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Still 160 games to go, so the Yankee faithful likely have not lost their religion just yet. But there couldn’t have been the announced 40,216 fans (that’s a ticket-sold figure) in the seats at the start of Tuesday night’s 7-4 loss to Boston, any more than it was 92 degrees for the first pitch.
The 92 degrees was a little joke, announced to the bundled crowd of reporters in the open press box,...Read more »
Padres lefthander Clayton Richard allowed 31 homers last season, the most in the National League. And much to the benefit of the Mets, Richard played to his track record, tying a career-high by allowing three homers in what became an 8-4 rout on Wednesday night.
For only the third time in franchise history, the Mets scored 19 runs over their first two games, joining the 1969 and 1979 squads...Read more »
It hasn't been a good start for Yankees starting pitchers so far.
Two days after the Boston Red Sox roughed up CC Sabathia on Opening Day, Hiroki Kuroda was forced to leave Wednedsay night's game in the top of the second inning with an apparent hand injury.
With the Red Sox ahead 1-0, Kuroda took a Shane Victorino line drive off of his right hand three pitches into the second inning....Read more »
Alex Rodriguez, who chose not to be introduced Opening Day, appeared on the field during BP, chatting with players and coaches from both teams on Wednesday.
He did not stop for a small group of reporters wanting to ask him about Robinson Cano’s decision to leave Scott Boras, which A-Rod did in 2010. ...Read more »
According to accuweather.com, the expected game time temperature at Citi Field is 44 degrees, though that number will actually feel like 29 degrees thanks in part to a 19 mph wind. What does that mean for the Mets?
Aside from wearing long sleeves and multiple layers, manager Terry Collins will keep a close eye on David Wright and Daniel Murphy. Both players dealt with intercostal strains that...Read more »
Shaun Marcum is headed to New York to be examined by team doctors on Thursday, Mets manager Terry Collins said during his pregame media briefing on Wednesday. The veteran righthander is unlikely to make his scheduled start against the Marlins on Sunday, an assignment that will likely fall to lefty Aaron Laffey.
Marcum, 31, has dealt with a variety of maladies in spring training. This time,...Read more »
Mets relievers Greg Burke and Scott Rice have emerged as two of the best underdog stories of the spring.
A year ago, Burke made a snap decision to turn himself into a submarine-style pitcher, a last-ditch effort to get back to the big leagues since his only prior stint in 2009.
A year ago, Rice watched the Dodgers' team bus pull away without him, after he had been informed he would begin...Read more »
One game does not a baseball season make. But it does create outrageously small sample sizes, high anxiety for some fans and easy-to-mathematical comparisons and equations.
So here's one for you: a look at the salaries for the Yankees' starting lineups on Opening Day in 2013 and 2012.
What does it prove? Nothing, really, seeing how they lost both of those games and are 1-4 on Opening...Read more »
Shaun Marcum's latest injury setback may force the Mets to deploy their Plan C.
Marcum felt pain in his neck while warming up for a simulated game in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday, the club announced, which forced him to abandon the throwing session.
The club said Marcum's status will be reassessed on Wednesday, though it appears unlikely that the veteran righthander will be ready in time...Read more »
Part of the new charm of Opening Day is the wave of "on-pace" references that flood social media.
For instance, the Nationals' Bryce Harper hit a pair of homers to lead the Nationals to victory, which naturally led to predictions of a 324-homer season. The Yankees got drubbed by the Red Sox, putting them on track for the game's first 0-162 campaign. And Mets' third baseman David...Read more »