Barry M. Bloom has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and has more than 35 years of experience covering sports.
|The Yankees won their 10,000th game on Thursday night, and fittingly enough, the victory clinched a postseason berth for the 52nd time since the franchise was established in 1903 and came against none other than the archrival Red Sox.
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|The Yankees will almost certainly clinch a spot in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser sometime in the next four days. Although they have lost three in a row this week at home to the Red Sox, their magic number has dwindled to only one.
More» Tanaka mows down Bogaerts to end the inning|
|The Yankees had fate in their own hands the past two nights against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Win both games, and no matter what occurred elsewhere in the American League, a spot in Tuesday's Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser would've already been secure.
More» Girardi on tough outing from Pineda in loss|
|The two-day Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium got underway at Citi Field on Tuesday and by far the highlight of the first day was a panel moderated by Billy Bean, MLB's own Ambassador for Inclusion.
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|The Yankees will have to wait another night to secure a postseason berth and win the 10,000th regular-season game in franchise history.
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|Major League Baseball is hosting the fourth annual Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium at Citi Field on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's the first time MLB is hosting the invitation only event, which also includes high-level representatives from all the major American sports leagues, collegiate bodies, the Olympics, and individual competitive sports organizations.
|Considering the tentative condition of Masahiro Tanaka's still tender right hamstring, rookie right-hander Luis Severino staked a claim Sunday to start for the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 6.
More» Severino blanks White Sox over six frames|
|The Yankees have had a big month from slugger Carlos Beltran, but for them to go deep into the playoffs, all their top hitters are going to have to be clicking.
More» A-Rod's RBI double gives Yankees a 2-1 lead|
|Forget about the protestations of Yankees manager Joe Girardi. It's about time the Yankees project who will be their starting pitcher for the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Oct. 6.
|Continuing a season that has surmounted even the most modest expectations, on Thursday night in the Yankees' crucial 3-2 win over the White Sox, Alex Rodriguez became the eighth player in Major League history to score 2,000 runs. The latest milestone puts him in even more rarified air than that.
More» Beltran goes yard, A-Rod reaches milestone|
|The Mets will undoubtedly win the National League East and make the postseason even though they are limping to the finish line. And when they get there, manager Terry Collins and the baseball operations team is going to have to figure out how to fit the seemingly ageless Bartolo Colon into the rotation.
More» Colon gives up three runs over 6 1/3 frames|
|Long before he won 10 World Series titles and three American League Most Valuable Player Awards while serving primarily as a catcher for the Yankees, Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra was a distinguished and decorated member of the U.S. military, too.
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|The Mets went into action on Tuesday night against the Braves at Citi Field with a 6 1/2-game lead over the Nationals in the National League East and 12 games to play. They lost, 6-2, to the Braves when rookie starter Logan Verrett allowed for two Atlanta homers in the fifth inning. New York has lost three of its last four and five of eight on this nine-game homestand, squandering a third of what was once a 9 1/2-game lead. But there's nothing to worry about here.
More» Collins on 6-2 loss to the Braves|
|Mets manager Terry Collins has twisted himself into a soft pretzel trying to adapt to the current ways of handling pitchers who have returned from Tommy John surgery.
More» Collins talks about Harvey's innings limit|
|CC Sabathia is pitching with bone-on-bone arthritis in his right knee, he told MLB.com on Sunday. Asked if he ultimately would need knee-replacement surgery, he said, "Eventually, but that's the price you pay."
More» CC retires Cuddyer to work out of trouble|
|Despite occasional moments of brilliance, the Yankees have waited four long years, through incessant arm and shoulder injuries, for the real Michael Pineda to emerge.
More» Pineda tosses 5 1/3 scoreless frames in win|
|Masahiro Tanaka had been buzzing along for five innings on Friday night with a low pitch count in a 1-1 game when Yankees manager Joe Girardi was faced with a dilemma he never encounters in the American League.
More» Girardi on Tanaka, bullpen after 5-1 loss|
|By any metric -- new or old -- Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is having a season for the ages.
More» Greinke fans eight over eight scoreless|
|It's becoming increasingly obvious that Yasiel Puig's right hamstring injury is so severe he might not be able to play again for the remainder of the season, placing his availability in doubt for the first round of the postseason.
More» Puig injured running to first, leaves game|
|The D-backs have had a tendency to roll over for the Dodgers the past two seasons and nobody is more aware of that than first year manager Chip Hale.
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|NEW YORK — The main thing I have to say about Michael Weiner is that he has a lot of guts. He is nearing the end stage of brain cancer and still is fighting the good flight. Now wheelchair bound, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Player Association was on the field on […] More»|
|NEW YORK — It’s not very often when you get to meet a person that contributed to one of the worst moments of your life as a sports fan. But that happened to me at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. The silver-haired gentleman sitting in the press box was Johnny Bucyk, the former Boston […] More»|
|HOUSTON — If there was any question whether the transition from young to old in the NBA and the Lakers to the Clippers in Los Angeles was all but complete, the West defeated in the East, 143-138, Sunday night at the Toyota Center in the annual All-Star Game and Clippers guard Chris Paul was named […] More»|
|PHOENIX — I ran the D-backs first annual cancer 5K through the streets of downtown Phoenix on Saturday morning in a surprising 49 minutes, 48 seconds. Considering that I usually average 18-minute miles, that’s pretty good for me. I then took part in the weenie 1K family fun walk with my friend, Joey Reaves, and […] More»|
|Kudos to U-T San Diego on Sunday for the enterprise story that encompassed the entire front page of Sports, “Two Tales of One City.” It told the story of New Orleans post Katrina with the Super Bowl playing out there next Sunday for the first time since the storm ravaged that community in 2005. That […] More»|
|Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jack Morris, Lee Smith, Alan Trammell. This ballot, as controversial as it is, wasn’t very tough for me. I’ve always voted for the best players from their particular era and this year is no different. Using all 10 slots, I voted […] More»|
|PHOENIX — I never met Christina-Taylor Green, but I feel like I have through her parents, John and Roxanna. She’s the little girl, who was gunned down nearly two years ago in nearby Tucson by a madman with an assault weapon who was after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and shot 19 people, killing six of them. […] More»|
|A colleague wrote to me about my last blog, claiming that Miguel Cabrera’s feat this season was an “incredibly weak” Triple Crown. Huh? A Triple Crown is a Triple Crown. That analysis just defies the vagaries of everything coming together correctly in a given year and is a reason why the statistical analysis only goes […] More»|
|http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/the-statistical-case-against-cabrera-for-m-v-p/ Love, Nate. Great analysis about the AL MVP race in his Nov. 14 FiveThirtyEight blog. Unfortunately the “traditionalists” overruled him by a huge margin as Miguel Cabrera won 27 of the 30 AL first place votes and defeated Mike Trout. Can’t take what Cabrera did out of context. His numbers were good enough THIS […] More»|
|PHOENIX — Despite what it may look like on the surface, the D-backs are not “waiving the white flag” in their race for a playoff spot with the trade on Sunday of veteran left-handed starter Joe Saunders to the Orioles for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said. They dropped a three-game […] More»|