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  1. Orioles’ investment in Wei-Yin Chen is paying off early

    May 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Wei-Yin Chen

    In an effort to boost a rotation that had MLB’s worst ERA last season the Orioles brought in a pair of starters who’d thrived in Japan, signing Wei-Yin Chen for $11.3 million and Tsuyoshi Wada for $8.15 million. Wada experienced elbow problems early in spring training and will miss the entire season following Tommy John…

  2. Kevin Millwood notches 2,000th strikeout in beating Yankees

    May 13, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    One could stump a lot of people with this question: who is the active leader in strikeouts among right-handed pitchers? It will soon by Roy Halladay, who stands at 1,980, but for now, Kevin Millwood is tops. The Mariners veteran fanned six Yankees in a 6-2 win Sunday, upping his career total from 1,998 to…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 11, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

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    Nationals 4, Pirates 2: Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings. The only thing more dominating than he was the Hulk when I went to go see “The Avengers” last night. Upshot: damn fine movie. But the “Dark Night Rises” trailer before it may have been even better. Yes, I realize that I may…

  4. Matt Moore isn’t looking like Rookie of the Year material

    May 6, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore was expected to excel right away for the Rays. He would have been the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year honors if not for Yu Darvish‘s presence on the Rangers, and many thought he had a good shot at the award anyway. Some thought he might quickly overtake CC Sabathia, David Price and Jon…

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

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Yankees 7, Rangers 4: The platonic ideal of a late-dynasty Yankees game: Four hits for Jeter, homer for A-Rod, a CC Sabathia win and a Mariano Rivera save.  In other news, I sorta feel like I wanna be the guy who starts writing the breathless “can Derek Jeter hit .400?” articles. Maybe I’ll do one…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:08 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Rangers 18, Red Sox 3: The Rangers were definitely physically and emotionally into this game. In fact, they did a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line around the basepaths. Josh Hamilton drove in five, Mike Napoli drove in four. Rockies 5, Padres 3:  Jamie Moyer wins and thus becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a game.…

  8. Tim Hudson allows five runs over four innings in second rehab start

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson AP

    From Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Tim Hudson allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings tonight in his second minor league rehab start with Class A Rome. That’s a pretty ugly line, but Rogers notes that he was the victim of a “ton of seeing-eye stuff.” On the bright…

  9. Mariano Rivera blows save as Carlos Pena plays hero in first game back with Rays

    Apr 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena Reuters

    Craig mentioned earlier how Joe Girardi’s over-managing in the first inning resulted in Carlos Pena hitting a grand slam against CC Sabathia. Well, Pena wasn’t doing playing hero in his first game back in Tampa Bay. The Yankees actually rallied back from the early deficit, handing the ball to all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera with…

  10. Jeff Keppinger is batting cleanup for the Rays

    Apr 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    There’s a whole lot of people picking the Rays over the Red Sox in the AL East. I wonder how many of them have taken a gander at Tampa Bay’s Opening Day lineup against the Yankees’ CC Sabathia: CF Desmond Jennings RF Ben Zobrist 3B Evan Longoria DH Jeff Keppinger SS Sean Rodriguez 2B Elliot…

  11. The Marlins’ new ballpark is a hitter’s haven

    Apr 1, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Marlins Ballpark from the fishies' perspective

    OK, so maybe it’s a small sample size, but the Yankees topped the Marlins 10-8 in the first major league game played at Marlins Ballpark on Sunday. With the roof closed on an 85-degree day, Derek Jeter lined the very first pitch of the game from Ricky Nolasco into right field for a double, setting…

  12. Michael Pineda complains of sore shoulder after rough night

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Update: Pineda complained of shoulder soreness after his outing tonight and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. It’s still not official, but now it seems pretty certain that he won’t be in the rotation to start the year. /// Michael Pineda is already hearing the boo-birds in pinstripes, without even having pitched in a regular-season…

  13. Indians send Lonnie Chisenhall, Matt LaPorta to minors

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    Lonnie Chisenhall was Cleveland’s starting third baseman down the stretch last season as a rookie and headed into spring training as the presumed Opening Day starter, but today the Indians sent him back to Triple-A while handing the job to veteran Jack Hannahan. Matt LaPorta was also optioned to Triple-A and unlike Chisenhall his place…

