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'Sandman' Is First-Ever Unanimous Hall of Fame Pick

He got all 425 votes

(Newser) - This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera. Not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron. Not Cy Young. Not until "the Sandman" could everyone agree. Rivera became baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected Tuesday along with Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and the late Roy...

Jeter, Pettitte Help Yankees Send Off a Legend

Mariano Rivera pitches last home game

(Newser) - Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has pitched his last home game, and it was a tearjerker. Over 19 seasons, BleacherReport notes, he's become "one of the best Yankees in franchise history," with a record 652 saves, five World Series rings, a World Series MVP award, and 13 All-Star...

Best Ever? Mariano Rivera Retiring After This Year

Yankees great set the standard for relief pitchers

(Newser) - Mariano Rivera announced today what baseball fans, and especially Yankees fans, could see coming: The 43-year-old is retiring after this season. "There goes the greatest relief pitcher that ever lived," writes Gabe Lacques at USA Today . The numbers make it hard to disagree: Rivera is the game's...

Jeter Out for Season as Yanks Lose Opener

Shortstop breaks ankle as Tigers win 6-4

(Newser) - The Detroit Tigers took the lead on Delmon Young's ringing double in the 12th inning. Then came the blow that really staggered the New York Yankees. A little grounder up the middle left Derek Jeter sprawled in the dirt, screaming in pain. The Yankees had lost more than the...

Mariano Rivera's Career Probably Over

Legendary Yankees closer tears ACL while catching balls in batting practice

(Newser) - A freak injury may have just taken out the greatest closer of all time. Mariano Rivera tore his ACL and his meniscus while shagging flyballs during batting practice yesterday, likely ending his season and, many are speculating, his career. Rivera had already hinted that he might retire after this year....

Yanks' Rivera Makes Record 602nd Save

Fans third Twins batter to ice it

(Newser) - Mariano Rivera set the major league record with his 602nd career save, pitching a perfect ninth inning today to preserve the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. With fans standing and cheering from his first pitch to his last, Rivera retired Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer, and Chris...

Yankees Tell Jeter to Look Elsewhere

With talks at an impasse, they think he should test the market

(Newser) - Could the New York Yankees really part ways with Derek Jeter? It's certainly looking that way. The club hasn't budged from the three-year, $45 million they've offered the star shortstop, and Brian Cashman told ESPN that he’s “encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s...

A-Rod's Clutch Double Sparks 7-4 Game 4 Win
 A-Rod's Clutch Double 
 Sparks 7-4 Game 4 Win 
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A-Rod's Clutch Double Sparks 7-4 Game 4 Win

Damon's heads-up play drives Phillies to brink of elimination

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, two-out double in the ninth inning off Brad Lidge and the Yankees beat the Phillies, 7-4, tonight in Philadelphia to claim a 3-1 lead in the World Series. Joba Chamberlain opened the door for the Phillies, yielding a homer to Pedro Feliz with two out...

Gross Gets Better of Mo in 11th as Rays Top Yanks

(Newser) - Gabe Gross singled with no outs in the 11th inning to drive in the first run Mariano Rivera has allowed all season, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees and sending the Rays into first place in the AL East. Cliff Floyd began the 11th with...

Jeter Hits First Homer, Yanks Finally Beat Tigers

Rasner throws six-plus solid innings

(Newser) - Derek Jeter hit his first homer of the season, Darrell Rasner pitched six-plus strong innings and the New York Yankees ended a six-game losing streak to the Detroit Tigers with a 5-2 victory Saturday. Rasner (2-0) gave up two runs and four hits, departing after Magglio Ordonez's leadoff single in...

Yanks Avoid Series Sweep; Beat Indians 6-3

(Newser) - Jason Giambi and the sluggish New York Yankees suddenly turned sluggerish. The Yankees played home run derby last night, with Giambi, Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano and Wilson Betemit connecting in a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Mike Mussina (5-3) pitched five innings for his fourth straight win and earned...

Wang Leads Yankees Over Mariners, 5-1

Wang becomes league's first six-game winner

(Newser) - Chien-Ming Wang has turned into the New York Yankees' stopper. Wang became the American League's first six-game winner, ending the Yankees' three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Wang (6-0) pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, and Kyle Farnsworth, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano...

Mussina Hurls Yanks Past Tribe, 5-2
Mussina Hurls Yanks Past Tribe, 5-2

Mussina Hurls Yanks Past Tribe, 5-2

39-year-old ties Hubbell with 253rd win, 41st all-time

(Newser) - Mike Mussina earned his 253rd win, tying Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell on the career list, and the New York Yankees made the most of their five hits in a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Mussina (3-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings,...

Wang Leads Yankees to 1-0 Win at Cleveland

Righty outduels Sabathia thanks to Cabrera's homer

(Newser) - Chien-Ming Wang shut down Cleveland for seven innings and outpitched C.C. Sabathia, whose lone mistake turned into a homer by Melky Cabrera, to help the New York Yankees end a three-game slide with a 1-0 win over the Indians on Sunday. Wang (5-0) allowed four hits, struck out a...

Yanks Beat White Sox, 6-4
 Yanks Beat White Sox, 6-4 

Yanks Beat White Sox, 6-4

Mike Mussina solid for New York

(Newser) - Mike Mussina pitched seven strong innings and moved ahead of Bob Gibson on the career wins list, as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 last night. Jorge Posada had four hits, including a career-high three doubles, and drove in two runs. Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead...

Wang, Matsui Lead Yanks Past Rays
Wang, Matsui Lead
Yanks Past Rays

Wang, Matsui Lead Yanks Past Rays

Bombers get back to .500 on solid bullpen work as well

(Newser) - Chien-Ming Wang pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer, leading the New York Yankees past the pesky Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Sunday. With manager Joe Girardi back on the bench following an illness, Joba Chamberlain and second baseman Robinson Cano got the Yankees...

Abreu Leads Yankees Past Blue Jays
Abreu Leads Yankees Past Blue Jays

Abreu Leads Yankees Past Blue Jays

Hughes solid in finale of pitching-dominated opening series

(Newser) - Bobby Abreu's bloop single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and the New York Yankees got a solid outing from Phil Hughes in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. Joba Chamberlain (1-0) worked a scoreless inning and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his second save.

Yanks Win Yankee Stadium Opener, One Last Time

Toronto's Halladay sharp, New York's Wang sharper in 3-2 pitchers' duel

(Newser) - In the final season-opener at historic Yankee Stadium, the Yanks nailed a record 11 consecutive home openers won by topping the Blue Jays, 3-2. It was a taut duel between aces Roy Halladay, a celebrated Yankee-killer, and sinkerballer Chien-Ming Wang. Alex Rodriguez's eighth-inning trot home on a groundout proved the...

White Sox Swap Garland for Angels' Cabrera

Yanks re-sign Mo and Red Sox keep Lowell, each for three years

(Newser) - Chicago White Sox GM Ken Williams, looking for salary flexibility, today traded starter Jon Garland to the Los Angeles Angels for Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Williams also hinted to the Chicago Sun-Times that more deals are in the works. Garland, twice an 18-game winner, had a tough 2007 season...

Pettitte Ponders Retirement
Pettitte Ponders Retirement

Pettitte Ponders Retirement

New York hurler declines $16M option, but will likely pitch for Yankees if at all

(Newser) - In the latest development of a tumultuous Yankees offseason, star pitcher Andy Pettitte declined his $16 million option for 2008. However, his agent stressed that Pettitte's choice was between the Yankees or retirement, saying, "If Andy decides to play, I am confident we can reach an agreement with the...

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