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Guest: Tim Kurkjian of ESPN. He’ll be covering the Yankees-Red Sox game on Friday, and then the Yankees-Rays on Monday. We talk about how those rivalries have changed over the last few years. There’s also plenty of trade deadline talk.

Before that Mike and I talk for quite a while about the state of the team — it turns out you can talk for a while when you miss a week and change.

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Guest: Jason Wojciechowski of BeaneBall, an A’s blog, and Back of the Bullpen, a general baseball podcast. We’re talking about the upcoming A’s series and how they have turned players like Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson into stars.

To open the show Jay and I are running down some general items, including the recent series against Seattle and some frustrations with the team.

Mike joins us a bit later to talk about the draft, particularly about the Yankees’ strategy and how it fits with their intentions during the international signing period. And of course we’re talking Rob Refsnyder.

Spoiler: We don’t talk potential trade targets at all. Not once. A disappointment, I know.

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Guest: Matt Klaassen of FanGraphs. If you follow him on Twitter, @devil_fingers, you’ll know that he’s pretty die hard on the Royals. For which we pity him.

There’s plenty to talk about, both about the upcoming series and about the Yankees, uh, not ideal play for the past week or so.

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Guest: Former RAB weekend writer Hannah Ehrlich. She’s out in the bay area and makes it to her share of A’s games. It’s very nice to catch up with an old friend.

After lamenting the weekend series against the Twins, Mike and I launch into what became a state of the Yankees segment. From what I remember of the conversation, it all made sense. It also led to the poll question below.

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Will the Yankees DFA Alfonso Soriano and sign Kendrys Morales?

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Guest: Brandon Warne of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He’s also on a Sunday radio show with Jack Morris, which is pretty cool. We’re talking about the plucky Twins, just three games under .500, and the familiar faces we’ll see this weekend.

Jay and I are, of course, discussing the successful road trip, including the recent series win against the Cardinals. We do bring up Cliff Lee, of course. I don’t think I mentioned him in the previous podcast

Admin note: For consistency’s sake, we’re going with a Tuesday and Friday show schedule.

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Guest: Will Leitch of Sports on Earth, New York Magazine, and formerly of Deadspin. He’s a noted Cardinals fan who talks avidly of the organization.

(Unfortunately, the first 10 or so minutes of the conversation ended up being garbled or nonexistent. So the conversation starts at an, um, awkward position. But it’s still a damn good talk.)

Mike and Jay had long weekends, so I’m solo. Thankfully, we got a bunch of questions. That kept me busy for a few minutes. Remember to email in your questions before Friday’s show (recorded Thursday night), podcast at riveraveblues.com.

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Guest: Dave Brown of Yahoo’s Big League Stew. He knows his White Sox, and is one amusing dude. He’s on Twitter @AnswerDave, and you can check out his Big League Stew page.

But lemme tell you, it was a relief to see a win yesterday after 17 innings of futility against the worst team in the majors. Jay and I talk a bit about the series, and some more about Jeff Samardzija.

The other Chicago team isn’t all that great, but Dave really sheds some light on the positives and what we can look forward to in the series.

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Guest: Christina Kahrl of ESPN. She writes for the SweetSpot blog (her archive here). We talk about the upcoming Cubs series, but really more about the woeful state of the team and what they’re doing to get back on track. Plenty of Jeff Samardzija talk, as you might imagine.

We also dive into social issues in sports, where Christina plays an active role. You can follow her on Twitter, @ChristinaKahrl.

Before that, Jay, Mike, and I talk a bit about the Pirates series. Lots of prospect talk going on during that 35-minute opening segment. I guess it’s appropriate, since Mike and I talk a bit more about the week in the minor league system.

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How much more injured can the Yankees get? Frankly we don’t want to know the answer. Mike and I kick off the show talking about the latest injuries to CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran (and Shawn Kelley, don’t forget him).

Then we’re talking to Jorge Arangure of The New York Times, Sports on Earth, and other fine sports publications. Jorge wrote an article on Carlos Beltran this week, which you can find here. We talk about some aspects of Beltran you don’t see reported every day. Catch Jorge on Twitter, @jorgearangure.

The Pirates come to town this weekend, which gives us an opportunity to talk with Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, a wonderfully run team blog. Might even be the second-best team-specific blog out there. It might be called Pirates Prospects, but it covers all aspects of the team. If you’re wondering about the team that broke a horrible below-.500 streak last season, but has started out slowly this year, Tim’s your man. You can catch him on Twitter, @timwilliamsp2.

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The total score of the weekend series: Yankees 14, Brewers 14. But they can’t split the series, so the Brewers ended the weekend on top, winning Sunday’s game in a walkoff. The Yankees came back from behind in both Saturday and Sunday’s games, but it wasn’t enough.

Jay and I look at the series that was, and then look ahead to this week’s series, both against the Mets. To talk about the crosstown rivals other team, we have Marc Carig of Newsday. You might remember him from the Yankees beat a few years ago. The man knows his Mets.

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