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Derek Jeter gets first hits of spring training

Derek Jeter, right, hits a single in front

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The Captain is on board!

Derek Jeter picked up his first hit of spring training on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. And it was in typical Jeter fashion. Facing Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick with a full count and one out in the top of the third, Jeter hit a ground ball through the 5-6 hole into leftfield.

Jeter was 0-for-10 before that at-bat and added a double in the...

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Yankees, Marlins to play in Panama this spring

Mariano Rivera promotes New Era baseball caps featuring

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The Yankees and Miami Marlins will play a two-game exhibition series in Panama in March to celebrate the legacy of Mariano Rivera and bring Major League Baseball to the country for the first time since 1947.

The “Legend Series,” a revival of the 2003 World Series, will be played March 15-16 at Panama City’s Rod Carew Stadium. The games will honor the newly retired Yankees closer, who will...

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Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth throws against

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The Mets have signed veteran pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.

Farnsworth, a 37-year-old righthander, is 43-64 with a career 4.26 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 960 innings.

In his 15-year MLB tenure, Farnsworth has played for seven different teams, including the Yankees. In 38.1 innings over 48 games last...

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Reports: Yankees sign Scott Sizemore to minor-league deal

Oakland Athletics infielder Scott Sizemore throws to first

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The Yankees are already on the move after the announcement Saturday that Alex Rodriguez's suspension was dropped from 211 games to 162 games.

The team signed veteran infielder Scott Sizemore to a minor-league deal, according to multiple reports and first reported by the New York Post's Ken Davidoff. The 29-year-old has the ability to play second and third base. The Yankees will need depth...

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Nelson Mandela to be honored with plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium

Nelson Mandela acknowledges the crowd after donning a

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The Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela by placing a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to commemorate his visit to the Stadium on June 21, 1990.

The plaque will be unveiled during a ceremony before the Yankees play the Chicago Cubs on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day.

Mandela famously said, “You know who I am. I am a Yankee,” while wearing a Yankees hat and jacket during his historical...

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Wil Myers, Jose Fernandez win Rookie of the Year awards

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, left, and Rays rightfielder

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Tampa Bay Rays rightfielder Wil Myers and Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez were named the American League and National League rookies of the year, respectively, on Monday.

Myers finished with 23 of 30 first-place votes among two other finalists in the AL, teammate Chris Archer and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias.

In the final vote in the NL, Fernandez had 26 first-place votes...

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Mariano Rivera named American League Comeback Player of the Year

Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera tips his cap to

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Mariano Rivera has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned the honor in the National League.

In his final MLB season, Rivera, who announced his retirement before the 2013 season, had a 2.11 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 44 saves in 64 appearances. He compiled a 6-2 record and struck out 54 batters. The 43-year-old closer was returning...

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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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Vote: 2013 MLB postseason awards

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It's a different season, but it's the same debate for AL MVP.

With the MLB season winding down, it's time to think about who will win each of baseball's most prestigious awards. Just like last year, the most debated award will be for AL MVP, where Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera square off in their "sabermetrics vs. Triple Crown" rematch of last...

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MLB players remember attacks of September 11, 2001

Mike Piazza gestures to the crowd after hitting

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As America paused to remember the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many baseball players, past and present, took to twitter to express their feelings about the day that changed history:

 

9/11 will FOREVER be etched in our hearts. Bless the families of those we lost and be thankful for ALL who fight so that we may be free. USA — Victor Black (@Vic_Black_2) September 11, 2013

 

Never...

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