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Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


10-day IL: Luke Voit, David Hale, CC Sabathia, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Tarpley

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryMiguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

What injuries? 

Those two words could serve as the Yankees' mantra season thus far. 

The list goes on and on when you look at the key components featured in this powerhouse lineup that have hit the IL. Currently, players like Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez sit on the 10-day IL, while the likes of Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Dellin Betances, and Luis Severino are on the 60-day list. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees don't have Aaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMiguel Andujar or Didi Gregorius, a group that combined for 119 home runs last year.

And still, they're finding ways to win ... win a lot.

"These guys, the focus each and every day is on the game and playing winning baseball, and everyone kind of pulling their weight, and the mantra of come in and do your job," manager Aaron Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "They've really taken to that, and a lot of them really well."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki
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New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton hits a single to left field during the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded. 


10-day IL: Aaron Judge, James PaxtonGiancarlo Stanton, Troy TulowitzkiMiguel Andujar

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius, Luis SeverinoDellin BetancesGreg Bird, Jordan MontgomeryJonathan Loaisiga

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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May 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Kendrys Morales (12) hits an RBI triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Kendrys Morales (12) hits an RBI triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The short-term future looks bleak for Yankees slugger Miguel Andujar, who faces potential season-ending surgery, but the Bombers have found themselves another bat. 

The Yankees acquired switch-hitting first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales from the Oakland A's in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. 

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day IL. 

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Oakland Athletics pinch runner Cliff Pennington is tagged out by San Francisco Giants second baseman Breyvic Valera attempting to steal second base during the seventh inning at Scottsdale Stadium. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics pinch runner Cliff Pennington is tagged out by San Francisco Giants second baseman Breyvic Valera attempting to steal second base during the seventh inning at Scottsdale Stadium. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees acquired some Valeran Steel ahead of Sunday's "Game of Thrones" episode.

New York claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the Giants on Sunday and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred Greg Bird to the 60-day injured list.

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Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

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Looking for some consistency and maybe even a spark from a vacant position on the diamond, the Yankees took a low-risk chance on Luke Voit in 2018 and the summer trade - basically another experiment - paid significant dividends.

There might have been some uncertainty at the outset of the 2019 season as to Voit's future, but once again he is carrying the club. Voit's amazing run to end the 2018 regular season was a surprise that came at the right time for the squad. Now, much more so than last season, Voit is being relied on to carry the load and he's not disappointing.

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is disappointed he?s on the IL. Catcher Austin Romine is ready to step up and fill the void.

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The Yankees beat the Royals 7-6 in walk-off fashion at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Austin Romine has been mostly quiet since taking over the full-time role with Gary Sanchez on the injured list. But, he had the game-tying single in the eighth inning and the walk-off single in the 10th to give the Yanks the walk-off win, part of a three-hit day.

Tags: Austin Romine, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Kansas City Royals, Chris Carelli
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Minnesota Twins first baseman Logan Morrison hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins first baseman Logan Morrison hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will sign veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor-league deal, according to Mass Live's Chris Cotillo.

The 31-year-old Morrison, who slashed .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in 95 games with the Twins last season, gives the Yankees depth at first base after they placed Greg Bird on the injured list earlier this week. 

Morrison has a July 1 opt-out date and will earn $1 million if he makes the MLB roster, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws to first base in the fourth inning against Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

While Greg Bird became the latest member to join the Yankees' already crowded Injured List on Tuesday, manager Aaron Boone addressed the other players and their progress ahead of tonight's contest with the Red Sox. 

Among the 12 members (including Bird), Miguel Andujar's status (shoulder) is still in question. Boone told reporters that he continues his program, which saw an increase in throwing as well as his normal hitting. While Andujar seems to be responding well to the treatment -- he hasn't had a setback -- it is still too early to make the determination for surgery to repair the shoulder tear or not. 

Other than Andujar, Aaron Hicks and Troy Tulowitzki appear to be progressing nicely. Hicks hit off a tee and soft toss as well as throwing and running before the game. He should be taking part in batting practice on Wednesday or Thursday. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, troy-tulowitzki
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Mar 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) reacts after being called out on strikes during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) reacts after being called out on strikes during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The injury bug has bitten the Yankees once again. 

The team placed Greg Bird on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left plantar fascia tear. The Yankees called up Mike Ford from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Bird's roster spot. 

