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Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.

The Yankees' starting pitching dilemma

Greetings from Fenway Park. It's good to be here after a nearly four-month hiatus.

The big item of discussion here is what the Yankees will do, moving forward with their starting rotation. Joe Girardi didn't provide any answers, but he did offer some clues. 

First of all, Phil Hughes will be placed in the bullpen for this weekend, Girardi said, explaining that by speaking of the...

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A Mets assessment, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes

Your updated playoff standings:

AL: Boston (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Yankees (4)

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Milwaukee (3), San Francisco (2) vs. Atlanta (4).

Thoughts: The Giants won back sole possession of the NL West by defeating the Diamondbacks yesterday. Meanwhile, on the seeding front, the Tigers (59-51) have pulled within a game and a half of Texas (61-50) for...

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The Yankees' search for a pitcher, the Red Sox's search for a pitcher, Hunter Pence and the Marlins

Joel Sherman offered his usual strong take today on the Yankees and their search for starting pitching, and I agree with him: No matter how badly the Yankees appear to need help, I can't see them overpaying for Ubaldo Jimenez or Hiroki Kuroda.

I'll contribute one addendum: This is not how July was supposed to proceed for the Yankees. When they whiffed on Cliff Lee and saw Andy Pettitte retire...

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Terry Collins, Scott Hairston, CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi, Jose Reyes and Brandon Phillips

At the Mets' victory over Philadelphia, I wrote about the message Terry Collins imparted to his players at a team meeting on Thursday, and the duality that he Mets just try to attain.

Basically, as they continue their rebuildling plan, the Mets can't let their remaining players get affected by the moves being contemplated upstairs.

Scott Hairston, who enjoyed a career day, exemplified...

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Friday Five: July rentals

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is believed to

(Credit: AP Photo)

1. Sagaponack. This Hamptons hideaway, a favorite of megastar Alec Baldwin, features a number of attractive July rentals...

Wait, sorry about that. I got confused. That isn't the sort of "July rentals" I had in mind. 

With the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline approaching - and hey, with Roger Clemens now getting the rest of the summer off - let's use this forum...

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Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens and Brandon Webb

In a surprising development, Derek Jeter will be in the Yankees' lineup tonight. Girardi had spoken quite convincingly late Tuesday night of giving Jeter a night off, in the interest of not working him too hard upon his return from the disabled list.

But Jeter apparently talked his way back in. Girardi, to his credit, said that it was hard for him to relate to what Jeter is going through in...

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