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It’s been a difficult offseason for Yankee fans. Derek Jeter broke his ankle, but should return for Spring Training. Alex Rodriguez, who is undergoing hip surgery, will miss at least half of 2013. Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones, who combined to hit 94 home runs, signed elsewhere. Rafael Soriano, who saved 42 games, is also expected to sign elsewhere. For better or worse, the Yankees were not linked to any top free agents. The Yankee brass is committed to spending less than baseball’s $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014, so free agent spending sprees are off the table.

Brian Cashman always emphasizes the importance of keeping his ‘core’ together, so four key pieces were re-signed to team friendly deals. Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda signed one-year deals while Ichrio Suzuki signed a two-year deal. These deals should help the Yankees win in 2013, but each player is over 40-years-old and adds little value to the future of the team.

The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in baseball, but still boast some of the game’s best players. Jeter and Ichiro will set the table for Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson. CC Sabathia will be supported by Kuroda, Pettitte, and Phil Hughes in the starting rotation. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson will lock down the backend of the bullpen. This core won 95 games last season, so anything less will be a failure.

While the Yankees boast a strong core, many are questioning their complementary parts. As of today, the Yankees have not named a starting catcher or designated hitter. Cashman will not sign a free agent catcher, so expect a combination of Francisco Cervelli-Chris Stewart-Austin Romine to start. Kevin Youkilis will start at third base, but he was signed as A-Rod’s caddy. The Yankees will need Youkilis to play third base and DH, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. If Youkilis suffers another injury, will the team trust Eduardo Nunez to play third base? Nunez is currently the de-facto designated hitter, but Cashman always extends multiple Spring Training invites. The Yankees have a glutton of left handed hitters in its outfield, so expect a right handed bat to join this threesome. Remember, Marcus Thames and Raul Ibanez were signed late and played significant roles. Expect similar moves.

Going into 2013, the Yankees have a very small margin for error. The roster is primarily comprised of older players that may break down. Each AL East foe improved its roster and many are expecting the Toronto Blue Jays to win the division. However, the Yankees boasted baseball’s best run differential and have a roster full of players that have endured October battles. The Yankees continue to pour resources into scouting and player development, but don’t count them out. In terms of player development and a more cost conscious approach, the 2013 season may prove to be a transition year. That doesn’t mean the Yankees are incapable of raising another AL East flag.

After beating the Red Sox 2-1 in a series to close out the first half, the Yankees head into the All-Star break with a 52-33 mark, the best in baseball. Whoever’s backing New York with their free MLB picks has been making bank.

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The Yankees and free agent outfielder, Andruw Jones have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million plus incentives. In 190 at-bats last year, Jones crushed 13 HRs, drove in 33 runs, and posted an impressive .356 on-base percentage. Jones did the majority of his damage against lefties (.286/.384/.540) and played good defense in left and right field. 

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This was a good signing by the Yanks. Jones was a solid bat and glove off the bench and provides veteran leadership. 

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a score of 5-1. In what could have been an epic pitching duel between David Price and CC Sabathia, it was only Price that showed up ready to go. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 71-46 on the season.

A-Rod Went 2-3 with a HR in a Class-A Rehab Assignment - AP

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The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays this sunny afternoon by a score of 4-1. CC Sabathia went eight strong innings and only allowed one run. With the loss, the Yanks are now 54-37 on the season and inch closer to the Red Sox.

"Look Out!" - Ken Singleton (Abelimages/Getty Images)

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Bartolo Colon had his worst Yankee performance tonight as he gave way to eight runs (three earned) in 2/3 of an inning. Eduardo Nunez’s throwing error led to five Toronto runs. Despite the lopsided score, the Jays only out-hit the Yanks by six (20 to 14). The Yanks did get the game within two (9-7) in the sixth inning. The Yankees scored seven earned runs off of Toronto starter, Jo-Jo Reyes. Andruw Jones smacked two homers in the loss and Robinson Cano and Brett The Jet had three hits. The entire Yankee bullpen was atrocious. Meat-Tray gave up four runs, Noesi gave up two. Jose Bautista left with an injury that the Jays just can’t afford.

Just Didn't Have It Tonight

Overall, this was a write off game for the Yankees. Freddy Garcia takes the ball tomorrow night to right the ship.

Friday, 7:10 PM: Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.13 ERA) vs. Brandon Morrow (5-4, 4.06 ERA)

The New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds tonight by a score of 5-3. Ivan Nova looked downright dominant at times and earned his seventh victory of the year. With the win, the Yankees move to 42-29 on the season.

A-Rod Pokes a Single - Joe Robbins, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 7-3 this afternoon. The Yankees used some early offense and a solid outing by Freddy Garcia to solidify their series win. With the win, the Yankees move to 27-21 and maintain their division lead over the Red Sox and Rays.

Nice Hitting, Druw! - Frank Franklin II / AP

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The Chicago White Sox shut down the New York Yankees as the Sox were victorious by a score of 2-0. AJ Burnett pitched great but was unable to muster any run support. With the loss, the Yankees move to 12-7 on the season.

AJ Fires One in There (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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In the final game of their 2011 home-opening series the Yankees needed something to wash away the taste of the rainout and the disappointing loss of the last two days. And they did just that by beating the Twins, 4-3, behind good pitching and timely hitting.
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