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Zack Thornton is the main piece coming back to the Mets in Friday's Ike Davis deal. 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 then was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft after playing at Oregon and Ventura College. He was traded...Read more »
It's safe to say that CC Sabathia doesn't usually have his best day on Opening Day.
The Yankees lefty was shelled by the Astros on Opening Day Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits in six innings in a 6-2 loss.
Sabathia, who has started every Opening Day for the Yankees since joining the team in 2009, has historically done poorly in the season opener. Here's how he's fared...Read more »
In what will be a season of "lasts" for Derek Jeter, these are some of his notable "firsts":
Game: At Seattle, May 29, 1995, batted ninth, was 0-for-5 with a strikeout. Yankees lost, 8-7.
At-bat: Flied to short rightfield in third inning on an 0-and-2 pitch from Rafael Carmona.
Hit: The next night, May 30, 1995, fifth inning-single to leftfield off Tim Belcher.
Run: In that...Read more »
Willie Randolph turned in the performance of Yankees spring training on Tuesday night.
The Yankees' bench coach photobombed manager Joe Girardi's in-game TV interview on Tuesday night aganst the Blue Jays.
Everything about it was flawless -- the way Randolph sneaks up behind Girardi without anybody noticing, the face he makes and the way he slinks back as if he didn't just photobomb...Read more »
There's usually a good amount of buzz every time the Yankees and the Red Sox play each other, but Tuesday's spring training game between the two had a lot more than usual.
A swarm of bees in left field delayed Tuesday's game at George M. Steinbrenner Field in the bottom of the third inning. Play resumed after the grounds crew sprayed the swarm away, though Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira...Read more »
It's Super Bowl week here in New York, which means media members (myself included) are hanging around at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. On one of my several trips down to Radio Row, I happened to run into Steve Phillips, co-host of SiriusXM's "Evan and Phillips in the Morning" show, and we had a nice chat about the upcoming game. (You can read his prediction for the game here.)
At the end...Read more »
The Yankees and catcher Francisco Cervelli have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal on Thursday.
The team did not disclose how much the deal was worth, but CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $700,000.
Cervelli played in 17 games in 2013, hitting .269 with a .377 on-base percentage, three home runs and eight RBIs. He broke his right...Read more »