TAMPA – Luis Cessa continued his strong spring, delivering four innings of scoreless ball to lower his spring ERA to a stingy 0.53.

Cessa came on after Chad Green allowed one run in the first inning, as the Yankees experiment with the use of an “opener” for certain starters.

Gary Sánchez started to look like the hitter the Yankees know and love, turning around two high fastballs for RBI doubles in his first two plate appearances.

Aaron Judge recorded his first single of the Grapefruit League schedule, scoring Brett Gardner (who walked and stole second). Giancarlo Stanton added an RBI double to score Judge.

Billy Burns singled off lefty Jalen Beeks, and Greg Bird obliterated a ball over the bleachers to the bar in right field off the lefty to cap the Yankees scoring.

Notes:

  • The opener experiment will continue tomorrow as Jonathan Holder is listed as the starter against the Astros in West Palm Beach. Coincidentally, Domingo Germán is lined up to pitch as well. The Yankees are seeing if they can give their young guys any advantage as they aim to fill in for Luis Severino and CC Sabathia.
  • Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list after an MRI revealed inflammation from a right shoulder impingement. Brian Cashman told reporters that Betances had his offseason program derailed because of the birth of his son, and that Betances might have injured himself attempting to catch up. He’ll take 3-5 days off plus anti-inflammatories before beginning his throwing again.
  • Gio González arrived to Yankees camp to take his physical. He agreed to a minor-league contract that will be worth $3 million should he be promoted to the majors. He’ll make $300K per start if promoted. He has the option to request his release if not promoted to the majors by April 20.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury was spotted throwing on a back field at Yankees camp. He looks understandably rusty since he hasn’t played in a professional baseball game since March 2018. He did not give a timetable on when he would be able to contribute to the team.
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