18, 8:26 AM:

The Padres have made an offer to Machado worth at least $240 million over eight years, though some teams have been told the offer is worth up to $280 million, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Padres also have a large offer out to Bryce Harper, which is reportedly worth more than their offer to Machado...

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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton's stats in 2018 were all down from his MVP season in 2017.

But Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames is confident the four-time All-Star will rebound in his second season in pinstripes in 2019.

"I know he's been working on some things," Thames said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin.

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Who will leadoff for Yankees? 00:00:59
Aaron Boone had an interesting idea for a leadoff hitter for the Yankees in 2019. It'll likely be Hicks but he didn't rule out Aaron Judge.

Leading off for the Yankees, Aaron Judge?

Yes, you read that correctly. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Aaron Hicks will likely lead off most games for the Bombers, but when asked how he could flip the lineup, he noted Judge potentially filling that slot.

"First I think DJ [LeMahieu], especially with the way he hits left-handed pitching," Boone told the media on Sunday. "He can certainly be an option up there. We could even flirt with the big boy up there, Judge in certain situations. But I do like Aaron (Hicks) at the top of the order. [Brett Gardner] could play into that mix, especially against right-handed pitching. So it kinda depends on who's in the lineup that day, who the pitcher is, who the opponent is. I would say Aaron Hicks is probably the frontrunner to be that guy to lead off."

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Sep 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Sep 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

While the Yankees' pursuit of Manny Machado hasn't been aggressive, the Bombers haven't been on Bryce Harper's radar all offseason. 

Yes, the Yankees don't necessarily need Harper with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in their outfield already. But, at age 26 and a left-handed power bat, Harper would be a perfect fit in the Bronx. 

So what's held the Yankees back from looking Harper's way? CBS Sports' Jim Bowden says it's Harper's defense and price tag that is turning the Yankees off.

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Luis Severino headlines Sunday 00:00:55
Watch the best moments from Spring Training on Sunday in Tampa for the Yankees.

Luis Severino, fresh off signing a four-year contract extension, and J.A. Happ were among the Yankees to take the field during spring training on Sunday.

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Ah, spring training. In some ways it's the best time for baseball writers, a time when players, managers, and executives are more relaxed and willing to talk before the pressure of the long season takes hold. 

I first went to spring training in 1982, and suffice it say we writers were a lot more relaxed as well in those days, before Internet deadlines and social media changed everything about the job. 

The quotes aren't nearly as colorful these days, when players seemingly live in fear of the Twitter reaction to even the smallest misstep, but as I head to Florida to write about both the Mets and Yankees for SNY, there's still nothing better than baseball and sunshine in February.

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Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA, Fla. -- It was a day of transition for the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Saturday, with glimpses of both the past and future -- and questions about whether the Yankees can hold their new core together.

The marquee event was an afternoon news conference in which CC Sabathia announced his plans to retire at the end of the season. Sabathia was a key member of the Yankees' most recent championship team, and a link between the Derek Jeter/Andy Pettitte/Jorge Posada era and the Aaron Judge/Gary Sanchez/Luis Severino group...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Andy Martino
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Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) works out prior to the game at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Jacoby Ellsbury is already missing the beginning of Spring Training and it is likely that will mean he will start the 2019 season on the injured list. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Saturday that the oft-injured outfielder, who is battling plantar fasciitis, is not running on flat ground and that he will not arrive to Spring Training until mid-to-late March. 

"At the earliest he could be here is mid-to-late March, so we're probably looking at a start on the DL," Cashman told reporters. "That doesn't mean we are (looking at the IL to start) yet, but just in terms of timing it could be."

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CC Sabathia is done after 2019 00:03:21
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia announces that 2019 will his final year on the mound and that he will retire after the season.

It has been known for months now, but the Yankees had an official press conference where veteran LHP CC Sabathia announced that 2019 will be his final season in the MLB. 

This season will be Sabathia's 19th year in the MLB, and to have the great career he's been able to put together over that time, there are a lot of people to give thanks to. During his opening comments, he started with his mother.

"I just wanted to make this announcement that 2019 will be my final season," Sabathia began. "I want to obviously thank a lot of people. I wouldn't be here today, 18 years in the big leagues without so many different people. But I want to start with my mom. She couldn't be here today, but her sacrificing so much for me as a kid to be able to get to this point to live out my dream."

