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AL East

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    April 9, 2014

    The Four Best Happy Hour Specials This Week

    Spring is definitely, at long last, in the air, which means your social schedule should be ramping up as your friends emerge from hibernation. Gather a crew for a cheap drink and food deal at one of this week's hand-picked happy hour spots.

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    October 9, 2013
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    September 9, 2013

    Yankee Stadium Prices Illustrate Two New Yorks; The Rich One at the Game, The Other, Watching at Home

    The revelations last week over beer prices in major league baseball stadiums gives us a chance to use it to illustrate what has become a central topic in this year's remarkable mayoral campaign--the city's shrinking middle class and the ever broadening economic gap between the rich and poor. This a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 12, 2013

    BATTER UP

    Catch Minor League 
home openers

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    May 3, 2013

    Who's Saving the Yankees' Season While All Their Old Men Are Out? An Old Man, Naturally

    Nice quip from David Letterman last night: "Martha Stewart says she wants to meet a rich man between the age of 50 and 70. Why doesn't she just date a New York Yankee?" Indeed. And the subs that the Yankees have brought in to get them through a period of recovery from injuries are as old as the gu ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Good News, Yankees Fans: 2014 is Only a Year Away

    Over the last few years, I've tended to skip reading preseason baseball magazines -- too many air-headed predictions made by people without a firm grasp of statistics and economics. Athlon Sports' Baseball Previews, though, is both hip and smart, and always has something surprising to say about ever ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Things are Beginning to Seem Desperate in Yankees Universe

    "I'm surprised," a disingenuous Hal Steinbrenner told the press yesterday in Arizona, "to hear that there's anger if you see what we've done this offseason." Well, I would just call it anger, Hal. There's also a lot of frustration, derision, and lethargy out there. "We've signed three or four of th ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Bye, Bye, Russell Martin: The Yanks' Old-Age Movement

    It's official: the policy of the Yankees' front office is to start Opening Day with the oldest roster in the history of Major League Baseball. And this must be the policy because nothing else the Yankees have done - or not done - makes any sense. First off, for our Christmas present, the Steinbre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 17, 2012

    The Yankees' Last Gasp

    Regardless of what happens tonight, while watching the Yankees 2-1 loss to the Tigers last night in the third game of the ALCS, you had the feeling that it was the end of an era. They brought Nick Swisher to the on-deck circle last night but he didn't get to bat. If he had, it probably would have ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    C.C., I Was Just Kidding -- You CAN Win The Big One

    If you didn't stay up last night to see it, you missed a classic. Russell martin -- or "Thank God For Russell" Martin, as he's known in my house -- belted a long shot off Jim Johnson in the 9th inning to give the Yankees 3-2 lead. And then it seemed like everyone in the Yankees lineup got a hit. E ... More >>

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    October 7, 2012

    Yanks Can't Afford To Lose Game One

    On paper, it looks like a mismatch, but Yankees fans who have watched their team sink while the Orioles soared over the last third of the season know that this isn't so. In overall batting, the Yanks lead by 18 points, .265 (5th best in the American League) to the Orioles .247 (No. 10), and in r ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Yankees 2012: OK But No Cigar...Yet

    Is it possible that following one team up close, day by day, for an entire season, can actually give you a distorted rather than accurate perception of how good they are? Like many Yankee fans, I've been ruthlessly criticizing the team's performance, or at least its performance since the All-Star ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Yanks Split With Orioles; October Looking Bleak

    However much relief Yankee fans feel after the split of the four-game series with the Orioles - and it was oh, so painfully close to being 3 of 4 for the Yanks - and however good it felt to finally see the Yanks cut loose for 13 runs on Sunday afternoon, it's hard to come away with any sense of con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Boston A "Football Town?" Not Even Close

    Whenever I read something about football that sounds like it was written in a barroom by someone as sloshed as Rance Preibus at the RNC, it invariable comes from ColdHardFootballFacts.com. The latest beer-soaked rant comes from Kerry J. Byrne on August 26: "There is this mythology in certain circle ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    C.C.'s No Ace And Joba Rules No More; Post-Season Looks Bleak For Yanks

    However the Yankees end up after the crucial weekend series against the Orioles, there's one thing that August has pretty much demonstrated: namely, that the Yankees -- as they are now constituted -- are not going to the World Series this year and probably will not even win the American League East. ... More >>

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    August 25, 2012

    C.C. Sabathia Back With A Vengeance. Jeter For MVP?

