On-Base Perception

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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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Yankees daily prospect report: Tyler Austin brings the power

Staten Island Yankees third baseman Tyler Austin bats

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders resumed Wednesday’s suspended game with Gwinnett and also resumed their offensive onslaught, winning 12-4. The regularly scheduled game was a far more pedestrian affair, but the RailRiders won again, 3-1.

The standouts:

Game 1:

Taylor...

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Mets daily prospect report: Nimmo breaks out

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo catches a fly ball

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Tacoma scored four runs in the sixth and Las Vegas couldn’t complete the comeback in a 5-4 loss.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-4 with a double

Brandon Allen, 1B: 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks

Zack Thornton, RHP: Pitched two perfect innings of relief,...

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Report: Mets check with Rockies on Tulo, CarGo

The National League's Troy Tulowitzki, of the Colorado

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MILWAUKEE -- If Rockies stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez wind up on the trading block, the Mets intend to be suitors, according to a report in the New York Post.

The report cites an NL executive, who called the pitching-deep Mets a “perfect partner” in a trade with the Rockies, “who always need to address pitching.”

The Mets have targeted shortstop and leftfield as places they...

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