It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
Yankees starter Phil Hughes was struck in the back by a comebacker, but appears uninjured.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs — one earned — and three hits over 1 2/3 innings in his initial exhibition-game start for the Yankees. The Yankees had four errors and gave up six unearned runs. New York has 13 errors in eight games.
Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis each had two hits and Brian Matusz pitched two scoreless innings as the Baltimore Orioles won their third straight game, 5-1, over the New York Yankees on Monday.
Who will take the fifth? No, we’re not talking about Alex Rodriguez or Francisco Cervelli pleading the Fifth Amendment in the Biogenesis investigation. This is about the fifth-starter spot in the Yankees’ rotation.
“At that moment, I don’t know what kind of clinic it was,” said Cervelli, who insisted he never received treatment from Biogenesis. “I take my responsibility. Nobody put a gun to my head to go there.”
Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the Yankees’ position players, and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York. Meanwhile, Joe Girardi believes the Yankees “could win 95 games and get to the World Series.”
The Bombers are open for business! Among the storylines: Who will nab the No. 5 spot in the rotation? Will Mariano Rivera be as dominant as ever? And what’s up at catcher?
According to the New York Times, the league is now focusing on the University of Miami baseball team. Investigators believe that there may be a connection between the university’s baseball program and PED use, according to the newspaper.
“I want everybody there,” Cervelli said. “I want to do it one time. We’re going to talk on the 13th. I’m not running away from you guys (reporters).”
“I have nothing to hide,” Ryan Braun said in a statement released by his representatives on Tuesday night.
If the Yankees don’t trade for or sign a catcher in the coming months — which they’re not expected to do — Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart will compete for the starting job in spring training.
2013 brings major issues and tons of uncertainty for the aging, payroll-trimming New York Yankees.
Brian Cashman usually stresses patience in the offseason, and that seems to be the course he’s taking again this year, even as his team has more glaring needs than normal.
Losing A-Rod until mid-season will force the Yankees to make power-hitting outfielder Cody Ross their number one target.