5:38 AM EDT, Sun March 24, 2019
13 hours ago
Tanaka looks sharp, Gonzalez rusty as Yankees fall to Blue Jays

Tanaka looks sharp, Gonzalez rusty as Yankees fall to Blue Jays

Masahiro Tanaka made a quick tune-up start before Opening Day, while the Yankees’ newest free agent signing looked rusty. The Yankees spring slate is nearly over, with just a handful of exhibition matchups remaining before the regular season commences. They didn’t suffer any injuries today, which has to be considered a positive given how much of spring training has gone, but they did fall to the Blue Jays by a score of 7-3. Gleyber Torres launched a three-run shot in the first inning to quickly put the Yankees ahead, but their bats went silent the rest of the way versus the Toronto...
14 hours ago
Remembering Ichiro’s best night as a Yankee

Remembering Ichiro’s best night as a Yankee

As Ichiro makes his retirement official, let’s look back at his best performance in pinstripes. The trade that brought Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees was exciting. He was a ten-time all-star, extremely entertaining to watch, and had spent his entire career with one team. Then, he was coming to the Yankees. I was on vacation at the time, and made sure that I would be able to watch his first game with team where I was staying. Frankly, Ichiro’s 2012 in pinstripes went pretty well. In his first at-bat as a Yankee, he singled, as you would expect. His .322 batting average was closer to the...
17 hours ago
Yankees vs. Blue Jays: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Trent Thornton

Yankees vs. Blue Jays: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Trent Thornton

Masahiro Tanaka gets in one last tune-up outing before his Opening Day start. We’re truly on the home stretch as we hurtle towards Opening Day. It can’t come soon enough, as it was a long winter, and a long spring training as well, as the Yankees were unable to emerge from the exhibition slate unscathed. In any event, Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make another season-commencing start, and today’s outing marks his last chance to fine tune things before the real games begin. He’s looked pretty sharp in spring, maintaining a 3.00 ERA and striking out 20 batters across 15 innings. In...
18 hours ago
How Gio Gonzalez can use his new cutter with the Yankees

How Gio Gonzalez can use his new cutter with the Yankees

With his new pitch, Gio Gonzalez should look to emulate CC Sabathia and James Paxton. Gio Gonzalez reported to Yankees camp on Thursday afternoon and threw his first bullpen with the team. Interestingly, it was also reported he has a new weapon in his arsenal this year -- a cutter. We obviously haven’t seen how Gonzalez plans to utilize this pitch in games just yet, but we do know some age-related decline has started to take its toll on Gonzalez’s stat-line. Fortunately enough, the Yankees also employ two other pitchers who frequently utilize cutters. If Gio Gonzalez can utilize his...
20 hours ago
The case for Jonathan Loaisiga to start the season in the bullpen for the Yankees

The case for Jonathan Loaisiga to start the season in the bullpen for the Yankees

With Dellin Betances off to the IL, should Loaisiga take his spot on the Opening Day roster? The injury news continued for the Yankees on this week, as Dellin Betances was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation and will start the season on the IL. Betances now joins Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino and Didi Gregorius as contributors from the last year’s 100-win campaign that will be starting 2019 on the shelf. Until some of these names can return, someone has to take their spots. The Yankees made an obvious move by grabbing starter Gio Gonzalez for some rotation depth, but given the...
22 hours ago
NYY News: Extension season continues

NYY News: Extension season continues

Red Sox sign Yankee nemesis Chris Sale to extension; The Luke Voit trade now seems like an even bigger steal; Gio Gonzalez progressing quickly. Mark Sanchez | NY Post: According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Red Sox have locked up lefty ace Chris Sale for the next five years, extending the soon-to-be 30-year-old for $150 million. Given Sale’s dominance against the Yankees since his days with the White Sox, this isn’t the best of news for Yankees fans, unless Sale’s second-half struggles and injuries are the start of a trend. Mark Sanchez | NY Post: Also from Sanchez, the Cardinals have...
Mar 22, 2019
Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs lift Yankees over Phillies

Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs lift Yankees over Phillies

The Yankees righted the ship after yesterday’s ugly loss. After getting roughed up by the Cardinals yesterday, the Yankees righted the ship tonight. Their pitchers kept them in the game, and the offense tacked on enough runs to keep the Phillies out of reach. Here are three takeaways from tonight’s 6-3 victory: This was Jonathan Loaisiga’s last start of the spring, and it was an inconsistent outing. On the plus side, he notched seven strikeouts through four innings of work. He also surrendered two solo home runs. In addition, there was a deep fly ball at the wall that Brett Gardner...
Mar 22, 2019
Yankees cut Clint Frazier, four others from spring roster

