New York Yankees Opening Day preview

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will undergo surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his right ankle and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, Jack Curry of YES Network reported Monday.

And if he needs any reminders, he'll have Stanton to lean on.

The prized slugger, acquired in a December trade with the Miami Marlins, hit a two-run home run off the Blue Jays' J.A. Happ in his first at-bat with his new team. The Yankees have paid penalties of $341 million over the last 15 years. "Don't try to compare numbers or compare where you were at this point of a year ago". If players know you care for them, they'll work and give you all they've got. Not worry about those side expectations or the sophomore slump or whatever you want to call it. "At certain stations at Yankee Stadium they have a machine that will allow you to put the Yankees players' faces on the beer".

Tyler Austin, who had been slated to start the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will likely get the bulk of the time at first base in Bird's absence. The Yankees rose to third the following year and topped the major leagues from 1994-97 and 1999-2013, interrupted by a season in which Baltimore finished $207,000 ahead.

"No doubt the buzz from the winter and coming into the spring is a lot louder and more positive, and that's our job", he said one spring morning.

But he hasn't had to deal with any issues yet. It will be about whether Bird can stay healthy, whether the somewhat under-the-radar rotation can be as solid as it was last season and, of course, just how devastating a lineup featuring Judge, Stanton and Gary Sanchez can be.

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Stanton insisted he won't change during those times. "You don't worry about "What if I do this, what if this guy throws me this, what if I have a bad series here?' All those 'what ifs" are basically concrete". With Brett Gardner reaching first base due to an error, the next batter, Aaron Judge, struck out.

Late in spring training, Yankees manager Aaron Boone had Judge hit leadoff against a left-handed starter, which he said he was considering doing during the regular season.

"We feel like he's a really good player", Boone said.

"I've been in Oakland most of my career".

"I'm getting excited that the season is underway", Tanaka said.

Marcus Markley Thames (born March 6, 1977) is a former Major League outfielder and designated hitter; he played for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002 through 2011.

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