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Cabrera Could Earn More Than Swisher

Melky Cabrera and Nick Swisher will both hit the free agent market this coming winter.

Both outfielders are switch-hitters, but Swisher has more power than Cabrera.

However, Cabrera is faster, has a superior arm and is more than three years younger.

Cabrera is also on the upswing. He is hitting .376 for the Giants and has 278 hits since the start of the 2011 season.

Via New York Post


Martin Has Odd Run-In With Umpire

Yankees catcher Russell Martin said plate umpire Laz Diaz decided on an unusual way to punish him for arguing balls and strikes.

Martin said Diaz wouldn't allow him to throw new baseballs back to his pitchers after fouls during New York's 6-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday night.

The catcher said he and Diaz got into it early in the game, and Martin said Diaz "was punishing me" by making all the throws himself.

Via Associated Press


Yankees Claim Ryota Igarashi

The Yankees have claimed right-hander Ryota Igarashi from the Blue Jays.

Toronto designated Igarashi for assignment on Sunday after he appeared in two games earlier in the weekend.

Via MLB Trade Rumors


Yankees Winless In Games Without Home Run

The Yankees are especially reliant on the long ball this season.

They are 26-11 in games with at least one home run, but they are winless in the 10 contests when they do not go deep.

Via Associated Press


Jeter Passes Brett On All-Time Hit List

Derek Jeter moved into sole possession of 14th place on baseball's all-time hits list on Sunday.

The Yankee shortstop passed George Brett with his 3,155th career hit.

Jeter led off the first inning with a sinking line drive to left field off Athletics starter Tommy Milone.

"I'm always kind of bummed out when guys pass you, because you had your own place in the record book for a while, and I had that one there for a while," Brett said in a statement. "But a guy like Derek comes around and passes you, really, I think it all depends on the type of person that did it. I have the utmost respect for him.

"I've only met him one time, very briefly, but for a guy to play as long as he has in New York, and I've never heard one bad thing said about the guy. He's definitely a team player, he's a clutch player. He's been the backbone of [the Yankees] for a long, long time, and when a guy like that passes you, I'd like to shake his hand and look him in the eye and say 'Congratulations.'"

Via MLB.com


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