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Alex Rodriguez returns to Yankees as special advisor


Former Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez is officially returning to New York in 2018, albeit not to join a lineup stacked with Baby Bombers.’s Bryan Hoch reports that A-Rod has been kept on as a special advisor to the team, a role he first accepted after his retirement in 2016.

The three-time MVP and 14-time All-Star originally assisted managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner during his post-retirement gig with the club in 2016 and 2017, but is expected to report to GM Brian Cashman this season. He will be joined by former players Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher.

“These are exciting times for the New York Yankees, and I do not take this opportunity for granted,” Rodriguez said in a statement Sunday. “I am genuinely thankful for the trust the organization has placed in me, and I am looking forward to lending whatever support or expertise is needed of me. I continue to cherish The Pinstripes, the fans and my involvement with the Steinbrenner family, Brian Cashman, and his world-class staff.”

In addition to his new responsibilities with the team, Rodriguez will join the Sunday Night Baseball crew at ESPN and continue his work as an analyst for FOX Sports. He’s expected to make an appearance during spring training sometime this month, though an official date has yet to be announced.

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.