5:59 PM EST, Fri March 05, 2021
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Yankees 1, Tigers 1: Pitching impresses in tied game

Yankees 1, Tigers 1: Pitching impresses in tied game

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Domingo Germán and several other fringe roster pitchers had solid days against the Tigers. For Friday’s game against the Tigers, the Yankees sent out a lineup that we could very well likely see in a regular season game at some point. Seven of the nine will probably be the regulars at their various positions, and the other two will probably have a role to play at some point. Despite that, the offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders just yet. The regulars mustered one run on four hits and two walks. However, there were still some good...
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How the Yankees won their first AL pennant

How the Yankees won their first AL pennant

Photo by FPG/ The Yankees got some, uh, help, as they clinched their first ever AL pennant. After coming up three games short the year before, the Yankees were locked in another tight AL pennant race in 1921. They trailed the Indians for most of the season before holding the lead for most of September. Then, from September 16-25, the two teams traded the lead twice and were tied on three occasions. That culminated in a series between the two where the Yankees took two of three to open up a two-game lead. Three days later after the teams played separate opponents, the...
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NYY vs. DET: LeMahieu and Judge headline strong starting lineup

NYY vs. DET: LeMahieu and Judge headline strong starting lineup

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees are running out a potential regular season lineup is today’s meeting with the Tigers. It’s a good thing that spring training games don’t count in the standings, because yesterday was a pretty brutal one for the Yankees, as they lost to the Phillies, 15-0. Today will hopefully provide some more palatable viewing as the Yankees take on the Tigers back in the friendly confines of Steinbrenner Field. In today’s game, the Yankees are running out a lineup that we could conceivably see during the regular season. Seven of the...
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This Day in Yankees History: The strangest trade in sports history

This Day in Yankees History: The strangest trade in sports history

Babe Ruth signs highest contract in baseball history; two teammates swap lives Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (March 5th) 99 Years Ago Going into his age-27 season, Yankees superstar Babe Ruth officially became the highest-paid player in baseball, signing a three-year contract worth $52,000 per season, or the modern-day...
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Yankees 2021 Season Preview: Domingo Germán

Yankees 2021 Season Preview: Domingo Germán

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It’s not clear to what extent the right-hander will be prepared to help the team’s rotation this year. Domingo German didn’t play major league baseball in 2020. He didn’t because at the end of 2019, MLB suspended him for 81 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. German served 18 games of his suspension closing out the 2019 campaign, and when COVID-19 ultimately cut last season down to 60 games, it became clear he would go close to two years with stepping between the lines at Yankee Stadium. Now, in early 2021,...
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Yankees Mailbag: Fringe roster moves, Ellsbury updates, and the next captain

Yankees Mailbag: Fringe roster moves, Ellsbury updates, and the next captain

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via The mailbag arrives to answer your questions and concerns. Good morning everyone, let’s open the mailbag up for more of your Yankees questions. Remember to send in your questions for our weekly call by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. EldestGruff asks: Given how a large number of Yankee starters will be on innings limits/skipping starts is it possible that Nick Nelson could be the good candidate for an opener? This also frees up Green for high leverage innings. I don’t hate the idea, but he’ll have to...
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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 3/5/21

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 3/5/21

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports What to expect on a Friday. Happy Friday folks. Hopefully, you’re doing better than the Yankees at the end of this week, with the team coming off an absolute drubbing at the hands of Joe Girardi and the Phillies. In any event, it’s only spring training, and as it goes with baseball, the Yankees can put yesterday’s travails behind them as they move onto their next game, this one against the Tigers. On the site today, Ryan will deliver the answers to this week’s mailbag, I will preview Domingo Germán’s 2021 season, and Matt will...
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NYY news: Aaron Boone released from the hospital

NYY news: Aaron Boone released from the hospital

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone has been released from the hospital; Gio Urshela played yesterday and reported no issues with his elbow; Domingo Germán will return to a major league mound today. ESPN | Marly Rivera Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone, who is absent from the team after undergoing surgery to receive a pacemaker on Wednesday, has been released from the hospital and is doing very well, sources told Rivera. Boone will rest for an unspecified period of time, but he is expected back with the club whenever he is deemed ready. Boone had...
Mar 4, 2021
Yankees 0, Phillies 15: Gio Urshela returns amid pitching implosion

