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Phillies use five-run first inning to drub Mets
04/11/2013
Phillies use five-run first inning to drub Mets

Phillies use five-run first inning to drub Mets

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls the summer months "hittin' weather." With unseasonably warm temperatures in April reaching the mid-80s, Philadelphia started its hitting a bit early.

Source: Singleton in, Thomas out with Knicks
04/11/2013
Source: Singleton in, Thomas out with Knicks

Source: Singleton in, Thomas out with Knicks

With the Knicks’ big-man situation in dire straights, the Knicks are close to signing veteran journeyman power forward James Singleton, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Knicks would have to release a player to open up a roster spot and it is expected to be Kurt Thomas, who...

Hef roughed up, Murph admits mistake
04/11/2013
Hef roughed up, Murph admits mistake

Hef roughed up, Murph admits mistake

After Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner consecutively lasted three innings in losses to the Philadelphia Phillies, Terry Collins noted the common thread. "They live and die with the command of their pitches," the manager said. "Both guys were behind in the counts.

Zuccarello comes through in shootout
04/11/2013
Zuccarello comes through in shootout

Zuccarello comes through in shootout

John Tortorella delivered a frank message to Mats Zuccarello in his pregame news conference Wednesday. Essentially, do something.

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 3
04/11/2013
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 3

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 3

WHAT IT MEANS: Jeremy Hefner allowed the first six batters to reach base in what became a five-run first inning and the Mets lost a rubber game to the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

McShay's 5.0 mock: Dee-licious
04/11/2013
McShay's 5.0 mock: Dee-licious

McShay's 5.0 mock: Dee-licious

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay revealed his latest mock draft Wednesday and -- surprise -- he has a new pick for the Jets at No. 9 overall -- Alabama CB Dee Milliner. In most mocks, Milliner is gone by the sixth pick, but McShay has him slipping to the Jets, who could be on the verge of trading...

RFA movement, but Cruz still waits
04/11/2013
RFA movement, but Cruz still waits

RFA movement, but Cruz still waits

There's movement in the restricted free agent receiver world but it doesn't involve Victor Cruz. The New England Patriots signed Pittsburgh RFA receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin out
04/11/2013
Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin out

Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin out

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler and power forward Kenyon Martin will miss Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls, the team announced Wednesday. Chandler missed Tuesday's win against the Washington Wizards thanks to lingering soreness in his neck.

Bruins-Devils Preview
04/11/2013
Bruins-Devils Preview

Bruins-Devils Preview

Few teams have been a more consistent presence in the playoffs than the New Jersey Devils. Seven straight losses in the final month of the season has put that in serious jeopardy.

Injury Updates: Jeter, Granderson, Pineda
04/11/2013
Injury Updates: Jeter, Granderson, Pineda

Injury Updates: Jeter, Granderson, Pineda

Got a trio of injury updates, courtesy of the AP… Derek Jeter (ankle) did some light running on the bases for the second consecutive day today, going first-to-third and third-to-first three times apiece.

Suzyn, you can't predict baseball
04/11/2013
Suzyn, you can't predict baseball

Suzyn, you can't predict baseball

You really can't. One of the all-time John Sterling-isms could not be more apt than it is after a little more than a week of baseball here in 2013. In just nine departed or injured players, the Yankees have a combined 194 home runs missing from the 2012 team.

Wednesday's Mets-Phillies lineups
04/11/2013
Wednesday's Mets-Phillies lineups

Wednesday's Mets-Phillies lineups

Here are the rubber-game lineups as the Mets face the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Francisco Cervelli sits again, and really, that's okay
04/11/2013
Francisco Cervelli sits again, and really, that's okay

Francisco Cervelli sits again, and really, that's okay

Chris Stewart is back in the lineup tonight, one day after Francisco Cervelli had his second consecutive 2-for-4 game. Joe Girardi is as stubborn as they come, and he's sticking with his plan to rotate the two catchers without regard to playing the hot hand.

Update: Pre-draft visits
04/11/2013
Update: Pre-draft visits

Update: Pre-draft visits

Each team is allowed to host up to 30 non-local prospects at their facility for pre-draft visits.

Tonight's lineup
04/10/2013
Tonight's lineup

Tonight's lineup

Here's the lineup for tonight's game against the Indians, providing we don't get rained out, which looks like a legitimate possibility right now:

Weather outlook: Poor
04/10/2013
Weather outlook: Poor

Weather outlook: Poor

It's raining heavily here in Cleveland at 5:15, less than two hours before first pitch, and according to the weather app on my iPhone, the chance of rain is 100% between now and 9 p.m., when it drops to 90%.

