Kevin Plawecki gets called up again and wins a game for Mets

There are new faces liberally sprinkled among the more familiar ones on the Mets these days as salary dumps and rebuilding moves reign. And amid the comings and goings — including the goings of some important clubhouse guys — manager Terry Collins stresses one thing above all.These guys are ballplayers,

New-look bullpen works just how Yankees drew it up in crucial win

BOSTON — Considering they flushed a late three-run lead the night before and were staring at Chris Sale on the Fenway Park mound Saturday evening, it wasn’t a stretch to label this Yankees-Red Sox game the most important of the season for the visitors.They trailed the AL East-leading Red Sox

Little Leaguers getting infected by adults’ bad sportsmanship

Kids, by definition, are impressionable. They know only what they know, what they’re given to know and what they’re interested in knowing. And then that knowledge, often in the form of prompts, is applied.Years ago my family was seated with the Drobnis family at dinner when talk turned toward the

Rene Rivera is gone and Mets need his replacement to step up

Imagine you had been locked in your basement since May to see how long one can survive without Oreos, then suddenly entered the Mets clubhouse. After a quick look around, you no doubt would conjure up a line repeatedly used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.“Who are those guys?”Catcher

Yankees to Aroldis Chapman: You’re no longer our only closer

BOSTON — Less than 24 hours after Aroldis Chapman’s latest poor outing, manager Joe Girardi stripped the hard-throwing but ineffective lefty of his closer’s duties.“I will use him at any point, similar to what we are doing with our other relievers,” Girardi said before the Yankees-Red Sox game Saturday night

Aroldis Chapman demotion the move Joe Girardi had to make

BOSTON — The tipping point came Friday night. Twenty-three more pitches as evidence Aroldis Chapman should no longer be the Yankees’ closer.Manager Joe Girardi had monitored and measured and mulled, and he finally recognized — at least temporarily — Chapman no longer could be the primary closer. The Yankees manager

Derek Jeter’s first big move might make Marlins fans angry

Derek Jeter is about to take on the best slugger in the majors in his prime.Yet, Giancarlo Stanton will present Jeter with his first great challenge heading the Marlins baseball operations, assuming the sale to the group led by Bruce Sherman and Jeter is approved by the other owners.Stanton is

This time Addison Reed shuts down the Yankees

BOSTON — What a difference a week made for Addison Reed.The former Met, who gave up four runs to the Yankees on Aug. 12 in The Bronx — when the Yankees won their lone game of that series — came in Friday night and got a pair of huge outs

Masahiro Tanaka’s return to Yankees rotation is near

BOSTON — After completing a 37-pitch bullpen session late Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, Masahiro Tanaka said his right shoulder felt well enough to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation next week.“I feel good, but obviously I have to speak to [pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] and [manager] Joe [Girardi] and a date

Greg Bird’s two-homer explosion a good sign for Yankees

The Yankees got some good news on Friday — a day they suffered a tough 9-6 loss to the rival Red Sox.Greg Bird, Matt Holliday (back) and Starlin Castro (right hamstring) all played in rehab games and Bird especially served notice that he could be rounding into form.The young Yankees

Terry Collins not about to mail it in despite tenuous future

The stress of this terrible Mets season showed itself Friday night in another chest cold for manager Terry Collins.“That’s why I’m sick,’’ Collins told The Post at Citi Field on a long, rainy night the Mets were beaten by the Marlins, 3-1. “My immune system is down because I give

Mets trade Curtis Granderson to Dodgers as sell-off continues

On Thursday, the Mets posted a video on social media of Curtis Granderson thanking employees for all the time they spend making everything run smoothly at Citi Field.As it turns out, he was saying goodbye a few days early.Mets general manager Sandy Alderson continued to shed veterans on expiring contracts

Fantasy baseball production hiding where you least expect it

We’re at a point in the season where any type of fantasy production you can find on the waiver wires is a positive.It’s time to dig deep — really deep — because there’s value everywhere, even the places you least expect it. You know, like, San Diego.Heading into Friday night,

Stitches: Winning isn’t everything

“Losing is only temporary and not all-encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again.” — John Wooden.“If you learn from a loss, you have not lost.” — Austin O’Malley.“When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.” — Bob

Aaron Judge isn’t making any excuses — but his coach has one

BOSTON — Friday night would have been a good time for Aaron Judge to snap out of his second-half slump.Instead, his troubles continued in the place where they began after the All-Star break.Judge grounded out with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth inning, then struck out with

