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Chicago Cubs pitcher Jharel Cotton, left, throws alongside other pitchers during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Call to arms: Compressed schedule could mean more pitchers

Apr. 1, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When and if opening day comes around this year, New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake anticipates a brimming bullpen. Major League Baseball and the players' association have talked about a compressed schedule to get in as many games as possible. That will set off a call to arms. "I...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankees' Judge still hasn't resumed baseball activities

Mar. 25, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Injured New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still has not resumed baseball activities. Judge did not play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year...

New York Yankees' Zack Britton delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yanks' Britton hit by line drive, has bruised right wrist

Mar. 11, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton has a bruised right wrist after getting hit by a line drive during a simulated game Wednesday. The Yankees said X-rays and a CT scan were both negative. Britton was pitching in his second inning when he got hurt on the drive off the bat of Erik...

Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner loses control of a foul tip by New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yanks' Gary Sánchez misses batting practice due to flu

Mar. 10, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez missed batting practice Tuesday because he has the flu and will be re-evaluated later this week. Manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez, sidelined since the weekend by a sore back, was examined by team doctors. “He had the fever last night,...

Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner loses control of a foul tip by New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yanks' Sánchez could return Friday; Paxton to start throwing

Mar. 9, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez could be back in the lineup Friday if his sore back keeps improving. Sánchez played consecutive games for the first time this year on Thursday and Friday, then felt sore Saturday and hasn't played since. "I'm not real concerned about...

New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez runs during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yanks catcher Sanchez has sore back, slowed for couple days

Mar. 7, 2020 3:38 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was scratched from batting practice Saturday due to a sore back, though manager Aaron Boone said he doesn't think the problem is serious. Boone said he thought the soreness stemmed from Sanchez playing back-to-back games for the first time in...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yanks' Judge has broken rib, no set time on return to lineup

Mar. 6, 2020 6:13 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib and it's not clear whether he will need surgery, leaving doubt when he'll be back in the lineup. Manager Aaron Boone said he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch late last season. “Frustrated,...

Cole allows back-to-back homers twice to Demeritte, Cabrera

Mar. 5, 2020 3:32 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit's Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning on Thursday. Then Demeritte and Cabrera went deep against the New York Yankees ace on back-to-back pitches in the second. "Probably pleased with most of the pitches,...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton unlikely for Yankees' opener

Mar. 3, 2020 7:30 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Injured Yankees outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are likely to miss New York's opener at Baltimore on March 26. Judge is having more tests to determine the cause of soreness in the right pectoral area near his shoulder. Judge has not hit on the field since spring training...

Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert looks on from the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

OF Luis Robert, INF Carter Kieboom among rookies to watch

Mar. 2, 2020 11:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso was the breakout star in an impressive group of major league rookies last summer. Now another wave of young talent is looking to leave its mark on the sport. Here is a closer look at a handful of rookies who could play a starring role this year: —OF...