    Yankees fans breathed a little easier last night with C.C. Sabathia's return. He went 7 1/3 innings in the Yanks' 3-1 victory over Cleveland, gave up four hits and a walk, and, best of all, struck out nine. His ERA has now dropped below 3.50 for the season. Then again, he was pitching against the ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    The End Of Valentine's Days?

    Though Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is still insisting that his team can make the postseason - that's what a manager is supposed to say, even when his team is 58-61, as the Red Sox are now, and 12 ½ games behind the first place Yankees - there isn't the usual postseason buzz to a mid-August Yank ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Trade Deadline Comes And Goes. Yanks Do Nada

    Remember just a few years ago when everyone thought it was so unfair that the Yankees had the money and resources to make all the big deals just before the trade deadline? The haves picking the pockets of the have-nots, and all that. Well, it sure does look as if the Yankees are no longer one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    The 2012 Yankees Don't Suck Nearly As Much As We All Thought They Did

    I don't think anyone, even the most arrogant of Yankee fans -- am I being redundant when I say "arrogant Yankee fans? - thought the Yankees would be in 1st place in the AL East at the All-Star break. Certainly not after losing their big stud starter Michael Pineda before the season started and Mar ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    In Mets-Rays Match, Will R.A. Dickey Reach MVP Status?

    I'm trying to remember -- was last night the first time ever that Yankees fans rooted for the Mets and vice versa? The two teams helped each other out by whipping the others' division rivals, and in doing so, I think, helped give good definition of their teams' respective character. The Mets, beati ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    Bullpen Keeping Bombers In The Fight

    You'd probably think that a baseball team's losing its young, hot right-handed starting pitcher and three-quarters of what was being touted as the best bullpen in baseball would hurt any chances it has of staying in contention. But after a rare sweep of the A's in Oakland, capped by a 2-0 shutout Su ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Kuroda Wows In Yanks' Home Opener

    Any Yankees victory over the Los Angeles Angels is sweet, but this afternoon's 5-0 win was particularly sweet. No sooner did Albert Pujols say, in effect, that Opening Day at Yankee Stadium was "no big deal," Hiroki Kuroda went out and made a big deal out of it: 8 innings, 5 hits, 6 Ks, ZERO runs. ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012

    TAKE ME OUT

    New York Yankees host California Angels

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    April 9, 2012

    These Are Not Your 1998 New York Yankees

    I knew on Saturday when the Yankees lost to the Rays 8-6 that if they lost again on Sunday - as they did, 3-0, also to the Rays - that some wise guy would jump up and say, "but the 1998 Yanks started out 0-3 and they did okay." Yes, they did. But the 2012 Yankees aren't the 1998 Yankees. Let us c ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    The Yankees' Wild Card: Joba Chamberlain

    Though it didn't make anyone's sports headlines in a week of Bobby Valentine's smart-offs and the return of Jeremy Lin, what might turn out to be the biggest sports news of all is the exciting progress (measured in the increasing velocity of that once-fearsome slider, now up to 94-95 mph) of Joba Ch ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Baseball that Rolled Through Bill Buckner's Legs in 1986 Fails to Sell on eBay

    ​Have baseball fans suddenly been struck with an epidemic of good sense? Tuesday night the ball that rolled through Bill Buckner's legs 25 years ago in Game 6 of the World Series failed to get a single bid (bidding on eBay closed at 11:37 p.m. EST, the exact anniversary of the error). Of cours ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Yankees' Wallet is Fat, But So is C.C. Sabathia

    Sabathia: Big dramaC.C. or C.J.? Does it come down to that for the Yankees? We still don't know who's going to the World Series, but the internet is abuzz with speculation about whether the Yankees are going to try to re-sign C.C. Sabathia or Texas Rangers left-handed ace C.J. Wilson — or both ... 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 >>

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    September 14, 2011

    The Day The Yankees Tried to Trade Mariano Rivera

    Yankee savior RiveraHere's a story from the November 17, 1997, Seattle Times that's making the rounds: Not even the New York Yankees' offer of reliever Mariano Rivera, rated one of the American League's top closers, could entice the Mariners to give up Randy Johnson. ...

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    September 14, 2011

    LET'S GO!

