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Aaron Boone is not about to let Aaron Hicks be a secret weapon

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Aaron Boone may have a secret weapon, but he doesn't plan to keep it secret. The Yankees boss did not hesitate to make a point about his centerfielder before Saturday's show opener against the Red Sox. "I think Aaron Hicks might be the most underrated player in the game. He is such a valuable player who plays a top position," says Boone before talking about switch-hiters' plate discipline. "Just about our guys control the strike zone is he probably the poster child for that. And the power to beat with power and the speed he takes with him. He is really a complete player. He has come in on his own in recent years. We want to see him healthy and when that happens we know he is an elite player. & # 39; & # 39; Hicks, who went 1 -on-2 with a double in Saturday's 8-5 loss, had no answer to Boone's complement. "I have nothing to say. I do not know how to answer it," says Hicks, who can be a free agent after the season. MLB's 20-second climb clock used for the Yankees first spring training game received all the attention of a "Do Not Disturb" sign on a hotel door handle at 3 am "I didn't really notice it too much," Hicks said about the center bar, which was visible to the hitters and did not start until the second height to him. beat? It was confusing. I looked around. From…

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Aaron Boone may have a secret weapon, but he doesn’t plan to keep it secret. The Yankees boss did not hesitate to make a point about his centerfielder before Saturday’s show opener against the Red Sox.

“I think Aaron Hicks might be the most underrated player in the game. He is such a valuable player who plays a top position,” says Boone before talking about switch-hiters’ plate discipline. “Just about our guys control the strike zone is he probably the poster child for that. And the power to beat with power and the speed he takes with him. He is really a complete player. He has come in on his own in recent years. We want to see him healthy and when that happens we know he is an elite player. & # 39; & # 39;

Hicks, who went 1

-on-2 with a double in Saturday’s 8-5 loss, had no answer to Boone’s complement.

“I have nothing to say. I do not know how to answer it,” says Hicks, who can be a free agent after the season.


MLB’s 20-second climb clock used for the Yankees first spring training game received all the attention of a “Do Not Disturb” sign on a hotel door handle at 3 am

“I didn’t really notice it too much,” Hicks said about the center bar, which was visible to the hitters and did not start until the second height to him. beat? It was confusing. I looked around. From the eye angle I saw a couple of times on where the watch was on. & # 39; & # 39;

After the opening, manager Boone had more important tasks to handle than a clock counted down from 20.

“I was aware of it in the first inning, but after that I had some other things that happen, Boone says, who did not get a visit from the judges regarding his pots or hitters that were delayed.

Most of the cogs used were in smaller leagues a year ago and worked with a tone clock, so there were examples when the watch had 10 seconds left when The pitch was thrown.

“My guess is, especially when they start to get used to I don’t think it will affect many people, Boone says.


At the same time, back at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Luis Severino said the plan is that he should throw a more simulated game before he starts an exhibition game. Severino threw a simulated game Saturday.

J. A. Happ and Zack Britton also participated in simulated games, while Luke Voit took extra work at the first base.


Clint Frazier started in the left field, handled the only ball that hit him clean and opened the show period with a line-driven single in the first inning.

“I was happy to catch the ball on me. The-bats felt good and I am ready to play [Sunday] says Frazier, who played in only 15 games a year ago due to concussion problems.

Clint Frazier Getty Images

Frazier showed speed and confidence chasing down the ball in the first innings while driving towards the left field Frazier has worked with Carlos Beltran on his defense.

With Jacoby Ellsbury, Frazier The chance to make the club


Frazier, Voit, Austin Romine and DJ LeMahieu are the most famous names that make Sunday’s trip to Charlotte’s port to face the rays.


Boone and Alex Cora played with the Indians and worked with each other on ESPN before handling on either side of the aisle in the toughest rivalry of the sport.

Although the Yankees and Red Sox led couples have become friends.

“For everyone, everyone said, he won 100 matches. With all the damage they went through, he did well, Cora said Saturday. “In that market, he was outstanding.”

Boone said his appreciation of Cora grew last year when Boston won the eight-stroke AL ​​East over the Yankees, beat them in the ALDS and cut the world series.

“It has probably grown in some ways, you are sitting in similar chairs and you understand everything that comes with being a manager of these two franchises,” says Boone. “I feel we will always have a strong relationship. Even last year when we had the bench clearing and I was heated, I always love the guy and respect the guy. & # 39; & # 39;

When the Yankees beat Red Sox in game 2 of ALDS last year in Fenway Park and headed home with the best five-series tied 1-1, they got the chance to win the series without returning to Boston for a crucial game 5. [19659002] So when Aaron Judge was discovered playing “New York, New York” as he walked past the Red Sox clubhouse on his way to the team bus, some thought he woke up a death beat that won the following two games in The Bronx and advanced to ALCS.

“I think it was a little more temporary than people might think and a little less intentional than people might think,” says Boone. “These two teams, between the lines are where it happens. Neither team needs a little egging on. & # 39; & # 39;


Gleyber Torres hit a 1-2 height over the midfield fence for the first spring home run in the first innings of an 8-5 loss for the Red Sox at Jet Blue Park.


In the Red Sox first match of the exhibition period – against the Yankees no less – the defending World Series champions started two regulars, third baseman Rafael Devers and captive Sandy Leon. It couldn’t have gone well with the customers who paid to see beginners.


Sunday’s schedule: The Yankees travel to Port Charlotte to meet the rays. Jonathan Loaisiga, who will act as a rotational insurance at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, begins for the Yankees.

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