Bird, who broke camp with the team after a strong Spring Training, had not been making the most of his opportunity in the big leagues. Following a solo homer on Opening Day, which accounted for his lone RBI through 10 games and 35 at-bats, Bird managed five more hits -- all singles. 

Tags: Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
CC Sabathia (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (5-8) host the White Sox (4-8) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The depleted Yankees have lost four games in a row to fall 5.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East. ... CC Sabathia returns from the DL to make his first start of the season. ... Aaron Judge has struck out four times over his last two games and is on pace to strike out 249 times this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade
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Apr 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 12, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ (34) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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The Yankees lost to the White Sox, 9-6, in a rain-shortened affair at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks have lost four straight. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Friday's game…

1 ) What's happening (get it?) to J.A. Happ is clearly not what the Yankees were expecting when they signed the 36-year-old to a two-year deal (with a vesting option). Happ was handed a 4-1 lead, yet he allowed base runners in each inning and yet another home run. Happ's line - 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB and 5 K was horrendous as is his 6.19 ERA for the season. Happ is simply leaving too many pitchers over the heart of the plate and hitters are not missing them.

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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After dropping their opening series to the lowly Orioles, the Yankees are in danger of losing another three-game set as they host the Tigers in the rubber game Wednesday at 4:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

DJ LeMahieu is making his third straight start at third base in place of the injured Miguel Andujar, and with Brett Gardner getting a day off, LeMahieu moves up into the leadoff spot. ... Jonathan Loaisiga was officially called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as CC Sabathia was reinstated from suspension and placed on the 10-day injured list as he works back from cardiac surgery. ... Gary SanchezGreg Bird and Troy Tulowitzki are all back in the lineup. Luke Voit is the DH and Mike Tauchman shifts to center.

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) celebrates his three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) celebrates his three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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If you're looking for Opening Day omens, how's this: At the same time Luke Voit smashed a ball into Monument Park to show that, perhaps, his big splash last year was no fluke, Mariano Rivera was sitting with reporters, recapping his ceremonial first pitch and saying how it was about time for the Yankees to win another championship.

Maybe that was nothing more than a cute juxtaposition, well-timed for Opening Day. But the way the Yanks handled the rest of Thursday afternoon, an easy 7-2 victory over the woeful Orioles, certainly trumpets the idea that they might be destined for big things this season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It wasn't supposed to happen, but the Yankees traveled to the Bronx from Tampa with both Luke Voit and Greg Bird on the roster. It would've been manager Aaron Boone's hardest decision if he had to choose one over the other.

Luckily, he didn't have to as both Voit and Bird found their way on to the Yankees' Opening Day lineup. And they didn't disappoint.

In his first at-bat with two runners on, Voit cranked a three-run homer to Monument Park to make the Yankee Stadium crowd go berserk, and put the Bombers on the board first. Voit also worked two walks. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge talks about how awesome the Opening Day crowd was at Yankees stadium to open 2019 season.

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The Yankees started 2019 on the right foot, defeating the Orioles 7-2 at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. >> Box Score

Nine things to know about Thursday's game…

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Yankees Legends Tino Martinez, Paul ONeill and Bernie Williams celebrate Pepsi Zero Sugar Judge for Yourself campaign at Grand Central Terminal on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Pepsi) (Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Yankees Legends Tino Martinez, Paul ONeill and Bernie Williams celebrate Pepsi Zero Sugar Judge for Yourself campaign at Grand Central Terminal on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Pepsi) (Getty Images)

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As the new season rolls around, Yankees legend Tino Martinez will find himself at yet another World Series reunion. It was 20 years ago the Yankees swept the Braves to capture the third championship of the four they collected in five years, as the dynasty was in full form.

Martinez, along with his former teammates, had a reunion last season for their '98 title. And as one would expect, they never get old...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The debate as to who will get the start at first base for the Yankees on Opening Day finally comes to an end, as manager Aaron Boone told the media Greg Bird is getting the nod.

But this move doesn't mean Luke Voit isn't taking a seat on the bench. He will serve as the designated hitter for the Yankees against the Orioles, while Boone sees him getting the start on Friday. 

Boone also unveiled the rest of the starters for Opening Day, though he wouldn't reveal where they will hit in the lineup. Here are the other starters...

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While the Yankees did not splurge on stars Manny Machado or Bryce Harper as many expected, the club completed a big trade and spread out its wealth for roster additions in free agency in an effort to supplement its incredibly talented young core.

