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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (10-10, 3.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-14) to wrap up their four-game series in the Bronx on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

With Aaron Judge heading to the injured list, an even more depleted lineup is looking to take three of four from Kansas City. ... Brett Gardner has scored four runs in his last four starts. He was off Saturday. ... Gardner and Luke Voit are the only holdovers from the Opening Day lineup playing Sunday. ... After sitting the first two games of the series, Gio Urshela is back in the lineup for the second consecutive day. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Kansas City Royals, Luke Voit
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game 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 left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees (8-10, 5.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-12) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

CC Sabathia is 11 strikeouts away from reaching 3,000 for his career and becoming just the 17th pitcher ever to accomplish that feat. ... Despite being two games under .500, the Yankees' +15 run differential is the fourth-best in the American League. ... Clint Frazier has gone 8 for his last 21 to rise his batting average from .321 to .347. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Kansas City Royals, Kyle Higashioka, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Danny Abriano
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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.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luke Voit
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Yanks offense sputters in loss 00:00:59
The Yankees managed just four singles while allowing 11 hits including a pair of homers, in a 6-1 loss to the Royals

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The Yankees bats go cold in 6-1 loss to the Royals at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game…

Tags: Domingo German, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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With Greg Bird heading to the IL due to a plantar fascia tear, the Yankees have called up slugging lefty-hitting first baseman Mike Ford from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Here are three things to know about him...

He was crushing it in Triple-A, but is an 'old' prospect

Ford was hitting .410/.467/.897 with five homers and four doubles in 10 games (45 plate appearances) this season in Triple-A. And while those numbers are incredibly impressive Ford -- at 26 years old -- is an "old" prospect.

His 2019 performance is also an aberration compared to how he's performed during his minor league career. In seven minor league seasons, Ford has hit .271/.372/.442 with 71 homers in 561 games.  

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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports  (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

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If any Yankee fans were looking for Aaron Boone to call out his team or turn over a food table after the Houston Astros completed their sweep on Wednesday, they were once again disappointed by the even-tempered manager.

And as unsatisfying as it might be for a bloodthirsty public, Boone was exactly right, both in style and substance, when he said the following:

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Andy Martino
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV  Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees lose to the Astros, 8-6, and are swept out of Minute Maid Ballpark. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game…

1 ) The Yankees need James Paxton to be a stopper. He couldn't quell the bleeding tonight. Paxton's ERA on the season rose to 6.00 after allowing five runs on eight hits (including two home runs to Jose Altuve) and three walks. He labored through 95 pitches in just four innings of work. Simply put, Paxton has to better. He was brought in to sit atop the rotation and carry the club to the postseason. So far, Paxton has failed to live up to expectations.

Tags: Houston Astros, James Paxton, Luke Voit, Tommy Kahnle, Chris Carelli
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Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green (57) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) during a pitching change in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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 The Yankees suffer a second straight late-inning loss to the Astros, 6-3, at Minute Maid Ballpark.

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game…

1) Rookie right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga looked great in the first inning, striking out the Astros in order. From there it was a bit of a different story, but not all of Loaisiga's doing as his defense didn't make things any easier. Loaisiga tossed just three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, two walks while striking out five batters. This was likely Loaisiga's final start with the big league club for a while with CC Sabathia due back from the injured list by the time the spot comes back through the rotation.

Tags: Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Chris Carelli
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Mar 6, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game 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 left fielder Clint Frazier (77) smiles as he works out prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees go for a three-game sweep of the Orioles on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes

In an American League where many expected contenders are struggling (the Red Sox are 2-8, the Astros are 4-5), the Yankees' +6 run differential is the fourth-best. ... The Yanks enter the day 1.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

With his two home runs sparking a Yankees rally in Thursday's 8-4 win over the OriolesGleyber Torres joined Yankees lore.

Writes ESPN's Coley Harvey, Torres became the youngest player in franchise history to go 4-for-4 or better since Derek Jeter, and became the fourth-youngest player to have four hits and four RBIs in a game since 1920. The only Yankees who were younger: Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig.

"Gleyber Day. It was impressive," outfielder Aaron Judge said, according to Harvey. "He came up big in certain situations where we needed someone to come up with a big hit for us. He was the catalyst of this win for us."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Baltimore Orioles
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Injury bug bites again 00:01:13
Yankees stuck out 18 times today against the Tigers, a new team record. All the injuries definitely aren't helping the situation on offense.

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We'd say the Yankees limped out of the Stadium Wednesday evening after their latest sluggish loss, but an injury joke probably hits too close to home for a club that's playing both poorly and losing players seemingly daily.

Troy Tulowitzki is the latest casualty. He left the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the lowly Tigers in the second inning, nursing a Grade 1 left calf strain. Aaron Boone said he didn't have all the details on Tulo's condition, but reckoned the shortstop was heading for the Injured List.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, troy-tulowitzki, Anthony McCarron
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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.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar
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Injury scare for the Yankees 00:01:15
The Yankees had a scare when Luke Voit was hit by a pitch against the Tigers. The team has a long list of injuries already.

The Yankees lost their game against the Tigers on Tuesday, 3-1, and they almost lost another key player to the Injured List in Luke Voit

In the bottom of the eighth, Voit took a Joe Jimenez fastball off his hand. But the big man took the trip down to first base, and stayed in the game. After the loss, Voit reassured the media that his X-rays came back negative, but he still wasn't particularly happy about that inning.

