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Yankees GM believes Red Sox are still AL East favorites

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Yankees GM believes Red Sox are still AL East favorites

The Yankees really outdid themselves this offseason, adding slugger Giancarlo Stanton to their already powerful batting order.

Bringing Stanton to New York is a pretty horrifying prospect for anyone in the AL East. Especially considering the Bronx Bombers already have Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, and Didi Gregorius.

Most MLB fans are already leaning toward crowning the Yankees AL East champions.

But Brian Cashman says not so fast.

The Yankees GM believes that there's still work to do in order to top the Red Sox, and rightfully so. His team is still in the early portions of spring training. 

“They’re the AL East champs, so we’re not on equal footing,” Cashman said to media on Wednesday. “We were the Wild Card. They had the title within the division last year. I don’t know if they’re putting a flag up for it or not, but they are the AL East champs, we are not. So we are not on equal footing until we take that away from them, while at the same time preventing anybody that finished behind us from surpassing us and joining the fray.

Cashman even goes on to compliment the roster moves the O's and Blue Jays have executed this offseason.

“Toronto’s done a lot of work on its roster. Baltimore is starting to make some signs. So, no, we’re not on the same ground because they are the AL East champions, and until someone takes that away from them, you’ve got to pay homage.”

Does anyone actually buy the Yanks are underdogs to the Sox? Probably not.

But Cashman wants to make sure he is respectful and wouldn't want to provide any extra motivation for Boston to feed off.

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Another Yastrzemski in the majors as Yaz' grandson gets called up by Giants

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Another Yastrzemski in the majors as Yaz' grandson gets called up by Giants

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of the Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend, has been called up to the San Francisco Giants from Triple-A Sacramento, according to multiple reports.

The younger Yastrzemski, who turns 29 in August, was hitting .316 with 12 home runs with Sacramento. The left-handed outfielder was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 after a standout college career at Vanderbilt. He played more than 700 games in the minors and was traded to the Giants before this season. San Francisco plays host to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday and Sunday before traveling to Miami to play the Marlins on Monday. 

Mike Yastrzemski's father, also Mike, played at Florida State and reached Triple-A with the White Sox from 1986-88. He died at 43 in 2004. 

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Pedroia's on-again, off-again rehab in Portland is off again, for now

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Pedroia's on-again, off-again rehab in Portland is off again, for now

After leaving the game following his second at-bat in the fourth inning Friday night, Dustin Pedroia was originally penciled back into the lineup Saturday for the Portland Sea Dogs, then was scratched about an hour later as his on-again, off-again injury rehab continues. Knee issues have essentially kept him out of major league games since 2017.

Pedroia continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Friday and appeared to suffer another setback.

The veteran second baseman "didn't feel right" when he left the game early, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora, speaking to reporters in Houston.

Per Cora, Pedroia's latest setback isn't believed to be major. Even if that's the case, the 35-year-old can't seem to go more than a few games without having issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. That's an obvious cause for concern.

Pedroia was limited to three games last season and six this season with the major league Red Sox as he continues to recover from knee surgeries he's had the past two years.

Fellow Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is also on a rehab assignment with the Sea Dogs this weekend. He went 0-for-2 with a walk Friday night and played seven innings at shortstop in a 1-0 victory over Altoona. Originally placed on the injured list since on April 6 with a scratched cornea, Holt suffered a setback later in the month with a right shoulder impingement. Red Sox left-handed reliever Brian Johnson is scheduled to make a rehab start for Portland on Sunday.

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