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AL Central

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    October 19, 2012

    Yanks Lose. Here's All The Baseball I Want To Talk About This Year

    Speculation on what caused the train wreck that ended last night with the Yankee's 8-1 loss to Detroit is useless, so I'm going to empty out all the notes I took during this year's ALCS and see what sense can be made of it. First off, this is the third time the Yankees have lost a postseason series ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    A-Rod's Not The Yankees' Only Playoff Goat

    I've always resisted the idea that clutch hitting exists, I guess because I don't like the notion that baseball is something more than a game - that it brings out something heroic in an athlete. I pretty much agree with Bill James's early assessment on the topic, which was that what a batter hits ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012
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    June 27, 2012

    Let's Hypothesize on Dewayne Wise...

    So who's to fault in the Dewayne Wise Foul Ball-Gate? Not the fans, though the Daily News, which headlined its story "Fans in Stands Conspire to Help Wise Stump Ump." The fans didn't have time to conspire to do anything; everyone reacted with complete spontaneity (what are they supposed to do, help ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Yankee Post-Mortem: A-Rod Not the Only Cause of Death

    ​Let's look on the bright side ... no, scratch that. There is no bright side. Let's try to take in the big picture ... no, skip it. That's crap, too. The Yankees' 3-2 elimination loss to Detroit on Thursday night was as ugly as a one-run defeat can be. They were a better team than the Tigers, not ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Justin Verlander Just In Case

    If you were about to play what could be your last game of the season, would you use every weapon you had? If we are to believe Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, he wouldn't. Leyland has repeatedly said he "probably wouldn't use Justin Verlander in relief" in tonight's Game Five against the Yanks, ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Fright Night for Yankee Fans

    If I were a Yankees fan, I'd be afraid — very afraid. Of course, as I've said all season, whenever I look at the pitching staff I'm afraid. But in addition to being afraid all season, I've also been wrong all season, so maybe I'm wrong now. Maybe there's something I'm not seeing here, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Where Have All the Yankees Fans Gone?

    photo by Neil deMause​Following last night's ten-inning loss to the Twins, the Yankees' record stands at 3-2 (good!) and the team trails Buck Showalter's undefeated Orioles by a game and a half in the AL East (bad!). But since everybody knows that early April stats don't matter (remember how t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Don't Blame the Yankees Bullpen for Last Night. Blame Nick Swisher.

    Oops.​Obviously when you have a rotation that consists of one ace and four jokers - and that's what Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova and whoever the Yankees put in the fifth spot are - you've got to win the game in which your ace pitches. Especially when the ace pitches seven shutout innin ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011

    OPENING DAY

    New York Yankees host the Detroit Tigers

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    December 14, 2010

    With Cliff Lee, Will the Phillies Rotation Be the Best Ever?

    ​Does the acquisition of Cliff Lee give the Philadelphia Phillies the best rotation in baseball history? That's a little premature, but you can certainly make a good argument. Right now, Roy Halliday, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels certainly look to rank with the 1954 Cleveland In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Live: The Hold Steady Try Their Best To Burn Down The Beacon Theatre

    Craig Finn, taking the whole Twins thing in stride. Pics by Rob Trucks, more below.​The Hold Steady Beacon Theatre Thursday, October 7 Better than: Cirque de Soleil's Banana Shpeel or whatever usually goes on here. I'm sure some of those Allman Brothers shows get pretty rowdy, but I still ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Pace Student Max Moreno Murdered; Police Release Surveillance Video of Suspects

    ​Max Moreno, a 21-year-old Pace University student, was killed on September 29 with one gunshot to the head and found in his apartment at 2 Gold Street, in the financial district, just after midnight. The incident took place after he sold marijuana to a couple, leading police to believe he may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Q&A: Craig Finn Of The Hold Steady Breaks Down The Twins/Yankees Series

    Twins cap not pictured, for once​The MLB Playoffs begin today, kicking off an annual tradition for many sports-minded New Yorkers: rooting against the Yankees. Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has added motivation this year, given that his beloved Minnesota Twins once again drew the Yanks in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    C.C. Sabathia's Start Tonight: None Bigger All Year

