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

Sandy Alderson, Andres Torres, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reacts after getting hit

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For the first day of the rest of their lives as Mets owners, the Wilpons and Saul Katz let Sandy Alderson do the talking for them, which is never a terrible idea. Alderson predictably defended his bosses and said that Monday's settlement with Irving Picard wouldn't dramatically change his spending plan.

Well, you know, of course it won't. The Mets still have bills to pay and debts to settle,...

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Michael Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda, Bud Selig, Fred Wilpon, Ryan Madson and Barry Larkin

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Michael Pineda reacts after

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While I was gallivanting at a super-secret location, Anthony Rieber earned his salary covering a very busy baseball week. So let's play our favorite winter blog game - catch up - and check in on all of the major happenings.

We'll go in reverse chronological order:

Friday: The Yankees acquired Michael Pineda and Jose Campos from Seattle in return for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, and...

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More on Ryan Braun

OK, after a few phone calls, some time to think and finding someone to take my ticket to today's Jets game, let's tackle this story in greater detail:

1. This is the first time that such a big name's failed drug test became public well before the matter's resolution. Good job by ESPN. But now we're going to have to wait a while.

My understanding is we probably won't have a final verdict...

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September Monday, Part II

A week and a half to go in the regular season. Let's get right to it:

Series of the Week: Let's call it a tie between Rays at Yankees (four games from Tuesday through Thursday) and Red Sox at Yankees (Friday through Sunday).

The Red Sox's meltdown, and Tampa Bay's correlating ascension, continue to amaze. Think of the moves Boston made last winter, committing nearly $300 million...

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Friday Five: Yankees-Red Sox rivalry two-timers

DEC. 26, 1919: BABE RUTH SOLD TO THE

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We did "Yankee/Mets (or "Met/Yankees") last month, and with the Yankees taking on the Red Sox starting tonight, I can't think of a better time to examine those who made an impact with both teams in the historic rivalry.

It's a fundamentally different list than our previous one, for this reason: The people on the Yankee/Met (or Met/Yankee) list are beloved or at least admired...

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The Yankees' search for a pitcher, the Red Sox's search for a pitcher, Hunter Pence and the Marlins

Joel Sherman offered his usual strong take today on the Yankees and their search for starting pitching, and I agree with him: No matter how badly the Yankees appear to need help, I can't see them overpaying for Ubaldo Jimenez or Hiroki Kuroda.

I'll contribute one addendum: This is not how July was supposed to proceed for the Yankees. When they whiffed on Cliff Lee and saw Andy Pettitte retire...

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Friday Five: All-Star Game improvements

The American League All-Stars pose for their team

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I noticed this contest a while back, and I thought to myself, "Hey, self! This would be a great Friday Five for right before the All-Star Game! Just list your top five All-Star Game memories, and you're set for another week."

But as I thought about it, I realized, "I don't HAVE any tremendous All-Star Game memories."

Don't get me wrong, I like the game, and I can...

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Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens and Brandon Webb

In a surprising development, Derek Jeter will be in the Yankees' lineup tonight. Girardi had spoken quite convincingly late Tuesday night of giving Jeter a night off, in the interest of not working him too hard upon his return from the disabled list.

But Jeter apparently talked his way back in. Girardi, to his credit, said that it was hard for him to relate to what Jeter is going through in...

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