1. Yankees Search for Lefty DH

    Rumors this morning indicate, not surprisingly, that the Yankees are looking to add a lefty bat to their roster and that the candidates for said position include Former Yankees Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui , as well as Raul Ibanez ...

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  2. Wakefield, Rivera Milestones Very Different; Notes on AJ Burnett's "Improvement"

    Some interesting milestones were reached last night in games across the AL East, at least. Though it came in a crushing loss to the woeful Orioles, Tampa Bay's Johnny Damon ...

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  3. Yankees Don't Need King Felix

    The New York Yankees have the second best record in the American League, currently 60-40, a season high 20 games above the .500 level...

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  4. Posada's Resurgence, Royals' Rotation, and the Tribe's Return to Earth

    We're about halfway through the 2011 baseball season, which seems like a good time to recap some of the more interesting developments in the major leagues this year...

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  5. Yankees' Jorge Posada Poised for Improvement

    The benching heard round the world on Saturday - Jorge Posada 's choice to remove himself from the lineup rather than bat 9th - may have been just what he needs to get his terrible season turned around...

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  6. AJ. Burnett, Jorge Posada Will Be Key to New York Yankees' Success

    As I write this, the Yankees are beating the Tigers in Detroit , 2-1 in the fifth inning. A.J. Burnett has continued to pitch well this year, and this game is something of a microcosm of his season...

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  7. Book Review: ScoreCasting

    ScoreCasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. John Wertheim This is one of those books. It's the kind of book you needed to read; you just didn't know it...

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  8. Sifting Through Some of the Yankees Prospect Hype

    I saw an interview of the Yankees' player development director, Mark Newman, by noted baseball prospect expert John Sickels, and was more than a little surprised at some of the spin Newman puts on various players in the organization...

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  9. "Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend" by James S. Hirsch: A Book Review

    "Mays would have made a splash no matter when he entered the major leagues, but 1951 served him unusually well...

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  10. MLB: Derek Jeter Not So Young, Mike Young Not So Old

    Let me introduce you to two players: Name AB R 2B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG Player A 627 74 41 14 63 41 104 7 3 ...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about over 3 years ago 470 reads 2 comments

  11. Albert Pujols Debate: Will Cardinals Signing Him Now Hurt Later?

    There's never been a player quite like Albert Pujols , and so it stands to reason that there probably has never been a contract negotiation like the one going on now in the St...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about almost 4 years ago 125 reads 0 comments

  12. Book Review: Strike IX, by Paul Lonardo

    Everybody loves an underdog. Paul Lonardo has brought you the compelling story of 25 of them in his new book, Strike IX: The Story of a Big East College Forced to Eliminate its Baseball Program and the Team That Refused to Lose...

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  13. Werth's Worth: Have We Seen the Best of Jayson Yet?

    The Washington Nationals made the biggest splash of the 2010 offseason to date on Monday, announcing a seven-year, $126 million contract for journeyman outfielder Jayson Werth ...

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  14. Don't Make A.J. Burnett the Goat in New York Yankees' Loss to Texas Rangers

    The only thing that could have made last night worse for New York was another successful terrorist plot. OK, so that's a bit of a stretch, but seriously, last night was really a drag...

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  15. ALCS 2010: Yankees Squander Best Chance at Beating Rangers

    The Rangers' Cliff Lee was masterful yet again last night in New York, striking out 13 Yankees in eight innings without allowing a run as he helped push Texas ahead, two games to one in the American League Championship Series...

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  16. NLDS Preview: Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies

    The Reds surprised everyone by ending a decade and a half playoff drought—not to mention a failure to place higher than third in their division in this millennium—by winning their division and blowing away the competition in the process...

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  17. 2010 ALDS Preview: Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays

    The Rays locked up home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs on Sunday, with a win against the Royals, or with the Yankees' loss earlier in the day, depending on how you want to look at it...

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  18. Florida Marlins Can Blame Themselves for the Nyjer Morgan Mess

    Well, I suppose you have to do something to liven things up when the two teams playing are a combined 32 games out of first place in their own division, with only a month left to the season...

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  19. Yankees, Cashman Lying About Not Wanting Kuroda

    The Yankees have fallen into a tie for first place in the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays, and were fortunate enough to maintain that tie last night, despite a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays, when the Rays were rolled by the Angels, 12-3...

    Travis Nelson Written by Travis Nelson about 4 years ago 36 reads 0 comments

  20. New York Yankees-Texas Rangers Two-Game Series Review

    Boy, was that a lot of fun! Who says a two-game series isn't worth the effort?One night after losing in unlikely and dramatic fashion to the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees won a game in even more dramatic, if not precisely unusual fashion...

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  21. Of Course Kansas City Royals' Gil Meche Is Done for the Year

    Baseball news on Wednesday morning included the story that Royals starting pitcher Gil Meche will have surgery on his ailing right shoulder and is likely done for the season...

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  22. Lamentations on the 500 Home Run Club

    Joe Posnanski ruminates on the impending 600th home run of Alex Rodriguez, likely to be surrendered this weekend by one of Kansas City's many bad, bad pitchers, or perhaps their one good one...

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  23. How Much Better Would Cliff Lee Have Made the New York Yankees?

    Allow me to introduce you to two mystery pitchers, Player A and Player B. In their last eight starts, dating back to the beginning of June, both pitchers have been very good...

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  24. Catching up with the BA Top 20...

    Given that we're nearly half way through the season - and frankly, I'm a little bored - I thought I would check in on some of my comments and predictions on Baseball America's top 20 prospects list...

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  25. A Tale of Two Pitchers: Yankees' A.J. Burnett

    The Yankees maintained their loose grip on first place in the American League Eastern Division Monday night, despite being handed an embarrassing, 10-4 loss to the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks...

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