At various times over the past few years, the Yankees have debated how best to describe the hellacious pitch that flies out of Dellin Betances’ right hand. He calls it a slurve, while Brian McCann calls it a curveball. Others have tried slider or cutter; MLB’s Gameday app prefers knuckle curve.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit the go-ahead single in the top of the seventh inning and Brian McCann hit a game-tying homer as the Yankees gained an early advantage in their series against the Blue Jays with a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
The depth on the Yankees’ Triple-A bullpen shuttle has taken another hit, as right-hander Nick Rumbelow is heading for season-ending Tommy John surgery.
For Ivan Nova, the strangest part of serving as a reliever hasn’t been finding time to squeeze in his long runs or throwing sessions. The Yankees right-hander is generally continuing to prepare as though he is a starting pitcher, so not much has changed there.
The Yankees are planning on making Tampa their spring home for the foreseeable future, tentatively agreeing to terms Monday on an extension of their license agreement that will renovate George M. Steinbrenner Field and keep the team playing Spring Training games there through 2046.
Let the record show that the first reference to “Starsky and Dutch,” an applause-worthy blend of Starlin Castro’s in-dugout nickname and Didi Gregorius’ heritage, was spoken on the air last week by Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman. It deserves to have staying power.
Last season, first place in the American League East belonged to the Yankees as late as Aug. 22, after which point the surging Blue Jays were just too much to hold off. Reclaiming the division from that squad and their powerhouse lineup could be the Bombers’ greatest challenge of 2016.
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Masahiro Tanaka spent his Sunday morning taking a trip down memory lane, trying to prepare for what the Yankees right-hander expected would be inclement conditions pitching against the Tigers under the lights.
After dropping their home-opening series to the Red Sox, the Blue Jays welcome the Yankees to town for a three-game set beginning Tuesday.
The Yankees are welcoming a familiar face back into the fold, having invited Nick Swisher — a member of their 2009 World Series-winning roster — to work out at the team’s complex in Tampa as he prepares to sign a Minor League deal.
A premium pitching matchup will accompany another chilly forecast Sunday evening as Justin Verlander the Tigers entertain Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees in the rubber game of a three-game series at Comerica Park.