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Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Ryan Boatright (11) reacts to a call as they take on the Temple Owls in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn, 6-5, will take on Florida in a rematch of last year's national semifinal in Gainsville on 2 p.m. on CBS.

UConn and Florida were in the Final Four last year, but right now both teams look miles away from there. UConn is struggling at 6-5 and has had injury problems all year, the latest a deep thigh bruise to Ryan Boatright that makes his status questionable for today's game. Florida? It is 7-5 on the season, but will be helped by the return of Eli Carter from injury today. ?

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David Wright's second-half struggles continued Monday as he went 0-for-4 in the Mets' 4-1 loss to the Cubs. But Wright told reporter Adam Rubin he's not blaming his ongoing left shoulder issue ?(ESPN, Aug. 18).

?If I?m in the lineup I expect to produce to a certain standard,? Wright told Rubin. ?When I don?t produce to that standard, it?s frustrating.?

Sunday, Terry Collins suggested the shoulder has played a role in Wright's post-All-Star break slump (MLB.com, Aug. 17).. Wright missed Sunday's game after getting hit by a pitch in the shoulder the night before. Rubin reported Wright talked his way into the lineup for Monday's game.

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The Giants are due to hit the practice field in just ten days. We will be bringing you news, updates and analysis directly from QDTC beginning July 22nd.

We've been getting a lot of comments and emails regarding "breakout" players. Let's put this to bed...

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UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning to talk about his newly minted contract. ?

Ollie signed a 5 year, $15 million deal with the school on Thursday that will begin with $2.8 million deal in 2014-15 and increase to as ?high as $3.2 million in his final year.

Ollie has a $5 million buyout and it reduces by $1 million every year of the deal.

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For a coach that is reported to have a lot of NBA interest, UConn coach Kevin Ollie hasn't shied away from public appearances. ?

Ollie was in Hartford on Friday to unveil the American Athletic Conference 2015 tournament logo, which was going to be played in Hartford and continues to dismiss all talk of his jumping to the NBA.

Ollie was in New York at the New York Athletic Club to receive an award on Wednesday, and in Hartford on Friday.

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The Rangers playoff motto for the 2013-14 season is "Above and Beyond: Earn It." (Katie Strang)

The motto resides on a poster in the Rangers locker room:

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It's one of the biggest stories to come out in college athletics in some time.

The National Labor Relations Board has said Northwestern football players are employees and can unionize. This designation opens up issues on compensation and college athletics that could fundamentally transform college athletics. It's complicated, but if the players are employees, and can collectively bargain, it sets up a showdown on what the nature of amateurism is and what piece of the pie college athletes should share in.

It's a ground-breaking ruling, and sure to head into the court system. The implications for college athletics is extraordinary.

Tags: college athletes, employees, Football, Men's Basketball, National Labor Relations Board, Northwestern football players, UCONN, Women's Basketball
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https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/431131171116679168

The Oilers have been in NYC since yesterday and practiced this morning at Chelsea Piers.

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UConn may not get the highest rated recruits in the nation, but when they leave UConn the good ones earn a nice living.

UConn men's basketball players make the second highest combined salary in the NBA according to Business Insider. UConn's 12 players in the NBA make about $77.5 million in salary. That's second to Kentucky, which has 21 players in the NBA who make over $77 million. Here is the top 20 list. ?Duke is third on the list.

The Top 8 teams are all national programs with ?national championships on their resume.

