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You Can Never Have Too Much Pitching: Weekend Yankees Links

  • Michael Pineda‘s velocity is coming back, though it still isn’t at the place it was last season. Brian Cashman was asked about it today during an interview with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, and said he isn’t particularly worried about Pineda’s V-lo. (Yes, Cashman actually said “V-lo.”) Joe Girardi is obviously not concerned either – he’s looking for 200 innings out of Pineda this season.
  • We saw good things on the mound(s) today during the Yankees’ split squad games. Phil Hughes pitched three strong innings against the Twins. CC Sabathia also went three innings in his start against the Phillies, and Mariano Rivera retired the side in order during his first appearance of the spring.
  • Randy Levine noted that even though the Yankees will be shedding a considerable amount of payroll before 2014, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson will be part of the team’s long-term plan. That’s not really a surprise about Cano, given that he is a homegrown Yankees star cut from the same cloth as guys like Jeter, Rivera, and Jorge Posada. Granderson, however, isn’t a guaranteed lock for the Yankees in the future despite his career year last season and retooled swing, so it’s good to hear that the Yankees see him as a long-term guy.

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