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On February 25th, the New York Yankees played a spring training exhibition game against Florida State University at Steinbrenner Field. FSU takes us in a behind the scenes look of the Seminole experience. 

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Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

New York Yankees (4-4) vs Philadelphia Phillies (1-6)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 13.50)

Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Williams CF

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The game will take place at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 2:30PM ET (delayed due to rain). The game will be televised on the MLB Network.

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Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees (4-2) vs Baltimore Orioles (2-2)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP David Phelps (0-0, 4.50) vs LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 0.00)

Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Jeter DH
Beltran RF
Roberts 2B
Nunez 3B
Cervelli C
Ryan SS
Canzler 1B
Solarte LF

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on  the YES Network.

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New York Yankees (0-1) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP David Phelps (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00)

Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Suzuki RF
Roberts 2B
Cervelli C
Johnson 3B
Romine DH
Canzler 1B
Williams CF

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on  the YES Network (and MLB.TV – Free Game)

Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press

Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press

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If you were watching the telecast of the Yankees-Red Sox game yesterday on the YES Network, you could hear Lou Piniella use the word ‘raped’ to describe the trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins (which included Buehrle, Johnson, Reyes, etc.). He said, “I don’t want to use the word ‘raped,’ but they (Toronto) basically took a lot of talent from the Miami Marlins.” According to Bob Raissman of the NY Daily News, Sweet Lou apologized and stated, “A Yankee official said the organization stood behind Piniella while recognizing he made a mistake.”

We all know how seriously this word is taken, but their was something humorous in the fact that he said he didn’t want to use the word and then actually said it. It was a  weird moment. Ken Singleton didn’t respond and just continued calling the game. You got the feeling that it was just a slip of the tongue moment for Lou, and not grounds for firing. It was odd, that’s for sure.

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The Super Bowl is now over. We’re still in the midst of both the hockey and basketball season, but don’t fret Yankees fans. Pitchers and catchers report to Tampa on February 12th. Position players will follow on the 17th (full squad). Opening Day is 56 days away! It can’t come soon enough.

Photo by Matt Roth

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Raul Ibanez

It’s not time to hit the reset button on the Raul Ibanez signing, but those who didn’t think it was the best move Brian Cashman ever made are beginning to see the worst fears realized.

By all accounts, Ibanez is a nice guy and outstanding clubhouse presence. He certainly has plenty of postseason experience (although, a .231 career postseason average isn’t exactly tearing it up). But there is reason to worry. He is entering his age 40 season, his once shaky outfield defensive skills have diminished to the point where he is unusable as an outfielder. At bat, his contact rate and batting average on balls in play have declined at an alarming rate over the past three seasons. Add in that he no longer packs any thump against left-handed pitching (down to a .211 average with only a .585 OPS last year) or away from Citizens Bank Ballpark (only a .210 average last season) and there’s plenty to make you wonder if the $2 million the Yanks spent on him might have been better used elsewhere.

But that was last year and Ibanez does have a solid track record of (at worst) being respectable against righties. But anyone who’s watched him this spring can see trouble on the horizon. Remember Randy Winn? You’re forgiven if you don’t. His two month stint in pinstripes were about as forgettable as anyone in Yankee’s history. The Yanks signed him in 2010 to be a defensive outfielder and switch-hitting bench bat. Like Ibanez, there were signs of decline before Cashman signed him. But he proved to be worse than below average; looking inept on fly balls and overmatched at the plate. On May 28 that year the Yanks gave him his outright release. The Cardinals picked him up a week later, where he proved to be no better. It was his last hurrah – the Orioles cut him during Spring Training last year.

What has Yankee fans buzzing and the tabloids wondering is that so far this Spring, Joe Girardi gave Ibanez every chance to prove to the world he still has it. Despite garnering a team-high 61 at-bats, Ibanez has managed two hits. Just two.  And none since the opening week of exhibition. More alarming than that is the way he’s looked at the plate: confused, overmatched and late on fastballs. It begins to make you wonder if his career-low 5% walk rate last season was an aberration – to the good side.

We’re two weeks away from Opening day and all of this might be worrying about nothing. After all, it’s not as if Ibanez is being counted on to carry the offense – at best, he figured to slot seventh in the batting order. And he might ramp it up once the games are played for real. He wouldn’t be the first veteran player to just go through the motions during the Spring. One thing I know for certain, though. If he’s 0-for-April, he won’t be here come May.

For his sake, I hope he didn’t sign a long-term lease in the NYC metro area.

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Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Jack Curry broke the story via Twitter:

The Yankees have signed Andy Pettitte to a 1-year minor league deal worth $2.5 million. The team is thrilled to have 240-game winner back.

Who saw this coming? I can’t say I did, although when I first heard he was retiring I thought he would have an itch to come back. The man is only 39 years old, and that’s not so “out there” considering how many pitchers play into their 40′s these days.

The Yankees rotation looks like this as of now: Sabathia-Kuroda-Nova-Pineda-Hughes-Garcia. When, and IF Pettitte makes it up to the major leagues, someone is going to have to bepushed out of the rotation. Obviously, we can’t predict the future (injuries, trades, etc.), so there might even be a spot available depending on how the season plays out. It’s going to take some time for him to get in playing shape, so he won’t be joining the team anytime soon.

Yankees Universe has a really great love and admiration for Andy. The outpouring from fans in response to this news clearly shows how happy we all are to have #46 back. The man came to spring training this year as an instructor, and he clearly got that itch to put the pinstripes on again. Welcome Back, Andy.

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New York Yankees (2-4) vs Atlanta Braves (1-5)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00) vs  RHP Julio Teheran (0-0, 31.50)

Lineup

Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Eric Chavez 3B, Russell Martin C, Andruw Jones LF, Chris Dickerson DH, Jorge Vazquez 1B

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on both the YES & MLB Networks (MLB.TV, MLB.com). (more…)

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The first weekend of exhibition is over. For those of you keeping score (and I’m not sure why you would a this point), the Yankees beat the Phillies twice. The games were about what you would expect at this point. Some sloppy defense, plenty of mental errors and lots of guys getting playing time that are already ticketed for Scranton or Trenton. But you know what? The grass is green, the temperatures warm. The ball still makes the same sound when it hits a glove. The bat still makes a resounding *crack* when it a batter strikes a ball on the sweet spot. (Speaking of which, did you see that blast A-Rod hit off Roy Halladay today?) And grown men are earning their living, playing a game we love.

All of which means Spring is here and Spring Training is underway. Soon, we’ll be crowding into Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. But for now, enjoy the games. Debate heartily if Phil Hughes or Freddy Garcia should be the #5 starter. Wonder aloud who the 25th man should be (please, not Bill Hall!). But baseball is back – and it’s the happiest time of the year for us baseball diehards!

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Andy Kindler took his annual visit to Yankees Spring Training camp in Florida. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and shared his experiences. Here’s a look back at at 2010.

Andy Kindler: (wondering how you work in a baseball glove) “Do you suck it….uh….soak it…”  David Wells: “I don’t suck anything, buddy. You might want to suck it.”

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On his blog, Bryan Hoch reports that in the greatest upset since the St. Louis Browns 1944 World Series win, neither Jesus Montero nor Austin Romine will break camp with Yankees. Instead, the backup catcher (at least for now) is Gustavo Molina. In other news, the primary back-up infielder for the past two years, Ramiro Pena, is on his way to Scranton. His roster spot is taken by Eduardo Nunez.

You can read all the details here.

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