Let's take a look at the 2019 Yankees, a team that sports an Opening Day payroll of approximately $204 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts ($226 million-plus for competitive balance tax purposes), as they embark on their yearly quest for a World Series title.

Pitching Staff

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 in their final spring training game of the year on Monday at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo homer and Greg Bird hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who finished the spring 15-9.

2) Stephen Tarpley allowed two runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings, while Tommy Kahnle gave up two runs, three hits and one walk in 2/3 of an inning. Adam Ottavino struck out two batters in one scoreless inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Tommy Kahnle, Washington Nationals
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Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Yankees travel to face the Twins, Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

James Paxton is on the mound, but their starting lineup is devoid of most of their expected regular position players. 

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Tags: Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luke Voit
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Mar 17, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Greg Bird (33) tosses the ball to the pitcher in the fourth inning of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 17, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Greg Bird (33) tosses the ball to the pitcher in the fourth inning of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Greg Bird was all set to return to the Yankees' lineup on Saturday, but Aaron Boone didn't want to risk it.

After taking batting practice, Bird -- who was hit on his right elbow by a pitch on Wednesday -- was scratched before the Yanks' 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. Bird was also scratched on Thursday and sent for X-rays and a CT scan because of swelling; both tests were negative.

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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday as Spring Training begins to wind down. 

Yankees notes

Aaron Judge is back in the Yankees' lineup with a team-leading six home runs and 15 RBI. ... Giancarlo Stanton is batting third after homering twice on Friday night. He now has four home runs and eight RBI this spring. ... Greg Bird gets the start at first base with most of the regulars as he continues to make his case for the team, hitting .333 with three home runs and eight RBI this spring. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from Thursday's lineup so he could undergo X-rays on his elbow after he was hit by a pitch in Wednesday's game, according to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Luckily, it looks like Bird will be just fine. 

According to Newsday's David Lennon, manager Aaron Boone said the X-rays and CT scan that Bird received in Tampa came back negative. The Yankees, then, will have Bird rest to allow the swelling to subside. 

Manager Aaron Boone said he thought Bird could have played today, but sent him back for precautionary measures, adding he was worried that Bird playing through soreness could affect his mechanics, according to Adler. Yankees GM Brian Cashman expects Bird to be day-to-day, telling Adler the X-rays are "routine."

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The Yankees are exactly one week away from opening their 2019 season against the Orioles in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster when camp breaks are coming down to the wire. Injuries continue to plague this squad, with Greg Bird the latest to receive medical attention after he was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Luckily, that isn't expected to be a big deal, but other Yankees may not be so lucky when the season kicks off.

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees head to West Palm Beach to take on the Astros on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees continue their experiment with using an opener as Jonathan Holder gets the start. ... Both Luke Voit and Greg Bird are in the lineup as their battle to be the starting first baseman continues. ... Clint Frazier starts in right field a day after starting in left. ... Gary Sanchez is behind the plate for the second straight day.

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Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Houston Astros, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit
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Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 19, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Luis Cessa was stellar once again while Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez lead the Yankees to another Spring Training win in a 6-2 victory over the Rays. >> Box Score

Things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) The Yankees decided to experiment with an opener against the team that lived by them all last season. Chad Green did allow one run on two hits while striking out one before handing the ball over. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Mar 17, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 17, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

The Yankees' offense stayed hot with three home runs and New York pulled away late to secure a 7-3 victory over the Phillies on Sunday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1. James Paxton turned in 4 1/3 hitless innings, but allowed one earned run on two walks with four strikeouts. The lefty lowered his Grapefruit League ERA to 1.54.

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Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Yankees split up on Sunday and have a good chunk of their major-league talent going against Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. in Clearwater, Fla. 

Yankees notes

Greg Bird will bat third and get the start at first base against the Phillies as he carries a .344/.488/.542 spring slash line while he makes his case to be on the Opening Day roster. ... DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki will bat 1-2 while Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez are the other Yankees' regulars in the split-squad game. 

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New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu catches a ball thrown from home plate in a steal drill during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu catches a ball thrown from home plate in a steal drill during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

When we think of a club's overall success, it typically and rightfully relies upon the performance of the starters. However, the production from the bench players is of great importance understanding there will be injuries and performance issues along the way.

