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Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's show on MLB Network is called "High Heat."
And, the day after the Yankees' Michael Pineda was ejected from a game in Fenway Park because of using pine tar, Russo brought the heat.
Watch below as "Mad Dog" sounds off on the Yankees and Major League Baseball . . . and a little bit on Pineda. It's classic "Mad Dog."
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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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »