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Yankees' prospect watch

Dellin Betances delivers a pitch in the eighth

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So far the Yankees have had four players among the organization’s more notable prospects play in spring training games.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Dellin Betances, RHP

Betances has been electric since converting to a full-time relief role last season. In four games this spring, he’s pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out five.

Mark...

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Derek Jeter gets first hits of spring training

Derek Jeter, right, hits a single in front

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The Captain is on board!

Derek Jeter picked up his first hit of spring training on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. And it was in typical Jeter fashion. Facing Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick with a full count and one out in the top of the third, Jeter hit a ground ball through the 5-6 hole into leftfield.

Jeter was 0-for-10 before that at-bat and added a double in the...

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Donnie, Doggie and the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sprays on

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Most of the time when we throw a Chris "Mad Dog" Russo blog post at you with embedded audio, it's because he's going off on one of his classic rants.

This time, that's not the case. But it's "Mad Dog" talking baseball with Don Mattingly about the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the moment.

Mattingly addressed Matt Kemp's health, all things Yasiel Puig and more. The audio is embedded...

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Paul Olden and Alex Anthony announce new Yankees, Mets players

Yankees announcer Paul Olden is shown in the

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Why wait until Opening Day to finally here the Yankees and Mets new additions announced as part of the team's lineup?

MLB Network has you covered.

The network taped a series of promo spots featuring Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden and Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony.

Olden announces new additions Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Anthony announced...

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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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Ike Davis says he didn't mention oblique injury during most of 2013

Ike Davis strikes out in the eighth inning

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First baseman and trade candidate Ike Davis did not tell the Mets about an oblique injury he had during his poor 2013 season because "the timing was bad," he told the New York Post on Sunday.

But he walked back the severity of the injury during an agitated interview session with reporters on Monday morning.

Several reports indicated a loud discussion between Davis and the Post reporter ...

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Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized for Cano comments

Robinson Cano, center, is helped into his new

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New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is sticking up for his $240 million man.

Seattle's skipper criticized Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for opinions he expressed about Robinson Cano not always hustling to first base on ground balls. Cano was once one of Long’s prized pupils, but the second baseman left the Bronx for Seattle – and a megadeal – in December.

“Last time I checked, I...

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Derek Jeter could get 'relief' at shortstop in late innings

Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan tosses the ball to

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When the Yankees have a lead in the ninth inning this season, David Robertson probably will be the one trotting in from the bullpen for the save.

But before that, Brendan Ryan might be jogging out from the dugout in the eighth inning -- to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop for defense in the captain’s final season.

Ryan said as much at a recent public appearance in Connecticut when he...

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What's next for Derek Jeter after retirement?

Derek Jeter attends the Derek Jeter Driven Rush

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What's next for Derek Jeter? Here's a look at some possibilities in decreasing order of likelihood:

Businessman: Jeter announced in November that he is starting a book publishing house, Jeter Publishing, in partnership with Simon & Schuster. The first titles are expected to be released this year. Jeter also owns three Derek Jeter Signature 24 Hour Fitness gyms in Manhattan.

Philanthropist:...

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Yankees, Marlins to play in Panama this spring

Mariano Rivera promotes New Era baseball caps featuring

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The Yankees and Miami Marlins will play a two-game exhibition series in Panama in March to celebrate the legacy of Mariano Rivera and bring Major League Baseball to the country for the first time since 1947.

The “Legend Series,” a revival of the 2003 World Series, will be played March 15-16 at Panama City’s Rod Carew Stadium. The games will honor the newly retired Yankees closer, who will...

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