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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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ICYMI: Mets' plans for Ike Davis in spring training

Recently on SNY, Mets manager Terry Collins revealed his plan to give the notoriously slow-starting Ike Davis more at-bats this spring – perhaps almost twice as many as he had in 2013 spring training.

“One of the things we’re going to do obviously in spring training is we’re going to give him some more at-bats,” Collins said. “I think it’s very, very important to try to get him in mid-season...

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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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Mets to broadcast 14 spring games

Mets spring training begins

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets will broadcast 14 of their spring training home games this season, SNY announced on Tuesday, starting with the club’s Grapefruit League opener on Feb. 28 against the Nationals.

All games will start at 1:10 p.m. except for the Mets’ final game this spring at Tradition Field, which is listed as a 12:10 p.m. start against the Nationals. The broadcast schedule:

Date...

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Scouting report: Mets prospect and LI native Steven Matz

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz plays long toss

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In Sunday’s editions of Newsday, we wrote about Steven Matz, the 22-year-old Ward Melville product who got his career back on track with an impressive season at Class-A Savannah. After rehab from Tommy John Surgery essentially wiped out his first three pro seasons, Matz logged 106 1/3 innings over 21 starts last season and finished with a 2.62 ERA.

Matz will likely begin this season at Class-A...

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Mets watch Joel Hanrahan throw 'light bullpen'

Closer Joel Hanrahan of the Boston Red Sox

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So, the Mets have dispatched scouts to Texas to watch Joel Hanrahan during a workout on Friday. Surely, the Mets have the inside track toward signing the former closer, right?

Well, not necessarily.

General manager Sandy Alderson reportedly told season ticket holders on Thursday that scouts would attend a “showcase” for Hanrahan, who is nearing the end of rehab from Tommy John Surgery....

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