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Did a New York Yankees Employee Tweet Vulgarities to Curt Schilling?

March 2nd, 2015 at 10:00 AM
By Michael Moraitis

Former Boston Red Sox great Curt Schilling has been busy dealing with Twitter trolls recently, and a New York Yankees employee may have been one of the trolls who was vulgar with the retired major leaguer.

It all started when Schilling tweeted a congratulations to his daughter for being accepted to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island to play softball:

Following that tweet, the trolls came rolling in and started saying horrible things to his daughter, Gabby, that were unacceptable in any setting regardless of the man's baseball allegiance.

The tweets from these clowns themselves no longer exist as both accounts below were deleted, but Schilling saved the screenshots (WARNING: the article is NSFW from this point on):

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How New York Yankees Should Handle Dellin Betances-Andrew Miller Dynamic in 2015

March 2nd, 2015 at 8:00 AM
By Michael Moraitis

Barring him having a horrible spring, the New York Yankees should go with Dellin Betances as their closer, leaving fellow reliever Andrew Miller in the setup role.

Coming into spring training, the Yankees don't have a definite answer for who their closer will be. Instead, a competition will take place between Betances and Miller for the job.

Of course, the Yankees know Betances well after a historically good season in 2014. The 26-year-old flamethrower pitched to a stellar 1.40 ERA in 70 appearances (90 innings pitched), with a sick 13.5 K/9.

Betances thrived in the setup role for New York, as well as getting out of jams in earlier innings, and it is believed he is the next in line to take over for the departed David Robertson, who signed a deal with the Chicago White Sox during the offseason.

The Yankees signed Miller to a four-year, $36 million deal in the offseason to help fill the void in the back-end of their bullpen. The left-hander was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball while with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles last season, posting a 2.02 combined ERA in 73 appearances.

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New York Yankees Confirm 2 Starters, Prospects Who Will Pitch in 1st Spring Games

March 1st, 2015 at 5:42 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have announced who they will be sending out to the mound for the first spring training games of the season, which include some of the organization's top prospects.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the plan is for Adam Warren to take the mound on Tuesday in the spring opener, with top prospects Luis Severino and Jacob Lindgren also expected to take the ball:

We heard rumblings earlier in week about Warren being the starter for the first spring training game the Yankees will play, as was first reported by Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes. Warren has spent his time in the majors as a reliever and will be looking to transition back into a starter.

The surprise is that Yankees fans will be able to get a glimpse at two of the most prized prospects in the farm in Severino and Lindgren. Both have posted impressive numbers in the minors, but it's Severino who is touted as the Yanks' top prospect, so there will be extra buzz about his appearance.

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New York Yankees’ Didi Gregorius Won’t Platoon Despite Trouble with Lefties

March 1st, 2015 at 3:30 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Despite his past problems facing left-handed pitching, New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will be an everyday player to start the 2015 Major League Baseball season.

The left-handed bat of Gregorius struggled mightily in the average department last season, hitting to a .226 combined average. He was even worse against left-handed pitching, posting a dreadful .137 average with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

Manager Joe Girardi made it clear he has no intentions of hiding the 25-year-old against lefties just because he has struggled in the past, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

Joe Girardi’s plan for making Gregorius feel more comfortable against lefthanders?

“I’m just going to play him,” Girardi said, squashing any initial ideas of a platoon at shortstop. “You let him face lefties.”

The Yankees will be as patient as they can be with Gregorius, who is trying to do the impossible and take the reins at shortstop for the retired Derek Jeter. There will be an adjustment period for the youngster that will buy him time, but you can't imagine Gregorius will have too long to figure things out.

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Andrew Miller Took Less Money to Play for New York Yankees Over Houston Astros

March 1st, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Michael Moraitis

It wasn't by a whole lot, but New York Yankees reliever Andrew Miller took less money to go to the Bronx as opposed to taking the more lucrative deal with a rebuilding Houston Astros team.

The difference in total salary was "only" about $4 million; although in reality Miller will be taxed heavier in New York, so the difference in salary is likely more than that.

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe has the details on who was interested in Miller:

Miller said he turned down more money from the Astros (four years, $40 million), and that the Red Sox made an excellent offer, but the Yankees’ situation was too good to pass up. Now he waits to find out his role.

“I had more questions about Houston,” he said. “It’s going to be fun to watch them. But there aren’t too many questions about teams like the Yankees and Red Sox. [Former Red Sox coach] Gary Tuck was here. I knew guys here [ Jacoby Ellsbury, Bailey] and did some background work.”

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