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Yankees daily prospect report: Peter O'Brien homers twice

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien warms up in Trenton

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders scored a single run in the second inning but were shut out afterwards in a 3-1 loss to Gwinnett.

The standouts:

Antoan Richardson, CF: 2-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.

Austin Romine, C: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

DOUBLE-A...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Severino back in control

Tampa Yankees pitcher Luis Severino poses for a

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders blew a one-run lead entering the ninth inning, allowing three runs to Gwinnett in the top of the frame. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied for a run in the bottom of the inning, but Rob Refsnyder struck out to end the 6-5 loss with tying run Taylor Dugas at...

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Yu Darvish blames Brett Gardner's parents for home runs

Brett Gardner of the Yankees runs the bases

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Brett Gardner is having a career year. He's batting .276 with a .352 on-base percentage, 17 stolen bases and a career-best 12 home runs to go along with excellent defense in left and centerfield. His .789 on-base plus slugging percentage leads the Yankees.

And Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish knows who's to blame for the breakout.

Gardner's parents.

Following Gardner's two home runs...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Romine seeing time at first

Yankees catcher Austin Romine smiles in the visitors'

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Recently demoted Chris Leroux held Pawtucket in check, pitching six innings and allowing just a run, and the RailRiders won, 6-4.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, 2B: 2-for-4

Rob Refsnyder, RF: 2-for-4 with a double

Kyle Roller, DH: 2-for-3 with a double...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Refsnyder sits

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders held Pawtucket to only five hits in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox affiliate.

The standouts:

Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0-for-2 with two walks

NOTES: Rob Refsnyder got Sunday off after struggling in his previous three games (1-for-10 with three walks)…Dominating...

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Yankees minor league rankings

Yankees prospect Luis Severino of the World Team

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1. ROB REFSNYDER2B/RF, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA): .325 BA,.393 OBP, .531 SLG, 13 HRsAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)Was scuffling at the plate, but is 6-for-16 with two doubles and a home run in his last four games.

2. LUIS SEVERINORHP, Trenton Thunder (AA): 2.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 111 Ks, 23 BBsAGE: 20 | DRAFTED: Signed out of the Dominican Republic.Has 13 strikeouts and just...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Tyler Austin brings the power

Staten Island Yankees third baseman Tyler Austin bats

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders resumed Wednesday’s suspended game with Gwinnett and also resumed their offensive onslaught, winning 12-4. The regularly scheduled game was a far more pedestrian affair, but the RailRiders won again, 3-1.

The standouts:

Game 1:

Taylor...

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Yankees daily prospect report: O'Brien dislodges home plate

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien warms up in Trenton

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Trenton power prospect Peter O'Brien dislodged home plate with a slide on Wednesday in one of the more interesting stories from the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders were leading 8-0 when the game against Gwinnett was suspended in the third inning due to weather.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder,...

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Yankees daily prospect report

Arizona's Robert Refsnyder (2) celebrates with Konner Wade

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders shut out Gwinnet, 7-0.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 3-for-5 with a double

Kyle Roller, DH: 0-for-2 with three walks

John Ryan Murphy, C: 1-for-2 with three walks

Rob Segedin, 3B: 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk

Tyler...

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Why the Yankees haven't called up Rob Refsnyder -- yet

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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The underperforming, veteran second baseman was finally too great a drag on the club’s roster. So the team cut him in the middle of the season in favor of a prospect with a live bat.

Nope, not the Yankees and Brian Roberts.

Not yet.

The Cubs designated Darwin Barney for assignment Tuesday. Barney, 28, was in his fourth season as the club’s mainstay at the keystone, but he had begun...

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