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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony summed up Amar'e Stoudemire's impact in New York with this quote from the night that the Knicks and Stoudemire agreed to a buyout: "One of the main reasons I'm a New York Knick today was because of him.... When he came [to New York] he brought back some excitement to the game of basketball here in New York. There was hope when he came back. People started believing in the New York Knicks again. He was the main reason for that belief and for that hope."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani has signed with international club Baskonia, per the team's Twitter account.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Amar'e Stoudemire's time with the Knicks was marred by injury, but he deserves credit for signing with the club at a time when most others wouldn't consider New York. Carmelo Anthony has said he wouldn't have been in New York without Stoudemire.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets will wear a special patch on Saturday to honor Mike Piazza as the organization retires his No. 31. Here's the design, via ESPN's Darren Rovell.

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.

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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

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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

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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

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Odell Beckham Jr. sends strong message to kids (0:28)

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Smith: Critics of MJ should look to white athletes too (1:09)

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.

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Don't tell Stephen A. there's less pressure on Carmelo to win with Knicks (1:21)

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."

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