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It’s just over a week into the season and the Oakland Athletics' Jim Johnson has already lost the closer’s job.
After Johnson's latest bad outing Wednesday, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday: "We’re going to give Jim a break."
Johnson gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning Wednesday. In just 3.1 innings over five appearances this year,...Read more »
We’ll provide periodic rankings and updates of the top minor leaguers in the Mets and Yankees farm systems throughout the season. For the purposes of this list, players with significant major league experience (Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, etc…) will not be considered. All stats are current as of April 9:
1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Triple-A Las Vegas
The Mets’ top prospect, and one of...Read more »
The Yankees have called up righthanded reliever Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned catcher Austin Romine down to Triple-A, the team announced.
With backup catcher Francisco Cervelli likely not needed to play first base for awhile, the Yankees can keep him on their bench, removing the need to have Romine in New York.
Greene, 25, impressed the Yankees with his...Read more »
Mark Teixeira's stay on the disabled list has forced Joe Girardi into a peculiar position: forcing Francisco Cervelli into a peculiar position.
Cervelli has played all but six of his 202 major league games at catcher, spending four games (five innings) at third base and two games (three innings) at second base in odd, emergency situations. In 310 minor league games, Cervelli played 309 games...Read more »
Although Noah Syndergaard displays great promise, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was the key piece for the Mets in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto after the 2012 season.
Baseball America ranked d'Arnaud the No. 36 prospect in the game before the 2011 season, the No. 17 prospect before the 2012 season and the No. 23 prospect before the 2013 season.
In other words, the experts believed...Read more »
The Yankees have called five different stadiums home since 1903.
Here's a look at the franchise has performed historically in the home opener for each stadium. Stadium Years Record Yankee Stadium 2009-14 4-2 Original Yankee Stadium 1923-73, '76-2008 58-26 Shea Stadium 1974-75 1-1 Polo Grounds 1913-22 5-5 Hilltop Park 1903-12 6-3-1 Total 74-37-1 ...Read more »
Buck Showalter manages the Baltimore Orioles now, but way back when Derek Jeter first came up to the majors in 1995, Showalter was his Yankees manager.
Here's some of what Showalter told reporters Monday as his Orioles were the visiting team to Yankee Stadium for Jeter's final home opener.
Did he envision a 20-year career for Jeter?
“That’s what I thought. If you go back and check...Read more »
The Mets are expected to be in attendance a few weeks from now when free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan holds a showcase for interested teams. According to a source, Hanrahan has remained on the Mets’ radar since they dispatched scouts in February to one of the reliever’s throwing sessions.General manager Sandy Alderson said last week that the Mets would most likely stick with their own internal bullpen...Read more »
Derek Jeter's making sure he goes out with a bang.
Jeter passed Paul Molitor to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list with a single to rightfield in the fourth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. It was his 3,320th hit of his career. Jeter tied Molitor earlier in the game with another single to right.
Watch Jeter's historic hit below:
Your...Read more »
The Mets caught a bit of a break on Saturday morning, when the Reds scratched speedster Billy Hamilton, who jammed the middle finger on his left hand Friday night on his attempted steal of second base.Hamilton has stumbled out of the gate, starting the season 0-for-12. But he had been slated to play centerfield and lead off for the Reds, who hoped to put his speed to good use. Instead, he was scratched...Read more »