On-Base Perception

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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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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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Carlos Beltran. In cat face paint. On a rollercoaster.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran speaks to the media during

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Carlos Beltran is apparently not a scaredy cat when it comes to riding roller coasters.

The Yankees right fielder donned cat face paint while riding a rollercoaster with his family. Better yet? He took an Instagram video of it.

There's a joke in here somewhere comparing nine lives to nine innings, or saying that Beltran may not be as "frisky" in the outfield as he once was, but I'll...

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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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Long Island MLB prospect watch

Marcus Stroman fields a ground ball at the

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There are currently seven different prospects with roots on Long Island in major league camps this spring training.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays

 

Stroman, 22, was born in Medford and selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 draft out of Duke University (he was also drafted out of Patchogue-Medford High School but chose not to...

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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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