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Luis Severino talks new contract 00:00:45
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino makes his first comments since signing a new 4-year, $40 million contract.

When the deadline passed for players to avoid arbitration, the Yankees had just one player who didn't settle on a deal for the season in RHP Luis Severino

So, before Severino could get to work down in Tampa at the Yankees' Spring Training facility, he had to go through his arbitration hearing to hopefully hammer out a deal fast to avoid wasting any time. Well, he got a long-term extension instead.

The Yankees and Severino agreed to a four-year extension worth $40 million that comes with a fifth-year club option worth $15 million. New York locked up Severino through his 20s in hopes that he becomes the consistent ace they believe him to be. 

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Judge, Sanchez arbitration 00:01:07
New York Yankees Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge are up for arbitration in 2020, will the Yankees be able to sign them to team friendly deals?

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Luis Severino got paid life-changing money and didn't have to endure the potential hurt feelings that the nitpicking of an arbitration hearing can sometimes make bloom. The Yankees grabbed cost certainty on an ace-level arm. 

And the rest of us scored some juicy topics to kick around when the Yanks and Severino came to an agreement Friday on a contract extension for the righty. Especially this: 

Does Severino's deal signal that the Yanks are ready to talk pre-free agency deals with the rest of their young studs? In other words, on deck, Aaron Judge

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Aaron Boone talks pitching 00:00:36
In part of an upcoming interview with Aaron Boone, Andy Martino ask whether the Yankees would use an 'opener' in games.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone sat down with SNY's Andy Martino at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa to discuss the upcoming season. 

The second-year manager touched on a variety of subjects, including why he feels confident in this year's roster as well as whether or not he would consider using an 'opener' with his deep bullpen this season. 

Be sure to check out the full interview with Boone on BNNY at 6 p.m. on SNY. 

Click below for another clip from interview

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Danny Farquhar talks comeback 00:00:51
New York Yankees pitcher Danny Farquhar talks his comeback to baseball after suffering a brain hemorrhage last season.

It was less than a year ago on April 20 when RHP Danny Farquhar suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage as a result of a ruptured brain aneurysm, causing him to collapse in the White Sox's dugout. He was immediately taken to a hospital, where he remained for 17 days before he was discharged with the knowledge that he eventually would be able to pitch again, though not in the 2018 season.

Fast forward to Friday, when Farquhar threw his first bullpen session with the Yankees, who signed Farquhar to a minor league deal less than a month ago. His bullpen received much fanfare, and even though it was just a Spring Training bullpen session, the moment wasn't lost on Farquhar.

"Just to think 10 months ago that I would be here, you don't know," Farquhar said. "I am extraordinarily thankful."

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May 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) reacts on his way to the dugout after giving up a run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 11, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) reacts on his way to the dugout after giving up a run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Whether one believes this is Jordan Montgomery being critical of the Yankees for trading Sonny Gray depends on one's interpretation. But at the very least, Montgomery believes the Reds did a great piece of business in acquring Gray last month and signing him to a three-year, $30.5 million contract extension.

"Cincinnati got a steal," Montgomery told NJ.com on Thursday.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was very public about his intent to move Gray, and he finally did on Jan. 21 in what was essentially a three-way trade. The Yankees received a 2019 Competitive Balance Round A draft pick and 2B Shed Long from Cincinnati; the Yanks then sent Long to Seattle for OF Josh Stowers; the Reds received Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartin

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Behind the scenes in Tampa 00:00:37
A quick behind the scenes tour of the Yankees facility in Tampa.

Yankees pitchers and catchers reported this week in Tampa for Spring Training. Take a quick peak behind-the-scenes as SNY is on hand for all the Spring Training coverage at George M. Steinbrenner Field. 

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With Spring Training upon us, MLB Network released it's "Top 20 Players Right Now!" and a couple Yankees made the cut. 

Aaron Judge came in at No. 12 on the list, while fellow outfielder and baseball masher Giancarlo Stanton was placed at No. 19. 

Judge has only two full seasons in the bigs under his belt, but he has already made his mark as one of the game's best young stars. He didn't have the same year in 2018 as he did in his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2017, where he hammered 52 homers with 114 RBI and a .284 batting average. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Luis Severino and the Yankees agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension to avoid arbitration and cover his remaining years of team control, the team announced on Friday.

