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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)

Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager Has Become Franchise’s Resident Bad***

As the last few grains of sand tumble down in the hourglass of the 2015 Seattle Mariners season, it’d be easy to gripe and groan about shortcomings and unkept promises. I am going to choose to be thankful for what we do have and one of my favorite possessions is Mariners third baseman and resident bada**, Kyle Seager. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Kyle Seager Trolled Jered Weaver Into Getting Ejected

You probably won’t see a beanball more obviously deliberate than the one Jered Weaver laid on Kyle Seager in last night’s 3-1 Mariners win. Or one more nonchalant. After taking the first pitch of his fifth-inning at-bat, Seager stepped out of the box. (He’s not supposed to do that with MLB’s new pace-of-game rules, but it hasn’t been strictly enforced.) (Deadspin)

Matt Harvey bumps A-Rod as New York’s premier ‘24-and-1’ guy

There will be a symbolic passing of the baton this weekend in the Subway Series as Matt Harvey usurps the long-running New York champion of sports polarization – Alex Rodriguez. It is fitting that because the games are at Citi Field and under NL rules, the man without a position, A-Rod, will not start a game while attention will be galvanized Sunday night on Harvey’s start. (New York Post)

Adam Warren: The Yankees’ new Ramiro Mendoza

Young baseball players often talk about opportunities as if they’re comets streaking across the night sky. Miss one, and you might never see another. Take advantage of one, though, and a rookie mop-up man could become a trusted setup reliever who becomes a go-to starting pitcher down the stretch. That’s the path of Adam Warren. (Lower Hudson Journal News)

Joe Girardi's hunch on Dustin Ackley pays off for Yankees

Facing Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, Girardi penciled in Dustin Ackley at first base, giving Bird the day off. Girardi went with the veteran hand of Ackley, instead of exposing Bird to something he had rarely seen. "(Ackley) had had some success off him in the past, and I talked to Greg Bird, he had seen one knuckleballer in his career in the minor leagues," Girardi said. (NJ.com)

Matt Harvey's haters just a bunch of hypocrites

Matt Harvey is not the devil incarnate. And his image, which has been shattered inside the Valley of the Stupid, and other media precincts, will be restored — sooner rather than later. See, whether he pitches or not, Harvey is well on his way to being "reduced" to just another guy on the team, at least for the rest of this season and into the playoffs if the Mets arrive there. (New York Daily News)

Matt Harvey makes his pitch

Matt Harvey was selling something. It was a mild August evening, and two hours earlier the Mets had completed a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies to open up a four-and-a-half-game lead in the National League East. I was part of a gaggle of journalists watching the Mets ace getting his hair washed in a West Village salon. (VICE Sports)

Dustin Ackley makes first start for Yankees

Almost six full weeks after he was acquired at the trade deadline, Dustin Ackley was finally in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Wednesday. With Brett Gardner slowly making his way back from a mild shoulder injury, Ackley got his first start in left field. He doubled for his first Yankees hit, and he also made a leaping catch at the wall to rob extra bases. (Lower Hudson Journal News)

After rough outing, Matt Harvey says he'll be ready whenever the Mets start him

When will Matt Harvey next pitch in a game for the New York Mets? The right-hander offered little insight after he allowed a career-high-matching seven runs, then watched his teammates rally for a season-defining 8-7 win against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. "I have no idea," Harvey said after his season innings count rose to 171?. "I’ll just be ready for it." (ESPN.com)

The Harvey Affair: Matt, the Mets, and Moral Hazard

It was inevitable for several reasons that Matt Harvey’s innings limit would blow up into the weekend’s biggest story. Harvey is the biggest star in a New York baseball landscape in which Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera have retired, David Wright is often injured, and Alex Rodriguez has completed his transformation into the physical manifestation of Vanth, the winged demon of the underworld from Etruscan mythology, so any news about Harvey’s ability or willingness to play is big. (Grantland)

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