Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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Game 75: Can I get a run? Two? Maybe three if we’re ambitious?

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

The Yankees are north of the border facing the Blue Jays again. The next few series combined with the last two are an AL East-apalooza. After facing the Jays, the Yankees are playing against the Red Sox and the Rays.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Beltran DH
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Ichiro RF
Ryan SS

BLUE JAYS
Reyes SS
Cabrera LF
Lind DH
Encarnacion 1B
Rasmus CF
Navarro C
Francisco 3B
Kawasaki 2B
Gose RF

The pitching matchup is Whitley vs. Stroman.

Enjoy!

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Monday Afternoon Open Thread: The Old Timers’ Day Hangover Edition

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My view from 420C

Yesterday I attended my 16th Old Timers’ Day in a row.

It’s my favorite day of the baseball season and I enjoy it even more than Opening Day because I love the history of the New York Yankees. I like seeing guys I haven’t seen in years and I like seeing the mainstay old timers’ who are there every year.

My Old Timers’ streak is the one streak I will not allow to come to an end. I’ve already screwed up my long opening day streak and my long opening weekend series streak but the Old Timers’ Day streak will stay intact no matter what. I want to be 74 years-old attending my 50th Old Timers’ Day in a row and watching as Derek Jeter slowly jogs out of the Yankees’ dugout with his belt way up high, over his expanding old man belly.

A girl can dream, right?

Anyway, the Old Timers’ game was fun and those players probably would have scored more than the current Yankees did against the Orioles yesterday.…

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Quick hit: CC threw 36 pitches and survived

CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session today at the Stadium. He threw 36 pitches, used his entire arsenal and said he felt fine and more importantly, reported no problems with this knee.

He’s going to make some rehab starts down in Tampa. According to Meredith Marakovits of YES, Sabathia hopes he doesn’t have to make as many starts as some people are saying – he was hearing five starts before he can join the big club again.

He is still on schedule for a July return.

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Not at the table, Carlos: Yankees 5, Orioles 3

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Julie Jacobsen/AP

Well, that was a fun ending, right?

Of course, everything leading up to tonight’s exciting bottom of the ninth inning was baseball’s version of blue balls. Seriously, how many times can a team have the bases loaded and fail in one game? It happened in the second, happened in the fifth and it happened in the sixth. I guess it’s a good thing the bases weren’t loaded in the ninth but before we get to that, let’s go back to the beginning of the game, shall we?

The Yankees struck first in the bottom of the first when Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double off O’s starter Ubaldo Jimenez to score Jacoby Ellsbury.

And I’ll give Jimenez some credit for getting out of all of those jams during the game but a lot of it also had to do with the Yankees’ ineptitude. They were getting thrown out at home, failing miserably with runners in scoring position, hitting into double plays, etc.…

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Game 72: Kuroda vs. Jimenez

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

ORIOLES
Markakis RF
Pearce DH
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Cruz LF
Hardy SS
Machado 3B
Flaherty 2B
Hundley C

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran DH
Ichiro RF
Roberts 2B
Solarte 3B

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: A-Rod drops lawsuit against Yankees team doctor

Alex Rodriguez wants to be a New York Yankee again and to do that without any distractions, he’s decided to drop his lawsuit against team doctor Christopher Ahmad and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

If you’ll recall, Rodriguez sued Ahmad and Columbia Presbyterian – the hospital Ahmad is affiliated with – last fall because A-Rod claimed they misdiagnosed his left hip injury in 2012.

A-Rod’s lawyer Alan Ripka said in a telephone interview earlier today, “He does not want to have any legal distractions in preparing and entering the new season for the New York Yankees.” He added, “That is the sole and only reason why this case is being discontinued.”

So, apparently A-Rod still believes that they misdiagnosed his hip injury but for the sake of goodwill wants to drop the suit because he’s eager to play baseball again.

Ripka also told reporters that Rodriguez had been debating for some time whether or not to drop the lawsuit, “We’ve been considering it and thinking about in terms of his career, in terms of the Yankees, in terms of him moving forward in his life.…

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Friday Afternoon Open Thread: 6/20/14

Welcome to the Friday afternoon open thread.

Your Yankees are 7-2 in their last nine games and are now only 1 1/2 games behind the division leading Blue Jays who they just sent to Cincinnati on a giant broom thanks to a three-game sweep.

So what can you talk about in this open thread? Oh lots of things. But first, I’d like to remind everyone to be respectful of each other and to be respectful of the people writing on this site. We’ve had a few incidents in the past few days where people have attacked each other and have attacked our writers and we simply will not tolerate that sort of behavior.

You can disagree with someone without resorting to name calling. You can have spirited debates without insulting the other person’s intelligence. You can also point out an error that has been made on the blog and be nice about it. Mistakes happen, people are human, sometimes we’re tired when we’re writing, sometimes we transpose numbers and think they look fine after we’ve looked at our post 30 times.…

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