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Mariano Rivera: A Personal Tribute to the Greatest »

By now, we are all aware of Mariano Rivera's devastating injury.Many of us are also aware of the fact that his illustrious career may be in jeopardy.If this is the end of the line for Rivera, it will be an unfortunate close to a career of one of the most dominant pitchers—starter or reliever—of all time.I remember my first experience [...]

Mariano Rivera: Yankees Have No Replacement for the »

He would never admit it, but the gods are unjust. If you haven’t heard, the Yankees’ 42-year-old closer Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging batting practice fly balls in Kansas City on Thursday night. The most pointless thing in the least significant place. Rivera always claimed that his cutter—the most effective single [...]

In an Alternate Universe, Joba Chamberlain Is Taking »

The news from Kansas City is awful. The great Mariano Rivera might never pitch again.His amazing career deserved a better conclusion. Either by clinching another title or letting one slip away would have been appropriate. But not slipping on the warning track in Kansas City of all cities.The fans at Yankee Stadium on April 30th might have seen his [...]

MLB: American League April All-Star Team »

Through the first month of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, there have been many pleasant surprises and great disappointments.In both leagues there is a player with realistic shots at the triple crown: the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Rangers' Josh Hamilton. The biggest off-season signing, Albert Pujols, is having one of his worst hitting [...]

New York Yankees: What Yankees Hitters Are on Pace for »

The month of April is officially over and the Yankees have had an interesting start to their season.They are among the top teams in baseball as expected, but most players are not playing as expected. Some hitters had a better April than projected, while some have done worse.Here is a look at the Yankees' hitters statistics in April and what their [...]

Joe Pepitone Caused the Biggest Brawl in Yankee »

Joe Pepitone was blamed for starting one of the most violent brawls in Yankee Stadium history when he charged toward Cleveland Indians' pitcher Gary Bell on Aug. 22, 1963. It wasn't completely his fault. The New York Yankees had defeated the Indians in the opener of a twi-night double header. Pepitone led the way to the 3-1 victory with three [...]

New York Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda Saves the Game to Beat »

The New York Yankees improved their record to 4-0 against the Baltimore Orioles this season, thanks to the effort of starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.Kuroda pitched well and deep into the game. After throwing a splitter in the seventh that got away from catcher Russell Martin, Nick Markakis broke from third base to capitalize on the error, but [...]

Only 1 More Start Necessary Before Andy Pettitte Can »

Andy Pettitte had his longest start in his comeback attempt on Monday, tossing 96 pitches over 5.2 innings with Double-A Trenton.He didn't see many positive results, though, as he allowed six runs on 10 hits. He did strike out eight in the contest.This is not the first bad outing for Pettitte in his comeback attempt, which isn't necessarily a good [...]

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