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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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Joe Maddon talkin' 'bout practice

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks with

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He's supposed to be the franchise manager and reporters are talkin' 'bout practice?

The Rays have a style all to themselves, and that's no more true than in the following video, featuring manager Joe Maddon honoring 76ers great Allen Iverson by rehashing his famed "practice" answer. Iverson's jersey was retired recently by the 76ers and Maddon is a Pennsylvania native.

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Stony Brook University alum Maxx Tissenbaum traded to Rays

Stony Brook infielder Maxx Tissenbaum avoids a tag

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Former Stony Brook University baseball player Maxx Tissenbaum was sent to the Tampa Bay organization on Wednesday as part of a seven-player trade between the Padres and Rays.

The full deal:

The Padres get reliever Alex Torres and minor league starter Jesse Hahn.

The Rays get Tissenbaum, versatile utility player Logan Forsythe, reliever Brad Boxberger and minor leaguers Matt Lollis...

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'Anchorman 2' cast vs. Evan Longoria

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy and Christina Applegate

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Will Ferrell and the cast of the highly-anticipated 'Anchorman 2' have been on a media blitz promoting the new flick -- and that barnstorm has taken them opposite Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

The All-Star interviews members of the cast on baseball-related terms like "chin music" and "uncle charlie."

And yes, Baxter also makes an appearance.

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