New York Yankees Wiretap

A-Rod Homers Twice, Moving Closer To Willie Mays

Apr 18, 2015 2:20 AM

Alex Rodriguez belted the longest home run in the majors so far this season in the second inning and a game-tying two-run blast in the sixth on Friday night. The two home runs gave him 658 for his career, just two behind Willie Mays for fourth place on baseball's all-time home run list, and a potential court battle with the Yankees over a contractually-stipulated home run bonus.

The two home runs gave Rodriguez the team lead with four, he also leads in RBI with 10, and moved him close to his next controversy, the battle for the first of his $6M home run bonuses, which the Yankees have told him they have no intention of paying because of his 2014 suspension for PED violations.

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Source: Yankees Scouting Jose Peraza

Apr 16, 2015 4:02 PM

The New York Yankees have interest in Atlanta Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza, who is currently at the Triple-A level.

New York has contacted Atlanta about Peraza and even sent scout Dennis Twombley to Triple-A Gwinnett, according to a source.

The interest in Peraza could be a strong sign the Yankees don't believe Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela are long-term solutions at second base.

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Cashman Shocked By Yankees' Defensive Mistakes

Apr 16, 2015 3:53 PM

Brian Cashman is surprised by the defensive miscues that the New York Yankees have committed through the first nine games of the season.

"Our defensive mistakes have been shocking," the general manager said. "Our won-loss column has been affected by every aspect of the game. One night it's the defense, the next night it's the offense, then it's the base-running. It all depends on which game you're looking at. We have not played consistent baseball at all, in any facet, and that's why we're 3-6."

The Yankees are currently in last place in the American League East. They have committed 11 errors, the most in the Major Leagues.

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Jeter Doesn't Miss Baseball 'At All'

Apr 16, 2015 7:13 AM

Just a few months after playing his final Major League game, Derek Jeter says he doesn't miss baseball.

"To be honest with you, I don't miss it at all," Jeter said on SiriusXM Radio.

The 40-year-old has been busy in his retirement. He is trying to build a media empire with a publishing imprint and his website, The Players' Tribune, which serves as a way for athletes to shape their own messages.

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Bonds Doesn't Understand Why People Hate A-Rod

Apr 13, 2015 5:10 PM

Barry Bonds doesn't understand why people don't like Alex Rodriguez and believes the New York Yankees should celebrate him if he ties and passes Willie Mays for fifth place on the all-time home run list.

Rodriguez needs five home runs to tie Mays.

"Anytime anybody in the game does something that's a great accomplishment, the game of baseball should celebrate that," Bonds told USA Today Sports. "No matter what. Baseball is benefiting from that person's hard work, so baseball should at least celebrate.

"Why the hate? Why hate on something you're paying to see? I don't understand it. He's entertaining us. I wish life wasn't like that."

Rodriguez has three years and $61 million remaining on his contract with the Yankees, could earn a $6 million bonus by tying Mays.

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Six MLB Pitchers Wearing 'Dome' Insert

Apr 13, 2015 1:51 AM

A group of six pitchers that includes White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi has used a Kevlar padding insert in caps this season or in spring training that MLB has not approved, the manufacturer told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday.

Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies, said Noesi and Yankees reliever Esmil Rogers have worn the company's "Dome" insert under official New Era caps in games this season. Four other pitchers he declined to name have also worn them in the last six weeks.

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Pedro Estimates Tanaka Is Pitching At '65 Percent'

Apr 10, 2015 5:50 PM

Pedro Martinez doesn't think Masahiro Tanaka is pitching at full strength.

There has been much discussion about Tanaka's health this spring. He pitched with a ligament tear in his right elbow at the end of last season, but didn't have surgery.

"I've been there. I know that Tanaka is probably at 65 percent," Martinez said on the MLB Network. "He might be better than a young kid rushed up from the Minor Leagues, but in the end, it's going to come back to bite them. I think Tanaka is not committed to his pitches. Tanaka is a guy who's aggressive in the strike zone and attacks the strike zone. He doesn't look like he's attacking the strike zone."

