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  1. 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…

  2. Maybe the Red Sox really should fire Bobby Valentine

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the whole point to hiring Bobby Valentine is that he’s a cut above most as a tactical manager? He’s not in the Boston dugout because he’s a great manager of people. Nor does he have a rep as some sort of master disciplinarian who manages to get the…

  3. Must-click link: Predictions of Mariano Rivera’s demise have been wrong for a decade

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Seemingly every time Mariano Rivera blows an early season save the question of whether he’s finally going to cease being the most dominant pitcher in baseball becomes a discussion topic for a couple days. And then he goes back to shutting everyone down and it’s forgotten. Until now, as Deadspin has gone digging through the…

  4. Russell Martin and Robert Andino have postgame shouting match over tipping Mariano Rivera’s pitches

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Moments after Mariano Rivera closed out a 6-2 win over Baltimore last night Yankees catcher Russell Martin was shouting at Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, with both players needing to be held back as their teams left the field. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Martin and the Yankees believed Andino was signaling Rivera’s pitch…

  5. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  6. 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…

  7. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Are the Yankees the best team in baseball?

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:00 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 2012 season. Up next: The New York Yankees. The Big Question: Are the Yankees the best team in baseball? The Yankees won 97 games…

  9. 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…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    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 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  11. Joakim Soria needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria got second and third opinions after being diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and they all agreed, so the 27-year-old Royals closer will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on April 3. Typically recovery timetables are 12-18 months, so Soria will miss the entire season and could be limited in early 2013 as…

  12. David Robertson sheds walking boot, plays catch without pain

    Mar 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Robertson stretches during a workout at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

    David Robertson gave the Yankees quite the scare last week after falling down some stairs and suffering a bone bruise in his right foot, but early indications are that he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that Robertson was able to ditch his walking boot this afternoon and played…

  13. Yankees have “cause for concern” after David Robertson injures foot falling down stairs

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    ALCS Angels Yankees Baseball

    UPDATE: Robertson is undergoing further tests, including a CT scan, and manager Joe Girardi admitted that the undisclosed results from the MRI exam gave the Yankees “cause for concern.” ========== David Robertson fell down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring training home and has been diagnosed with a sprained right foot.…

  14. Mariano Rivera, seemingly leaning toward retirement, may reveal post-2012 plans at midseason

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Last month Mariano Rivera was coy about his future beyond this season, saying he’d already come to a decision but wasn’t going to share it publicly. That led to some speculation that he plans to retire and Rivera’s comments to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post today would seemingly strengthen those beliefs. Asked when…

  15. A tribute to Hideki Okajima, the 17th best reliever of all-time

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Well, by one measure anyway. After failing his physical with the Yankees, Hideki Okajima returned to Japan over the weekend, signing with the Softbank Hawks. He’ll bring with him the 17th best ERA+ among all major league relievers to throw at least 200 innings: 1. Mariano Rivera – 206 2. Takashi Saito – 199 3.…

  16. Mariano Rivera’s cutter: “a gift from God”

    Mar 2, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    I’m guessing Yankees fans have heard this story before, but I don’t recall it.  Here’s Bob Klapisch, relating the story of Mariano Rivera discovering his cutter.  Given how dominant and unique Rivera is, it’s not terribly unlike a superhero creation story: Its genesis is well known in the Yankees’ family, although Rivera still takes pleasure…

  17. Jason Varitek joins Tim Wakefield in calling it a career

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    Among active teammates, only the Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada had been together longer than Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Now Varitek has joined Posada, the catcher he was so often compared to as part of the New York-Boston rivalry, and Wakefield in retirement. Had Varitek played anywhere other than…

  18. Mariano Rivera hinting at retirement after this season?

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera was asked this morning if this will be his final season and the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer gave an interesting answer: “I know now, but I don’t have to tell you.” Different reporters had different takes on exactly what that implied, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger thinks Rivera was…

  19. 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.…

  20. Craig Counsell retiring, joining the Brewers’ front office

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Craig Counsell don’t need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows.  With no interest in his services this offseason, he has decided to retire and will take a job with the Brewers’ front office. Counsell is 41, which even though he’s been around forever, is older than I think of him as. That’s…

  21. Mariano Rivera making progress following vocal cord surgery

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hasn’t had any setbacks since undergoing surgery early last month to remove polyps on his vocal cords. In fact, he spent a couple hours earlier today coaching some youth players during a clinic at the Frozen Ropes baseball facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the all-time saves…

  22. “There is a position called the designated hitter. It’s in the rules and everything”

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Edgar Martinez

    Grant Brisbee of SBN goes after the “Edgar Martinez is not a Hall of Famer” crowd by reminding people that, yo, the DH has been part of the game for 38 years now, so they have to be Hall of Fame eligible.  Brisbee’s hypotheticals which illuminate the silliness of the notion that DHs should not…

  23. Mariano Rivera is going to have surgery on his vocal cords tomorrow

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera doesn’t talk much. He’s more of the silent assassin type.  But he’s been having some trouble lately: polyps on his vocal cords. He’s going to have surgery tomorrow to have them removed. The polyps are non-cancerous things and recovery time should be quick. Obviously it won’t have much if any impact on his…

  24. Mariano Rivera on reported talks with Red Sox: “It was real”

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera has confirmed reports that he had talks with the Red Sox prior to re-signing with the Yankees for $30 million over two years, saying: “It was real.” Rivera didn’t verify reports that his agent actually initiated contact with Boston, but made it pretty clear that he viewed the Red Sox as a legitimate…

  25. Get this: “Mariano Rivera initiated contact with the Red Sox”

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    When the Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera two weeks ago there were numerous reports that the Red Sox made him a multi-year offer worth as much or more than he ended up accepting from New York. As if that weren’t juicy enough, now Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes: “According to multiple major league sources, Mariano Rivera’s…

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