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Lucas Duda out of Mets-Rockies finale with back stiffness

Lucas Duda of the Mets looks on during

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DENVER -- Lucas Duda was out of the Mets' starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's frigid series finale against the Rockies. The leftfielder's still suffering from lingering effects of the lower back stiffness that forced him to leave Tuesday's second game in the fifth inning.

"There's a process that we want to make sure he goes through before he's ready and 22 degrees is really not the...

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Padres CEO: Zack Greinke to blame for brawl, is like Rain Man

San Diego Padres' Carlos Quentin charges into Los

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Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel made light of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke’s social anxiety disorder, going so far as to compare him to the title character in the movie Rain Man while talking with a group of season-ticket holders, according to an audio clip obtained by Yahoo! Sports.

Garfinkel was speaking in the aftermath of last week’s Dodgers-Padres brawl – one that cost Greinke a broken collarbone....

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Mets-Rockies postponed again

Scott Rice sends a photo on his mobile

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The Mets' game against the Colorado Rockies scheduled for Wednesday at Coors Field has been postponed because of snow.

The teams will play just a single game Thursday at 3:10 p.m. to wrap up the series. No additional information has been released on when the game will be made up.

Jonathon Niese will get the start for the Mets in Thursday's game.

The Mets lost both games of a doubleheader...

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'Sweet Caroline' at Yankee Stadium a nice moment

The marquee is seen before the New York

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When the first strains of "Sweet Caroline" began to build during the third inning Tuesday night, the scattered crowd at Yankee Stadium seemed a bit disoriented at first. Many were probably unaware that team executives, as part of that evening's tribute to the mourning city of Boston, had decided to play the Fenway Park eighth-inning singalong anthem.

For those of us that have heard...

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Jeff Francoeur has a ridiculous arm and makes ridiculous plays with it

Jeff Francoeur threw out a runner at the

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Jeff Francoeur may be a one tool player. But that one tool is darn fun to watch.

Perhaps the only non-pitcher to stick around baseball because he has a great arm, Francoeur has made a living out of highlight-reel throws from the outfield.

But this one is just sick.

Watch as Francoeur doesn't even get a great plant and yet still nails a runner at home plate -- on the fly:


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Mets-Rockies begin play after massive effort to clear field of snow

Dan O'Dowd, Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer/General

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DENVER -- A network of heating coils wind beneath the playing surface here at Coors Field. Installed in 1995, they were designed to guard the Rockies against snow outs. But when the city was bombarded by a massive storm on Monday night, the heated coils melted only 2 inches of snow.

The rest had to be cleared away only through a massive effort before Tuesday's Mets-Rockies doubleheader, which...

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Fantasy baseball closer updates

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland wipes

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Let the closer carousels begin.

Greg Holland is still the Royals’ closer — for now. But so far he only has two saves while Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow have combined for three. Holland did record the save in his last outing on April 9, but it was far from easy. It took 27 pitches, and he allowed a hit and two walks before closing out the game.

Herrera, on the other hand, has been lights...

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Mets-Rockies snow game faces delay

Coors Field grounds crew and stadium employees shovel

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DENVER -- Give the Rockies credit. They're persistent.

With about 90 minutes left until Tuesday afternoon's scheduled 1:10 (MT) first pitch against the Mets, much of the snow that once blanketed Coors Field has been removed. At one point, even Mets general manager Sandy Alderson helped shovel snow.

Snow remains piled up on the track in the infield while parts of right field still look...

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Video: Rockies scramble to clear snow from field

DENVER -- From team owner/chairman and chief executive officer Richard Monfort, to the team's mascot Dinger, dozens of Rockies employees picked up shovels to assist in the massive effort to clear the field for Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader against the Mets.

As workers used snowblowers to clear seats of snow, others scrambled to move about five inches of powder off the field, all as icicles...

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Mets game against Rockies postponed; will play doubleheader Tuesday

Coors Field is blanketed with snow before a

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The Mets' game against the Rockies scheduled for Monday at Coors Field in Colorado has been postponed because of snow.

The teams will square off in a split doubleheader Tuesday to begin their four-game series. The first game will start at 3:10 p.m., and the second game will start at 8:40 p.m.

The Mets arrived in Denver following their snow-shortened series with the Minnesota Twins. The...

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