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The Mets have demoted Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A and called up outfield prospect Juan Lagares, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
Nieuwenhuis struggled in limited at bats this season, hitting .125. Lagares, 24, hit .346 with three homers at Triple-A Las Vegas. He’s not in the lineup Tuesday night as the Mets take on the Dodgers at Citi Field.
Lagares can play all three outfield...Read more »
CC Sabathia allowed four runs in the first inning Monday night against the Rays and you could have turned your television off right then. According to the odds, the Yankees weren’t winning that game.
They didn’t, of course, following a trend that has the events of the first inning foreshadowing the fate of the game this season:
- The Yankees have allowed a run in the first inning in...Read more »
Darrelle Revis has already taken his talents to Tampa Bay.
The newly acquired Buccaneer delivered a strike to the Rays' Matt Joyce before the Rays topped the Yankees, 5-1, at Tropicana Field on Monday.
Check out the video:
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475: Feet traveled by Anthony Rizzo’s home run hit Thursday at Wrigley Field, a shot ESPN measured to be the longest of the season so far.
50: Season-ticket holders who reportedly heard Padres president Tom Garfinkel describe Zack Greinke as “Rain Man” and say he hit Carlos Quentin on purpose. “We’re in the trust tree here,” Garfinkel said. Good “Old School” reference, Tom. Bad comment.
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A look at how the Yankees’ top minor –league prospects have fared so far this season (all stats through Friday):
1. Mason Williams OF | Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced) .296 BA, .433 OBP, .407 SLG, 0 HR, 4 RBIs Power likely to improve as he develops; excellent defense aided by superb speed.
2. Slade Heathcott OF | Trenton Thunder (Double A) .205 BA, .271 OBP, .295 SLG, 0 HR, 2 RBIs...Read more »
The Yankees were faced with five key personnel decisions heading into the 2013 season. In each case they let the incumbent walk and replaced him via free agency or from within. Here’s a look at how, three weeks in, the decisions have worked out:
CATCHER: Russell Martin vs. “Stew-velli” (Chris Stewart/Francisco Cervelli)
Stewart and Cervelli have combined to hit .322 while sharing time...Read more »
Lucas Duda ranks third in all of baseball with a 1.199 OPS. He's reaching base and hitting for power, the exact combination that any team could use in the middle of the lineup. But even though Mets coaches have discussed moving Duda into the cleanup spot -- which is currently occupied by Ike Davis -- manager Terry Collins said that he's content to leave Duda where he is.
On Sunday against...Read more »
Shaun Marcum's long awaited Mets debut may come in less than a week. Assuming no setbacks, the Mets have the veteran righthander slated to return on Saturday, which is the next time the team needs a fifth starter in the rotation.
Lefthander Aaron Laffey would have been the most likely alternative to make the start on Saturday. However, Laffey was designated for assignment to make room for...Read more »
DENVER -- Lucas Duda was out of the Mets' starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's frigid series finale against the Rockies. The leftfielder's still suffering from lingering effects of the lower back stiffness that forced him to leave Tuesday's second game in the fifth inning.
"There's a process that we want to make sure he goes through before he's ready and 22 degrees is really not the...Read more »
Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel made light of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke’s social anxiety disorder, going so far as to compare him to the title character in the movie Rain Man while talking with a group of season-ticket holders, according to an audio clip obtained by Yahoo! Sports.
Garfinkel was speaking in the aftermath of last week’s Dodgers-Padres brawl – one that cost Greinke a broken collarbone....Read more »