Interesting opening monologue by Mike Francesa Wednesday, in which the big guy sharply criticized YES - the channel that simulcasts his WFAN show - for not including an interview with Rafael Soriano on its postgame Tuesday night.

Soriano did talk to the media that night, so Francesa wondered whether YES might have been taking it easy on the controversial setup man, whose signing was a source of disagreement in the Yankees front office.

Hmm. Francesa admitted he was being cynical, but he (and we) have a right to be, given some of the network's seemingly agenda-driven decisions on its Yankees coverage over the past 10 seasons.

That includes another Soriano-related incident, in which the network opted against showing his introductory news conference, knowing it would turn into a forum for GM Brian Cashman's qualms about the deal.

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