Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (left hand contusion) will not play this evening against the Brooklyn Nets.
.@AChapman_105 junto a José Contreras en el primer juego de primavera de los Yankees.
Gary Sánchez firmando autógrafos en Tampa.
A half-decade since Linsanity, we're still figuring out how to talk about the game's most influential Asian American player.
An embarrassment of riches in the infield: Xander Bogaerts told me he will play 3B for the Netherlands and Didi Gregorius will DH. Andrelton Simmons will be at SS. When asked who's playing second base, he said Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar had to figure it out.
Picture sent to ESPN - Yankees prospects dinner, hosted by instructor Alex Rodríguez: (L to R) – Clint Frazier, Rob Refsnyder, Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo, [A-Rod], Miguel Andújar, Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade, Dustin Fowler, and Gary Sánchez
Aaron Judge's fifth-inning home run Friday against the Phillies was calculated at 449 feet. Judge hit the longest home run by a New York Yankees player last season -- a 457 footer on the fourth pitch he saw in his August debut.
Potential Yankee starting RF Aaron Judge taking cuts. The last swing ended with the ball going over the right center wall.
Alex Rodriguez instructing during his final day in camp. Actually, he is just talking to bench coach Rob Thompson. It is his final day, though.
Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury haven't stolen as many bases in recent years. Gardner said that pitchers are quicker to the plate and there are no more "gimmes." Still, Gardner said they need to be more aggressive.
The Yankees Dellin Betances said he had an offer to play from Joe Torre to play for the United States in the WBC, but chose the Dominican Republic to honor his parents.
Masahiro Tanaka vs. Yankee newcomer Chris Carter
Bobby Bonilla turns 54 today. As part of a deferred compensation deal for the 2000 season, the Mets will pay him $1.19 million a year through his 72nd birthday.
Chad Ford updates his mock for the 2017 NBA draft after deadline deals, with new picks for the Lakers, Kings, Blazers, Nets and more teams.
Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, who had an intentional walk called-off by manager Joe Girardi in July of last year after he threw a ball that sailed over catcher Brian McCann's head and hit the backstop, told me this about implementing dugout signals for intentional walks: "I had an issue with that last year, where I overthrew the ball [vs. Brandon Crawford on July 23, 2016] and the other team could've scored. So it does make it easier in those terms. It avoids those situations, but it does take away a little drama."
$153M man Jacoby Ellsbury says he plans on talking to Joe Girardi about the manager's thoughts on possibly batting either Brett Garner or Ellsbury toward the bottom of the order.
An interesting idea to speed up the game from Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Borrowing from the NFL, Girardi said he would have small listening devices for batters to receive signs. For pitchers and catchers, they could use them to change signals.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holliday, Chris Carter, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley were hitting in the batting cages inside the Yankees complex. A Yankees coach said Ellsbury's swing "already looks better than last year".
Lanzando en el bullpen por los Yankees, Luis Cessa, Michael Pineda, Bryan Mitchell y Tyler Clippard.
Interesting perspective from Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka on implementing a dugout signal for intentional walks: "Perhaps it will take away some of the drama out of baseball. But, if you are just talking from the standpoint of a pitcher, it's an advantage because there is no chance of the ball being overthrown over the catcher's head or anything like that. Also, last year, Gary Sánchez almost hit a home run off an intentional walk, so it avoids that situation too. But also, intentional walks are something that can throw a pitcher off rhythm a little bit. When you are pitching out, the balls that you are throwing are light tosses. And then all of a sudden you have to go back into the game and throw 100 percent to the next batter. So perhaps not having to do that will keep you in rhythm."
Derek Jeter had his captain's dinner with Yankees prospects last night, "He was everything I thought Derek Jeter would be," prospect Justus Sheffield said.
Rainy day in Tampa limiting Yankees to workout indoors today.
El futuro de los Yankees: Jorge Mateo, Gleyber Torres y Miguel Andújar.
"The Diary of Myles Thomas" is an experiment in storytelling, a genre we're calling real-time historical fiction. Experience the Roaring Twenties through the eyes of a mediocre pitcher on the greatest baseball team of all time.