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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2013 08:32 pm
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The Yankees have just signed a 10-year contract with WFAN to air games starting next season.  WFAN had been the radio home of the Mets since their debut in 1987 and has been called "The Radio Station That Doc and Darryl Built".  The Yankees had been on WCBS for decades, but when CBS bought WFAN last year, that opened the door to moving the Yankees.  John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will likely keep their jobs, but this is a big blow to Howie Rose, who has been calling Mets games for years due to his affiliation with WFAN.



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The Yanks have placed Jeter on the DL. His season is over.

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lobo316 wrote: The Yanks have placed Jeter on the DL. His season is over.

 

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Derek Jeter has been placed on the disabled list and his injury-plagued 2013 season is over, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Jeter, 39, played in just 17 games this season as he recovered from two ankle surgeries. Jeter fractured his left ankle in Game 1 of the 2012 American League Championship Series, came back to play in spring-training games, but underwent a second procedure in April. He made his season debut on July 11, but immediately suffered a quadriceps injury, and has been dogged by leg ailments since. Jeter hasn't played since Saturday, complaining of more pain in his left ankle.

"This was a much more difficult rehabilitation situation than we ever expected," Cashman said.

But Cashman reiterated that he expects Jeter back in 2014, and at shortstop. Jeter has an $8 million player option for 2014, or can opt to become a free agent.

"I have not watched his last game," Cashman said. "No one has."

Tuesday, the Yankees acquired Brendan Ryan, a strong defensive shortstop, from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named. Ryan would not be eligible for the postseason roster if the Yankees made the playoffs.

Jeter batted .190 with two extra-base hits this season, one year after leading the major leagues with 216 hits.

Jeter turns 40 next June, and currently ranks 10th on baseball's all-time hits list, with 3,316, three fewer than Paul Molitor.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/yankees/2013/09/11/derek-jeter-yankees-injury-season-over/2801329/

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NEW YORK -- Yankees team president Randy Levine called it "very sad" that former Mets manager Bobby Valentine would choose to say the Yankees were AWOL during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Valentine, appearing on WFAN Radio, made his comments on Wednesday, 12 years to the day of the tragedy.

"Bobby Valentine should know better than to be pointing fingers on a day like today," Levine said in a phone conversation. "Today is a day of reflection and prayer. The Yankees, as has been well documented, visited Ground Zero, the Armory, the Javits Center, St. Vincent's Hospital and many other places during that time. We continue to honor the 9/11 victims and responders.

"On this day, he would have been better to have kept his thoughts to himself rather than seeking credit, which is very sad to me."

Valentine, who was the Mets' manager when the attacks took place, said he had to counsel players he said felt were much more active in the community than their Yankees counterparts.

"Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were [AWOL]," Valentine said on WFAN. "You couldn't find a Yankee on the streets of New York City. You couldn't find a Yankee down at Ground Zero, talking to the guys who were working 24/7."

He added: "Many of them didn't live here, and so it wasn't their fault. And many of them did not partake in all that, so there was some of that jealousy going around [among Mets players]. Like, 'Why are we so tired? Why are we wasted? Why have we been to the funerals and the firehouses, and the Yankees are getting all the credit for bringing baseball back?' And I said, 'This isn't about credit, guys. This is about doing the right thing.'"






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Lol, Royals only 2 games out of a WC spot with 16 games left.

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http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/09/stephen-strasburg-scratched-from-start-due-tightness-in-throwing-arm/

Stephen Strasburg scratched from start with ‘tightness’ in throwing arm

Nationals hope ace will return by Sept. 19 as they struggle to stay in contention.

By Ted Berg – September 13, 2013 at 4:29pm EDT

The Washington Nationals have quietly surged back into the fringes of contention for a wild card spot in the National League with a hot start to September that has seen the club go 9-2 to improve to 77-69 on the season. But the club’s chances were dealt a potentially serious blow when starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to tightness and discomfort in his throwing arm.

