Spring Training Notebook: Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin making up for lost time

TAMPA, Fla. — This time last year Tyler Austin was in a walking boot and using a scooter to get around the New York Yankees clubhouse. After missing all of spring training last season, it’s an understatement to say that he’s excited to have a camp this time around. While Austin did rebound from that […]

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone: Tyler Wade is ‘a better player than I thought’

TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Wade has surprised people at spring training. And that includes New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “Yeah, he’s a better player than I thought,” the first-year manager said. “I came in, I think, with some expectations, and the organization thinks very highly of him. But getting to see him and just […]

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Spring Training notebook: Aaron Judge gets a refresher on tampering

TAMPA, Fla. — When Aaron Judge saw Brian Cashman’s name come up on his phone Wednesday night, he knew something was up. And as innocent as it might have been, the former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders outfielder won’t be campaigning for Manny Machado or any other players to join the New York Yankees moving forward. The two […]

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On the RailRiders: Sending Gleyber Torres back to Triple-A is the right move in the long run

Gleyber Torres is headed back to Moosic. And honestly, it’s not the worst thing in the world. In the long run, it’s probably a good idea. With a strong start to the spring from Tyler Wade and Monday’s signing of Neil Walker, it was only a matter of time until the New York Yankees’ top […]

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Rush of a lifetime: Crestwood grad Matt Wotherspoon ready for season to start

There isn’t much in common between hunting and baseball. In fact, there’s almost nothing in common. For Matt Wotherspoon, however, there is one similar thread between the two. When the phone rings in the bullpen and Wotherspoon hears his name called, his adrenaline starts pumping, just like when he has a buck in his sights. […]

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Phillies pitcher Francisco Rodriguez still has the desire to return to the once-great K-Rod form

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The career of Francisco Rodriguez should have ended last July when he was released by Washington. The Nationals were the second team to dump him in three weeks. His fastball lost velocity, his pitches lacked movement, and the once-great K-Rod was humbled by double-A hitters. Rodriguez already had a World Series ring […]

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Four SWB RailRiders given non-roster spring training invites

Chance Adams, Brady Lail, Cale Coshow and J.P. Feyereisen all played key roles in getting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders back into the Governors’ Cup Finals for a second straight season. Now they’ve been rewarded. The four prospects, all of whom are not on the New York Yankees 40-man roster, received non-roster invites to the club’s big-league […]

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RailRiders’ P.J. Pilittere joining Yankees staff as assistant hitting coach

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will have — at the very least — both a new manager and hitting coach when they take the field for the season opener on April 6. With RailRiders manager Al Pedrique departing the organization to join the Oakland Athletics’ big-league staff earlier this offseason, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hitting coach P.J. Pilittere will join […]

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Jones, Thome, Guerrero, Hoffman elected to baseball Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to boost him. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both tainted by the steroids scandal, edged up but again fell far short. Jones and Thome made […]

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Edgar Martinez rockets up Hall of Fame ballot as DHs gain respect

NEW YORK — Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning. His percentage of the vote more than doubled from 2015 to last year, and he is projected to be around the 75 percent needed for election when this year’s […]

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