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Are Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury Deals Enough to »

Nobody is offering the New York Yankees a shoulder to cry on following Friday's free-agent departures of Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. That's because the club opened up its wallet this week for Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, a pair of All-Stars with comparable offensive potential. Including the newly introduced Brian McCann, the Yanks [...]

How Japanese Phenom Masahiro Tanaka Would Impact »

Like Yu Darvish and Hyun-jin Ryu before him, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is a coveted ace from the Far East who's expected to make the leap to Major League Baseball through the posting system. Sources tell George A. King III of the New York Post that the New York Yankees will be among the most serious bidders. Well, duh. Three-fifths of their [...]

7 Things Baseball Will Miss Most About Mariano Rivera »

After 19 major league seasons and five championships, Mariano Rivera confirmed on Saturday that his career was over. He will be sorely missed by fans of the New York Yankees, but also by baseball fans or anyone with a soft spot for underdog stories. While dealing with tremendous soreness in his forearm (h/t Andy McCullough, The Star-Ledger), [...]

Alex Rodriguez Passes Lou Gehrig With 24th Grand Slam »

The San Francisco Giants went to their bullpen on Friday night with two outs in the seventh inning, and Alex Rodriguez made them regret it. His opposite-field home run not only broke a 1-1 tie; it set a new MLB record for career grand slams. This was the 24th bases-clearing blast for the polarizing third baseman. Entering this game, he and [...]

Can New York Yankees Overcome Hurting Bullpen in Bid »

Consecutive losses have all but eliminated the New York Yankees from AL East title contention, and late Friday night, the injury bug took a sizable bite out of their bullpen. From the team's Twitter account: MRI on @DRob30 reveals shoulder tendinitis, out 5-6 days. @BryanHoch reports Boone Logan will have MRI for discomfort in left [...]

Does Yankees’ Heartbreaking Loss Show Comeback »

Losing to the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox on Thursday night in heartbreaking fashion suggests that the New York Yankees don't have quite enough comeback magic to qualify for the 2013 playoffs. Prior to the 9-8, extra-inning defeat, the Bombers had been on a thrilling hot streak. They swept the previous series against the Chicago White Sox, and [...]

Baseball Records A-Rod Now Will Never Break »

Finally, Major League Baseball has suspended polarizing slugger Alex Rodriguez, announcing a 211-game ban that takes effect Thursday and lasts through the end of the 2014 season. Missing all that playing time—which, because he's appealing, could spill into 2015—makes it clear that he will never break several significant records. Even [...]

Roger Clemens ‘Defends’ A-Rod in the Most »

Nobody in Major League Baseball is pleased with Alex Rodriguez, whose conflicts with the New York Yankees and the league itself have overshadowed an otherwise exhilarating season. Meanwhile, Roger Clemens, another former star suspected of abusing performance-enhancing drugs, steered his conversation with the Associated Press in a totally different [...]

Trading for Alfonso Soriano Is Too Little, Too Late »

Nearly 10 years after trading away Alfonso Soriano, the New York Yankees have officially reacquired him to bolster their ailing lineup, tweets ESPN.com's Jim Bowden: MLB has approved the trade of Alfonso Soriano to Yankees (& cash changing hands) and Soriano has officially waved no-trade DEAL is OFFICIAL — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) [...]

All-Star Mariano Rivera Receiving Support from MLB »

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has pitched in eight MLB All-Star Games and made five career appearances at Citi Field. Combining past regular seasons and playoff runs, the Sandman has ascended to the mound in the ninth inning more than 1,000 times since turning pro. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer is fully prepared for Tuesday's [...]

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