On-Base Perception

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John Ryan Murphy, Scott Sizemore called up by Yankees

Yankees infielder Scott Sizemore walks off the field

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Following a recent stretch of injuries for the Yankees -- injuries that grew so numerous Carlos Beltran had to spend several innings at first base on Sunday night -- reinforcements are on the way.

The Yankees have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and selected the contract of infielder Scott Sizemore. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain running to first base...

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Francisco Cervelli in an odd position

Yankees' catcher Francisco Cervelli after batting practice on

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Mark Teixeira's stay on the disabled list has forced Joe Girardi into a peculiar position: forcing Francisco Cervelli into a peculiar position.

Cervelli has played all but six of his 202 major league games at catcher, spending four games (five innings) at third base and two games (three innings) at second base in odd, emergency situations. In 310 minor league games, Cervelli played 309 games...

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Yankees, Francisco Cervelli avoid arbitration

Francisco Cervelli talks to the media before working

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The Yankees and catcher Francisco Cervelli have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal on Thursday.

The team did not disclose how much the deal was worth, but CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $700,000.

Cervelli played in 17 games in 2013, hitting .269 with a .377 on-base percentage, three home runs and eight RBIs. He broke his right...

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Russell Martin and Nick Swisher vs. the Yankees

Nick Swisher #33 and Russell Martin #55 of

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Of all the free agent decisions the Yankees made prior to the 2013 season, two are quite notable as the playoffs arrive: letting Nick Swisher and Russell Martin walk.

Swisher went on to sign a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians and Martin inked a two-year, $15 million contract with the Pirates. Both players' teams made the playoffs as a Wild Card, with Martin slamming two home runs...

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'60 Minutes' report: A-Rod associates leaked documents on Cervelli, Braun

This composite shows Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, left,

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"60 Minutes" is reporting Friday that members of Alex Rodriguez's "inner circle" leaked documents implicating Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs investigation.

The people involved reportedly gave the documents to Yahoo! Sports shortly after the Biogenesis scandal broke in late January. Braun and Cervelli...

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