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Matt Harvey in superior class despite his record

Matt Harvey of the Mets reacts after the

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Stats are a better indicator of talent than the "eye test," but they have their flaws. Especially when it comes to pitching numbers.

Case in point: Matt Harvey has consistently pitched brilliantly, yet he takes a 7-2 record into the All-Star break. The seven wins ties him for 31st in MLB among qualified pitchers.

Wins have long been used to measure a starter, dating to when...

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Bernie Williams to play free concert in Oyster Bay

Bernie Williams performs the national anthem before Game

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It's only right with All-Star Weekend set to kickoff in New York that former Yankee and five-time All-Star Bernie Williams gets in on the action.

Before playing in the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday at Citi Field, Williams and his All-Star Band will play a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at John J. Burns Town Park in the Town of Oyster Bay. The show is appropriately titled "From...

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Yankees' HOPE Week continues at animal rescue

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees doubles in the

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Three Yankees were in a different kind of doghouse before their game against Kansas City.

Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Shawn Kelley surprised volunteers Wednesday at New Beginning Animal Rescue in the Bronx as part of the Yankees’ HOPE Week Initiative.

HOPE Week was established in 2009 and spends five days spotlighting five different individuals, families or organizations each year.

Pedro...

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Shaun Marcum done for season with thoracic outlet syndrome, according to reports

Shaun Marcum of the Mets walks to the

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Shaun Marcum has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and will undergo season-ending surgery Monday, according to multiple reports.

The Mayo Clinic describes TOS as such: "Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the thoracic outlet — the space between your collarbone and your first rib — become compressed."

The...

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Yoenis Cespedes named to AL Home Run Derby team

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes, right, is

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Robinson Cano waited an extra day to make his final Home Run Derby conestant selection. He didn't disappoint with his choice.

The Yankees second baseman, who will captain the American League squad in Monday's Home Run Derby, went with Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as his final selection Tuesday afternoon.

Cespedes joins Cano, Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers and Chris Davis...

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Vote: Dream hitter vs. pitcher matchups

MATT HARVEY, Mets vs. YASIEL PUIG, Dodgers Harvey

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David Wright vs. R.A. Dickey.

Derek Jeter vs. Mariano Rivera.

Yasiel Puig vs. Matt Harvey.

We've yet to see these dream hitter vs. pitcher matchups, but wouldn't you love to? Now's your chance to live out those fantasy duels in our latest interactive.

Vote on 13 never-before-seen matchups here....

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David Wright, Robinson Cano announce their Home Run Derby teams

This Newsday composite shows Mets third baseman David

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David Wright and Robinson Cano, the National League and American League captains for this year's Home Run Derby at Citi Field, announced their selections for their teams on SportsCenter on Monday.

Wright chose Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies), Michael Cuddyer (Colorado Rockies) and Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) for the NL. Cano picked Prince Fielder (Detroit Tigers), Chris Davis (Baltimore...

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Anna Benson threatened Kris Benson with gun, report says

Kris Benson, left, and wife Anna Benson react

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If you thought you saw Anna Benson at her craziest when then-husband Kris was with the Mets, you might want to sit down.

Benson has been arrested for “allegedly raiding Kris’ apartment with a gun and a metal baton, all while wearing a bulletproof vest,” according to TMZ.

Anna allegedly showed up at her ex-husband’s residence, whipped out an expandable baton and threatened to hit him....

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Clayton Kershaw: Matt Harvey should start All-Star Game

Matt Harvey of the Mets pitches against the

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The debate about whether Matt Harvey should start the All-Star Game is moot. At least to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher most frequently mentioned as an alternative to Harvey.

“He should,” Kershaw told FOXSports.com. “There’s no reason, especially if it’s in New York, that he shouldn’t start. That’s what the fans will want. I’ve got no problem with that.”

By traditional measures,...

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Alex Rodriguez goes 0-for-3 in Class A rehab game

Alex Rodriguez speaks to reporters after his second

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Alex Rodriguez was the designated hitter yesterday for the Class A Tampa Yankees and went 0-for-3 in a 2-1 win over the Brevard County Manatees.

In his first at-bat, Rodriguez had to duck out of the way to avoid being hit in the head by a breaking pitch. He then lined out.

Rodriguez is expected to sit out Tampa’s game tonight but likely will be back in the team’s lineup tomorrow night....

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