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NY Mets :

  • Long immersing himself in his work with Mets' hitters February 28, 2015
    Less than two weeks after the Yankees dismissed Kevin Long -- who spent eight years in the Bronx working with superstars, including Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez -- the Mets scooped him up to replace interim hitting coach Lamar Johnson, who had taken over for Dave Hudgens last May. Long's philosophies, it quickly became clear, intersecte […]
    Anthony DiComo
  • Alderson talks baseball data at Sloan conference February 28, 2015
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson emphasized collaboration and communication as the keys for incorporating new ideas like defensive shifts and catcher framing at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday.
    Matthew Leach
  • Young Mets spend leisure time at the rodeo February 28, 2015
    Two months in Florida, spent thousands of miles away from friends and family, can force players to be creative with their free time. So when a group of young Mets -- including Jacob deGrom and Dillon Gee -- discovered a rodeo was taking place at the St. Lucie County Fair on Friday night, they did not need much convincing.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Tejada brushes off Reyes' criticism February 28, 2015
    Ruben Tejada brushed aside criticism on Saturday from former teammate and mentor Jose Reyes, who told Newsday he was surprised Tejada has not done more to seize the Mets' shortstop job.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Mets' Saturday workout forced indoors by rain February 28, 2015
    Steady rain washed out much of the Mets' scheduled workout on Saturday, leaving players -- with four days until the Grapefruit League season begins -- scrambling to fit in their scheduled exercises.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Harvey draws positive reviews after facing batters February 28, 2015
    Matt Harvey, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, threw 43 pitches during two batting-practice stints on the mound, his first against live hitters since Aug. 24, 2013. And although the batters were not swinging, the assessment -- from Mets manager Terry Collins, the players and Harvey alike -- was nothing but positive.
    Steve Dorsey
  • Collins watching lefty bench bat competition closely February 27, 2015
    There's a position battle that Mets manager Terry Collins is going to be watching closely for the next month -- the one involving left-handed hitters Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
    Steve Dorsey
  • Murphy focused on task at hand with Mets February 26, 2015
    Six and a half years ago, Daniel Murphy arrived in Houston as a little-known 13th-round Draft pick trying to help the Mets win a pennant race. He spent much of the next half-decade trying to prove he belonged -- first in the big leagues, then at second base. Consistently, Murphy defied the odds.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Duda to be sidelined from swinging bat for a week February 26, 2015
    What first appeared to be a minor left intercostal strain for Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is lingering. Duda, whom the Mets originally expected to miss only a few days of full-squad workouts, will instead refrain from swinging a bat for at least another week.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Harvey set for first spring start on March 6 February 26, 2015
    Matt Harvey will take a significant step forward in his rehab from Tommy John surgery on March 6, when he is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. It will be Harvey's first live game action since Aug. 24, 2013, also against Detroit.
    Anthony DiComo

NY Yankees:

  • After first live BP, Pineda states goal for season March 1, 2015
    Michael Pineda tossed his first live batting-practice session of the spring on Sunday for the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field. The right-hander threw about 20 pitches and said afterward that his goal is to remain "healthy all season."
    Barry M. Bloom
  • Didi given opportunity to improve, thrive in New York March 1, 2015
    Upon arriving in camp for the first time this spring, new shortstop Didi Gregorius received these words of wisdom from manager Joe Girardi: Try to be the best Didi Grigorius you can be. Don't try to be like Derek Jeter, the icon he's replacing on the left side of the Yanks infield.
    Barry M. Bloom
  • Ryan won't rush recovery from mid-back strain February 28, 2015
    Yankees utility infielder Brendan Ryan said on Saturday that he's making progress in his recovery from a strained muscle in the middle of his back, and he hopes to resume baseball activities next week.
    Barry M. Bloom
  • A-Rod gets reps at first base, preps for transition February 28, 2015
    Alex Rodriguez gave first base a whirl for the first time on Friday, fielding grounders and receiving throws on a training field behind the third-base seats of George M. Steinbrenner Field.
    Bryan Hoch
  • All about the brace: CC gets assist in 'pen session February 27, 2015
    CC Sabathia is continuing to make progress as he returns from right knee surgery, and the Yankees left-hander plans to attack his workload with the assistance of a brace that has been hidden underneath his billowing pinstriped pants.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Backup infielder Ryan sidelined with mid-back strain February 27, 2015
    Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan sustained a mid-back strain while lifting weights before the start of Spring Training. He is expected to miss about five days of on-field activity.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Sterling hosts fundraiser for families displaced by NJ fire February 27, 2015
    If anything was made clear by the goings-on Thursday night at D&D's Restaurant & Pub, it's this: Yankees fans love them some John Sterling. While hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser in support of the families displaced last month by a fire at the AvalonBay luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J., Sterling, the Yankees' longtime rad […]
    Tim Healey
  • Surveying full spring squad, Cashman expresses optimism February 26, 2015
    After Brian Cashman watched the full squad of Yankees players assemble Thursday, the veteran general manager referred to his roster as a "potpourri" of bounce-back candidates and young newcomers, voicing hope that they will fit together for a run at a championship.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Girardi, Yankees adjusting to life without Jeter February 26, 2015
    As the Yankees went through their drills Thursday, Joe Girardi wandered around the lip of the outfield grass, exchanging pleasantries with the infielders. When he reached the shortstop position, he had to remember why Derek Jeter was absent.
    Bryan Hoch
  • A-Rod participates in Yankees' first full workout February 26, 2015
    Alex Rodriguez said that he felt "like I'm a rookie all over again" as he slipped the pinstripes for the first time in more than a year Thursday, taking batting practice and fielding drills with his Yankees teammates at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
    Bryan Hoch