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The Yankees have officially announced the signing of Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal.The 36-year-old Beltran will be introduced at Yankee Stadium on Friday at 11 a.m.From the Yankees:
The New York Yankees today announced they have signed eight-time All-Star (2004-07, ?09, ?11-13) and three-time Gold Glove Award-winning (2006-08) outfielder Carlos Beltran to a three-year contract extending through the 2016 season.Beltran, 36, owns a .283 (2,228-for-7,868) career batting average with 1,346 runs, 446 doubles, 358 home runs, 1,327RBI and 308 stolen bases in 2,064 games over 16 Major League seasons with Kansas City (1998-2004), Houston (2004), New York-NL (2005-11), San Francisco (2011) and St. Louis (2012-13). He ranks fourth among active players in career runs scored, trailing only Alex Rodriguez (1,919), Derek Jeter (1,876) and Albert Pujols (1,425). Beltran is the only player in Major League history to record four-or-more consecutive seasons with at least 100 runs scored, 20 home runs, 100RBI and 30 stolen bases, a feat he accomplished each season from 2001-04.Among active switch-hitters, the two-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2006-07) ranks first in runs scored, hits and RBI and second in doubles and home runs. Beltran is the only switch-hitter in Baseball with at least 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases in his career.In 2013, he batted .296 (164-for-554) with 79 runs, 30 doubles, 24 home runs and 84RBI in 145 games with St. Louis. In 17 postseason games for the National League-champion Cardinals, including his first career trip to the World Series, Beltran batted .268 (15-for-56) with three doubles, two home runs and 15RBI, most among 2013 playoff participants.Beltran is a .333 (60-for-180) batter with 45 runs, 13 doubles, 16 home runs and 40RBI in 51 career playoff games. Among active players, he ranks fourth in postseason home runs, sixth in hits and seventh in RBI.A native of Manati, Puerto Rico, Beltran was originally selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft. He won the American League Rookie of the Year Award with the Royals in 1999.
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Even after the Yankees had Jacoby Ellsbury in the fold, there was still an offer out to Shin-Soo Choo.The seven-year, $140 million offer seemingly wasn't enough, as Choo turned down the deal (Passan).
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The Yankees will sign oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts to a one-year deal (Cotillo).The deal is for $2 million, plus incentives.Roberts has spent his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, hitting .278 with a .412 OBP. Over his last four seasons, he hasn't appeared in more than 80 games.
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Jacoby Ellsbury was formally introduced to the New York media on Friday."I have nothing but great things to say about my old team. I'm just truly honored to be here," Ellsbury said. "I know the rivalry being from the AL East. It's going to be an exciting time. I'm just happy to put on this jersey and hat."His manager was glad his new center fielder was joining them, instead of trying to beat them."Jacoby, you are going to make my job so much easier. You are no longer a thorn in my side; you are a flower in our clubhouse," Yankee manager Joe Girardi said.Ellsbury will wear No. 22 with the Yankees.
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The Yankees have officially announced the signing of Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. Johnson, 31, owns a .253 (926-for-3,664) career batting average with 540 runs, 191 doubles, 124 home runs and 442 RBI in 1,051 games over eight Major League seasons with Atlanta (2005, ?07-09), Arizona (2010-11), Toronto (2011-12) and Tampa Bay (2013).The left-handed batter hit .235 (86-for-366) with 41 runs, 12 doubles, 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 118 games with the Rays in 2013.
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The Yankees and free agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury are closing in on a seven-year contract? in excess of $142 million (Heyman, Feinsand).The deal is reportedly worth $153 million (Feinsand).Ellbury, 30, is a career .297 hitter with a .350 OBP. He's hit 155 home runs, swiped 241 bases and hit 155 doubles and 31 triples over 715 games. He has battled with injuries in his career, missing most of the 2010 season, and half of the 2012 season.
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The Yankees have signed Brendan Ryan to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2016, the team announced.Ryan played in 17 games for the Yankees in 2013, hitting .220 with a .258 OBP. He is a career .237 hitting with a .299 OBP over 783 games.
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The Yankees have traded Chris Stewart to the Pittsburgh Pirates (Olney).New York will receive a player to be named later (Yankees).Stewart, 31, played in 109 games for the Yankees in 2013, hitting .211 with a .293 OBP and .272 slugging percentage. He had an OPS+ of just 57 over 340 plate appearances. He hit four home runs and drove in 25 RBI.Stewart was a non-tender candidate with Brian McCann on the roster (Sherman).
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The Yankees have signed free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal.The contract also includes a vesting option for the 2019 season, which would take the overall price of the contract to $100 million.McCann, 29, is a career .277 hitter, with a .350 OBP, in 1,105 games, all with the Atlanta Braves. He's his 176 home runs, knocking 20 or more every year since 2008. He'll likely benefit from the short porches at Yankee Stadium, too.McCann will help shore up a position that's been in flux since Jorge Posada retired after the 2011 season.
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In the?NY Post, Brad Richards told Larry Brooks that the Sharks entered last night's game prepared mentally while the Rangers "weren't even close" to being at the right level.

Richards said that the Sharks were ready to play while the Rangers were playing "pond hockey."

He said that the team hasn't been through this before so they need to take it as a lesson in how to prepare to be ready.

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John Manuel ranked the Florida State League's prospects for Baseball America. He placed Thor (Noah Syndergaard) #6, making him the League's top pitching prospect after five high-end position player talents (Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Javier Baez, Gregory Polanco and Maikel Franco).

 

Manuel's comment in part:

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James Mirtle wrote a blog post where he averaged out each team's age, height and weight.

For the Rangers, they are the 15th oldest team in the league with an average age of 27.7.

The Devils are the oldest team in the league at 30.3 years old while the Sabres and Blue Jackets are tied for the youngest at 26.3 years old.

