After 14 seasons, Amar'e Stoudemire announces his retirement and elected to do so as a member of the Knicks.
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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Here's Amar'e Stoudemire talking about his time with the Knicks: "I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo [Anthony], Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year's acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again. Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick."
Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Amare Stoudemire has signed a contract with the Knicks and subsequently announced his retirement, the team announced.
Things will only get tougher for the Jets
Gang Green just missed the playoffs in Todd Bowles' first season at the helm, but that was with one of the league's easiest schedules. Per Bill Barnwell, the Jets enter 2016 with the second-toughest slate. Bounce-back teams
Kelly Johnson starts for a second straight game over Neil Walker at second base for the Mets.
Small chance Yankees trade Betances
Aroldis Chapman is gone and if the Yankees can get a better return for Andrew Miller, they should trade him as well. That leaves Dellin Betances as the last man standing in the bullpen. Schoenfield: Untouchable players for all 30 teams
Small chance Mets trade Rosario
1B Dominic Smith's power is finally starting to show up in Double-A, but SS Amed Rosario is hitting .321 at age 20 and has reached Double-A. He looks like the long-term solution at the more difficult position to fill, David Schoenfield writes. Untouchable players for all 30 teams
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
The Nationals are still in the bullpen market, but balking at including Lucas Giolito, Trey Turner, Reynaldo Lopez in any deals, rival clubs report.
Don't look so glum, Giants fans
OK, so last year wasn't pretty, but there's good news. As Bill Barnwell writes, Big Blue should improve simply by regressing to the mean in several key categories. Bounce-back teams
Here the New York Yankees are, post-Aroldis Chapman, and Prince Hal has a chance not just to be like his old man -- but to be better.
Michael Pineda remains an enigma
Pineda pitched yet another gem for the Yankees on Monday. He has 135 K's in 113⅓ innings and doesn't walk too many guys, but gives up a lot of hits and home runs. New York needs him to pitch more like he did against the Astros. Five things we learned Monday
Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer
Left-handed reliever Josh Smoker will be the 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader. Smoker, a former Nationals first-round pick, has a 4.73 ERA in 43 relief appearances with Las Vegas.
Mark Simon ESPN Staff
Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Reyes are each expected to play in both games of today's doubleheader, barring any signs of fatigue. Cespedes has had no issues since returning from his quad injury. Collins also said lefty Josh Smoker will be the team's 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader "if he gets here." Smoker has a 4.73 ERA, but has 67 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas. As for the impact of yesterday's rainout on the starting rotation, Collins said picking a starter for Saturday has not been discussed.
Leadoff homer doesn't rock Pineda
Michael Pineda allowed a home run to George Springer on his first pitch of the game, but settled down to allow no more runs in seven innings of work on Monday. The last Yankees pitcher to allow exactly one run in at least seven innings after giving up a leadoff homer in the first inning was Jack McDowell on July 13, 1995, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer
The Jets report tomorrow to training camp and they still have two ongoing contract disputes -- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and No. 1 pick Darron Lee. Lee is one of only three unsigned first rounders. As for Fitzpatrick, it's hard to predict. You'd think the two sides would be motivated by a sense of urgency.
Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer
Heat $50 million G Tyler Johnson told reporters of his contract figure and signing the Nets' restricted offer sheet which Miami matched: "I threw up a couple times when I heard the number go out there. I was in shock. I even lost a little bit of weight just because of the anxiety of going through the process, not knowing where I was going to be. I mean, I was almost 100 percent sure I was going to end up in Brooklyn. But it's just an incredible feeling and I'm excited to get back to work."
Free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick visited New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall in Chicago.
Yankees pitching like they want to buy
Aroldis Chapman is a big loss, but New York will do fine without him if its staff continues to pitch like it has in its first 11 games since the All-Star break.
The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy on an entry-level contract.
Monster numbers from Beckham, Gordon
Odell Beckham Jr. has more receiving yards through two seasons than anyone else since the 1970 merger, ahead of Randy Moss and Jerry Rice. Meanwhile, Josh Gordon ranks fourth all-time on that list.
In today's notes, Buster Olney has the latest on trade talks involving Yankees reliever Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman trade aftermath and more.
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