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How bad is it getting for the New York Yankees? Derrek Lee opted for retirement instead of signing a deal with the team. The Yankees contacted the 37-year-old Lee about a position for the club. Lee, who retired after the 2011 season, considered the offer for a few days but has notified the Yankees that he has decided to stay retired. Currently featured on the injured list for the Yankees are third basemen Alex Rodriguez, first basemen Mark Tiexeira and outfielder Curtis Granderson. Brian Cashman also reached out to Scott Rolen and Chipper Jones. Both players turned down the Yankees offer.

Yankees rumors: Derrek Lee turns down New York

When Mark Teixeira sustained his injury that will cause him to miss the start of the regular season, the New York Yankees began scouring the market for fill ins. One of those potentials, Derrek Lee, turned the Yankees offer down and elected to remain retired, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Derrek Lee has decided to stay retired, according to source. Has turned down...

Spring Training Game 18 Lineup: 3/13/13

Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte will all appear in a game together for the first time this spring, as the Yankees will take on the Phillies tonight in Tampa. Jeter will return to shortstop exactly five months to the day he broke his ankle and will have no limitations whatsoever. Rivera will appear in his second game this spring after throwing a 1-2-3 inning on Saturday...

Pirate City Notes: Curry, Rowland, Rivera, Von Rosenberg, Wang

Here is a look at today’s lineups for the minor league games. The teams will be taking on Toronto’s farm system this afternoon. The upper level teams are on the road, which means I’ll be watching the lower level guys at Pirate City. I’ve included the lineups, pitchers, and some notes on a few players below. Matt Curry is playing with the Triple-A team for now. Triple-A Lineup...

First Pitch: The 2011 Draft is the Exact Opposite of the 2009 Draft

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the...

Jeter, Pettitte, and Rivera are all back for the New York Yankees

Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte all played together for the first time this 2013 Grapefruit League tonight in Tampa against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Collectively, they are 3 of the “Core 4″ New York Yankees heavily responsible for five World Series title since they came onto the scene in the mid-1990′s.  All are 38 years old or older, all are coming off...

Pirates Notebook: Karstens Has Enough Time to be Ready For the Season

Jeff Karstens has enough time to be ready for the regular season. Jeff Karstens threw two innings at Pirate City this afternoon, going up against the Triple-A squad. After the start, Karstens mentioned how he’s 1-2 outings behind everyone else in camp. The right-hander will extend to three innings the next time out, and keep working his inning count up. However, most of the pitchers...

High-rolling Yankees - a/k/a "the Retrieval Empire" - expected to bid BIG in Brennan Boesch sweepstakes

Yesterday, crowds cheered when smoke appeared over the Seattle Space Needle - (it's legal there) - signaling that free-swinging Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch had entered the MLB free agent market. Immediately, the Yankiverse began rubbing its hands together with anticipation, and - yes - in case you are wondering, I am attempting to speak bitter, unvarnished mega-truth through...

Definsively Flawed Phillies Fall to Yankees 6-2

Prime time Spring Training exhibition found the Phillies playing one of the sloppiest games I've seen form a defense that already has it's fair share of question marks. They managed to commit five errors as a whole, two in the same at bat. Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and the Yankees...

The Captain returns to his post

AL BEast Notebook – March 13 Derek Jeter made his Spring debut in the field Wednesday, leading off and playing his usual shortstop position after DHing a couple games. He had just one fielding opportunity, picking up a ground ball and tossing to second for the out in the fourth inning. He went 0-2 with a walk. Jeter is 1-6 batting in his three preseason starts. Jeter broke his...

First Pitch: Today’s Cuts Bring Up the Hanrahan Trade Again

Mark Melancon was one of the main pieces in the Joel Hanrahan trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first round of cuts today at the major league level. Two of the players who were cut were Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel, who made up half of the return for Joel Hanrahan over the winter. Almost immediately the complaints started on Twitter about the Hanrahan trade. Most of them...

All MLB Media is Local- Pittsburgh Pirates

Here is a peak at some of the local media outlets covering the PITTSBURGH PIRATES. Newspaper- The City of Pittsburgh are served by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. The Post Gazette has a very detailed online sports section with a page dedicated to the Pirates. Beat writers Bill Brink (Twitter) and Michael

Pirates Cut Eleven

The Pirates cut eleven players this morning.  Vic Black, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, Hunter Strickland, Clint Robinson and Duke Welker were all optioned to AAA. Of those names the only real surprises to me are Duke Welker and Victor Black.   Not because they were sent down, but because it happened so early. Welker and…

Pirates 5, Blue Jays 4(10)

Mark Buehrle allowed one run while pitching into the fourth inning, but Carlos Paulino lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday with an RBI single in the 10th inning. Paulino singled to center off reliever Tommy Hottovy, who hit two batters with pitches in the inning. Buehrle gave up four hits and a walk in 3 2-3 innings. Pirates starter...
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