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Joe Girardi All but Confirms Andrew Miller is New York Yankees’ Official Closer

April 27th, 2015 at 4:20 PM
By Michael Moraitis

While he didn't say specifically, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi basically admitted his official closer is Andrew Miller after not naming one at the start of the season. This ends the co-closer experiment before it even got off the ground.

Before Monday night's game versus the Tampa Bay Rays, Girardi told the media that he'd wait to name an official closer for a few more days, however he was being playful in his answer, per Sweeny Murti of WFAN:

Murti is right about Girardi already making a decision with his actions. Not to mention, his playful response and giving a timeline for his decision is something new for Girardi, who has declined to go that far up until this point. It's highly unlikely he'd name Betances the closer when his final decision comes after what Miller has done thus far.

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Yankees Vs. Rays 4/27/15: Lineups, Pitching Matchup, Viewing Info for Game No. 20

April 27th, 2015 at 3:33 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays meet on Monday night for the first of three games that will decide who ends up in first place in the American League East.

Both the Rays and Yankees own an 11-8 record and are sitting atop the division after 19 games. Whoever wins this series will knock the other off the perch for now.

Let's get to it.

When: Monday, April 27 at 7:05 p.m. ET

Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

Watch: YES Network

Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM

Pitching Matchup

NYY-Adam Warren (1-1, 5.40) vs. TB-Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.32)

Yankees Lineup

1. Ellsbury CF

2. Gardner LF

3. Rodriguez 3B

4. Teixeira 1B

5. McCann C

6. Beltran DH

7. Young RF

8. Drew 2B

9. Gregorius SS

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New York Yankees’ Mark Teixiera Named American League Player of the Week

April 27th, 2015 at 3:15 PM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had one heck of a week and it has earned him the American League Player of the Week award.

The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network, giving Teixeira the honor for the fifth time in his career. The last time he won it was back in September of 2010.

Over the course of this past week, Tex batted .333 with five home runs and 10 RBI, while also scoring six runs over the past seven games. He hit two homers in a single game on Friday night off New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom, leading the Yankees to victory.

Teixeira's eight home runs are good enough for second in the majors right now, and his 18 RBI also ranks him second in the league.

The Yanks first baseman has battled injuries during the past few seasons, but he appears to be healthy and is putting up great numbers to start the season. His eight homers in April are the most he's ever hit in the month, and the second-most in any calendar month after he hit nine back in June of 2011.

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Study Confirms New York Yankees Fans are Better Looking than Mets Fans

April 27th, 2015 at 2:27 PM
By Michael Moraitis

It has been confirmed: New York Yankees fans are better looking than Mets fans, adding insult to injury after the Yanks topped the Mets in the first Subway Series of 2015.

A study done by the dating app The Grade shows men and women who support the Yankees are liked more than Mets fans, per Chris Perez and Natalie O'Neil of the New York Post:

Photos posted by Yankees fans were “liked” 46 percent of the time while Mets fans only have a 38 percent “like rate,” according to the study.

The study is based on 400,000 “swipe interactions” from 6,000 app users who listed sports teams as an interest.

Well, that settles it. We are better looking and have a team that has won a ton of championships; does it get any better than that?

Of course some obnoxious Mets fans had an excuse as to why this is the case, but a Yankees fan gave an excellent rebuttal:

“Rich girls who don’t know anything about sports love the Yankees. And they’re usually supermodels and stuff,” explained Mets diehard TJ Raineri, 22, of Spotswood, NJ, who spoke outside Yankee Stadium Saturday.

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Baseball Fans Pays for Full-Page Ad Against New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez in Newspaper: Photo

April 27th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
By Michael Moraitis

A passionate baseball fan has gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez doesn't receive credit for hitting his milestone homers.

A-Rod is now one home run away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list after smacking another one versus the New York Mets on Sunday night. However the recognition of such an accomplishment is under intense scrutiny because of Rodriguez's past with steroids throughout his career.

The fan from New York taking out the ad in the New York Daily News claims to be a "Giants" fan who respects Mays and wants to see Rodriguez's home run total be marked with an asterisk in an open letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred:

If not an asterisk, then a bracket would be just fine, claims the Giants fan.

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