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  1. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 21, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

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    The Unwritten Rules strike again. Plus, I wish you all a happy Spring Thanksgiving.

  2. Chipper Jones chimed in on the Carlos Gomez incident

    Apr 20, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones is not a fan of Carlos Gomez.

  3. Francisco Cervelli exits with leg injury

    Apr 13, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    The Yankees may need a back-up back-up first baseman now.

  4. “Gave proof through the night … that our flag was still … oh, man. Oh jeez.”

    Apr 9, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Our photo of the day: Braves Nation shows a stunning lack of respect for its neighboring country.

  5. 2014 Preview: New York Yankees

    Mar 27, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The New York Yankees The Big Question: Does $471 million in offseason commitments put the Yankees back in the playoffs? The…

  6. Evan Gattis reveals that he had off-season knee surgery

    Mar 14, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Braves catcher Evan Gattis had off-season knee surgery. In October, Gattis had a “dime-sized” bone chip removed from his right knee, which had been bothering him since 2006. As a result, the Braves hadn’t been using him in spring training at the same pace most teams…

  7. Francisco Cervelli drawing “lots of trade interest”

    Mar 10, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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    George A. King III of the New York Post heard last month that the Yankees might look to deal a catcher before they head back north for Opening Day. That catcher could be Francisco Cervelli. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the 28-year-old Cervelli is drawing “lots of trade interest” from front offices around…

  8. Michael Pineda makes his case for a rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Dogged by shoulder issues, Michael Pineda has yet to throw a regular season pitch for the Yankees since being acquired from the Mariners two offseasons ago, but he showed a glimpse of his old form last night. Making his spring debut, Pineda tossed two scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. Topping…

  9. 2014 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 3, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies get back over the .500 mark? Rookie manager Walt Weiss led…

  10. 2014 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Can the Braves follow up on a 96-win season and defend their NL East…

  11. Lou Whitaker, nachos, tiger paw carpet and other stuff I saw in Lakeland

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Lou Whitaker

    LAKELAND, FLORIDA — After clubhouses close I usually wander around and take pictures of people without asking. Then I eat ballpark food. It’s a totally healthy way to live life. Here’s some of the random things I saw while I was waiting for the game to start. Hey, it’s should-be-Hall-of-Famer Lou Whitaker! Where are you…

  12. B.J. Upton made some mechanical adjustments

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    B.J. Upton became one of 12 players since the start of the millennium to post an OPS below .560 while taking at least 400 trips to the plate. Upton, who established himself as one of baseball’s most dynamic players while with the Rays, could never get it going in the first year of a five-year,…

  13. Brian Cashman says it’s “asking too much” to expect Masahiro Tanaka to be an ace

    Feb 7, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Yankees GM Brian Cashman is doing his best to temper expectations for his $175 million pitcher. Per ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Cashman says it would be “asking too much” to expect Tanaka to perform like an ace. Instead, he sees Tanaka as “a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter.” Cashman expects Tanaka to experience “some growing…

  14. The Yankees signed Brian McCann because of his Munson-like toughness and demeanor

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    John Harper of the Daily News spoke to Brian McCann’s dad about his son signing with the Yankees. His dad relates this story, which he said was told to him by Hal Steinbrenner after the Yankees signed his boy: “Mr. Steinbrenner told me the story the day we were in New York for the press…

  15. Will the Braves be able to lock up their core?

    Feb 2, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    The Braves’ winter full of arbitration cases was an indication of the problems lurking just beyond the horizon — their core of young, talented players is starting to get very expensive, and inching ever closer to free agency. The organization has been among the more thrifty in Major League Baseball lately, keeping a payroll below…

  16. Are the Braves a small market team now?

    Jan 4, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    The Braves may be moving into a new stadium soon, but with the Phillies’ latest 25-year, $2.5 billion TV deal with Comcast SportsNet, Grant Brisbee of SB Nation argues that the Braves have more in common with the Rays than the rival Phillies, Mets, and Nationals. Brisbee notes that in 2000, the Braves had the…

  17. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  18. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  19. Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler wants collisions to remain part of the game

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    [Edit: The title originally included the word &concussion& rather than &collision&, which made Kapler look bad for something he didn't say. It was an unfortunate malapropism on my part. I apologize for the mistake.] Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler penned a thoughtful piece about the home plate collision issue over at FOX Sports. It’s nice…

  20. Yankees Hot Tub Time Machine

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It just gets better and better with the New York Yankees. They just signed Brian Roberts. I wrote before (in my Ichiro Suzuki essay for the 100 greatest players) that this Yankees team would look awfully good … in 2006. But by essentially replacing Robinson Cano with Brian Roberts, they have — in a weird…

  21. Robinson Cano would have taken $5 million less to re-sign with the Yankees

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was a guest on MLB Network Radio from the winter meetings and dropped an interesting tidbit about the Robinson Cano negotiations, saying that Cano’s representatives made New York a counter-offer to re-sign for $235 million. Numerous reports throughout the offseason suggested that Cashman and the Yankees wouldn’t go beyond around…

  22. Yankees reportedly in on everyone now that Robinson Cano is off the board

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Earlier today, second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year, $240 million contract, leaving the Yankees out in the cold with an infield that includes the embattled Alex Rodriguez, the hobbled Derek Jeter, the recovering Mark Teixeira, and the recently-signed Kelly Johnson. Now that they don’t have to set aside space for…

  23. Robinson Cano agrees to $240 million deal with Mariners

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano

    As of this morning the New York Daily News was reporting that the Mariners were no longer negotiating with Robinson Cano because of Jay Z’s attempts to raise the second baseman’s price tag at the last minute. As of right now–and for the next 10 seasons–Cano is a Seattle Mariner. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes…

  24. Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury signing to pay big dividends… for now

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Yankees are betting big that Jacoby Ellsbury will age well in his thirties. They’re betting big that he’s not injury-prone and that his two season-ruining injuries were flukes. They’re betting big that his power will come back with Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right serving as such a tempting target. They’re betting big that…

  25. The Pirates are close to acquiring catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

    Chris Stewart

    In the future, every Pirates catcher will have played for the Yankees the season before: The Pirates are on the verge of acquiring catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 2, 2013   Stewart is superfluous now that the Yankees have signed Brian McCann. And he’s pretty bad even if they…

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