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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the mound after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the mound after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka attributed his struggles in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox to his ineffective split-finger fastball.

"It wasn't coming out of my hand right," Tanaka said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "It's not just today, it's been like that for a little bit. I think it comes down to mechanics. I definitely need to make some adjustments, so it's an effective pitch."

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Maybe the pomp of the first series with the Red Sox this season is just the tonic the lackluster Yankees need in what's been a blah start to their season. 

Nothing like a visit from a bitter rival to jolt a club. And make no mistake: The Yankees need a jolt. Badly. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (6-8, 4.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the AL East) wrap up their series with the White Sox (4-9) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Notes

The Yankees snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday. ... Masahiro Tanaka, who gets the start on Sunday, has allowed one run in each of his first three starts this season. ... Aaron Judge, who homered on Saturday, is on pace to finish the season with 46 homers and 243 strikeouts. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka agreed with manager Aaron Boone's decision to take him out and go to the bullpen with a two-run lead despite having thrown only 78 pitches through six innings.

"I think that was the right timing," Tanaka told reporters through an interpreter after Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino combined to allow three runs, four hits and two walks in two innings as the Yankees lost to the Astros 4-3 at Minute Maid Park.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is joined on the mound by teammates against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees launch seven home runs, beating the Orioles, 15-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

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

1) Domingo German was in control from the outset of this game (after allowing five walks in his first outing), in which he didn't allow a base hit until a one-out single in the sixth inning. German's final line - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 3 K - is one which will make it easy for the Yankees to keep him in the rotation while Luis Severino remains on the injured list.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees, coming off a three-game sweep of the Orioles, head to Houston for a three-game series agains AL West powerhouse Astros starting on Monday at 7:10 p.m. 

Yankees Notes

Gary Sanchez is hitting cleanup on Monday fresh off his three-home run game against the Orioles. He has six home runs this season which are tied for the AL lead ... DJ LeMahieu is 12-for-28 (.429), which is the sixth-best average in the majors between players with at least 20 at-bats. ... Greg Bird gets the start at first on Monday. He is 1-for-3 against Justin Verlander with the lone hit being a home run. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Domingo German threw six strong innings, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning in Sunday's 15-3 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

"The key today was to mix my pitches and be unpredictable out there, try to use my changeup in a way that they weren't expecting it," German said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "That's something I worked on in between starts. It worked out very well for me today."

Tags: Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Baltimore Orioles
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees ace Luis Severino continues to progress in his return from rotator cuff inflammation, but the Yankees "want him to feel 100 percent" before he gets back on the mound, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic

Boone added that he is optimistic Severino will take the next step soon, with that step being graduating from long-tossing to the next phase of rehab. 

Severino took his first big step toward a return on March 20, when he threw on flat ground

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the a disappointing series to begin the season against the Orioles, the Yankees rebounded with a 3-1 victory over the Tigers on Monday. They'll look to make it two in a row Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

Clint Frazier will make his 2019 debut, handling DH duties and batting seventh. ... Tyler Wade, who expressed disappointment when he didn't make the Opening Day roster, now has his schance. He'll play second and bat eighth. ... DJ LeMahieu is making his second straight start at the hot corner in place of the injured Miguel Andujar

Tags: Clint Frazier, Detroit Tigers, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Jesus Sucre (40) avoids a tag by New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) to advance to third base on a fly ball during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Jesus Sucre (40) avoids a tag by New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) to advance to third base on a fly ball during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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The Yankees left the season-opening series with the Orioles on the wrong side of the standings, losing two of three games to Baltimore.

After a resounding and expected Opening Day thumping of the Orioles, the Yankees wasted a fine starting pitcher effort Saturday and roundly failed to produce with runners in scoring position. Sunday's effort was an all-around disappointment from all facets.

As the Yankees are set to begin a three-game series with the Tigers on Monday, let's take a look at three players trending up and three players/areas trending down.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chad Green, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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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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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 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 and the Yankees face Andrew Cashner and the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Luke Voit and Greg Bird are both in the lineup after both had solid spring trainings. Voit slashed .289/.365/.578 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 17 spring training games, while Bird hit .333/.500/.643 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 19 Grapefruit League games. ... Aaron Judge, 26, is coming off a year in which he hit .278 with 27 home runs and 67 RBIs in 112 games.

