In case you missed it…

Alex Rodriguez homered for the third time this spring in Saturday’s loss to the Orioles (Associated Press, March 28).

Shortstop Didi Gregorius sprained his left wrist and was taken out for precautionary reasons. The X-Rays were negative and Gregorius could be back on Wednesday.

The Yankees denied a report that executive vice president Felix Lopez has been let go. Lopez has been away for personal reasons (King, March 28).

Rodriguez is slated to play first base on Sunday against the Astros in Kissimmee.


Sabathia testy after shaky minor league outing

CC Sabathia was on the defensive Saturday after giving up five hits — including two homers — and four runs in five innings to the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate Saturday (Hoch, March 28).

“It is what it is,” said Sabathia, who has allowed five homers in 7 2/3 innings this spring. “I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I’ve had spring trainings like last year where I didn’t give up any runs and I gave up [six] in the first game. Y’all can put stock in whatever you want. I’m not really worried about it.”

Sabathia, 34, struck out seven Saturday. Against major league competition this spring, Sabathia has a 11.57 ERA in 4 2/3 innings.

Catcher Brian McCann was upbeat about Sabathia’s outing. So was pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who gave a positive report to manager Joe Girardi. Sabathia, who threw 69 pitches, is coming off season-ending knee surgery.

“All the way around, I thought it was really good,” McCann said. “When you go over (to the minor league side), you’re not pitching to scouting reports. You get guys set up, and then you think you can get something in there, and they hit it. But all in all, I thought his changeup was really good, the fastball to both sides of the plate, and the slider was great today.”


Gregorius sprains wrist; aiming for Wednesday return

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will miss a couple of days after spraining his left wrist diving for a grounder in the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to the Orioles Saturday in Tampa (Hoch, March 28).

X-rays showed no damage. Manager Joe Girardi said he is hoping to get Gregorius back in the lineup Wednesday.

Gregorius stayed in the game after Girardi and trainer Steve Donahue came out to see Gregorius after he hurt himself trying to stop Everth Cabrera’s single to left in the second inning. Gregorius left in the fifth.

Gregorius, acquired from Arizona in December, is hitting .300 (12-for-40) with four doubles, two triples and six RBI in 17 spring games.

Orioles hammer Yanks; A-Rod hits 3rd HR

The Orioles had 12 hits as they routed the Yankees 10-2 Saturday in Tampa.

Yankees starter Scott Baker allowed five runs and five hits in the second, including a three-run homer by Alejandro De Aza.

Orioles second baseman Jonanthan Schoop hit a two-run double off Chris Martin. The runs were charged to Justin Wilson in the eighth.

Alex Rodriguez and Stephen Drew hit solo homers for the Yankees, who only had one other hit. It was the third spring homer for A-Rod, who is hitting .306.

Orioles starter Tyler Wilson allowed one hit and struck out two in four scoreless innings.

The Yankees host the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.


Yankees beat Phillies 10-0 in rain-shortened game

The Yankees beat the Phillies 10-0 in a rain-shortened game that ended after just 5 1/2 innings.

The Yankees piled on seven runs in the fifth inning, and added another three runs in the sixth before the game was called due to rain.

New York got RBI singles from Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira and Stephen Drew and an RBI double from Chris Young in the fifth. Tyler Austin hit a three-run double in the sixth.

Michael Pineda pitched five shutout innings, allowed five hits and striking out five. He did not walk a batter.

The Yankees host the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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