  14. It’s no Strasburger, but the Rangers will sell a $26 hot dog

    Mar 23, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Wienermobile

    We hope it comes with more mustard than a Nolan Ryan fastball. The Rangers plan to sell a one-pound frankfurter for $26 at concession stands starting on Opening Day. Billed as the Champion Hot Dog, it will be hoisted on to a two-foot-long bun. Toppings included chili, sauteed onions and shredded cheese. According to the…

  15. CC Sabathia is brown bagging his meals in Yankees camp

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bag Lunch with Fruit

    In an effort to lose weight or at least keep himself from packing on more pounds CC Sabathia brings his own breakfast and lunch to Yankees camp each day in a brown paper bag. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger notes that those meals are prepared by Sabathia’s personal chef, but still: Sabathia said…

  16. Olney: Cole Hamels unlikely to give the Phillies a discount

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in on a popular topic around Philadelphia these days: Some of you suggesting Hamels will take a hometown discount. IMO, little chance that will happen. Santana money (about $120m) or he’s gone. Which sounds about right, except for the fact that Santana money isn’t about $120 million. Six pitchers in big-league…

  17. Brian Cashman on Yankees’ future payroll: “We’re still going to outspend everybody else”

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Hal Steinbrenner made headlines yesterday for saying that the Yankees will get their payroll below $189 million by 2014 despite spending at least $200 million every season since 2007. Today reporters asked general manager Brian Cashman for his thoughts about that plan and his answer was a good one: “We’re still the Yankees. We’re still…

  18. Hal Steinbrenner wants the Yankees’ payroll down to $189 million by 2014

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Hal Steinbrenner said today that the Yankees plan to decrease their payroll to below the $189 million luxury tax figure by 2014, which is when the new collective bargaining agreement threshold kicks in. Steinbrenner called it “streamlining” the payroll, which is currently at around $210 million. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York notes that Alex…

  19. Yankees to force Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova to compete for rotation spots

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda

    With A.J. Burnett gone, expectations were that it would come down to Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes for one spot in the Yankee rotation. Manager Joe Girardi has other ideas, though, announcing Tuesday that CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda were his only starters guaranteed spots. That leaves Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova competing for jobs.…

  20. Bob Wickman used to throw up to make weight with the Yankees

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    bob wickman yankees

    Before becoming as successful closer in his thirties Bob Wickman was a starter and then a middle reliever for the Yankees, debuting at age 23 in 1992. Later in his career Wickman’s gut expanded significantly, but with the Yankees he was merely chubby (or perhaps even in The Best Shape Of His Life) and general…

  21. Michael Pineda is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    For every 10,000 or so players who arrive at spring training amid reports that they’re in the best shape of their life there’s someone for whom the opposite is true. Today that someone is new Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: #Yankees RHP Michael Pineda said he reported to camp around…

  22. CC Sabathia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    sabathia reuters

    Last year’s story about CC Sabathia giving up Cap’n Crunch and losing weight was red herring. Sabathia wasn’t really in the best shape of his life last season. Especially late in the season when he seemed to be back on the Crunch. And maybe lots of pizza and stuff. But Buster Olney reports that we…

  23. Pat Burrell and the Class of 1998

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell, Charlie Manuel

    Pat Burrell, the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming days. J.D. Drew, another top player from the same class, may do the same. So, here’s a look at the top players from the 1998 draft, as judged by Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR (the list only…

  24. Jorge Posada officially retires

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Posada Presser

    The Jorge Posada retirement press conference just went down at Yankee Stadium.  It was a packed house. Even more so than Andy Pettitte’s last year. In attendance were Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and about a zillion others. It was also pretty emotional, as Diana Munson, the widow of Thurman Munson, was on hand.…

  25. Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agree to one-year, $10 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    The Yankees are set to acquire right-hander Michael Pineda from the Mariners in a four-player deal, but they aren’t done improving their rotation. Jack Curry of YES Network reports that they have agreed to terms with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal worth between $10-11 million, pending a physical. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that it’s…

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