    ​Prudence suggests that Bill Madden's pick in today's Daily News - Minnesota twins in five - is a correct one. Madden's reasoning is sound: the Yankees have been a lackluster 29-30 since July 30 and only 9-17 since September 5. "Combined," Madden writers, "with Girardi's erratic managing and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Download Steve Wynn And The Miracle 3's "Resolution"; Hear It Live At The Living Room Next Week

    ​"Paisley Underground" veteran Steve Wynn (the L.A. rocker, not the casino owner who puts his hand through Picasso paintings) is a permanent friend-of-SOTC for the simple reason that he once let us film him singing a song while standing in a dog park. He returns with backing band the Miracle 3 ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Yankees' Biggest Loss of the Year: The Worrying Omens

    ​Apparently I wasn't the only one who watched the Yankees' hideous 10-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last night feeling that the Bombers had just bombed in their most important game of the season. There is Filip Bondy, for instance, in today's Daily News: "This was a very big game...C.C. Sabat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Here's Major League Baseball's Most Guilt-Ridden Umpire, Jim Joyce, Holding a Puppy

    ​Maybe you've heard that last night, on the very last play of what was an otherwise perfect game for Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, umpire Jim Joyce missed the call, thus costing Galarraga his perfect game. Everybody - whether you're a fan of the team throwing the perfect game or no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Why LeBron James (Probably) Won't Be Coming to New York

    ​Terry Pluto, sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been covering LeBron James since his first high school game. His latest book, LeBron James: The Making of an MVP (cowritten with PD Cavs beat writer Brian Winters) is the definitive work to date on how James became the best pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    The Most Shocking New York Yankees Loss, Ever

    ​Some things are simply unforeseeable. After all, who would've thought that the New York Yankees - the highest-paid team in baseball, the team that won the World Series just six months ago - would sustain what some could only perceive as the most shocking defeat in the history of the franchise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2008

    John Sayles Talks Baseball, the Deep South, and Honeydripper

    John Sayles has written and directed sixteen films and been nominated twice for the Academy Award for screenwriting, yet the filmmaker lists some surprising influences. “I never thought about being a writer. A writer wasn't something I wanted to be,” Sayles says over fried oysters and countless ... More >>

  • News

    May 23, 2006

    The Old Brawl Game

    Baseball trades fights for hugs in the age of steroid testing

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    August 12, 2003
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    April 29, 2003
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    March 25, 2003

    Men in Uniform

    Fifth Annual Major League Baseball Roundup

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    February 11, 2003
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    January 21, 2003
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    August 27, 2002
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    July 2, 2002
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    June 11, 2002

    The Baseball Wars

    A Labor Conflict Primer

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    April 16, 2002

    Talking Trash, Backing It Up

    Watch Out, Bud! Ex-Met Prankster Gardenhire Is Now the Evil Twin.

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    April 2, 2002
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    November 13, 2001

    Send Money or We’ll Shoot This Team

    Contraction Signals That Baseball’s About to Birth Something Ugly

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    June 26, 2001
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    May 15, 2001
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    April 3, 2001
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    April 11, 2000
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    April 4, 2000

    Yanks: Three-peat or De-feat?

    Baseball in the Big Apple: Two Teams, One Ticket-Tape Parade

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    April 4, 2000
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    January 11, 2000
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    November 23, 1999
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    October 12, 1999

    The New Whitey Ford

    But Is It the End of the Line for David Cone, the New Chairman of the Board?

  • Long Island Voice

    September 21, 1999
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    September 14, 1999
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    August 24, 1999
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    December 8, 1998

    Winterball Heats Up

    Grading baseball's off-season moves

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    October 20, 1998

    Ball Bearings

    World Theories Preview

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    October 13, 1998

    Pinstripe Destiny '98

    Inside The Yankee Docudrama

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    August 18, 1998

    Ghosts 2, Yankees 1

    The '98 Yankees' Place in the Pantheon

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