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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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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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Mets ownership, Carlos Beltran, the Yankees' lineup and Ivan Nova

Good story this morning by Forbes' website, which reported that Fred Wilpon and Ray Bartoszek planned to meet today regarding the possibility of buying that much-heralded minority share of the club. A person in the loop confirmed that information to me.

So what's up with David Einhorn? There clearly has been some turbulence in the negotiations between Einhorn and the Wilpons. After all, the...

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Ubaldo Jimenez and Yankees past and future

The Yankees are speaking with the Rockies about Ubaldo Jimenez, and Jon Heyman has some good details in this linked story.

Jimenez 2011 has little in common with Cliff Lee 2010. They throw the ball with opposite hands, they come from different countries and most important for the purpose of this conversation, their contract situations have virtually nothing in common. But I can't help but...

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