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Joe Girardi, David Ortiz, Freddy Garcia, Jose Reyes and Brandon Nimmo

At the Red Sox's series-opening win over the Yankees, I wrote, post-game about David Ortiz's bat flip and Joe Girardi's negative reaction to it.

Ortiz was his usual jovial self post-game. He claimed that he wasn't annoyed by Hector Noesi's inside pitch prior to Big Papi's homer, a pitch that could've been construed as retaliation for Jon Lester's nailing of Mark Teixeira in the right knee. Not that Lester's pitch was intentional, per se, but sometimes, a team feels compelled to make a statement when one of its best players goes down, and Girardi is certainly the sort of manager who would buy into that belief.

With A.J. Burnett starting tonight for the Yankees, you can't rule out the chance of this saga prolonging itself for another day. Although, given the stakes- if the Yankees lose, they'll fall into second place in the AL East - you'd think Burnett would be instructed to keep it clean if the game is tight.

For Newsday's first edition, I wrote about Derek Jeter, whose quest for 3,000 hits went well as he picked up a pair of hits, the first one the product of a rather generous scoring decision.

--Anthony Rieber wrote a nice story about Dante Bichette Jr., the Yankees' first selection (in the sandwich round) of the draft, who is unbelievably close with Girardi. 

--Out in Milwaukee, Jose Reyes delivered again with a game-winning triple, and the Mets stand at 29-31, six and a half games behind the Phillies in the NL East and four and a half games (four in the loss column) behind NL wild-card leader Milwaukee.

At this point, in other words, the Mets are not a guarantee to sell, come July. In which case Reyes would at least make it through the season in a Mets uniform.

But we're a long point from a final answer on that question.

--Jim Baumbach looked into Brandon Nimmo, the Mets' first-round pick, and determined that the whole "There's no high school baseball in Wyoming" thing isn't that big a deal, after all. 

--Daniel Murphy is hitting well for the Mets, David Lennon writes. When I watch Murphy play, I think about the Mets official who told me, back in 2009, that he thought Murphy could be the Mets' version of Paul O'Neill.

Of course, at that time, the Mets had Murphy playing the outfield, so the O'Neill comparison no longer really works, and O'Neill was better statistically (so far). Murphy is popular among fans like O'Neill was, so I suppose that's something.

--Carlos Beltran played, going 0-for-4.

--I'll check in later from the Stadium.

Tags: David Ortiz , Carlos Beltran , Daniel Murphy , Paul O'Neill , Joe Girardi , Dante Bichette Jr. , Jose Reyes , Hector Noesi

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