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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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A.J. Burnett, Roy Oswalt and the DH pool

Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett of the New York

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Greetings. I hope everyone has been well.

Thanks to the Giants (and congratulations, particularly to Mario Manningham) for occupying so much of the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best), largely taking baseball off the hook.

This is usually the point where I play catch up, but really, we didn't miss much. Very good job by Washington signing Edwin Jackson for just one year; that Nationals...

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Ryan Braun, Gary Carter, Kevin Long, Alex Rodriguez, Rick Peterson and Bobby Valentine

RYAN BRAUN, right fielder The 2011 NL MVP

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Thanks to all who attended last night's BBWAA New York chapter dinner in midtown Manhattan. It's always good to see Jim there.

It was a rather eventful evening, to steal the word my Newsday colleague Laura Albanese used. Ryan Braun spoke publicly for the first time since news broke of his failed test for illegal PEDs. As Albanese wrote, Braun - while never specifically addressing the allegations...

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Raul Ibanez and Yu Darvish

Apologies for the profound tardiness this morning. Just a few quick items:

1. I think Johnny Damon would be the best all-around fit for the Yankees' DH opening, factoring in Damon's recent performance and his familiarity with New York, but I wonder whether Damon - who is honest about his desire to reach 3,000 career hits - will try to find a place where he'll get more plate appearances. Baltimore...

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