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Yankees turn triple play on Rays

Brian Roberts gets the force out at second

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Yangervis Solarte seemingly can do no wrong.

The Yankees' rookie helped lift CC Sabathia out of a jam in the second inning on Thursday against the Rays. With runners on first and second, Tampa Bay first baseman Sean Rodriguez grounded to third and in one fluid motion, Solarte fielded and stepped on the bag at third to start the 5-4-3 triple play. Solarte flipped to second to Roberts before...

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Fantasy baseball: Jim Johnson already out as Oakland Athletics closer

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson (45) is relieved

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It’s just over a week into the season and the Oakland Athletics' Jim Johnson has already lost the closer’s job.

After Johnson's latest bad outing Wednesday, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday: "We’re going to give Jim a break."

Johnson gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning Wednesday. In just 3.1 innings over five appearances this year,...

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Derek Jeter passes Paul Molitor, moves into eighth place on all-time hits list

Derek Jeter, right, talks with Yankees first base

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Derek Jeter's making sure he goes out with a bang.

Jeter passed Paul Molitor to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list with a single to rightfield in the fourth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. It was his 3,320th hit of his career. Jeter tied Molitor earlier in the game with another single to right.

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Matt Adams gets robbed by fan

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams falls

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Fan interference is as much a human part of the game as missed calls by umpires before the latest replay rules came into effect -- just ask St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning, the Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey popped a ball down the first base line in foul territory. Adams leaned over the tarp and into the stands...

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Fantasy baseball: Closer carousel starts spinning early

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after getting

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It's only day two of the MLB season and already we've seen some major changes at closer.

 

Mets

Entering the 2014 season there were already concerns about Bobby Parnell's health after he suffered a herniated disc in his neck and missed the last two months of the season in 2013. But it's a different injury that has Parnell on the shelf now. Doctors discovered a partial tear...

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Dodgers' Dee Gordon increases fantasy value in Opening Series in Australia

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

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The Dodgers' Dee Gordon scraped by to make the Opening Day roster, and after a solid start in the Opening Series in Australia, not only could he be the starting second baseman for the Dodgers, he could also be a viable fantasy option.

Before this season, Gordon, a natural shortstop, had only played three games at second base, compared to 160 at short in parts of three seasons in the big leagues....

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50 Cent, Huey Lewis and the News, Boyz II Men, Austin Mahone to perform at 2014 Mets Concert Series

Boyz II Men performs at Phillips Arena on

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The Mets Concert Series returns with one concert a month from June to September following four games at Citi Field.

Rapper 50 Cent, who was born in Jamaica, Queens, opens the 2014 festivities after the 4:10 p.m. Mets-Padres game on June 14.

Huey Lewis and the News, known for songs "The Heart of Rock & Roll" and "Power of Love", will perform after the Mets' 4:10 p.m. game against...

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Derek Jeter gets first hits of spring training

Derek Jeter, right, hits a single in front

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The Captain is on board!

Derek Jeter picked up his first hit of spring training on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. And it was in typical Jeter fashion. Facing Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick with a full count and one out in the top of the third, Jeter hit a ground ball through the 5-6 hole into leftfield.

Jeter was 0-for-10 before that at-bat and added a double in the...

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Reports: Yankees sign Scott Sizemore to minor-league deal

Oakland Athletics infielder Scott Sizemore throws to first

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The Yankees are already on the move after the announcement Saturday that Alex Rodriguez's suspension was dropped from 211 games to 162 games.

The team signed veteran infielder Scott Sizemore to a minor-league deal, according to multiple reports and first reported by the New York Post's Ken Davidoff. The 29-year-old has the ability to play second and third base. The Yankees will need depth...

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Mets sign catcher Taylor Teagarden to minor-league deal

Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden in action during

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The Mets have signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.

The 30-year-old has played in just 163 games over the course of six seasons in MLB with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He's a career .206 hitter with a .266 OBP, 20 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Teagarden will likely compete with Anthony...

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