LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Plenty of us are excited to see how well Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela have played this spring, while Stephen Drew's bat has picked up right where it left off in 2014. Brian Cashman has the cold water for our Drew-in-the-cannon dreams, pointing out how shaky the minor leaguers have seemed in the field (Refsnyder has five errors and Pirela has two).
NYTimes | Billy Witz: Buck Showalter thinks Alex Rodriguez runs too slow after slugging home runs. Other than annoying Buck Showalter (who is annoyed by everything about the Yankees, his one time employers), A-Rod has kept a remarkably low profile for a man who had the potential to derail the Yankees' entire spring training.
NYPost | George A. King III: Dellin Betances is refreshingly candid about the mechanical issues that he blames for much of his spring struggles, and that he's working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild to correct:
My leg kick was too high and I am trying to straighten up and get my direction toward home instead of flying open.
Just a Bit Outside | Zachary Levine: There will be plenty of eyes on the minor leagues this year, as pitchers and hitters cope with experimental rules and fresh enforcement of existing rules, all designed to speed up play. Some folks will talk about it as a novel experiment, but Levine runs us through some of the minor league iterations of the DH to remind us that everything old is new again.
JoeBlogs | Joe Posnanski: If you need to be reminded that the integration of baseball remains a fascinating and multi-faceted story, here's a look at a bit player named Bobby Bragan who found it changed his life.