Yankees to wear patches honoring Bernie Williams on Sunday

Baseball Former Yankees center Bernie Williams will be honored on Sunday when his former team retires his number and unveils a plaque at Monument Park before their game against the Rangers, CBS Sports reported.Manager Joe Girardi, the coaching staff and all Yankees players will also wear a No. 51 patch on their ball caps in Williams' honor. MORE: Josh Hamilton to rejoin Rangers | Baseball's sticky situation | Best baseball barsWilliams, 46, was a five-time All-Star and was with the Yankees when they won four World Series. In his career, he hit .297/.381/.477 (125 OPS+) with 449 doubles, 287 home runs, 1257 RBIs, 1366 runs, 147 stolen bases and 2336 total hits. He ranks first all-time in RBIs and is second in home runs, hits, doubles and runs. And at least one famous former Yankee will b夜网论坛e on hand for the festivities:Headn to see Bernie Williams honored 2nite , wonderful human. To me he was JoeT's favorite.Jeter was special & Mo, but #51 had MrTs hrt.— Reggie Jackson (@mroctober) May 24, 2015[......]

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Dodgers can't pitch, Yankees can't hit; one week in August proves nothing

The last time the Yankees went to the playoffs, in 2012, they had the second-best offense in the American League, averaging 4.96 runs per game, with just four fewer runs over the course of the 162-game season than the Rangers. In four games against the Tigers in the ALCS, the Yankees scored a grand total of six runs — four in Game 1 — and were swept.Last year, the Dodgers had Clayton Kershaw, the first National League pitcher to win the MVP since 1968, start two of the four games in their division series matchup with the Cardinals. The left-hander, who was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA during the regular season, went 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA against St. Louis and Los Angeles remained without a World Series title since 1988. MORE: Why Comeback Player of the Year is the AL's hottest awards raceThis year’s Yankees have the second-best offense in the American League. This year’s Dodgers allow the fourth-fewest runs per game in the National League. In one stretch of August baseball, both teams are showing exactly how it can all go wrong in October. On Monday night, Brett Anderson gave up seven runs to the Nationals in five-plus innings, becoming the latest Dodgers starter to get lit up and completing a disastrous spin through the rotation that began with Zack Greinke giving up six runs in six innings in what wound up being a 10-8 win for Los Angeles on Thursday in Philadelphia. The next night, Kershaw surrendered four runs in six innings in Pittsburgh, in a game won by the Pirates i[......]

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World Series 2015: With Royals close to title, Ned Yost's detractors are quiet — for now

And then there’s Ned Yost.Notice how nobody is noticing him anymore? WORLD SERIES 2015: Best photos from Mets-Royals showdown | Collins knows Mets are in trouble | Five takeaways after Game 2The manager of the Kansas City Royals, who are up 2-0 over the New York Mets in the World Series as it heads to Game 3 at Citi Field on Friday night, has had his detractors — in the past. And more than his share of second-guessers — in the past.But that’s the key phrase: in the past.When you’ve managed your way into a second consecutive World Series, and when your team has taken charge through two games, life is relatively good.But it can also change quickly — meaning the ice under any World Series manager is still capable of cracking. You’re only as good as the wisdom of your next pitching change.You’re only as smart as the next sacrifice bunt for which you call.But when your players are talented enough to recover nicely from decisions to bunt on their own, you aren’t going to be second-guessed anyway.There was a situation in Game 2, for instance, in which Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar bunted twice on his own, then tied the game with a single on an 0-2 count.Was Yost irked he had bunted on his own? No way.“I knew he’d be bunting on his own,” he said. “Mous (Mike Moustakas) was standing next to me and said ‘just go ahead, swing away, get a single.’“That’s what (Escobar) did. He’s a big-game player.”Which helps one become a big-game manager, too.Make no mistake, the Royals aren[......]

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If Jacoby Ellsbury is waking up, Yankees may not be far behind

After a dreary April, the Yankees started May in the same fashion. An 8-7 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway park Sunday completed a three-game weekend sweep and dropped New York to 8-15, last in the American League East and six games behind front-running Boston.For everyone who has been waiting since 1992 for a losing Yankees team, this appears to be the chance. The question is how a team that made the playoffs last year, and returned almost entirely the same roster, could be this bad. MORE: Best active players at each jersey numberThe numbers for April spoke for themselves. The Yankees scored the fewest runs in the major leagues, had the fewest doubles and posted the fourth-lowest team OPS — better than only the Braves, Angels and Phillies. A team that socked 212 home runs a year ago hit 22 in 22 April games, a decrease of 0.3 homers per game. It’s not just about colder weather — the Yankees hit 29 home runs in 22 April games last year, when they got off to a 13-9 start.Power, though, is a red herring. If you want to know the reason for the Yankees’ offensive struggles, you only need to look at the top of the order, where Jacoby Ellsbury has gotten off to a miserable start to the third season of his seven-year, $153 million contract.Last year, Ellsbury was so bad dow夜网论坛n the stretch, hitting .202/.254/.246 in the final month, that he was held out of the starting lineup for the wild card game. Even more glaringly, in the two-week stretch in early August when the Yankees[......]

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