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Recounting the moments that defined Derek Jeter
Bill Kostroun

Recounting the moments that defined Derek Jeter

By Mike Fitzpatrick

Associated Press

It is July 19, 2003. Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium.

Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are 59-36 and four games up in the AL East, headed to their sixth of nine consecutive division titles.

At this moment, though, they trail the Cleveland Indians by one run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeter has just hit an RBI single with two outs, and the bases are loaded for left-handed slugger Jason Giambi.

The infielders play Giambi to pull. The count goes full and Cleveland ace CC Sabathia prefers to stay in the windup, giving all three Yankees on base a running start as he unfolds his 6-foot-7, 290-pound frame for a slow delivery to the plate.

Fire Sale Begins to Pay Off for Marlins, for Now

By Tyler Kepner

New York Times

Five major league teams lost at least 95 games last season, and four find themselves far below .500 again, a bystander to the pennant races. The Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins are all but assured of another lonely October.

The Miami Marlins are a playoff long shot after finishing 62-100 last season.

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American League

Don Cooper preaches patience with young White Sox pitchers

By Colleen Kane

Chicago Tribune

Don Cooper imagines that if he had experienced a season earlier in his career like 2014 - with the pitching staff riding peaks and valleys and a bout with vertigo to boot - he would be “going crazy.”

More than 12 years into his tenure as White Sox pitching coach, Cooper says he is trying to keep perspective on how the challenges of this season relate to the club’s stated vision of sustained success over the years to come.

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Fire Sale Begins to Pay Off for Marlins, for Now

By Tyler Kepner

New York Times

Five major league teams lost at least 95 games last season, and four find themselves far below .500 again, a bystander to the pennant races. The Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins are all but assured of another lonely October.

The Miami Marlins are a playoff long shot after finishing 62-100 last season.

Best Shortstop on the Cubs? Scan the Field

By Jorge Arangure Jr.

New York Times

Just before the start of Javier Baez’s senior season at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, the baseball team’s starting shortstop sustained a season-ending injury that prompted a major shift of the defensive alignment. The maneuvering ended with Baez, the team’s catcher, moving to shortstop.

Sandoval’s defense no longer strikes fear into Giants’ pitchers

By Alex Pavlovic

San Jose Mercury News

Ryan Braun lashed Tim Linecum’s breaking ball down the third-base line. The right-hander turned quickly, and saw exactly what he expected.

Pablo Sandoval had gotten a great jump and easily gloved the ball as he stepped into foul territory. He planted his feet and fired a perfect strike to first, beating Braun by inches.


Girardi has a tougher job than Torre did

By David Lennon

Newsday

On the day his No. 6 was retired, Joe Torre sounded glad it was now in Monument Park rather than on his back. His incredible Bronx ride was over. And the thought of managing the Yankees in 2014 did not make him envious of Joe Girardi, the man saddled with the impossible task of living up to Torre’s unattainable legacy.

Don Cooper preaches patience with young White Sox pitchers

By Colleen Kane

Chicago Tribune

Don Cooper imagines that if he had experienced a season earlier in his career like 2014 - with the pitching staff riding peaks and valleys and a bout with vertigo to boot - he would be “going crazy.”

More than 12 years into his tenure as White Sox pitching coach, Cooper says he is trying to keep perspective on how the challenges of this season relate to the club’s stated vision of sustained success over the years to come.

Kazmir is getting out of the abyss

By Kevin Baxter

Los Angeles Times

Scott Kazmir is the best pitcher on one of the American League’s most successful staffs.

An All-Star, he has the most wins by a left-hander in the AL, and as the leader of an Oakland Athletics rotation that could be pitching deep into October.

But to truly appreciate how high Kazmir has climbed it must be remembered how low he had fallen.


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