    #StephenStrasburg scratched tonight for #Nationals because of tightness and discomfort in right arm. Rest, medication. next start Sept. 19

    — Mel Antonen (@MelAntonen) September 13, 2013

    Strasburg's tightness is not in the area of where he had Tommy JOhn, Davey Johnson says.

    — Mel Antonen (@MelAntonen) September 13, 2013

Strasburg has been the Nationals’ best starter in 2013, with a 2.98 ERA in 28 starts. If the arm discomfort is serious enough to force him to miss more time, they’ll likely stick with right-handed journeyman Ross Ohlendorf, who has pitched well in a long relief and spot starting role. The Nationals have already lost starters Ross Detwiler and Taylor Jordan to season-ending injuries.

The Nationals famously held Strasburg to an innings limit in 2012 in an effort to prevent injuries, shutting him down after a start on Sept. 7 and leaving him off their postseason roster while they lost in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League division series.

Manager Davey Johnson told reporters that the club hopes Strasburg will be able to start on Sept. 19. But if his injury lingers and he cannot pitch again this season, his last start will have come on Sept. 8 — one year and one day after he was shut down in 2012.

Pitcher injuries remain one of the most perplexing problems in sports, and Strasburg’s 2013 injury should hardly serve as evidence that the Nats’ decision to shut him down in 2012 was a poor decision. But the timing of the ace’s latest arm injury emphasizes how difficult it is to keep pitchers healthy, no matter what measures are taken to do so.



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BOSTON -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi says leadoff hitter Brett Gardner will be out for a lengthy stretch and possibly the rest of the regular season.

Girardi made the announcement before New York opens a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night.

Gardner left Thursday night's win in Baltimore with the injury, which Girardi says is a "Grade 1 strain in his rib cage."

Girardi says he hopes to use him as a pinch-runner, but said it won't happen at least until the end of the next series in Toronto.






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MIAMI -- Atlanta Braves left-hander Paul Maholm will miss at least one start because of a sore elbow, but an MRI on Wednesday showed no serious injury.

"The results came back good," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's going to miss a start, and we are going to re-evaluate afterward."

Maholm's elbow began to bother him during a start Sept. 2, Gonzalez said. Maholm went five innings and beat the New York Mets in that game, then pitched six innings Sunday and received no decision in a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

When the soreness continued, the Braves decided Maholm should be further evaluated. He flew home to Atlanta for the exam.

Maholm is 10-10 with a 4.35 ERA in 24 starts for the NL East leaders.

Right-hander David Hale will make his major league debut when he takes Maholm's turn in the rotation Friday at home against San Diego.

In an unrelated move, rookie left-hander Alex Wood will be given a breather, and right-hander Freddy Garcia will start in his place Thursday in the series finale at Miami. Wood is 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 25 games this year.

The Braves enjoy a big lead in the division, and Gonzalez wants his pitching staff fresh for the playoffs. He had right-hander Julio Teheran skip a turn in the rotation last week.

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The Jays won't make the playoffs this year but they are the only team in MLB with
5 players with 20 or more home runs.


Colby Rasmus' home run Saturday made the Blue Jays the first team in the majors this season with at least five 20-homer players. Edwin Encarnacion (36), Jose Bautista (28), J.P. Arencibia (20) and Adam Lind (20) are the others.


http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=330914114

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Carlos Gonzalez likely will need surgery to fix a torn ligament in his right middle finger, the Colorado Rockies outfielder told The Denver Post on Sunday.

Gonzalez tried rest as a cure, but 10 weeks was unable to fix the ligament.

The All-Star outfielder will travel to a hand specialist in Cleveland on Thursday, the Post reported. If the recommendation is to undergo surgery, Gonzalez will have it done within the next two months.

"It's my decision," Gonzalez told the Post. "I am probably going to have it regardless of what he says. It's just not getting any better. I want to be ready for spring training."

