Giancarlo Stanton has no fear of the New York City spotlight

TAMPA — Giancarlo Stanton is ready to leave the palm trees behind and embark on a trip like no other he has ever taken: into the belly of New York as a superstar Yankee.He isn’t the first and won’t be the last star to land in the media capital of

That other power record the Yankees can smash

TAMPA — Power followed by more power followed by yet more power. It almost does not matter how Aaron Boone lines them up, he will have muscular results. The possibility exists, in fact, to break records.No, not with homers, though a lineup with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton plus Gary

Aaron Boone hints Yankees could have two second basemen

TAMPA — With less than two weeks left before Opening Day, Neil Walker finally made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday night, starting at first base with the Yankees hosting the Astros at Steinbrenner Field.Before Walker’s debut, manager Aaron Boone said he wants to take advantage of the versatility of

Yankees’ plan to help Gary Sanchez limit mound visits revealed

Last Thursday, Gary Sanchez used a wristband during a spring training game for the first time.It was a concept the Yankees discussed last year in an attempt to offset sign-stealing and limit the number of times Sanchez had to stop action to go to the mound during innings. But never

Megyn Kelly tickets draw more than Yankees box seats at auction

The charity auction for a meet-and-greet to watch Megyn Kelly on her NBC morning show ended up outdrawing box seats at Yankee Stadium provided by YES to watch Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.Megyn drew a $3,000 bid, submitted by bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly — but admittedly had home-field advantage,

Giancarlo Stanton prediction from someone who knows best

TAMPA — Donnie Baseball knows what it takes to be a star in New York, and he managed the star Giancarlo Stanton the two previous years with the Marlins.Yes, Don Mattingly knows what is expected from the player and the city, and he is expecting nothing but success for the

Inside the Yankees-Red Sox London debut MLB really wants

TAMPA — Big Ben is about to get some big baseball company in big Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and a regular-season series between the Yankees and their biggest rival, the Red Sox, if the timing and details can be worked out.According to The Post’s Joel Sherman, MLB is hopeful of

Yankees’ Opening Day lineup beginning to take shape

LAKELAND, Fla. — At 9:30 Tuesday morning the Blue Jays hadn’t named an Opening Day starter to face the Yankees on March 29 in Toronto, so Aaron Boone wasn’t ready to offer a glimpse of what his lineup will look like.Not long after Boone left his office at George M.

Rising Yankees prospect wins a job, but which one?

LAKELAND, Fla. — Inside the Yankees’ organization, Tyler Wade had a chance to grab an Opening Day roster spot despite competing with stud prospect Gleyber Torres.Early in camp, it was apparent Torres would need more time at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow last June

A meaningless Aaron Judge game reveals how all-in these Yankees are

TAMPA — There was 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge at the Yankees minor league complex Saturday afternoon standing in left on Derek Jeter Field, a spot he has not played in the majors and only seven games in the minors.He was getting in five innings of action for Single-A Tampa against Phillies

Miguel Andujar’s spring run is over in tough Yankees cut-down day

The kids will have to wait.It appears Miguel Andujar will not be the Yankees’ Opening Day third baseman, as the 23-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, clearing the way for Brandon Drury to claim the spot.Andujar started spring training on a tear and finished batting .262 with four

Greg Bird is starting to quiet some whispering scouts

TAMPA — As the games that don’t count moved toward the ones that do, the buzz from the scouts who follow the Yankees was interesting.“It doesn’t look like he is confident,” one said.“He is not being very aggressive,” said another.Since the subject was Greg Bird, a lefty-swinging first baseman who

Giancarlo Stanton-Aaron Judge left field situation gains clarity

LAKELAND, Fla. — Since Giancarlo Stanton has played left field in exhibition games and Aaron Judge has five innings of a minor league game at the position (on Saturday), it sounds as if Boone will be using Stanton in left on the days the manager wants to rest Brett Gardner

Why Aaron Boone is so effusive about Gary Sanchez’s defense

TAMPA — There’s never been a question about Gary Sanchez’s offense.So when he appeared to be in midseason form Thursday, belting a homer to the opposite field in the third and a double to right-center an inning later in a 9-5 win over the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field,

Why Yankees aren’t panicking over Jacoby Ellsbury uncertainty

LAKELAND, Fla. — If Jacoby Ellsbury starts the season on the disabled list or wearing another uniform, it doesn’t mean the Yankees will take another outfielder to fill the roster spot.“Not necessarily,’’ Aaron Boone said prior to Saturday’s 9-3 loss to the Tigers at Publix Field. “It’s something we will

