Yankees activate Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis, demote pitchers Ivan Nova and Vidal Nuno (Big League Stew)

Ahead of their weekend series with the rival Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees have activated some reinforcements from the disabled list. According to multiple reports, that includes all-star first baseman Mark Teixeira, who suffered a wrist injury this spring while preparing for World Baseball Classic competition, and corner infielder Kevin Youkilis, who frequently filled in for Teixeira at first before hitting the DL himself with an aggravating back ailment.
Both are back in a starting lineup — Youkilis hitting second and playing third, Teixeria hitting clean up and playing his customary first base — that finally needed a boost after dropping all four games in this week’s Subway Series against the New York Mets.
Amazingly, the Yankees were doing much better than simply keeping their head above water while Teixeira, Youkilis, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and captain Derek Jeter missed game after game with varying injuries. In fact, they were sitting atop the division along with Boston at 12 games over .500 just prior to this week’s slump. Though they’re now two games back, they may be poised to build on that unexpected early success as forty-percent of their missing offense returns, at least from a physical standpoint. It’s hard to say what they’ll get in the productivity department short-term or long-term.

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Lucas Duda Helping Revive New York Mets’ Offense (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets have won five straight games, including a surprising four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in this year’s Subway Series. The pitching has been incredible, but Terry Collins has seen his offense start to come back to life. Lucas Duda being more aggressive at the plate is a major reason why.

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Baseball’s interleague rivalry week is almost over, so put away those split jerseys (Big League Stew)

Like many Bay Area sports fans who were of elementary school age when the Oakland Athletics played the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, I owned one of those split A’s-Giants caps.
They weren’t the greatest fashion statement a kid could make, but I won’t hold it against any youngster wearing one — then or now. Adults, on the hand, I dunno.
We see more of this type of devotion-splitting today, since baseball pushes for interleague rivalries. We’re coming to the end of a four-day stretch of league-wide geographic clashes — like the Subway Series in New York between the Mets and Yankees and the Freeway Series in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and Angels. (Sidenote: Has the Passport Series between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays turned into a thing yet?)
One product of these rivalries is the split jersey — a half-and-half mash-up of two rival teams. Like the split Giants-A’s cap, the idea walks the fine line between “oh, that’s funny” and “hide that deep in your closet.” I kept an eye this week on the split jersey phenomenon and noticed three worth your attention, for varying reasons.

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Mets answer challenge and beat Yankees again, 9-4 (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Once the Subway Series rolled around, the New York Mets got on the right track.

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Game No. 2 of Subway Series is a Near Duplicate of Game No. 1, Mets Win, 2-1

Flushing, NY—Game #2 of the Subway Series on Tuesday night was delayed for 1 hour and 31 minutes by heavy showers, but there was never an intention to postpone the contest.

A phalanx of camera operators was gathered behind home plate to capture the ceremonial first pitch. Mariano Rivera, the premier closer in baseball history, was being honored on the occasion of his final game at Citi Field by tossing the ball to John Franco, the finest closer in Mets history.

Pitching continued to be in the spotlight when the regular season game began. Starters Hiroki Kuroda and Matt Harvey have, thus far, been the aces of their staffs. The possibility of a perfect game or a no-hitter by either hurler was eliminated early in the game.

The second Met batter in the game, Daniel Murphy, singled to right. The hit was the 24th in his previous 60 at bats, .400, for the hot hitting infielder. Yankee shortstop Reid Brigniac led off the third with a single to right, his first hit as a Yankee.

Although the pitching of the two starters was not perfect, it is only fair to state it was excellent. In a replica of the game of the night before, neither team scored during the first five frames.

As also took place on the night before, the Yankees scored their only run of the game in the top of the sixth. Another similarity was that both run scoring rallies were begun by a base hit by Brett Gardner. On Wednesday, Gardner singled and went to second on an error by rightfielder Marlon Byrd. A single by Lyle Overbay drove Gardner across the plate. Of the hit by Overbay, Mets manager Terry Collins remarked, “He [Harvey] made a mistake and it cost him.” After the game, Harvey agreed, “as soon as I let it go, I wanted to take it back.”

Although both starting pitchers pitched well enough to earn the win, they were not involved in the decision. Kuroda pitched seven innings, allowed no runs, walked no batters, gave up only four singles and fanned seven. Harvey, Kuroda’s junior by 14 years, pitched equally well. He yielded six hits, all singles, fanned 10 and did not issue a base on balls, but did give up one run in the sixth.

This season, the 24 year-old has compiled superlative stats, 5-0 won/loss mark, 1.85 ERA, opponents’ batting average of 1.72, 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. Smiling, Collins commented, “He’s really going to be fun to watch in the years to come.”

The outcome was determined in a strikingly similar manner to the game the day before. On Wednesday, the victim was not reliever David Robertson but surprisingly was the seemingly prefect closer Mariano Rivera. With a 1-0 lead in the ninth and Rivera going for his 19th consecutive save of the season, ran into trouble. In only nine pitches, Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Lucas Duda got consecutive hits to score two runs. Rivera admitted, “It did happen quick.” The humble baseball great took the responsibility, “There’s no excuse. Kuroda pitched an excellent game. For me to do that is unacceptable.”

The final two games of this year’s Subway Series now shift to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Two righties will face off on Wednesday night. David Phelps (3-2) will start for the Yanks against winless Jeremy Hefner (0-5) for the Mets.



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The Mets deny gouging Yankees families (NBC Sports)

Yesterday the New York Post reported that some Yankees family members felt gouged by the fact that their tickets to the Subway Series games at Citi Field cost them $250. Meanwhile, family seats for the recent Braves series were only $80.  A Mets spokesman, however, says no one was gouged: “The tickets are the same…

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Did the Mets gouge the Yankees families? (NBC Sports)

This is in the form of a question because this New York Post article, while raising a potentially interesting question, provides little in the way of context with which we can answer it: According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Mets charged Yankees family members $250 for last night’s Subway Series game. The…

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The Juice: Stop, thief! Daniel Murphy overcomes Brett Gardner’s home-run stealing ways (Big League Stew)

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Darn them Yankees : If the 2013 Subway Series teaches us anything, it will be this: If you can’t win by hitting it over Brett Gardner, then hit it in front of him. Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets, angered because Gardner denied him a home run with a leaping catch earlier, found peace with a line-drive RBI single to shallow center in the eighth. His hit produced the go-ahead run in a 2-1 victory at Citi Field on Sunday night against the dreaded New York Yankees.

“There was a lot of prayer that went on between the robbing of the home run and the next at-bat, mostly for peace, because I was fairly angry after he took that from us. … I had to calm myself, and I had to ask for some help with that.”

In the sixth, Gardner saved the Yankees’ day — for the moment — by stealing what would have been Murphy’s fifth homer. Gardner said the ball carried deeper than he anticipated. From the Associated Press:

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