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BOSTON -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of Sunday night's Yankees-Red Sox game with a tight right calf, the latest setback to a team decimated by injuries this season.

Rodriguez said he hurt the calf running out of the batter's box in the third inning, and then felt it on a Robinson Cano double play later.

Asked if he thinks he will miss any games, the third baseman said, "I'm hoping not. I'm hoping we caught it before it got really bad. I'll come in tomorrow, get treatment, hopefully be ready to go. I've had a calf injury before, and those are tricky, they're very dangerous. I'm hoping that I came out of the game before something really bad happened."
No tests on the calf are planned.

The Yankees open a three-game series in Toronto on artificial turf on Tuesday.

"If I can play, I'll play," he said.

"I certainly want to come back as soon as possible, but also be cautious with it," he said. "If we were in the middle of June or May it'd be a different story. We've got to rehab, and try to go as long as you can."

Rodriguez has been troubled recently by a strained left hamstring and has been limited to designated hitter duty for the past five games.

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was not in Sunday's starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants due to a sore left hip, just the latest in a mounting series of injuries as the Dodgers try to clinch the NL West.



Puig did pinch hit in the ninth inning and grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. The Giants beat the Dodgers 4-3.

Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had said the timetable for Puig's return was unclear. Puig has had issues with his hip periodically in recent weeks.

"I'm thinking somewhere between seven and 10 days for him, hopefully, maybe two or three weeks, I don't know," Mattingly said. "Or, it could be tomorrow. I'm not sure."

Mattingly said the trainers had not given him a firm idea of how long Puig would be out and that no further tests, including an MRI, have been ordered.

"It's just a pretty big window for me to be right," Mattingly said jokingly. "I'd really like to be right. It'd be the first one this year."

The Dodgers dealt with copious injuries for the first three months and fell to 12 games under .500 on June 21, but they gradually got healthy and have played at a .651 rate since. Their magic number to clinch the West was four games entering Sunday.

Now, the injuries are starting to crop up again. Four of the team's top six hitters by OPS were not in Sunday's lineup due to injuries. Carl Crawford has tightness in his back, Andre Ethier has a sprained left ankle and Hanley Ramirez is dealing with nerve irritation in his back and a tight left hamstring.

In addition, Matt Kemp has missed 86 games with ankle, shoulder and hamstring injuries. He could be activated as soon as Monday. Mattingly is hopeful he can get his lineup back in time to gain some continuity entering October.

"I'm not really worrying about the number of games. I'd just like to get them all back and know that they are healthy," Mattingly said. "No. 1, we've got to win four more games. So, we start with that."






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DETROIT -- Max Scherzer could only watch as the lead -- and another shot at his 20th win -- slipped away.

The Detroit right-hander didn't mind, especially once Alex Avila's homer put the Tigers ahead again moments later.

Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday. Scherzer was in line for his 20th win when reliever Drew Smyly allowed the Royals to tie it in the top of the eighth, but Avila answered with a drive to right-center for his 11th home run this season.

"We're just looking to win the game," Scherzer said. "I don't care if I win another game, if we win our division, that's all that matters."

The AL Central-leading Tigers remained five games ahead of second-place Cleveland, which beat the Chicago White Sox.

Scherzer has two losses and two no-decisions since a 19-1 start but was terrific Sunday. He allowed a run and five hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings. He was on track to become baseball's first 20-game winner this year when he pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh to preserve a one-run lead.

But Smyly (6-0) allowed a leadoff double to Alcides Escobar in the eighth. After a flyout by Alex Gordon, Emilio Bonifacio struck out -- with Escobar stealing third on the third strike.

With Eric Hosmer batting, Smyly bounced a wild pitch that didn't skip too far away from Avila. Hosmer, who hits left-handed, stood and motioned to Escobar, who gambled by trying to score. Avila jumped up to retrieve the ball, which had bounced up the first-base line -- but the Detroit catcher plowed right into Hosmer, who had moved slightly to his right in an apparent effort to get out of the way.

