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  1. Wallace Matthews



    Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

    Cashman has 10 days to save the season

    Wallace Matthews

    NEW YORK -- If this was any other team, in any other city with any other fan base, and in any other market, the course of action would be clear: Pull the plug now, strip the roster of its dead wood and dead contracts, and start looking ahead to next ...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  2. Yankees' loss a four-letter word

    Wallace Matthews

    NEW YORK -- And the word is "ugly." Joe Girardi used it in the first answer of his postgame interview Monday night after the Yankees lost 4-2 to the Texas Rangers, the worst team in the American League. He used it after a game in which the Yankees...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  3. Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Yankees 2

    Wallace Matthews

    NEW YORK -- This is the kind of strange Yankees season it has been: Over the weekend, they swept the Cincinnati Reds, a pretty good team in the thick of the NL Central race with a 51-47 record. And they come off that by losing Monday to the Texas ...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  4. Game 98: Rangers (39-59) @ Yanks (50-47)

    Wallace Matthews

    NEW YORK -- No Brian McCann, tonight, no problem. Just a scheduled day off. No Mark Teixeira? Potentially a big problem, since the Yankees' leading HR and RBI producer has a Grade 1 strain of the lat muscle on the left side of his back, and will b...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  5. Mark Teixeira of New York Yankees out with lower lat strain

    Wallace Matthews

    New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, the club's leading home run hitter and run producer, is suffering from what the team described as a "lower lat strain" that will keep him out of the lineup for a minimum of three to four days.

    Story | Conversation | July 21, 2014
  6. Midseason grades: bats and brass

    Wallace Matthews

    As Joe Girardi likes to say, the way the Yankees have performed so far this season is not what you want -- and it is certainly not what anyone expected after an offseason infusion of cash resulted in a largely rebuilt roster. But injuries and unde...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  7. Notes: Thornton deflection dooms Yanks

    Wallace Matthews

    There was a ballgame Thursday, although few Yankee beat writers, this one included, saw much of it because of the lengthy Brian Cashman conference call that ate up the fifth inning, and the scramble to get the Masahiro Tanaka news out on our various ...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
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  9. Yankees take huge gamble with Tanaka

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- It's official now. Masahiro Tanaka has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, and even if you attach the qualifier "partially" to it, it really doesn't change anything. A tear is a tear, and they rarely heal on their own, especia...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  10. Rapid Reaction: Indians 9, Yankees 3

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- The relatively good news about Masahiro Tanaka -- that the New York Yankees believe he can rehab his partially torn UCL without Tommy John surgery -- arrived during the fifth inning of Thursday's game, when the Yankees were leading 3-0. ...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  11. It's Captain's Christmas again

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- As he has been on the final night at every opposing ballpark this season, Derek Jeter was honored before the game in a pregame ceremony, in which he was greeted at home plate by former teammates Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi and Indians ...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  12. Notes: New, aggressive Solarte returns

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- It was a brief banishment to the minor leagues for Yangervis Solarte, the sensation of spring training and April who suffered a precipitous fall through May and June and wound up spending his Fourth of July in Scranton. But after jus...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  13. Masahiro Tanaka of New York Yankees has partially torn UCL

    Wallace Matthews

    The New York Yankees will be without Masahiro Tanaka, their ace righthander, for at least six weeks due to a partially torn elbow ligament, but seem for now to have dodged the bullet of season-ending Tommy John surgery.

    Story | Conversation | July 10, 2014
  14. Joe knows the score on Tanaka

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- Joe Girardi made it clear Thursday night that he has a pretty good idea of what is wrong with Masahiro Tanaka's elbow. He also made it clear that he has no intention of sharing what he knows with the media, a least not until after Tanaka...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  15. Game 91: Yankees (46-44) @ Indians (44-46)

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- Not surprisingly, the ball that ricocheted off Carlos Beltran's face Wednesday night did more than break his nose. An examination by a neurologist last night revealed a concussion as well, sending the 37-year-old outfielder to the seven-...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  16. Lee has fallen off the Cliff

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- Masahiro Tanaka's barking right elbow is sure to start the yelping once again among Yankees fans: Go get Cliff Lee! But what seemed like, and was, a great idea four years ago is probably a terrible idea now. Yes, the Yankees desper...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  17. No house calls, not even for Tanaka

    Wallace Matthews

    CLEVELAND -- The Yankees invested seven years and $155 million in Masahiro Tanaka. They have worked their schedule around his, making sure to give him an extra day's rest before as many starts as possible -- nine of his 18 starts came on longer-than-...

    Blog | July 10, 2014