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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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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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