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The Yankees fell to the Red Sox, 3-0, in a rain-shortened six-inning game Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The start of the game was delayed because of a threat for rain. They finally got underway 50 minutes after the 8 p.m. scheduled start.
In the sixth inning, the rain finally came. After a 36-minute delay, the teams retook the field, but they didn't last there long. Two quick outs were recorded...Read more »
Mariano Rivera blew a save on Tuesday, but his loss against the Mets was just a blip on one of baseball’s best set of career numbers.
The Yankees' strength at the end of games has been their most consistent weapon since Rivera replaced John Wetteland as the closer in 1997.Even at 43, he is 19-for-20 in save opportunities in this, his final season.
Since 1901, among the 96 pitchers who...Read more »
Look out New York: Godzilla is coming back to the Bronx.
At least for a day.
The Yankees announced that slugger Hideki Matsui will sign a one-day minor league contract on July 28 so he can retire as a Yankee before the game that day.
Technically, Matsui announced his retirement in December, so this is more of a brief “comeback” followed by yet another retirement. Roger Clemens,...Read more »
This night couldn't have gone much better for the Mets.
They began the game by honoring the greatest closer to ever play the game and ended it by beating him. Their young phenom lived up to the hype and struck out 10 Yankees in eight innings, allowing just a single run.
And they avoided a potential rain out.
Listen to inside-the-game insights from the important actors in it: Matt...Read more »
There was still a steady rain falling on the tarp at Citi Field just a few minutes before the scheduled start of Yankees vs. Mets Round 2, and amid conflicting weather reports, Yankees manager Joe Girardi offered what appeared to be the simplest - but probably most reasonable - prediction for when the game would start: "I guess it's one of those things you look up in the sky and see if it's...Read more »
Mariano Rivera has made a Hall of Fame career out of throwing the final pitch in baseball games. Tuesday night, he'll throw the first one.
The Yankees closer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of Tuesday night's Subway Series game between the Yankees and the Mets at Citi Field, weather permitting.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano presented Rivera with...Read more »
If you look at the numbers, there are two Robinson Canos. The one who has batted No. 2 this season is a superstar, with a .343 batting average and 1.052 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). But when he has hit third in 2013, his numbers (.220, .683 OPS) have sunk to those of a replacement player.
Although hitting third certainly is the more historically prestigious spot in a batting order,...Read more »
Each week leading up to the All-Star Game at Citi Field we’ll compile our list of who SHOULD start the game based on current performance (click the player's name to see their full stats). Feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think:
1B – Chris Davis, Orioles
Davis is no one-week wonder. After a torrid start to the season, he’s kept up the hot hitting,...Read more »
With the Subway Series nearly upon us, we decided to take a look at the Yankees and Mets lineups – but with a twist. Instead of strict “player vs. player” breakdowns, we went through the lineup by composite defensive position and batting order.
Some of the results may surprise.
Our main tool for comparison was on-base plus slugging percentage. Good hitters generally post an OPS over...Read more »
The cost of going to a Mets or Yankees game is what it is nowadays, but the price on the secondary market for Mets vs. Yankees is changing. And it's changing in favor of the fan. Well, sort of. Subway Series tickets on the secondary market are still above face value, but they're cheaper this year than they have been in the past four season.
The combined average price for the four-game Subway...Read more »