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Andy Pettitte, Don Mattingly, Jon Niese and the big Madoff case

Gosh, from the way we're covering Andy Pettitte's return, you'd think it was a big deal or something.

--Mariano Rivera helped convince Pettitte to come back, Mark Herrmann writes. Herrmann also writes about Pettitte's impact on the starting rotation, and I think Joe Girardi's quote nails it: Just pitch well and don't worry about it.

It just doesn't make sense to sweat a great deal, for...

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Johan Santana, David Wright, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes and the Giants

Just the facts this morning. Well, perhaps a few opinions, too:

--In Port St. Lucie, Johan Santana looked good on the mound, and at this stage, you have to evaluate Santana as much as how he looked out there as the results, which were OK. His body language was encouraging. He didn't look like someone holding back, out of fear that something would go wrong.

His words, however, are still...

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The Rays, Hal Steinbrenner, Johan Santana and Jason Varitek

Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek wipes a

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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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Comment Winter Olympics: Mariano Rivera, Gary Carter and Bobby Valentine

As I drove around the state, switching from hotel to hotel, the judges worked diligently to find three award-winning comments.

Here they are:

--The bronze goes to FLong, who offered his or her two cents on Mariano Rivera's likely  retirement after this season:

If Mariano retires, the Yanks should use Soriano as the closer in 2013. Soriano has already been successful...

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The Mets' investors and David Aardsma - and there's a live chat tomorrow

DAVID AARDSMA POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS Red Sox, Yankees, Angels,

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First of all: Where will I be 24 hours from now? Live chatting, that's where. You can sign up for an e-mail reminder right on this page.

--Quiet day at Yankees camp. Derek Jeter told a few reporters, including Newsday's Erik Boland, that he knew what Mariano Rivera intends to do after this season - but he wouldn't spill the beans. Look, at this point, we can all safely assume that this'll...

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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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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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Jorge Posada's retirement

Duty called yesterday in the form of Jorge Posada's retirement news conference, and as it turned out, I got a bonus of sorts when Prince Fielder ended his free agency in brilliant fashion.

Let's tackle Posada first:

1. The Yankees really went to town for his news conference. My goodness. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Hal and Jennifer Steinbrenner, a video featuring fans. It was something...

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