Aaron Boone names the Yankees’ Opening Day starter

LAKELAND, Fla. — Severino Time arrives March 29 in Toronto.Aaron Boone on Saturday announced the 24-year-old right-hander is the Yankees’ Opening Day starter against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.“I just felt like it’s his time for it,’’ Boone said of Severino getting the prestigious assignment. “What he was able

Derek Jeter gets first taste of reality as Yankees adversary

JUPITER, Fla. — In one rather significant way, this had to feel like Groundhog Day for the Marlins’ new CEO. How many times, after all, has he heard the “DER-ek JE-ter” chant?Upon hearing this at the start of Sunday’s Yankees-Marlins game — a sellout thanks primarily to the transplanted and

Diamondbacks think Yankees traded for the right guy again

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Diamondbacks have had infield depth — and that is why the Yankees have their starting left side of the infield.In December 2014 — as part of a three-team trade also involving the Tigers — Didi Gregorius was sent from the Diamondbacks to the Yankees.At that time,

Neil Walker’s focus is on future with Yanks, not past Mets drama

TAMPA — He played two positions and batted from two sides of the plate while playing for three teams on two different fields.Welcome to Neil Walker’s rush-job spring training. Welcome to life after escaping free-agency hell.The second baseman’s long, strange trip isn’t quite over yet, even after the Yankees threw

Aaron Judge has begun recruiting Manny Machado to Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Yankees got their first spring-training look at potential free-agent target Manny Machado on Wednesday.And Aaron Judge said he took the opportunity to make his pitch to the Baltimore third baseman-turned-shortstop, who is due to become one of the top two free-agent bats next offseason.“I told him

The Yankees give Gleyber Torres the bad news

TAMPA  — Gleyber Torres’ slim hopes of making the Opening Day roster for the Yankees vanished Tuesday, when he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following a 2-2 tie against the Tigers.Torres went 1-for-2 with a walk at Steinbrenner Field and is now 4-for-25 in 11 games this spring.The 21-year-old is

MLB’s slap on wrist shouldn’t change affable Aaron Judge

TAMPA — Aaron Judge proved last year he can take a punch. How will he handle a slap on the wrist?Here’s hoping he reacts similarly.The cheery Yankees slugger found himself in the unprecedented position Thursday morning, at George M. Steinbrenner Field, of offering a mea culpa for his misdemeanor of

Didi Gregorius feels the looming Manny Machado threat

TAMPA — Didi Gregorius was well aware of Manny Machado’s impending free agency even before it gained national attention, when Aaron Judge told the Orioles’ shortstop that he would “look good in pinstripes.”And while many expect the Yankees to make a serious run at Machado following this season, it can

Aaron Boone momentarily forgot to put a pitcher in the game

TAMPA — Among the questions Aaron Boone faced when he was hired despite never having coached or managed was how he would handle game situations in the moment.On Saturday, he had his first slip-up.After Dellin Betances pitched the fourth inning, Adam Warren was scheduled to replace him to start the

Yankees youngsters were never going to carry them all the way

TAMPA — Tough spring training for the Baby Bombers.Good spring training for the Yankees.You love your young pinstriped guys, the more homegrown the better, for good reason. You monitor their development and celebrate their arrival in The Bronx.Nevertheless, it’s indisputable that, with Monday’s signing of Neil Walker, the Yankees will

The only thing that remains from Giancarlo Stanton’s moment of terror

TAMPA — There was an unusual sight when Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate for the first time on Saturday against the Mets’ Matt Harvey: the face guard Stanton has worn since getting drilled in the face four years ago was absent.But Stanton wasn’t trying to see how he felt

Yankees stud prospect learning the hard lessons at 1st MLB camp

TAMPA — This, late Tuesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, represented why Estevan Florial belongs in the Yankees’ major league camp.This, when the 20-year-old committed what could have been a game-losing gaffe and failed to drive in what would have been the game-winning run.“A good teaching moment there,” said

What if Robinson Cano never left the Yankees?

PEORIA, Ariz. — In an alternate universe, the Yankees bend and Robinson Cano bends and maybe — just maybe — they meet in the middle of the 10 years he was demanding and the seven years the team was willing to consider, and rather than leave, he stays after the

Why the Astros look a lot like the most recent Yankees dynasty

They played in three stadiums and three divisions under two different names and two different leagues. In their first 55 seasons, the Astros went a lot of places, but never to the top of the sport.Yet, perhaps as well as anyone since the 1998-2000 Yankees last did it, these Astros