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The Yankees open their 2014 schedule deep in the heart of Texas, while the Mets have the Big Apple all to themselves.
The Yankees start their year with a three-game set against the Astros in Houston and the Mets begin against Washington at Citi Field, the just-released 2014 MLB schedules reveal.
The Yankees and Mets play each other from May 12-15, with the first two games at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees...Read more »
MARCUS STROMAN, Patchogue-Medford
RHP, New Hampshire (Blue Jays, AA): 8-5, 3.47 ERA, 118 K, 27 BB in 19 starts
Most of the year was brilliant, but finished on a sour note, allowing 13 earned runs in 202/3 innings during four starts (5.66 ERA).
STEVEN MATZ, Ward Melville
LHP, Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets, A): 5-6, 2.62 ERA, 121 K, 38 BB in 21 starts
Has a 2.40 ERA during...Read more »
The Mets have long liked pitcher Vic Black. Now it they're getting a second chance at him.
Black is the player to be named later coming from the Pirates to complete the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade, it was announced Thursday afternoon. The Mets also received second base prospect Dilson Herrera in the deal. For more on Herrera, see our prospect profile.
Black tweeted from his verified...Read more »
With two outs and the Yankees trailing 2-0 in Toronto on Wednesday night, Hiroki Kuroda threw a strike to hitter J.P. Arencibia. Arencibia just watched the pitch sail through the zone and would have been the third out of the inning.
But catcher Chris Stewart also watched the pitch sail through the zone.
Stewart, apparently crossed up, failed to glove Kuroda’s offering, resulting in a...Read more »
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was ranked as one of the top-100 prospects in baseball for four consecutive seasons by Baseball America. He’s been in the top-50 each of the past three seasons and top-25 each of the last two. Prior to this season, BA ranked him the No. 23 overall prospect, the Minor League Baseball Analyst had him No. 9 and MLB.com placed him No. 6.
All of this is a long way of...Read more »
The Mets traded Marlon Byrd, John Buck and cash on Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. So who exactly are the Mets getting in this deal?
Herrera, 19, is a career .281 hitter with a .355 OBP, .455 slugging percentage and 21 home runs in 995 minor league plate appearances spread over three seasons. He was playing for...Read more »
Anyone who has watched the Yankees during the three weeks since Alex Rodriguez's return from offseason hip surgery doesn't need a data set to tell them 16 games of A-Rod has been exponentially better than four months of his subpar replacements.
But we have the data, so why not look through it?
Entering Saturday night, non-Rodriguez Yankees third basemen had hit .214 with a .256 on-base...Read more »
There will still be room for some Billy Martin-like antics in baseball.
There may not be as many cap flips, ump bumps, dirt kicking or base throwing between managers and umpires if expanded instant replay goes into effect next season – but it won’t be absent from the game all together.
Heading into Friday’s slate, there have been 143 ejections this season – 68 for managers – according...Read more »
If the weather warded you away from Yankee Stadium on Thursday – or even if you came and dealt with the rain and three and a half hour delay – the Yankees want to reward you.
Anyone with a valid Aug. 22 ticket, regardless of whether they attended the game or not, can use it to redeem a free Grandstand Level or Terrace Level ticket at the Stadium for any game during their series against the...Read more »
The tarp is (finally) coming off the field at Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees series finale against the Blue Jays is now scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
The Yankees announced about 15 minutes before Thursday's scheduled 1:05 p.m. start that, due to inclement weather, first pitch would be delayed.
Rain began to fall at the Stadium around 1:35 p.m. and continued until after 3 p.m., ranging...Read more »