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Long Island MLB prospect watch

Marcus Stroman fields a ground ball at the

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There are currently seven different prospects with roots on Long Island in major league camps this spring training.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays

 

Stroman, 22, was born in Medford and selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 draft out of Duke University (he was also drafted out of Patchogue-Medford High School but chose not to...

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Yankees' prospect watch

Dellin Betances delivers a pitch in the eighth

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So far the Yankees have had four players among the organization’s more notable prospects play in spring training games.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Dellin Betances, RHP

Betances has been electric since converting to a full-time relief role last season. In four games this spring, he’s pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out five.

Mark...

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Derek Jeter gets first hits of spring training

Derek Jeter, right, hits a single in front

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The Captain is on board!

Derek Jeter picked up his first hit of spring training on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. And it was in typical Jeter fashion. Facing Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick with a full count and one out in the top of the third, Jeter hit a ground ball through the 5-6 hole into leftfield.

Jeter was 0-for-10 before that at-bat and added a double in the...

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Paul Olden and Alex Anthony announce new Yankees, Mets players

Yankees announcer Paul Olden is shown in the

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Why wait until Opening Day to finally here the Yankees and Mets new additions announced as part of the team's lineup?

MLB Network has you covered.

The network taped a series of promo spots featuring Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden and Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony.

Olden announces new additions Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Anthony announced...

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Alfonso Soriano recovered from illness

Alfonso Soriano follows through on a grand slam

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano was back at work after missing four days with the flu.

“Much better,” said the Yankees' designated hitter/outfield on Monday.

Soriano went through a light workout early Monday morning that included 15 minutes of work in the batting cage.

Of his illness, which included an inability to keep food down, Soriano described it as “pretty bad.”

“No...

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Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized for Cano comments

Robinson Cano, center, is helped into his new

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New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is sticking up for his $240 million man.

Seattle's skipper criticized Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for opinions he expressed about Robinson Cano not always hustling to first base on ground balls. Cano was once one of Long’s prized pupils, but the second baseman left the Bronx for Seattle – and a megadeal – in December.

“Last time I checked, I...

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Derek Jeter could get 'relief' at shortstop in late innings

Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan tosses the ball to

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When the Yankees have a lead in the ninth inning this season, David Robertson probably will be the one trotting in from the bullpen for the save.

But before that, Brendan Ryan might be jogging out from the dugout in the eighth inning -- to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop for defense in the captain’s final season.

Ryan said as much at a recent public appearance in Connecticut when he...

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What's next for Derek Jeter after retirement?

Derek Jeter attends the Derek Jeter Driven Rush

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What's next for Derek Jeter? Here's a look at some possibilities in decreasing order of likelihood:

Businessman: Jeter announced in November that he is starting a book publishing house, Jeter Publishing, in partnership with Simon & Schuster. The first titles are expected to be released this year. Jeter also owns three Derek Jeter Signature 24 Hour Fitness gyms in Manhattan.

Philanthropist:...

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Yankees, Marlins to play in Panama this spring

Mariano Rivera promotes New Era baseball caps featuring

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The Yankees and Miami Marlins will play a two-game exhibition series in Panama in March to celebrate the legacy of Mariano Rivera and bring Major League Baseball to the country for the first time since 1947.

The “Legend Series,” a revival of the 2003 World Series, will be played March 15-16 at Panama City’s Rod Carew Stadium. The games will honor the newly retired Yankees closer, who will...

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Derek Jeter could finish 5th on MLB all-time hit list

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees hits

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In his 20 seasons in Major League Baseball, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has averaged 206 hits per year.

If he approaches that average in 2014 -- his final year -- he will move from ninth to fifth place on MLB's all-time hit list.

Here are the top 10 hits leaders in MLB history:

1. Pete Rose: 4,256

2. Ty Cobb: 4,191

3. Hank Aaron: 3,771

4. Stan Musial: 3,630

5....

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