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The Ultra-Rational Fight Over Matt Harvey’s Pitching Arm

On Sunday night, Mets fans got their first in-person glimpse of the Matt Harvey Dilemma, and the results had to leave them more than a little anxious. Harvey, the twenty-six-year-old ace of the Mets staff, is nearing the end of his first season since coming back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, which kept him from pitching in 2014. (The New Yorker)

Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Skye Bolt

Skye Bolt has the name of a super hero and the talent to match. The Georgia native opened a lot of eyes early in his career at North Carolina, flashing five-tool potential. An injury slowed his progress with the Tar Heels and his numbers didn't match expectations over his final two seasons in college, however. The Oakland A's believed in Bolt's raw talent, however, and were pleased to grab him with their fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft. (Oakland Clubhouse)

Stephen A. Smith Calls Yankees Closer With Mariano Rivera-esque Stats "Non-Closer"

Stephen A. Smith has opinions on things. Baseball for instance. Mariano Rivera retired before last year so the Yankees new closer(s?) obviously suck. Just last night some dude named Andrew Miller blew a save before the Yankees’ bats bailed him out with 3 runs in the top of the 10th to beat the Blue Jays, 6-4. The only problem is that the Yankees are 77-0 this season when leading after 8 innings. (The Big Lead)

It’s over

Wednesday saw the passing of one of baseball’s all-time greats, Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra. Like so many other notable people in American history, Berra was a subject of Hugh Morton cameras. His sideline shot of Berra comes from one of the Tar Heels-versus-Yankees exhibition baseball games played at Boshamer Stadium. (A View to Hugh)

Photo: Yogi Berra in Chapel Hill

On April 3, 1979, the New York Yankees played Carolina in an exhibition game in Boshamer Stadium. The legendary Yogi Berra, who passed away Tuesday, was a coach for the Yankees at the time. (Hugh Morton Collection)

Kyle Seager Hitting for a Cause, the Vs. Cancer Foundation

The season is all but over for the Mariners and Seager, but one thing remains a major goal for the University of North Carolina product over the next 12 games, get as many hits as he can. Kyle and his wife, Julie, teamed up this past off-season with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to raise money for each hit he collects. The Vs. Cancer Foundation was founded by a former teammate of Kyle’s at UNC, Chase Jones, to help fight childhood cancer. (Baseball Essential)

Yankees reaping rewards of three-year pursuit of Dustin Ackley

Three years ago, the Yankees’ pursuit of Dustin Ackley started. On July 30 they finally convinced the Mariners the former first-round pick in the 2009 draft was worth moving for outfielder Ramon Flores and right-hander Jose Ramirez. “He has a left-handed bat with lift,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said of Ackley before the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday. (New York Post)

Easy explanation for Matt Harvey mess

The Mets didn’t have to wind up in the playoffs this year, and Matt Harvey could easily have suffered a minor injury that knocked him out of the rotation for a few weeks; in either case, there never would have been any firestorm. But the Mets are (almost) in the playoffs and Harvey has been healthy all season. So now everybody has to answer the question. And somehow the question will be answered, however clumsily. (FOX Sports)

Quit freaking out about Matt Harvey

Maybe it was because of how quickly the Mets went to hell after Matt Harvey left last night’s game. Maybe it’s because it was a Mets-Yankees game and everything seems bigger in a Mets Yankees game due to the media focus. Maybe it’s because, to be fair, the Mets have a history that makes their fans fear the worst. I don’t know, but whatever is causing the Matt Harvey hysteria this morning, it’s overblown. (NBC Sports)

Has Dustin Ackley grabbed the Yankees' starting 2nd base job?

Dustin Ackley was a single shy of the cycle this weekend against the Mets and may have just played his way into a starting role for the Yankees at second base the rest of the season. Ackley crushed a three-run home run Sunday, jolting his team awake after being rocked to sleep by Matt Harvey for five innings. (Harvey was out of the game by the sixth.) (NJ.com)

Matt Harvey's Health Is More Important Than the Mets

Matt Harvey's teammates may see him as the missing anchor in their postseason rotation, or a leader out of action come October, but they'll never see him as a coward. At least not for doing something the rest of them would do: put their health before team goals. Harvey's choice to follow his surgeon's advice, which may end his season and hamstring the Mets 2015 playoffs, isn't a departure from the true competitor's path; it's a sharp return to it. (VICE Sports)

Dustin Ackley’s lively bat giving Yanks a boost at second base

Manager Joe Girardi started Dustin Ackley against a right-hander again Sunday night and it paid off in the Yankees’ 11-2 victory over the Mets. Ackley’s three-run homer in the top of the sixth broke the game open and gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead after a Carlos Beltran double put them up for the first time. (New York Post)

Will Dustin Ackley be a legitimate option at second base for Yankees next year?

After the Yankees traded Jose Ramirez and Ramon Flores to the Mariners for Dustin Ackley, most people were unimpressed. While the team viewed him as an improvement to the major league bench for the rest of the season, they also seemed to view Ackley–who is under contract through the 2017 season–as more of a move for next year. (Pinstripe Alley)

Photo: Matt Harvey greets Dustin Ackley

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets greets Dustin Ackley of the New York Yankees in this photo from Major League Baseball's Twitter feed, ahead of the teams' game against each other on Sunday night. While many of those replying to the tweet didn't recognize the sarcastic tone of the line "I'm Matt, nice to meet you," Carolina fans will recall that the two were teammates in Chapel Hill.

Are the Mets mismanaging Matt Harvey?

Matt Harvey returns from the ligament protection program on Sunday. And gee, it'll be great to see him, even if his pitch-count buzzer goes off in, say, the third inning. But where he goes from here is one of those topics that matters to more than just the New York Mets, or the people who live and die with them and dream those wacky October dreams. (ESPN.com)

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