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When a struggling rookie or underperforming star of prime years is traded, he is often expected to benefit from a “change of scenery”. When a veteran toward the end of his career is dealt, the magic elixir becomes rejuvenation, especially when the new destination is a big market team in the midst of a pennant […]

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The Athletics were already the hottest team in baseball before the weekend series against the Yankees, but if the rest of the baseball world needed validation, a four game sweep of the Bronx Bombers should stamp Oakland as a bona fide contender. Since June 12, the Athletics have the best record in baseball, having won […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstripe Alley) Before Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, there was Justin Upton. The last 19-year old position player to debut in the majors before Trout and Harper, the Diamondbacks’ outfielder was widely heralded as the best young player in the game when he broke into the majors back in 2007. […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstripe Alley) Five winters ago, the Yankees balked at trading a 21-year old Phil Hughes for Johan Santana, who, at the time, was widely considered to be the best pitcher in the game. Since then, both pitchers have experienced more than their share of ups and downs, making it […]

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Overlooked in the Yankees’ weekend sweep of the Athletics was the not so subtle implication by Joe Girardi that left fielder Brett Gardner could wind up missing at least six more weeks of the season. Gardner’s return will largely depend on how he feels after swinging the bat this afternoon in Tampa, but regardless of […]

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After getting off to a historic start in April, the Yankees offense has hit the skids in May. As a result, the team’s output per game has dropped precipitously, declining from 5.5 runs in the opening month to 3.6 in the current one. So, naturally, everyone wants to know why. Not surprisingly, the media has […]

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Yu Darvish’s 8 1/3 shutout innings were the insult. Michael Pineda’s torn labrum was the injury. The last two days haven’t been very kind to the Yankees, whose offseason blueprint has been dealt a significant blow. Despite winning 97 games with a makeshift rotation in 2011, the Yankees entered the winter with a glaring need […]

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