Curtis Granderson's versatility is only matched by his affability. The Yankees lined Granderson up for his first Major League game in right field Saturday against Toronto, and the longtime center fielder assured his manager that he wouldn't have a problem at the new position.
Joba Chamberlain may be getting closer to a return to the mound. Chamberlain, who has spent the last two weeks on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, threw a long-toss session Saturday and will throw one more bullpen session before going out on a rehab assignment.
Injuries may have taken their toll on the Yankees and Blue Jays, but the teams' aces are at full strength, which could mean fans at Yankee Stadium will be in for a pitching duel on Sunday between Toronto's R.A. Dickey and New York's CC Sabathia.
Every day, the spotlight that follows the Yankees seems to be trained on the players who aren't with the team. But that changed Saturday, when Robinson Cano, the lone regular in an infield decimated by injuries, hit two home runs to lead New York to a 7-2 win over Toronto.
Twice this month, the Yankees have traded with the Rockies for a reserve infielder. New York acquired Reid Brignac from Colorado for cash considerations on Saturday.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that catcher Chris Stewart would not be put on the 15-day disabled list and that the result of an MRI indicated Stewart did not seriously injure his left groin Thursday night, as the club had feared.
Shortly before the Yankees were to engage the Blue Jays on Friday night, Andy Pettitte was assigned to the 15-day disabled list, and general manager Brian Cashman announced the club is recalling left-hander Vidal Nuno to replace Pettitte in the rotation.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed just two hits and struck out five over eight scoreless innings to lead the Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.
Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will throw four innings or 50 pitches on Friday in Tampa, Fla., working in either an extended spring game or an intrasquad game.
Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain is not ready to be activated from the disabled list and could be assigned to make another Minor League appearance, manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday.
Travis Hafner resumed taking batting practice on Thursday, including launching a tape-measure homer into the second deck in right field, and the Yankees designated hitter said that his right shoulder is improving.
The Yankees moved to bolster their bullpen's depth on Thursday, recalling right-hander Dellin Betances from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Brett Marshall was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move, one night after Marshall saved the bullpen by throwing 108 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of long relief as he made his Major League debut.
Mariano Rivera is flattered by the notion that he could start the All-Star Game. But it's not really something he wants to do. Rivera, Major League Baseball's all-time leader in saves (624) and games finished (910), said Thursday that he'd prefer to stay in his comfort zone.
Andy Pettitte shielded his mouth with his glove, trying to plead his case for staying in the game, but he has been around long enough to know how this usually works. Pettitte lost his battle, and the Yankees did, too, suffering a 3-2 loss to the Mariners.
Shortstop Alberto Gonzalez came on to save the Yankees' bullpen in a blowout on Wednesday, when he relieved Brett Marshall and coaxed a fly ball in the ninth inning of New York's 12-2 loss to Seattle.
The reigning American League East champions have been absolutely assaulted by injuries this year, starting over the winter and continuing into the regular season, and while much credit should go to the gentlemen who have filled in, much anticipation should surround the returns of the guys who are still on the way.
Former Yankee Raul Ibanez belted a grand slam into the right-field bullpen and then served an opposite-field two-run homer over the left-field wall, leading the Mariners to a 12-2 trouncing of the Yankees in the Bronx on Wednesday.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is pleased by his progress as he works his way back from a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, and he hopes to rejoin the big league squad by the end of the month.
The Yankees are considering activating right-hander Joba Chamberlain after the reliever turned in a successful one-inning outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Chamberlain started on Tuesday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Toledo and pitched a scoreless frame around two hits, throwing nine of his 12 pitches for strikes.
The Yankees are giving David Adams an unforgettable present for his 26th birthday. The rookie celebrated the occasion on Wednesday by making his Major League debut at third base at Yankee Stadium and recording his first hit with a sixth-inning single off right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
For most players, isolating a point in their season when things began to click is a difficult task. But for D-backs third baseman Eric Chavez, there's no hesitation at all when reflecting on the first month and a half of 2013.
Yankee Stadium will be the site for two hockey games that between them will feature all three New York metropolitan-area teams. The New York Rangers will first square off against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26, then take on the New York Islanders on Jan. 29.
As he puts the finishing touches on a baseball career bound to take him to the Hall of Fame, Mariano Rivera chooses to say goodbye without the fanfare and festivities, but rather by reaching out to the grassroots of baseball, the so-called "little people" who do such big jobs to make baseball what it is.
The closer you look, the more the 2013 Yankees look like a mirage. Until you look at their bullpen. The Yanks have MLB's second-best record despite the seventh-best run differential thanks to the fact they just don't lose leads.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez left Tuesday's game with a two-run lead after six innings, and the Yankees used a key seventh-inning rally to earn a 4-3 victory.
Making his first big league start in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader with the Indians, Yankees lefty Vidal Nuno threw five scoreless innings in a 7-0 win, and he helped bail out the Yankees from a pitching shortage caused by the twin bill. Nuno, who has a 0.00 career ERA in two big league appearances, was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.
The Yankees got Curtis Granderson back in the lineup on Tuesday, but they may have a developing injury situation with another veteran. Travis Hafner got the day off due to pain in his right shoulder, but an MRI exam came back clean, alleviating the team's concern.
Standing in the batter's box against Yankees star Mark Teixeira on Tuesday, Prince Harry connected on all three of his swings at Harlem RBI's "Field of Dreams," including a drive that pelted the left-field fence.
Curtis Granderson is making his season debut on Tuesday, batting cleanup and playing left field against the Mariners.
Vidal Nuno delivered five stellar innings to guide the Yankees to a 7-0 win in the second game of Monday's doubleheader at Cleveland after New York dropped the opener, 1-0, despite 6 2/3 effective frames from David Phelps.