Yankees spring training: YES Network broadcast schedule

With pitchers and catchers officially reporting to camp today, it's only fitting that we bring you schedule of the televised, uneventful Spring Training games.

The YES Network will televise twelve Spring Training games this year and they are as followed:

  • Friday, February 24th - Phillies - 1:00 pm ET
  • Sunday, February 26th - Blue Jays - 1:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, March 1st - Braves - 6:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, March 2nd - Orioles - 6:00 pm ET
  • Sunday, March 5th - Pirates - 1:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, March 7th - Rays - 1:00 pm ET
  • Saturday, March 11th - Tigers - 1:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, March 15th - Phillies - 6:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, March 18th - Orioles - 1:00 pm ET
  • Friday, March 24th - Phillies - 1:00 pm ET
  • Saturday, March 25th - Blue Jays - 1:00 pm ET
  • Friday, March 31st - Braves (In Atlanta) - 7:30 pm ET

More games can be seen on MLB.TV 

Unlikely for Yankees to upgrade starting pitching

After a flurry of offseason acquisitions that included designated hitter, Matt Holiday, and closer, Aroldis Champman, it is highly unlikely that the Yankees will upgrade their roster further, according to Yankees GM, Brian Cashman.

"We stay engaged in the marketplace, but I think more likely than not - 99 percent likely - we are going to be going to camp with what we have," Cashman stated in a radio interview.

Early rumors showed that the Yankees were engaged in talks with the Chicago White Sox about Jose Quintana, but after hearing Cashman's interview, it is becoming less likely that the Yankees will upgrade their starting pitching.

Alex Rodriguez to retire after 2017 season

Alex Rodriguez has revealed that he will retire from baseball after his contract expires at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Rodriguez dropped the unsurprising news to Andrew Marchand of ESPN.

After his baseball career is over, Rodriguez has expressed interest in broadcasting or even returning to the field as a coach. Many of his current and former players, as well as the media, have raved about how smart and intelligent he is about the game. Alex also worked the World Series this past year for FOX.

Notable Statistics: 

  • 687 home runs
  • 3,070 hits
  • 2,055 runs batted in

Video: Ben Gamel makes incredible catch

Ben Gamel made a beauty of a catch to rob Russell Martin of extra bases in an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Check out the best catch of the spring thus far above.

Tanaka throws two scoreless innings vs Phillies

Off to a great start this spring is Masahiro Tanaka as he threw two scoreless innings today against the Phillies, which was his first start of the year. There has been some concern about whether or not Tanaka will be ready for Opening Day after undergoing offseason surgery on his right elbow to remove bone spur. The Yankees should be feeling a little more confident about him being ready after witnessing a pain free and smooth outing from their ace today.

Tanaka used only 15 pitches to get through two innings on Sunday. He struck out two, walked one, and allowed two hits in his outing.

When asked about being ready for Opening Day, Tanaka stated "That's basically the goal. That's what I'm trying to do."

It has not yet been announced when Tanaka will make his next spring start.

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