On-Base Perception

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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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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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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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Ivan Nova undergoes MRI on elbow, doctor recommends surgery

Ivan Nova walks through the dugout following the

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After being placed on the disabled list Sunday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Ivan Nova underwent an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed the original diagnosis. Team physician Christopher Ahmad conducted the MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Surgery, which would end Nova's season, has been recommended.

Nova left his last start Saturday after...

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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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Yankees' Ivan Nova goes on DL with partially torn UCL

Ivan Nova walks to the dugout after being

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ivan Nova used the word “devastated,” and he looked the part.

The 27-year-old righthander was removed from Saturday night's game against the Rays with discomfort in his right elbow, and an MRI taken later that night showed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow, all but ending his season.

“It’s hard,” a somber Nova said in the Yankees’ clubhouse...

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Yankees call up LI's Matt Daley, DFA Cesar Cabral

Yankees pitcher Matt Daley makes his major league

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Cesar Cabral's misfortune is LI native Matt Daley's gain.

The Yankees called up the Garden City native on Friday and designated Cabral for assignment following their 11-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cabral played a big part in the bullpen's meltdown on Friday, giving up three earned runs on three hits and hitting three batters while failing to record an out.

Cabral appeared in...

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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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