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Davidoff joined Newsday in 2001, covering the Yankees for the better part of four seasons, and was the national baseball writer from 2005 through March 2012.

Is this a nuclear winter for the unemployed DH club?

Guerrero was released by the Blue Jays on

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Brian Cashman noted the other day that all of the unemployed DHs out there - most notably Johnny Damon, Vladimir Guerrero and Hideki Matsui - were waiting on the Yankees to decide what they were doing there.

Sure, most players desire to play for the Yankees - they offer a great chance to qualify for the postseason and good off-the-field earning opportuniites - but that situation reflects how...

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Mariano Rivera's successors, Johan Santana and the Theo Epstein compensation

New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera fields a grounder

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First of all, we'll do a live chat Thursday at 3:00 from sunny Florida. If you want an e-mail reminder, you can sign up here.

It's my first day at Yankees camp, and it's as calm as I anticipated. I spoke with David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, and Brian Cashman about Mariano Rivera's non-announcement announcement from yesterday, and my Newsday teammate Erik Boland spoke with Joe Girardi.

Robertson...

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Mariano Rivera, A.J. Burnett, Raul Ibanez, Jon Niese and Manny Ramirez

New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera fields a grounder

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Sorry for saying I'd check back in yesterday and then never checking back in. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in "Commando," "I lied."

Let's tackle the past 24 hours Spadafore style.

News: Mariano Rivera says he has made a decision about his future beyond 2012, but he won't reveal it.

Views: I wasn't at Steinbrenner Field yesterday, and I spoke with some writers...

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The Red Sox and reading a clubhouse

Spent yesterday in Fort Myers with the Red Sox. Wrote two stories, one on Bobby Valentine and the other on Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.

Lester expressed considerably more remorse than did Beckett for what went down in the team's clubhouse last season - vis-a-vis the historic collapse - and that's going to generate plenty of discussion in the Boston yakosphere (trademark Neil Best).

Whatever....

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Jonathan Papelbon, Sandy Alderson, the Yankees' starting rotation and Gary Carter

Greetings from warm Florida. Wore shorts to work yesterday for the first time in many years down here.

I spent my first day in Clearwater with Jonathan Papelbon, and as he spoke in relaxed fashion, it hit me that Papelbon might have done better than any other free agent this winter. Not in pure dollars, of course, but when you combine all the factors, I think you can make that case. I tried...

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Rest in peace, Gary Carter

Former major-league players gathered at a charity event

We knew this was coming, but it nonetheless stings: Gary Carter passed away yesterday, at the too-young age of 57.

How dynamic was Carter as a player? I grew up in New Jersey, and my brother selected Carter as his favorite player - when Carter was on the Expos. Shoot, we took a family trip to Montreal in 1982 largely so we could see Carter and the Expos play in person. 

(Unfortunately...

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Comment Winter Olympics: Tolerance, Jorge Posada and Carlos Pena

It's been a while, hasn't it? The judges had to sift through weeks and weeks of comments, including some memorable arguments, to pick three winners.

Their work is complete. Here are your medalists:

--The bronze goes to JE, who got worked up over a hypothetical discussion involving Prince Fielder's free agency. It was worth it just for this:

For all of your charm, good looks,...

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Contest: "Rhythms of the Game"

When Bernie Williams came out with this book last year, I was expecting an autobiography. It really isn't; after all, it wouldn't be Bernie's way to go so, well, by the book.

(Sorry.)

No, while Williams includes some stories from his ballplaying days here, the book's subtitle - "The Link Between Musical and Athleitc Performance" - really captures its essence. Williams and his...

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Which of the walk-year all-stars will actually walk?

We put out our annual Walk-Year All-Star team yesterday on Newsday's website. Last year's such squad looked like this:

C: Ramon Hernandez

1B: Albert Pujols

2B: Kelly Johnson

SS: Jose Reyes

3B: Jose Bautista

LF: Josh Willingham

CF: Carlos Beltran

RF: David DeJesus.

DH: David Ortiz.

RHP: Edwin Jackson

LHP: C.J. Wilson

Closer:...

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Contest: The 7th Inning of Ken Burns' "Baseball"

I watched barely any of Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary when it came out back in 1994, and I couldn't remember why I didn't have more interest. In the past year, I've made an effort to finally catch up, and the first six "Innings" were largely informative and enjoyable.

Then I watched the Seventh Inning, titled "The Capital of Baseball, 1950-1960," and I remembered...

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