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It wasn't really a war of words over a tweet Alex Rodriguez sent Tuesday saying he had been given the "green light" to play in games -- after all, Brian Cashman was the one using all the fire power. But something the Yankees GM got through to A-Rod, or at least the way he said it.
Rodriguez responded to harsh criticism from Cashman with a statement Wednesday morning.
"I...Read more »
The Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers will have to wait another night to renew their storied rivalry as Tuesday's game at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of rain.
The game will be made up as part of a day-night split doubleheader Wednesday with the first game slated for 1:05 p.m. and the second at 7:05 p.m., the Yankees announced on their official Twitter.
Phil Hughes was originally...Read more »
4,170: Mike Mussina's salary as the new head coach of the varsity basketball team at his alma mater, Montoursville Area High. Mussina wrapped his H.S. hoops career with 1,382 points and then went on to earn $140 million in the majors.
1,297: Number of home runs Japan’s NPB teams are on pace to hit this season, well above last year's total of 881. The shocking frequency has commissioner Ryozo...Read more »
Hiroki Kuroda is a statistical anomaly.
The 38-year-old is pitching to the lowest ERA of his career in a hitter-friendly home park in a hitter-friendly league.
Before coming to the United States, Kuroda pitched 10 seasons for the Hiroshima Carp, posting a 3.77 ERA with 6.62 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.38 walks per nine innings from 1997-2007 in Japan's Central League.
It's...Read more »
Any debate about whether the Yankees should keep righthander Phil Hughes when he becomes eligible for free agency at the end of the season usually boils down to a stat that both new-age and traditional baseball analysts agree is pretty important: home runs.
Hughes has a propensity for giving up the long ball, leading to suggestions that he -- and the Yankees -- would be better served if he...Read more »
Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-shuttered Miami clinic Biogenesis alleged to have supplied numerous MLB stars with performance enhancing drugs, was turned into MLB’s primary witness against Alex Rodriguez and other sluggers after Rodriguez refused to give Bosch financial assistance, according to a Daily News report citing sources.
“They were afraid someone else would pay him,” the source...Read more »
Alex Rodriguez could face a 100-game suspension now that Major League Baseball is expecting Tony Bosch, the embattled founder of Biogenesis, to testify in its case against players linked to the alleged PED-dispensing clinic, according to ESPN.
The stunning development comes only days after Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman were critical on two separate occasions...Read more »
Joe Girardi said he wasn't sure of the details of Michael Pineda's extended spring training start Monday, but Hal Steinbrenner reported that Pineda threw 65 pitches and is close to beginning his minor-league rehab assignment . . . The June 30 game at Baltimore has been moved to 8:05 p.m. for ESPN . . . Brian Cashman's daughter Grace sang the national anthem....Read more »
One casualty of the decision to try Lyle Overbay in the outfield was Brennan Boesch, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the second time this season. Boesch was batting .275 with three homers and eight RBIs. David Adams, who has impressed the Yankees during his brief major-league stint, started at third base over Youkilis against righthander Justin Masterson....Read more »
Chris Stewart said he was OK after going through a second day of tests after experiencing lightheadedness and dehydration Saturday and Sunday. "Everything's good today," he said. "Everything went well." Still, Austin Romine started behind the plate Monday night....Read more »