SNY.tv's Andy Martino confirmed the details of the contract, which includes a fifth-year option. Severino will receive a $2 million signing bonus and earn $4 million in salary in 2019. He will make $10 million in 2020, $10.25 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022.

He also has a $15 million club option that covers his first year of free agency in 2023. The Yankees could buy that out for $2.75 million, which is included in the guaranteed money, meaning Severino's contract could max out at $52.25 million.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees are comfortable shifting Gleyber Torres to shortstop if immediate plans do not pan out in 2019. But the Yanks should reconsider the move (one that feels almost certain to be required) as a last resort -- not the first response.

Torres enters his sophomore season in the big leagues needing a clearer focus with increased expectations. Despite a very good overall rookie campaign, he did show that he's still a young man learning the game.

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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)

James Paxton threw a career-high 160 1/3 innings with the Mariners last season, 24 1/3 innings more than his previous high the year before.

Now that he's with the Yankees, Paxton has a loftier goal.

"My goal is to get to the 200-inning range," Paxton said, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. "I understand the bullpening and leverage, but I wonder if those relievers who are being pushed to constant two- and three-inning stints will run out of gas. I think it is still up to starters to provide innings."

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Sanchez eyeing March 1 return 00:01:27
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has been recovering from shoulder surgery. Manager Aaron Boone said he expects him back by March 1.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA, Fla. - A few minutes after one o'clock on Thursday afternoon, a contingent of Yankee bigwigs gathered behind the cage to watch Gary Sanchez's first batting practice of Spring Training.

As they stood there in the sun, Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone, and assistant GM Tim Naehring shared a common thought: Despite Sanchez's terrible season in 2018, the Yankees still truly believe he will be their catcher of the future, and an All-Star caliber hitter for many years. Spring is a time for easy platitudes and flattery, but this one is different. The Yankees really do still think highly of Sanchez.

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How will Yankees employ bullpen? 00:01:11
New York Yankees have built a 'super bullpen' through free agency but how can they capitalize on it? Sweeny Murti and Andy Martino discuss.

Last season, the Yankees had one of the most productive bullpens in the MLB. But GM Brian Cashman bulked up his relievers even more this offseason, which begs the question: How will manager Aaron Boone utilize this unit in 2019?

With names like Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, Zack Britton, and Adam Ottavino, Boone will have a variety of options each and every game. In fact, this squad could get the Yankees through a game if need be. 

SNY's Andy Martino and Sweeny Murti discuss how they think Boone will use his bullpen this season, and whether or not a "bullpen game" is in the cards...

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Adam Ottavino excited to join NY 00:01:25
Adam Ottavino is excited to join the Yankees, a team he was a fan of growing up. He's learned some lessons from his Babe Ruth comments.

Adam Ottavino went to high school in Brooklyn but went to college in Boston. Now that he's one of the newest Yankees relievers, he's proud to be directly involved in one of the biggest rivalries in sports.

Upon signing a three-year, $27 million deal with New York this offseason, the newest Yankees reliever is glad to be part of the team he rooted for as a kid.

"It's cool, it's a thrill," Ottavino said. "It's a team I grew up watching and rooting for and it's just a great opportunity for me."

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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki on a one-year minimum deal this offseason once the Toronto Blue Jays released him, and manager Aaron Boone believes the 34-year-old shortstop can recover from double heel surgery to make a significant impact with New York.

"We feel like he's in a good place and over some of the injuries that really plagued him over the last year and a half, two years,'' Boone said during Wednesday's press conference. "We'll try to be vigilant as far as how his schedule goes and obviously communicating with him. We'll develop a plan that kind of evolves a little bit."

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | Much is still to be determined, but if D.J. Lemahieu winds up being a glorified utility infielder in the Bronx, which seems to be a distinct possibility, then wouldn't it be fair to suggest the Yankees -- with the questions surrounding CC Sabathia -- may have been better off spending that money on, say, Gio Gonzalez?

Or better yet, Wade Miley?

It's too late in the case of Miley, who signed the bargain deal of the winter with the Astros -- one year, $4.5 million -- apparently because nobody believes the story that he re-invented himself with a cutter, despite his 2.57 ERA over 18 starts with the Brewers last season...

