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NEW YORK -- He was once considered Mariano Rivera's heir apparent. When the Yankees drafted Mark Melancon in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB draft, they were grooming him to be the closer of the future. A standout at Arizona, Melancon had the credentials, boasting a formidable fastball and curveball. But the organization's vision didn't come to fruition in 2009 and 2010, as Melancon allowed 11 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings. Nearly two years since leaving the Yankees -- via trade -- Melancon looks back at his New York tenure with appreciation. "I wouldn't take back anything that...

Yankees Game 100 Lineup: 07/28/12

The Yankees come back after a big night at the plate and look to take the second game of the series with the Red Sox.  CC Sabathia takes the mound looking for his 11th win of the year and to further bury the Red Sox in the basement of the AL East.  Jon Lester, taking the mound for the Red Sox,  has not been himself in 2012 with a 5-8 record and a 5.46 ERA.  To make matters worse...

Hughes, Yankees dump slumping Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Phil Hughes has been called a lot of things in six seasons with the New York Yankees: phenom, shutdown reliever, All-Star starter and even an injury-prone bust. Now, Hughes might be regaining the moniker attached to him when he was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2004 draft: potential ace. Hughes allowed three solo homers but was otherwise effective...

Series Preview: Red Sox @ Yankees

<a href="" rel=\"attachment wp-att-9895\">Phil Hughes kicks off this weekends rivalry action by getting the start in game one tonight in...

Saturday's Lineups

YANKEES Derek Jeter SS Curtis Granderson CF Mark Teixeira 1B Robinson Cano 2B Andruw Jones LF Jayson Nix 3B Russell Martin DH Ichiro Suzuki RF Chris Stewart C CC Sabathia LHP RED SOX Jacoby Ellsbury CF Pedro Ciriaco DH Dustin Pedroia 2B Adrian Gonzalez 1B Cody Ross RF Will Middlebrooks 3B Kelly Shoppach C Mike Aviles SS Daniel Nava LF Jon Lester LHP

Yankeetorial: The end of our season wll look like the reunion show of a long-running sitcom

Old Detective Fish (Andy Pettitte) will be there. Crazy Latka (Pedro Feliciano) will return, along with Rev. Jim Ignatowski (Swish). The once-precocious kids - now grown and with children of their own - (Joba, Cervelli) - will get big rounds of applause from the studio audience. Thurston Howell III (Arod) will bounce in, with a new Ginger (Jack Cust) and Mary Ann (Russell Branyan...

It is time to take nominations for It is High/Lunchables July Yankee Employee of the Month.

Some possibilities...Ichiro Suzuki, Ice Age: Continental DriftBrian Cashman, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterRobinson Cano, Rock of AgesJoba Chamberlain, That's My BoyAlex Rodriguez, Safety Not GuaranteedJoe Girardi, PrometheusRaphael Soriano, The Dark Knight RisesJohn Sterling, Magic Mike Suzyn Waldman, Snow White and the Huntsman

Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki Coming Into Yankees-Red Sox Series on Fire

Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. The Red Sox are set for an up-close lesson on how to build a hot streak as they head into New York on Friday night for a series against the Yankees. The Yankees, at 59-39, are tied with the Nationals...

Yankees 10, Red Sox 3

NEW YORK -- Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the New York Yankees a lead they'd never relinquish and Phil Hughes allowed three solo homers but was otherwise effective over seven innings as the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 10-3, Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 49,571 at Yankee Stadium. Russell Martin hit a two-run homer while Curtis...

Yankees Looking to Add Betancourt?

From Troy Renck:Rafael Betancourt is attracting varying degrees of interest from the Orioles, Yankees and Athletics. The Red Sox had interest earlier this month. The White Sox and Angels are also looking for bullpen help... Betancourt is under contract next year [$4.25MM] with a mutual option [$4.25MM] for 2014. To move him, the Rockies would require a valuable piece in return...

Red Sox lose lead, rally back

Curtis Granderson misplayed Peter Ciriaco's ninth-inning flyball into a go-ahead triple, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-6 Saturday night after Mark Teixeira had tied the score with a two-run homer off nemesis Vicente Padilla. Down 6-1, the Yankees closed in the fifth on Jayson Nix's two-run homer off Jon Lester and Derek Jeter's RBI grounder. After...

"What's growin' on the Farm Report:" Only Action Saxon, the Staten Island Furacity

His name is Saxon Butler - Babe, to you - and he leads the NYP-League with 10 home runs, almost nearly twice as many as the runner-up. He also leads the league in RBIs. He's the most dangerous butler since Alfred.He's 22, a recent 33rd round draftee from Alabama, David Robertson country, and the Joy of Sax is a linebackerish 6'2", 240-pound bear from the Joba...

Jon Lester Records 1,000th Career Strikeout in Bottom of Sixth Inning Against Robinson Cano

With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium, Robinson Cano took a called third strike, and thus that baseball might be on the plane back to Boston with Jon Lester. Cano's strikeout was the 1,000th of Lester's career. He becomes the second Red Sox lefty to record 1,000 strikeouts. Lester is now only 46 K's away from tying fellow southpaw Bruce Hurst...

Game 101: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

Time: 4:05 PM ET TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI Red Sox (49-51) Ellsbury CF Ciriaco DH Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross RF Middlebrooks 3B Shoppach C Aviles SS Nava LF Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 5.46) Yankees (60-39) Jeter SS Granderson CF Teixeira 1B Cano 2B Jones LF Nix 3B Martin DH Suzuki RF Stewart C Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.30)
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