Yankees cut Clint Frazier, four others from spring roster

With the season around the corner, the Yankees have almost finished trimming their roster. Opening Day is a matter of days away, which means the Yankees must continue to cull their roster. Today, the team announced another series of cuts; Clint Frazier was optioned to Triple-A, while pitchers Rex Brothers, Danny Coulombe, Phillip Diehl, and Drew Hutchison were re-assigned to minor league camp. This concludes what was a hopeful but ultimately frustrating spring training for Frazier. He showed flashes of his evident talents, and encouragingly looked healthy throughout, but managed only a...
Mar 22, 2019
Yankees vs. Phillies: Jonathan Loaisiga vs. Jerad Eickhoff

Yankees vs. Phillies: Jonathan Loaisiga vs. Jerad Eickhoff

One last spring start for Loaisiga. At this time next week, the Yankees will have their first real game of the season under their belts. In the meantime, there are four spring training games left, including tonight’s against the Phillies. Jonathan Loaisiga will have one last chance to impress the Bombers and try to make the rotation, after Domingo German was roughed up during yesterday’s outing. German and Luis Cessa probably still have the edge on him, though. Loaisiga will start tonight’s game opposite of Jerad Eickhoff. Here are the lineups: We’re back in Tampa to take on...
Mar 22, 2019
All eyes are on Miguel Andujar

All eyes are on Miguel Andujar

Andujar will play the entire season under the close watch of fans and reporters. Can the 24-year-old live up to his rookie campaign? As Miguel Andujar jogged off the field and into the dugout at the Yankees’ spring training complex, dozens of reporters and fans peppered him with questions. Actually, it’s just one specific question being asked by everyone in the huddle. They all wanted to know what Andujar thought about Manny Machado’s $300 million free agent deal with the Padres. “First of all, I’ve got to congratulate Manny. Three hundred million dollars. Wow,” he said to...
Mar 22, 2019
Greg Bird is forcing the Yankees’ hand

Greg Bird is forcing the Yankees’ hand

Following yesterday’s elbow scare, Greg Bird seems poised to keep the first base competition alive well into the 2019 season. This might be the year for Greg Bird. Sound familiar? It should, but seriously, this might be the year for Greg Bird. Multiple underwhelming seasons and an organizational desire to avoid carrying two full-time first basemen meant Bird’s chances of making the big league roster were very slim just a month ago, but Bird just won’t go away. There’s still has a long way to go before anyone can say he’s unquestionably the best first baseman in the organization,...
Mar 22, 2019
The Yankees’ outfield depth is being tested early

The Yankees’ outfield depth is being tested early

The logjam was quickly called to action. A few weeks ago we were trying to figure out how the Yankees would manage the “logjam” in the outfield. It was one of the reasons some people didn’t want the team to sign Bryce Harper. They employ six players who could make a legitimate claim to a major league roster spot in Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, and Jacoby Ellsbury. Obviously, the case is a bit murkier for the latter two. Still though, the team’s problem was figuring out how they would manage this many bodies. There’s an old saying,...
Mar 22, 2019
NYY news: Ichiro takes a bow

NYY news: Ichiro takes a bow

Greg Bird injured again; Clint Frazier remains positive; Ichiro Suzuki hangs up the spikes; Checking out some new eats at Yankee Stadium WFAN: Ichiro Suzuki wasn’t a Yankee for long, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has negative things to say about him. Suzuki temporarily “retired” last year, but came back this year to play two early-season games (which had expanded rosters) with the Seattle Mariners. While Ichiro didn’t get a hit and really hasn’t been a good major league ballplayer for five years or so, it was an awesome and deserved exit. Yankees GM Brian Cashman...
Mar 21, 2019
Yankees cut three players from spring roster

Yankees cut three players from spring roster

The Yankees are clearing up the roster ahead of Opening Day. Earlier today, the Yankees made a series of cuts from the spring training roster. According to the team, Billy Burns, Ryan Lavarnway, and Matt Lipka all were reassigned to minor league camp. Burns, 29, hit .125/.222/.156 with four stolen bases in 32 at-bats. The Yankees signed the speedy outfielder to a minor league deal back in January. As a career 81 wRC+ batter, Burns was always a long shot to crack the roster. Don’t worry, though, there’s a good chance he ends up as this year’s Shane Robinson. Lavarnway, on the other...
Mar 21, 2019
Domingo German roughed up in Yankees’ loss to the Cardinals

Domingo German roughed up in Yankees’ loss to the Cardinals

It was a day to forget for the majority of the pitching staff. The Yankees have a two-game losing streak in spring training, everybody panic! All kidding aside, it was an afternoon to forget in Jupiter. The Bombers’ pitching staff got rocked to the tune of 11 runs, keeping the offense out of reach. For a full breakdown of the game, here’s the box score. In the meantime, let’s cover three takeaways. 1. Domingo German had his first rough outing of the spring. The right-hander labored through 3.2 innings of work, which seems more important than the results. He couldn’t find anything...