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Yanks’ Cole evasive about foreign substance use

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Amid a Major League Baseball crackdown on pitcher-friendly foreign substances, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole struggled to give an answer when asked Tuesday whether he has ever used a particular sticky paste called Spider Tack while on the mound. “I don’t [long pause] … I don’t know … I......

Roundtable: Biggest Disappointments of MLB Season

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SI – For more and to sign up click here SI Staff While the first third of the 2021 season has featured plenty of excitement, pleasant surprises and no-hitters, it has also brought disappointment. Teams we thought were great have fallen flat, and star players have struggled. Sports Illustrated‘s baseball......

2021 MLB Betting Futures Update – Oddmakers Buying the Hot Start for San Francisco, Boston

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgxNTc4NjEwNzQwNTY5MTk3/usatsi_16217149.jpg Frankie Taddeo While most clubs have now played one-third of the 162 games of the 2021 season, oddsmakers are already making serious adjustments in their future markets. Focusing on one favorite or spotting a longshot who offers long-term value still remains the best way to attack futures betting. Let’s......

Why the Red Sox Are Better Than the Yankees

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgxNTY1OTk4ODM3NTQwNzkw/yankees-red-sox-renfroe-sanchez.jpg Tom Verducci Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. NEW YORK — Not since 1996 did baseball schedule the first meeting between the Yankees and Red Sox this deep into the season.......

Yankees Swept After Questionable Call in Ninth Inning

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe It’s been a rough go of it for the Yankees lately, who had lost 10 of their last 13 games heading into Sunday Night Baseball against the Red Sox. With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the......

Can either of these teams win the AL East? How Red Sox, Yankees are overachieving — and underachieving

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Expectations are only expectations. Coming into the 2021 MLB season, many baseball observers considered the American League East the New York Yankees‘ division to lose. Fast forward two months and New York is looking up in the standings at three teams — the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and......

Ryan Yarbrough Baffled Yankees Hitters—and the Umpire

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MLB Power Rankings: Who opens June as our No. 1 team?

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We’re already two months into the 2021 MLB season, and the standings are starting to come into focus with teams already 50-plus games into their schedules. What does that mean for our first MLB Power Rankings of June? Well, for starters, there’s plenty of movement at the top, including a......

The Ballad of Bryan Wayne Galentine: How one man’s dream led to creation of Lou Gehrig Day across MLB

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7:00 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” WHEN HE WAS told he was going to die, Bryan Wayne Galentine started to think about what he wanted to leave behind. Every day, for however long......

MLB to Sell NFT Featuring Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man’ Speech

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgxNDMwMzg5ODA4NTcyMzYz/yankee-stadium-lou-gehrig.jpg Michael Shapiro Major League Baseball will begin releasing a series of new NFTs in July, beginning with a digital collectible commemorating Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech on July 4, 1939. An exclusive auction for the NFT of Gehrig’s famous speech will be held on July 4. The release of......

Memorial Day MLB standings check: Surprises, disappointments and who will rule from here

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It’s Memorial Day, which means one extra little thing for MLB fans: You’re now officially free to look at the MLB standings. The old adage among baseball fans is that you should avoid checking the standings until Memorial Day. Allowing two months of the season to play out first gives......

Power Rankings: Rays Rise While Yankees, Dodgers Stumble

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The Four Best Fits for Trevor Story

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Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. The Rockies managed to lose two games on Thursday by the time most people in Denver had gotten off work. But the losses themselves weren’t the......

MLB Power Rankings: There’s a new No. 1 team on our list … who is it?

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After a two-week run at the top by the Chicago White Sox, a new team has overtaken the AL Central leaders for the No. 1 spot in our MLB Power Rankings this week. Will the Los Angeles Dodgers regain their place there after looking more like the team we expected......

Yanks’ Kluber (shoulder) out at least 2 months

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NEW YORK — Yankees right-hander Corey Kluber is expected to miss at least two months with a right shoulder injury, and first baseman Luke Voit is also headed to the injured list with a right oblique strain. New York manager Aaron Boone announced the diagnoses Wednesday shortly after the Yankees’......

Yanks’ Kluber leaves loss with shoulder tightness

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NEW YORK — Veteran starter Corey Kluber was removed from his start Tuesday night after just three innings with right shoulder tightness as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2. Kluber, the 35-year-old right-hander who has worked his way back from injury to earn his place......

2021 MLB draft: Mock drafts, rankings, order and analysis

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The 2021 MLB draft is less than two months away, with this year’s event scheduled to be held July 11-13 in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the No. 1 pick, followed by the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.......

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