Spring Record: 22-7 (173 RS, 124 RA)
Spring Opponents This Week: Mon. OFF, Tues. vs. DET (no TV), Weds. @ DET (no TV), Thurs. @ PHI (MLB.tv), Fri. @ ATL (YES, MLBN, MLB.tv), Sat. OFF
Regular Season Opponents This Week: Sun. @ Rays (Opening Day!)
Top stories from last week:
- Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and Michael Pineda will start the first three games of the regular season, in that order. The Yankees will use off-days to skip the fifth starter the first two times through the rotation.
- As expected, the Yankees named Greg Bird their starting first baseman. We’re still waiting to see who will get the final two rotation spots and the final two bullpen spots.
- Injury Updates: Didi Gregorius (shoulder) could be sidelined until May with a strain. He got hurt making a throw during a World Baseball Classic exhibition game. Tyler Austin (foot) will be in a walking boot for another two weeks. Jake Cave (knee) will start the season on the minor league disabled list.
- Among last week’s roster cuts were Luis Cessa, Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Billy McKinney, and Dustin Fowler. Jon Niese was released, but could be re-signed to a minor league contract.
- In the wake of the Gregorius injury, the Yankees reportedly had some interest in Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed. Jose Iglesias’ and Zack Cozart’s names popped up as well.
- Jorge Mateo will indeed begin playing center field this season. Not every single day, but a few times a week. The D’Backs returned Rule 5 Draft pick Tyler Jones.
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