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Saturday May 30th 2015

Alex Rodriguez Proving to Be No Easy out as He Carries Yankees Early

We all knew the script. In his return from a season-long suspension, Alex Rodriguez was supposed to be over-the-hill dead weight in the middle of the New York Yankees' lineup in 2015. Evidently, he must have lost his copy. All of a sudden, A-Rod is clobbering the ball all over the place and, in doing so, carrying an otherwise sluggish Yankees offense on his shoulders. What happened Friday night at Tropicana Field is a microcosm of the whole affair. The soon-to-be 40-year-old Rodriguez led the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the ...

Yankees Must Avoid Dealing Top Prospects to Save Sinking Ship

The downtrodden possibility is completely realistic. The New York Yankees, for so many years now, have mostly avoided it. Through all the aging, declining and pain, the organization has never punted on a big league season in recent memory by accepting their place within the American League East. When tough times have come, it hit the phones to pry away midseason help. When the playoffs have been missed, it opened the vault and drowned the free-agent market in oceans of money. Yankees spend big in the offseason after missing playoffs. • 2008-09: $441 million ...

New York Yankees’ Biggest Storylines to Follow at the Start of 2015

The New York Yankees are always one of the most divisive teams in Major League Baseball. It's also true, though, that the 2015 season brings about one of their most divisive on-field products in recent memory. As is true of any professional sports team, there's always a divide between what fans of that team feel their chances for success are and what fans of other teams feel. However, with the 2015 Yankees, it feels as though the predictions for this team range anywhere from a sub-.500 record to 90-plus wins. With such ...

Jimmy Fallon Scared by Foul Tip at Yankees Game, Loses Hat

Jimmy Fallon is a Yankees fan.Sure, he grew up rooting for the New York Mets, because his dad worked for IBM and received tickets for games. He also made a rom-com about loving the Boston Red Sox and, outside the context of the film, likened the team's victory over the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series to "the U.S. hockey team beating the Russians in 1980."But Fallon is a Yankees fan, as noted by his hat and presence behind home plate at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. That beloved ...

Masahiro Tanaka’s Opening Day Flop Is Instant Reality Check for 2015 Yankees

If the New York Yankees want to return to the postseason in 2015, they're going to need Masahiro Tanaka to be the ace he was in 2014. That's pretty much non-negotiable. Through one game, here's how that's going: not so good. Tanaka drew the Yankees' Opening Day assignment against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and looked very little like the guy who posted a 2.77 ERA and 6.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014. In four innings, he allowed five runs (four earned) on two walks and five hits, ...

Yankees Opening Day 2015: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions

Rejoice, New York Yankees fans. The Bronx Bombers are back. They'll take the field Monday afternoon for the first game of the 2015 campaign, and the Toronto Blue Jays are the first test for a team looking to make it to the playoffs after missing out the past two seasons. The Yankees (like most teams) are ripe with fresh storylines entering Day 1 of the regular season. Just in case you haven't heard, Alex Rodriguez is back. He should be in the starting lineup as the designated hitter. Among a sea of ...

Alex Rodriguez’s 2015 Comeback Season Begins with Unexpected Hope

Not all spring training performances are created equal. Yes, exhibition stats don't count, and they don't matter once the games get started for real. But let's be honest: Whatever Alex Rodriguez did (or didn't do) in the Grapefruit League was going to be scrutinized. At the plate, Rodriguez posted a .267/.377/.489 slash line with three home runs in 45 at-bats. More importantly, he kept his head down and said the right things, avoiding further controversy. "I've said all along, I thought Alex was going to help us," manager Joe Girardi said on ...

Throwback Thursday: Female Ace Jackie Mitchell Strikes Out Babe Ruth

The boys club of professional sports is a smelly, mahogany-lined institution. Since women started participating in competitive leisure activities, the lodge house of male-dominated athletics has continued collecting cigar smoke under the old roof of a "you can play but over there" non-agreement. It's a separate, but unequal, arrangement based mostly on fear—fear of product dilution, fear of losing personal space and fear someone could get hurt. It's these fears that have all but guaranteed we'll never see another moment like Jackie Mitchell's performance in 1931, when the teenage girl struck out Babe ...

Grading, Analyzing Alex Rodriguez’s Spring Training on Brink of Opening Day

A number of hot topics have since taken over Major League Baseball's headlines more recently, including Kris Bryant's demotion, Josh Hamilton's relapse, season-ending injuries to Yu Darvish, Zack Wheeler and Marcus Stroman and Pete Rose's appeal for reinstatement. But for a moment, think back to the very start of spring training. What was the story everyone couldn't get enough of? That's right: The return to baseball of the ever-polarizing Alex Rodriguez in the aftermath of his season-long suspension. Well, it's time to catch up with Rodriguez, his performance this February and March and his role ...

Complete New York Yankees’ 2015 Season Preview

With Opening Day rapidly approaching, the New York Yankees find themselves looking to win their 28th World Series—by far the most of any MLB franchise. How realistic a goal is that? Well, that's what I'm here to help you figure out. Over the course of this article I'll give you everything you need to know about the Bronx Bombers in 2015, including previews of the lineup, rotation and bullpen, as well as prospects to watch, predictions for the season's opening series and more. The Yankees are projected to win 80 games this season, ...
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