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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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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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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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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a bullpen session as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

While the Yankees will be without injured ace Luis Severino for a while longer, he took a big step on Wednesday toward a return, throwing on flat ground

Severino had been shut down since March 5, and GM Brian Cashman announced last Friday that the best-case scenario for Severino would be a May return -- confirming the timeline an orthopedic surgeon gave SNY earlier this month. 

The 25-year-old Severino does not have any structural damage in his shoulder, but he is basically re-starting his Spring Training as the team prepares for Opening Day in just over a week. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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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 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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Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees host Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. 

Yankees Notes...

Luke Voit and Greg Bird reverse roles on Wednesday as Voit takes first while Bird is the DH as the two compete for the Opening Day roster. ... Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge both homered on Tuesday and enter Wednesday looking to continue swinging a hot bat. 

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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 have their Opening Day starter. 

Masahiro Tanaka will get the call to take the mound on March 27 when the Yankees open the season against the Baltimore Orioles, manager Aaron Boone announced on Saturday. 

It will be the fourth career Opening Day start for the 30-year-old. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 8, 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: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 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: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees have decided who their Opening Day starter will be, a process they had to go through again with the news that Luis Severino was shut down for two weeks with rotator cuff inflammation. 

And though Aaron Boone wasn't ready Friday to publicly reveal who will take the hill on March 28 against Baltimore in the Bronx, the signs point to Masahiro Tanaka drawing the assignment.

Tanaka, who gave up two runs in 3.1 innings Friday against Detroit, is lined up to pitch that day and he has previous experience starting on Opening Day, having done so three straight seasons from 2015-17. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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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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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 are in Tampa Friday night to host the Tigers at 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

Masahiro Tanaka makes his second start of the spring. The Yankees' lineup consists of many regulars who figure to be in the Opening Day lineup, including Aaron JudgeGiancarlo StantonMiguel AndujarGleyber Torres and Brett Gardner. Stanton is still in search of his first RBI of Spring Training. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone looks on against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries.

With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia expected to start the season on the injured list, Boone said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out the use of openers -- using relief pitchers to pitch the first inning or two of a game in an assurance to face the opponents' 1-3 hitters -- in 2019.

"I could see it being something we consider from time to time," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't see it a lot, but yeah, I could see it coming into play on certain occasions."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
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Is Gio a good fit for Yankees? 00:00:41
Andy Martino argues that Gio Gonzalez is not the right pitcher the Yankees need to replace CC Sabathia or Luis Severino to start the season.

On a day when Brian Cashman addressed the Yankees' first mini-crisis of the year, I thought it was revealing that he left the door open to acquiring another pitcher, even as he made a point of expressing confidence in his depth.

"I can't rule anything out," he told reporters in Tampa, "but the main focus is what we've got."

That could just be his way of saying he'll only jump in on Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez, the two most attractive unsigned free-agent pitchers, if their price falls to a bargain level...

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, John Harper
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Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

James Paxton probably proved last April there's at least some innate grace-under-pressure coursing through his veins. That's when he deftly handled that bald eagle landing on his back during a pre-game ceremony in Minnesota.

Some of us would've had a full freak-out, complete with running, screaming and a mitt and cap flopping to the ground. But Paxton was better than that. Way better. You've seen the viral video. Big Maple has Big Calm.

Does that mean he's a lock to handle the Bronx fishbowl this season, his first as a member of the Yankees? No, but that, plus his undeniable talent, at least makes you want to see him work during the pomp of Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, the kickoff to this season laden with outsized expectations.

Tags: CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Masahiro Tanaka is trying to take a page out of Mike Mussina's book

The Yankees righthander is adding a knuckle-curveball into his repertoire this season -- the signature pitch Mussina, who was recently elected into the Hall of Fame, had during his career.

