On-Base Perception

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Nick Tropeano, Long Island native, wins first MLB start

Houston Astros starter Nick Tropeano winds up during

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Long Island's Nick Tropeano, making his MLB debut, drew speedy Mariners leadoff hitter Austin Jackson for his inaugural assignment. Jackson, a .276 hitter with a .339 on-base percentage in five MLB seasons, is no cakewalk to pitch to, and, if he gets on base, Jackson's tendency to steal second can disrupt even the most seasoned big league arm.

So it was particularly helpful when Tropeano struck...

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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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