On-Base Perception

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Yankees have organizational issue at first base

Carlos Beltran plays first base in the fifth

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Just 16 games into the season, the Yankees have already had five players man first base – one of whom had fewer than five games of experience at the position and three players who had previously only set foot on a first base bag when rounding the bases.

The chronology goes like this:

- Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring on April 4, just four games into his season, and went on the disabled...

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Secret Service threatened Mr. Met during Bill Clinton visit, ex-mascot says

Mr. Met during an exhibition game between the

(Credit: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann)

How close was Mrs. Met to being a widow?

A few careless Mr. Met steps away from President Bill Clinton, according to a new book by former Mr. Met A.J. Mass, "Yes, It's Hot In Here". Mass donned the mascot suit from 1994-1997.

Clinton visited Shea Stadium on April 15, 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and, in an excerpt from the book...

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Yankees turn triple play on Rays

Brian Roberts gets the force out at second

(Credit: Getty Images / Brian Blanco)

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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John Ryan Murphy, Scott Sizemore called up by Yankees

Yankees infielder Scott Sizemore walks off the field

(Credit: AP / Charlie Neibergall)

Following a recent stretch of injuries for the Yankees -- injuries that grew so numerous Carlos Beltran had to spend several innings at first base on Sunday night -- reinforcements are on the way.

The Yankees have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and selected the contract of infielder Scott Sizemore. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain running to first base...

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Yankees vs. Cubs postponed

The field at Yankee Stadium is covered by

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Derek Jeter's sore right quad and Brian Roberts achy back will get another day off thanks to Mother Nature.

The Yankees' game on Tuesday night vs. the Cubs has been postponed due to weather. It's been rescheduled as part of a day-night, separate admission doubleheader on Wednesday. The pregame ceremonies honoring Nelson Mandela and Jackie Robinson were also postponed until Wednesday.

The...

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Derek Jeter held out for second straight game vs. Red Sox

Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia of the Yankees

(Credit: Getty Images / Jim McIsaac)

Derek Jeter will miss his second straight game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Joe Girardi decided to rest the 39-year-old Saturday with a regular day off, but Newsday's Anthony Rieber reported Sunday that Jeter is dealing with a tight right quadriceps. Rieber also reported Jeter could be used in an emergency Sunday.

The Yankees have their first day off of the season on Monday,...

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Fantasy baseball: Jim Johnson already out as Oakland Athletics closer

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson (45) is relieved

(Credit: AP / Jeff Chiu)

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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Mets prospect rankings and updates

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

We’ll provide periodic rankings and updates of the top minor leaguers in the Mets and Yankees farm systems throughout the season. For the purposes of this list, players with significant major league experience (Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, etc…) will not be considered. All stats are current as of April 9:

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Triple-A Las Vegas

The Mets’ top prospect, and one of...

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Yankees call up Shane Greene, send down Austin Romine

Shane Greene was called up by the Yankees

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The Yankees have called up righthanded reliever Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned catcher Austin Romine down to Triple-A, the team announced.

With backup catcher Francisco Cervelli likely not needed to play first base for awhile, the Yankees can keep him on their bench, removing the need to have Romine in New York.

Greene, 25, impressed the Yankees with his...

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Francisco Cervelli in an odd position

Yankees' catcher Francisco Cervelli after batting practice on

(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Mark Teixeira's stay on the disabled list has forced Joe Girardi into a peculiar position: forcing Francisco Cervelli into a peculiar position.

Cervelli has played all but six of his 202 major league games at catcher, spending four games (five innings) at third base and two games (three innings) at second base in odd, emergency situations. In 310 minor league games, Cervelli played 309 games...

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