On-Base Perception

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Get to know Mets call-up Dilson Herrera

Dilson Herrera was Marlon Byrd’s parting gift to the Mets. Now, the package is about to be delivered.

Following a 3-for-4 performance with a home run at Double-A Binghamton on Thursday night, Herrera was called up to the majors to replace the injured Daniel Murphy, sidelined with a right calf injury.

Herrera arrived in the Mets organization, along with Vic Black, as the return in the...

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Robert Refsnyder still going strong for Yankees in minors

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday (and a glance at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  Buffalo scored five runs in the top of the seventh, rallying for a 6-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The RailRiders beat Buffalo, 8-3, in Game 2.

The standouts:

Robert Refsnyder,...

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Noah Syndergaard strikes out nine in stellar outing

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws live batting practice

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas batted around during a five-run second inning, and easily defeated Round Rock, 8-3.

The standouts:

Kevin Plawecki, C: 4-or-4 with two home runs

Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Allowed seven hits, one walk and one run...

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Travis d'Arnaud and Andrelton Simmons: A glove story

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

As Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons force-fed the Mets another bitter dose of his defensive magic, the worst view in the house belonged to Travis d’Arnaud. That’s because after hitting a grounder toward the hole in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, the Mets catcher lowered his head and busted down the first base line. It was as if he were reliving a recurring nightmare.

In many...

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Yankees sign ex-Met Chris Young to minor-league deal

Mets' Chris Young dives back to first base

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The Yankees have signed former Mets outfielder Chris Young to a minor-league deal.

Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP, eight home runs, 31 runs, 28 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 88 games with the Mets before being released on Aug. 15.

Young, a natural centerfielder, played 55 games in leftfield for the Mets....

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John Rocker cast for 'Survivor'

John Rocker will be on the next season

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At least John Rocker won't have to worry about riding the subway.

The controversial ex-pitcher has been cast on the upcoming season of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur -- Blood vs. Water," as first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Rocker will be competing along with his girlfriend in a season dominated by pairs playing -- and scheming -- against each other.

Rocker played six seasons...

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Jaron Long excels again for Trenton

Jaron Long, a top pitching prospect in the

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday (and a glance at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  The RailRiders were off.

DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder

The skinny: Trenton finally broke through for a run in the fifth inning and then padded the lead with a four-run seventh during a 5-0 win over Akron.

The...

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Anthony Seratelli homers again, Matt Reynolds steals 2 more bases

Anthony Seratelli poses for a portrait during spring

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas jumped out to a four-run lead in the second inning and never looked back during a 9-5 win over Round Rock.

The standouts:

Allan Dykstra, 1B: 1-for-3 with a double and two walks

Taylor Teagarden, C: 1-for-3 with...

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LI’s Cam Maron among year-end All-Stars

Cam Maron, a native of Hicksville, works out

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Hicksville’s Cam Maron is one of five year-end All-Stars selected from the Mets’ and Yankees’ organizations.

Maron, 23, has hit .284 with a .394 on-base percentage in 93 games with the St. Lucie Mets, who play in the Single-A advanced Florida State League. The catcher had a 31-game streak of reaching base via a hit or walk snapped on Aug. 22. Maron has impressive plate discipline and has walked...

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Playoff outlook: Yankees, Orioles battle for AL East

Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran (36) is greeted

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Heading into Tuesday's action, the Yankees still have their sites set on capturing the American League East. They’re currently in second place in the division and are six games behind the first-place Orioles.

Here’s the outlook for the Yankees and Orioles for the remainder of the season:

YANKEES (68-61)

Games left: 33

Games left vs. Orioles: 8 – Four in Baltimore, four in...

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