New York Teams

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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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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.

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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.

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Odell Beckham Jr. shows no mercy at his camp (0:22)
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Beckham races against kids (0:29)
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Cashman couldn't pass up opportunity to trade Chapman (1:45)
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Who will the Jets start at quarterback?

Is it really a QB battle if one of the two isn't even on the roster? Well, yes, at least until Ryan Fitzpatrick's future is set. John Clayton doesn't expect Geno Smith to hold off Fitzpatrick if the latter re-signs in New York. QB battles

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1927 Yankees diary

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  • Immerse yourself in the 1927 Yankees

    "The Diary of Myles Thomas" is an experiment in storytelling, a genre we're calling real-time historical fiction. Experience the Roaring Twenties through the eyes of a mediocre pitcher on the greatest baseball team of all time.