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In the first real test of his repaired right knee, Mariano Rivera took to the mound today at George M. Steinbrenner Field and tossed a 25-pitch batting practice session.
It was like he never left.
Rivera, 43, faced minor league hitters Rob Segedin and Kyle Roller. Allowed to call his own strikes, Rivera breezed through the session looking as normal as ever, despite facing hitters for the first time in 10 months. Manager Joe Girardi praised Rivera’s smoothness and command, noting that Rivera “looked great.”
Rivera is not game ready however, and will likely need a couple more batting practice sessions before making his spring debut. However, everything is on track for Mo to be the Yankees opening day closer.
Rivera, always his strongest critic, seemed to be pleased with his results, as seen in this tweet from WFAN’s Sweeny Murti.
“Didn’t take no vacation…Still there…Hasn’t gone nowhere…that’s good.”–Mariano Rivera on his command.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) February 22, 2013
This can only mean one thing for the rest of the AL: trouble.
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TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera did more than throw on Friday. He also called balls and strikes.
The 43-year old Rivera threw 25 pitches in his first batting practice session since knee surgery last year and said he was happy with the results.
“It feels great to be on the mound,” said Rivera, who expects to throw BP one or two more times. “Basically, just wanted...
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has thrown 18 pitches in his first simulated game since knee surgery last year.
The 43-year old Rivera pitched one inning against Yankees' minor-league players on Thursday. He also fielded bunts and covered first base.
Rivera pitched in nine games last year, his season ending when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking...
The term "Evil Empire" that started out as an insult to the New York Yankees — by Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino in 2002 — has now been ruled by judges to belong to the intended target. Trademark judges ruled an entrepreneur cannot register the phrase "Baseballs Evil Empire," used to describe the Bronx Bombers, after Major League Baseball objected...
Baseball is officially back, as Spring Training games kick-off this weekend.
16 games today. All 30 teams play. Baseball is officially back. #SpringTraining.
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) February 23, 2013
Just like every other fan, I am relieved. The months between the end of the World Series and today start to feel permanent, like baseball is gone forever.
Is this heaven...
Even judges believe that the Yankees are truly baseball’s only evil empire, and they have the documents to prove it.
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The name “Evil Empire” may have started as a derogatory term for the New York Yankees, but it is now apparently one that they take pride in and enjoy profiting from. Legally speaking, the Yankees are now officially known as the Evil Empire. According to the NY Daily News, trademark judges blocked an entrepreneur from registering the phrase “Baseballs Evil Empire” earlier...
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I was doing a mock draft with a buddy last night, and he had the fourth overall pick. This is probably the most interesting pick in the entire draft assuming Trout, Braun, and Miggy go one-two-three in some order. The fourth pick can go any number of ways. There are several excellent outfielders who offer a power/speed combo like Andrew McCuthcen...
An Open Letter to Yankee owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner:Dear Billionaires,Recently, in some Byzantine clown court, the New York Yankees secured the legal trademark rights to the marketing name "Evil Empire." Meanwhile, General Manager Brian Cashman was said to be trolling through the Yankee facilities, eying the hair on players' chins the way Lindsay Lohan scans for...
It’s a good thing his new teammates have a good sense of humor.
Kevin Youkilis, who recently told the media that he’ll “always be a Red Sox,” entered camp earlier this month with his new Yankee teammates. While there was some ribbing going on, Youk told the YES Network that he and his fellow Yanks were able to laugh off his comments and any other “non-stories” that came...
Not long after dad Andy got done throwing a 24-pitch batting practice session on Friday in Tampa, Josh Pettitte put on his own pitching display.The Deer Park (Texas) High School senior no-hit the Boerne Champion Greyhounds 9-0, scattering 10 strikeouts and walking just one."What a fun game to be apart of," the 6'1" righty said on Twitter following the game. But...
The New York Yankees are so evil that they literally sued for the right to call themselves "The Evil Empire".
Alex Rodriguez and Lady Gaga don't seem to run in the same circles, but they do have a lot in common.
Besides both of them claiming they were Born This Way, dealing with Paparazzi and — just like A-Rod's reported drug mule cousin Yuri Sucart — the blond songstress has been banned from the Yankees clubhouse.
Now the injured pop star and the rehabbing New York Yankees...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- While a bunch of aging stars try to get healthy, the New York Yankees have a chance to check out their younger players at spring training.
Zoilo Almonte homered and threw out a runner from right field, Francisco Cervelli began his pitch to win the catching job, and David Phelps threw two scoreless innings as New York defeated the bumbling Atlanta Braves 8...