07:55 AM ET 03.06 | Spring, in addition to being a time for optimism, is also a time for some experimentation. As a way to maximize David Wright's run-producing chances and generally stimulate the Mets' offense, Terry Collins told The Post he is considering hitting his pitchers eighth on occasion. "I think both [Wright and Curtis Granderson] are RBI guys," Collins said. "My thought is: How do we get them more RBI chances and also give David, in particular, chances to drive in runs. It is a possibility I might try [hitting the pitcher eighth.] I don't know that I will, but I might." Collins talked about the strategy with Tony La Russa, who while managing deployed it most often. The philosophy: You want your best hitter to bat in the first inning, so you install him third rather than cleanup.
Gomes points out Yankees' remaining flaws
07:36 AM ET 01.23 | Jonny Gomes has taken the occasion of a wide-ranging interview to give his take on the Yankees' $500 million offseason shopping spree, which included Masahiro Tanaka. "People can go out and sign whoever they want right now. I mean, boxing rules, we still have the belt. ... I tell you what, (Yankees GM Brian) Cashman and (manager Joe) Girardi are about as professional as they get in the pinstripe organization. They run a pretty tight camp. It's kind of interesting, though -- $500 million and still, some questions. You've got (catcher Brian) McCann who hasn't been in the American League before. The pitcher (Tanaka) who hasn't pitched a game over here. They've got some guys playing different positions. They've got some true professionals over there. They've got some guys coming back."
07:35 AM ET 01.16 | On
Wednesday, Hal Steinbrenner said he has spoken recently with Casey Close, the
agent for Masahiro Tanaka, to express the Yankees' interest,
and he knows he's not alone. "I think a lot of teams are interested,"
Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing
general partner, said at the Major League Baseball quarterly owners meetings.
"This is a great, young pitcher. I'm sure he'll come here and do great
things with someone. We certainly have an interest. I believe we need another
starter. But we'll see what happens." Close, who also represents Yankeescaptain Derek Jeter, has ordered clubs to maintain virtual
radio silence; Steinbrenner wouldn't even address the question of whether Yankees officials
met with Tanaka during his visit to the United States last week.