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Yankees Growing Confident In Tanaka After Two Strong Starts

Apr 24, 2015 11:09 AM

Masahiro Tanaka has recorded two straight solid starts, allowing the New York Yankees to grow more confident in the right-hander.

Tanaka's velocity, which was a concern in early April, topped out at 93 mph against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. His decision to throw fewer four-seam fastballs and a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament have been to blame for his struggles.

Since allowing seven earned runs (nine overall) in his first two starts (nine innings), Tanaka has allowed just one run over his last two appearances, which have spanned 13.1 innings. He also has 14 strikeouts and just two walks over those 13-plus innings.

Brendan Kuty/Star-Ledger

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Price May Prefer NL Team In Free Agency

Apr 23, 2015 4:16 PM

David Price will prefer a National League team when he hits the free agent market this coming winter, according to a source close to the left-hander.

Price's inclination to sign with a NL team is related to his love of hitting.

The Detroit Tigers acquired Price in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays last summer.

George A. King III/New York Post

Tags: Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bernie Williams To Retire Nine Years After Final Game

Apr 22, 2015 4:50 PM

Bernie Williams, who hasn't played since Oct. 1, 2006, will officially sign his retirement papers in a news conference at Yankee Stadium before the New York Yankees take on the New York Mets on Friday night.

The Yankees will honor Williams by retiring his No. 51 and unveiling a plaque in Monument Park on May 24.

The decision to formally sign his retirement papers avoids the awkward situation of the Yankees honoring a player that is technically still active.

Following the news conference on Friday, Williams will throw out the first pitch before the game with the Mets.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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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.

ESPN.com

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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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.

George A. King III/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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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.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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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.

USA Today

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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.

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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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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Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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A-Rod Hits First Home Run Since 2013
The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays on Thursday, but Alex Rodriguez hit a home run for the first time since Sept. 20, 2013.

Associated Press

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tanaka Relieved After Healthy Spring
Masahiro Tanaka pitched towards the end of the 2014 season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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.

Associated Press

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

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

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.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

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.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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.

ESPN.com

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.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

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

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