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Fantasy baseball: Jim Johnson already out as Oakland Athletics closer

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson (45) is relieved

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It’s just over a week into the season and the Oakland Athletics' Jim Johnson has already lost the closer’s job.

After Johnson's latest bad outing Wednesday, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday: "We’re going to give Jim a break."

Johnson gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning Wednesday. In just 3.1 innings over five appearances this year,...

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The Buck Showalter quotes on Derek Jeter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter walks back to the

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Buck Showalter manages the Baltimore Orioles now, but way back when Derek Jeter first came up to the majors in 1995, Showalter was his Yankees manager.

Here's some of what Showalter told reporters Monday as his Orioles were the visiting team to Yankee Stadium for Jeter's final home opener.

Did he envision a 20-year career for Jeter?

“That’s what I thought. If you go back and check...

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Yankees' playoff chances flatlining

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez sits in the dugout as

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The American League Wild Cards are coming into focus as the season draws to a close.

Here’s an outlook of each of the contending teams, ordered by their odds of making the playoffs (as determined by Baseball Prospectus):

TAMPA BAY RAYS (88-69) Standing: Lead the first Wild Card by 1 game Games left: 5 Postseason probability: 95.3 percent Schedule: 2 @ Yankees, 3 @ Blue Jays The Rays...

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Manny Machado gets carted off field after gruesome leg injury

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado grabs his

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field in the seventh inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays after injuring his left leg while rounding first on an infield single.

It appeared to be a routine groundout, but after Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Tim Beckham mishandled the ball, Machado reached safely. His knee did not. Machado's leg buckled as he rounded first...

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Yankees' schedule offers path to Wild Card

Curtis Granderson of the Yankees looks on against

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There's still a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two American League Wild-Card playoff spots.

Aside from the jolt of power contributed by Alfonso Soriano and the boost at third base thanks to the return of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have a decent schedule ahead.

All of their games against teams over .500 are versus those they're chasing for the Wild Card (Rays, Orioles)...

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Yankees schedule offers Wild-Card hope

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,

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It’s more than just a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two Wild-Card playoff spots. They actually have one of the easier schedules of the teams in the hunt.

Heading into Friday’s game against the Padres, the Yankees are 3.5 games out of the second Wild-Card spot. Texas and Baltimore are tied at a half-game behind the Indians and the Rays are four games up in the Wild-Card...

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