Bullpen, Ibanez carry Yanks past O’s

Freddy Garcia’s evening started innocently enough as the first batter, Endy Chavez flew out weakly to center. But then J.J. Hardy crushed a fastball that tailed over the plate for a homer to tie the game. Garcia then walked Nick Markakis. Adam Jones flew out and then Matt Wieters singled. Garcia’s first wild pitch while facing Nick Johnson moved Markakis to third and Wieters to second. A second wild pitch plated Markakis for the Orioles’ second run. Nick Johnson grounded out to end the inning.

Chen settled down after the first inning and retired the Yankees in order in the second, third and fourth innings. Garcia surrendered a walk to Mark Reynolds in the second, but Reynolds was thrown out at second on a failed Hit and Run. The Yankees’ starter set the Orioles down in order in the third but ran into further trouble in the fourth.

Adam Jones led off the inning with a double and then wild pitch number three sent him to third.…

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Game 5 Recap: Yankees 5, Orioles 4

It looked for some time on Tuesday like the Yankees would have to wait another day for a chance to pick up their first series win of the season. But a late rally off Wei-Yin Chen, and a strong performance from Read more

The Confusing Priorities of Major League Baseball

Earlier today, the Miami Marlins announced that Ozzie Guillen would be suspended for five games for his inflammatory remarks about Fidel Castro (and Bud Selig subsequently rubber-stamped the decision). This comes as no great surprise for two consequential reasons. In terms of general insensitivity and idiocy, there is a very significant Cuban expatriate...

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Game Five: 陳偉殷 Who?

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Freddy Garcia takes the mound for the Yankees tonight to try for the first winning streak of the year. In his 17.0 innings this spring, the righty held opponents to a 3.71 ERA, but was also able to...

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Contemplating Cano’s next contract

The decision about whether to resign Robinson Cano (for how much money and how many years) will be one of the most difficult decisions to face Brian Cashman in the supposed “austerity budget” era.  With Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in their late-30’s, Cano is probably the core of...

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What are the ugliest parks in baseball?

Buzzfeed this week ranked the ugliest ballparks in the MLB. The list:

  1. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)
  2. Minute Made Park (Houston Astros)
  3. Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)
  4. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  5. Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
  6. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)
  7. Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)
  8. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)

A friend made a great point about this list: MLB...

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