On-Base Perception

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Robinson Cano more productive batting second in lineup

Infielder Robinson Cano of the Yankees smiles as

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If you look at the numbers, there are two Robinson Canos. The one who has batted No. 2 this season is a superstar, with a .343 batting average and 1.052 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). But when he has hit third in 2013, his numbers (.220, .683 OPS) have sunk to those of a replacement player.

Although hitting third certainly is the more historically prestigious spot in a batting order,...

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These guys should be All-Stars

Mariano Rivera of the Yankees pitches in the

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Each week leading up to the All-Star Game at Citi Field we’ll compile our list of who SHOULD start the game based on current performance (click the player's name to see their full stats). Feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think:

American League

1B – Chris Davis, Orioles

Davis is no one-week wonder. After a torrid start to the season, he’s kept up the hot hitting,...

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Jose Canseco a suspect in sexual assault investigation, cops say

Jose Canseco talks to reporters after appearing in

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Former baseball MVP and confessed performance-enhancing drug user Jose Canseco is a suspect in a sexual assault investigation in Nevada, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed.

“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a Sexual Assault case,” the LVMPD said in a statement e-mailed to Newsday. “Jose Conseco (sic) has been named as the suspect in...

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Yankees vs. Mets a surprising comparison

Robinson Cano smiles after hitting a solo home

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With the Subway Series nearly upon us, we decided to take a look at the Yankees and Mets lineups – but with a twist. Instead of strict “player vs. player” breakdowns, we went through the lineup by composite defensive position and batting order.

Some of the results may surprise.

Our main tool for comparison was on-base plus slugging percentage. Good hitters generally post an OPS over...

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Yankees-Mets Subway Series tickets selling like cold cakes

Subway Series ticket sales info, via TiqIQ.

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The cost of going to a Mets or Yankees game is what it is nowadays, but the price on the secondary market for Mets vs. Yankees is changing. And it's changing in favor of the fan. Well, sort of. Subway Series tickets on the secondary market are still above face value, but they're cheaper this year than they have been in the past four season.

The combined average price for the four-game Subway...

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Magic numbers: 54, 8.2, 7, 5, 2

Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals sits in

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54: Major-league starts for Stephen Strasburg, who Thursday reached the personal milestone of pitching eight innings for the first time in his overly protected career. Strasburg has made it through seven innings 10 times, including three this season. Slowly but surely, the training wheels seem to be coming off in D.C.

8.2: Percent increase in value of signing bonuses for next month’s MLB draft....

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Yankees-Jays rained out

A tarp covers the field as a game

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Sunday's Yankees-Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start, has been postponed because of rain.

No makeup date has been announced yet. Fans holding paid tickets for the game can use them for the rescheduled game or exchange them for any regular-season game at Yankee Stadium this year (subject to availability).

CC Sabathia was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the first-place...

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Yankees are missing Derek Jeter's bat, glove at shortstop

Derek Jeter listens to pitcher Mariano Rivera announce

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Derek Jeter’s contributions to the Yankees are often talked about in terms of what he brings with his "intangibles." But what the Yankees are missing right now from the shortstop position is very tangible.

Jeter's replacements have combined to hit .220 with one home run and a .606 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) through the first 40 games of the season while the Yankees captain...

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Yankees place Andy Pettitte on disabled list, recall Vidal Nuno

Andy Pettitte of the Yankees looks on during

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The disabled list keeps on growing for the Yankees.

The Yankees placed Andy Pettitte on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right trapezius, a day after the 40-year-old tweaked the muscle in a start against the Seattle Mariners.

The veteran lefthander was pulled after 4 2/3 innings after he felt discomfort in his shoulder. The team announced after the game that he had suffered...

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All-Star Game scavenger hunt kicks off Saturday

Citi Field, home of the New York Mets

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The hunt for a spot at the All-Star Game isn’t limited just to baseball players.

Starting Saturday, MLB, in partnership with the Mets, will be conducting a city-wide scavenger hunt – the ultimate prize being tickets to All-Star Week events. The All-Star Game is being held at Citi Field this season.

The clues will be announced, one-by-one, though the All-Star Game twitter account, @AllStarGame....

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