New York Yankees say they must keep focus despite rotation woes, slip in division standings

NEW YORK — Another night has passed, and the New York Yankees have slipped yet another game deeper into the American League East standings. The combination Friday of New York’s 7-5 loss to the crosstown-rival New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox‘s 1-0 win over Detroit pushed the Yankees into a 5½-game deficit behind the Red Sox in the division. Despite that, their manager still isn’t pressing the panic button. “I can’t look at the scoreboard and will it the other way, unfortunately,” Aaron Boone said after this latest…

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Yoenis Cespedes of New York Mets activated from 10-day disabled list

The New York Mets will start the second half of the season with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes after he was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday. The 32-year-old hasn’t played since May 13 with hip flexor and chronic heel injuries. The team said he will be available for Friday’s game against the New York Yankees. On Wednesday, he played first base for the first time in his career in a rehab game for the Mets’ rookie league club. Cespedes played all nine innings and went 1-for-4 with a three-run…

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Agent says New York Mets should trade Jacob deGrom if not interested in long-term deal

Jacob deGrom wants the New York Mets to consider trading him if they aren’t interested in signing the ace pitcher to a long-term contract. DeGrom’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, said in a statement to The Athletic that the All-Star is interested in “exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come.” “If the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now,” Van Wagenen said in the statement published Monday. “The inertia…

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New York Yankees happy, but not satisfied, with performance headed into All-Star break

CLEVELAND — Regardless of whether the New York Yankees would have won Sunday’s first-half finale at Progressive Field, to a man, the postgame clubhouse refrain still would have been the same. We’re good, but not yet good enough. This is a team, nearly 30 games above .500 entering the All-Star break, that is mostly pleased with the way it performed throughout the earliest stages of the season. But the self-aware bunch also knows it can — and must — be even better if it wants to close the second half…

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s Super Bowl XLII helmet to be auctioned

One of the main pieces of evidence in the Eli Manning memorabilia fraud trial that led to an undisclosed settlement is heading to the auction block. Manning’s helmet used in Super Bowl XLII, the game in which the underdog New York Giants upset the 18-0 New England Patriots to win the title, will be auctioned off by Goldin Auctions. “This is a very significant piece,” said Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin. “Bidding for this will definitely surpass $130,000. If it does, it will be the highest priced football helmet sold…

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New York Jets’ mystery man embraces one NFL’s least secure jobs – NFL Nation

After a crushing playoff loss in January 2005, then-New York Jets coach Herm Edwards decided to change offensive coordinators. He fired Paul Hackett after four seasons and hired Mike Heimerdinger and did it so quickly that Hackett and Heimerdinger actually crossed paths that day in the team facility. As Hackett went in to clean out his office, Heimerdinger arrived to start his new job. That snapshot pretty much sums up the history of the Jets’ offensive-coordinator job, which should be sponsored by a famous burger chain: In-N-Out. The Jets will…

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Masahiro Tanaka of New York Yankees strikes out four hitters in Triple-A rehab start

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, recovering from a strained right and left hamstring, struck out four over five innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday night. Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres had an MRI that revealed a hip strain and went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday. Manager Aaron Boone said Torres will probably be out through the All-Star Break. Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has reportedly been fined $3,500 for violating MLB’s pace-of-play rules, and he’s not happy about it. 1 Related Tanaka threw 49 of…

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New York Yankees put Gleyber Torres on DL with hip strain

NEW YORK — Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday afternoon after an MRI revealed he had a right hip strain. Torres will officially begin the DL stint during the Yankees’ off day Thursday, as team officials continue to talk through making a corresponding roster move ahead of a three-city road trip starting Friday in Toronto. The injury, which forced Torres out of Wednesday’s 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, was initially believed to be an aggravation of some “tightness” that had nagged Torres…

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2018 NHL free agency – Grade for Robin Lehner contract with New York Islanders

12:00 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The player: Robin Lehner, 26, G The terms: One year at $1.5 million with the New York Islanders Where does he fit in? With the departure of Jaroslav Halak to the Boston Bruins via free agency, the team was desperate for a veteran complement to Thomas Greiss, the 32-year-old signed through 2020. We’re keeping track of every notable signing and trade throughout the offseason right here, with a signing tracker and expert grades. The Maple Leafs landed John Tavares, but they weren’t the day’s only…

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New York Yankees’ outfielder Brett Gardner not happy with fines for violating pace-of-play rules

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner told Newsday that he was fined “thousands of dollars” in June for violating Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play rules, and he’s not happy about it. The New York Post reported that Gardner was fined approximately $3,500 total. Gardner told reporters that “nothing I say about that is going to do me any good,” but he made it clear to Newsday that he isn’t happy about being singled out for taking too long, in MLB’s opinion, to get into the batter’s box. “My agent started taking…

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