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In case you missed it over the weekend -- or in case, like Bobby Wilson, you don't remember a good chunk of the weekend -- we take you back to the third inning of Friday night's game between the Yankees and the Angels.

Minutes after being hit by a pitch, Mark Teixeira comes toward home from second base on Robinson Cano's single and delivers a shot on Wilson worthy of a "Draft Duel" between Mel Kiper and Todd McShay (watch the collision on Depending on your point of view, Wilson was either too far up the first base line to pose any threat to Teixeira or reaching back across the plate as if to make a tag. Teixeira gets up and steps on home plate again; Wilson stays down and goes to the hospital.

After the game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia says it was a clean play, but as ESPN Los Angeles reported, some of his players felt differently about Teixeira's effort. So what's the call? Clean play or dirty payback?


Give credit to Bobby Wilson for taking the high road for not bashing a player who went out of his way to cause bodily injury on a defenseless catcher.

-- santoalcala

I am a lifelong Red Sox fan.....and my hatred for the NY Yankees cannot be described using the total sum of words in Webster's dictionary ... However ... it was a clean play. If he went in with his cleats up ... dirty. Catchers get hit all the time, don't block the plate if you don't wanna get hit ... period. Stop crying about it.

-- maetwagn

It wasn't a dirty play. It was a clean play at the plate. Tex did what he thought would get him to the plate. Catchers wear padding for a reason, and this is one of them. I hate people who talk about "unwritten" rules, because "unwritten" means what you would prefer, and not exactly what is.

-- Dman4Life8017

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Remember back when CC Sabathia was a postseason question mark, and Alex Rodriguez was the postseason answer you knew you didn't want? In other words, remember last week? Now people can't get enough of the Yankees' latest primetime playoff performers.

Sabathia had allowed 22 earned runs and 22 walks in his first 25 postseason innings. But after a strong outing against the Twins in the division series, he now edges out Philadelphia's Cliff Lee as SportsNation's first choice to start a must-win game.

And after driving in 17 runs in his first 39 postseason games, A-Rod drove in six in three games against the Twins. But with the game on the line in the ninth inning, would you rather have Rodriguez at the plate than Derek Jeter?


This is the right move. With the 3 off days it only makes CC pitch on short rest once that is game 4, and it makes the bullpen deeper. Starters only need to go 6 innings. Joba 7th, Hughes 8th, Mo 9th game over.

-- con1030

Jeter in the regular season: .317/.388./459. Jeter in the post season: .311/.380/.477. So no, Jeter isn't "clutch", he's just a damn good player.

-- yanks23242

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Tim Lincecum's gem against the Rockies Monday night may yet make a race out of the NL wild card, the lone prospect for any sort of September drama in the standings. But if the Giants ace eventually captures his second consecutive Cy Young, Monday's line -- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 11 K -- may go down as the clincher.

Lincecum has been out in front of the SportsNation voting most of the season. He dominated the midseason Cy Young rankings and had a 46-percent lead on his closest competition, Chris Carpenter, as recently as two weeks ago. But between Lincecum's bad back and Carpenter's amazing second half, the gap had closed to 20 percent last week.

Ryan (Detroit)

What would it take for Verlander to win the Cy Young?

Peter Gammons

I think he'd have to reel off dominant starts from here until the end of the season. As of now Zack Greinke's ERA, quality starts and strikeouts make him very difficult to beat. But Verlander, Felix Hernandez and CC Sabathia are right in the mix. Full transcript

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We're going to start the day talking about a Minnesota sports star. Wait! Give us a chance; it's not about that guy. We all need a break from he who shall not be named.

But Joe Mauer, who is not from Mississippi, and as far as we know, hasn't been videotaped throwing footballs to high schoolers since he was himself a prized gridiron recruit bound for Florida State, is quietly having a heck of a season. Quietly, because he plays for the Twins, who are still mathematically in the AL Central race but are also several games under .500 and thus earning less attention than either Ricky Rubio or that quarterback fellow.

Mauer hit two home runs yesterday, pushing his season line to the following: .383 batting average, 1.011 OPS, 25 HR, 77 RBIs. That's especially noteworthy because only three guys -- Rod Carew, George Brett and Tony Gwynn -- have hit better than .380 for a season since Ted Williams last hit .400, and none of them hit as many as 25 home runs doing it.

Sounds like an MVP, right? Well, the catch is the team with the best record in baseball also has a guy, Mark Teixeira, putting together a heck of a season (.283 BA, 30 HR, 86 RBIs). So as we head toward September, what's the call, SportsNation?


The Twins are still in the hunt. Mauer's numbers are ridiculous... Especially considering the time he missed. Teix's numbers are extremely inflated... Just look at his splits from home and away stats.

-- JETsrunway

Why would they pitch to Mauer when Morneau and Kubel are out of the lineup?

-- MavUnit13

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As befitting a profession in which one must hurl a ball at ludicrous speeds toward gentlemen who could potentially send it hurtling back at even more ludicrous speeds, pitchers in major league baseball can be a bit emotional.

Witness Roger Clemens throwing a bat at Mike Piazza, or Carlos Zambrano destroying a water cooler, or Francisco Rodriguez pointing to the sky after a big strikeout. Or, if you want a more recent example, consider that of Matt "Big Game" Garza.

Garza has seen Evan Longoria's tower buzzed before, so when Joba Chamberlain threw at the talented third baseman, Garza felt he had to respond. Down went Mark Teixeira in the next inning, and both benches were warned. Significantly, Garza admitted to throwing at Teixeira on purpose, which is either refreshing or dumb, depending on your temperament and affiliation.

Beanball wars aren't a new thing in baseball, but they're usually couched in some semblance of denial ("My hand slipped"/"It just got away from me"/"I was distracted by a wave of ennui"). Garza's straightforwardness may be bold or dumb, but one thing is for certain: it'll cost him some spending money.


Overall, I love the affect this has on the AL East. We need to see more blood boiling rivalry.

-- jasonbye


-- rex_aau_coach

What a baby. If you he was going to throw in retaliation, he had ample opportunity to hit Jeter at the top of the inning. That pitch barely grazed Teixeira. If that was retaliation, perhaps that is the reason that the Rays are floundering in third place and look hapless, much like last night.

-- yankeejoe225

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