Picture(s) of the Day: Yankee Stadium transformed

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About a month ago, we saw what Yankee Stadium looked like for the Pinstripe Bowl, so it only makes sense that we check in on the place now that it’s set to host the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils tomorrow in the NHL’s Stadium Series. Here’s a couple of cool shots, courtesy of Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record and John Giannone of MSG Network:

You can catch the game on NBC tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET. The expected high temperature is 18 degrees and the wind chill will make it feel just above zero. Baseball, please get here soon.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.