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BOSTON — Mark Teixeira didn’t exactly see Monday’s MRI result as good news.
“It was 10-14 [days] the first time, I came back at 12 [days],” Teixeira said before Tuesday night’s game. “It was too early.”
Teixeira aggravated the left calf injury that kept him out 10 games — Aug. 28-Sept. 7 — diving into first base trying to beat out a double play ball that ended Saturday night’s game....Read more »
After falling to the Nationals 5-1 at Citi Field last night, the Mets advanced to yet another level of ignominy. It was the 11th straight home game that the Mets were held to three runs or less, matching a single-season* franchise record established by the woeful team of 1979.
The Mets go for the franchise record Tuesday night -- 33 years to the day that the '79 squad began its infamous streak....Read more »
At the start of the homestand on Friday, Mets manager Terry Collins heaped praise upon the reconfiguration at Citi Field. Moving in the fences, he said, has turned his team's home field into a fair ballpark. As colleague David Lennon noted in the paper this morning, other teams may follow suit.
But lately, the Mets haven't taken advantage of their news digs.
"We've got to make this...Read more »
Ichiro Suzuki got the start in centerfield last night in place of Curtis Granderson, who entered the game in a 5-for-41 slump, including 2-for-16 on this trip. Girardi said his motivation was simply to give Granderson a day off but noted that Ichiro had seen Orioles lefthander Joe Saunders “a lot more.’’ Ichiro, who entered the game 13-for-39 against Saunders, hit a long RBI double to center in...Read more »
BALTIMORE — Ivan Nova said he’s ready for “whatever,’’ and in the short term, that means the bullpen. But that’s likely only for the very short term.
“We’ve always considered him a rotation guy,’’ Joe Girardi said of Nova, activated from the disabled list before last night’s game. “He’s not a guy that’s really pitched out of the bullpen a lot.’’
There had been discussion that Nova might...Read more »
Career home run No. 645 for Alex Rodriguez on Friday means he needs 15 more to tie Willie Mays for fourth on the MLB career list.
It was also home run No. 300 as a Yankee for A-Rod, putting him in yet another list of ridiculous all-timers. That list -- the six people to hit 300 or more home runs in a Yankee uniform -- looks like this:
Babe Ruth -- 659
Mickey Mantle -- 536
Lou...Read more »
Girardi said Ivan Nova (inflamed right rotator cuff) could be activated Saturday but was noncommittal about having him take Freddy Garcia’s turn in the rotation Sunday. “Right now we haven’t made any decisions,’’ he said. “We’re in rotation.’’ Said Nova: “I’m ready to go.’’
Andy Pettitte (fractured left fibula) will throw another simulated game Saturday and will see the team doctor Monday...Read more »
Mark Teixeira (calf strain) ran the bases at about 90 percent, and although the first baseman felt good enough to play, Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue decided to give him one more day off.
“I would have loved to play today, but they just want to be smart,’’ Teixeira said. He added with a smile, “If I don’t play tomorrow, we’ll have a conversation.’’ ...Read more »
BALTIMORE — CC Sabathia said he doesn’t feel any added pressure for Saturday night’s start.
But make no mistake; he believes that pulling the Yankees out of their malaise starts with him.
“Always,’’ he said. “Whether I have to go out and throw a shutout or I have to go out and give up a couple of runs and we still win, it’s my job to win that game.’’
In his three starts since coming...Read more »
Chipper Jones has tormented Mets fans. The Braves third baseman was hitting .314 with 49 home runs in his 19-year career against the Mets entering Friday's game, and even named one of his sons "Shea" after all the success he had in the team's old park. The weekend series between the Mets and Braves will mark Jones' final at-bats in Queens against the division rival. As part of Jones' farewell...Read more »