The Yankees have a couple of players considered locks to make the Opening Day roster as bench options, a handful of potential choices for the final spot on the bench and a long shot to be among the reserves late in the season.

Tags: Austin Romine, Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees had a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the ninth, but instead their spring game against the Phillies ended in a 5-5 tie on Wednesday night in Tampa. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Giancarlo Stanton enjoyed another solid night at the dish, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer for an RBI and run scored. His slugging partner in Aaron Judge didn't though, as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

One half of the Yankees' split squad (7-6) host the Pirates (7-8) on Sunday at Steinbrenner Field at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes...

Greg Bird gets the start at first base as the battle with Luke Voit continues. ... Troy Tulowitzki gets the start at shortstop. ... J.A. Happ is on the mound. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, Danny Abriano
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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

With a split-squad team, the Yankees handled their division rival in the Orioles in a 6-1 victory on the road Saturday night.  >> Box Score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Luis Cessa saw another successful outing on the mound, as he didn't allow a run and only one hit over four innings of work. He also had four strikeouts as he makes his bid for the 25-man roster. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles, Scott Thompson
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

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When both Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner recently predicted this year's Yankees would break the big-league mark for team home runs set by last year's Yanks, it got us thinking:

Where do these record homer-bashing clubs end up in October? Does owning that prestigious standard all but guarantee a parade that season?

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit catches the ball for an out during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is slashing .389/.500/.722 with one home run and three RBIs through eight spring training games.

Teammate Luke Voit is hitting .286/.412/.714 with two home runs and five RBIs, and has noticeably improved his defense, through eight Grapefruit League games as well.

Yet manager Aaron Boone isn't ready to declare a favorite in the Yankees' first base competition, for which there is likely only one spot on the 25-man roster.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees travel to face the Phillies, Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The first base battle continues, as Luke Voit (at first base) and Greg Bird (as the DH) are both in the lineup. ... Troy Tulowitzki makes another start at shortstop. ... James Paxton is on the mound.

Tags: Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luke Voit, troy-tulowitzki, Danny Abriano
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) talks with catcher Austin Romine (28) on the mound during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (67) talks with catcher Austin Romine (28) on the mound during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees couldn't match the Cardinals' offense Wednesday afternoon, falling on their home field, 9-5, in Tampa.

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The only offense produced until a last-minute attempt at a comeback in the ninth came from an Austin Romine three-run jack in the bottom of the second. That was the only time the Yankees collected a hit with runners in scoring position, finishing 1-for-10 on the day.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird
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Two-man race heats up for Mets 00:01:17
Both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are having good springs, so the question becomes a little bit tougher, who makes the Opening Day roster?

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Dominic Smith is the feel-good story in Mets' camp, hitting ropes to all fields and so far making the case the Sandy Alderson regime gave up on him too quickly, sticking him in the outfield mostly so Wilmer Flores could play first base.

Meanwhile, Pete Alonso -- not Peter -- is the guy whose at-bats are must-watch moments in Port St. Lucie. He hits the highest, most majestic home runs since Darryl Strawberry was launching moon-scrapers (or hitting the roof in Montreal on occasion) as anticipation builds for the rookie's arrival in New York.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Dominic Smith is the feel-good story in Mets' camp, hitting ropes to all fields and so far making the case the Sandy Alderson regime gave up on him too quickly, sticking him in the outfield mostly so Wilmer Flores could play first base.

Meanwhile, Pete Alonso -- not Peter -- is the guy whose at-bats are must-watch moments in Port St. Lucie. He hits the highest, most majestic home runs since Darryl Strawberry was launching moon-scrapers (or hitting the roof in Montreal on occasion) as anticipation builds for the rookie's arrival in New York.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Aug 22, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) hits a home run against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Aug 22, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) hits a home run against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

The Yankees didn't seriously pursue Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this offseason, but they will have another opportunity next offseason to throw a boatload of money at free agents -- with lots of high-impact players potentially available after the 2019 season, including some aces. Here are some the Yanks should have their eye on...

SS Xander Bogaerts, will be entering age-27 season in 2020

Bogaerts emerged as one of the best players in baseball in 2018 in his age-25 season, and just happens to play a premium position the Yanks could need to fill in 2020 -- with the potential departure of Didi Gregorius after the 2019 season. The Yanks could look to extend Gregorius, but there's question of how he will fare when he returns from Tommy John surgery -- with a targeted return of July or August. Even if Gregorius returns and plays well, the presence of Bogaerts on the market would be a tantalizing one...

