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With rotation in shambles, Yankees adjusted their ground game

Brandon McCarthy, left, Shane Greene, Hiroki Kuroda and

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Just a little more than a week into July, the Yankees were left with only one of their season-opening starting pitchers healthy.

Ivan Nova – Tommy John surgery. CC Sabathia – knee problems. Michael Pineda – a shoulder ailment.

Then came the biggest blow of all: Masahiro Tanaka had a tear of the ulnar ligament in his right elbow. Rehab was prescribed, but season-ending Tommy John surgery...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Lindgren, Webb could move quickly

Jacob Lindgren was selected by the Yankees in

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Kyle Roller’s 12th home run of the season gave the RailRiders a three-run lead in the sixth inning and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rolled to a 3-1 win over Syracuse.

The standouts:

Michael Pineda, RHP: Allowed three hits and one walk in 3.1 scoreless innings, striking...

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Mets daily prospect report: Conforto homers again, Matz rebounds

Cyclones designated hitter Michael Conforto cracks a single

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas produced a steady stream of offense, scoring seven runs from the fourth inning on in a 7-2 win over Sacramento.

The standouts:

Matt Reynolds, SS: 4-for-5 with a double and a home run

Andrew Brown, RF: 2-for-5 with a home run

NOTES: In his last nine games,...

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Yankees minor league rankings

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B/RF, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA): .323 BA, .392 OBP, .522 SLG, 13 HRAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)Brian Cashman may not think it’s time to call up Refsnyder yet, but the second baseman is doing all he can to force the issue. In his last 10 games, Refsnyder is hitting .325 with a .413 OBP and .500 slugging percentage. 2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Trenton Thunder...

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Mets minor league rankings

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50), who was

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1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 4.85 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 107 K, 31 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)“Thor” has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his last five starts and has been dominant in his last three outings: 17.1 IP, one earned run, 20 strikeouts and five walks. 2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton Mets (AA): .286 BA, .413 OBP, .441 SLG, 9 HRAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st...

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What the flurry of trades means for the Yankees

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers a

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The Yankees strengthened their offense and defense on Thursday by acquiring Stephen Drew from the Red Sox for Kelly Johnson and getting Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks for Peter O'Brien and a player to be named later.

But the biggest impact for the Yankees may have been made by other teams -- namely the Athletics and Tigers.

The Yankees enter Friday five games behind the American...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Jaron Long masters Double-A

Yankees batting coach Kevin Long poses on picture

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders scored all of their runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings during an 8-4 win over Gwinnett.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, LF: 3-for-5 with a double and a triple

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 2-for-5

John Ryan Murphy, C: 2-for-4 with a...

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Mets daily prospect report: Montero shines for Las Vegas

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero looks on during spring

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings during a 2-0 win over El Paso.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-2 with two walks

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk

Rafael Montero, RHP: Allowed three hits and two walks in 6.2...

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John Lackey traded to Cardinals

Boston Red Sox John Lackey pitches in the

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Fresh off the Red Sox trading one two-time World Series-winning pitcher, Boston has dealt another one.

John Lackey has been sent to the Cardinals, both clubs have confirmed. The deal was first reported by CBS' Jon Heyman and ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

MLB Network's Peter Gammons reports that first baseman/rightfielder Allen Craig and righthanded pitcher Joe Kelly will be going to Boston....

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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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