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Andy Pettitte, Johan Santana and Ryan Braun

The news of the day, of course, was Andy Pettitte's return to the Yankees. I won't even pretend that I saw this one coming. Simply shocking.

Here's my column about it.

--You know it's a busy day in the Yankees' world when Derek Jeter gets shut down for a few days and it's a sidebar.

--In Port St. Lucie, Johan Santana threw his third Grapefruit League start, and the Mets sound...

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Contest: An instructional book about baseball

Hey, I wrote yesterday, "Stop by later for a contest." Today is still "later," isn't it?

"Baseball: How To Play The Game" is an in-house production and publication by Major League Baseball. It's extremely well done in both text and pictures; many of the game's current great players cooperated and contributed. If you're a coach, a helpful parent or a player yourself...

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David Robertson, Ivan Nova, Mike Pelfrey, C.J. Nitkowski and Ryan Braun

Yankees reliever David Robertson throws in the bullpen

(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

It doesn't sound good for David Robertson, who injured his right foot Wednesday night. Perhaps we'll get more information today.

At times like this, however, it's worth remembering that relief pitchers, except for the truly elites like Mariano Rivera, are both volatile and replaceable. Maybe Robertson could have replicted his 2011 season in 2012 if not for this injury. I would've bet against...

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Comment Winter Olympics: Albert Pujols, the Mets' injuries and sports fans

It was a relatively quiet week here at the blog, as I returned to New York and began work on Newsday's baseball preview section. So the judges had it relatively easy.

Your medalists:

--The bronze goes to Islander505, who predictably reacted to my post showing how amazingly long Albert Pujols has been reliably excellent:

I reiterate my preseason prediction. Pujols WILL...

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Comment Winter Olympics: The Mets, the Oscars and Ryan Braun

The judges always appreciate good banter and good insight, and we had plenty of both this past week. 

Here are your medalists:

The bronze goes to Sandy. I know Sandy tries to play it cool, but I get the sense, from comments like this one, that he doesn't like the Mets' owners:

The only way to get rid of the Mets' current regime, since they claim to not know (but really...

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The Ryan Braun ruling

In a word, hilarious.

Hilarious that this monumental case, which occupied so much space in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best) for the past two and a half months, was decided by a urine sample collector's failure to appreciate that most FedEx/Kinko's branches are open late.

To clarify: When I write "hilarious," I don't think it's a miscarriage of justice by independent arbitrator...

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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

(Credit: Getty Images)

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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Before pitchers and catchers: Prince Fielder, Yu Darvish, Matt Garza and Ryan Braun

PRINCE FIELDER First base, Milwaukee Brewers 2011: 22

(Credit: AP )

Not every team has announced its report dates for pitchers and catchers - the symbolic beginning of spring - but we're basically talking Presidents' Weekend. That marks the spiritual conclusion of the Hot Stove League - if not the actual ending, as a few free agents' cases tend to drag into camp.

That means we have a little less than seven weeks to occupy ourselves before we get live players...

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The Yankees' payroll, Ryan Braun, Barry Bonds, Jimmy Rollins and Mat Latos

For my Sunday Insider, I wrote about the Yankees' future payroll plans, as well as some other Yankees tidbits and some brief thoughts on Ryan Braun, Barry Bonds and C.J. Wilson.

I didn't have a chance to check in since Bonds' sentencing on Friday, but how about the performance of U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella? In trying to convince U.S. District Judge Susan Illston that  Bonds deserved...

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Comment Winter Olympics: Ryan Braun, the Mets and Derek Jeter

We enjoyed another busy pre-holiday week, and the judges had plenty of quality comments from which to choose. Here are their medalists:

--The bronze goes to Bob Tufts, who offered details in the wake of Ryan Braun's appeal of his failed test for illegal PEDs:

According to Jeff Passan, "WADA us(ed) gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry".

Didn't...

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