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Video: Mets turn triple play

The Mets' Lucas Duda celebrates his three-run home

(Credit: Getty Images / Harry How)

With help from Yasiel Puig, the Mets completed a 5-4-3-2 triple play as Lucas Duda threw out Puig trying to score from second on a routine double play.

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Jacoby Ellsbury makes leaping catch at the wall

Jacoby Ellsbury makes a catch at the wall

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

After the Detroit Tigers' Ezequiel Carrera made a head-turning catch in centerfield Monday in the opening game of the Yankees-Tigers series, Jacoby Ellsbury tried to match it.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Ellsbury made a leaping grab at the wall to rob the Tigers' J.D. Martinez of extra bases.

It wasn't quite as impressive as Carrera's grab the other night, but it helped Chris...

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MLB All-Star Game quiz

A kiosk of MLB All-Star ballots sits inside

(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

Remember the American League's 13-year stretch without a loss in the All-Star Game?

Can you name the year there wasn't an MVP named in the ASG?

Then you'll probably knock this test out of the park. Click the link in the "related" box to take our All-Star Game quiz.

Mobile users can take the quiz by clicking the "More on Newsday" link....

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Derek Jeter gets All-Star send-off from Fox

The American League's Derek Jeter warms up during

(Credit: AP / Jeff Roberson)

Derek Jeter has received his fair share of retirement gifts during his farewell tour. Fox Sports has joined the party with this All-Star Game ad paying homage to the shortstop.

A recording of the legendary Bob Sheppard introducing Jeter plays over clips of him at different All-Star Games through the years.

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David Ortiz goes off on MLB Network analyst for saying he got a 'free pass' on PED scandal

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz heads

(Credit: AP / Charles Krupa)

It’s been more than 10 years since David Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of 104 MLB players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a survey test, but from time to time his name still gets brought up with PEDs. That bothers the Red Sox slugger.

Ortiz turned to WEEI.com to go off on an MLB Network analyst, who according to the Boston Globe was former MLB pitcher Joe Magrane,...

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Zelous Wheeler drives home run for first career hit

Yankees' Zelous Wheeler celebrates in the dugout after

(Credit: AP / Jim Mone)

After the Yankees sent down slumping Yangervis Solarte earlier Thursday, his replacement, rookie infielder Zelous Wheeler, proved he deserves a shot at the big-league level.

In just his second career at-bat, Wheeler drove a 3-1 pitch from Phil Hughes over the left-centerfield wall for a solo home run to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins....

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Mets' Matt den Dekker robs Ryan Howard of home run, throws out Reid Brignac at plate

Mets centerfielder Matt den Dekker leaps to catch

(Credit: AP / Chris Szagola)

Before the Mets had Juan Lagares, they had another defensive stud in centerfield by the name of Matt den Dekker. And with Juan Lagares on the disabled list, den Dekker stepped right in to fill his shoes.

With the Mets leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard drove a 3-2 pitch from Bartolo Colon to dead centerfield. Den Dekker tracked it down with ease, leaped...

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Video: Don Mattingly's mustache makes return on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks with

(Credit: AP / Alex Gallardo)

For Yankees fans, it's hard to imagine Don Mattingly without a mustache. But now, as the Dodgers manager, Donny Baseball sports a clean-shaven look.

With the Dodgers in town to take on the Mets in a three-game series beginning Tuesday at Citi Field, Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to reunite Mattlingly and his legendary 'stache on The Tonight Show on Monday.

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Fantasy baseball: The Mets' closer situation

Jenrry Mejia looks on before a game against

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Mets' closer role has been a mess since Bobby Parnell went down with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow on Opening Day after first suffering the blown save.

Since then, veterans Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have both had a go at the role, but Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday that the ninth-inning man will be "kind of a game by game" situation. Now that the...

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New Yankees inspire John Sterling home run calls

Yankees broadcaster John Sterling sits in his booth

(Credit: AP, 2009)

Every season brings along changes for the Yankees, but one constant -- at least for the past 25 years -- has been John Sterling doing play-by-play on the radio.

Even with the Yankees' radio broadcast moving from WCBS to WFAN, Sterling continues to bring a flair to calling a game with his infamous home run calls. Whether singing a ditty or making a play on words as a ball leaves the park, Sterling...

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