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Alex Rodriguez is already dominating the sports headlines as he makes his return to the New York Yankees. After having surgery and missing all of 2014, Rodriguez is hoping for a triumphant return in 2015. As expected, fans have mixed feelings on his return. Many still view him as a cheater, and some fans of the New York Yankees feel like that could become a distraction.

The attention is already starting to build for the former MVP and fantasy baseball star. He was the talk of spring training early on, and he made national headlines just for getting a hit in his 1st at-bat. With Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera retired, Rodriguez has turned into the face of the franchise. Whether or not that is a good or bad thing is up for fans to decide.

Rodriguez is a big reason why New York has not been all that successful in recent memory. Since they are paying him so much money, it cripples even the richest team in the game. That is also the reason why they have not just decided to cut him loose. They want to see if they can get some value out of him, even if it is that designated hitter or 1st base.

So far this spring, Rodriguez does appear to be a little bit healthier and ready to attack the season head-on. He knows that he is about to be 40 years of age, so he can no longer play anywhere near MVP level. With that being said, he can still provide value for the New York Yankees in a positive way if he goes about it the right way. The media and fans are going to be hounding him for most of the year, but if Rodriguez just focuses on the game, he could shut them up by the middle of the year. Helping New York win and stay in the playoff race is also the best way to turn this negative into a positive. All in all, it seems like Rodriguez understands the situation and is trying to get all of these distractions out of the way before the season starts.

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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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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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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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New York Yankees Relief Pitcher Joba Chamberlain Reaches For A High Throw From First Baseman Eric Chavez, Not Shown,New York Yankees (8-12-3) vs Philadelphia Phillies (15-8)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 4.66) vs RHP Joe Blanton (1-0, 3.45)

Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Chavez 3B
Martin C

The game will take place at Brighthouse Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla.  It’s slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be on the MLB Network (delay). (more…)

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I’ve been hearing a lot of rumbling from some folks about the lack of offense during Spring Training. Folks, it’s only Spring Training. What’s more, it’s early in Spring Training. If you’re thinking you’ll be seeing this much of Ramiro Pena come the regular season, then you are probably a lost cause. Of course, if you also think this is really a preview of things to come, then I suppose we should fit Ivan Nova for a Cy Young trophy now, as he’d have the most incredible season in history. For that matter, unheralded Jorge Vazquez would slam 72 homers (career high in MiLB: 33, 5 years ago). In other words, you can’t place any faith in Spring Training statistics. Guys don’t play complete games, the level of competition is all over the place and both managers and players are trying different things to see how they work. But in case you’re the type who does place a misguided faith in the numbers, consider this: so far, the nine guys who comprise the Yankee’s starting line-up have accounted for just 39% of the team’s plate appearances this spring. As a group they’ve combined for an .282 batting average and slugged their way to an .831 OPS. That is otherworldly production. Here’s the breakdown: 

ST Stats through March 13, 2011

I’ll take this level of production over 162 games, along with Nova’s Cy Young. :)

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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez SmilesNew York Yankees (2-5-1) vs Houston Astros (2-6)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP  Phil Hughes (0-0, 4.50) vs RHP Brett Myers (0-0, 0.00)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Martin C
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Jones LF
Chavez DH
Curtis RF
Golson CF

The game will take place at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will not be televised.

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New York Yankees (2-3) vs Boston Red Sox (2-3)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP  Bartolo Colon (0-0, 4.50) vs RHP Clay Buchholz (0-0, 0.00)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Martin C
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada DH
Jones LF
Mesa CF
Golson RF

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.

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