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Dellin Betances’ curveball ranked AL’s best

Dellin Betances of the Yankees pitches in the

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Dellin Betances rarely gets the hook from his manager. That’s probably because opposing managers hate getting the hook from Betances.

The Yankees reliever's curveball was rated the best in the American League in a Baseball America survey of all 30 MLB managers.

Betances also finished as runner-up to Kansas City’s Greg Holland for the AL’s best reliever.

Other Yankees featured were:...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Refsnyder still hot at Triple-A

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Syracuse rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good, beating Scranton/Wilkes-Barres, 7-6.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, 2B: 2-for-5 with a double

Rob Refsnyder, DH: 1-for-5 with a double

Zoilo Almonte, LF: 2-for-4...

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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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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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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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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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