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The Yankees’ biggest challenge this offseason was replacing the lost production of third baseman Alex Rodriguez and second baseman Robison Cano. Compensating for both losses figured to take a team effort, but over the first three weeks of the season, one man, Yangervis Solarte, has provided all the answers. Solarte, a career minor leaguer who […]

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Joe Girardi’s decision won’t be easy when it comes time to select the Yankees’ fifth starter, but not because the team is lacking in qualified candidates. The Yankees entered camp with four pitchers in the mix for the final slot in the rotation, and each one has performed well enough to win the competition. However, […]

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Francisco Cervelli is the hottest thing in Tampa. The Yankees’ back-up catcher has been tearing up the grapefruit league, and, apparently, it hasn’t gone unnoticed around the league. With several teams in the market for a backup catcher, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Cervelli, and his performance so far this spring has validated […]

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With 26 non-roster players invited to camp, the Yankees’ clubhouse in Tampa has been overflowing. The same can’t be said about the crowds at Steinbrenner Field. With four exhibition home games in the books (excluding the contest against Florida State University), the Yankees are averaging well under 9,000 fans per game. Compared to most grapefruit league […]

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Lately, when the Yankees make news in Spring Training, it’s usually off the field. Over the last decade, there have been various press conferences to announce retirements or make controversial admissions, but rarely have the Bronx Bombers used the exhibition season to forge their roster. This year, however, the team’s braintrust will need every last […]

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(This updated post was originally published on February 16, 2011) For 18 years, Tampa has been the Yankees’ spring training home, but it still seems like just yesterday when the team’s camp was located down the coast in Ft. Lauderdale. I am sure most fans who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s still reflexively […]

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Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays were the toast of Spring Training, compiling a 24-7 record that ranked as the second best in a non-labor shortened exhibition season since 1984. This spring, the Royals did them one better, ending the pre-season with a 25-7 mark that has optimism on the rise in Kansas City. If […]

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