Steinbrenner: Yanks a championship-caliber team

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Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner thinks New York has a championship-caliber team as it heads into Thursday’s opener against the Orioles.

“We’re excited,” Steinbrenner said Tuesday after watching CC Sabathia pitch in a minor league game. “We’re as good as anybody. The team is going to do everything they can to win this thing. I believe they’re going to play up to their potential.”

Steinbrenner thinks the Yankees have enough depth to overcome injuries to Sabathia, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and Jordan Montgomery.

“I’d like to be more healthy, but the good news is none of the injuries are significant and the guys are going to be back,” Steinbrenner said.

New York went 100-62 last season for its best record since 2009, yet finished eight games back of the American League East champion Boston Red Sox, who won the World Series for the fourth time in 15 seasons.

Last year’s Yankees, led by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, set a major league record with 267 homers, three more than the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees focused on pitching during the offseason, adding Adam Ottavino and James

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