Warren ‘getting ready for season’ with tough minor league start

Adam Warren struggled through four innings in a minor league game against Tampa on Tuesday, but he’s putting what turned out to be his worst outing of the spring behind him as he focuses on the regular season (ESPN, March 31).

“The results weren’t the best, but I’m just trying to get ready for the season,” Warren said after allowing nine hits and five runs in four innings. “It’s tough out here to get the adrenaline going, so you try to lock it in, work on some things. That’s really what I try to focus on, getting ready for the season.”

Warren made 69 appearances out of the bullpen last season and he said it’s definitely an adjustment to switch to a starting role.

“Sometimes you feel like you let off the pedal a little bit because you’re like, you’ve got to go multiple innings, and sometimes you catch yourself pulling off a little bit,” Warren said. “But I feel like I’m better if I’m bringing everything I’ve got for as long as I can. So I’ve got to constantly remind myself to go out there with a bullpen mentality, just as a starter.”

Jacoby Ellsbury

Ellsbury set to return; Warren struggles

Jacoby Ellsbury is set to return the Yankees lineup when they play the Rays at Steinbrenner Field Wednesday, reports’s Bryan Hoch (March 31).

Ellsbury strained his oblique playing catch March 15 and has not played in a Grapefruit League game since.

Ellsbury went 2-for-5 and played defense for five innings for Double-A Trenton Tuesday.

Adam Warren, expected to be the Yankees fifth starter, allowed five runs and nine hits in four innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Tuesday. Warren struck out two and threw 82 pitches.


Tanaka surrenders seven hits as Twins top Yanks 3-1

Masahiro Tanaka let up three earned runs in his final start of the spring as the Yankees fell to the Twins 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon.

Tanaka surrendered three earned runs on seven hits in his 4 1/3 innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out one. The Twins picked up RBI singles in the third and fourth innings, then added a solo home run before Tanaka was removed from the game.

The Yankees got their lone run on a Ramon Flores RBI single in the fourth, plating Chris Young.

Chris Martin turned in two shutout innings for the Yankees, allowing no hits and striking out three.

The Yankees host Tampa Bay on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Today’s game: Yankees at Twins, 1:05 pm ET

The Yankees (15-12) head to Fort Myers to face the Twins (11-14) on Tuesday at 1:05 pm.

The game can be seen on the MLB Network.

Mashiro Tanaka (1-1, 1.74 ERA) will make his final spring training start for the Yankees today. He is scheduled to throw 75 pitches. Chris Martin and “day call-ups” Danny Burawa, Branden Pinder, Cesar Vargas, and Nick Goody are scheduled to throw in relief as needed.

Tommy Milone (0-1, 4.50 ERA) is starting for the Twins.

Adam Warren will throw a minor league game at the Yankees minor league complex with John Ryan Murphy staying behind to catch for him.

Girardi thinks Bluetooth could speed up games

Several new rules have already been put in place for this upcoming season in the hopes of speeding up the pace of baseball games, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi has another suggestion: Bluetooth (Sports Media 101, March 30).

“I’m a big fan of Bluetooth,” Girardi said. “I think it’s the world we live in. They do it in football. And they do it in all these other sports. And I think it could serve our game really well.”

And don’t worry, he’s got a few ideas of how to make the system work, inspired by the secret service.

“You could either have a button you push, something on your belt and you push it, or look, we have security guards that …” said Girardi. “Put their wrist in front of their mouth and then they talk and no one hears what they’re saying. So I think it would definitely work.”

This system would certainly cut down trips to the mound, but that might not be favored by managers who use their leisurely walking pace to give their relievers more time to warm up.

Tino rejoins Yanks as minor league instructor

Tino Martinez is back with the New York Yankees as a minor league instructor.

Martinez will be at minor league spring training until it ends this weekend. He is expected to continue the role at times during the season by visiting the Yankees’ minor league teams.

The former Yankees’ star said Monday he enjoys working with the prospects.

‘All or nothing’ for Girardi and Yankees

Joe Girardi’s club has missed the playoffs in two straight seasons and has only won the World Series once in the past 14 seasons.

But whether there’s a drought or if they’re reigning world champions, for the manager, a World Series win is always the one and only goal.

“That’s why we come to camp, that’s why we train, it’s the World Series, that’s our goal,’’ Girardi said. “To me it’s all or nothing. That’s why you play.’’

The Yankees last won in 2009, but with a roster laden with health questions and older players, the team already has a hard fight ahead of them to make sure they don’t make it three seasons out of the postseason.