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Cody Derespina

Now may be the time to doubt Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout during

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Not every player can go out on the top of their game, like Mariano Rivera did in 2013.

Derek Jeter is proving that lesson in 2014.

"Don't doubt Jeter!" is what history cautions. He's made a career of proving folks wrong. A 5-for-11 performance in Anaheim has given pause to many critics.

But it shouldn't.

Doubt Jeter because:

- His 18.3 percent strikeout rate is the...

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Mariano Rivera: I'd take Dustin Pedroia over Robinson Cano

Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, embraces Boston

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Mariano Rivera can still throw heat, even in retirement.

The former Yankees closer and MLB all-time saves leader questions former teammate Robinson Cano's passion in a new autobiography -- and even says he'd pick rival Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia over Cano.

"If I have to win one game, I'd have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman," Rivera says...

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Video: Joe Girardi, Shawn Kelley ejected by Laz Diaz

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, argues

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Umpire Laz Diaz has a reputation for taking a tense moment and ratcheting the drama up a few degrees.

So what happened Monday night in Anaheim should have been no surprise.

Shawn Kelley was walking off the field after a rough outing during which he'd walked four hitters, allowing the go-ahead run to score for the Angels. Kelley, heading back to the dugout, was not pleased with Diaz's...

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Marcus Stroman makes MLB debut

Toronto Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman throws at the

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Marcus Stroman's journey from the high school fields at Patchogue-Medford to the big league mound as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays is complete.

Now, the former first round draft pick who worked through a PED-related suspension to emerge as one of 2014's brightest prospects can begin phase two: the career.

The Long Island native's first taste of the major leagues on Sunday was rocky.

He...

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David Robertson returns from DL, Cesar Cabral outrighted

David Robertson reacts after the final out of

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The Yankees no longer need to use the replacement for Mariano Rivera's replacement: closer David Robertson was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday morning, the Yankees announced. Lefthander Cesar Cabral was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear room on the major league roster.

Robertson went on the 15-day DL April 7 with a strained left groin. Tuesday was the first day...

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Mets prospects update

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Here’s an alphabetical look at how some of the Mets’ more notable and interesting prospects are faring in the minors (all stats as of the afternoon of April 21):

Vic Black, 25, RHP

One of the last cuts in Mets’ camp this year, his lack of control kicked him off the major league roster. He hasn’t rediscovered it in Triple-A. Has walked seven (also struck out six) in 6.1 IP. Don’t be fooled...

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Yankees have organizational issue at first base

Carlos Beltran plays first base in the fifth

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Just 16 games into the season, the Yankees have already had five players man first base – one of whom had fewer than five games of experience at the position and three players who had previously only set foot on a first base bag when rounding the bases.

The chronology goes like this:

- Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring on April 4, just four games into his season, and went on the disabled...

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Secret Service threatened Mr. Met during Bill Clinton visit, ex-mascot says

Mr. Met during an exhibition game between the

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How close was Mrs. Met to being a widow?

A few careless Mr. Met steps away from President Bill Clinton, according to a new book by former Mr. Met A.J. Mass, "Yes, It's Hot In Here". Mass donned the mascot suit from 1994-1997.

Clinton visited Shea Stadium on April 15, 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and, in an excerpt from the book...

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John Ryan Murphy, Scott Sizemore called up by Yankees

Yankees infielder Scott Sizemore walks off the field

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Following a recent stretch of injuries for the Yankees -- injuries that grew so numerous Carlos Beltran had to spend several innings at first base on Sunday night -- reinforcements are on the way.

The Yankees have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and selected the contract of infielder Scott Sizemore. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain running to first base...

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Mets prospect rankings and updates

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

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We’ll provide periodic rankings and updates of the top minor leaguers in the Mets and Yankees farm systems throughout the season. For the purposes of this list, players with significant major league experience (Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, etc…) will not be considered. All stats are current as of April 9:

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Triple-A Las Vegas

The Mets’ top prospect, and one of...

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