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The Yankees, the Phillies and Robin Ventura

I'm hoping this'll be my last "Catch up" blog post for a while.

With that in mind, let's catch up:

1) The Tigers eliminate the Yankees in the ALDS. I've barely looked at the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best) since Thursday night, but just from first-hand conversations with people and some peaks at competitors' backpages, it appears that there's the usual panic in the streets.

I...

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Carlos Beltran, Cliff Lee and Mariano Rivera

The Mets won an exciting game in Cincinnati. OK, now back to Carlos Beltran.

--Beltran has to approve of a trade by 24 hours before Sunday's non-waivers trading deadline. That doesn't it mean it won't go down to the final moments, however. It just means the Mets and Beltran will have all of their ducks in a row, ready to go, prepared for any scenario.

We've discussed Beltran's preference...

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Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, the sloppy Mets and All-Star break awards

Greetings from Phoenix. I'll be working here the next three days, starting with the Futures Game today. Looking forward to it.

Since I had to travel yesterday, I missed Derek Jeter's big day. Wow. Pretty amazing. Congratulations to him. Jeter rose up to the moment, Mark Herrmann writes.

In a column I wrote a while ago, in preparation for this, I argued that we should salute Jeter the...

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