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Derek Jeter faces a historical problem at shortstop

Derek Jeter #2 of the Yankees waits to

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Derek Jeter has joined plenty of elite clubs already during his career.

He has 3,000 hits, five World Series rings, an All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP during the same season. We know the numbers and accolades almost as well as the Pledge of Allegiance.

But if he wants to legitimately come back from a series of nagging injuries (not the least of which involves his ankle) that have...

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Brendan Ryan likely to provide big help for Yankees

Seattle's Brendan Ryan is mobbed by teammates after

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Brendan Ryan was batting .192 for the Mariners prior to the Yankees acquisition of the shortstop on Tuesday night.

That number is no aberration.

Ryan hit .194 in 2012 for Seattle. OPS+ is a stat measuring a hitter’s on-base plus slugging percentage in a more normalized fashion than OPS (for example – park effects are taken into account). An average hitter posts a number around 100. Ryan...

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Brendan Ryan defensive highlights

Seattle Mariners' Brendan Ryan is congratulated by teammates

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The Yankees have acquired defensive specialist Brendan Ryan to help fill a need at shortstop. How good is Ryan? We'll let Ryan's glove speak for itself:

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Yankees, Mets schedules released

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The Yankees open their 2014 schedule deep in the heart of Texas, while the Mets have the Big Apple all to themselves.

The Yankees start their year with a three-game set against the Astros in Houston and the Mets begin against Washington at Citi Field, the just-released 2014 MLB schedules reveal.

The Yankees and Mets play each other from May 12-15, with the first two games at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees...

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Long Island native Matt Daley makes Yankees debut

Matt Daley delivers a pitch from the mound

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Long Island native Matt Daley finally got his chance to pitch for the Yankees.

The Garden City High School alum came on in relief in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 12-8 loss to the Red Sox Friday night. He pitched an inning of scoreless relief and allowed one hit while striking out two. He also hit Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino with a pitch.

The Yankees purchased Daley's contract...

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Chris Stewart a defensive boon for Yankees...passed balls aside

Yankees catcher Chris Stewart on picture day during

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With two outs and the Yankees trailing 2-0 in Toronto on Wednesday night, Hiroki Kuroda threw a strike to hitter J.P. Arencibia. Arencibia just watched the pitch sail through the zone and would have been the third out of the inning.

But catcher Chris Stewart also watched the pitch sail through the zone.

Stewart, apparently crossed up, failed to glove Kuroda’s offering, resulting in a...

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Alfonso Soriano hits 400th career home run

Alfonso Soriano of the Yankees celebrates his three-run

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Alfonso Soriano helped get the Yankees off to a solid start with a three-run home run off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ in the first inning of Tuesday's game, but he wasn't done there.

The 37-year-old outfielder slugged a solo shot in his next at-bat in the third inning for his 400th career homer to give the Yankees a then-5-0 lead. With the home run, Soriano passes Andres Galarraga...

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Robinson Cano leaves game after getting hit on hand

Robinson Cano blows a bubble after taking a

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J.A. Happ has done it again.

The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, who hit Curtis Granderson with a pitch during spring training that landed him on the disabled list, drilled Robinson Cano on the hand on an 0-and-2 count in the first inning of Tuesday's game.

Cano managed to stay in the game long enough to take first but was replaced by Eduardo Nunez at second base in the bottom half of the...

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Alex Rodriguez making third base the hot corner since return

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez cannot field a

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Anyone who has watched the Yankees during the three weeks since Alex Rodriguez's return from offseason hip surgery doesn't need a data set to tell them 16 games of A-Rod has been exponentially better than four months of his subpar replacements.

But we have the data, so why not look through it?

Entering Saturday night, non-Rodriguez Yankees third basemen had hit .214 with a .256 on-base...

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Replay will preserve human element, while getting calls right

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, left, argues with

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There will still be room for some Billy Martin-like antics in baseball.

There may not be as many cap flips, ump bumps, dirt kicking or base throwing between managers and umpires if expanded instant replay goes into effect next season – but it won’t be absent from the game all together.

Heading into Friday’s slate, there have been 143 ejections this season – 68 for managers – according...

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