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The Mets named their Sterling Award winners for the organization as a whole and for each affiliate Friday. But are these guys prospects and potential big leaguers or even good big leaguers?

The Mets handed the organizational hardware to 1B Allan Dykstra, C Kevin Plawecki and RHP Gabriel Ynoa. In this case, Plawecki and Ynoa are prospects who matter.

PlaweckiThe Mets started the 22-year-old Plawecki, their supplemental first round pick in the 2012 draft in Savannah, where he hit a loud .314/.390/.494 in a pitcher's park in 65 games to earn a promotion to advanced-A after the Gnats clinched a first half title. By late May, it was clear, to those inside and outside the system, that he was ready to move. The Mets allowed him for finish the first half in Savannah and attend the SAL All-Star Game in Lakewood before departing for advanced-A and the Florida State League. In the FSL he dealt with various minor injuries including a back and usual catcher maladies like balls that hit him in places that hurt. He hit .294/.391/.392 in advanced-A, with his on-base percentage sustained by 14 HBP in 60 contests.

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Andrew Sodergren writes for the Naples Daily News.

Kevin Plawecki was hitting .291/.388/.386 in 55 games for St. Lucie after hitting .314/.390/.494 in 65 games for the Sand Gnats to start the year at age 22. In the FSL, he had drawn 19 walks (8.6%) and fanned just 20 times (9.1%) in his 220 plate appearances. Plawecki was my #11 prospect preseason, and was in line for a move into the Top 10 this year. A scout who had seen him in both the FSL and SAL recently told me that his throwing, the weakest part of his game, now looked better too.

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A+: @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5, St. Lucie Mets 3?

Kevin Plawecki just keeps on hitting. After going 2-for-4 with two RBI he's up to .321/.424/.410 in 40 games in Advanced-A with nine doubles, a homerun, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts. The batting average and on-base percentage are great, but note that Plawecki has hit for significantly less power in the FSL than the SAL as his isolated slugging percentage has dropped from .180 to .089. Whether that's fatigue, or adjusting to a new level, or just a hint of the kind of hitter Plawecki will be a the higher levels, it's something to watch for the duration of this year and to begin 2014. Again, MLB catchers as a group are hitting .248/.312/.388, with a .140 isolated slugging.

Matt Bowman, eh: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Once again, a few issues by affiliate.

1. Michael FulmerThe big righty was not good on Sunday: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5 gb outs/2 fly outs. It was just his third start of the year at age 20 in advanced-A. Watch his walks: he's issued six in 12.1 innings.

2. Kevin Plawecki's ApproachWhen he was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie, C Kevin Plawecki went 11 games without drawing a walk, at which point he was hitting .318/.318/.477. He's an aggressive hitter, but I was surprised and a little disappointed he was being so hacker-ish. Since that first walk, he has hit .349/.500/.395 in his last 14 games with eight walks and six strikeouts. He's sitting at .333/.420/.437 overall. Plawecki has also played five games at first and 18 at catcher. I really don't think his bat plays at first, but it does behind the plate. Even so, there's nothing wrong with working him a little at first to keep his bat in the linup and cut down on the wear and tear on his body (he missed a few days with a lower back problem) and give him a little extra versatility. It's worth pointing out too that this is Plawecki's first full season, and his longest ever. I thought he was fatigued in Brooklyn in 2012, so I will be curious to see what happens with his power numbers for the duration of this summer.

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A+: St Lucie Mets 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 6?

In his first at-bat at advanced-A, C Kevin Plawecki announced his arrival in nearly the best way possible: a three-run homerun. He finished 2-for-5 with 4 RBI. After the game, Plawecki told MiLB.com, "I'm glad to get my first one out of the way," Plawecki said. "I was pretty nervous, just anxious, trying to get a pitch I could drive. It just happened to go out.

Batting in front of Plawecki in the #5 hole, 1B Jayce Boyd was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Not suprisingly, Plawecki likes having Boyd, who is always on base batting before of him, "Jayce and I have been batting back-to-back all season, so it was nice to have him tonight," Plawecki said. "It's nice to have him in front of me."

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On occasion, I'll read articles from around the net about "breakout" players. Most of these lists are moot exercises that list the teams' high draft picks as candidates.

Newsflash: those guys are supposed to produce. It's expected. Davis Wilson, Rueben Randle, Justin Pugh, Jonathan Hankins, Prince Amukamara et al were brought in to be the backbone of this team going forward.

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A+: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 8, @ St. Lucie Mets 6?

The Mets scored five times in the final two innings, but it was not enough to overcome an early 7-0 deficit. Why were the Mets down big? Domingo Tapia was wild in his return from the DL with a burned (non) pitching hand: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, HBP. Just yuck. It was his first game in 19 days, but that's not good.

