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Nelson Mandela to be honored with plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium

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The Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela by placing a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to commemorate his visit to the Stadium on June 21, 1990.

The plaque will be unveiled during a ceremony before the Yankees play the Chicago Cubs on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day.

Mandela famously said, “You know who I am. I am a Yankee,” while wearing a Yankees hat and jacket during his historical...

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Wil Myers, Jose Fernandez win Rookie of the Year awards

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, left, and Rays rightfielder

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Tampa Bay Rays rightfielder Wil Myers and Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez were named the American League and National League rookies of the year, respectively, on Monday.

Myers finished with 23 of 30 first-place votes among two other finalists in the AL, teammate Chris Archer and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias.

In the final vote in the NL, Fernandez had 26 first-place votes...

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Mariano Rivera named American League Comeback Player of the Year

Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera tips his cap to

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Mariano Rivera has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned the honor in the National League.

In his final MLB season, Rivera, who announced his retirement before the 2013 season, had a 2.11 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 44 saves in 64 appearances. He compiled a 6-2 record and struck out 54 batters. The 43-year-old closer was returning...

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Manny Machado gets carted off field after gruesome leg injury

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado grabs his

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field in the seventh inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays after injuring his left leg while rounding first on an infield single.

It appeared to be a routine groundout, but after Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Tim Beckham mishandled the ball, Machado reached safely. His knee did not. Machado's leg buckled as he rounded first...

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Vote: 2013 MLB postseason awards

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It's a different season, but it's the same debate for AL MVP.

With the MLB season winding down, it's time to think about who will win each of baseball's most prestigious awards. Just like last year, the most debated award will be for AL MVP, where Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera square off in their "sabermetrics vs. Triple Crown" rematch of last...

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