Yankees have rookie star of their own

Yankees have rookie star of their own

Only one of them is a freak, in the kindest sense of the word. Only one of them evokes comparisons to Babe Ruth, though the other one has put himself alongside some pretty cool names. Yet no matter what happens in the…

Tanaka has bigger concern than upcoming showdown vs. Ohtani

Tanaka has bigger concern than upcoming showdown vs. Ohtani

ARLINGTON, Texas — When Masahiro Tanaka takes the Yankee Stadium mound Sunday afternoon, he will throw the first pitch against the Angels and start a game that is getting a lot of attention. While Tanaka won’t face two-way stud Shohei Ohtani in…

This was the bad Shohei Ohtani

This was the bad Shohei Ohtani

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand nine days ago during his second start for the Angels. The rookie right-hander thought it had healed enough for him to pitch effectively when he took…

The con is over, and Shohei Ohtani looks Ruthian

The con is over, and Shohei Ohtani looks Ruthian

Shohei Ohtani pitches, hits and apparently hustles. It feels now like all of spring training for the Japanese phenom was a sandbag, an effort to lower expectations after he arrived with about as much fanfare as any player in quite a while….

Shohei Ohtani turns down Yankees

Shohei Ohtani turns down Yankees

Aaron Boone won’t get to manage Shohei Ohtani. The two-way Japanese star gave the Yankees the impression the biggest stage in sports on the East Coast wasn’t his preference. Sunday night at Stamford’s Heights and Lights holiday festival, Brian Cashman dropped the…