5 things to know about Yankees going into camp (The Associated Press)

Five things to know about the New York Yankees as they start spring training camp: NEW KIDS IN TOWN: After missing the playoffs for the second time in 19 years, the Yankees added pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran for a total commitment of $438 million. Add in Tanaka's $20 million fee to his Japanese club, agreements to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda and Brendan Ryan, and to add Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and Matt Thornton, and the Yankees' offseason spending on free agents totaled $471 million.

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New York Yankees: Big in Japan (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Unlike the NFL's Dallas Cowboys or the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, Major League Baseball doesn't have a single "America's Team" -- although, as the New York Times' David Waldstein points out this week, the New York Yankees may be in line to be "Japan's Team." The Yankees may have more Facebook "likes" than other MLB clubs, but New York has never been embraced or, as in the case of the Atlanta Braves, marketed as "America's Team." However, this season, the Yankees are in line to do big in Japan.

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Stephen Drew to be back as Red Sox shortstop? (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)

The shortstop is still out there on the free-agent market, and he and agent Scott Boras apparently are waiting for someone to come through with a suitable offer of a multiyear contract for Drew, who will turn 31 shortly before the 2014 season begins. The New York Yankees, who need insurance in case Derek Jeter cant will his 40-year-old body to play everyday shortstop, were seen as one possibility, but the club has indicated it wont be going after Drew. The New York Mets have also been mentioned, but they apparently are waiting, maybe hoping to get a bargain something that Boras clients are rarely described as. So maybe the Red Sox re-enter the picture.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Dec 21 (The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers and free-agent outfielder Choo Shin-soo agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract, multiple media outlets reported Saturday. Choo reportedly had talks with his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, as well as the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, among others. The Rangers' biggest offseason priority is to improve their offense. They targeted Choo as a top-of-the-order threat. He had a .423 on-base percentage for Cincinnati this year. ...

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New York Mets: 5 Reasons Why 2013 Was a Successful Year (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets endured their fifth-straight losing season in 2013, putting together a 74-88 record. Matt Harvey starting the All-Star game Matt Harvey's first half was dominant -- in 130 innings pitched, he posted a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 147 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed. Sweeping the New York Yankees

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Astros lose 15th straight to finish season 51-111 (Big League Stew)

Mercifully, time finally ran out for the Houston Astros, who lost their 15th straight game Sunday afternoon to close a franchise-worst 51-111 regular season. Hey, it could have been worse. Like a punchy boxer saved by the bell, the Astros won't have a chance to tie the infamous 1899 Cleveland Spiders for the worst losing streak to end a season – 16 games — in Major League Baseball history. The Astros tried to keep their season going with free baseball, but dropped their finale to the New York Yankees, falling 5-1 in 14 innings at Minute Maid Park . The Yankees, too, probably felt relief that their season was over. Mariano Rivera didn't play in the final series, preferring to end his spectacular career at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. Left-hander Andy Pettitte ended his career Saturday with a final solid outing in his hometown. Robinson Cano, a free agent reportedly looking for $305 million, sat out Sunday. And his future isn't the only unsettled one in the Bronx. The Astros are another kind of enigma entirely.

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Yanks top Astros 5-1 in 14, enter uncertain future (The Associated Press)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Derek Jeter isn't sure who will be around him when the New York Yankees start 2014.

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Yanks top Astros 5-1 in 14, enter uncertain future (Comcast SportsNet Houston)

HOUSTON (AP) Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 14th inning, and the New York Yankees went into an offseason of uncertainty Sunday with a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros, whose 15-game losing streak was the longest at the end of the season in more than a century.

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The Juice: Andy Pettitte throws first complete game since 2006 in final career start (Big League Stew)

Season No. 6 of the Juice has entered the final weekend! Stop by in the final days of the regular season for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more.. The week of grand exits around baseball could not have ended on a higher note. Andy Pettitte, making his final career start in his hometown, against the only other team he played for, the Houston Astros, tossed his first complete game since 2006 to lead the New York Yankees to a 2-1 victory . The 41-year-old left-hander wasn't overpowering, but remained in firm command while holding Houston to one run on five hits. He struck out a modest five. The only damage came in the fourth inning when Jose Altuve singled leading off and then moved around to score on Chris Carter's groundout. But the real drama was saved for the ninth inning when manager Joe Girardi had to decide if he was going let Pettitte go the distance. After Chris Carter singled with two outs, Girardi made his way to the mound to look Pettitte in the eyes and see how much was left in the tank. It's a walk Girardi has made a hundred times as Pettitte's catcher and manager. After a quick conversation, the reassured skipper turned back around and headed to the dugout. There was probably never a doubt in Girardi's mind anyway that Pettitte would continue, but there was definitely no doubt in Pettitte's mind. In fact, when he learned Mariano Rivera wasn't going to pitch this weekend , he almost made it his final mission to go the distance. From the Associated Press: ''I told Mo I might finish the game off if you're not in the bullpen,'' Pettitte said. And then he accomplished it, retiring J.D. Martinez on a ground ball to wrap up the win and end his phenomenal career with an absolute gem. ''I was pulling for him, knowing that he was there alone,'' Rivera said. ''This was his game and we just had to cheer for him, and that's what we did - that's what I did.'' With the win, Pettitte finishes with 256 career wins and an 11-11 mark this season. The latter may not seem significant at first look, but according to Elias it makes Pettitte the first pitcher in MLB history to pitch 18 or more seasons without a losing season. That's an amazing stat that perfectly defines Pettitte's amazing career.

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Yankees hold on to beat Houston 3-2 (The Associated Press)

HOUSTON (AP) -- The crowd at Minute Maid Park on Friday night was filled with New York Yankees fans.

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