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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets manager Terry Collins offered some clarity about his plans for the outfield yesterday, hinting strongly that both Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares would make the Opening Day roster.Later on a team official took things a step further, saying explicitly that the Mets intend to carry both players to begin the season, leaving Collins to juggle their playing time.But those...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 »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets still envision Bobby Parnell in their bullpen by Opening Day. But after a long rehab from neck surgery that prematurely ended his 2013 season, Parnell may see limits on his usage when the new season begins.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Newsday he and manager Terry Collins have discussed curbing Parnell’s workload, at least temporarily, holding him to nothing...Read more »
The Dodgers' Dee Gordon scraped by to make the Opening Day roster, and after a solid start in the Opening Series in Australia, not only could he be the starting second baseman for the Dodgers, he could also be a viable fantasy option.
Before this season, Gordon, a natural shortstop, had only played three games at second base, compared to 160 at short in parts of three seasons in the big leagues....Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Wilmer Flores found himself among the latest round of cuts on Monday. Flores was optioned along with infielder Zach Lutz, and outfielders Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
At Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores will see more playing time at second base and shortstop, where he will serve as the Mets’ Plan B in case Ruben Tejada suffers an injury or struggles at the start of...Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets closer Bobby Parnell believes he could pitch in a big league game right now.“I feel like I’m there,” Parnell said on Friday, when he threw two shutout innings in a minor league game against the High-A Cardinals. “My stuff’s there. I let a few go today a little more and just worked on getting the arm strength up. But my stuff’s there. And I feel like if I need to, I can...Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy will miss Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves with a sore right leg.The second baseman said that after injuring his calif during a recent game, he may sit out a few games as a precaution. He last played on Sunday and may not be back in action until Saturday.“Play it safe, try and get healthy right now,” Murphy said.Manager Terry Collins limited...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 »
TAMPA – Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from Sunday’s lineup against the Braves because of what the Yankees described as “tightness” in his right calf.
Third-base coach Rob Thomson, who is Joe Girardi’s replacement this weekend in Tampa, said Ellsbury will not make Monday’s trip to Bradenton to face the Pirates but the team sees it as a minor issue.
“He wanted to play and could have played,”...Read more »
PANAMA CITY -- The people here are terrific, as are the sights, scenery and seafood. The Panama Canal is worth the visit alone, as is a trip to old Panama City.
Yankees team president Randy Levine captured it as well as anyone.
“I have to tell you, I’ve never been here and I am completely blown away how magnificent this city is and this country and how wonderful the people are,” Levine...Read more »