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Dustin Ackley proving to be key acquisition for Yankees

There was very little fanfare about the Yankees' acquisition of Dustin Ackley from the Mariners before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, probably because it was all the club did after weeks of speculation about acquiring a frontline starter such as David Price. But getting Ackley may turn out to be a very big deal indeed. (Newsday)

Yankees pitcher Adam Warren offers flexibility to rotation, bullpen

Every team needs an Adam Warren, the kind of pitcher who boasts the flexibility to have success in the rotation or out of the bullpen. At least that's how Yankees manager Joe Girardi sees it, comparing the right-hander to Ramiro Mendoza earlier in the month -- a multiple World Series champion who proved invaluable in both roles. (New York Yankees)

Matt Harvey blows off innings limit for ‘best day’ of his career

Matt Harvey wasn’t worried about innings limits, his surgically repaired right elbow or his future contract Saturday afternoon. No, all the controversy surrounding how much the ace righty-hander should be able to pitch in his first full year back following Tommy John surgery was put aside for one day, so Harvey could pitch the Mets to their first National League East crown in nine years. (New York Post)

Matt Harvey shows Mets he's still their ace

Terry Collins was in the outfield during batting practice at Citi Field last Tuesday when Matt Harvey approached him and said, “I need to talk to you. The way he said it,’’ the Mets’ manager recalled, “I knew something was eating at him." As it turned out, that was the start of a new Harvey plan, prescribed not by Scott Boras but by the Mets’ pitcher himself. (New York Daily News)

How Matt Harvey decided to prove his doubters wrong and help Mets win National League East

After weeks of being pilloried for innings limits and his pitching workload down the stretch as the Mets chased a postseason birth, Matt Harvey walked into Terry Collins' office here at the Great American Ballpark and made a statement. Saturday, he would pitch as scheduled and he would throw 100 pitches. It was a step away from the conservative plan the Mets and the pitcher had set for him. (NJ.com)

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)

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