At the plate, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (.261/.287/.484 - 45 games) was 3-for-5 with an RBI. The 21-year old is bopping along at .345/.376/.632 in 21 games in May.

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What else does Kevin Plawecki have to prove in the South Atlantic League? According to the Mets, nothing, really.

Coming off a relatively undistinguished .250/.345/.384 performance with 15 extra-base hits and 25 walks against 24 strikeouts in 61 games in Brooklyn, the Mets chose to start their 2012 supplemental first round pick in the South Atlantic League. The 22-year-old has responded by performing as one of the league's best hitters through the first third of the season.

The 22-year old is hitting .361/.441/.595 with 20 doubles, a triple, five homers and 16 walks against 20 strikeouts in 186 PA over 43 games and has reached base in each of his last 33 contests. That's an 8.6% walk rate, a 10.7% strikeout rate and a 14% extra-base hit rate. He's leading the SAL in average, on-base percentage and doubles, and is tied for the lead in extra-base hits while sitting fourth in slugging. He's tied for second in Fangraphs wRC+?at 184 where 100 is league average.

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A+: @ Dunedin Blue Jays 5, St. Lucie Mets 3?

Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.86): 5.2, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

In all three of the innings in which the Jays scored against Syndergaard, they stole at least one base off Syndergaard and Cam Maron. Maron has thrown out 24% of opposing base stealers this year (12 of 50), which is a major improvement over last year's 12.5% (10 of 80). Anyway, this was Thor's shortest outing and most runs he has allowed in over a month, since he gave up seven runs in three innings against Fort Myers on April 18. What me worried? Not at all. Fun fact, after walking 10 batters in 25 innings in April, he's walked just five in 25.1 innings in May.

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 4, Brevard County Manatees (MIL) 0?

RHP Matt Bowman and LHP TJ Chism combined the one-hit shutout for St. Lucie in this matinee. Bowman made his second start for St. Lucie and was excellent: 7 iP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.

Bowman, who was Savannah's Opening Night starter, told MiLB.com:

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A+: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, @ St. Lucie Mets 1 (ppd by rain)

Hey, look, a Jenrry Mejia sighting. Mejia started, but was held two two innings by rain in Florida. His line: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3 groundouts, 0 fb outs. He also committed an error, on a pickoff. This outing was short enough that I suspect he will get another couple of cracks at advanced-A before heading west to Las Vegas. And by the time he gets to Vegas, will he be starting or relieving? My guess - by the time he's back in the big leagues, it will be out of the bullpen.

 

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Daytona Cubs 2

It's taken a while (like a month) but it looks like 3B Aderlin Rodriguez is starting to get going. Monday, he was 2-for-4 with a two doubles and three RBI. Four of his six hits in May have gone for extra-bases. In his last 10 games, the 21-year-old hitting like he should in the FSL: .282/.341/.513 with four walks and six strikeouts. All told, 14 of his 24 hits this year have gone for extra-bases, but he's still hitting just .211/.244/.404 this year in 29 games. His bat is going to have to carry him, but there's reason to believe in the bat: he has the best power in the system.

Hansel Robles?(pictured) returned from a two-week hiatus with one of his better outings of the year: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. In 26.2 innings, while facing 104 total batters, he's walked six (6% walk rate) and fanned 21 (20% k rate).

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 3, Tampa Yankees 7

St. Lucie went 1-for-2 on Wednesday - finishing their regularly scheduled game from Tuesday, but not Wednesday's game. This was the game that Domingo Tapia started and threw one inning. Other than that, there were few performances of note.

 

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A+: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 9, @ St. Lucie Mets 1?

The St. Lucie bullpen helped turn a 1-1 tie into a laugher. Domingo Tapia left in a 1-1 game in the sixth with a runner at third at two out. Wanel Mesa allowed that run to score and then the rout was on.

Tapia's line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. 7 GB/2 AO. That's good if not great. His fastball will get him to the big leagues.

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A+: Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 14, @ St. Lucie Mets 1?

The Miracle improved to 14-1 by knocking around Mets' pitching for 14 runs on 18 hits and six (!) homeruns. Angel Cuan took much of the abuse: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1BB, 2 K, 4 HR.

3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 0-for-4 to snap his streak of three straight games with a homer.

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A:?@ Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) 9, Savannah Sand Gnats 8?

Oh man. The Gnats scored three runs in the top of the ninth to come back from a 6-5 deficit to take an 8-6 lead only to watch Greensboro win it on a three-run walkoff jack i nthe bottom of the frame.

