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Yankees, Marlins to play in Panama this spring

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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

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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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Drake takes on Alex Rodriguez on 'Saturday Night Live'

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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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