The New York press admits that the Yankees may be better with A-Rod

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The article you thought you’d never see in the New York tabloids: A-Rod, Clutch God!

But for now we have to admit that the Yankees with Rodriguez this
season have been something very different than the Yankees without him.
More often than not, A-Rod’s moments have meant something in the

OK, that’s a bit deceiving, because the rest of the article catalogs —
unfairly as usual — all of the tired arguments the New York press has
deployed against Rodriguez. He beats up on losing teams. He gets big
hits when it doesn’t matter. He wilts when it does. He’s probably not
the Antichrist, but he plays bridge with him once a week. You know the

But this article actually acknowledges that the Yankees are better
with Alex Rodriguez than without him, and that represents progress.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.