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Best of Aaron Boone 00:02:12
Aaron Boone addressed the media for the first time at Spring Training. He talked about expectations and details about Gary Sanchez.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke with reporters on Wednesday as pitchers and catchers officially reported for the start of Spring Training. 

Boone addressed a number of topics but here are some key takeaways from his press conference...

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After a 100-win regular season, the Yankees had World Series aspirations on their minds entering the postseason. However, they fell short in the ALDS to the Red Sox, their most-hated rival that hoisted the World Series trophy at the end of the year. 

This year, though, Vegas believes the roles will be reversed.

BetOnline gave the Yankees the best odds to win the World Series at 6/1, with the Red Sox behind them at 7/1. These two AL East powerhouses are stacked up virtually even as the season begins, but BetOnline could have the Yankees' bullpen being a deciding factor once the postseason rolls around...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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Sabathia to announce last season 00:00:32
SNY MLB insider Andy Martino is told New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will announce on Saturday that 2019 will be his farewell tour.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are preparing for a news conference on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field to announce that CC Sabathia will retire after the season, as SNY was first to report.

Sabathia's family is expected to attend, and the pitcher will have the chance to recap his career, while looking ahead to one more run at a championship. That is sure to be a well-deserved, feel-good day for the longtime Yankee and one-time ace. But the team enters Spring Training with reminders that relying on late-career Sabathia as part of the starting rotation comes with heavy risk.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Andy Martino
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Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jacoby Ellsbury (22) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The curious case of Jacoby Ellsbury took another turn on Wednesday. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed at his Spring Training opening press conference that the oft-injured outfielder will not be with the team at the onset of camp. 

Boone said Ellsbury is battling issues with his plantar fascia as he recovers from the hip surgery he underwent late last season and has not begun baseball activities.

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Severino optimistic about 2019 00:01:47
Luis Severino addressed the media, talking about learning from a disappointing 2018, changing his diet and how good the Yankees can be.

The Yankees have had extension talks with Luis Severino, reported FanCred's Jon Heyman on Wednesday, adding that it isn't known whether the two sides are close to a deal.

Severino is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing before the season to determine his salary for 2019, and any extension would likely cover this season and the remainder of his arbitration years (in 2020, 2021, and 2022).

The 24-year-old Severino struggled badly in the second half of 2018 after a dominant first half, winding up with a 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 191.1 innings (32 starts).

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Early sights from Tampa 00:01:51
Yankees players arrive at Spring Training in Tampa. We see a glimpse of Aaron Boone and we catch Masahiro Tanaka throwing with Luis Severino

Things are starting to ramp up at Spring Training, where lots of the Yankees -- along with manager Aaron Boone -- have reported as the squad hits Tampa to prepare for the 2019 season. 

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Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Aug 30, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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Platoons don't always work, but the Yankees could benefit nicely from a loose timeshare at first base this season.

As Luke Voit seeks to cement his place at the top of the first base depth chart for the Yankees, Greg Bird lurks as a potential threat to recapture the job. Regardless of which way this competition pans out in Spring Training, the Yankees need both players to find and maintain consistent production.

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees outfielder Estevan Florial during the Arizona Fall League-All Star Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Estevan Florial during the Arizona Fall League-All Star Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees may be lacking a blue-chip prospect in their farm system. 

Fangraphs released its rankings of the top 100 prospects in Major League Baseball and no Yankees made the list, which was based on available data, industry sources and their own observations. 

Outfielder Estevan Florial just missed the top 100, ranking in at 106 on an extended list. 

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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

On Wednesday, Yankees pitchers and catchers will officially report to the team's Tampa complex to kick off the 2019 season. And manager Aaron Boone will also hold his first official press conference of the year. 

The Yankees enter Spring Training with virtually the same clubhouse as last season, but with a few new faces like Adam Ottavino, Troy Tulowitzki, and James Paxton. GM Brian Cashman made the necessary moves to bolster a roster that hopes to win more than their 100-game mark last year, and hopefully knock down the Red Sox and capture a World Series title for the first time since 2009. 

