Found February 28, 2012 on Lady Loves Pinstripes:
With 2012 Spring Training games about to start, the question on New York Yankee fans is who are you most excited to see play this spring? Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos. Image via My answer was easy, pitching prospect Manny Banuelos. It is no secret that Banuelos has been on my radar for some time now, as I first wrote about him back in November of 2010 as being the Yankees Cheapest Cliff Lee Back-Up Plan. Why Banuelos? When I saw the 5’10 lefty last Spring Training, my immediate thought was this kid is a future ace, just read Manny Mania, Manny Rules. What was so impressive was that Banuelos clearly displayed the maturity of a Major League pitcher (read New York Finally Gets A Manny); by the way he controlled his emotions on the mound. No doubt there were flaws as he walked guys, but he remained poised when he got into jams. A native Mexican features three pitches; a mid-nineties+ fastball with remarkable movement; a wicked change-up and a curveball that need some wor...

New York Yankees: 2012 starting rotation two down and three to go

Kuroda on the mound as a Dodger. Image via Wikipedia It is no secret that the New York Yankees main focus this Spring Training is to figure out the 2012 starting pitching rotation. Up to now, skipper Joe Girardi has only confirmed the obvious, that ace CC Sabathia will be the Yankees’ Opening Day starter vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, on April 6th at Tropicana Field. Now you can add...

Jeter: Valentine 'must be bored over there'

In reaction to Valentine's criticism of his 2001 ALDS flip play at the plate, Derek Jeter thinks Bobby is just bored, so he has to stir some crap up to pass the time. ESPN New York: "I'm indifferent, really," Jeter said on Wednesday in regards to comments Valentine made regarding the famous "flip play" Jeter made at home plate against the Oakland...

Minka Kelly trading Jeter's Yankees cap for a Fez

It sounds like Derek Jeter won't need an extra toothbrush in his St. Petersburg mansion during spring training this year.  The New York Daily News reported that the New York Yankees former squeeze Minka Kelly was spotted being squired around a Hollywood club by Wilmer Valderrama— better known as the character Fez on "That '70's Show." Sources told the...

Pineda tries to get grip on off-speed pitch

TAMPA — The man who knows Michael Pineda better than any Yankees employee believes the towering right-hander has what it takes to master the changeup. “In the minor leagues in 2010 his changeup was more effective than the slider,’’ Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis told The Post yesterday via phone from...

For Swisher, seeing psychologist a no-brainer

Getting his body into optimal shape this winter was an arduous task for Nick Swisher, but the work he put into his mental game is what he’s counting on to make the biggest difference this season.

Chamberlain throws off full mound, tests elbow

New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain has thrown off a full mound for the first time in eight months after elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Joba makes first throws off full mound in rehab

Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain threw off a full mound Tuesday for the first time in eight months after elbow ligament replacement surgery.

New look has Swisher upbeat about 2012

Nick Swisher is hoping that his gains from a new training program will pay huge dividends as he enters a potential free agency season.

Valentine already taking jabs at Yankees (AP)

Bobby Valentine has only been wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform for about two weeks and he's already taking a few jabs at the archrival New York Yankees. Many thought that the outspoken manager's arrival in Boston could add even more spice to one of the most heated rivalries in professional sports, and it hasn't taken long for that to hold true.
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