It wasn't just Jimenez hitting him that made him "pissed," but Voit also took exception to what the righty did in the next at-bat. Gleyber Torres hit a line drive right back to Jimenez, and he proceeded to jump on first base to double up Voit. The Yankees first baseman thought Jimenez was trying to show him up.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

After Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Orioles dropped the Yankees to 1-2, manager Aaron Boone isn't pressing the panic button. 

Far from it.

"I'm not in the projection business, first of all," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I reject that all the way."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles
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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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Yankees open 2019 season with W 00:01:34
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 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...

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit
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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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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)

The Yankees have left Tampa but are making a pit stop in the nation's capitol where they will play the Washington Nationals in an exhibition game on Monday at 5:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees' lineup on Monday will likely resemble their Opening Day lineup this Thursday. Luke Voit is batting cleanup but will be the DH as DJ LeMahieu will play first base and bat ninth. ... Troy Tulowitzki, who hit just .219 with three home runs and seven RBI this spring, will bat eighth while Brett Gardner remains the mainstay atop the Yankees' lineup and gets the start in center field.

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Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Luke Voit, Stephen Tarpley, troy-tulowitzki
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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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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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Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Astros and Yankees were stuck in a pitcher's duel on Wednesday afternoon, but it was Houston coming away with the 2-1 win in the end. >> Box Score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees, once again, went with an opener as Jonathan Holder got the ball for the first two innings. He was stellar, allowing no hits and only one walk to move his spring ERA to 0.87. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, 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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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka threw five solid innings and Luke Voit hit his fourth home run of the spring as the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Monday in a Grapefruit League game at Champion Stadium.

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tanaka struck out seven batters and allowed one run, two hits and two walks in five innings, lowering his spring training ERA to 3.00. The lone run he allowed came on a Nick Markakis solo homer.

2) Voit hit a solo homer in the second inning off Braves RHP Bryse Wilson that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and Ryan Lavarnway added a two-run single later in the inning that made it 3-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Atlanta Braves, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley
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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 head to Disney to take on the Braves at 6:05 p.m. on Monday.

Yankees notes

Masahiro Tanaka makes his penultimate Spring Training start before taking the hill on Opening Day. ... The Yanks are rolling out a strong top-four Monday with Brett GardnerAaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit, who continues his bid to win the first-base job.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Atlanta Braves, Brett Gardner, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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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.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, troy-tulowitzki
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Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA;New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) warms up prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA;New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) warms up prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Yankees' regulars flexed their muscles in Sunday's 5-3 split squad win over the Orioles. >> Box Score

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

1) Luke Voit crushed a two-run home run in the first inning, his third of the spring, as he looks to secure his spot as the starting first baseman on Opening Day.

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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)

The other half of the Yankees split squad head to Sarasota, Fla. on Sunday to take on the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

Luke Voit will bat third and play first base while his competition does the same in the Yankees' other split-squad game. Voit has been productive so far, hitting .286/.394/.536 with two home runs and eight RBI in 33 plate appearances. ... Miguel Andujar returns to the lineup after getting Saturday off and Clint Frazier is batting cleanup.  

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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)

The Yankees' bats exploded on Friday in a 14-1 win over the Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. >> Box Score

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

1) Aaron Judge seems ready for Opening Day. The Yankees slugger smashed his fifth home run of Spring Training, a three-run shot to right-center field, and finished the day 2-for-2 with a double. 

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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 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)

One half of the Yankees' split squad (7-6) faces the Tigers (7-9) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes...

Luke Voit gets the start at first base as the battle with Greg Bird continues. ... Estevan Florial starts in center field. ... Nestor Cortes is on the mound.

Tags: Estevan Florial, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, 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)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third 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 left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees led after seven innings but ended up taking a 6-5 loss to the Tigers Friday night in Tampa. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Friday's game

1) Giancarlo Stanton finally notched his first RBI of the spring and did so in dramatic fashion, blasting a two-run home run to left field in the first inning to give the Yanks an early 2-0 lead. Stanton is 4-for-18 in Spring Training. Aaron Judge scored on the homer after drawing a walk.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Detroit Tigers, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

After a day without a game Monday, the Yankees return to action Tuesday as they host the Braves in Tampa at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Luis Severino will make his Spring Training debut, his first start since signing a four-year, $40 million contract last month. The Yanks are also rolling out many of their regulars including Aaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Gary SanchezTroy Tulowitzki and Luke Voit will try to continue their hot springs as each have two home runs, as does Judge.

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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?

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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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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Mar 3, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (63) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 3, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Domingo German (63) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The split-squad Yankees fell to the Blue Jays on Sunday, 5-2, in Dunedin. >> Box score

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The Yankees' split squad (3-3) travels to face the Blue Jays (1-6) on Sunday at 1:07 p.m. at Dunedin Stadium.

Yankees Notes...

Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, and Clint Frazier highlight a strong contingent the Yanks sent on the road. ... RHP Domingo German gets the start.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Danny Abriano
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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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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third 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 left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' offense was dry until Rashad Crawford brought two runs home in the bottom of the ninth to force a 2-2 tie against the Orioles on Friday night.

Things to know about Friday's game...

1) This Yankees lineup looked good on paper, but the results didn't follow. Giancarlo Stanton was the only starter to get a hit (1-for-2, BB), while players like Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Brett Gardner went hitless...

Tags: James Paxton, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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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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