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Bobby Abreu returns to an MLB lineup

Bobby Abreu #53 of the New York Mets

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Just a few notes from another windy day here at Citi Field.

1. Welcome Bobby Ball

It’s Throwback Thursday on Twitter, and apparently, the same goes at Citi Field. Bobby Abreu, 40, will start his first big league game since July 25, 2012. Despite a swirling wind similar to Wednesday night, manager Terry Collins is going with Abreu.

“He’s 40 years old,” Collins said. “He probably...

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New Yankees inspire John Sterling home run calls

Yankees broadcaster John Sterling sits in his booth

(Credit: AP, 2009)

Every season brings along changes for the Yankees, but one constant -- at least for the past 25 years -- has been John Sterling doing play-by-play on the radio.

Even with the Yankees' radio broadcast moving from WCBS to WFAN, Sterling continues to bring a flair to calling a game with his infamous home run calls. Whether singing a ditty or making a play on words as a ball leaves the park, Sterling...

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Ivan Nova undergoes MRI on elbow, doctor recommends surgery

Ivan Nova walks through the dugout following the

(Credit: Getty Images / Brian Blanco)

After being placed on the disabled list Sunday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Ivan Nova underwent an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed the original diagnosis. Team physician Christopher Ahmad conducted the MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Surgery, which would end Nova's season, has been recommended.

Nova left his last start Saturday after...

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David Robertson returns from DL, Cesar Cabral outrighted

David Robertson reacts after the final out of

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Yankees no longer need to use the replacement for Mariano Rivera's replacement: closer David Robertson was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday morning, the Yankees announced. Lefthander Cesar Cabral was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear room on the major league roster.

Robertson went on the 15-day DL April 7 with a strained left groin. Tuesday was the first day...

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Mets prospects update

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Here’s an alphabetical look at how some of the Mets’ more notable and interesting prospects are faring in the minors (all stats as of the afternoon of April 21):

Vic Black, 25, RHP

One of the last cuts in Mets’ camp this year, his lack of control kicked him off the major league roster. He hasn’t rediscovered it in Triple-A. Has walked seven (also struck out six) in 6.1 IP. Don’t be fooled...

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Yankees' Ivan Nova goes on DL with partially torn UCL

Ivan Nova walks to the dugout after being

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ivan Nova used the word “devastated,” and he looked the part.

The 27-year-old righthander was removed from Saturday night's game against the Rays with discomfort in his right elbow, and an MRI taken later that night showed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow, all but ending his season.

“It’s hard,” a somber Nova said in the Yankees’ clubhouse...

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Mets replace Jose Valverde with Kyle Farnsworth at closer

Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth delivers against the Washington

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Three weeks, three closers.

That’s how the 2014 season has started for the Mets, who officially replaced the struggling Jose Valverde with veteran Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth will be the latest to attempt filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell.

“I’m not going to approach it any different,” said Farnsworth, whose diminished velocity was one of the reasons he didn’t make the team out...

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Yankees call up LI's Matt Daley, DFA Cesar Cabral

Yankees pitcher Matt Daley makes his major league

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Cesar Cabral's misfortune is LI native Matt Daley's gain.

The Yankees called up the Garden City native on Friday and designated Cabral for assignment following their 11-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cabral played a big part in the bullpen's meltdown on Friday, giving up three earned runs on three hits and hitting three batters while failing to record an out.

Cabral appeared in...

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Get to know Mets reliever Zack Thornton

Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher Zack Thornton throws during an

(Credit: AP / Four Seam Images)

Zack Thornton is one of the pieces coming back to the Mets in Friday's Ike Davis deal (along with a player to be named later). But who exactly is Thornton, and what does he bring to the Mets bullpen?

Thornton, 25, was drafted in the 43rd round by the San Francisco Giants out of high school in 2008, but instead went to the University of Oregon. He was taken by the Oakland A's in the 23rd round...

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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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