That collision cost the Tigers any chance to catch Escobar. Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to discuss the play with plate umpire James Hoye, but the run stood.

"It wasn't interference," Avila said. "It was the right call. It was just a weird situation."

Avila's homer in the bottom half put the Tigers back on top. After a poor start at the plate, Avila is hitting .313 since the All-Star break.

"Just trying to hit the ball hard. There's nothing that I changed, there's no magic or secret to it," Avila said. "I'm just having some luck, some good swings and hitting the ball hard, really."

Joaquin Benoit got three outs for his 20th save in 20 chances.

Jeremy Guthrie (14-11) pitched all eight innings for the Royals, who remained 3½ games back in the AL wild-card race.

"I thought he could get us to the end. In hindsight, I pushed him too far, but I thought he could get us through the bottom of the order and maybe get the win or turn it over to the pen with a tie game," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "He did a lot of bending, but he didn't break."

Guthrie allowed three runs and 13 hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Avila's first homer was a two-run drive in the second. Gordon hit a solo homer for Kansas City in the fourth.

Detroit left 10 men on base. In the fifth, Miguel Cabrera led off with a single and Prince Fielder followed with a double. They were stranded when Guthrie retired Victor Martinez, Andy Dirks and Omar Infante on consecutive groundouts.

Gordon's solo homer down the line in right field to lead off the fourth made it 2-1, and Bonifacio followed with a single. Scherzer found a groove after that, retiring 10 of 11 with nine strikeouts before a one-out single by Salvador Perez in the seventh.

NOTES: Bonifacio was picked off by Scherzer in the first -- the third straight game a Kansas City player was picked off. Toronto is the only other team to have that happen this year, according to STATS. The Blue Jays had a runner picked off three straight games in May. ... Detroit hosts Seattle on Monday night, with RHP Rick Porcello (12-8) facing LHP Joe Saunders (11-14). Kansas City takes on Cleveland. Royals RHP James Shields (11-9) opposes LHP Scott Kazmir (8-8).

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Boston crushed the Yankee$$$ 9-2 last night to sweep the 3 game series. The Red Sox ended up with a 13-6 record this season against the Yankees which is the most wins they've had versus New York since 1974 when Boston went 14-4 against them.



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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals postponed Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.

The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday.

"It's a very emotional day. An extremely horrific act happened very near to the ballpark," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims over there and all the people affected by this. We felt it was inappropriate to play a Major League Baseball game with such tragedy right down the street."

Located just blocks from the Navy Yard, one of the stadium's parking lots was used for families of the Navy Yard employees to meet following the evacuation of the facility.

"Major League Baseball mourns those who have been lost to this senseless tragedy," commissioner Bud Selig said. "Major League Baseball's security department will continue to track this matter in consultation with the Nationals and under the guidance of the local authorities."

The postponement was announced shortly after 3 p.m., about four hours before the scheduled start.

"We have to be in contact with the federal authorities, the state and D.C. authorities to have a coordinated effort, and then whenever you cancel a game, MLB is involved and we have to go through the correct procedures for that," Rizzo said.

With some streets north of the stadium closed, there was heavy traffic on South Capitol Street, parallel to the third-base line. Potomac Street, parallel to the first-base line, was blocked by police. Police activity was visible around the stadium, and sirens could be heard throughout the afternoon.

Players from both teams were in the clubhouses at the time of the postponement along with stadium employees.

The doubleheader will open a three-game series. The Braves have a 10-game lead over second-place Washington in the NL East, and the Nationals began Monday 4½ games behind Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card berth.

Washington starter Dan Haren and Atlanta's Mike Minor were pushed back to Tuesday afternoon, and the Nationals' Tanner Roark opposes Freddy Garcia in the night game.

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