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  1. Wallace Matthews



    Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

    Notes: Yankees taking it slow with Beltran

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees played a simulated game against a mechanical pitcher on Monday, a diversion that Joe Girardi characterized as mostly an exercise in baserunning and defense. "The focus was a two-edged sword, in a sense," he said. "We wan...

    Blog | March 02, 2015
  2. Spring Training Day 10: Fake baseball

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- It's hard enough to consider early spring training games as "real"' baseball, but imagine if you will, a "practice" spring training game. That's what the Yankees are doing today, an intrasquad scrimmage, Team Gator vs. Team Goose, i...

    Blog | March 02, 2015
  3. Alex Rodriguez won't play in New York Yankees' spring opener

    Wallace Matthews

    The New York Yankees will open their exhibition season Tuesday without Alex Rodriguez in the lineup.

    Story | Conversation | March 02, 2015
  4. Notes: Warren commissioned to start opener

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- As reported by ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera on Friday, Adam Warren will be the first Yankees starter of the spring, getting the ball in the Grapefruit League opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday in Clearwater. Warren, ...

    Blog | March 01, 2015
  5. Is A-Rod ready to play? No one is saying

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- While most of the Yankees regulars were enjoying their final days at home before reporting to training camp, Alex Rodriguez was at the Yankees minor league complex taking batting practice. On the day position players reported to camp, ...

    Blog | March 01, 2015
  6. Spring Training Day 9: Pineda on the hill

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- It was only for one inning, about 20 pitches to a pair of minor leaguers, Cito Culver and Nick Noonan, but the implications were obvious: the continuing good health of Michael Pineda is essential to the Yankees' chances for success thi...

    Blog | March 01, 2015
  7. Spring notebook: Rain sets Yankees back

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The first rainout of the season came early this year, with all outdoor workouts cancelled due to a heavy downpour, and all pitchers who had been scheduled to throw live batting practice, including Michael Pineda, set down for the day. ...

    Blog | February 28, 2015
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  9. Gregorius owes A-Rod a thank you

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- In a world without Alex Rodriguez, Didi Gregorius might be the big story in Yankees camp this spring. It might be his locker that is surrounded after every workout, his BP sessions that draw the crowds, his fielding drills that are scr...

    Blog | February 28, 2015
  10. Dellin no lies: Floyd's the man

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Dellin Betances, the front-runner to become the New York Yankees' closer this season, is one of the biggest fight fans on the team, and for good reason. Not only did Betances grow up in New York in the 90s during the heyday of Mike ...

    Blog | February 28, 2015
  11. Spring Training Day 8: Washout

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- A rainy day in Tampa drove the Yankees underground this morning, leaving their clubhouse virtually empty as all the position players headed for the indoor batting cage, which is off limits to the media. They started floating in around ...

    Blog | February 28, 2015
  12. Notebook: Brendan's back. Again.

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- It was about this time last spring that Brendan Ryan felt a twinge in his neck that was expected to set him back for a couple days. He wound up not playing until May 7 with what was termed a cervical spine injury. Brendan R...

    Blog | February 27, 2015
  13. Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees practices at first base

    Wallace Matthews

    Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees practices at first base.

    Story | Conversation | February 27, 2015
  14. Spring Training Day 7: Smile for the camera

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Today was Photo Day, the day your 2015 baseball cards and yearbooks and Yankee Magazine picture spreads are born. Consequently, all the veterans were tied up this morning at the various photo stations set up around the field, making th...

    Blog | February 27, 2015
  15. CC 'excited' for Pacquiao-Mayweather

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees starter CC Sabathia is a huge fan of all sports, particularly the NBA and professional boxing, so he was especially eager to talk about the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 when I asked hi...

    Blog | February 27, 2015
  16. Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees cheered by fans at public work...

    Wallace Matthews

    In his first appearance in a New York Yankees uniform in 17 months, Alex Rodriguez was cheered when he stepped out onto the field with his teammates and he was cheered again when he came out of the dugout for batting practice about an hour later.

    Story | Conversation | February 26, 2015
  17. Spring Training Day 6: Full house

    Wallace Matthews

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees clubhouse looked like the Yankees clubhouse this morning -- minus Derek Jeter, of course -- bustling with a full compliment of 66 players and probably 166 media members, making you wonder how all these people fit in the roo...

    Blog | February 26, 2015