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Struggling Sluggers

In his first at-bat of the season, Gary Sanchez connected with a pitch that rocketed off his bat with an exit velocity of 115.7 mph. That is what advanced statisticians might describe as a hard hit…harder, in fact, than any contact Sanchez had made in his impressive 2016 campaign. Unfortunately, that batted ball also hit […]

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Yankees–Rays was a clinic in unnecessary shifting

No, it wasn’t just you. The Yankees and Rays began the season by shifting more than any two teams in baseball. Entering Thursday, Tampa Bay had shifted 44 times in its three games against New York—the second-most in baseball—and the Yankees ranked sixth with 26. That’s 70 freaking infield shifts. To provide some context, the Cubs—a great […]

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About Last Night: Painful Pineda

The problems that have plagued Michael Pineda seemingly for his entire tenure with the Yankees reared their ugly head again on Wednesday night in Tropicana Field: surrendering the long ball (he gave up 27 last season) and giving up hits with two outs (batters hit .325 against him with two outs last year). The first […]

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The promise of new beginnings

When was the last time the Yankees were exciting? Your mileage may vary. For me, it was Oct. 13, 2012. The Yankees hosted the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS that night, a contest best-remembered for two diametric moments: Raul Ibanez lighting the Bronx on fire with another game-tying home run with two outs […]

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Waiting for Wade

On Wednesday, the Yankees sent shortstop/center fielder/spring training rock star Tyler Wade down to minor-league camp, ending the weeks-long mystery about whether or not the man Baseball Prospectus has ranked as the organization’s No. 9 prospect would be the one to fill in for Didi Gregorius throughout the first six weeks of the season. While both […]