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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

Mar 30, 2015 8:22 AM

Alex Rodriguez made his first career appearance at first base in an exhibition game over the weekend.

Rodriguez handled three chances in three innings at the position for the New York Yankees in a Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros.

"It was fun," Rodriguez said. "It was quite interesting after 20 years in the league to see the game from a totally different lens. It was pretty cool."

Joe Girardi says he can envision a scenario in which Rodriguez is asked to handle the position in the regular season.

"The toughest things are when you get into cuts, relays, and bunts, and we didn't get into any of that today," Girardi said. "Fielding ground balls, I'm not worried about that. Really, I'm not. Catching the ball, I'm not worried about that. I'd think he'd be pretty good around the bag, even scooping, because you get a lot of those hot shots at first base."

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Teixeira OK After HBP On Knee

Mar 30, 2015 8:08 AM

Mark Teixeira left a minor league intrasquad game Sunday with a bruised right knee after being hit by a pitch.

Teixeira was the designated hitter in a game between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton when a ball struck his kneecap.

He said he was "fine" and the New York Yankees said no tests were planned.

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Tanaka Will Start Opener For Yankees

Mar 27, 2015 4:33 PM

Masahiro Tanaka will start on Opening Day for the New York Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6 at Yankee Stadium.

CC Sabathia had started the past six openers for the Yankees.

Tanaka has pitched well this spring, showing virtually no ill effects from the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament he suffered last July that cost him two months of his rookie season.

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A-Rod Subject To More Drug Testing

Mar 26, 2015 5:14 PM

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.

"Let me be clear about this; he'll be tested exactly like every other player who has violated the program. The program requires more frequent testing for players who are coming back after a suspension," Rob Manfred said.

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Tanaka Working On Two-Seam Fastball

Mar 26, 2015 10:24 AM

Masahiro Tanaka is working on improving his two-seam fastball this spring.

He wants to add the pitch, which is slower than his four-seamer but has more movement, to his arsenal.

Tanaka said that he thought his four-seamer was vulnerable last season, and so he is looking to make an adjustment.

"The reason for the 88, 89, 90 [mph] is that I'm throwing two-seamers," he said through an interpreter. "The reason I'm not throwing [four-seamers] much is that a lot of the four-seamers were being hit last year during the regular season. So I'm doing this on purpose. I'm working on the two-seamers purposely."

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Cashman: A-Rod Could Be Everyday DH

Mar 25, 2015 4:26 PM

Alex Rodriguez was a mystery entering camp this spring having played just 44 games for the New York Yankees over the last two seasons due to injury and suspension.

"He's done well," Brian Cashman said. "I'm not looking at performance and statistics as much as just how he's been swinging the bat. He's got a lot of life in his body. If he continues to show athleticism, that means he's going to impact the baseball. That will be good for us."

The Yankees internally considered using Garrett Jones at designated hitter against right-handers and Rodriguez against lefties, but A-Rod has shown enough to earn the everyday job.

"So far, I think he's certainly taken a run at the full-time DH situation, for me," Cashman said. "We'll talk about all these things, but the way he's looked so far down here, I would say he's definitely pushing himself in the mix for full-time DH consideration."

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Phillies Scouting Austin Romine Of Yankees

Mar 23, 2015 4:53 PM

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

Romine is out of options and believed to be behind John Ryan Murphy in the competition to be Brian McCann's backup with the New York Yankees.

The Padres also have an interest in Romine, who has developed a reputation as a solid defensive catcher.

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Yankees Prospect Released From Hospital After Crashing Into Wall

Mar 22, 2015 7:51 PM

Yankees prospect Jose Pirela was released from a hospital Sunday after crashing into the center field wall on a play in the first inning that ended up an inside-the-park home run for the Mets' Juan Lagares, according to an ESPN.com report.

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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.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

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

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

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

ESPN.com

Cashman: Jeter Should Be Final Yankees Captain
Derek Jeter was the longest-tenured captain in the history of the Yankees and might be the last.

Bill Price/New York Daily News

Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees
Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

A-Rod Singles, Walks In Spring Debut
Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a walk in his first game back with the Yankees in 18 months.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Yankees Could Use Ellsbury-Gardner Tandem
The Yankees could use Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner at the top of their batting order in 2015.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

'Nervous' A-Rod Cheered At Public Workout
Alex Rodriguez was cheered when he stepped out onto the field with his teammates on Thursday in his first appearance in a Yankees uniform in 17 months.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Ellsbury: Yankees Have 'Chip On Their Shoulder'
Jacoby Ellsbury believes the Yankees are motivated to perform after a disappointing 2014 season.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Teixeira Ditches Gluten, Eyes Big Season
Mark Teixeira is gluten free, sugar free and dairy free, which he hopes will help him avoid injury.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

A-Rod Thinks He'll 'Be Fine' Without PEDs
Alex Rodriguez isn't completely sure, but thinks he'll be able to produce without the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Yankees Made 'Significant Offer' To Moncada
The Yankees offered Yoan Moncada a $25 million contract on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to land the Cuban infielder.

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