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Yankees’ Luis Severino to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss entire 2020 season

Yankees’ Luis Severino to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss entire 2020 season

The Yankees were dealt one of their biggest blows of the offseason Tuesday when general manager Brian Cashman announced that starter Luis Severino has a partially torn UCL that will require Tommy John surgery, ending his 2020 season before it even started.

Severino, 26, figured to be the Yankees’ No. 2 starter in a rotation that looked like one of the best in baseball just last month. The loss of Severino now raises questions for a New York group that will be without James Paxton (back surgery) and Domingo German (domestic violence suspension) for the first two months.

The Dominican right-hander was hoping to return to full strength this spring after making just three starts last season with shoulder and back injuries. He posted back-to-back top-10 AL Cy Young finishes in 2017 and 2018 with a 3.18 ERA and 450 strikeouts over that span.

New York will instead look to newly acquired ace Gerrit Cole to provide stability at the top of its rotation. Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ are the only definitive candidates to fill out the staff behind him, with Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia, Michael King and Luis Cessa among the candidates to compete for the remaining two spots.

The Orioles will face the Yankees to open the season March 26-29. While there’s little doubt Cole would’ve started Opening Day even if Severino was healthy, Baltimore would’ve still likely seen Severino in that series.

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Jeffrey Maier opens up about life after robbing the Orioles in 1996 ALCS

Jeffrey Maier opens up about life after robbing the Orioles in 1996 ALCS

Do you feel old yet? Baltimore's most hated 12-year-old, Jeffrey Maier is now 36 with three kids and lives in the New England area. 

Maier etched his name in baseball lore when notoriously reached over the right-field wall at Yankee Stadium and snatched Derek Jeter's fly ball from the playing field and into the stands, resulting in a historically controversial home run. 

It didn't matter that the replay clearly showed evidence of fan interference or that umpire Rich Garcia admitted after the fact that Jeter should have been called out. There was no replay review back then. The umpire called it a home run, so the initial call stood.

His actions helped the Yankees tie Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles, and eventually, win the game in 11 innings. New York would go on to win the series in five games and beat the Braves in the World Series. 

Maier joined WFAN's Sweeny Murti to talk about the play and the two types of reactions he dealt with in the aftermath. 

First, there's the obvious backlash that comes with robbing a team and an entire fan base of an important game. Maier said he understands Orioles fans' feelings on the subject, but that didn't stop the hate mail and unpleasant calls from pouring in. 

The vitriol continued into his baseball career at Wesleyan, where Maier would routinely get thrown at whether he was in the batter's box or out in the field. 

"It stuck with me throughout my baseball career," Maier said. "I've been hit several times when I played competitively, certainly with intent. Things were certainly thrown at me at one point in my freshman year at Wesleyan."

For the most part though, people haven't made Maier suffer for something he did as a pre-teen. But then there's the other side of this. The side where he was lauded as a Yankee hero, was given free tickets to games and showered with fan mail from fellow fans across the country. 

Maier even got to meet and spend time with Jeter ahead of Spring Training the following season. 

"[Jeter] signed a ball for me that said, 'To Jeff, thanks a lot. - Derek Jeter,'" he said. "And he signed a glove that Mizuno had sent me, because Mizuno had gotten a lot of attention because the glove I used [during Game 1] was a Mizuno glove. He signed that and that it still sits and resides in our basement as well as a picture I have with him."

For some, like the Orioles' right fielder during the incident Tony Tarasco, they've been able to put the event behind them in a way. Maier detailed how he met Tarasco years later and how positive the interaction was. 

But for others, this is one of, if not the darkest moment in Orioles history and every detail still stings to this day. There was nothing the Orioles could really do, it was a 12-year-old that cost them the game, and it was against the Yankees to put a cherry on top of it all. 

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Orioles reliever Paul Fry joins ‘The List’ to make the case for his favorite movie

Orioles reliever Paul Fry joins ‘The List’ to make the case for his favorite movie

With the world at a standstill due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there’s been plenty of time for off-beat debates on social media and within self-quarantined homes alike.

Orioles reliever Paul Fry joined D.C. Sports Live’s segment “The List” to make his pitch for one of the oldest debates in the book: the best move of all-time.

Fry argued for his favorite, “Pulp Fiction.” The 1994 crime drama starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson tops the list for Fry because even though “it’s a long movie [and] it’s confusing sometimes, but it keeps you interactive and I like it a lot.”

His choice went up against “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (Nick Ashooh), “The Neverending Story” (Wes Hall) and “The Notebook” (Alexa Shaw).

Which choice do you believe is the most deserving of the title of best movie of all time? Join the conversation on Twitter with @NBCSWashington and @DCSports_Live.

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