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Around the Empire
Newsday | Erik Boland: Greg Bird! Furthermore, Greg Bird! Chris “Not Greg Bird” Carter was initially set to start this game for the Yankees. An illness kept him sidelined, and thus Greg Bird Greg Bird’d his way into the lineup and immediately made an impact with a solo dinger to give the Yankees an early lead. So far, his shoulder seems to be a non-issue. This is probably the best news of the spring.
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Michael Pineda started yesterday’s game and showed hints of the pitcher we so desperately want him to be. It’s a sign of how good he can be when everything is working. Pineda pitched five perfect innings, striking out eight batters during his outing. That is quite substantial. It’s hard to hope that he’s turned a corner. Maybe Gary Sanchez, the catcher who is acknowledged as Gary, can work with him during the year. Who knows.
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: James Kaprielian is going to see some action this spring. Now known as the “caged bull,” Kap is set to make his debut on Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was unclear whether or not he would pitch this spring, as the Yankees are being cautious with him. Larry Rothschild and Joe Girardi think he’s ready to go though, so go he shall.
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Gleyber Torres is having himself an amazing spring. In terms of his maturity, Gleyber reminds Girardi of a young Miguel Cabrera. I mean, if Gleyber wants to hit the ball like Miguel Cabrera, I think we’d all be on board with that. Brian Cashman immediately put to rest the idea of Gleyber joining the Yankees straight out of spring training. Yes, this was a thing he had to do.