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Mets play waiting game as trade deadline looms

Through Tuesday, Marlon Byrd was batting .282 with

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MIAMI -- Baseball's trade deadline may be less than an hour away, but a person familiar with the team's thinking said that the Mets are holding steady, waiting to see if a potential suitor will make a late push for outfielder Marlon Byrd.

According to the source, a handful of teams have shown interest in trading for Byrd, the 35-year-old outfielder who is hitting .282 with 17 homers and 60...

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Yankees to honor Mariano Rivera

Rivera, 43, has donned the pinstripes for the

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Yankees fans are used to seeing Mariano Rivera at the end of games. But on Sept. 22, the all-time saves leader, who has announced heĀ¹ll retire at the end of the season, will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Rivera, 43, has donned the pinstripes for the Yankees his entire 19-year career. He's made 13 All-Star teams, won five AL Rolaids Relief Awards and five World Series championships....

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Chad Qualls falls while celebrating strikeout

Relief pitcher Chad Qualls of the Miami Marlins

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Chad Qualls could use some fist-pumping lessons from Joba Chamberlain.

The situation: With runners on the corners and the game tied at 2, Qualls struck out Mets shortstop Omar Quintanilla to end the top of the eighth. The excited Marlins reliever fist-pumped as he walked towards the dugout, but he lost his footing midway between the mound and the third-base line, leading to one of the most...

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Please watch this Vin Scully clip

Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully acknowledges fans

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This happened five days ago in Los Angeles, or in terms the 24-hour news cycle / breaking news / Instagram / DM me can better understand -- 328 lifetimes ago.

But it is Vin Scully, a baseball broadcaster who has spanned more than three generations of fans. His voice is timeless, so does it really matter when we post this video?

It is from Vin Scully Bobblehead Night at Chavez Ravine....

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Brian Wilson signs with Los Angeles Dodgers, according to reports

Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants looks

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The beard is back.

Ex-Giants closer Brian Wilson has signed a minor league deal with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports. Wilson, now fully recovered from the Tommy John surgery that led to him being non-tendered by the Giants before this season, will begin his year in the minors before taking the MLB set-up role.

Wilson, a three-time All-Star, was 20-20 with...

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Phillies, White Sox have several trade deadline pieces to sell

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws against

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The non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m. which leaves teams looking to fortify their problem areas plenty of time to do some last-minute shopping. Here are the top five trade pieces on the market so far:

Cliff Lee, LHP, Phillies

Lee, 34, is displaying his typical excellent control during a typically excellent season. The All-Star is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 144.2 innings and...

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Mets' asking price for Marlon Byrd remains 'extremely high'

Marlon Byrd reacts after striking out swinging during

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MIAMI -- The non-waiver trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. on Wednesday but the Mets still don't appear inclined to move perhaps their most marketable trade piece, outfielder Marlon Byrd.

Industry perception remains that the Mets appear willing to move Byrd. However, one source said that the Mets have not backed off their "extremely high" asking price for the veteran outfielder, whose...

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Jason Bay designated for assignment by Mariners

Mets' outfielder Jason Bay in the dugout during

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The Mariners designated outfielder Jason Bay for assignment Monday afternoon in order to clear a roster spot for returning slugger Mike Morse, the team announced.

Bay, a former 30-home run bat, was released by the Mets after three unproductive and injury-riddled seasons in Flushing after the 2012 season. He signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Seattle this offseason and won a spot on the...

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Jose Veras traded to Detroit Tigers

Houston Astros relief pitcher Jose Veras throws during

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The Detroit Tigers have traded for Astros closer Jose Veras in a move meant to shore up their late-inning relief. The Tigers announced the deal Monday morning.

Veras was 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves for the Astros. He's struck out 44 in 43 innings. It was the righty's first stint as closer.

Joaquin Benoit will remain the Tigers' closer with Veras serving as his set-up man. Benoit...

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Yankees prospects rankings

Staten Island Yankees third baseman Tyler Austin bats

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1. GARY SANCHEZ, C, Tampa Yankees (Class A)

.260 BA, .320 OBP, .440 SLG, 13 HR, 61 RBIs

The righty has slugged .548 against lefties, but only .391 against righthanders.

2. J.R. MURPHY, C S/WB RailRiders (AAA)

.279 BA, .359 OBP, .439 SLG, 9 HR, 38 RBIs (AA/AAA combined)

Hitting .300 with .814 OPS in last 10 games, with at least one hit in nine of them.

3. RAFAEL...

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