8:13 AM EST, Fri February 24, 2017

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka looks sharp pitching live batting pratice

TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka certainly was pleased by his performance after throwing live batting practice Thursday at Steinbrenner Field. The splitter dipped, his command was tight, and overall he felt much, much better than a year ago, when he was coming off surgery to fix a bone spur in his elbow.

Boston Herald

Tanaka prepares for Tuesday start with simulated game

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees scheduled opening-day starter Masahiro Tanaka threw 74 pitches off a bullpen mound and during a simulated game Thursday in preparation for his first spring training appearance next week.The Japanese right-hander threw 30 pitches over two innings against Chase Headley, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter in the simulated game. He gave up a single to Headley, walked a batter and induced a double play from Carter.He looked crisp, Headley said.Tanaka was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic surgery in October 2015 to remove a bone spur...

Newark Star-Ledger

Yankees prospect gets lucky break after Tyler Austin's injury

The Yankees called up a former first-round pick to major league camp following Tyler Austin's injury, which will keep him out six weeks

Boston Herald

Silverman: Red Sox can pull rank in many areas of baseball’s deepest division — the AL East

The American League East is where it’s at. It’s deeper in talent than any other division, and also the primary battleground for the Red Sox as they play their imbalanced schedule. Nearly half of their games are intra-divisional.There are a lot of top players in the AL East. Here’s how the division’s talent stacks up in our preseason ratings:First base1. O’s, Chris Davis2. SOX, Mitch Moreland3. Rays, Logan Morrison4. Blue Jays, Justin Smoak5. Yankees, Greg BirdNot a standout position this year, is it? Not that Mark Teixeira was any great shakes the last couple of years but...

New York Post

Tyler Austin injury dampens Yankees roster intrigue

TAMPA — Like every big league club at this time of the year, the Yankees seemingly start every sentence about the chance for a successful season with the following words: “If we stay healthy.’’ Yet, a day before position players report to camp Saturday the Yankees lost two players to injury when an MRI exam...

Newark Star-Ledger

Yankees' Tyler Austin, Mason Williams hurt: What it means

Breaking down the injuries and how they affect the Yankees at spring training

Newark Star-Ledger

Yankees already lose 2 baby bombers to injuries

Rookie first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin probably will miss all of spring training with an injury and rookie outfielder Mason Williams will be sidelined for awhile, too.

Newark Star-Ledger

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka on track for Opening Day start (PHOTOS)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 (2/14/17) that Masahiro Tanaka is in line to be the team's Opening Day starter on April 2, 2017 (4/2/17) against the Tampa Bay Rays.


Yankees' Tyler Austin out 6 weeks due to foot fracture

The injury takes Tyler Austin out of the Yankees’ first base battle before the competition ever commenced.        

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

Seven Rays spring games will be on TV

Seven of the Rays 34 spring games will be televised.Fox Sports Sun announced today it will cover three games, March 12 (Blue Jays), 19 (Phillies) and 25 (Red Sox) and provide the opposing team feed on three others, March 7 (Yankees) and March 13 and 28 (Twins).


Scouting Yankees Prospect #18: Domingo German

The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Domingo German as part of a package in the Nathan Eovaldi-David Phelps trade with the Marlins in the winter of 2014. He missed his first full season in the Yankee organization after needing Tommy John surgery but bounced back last year to show signs of the high-end arm the Yankees believed they had originally gotten.

Newark Star-Ledger

How is Yankees' CC Sabathia looking at spring training? (PHOTOS)

Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia is coming back from offseason knee surgery at spring training in Tampa, Fla. Sabathia is no longer the team's ace; manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he expects Masahiro Tanaka to be the Opening Day starter.

New York Post

What a difference a year makes: Sabathia Yankees’ No. 2 starter

TAMPA — CC Sabathia, who will throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 29, said he is fully confident his right knee will be up to the task following arthroscopic surgery in October. “I am ready to go. I have been running on the treadmill at 100 percent,’’ the 36-year-old veteran...

New York Post

The kids who will decide if Joe Girardi keeps his job

TAMPA — Joe Girardi dealt with the suffocating drama of Alex Rodriguez, was knee-deep into Derek Jeter’s final year and was without Mariano Rivera for a good chunk of a season due to a knee injury. Yet, when the Yankees manager opens spring training Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field with a press conference, Girardi...

New York Post

Nathan Eovaldi’s time with Yankees is officially over

TAMPA — Nathan Eovaldi’s disappointing tenure in The Bronx is coming to an end with the right-hander reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal with the Rays that includes a team option for 2018. Although the Yankees considered a reunion with Eovaldi, his exit is not a surprise. He will miss all of 2017 after undergoing...


Scouting Yankees Prospect #20: Jake Cave

The Yankees selected outfielder Jake Cave in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Kecoughtan High School in Virginia. He missed the first two years dealing with a nagging knee injury but has been a steady riser since then, so much so he was initially selected in the Rule 5 Draft in 2015 by the Reds before being returned last season.

New York Daily News

Former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi close to deal with Rays

Yankees GM Brian Cashman knew there would be competition from other clubs in his efforts to bring back Nathan Eovaldi.

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

Cross Chris Carter off Rays' list as he agrees to deal with Yankees

The field of right-handed hitters available to the Rays on the free-agent market shrunk on Tuesday as two of the biggest names agreed to deals elsewhere.Chris Carter, who shared the NL lead with 41 homers last season, took a $3-million one-year deal with the Yankees after having talks with the Rays, as USA Today's Bob Nightengale …

San Francisco Chronicle

Schulman: My take on Sergio Romo going to the Dodgers

Sergio Romo's one-year deal with the Dodgers appears to be done, pending a physical. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Romo accepted a $3 million contract, "significantly less" than he could have gotten elsewhere. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com said Romo's other suitors were the Rays and Yankees. Giants fans are understandably heartbroken that Romo will go to the Dodgers, just as they were when Brian Wilson did the same. Keep in mind that the Giants did not pursue Romo. Family issues might have impacted Romo's decision, too, but I admit that's pure speculation on my part. Henry Schulman is...


Scouting Yankees Prospect #26: Dietrich Enns

The Yankees drafted left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns in the 19th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Central Michigan University. Since that time about the only thing that has prevented him from putting up dominant numbers the entire time was Tommy John surgery in 2014, otherwise he has been one of the real steadier performers for the Yankees.


Scouting Yankees Prospect #29: Trey Amburgey

The Yankees selected outfielder Trey Amburgey in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of St. Petersburg Community College in Florida. He had a whale of a debut season statistically that year and seemingly was on his way towards breaking out but injuries helped slow down his meteoric rise last year.