Bombers bits

• The Yankees made their first cuts of camp on Sunday, as right-hander Jose Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and left-hander Francisco Rondon was reassigned to Minor League camp. Both players were injured early in camp and have been unable to pitch; Ramirez had a sore back and Rondon had a sore shoulder.

David Phelps wasn't about to argue with five scoreless innings of three-hit ball on Sunday against the Rays, but the Yankees right-hander said that he actually might have been sharper earlier in the spring.

"It's just a matter of having the ball down in the zone," Phelps said. "I was down in the zone today with my fastball and some other pitches, just getting ground balls. That's what I'm trying to do."

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