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Count on It: Yankees Will Get a Pitcher

Joel Sherman, New York Post

At Trade Deadline, Hype Exceeds Results

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

Royals Going All In, So Now What?

Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports

Pedro Aces Cooperstown Speech

Michael Silverman, Boston Herald

This is one of those moments when it does not matter what Brian Cashman says, which is that he is more likely not to make a trade than make one between now and Friday’s non...(full article)

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is splendid fun, every year. You spend four months getting used to certain players on certain teams -- I've already forgotten that, say, Max Scherze...(full article)

Not long ago, the Kansas City Royals never would’ve dreamed of making a trade like the one Sunday that netted them Johnny Cueto, the sort of legitimate frontline starter who inst...(full article)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Pedro Martinez never had a problem making a statement with a baseball or his mouth. Yesterday, Martinez seized the moment and the opportunity of entering the ...(full article)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- It was only fitting, on the same day the Kansas City Royals seized the initiative in the American League pennant race by acquiring Johnny Cueto from the Cincin...(full article)

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