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

The Mets' revenues, Ike Davis, the Tigers and the extra wild card

Very quickly this morning:

--Great story by Jim Baumbach and Randi Marshall on the Mets' declining revenues.

--Ike Davis likely has Valley Fever.

--I wrote a column about the Tigers' new infield arrangement.

--Here's my column on the extra wild card.

--Here's my Sunday Insider, which features items on B.J. Upton, Yadier Molina, Johnny Damon and John Lannan.

--Self-promotion...

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The Rays, Hal Steinbrenner, Johan Santana and Jason Varitek

Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek wipes a

(Credit: AP)

I spent yesterday at Rays camp, and not surprisingly, I wrote that the Rays remain an impressive operation and a major threat to the Yankees and Red Sox.

One consequence of the Rays' current way of life, that they can't afford a major free agent in his prime, is that you'll never accuse their roster of being too old. They always have a surplus of youth. It undoubtedly helps them slog through...

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The Yankees' bullpen, Daniel Herrera and the September slumber

At the Yankees' victory over Toronto, I wrote about the Yankees' bullpen, which was counted on to be excellent and has lived up to those expectations, albeit with some different names than originally anticipated.

--Joe Girardi stayed mum about his plans for the team's starting rotation, regarding whether A.J. Burnett or Phil Hughes gets thrown overboard. Girardi did say, however, that the...

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Jesus Montero, Alex Rodriguez, Ike Davis and moves by the Giants and Rangers

The New York media lost to the Boston media this morning, 4-2 at Fenway Park, to even out the 2011 media series at one game apiece.

Now onto actual baseball:

--Jesus Montero will be at Fenway Park tomorrow, as Joel Sherman first reported, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Montero started at DH against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester.

It's time. Some might argue it's well beyond time. The...

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A big Yankees win, another Mets loss, a Phillies-Giants brawl and deer antler spray

First of all, here are your new playoff brackets:

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

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

Thoughts: Yeah, the Yankees have the top seed at the moment, which begs this question for Yankees fans: Would you rather have homefield advantage in the Division Series and face the Tigers, who have...

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Ike Davis, Steve Garrison and Lenny Dykstra

Pretty quiet here at the Trop, but the game itself will bring some intrigue, as we see whether Bartolo Colon can rebound after two poor outings.

The Yankees did make a move, putting Sergio Mitre (right shoulder tendinitis) on the disabled list and calling up lefty Steve Garrison from Trenton. Garrison gives the Yankees some long-relief protection tonight, as normal long reliever Hector Noesi...

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The Yankees' rainout, the Yankees' All-Star dropouts, another big Mets win and Josh Hamilton

At the rainout of the Yankees' game, I wrote that the Rays were not to blame.

I'm a sucker for minutiae-fueled stories like this one. Here are the basics:

1. Because the Rays already have two split doubleheaders this year - they played one April 28 in Minnesota and they have another one scheduled August 16 in Boston - they had the right to turn down a third split doubleheader. That second...

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