MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

First four games set for Yanks’ rotation

The Yankees have set their rotation for the first four games of the season…

  • April 6: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Blue Jays
  • April 8: Michael Pineda vs. Blue Jays
  • April 9: CC Sabathia vs. Blue Jays
  • April 10: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Red Sox

A-Rod at 1B on Sunday


Manfred says MLB should welcome A-Rod back

Alex Rodriguez has served his time for his PED suspension, and while he will be subject to more frequent drug testing, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is ready to put that in the past (Daily News, March 26).

“Alex served a very long suspension,” Manfred said. “Once he served that time, baseball ought to welcome him back — and I think we’ve done a good job.

“He’s played well. Good for him.”

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner echoed Manfred’s sentiments, as he said he’s ready to look to the future – or at least ahead to tomorrow – for A-Rod and the Yankees.

“Anybody who knows me knows I don’t dwell on the past,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s unhealthy. Learn from it but don’t dwell on it…We’re not worried about the future, the past. I’m worried about March.”

Steinbrenner: I’m different from my father

Hal Steinbrenner understands that fans and the media will compare him to his father George, but the current general partner of the Yankees wants everyone to know he is different than The Boss.

In an interview with WFAN’s Mike Francesa, Steinbrenner talked about the similarities and differences between the two.

“My dad was great,” Steinbrenner told WFAN host Mike Francesa. “But as I’ve said from day one, my dad and I are similar in some ways (and) we are different in some ways. We just have different personalities. People see me as not passionate; that’s certainly not the case. I may hide it a little bit better, try to control it a little bit better.”

Steinbrenner sounded optimistic about the Yankees’ chances this year and the future with their young players.

He also shot down the thought about the family selling the team.

There’s absolutely no plans to sell the Yankees,” Steinbrenner told Francesa.


Steinbrenner impressed by A-Rod’s spring

Alex Rodriguez is hitting .290 with two home runs in 31 at bats this spring and Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner said he is impressed with his 40-year old third baseman this spring.

Steinbrenner spoke about Rodriguez on the Michael Kay Show on 98.7 in New York on Thursday.

“I’ve been pretty impressed,” Steinbrenner said.

“I’m not a coach or a scout or anything else. He has hit some pretty good balls. He has shown some power. Even to the opposite field the other day. He’s been great. He’s been working hard. He has been optimistic. I don’t think it could’ve gone better for him.”


A-Rod subject to more PED testing

Alex Rodriguez will face increased testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday (ESPN, March 26).

Manfred was in attendance at the Yankees and Rays spring training game and said that A-Rod is subject to the same strict testing requirements that others have had coming off suspension.

Manfred addressed the testing on Thursday: “Let me be clear about this; he’ll be tested exactly like every other player who has violated the program. The program requires more frequent testing for players who are coming back after a suspension.”

Rodriguez is subject to six unannounced urine tests and three unannounced blood tests over the next 12 months as well as the same number of regular tests. Only Rodriguez and Orioles’ Chris Davis fall under the testing requirement this year.


Yankees get close, lose to Rays 6-5

The Yankees scratched out a run in the ninth, but couldn’t add any more and fell to the Rays 6-5.

Adam Warren allowed four hits over 3 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run. He walked one and struck out five batters. The long run came on a solo home run in the second inning.

Jose Ramirez and Chris Martin each allowed two earned runs while on the mound.

The Yankees got RBI doubles from Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores and Didi Gregorious. Jake Cave added an RBI single in the ninth.

New York plays the Phillies on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.