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A-Rod Hits First Home Run Since 2013

Apr 10, 2015 10:37 AM

The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, but Alex Rodriguez hit a home run for the first time since Sept. 20, 2013.

Rodriguez homered off Toronto's Daniel Norris, the 655th of his career.

"I felt like I needed Google Maps or something to round the bases," Rodriguez said.

"It's been a long, long time. It felt good. We talked about it in spring training; anything that I do this year is going to be kind of a surprise to everyone -- sometimes even myself. That one felt good to get us on the board and start a little momentum."

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Tanaka Relieved After Healthy Spring

Apr 1, 2015 7:55 AM

Masahiro Tanaka made his final start of the spring on Tuesday and came away happy with his health.

Tanaka pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits against the Minnesota Twins. He threw 56 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

"Obviously, it wasn't the best pitching today out there on the mound, but I felt that I was able to work on what I wanted to work on this spring," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I feel pretty much ready to go for the season."

The New York Yankees right-hander pitched towards the end of last season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Most lingering concerns were eased by the fact that Tanaka never reported any stiffness and seemed to be able to throw close to 100 percent effort.

"I feel good that I was able to come through camp healthy right now," Tanaka said. "I think I'm a bit relieved."

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A-Rod Makes Debut At First Base
Joe Girardi says he can envision a scenario in which Alex Rodriguez is asked to handle the position in the regular season.

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Teixeira OK After HBP On Knee
Mark Teixeira left a minor league intrasquad game Sunday with a bruised right knee after being hit by a pitch.

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Tanaka Will Start Opener For Yankees
CC Sabathia had started the past six openers for the Yankees.

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A-Rod Subject To More Drug Testing
Alex Rodriguez is subject to increased drug testing by Major League Baseball as a result of his 162-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Tanaka Working On Two-Seam Fastball
Masahiro Tanaka wants to add the pitch, which is slower than his four-seamer but has more movement, to his arsenal.

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

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Cashman: A-Rod Could Be Everyday DH
Alex Rodriguez was a mystery entering camp this spring having played just 44 games for the Yankees over the last two seasons due to injury and suspension.

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Phillies Scouting Austin Romine Of Yankees
The Phillies have scouted Austin Romine as they hunt for a backup to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz.

George A. King III/New York Post

Yankees Prospect Released From Hospital After Crashing Into Wall
Jose Pirela crashed into the center field wall in the first inning that ended up an inside-the-park home run for Juan Lagares.

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Ellsbury Confident He'll Be Ready For Opener
Jacoby Ellsbury has expressed optimism that a strained oblique will not cost him any time once the regular season begins in three weeks.

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Ellsbury's Status For Opener In Jeopardy
The Yankees could be without Jacoby Ellsbury to begin the season after an MRI revealed an oblique injury.

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Former AL MVP Al Rosen Dies At 91
Al Rosen won the 1953 American League MVP and played on the last Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series.

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Tanaka Strong In First Start For Yankees
Masahiro Tanaka pitched two perfect innings for the Yankees against the Braves on Thursday night.

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Sabathia Now 'Ready For Next Step'
CC Sabathia is "ready for the next step" after throwing a 29-pitch simulated game on Thursday.

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A-Rod Hits First HR Of Spring
Alex Rodriguez, who entered the at-bat with four hits in his initial 10 at-bats, launched the ball over the left center field wall at George Steinbrenner Field.

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Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade
The Braves ultimately traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Yankees Add Matsui To Front Office
Hideki Matsui will spend the majority of 2015 traveling throughout the Yankees' minor league system, focusing on aspects of hitting with the club's managers, batting coaches and players.

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Yankees Have Come Closest On Hamels
Of all the teams that have expressed interest in Cole Hamels, the Yankees have come closest to acquiring the left-hander.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

A-Rod Gets Spring Start At Third Base
A-Rod served as a DH in his first two spring training games.

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Masahiro Tanaka Sharp In Simulated Game
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes on Saturday.

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