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Erik Boland

Boland has been the Yankees beat writer since 2009.

Mets, Yankees games rained out

A tarp covers the infield as rain delays

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Faced with an awful weather forecast, the Yankees postponed Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners. 

The game has been rescheduled for Monday, June 2 at 7:05 p.m.

There was no immediate word on how the postponement would impact the club’s rotations.

David Phelps, filling in for the suspended Michael Pineda, was scheduled to face Seattle’s Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54) Wednesday...

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Thoughts and traffic patterns from Panama

Former Yankees pitcher and Panamanian Mariano Rivera waves

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PANAMA CITY -- The people here are terrific, as are the sights, scenery and seafood. The Panama Canal is worth the visit alone, as is a trip to old Panama City.

Yankees team president Randy Levine captured it as well as anyone.

“I have to tell you, I’ve never been here and I am completely blown away how magnificent this city is and this country and how wonderful the people are,” Levine...

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Infielders creating tough decisions for Yankees' Girardi

New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez dives unsuccessfully

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VIERA, Fla. — The safe bet remains the Yankees making some kind of deal for an infielder before the end of spring training.

As for the internal infield options in camp competing for backup spots, Joe Girardi has liked what he’s seen so far.

“They’ve all played well,” Girardi said Tuesday, mentioning, Zelous Wheeler, Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna and Eduardo Nuñez. “They’ve all played...

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Boring but good so far for Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira takes batting practice at Steinbrenner Field

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VIERA, Fla. -- In a perfect world, Mark Teixeira, who went 0-for-3, would like to put his surgically repaired right wrist through the tests of a big swing and a miss and a check swing, which he hasn’t to this point.

But the way the wrist feels, he’s not concerned.

“I couldn’t be happier with how I feel right now,” the Yankees' first baseman said Tuesday. “Nothing has happened yet where...

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Yankees veterans are Panama-bound

Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter celebrate the win

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VIERA, Fla. -- The Yankees, who will play two games this weekend in Panama City held in honor of Mariano Rivera, will depart early Thursday night.

Among those scheduled to go are Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Brian McCann, David Robertson, Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Beltran, Adam Warren, John Ryan Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Jose Gil, Anna and Solarte.

Few veterans make long trips of any kind during...

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Alfonso Soriano recovered from illness

Alfonso Soriano follows through on a grand slam

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano was back at work after missing four days with the flu.

“Much better,” said the Yankees' designated hitter/outfield on Monday.

Soriano went through a light workout early Monday morning that included 15 minutes of work in the batting cage.

Of his illness, which included an inability to keep food down, Soriano described it as “pretty bad.”

“No...

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