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Long Island MLB prospect watch

Marcus Stroman fields a ground ball at the

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There are currently seven different prospects with roots on Long Island in major league camps this spring training.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays

 

Stroman, 22, was born in Medford and selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 draft out of Duke University (he was also drafted out of Patchogue-Medford High School but chose not to...

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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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Yankees' prospect watch

Dellin Betances delivers a pitch in the eighth

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

So far the Yankees have had four players among the organization’s more notable prospects play in spring training games.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Dellin Betances, RHP

Betances has been electric since converting to a full-time relief role last season. In four games this spring, he’s pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out five.

Mark...

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Paul Olden and Alex Anthony announce new Yankees, Mets players

Yankees announcer Paul Olden is shown in the

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Why wait until Opening Day to finally here the Yankees and Mets new additions announced as part of the team's lineup?

MLB Network has you covered.

The network taped a series of promo spots featuring Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden and Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony.

Olden announces new additions Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Anthony announced...

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Ike Davis says he didn't mention oblique injury during most of 2013

Ike Davis strikes out in the eighth inning

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

First baseman and trade candidate Ike Davis did not tell the Mets about an oblique injury he had during his poor 2013 season because "the timing was bad," he told the New York Post on Sunday.

But he walked back the severity of the injury during an agitated interview session with reporters on Monday morning.

Several reports indicated a loud discussion between Davis and the Post reporter ...

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Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized for Cano comments

Robinson Cano, center, is helped into his new

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New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is sticking up for his $240 million man.

Seattle's skipper criticized Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for opinions he expressed about Robinson Cano not always hustling to first base on ground balls. Cano was once one of Long’s prized pupils, but the second baseman left the Bronx for Seattle – and a megadeal – in December.

“Last time I checked, I...

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Video: The Alex Rodriguez deal that never happened

Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees fields

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ESPN's newest 30-for-30 short focuses on the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Red Sox that nearly happened -- before the Yankees stole him at the last minute.

You may know most of the details, but the excellent production features interviews with all the principals involved (sans A-Rod) including Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

 

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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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Video: History of Japanese players in MLB

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees salutes the crowd

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

This one is probably not a coincidence.

The MLB Productions crew put together a video showing the history of Japanese players in the major leagues...

That just happened to be released on the same day highly-sought-after righthander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees.

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Masahiro Tanaka derby: Reading the tea leaves

Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates after defeating

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Here’s what we officially know about the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes: Very little.

Five teams have reportedly submitted formal offers for the highly-coveted Japanese righthander. The Yankees and Dodgers are viewed as the front runners in that group with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and White Sox bringing up the rear (likely in that order).

Now let’s get into the tea leaf reading:

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