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Alfonso Soriano recovered from illness

Alfonso Soriano follows through on a grand slam

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano was back at work after missing four days with the flu.

“Much better,” said the Yankees' designated hitter/outfield on Monday.

Soriano went through a light workout early Monday morning that included 15 minutes of work in the batting cage.

Of his illness, which included an inability to keep food down, Soriano described it as “pretty bad.”

“No...

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Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized for Cano comments

Robinson Cano, center, is helped into his new

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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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Derek Jeter could get 'relief' at shortstop in late innings

Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan tosses the ball to

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When the Yankees have a lead in the ninth inning this season, David Robertson probably will be the one trotting in from the bullpen for the save.

But before that, Brendan Ryan might be jogging out from the dugout in the eighth inning -- to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop for defense in the captain’s final season.

Ryan said as much at a recent public appearance in Connecticut when he...

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What's next for Derek Jeter after retirement?

Derek Jeter attends the Derek Jeter Driven Rush

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What's next for Derek Jeter? Here's a look at some possibilities in decreasing order of likelihood:

Businessman: Jeter announced in November that he is starting a book publishing house, Jeter Publishing, in partnership with Simon & Schuster. The first titles are expected to be released this year. Jeter also owns three Derek Jeter Signature 24 Hour Fitness gyms in Manhattan.

Philanthropist:...

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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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Derek Jeter could finish 5th on MLB all-time hit list

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees hits

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In his 20 seasons in Major League Baseball, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has averaged 206 hits per year.

If he approaches that average in 2014 -- his final year -- he will move from ninth to fifth place on MLB's all-time hit list.

Here are the top 10 hits leaders in MLB history:

1. Pete Rose: 4,256

2. Ty Cobb: 4,191

3. Hank Aaron: 3,771

4. Stan Musial: 3,630

5....

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Video: The Alex Rodriguez deal that never happened

Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees fields

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ESPN's newest 30-for-30 short focuses on the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Red Sox that nearly happened -- before the Yankees stole him at the last minute.

You may know most of the details, but the excellent production features interviews with all the principals involved (sans A-Rod) including Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

 

App users can watch the video...

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Yankees sign nine to minor league deals

Oakland Athletics infielder Scott Sizemore throws to first

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The Yankees on Wednesday signed nine players to minor league deals that included invitations to spring training.

The club also extended invites to 17 others, raising the total number of players expected in camp to 66.

Righthanded pitchers Bruce Billings, Robert Coello, Brian Gordon and Chris Leroux signed minor league deals, along with infielders Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis...

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Darryl Strawberry pitching new recovery center

Former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry addresses the media

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Darryl Strawberry made the rounds at Super Bowl Radio Row on Tuesday to talk about the the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center, which is scheduled to open outside Orlando, Fla., in March.

The 51-year-old former Met and Yankee, now a pastor in St. Louis, came to the Super Bowl to spread the word about his center and ministry. He said he'd like to open another center "in New York or Long Island,"...

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Masahiro Tanaka makes Yankees 'a third-place team', Steve Phillips says

Japan's Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Netherlands in

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It's Super Bowl week here in New York, which means media members (myself included) are hanging around at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. On one of my several trips down to Radio Row, I happened to run into Steve Phillips, co-host of SiriusXM's "Evan and Phillips in the Morning" show, and we had a nice chat about the upcoming game. (You can read his prediction for the game here.)

At the end...

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