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NY Mets :

  • Mets take advantage of walks to best Cardinals April 24, 2014
    The Mets struck out 10 times against Cardinals starter Michael Wacha but knocked him out of the game after four innings in a 3-2 win at Citi Field. Lucas Duda's solo homer provided some insurance after the Mets' first two runs scored on bases-loaded walks.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Mets turn to Colon in series finale vs. Cardinals April 24, 2014
    The Mets, who have four players 36 or older on their active roster, will start soon-to-be-41-year-old Bartolo Colon in the series finale at Citi Field. He'll be opposed by 26-year-old Cards right-hander Lance Lynn.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Matheny's first challenge of season goes Mets' way April 24, 2014
    After home-plate umpire Marty Foster called the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter out on a close play at the plate, umpires confirmed the ruling via replay in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Mets.
    Anthony DiComo
  • To spark offense, Collins shuffles outfield, lineup April 23, 2014
    Attempting to emerge from their teamwide offensive woes, the Mets sported a new look atop their lineup on Wednesday, batting Kirk Nieuwenhuis leadoff and giving Eric Young Jr. a routine day of rest.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Farnsworth not the only ninth-inning option April 23, 2014
    If nothing else, the Mets have plenty of ninth-inning options should Kyle Farnsworth falter. Terry Collins threw another name into the mix on Wednesday, saying that he could envision Daisuke Matsuzaka closing in the future.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Blanked by Cards, Mets still searching for offense April 23, 2014
    Dillon Gee went six strong innings, but the Mets were flummoxed by Adam Wainwright in a 3-0 loss the Cardinals on Tuesday at Citi Field.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Photo prompts Harvey to delete Twitter account April 22, 2014
    Backlash over a photo that Mets pitcher Matt Harvey posted Tuesday on Twitter prompted the right-hander to delete his popular social media account.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Slumping Granderson remains in two-hole April 22, 2014
    Curtis Granderson started his third consecutive game in the two-hole Tuesday, as he attempted to work his way out of an 0-for-19 rut.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Mets to monitor workload of Farnsworth April 22, 2014
    The downside of having a 38-year-old closer is that Mets manager Terry Collins never quite knows when Kyle Farnsworth will be unavailable.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Mets back above .500 thanks to shutout of Cards April 22, 2014
    The Mets peeked back above .500 with a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday, riding Jenrry Mejia's career-long scoreless innings streak, Travis d'Arnaud's improved hitting, some sharp defensive plays and Kyle Farnsworth's first save to a victory at Citi Field.
    Anthony DiComo

NY Yankees:

  • Girardi takes Pineda under his wing April 24, 2014
    Once things had calmed down, Yankees manager Joe Girardi did something absolutely brilliant. He summoned pitcher Michael Pineda to a private place up the tunnel from the visitors' dugout at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
    Richard Justice
  • After 'nightmare' 2013, Jeter feeling refreshed April 24, 2014
    Maybe the most encouraging thing that the Yankees can say about Derek Jeter so far this season is that he has looked like himself, which is a refreshing change from the self-described "nightmare" campaign that the captain endured last year.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Foreign affairs: Substance leads to ejection, loss April 24, 2014
    Michael Pineda was ejected when an illegal substance was discovered by home-plate umpire Gerry Davis at the urging of Red Sox manager John Farrell, forcing the Yankees to go to their bullpen early in a 5-1 loss on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Sabathia, Doubront set to square off in series finale April 24, 2014
    Plenty of drama surrounded the first two games of a three-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park. Between Jacoby Ellsbury's return to Boston on Tuesday and Michael Pineda getting thrown out of Wednesday's game for having pine tar on his neck, who knows what Thursday's finale will have in store.
    Quinn Roberts
  • Pineda ejected for having pine tar on neck April 24, 2014
    Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda faces a likely suspension after he was ejected in the bottom of the second inning on Wednesday for having an illegal substance, believed to be pine tar, on the right side of his neck during his start against the Red Sox.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Gardner makes first career start in right field April 23, 2014
    Brett Gardner made his first Major League appearance as a right fielder on Wednesday against the Red Sox, a nod to the expansive outfield in that area and the relatively small amount of real estate to patrol in front of the Green Monster in left.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Mired in slump, Solarte held out of starting lineup April 23, 2014
    Yangervis Solarte is in his second offensive slump of the month, which prompted manager Joe Girardi to give the rookie infielder a day off on Wednesday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Nova asks to get second opinion on right elbow April 23, 2014
    Ivan Nova has requested that noted sports orthopedist Dr. James Andrews offer a second opinion on his partially torn right ulnar collateral ligament, the Yankees said on Wednesday.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Tanaka turns in yet another efficient outing April 23, 2014
    Masahiro Tanaka may be just four starts into his Major League career, but the Yankees right-hander has shown just how impressive he can be.
    Quinn Roberts
  • Happy homecoming: Ellsbury powers Yanks April 23, 2014
    It was an evening of mixed reactions, to be sure, but Jacoby Ellsbury did not need the high-definition video screen to show off his dynamic talents. Ellsbury did plenty of that in real time, keeping busy on the bases and in the field to help the Yankees to a 9-3 victory on Tuesday.
    Bryan Hoch

Philadelphia Phillies :

  • Phillies seek series victory at Dodger Stadium April 24, 2014
    The Phillies have won only two of their last 15 four-game series, but they can win this one at Dodger Stadium with a victory in Thursday's finale. They'll send Kyle Kendrick against Los Angeles' Dan Haren.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phillies fall short in Hamels' return April 24, 2014
    Cole Hamels held the Dodgers to two runs on six hits in six innings, striking out five on Wednesday night in his 2014 debut, but the Phillies were held in check by Zack Greinke, who struck out 11.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phils' top lefty prospect Biddle stays hot in Double-A April 24, 2014
    For the second straight start, left-hander Jesse Biddle dominated opposing hitters. The Phillies' No. 2 prospect struck out 10 batters in seven shutout innings Wednesday, leading Double-A Reading to a 1-0 victory against Richmond.
    Teddy Cahill
  • Phils send Rosenberg to Triple-A to regroup April 24, 2014
    B.J. Rosenberg was optioned on Wednesday to make room for left-hander Cole Hamels. The Phillies hope the right-handed reliever can get back on track at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Adams' presence is felt early on April 24, 2014
    Right-hander Mike Adams threw a perfect eighth inning Tuesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in his second appearance of the season. It came in a big spot with the game tied.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Asche loses more time to Galvis April 24, 2014
    Cody Asche started eight of the season's first 10 games, but just five of the past 11. On Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, Asche started his third consecutive game on the bench. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg chose Freddy Galvis to start at third base.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phillies cash in on Dodgers' error in 10th inning April 23, 2014
    The breaks finally fell the Phillies' way on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, as a two-base error on Carlos Ruiz's fly ball to left field preceded Domonic Brown's game-winning double in the 10th inning, giving Philadelphia its third straight victory.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Utley gets a break despite solid numbers in LA April 23, 2014
    Despite good career numbers against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and at Dodger Stadium in general, Chase Utley was given Tuesday night off, while Freddy Galvis started for the Phillies at second base.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Hamels' return gives Phils rare healthy status April 23, 2014
    When left-hander Cole Hamels is activated off the disabled list on Wednesday, it will be just the sixth day over the past two-plus seasons that the Phillies haven't had a starting position player or member of the rotation on the disabled list.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Campaign to get Allen on Hall ballot in full swing April 22, 2014
    Former Phillies grounds-crew member Mark (Frog) Carfagno is campaigning to get former slugger Dick Allen on the Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot this year.
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