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Poll results: Leading off for the Yankees . . .

Derek Jeter takes batting practice before a spring

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Derek Jeter led the majors last season in plate appearances, at-bats and hits en route to a .316 batting average.

Of his 649 at-bats, only 34 weren't from the leadoff position in the lineup. Of his 216 hits, just 10 came when he hit second. (That's a .303 average hitting second, and .317 hitting first.)

Yet, in our latest reader poll -- the science of which rivals nothing -- Jeter was...

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Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia does the Harlem Shake

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws the ball during

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What happens when you mix Yankees ace CC Sabathia, a Segway, and a bunch of friends and family members (one of whom is dressed in a pink suit)? You get a Harlem Shake video.

Sabathia posted a YouTube video on Tuesday of himself, friends and family partaking in the latest Internet sensation.

The lefty pitcher can be seen riding around on a Segway motorized vehicle while other people ride...

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Johnny Damon interested in rejoining Yankees

Johnny Damon prepares for an at-bat during a

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Now that the Yankees will be without Curtis Granderson for 10 weeks, they're going to have to find a suitable replacement. But speed, defensive ability and power are tough to come by from one player. Could aging former Yankee Johnny Damon be that guy?

Damon seems to think so.

“Losing Curtis Granderson is definitely a tough thing to swallow, but with the way I hit at Yankee Stadium and...

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Yankees catchers lacking punch this season

Yankees catcher Chris Stewart on picture day during

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Russell Martin and his 21 home runs from 2012 are gone. In his stead, the Yankees have three unproven commodities: two lifetime backup catchers and a prospect coming off a back injury.

Combined, the trio of Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Austin Romine have a career batting average of .246, on-base percentage of .312 and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .640. Given 600 plate appearances,...

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David Price, facial hair and the Mets

American League's David Price, of the Tampa Bay

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David Price, the reigning Cy Young winner, isn’t exactly a favorite among Yankee fans, considering he’s one of the elite pitchers in the AL East. But Price further annoyed them this week, first by criticizing the Yankees’ personal-grooming policy – no beards – and then saying he’d never sign a long-term deal there because of it.

As a result, Price said his Twitter feed (@DAVIDprice14) blew...

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Fair or foul? Showalter hasn't forgotten

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left, argues a

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Another inch or two, and maybe the month of October would have turned out differently for the Orioles.

Instead, Nate McLouth’s potential game-tying home run in the sixth inning of ALDS Game 5 was ruled barely foul – the replay couldn’t prove it nicked the foul poles -- Baltimore lost, and Buck Showalter got to spend the last four months wondering what might have been.

When...

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Michael Phelps takes batting practice at Orioles camp

Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for

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Now batting for the Baltimore Orioles... No. 18... Michael Phelps?

No, the most decorated Olympian of all time isn't thinking about becoming a professional baseball player. But he did take a few swings for fun Thursday at Orioles camp in Sarasota, Fla.

Phelps, a Baltimore native, chatted with manager Buck Showalter before digging into the batter's box for a few hacks. The 18-time gold...

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Poll results: Yankees' fifth starter?

Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova throws in the bullpen

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The poll results blog posts here come with two standard items:

1) The results of the poll.

2) The "These results are far from scientific" disclaimer.

There was No. 2. Here comes No. 1: Who will be the fifth starter when the Yankees begin the season?

61% -- Ivan Nova

25% -- David Phelps

  9% -- Someone the Yankees go out and sign

  5%...

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Mets' Cesar Puello refers Biogenesis PED issue to union

Mets' Cesar Puello bats during a spring training

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- One day after a published report linked him to the ever-growing Biogenesis doping scandal, Mets prospect Cesar Puello referred all questions regarding the matter to the players' union.

"I've gotta go work," Puello said, ending his brief statement to reporters.

According to a report on ESPN, Puello's name appeared in documents acquired from the Miami...

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Clemens plans 'a good laugh' if needed about Piazza's book

Houston Astros special instructor Roger Clemens adjusts the

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Even with Roger Clemens saying Tuesday he plans to write a book of his own in the near future, he still has no intention of picking up any pointers from Mike Piazza’s recent autobiography, “Long Shot,” despite his prominent role as a villainous Yankee.

“No, I don’t need to read it,” Clemens said. “If it’s too out of bounds, somebody will text me and we’ll have a good laugh over it.”

The...

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