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Curtis Granderson: I'm here today because of Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson in 1952.

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Curtis Granderson can easily tick off the far-off locales he’s visited as an ambassador for Major League Baseball: Korea, South Africa, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Italy.

And he can just as easily point out each country’s common reaction to the interlocking white “NY” logo on his cap.

“Parts of these places don’t really realize how big baseball is,” Granderson said. “But the first thing...

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Curtis Granderson visits Abraham Lincoln High School

Curtis Granderson smiles during an autograph sessions for

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Curtis Granderson spoke to students at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn on Monday morning, emphasing Jackie Robinson's importance to baseball and his enduring legacy in improving race relations in society.

Granderson spoke on Jackie Robinson Day and treated the students to a showing of the new Robinson biopic, "42."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman and catcher Francisco Cervelli...

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Fire damages building at Citi Field

Mets fans at Citi Field for Opening Day

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DENVER -- A Monday morning fire damaged parts of the administration building at Citi Field, the club announced, though sprinkler systems contained the blaze before it was extinguished by FDNY.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the team, though it did not damage areas accessible to fans.  ...

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HBO 'Real Sports' sneak peek at Marlins Park segment

HBO's "Real Sports" heads to Miami for this segment about their new stadium's financing deal.

In this sneak peek, Bryant Gumbel grills Marlins team president David Samson about the team, the stadium and its reputation among players and fans.

The whole segments airs as part of the April 16 edition of "Real Sports" on HBO at 10 p.m. ET....

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Zack Wheeler shows improved command, strikes out eight

Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during a spring

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Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler racked up a season-high eight strikeouts on Sunday afternoon. However, he did not factor into the decision despite delivering his best performance of the season.

Pitching for Triple-A Las Vegas, Wheeler allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings against Colorado Springs, an improved effort after two erratic starts.

Wheeler, 22, battled command...

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Mets-Twins game postponed due to wintry weather

Steam rises as crews use hot water to

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Frigid temperatures and snow flurries forced the postponement of Sunday's scheduled Mets-Twins matchup. The game will be made up Aug. 19 at 1:10 p.m. on the way back from a West Coast road trip. It will be the Mets' 11th road game in 11 days.

With the postponement, the Mets could have skipped fifth starter Aaron Laffey in the rotation. Instead, Laffey will...

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Mets' Ike Davis no slouch against left-handed pitching

Ike Davis reacts after striking out in the

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Ike Davis was batting .136 and the Mets were facing lefthander Cliff Lee. The decision seemed easy enough for Mets manager Terry Collins: Keep the lefthanded-hitting Davis on the bench.

The decision to hold Davis out of Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to the Phillies continued a trend started last September when the Mets often benched Davis when there was a lefty on the mound.

On the surface, it...

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For Mets, the weather watch never stops

Sandy Alderson speaks about pitcher Johan Santana during

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Following last night's 16-5 victory over the Twins, Mets manager Terry Collins shook hands with his players. They felt like ice cubes. It shouldn't be as bad on Saturday afternoon, when the Mets and Twins will play in 35-degree weather around first pitch.

However, the Mets might not see even passable weather for the next five days.

Forecasts are calling for an 80 percent...

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Mets' starting lineup a no 'Spin zone

Jordany Valdespin hits an RBI-single during the eighth

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jordany Valdespin has excelled in the leadoff spot. He also looked good on Friday night patrolling the wide expanse that is center field here at Target Field. On the Mets' current road trip, Valdespin is 6-for-12.

Just as he was in camp, Valdespin is swinging one of the hottest bats on the team.

Yet, against Twins lefthander Scott Diamond on Saturday, Valdespin will watch...

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Eduardo Nunez suffers bruised right wrist after being hit by pitch

Eduardo Nunez grimaces while helped to the dugout

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Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez left Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles with a right wrist contusion after being hit on the right wrist by a Miguel Gonzalez pitch in the bottom of the second inning.

He immediately doubled over in pain and grimaced, reacting to the pain for a long period of time, which prompted Joe Girardi and a trainer to examine him on the field.

After...

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