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Red Sox What's On Tap: Orioles Up Next For Four, Including What Should Be Emotional Patriot's Day Game

  By Matt Straub  
There was good news for Red Sox Nation this week when Boston won a road series, beating Chicago two-out-of-three in frigid conditions at U.S. Cellular Field. The bad news, however, is the way the Red Sox won the games. One win came in extra innings with a utility infielder on the mound for the White Sox, another saw another brilliant performance by Jon Lester nearly wasted, and Mike Napoli almost ruined his hand trying to slide.

The offense still hasn’t looked like the 2013 edition, but the pitching has been good enough to win. The Red Sox now look to gain a little momentum from the series, as fluky as it was, and come home to Fenway Park, where they will try and reclaim their dominance at home with another series victory.

Mets What's On Tap: NL East Showdown As Mets Welcome Division-Leading Braves To Citi Field

  By Brad Carroll  
Believe it or not, the New York Mets are the hottest team in the National League right now. The Mets have won three straight after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks to finish 6-3 on their nine-game road trip. Now, the team returns home trying to keep that momentum against another red-hot team.

The Atlanta Braves come into Citi Field starting Friday night with the second best record in the National League and lead the NL East with a 10-5 record, two games ahead of the Mets. But the Mets should have plenty of confidence against the standard bearer of the division, as they started their successful road trip by winning two of three games in Atlanta. 

Yankees What's On Tap: AL East Heavyweights Clash For Four Games As Yankees Take On Rays In Tampa

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Yankees couldn't come into this early-season showdown against the Tampa Bay Rays with any more confidence. The Yankees have won four straight, highlighted by a two-game sweep against the Chicago Cubs in which the pitching staff allowed no runs. In two whole games. That's impressive, no matter the opponent.

Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda combined to let up just six hits in 14 total innings against the Cubs, allowing no runs Wednesday in the day-night doubleheader. The bullpen pitched four scoreless frames. The offense didn't exactly hit the cover off the ball, but Carlos Beltran is certainly the hottest hitter in baseball, hitting another home run in the first game. The Yankees did just enough and have a doubleheader sweep to show for it.

Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Seeks To Get Out Of Early Malaise, Plays Three Games Against White Sox

  By Matt Straub  

There’s nothing wrong with being two games back in the race for the division, especially with just under 150 games left in the season. For the Boston Red Sox, however, there’s no time like the present. It’s time for the Red Sox to get out of their early season malaise. It’s time for the Red Sox to get some big hits, back up their strong pitching, and get some wins.

The division won’t be won if the Red Sox play well in Chicago this week. It won’t be lost if the Red Sox are swept this week by the White Sox. Things are too tight for that. What this week’s series against the White Sox, which begins tonight, can be is an opportunity to gain a little momentum. It’s time for the Red Sox to make a statement they can once again get their season on track and contend in the rugged American League East.

Yankees What's On Tap: Always Special When Yankees And Cubs Play, Even If It's Just A Two-Game Series

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Yankees will get an extra day off to prepare for a quick, two-game series with the Chicago Cubs, as the rain that hit Tuesday washed out the scheduled game and set up a day-night doubleheader for Wednesday. That development, however, will actually play against the Yankees, as doubleheaders typically end in splits.

As standalone games, the Yankees would be favored to sweep the series. Now, the Yankees will have to buck the trend to keep momentum after taking three of four from the Red Sox at the end of last week. But the pitching matchups certainly give them the opportunity to do that, with Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, the two best Yankees pitchers so far, taking the mound.

Jets 2014 7-Round Mock Draft With Video Highlights & Analysis Of Each Player; Jets Should Consider Trading Up For Darqueze Dennard In Round 1

Our Jets' 7-Round Mock Draft
  By Craig Carroll  
With a whopping 12 draft picks, including six in the first four rounds, the New York Jets must find talented players to fill a number of key holes on the roster. How good or bad general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan fair in this draft will most likely be the determining factor between building a playoff team or a team that is left out of the postseason once again. Below we look at what the Jets should and possibly will do in this important NFL draft, which begins May 8.

Yankees 3 Up & 3 Down: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Michael Pineda Are Up, Vidal Nuno, Brian Roberts, Francisco Cervelli Down

  By Brad Carroll  

The importance of the New York Yankees taking three of four games from the Boston Red Sox cannot be overstated. It was a huge statement that needed to be made for a number of reason. The obvious was taking an early shot against the defending world champions. More in depth, however, was putting last year behind them, as the Red Sox won 13 of the 19 games between the rivals a season ago.

Now, the Yankees have moved to 7-6 on the season and are tied with the Rays and Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. The Red Sox are 5-8 on the year, with the Yankees already hanging three losses on them.

Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Jon Lester, Grady Sizemore, AJ Pierzynski Are Up, John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Burke Badenhop Down For Week

  By Matt Straub  
I’ve done you all a terrible wrong dear readers. I was swamped at work last week and, unlike Brad, who powered through a bunch of stories, I didn’t get it done. If you’re reading this, however, you likely saw the state of the Red Sox this week, after the Olde Town Team lost three of four in the Bronx this weekend.

Had I written about last week, I’d have talked about the bad series against the Brewers and how things just don’t seem to be clicking yet. I’d have mentioned how little of the season had been played and how important it was not to panic. 

Mets What's On Tap: Mets Finish Off Long Road Trip With Three Games Against Diamondbacks In Arizona

  By Jenni Mennella  
After taking two of three games from the Atlanta Braves to start the week, the Mets were riding high and ready to face the Angels. Unfortunately, their trip to La La Land did not include a fairy tale ending, as the Angels took two of three games from the Mets. Hopefully the Arizona sun will turn things around Monday where the Mets begin a three-game series before traveling home to face the Braves once again.

Both the Mets and Diamondbacks have struggled with consistency. The Mets find themselves two-games under .500, while the Diamondbacks have dropped eight of nine at home. The Mets are hoping history repeats itself as they won four of seven against the Diamondbacks last season, taking the final two of a three-game set in Arizona last August.

Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Jonathon Niese Are Up, Curtis Granderson, Jose Valverde, Ike Davis Are Down After 3-3 Week

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Mets made a nice statement by taking two of three games from the Atlanta Braves at the beginning of the week, but lost momentum by losing two of three against the Los Angeles Angels, including wasting a chance to win their third straight series after a big loss Sunday afternoon. In all, a 3-3 week isn't something to get discouraged about for Mets fans, but the fact it could have been better still stings.

The Mets are 5-7 after two weeks and an even 5-5 over their last 10, which isn't completely bad for a team that is focusing on staying in contention for one of the two wild cards this season. Of course, winning weeks is the way to make the playoffs, but the longer the Mets stay right around .500, the longer they can put themselves in position to make a big run and be in the thick of a postseason race at the end of the year.