Yanks top Astros 5-1 in 14, enter uncertain future (Comcast SportsNet Houston)

HOUSTON (AP) Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 14th inning, and the New York Yankees went into an offseason of uncertainty Sunday with a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros, whose 15-game losing streak was the longest at the end of the season in more than a century.

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New York Mets: Why This Offseason Will Be Different (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Since the New York Mets brought in Sandy Alderson to be their general manager, there has been a clear message to the fan base: The Amazins rebuild by strengthening the farm system and shedding the payroll of “bad” contracts.

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New York Mets: Upcoming Free Agent Shin-Soo Choo Could End Up in Queens (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Even if New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had stayed healthy throughout the 2013 MLB season, all signs indicated that the team planned to add a top outfielder in free agency this offseason.

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New York Mets: Dice-K Will Never Be Mistaken for Doctor K (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Before we utter another word about next year, before we speculate any further about what the New York Mets will do this offseason, and before we even bother to think about how they’ll play in September, the question we should all be asking is this: What the heck is Daisuke Matsuzaka doing wearing Dwight Gooden’s No. 16?

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New York Mets: Dice-K Will Never Be Mistaken for Doctor K (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Before we utter another word about next year, before we speculate any further about what the New York Mets will do this offseason, and before we even bother to think about how they’ll play in September, the question we should all be asking is this: What the heck is Daisuke Matsuzaka doing wearing Dwight Gooden’s No. 16?

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New York Mets: Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury Could Be Perfect Fit for Their Outfield (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | If the New York Mets chose to add star power to their lineup this offseason, they need to look no further than Boston Red Sox free agent Jacoby Ellsbury.

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Tyler Clippard speaks out after Nationals option Drew Storen to Triple-A (Big League Stew)

During the 2011 and 2012 season, Drew Storen was a true anchor in the Washington Nationals bullpen. Over 110 appearances, he posted 2.64 ERA with 47 saves, and at times looked like one of the most dominant late inning relievers in the game. Unfortunately, though, that hasn’t carried over into 2013, and following Washington’s doubleheader split against the New York Mets on Friday, Storen was optioned to Triple-A.
Perhaps not stunning news given his 5.95 ERA in 43 innings, but it still didn’t sit well with teammate and fellow reliever Tyler Clippard. Clippard doesn’t deny that Storen is struggling or that the demotion won’t serve him well over the long haul, but he does have some theories as to why Storen never could get on track this season. He wasn’t shy in sharing those thoughts late Friday night, and in particular focused on the signing of new closer Rafael Soriano.
From the Washington Time Amanda Comak:
“I think there’s a lot of things that led to this that could’ve been prevented. You know, you basically send a guy a message this offseason for having one bad game that he’s not the guy for the job. He’s only human. I mean, it’s going to get to anybody.”
The bad game is in reference to Storen’s ugly blown save in Game 5 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals last season.

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Astros-Blue Jays Preview (The Associated Press)

The Toronto Blue Jays envisioned R.A. Dickey as a front-line starter when they acquired him in the offseason.

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The Minnesota Twins’ Offseason Rejections Are Turning Out to Be Close Encounters with Disaster (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Heading into the offseason last winter, Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan had to do something with his starting rotation. After being the worst rotation in the American League a season ago, Ryan needed to find a warm body that could make it past the fifth inning without giving up several runs.

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Dragonfly sits atop Shaun Marcum’s cap to watch Mets-Brewers (Big League Stew)

Shaun Marcum used to pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he obviously has been missed since moving on to the New York Mets in the offseason. Not only have the Brewers lacked decent starting pitching without him, but Miller Park’s insects have been without their favorite right-hander.
We know this because a dragonfly attached itself to Marcum’s cap in the bottom of the first Saturday. Like a yellow and black fluttering biplane, the insect went in for a landing on Marcum’s blue Mets cap and just wouldn’t let go — even when Marcum threw the ball. The li’l guy had the best seat in the house.
“That’s unbe liev able,” Fox Guy No. 1 said.
“That’s a good grip right there,” Fox Guy No. 2 said.
But as a camera lense zoomed at Marcum’s head, the booth crew sounded just as impressed with Marcum’s concentration as the dragonfly’s balance:

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