Palladino: A-Rod’s Status Typifies Yankees’ ProblemsThe idea of platooning Alex Rodriguez, five homers away from 700 and holding a .296 career batting average, against left-handers would have been unthinkable even a year ago. But there he was, taking a start at DH Tuesday only because Rangers starter Cole Hamels throws left-handed.
Palladino: Jose Reyes Signing Has Nothing To Do With Moral Second ChancesHis enthusiasm alone should help. At least it had better. This is a lineup that went life-and-death in two of the four games in Atlanta against the second-worst team in the majors.
Palladino: Collins’ Snipe At Mets' PR Wiz Horowitz A Function Of PressureManagers tend to get cranky when the proverbial bullets fly like a nest of hornets around their team. Terry Collins has that right now. And, guess what? He cracked a bit.
Palladino: Jets Need To Beat The Clock, Land Fitz Or Mo Wilk By CampSmart money is on the Jets signing Fitzpatrick before Wilkerson, because the QB situation matters more than anything.
Palladino: Steven Matz’s Elbow Makes Zack Wheeler All But UntouchableGiven Steven Matz’s sixth-inning exit from Saturday’s brutal 4-3 loss to the NL-worst Braves because of elbow tightness, it would be a risky proposition to send Wheeler anywhere.
Palladino: Aches And Pains Could Jeopardize Mets' Playoff HopesRegardless of their offensive resurgence of late, the Mets have long-term health issues that almost certainly will take a toll on the daily lineup.
Palladino: Cuban Free Agent Gourriel Would Look Great In PinstripesIf the Yankees really want to get serious about joining the chase for a postseason spot, they should probably throw some dough at Yulieski Gourriel.
Palladino: Don't Worry, Yankees Know What They're Doing With TanakaAny professional pitcher, especially one who is supposed to be regarded as an ace, should be able to function effectively in the confines of a modern five-man rotation.
Palladino: Johnson Trade May Signal Start Of Mets' Transition From WrightThe Mets’ trade for Kelly Johnson on Wednesday addressed an immediate need, but it also opened a window to David Wright’s future.
Palladino: Chapman Will Make Good Bait For Fishing At Trade DeadlineSo many things can still happen in the course of the Yankees’ season that it’s hard to predict how they might look come the July trade deadline.
Palladino: Muhammad Ali Was No Saint In This Reporter’s BookFor me, though, he just wasn’t my cup of tea. Somehow, the flood of years has never washed away the stench that some of his behavior created.
Palladino: Fitzpatrick Must Be Realistic And Sign Jets' OfferIt takes a lot to turn opinion in the Jets’ favor, but Ryan Fitzpatrick has managed to do just that.

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