Browsing Posts published in July, 2011

The New York Mets dropped their second straight game in a row on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals in a 3-2 loss. Scott Hairston provided the sole offense with his two solo homers and Jonathon Niese pitched his best through 5 1/3 innings. Outside of Carlos Beltran earlier in the week, the Mets had a quiet trading deadline. They are now 55-53 heading into the dog days of August. 

Hairston would've been the hero of the game...except they lost.

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For the last two years, Plaxico Burress donned the uniform of the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Yesterday afternoon, Burress agreed to stay in the Empire State, but to join Rex Ryan and Co. After extended discussions with his two past employees (The Steelers and Giants) with a little Eagle mixed in, the ex-con decided to restart his career in the same city where it was put on pause. Burress agreed to a one-year, $3 million ‘let’s see what you have left’ deal. Here are two reasons why the Jets and Rex Ryan shouldn’t expect this deal to shoot them in the foot. (Pun intended).

Plax Talking To Da Kids

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The trade deadline came and went without much movement as the Yanks topped the Birds, 4-2. Brett Gardner’s, bases-loaded, RBI triple in the fourth proved to be the difference. Freddy Garcia picked up his tenth win as he struck out six in six innings. The bullpen was electric as the Yanks improved their daytime record to 31-7 and overall record to 64-42. 

Freddy Dealin'

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The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles twice on Saturday; 8-3 in the afternoon game, and 17-3 in the nightcap. 25 runs in one day – wow. Both starters, Bartolo Colon and Ivan Nova, won their respective starts. With the two wins, the Yankees  move to 63-42 and pick up a half game on the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-2. 

Total Team Effort on Saturday - AP

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Jayson Werth’s first inning homer off R.A. Dickey was all the Washington Nationals needed to snap the Mets’ 5-game winning streak — it provided all the runs scored in the game.  Dickey’s record drops to 5-9, while the team falls to 55-52.

The story of tonight’s game was Nats starter Yunesky Maya.  Jason Marquis was scheduled to start the game, but was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks shortly before game time.  That forced the Nats to call up Maya and throw him into tonight’s start.  Maya made the most of his opportunity, shutting the Mets out in his 5 1/3 innings of work.  He didn’t even allow a hit until the 4th inning.

 

And that's all it took...(Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals in an 8-5 victory on Friday night at Nationals Park. The Mets offense put up a four spot in the 1st inning and scattered twelve hits in the game. Dillon Gee pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out five. The bullpen held on to hand the Mets a five-game winning streak.

These guys just keep on rollin'.

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The Baltimore Orioles took the first game in a four-game set against our New York Yankees by a score of 4-2. The complacent offense could not manage any rally off of Jeremy Guthrie, who looked like a Cy Young contender tonight. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 61-42 on the year. 

The rain actually did go away / Nick Laham, Getty Images

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Labeled as a flat-out frenzy, the likes of which we have never seen in the age of free agency in sports, the rushed heart of the NFL offseason has certainly been a roller coaster ride so far. If your sports compass is going haywire as a result of the madness, that’s alright – we’re here to help.

It’s no surprise that Big Blue has been busy thus far, in just a couple short days. Let’s recap the cuts, the contracts, and the old faces in new places – after the jump.

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Players cannot actually sign contracts until this morning, but that hasn’t slowed the buzz around the league. NFL fans have never seen this type of free agency activity with dozens of players signing with new teams each day. For the Giants, they cut offensive linemen, Shaun O’hara, Rich Seubert, and Shawn Andrews. Fullback Madison Hedgecock and defensive end, Rocky Bernard are also expected to be cut. In essence, the Giants have ripped down their O-Line to get under the salary cap. The Giants, however, are expected to bring Ahmad Bradshaw back.

As for the Jets, they made Santonio Holmes extremely rich, but are currently being held up by prized free agent, Nnamdi Asomugha. The field for his services is beginning to thin, but the Jets have a ton of work to take care, whether Nnamdi calls Broadway home or not. A Revis-Asoughma combo would be unbelievable to watch, but would it create too many holes elsewhere?

Coming Back To Gotham

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No Beltran, no problem, at least for now. New York won its fourth straight game to complete their first four game sweep of the Reds in team history. The win moves the Mets to 54-51.

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrates after the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 at Great American Ball Park on July 28, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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