Gavin Cecchini just can’t get a fair shake from Mets

Gavin Cecchini insists he didn’t have a down year at Triple-A Las Vegas, despite numbers that clearly state otherwise.Mets manager Terry Collins said he believes the former first-round pick can be an everyday player in the major leagues, though the Mets keep looking elsewhere at a time when they are

Aroldis Chapman a pricey Yankees problem

BOSTON — A Yankees lead already had been blown when Aroldis Chapman entered Friday night’s game at Fenway Park.There already was pinstriped despair prior to Chapman’s appearance because the Yankees had rallied from a three-run deficit to gain a three-run lead and create exactly what they are built to want

Giants’ up-and-coming D-back looks to add depth to secondary

There are stars in the Giants’ secondary, which is why it is the strength of their defense and why the defense is the strength of their team.But the depth back there is going to get tested, and that’s when eyes eventually will turn to a more unknown cornerback, Michael Hunter.“Be

Upcoming “Free Speech’ rally has CC Sabathia on edge

BOSTON — In the aftermath of last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., the Yankees are taking extra precautions due to being in Boston during Saturday’s “Free Speech” rally and expected counterdemonstrations at and near Boston Common. It also has drawn the attention of CC Sabathia, who is scheduled to start

Fantasy baseball owners: Get ready to gobble up prospects

On Sept. 1, the day MLB active rosters expand from 25 to 40 players, fantasy baseball owners are going to feel like contestants scrambling around one of those wind-blown, cash-grab booths. Teams in playoff contention will fortify their bench depth and rotate in numerous minor league hopefuls to keep the

The keys to sifting through September fantasy call-ups

On September 1, the day MLB rosters expand from 25 to 40 players, fantasy baseball owners are going to feel like contestants scrambling around one of those wind-blown, cash-grab booths.Teams in playoff contention will fortify their bench depth and rotate in numerous minor-league hopefuls to keep the starters healthy while

Michael Conforto flops in his personal “playoff series’

Before the Subway Series, Michael Conforto tried to downplay comparisons to the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. But it was obvious to Mets manager Terry Collins how important the series was to his young outfielder.It was four games in front of packed crowds, a big stage for Conforto.“This is a playoff series

Dellin Betances’ save wasn’t “ideal’ for the Yankees

Dellin Betances with the lead in the bottom of the ninth should be a comforting sight to manager Joe Girardi, but not as much when the Yankees had a seven-run lead in the seventh and Luis Severino tossing a shutout.But an error by Aaron Judge that led to an unearned

Nationals owner is “cancer-free’ after having his leg amputated

WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said Thursday night in a letter to a Washington Post columnist that he had cancer and had his left leg amputated.In the letter to columnist Barry Svrluga, the 63-year-old Lerner wrote:“Thanks very much for your concern and good wishes. I know you recognize

Ranking the reinforcements as Yankees’ cavalry returns

BOSTON — It wasn’t just because it was the right knee again. It was what CC Sabathia said about the right knee — that it was the worst pain he had felt in the area since he began wearing a brace in 2015 — and the dejected tone in which

Two Yankees veterans not ready to give up on the division

Brett Gardner didn’t need to be reminded about the outcome of Wednesday’s Red Sox-Cardinals game in Boston.“[Mookie] Betts hit a double,” Gardner said of the walk-off hit that kept the Red Sox 4½ games ahead of the Yankees at the time. “I’m aware of where we’re at. I know they’re

Michael Kay: It’s fair to raise the bar on the Yankees

This was not supposed to be the Yankees’ year, until it was right in front of them.And when general manager Brian Cashman recognized that — making three trades before the deadline — the Yankees were suddenly all in. Now there are World Series dreams coupled with the possibility of frustration.“Everybody

Aaron Judge reveals real reason why he doesn’t watch his homers

When Aaron Judge hits the long ball, and Wednesday night he hit one of his longest into the third deck at Citi Field in the Yankees’ win over the Mets, everyone marvels at where the ball lands.Except for Judge.He doesn’t watch. He runs the bases. Head down. Mission accomplished, 37

Fantasy baseball owners must learn from these 2017 mistakes

Though some of you are still competing for this season’s fantasy baseball title and others are looking ahead and prepping your teams in your keeper/dynasty leagues, it is always important to look back at your season and learn from your mistakes. Don’t say you didn’t make any because even those