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Wally Backman to join Mets coaching staff for nine games

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman speaks to

(Credit: AP)

Wally Backman will join the Mets' coaching staff on Sept. 19 and remain with the team for the rest of the season, the Mets announced Friday afternoon.

The "remainder of the season" for Backman is nine games.

Backman, who has managed in the Mets' farm system for five seasons, led the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s to an 81-63 record and a playoff berth in 2014. Backman was named Pacific Coast...

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Pedro Martinez tweets Hall of Fame support to Barry Bonds -- or trolls him

San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds sports a

(Credit: AP, 2002)

First things first -- Barry Bonds is on Twitter, folks.

The all-time leader with 762 home runs tweeted under his verified account, @barrybonds, for the first time on Sept. 3. Since then he's tweeted six more times and favorited two tweets. Accounts he follows include: David Ortiz, Usher, Bobby Bonilla, Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, Chris Rock, Bill Gates, Queen Latifah, Dexter...

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MLB All-Star Game quiz

A kiosk of MLB All-Star ballots sits inside

(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

Remember the American League's 13-year stretch without a loss in the All-Star Game?

Can you name the year there wasn't an MVP named in the ASG?

Then you'll probably knock this test out of the park. Click the link in the "related" box to take our All-Star Game quiz.

Mobile users can take the quiz by clicking the "More on Newsday" link....

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Derek Jeter gets All-Star send-off from Fox

The American League's Derek Jeter warms up during

(Credit: AP / Jeff Roberson)

Derek Jeter has received his fair share of retirement gifts during his farewell tour. Fox Sports has joined the party with this All-Star Game ad paying homage to the shortstop.

A recording of the legendary Bob Sheppard introducing Jeter plays over clips of him at different All-Star Games through the years.

Watch the video below:

(Mobile users can watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1qkvyfr.)...

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MLB All-Star Game skills competition proposal

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

(Credit: Getty Images / Cameron Spencer)

Home runs are just so….blah.

Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion can hit the ball a long way. We get it. Isn’t it time for the other baseball skills to have their day during the All-Star week festivities?

If there was going to be an MLB skills competition, here’s some of the events we’d like to see featured, and some of the players we’d like to see included:

Pitching accuracy, throwing...

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Video: Don Mattingly's mustache makes return on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks with

(Credit: AP / Alex Gallardo)

For Yankees fans, it's hard to imagine Don Mattingly without a mustache. But now, as the Dodgers manager, Donny Baseball sports a clean-shaven look.

With the Dodgers in town to take on the Mets in a three-game series beginning Tuesday at Citi Field, Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to reunite Mattlingly and his legendary 'stache on The Tonight Show on Monday.

Watch the video below:

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Fantasy baseball: The Mets' closer situation

Jenrry Mejia looks on before a game against

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Mets' closer role has been a mess since Bobby Parnell went down with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow on Opening Day after first suffering the blown save.

Since then, veterans Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have both had a go at the role, but Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday that the ninth-inning man will be "kind of a game by game" situation. Now that the...

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Dodgers' Dee Gordon increases fantasy value in Opening Series in Australia

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

(Credit: Getty Images / Cameron Spencer)

The Dodgers' Dee Gordon scraped by to make the Opening Day roster, and after a solid start in the Opening Series in Australia, not only could he be the starting second baseman for the Dodgers, he could also be a viable fantasy option.

Before this season, Gordon, a natural shortstop, had only played three games at second base, compared to 160 at short in parts of three seasons in the big leagues....

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Joe Maddon talkin' 'bout practice

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks with

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He's supposed to be the franchise manager and reporters are talkin' 'bout practice?

The Rays have a style all to themselves, and that's no more true than in the following video, featuring manager Joe Maddon honoring 76ers great Allen Iverson by rehashing his famed "practice" answer. Iverson's jersey was retired recently by the 76ers and Maddon is a Pennsylvania native.

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