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How about the Mets and Matt Kemp?

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers ounds

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Something for Mets fans to ponder as the clock ticks down to Thursday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline:

Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs on Tuesday night in the Dodgers' 8-4 win over the Braves.

It went mostly unnoticed because the Dodgers announced during the game that Vin Scully will be returning for a 66th season in 2015.

Scully is a Hall of Fame broadcaster....

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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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Mets daily prospect report: Herrera has a walk-off, den Dekker on fire

Matt den Dekker catches a ball hit by

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth but couldn’t complete a comeback during a 7-5 loss to El Paso.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 3-for-4 with two doubles

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-5

Zack Thornton: Pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out...

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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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Mets daily prospect report: Matz struggles, Conforto a hit

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas took a five-run edge by the end of the third inning and held on for a 5-3 win over Salt Lake.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-5 with a double

Matt Reynolds, SS: 3-for-5 with a triple

Kevin Plawecki, C: 2-for-4

John Lannan, LHP: Allowed six...

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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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Mets daily prospect report: Syndergaard trending in the right direction

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good in a 6-5 win over Salt Lake.

The standouts:

Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Allowed two runs (one earned), five hits and two walks in five innings, striking out eight.

Matt den Dekker, CF: 1-for-2 with...

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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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Rockies misspell Troy Tulowitzki's name on giveaway shirsey

Fans wear shirts emblazoned with the misspelled surname

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Spelling is important, kids.

The Colorado Rockies found that out the hard way on Saturday during a promotional giveaway involving 15,000 Troy Tulowitzki shirseys.

The shortstop's last name was incorrectly spelled "Tulowizki" on the shirseys.

Tulowitzki has spent all nine years of his MLB career with the Rockies. The four-time All-Star currently is on the disabled list with a left...

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