Philadelphia Phillies :

  • Battle looming for spots in Phils' bullpen February 28, 2015
    The Phillies are in the beginning stages of a substantial rebuilding process. But they believe they could be extremely competitive in at least one area in 2015. They believe they could have one of the better bullpens in baseball.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Pettibone making progress in recovery February 28, 2015
    Phillies right-hander Jonathan Pettibone pitched pretty well in 18 starts in 2013. But a right shoulder injury popped up that July, which has limited him to just seven starts and 35 1/3 innings at the Major League and Minor League levels since. He ultimately required surgery to repair the shoulder in June 2014, which has him behind schedule this spring.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career February 27, 2015
    Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base stealers of his generation, has announce his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.
    Joe Frisaro
  • Lee to make first spring appearance Thursday February 27, 2015
    Any team in baseball that thinks it might need starting-pitching help this season might want to take a peek Thursday at the Phillies' Grapefruit League game against the Astros in Kissimmee. Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will pitch, which means he is not behind schedule in relation to other pitchers in camp. Lee finished last season on the disabled list […]
    Todd Zolecki
  • Plesac impressed with pitchers in Phils camp February 27, 2015
    The last time Dan Plesac wore a baseball uniform he threw the final pitch for the Phillies at Veterans Stadium on Sept. 28, 2003. He pulled on a uniform again this week at Bright House Field, where he worked with the Phillies as a guest instructor.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Hollands rocking stirrups as part of new look February 27, 2015
    Before the Grapefruit League season opens Tuesday and Phillies players face real competition with real results that matter, reporters have asked Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg if anybody has stood out in camp. Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands, 26, has stood out, but for more than his pitching.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Potential Pap suitors fewer after K-Rod signs with Crew February 26, 2015
    The Phillies can remove another potential landing spot for closer Jonathan Papelbon. The Brewers and Francisco Rodriguez on Thursday agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract, effectively making him Milwaukee's closer this season.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Sandberg impressed with Francoeur's intangibles February 26, 2015
    Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said last week he hopes to help Jeff Francoeur's swing and get him back to the big leagues.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phillies to add Burrell to club's Wall of Fame February 26, 2015
    The Phillies offered Pat Burrell a pretty sweet farewell from Philadelphia in 2008. Burrell led the World Series championship parade down Broad Street. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Rays a short time later, ending his nine-year career with the Phillies. But the Phillies are bringing Burrell back to Citizens Bank Park on July 31 to induct the slugger onto […]
    Todd Zolecki
  • Herrera taking aim at spot on Opening Day roster February 26, 2015
    Nearly every time a Rule 5 Draft pick enters Spring Training, somebody likes to mention Rule 5 success stories like Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, Shane Victorino and Joakim Soria. They are the best of the best. The Phillies hope Odubel Herrera, whom they drafted with the eighth overall pick in December's Rule 5 Draft, leans more toward Victorino (2004 pick) […]
    Todd Zolecki is New Jersey's Best Kept Sports Secret!

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