On-Base Perception

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Francisco Cervelli in an odd position

Yankees' catcher Francisco Cervelli after batting practice on

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Mark Teixeira's stay on the disabled list has forced Joe Girardi into a peculiar position: forcing Francisco Cervelli into a peculiar position.

Cervelli has played all but six of his 202 major league games at catcher, spending four games (five innings) at third base and two games (three innings) at second base in odd, emergency situations. In 310 minor league games, Cervelli played 309 games...

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Yankees record in home openers

The teams line up for opening ceremonies during

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The Yankees have called five different stadiums home since 1903.

Here's a look at the franchise has performed historically in the home opener for each stadium. Stadium Years Record Yankee Stadium 2009-14 4-2 Original Yankee Stadium 1923-73, '76-2008 58-26 Shea Stadium 1974-75 1-1 Polo Grounds 1913-22 5-5 Hilltop Park 1903-12 6-3-1   Total   74-37-1 ...

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The Buck Showalter quotes on Derek Jeter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter walks back to the

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Buck Showalter manages the Baltimore Orioles now, but way back when Derek Jeter first came up to the majors in 1995, Showalter was his Yankees manager.

Here's some of what Showalter told reporters Monday as his Orioles were the visiting team to Yankee Stadium for Jeter's final home opener.

Did he envision a 20-year career for Jeter?

“That’s what I thought. If you go back and check...

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Derek Jeter passes Paul Molitor, moves into eighth place on all-time hits list

Derek Jeter, right, talks with Yankees first base

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Derek Jeter's making sure he goes out with a bang.

Jeter passed Paul Molitor to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list with a single to rightfield in the fourth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. It was his 3,320th hit of his career. Jeter tied Molitor earlier in the game with another single to right.

Watch Jeter's historic hit below:

Your...

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Matt Harvey and Adam Warren used to be teammates

Adam Warren, left, and Matt Harvey, right, during

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Alabama-born and North Carolina-educated, Adam Warren looks straight ahead and flashes that friendly Southern smile.

Matt Harvey, the Connecticut kid, sits expressionless, his body slightly tilted, as though he’s in a hurry to get somewhere else.

The description of Warren could come from the Yankees clubhouse where the righthander has weathered some bumps to put himself in contention...

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CC Sabathia's Opening Day woes continue

CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against the Houston

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It's safe to say that CC Sabathia doesn't usually have his best day on Opening Day.

The Yankees lefty was shelled by the Astros on Opening Day Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits in six innings in a 6-2 loss.

Sabathia, who has started every Opening Day for the Yankees since joining the team in 2009, has historically done poorly in the season opener. Here's how he's fared...

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Yankees DFA Eduardo Nunez to make room for Yangervis Solarte

Eduardo Nunez of the Yankees runs home to

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Eduardo Nunez has gone from being the Yankees' starting shortstop in 2013 to out of a job in 2014.

The Yankees designated Nunez for assignment on Tuesday, days after the 26-year old shortstop lost the utility infielder job to Yangervis Solarte in spring training.

Nunez played 69 games at shortstop and 14 games at third base in 2013 while Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez rehabbed injuries....

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Derek Jeter's notable 'firsts'

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waits for the ball

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In what will be a season of "lasts" for Derek Jeter, these are some of his notable "firsts":

Game: At Seattle, May 29, 1995, batted ninth, was 0-for-5 with a strikeout. Yankees lost, 8-7.

At-bat: Flied to short rightfield in third inning on an 0-and-2 pitch from Rafael Carmona.

Hit: The next night, May 30, 1995, fifth inning-single to leftfield off Tim Belcher.

Run: In that...

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Yankees' Willie Randolph photobombs Joe Girardi

Former Major League player and manager Willie Randolph

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Willie Randolph turned in the performance of Yankees spring training on Tuesday night.

The Yankees' bench coach photobombed manager Joe Girardi's in-game TV interview on Tuesday night aganst the Blue Jays.

Everything about it was flawless -- the way Randolph sneaks up behind Girardi without anybody noticing, the face he makes and the way he slinks back as if he didn't just photobomb...

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Bee swarm delayed Yankees-Red Sox spring training game

Members of the field crew spray a swarm

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There's usually a good amount of buzz every time the Yankees and the Red Sox play each other, but Tuesday's spring training game between the two had a lot more than usual.

A swarm of bees in left field delayed Tuesday's game at George M. Steinbrenner Field in the bottom of the third inning. Play resumed after the grounds crew sprayed the swarm away, though Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira...

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