Mets aiming to quickly get Marcum ready
04/10/2013
Mets aiming to quickly get Marcum ready

Mets aiming to quickly get Marcum ready

Placeholder Aaron Laffey is due to start Tuesday at Colorado, but the Mets believe they can get Shaun Marcum ready to be activated from the disabled list relatively quickly.

J.R. Smith 'tired of' inconsistent label
04/10/2013
J.R. Smith 'tired of' inconsistent label

J.R. Smith 'tired of' inconsistent label

J.R. Smith knows what some of you are thinking. He knows some of you are watching him play in recent weeks and wondering when the other shoe will drop, wondering when "Bad J.R." will again inhabit the No. 8 jersey.

Derek Jeter takes another step
04/10/2013
Derek Jeter takes another step

Derek Jeter takes another step

Derek Jeter took batting practice on the field in Tampa on Wednesday, fielded ground balls and ran in the outfield, activities that manager Joe Girardi called "good signs" in Jeter's recovery from a broken ankle.

Notebook: Melo maintains hot hand
04/10/2013
Notebook: Melo maintains hot hand

Notebook: Melo maintains hot hand

From about the midway point of the third quarter to the end of the period against the Washington Wizards, Carmelo Anthony had his stamp on the entire New York Knicks' offense in different ways.

Jets sign Landry’s ‘big bro’
04/10/2013
Jets sign Landry’s ‘big bro’

Jets sign Landry’s ‘big bro’

The Jets are keeping one of their safety positions in the family. Gang Green replaced Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry with his older brother Tuesday, signing veteran free agent Dawan Landry to address a major hole in their retooled defense.

Ike: Don’t be April fooled by slump
04/10/2013
Ike: Don’t be April fooled by slump

Ike: Don’t be April fooled by slump

By one measure, Ike Davis is actually off to a great start for the Mets. “I have more hits than last year at this time,” Davis said last night before sitting against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee in the Mets’ 8-3 loss at Citizens Bank Park.

Knicks' Kenyon Martin exits with sprained ankle
04/10/2013
Knicks' Kenyon Martin exits with sprained ankle

Knicks' Kenyon Martin exits with sprained ankle

As if the Knicks’ big-man crisis wasn’t serious enough, power forward Kenyon Martin sprained his left ankle in their 120-99 Atlantic-Division clinching win over the Wizards Tuesday night and had to be helped off the Garden floor. X-rays were negative, and no timetable was given for his return.

Joe sees Jeter back on track
04/10/2013
Joe sees Jeter back on track

Joe sees Jeter back on track

Derek Jeter had hoped to be back by Opening Day — which was over a week ago — so the Yankees have learned not to attach too many dates to his progress, but manager Joe Girardi was cautiously optimistic after the shortstop ran for the first time yesterday since suffering a setback to his...

Streaking Knicks spank Wizards for 1st Atlantic crown since ’94
04/10/2013
Streaking Knicks spank Wizards for 1st Atlantic crown since ’94

Streaking Knicks spank Wizards for 1st Atlantic crown since ’94

The Knicks hadn’t won a division title in almost two decades, hadn’t finished atop the Atlantic since Carmelo Anthony was 10 years old. The wait seemed interminable — and thanks to Anthony’s dominance and last night’s 120-99 thrashing of the Wizards, it’s finally over.

Yankees: Alex Rodriguez update
04/10/2013
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez update

Yankees: Alex Rodriguez update

Where, oh where has New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez been? According to the Dominican Newspaper, Diario Libre reported that the third baseman flew down the weekend and the reason; he was in love in Santiago.

Giants mailbag: Chat leftovers
04/10/2013
Giants mailbag: Chat leftovers

Giants mailbag: Chat leftovers

We had a lengthy Giants chat last week, including the usual comments from my favorite Wolverine fans/Sparty haters. And even though we went easily for over an hour, there were still a lot of questions I didn't get to.

First Pitch: All's well with Vernon
04/10/2013
First Pitch: All's well with Vernon

First Pitch: All's well with Vernon

A lot of people shook their heads when it was announced, late in spring training, that the New York Yankees would trade for Vernon Wells and, worse than that, assume a good amount of the final two years remaining on his seven-year, $126 million deal.

Opening Tip: Knicks cope without bigs?
04/10/2013
Opening Tip: Knicks cope without bigs?

Opening Tip: Knicks cope without bigs?

Today's Burning Question: Can the Knicks survive in the postseason without a healthy contingent of big men? The Knicks front line just keeps getting thinner.

