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Yankees’ keys to spring training

Yankees manager Aaron Boone stands outside Yankee Stadium

Yankees manager Aaron Boone stands outside Yankee Stadium after a press conference introducing him as the new manager on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Adjusting to Aaron (Boone that is)

Spring training under Joe Girardi was run to almost military precision, the result of a comprehensive and detailed schedule mapped out by bench coach Rob Thomson, a managerial candidate who took the bench job in Philadelphia after Aaron Boone got the Yankees job. Under Girardi, if a drill was scheduled to start at 10:33 a.m., it generally started at 10:33. It is sure to be a different camp under Boone, which isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing. Just different.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Adam Warren said. “I was saying to someone in there [the clubhouse] it’s going to be weird just because I haven’t had any other manager running spring training, so not knowing what to expect. But everybody I’ve talked to that knows Aaron, and I’ve had just a few short conversations with him, he seems like a great guy.”

Divvying up the time in right

After trading for Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees arguably have the two premiere rightfielders in the game. So how Boone allocates playing time there for Stanton, the reigning NL MVP, and Aaron Judge, the AL rookie of the year who finished second in MVP voting, will start to take shape. Judge, who played in 155 games last season, 141 in right, is the better fielder of the two but neither has much experience at other positions. Stanton played 159 games last year, 149 in right. GM Brian Cashman has said the plan is for Judge and Stanton to share duties in right and also get regular work at DH, along with Gary Sanchez. Still, Cashman left open the possibility of Judge, a centerfielder in college, and/or Stanton getting work at elsewhere in the outfield so that bears watching when the Grapefruit League games begin.

Second thoughts, and third

As the roster currently stands and barring a last-minute acquisition — which can’t be ruled out — there will be competitions for the starting jobs at second and third. And two of the Yankees top prospects, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, will be front and center in those battles. Though it seems unlikely the Yankees would roll the dice with two rookies at those positions on Opening Day — utility man Tyler Wade will be in the competition mix as well veteran non-roster invitees Jace Peterson and Danny Espinosa — Cashman has said throughout the winter that possibility doesn’t scare him.

“They’ve earned the right for strong consideration, it’s as simple as that,” Cashman said.

YANKEES’

SPRING

SCHEDULE

All times p.m.

FEBRUARY

23 vs. Tigers 1:05

24 at Pirates 1:05

25 at Phillies 1:05

26 vs. Phillies 6:35

27 at Blue Jays 1:05

28 vs. Tigers 1:05

MARCH

1 at Phillies 1:05

2 vs. Braves 1:05

3 at Red Sox 1:05

4 vs. Rays 1:05

6 at Tigers 1:05

7 at Mets Port 1:05

8 vs. Phillies 1:05

9 at Braves 6:05

10 vs. Mets 1:05

11 at Marlins 1:05

12 vs. Twins 6:35

13 vs. Tigers 1:05

14 at Orioles 1:05

15 vs. Pirates 1:05

16 vs. Astros 6:35

17 at Tigers 1:05

18 vs. Marlins 1:05

19 vs. Rays 6:35

20 at Tigers 1:05

21 vs. Orioles 6:35

22 at Twins 1:05

23 vs. Red Sox 1:05

24 vs. Blue Jays 1:05

24 at Braves 1:05

25 at Rays Port 1:05

26 at Braves, in Atlanta 7:35

OPENING DAY

March 29

Yankees at Toronto, 3:37 p.m.

HOME OPENER

April 2

Rays at Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

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