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Mets' pitching assignments to open Grapefruit League

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- With the start of Grapefruit League play approaching, the Mets on Monday night announced their upcoming pitching assignments. Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is slated to pitch on Feb. 23 against the Nationals.

Here are the remainder of the pitching assignments for the first few games:

Feb 22 Intrasquad game

RHP Gonzalez Germen RHP LaTroy Hawkins LHP...

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Yankees tickets to go on pre-sale Feb. 27; general sale begins March 5

Yankees manager Joe Girardi at batting practice. (Feb.

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Breakout those credit cards — it's Yankee ticket shopping time.

The Yankees have announced that tickets for individual games will go on pre-sale for the public through MasterCard at yankees.com from Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. until Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster. During the pre-sale, tickets can only be purchased with a MasterCard.

General...

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Daniel Murphy back to New York

Daniel Murphy gets ready for batting practice during

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A few quick notes from the first full-squad workouts here on Monday:

-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is headed back to New York to be examined after complaining of an issue in his ribs (intercostal). General manager Sandy Alderson said Murphy is expected to miss a week and may have a cortisone shot.

-- As expected, Alderson confirmed that the Mets have refused...

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Mets' best leadoff hitter? David Wright

David Wright hits a three-run home run in

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Forget Michael Bourn. Statistically speaking, the Mets have their leadoff man: David Wright.

Yes, the man who common baseball wisdom dictates is a middle-of-the-order bat, would have been one of the best leadoff men in baseball in 2012.

It's easy to not see Wright's top-of-the-lineup potential. He hits for power, a quality usually found further down the lineup. He's not known for his...

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Yankees acquire RHP Shawn Kelley from Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners pitcher Shawn Kelley delivers a pitch

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The Yankees have traded Double-A outfielder Abraham Amonte to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for righthanded pitcher Shawn Kelley, the team announced Wednesday.

In 47 relief appearances with the Mariners last year, Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA. He allowed 43 hits, 15 walks and 16 earned runs in 44.1 innings. Kelley also averaged just more than a strikeout per inning with 45 total. In...

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The world's largest baseball card

In this image provided by The Topps Company,

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Let's see someone try to stick this card in their bicycle spokes.

Topps on Tuesday unveiled the largest baseball card ever unveiled, in small part to celebrate the return of another baseball season and in larger part to buzz up the new 2013 Topps Baseball Series 1 cards.

Prince Fielder scored the likeness on the card that is nearly 90 feet tall and 60 feet wide, or just about the size...

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Bobby Parnell more confident with closer role

New York Mets' Bobby Parnell #39 walks back

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- In a phone call last night, Mets manager Terry Collins informed Bobby Parnell of the news he'd shared on the radio earlier in the day. With Frank Francisco still dealing with elbow inflammation, the hard-throwing Parnell would take on duties as the Mets closer.

"I definitely appreciate that," Parnell said. "I think that him just coming out and saying...

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Yogi Berra can't make the trip to Yankees spring training

Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra smiles during

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Yogi Berra is a regimented man. If he does something one way that works that will be the way he does it. Those plans, though, will have to deviate this year as the 87-year-old baseball legend will see spring training start for the Yankees without him. It is not so much that Berra is in ailing health, but his age and limited travel ability that have made him a no-show at George M. Steinbrenner Field...

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Spring training fun facts

The voluntary report date for pitchers and catchers

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-- The Yankees train in Tampa, but the Tampa Bay Rays train 94 miles away in Port Charlotte. -- Mets Stadium is the new name of the Mets’ ballpark in Port St. Lucie. It was called Digital Domain Park last year after years of being known as Tradition Field, and before that Thomas J. White Stadium.

-- The Red Sox’s Jet Blue Park in Ft. Myers not only has a version of The Green Monster, but the...

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Curt Schilling: Members of Red Sox organization encouraged me to use PEDs

Curt Schilling missed getting inducted into the Baseball

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Former members of the Red Sox organization approached pitcher Curt Schilling in the team clubhouse in 2008 and encouraged him to use performance-enhancing drugs to help recover from an injury, the three-time World Series champ said on ESPN Radio on Wednesday.

Schilling, an outspoken critic of those who've used PEDs, said the people who made the suggestion are “no longer there.”

“It was...

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