Dellin Betances Joins the Yankees’ Injured List

TAMPA, Fla. — The Yankees were already expecting to begin their season without a few key players — center fielder Aaron Hicks, and pitchers Luis Severino and C.C. Sabathia. Reliever Dellin Betances joined that list on Tuesday when the Yankees announced that he had an impingement in his right shoulder. Betances, a right-hander known for his fastball in the high […]

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Is Out Until May; Aaron Hicks Could Miss Opening Day

TAMPA, Fla. — Two key Yankees may be out longer than originally expected to start the 2019 season. While pitcher Luis Severino had already been scratched from his opening day start on March 28 because of a shoulder injury, General Manager Brian Cashman gave a clearer estimate on Friday, saying Severino would be out until the beginning of May “at […]

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Masahiro Tanaka to Start on Yankees’ Opening Day

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Yankees will start pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on opening day in place of the injured Luis Severino, Manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday. The selection of Tanaka was expected after Severino, the staff ace, injured his pitching shoulder on Tuesday. The Yankees will open their season on March 28 against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Barring any […]

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Scratched, Raising Doubts About Opening Day

The Yankees’ tenuous rotation depth took a significant hit Tuesday when the right-hander Luis Severino was found to have rotator cuff inflammation in his throwing shoulder, almost certainly ruling him out as the team’s opening day starter on March 28. Yankees Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Severino, who had been scheduled to make his first spring training start Tuesday, […]

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Yankees amp up the hype: We’ll ‘crush’ the homer record

TAMPA — Great moments in great weather create great trash talk. At least, that formula worked to perfection Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Could the 2019 Yankees break the all-time, single-season home-run record of 267 established by their immediate predecessors? Two of their most prominent players went deep twice each here for this Yankees split squad, with two more […]

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Yankees banking on Gary Sanchez to have an offensive revival

TAMPA — When the exhibition season opened last year, Gary Sanchez was considered by many to be the Yankees’ most complete hitter, even in a lineup that housed Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. He had power, but wasn’t a one-trick home-run hitter. Then 2018 happened, and the 26-year-old Sanchez is no longer in that conversation. Putting aside his miserable year […]

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Yankees Give Aaron Hicks a 7-Year, $70 Million Extension

TAMPA, Fla. — Keeping their word about trying to lock up their young talent, the Yankees struck a long-term contract extension with center fielder Aaron Hicks on Monday. Although the financial terms were not publicly disclosed, the deal is for seven years and $70 million and begins this season, according to a person with knowledge of the terms of the […]

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The Yankees’ Lineup Has Plenty of the Right Stuff. Would Another Lefty Help?

TAMPA — For all the power in the Yankees’ lineup, which smashed a major league-record 267 home runs last season, it lacks the balance that is often a trademark of standout teams. That’s because nearly all of the Yankees’ power-hitting everyday players hit from the right side, from Aaron Judge to Giancarlo Stanton to Gary Sanchez to Miguel Andujar and […]

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Opinion: Yankees should just end the charade and pay Bryce Harper

Pretend you’re a Major League pitcher. Hey, congrats! You’re freakishly talented, one of the precious few people on the planet with the capacity to throw a baseball 95 miles per hour with any accuracy. But I have some bad news: You’re warming up to pitch at Yankee Stadium, your team went quietly in the top of the first, and there’s […]

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Yankees Sign Adam Ottavino, Further Bolstering Their Bullpen

With starting pitchers working fewer and fewer innings these days, relievers are more important than ever. That is how the Yankees see it, at least, and they showed it again on Thursday by giving another three-year contract to an elite free-agent reliever. The Yankees reached agreement on a three-year, $27 million deal with Adam Ottavino, a right-hander from Brooklyn who […]

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