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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. (

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." (

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)

What Matt Harvey and Scott Boras got right

Harvey and Boras raised rational concerns. The concerns were presented in a hamfisted, oblivious and ill-timed way. But they had two larger truths behind them: Teams aren't always your friend, and the love of fans is fickle. Because of that, it's prudent to question the motivations of a team, and it doesn't make sense to risk your livelihood for fans who would abandon you in dark times. (SB Nation)

It's showtime for Matt Harvey

Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., former University of North Carolina star and current New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will make the most important start of his young career. If all goes well, it could also end up being his last of the regular season. While this will be just his 62nd career start, Harvey sure has packed a lot into his four years in the majors. He made his big league debut in July of 2012 in (WRAL Sports Fan)

Mets outline plan to restrict Matt Harvey's innings for rest of season

After right-hander Matt Harvey first seemed to confirm, then hours later dialed back talk that he would be shut down before the postseason due to innings restrictions in his first season following Tommy John surgery, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met with reporters in Washington on Monday to outline aspects of the team’s plan for the 26-year-old. (USA Today)

Baseball Scrimmage: Blue Edges Navy 5-4 On Sunday

The Blue squad scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning on the way to a 5-4 win over Navy on Sunday afternoon at Boshame Stadium. Blue scored their first three runs on a walk, wild pitch and passed ball with the bases loaded before Cole Gibbs's RBI double made it 4-0. The Tar Heels will hold their next scrimmage on Monday. (

Matt Harvey: I Will Pitch in the Playoffs

You’ve heard about the 180-185 innings cap. That seems to be the number that will allow me to pitch into the postseason. Regardless of those numbers, I hope everyone knows: I have always wanted to play. I have always wanted to pitch every single chance I get. Especially in the playoffs. As an athlete, when your surgeon explains to you the risks of exceeding a certain number of innings, it can be alarming. (The Players' Tribune)

Mets' Matt Harvey says he thinks of 180 IP as limit, won't talk playoffs

As our Jon Heyman reported earlier this week, the Mets and Scott Boras, the agent for right-hander Matt Harvey, are at loggerheads over how much Harvey will pitch in this, his first season back since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October of 2013. (CBS Sports)

Mets won't shut down Matt Harvey when he hits 180 innings

So it will be Matt Harvey’s call. The Mets righthander will have to decide to either follow the advice of Scott Boras, his agent, or the Mets’ plan for him. Boras thinks Harvey, in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, should be shut down and not pitch in the playoffs. The Mets said Friday that they are sticking to the plan to manage his workload and will let him pitch in the playoffs. (New York Daily News)

Reliever Mike Morin hoping to salvage season with meaningful innings for Angels down the stretch

If you ask Mike Morin, he’ll tell you his forgettable season has not yet slipped away. There is still more than a month left on the major league schedule. The Angels, though they have plenty of ground to make up, are still playing meaningful games. That means there is still time for Morin to salvage 2015. He is currently in Triple-A with the Salt Lake Bees, but he carries hope that he will pitch important innings in a pennant race down the stretch for the Angels. (Orange County Register)

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