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New York Yankees’ Chris Young: Citi Field Definitely Prevented Some Home Runs for Me

September 14th, 2014 at 9:12 AM
By Doug Rush

When the New York Yankees signed Chris Young last month, he was fresh off a release from the New York Mets where he was hitting just .208 and had eight home runs in 254 at-bats.

Thus far with the Yankees and in 25 at-bats, Young is hitting .400 with three home runs and looks about as much of a rejuvenated hitter as one can get because ever since getting called up, he looks like the team's best and most dangerous hitter and could be playing his way right onto the team for next year.

When Young was asked if his old stadium in Citi Field was the reason for his poor average and low numbers with the Mets, Young didn't shy back on his answer.

"There are definitely balls that I've hit this season that have gotten to the warning track or to the wall in Citi Field that would have been home runs in other yards," Young said.

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Chris Young Steals Home in New York Yankees 3-2 Win Over Baltimore Orioles (Video)

September 14th, 2014 at 1:12 AM
By Doug Rush

With the New York Yankees offense sputtering over the last 24 hours, it would make sense for them to find ways to score runs by any means necessary. And on Saturday afternoon, that's exactly what they did.

With the Yankees up 2-0 in the top of the second inning and runners on 1st and 3rd with Jacoby Ellsbury batting, Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph took a pitch and fired it to second base trying to catch Yankees rookie Antoan Richardson from stealing, but he was called safe. In the same play, Chris Young stole home and scored the Yankees third run of the game.

That run proved to be the deciding run in the game as the Yankees went on to win 3-2 at Camden Yards. Young has been a spark in the Yankees offense, hitting .400 with three home runs and eight RBI since getting called up by the Yankees.

With the win, the Yankees remain five games back for the final spot in the American League Wild Card with just 15 games left to play in the 2014 season.

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New York Yankees 3B Chase Headley to Wear Protective Face Mask to Cover Chin

September 14th, 2014 at 12:51 AM
By Doug Rush

Chase Headley is taking a couple of days to rest and recover from the hit by pitch he took to his chin this past Thursday night after Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee hurled a 97-mile-an-hour fastball at his face.

Fortunately for Headley, he didn't suffer any fractural damages nor any neurological damages to his head or face, but going forward, the New York Yankees third basemen will need to wear a protective facemask going forward to cover the chin, as per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com:

"Chase Headley will wear a helmet with a protective mask attached to it to protect his hurt jaw, which was nailed with a 96-mph fastball, when he returns to the Yankees' lineup. Headley said the shield will resemble the one worn by Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, which covers about half his face."
The helmet that Headley will wear, which Kuty referred to, will be similar to the one Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward wore last year after he took a pitch to the face from New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese.
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Frank Torre, Former Milwaukee Braves First Baseman and Brother of Joe Torre, Dies at 82

September 13th, 2014 at 5:54 PM
By Mike Warsaw

Frank Torre who played first base for the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, has died at the age of 82. Torre who won a World Series with the 1957 Braves, played eight years in the Major Leagues and was a mentor to his little brother, Hall of Fame manager, Joe Torre.

Torre was signed in 1951, by the then Boston Braves. By the time he made his MLB debut in 1956, the team had relocated to Milwaukee. Torre homered twice in the 1957 World Series against the New York Yankees, in his second season in the majors. In 1958 he batted .320 with six home runs and 55 RBI.

Torre and the Braves once again went to the World Series in 1958 and again faced the New York Yankees. The Braves took a 3-1 lead in the rematch and were looking at back-to-back championships. But that was never to be, as the Yankees mounted one of the greatest comebacks in post-season history, to beat the Braves four games to three. The Yankees became only the second team in MLB history to win a best-of-seven World Series after trailing three games to one. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the first to accomplish the feat in 1925.

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New York Yankees’ Chris Young’s Picture Still on Mets’ Tickets After Release

September 13th, 2014 at 4:44 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Chris Young has been lighting the world on fire since joining the New York Yankees, but before that he was a member of the New York Mets and wasn't doing so well.

Because of his failures in Flushing, the Mets dropped Young and allowed the Yankees to pick him up. Even though he isn't on the team anymore, the Mets aren't having an easy time erasing his memory.

A baseball fan on Twitter shared a picture of a Mets ticket with Young's picture on it:

Adding insult to injury, not only can the Mets not get rid of Young off their tickets, but Young is also doing for the Yankees what the Mets hoped he would do for them.

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