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What was Eric Wedge thinking, not walking Alex Rodriguez on purpose in the ninth inning Thursday? After Joe Borowski threw a wild pitch on the first pitch, the Yankees had runners at second and third with two outs, down by one run. So first base was open. That runner meant zip. The hottest hitter in baseball was up, ahead in the count, 1-0. How do you not walk A-Rod? Any …

Bisons and Baseball

Red Sox enter tonight's series opener against the Yankees in Fenway Park with their pitching staff doing a terrific job and their offense acting like a bunch of lightweights. The Sox lead the American League with a 2.58 ERA (Tim Wakefield is the league leader at 1.35) but they're batting just .249 and have only 12 home runs. The big problem is a month-long no-show by slu…

   Joe Torre, to MLB.com: "I walk in and the vendors say, 'Hi, Joe. Good luck,' and they mean it. I don't know why they mean it, but they mean it. It's a friendly place to be for me and I enjoy it. But when that game starts, something happens to those people when they come through the turnstiles. They change. Sometimes they forget they won the World Series b…

Forget about Daisuke Matsuzaka's sudden wildness in the fourth inning Tuesday night. The biggest chatter around the Red Sox these days is about the guy who tossed a whole slice of cheese pizza at another fan in the Fenway stands Monday afternoon. The clip made SportsCenter but the actual NESN broadcast of the scene is hysterical. It all starts with a routine foul pop to …

TORONTO -- The press box is jammed and there are more than 40,000 expected in the stands in Rogers Centre for Daisuke Matsuzaka's appearance against the Blue Jays Tuesday night. The game begins a huge stretch for the Red Sox, who have 11 of their next 13 games against either the Blue Jays or Yankees. With Toronto playing minus the injured B.J. Ryan, Troy Glaus and Reed J…

That snow-induced, four-day wait to start the season hasn't hurt the Buffalo Bisons one bit. The Herd will be looking to push its record to 8-1 for the first time in its modern era when it opens a series Tuesday night at Toledo, the two-time defending champion of the International League. Buffalo's 7-1 record is the best in Triple-A and the Herd's 17-1 rout of Columbus Mon…

TORONTO -- If you're coming here for the Jays-Tigers finale or watching a game on TV Sunday, take a moment to check out the uniform numbers. You're going to see a lot of No. 42s and not just on Mariano Rivera. There will be nearly 200 players wearing 42 as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ken Griffey Jr. came up …

TORONTO -- I've interviewed hundreds of baseball players for The News in the last 15 seasons and I constantly get asked who's my favorite one. I answer every time without hesitation  -- Sean Casey. The Detroit first baseman is obviously nowhere near the best player in the game but he did enter this season as a lifetime .302 hitter and coming off a 9-for-17 performanc…

It looked like it might be no dice for Dice-K fans hoping to see Daisuke Matsuzaka next week in Toronto -- until Mother Nature stepped in Thursday. The Red Sox and Mariners were rained out in Fenway Park and that means Boston's rotation will likely be shifted to allow Matsuzaka to pitch Tuesday night's 7:05 game in the Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays. Matsuzaka, who w…

We got our first taste of a new rule Tuesday night when the Brewers and Marlins were rained out in Florida with the score tied, 2-2, in the 10th inning. Because it was official, the game was suspended and will be completed tonight before the regularly scheduled game. In the past, it would have been started from scratch (although the statistics would have counted). Now at …

So the Cleveland Indians finally got to play again Tuesday night, opening a three-game home set against the Los Angeles Angels in ... Milwaukee? That was actually a pretty good compromise to get the games in after a disastrous weekend in Cleveland. It was apparently going to be the Brewers' Miller Park or Minute Maid Park in Houston and the teams settled on Bud Selig's hom…

No sporting entity is less considerate of its fans and less respectful of the integrity of the game than Major League Baseball. Early April starting dates are absurd when it comes to the northern cities. The weather is often brutal. Injuries become a major concern. But that's the way it goes so that MLB can extract maximum dollars out of those who support it by eliminatin…

This is depressing. All the anticipation of Opening Day is shot by the weather. So much for celebrating the 20th anniversary season in Dunn Tire Park. And good luck to the Bisons and Richmond Braves trying to get any baseball in this weekend. A doubleheader Friday? Yeah, right. Teams in the IL North get to open in the South Division once every three years, as the Bisons d…

As a Red Sox fan, I have to say I'm disappointed in the decision to move Jonathan Papelbon back to the closer's role. I know this isn't a fashionable position, but if a pitcher has the arm strength and ability to be a starter, you make him a starter. If you can get 220 quality innings out of a guy, you have to put him in the rotation. It makes no sense to make him a closer…

    It has to be more than a bit unsettling for Yankees fans to have Carl Pavano confirmed as the Opening Day starter the same day Randy Johnson throws 3 shutout innings and whiffs 5 for the Diamondbacks.      I know the Yanks wanted to cut back on their spending. And they have returned to the fold Andy Pettitte, the bulldog they never should have…