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Yankees' Bank Finally Defeats the System

We're all tired of talking about NY payroll, but it stifles baseball hope

(Newser) - Yes, writing about the New York Yankees’ ginormous payroll is “like writing about the heat in Phoenix. We all know it’s there, and we don’t really want to talk about it anymore,” Joe Ponanski says in what he admits is a “screed.” And though... More »

Phillies Survive, Force Game 6

Philadelphia jumps on Burnett early, holds off late threat

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Phillies kept their title defense alive tonight, jumping on New York Yankees starter AJ Burnett early then hanging on late for an 8-6 victory in Game 5 of the World Series. The Phillies trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven matchup, and head back to New York for Game 6... More »

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... More »

Yankees Take Scorn for (Gasp!) Spending Money

Yankees Are Doing There Job, Filling Stadiums, In It To WIn

(Newser) - Given the reaction to the Yankees' deep-pocketed acquisition of three big-name players, it's easy to assume the team is nothing less than evil personified, writes Sean Collins in Spiked. But set aside for the moment that the moves are actually a wise investment for a team that's building a new... More »

Yankees Land Big Prize Teixeira: 8 Years, $180M

New York swoops in to keep first baseman away from rival Red Sox

(Newser) - The New York Yankees snatched the off-season’s biggest remaining free-agent prize away from their rivals today, agreeing with first baseman Mark Teixeira on an 8-year contract worth about $180 million, the Post reports. The Boston Red Sox were thought to have had the inside track on the 28-year-old switch-hitter,... More »

In Risky Move, Yanks Sign Burnett

Oft-disabled pitcher gets 5-year, $82.5M contract

(Newser) - The New York Yankees have snapped up free agent pitcher AJ Burnett with a 5-year, $82.5 million contract—and the deal could be a risky one, writes Jay Jaffe in Baseball Prospectus. Burnett’s contract forces the team to hold onto him for all 5 years unless they trade... More »

Eckstein Powers Blue Jays in First Game Without Frank Thomas

Eckstein hits a three-run homer, Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3

(Newser) - David Eckstein hit a three-run homer, supplying some of the power Toronto might miss without Frank Thomas, and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Sunday. A.J. Burnett (2-1) issued a season-high six walks in five innings but still managed to win for the first time in... More »

Rangers Beat Toronto on Wild Pitch in 14th Inning

Blue Jays tie club record by using nine pitchers

(Newser) - Frank Catalanotto scored the go-ahead run on A.J. Burnett's wild pitch in the 14th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Wednesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. With the bullpen depleted, Burnett (1-1) relieved in the 14th. Burnett, who started in Texas on Sunday,... More »

Red Sox Still Slipping as Jays Come Back 4-3

Gagne gives the game to Toronto; division lead drops to 2½

(Newser) - Red Sox starter Jon Lester gave up only one run in six innings, but a late Blue Jays rally gave the win to A.J. Burnett, who was one batter away from a complete game. The loss, along with a blown save, was handed to Eric Gagne, who walked in... More »

Big Hurt's Walk-Off Hurts Yanks Big

New York's 7-game streak halted 2-1 on eve of Sox showdown

(Newser) - A pitchers' duel between A.J. Burnett and rookie Ian Kennedy set the stage for Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas' walk-off single in the ninth inning, snapping a seven-game Yankee romp. Thomas had both of Toronto's RBIs. Burnett threw eight stellar frames, the only blemish a solo shot to Johnny... More »

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