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Keidel: Mets, Yankees Fans Can Rejoice In The Fates Of Their Archrivals

Even if neither New York team reaches its goals, their fans can rejoice in the fates of their foes: archrivals Boston and Philadelphia, who are a combined 30 games out of first place.


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Yankees Reportedly Have ‘No Interest’ In Trade For Cliff Lee

Brian Cashman doesn’t expect to make any big splashes before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. Apparently that includes Lee.


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Keefe: Yankees Return Home With Ichiro, Without A-Rod

Neil Keefe and Sweeny Murti look at the Yankees as they return home from a 2-5 West Coast road trip with Ichiro Suzuki, but without Alex Rodriguez.


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Palladino: ‘Pluck’ Is New York Mets’ Middle Name

Through all the havoc the world has thrown at us the last week — earthshaking news of Mark Sanchez dating Eva Longoria, of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing, and, oh, how can we go on? — the Mets have continued to forge through.


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Seventh-Inning Woes Continue For Mets’ Chris Young

Young seemed to be in complete control. He had allowed only two runners and took a two-run lead into the seventh inning against the slumping Phillies. “Seven pitches later, it’s 3-2,” manager Terry Collins said.


Ty Wigginton homers off the Mets. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Phillies Produce Offensive Fireworks, Mets Lose 9-2

The Phillies put on a 4th of July fireworks show as they blasted the Mets, 9-2.


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Keefe: Back-To-Back Bad Days For Yankees

Neil Keefe and Sweeny Murti look at the Yankees after losing CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on Wednesday and losing a game they should have won on Thursday.


Ike Davis and David Wright of the New York Mets. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Coutinho: A Big Early Season Road Trip For The Mets

The Mets’ six-game road trip will be a test of their character and could define their season.


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Coutinho: Keep It In Perspective, Mets Fans

Rich Coutinho urges Mets fans to keep things in perspective as the Mets prepare to finish their divisional stretch.


R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Coutinho: For The Mets, A Big Early Season Win

Not many Mets fans thought they would be 5-2 after seven games with a win over Cliff Lee highlighting the season’s first week. It sounds cliché but that is why we play the games.


Jason Bay

Bay Watch Ends: Outfielder’s Homer Helps Mets Past Phillies

R.A. Dickey threw seven sharp innings, Jason Bay hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Friday night.


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Coutinho: Mets Face Early-Season Test In Philadelphia

Coming off two lackluster games offensively, the Mets will need a big series from the middle of the lineup, with or without David Wright.


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Vance Worley Worthy Of Recognition As Part Of Phillies’ Vaunted Rotation

Vance Worley might remain in the shadows of the Big Three, but if he can continue his success, it’s doubtful that either he or the Phillies will mind.


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Keidel: Us, Evil Empire? And You? When Yankees Hating Becomes Insincere

Go ahead, hate us. You’ll find a Yankees fan unfazed by the vitriol. In fact, he or she may even invite you to squat on the bandwagon, take the pinstripes for a spin.


Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees celebrate after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Hideki Matsui And Yankees A Likely Match

Since trading away Jesus Montero, the Yankees need to acquire an additional DH. Hideki Matsui could fill that role and bring some clutch back to the Yankees.