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Tags: CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees saw more promising offensive production from their squad in an 8-6 win over the Pirates in Tampa on Thursday. >> Box Score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Coming off a great performance on Wednedsay that saw a three-run homer carry over the fence in left-center, Greg Bird answered it with a solid 2-for-3 day at the plate. Bird is now 5-for-8 this spring. 

Tags: Troy Tulowitzki, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Yankees first base competition 00:00:48
The New York Yankees are finding that they have two talented first basemen in Luke Voit and Greg Bird. Which one has the edge in camp?

Greg Bird sent a little message to Luke Voit during Wednesday's matchup against the Tigers: the battle at first base is just getting started. 

Voit started his Spring Training on the right foot after mashing a three-run jack on Sunday against the Rays in a 2-for-3 performance with four RBI. But Bird has been just as good to kickstart his 2019 season, as he is now 3-for-5 with three RBI that were tallied on by his own three-run homer today. 

Bird has looked different to the Yankees this spring, especially in the box. Manager Aaron Boone is hearing a better pop off the bat, and when he heard that crack when Bird connected to left-center today, he knew it was gone before the word go...

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Feb 27, 2019; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) hits a three run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 27, 2019; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) hits a three run home run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Greg Bird did his best to gain ground on Luke Voit in the competition for first base, hitting a three-run home run in the first inning of the Yankees' rain-shortened 10-4 loss Wednesday against the Tigers in Lakeland. The game was called after six innings.

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1. Bird was the DH while Voit played first base. Bird drove in Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres with his homer while finishing 1-for-2. Voit, who homered and had four RBI on Sunday, went 0-for-1 with a walk Wednesday. Voit is 2-for-4 this spring while Bird is 3-for-5.

Tags: Chance Adams, Greg Bird, Luke Voit
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Feb 23, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Feb 23, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

After being rained out on Tuesday, the Yankees (2-1) hit the road to face the Tigers (2-2) in Lakeland.

Yankees Notes...

Gleyber Torres is set for his first start at shortstop this spring after playing twice at second base. He would be the next man up at short should new signing Troy Tulowitzki get hurt as Didi Gregorius continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. Both Luke Voit and Greg Bird are in the lineup as they compete for the first-base job.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hits a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Luke Voit burst onto the scene last August and September to earn the Yankees' starting first baseman job.

He's on a mission to prove he won't be a one-time wonder.

"I think everyone thinks last year was a fluke probably," Voit said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III, after hitting a three-run homer in his spring training debut Sunday against the Rays. "But like I said, I am not going to let anyone else control what they think about me. Get the job done and be the first baseman for the Yankees."

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
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Feb 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) talks with third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) talks with third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

If Yankees fans are frustrated with the odyssey of Greg Bird from potential cornerstone to a guy who can't hit or stay healthy, just imagine how the man himself feels.

Bird was as downcast as anyone about his 2018 season, the one which started two months late because of yet another surgery -- this one on his right ankle -- and ended with him losing his job to Luke Voit and hitting .199 in 272 at-bats.

So Bird sought his own Fortress of Solitude, buying a boat in November and renting a house in the Florida Keys for two weeks, according to The Athletic. It was there where Bird hoped to find it within himself to leave his 2018 season -- and the shoulder and foot surgeries from previous years -- behind him.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird is hopeful he can start the regular season healthy as he looks to win the starting first baseman job he lost to Luke Voit last year.

Based on his first two at-bats in a simulated game, he feels ready.

Bird homered off Masahiro Tanaka and singled off James Paxton on Thursday as he competes for a starting role on New York's 25-man roster.

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu catches a ball thrown from home plate in a steal drill during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu catches a ball thrown from home plate in a steal drill during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees had a wrench thrown into its roster plans for 2019 when Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October. The decisions made to fill the gap remain puzzling (at least for me), including the signing of infielder DJ LeMahieu.

It is not that LeMahieu is a bad player by any means. The 30-year-old is a former batting champion (he hit .348 in 2016 for the Rockies) and one of the best defenders in the game at second base (three Gold Glove awards, including two straight honors). The perplexing aspect of his signing is that he's filling a utility role -- at a hefty price of two years, $24 million -- which won't maximize his potential production as a second baseman.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Chris Carelli
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