Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Five Questions Facing the Yankees Heading into Spring Training

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Five Questions Facing the Yankees Heading into Spring Training

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As pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, Fla., this week, here are five questions surrounding the Yankees before they begin camp:

1. Who will follow Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia in the rotation?

Five starters will battle in camp for the final two rotation spots, with Luis Severino and Luis Cessa possibly rating an edge over Chad Green, Adam Warren and Bryan Mitchell. The spotlight is on Severino to show he's got what it takes as a starter.

2. What will the Opening Day lineup look like?

If manager Joe Girardi breaks up the lefties atop his order, it could be: 1. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2. Chase Headley, 3. Gary Sanchez, 4. Matt Holliday, 5. Greg Bird, 6. Starlin Castro, 7. Didi Gregorius, 8. Aaron Judge, 9. Brett Gardner.

3. Is there really a competition in right field?

Hal Steinbrenner expects Aaron Judge to be the starting right fielder, but Girardi and GM Brian Cashman have pledged an open battle between Judge and Aaron Hicks. …

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