Tanaka said he was trying to improve the movement on his curveball and ultimately landed on developing the knuckle-curve. 

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As promised by GM Brian Cashman, the Yankees parted ways with RHP Sonny Gray this offseason as his short tenure in New York didn't pan out the way both sides believed it could have. Gray racked up a 4.90 ERA in 2018, with the Yankees forcing him to the bullpen toward the end of the season as he couldn't figure out his struggles on the mound. 

But Gray took this offseason to regroup and learn what exactly went wrong with the Bombers, and he thinks he knows why he wasn't the effective pitcher he has been since breaking into the league in 2013. 

The Yankees were forcing Gray to throw a slider -- a pitch he wasn't comfortable with. 

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The split-squad Yankees defeated the Tigers, 7-1, on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1. Brett Gardner was all about powering up, leading off the game with a homer and doing the same the next inning. As his competition with Clint Frazier heats up for the starting job in left field, Gardner's performance proved there's still pop in the 35-year-old's bat. It also was a nice way for Gardner to break the 0-for-3 start to spring training. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka
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Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees' split squad (3-3) host the Tigers (5-3) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Yankees Notes...

Troy Tulowitzki gets the day off, but the majority of the Yankees' expected regulars are in the lineup. ... Masahiro Tanaka gets the start. ... Estevan Florial, who had a strong game on Saturday, starts in center field. 

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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 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Masahiro Tanaka had his first Spring Training start rained out on Tuesday and instead threw 30 pitches in a simulated game indoors. 

It also meant the right-hander did not have to experience the new 20-second pitch clock, an idea Tanaka is against. 

"As players, we have to go by the rules so we do that," he told reporters on Tuesday. "With that said, for me personally, I'm not in favor of that."

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Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees (2-1) host the Phillies (3-1) on Tuesday at Steinbrenner Field at 1:05 p.m. 

Yankees Notes...

Aaron Judge gets a half day off, serving as the DH while Giancarlo Stanton is in right field. ... Masahiro Tanaka gets the start in his Grapefruit League debut. 

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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.

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SNY MLB insider Andy Martino is told New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will announce on Saturday that 2019 will be his farewell tour.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are preparing for a news conference on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field to announce that CC Sabathia will retire after the season, as SNY was first to report.

Sabathia's family is expected to attend, and the pitcher will have the chance to recap his career, while looking ahead to one more run at a championship. That is sure to be a well-deserved, feel-good day for the longtime Yankee and one-time ace. But the team enters Spring Training with reminders that relying on late-career Sabathia as part of the starting rotation comes with heavy risk.

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Luis Severino addressed the media, talking about learning from a disappointing 2018, changing his diet and how good the Yankees can be.

The Yankees have had extension talks with Luis Severino, reported FanCred's Jon Heyman on Wednesday, adding that it isn't known whether the two sides are close to a deal.

Severino is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing before the season to determine his salary for 2019, and any extension would likely cover this season and the remainder of his arbitration years (in 2020, 2021, and 2022).

The 24-year-old Severino struggled badly in the second half of 2018 after a dominant first half, winding up with a 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 191.1 innings (32 starts).

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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

On Wednesday, Yankees pitchers and catchers will officially report to the team's Tampa complex to kick off the 2019 season. And manager Aaron Boone will also hold his first official press conference of the year. 

The Yankees enter Spring Training with virtually the same clubhouse as last season, but with a few new faces like Adam Ottavino, Troy Tulowitzki, and James Paxton. GM Brian Cashman made the necessary moves to bolster a roster that hopes to win more than their 100-game mark last year, and hopefully knock down the Red Sox and capture a World Series title for the first time since 2009. 

Those are some lofty expectations, but that was the same goal in mind for Boone and the rest of the team exactly one year ago. So, with that in mind, here are some questions Boone will likely face from the media when he steps in front of the mic...

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka feels the best he's been entering Spring Training and is ready to lead the team into the season.

Masahiro Tanaka is hoping to avoid another slow start in 2019. 

The Yankees' right-hander was in Tampa on Tuesday as pitchers and catchers continue to report for Spring Training but Tanaka has been putting in plenty of work already. 

