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Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized for Cano comments

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New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is sticking up for his $240 million man.

Seattle's skipper criticized Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for opinions he expressed about Robinson Cano not always hustling to first base on ground balls. Cano was once one of Long’s prized pupils, but the second baseman left the Bronx for Seattle – and a megadeal – in December.

“Last time I checked, I...

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David Ortiz not quite a Hall of Famer

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox celebrates

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It was a predictable reaction.

As David Ortiz's one-out, two-run home run cleared the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series, the tweets proclaiming the October hero a Hall of Famer appeared fast and furious.

A two-time World Series champion -- and a key member of those teams -- Ortiz is bidding this year for the hat trick. A superb...

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Yankees may wish they had a do-over on several players

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The Yankees may want a do-over.

Perhaps a couple of them.

At the end of the 2012 season the team faced decisions on five significant free agents: Nick Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez.

The Yankees let four walk and retained Suzuki for two years, $13 million.

Let’s be clear: Most of the logic made sense at the time. The Yankees wanted to...

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Brendan Ryan likely to provide big help for Yankees

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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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Hiroki Kuroda’s been great, but not Cy Young-worthy

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Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant again for the Yankees on Monday night against the Angels, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out seven. It was his ninth scoreless start this season (24 total starts), and fifth in the past six weeks.

Since July 7, Kuroda is 4-1 with an 0.94 ERA in seven games against some tough competition – he’s had to face the Orioles, Red Sox, Rangers and Dodgers during...

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Jason Bay released by Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners outfielder Jason Bay takes a called

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Just over a week after the Seattle Mariners designated Jason Bay for assignment, the team announced his release Tuesday.

The 34-year-old former Met hit .204 with 11 home runs and 20 RBIs in 68 games with the Mariners this season.

The Mariners signed Bay as a free agent in December....

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