Morning briefing: Gee fizz in Philly
04/10/2013
Morning briefing: Gee fizz in Philly

Morning briefing: Gee fizz in Philly

FIRST PITCH: The Mets send Jeremy Hefner to the mound on Wednesday night in a rubber game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Hefner opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

Draft rewind: A look back at the 72nd pick
04/10/2013
Draft rewind: A look back at the 72nd pick

Draft rewind: A look back at the 72nd pick

Analysis: The last three third rounds have been rather weak. In fact, only two players have reached the Pro Bowl -- 49ers LB Navorro Bowman and Saints TE Jimmy Graham, both from the 2010 draft class.

Ilya Kovalchuk skates with Devils
04/10/2013
Ilya Kovalchuk skates with Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk skates with Devils

Offensive catalyst Ilya Kovalchuk skated with the Devils for the first time since injuring his right shoulder more than two weeks ago and hopes to return soon to the struggling New Jersey lineup.

Rapid Reaction: Isles 4, Flyers 1
04/10/2013
Rapid Reaction: Isles 4, Flyers 1

Rapid Reaction: Isles 4, Flyers 1

What it means: With a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night, the Islanders passed the Rangers in the Eastern Conference standings to tighten their hold on a playoff spot. The Islanders, poised to earn their first playoff berth since 2007, have gone 7-1-1 in their last nine games, the last of...

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 8, Mets 3
04/10/2013
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 8, Mets 3

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 8, Mets 3

Dillon Gee had the shortest start of his major league career and the New York Mets had a three-game winning streak snapped with an 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 14, Indians 1
04/10/2013
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 14, Indians 1

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 14, Indians 1

When the Yankees hit the way they did tonight, it doesn't matter who bats where in their lineup, and when their starting pitchers perform the way Andy Pettitte did tonight, 14 runs are enough to win them a week's worth of games.

Robinson Cano continues power surge as Yanks hammer Indians
04/10/2013
Robinson Cano continues power surge as Yanks hammer Indians

Robinson Cano continues power surge as Yanks hammer Indians

As long as Robinson Cano is healthy, the Bronx Bombers can still blast away. Cano hit one of New York's five homers and drove in five runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven solid innings and the Yankees romped to a 14-1 win Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who had starter Carlos Carrasco...

Rapid Reaction: Knicks 120, Wizards 99
04/10/2013
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 120, Wizards 99

Rapid Reaction: Knicks 120, Wizards 99

WHAT IT MEANS: For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Knicks can call themselves division champs. New York clinched the Atlantic Division title on Tuesday with a 120-96 win over the Washington Wizards.

Martin suffers sprained left ankle
04/10/2013
Martin suffers sprained left ankle

Martin suffers sprained left ankle

The Knicks have announced that Kenyon Martin suffered a sprained left ankle in their 120-99 win over the Wizards on Tuesday night. "He's just got a severe sprain," Mike Woodson said after the game. "It's a possibility he's out for Thursday [against the Bulls]."

Knicks nab Atlantic Division title
04/10/2013
Knicks nab Atlantic Division title

Knicks nab Atlantic Division title

Nineteen years is a long time. So you'd think maybe the New York Knicks would want to celebrate a little after clinching their first division title since 1994 on Tuesday.

Girardi: Pitch got away, my foot
04/10/2013
Girardi: Pitch got away, my foot

Girardi: Pitch got away, my foot

On the very first pitch after Robinson Cano had hit a two-run home run to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead, Carlos Carrasco hit Kevin Youkilis on the left shoulder. Off came home plate umpire Jordan Baker's mask and up went his thumb. No discussion, no warning, no nothing. Carrasco was out of there.

Rangers looking to shore up the ‘D’
04/10/2013
Rangers looking to shore up the ‘D’

Rangers looking to shore up the ‘D’

The Rangers blew a big chance to improve their playoff standing with a loss to the Maple Leafs on Monday. They have a shot at revenge tonight when they face the Leafs at Madison Square Garden, but they will have to do a much better job in their own zone to earn two points.

Granderson’s return will force OF changes
04/10/2013
Granderson’s return will force OF changes

Granderson’s return will force OF changes

It was a strange experiment from the outset. The team with the short right field porch decided to have a pair of lefty hitters who might combine for 10 homers make up two-thirds of its outfield.

Islanders to play preseason game at Barclays
04/10/2013
Islanders to play preseason game at Barclays

Islanders to play preseason game at Barclays

The Islanders officially announced yesterday what has long been assumed a given, that they will play a preseason game next season at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, their future home.

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