Mariano Rivera in Panama

From MLB productions: The “Legend Series” marked the return of Major League Baseball to Panama for the first time since 1947 and honored the legacy of newly retired Yankees great Mariano Rivera, the game’s all-time saves leader.

Making appearances in the video are Rivera’s former teammates David Robertson and Derek Jeter, and Ricardo Martinelli, the current President of Panama.

Enjoy!

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A voice crying in the infield wilderness

Shoot me if I disagree with just about everyone in the universe, but I like this infield. All due respect to my colleagues who I respect highly and most of our regular comment folks and most experts everywhere, I think the Yankees’ infield will be okay. I don’t want Didi Gregorius or Stephen Drew or Darwin Barney. I am fine taking this infield into the season. Wow…it’s lonely out here.

I have watched a lot of the spring games and I like what I see. I am a little worried about Derek

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

Jeter at the plate. Brian Roberts is moving around real well and looks like the Brian Roberts of five years ago. Mark Teixeira looks healthy and focused. And Kelly Johnson will be better than advertised. After all, he played for the Rays last year. Mick Kelleher likes what he sees.

The Yankees are in a very competitive division. As last year showed, a poor showing hit the attendance and television ratings hard, so there is a lot at stake this year.…

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Game Thread: Yanks versus Red Sox 3/20/2014

The Yankees are not showing the Red Sox their “A-game” as they travel to that cute little Fenway knockoff in Fort Myers. David Phelps gets the start for the Yankees and pitches in front of a lineup that only includes Mark Teixeira among the regulars.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Ichiro Suzuki CF
  2. Brendan Ryan Dean Anna SS
  3. Eduardo Nunez 3B
  4. Mark Teixeira 1B
  5. Francisco Cervelli C
  6. Scott Sizemore 2B
  7. Yangervis Solarte LF
  8. Zoilo Almonte RF
  9. Zelous Wheeler DH

SP – David Phelps

Boston Red Sox:

  1. Grady Sizemore CF
  2. Shane Victorino RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
  4. David Ortiz DH
  5. Mike Napoli 1B
  6. Daniel Nava LF
  7. Xander Bogaerts SS
  8. David Ross C
  9. Jonathan Herrera 3B

SP – Clay Buchholz

The game starts at 7:00 and will be telecast on the YES Network and apparently on ESPN. For those of you north of here, NESN has it too. Other than seeing Grady Sizemore, I would love to be more zealous for watching this game, but I will have to settle for Zelous.…

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Where Did All The Injuries Go?

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CARLOS OSORIO/AP

The Yankees have gotten back Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Manny Banuelos, Francisco Cervelli, CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Vidal Nuno, and a handful of minor league players back from injuries after a devastating 2013 season. Last Spring Training was a disaster, where Jeter, Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson each suffered significant injury issues. This March has been much different thus far, and after a year of setbacks and awaiting disappointment, the Yankees have remained incredibly healthy.

While we’ve seen a number of pitchers on other teams head to the DL needing Tommy John surgery, and even third baseman Miguel Sano needing the same surgery, the Yankees haven’t had such bad luck this year. The most significant injuries have happened to utility man Brendan Ryan and outfield prospect Tyler Austin, who have each made progress to return to their respective roles. Scott Sizemore is now dealing with a sore quad after suffering his second ACL injury last season, but even he could be back to full practice as soon as today.…

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Keep Talking To Me, Ivan

Nova vs ATL ST

Coming off back-to-back shaky outings in which he was touched up for 17 hits in 9.0 innings pitched, Ivan Nova got back on track yesterday with a brilliant start against the Atlanta Braves.  He worked 6.1 scoreless, effortless innings, giving up only 2 hits, striking out 5, and not walking a batter for the 4th straight outing.  It was a start right out of Nova’s 2013 2nd half catalog.  Fastballs located down in the zone, a lot more GB outs than balls in the air, and a big swing-and-miss curveball.  Brian McCann, who said he wanted to play in yesterday’s game specifically for the purpose of catching Nova again, was gushing after the game, and any uneasiness people may have been feeling after watching Nova’s previous 2 starts was quelled.

Once again though, it was what Nova said after the game that stood out to me more than what he did on the field.  I’ve watched enough Nova starts to know when he’s got it and when he doesn’t.  …

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The IIATMS Podcast Episode 10: Tommy John Pandemic, AL East Preview & Listener Mail!

Tonight, Domenic, E.J. and Stacey discuss the recent outbreak in Tommy John surgeries around Major League Baseball, they go in depth while previewing a tough American League East Division and they answer listener mail.

As always, feel free to comment below, tweet us at @IIATMS or send us an email with questions and suggestions.

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What Would It Take To Land Gregorius?

USAT

USAT

In Arizona, it seems that Chris Owings has won the shortstop job over incumbent Didi Gregorius. The Diamondbacks, who will soon lose starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to Tommy John surgery, will now look to trade Gregorius for a starting pitcher. GM Kevin Towers has also previously stated that the team is looking for a catcher to play behind Miguel Montero. Finally, our last rumor to speculate on comes from December, from before the Yankees signed Brian Roberts. The Yankees showed interest in Gregorius very early this offseason, and they wanted to try him at second base, keep him as a Derek Jeter backup, and then use him as a replacement in 2015.

Even before we knew that Gregorius was expendable, he made more sense for the Yankees than Owings did. As a left-handed hitter with some pull power, the shortstop has both offensive and defensive upside in the Bronx. He also showed a much more patient approach at the plate compare to Owings, as he showcased a strong 9.2 BB% in his rookie season, along with a 16.1 K%.…

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Game Thread: Yankees at Braves 3/19/14

The Yankees are going to Disney World to play the Braves at 1:05 p.m. but the game will not be televised. You can listen to it on Gameday Audio because the Braves will have a radio broadcast this afternoon.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Adonis Garcia LF
Jose Gil 1B

Ivan Nova RHP

BRAVES
Jason Heyward RF
B.J. Upton CF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Evan Gattis C
Justin Upton LF
Chris Johnson 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Andrelton Simmons SS
David Hale RHP

And yes, you are reading the lineups correctly. The Yankees will be playing with a DH, the Braves will not.

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Rival Roundup – The Boston Red Sox

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The last of a four-part series, Rival Roundup has been an overview of the Yankees’ American League East rivals. As stated throughout the series, almost half of the Yankees’ games will be against these four rivals. This last installment looks at the Boston Red Sox. Like the first three in the series, we have enlisted the thoughts of member sites of The ESPN SweetSpot Network. For this installment, my good friend, Jeff Polman, of Fire Brand of the American League will provide some insight throughout the piece.

Of course the last installment had to be the Boston Red Sox. Cue the bad-guy organ music! Actually, a lot of steam has gone out of the antipathy between the two teams. They spend too much time respecting each other these days. Even so, the bottom line for both teams and the teams’ fans is that both ends of the “rivalry” are shooting for the same prize. Only one can win the division.…

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