    Yankees host Red Sox one more time

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    August 16, 2011

    Memo to Yanks: Pitch By the Numbers, Not By the Salaries

    After C.C., who?​To sit through the plethora of stories about the Yankees' starting rotation you'd think they had pitching to burn. "Logjam" is the most common word used to describe the starting six, and, incredibly, we're also seeing "embarrassment of riches." It's embarrassing, all right, b ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Who Wants to Be the Next Mets Owners?

    ​This morning's New York Post made it a lot easier to set up your office "Who's going to end up owning the Mets once the Wilpons have to repay their Madoff money?" pool, by running a helpful list of rich guys who, it claims, are in the running to buy at least a share of the Amazin's. Less help ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Pirates-Yankees 1960 Tonight, Thanks to Bing Crosby

    ​Bing Crosby didn't know it, but when he took off for Paris on October 12, 1960, he left us all with a wonderful Christmas present. Bing was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and fearful that his National League champions were no match for the Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris-Whitey Ford Yankees. ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Donate Food to Get Tickets to See the New York Yankees

    yankees.com​ 'Tis the season to be charitable, and The New York Yankees are once again sponsoring a holiday food drive on December 16 in which donors can receive two tickets to see the team play in 2011. Simply donate 30 pounds of non-perishable food items. Giving is great, but 30 pounds of ... More >>

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    December 4, 2010

    Derek Jeter Re-Signing With Yankees, Duh

    ​After a bluff from both sides, with New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman telling aging shortstop Derek Jeter to "test the market," number 2 and the Evil Empire are said to be coming together on a three-year contract worth between $45-51 million, with "a complicated fourth-year vesting option, th ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Yankees Post Mortem: Dissecting 2010's Corpse

    ​No point right now in looking into the Yankees chances of getting Cliff Lee -- though offhand I'd say the odds are about the same as they were for the Knicks in landing LeBron James. There's also not much point wondering what the Yankees need to do to pull themselves together next season. The ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Click Your Heels, Say, "The Yankees Can Win Three Straight"

    ​It's too early (by a few hours, at least) to call this a T3 -- a total team tank. After all, C.C. Sabathia could win this afternoon, and if the Texas Rangers can win three straight, so can the Yankees. But if Yankee fans need anything more to be depressed about, consider that Sabathia, wh ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Cliff Lee in Pinstripes (or "How The Yankees Will Deal With Last Night's Loss")

    ​A Reuters article today entitled "Lee makes himself more enticing for Yankees" notes that Texas Rangers southpaw Cliff Lee -- who delivered the New York Yankees a brutal slaying last night -- is looking more and more enticing to the 2009 World Series Champion Team, and that the Yankees can an ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Yankees and the ALCS: "Real Scary, Real Fast"

    ​On Friday, we quoted Daily News writer John Harper's dire scenario for the Yankees: "On second thought, what if it's not such a break for the Yankees that Cliff Lee can't pitch until Game 3? Really, it's only natural to presume that delaying Lee's impact on the series helps the defending ch ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Mike Lupica Achieves Long-Sought Sportswriting Perfection

    ​You could single out almost any Mike Lupica column as typical, but the one in today's Daily News as the Yankees prepare to play Texas in Game Three of the ALCS is really classic. We don't want to belabor the obvious -- that's Mike Lupica's job. Some examples: "The Yankees come home no ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Why Game 1 Means More to the Yankees Than to the Rangers

    ​Everyone is saying that tonight's game, the first of the American League Championship Series, is critical for both the Yankees and Rangers. It appears more critical, though, for the Yankees for two very simple reasons. One, of course, is Cliff Lee. If Lee doesn't start until Game 3, then if ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Derek Jeter Is a Melodramatic Pussy (Video)

    The (second-place) New York Yankees are heading into their first game tonight since losing against the (first-place) Tampa Bay Rays. In those games, though, the the Yankees lost more than the game: They took a hit of pride, too.

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    September 17, 2010

    Yankees Fans, Are You Worried Yet?

    ​Be afraid, Yankees fans -- be very afraid. Though some are dismissing the Yankees' late-season slide saying, "After all, they're still going to make the playoffs," there's nothing good to be said about their performance over the last 10 games. On September 4, the Yankees were on an eight-g ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    More Pinstriped Perps Discovered

    ​By Jared Greenfield Turns out it's not just street thugs who embrace the Bronx Bomber brand. The Times served up a hundred examples yesterday of cons who don pinstripes, but as usual, the paper of record took a dive on all the politician perps, convicted or charged, whose preferred wardrobe ... More >>

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