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Yankees daily prospect report

Arizona's Robert Refsnyder (2) celebrates with Konner Wade

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders shut out Gwinnet, 7-0.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 3-for-5 with a double

Kyle Roller, DH: 0-for-2 with three walks

John Ryan Murphy, C: 1-for-2 with three walks

Rob Segedin, 3B: 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk

Tyler...

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Mets daily prospect report

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: The 51s split a double-header with Tacoma, winning Game 1, 4-0, before dropping Game 2, 4-3.

The standouts:

Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Six shutout innings, with four hits and three walks allowed and five strikeouts

Matt den Dekker, CF: 5-for-8 with two doubles and a home run

Daniel...

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Mets outfielder makes good after run-in with young fans

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets reacts after

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SEATTLE -- Eric Young Jr. worked quickly to win a few new fans, just moments after nearly wiping them out while in pursuit of a foul ball.

In the fifth inning of the Mets’ 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night, Young took off at top speed after Endy Chavez’s foul ball. Young wound up diving into the first row, where he crashed into a pair of youngsters near the railing.

Not...

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Why the Yankees haven't called up Rob Refsnyder -- yet

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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The underperforming, veteran second baseman was finally too great a drag on the club’s roster. So the team cut him in the middle of the season in favor of a prospect with a live bat.

Nope, not the Yankees and Brian Roberts.

Not yet.

The Cubs designated Darwin Barney for assignment Tuesday. Barney, 28, was in his fourth season as the club’s mainstay at the keystone, but he had begun...

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MLB All-Star Game quiz

A kiosk of MLB All-Star ballots sits inside

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Remember the American League's 13-year stretch without a loss in the All-Star Game?

Can you name the year there wasn't an MVP named in the ASG?

Then you'll probably knock this test out of the park. Click the link in the "related" box to take our All-Star Game quiz.

Mobile users can take the quiz by clicking the "More on Newsday" link....

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Fighting words from Travis d'Arnaud? Not so much

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

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It may be July, but at first glance, it certainly appeared that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud had himself a moment straight out of “A Christmas Story.”

It happened moments after Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Marlins. The video (courtesy of Twitter user @sp219) shows d’Arnaud greeting closer Jenrry Mejia on the pitcher’s mound -- shortly after Mejia celebrated (in his typical no-holds-barred...

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Five ways for Yankees to improve roster without making a trade

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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The Yankees enter the All-Star break within shouting distance of first place in a mediocre American League East.

Most analysts are in agreement the team needs improvements, but with a trade market that’s both thin and seemingly costly, here are several ways the Yankees can immediately upgrade their team for the stretch run – all without making a deal:

1. Institute a defensive platoon...

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Yankees minor league rankings

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien catches the ball in

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1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA): .330 BA, .399 OBP, .546 SLG, 12 HRAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)Has 134 plate appearances at Triple-A now and has started three games in right field. His major league call-up should come sometime after the All-Star break.

2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Tampa Yankees (A+): 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 98 K, 21 BBAGE: 20 | DRAFTED: Signed out...

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Mets minor league rankings

Oregon State's Michael Conforto rounds first base on

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Here's Newsday's newest minor league rankings for the Mets organization. All stats are through Friday.

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 5.31 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 82 K, 23 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)After a string of bad starts, “Thor” was excellent on July 6, allowing one earned run in seven innings, walking none and striking out eight.

2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton...

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Derek Jeter gets All-Star send-off from Fox

The American League's Derek Jeter warms up during

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Derek Jeter has received his fair share of retirement gifts during his farewell tour. Fox Sports has joined the party with this All-Star Game ad paying homage to the shortstop.

A recording of the legendary Bob Sheppard introducing Jeter plays over clips of him at different All-Star Games through the years.

Watch the video below:

(Mobile users can watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1qkvyfr.)...

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