The Gnats' ninth: CF Brandon Nimmo singled, SS Yucary De La Cruz reached on an error, 1B Jayce Boyd sacrifice fly (tied the game), C Kevin Plawecki (pictured)?two-run homer for the lead.

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At TampaBay.com, Damien Cristodero wonders if Marty St. Louis and Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman will have a discussion about separating and moving St. Louis to a contending team.

Cristodero writes that there is no indication that either Tampa Bay or St. Louis want to explore this option, but the team hasn't performed at the level that St. Louis thought it would when he signed his four-year contract in 2010.

He writes, "Will St. Louis approach Yzerman or the other way around? Will any of this even take place? Who knows? But wouldn't St. Louis, with his career winding down, at least think about it?"

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The Ducks announced that they signed center Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year deal with a cap hit of $8.25 million.

Getzlaf, 27, has 27 points in 22 games.

The Ducks may start taking offers for Corey Perry as it seems he will hit free agency.

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UConn forward Morgan Tuck featured in the latest TV Timeout on The Geno Auriemma Show.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25555869

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the 2013 Rangers are the team that fans have been waiting "generations" for.

Brooks writes, "In New York, we expect our top athletes to make top dollar. All we expect in return is effort. That?s what this town is assured of getting from this group of Rangers that has evolved into a self-sustaining, self-governing body that quite cheerfully turned last week?s informal skates into a mini-Tortorella obstacle course in preparation for an accelerated camp scheduled to begin today."

Brooks spoke with Rangers GM Glen Sather who said "There are a lot of variables, a lot that can happen in a short season like this one, but one thing you can count on with this team is how much the players care.?

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Last week, Major League teams faced the deadline for adding players to their 40-man roster. Prospects who are not on the 40-man roster and have been around for a while (five drafts if they signed at 18 or younger, or four if they signed at 19 or older) are eligible to be selected by another team. Remember, players who are selected in the Major League phase must be kept on the drafting team's 25-man roster the entire subsequent season, or returned to their original team, for a small fee.

The Mets added RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Gonzalez Germen and RHP Greg Burke, LHP Darin Gorski and INF Wilfredo Tovar to the 40-man roster last week.

The only really notable omission: slugging 3B/1B Aderlin Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who turned 21 in October, has the most power of any Mets player below AAA, and it's not really close. In 125 games between Savannah in the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie in advanced-A, he hit .263/.321/.476 with 26 doubles and an organization-leading 24 homers. Was leaving him unprotected him a mistake?

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It's no secret that we feel as though Kris Humphries' contributions goes largely overlooked. And although Tim Bontemps?our friend who covers the Nets for the New York Post?doesn't say that Humphries is a top-five power forward, we do think it's a fair question to ask.

Bontemps points out, among other things, that Humphries was one of five players to average a double-double last season. Who are the other four?

?Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that what was once thought of as a long shot, is now inching closer and closer to becoming a reality.

He writes, "All of a sudden, what seemed unthinkable over the summer and even up to a week ago, appears not only possible, but probable: The season ? another season ? is going to be canceled."

Brooks adds, "What kind of league operates this way? What kind of industry routinely shuts its doors upon expiration of each labor agreement? What manner of leader rules by gag orders, veto power and ultimatum?"

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- Baseball America has a nice piece on Michael Fulmer, who has, relatively quietly, had a very good season for Savannah.

- Nice profile of 38 year old LHP CJ Nitkowski, in the USA Today, who is in Buffalo after dropping down to sidearm, and dealing with a rotator cuff problem last year. He learned sidearm throwing to his wife, Megan. That's cool.

- Adam Rubin caught up with Cyclones' catcher, and this year's supplemental first rounder Kevin Plawecki in his weekly Farm Report at ESPNNY. ?Apparently, his roommate Brandon Nimmo coaxed him into a NYC adventure, "He conned me into going to the Museum of Natural History on one of the last couple off-days. I was actually glad we did it. It was kind of neat to go out and see something different," Plawecki says.

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SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Connecticut Yankees 2?

CF Brandon Nimmo?(pictured) was 2-for-4 with a strikeout. He's up to .258/.377/.409. A four-game hitting streak over which time he is 10-for-19 with three doubles and a homer, has raised his batting average 37 points, his on-base percentage 17 points, and his slugging percentage 59 points. The 19-year old is now fourth in the New York-Penn League in extra-base hits (17) and remains second in walks (27). Again, for context, the NYP is hitting .247/.323/.348 and MCU Park is tough on left-handed power.

Nimmo, in my eyes, is pretty clearly the top position player prospect in the system. He's years away and all, but I just don't see another player who matches his potential.

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