On-Base Perception

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David Lennon

Brett Gardner's rare Subway Series feat

Yankees batter Brett Gardner, center, is welcomed at

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Brett Gardner's two-out grand slam against Bartolo Colon on Monday turned out to be inconsequential in an eventual Mets victory.

But, in the 100th game the teams have played against each other, Gardner's home run was just the seventh grand slam either team has hit. The Yankees have hit five of them, the Mets two.

Here are the others (click on the date for a full game recap and box score):

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Mets' Ruben Tejada at a crossroads

Ruben Tejada reacts after his sixth-inning single against

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Ruben Tejada figured a turnaround might require just a bit more time.

Like many of the Mets, the hits had not been falling for Tejada, who believed he deserved better than a .183 average. After all, he had actually been making solid contact. His assertion had been backed up by publicly available metrics.

According to FanGraphs.com, Tejada boasts an abnormally high line-drive rate of...

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Now may be the time to doubt Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout during

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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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Pirates beat Giants on walk-off review

Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte, left, scores ahead of

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There have been a bunch of firsts this season thanks to the new replay system. Add another first to the list: MLB's first win by walk-off review.

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit a triple in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Giants Tuesday night with the score tied at 1, then advanced home on an error by Giants second baseman Ehrie Adrianza, who skipped the ball past third baseman...

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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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Mets, Yankees games rained out

A tarp covers the infield as rain delays

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Faced with an awful weather forecast, the Yankees postponed Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners. 

The game has been rescheduled for Monday, June 2 at 7:05 p.m.

There was no immediate word on how the postponement would impact the club’s rotations.

David Phelps, filling in for the suspended Michael Pineda, was scheduled to face Seattle’s Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54) Wednesday...

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Watch: 'Mad Dog' Russo goes off on Michael Pineda, Yankees and pine tar

Radio personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo smiles during

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's show on MLB Network is called "High Heat."

And, the day after the Yankees' Michael Pineda was ejected from a game in Fenway Park because of using pine tar, Russo brought the heat.

Watch below as "Mad Dog" sounds off on the Yankees and Major League Baseball . . . and a little bit on Pineda. It's classic "Mad Dog."

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Bobby Abreu returns to an MLB lineup

Bobby Abreu #53 of the New York Mets

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Just a few notes from another windy day here at Citi Field.

1. Welcome Bobby Ball

It’s Throwback Thursday on Twitter, and apparently, the same goes at Citi Field. Bobby Abreu, 40, will start his first big league game since July 25, 2012. Despite a swirling wind similar to Wednesday night, manager Terry Collins is going with Abreu.

“He’s 40 years old,” Collins said. “He probably...

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