The 30-year-old told reporters that he is already ahead of schedule this year compared to previous years. 

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BNNY looks at Yankees starter Luis Severino. He started 2018 as one of the most dominant pitchers, but it ended poorly. How will 2019 go?

The start to Yankees RHP Luis Severino's 2018 season was exactly what the pinstripes wanted to see. But after the All-Star break, the locamotive that steamrolled through its opponents every fifth day suddenly fell off its tracks. 

Severino owned a 2.31 ERA heading into the break, and emerged an entirely different pitcher -- or at least one that was giving up hits and runs left and right. He would end the second half with a 5.57 ERA and leave manager Aaron Boone praying for some sort of resurrection in the postseason. 

A glimpse of hope came in the AL Wild Card Game, where Severino lasted four innings allowing no runs on two hits and four walks while striking out seven. The Red Sox, then, came to the Bronx for Game 3 of the ALDS on their heels after the Yankees evened the series at one game apiece.

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As the Yankees descend on George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for spring training, who will be on the 25-man roster when the team heads north? There are some intriguing battles and here's how we see things shaking out.

Starting Rotation (5)

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Baseball Prospectus' 2019 PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm) projections are out. For the Yankees, they see a big year on the horizon.. 

PECOTA is a system that "takes a player's past performance and tries to project the most likely outcome for the following season. It looks at all of the numbers, and all the numbers that make up the numbers, to see which players are more likely to repeat their success and which ones benefited from good fortune."

When it comes to how Luis Severino will rebound from the putrid second half he had in 2018 and James Paxton potentially becoming an ace during his first season in pinstripes, PECOTA -- a projection system that is notoriously conservative -- sees things shaking out like this...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

James Paxton understands being a Yankee carries high expectations, and he believes New York's rotation can live up to the hype.

Paxton was perhaps the Yankees' biggest offseason move, coming to New York in a trade with the Mariners, and is expected to be one of the Yankees' top two pitchers alongside Luis Severino. And he knows the team is in a win-now mode.

"I feel like playing with the Yankees, you're expected to win," Paxton said, according to the New York Post's Greg Joyce. "It's World Series or bust for Yankees fans, and I'm excited about having that pressure and being on a team that's so committed to winning."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees understood additions (or re-additions in this case) to the rotation would be in order this offseason.

J.A. Happ was an obvious choice.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman was never more prophetic than on Feb. 7, 2014.

"We view him to be a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter," Cashman said on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on ESPN Radio that day. "If we get more than that, all the better. He's got a great deal of ability."

Just days before the Yankees introduced Masahiro Tanaka to the pinstripe faithful, Cashman spun a then seemingly ludicrous prediction for the club's new $155 million pitcher. Many laughed because Tanaka was clearly being paid to front a rotation, making the statement an obvious attempt to temper expectations for a player that was about to make a difficult transition.

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Mariano Rivera couldn't do it. Neither could Derek Jeter. Now, it is CC Sabathia's chance to walk away from the game with the World Series trophy in his hands.

After signing his one-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees, Sabathia proclaimed that he would be retiring at season's end. The ultimate goal for Sabathia has always been a title, and the core of this Yankees squad has provided the 38-year-old enough for one last shot.

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New York Yankees right fielder Estevan Florial hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Estevan Florial hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have two players on the new Baseball Prospectus Top 101 prospects list, and one they traded away in the deal for James Paxton also made the cut. 

RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 64) and OF Estevan Florial (No. 66) made it for the Yanks, while LHP Justus Sheffield -- who was sent to Seattle for Paxton -- came in at No. 50.

As far as the rest of the AL East, the Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was No. 1 on the list, with Toronto having three other representatives (including SS Bo Bichette, who came in at No. 12). The Rays, who have one of the best farm systems in baseball, had six players on the list, while the Orioles had three and the Red Sox had none...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 14, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) and New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) celebrate after scoring in the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2019 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an indi-vidual basis. The list is taken alphabetically.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar
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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title. 

Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Happ signing doesn't preclude trade

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Chris Carelli
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