Spring Training

Juan Lagares (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Juan Lagares, Mets Agree On New Contract Through 2019

The new deal adds salaries of $2.5 million in 2016, $4.5 million in 2017, $6.5 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019. The Mets have a $9.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.

04/02/2015

Jacoby Ellsbury (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Ellsbury Says He’s ‘Ready’ For Opening Day

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 and played five flawless innings of defense in his first game since being sidelined two weeks ago by an oblique strain.

04/01/2015

Fred Wilpon (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

‘Upbeat’ Fred Wilpon Holds Closed-Door Meeting With Mets

Mets owner Fred Wilpon wouldn’t divulge what he said during a rare address to his team on Monday. Neither would captain David Wright. But word is that he delivered quite the positive punch.

03/30/2015

A-Rod at spring training (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

A-Rod Has ‘Fun’ But Uneventful Debut At First Base

Alex Rodriguez played first base for the first time in his professional career Sunday, handling three chances in three innings during the Yankees’ 7-0 win over the Astros.

03/30/2015

Dellin Betances (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: Betances’ Spring Problems Should Not Be Shrugged Off

Dellin Betances has looked no where near the flamethrower who made the All-Star team as David Robertson’s setup man. And Andrew Miller has had just a so-so spring.

03/27/2015

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees GM Says A-Rod Has Earned ‘Full-Time DH Consideration’

“He’s done well,” Brian Cashman said of Alex Rodriguez. “He’s got a lot of life in his body. If he continues to show athleticism, that means he’s going to impact the baseball. That will be good for us.”

03/26/2015

Juan Lagares (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Mets Skipper Wants To Get Look At Red-Hot Lagares In 9-Hole

Juan Lagares has been making his case for the Mets’ leadoff spot with a scorching spring. But Terry Collins wants to see what his lineup will look like with Lagares batting behind the pitcher.

03/26/2015

The exterior of a Costco store in California (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Stocking Shelves And Shelling Clams: The Unglamorous Offseason Of A Minor Leaguer

Minor league living is hardly large. Meal money, for one, is tough to stretch beyond Pizza Hut and pales in comparison to the majors.

03/25/2015

Jacoby Ellsbury (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Ellsbury ‘Fully Confident’ He’ll Be Ready For Opening Day

New York’s center fielder is out of action until the middle of next week because of a strained oblique. He said before Thursday night’s loss that the injury “feels a lot better already.”

03/20/2015

Jacoby Ellsbury (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Oblique Strain To Keep Jacoby Ellsbury On Shelf For Week

“I’m not really concerned about it, because it’s really mild,” manager Joe Girardi said. “This is the time of year we can protect him a little bit, don’t have to rush him back.”

03/19/2015

Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Christian Bethancourt of the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a spring training game on March 12, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka Looks ‘Great,’ Aces First Test For Elbow

Masahiro Tanaka thought his spring training debut on Thursday was “good.” His teammates used another word: “great.”

03/13/2015

Will-Ferrell

‘Ruth, Mantle, Will Ferrell’: Funny Man Storms MLB Spring Training

The star of “Anchorman,” ”Elf” and several sports-related flicks played all 9 positions and coached for 10 teams in five Arizona ballparks Thursday in a spring-training blitz chronicled for an HBO special.

03/13/2015

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Twitter Account Gives A-Rod No Love For Homer

The Yankees insist there’s nothing behind the curious omission of Alex Rodriguez’s first home run since 2013 on their Twitter page. But fans have taken notice.

03/12/2015

Chris Capuano (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Sims: Breaking Down Capuano And Risks Of Rushing Back From Quad Strain

By now you’ve probably heard that Chris Capuano – a 36-year-old left-hander and the Yankees’ projected fifth starter – left his exhibition start in the first inning Wednesday with a right quadriceps strain.

03/12/2015

Masahiro Tanaka speaks with teammates in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees’ Early Mojo Calls Only For Guarded Optimism

Names alone don’t win games, and the ones Joe Girardi will write on the lineup card are mostly old, some recovering, others waiting for the injury shoe to drop and ruin their seasons.

03/11/2015

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