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Ernie Palladino

Red Sox manager John Farrell (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images), Yankees starter Michael Pineda caught with pine tar on his neck (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images).

Palladino: Red Sox, Farrell May Pay For Pine Tar Move

John Farrell misused a valuable piece of information. And with one rash decision, Boston’s manager might have done the Yanks a huge favor.

04/25/2014

Jenrry Mejia (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Palladino: How About Those Hurlers? Mets’ Starters Have Gotten Job Done

This can all blow up in Terry Collins’ face over the next few days, weeks or months. But for now, he can’t argue with what his starters have done lately.

04/23/2014

Carlos Beltran of the New York Yankees hits a two-run single in front of Jose Molina of the Tampa Bay Rays to score Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury during the top of the 12th inning of a game on April 20, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: Extra-Innings Win Huge Boost For Yankees

Nobody wins divisions in April. But a team can certainly dig itself a hole deep enough to lose one. The Yanks prevented that Sunday — against a team many pick as the cream of the AL East crop.

04/21/2014

Chris Johnson (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Palladino: Jets Fans Have Reason To Be Pumped About Chris Johnson

Ground-and-Pound? Thunder-and-Lightning? Johnson-and-Ivory? It doesn’t matter what you call it. It’s a backfield — a real, live, legitimate, threatening backfield.

04/18/2014

Joe Girardi and Derek Jeter (Scott Iskowitz/ Getty Images)

Palladino: Take A Seat, Captain! Girardi Playing Jeter’s Farewell Tour Right

The real issues come with the fans who are just now showing up, and then heading home disappointed for missing their only chance to see Derek Jeter in person. The question for them is, “Where ya been?”

04/16/2014

Eli Manning (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Matt Flynn (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Palladino: Eli’s Surgery An Opportunity For Giants To Build Depth

What the Giants have here is not the end of the world. It’s an opportunity. If Matt Flynn indeed comes in for a workout, Big Blue should take a good, hard look at him.

04/14/2014

Yangervis Solarte connects on a fourth-inning RBI double against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 8, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees’ Solarte Impresses With Poise Beyond His Experience

Perhaps the game isn’t too big for Yangervis Solarte. He has begun to prove that he’s worthy of manning the patch of infield where A-Rod once strode, and not in a backup role, either.

04/11/2014

Andre Brown (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Losing Andre Brown Leaves Hole In Giants’ Backfield

Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and David Wilson. Does that make your mouth water? Well that’s what the Giants’ backfield looked like Tuesday after the news broke that Andre Brown signed a deal with the Texans.

04/09/2014

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Daniel Murphy Did OK, Baby!

Players have been doing this for years now. It’s not like the old days. Women don’t birth their babies alone anymore. Now, it’s a team effort.

04/04/2014

Bobby Parnell (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: Bobby Parnell Goes Down, And That’s Just The Mets’ Luck

Only the most optimistic would call the Mets “star-crossed.” Given the way they started the season, the more realistic among us might downgrade that assessment to “train wreck.”

04/02/2014

Derek Jeter (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images), Juan Lagares (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Palladino: Uncertainty Abounds For Mets, Yankees As Season Opens

Until they start throwing around the old hardball for real, everybody’s even despite the obvious baggage the Mets bring against the Nationals on Monday or the improvements the Yanks take to Houston on Tuesday.

03/31/2014

Derek Jeter shakes hands with reporters and Obama administration staffers outside the West Wing of the White House on April 26, 2010. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Palladino: Derek Jeter, World’s 11th Greatest Leader? Sure, Why Not?

There are different kinds of leaders, after all. And the Yankees captain did his thing as well as any of the others on Fortune Magazine’s list did theirs.

03/28/2014

Lucas Duda (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Punting On First Base Does The Mets No Good

The first-base situation will not alone determine whether Alderson gets his wish for a 90-win season. But it will play a role. Alderson did Duda, Davis and himself no favors by punting the situation away on Tuesday.

03/26/2014

David Robertson pitches against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 18, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Palladino: What Should Yankees Fans Expect From David Robertson?

Prepare to be unspoiled. Though D-Rob has shown a solid, “go get ’em” attitude on his six Grapefruit League outings, nobody knows how he’ll handle closer duties.

03/24/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Palladino: For Jets, Michael Vick’s Impact Is Worth The Hassle

Jets GM John Idzik needs to make a signing here. He should do it because, quite honestly, Geno Smith is not the answer at quarterback.

03/21/2014

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