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Drake takes on Alex Rodriguez on 'Saturday Night Live'

In this screen grab from a "Saturday Night

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As if the Alex Rodriguez saga wasn't enough of a joke already.

Rapper Drake hosted "Saturday Night Live" and took on the Yankees third baseman's current situation -- which, if you've been trapped in traffic on the George Washington Bridge for the past year, involves numerous lawsuits in an effort to overturn a 162-game suspension for alleged performance-enhancing drug use.

Drake,...

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Brett Gardner, David Robertson avoid arbitration with Yankees, reports say

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees celebrates after

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The Yankees have avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals with Brett Gardner, Ivan Nova and David Robertson, according to multiple reports.

Gardner will make $5.6 million, according to multiple reports. Robertson is due to earn $5.215 million, according to Jon Heyman. Nova will make $3.3 million according to Joel Sherman.

Gardner, 30, and Robertson, 28, are in their last season...

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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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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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Yankees designate Vernon Wells for assignment, report says

Vernon Wells reacts to a strike against the

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Vernon Wells broke the news himself. Sort of.

The outfielder tweeted out a series of messages seemingly signifying that his time with the Yankees was over:

 

Be thankful and grateful in all things. Embrace each chapter in your book of life. — Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) January 10, 2014

 

Thank you @Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied...

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Alex Rodriguez emails with Randy Levine reveal steroid jokes, support

A composite showing Yankees president Randy Levine, left,

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Yankees president Randy Levine made steroid jokes involving Robinson Cano to Alex Rodriguez via e-mail twice during the summer of 2012, according to excerpts of several exchanges released by New York Magazine.

The series of emails allows a rare insight into the relationship between Levine and Rodriguez. What starts with lighthearted exchanges that sometimes verge on the edge of parody turns...

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Yankees vs. Mets: Holiday card throwdown

A screenshot from a Mets.com holiday video featuring

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The Yankees and Mets each released video holiday cards, with the Mets focusing on some humor and the Yankees on emotion.

Which one do you think is better?

Watch them both below and then vote in our poll.

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Masahiro Tanaka won't be posted, reports say

Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hurls the ball

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Masahiro Tanaka, the highly coveted Japanese starting pitcher, won't be allowed to pitch in the United States, according to reports from Japan cited by the New York Times and Peter Gammons on Thursday morning.

Tanaka is reportedly a major target for several MLB organizations -- though the Yankees are reportedly ready to move on from their pursuit.

Despite the Japanese ace declaring on...

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Yankees starting pitching options

Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda winds up in

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The Yankees currently have CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova locked into the front three spots of their 2014 rotation – but who is going to fill the remaining two?

News broke Thursday that Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, a reported top target of the Yankees, may not be posted, preventing him from pitching in the U.S.

That leaves the Yankees with some intriguing, if not thrilling,...

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Yankee Stadium swivel seat for sale

Rain falls on the seats at Yankee Stadium.

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Did you find the seats at the old Yankee Stadium comfortable? Do you have $599.99 (plus shipping) to spend? Will your job not provide you with a swivel chair?

Then we have the Christmas gift for you!

Yes, you can now buy an authentic Yankee Stadium seat, on a swivel base. Click here for the product description and image....

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