Yankees 0, Phillies 15: Gio Urshela returns amid pitching implosion

Photo by Mark Brown/ The Yankees’ third baseman took a couple of at-bats in his first game since elbow surgery, but the Phillies were the real Bombers on Thursday. The New York Yankees suffered a blowout loss on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies, 15-0 being the final score, and their win-loss record in spring training now falls to 3-2. Matt Moore got the win and Deivi García, making his spring training debut, was saddled with the loss — though the 21-year-old did not bear the brunt of most of the damage. The game marked Gio Urshela’s return to action...
Mar 4, 2021
What is Derek Dietrich’s path to the Opening Day roster?

What is Derek Dietrich’s path to the Opening Day roster?

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Derek Dietrich is one of several players fighting for a spot on the Yankees’ bench — why might he be the best for the job? A few weeks ago, when the Yankees’ non-roster invitees were announced, one name came as a surprise to many — that of infielder Derek Dietrich — primarily because he had not been linked at all to the Yankees over the course of the winter. Despite this, Dietrich has one of the easiest paths to breaking camp on the Major League roster, particularly among those without a spot on the 40-man...
Mar 4, 2021
NYY vs. PHI: Deivi starts, Gio is back!

NYY vs. PHI: Deivi starts, Gio is back!

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Gio Urshela will bat second and play third base, and Deivi García will make his first spring start With a 3-1 record in the still-young spring training, the New York Yankees will face the Philadelphia Phillies at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, FL. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EDT. Right-hander Deivi García, who impressed over a short cameo last season with the big team, is set to make his spring debut against veteran left-hander Matt Moore. Thursday’s game will mark the return of third baseman Gio Urshela, who went under the...
Mar 4, 2021
This Day in Yankees History: Brian Cashman gets a boo-boo

This Day in Yankees History: Brian Cashman gets a boo-boo

An awkward landing from a jump for charity sends the Yankees GM to the IL, nèe DL. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (February 16) 108 Years Ago The Yankees become the...
Mar 4, 2021
As a bench piece, Brett Gardner brings speed and grinding at-bats to 2021 Yankees

As a bench piece, Brett Gardner brings speed and grinding at-bats to 2021 Yankees

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via He’s less likely to be in the starting lineup, but Gardy is unquestionably the leader of this Yankees team. As January turned into February, Gardner’s future as Yankee seemed to hang in the balance. There was the question of whether there would be space for Gardner on the roster, considering the presence of Mike Tauchman, followed by the acquisition of outfielder Greg Allen. With spring training quickly approaching and still no word on the matter from general manager Brian Cashman, it was unclear whether the team planned to...
Mar 4, 2021
Looking at the third base position in the Yankees system

Looking at the third base position in the Yankees system

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports While seemingly set at the major league level, young talents are looking to separate from the pack at third base in 2021. Over the past several years, the Yankees have focused their highest profile amateur acquisitions on players with an up the middle position profile. This has resulted in the prospects rankings for the Yankees system being chalked full of catchers, shortstops, and centerfielders. However, that does not mean that the corners of the system are void of talent or players that could play a contributing role with the Yankees...
Mar 4, 2021
PSA Podcast Ep. 118: Gardy Returns, Exhibitions Begin

PSA Podcast Ep. 118: Gardy Returns, Exhibitions Begin

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via The PSA Podcast catches up on some hot Grapefruit League action. Now that the Grapefruit League has begun, there is actually some vaguely real Yankees baseball to watch! Fully aware of the goofiness of the extremely small number of games, we talk about what we’ve liked so far from Gary Sánchez and Jameson Taillon, why Tom was correct on Gerrit Cole working with Sánchez, Clarke Schmidt’s elbow strain, and hit-by-pitch maverick Derek Dietrich popping up as a non-roster invitee. Brett Gardner also re-signed in the time since...