New York Teams

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees All-Star setup man Dellin Betances struggled late in the season but that won't stop manager Joe Girardi from looking for six outs, if necessary, from his giant reliever. When I asked Girardi if he were comfortable going two innings in tonight's wild card game with Betances, Girardi said, "Absolutely."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said he chose to play Gardner over Ellsbury because of Gardner's superior numbers vs lefties. But vs. Dallas Keuchel, Gardner is 0-for-4, Ellsbury 2-for-7. Girardi: "I mulled it over for two days. I'm the one who has to live with it."


Ellsbury benched for wild-card game

Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Astros. Brett Gardner will start in CF for the Yankees, with Chris Young playing LF and hitting second. Young has a .972 OPS against lefties this year and is 6-for-20 lifetime against tonight's starter Dallas Keuchel.

Harvey apologizes for missing mandatory workout (2:52)

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi benches his $153 million center fielder for tonight's one-game season against the Houston Astros tonight

Stats & Info

Which A-Rod will the Yankees get?

Will Alex Rodriguez carry New York to a memorable postseason run like he did in 2009 or struggle mightily at the plate like he did from 2010-12?

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Who is the top fantasy closer?

Is it Mark Melancon of the Pirates or Jeurys Familia of the Mets? Melancon led MLB in saves, but Familia had more value to owners after being undrafted in most leagues. Fantasy awards (Insider)

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A team grows in Brooklyn

After losing stars like Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams, the Nets are struggling to find their identity. One thing is for sure -- it's going to have to be a team effort. Brooklyn's highest-ranked player in our fantasy rankings is Brook Lopez at No. 33. Top 200 fantasy rankings

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Bills accuse Beckham of throwing punches

They say he did it after plays in the Giants' 24-10 win in Buffalo Sunday. LB Preston Brown said, "That's what he does. He'll get away it. He's the 'golden boy' of the league. He's on the cover of Madden. Sometimes, you get away with stuff like that." (The Buffalo News)

Nets Markel Brown to miss preseason

An update with be given on Brown (left oblique strain) following the completion of the preseason, the team added. Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Thomas Robinson (wrist) and Willie Reed (quad) also did not practice Tuesday. Brooklyn next faces the Pistons on Thursday.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Matt Harvey saying "I screwed up" for missing mandatory workout. Did not state reason or take questions.

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Harvey skips pre-NLDS mandatory workout

Mets ace Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field, GM Sandy Alderson said. Harvey's absence was not excused. "Until we find out a little more about his absence, I prefer not to comment," Alderson said. Story

ESPN Chalk: Joe Peta on the AL wild card (1:39)

Giants try to stop MRSA after diagnosis

The Giants are taking precautions to prevent the spread of infection after tight end Daniel Fells was ruled out for the rest of the season because of MRSA, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano. Full story

Carlos Gomez expects to play wild-card game (0:51)