Those are some lofty expectations, but that was the same goal in mind for Boone and the rest of the team exactly one year ago. So, with that in mind, here are some questions Boone will likely face from the media when he steps in front of the mic...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) walks to the dugout before the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) walks to the dugout before the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

As is custom for many players, getting brand new gear for the season ahead is a priority. Every player wants fresh gloves, bats, batting gloves, and whatever else they can get their hands on to play at their best, and look good in the process with the usual team colors in the accessories.

And for Manny Machado, his new gear may be pointing to the team he is deciding to play for in 2019. 

The glove company, Rawlings, released Machado's new leather on their Twitter account, and the colorway is interesting to say the least...

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Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) looks on from the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) looks on from the dugout at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Greg Bird was considered for several years to be the Yankees' first baseman of the future, a left-handed hitter who would occupy a spot in the middle of the Bombers' lineup long-term.

Injuries and struggles at the plate have thrown off Bird's trajectory, and now at 26 years old he enters spring training without a starting job in his grasp as the first-base gig is 2018 revelation Luke Voit's to lose.

"I love challenges," Bird told reporters Tuesday in Tampa. "He (Voit) obviously came up and was a huge part of our success so that's awesome. I like challenges. It'll be a fun spring for sure."

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Not likely Machado a Yankee 00:00:58
From New York Yankees camp, SNY baseball insider Andy Martino reports Manny Machado is debating signing for less years which is good for NY.

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Padres have shown a willingness to commit significant money to Manny Machado, perhaps more than any other club to date, according to major league sources.

But as Machado continues to weigh his options, some in his camp are encouraging him to consider taking a shorter-term deal with the Yankees.

With the Padres, Phillies and White Sox all pursuing Machado aggressively, the expectation all along has been that he will take the highest offer. But the Yankees are highly unlikely to offer more than the other three teams -- especially the Phillies.

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Mar 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter looks on before a game against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter looks on before a game against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Derek Jeter is halfway to having a "Core Four" reunion in Miami. 

The Marlins CEO and minority owner has hired his former Yankees teammate and friend Jorge Posada as a special advisor to Baseball Operations, per Craig Mish of SiriusXM. 

Posada, 47, has mostly been away from the game since he retired after the 2011 season while appearing in Yankees Spring Training as a guest instructor. 

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Masahiro Tanaka talks in Tampa 00:01:07
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka feels the best he's been entering Spring Training and is ready to lead the team into the season.

Masahiro Tanaka is hoping to avoid another slow start in 2019. 

The Yankees' right-hander was in Tampa on Tuesday as pitchers and catchers continue to report for Spring Training but Tanaka has been putting in plenty of work already. 

The 30-year-old told reporters that he is already ahead of schedule this year compared to previous years. 

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Severino: A tale of two halves 00:01:34
BNNY looks at Yankees starter Luis Severino. He started 2018 as one of the most dominant pitchers, but it ended poorly. How will 2019 go?

The start to Yankees RHP Luis Severino's 2018 season was exactly what the pinstripes wanted to see. But after the All-Star break, the locamotive that steamrolled through its opponents every fifth day suddenly fell off its tracks. 

Severino owned a 2.31 ERA heading into the break, and emerged an entirely different pitcher -- or at least one that was giving up hits and runs left and right. He would end the second half with a 5.57 ERA and leave manager Aaron Boone praying for some sort of resurrection in the postseason. 

A glimpse of hope came in the AL Wild Card Game, where Severino lasted four innings allowing no runs on two hits and four walks while striking out seven. The Red Sox, then, came to the Bronx for Game 3 of the ALDS on their heels after the Yankees evened the series at one game apiece.

Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Derek Jeter has no patience 00:00:25
Derek Jeter doesn't want to put a time frame on the Marlins' rebuild, but at the same time, he has no patience for being a bad team.

Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss.

As Derek Jeter begins his second full season as CEO and minority owner of the Miami Marlins, the 44-year-old Yankees legend is already displaying George Steinbrenner-like qualities despite the fact that the Marlins have undergone a full-blown rebuild since Jeter took charge.

"I have no patience," Jeter told reporters Monday. "I have zero patience. I've been preaching it. I don't have it."

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As the Yankees descend on George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for spring training, who will be on the 25-man roster when the team heads north? There are some intriguing battles and here's how we see things shaking out.

Starting Rotation (5)

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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