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What the flurry of trades means for the Yankees

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers a

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The Yankees strengthened their offense and defense on Thursday by acquiring Stephen Drew from the Red Sox for Kelly Johnson and getting Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks for Peter O'Brien and a player to be named later.

But the biggest impact for the Yankees may have been made by other teams -- namely the Athletics and Tigers.

The Yankees enter Friday five games behind the American...

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John Lackey traded to Cardinals

Boston Red Sox John Lackey pitches in the

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Fresh off the Red Sox trading one two-time World Series-winning pitcher, Boston has dealt another one.

John Lackey has been sent to the Cardinals, both clubs have confirmed. The deal was first reported by CBS' Jon Heyman and ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

MLB Network's Peter Gammons reports that first baseman/rightfielder Allen Craig and righthanded pitcher Joe Kelly will be going to Boston....

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David Ortiz goes off on MLB Network analyst for saying he got a 'free pass' on PED scandal

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz heads

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It’s been more than 10 years since David Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of 104 MLB players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a survey test, but from time to time his name still gets brought up with PEDs. That bothers the Red Sox slugger.

Ortiz turned to WEEI.com to go off on an MLB Network analyst, who according to the Boston Globe was former MLB pitcher Joe Magrane,...

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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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Bee swarm delayed Yankees-Red Sox spring training game

Members of the field crew spray a swarm

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There's usually a good amount of buzz every time the Yankees and the Red Sox play each other, but Tuesday's spring training game between the two had a lot more than usual.

A swarm of bees in left field delayed Tuesday's game at George M. Steinbrenner Field in the bottom of the third inning. Play resumed after the grounds crew sprayed the swarm away, though Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira...

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