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Norman Chad: After one-year hiatus, Yankees back to free spending ways

In 2013, the New York Yankees put themselves on a budget – and missed the playoffs for just the second time in 19 seasons. So, in 2014, the familiar World-Series-or-bust Yankees are back, willing to bury the budget and break the bank. Goodbye, Walmart; hello, Waldorf-Astoria.

Gardner locked up

Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a contract that adds $52 million in guaranteed money from 2015-18. The deal includes a team option for 2019 that if exercised would make the new money $62.5 million over five seasons. “It shows the level of confidence, belief and trust, and the type of player and person he is,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We’re excited to know that he’s going to be a part of this team going forward. We’re a better team with ‘Gardy’ on it, that’s the bottom line. This is a good day for him, and we believe it makes the future for us better.” Gardner, 30, who hit .273 last year with eight home runs, 52 RBIs and 24 stolen bases, agreed last month to a $5.6 million, one-year deal and would have been eligible for free agency after 2014. - AP

Tanaka throws first bullpen for Yankees

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka shed the dark business suit and put on a gray Yankees T-shirt and blue shorts. Time to get to work. After agreeing to a $155 million, seven-year contract on Jan. 22 and chartering from Tokyo to New York in a 787 for a news conference, the 25-year-old threw his first bullpen session under the watch of the Yankees. Two days before the official start of the team’s spring training workouts, Tanaka breezed through a 25-pitch bullpen session to catcher Francisco Cervelli on Thursday at New York’s minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.. “I could see his face. Looks like he wants to have fun,” Cervelli said. Tanaka threw two- and four-seam fastballs, splitters and sliders. Cervelli estimated Tanaka threw at about 60 percent strength. – Associated Press

MLB witness says he designed, administered PED program for A-Rod

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball’s key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010. Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired on CBS on Sunday night that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month to provide him with an assortment of banned drugs that included testosterone and human growth hormone.

Former Yankee, Marine pilot Coleman dies at 89

SAN DIEGO – Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, a former second baseman for the New York Yankees who interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea, died Sunday after a brief illness, the San Diego Padres said. He was 89. Coleman spent 40 years with the Padres as a broadcaster, and managed them in 1980.

Yankees say they treated Cano respectfully

 NEW YORK – The Yankees had plenty of praise for Robinson Cano, just not the money he wanted. “Bouquets. Bouquets. Bouquets. I’ll throw him bouquets all he wants,” general manager Brian Cashman said, “But I couldn’t throw him $235 million.”

Stone: Mariners going big and bold with Cano

SEATTLE – Robinson Cano is going to be a Mariner, and that’s a statement of such magnitude and improbability it must be allowed to sink in. Achieving a comfort level with the notion of Cano in Seattle might be accomplished by the time pitchers and catchers report. They said it couldn’t be done. More to the point, I said it couldn’t be done, and obviously, that assessment was dead wrong. So let’s start by giving full credit to the Mariners for having the audacity to launch a pursuit of the top player on the free-agent market. And, more important, for having the cojones to pull it off.

McCann to Yankees?

Free-agent catcher Brian McCann and the New York Yankees are about to complete a five-year deal for around $85 million, a source told the Associated Press. The contract is expected to include a vesting option for at least another year. The move would be the first major addition for the Yankees since they missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. They finished fourth in the A.L. East this past season. The Yankees made finding a catcher a priority this offseason, and McCann was the best available. The seven-time All-Star played all nine of his big-league seasons with the Atlanta Braves. – Associated Press

Jeter returns to Yankees’ lineup

Derek Jeter was dealing with plenty of emotions as he prepared for his latest return to the New York Yankees’ lineup Monday. “Excited, looking forward to it, anxious, happy,” Jeter said. “What else could you have?”

Royals add INF Carroll

The contending Kansas City Royals quickly moved to fill a gap, getting infielder Jamey Carroll in a trade with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The Twins will receive either a player to be named or cash for the 39-year-old veteran.

Cobb released from hospital

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb left the hospital and went home Sunday, one day after he was hit in the right ear by a line drive. The Rays announced during their game against Kansas City that Cobb had been released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. The team said he will be placed on the seven-day concussion list.

Pettitte earns 250th win, Yankees top M’s

SEATTLE — Andy Pettitte allowed three hits over 7 1-3 innings to earn his 250th career victory, leading the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Bonderman leads M’s past Yankees

Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay both hit two-out, two-run singles in Seattle’s four-run fourth inning, Jeremy Bonderman pitched six sharp innings to win for the first time since 2010, and the Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Friday night.

Yankees pounce on Harang, beat M’s 6-1

SEATTLE - Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot as part of New York’s six-run third inning Thursday night, and Phil Hughes took a shutout into the eighth for the Yankees in a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. New York matched its season high for runs scored in an inning, tagging Seattle starter Aaron Harang (2-6) for eight hits in the third.

Gaudin goes back to the start

Chad Gaudin found himself in an unfamiliar position Sunday afternoon. The San Francisco right-hander took the mound to start a game for the first time in over three years and tossed six strong innings to lead the Giants to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis, ending the Giants’ seven-game road skid.