Yankees News and Note: Wait 'Til Next Year?

April 6, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) reacts as he walks off the field after pitching the ninth inning and losing against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 season is only one game old and already Michael Pineda knows what he is going to do differently next season. In the meantime, the right hander has begun a rehab program that he hopes will lead him back to the Bronx by May.

Do the Yankees have a contingency plan for life after Mariano Rivera? After the immortal closer blew an Opening Day save, the usual suspects are already wondering if this is the year Rivera finally shows his age.

So much for Spring Training? After struggling for most of the exhibition season, Raul Ibanez started his Yankees' career with a bang, belting a three run homer and becoming only the second player in franchise history to debut with 4 RBIs (joining Roger Maris).

The Yankees have "owned" New York for quite some time now, but is the gulf between the Bronx Bombers and their rivals in Flushing wider than ever?

Fangraph's finished counting down the best organizations in baseball and the Yankees' topped the list for the third consecutive season.

Peanuts and crackerjacks may be a baseball tradition, but for the millions of Americans who suffer from an allergy, the pervasiveness of these snacks at the ballpark has forced them to stay away. In response to this growing concern, the Yankees will be offering peanut-free seating in 2012.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (or whatever they're being called these days) Yankees lost their second straight game to start the AAA season, but the strong debut by Dellin Betances overshadowed the defeat. In five innings, the tall right hander allowed two runs and four hits, while striking out six and only walking one. Betances also hit 95 mph on the radar gun.

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